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Lucius
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Posted on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - 09:03 am:   

Robert, since the director is mexican and there was a conquistador, I kinda figured he was among lower class Aztecs... :-)
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Posted on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - 09:47 am:   

US Remakes of foreign films seem to be pretty quick, but US remakes of US films often take 15-20 years. There are quicker ones like Hulk (5 years).

Then there are things like Iron Man. Some might view it as a remake of Batman Begins... billionaire decided to fight evil, is helped by a loyal servant who is his only family, uses technology to become larger than life, fights his former friend and mentor. They're pretty much the same plot.
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Posted on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - 10:30 am:   

I was thinking of films made in their own country being remadade not foreign for which there is plenty. Insomnia, Spoorloos, Nightwatch etc.

for the most part (discounting foreign remakes) there is usually at least a 20 year gap between original and remake.

So discounting foreign has there been anything quicker then 17 years ( I am sure there is) I am curious to know.
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Posted on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - 10:32 am:   

Hulk, I think is a less a remake then an, well lets see if we can try this again and make some money this time.
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Posted on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - 10:50 am:   

I'm not going to have time to look into this before I go, but I'm pretty sure there have been quicker ones.
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Posted on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - 10:54 am:   

So what divides a remake from a re-imagining? I'd consider Hulk a remake since it's telling the same story again.

But after brief search at IMDB I think Maltese Falcon wins as the quickest remakes within the same language. Versions came out in 1931, 1936, and 1941. The middle one changed small details (names, what the object is).
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Posted on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - 01:40 pm:   

Lucius... re La Antena. I saw it a couple of months ago in a film festival, 'cos it sounded kinda cool.

I thought it looked interesting (hey - film is a visual medium) if obviously indebted to a lot of early silent movies (obviously Lang's stuff - actually a bit reminded me of Gilliam, for some reason). I did dig it, even if I thought it was perhaps a little twee. But since then it's got a wider release over here and the critical reception has been "mixed". There were a lot of 1 star reviews...which I thought was pretty harsh. It perhaps wasn't the "Tour de Force" Philip French called it, but it was enjoyable enough, and interesting.

Nobody would come and see it with me, so I can't find any real people type opinions. Have you spoken to anyone else who saw it, and more to the point, anyone that detested it? It was all a little beyond me in a sort of "so you're saying this is worse than the 15th unfunny comedy sequel of the month?" way.
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Posted on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - 03:56 pm:   

No, I know it's getting mixed reveiws, as it should, being not a film designed for everyone. I know a few other people who've seen it, but they're film critics--it just opened in NY over here--and their opinions reflect their bias. I don't know any non-critics who've seen it. Me, I liked it and I beleve it moved past its influences and think it makes use of various symbologies (nazi, cabalistic, etc.) and styles to create an interesting and sometimes remarkable film. That's all I can tell you. Sorry. I have no clue why people detest unless their reviewing for a paper that commonly praises films with tons of screaming and bloodletting. I'm recommending it to friends who like visually interesting movies and not, for instance, the cabdriver who frequently drives me and considers Kevin COstner's the Bodyguard the greatest love story ever filmed.
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Posted on Wednesday, May 21, 2008 - 10:39 am:   

Would "remake" cover films with different scripts about the same characters and events. I'm thinking TOMBSTONE and WYATT EARP, released a year apart, or THE GIRL NEXT DOOR and AN AMERICAN CRIME, both released in 1997.
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Posted on Wednesday, May 21, 2008 - 10:43 am:   

I don't think Tomstone and Earp qualify. There have always been takes on that story. Haven't seen the other two.
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Posted on Thursday, May 22, 2008 - 08:11 pm:   

The most screwed up remake(ish) type situation that I can think of right now are the latest Exorcist films. I think Renny What's-His-Name did the one that got a theatrical release. The theatrical release was a remake of the Paul Schrader film that had never been released. So... Top that! ;)

Alright guys, I'm about to watch Diary of the Dead. Just got it today. I'm excited about a movie right now. Rarely happens.
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Posted on Friday, May 23, 2008 - 09:12 am:   

Has anyone here seen DIary of the Dead yet? Lucius, what'd you think?
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Posted on Friday, May 23, 2008 - 10:00 am:   

Didn't see it, Dave. Probably won't until fall.
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Posted on Friday, May 23, 2008 - 06:56 pm:   

The Mummy was a second rate copy of Indiana Jones. The Mummy Returns was a second rate copy of The Mummy. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is a copy of The Mummy Returns with a slightly better cast. Cheesy action marred by too much CG, cartoonish villains, a lack of understanding of the cultures they deal with. Even the ending destruction of the lost city was right out of Mummy Returns. And the spoilers about aliens were right.
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Posted on Saturday, May 24, 2008 - 12:53 am:   

I thought Diary of the Dead was pretty bad. It was way too preachy, and didn't have any of the intensity or style of Romero's early films (especially Night of the Living Dead, still his best film, I reckon). I liked [Rec] but it wasn't as frightening as I'd expected it to be. I find that few films really scare me these days - I wish they would. I think The Orphanage is probably the scariest one I've seen this year. I liked Cloverfield too (people seem to be really torn on that one - they either love it or hate it).

I tried watching the latest Korean ghost flick (Someone Behind You), but didn't make it past the half-hour mark. It was just another by-the-numbers rip-off of earlier, superior Asian ghost movies.

I've got one called The Cottage ready to watch (Andy Serkis is in it), so I'm hoping that'll be decent. Anyone seen it?
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Posted on Saturday, May 24, 2008 - 09:12 am:   

I wasn't too impressed with the Cottage, but then I rarely like horror comedies.
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Posted on Saturday, May 24, 2008 - 12:01 pm:   

I didn't realise it was a horror comedy! Oh well, I'll give it a go anyway...

Speaking of comedy, I rented a bunch of movies the other day on my way back from hospital, and as I was in a rush I didn't really look closely at a couple of them. That'll teach me - one of them was a Uwe Boll movie! It goes by the succinct, snappy title of 'A Dungeon Siege Tale: In the Name of the King' (I'm guessing it's based on a video game like his other 'work'). I only saw the first half-hour - it was too excruciatingly bad to endure the whole thing - but it was incredible how Boll shamelessly rips off a series of scenes from Jackson's Lord of the Rings movie. Literally, down to having almost the exact same dialogue in some places. It's weird the way famous actors pop up in his films - this one had Ray Liotta, Ron Perlman and Burt Reynolds, among others!
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Posted on Saturday, May 24, 2008 - 01:45 pm:   

What are you talking about? Burt makes a great medieval king! And Jason Statham (The Transporter) is one of hell of a peasant revolutionary! :-)
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Posted on Sunday, May 25, 2008 - 10:40 am:   

Saw a Korean horror film called Witch Board. About a girl who's possessed by a dead school girl. Guess it wasn't very good since I kept falling asleep. I think the little girl with her head hanging down and long black hair covering her face is kind of played-out in Asian horror.
Saw Kurasawa's Retribution too. Kind of disappointing. Seems like more standard J-horror. Had a few of the quirks that made Cure and other Kurasawa films interesting, but I didn't think it was as distinctive as some of his other stuff.
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Posted on Sunday, May 25, 2008 - 10:41 am:   

Lucius, have you seen the French film Celine and Julie Go Boating?
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Posted on Sunday, May 25, 2008 - 11:42 am:   

Yeah, that was the film Lynch ripped off for Mulholland Drive. As I recall it's quite long, and there's some great stuff in it (particularly the intro), but somewhere along the way the film loses momentum...

I was disappointed in Retributiion too. Average J horror says it all.
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Posted on Monday, May 26, 2008 - 09:31 am:   

Speaking of bad movies, is anyone planning on seeing Boll's Postal.
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Posted on Monday, May 26, 2008 - 05:20 pm:   

That's an easy one: nope. :-)
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Posted on Monday, May 26, 2008 - 09:24 pm:   

Wuss :-)
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Posted on Monday, May 26, 2008 - 10:41 pm:   

Boll is making a movie that is non-video game oriented? Holy shit! Maybe his big comeback will be "Checkers: The Movie!"

In defense of "300," it made "P.S. I Love You" more entertaining, since I kept expecting Gerard Butler to kick Hilary Swank down a bottomless pit.
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Posted on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 - 05:59 am:   

Wess? I sat through Alone in the Dark, dude! In the theater, yet! Without a bathroom break... :-)

I missed PS I Love You, but I cam see that.
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Posted on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 - 07:12 am:   

Butler without a sword would seem odd...300, Beowulf & Grendel, Timeline, Atilla. Now that I think about it, Butler in a good movie would seem odd.

I've watched 3 Uwe Boll movies, and that's 3 too many. They aren't even "so bad they're good" they're just bad. No interest in Postal. Sadly, the petition to stop Boll isn't growing quickly enough, it's only at 284281 (about 1/4 of the goal).
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Posted on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 - 07:40 am:   

Butler was in a movie called "Dear Frankie" that was pretty good. As a rare bonus, he didn't use a sword. But he did eat a lot of fish and chips.

Robdev, 3 Uwe Boll movies? Haven't you heard of fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice shame on me, but after 3 Uwe Boll movies, you need to seek professional help! :-)
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Posted on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 - 07:43 am:   

A List

Here's TSPOT's list of the 100 greatest films as selected by "leading critics and directors."

http://www.theyshootpictures.com/gf1000_top100films.htm

Of course Citizen Kane is number 1, there are a slew of Hitchcock and John Ford pictures, no (I think) John Huston pictures, a bunch of overrated comedies like Some Like It Hot and Bringing Up Baby, a complete absence of modern classics, etc...but as these things go, it's not terrible. My main quibble is the inclusion at number 18 of Raging Bull, Scorcese's lame-ass attempt to channel DaSica-style neo-realism. Joe Pesci doing his Joe Pesci schtick, DeNiro doing his DeNiro schtick. Hey, what'sa matta? We're Italian! Let's hit a woman! It's not even the best picture made in a boxing milieu--that goes to Huston's Fat City with Stacy Keach and Susan Tyrell and a young Jeff Bridges, a totally neglected and totally great movie. And where are the great filmmakers of today on this list: Ke Jia, Kaurusmaki, Ceylan, etc? Anyway, see what you think.

Meanwhile Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull rolls on like the Wheel of Ixion, gathering close to 200 mil in its second week. Somewhere Moloch is smiling..

No doubt Citizen Kane is a great movie, but the hands-down automatic pick for number 1? I don't think so. And putting the incredibly overrated Vertigo at number 2 is just ridiculous. Albert Hitchcock was a fine Hollywood director of thrillers with signature twists, but he never made a thriller as powerful as Diabolique (the Simone Signoret version, not the Sharon Stone travesty). Anyway, see what you think.

The only American picture to score at Cannes was Steven Soderbergh's 4 1/2 hour Che, which brought home the best actor award for Benicio del Toro as the title figure. 4 and a half hours. Soderbergh making Che. I'm going to have to love del Toro a lot to sit through that, because you just know there's going to be a lot of happy hippie horseshit in Soderbergh's take on the Cuban Revolution.
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Posted on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 - 09:05 am:   

Jeez, just when I had hopes for Uwe Boll movies (snicker) too. Either Boll's movies have gotten lamer, or video games have.

Vertigo is my least favorite Hitch movie. I liked Rear Window much more. I checked out the list. There are some really great movies on there, and it's so much easier to disagree with the choices than support what they have. But come on, 2001? Maybe it's proof positive that everyone was dropping acid in 1968, 'cause that movie was nothing but a Pink Floyd laser show at the planetarium, and had not much to do with the book once you cut out all the long running shots of people walking around in zero-g.

Citizen Kane was innovative in the way that everything was shot, totally original and technically savvy compared to what was being done back then, but that movie can bore the paint off walls! And yes, I know I've mentioned it as a "great" myself, but that was only because it's supposed to be great. It's long and boring. Rosebud is a fuckin' sled! There! I saved you two hours.

I've seen the Seven Samurai many times, and it has spawned other movies of its kind. If not a whole genre of films about the meeting of different personalities with a job to do, from the Three Amigos to Reservoir Dogs, but damn that movie can drag. I'm starting to see a pattern here.

26-50 had some great films listed. I mean some that I think should have been ranked higher, but I'm glad they didn't. See, my problem with lists like this is the closer you get to the top, the more demanding the criteria becomes. Citizen Kane as #1? Why not. Most people might not really agree, but if their number one pick was the #1 spot, they would hear from people like me why it should not be #1.
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Posted on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 - 09:27 am:   

Clint, it doesn't have to be either/or. Boll's movies are getting lamer, as are video games.

I skimmed the list and largely thought "meh." I'm getting tired of seeing best-movie lists that glorify some sleep inducing movies while overlooking more interesting fare. I haven't given a lot of thought to a favorite Hitchcock, but I do like Rear Window more than Vertigo.
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Posted on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 - 11:13 am:   

Che is 4 1/2 hours long. Christ. I mean I love Del Toro, but not that much. Plus isn't Soderbergh still trying to find an American distributor for that or am I thinking of something else.

Speaking of Ceylan, I went through the Cannes in competition films the other day and his new one sounds really, really good. Hopefully one of the Aus film festivals will pick it up and I won't have to wait a year plus for it to come out on DVD. In the meantime I'm going to pick up a couple of his earlier films (pre Distant) have you seen these Lucius.

Oh and in regards to Boll. I made through 50 mins of House of the Dead and that wa enougth for me, though I may still watch Bloodrayne just out of a morbid curiousity of seeing Ben Kingsley in something so bad
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Posted on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 - 11:47 am:   

The Del Toro award will help him get a distributor. But 270 minutes of soderbergh is way too much.

Yup, saw Distant and one other, whose name eludes me. They're slow but cool.

too many john ford films on the list--slant volunteered a counter list:

Les Vampires (Louis Feuillade, 1915)
Broken Blossoms (D.W. Griffith, 1919)
Foolish Wives (Erich Von Stroheim, 1922)
Faust (F.W. Murnau, 1926)
Hindle Wakes (Maurice Elvey, 1927)
The Cameraman (Edward Sedgwick, 1928)
The Crowd (King Vidor, 1928)
The Fall of the House of Usher (Jean Epstein, 1928)
Spies (Fritz Lang, 1928)
Earth (Aleksandr Dovzhenko, 1930)
An American Tragedy (Josef Von Sternberg, 1931)
¡Que Viva México! (Sergei Eisenstein, 1931)
Freaks (Tod Browning, 1932)
Love Me Tonight (Rouben Mamoulian, 1932)
The Black Cat (Edgar G. Ulmer, 1934)
The Crime of Monseiur Lange (Jean Renoir, 1936)
Gueule D'Amour (Jean Grémillon, 1937)
Make Way for Tomorrow (Leo McCarey, 1937)
Stage Door (Gregory La Cava, 1937)
Only Angels Have Wings (Howard Hawks, 1939)
The Mortal Storm (Frank Borzage, 1940)
To Be or Not To Be (Ernst Lubitsch, 1942)
The Leopard Man (Jacques Tourneur, 1943)
Monsieur Verdoux (Charles Chaplin, 1947)
Portrait of Jennie (William Dieterle, 1948)
The Flowers of St. Francis (Roberto Rossellini, 1950)
In a Lonely Place (Nicholas Ray, 1950)
Ace in the Hole (Billy Wilder, 1951)
The Life of Oharu (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1952)
Le Plaisir (Max Ophüls, 1952)
I Confess (Alfred Hitchcock, 1952)
Ensayo de Un Crimen (Luis Buñuel, 1955)
Autumn Leaves (Robert Aldrich, 1956)
Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (Frank Tashlin, 1957)
Bonjour Tristesse (Otto Preminger, 1958)
Imitation of Life (Douglas Sirk, 1959)
The Ladies' Man (Jerry Lewis, 1961)
Cléo from 5 to 7 (Agnès Varda, 1962)
Confessions of an Opium Eater (Albert Zugsmith, 1962)
Winter Light (Ingmar Bergman, 1963)
Charulata (Satyajit Ray, 1964)
Gertrud (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1964)
Yearning (Mikio Naruse, 1964)
7 Women (John Ford, 1966)
Kill, Baby, Kill! (Mario Bava, 1966)
Masculin, Feminin (Jean-Luc Godard, 1966)
Point Blank (John Boorman, 1967)
The Shooting (Monte Hellman, 1967)
Memories of Underdevelopment (Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, 1968)
Once Upon a Time in the West (Sergio Leone, 1968)
Hi Mom! (Brian De Palma, 1970)
The Lickerish Quartet (Radley Metzger, 1970)
Trash (Paul Morrissey, 1970)
McCabe & Mrs. Miller (Robert Altman, 1971)
A New Leaf (Elaine May, 1971)
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (Sam Peckinpah, 1974)
Celine and Julie Go Boating (Jacques Rivette, 1974)
Lancelot du Lac (Robert Bresson, 1974)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Tobe Hooper, 1974)
Jeanne Dielman (Chantal Akerman, 1975)
The Passenger (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1975)
Xala (Ousmane Sembene, 1975)
Assault on Precinct 13 (John Carpenter, 1976)
F for Fake (Orson Welles, 1976)
The Tenant (Roman Polanski, 1976)
Killer of Sheep (Charles Burnett, 1977)
In a Year of 13 Moons (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1978)
Stalker (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1979)
The Big Red One (Samuel Fuller, 1980)
Possession (Andrzej Zulawski, 1981)
Fitzcarraldo (Werner Herzog, 1982)
Tenebre (Dario Argento, 1982)
The Ballad of Narayama (Shohei Imamura, 1983)
The Day of the Dead (George A. Romero, 1985)
Empire of the Sun (Steven Spielberg, 1987)
Yeelen (Souleymane Cissé, 1987)
Distant Lives, Still Voices (Terrence Davies, 1988)
The Last Temptation of Christ (Martin Scorsese, 1988)
A Short Film About Killing (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1988)
Close-Up (Abbas Kiarostami, 1990)
A Brighter Summer Day (Edward Yang, 1991)
Hard Boiled (John Woo, 1992)
Husbands and Wives (Woody Allen, 1992)
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (David Lynch, 1992)
The Puppetmaster (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 1993)
Sátántangó (Béla Tarr, 1994)
Dead Man (Jim Jarmusch, 1995)
Showgirls (Paul Verhoeven, 1995)
Underground (Emir Kusturica, 1995)
Crash (David Cronenberg, 1996)
Fireworks (Takeshi Kitano, 1997)
Mother and Son (Aleksandr Sokurov, 1997)
Beloved (Jonathan Demme, 1998)
The Hole (Tsai Ming-Liang, 1998)
Velvet Goldmine (Todd Haynes, 1998)
Beau Travail (Claire Denis, 1999)
Platform (Jia Zhangke, 2000)
Fat Girl (Catherine Breillat, 2001)
Pulse (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 2001)
Twentynine Palms (Bruno Dumont, 2003)


But Sirk, Showgirls!!!, and Aldrich belong a list of the damned and there's no place for Peckinpaw and Fuller and the like, and Todd Haynes has made on good movie and Velvet goldmine ain't it, etc. But I'm happy to see Fireworks and Beau Travail and Dead Man, but Lymch and Bela Tarr and Romero, uck, and 29 Palms is shit.
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Posted on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 - 12:12 pm:   

That's a better list then most though.

I've seen Distant and Climates, but Ceylan made a couple before that (they're available on Xploited) which is what I was referring too. I love slow, meditive films though. Another film of that ilk I enjoyed was dennis's The Intruder.

Apologies if there is any bad grammar or mistakes in this post but it's 3am and I should be in bed :-).
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Posted on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 - 12:18 pm:   

I was going to suggest Denis and I was also going to say it must be early morning over there, don't you sleep. :-)

I didn't know about Ceylan's early films. I'll give a look once I get back from Europe.
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Posted on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 - 12:40 pm:   

Some of this stuff is inexplicable...FIRE WALK WITH ME? TENEBRAE? TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE? This list is a bit of what the Brits would call "a wind-up"...
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Posted on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 - 12:55 pm:   

Granted. I have never understood the acclaim for Argento in particular. But there are some terriffic newer films near the bottom.
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Posted on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 - 01:49 pm:   

"Hard Boiled" was a head-scratcher for me. The movie totally lost me. John Woo loves his two-gun shooters, but I wonder if he knows what happened to someone if they get shot. Chow Yun Fat gets peppered with a shotgun in the boat shoot out and keeps on running and shooting and sliding and jumping.

Someone needs to shoot John Woo with even a pellet gun and ask him if he still feels like running or jumping. Are those movies supposed to be that retarded?

"Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me" was godawful.
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Posted on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 - 02:14 pm:   

They're better than the movies he makes now.

I used to like Woo. The movies were what they were...gangster action fantasies. Everything was writ too large (emotions, shotouts, etc) for them to be taken as anything else. They were the HK updating of wuxia, with guns instead of swords and crime bosses instead of wizards. Like Spaghetti westerns, they were cartoonish exaggerations.

Fire Walk With Me--Lynch testing his theory of incoherence, which he was to hone in films like Lost Highway and Mulholland Drive and Inland Empire. The theory goes like so--write something incomprehensible, throw in a dwarf (or something cool weird), add sinister elements for mood (music, whatever) and accept you cult status. The critics will say shit like you're dealing with the problem of identity.
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Posted on Wednesday, May 28, 2008 - 09:46 pm:   

29 Palms? Showgirls? They should be on the list of worst movies ever made. Breillat? Don't think I can take anymore of her after seeing Romance.
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Posted on Thursday, May 29, 2008 - 02:38 pm:   

Fireworks? That's Hana-Bi, oui?

I've seen that a couple of times and dug it, but am not, if I'm honest, overly familiar with that much to do with Beat Takeshi (oh apart from Zatoichi).

I must (ashamedly?) admit that I first became aware of him when I went to see Battle Royale - which of course he had a small, if important, role in.

Anyone recommend anything else directed by him (although anything else cool he stars in welcomed too)?
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Posted on Thursday, May 29, 2008 - 02:48 pm:   

Brother is a good movie with Takeshi as an exiled Yakuza in LA.
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Posted on Thursday, May 29, 2008 - 03:24 pm:   

Of his yakuza pictures, I liked Sonatine and Hanabi most. You might want to check out Dolls and Kikujiro also.
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Posted on Thursday, May 29, 2008 - 03:31 pm:   

I've got a couple more recent films of his on DVD, Blood and Bone and the oddly titled Takeshis', but haven't got round to watching them yet. They're supposed to be good.

Heh, I've just remembered he was in Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence, opposite Ryuichi Sakamoto and David Bowie too.
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Posted on Thursday, May 29, 2008 - 09:39 pm:   

Lucius here--trapped in Newark. For classic acting by Takeshi in gangster mode, the best is Gonin. Great crime flick.
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Posted on Friday, May 30, 2008 - 05:17 am:   

No foot, no watch, at least in my case.

I saw an ad for "Fringe" which billed it as from the creator of Lost and the writer of Transformers. Sounds like a real winner... even friends with bad taste in movies thought the writing in Transformers was shit, I'm not sure why somebody would advertise that. Plus JJ Abrams.
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Posted on Friday, May 30, 2008 - 09:21 am:   

McSweeney's summary of Lost
http://mcsweeneys.net/2008/5/29bridgman.html


I can't think of any remakes of foreign TV shows that are decent, besides The Office. Perhaps Creature Comforts isn't bad, but I haven't seen the US version.
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Posted on Friday, May 30, 2008 - 10:27 am:   

Thanks for the Takashi Kitano recommendations. I'll chase 'em up. Seems like he's been involved in a lot...but I've found it hard to get non-fanboy "everything is ace" type of commentary. Unless it all is?

Re: remakes... I wonder if it's hard to get a good remake done because the writers of the remake are copying? Something worthy of a remake had at least something vital about it 'cos it was (in one way or another) new, meaning the remake is going to immediately seem tired, even if it's perfectly competent? Maybe, maybe not.
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Posted on Friday, May 30, 2008 - 04:23 pm:   

Have you heard about this upcoming release?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9-umKlFF_s
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Posted on Saturday, May 31, 2008 - 10:33 am:   

Watched a British movie called Puritan, a pretty interesting mix of noir and some subtle supernatural elements. A dubious psychic gets mixed up with the wife of an overbearing self-help writer played by David Soul from Starsky and Hutch. Seems to settle into what seems like a fairly standard noir plot, then gets weird and brings in elements like a ficionalized version of Aleister Crowley and the Whitechapel Murders and Hawksmoore Church. Looks pretty good for a small budget film. The end was kind of confusing, and I'm not sure it all hangs that well together, but it was different and worth watching.
One thing that was puzzling was that they changed Crowley's name to Crowleigh, and he was played by an American with a head full of hair. Not sure why they'd bother to do that, it's not like Crowley has an estate that can sue them or anything.
Anyway, I think the director, Hadi Hajaig might have an interesting film career ahead of him.
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Posted on Tuesday, June 03, 2008 - 11:19 am:   

One thing I found funny recently is that there are at least 2 or 3 Aleister Crowley English TV biographies ... that all appear to be made by Christian religious groups. I wouldn't say Crowley was a particularly great man, but these films set him up as the devil himself, with some of the most incredible fact-twisting outside of US politics. One of them's called "The Other Loch Ness Monster. :D
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Posted on Tuesday, June 03, 2008 - 12:49 pm:   

i saw Puritan also. It was better than okay, but as to the guy's career, he's done zip since....

perhaps some relationship can be drawn between Crowley and Nessie....
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Posted on Tuesday, June 03, 2008 - 09:23 pm:   

There was a documentary narrated by Joss Ackland that's out in the UK. Supposed to be kind of pointless if you know anything about Crowley.
I guess there are lots of screenplays about Crowley floating around. A British producer said he was going to go mad if he had to read one more script about Crowley.
I'm looking forward to Chemical Wedding, even if Bruce Dickinson co-wrote it. Maybe it will play at the NIFF.
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Posted on Wednesday, June 04, 2008 - 05:18 am:   

I don't have a list of films as yet. There will be about 100 all told and 16 in competition. As a juror I doubt I'll be able to see much more than the films in competition, but I'll keep an eye out...
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Posted on Wednesday, June 04, 2008 - 03:40 pm:   

I've never seen a bio on Crowley that wasn't riddled with problems, but of course he has so many moments that could be described as sensationalist that they would be hard to avoid in terms of drama. I still think Kaczynski's Perdurabo is the best (book) source, it's one of the few that takes the narrative to the man's death, rather than ending with the Choronzon account in the desert. I shudder to think what Dickinson would do with it, although at least he's sympathetic.

"perhaps some relationship can be drawn between Crowley and Nessie...."

This occured to me before as well. The legends of the spooks haunting Boleskine would dovetail nicely with the Nessie legend. Of course all someone needs to do is say Crowley lived in a house to convince many it's haunted. I remember reading a funny narrative about the members of Genesis moving into a house Crowley had lived in in London and freaking out over hauntings and such. Nothing more haunted than a brain. :-)
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Posted on Thursday, June 05, 2008 - 10:24 am:   

So I got some pills from a doctor today to help with the jet lag, so I won't feel like waking up at eleven pm and so on, and he told me I should try and relax, take a walk or go to the movies before doing the pills....So i went to the movies and found there was a film playing that i wanted to see, that had caused something of a stir at Cannes, called JCVD...these happen to be the initials of its star: Jean Claude Van Damme. This is not your typical Van Damme film. It is autobiographical, a self parody, a confession, an examination of celebrity from the celeb's POV, and quite a bit more. It's also one of the best films I've seen this year.

In the film, as in life, JCVD is a weary, middleaged star of direct to video action films who returns home to Belgium for a vacation after enduring a bitter and costly court case in which he lost custody of his daughter (actually happened) At 47, his face has a battered nobility, that of an old fighter who stayed too long in the ring. He's got money troubles (true), and on the way in from the airport he's informed by cell phone that his divorce check bounced. He asks the cabdriver to stop at a little bank away from the center of town so he can look into his affairs and when he enters the bank he discovers it's being robbed. The police are called in, they mistakenly assume that JCVD is to blame, and the celebrity storm begins. For me, the most shocking thing about this movies was the dsicovery that Van Damme can act and act well. Given a talented young director who worked with him, Mabrouk el Mechri, he pulls off an incredible performance as a wounded man entering late middle age who realizes he has done nothing and is being forced to contemplate every painful mistake he ever made. Van Damme uses his karate only once in the entire film and then it's in a fantasy.

This is the kind of mid-career reinvention that often leads to Oscar notice, but the film is not even scheduled to be released in the States. Hopefully, now that it's made a splash at Cannes, this oversight will be remedied, because this is a film that would do well in arthouses across the country. I hope you'll have the chance to see it.
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Posted on Friday, June 06, 2008 - 07:24 am:   

JCVD sounds interesting. I hope it gets some kind of release here, maybe it will play at Pittsburgh Filmmakers.
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Posted on Friday, June 06, 2008 - 11:43 am:   

I was not planning on seeing it, and I doubt it is an A+ film, but I going to go out of my way to see Argento's MOTHER OF TEARS, just because Anne Hornaday wrote such a smug, condescending review in that bastion of middle-brow asshole SHREK-worship the Washington Post Style section.

Anybody see the debut of the new Mick Garris show FEAR ITSELF last night? It was a serviceable if uninspired vampire drama with the always-good Rachel Miner as one of three hot Romanian sisters holed up in what I swear was the GINGER SNAPS 3 fort, luring in unsuspecting travelers to feed a hungry vamp. Next week the film is by Brad Anderson, so I have high hopes...
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Posted on Friday, June 06, 2008 - 01:32 pm:   

What channel is Fear Itself on?
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Posted on Friday, June 06, 2008 - 02:38 pm:   

NBC. Thursdays at 10.
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Posted on Friday, June 06, 2008 - 03:21 pm:   

I liked it a lot, jcvd---I enjoyed the hell out of it. <saw><mother of tears. Watched about 10 minutes and found myself thinking about something else. It's hokey, old fasashioned, and just plain bad.
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Posted on Friday, June 06, 2008 - 06:53 pm:   

Steven Segal should do something like JVCD...except he's probably not capable of self-reflection. He could go on and on about how his movie career was ruined by rumors of mob ties. Yeah, nothing to do with the crappy movies he makes. lol
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Posted on Saturday, June 07, 2008 - 02:09 am:   

Mother of Tears was terrible. Argento's films these days bear no resemblance to his old stuff (Deep Red, Inferno, etc.).

The Van Damme film sounds really interesting - I'll be looking out for that one.
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Posted on Saturday, June 07, 2008 - 02:53 am:   

I agree about MOT--real shit. JCVD is kind of revelatory, Today I may see Kusurica's film about Diego Maradona.

It's too late for segal now--VD got there first.
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Posted on Monday, June 09, 2008 - 06:17 am:   

Enjoyed very much KURT COBAIN: ABOUT A SON. After five minutes, I thought that it was going to be a tedious mess, tape-recorded interview set against tone poems of the Pacific Northwest. But it turned out to be really interesting and much more illuminating than anything that has been written about the guy. Style complemented content perfectly.
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The news is reporting that Patrick Swayze is about to start work on a new series. As someone who lost an uncle to pancreatic cancer, let me just say that if he really beats this -- knock on wood -- he is one helluva stud because that form of cancer is a bear...
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Posted on Monday, June 09, 2008 - 03:55 pm:   

FWIW, JCVD's bitterness may not have been much of a feat of acting. His ex, Darcy LaPier, has married and divorced or been widowed from, three millionaires, and is said to be the richest divorcee in America.
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Posted on Tuesday, June 10, 2008 - 01:28 am:   

No matter what people say, it's hard to play oneself....
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Posted on Tuesday, June 10, 2008 - 05:11 am:   

Don't bother with Kusterica's film on Maradona,...
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Posted on Tuesday, June 10, 2008 - 05:14 am:   

Royal Deceit (aka Prince of Jutland): Proof that a good cast won't save an awful film. It's a non-Shakespeare telling of Hamlet with Christian Bale in the lead, with Gabriel Byrne, Helen Mirren, Brian Cox, Tom Wilkinson. And it was terrible. It had the cheapness of TV movies, scenes where people address the kingdom have 20 extras as the subjects. Cheapness marred every aspect, with big battles relegated to solitary silhouettes with the narrator explaining all.
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Posted on Tuesday, June 10, 2008 - 07:45 am:   

Sounds like a dogma film.... :-)
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Posted on Tuesday, June 10, 2008 - 10:11 am:   

My interest in the JCVD flick is piqued. I presume that familiarity with his oeuvre isn't a pre-requisite?

Anybody seen Lindsay "If..." Anderson's "O Lucky Man"? Is it worthwhile?

If it helps, I liked "If..."
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Posted on Tuesday, June 10, 2008 - 12:12 pm:   

No familiarity is required.

I saw Oh Lucky Man years ago and liked it, but I barelz recall it now...FWIW.
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Posted on Wednesday, June 11, 2008 - 01:45 pm:   

According to IMDB, studios are looking to cut back on the number of movies they put out each year:
http://www.imdb.com/news/sb/2008-06-11/film/1

My immediate thought was that they'll start focusing on quality instead of quantity. Then I came to my senses. Instead of cutting back on bad movies, they'll be less likely to take a risk on an interesting film. So instead of 4 bad movies a week with the off chance of one being watchable, we'll get 2 bad movies with no chance of quality.

Now I find myself wondering when I became such a pessimist about Hollywood.
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Posted on Wednesday, June 11, 2008 - 09:48 pm:   

That's just a tweak ibased on the economy, Robert...soon they'll be back to releasing 4, 3v3n fiv bowsers a week...
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Posted on Wednesday, June 11, 2008 - 09:52 pm:   

that's just based om a tweak in the economy Robert. Soon they'll be back to making four even five bowsers a week.
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Posted on Friday, June 13, 2008 - 01:29 pm:   

Spoilerific review of The Happening
http://www.tnr.com/politics/story.html?id=75893f9a-3391-4ab5-88c8-cf7e74bcd835

Based on that, I'm not sure if it will be worse than Lady in the Water, but it may be. Even the review makes my head hurt when it points out the stupidity of the movie.
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Posted on Friday, June 13, 2008 - 07:40 pm:   

Wow. Amazing. Here's hoping that Night's next picture is one of those Hollywood cuts....
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Posted on Tuesday, June 17, 2008 - 10:21 am:   

When an established A-list director touts his new film as "the best B-movie ever," that can't be good.
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Posted on Tuesday, June 17, 2008 - 09:35 pm:   

Why are they touting it as his "first R-rated film"? Who gives a shit?
Maybe his next film will be X-rated and direct to dvd, if Hollwyood gives him the bum's rush after his latest flop.
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Posted on Tuesday, June 17, 2008 - 10:28 pm:   

I wonder if night can even manage to get the Village 2 made? The Happening played here two days, then they yanked it.
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Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2008 - 09:47 pm:   

Here's the jury I'm on at NIFFF:

Joe Dante – réalisateur (USA)
Le père des Gremlins fait partie de ces réalisateurs formés à l’école Corman. Auteur de nombreux classiques du fantastique dont The Howling et Innerspace, il a marqué la première saison des Masters of Horror avec son politiquement incorrect Homecoming.

Neil Marshall – réalisateur (UK)
Né en 1970, Neil Marshall a éclaboussé le monde du fantastique en 2002 avec Dog Soldiers. Il récidive en 2005 avec le terrifiant The Descent, et nous présente cette année son dernier opus, Doomsday.

Xavier Gens – réalisateur (FR)
Xavier Gens se forme à la réalisation sur le tas, en effectuant des stages sur des tournages. Son premier long-métrage, Frontière(s), est produit par Luc Besson. Il signe ensuite l’adaptation cinématographique du jeu vidéo Hitman.

Jens Lien – réalisateur (NO)
Diplômé de la London International Film School, Jens Lien est l’auteur de nombreux films, courts-métrages, publicités et documentaires. En 2006 il réalise The Bothersome Man, qui gagnera la même année le Prix HR Giger au NIFFF.

Lucius Shepard – écrivain (USA)
Ecrivain de romans de science-fiction et de fantasy, Lucius Shepard fait partie de cette génération d’auteurs engagés et baroudeurs. Une vie dans laquelle il va puiser son inspiration pour construire une œuvre empreinte de préoccupations éthiques.

Pretty good company, I'd say: Lien directed the Bothersome Man, one of my favorite recent genre films, and Marshall diected the Descent, a very good horror film. It;'s all good. I guess Nagata is just the guest of honor and not on the jury.

Here are the films in competition:

Astropia Gunnar B Gudmundsson multiples
Dance of the Dead Gregg Bishop USA
Diary of the Dead George A. Romero USA
Eskalofrio Isidro Ortiz Spain
Let the Right One in Tomas Alfredson Sweden
Manhunt Patrick Syversen Norway
Shadows Milcho Manchevski Macedonia
Sleep Dealer Alex Rivera USA
Sukiyaki Western Django Takashi Miike Japan
The Cottage Paul Andrew Williams UK
The Devil's Game In-Ho Yun South Korea
Tokyo! Bong Joon Ho & Léos Carax & Michel Gondry France

I've seen a number of these films already, and the ones I've seen have not been the greatest, Astropia, a Swedish film that's really associational to the genre, a story about a blond bombshell working in an all nerd video store, is a pretty good movie, funny and wise; but the Cottage was a horror comedy with Andy Serkis that fell flat for me, and Diary of the Dead was a bit of a letdown, and Sukiyaki Western Django is Miike going all Stephen Chow. I'm especially looking forward to Let The Right One In, a vampire movie about children, and to Sleep Dealer, the first film by a young Chicano director--the movie's supposed to be rough, the FX cheesy, but a lot of people are comparing it to THX1138 and saying this guy is going to be something. There are a couple of films--Kaia: Dead Time by the hot new indonesian director, Joko Anwar, who made a fine and original movie called Janji Joni, and an intriguing-looking Spanish film with Leonard Srrbaglia (Intacto) called The King of the Mountain--that I feel ought to have been in competition; at least I'll get to see them. Anyway, should be cool.
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Posted on Thursday, June 19, 2008 - 01:46 pm:   

Hi Lucius. I'm interested to hear more about your take on Diary of the Dead if you get a chance. I really liked it.

That looks like a fun list of movies. How was Serkis in Cottage? Any gossip on what Neil Marshall is like?
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Posted on Thursday, June 19, 2008 - 08:57 pm:   

I just guess I've seen one too many zombie movies is all. Dead was ok, but I just have stopped buying into the zommbie thing.

Serkis was okay, but the movie was forgettable--horror comedy is not a sub-genre I respond to generally- No word on Marshall. Guess I'll find out. He'll be presenting Doomsday to the festival. The're going to showit outside on the wall of one of the old buildings. Sort of too bad it wasn't any good.
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Posted on Friday, June 20, 2008 - 05:16 am:   

http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Scooper-Review-Hancock-Is-In-Trouble-8988.html

Check out this incredible early review of the disaster called Hancock.
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Posted on Friday, June 20, 2008 - 08:13 am:   

Hi Lucius,

I feel you on too many zombie movies. I just avoid the non-Romero ones.

In more Marshall news I just read today that there is a sequel to the Descent in teh works. It sounds like ass. They're using the American ending, so that one chic is still alive. She's found and leads a rescue team back to the caves.

Tell Neil that I said WTF? ;)
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Posted on Friday, June 20, 2008 - 08:17 am:   

With regards to WTF, I'm not the only one:

http://chud.com/articles/articles/15186/1/CC-THE-DESCENT-2-FIRST-LOOK/Page1.html

This sounds absolutely wretched.
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Posted on Friday, June 20, 2008 - 10:31 am:   

Dave, WTF? is right.

Regarding Hancock, that's the second early review I've read that says the same thing.

I guess the only other summer movies that I might see are Wall-E and Mongol.
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Posted on Friday, June 20, 2008 - 12:21 pm:   

Well, I won't tell neil WTF, cause I got to live with him for six days, but yeah, WTF. That's shit is so lame. Too bad. Another assclown grown from a half-ass director.


Lucky me, I don't have to see any of them this year.
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Posted on Friday, June 20, 2008 - 01:22 pm:   

Regarding WTF, I'm glad we all agree. ;)

By the way, what's the word on Mongol? It's playing down the street here in Brooklyn and, much like Rob, I'm tempted to display some interest in it. Should I know better?

Actually, I'm kind of mad at Mongol because it bumped Celine and Julia Go Boating which had been playing at the theater before Mongol's release. I'd never seen it, but it was discussed here a little ways back and sounded good. Looks like I missed it now though.
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Posted on Friday, June 20, 2008 - 09:25 pm:   

The reviews on Mongol have been tepid thusfar, but I don't know how much I trust them. Unfortunately, or fortunately, I'm not going to be seeing many films in American release this summer.
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Posted on Saturday, June 21, 2008 - 08:23 am:   

I was under the impression that Mongol was not an American film. Isn't the director Russian? Or am I thinking of something else?
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Posted on Saturday, June 21, 2008 - 09:39 am:   

You're right it's not an American film. The guy who directed it (Sergei Bodrov) also directed a really good film called East/West about Russian exiles returning to Russia after the war.

Mongol looks ok though, could be interesting.
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Posted on Sunday, June 22, 2008 - 04:04 am:   

Yes it is Russian, Dave, but it is in American release.
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Posted on Sunday, June 22, 2008 - 04:09 am:   

I watched The American Astronaut this morning. After not much liking it the first time...I must not have been in the right head or something, becuase it really struck me as prettz good this time. Anyone see it?
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Posted on Sunday, June 22, 2008 - 04:45 pm:   

I remember watching American Astronaut and not liking it.
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Posted on Sunday, June 22, 2008 - 08:23 pm:   

I'm going to give it a third try. Maybe the hnagover had some effect.
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Posted on Sunday, June 22, 2008 - 09:13 pm:   

Saw a pretty entertaining Chabrol film from the 80's called Masques. Philippe Noiret stars as a tv show host who is being investigated by a missing girl's brother. The brother poses as a writer doing research for a biography on Noiret, and discovers Noiret may be keeping another girl prisoner at his house for nefarious purposes. Noiret is good as the genial tv show host who secretly despises his audience, and has a sinister side.
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Posted on Monday, June 23, 2008 - 06:47 am:   

I can't believe how awful the 3rd Pirates of the Caribbean was. I knew the first was bad and the second was terrible, but they didn't prepare me for the third. Given the premise of sailing to the underworld to rescue Johnny Depp, and having Chow Yun Fat in it, I thought they could make it entertaining, but it was fucking boring. Action movies are supposed to have action, but we needed to wait over two hours for fight scenes, it was all just really boring talking. Talking can be OK if there's a good script, but this was just a string of double crosses and plot reversals. Then we finally get action, and it's still dull.

I did find it interesting that Disney made a movie where at the climax, the two main characters get married while in the middle of committing mass murder. See how they promote family values by killing lots of people and linking that to love.

I think Battlefield Earth was marginally better. At least that was almost funny at times (although not intentionally). Pirates tried to be funny on occasion, but failed. I think I'd even watch Batman and Robin again before watching Pirates 3 (again, unintentional humor).
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Posted on Monday, June 23, 2008 - 12:01 pm:   

I'll never know if you're telling a fib or not. :-) No plans to see it. I heard it was embarassing.

I don't think I've seen the chabrol. Most Chabrol is at least watchable if not cool.
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Posted on Tuesday, June 24, 2008 - 07:57 am:   

I checked out the teaser for Astropia on YouTube and was surprised to discover that blonde bombshell does a lot of high kicks and flips, wearing nothing but a loin cloth. And by surprised, I mean happy. :-)
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Posted on Tuesday, June 24, 2008 - 08:47 am:   

Astropia sounds like extremely potent fantasy fulfillment. Urban theaters in dork-heavy areas who play this may never get their screens back for anything else...
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Lucius
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Posted on Tuesday, June 24, 2008 - 11:09 am:   

It's pretty funny. I'm obviously going to see it again, so II'll report.
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Posted on Tuesday, June 24, 2008 - 11:55 am:   

Why this curious notation on Amazon for Anton Corbjin's CONTROL?

http://www.amazon.com/Control-Anton-Corbijn/dp/B00152MPNW/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=d vd&qid=1214333503&sr=8-5
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Posted on Tuesday, June 24, 2008 - 01:03 pm:   

Huh...beats me.

Saw a remarkable little Aussie movie today, Romulus my Father starring Eric Bana...wherein he proves he can act very well indeed if given a script. Little story about a kid growing up, a woman (an excellent Frankie Potenta) who ruins two families with her promiscuity, and etc. It's worth checking out.
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Posted on Tuesday, June 24, 2008 - 02:07 pm:   

Saw this news about Dusk Watch
http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/news/12664

Basically director says it might not happen, that Wanted is basically what the movie would have been. I initially had no interest in seeing Wanted, but that at least makes it a possible rental.
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Posted on Tuesday, June 24, 2008 - 09:03 pm:   

The guy I did the peice on for Playboy, Chuck Liddell, was supposed to be the big villain in Wanted but they couldn't work out a scehdule. Meanwhile the ne wLHW champ, Ramoage Jackson, is in a short story by Clive Barker, Something Meat Train....
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Posted on Wednesday, June 25, 2008 - 07:09 am:   

Question re BE KIND REWIND. While all the critics are rhapsodizing over the artsier aspects of Michel Gondry's film, has anyone noted that NOBODY EVEN RENTS VHS TAPES ANYMORE?
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Lucius
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Posted on Wednesday, June 25, 2008 - 09:52 am:   

Let ne change the tone...Gondry sucks. Without Kaufman, anyway. But no, I don't think they have. Dave.
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Posted on Wednesday, June 25, 2008 - 02:37 pm:   

I mean, when the basic premise of your movie makes no sense...sheesh...
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Posted on Wednesday, June 25, 2008 - 04:24 pm:   

Be Kind... wasn't particularly great. Trite, pretty boring and Jack Black is a terrible comic actor. Unless you like mugging.

Grah, I've just remembered why I hated the ending too. A load of faux-boho squares turning out on the streets for some "community spirit" to go with their lattes. Pitiful.
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Lucius
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Posted on Thursday, June 26, 2008 - 08:09 am:   

Jack Black us good comic actor...see Jesus' Son. He's just not a good braod comic actor.
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Posted on Friday, June 27, 2008 - 12:20 am:   

Be Kind Rewind wasn't bad. I think the premise was solid. Poorer people that don't own DVD's can rent a VHS for a buck. They covered that bit when Danny Glover was looking into buying cheap DVD's for his customers.

The movie kind of lost me when it changed into the "lets save the building" and then something about Jazz legends. The best parts were the "sweded" movies. Honestly I enjoyed the movie better when it was just sweded movie clips on the website.

For a speakeasy, jazz era movie, I recommend Idlewild. I liked the way Outkast blended the 30's with the hip-hop culture. I think Mos Def could have done very well in a movie like that, since he seemed the most at ease playing the Fats Waller character in BKR. They misused him in the modern scenes, not knowing whether to play him as the straight or the buffoon. Jack Black is good at playing Jack Black. And nothing else.
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Lucius
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Posted on Friday, June 27, 2008 - 12:23 am:   

See Jesus Son,
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Redrichie
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Posted on Friday, June 27, 2008 - 10:03 am:   

Mind you, went to see Wanted last night. Granted, I didn't have any great expectations of it, but it may be the stupidest film I've ever seen. And I've seen Shoot 'Em Up.
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Lucius
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Posted on Friday, June 27, 2008 - 10:26 am:   

So much for berbekmatov's directorial genius....

As, but have you seen The Happening...
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Posted on Saturday, June 28, 2008 - 05:17 am:   

Hee, have managed thus far to dodge The Happening.

Admittedly that may be dumber purely because M. Night takes himself SO F'N SERIOUSLY. I doubt he'd have exploding rats in his films, for example. Mind you - some of the dialogue in Wanted was veering towards Shymalan levels of half-witted pretension "and they called themselves THE FRATERNITY". Good work lads! Think of that all on your own? Oh, and Morgan Freeman said "motherfucker". Dunno if that was supposed to be messing with our perceptions of him.

Criticism aside, the guy who reviewed it in the Grauniad here said Wanted was misogynist...which I thought was a little harsh; mainstream Hollywood action flicks generally not noted for being beacons of social progressiveness.
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Posted on Saturday, June 28, 2008 - 05:20 am:   

BTW, wasn't aware of Jesus' Son. Had a wee look on the Internets...sounds intriguing. Sounds like it might reign in Jack Black's worst qualities...? Will keep an eye open.
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Lucius
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Posted on Saturday, June 28, 2008 - 09:34 am:   

Early Morgan Freeman said motherfucker a lot. The movie in which he made his mark was in the late 80s, Street Smart, with Christopher Reeve. Freeman played a badass street criminal named Fast Black and did a helluva job. IT tookk a whole to turn him into Uncle Morgie...
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Lucius
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Posted on Saturday, June 28, 2008 - 09:45 am:   

Jesus's Son is a pretty cool translation of the Denis Johnson book of linked stories and Black in one segment, my favorite, and kicks ass.
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Lucius
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Posted on Sunday, June 29, 2008 - 05:22 am:   

Appears that Neal Marshall has dropped off the jury for NIFF, Probably read my Doomsday review. :-) Too bad, I was looking forward to meeting him.

Did I mention I saw Fermat's Room, a pretty good math-based thriller? Spanish flick. Four mathetnaticians are invited by a stranger to a country house , When they get there, they're induced to enter a room where they are posed an enigma. If they don't solve it, well, the walls of the room are moving and they will be crushed, Pretty good. Stay away from the Oxford Murders, howseomever. Another math-based trhiller, but exceedingly lame.
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Lukedjlaw
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Posted on Wednesday, July 02, 2008 - 04:07 pm:   

The Jesus' Son segment where the guy gets something stuck in his head?
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Lucius
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Posted on Thursday, July 03, 2008 - 01:06 am:   

a knife, isn't it.
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Dave_g
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Posted on Thursday, July 03, 2008 - 06:50 am:   

Maybe I need to see JESUS' SON again. I've always been over the moon about the book, but was kind of underwhelmed by the movie. Time for a re-viewing, I guess.
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Lucius
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Posted on Thursday, July 03, 2008 - 09:14 pm:   

The Jack Black segment and one or two others are good. The Holly Hunter, not so much/
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Jwk
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Posted on Thursday, July 03, 2008 - 10:32 pm:   

Yeah, Jesus' Son was ok. First thing I saw Jack Black in. He was pretty good, not like the cartoon he's become.
Sundance premiered Peter Greenaway's The Tulse Luper Suitcases last night and will probably replay it. I taped it but haven't watched it yet. I think someone else on here was wanting to see it(I know that someone isn't Lucius, heh heh). It hasn't gotten a Region 1 dvd release yet.
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Posted on Friday, July 04, 2008 - 10:11 am:   

Watched Mystics in Bali. Whewh. Pretty rotten. The dialogue and dubbing were so horrendous it made the worst of Argento or Fulci look good by comparison. Must be the only movie with a were-pig though. At the end during the climactic battle between the evil witch and the good wizard, the witch changes into a fat were-pig with heaving breasts. There was also a scene were the flying head with entrails trailing underneath it flies into a room where a pregnant woman is giving birth, and flies between her legs and supposedly eats her baby. It was kind of hard to tell though, it looked like it might have been giving her oral sex. Heh heh. Boy, this movie was a real classic, to file next to The Devil's Sword. The people who are raving about it must be high when they watch it.
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Lucius
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Posted on Friday, July 04, 2008 - 11:58 pm:   

Haven't seen Mystics in Bali, but one Devil's Sword is plenty for me.
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Jwk
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Posted on Saturday, July 05, 2008 - 10:27 am:   

Whoever produced Cache should have made him finish the screenplay.
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Robdev
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Posted on Saturday, July 05, 2008 - 01:38 pm:   

Devil's Sword was hard enough to get through, I've been curious about Mystics in Bali, but I think I can skip it.

With film adaptations, the only way I can enjoy both is to see the movie then read the book. If I read the book first, I almost always hate the film (LotR being the exception). Watchmen will suck.


Watched Wall-E. Nice film, it was good how expressive Pixar made the robots, they could communicate so much without words.
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Posted on Saturday, July 05, 2008 - 04:20 pm:   

I liked Cache a lot and thought the ambiguity at the end was appropriate. Would try to explain but am drunk and have to go to another oarty....
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Posted on Sunday, July 06, 2008 - 05:23 am:   

Yeah, I bought Akin's new one. Looking forward to it.

Going to see Hancock? You don't need prayer, you need absolution.
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Posted on Monday, July 07, 2008 - 10:24 am:   

Festival over. I'm disappointed that Let The Right One In, the Swedish vampire film, didn't win the jury prize. Joe Dante, along with one other member of the jury, was of the opinion that the pacing was off and the kids were too inexpressive, etc. I thought it was slow, but aptly so. The kids, as far as I'm concerned, were perfect. I think he was looking for a more American film. I really dug this movie--it was slow and stylish and pretty violent; but in the end I had to compromise. I'm okay with the winner, Alex Rivera's Sleep Dealer, the scifi film about Mexican workers doing labor in the States while remaining in Mexico and working via a new kind of virtual reality. It's fresh, imaginative, but not so assured as the Swedish film. Tokyo, the anthology film featuring 3 directors, is worth seeing for the middle section. "Merde," by Leo Carax. It's a piece of surrealism, but a vastly entertaining one. Boon Jun Ho and Michel Gondry also do surrealism but to far less effect. Eskalofrio, the Spanish thriller, about a feral child, a very feral child, has a fine, spooky beginning and half a good second act, but then just goes off the charts with ridiculous climax after climax. Sukyaki Western Django, Takashi Miike's parody of spaghetti westerns with Japanese cowboys and (always a bad sign) Quentin Tarantino doing one of the roles was overlong and, IMO. unnecessary in that it parodied a genre that had already parodied itself. I found it tedious. The Cottage is a high energy British gorefest in the manner of early Peter Jackson, quite funny, but not in the least groundbreaking. Not a bad way to spend an hour 15 minutes, though. The remainder of the films in the competition were pretty forgettable and a couple I wish I could forget. I didn't have as much time as I thought to see films outside of the competition due to interviews and cocktails and ought else, but I heard very good things about Om Shantih Om, an Indian picture that the audiences seemed to love.

At the end of the ceremony they called the jury on stage and gave an expensive Swiss watch to each of us. Very nice. I guess now I have to start wearing a watch and checking the time constantly. They didn't really need to do that, as they treated us like royalty. I had way too much fun.

So that's the report. I had some other stuff to say, but I'm so tired I can't think and plan to vegetate for the rest of the evening. I even turned down an opportunity to spend the evening at the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Lausanne.

Oh, yeah. Had a really nice talk with Syd Mead, the art director on Bladerunner, a nice guy, 76, and still working. Among other things, he talked about two science fiction movies that Ridley Scott almost got made after Bladerunner. One, Isobar, but a sub-polar train that encounters a critter from the ancient past, didn't sound alll that, but the other, a post-apocalyptic film called Journey to the 12th President, sounded like it could have been great. It featured two enormous castles that moved about the countryside on wheel. He described some of the artwork he did and his descriptions made it seem amazing. He says that Scott has finally found a new scifi script he likes and sounded him out about working with him again. I'm excited. Seeing Bladerunner: The Final Cut outdoors on an enormous screen....what a great movie it finally turned out to be.
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Posted on Monday, July 07, 2008 - 12:16 pm:   

This is for Dave g- Joe Dante says of Steven Seagal that he's not near as much as an asshole as he could be, that he's really an ok guy. Of course, putting that in perspective, Dante is one of those Hollywood guy who smiles a lot and believes that no one knows what he's thinking.
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Lucius
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Posted on Monday, July 07, 2008 - 12:38 pm:   

SAD NEWS



All good things must come to an end and that time is near for Xploited Cinema! It has been years since we started selling DVDs to the best customers around the world, but we've made a decision to move on. Xploited Cinema will still be around, but we will stop carrying new products and stop stocking catalog titles.

It was a tough decision since through the years everyone here has given 110% of themselves, but it's time to slow down, rest and shift gears to new endeavors. Are we "going out of business"? Not necessarily since we will continue to ship orders in the same efficient manner we always have, but in the short term leading into the long term we will be carrying less new releases and not re-ordering older catalog titles.

Mid July will be the time when you will be noticing no new titles added to the website and older titles taken off the website once we sell out. All current pre-orders will be processed and shipped as normal. Over time you will notice older titles disappearing from the website. We recommend getting what you want now since all titles will not be re-ordered as we run low in stock or sell out.

I would like to thank all of the customers that have stuck around with us since the early 2000s. For years I have corresponded with many of you via emails and have met many of you face to face at conventions. I can wholeheartedly say that we have the best and most loyal customers a business could ever imagine.

As i mentioned before this hasn't been an easy decision since I've given as much as i could to make Xploited Cinema a successful DVD retailing website, but I just can't keep doing this for the rest of my life. We will be around in some capacity for who knows how long dealing with the day in day out activities we have always been doing. The only main change noticed will be the elimination of stocking new releases and older catalog titles. Orders will be processed in the same timely manner as in the past and order and item related questions will be answered promptly.

From the bottom of my heart I would once again like to thank everyone who has been an Xploited Cinema customer through the years!

Tony Simonelli
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Robdev
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Posted on Monday, July 07, 2008 - 04:32 pm:   

That's sad. There used to be a weirdo video place across town from me, Incredibly Strange Video. They sold & rented stuff. They closed earlier this year.
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Lucius
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Posted on Monday, July 07, 2008 - 11:47 pm:   

Makes it hard for the film geek, but can't do anything about it,,,,
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Clint_harris
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Posted on Tuesday, July 08, 2008 - 10:28 am:   

Regarding "Mystics in Bali", there are other movies with were-pigs.

The first example that popped into my head was "The Private Eyes" starring Tim Conway and Don Knotts. The Wookilar was the were-pig in that one.

Also, there is that scene in Willow when Bav'morda turned everyone into pigs.
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Clint_harris
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Posted on Tuesday, July 08, 2008 - 10:36 am:   

Okay, maybe not true lycanthropy, er...porkanthropy.

Here's a few others.

Time Bandits.
Spirited Away. (girl's parents are turned into pigs)
Porco Rosso. Guy is a walking/talking pig.
Britannia Hospital
Legend
The Butcher Boy (okay, he's not a pig, he's just wearing the head).
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Lucius
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Posted on Tuesday, July 08, 2008 - 11:07 am:   

Does being turned into a pig equate with were-pighood? I think not. :-)
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Jwk
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Posted on Tuesday, July 08, 2008 - 09:18 pm:   

I think the were-pig in Mystics in Bali must be the only were-pig, with big heaving human breasts though.
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Jwk
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Posted on Tuesday, July 08, 2008 - 09:19 pm:   

I don't know why Sci-fi channel hasn't made its own Were-Pig movie yet. Seems right up their alley.
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Jwk
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Posted on Tuesday, July 08, 2008 - 09:20 pm:   

Maybe I can pitch the were-pig idea to Rosie O'Donnell.
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Lucius
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Posted on Tuesday, July 08, 2008 - 10:29 pm:   

Too obvious. Pitch it to N Kidman. She can wear prosthetic flab and a fake nose. I smell Oscar! :-)
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Posted on Wednesday, July 09, 2008 - 09:50 am:   

I'm not a fan of Kidman, but I might go to see that! Her eyes are kind of beady already, and the nose is a bit turned-up. Wouldn't take too much work to create a truly porcine effect for her...

There was a "pig-man" in an episode of Seinfeld too, back in the 90s. And, of course, there was that episode of The Twilight Zone, 'Eye of the Beholder'.

Thanks for posting the above about the film festival, Lucius - some good-sounding stuff to look out for there. Syd Mead sounds like an interesting guy. I wonder if either of those film ideas will ever be developed.
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Lucius
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Posted on Wednesday, July 09, 2008 - 10:41 am:   

Probably they won't, but as mentioned, scottt has a scifi script he likes...
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Posted on Wednesday, July 09, 2008 - 10:47 pm:   

Hey, didn't Christina Ricci make a pig-girl movie recently? When the heck is that going to release?
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Posted on Thursday, July 10, 2008 - 05:04 am:   

Clint, it was Penelope. Released in the US in Frebruary. Apparently a modern fairy tale about a girl with a pig nose.
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Posted on Thursday, July 10, 2008 - 07:37 am:   

Or was it...I think "Penelope" was actually...a WERE-PIG!!!! :-)

Kind of an off-kilter question, but the Count on Sesame Street, if he's a vampire, does he feast on human blood or some kind of muppet blood?
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Posted on Thursday, July 10, 2008 - 11:45 am:   

Heard about the predator remake with Bruce Willis? Christ!
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Posted on Thursday, July 10, 2008 - 04:04 pm:   

I saw one of those fake trailers for Predator with Willis and Stallone inserted in. That's the only thing I can find involving Willis and Predator.
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Posted on Thursday, July 10, 2008 - 04:27 pm:   

"Kind of an off-kilter question, but the Count on Sesame Street, if he's a vampire, does he feast on human blood or some kind of muppet blood?"

Human blood. Have you ever noticed the low ratio of muppets to humans on that show, a definite sign of human predation? Admittedly, the low population of humans might not be entirely the Count's fault. I'm sure Big Bird has engaged in his share of predatory behavior, too.

I want to see Big Bird versus Predator. Peyton Manning Versus Predator would be cool too -- pity the predator!
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Posted on Thursday, July 10, 2008 - 07:23 pm:   

It's not listed on IMDB, Predator, but I saw it on a MMA site, with the full cast listed--it includes Rampage Jackson, the ight heavy champ, which was the reason for the interest.

LET THE RIGHT ONE IN scheduled for 2010 remake. My advice, don't wait. See the real one.

Predator would just swallow Big Bird whole, like Sylvester with Tweety.
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Posted on Thursday, July 10, 2008 - 09:10 pm:   

They should make Predator Vs. Were-Pig.
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Posted on Thursday, July 10, 2008 - 09:31 pm:   

Uwe Boll could direct.
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Posted on Friday, July 11, 2008 - 12:38 am:   

Beware, Byron. I also hear that the count has a penchant for Natty Lite. The little felt-covered bastard.

Payton Manning vs. Big Bird would be awesome. :-)
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Posted on Friday, July 11, 2008 - 06:42 am:   

What about Predator vs. Leprachaun. Predator vs. Demonic Toys. Predator vs. Pirates of the Caribbean. Predator vs. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. I suppose you could substitute Were-pig for Predator in all those movies.

I'm still wondering when the another cast member of Predator will become a state governor. Arnie and Jesse have already done it, why not Carl Weathers?
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Posted on Friday, July 11, 2008 - 06:59 am:   

he Leprechaun guy has a new movie at Xploited Cinema--the Trilogist. Sounds tempting.
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Posted on Friday, July 11, 2008 - 11:44 am:   

I'm waiting for PREDATOR VS. EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THE 'AMERICAN GIRLS' CHARACTERS.
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Posted on Saturday, July 12, 2008 - 12:40 am:   

Saw Valse Avec Bachir (waltz with Bachir) a seriously good Israeli animated feature about the Israeli massacres at Sabra and Chattiler (SP?) People need to see this movie, It's kind of an animated documentary, totally blew away the competition at Cannes during critic's week.
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Posted on Saturday, July 12, 2008 - 05:01 am:   

Saw Nomad. It was pretty good. It turned the early life of Genghis Khan into a love story. Mostly a historical drama with a bit of action.
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Posted on Saturday, July 12, 2008 - 05:10 am:   

That should be Mongol, not Nomad
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Posted on Saturday, July 12, 2008 - 05:21 am:   

Animated documentary, you say? Sounds interesting...bet it comes nowhere near Glasgow though. :-( Here's hoping for a cheap DVD release.

Would wash away the taste of Hancock. You know the reviews/previews that say it's very bad and very stupid? It's worse. And my hopes were not high. Dammit. Curse those multiplexes!
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Posted on Saturday, July 12, 2008 - 07:08 am:   

Nomad....Star Trek flashback?

Oh, yeah. Hancock. So bad it's disturbing.

Waltz with Bachir is awesome. Check out the trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylzO9vbEpPg
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Posted on Saturday, July 12, 2008 - 07:16 am:   

Cool...that does look rather natty.

Cheers!
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Posted on Saturday, July 12, 2008 - 07:39 am:   

Back atcha!
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Posted on Saturday, July 12, 2008 - 09:54 am:   

Watched an ok Australian movie called Noise. About a low-level cop with tinnitus, who is put out in a trailer in a remote town, to interview people regarding a killer. There's also another plot thread involving a massacre on a train station, and a girl that witnessed it.
Pretty low key, but interesting. A different take on the usual police movie fair.
Also saw a crappy giallo called Black Belly of the Tarantula, with Giancarlo Giannini as a cop hunting a serial killer who paralyzes his female victims before cutting them up. Pretty sub-standard giallo fair. Had a nice Morricone score though. And plenty of Italian girls gettin nekkid. Other than that not much to recommend it. I find that the scores on the giallo movies are usually more interesting than the movies themselves.
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Posted on Saturday, July 12, 2008 - 10:01 am:   

Giallo fare, it wasn't very fair at all.
Also saw The Ruins, a piece of crap. Why was this book a big seller? And why didn't they at least try to pour alcohol over the plants and set the whole thing on fire? Yeah, the plants put out the torch in the tunnel, but I doubt they could suffocate a whole fire that's raging over the entire surface of the temple. Whatever.
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Posted on Saturday, July 12, 2008 - 10:11 am:   

Lucius, have you seen Phase IV? Directed by Saul Bass who did the title sequences in lots of Hitchcock movies. About intelligent ants.
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Posted on Saturday, July 12, 2008 - 10:36 am:   

I saw it a long time ago and it was pretty boring I thought. Looked cool, but just didn't pay off.
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Posted on Saturday, July 12, 2008 - 10:38 am:   

I loved Noise--I really liked the sound design and the script.

Didn't see the Ruins, but read the book, which is why I didn't see the movie.
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Posted on Saturday, July 12, 2008 - 10:54 am:   

Yeah, the sound design in Noise was cool.
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Posted on Saturday, July 12, 2008 - 11:59 pm:   

I dug the whole movie, not so much as Jindabyne or like that, but it was cool.
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Posted on Tuesday, July 15, 2008 - 08:58 am:   

Not movies exactly, but I had a chance to check out the new David Simon HBO project GENERATION KILL. I can only describe it as dreck designed to look like recruiting fodder to attract none-too-bright 14-year-olds. The Marines involved are indistinguishable one from the other, all mean-spirited, violent, racist, pornohounds spewing insults at each other and spoiling to shoot at anything that moves. Nobody, and I mean nobody, in this show is sympathetic in the slightest. The dramatic counterpoint, Steve Zahn as a Rolling Stone journalist (as if anyone reads RS for news anymore), mostly just stands around looking sheepish and tripping over things. He is accepted not because he is going to send home the real story, but because he formerly worked for Hustler, writing the "Beaver Hunt" column.

The truly horrifying prospect presented by this show is not that some of our fighting men might be sacrificed in battle, but rather that they will be loosed on civilian society once their hitches are up.
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Posted on Tuesday, July 15, 2008 - 10:17 am:   

I watched ep one of GK last night myself, but while I agree with most of what you said, I think there was an attempt or two to make some of the Marines look sympathetic (for example the conversation after they had the group of Iraqis under custody between the really nasty redneck and the other soldier that had the "But they're people" line in it). But I think it just underlines the rest of it, lots of testosterone and young male adults in varying pissing contests. I thought I was going to go mental with the one guy constantly going on and on about this and that on the trip until another soldier told him to shut up. Probably the most sympathetic I was throughout the first installment.
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Posted on Tuesday, July 15, 2008 - 10:46 am:   

That sounds grotesque,,,,God.

Watched a couple of DVDs last night, including the Dark Knight. It's bigger, darker, more violent than Batman Begins, but imo not as good, another example of Hollywood's climax after climax after climax type of scripting. There are some cool elements. Batman's night time swoops through Gotham are incredible. Bale is good again, and Maggie Gyllenhall is a vast improvement over Katie Holmes, giving substance and meaning to Holmes' slapdash characterization of the ultra-perky Rachel. Gary Oldham is actually kind of funny as the soon to be commish, playing the part as flat as a White Castle grinder. On the downside, Heath Ledger as the Joker just can't stop acting. Every second he's on screen he's doing something, tossing off a Hannibal Lecter bit here, a little Brando there. There's no center to his character and, while viewing the film, I was forced to wonder if his process didn't reflect the fact that there was no center to his life. It was hard to watch. The real problems with the picture, though are the script and cinematography. The theme of the movie is vigilantism, whither. It's a weighty subject, but the Nolan Brothers who co-authored the script, ass it off with a few handy nostrums, notably Gyllenhall's line, "Justice is about harmony, revenge is about making you feel better." In Batman Begins, director Chris Nolan got away with his style of hit-and-run action filming because much of the violence was quick and nasty and shadowy. Here's it's not. The movie opens with multiple shootings during a bank robbery and goes on from there, and it soon becomes clear that Nolan's metier is not shooting action. at least not humungus long action sequences. I challenge anyone to graph what happens in the film's big finish, which features four fake Batmen, Batman himself, the Joker, Morgan Freeman's Lucius (Yecch!) operating some sort of rubber science gizmo, dozens of cop cars, etc. etc. It's like the finale at a circus where the elephants dance among the clowns stuffed into midget autos and the pretty aerialists descend on ropes and the toy dog act goes out of control and everything's happening at once and all the six year olds are going YEA! and throwing popcorn into the air and ralphing cotton candy. But me saying this won't prevent The Dark Knight from being lauded by the nation's lapdog critics and breaking box office records. and Christopher Nolan, once a promising director, will no doubt go on to make movies even more shapeless, pointless, and sadistic than this one.

The other DVD I saw (part of, anyway) was Mamma Mia. I know, I know. I was going to trash it, but something, some imp of the perverse, made me stick it into the player. I never was a big Meryl Streep fan. I thought she was an actress who did some good work, but wasn't all that--she doesn't have the resume that, or instance, Catherine Deneueve has. But still, I sort of respected her. Now, after watching her prance around in this pink doo doo of a movie, singing those execrable songs, trying to bring life to some silliness about her daughter looking for her father among three men who boffed La Streep in her salad days....my god! It's hard to sustain any respect whatsoever after witnessing this. I imagine her performance will be regaled by those who adore camp, but I didn't want to touch the disc while removing it from the player. Truly abysmal. Beyond abysmal. New words are needed, possibly entire new vocabularies.
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Posted on Tuesday, July 15, 2008 - 11:05 am:   

Wasn't that Gyllenhal line also in Batman Begins? Couldn't they have found a slightly different way of saying the same thing? I'm still going to see it, but I wish that Nolan would get somebody else to help with the action. I don't like the style of action in Batman Begins. Is it too much to ask for action movies that allow you to see the action?

Mamma Mia looked dreadful based on the trailers.
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Posted on Tuesday, July 15, 2008 - 11:16 am:   

Maybe I'm getting them confused--I watched both Batmans last night for the sake of continuity.

Mama Mia is indescribably horrid.
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Posted on Tuesday, July 15, 2008 - 12:20 pm:   

GK's lone moment of human dignity, muted and pathetic as it is, as you say, merely emphasizes the enormity of the stupidity and evil that constitutes the vast majority of the US forces. It's hard to believe that if enough people see this thing, they won't insist on driving ROTC off college campuses and out of high schools because it makes the armed forces look like an assembly line for producing doltish, violent bullies and sociopaths.
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Posted on Tuesday, July 15, 2008 - 12:28 pm:   

Can I just add that GK, combined with Showtime's "Secret Diary of a Call Girl" is the perfect one-two punch for today's youth, imparting the important lessons that boys kill for money and girls fuck for it, and any other path just isn't going for the gusto.
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Posted on Tuesday, July 15, 2008 - 12:29 pm:   

Indeed. It reminded me of looking at the latest presidential polls which said that 86% of voters aren't affected by race. All it did was make me wonder who the hell the other 14% are and how they can live with themselves.
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Posted on Tuesday, July 15, 2008 - 12:33 pm:   

Wanted to mention I put a number of movies on hold based on the comments of Lucius and other posters here: Away from Her, Persepolis, There Will be Blood, 12:08 East of Bucharest and others. Appreciate the resource here!
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Posted on Tuesday, July 15, 2008 - 01:28 pm:   

Makes me wonder how many of that 86% are actually full-of-crap closet racists. Honestly, polls are so idiotic. "We have officially wiped out racism today, Chuck. The latest Gallup tracking poll shows 100% of respondents replied negatively to the question 'Are you a racist?' These are great times to be alive, Chuck..." Our political media are comprised of lunatics.
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Posted on Tuesday, July 15, 2008 - 01:40 pm:   

Interesting DVD I screened this weekend: THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ST. MATTHEW by Pasolini. Interesting because of its rudimentary, brutalist style (no soft-focus Resurrections like most big Hollywood pix) and its emphasis on some of Jesus' angrier, less comforting teachings. Probably the only screen Jesus who will ever wear black. I enjoyed the way he made the apostles look like low-level Mafia bagmen, while going to lengths to make Salome look beautiful, virginal, angelic, just before she asked for the Baptist's head.
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Posted on Tuesday, July 15, 2008 - 03:29 pm:   

Does anyone here think The Dark Knight will be worthy of even a fraction of the hype it's getting?
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Posted on Tuesday, July 15, 2008 - 08:02 pm:   

Yeah, I liked THE GOSPEL...Cool stuff.

I'm sure Zack Snyder understands the watchmen--it's not that fucking complex. It's a freaking comic book. The thing is, he's going to have to cram it into a two hour movie, and he's going to go for the action, and it's going to be shit. And even if it's not shit, it's a comic book, man. It's base psuedo-intellectual pop fodder, no matter if it's THE GREATEST COMIC OF ALL TIME.

Sheesh,

As to the media and polls, I recall the Challenger episode, being on the street and overhearing a TV guy grab a passerby and ask, "So what did you think about this national tragedy, ma'am?"

I had a guy on my blog who worked for CNN and he said they got constant reminders to keep it a fourth grade level.

Dave: It's not.
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Posted on Wednesday, July 16, 2008 - 07:06 am:   

Hype has Dark Knight being the best movie of the year, the best super hero movie ever, and an Oscar worthy performance by Heath. It won't be the best movie of the year, or even the best Hollywood movie (Wall-E seems like the strongest contender from Hollywood). I expect it will be better than most summer movies (little to no competition). I expect that it will be one of the best super hero movies (again, virtually no competition, most are unwatchable).

As for Ledger, I remember raves about Nicholson's performance as Joker. He was nominated for BAFTAs and Golden Globes for it. But he was terrible. I expect Ledger to be more watchable than Nicholson, but I don't know beyond that.


Watchmen... Lucius is right, understanding the comic isn't hard. Adapting it is, especially if they go for action and compressing the story into a film.
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Posted on Wednesday, July 16, 2008 - 11:01 am:   

Yeah, Ledger is better than Nicholson, but he way too busy in the role. It's sort of hard to watch.
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Posted on Wednesday, July 16, 2008 - 11:01 am:   

Yeah, Ledger is better than Nicholson, but he's way too busy in the role. It's sort of hard to watch.
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Posted on Thursday, July 17, 2008 - 09:19 am:   

Too bad about The Dark Knight, but that's always the way isn't it? We're never gonna get a good Batman movie.

Unfortunately, I'm in the mood for some sort of big, dumb comic book movie though. Rare for me. Maybe I'll go see Hellboy instead. Is that any good?
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Posted on Thursday, July 17, 2008 - 10:37 am:   

Heard its ok, but I haven't seen it.
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Posted on Friday, July 18, 2008 - 04:20 am:   

Watchmen trailer here

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgQJKh5t54I
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Posted on Saturday, July 19, 2008 - 12:00 am:   

The trailer for Watchmen looked freakin' awesome. I did have to chuckle about "The Visionary Director" bit, since 300 was either a feature length commercial on the Ab Roller or a homoerotic experiment in...oh the heck with it. 300 was stupid. I won't even waste the electrons on something quippy.

If the trailer for Watchmen is half as cool as the movie, I can hardly wait. It probably won't be, but Dr. Manhattan is cool. Silk Spectre is hottt and Rorschach was dead on. The Billy Corgan track was sweet, and the 2009 New York skyline complete with World Trade Center was interesting. I wondered how the alt-timeline deal was going to work if they moved the setting from 1985 and Nixon's fifth term in office to 2009. Looks like an alt-9/11 World instead of Alt-Vietnam.

I disagree with Lucius on the comic. Sure, it's a comic book, but really, how else were they supposed to take all the conventions of comic books and graphic novels, and essentially deconstruct them, without using the same media?

It's a collection of all the stuff that makes comics cheesey, the costumes, the fighting, the "powers" and infinite supplies of money to build everything, and there is only one guy who really has any superpowers, who is also quite insane. And the heroes are basically brutal pieces of shit throughout.

Brilliant.

As for Batman Begins Again, I'm less than stoked. They've been trying to cash in on a freakish death --ala Brandon Lee--with Ledger's overdose for months. (This is the movie that drove. Him. MAD!)

And Elvis died on the toilet. Does that mean I am supposed to think Charmin is the greatest toilet paper out there?

It could be a great movie, but I am sick of the hype. Maybe I'll go see Wall-E again.
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Posted on Saturday, July 19, 2008 - 12:54 am:   

I'm always astonished when, after seeing a neato trailer, having seem dozens of neato traillers, all of which promise the moon and deliver shit, they say they're eagerly anticipating the movie. Hollywood rubs its hand in glee.

As for the comic book, Alan Moore is clearly the best writer to emerge from that field, but the form itself is decadent, hardly complex, and the fact that a writer take "everything that makes comics cheesy" and crams them into one book where they act like "brutal pieces of shit" should ever be described as brilliant.

That aside, I'm willing to bet right now that in the movie not all of them act like brutal pieces of shit. I don't think the studios would go for a film that didn't have a real hero.
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Posted on Saturday, July 19, 2008 - 12:55 am:   

That's "never described as brilliant."
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Posted on Saturday, July 19, 2008 - 04:58 am:   

The trailer doesn't get me excited. I'm not really sure how a trailer gives people hope or makes them think it will be great. I've seen too many trailers that make awful movies look entertaining. That's their whole purpose. At this point, I don't think any trailer can excite me about a movie.
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Posted on Saturday, July 19, 2008 - 05:05 am:   

Maybe...nah! You're right. :-)
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Posted on Saturday, July 19, 2008 - 10:54 am:   

Never read Watchmen. Who's the guy who looks like Batman?
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Posted on Saturday, July 19, 2008 - 11:40 am:   

Night Owl...
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Posted on Sunday, July 20, 2008 - 01:44 am:   

I didn't know Sammy did a script.

As for Moore, II'm very fond of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. The movie was utter shit, but the comic was pretty cool.
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Posted on Sunday, July 20, 2008 - 05:18 am:   

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen books are my favourites of Moore's, too.
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Posted on Sunday, July 20, 2008 - 07:53 am:   

Good man, HUW. :-) Couldn't really get into Promethea.
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Robdev
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Posted on Sunday, July 20, 2008 - 11:22 am:   

LXG was a fun comic. The movie set a new standard for me when it came to nothing making sense.

Never got into Promethea. From Hell is intriguing, and I like Watchmen. Never read V.
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Jwk
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Posted on Sunday, July 20, 2008 - 11:34 am:   

Moore's an interesting guy, but I can't get into comics. I've been reading a history of British Magick, which has some stuff about Moore in it, and came across a reference to Kaos magazine. It's an online magazine, focusing on Chaos magic I guess, which has an article by Moore on Kenneth Grant. He calls Grant "a schoolboy gone berzerk on brimstone aftershave." Grant was Aleister Crowley's "secretary/pupil" for a short period of time, and was a huge influence on chaos magic. He also strikes me as nuts i.e. he believes that H.P. Lovecraft's monsters are real. Lol! I haven't read it yet, but it might be amusing.
http://www.biroco.com/kaos/kaos14.html
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Lucius
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Posted on Sunday, July 20, 2008 - 12:02 pm:   

In england, they don't call it nuts, they call it eccentric. :-)

Thanks for the link,,,
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Jwk
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Posted on Sunday, July 20, 2008 - 12:19 pm:   

They should just make a movie about Alan Moore, and forget the comics. I want to see the scene where he summons the snake entity and has a conversation with it.
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Lucius
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Posted on Sunday, July 20, 2008 - 01:13 pm:   

Yeah, that would be okay.

Are all Brits a bit whack? I'd post a story about Tanith Lee but am fearful I'd be sued.
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Jwk
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Posted on Sunday, July 20, 2008 - 02:14 pm:   

It's the fine tradition of the great English eccentric.
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Byron_bailey
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Posted on Sunday, July 20, 2008 - 04:49 pm:   

Daily eating traditional British food is likely to make anyone a little whacked. When everyone's eating traditional British food, though, you're merely eccentric. I don't blame anyone over there for believing Lovecraft's monsters are real. If I were them, I'd feel the need to believe in something better to eat, too.
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Huw
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Posted on Monday, July 21, 2008 - 01:53 am:   

Don't you be dissing our fish n' chips, mate!
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Huw
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Posted on Monday, July 21, 2008 - 02:12 am:   

Nor our Scotch eggs, jellied eels, Yorkshire pudding and spotted dick! Fine British cuisine, that is... ;-)
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Lucius
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Posted on Monday, July 21, 2008 - 08:57 am:   

The jellied eels...you lpst me there.
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Clint_harris
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Posted on Monday, July 21, 2008 - 10:23 am:   

A scotch egg is an aneurysm wrapped around a blood clot, and deep fried. But a tasty one at that!
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Seppo13
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Posted on Thursday, July 24, 2008 - 04:42 am:   

Hey Lucuis,

I'll be the first to admit I enjoy half of the popular films you trash (and the fact that you made fun of Meryl -- the goddess -- means I'll have to challenge you to a thumb-wrestling match), but I cannot thank you enough for the amusement you provide with each review. Not just for the hilarious obvservations (and the sometimes Jack Black-in-HiFidelity-like need to promote obscure films over Big production flick -- which I also find funny), but because when I share them with my teenage daughter it never fails to send her slightly over the edge (first you fucked with Harry Potter, now it's Batman --when I buy you a drink in Oz, we wont go to the place that hires her after she gets a bartender's license next month).

This somewhat left-handed compliment was brought to you by Charmin (squeezably soft) and your buddy, Down Under,
DTS
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Seppo13
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Posted on Thursday, July 24, 2008 - 04:49 am:   

Er, um...make that Lucius
(Lucuis is linus's evil twin in the forthcoming "live" movie version of, "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," directed by Tim Burton and starring Michael Chiklis (as Charlie), Adrian Brody (as Snoopy), Jude Law (as Linus), Katie Holmes (as Lucy) and Vince Vaughn (as Lucuis). Script by Akiva Goldman, Directed by M. Night Shyamalan

Glad I got THAT straightened out.
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Lucius
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Posted on Thursday, July 24, 2008 - 05:23 am:   

Hey, Dorman...

Have you seen Mamma Mia? She trashes herself.

I juts call 'em like I see ;em, man. And the obscure films I praise would have been hits, many of them, if the cinematic IQ of he public had not been devolved by the constant drenching in horrible scripts....
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Dave
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Posted on Thursday, July 24, 2008 - 09:23 am:   

I couldn't bring myself to go see a trashy comic book movie last weekend, but I might not be able to resist the nostalgia of the X-Files this weekend. I'll deserve everything I get, but I hope that the movie is as good as I remember the series being. But I was a young highschooler back then and my tastes were unrefined to say the least. I'm afraid the movie is gonna suck...
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Lucius
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Posted on Thursday, July 24, 2008 - 09:46 am:   

Yeah, it will, because they're still into that BS conspiracy shit and not the awesome stuff of the first few seasons. Plus Scully and Mulder kiss...ah, jesus!
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Dave
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Posted on Thursday, July 24, 2008 - 11:38 am:   

I thought that the movie wasn't about the conpiracy shit. It's supposed to be a stand alone monster of the week type deal. I'm not certain though.

But yeah, the alien conspiracy stuff did wear thin.

What's strange about this is that, despite having created X-Files and Millenium, Chris Carter's work for his own series was always their weakest stuff. He's just bad and his writing is very, very clunky. It's a case study in having ideas, but not being able to execute them as well as the others around you.
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Lucius
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Posted on Thursday, July 24, 2008 - 12:44 pm:   

Well, maybe you're right but the previews I've seen make it appear that there's a massive, shadow conspiracy...

Carters a showrunner, not a writer...
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Seppo13
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Posted on Thursday, July 24, 2008 - 08:03 pm:   

Hey Lucius,
You might write me off as someone to visit (once you hit OZ) for saying this, but I didn't hate the pic -- certainly not a classic, but it didn't offend me as much as did you (which is cool, 'cause -- to paraphrase the Stones -- it's only cinema). Guess I just looked at the flick as what Harlan calls a "no brainer," and enjoyed on a purely goofball level. I know, I know, it's
the cinematic equivalent of McDonald's -- the Australian kind, which is actually edible; not the American version which is like greasy roadkill - but as long as I know the difference between a great meal at Ficelle in Parkdale (a nearby joint run by a french chef) and a burger at McD's, no harm done as long as I don't make the latter a steady diet or a watermark for future meals.

Don't worry: I'm with ya on the average American's perceptions of cinema, and the declining quality in general. I just enjoy the ocassional big budget movie more than you (think I'm learning to relax more in my dotage). And I REALLY do enjoy your deconstruction (disemboweling) of various pop culture movies; and have stumbled across movies mentioned in your column that I might not otherwise have known about: Chronos, Donnie Darko -- before the latter became a cult pheom).

Hope the tongue-in-cheek Jack Black/Hi-Fidelity character didn't rub ya the wrong way. Actually, it's when I drop in here and "listen in" on the discussions that I think about the recordshop scenes in that movie (they, in turn, remind me of my days working in record stores in Austin and laughing at their sotto voce commentary when folks would come in and buy the latest Helen Reddy or something. Funny stuff.

And don't worry about my daughter: she's the kind of kid who enjoys reading Starwars or Buffy comics one minute then surprises me by picking and reading DANTE'S INFERNO the next (she did that at 15 -- hell, I was still picking my nose and flinging boogers at 15).

There ya have it: I still enjoy (on some goofy, junkfood level of the brain) about half of the flicks you trash, still I understand perfectly your points and observations and laugh out loud as I read the words. Not sure if that's encouraging to you or not. What the hell, I'm a work-in-progress (although a woman did complilment very highly just recently by noting I was "very evolved" for a member of gender).

Keep on writing those reviews, cause I'll keep on reading them and sharing them with friends and family. And when WEAPONS OF MASS SEDUCTION II (you just __have_ to title it like that, blockbuster style) is published, it will take a place of honor on my bookshelf, right next to the original.

Still hoping for a DVD copy of "Rec" (maybe some intrepid spanish guy will bootleg it), I remain,
a loyal reader,
DTS
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Lucius
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Posted on Thursday, July 24, 2008 - 11:19 pm:   

You can buy the DVD at Xploited Cinema and DVD DIABOLIK online.

Very little rubs me the wrong way, Dylan. If I seem terse it's because I'm rushed for time and just don't have the time to respond to things as fully as I'd like. Take care...
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Lucius
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Posted on Thursday, July 24, 2008 - 11:20 pm:   

I mean, Dorman...duh!
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Redrichie
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Posted on Sunday, July 27, 2008 - 10:02 am:   

Anyone ever see Bertrand Tavernier's Death in Full View/La Mort en Direct/Death Watch? I've been kinda interested in it since I first heard about it because it was filmed in Glasgow (where I live) because apparently at the time it was considered an appropriate location for a grim SFish drama (of course, Glasgow is now a modern shiny metropolis). Only problem is: I'm totally unfamiliar with Tavernier so don't know if I'm better just imagining something "ace" or not...?

Also, got "You the Living" on DVD today...read a lot of enthusiastic splurge about this when it came out...so it'd better not be piss.
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Lucius
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Posted on Sunday, July 27, 2008 - 11:24 am:   

I like Tavernier. He's done a couple of films I liked, notably an adaptation of a Jim Thomson novel , Pop 411, I think, but set In Africa...the name eludes me.. Never see Death Watch tho...
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Jwk
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Posted on Sunday, July 27, 2008 - 11:58 am:   

Yeah, the Tavernier adaptation of the Jim Thompson novel is great. It's called Coup de
Torchon/Clean Slate. Philippe Noiret is really good as the inept/corrupt cop. Isabelle Huppert's in it too.
There were a few other French films made from Thompson novels, but I don't think they've been released on dvd yet.
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Lucius
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Posted on Sunday, July 27, 2008 - 12:46 pm:   

Coup de Torchon...right. Most excellent. Phillipe Noiret, too.
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Robdev
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Posted on Monday, July 28, 2008 - 05:46 am:   

I saw The Dark Knight last week, but didn't have time to post any comments before heading out on a brief honeymoon trip. Now that I'm back, I find that I remember very little of the movie. Batman Begins had a lot of memorable scenes, but with DK little of it sticks with me other than vague impressions.

One of the impressions is that while BB seemed like it was trying to feel realistic, the technology in DK was more like magic with no real grounding in reality. I didn't buy the cell phone sonar network, I didn't buy that the batmobile would have an ejector motorcycle (especially not given the military prototype origin), I didn't buy the computer reassembling of bullet fragments to get a fingerprint.

The other main impression was that we never got a real sense of Joker. The first movie introduced us to the idea that Batman is the real personality and Bruce Wayne is a persona designed to hide Batman. In this one, Joker is always putting on a performance, he's always the persona, we never see him when he's not performing. It's kind of hard to judge Ledger on this because he's an actor portraying somebody who is acting. I guess that since this came across, he did a good job with it, but I felt like something was missing, that maybe nobody working on the movie had decided what Joker was really like underneath the mask.

The last thing I remember was not understanding why Batman had to pretend to be bad at the end.

BB was a movie that I really enjoyed, probably the best super hero movie. DK is something that I don't regret watching, but I don't see myself going out of my way to watch it again.


One other thing I remember from seeing the movie...the Watchmen trailer. Friends who had read the comic though the trailer was awesome. Friends who hadn't didn't think the trailer looked good, that it would be just another comic book movie, and not even an especially good one.
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Lucius
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Posted on Monday, July 28, 2008 - 07:47 am:   

Congratulations.

At least I imagine it was ___your__honeymoon trip you went on. :-)

Exactly the way I felt about the Joker--it's all actor's business and it made me uncomfortable watching it, realizing how unattached to life the guy playing it was.


For everyone who likes good films, this should come as an early Xmas present. INVESTIGATION OF CITIZEN UNDER SUSPICION, one of the really fine Italian films of the 70s, winner of the 1970 (back when it meant something) Oscar for best foreign film, long unavailable on subtitled DVD, is now available at Xploited Cinema for 14.95. It feature Gian Maria Volante in the lead role, a Facist police inspector who cuts his mistresses' throat and then plants evidence incriminating himself. Volante is just amazing and the whole picture is great. Score by Morricone.

This evening I watched RADIO ON, a really cool, slow Brit film by Chris Petit made in 1979, gorgeously shot in b&W by Wim Wenders cinematographer, Martin Schaeffer, with a soundtrack by Bowie, Lene Lovich, Ian Drury, Wreckless Eric, Devo, etc, about a DJ who takes a road trip to Bristol when his brother dies there under mysterious circumstances. It's a movie that perfectly captures the post-punk era. The only jarring note is a cameo by Sting, but that may be because I loath Sting. I can't imagine a better movie about that period. Petit's only foray into fiction, but he's gone on to make some great documentaries. Be warned, this is Sloooow but it's incredibly effective, esp for those of us who remember that era.
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Robdev
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Posted on Monday, July 28, 2008 - 08:09 am:   

Yup, my honeymoon. Longer trip planned later. Thanks.

By the way, DK is now the #1 movie at IMDB. I assume it will drop after more people see it. Fellowship of the Ring had the #1 spot after it opened, but it dropped to #20. The first two weeks seem to be dominated by fanboy voting.
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Lucius
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Posted on Monday, July 28, 2008 - 08:45 am:   

I remember back in the days of Ironman, when it was considered the greatest of all time... :-)
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Jwk
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Posted on Monday, July 28, 2008 - 10:10 am:   

Cool, Investigation of...is a fantastic film. Great Morricone score too. I've been waiting for this one on dvd.
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Lucius
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Posted on Monday, July 28, 2008 - 11:57 am:   

Yep. Tony at exploited said he was quitting but they keep offering more films....
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Seppo13
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Posted on Wednesday, August 06, 2008 - 07:32 am:   

Got some free tickets and the kid wanted to see it again, so we caught The Dark Knight for a second time. After reading what Lucius had to say about Ledger's performance, I began wondering if he was right -- if, perhaps, my initial reaction (being a bit creeped out by the character) was due simply to my not catching what Lucius refers to (but not in these words) as a selfconscious bit of acting. Hell, I was tired the first time I saw it, so he could've been right. I fully expected NOT to be disturbed by the performance this time -- to, indeed, catch Ledger trying to hard.

But I came away this time feeling certain that Ledger did, indeed, do a fan-fucking-tasitic job. At least from my own experience of running into not one, but two, count 'em two, recognizably sociopathic an/or psychotic individuals in my life. One was a dude that attended the same Junior High school I did in Corpus Christi, TX, where the vatos locos used to beat the fuck out of Mr. ramierez at the end of every school year -- just like clockwork. Didn't know it at the time (had nothing to compare it to) but those three years at at that school were an unending gauntlet of the sort most folks only read about: fists, knives, latino "gangs" made up of brothers and cousins (fuck with one, and the whole clan came down on you). The second guy I met was in the Army. Tall motherfucker -- probably as tall as Lucius. Ex-special forces, all muscle. When I suddenly found him standing in front of me at a barracks party (after I'd just thrown a cup of beer over the head of one of his buddies), and after I drunkenly said something that I thought was funny, he looked down at me and said, "Do you want me to kill you?" The guy next to me got so fuckin quiet and so fuckin small, I swear he disappeared, just like "the Atom" in the DC comics. I was still drunk enough not to be smart enough to be truly in fear for my life; but I also saw what was behind this guy's eyes: nada. So I just said, "Nope," and moved to one side.

From my own experience, Ledger does a spot-on job of playing someone who has exactly _nothing_ going on behind his eyes: no conscious, no game plan, no tether to reality. As for the theatrics, well yeah: that's believable, too, in the context of the movie. After all, he's crazy and he's enjoying he attention, so there's boun to be a bit of showman in his psychotic ramblings, etc. Believable enough for me -- especially in "world" in which a guy runs around in batsuit and glides around on pretty flimsy-looking wings.

I'm with the folks who recognize Ledger's performance for what it is: a damn fine job, by an apparently semi-method actor, of inhabiting the fucked up mind of the sort of person that most of us will never really understand.

As for the rest of the movie, I didn't even mind the analogies to our terrorist-alerted world. It worked well enough, no matter what the viewer thinks about that real-life, complicated issue. The only quibble I have is with the link of the film: it could've been trimmed down to 2 hours, making for a better picture. Overall, thought I thought it was a better film than "Batman Begins" -- a flick which I still like very much.

Just my two cents on the DK subject.
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Lucius
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Posted on Wednesday, August 06, 2008 - 09:11 am:   

Action sequences sucked, Bale sucked, movie sucked.

Period.

As for Ledger, I never said he was trying to hard, I just recognized bits of business from other actors and I was uncomfortable watching him because II felt what je was doing with the character seemed to mirror a man without a center, which was probably what he was doing in real life. And what makes that performance so great? Playing some who's going nuts may be interesting, but playing some who's there already, who has no character arc, no development, no changes....it's not a real challenge for a decent actor. All they have to do is get down a few tic, a few twists and turns. Bah!
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Sigil23
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Posted on Wednesday, August 06, 2008 - 10:12 am:   

http://www.scifi.com/scifiwire/index.php?id=58375

Can we outlaw remakes now?
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Lucius
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Posted on Wednesday, August 06, 2008 - 11:26 am:   

Yeah, I'm ready.
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Jwk
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Posted on Wednesday, August 06, 2008 - 09:17 pm:   

I heard Peter Berg is directing a new version of Dune. The guy who was in Last Seduction.
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Lucius
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Posted on Thursday, August 07, 2008 - 12:01 am:   

That's true, for paramount I believe. He;s doing a series for Fox Virtuality that sounds awful, like it's based on Star Trek;s holodeck, Then he's doing Brian Mak Born. His Dune might be the best Dune yet, tho...He also directed Friday Nights, The Kingdom, the Rundown, and Hancock. Well, one out of four ain't bad.
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Seppo13
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Posted on Thursday, August 07, 2008 - 12:14 am:   

Lucius,
LOL

Guess we'll have to agree to disagree again.
(I see your bah! and raise you a humbug!)
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Seppo13
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Posted on Thursday, August 07, 2008 - 12:18 am:   

Hey Lucius: what'd you think of Nicholsen's (fucked up the spelling I'm sure) joker? He got the chance to show a guy going nuts -- I think -- but _that_ performance, for me, seemed more of a, well, peformance.
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Lucius
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Posted on Thursday, August 07, 2008 - 01:00 am:   

About what I thought of Jim Carrey's Joker. Is Ledger the best Joker? Sure. Does that make Ledger's perf great? Not hardly. I don't see how everyone gets so thrilled by a guy playing a one-dimensional comic book villain...
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Seppo13
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Posted on Thursday, August 07, 2008 - 07:00 am:   

Actually, I still think his portrayal of the guy in Brokeback Mountain is his best role. And, when it comes to acting, as you (and hundreds of others) have already noted: NObody out drinks Daniel Day-Lewis! (Sslurrrrp!)
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Lucius
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Posted on Thursday, August 07, 2008 - 07:54 am:   

Saw Brokeback Mountain--Ledger was good, the movie wasn't sp great. Well, Day-Lewis is the Gold STandard at present. I had a long talk with Indira Varma (of Rome) the other day and she's convinced he;s the best since Schofield's heyday. Not sure about that, but now...no question.
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Robdev
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Posted on Thursday, August 07, 2008 - 11:39 am:   

Talking with others has revived a lot of my memory of Dark Knight, so here are a few comments (some elaborations of earlier ones).

One of the most well known cinematic portrayals of a psychopath is Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lector. He played Lector like an actor portraying a psychopath without actually witnessing the behavior first. He was hamming it up and I never lost the idea that I was watching an actor.

Ledger's portrayal of Joker added an additional layer to this. The sense that I got wasn't that he was an actor portraying a psychopath, but that he was portraying an actor portraying a psychopath. Ledger made him seem like Joker was constantly hiding himself and just putting on a show for Gotham because it would get a bigger reaction from the people in the fictional city. I found that aspect of the performance interesting.

A real sense of the Joker was missing from the movie. I've heard that it was intentional to not give him a background, they just wanted to focus on his actions. His actions convince me that he's not a character, but a tool to emphasize morality. Joker talks about liking to tear down people with plans, but he demonstrates more planning than anyone in the movie. He talks about inciting chaos, but his actions force people to choices: save one person or another person, save others or save yourself. There's no chaos on the choices, just a moral decision. Much of the movie seems driven by attempts to deliver messages on morality rather than making logical or narrative sense.
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Lucius
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Posted on Thursday, August 07, 2008 - 12:11 pm:   

I just don't care about the performance. It wasn't that special. Anthony Perkins was better, at least through most of Psycho. I simply thought Ledger had no clear idea of the character (perhaps because he was given none) and filled his screen time with "business."

Cut out whole thing about the guys in boats, cut the big car chase by half and give some esrablishing shots, tone down Bale, ad you might have an adequate entertainment. As it stands, it's overlong, overblown, and over-hyped.

Anyhow, I've moved on to Babylon AD which sports one of the weirdest casts ever--Gerard Depardieu, Charlotte Rampling, Michelle Yeoh, and Vin Diesel...
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Robdev
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Posted on Thursday, August 07, 2008 - 12:59 pm:   

I want to believe that Vin can put out something fun, but I feel it will be closer to Chronicles of Riddick rather than Pitch Black.
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Lucius
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Posted on Thursday, August 07, 2008 - 02:02 pm:   

Yeah, me too. I've seen the trailer. But the director Mathieu Kassovitz made La Haine, one of the best movies of the 90s, so...
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Posted on Friday, August 15, 2008 - 10:08 am:   

I watched half of WONDERLAND with Val Kilmer the other night and really dug it, probably because I love movies about lowlife characters. I could not explain why I loved Matthew McConaughey in this so much and hate him in everything else. Then I figured it out. It's because Matthew McConaughey was actually Josh Lucas.
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Seppo13
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Posted on Friday, August 15, 2008 - 07:39 pm:   

Hey Lucius,
Noticed that Harlan Ellison (one of the snappiest movie critics -- and not a bad writer of prose, screenplays, and other assorteds -- to ever come down the pike) has been changing his mind over the years about various movies he once pilloried. The latest was "Young Sherlock Holmes" (which I, predictably, have always enjoyed as a nobrainer).

Here's my question (oh great Oracle): since you are about 10 times as tough as he ever was in your critical analyiss of movies (if you were a teacher, you wouldn't grade on a curve -- you'd grade on a cliff, pushing students over if they answered wrong LOL ), do you think you'll soften up on your assessment and change your mind about any particular movie titles in the years ahead (or have you done so already)?
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Lucius
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Posted on Saturday, August 16, 2008 - 11:31 pm:   

I liked Code 46 when i< saw it in better company, but the rest....nah. These movies are so much wors than << those <Harlan revie¨wed. Youmg Sherlock? I fear for Hs brain....
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Robdev
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Posted on Monday, August 18, 2008 - 06:20 am:   

I watched two movies this weekend, Gone Baby Gone, and Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles.

GBG was fairly good, I prefer Ben Affleck behind the camera. It's a bit too preachy at the end.

I liked Riding Alone, it was nice that after big action movies, Zhang Yimou could still do a good small movie. I liked that they managed to do a lot of translation in the film without just saying the same things over again.
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Lucius
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Posted on Monday, August 18, 2008 - 12:01 pm:   

I haven't seen Riding alone, but I though GBG was okay, Not much to add. Looking forward to Babylon ADD! :-)
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Robdev
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Posted on Monday, August 18, 2008 - 12:20 pm:   

I think there's a good chance you'd like Riding. GBG far exceeded my expectations (granted, they were really low).

I'm looking forward to Herzog's Encounters at the End of the World. I should see it on Wednesday.
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Redrichie
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Posted on Monday, August 18, 2008 - 12:34 pm:   

Not been to the flicks much lately...last thing I saw was "Man on Wire" about that French bloke that strung a wire between the tops of the WTC towers and danced about on it for about three-quarters on an hour. Quite good fun...and surprisingly gripping, given that even if you had never heard of it 'til you plonked yr ass in the cinema seat, the fact that he was being interviewed for the documentary combined with the consequences of failure would tend to suggest he hadn't screwed up. Worth catching, if you can/are of the mind.

And Lucius... Good call on the Tavernier...haven't been able to find the Keitel one again, but did score "Coup de Torchon" on DVD (a few seem to have been reissued cheaply, it seems) and thoroughly enjoyed it. Although I don't know if I'm "wrong" (and my French isn't tremendous) but there were a couple of areas where the translation seemed to me a little weird and, whilst accurate, may not have been the best way to interpret the words. Such is the hazard of translation, I s'pose though. Anyhoo...good call, thanks for that.

Currently listening to Aural Fit II on PSF...more psychedelic-distorted-power nonsense...great fun!
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Dave_g
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Posted on Monday, August 18, 2008 - 02:24 pm:   

Finished watching "Wonderland." What a movie! One of the darkest, bloodiest, seamiest crime thrillers I've ever seen. Just the way I like 'em. I felt like I had to take a shower after watching it. You may laugh, but the real revelation to me was Christina Applegate in a hospital bed, unable to speak, conveying the horror of the Wonderland murders with her eyes. I would recommend this movie, although I have to say that it makes RESERVOIR DOGS look like THE GHOST AND MR. CHICKEN.
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Lucius
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Posted on Monday, August 18, 2008 - 09:15 pm:   

Is that the Antarctica movie, Robert? I was a bit disappointed by it. Still. it's Antarctica....I;ll check out Riding Alone when I get back to the states...whenever that is.

Glad you dig Coup de Torchon. Taverner's not bad. He's made some other cool stuff, but I can't recall the names at present.

Yeah, Wonderland was pretty good. Can't say I'd want to see it again, which I did Reservoir Dogs.
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Seppo13
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Posted on Tuesday, August 19, 2008 - 05:23 am:   

Could someone --anyone? Bueller? -- explain to me what is happening with Nicolas Cage's hair?
(Ah, for the good ol' days when movie starts finally gave in -- like Sean Connery -- and just went with the baldy look).
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Seppo13
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Posted on Tuesday, August 19, 2008 - 05:24 am:   

er, make that movie "stars"
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Robdev
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Posted on Tuesday, August 19, 2008 - 05:27 am:   

The Herzog one is the Antarctica one.

Explaining Cage's hair would require caring about Cage enough to know how he looks now.
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Lucius
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Posted on Tuesday, August 19, 2008 - 05:55 am:   

Yeah, I saw it with the French title. Like I said, a bit disappointing.

Cage isn't a movie star. He doesn't have the look, he can't fucking act--he's just a loathesome example of nepotism. I haven't seen him lately. so what is happening with his hair.

New Thread.
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Lukedjlaw
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Post Number: 104
Registered: 05-2007
Posted on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 - 10:57 am:   

Ah, Lucius. When Nancy Kress dissed The Dark Knight I came here, sure you would dig it since you dug Batman Begins. But no such luck.
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Lucius
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Posted on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 - 11:30 am:   

It ain't my fault. Blame Nolan and his inability to film action sequences.
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Lukedjlaw
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Posted on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 - 01:49 pm:   

I saw a lot of NCFOM in TDK. The coin-flipping to see whether or not to murder, for one. The kingpin's "releasing something they don't understand" in the Joker also reminded me a lot of Chigurh. Joker's soliloquies were similar to: "If the rule brought you to this, of what use was the rule?" Though Chigurh seemed to be bound by his own peculiar set of rules whereas Joker kept saying he represented chaos.
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Lucius
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Posted on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 - 09:16 pm:   

Well, theres another film I didn't particularly like. NCFOM was a serial killer film with great art direction and a tacked on literary denouement. Probably McCarthy's worst book, too. It barely held my attention. I liked TDK better than it, The Joker, honestly, I thought it was a thoroughly mundane performance. It escapes me why everyone makes so much of it. Could it be because he's dead? I think so.
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Jwk
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Post Number: 376
Registered: 07-2006
Posted on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 - 09:44 pm:   

Yeah, that WTF ending to NCFOM was pretty bad. I guess it was in the book, so they filmed it that way. No way could any spec script get away with that crap.
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Lucius
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Posted on Thursday, August 21, 2008 - 01:38 am:   

Yeah, it was in the book--but then the tommy lee jones character was a lot more central to the book, so you actually could give a shot about what he said, somewhat.
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Lukedjlaw
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Post Number: 106
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Posted on Thursday, August 21, 2008 - 03:48 pm:   

Did you really think the book was so bad? I'm halfway through it and enjoying it. Although it's a bit difficult to visualize the book any differently from the movie, which I saw first.

There are some interesting differences so far, as when Llewelyn gets the drop on Chigurh in the hotel room and lets him walk away. I guess it just makes what's coming that much more sick. Chigurh is kind of a blank template in the book and not the flesh-out creepiness of Bardem.

I hope there are more differences as it goes on. One thing's for sure, the book is far more compelling than The Road, i.e., hundreds of pages of apocalyptic description with no dialogue.
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Lucius
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Posted on Friday, August 22, 2008 - 12:41 am:   

It wasn't so bad--it's juts not great McCarthy. I din't much care for either this one of the road, I've heard they're trunk novel and I believe it.
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Dave_g
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Posted on Friday, August 22, 2008 - 11:25 am:   

Mind-blowing connection of the day: the same actor played the feckless, drug-addled f-up Tonny in PUSHER 2 and the ultra-slick supervillain Le Chiffre in CASINO ROYALE!
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Lukedjlaw
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Post Number: 107
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Posted on Friday, August 22, 2008 - 03:21 pm:   

What would you consider to be top-tier McCarthy?

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