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PM
Posted on Saturday, October 28, 2006 - 11:16 am:   

Sorry didn't catch this new thread in time...


I'd probably enjoy Dexter more if I didn't visualize Hall in that other less spiny role on Six Feet Under. I keep thinking miscast, miscast but Hall is sort of ok.

Dexter rises above when it's compared against the wretched hordes of horror tv shows and movies.
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, October 28, 2006 - 11:22 am:   

I prefer Pumpkinhead.

Watched 1 epi of Dexter and said Nah.

Gearing up for Cracker on Monday night.
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PM
Posted on Saturday, October 28, 2006 - 12:13 pm:   

Hopeful for Cracker.

Anyone watching Turner Classic Movies Underground? (TCM Underground)

Rob Zombie is the host and he's looking lean these days. Not to pitchfork Zombie as his reading is fine but his script reads like Osbourne's. Not the Ozzy one.

So a new set was created, a new host was brought in and yet the script is still the same.

The TCM Underground website has creative spunk though:

http://www.tcm.com/underground/index.jsp
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Kelly Christopher Shaw
Posted on Saturday, October 28, 2006 - 08:34 pm:   

Sorry, missed the new thread.

Checked out a couple movies today. WENDIGO, which I enjoyed save for the rubber-monster ending -- thanks for the rec, Dave. And REQUIEM, a no-frills German version of the "true" events surrounding the possession of Emily Rose (remember that bad Hollywood movie from last year?). REQUIEM plays like an antidote to all of the sensationalized possession films ever made --it has a verite style and is grounded in psychological realism. Definitely worth checking out.
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, October 28, 2006 - 10:45 pm:   

I watched Lilya 4-ever, Lukas Moodyson's portrait of an exploited young woman in post-Soviet Russia. I suspect some of you have already seen this, and I had seen it once before myself. It's certainly one of the feel-bad movies of the decade, much less enjoyable than his comedy Fucking Amal. I really like Moodyson. I think he's an amazingly gifted young directorl, a humanist who has some commonality of interest with Ken Loach, though Moodyson. I think, likes his characters more than Loach, who sees his characters more as vehicles for socialist philosophy. Anyway, Lilya affected me deeply on firsyt watching it, mainly because of Okasana Akinsjina, the actress who plays the title characters, a young girl abandoned by her mother, forced to resort to prostitution to survive, her only friend a slow-witted boy named Volodna, who she comes to view as her guardian angel. There's too much overkill in this film, i.e., a scene wherein Lilya falls in a mud puddle and is nuzzled by a dog. It certainly makes you feel like shit and when Lilya goes off to Sweden with her prince charming, you know more or less what's coming. But there are enough good little moments to make a second viewing worthwhile...just barely. I guess the fact that I wanted I give it a second chance is testimony to my respect for Moodyson's ability. I noticed some flaws this time, but if you haven't seen this, you might want to hurt yourself once anyway with Lilya's story.
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PM
Posted on Sunday, October 29, 2006 - 11:27 am:   

On a substantially lesser note, I watched the latest Pumpkinhead. Henrikson looks great, sounds great, and well the rest of it at times borders on comedy. Pumpkinhead looks a bit silly chasin' folk around to a swipe from the Terminator 2 soundtrack.

Oh and if you think you can do a Southern accent then drawl elsewhere...

Having said this the movie wasn't the absolutely miserable experience I thought it was going to be...
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MarcL
Posted on Sunday, October 29, 2006 - 04:00 pm:   

The first Pumpkinhead was like something ripped out of Manly Wade Wellman. I enjoyed it. But it's never occurred to me to watch another. Lance deserves better.
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Lucius
Posted on Sunday, October 29, 2006 - 05:15 pm:   

Yeah, he does. All the stuff he's doing sounds like made for TV stuff. One sounds interesting --The House at the End of the Drive, about the guy who lived next door to the house where Sharon Tate was murdered.
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PM
Posted on Sunday, October 29, 2006 - 06:12 pm:   

Hookin' him to a good horror movie seems an increasingly unlikely proposition. Lot of wasted opportunity for him...
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Lucius
Posted on Sunday, October 29, 2006 - 06:25 pm:   

My favorite Henricksen role was in Hard Target with Jean Claude Van Damme, John Woo's first american movie. The bootleg director's cut has 24 minutes extra and a different soundtrack, is much more of a John Woo movie, and makes plain that Henricksen and Andrew Vosloo (the Mummy) are in a homosexual relationship. Lance's part, then, is a bitchy, gay, piano-playing madman with a violent streak. It's a pretty complex role, more so than most of his parts.
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ben peek
Posted on Sunday, October 29, 2006 - 07:05 pm:   

all the henricksen parts sort of blur together for me, but i like seeing him in films. i dug him in MILLENIUM, too. hopefully that HARD TARGET version will get a non-bootleg release--or at least bootleg near me. too much effort and i lose the interest i have :-)
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Lucius
Posted on Sunday, October 29, 2006 - 07:25 pm:   

Idoubt it will -- it was released bootlegged years ago, but if you ever stumble on it, it's well worth picking up.

" too much effort and i lose the interest i have"

Scarcely the way a Phid should speak... :-)
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ben peek
Posted on Sunday, October 29, 2006 - 07:59 pm:   

us phids are a lazy bunch ;)
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Lucius
Posted on Sunday, October 29, 2006 - 08:13 pm:   

Shiftless, we calls 'em down home. :-)
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ben peek
Posted on Sunday, October 29, 2006 - 08:39 pm:   

:-)
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Dave G.
Posted on Monday, October 30, 2006 - 06:38 am:   

I would recommend the Brian Bosworth vehicle STONE COLD, which has both Henricksen AND William Forsythe...
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, October 30, 2006 - 07:16 am:   

Stone Cold is a funny, funny movie....


Lance (as biker): I remember the last thing my daddy ever said to me. "Watch out, son. I think that thing's loaded."
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Dave G.
Posted on Monday, October 30, 2006 - 07:51 am:   

William Forsythe on his hog, being burned in a Viking funeral pyre. Sheer genius.
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, October 30, 2006 - 07:53 am:   

Yeah, that was good.

The highlight of the Boz's film career.
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ben peek
Posted on Monday, October 30, 2006 - 02:35 pm:   

henrickson was also in jarmusch's DEAD MAN as a cannibal bounty hunter. he was pretty good in that, actually.
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, October 30, 2006 - 02:43 pm:   

I forgot that. He was great in Dead Man.
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PM
Posted on Monday, October 30, 2006 - 04:36 pm:   

Lance has done his part to make these films enjoyable.

It's a shame that Chris Carter and his crew can't get it together again and bring Frank Black back.
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MarcL
Posted on Monday, October 30, 2006 - 10:12 pm:   

Yes, Henriksen is great in Dead Man: "Looks like a god-damn religious icon."

Carter's last turn with Frank Black, dragging him into X-Files terrain, was just embarrassing.
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PM
Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2006 - 12:12 am:   

Yes, that's why Carter and his crew needs to get it together. Cuz it was tv that sure went down the tube. Carter hopped from show to show and managed to kill them all...Henriksen in HARD TARGET: "Whoops!"

Speaking of the tube, watched the new Cracker movie. If I had the time I'd time the damn commercials as it sure seemed to be almost 50/50. Would have enjoyed it so much more without so many breaks.
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Dave G.
Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2006 - 08:06 am:   

Anyone heard of a movie called I PASS FOR HUMAN by Chris D., formerly of the Flesh Eaters?
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Thursday, November 02, 2006 - 05:35 am:   

Lost: Still no giant foot. One death, which eliminates all but one of the tail survivors, and gets the cast almost to the starting size. The flashback was minimal and it focused more on events on the island. The change was a step in the right direction for the format, but it should also include more compelling writing.
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MarcL
Posted on Thursday, November 02, 2006 - 08:01 am:   

The plot involving Jack is interesting, but they've lost any sense of mystery. They now use the creepy music that used to signify...significance...for any old thing.
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MarcL
Posted on Thursday, November 02, 2006 - 08:05 am:   

ART SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL was a drag. I'm disappointed in both Zwigoff and Clowes this time around. Broadbent and Malkovich were fun in their roles, but they inhabited a stylistic netherland where the cliche-puncturing satire of the comic strip was badly meshed with a serial killer plot. Neither worked well in this form. The main character was leaden, and not in a good way.
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MarcL
Posted on Thursday, November 02, 2006 - 08:07 am:   

Lost: Where's Bernard? I hope the whole tail section cast is soon finished off the rest of the way.
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Thursday, November 02, 2006 - 08:31 am:   

Bernard and Rose's story is pretty much over, I don't think they'll die, but we won't see much of them. I'm hoping for more deaths before them (like those two new survivors who strike me as being Shannon & Boone replacements).

It's strange that anyone who's been arrested in Hawaii has died, even if the charges were dropped (as happened with Adawale).

With Eko dead, will they bother explaining why the Nigerian plane ended up on the island? Or will they drop it like they dropped the Walt appearances (and the Vincent disappearance).
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MarcL
Posted on Thursday, November 02, 2006 - 09:59 am:   

Just got a notice from Amazon that THE BUTCHER BOY, one of Neil Jordan's best, is getting a DVD release.
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Dave G.
Posted on Thursday, November 02, 2006 - 11:28 am:   

http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2006/11/mr-foleys-opus.php

Is there ANYTHING that William Forsythe CAN'T do?

He even wrote and co-starred in a movie with Republican page-chasing, headline-grabbing ex-Congressman Mark Foley!

Forsythe is Our American Hero.
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Mike McLatchey
Posted on Thursday, November 02, 2006 - 01:20 pm:   

It's probably a good idea to break until next year with Lost (after next week's ep), at least I'm not sure I can continue with it for much longer, last night's ep was fairly dull up to the end with Eko's "Alien vs. Predator" death scene. Popular shows often create spin offs, but not usually within the same show. It's so scattered now I've been losing any sympathy I have left for many of the leads.

Anyone checking out Friday Night Lights on NBC? So far it's been my vote for this year's best new show. It's still got some rough spots (like the shaky camera work) but given all the football fans around here I can imagine it might be of interest.
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MarcL
Posted on Friday, November 03, 2006 - 12:36 am:   

MOUNTAIN PATROL: KEKEXILI: Fantastic. Gruelling and beautiful. Probably the best Tibetan-themed film I've seen.
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MarcL
Posted on Friday, November 03, 2006 - 02:18 pm:   

And BORAT is great success.
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Friday, November 03, 2006 - 06:29 pm:   

I haven't seen Borat. I hope it's better than the Ali G movie.

Mountain Patrol Kekexili was good.

Tonight, I saw "Stolen" a documentary about artwork stolen from the Gardner Museum. It was good, but dragged a little bit with some of the readings of Gardner's letters. Some worked well with the section of the movie, others seemed like filler.
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MarcL
Posted on Monday, November 06, 2006 - 10:12 am:   

I intended to watch about half of TWILIGHT SAMURAI last night, and wait to watch the rest, but I ended up taking in the whole thing. Very fine. Not the best, or even my favorite, samurai movie ever; there are so many good movies in that category. But it ranks high. I just ordered THE HIDDEN BLADE.

Next up, WAR PHOTOGRAPHER.
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Dave G.
Posted on Monday, November 06, 2006 - 10:46 am:   

Anyone see BORAT this weekend?
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MarcL
Posted on Monday, November 06, 2006 - 01:01 pm:   

Yeah, I enjoyed BORAT. I needed a laugh, my expectations were not unrealistic, and it delivered. There's no way it could have been as funny as I hoped it would be, but still...pretty funny.
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Dave G.
Posted on Monday, November 06, 2006 - 02:01 pm:   

It was worth the price of admission just to see Borat chasing Pamela Anderson around the Virgin parking lot.
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Huw
Posted on Monday, November 06, 2006 - 02:09 pm:   

I loved TWILIGHT SAMURAI, Marc. Hiroyuki Sanada was superb.
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PM
Posted on Monday, November 06, 2006 - 03:34 pm:   

Watched AMERICAN HARDCORE. Funky KBear lost some fur and a button or two were dislodged. If you have an interest in hardcore and haven't already seen this material before then this is a must see.
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PM
Posted on Monday, November 06, 2006 - 03:45 pm:   

Watched TIDELAND. I'd say this is his best film so far. Went into it with rather low expectations. In fact he actually appears before the film and defends his own film!

In the tradition of painful art, this film is going to make you UNCOMFORTABLE. It's going to take you right where you don't want to be taken. Folk were walking out of the theater.

Yes it's a film about a young girl and her dolls. Ferland, well is it the actress, the director, or both? After seeing her performance one wonders what so many other actors are doing, not even treading water. They should hide in shame along with their directors.
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PM
Posted on Monday, November 06, 2006 - 03:49 pm:   

"I loved TWILIGHT SAMURAI."

Agreed.

The scene at the waterfall is stunning.

The swordfights are sparse which make them all the more powerful when they finally rip through the screen...
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MarcL
Posted on Monday, November 06, 2006 - 05:14 pm:   

TIDELAND is getting slaughtered by critics as unwatchable, but one friend went to see it and liked it a lot. So I'll probably give it a chance. My expectations are going to be quite low, though.
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PM
Posted on Monday, November 06, 2006 - 08:13 pm:   

Give 'em time and the critics may very well come around. But I can understand why folk would hate the film.

But we know better than that :-)
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, November 06, 2006 - 08:51 pm:   

Saw some good sci fi flicks this wkend -- The Bothersome Man, avery good Finnish movie, and several more. Will report later.
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jk
Posted on Monday, November 06, 2006 - 09:24 pm:   

Wonder what's up with this? Saw it in a record catalog.

Alejandro Jodorowsky - Psychomagic (OTHER) - 777 was 666 $15.00
THIS IS A VCD - "His latest preaching shot live in San Francisco Nov
2004. Location & Director of Cinematography by David Woodard Cover art by
Nick Bougas Playable on any PC or DVD player. w/printed craft paper
cover. Ltd 150. "
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MarcL
Posted on Tuesday, November 07, 2006 - 12:06 am:   

WAR PHOTOGRAPHER, very good documentary about James Nachtwey. Some of it is shot via a videocamera attached to his still camera, so you are about as close as it's possible to get to his POV as he photographs. Nicaragua, South Africa, Indonesia, Kosovo, Palestine...amazing stuff.
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Tuesday, November 07, 2006 - 05:24 am:   

Finished reading The Prestige. I enjoyed the book, and it was interesting to see what was changed for the film. I think a lot of the changes worked and gave it more suspense.
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Kelly Christopher Shaw
Posted on Tuesday, November 07, 2006 - 06:26 am:   

This looks kind of cool HorrorFest, a collection of 8 unreleased flicks from around the globe, opening for one weekend in 35 markets.

http://www.horrorfestonline.com/
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, November 07, 2006 - 10:49 am:   

Well, if Reincarnation is any standard, this won't be all that. Reincarnation was a low budget, just okay horror flick. But you never know....

I hated tideland because it was a bad movie -- jennifer Tilly Does Courtney Love...please! It has its moments, but not enough of them...
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, November 07, 2006 - 10:59 am:   

One thibg more, If you ever get a chance to see a film called the Living World, jump on it. It's the coolest, hippest fantasy film ever made,,,by an American gone French, Eugene Green...
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MarcL
Posted on Tuesday, November 07, 2006 - 12:08 pm:   

We've been coasting along, way overdue for another cycle of shitty dragon movies. I think they're tied in with sunspot activity or something.
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Tuesday, November 07, 2006 - 12:11 pm:   

Marc, is there a non-shitty dragon movie?
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MarcL
Posted on Tuesday, November 07, 2006 - 12:16 pm:   

Robert...I can't think of one. I didn't mean to imply that there were ever periods of good dragon movies, just that they always seem to come in flocks.
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Tuesday, November 07, 2006 - 12:26 pm:   

Yeah, I just thought "shitty dragon movie" was redundant.

LotR triggered a bad fantasy wave, and it's beginning to hit now. It's a shame it didn't trigger a desire for maybe a Moorcock movie or some good fantasy films.
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Dave G.
Posted on Tuesday, November 07, 2006 - 01:24 pm:   

One of George Allen's campaign ads chastises Jim Webb for denigrating women in his novels and treating them as sex objects and also, "arrogantly...refusing to be ashamed of what he had written."

That's enough for him to get my vote.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, November 07, 2006 - 02:14 pm:   

I can't recall the Fields of Fire, but it seemed a serviceable war novel.....
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jk
Posted on Tuesday, November 07, 2006 - 05:10 pm:   

I read that Peter Jackon's production company recently bought a script about a dragon too.
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jk
Posted on Tuesday, November 07, 2006 - 05:17 pm:   

Saw the first in the new series of Masters of Horror. If the rest are this crappy it doesn't bode well for the 2nd season. Some junk directed by Tobe Hooper, very loosely based on an Ambrose Bierce short story, apparently. It was one of the worst ones so far. I think that Garris guy just has a bunch of famous horror director friends and had them over to dinner and said "I got this idea for a series...blah blah blah" and they can puke out any old crap.
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MarcL
Posted on Tuesday, November 07, 2006 - 05:57 pm:   

That's true, Jackson got rights to the Naomi Novik Temeraire books, which look like Horatio Hornblower pastiches with dragons added. The odds of this actually reaching a theater; if it does, it'll probably be a completely respectable, yeomanlike historical fantasy dragon adventure movie.
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Dave G.
Posted on Wednesday, November 08, 2006 - 07:01 am:   

Saw the second MOH with George Wendt as a psycho neighbor who kills to add skeletal members to his "family." Was the wife (Meredith Monroe) the same actress who was in LONDON VOODOO? She is <ahem> a real screen presence...
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jk
Posted on Wednesday, November 08, 2006 - 10:18 am:   

No, it's not the same actress from London Voodoo. Sounds like a porn name, wonder if it's her real name.
At least it was better than the first one in the new series. Still, not that great. Does John Landis think he's being clever, having someone page "Doctor Howard, Doctor Fine, Doctor Howard" in the hospital scene?
Well, at least it was more amusing than the hamfisted attempt at political commentary. The killer has pictures of Cheney and Bush in his house and plays JESUUUSS music real loud. And he kills to complete his twisted skeletal family. Gee, how subtle.
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Dave G.
Posted on Wednesday, November 08, 2006 - 10:47 am:   

Yeah, well, Tarkovsky it ain't, that's for sure.
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Thursday, November 09, 2006 - 10:57 am:   

I saw THE AURA last night, it's by the same guy who did NINE QUEENS. It was a good crime movie. An epileptic taxidermist accidentally kills a hunter, and learns the hunter was planning a casion heist. He didn't seem to consciously decide to take it over, his social ineptness and desire to solve the logisticis of it lead to situations where taking over the heist seems like the best choice. I enjoyed it a bit more than NINE QUEENS.
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MarcL
Posted on Thursday, November 09, 2006 - 01:15 pm:   

Fred Willard was on the Tonight Show last night (I will watch anything with Willard in it), promoting the new Chris Guest movie. Not sure how to rate the movie (FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION), but Willard was great.
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PM
Posted on Thursday, November 09, 2006 - 10:34 pm:   

The trailer for FYC was mostly unamusing. It seemed to have caught some of the worst characteristics from those Woody Allen movies that just didn't make you laugh.
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MarcL
Posted on Thursday, November 09, 2006 - 10:46 pm:   

The only Guest movie I've totally loved from end to end was BEST IN SHOW...the others had their moments though. Willard is always a highlight. Some of the deleted stuff from BIS appeared on the movie's website and sadly never even showed up on the DVD; Willard did some hilarious riffing with his idiot emcee character. I'll bet there are some great moments in the new movie, but this sort of thing is just not designed to hold together very well.
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PM
Posted on Thursday, November 09, 2006 - 11:37 pm:   

It's amazing how gathering a great cast almost guarantees a flop. "Great" is a relative term of course but FYC has a lot of folk who can pour on the funny --- and the assumption is that the script/director is going to let the cast down.

BIS was funny but it was too long...
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, November 10, 2006 - 02:09 pm:   

best moviea I've aeen in NYC so far--- Climates, a novie avout a May-Seotember romance and a dic about an illegal immigrant called Romantico. Bith are superb
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, November 10, 2006 - 03:02 pm:   

thats a doc npy a dic
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PM
Posted on Friday, November 10, 2006 - 10:41 pm:   

drunky, drunky are you :-)
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PM
Posted on Saturday, November 11, 2006 - 03:09 pm:   

Have a great reading in NYC!
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, November 11, 2006 - 05:41 pm:   

nope, just blind....
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PM
Posted on Saturday, November 11, 2006 - 07:09 pm:   

Gotta get that vision fixed...somehow!
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Kelly Christopher Shaw
Posted on Monday, November 13, 2006 - 06:56 am:   

Checked out EDMOND, an adaptation of David Mamet's stageplay starring William H. Macy. If you dig Mamet's circular, hard-boiled dialogue, you'll probably like this dark film. As an examination of the paranoid/rascist psyche of the modern white man, it's quite disturbing. And Macy is really good. But by the end, the screenplay feels a little too neat.

Also checked out THE KING, which I believe has been mentioned here before. I really liked this film, the way the director tells his story, about an evangelical pastor (William Hurt) and his misbegotten son (Gael Garcia Bernal), without ever belittling his characters. There's an unflinching honesty to this film, and some real plot surprises. So far, this is the best film I've seen this year that I wasn't expecting anything from.
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Dave G.
Posted on Monday, November 13, 2006 - 09:10 am:   

Last weekend, I had a chance to see Neil LaBute's IN THE COMPANY OF MEN for the first time since it came out in '97. I have to admit I was blown away by it. Definitely the truest, most unflinching portrait of the modern Aryan male asshole ever committed to film. Like looking the devil in the eye.
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MarcL
Posted on Monday, November 13, 2006 - 10:39 pm:   

This may come as a surprise to some, but GAMERA 2: ATTACK OF LEGION is not very good. A shame, because the first of these (GAMERA: GUARDIAN OF THE UNIVERSE) was pretty fun. It had some nice effects, dark cheesy humor, gruesome baddies, and a few real characters. The second, for some reason, seemed to care what the military was up to. I need to nurse my wounds a bit before risking GAMERA 3: REVENGE OF IRIS, which by all accounts is more character-driven. Very, very important to the Gamera franchise.

In the long run, I feel confident that THE HIDDEN BLADE is going to be a more worthy Japanese import.

Anyone seen HOW TO DRAW A BUNNY?
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Huw
Posted on Tuesday, November 14, 2006 - 01:01 am:   

Have you tried listening to the different English audio tracks on the Gamera DVD, Marc? One of them is a hillbilly version - I kid you not!

I've been watching MESSIAH, a pretty decent (and fairly gruesome) UK police series.
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MarcL
Posted on Tuesday, November 14, 2006 - 10:53 am:   

Huw, that is pretty sweet, but I think the Gamera I got from Netflix was a no-frills version...I couldn't force it to play Japanese with English subtitles, even though that was a menu option. Did you find the hillbilly version on Gamera 2 or Gamera 1?
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, November 14, 2006 - 02:52 pm:   

saw Bobby at a screening. Earnest Crap. ( think that was the director's name...
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MarcL
Posted on Tuesday, November 14, 2006 - 03:41 pm:   

I thought it was Emilio. Son of Earnest.
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Huw
Posted on Tuesday, November 14, 2006 - 06:06 pm:   

Marc, the hillbilly audio track was on the second film, GAMERA: ATTACK OF LEGION. I'll have to check the other two and see if they have them also (I only discovered it by accident, as it's not listed on the box!). The edition I have is the 3-disc boxset.
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MarcL
Posted on Tuesday, November 14, 2006 - 10:18 pm:   

Well, I'm sorry I missed it. Would have been worth bringing it in to show my friends at work, at any rate.
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Wednesday, November 15, 2006 - 06:08 am:   

I saw "The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes" last night. One friend described it as "beautiful gibberish" and that seems accurate. The Quays make the most visually stunning films I've seen, they are hypnotic and the sound is good to. However, things like plot and dialog are afterthoughts.

Earlier in the week, I saw "4," which was a Russian film. It starts with three people in a bar, each telling stories of their lives. However, each story is a lie. After they leave, we see the wrecks of their lives, which explains why they want to escape into fantasy for a few moments. That first bit in the bar was entertaining, but after they leave, the movie really drags. It could have used a lot of editing (for example, we don't really need 10 minutes of a woman walking while dogs bark around her, a montage would have worked a lot better).
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MarcL
Posted on Wednesday, November 15, 2006 - 11:33 am:   

If Piano Tuner is really beautiful and dynamic, I don't mind the gibberish. But Institute Benjamente was not even beautiful...just boring. They know how to make compelling drama out of screws unscrewing themselves and clocksprings unravelling, but not out of two actors sharing a scene. Just tell me it wasn't tedious!
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MarcL
Posted on Wednesday, November 15, 2006 - 09:47 pm:   

Here is a very fine short animated film--allegedly a student film, although it shames quite a few professional productions.

http://www.entusbrazos.fr/
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Thursday, November 16, 2006 - 05:05 am:   

I found Institute Benjamenta to be beautiful too, so you may not agree on Piano Tuner. You may find it tedious.
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MarcL
Posted on Thursday, November 16, 2006 - 03:24 pm:   

Thanks, Robert. I'll probably wait for the DVD then. Institute B. was especially painful because I'd gone to see it on a big screen and couldn't, you know, fast-forward.
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Dave G.
Posted on Friday, November 17, 2006 - 08:35 am:   

Lower.
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, November 18, 2006 - 01:52 pm:   

Went to a screening of Deja Vu.... Deja Pee-eeu.
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PM
Posted on Saturday, November 18, 2006 - 03:18 pm:   

Domino II :-)
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MarcL
Posted on Saturday, November 18, 2006 - 10:12 pm:   

Deja Vu - Regret Rien!
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Lucius
Posted on Sunday, November 19, 2006 - 11:34 am:   

One of the dumbest movies ever...all that and Denzel too...

tonight, I'm going to the fountain. Pray for me.
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PM
Posted on Sunday, November 19, 2006 - 12:45 pm:   

"tonight, I'm going to the fountain. Pray for me."

Hopefully it won't take a thousand years to wash it away...
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Kelly Christopher Shaw
Posted on Sunday, November 19, 2006 - 02:11 pm:   

Damn, I hope THE FOUNTAIN is good. All too quickly, current movies I had hopes for are falling by the wayside. Saw BABEL the other night -- little more than an arty CRASH. Clearly, Inirritu has talent, but the guy's direction is so overwrought that any existing nuance is sucked out of the final product.

Also checked out A DIRTY CARNIVAL, a typical melodramatic South Korean gangster flick.
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MarcL
Posted on Sunday, November 19, 2006 - 08:00 pm:   

Can't wait to hear what you think. Currently I can't figure out whether to see THE FOUNTAIN or THE PICK OF DESTINY.
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MarcL
Posted on Sunday, November 19, 2006 - 10:53 pm:   

Prime Suspect 7 didn't disappoint. A fine final act for Jane Tennison.
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PM
Posted on Monday, November 20, 2006 - 12:09 am:   

Yes!
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MarcL
Posted on Monday, November 20, 2006 - 12:12 am:   

Here's another good movie: HOW TO DRAW A BUNNY. In spite of an annoying soundtrack that occasionally drowns out the softspoken speakers, this is one of the best documentaries about an artist that I've seen. It builds to an amazing sequence of police video. It was recommended to me by a friend who described it as inspiring, and I'd second that.
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Monday, November 20, 2006 - 05:33 am:   

I was pleasantly surprised by Casino Royale. It wasn't as cartoonish as the recent Bond movies. More realistic fight scenes, a chase scene that reminded of Ong Bak, and more focus on double-crosses.
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Dave G.
Posted on Monday, November 20, 2006 - 06:30 am:   

I went to Horrorfest in search of a good, gritty underground American horror picture and got THE HAMILTONS, a film by the Butcher Brothers which combines sex, menace, sadism, poignant family drama, wit and arresting characterization in a way that almost no recent US horror flicks have. Strongly recommended.

WICKED LITTLE THINGS was formulaic, kind of silly and sort of time-wastey.
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MarcL
Posted on Monday, November 20, 2006 - 10:10 am:   

Casino Royale looks decent...I think this will be the first Bond movie I bother to see in many a year.
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Dave G.
Posted on Monday, November 20, 2006 - 10:34 am:   

Explain one thing to me: why hasn't Goldfrapp been asked to do a Bond theme. She was born for it.
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PM
Posted on Monday, November 20, 2006 - 12:02 pm:   

Agreed.
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MarcL
Posted on Tuesday, November 21, 2006 - 02:51 pm:   

Having seen Casino Royale, I must conclude the last dozen or so Bond movies have been so utterly horrible that this one seems good by comparison. Started off promising, but soon lost whatever interest it had. Some hilariously awful lines of dialog, and awkward emotional exchanges which I will attribute entirely to Paul Haggis. The card playing sequences had far, far, far less tension than your average televised celebrity poker tournament.
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Tuesday, November 21, 2006 - 04:45 pm:   

Well, after Die Another Day, my Bond expectations were horribly low. I don't understand how Lee Tamahori went from Once Were Warriors to the crap he's done after that. Was he selling out, or did he just have one good idea and a bunch of bad ones after?
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, November 21, 2006 - 05:26 pm:   

I saw INLAND EMPIRE, David Lynch's new one I think I get 30 years off my time in purgatory for that one.
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MarcL
Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2006 - 05:32 pm:   

THE PICK OF DESTINY is very weak. It's good-natured, it's mildly funny, Meatloaf plays JB's Dad and is awesome for a few minutes. I was hoping it would be a full-blown musical (it starts off that way) but no. I laughed really hard once, which is to say there was exactly one moment that was unexpected. A rental.
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Jeffrey Ford
Posted on Saturday, November 25, 2006 - 06:59 am:   

"Something Wicker This Way Comes" cracked me up, not the least for its description of bobble-headed stars.
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Lucius
Posted on Sunday, November 26, 2006 - 04:12 pm:   

glad you enjoyed Wicker, Jeff.


Saw the Fountain and Deja Vu. Deja Vu was better, and it wasn't all that.
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Lucius
Posted on Sunday, November 26, 2006 - 08:10 pm:   

Yeah, I am. Tomorow.
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Dave G.
Posted on Monday, November 27, 2006 - 09:07 am:   

Just a word on this season's MASTERS OF HORROR. While 75% of the first four episodes have been pretty drecky, Brad Anderson's SOUNDS LIKE is definitely worth a look. I think it's epi #3.

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