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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2005 - 01:12 pm:   

They were great for each other...

I saw a decent, kinda cheesy thriller, from the 80s, called, The Hitcher. Builds good suspense and keeps you guessing, with twists. The main character's an idiot, his repeated incompetence, resulting in more and more deaths. The guy who plays the maniac hitcher does a good job.
   By Lucius on Wednesday, September 14, 2005 - 10:00 am:

That guy is the great Rutger Hauer, the Dutch actor who starred in art house movies in Holland like Men of Orange, first appeared in American film as the Roy character in Bladerunner and went on to star in a kazillion B movies such as Blind Fury.
   By MarcL on Wednesday, September 14, 2005 - 10:47 am:

Hauer in the early Verhoeven flicks is great: Spetters, Soldier of Orange, Flesh and Blood. Especially Flesh and Blood. Most recently totally wasted in the latest Batman thing, he's almost always fun to watch.
   By Lucius on Wednesday, September 14, 2005 - 11:13 am:

Right on, Marc. His B-movies are often very entertaining.
   By Dave G. on Wednesday, September 14, 2005 - 12:51 pm:

Don't forget his career high point, as Roy Batty in Ridley Scott's BLADE RUNNER ("I want more life...f***er..."). A friend of mine always insisted that BLIND FURY was the funniest b picture he ever saw. THE HITCHER was pretty good, as I recall. Hauer is so creepy. The finger in the french fries and the heroine getting pulled apart by trucks were so off-the-wall gory that they have stuck with me all these years.
   By Lucius on Wednesday, September 14, 2005 - 01:04 pm:

The heroine was a young Jennifer Jason Leigh. Blind Fury is great--and Randall "Tex" Cobb is one of the villlains.

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Dave G.
Posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2005 - 03:06 pm:   

Did anyone ever see RUSH with Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jason Patric? I liked that movie, which had a really uniquely gritty atmosphere. But nobody seems to remember it. And it used, very effectively, Robin Trower's "Bridge of Sighs" on the s/t. SINGLE WHITE FEMALE is also a very guilty pleasure of mine.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2005 - 03:12 pm:   

I didn't think so much of Rush--book was a lot better. Though Greg Allman made a good villain. My favorite Jennifer Lee movie is Miami Blues.
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Dave G.
Posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2005 - 03:30 pm:   

With Alec Baldwin stealing Fred Ward's dentures...yup, that was a good 'un.
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MarcL
Posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2005 - 04:34 pm:   

I saw Rush and liked it at the time, but I don't remember much about it. Never read the book. I'll watch just about anything Jennifer Jason Lee is in. Even Last Exit to Brooklyn and The Big Picture.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2005 - 04:50 pm:   

Georgia?

the book was by the woman who lived the Leigh part
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Rich Patterson
Posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2005 - 05:02 pm:   

Allman was the coolest thing about RUSH, but the villain role is a little ironic. In '76 Gregg testified against his personal road manager (Scooter Herring) on charges of trafficking cocaine. Herring got 75 years and Allman got off free of lesser charges.
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Alex
Posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2005 - 05:21 pm:   

Somebody's got to say it: he's no angel.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2005 - 05:31 pm:   

"Herring got 75 years and Allman got off..."

:-)

Yeah, the Allman's played around Daytona a lot when they were known as Hourglass and they were big dopers even then....
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Adam-Troy Castro
Posted on Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 06:01 am:   

Ooooh, that seven minutes of bizarre performance in the middle of GEORGIA.


Meanwhile, R.I.P. Robert Wise...
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 07:49 am:   

THat' Van Morrison song was pretty....not pretty.
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Dave G.
Posted on Friday, September 16, 2005 - 08:51 am:   

In what has the potential to be the funniest Hollywood story of the year, Renee Zellwegger has asked for an annulment of her four-month marriage to "City Cowboy" hat model Kenny Chesney on the grounds of "fraud." Oh, we're going to get to the bottom of THAT one!
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, September 16, 2005 - 09:07 am:   

Typical. I like the one better where Zellwegger claimed to be channeling Janis Joplin....
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Lucius
Posted on Sunday, September 18, 2005 - 09:59 am:   

I watched Los Debutantes, a crime drama from Chile, an erotic thriller with Tarantino-esque narration. Good but not great. Also, Koctebel, another terrific Russian movie dealing with the father-son, relationship, detailing the road-trip taken by a father and his son to a resort on the Black Sea after their lives fall apart. Outstanding acting...
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, September 19, 2005 - 12:16 pm:   

Saw PLACE VENDOM, a French sort of thriller starring Catherine Denueve as the alcoholic wife of a jewel merchant who spends a good deal of her time in a sanitariun. When he kills himself, threatened with exposure over his theft of some stones, she attempts to sell the stones and becomes aware that the stones may be the property of a man she was involved with years before, a man who got her into criminal activity and betrayed her to the police. Fine performance by Denurve. Good movie.

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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, September 20, 2005 - 06:44 pm:   

Saw Hello Wendy, directed by Thomas Vinterburg (Celebration) from Lars Von Trier's screenplay. Very disappointing, Shot in English, it's primarily an anti-gun movie, secondarily an anti-American movie -- both of which might be achieved with some degree of deftness, but here are not. Von Trier's America is a place that exists only in his head, and his young college age protagonists act like 8 year olds with a clubhouse. He has their motivations all wrong, Even if he's attempting a highly symbolic deal, it's just too ham-fisted. Given this failure, and the ineffectiveness of Von Trier''s new film, Manderlay, both of which deal with American sins, he'd do well to go back to making more personal films, or at least lay aside for a while his obsession with America. Dogville, which did a marvelous job of depicting oppression, remains his best "American" film.
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MarcL
Posted on Tuesday, September 20, 2005 - 11:07 pm:   

Have you seen Manderlay?

While I loved Dogville, I think Zentropa/Europa is his best film "about" America. Or anyway, American intentions.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, September 20, 2005 - 11:59 pm:   

Yes. I begged a screener. It's pretty bad, it's stentorian and preachy, and....I mean everything he shoots is of a certain quality, but there are some real awkward moments in this, some real wrongnesses of pitch.

It's funny, I admire Zentropa more than I like it, but I like it well enough. Still, it doesn't fit my definition of his American movies.....




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MarcL
Posted on Thursday, September 22, 2005 - 04:28 pm:   

Went and saw 40 Year Old Virgin today. Laughed pretty hard.
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, September 22, 2005 - 04:31 pm:   

Was it funnny or were you amused going in?
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, September 22, 2005 - 04:34 pm:   

I've been thinking about going to see Flightplan....either that or extracting one of my own teeth. I'll probably manage to stay away.
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Dave G.
Posted on Thursday, September 22, 2005 - 04:47 pm:   

I have not seen Flightplan, but if it uses that stupid, "it was all in her mind" trope one more time, then everyone involved should be skinned alive.
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, September 22, 2005 - 10:22 pm:   

Nah, it doesn't do that. It's really stupid.

I been hearing the music from Badlands all day long. Weird.
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Robert
Posted on Friday, September 23, 2005 - 05:33 am:   

Extracting teeth sounds better than Flightplan.

My only movie plan coming up is seeing Nosferatu on Wednesday. One of the local theaters is showing it with a live soundtrack by the Devil Music Ensemble. Live music is very interesting at films, especially when there's improvisation.
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Adam-Troy
Posted on Friday, September 23, 2005 - 05:50 am:   

FLIGHTPLAN lost me when I heard it had to invent a nonexistent monster plane in order to block its action. Seriously: say what you will of RED EYE, it benefited to some extent from *using* the claustrophobic confines of a real plane, with a villain and heroine exchanging intimate threats while sitting next to each other. (It then blew things, spectacularly, by leaving the plane for a car chase and shootout in its final act).

I will confess to wanting to see A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE.
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, September 23, 2005 - 05:59 am:   

Yeah, I like like music with movies. A friend of mine, Matt Shipp, a jazz pianist, wrote music to be performed with a coiple of films....including one of his own...and it's really cool.

I'm kidding about FLightplan. Thought A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE was opening in Portland (it;s not) and that I'd have a peek at Flightplan while at the multiplex. No way I'm taking a trip to see it specifically.
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Dave G.
Posted on Friday, September 23, 2005 - 06:16 am:   

I think Cronenberg's movie goes into wide release 9/30. It sounds good!
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MarcL
Posted on Friday, September 23, 2005 - 11:52 am:   

Yeah, just saw the trailer for the Cronenberg. It does look good, although I've just about had my fill of sleepy towns where nothing happens, until it does.

On my shortlist right now, 3-IRON, Kiarostami's TEN, GOD OF COOKERY, and THE BUNKER.

Looks like OLIVER TWIST is in limited release today, but nowhere in my area.
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, September 23, 2005 - 12:43 pm:   

3-iron's good Ki Duk Kim. Let me know how the Bunker is, if you would. Got no desire to TWIST. I don't know about CBerg's movie--I'm of two minds. I've read a lot of positive reviews that sound like they;re reviewing the Emperor's New Clothes. But in a week i can see for myself.
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MarcL
Posted on Friday, September 23, 2005 - 01:07 pm:   

I wish Polanski would make THE PAINTED BIRD.
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, September 23, 2005 - 01:48 pm:   

If he did, it wouldn't be for Hollywood. I think JK wrote more interesting books for film, but I wouldn't mind seeing it.

I met Koscinski at the 40th Year Anniversary party of the St Pierre in NY, He wore huge lifts and looked people directly in the eyes. Weird giuy.
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MarcL
Posted on Friday, September 23, 2005 - 11:14 pm:   

What's a better (for movies) Kosinski book? COCKPIT? I've only read THE PAINTED BIRD.
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MarcL
Posted on Friday, September 23, 2005 - 11:20 pm:   

I love how the set-up of FLIGHTPLAN is described as every parent's worst nightmare.

Actually losing your child or having them abducted, sure, that's a nightmare.

Having people insist your child is imaginary...I can't imagine any parents worry about that one outside of a movie. Some of them might consider it a dream come true.

I never did see BUNNY LAKE IS MISSING, but it has a similar premise, much like that recent Julianne Moore movie:

"My child is missing!"

"You don't have a child."

"I think I'm going crazy!"

"That's because you are."

"No I'm not, it's a conspiracy!"

"Since we can't fool you we'll kill you instead."

"No, I will kill you!"

"So I see. Gak."

"Mommy!"
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, September 24, 2005 - 05:25 am:   

BIRD is Kosinksi's best, by a lot, but I think STEPS or COCKPIT would be make a better movie today. COCKPIT, especially, seems to take the deracinated evil of the post-WW2 period and personify it in Tarden, the fucked-up ex-CIA agent, Easier for the movies to do. I don't think there's a director around today who has the chops and/or sensibility to do BIRD. The book should have been filmed in the Sixties when people were taking risks in the cinema....It's fun to imagine how various Sixties guys would have treated it.

I read a review of Flightplan with spoilers (so to speak).
It's even stupider than you think. Actually, The Forgotten is a mess, but it was kinda okay if you watch it as trash.
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MarcL
Posted on Saturday, September 24, 2005 - 04:34 pm:   

Flightplan already sounded stupid enough when I heard that the main character on the plane was an airplane designer. Reminded me of Adam-Troy's take on the prisonbreak TV show, where they throw the guy into the prison he just happened to have built.
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, September 24, 2005 - 04:54 pm:   

Yup. :-)

Hope histoy of violence has something to offer.....
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Minz
Posted on Saturday, September 24, 2005 - 05:00 pm:   

The reviews for History of Violence look promising, and I really like the cast. Now I'll have to figure out a way to go see it...
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Robert
Posted on Monday, September 26, 2005 - 10:51 am:   

I was dragged to The Corpse Bride over the weekend. The animation was beautiful, but the movie wasn't very good. The humor was largely built on puns and in-jokes (a piano from Harryhausen, references to Ed Wood films or other Burton pieces). I'd think a movie about marrying a dead person would be a bit darker or have more unsettling humor.
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, September 26, 2005 - 11:08 am:   

Minz -- ask Brett. :-)

Didn't want to see CB, don't want to see it. Sounds awful.
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kellys
Posted on Monday, September 26, 2005 - 01:38 pm:   

Agreed! Corpse Bride is flat and dull, Tim Burton at his maudlin worst. Unless stop-motion is your thing – beware of CB.
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StephenB
Posted on Monday, September 26, 2005 - 03:12 pm:   

Okay. Sounds lame. Thanks for the heads up. There's really only two Burton movies that I like much, anyway.
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MarcL
Posted on Monday, September 26, 2005 - 11:15 pm:   

Stop motion is enough my thing that I want to see it. I can already tell the story is flat. But this is another of those things that won't survive the transition to the teeny screen. It's all about the minuscule details.
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Robert
Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2005 - 09:56 am:   

The animation in Corpse Bride is the best stop-motion I've seen. Some of it is really amazing. It's a shame Burton doesn't match his good visuals with good scripts.

I'm much more interested in the Wallace & Gromit movie.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2005 - 02:12 pm:   

The British horror movie, the Descent is available for pre-order on DVD at DIabolik. I just signed up for one.
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Dave G.
Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2005 - 05:10 pm:   

AWESOME!!!
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2005 - 05:57 pm:   

It is kind of awesome, isn't it? :-)
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MarcL
Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2005 - 11:32 pm:   

Not just kind of.

Fully.
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Yasmine
Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2005 - 02:27 am:   

Don't mean to put a dampener on things - i really loved 'The Descent' when i saw it at the cinema...however when i got ahold of the dvd and watched it again, it didn't have the same impact. I think this film is suited to the big screen.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2005 - 05:10 am:   

Well, you were watching it for the second time, Yasmine. And, in any case, if you're right, there's no word of an American release, so we don't have much choice over here...I'll have to scare myself badly (something that's not unheard of) before I view the film. :-)

We've had this problem with foreign films before, and so, by extrapolation, even if not badly scared, we can at least make a judgment on whether a film's well made. But I agree, nothing beats a theater, esp. for a horror film. Speaking of which, do you have an opinion of the Bunker, another British horror film I've yet to see?
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2005 - 05:20 am:   

Also available for pre-order from Diabolik, the unrated DVD of The Devil's Rejects....
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Adam-Troy
Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2005 - 06:10 am:   

I reviewed The Bunker for scifiweekly, some time ago. I thought it was well-acted, well-staged, well-conceived, well-filmed, resonant, and utterly, completely forgettable. All the ingredients were there, but the dough failed to rise.
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Dave G.
Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2005 - 06:21 am:   

I think it depends on the movie. Anything with any subtlety, that demands attention, I prefer on DVD. The theater experience is OK for spectacle, but the chatter and cell phones and distractions are a problem.
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Yasmine
Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2005 - 07:16 am:   

I'm afraid I haven't seen The Bunker. The last horror film I saw was Wolf Creek...which was a lot like The Devil's Rejects I thought. Next film on the list is The Corpse Bride - but it's not out in the UK for another few weeks - sigh!
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Dave G.
Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2005 - 08:34 am:   

Has anybody seen THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE of CRONOS? Worth seeing? Buying?

Worthy of note: They just released Uli Lommel's original 1980 THE BOOGEY MAN on DVD. Unlike the trashy later film, this one is by Fassbinder's old cinematographer and is quite interesting, as I recall.

Lomell also did a movie called TENDERNESS OF THE WOLVES that I have been seeking for about a decade? Anyone seen it? Know where I can get it?
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Robert
Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2005 - 08:58 am:   

Has anybody seen THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE of CRONOS?

Both are definitely worth seeing. Del Toro is great for non-English movies, but his US films haven't been very good (Blade II and Hellboy).
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Robert
Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2005 - 09:00 am:   

Amazon has Tenderness of the Wolves on DVD
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2005 - 09:11 am:   

Not to mention Mimc.
Actually, though I liked the atmospherics of BACKBONE, i thought it emptied out long before the end, and frankly I found CRONOS fairly unmmemorable.

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Robert
Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2005 - 09:17 am:   

He did Mimic too? That movie was terrible. How could they get every fact about insects completely wrong?
I saw it at college at our $1 theater. It was one of the two movies I saw and wanted my $1 back.
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ben peek
Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2005 - 03:24 pm:   

i thought DEVIL'S BACKBONE was okay. it's not bad, about on the level of HELLBOY, i though (which i liked). nothing will really stick with you for a long time, though.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2005 - 03:39 pm:   

Yup, del Toro did mimic. I agree, seriously bad.

Del Toro, in my view, is way overrated. I hope someone else does in the Mountains of Madness.
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MarcL
Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2005 - 08:23 pm:   

Well, he may be overrated, I thought Mimic had some genuinely Lovecraftian visual touches; but the script was pewp. With a good script, he's got a better chance at nailing the atmosphere than most I could think of. But the script is the first insurmountable obstacle. Greenhouse warming causes huge sections of Antarctica to melt...revealing odd stuff...nearest Arctic meteorology team presses in as an advance party, not quite prepared for what they're going to deal with...as if anyone could be.
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MarcL
Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2005 - 08:23 pm:   

Did I really say Arctic?
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2005 - 09:28 pm:   

OKay, but see my feeling is this, none of his movies, in my view, have strong scripts, and that--in large part--reflects poor directorial choices. The Carpenter who made In the Mouth of Madness and the Thing would have been much better in my view. He no longer exists, unfortunately. I think Almenabar and Balagueros would do a better job than del Toro. There are a number of French and German directors I can think of, not least among them, the guy who made Brotherhood of the Wolf, who could handle it better. Because of his ability at generating creepy atmospheres, the Mexican director Arturo Ripstein (No One Writes To the Colonel, Deep Crimson) would be an interesting choice. I see del Toro as being an okay director, a man with some talent, but IMO he's never made an entirely satisfying movie, let alone a great one. TMOM is going to need to be a great epic movie. I just don't think he can do it. But I could be wrong....
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Robert
Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2005 - 06:17 am:   

Balagueros could do something good with Mountains of Madness. Christophe Gans (Brotherhood of the Wolf) already tried his hand at Lovecraft. He directed one of the segments in Necronomicon, and it wasn't good. And he's doing the adaptation of Silent Hill. Doing movies based on video games is never a good thing. After those, I have little faith in him.
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2005 - 07:54 am:   

You have a point.

But I stil think there are a number of directors better suited to the material than del Toro...


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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2005 - 02:56 pm:   

Anybody seen Grimm? Not the Brothers Grimm but the Alex Van Warmmerdam film? A new take on Hansel and Gretel? Starts out in northern europe, in a forest, with young adult H and G. in fairy tale mode, leads to house, a farmer and his wife, where the farmer wants H to perform stud service for his wife. Up to this point, it's darkly funny, but afterward, when H and G flee to nothern Spain, the whole mood of the movie changes, it becomes dark and disjointed, deals with organlegging, and ends on a deserted movie set....I can't recommend it, but it's more interesting than Brothers G and has a good first half....and there's the poss that maybe I'm missing something.
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StephenB
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 01:17 am:   

Sounds interesting -- never heard of it.
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 05:37 pm:   

Saw A History of Violence AND Serenity. Of the two, I thought Serenity was more successful. Of course it didn't try for near as much. Cronenberg sought out the roots of American violence by filming a graphic novel -- big mistake. Too simplistic and ham-fisted by half. Viggo Mortensen seems oddly at sea in his role, and Wm Hurt turned in a performance that critics will no doubt praise for its quirkiness, but which only seems to me to be an actor making odd choices in his attempt to make a small role big -- like an acting exercise. Maria Bello and Ed Harris are solid. But Cronenberg's ideas about America are sadly not grounded in American reality.
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 07:45 pm:   

Oh yeah -- lots of nice touches in Violence, among them a very realistic sex scene, something that;s usually done too dramatically.

Serenity is fun if you switch of the brain, imagine a Star Wars for the oughts, with a grmmer, cooler, psycho Buffy and the cast of Friends.
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MarcL
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 11:02 pm:   

Can't stand Firefly, don't plan to take in Serenity. I'll switch off critical circuits for some stuff but not that.

Watched a bit of Devil's Rejects, found it more entertaining than disturbing, although I haven't gotten too far.

Gotta go finish watching the much-recommended Carandiru.
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, October 01, 2005 - 06:33 am:   

Yeah, I think Serenity (I never saw Firefly) seemed less of a pain because I saw it after Violence, a movie I'm coming to dislike more as I recede from it. Serenity's pretty mindless.

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PM
Posted on Saturday, October 01, 2005 - 07:27 pm:   

Violence was worth the time to watch. It's predictable epecially upon reflection. But enough was done to make one question whether it was going to proceed as it so obviously was going to.

The lack of background music at the beginning was deafening and of course it builds throughout the film. Like a bad analogy:-)

The audience that were present mostly couples in their 40s-50s really weren't prepared for the film's ongoing shocking moments.

As for Hurt's performance I viewed it more as trying to bring something to the table. Joey's going to kill everyone. It's only a matter of how and when.

Hurt falls in with earlier comments I've made regarding the "boss" who is unable to defend himself. He recognizes that his bodyguards are useless and fittingly is locked out of his own house.

But the moral of the story is rather bizarre is it not? It's ok to be a mass murderer if you kill only those who are bad.
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, October 01, 2005 - 07:51 pm:   

There was a moral to the story?

You probably should have announced you were going to give away the ending. Some people reading this thread may not have wanted to know.
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PM
Posted on Saturday, October 01, 2005 - 09:05 pm:   

Sorry.
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MarcL
Posted on Sunday, October 02, 2005 - 10:22 pm:   

Went to the theater for an evening show and there were two kinds of geeks on display.

Right in front of us were four people in vaguely Society for Creative Anachronism outfits, all sporting vaguely Celtic patches, neopagan hippy spacers, minus the swords...I realized I was looking at a cluster of Firefly fans. Before purchasing tickets, they interrogated the cashier about how many tickets had been sold for the next showing of Serenity, very concerned that there wouldn't be any room left for them to get decent seats. They were quite surprised to learn that the theater was almost empty. Sort of delighted, sort of miffed. I had a good quiet chuckle at Geek Variety 1.

When we got up to purchase tickets for Oliver Twist, the start time had already passed. My wife (who had missed the Serenity exchange) was concerned that there might not be enough good seats, and she asked the same cashier if the theater was crowded. The guy started laughing and said, "I think there are three people in there." Geek Variety 2.

Polanski's Oliver Twist was great. London was beautifully realized--breathtaking sets/mattes/CG whatever it was, I couldn't tell and don't much care. Ben Kingsley was a fine Fagin. The main difference between this and other versions I can recall is the more realistic brutality. Canals are greasy in the moonlight. It's the first version of Oliver my kids have seen, after missing the one with Richard Dreyfuss; I don't expect it'll get much better.

Oh, I liked Carandiru a lot.
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Dave G.
Posted on Monday, October 03, 2005 - 06:30 am:   

During my weekend in Boston, I found a couple of films I had been trying to see.

DEAD END, a French production, I believe, was pretty darned fun. A dysfunctional family on the way to "Grandma's house" on Christmas Eve takes a detour down a seemingly endless back road and encounters all sorts of grisly stuff, including a mysterious woman in white who keep reappearing. About 80% of this flick was good, better than standard horror fare with a good perf by Ray Wise as the dad. Like nearly 95% of horror films, the producers run out of time/money/ideas at the end and provide only a weak denouement.

On LS' recommendation, I picked up Brad Anderson's SESSION 9, which I have to give my highest recommendation. THIS is the kind of movie I like. Gritty, realistic, atmospheric, genuinely chilling, with just enough loose ends to make you work a little. It did not give up its story as easily as some of the poorly-scripted thrillers I've seen. This really was an outstanding tale of psychological mayhem among hazmat guys at a creepy old state mental hospital. (Viva Caruso!!!) A very strong film that was sorely overlooked when it came out 3-4 years back.

Here's an interesting query. When I was in the hotel in Beantown Sat. AM, I could not resist watching a little bit of our favorite actioner OUT FOR JUSTICE. And I noticed that the TNT TV broadcast version had a scene in it that I don't recall being in any of the theatrical, DVD or prior TV versions. (William Forsythe shoots up a men's clothing store.) Highly unusual. Has anyone encountered this phenomenon before?
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, October 03, 2005 - 07:07 am:   

As far as Twist goes, I was dragged to the musical version and this ruined me for the story for all time. Everytime I think of the picture, I hear the chirping of the orphans.

Hector Babenco is way underappreciated. The way things are in Brazil, he could have gotten himself shot for making Pixote and Carandiru.

Glad you liked session 9, Dave. And no, I have never seen the clothing store scene. But movie's exist in all sorts of versions. TNT may be showing a foreign DVD that includes extra scenes.
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Dave G.
Posted on Monday, October 03, 2005 - 08:19 am:   

I didn't realize the guy who directed SESSION 9 also did THE MACHINIST, which I bought but haven't watched yet, and is slated to do a remake of George Romero's THE CRAZIES (due to come out around the time avian flu will be hitting us...).

Also, that extra hazmat guy who shows up at the end of S9 is none other than indie horror auteur Larry (HABIT, WENDIGO) Fessenden. I thought WENDIGO was pretty interesting, but like most horror movies, lost steam once we saw the monster.

Hey, have any Greenaway fans out there seen THE BABY OF MACON? I saw it several years back at a Hirshhorn Museum screening and was amazed at how completely it seems to have dropped out of sight. Anyone else like it? Is it on DVD?
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, October 03, 2005 - 09:17 am:   

"...and is due to come out around the time the avian flu will be hitting us..."

When's that?

Don't much care for Greenaway.
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MarcL
Posted on Monday, October 03, 2005 - 10:03 am:   

Yeah, Session 9 is very satisfying. That must have been why I thought I should see The Machinist for some reason.

OLIVER! ruined the story for many. I remember my mom taking me to see it while my dad staged a protest. It made him livid. Turns out my kids were familiar with the basic premise from an even worse derivative, the Disney cartoon OLIVER AND COMPANY, featuring the musical talents of Bill Joel, I believe. The characters from the book were recast as urban pets. I find myself wondering what sort of dog they cast as Fagin.
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, October 03, 2005 - 10:08 am:   

Hopefully, you'll wonder that for a long time.
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Dave G.
Posted on Monday, October 03, 2005 - 10:49 am:   

Wow. Now, that is a line of work that can pay dividends for decades: remaking the classics as Disney musicals featuring cute, cuddly puppies. Gravy train, here I come.
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, October 03, 2005 - 10:59 am:   

How about that avian flu....?
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Dave G.
Posted on Monday, October 03, 2005 - 11:40 am:   

Oh, I don't know the facts for sure. I was just hanging out in Boston with friends from London who were very concerned about it and droning on about it every five seconds. I don't have any info on when the pandemic is coming...
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, October 03, 2005 - 12:09 pm:   

Well, WTFgood is that? Ask your government friends. They must know.

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Adam-Troy Castro
Posted on Monday, October 03, 2005 - 12:56 pm:   

Now, this is funny.


As vivid proof that movie trailers don't have to give you an accurate picture
of a movie's essential nature, there's this:

http://www.ifilm.com/ifilmdetail/2681181

Using nothing but footage of the actual movie, and the cliches of "feel-good"
movie trailers, somebody has edited scenes from Stanley Kubrick's THE SHINING
into a preview that makes it look like a gentle, heartwarming, kid-friendly
Dad-and-Child relationship movie. And yes, Phil Collin's "Salisbury Hill" comes
into it. Any familiarity with the actual film, which ended with a murderous
Jack going after his wife and kids with an axe, only adds to the hootage.
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, October 03, 2005 - 01:11 pm:   

That is funny.

The trouble with most trailers today, however, is that they tend to give away too much about the movie.
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, October 03, 2005 - 01:14 pm:   

That is funny.

The trouble with most trailers today, however, is that they tend to give away too much about the movie.
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Dave G.
Posted on Monday, October 03, 2005 - 01:21 pm:   

I had a cousin who used to work with NIH, but she is long gone.

My best advice re: avian flu: reroute all travel plans away from Chicken Capital, USA...
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, October 03, 2005 - 02:33 pm:   

Take liquid vitamins -- expensive, but they really boost the old immune system...
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Dave G.
Posted on Monday, October 03, 2005 - 04:50 pm:   

I'm going to seek out the nearest stress meter and cast out my Thetans.

No, seriously, there are supposed to be two all-purpose drugs that are good against all flu, but now the corporate bigwigs and health agency apparatchiks are hoarding them, sort of like they did with Cipro during the anthrax letter scares.
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adam-troy
Posted on Monday, October 03, 2005 - 05:30 pm:   

Same site has a coming attraction for Cameron's TITANIC, that makes it look like supernatural horror.
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, October 03, 2005 - 05:37 pm:   

Well, that's closer to the truth.

I'm not kidding about liquid vitamins. They're great.
At least one of those drugs is no good as the flu has started mutating to neutralize it.
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MarcL
Posted on Monday, October 03, 2005 - 06:16 pm:   

When we start taking medical advice from the 21st installment of Lucius's Good Movies thread, the extent of our peril becomes evident.
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, October 03, 2005 - 06:30 pm:   

I hear ya...

But I'm tellin' ya, Liquid Vitamins are the bomb. :-)
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MarcL
Posted on Monday, October 03, 2005 - 07:27 pm:   

Horror.

My wife just told me she saw on the Seattle evening news that Tori Spelling is making a movie here. The title:

CTHULHU

...and you thought MIMIC was bad...
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, October 03, 2005 - 07:48 pm:   

Jesus Christ!

It's not -- Tori Spelling is...CTHULHU

Is it?
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Adam-Troy
Posted on Monday, October 03, 2005 - 07:48 pm:   

And Scott Edelman tells me of a third: a coming attraction, cut from WEST SIDE STORY, that makes it look like a zombie film.
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MarcL
Posted on Monday, October 03, 2005 - 09:12 pm:   

Here's the West Side Story Trailer.

http://www.ps260.com/Trailer/westsidestorytrailer_small.mov
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MarcL
Posted on Monday, October 03, 2005 - 09:13 pm:   

Since I just finished a story for John Pelan about the total hyped-out pop commodification of Cthulhu, this Tori Spelling project couldn't have come at a better time for consuming my worst fears.
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MarcL
Posted on Monday, October 03, 2005 - 09:14 pm:   

I meant "confirming" not "consuming" but the mistake is somehow apt.
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Dave G.
Posted on Tuesday, October 04, 2005 - 06:38 am:   

Hey, before you rag on Tori Spelling, I would advise you all to watch CO-ED CALL GIRL, a truly awesome performance.

Seriously, though, she wasn't that bad in HOUSE OF YES. She might make a perfectly adequate damsel in distress.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, October 04, 2005 - 06:59 am:   

Dave, I wouldn't dream of ragging on Tori Spelling. I wouldn't waste a rag.
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MarcL
Posted on Tuesday, October 04, 2005 - 10:15 am:   

To paraphrase Ambrose Bierce, "Tori Spelling, though naked, may be in rags."

Perhaps this Cthulhu thing can work out after all.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, October 04, 2005 - 10:27 am:   

Oh, I think it can...if she plays the embodiment of the title role. I see tentacles bursting from her brassiere...
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Dave G.
Posted on Tuesday, October 04, 2005 - 10:59 am:   

Boy, do you guys really need a viewing of CO-ED CALL GIRL. It's a life-changer.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, October 04, 2005 - 11:18 am:   

Why do we need it? Explain yourself.
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Dave G.
Posted on Tuesday, October 04, 2005 - 12:07 pm:   

OK, let me rephrase that. Boy, do I need it! :-)
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, October 04, 2005 - 12:14 pm:   

That's probably better...
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MarcL
Posted on Tuesday, October 04, 2005 - 01:40 pm:   

Cthulhu is Ghey:

http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/Content?oid=23128
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, October 04, 2005 - 01:45 pm:   

Hot Diggety!

And next...Moby the Lesbian Whale.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, October 04, 2005 - 11:04 pm:   

Got a package of DVDs today. Of particular note is Tracker, which is reported to be one of the best Aussie films of recent years; Cooker, directed by a Portland guy, recounting the adventures of a bunch of meth addicts who go into an abandoned farmhouse while they were tweaking and can't tell if they're hallucinating or if the house is haunted or both--this got great reviews locally; The Most Terrible Time Of My Life -- a japanese homage to noir and, at the same time, a neo-noir focusing on the new borderless Asia. Can't wait to watch 'em.
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MarcL
Posted on Tuesday, October 04, 2005 - 11:14 pm:   

I saw THE MOST TERRIBLE TIME OF MY LIFE a few months ago. It's funny, but I was told it was about a Yakuza who tries to get back his severed pinky, and it's not. (I still want to see that one!) COOKER sounds good.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, October 04, 2005 - 11:29 pm:   

Yeah, what's the name of that Yakuza flick -- I don't know if you were having me on, but I've read about a movie that's about exactly that. In fact, I almost ordered it once.
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MarcL
Posted on Wednesday, October 05, 2005 - 08:09 am:   

I don't know the name...the person who told me about it thought it was THE MOST TERRIBLE TIME. So you think it exists for real? It's got the best one line plot summary ever.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, October 05, 2005 - 08:32 am:   

Yeah, I definite have read that desc, becuase I reallly thought it was great and considered buying it -- then something else caught my eye,
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MarcL
Posted on Wednesday, October 05, 2005 - 09:59 am:   

Postman Blues could be the movie we seek:

"When he delivers a letter to Noguchi, an old school friend-turned-yakuza, Noguchi's freshly chopped-off pinky rolls off the table and into Sawaki's mailbag. This lands Noguchi into trouble with his superiors, who want to see the pinky as proof of the young man's loyalty. ... the desperate Noguchi is being handed an ultimatum for returning his pinky."

1997-98 is the time I first heard about this movie making the festival circuit.

http://www.midnighteye.com/reviews/postblue.shtml
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MarcL
Posted on Wednesday, October 05, 2005 - 10:04 am:   

This other movie by director Sabu also sounds great.

"Perhaps an apt description would have the gloomy melancholy of Mike Leigh's Naked rubbing shoulders with an absurdist escalating chain reaction narrative akin to Kitano's Getting Any?"

It stars the cool Susumu Terajima, featured in several Kitano films.

http://www.midnighteye.com/reviews/blesbell.shtml
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Dave G.
Posted on Wednesday, October 05, 2005 - 10:09 am:   

Anybody seen a Japanese horror flick called SUICIDE CLUB?

Didn't NAKED just come out on DVD?
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Dave G.
Posted on Wednesday, October 05, 2005 - 10:17 am:   

COOKERS is now at the top of the new releases section on diabolikdvd.com.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, October 05, 2005 - 10:20 am:   

Yeah, that might be it. In fact, now I think about it, the title sounds familiar.

The Blessing Bell sounds great, but I wonder if it;s on DVD...
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, October 05, 2005 - 10:24 am:   

Cookers was way cool.

SUCIDE CLUB is just another Japanese gorefest....I've seen a whole lot better/
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, October 05, 2005 - 10:26 am:   

And Naked's had several DVD releases.
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Dave G.
Posted on Wednesday, October 05, 2005 - 01:15 pm:   

I know that one release of it was either going to be soon, or had just happened. I want to say it's Criterion, but I'm not sure of that.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, October 05, 2005 - 05:20 pm:   

I'm not really into criterion. Paying 40 bucks for a dvd is ridiculous. 30's about my limit. and I only do that with a movie I'm dying to see. That's the good thing about Seagal movies. You can buy 'em for two or three bucks. :-)
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Dave G.
Posted on Wednesday, October 05, 2005 - 05:25 pm:   

And you don't have to pay attention when you watch 'em...:-)

Anyone ever heard of a movie called ICE FROM THE SUN?
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, October 05, 2005 - 05:52 pm:   

Yup. :-)

Ice from the Sun's that punk gore-horror guy -- I haven't seen it, and I probably will let someone else experiment.
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PM
Posted on Wednesday, October 05, 2005 - 06:21 pm:   

Naked is available at deepdiscountdvd for $28.79 including be patient and wait free shipping. It really can take a few weeks for that free delivery but their prices on some titles are quite good. Others maybe not so cheap.

I've really enjoyed the Criterion release of Brazil and a number of Kurosawa films.

and of course Man Bites Dog...

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PM
Posted on Wednesday, October 05, 2005 - 06:36 pm:   

The only Blessing Bell I've been able to locate on DVD is the Japanese version...
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, October 05, 2005 - 07:01 pm:   

Subtitles?

What's the site, please?
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PM
Posted on Wednesday, October 05, 2005 - 07:51 pm:   

As far as I can tell it's only in Japanese. A Japanese release for a Japanese market.

I've never ordered from this site...just found it online.

http://cdjapan.jp/detailview.html?KEY=GNBD-1038
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, October 05, 2005 - 07:55 pm:   

Thanks
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Rich Patterson
Posted on Thursday, October 06, 2005 - 12:45 am:   

I finally found a decent DVD shop in Hangzhou and scooped 5 titles yesterday. Of them, the Dutch black comedy GRIMM (not BROS) was the best. Totally unpredictable with several LOL moments. THE BUSINESS was OK; the travails of exiled British gangsters resigned to running drugs in Spain. Had hopes for THE MAN because of Eugene Levy but it was unwatchable. Not a patch on his great work in WAITING FOR GUFFMAN. Jean Reno’s latest EMPIRE OF WOLVES was average. His master-cop-teamed-with-generic-sidekick-cop that was so cool in CRIMSON RIVERS is getting staler every time (see CRIMSON RIVERS 2 and EMPIRE).

Last, but not least, the new Jet Li movie DANNY THE DOG (might be called UNLEASHED in your neighborhood), featuring Bob Hoskins doing his best LONG GOOD FRIDAY-hard-British-gangster thing and Tamer Hassan from THE BUSINESS, is fucking great for about 16 action-packed minutes until blind piano-tuner Morgan Freeman, doing his classic SHAWSHANK REDEPTION voice-of-conscience thing, shows up to turn fighting-animal Danny (Li) on to a path of self-discovery. Oh, well...
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MarcL
Posted on Thursday, October 06, 2005 - 08:22 am:   

"That was the year I met Danny. They called him a Dog. A wild animal. But to me, a wild dog is simply a friend of man who hasn't found the right man. I was determined with all my soul to be that man." - MF
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, October 06, 2005 - 08:36 am:   

It's worse than that, Mark.

Yeah, Grimm was ok...first half better than the last. And you're right -- Been a while since I've seen a good Jean Reno movie.

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Rich Patterson
Posted on Thursday, October 06, 2005 - 09:03 am:   

MF to Jet Li:

"Pianos are a lot like people... When you pound on a person they get out of tune."
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, October 06, 2005 - 09:31 am:   

"sniff, sniff...."
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MarcL
Posted on Thursday, October 06, 2005 - 09:46 am:   

Rich, are you serious? I hope so.

Speaking of hilarious quotes, the trailer for Brokeback Mountain contains even better lines than that, arranged for maximum comedic effect. I understand audiences have been greeting it with cries of derision, but I found it impossible to watch it and not laugh in disbelief at the Marlboro-man set pieces and the awful lines:

"Ah wish Ah knew how ta quit yew..."

It's comically pretentious, and the trailer is paced like a parody of itself.

http://movies.yahoo.com/feature/brokebackmountain.html

Modern audiences may be barbarian for laughing down serious movies, but howling is a perfectly legitimate response to this trailer.
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, October 06, 2005 - 10:05 am:   

Yep, he's serious, but Million Dollar Baby's just as bad.

Does Morgan Freeman do a narration for Brokeback...
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Rich Patterson
Posted on Thursday, October 06, 2005 - 10:09 am:   

Absolutely, Marc. And that line is from when they first meet. MF doesn't yet know Danny is a fighter. Kinda surreal.
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MarcL
Posted on Thursday, October 06, 2005 - 10:17 am:   

"I knew when I met that gal that someone would be puttin her down for her own good."

We should have a contest. Morgan Freeman gives the homespun, heartfelt, soulful yet gritty pitchline for every movie ever made.
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Dave G.
Posted on Thursday, October 06, 2005 - 10:55 am:   

Jeez, and Ang Lee really needed a big comeback from THE HULK. Mebbe this here ain't the one.
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MarcL
Posted on Thursday, October 06, 2005 - 11:05 am:   

That smelling-the-shirt scene says it all.

"Yew boys sure found a way to make the time pass up there..."
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, October 06, 2005 - 11:23 am:   

And I had such hopes for Jake Gyllenhall....
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, October 06, 2005 - 12:46 pm:   

Got Malpertus, the purportedly great, surreal baroque epic based on the novel by Jean Ray, the Belgian Poe, about an immense haunted house, Malpertius, featuring Orson Welles. This film has a big rep but hasn't existed in watchable form till recently.


When am I going to have time to watch this shit?
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StephenB
Posted on Thursday, October 06, 2005 - 11:18 pm:   

Well, you are your own boss...:-)
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, October 07, 2005 - 04:33 am:   

Yeah, and I'm a bastard. :-)
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Dave G.
Posted on Friday, October 07, 2005 - 06:16 am:   

If I were you, I would definitely quit myself, so you could have more "you" time...:-)
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Robert
Posted on Friday, October 07, 2005 - 07:00 am:   

A lot of the reputation for Malpertuis comes from not existing in a watchable form. Since nobody could watch it, people couldn't see what it was really like, and imagined a great film. It's a decent film with a terrible ending.
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, October 07, 2005 - 08:02 am:   

Yeah, I watched some of it last night and wasn't all that impressed...but I'd like to read the book.
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Robert
Posted on Friday, October 07, 2005 - 08:14 am:   

I know it's cliche on adaptations from books, but the book really is a lot better. I wish it was possible to find other works by Ray in English.
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Lucius
Posted on Sunday, October 09, 2005 - 11:46 am:   

Well, i had only watched a little of Cookers, but enough to know it was a creepy little item; Friday night I watched the rest and I have to admit it got to me. Exceptionally creepy and atmospheric. A very good little horror film.
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Lucius
Posted on Sunday, October 09, 2005 - 11:48 am:   

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