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    Probably *Birdman* isn't for everybody. I was only half-paying attention, but I like the subgenre of movies about "behind the scenes" acting/movie-making. It helps to have that context of similar movies, I guess -- I don't know how well it would play without that context. That said, it is a dark, depressing, heavy movie -- I disagree that it's really a "black comedy." But the entire cast was phenomenal -- I have no idea how the producers managed to get all these heavyweights together, but they sure did. Wouldn't have recognized Emma Stone -- the last thing I saw her in was *Superbad*, where she resembled a very unpleasant ghoul. Meh, she hit her marks, I guess, but the rest of the troupe was super-duper. Also didn't recognize Zach Galifianakis -- also, meh, but good for him for going for it.

    "Duke of Burgundy" makes me hungry for boeuf bourguignon, for some reason. If it was a French movie, I might check it out, but I'm skeptical of the Brits doing stuff about their historical rivals.
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    Quote Originally posted by Jizzelbin View post
    ...I like the subgenre of movies about "behind the scenes" acting/movie-making....
    Then you might like The Player (a crooked producer tries to get away with murder), Ed Wood (a very untalented director tried to make it big) or Tropic Thunder (the stars of a big-budget Vietnam War epic don't realize where movie magic ends and reality begins).

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    Yeah, I love *Ed Wood* (the movie), but hate *The Player* (because Tim Robbins's appearance revulses me), and *Tropic Thunder* was kind of funny.

    Give me *Star is born* (the real one with James Mason) or *Yankee Doodle Dandy* any day -- I'd put *Ed Wood* up there in that company. I also really liked *The Artist* from a few years ago.

    And *The Red Shoes* -- but i'm a nut for powell and pressburger.
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    That isn't fair to Tim Robbins -- just something about his appearance makes me think of some mongoloid. I'm not a visual guy, but it's somehow totes inappropes to be staring at the mug of some dude who appears to constantly be making a really dumb face all the time.

    Nothing at all to do with his politics -- I think I've come full circle and actually might be way farther left than he is.

    Also, I really don't like Robert Altman. He's like a fake Cassavetes, to me.

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    I also can't get into Altman so much, although lots of folks who know way more about movies than I do adore him.

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    He's hit or miss, I think, kinda like the Coen Bros. At his best he's quite good, though.

    Seen recently:

    Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
    Saw this spoof of Seventies TV news again for the first time in many years - uneven, but still a lot of fun, with some great lines ("Time to musk up," "It smells like Bigfoot's dick!", "Brick killed a guy with a trident," and "Jazz flute is for little sissy boys").

    An Ungentlemanly Act
    Movie about Falkland Islanders just before and during the 1982 Argentine invasion. Full of British stiff-upper-lip determination and courage. Decent battle scenes.

    Begin Again
    Comedy-drama about an NYC record producer (Mark Ruffalo) whose personal and professional lives are both going badly, and the young singer-songwriter (Keira Knightley) whom he discovers and decides to promote. A charming, often funny little movie.

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    *Anchorman* first time??? I think it's hilarious, and not a big Steve Carell/Will Ferrel guy for comedy yuks. Wow, I envy you. Oh, I misread -- you were rewatching it and it's been a while. OK.

    OK, I'll concede that MASH was a pretty funny movie -- saw it again not too long ago, for some reason, in fact. But that's all I'll concede! I seem to remember liking short cuts when it came out but i was a little teenager, and now I know better!

    Saw for the first time, speaking of brits and wars, *Bridge on river/kwai* a week or two ago. There's a critic who's known for being a Joseph Conrad scholar (Ian Watt? that sounds right) who had some incidental little essay on the "true story" -- he sounded really pissed about the movie, which I hadn't seen (this was years ago I read this). I should look that up.

    Tried -- I really did, to watch *Interstellar* last night. I just can't have the sound like that -- one minute giant engine noise, next minute quiet little dialogue. Maybe in a theater it's better, but it's unwatchable at home for me. Maybe could run it through a software compressor, but no way am I doing that. Also, a bunch of mumbo jumbo about love and life and stuff. Not for me. Sorry true believers, but that's the facts!

    *Being Again* actually sounds like a cut above movies with similar plots. if i ever lure a woman to my apartment that could be a good date movie. Be honest, you just saw it because you needed a Keira fix! why do i know that name, Mark Ruffalo? sounds really familiar, and i think i can almost picture who that is, but ca n't be sure.
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    Yes, I saw Begin Again largely because of KK - but even had it not been for her, I think I would've enjoyed it.

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    My kid and and I saw "Red Army" today, documentary about how the old Soviet Union produced such great hockey teams. Pretty good, give it interesting insight into the oversight as it were. I would have liked it, though, if I had seen somebody storm out in a huff, having expected to see a blood and guts movie about the Russians defeating the Nazis at Kursk.

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    Damn, leave it to a canuck to get all into hockey!

    Actually, that does sound like a fun way to spend a few hours.

    Are we talking all the way back to Kruschev? I don't know anything about hockey history, but that could be a fun one.

    I noticed earlier I praised *Reds* (the movie), and I was wrong to. I guess I saw it when I was ten-eleven-sometime and thought it was cool. Now, I think it's an unwatchable piece of garbage. Diane Keaton makes me kind of sick, as does the pretty-boy.

    Opposite of good.

    OTOH the rocky movie with Dolph Lundgren rules!

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    Yeah, they actually traced the Soviet hockey system all the way back to Stalin, but mostly they focussed on the great teams of the Eighties, including the one that lost in the "Miracle on Ice". And watching it from the Soviet point of view, that U.S. win seemed pretty much like a fluke, but what can you do?

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    Hey, "Miracle on Ice" -- I know that (from a joke in the cartoon *American Dad*)!

    Jeez, they had hockey back in Uncle Joe's days? Wow, I guess that makes sense. I'm sure he was a very good sport when his team lost, and took them all out for pizza.

    ETA oh J saw *Whiplash* last night. I don't remember much about it, except I was enthralled and was temporarily not-disgusted by the sight of undergraduates. That main actor dude -- the cunt of a teacher -- was awesome. The kid was OK too.
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    Just saw *The Universal Mind of Bill Evans* yet again last night.

    His interlocuters are his brother Harry evans and Steve Allen.

    Fans of music and entertaining documentaries should check it out -- it really is an entertaining documentary that goes pretty deep into the philosophy of music. IOW it's not just watching BE hack some tunes out, it's more about the ideas behind music.

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    Seen recently:

    Rockwell Kent
    A very interesting 2005 documentary about the artist, illustrator and social activist. I've always liked his stuff. He wasn't a very nice human being, though - bossy and arrogant, and cheated on both of his wives in turn with just about every woman he could.

    Vertigo
    Saw the Hitchcock classic with its memorable, creepy score performed live by an orchestra. Jimmy Stewart plays an ex-cop who becomes obsessed with a woman who reminds him a bit too much of someone he once loved. Hitchcock does a great job shifting from supernatural mystery to weird love story to maybe-murder whodunnit. Great scenes of Fifties San Francisco, too.

    The Towering Inferno
    I vaguely remembered this movie from when I was a kid, and decided to see it again. Always cheesy, often silly, sometimes effective Seventies all-star cast-of-thousands disaster flick about a huge fire in skyscraper. Paul Newman, Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway star.

    Henry V
    Part of PBS's The Hollow Crown series of recent Shakespeare adaptations, with Tom Hiddleston as the great British warrior-king. Bigger budget than Kenneth Branagh's version, but not quite as good, I'd say.

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    I've never seen *Towering Inferno* -- weird, for someone who gets off on 1970s movies.

    That's a nice pre'cis of *Vertigo* -- I know it's the darling of critics, and I've seen it multiple times, of course, just never been my favorite. The photography is distracting to me. LIVE score! That is the tits! Wow.

    I forgot another Altman I saw a bit of again this AM, *The Long Goodbye* -- apparently I only have the first 20 minutes due to a scratched disc, but I recall it to be an extremely memorable, although brutally violent, picture.

    eta I got u figured out EH -- you're a hardcore film nut!
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    I do love movies, it's true.

    Notorious is my all-time favorite Hitchcock, but I must admit I haven't seen all of his movies.

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    I think a fair number of his earlier films have been lost. not sure. Hard to say what my favorites are -- *sabotage* *39 steps* *psycho* *marnie* *the birds* *secret agent*. *nnw*. Rich corpus. I actually like *topaz* a lot as well -- not one of his most beloved, but for some reason i like it.

    RU a Cassavetes man, by chance?

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    Oh I screwed the pooch:

    I had written a legitimate question, true to the OP, about *The Color of Money*, in several paragraphs, not realizing that I was replying to a static file on my hard drive.

    So, anyway, long story short, what about the money in the envelope Eddie throws Vincent in public after having forfeited his game?

    Either it's "fuck you kid, I'm not playing anymore, because I obviously dumped, and guess the news, you lose too, and it's here in broad daylight " or....

    Not too many ways that can go.

    Yes, I know, fiction is for frittatas, and I can't stand "erm, hello, actually, gandolvan was a sith lord with" whatever, but sometimes things mean something.

    Read some fucking Roman Ingarden you bunch of frittatas

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    Can't say I've seen enough of Cassavetes to form an opinion. Was just reading Truffaut's 1983 collection of interviews with Hitchcock, though, which is quite interesting.

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    Oh yeah, that's a monster. I think I saw it in some French bookstore -- it was one of those huge, expensive books. Don't think I've read more than a few quotes from it, though.

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    I got it from the library. Lots of good stuff. I learned, for instance, that Hitchcock hoped to make a movie about the sinking of the Titanic when he first to Hollywood - but made Rebecca, instead, and never returned to the project.

    Recently seen:

    The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
    Pretty good sequel. If you like SpongeBob, you should see it. The trailers make it look like it's all about the CGI superhero versions of the characters, but that's only the last part of the movie.

    Swingers
    Smartass struggling Nineties actors channel the Rat Pack. Has some good moments.

    Anchorman 2
    Not as good as the first, but still funny.

    Klown
    Gave up on this recent Danish comedy after 20 minutes or so. Had been recommended to me, but really not worth it.

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    I saw *Anchorman 2* a few days ago again. I think it might even be funnier than the first. Can't remember why, but there's a lot of good stuff in there. Chicken of the cave!

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    Nobody calls it that.

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    Who the hell is Julius Caesar? You know I don't follow the NBA.

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    Got me. I only know the Roman emperor.

    Recently seen:

    Calvary
    A dark comedy about an Irish Catholic village priest beset by the sins, doubts and hostility of those around him, and struggling with how to respond to a death threat by a man who was sexually abused in his youth by another priest. Very powerful film, with beautiful views of the Irish coast. I’m surprised Brendan Gleeson, who’s excellent as the priest, didn’t get an Oscar nomination out of the role.

    The Package
    Rewatched this pretty good Cold War political-assassination thriller. Gene Hackman is a grizzled Army sergeant escorting a military prisoner, played by a very young-looking Tommy Lee Jones, back to the U.S. from a base in West Germany. He comes to realize after Jones's escape, and with the news that the Soviet leader (unnamed, but he looks an awful lot like Gorbachev) is visiting Chicago, that there's a lot more going on than meets the eye.

    Rope
    I was really underwhelmed by this 1948 Hitchcock film. Technically interesting, in that it was filmed in just a few long takes, but the acting is really stilted (not Jimmy Stewart's finest moment) and the plot just never grabbed me.

    Predestination
    I really enjoyed this time travel paradox movie, starring Ethan Hawke and based on a very clever Robert Heinlein short story, "--All You Zombies--," with an added terrorism subplot that (mostly) works. Good stuff.

    Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
    Chris Pine is adequate in the title role, with Keira Knightley as his sweetheart; Kenneth Branagh directed the film and also plays their polite but deadly Russian-mobster adversary. Kevin Costner seems almost sedated as Pine's CIA handler. An OK but not great spy movie.
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    Yeah, *Rope* gets some of the attention, but I think AH admitted it, like *Lifeboat*, was a stunt.

    I've taken to calling my internal monologue my Birdman.

    "How did we ever end up here. It smells like balls."

    Kevin Costner, sedated? Isn't that his default mode, mumbling and staring blankly ahead? I don't know very many of his movies.
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    I'm looking forward to, on a tip from a RL friend, checking out *Spider* from 2002.

    Did anyone else jizz their pants with the whole *Bullitt* (or however it's spelled) thing from one of the recent *Archer*s? I know I sure did. Tits ass AND balls!

    I was all psyched up when I get a real job to buy one of the new Challengers, but, as I'm getting older, maybe vintage is the way. 1972 Challenger or that green 'Stand. Gawd I hate cars, but once you get around them, it's kind of fun fixing them up.

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    *Martyr* -- a recent-ish French movie. Wiki says it's kind of "torture porn," but I didn't see it that way. It's just an ordinary thriller. Pretty bizarre, but it's the French, so what do you want?

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    Just re-watched Sky High with my daughter. First time I watched it I thought it was surprisingly good but on the second viewing it is hard to get past how incredibly stupid the teachers and plot really are.

    Re-watched Fame for the first time in years, it was good but not as good as I remember it.

    Re-Watched League of Their Own last night, good lord this is a perfect movie. Great writing, directing and acting. Also Rosie and Geena looked like they actually knew how to play. Though I know Geena is a gifted athlete so no surprise with her.

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    Arthur, original with Dudley Moore has held up surprisingly well. The opening 10 minutes are poor but the rest of the movie is excellent.

    Watch Maleficent last night, it was far from good. I would probably give it 4 stars on the IMDB scale. Maybe as low as 3.

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    I was recommended *Maleficent* last week -- decided it wasn't for me. I relented and put *Guardians of the Galaxy* on the nurd chopping block, though.

    What *was* for me:

    *Hot Shots*
    *Hot Shots Part Deux* (by far the superior of the two -- actually pretty damned funny)

    *A History of Violence*

    *Spider*, crap-fest.

    *Crash* (I saw it soon after it came out, meh, but now I think it's one of the better movies of that period, and makes a nice diptych with *Magnificent Ambersons*, two movies which dwell at length on the miserable sickness of automobile kulchur).

    *Focus* -- I don't understand the enemies among some critics this picture apparently has made. I've seen a shit-load of crappy grifter-conman-gambling movies, and this isn't even close to being as bad as *House of Games* or...whatever that movie was with the guy from *Croupier* and Denzel, not to mention all of the made-for-TV-level garbage like *Heist* or *Poolhall Junkies* or *High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story* or 99% of the shit that those Coen morons make on the toilet.

    Best quote from *Focus* -- "Put some clothes on, there are Australians here. There's a reason they were all shipped down there." Also, "Drink some cement and man up."

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    Quote Originally posted by Jizzelbin View post
    I was recommended *Maleficent* last week -- decided it wasn't for me. I relented and put *Guardians of the Galaxy* on the nurd chopping block, though.

    What *was* for me:

    *Hot Shots*
    *Hot Shots Part Deux* (by far the superior of the two -- actually pretty damned funny)

    *A History of Violence*

    *Spider*, crap-fest.

    *Crash* (I saw it soon after it came out, meh, but now I think it's one of the better movies of that period, and makes a nice diptych with *Magnificent Ambersons*, two movies which dwell at length on the miserable sickness of automobile kulchur).

    *Focus* -- I don't understand the enemies among some critics this picture apparently has made. I've seen a shit-load of crappy grifter-conman-gambling movies, and this isn't even close to being as bad as *House of Games* or...whatever that movie was with the guy from *Croupier* and Denzel, not to mention all of the made-for-TV-level garbage like *Heist* or *Poolhall Junkies* or *High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story* or 99% of the shit that those Coen morons make on the toilet.

    Best quote from *Focus* -- "Put some clothes on, there are Australians here. There's a reason they were all shipped down there." Also, "Drink some cement and man up."
    I've seen very few of these. I don't remember Hot Shots fondly and don't remember Hot Shots Part Deux at all though I did see it when it was released.

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    I hated Arthur, I must admit. Just never did it for me. I liked the Hot Shots movies, though - including that great scene with Martin and Charlie Sheen's voiceovers overlapping one another.

    Recently seen at home on DVD:

    About Time
    Quirky British romance/time travel comedy. If you liked Love Actually or Four Weddings and A Funeral, you'll like this, despite some gaping plot holes.

    The Grand Budapest Hotel
    Rewatched this Wes Anderson masterpiece - a funny, wry, bittersweet Ruritanian tribute to high society between the wars. Ralph Fiennes really should have gotten an Oscar as a nitpicky concierge with a thing for much older women; he reveals an amazing comic talent. The rest of the all-star cast are also excellent. Two thumbs 'way up.

    I also went to a local film festival recently and saw a lot of movies in a relatively short time:

    Gett
    A Israeli courtroom drama about an Orthodox Jewish divorce trial. Mostly gripping, but a bit tedious by the end.

    In Country
    Documentary about Vietnam War vets, and younger wannabes, who do weekend Vietnam War reenactments out in the woods of Oregon. Offbeat but interesting.

    Who Am I - No System is Safe
    A brand-new German cyberthriller about hackers, organized crime and the Europol cops trying to stop them. Some great twists and turns, with echoes of both The Matrix and The Usual Suspects.

    Silenced
    Documentary about recent prosecutions under the WWI-era Espionage Act against U.S. government whistleblowers. Well worth a look.

    The Visit
    What would we really do if aliens landed on Earth? In this documentary, NASA scientists, United Nations officials, a priest and former top British government officials discuss the scientific, public relations, military and religious implications of first contact. Very intriguing movie.

    I Am Big Bird: The Carroll Spinney Story
    Well-crafted, affectionate, heartwarming documentary about the actor who has, for almost 50 years now, played the beloved Sesame Street character. I learned a lot and really enjoyed the film.

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    Nah, *Arthur* was pretty funny. Not much a Liza Minnelli fan, but it's a cute little movie.

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    I'm not sure about *Who Am I* (isn't that a Jackie Chan movie)....I don't know. I'll probably see it eventually, just kind of cuts close to home, you know, like doctors tend to not watch doctor shows, and all that, and whatever I am tend to not watch stuff about whatever it is I do.

    I saw *Guardians of the Galaxy* not two days ago. I honestly can't remember one thing about that picture except that it stank on ice. Sorry if that's somebody's favorite movie, but there wasn't anything there for me.

    On the good note (?) I saw yet again Monsaingeon's *Glen Gould, The Alchemist* last night. Boy that sucked. Sometimes it's better to have a good memory of an outstanding piece of propaganda than try to dig deeper. Well, whatever. That's one that is better left to youTube, for the compelling live performances, instead of suffering through the deranged contextualizings of the film-maker and his subject.

    ETA yeah, sure, *Hot Shots Part Deux* -- "I loved you in *Wall Street*" See, I'm not sure how that movie would play if you didn't have a near-encyclopedic knowledge of the *Rambo* movies. They even got a really good sound-alike for the Oliver Goldsmith score from II or III (I can't remember which movie is which, but I like them). Amazing they weren't sued -- probably were, for all I know. Anyway, it's hilarious if you remember the original movies -- lots of inside stuff.
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    Oh wait a shit second, I saw last night *Wild Card* it was one of those with the bald dude. That was kind of, whatever. Why is Jason Statham a legitimate action-movie guy? I think he's kind of lame. I mean, really, he doesn't do shit, he just mumbles and grooms his stubble. Also, he doesn't fight or do action stuff. He just made my list. Piece of shit cocksucker asshole English accent I will kill him.

    Bullshit.

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    Yeah, so, obviously I'm just going to keep droning on and on, but I have a legitimate question.

    I suspect I failed to appreciate Melville's *Arme'e des ombres* -- but due to a renewed sense of appreciation for history writ large, especially about the French partisans in WWII, as well as the enthusiasm a friend from about ten years ago carried for the film, I have a yen to see the movie again.

    No, I have no beef with Melville -- I just thought it was one of least movies, and have a suspicion I might have been wrong. And FTR Melville is one of the greatest crime-movie directors of all time -- everything, pure auteur, he doesn't like a line some namby-pamby scipt-girl threw in there, he'll make his own. Not like these internet people who are like "the script is so intelligent!" Fuck it, it's his movie, not some seatwarmer spreading down piss on the basement couch.

    Well, it's time to re-evaluate this particular film, I find. Eh, whatever, but I bet I find some good stuff in there.

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    Quote Originally posted by Elendil's Heir View post
    I hated Arthur, I must admit. Just never did it for me. I liked the Hot Shots movies, though - including that great scene with Martin and Charlie Sheen's voiceovers overlapping one another.
    ...

    The Grand Budapest Hotel
    Rewatched this Wes Anderson masterpiece - a funny, wry, bittersweet Ruritanian tribute to high society between the wars. Ralph Fiennes really should have gotten an Oscar as a nitpicky concierge with a thing for much older women; he reveals an amazing comic talent. The rest of the all-star cast are also excellent. Two thumbs 'way up.
    The 2 Sheen scene was the highlight of the movie.

    I really enjoyed The Grand Budapest Hotel and I am not much of a fan of Wes Anderson. This one really entertained me though.

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    Naw, that was one of many highlights. Just note-perfect inside references to all kinds of shit in *Hot Shots Part Deux* -- even down to the lady hiding under a hat from the *Rambo* with that vampire lady from one of those TV shows in it. *JERRY* Goldsmith. Oliver Goldsmith was...someone else. Close enough.

    You know, I think there must be something wrong with me, not grooving on Wes Anderson. I can't find a single good thing to say about anything that mutant came up with. So, I'll be quiet on that front. OTOH a friend really takes exception with my disdain for *Spider* and the other Cronenberg with the twins and Jeremy Irons. So, probably my taste is not to be trusted.

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    Jizz, here's the trailer for Who Am I - No System is Safe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vnjheCqRIs

    Wes Anderson can be hit or miss for me. I liked Bottle Rocket, Rushmore and Fantastic Mr. Fox; The Life Aquatic was just OK, and I didn't like The Darjeeling Limited much at all. The Grand Budapest Hotel is a comic masterpiece IMHO. Haven't seen his other movies.

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    Quote Originally posted by Elendil's Heir View post
    As big a KK fan as I am, I actually haven't seen A Dangerous Method yet. From the trailer, it looked as if they were making her look as strung-out and unattractive as possible (which I understand is true to the character, but still...). My favorite KK films are Pride & Prejudice, Love Actually, Atonement and the first Pirates of the Caribbean.
    ...
    I just saw Love Actually, I only got about half way though it and had to give up. It never got started and had only a few laughs. Also needed a map for the character connections. Love the cast but the movie actually made me angry. A very negative reaction. I went on to watch 3 episodes of Dick Van Dyke and laughed more during each 24 minutes of these than I did in over an hour of Love Actually. It reminds me of the Merchant Ivory films of the 80s and 90s where the acting is excellent but nothing ever happens. I'm looking at you Howard's End and The Remains of the Day.

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    Quote Originally posted by What Exit? View post
    It reminds me of the Merchant Ivory films of the 80s and 90s where the acting is excellent but nothing ever happens. I'm looking at you Howard's End and The Remains of the Day.
    I don't know, *The Golden Bowl* was pretty good, as far as adaptations of impressionist literature go. At least it wasn't the piece of trash that *Portrait of a Woman* was (Campion) -- OTOH not quite as cool as *The Innocents* (with Michael Redgrave, Deborah Kerr), as far as James adaptations go.

    In fact, what *did* M&I do that was beyond "pretty good/OK"?

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    Quote Originally posted by Jizzelbin View post
    Quote Originally posted by What Exit? View post
    It reminds me of the Merchant Ivory films of the 80s and 90s where the acting is excellent but nothing ever happens. I'm looking at you Howard's End and The Remains of the Day.
    I don't know, *The Golden Bowl* was pretty good, as far as adaptations of impressionist literature go. At least it wasn't the piece of trash that *Portrait of a Woman* was (Campion) -- OTOH not quite as cool as *The Innocents* (with Michael Redgrave, Deborah Kerr), as far as James adaptations go.

    In fact, what *did* M&I do that was beyond "pretty good/OK"?
    I don't know if M&I did a film I actually enjoyed. Required Link: James & Ismail.

    Upon review the answer is no, not at all.

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    Watched The Dead Zone last night. It has really held up very well. Excellent movie with good acting. The fact it opens with Walken reciting Poe is a nice bonus.

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    Yes, interesting to see Walken as a tragic hero. The book is even better - doesn't get the love I think it should among King's books; it's a noble tragedy at heart.

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    I don't know. I like the movie better than the book, as is often the case with King, except for *The Stand*, which is a righteous book and a dogshit miniseries/movie/whatever. Bye bye mr fly say so long to Frannie's pie.

    And Walken is indeed righteous in *The Dead Zone*. I think that was a Cronenberg. Whatever it was, the photography I remember being very subtly subdued, dreamlike.

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    *Army of Shadows* is one of the greatest war movies of all time (up there with *The Steel Helmet*, *Rambo: First Blood Part II*, *The Thin Red Line*, *Men in War*), and also one of the greatest movies of all time, period.

    It's a mystery to me why I didn't want to sit through it years ago.

    Also, did anyone else recognize that *Double Indemnity* is the superior thriller/crime movie? Far, far, better than anything created since the decade of the 1950s. I had forgotten just how engaging, tense, meticulous, and action-packed the movie is. Well, I suppose memory can be deceptive. Is the lesson learned.

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    Oh, Not *The thin red line* -- that's something I haven't seen (along with....the private ryan one). I was (obviously, to me) thinking of *The Big Red One*.

    "I bet you're a big Lee Marvin fan! Love that guy!"

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    *The Gambler* is kind of a crappy movie.

    *Fifty Shades of Grey* was kind of a stupid movie. Some mousy undergrad gets involved with a boring libertine. That's it, the entire plot.

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    *The Thing* (remake) again. Eh, cute little movie.

    Two I saw yet again, *Footlight Parade* -- it is one of the wiitiest movies I have ever seen. *Gold Diggers of 1933* lost a little bit of luster this time, but still a cute little movie. Both of these movies were pretty racy for being 1933 and 1935.

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