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TallGuyCM
08-01-2011, 02:04 PM
TERRIBLE

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GoodGirlGalaxy
08-01-2011, 02:18 PM
There Will Be Jokes

TallGuyCM
08-01-2011, 02:22 PM
To be fair, I haven't seen her in anything outside of SNL. But for years there it was as if she was having a head-to-head duel with Ana Gasteyer for the title of least funny woman on the planet.

TomAz
08-01-2011, 02:26 PM
I'm guessing PTA thinks she's got other talents

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
08-01-2011, 02:27 PM
I'm one of the few people that really enjoyed Away We Go. And Idiocracy of course.

HandBanana
08-01-2011, 02:27 PM
My girlfriend would probably be awful at television and motion picture comedy, yet I love her dearly.

guedita
08-01-2011, 02:28 PM
I'm one of the few people that really enjoyed Away We Go. And Idiocracy of course.

I loved Away We Go

humanoid
08-01-2011, 02:33 PM
My girlfriend would probably be awful at television and motion picture comedy, yet I love her dearly.

You should stop immediately. If she's not blessed with comedic talents, there is no possible excuse to continue loving her.

Just broke up with mine on the same grounds.

schoolofruckus
08-01-2011, 03:02 PM
I liked Maya in A Prairie Home Companion, which is where they met when PTA was assisting Robert Altman. And she's a nice person. No need to rip on her.

HandBanana
08-01-2011, 03:05 PM
I love Maya's chemistry with Kristen in Bridesmaids.
Theres a special kind of spark sometimes onscreen when friends are played by actual real life friends.
You can tell that they connect.

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
08-01-2011, 03:08 PM
I liked Maya in A Prairie Home Companion, which is where they met when PTA was assisting Robert Altman. And she's a nice person. No need to rip on her.

I hate that show so much that I've had a very hard time getting myself to watch that movie. i worked at KPCC during their broadcast of it and we had to suffer through a lot of it.

roberto73
08-01-2011, 07:08 PM
I'm one of the few people that really enjoyed Away We Go.


I loved Away We Go

I'll watch this whenever it's on TV, no matter what I'm doing. And this from someone who owns the DVD.

Down Rodeo
08-01-2011, 11:23 PM
This is a really nice series that just began: it's a breakdown of 100 essential directors. Part 1 is Chantal Akerman through Bernardo Bertolucci:

http://www.popmatters.com/pm/feature/145591-essential-directors-part-1-chantal-akerman-bernardo-bertolucci/P0

Premium Roast
08-02-2011, 08:29 AM
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_zjyegtfkICA/Snewy0pRAoI/AAAAAAAAL7Q/JP9nKyksL_I/s320/7.jpg

Senso '45 (Black Angel) is recommended. But I love most Tinto Brass films, especially Miranda and Cosi Fan Tutte.

bleep
08-04-2011, 10:43 PM
Cary Fukunaga's adaptation of Jane Eyre barely gets a passing grade. yes it was beautifully shot, and yes Mia Wasikowska is satisfying as Ms. Eyre. the execution of the story, however, felt rushed. sadly, the film failed to capture the grand passion between Eyre and her man.

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
08-04-2011, 11:04 PM
Just watched Hobo With A Shotgun. it's everything i wanted and more. It's basically a remake of The Toxic Avenger hahaha

TallGuyCM
08-05-2011, 12:33 AM
Wow, the Bellflower trailer is on the front page of Yahoo Movies. Rad.

lunatic core
08-05-2011, 02:30 AM
Just finished Rango. It was pretty fucking good.

ivankay
08-05-2011, 04:06 AM
i sure loved Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The original will always have a place in my heart as the best, but this one is making me debate that. The story is really good sci fi, it kicks ass and looks great. One of my favorite movies of the summer.

zircona1
08-05-2011, 06:44 AM
I wish our city still had one of those discount theaters, where you could see stuff for like $1 or $2. There aren't very many movies that I'm willing to pay full price for anymore.

Vasoline Groove
08-05-2011, 07:52 AM
Just finished Rango. It was pretty fucking good.

I watched it on Wednesday and thought the same thing.

I enjoyed the Fear and Loathing cameo.

Thought the animation was pretty amazing, especially since it wasn't a Pixar film.

HandBanana
08-05-2011, 07:58 AM
Loved Rango and wish it had grossed more so we could hope to see more like it eventually.
It's refreshing to see a slightly more adult-themed animated CGI flick.
The Chinatown bent to it was nice too.

reverb
08-05-2011, 10:45 AM
just a heads up...miranda july is doing a few Q & A's around l.a. this weekend for the opening of her new movie, the future. as you can tell from my signature...i've been waiting for this one for a long time:

Friday
The Landmark
7:45 show
Tickets: http://bit.ly/o1GgHk

Saturday
Arclight Hollywood
5:20 & 7:45 shows
Tickets: http://bit.ly/p7AWlM

Sunday
Arclight Hollywood
5:20 show
Tickets: http://bit.ly/p7AWlM

and for those that don't know what the hell i'm talking about:

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schoolofruckus
08-05-2011, 12:44 PM
This is maybe the best mash-up trailer I've seen, ever.

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ivankay
08-05-2011, 01:20 PM
That was fun. God 8 1/2 is so wonderfully great. All those shots in the trailer make me want to watch it again (and again).

schoolofruckus
08-05-2011, 01:57 PM
Same here. I really need to pick up the Blu-Ray during the next Criterion sale on Amazon/Barnes/whatever.

Down Rodeo
08-05-2011, 04:56 PM
Great trailer. 8 1/2 was one of the Criterions I just upgraded to Blu-Ray during the latest sale. Can't wait to see what it looks like.

GoodGirlGalaxy
08-06-2011, 05:59 PM
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"Maybe you're a shitty cameraman."

I thought you'd guys like to see this young hot actor go toe-to-toe with a young hot reporter. And then slams the cameraman.

schoolofruckus
08-06-2011, 06:21 PM
Did any of you see Bellflower as you were instructed to? I'm waiting for it to start.

MissingPerson
08-07-2011, 08:30 AM
Apparently, there was somebody left on Earth who didn't know the twist to The Crying Game.

motionnn77
08-07-2011, 01:42 PM
Did any of you see Bellflower as you were instructed to? I'm waiting for it to start.

Did you get to see the car blow up? It was really on fire on Friday. Last night Evan was told he could only flame once. We sold out our 7:30 screening for Friday night. Apparently, we have paid for ourselves this weekend.

Premium Roast
08-07-2011, 03:42 PM
watched a bunch of good ones this weekend:

(A-) Midnight in Paris (the actor tried nobly, but it's impossible to get Hemingway's toughness down. Adrian Brody injected a few chuckles portraying Salvador Dali. Overall Allen did well to inspire longing for the City of Lights, the Jazz Age, and ideas in general).

(A-) Trade (hadnt seen Kevin Kline since the eighties and did a fine job as a cop with a heart. Terrible, heart wrenching subject matter involving kidnapping kids and selling them wholly to online bidders, but worth seeing. Opening aeriel shots of Mexico City showed how vast the city, and thus the world, is giving thought provoking scope to the problem sex slave trading presents for combatants).

(B) Arabian Nights 1974 (Not much of a story line, but enjoyed it mainly for the architecture and some of the homosexual aspects giving it a bit of a freedom feeling. Nobody is on a leash here, so it's worth seeing).

A Woman in Berlin (Through the first half hour and so far, so good. Bombing scenes are realistic bringing you back there. About the Russians making their way through Berlin at the end of the war).

schoolofruckus
08-07-2011, 07:56 PM
Did you get to see the car blow up? It was really on fire on Friday. Last night Evan was told he could only flame once. We sold out our 7:30 screening for Friday night. Apparently, we have paid for ourselves this weekend.

I stayed for the Q&A, but I had to hit the store on my way home, so I left before the gunning started. I could still hear it from a block away.

The film is still easily one of my favorites of this year.

GoodGirlGalaxy
08-07-2011, 07:57 PM
For fans of A Tribe Called Quest, Rapaport's documentary on the group is fantastic. But I should say that you really have to be fans of the group and the genre to really get into it. You get to see some of the best DJs and MCs from the 90s and their respective opinions on ATCQ. But I thoroughly enjoyed it.

TallGuyCM
08-07-2011, 08:09 PM
The film is still easily one of my favorites of this year.

Definitely. #2 behind The Tree of Life for me thus far.

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
08-07-2011, 08:43 PM
Watched The Adjustment Bureau this afternoon. It's fine. I don't have much to say about it, really.

I have 13 Assassins at home right now as well and I'm trying to decide if I want to watch it tonight or save it.

obzen
08-07-2011, 09:08 PM
I want to see Rise of the Planet of the Apes!

GoodGirlGalaxy
08-07-2011, 09:13 PM
Watched The Adjustment Bureau this afternoon. It's fine. I don't have much to say about it, really.

I have 13 Assassins at home right now as well and I'm trying to decide if I want to watch it tonight or save it.

Watch it. It's pretty terrific.

motionnn77
08-08-2011, 11:26 AM
Thanks for the support for Bellflower. We are now expanding to 200 theaters because our weekend went well. Really happy you enjoyed.

guedita
08-08-2011, 11:32 AM
tinymixtapes gave Bellflower a nice review: http://www.tinymixtapes.com/film/bellflower

coolhandluck
08-08-2011, 11:36 AM
Hey guys,

My wife has been posting stuff (Motionnn77) on Bellflower. I'm one of the Exec Producers on it. Just wanted to thank those that have seen the movie and hope you all get a chance to see it. The movie is certainly not for everyone and there are several voiceferous dissents out there but we're thrilled that we can evoke emotions either way from our little piece of film. In fact, I saw a distraught woman bolt from out film during one of the intense scenes towards the end of the movie at the 730pm show last night at the Nuart.

Because of the critical response, it looks like we will expand to about two hundred screens over the next two months. We should get coverage throughout most of the country. In LA, we are at the Nuart through Thursday and then open at the Landmark Regent in Westwood, Laemmle Playhouse in Pasadena, and Cinemark Century 10 in Ventura (where most of the film was shot). We also open in Austin on Friday.

If you have any questions or feedback, good or bad, please throw it my way. It's exciting to be associated with a little film that has gone this far.

Regards,
Byron

getbetter
08-08-2011, 12:39 PM
Hey Byron I think I met you in the beer garden, I'll definetly check out your movie out at Laemmele playhouse 7 .

GoodGirlGalaxy
08-08-2011, 12:51 PM
When will we see an SF date?

amyzzz
08-08-2011, 12:56 PM
I will check it out if it ever hits AZ.

schoolofruckus
08-08-2011, 01:58 PM
Berkeley / SF / Palo Alto / San Jose / Sausalito - 8/19
Phoenix - 8/26
Tucson - 9/23
Oro Valley - 9/30

Other opening dates for Bellflower. (http://www.oscilloscope.net/films/film/45/Bellflower)

Thanks for helping get this film made, Byron. It really is marvelous - feels like seeing a bold, out-of-nowhere film like Trainspotting for the first time.

amyzzz
08-08-2011, 02:00 PM
Cool beans. I can see it on my birthday and get free popcorn. Thanks, Gabe.

Vasoline Groove
08-08-2011, 03:02 PM
Watched this over the weekend on Netflix VOD:

http://img13.imageshack.us/img13/5440/weliveinpublic.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/13/weliveinpublic.jpg/)


Ondi Timoner's documentary chronicles a decade in the life of Internet pioneer Josh Harris, who instigated an "artificial society" experiment in which more than 100 artists lived under 24-hour surveillance in an underground compound in New York City. After FEMA broke up the project, Harris turned the cameras on himself and his girlfriend. Timoner's provocative film (winner of the Grand Jury Prize: Documentary at Sundance) includes clips from Harris's projects as well as her own original footage.

Pretty crazy footage showing the excess of the dotcom explosion and how one guy utilized his fortune for the sake of art experiments. The Quiet society part is truly eye-opening although predictable as well. If you did not know about this, Its pretty short - 88 minutes, and pretty entertaining.

GoodGirlGalaxy
08-08-2011, 04:07 PM
Did anyone check out The Arbor? What did you think? I see it's on its way to DVD soon and I may want to check it out but this whole talk of lip-syncing has me questioning its approach to docudrama. I hope it is nothing like The Fourth Kind.

schoolofruckus
08-08-2011, 05:55 PM
I wanted to see The Arbor, but I couldn't make it during the one week it played and plus....well, I'm sort of fussy about seeing documentaries in theaters. There's actually a much-larger-than-average contingent of recent documentaries I want to check out - Tabloid, Project Nim and The Interrupters, for starters - but I generally pass on them in theaters and then never get around to them on Netflix (see: Ondi Timoner's work, and yes, that somehow still includes DiG!). There's a few that I've genuinely wanted to see in cinemas though; General Orders No. 9 looks like it demands to be seen on a big screen, so I've been bugging them on Twitter to set an LA date after playing NY and throughout Georgia. I probably fucked up royally by not seeing Nostalgia For the Light when it played the Nuart - it looks dazzling. And obviously, whenever Malick drops Voyage in Time, that gets seen in IMAX.

I know The Arbor isn't a straight documentary, and in fact seems like an innovative riff on the formula behind Touching the Void and countless other dramatizations of real events. But this is something I've been thinking about more and more recently.

schoolofruckus
08-08-2011, 05:56 PM
Also, The Fourth Kind is one of the most special cinematic abortions I've ever encountered.

ivankay
08-08-2011, 09:42 PM
i'm sure "Life in a Day' must have been discussed in here:

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i saw this last week and loved it. If this was part of a double feature with Tree of Life, beauty would burst out of the theater. The film makers collected 45,000 hours of footage people from around the world shot on July 24, 2010. Another film in the tradition of Baraka that points out our connectivity in the world. Check it out when you can. Lots of beautiful footage and touching stories.

There's a movie theater in Anaheim by Disneyland that has discounted screenings on Tuesdays and Thursdays. (http://boxoffice.printtixusa.com/ultrastar/movies?v=3914&dd=1) It's a nice theater that aspired to be the Arclight of the OC. If you can see this movie while it's still there, do it. Life in a Day is one of the discounted ($6) this week. The theater also has a bar that serves wine and beer. If you are there around the time fireworks go off for Disneyland, you can watch them from the bar area.

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
08-08-2011, 10:47 PM
Watch it. It's pretty terrific.

Okay, just watched 13 Assassins. It's great! What a set up for quite the tremendous fight scene. it's kind of unbelievable that Takashi Miike had anything to do with this movie.

KungFuJoe
08-09-2011, 03:10 AM
Okay, just watched 13 Assassins. It's great! What a set up for quite the tremendous fight scene. it's kind of unbelievable that Takashi Miike had anything to do with this movie.

It's not all that unbelievable. Miike can make a damn fine film when he's not totally fucking around (which unfortunately is a lot of the time). I too watched 13 Assassins recently and it really is fucking fantastic.

cansei de ser sexme
08-09-2011, 10:39 AM
Saw Bellflower with my dad. He hated it. I loved it. I guess he is too old... Anyways, is there anywhere I can get the soundtrack? What was that song Aiden was playing as he was finishing the flamethrower?

coolhandluck
08-09-2011, 02:53 PM
Saw Bellflower with my dad. He hated it. I loved it. I guess he is too old... Anyways, is there anywhere I can get the soundtrack? What was that song Aiden was playing as he was finishing the flamethrower?

Jonathan Keevil's orginal songs from "Bellflower" are now available on iTunes. Jonathan also was a co-editor of the film and ironically the only one of the entire crew that went to film school. The next Coatwolf project is one that will be written and directed by Jonathan and starring Tyler Dawson.

I believe the flamethrower song was something from Why? I'll try and get the exact track.

GoodGirlGalaxy
08-09-2011, 03:40 PM
It's not all that unbelievable. Miike can make a damn fine film when he's not totally fucking around (which unfortunately is a lot of the time). I too watched 13 Assassins recently and it really is fucking fantastic.

The only reason I watched this, aside from its awesomeness, was that it was available for $6 on OnDemand, so I didn't have to take BART to the city, and then pay $12 for a ticket to sit in a crowd that could potentially be annoying me throughout the film. Needless to say, it was a better choice. I'm glad you two enjoyed it.

Any recommendations on some more Miike films?

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
08-09-2011, 05:23 PM
Audition is the clearly beloved Miike film, which I haven't even seen. I've seen several others, none of which I've thought were great, though Ichi The Killer is at least monstrously entertaining.

GoodGirlGalaxy
08-09-2011, 06:25 PM
Oh, that's Miike?! I put Audition in my queue last week. Well I guess I'll get to it.

Tonight's movie is Polanski's Chinatown. I haven't seen it, I don't think at least, so this will give me more insight on his more recent Ghost Writer.

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
08-09-2011, 06:37 PM
Chinatown is every bit as good as you've ever heard it is. There's a reason Robert Towne's screenplay is looked at in nearly every screenwriting book/class you might find yourself in, along with Network.

GoodGirlGalaxy
08-09-2011, 08:50 PM
Chinatown is every bit as good as you've ever heard it is. There's a reason Robert Towne's screenplay is looked at in nearly every screenwriting book/class you might find yourself in, along with Network.

I'm lost. Did Towne write a screenplay for a movie titled Network or is that an abbreviation for Sorkin's screenplay for The Social Network? Either way, I'm excited for this movie.

Edit: Did you go to film school, Drinkey?

Edit II: Nevermind.

GoodGirlGalaxy
08-09-2011, 08:53 PM
My love for shows like 30 Rock, Sports Night, and The Larry Sanders Show might just encourage me to go check this out:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/fc/Networkmovie.jpg

Miroir Noir
08-09-2011, 08:54 PM
Paddy Chayefsky wrote Network; Drinkey is just referencing it because it, along with Chinatown, is seen as a gold standard New Hollywood-era screenplay.

GoodGirlGalaxy
08-09-2011, 08:58 PM
Yeah, got it. Re Nevermind.

guedita
08-09-2011, 08:59 PM
Has anyone seen Sarah's Key yet?

HandBanana
08-09-2011, 09:02 PM
Watching Stephen Frears' The Hit on Netflix from Criterion.
1984, Tim Roth, John Hurt, and the fucking ace capper Terrence Stamp

I will literally watch any movie that pertains to British gangsters and this is one of them.
Sexy Beast, Gangster #1, the OG Get Carter.
I love em all. I'm a sucker for 'em. I think its the contrast of the polite and formal cadence and the brutal violence.

Miroir Noir
08-09-2011, 09:10 PM
I'm the same way with French gangster films. The cool does me in. Those late Melville pictures are the coolest movies ever made.

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
08-09-2011, 10:23 PM
I'm lost. Did Towne write a screenplay for a movie titled Network or is that an abbreviation for Sorkin's screenplay for The Social Network? Either way, I'm excited for this movie.

Edit: Did you go to film school, Drinkey?

Edit II: Nevermind.

Hahaha I'm sorry. i guess i just assume everyone know what I'm talking about all the time. i was in fact in the media program at my school and took a lot of film classes. Sorry for the confusion. If you haven't indeed seen Network, it also is as amazing as textbooks would have you think.

schoolofruckus
08-09-2011, 10:24 PM
Network is one of the all-time greats. I've always thought Chinatown was overrated, but I haven't seen it since high school.

SoulDischarge
08-09-2011, 11:17 PM
I just re-watched Network. It's a little patchy and over the top, but still riveting. I thought that was one all film dorks knew. I kind of agree about Chinatown. Something about it is sort of dry and prevents me from being extraordinarily engaged by it, and I usually like Polanski. I've seen it several times, but maybe I should re-appraise it yet again.

Down Rodeo
08-09-2011, 11:31 PM
Chinatown is better than Network. IMHO.

GoodGirlGalaxy
08-09-2011, 11:52 PM
I really liked Chinatown. I was trying to figure out what made its screenplay stand out as a landmark throughout the film. I guess it was just a great way to construct a sort of standard, in today's standards that is, mystery crime narrative.

TallGuyCM
08-10-2011, 02:01 AM
Chinatown is one of my all-time favorites. Although I'm a bit biased, in that to me Faye Dunaway is absolutely one of the most stunning women to ever grace the silver screen. And I've only seen it once, and it was like 8 years ago. Need to rewatch it one of these days.

seandlr
08-10-2011, 08:45 PM
So yeah, Top Secret with Val Kilmer is awesome.

Vasoline Groove
08-10-2011, 08:57 PM
So yeah, Top Secret with Val Kilmer is awesome.

No Doubt.

Latrine!

GoodGirlGalaxy
08-10-2011, 10:11 PM
From my interest in Network, I stumbled on Broadcast News. Are romantic comedies common in the Criterion Collection?

getbetter
08-10-2011, 10:25 PM
So yeah, Top Secret with Val Kilmer is awesome.

Real Genius is best Val Kilmer film though.


I'm watching Red Stuff:The True Story of the Russian Race for Space tonight.

bobert
08-10-2011, 10:32 PM
Chinatown is one of my all-time favorites. It's Polanski's finest work, possibly Nicholson's as well.

schoolofruckus
08-10-2011, 10:39 PM
Chinatown is one of my all-time favorites. It's Polanski's finest work, possibly Nicholson's as well.

The Passenger is the best film Nicholson will ever be involved with. I'd have to think hard about his best individual performance, but it's definitely among them.

bobert
08-10-2011, 10:48 PM
The Passenger is the best film Nicholson will ever be involved with.

I need to see it again. Watched it my freshman year in college and found it quite difficult, but I like to think my tastes have evolved since then. I've had a hard time with Antonioni's films in general. It's easy for me to recognize his gifts and I certainly understand why other people find his work to be brilliant, even if I've never found his films to be particularly compelling. But again, I need to revisit.

TallGuyCM
08-10-2011, 11:00 PM
I haven't seen all of Jack's films, but I've seen a good chunk of them and I was always under the impression that Cuckoo's Nest was considered his finest performance by a long shot.

Miroir Noir
08-10-2011, 11:05 PM
Five Easy Pieces for me.

GoodGirlGalaxy
08-10-2011, 11:09 PM
I haven't seen all of Jack's films, but I've seen a good chunk of them and I was always under the impression that Cuckoo's Nest was considered his finest performance by a long shot.

I was under the same impression. However, after seeing Chinatown I'm going to have to say this was a much better role for him. Even after seeing The Shining so many times. Though I need to see The Passenger to be so superlative about it.

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
08-10-2011, 11:21 PM
From my interest in Network, I stumbled on Broadcast News. Are romantic comedies common in the Criterion Collection?

Did you watch Broadcast News? I think it's much more than a romantic comedy. That's such a goddamn good movie as well. Check out Absence of Malice and All The President's Men if you want to continue (these are not romantic comedies in any way btw)

TallGuyCM
08-10-2011, 11:22 PM
All The President's Men

This.

lunatic core
08-11-2011, 02:58 AM
Ok so .. WOW.. I didn't know how incredibly fucked up Super was going to be.
I usually enjoy strange fucked up movies, but there is something about this one that just didn't sit well as whole.

frazzles
08-11-2011, 04:19 AM
But...Ellen Page!

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
08-11-2011, 07:37 AM
I'm eagerly anticipating that one! I think i'm in the "long wait" section on my queue

Vasoline Groove
08-11-2011, 08:05 AM
From my interest in Network, I stumbled on Broadcast News. Are romantic comedies common in the Criterion Collection?

Broadcast News is a pretty entertaining. The scene when Albert Brooks finally got his anchorman gig was hilarious. Did you watch it yet? Probably a good one to break up all the more intense movies you've been watching.

Miroir Noir
08-11-2011, 08:13 AM
From my interest in Network, I stumbled on Broadcast News. Are romantic comedies common in the Criterion Collection?

Here's a mostly complete list (http://www.criterion.com/explore/122-comedies) of their general comedy titles. Something Wild was another addition this year that, like Broadcast News, fits pretty well into the rom com genre. Kicking and Screaming is a personal favorite. The Sturges and Lubitsch titles are the genre classics.

bobert
08-11-2011, 08:14 AM
I haven't seen all of Jack's films, but I've seen a good chunk of them and I was always under the impression that Cuckoo's Nest was considered his finest performance by a long shot.

Yeah, he was awesome in Cuckoo's Nest. It's the flashier role and it got him his first Oscar but his performance in Chinatown is right up there for me.

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
08-11-2011, 08:48 AM
I watched Rango last night and it really is tons of fun! I was surprised how much of a thrilling action movie it ended up being.

ivankay
08-11-2011, 05:16 PM
Monterey Pop in the cemetery this weekend (http://cinespia.org/calendar/)! And it's going to be an all night affair to celebrate Cinespia's 10 year anniversary

algunz
08-11-2011, 05:22 PM
Five Easy Pieces for me.

"and stick it between your knees."

GoodGirlGalaxy
08-11-2011, 05:30 PM
Here's a mostly complete list (http://www.criterion.com/explore/122-comedies) of their general comedy titles. Something Wild was another addition this year that, like Broadcast News, fits pretty well into the rom com genre. Kicking and Screaming is a personal favorite. The Sturges and Lubitsch titles are the genre classics.

They really love Wes Anderson.

I haven't seen Broadcast News yet, I'm waiting for its availability at the library. I was just curious as to what you all thought about it.

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
08-11-2011, 05:38 PM
Broadcast News is just as much if not more of a satire of the news as it is a romance. It's extremely well-written and paced, and the 3 leads just do a damn great job (i'm a huge fan of them all anyway though).

And yes, Criterion has been putting out every Wes Anderson movie since Rushmore. And their releases of his are exquisite. The packaging is amazing.

GoodGirlGalaxy
08-11-2011, 05:42 PM
I think out of all the Wes Anderson films I've seen, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, and The Life Aquatic are tied for the best.

AlecEiffel
08-11-2011, 06:08 PM
well, that's half of 'em. Not a bad average.

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
08-11-2011, 08:02 PM
Just watched Life During Wartime. Some of the dialogue is a bit too on-the-nose, especially the "forgive and forget" motif (not the theme, but the constant barrage of the phrase by the characters - although Timmy's dissection of the practice was certainly interesting), but I felt it was still a compelling work in its exploration of sadness. It's interesting to see Solondz continue to reach for absurdity in the awful things he subjects his characters to while playing it so straight.

algunz
08-11-2011, 08:24 PM
I love the scene in Broadcast where she just breaks out crying. It seems so therapeutic. I could easily put that habit in to my daily routine. Not because I'm sad, but because it must be such a healthy release.

GoodGirlGalaxy
08-11-2011, 08:44 PM
Just watched Life During Wartime. Some of the dialogue is a bit too on-the-nose, especially the "forgive and forget" motif (not the theme, but the constant barrage of the phrase by the characters - although Timmy's dissection of the practice was certainly interesting), but I felt it was still a compelling work in its exploration of sadness. It's interesting to see Solondz continue to reach for absurdity in the awful things he subjects his characters to while playing it so straight.

I've been waiting for this one to come out on DVD/BR. I'm glad you liked it. Solondz is one of those weird directors that I'm drawn to. I have Happiness on my shelf from Netflix, but after reading what it's about I've been holding off on watching it.

schoolofruckus
08-11-2011, 10:21 PM
Just watched Life During Wartime. Some of the dialogue is a bit too on-the-nose, especially the "forgive and forget" motif (not the theme, but the constant barrage of the phrase by the characters - although Timmy's dissection of the practice was certainly interesting), but I felt it was still a compelling work in its exploration of sadness. It's interesting to see Solondz continue to reach for absurdity in the awful things he subjects his characters to while playing it so straight.

I agree. Life During Wartime was stellar.

I just watched Easy A and it was hatefully bad. At first I thought its ceiling was Mean Girls (in other words, a pleasant diversion), but as it wore on, Jen and I concluded that it was essentially Juno - a movie built around a spirited teenage girl's performance that tries to express some admirable values (I guess), but with such revolting, historic phoniness and coarsely anonymous filmmaking that it's almost more offensive than if it had just been a thoughtless teen comedy. Fuck this movie and anyone who likes it.

GoodGirlGalaxy
08-11-2011, 10:23 PM
That Emma Stone is really coming up.

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
08-12-2011, 12:01 AM
I agree. Life During Wartime was stellar.


I was astounded to go onto Netflix afterward and see so many negative reviews from people who appeared to be Solondz fans. It really was very well done and unsettling, but in a distinctly non-shocking way. I enjoyed that that it was a very biting drama with a distinctive thematic core that kept all of its characters in tow. It's a a very beautiful film too, from cinematography to editing to score.



I just watched Easy A and it was hatefully bad. At first I thought its ceiling was Mean Girls (in other words, a pleasant diversion), but as it wore on, Jen and I concluded that it was essentially Juno - a movie built around a spirited teenage girl's performance that tries to express some admirable values (I guess), but with such revolting, historic phoniness and coarsely anonymous filmmaking that it's almost more offensive than if it had just been a thoughtless teen comedy. Fuck this movie and anyone who likes it.

I was curious about this one, as it seemed to get a ridiculous amount of critical praise. I'm just as happy to skip it.

lunatic core
08-12-2011, 05:59 AM
I liked it, also liked Mean Girls and Juno.

nathanfairchild
08-12-2011, 06:36 AM
i just saw Rango for the first time. for me, it's probably the best computer animation of any animated film i've ever seen (compared to pixar, dreamworks, etc.). also, it didn't come off as overly kiddy. i really enjoyed it.

bobert
08-12-2011, 09:58 AM
I was astounded to go onto Netflix afterward and see so many negative reviews from people who appeared to be Solondz fans. It really was very well done and unsettling, but in a distinctly non-shocking way. I enjoyed that that it was a very biting drama with a distinctive thematic core that kept all of its characters in tow. It's a a very beautiful film too, from cinematography to editing to score.

Has anyone ever seen that movie It Runs in the Family? It was a sequel they made to A Christmas Story, except it took place in the summer and Charles Grodin played the dad and Mary Steenburgen played the mom, and the whole time you're watching it and thinking about how awesome the original movie was and how the cast was so much better. That's what I kept thinking about when I was watching Life During Wartime. It wasn't a bad movie, but I found it extremely disappointing in the context of Solondz other work. Despite its deliberately shocking subject matter, Happiness was a very funny movie. I don't remember laughing once during Life During Wartime.

M Sparks
08-12-2011, 10:37 AM
From my interest in Network, I stumbled on Broadcast News. Are romantic comedies common in the Criterion Collection?

Broadcast News is so great, and more relevant now than ever as an indictment of vapid journalism, I think. Not really a romantic comedy at all...there is some relationship stuff, but it's more about the corruption of ideals. That was the first "grown up" movie I ever saw in a theatre...not first R Rated, just first "grown up." My friends were bored, but I was fascinated.

It was nominated for a ton of Academy Awards...it's not like we're talking about You've Got Mail. Some people mix it up with Switching Channels though, a far more lame TV News film released around the same time, and a remake of The Front Page.

PotVsKtl
08-12-2011, 11:07 AM
"Romantic comedy" has not always been a synonym for formulaic nonsense.

http://criterion-production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/1631/103_ladyeve.jpg

http://criterion-production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/683/114_box_348x490.jpg

http://dvdmedia.ign.com/dvd/image/article/114/1149603/something-wild-the-criterion-collection-20110214014927879.jpg

M Sparks
08-12-2011, 11:44 AM
http://www.filmsite.org/posters/anni.jpghttp://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/5/54/The-Philadelphia-Story-%281940%29.jpg/220px-The-Philadelphia-Story-%281940%29.jpghttp://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/7/76/Born_yesterday.jpg/220px-Born_yesterday.jpg

GoodGirlGalaxy
08-12-2011, 11:49 AM
Marc, only Annie Hall is in the Criterion Collection.

schoolofruckus
08-12-2011, 11:52 AM
No it isn't. They don't have any of Woody's films.

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
08-12-2011, 12:29 PM
Does Woody Allen hate bonus materials? I'd love to hear some commentaries from him, but I think I've read that he doesn't like talking about his work.

GoodGirlGalaxy
08-12-2011, 12:59 PM
No it isn't. They don't have any of Woody's films.

Oh wow, you're right. I could've sworn it was in there. Anyway, Woody Allen gives me a headache now whenever I see one of his films. I recently watched Everyone Says I Love You and anytime Woody was in a scene I went into epileptic shock. Just kidding, but seriously, that guy really needs to create a new character if he is going to keep making movies.

PotVsKtl
08-12-2011, 01:04 PM
No.

motionnn77
08-12-2011, 01:05 PM
Saw "Touch of Evil" for the first time the other night. I don't if there was a nom for best soundtrack, but it deserved one. It's dated of course, but some of those shots are brilliant and disturbing. The fight scenes did make me giggle:-)

Miroir Noir
08-12-2011, 01:06 PM
Does Woody Allen hate bonus materials? I'd love to hear some commentaries from him, but I think I've read that he doesn't like talking about his work.

This, and (if I recall correctly) he routinely includes in his contracts language prohibiting any special features on home video releases of his films except for the official trailer.

M Sparks
08-12-2011, 02:59 PM
Marc, only Annie Hall is in the Criterion Collection.

I didn't say they were.


"Romantic comedy" has not always been a synonym for formulaic nonsense.

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
08-12-2011, 03:11 PM
Saw "Touch of Evil" for the first time the other night. I don't if there was a nom for best soundtrack, but it deserved one. It's dated of course, but some of those shots are brilliant and disturbing. The fight scenes did make me giggle:-)

This movie looks fucking amazing! The famous opening crane shot notwithstanding, the entire thing is gorgeous. It's probably my favorite Orson Welles acting performance too, he's just great in it. Charlton Heston as a Mexican is laughably bad though.

M Sparks
08-12-2011, 03:12 PM
I've got to admit, never seen it past the crane shot in film class. I should remedy that.

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
08-12-2011, 03:14 PM
It's classic film noir (albeit ramped up a bit). Totally entertaining (and ridiculous).

amyzzz
08-12-2011, 03:24 PM
I've got to admit, never seen it past the crane shot in film class. I should remedy that.
Same.

MissingPerson
08-12-2011, 05:13 PM
Aw man.

I don't want to give a shit about the Silent Hill 2 movie (3D. 3 FUCKING D!!!), but then I heard Malcolm McDowell's in it.

But then I went looking to see if there was any more word about it, and apparently Marcus Mumford has also been cast.

http://www.daemonsmovies.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Silent-Hill-Revelation-movie-photo-550x365.jpg

I hate you, movies.

AlecEiffel
08-13-2011, 12:52 AM
Malcolm McDowell makes you give a shit?

lunatic core
08-13-2011, 01:27 AM
Like a laxative.

MissingPerson
08-13-2011, 03:27 AM
I like Malcolm Mcdowell a bunch. I have to ignore a good 90% of his CV to do it, but still.

schoolofruckus
08-13-2011, 07:14 AM
After seeing Easy A, I can congratulate Malcolm McDowell for accomplishing the possibly-unprecedented feat of appearing in one of the ten best movies ever made, and one of the ten worst.

AlecEiffel
08-13-2011, 09:42 AM
I haven't seen Easy A and I bet it is terrible, but take a gander at his filmography, there is no way Easy A is even one of the top ten worst Malcom McDowell movies.

M Sparks
08-13-2011, 10:19 AM
Malcolm's finest role- Reggie Wanker.
o3Mwt7sUw7U

Grandma
08-13-2011, 01:37 PM
smoke 5 bowls in less than 10 minutes and watch The Mighty Peking Man

humanoid
08-13-2011, 01:53 PM
Has Malcolm McDowell been in anything remotely good since 1971?

MissingPerson
08-13-2011, 02:01 PM
He was in that South Park that time.

malcolmjamalawesome
08-13-2011, 03:19 PM
He managed to make Heroes terribler.

algunz
08-13-2011, 03:26 PM
He wasn't bad in Easy A and was awesome in Tank Girl, but I think I may be the only person in the world who liked that movie.

AlecEiffel
08-13-2011, 04:00 PM
it's not that he's (necessarily) a bad actor, he's just almost exclusively in garbage.

motionnn77
08-14-2011, 11:43 AM
Gangster No. 1 with Paul Bettany.

Miroir Noir
08-14-2011, 11:46 AM
He was good in Altman's The Company.

motionnn77
08-14-2011, 11:49 AM
...and I'm back for some more shameless promotion of "Bellflower".

We are in the following cities until Thursday:

Westwood
Irvine
Pasadena
Ventura

Austin, TX (Alamo Drafthouse, have a beer and great pizza and watch a film!)
Brooklyn, NY (Nitehawk)

Next week: SF Bay Area and the LBC!

M Sparks
08-14-2011, 11:56 AM
He wasn't bad in Easy A and was awesome in Tank Girl, but I think I may be the only person in the world who liked that movie.

I think I have it on VHS.

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
08-14-2011, 12:38 PM
McDowell is awesome as the voice of Metallo in the '90s Superman cartoon.

rage patton
08-14-2011, 12:49 PM
Have we already discussed how weird it is that Anne Hathaway has been cast as Catwoman in the new Batman movie?

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
08-14-2011, 12:50 PM
I don't understand why it's weird, but yes, there is a giant thread devoted only to that movie.

rage patton
08-14-2011, 12:54 PM
Ah, I havent been around here much lately. Just checking. I will look for that thread.

clumsy342
08-14-2011, 02:14 PM
IF YOU'RE IN THE L.A. AREA ---

You should go check out the premiere of 'THE CASSEROLE CLUB' at the Egyptian Theatre on August 25th.

ZjEzHUcnuPI

My job this week has been inviting distributors to the screening, so I thought I may as well invite all of you as well. I wish I could go, but I'll get to see it at the London premiere. very exciting stuff.
Let me know if any of you guys are interested! I'd love to hear what you think.

MissingPerson
08-14-2011, 02:15 PM
It's not beyond the realms of possibility that my regard for Malcolm McDowell might be mostly down to John Henry Eden from Fallout 3.

malcolmjamalawesome
08-14-2011, 04:10 PM
Has anyone seen Colin?

MissingPerson
08-14-2011, 04:14 PM
Enjoyed the hell out of Super 8, even if they laid it on treacle thick towards the end.

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
08-14-2011, 04:34 PM
Just watched Jean-Pierre Melville's Le Samouraï . It's a pretty terrific '60s French film noir. it's quiet, subtle, and very stylish. I'd almost call it a thriller or a suspense film, but it's a bit too laid back.

AlecEiffel
08-14-2011, 05:10 PM
I haven't seen it, but isn't Ghost Dog kind of a remake of that?

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
08-14-2011, 05:23 PM
According to Wikipedia, yes...but from my experience with the two films only in the very loosest, broadest definitions of the word, "remake." I suppose it's "inspired" by it. Besides a quote in the beginning of the film from the Bushido, Le Samouraï makes no reference to Japan or Samurais. It's more just portrayed in the sense of how the killer conducts himself. It very much combines elements of a police procedural, a chase film, and a gangster piece, but all in a very cool, 60s French way, and all a bit minimalist, at that. Ghost Dog is pretty much a caricature of everything is pulls from (this is necessarily a negative comment). I do want to watch that again, it's been several years now.

malcolmjamalawesome
08-14-2011, 06:31 PM
Which is the best version of Blade Runner and why?

Starraven
08-14-2011, 08:10 PM
http://www.crackle.com/shows/index.aspx?c=82&name=Movies

^There are a lot of crap movies up there but if it's free it's me.

Stranger Than Fiction (http://www.crackle.com/c/Stranger_Than_Fiction)
Stand By Me (http://www.crackle.com/c/Stand_By_Me)
Bram Stokers Dracula (http://www.crackle.com/c/Bram_Stokers_Dracula)
Flatliners (http://www.crackle.com/c/Flatliners)
Pineapple Express (http://www.crackle.com/c/Pineapple_Express)


For some reason there are a lot of Godzilla (http://search.crackle.com/search/?q=Godzilla&c=US) movies too..

lunatic core
08-14-2011, 09:41 PM
Which is the best version of Blade Runner and why?

Final Cut version.
Has all the footage, none of the added voice over, and is the only one the director had full control over.

Hannahrain
08-14-2011, 10:12 PM
I...ok.

https://img.skitch.com/20110815-peyddm3cr3bbwa9dwnu2c8u1k8.png

paulb
08-15-2011, 10:04 AM
after seeing your post Hannah, I watched this movie on youtube, lol.... worst 61 min ever?

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
08-15-2011, 10:10 AM
I had that movie recommended to me somewhat recently, and have had it in my instant queue for a while. the "romantic" heading is puzzling.

paulb
08-15-2011, 10:18 AM
Some people are seriously fucked up.

chairmenmeow47
08-15-2011, 10:38 AM
He wasn't bad in Easy A and was awesome in Tank Girl, but I think I may be the only person in the world who liked that movie.

i also love tank girl.

planet of the apes was hilarious. tommy and i laughed through the whole thing.

amyzzz
08-15-2011, 10:42 AM
That must've been fun.

lunatic core
08-15-2011, 10:51 AM
I love Tank Girl.

Also 13 Assassins is on Netflix now.

faxman75
08-15-2011, 10:57 AM
I saw Tree of Life this weekend. I knew very little about this movie going in but heard many people say how much they liked it and that it was leaving the theaters soon so I watched it at a little art house movie theater in Beverly Hills on Saturday afternoon. I thought it was beautifully filmed. I loved all the growing up scenes, it really captured what growing up as a boy was like. I don't believe I have seen Jessica Chastain in a movie before and she was superb in this movie and added to its beauty. I would say it was the best movie I have seen this year.

Friday evening I watched an Ayn Rand documentary on Netflix. I knew very little about her and saw it was only 75 minutes so I gave it a go. The sound quality was somewhat poor but considering all the intereviews were done pre 1980 I guess that couldn't be helped. It was pretty good. I admired her by the end despite her tea party views lol. A strong and inspiring women who's unconventional wisdom is still discussed and scrutinized to this day.

yeahfontaine
08-15-2011, 11:51 AM
Vincent Gallo Will No Longer Allow Audiences to See His Movies (http://www.thescreeningroom.ca/2011/08/vincent-gallo-will-no-longer-allow-audiences-to-see-his-movies.html)

M Sparks
08-15-2011, 11:55 AM
Vincent Gallo Will No Longer Allow Audiences to See His Movies (http://www.thescreeningroom.ca/2011/08/vincent-gallo-will-no-longer-allow-audiences-to-see-his-movies.html)

Thank God.

amyzzz
08-15-2011, 11:56 AM
Is that a new way to generate publicity?

M Sparks
08-15-2011, 12:05 PM
Is that a new way to generate publicity?

Acting crazy is not new.

But yeah, there are some other articles about how he said it is going to be locked in a vault underground with a copy of The Day The Clown Cried. There's not really any way to take it seriously.

schoolofruckus
08-15-2011, 12:25 PM
Please take that infantile shit elsewhere.

Firstly, I believe Gallo is serious about this plan - he said the same thing to my face when I talked to him at the Plastic Ono Band show last year. Assuming he isn't just posturing or doesn't change his mind, the only appropriate reaction is disappointment. No one with any real love of cinema would make a snide remark, nor regard this as anything but a huge loss to those who are bright enough to separate public persona from artistic merit.

M Sparks
08-15-2011, 12:29 PM
How will he continue to fund these films?

PotVsKtl
08-15-2011, 12:44 PM
Screenings.

schoolofruckus
08-15-2011, 12:50 PM
That's a good question. Though I get the sense Gallo is pretty savvy financially, it's doubtful he can afford to repeatedly spend $500K out of pocket to make a film every few years. That plus the problem of finding actors who want to play in films that will do absolutely nothing for their careers are the possible tells that Gallo may not be entirely serious about this plan. But if he has other ways to obtain financing (possibly trading services on other projects that are intended for release), and if he's able to find good unknown actors who are willing to work with him under these conditions, then I wouldn't be surprised to see him work this way going forward.

schoolofruckus
08-15-2011, 12:51 PM
Screenings.

I think I'm going to email him and ask how much I'd have to pay to hold a private screening of his unreleased films.

bobert
08-15-2011, 12:55 PM
I think I'm going to email him and ask how much I'd have to pay to hold a private screening of his unreleased films.

My guess is that he would probably ask you to purchase a significant amount of his semen.

amyzzz
08-15-2011, 12:59 PM
I would like to see it.

PotVsKtl
08-15-2011, 01:07 PM
I would like to see it.

In my experience, all semen looks about the same.

TomAz
08-15-2011, 01:11 PM
Not sure I want to know how many different samples of semen you've seen.

Grandma
08-15-2011, 01:17 PM
How will he continue to fund these films?

starring in celluloid stillbirths like Moscow Zero and Freeway 2: Confessions of Trick Baby

SoulDischarge
08-15-2011, 01:43 PM
Please take that infantile shit elsewhere.

Firstly, I believe Gallo is serious about this plan - he said the same thing to my face when I talked to him at the Plastic Ono Band show last year. Assuming he isn't just posturing or doesn't change his mind, the only appropriate reaction is disappointment. No one with any real love of cinema would make a snide remark, nor regard this as anything but a huge loss to those who are bright enough to separate public persona from artistic merit.

Even as a Vincent Gallo fan, you have to admit that's some straight up pretentious shit. At least Crispin Glover tours his films occasionally.

Down Rodeo
08-15-2011, 02:41 PM
Holy shit, the November slate of Criterion Blu-Ray releases is incredible:

http://criterion-production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/3563/261_BD_box_348x490.jpghttp://criterion-production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/3566/216_BD_box_348x490.jpghttp://criterion-production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/3551/587_BD_box_348x490.jpghttp://criterion-production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/3575/65_BD_box_348x490.jpg
http://criterion-production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/3557/591_BD_box_348x490.jpg

Miroir Noir
08-15-2011, 02:46 PM
Yep, I'm going to be broke, but at least B&N will have another sale going on then.

schoolofruckus
08-15-2011, 04:01 PM
Even as a Vincent Gallo fan, you have to admit that's some straight up pretentious shit. At least Crispin Glover tours his films occasionally.

"Pretentious" isn't how I would describe it. Selfish - certainly. Vindictive - by definition. Frustrating enough to drive me insane - I mean, I'm talking about paying him directly to see the damn movie. But I will never call something pretentious if it's actually important, and I have no doubt that any objective, adventurous viewer - i.e., the kind of person who doesn't judge Gallo's work by his behavior off-screen or in the press - would find some importance in Promises Written in Water and the other film(s) he's completed afterward.

Does Crispin Glover have his films booed during the opening credits?

TallGuyCM
08-15-2011, 04:17 PM
There are plenty of things that are important but that are at the same time very pretentious.

amyzzz
08-15-2011, 04:19 PM
Even if it is not intended as pretentious it's still goddamn pretentious.

schoolofruckus
08-15-2011, 07:03 PM
There are plenty of things that are important but that are at the same time very pretentious.

Pretension is, by definition, an overestimation of importance. I don't think that it's possible for Vincent Gallo's work - or Tarkovsky's, or Tarr's, or Godard's - to suffer from that.

I'm in the middle of Seven Samurai right now - just paused to eat dinner, and now I'm going to resume. First conclusion: Toshiro Mifune was the Nicolas Cage of his era.

Grandma
08-15-2011, 07:45 PM
Toshiro Mifune was the Nicolas Cage of his era.

are you being cute or are you serious...

schoolofruckus
08-15-2011, 09:18 PM
I haven't seen enough of his work to make a firm pronouncement, but if Rashomon and Seven Samurai are an accurate sampling of his career, I'm 100% serious. He's a compelling screen presence, but like so many of the performances in both of those films, he is the arch nemesis of naturalism. About 90% of every line, reaction and beat - from any of the actors - is so extrapolated and overcooked that I honestly struggle to see how someone can call either of these films great without MAJOR qualifications. Rashomon - Mifune's performance and the film as a whole - were almost unwatchable to me. Seven Samurai was much better, and he was actually the most compelling thing about it, but I couldn't stop thinking about Cage in his Bad Lieutenant or Face/Off mode. Would it have killed Kurosawa to instruct his cast to project average levels of angst rather than full-blown fucking hysteria at every single moment?

Alright, I think I'm prepared for the response to this.

buddy
08-15-2011, 09:45 PM
I would see High and Low, or Stray Dog, if you haven't already, both are Mifune and Kurosawa collaborations. Mifune portrays a man who is distaught over paying a ransom to get a worker's son back in the former, and in the latter is a police officer who is frantic over losing his weapon, and trying to find it. I wouldn't say either is great, High and Low is the better of the two, but it shows Mifune turning himself inward, rather than a slightly over-the-top performance.

schoolofruckus
08-15-2011, 09:49 PM
Thanks for the tip. As Ran is by far my favorite of the three Kurosawas I've seen, I was leaning heavily toward Kagemusha for my next one. High and Low does sound pretty great though.

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
08-15-2011, 10:06 PM
I saw Stray Dog about 2 weeks ago and I thought it was great. It's an extremely subdued performance...you wouldn't even know it was the same guy in Seven Samurai and Rashoman. I disagree about Seven Samurai though.

buddy
08-15-2011, 10:09 PM
actually it is pretty great, maybe bogs down a bit in some places, but i'll let you be the judge. The final scene is some compelling stuff, regarding High and Low.

Grandma
08-15-2011, 10:51 PM
Throne of Blood
Red Sun
Yojimo and Sanjuro
Zatoichi meets Yojimbo
Stray Dog
Escape At Dawn
Scandal
Life of an Expert Swordsman
Samurai Rebellion
Storm over the Pacific
I Live in Fear
Seven Samurai
Rashomon
High and Low
The Challenge (fuck you, its fantastic)
Incident at Blood Pass
Samurai Banners
Swords of Vengeance
Drunken Angel
Red Beard
The Birth of Japan (haha)
Desperado Outpost
The Shogun series
Hell in the Pacific(with the scrapped japanese ending, not the god awful ran-out-of-funding ‘explosion ending’)
The Idiot
Shoguns Samurai
The Lower Depths
Samurai Vendetta
The Sword of Doom
Conclusion of Kojiro Sasaki and the Samurai Trilogy
The Life of Oharu
Yagyu Secret Scrolls series
The Bad Sleep Well




Dont ever compare Toshiro Mifune to Nicholas Cage again

M Sparks
08-15-2011, 11:28 PM
Please take that infantile shit elsewhere.

Believe me, I've tried.

TallGuyCM
08-16-2011, 12:03 AM
Would it have killed Kurosawa to instruct his cast to project average levels of angst rather than full-blown fucking hysteria at every single moment?

I really loved Rashomon, and I think I benefitted greatly from watching Mifune in it (my first Kurosawa film) and listening to Boredoms' Pop Tatari for the first time right around the same time. After Pop Tatari, nothing seems like full-blown hysteria in comparison.

schoolofruckus
08-16-2011, 06:27 AM
Throne of Blood
Red Sun
Yojimo and Sanjuro
Zatoichi meets Yojimbo
Stray Dog
Escape At Dawn
Scandal
Life of an Expert Swordsman
Samurai Rebellion
Storm over the Pacific
I Live in Fear
Seven Samurai
Rashomon
High and Low
The Challenge (fuck you, its fantastic)
Incident at Blood Pass
Samurai Banners
Swords of Vengeance
Drunken Angel
Red Beard
The Birth of Japan (haha)
Desperado Outpost
The Shogun series
Hell in the Pacific(with the scrapped japanese ending, not the god awful ran-out-of-funding ‘explosion ending’)
The Idiot
Shoguns Samurai
The Lower Depths
Samurai Vendetta
The Sword of Doom
Conclusion of Kojiro Sasaki and the Samurai Trilogy
The Life of Oharu
Yagyu Secret Scrolls series
The Bad Sleep Well




Dont ever compare Toshiro Mifune to Nicholas Cage again

I'm not sure you understand entirely why I was comparing them. That is to say - it wasn't a diss.

schoolofruckus
08-16-2011, 06:33 AM
I really loved Rashomon, and I think I benefitted greatly from watching Mifune in it (my first Kurosawa film) and listening to Boredoms' Pop Tatari for the first time right around the same time. After Pop Tatari, nothing seems like full-blown hysteria in comparison.

Mifune was less egregious in Seven Samurai than most of the supporting characters. The farmers were terribly cartoonish, especially in the early going. I get that there was a contrast with the samurai as well as an eventual transformation, but it could have been done much more subtly.

Mifune's recruitment scene was pretty low (and the basis for my Nic Cage comment - think Leaving Las Vegas) but otherwise I liked his bravura and thought it was wholly necessary. In Rashomon, on the other hand, I thought he should have been menacing, but I couldn't take him seriously in the slightest.

TallGuyCM
08-16-2011, 06:58 PM
Evan Glodell is on Carson Daly's show tonight in a rerun from back in April. My DVR is set.

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
08-16-2011, 10:51 PM
Someone mentioned it here a while back, but I just watched Nightmares in Red, White and Blue and really enjoyed it.

TallGuyCM
08-16-2011, 11:50 PM
I watched Bergman's Cries and Whispers tonight. It was really well done, but not quite up to par with what I'd seen from him before. My reaction to it is pretty lukewarm.

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
08-17-2011, 07:09 AM
I have so many Bergman movies on my queue that i need to watch. I've only seen The Seventh Seal (and quite liked it).

Miroir Noir
08-17-2011, 07:46 AM
Cries and Whispers is among my favorite Bergmans. In some ways it is the ultimate horror film.

schoolofruckus
08-17-2011, 09:26 AM
NY Film Festival lineup is already fucking STACKED. The blue films are the ones I'm interested in; the blue bolded films will make me consider changing my return flight from ATP if they're scheduled for the night of October 3rd.

Opening Night:
Carnage
Directed by Roman Polanski (France/Germany/Poland)

Closing Night:
The Descendants
Directed by Alexander Payne (USA)

Centerpiece:
My Week With Marilyn
irected by Simon Curtis (UK)

Gala Screenings:
A Dangerous Method
Directed by David Cronenberg (UK/Canada/Germany)

The Skin I Live In
Directed by Pedro Almodóvar (Spain)

Main Slate
4:44: Last Day On Earth
Directed by Abel Ferrara (USA)

A Separation
Directed by Asghar Farhadi (Iran)

Corpo Celeste
Directed by Alice Rohrwacher (Italy/Switzerland/France)

Footnote
Directed by Joseph Cedar (Israel)

George Harrison: Living In The Material World
Directed by Martin Scorsese (USA)

Goodbye First Love
Directed by Mia Hansen-Løve (France/Germany)

Le Havre
Directed by Aki Kaurismäki (Finland/France/Germany)

Martha Marcy May Marlene
Directed by Sean Durkin (USA)

Melancholia
Directed by Lars von Trier (Denmark/Sweden/France/Germany/Italy)

Miss Bala
Directed by Gerardo Naranjo (Mexico)

Once Upon A Time In Anatolia
Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Turkey)

Pina
Directed by Wim Wenders (Germany/France/UK)

Play
Directed by Ruben Östlund (Sweden/France/Denmark)

Policeman
Directed by Nadav Lapid (Israel/France)

Shame
Directed by Steve McQueen (UK)

Sleeping Sickness
Directed by Ulrich Köhler (Germany/France/Netherlands)

The Artist
Directed by Michel Hazanavicius (France)

The Kid With A Bike
Directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (Belgium/France)

The Loneliest Planet
Directed by Julia Loktev (USA/Germany)

The Student
Directed by Santiago Mitre (Argentina)

The Turin Horse
Directed by Béla Tarr and Agnes Hranitzky (Hungary/France/Germany/Switzerland/USA)

This Is Not A Film
Directed by Jafar Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb (Iran)

malcolmjamalawesome
08-17-2011, 09:51 AM
I am currently watching First Blood for the first time.

hawkingvsreeve
08-17-2011, 11:40 AM
Apologies if this has been brought up in here already, but if you have an older copy of the film Sunshine on blu ray and are having issues with the PiP bonus track playing while you are trying to watch the film, you can call this number to get a replacement:

888-223-4369

The guy only asked for my name and address, so the chances of you calling and just getting a free copy are likely to be in your favor.

malcolmjamalawesome
08-17-2011, 11:52 AM
This has been hawkingsvsreeve with Peculiarly Specific Yet Unsolicited Advice.

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
08-17-2011, 11:57 AM
Yes, but the point of the post is that he believes anybody can get a free copy of the movie if they want one, despite not already owning a problematic copy. I love Sunshine as well. no blu ray player though.

hawkingvsreeve
08-17-2011, 12:02 PM
I let a guy at work borrow my copy and he wasn't able to watch it, so I am getting a new one. I figured I would share the info because I am such a helpful and friendly gentleman.

malcolmjamalawesome
08-17-2011, 12:07 PM
You're no John Rambo.

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
08-17-2011, 12:21 PM
Now that you've experienced First Blood for the first time, you should immediately watch Son of Rambow.

GoodGirlGalaxy
08-17-2011, 12:29 PM
Cries and Whispers is among my favorite Bergmans. In some ways it is the ultimate horror film.

Horror? I'm intrigued. Netflix calls it "Cerebral." What makes it a horror film?

Last night I revisited Poltergeist and I have to say, that movie is more of a comedy than a horror. Everything happening to the house is hysterical, especially with the mom being so calm while showing the paranormal investigators the room with spinning furniture. Like, "Yeah, that's happening."

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
08-17-2011, 12:35 PM
Spielberg had an incredibly heavy hand in "producing" that one. It feels like he directed it. I absolutely love Poltergeist though. A huge part of the charm was the whimsy, excitement, and nonchalance the family has about the whole thing before everything goes batshit crazy.The second one however, as I remember it, is fucking terrifying. I probably haven't seen it in 15 years though. So much of that movie is forever ingrained in my head. I should revisit it.

EDIT: Netflix just asked me to rate Life During Wartime and THIS is what came next hahahaa
http://i56.tinypic.com/2pot9h4.png

amyzzz
08-17-2011, 12:37 PM
OMG THE CLOWN IN THE CLOSET

Sleepingrock
08-17-2011, 08:58 PM
Vagina Dentata

GoodGirlGalaxy
08-17-2011, 09:23 PM
Such a ridiculous made up disease, but a decent indie movie.

GoodGirlGalaxy
08-17-2011, 09:26 PM
Happiness was hysterical. Though to call what Solondz did funny, you may get smacked, because there is nothing funny about pedophilia or rape or threats of rape and abuse through prank calling. Yet this movie sure made it seem like there was. The scene at the end with the dad and the son was uncomfortably hilarious.

TallGuyCM
08-18-2011, 12:49 AM
Flipping through my Netflix Instant queue tonight in search of something short and light, I randomly settled on an early Scorsese flick, Boxcar Bertha. It was a fun enough little back country romp, but until the final scene was hardly indicative of what Scorsese would later accomplish in his career. The fact that Mean Streets came out a mere year after this is pretty hard to believe.

malcolmjamalawesome
08-18-2011, 06:15 AM
Yesterday I watch First Blood Part 1, The Incredible Hulk (the Edward Norton one), and Mad Max. The Hulk was a complete bore. However, on first watch of Rambo and Mad Max, I was kind of disappointed in that they didn't really hold up over time - but I figure that's because so many movies I've seen have subsequently been made based on their blueprints and it just made them seem kind of tired. Regardless, I'm watching First Blood Part 2 now.

lunatic core
08-18-2011, 06:54 AM
I thought Mad Max was still great. The flow of the movie is odd, but I liked that about it.

The Road Warrior is better though.

SoulDischarge
08-18-2011, 07:39 AM
Mad Max is just backstory to make The Road Warrior fucking awesome.

malcolmjamalawesome
08-18-2011, 07:40 AM
How is Beyond Thunderdome?

malcolmjamalawesome
08-18-2011, 07:41 AM
First Blood Part 2 sucked. Over it.

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schoolofruckus
08-18-2011, 08:04 AM
MJA, you need to watch Bellflower.

I have both Mad Max movies in my queue as a result of that one. I realize there's technically some thing with Mel and Tina Turner, but I'm under the impression that it doesn't really exist.

bmack86
08-18-2011, 08:13 AM
Yeah, Mad Max is decent and all, but it's really all about Road Warrior. That movie fuckin' kills.

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
08-18-2011, 09:06 AM
Flipping through my Netflix Instant queue tonight in search of something short and light, I randomly settled on an early Scorsese flick, Boxcar Bertha. It was a fun enough little back country romp, but until the final scene was hardly indicative of what Scorsese would later accomplish in his career. The fact that Mean Streets came out a mere year after this is pretty hard to believe.

I LOVE Boxcar Bertha! It's very much a Roger Corman movie though. He was already ready to do Mean Streets, which is very evident if you've seen his student film Who's That Knocking at My Door , which is totally a precursor. But Corman gave him his chance to do an actual first movie with Boxcar Bertha, which was very much a part of the Corman production wheelhouse.

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
08-18-2011, 09:07 AM
How is Beyond Thunderdome?

It's pretty terrible. there are some fun moments in it, but a lot of the time you're left going "what the fuck were they thinking?"

KooKoo Banana Funtime
08-18-2011, 09:09 AM
http://i864.photobucket.com/albums/ab204/jackbauer241/Tina_Turner_PicReuters_567489330.jpg

schoolofruckus
08-18-2011, 09:32 AM
I LOVE Boxcar Bertha! It's very much a Roger Corman movie though. He was already ready to do Mean Streets, which is very evident if you've seen his student film Who's That Knocking at My Door , which is totally a precursor. But Corman gave him his chance to do an actual first movie with Boxcar Bertha, which was very much a part of the Corman production wheelhouse.

From what I've read, Cassavetes told Scorsese to make something real after seeing Boxcar Bertha, which resulted in Mean Streets.

I still need to see it, though (Boxcar Bertha). It sounds pretty awesome for what it is.

nathanfairchild
08-18-2011, 12:09 PM
umm...this seems like a bad idea

http://www.contactmusic.com/news.nsf/story/ridley-scott-to-direct-blade-runner-2_1240816



Ridley Scott To Direct Blade Runner 2

Ridley Scott, the acclaimed Oscar-winning filmmaker, has signed on to direct and produce a new instalment of his ground-breaking 1982 sci-fi thriller Blade Runner. According to Deadline.com, Scott will make the movie with Alcon Entertainment and producing partners Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove.
The producers gained control of the franchise earlier this year, but Scott has only recently committed to directing. It is currently unclear whether the filmmaker intends to make a prequel or a sequel to the original, loosely based on Phillip K. Dick's novel 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?' Another question concerns whether original star Harrison Ford will be involved in the project, or whether Scott will turn his attention to a younger actor. The original film was set in a dystopian Los Angeles in the year 2019 - Ford played blade runner 'Richard Deckard' assigned to hunt down the superhuman robots 'Replicants'. Although not an immediate commercial success, Blade Runner has since been heralded as an important movie in 20th century cinema for its stunning visuals and complex storyline. It will be the second time in recent years that Scott has revisited his past projects - he recently shot sci-fi flick 'Prometheus', loosely based on his 'Alien' franchise.
Blade Runner was nomination for two Academy Awards in 1983 for 'Best Art Direction - Set Decoration' and 'Best Effects, Visual Effects'.

bobert
08-18-2011, 12:21 PM
From what I've read, Cassavetes told Scorsese to make something real after seeing Boxcar Bertha, which resulted in Mean Streets.

I still need to see it, though (Boxcar Bertha). It sounds pretty awesome for what it is.

Yeah, I produced a promo for Boxcar Bertha last year for MGM. Was doing research for the script and came across that bit with Cassavetes. Supposedly after screening Boxcar, Cassavetes put his arm around Scorsese and said "my boy, you've just wasted the last two years of your life." Scorsese was initially crushed, but eventually took it as a challenge to make something more personal.

The movie does have its merits, pretty entertaining. Plays as kind of campier, low-budget Bonnie and Clyde. Scorsese did credit Corman with teaching him the secrets of low-budget filmmaking that obviously paid off with Mean Streets. If you look at the list of filmmakers that got their first big break on Roger Corman films, it's pretty astounding. Off the top of my head: James Cameron, Jonathan Demme, Francis Ford Coppola, Peter Bogdanovich, John Sayles and Robert Towne. The list of actors is even larger if I recall.

HandBanana
08-18-2011, 12:47 PM
Maybe Im an outlier here but this poster makes me lol...

http://i.imgur.com/xZnxT.jpg

SoulDischarge
08-18-2011, 12:57 PM
How is Beyond Thunderdome?

If you edit it so that only the parts with Tina Turner are left, pretty fun.

buddy
08-19-2011, 01:02 AM
this has to be one my favorite final scenes of any movie, along with paths of glory. still stays with me after all these years. it's completely heartbreaking, yet finds a way to be uplifting afterwards. i don't many others ending, or movies period that i've had the same experience.

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schoolofruckus
08-19-2011, 07:56 AM
The new film from Yorgos Lanthimos (the auteur behind everyone's favorite Greek sci-fi film from last year) has quite the promo art:
http://aueb-film-club.blogspot.com/2011/08/alps.html

roberto73
08-19-2011, 10:19 AM
Ladies and gentlemen, David Gordon Green's next movie:

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How did the director of George Washington and All the Real Girls come to this? What did Hollywood do with him, and when will they give him back?

M Sparks
08-19-2011, 10:32 AM
Wasn't he supposed to do a remake of Suspiria? So when that fell through, a remake of Adventures In Babysitting was the next logical choice.

Personally, I'm waiting for Todd Haynes' take on One Crazy Summer.

Vasoline Groove
08-19-2011, 03:03 PM
You could just play these videos (http://nyerges.com/video/) - Autumnal was actually sampled by Malick during that sequence - and do the same thing. Or if you need a BluRay, the Stan Brakhage anthology from Criterion would probably do the trick.


I just finished watching most of the 2 disc anthology. There is some amazing shit in there. Really was impressed with the quick cutting and half the time I didn't know what the fuck I was watching but its definitely interesting. I think that there are alot of butterfly wings involved somehow.

Just wanted to thank you again for the recommendation.

schoolofruckus
08-19-2011, 03:44 PM
My pleasure. To be honest, I just recently bought that collection myself and have yet to dive in; I'd seen a little of Brakhage's work in theatrical showings (with a score by Lee Renaldo's Text of Light, no less). I can't wait to take this trip.

TallGuyCM
08-20-2011, 03:04 AM
Tonight I did a random double feature of Aguirre, Wrath of God and Gummo, with surprising results. I didn't like the former nearly as much as I expected to, and liked the latter a lot more than I expected to.

bmack86
08-20-2011, 08:05 AM
Oh man, I fuckin' ADORED Aguirre. Why didn't you enjoy so much?

HandBanana
08-20-2011, 08:55 AM
Ladies and gentlemen, David Gordon Green's next movie:

uNySUD-W5_M

How did the director of George Washington and All the Real Girls come to this? What did Hollywood do with him, and when will they give him back?

Your horror at DGG's trajectory is fully understandable but a bit late.
This Sitter thing looks positively brilliant compared to his last movie from this spring...

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TallGuyCM
08-20-2011, 01:26 PM
Oh man, I fuckin' ADORED Aguirre. Why didn't you enjoy so much?

Don't get me wrong, I liked it just fine, I just wasn't floored by it. I think I expected too much after sifting through this thread and seeing it on people's all-time best lists.

zircona1
08-20-2011, 02:48 PM
Tonight I did a random double feature of Aguirre, Wrath of God and Gummo, with surprising results. I didn't like the former nearly as much as I expected to, and liked the latter a lot more than I expected to.

Gummo had scenes that shocked me (the kids killing the cats), grossed me out (the kid in the tub eating spaghetti and a chocolate bar - AT THE SAME TIME!) and made me laugh really hard (the drunk shirtless guys beating the shit out of the chair in the kitchen).

Give Aguirre The Wrath of God another shot later on. I thought it was OK the first time I saw it, but I've come to love it on subsequent viewings. The fact that it was filmed on location in the Amazon jungle, with hardly any budget (I think Herzog stole a camera to film it) just makes it all the more realistic and riveting.

TallGuyCM
08-20-2011, 03:02 PM
Gummo had scenes that shocked me (the kids killing the cats), grossed me out (the kid in the tub eating spaghetti and a chocolate bar - AT THE SAME TIME!) and made me laugh really hard (the drunk shirtless guys beating the shit out of the chair in the kitchen).

All of those were obviously memorable, but really? The "prostitute" isn't the first fucked up thing that comes to mind when you think of Gummo?

zircona1
08-20-2011, 03:17 PM
It's been a long time since I've seen it.

roberto73
08-20-2011, 06:39 PM
Your horror at DGG's trajectory is fully understandable but a bit late.


Yeah, I was willing to view Your Highness as a aberration – something he did for a lark after clearly enjoying working with Franco and McBride on Pineapple Express. Two movies, though, isn't an aberration, it's a trend.

Saw Attack the Block today and thought it was pure fun from start to finish.

TallGuyCM
08-21-2011, 01:54 AM
Tonight I watched two of Kubrick's early works available on Netflix Instant, The Killing and Killer's Kiss. They were both really great, especially The Killing. A very atypical narrative/timeline, but not at all hard to follow. One of the better endings I've seen in recent memory, too. And I could be crazy, but the guy at the beginning of Killer's Kiss rubbing oil on Davey before his fight looked an awful lot like Kubrick himself...

getbetter
08-21-2011, 01:58 AM
Gummo was so terrible I couldn't even get a quarter through it and I like fuck up scenarios.

schoolofruckus
08-21-2011, 07:58 PM
I just watched Wings of Desire. What a fucking magnificent film - deep and dazzling and unforgettable. I liked Paris, Texas a lot, but this was a whole other level of rapture for me. Where does one go next in Wenders' filmography?

HandBanana
08-21-2011, 08:34 PM
Saw The Devil's Double this evening.
Its a good film, not a great one. It's hobbled by some confusing editing (not by design, its a very linear film) and a true-life story that's unfortunately really intriguing while being ultimately unsatisfying.
However, Dominic Cooper is unstoppable in this thing playing twin chracters.

M Sparks
08-21-2011, 11:12 PM
I just watched Wings of Desire. What a fucking magnificent film - deep and dazzling and unforgettable. I liked Paris, Texas a lot, but this was a whole other level of rapture for me. Where does one go next in Wenders' filmography?

Faraway, So Close is the follow up, but I don't remember much about it. It didn't make near as much of an impression on me as Wings Of Desire.

I really liked Until The End Of The World, but it's a very different film. And it could use with some editing.

stuporfly
08-22-2011, 02:07 AM
Ladies and gentlemen, David Gordon Green's next movie:

uNySUD-W5_M

How did the director of George Washington and All the Real Girls come to this? What did Hollywood do with him, and when will they give him back?


They filmed some of this in my neighborhood. I was out for a late night stroll with my girlfriend and my daughter and we stopped for maybe 15 minutes to watch the crew set up a scene where Hill's character runs up (or possibly down) a fire escape. Hill showed up just as we were about to leave and waved and smiled at my daughter, which was nice and friendly.

I saw that trailer a few weeks ago and remembered that night, and it occurred to me that I was in a position to ruin the making of that fucking movie and instead I stood by and did nothing.

Sorry, everyone. My fault.

(Perhaps I can make amends one day soon - I live in what feels like one of the most popular shooting neighborhoods in all of NYC. We've got a few studios nearby and there's a steady stream of film and television crews/trucks/etc...on my street and others within a fairly small radius. Next time I see something that looks awful I'll start filling balloons with pee.)

HandBanana
08-22-2011, 08:10 AM
Oh in case no one knew what movie I was talking about....

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Miroir Noir
08-22-2011, 08:13 AM
I didn't see Your Highness, but DGG has done some sublime work behind the camera on "Eastbound and Down."

Grandma
08-22-2011, 08:28 AM
Where does one go next in Wenders' filmography?

Lightning Over Water
The State Of Things