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    Finally a positive. Remember whatever stoner jackass found out Dark Side of the Moon and the Wizard of Oz sort of worked out?

    Well here's mine. Play sound off Une femme est une femme, and also, within picture, play The Exorcist. It is trippy as hell weird.
    "In certi casi la bellezza č proprio sconfortante."

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    Take the Pink Floyd/Oz connection with a pound or two of salt: http://www.straightdope.com/columns/...izard-of-oz-em

    My latest five movies:

    The Abyss
    Enjoyed this 1989 James Cameron sf first-contact adventure all over again. Great cast, interesting story and remarkable undersea scenes.

    The Age of Adaline
    A charming sf romance about a woman who doesn't age for decades after being zapped by lightning. Harrison Ford plays a former lover of hers (and the guy who plays a young Harrison Ford is uncannily on the mark).

    Deconstructing the Beatles: Rubber Soul
    Another well-done Scott Freiman album documentary, although some of the songs get short shrift.

    Obit
    Very interesting documentary on the NYT obituary staff, striving to write worthy profiles of their recently-deceased subjects on tight deadlines (ahem).

    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
    Pretty good Harry Potter prequel, set in NYC in the Roaring Twenties, as British magical-animal wrangler and protector Newt Scamander tracks down several escaped critters and finds his true love along the way.

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    Baloney sausage on that DSotM -- it really is super trippy. I don't care if it's a coincidence or suggestion of semantic ordering. I think, but do not know, that you have to be under the influence of OTC cold and flu medication to really appreciate it, though.

    *The Abyss*. Well, it had Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio in it, and Ed Harris. They were good. Always are, in fact.

    I think I fell asleep/passed out first time I watched *House of Wax* -- it is a fun little movie. Not anywhere near as good as the Poe/Corman "cycle" with Vincent Price, but it's a start. I liked it better than *Avatar*, speaking of 3D movies, and more than *Jaws 3D* as well.

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    *altered States* Cute little sciFi mystery movie. Lighthearted, not dingy and immoral like todays ones.

    *The Cardinal* crammed full of social isaues, unlike preminger's usual one per flick. Didnt recognize Burgess Meredith.
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    *altered States* Cute little sciFi mystery movie. Lighthearted, not dingy and immoral like todays ones.

    *The Cardinal* crammed full of social isaues, unlike preminger's usual one per flick. Didnt recognize Burgess Meredith.
    "In certi casi la bellezza č proprio sconfortante."

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    I made it through about 1/2 of "Rogue One", what a crappy boring mess of a movie. We were all watching it and one by one my family starting playing with their phones instead. I asked if anyone wanted to continue and it was 4-0 for no and never. Bad writing, worse directing, terrible sound, only for special effects, and honestly weird to bad acting.

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    I enjoyed Dunkirk. Not a great movie but very well done I thought. On the Longest Day down to Pearl Harbor Scale I would say a solid 7 or maybe an 8.

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    My latest five:

    The Black Hole
    For some reason I decided I wanted to see this Disney sf film again - it had been awhile. So-so cast, laughable science, great score, and decent sfx for the time.

    Jodorowsky's Dune
    Documentary about the trippy, never-made Seventies movie adaptation of Frank Herbert's Dune. Tentative casting including Salvador Dali as the Emperor, David Carradine as Duke Leto, Mick Jagger as Feyd-Rautha and Orson Welles as Baron Harkonnen. The slightly-mad director could never satisfy the Hollywood suits that he could control either costs or the running time of the movie (at one point he said it might be 10 hours long!), so the project imploded, but still had an impact on a number of later sf films.

    Where Eagles Dare
    Saw this fun, ultraviolent, wildly over-the-top WWII adventure for the first time. Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood play the British and American leaders of a commando squad trying to rescue a captured U.S. general from a wintry Nazi mountaintop castle. Lots of gunplay, chases and 'splosions.

    Terminator 2: Judgment Day
    Still the best Terminator movie, I think. Great cast, near-nonstop action, an important message, remarkable cinematography and sfx, and one of the cleverest, scariest movie villains ever.

    Dunkirk
    Liked but didn't love this WWII drama about the evacuation of British troops from the French beaches. Surprised by all the rapturous gushing it's getting from movie reviewers; not sure it would even make my own Top Ten War Movie list. There's a very implausible scene at the end; you'll know it when you see it.

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    Just watching again, in the background: The power of comedy.

    Yeah, the main actors are obviously famous, and justly, big-name creatures.

    Maybe it's just my copy, but the subtitles are, if not wrong in this case, poorly placed and timed.

    I prefer the mainstream European standard, established in th 1930s and held to up to now, which is that one dubs.

    If one is sure that Isabelle Huppert's voice is the one heard on the soundtrack, I suppose one is generally ignorant of the prevailing standards of European cinema. It's just not the way one is used to. Huppert is a compelling actress, but her voice is not irreplaceable.

    I don't know, it's just a fact.

    Vide the....which I saw again about a month ago.......*Day for Night*.

    Yeah, so fuck you, hippies.

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    Never saw either of those, actually.

    My latest five:

    Into the Night
    So-so 1985 crime comedy with Michelle Pfeiffer and Jeff Goldblum. The best thing about the movie is the featured B.B. King song of the same name.

    Room Service
    Marx Brothers comedy about a theatrical troupe overstaying its welcome at a swanky hotel. Pretty funny. Look for a very young Lucille Ball in an early role.

    Interstellar
    Rewatched this Christopher Nolan sf epic and enjoyed it all over again. Great cast, interesting story, mind-binding science, very impressive sfx and an uplifting message.

    The Bridge Over the River Kwai
    Heavily-fictionalized WWII drama about the building of a Japanese military bridge by British POWs. Alec Guinness definitely earned his Oscar as the stubborn, principled British commander who tragically loses sight of his true duty.

    Terminator Genisys
    The latest installment in the franchise; a virtual reboot via alternate timeline. Worth a look despite mixed reviews, I'd say. Ahnuld is Ahnuld, of course, a little long in the tooth but still game, and Emilia Clarke (best known as the Khaleesi in Game of Thrones) does pretty well as a feisty Sarah Connor. Didn't care much for a major plot element (see below), but there are some impressive action sequences and good character moments.

    Spoiler (mouseover to read):
    John Connor is turned into a villainous robot by Skynet using nanotechnology.

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    Meh, I watched a few minutes of *Rogue One*. I don't see what you people are complaining about. It looks to me like playing a game of King's Quest, and having plenty of time to jerk off or grab your pretend girlfriend's tit or downtown, or whatever. Grab a 2-liter of Mountain Dew and a slice of pizza your mom left out for you, and talk about how your friend's older brother said he wanted to prong his girlfriend, and he was in like sixth grade, even. That kind of thing -- hard to apply "adult" standards to it.

    Meh, seems about right. Hell no, I'm not going to finish watching that: it looks like some shitty moron eight year old got some fake crayolas and drew some crap all over mommy's "business" computer.

    But, it's still better than *ET* or some of the crap we had growing up.

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    But, here is a good recommendation: a nice little home-spun documentary about the musician Phineas Newborn, Jr. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vKrh-QIrP4. I have belief that youtube hosts it legally, or else they wouldn't.

    When I was a young teenager learning off the records, Phineas kind of put me off because he sounded a little TOO good. I wanted the rough and regular, the stuff I heard people playing in person, and on some records. Now when I came back to trying to playing scales in thirds and sixths Phineas impresses me more, just because was able to do what I'd want the technique to do, but combine with the freedom of Bill.

    No, I transcribed his "blues for the left hand" off the video, and also "the sermon" for the LH off the record in the past year, but I still can't make it sound as good as his. The Brahms-Bach Chaconne for LH looks easy in comparison.

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    After noticing the Rifftrax boys have up a commentary for *Rogue One*, I gave it another shot. I stand by my earlier statement that it's pretty dire going in cold, but even if the jokes are kind of mediocre (RiffTrax sets a high bar for jokes, but they can't all be hilarious every time) it makes the movie kind of amusing, sort of watching it from a distance.

    Mind you, I didn't have any idea what was going on, who anybody was, or anything, but I can see why the movie got some buzz, beyond it being ZOMG STAR WAR. I don't read movie reviews, after a traumatic experience reading James Agee's collection years ago, so I don't know how it was generally received, but I would bet that it did right by its audience, whoever that might be.

    So call it polishing a turd, or adding value, or whatever, but the RiffTrax makes the movie kind of amusing (which isn't always the case -- some of the big-budget movies, like *Glitter* and others are just so awful nur noch ein Gott kann uns retten.

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    Movie question: is that strange dance scene in *La Notte* for real? To refresh your memory, it's this scene where Giovanni (that guy whose name I probably spell wrong) and Lidia (Jeanne Moreau) are taking in the floor show at some bar, which consists of a dancer who performs an extended scene based around manipulating a glass of liquid balanced on her forehead, between legs, etc.

    I find it unbelievable, however it may be a trick of some kind. Therefore I require to know if it is to be considered a part of regular dancing or is an illusion.

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    And for those who were curious about the 1959 film version of *Dangerous Liaisons* and never got around to seeing it.

    Sorry, just my opinion, but it sucks dong. It shouldn't because it has that perennial sad sack Jeanne Moreau in it, looking practical as ever, and some good Th Monk soundtrack.

    No, this is yet another example of why straight squares don't like French movies.

    It's not unwatchable, but it is also trivial, self-satisfied, pretentious as fuck, slow, dour, and it looks like a college girl photographed it to please her Eurotrash boyfriend.

    Not recommended.

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