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clersal
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posted 23 March 2008 01:36 PM      Profile for clersal     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Just finished watching, 'Once upon a time in the West'.
A wonderful afternoon.

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posted 23 March 2008 01:43 PM      Profile for Catchfire   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I. Love. That. Film.

It has one of the greatest opening scenes of all time. I hesitate to show the YouTube clip, because it scarcely does it justice. But here 'tis.


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posted 23 March 2008 01:55 PM      Profile for clersal     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Yes so unexpected. A great movie.
The music was great....so many great things.

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posted 23 March 2008 02:39 PM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I get The Movie Network (TMN.ca) on my satellite feed, six channels of movies nonstop. I've had this for about six years now, and I've seen a gazillion number of movies on my TV.
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posted 30 March 2008 04:31 PM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Just watched "Across The Universe" on ppv. Not bad, but not what I was expecting - the cast was singing Beatles songs as they go about their lives. I expected the Beatles music as background to the script. Still pretty good - faithul to the -60s and very anti-Viet Nam war. Instead of Timothy Leary, Bono played a chap named Geary.
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posted 30 March 2008 06:52 PM      Profile for remind     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Oh, we watched that a couple of nights ago boomboom, it seems I dislike musicals even if they are done to The Beatles. We are working our way through season 6 of CSI.
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posted 30 March 2008 06:57 PM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I went upstairs to get a glass of water, and discovered Away From Her was on, so I watched it for an hour. That lucky Gordon Pinsent - gets to bed both Julie Christie and Olympia Dukakis in the same movie!
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posted 31 March 2008 05:21 AM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I heard quite a while ago that Sean Penn was tapped to play the lead in Milk, a bioptic of Harvey Milk. Does anyone know if it's been released yet?

ETA: I asked because I've seen a lot of Sean Penn's films - he's quite good.

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I just saw "The Forbidden Kingdom", starring Jet Li and Jackie Chan. It was great! The best scene was Chan and Li fighting, flicking in and out of different styles and techiniques. Just fabulous. Anybody who loves kung fu or fantasy will enjoy this.
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I saw "The Mist" recently. Fan of horror? Like a really good all around movie? Watch it! I went in with no expectations, and it blew my mind. It is formulaic, but what isn't? It just gets the formula damn right.
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I own a copy of The Mist, and I just bought a copy of Cloverfield. My god, I love both of those movies--they may have horrible acting and dialogue, but they go to the heart of the giant monster genre. I did a review of Cloverfield for The Republic that, if anyone's interested, you can read here:

http://www.republic-news.org/archive/182-repub/182_nenonen.html


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posted 03 May 2008 08:58 AM      Profile for N.Beltov   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I hate horror movies like I hate Capulets but I'm curious anyway; was Andre Braugher any good in his role as Brent Norton in The Mist?

Before he was killed off, I mean.


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I like a good story, but I tend to avoid horror and violence in movies. A lot of science fiction I don't like because it's mostly so far-fetched, although I remember liking Barbarella and 2001, but those were quite a while ago, when I was young and stoned.
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quote:
Originally posted by N.Beltov:
I hate horror movies like I hate Capulets but I'm curious anyway; was Andre Braugher any good in his role as Brent Norton in The Mist?

Before he was killed off, I mean.



I'm an atrocious judge of acting ability, but I thought this was one of the stronger performances in the movie. Braugher was respectably understated in a film with a number of over-the-top performances.


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posted 04 May 2008 08:59 AM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Does anyone have that "Silver Screen" channel? We had a brief preview of it last week, but it seemed that all they show are B-movie teenage horror flicks.

I've seen the "Turner" old movie channel a few times, and wish I could get that, but Bell doesn't offer it.


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Bummer, I love TCM. Sorry you can't get it.
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I saw Iron Man today (cheap Tuesday). Robert Downey Jr. plays the lead character, with supporting parts by Gwyneth Paltrow and Jeff Bridges. There are plenty of freely available summaries of the plot and movie reviews on line so I won't dwell on that.

What I mainly want to dwell on is product placement. Besides being a general advertisement for the US military, F-16's, F-22's, the US Air Force, and, of course, the fictional Stark Industries (presumably modeled on Hughes Industries since the main character was partly modeled on Howard Hughes), the film boasts a lengthy series of free advertising. It includes automobiles: Rolls-Royce, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Audi, Porsche, Corvette (that gets destroyed by the roof-crashing aerial Robocop), Dodge Trucks, MG and Jaguar; motorcycles: a parked Harley Davidson and probably a Triumph and/or BSA as well; Dell Computers; Bluthner Pianos; Rocco's Pizza in Malibu; and Texaco petroleum. I'm sure there are plenty that I missed as it was difficult to keep up with the dizzying array of images and follow the film at the same time.

One important American product missing was an official cheeseburger. However, the main character, once he has his epiphany and change of heart from a lifetime of fabulous wealth from the development and sale of weapons of death, curiously cannot do without munching on a cheeseburger while delivering his change of heart speech to a flabbergasted crowd of military personnel, arms dealers and press representatives. It was as if the film makers teased some unnamed McCorporation with the idea that, yes, your cheeseburger could have been right here in the film. Maybe next time?

If the press from Marvel is to be believed, a sequel is already in the works, and there is always room for an official cheeseburger in a future Iron Man film. Maybe we can look forward to an official soft drink, or, in this case, an official oil for the difficult lube jobs that Iron Man will need. The red and green of Texaco might be a good fit for the red and gold of Iron Man, eh? This is where the film's main character resembles James Bond (with his peculiarly English product tastes) who has all the right brands and all the right products: the Walther PPK, the Aston Martin, etc..

I can't leave alone the ridiculously unbelievable unwillingness of the protagonist to construct a new weapon for the generic "bad guys" having spent his entire previous life designing, developing, and perfecting ever new horrific weapons for the rich lifestyle to which he had become accustomed. His plea of "I refuse" was immediately followed in the film with a waterboarding scene with him as the star attraction. Perhaps if the "bad guys" offered more cash, then everything would have been OK?

Anyway, all in all, it was an unrelenting series of commercials. And that sort of made sense in a film in which the main character becomes the product, an all-purpose human weapon as it were, for sale to the hapless idiots who watch this shit.

Fortunately for me, some other idiot payed for my ticket. The explosions were way cool but I won't be seeing the film again. However, I've got a hankering for a Big Mac. I wonder why?

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Ellen Burstyn does an excellent job as Hagar Shipley in the Kari Skogland film version of Margaret Lawrence's The Stone Angel. Canadian Christine Horne, who bears a remarkable resemblance to Burstyn, played the younger Hagar. If anyone watches this film, then it will, I predict, garner Burstyn another Academy Award Nominee.

Thing is, in many ways this is a very, very Canadian film and 'Merricans just might not get it. You may not like it if you are the sort of person to criticize a film for making all the male characters look stoo-pid, or if you like black-and-white and simple cutout characters, or if you are uncomfortable with the depiction of everyday tragedy that looks like it could be avoided.

Hagar is a very Canadian rebel - a female version - and, although her bull-headedness gets her into all sorts of trouble, the viewer cannot help but admire her faithfulness to herself, her easy way with defining her own spiritual path, her fighting Highlander spirit, her unwillingness to surrender, and her Everyman qualities.

This is a film in which you will suddenly notice the tears streaming down the side of your face but you will not care anyway.

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Beltov, I really enjoyed your analysis of Iron Man and I think I'm going to have to see it only based on your review.
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posted 12 May 2008 05:14 AM      Profile for N.Beltov   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
If you must, then try cheap Tuesday like I did. It'll hurt less.
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Ahh the over-the-top product placement in Iron Man. It was pretty laughable, but all in all I quite enjoyed the movie. I also bought Once Upon a Time in the West a few years back at a boxing day sale, and I've yet to watch it. The great part about recently moving and deciding against cable is I've finally had the chance to catch up on some movies that have been collecting dust on the shelf for way too long. That will be one of my next. I did spend Friday night watching Jesus Christ Superstar, a flick that I basically grew up with (as my dad constantly retells the story of how he skipped out of high school to go see it on opening day.) And then I also threw in On Golden Pond, as I usually do on lazy Saturday afternoons. There is something about Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn talking about "sucking face" that makes me smile every time.
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posted 12 May 2008 05:10 PM      Profile for 500_Apples   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I enjoyed Ironman.

The product placement was a bit much but that's what you get in modern cinema.

It had good action, good explosions, good eye candy, good jokes and a simple story to follow.


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posted 12 May 2008 06:23 PM      Profile for Papal Bull   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Iron Man was awesome. I quite enjoyed it...although, yes, product placements. At least Transformers had a touch of satire when its product placements go amok

However, I'd have to say that my recent endeavors into the world of Soviet film have dredged up some excellent flicks. I just watched Dovzhenko's Aerograd (you can get it off archive.org, which also has Salt of the Earth...if you're on this board you need to see this movie). I'm also going hogwild over the Tarkovsky DVDs I picked up last week. Solyaris, The Mirror, and Stalker. I'm pretty damned excited to just sit down and go through several hours of a Tarkovsky marathon!


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I'm planning to watch Comfort and Indifference this Friday.

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Dave Barber: The film ( to be introduced by guest filmmaker REG HARKEMA) is a classic Quebec documentary - an award winning and brilliant analysis of why the Parti Quebecois lost the referendum in 1980. The character Machiavelli judges both history and the society. Featuring many cinema verite scenes with Jean Chretien, Rene Levesque, Pierre Trudeau, The film won BEST FILM OF THE YEAR by the QUEBEC FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION.

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I saw House of Sand and Fog on DVD this weekend, which was mentioned in the Greatest books turned into movies thread.

Has Jennifer Connelly ever been in anything that could even remotely be described as 'upbeat'? It took me a while to shake the mood I got from Requiem for a Dream (which somebody suggested should be mandatory viewing for all high school kids) and to this day, I have no desire to see it again.

House of Sand and Fog was a little less traumatic, but, again, a modern tragedy where, as one of the actors put it, each of the characters, at critical points in the coming together of events has a clear choice to take a different road. None of them do.

With Requiem you can see that the characters lose the ability to make a choice, and you kind of get sucked into the downward spiral with them. With this movie, you can at least come away with the ability to conceive of a different outcome for all of them. Probably because they themselves get to see what other choices could have been made, and that, in retrospect, they would have made. Excellent writing.

By contrast, I also watched Next, starring, bafflingly, Nicolas Cage and Julianne Moore.

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Boom Boom, Milk is in post-production so it should be released soon. And bonus!! The amazing Gus Van Sant is the director:

Milk


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posted 21 May 2008 09:12 AM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Thanks. Seems to be taking a long time getting this film to the screen.
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Once upon a time in the West...Jack Elam! what a face that guy had. I checked him out in IMDb, 200 film credits to his name and that didn't count individual episodes of gunsmoke. way back in 1949 he was in a movie called "Wild Weed" in which a good girl who is putting her brother through school by being a chourus line dancer is led astray by a "marijuana pusher" who gets her addicted to the "devil's weed". apparently there was a public warning script at the end of movie about pot and how 200 million people were addicted!
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Oh, god. Don't tell me he's back.
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posted 21 May 2008 05:22 PM      Profile for Michael Nenonen   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Here are two articles from Antiwar.com about Iron Man:

http://www.antiwar.com/engelhardt/?articleid=12878


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posted 21 May 2008 07:49 PM      Profile for chester the prairie shark     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
quote:
Originally posted by M. Spector:
Oh, god. Don't tell me he's back.

are you referring to me?


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Just watched "Evan Almighty" again. I loved it, and am still wondering how they did the animal sequences.
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Yeah, that was fun. I liked that one too. My son thought it was fabulous.
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Just watched Hairspray (2007). I was set not to like it, but it was great. It's a musical about integration in early 1960s Baltimore. John Travolta is a hoot playing the role of the star's mother. I played it through my 125 watt stereo - the music makes you wanna dance, man. Really good film, especially if you like really loud musicals (I do*).

ps: I was in Baltimore in May 2001 - forty years on, downtown's still a pretty depressing place.

*I saw GODSPELL live at the Warner Theatre in Washington DC in June 2000 - with a live rock band backing the performance - just about blew the roof off.


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I quite enjoyed Hairspray as well, though I also didn't expect to. I saw it in theatres when it came out and it really managed to get the crowd going. I remember quite a few outlandish jokes which were cracks on the stereotypes and social issues that were examined in the film, though I'm trying to remember some in particular and my mind is blank. Some very funny moments, though!
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To give you an idea how loud GODSPELL was (see my post above) I'm deaf and wear a hearing aid - I had to take my HA off. I saw Black Sabbath live in Ottawa in 1970 and GODSPELL in 2000 was louder, if you can believe it. But it was fantastic, I wanted to see it again, but the second performance was sold out. During the halftime Intermission, all the cast members came down and served cold drinks to the entire audience (it was hot in that theatre!
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Little Rock Central High (2007).

A documentary of what happened after the forced
integration of 1957 - fifty years on.

Students segregate themselves in classes - blacks sit with blacks, whites sit with whites,and it's mostly whites in the AP (advanced placement) classes.

Depressing film.


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Monkey Warfare (2006)

Don McKellar gives us a film about a pair of middle aged potheads trying to forget their revolutionary past. A nice touch is Leonard Cohen at the end singing "The Old Revolution".


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I'm Not There (2007)

You might have to be a Bob Dylan fan to appreciate the story line of this one. And even if you are, you should probably check out Scorsese’s No Direction Home, otherwise it’s easy to get lost. That aside, the music is unreal, the acting is phenomenal, and it is really, really worth checking out. It’s one of the few flicks that I could watch on a Friday with my dad, and then watch again with my boyfriend on the Sunday. And the soundtrack is definitely worth checking out. Think Eddie Vedder, Sonic Youth, Stephen Malkmus, Yo La Tango, Iron and Wine, Calexico, Jeff Tweedy, Ramblin’ Jack, and Antony and the Johnsons (among others) all on one double CD.


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quote:
Monkey Warfare (2006)

Don McKellar gives us a film about a pair of middle aged potheads trying to forget their revolutionary past. A nice touch is Leonard Cohen at the end singing "The Old Revolution".


Sounds good. I really like Don McKellar.


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I've always liked Don McKellar, as generally I like Canadian movies - I wish there were more of them. Monkey Warfare is a bit of a downer, but there's still a lot of interesting stuff in it - a lot of photos of 60s revolutionaries, some of whom I had completely forgotten about.

ETA: the 'downer' bit was where McKellar is stealing bicycles - that bit pissed me off, and I don't know why it was included in the film.

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quote:
Originally posted by chester the prairie shark:

are you referring to me?


Nice to see ya Chester. How about those Leafs starting to rebuild their front office staff in the last week?


I just picked up a DVD of "Once Upon a Time in the West" in a bargain bin over the weekend.

I finally got around to "The Queen of Outer Space" a few nights ago. Those Venusian dames have pretty impressive gams.


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I was treated to Iron Man for father's day. Agree that the product placement was over the top. Must point out though - there clearly was an official cheeseburger.

My daughter tapped me on the arm and whispered: "I wonder how much that cost Burger King?"


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I saw Get Smart over the weekend. It was pretty good, if not much like the TV show. Max and 99's characters aren't at all like Don Adams' and Barbara Feldon's, which seemed OK to me - like Alan Alda's "Hawkeye" was nothing like Donald Sutherland's.

Bernie Kopell showed up as a minor character, even though he still looks like Siegfried. It was kinda eerie to see Patrick Warburton, the guy who played Puddy in Seinfeld, as Hymie the Robot, because ever since I saw him in Seinfeld I thought he looked like Hymie.

Has anyone noticed that they don't make TV shows out of movies any more, but instead make movies out of TV shows?


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I was really tired today, having been out gardening all afternoon, and the house is cold (10C outside) because I didn't put the furnace on. So, I laid back on the couch with a heavy quilt, and found the only recent movie playing on TMN was a Disney film called The Game Plan (2007) so I decided to watch it. Pretty good, actually, for a Disney film - football, ballet, and a star Quarterback who discovers he has an eight year old daughter. Not Academy Award material, but still fun.
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posted 28 June 2008 08:01 PM      Profile for 500_Apples   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Batman is coming out soon, apparently it's going to have a sneak preview for Terminator 4.

That latter movie will suck for sure, but I'll watch it anyway just because I'm a huge fan, I might be wrong and I'll enjoy it anyway.


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posted 14 July 2008 09:52 PM      Profile for Sky Captain   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
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Originally posted by Catchfire:
Beltov, I really enjoyed your analysis of Iron Man and I think I'm going to have to see it only based on your review.


And if you do, then you're selling it short. As is Beltov.

Try to look past the product placement and focus on the story of redemption within. The guy changes his tune from being a self-interested playboy to that of a concerned person who wants to do good in the world, by not making the same shit as he did before, Actually, Tony Stark creates great and amazing non-military items in the comic book-everything from 'Net browsers to medical systems. And the Iron Man armor is itself the ultimate in non-lethal systems, as is the Guardsman armor. Want more proof? Check here (don't focus on only the military stuff.

But most of all understand that this is the story of a flawed human being who does good in the world by using his wealth and genius to protect it.


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posted 15 July 2008 05:29 PM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I just watched Mr. Bean's Holiday on TMN (I've seen it before) and it's still a hoot.
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posted 15 July 2008 06:59 PM      Profile for Robespierre     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
quote:
Originally posted by 500_Apples:
Batman is coming out soon, apparently it's going to have a sneak preview for Terminator 4.

That latter movie will suck for sure, but I'll watch it anyway just because I'm a huge fan, I might be wrong and I'll enjoy it anyway.


"I might be wrong" is probably the most oft-repeated phrase used by that little voice inside my head, but I am inclined think T4 will blow, too.

Batman Begins was pretty damn good, though. Is this latest Batman flick from the same folks who produced that? I ordered a Dominoes Pizza a few weeks ago (do you have those up there? I'm sure you have crappy chain-pizza, whatever they are called) and on top of the box was a large news sheet called The Gotham Times, with a hugh headline Batman: Savior or Menace?

Pretty cool promotion for the movie, I thought. It has fictional news stories on the pages. Best free crap I ever got from Dominoes Pizza.

PS: OMG, can you believe that Boom Boom likes Mr. Bean movies! The little voice inside my head is telling me not to insult him. Guess I will follow its advice.

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posted 15 July 2008 09:19 PM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
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Originally posted by Robespierre:
PS: OMG, can you believe that Boom Boom likes Mr. Bean movies! The little voice inside my head is telling me not to insult him. Guess I will follow its advice.


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posted 15 July 2008 09:41 PM      Profile for martin dufresne   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
You sure that's not the little head inside your voice?

"I'm just so easily led
When the little head
Does the thinking." (John Hiatt)

[ 15 July 2008: Message edited by: martin dufresne ]


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posted 15 July 2008 09:45 PM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Damn. Now I got an earworm from a Leonard Cohen song, "...giving me head on an unmade bed...". All because of you.
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posted 19 July 2008 07:49 PM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Just watched Becoming Jane (2007). Anne Hathaway is amazing in this. I didn't know what it was about before it started, I thought it might be about the young, radical Jane Fonda at first , but that embarrassingly wrong thought dispelled as soon as the film started. I didn't think I'd like anything remotely connected to Jane Austen, but this movie made me much more sympathetic to her. Very impressive movie making here.
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posted 20 July 2008 05:57 AM      Profile for ElizaQ     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Well I saw Batman last night.(this contains no spoilers) It was definitely worth the money to see it in the theatre. For us it was one of those movies where you leave the theatre expressing a silent wow but not sure what else to say. Takes a while to settle in. It was very dark and the themes explored quite complex and nuanced.
It really wasn't just your basic 'good vs evil' superhero flick.
At one point in the movie I actually thought I'm not really enjoying this, it isn't as great as the reviews are saying it is. Realized soon enough though that it was the unsettling content of the movie that was the issue and not so much the movie itself. It just didn't fit with any preconceived notions.
Heath Ledgers Joker was one of the most realistic ,creepy, scary on a intellectual level 'villians' I have ever seen on screen. The character did more then just be a typical portrayal of bad that good had to vanquish. In his enacting of the 'evil' it was full of social commentary of what is deemed to be good. It freaked me out when the guy actually made logical sense. It wasn't so cut and dry.

One of the main themes of the movie which my hubby summed up as 'Sometimes the hero has to do bad things in order to do good' and where is the line that the 'hero' crosses was also very thought provoking and somewhat unsettling when reflecting it on real world situations. Paticularly in the general realm of terrorism (which also was a theme of the movie but not in a blantant in your face way) and conflict, which was some of the talk that the movie brought up in the car ride home.

I wouldn't say that this piece is most absolutely brilliant piece of social commentary that I have seen as I have read in some reviews. It was a bit clunky at times and a few cliches creeped in here and there but it definitely had a lot in it that I feel is quite relevant to the world today. The thing that struck me though was that there was no particular 'message' and the questions it provoked remained quite open. I expect different people who hold different viewpoints and perceptions of the world will take different things from it which maybe was the point.
There are no easy answers.

On another note in the case of Heath Ledger. While it's hard to separate 'Hollywoodization' fact and fiction of his death I do remember reading a few things before he died of how this role affected him , emotionally and with problems sleeping and all that. Things that added onto personal issues before the role may have led indirectly to his death. After seeing this performance I could totally understand why this could be the case. That wasn't Heath Ledger on screen and in acting terms he was the 'Joker' through and through. He was in this characters head and that in my mind not a pleasant place to be or spend even a short amount of time. It's a pretty messed up place in my opinion.
I don't want to go so far as to say that the Joker caused his death or play to much into what I can see as becoming part of a 'Hollywood Legend' but even just a superficial contemplation of the connection also added another level of thought to the movie.

[ 20 July 2008: Message edited by: ElizaQ ]


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posted 20 July 2008 06:07 AM      Profile for Robespierre     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Well, that was some high-quality movie reviewing there, ElizaQ.

Thanks.


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Also there were trailers for the Watchman and T4.
I'm not familiar with the Watchman at all but just the trailer made me contemplate actually checking out the graphic novel it's based on.
Actually this new Batman actually makes me want to check out the actual comics, which I now know nothing about expect that the actual comics aren't anything like the campy "Batman light" that I grew up with.

The trailer for T4 was basically nothing. A few brief a flickly scenes with the Terminator music and a the words, "The end is about to begin' (or something like that) then the date Summmer 2009. It was pretty funny the audience actually let out a groan as in 'f******ck' a whole year? Why bother?

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posted 20 July 2008 06:16 AM      Profile for ElizaQ     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
quote:
Originally posted by Robespierre:
Well, that was some high-quality movie reviewing there, ElizaQ.

Thanks.


Well I'm not usually one to do much indepth movie talk like this but when I woke up this am I was still thinking about it so thought I'd write about it. I read one comment somewhere where the person said that this is the type of movie that will 'haunt' you long after. I'm not sure that for me haunting is the right word, though I did have some pretty wacky and weird dreams last night. As someone who loves movies any film that still is the first thing on my mind the day after I watch it, good or bad, has something to it.


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Thanks for the review, ElizaQ. We were thinking of going to check it out tonight, though I think we might wait a week or two for the line ups to clear slightly. I've heard nothing but glowing reviews and even a lot of Oscar buzz about Ledger's performance so far. He really was such a talented actor.
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posted 27 July 2008 06:21 PM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I just watched Children of a Lesser God (1986) (which I've seen before) on TMN. Still a good film after all these years. A bit of a bittersweet moment, as I identified with Sarah (played by Marlee Matlin) as I too was thought to be retarded until I was a few years old, until a physician suggested to my parents I get my hearing tested. Voila. I never learned sign language although I have been profoundly hard of hearing all my life - I had a chance to go to the Belleville School For The Deaf but my parents nixed that idea - they wanted me to grow and adapt to a hearing environment, which I did, at very great personal cost.
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posted 25 August 2008 08:56 PM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
quote:
Originally posted by Timebandit:
Bummer, I love TCM. Sorry you can't get it.

Good news. We ditched that horrible Bell Express
View and now have Sasktel Max...with TCM and all old movies, all the time.


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posted 25 August 2008 09:03 PM      Profile for Papal Bull   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I just finished watching Persepolis. Really good movie. Bit of pacing issues near the end, and it really overused fades.
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posted 25 August 2008 09:05 PM      Profile for Cueball   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I thought that was a great movie. One thing that made me sad about it was that it would likely never have got production funding, let along an international release, if Iran where not the official enemy.
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posted 26 August 2008 03:47 PM      Profile for Papal Bull   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I think that is a view that is too cynical to take.
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posted 26 August 2008 05:34 PM      Profile for Stargazer     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I just bought The Films of Kenneth Anger - Volume One and Two. Really looking forward to watching them.
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posted 26 August 2008 06:19 PM      Profile for Papal Bull   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Hey, can I get a bunch of suggestions? I have awesome access to film right now. I've been watching lots of humorous stuff right now, I'd like to stay in that range, right now, but more than willing to deviate. Also, really good online videos would be nice too.
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posted 27 August 2008 03:45 AM      Profile for Stargazer     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
For comedy have you watched Atom Egoyen's Adjuster yet Boom Bomm? (BTW, I picked up Monkey Warfare and haven't watched it yet).

I'd recommend some classics here:

- Battle Royale, an amazing Japanese film

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0266308/plotsummary

- Beautiful Boxer - a true story about a trans gendered boxer in Thailand. Beautiful and heart warming story

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0401248/

- White Oleander is an amazing movie about the relationship between an eccentric, free -spirited and string woman (Michelle Pfieffer) and her young daughter and the breakdown of that relationship. An excellent film...

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0283139/

- Clean/Shaven - Peter Winter is a young schizophrenic who is desperately trying to get his daughter back from her adoptive family. He attempts to function in a world that, for him, is filled with strange voices, electrical noise, disconcerting images, and jarringly sudden emotional shifts. He clings to his humanity like a raft, barely afloat in a sea of terror. In a brief moment of congruence, he shatters his image reflected in a window, perhaps to more properly align it with his fragmented psyche. During his quest, he runs afoul of the law and an ongoing murder investigation.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106579/

- Funny Games - the original or the American remake - both directed by Michael Haneke is an amazingly wicked movie.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119167/


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posted 27 August 2008 03:54 AM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
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Originally posted by Stargazer:
[QB]For comedy have you watched Atom Egoyen's Adjuster yet Boom Boom? (BTW, I picked up Monkey Warfare and haven't watched it yet).

No, but I'll look for it, and all the others you suggested. Thanks for the recommendations.


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posted 27 August 2008 06:12 AM      Profile for melovesproles     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I really liked Monkey Warfare.

quote:
Also there were trailers for the Watchman and T4.
I'm not familiar with the Watchman at all but just the trailer made me contemplate actually checking out the graphic novel it's based on.

You should. Its usually the graphic novel that is held up as the example of what can be accomplished with storytelling in the genre. I really liked it, it explodes a lot of the underlying ´superhero´ mythologies and demonstrates their relationship with fascist philosophies in a really entertatining and thought provoking way. It combines alternate history with multiple perspectives and a well written detective story. I´m not too optimistic about the movie, its directed by the guy who brought us ´300´ which was maybe the most blatantly pro-fascist movie I think I´ve ever seen.


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posted 27 August 2008 07:29 AM      Profile for Papal Bull   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
This should make you all very sad.

Will Eisner's The Spirit is being directed by Frank Miller, the man who wrote Sin City and 300. And believe me, he and Eisner have no ideological common ground. To reverse things, it is like Ken Loach directing the Fountain Head.


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posted 31 August 2008 09:56 AM      Profile for Papal Bull   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Just finished watching the Wind That Shakes The Barley, directed by Ken Loach and starring Cillian Murphy. Unbelievably good.

Another great (and I say great in the strongest of terms) flick I just watched was the Israeli movie about an Egyptian police band stranded in a small Israeli city. The shooting was excellent, at times it is hilarious (particularly at the roller disco), and at times it is sad - expressed as much through the shots of a bleak night as it is through a story that shows sadness that links people across any cultural bounds. It is told mostly in English, with subtitled Hebrew and Arabic.

Likewise, I watched Jimmy Carter - Man From Plains, directed by Johnathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs). A very good documentary and builds itself around a quote in the middle of the movie (Jimmy Carter: It's the editing that kills you) wherein a good interview is feared ruined by editors. However, much of the movie is made brilliant through, well, brilliant editing.


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posted 31 August 2008 02:11 PM      Profile for Catchfire   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
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Originally posted by Papal Bull:
Just finished watching the Wind That Shakes The Barley, directed by Ken Loach and starring Cillian Murphy. Unbelievably good.

Great film.


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posted 31 August 2008 02:59 PM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Just watched Pleasantville from 1998. I've seen it before, but it's still good.
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posted 31 August 2008 08:26 PM      Profile for Papal Bull   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
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Originally posted by Boom Boom:
Just watched Pleasantville from 1998. I've seen it before, but it's still good.

Really an underrated movie. Simultaneously, I really liked the Truman Show with Jim Carrey. A really grand movie that just seems to have been relegated to a sort of cultural amnesia.


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Speaking of Pleasantville I just watched "Fido" a few days ago. Brilliant Pleasantville'esk send up of all your favorite zombi films.


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Fido kicks ass, as does Pleasantville. I love Reese Witherspoon. If anyone is interested, her movie, Freeway, is by far her best - ever.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0116361/

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Deeply entrenched in the subversive world of cult films, "Freeway" could be one of the most engrossing movies I've ever seen. Reminiscent of the films of John Waters, it's a satire of such unfunny things as serial killings, drug abuse, prostitution, sexual abuse of underage children, prison life, random acts of violence, and suicide. Like the best Waters, Matthew Bright finds the pathos in all of these things, shaping the movie into a nihilistic comedy.

Reese Witherspoon is absolutely marvelous as her character, Vanessa Lutz, a sharp-witted "white trash" girl who makes the best out of every situation she finds herself in. Her mother is a drug-addled prostitute. Her stepfather is a jobless, sexually abusive moron who also hits the pipe. Vanessa herself has a history of being in trouble with the law and has trouble reading, but she's far from stupid. We never once doubt that she will prevail, no matter how desperate her situation becomes.

Vanessa is forced to make a move one day when her parents are arrested and a social worker plans on sending Vanessa to another foster home. Unable to face that prospect, she gives her social worker the slip and hits the road to search for her grandmother, who she has never met and who is not even aware of Vanessa's existence. Vanessa's life takes a detour when her car breaks down and she is picked up by Kiefer Sutherland. She does not know that he is the "I-5 Killer", a pathetic but cunning serial murderer who preys on young women he plucks from the freeway. Unfortunately for him, he comes up against the wrong victim when he targets Vanessa.

The rest of the story is best left unsaid, although Roger Ebert gave away most of the plot in his review of the film from 1996 (don't ya just love when he does that?). Bright actually references John Waters several times, first by inserting a brief passage that features the opening theme from "Pink Flamingos" and also by making a plot point out of the fact that Vanessa, who is white, has a thing for black guys (much like Penny Pingleton in "Hairspray"). The dialogue is often outrageous, too. But unlike Waters' early films, "Freeway" is technically well-made and structurally better. It also features a number of terrific cameos and roles, including Brooke Shields as Sutherland's snooty, blissfully ignorant wife.



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I was looking for this one a while back, SG. I couldn't find it, even in our local pop/alt video store. I will try again.
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posted 01 September 2008 11:35 AM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
quote:
Originally posted by Stargazer:
Fido kicks ass, as does Pleasantville. I love Reese Witherspoon.

I agree with all of these. The Truman Show was quite good, too.

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If anyone is interested, her movie, Freeway, is by far her best - ever.

Haven't seen this one yet, but I'll look for it. I adore Reese Witherspoon (and also another quirky actress, Maggie Gyllenhaal).


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I finally got to see Before The Rains a couple of nights ago. The breathless beauty of Sivan's cinematography has not been exaggerated. The movie was excellent and predictable in its story line. I enjoyed most exactly what Sivan himself was looking to achieve with the film:
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"I knew we could do a lot of layering of the story in terms of the metaphors," Sivan said. "The whole idea of a road going through a jungle represents an intrusion, of displacement. And we called it 'Before the Rains' because there is the smell of change coming. And it just so happens to the man and the country at the same time."

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posted 01 September 2008 01:41 PM      Profile for Papal Bull   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Today I watched Justice League: The New Frontier.

Holy hell, it is an amazing film. I'm not sure that it would go over supremely well on this board. It is a sort of bizarre examination of liberalism in the United States of the Cold War. With DC character. It has an engrossing story, gorgeous animation, a stellar voice cast, and amazing production values. Highly recommended.

Tonight I intend to watch Married Life with Pierce Brosnan.


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posted 04 September 2008 05:55 AM      Profile for Stargazer     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Boom Boom, here is the trailer for MILK:

Gus Van Sant's MILK


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posted 04 September 2008 06:04 AM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Thanks - isn't it at least 6 months late?

Last night, I wasn't going to watch the Repugs copnvention no matter what, so I found the only remotely interesting film on TMN, and it was No Country For Old Men. Definitely not a family film! It was ultraviolent, but it kept me on the edge of my seat. Not many films do that.


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posted 04 September 2008 06:08 AM      Profile for Stargazer     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I keep meaning to buy that movie but for some reason I never do. I'll have to pick it up. Just can't ignore all the good things about it.
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posted 04 September 2008 07:14 AM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
No Country For Old Men is well made, but don't kid yourself, it's a really violent, dark film.
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posted 04 September 2008 07:23 AM      Profile for Stargazer     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
My preference has always been for dark films. Not such a fan of the feel good movies.
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posted 04 September 2008 07:30 AM      Profile for 500_Apples   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Speaking of feel good films, I saw Mean Girls yesterday, that was a fun movie. My stomach was twisting a bit when she shunned the mathletes through the middle of the film, but everything ends happy which was nice. It's too bad Lindsay Lohan's career is in the doldrums.
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posted 04 September 2008 07:31 AM      Profile for 500_Apples   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
quote:
Originally posted by Stargazer:
My preference has always been for dark films. Not such a fan of the feel good movies.

Did you like Requiem for a Dream?

I often like dark films, and that was, I think, the darkest I've seen. Too dark, I really didn't like it.


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posted 04 September 2008 07:36 AM      Profile for Stargazer     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I liked Mean Girls, and for some reason, I like Lindsey Lohan.

Saw Requiem and really enjoyed it. I'm into much darker films though I am loathe to share that here as I have extreme counter-culture tastes in films.

Some of the ones I have bought have been Bad Boy Bubby by Rolf De Heer (who also did the amazing Ten Canoes):

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106341/

And Clean, Shaven:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106579/


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Boom Boom
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posted 04 September 2008 07:40 AM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I've seen Mean Girls several times, I liked the Tina Fey character. There's another Lindsay Lohan movie I liked, can't remember the name of it.

There's a Reese Witherspoon movie where she plays the ghost of a nurse that died in a car accident, and somehow comes back to life in the end. She had this gorgeous penthouse apatment that's rented out to a guy who gets to talk to her ghost. Really entertaining film. I've seen it several times, can't remember the name. Damn this getting older and losing my memory!


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posted 04 September 2008 07:42 AM      Profile for Stargazer     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
That's Just Like Heaven. I liked it too. I like all her movies. She's got something that so many actresses lack these days.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0425123/


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posted 04 September 2008 07:51 AM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
quote:
Originally posted by Stargazer:
That's Just Like Heaven.

Yes, that's the one! Wish I had a better memory.

.... uh, what are we talking about, again?


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posted 04 September 2008 11:44 AM      Profile for Papal Bull   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I bothered myself to try to watch 300 again. I couldn't do it. It is just not an enjoyable movie. Less so on the small screen.
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posted 04 September 2008 11:53 AM      Profile for 500_Apples   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
quote:
Originally posted by Papal Bull:
I bothered myself to try to watch 300 again. I couldn't do it. It is just not an enjoyable movie. Less so on the small screen.

I loved 300... it's so epic, and the artwork and costume design was just magnificent. I found some of the performances such as Lena Heady's very convincing.

In my tastes I think second only to Gladiator as the best swords flick of the past decade.


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posted 04 September 2008 03:32 PM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I initially refused to see Gladiator when it was released because I thought it would be nothing but gratuitous violence, but a friend kept nagging me and nagging me and finally I gave in - and I loved it! I've seen it almost a dozen times.
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posted 04 September 2008 03:39 PM      Profile for martin dufresne   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
At today's box office prices - and counting gas, parking fees, soda pop, pop corn and the baby-sitter - there is no such thing as gratuitous violence.
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posted 04 September 2008 03:40 PM      Profile for Webgear     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
quote:
Originally posted by Papal Bull:
I bothered myself to try to watch 300 again. I couldn't do it. It is just not an enjoyable movie. Less so on the small screen.

Have you seen The 300 Spartans from 1961?

It is a lot better than 300.


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posted 04 September 2008 03:48 PM      Profile for Cueball   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I went to see Mongol, which gets an A for costumes and sets, and the fact that the entire film is filmed in the original langauge, but a C for historicity, and C + simply as drama.
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posted 04 September 2008 03:50 PM      Profile for Papal Bull   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
quote:
Originally posted by Cueball:
I went to see Mongol, which gets an A for costumes and sets, and the fact that the entire film is filmed in the original langauge, but a C for historicity, and C + simply as drama.

No John Wayne? Sounds terrible.


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posted 04 September 2008 03:54 PM      Profile for Cueball   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
quote:
Originally posted by Papal Bull:
I think that is a view that is too cynical to take.

Not at all, the film would never have been made when the Muslims were our bulwark against Tudeist communists that were the official enemy. Now that most of those people are dead, and scattered around the world, major western production houses, French government agencies and US distribution companies deign to remember them, and serve them up as an example of "Muslim" attrocity in Iran.

Not the fault of the film-maker of course, but there you go.

You are fool if you think otherwise.

[ 04 September 2008: Message edited by: Cueball ]


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posted 04 September 2008 03:59 PM      Profile for Papal Bull   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
quote:
Originally posted by Cueball:

Not at all, the film would never have been made when the Muslims were our bulwark against Tudeist communists that were the official enemy. Now that most of those people are dead, and scattered around the world, major western production houses, French government agencies and US distribution companies deign to remember them, and serve them up as an example of "Muslim" attrocity in Iran.

Not the fault of the film-maker of course, but there you go.

You are fool if you think otherwise.

[ 04 September 2008: Message edited by: Cueball ]


Okay, I'm just going to toss the burden of proof to you and show me that is why they funded it. Generally, that would be brought up in the funding process if that is what you think.

edit:: also, because the US disliked Mossadegh they made the 300 Spartans to celebrate the unseating of a great tyrant!

Where is my proof? I don't need it!

[ 04 September 2008: Message edited by: Papal Bull ]


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posted 04 September 2008 04:16 PM      Profile for Cueball   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Faith is often accompanied by willful blindness. Or perhaps you are just to young to remember. Or Perhaps you never had Iranian refugees living in your house. Or perhaps you were just too obsessed with finding an object to beat your anti-muslim drum with to see that movie is precisely about a young, dissaffeted Iranian refugee/immigrant living impoverished and ignored while her country is being torn apart.

Try watching it again.

[ 04 September 2008: Message edited by: Cueball ]


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posted 04 September 2008 04:30 PM      Profile for Papal Bull   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
My anti-Muslim drum only beats to 4-4 time.

And your Proof Maker seems to be set to 'ad hominem'.


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posted 04 September 2008 04:41 PM      Profile for Cueball   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
So you are saying this film would have been released in 1979, or 80?

I gave you the benefit of the doubt.

ETA: Scratch that, it might have been made in the Soviet Union.

[ 04 September 2008: Message edited by: Cueball ]


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posted 04 September 2008 04:47 PM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
quote:
Originally posted by martin dufresne:
At today's box office prices - and counting gas, parking fees, soda pop, pop corn and the baby-sitter - there is no such thing as gratuitous violence.

good one!

(although I haven't gone to a movie theatre in many years)


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posted 04 September 2008 04:48 PM      Profile for Papal Bull   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Uh, sure? Why the fuck not?

I mean, isn't that all the news service was during the 70s and 80s regarding Iran?

Mind you, I think your 'Add Reply' button is set to 'douchebag'.


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posted 04 September 2008 04:55 PM      Profile for Cueball   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Watch the movie again. It completely example how the western countries ignored the plight of Iranian communists. Racially stygamtized and unsupported by anyone she ends up living on the streets. This section amounts to half of the movie. Were you sleeping?

In any case your arguement has slipped into a bit of Rumsfeldian logic about the "absence of evidence," with your question about me proving that it could not.

I am saying that it did not. Its not as if the round up off the Iranian left was any big secret. Just watch the movie again.


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posted 04 September 2008 05:25 PM      Profile for bigcitygal     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
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