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Lucius
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Posted on Friday, July 24, 2009 - 12:04 pm:   

there you go
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Robdev
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Posted on Friday, July 24, 2009 - 06:16 pm:   

I'll start things on a positive note: I watched Ghost Town and it was pretty good. A romantic comedy that didn't feel cheesy or overly sappy. It's in the same category as The Baxter, part of the genre that I don't mind watching (unlike pretty much any other romantic comedies). It wasn't as funny as Baxter, but I like the old fashioned sincerity of the movie. It didn't try to be clever or unconventional, it just told a story in a good way.
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Lucius
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Posted on Friday, July 24, 2009 - 07:20 pm:   

I like Leoni and Gervais--they're both good comic actors.
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Jts
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Posted on Sunday, July 26, 2009 - 03:26 am:   

Watched Kim Ki-Duk's Breath- an emotionally complex film about infidelity and damaged people. Great performances and a nice pace (slow, but not too slow). Why this hasn't been released on dvd like most of his other films is beyond me.

Has anyone seen Red Cliff, I love Historical war films and the premise sounds great, but John Woo hasn't made a decent film in 15 years so I'm cautious.
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Lucius
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Posted on Sunday, July 26, 2009 - 06:55 am:   

I've had Breath on DVD for a long time now. There's a wonderful DVD available through yesasia that has Breath and Time on a single disc. Of course it's region 3, but with multiregion players so cheap, there's no excuse not to own one. Agreed that Breath is excellent.

Haven't seen Red CLiff for the reasons you state.

Watched Dean Spanley, a NZ film starring Peter O' Toole, Jeremy Northam, Sam Neill, Bryan Brown, from a novel by Lord Dunsany, It's a G-rated fairytale about reincarnation set in Edwardian England. I'm a big Sam O'Neill fan and bought this for that reason. Glad I did. It's slight, but the acting is excellent and the movie's utterly charming.
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Jwk
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Posted on Sunday, July 26, 2009 - 11:03 am:   

Yeah, Dean Spanley looks good, I'm waiting for a Region 1 release. Haven't read the novel but I like Dunsany's other stuff, interested to see a movie based on his work.
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Jts
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Posted on Sunday, July 26, 2009 - 11:57 am:   

I haven't seen Time, I have a region 1 copy around the house somewhere, I'll try and find it. That and the Coast Guard are the only 2 of his that I haven't seen.
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Lucius
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Posted on Sunday, July 26, 2009 - 01:21 pm:   

Spanley IS slight, but Neill's performance is amazing.
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Huw
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Posted on Monday, July 27, 2009 - 06:56 am:   

I really liked Dean Spanley! They added a whole new subplot that wasn't in Dunsany's novel, but it worked well. I thought the acting was tremendous all round, especially Sam Neill and Bryan Brown.

I'm off to find some Imperial Tokay...
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Robdev
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Posted on Monday, July 27, 2009 - 09:41 am:   

I don't see a region 1 DVD for Sean Spanley. Is one available?
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Lucius
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Posted on Monday, July 27, 2009 - 10:14 am:   

I got it on region 2--I don't think so.

Huw, tokay IS treacly, not my cuppa, but it was sure a good movie.
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Lucius
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Posted on Monday, July 27, 2009 - 10:17 am:   

BTW, I noticed that Tutti Frutti, the great rock and roll comedy series about a scottish band on the downside, starring a very young Robbie Coltrane and Emma Tomphson, isdue out this november on Region 2. If you never seen it, it's hilarious.
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Dave_g
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Posted on Friday, July 31, 2009 - 01:37 pm:   

Love love love Emma Thompson. From the Young Ones' "University Challenge" to Wit and Angels in America...

Rob, I also liked Ghost Town and REALLY enjoyed The Baxter. You're the only other guy I know who talks about it.

Did anyone else like Sam Neill in Possession or In the Mouth of Madness?
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Robdev
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Posted on Friday, July 31, 2009 - 05:40 pm:   

I'm a sucker for a good romantic comedy, it's just a shame that so many are terrible. Ghost Town and The Baxter are some of the few good ones. I wasn't really familiar with Michael Showalter before Baxter, but I'm enjoying his new show, Michael & Michael Have Issues. Not great, but alright for Comedy Central.

As for Neil, there's been quite a bit of love for Mouth of Madness in other movie threads. One of my favorite horror movies and good work from Neil. Possession was a very odd movie, I don't remember much about it except for a feeling of alienation.

When I was in Dunedan, I visited a wine store that carried wines from Neil's vineyard. I didn't realize he had one, but I gave one a shot. I like sweet wines, and he had a very sweet Reisling. I'd get more if I could find them here. twopaddocks.com
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Lucius
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Posted on Friday, July 31, 2009 - 07:32 pm:   

I just didn't grok the Baxter, loved GT. Gervais new one, The Invention of Lying, looks as though it might be good. If you get a chance to see In the Loop, i's hilarious.

Neill's great in the Dish, in the Aussie Version of Uncle Vanya, but and in a shoot 'em up he did with the guy from the Quiet Earth, can't recall the name. Bu Neill's greatest role is a little black comedy called Death In Brunswick. A fantastic film.
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Lucius
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Posted on Saturday, August 01, 2009 - 09:38 pm:   

Saw Just Another Love Story, a reccommendation by JK. It's very cool. Directed by Ole Bornedahl who directed the original Nigtwatch, a very twsity film.
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Jwk
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Posted on Sunday, August 02, 2009 - 10:26 am:   

Yeah, I like how he played with noir conventions throughout the film.
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Lucius
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Posted on Sunday, August 02, 2009 - 12:29 pm:   

I've always like Bornedahl, even though he alos made the AmericanNightwatch.
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Robdev
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Posted on Monday, August 03, 2009 - 08:44 am:   

Is anyone watching "The Colony" on Discovery? It's one of the few intriguing reality shows that I've come across. They're trying to simulate a post-apocalyptic setting, having a handful of people living in an abandoned warehouse and trying to scavenge food and technology to either survive or leave. They've got groups of "hostiles" who will attempt to steal food and tools from them.

I guess it falls into the "apocalypse porn" thing that's spreading right now, but it's an interesting idea.
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Lucius
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Posted on Monday, August 03, 2009 - 10:18 am:   

Nah, it's too much like the novel I'm working on.
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Robdev
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Posted on Monday, August 03, 2009 - 07:36 pm:   

So is yours actual post-apocalyptic, or people acting as if there's been an apocalypse?
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Lucius
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Posted on Tuesday, August 04, 2009 - 04:08 am:   

It's a fake apocalypse...
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Jwk
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Posted on Wednesday, August 05, 2009 - 10:11 am:   

The monster in Possession was done by Giger?
In other movie news, Nicolas Cage owes the IRS $6 million in unpaid taxes. Too bad they don't throw his ass in jail, then the world would be spared any further movies containing his "acting".
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Robdev
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Posted on Wednesday, August 05, 2009 - 10:20 am:   

Yeah, I remember that part of Possession.
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Lucius
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Posted on Wednesday, August 05, 2009 - 10:23 am:   

I thought the "acting" should have brought him up on charges.

You know what this is? This is his entourage ripping him off. When I was doing research for a story I learned that his entourage had completely disabled Cage. Apparently he couldn't evern fee himself, pretty much. They were described to me as a bunch of piranha, who were picking the flesh from his bones.
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Dave_g
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Posted on Wednesday, August 05, 2009 - 02:37 pm:   

Just to change the subject, one movie I had heard about for a long time, but never seen: John Candy's last, Canadian Bacon. Much, much wittier and funnier than so many of that era's "classic" comedies.
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Lucius
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Posted on Wednesday, August 05, 2009 - 07:44 pm:   

Gee, I thought Canadian Bacon was pretty lame, plus Candy looked awful. Maybe I should look again,
Just watching Tutti Frutti, the english comedy mini-series about a Scots rock band on the decline, starring a very young Robbie Coltrane and Emma Tompson, date from the mid-80s.
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Lucius
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Posted on Friday, August 07, 2009 - 11:31 am:   

Saw A Perfect Getaway last night. David Twohy (Pitch Black) i is back on his game and fashions an excellent B movie. Nice gimmicky script.
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Robdev
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Posted on Friday, August 07, 2009 - 12:02 pm:   

I hadn't realized it was by Twohy. That raises my interest. Pitch Black and Below were both enjoyable.

Yuck, I just checked him on IMDB and saw that another Riddick movie is in the works.
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Lucius
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Posted on Friday, August 07, 2009 - 12:23 pm:   

This is more along the lines of the first two. minus the supernatural and sci fi elements.

Maybe this time he won't have a huge budget and will get Riddick right.
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Jwk
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Posted on Saturday, August 08, 2009 - 12:56 pm:   

Ridley Scott is set to produce a movie version of the A-Team. Wonder who'll play the Mr. T character? Will Smith? Lyam Neeson is going to play Hannibal. I don't know if the rest of the cast is set, but Nicolas Cage would be just perfect for this project.
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Robdev
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Posted on Saturday, August 08, 2009 - 02:23 pm:   

I always thought that Dennis Rodman needs to play B.A. Baracus. It wasn't that the character was over-the-top, it was Mr. T that was over-the-top. They need a similarly over-the-top celebrity for the role, and Rodman seems to fit better than anyone else.

However, the rumor mill at IMDB suggests a rapper. The two names they're floating are Common and The Game. I've never heard either of them.


Regarding Riddick 3, apparently Twohy wants to do something smaller, closer to Pitch Black. If he's able to keep the budget low, it might be OK.
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Lucius
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Posted on Saturday, August 08, 2009 - 05:10 pm:   

The A Team...Gee, Ridley has come a long way since Alien.
That's good news about Riddick.
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Jwk
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Posted on Saturday, August 15, 2009 - 11:59 am:   

Yeah Cage's Wicker Man had one of my favorite lines of dialogue in recent years. "Step away from the bicycle!"
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Jwk
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Posted on Saturday, August 15, 2009 - 12:56 pm:   

Have you seen Wishbaby, Lucius? British Indie horror, supposed to be influenced by Arthur Machen's The White People. Could be interesting...or another killer doll movie.

There's a trailer at youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Lh-9bWQzbE
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Lucius
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Posted on Saturday, August 15, 2009 - 08:27 pm:   

No, I heard of it but haven't seen a dvd yet. Might be cool.
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Lucius
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Posted on Sunday, August 16, 2009 - 02:51 pm:   

I hear that BA Barackus will be played by MMA fighter Brett Rogers,...
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Jwk
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Posted on Monday, August 17, 2009 - 08:18 pm:   

Spoiler alert! Watched Knowing, which I thought I'd check out after your comments Lucius and since I liked Dark City. Wasn't as horrible as I thought it would be, not exactly good, and Cage was pretty crappy as usual, but it had some interesting touches. I saw the ending coming a mile away, but it was kind of cool how they foreshadowed it in the beginning with the comments he made to his son, and I liked the Ezekiel-themed stuff, the wheels within wheels in the picture they found in the girl's house and the wheels within wheels of the spaceship. That was a cool touch. Like the Dylan song This Wheel's on Fire. I could have done without them showing the aliens setting the kids down on the Eden-like planet at the end.
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Lucius
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Posted on Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - 06:21 am:   

Yeah, that's what I thought. Knowing wasn't exactly good, Cage sucked, but there was cool stuff...

Cage is pretty much a non-starter for me, but I did love The Wicker Man ( :-) ) and this didn't make me want to put out my eyes,
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Posted on Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - 11:42 am:   

I watched both of the made for TV versions of The Lathe of Heaven. One was made in 1980 for PBS, the other in 2002 for A&E. Quite a striking difference between the two. The PBS version was enjoyable. The A&E one was dull. It lost so much, both in plot and point.
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Posted on Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - 12:43 pm:   

Sawyer's a lot like Michael Crichton, I'll leave it at that :-). I doubt the series will have anything to do with more than the premise though. Critics have been saying good things about it, but it's ran by Brannon Braga of Star Trek fame and it's on ABC, which probably means it will flare and sputter, cancelled after the initial run. That's my guess. Hey but at least you'll have the V remake. ;)
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Posted on Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - 12:47 pm:   

Or ABC Sunday Night's Defying Gravity, which appears to be an attempt to fuse something like Gray's Anatomy with Mission from Mars or something. They start their own mission by making everyone take sexual supressants. Believe me this is scarier than most of the horror picks bandied about here recently. :-)
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Lucius
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Posted on Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - 01:23 pm:   

Sounds interesting, anyway. Flashforward doesn't interest me a jot.
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Lucius
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Posted on Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - 03:21 pm:   

Better than Gray's Anatomy in whereever the hell it is.
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Posted on Monday, August 24, 2009 - 08:53 am:   

On a more positive note, I have started enjoying Von Trier's The Kingdom, although I didn't see the King version to compare the two. So far, so good. I liked his little Hitchock-like vignette at the end of epi one, where he tells the audience he started slowly so as "not to leave anyone behind."
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Posted on Monday, August 24, 2009 - 09:02 am:   

What did the guys think of Guy Ritchie's RockNRolla? I really enjoyed it, especially Toby Kebbell, so good as Rob Gretton in Corbijn's Control.
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Lucius
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Posted on Monday, August 24, 2009 - 10:25 am:   

Spare yourself the KIng version. It horrible beyond words. he Kingdom 1 is very good. The kingdom 2...not so much.

Never saw RockNRola. I gave up on Ritchie about thirty minutes into Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.
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Lucius
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Posted on Monday, August 24, 2009 - 10:26 am:   

Spare yourself the KIng version. It's horrible beyond words. The Kingdom 1 is very good. The kingdom 2...not so much.

Never saw RockNRola. I gave up on Ritchie about thirty minutes into Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.
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Posted on Monday, August 24, 2009 - 11:45 am:   

Like Lucius, I enjoyed the first series of The Kingdom. The second wasn't as good. I had no interest in the King version, and I don't recall hearing anything good about it.

I also skipped RockNRolla. Everything I heard pegged it as a second rate copy of his first two movies.
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Posted on Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 12:54 am:   

I agree about The Kingdom. The US version is just a watered-down, Kingified version.

I saw Rocknrolla because Idris Elba is in it (he was really good in Ultraviolet - the UK series, not the film - and The Wire) but it was pretty bad. With Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels I got the feeling Ritchie was trying to set himself up as the "British Tarantino" and that impression hasn't changed now. I thought there was very little of substance in Rocknrolla, just gimmick after gimmick and strained 'cool' dialogue... I'd much rather watch Dean Spanley again, to be honest.

I saw Knowing over the weekend, and have to confess I thought it wasn't bad. Cage didn't irritate me quite as much as he did in his previous fifty or so films (not saying much, I know), but I thought the film, while silly in places, did have some interesting ideas and a couple of great individual scenes. I heard Alex Proyas may be doing a sequel to Dark City, but I'm not so sure that's a good thing.
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Lucius
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Posted on Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 06:28 am:   

That's all I was saying when the original furore broke out.

I'm not so sure about a sequel to Dark City, either.
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Posted on Friday, August 28, 2009 - 05:57 am:   

Hey, Lucius. Not sure I'd call it a furor (since I didn't, and don't, take the film, or any comments -- from anyone, including myself -- all that seriously). Although I still think one good CGI scene (the plane crash) does not a good film make, or an eyebrow raise (everything else in "Knowing" was just, well, hackneyed and sad).

How about "The Fall"? An older flick, but I only just got a DVD of it (on the strength of one recommendation and part of a trailer) -- a gamble, yeah, but...I thoroughly enjoyed Tarsem's flair for the visual and the themes regarding the power of storytelling (I know it was a remake, but I never saw "Yo ho-ho").
Thoughts on _this_ film?
Anyone?
(Bueller)?
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Lucius
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Posted on Friday, August 28, 2009 - 08:19 am:   

Irony just doesn't translate over the internet.

The Fall was just okay for me. Not my kind of thing, but lots of pretty pictures.
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Posted on Friday, August 28, 2009 - 10:13 am:   

Lucius, have you seen Tony Manero? Set during Pinochet's reign in Chile, a killer is obsessed with the character from Saturday Night Fever. Supposed to be pretty good.
Also heard good things about Mesrine Parts 1 and 2. About the famous French gangster, starring Vincent Cassell.
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Lucius
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Posted on Friday, August 28, 2009 - 01:03 pm:   

saw Mesrine in Switzerland last year. It was very good. Haven't seen Tony Manero.
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Posted on Friday, August 28, 2009 - 02:23 pm:   

Lucius,
regarding irony: you ain't just whistlin' Dixie!
Don't forget to send a note if/when your travels bring you to this side of the world.
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Lucius
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Posted on Friday, August 28, 2009 - 02:47 pm:   

I'll probably be over at some point next year. I'l let you know.
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Posted on Sunday, August 30, 2009 - 04:33 am:   

I watched Timecrimes last night. Very good, probably the best time travel film I've seen. Normally they annoy me with flaws in logic, but this didn't have me thinking about paradoxes.
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Lucius
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Posted on Sunday, August 30, 2009 - 06:48 am:   

Yep. Timecrmes was a lot of fun.
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Posted on Tuesday, September 08, 2009 - 11:24 am:   

I saw The Fall over the weekend. Since it was from Tarsem, I was expecting really nice visuals but not much engagement from the plot. It met my expectations.
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Posted on Monday, September 14, 2009 - 05:26 pm:   

The AP is reporting that Patrick Swayze died today due to pancreatic cancer. I'll always think of him in Road House, a classic of cheesy action movies.
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Lucius
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Posted on Monday, September 14, 2009 - 10:22 pm:   

Roadhouse...and Next of Kin and Black Dog and many more. He was a B picture icon.
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Lucius
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Posted on Wednesday, September 16, 2009 - 01:41 pm:   

I'm out of here for a week or so...

see ya
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Lucius
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Posted on Tuesday, September 22, 2009 - 01:42 pm:   

Saw the Invention of Lying and thought it was a pretty good comedy. getting a bit weary of Rickey Gervais, though....
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Posted on Tuesday, September 22, 2009 - 09:11 pm:   

I didn't think much of Ghost Town, as compared to The Office. Seems like he's settling into a mediocre comedy movie actor.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 23, 2009 - 07:21 am:   

I liked ghost town all right--I sort of like romcoms. But, yeah...
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Sigil23
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Posted on Wednesday, September 23, 2009 - 08:03 am:   

Gervais seems (for the most part) to play variations on annoying people and annoying people have a short shelf life. He's kinda like Colbert in a way, the shtick can be funny, but you're still gritting your teeth.
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Lucius
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Posted on Wednesday, September 23, 2009 - 01:19 pm:   

I never liked Colbert. Lying is esentially a one-joke script. It flirts with brilliance, but settles for much less...
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Posted on Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 07:29 am:   

Don't bother with the recent U.K. production of 'Dorian Gray' (Ben Barnes, Colin Firth). It is remarkably flat and uninvolving.
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Lucius
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Posted on Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 10:03 am:   

I thought the preview was kind of lame. Thanks, Rich.
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Lucius
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Posted on Friday, September 25, 2009 - 10:31 am:   

Forgot to mention here that I saw Tony Manero, the chilean black comedy about a sociopath obsessed with the John Travolta character in Saturday Night Live. I thought it was the second best film I've seen this year, only Audiard's A Prophet, being better...
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Posted on Friday, September 25, 2009 - 04:42 pm:   

You've mentioned a few BBC series you've liked. ITV is the new home of the stereotypical grumpy detective. This season's 'Rebus' episodes are pretty great.
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Lucius
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Posted on Friday, September 25, 2009 - 08:16 pm:   

I didn't much care for the first season of Rebus--haven't watched any since. Guess I''ll check out the new season.
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Posted on Saturday, September 26, 2009 - 12:28 am:   

I'm only familiar with the new series, which is gritty and well-paced. I notice that Danny Boyle is responsible for co-scripting quite a few of the older shows. Might be the problem right there... :-)
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Lucius
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Posted on Saturday, September 26, 2009 - 08:17 am:   

So which season is this that you're talking about?
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Posted on Saturday, September 26, 2009 - 10:43 am:   

The shows that are new this season. A new one each Friday night on ITV. (I'm stuck in England right now, waiting for a new passport and watching a lot of TV!)
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Posted on Saturday, September 26, 2009 - 10:45 am:   

Danny Boyle scripted and directed some of the old Inspector Morse shows too. Same with Anthony Minghela. I guess they worked their way up from Morse to movies.
I wish Tony Manero would get a region 1 dvd release. That one looks good.
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Lucius
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Posted on Saturday, September 26, 2009 - 01:35 pm:   

Rich, well I'll have to wait a couple of years to see them, when they come out on Region 2. Darn.

JWK, Tony Manero is brilliant, dark, great. I bet you're gonna dig it when it comes out here.
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Posted on Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - 06:24 am:   

I don't know if it's been mentioned here yet, but Masaki Kobayashi's The Human Condition is out now on a multi-disc set from Criterion (it's not cheap, mind). I remember there being some discussion about it a while back, so thought it would be worth posting on. I have never seen this film, but I'm looking forward to it, given all the positive comments it's generated. Lucius, I'm pretty sure I remember you rating it highly. I'm glad it's available at last...
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Lucius
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Posted on Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - 08:03 am:   

Yeah, I love that movie. A masterpiece in my book. Beautifully shot. Let me know how it strikes you.
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Posted on Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - 08:15 am:   

Will do!
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Posted on Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - 09:55 am:   

Thanks.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 30, 2009 - 09:36 am:   

Just saw the first ever episode of Rebus (2001) and can understand why you were not impressed. Corny voice-over dialog, slick production values... The only thing similar to the new show is the name. Ken Stott (I'll Sleep When I'm Dead) replaced John Hannah as Rebus in 2007 and the show has gotten gradually better since then.

I agree with you re: The Human Condition. The cinematography is amazing. If Criterion have restored it to their usual standards it should be well worth the money.
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Jwk
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Posted on Wednesday, September 30, 2009 - 10:36 am:   

Watched Surveillance, directed by the spawn of David Lynch, Jennifer Lynch, who also did the "classic" Boxing Helena. A wretched piece of crap about a couple of alleged FBI agents, played by Bill Pullman and Julia Ormond, who go to a small town police station to investigate some murders in the surrounding area. You can see the surprise ending coming a mile away. Really bad, hopefully she won't inflict any more movies on the world, unless pappy decides to executive producer another one I guess.
Also saw A Girl Cut In Two, Chabrol's latest, about a young weather girl who loves an older intellectual(yawn), but settles for an unstable rich kid. Seemed pretty slight to me, and not as good as other recent Chabrol movies like Flower of Evil and Thanks for the Chocolate. Not a bad way to spend a few hours, but nothing spectacular about it.
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Lucius
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Posted on Wednesday, September 30, 2009 - 10:47 am:   

Rich...l guess I'll have to wait to see tehm, but yeah the first season was shit.

I've been tempted by Surveillance, JK, but the words Boxing Helena have kept me away. Now I'll be sure to stay away
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Lucius
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Posted on Saturday, October 03, 2009 - 09:49 am:   

Diabolo Cody is writing the Hugh Hefner-Playboy movie. That's about right.
I had to see Jennifer's body...horrible.
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Jwk
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Posted on Saturday, October 03, 2009 - 10:45 am:   

Diablo Cody should go back to stripping.
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Lucius
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Posted on Saturday, October 03, 2009 - 11:02 am:   

I should think she's past it now. She don't look that great.
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Posted on Tuesday, October 06, 2009 - 07:46 am:   

http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2009-10-06/is-this-the-new-blair- witch/?cid=hp:mainpromo7

Stripper/Authors: Diablo Cody, overrated; Viva Las Vegas, underrated!
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Posted on Tuesday, October 06, 2009 - 10:54 am:   

Yep, I posted the PA new on the blog some time back.

Cody is beyond awful.
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Dave_g
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Posted on Tuesday, October 06, 2009 - 11:08 am:   

Am I the only one who had a laugh riot watching Boxing Helena?
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Lucius
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Posted on Tuesday, October 06, 2009 - 11:41 am:   

I just thought it was boring bullshit. DIdn't finish it.
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Andrew_fox
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Posted on Thursday, October 08, 2009 - 01:40 pm:   

Hey, guys, why no pro football postings this season? Y'all have something against the Saints? Although I guess I'm supposed to be rooting for the Redskins now, being that I've relocated to Manassas, Virginia. . .
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Lucius
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Posted on Thursday, October 08, 2009 - 01:54 pm:   

There aren't enough people coming round any more. Everyone's blogging, facebooking, etc. I keep this up because i like mesaage boards, but most of my traffic goes o blog or facebook now...

I dig this year's Saints, tho...
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Posted on Friday, October 09, 2009 - 05:32 am:   

The board has seemed rather dead lately. Only a handful of us left.

Watched Appaloosa, not bad, but it felt like a lot of stuff happened because it was scripted that way, not because people had real motivation for actions. So many new westerns are OK at best, and I wonder if it's because they're copying the myth of what westerns are instead of the reality of what old westerns were (which is still completely different form the reality of the old west).
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Lucius
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Posted on Friday, October 09, 2009 - 09:51 am:   

Yeah, I thought Appaloosa was just ok. It seemed derivative, tho good derivative. Especially as regards the stylized dialog.
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Posted on Friday, October 16, 2009 - 06:34 pm:   

I just got back from $9.99. It was worth seeing, although puppet sex is always disconcerting to watch. Both my friend and I thought the piggy bank's smile was creepy.

I saw that Night Shyamalan is planning to start producing movies that he writes and others direct. So now we'll have more insufferable twist endings. Will the new directors give themselves cameos?
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Lucius
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Posted on Friday, October 16, 2009 - 06:49 pm:   

Haven't watched a lot of puppet sex. :-) 9.99 may have showed up here, but I missed it. I'll catch it on DVD.

Well, at least he's not going to direct. We got that going for us.
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Posted on Friday, October 16, 2009 - 07:33 pm:   

There was some puppet sex in $9.99. I also saw some in Team America. Some college friends went to see a puppet porno and found it disturbing.
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Posted on Saturday, October 17, 2009 - 12:02 am:   

Puppet sex = "Avenue Q!"
(I shall never forget the sight of two puppets having sex in multiple positions -- and then singing about it, and internet porn, later)
Recommended for mature and twisted adiences, only.
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Posted on Saturday, October 17, 2009 - 07:30 am:   

Never heard of it--no listing on IMDB. Must be a real porno.
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Jwk
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Posted on Saturday, October 17, 2009 - 11:28 am:   

I think there was some puppet sex in Peter Jackon's Meet the Feebles, among a bunch of other nasty stuff.
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Lucius
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Posted on Saturday, October 17, 2009 - 02:09 pm:   

Well, I missed that. too.

Just got back from a screening of the Box. Richard Kelly's new one. Awful. Dull, predictable. Cameron Diaz is atrocious. Make you suspect that Donnie Darko was a fluke.
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Jwk
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Posted on Saturday, October 17, 2009 - 03:09 pm:   

Yeah, I suspected that after I saw Southland Tales.
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Posted on Saturday, October 17, 2009 - 03:15 pm:   

Maybe I should said that it's now confirmed. :-)
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Jwk
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Posted on Saturday, October 17, 2009 - 03:29 pm:   

Have you seen Harmony Korine's latest opus, Trash Humpers? Apparently about people who hump trash. Sounds great. And it was shot on VHS too, as an added bonus. How does this guy get to make movies? Guess he knows all the right people.
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Posted on Saturday, October 17, 2009 - 03:36 pm:   

I've done my best to suppress my memories of Meet the Feebles.

With the Box, it was an OK 20 minute episode of the Twilight Zone, but I didn't think the story could sustain longer than that.
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Lucius
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Posted on Saturday, October 17, 2009 - 03:44 pm:   

Didn't. But that wasn't it's main problem. Lame writing, bad storyteling...that was the key.

Trash Humpers sounds cool. I'll have to find that one.
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Jwk
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Posted on Saturday, October 17, 2009 - 08:09 pm:   

I still get the jaunty theme tune to Meet the Feebles popping up in my head sometimes. "Meet the Feebles, Meet the Feebles, they're not just average, ordinary people." lol
Yeah, let us know how Trash Humpers is. I think I'll give it a miss.
Also heard about the new Herzog movie, a remake of The Bad Lieutenant, starring Nicolas Cage. Might be good comedy value. The reviews were wretched.
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Lucius
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Posted on Sunday, October 18, 2009 - 03:11 am:   

Yeah, the Bad Lieutenant thing has long been an article of mystery to me--I'm sure it's awful. I'm not that much of a masochist to want to see it, however.
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Posted on Sunday, October 18, 2009 - 08:45 am:   

Hello all. Long time no post.

I saw Hurt Locker last night. Thought it was good. Well acted, well directed. I did really like that it was a plotless movie about a pointless war, but ultimately I'm not sure it lived up to the hype.

I think it was the writing. There were a lot of war movie cliches in it I thought. And, despite being a pretty good character study, it didn't really say anything particularly new about the war or the psychology of soldiers.

That could totally be my bias though. I've got friends who work as shrinks at the VA and here about stories like this from them. There was nothing shocking (for me) about James' decision to return for another tour...so maybe I'm not the intended audience. Or maybe HL was "just" an action movie and wasn't trying to make a particular statement.

Lucius, have you seen Generation Kill? I thought it covered the same topic in a more interesting, thoughtful manner.
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Lucius
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Posted on Sunday, October 18, 2009 - 10:59 am:   

Yeah, I saw Generation KIll--I liked it well enough. Of course you're comparing a mini-series with a less-than-two hour movie, but on the whole i thought the movie was better. The first few episodes of GK were excellent, but by the time it ended I was fully aware of the fact that I was being manipulated to take away from the show exactly what the producers intended. Cliches? Both mini-series and film are rife with cliches. I dug the fact that HL was plotless, it established very well the randomness of war, and I thought the the sargeant's choice to return wasn't intended to be shocking--I expected it--but had a tragic inevitability about it. It certainlly wasn't played for shock value.

Anyway, that's my view.
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Dave
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Posted on Sunday, October 18, 2009 - 11:50 am:   

Good point regarding the tragic inevitability. I hadn't looked at it like that.

I wonder if it's even possible to do a war movie/mini-series/book without war cliches? Maybe war is cliched? Its core characteristics don't seem to change much from one generation or war to the next.

Maybe my reaction to HL is premature. I'm not quite sure how to describe my take on it as a character study. For lack of a better term, I thought it was shallow at first. But maybe that's inevitable to a point given that the film is a study of an individual who has been rendered fairly unidimensional by his circumstances. It was overdriven and, in that respect, inevitable.

That said, the unidmensional lead was a bit overdone I thought. I feel like HL could have gained itself more depth if it had spent just a bit more time fleshing out the central character. depicting him as either on (full bore war addict) or off (bewildered in the cereal isle) is sort of dishonest. Even army grunts are more complex and conflicted than that, right? I maybe think this sort of stuff got sacrificed in order to adhere to the action movie format.

Don't get me wrong though. I liked HL a lot. I just wen in expecting more after hearing so many good things about.

I'm curious though: what did you feel that Generation Kill was manipulating you to take away from it? Did you think that HL was more successfully apolitical?
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Lucius
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Posted on Sunday, October 18, 2009 - 12:04 pm:   

It's been so long since I saw GK and so many movies since, I can't comment intelligently without revisiting it, but I recall being able to anticipate what I was going to be shown. As happened in the producer's previous series, the much-praised The Wire, which I grew weary of--I much preferred Homicide.

It's not necessary that all war stories be so rife with cliche. For instance, I've always felt that Tim O'Brien's Going After Cacciato would make a wonderful movie--it's about a soldier in Vietnam's imaginary flight from the battlefield to Europe.
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Posted on Monday, October 19, 2009 - 09:11 pm:   

Picked up a cool disc by Traffic Sound, their third album, self-titled, sometimes called Tibet's Suzettes, a psych band from Peru, from 1970. Pretty great mix of 70's psych guitars with Latin American rhythms with woodwinds and stuff. I need to check out their other albums. They had 4 I think.
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Jwk
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Posted on Monday, October 19, 2009 - 10:14 pm:   

Oops, posted that in movies instead of music.
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Lucius
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Posted on Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - 04:55 am:   

There was some great stuff in Latin america during the 70s and 80s. Most of my cds are still in stories, but I recall a bolivian psych band (tho not their name) that was pretty awesome and Los Atercipeldaos, sort of punk stuff....
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Posted on Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - 01:09 pm:   

For Bolivia - Was it Wara? Pretty long running outfit who started out psych.

Brazil had a ton of stuff like that starting with Os Mutantes, but there's also Lula Cortes e Ze Ramalho, Modulo 2000, Gilberto Gil/Cerebro Eletronico, Som Imaginario. I mentioned Chilean's Los Jaivas up thread. Lotsa Argentine stuff of note Arco Iris, Aquelarre, Color Humano, El Reloj, Materia Gris etc.
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Lucius
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Posted on Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - 03:14 pm:   

It wasn't wara--I know them. Fuck, can't remember. I'll study on it.
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Posted on Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - 03:37 pm:   

Any of these names ring a bell?

http://www.dustygroove.com/item.php?id=pcgm2k3yf5
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Lucius
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Posted on Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - 07:07 pm:   

Nah, I have to go dig out my CDS from storage....Thanks, though.
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Lukedjlaw
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Posted on Thursday, October 22, 2009 - 04:56 pm:   

Seen von Trier's Antichrist?
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Lucius
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Posted on Thursday, October 22, 2009 - 09:45 pm:   

Yup. A real horror movie. Gross, pretentious, gorgeously shot, bloody hand jobs, scissored vulva, etc. I never want to see it again.
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Jwk
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Posted on Sunday, October 25, 2009 - 11:00 am:   

Speaking of gross and pretentious, I watched Noe's Irreversible last night. There was some interesting camera work, but on the whole it was repulsive and pointless. And I have to wonder why someone would choose to wallow in a rape scene for such an extended time.
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Lucius
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Posted on Sunday, October 25, 2009 - 01:18 pm:   

Yeah, that was my reaction to Irreversible. I thought it was torture porn.

His new one, Enter the Void, sound kinda interesting, tho, at least as regards the camera work.
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Lucius
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Posted on Sunday, October 25, 2009 - 01:22 pm:   

Should mention I saw the Road. It was okay, i guess. I think it was the kind of thing that needed to be great to work and it was not great. The score was pretty terrible--lot of swelling strings at the points they wanted you to cry.
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Jwk
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Posted on Sunday, October 25, 2009 - 02:25 pm:   

Too bad about the score, I saw it was done by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis. I liked The Proposition, but haven't been hearing very good things about The Road.
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Lucius
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Posted on Sunday, October 25, 2009 - 03:45 pm:   

Score's pretty bad--i think they must have been ordered to make it teary.
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Posted on Sunday, October 25, 2009 - 05:22 pm:   

I hate overly dramatic scores. They make me think the filmmaker is covering up for the acting being unable to convey emotion. It sounds like that's happening with The Road.
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Lucius
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Posted on Monday, October 26, 2009 - 02:49 pm:   

Guys, I'm going to be out of here for a couple week, maybe a bit more. Take it easy.
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Lukedjlaw
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Posted on Tuesday, October 27, 2009 - 12:16 pm:   

Now I'm totally torn on whether or not I should torture myself with Antichrist in the spirit of Halloween... :-)
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Dave
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Posted on Monday, November 02, 2009 - 09:07 am:   

I watched The Mist over the weekend. Surprisingly, I really liked it.

It's definitely the best thing Darabont has done that I'm aware of. Not saying much, but...

It was just a good, no frills movie. And I loved what the director did with the ending. Just great. Superior to the original novella's ending in every way. I can't believe that I hadn't had the spoiled for me before I saw it. I like the mean spiritedness of it. Reminded me of Night of the Living Dead.

Has anyone else seen this? What did you think?
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Dave_g
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Posted on Monday, November 02, 2009 - 09:45 am:   

I kind of enjoyed the Mist if only because it has good monsters and Marcia Gay Harden, and I totally jones for Laurie Holden. A small part of me died when they used Dead Can Dance on the s/t, though.

Re: Irreversible...yeah, I have always said that even my taste for the weird and off-putting has limits, and Noe's film is it. As horrific as the rape is (probably the worst ever filmed), I had an even more visceral reaction to the guy getting his head pounded by the fire extinguisher. Probably the single nastiest thing I've ever seen in a movie.

Treated myself to House of the Devil on Halloween night. Frustratingly, another horror flick whose buildup was way better than its ending. A tad derivative, but a pretty eerie, well-done tribute to those great ABC Movies of the Week.
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Posted on Monday, November 02, 2009 - 12:23 pm:   

Hi Dave g.

Was the Dead Can Dance song the one at the end? I thought that was alright to be honest. I'd never heard it before though.

It's funny though... What I liked the most about it was that the monsters (despite being cool looking) were totally irrelevant plot devices. The movie, it seemed to me, was about groupthink. The final scene was a reenactment of what had played out in the supermarket (a leader emerges with a plan and is followed into stupid, easily avoidable tragedy). I loved that the movie was really about how awful people are to each other when the boogie man is thought to be knocking at the door. Very appropriate for our times...
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Posted on Wednesday, November 04, 2009 - 07:33 am:   

Dave, yeah, it was the tune at the end. It worked pretty well, although I'm protective of my 4AD bands. Using Lisa Gerrard to heighten Stephen King is, in my mind, a bit like having a gold medal bronzed.

I agree about the themes...and it was sort of interesting. It's just that King is kind of ham-handed, and there's nothing to take your mind off nitpicking criticism like giant man-eating lobster type thingies.
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Posted on Wednesday, November 04, 2009 - 08:00 am:   

I hear you. It's just... I have a real weakness for giant man-eating lobster type thingies. Especially in the service of nihilistic meanspiritedness. ;)

The religious chick was totally ham-handed though. About as subtle as a brick to the face.
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Posted on Thursday, November 05, 2009 - 11:05 am:   

My review of the Road:'

http://community.livejournal.com/theinferior4/559632.html

I wanted to like the MIst, but couldn't because of the hamfisted character of the dialog. The ending would have worked if I had cared about the kid, but I didn't--he was just another cardboard figure for King to push around.

Back to my cabin...
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Posted on Friday, November 06, 2009 - 12:45 pm:   

Yeah, Darawhatever stuck real close to King's dialog. There was some ched in there.

On another note, I just saw Session 9 the other night. Thought it was so-so. I remember you guys talking about that one a while ago...

I might venture to see Zombieland tonight. Getting too cold to climb...
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Posted on Saturday, November 14, 2009 - 09:56 am:   

I watched The Informant at a dollar theater. It was worth that admission price. Kind of a drama/comedy combo, with most of the humor coming from Matt Damon's bizarre character. He did a good job in the role. At the end, with makeup making him look balding, he was almost unrecognizable as Damon.
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Posted on Saturday, November 14, 2009 - 10:45 am:   

Watched an interesting, atmospheric horror film with Islamic elements called Born of Fire. A British musician travels to Turkey searching for a master musician, a weird looking wrinkled, bald guy who lives in a cave and can shoot fire from his eyes, and might be a djinn. He ends up in some kind of mystical battle with him. Some of the dialogue is kind of clunky, and there isn't much of a narrative, but there's some cool Jodorowsky-like imagery throughout the film.
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Posted on Sunday, November 15, 2009 - 08:02 am:   

I vaguely recall seeing Born of Fire in the early 80s - Peter Firth was the musician, wasn't he? I seem to remember a guy with no legs too. I remember it being strange and atmospheric.
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Posted on Sunday, November 15, 2009 - 08:32 am:   

Morning at the internet cafe.

Born of fire sounds intriguing.

Haven't been watching much. Saw a sort of interesting docu about people struck by lightning, Act of God, and watched Gentlemen Broncos by the guy who made Napoleon Dynamite--pretty bad. That's about it.
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Posted on Sunday, November 15, 2009 - 10:17 am:   

Lucius, I just watched Paranormal Activity, alone and with all the lights out, and it really gave me the creeps! I liked the way they opted to keep the camera still for the most part, instead of using shakey-cam - it really heightened the anticipation of what might happen in each night-time scene. I also liked the way they kept things fairly sparse and simple in terms of explanation and left quite a bit to the viewer's imagination. I must admit it had me looking over my shoulder a few times when I heard a creak in my apartment. I wish more horror films were like this instead of the seemingly endless parade of Saw and sub-Saw flicks...
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Posted on Sunday, November 15, 2009 - 10:37 am:   

HUW, yeah, I thought it was pretty damn effective. Glad you liked it. The direction was pretty intelligent. I was impressed. Not impressed, however, that his next film is to be also a found footage film. Area 51.

Did you ever watch the Human Condition?
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Posted on Sunday, November 15, 2009 - 11:33 am:   

Not yet! I've been meaning to, but I've been in and out of hospital much of the last couple of weeks and feeling too tired to watch anything so long. Maybe this week I can find time to really watch it properly. I'll report back when I've done so, let you know what I think, for what it's worth...

I didn't know about Area 51 - I hope he does something a bit different with the 'found footage' thing.
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Posted on Sunday, November 15, 2009 - 11:50 am:   

Yeah, Peter Firth was in Born of Fire. And there was a deformed guy, he had legs, but couldn't walk on them, he had to use his hands. He's actually interviewed in the bonus materials.
Area 51? They should probably think about moving on to regular movies instead of "found materials" or they might end up like the Blair Witch guys, who Hollywood has no use for anymore.
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Posted on Sunday, November 15, 2009 - 11:53 am:   

Also watched Vinyan, directed by the person who did Calvaire. It was pretty crappy. Rufus Sewell and Emanuelle Beart play a couple who are searching for their missing child in Thailand after a tsunami. They journey into the jungle and encounter a group of killer kids covered in mud who must have stepped off the set of Lord of the Flies.
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Posted on Sunday, November 15, 2009 - 12:00 pm:   

Born of Fire sounds interesting. I'll add it to my "to watch" list.
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Posted on Monday, November 16, 2009 - 07:55 am:   

I just heard that Edward Woodward has died. He played some excellent roles - Callan and 'Breaker' Morant, among others.
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Posted on Monday, November 16, 2009 - 10:10 am:   

And in The Wicker Man.
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Posted on Monday, November 16, 2009 - 03:10 pm:   

Breaker Morant was awesome, and Callan was way better than the Equalizer.

I'm afraid Oren Peli's a lost cause. I mean he's made over a hundred mil with a 15k movie. the pressure is going to be seriously on him to do the same movie.
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Posted on Tuesday, November 17, 2009 - 05:21 am:   

I watched the first two episodes of the new Prisoner on AMC and wasn't thrilled with the results. It opens with an amnesiac who has no idea how he got to the village or even who he is. He has flashbacks to a childhood vacation to the ocean. It strikes me as trying to turn The Prisoner into Dark City. They go through the motions but without any reason to.

I skipped episodes 3&4 and went out to a film festival event: The Baker. British hitman wants to retire, hides out in a small village and sets up shop as a baker. But the town finds out he's a hitman and people try to hire him to kill other townspeople. Comedy ensues. The story is pretty formulaic, but it was entertaining. Far more than The Prisoner remake.
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Posted on Tuesday, November 17, 2009 - 08:52 am:   

Too bad. That's a show that could take an updating,

The Baker sounds decent. I really like Damian Lewis as an actor.
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Posted on Wednesday, November 18, 2009 - 09:54 am:   

I liked Damian Lewis in The Situation and Keane. Especially the latter.

Can I shift gears for a sec? I'm always looking to enhance my knowledge of cinematic history with a classic. I really expected to dig Cocteau's Orpheus, but I was so very let down.

The whole enterprise just seemed awkward and silly. Am I nuts?
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Posted on Wednesday, November 18, 2009 - 03:49 pm:   

I don't recall Orpheus that well--I love L'Enfants Terrible. His stuff is terribly mannered but it's so influential on the New Wave and even on filmmakers that came after the New Wave. When Cocteau was working with film, it was so new...he was just fucking around and in doing so invented French cinema.
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Posted on Thursday, November 19, 2009 - 05:19 am:   

I barely remember Orpheus. My IMDB rating indicates that I enjoyed it, but I can barely remember anything. Although I recall that one of the Orpheus movies seemed to have Gaiman's inspiration for Death.
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Posted on Thursday, November 19, 2009 - 07:15 am:   

I remember watching The Blood of a Poet back in the 80s, and thinking how strange and unique it was. Back then it was hard to find films like this, and even old horror classics like Nosferatu and Vampyr took a lot of time and effort to track down (in a way that was more fun than today, when just about everything is available at the click of a key).

What do you think of La Belle et la Bete, Lucius?

p/s Still keeping an eye out for Red Lotus Society! That's one hard-to-find movie...
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Posted on Thursday, November 19, 2009 - 07:46 am:   

Thanks for searching, Huw.

I forgot about Blood of the Poet--dug that one. As for La Belle et la Bete, again it's been a while, but I remember I didn't like it as much as L'Enfant Terrible. It seems to me in retrospect that it was a mix of what I liked about Cocteau and what I disliked. But I will say that I never saw a Cocteau film that I thought uninteresting. Perhaps this was due partly to the age at which I saw them, but not totally,
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Posted on Friday, November 20, 2009 - 10:42 am:   

Watched the Korean vampire movie Thirst. I thought it was ok, didn't like it as much as the director's other stuff, but it was pretty well made. He lifted lots of stuff from Therese Raquin, the French film noir from 1953, for most of the domestic stuff in the house. The dumb husband, the irritating mother, the put upon wife, the people coming over to play games, all that was from Therese Raquin. It's like he saw Therese Raquin and decided to make it into a vampire movie.
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Posted on Friday, November 20, 2009 - 03:16 pm:   

I like THirst better than you, but I didn't know it was pinched. I'll have to check out Therese Raquin.
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Posted on Friday, November 20, 2009 - 09:02 pm:   

Therese Raquin was actually a novel by Zola. Haven't read it, but I did see the movie. I had deja vu while watching Thirst, since I'd just watched Therese Raquin a few weeks ago.

Valerie and Her Week of Wonders is very cool, like a weird, psychedelic dream from the 70's. There's some amazing imagery in it.
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Posted on Monday, November 23, 2009 - 05:36 am:   

I watched Obaba last night. I saw it mentioned on one of Lucius's blog posts. A film student goes to a rural province in Spain and videos the stories of people in the small town. It seems mostly normal, but there are just hints of weirdness (like the lizards that live in town, and one person insists the lizards eat people's brains). I liked the movie.
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Posted on Monday, November 23, 2009 - 07:30 am:   

It's a very cool book, too. written by a basque writer, I think. I love movies that blend in little bits of weirdness like that.
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Posted on Monday, November 23, 2009 - 04:56 pm:   

It looks like an English translation for the book is due early next year. I'll try to check it out.
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Posted on Monday, November 23, 2009 - 05:25 pm:   

I read it in Spanish translation--not up to the other. I had a horrid experience today. I saw the new Twilight, an hour of it anyway. Still trembling.
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Posted on Tuesday, November 24, 2009 - 05:27 am:   

Were you required to see it for review, or just feeling masochistic?

So far everything I've heard about the Twilight books and movies makes me want to stay far away.
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Posted on Tuesday, November 24, 2009 - 06:31 am:   

Review. The first one was supposed to be worse than this, but I can't imagine how...
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Posted on Tuesday, November 24, 2009 - 09:15 am:   

Talk about feeling your pain man. Hope there was a good beer or a couple of painkillers lying around. Too bad we can't call a moratorium on vampires and werewolves for a decade or so. Or at least people who fall in love with them.
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Posted on Tuesday, November 24, 2009 - 10:06 am:   

it's not that i hate vampires, I just hate pale young vampires with exciting haircuts. And I dig werewolves. The Woflman looks ok, tho it's being released in January, not a good sign...
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Posted on Tuesday, November 24, 2009 - 11:49 am:   

To me it's like they're still stringing out Buffy the Vampire Slayer, strangling out every penny they can get out of the young teenager falling for the brooding dark vampire guy. Even the new Vampire Diaries on TV is the same formula. True Blood on HBO charts near record numbers for the channel, although I guess Sookie isn't a teenager anymore. And the Brit's Being Human, a vampire, werewolf and ghost living together, a formula apparently good enough for Sy-Fy to regurgitate a US version of it (and certainly this werewolf is basically Seth Green's Oz from Buffy all over again! Lock me up, I don't want to kill!). Whatever one might think about vampires or werewolves it seems like we're getting a terribly narrow take on them over and over again. Of course I'm complaining about the inevitable, sure, :-)
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Posted on Tuesday, November 24, 2009 - 03:53 pm:   

Not necessarily inevitable. You may be surprised. Then again, you may not.... ;)
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Posted on Wednesday, November 25, 2009 - 11:23 am:   

Heh. Have a great thanksgiving!
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Posted on Wednesday, November 25, 2009 - 02:52 pm:   

Same to ya, Mike...
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Posted on Saturday, November 28, 2009 - 07:46 pm:   

I just got back from seeing Ong Bak 2. I'm not sure what it has to do with the first one, it seems unrelated. Revenge plot instead of searching for a stolen statue/elephant, so it was a little better in that area. The action is good, although it missed something compared to Ong Bak. I guess so much weapon play isn't as appealing to me as the more direct fighting of the first, or Jaa jumping through hoops of barbed wire. The ending seemed abrupt.
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Posted on Saturday, November 28, 2009 - 10:00 pm:   

I liked the fighting in Ong Bak 2, but Ong Bak is the better movie, for sure....
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Posted on Sunday, November 29, 2009 - 09:04 am:   

The fighting is great, very few people can do action like Jaa. I think I'm just more fond of seeing him punch people than seeing him hit them with swords.

So what's next for him?
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Posted on Sunday, November 29, 2009 - 09:10 am:   

IMDB doesn't say, but he made another flick, The Bodyguard 2, in 2007 that I'm checking out.

Yeah, me too, re the punching....
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Posted on Sunday, November 29, 2009 - 04:19 pm:   

Supposedly the Blu-Ray for Ong Bak 2 has some footage from Ong Bak 3, so I guess he's working on that. Will it have anything to do with the first or second?
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Posted on Sunday, November 29, 2009 - 06:59 pm:   

who can say? I'll watch it, though....
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Posted on Thursday, December 10, 2009 - 05:30 am:   

Anyone else give a shot to A&E reality show about Steven Seagal? I didn't finish the first episode before deciding to avoid the rest of it.
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Posted on Thursday, December 10, 2009 - 05:52 am:   

Yeah, I watched the first two episode. The best thing about it was the scorn the police had for seagal. Did you notiice he was always the fourth or fifth man in when subduing a suspect. That was pretty funny.
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Posted on Thursday, December 10, 2009 - 07:37 am:   

I only saw him subdue on suspect. I thought it was odd they didn't show the actual event, just Seagal telling them to back up because the suspect had been tased. In that respect, it was less interesting than normal cop shows. But when he started talking about his philosophy of police work, that pushed it over the edge and I turned it off.
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Posted on Thursday, December 10, 2009 - 08:40 am:   

Good decision.

You can see from the cop's faces they're pretty much tuning that shit out.
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Posted on Tuesday, December 15, 2009 - 09:49 am:   

It's like Cops, only not dangerous or interesting!

There seems to be a paucity of real crime in Jefferson Parish. It looks like the carjacking in episode one was the big splash, so they front-loaded it to grab people. Since then, it's been busting up fights or public intoxication or shit like that, padded out with akido or dog training demonstrations.

Don't the producers know that everyone is waiting to see SS kick somebody's ass?

I had to laugh when they were checking out the break-in, and lowered the K-9 through the window because they wouldn't enter the house! I never heard of that technique before!
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Posted on Tuesday, December 15, 2009 - 12:51 pm:   

I think it's special onetimeonly Seagall technique.

No way in hell they'll let Seagall go mano a mano with anyone.
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Posted on Saturday, December 19, 2009 - 12:05 am:   

Hey Lucius,

Just saw Michael Caine’s latest (and perhaps last) film, 'Harry Brown'. You’ve probably heard of it already… about an elderly tenant in a lower-class housing block who gets fed up with being intimidated by youth criminals and get all “Get Carter” on their assess. A bit uncomfortable to watch in places (in the style of Nil By Mouth).

Hey, I ’m visiting a town in northern Saudi right now called Hafr Al-Batin. Apparently that’s Arabic for “scratching your balls”. Sure enough, there’s not a whole lot to do around here :-).

Cheers, Richard.
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Posted on Saturday, December 19, 2009 - 05:22 am:   

Hi Rich...yeah I've been curious about Harry. Looking forward to seeing Caine going Charles Bronson on punks in running gear.

Hope you have a Happy Saudi Christmas.

Lucius
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Posted on Saturday, December 19, 2009 - 09:45 am:   

Thanks. Will be visiting friends on a compound in Riyadh on the day. Celebration is possible.

Have a great one!
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Posted on Saturday, December 19, 2009 - 11:38 am:   

watch out for Scuds... :-)
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Posted on Tuesday, December 22, 2009 - 10:17 am:   

I watched Jarmusch's new one The Limits of Control. Pretentious as hell and barely anything happens. I guy travels through Spain meeting quirky, irritating characters and exchanging matchboxes with messages, which leads up to an assasination. Seems more like an excuse for Jarmusch to show everyone how cool his record collection is (Boris, Earth, Sunn O))), than a fully realized movie. I like some of his other stuff but this seemed like a half-assed piece of crap that only got made because of who the "writer"/director is.
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Posted on Tuesday, December 22, 2009 - 11:27 am:   

Yeah, I liked it, but I realize it wasn't so great--I was just ready for some attitude when I saw it.
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Posted on Tuesday, December 22, 2009 - 09:10 pm:   

It was shot by Christopher Doyle who's done lots of Asian stuff, Wong Kar Wai, etc. Seems like he wanted cool shots of the landscape in Spain, and had the idea to put Earth's and Sunn O)))'s music on top of it, then the actual story came later without much thought.
One of the extras on the dvd has long shots in Spain with the music on top, with no actors in it, maybe would have been better just to do that since the story such as it was was so slight.
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Posted on Wednesday, December 23, 2009 - 04:12 am:   

Huh, have to check out the DVD. I know Doyle. Great camera guy. Fallen Angels and The Quiet American et al. He directed a movie, but I can't recall the name.
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Posted on Wednesday, December 23, 2009 - 04:53 am:   

Just saw a trailer for "Kick-ass" -- it's the trailer that focuses on the character Hit-girl (although the other trailer I saw -- apparently edited to make sure no one is offended -- looked okay, too). Though it's been compared to "Mystery Men," as some other internet wag pointed out, "There Will Be Blood" and "Citizen Kane" could be compared as well. It looks like it might be funny as hell (hope it comes to OZ). Anyone here seen an advance screening of it?
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Posted on Friday, December 25, 2009 - 01:59 pm:   

Totally missed that one.
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Posted on Saturday, December 26, 2009 - 12:02 am:   

You (and the other folks here) _might_ want to check it out (I stress _might_, because I know my taste in movies is little more lenient ("Seven Samurai" and the new "Star Trek" are on the same video shelf). If the movie lives up to the three trailers I've seen so far (the one with the little girl kicking ass and spouting words like cunt and fuck is almost as funny/sick/wrong as the one where Nic Cage shoots her in the chest), then Mr. Cage has earned a temporary reprieve from me.
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Posted on Saturday, December 26, 2009 - 10:12 am:   

Well, the Cage fest I'm looking forward to is Season of the Witch, wherein he plays a 14th century knight sent to stop the spread of the Black Plague....That ought to be real funny. The only trailers I've seen of Kick-Ass don't show Cage at all and look like a YA flick. According to what you say, I guess it's not...but I'd have to see a lot more to be tempted. I imagine I will in the months to come.

Speaking of crap. I just caught a screener of Whenn Angels Attack...I mean, Legion, Paul Bettany's bad angel movie. It's tough to imagine anything more risible and dated, but I figure Book of Eli has got to be a contender....
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Posted on Saturday, December 26, 2009 - 01:10 pm:   

Hey Lucius. Okay, here is the address for the trailer featuring "hitgirl."

http://www.slashfilm.com/2009/12/21/kick-ass-red-band-hit-girl-trailer/

And here is the address for the trailer featuring Cage and his "daughter" (AKA, Hitgirl)

http://celebrifi.com/gossip/New-hilarious-KickAss-clip-and-teaser-poster-VIDEO-1 267519.html


The second one was taken down from one site already (one angle of the scene makes it look rather disturbing), but this one still works.

I'll have to check out the trailer for Season -- the only other Cage trailer I've seen lately was one for the Sorcerer's Apprentice -- sort of a Harry Potter rip-off. ANd if "When Angel's Attack" is the title of a movie, that sounds so bad I might want to at least rent it on DVD. LOL
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Posted on Friday, January 01, 2010 - 11:19 am:   

Watched Sleep Dealer. Saw it on your best of list. Interesting concept. I liked the Mexican setting mixed with the tech stuff, it was original. Some of the effects weren't that great, but they did what they could with the budget I guess.
Also watched Paranormal Activity. Was expecting it to be more scary after all I'd heard about it. Did they change the ending on the DVD? I thought the studio put a demon face on the girl at the end, but I didn't see it. Would have been funnier if the guy antagonized it more. Like put on Merzbow Japanese noise at volume 10 and leave the house for a few days, that should clear it out.
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Posted on Friday, January 01, 2010 - 12:52 pm:   

I thought Sleep Dealer had an interesting concept. Paranormal Activity....I winder what you have thought had you seen it sans hype. It scared me plenty walking in on it at a film festival. I haven't seen the DVD..
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Posted on Friday, January 01, 2010 - 05:04 pm:   

I watched "Shiver" which was a Spanish horror movie. Light sensitive teen moves to a rural town, people start to die, and people suspect him. It was enjoyable. I seem to be having decent luck with Spanish movies lately. Far more so than US movies.
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Posted on Saturday, January 02, 2010 - 09:48 am:   

Yeah, the Spanish horror scene is pretty good these days, like the early days of J-horror. Haven't seen Shiver, though.
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Posted on Saturday, January 02, 2010 - 12:08 pm:   

I hope we won't be plagued by bad US remakes like we are with Japanese horror movies.

Shiver is from the director of Fausto 5.0.
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Posted on Sunday, January 03, 2010 - 10:39 am:   

oh, cool.

Well, we've already ad quarantine. I bet we will....
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Posted on Sunday, January 03, 2010 - 02:58 pm:   

Oi. For some masochistic reason, I tried watching Starship Troopers 3 this weekend. Total crap. I'd heard it was a return to the satire of the first...which is sort of true, but the satire was actually funny in the first.

Also, Drag Me To Hell was lame. As was the Dr. Who holiday special.

Im striking out. Time to move on to that list you posted recently Lucius.

Also, I'm hoping to see Dr. Parnassus (sp?) soon.
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Posted on Monday, January 04, 2010 - 04:34 am:   

I left Samson and Delilah off the list -- great Aussie film. As far as I know, the first film made by an aboriginal director.

Dave, Dave, Dave...Drag Me To Hell? Dr. Who? Oi, indeed.

Dr, Parnassus is an interesting failure.
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Posted on Monday, January 04, 2010 - 06:40 am:   

>>Oi, indeed.

I know, I know... So many reviewers had like Drag Me though. And Dr. Who can be fun nonsense sometimes. Sort of. Oi...

>>Dr, Parnassus is an interesting failure.

A failure of writing or a failure for reasons related to the death of Ledger?

With Tom Waits as the devil, it'd have to be pretty rotten to keep me away.
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Posted on Monday, January 04, 2010 - 07:48 am:   

For whatever reason, though I assume Ledger was at the heart of it, a lack of coherence. But it's pretty.
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Posted on Monday, January 04, 2010 - 08:35 am:   

Bummer. Gilliam seems to have terrible luck, eh?
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Posted on Monday, January 04, 2010 - 09:52 am:   

Yeah...but I hear Quixote is back on.
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Posted on Friday, January 08, 2010 - 01:52 pm:   

Watched a pretty amusing indie film from 1978 called The Whole Shootin' Match, about a couple of redneck losers in a small town in Texas, and their various get rich quick schemes. Sort of reminded me of a redneck version of an early Jarmusch movie.
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Posted on Saturday, January 09, 2010 - 06:46 am:   

Sounds interesting.

Saw a rough cut of Confucious, the 2010 Chinese epic. It has all the typical Woo-ish over the top visuals of typical Chinese product and stars Chow Yun Fat in the title role. I have no idea if it's to any degree historically accurate, but I sorta doubt it. I wasn't impressed, but for people who like this sort of thing. I guess it hits all the stops.
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Posted on Saturday, January 09, 2010 - 07:51 pm:   

I had the same reaction to "Dr. Parnassus" -- and I love all of Gilliam's stuff (even "The Grimm Brothers" and "Tideland"). Actually got up to go pee, which I never do when the film is engaging (even if it's nearly 3 hours long and I've had a cup of coffee before the movie)! I'll still pick up a DVD, cause I'm a stone-cold fan.

This may be like tossing gas all over myself and handing you guys a match (I think Soderbergh is a flammable around here), but...has anyone seen the uncut version of "Che"? I was thinking about checking out the video.
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Posted on Saturday, January 09, 2010 - 08:12 pm:   

They were showing Che on IFC but it got pretty poor reviews, so I passed. It looks tedious. Speaking of Soderbergh, his new one The Girlfriend Experience was shot cheap and is about a high class "escort", and stars a real porn star. Haven't seen it yet. I saw her in some photos with David Tibet of the band Current 93, and he was saying how the "actress" Sasha Grey came to visit him. I wasn't familiar with her, so I check IMBD. She has quite a colorful resume of past films. Heh heh.
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Posted on Sunday, January 10, 2010 - 06:57 am:   

I like Bring'um Young. :-)

No, I haven't, Seppo. I hear Benicio Del Toro is good, but I just don't care for Soderbergh.
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Posted on Sunday, January 10, 2010 - 07:47 am:   

However, I may check it out, having just looked at a couple of negative reviews that made it seem intriguing,
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Posted on Monday, January 11, 2010 - 08:24 am:   

I watched "A Perfect Getaway" last night. I enjoyed it, it had some nice twists towards a cliched genre. Although I guessed where the movie was heading long before it got there. Once again, Twohy does a decent job when given a low budget.
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Posted on Monday, January 11, 2010 - 03:41 pm:   

yeah, I agree -- that's what I felt when I saw it. Not just Twohy, all directors ought to have to reckon with limited budgets...
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Posted on Wednesday, January 13, 2010 - 11:34 am:   

Finally saw Paranormal Activity over Christmas. Yes, hype did infect my opinion, but I must say I thought it was ingenious and inventive and, yes, a bit scary. I enjoyed the fact that Pelli had the guts/sense to leave things unexplained. Infinitely scarier to NOT know what is really going on and to have NO WAY to find out than to use some bullshit horror cliche expository device.

SPOILER ALERT










The DVD has a different version of the ending where the girl cuts her own throat. I liked the original better. Alt ending certainly not worth DVD prices.

In the pleasant surprise category, I recently had a chance to see Ti "House of the Devil" West's debut The Roost. Yes, a cheap, low-budget devil-bat movie, but a fun and entertaining one. Tom "Red Dragon" Noonan as a Svengoolie-style horror host is a stitch.
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Posted on Wednesday, January 13, 2010 - 02:50 pm:   

I think Ti West is going to be a big deal...
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Posted on Wednesday, January 13, 2010 - 02:53 pm:   

I think Ti West is going to be a big deal...
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Posted on Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 09:41 am:   

He's no Kurosawa, but I've seen both his movies and had fun with each, neither of which bored me for a minute. In the horror world, that's high praise.
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Posted on Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 03:39 pm:   

Well, he's not going to compete with old Kurosawa, tho new Kurosawa, maybe. But yeah, that's what I meant.
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Posted on Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 11:45 pm:   

Only just had the chance to watch "The Hurt Locker", 'cause it doesn't hit theaters Down Under till March (went through Amazon.com) I thought it was a great flick! One of those thrillers that has you on the edge of your seat while stil expecting you to do some thinking (about the politics, social and otherwise -- at least _I_ was on the edge everytime the EOD squad was out). Definitely one of the best films about young warriors and how they are so often used up and spit out by the machine.

And for those who love a good, no-brainer "b-movie" now and then: "The Mermaid chronicles 1: She creature": GREAT creature feature! Part "Wolfman" (1940), part "Creature from the Black Lagoon," part "Alien." And just a lot of fun to watch (even when it starts to get the shakiest, near the end).
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Posted on Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 05:26 am:   

I saw She Creature, at the time it wasn't billed as Mermaid Chronicles 1, it was just "She Creature." It was decent, which is a big step up from many similar monster movies. Although the updated title makes me wonder if there's a MC2.
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Posted on Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 02:57 pm:   

Haven't seen She Creature.

Hurt Locker...good.

The movies I'm hyping now are 44 Inch Chest and the Scouting Book for Boys, both British flicks....
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Posted on Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 05:02 pm:   

I just finished Kiltro, which was a Chilean kung fu movie. It wasn't great, but it was neat to see one from such an unexpected source.
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Posted on Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 09:26 pm:   

44 Inch Chest by the writers of Sexy Beast. Looks good.
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Posted on Friday, January 22, 2010 - 06:03 am:   

I watched the first episode of the Starz original series, Spartacus: Blood & Sand. It's basically the people behind Xena trying to copy 300. It skips the homoerotic/phobic elements of 300, although the costumes are similar (even in snow, guys are barely wearing clothes). It's a bit more colorful, but it's got similar action, blood, and it's all green screened. I'm not interested in continuing the series.
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Posted on Friday, January 22, 2010 - 10:28 am:   

Yeah, I'm not going to touch the new Spartacus. Might catch the Chilean flick.

Yep, JK. Incredible dialogue, especially from Hurt and Mcshane...
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Posted on Monday, January 25, 2010 - 09:25 pm:   

Thanks for the feedback on the last couple o' questions (Che, etc): here's a new one.

Just saw a story about a remake of "the Killer Inside Me" which was recently screened at Sundance. It apparently elicited a LOT of rancor and disgust. Anyone here had a chance to catch it (if so, what did you think)?
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Posted on Tuesday, January 26, 2010 - 11:16 am:   

Rob I watched the Spartacus too. I thought a good drinking game would be to take a drink every time there was a freeze frame on a blood spatter. And not only is it all green screened but it's some of the most blatant and tackily done green screening I've ever seen. But no doubt the whole point is gratuitous whether it's male posturing, nudity or violence. Without all that it's just a terrible version of Ben Hur.
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Posted on Tuesday, January 26, 2010 - 11:42 am:   

Not seen The Killer Inside Me.

Have seen Heartless from the director of Reflecting Skin and The Krays--an interesting piece of arthouse horror.
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Posted on Sunday, January 31, 2010 - 08:37 am:   

From all reports Killer Inside Me is a terrific adaptation of the Thompson novel--it has graphic violence, but the violence is dead true to the book. It's apparently having trouble getting a US distributor. Once again I'll wait for the UK DVD.
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Posted on Sunday, January 31, 2010 - 12:07 pm:   

The cast for Killer Inside Me doesn't look too promising, but I like some of Michael Winterbottom's other stuff.
Watched Clive Barker's Book of Blood. Been awhile since I read the book but it seems like they took the book of blood intro part and combined it with another story. It was pretty ho-hum. Not as bad as other recent Clive related movies, but that's not saying much. Seemed to drag on too long without much going on in the middle of the movie. The end was cheesy too.
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Posted on Sunday, January 31, 2010 - 02:01 pm:   

was warned away from this by Kim Newman, so haven't seen it.

Saw the Wolfman. I have a feeling this might have been good if not edited to death.
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Posted on Sunday, January 31, 2010 - 07:54 pm:   

I was tempted to mention "Avatar" (that masochist streak mentioned on the music post), but nah. I DID like "The Hurt Locker" enough to watch it again recently -- it held up well enough. Anyone here seen "Julia" starring Tilda Swinton. It came out last year. Great, off-beat thriller (I love me some Tilda).
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Posted on Sunday, January 31, 2010 - 08:04 pm:   

Tilda Swinton is also in Bela Tarr's latest, The Man from London. Haven't seen it yet. I wonder if she does the Tarr trudge? Twenty minutes of ambling around with nothing much happening.
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Posted on Monday, February 01, 2010 - 05:06 am:   

I'll never know, because I'll never sit through another Tarr film.
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Posted on Monday, February 01, 2010 - 10:14 am:   

heh heh
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Posted on Monday, February 01, 2010 - 02:08 pm:   

Just ordered Julia, however, from Netflix. Looks pretty good.
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Posted on Monday, February 01, 2010 - 04:39 pm:   

Killer Inside Me looks interesting...

Speaking of Avatarded, here's an interesting review (by a guy who's usually funnier) about how manipulative the movie is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJarz7BYnHA&feature=player_embedded

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLzKwTcGO_0&feature=player_embedded

If you have some free time or just need cheered up, watch some of his Star Trek reviews.

Lucius, you should do reviews in this format. I'd love it, man.
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Posted on Monday, February 01, 2010 - 05:23 pm:   

Yeah, well, if i had 50 hour days and only slept 5...maybe.
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Posted on Monday, February 01, 2010 - 08:57 pm:   

Lucius: with ya on the "Julia" flick (I heard about it via Adam-Troy Castro, who cobbles up film reviews as well). Are you really a sucker for rom-coms, or did I miss the sarcasm when you wrote that many posts (and moons) back? If so,n have you seen "500 Days of Summer"? Being an incurable romantic, I also dig a good rom-com now and then, and that film doesn the genre proud (as I posted elsewhere, any flick that can feature a fantasy sequence poking a bit of fun at "The Seventh Seal" while having a French Cherub spout, "Take that, bitch" is okay by me).
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Posted on Tuesday, February 02, 2010 - 04:23 am:   

I like them, but don't like many. Last one I liked was Ghost Town.
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Posted on Thursday, February 04, 2010 - 08:52 am:   

Has anyone here heard anything about Terrance Malick's new film? I think it's called Tree of Life.

I read that it's due for a release soon, but haven't seen much other news about it.
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Posted on Thursday, February 04, 2010 - 10:47 am:   

Apparently this project has diverged into two films, which may be shown together--the second being an IMAX film called Voyage of Time, which is a natural history of the planet. IMDB describes Tree of Life as Drama, Sc Fi, Fantasy...? and goes on to describe it as a "lost soul in the modern world" (Sean Penn) loking back at his childhood, trying to reconcile the adult and childhood images of the world..

I wouldn't hold my breath about a release. Malick in notoriously slow in editing. Maybe in the fall. Maybe not.
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Posted on Thursday, February 04, 2010 - 11:29 am:   

Two films? That's odd, but I guess it makes sense. I'd read that Malick was shooting scenes set in prehistoric times (which might mean that his usual transcendental stlye has veered off into sci-fi?) for the film.

I suppose two films is better than tons of film being left on the editing room floor.

>>Malick in notoriously slow in editing

Slow and enigmatic. He leaves behind tons of material and, apprently, changes the film entirely in editing sometimes. Weird dude... I'd love to see the rumored and elusive long cut of Thin Red Line (with Micky Rourke) and just learned today that there is an extended cut of New World on DVD.

I dig me some Malick, so I'm looking forward to Tree of Life. That said, it's a bummer that Brad Pitt replaced Heath Ledger in the film. Yuck.

In less transcendental news, I saw Zombieland finally. There was absolutely nothing new or terribly creative about it, but I found it to be a lot fun. The cast was good together.

Also, Lucius: I read a sci-fi blog today and learned that there's been a lot of three toed action on Lost recently. I assume you're watching the show religiously now, right? ;)
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Posted on Thursday, February 04, 2010 - 11:42 am:   

I've heard the same about Lost. I came across this site that summarizes the previous seasons
http://gawker.com/5462583/everything-thats-happened-on-lost-so-far-just-from-mem ory

Part of me wonders if I should try to catch up on the show or start into it again.


By the way, it was odd to actually hear Lucius's voice on the latest StarShip Sofa podcast. It's always odd to hear somebody that you've just read before.
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Posted on Thursday, February 04, 2010 - 12:59 pm:   

>>Part of me wonders if I should try to catch up on the show or start into it again.

Definitely not. No way. Stay strong, man.
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Posted on Thursday, February 04, 2010 - 09:44 pm:   

Rob, I didn't sound like myself on that because the questiions ere so simplistic -- I kept expecting there to befollow-ups.

I tried watching one of the shows leading up to this season and it was amateurishly written I didn't make it very far. Also the whole sounded so unutterably stupid, I don't even care about he foot.
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Posted on Tuesday, February 09, 2010 - 11:17 am:   

Lucius, I took a listen to the podcast as well. Seems like all the questions came from a very traditional science fiction sort of place and your stuff's a lot harder to pin down to any specific genre. In fact the questions sounded prearranged rather than organic. In the end I thought your responses were quite gracious given the disconnect.
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Posted on Tuesday, February 09, 2010 - 01:11 pm:   

That was totally how they were--I wasn't used to that kind of format and, like I said, I kept expecting him to ask follow-ups, and I'm sure this made me sound tentative.
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Seppo13
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Posted on Thursday, February 11, 2010 - 04:12 am:   

Saw your post about Red Riding on the blog: it is, indeed, a terrific trilogy. I got the DVDs for my daughter as an extra Xmas gift, not sure of the quality (I merely knew of the writer via "tideland"). Turned out to be a great investment. Glad you mentioned the trilogy, since _I_ forgot to do so 2 months ago!
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Lucius
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Post Number: 8181
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Thursday, February 11, 2010 - 05:27 am:   

Yeah, pretty swell. Though I was pissed the DVDs didn't come with subtitles.

Just ordered Fish Tank, which has subtitles..
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Rich_p
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Registered: 07-2006
Posted on Friday, February 12, 2010 - 01:48 am:   

Hey Lucius,

Thanks for the tip on Red Riding. Got a copy via UK TV broadcast and watched 1974 last night.

The in-laws are from Sheffield (the 'south' riding of Yorkshire). The dialect there is indeed a bit of a challenge. It's also Sean Bean's hometown, which gives you a good idea what he sounded like before speech lessons.

BTW, my wife remembers being a student when the real-life Yorkshire ripper was arrested near the back gate of her public school. This was unexpected as most of his crimes had taken place around Leeds (in the northern, or 'red' - i.e. socialist, riding).
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Lucius
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Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Friday, February 12, 2010 - 01:59 am:   

Yeah, I was hitchhiking in England long ago. Got a ride with a lorry driver in a snowstorm, a Yorkshireman. The guy had picked me up to help him stay awake but between the engine and his accent, I couldn't understand a word he said, so he kicked me out of his ride in the dead of night in a near blizzard.

Hope all is good with you...

Lucius
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Rich_p
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Post Number: 144
Registered: 07-2006
Posted on Friday, February 12, 2010 - 04:28 am:   

Things are good here, thanks. Back in Saudi. Trying to line up a job in Turkey next.

Kicking around the idea of buying property in Turkey (on the Aegean or Mediterranean) and making that a home base for work in the Middle East.

Seems Ankara is where all the jobs are. Ever been there? Would you happen to have any recommended Turkish films?

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Rich_p
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Post Number: 145
Registered: 07-2006
Posted on Friday, February 12, 2010 - 05:08 am:   

Ha. Just checking if I could recall how my moderating privileges worked. It's no longer a full time job :-)
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Lucius
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Post Number: 8183
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Friday, February 12, 2010 - 07:43 am:   

Rich, Nuri Ceylan is the only Turkish filmmaker I currently am into. I'm sure there are more, but...no time. His films are usually slow and shot beautifully. Distances comes to mind.

I've not been to Ankara, but I've traveled widely in Turkey, along the Turkish Riviera before it was called that, and across the Capodacean plain.

Hope you find a mice place.
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Rich_p
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Post Number: 146
Registered: 07-2006
Posted on Friday, February 12, 2010 - 08:38 am:   

Thanks. Have located some Nuri Ceylan and it's on the way.

We're looking for something around Altinkum on the Aegean coast (with easy access to the Greek Isles). Were you touring the underground cities in Cappadocia?
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Lucius
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Post Number: 8184
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Friday, February 12, 2010 - 08:56 am:   

No, I was basically hiking across the plain. Almost killed myself. Got sick and had to lay up in a Coptic cave for a week. Dumb and Stupid. What underground cities?
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Robdev
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Post Number: 1315
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Friday, February 12, 2010 - 09:17 am:   

Here's a page with some info on the cities
http://curiousexpeditions.org/?p=416
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Rich_p
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Post Number: 147
Registered: 07-2006
Posted on Friday, February 12, 2010 - 09:50 am:   

Apparently, during the 6th and 7th centuries, the Christians would hide from the Arabs and Persians for months at a time. They lived in these underground cities (complete with stables, churches, kitchens, etc.) with air shafts disguised as wells.

Supposed to be over 100 of these cities scattered around Cappadocia, the largest being in Kaymakli which had room for 3000 people.

Never been myself, but I guess they are something of an attraction.
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Rich_p
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Post Number: 148
Registered: 07-2006
Posted on Friday, February 12, 2010 - 10:32 am:   

Thanks for the link Rob. I didn't know there was a Star Wars connection. Gee, that's a bit of a turn off :-).

I always thought 'Tatooine' was in Tunisia...

http://www.movie-locations.com/movies/s/starwars.html
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Robdev
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Post Number: 1316
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Friday, February 12, 2010 - 10:48 am:   

I think the CE page is wrong about the Star Wars connection, everything else I read agrees with the movie-locations link. Still, I'd like to get to those underground cities. And eat orchid ice cream. I'm not sure what else I'd do on a trip to Turkey.
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Lucius
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Post Number: 8185
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Friday, February 12, 2010 - 07:56 pm:   

Thanks Rob and Rick, you know I saw one of those fairy castles on the plain. Wish I had known.
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Jwk
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Post Number: 526
Registered: 07-2006
Posted on Saturday, February 13, 2010 - 10:59 am:   

Watched House of the Devil. Pretty entertaining 80's flashback horror. Looked better than The Roost too, that was so low budget it was almost unwatchable.
Also watched a convoluted mess called Triangle, directed by the guy who did Severance. A trip out to sea ends up with a freak storm wrecking the boat, then a CGI ghost ship shows up to rescue them. Killings on the ship end up happening over and over and the same rescued crew keeps getting back on the ship to be killed again. That crazy Bermuda Triangle and its looped time effects!
Looking forward to seeing Red Riding, heard great things about that.
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Jwk
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Post Number: 527
Registered: 07-2006
Posted on Saturday, February 13, 2010 - 11:00 am:   

Also want to see Dario Argento's new one Giallo, starring Adrian Brody(!) just to see how bad it is.
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Lucius
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Post Number: 8186
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Saturday, February 13, 2010 - 02:21 pm:   

Glad you liked House, JK. Me, I've got Mesrine 1 & 2, the French Gangster flicks with Victor Cassell. Don't think I'll get to 'em today, maybe tomorrow.
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Jwk
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Post Number: 528
Registered: 07-2006
Posted on Saturday, February 13, 2010 - 03:26 pm:   

Yeah I heard Mesrine is supposed to be really good too.
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Lucius
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Post Number: 8187
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Saturday, February 13, 2010 - 05:27 pm:   

Also have Fish Tank, which I've a;ready scene and is good. By the lady who did Red Road.
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Lucius
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Post Number: 8188
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Sunday, February 14, 2010 - 10:49 am:   

Mesrine was okay, but it missed something--good direction, I think. Mesrine was built up as a French superhero/chopper kimd of guy, but his flick didn't have the director Chopper had.
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Jwk
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Post Number: 529
Registered: 07-2006
Posted on Sunday, February 14, 2010 - 07:15 pm:   

Hmm...looks like the director previously did the remake of Assault on Precinct 13. Guess that could explain the problems with the direction.
Speaking of Chopper-type movies, looks like Bronson is getting a U.S. release. You didn't think much of that one either did you Lucius?
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Lucius
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Post Number: 8190
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Sunday, February 14, 2010 - 10:00 pm:   

No, it was a bit better than Mesrine, but Chopper set the standard for that sort of movie....

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