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PostSubject: Re: Last Film Watched Thread.   9/9/2007, 9:15 pm

Re-watch: Get Shorty (Barry Sonnenfeld, 1995) 9.5/10



A pretty underrated comedy, I'd say. Perfect, easy-to-watch entertainment piece. Maybe the characters aren't exceptionally deep, but they're fun. John Travolta's basically playing the same slick cat he played in Pulp Fiction, except he's got a penchant for movies here; I don't fancy myself the sort cool-as-a-cucumber sort like Chili Palmer, but I love that he'll just start talking about obscure movie facts even if nobody inquires about them. That's something I do a lot, and when he was explaining to Delroy Lindo the differences between El Dorado and Rio Bravo, and Lindo said, "Man, I can't wait for you to be dead," it reminded me of the many times I would spill all this random film trivia to my non-film-fanatic friends.

It's a good movie, one that's close to my heart. And the fact that John Lurie composed the score makes me shit myself with pleasure. John Lurie is the fucking man.
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PostSubject: Re: Last Film Watched Thread.   10/9/2007, 4:27 pm

*The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - 8/10. Insanely kickass visuals, which even manages to amaze someone like me who has been through the Icelandic landscape time and time again. The score is powerful, the directing is up-and-down, some shots are really well-shot like Frodo slipping in Bree and accidentally putting on the ring, while others are a bit off. Yeah, and I didn't like the cheesy humour parts with those crazyass kids. I felt the acting was pretty mediocre, Janus from Goldeneye and Scaramanga from that other Bond flick were coco-lemon-milkshake-good and far better than the rest.
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PostSubject: Re: Last Film Watched Thread.   10/9/2007, 4:33 pm

Sad So no one is going to comment on my Ali writeup that I worked so hard on?! There will be hell to pay.
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PostSubject: Re: Last Film Watched Thread.   10/9/2007, 4:34 pm

I'll be watching it as soon as my stepdad owns it.

But do you think I'd like it?
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PostSubject: Re: Last Film Watched Thread.   10/9/2007, 4:34 pm

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Sad So no one is going to comment on my Ali writeup that I worked so hard on?! There will be hell to pay.

I haven't seen it. Trust me, I would have said something otherwise.


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PostSubject: Re: Last Film Watched Thread.   10/9/2007, 4:48 pm

Jeebus wrote:
Sad So no one is going to comment on my Ali writeup that I worked so hard on?! There will be hell to pay.

Hey, the lesson is don't write reviews, sucka! I'd prolly watch Ali if it were to show up on TV at a convenient time, that's how interesting it sounds. There are 4 interest-levels:

Cinema-interesting
Rental-interesting
TV-interesting
Penis-in-the-anus-interesting (which is a 0-interesting)
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PostSubject: Re: Last Film Watched Thread.   10/9/2007, 4:58 pm

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But do you think I'd like it?

I honestly have no idea. Your taste is way too random for me to know whether or not you'd like something. That's not a bad thing, just the way it is.
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PostSubject: Re: Last Film Watched Thread.   10/9/2007, 5:06 pm

Fair enough. I guess we'll see. I want to see more Mann. You seen Manhunter?
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PostSubject: Re: Last Film Watched Thread.   10/9/2007, 5:16 pm

No. The only ones I haven't seen are Manhunter and Thief.
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PostSubject: Re: Last Film Watched Thread.   10/9/2007, 5:18 pm

Manhunter is one of the greatest serial killer films. I dunno how you'll like it.
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PostSubject: Re: Last Film Watched Thread.   10/9/2007, 7:15 pm

Rolling Eyes
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PostSubject: Re: Last Film Watched Thread.   10/9/2007, 9:02 pm

If.... - 8/10



At first, If.... feels like a boring same-old, same-old British boarding school. However, as I got more into the characters and got more used to them, I managed to easily get into the film. Macolm McDowell provides a great debut performance, proving that he was one of the great young actors of the New Hollywood generation. The social commentary of this film is especially interesting, as Lindsay Anderson shows that schools themselves are just as much the reason for school shootings as the students. (Except for the case of the Virginia Tech shootings this year, where the student was just crazy).

Re-watch: Touch of Evil - 10/10



Stunningly shot film aided by a truly fascinating script and perfect direction from the great Orson Welles. Welles also gives a fabulous performance and Charlton Heston and Janet Leigh do admirable work in the leads. The story is told wonderfully well as we guess what will happen next. Even on the second viewing, this stands up as an excellent film.

Videodrome - 4/10



A very good performance from James Woods can't help this poor film with a script and direction that could only been writing by somebody on a bad acid trip. My main gripe with this film is that even after the main character sees his life crumbling, he still continues to investigate making it all even worse. The character is likable and interesting and smart at the beginning, but he soon turns stupid and idiotic and does things that not a single smart person would do. Plus, the supporting performances look like they're acting in porn and the makeup is so beyond poor and over-the-top that they don't even look like they were done by the great Rick Baker.
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PostSubject: Re: Last Film Watched Thread.   10/9/2007, 9:22 pm

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If.... - 8/10



At first, If.... feels like a boring same-old, same-old British boarding school. However, as I got more into the characters and got more used to them, I managed to easily get into the film. Macolm McDowell provides a great debut performance, proving that he was one of the great young actors of the New Hollywood generation. The social commentary of this film is especially interesting, as Lindsay Anderson shows that schools themselves are just as much the reason for school shootings as the students. (Except for the case of the Virginia Tech shootings this year, where the student was just crazy).

I've had that movie in from Netflix forever now, I need to get on that.
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PostSubject: Re: Last Film Watched Thread.   11/9/2007, 1:55 am

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Rolling Eyes

Kicks Silence's ass Razz.
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PostSubject: Re: Last Film Watched Thread.   11/9/2007, 8:28 am

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Videodrome - 4/10

A very good performance from James Woods can't help this poor film with a script and direction that could only been writing by somebody on a bad acid trip.

Well, some of the greatest art pieces of the last century have been created by people on acid so...

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My main gripe with this film is that even after the main character sees his life crumbling, he still continues to investigate making it all even worse. The character is likable and interesting and smart at the beginning, but he soon turns stupid and idiotic and does things that not a single smart person would do.

That's because it kinda turns into an addiction. It's a long since I watched it but if I remember correctly he gradually started losing control over his life.

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Plus, the supporting performances look like they're acting in porn and the makeup is so beyond poor and over-the-top that they don't even look like they were done by the great Rick Baker.

I agree 100% here. I thought Debbie Harry was horrendous, and those few scenes featuring her kinda ruined the film for me. The movie was good as a whole though, 7/10, with one outstanding scene (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNK4IH4hNwk).
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PostSubject: Re: Last Film Watched Thread.   11/9/2007, 11:47 am

You shouldn't say those things, Jack, he will kill you. Believe me, you don't want Hannibal Lecter inside your head. tongue
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PostSubject: Re: Last Film Watched Thread.   11/9/2007, 12:27 pm

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My main gripe with this film is that even after the main character sees his life crumbling, he still continues to investigate making it all even worse. The character is likable and interesting and smart at the beginning, but he soon turns stupid and idiotic and does things that not a single smart person would do. Plus, the supporting performances look like they're acting in porn and the makeup is so beyond poor and over-the-top that they don't even look like they were done by the great Rick Baker.

That's where the social commentary becomes the most poignant, though. It completely reflects society's addiction to the media. We know that sitting on our ass all day, watching television and eating junk food is bad for us. I mean everyone knows that smoking and fast food is nothing but horrible to your health, yet we become so addicted that we don't even think about the dangers of it. We just do it. He becomes just as 'stupid and idiotic' as everyone in our current society. I think that the bland performances also do a great job of pointing out the artificiality of human relationships and how one person is exactly the same as the next to us. I'm sure Cronenberg did this on purpose. I loved the makeup as well. It was original, gorey and wonderfully over-the-top. It's some of the best around, and for the early 80s it was pure genius.
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PostSubject: Re: Last Film Watched Thread.   11/9/2007, 7:02 pm

I see your point, Jeebs, but he seems like such an intelligent person, that the fact he becomes so stupid just felt totally unrealistic in my mind.

Re-watch: Beauty and the Beast - 10/10



Should Beauty and the Beast have won best picture? In my opinion, it should have. Silence of the Lambs was an excellent film as well, but Beauty and the Beast is such an incredible combination of a beautiful storyline, impressive animation, a Broadway-worthy score and one of the most romantic couples ever seen on screen, that it's hard not to give it a Best Picture Oscar. I sadly doubt Disney will ever reach some of the classics they created in the nineties.

Re-watch: Chasing Amy - 8/10



Probably Kevin Smith's most dramatic film to date, Chasing Amy has plenty of heart, but one of the main reasons this is such a good film is that Smith's dialogue is very realistic nor does he shy away from describing sexual acts in detail. The flaws in Ben Affleck's performance are slightly more obvious on a repeat viewing but that doesn't stop the character's writing. And while I'm not particularly a fan of Joey Lauren Adams's scenes where she raises her voice, she provides a great job nonetheless. My favourite actor in the film is the always great Jason Lee who provides Banky with the nice amount of realism to make him a surprisingly fun character and the one we like about the most.
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PostSubject: Re: Last Film Watched Thread.   11/9/2007, 8:19 pm

Yeah, all those old Disney-flicks give me some damn serious nostalgia-trips. I really want to see all that shit again, Pinocchio, Dumbo, The Aristocats, The Great Mouse Detective, An American Tail etc. Good times, good times...

*Election - 9/10. Really good satire. It was like a mix between Donnie Darko and Sideways. The humour is subtle and witty, and the main group of characters kick ass. "Just because you are a character doesn't mean that you have character", these bitches had character I tell ya'. Yeah, and Reese Witherspoon is hot. Yeah, and Broderick deserves more credit than he gets.
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PostSubject: Re: Last Film Watched Thread.   12/9/2007, 1:56 am

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it's hard not to give it a Best Picture Oscar.

Have you seen JFK?
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PostSubject: Re: Last Film Watched Thread.   12/9/2007, 6:19 am

No, I haven't, sorry. Maybe I will see it someday, but it's hard to get exciting about a bunch of people discussing who killed Kennedy.
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PostSubject: Re: Last Film Watched Thread.   12/9/2007, 7:19 am

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Maybe I will see it someday, but it's hard to get exciting about a bunch of people discussing who killed Kennedy.

I think there's a little bit more to the movie than that... The fact that it won a couple of Oscars and has a good imdb rating, is enough to get me interested about seeing it.
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PostSubject: Re: Last Film Watched Thread.   12/9/2007, 11:11 am

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No, I haven't, sorry. Maybe I will see it someday, but it's hard to get exciting about a bunch of people discussing who killed Kennedy.

You ain't seen nothing yet man. I myself don't care at all about the JFK assassination, but due to the outstanding editing and presentation, its one of the most involving films ever made. Possibly the most involving. You will love it.

Its not just discussion, by the way. A lot more investigation.
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PostSubject: Re: Last Film Watched Thread.   12/9/2007, 1:36 pm

JFK is easily one of the best films of its decade, and, like Jack said, it's also gripping. It puts The Silence of the Lambs to shame.
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PostSubject: Re: Last Film Watched Thread.   12/9/2007, 2:23 pm

Yeah I'd certainly give it the best picture win any day.
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