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Michelle
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posted 04 August 2003 11:37 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I've got three on my list right now:

Capturing the Friedmans - has anyone seen this one yet? I saw the trailer and it really made me want to see it. It's apparently done "documentary-style" with lots of home movies, etc.

American Splendor - This one looks really funny. Apparently it's opening at the end of this month in Toronto and some other locations in Canada. I think they said it was based on a true story, too, about a neurotic, "curmudgeonly" guy who has a boring life and a boring job, but makes it big by authoring a comic book series based on his life. In the trailer, the "love interest" part of the story seems really funny too.

Swimming Pool - a friend recommended this one to me. Says he hears it's a Hitchcock-type thriller with lots of explicit sex. What could be better? Seriously though, I've read viewer reviews, and they've been pretty good except for people who went "huh?" at the end. Unfortunately, I'm often one of those people who says "huh" at the end when there's a strange ending, so who knows. But I think from what I've read about it, I'll still enjoy it.

Anyone seen these movies? If so, what did you think?


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majorvictory
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posted 05 August 2003 12:21 AM      Profile for majorvictory     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
I think they said it was based on a true story, too, about a neurotic, "curmudgeonly" guy who has a boring life and a boring job, but makes it big by authoring a comic book series based on his life.

It is indeed. I picked up my first issue of his comic in a head shop in Duluth in 1978, attracted by the Robert Crumb drawing on the cover. I have collected everything he's put out since, including his award-winning graphic novel Our Cancer Year.

Harvey hasn't really made it "big" in the American sense, (the closest he has come before this movie was apppearing on a few Letterman shows in the 80's), and i am as pleased as anyone to see his story (or some of it, anyway) realized on film. It opens August 15th in Toronto, and needless to say i will be there!

"Ordinary life is pretty complex stuff!"


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posted 05 August 2003 12:56 AM      Profile for Flowers By Irene     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I wanna see Bubba Ho-Tep.
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Michelle
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posted 10 August 2003 08:29 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I'd also like to see Buffalo Soldiers which just came out this week, apparently.

Globe and Mail Review

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Imperfect, but certainly provocative, Buffalo Soldiers is a movie so opposite in spirit to the current pro-military American cycle of films (Hart's War, We Were Soldiers) that it feels radical. The United States army, instead of being depicted as an institution of heroes, is dissected as a tax-supported shelter for pompous careerists, outright incompetents, drug addicts and criminals.

Still, it's a refreshing change from the recent string of celluloid recruiting poster movies. Initially scheduled to be released in the fall of 2001, the movie was delayed because its antimilitary spirit was judged ill-advised after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States. Two U.S. wars since then have kept it on the shelf and now it is being marketed with an American flag covered in dollar signs and the motto: "Steal All That You Can Steal."



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posted 12 August 2003 12:01 AM      Profile for Hawkins     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Shaolin Soccer.

What beats Hong Martial arts with their top star (stephen Chow) and the world's most popular sport?

I don't know since I haven't seen the film yet, but have only heard amazing reviews of it .


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posted 12 August 2003 07:22 AM      Profile for Jimmy Brogan   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 

Only 324 days to go.

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posted 12 August 2003 10:56 AM      Profile for Mr. Magoo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Ooh! Doc Ock! Seriously cool poster!
Vapourware movies count too? I just got finished watching the Indiana Jones trilogy over 3 Sundays on CBC, and I'm now officially torqued up to see the 4th, set to take place in the 1950's and featuring Harrison Ford, as well as Karen Allen (Marion, from Raiders) and Kate Capshaw (Willie, from the awful second one). I love Indy.

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posted 12 August 2003 11:27 AM      Profile for Dr. Mr. Ben   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Since somebody already mentioned American Splendor, I'll throw in the next comic book movie worth seeing, Mike Mignola's Hellboy.
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Jimmy Brogan
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posted 12 August 2003 11:38 AM      Profile for Jimmy Brogan   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Troy

Hellboy

PS If you click the Doc Ock poster you can find a nice high rez version. Ock (played by Alfred Molina - Frida) will hand Spidey his ass.


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The Life of David Gale
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Jimmy Brogan
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posted 12 August 2003 12:05 PM      Profile for Jimmy Brogan   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Oops forgot about Alexander
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Masked and Anonymous
it looks AWFUL, but bob dylan's in it, so i'll see it for laughs.

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If you're any kind of Dylan fan at all, it's a riot. I saw it on Friday--"opening night" in Toronto, and there were about 6 of us in the cinema. I guess the critics got to everyone first.

It's funny and kinda smart, and paints a pretty interesting picture of a USA that could be, and it's chock full of celebrity cameos. Penelope Cruz is particularly entertaining, and Val Kilmer pretty much steals the show. Also some really powerful acting by Giovanni Ribisi.

I thought it was pretty great, actually. Don't expect a lot in the way of plot, and keep in mind that Bob wrote it--it'll help you to deal with the frustration you may feel over his sparse speaking parts.

Overall I'd give it a B+, though. It's worth watching, to be sure.


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posted 12 August 2003 05:12 PM      Profile for Sisyphus     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Bob Dylan as a singer???

That's a bit of a stretch isn't it?


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Swimming Pool - a friend recommended this one to me. Says he hears it's a Hitchcock-type thriller with lots of explicit sex. What could be better? Seriously though, I've read viewer reviews, and they've been pretty good except for people who went "huh?" at the end. Unfortunately, I'm often one of those people who says "huh" at the end when there's a strange ending, so who knows. But I think from what I've read about it, I'll still enjoy it. Anyone seen these movies? If so, what did you think?

I saw Swimming Pool last night - it was quite the treat. The first half of the film is rather slow, it's much more of a character study than a thriller at that point. Charlotte Rampling is such a good actress that it was still interesting to watch - and the constant nude and semi-nude sex scenes featuring the young blonde French actress who plays Julie didn't hurt either

The last 30 minutes have some incredible plot twists and the jaw-dropping ending did leave me with the "huh" syndrome. After surfing on various cinematic web sites and reading different interpretations of the film, I'm still left with "huh", but a more subtler and refined "huh" with a French accent, of course

I quite liked the movie, but it's not for everyone. You may feel gypped by the ending as it raises 30 questions for every 1 that it answers. No, I won't spoil it for you all...

Oh, and Charlotte Rampling has a wonderful nude scene as well. Anybody who thinks older women aren't sexy will think again after seeing this movie.

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posted 15 August 2003 04:13 AM      Profile for Jacob Two-Two     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I am sooo looking forward to the next spidey movie. I predict it will retain all the good things about the first one, and improve all the shitty stuff.

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Ock (played by Alfred Molina - Frida) will hand Spidey his ass.

Man, didn't you even read the comics?

A Hellboy movie? That's really weird. Really cool, but really weird.

The odd thing about Masked and Anonymous is that my desire to see it quadrupled once all the critics started panning it to hell, and I don't think that way as a matter of course. This just struck me as exactly the kind of film that these people wouldn't get.


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Jimmy Brogan
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Jacob, Ock was Spidey's #1 adversary in the comics and handed Spidey his ass on a regular basis. Spidey would always win out in the end, but not until he'd sucked up a lot of punishment.


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posted 15 August 2003 11:12 AM      Profile for Dr. Mr. Ben   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
But the haircut, man! The haircut! You can't respect a supervillain with a mushroom cut.
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Jimmy Brogan
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posted 15 August 2003 11:34 AM      Profile for Jimmy Brogan   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
He's been looking a lot more badass lately:


He also seems to have a new coif in the movie.

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Dr. Mr. Ben
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posted 15 August 2003 11:48 AM      Profile for Dr. Mr. Ben   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Yeah, but the Ultimate Marvel universe is a retcon. I mean, in Ultimate, Peter Parker is the Daily Bugle's web designer and Wolverine has a soul patch.
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Perhaps I should start up a thread: Films you want to see, NOT including sci-fi or comic-book inspired productions!

I'd almost tend to non-Hollywood films too, except for ones made before 1960 or so ...


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posted 15 August 2003 06:20 PM      Profile for Catchfire   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Did anyone see Spellbound?

It's a documentary about the 1999 US National Spelling Bee and eight kids who enter it. It captures enough drama, suspense, emotion, heartbreak, triumph and comedy while covering such a innocuous event that it puts Hollywood directors to shame.


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Jimmy Brogan
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posted 15 August 2003 06:21 PM      Profile for Jimmy Brogan   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Dr. Mr. Ben I was only trying to say Doc Ock doesn't have to be an uber nerd. Raimi's version looks quite sinister and un-nerdy.
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Brad Pitt and Eric Bana will play the lovers Achilles and Hector?
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posted 15 August 2003 08:18 PM      Profile for Dr. Mr. Ben   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Certainly, he doesn't have to be a nerd. And Alfred Molina is looking good (and can I just say that Raimi is doing some of the best casting any super-hero movie has ever seen?). But in continuity Doc Ock was, is, and ever shall be a tool.
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