Cocteau's The Blood of a Poet is maybe the most befuddling film I've ever watch for school. No idea.
just watched the Alex Cross trailer/commercial for the first time...
I actually like a lot of the Besson written/produced movies, even if they are dumb/trashy. The Transporter series, Crimson Rivers, Wasabi, and District B13 are all a blast.
PTA is on the Daily Show tonight to discuss The Master !
11/1 Pantha du Prince - the Echo
11/17 Tame Impala - The Music Box
I watched Basic Instinct for the first time tonight. i had never imagined that it was such a paul verhoeven film, in every sense. I guess i didn't know what it was beyond the infamous moment. This is such a trashy, schlocky, sleazy, ridiculous bit of fun nonsense. i laughed out loud several times and loved every single fucking bit of it. I was kind of flabbergasted at the absolutely outrageous amount of extremely graphic, gratuitous sex and nudity in it (and both Tripplehorn and Stone look AMAZING in this), but the dialogue is insanely stupid and funny, the car chases come out of nowhere, the murders are as violent and bloody as possible, Jerry Goldsmith's score is so out of place...just so much good stuff. it's kind of like a film noir movie, and kind of a movie about '80s excess (even though it came out in 1993), but the plot gets so unnecessarily convoluted and full of dumb tangents and revelations, that ultimately it's about Michael Douglas grimacing and acting like a psychopath and Sharon Stone being naked and/or extremely clever and/or bitchy. And I'm okay with that. Somehow Verhoeven is able to make terrible movie that completely transcend what a bad movie is and end up being immensely enjoyable, because I honestly can't wait to watch this again. The ending is especially incredible.
Saw the two Hostel movies again last night for the first time since Hostel II came out in theater. I still prefer the first one, lol.
I really fucking hate it that you decided to join this thread.
I just watched Prometheus last night, funny enough. Was alright. Flawed and the characters are pretty impossible to care about - what a massive fucking waste of Charlize Theron and Idris Elba - but still, I enjoyed it. Didn't hold up to much thought, but it tipped along at a decent pace and had a strong look. I think mebbe I've gotten less demanding in my old age.
It seems that anyone who actually likes Prometheus should probably avoid every piece of writing on it and every single part of the DVD/BD release except for the movie itself. Ridley appears hell-bent on destroying anything interesting about it via the press.
All this week, the AV Club has been doing a series of lists of their favorite movies of the 90's. Today, they posted their list of movies they hated in the 90's:
I'm glad to hear that I wasn't the only one left cold by American Beauty.
I think the only movies on that worst of list that i genuinely hate are The Avengers and The Phantom Menace. The others I either actually like or just think of silly diversions and wouldn't really look at them with much of a critical eye (and these critics really seem to be reacting from the gut in these "reviews" anyway).
The best-of list seems pretty good, though i hate The Blair Witch Project and Deadman (but I understand that I'm in the minority amongst film geeks on the latter).
EDIT: i also find it extremely interesting and refreshing to see Carlito's Way, Eyes Wide Shut, Miller's Crossing, and Barton Fink rated so highly.
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I loved American Beauty and Falling Down when I first saw them, but to be fair, I was like 12 and 15 respectively and had a poor grasp on cultural politics and fell instantly for anything that even hinted at dark humor. I'm sure they wouldn't hold up if I were to re-watch them. I completely agree on Chasing Amy and Natural Born Killers though. Such awful pieces of shit.
Semi-Personal (but not really) Side-Note: I worked at a multiplex that was showing EWS the weekend it opened. That Saturday night, someone on acid, in the sold-out theater watching the movie took off all of his clothes, exited the theater (using the exits near the screen) and hung outside the theater until someone called the cops and they prompty hauled him away. The local paper called the next day to ask about the incident, and to their surprise (and mine), NO ONE in the theater staff that night saw or heard anything about this and would have been no the wiser had the paper not called about it.
The only thing I got from BWP was that apparently someone giving a wall a good long stare is supposed to be creepy, and a possible downgrade in my vision from looking at the eyesore of a movie (if you can call it that).