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schoolofruckus
07-01-2009, 04:13 PM
You know, at the time of viewing, I thought 12 wasn't that bad, but 13 was awful. I've seen them since on TV, and now I feel the opposite. 12 wasn't badly made, but the story was awful and it was deadly boring.

13, on the other hand, I now find quite entertaining. I mean, yeah, it's crap, mainly due to Pacino. But it has much more of the sense of fun that the first one had. It was a good concept too, just a lousy execution.

Twelve is fun because it's wide open about flaunting the jazzy, improvisational, motherfuck-a-narrative attitude it has. It's clearly a travelogue where everyone in the movie is having fun, and I thought it was contagious.

Thirteen was just kind of bland. But I have a soft spot for it because it was the coolest set I've ever seen in real life (the interior of Pacino's casino was built as a three-story functioning set inside a soundstage), and because it gave me the memory of Matt Damon peeing on the floor of my office restroom.

schoolofruckus
07-01-2009, 04:15 PM
I mean - just kidding, Lurky Jerky. It wasn't my office restroom. I was just the janitor who cleaned it up.

miscorrections
07-01-2009, 11:03 PM
REQUIRED VIEWING!!!!! Dead Snow (Død snø, it's Norwegian) is fucking brilliant. Nazi zombies. Plenty of gore. All around amazing, lots of references to rad American movies, plus Nazi. Zombies.

RotationSlimWang
07-01-2009, 11:06 PM
Everything about Oceans Twelve that didn't involve Julia Roberts was perfectly fine. I've got nothing against Soderbergh continuing to make capers and I could think of worse actors than Damon to use.

Are you fucking kidding me? Everything except that? How about the fucking frog dancing his way through the sweeping lasers at the end? You better have just forgotten about that, 'cause if you try to claim that wasn't nauseating then I'm never putting out for you again.

miscorrections
07-01-2009, 11:08 PM
Shut the fuck up about fucking casino shit. Død snø!

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
07-01-2009, 11:14 PM
Thirteen was just kind of bland. But I have a soft spot for it because it was the coolest set I've ever seen in real life (the interior of Pacino's casino was built as a three-story functioning set inside a soundstage), and because it gave me the memory of Matt Damon peeing on the floor of my office restroom.
a couple friends of mine that were working on the WB lot at the time walked around in that set as well and were going on and on about it at the time. It sounds like it was fucking amazing

miscorrections
07-01-2009, 11:14 PM
You are such an asshole.

RotationSlimWang
07-01-2009, 11:16 PM
I really liked Synecdoche, New York. I think it was a really impressive directorial debut from Kaufman - reminded me a lot of Fellini's 8 1/2.

Kaufman should stick to writing. Sorry. He's brilliant and I love his work, but he just has no sense of how to balance his comedy which is very clever and dry and dark and his melodrama which is excessive and almost always goes on for too long and is even more uncomfortable than it normally would be because you know he can't possibly be serious when he lets the sad piano and string score play for 12 straight fucking minutes of everything he loves dying in succession. If you're going to be ironic you can't also be insanely depressing and morbid and earnest about it for that fucking long. He practically drowns the audience in those sequences at points especially at the end of the second act/start of the third. Sometimes our boy gets a little too wrapped up in emotions and mistakes them for story.

miscorrections
07-01-2009, 11:17 PM
http://assault-fps.heteml.jp/images/DeadSnow2.jpg

thefunkylama
07-01-2009, 11:22 PM
hey so.


nazi zombies, huh?

The trailer is awesome.

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
07-01-2009, 11:22 PM
you know, i watched the trailer for Dead Snow months ago, also excited about the concept, and the movie looks like absolute fucking shit

miscorrections
07-01-2009, 11:23 PM
It is not shit, it is amazing. I was worried it would be TOO much about the funny but it's not, it's a proper mix.

Down Rodeo
07-01-2009, 11:36 PM
Kaufman should stick to writing.

Didn't you walk out of Synecdoche, NY? How can you even comment on the film when you didn't even finish it?

RotationSlimWang
07-02-2009, 01:45 AM
How can I not comment on a film that I couldn't even stand to bother with the last twenty minutes?

garrett222
07-02-2009, 04:31 AM
How can I not comment on a film that I couldn't even stand to bother with the last twenty minutes?

Of course you can comment. It just holds less weight than if you waited until the end. If I walked out of the sixth sense a half hour early saying it was completely boring and went nowhere...would that matter much to those who had seen the whole thing?

sbessiso
07-02-2009, 05:23 AM
Wasn't there someone here that saw an early screening of "Bruno"? How was it? I think it looks really fucking good but i'm a little skeptical

JewFace
07-02-2009, 06:06 AM
Being laid off affords one a lot of movie viewing time!

Thank you for the Paris, Texas recommendation, people. I saw it on Monday. Absolutely loved it. It's just so beautifully paced. I love Harry Dean Stanton in Big Love, but I had no idea he had such a soulful performance in him.

I'm a sucker for a well made period piece. Saw Terrence Davies' 2000 adaptation of The House of Mirth yesterday. It's a deliberately paced, subtle film. It's beautiful to look at and paints a rather devastating portrait of Lily's decline into abject poverty and despair. I read the book in high school, so it's been a few years, but I think the film is a bit darker than the novel. If I hadn't seen Gillian Anderson's work in the wonderful BBC adaptation of Bleak House, I would not have expected such a richly layered performance. She's really superb here. As far as Edith Wharton adaptations go, I think Davies fared much better than Scorsese did with The Age of Innocence.

schoolofruckus
07-02-2009, 06:34 AM
Wasn't there someone here that saw an early screening of "Bruno"? How was it? I think it looks really fucking good but i'm a little skeptical

Jennie and I had a pass for one, but they filled up their quota of 20-somethings before we got to the front of the line.

I'm excited to see Bruno. I'm hoping it's relatively close to Borat the movie in terms of quality, although like that one, I can't imagine it'll be as good as the show.

chairmenmeow47
07-02-2009, 08:47 AM
i was quite grateful when randy pulled us outta that movie, christ. the funny was not worth the massive discomfort.

amyzzz
07-02-2009, 09:15 AM
REQUIRED VIEWING!!!!! Dead Snow (Død snø, it's Norwegian) is fucking brilliant. Nazi zombies. Plenty of gore. All around amazing, lots of references to rad American movies, plus Nazi. Zombies.
I will have to check that out.

schoolofruckus
07-02-2009, 09:19 AM
EVERYONE will have to check that out.

wmgaretjax
07-02-2009, 09:22 AM
I saw Dead Snow at SIFF. It was a fucking blast.

Young blood
07-02-2009, 09:37 AM
REQUIRED VIEWING!!!!! Dead Snow (Død snø, it's Norwegian) is fucking brilliant. Nazi zombies. Plenty of gore. All around amazing, lots of references to rad American movies, plus Nazi. Zombies.

netflixzed.

bobert
07-02-2009, 10:08 AM
Wasn't there someone here that saw an early screening of "Bruno"? How was it? I think it looks really fucking good but i'm a little skeptical

You're excited for this movie? I find that hard to believe.

schoolofruckus
07-02-2009, 10:23 AM
That made me laugh.

luckyface
07-02-2009, 11:10 AM
Bobert bringing some mighty fine posting to this thread.

Down Rodeo
07-02-2009, 11:11 AM
As far as Edith Wharton adaptations go, I think Davies fared much better than Scorsese did with The Age of Innocence.

I haven't seen House of Mirth, but I find this really hard to believe.

garrett222
07-02-2009, 12:02 PM
i was quite grateful when randy pulled us outta that movie, christ. the funny was not worth the massive discomfort.

i had it on dvd..and i didn't make it through the whole thing the first time around..then i started it over from the beginning, and I found that it was much more engaging the second time over.

schoolofruckus
07-02-2009, 12:20 PM
I think it helps knowing when you go in that it's going to be a gloomy experience, but I still have a hard time imagining how anyone who appreciates Kaufman could not be at least somewhat taken with it.

chairmenmeow47
07-02-2009, 12:21 PM
because it wasn't a well made movie. it was like watching someone's uncomfortable inside joke for hours on end.

schoolofruckus
07-02-2009, 12:30 PM
Saying a film "wasn't well made" means nothing. Visually, it was excellent. Appropriately drab in terms of the color pallete, but shot with a clear, confident eye. The production design was unique and I can see how it would be off-putting, but it's not like it was sloppy; it seemed to be exactly in line with the rest of the aesthetic. Editing was good. Sound was fine. There's really nothing about the craftsmanship of it that was lacking.

If you don't like the subject matter, the tone, the story, the characterizations, the use of music, the inward-directed logic.....those are all artistic choices, and I don't begrudge anyone for having that opinion. All I'm saying is that I'm surprised that you - and many others - feel that way, especially if you like Kaufman's past work.

chairmenmeow47
07-02-2009, 12:38 PM
i don't care how pretty a film is, if it doesn't have an entertaining story to watch, why bother? a scanner darkly is another example of this pretentious crap. i love kaufman's scripts, i just didn't this movie had any entertainment value whatsoever. and i personally go to movies to be entertained so a movie is not well made to me if it doesn't provide an entertaining story.

BROKENDOLL
07-02-2009, 12:48 PM
i was quite grateful when randy pulled us outta that movie, christ. the funny was not worth the massive discomfort.
Odd. That's the same way I feel about Randy.

bobert
07-02-2009, 12:49 PM
Now that's funny

schoolofruckus
07-02-2009, 02:20 PM
I can't argue that Synecdoche was made to entertain anybody. All I'm saying is that I object to saying a film wasn't well-made, when it does have some measure of objective quality regardless of whether one finds it enjoyable or interesting.

nbvwes
07-02-2009, 02:30 PM
http://assault-fps.heteml.jp/images/DeadSnow2.jpg

add this to the list of dvdrips that have been available for free on the internet for almost six months now, yet have either just been released or are awaiting release...

Dead Snow
The Hurt Locker
Easy Virtue
The Edge of Love

iv3rdawG
07-02-2009, 04:40 PM
Thought this was funny.


I mean, I can’t s- on this movie because it did give me a career and open all these doors for me. But I don’t want to blow smoke up people’s a-. People are well aware that this is not a movie about acting.


She says some very ridiculous things because she’s 23 years old and she still has a lot of growing to do.

Bay says he “100 percent disagrees” with Fox.


Nick Cage wasn’t a big actor when I cast him, nor was Ben Affleck … Shia LaBeouf wasn’t a big movie star before he did Transformers — and then he exploded. Not to mention Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, from Bad Boys.


Nobody in the world knew about Megan Fox until I found her and put her in Transformers,” he says.

http://www.wwtdd.com/2009/07/go-kill-yourself-michael-bay/

Still-ill
07-02-2009, 04:42 PM
I give Megan Fox props for that.

PotVsKtl
07-02-2009, 05:49 PM
Thirst, July 31st:

New York
Landmark’s Sunshine Cinema (143 East Houston Street, near 2nd Avenue)

Los Angeles
Laemmle’s Sunset 5 (8000 Sunset Boulevard, at Crescent Heights)

San Francisco
Landmark’s Bridge Theatre (3010 Geary Boulevard, near Blake Street)

schoolofruckus
07-02-2009, 08:03 PM
Opening weekend, along with Lorna's Silence and Funny People.

MissingPerson
07-02-2009, 08:07 PM
I'm glad Megan Fox is funny as well as being ridiculously good-looking.

EDIT:

No wait, I'm actually bitter and angry.

Hannahrain
07-02-2009, 08:16 PM
Don't worry, she's a fucking moron (http://trendstoday.today.com/files/2009/06/megan_fox_maxim-exposing-tattoos-mom-is-worried-too-many.jpg). It's purported to be her original poetry.

sbessiso
07-02-2009, 08:30 PM
You're excited for this movie? I find that hard to believe.

oh come on, you know it looks good

MissingPerson
07-02-2009, 08:33 PM
Sacha Baron Cohen has respectably scant concern for his own welfare.

JewFace
07-02-2009, 09:22 PM
I haven't seen House of Mirth, but I find this really hard to believe.

Well thanks for that contribution. Let's talk after you've seen House of Mirth. I thought Age of Innocence was absolutely beautiful to look at and Scorsese was quite faithful to the novel. Michelle Pfiefer was absolutely lovely, too. But I thought it was more a film to admire than to love or to be deeply involved in. With The House of Mirth I thought Davies was perhaps a little less faithful to the original novel, but his film benefited from that. While it was lovely to look at (arguably, not as sumptuous as The Age of Innocence) and full of interesting period detail, it was also intensely moving. Can't say the same about The Age of Innocence for me.

Still-ill
07-02-2009, 10:52 PM
Sacha Baron Cohen has respectably scant concern for his own welfare.

Yeah... its brilliant :)

wmgaretjax
07-02-2009, 11:05 PM
Don't worry, she's a fucking moron (http://trendstoday.today.com/files/2009/06/megan_fox_maxim-exposing-tattoos-mom-is-worried-too-many.jpg). It's purported to be her original poetry.

I would like to hear this poem set to pan flute music.

BlueDevil50
07-03-2009, 05:45 AM
Don't worry, she's a fucking moron (http://trendstoday.today.com/files/2009/06/megan_fox_maxim-exposing-tattoos-mom-is-worried-too-many.jpg). It's purported to be her original poetry.

hey, jealousy :winkiss

Hannahrain
07-03-2009, 06:03 AM
You're right. If she were ugly, I'd be lauding her as the next E.E. Cummings. I've seen the error of my ways. I, too, will have a Megan Fox poetry tattoo, from her earlier works. I've chosen this haiku:

Love is hard
Just like math and birth control
Buy me a Zima?

I think it really illustrates the never-ending plight of the modern woman, don't you?

whynotsmile99
07-03-2009, 10:26 AM
saw Public Enemies last night. Almost was surprised how much I liked it. I thought it was great, though when I think back on it I can't figure out why.

It's a very simple cat and mouse gangster thriller and that's about it. Almost zero depth into the characters yet I thought it worked really well. It's 2 hrs and 20 minutes, yet it never dragged for me. Reminded me of Mann's Collateral a bit. That said, the biggest problem was the romance which was forced and tacked on. And yet, while the scenes were going on they didn't' bother me. It was never boring, just unimportant. Dillinger says some shit real humans never say, she swoons, gets pissed, he says more bullshit she swoons again, etc. the movie would have been stronger as an 1hr 45 minute non stop cat and mouse.

I liked Depp and I liked Bale and even thought the digital was well done, far better used than in Miami Vice. Sound, costumes, all that were top notch and there were some excellent shoot outs and bank robberies. didn't let me down in that regard at all. The movie could have been fleshed out much more and the script was pretty lackluster but Mann and his crew made the whole experience very entertaining. Rather polarizing movie it seems though. One of my friends liked it, though not as much as me, another friend totally hated it.


I just woke up and watched "This is England" on the Sundance channel. What a great movie that was. Young boy joins a skinhead gang in 1980s England. Check it out, terrific performances

bobert
07-03-2009, 11:25 AM
Watched Waltz With Bashir the other night. Pretty great film, certainly a must-see for any animation fans. I wasn't very familiar with the historical events of the film, so that was really interesting in its own right. Loved the way the director interspersed his own experiences with real life interviews from other men involved in the Lebanon War. The animation was extremely effective in bringing their stories to life - much more so than if it had been recreated with live actors.

bobert
07-03-2009, 11:30 AM
oh come on, you know it looks good

I do think Bruno looks good and I'll certainly see it when it comes out. But since you're a proud gay man I thought you may object to Sasha Baron Cohen making a mockery of your sexuality. Sort of the same way black people frown on minstrel shows - that kind of thing.

MissingPerson
07-03-2009, 12:03 PM
I don't think that's Cohen's intention any more than he was being anti-semitic with the "Throw The Jews Down the Well" song.

lmntz4
07-03-2009, 03:28 PM
Saw "Moon" this afternoon. I'm not sure I had seen Sam Rockwell in anything before, but I thought he and the movie were both fantastic.

Trailers for The Cove, Paper Heart, Adam and Thirst all looked promising too.

Next up...Public Enemies.

PotVsKtl
07-03-2009, 03:40 PM
Satire is hard.

RotationSlimWang
07-03-2009, 05:31 PM
I do think Bruno looks good and I'll certainly see it when it comes out. But since you're a proud gay man I thought you may object to Sasha Baron Cohen making a mockery of your sexuality. Sort of the same way black people frown on minstrel shows - that kind of thing.

This is dumb. Bruno, much like Borat, is about using cultural stereotypes to expose racism and homophobia respectively. There's no reason any gay person should feel offended by Bruno and I sincerely doubt you could find that many that do. Rather, they just seem to love it.

SoulDischarge
07-04-2009, 04:15 PM
2QqgIzlmdBc

I always figured the best scenes were the ones on YouTube and the rest would just be boring as opposed to insanely, hilariously bad, but I'm happy to report that I couldn't have been more wrong. I'm claiming The Wicker Man best comedy of the 00s.

Still-ill
07-04-2009, 04:52 PM
2QqgIzlmdBc

I always figured the best scenes were the ones on YouTube and the rest would just be boring as opposed to insanely, hilariously bad, but I'm happy to report that I couldn't have been more wrong. I'm claiming The Wicker Man best comedy of the 00s.
Awesome...

SoulDischarge
07-05-2009, 07:07 AM
I had never read this before but it's pretty interesting: http://www.paulrossen.com/paulinekael/trashartandthemovies.html

schoolofruckus
07-05-2009, 07:40 AM
I saw Public Enemies the night before last. Without trying to shoot the film in the foot right out of the gate, I'm going to say I liked it about as much as I did Miami Vice.

See, this might scare the lot of you off from ever giving PE a chance, but remember, I liked Miami Vice - a lot (http://coachella.com/forum/showpost.php?p=2999&postcount=1). It was little more than entertainment, but it was visually arousing (though imperfect) and with just enough character substance for it to stick to my ribs. The very same can be said of Mann's new film, and with a more engrossing story to serve at that. I would also apply the same criticisms I had of Vice - some ineffective acting and minor flaws in the HD photography - to Enemies, and that's why it will end up falling short of being on Mann's top shelf. Nevertheless, a decent Michael Mann film is often, in my eyes, better than 80% of the rest of the film world.

First off - the acting. You're no doubt expecting this to be centered on Johnny Depp, but I am delighted to surprise you by saying that he's actually the single best thing about Public Enemies. His work here is a reminder that when he drops the horseshit conceptual affectations that sink many of his performances, he's capable of completely digging into the soul of his characters. He's so effortlessly charming, inspired, and haunted here that it brings into question whether his John Dillinger is one of the best gangster characters ever depicted on film. Marion Cotillard, as his girlfriend Billie Frechette, is also exellent; her control over her natural French accent comes and goes, but somehow it matters very little because she's so fully immersed in every single scene.

Instead, it's time for me to rant about Christian Bale. Memo to Hollywood: it's time to put this dude on time-out. Now, I'm not going to accuse him of being another movie-star-in-actors-clothing just because he's become the default choice of every blockbuster that wants an injection of automatic artistic credibility (a role that Johnny Depp used to serve prior to Batman Begins being released). But at the same time, I'm tired of him. It would be one thing if, at his best, Bale could command the screen the way that Depp is capable of doing. But that just isn't the case; rather, he's often the most boring actor and character in every film he appears in. He's overshadowed by all the villains in both Batman films and by the new guy playing the cyborg in T4 (at least as far as the reviews go; I didn't see it); he was the least interesting of the Bob Dylans in I'm Not There; he was just kind of there in The New World and added very little to the movie. In Public Enemies, it's not even close; anytime his Melvin Purvis is the center of attention, it slows the film to a crawl. Part of it is the writing (Mann is clearly more interested in Dillinger), and part of it is Bale's sleepy-eyed, strained Southern drawling, same-old-shit portrayal. I wish both aspects would have been stronger, but the end result is that his very inclusion in the film has the air of a half-hearted attempt to shoehorn a Heat-style interplay that just doesn't stick.

My other major complaint would be the photography. The composition is mostly great, as is routine for Mann's films and particularly his action sequences, with evocative use of shadows and some fleet-footed handheld framing. The chase scene where the FBI closes in on both Dillinger and Baby Face Nelson in the woods of Wisconsin - seemingly lit only with smoke and moonlight - is a fucking clinic on how to film a shoot-out. But as with Vice and - to a lesser degree - Collateral, the limitations of the Viper camera (Mann's HD head of choice) are impossible to ignore. In fact, it was even more of a distraction here than it had been in the past. There's been a lot of sniping across the net about this film's use of HD undermining the period vibe. I didn't have this reaction, exactly - after all, Soderbergh's Che was an HD feast that took place in the 60's; ditto the 70's-set Zodiac. And that, if anything, is the reason why the heavy digital grain and frequent dim focusing was more offensive in Enemies. Films like Che and Zodiac have raised the bar for how stunning and immersive HD can look. It's inexcusable for a 2009 film on this budget, with such a skilled filmmaker at the helm, to have these problems. I understand why Mann is so committed to HD - he's the modern-day Kubrick in terms of the amount of footage he shoots on each picture - but I really wish he would look into adopting the Red so his style can avoid undercutting his future work.

Warts and all, I think Public Enemies is still one of the best films of the summer so far.

Down Rodeo
07-05-2009, 01:08 PM
Gabe, I pretty much agree with you on all counts about Public Enemies. I've been of the mindset for quite some time that Christian Bale is a very overrated actor and this role just confirmed it. He does nothing in the film aside from looking very angry and concerned, which he does in pretty much every film he's been in. Johnny Depp was great as you pointed out, so no need to elaborate there.

As for the style of the film, you know way more about the technical details of the HD photography than I do, so I won't bother discussing it. However, the more I thought about the style of filming, the more I think it worked in the context of this film. The scenes you discussed where the limitations of the camera became apparent were pretty glaring and looked amateurish. As a whole though, I think the photography gave the film a realistic, documentary-style feel to it that stripped the veneer off any glamorization of Dillinger and the rest of the characters, providing an objective a portrayal as possible.

Also, the action scenes were tremendous and were probably made more effective by this objective style. It reinforces my belief that there are few directors who are as capable of filming action sequences as Michael Mann.

Overall, it's good - no Heat by any stretch - but a solid film nonetheless.

schoolofruckus
07-05-2009, 01:48 PM
Gabe, I pretty much agree with you on all counts about Public Enemies. I've been of the mindset for quite some time that Christian Bale is a very overrated actor and this role just confirmed it. He does nothing in the film aside from looking very angry and concerned, which he does in pretty much every film he's been in. Johnny Depp was great as you pointed out, so no need to elaborate there.

As for the style of the film, you know way more about the technical details of the HD photography than I do, so I won't bother discussing it. However, the more I thought about the style of filming, the more I think it worked in the context of this film. The scenes you discussed where the limitations of the camera became apparent were pretty glaring and looked amateurish. As a whole though, I think the photography gave the film a realistic, documentary-style feel to it that stripped the veneer off any glamorization of Dillinger and the rest of the characters, providing an objective a portrayal as possible.

Also, the action scenes were tremendous and were probably made more effective by this objective style. It reinforces my belief that there are few directors who are as capable of filming action sequences as Michael Mann.

Overall, it's good - no Heat by any stretch - but a solid film nonetheless.

I agree that the approach was well-suited to the material. That's why I disagree with people who complain about it not looking "period appropriate". It was also, generally, a beautifully shot film. I just wish Mann's HD was as spotless as Soderbergh's HD.

hawkingvsreeve
07-05-2009, 02:07 PM
I am not sure how many of you have blu ray players, but for those that do I stumbled across this review site (http://bluray.highdefdigest.com/reviews_overall.html) and thought I would share. The reviews of the films can be suspect at times (Blazing Saddles got 2.5/5 stars), but the reviews of the discs themselves are helpful in deciding whether or not kicking down extra cash for a movie in HD with (and sometimes without) more special features is going to be worth it. All of the extra content is reviewed and explained so you know exactly what you are getting, and if those "collectors editions" of certain titles are worth looking into. Anyway. There you go.

schoolofruckus
07-05-2009, 02:52 PM
I had never read this before but it's pretty interesting: http://www.paulrossen.com/paulinekael/trashartandthemovies.html

She was a hell of a writer and thinker, but I have a hard time taking her taste seriously.

SoulDischarge
07-05-2009, 03:05 PM
Yeah. I've been reading a bunch of her reviews today and I definitely have some disagreements, and she sometimes comes off as the film critic version of Robert Christgau, but she makes quite a few valid points. And there's a lot in that article that I relate to as a connoisseur of trash. It pretty much sums up my love for Gummo perfectly.

schoolofruckus
07-06-2009, 06:26 AM
More than anything, I take exception to critics who defend or attack films based on their conception of what "the audience" wants to see. I'm a member of the fucking audience, and I would rather watch 2001 eighteen times consecutively before sitting through The Thomas Crown Affair once.



Yesterday, I watched two (not including the first 15 minutes of The Hurt Locker, up until I got a work phone call that I had to take and had to leave the theater because the experience was already fucked up after that):

The Edge of Heaven - A Turkish film from a couple years ago. Structurally, it reminded me of Amores Perros - an old Turkish man living in Germany pays a prostitute to live with him, and then accidentally kills her. The man's son - a professor at a German university - then tries to find her daughter, a political activist who flees to Germany and begins a love affair with a young German woman who attends the school where the son teaches. The intersecting stories are brilliantly woven together and never forced. I would recommend this to anyone who has a taste for the tragic.

Aliens - A balls-out ass kicking of the highest order. I really don't have much more to say about it than this.

woogie846
07-06-2009, 09:27 AM
The two most recent movies I've watched were Goodfellas and Sukiyaki Western Django.

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
07-06-2009, 09:48 AM
Aliens - A balls-out ass kicking of the highest order. I really don't have much more to say about it than this.

WHOAH, had you never seen this before? Definitely one of the finest action-adventure movies of all time. Meticulous film making at it's absolute best

schoolofruckus
07-06-2009, 09:50 AM
I had seen it a couple times as a kid in bits and pieces or on TV. No proper adult or even teenage viewings. I'm a big James Cameron fan (I think he is, along with Michael Mann, the best American action filmmaker around), so it was high time I caught up with it.

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
07-06-2009, 10:09 AM
I had seen it a couple times as a kid in bits and pieces or on TV. No proper adult or even teenage viewings. I'm a big James Cameron fan (I think he is, along with Michael Mann, the best American action filmmaker around), so it was high time I caught up with it.

i would also HIGHLY recommend both the commentary track and especially the making of documentaries on the second disc. it is incredible to watch that man work and listen to his thoughts about the experiences of making films

Did you watch the theatrical cut or the special edition? The special edition is definitely worth watching in that the cuts were made specifically for time and, while the film works great without the additional footage of Newt's family and the colony pre-invasion, the scenes ultimately add a lot to newt's character and are frankly just as well done as the rest of the flick

the extended cut of ABYSS is really, really good too (and very long)

schoolofruckus
07-06-2009, 10:24 AM
I watched the special edition. It was fucking long, but it's a sign of the cut's merit that I couldn't really tell what would have been added (i.e., scenes that a studio exec would consider chop-worthy). But yeah, I guess I could see the first scene with Newt's parents being one that wasn't commercially "necessary".

hawkingvsreeve
07-06-2009, 10:31 AM
i would also HIGHLY recommend both the commentary track and especially the making of documentaries on the second disc. it is incredible to watch that man work and listen to his thoughts about the experiences of making films

Did you watch the theatrical cut or the special edition? The special edition is definitely worth watching in that the cuts were made specifically for time and, while the film works great without the additional footage of Newt's family and the colony pre-invasion, the scenes ultimately add a lot to newt's character and are frankly just as well done as the rest of the flick

the extended cut of ABYSS is really, really good too (and very long)


The Abyss really needs a proper HD treatment, if not a proper anamorphic DVD treatment. That and surround sound. It's ridic.

M Sparks
07-06-2009, 11:33 AM
I'm not sure I had seen Sam Rockwell in anything before

:nono

PotVsKtl
07-06-2009, 05:26 PM
I've watched The Thomas Crown Affair at least 6 times and enjoyed it every time.

TallGuyCM
07-06-2009, 05:28 PM
^ Great movie, I'm assuming you're obv. talking about the original.

Watched Taken last night, enjoyed it throughly. Liam Neeson was badass.

PotVsKtl
07-06-2009, 05:30 PM
The remake.

SoulDischarge
07-06-2009, 05:32 PM
There's no fucking excuse for DVDs not to have an English subtitle track. Your mix may sound fucking great for people with surround sound home theaters, but usually the effects are way too loud and people's voices are way too quiet on my piece of shit tv. It's even more annoying when it's a British/Irish/Scottish film with thick accents (The War Zone).

Down Rodeo
07-06-2009, 05:34 PM
So I finally got around to watching A.I. this weekend. I assume we can all agree that Spielberg botched the ending.

iv3rdawG
07-06-2009, 06:32 PM
Red band trailer for Jennifer's Body:

Y07RutRoxTY

Uh.

miscorrections
07-06-2009, 06:55 PM
Hey look it's the mom from Dead Like Me. Man, I loved that show.

PotVsKtl
07-06-2009, 07:01 PM
That show was gayer than two Bronx hounds in a Dannon tin.

M Sparks
07-06-2009, 07:03 PM
Red band trailer for Jennifer's Body:

Y07RutRoxTY

Uh.

uN86SzY5RCk

sbessiso
07-06-2009, 07:15 PM
"Am I too big?"

I thought Jennifer's Body sounded awful but that trailer rocks and I hate Megan Fox she's so unbelievably bland. This looks like a decent horror comedy

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
07-06-2009, 07:16 PM
Jennifer's Body looks like a horrible piece of shit

schoolofruckus
07-06-2009, 07:40 PM
So I finally got around to watching A.I. this weekend. I assume we can all agree that Spielberg botched the ending.

It would have been Spielberg's best film ever if it would have ended at the bottom of the ocean.

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
07-06-2009, 08:15 PM
A BOY AND HIS DOG was not really what i was expecting

it's mostly pretty terrific though, and has the best ending of any post-apocalyptic movie ever made

Great acting by Don Johnson too, considering that 75% of his scenes were him talking to a dog

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
07-06-2009, 08:22 PM
Hey, anybody here very familiar with much of Howard Hawks' library? I'm interested in a bunch of his flicks, and looking through the list of them he definitely directed some fairly significant ones

humanoid
07-06-2009, 08:24 PM
Jennifer's Body looks like a horrible piece of shit

that's exactly what that trailer showed me as well

SoulDischarge
07-06-2009, 08:27 PM
Bringing Up Baby and His Girl Friday are two of the greatest comedies ever. Usually comedies from that era don't work very well these days, but those two are just so sharply written and everyone in them are obviously having so much fun, it's hard not to get swept up in it all. The Big Sleep is fantastic as well. The plot gets increasingly more incomprehensible as the movie goes on (even the screenwriter has gone on record as not knowing what happened in one case), but that's not really important because it's all about the atmosphere and Bogart and Bacall trading pretty blunt innuendos.

roberto73
07-06-2009, 08:32 PM
A BOY AND HIS DOG was not really what i was expecting

it's mostly pretty terrific though, and has the best ending of any post-apocalyptic movie ever made

Great acting by Don Johnson too, considering that 75% of his scenes were him talking to a dog

Brief literary aside: You should try to track down the Harlan Ellison story of the same title that the movie's based on. It's been a while since I've seen the movie, but the story is one of my all-time faves.

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
07-06-2009, 08:35 PM
roberto i'll see if i can hunt that down, see how it's being published lately

SD thanks for the tips, all 3 of those are currently on my queue as well as severel other HH films

wmgaretjax
07-06-2009, 08:39 PM
A BOY AND HIS DOG was not really what i was expecting

it's mostly pretty terrific though, and has the best ending of any post-apocalyptic movie ever made

Great acting by Don Johnson too, considering that 75% of his scenes were him talking to a dog

Whoa. Never heard of this. Thanks for the tip.

roberto73
07-06-2009, 08:41 PM
Red band trailer for Jennifer's Body:

Y07RutRoxTY

Uh.

I'm more frightened that some people will be enticed by the phrase "From the mind of Diablo Cody" than I am by the trailer itself.

SoulDischarge
07-06-2009, 08:49 PM
I need to rewatch A Boy And His Dog. All I remember about it is something about an underground community.

I finally watched Terminator 2 all the way through. Is the general consensus on T3 that it's a waste of time?

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
07-06-2009, 09:08 PM
T2 is one of my favorite movies of all time. It's extremely rewatchable too

i can't even remember much of T3 though; i dont think it was terrible, just mostly forgettable

whynotsmile99
07-06-2009, 09:51 PM
I need to rewatch A Boy And His Dog. All I remember about it is something about an underground community.

I finally watched Terminator 2 all the way through. Is the general consensus on T3 that it's a waste of time?

i only saw it once but remember liking it. it's very fun, has some great action scenes and was surprisingly very funny. It's no 1 or 2 but certainly a better time spent then the most recent one

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
07-06-2009, 10:04 PM
i think i'm the only person that really enjoyed Salvation

C DUB YA
07-06-2009, 10:37 PM
Jennifer's Body looks like a horrible piece of shit

this coming from the president of the Michael bay fanclub... and yes the only one that I know of that enjoyed the craptastic Terminator Salvation.


that said, I highly doubt i will seek out Jennifer's Body.

M Sparks
07-06-2009, 11:03 PM
Bringing Up Baby and His Girl Friday are two of the greatest comedies ever.

Agreed, and I'd like to throw in a recommendation for Monkey Business. I don't think it's really considered one of his better or more well known films, but damnit...it just kills me every time. So many hilarious bits in there, though most of the best stuff is in the second half...be patient.

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
07-06-2009, 11:07 PM
this coming from the president of the Michael bay fanclub... and yes the only one that I know of that enjoyed the craptastic Terminator Salvation.


that said, I highly doubt i will seek out Jennifer's Body.

fair enough hahaha

But just because I like some shitty movies does not mean i like ALL shitty movies

....and I hated Juno, so I highly doubt I am going to want to venture further into this bitch's "mind"

TallGuyCM
07-06-2009, 11:50 PM
Watched Paul Blart: Mall Cop tonight (yeah, yeah, laugh it up). It was an entertaining hour and a half, and light because of the PG rating.

I realize Adam Sandler grew up with all that late-70's/early 80's shit rock, but why do all the Happy Madison movies have to feature that music so prominently?

Down Rodeo
07-06-2009, 11:52 PM
It would have been Spielberg's best film ever if it would have ended at the bottom of the ocean.

This isn't far off from my thoughts on the film.

sbessiso
07-07-2009, 01:26 AM
Last time I saw AI was in the theater and I remember thinking it fucking sucked. 2 hours of Haley Joel Osment not blinking looking for a fairy or something

M Sparks
07-07-2009, 08:27 AM
Last time I saw AI was in the theater and I remember thinking it fucking sucked. 2 hours of Haley Joel Osment not blinking looking for a fairy or something

Did he ever find you?

wmgaretjax
07-07-2009, 08:34 AM
clap. clap. clap.

humanoid
07-07-2009, 08:35 AM
Did he ever find you?

that was set up way too easily for you!!

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
07-07-2009, 08:40 AM
While I also agree about the ending, I think A.I. is a pretty amazing movie. I rewatched it about a year ago for the first time since the theater and was pretty stunned by it

humanoid
07-07-2009, 08:45 AM
I haven't seen A.I. since the theater, all I remember was feeling dissatisfied...maybe I'll have to give it a chance one of these days

amyzzz
07-07-2009, 09:18 AM
^ Great movie, I'm assuming you're obv. talking about the original.

The original Thomas Crowne Affair? With all those cheesy camera/film effects? WTF.

amyzzz
07-07-2009, 09:21 AM
It would have been Spielberg's best film ever if it would have ended at the bottom of the ocean.
Agreed. I love A.I. and watch it about once a year with my kids.

bobert
07-07-2009, 10:13 AM
This is dumb. Bruno, much like Borat, is about using cultural stereotypes to expose racism and homophobia respectively. There's no reason any gay person should feel offended by Bruno and I sincerely doubt you could find that many that do. Rather, they just seem to love it.

Hence the sarcastic joke, Randy. I was also joking about the minstrel shows, as they seem to be alive and well in the comedic offerings of Tyler Perry and Martin Lawrence.

PotVsKtl
07-07-2009, 11:30 AM
Bringing Up Baby and His Girl Friday are two of the greatest comedies ever. Usually comedies from that era don't work very well these days, but those two are just so sharply written and everyone in them are obviously having so much fun, it's hard not to get swept up in it all. The Big Sleep is fantastic as well. The plot gets increasingly more incomprehensible as the movie goes on (even the screenwriter has gone on record as not knowing what happened in one case), but that's not really important because it's all about the atmosphere and Bogart and Bacall trading pretty blunt innuendos.

Bringing Up Baby is so fucking good. Philadelphia Story may edge it out for best screwball comedy, but both Cukor and Hawks wrecked shop in the '30s/early '40s.

wmgaretjax
07-07-2009, 11:45 AM
Philadelphia Story > Bring Up Baby

By a hair.

sbessiso
07-07-2009, 11:50 AM
Did he ever find you?

come on!

amyzzz
07-07-2009, 12:08 PM
I must have watched this one scene from Bringing Up Baby 20 times as part of a film class and it never got old. That's such a great movie.

PotVsKtl
07-07-2009, 12:18 PM
Shut up.

amyzzz
07-07-2009, 12:39 PM
hahaha

M Sparks
07-07-2009, 12:59 PM
that was set up way too easily for you!!

OK, I admit it. Sbessiso is my alias.

SoulDischarge
07-07-2009, 02:25 PM
Speaking of screwball comedies, I watched Peter Bogdanovich's What's Up Doc? last night and it just didn't work. I think the main problem was it was all surface imitation with no real chemistry or plausibility. The whole movie I just wanted to cut off Barbara Streisand's big fucking nose and replace it with C4. And Ryan O'Neal is no Cary Grant. The chase scene was pretty cool, but even then it didn't supply the laughs it should have because it's impossible to care what happens to any of the characters. It's kind of amazing that a large chunk of the same people would do comedy so well the next year in Paper Moon.

amyzzz
07-07-2009, 03:48 PM
What's Up Doc was completely forgettable for me.

M Sparks
07-07-2009, 04:31 PM
Ryan O'Neal is no Cary Grant.

This is the least necessary statement I've seen all week.

SoulDischarge
07-07-2009, 04:34 PM
It's necessary if you see how hard he tries to be and fails in What's Up Doc?.

M Sparks
07-07-2009, 05:05 PM
It's necessary if you see how hard he tries to be and fails in What's Up Doc?.

Yeah, but it's like saying "Dermot Mulroney is no Spencer Tracy"

Young blood
07-08-2009, 01:32 PM
There is no way somebody invested money in this. It had to be a Demi solo venture. I cannot believe I made it through the trailer.

WhNTMgQxnAg

M Sparks
07-08-2009, 04:40 PM
Netflix doesn't think area man is ready for 'Blue Velvet' (http://www.theonion.com/content/radio_news/netflix_doesnt_think_area?utm_source=a-section)

HowToDisappear
07-08-2009, 10:20 PM
I'd like to add My Favorite Wife (Cary Grant, Irene Dunne 1940) to the list of screwball comedies.

whynotsmile99
07-08-2009, 10:56 PM
There is no way somebody invested money in this. It had to be a Demi solo venture. I cannot believe I made it through the trailer.

WhNTMgQxnAg
JESUS CHRIST

that really was, quite possibly, the worst movie trailer I have ever seen

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
07-09-2009, 09:40 AM
this looks like it will be pretty great

x-i42Mrw3no

bobert
07-09-2009, 12:27 PM
http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j38/bobertrgb/ReadMyLips.jpg

Watched Read My Lips the other night - pretty great movie. It's about a deaf girl who get's involved with a petty thief (Vincent Cassel) that works in her office, and the two of them begin planning a robbery together. This is the second film I've seen by the writer/director, Jacques Audiard, the other being The Beat That My Heart Skipped, and I really like his style. I heard that his latest film, Un prophète, is his best yet - it won the Grand Jury Prize at Canne this year. Comes out next month, I believe. I can't wait.

wmgaretjax
07-09-2009, 12:32 PM
I'm very excited for Un Prophete. I loved The Beat That My Heart Skipped, I'll have to check this out.

schoolofruckus
07-09-2009, 12:49 PM
I don't think Un Prophete is coming out in August here....I think SPC will release it in late '09 / early '10 along with The White Ribbon.

iv3rdawG
07-09-2009, 01:03 PM
Those wondering when they can see Antichrist, IMDb lists it as October 23 (limited).

rage patton
07-09-2009, 01:38 PM
No midnight screenings of Bruno in my area? Lame.

JewFace
07-09-2009, 03:11 PM
I'm so glad you mentioned Read My Lips, Bobert. I'll have to check it out. I saw The Beat That My Heart Skipped fairly recently and absolutely loved it. I was so floored by Romain Duris' incendiary performance that I had to seek out some of his other fine performances in films like L'auberge espagnole and Dans Paris. I never got around to checking out any other of Jacques Audiard's films.

On the topic of modern French cinema, I saw Francois Ozon's Under the Sand earlier this week. What a lovely film! Ozon does such a fine job of conveying the emotional state of the lead as she grieves for her husband and yet seems to refuse closure. No spoiler here, but my friend found the ending frustratingly and unnecessarily ambiguous, but I quite liked that Ozon left us that way. By the way, Gold bless Francois Ozon and French cinema in general. If it were left up to American cinema, Charlotte Rampling and other fine actresses of a certain age would be relegated to solely playing Keira Knightley's mother.

Speaking of fine British actresses of a certain age playing grieving women in French films, has anyone seen I've Loved You So Long? I thought I could rent that one, then re-read The Year of Magical Thinking and then take a bubble bath with my hair dryer.

RotationSlimWang
07-09-2009, 08:19 PM
Watching Blindness right now. First of all, pretty fucked up flick. Not sure there's quite enough of a point to it to justify all the horrible crap happening, but did anyone else find themselves laughing hysterically at the entire room of blind people on fire?

Before you all start calling me callous, they were specifically blind rapists.

MissingPerson
07-09-2009, 08:21 PM
Where the one-eyed rapist is king.

RotationSlimWang
07-09-2009, 08:28 PM
No no no, the one-eyed rapist was on fire, and because he was blind he just kept grabbing mattresses and blankets that were already on fire and throwing them onto other blind people. It's really quite hysterical.

bobert
07-09-2009, 08:32 PM
Watching Blindness right now. First of all, pretty fucked up flick. Not sure there's quite enough of a point to it to justify all the horrible crap happening, but did anyone else find themselves laughing hysterically at the entire room of blind people on fire?

Before you all start calling me callous, they were specifically blind rapists.

Yes, I laughed. That movie was so awful it gave rape a bad name.

humanoid
07-09-2009, 09:49 PM
No no no, the one-eyed rapist was on fire, and because he was blind he just kept grabbing mattresses and blankets that were already on fire and throwing them onto other blind people. It's really quite hysterical.

until now, I didn't really have much interest in this, but who can resist a roomful of blind rapists engulfed in flames?

TallGuyCM
07-09-2009, 10:00 PM
Yes, I laughed. That movie was so awful it gave rape a bad name.

Wow, that's pretty awful.

tessalasset
07-09-2009, 10:44 PM
so i just watched donnie darko for the first time ever (directors cut). first question - why were the two "bullies" (seth rogen etc) at the death grandma's house at the end? i didn't understand that at all. did they just happen to be strolling by in robber gear and see an open cellar door or something?

M Sparks
07-09-2009, 11:20 PM
this looks like it will be pretty great

x-i42Mrw3no

I'm torn. I don't like trailers that reveal too much of the plot. But I wasn't really interested until they revealed too much of the plot.

I've always had the feeling that Patton would be a good dramatic actor. He was pretty good on Dollhouse this season.

indietron
07-09-2009, 11:41 PM
I just spent like 2 hours on the District 9 websites. Its pretty intricate and detailed. And the new trailer is awesome.

ivankay
07-10-2009, 02:16 AM
Bruno is pretty fucking funny. i was in a packed midnight screening and the laughter was good and loud.

MissingPerson
07-10-2009, 05:06 AM
until now, I didn't really have much interest in this, but who can resist a roomful of blind rapists engulfed in flames?

I have to say, yes, I am going to make an effort to see it now.

schoolofruckus
07-10-2009, 07:35 AM
I'm so glad you mentioned Read My Lips, Bobert. I'll have to check it out. I saw The Beat That My Heart Skipped fairly recently and absolutely loved it. I was so floored by Romain Duris' incendiary performance that I had to seek out some of his other fine performances in films like L'auberge espagnole and Dans Paris. I never got around to checking out any other of Jacques Audiard's films.

On the topic of modern French cinema, I saw Francois Ozon's Under the Sand earlier this week. What a lovely film! Ozon does such a fine job of conveying the emotional state of the lead as she grieves for her husband and yet seems to refuse closure. No spoiler here, but my friend found the ending frustratingly and unnecessarily ambiguous, but I quite liked that Ozon left us that way. By the way, Gold bless Francois Ozon and French cinema in general. If it were left up to American cinema, Charlotte Rampling and other fine actresses of a certain age would be relegated to solely playing Keira Knightley's mother.

Speaking of fine British actresses of a certain age playing grieving women in French films, has anyone seen I've Loved You So Long? I thought I could rent that one, then re-read The Year of Magical Thinking and then take a bubble bath with my hair dryer.

I didn't like I've Loved You So Long. The acting is brilliant, but the storytelling was pretty flat.

schoolofruckus
07-10-2009, 08:37 AM
I saw The Hurt Locker last night. I thought it was top-shelf in a lot of ways. These days, there's only so much affection I can feel for a film whose primary concern is the lives of US soldiers. But the apoliticism of this movie, combined with an inciteful understanding of adrenaline-driven machismo, makes the characters far more humanized than the likes of, say, Jarhead. It works primarily as a technically superior thriller, told in a series of scenarios that, for the most part, don't necessarily boil in a classic narrative sense, but instead work almost as vignettes in that each one builds to its own pulse-quickening climax. The lead actor, Jeremy Renner, is terrific. Overall, I think that many critics are overrating this movie (possibly out of reverse-sexism due to the fact that it was directed by a woman, since that's what a lot of the reviews I've read tend to focus on), but I would still highly recommend it.

woogie846
07-10-2009, 08:45 AM
I watched half of Godfather Part II last night.

AlecEiffel
07-10-2009, 09:37 AM
so i just watched donnie darko for the first time ever (directors cut). first question - why were the two "bullies" (seth rogen etc) at the death grandma's house at the end? i didn't understand that at all. did they just happen to be strolling by in robber gear and see an open cellar door or something?

Just don't worry about it.

tessalasset
07-10-2009, 09:38 AM
ok.

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
07-10-2009, 09:39 AM
i didn't like Godfather II nearly as much as everyone else, especially not in the context of it somehow being superior to the brilliant first film. I do LOVE LOVE LOVE all the Deniro flashback stuff and would have liked to see a movie of just that, but I have such a hard time getting into all the Cuba stuff

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
07-10-2009, 09:42 AM
so i just watched donnie darko for the first time ever (directors cut). first question - why were the two "bullies" (seth rogen etc) at the death grandma's house at the end? i didn't understand that at all. did they just happen to be strolling by in robber gear and see an open cellar door or something?

If you've seen Southland Tales or Domino you'll know that Richard kelly really doesn't give two shits about making any sort of sense, whatsoever. I've come to realize that the fact that Donni Darko has anything redeeming about it was just a fluke

rage patton
07-10-2009, 10:00 AM
Bruno is pretty fucking funny. i was in a packed midnight screening and the laughter was good and loud.

Good to hear. I just read a review and it wasn't good. It basically said Borat was hilarious, but Bruno is a one-trick pony. With that being said, it had no impact on my want to see the movie. I expected reviews to trash this movie. Im seeing it after work tonight.

iv3rdawG
07-10-2009, 01:50 PM
If Brüno is the same as when I saw it a couple months ago, it's worth the admission price alone for the opening credits. It includes this song set to the Universal logo, something that will never be seen again:

u9odvl3tfEU

TallGuyCM
07-10-2009, 02:34 PM
If you've seen Southland Tales or Domino you'll know that Richard kelly really doesn't give two shits about making any sort of sense, whatsoever.

Keira Knightley's never looked hotter than she did in Domino. Holy moly.

amyzzz
07-10-2009, 02:41 PM
Keira Knightley's never looked hotter than she did in Domino. Holy moly.
QFT.

schoolofruckus
07-10-2009, 02:47 PM
I thought she was significantly hotter in Atonement. Part of it was the erotic undercurrent of the role, part of it was that her performance was so much more alive and unaffected. But mostly, it was just because she was sexy as can be in it.

bobert
07-10-2009, 09:12 PM
Saw Bruno tonight. It had about the same amount of laughs as one of the 10 minute Ali G Show segments, but for what it's worth they were pretty big laughs. The rest of the audience laughed hysterically the entire time, so maybe my appreciation for dildo jokes isn't as honed as the typical LA movie goer.

wmgaretjax
07-10-2009, 09:52 PM
Saw Bruno tonight. It had about the same amount of laughs as one of the 10 minute Ali G Show segments, but for what it's worth they were pretty big laughs. The rest of the audience laughed hysterically the entire time, so maybe my appreciation for dildo jokes isn't as honed as the typical LA movie goer.

This was my problem. There were some side splitting moments, but they were few and far between. I was fairly bored for the rest of it. The funny bits were fucking hysterical though.

SoulDischarge
07-10-2009, 10:34 PM
Eh. In today's wide release cinematic climate, I'll take those as rave reviews.

MeowMixer
07-10-2009, 10:39 PM
lol

bmack86
07-10-2009, 11:06 PM
It was decent.

DRcube
07-10-2009, 11:44 PM
it was too much dancing penis

nbvwes
07-11-2009, 01:47 AM
Public Enemies... i wasn't impressed.

to me, it felt like Bonnie & Clyde meets Dick Tracy... but not as good as either.



finally got around to watching my dvdrip of Hurt Locker i've had since January... it's pretty damn good. possibly the best micro-war movie of all time, in dealing with a few soldiers and their day-to-day duties.. maybe the best screenplay this year, so far

Castanets
07-11-2009, 02:11 PM
My roomie convinced me to watch Unfaithful with her yesterday. Anything that screams Lifetime Movie of the Week with a bigger budget makes me want to wretch. And it was, as expected, very Lifetime-esque. I only mention this stupid film because of Diane Lane. Holy Mother Teresa, this woman was mesmerizing. Even in scenes in which Oliver ("ooh la la") Martinez barely had a stitch on, I found myself glued to Lane. She truly elevates this film from being a soft-core emotional thriller to something fare more interesting and complex every time she's on screen. That wave of lustful rememberance on her face as she takes the train ride home? That was steamier than a close up on Martinez' V line. It's not that Gere or Martinez are particularly bad; they're both perfectly adequate and up for the job, but she's just so damn good. If only she got better scripts.

Xenocide
07-11-2009, 03:58 PM
Unfaithful on mute with a fast-forward button is a very enjoyable experience...

real talk
07-11-2009, 05:14 PM
I watched Before Night Falls and despite being a little too long for me, it was ultimately an emotionally moving story. Some of the timeline was choppy for me but I was also drinking wine so that could be my bad. Javier Bardem was excellent and the Sean Penn cameo was pretty brilliant.

TallGuyCM
07-11-2009, 05:22 PM
Unfaithful on mute with a fast-forward button is a very enjoyable experience...

Yeah, Ms. Lane shows off her ta-tas in that one scene, pretty hot for an old chick.

Xenocide
07-11-2009, 06:44 PM
Yeah, Ms. Lane shows off her ta-tas in that one scene, pretty hot for an old chick.

i love your avatar... it reminds me of the Scott Tennerman episode of south park... in fact, i think i'm gonna start calling Supre 'scott tennerman'...

wmgaretjax
07-11-2009, 07:03 PM
I watched Before Night Falls and despite being a little too long for me, it was ultimately an emotionally moving story. Some of the timeline was choppy for me but I was also drinking wine so that could be my bad. Javier Bardem was excellent and the Sean Penn cameo was pretty brilliant.

I really love this movie. It's fucking beautiful. I agree that it feels a little lengthy, but I've never been able to figure out what parts should have been trimmed...

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
07-11-2009, 07:48 PM
My roomie convinced me to watch Unfaithful with her yesterday. Anything that screams Lifetime Movie of the Week with a bigger budget makes me want to wretch. And it was, as expected, very Lifetime-esque. I only mention this stupid film because of Diane Lane. Holy Mother Teresa, this woman was mesmerizing. Even in scenes in which Oliver ("ooh la la") Martinez barely had a stitch on, I found myself glued to Lane. She truly elevates this film from being a soft-core emotional thriller to something fare more interesting and complex every time she's on screen. That wave of lustful rememberance on her face as she takes the train ride home? That was steamier than a close up on Martinez' V line. It's not that Gere or Martinez are particularly bad; they're both perfectly adequate and up for the job, but she's just so damn good. If only she got better scripts.

if you like Lane, i highly recommend these two very early films of hers. they're both fantastic

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE FABULOUS STAINS
http://www.worshipworthy.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/stains.jpg

and

STREETS OF FIRE
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_qUKzPjLgX8Y/RxPjNiMOuSI/AAAAAAAAA2c/ODAQ-9XH1zI/s400/Soundtrack_-_Streets_Of_Fire_(Front).jpg

I took my girlfriend to see AWAY WE GO this afternoon, and I actually really enjoyed it. It's disjointed because the first half is genuinely funny, despite being very silly, and the second half is a total sobfest

very well done though

TomAz
07-11-2009, 07:58 PM
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_qUKzPjLgX8Y/RxPjNiMOuSI/AAAAAAAAA2c/ODAQ-9XH1zI/s400/Soundtrack_-_Streets_Of_Fire_(Front).jpg

I remember this movie. This movie came out in the early 80s right? it totally sucked. her tit's bare and his gun's up. it goes downhill from there.

MissingPerson
07-11-2009, 08:00 PM
Nothing about the phrase "Rock Fantasy" inspires great confidence in me, to be honest.

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
07-11-2009, 08:01 PM
Really? Streets of Fire is pretty great. Directed by Walter Hill and featuring crazy Willem Dafoe as the bad guy and lots of anachronistic 80s musical scenes (even though it takes place in the '50s). It even has Rick Moranis in it!

TomAz
07-11-2009, 08:01 PM
there's a chick singing with a bare tit. that seems like a pretty typical late 70s/early 80s rock fantasy.

MissingPerson
07-11-2009, 08:02 PM
Damn.

Is there any blind rapists on fire at any point?

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
07-11-2009, 08:02 PM
Nothing about the phrase "Rock Fantasy" inspires great confidence in me, to be honest.

you people have no fun in your lives

another 'rock fantasy' that must be seen by all

ROCK AND RULE
http://www.strand-theatre-shelbyville.org/wp-content/uploads/image/Rock%20and%20Rule.jpg

MissingPerson
07-11-2009, 08:04 PM
Well now that's not true, I enjoy a blind flaming rapist as much as anybody...

TomAz
07-11-2009, 08:06 PM
http://images.amazon.com/images/P/0767809548.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg


you may laugh at the morrison & skynyrd but the lead cartoon guy was pretty much a lou reed take and the punk scenes were fun.

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
07-11-2009, 08:13 PM
American pop is indeed great. I'm a big Ralph Bakshi nerd though and love pretty much all of his flicks

nbvwes
07-11-2009, 09:59 PM
Damn.

Is there any blind rapists on fire at any point?


that should have it's own movie...
i'd watch it!

SoulDischarge
07-12-2009, 12:05 AM
I haven't seen these movies, but I'm sure they're mere child's play in comparison to

http://ondeafears.files.wordpress.com/2008/11/stunt-rock-poster.jpg

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
07-12-2009, 12:32 AM
AWWW not on Netflix

Have you actually seen it before?

SoulDischarge
07-12-2009, 01:09 AM
Yeah. As a double feature with The Apple. It's pretty terrible in a lot of the right ways.

paulb
07-12-2009, 09:55 AM
I saw Bruno yesterday, it had its really funny moments. Overall as a film, its pretty bad, but it was exactly what a Sasha Baron Cohen film does, shock, lots of raunch and get some really loud laughs... I enjoyed it...but I do think Borat was alot better.

hawkingvsreeve
07-12-2009, 10:01 AM
I watched Ed Wood, Field of Dreams and Tombstone yesterday. Kind of a movie day apparently.

M Sparks
07-12-2009, 10:05 AM
TCM had an astoundingly awful marathon of 60's rock movies the other day. They had both Herman's Hermets movies, and "It's A Bikini World" with Tommy Kirk, (and Sid Haig as a beatnik skateboard designer!)

But the best/worst one was "Get Yourself A College Girl." Behold the awesomely racist scene where the old man watches in horror as the kids shake and shimmy and he mentally compares them to an African tribe .

bF9euqXHzog

lmntz4
07-12-2009, 11:33 AM
I fully realize I'm two and a half years, and over 13,000 posts late, but what exactly is "the p word" gabe refers to in the first post in this thread?

Still-ill
07-12-2009, 11:36 AM
What the fuck, "With a Cast that is the Last!"
What does that even mean?

Ardentbiscuit
07-12-2009, 11:37 AM
I haven't seen these movies, but I'm sure they're mere child's play in comparison to

http://ondeafears.files.wordpress.com/2008/11/stunt-rock-poster.jpg

They are having a screening of Stunt Rock at the New Beverly on July 31st..

july 31

* New 35mm print!

* Stunt Rock (1978)

o Midnight (11:59 p.m.) - all seats $7

SoulDischarge
07-12-2009, 02:37 PM
Yeah. That's where I saw it. <3 New Beverly.

M Sparks
07-12-2009, 03:18 PM
What the fuck, "With a Cast that is the Last!"
What does that even mean?

I think they mean everyone in it was the casting director's last choice.

Boy, that Dave Clark Five sure was dynamic. No wonder they got into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame ahead of The Stooges.

schoolofruckus
07-13-2009, 08:25 AM
I watched a few movies this weekend:

Moon - I really enjoyed what I saw of this one. Unfortunately, I had a couple drinks before the 10 pm show on Friday night, and ended up dozing off for bits and pieces of it. I feel like I got pretty much all of the narrative, but missed a lot of the interaction between the characters. It's an excellent low-budget sci-fi film about a lonely astronaut (Sam Rockwell) harvesting alternate energy on the moon. Excellent score by Clint Mansell and a pretty impressive visual achievement seeing as how it was shot for around $4 million. I'll be seeing it again.

Mysterious Skin - I rewatched this one on Saturday. It's still one of my most favorite films of this decade. Everything about it is tremendous.

The Dark Knight - I watched this one again when I was hungover on Sunday. It's held up surprisingly well since I saw it a year ago. In fact, apart from the discrepancy between IMAX and DVD, I may have liked it more this time; strip away the exorbitant box office performance and the hyperbolic ravings of everyone who wanted to be first to call it Oscar-worthy, and you still have a deeply satisfying, pretty-close-to-great superhero action movie.

Withnail and I - This movie was delightful. I hadn't heard about it until Randy quoted it on here a few years ago, and I was quite impressed. It's a hilariously literate comedy about two hard-drinking English actors whose "recuperative" holiday to the country home of one of their uncles proves to be even more nerve-wracking than their chaotic everyday lives. Funny as hell.

wmgaretjax
07-13-2009, 08:28 AM
The score for Moon was absolutely dreadful. The only real complaint I had about the film. I actually groaned out loud during some of the final sequences of the film. I despise Clint Mansell's scores with a passion. Can you ask for any more to be shoved down your throat? Please soundtrack, tell me how to feel...

AlecEiffel
07-13-2009, 08:46 AM
When you mentioned the Mysterious Skin at first I thought you were talking about

http://www.lovefilm.com/lovefilm/images/products/5/26075-large.jpg

and I got really pumped.

AlecEiffel
07-13-2009, 08:47 AM
My roomie convinced me to watch Unfaithful with her yesterday.

That movie is awesome. Infidelity kicks into high Gere.

wmgaretjax
07-13-2009, 09:09 AM
Reflecting Skin is a fantastic film. Unfortunately, I rarely encounter people that have had the pleasure of seeing it.

AlecEiffel
07-13-2009, 09:57 AM
I would probably have never even heard of it but I used to work at a video store that had a very good 'cult' section. I don't think there has ever been a DVD release of it.

M Sparks
07-13-2009, 10:54 AM
Reflecting Skin is a fantastic film. Unfortunately, I rarely encounter people that have had the pleasure of seeing it.

And many of those that have (including me) tend to only remember it for the frog bit at the beginning. (To be fair, it's been almost 20 years since I saw it.)

wmgaretjax
07-13-2009, 10:56 AM
I would probably have never even heard of it but I used to work at a video store that had a very good 'cult' section. I don't think there has ever been a DVD release of it.

I'm fairly certain this is true. I found out about it at my local video store, but I don't have a VHS player so I found a copy online...

real talk
07-13-2009, 11:10 AM
Waltz With Bashir was traumatic.

I want to see Moon.

real talk
07-13-2009, 11:12 AM
I fully realize I'm two and a half years, and over 13,000 posts late, but what exactly is "the p word" gabe refers to in the first post in this thread?

I just reread it and I don't know. Maybe I understood then and forgot.

PotVsKtl
07-13-2009, 11:14 AM
I really enjoyed what I saw of this one.

About what percentage of movies woud you say you fall asleep in? As far as I can tell it's around 75%.

hawkingvsreeve
07-13-2009, 11:15 AM
****?


Edit:

Yep.

P i n g

real talk
07-13-2009, 11:16 AM
I thought maybe, but does it make sense within the context????????????????

menikmati
07-13-2009, 11:16 AM
****

hawkingvsreeve
07-13-2009, 11:17 AM
Not really, no. That is the only word I can think of that is censored here though, unless there is some other P word I forgot about.

real talk
07-13-2009, 11:20 AM
With the reference to Howard Stern, I thought maybe it was a dirty word.

menikmati
07-13-2009, 11:23 AM
No, it's P I N G. He said "we can say fuck on this board, but can't say the P word (****), so it's sorta like weed is illegal but cigs are cool" type thing. It makes perfect sense, even 13,000 posts later.

bobert
07-13-2009, 11:31 AM
http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j38/bobertrgb/9780448421650.jpg

humanoid
07-13-2009, 12:21 PM
Waltz With Bashir was traumatic.

I want to see Moon.

I saw Moon about a week and a half ago...very cool. Sure, it is reminiscent of certain iconic sci-fi space movies, but it's still very interesting, kinda trippy and Sam Rockwell is relentlessly watchable.

schoolofruckus
07-13-2009, 12:24 PM
About what percentage of movies woud you say you fall asleep in? As far as I can tell it's around 75%.

It's closer to 33%. Which is still terrible. I always state that if I'm reviewing something I passed out in.


Not really, no. That is the only word I can think of that is censored here though, unless there is some other P word I forgot about.


No, it's P I N G. He said "we can say fuck on this board, but can't say the P word (****), so it's sorta like weed is illegal but cigs are cool" type thing. It makes perfect sense, even 13,000 posts later.

In early 2007, it was a very topical joke.

nbvwes
07-13-2009, 02:24 PM
I would probably have never even heard of it but I used to work at a video store that had a very good 'cult' section. I don't think there has ever been a DVD release of it.

The Reflecting Skin had a DVD release in Japan a couple years ago..

tessalasset
07-13-2009, 09:38 PM
lamedar!

tessalasset
07-13-2009, 09:38 PM
http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j38/bobertrgb/9780448421650.jpg
if i remember correctly wasn't this a somewhat racist book?

tessalasset
07-13-2009, 09:39 PM
i need to see harry potter RIGHT FUCKING NOW.

dorkfish
07-14-2009, 12:55 AM
Watched the Hangover tonight. Not that funny. Pretty much the same summer comedy of the last few years.

Watched the documentary "The Staircase" over the weekend. Fabulous. Check it out if you get a chance. It's like a real life Law and Order episode. Trashy and biased for a documentary, but I don't think that I've sat through a 6 1/2 hour long documentary more willingly and constantly entertained before.

C DUB YA
07-14-2009, 05:20 AM
The Hangover is funny... quite funny. What are the "same" summer comedies that you are referring to?

mountmccabe
07-14-2009, 07:28 AM
With the reference to Howard Stern, I thought maybe it was a dirty word.


No, it's P I N G. He said "we can say fuck on this board, but can't say the P word (****), so it's sorta like weed is illegal but cigs are cool" type thing. It makes perfect sense, even 13,000 posts later.

Y'all couldn't type "fuck" on the old board without it being censored, so that part was new, that is why Gabe was Howard Sterning.

You can type every other word what starts with P and it'll show up fine, just not that one.

higgybaby23
07-14-2009, 08:36 AM
I finally took in Synecdoche, NY. I was prepared for the worst, and was pleasantly surprised. Phillip Seymour Hoffman was great, as was the rest of the cast. I can see how the film wasn't for everyone, but it was the best thing I've seen since Let The Right One In.(which is my favorite movie of recent memory)

TommyboyUNM
07-14-2009, 08:42 AM
Watched the Hangover tonight. Not that funny. Pretty much the same summer comedy of the last few years.


The Hangover is funny... quite funny. What are the "same" summer comedies that you are referring to?

I'd have to agree more with Brad. There were some funny parts, but I didn't think it was witty enough. The premise was decent, but the writing failed. It was more in-your-face, slapstick comedy. I actually think movies like Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Tropic Thunder were a lot more clever than The Hangover.

faxman75
07-14-2009, 09:02 AM
I loved The Hangover and I don't like many comedies. Tropic Thunder did nothing for me. I enjoyed Forgetting Sarah Marshall as well.

The premise is far from original. A bunch of guys head off to Sin City for a wild weekend. I'm a sucker for this premise though and this movie had a lot of original comedy and funny ass scenes. Galifianakis character was so wrong and odd. The movie takes you on a crazy ride as it tries to put together the events of the previous evening. One of my favorite scenes was when they get to the casino and Galifianakis' character inquires about pager receptions and if they have a pay phones.

The best comedy I have seen in a long while with a pretty fresh cast.

TommyboyUNM
07-14-2009, 09:08 AM
Galifianakis character was so wrong and odd. .

In such a forced way. An example of this is...


One of my favorite scenes was when they get to the casino and Galifianakis' character inquires about pager receptions and if they have a pay phones

I'm gonna go watch it again with a co-worker at some point soon. I'm gonna try to notice any little pieces of witty gold that I may have missed the first time.

chairmenmeow47
07-14-2009, 09:09 AM
just change your title to wet blanket :p

faxman75
07-14-2009, 09:17 AM
Interesting, I thought he was one of the highlights of the film with his timing and how natural he played off the most absurd character traits. It's not often a movie will get me to laugh out loud but this one got me and I found myself laughing a whole lot more than in any other comedy in recent memory. It was great to see some new faces when you have guys like Ben Stiller playing the same character in every movie or watching yet another Jack Black or Will Ferrell formulaic stint. As much as I love watching Seth Rogan and the Apatow family make films, they seemed to be coming out with a new one every frew months and that shit was even getting watered down and old. I found The Hangover to be rather refreshing.

BlackSwan
07-14-2009, 09:26 AM
Tropic Thunder was much better than Forgetting Sarah Marshall. I have not seen The Hangover yet.

miscorrections
07-14-2009, 09:30 AM
I heartily enjoyed The Hangover but I was also heartily drunk.

M Sparks
07-14-2009, 09:35 AM
Regarding The Hangover...it wasn't as good as most people seem to think it is, but it's the only movie that year that has introduced a new speech pattern to my wife and I. We can't stop calling each other "a ri'tard"

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
07-14-2009, 09:52 AM
I got the sense from The Hangover that a lot of Galifinakis' lines were improved and they basically let the other guys naturally react to him. His delivery and the lines themselves are pretty much exactly what his stand up act is, kind of like how Rodney Dangerfield was just let loose to be "Rodney Dangerfield" in CaddyShack, just doing his stage schtick in the middle of a movie

bobert
07-14-2009, 09:57 AM
Zach Galifianakis was the best part of the The Hangover. His 'lone-wolf' speech on the rooftop was some of the funniest shit I've ever heard.

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
07-14-2009, 10:02 AM
Zach Galifianakis was the best part of the The Hangover. His 'lone-wolf' speech on the rooftop was some of the funniest shit I've ever heard.

That is the one part i consistently find myself quoting

Alligator Bogaloo
07-14-2009, 10:28 AM
speaking of comedies, one of the funniest movies this year is the new Woody Allen movie "Whatever Works". Larry David kills and Evan Rachel Wood is perfect.

http://www.coachella.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=118&pictureid=1038

JewFace
07-14-2009, 11:00 AM
I can't wait to see Whatever Works. Going to try and squeeze that one in with Bruno this weekend. Should probably do Whatever Works first. Mr. Allen's films rarely stick around for long.

whynotsmile99
07-14-2009, 11:23 AM
Bruno was fucking hilarious. Borat was a better movie, but for 85 minutes I sat in a theater by myself and laughed my ass off non stop. All the segments worked for me, though i wish more of the Prop 8 stuff he shot was in there. The wedding thing was probably the weakest in the film


i'm watching Forest Gump right now. Jenny just died, Forest is waiting for the bus with Forest Jr.

tear
tear
tear

sbessiso
07-14-2009, 03:19 PM
Is anyone else mildly interested in "GI JOE" cuz it has Joseph Gordon-Levitt as "Cobra Commander"?

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
07-14-2009, 03:21 PM
Is anyone else mildly interested in "GI JOE" cuz it has Joseph Gordon-Levitt as "Cobra Commander"?

i want to feel like I have to watch everything that levitt is in, but no, I am not even mildly interested in that movie

I'll rewatch "the lookout" instead

schoolofruckus
07-14-2009, 03:33 PM
i want to feel like I have to watch everything that levitt is in, but no, I am not even mildly interested in that movie

I'll rewatch "the lookout" instead

Same thing except I didn't like The Lookout much, and would instead sub in Mysterious Skin, Brick, or Angels in the Outfield instead.

Also, I'm going to see (500) Days of Summer on Thursday.

rage patton
07-14-2009, 03:49 PM
I just came here to read what everyone though about Bruno. I felt basically the same way. There were far too many points between laughs, but when I was laughing it almost hurt.

Also, Im seeing Harry Potter tonight. I haven't seen the 5th movie though. Im not a huge fan, but I enjoyed the first 4 and I am going with people who enjoy Harry Potter, so I figured why not. Can someone fill me in really quickly on what happens in the 5th movie?

PotVsKtl
07-14-2009, 03:51 PM
Dumbledore dies.

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
07-14-2009, 03:51 PM
woo, a lot happens in the 5th movie...4-5 were basically one huge movie and directly tie into 6....i have a feeling you might be lost. You'd be better off just looking the plot up on wikipedia

schoolofruckus
07-14-2009, 03:51 PM
As follows:


They win the big game.
They get married.
We find out he was really a ghost the whole time.
It's the sled!
Everybody dies.

SoulDischarge
07-14-2009, 04:02 PM
I thought the sled was Keyser Soze. These movies are unnecessarily complicated.

rage patton
07-14-2009, 04:12 PM
woo, a lot happens in the 5th movie...4-5 were basically one huge movie and directly tie into 6....i have a feeling you might be lost. You'd be better off just looking the plot up on wikipedia

I took your advice. I heard the 5th movie was basically a set up for the 6th. I will probably be lost at the beginning, but im sure I'll be able to piece it together.

PotVsKtl
07-14-2009, 05:17 PM
I don't know, it is a children's movie after all.

sbessiso
07-14-2009, 05:24 PM
The 4th and 5th movies were fucking terrible, the 3rd is easily the best one. They hired directors with no vision that made a bland generic movie. They completely fucked through the books and cut out whatever they felt like on top of it all. See, the 3rd movie had a fucked story too but it was so beautifully made and done I didnt care so much

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
07-14-2009, 09:19 PM
The 4th and 5th movies were fucking terrible, the 3rd is easily the best one. They hired directors with no vision that made a bland generic movie. They completely fucked through the books and cut out whatever they felt like on top of it all. See, the 3rd movie had a fucked story too but it was so beautifully made and done I didnt care so much

the third movie was great, but the 4th was actually my favorite

i didn't read the books though, i'm just a fan of the movies

menikmati
07-14-2009, 09:24 PM
Is anyone else mildly interested in "GI JOE" cuz it has Joseph Gordon-Levitt as "Cobra Commander"?

No.

Boourns
07-14-2009, 10:07 PM
Brick was awesome.

M Sparks
07-14-2009, 11:34 PM
woo, a lot happens in the 5th movie...4-5 were basically one huge movie

Ahhh, that explains it. 5 is the only one I saw (I think) and it didn't make a lick of sense to me. I expected to be missing some subtext, but not be totally lost.

sonofhal
07-14-2009, 11:42 PM
Yesterday I watched a film about the biggest car crash in history. It was called Southland Tales.