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Lucius
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Post Number: 8195
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 06:04 am:   

Watched Hunger last night, Steve McQueen's film about Irish poet and hunger-striker Bobby Sands. Very effective and moving.
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Jwk
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Post Number: 531
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Posted on Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 10:18 am:   

I saw that too. What did that guy do to end up in jail? They never really said, in the movie did they? I was finding it hard to find sympathy for some of them, considering they might have blown innocent people up or something.
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Lucius
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Post Number: 8196
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Posted on Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 10:58 am:   

Sands was convicted of possession of weapon--a pistol was found in the car in which he and some friends were stopped after the bombing of the Balmoral Furniture Factory. There was no evidence connecting him to the bombing--he was sentenced to 14 years. The nature of his complicity in IRA activities remains unclear, though for several years prior to the arrest he was a community activist in the new town abbey ghetto of belfast.

Your sympathy for Sands and his friends would depend on your feelings about the occupation of Norther Ireland by the British.
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Robdev
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Post Number: 1321
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Posted on Friday, February 19, 2010 - 06:55 am:   

I watched Zombieland and was underwhelmed. I heard so much from friends about how great it was or how hilarious it was, but I saw little of either. I chuckled a few times, but didn't find anything really funny. Mildly amusing or not an unpleasant way to spend 90 minutes is basically how I feel about it. I doubt I'd watch it again.
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Lucius
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Post Number: 8197
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Posted on Friday, February 19, 2010 - 07:45 am:   

I skipped it...as I'm planning to skip all zombie movies from hereon out
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Dave
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Post Number: 223
Registered: 01-2007
Posted on Friday, February 19, 2010 - 07:48 am:   

I thought zombieland was fun, but not earth shattering by any means.

Has anyone heard anything about Neil Marshall's new one, Centurion?
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Robdev
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Post Number: 1322
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Posted on Friday, February 19, 2010 - 08:25 am:   

I've seen the trailer, but that's it. I don't know if it will be closer to Dog Soldiers or Doomsday. I hope the former, fear the latter.
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Lucius
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Post Number: 8198
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Posted on Friday, February 19, 2010 - 09:11 am:   

There's a trailer available on You Tube, which makes it look better than Doomsday. It concerns seven survivors of a Roman legion trying to make it out of Scotland--which seems like it might be a problem in any era. I'm just not into Roman movies.
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Dave
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Post Number: 224
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Posted on Friday, February 19, 2010 - 10:46 am:   

That trailer looks fairly promising...if you're not averse to Roman movies, I suppose. I hope it's a return to form and better than Doomsday. Though it'd be hard to be worse, eh?
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Seppo13
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Posted on Saturday, February 20, 2010 - 12:10 am:   

This isn't about a new movie, and very likely might be a "Johnny Come Lately" post with those of you who agreed that "The Wire" was well worth the time, but I recently started watching the "Prime Suspect" sereis of TV movies. Up to the 4th installment(there are 7) and I'm as impressed with this as I was "The Wire" (this is a crime series set in England). And Helen Mirren's acting job as the lead...wow.

I've always noticed her in movies: because she's a great actress, and because she's gorgeous (_now_ as much as then), and exudes the sort of charisma which translate into sensuality, even on celluloid (or, um, digital these, I guess).
I've always noticed Mirren, but never really remembered her name -- which, I think, is probably the way most actors like it (as long as agents, directors and such know their names).
But man...along with Audrey Hepburn, she's one of those women who look great at any age.

Lucius: Not trying to convince you otherwise about Roman movies, but....not even "Spartacus"? After all, itt _did_ feature: Kirk Douglas, 20th century wristwatches on a couple of extras, and Tony Curtis singing "songs" of "lawn-gago...lawn-gago." (Second only to Edward G. Robinson in "The Ten Commandments": "I gotcher Moses, see...")

Everybody repeat after me: _I_ am Sparatacus!
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Lucius
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Post Number: 8199
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Posted on Saturday, February 20, 2010 - 07:43 am:   

I liked Spartacus....Gladiator was a sad imitation. But I haven't dug any of the rest, and I must have fucking seen them all. Go watch the X-rated print of Caligula. You'll see a lot of Mirren then.

No, Dave, the trailer looks ok--I'm just not moved by the genre amymore. And Doomsday was unspeakably bad.
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Robdev
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Post Number: 1323
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Posted on Saturday, February 20, 2010 - 10:31 am:   

I'm not completely against more Roman stuff. The first season of Rome was good. But for that, we also got King Arthur, The Last Legion, and the new Spartacus. The chance of good stuff is low.
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Lucius
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Post Number: 8200
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Posted on Saturday, February 20, 2010 - 11:18 am:   

Actually if you haven't been fed up with the genre, Rob, this one might be ok...better than ok, I doubt.
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Seppo13
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Posted on Saturday, February 20, 2010 - 01:43 pm:   

Lucius...or "Age of Consent" (with Mason playing a sort of a reverse Humbert Humbert)...or "Hussy"...or "The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover...or "Savage Messiah" (the Ken Russell film)...

I _do_ enjoy my Mirren fixes. :-) And I checked out "Caligula" about ten years ago. That was tough to get through (and not just because of the violence and twisted perversions...I can see why Vidal had his name removed from the project).

Gotta admit: I enjoyed the "Rome" series. Even the second season. And, yeah, Lucius, the trailer _does_ make it look like an OK film. (The most interesting part, for me, is the inclusion of the Picts in this particular Roman film. I may not have been paying close attention in other films -- or school -- but this is the first time I've read/heard about that particular group of peoples).
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Lucius
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Post Number: 8201
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Posted on Sunday, February 21, 2010 - 08:36 am:   

Maybe it'll be the first Pict music video....
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Dave_g
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Posted on Wednesday, February 24, 2010 - 01:29 pm:   

Saw and was impressed by the Red Riding Trilogy. My only complaint was that the time-shifting got a bit confusing in 1983. (Is John Dawson alive, dead, what...?) Fantastic noir atmosphere and performances.

Also finally watched Kelly's The Box. Donnie Darko is looking more and more like a fluke or beginner's luck...I haven't had a WTF experience like this since Eyes Wide Shut. Even with my background in weirdfilm, I couldn't make heads or tails of it. Still can't. Just a jumbled mess of a story. Frost/Nixon was a lot more arresting than I had hoped. Langella was great in it...
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Lucius
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Post Number: 8203
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Posted on Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 05:04 am:   

Yeah, I liked Red Riding.

Kelly is just fucked. fzrost/Nixon...for me it was meh.

Centurion is getting a release in the summer, which means the production company at least has some faith in it. Don't know if that's a good sign or not.
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Lucius
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Post Number: 8204
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Posted on Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 10:35 am:   

Movies seen recently--The crazies. Not bad for a remake, but then I'm a sucker for movies in which a preggo Radha Mitchel fights off a crazed pitchfork-wielding killer while strapped to a gurney in a room full of cackling lunatics.

Exit Through The Gift Shop--graffiti artist Banksy's movie I had a blast watching this one.

Summer Hours--all the established critics loved this French thing--I thought it put the t in tedium.

A Prophet--I just rewatched this. Best prison movie, best mafia movie (corsican), ever.
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Jts
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Posted on Friday, February 26, 2010 - 07:30 am:   

Just picked up an import copy of A Prophet as well as Thirst. can't wait to see them.

Just watched the Korean film Breathless. Pretty good, nothing mindblowing but worthwhile.

Currently in Chengdu at the moment. I'm here for a few more days then off to Tibet.
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Lucius
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Post Number: 8205
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Posted on Friday, February 26, 2010 - 08:51 am:   

Tibet...awesome. I was there before china really started obliterating the culture and I'm glad I was. There's still a lot to take in there, but so much of it is chinese. I hope you dig it.
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Jts
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Posted on Friday, February 26, 2010 - 10:50 am:   

Yeah so much of the culture here has become so westernised. Strange considering little to no one speaks a lick of english.

have you seen much else of China?
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Lucius
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Post Number: 8206
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Posted on Friday, February 26, 2010 - 11:19 am:   

Never been to China--he said, flagwaving the cause of Tibetan autonomy. Never really been interested in it for some reason. I do love me some ZhangKe Jia, but that's not a world I long to see.
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Lucius
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Post Number: 8210
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Posted on Friday, February 26, 2010 - 09:21 pm:   

And, as if you couldn't figure this, Burton's Alice is fucking awful, the same crappy movie he's been making for years...
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Lucius
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Post Number: 8211
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Posted on Friday, February 26, 2010 - 09:21 pm:   

....only worse.
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Dave
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Posted on Saturday, February 27, 2010 - 12:17 pm:   

So Crazies is not bad, eh? I'd have figured it was gonna be grim. I'm sure the original was better though, right?

On another note, I saw Ingourious Basterds last night. I'd been pretty dismissive of it, never really bothered reading about it...but I was surprised how much I liked it. Has it been discussed here before? Did you guys like it?
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Jwk
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Posted on Saturday, February 27, 2010 - 12:25 pm:   

Wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I hated Kill Bill and that one with Kurt Russell. I thought the guy who played the main Nazi was really good. Brad Pitt was awful as usual, his idea of acting is making a dumb face throughout the movie.
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Dave
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Posted on Saturday, February 27, 2010 - 01:15 pm:   

I didn't like Kill Bill either.

I disagree about Pitt. Or at least about QT's use of him. Pitt is clearly a joke. But if your intent is to lampoon the portrayal of the American war hero in American cinema, well... Mind you, it's all pretty meta and that may or may not be lame, but...
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Jwk
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Posted on Sunday, February 28, 2010 - 11:57 am:   

Watched Lars Von Trier's Antichrist. Haven't laughed out loud so much in awhile, especially during the "chaos reigns!" scene with the cgi fox. Lars is too much. Boy, what a POS.
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Lucius
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Post Number: 8219
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Posted on Sunday, February 28, 2010 - 12:50 pm:   

Yeah, Anti-Christ is where I departed from the Von Trier express.
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Lucius
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Posted on Wednesday, March 03, 2010 - 08:59 am:   

Secret of Kells should win the animation oscar instead of the 3-D pixar shit. It's beautiful hand-drawn stuff, made on a dirt cheap budget by Irish animators and doesn't stand a chance.
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Robdev
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Posted on Wednesday, March 03, 2010 - 09:30 am:   

I'm planning on seeing it this weekend. But it doesn't really stand a chance. It's just not well known enough for voters to go for. I think Fantastic Mr Fox is the only one that stands a chance against Pixar.
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Lucius
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Posted on Wednesday, March 03, 2010 - 10:28 am:   

I thinkPixar's got it, myself.
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Jwk
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Posted on Wednesday, March 03, 2010 - 09:18 pm:   

Lucius, you'll be glad to know Tim Burton wants to bring Abraham Lincoln-Vampire Hunter to the big screen. And Natalie Portman is producing Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, by the same author.
I'm working on Little Women and a Werewolf, to be followed by Jane Eyre vs. Cthulhu.
Those are some six figure sales titles, for Hollywood prodcos, lol.
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Lucius
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Posted on Thursday, March 04, 2010 - 02:13 am:   

I heard Burtion's next was Dark Shadow's with....wait for it. Johnny Dep.
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Robdev
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Post Number: 1333
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Posted on Thursday, March 04, 2010 - 06:19 am:   

Wow, those last two posts make me want to swear off both movies and books.
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Lucius
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Posted on Thursday, March 04, 2010 - 06:44 am:   

Yep. Know the feeling.
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Lucius
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Posted on Thursday, March 04, 2010 - 07:21 am:   

PS--Apparently Burton and Bekmembatov (Night Watch) will co produce but not direct Abe Lincoln--Vampire Hunter.
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Robdev
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Posted on Friday, March 05, 2010 - 06:05 am:   

I know I'm late in seeing it, but I finally saw Fantastic Mr. Fox. I enjoyed it, it was the first time that both my wife and I enjoyed a Wes Anderson film (she never finished watching any, while I only enjoyed Bottle Rocket). I still think there's a remote chance it could get the oscar for animated films, but I'd put money on Up winning. Pixar won 4 of the 6 times they've been up for it.
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Lucius
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Posted on Friday, March 05, 2010 - 04:01 pm:   

I liked Rushmore. Yeah, Fox is probably the second favorite the Oscar.


I've been invited to a screening of Bella Tarr's 7 and 1/2 hour "comic masterpiece" Satantango. I think I'll pass. They mentioned Werckmeister Harmonies as being the film in his ouvre most similar to it, and Werckmeister Harmonies clocked in at about an hour before I switched it off. I saw a still from the movie that showed several men walking on a muddy road and it gave me unpleasant flashbacks.

7 and a half hours of Bela Tarr might be enough tokill.
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Jwk
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Posted on Friday, March 05, 2010 - 09:36 pm:   

"several men walking on a muddy road". Lol, that's the Tarr trudge! 7 and 1/2 hours, sweet jesus. Cheney could use that as an "enhanced interrogation technique."
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Posted on Saturday, March 06, 2010 - 01:29 am:   

Watched a great British film called Winstanley, about the Digger movement in the 1600's, an early form of socialist movement whose members tried to live on common lands. Well-acted, with really nice b&w photography, and interesting use of Eisenstein-type montage shots at the beginning. And they used Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky to soundtrack it too. Pretty impressive overall.
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Lucius
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Posted on Saturday, March 06, 2010 - 07:29 am:   

Saw Winstanley a long time back -- excellent movie.

Yep. Now everytime I have a character in dire straits. holding out against the threats of an evildoer, I can have said evildoer loose a sinister cackle and say, Perhaps you would care to watch...Satantango. At which point the heroic character would lose a bloodcurdling scream.
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Robdev
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Posted on Sunday, March 07, 2010 - 01:28 pm:   

I just got back from Secret of Kells. I enjoyed it. I think it's the first time I saw and enjoyed 3 movies up for Best Animated Oscar.
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Posted on Sunday, March 07, 2010 - 02:57 pm:   

I just double checked and I've seen and enjoyed 4 of the 5 best animated oscar nominees. I had forgotten that Coraline was up for it too.
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Lucius
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Posted on Sunday, March 07, 2010 - 03:14 pm:   

Secret of Kells was very cool. My favorite. Doesn't stand a chance against Up and Fox.
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Posted on Monday, March 22, 2010 - 06:18 am:   

I watched Extract, which makes me think that Office Space was a fluke. Idiocracy was better in concept than execution (i.e. a friend explaining the future to me was funnier than the movie). Extract was just blah.
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Lucius
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Posted on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 07:06 am:   

Heard that it was crummy. Too bad.

Saw the White Ribbon again. Really good.
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Jwk
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Posted on Friday, March 26, 2010 - 10:37 am:   

Lucius, have you seen a movie called Snow White and Russian Red? Directed by the spawn of Zulawski, who did Possession with Adjani. Supposedly follows in his fathers sick footsteps.
What's up with movie distribution? Seems like nothing good is getting a region 1 release. White Ribbon, Dean Spanley, Un Prophet, Katalin Varga, Tony Manero, and lots of others on your end of year best list. Seems like distribution for foreign films has collapsed, or is just taking alot longer.
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Lucius
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Posted on Friday, March 26, 2010 - 11:12 am:   

I have no idea. White Ribbon and Mother and Un Prophet are in the theaters now, so that may explain it with those three. But I bought Tony Manero middle of last year from Amazon UK and it showed on On Demand four or five months ago.

Haven't seen Snow White etc. Will look around for it.
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Jwk
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Posted on Saturday, March 27, 2010 - 10:28 am:   

Watched an interesting Spanish film called Before the Fall. A small, poor town erupts in chaos when news of an impending meteor strike hits the news. A loafer goes out to the country to protect his nieces and nephews, and is confronted by a serial killer from his past. Worth watching.
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Lucius
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Posted on Saturday, March 27, 2010 - 12:19 pm:   

I was on the jury in Trieste when that played. I liked it, but did not like the injection of the serial killer.
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Jwk
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Posted on Sunday, March 28, 2010 - 11:51 am:   

Lucius, you said you liked romcoms right? Have you seen Post Grad, with the girl from Gilmore Girls? First live action movie by the director of Shrek. According to industry executives and producers, the script for this was one of the best scripts of 2005. I read it a few years ago, and was distinctly unimpressed (a supposed industry hotshot posted it in his office on a peer review screenwriter's website for people to read). It seems to have been universally panned by critics. I read a review in Sight and Sound, the venerable British film magazine, that said "But what really makes the film flop resoundingly is Kelly Fremon's underdeveloped, unimaginative script, its characters little more than cut-out paper figurines." Guess he didn't get the memo that this was one of the top five scripts of 2005. What a joke. Just goes to show that industry "executives" don't know shite.
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Lucius
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Posted on Sunday, March 28, 2010 - 04:06 pm:   

Naw, never saw it. Glad I didn't.
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Dave_g
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Posted on Monday, March 29, 2010 - 09:55 am:   

LS, if you like Radha Mitchell -- and who doesn't? -- did you enjoy Silent Hill? I expected zip from it and was surprised at its visual invention, as well as the presence of the always-underrated Laurie Holden and Deborah Kara Unger.
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Lucius
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Posted on Monday, March 29, 2010 - 04:55 pm:   

Silent Hill was better than I thought, but I still wouldn't recommend it.

Abraham, huh? The king.
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Seppo13
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Posted on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 12:05 am:   

Gotta admit, I was _very_ impressed at the visuals in "Silent Hill" (normally, even the best CGI doesn't make me rave much -- but this time, the visuals were important to the...Dantesque, I guess, spookiness).
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Jwk
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Posted on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 10:18 am:   

Lucius, have you seen Messiah of Evil? Supposed to be some sort of lost masterpiece of 70's horror. I'd never heard of it until recently.
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Lucius
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Posted on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 07:34 pm:   

Yeah, "Lost masterpeice" is a tad strong, but it's a weird film with bizarre, dreamlike elements and the production design is great, done by Jack Fisk, who later worked wit malick. Kind of a night of the living dead meets surrealism thing. Worth a look, for sure. Let me know what you think.
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Posted on Friday, April 02, 2010 - 10:14 am:   

Yeah, I'll have to buy it they don't have it at Netflix for some reason.
Watched The Howl, directed by Tinto Brass. An incoherent, anarchic mess made in the wake of the 68 student riots. A bride leaves her husband and takes off with a weirdo for various nonsensical adventures. Like Jodorowsky by way of Euro-sleaze. Seems like he must have been on acid when he directed it.
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Lucius
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Posted on Friday, April 02, 2010 - 11:00 am:   

I have never watched a Tinto Brass picture. Reached for one a couple of times, but never pulled the trigger. Just didn't think I'd like it. Watched Brighton Rock last night. A teenage richard attenborough asa twisted, scarred sadist. Great stuff.
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Jwk
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Posted on Friday, April 02, 2010 - 09:37 pm:   

Yeah, I heard that Brighton Rock is really good. Supposed to be pretty brutal for the time it was made too. I've been wanting to see it. Based on a Graham Greene novel too. Just saw there is a new remake of it coming out with Sam Riley who played Ian Curtis in Control. Helen Mirren is in it too. Probably won't be as good as the version from the 40's.
Have you seen 10 Rillington Place, with Attenborough? Want to see that one too. He plays a British mass murderer. It was shot in the same neighborhood where the murders took place too.
I don't think The Howl is typical Tinto Brass, most of his later stuff seems to be sex comedies, but based on The Howl I'l be giving them a pass.
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Lucius
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Posted on Saturday, April 03, 2010 - 03:48 am:   

I'm looking forward to the remake--Carey Mulligan's in it, too. And John Hurt. About the only way I found to see the original was on a region 2 DVD. I saw 10 Rillington Place a few years back. It reminded me of Deep Crimson, a very flat affect treatment of a serialist. Pretty good, but lacking something, it seemed to me.
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Posted on Thursday, April 08, 2010 - 02:34 pm:   

When (or if, perhaps) anyone here sees "Kick-Ass", I'd love to know what ya thought. Personally, I enjoyed the hell out of it(doesn't happen very often with movies these days) It's not a perfect film (few movies are), but, "Mystery Men" aside, I thought it did a pretty good job of putting an original spin on the musing of heroes and such.
Besides, Chloe Grace Moretz kicks ass in "Kick-Ass". But Moretz (who was likewise terrific in "500 Days of Summer") seems to be becoming one of those actors who grabs the camera's attention -- but not by being a ham, just through sheer charisma and ability. To top it off, as Hitgirl, she gets just about _all_ of the great lines "Kick-Ass" (although Nicolas Cage does a great job of imitating the speech patterns of Adam West-as-Batman, and playing another over-the-top supporting character). A very dark-humored good time for anyone who digs superhero comics (and can separate fantasy from reality).

Part of me (the part that responds well to crude humor and shock value) is actually hopin they make a t-shirt with Hitgirl's image and the line, "Okay you cunts, let's see what you can do now." Priceless.
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Posted on Friday, April 09, 2010 - 10:39 am:   

Who are you speaking for? The Decline of the West?
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Posted on Saturday, April 10, 2010 - 02:26 am:   

LOL. Guess you didn't like this one, either. (I'm pretty sure The West was going down hill before "Kick-Ass"). :-)
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Posted on Saturday, April 10, 2010 - 03:46 pm:   

I just get into a movie that sexuaiizes children,, you know. Calll me a fuddy duddy, but you just know a shot of Chloe Moretz wearing her schoolgirl uni and shooting that big gun will be every pedophile's screensaver ere long and they'll be having a party in their pants whenever they switch on their computers.
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Posted on Monday, April 12, 2010 - 05:00 pm:   

Hey Lucius: yeah, there's a certain "sexualizing" of the Hitgirl character when she's dressed up in the schoolgirl outfit. (I suppose I didn't immediately think of that aspect of the flick anymore than I think of the sexualizing -- self, or otherwise -- of the 17 and 18 year-old schoolgirls who walk around Melbourne. They can be eye candy, at best, to a guy who has a healthy libido but a stable mind and firm understanding of the mind _inside_. I know some people see a world of difference between a 13 or 14 year old (I think that's Moretz's age) and a 17 or 18 year-old, but I don't: they're both children).

Back to the subject: I suppose there's some sexualizing going on, but...frankly, I found all of the over-the-top, too-often gratuitious violence (something that seems to be in a LOT of action flicks these days) _far_ more disturbing. Especially since the scriptwriters of "Kickass" at least put in the line about Hitgirl being too young for the _teenage_ guy who admitted he had a crush on her (and said he would wait for her). And the scene of her walking into the mobster building is obviously played for (admittedly sick) laughs because it quickly goes into the gratuitous violence again (Moretz doing her Hitgirl thing). So, in the end, even though I still think Moretz and Cage did terrific jobs in the flick, on further contemplation (I dashed off the first note right after seeing the movie), I would say it's the excessive violence (which literally made me flinch, several times during the film) that wories me.

Where films and pedophiles are concerned, I can't begin to know what would and wouldn't turn such a damaged mind on. But I'm guessing that if pedophiles are searching for "material" (besides turning to photos of girls in catalogues and magazines and such -- they way a lot of guys of our generation checked out the women's nderwear ads in Sears and Roebuck catalogues, when we were 9 or 10), they might turn to movies like..."Stealing Beauty" or even the newer version of "Lolita," both of which sexualize children, that would get them off (doesn't matter if Tyler was much older, because film is about fantasy). And I'm sure there are just a _lot_ of legitimate foreign films that do the same.

For me, the "end of Western Civilization" lies in things like the legitimacy of churches and religious organizations (Catholoic Churches and Baptist churches; churches of Islam and churches or temples of Indian religions) that allow pedophilia and abuse of women to go on, and which promote violence in the name of some invisible god. It also lies in things like 21st century men and women who glorify and promote (and encourage) everything from Iron man matches (where two guys get in the ring, and anything goes) to "good old fashioned" boxing. (Let's face it: no matter how much a writer -- like Mailer or Oates, or...anyone else -- tries to jusitfy it, boxing is getting two guys in the ring to beat the shit out of each other for the entertainment of all the blood-thirsty specatators).

Pedophilia is a serious subject, and I don't take it lightly. But I don't think this film purposely goes out of the way to encourage pedophiles in its use of young actress Moretz (the film has a LOT of other faults, but that, in my opinion, isn't one of them).
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Posted on Monday, April 12, 2010 - 05:17 pm:   

Moretz was 11.

If you think this film went out of its way to avoid luring pedophiles, we have a major disconnect. Hell, she was tarted up like an aging JonBenet in every costumed scene.
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Posted on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 02:17 am:   

Yup, looked up her age. Definitely born in '97, so she was 11, probably 12, when the thing filmed.

Maybe it's just me, Lucius, but there was absolutely _nothing_ fetching about her Hitgirl costume: short skirts are seen on just about every school girl over her in OZ, and a pair of legs does not a fantasy make. Purple wig? Sorry, not my cup of tea, either. And in the one schoolgirl outfit scene, mentioned earlier, when she speaks, you can clearly see her little kid gapped teeth: _nothing_ fetching about _that_, either. To _me_, I hurry to add.

And unless there's a whole bunch of evidence against them, I've _gotta_ think that most of the men who worked on the film -- including the director/writer, and his cowriter, _Jane_ Goldman -- didn't find Chloe all that erotic. I'd also hazard a guess that her mom, who (according to an online interview I read) was the one who first showed her the script, doesn't necessarily have interest in sexualizing her daughter (I know there are probably a few mothers who _do_ have that desire, but probably not many).

Yeah: I don't think the film was trying to lure pedophiles. Not anymore than I think the Harry Potter films were trying to do so (Emma whatshername in school girl dresses, along with the other young girls in subsequent Potter films -- yeah, I've seen, my daughter was young enough to be a fan -- or the aforementioned Lolita films, or...I could go on, but you get the idea).

A Pedophile can probably find a fantasy in just about _every_ film featuring a cute/pretty young actress (or handsome young actor). Just as a Fundamentalist can find images of Jesus in cornchips and refrigerator stains. I'm not saying "Kick-Ass" is quality filmmaking. I just don't think it's the devil, or demon, you make it out to be.

So, yeah: major disconnect.
But that's probably true of our opinions on just about every film you and I have knocked around here on the board. Or (from what I recall) your opinion of the "punishment" guys like Michael Vick got for taking pitbulls that weren't aggressive enough and beating them against a wall (or electrocuting them). Or the boxing stuff mentioned above. Some of the shit that passes for entertainment (boxing, wrestling, grown men getting into fights when a referee makes a call they don't agree with -- after they've spent the past hour or two beating on each other over a piece of pigskin, etc. -- is fucking sad in my opinion. And I know that sort of "entertainment" leads to just a lot of men being more aggressive in their "interactions" with females, which makes the entertainment value less so for me. But I know my opinion in that regard is part of a major minority, as regards the human race -- especially those who try to pass off the "controlled" violence as poetic and noble and a way to channel our primal selves -- yeech).

There's a more interesting debate going on over here in OZ about art and pedophilia, etc. Some guy took photos of young girls (ala Sally Mann, etc), with the permission of their mothers. But after the first showing in a Sydney gallery (last year) people freaked and the whole thing was called off. Makes one wonder: does the fact that a young person's body can be...I'm trying to use the righrt word, tip-toeing so _I_ don't get called a pedophile...I don't know...sensual, I guess...does that fact make the rest of us (especially we men with healthy sex drives, who would -- truly -- never consider kissing a young girl, much less)...does the fact that someone is trying to make an artistic point about that make us uncomfortable because of that slight feeling we might have (thereby making us -- I'm using us in the grandiose sense -- feel as if we might be as fucked up as the pedophiles), or does it engender such outrage solely because people are worried that the pedophiles might get ahold of it (or is it a combination of those two things, plus, and/or, simply conservative mores as regards sexuality in countries like Australia, England, the United States, etc)?

All of which came out much more long-winded than I meant.

Anyway: nope, I don't think "Kick-Ass" is the dangerous piece of pedophile bait you think it is. Just an over-the-top, extremely tasteless film with a couple of good turns by Moretz and Cage (which is what made most of the audience laugh, I think).
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Posted on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 07:41 am:   

She was eleven when it filmef

Your implied argument that girls are women at that age is many countries may have value in other countries, but I was recently in the Dominican Republic where I saw uncountable numbers of prostitutes, may 14 and younger, in the company of aging white men. None of them looked very happy.

Your misapprehension of combat sports is noted.

I've got to catch a plane.
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Posted on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 02:41 pm:   

Lucius: you didn't read carefully. I said -- and still maintain -- that girls of 11, 12, 13, 14, and _15, 16, 17 and 18_ are children. No implied argument about young girls being women here. The only implied argument is that guilt the rest of us feel about pedophiles (messed up creatures who usually have some sort of screwed up sexual deviancy or puritanical attitudes forced on them as children -- in _addtion_, I should add, to other, more pertinent imbalances which help create their particular behavior) often bleeds over. _That_ was what my last musing was about (which was why I went overboard typing, trying to find the proper wording -- because I figured it might be misinterpreted -- intentionally or otherwise).

Chloe Moretz is a child.
So are the 17 and 18 year-olds that get into acting, or whom you or I or anyone else on this board see walking down the street on any given day. As for young women being forced to be married to older men, it happens even nearby, in Aboriginal communities, so I've at least read about it. And I would no more condone that than I would pedophilia.

And on that note of reply to your misinterpretation, I'll be happy to call it a day. Especially since misinterpretation doesn't make for a good discussion or debate. (And my beliefs about combat sports are different from my beliefs about all out brutality -- two guys beating the shit out of each other until they bleed profusely, and one or another eventually ends up with brain damage is different from sparring matches).
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Posted on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 02:45 pm:   

I've got a few minutes at the airport so I thought I'd clarify. You seem confused on so many levels, I don't know what tack to take with you, whether to treat you as a naif or what, so I'm just going to lay it out straight.

You profess your delight in this trivial, deeply stupid, incredibly violent film that will ultimately be seen and giggled over by more underage kids than will ever see a boxing match, that will doubtless cause much more damage because of its coolness factor, numbing them to violence. Then you condemn combat sports as being a sign of cultural decline, this flying in the face of the fact that boxing and wrestling have been a part of every civilization since the beginning of history?

Okay.

Have you ever read "On Boxing?" I doubt it. You might try it before criticizing it. My own stories don't exactly glorify the sport, but I'm not ashamed of my love for it--I've been a fighter all my life, literally, and it's part of my psychological make up. Do you watch the fights yourself? No, probably not...though I imagine you once spotted a fight on the telly out of the corner of your eye and it caused you to feel overwrought and ignited some sensitive reaction in your soul and thereafter you went on to crusade against blood sport as anathema to the human race.

That last bit...probably not, huh? You didn't do anything about it. you just wave the flag of your opinion whenever the occasion arises.

Yet having no real expertise or experience, you find it sad that men and women participate in these sports. I find that kneejerk liberal, uniformed attitude sad. I don't entirely disagree with that attitude, but my own attitude is based on experience and knowledge, not on some sort of lame-ass moral agenda formulated while discussing the matter with equally knowledgeable friends or communing with your life coach. I have been in the ring, I've been friends with many boxers and MMA fighters, I have talked at length with oversight committees, judges, refs, etc, and I have led a fight to increase safety standards for fighting in the Northwest, succeeding in having law written and causing major changes in the way NW boxing commissions operate.

Many writers are attracted to combat sports not because they are poetic or reflective of man's primal natures, but because they breed colorful characters and dramatic scenarios. Name me a story about a boxer (not a bullshit movie), a story written in the last, say, quarter century in which combat sports serve as a model for man's primal nature or are held up as poetic and noble. You can't. Your attitudes are not only misinformed, they're terminally out-of-date.

Dog-fighting. I have no doubt Vick is a creep, but that doesn't necessitate that I think he should be put away forever and have his eyes cut out. It's far more revolting to me how so many people weep and wail about cruelty to cats and dogs, with pets that they have no personal relationship with, and yet are wholly indifferent to the ongoing genocides and famines and in general the plight of the wretched of the earth. The only reason they--and you--have your panties in a bunch about Vick is...wait for it. He's a celebrity. That's the only thing that gets you all hot and bothered. Now you're fierce, now you want his balls on a stick. Dogfighting has been going for a long, long time, and it's been going on continuously. Where has the hue and cry been? Where has your outrage been? Don't bother answering. I know. It's the same place that concern for the people of Haiti was before the earthquake, and soon will be again.

You GUESS that Moretz's mom had all good things in mind when she OKed the script? You don't THINK Mark Vaughan and his pet screenwriter were consciously playing games with pedophiles? And you think this partly because you could see Moretz's "little girl teeth?" My god. Do you know anything about pedophilia? If you did you'd know that those little girl teeth were just the touch to grab a pervert. Have you ever spent time in Hollywood? Have you ever known a Hollywood stage mom? If you have, well, the experience was apparently wasted on you. I mean, that you can assign pure motives to a purveyor of substanceless films working from a comic by the most venal man working in the field today...Wow.

You're right with the idiot mainstream on this. Perhaps you should all join hands and sing Look On The Bright Side of Life.

I'm done here. I was going to get into your aesthetic as regards films, but I think they're about to call my plane. Probably for the best.
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Posted on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 09:17 pm:   

In other movie news, Steven Seagal is accused of keeping sex slaves. This is priceless.
http://www.cnn.com/2010/SHOWBIZ/04/13/steven.seagal.sued/index.html?section=cnn_ latest
When she got on the plane and he made the comment that his wife wouldn't mind if they were lovers, didn't that tip her off? Or the two Russian "attendants"? I see a new reality tv show based on this. LOFL
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Posted on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 11:42 pm:   

Hey Lucius, you wont read this till you get back, but...once again, you've either misread what I posted or, more likely, purposely misconstrued it. The comments about little girls -- Moretz included -- NOT being attractive were made about guys with -- read closely now --_"healthy"_ libidos. And I -- pay attention -- also said that pedophiles can no doubt find stimulus anywhere.

Just as folks who need/want to promote violence, under the banner of "combat sports" (because they were knocked around by their dads, peers, mothers, whatever in childhood, or for whatever other reasons) can find justification for doing so, well into the 21st century, because, well...it's been a part of every civilization since the beginning of history. So has murder. So has rape. So has dogfighting and cruelty to animals. So has racism and (wait for it) pedophilia. But I don't think either of us would be dumb enough to use that argument to defend any of those latter topics. But_one_ of us might be dumb enough to pull it out in defense of keeping the "sport" of two guys beating each others heads and bodies to a pulp part of "civilized" society.

Actually it's not the idea of two guys -- free to do themselves, and to each other, what they will within the confines of a ring, that I have trouble with. It's the idea that after living that lifestyle people expect them to behave in a "civil" fashion when coming home to the wife and kids, or the girlfriend, or the dog. Anyone with any experience in the Armed Forces knows that sort of lifestyle can make for some fucked up, testosterone-laden guys. I haven't worked behind the scenes of boxing like you, but I did some time in service (as for getting in the ring, trying my hand at sparring, etc. -- why do you assume I haven't? Because I haven't got my "panties" wadded up over _that_ particular topic? Gimme a break). In the same light, there are just a lot of boxers, football players -- Vick's right at the top of the list -- who bring their violent natures home with them all the time (and the steroids certainly don't help in that regard).

As for dog-fighting and the sort of Vick-inflicted cruelty to animals I mentioned, anyone with a half-ass understanding of human nature knows the chickenshits who hurt animals are either on their way to hurting people or already at that level of violence. So even if you don't feel bad for the animal, you might, while defending the traditions of "civilization" might at least wonder whose daughter, mother, sister, or whatever, sick fucks like Vick will end up hurting (or killing). But hey: we wouldn't want to miss out on his making some points for the guys who love the fact that guys like Vick can rack up the points (and earn all those betting guys a bit more money come the season). Gotta have your priorities, right?

Finally, yeah: when it comes to Moretz's mom, and the director, etc., I can only "guess" at their motives. To say that I KNOW would make me the sort of "fuddy duddy" know-it-all that, say, thinks he knows someone's fighting experience, deliberately twists things that were said (very Republican of you), and gets pissed off when people disagree with him.

As for the film that started this blowout ("Kick-ass"), "waffler" that I am, I have (already) mentioned that it's full of gratuitious violence, not so great, etc. (and that I still liked the acting Moretz and Cage did). But you'll no doubt continue with the hyperbolic/shrill tone regarding any comments made earlier (_I_ actually think it's good to change one's mind -- especially when obviously wrong about something).

Looks like we've come full circle back to where we were when I laughed about your saying "Knowing" was a film worth seeing(or contemplating) again, and you kind of lost it (even though I didn't take the film, or most films, that seriously).

Sorry to have gotten you in such a tizzy. And sorry I came back to ocassionally discuss films (even those popcorn flicks that I don't think will have as much impact as you would like to believe), and only managed to start a dustup that'll truly go nowhere -- like an internet dust devil -- since you won't change your mind about the film, and I won't change my mind about what I see as _your_ lack of insight into some parts of the human character -- I admittedly have my own (and, I have to admit, in light of having my words twisted, and my motives questioned, etc., your blog about writing and writers seems, well...).

Think I'll pack in the argument from my side of the world as well, and just stick to reading your fiction (I forgot the lesson I learned in the USA about enjoying the work and avoiding the writer). Best of luck -- and no real hard feelings here (hoping you're the same).
-DTS
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Posted on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 05:53 am:   

It will be a shame to have you gone. The board won't be interesting if it ends up being yes-men mirroring Lucius's opinions. I ended up here due to having somewhat similar thoughts on movies, although I'm far more forgiving to movies than he is. But I still enjoy seeing alternate views.

I won't know if I'll be similar regarding Knowing or Kiss Ass, since I refuse to watch any more Nicolas Cage movies.
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Posted on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 01:34 pm:   

Seppo..I'm stuck overnight in La Ceiba--storms to the south--and so am using the hotel's WIFI to respond.

Hurling a few last misstatements and running away seems to be your best tactic in an argument.

You think I was in a tizzy over Knowing? Jesus, you're still bringing that up? And now I'm angry over this? Sorry. You don't have that much impact on my life, man. I'm just amazed by your lack of perception, by your twisting of MY words to put a rational spin on your irrationality.

I wasn't seeking to justify boxing nor to deny I liked watching it. I simply sought to point out what appears to be a major distinction between us--when I see something wrong, I act to try and improve it rather than merely acting offended. I find it unlikely that boxing (or man's inhumanity to man in any wise) will ever be stamped out and so the rational thing to do is to try and make it safer or better or to improve conditions in some way.

Right?

And of course my statement that boxing had been around since the dawn of civilization was made to refute your statement that it (boxing) was a sign of civilization in decline, not, as you suggest, in order to justify violent sport. Nice twisting of my words there, don't you think?

Your indictment of boxers as violent people outside the ring is patently absurd. The vast majority of boxers are hardworking family men with day jobs who fight for short money. Boxers with happy home lives generate few news stories, however, and you only hear about the aberrant examples. Boxers use up most of their aggression in the ring and are generally quite gentle and agreeable away from their sport. Boxing helped me gain control of my temper and made me less likely to inflict harm on others. While I did get in the occasional bar fight, mostly due to my profession (musician), whenever I flashed angry in a domestic situation, it immediately went away, something that I doubt would have been the case had I not had the training. You can't box angry and be successful. There have been exceptions to this, but it's generally true,

Football players....I don't know about them. Anger seens helpful in football. I would say, however, there are a great many people who play football who are not violent, and the violence we read about among football players concerns elite athletes. From this we might infer that much of their violence (and that of boxers, perhaps) stems from a sense of entitlement...but like I said, I don't know. As for your implication that I said anything in support of dogfighting, or that I said I did not feel badly for the animals, I did no such thing. I merely stated that I thought many people's priorities were askew for placing more emphasis on the life of a group of dogs than they did on the victims of a genocide, one of the points you cleverly chose to sidestep.

But this all begs the issue. If you feel so strongly about this, why not do something about it? Picket, protest, whatever. Why not adopt it as a cause? Surely there are dogfighters and boxers and footballers in Australia.

Huh?

As for my "misreading" of your letter, well, I suppose I should apologize for my haste, but I was writing the letter in an airport and did not express myself precisely. Let me try to correct that now. I got the part about most guys not perceiving Moretz as a sex object, honest I did, but I found your statement that pedophiles could find stimulus anywhere a bit understated and disingenuous--I was astonished by your inability to see how clearly Moretz's act was, at the least, designed to conjure up a pedophilliac, pedophillian image. Likewise I find it amazing, given the people behind this film, the exploitative nature of the industry. etc., that you would tend to view their motivations in a good light. It may come as a shock to you, but producers are quite a cynical lot. In any case, this would seem to point to a lack of comprehension about human nature far more egregious than my own. Your knowledge of the subject (at least the segments of human nature in question) seems, from what I can gather, based on a generic media-sponsored perception, one gleaned from newspapers, TV, etc. If that's not true, well, perhaps you simply aren't expressing yourself well.

I do apologize for assuming you had not boxed. The only people I know who had some training and did not enjoy the sport were guys who lacked a certain proficiency; but be that as it may, I apologize nonetheless. It does strike me as interesting that you mention this and my "misreading" twice, usually the tactic of someone who dwells on minor perceived errors so as to deflect attention from the substancelessness of their argument.

I apologize too for giving you the impression I'm angry, I'm not angry, I'm Irish, and I argue like an Irishman, savagely and without much regard for more sensitive natures than my own. And I don't get pissed when someone disagrees with me--I fucking love it, but often--like you--people run away rather than mixing it up. This doesn't mean I don't consider your positions incredibly weak, but I'll try and keep the gloves on should you return. :-)

Did you think I was kidding in my post about writers? I wasn't. But journalists are right down there in the shit with them. In my obviously impaired view of human nature, though, there's about an inch between best and worst. Some pretend a moral superiority, but that all goes away when it comes down to two dogs and one bone.

We'd probably have a good time together if we met, but since we probably never will...no biggie. Cheers.
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Posted on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 01:36 pm:   

JT, that's fucking hilarious.
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Posted on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 03:07 pm:   

I meant, JK.

Seagal looks like he's been the target of sexual abuse in that photo. what got me in the article was Seagall's "unique physiological response to sexual arousal."

Does his dick grow a mustache? What?
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Posted on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 03:34 pm:   

I really didn't want to think about Seagal's dick. Thanks for that horrific image.

The idea of him having sex slaves is really creepy. Well, anyone having them, but I expect more from somebody who's supposed to be a tulku.
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Posted on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 03:47 pm:   

Yer welcome. :-)

Well, it's all alleged at the moment, but I find it easier to buy that he had sex slaves than he's a tulku.
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Posted on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 03:58 pm:   

I find it more plausible too. I never bought into him being a tulku.
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Posted on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 09:52 pm:   

Yeah, I was wondering about that "unique physiological response" too. Maybe the black shoe polish jumps off his hair.
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Posted on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - 11:29 am:   

I like the story about how Seagal made Jenny McCarthy cry by asking her to undress during the casting of Under Siege 2. Was there even a hot chick part IN Under Siege 2?
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Posted on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - 09:19 pm:   

I seem to remember news about him roughing up his then girlfriend Kelly Lebrock back in the 90's too.
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Posted on Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 05:47 am:   

I finally made an attempt to watch Avatar. I don't care how good the visuals are, the script was wretched. Transformers had a better script, or at least one with much less clunky exposition and marginally less moronic characters. I couldn't finish watching it.
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Posted on Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 08:35 am:   

Yeah, it pretty much reeked. I saw it in the theater and was pretty much ensorceled by the visuals, but each time I thought about it, it diminished in view.
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Posted on Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 09:05 am:   

I was expecting bad, but not that bad.
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Posted on Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 11:39 am:   

On another topic, saw all three Girl with the Dragon Tattoo movies and they suck. Haven't seen that many good movies this year, but hoping I can score a screener of Monsters and Cold Weather.
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Posted on Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 11:49 am:   

I've only seen the first one, I sort of enjoyed it. There's a lot of really uncomfortable stuff on screen, making it hard to watch at times. I know nothing about the other two movies.

The other thing I watched recently was The Invention of Lying. It was mildly amusing for the first half, but the second half wasn't very interesting.
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Posted on Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 03:33 pm:   

The first is by far the best; the last two are essentially one five hour movie and are a mess. The Girl spends all her time hiding in her apt or in the hospital, and Blomquist spends all his time having boring conversations, and they both stare at computer screens a lot. there are occasional violent outbursts. Bad. I got all three on torrent.
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Posted on Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 10:14 pm:   

Too bad about the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, I was wondering about that.
Saw an interesting Finnish horror filmed called Sauna. During the 16th Century two Finnish soldiers who are mapping the border with Russia, along with two Russians, come upon a small village with a stone sauna that affects people in a weird way. Reminded me of Tarkovsky, sort of. There's some nice photography. The ending was strange, and didn't tie things up neatly, but it was worth watching.
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Lucius
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Posted on Friday, May 21, 2010 - 09:38 pm:   

Yeah, I saw that. Not bad. I'll be seeing quite a few films the next two weeks at the Seattle International Film Festival. Will report. First up a French thriller...
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Posted on Monday, May 24, 2010 - 06:29 am:   

I watched three things this weekend:

1) Iron Man 2. I can't tell anyone what it's about, since I'm not sure there was a story to it. It just seemed like a bunch of images thrown on screen with little to link them together.

2) District 9. I liked it, despite not liking any characters. I suppose it's rare to have such a deliberately unlikeable protagonist.

3) The Lost finale. I had skipped the past few seasons, and this convinced me I was right to skip them. So long and sappy, it was like watching the epilog of Lord of the Rings on endless repeat. Overall I felt it was a good metaphor for the series in general: really interesting until they start explaining things, and then you start thinking "That's what it's about? Why did I waste my time?" Then you start to realize the explanations just leave more questions, and now we know they won't be answered (instead of just suspecting that).
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Posted on Monday, May 24, 2010 - 07:23 am:   

I half-watched the finale and I had to wonder how faithful fans must have felt when it ended with a group hug.

I dug DIstrict--loved the unsympathetic character.

Didn't see IM2.
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Posted on Monday, May 24, 2010 - 08:06 am:   

I kept expecting somebody to turn around and have that same sad smile that Elijah Wood had in LotR. Kate almost had it at the end. I've seen some faithful fans who liked the finale, but most I've heard from so far didn't like it.

You're not missing anything with not seeing IM2. I just find it interesting how the first movie was a 90 minute commercial for conspicuous consumption, but despite more tie ins and hype, this left me with no desire to buy anything. I felt empty because I had just spent time and money watching something so meaningless.
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Lucius
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Posted on Monday, May 24, 2010 - 11:30 am:   

I'm apparently one of the few people in the world who can't fucking stand Robert Downey, especially when he's in super glib mode. It's like watching a narcissist lick his mirror.
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Lucius
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Posted on Friday, May 28, 2010 - 01:04 pm:   

Saw Skeletons, A Brit black comedy with a scifi eleemt. One of the most original pictures in years. Monty-Python smart, a comedy for the first half hour that turns into a dark, dark mystery, about two traveling exorcists who work for a corporate entity and come to people, usually couples, and unearth the skeletons on their closets, prying out the deepest, darkest secrets so that they'll heal or know what they're getting into or etc. One of them is a Glow-Chaser, something forbidden by their company--he obsesses over a single memory, spending much of free time exploring it. When they meet a woman whose husband disappeared without a trace, things beginto get very dark indeed. Kind of Monty Python crossed with Eternal Sunshine of the SPotless Mind.
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Posted on Sunday, May 30, 2010 - 10:47 am:   

Sounds cool. Have you seen Valhalla Rising, directed by the guy who did Pusher?
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Lucius
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Posted on Sunday, May 30, 2010 - 03:57 pm:   

I've hear bad things about it-that it was part spaghetti western, part tarkowsky metaphyiscal hoo ha, part endless slog. I believe I'll let someone else check i out first.

I did however see Winter's Bone, which was very, very good.
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Posted on Sunday, June 06, 2010 - 01:50 pm:   

Just saw a film you might like. A low-budget Canadian film called 'The Cry of the Owl' (based on the Patricia Highsmith novel). Haven't seen the American Friend for a while, so I can't say for certain it's up to that standard, but it's way better than either Ripley film.

Winter's Bone looks interesting. Looking forward to that one.

Rich
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Lucius
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Posted on Sunday, June 06, 2010 - 04:39 pm:   

Thanks, Rich. I'll get it. You anywhere pronounceable?
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Posted on Sunday, June 06, 2010 - 06:13 pm:   

Almost. I'm in Yanbu this week... on the Red Sea. If you have to be in Saudi, this is the coast to be on. Mountain range. Fresh water. Come September, I plan to move from Riyadh to Jeddah.

I was in Al-Ahsa last week (near Dammam). Not near as nice (don't care for the Gulf Coast) and much harder to pronounce :-).
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Lucius
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Posted on Monday, June 07, 2010 - 09:02 am:   

sounds warmish. Try to stay cool, dude.
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Posted on Monday, June 07, 2010 - 09:59 am:   

Troy-Castro said good things about The Good, The Bad, the Weird, have you seen that one?

I don't see the whole pedophile thing with Hit Girl. The poofy purple wig, the mask, the rubber-tire outfit, does not say sexuality to me. They would have shown more skin if that was their M.O. Her lips were pretty puffy though, I hope they aren't already injecting her face with collagen.
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Lucius
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Posted on Monday, June 07, 2010 - 02:50 pm:   

Nope, haven't seen it.

I hadn't gotten around to my primary objection to Hit Girl before the shit hit the Seppo--I thought it was a lame one-joke exercise.
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Posted on Monday, June 07, 2010 - 02:53 pm:   

Saw a screener of Radio Free Albemuth, the new low budget adaption of the Dick Novel. Meh. It was okay, but I would have loved a crack at the screenplay.
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Posted on Monday, June 07, 2010 - 09:11 pm:   

Have you seen Your Name Here, with Bill Pullman as a PDK-like character who is obviously supposed to be PDK? There's also supposed to be one with Paul Giamatti coming out. I don't know what happened with Your Name Here, it seems to have been finished in 2008, but I don't remmeber seeing a release anywhere.
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Lucius
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Posted on Tuesday, June 08, 2010 - 08:49 am:   

No, I'll look around for it. Thanks.
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Lucius
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Posted on Tuesday, June 08, 2010 - 04:44 pm:   

wow. That's a weird-sounding flick. No one seems to know anything about it. I'll keep trying,
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Jwk
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Posted on Tuesday, June 08, 2010 - 09:13 pm:   

I think there may have been some trouble with the Dick estate, because there's supposed to be a sanctioned movie coming out with Paul Giamatti. I thought I read somewhere that the Bill Pullman version was based on the biography by Lawrence Sutin, who also did a biography of Aleister Crowley.
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Posted on Tuesday, June 08, 2010 - 09:25 pm:   

Found a trailer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKpNx8pksCo
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Lucius
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Posted on Wednesday, June 09, 2010 - 05:59 am:   

Pretty lame trailer. Hmm. Looks interesting, though.
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Posted on Wednesday, June 09, 2010 - 08:30 am:   

The Sutin bio is pretty dull. I'd prefer a flick based on the Carrere pseudo-bio.
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Lucius
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Posted on Wednesday, June 09, 2010 - 09:55 am:   

There's no mention of a Giamatti Dick flick anywhere. I recall hearing about it, but I believe it must have got sidetracked,
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Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 07:41 am:   

oops, Found the Giamatti flick. Owls In Daylight, based on his unfinished last novel.
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Posted on Friday, June 18, 2010 - 01:27 am:   

Saw Heartless, by Phillip Ridley, the director Reflecting Skin. A nasty little sold-my-soul-to-the-devil movie starring Brit up and comer Jim Sturgess.
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Posted on Saturday, June 19, 2010 - 08:31 pm:   

I think Dick's wife "finished" that novel for him then self-published it.
So was Heartless any good? Been wanting to see Relfecting Skin.
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Lucius
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Posted on Sunday, June 20, 2010 - 05:06 am:   

I liked it. I've never been completely with Ridley's work, but I always find it worthwhile in some way. Got the Solomon Kane DVD headed my way...
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Posted on Sunday, June 20, 2010 - 11:08 am:   

Watched Tony Manero. Good study of a deluded psychopath.
Also saw The Invention of Lying. Thought it was crap. Like some kind of monstrosity dreamt up by some studio writers as "high concept." The concept is ok for about the first 5 minutes then gets really old. Wonder if Gervais will do anything as good as The Office again? He has a drama coming out called Cemetery Junction that he wrote and directed, which he's touting as "the new wave of new wave." Sounds more like warmed over Mike Leigh.
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Lucius
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Posted on Sunday, June 20, 2010 - 12:29 pm:   

Yeah I was disappointed by the Invention of Lying. I liked Ghost Town well enough, though. Glad you lied Tony Manero.

Saw an iow-key British serial killer movie called Tony. Quite good.
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Posted on Sunday, June 27, 2010 - 11:59 am:   

Saw an Italian movie from 1969 called Dillinger is Dead. A man comes home from work, finds his wife sick in bed, potters around the house, makes dinner, has sex with the maid, finds an old gun wrapped in a newspaper with a headline about Dillinger, paints the gun, then at the end, he shoots his wife and leaves. Not much to it, but it's strangely watcheable.
Also saw a new Australian film called The Horseman. A father hunts down the people who made a supposedly consensual porno movie with his daughter. She winds up dead of an overdose afterwards. Extreme graphic violence. Seemed kind of pointless and overblown to me. He goes after the distributors and everyone involved. Puts a fish hook through one guy's genitals and yanks on it with fishing line.
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Lucius
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Posted on Sunday, June 27, 2010 - 05:34 pm:   

I, on the other hand, saw a cool Aussie flick called Wake in Fright about a schoolteacher on vacation who gets stuck in an outback town and descends into madness while there. Really good 70s flick dir by Ted Kotjeff.
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Posted on Sunday, June 27, 2010 - 08:19 pm:   

Sounds cool. Can't find the DVD anywhere, looks like it's only Aussie region 4, but it's up on youtube. Gonna watch it tonight. Looks like it was titled Outback in the U.S.
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Posted on Sunday, June 27, 2010 - 11:04 pm:   

Interesting film. The copy on youtube is pretty crummy though. I think it's the edited American version which is missing about 10 minutes too. Hope the restored version gets a U.S. release. Donald Pleasant was pretty great in that, some good lines too.
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Lucius
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Posted on Monday, June 28, 2010 - 05:47 am:   

Yeah, I got the Aussie DVD from Diabolik. Great kangaroo hunt. Great anti-sex scene. I really liked it. Also saw a pretty cool Brit horror film called The Disappeared set in a council flat estate with a terrific performance by Henry Threadaway who plays Draco Malfoy in the Potter movies.
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Posted on Monday, June 28, 2010 - 09:13 pm:   

Yeah, I remember reading good things about The Disappeared a few years ago when it played the UK's Frighfest film festival. I need to see that one too.
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Lucius
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Posted on Tuesday, June 29, 2010 - 05:12 pm:   

It's very good. Hopefully there'll be a domestic DVD.
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Posted on Tuesday, June 29, 2010 - 09:02 pm:   

There is a domestic release for The Disappeared, I ordered it from Netflix.
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Lucius
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Posted on Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - 07:55 am:   

Cool. Don't know if you're interested, but watched the Cry of the Owl, n adaptation of a Patricia Highsmith book, that -- although flawed -- is closer in tone to her novels than previous attempts. Starring he British actor Paddy Considine and Julia Stiles.
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Jwk
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Posted on Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - 10:17 am:   

Yeah, I'd like to see that. I've seen the Chabrol version but don't remember much about it. I like movie versions of Highsmith's work, especially Purple Noon.
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Lucius
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Posted on Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - 10:50 am:   

Purple Noon was the best--I forgot about that i=one
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Posted on Saturday, July 03, 2010 - 10:19 am:   

Watched The Disappeared. Good movie. I liked how it moved from the grim council house drama subtly into the horror. Good performances too. I liked how the subtle supernatural bits with the bad guy were left unexplained at the end too. That never would happen with a Hollywood movie.
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Lucius
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Posted on Saturday, July 03, 2010 - 01:17 pm:   

Glad you liked it. Now you ought to try and rack down Heartless. Might be available on a torrent.
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Posted on Monday, July 05, 2010 - 06:53 am:   

Glad you found something to like in 'Cry of the Owl'. Have never seen "Purple Noon" but will have a look for it. Guess you could say 'Strangers on a Train' is more Chandler/Hitchcock than Highsmith.

Speaking of adaptations, saw Polanski's 'Ghost Writer' on the plane from Saudi to Manchester. Not the best conditions for judging a film but,,, it was just OK. The novel read like a screenplay to begin with, so can't say it wasn't faithful to the book. Problem is... the book wasn't all that good.

Richard
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Lucius
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Posted on Monday, July 05, 2010 - 10:01 am:   

Yeah, I didn't dig Ghost Writer either,despite my Olivia Willams addiction. Never read the book but thought the script was pretty lame. Awful ending.
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Posted on Monday, July 05, 2010 - 12:50 pm:   

-spoiler-

Yeah, the ending seemed lame when I read it, made doubly cheesy for the film. His wife's a spy. God's hooks!
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Lucius
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Posted on Thursday, July 08, 2010 - 09:37 am:   

Saw Solomon Kane--pretty damn good Howard adaptation. The effects are great except for one lame sequence near the end. Overall it captures the Howard tone very well and James Purefoy makes a good Kane. Pete Postlewaite has a nice bit in it, too.
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Jwk
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Posted on Friday, July 16, 2010 - 10:32 pm:   

Lucius, have you heard of The Silent House? Spanish horror film shot in one continuous take, supposed to be pretty good. Here's the trailer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VM2uf2AF_6Y
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Posted on Friday, July 16, 2010 - 10:34 pm:   

Le Quattro Volte is supposed to be really good too. Almost silent film that's like a documentary edited to create a story, that has to do with ecology and spirituality.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViXR_q3VOFk
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Robdev
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Posted on Monday, July 19, 2010 - 05:48 am:   

I read something about Nolan considering Inception to be like his version of a Bond film. With that in mind, I don't have high expectations.

My movie priority now is Micmacs. I need to see it sometime this week (last week playing here).
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Lucius
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Posted on Monday, July 19, 2010 - 10:36 am:   

You are correct to have low expectation.

i thought MicMacs fun...
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Robdev
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Posted on Friday, July 23, 2010 - 06:06 am:   

Micmacs was fun. Not the best movie he's done, but worth seeing.

Their garbage dump home reminded me of where I got married (an antique shop/vegetarian restaurant).
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Lucius
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Posted on Friday, July 23, 2010 - 07:13 am:   

Yeah, I agree. Fun

Saw The Eclipse, Irish playwright Connor McPherson's take on the ghost story. A beautifully observed love triangle at an Irish lit festival--the principles are Ciaran Hinds, Iben Hjejle (she played Jon Cuzak's love interest in High Fidelity), and Aidan Quinn as a boorish, womanizing American novelist. For me, the ghost part of the story felt somewhat forced, but the acting and writing carry you over the rough spots.
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Posted on Friday, July 23, 2010 - 10:42 am:   

Thanks for the reminder about The Eclipse. I had been interested in it when I first read about it. Added to my Netflix queue now.
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Lucius
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Posted on Friday, July 23, 2010 - 02:34 pm:   

Yer welcome.
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Posted on Friday, July 23, 2010 - 07:27 pm:   

Inception is just awful. I keep hearing how original it is, and how visionary. I don't see a lot of movies, but I didn't see an original frame in Inception. So derivative...and dumb. Big noisy dumb movie. Blah. I mean: rosebud? I'm shocked at all the praise.

Micmacs is swell, with its heart in the right place, but is definitely not for everyone. There's more interest in any scene in Micmacs than in all of Inception. Gah.

Also finally caught The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Despite the horrors depicted, I was completely ensorcelled by the movie. The leads are just such beautiful, gorgeous people. I didn't want it to end. It ate me for a late supper.
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Lucius
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Posted on Friday, July 23, 2010 - 09:09 pm:   

I thought Dragon tattoo was okay, but nothing special. Pippa Longstocking as a punk plus standard thriller stuff. The next two movies are worse.

Here's my review of Inception:







I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night
By Lucius Shepard


Christopher Nolan’s seventh film, =Inception=, has been described as dazzling, thought-provoking, stunning, mind-blowing, and a masterpiece, and the director himself has been hailed as the new Stanley Kubrick. Since Kubrick’s seventh film, =Lolita=, is a legitimate masterpiece, and since his eighth and ninth films were =Dr. Strangelove= and =2001=, by any reasonable standard it would seem that Nolan has some catching up to do, especially given that his next project is the latest, as-yet-untitled Batflick, a surefire non-masterpiece. Be that as it may, I’d like to examine whether or not =Inception=, in fact, merits any of the adjectives that have been applied to it.
The economically named Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is an extractor, a person capable of entering someone else’s dreams, navigating their subconscious, and extracting their secrets (industrial espionage is Cobb’s specialty). Thankfully, Nolan does not delve too deeply into explaining the technology underlying the process, because what little he does attempt by way of explanation involves a machine that resembles a primitive Gameboy, a device that appears to have the technical relevance of a tin foil helmet and a handful of frozen peas. And this is bolstered by a hodge-podge of psycho-babble delivered at such a rushed pace during the film’s opening act that it calls to mind the axiom, If you can’t persuade them with logic, then dazzle them with bulls**t.
So I suppose it might be said that =Inception= is, indeed, dazzling.
Cobb is done with extracting, he’s burned out on the whole gig, but is lured back into his profession for One Last Job by Saito (a woefully underused Ken Watanabe), who claims he can get murder charges against Cobb dropped (he’s accused of killing his wife), thus allowing him to return to the US and be with his children. Saito wants him not to extract, but to plant the idea in the mind of his billionaire rival, Robert Fischer Jr. (Cillian Murphy), that he should break up his father’s business empire, which he is soon to inherit. This process, known as inception, has long been considered impossible and yet it turns out that both Cobb and another member of the team of experts he assembles for the job have achieved it. I imagine that might explain how the adjective “thought-provoking” applies. (Thought-provoking would also seem to apply to the improbable wedding of Freudian symbology and Jung’s collective unconscious that informs Nolan’s conception of the dream state; but I’m holding this in reserve in case I need it for “mind-blowing.”)

The film’s second act consists of Cobb gathering his team, starting with Ariadne (Ellen Page), a bright young architectural student of Cobb’s mentor/father or father-in-law (which one Michael Caine plays in the film is not made clear), whom Cobb recruits to design the architecture of the dream they intend to seed in Fischer Junior’s brain. On one occasion we see Ariadne in the team’s workshop surrounded by sketches of buildings, but we learn nothing of the process by which these buildings are chemically replicated or otherwise produced in the dream state. Science fiction cinema traditionally glosses over the science portion of its fictions, so that’s okay; but to ignore the psychological ramifications of such a critical part of the process…Well, I’ll get back to this.
During a conversation between Cobb and Ariadne, we learn that Cobb is unhealthily obsessed with his dead wife, Mal (Marion Cottilard) and Ariadne recognizes that Mal’s habit of popping up here and there during his dreams while on the job poses a severe danger to everyone involved—she does not, however, feel compelled to mention this to the others.
The remainder of the team consists of Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Leavitt), Cobb’s longtime associate, whose expertise appears to be hand-to-hand dream combat; Eames (Tom Hardy), who is skilled at impersonating other people in dreams (in this specific instance, he impersonates Tom Berenger); and a master chemist, Yusuf (Dileep Rao), with whom Cobb has a singular exchange. They are discussing the incredible difficulty in achieving inception and it’s stated that part of this difficulty is due to the fact that they have to go in so “deep” to plant the idea, creating a dream within a dream within a dream, that keeping the subject asleep becomes tricky. Yusuf’s solution to this conundrum? A more powerful sedative. The general reaction from those party to the conversation seems to be, Wow. Genius. How did you come up with that?
=Inception= is essentially a caper picture and, when viewed as such, it’s rather less effective than, say, =Oceans 11=, mainly because the objective is too readily achieved and serves merely as a MacGuffin—Nolan is much more interested in Dom’s issues with Mal, who may still be alive (at least virtually) in a dream place he calls “Limbo.” The acting is forgettable and the characters are blank slates. Once a talented actor with enormous potential (see =This Boy’s Life= and =Gilbert Grape=), DiCaprio here furrows his brow, grimaces, and goes unshaven, habits he’s come to rely on in many recent films to express emotional torment. Page, whose strength as an actress is to give good glib, seems lost without the opportunity to crack wise and stands out only for some unpardonably bad line readings during the expository section. She is less a character than a plot device, inserted into the script as a surrogate audience member to provide Dom with a sounding board. The true star of the picture, as with most summer movies, is the visual effects team, especially during the caper itself, which occupies the final eighty minutes of the film and takes place entirely within Fischer Junior’s subconscious. Except for one unfortunate passage in the snow that looks as if were ripped off from a James Bond Nintendo game, the images during these sequences are for the most part brilliantly handled. Arthur’s fight scene in an environment of shifting gravity is a particular stand-out. But the chases suffer from jump-cuts, a dearth of establishing shots, and a subsequent lack of focus, much as did Nolan’s chase scenes in =The Dark Knight=.
My main problem with this final section (apart from the fact that if you don’t see the movie’s last shot coming from a mile off, you’ve never heard of Phillip K. Dick) was Nolan’s decision to turn the subconscious into a multi-leveled video game (though I expect this will be well received by innumerable people with names like dark_arthur and teenagejesus23, who will no doubt mob up and send via email a surfeit of suggestions as to how I might better spend my time). Granted, this objection might be neutered to some degree by the fact that the dream was designed, tailored to suit the man and the situation; but the subconscious is nothing if not unruly. It occurs to me that one’s control over it could never be so precise and refined as to prevent vagueness, unravelings, surreal and terrifying interruptions in the scripted dream’s schemata…more than are shown, at any rate. Fischer Junior’s subconscious struck me as altogether too cleanly drawn, too corporate and tame to be believable. One recalls other movies that have mined similar terrain and done a more credible job of evoking a turbulent dream life, notably Wes Craven’s =A Nightmare On Elm Street=. A touch of Craven’s darkness and unpredictability would have been welcome here.
In the end we’re left with another over-hyped summer movie, a mash-up that quotes from a dozen genre pictures—=The Matrix=, =Fantastic Voyage=, =Dark City= and so on--and a handful of caper movies, a superficial entertainment whose mind-blowing-ness is entirely technical and whose effect upon the viewer evaporates the instant he or she steps out of the multiplex. It feels as though all the film’s =sturm und drang= was exercised in the interests of little substance. Choosing not to make Dom a dream designer was, I believe, a massive mistake. That portion of the film, left totally unexploited, had tremendous dramatic potential. The feeling of godlike power that would derive from being able to orchestrate a proceeding within another person’s mind, to exert that measure of control…it speaks to the process of art and artists, especially to the art of film, and would have added an extra layer of engagement for both director and audience. Further, it would have made of Dom a more intriguing, erratic and multi-faceted character, affording him the complex inner life that Nolan failed to provide, and could have played into the resolution of his conflict with Mal.

As summer movies go, =Inception= does a serviceable job of assaulting the senses and making the world go away for two-and-a half hours; but it falls far short of being a masterpiece. It’s a gigantic missed opportunity, because the materials for an amazing picture were there; but the new Stanley Kubrick made too many fundamentally boring script choices, perhaps in the interests of audience accessibility, dictated by the exigencies of his 160 million dollar budget.

Pity the old Stanley Kubrick wasn’t around to direct.
Most recent British horror films have gone for the splatter, often to comic effect, but I want to make brief mention of three films that, though they do not eschew gore entirely, reflect an enlargement of ambition. Phillip Ridley is best known for writing the script for the fine English gangster movie, =The Krays=, and for his 1990 directorial debut, =The Reflecting Skin=, a not altogether coherent, yet effective and disturbing Lynchian nightmare that mixed themes of vampirism and child molestation. His latest, =Heartless=, is marginally more coherent and more thoroughly grounded in the horror genre. Jamie (Jim Sturgess of =Across The Universe=) is a young man living in a London neighborhood that is rapidly deteriorating into a crime-ridden slum, plagued by a gang of hoodlums who, according to some, wear demon masks under their hoodies, but are perceived by others to be actual demons. Born with an unsightly heart-shaped birthmark that covers half his face, Jamie’s a depressed loner who wanders the streets taking photographs, feeling trapped by his deformity. Following the death of his mother at the hands of the gang, he encounters the mysterious and demonic Papa B, who offers him a devil’s bargain that will rid him of the birthmark. Graphically violent in parts, the movie begins well enough, but turns into an unengaging muddle of grisly detail and sentiment when Ridley’s ambition exceeds his grasp. Still, Ridley is such an immensely talented visual artist that horror fans may find this worth their while.
Conner McPherson is an acclaimed Irish playwright who dabbles in film and =The Eclipse=, his third picture, is a beautifully observed portrait of a love triangle set in a small town in Cork during a literary festival. The acting is outstanding—Aidan Quinn’s boisterous turn as a boorish American best-selling author will get most of the ink, but Iben Hjejle (Jon Cuzak’s love interest in =High Fidelity=) as a writer of books about the paranormal and Ciaran Hinds as a local widower with two children are every bit as good. Some will feel, as did I, that the interjection of a bloody ghost story into the mix was handled clumsily, but nonetheless the interaction of the three main characters carries the film through the rough spots.

Most successful (and least ambitious) of the three is Johnny Kevorkian’s debut feature, =The Disappeared=, Set amid the rotting wharfs and disconsolate tower blocks of South London, the picture is so atmospherically shot as to make you ignore its budget constraints. Young Mathew Ryan (Henry Treadaway) blames himself for the abduction of his kid brother Tom, five months previously, an event that occurred while he was partying in a council estate flat that he shares with his father, who doesn’t bother to disguise his loathing for Matthew. Haunted, perhaps literally, by his brother, Matthew begins to investigate the disappearance with the help of his best friend, Simon (Tom Felton, Draco Malfoy of the Harry Potter movies) and a girl (Ros Leeming) who has family issues of her own. This is a solid horror picture, likely to please any fan of the genre.
And so…Oh, I nearly forgot! As regards =Inception=, there’s yet another adjective left to apply: “stunning.” Hans Zimmer’s bombastic score for the movie is nothing if not stunning in the purely concussive sense of the word. It nearly drowned out the gunfire in certain scenes and produced T-Rex ripples in my Diet Pepsi.
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Posted on Friday, July 23, 2010 - 09:49 pm:   

I liked Nolan's first two or three, but any originality he might have had seems to have been swallowed up by the Hollywood machine and now he's just churning out big budget shite. Good one about Page giving good glib. That's about her only talent it seems. Any movie with Juno in it is pretty much a dealbreaker for me.
Looking forward to seeing Heartless.
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Posted on Saturday, July 24, 2010 - 06:44 am:   

Yep, I liked Following and Memento. After that..pffft.
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Posted on Saturday, July 24, 2010 - 06:56 pm:   

Thanks for sharing the Inception review, Lucius. I feel better.

Here's the thing: I thought the movie was blah. Yet all the praise for its visionary originality and general awesomeness has my hackles going all staticky. It may not be a bad movie, but it's just not that good.

It's nice to know it isn't just me.

I thought most of the acting was blah. The only performance I liked was the guy who played Eames. Watanabe was completely wasted, or perhaps I should say underutilized, because I don't think he was actually, you know, wasted.

I agree about "Tattoo." As a movie, it's okay. But it worked its movie mojo on me, and I succumbed. There's something about seeing a movie as a film in a theatre that really makes a difference. The print was in terrible shape, even, and it didn't matter; there I was, ensorcelled.

I have never seen Lolita. Shame on me.

Dr Strangelove, of course, is the best movie ever.

One preview caught my eye: Get Low. I'll have to see that, if only for Bill Murray.
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Posted on Sunday, July 25, 2010 - 05:45 pm:   

Get Low's pretty darn good. I saw it at a festival. Duval is as usual awesome.

For a skeletonization of a book, Tattoo's okay, but the next two aren't as good because they try to be faithful to the book...and while it can work in a book to have the hero and heroine stay apart for the entire length, it just doesn't work as well in a film. The stuff about publishing also takes up way too much time.

I don't know how they're gonna do the remake, because the premise upon which the book is based is something that can't happen in the states. But I admit I kinda looking forward to it, because Fincher might be able to improve on the original.
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Posted on Monday, July 26, 2010 - 05:52 am:   

The review of Inception is making me less interested in seeing it. Maybe at the dollar theater.

I watched two disappointing films this weekend. Sweetgrass is a documentary about sheep herding. It's almost entirely dialog free and completely narrative free. It seems like pro quality home movies just showing what it's like to raise sheep (short answer: hard work, sometimes miserable). The lack of narrative made it hard to watch.

I Sell the Dead is a horror/comedy, rather light on both. It's about a grave robber (Dominic Monaghan from LotR and Lost), telling his story to a priest right before his execution. He starts out with just stealing corpses, but it moves on to vampires, zombies, and aliens. It's not a bad idea, but there's too much talking, not enough excitement or humor.
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Posted on Monday, July 26, 2010 - 06:17 pm:   

Oh I want to see The Expendables--wouldn't miss it. Have you seen Winter's Bone? Awessome flick.
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Posted on Friday, August 06, 2010 - 10:10 pm:   

JK, you ever see Valhalla Rising. It's on On Demand and if you've seen it, I wonder what you thought.
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Posted on Sunday, August 08, 2010 - 06:34 am:   

I watched Inception, I'm glad that I had low expectations, but they weren't even met. I had hoped for a visually appealing heist movie with some interesting action, I forgot that Nolan can't direct action. It wasn't even that visually appealing. I found it a really frustrating movie, since it seemed close to being something better, but kept making the wrong choices.
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Posted on Sunday, August 08, 2010 - 07:51 am:   

Robert, amen to he wrong choices thing. I liked the shifting gravity fight, but the rest sucked. The Kubrick comparisons are odious. You have to wonder if these people have ever seen a movie before.
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Posted on Sunday, August 08, 2010 - 10:16 am:   

No, haven't seen Valhalla Rising yet. Might have to watch it on demand. There's a cheap All Region dvd that Diabolik had too, might get that instead. Doesn't look like Netflix will get it anytime soon. Might be a mess but looks like an interesting mess.
What happened to the link for the discussion board on Nightshade's website? I suspect they took it down because a bunch of people were bitching that they never got their $500 limited edition China Mievelle book they ordered in 2004(!).
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Posted on Sunday, August 08, 2010 - 01:43 pm:   

Yep, seems like that's the case. I can't blame folks for being upset. 500 bucks is a lot to blow.
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Posted on Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - 01:54 pm:   

Yeah that's way too steep for me. Saw an interesting Korean movie called The Chaser, about an ex-cop turned pimp who's after a serial killer who's killing his girls. Gritty and violent, but well-done. Supposedly it's due for an American remake with Leonardo Dicraprio and maybe Scorsese directing.
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Posted on Wednesday, August 11, 2010 - 12:06 am:   

Oh boy. A remake. I'll look for the chaser.
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Posted on Saturday, August 14, 2010 - 06:49 pm:   

Watched Cry of the Owl with Paddy Considine and Julia Stiles, which was mentioned upthread. Interesting movie, better than I was expecting. Nice nuanced performances. One of the better, more recent Highsmith adaptations. Strange that the end credits show Scott Walker-The Old Man's Back Again as the last song that should be over the credits, but it's nowhere in the movie. Like they made a last minute change and forgot to change the credits too. And I have no idea how that song would have fit in this movie, it's subtitle is "Dedicated to the Neo-Stalinist Regime." Weird.
Speaking of Scott Walker, I saw a movie with Daniel Craig called Flashbacks of a Fool that has an interesting opening sequence using the song Sons Of. The movie's about an empty, washed-up Hollywood actor who's old childhood friend has died. Craig is only in about half of it, the rest is flashbacks to his childhood overseas. Olivia Williams plays his mother. Some flaws, but worth watching. I know you said you hate Walker's voice Lucius, but have you heard his old stuff? His voice is completely different from Tilt or The Drift.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iqwp6jYa7zM
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Posted on Sunday, August 15, 2010 - 02:29 am:   

I'm still not fond of the voice--it's just an aural blind spot, I guess. I caught part of Flashbacks on cable one night, but just a bit of it. Didn'r see Olivia, however. Will have to watch...
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Posted on Sunday, August 15, 2010 - 10:38 am:   

On a more hilarious note, I read yesterday that Stallone talked to Van Damme and Steven Segal about appearing in The Expendables. What a couple of fools for not appearing in that movie. It only could have been good for their shitty careers. He said Van Damme wasn't interested in all the money he'd make, but was asking about his character. Haha.
I'm wondering why Stallone didn't ask Michael Dudikoff too.
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Posted on Sunday, August 15, 2010 - 01:16 pm:   

JCVD did a lot of harm to Van Damme's ego. :-)

I'd hear about this before--I was kind of surprised about Seagall turning him down.
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Posted on Sunday, August 22, 2010 - 11:55 pm:   

Watched Valhalla Rising. Interesting movie. Sort of like if Ingmar Bergman decided to make a violent movie about a one-eyed viking. Starts off violent, then goes into some long stretches of almost Tarkovsky-like landscape shots and slowness, punctuated by some more brutal violence. There's some nice cinematography too. Some weird stylized "mystical" scenes too. The one-eyed viking goes with some Christian crusaders to the Holy Land, but their boat winds up in a completely different place. I wouldn't say everything about this movie worked, but he tried to do something different and for me it was worth watching.
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Posted on Monday, August 23, 2010 - 03:09 am:   

It was the Tarkovsky references in the reviews that put me of. Maybe one evening i'll do it On Demand. Thanks, Jk.

Haven't seen shit lately--saw Machete, which was the usual Rodriguez crapfest, but nothing good. Too much work.
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Posted on Monday, August 23, 2010 - 10:18 am:   

Yeah, I couldn't believe DeNiro and Seagal are in the same movie together. Looks like typical Rodriguez.
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Posted on Monday, August 23, 2010 - 02:12 pm:   

Petty much. Deniro hams it up, Seagal appears to have shed a few pounds. Los of tittage and ridiculous gore. Typical.
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Posted on Monday, August 30, 2010 - 07:37 pm:   

Watched the Korean film The Good, The Bad, and the Weird, mentioned upthread. Pretty entertaining Asian spaghetti western style movie. Over the top, but fun.
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Posted on Monday, August 30, 2010 - 10:20 pm:   

Me, I saw Monsters, the Gareth Edwards inide scifi film. Pretty fair, Amazing what the guy did on his budget, but the acting could have been a lot better. I approve of the story, which uses scif as a background, not necessarily the main thing.
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Posted on Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - 07:53 pm:   

Sounds interesting. Still waiting for Skeletons to get a Region 1 release too.
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Posted on Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - 10:34 pm:   

Yeah, wish that would happen, too.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 01, 2010 - 08:01 pm:   

Well, Centurion sucks. I guess the Descent was an hallucination.
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Posted on Thursday, September 02, 2010 - 05:12 am:   

As bad as Doomsday?
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Posted on Thursday, September 02, 2010 - 07:17 am:   

Nothing is as bad as Doomsday, but it wasn't as funny either. Lots of raspberry goo and Aargh and a terrible voiceover.

Skeletons comes out on British DVD Oct 4, JK, so the region 1 probably won't happen until next year.
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Posted on Thursday, September 02, 2010 - 10:33 am:   

Cool. Watched the first part of the Red Riding trilogy you mentioned awhile ago. Pretty impressive. I thought I read this was a British TV production, if so the production values were high. One of the best things I've seen in awhile.
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Posted on Friday, September 03, 2010 - 09:53 pm:   

Wtf, I just found out that Peter Murphy from Bauhaus is in the new Twilight movie Eclipse. Well, I guess he's gotta pay the bills.
http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://cdn.stereogum.com/files/2010/06/peter -murphy-twilight-eclipse-608x456.jpg&imgrefurl=http://stereogum.com/393692/strea m-wilight-eclipsee-soundtrack/mp3s/&h=456&w=608&sz=52&tbnid=lxSfKmHE23yzhM:&tbnh =102&tbnw=136&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dpeter%2Bmurphy%2Bin%2Beclipse&zoom=1&q=peter+mu rphy+in+eclipse&hl=en&usg=__Ox4kB5OOnA1tgqwq-hx3OTiOlso=&sa=X&ei=qM6BTKTWJoPUtQO q3rj3Bw&sqi=2&ved=0CB8Q9QEwAw
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Posted on Friday, September 03, 2010 - 09:56 pm:   

And Mick Karn from the old group Japan with David Sylvian, and Dali's Car with Murphy, has cancer. Bummer. Mick's website states there will be a new Dali's Car album too. Weird.
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Posted on Saturday, September 04, 2010 - 06:58 am:   

Too bad about Mick--I liked Japan.

Murphy...huh?
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Posted on Saturday, September 04, 2010 - 10:45 am:   

Nice wig they put on him, lol. I don't think the kids who watch that crap will have any idea who he is.
In more wtf news, the actress Isabelle Adjani is recording an album of duets, and Murphy and David Sylvian are both on it.
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Posted on Saturday, September 04, 2010 - 08:00 pm:   

I don't know--I asked some kids I know who're into Twilight and they really dig Murphy. I guess these kids are sort of obsessive about the movies.
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Posted on Sunday, September 05, 2010 - 05:30 am:   

Yeah, that's too bad about Karn. While I was never much of a Japan fan, I like his solo work, JBK, and most of the other post-Japan work from all the members. A second Dali's Car album would be weird.
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Posted on Sunday, September 05, 2010 - 10:29 am:   

I really like the stuff Mick did on CMP records. Bestial Cluster had some great players, David Liebman who played with Miles, the german pianist Joachim Kuhn, Glen Velez, David Torn, and the other ex-Japan guys. I thought Polytown was great too, the album he did with Torn and Terry Bozzio. I saw Polytown when they played the Roxy in L.A. Great show, it was fun seeing Mick play those basslines live.
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Posted on Sunday, September 05, 2010 - 01:37 pm:   

Never got to see them. Too bad.
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Posted on Monday, September 06, 2010 - 11:46 am:   

Did someone mention The Chaser on here? Anyway, watched it on Netflix. Really dark, brutal Korean flick about an ex-cop turned pimp whose girls are getting offed by a serialist. Plays against all the conventions of the genre.
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Posted on Monday, September 06, 2010 - 02:06 pm:   

Yeah, I mentioned it. Leo Dicraprio is trying to get Scorsese to do a remake.
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Posted on Monday, September 06, 2010 - 03:04 pm:   

The remakes apparently a done deal, "from the people who brought you the Departed..." Sad.
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Posted on Sunday, September 12, 2010 - 07:05 pm:   

Started watching Sherlock, the modern updating of Sherlock Holmes. Three episodes in, it's pretty good. Only available on British DVD thusfar.
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Posted on Sunday, September 12, 2010 - 07:13 pm:   

Been watching Sherlock, BBC's modern updating of the Holmes mysteries. Pretty cool.
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Posted on Sunday, September 12, 2010 - 08:51 pm:   

Martin Freeman from The OFfice plays Watson, huh? Maybe they'll show it on BBC America.
I saw that Ridley Scott is going to adapt Red Riding into a movie. Not sure how he's going to squeeze 3 or 4 books into one movie.
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Posted on Monday, September 13, 2010 - 02:49 am:   

No, Freeman plays Dr. Watson, Benedict Cumberbatch plays Holmes. And Paul McGuigan directed episodes i and 3 (there only three available as yet on DVD). Episode 2 was a letdown, but 1 and 3 are good stuff.
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Posted on Monday, September 13, 2010 - 11:05 pm:   

Was in the UK when those were on TV. Really enjoyed them. Loved the episode featuring Moriarty.
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Posted on Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - 01:31 pm:   

Sherlock airs on Masterpiece Theatre on PBS starting in late October, I think the 24th. I think the US DVDs follow soon after.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 11:16 am:   

Yeah, Rich, Moriarty was awesome. But that cliffhange...how long do I have to wait until I see what happens?
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Posted on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 11:17 am:   

Good news about the DVDs, Mike
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Posted on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 05:10 pm:   

Autumn 2011! As far as I know, there were only three episodes in the season. Three weeks and it was over (Booo!)
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Posted on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 09:04 pm:   

Watched a really good Australian neo-noir called The Square. About a shady contractor and his younger mistress, who plan to burn her boyfriend's house down and abscond with his stolen money which he hid in the attic. But things unravel and go horribly wrong. Great performances and story. And a nice score from Francois Tetaz, who used to be in Shinjuku Thief.
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Posted on Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 11:59 am:   

Yeah, Rich--boo. Might have something to with Cumberbatch doing the new Spielberg flick.

JK, I didn't really like the Square that much. Yeah, it was good and the performances were fine. but I kept getting a this-is-a-fake-American-flick vibe. It seemed like I'd seen it all before. But I could be wrong.
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Posted on Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 02:56 pm:   

Well, it did play with noir conventions that we've seen lots of times before, but I thought it was entertaining.
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Posted on Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 03:31 pm:   

Yeah, i just couldn't get past the playing-with-conventions thing and so it never felt real for me.

Anyway, here's a trailer for Pablo Larrain's (Tony Manero) new one.

http://twitchfilm.net/news/2010/09/post-mortem-trailer-the-latest-from-tony-mane ro-director-pablo-larrain.php
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Posted on Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 04:00 pm:   

Looks good.
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Posted on Friday, September 17, 2010 - 06:44 am:   

Have you seen the BBC mini-series 'To the Ends of the Earth'? (Good title). It's Cumberbatch and Sam Neil in an adaptation of William Golding's trilogy 'Rites Of Passage', 'Close Quarters' and 'Fire Down Below'. Much grittier and more realistic than your average 'Captains and Commanders'-type sea adventure.
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Posted on Friday, September 17, 2010 - 11:20 am:   

No, I'll look for it right now. Thanks.
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Posted on Sunday, September 19, 2010 - 11:50 am:   

Just saw Tony Manero and really liked it. Will keep my eyes open for Post Mortem. I think Pablo Larrain needs to do a sequel to TM called Julio Iglesias (the next competition the TV station was running was for 'The Chilean Julio Inglesias').
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Posted on Monday, September 20, 2010 - 07:36 am:   

I think the actor who played Manero is in both films.

I was hoping for the Chilean Chuck Norris... :-)
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Posted on Monday, September 20, 2010 - 10:25 am:   

That guy kind of looks like Al Pacino.
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Posted on Monday, September 20, 2010 - 11:08 am:   

Yeah, little bit--better actor, though.
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Posted on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - 12:34 pm:   

So what archetypal Norris film do you think the Chilean Chuck would be obsessed with? Lone Wolf? Code of Silence?
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Posted on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - 07:17 pm:   

The Octagon, actually.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 - 07:28 am:   

Cool... It's slso instructional for any up and coming Chilean Lee Van Cleefs. :-)
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Posted on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 - 10:46 am:   

Did you ever see Left Bank, Lucius? Pretty good psychological horror film from Belgium. Runner who is sick moves into seedy apartment building with her new boyfriend, and weird stuff starts to happen. A girl who lived there previously disappeared under mysterious circumstances. The ending is strange, not your typical horror film ending.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 - 03:43 pm:   

No, I'll look for it. Speaking of Belgium, did you ever see Ex-Drummer, the weird rock flick about a novelist-drummer in a punk band?

Rich, exactly.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 - 06:11 pm:   

No, haven't seen Ex-drummer, put it in the Netlfix queue. Looks good.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 - 06:12 pm:   

Someone on Netflix compared it to Man Bites Dog. Heh heh, that was a good one.
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Posted on Thursday, September 23, 2010 - 06:55 am:   

Yeah, Man Bites Dog was good. Ex Drunmer's maybe more extreme, less funny...It's gppd though.
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Posted on Saturday, September 25, 2010 - 10:25 am:   

Fincher's new one sure looks like a POS. From the previews it looks like the synopsis should be: Smug little shit makes millions, done in the trademark Fincher visual style.
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Posted on Sunday, September 26, 2010 - 01:35 pm:   

Yeah, I'm skipping that one. In fact, I'm skipping everything Fincher's signed on for---The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, 20000 Leagues Under The Sea, etc.
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Posted on Sunday, September 26, 2010 - 03:18 pm:   

I watched "The Good, the Bad, the Weird" which was a fun Korean western. It was pretty derivative of Leone's work, but it was entertaining enough.
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Posted on Monday, September 27, 2010 - 02:28 pm:   

Seen that--thought it was OK, but I'm just not a fan of Asian Pastiche.
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Posted on Sunday, October 03, 2010 - 01:20 am:   

Saw Noe's Enter The Void. I'm a sucker for psychedelia and for Tibetan Book of the Dead stuff, but this, while nicely trippy, should have been cut by at least half an hour and builds to an ending that is so absurdly mounted, it makes the film into a bad joke. Pretty pictures, though.
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Posted on Sunday, October 03, 2010 - 10:51 am:   

Is it as offensively violent and lurid as his other stuff?
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Posted on Sunday, October 03, 2010 - 04:11 pm:   

No, it's barely violent at all. Lurid....depends what you mean by lurid. Lots of sex.
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Posted on Tuesday, October 05, 2010 - 09:38 am:   

Sure you've seen it, but saw 'The Station Agent' recently. Really good stuff.
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Posted on Tuesday, October 05, 2010 - 11:27 am:   

Yeah, very human movie.
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Posted on Sunday, October 17, 2010 - 08:21 pm:   

Watched The Killer Inside Me. It was ok, not as good as I thought it might be. Seems like the dialogue was better in the book. The character in the book was more of a smart-aleck and bs'ed around more with people, manipulating them. Didn't think Casey Afleck was that great either. It was better than the Stacy Keach version though.
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Posted on Monday, October 18, 2010 - 10:06 am:   

Yeah, Winterbottom got everything right, but he forgot to hook up the batteries. Too bad.

Been watching old seventies horror flicks. Last night, Black Christmas and Deathdream (aka Dead of Night(, both Bob Clark movies.
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Posted on Monday, October 18, 2010 - 10:53 am:   

I saw the crappy remake of Black Christmas, don't know why I bothered. I need to check the original.
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Posted on Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 10:13 am:   

The original was ahead of it's time Pretty creepy.
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Posted on Friday, October 22, 2010 - 02:14 am:   

Saw Winter's Bone last night. Wow, there was some brilliant acting in that film. Thanks for the rec.
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Posted on Friday, October 22, 2010 - 07:08 pm:   

Hey Lucius,

An update on Brit grumpy detectives:

Whitechapel: This season revolves around a series of copycat killings mimicking those of the Krays in the sixties. Rather good acting, rather weak script. Don’t know his name, but one of the leads is the guy who played the cabbie in the final episode of ‘Sherlock’.

DCI Banks - Aftermath: A four-hour, two-part series about the detective investigating a suspected serial killer after a couple of cops happen upon his lair. Pretty gruesome. Pretty good (but not as good as ‘Red Riding’).

Have also been watching a 3-part BBC series called ‘A History of Horror Cinema’. Part One was yer basic Frankie (i.e. Frankenstein) Goes to Hollywood, but the second episode was a really nice overview of Hammer films (and their rivals) during the 50’s and 60’s. Looking forward to Part Three. The host is British director Mark Gatiss.

3 weeks + in the UK has been more than enough... Back to Saudi on Tuesday!

Cheers,
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Posted on Saturday, October 23, 2010 - 10:54 am:   

Watched a UK film called Better Things, a bleak look at alienation and empty lives. Had some nice camerawork, but was so unrelenting in its bleakness it was almost laughable. Girl shoots up and dies at the start, then kids shoot up and nod off, kids do crack, an old man comes home from the hospital and refuses to talk to his wife, a fat girl won't go outside, etc. Almost like a parody of a bleak slice of life film funded by a UK film council.
Also saw an atmospheric horror film from Norway called Hidden. A man returns home when his abusive mother dies, and strange things start happening in their old house. Turns out it's not haunted but something stranger is going on.
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Posted on Saturday, October 23, 2010 - 11:58 am:   

Hidden sounds cool. I just went to a critic's screening for Skyline. Blecch!

Rich, I may check out DCI Banks--just cause I liked Red Riding. Happy Trails!!!
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Posted on Saturday, October 23, 2010 - 12:05 pm:   

The director who did Skyline did Alien Vs. Predator-Requiem before Skyline. Not a good sign.
Have you seen a Japanese movie from the 70's called House? Supposed to be some sort of weird psychedelic ghost story. Coming out on dvd next week.
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Posted on Sunday, October 24, 2010 - 08:59 am:   

the Something Brothers, They suck. Haven't seen Ghost. SOunds excellent.
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Posted on Monday, November 08, 2010 - 08:51 pm:   

Heard anything about a "re-imagining" of The Wicker Man, Lucius? Called The Wicker Tree, done by the same director as the original Wicker Man. Might be interesting. Couldn't be worse than Cage's shite version.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKdnshZz-WM&feature=related
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Posted on Tuesday, November 09, 2010 - 02:14 pm:   

Yeah, the Cage version was fucking hilarious. Have heard about the remake. Don't know what to make of it. Seems unneccesary.

Watched House. Sort of Jodorowski-esque. Kind of cool. Also watched Harmony Korine's Trash Humpers, I don't know why.
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Posted on Tuesday, November 09, 2010 - 03:33 pm:   

I saw House too. Strange movie. Had some kind of weird innocent kid movie thing going on, but with strange psychedelic imagery. Worth watching for me, but puzzling.
Yeah, I didn't imagine Trash Humpers would be so great. I hated his other movies though, I know you liked Gummo.
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Posted on Tuesday, November 09, 2010 - 05:58 pm:   

Me to on Gummo--we're in a gigantic minority, though. :-)
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Posted on Saturday, November 13, 2010 - 09:51 am:   

Just saw The Loved Ones. Pretty cool little aussie horror flick that may be of interest to some here. It's out on dvd in the UK if anyone is interested.
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Posted on Saturday, November 13, 2010 - 10:08 pm:   

Hi, Jay...more interested in Animal Kingdom. Expecting the DVD any day.
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Posted on Sunday, November 14, 2010 - 06:52 am:   

Animal Kingdom is pretty good. Crime flicks seem to be something we do alright at.
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Posted on Sunday, November 14, 2010 - 02:15 pm:   

Yeah, agreed. Though I didn't much care for the Square, but have seen a bunch of good aussie crime flciks.
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Posted on Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - 10:09 am:   

Watched Dario Argento's latest movie Giallo, with Adrien Brody. Really awful. The villain was so laughable it was unbelievable. Argento should retire.
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Posted on Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - 02:07 pm:   

Argento should retire--took the words out of my mouth.
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Posted on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 - 12:46 pm:   

Saw a really interesting movie, "END OF ANIMAL, by Jo Sung Hee. The picture, made as a student project, is on the order of David Koepp's THE TRIGGER EFFECT if it had been scripted by Cormac McCarthy. It's really quite brilliant. It's only at festivals these days and I have no idea if or when it'll get a release. But it plays in your are, you might want to see it.
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Posted on Friday, November 19, 2010 - 08:51 am:   

I really liked Animal Kingdom. Terrific opening. Felt very real to me. Makes me want to watch again.
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Posted on Saturday, November 20, 2010 - 10:29 am:   

Watched a few episodes of Steven Seagal Lawman just to see how bad it is. If you want to laugh your ass off you might check it out Lucius. I wasn't aware that Seagal spoke with a southern drawl, y'all this and y'all that, or is that only when he's playing policeman in Louisiana? After out fighting crime, there's the bits where they try to show what a great guy he is. He goes to the flower store and buys lots of flowers for his wife, and "makes everyone's day" by walking in the store. Or he goes to a dog pound on a Saturday and says "C'mon y'all lets adopt some dogs" because he's such an animal lover. Really hilarious.
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Posted on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - 12:44 pm:   

Seasonn Two won't be shown here until Fall 2011 (in Britain, i'll sjow in the summer), I'm afraid. The three new episodes will deal with Irene Adler (A Scandal in Bohemia), the Hound of the Baskervilles. and Reichenbach Falls. Only three episodes per season, sad to say.

I'm with you on zombies. One would think there'd be some interesting possibilities but it seems as they proliferate the originality has declined.
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Posted on Wednesday, November 24, 2010 - 06:44 am:   

Really short seasons. I was a little worried they'd be delayed for the Hobbit. But I guess Freeman finishes Sherlock before heading to NZ.
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Posted on Wednesday, November 24, 2010 - 08:43 am:   

Since they finish with Reichenbach, one wonders if there will be a season 3...

BTW, I'll be in Honduras for the duration of the year. I'll check back whenever possible to see if anyone's posting/
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Posted on Wednesday, December 22, 2010 - 04:15 pm:   

Loved Rubicon.
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Posted on Wednesday, December 22, 2010 - 05:02 pm:   

Yup. Rubicon was terrific. It's going to air in England soon. Maybe someone there will pick it up. Faint hope, but....
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Posted on Sunday, January 02, 2011 - 10:40 am:   

Watched White Lightnin', loosely based on the life of Jesco White, a "dancing outlaw" who did Appalachian tap-dance style dancing. And was also a gas huffing psycho. I thought this was pretty great. Hasn't got a U.S. dvd release yet but they're showing it free on demand on Sundance. This was up there with Winter's Bone as one of the best movies I've seen recently. Really good use of Hasil Adkins psychobilly music on the soundtrack too.
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Posted on Tuesday, January 04, 2011 - 01:30 am:   

Thanks for the tip, JK. While down here I watched Vincere, by Marco Bellochio, a really interesting film stylistically about Mussolini's switch from socialsm to fascism and is first wife ( a reat performance by Giovanna Mezzogiorno).
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Posted on Tuesday, January 04, 2011 - 10:33 am:   

Yeah, I heard about Vincere, I'll have to check it out.
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Posted on Wednesday, January 05, 2011 - 10:29 am:   

Hey Lucius,

Have you seen 'Catfish'? It's a pretty cool low-budget documentary about a NY photographer/film-maker who is contacted via facebook by a prodigiously talented 8-year old from Michigan who makes paintings of his photos.

A pretty unassuming set-up that develops into a compelling story when the film maker's relationship with the young girl's family becomes more intense.

Worth seeing.
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Posted on Wednesday, January 05, 2011 - 10:35 am:   

JK, Vincere is a really interesting visual-aural experience.

Rich, it's on the list but haven't seen it yet.
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Posted on Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - 06:24 am:   

Thanks to whoever recommended Left Banke. It was good fun! IMO, it showed a strong Polanski influence.
Looking forward to Vincere.
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Posted on Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - 10:59 am:   

Yeah, Left Banke was a good one.
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Posted on Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - 02:43 pm:   

Thumbs up for left bank here, too.

Watched Revanche again last night--if anyone hasn't caught it, it's really good.
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Posted on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 08:32 am:   

Yeah, really liked Revanche. I saw it a few months back when first mentioned. Thanks!

Speaking of Ukrainians, this is pretty funny... A brief clip of Eugene Hutz (Gogol Bordello) discussing his job offer for Everything Is Illuminated.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZBYynH4ddE

Have you seen it? It's pretty well done and Hutz is exceptional.
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Post Number: 8407
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 09:09 pm:   

Nope, Rich...

I'll put it on the list...


Thanks.
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Robdev
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Username: Robdev

Post Number: 1374
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Thursday, January 13, 2011 - 09:45 am:   

I went to the theater for the first time this year, I went to see Summer Wars, an anime movie sort of about hacking. I kind of read it as a warning about Facebook, or any other system where one place becomes too important online. But it was also neat that my college was almost responsible for the end of the world.

The Illusionist will finally be playing here at the end of the month.
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Lucius
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Username: Lucius

Post Number: 8408
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Thursday, January 13, 2011 - 04:39 pm:   

Summer Wars sounds interesting, The Illuisonist is well worth seeing.

Me, on my return I have too see a boatload of crap. :-(

Saw the American. Not great, but a pretty fair little crime movie.
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Robdev
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Username: Robdev

Post Number: 1375
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Friday, January 14, 2011 - 09:25 am:   

Summer Wars is very silly, and I had fun seeing it.

Crap that you have to review?
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Lucius
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Username: Lucius

Post Number: 8409
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Monday, January 17, 2011 - 03:28 pm:   

Yes. Absolute shit.

I'm back home now. Really tired. Gonna catch up on my sleep.
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Rich_p
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Username: Rich_p

Post Number: 171
Registered: 07-2006
Posted on Monday, January 17, 2011 - 07:16 pm:   

If you need a little comic relief try 'Four Lions'. A comedy by Chris Morris about a group of inept British jihadists. Very funny (despite numerous abstract British cultural references).
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Lucius
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Username: Lucius

Post Number: 8410
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 02:19 pm:   

Yep. Seen it. Funny stuff, as is Brassed Off, his TV series.
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Rich_p
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Username: Rich_p

Post Number: 172
Registered: 07-2006
Posted on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 10:04 pm:   

Cool. Will look for it. Thanks.
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Rich_p
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Username: Rich_p

Post Number: 173
Registered: 07-2006
Posted on Monday, February 07, 2011 - 09:44 pm:   

None of the Oscar contenders have struck me as better than good films, Black Swan being about my favorite.

Anything good come out of that pile of crap you had to review?
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Lucius
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Username: Lucius

Post Number: 8411
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Friday, February 11, 2011 - 02:12 pm:   

Nooe, not really. I like Winter's Bone for eh Oscars, but it doesn't have a prayer...
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Jwk
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Username: Jwk

Post Number: 627
Registered: 07-2006
Posted on Saturday, February 12, 2011 - 02:10 pm:   

Watched Enter the Void. There were some interesting bits, but I thought it dragged on for way too long. 90 minutes of Noe would have been more endurable. I liked the psychedelic bits and there was cool music, Jean-Claude Eloy's rare musique concrete and other way out there stuff, but all the flying above the buildings got tiresome. Still, an interesting experiment.
Also saw Chabrol's last film, Inspector Bellamy, with Gerard Depardieu. Cop on vacation investigates an insurance fraud/murder case, and his slacker brother arrives to complicate things. Well-done with interesting characters.
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Jwk
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Username: Jwk

Post Number: 628
Registered: 07-2006
Posted on Sunday, February 13, 2011 - 06:55 pm:   

I saw The Headless Woman too. Interesting movie. Good performance by the lead, and like you said, a subtle commentary on class.
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Lucius
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Username: Lucius

Post Number: 8414
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Monday, February 21, 2011 - 04:25 pm:   

Saw a serial killer flick by Kim Ji Woon, who did A Bittersweet Life, Tale Of Two Sisters, Etc, called I Saw the Devil. Very stylish and cool. Aslo a great Korean thriller called Moss. Also Korean. Available on DVD from yesasisa. Pricey but worth it. I Saw the Devil DVD drops in ENgland in May and in the US a bit later.
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Rich_p
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Username: Rich_p

Post Number: 174
Registered: 07-2006
Posted on Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 06:47 am:   

Thanks Lucius.
A couple of good films to hunt for. Yay! :-).
I've missed your activity on this board and the blog...
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Lucius
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Username: Lucius

Post Number: 8415
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 01:36 pm:   

I'm all on facebook, now. I may start a new blog, but I'm not going back to the old one. It was supposed to be a group effort and I more than kept up my end, but....you know.

As far as this board goes, there are only three or four people who check it anymore.
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Jts
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Username: Jts

Post Number: 53
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Friday, February 25, 2011 - 11:09 am:   

I still check this board pretty regularly, though I don't post much. It's good that you still continue with it though. I prefer the format to a blog.

Do you post much on FB?.
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Robdev
Intermediate Member
Username: Robdev

Post Number: 1377
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Friday, February 25, 2011 - 02:44 pm:   

Jts, sorry for the oversight in the list.

Lucius does post frequently on FB
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Lucius
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Username: Lucius

Post Number: 8416
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Saturday, February 26, 2011 - 06:38 pm:   

Robert, I'm thinking about starting another bloggy thing, kind of a deal like this -- but yeah. I'm done with the 14.
Rich, I post fairly often on FB....

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