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Lucius
Posted on Friday, May 26, 2006 - 12:40 pm:   

†††By Lucius on Thursday, May 25, 2006 - 11:34 pm:††Edit

Thanks, Nathan....

Yeah, Ben, I saw the world's biggest budget Leni Reifenstahl film. Wow. The next person to give Ratner more than a hundred bucks to make a movie wins a date with Dark Phoenix...
†††By ben peek on Friday, May 26, 2006 - 04:13 am:††Edit

it's pretty shocking, isn't it?

a friend of mine today was trying to convince me that we ought to make a website where people ask studios for their ticket money back. tell you, got me tempted.
†††By Robert Devereux on Friday, May 26, 2006 - 05:35 am:††Edit

Sounds like the same reason HBO killed Carnivale. It was expensive and they wanted to sink all their spare money into Rome.
†††By Lucius on Friday, May 26, 2006 - 06:33 am:††Edit

Homosexuality was always a part, a large part, of the subtext of X-men, but Ratner did was just...I was flabbergasted. An amazing experience. Not a good one.
†††By Dave G. on Friday, May 26, 2006 - 06:34 am:††Edit

Not a huge Greenaway fan, but I really dug MACON, which, from what I gather, vanished almost instantly upon its release.

They are going to air this season of Deadwood, the one they've been running promos for, right?

I don't know about HBO's direction lately. Entourage is a trifle. Rome is expensive-looking, but uninvolving. Whatever happened to America Undercover? At least Big Love has turned out better than expected.
†††By Lucius on Friday, May 26, 2006 - 06:44 am:††Edit

Bucket told me they were just ending it, but I don't really know.
†††By Nathan Ballingrud on Friday, May 26, 2006 - 07:04 am:††Edit

They're running Season 3, which airs the same day the contracts expire. What pisses many people off -- including me -- is that Milch envisioned a four season arc. Apparently the original Deadwood settlement was around for four years before being destroyed by a flood; the fourth season was to include that event. Certain character arcs and storylines were evolved according to that pace. So even though we'll get the third year, we'll likely find that much will be left unresolved. It's like a reading a great book only to discover that the publisher neglected to print the last hundred pages.
†††By Andrew Fox on Friday, May 26, 2006 - 07:51 am:††Edit

Hi, everybody! It's a tantalizing but somewhat frustrating experience, reading all of your comments about these apparently fascinating HBO series and furrin films that I've either never heard of or will have no opportunities to see until my two boys are in their teens. Kind of like visiting an Italian pastry shop while on the Atkins Diet. Dara and I don't get cable (too expensive down here, and we wouldn't have time to watch it, anyway), and in the thirty months since Levi was born, I've seen all of two movies in the theaters. . . Fantastic Four and King Kong (I had much lower expectations for the former than I did for the latter going in, so I ended up enjoying FF a whole lot more).

However, I know I have much pleasure to look forward to in my declining years, when all this great stuff you're blogging about will be available on whatever format will be in vogue in the year 2040 or so. I'll use my father's recent experiences as a guide. My dad's 74, and a friend of his gave him an old VCR a few years back, but he never used it because he didn't want to mess with hooking it up to his TV. About two months ago, his building got a new super, and she befriended my dad and hooked up his VCR. Well, let me tell you, he calls me every ten days or so to tell me all about the fantastic movies he's been able to check out for free from his local public libraries. He's hit every single library within a fifty mile radius of his apartment, and since he is so voraciously consuming every detective, war, mystery, and action/adventure movie they have, he's now picking up pretty obscure titles that he's never previously heard of and enjoying many of them tremendously. Plus, he sees how many other movies are now available in DVD format, so he's talking about buying a cheap Chinese DVD player and having his super hook that up, too, so he can enlarge his range of options. He's like a kid with a new toy. It's fun to hear him wax so enthusiastic over the phone. Plus, he's always had a rare talent for telling the stories of movies to me in a very entertaining way (I spent many, many hours as a kid listening to his retellings of movies like The Corsican Brothers, The Four Feathers, and The Canterville Ghost). Hey, thirty or forty years from now, if I can pull out an old list of the movies and HBO original series that you guys are raving about and find that stuff at my local library (or on the Web, or whatever they'll have by then) and get even half the pleasure my dad is getting, I'll be a pretty happy guy.
†††By Nathan Ballingrud on Friday, May 26, 2006 - 07:58 am:††Edit

Andy:

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I know I have much pleasure to look forward to in my declining years, when all this great stuff you're blogging about will be available on whatever format will be in vogue in the year 2040 or so.
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Hah! You're quite the optimist. I think in 2040 we'll be making shadows on our walls by firelight.

†††By Andrew Fox on Friday, May 26, 2006 - 09:47 am:††Edit

And won't that be fun! Roasting marshmellows, too.
†††By Lucius on Friday, May 26, 2006 - 10:34 am:††Edit

I, unfortunately, have to go with Nathan on this one.
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ben peek
Posted on Friday, May 26, 2006 - 03:04 pm:   

there are guys in aus who created this show called puppetry of the penis. you know, shadow puppets made from their dicks. which i guess means you can do a lot with those shadows made from firelight...
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, May 26, 2006 - 08:18 pm:   

They must be very sophisticated in aus.... :-)
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Nathan Ballingrud
Posted on Friday, May 26, 2006 - 08:39 pm:   

Holy Jesus. I didn't think it was possible to make a post-apocalyptic world sound even worse ...
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ben peek
Posted on Friday, May 26, 2006 - 09:13 pm:   

they were very popular a few years ago--primarily with women, though they did a bit of tv as well. i saw them on the tv and thought, 'i don't need to pay twenty bucks to watch a dude play with himself. i can stay in for the night, do that for free.'

:-)

and looks like they're touring again (i thought they'd given it up). even doing a tour through the states for you guys:

http://www.puppetryofthepenis.com/

ah, australia. we are so the cultural meat of the world.
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, May 27, 2006 - 07:08 am:   

I hate to change the topic from australian penises, but... I saw a movie last night, Zhest (Junk), a Russian film about a world-weary Russian woman journalist who follows a serial killer into a village of dachas (little summer houses) that's been abandoned, because a big public works project is going to use the land. Into the village, 8 by 10 kilometers in dimension, have moved a whole bunch of derelicts and small-time criminals. It's a very creepy environment and a pretty decent movie. Subtitles are good, too.
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jk
Posted on Saturday, May 27, 2006 - 11:19 am:   

Watched Don't Deliver Us From Evil last night, a French film from 1971 that is loosely based on the same case that inspired Heavenly Creatures, the story of novelist/cold-blooded murderer Anne Perry and her girlfriend in New Zealand. It's kind of amusing, but not as outrageous as it thinks it is. The ending is pretty funny though. Worth watching.
The disc also had a bunch of previews for other Mondo Macabro titles, and some of them look pretty cool. Slave Girls of Morgana La Fey, Alucarda, and stuff like that, anyone seen any of those?
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, May 27, 2006 - 01:53 pm:   

I actually think I saw Slave Girls of M..... This guy in Seattle had a copy, but my memory of it is unclear. There are a quite a few lesbian softcore films centering about Morgana le Fey, and I may be confusing it for another film.
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Lucius
Posted on Sunday, May 28, 2006 - 07:22 am:   

Watched Tales of Ordinary Madness, the best picture made from the work of Charles Bukowsi. Ben Gazzara give a great performance as poet Charles Serking who wanders the underbelly of LA, looking for love or anything that passes. Made in '81 by Marco Ferrerri. Good stuff.
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Nathan Ballingrud
Posted on Sunday, May 28, 2006 - 08:48 am:   

I wonder how many Bukowski movies there were. The only one I've seen, to my knowledge, is the execrable Barfly.
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Lucius
Posted on Sunday, May 28, 2006 - 08:53 am:   

I don't know. But I know they've made several in Europe that are at least based loosely on his work and there's a new one just out called Factotum, based on his novel...I would guess under ten, more than five...
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jk
Posted on Sunday, May 28, 2006 - 10:33 am:   

Has anyone seen For Your Height Only? This thing looks hilarious. It's a Philipino movie made in the 70's, which is a take-off of James Bond movies. The lead actor is Agent 00, played by a three-foot tall actor named Weng Weng who apparently does lots of his own stunts. I saw a preview, and it looks like a classic, bad dubbing and all! And they have it at Netflix. I can't wait to see this.
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Lucius
Posted on Sunday, May 28, 2006 - 11:42 am:   

I almost bought that on Diabolik a few months back, but I couldn't bring myself to pull the trigger. Let us know how it is.
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ben peek
Posted on Sunday, May 28, 2006 - 10:06 pm:   

i've seen sections of the weng weng stuff. it's cheesy, but funny, especially when weng weng starts making out with the tall supermodel girls.
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Kelly Christopher Shaw
Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2006 - 01:48 pm:   

Shohei Imamura, an undisputed giant of world cinema, has died at the age of 79.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2006 - 03:52 pm:   

Director of, among others, Vengeance is Mine and Ballad of Narayama......

RIP
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MarcL
Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2006 - 04:42 pm:   

I loved Imamura's The Eel.

The Deadwood news depresses me to no end, although it's hard to imagine with Milch's experience in TV that he wouldn't have been treating each episode as if it might be his last...let alone each season.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2006 - 04:53 pm:   

Yeah, the Eel...Great stuff!
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PM
Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2006 - 05:02 pm:   

Tossing around the deadwood sort of like the eel...
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2006 - 10:03 pm:   

Saw El Aura tonight -- pretty cool movie. Not what I expected. Straighter, less twisty. But satisfying.
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Kelly Christopher Shaw
Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2006 - 06:44 am:   

I agree on El Aura. I watched it last weekend and kept expecting more, especially from "the aura" that the protagonist experiences before suffering an epileptic fit, which is described as an overflowing of memories and senses. This is a nice character touch, but somehow I thought it was going to influence the story on a deeper level.

Overall, though, El Aura is a nice character/crime piece with gorgeous photography and controlled directing.

Also watched The Whore and the Whale, which, in many ways, reminded me of an old-fashioned Hollywood film -- epic sweep, overuse of melodramatic music, etc. Ė but it's also an extremely personal story, filled with frank sexuality that Hollywood would never touch. Definitely a good film and worth a look.

More Argentinian/Spanish film please!
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2006 - 09:30 am:   

Yeah, I agree...more of that.

Also watched men with guns, a favorite of mine. Still great.
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, June 02, 2006 - 09:57 am:   

So I watched Antarctic Journal last night -- very creepy movie. I'm a sucker for polar stories and this was very near the top as far as I'm concerned.

Also saw a weird 70's flick called the Shout, starring Alan Bates and John Hurt about this shamanistic figure (Bates) who's developed a shout that affects people profoundly and John Hurt plays a composer who wants to learn the shout for his music. The movie starts out during a cricket match at a looney bin. Worth a watch.
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MarcL
Posted on Friday, June 02, 2006 - 10:36 am:   

Hey, Lucius, any link to info on Antarctic Journal? I don't see it on Amazon.
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, June 02, 2006 - 11:43 am:   

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0462703/

It's on there, Marc...one of the guys from Memories of Murder is in it.
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Dave G.
Posted on Friday, June 02, 2006 - 11:51 am:   

I loved Skolimowski's The Shout. I love the scene where Bates' shout makes the birds fall out of the sky. Very cool.

Heard anything about a WWII horror movie called STRAIGHT INTO DARKNESS?
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, June 02, 2006 - 12:18 pm:   

Here's one IMDB guy says:



From experience, let me say, for any parent with young (<10yo) kids, don't get this one out as a "lets stay up late and watch a movie" movie. Even with the aid of copious amounts of bourbon its emotionally gutwrenching and hard to sit through.
This isn't a spoiler but essentially the movie revolves around a WW2 era setting with 60+ machine-gun toting German infantry with tanks versus a handful of mentally retarded/physically disabled (and sometimes both) children and their teachers along with a few deserters from the US army.
Its graphic/highly suggestive scenes of kids killing soldiers and being killed themselves is hard to take, even with the best attempts of the director to make it less of an impact. It contains strong violence and children, what more can I say? Even closing your eyes won't help as the sound effects (kids screaming/machine gun fire/bullets hitting flesh noises/kids groaning/cut to close up shot of a dead 5 year old child filled full of bullet wounds) are equally as descriptive.
Once again, for any person with ties to kids under 10 or so, don't go with this one, its not a "nice" film. If you do watch it, be prepared for realistic and detailed violence on a large scale directed at disabled kids as well as adult actors.
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Kelly Christopher Shaw
Posted on Friday, June 02, 2006 - 12:54 pm:   

Regarding Antarctic Journal, I believe it's only available on R3 DVD and therefore not on Amazon. YesAsia is a good place to get it.

Straight Into Darkness sounds like it'd make a nice double-feature with Battle Royale.
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Dave G.
Posted on Friday, June 02, 2006 - 01:37 pm:   

SID sounds like the kind of a flick I would enjoy. Thanks!
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, June 02, 2006 - 02:08 pm:   

Nothing like a buncha dead kids, is there? :-)
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Dave G.
Posted on Friday, June 02, 2006 - 02:59 pm:   

I wish they had shown it on my flight home...
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, June 02, 2006 - 08:40 pm:   

You saying you had some bad child experiences on the flight?
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, June 03, 2006 - 05:35 am:   

Watched an aussie film, The Price of Milk, kind of a modern fairy tale, too saccharine for my tastes, but not so for others, I reckon. I think what really bothered me about it was the score. Kind of magic realism, it has some really nice visuals and the story, about a dairy farmer (Karl Urban, last seen in Riddick as Thandie Newton's husband) and his lover, is appropriately simple and straightforward -- but the music, bad....Anyway, depending on your tastes, you might like this.
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Lucius
Posted on Sunday, June 04, 2006 - 06:30 pm:   

Watched a truly terrible movie, Lifespan, with Klaus Kinski and Tina Aumont. Though topbilled, Kinksi is barely in the movie, popping up here and there as a baleful background figure. A couple of interesting sex scenes with Tina. Yet as I watched, I thought that the time is right for another movie about immortality, that the materials of this movie made a good starting point for a good screenplay. I mean, Fuck clones and all that. Just good ol' time immortality. I think I might pursue this.
Anyway, give Lifespan a pass.
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Lucius
Posted on Sunday, June 04, 2006 - 08:22 pm:   

About a year ago I bought a French DVD called District B-13. I thought it a grade C actioner, mildly interesting in places, but basically a loser. Now I see it's been released into US theatres and is earning an 84 percent favorable rating on Rotten Tomatoes, including raves from the Village Voice. Don't let them subtitles fool you. This effort from Luc Besson's production company is every bit as stupid as a Hollywood movie. It's bad sci-fi and mediocre action, essentially an martial arts movie masquerading as near future scifi. Utterly worthless. You been warned... :-)
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MarcL
Posted on Sunday, June 04, 2006 - 08:41 pm:   

I keep reading the above title as The Prince of Milk, which is more evocative.
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Lucius
Posted on Sunday, June 04, 2006 - 08:57 pm:   

Unfortunately, we don't watch titles.....
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Monday, June 05, 2006 - 06:06 am:   

I saw the first two episodes of Deadwood. They were interesting enough so I'll want to watch a few more from the first season.

American Astronaut wasn't very good. It was essentially a zero budget homage to 50s sci-fi movies, but not in a fun way, like Lost Skeleton of Cadavra.
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, June 05, 2006 - 07:25 am:   

Lost Skeleton was decidedly not fun...I took a walk about thirty minutes in.
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Monday, June 05, 2006 - 07:33 am:   

If you didn't like Lost Skeleton, you'll probably like AA even less. I thought LS was amusing to watch once (and without paying).
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, June 05, 2006 - 08:10 am:   

I really didn't ike LS, so I'll stay away from AA.
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, June 05, 2006 - 08:29 am:   

Btw, available for pre-order on Amazon and Diabolik is one of my favorite bad movies, a film I saw in Yogyarta, Indonesia many years ago. For all cineastes who prefer the real thing to homages, the Devil's Sword is the real quill. Here's a review.

http://mitglied.lycos.de/uzumaki/reviews/devilssword.htm

You can't imagine more cheesy fun. My favorite part is the Cyclops with a car headlight for an eye....
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, June 05, 2006 - 10:41 pm:   

My absolute favorite director is Jean Luc Godard and my favorite film of his is Pierrot le Fou, which I hope someday soon will get a decent American DVD. Tonight I saw another great Godard film -- Sympathy for the Devil, which is really two films in one, a series of fictive events and interviews which serve to further the cause of Godard's politics...and the creation by the Rolling Stones in a London studio of their song Sympathy for the Devil, from its beginnings as a ballad to its final form. It's a fascinating juxtaposition, fascinating filmmaking. Godard's not for everybody, but I can recommend this film unreservedly because of the rock history element.
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Dave G.
Posted on Tuesday, June 06, 2006 - 07:59 am:   

I saw Godard's KING LEAR at Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art back in 1987. Molly Ringwald. Burgess Meredith. Almost like a home movie. Very postmodern. Very odd. I haven't seen or heard of this film in 20 years.

Have you seen it? What do you think?
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, June 06, 2006 - 08:17 am:   

No, I've never seen it -- seems interesting,

I finally broke down and ordered Pierrot le fou from Amazon france...

Sympathy's pretty cool. I'd forgotten the Stones were ever young.
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Dave G.
Posted on Tuesday, June 06, 2006 - 10:19 am:   

LEAR is probably in my top ten weirdest movies ever...
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, June 06, 2006 - 11:05 am:   

Okay, now I gotta have it.

What's your top ten?
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Dave G.
Posted on Tuesday, June 06, 2006 - 11:10 am:   

Jeez, let me think. I've never tried to pull together a list before...
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, June 06, 2006 - 11:36 am:   

The Devil's Sword has to be one of mine....

Weird has so many values. Weird good, weird bad, etc...

My top ten would probably be a mix
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Tuesday, June 06, 2006 - 01:04 pm:   

I don't think a list of weird movies can be complete without Happiness of the Katakuris.

I haven't worked out a list beyond that. When I start trying to think of weird movies, most seem pretty normal compared to Happiness.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, June 06, 2006 - 01:45 pm:   

Yeah, Happiness is a contender. I'd have to put forward Guy Maddin's Careful.
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Dave G.
Posted on Tuesday, June 06, 2006 - 02:07 pm:   

Bear in mind a) I am a relative neophyte to foreign films; and b) this list is thrown together off the top of my head...How about...

Possession (Andrzej Zulawski, 1981): Rageful wife Isabelle Adjani teaches philandering hub Sam Neill a lesson by giving birth to a Giger monster, then screwing it.

Boxing Helena (Jennifer Lynch, 1993): Obsessed surgeon "gets" scornful love object by sawing off her arms and legs; she digs it

The Night Porter (Liliana Caviani, 1974): Ex-concentration camp commandant hiding out as hotel porter runs into former sex slave, renews acquaintance; she digs it, chains herself to his radiator so nobody can "rescue" her

King Lear (Jean-Luc Godard, 1987): Deconstructed pomo mess loosely based on Shakespeare's play. Woody Allen has never looked better.

Cremaster 3 (Matthew Barney, 2002): Series of nonsensical fantasy tableaux defying logical description.

Celine and Julie Go Boating (Jacques Rivette, 1974): Who the hell knows? I walked out halfway through.

Eraserhead (David Lynch, 1977): Ur-weirdness from uber-weirdo of our generation.

Pink Flamingos (John Waters, 1972): Had to include something by Waters, so why not the classic? Two depraved families of hellaciously weird sociopaths compete for the title of "Filthiest Family Alive." Predictably, things end badly.

The Holy Mountain (Alejandro Jodorowski, 1973): Nine people seek immortality

The Baby of Macon (Peter Greenaway, 1993): Medieval play-within-a-play as bloody tale of immaculate conception and revenge played out against a backdrop of courtly intrigue and violence

Honorable mentions: 200 Motels (Frank Zappa, et al., 1971); Head (Bob Rafelson, 1968).
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, June 06, 2006 - 07:44 pm:   

One more. Mr No Legs. A florida based legless hitman who travels around in a wheechair studded with throwing stars and outfittted with two double-barrelled shotguns. When he's out of stars and ammo, he's so strong he can throw himself around and bludgeon people with his legless torso...
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jk
Posted on Tuesday, June 06, 2006 - 07:49 pm:   

Some interesting choices. I'd have to put Gummo on another list of mine though, as one of the most hated films.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, June 06, 2006 - 07:53 pm:   

And another thing. Mr. No Legs stars the immortal Lloyd Bochner and Richard Jaeckyl and was directed by the guy who played the Creature in Creature from the Black Lagoon. At one point, No Legs is partnered up with an Afro-American female dwarf who engages in one helluva catfight...
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jk
Posted on Tuesday, June 06, 2006 - 07:59 pm:   

Finally saw For Your Height Only with Weng Weng. Probably not worth wasting your money on Lucius. It's jaw-droppingly bad, in a bad way, not in a good way. Weng Weng is a horrible "actor" and the novelty of seeing him kick his opponents in the balls gets old after awhile. One of the Phillipino bad guys in the loud, big collared shirts is dubbed with a Humphrey Bogart-type voice though, which is pretty funny. Worth a rental maybe. I sure wouldn't buy it.
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Nathan Ballingrud
Posted on Tuesday, June 06, 2006 - 08:01 pm:   

My God! You could start your own Fucked-Up-Movie-of-the-Month club! Don't ever let on where or how you actually encountered some of these movies ... imagining the places they were screened is too much fun.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, June 06, 2006 - 08:05 pm:   

Thanks, JK. I think I'd rather spend my money on a copy of Mr. No legs ;) if one can be found.
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jk
Posted on Tuesday, June 06, 2006 - 09:29 pm:   

Anyone seen Mystics In Bali? Supposed to be a weird Indonesian horror movie.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, June 06, 2006 - 10:18 pm:   

If by anyone, you mean me....Nope. Never heard of it.

And Nathan, some of those are quality films I saw in the finest theaters. Others now.... :-)
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jk
Posted on Tuesday, June 06, 2006 - 10:54 pm:   

Looks like Mystics In Bali was a Mondo Macabro release, region 0 Pal, strange it's not on their website. It got a rave review in Dvd Delerium 2.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, June 06, 2006 - 10:57 pm:   

What is a weird movie list without a couple of Jesus flicks and something by Shatner.....

If Footmen Tire You, What Would Horses Do? by Ron Ormond. If Footmen depicts, in docudrama fashion, the possible consequences we, as a nation, may face if we donít give our hearts and minds back to Jesus Christ, for it is the Lord who will protect us from the coming of communism. This film depicts children having their eardrums punctured with bamboo sticks by godless communists so they canít hear the words of the Lord; large groups of southern brethren gunned down like cattle because they refuse to denounce their lord and savior; a small boy decapitated because he refuses to step on a picture of good olí J.C.!



J.C.-- Jesus is reincarnated as a biker and this time his crown of thorns is a crown of beer tabs! You see J.C. has a religious nut for a father, so to rebel against his dad's Christian ways; he becomes a biker and leads an acid fueled fight against the "establishment"

Impulse--William Shatner stars in this hilarious, post Star Trek, psychological "thriller" about a playboy who has one big problem, he can't help killing all the women he falls in love with. You see, when he was a little boy he caught his mommy having sex with a crazed Vietnam vet. This bothered little Shatner, causing him to stab the bad man to death with a sword. Well now little Shatner is all grown up, complete with Dolomite wardrobe and smooth moves, and he is ready to take out his psychological trauma on every skirt he sees. Directed by Floridian exploitation great William Grefe, this amazing decent into career suicide is a must see for fans of William Shatner. Co-starring Harold Sakata, better known as Odd Job from the James Bond film Goldfinger, Impulse features some of the most amazingly bad acting ever caught on film. The scenes with Shatner and Sakata catching up on old times are stupefying in their ineptness and equally hilarious.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, June 06, 2006 - 10:59 pm:   

That's all. I swear. :-)

Anyone else got a list.
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jk
Posted on Wednesday, June 07, 2006 - 12:01 am:   

Here's some of mine:
The Saragossa Manuscript-Polish film based on the book by Potocki of strange and supernatural stories within stories

Viy or Spirit of Evil-Russian fantasy based on story by Gogol with effects by Russian fairy tale films master Ptushko.

Death Bed-The Bed That Eats-weird low-budget horror from 70's about a bed that eats people.

Coup De Torchon-Jim Thompson's novel Pop.1280 transplanted to French West Africa.

Valerie and Her Week of Wonders-Czech film from 70's that's like a psychedelic dream

Vampyr-Dreyer's atmospheric horror tale

Haxan-great silent film with amazing imagery of various witches' sabbaths

El Topo and Holy Mountain

Faust-Svankmajer's version with full-size puppets

Picnic At Hanging Rock

Aguirre The Wrath of God

Institute Benjamenta-ok there's not much story but the visuals are amazing
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Wednesday, June 07, 2006 - 05:33 am:   

There is a Russian remake of Viy in the works.

I thought of another very weird movie: Dr. Caligari. Don't confuse this with the classic silent film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. This was an 80s surreal horror movie. The one scene that stuck in my mind was a naked woman making out with a 3 foot long tongue that was attached to a wall. The movie was horrible, but definitely weird.
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Dave G.
Posted on Wednesday, June 07, 2006 - 06:30 am:   

One more. How could I forget Salo: The 120 Days of Sodom by Pasolini? A busload of children are kidnapped by Italian fascists and held in a villa where they are forced to endure weird and unheard-of tortures, including a banquet of feces. Truly unequaled weirdness.

Yeah, Guy Maddin. I've only seen Twilight of the Ice Nymphs, but it deserved an honorable mention if only for the casting of Frank Gorshin.

Lucius, as if there was ever any doubt, you are The Man. Compared to your list, mine is strictly popcorn cineplex stuff.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, June 07, 2006 - 06:47 am:   

I really liked Viy and I sure did appreciate Death Bed. Coup de Torchon and Aguirre are great movies.

I just ran across a listing for a French Jim Tompson adaptation that I'd never heard of -- Serie Noire, which is based on his A Hell of a Woman.

I'll have to look for Dr. Caligari...or should I?
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, June 07, 2006 - 06:59 am:   

I looked up Mystics in Bali -- it sounds like a higher budget, higher quality The Devil's Sword, but in the same vein. I don't know if better is good thing where these movies are concerned. :-) Interesting that they both star foreigners.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, June 07, 2006 - 07:03 am:   

Dave, next time you're out, we'll set down and watch us some Darktown Strutters, maybe a little Shatner.
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Dave G.
Posted on Wednesday, June 07, 2006 - 07:23 am:   

House and Arrebato look pretty choice.

Against your advice, I watched Suicide Club last night. What the hell happened? It was unintelligible! And between that Lolita girl-band and the gay glam-rocker-kidnappers in the bowling alley, my head was spinning.
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Wednesday, June 07, 2006 - 07:26 am:   

If you want to look for Caligari, go ahead. But I wouldn't go out of my way to find it.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, June 07, 2006 - 07:41 am:   

Gotcha, Robert.

Yeah, Suicide Club was muy lame. What can I say? Arrebato and House....okay. But Strutters is the greatest blaxploitation film ever made.
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Dave G.
Posted on Wednesday, June 07, 2006 - 07:42 am:   

Didn't the Firesign Theatre have something to do with Zachariah?
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, June 07, 2006 - 07:53 am:   

It was originally a skit for the Firesign Theater, but then Englund decided to take it serious, brought in elements of Hesse and...Magic time. Actually, it's pretty terrible, but has some mega weird stuff. You could probably make a top ten list of weird rock movies...We've got three on my list alone.
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Dave G.
Posted on Wednesday, June 07, 2006 - 09:47 am:   

My #1 weird rock movie would be Wild in the Streets, where a rock singer is elected president after the voting age is lower to 14, then puts all adults over 40 in LSD camps to fry their brains. Also, Peter Watkins' Privilege would have to be in there somewhere.
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Kelly Christopher Shaw
Posted on Wednesday, June 07, 2006 - 10:47 am:   

I thought John Cameron Mitchell's Ziggy Stardust-inspired Hedwig and the Angry Inch was both good and weird. Its plot:

"A transexual punk rock girl from East Berlin tours the US with her rock band as she tells her life story and follows the ex-boyfriend/bandmate who stole her songs."
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, June 07, 2006 - 11:15 am:   

Phantom of the Paradise comes to mind. As does, Big Commotion, a Japanese mod rock movie featuring the Spyders.
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Dave G.
Posted on Wednesday, June 07, 2006 - 02:23 pm:   

Maybe we can slide Velvet Goldmine into that category, as well.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, June 07, 2006 - 02:42 pm:   

Gee, but that's neither interesting, good, or that weird. Sort of a tabloid view.
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Dave G.
Posted on Wednesday, June 07, 2006 - 04:54 pm:   

Ewan McGregor as Iggy Pop not weird? Man, you are a tough jury...
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Dave G.
Posted on Wednesday, June 07, 2006 - 04:55 pm:   

I bought but haven't yet watched The Great Rock And Roll Swindle...Would that qualify?

Oh, I have a film that would definitely make the list...Derek Jarman's Jubilee.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, June 07, 2006 - 05:56 pm:   

I really hated Velvet Goldmine. It seemed a pretty ordinary view of r&r decadance.

Rock and Roll Swindle....yeah.


Haven't seen the Jarman.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, June 07, 2006 - 06:04 pm:   

I really hated Velvet Goldmine. It seemed a pretty ordinary view of r&r decadance.

Rock and Roll Swindle....yeah.


Haven't seen the Jarman.
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Dave G.
Posted on Thursday, June 08, 2006 - 10:09 am:   

The Filth and the Fury is also pretty funny.
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, June 08, 2006 - 10:18 am:   

Never seen that either,

Rock and Roll High School?
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Thursday, June 08, 2006 - 10:52 am:   

Wild Zero is a weird rock movie (Japanese Rock band fighting zombies).
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, June 08, 2006 - 11:03 am:   

Another Japanese entry:

Electric Dragon 80,000V
Reptile investigator Dragon Eye Morrison has possessed high-voltage superpowers ever since a childhood accident at a power station. With megawatts of power coursing through his body, he discharges his surplus energy by playing high voltage rock 'n' roll with his electric guitar. He spends his days looking for lost lizards in the alleyways of Tokyo, and his nights fighting the reptilian part of his brain that is making him increasingly violent. A shadowy figure named Thunderbolt Buddha soon surfaces and begins following Dragon Eye about town. A former TV repairman turned super-villain, Thunderbolt Buddha uses his high-powered love of technological devices to aid in his evil plans. Powered-up to the max in his electrical body suit, the two finally come face to face in an all out electricfied rock 'n' roll battle for the supremacy of Tokyo!
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, June 09, 2006 - 04:27 pm:   

Wow. Amazon France is fast, I ordered Pierrot le fou the night of the sixth and received it today. But tonight's film will be Army of Shadows dir Jean Pierre Melville.

Went to see, for no good reason other than to get away from the computer, the Break-up, which wasn't all that good but at least pleased me by not having a predictable ending.
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, June 09, 2006 - 09:08 pm:   

Watched Melville's Army of Shadows, his recently rediscovered film about the French resistance. There are no good-looking guys playing tricks on the dumb Nazis. Just a grim, relentless, solitary journey. Filmed in a very distant style. I think it's Melville's best movie.

If you're out there, Sam, I know you don't like him, but this is one you should check out.
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jk
Posted on Saturday, June 10, 2006 - 06:22 pm:   

Lucius, have you seen a Czech filmed called Year of the Devil (dir.Zelenka)? Came out a few years ago. Has Jaz Coleman from Killing Joke as the devil.
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, June 10, 2006 - 06:47 pm:   

Yeah, It's a really funny movie--kind of a documentary. I caught it at a festival a couple of years ago. Central to the film is Czech bluegrass (sort of) group. I guess you could say it's like Spinal Tap but funnnier and weirder. Has it got a DVD release?
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jk
Posted on Saturday, June 10, 2006 - 07:09 pm:   

Yeah. http://www.negativ.cz/rokdabla/dvd.en/index.html

Looks like "Jaz" is on the cover.
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jk
Posted on Saturday, June 10, 2006 - 07:18 pm:   

I might have to order it, it looks interesting. I had no idea Jaz was a man of so many talents-actor, singer, orchestra conductor, and parish priest who practices black magic. A regular jack-of-all trades. Well, he's amusing. Heh heh.
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, June 10, 2006 - 07:45 pm:   

I don't recall him being that big a deal in the movie, but I've seen a lot of movies, so the memory may be impaired...
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Lucius
Posted on Sunday, June 11, 2006 - 06:47 am:   

Watched The King last night. Directed by James Marsh who gave us Wisconsin Death Trip, a Brit who seems taken with lowlife Americana. William Hurt plays a preacher in Corpus Christi, Gael Garcia Bernal plays a man just out of the navy who may be his illegitimate son. It's not the most original story, but Marsh maintains such tight control over the film, it all hangs together as Bernal's sociopathy is revealed. A great performance by Hurt, who manages a complex characterization as a man who has a mission but not a moral compass. A solid little movie that's in theaters now.
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Dave G.
Posted on Monday, June 12, 2006 - 08:41 am:   

I didn't like Wisconsin Death Trip that much. It took its own funereally slow pace a little too seriously. It was a bit of a slog, and this comes from a Michael Lesy fan.

Just a quick note: I caught the season finale of "My Name is Earl" and was happy to see Max Perlich (so good as the spacey drug pusher in DRUGSTORE COWBOYS) as Jason Lee's nemesis who fights him for the winning lottery ticket. Perlich was also really good in RUSH. We don't see him enough these days.
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, June 12, 2006 - 08:58 am:   

The King is a lot better and, I think, Marsh's first non-doc.


And have you seen The Cuisine of Elvis Presley?
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Dave G.
Posted on Monday, June 12, 2006 - 10:05 am:   

No? What's that about? Fried banana sandwiches?
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, June 12, 2006 - 10:35 am:   

I haven't seen it -- I heard it's pretty good. And yeah, fried banana sandwiches is apparently the topic.
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, June 12, 2006 - 08:18 pm:   

Watched Princessas dir by Fernand Leon de Aranoja, one of emerging young stars of Spanish cinema. It's a story of two prostitutes, one from a middle class Spanish family and one an illegal Dominican immigrant, and follows them through a few months. The elements of the story are predictable, but the naturalism evoked by the film and the work of the two actresses set it apart and overcome the familiarity of the materials. It's really quite good.

Also saw The Beat That My Heart Skipped dir by Jacques Audiard, a thriller loosely based on and far superior to the 70s American film, Fingers, starring Harvey Keitel. This is a powerful movie, featuring a knockout performance by Romain Duris as a young man involved in the shady side of real estate, constantly bailing his dissolute father out of trouble and throwing squatters out of properties that he then sells, who harbors a desire to become a concert pianist. The dissonance between this dream and his reality throws his life into crisis. Thanks to JTS for recommending this remarkable movie.
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jk
Posted on Monday, June 12, 2006 - 09:12 pm:   

I've been meaning to rent The Beat That My Heart Skipped. The director's last movie was pretty good too, Read My Lips. A sort of Hitchcock-ian French thriller.
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, June 12, 2006 - 09:40 pm:   

Yeah, I got Read MY Lips lying around here somewhere, but I haven't watched it yet.
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Nathan Ballingrud
Posted on Monday, June 12, 2006 - 11:13 pm:   

An update for those interested in Deadwood's fate: apparently Milch has reached an agreement with HBO to film two 2-hour movies, in lieu of a fourth season. Although it certainly isn't what I'd hoped for, at least there will be a resolution to the storyline. More than what most cancelled shows get, by a wide margin.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, June 13, 2006 - 06:05 am:   

Thanks, Nathan....

Was going to bed early, but got waylaid by a showing of oonnie Darko. What a fine movie.
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Dave G.
Posted on Tuesday, June 13, 2006 - 06:28 am:   

And great use of the Bunnymen on the s/t.
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Tuesday, June 13, 2006 - 06:31 am:   

At least that's decent news about Deadwood. I wish they could have done the same with Carnivale. I've seen the first 4 episodes of Deadwood now, and I'm looking forward to catching the rest. I should be able to watch them and then catch the new season on cable (on-demand is nice).
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, June 13, 2006 - 06:32 am:   

Not to mention the only Tears for Fears song I ever liked, and then only in context.
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Rich P
Posted on Tuesday, June 13, 2006 - 07:13 am:   

DD: Watch out for the Director's Cut. Bunnymen replaced by INXS. Special F/X added. All mysteries explained. They really screwed up a cool little movie.

Saw Antarctic Journal recently and enjoyed it. Amazing how good the Korean actors are.
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Kelly Christopher Shaw
Posted on Tuesday, June 13, 2006 - 07:34 am:   

RichP: Aside from the Bunnymen being replaced by INXS (though "The Killing Moon" does make an appearance later in the film), I thought the Director's Cut was a richer film than the theatrical cut. Then again, I love this movie and found more of it to be a good thing, though it seems that most side with your opnion on this.

Robert: Twitch reported some months back that the creators of Carnivale made a deal with HBO, similar to the Deadwood deal, that would allow them to create a mini-series (3 two hour movies?) to wrap up the plot threads. If it was a financially successful mini-series, there would be a chance the show would return.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, June 13, 2006 - 08:20 am:   

I never bothered with the director's cut. The original made me happy and I just wasn't moved to see it. I even grabbed a cut out of the bunny guy from my theater. :-)
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Tuesday, June 13, 2006 - 08:34 am:   

I never bothered with the director's cut either. Maybe I'll try it at some point, but there are plenty of other things to watch first, rather than an alternate version of something I've already seen.

That sounds good about Carnivale, although I doubt the show would return after the mini-series, since they wanted to end it after 3 seasons anyway. Maybe they'll wait to see how the Season 2 DVD sales go, and then work on the mini-series.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, June 13, 2006 - 09:29 am:   

I'm generally not in love with the idea of dir cuts, though I've been tempted by a few, including Darko, and I would love to see, as mentioned before, the six hour version of the Thin Red Line....
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, June 13, 2006 - 09:41 am:   

Did they ever do a soundtrack album for Darko? All I remember is the score...
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Kelly Christopher Shaw
Posted on Tuesday, June 13, 2006 - 09:49 am:   

For some dumb reason, the only way to get the Darko soundtrack is by import.

Off the top of my head, the only really great director's cut, which vastly improves on the original film, is Once Upon A Time in America. The Darko cut is more like another rendition of the film, not necessarily a vast improvement over the original.

Any other great director's cuts?
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, June 13, 2006 - 09:55 am:   

Thanks, Kelly. Wonder why?

I just don't do dir cuts -- I watch too many flicks to get caught up in that, but like I said, I've been tempted.

Oh yeah. The Miike Masters of Horror thing, IMPRINT, is on DVD, which also includes the Larry Cohen episode.
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Dave G.
Posted on Tuesday, June 13, 2006 - 10:12 am:   

Was the Larry Cohen epi the one with Michael Moriarty? If so, it was not bad.
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Tuesday, June 13, 2006 - 10:18 am:   

The "Extended Edition" of Fellowship of the Ring was an improvement over the theatrical version. I'm ambivalent on the Two Towers EE, and I think the RotK theatrical cut was much better than the EE.

The Highlander 2 director's cut was marginally more watchable than the original cut, but that's not saying anything.

The director's cut of Dodgeball had a few better scenes than the theatrical cut.

But overall, I think they are not worth it. The Aliens Directors cut was crap. They revealed too much at the beginning and that ruins the suspense. The extended cut of Dune only made the unbearable film longer.

There's no way I'll watch the director's cut of Kingdom of Heaven. The theatrical cut couldn't keep my interest for an hour, there's no way the longer version will improve it. And an unrated director's cut of XXX or Chronicles of Riddick sounds less appealing than the originals (and they weren't appealing).
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, June 13, 2006 - 10:44 am:   

I didn't watch after the first few MOHs.

Oh yeah, I forgot LOTR. I saw Fellowship and that was pretty good.

There's a directors cut of Riddick? I might pick that up for yucks.
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Tuesday, June 13, 2006 - 11:10 am:   

Yes, there's apparently a director's cut of Riddick. It's supposedly 15 minutes longer. I can't say that 15 minutes of extra footage will improve it.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, June 13, 2006 - 11:15 am:   

Might make it funnier. :-)

I have an affection for Riddick, it was so ludicrous, what with those special rocks shielding one from the incinerating heat of the sun and like that...
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Nathan Ballingrud
Posted on Tuesday, June 13, 2006 - 06:45 pm:   

For what it's worth, the Kingdom of Heaven director's cut is an entirely different film, and significantly better. The theatrical cut was an abomination, and should be scoured from the earth.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, June 13, 2006 - 07:07 pm:   

Huh, well....maybe I'll check it out someday. But you best be right, Nathan, or I'll sic Ian McShane on you. :-)
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Nathan Ballingrud
Posted on Tuesday, June 13, 2006 - 07:43 pm:   

Just don't yell "Machuca!" at me ....
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, June 13, 2006 - 08:01 pm:   

The question remains, what perverse motive got you to watch the directors cut of a movie you so detested?

I watched a weird one tonight. The Detective and Death. A Spanish movie filmed in Poland that has as its source material a Hans Christian Anderson story, though I'm damned if I can figure out which one. It starts with an evil powerful man annoucing to his business associates that he is dying. He then go upstairs to find his young lover, who happens to be his daughter, the progeny of his ex-wife, a woman known as the Duchess. The evil man sends his associate, "a dark man" to get the detective, who has become the Duchess' lover, and the Duchess. He then gives his daughter a gift of living holographs of them and the Duchess. The dark man tracks down the detective, but the detective escapes to the roof of an abandoned building. The dark man follows and encounters a young Jewish woman with a screaming baby, whom he kills in order to shut it up. He tells her that if she brings him the detective, he'll take her to his boss house, the Blue House, and the boss will give her baby back its breath. The woman climbs up on the roof, finds the detective, helps him escape -- he runs off and leaves her in a desolate neighborhood where she is captured by Spanish nazi's who make her lick a baseball bat...the dark man drives them away. Then she follows the detective to a night club where the Duchess is a singer and there's an act with a man dressed in a shark suit and a bunch of strippers. The Detective goes down on the Duchess, the dark man kills the duchess, the detective and the girl go to the Blue House to beat up the evil man.....anyway, after a million other events the detective is killed by the dark man and the young mother returns to her home to find it no longer a ruin and the baby alive. It's a mess, though it's got good actors, including Javier Bardem. But I want to know what fairy tale it's based on.
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PM
Posted on Tuesday, June 13, 2006 - 08:26 pm:   

"The Story of a Mother"
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, June 13, 2006 - 08:29 pm:   

Is that a real HCA story....
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Nathan Ballingrud
Posted on Tuesday, June 13, 2006 - 09:50 pm:   

Some people I know who shared my distaste for it saw the director's cut screening in LA and loved it. Since I have a soft spot for Scott's big canvas movies (even the ones I have to make allowances for), and since I love medieval history, I was eager to give Kingdom of Heaven a second chance. Whole different movie.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, June 13, 2006 - 09:56 pm:   

Okey doke. But just in case, I'll tell Ian to keep that jackleg he's got behind the bar ready...

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