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Lucius
Posted on Friday, March 16, 2007 - 04:30 pm:   

further discussion
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ben peek
Posted on Saturday, March 17, 2007 - 01:07 am:   

what's with all the remaking of john carpenter films of late? i hear they're planning to do a remake of escape from new york, which, y'know, strikes me as kinda unnecessary...
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Brendan Connell
Posted on Saturday, March 17, 2007 - 02:54 am:   

Yeah. The first one sucked. But Hollywood is like an old whore remembering the flings of her youth.
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ben peek
Posted on Saturday, March 17, 2007 - 05:52 am:   

i liked the sequel, ESCAPE FROM LA a lot, though i reckon i'm in the minority of it for that...
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PM
Posted on Saturday, March 17, 2007 - 06:05 am:   

Ben, yep you're in a minority.

Remakes are almost always unnecessary...but here they come anyway.
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Alan frackelton
Posted on Saturday, March 17, 2007 - 06:29 am:   

Too right, PM.

Can anybody think of a remake, either of an American film, TV show, etc., or of a foreign language film (aka film not in the English langauge) that manages to improve on the original, or that even manages to hold its own against the original...?
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, March 17, 2007 - 07:04 am:   

Lots. The Thing by Capenter, this year The Painted Veil, the Good Thief. I could come up with more that qualify, but I don't have time right now. There are quite a few. But the vast majority suck. When there are people alive who think 300 is the best movie ever, you know Hollywood is playing to the groundings, amd so remakes today are geared to non-story values.

Brendan, your comparison is unkind to old whores.

Ben, you're insane. Escape from LA...yack.
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Brendan Connell
Posted on Saturday, March 17, 2007 - 08:05 am:   

Well, I have more apt comparisons, but I don't want to be accused of being obscene. (I am, I just don't want to be accused of it.)
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, March 17, 2007 - 08:09 am:   

:-)

I think the words "corpulent" and "lesion-ridden" should be included.
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PM
Posted on Saturday, March 17, 2007 - 08:19 am:   

This is a great time of the year for 300 and Ghost Rider...if you want to go see a movie, this sort of movie, it's this or nothing.
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, March 17, 2007 - 09:01 am:   

Nah, that's not totally true. You got the lives of others out there and some other options. And then we have this place in Portland, the Living Room Theaters. tiny theaters furnished with a few easy chairs, where you can go and have a meal and watch great foreign and indie films..But in the hinterlands you've got Zodiac and etc.
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PM
Posted on Saturday, March 17, 2007 - 09:06 am:   

Zodiac doesn't have a wide release...while I'm sure that there's a little audience overlap it's a rather different sort of film than 300 or GR.
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, March 17, 2007 - 09:10 am:   

?

What's audience overlap got to do with anything? You said there were no options to 300, and I said there were.

It doesn't have a wide release? I think it opened in about three thousand theaters nationwide. It's playing at five or six places in Vancouver, Washington, which is no metropolis.
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PM
Posted on Saturday, March 17, 2007 - 09:20 am:   

Zodiac isn't playing widely in certain regions.

My suggestion is that 300 appeals (by and large) to a different audience than Zodiac.
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, March 17, 2007 - 09:50 am:   

yeah, but it's an option for the discriminating viewer.

Where do you live, man? In the Mojave? :-)
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PM
Posted on Saturday, March 17, 2007 - 10:14 am:   

No one would suggest that you are not a discriminating viewer.

In terms of accessing many cultural events, yeah the desert.
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jk
Posted on Saturday, March 17, 2007 - 10:36 am:   

Watched Keoma. Not very good. And you're right about that song Lucius. Keeee-0000-mmaaaa! She bleats it like a sheep through the whole movie. Argh! That was driving me nuts. And then that guy singer comes in sometimes sounding like a bad Italian Leonard Cohen or something.
The most entertaining part about it was the extras. The lead "actor" Franco Nero states it was not a Spaghetti Western, but a real western like John Ford! A little self-deluded there huh buddy? Also got to learn that the director also did the awful Jaws rip-off Great White that came out in 1980. I remember seeing that in the theaters, and wondering whatever happened to it. I never heard anything more about it, video release or any info at all. It seems Spielberg thought it was a little too much like Jaws, and it was pulled from theaters shortly after its L.A. premiere.
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, March 17, 2007 - 10:45 am:   

The guy that came in now and again, that might have been Franco Nero? That's what I assumed, anyway. All the Christ imagery really put me off, too. The hero's devotion to justice likewise needed more foundation, I thought. I remember GW vaguely, but have never seen it.
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, March 17, 2007 - 10:47 am:   

Oh, yeah... I took the song to be the inner voice of the annoying old woman who kept popping up. That song could have been replaced by a Nascar race soundtrack and been less painful.
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jk
Posted on Saturday, March 17, 2007 - 11:08 am:   

Not sure who was singing. The credits didn't list the singers. That girl singer sounded almost like a demented Renate Knaup from Amon Duul II, in a bad way. I was looking at the composers' credits on Allmovie, they also did a real howler called Yor, Hunter from the Future, an Italian sci-fi/fantasy turkey from the early 80's I remember suffering through.
Yeah, the Christ imagery was pretty heavy-handed, crucifying him on the wheel at the end. I thought his outfit was pretty bad too, it looked like he was wearing legwarmers.
I guess there were a few interesting bits, but overall it was pretty poorly made.
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Brendan Connell
Posted on Saturday, March 17, 2007 - 11:10 am:   

RE Keoma...I did say the music was silly a while back eh :-)

Speaking of Italian films, watched a nice bit of soft sleeze from Carlo Lizzani called Storie di vita e malavita. It is about prostitution in Milan. Music by Morricone. It is not a great film, but it is very entertaining...in a lowlife sort of way.
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, March 17, 2007 - 11:12 am:   

I recall Yor -- that was serious trash.
Yeah, some of the transitions were interesting, and were probably inventive at the time, but not much to like.
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Brendan Connell
Posted on Saturday, March 17, 2007 - 11:19 am:   

The reason I think Keoma is worth seeing, is it sort of represents the last gasp of the SW. Personally though, I like Franco Nero a lot and probably give extra points just because of him.
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, March 17, 2007 - 11:37 am:   

I mean, it wasn't unpleasant to watch, but for me it just wasn't involving. You and JD are more scholarly in your approach to the genre than I am. Nero was okay -- I mean, what could you do with that script? I don't know enough of his other wrok to judge.
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Brendan Connell
Posted on Saturday, March 17, 2007 - 12:30 pm:   

Lucius - Did you ever seen Campaneros? Personally, I consider it to be one of the top ten westerns. Maybe even top 5. Nero plays a Swede in it and is good.

He has done a number of excellent westerns, as well as some really good cop films. I wouldn't call him a great actor, but he is cool.
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, March 17, 2007 - 12:40 pm:   

Nope, but I'll check it out. And yeah, he has definite cool potential. I've seen other westerns with him and I can't recall the names, but they were better. What are his good cop films?
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PM
Posted on Saturday, March 17, 2007 - 12:44 pm:   

Did Peter Bart fart?

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117961277.html?categoryid=1&cs=1

He basically argues that critics are out of touch with 300 and Ghost Rider viewing audiences.

No argument there. He considers it perhaps to be a bad thing. I could not disagree more.
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, March 17, 2007 - 12:56 pm:   

He's a fucking idiot. So's America.
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Brendan Connell
Posted on Saturday, March 17, 2007 - 02:57 pm:   

Well, Nero was in Django and a number of others, including the Mercenary.

For cop films, you might try:
La Polizia incrimina la legge assolve (with Fernando Rey)
Il Giorno della civetta
Confessione di un commissario di polizia

I also just saw another cop film called La Polizia ha le mani legate, with Arthur Kennedy, which was excellent (no Franco Nero though).
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, March 17, 2007 - 03:24 pm:   

Thanks, Brendan.
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ben peek
Posted on Saturday, March 17, 2007 - 08:19 pm:   

i don't know why more people don't like ESCAPE FROM LA. peter fonda surfing a bad tsunami. a bad guy who looks like che, basketball death games, pam grier as a transexual crime boss, a bit of satire, and all these jokes at the first movie's expense...

it should be a winner for everyone :-)

i'm just going to go to work now and let you guys forget i said this...
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, March 17, 2007 - 08:42 pm:   

the first movie was already a (conscious) joke. Why else did Kurt Russell do an Eastwood impression?

I'm afraid you've made an indelible impression. :-)
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ben peek
Posted on Saturday, March 17, 2007 - 11:38 pm:   

it wouldn't be the first time.

i was never that big on ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, despite lee van cleef. it was a bit too eighties for me. anyhow, i'm going to go over here now, and soak myself in bleach :-)
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Lucius
Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2007 - 06:45 am:   

Escape from NY was nothing special, but LA was late-period Carpenter at his worst. Just a mess. IMO, of course. :-)
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Brendan Connell
Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2007 - 01:54 pm:   

I saw a Korean film called "If you were me". Great stuff. Highly recommended. Some segments are better than others, but the good ones are very very good.
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Lucius
Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2007 - 02:14 pm:   

I also saw a Korean film, Welcome to Dongmakgol, a not unsatisfactory exercise in magical realism about a willage during the Korean War whose citizens are oblivious to the war, and what happens when a group of North Korean soldiers come there, followed by a couple of South Koran soldiers and a downed American pilot.
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Brendan Connell
Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2007 - 11:53 pm:   

I have heard of Welcome to Dongmakgol and wanted to see it. I havent located a copy yet though.
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 04:33 am:   

It's for sale on Yesasia for 11.99, I think....
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Brendan Connell
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 04:40 am:   

Thanks, I'll check it out...
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 04:42 am:   

I checked out if I were you, but couldn't find a copy...Any tips?
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PM
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 06:08 am:   

There's a UK release which is widely available from online UK retailers.

Also see that someone is selling a copy on Amazon (US).
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 06:16 am:   

Thanks, PM
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Dave G.
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 06:50 am:   

Don't know what it is, but for some reason, Sat and Sun AM, cable channels have been showing great stuff. Saturday, TNT had THE PLEDGE and it reminded me how deep and awesome the cast was, right down to bit parts: Robin Wright Penn, Benicio del Toro, Aaron Eckhart, Harry Dean Stanton, Mickey Rourke. Del Toro's turn as a retarded Indian wrongly accused of murder was mind-blowing. I had completely forgotten about it. Sun AM Encore had SESSION 9 and it reminded me how much I loved that film.

I also started watching ULEE'S GOLD, which seemed really interesting and well done, although I didn't watch it all. Any opinions?
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 06:58 am:   

Ulee's Gold's a really good film by Victor Nunez,who's made several good films -- A Flash of Green, Ruby in Paradise, etc. I just watched his Coastlines with William Forsythe, which is not as good, but nonetheless worthy. In both Gold and Coastlines and Ruby, really nails the Florida Panhandle and the Redneck Riviera.

Del Toro is awesome in the Pledge...
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 07:02 am:   

I'm realy looking forward to his portrayal of Che in two Soderberg films, the Argentine and Guerrilla in 2008....
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Kelly Christopher Shaw
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 07:15 am:   

Hopefully Soderbergh will get all the shit out of his system before those two Che films come out.
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 07:42 am:   

I don't hold out much hope for that, but I'm still interested in Del Toro's performance. Sounds like an Oscar turn to me.
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Kelly Christopher Shaw
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 09:37 am:   

Yeah, to use the oft used phrase, Del Toro was born for this role.
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 09:39 am:   

Oh, yeah. I can't think of anyone who could play it better.
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PM
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 10:14 am:   

Even when he's relaxed, Del Toro has an intensity. He's just intense period.
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 10:26 am:   

I was here in Portland when he was shooting the Hunted, and saw him in a couple of bars. Dude likes to party.
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Alan frackelton
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 10:38 am:   

Isn't Del Toro also due to appear in a remake of The Wolf Man? Should we be excited?
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 10:46 am:   

Yeah. Could be good. Should be good. But won't be good, probably.
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 10:49 am:   

The director is another music video guy.
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Alan frackelton
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 10:59 am:   

If the director is a music video guy, you can probaly go ahead and edit the last but one sentence. Just replace the comma with a full stop.

But I'm pretty sure I'll end up seeing it anyway. I've always been a werewolf kind of guy. Which maybe explains why dogs don't seem to like me.
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 11:06 am:   

The director is a video guy, but he did a decent job with One Hour Photo. It might not completely suck, but I'm still expecting crap.
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Alan frackelton
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 11:09 am:   

Sorry, just can't do Robin Williams. Just...can't.
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 11:13 am:   

Yeah, one hour photo seemed like the guy fell in love with a Kubrick film -- but it was passable, despite grandma robin. Maybe...

I'm a Benicio del Toro kind of a guy, which means that customs officials don't like me... :-)
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Alan frackelton
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 11:16 am:   

You mean you get access to the internet behind bars? Hey, could be worse. :-)
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 11:42 am:   

Nope, I just picked on a lot at borders. It's my innocent face and that terrorist cookbook in my jacket. :-)
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Alan frackelton
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 11:47 am:   

That'll do it every time. :-)
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 11:51 am:   

They don't care much for the drugs and the microchips either...
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PM
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 11:52 am:   

or yelling, "Death to America"...:-)
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Alan frackelton
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 11:55 am:   

Are you guys even allowed to leave your houses, never mind get within 50 yards of an airport? :-)
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PM
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 12:04 pm:   

Sheesh Alan!

Keep it a secret...
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Alan frackelton
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 12:11 pm:   

Damnit, me and my big mouth...:-)
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 12:18 pm:   

Yeah, keep it down. I'm trying to market my Bush Daughters love dolls to the local zoo for use in their gorilla pen. I don't want any bad publicity hurting my product...

Next the Laura Bush Big Fuck Me Butt, and the Dick Cheney Lookalike dildo...
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Dave G.
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 12:28 pm:   

Is THINGS TO DO IN DENVER WHEN YOU'RE DEAD worth staying up for tonite?
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 12:30 pm:   

NO. IT'S REALLY BAD. BUT NOT BAD ENOUGH< IF YOU GET MY DRIFT.
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Alan frackelton
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 12:32 pm:   

Oh boy, there are now pictures in my head that will haunt me to the grave...:-)
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Alan frackelton
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 12:45 pm:   

It could be worse Dave. Not having cable or satellite, if I wanted to watch a film on (British) TV tonight my choices would be limited to Mr Majestyk or Species 2.
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 12:50 pm:   

And I haven't even talked about the Barbara Bush Majorette Giant Action Figure...

;)
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Alan frackelton
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 12:58 pm:   

Lucius, you must really hate gorillas. :-)
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 12:59 pm:   

That's not for gorillas. That's for Republicans.
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Alan frackelton
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 01:01 pm:   

Yeah, like I said...:-)
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Alan frackelton
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 01:03 pm:   

Does it have motor-powered hands that squeeze really, really tightly?
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 01:22 pm:   

That's an extra option. But Barbara comes with SUPER XXXXXXXXX ACTION and can be programmed to do jumping jacks.
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Alan frackelton
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 01:31 pm:   

But what can she do with her baton?
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 01:58 pm:   

Double-throb SuperSpin...
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Alan frackelton
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 02:05 pm:   

Impressive.

Although, probably best not to put her in a stars & stripes uniform - people might get the wrong idea. :-)
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 02:14 pm:   

Barbara wrapped in the flag, smothered in mustard, and grilled over a slow fire....


The plastic chars a little, but its an all american treat...
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Alan frackelton
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 02:37 pm:   

Free with every HappyMeal.
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Alan frackelton
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 02:46 pm:   

Silly me - that is a Happy Meal.
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Brendan Connell
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 03:33 pm:   

Re: If you were me. I saw it with Italian subs, so I am not sure what the English situation is like. The first 3 segments though, I found to be among the most interesting things I have seen in cinema for a while. They were about 1) a fat girl who wants surgery on her eyelids, 2) a boy who pees in his bed and has to beg for salt, 3) a quadruplegic who gets arrested for crossing the street.

The fourth section I even found difficult to watch, as it had to do with a boy having surgery on his tongue so he could pronounce English better.

As for Ulees Gold, I saw it a while back, but remember enjoying it.
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 03:36 pm:   

If you liked Ulees Gold, you might give Ruby in Paradise a try someday. It's kind of a chick flick, about a young woman fleeing a bad marriage on the Redneck Riviera and it shows that Ashley Judd can really act.
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Brendan Connell
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 03:44 pm:   

I remember Ulees Gold being an old film though? 60s or something. Still, I don't mind giving Ashley Judd a try.
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 04:10 pm:   

No, it's not old. It's a 1997 film, Peter Fonda might have been in his 60s though...
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PM
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 04:29 pm:   

Sometimes I like Peter Fonda. Sometimes I don't.

I enjoyed watching him get his due in The Limey.
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 04:35 pm:   

The Hired Hand, too...
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 04:54 pm:   

Easy Rider, too. He had to carry the movie in order to let Hopper and Nicholson get off in showier parts...
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 09:08 pm:   

I screened the Host for some friends tonight -- third time I've watched it. I swear to God, there are so many small things going on in that movie, I think I enjoyed it more the third time than the first.
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Mark Bukovec
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 11:11 pm:   

Peter Fonda rocked in Thomas and the Magic Railroad.
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Brendan Connell
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 12:05 am:   

Ok, I haven't seen Ulee's Gold then. I am thinking of a western with a similar name. But I can't place my finger on it.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 05:06 am:   

You're what some might call an iconclast, huh, Mark?

Brendan, Ulee's Gold's one of four movies Nunez has set in contemporary central florida, all of which are least worth notice and some quite good. Ulee's old is a modern noir concerning a beekeeper -- the gold of the title is Tupelo Honey.
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ben peek
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 05:35 am:   

i just saw TAKESHIS, a film by takeshi kitano which is, well, about his duel lives as takeshi kitano and beat takeshi. it starts off with the rich and successful takeshi meeting a poor and struggling actor who looks just like him, and then gets pretty surreal. a sort of mix of the life before and after. i'm not sure it'll interest anyone who isn't already a fan, and even then it might be a bit give and take.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 05:50 am:   

I didn't really dig Takeshis, kind of indulgent, I thought...but it makes sense. The guy's huge in Japan. He's on five or six primetime TV shows, on one of which he and another guy sit around making comments on women's butts. Still, for me, hard to beat Hanna Bi.
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Dave G.
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 06:39 am:   

Brendan, are you thinking of ULZANA'S RAID?
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Brendan Connell
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 08:19 am:   

Dave. Yeah, that's it. When I saw the name originally I had just come back from a dinner where I had "dined quite well". Thus the mix up :-) Thanks for clarification.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 08:22 am:   

Not a bad movie, either,
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 02:32 pm:   

I saw the 3rd episode of Robin Hood, and it made me miss Kevin Costner. Well, not exactly. Costner's performance was bad, but at least the writing wasn't as terrible...and that's a sad thought.
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Alan frackelton
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 03:26 pm:   

Not good, is it? I think it's a fairly safe bet that they won't me making a second series.
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Mike McLatchey
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 03:35 pm:   

The second series is apparently a go. I'm now afraid to watch the first.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 03:37 pm:   

It truly sucketh.
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Alan frackelton
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 03:45 pm:   

Mike, you're kidding? Not about being afraid, which is very wise of you, but they can't seriously be considering a 2nd series?
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ben peek
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 03:53 pm:   

yeah, i thought it made kind of sense of him--it's almost an autobiographical thing, but there's no real payoff in the end, i don't reckon. i'm undecided if i like it or not, though.

my favourite of his is SONTANE, though HANA BI runs close to it (and on a different day i might like it more). i quite liked his ZATOICHI, as well.

i've seen one of his tv shows--he was in a chicken suit, and getting people to wrestle. gotta admire the way he switches from place to place--he even paints and writes.
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Mike McLatchey
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 03:56 pm:   

Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but...

http://tinyurl.com/36uckt

Probably would have seen it by now, but was never a big RH fan...
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 04:01 pm:   

"BBC drama boss Jane Tranter said: "The cast have engaged and delighted a whole new generation with this fresh and modern retelling of Robin Hood."

Huh?
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Mike McLatchey
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 04:04 pm:   

And that's after the part where it dropped a million viewers after the first episode (which actually is pretty normal) and aired to mixed viewers. :-) I've actually heard nothing but bad things personally, so bad I'm curious to see it in a train wreck sort of way.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 04:06 pm:   

The same guy's writing it too. But hey, it's filmed in Budapest!!!!!
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Mike McLatchey
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 04:08 pm:   

Is RH airing on BBC America right now? Should I bring up ITV's Primeval? :-)
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 04:10 pm:   

Yep, it's on BBC America. What's Prineval?
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Alan frackelton
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 04:14 pm:   

Lucius, you really shouldn't have asked that question...
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 04:15 pm:   

So, anybody know they made hitcher 2 before the remake with Sean Bean? It's on USA now, with Jake Busey as the evil guy...
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 04:16 pm:   

Why not, Alan?
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Mike McLatchey
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 04:22 pm:   

There was a short lived, almost Disney-like SF series last year called Surface that got cancelled. Primeval's similar in tone, although it's premise is some hole ripped in time which leads to the prehistoric age. I've only seen the first episode bit it struck me as terribly unimaginative.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 04:24 pm:   

Oh, okay. They were advertising it on amazon.
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Alan frackelton
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 04:28 pm:   

Bear in mind, I'm trying to write this with a straight face:

These weird dimensional portals (or something)start popping up letting dinos and various other nasties into 'our' world. There's a crack team of, er, scientists, whose job it is to figure out what the heck is going on and, with the aid of a bunch of hapless military types, take out T-Rex - or equivalent - while copping with missing wives, crushes on the sexy blonde one, and by-the-book government agencies. There's even a cute dino pet thrown in for light relief. Because it's really really scary. No, really, it is.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 04:30 pm:   

Sounds like a Chuck Pauhuniak novel. :-)
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 04:32 pm:   

Well, they can't all be the prisoner and prime suspect.
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Mike McLatchey
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 04:32 pm:   

Yeah that's why I mentioned Surface, the cute dino pet. The coy looks and twee chirping.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 04:34 pm:   

That's a good word, twee...


Surface is the name of the dino. What kind of dino?
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Alan frackelton
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 04:40 pm:   

Granted, they can't all be Prime Suspect (or Cracker, which gets my vote for ITV's best ever series), but Mike hit on exactly the right word - unimaginative. In fact, it's soulless, cliched, by-the-numbers pap. Good for a laugh for the first five minutes, until you realise they really are taking it seriously.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 04:42 pm:   

Absolutely...Cracker's my favorite, too.

Not bad enough to be good, huh?
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Alan frackelton
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 04:50 pm:   

Hmmm...not in my book, but I guess you won't know for sure until you see it for yourself. I'm sure it'll be shown over there at some point.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 04:52 pm:   

Hopefully not... :-)
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Alan frackelton
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 05:23 pm:   

Yeah, hope for reruns of Cracker instead. :-)
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 05:26 pm:   

I got them on DVD...
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Alan frackelton
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 05:34 pm:   

Yeah, I should get around to adding them to my collection. Maybe I'll treat myself...
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 05:44 pm:   

You can skip that last episode....
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Alan frackelton
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 05:53 pm:   

Lasy year's one? Yeah, that was a bit disappointing. They left it too late to revive it, which I don't think was such a great idea to begin with. Should've let it be. Shame, but forgivable in the light of the '90s series'.

They made a US version too, didn't they. I didn't watch it, so can't comment.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 06:02 pm:   

Yup. The last epi of the old series wasn't all that, as I recall. The first two seasons are really all one needs.
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Alan frackelton
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 06:19 pm:   

I'll go along with that. Great scripts, great cast. Robert Carlysle in 'To Be Somebody' - amazing performance.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 07:03 pm:   

He killed Christopher Ecclestone. Don't like him. :-)
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2007 - 06:33 am:   

I see the big reveal on Lost tonight is they're going to tell us how Locke wound up in a wheelchair. Oh, boy. What do you think happened? I'm down with 1) spinal bite by a Tiajuana lady-boy or 2) chased the Roadrunner off a cliff, looked "oops" at the camera, and fell a thousand million feet. ;)
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Alan frackelton
Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2007 - 07:13 am:   

Your speculations make about as much sense as anything else on that show. Beep-beep! :-)

Though I still recon it's all about the polar bear. Why'd you think they kicked him out of the Arctic? He's the Big Bad for sure.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2007 - 07:18 am:   

I see a little dwarf in a white suit pointing and shouting, "The Foot! The Foot!"
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Alan frackelton
Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2007 - 07:21 am:   

You are still talking about Lost, right? :-)
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2007 - 07:28 am:   

Yep. :-)
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Alan frackelton
Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2007 - 07:36 am:   

Maybe the giant carved foot is a Planet of the Apes kind of thing, only instead of apes it's polar bears. Just look out of Charlton Heston riding down the beach on a horse.
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Mike McLatchey
Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2007 - 07:49 am:   

Surface was the show that reminded me of Primeval. In Surface they're not dinosaurs as much as fastly evolving sea creatures, but in typical fashion, the young kid finds one and tries to keep it at home. Lots of Disney "gosh darn how cute" moments.
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Alan frackelton
Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2007 - 07:56 am:   

If these hasn't already been an episode where the kids' cute new friend finds itself in mortal danger, and the kids risk all to save it, breaking curfew and stealing dad's car in the process, there probably will be.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2007 - 07:59 am:   

I'm hoping that the big secret is that they're all on a reality show...
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Alan frackelton
Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2007 - 08:07 am:   

I'm Confused, Get Me Outta Here! Based on ITV's popular stars-you've-never-heard-of-surviving-in the-jungle series, I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2007 - 08:07 am:   

Oh yeah! Surface. That did have one intriguing eleement though about where the dinos came from...
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Alan frackelton
Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2007 - 08:24 am:   

Do tell.
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Dave G.
Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2007 - 10:38 am:   

Oh, I almost forgot about THE PLEDGE...Was that Helen Mirren as the art therapist who interprets the victim's drawing?
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2007 - 10:39 am:   

Yup. That was her.
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PM
Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2007 - 11:54 am:   

Saw her on the covers of AARP and Architectural Digest.
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Lisa Goldstein
Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2007 - 01:19 pm:   

A deck??? That's a bit of an anti-climax, isn't it?

I like some of the episodes, really. But I'd like to know more about what's going on on the island.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2007 - 01:44 pm:   

Forget it, lisa. They're never going tell you or, if you do, it'll be ridiculous.

Lost is all about anti-climax.

The Foot is the only meaningful thing.
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Mike McLatchey
Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2007 - 01:49 pm:   

The word out on Lost is they're starting to write towards their endgame. I dunno if the producers just say that to slow down the sinking ship, but it seems to be the theme for larger arc shows to say "We're giving you answers unlike those other guys." I'll have to watch it later though, South Park supercedes. Cartman's going after the kid with headlice tonight.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2007 - 01:52 pm:   

Headlice vs Locke's reveal? No contest.
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2007 - 01:56 pm:   

Next season, Lost will apparently show all the episodes in a row (like 24). I've also heard they are trying to write towards an end, we'll see if that works.

South Park will take precedence over Lost.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2007 - 02:02 pm:   

We'll see is right. I'm dubious.
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PM
Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2007 - 02:05 pm:   

It's a curious marketing strategy to publicize that one is going to provide closure in order to retain viewers.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2007 - 02:07 pm:   

Yeah, that's one thing that makes me dubious.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2007 - 07:34 pm:   

A movie I really like is available at Exploited, La Noche de los Girasoles. The night of the sunflowers. It's a beautifully narrated (non-linear) noir/horror picture set in rural Spain. I saw it at the film festival last year and was really impressed. I ordered a cppy myself.
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 05:37 am:   

Arg, my recording of South Park ended before I could see the new host for the lice. Where was it?

The last few minutes of Lost were odd. Why is Locke's dad on the island?
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 06:33 am:   

Was working...didn't watch.
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Mike McLatchey
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 06:53 am:   

["spoiler"]

Between Angelina Jolie's legs.

Caught the last 30m of Lost. They sure do make it easy to tell what's going to happen next.
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 07:02 am:   

Thanks Mike. For a second, I thought it was a joke answer, then I realized it was South Park, so it was probably the right answer.

Lost is weird for predictability. At the beginning of the episode, I wouldn't have thought Locke's dad was on the Island, but within the first half, Ben said "Bring me the man from Tallahassee," and that made it obvious.
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 07:10 am:   

And they didn't bring Jeb Bush? :-)
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PM
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 07:21 am:   

Or JeffV?
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 07:30 am:   

ROTFLMAO
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Alan frackelton
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 07:44 am:   

Lucius, I noticed your post yesterday on La Noche de los Girasoles (The Night of the Sunflowers) and I've been Googling like mad trying to find out if there are any plans for a UK release (cinema or DVD), but so far no luck. It looks really good, though I did come across one review that compared it to both 21 Grams, which is a plus, and to Irreversible, which isn't.
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 08:08 am:   

It has an odd narration, which is its only relation to Irreversible. If you have an all-region player, you can order thru exploited.
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Mike McLatchey
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 08:15 am:   

Lost seems to transmit a lot of messages through the music soundtrack. It doesn't seem to matter what sort of banal information is being communicated between one character and another, but all they have to is start making the music louder and more dissonant and you can generally get an idea that what's being talked about is "profound." Only saw the last half but it felt like the commercials covered the first half and I felt like I was five (or more) minutes ahead of the show the rest of the night... And again, with all the build up to the major Locke reveal, with the writers saying that one might have to suspend their belief and just go with it, it turns out to be completely mediocre.
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 08:24 am:   

"completely mediocre"
Anti-climactic...

Poossible new titles for the series. :-)
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Alan frackelton
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 08:33 am:   

Sadly my player doesn't play region 1 disks. I'll keep an eye out for it though, it sounds like something Artificial Eye or Optimum, maybe one or two others, might add to their catalogues.
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 08:36 am:   

The disc they're selling on Xploited is a region 2 Pal disc.
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Alan frackelton
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 08:56 am:   

Yep, just checked the website and you're absolutely right. Subtitles too. Thanks for the info Lucius - I'm off to spend some money. Though I'll have to be strong and resist the temptation to check out what else they've got...:-)
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 08:59 am:   

They've got a lot! Watch yourself....:-)
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Mike McLatchey
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 09:09 am:   

Anti-climactic...

Yep. I was actually trying to think of reasons why I actually keep watching. I guess I just find the whole thing so weird and at times, contrary to the way television ought to work, that it's kind of fascinating in its own way. Might just be the aftereffects of old Twilight Zone eps.
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Lisa Goldstein
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 09:13 am:   

Well, I gotta say I liked this episode of Lost. I was the one who said it might be anti-climactic, but I liked the ending, and I thought there was a good balance of stuff on and off the island. Of course, I might just be easy to please...
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 09:27 am:   

Didn't watch, but yes, you may be easy to please. :-)
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Mike McLatchey
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 09:40 am:   

Part of it is it's a little too late, so the delirium may work at that hour. :-)
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Jean-Daniel Breque
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 09:40 am:   

Lucius is right: beware of Xploited Cinema!
BTW, did any of you buy DVDs or DVD-Rs from an outfit named Luminous ? Website is www.lfvw.com
I'm tempted, but the site is such a mess that I can't tell whether their products are priced $ 9.95, $ 14.95 or $ 19.95--it seems to change according to the page :-/
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 09:46 am:   

Looks like a cool site. I haven't bought from them before, though.
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Alan frackelton
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 10:37 am:   

I've sold my soul to Xploited Cinema! :-)

Well, not quite. I was very restrained and only ordered La Noche de los Girasoles, but I'll go back at some point for El Segundo Nombre, which is the other Spanish horror based on a Ramsey Campbell novel (Pact of the Fathers) and maybe the latest Jaume Balaguero, though it does star what's-her-name from Ally McBeal, which is a bit of a worry...
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 10:53 am:   

Don't buy Fragiles, it's not worth it.
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 10:54 am:   

And that's a disc you can surely get from one of the rental-mail services.
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Alan frackelton
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 10:58 am:   

That's the one, I couldn't remember the title. Not good, huh?
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 11:06 am:   

Very ordinary.
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Alan frackelton
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 11:32 am:   

Hmmm. I might just rent it then. I did like Los sin Sombre and (though slightly less so) Darkness.
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Mike McLatchey
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 11:34 am:   

Finally watched this week's Life on Mars. Possibly the best hour of television I've seen in a year or two! After an animated opening we get Sam Tyler hallucinating while Hawkwind's Silver Machine blares in the background. Genius!
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 11:41 am:   

Well, if you liked Darkness slightly less than the Unnamed, it might be worth it. I thought Darkness was a little better than okay, and that Fragiles continued the downward trend and was just okay.

Mike, when is this on?
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Mike McLatchey
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 11:46 am:   

It's on BBC1 in England right now, but BBC America will likely air it in the future like they did with Season 1. I wish it was on DVD here so I could lend it to friends. I suspect it will eventually come out, but probably the two at once.

Some modern DVD players can play divx/avi formats though, so if you think yours can, shoot me an e-mail (won't see it until later though). On the other hand Season 1 is out in England, so if your player is multiregion, that's also an option.
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Mike McLatchey
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 11:48 am:   

Ironically, two of the characters plan to go see Roxy Music in concert later one night. Given it takes place in 1973, I was extremely jealous.
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Mike McLatchey
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 11:51 am:   

Friday Night Lights was back with a new ep last night, still up to form. Occasionally it veers a bit soapy, but for the most part the great acting carries it. It makes me wonder a little what people think the difference is between a drama that has to do with people and relationships and a soap opera. It often seems like a fine line.
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 11:52 am:   

Yeah, I'll just get it on DVD. Thanks. I have no idea whhat my player plays, though it is multi....
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Mike McLatchey
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 11:56 am:   

Players that play divx formats have mostly popped up in the last year or two, so if your player is older it probably doesn't play them. And to be honest, a lot of HD sourced divxs track a little strangely, there's usually codecs to assist with that if you play them through Windows Media Player. I seem to go through players way too fast, but the one I'm using now, a Phillips model, seems to play nearly everything. It's quite useful to have one that plays these though.
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 12:00 pm:   

It's a little older. I've got enought to take up my time, so I'll just keep an eye out for LOM...
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Mike McLatchey
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 12:03 pm:   

If I see the announcement for the BBC America airing I'll be sure to drop it in here.
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 12:20 pm:   

Definitely. Thanks.
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Dave G.
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 12:51 pm:   

Cineplex stink-off: Adam Sandler in REIGN O'ER ME vs. PRIDE, a misfits-unite-to-overcome-adversity sports movie about an all-black swim team coached by Tom Arnold.

Bets gentlemen?
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 12:57 pm:   

WHat's the bet? Which does better? I'm betting on Sandler. The words Tom Arnold should tell you something. :-)
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Dave G.
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 02:56 pm:   

I tend to agree. A "sports underdog" movie whose entire premise is built around the wive's tale that black folks don't swim well...OMG...
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 03:46 pm:   

Oh, yeah....
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ben peek
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 05:14 pm:   

plus, tom arnold. that's a whole different kind of offensive.
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 05:20 pm:   

Tom had one great moment, playing a prison rapist in Animal Factory.... ;)
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 05:26 pm:   

Going to see Shooter tomorrow -- I'm a Steven Hunter fan, what camn I tell ya?
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ben peek
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 05:29 pm:   

think i'll pass on tracking that down :-)
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 05:34 pm:   

That's a fun movie, with Willem Dafie and little Eddie Furlong... ;)
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 05:35 pm:   

Now yer supposed to guess who Tom goes after.. :-)
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 06:34 pm:   

The Host is opening in Pittsburgh this weekend. It looks like I'll see it on Saturday. :-)
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 06:38 pm:   

Cool, man. Hope you like it!!!
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Dave G.
Posted on Friday, March 23, 2007 - 08:32 am:   

Let's not forget Arnold's bravura turn in EXIT WOUNDS, starring The Man.
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, March 23, 2007 - 08:44 am:   

Yeah, that was...leg-humper Hall Of Fame. Second only to Arnnold in True Lies.
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jk
Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2007 - 04:45 pm:   

Lucius, have you seen any of the horror movies in the After Dark series? They have a bunch at Diabolik. Reincarnation by the director of Marebito is one, along with some others I've never heard of.
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2007 - 04:54 pm:   

I've seen Reincarnation and it's pretty good, kind of echoes the Shining, with a few Japanese twists. I haven't seen any of the others but I have to say they don't look too good.
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jk
Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2007 - 04:59 pm:   

Looks kind of like low-buget dreck. Maybe worth a netflix rental if they have them there.
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2007 - 05:19 pm:   

Actually, I kind of think the Hamiltons might be worth a look, on second thought.
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david h
Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2007 - 08:27 pm:   

Lucius, I just finished The Wicked, Wicked West. Thanks for recommending it - it really was tremendous. I can't believe the deceptively tawdry repackaging though. It makes the movie look like a two hour wet t-shirt contest in the wild west. What a disservice. The movie deserved far more.
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2007 - 09:05 pm:   

Yea! I'm glad someone else saw it! Still, without deceptively tawdry packaging, I probably would never have seen it. :-) It had an arthouse release as painted angel, that brought no attention, so the tawdry release at least got it a few new viewers...
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2007 - 10:01 pm:   

Tonight was action night at Shepard Central. Watched Tazza, a Korean movie based on a manga about high stakes cardplaying -- it's stylized, violent, a lot of comedy, some nice set pieces, and all in all pretty damn entertaining. Enjoyable, but inessential. ALso on tap was Andy Lau's Initial D, THE drift racing movie. Lau, who made his mark in acting as a street motorcycle racer in Full Throttle, and was named Hong Kong's filmmaker of the year in '06, here directs a movie as shallow a film as any made in the usa--it so american it, yeah, makes you ETBH. Even the two teenage leads look american. Still, it's kinda fun. But not as much as Tazza or Full Throttle, which set the standard for HK racing films.
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2007 - 04:53 am:   

The Host was good. I can't remember the last time I saw a movie with a giant monster that focused on characters.
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Alan frackelton
Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2007 - 05:36 am:   

Makes a refreshing change, doesn't it? Outstanding visual effects used to complement a character-driven story rather than gloss over its absence.
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Lucius
Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2007 - 07:34 am:   

It struck me as being a little better than good, maybe doubleplusgood. :-) The movie stays with you, and repeated viewings do not diminish it. But who's quibbling...
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Alan frackelton
Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2007 - 09:57 am:   

Surprise surprise, rumours abound of a big Hollywood remake. I've read that Universal have snapped up the rights. What's the betting the CGI takes over to the detriment of everything that made the original work so well?
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Lucius
Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2007 - 10:17 am:   

Oh, yeah. they did that before the film got out of Korea. It's a done deal. I review the picture on a previous thread and say see it now, folks, becore all context is stripped away and the monster is made flashier, huger, and threatens to destroy the entire world, a plight from which only Josh Hartnett can save us.
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Alan frackelton
Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2007 - 10:35 am:   

Josh Hartnett, he's my hero. :-)
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Lucius
Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2007 - 10:51 am:   

He's EVERYBODY'S hero.
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Lucius
Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2007 - 03:08 pm:   

Anybody know something this Tomas Milan film -- LA VITTIMA DESIGNATA? Is it worthy? Sounds too much like Strangers on a train.
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2007 - 06:44 pm:   

Yeah, The Host was a great change of pace. It's so rare to find movies where special effects are there to help the story and characters, rather than covering up for lack of story and characters. It also struck me as worth re-watching, while most are worth one viewing only (and even more aren't even worth finishing).

I'm sure the planned Hollywood version won't be worth finishing.
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Lucius
Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2007 - 06:56 pm:   

I've seen it four times (twice because I had to show it to friends) in a relatively small time frame, and I haven't been bored a minute. It's amazing how much there is too see in what seems a pretty simple movie.
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Dave G.
Posted on Monday, March 26, 2007 - 06:33 am:   

Watched a bit of SCHULTZE GETS THE BLUES on Saturday. What I saw made it seem like a sensitive, bittersweet story, the kind of quiet, reflective character study that hardly gets made anymore. I was really rooting for the old guy. The tone of it reminded me of TENDER MERCIES.
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, March 26, 2007 - 08:20 am:   

I'm unfamiliar with the film. Who's in it?
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Dave G.
Posted on Monday, March 26, 2007 - 08:26 am:   

It was an independent production, starring no real name actors. It concerned an elderly, retired German factory worker and traditional polka accordionist whose life is turned upside down when he discovers zydeco music, scandalizing his traditional-music friends, and decides to travel to America to follow his muse. Not a comedy, but a really sweet drama about age, tradition, change and renewal. The bit I saw really makes me want to see more. I especially like the way all the characters and situations are treated seriously and naturalistically, without the faintest whiff of parody or irony.
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, March 26, 2007 - 08:28 am:   

I'll look for it.
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Brendan Connell
Posted on Monday, March 26, 2007 - 02:08 pm:   

Lucius - Regarding the Tomas Milian Film. I haven't seen it, but have heard of it. My experience with Milian is though that ANYTHING he is in is worth seeing. Even the worst movies he manages to add something original to. If you have even the faintest curiousity about the film see it. I myself plan to...but haven't had a chance yet. The next Milian I will probably see is Il Consiglieri, as I have a copy of it sitting around unwatched at the moment.

Last night I watched Il Grande Duello, with Lee Van Cleef. Great music. Van Cleef was very cool. But the movie was pretty bad.

Right now I am working my way through all 100 or so episodes of Zatoichi, the TV series.
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, March 26, 2007 - 02:14 pm:   

Thanks, Brendan. I'll take your advice.
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Jean-Daniel Breque
Posted on Monday, March 26, 2007 - 09:42 pm:   

You're right about "Il Grande Duello", Brendan. Something's missing from this one, although a lot of the usual ingredients are there.
Did you have a look at "Non Aspettare, Django, Spara"? A DVD was released a few months ago in Italy. A very strange movie, which should have been called "Waiting for Django"...
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Brendan Connell
Posted on Monday, March 26, 2007 - 11:22 pm:   

Hi JD. I haven't seen Non Aspettare, Django, Spara yet, but do have it on my "to see" list. It has Ivan Rassimov, which is a plus. He's in another movie I just got called Il Tuo vizio č una stanza chiusa e solo io ne ho la chiave. (Nice long title). Thanks for the tip though! I'll probably get around to to the Django bit sooner than previous now. Actually, a really cheap jack Django that I have a soft spot for is called Django sfida Sarta (Django vs. Sartana) if you are in the mood cut-rate Django.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 - 05:44 am:   

"With your need for justice and your..."

Oops. I had a Keoma music flashback. :-)

I was watching Mad TV last night, and they went into one of those fake commercials they do for a movie that had some guy with chipmunk cheeks playing David Duchovny/Fox Muldaur, it looked like, and some anonymous chick as Scully--an X-files parody?, I thought. It was about a seedy motel, a real no-tell mmotel, a total shithole, and the kicker was the propietor had this complex closed circuit system with banks of TV screens and computers and stuff (this in a motel that probably charged 20 bucks a night max). It wasn't the funniest skit I'd ever seen, but it was pretty funny. Lots of underlit shots of the Duchovny guy and the chick having a bad hair day. And then I realized it was a real movie, a movie called VACANCY. Christ, I was pissed. Screwing up a perfectly good title like that. Damn. My Vacancy is so much cooler. Anyway, it looks like an unintentionally funny scare flick...
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 - 06:30 am:   

Sad news -- just looked up Vacancy on IMDB and learned it's directed by Nimrod Antal, the Hungarian filmmaker who directed the excellent Kontroll.

Another man done gone...
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Mike McLatchey
Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 - 07:51 am:   

Lucius, I saw that same ad last night. The hotel that won't let them leave. I thought of your story for a quick sec and then saw the title and cracked up.
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david h
Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 - 07:55 am:   

Watched BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF for the first time last night. I'm sure some of you have seen it.

I admit that it went a little astray trying to be all things to all people, but I still really liked it. Imagine my surprise when I learned that the director went on to direct Silent Hill. WTF is that? Silent Hill looks like celluloid Nintendo vomit. I used to draw all over that little girl's movie poster in the subway coming home from late night rehearsals...

Disappointing...
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 - 07:55 am:   

Yeah, I kinda cracked up too...in a bad way. :-)
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david h
Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 - 08:14 am:   

VACANCY: Luke Wilson...What happened to him, anyway? The heady hights of Bottlerocket etc. are long gone. And Kate Beckinsale, well, she better just keep getting paid while she looks good.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 - 08:21 am:   

Was that KB? Wow, she looked awful in this. A sto what happened to LW, was there every any real promise. He's still doing Bottle Rockets schtick.
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david h
Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 - 08:27 am:   

You might be on to something regarding LW. Who knows.

KB does look good as an S&M werewolf though. At least in the previews. Has she ever done a decent job as an actress though?

Speaking of wolves, what's your opinion on BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF, Lucius? I'm gearing up for the Host this weekend with foriegn language monster flicks...
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 - 08:32 am:   

It's all right. It doesn't hold up to a second viewing, but I love Mark Dascascos, the kung fu guy. He's the best thing in it.
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Jean-Daniel Breque
Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 - 10:52 am:   

Brendan: yeah, I saw "Django sfida Sartana." Ho-hum. Only good scene is the one with the antlers.
To all: what's this thing you have about "Brotherhood of the Wolves"? A sorry mess of a movie, if you ask me. All that talent wasted.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 - 11:00 am:   

I tend to agree having seen it now a second time.
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 - 11:08 am:   

Brotherhood of the Wolf reminded me of Sleepy Hollow...both were period pieces about tracking a monster. Both had nice costumes, some nice cinematography, and a pretty silly plot. However, Brotherhood wasn't quite as predictable, had a little more thought put into it, and had better action scenes.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 - 11:14 am:   

Yeah, well..it was better than sleepy hollow. I think I was wowed to see Dascascos in such a big budget flick...
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 - 11:27 am:   

He's in an even bigger budget film: Nomad. It's supposed to have a limited release now, but I've heard little about it.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 - 11:48 am:   

nomad was bigger budgeted? That's a surprise. It's a costume drama, a Khazakstani period piece -- a 2005 movie. I have it on DVD. I guess there were a lot of extras (actors), but it wasn't that good. I didn't know it was getting a release.
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 - 12:32 pm:   

Brotherhood was $29 mil, Nomad was $40 mil. I was somewhat interested in it, and it's supposed to be getting a wider release this weekend.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 - 12:34 pm:   

Well, maybe I'll watch it again. The first time I wasn't that impressed.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 - 12:39 pm:   

Nicolas Refn, the guy who made the pusher films. is filming Valhalla Rising, a film about Vikings shot in Louisiana (yup, Vikings in Louisiana--because if the tax beak films shot there get). Here's the plot. I think it's a serious oh-oh for Mr. Refn.



Harald is living a silent and miserable life captured at the chieftain Barde at Katanes in Scotland (around 1000 A.D.). Barde thinks that Harald is set on earth ’only as a gladiator’ and forces him to participate in bloody tournaments on which Barde makes a lot of money.

One day Harald finds an old axe head and a slow awakening starts; he wants to get out of his apathetic darkness. By help from the ten-year-old slave Are he succeeds to escape Barde and burns down his farm. Are wants to go home to Norway but Harald still has unfinished business in Scotland – Bardes son Kenneth whom he also defeats. Among Kenneths belongings Harald finds an amulet, which help him to regain further pieces of his memories – maybe he can find out where he really comes from and who he really is?

Harald and Are join a group of Norwegian vikings who are going back to Norway to re-conquer the estates they lost when King Olav christened the land.

But in the Northern Sea their ship is attacked by an enormous and continuous storm. They get lost and is brought out from the world they know and into a completely new and strange – they continent later to be known as America.

Without any possibilities of getting back they start exploring and conquer the unknown. They sail up the river and set out through the swamps and over land.

They meet formidable natives and are confronted with their own madness and are struck by illnesses and unexplainable phenomenons. While the friendship between Harald and Are is strengthened, Harald realizes that not only are they on their way to the ”heart of darkness” but also towards the re-conquest of his own destiny. A heavy darkness has been upon him since he was five years old. Now he can enlighten it if he is just able to kill what on this unbelievable journey has transformed him from animal to human – what is the prize of humans?
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Dave G.
Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 - 12:48 pm:   

Harald landed in Minnesota and 1500 years later, his descendant Hilda gave birth to a son, Bud Grant, and the new race of Minnesota Vikings was born!
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 - 12:54 pm:   

well, there you go...Ignominy for harald.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 - 01:15 pm:   

Let it be noted that Richard Roeper calls The Lookout "a masterpiece." That's right. Richard Roeper. Whoa.
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 - 01:28 pm:   

Wasn't there another recent movie about Vikings in America? Pathfinder, or something like that? I remember trailers for it, and the Vikings in the trailers had horned helmets (so they weren't trying to be remotely realistic).
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Brendan Connell
Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 - 01:28 pm:   

JD - Well, I like George Ardisson in the role of Sartana. Mind you I realise the film is junk, but aren't most of the Django films?
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 - 01:32 pm:   

For fans of Roadhouse: The Way of the Swayze
http://www.avclub.com/content/feature/the_way_of_the_swayze_how_to_be
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 - 01:59 pm:   

Nice.


I don't know about Pathfiinder. This is a Danish film with Danishh actors, a Danish director, shooting in Louisiana, an English title, and a lame-sounding story, a guy who's made 3 good movies. Weird.
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 - 02:19 pm:   

I looked up Pathfinder. It stars Karl Urban (mainly known for Lord of the Rings and Xena), and has Clancy Brown. It's supposed to be out in April. From the director of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake. Plot summary: "A Viking boy is left behind after his clan battles a Native American tribe. Raised within the tribe, he ultimately becomes their savoir in a fight against the Norsemen."

At leas the Danish film is from a guy who has some good work. Clancy's the best part of this film.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 - 02:27 pm:   

Xena, LOTR and -- fanfare -- Chronicles of Riddick.
Clancy B is always fun to watch...but I doubt I'll be watching Pathfinder.
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Dave G.
Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 - 03:06 pm:   

That Swayze article can not be definitive. It total omits an essential part of The Trilogy, NEXT OF KIN, for obscure references to some Disney crap nobody saw and DIRTY DANCING. I say to that guy: nice try.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 - 03:15 pm:   

No next of kin is bad....


"You ain't seen bad yet..."
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 - 06:01 am:   

Red Road, the great Scots thriller, gets a limited realease in April, breaks wiider in May.

Despite reservations, I'm really starting to look forward to Cahpter 27, the Mark David Chapman movie with Jared Leto.
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Jean-Daniel Breque
Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 - 06:18 am:   

Brendan: You're on shaky ground when it comes to "Django movies"--the label varies according to the country. In Germany, most SW are "Django movies". See this site if you don't believe me:
http://www.una-bara-per-django.de/index.htm
JD
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Brendan Connell
Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 - 07:17 am:   

Yeah, I believe you. In Italian there actually are not that many (by comparison at least).
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Dave G.
Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 - 07:21 am:   

"...but it's comin'..." Come on, Liam Neeson as a hillbilly? You gotta love it!
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Brendan Connell
Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 - 07:25 am:   

From the site it seems like every movie in German is Django...:-(
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 - 08:11 am:   

Dave, did I say I didn't love it?
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Dave G.
Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 - 10:53 am:   

Anybody planning to see GRINDHOUSE?
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 - 10:55 am:   

Maybe...against my will.
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 - 11:04 am:   

I'm not. I don't understand why people are so impressed with Tarantino. Has he done anything worth watching since Pulp Fiction?
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 - 11:13 am:   

As I've said, I like Jackie Brown, but when he gets in his pop culture mode, he's awful.
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 - 11:16 am:   

That's the only Tarantino film I haven't seen. I figured the rest of his stuff was bad, so I never gave Jackie Brown a chance.
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Dave G.
Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 - 11:28 am:   

Have to admit, I thought KILL BILL and KB2 were good fun.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 - 11:30 am:   

I like it better than Pulp Fiction, though I'm sure I'm in the minority there. He sticks to telling a story. It's slow-paced for a Hollywood film, but I like slow in this instance.
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david h
Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 - 11:43 am:   

I don't understand the praise that Tarantino is showered with either. My suspicion is that it's nostalgia plain and simple: people love to see the films and "values" they grew up with cut up and spruced up with a faux-punk veneer. It makes them feel like it was worth it (i.e. like they're worth it) - like they have "roots". Nothing could be more validating to Holloywood corporates.

I'm pissed that Grindhouse includes a zombie movie - with Tom Savini no less. I think that snapped it for me: I've moved from apathy to active dislike where Tarantino is concerned. He's plundering my roots now...
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 - 11:46 am:   

That's why I like Jackie Brown. It has none of that veneer. Like it's protag, it's middle class white and it doesn't hide from it.

I couldn't watch the Bills...
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PM
Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 - 12:02 pm:   

Tarantino plumbs those 70s exploitation flicks/tv shows. They had a silly aspect to them then as they do now.

It's fair to compare him with the great directors. But on the other hand it's just as fair to compare him with all the other directors whose films are given wide release. I think he ranks rather well against today's directors who are given wide releases.

You know it's categorizing layers of shit which is not to say that I hate all his films but is to say that yeah he's sort of a shit lord...
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 - 12:10 pm:   

I don't think he's begging to be compared to the great directors -- He's made a couple good movies that's all. Nothing special.
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 - 12:34 pm:   

I suppose compared to the Bolls or Schumachers of the world, he's good. He's at least had some good work. But I think David's right, although I'm always happy to see Savini in films.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 - 12:51 pm:   

That's a fair estimation. I would imagine once he gets through playing war with Rodriguez, he might have a couple of bullets left in his gun.
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Brendan Connell
Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 - 01:57 pm:   

Tarantino - For one really good film, Jackie Brown, and a few things that are ok. Kill Bill 1 basically sucked. It was basically a white boys version of Asian film. KB 2 was much better, but still was not excetional. Reservoir Dogs was a juvinile bore. Pulp Fiction was good, but mainly because of Samuel L. Jackson. As for Rodriguez, I despise everything I have seen of his except for the original low-budget version of El Mariachi.

As for the reason Tarantino is popular, it certainly isn't nostalgia, since most of his fans are around 19 or 20.

Saw Matador by Amodovar this evening. Decent flick.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 - 02:23 pm:   

Yup, that pretty much sums the T-man up.
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ben peek
Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 - 06:30 pm:   

i like tarantino. i get what everyone else says, but films like PULP FICTION and KILL BILL make me laugh. i have a good time watching them and i can't hassle that too much--whereas i found JACKIE BROWN kinda slow and painful, go fig?

i will probably go see GRINDHOUSE. the whole kurt russell as a psychopathetic stunt man and tarantino directing works for me. i'll likely have to suffer through the rodriguez side of it, though, since i've hated everything he's done, with the one exception being the FACULTY, which i mildly disliked.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 - 06:40 pm:   

The Faculty WAS mildly dislikable. El Mariachi, the cheapo version, was kinda good.

I'm probably going to GHouse too, but I'm dragging my feet.
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ben peek
Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 - 06:45 pm:   

i've not seen the cheapo version, but i've seen the two after it, and SIN CITY. that was so fucking awful...
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 - 06:55 pm:   

Oh, yeah. Putrid. He should stuck to making cheap movies..but then he wouldn't be a zillionaire.
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PM
Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 - 06:56 pm:   

But I sort of like Clive Owen.
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ben peek
Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 - 07:10 pm:   

i sorta like mickey rourke. doesn't change the fact that the film was awful, though.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 - 07:10 pm:   

In sin city? Not ne.
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ben peek
Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 - 07:26 pm:   

no, not in SIN CITY. just in general, i sorta like mickey rourke. he's had some moments.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 - 07:38 pm:   

Mickey had a nice turn in the Pledge--almost made up for the fact that he played St Francis of Assissi. :-)
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Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 - 08:03 pm:   

Rourke was good in Angel Heart even though he describes his performance as just showing up.

Barfly seemed ok too :-)
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ben peek
Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 - 08:06 pm:   

yeah, i liked him in THE PLEDGE.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 - 08:18 pm:   

Barfly was kinda cool. He made some movie I can't remember the mame of where he played this insane actor who holds a woman hostage in an empty theater. It's so over the top, it almost good and its certainly unnforgettable.
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Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 - 08:19 pm:   

Yet another cheer for THE PLEDGE.

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