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« Reply #945 on: November 11, 2011, 07:04:17 PM »

Saw the J. Edgar Hoover movie.  Wowsers.  1st half was fun, as it shows how the U.S. continually faces "existential" threats to its security.  Second half?  Well, I'm not sure what to say.  If you like following strange semi-romantic relationships between dudes wearing liverspotted geriatric silicone makeup, then this is your film.

I much preferred The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father CIA Spymaster William Colby
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« Reply #946 on: November 11, 2011, 11:10:57 PM »

An animated version of "Tales from Earthsea," which even though it appears to be Japanese, is a Disney film. I think the book was by Ursula LeGuin. The movie is good.
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« Reply #947 on: November 12, 2011, 05:38:11 PM »

Priest = disgustingly uninteresting vamps and utter boredom. I definitely prefer a more seductive vamp.

Team Edward?

Not bad, I suppose. I what thinking more of Count Dracula, Christopher Lee style. Wink
I saw half of this version, but I could not get into it. It didn't follow the book, the pacing of the book (which the Lugosi version captured better and of the three I've seen, the Oldman version captured the best), lacked the poetic anticipation so eloquently captured by Coppola in the Oldman version, and the best redeeming factor, if not the only redeeming factor I saw in the first 20 minutes of the film, was that the narration at times that reflected the journal/diary style of Stoker's writing.
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« Reply #948 on: November 12, 2011, 05:39:33 PM »

I watched Bram Stoker's Dracula from 1992 the other night. I saw it a few years ago. Anthony Hopkins is really great in it. Keanu Reeves, well... I really hate every time he talks in the movie but I cannot help but sympathize for his character just the same. In the end, its not a bad movie. I like it.


Yeah, this is a classic.


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Gary Oldman and Anthony Hopkins in the same movie is glorious.  If only they could have replaced Keanu with Christopher Walken and then made it work...that would have been crazy-awesome overload.  But all the same, IMHO, it is the best Dracula movie.  Followed closely by the Werner Herzog/Klaus Kinski Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht.
I loved the Oldman version. I just got it, after renting it twice. It is inspirational. I look forward to seeing Nosferatu.
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« Reply #949 on: November 12, 2011, 06:05:12 PM »

Gary Oldman is bonkers in pretty much anything.
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« Reply #950 on: November 12, 2011, 07:43:57 PM »

An animated version of "Tales from Earthsea," which even though it appears to be Japanese, is a Disney film. I think the book was by Ursula LeGuin. The movie is good.

It's done by Goro Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli so it is Japanese; I guess Disney has the American rights or something. I saw this recently as well but I was not impressed. The story and dialogue seemed rather flat-footed to me. There were great visuals and interesting ideas but it was not executed very well, which is a shame since almost everything I've seen from Studio Ghibli is excellent.
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« Reply #951 on: November 12, 2011, 08:12:52 PM »

Priest = disgustingly uninteresting vamps and utter boredom. I definitely prefer a more seductive vamp.

Team Edward?

Not bad, I suppose. I what thinking more of Count Dracula, Christopher Lee style. Wink
I saw half of this version, but I could not get into it. It didn't follow the book, the pacing of the book (which the Lugosi version captured better and of the three I've seen, the Oldman version captured the best), lacked the poetic anticipation so eloquently captured by Coppola in the Oldman version, and the best redeeming factor, if not the only redeeming factor I saw in the first 20 minutes of the film, was that the narration at times that reflected the journal/diary style of Stoker's writing.

Well, I was speaking of seductive attributes of Chris Lee as a vampire rather that the actual film; as opposed to the ugly vamps in "Priest".

But yes, I agree Gary Oldman was excellent in the Coppola film. The film certainly delivered the moody Victorian "forbidden fruit" undertones of Stoker's novel.
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« Reply #952 on: November 13, 2011, 01:40:14 AM »

Just saw Harry Brown with Michael Cain.  That's how Gran Tourino should have ended!
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« Reply #953 on: November 14, 2011, 10:12:40 AM »

Just a thought about movies and acting: A great actor doesn't leave you saying, "What a great actor!," they leave you saying, "What a great movie!"



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« Reply #954 on: November 17, 2011, 12:36:06 AM »

I just watched Hobo With A Shotgun.  Move over Dead Snow.  You are no longer the worst movie I have ever watched. 

(FWIW, I don't think either movie intended to be good.)
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« Reply #955 on: November 17, 2011, 01:56:36 AM »

Oh! What a Lovely War Pitch dark musical satire about World War I.
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« Reply #956 on: November 17, 2011, 07:01:22 AM »

Just a thought about movies and acting: A great actor doesn't leave you saying, "What a great actor!," they leave you saying, "What a great movie!"



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The other actors could be terrible, including the lead, which pulls you out of the movie when you think that they've not got it. One actor could stand out for you in their role though and that's when you'd say "What a great actor!" but not necessarily a great movie.
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« Reply #957 on: November 17, 2011, 11:44:38 AM »

I just watched Hobo With A Shotgun.  Move over Dead Snow.  You are no longer the worst movie I have ever watched. 

(FWIW, I don't think either movie intended to be good.)

I liked Hobo With A Shotgun...
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« Reply #958 on: November 19, 2011, 11:51:44 AM »

I just saw "Krull," on Netflix. Wow. I remember not being allowed to go see this when it came out, but all the other kids were. I was so jealous. Now, I'm not so sure what my parents were afraid of. Still, it was fun to find out. 
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« Reply #959 on: November 19, 2011, 12:33:25 PM »

The Lighthorsemen. Awesome.
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« Reply #960 on: November 19, 2011, 01:37:45 PM »

"Exporting Raymond" -- Producer of the TV show "Everybody Loves Raymond" goes over to Russia to supervise the adaptation of the show for Russian audiences. Some interesting observations on the differences between Russian and American cultures and mindsets, if you can stand the main narrator/producer's whining. Waaaaah, buildings in Russia from the Soviet days are old and uuuuuugly...Russians don't respond to Raymond's character...blahblahblah. In the end they manage to pull off something that's surprisingly half-way decent, given the awfulness of the source material. I'm glad that the DVD features a few episodes of the Russian show as extra material. All in all, an interesting look at some of the pitfalls of globalization and the ideas behind it, particularly the idea that Western/American values are somehow universal or universally understood. (Spoiler alert: They aren't.)
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« Reply #961 on: November 19, 2011, 01:59:54 PM »

I definitley plan on watching Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1.. this weekend, or next.  Maybe it's best to let the youngsters go and see it, so it won't be so crowded?  Cheesy

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« Reply #962 on: November 19, 2011, 02:01:26 PM »

I definitley plan on watching Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1.. this weekend, or next.  Maybe it's best to let the youngsters go and see it, so it won't be so crowded?  Cheesy

TEAM ALICE UNITE!!  Cheesy

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« Reply #963 on: November 19, 2011, 02:05:02 PM »

I definitley plan on watching Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1.. this weekend, or next.  Maybe it's best to let the youngsters go and see it, so it won't be so crowded?  Cheesy

TEAM ALICE UNITE!!  Cheesy

Ummm...

Don't hate.. I have awesome taste in movies.   Cheesy
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« Reply #964 on: November 19, 2011, 02:10:30 PM »

Today it's Twilight, yesterday it was Harry Potter, and tomorrow...? I'm hoping it's the Phantom Tollbooth, but that's not very likely unless Pixar buys the rights to it or something.
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« Reply #965 on: November 19, 2011, 02:14:42 PM »

Today it's Twilight, yesterday it was Harry Potter, and tomorrow...? I'm hoping it's the Phantom Tollbooth, but that's not very likely unless Pixar buys the rights to it or something.

I'm still into Harry Potter too... I'm hoping someone continues the story line.  Then we get to hear about Ron and Hermionie's kids, and Harry and Jenny's kids... and if the Malfoy family has changed any.. *wishful thinking*  Roll Eyes  Wink
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« Reply #966 on: November 19, 2011, 06:01:25 PM »

Today it's Twilight, yesterday it was Harry Potter, and tomorrow...? I'm hoping it's the Phantom Tollbooth, but that's not very likely unless Pixar buys the rights to it or something.

I'm still into Harry Potter too... I'm hoping someone continues the story line.  Then we get to hear about Ron and Hermionie's kids, and Harry and Jenny's kids... and if the Malfoy family has changed any.. *wishful thinking*  Roll Eyes  Wink

 laugh When I was reading the last book I wanted a more solid reconciliation between Harry and Dudley Dursely. I was hoping that Dudley would marry and his offspring would be magical and that would cement a relationship between Harry and him; much to the horror of Dudley's parents.

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Rowling revealed on her website that many people have asked her to include an adult Dudley with a wizarding child in the epilogue of Deathly Hallows, and that she herself considered it, but decided upon reflection that any "latent wizarding genes would never survive contact with Uncle Vernon's DNA" and thus she did not do so. Rowling says that Harry and Dudley would "stay on Christmas card" terms for the rest of their lives,[5] and that Harry would take his family to visit Dudley's when they were in the neighbourhood, but it was something that James, Albus and Lily "would dread".[6] However, Dudley's kids and Harry's occasionally would "get together while the adults sat in awkward silence".

And in my version of the ending, Draco was going to prove himself by becoming a hero and eventually a repentant friend.

Cockeyed optimist, me?  laugh
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« Reply #967 on: November 19, 2011, 07:01:17 PM »

I definitley plan on watching Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1.. this weekend, or next.  Maybe it's best to let the youngsters go and see it, so it won't be so crowded?  Cheesy

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« Reply #968 on: November 20, 2011, 11:47:38 AM »

Yesterday night - Mankeiwicz's "Suddenly, Last Summer" (1959) (huge impression, really a milestone), and Hitchcok's "Marnie" (1964) (a rather mediocre film, although it was a pleasure to see the acting of young Tippi Hedren and Sean Connery).
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« Reply #969 on: November 21, 2011, 02:22:41 AM »

Zoolander.

I love this movie.
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« Reply #970 on: November 21, 2011, 02:43:50 AM »

Cowboys and Aliens. Enjoyed it.
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« Reply #971 on: November 21, 2011, 04:57:47 AM »

watching en ganske snill mann again.
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« Reply #972 on: November 21, 2011, 10:47:12 AM »

Cowboys and Aliens. Enjoyed it.

agreed, awesome movie.. it was much better than I expected.  However usually everything Steven Spielberg puts his name to is going to be "good".
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« Reply #973 on: November 21, 2011, 10:47:51 AM »

I definitley plan on watching Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1.. this weekend, or next.  Maybe it's best to let the youngsters go and see it, so it won't be so crowded?  Cheesy

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Ashley Greene is gorgeous. With long hair of course.

I'm totally with you on that one, *drool*  Cool
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« Reply #974 on: November 22, 2011, 03:23:19 PM »

The wife and I are going to see Sarah's Key this afternoon. Don't know much about it, but it got very good reviews. Has anyone here seen it yet?

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« Reply #975 on: November 27, 2011, 06:53:20 AM »

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Stunning cinematography, very intricate and engaging story, imo the best performance of Jim Carrey's carrier (and it's a drama!)
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« Reply #976 on: November 27, 2011, 03:54:58 PM »

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Stunning cinematography, very intricate and engaging story, imo the best performance of Jim Carrey's carrier (and it's a drama!)

One of the best screenplays of the last few decades and arguably the best film in its genre ever.

As I said, if I had to tell someone to understand Nietzsche. I would skip the Walter Kaufmann and go with Charlie Kaufman here.

No one has done a better job of doing justice to Nietzsche's thought in any other work of art or thought.

I won't expand on the above lest I ruin the beginning and ending of the film for anyone who hasn't seen it.

One of the greatest stories of romance in film and perhaps the greatest screwball comedy ever, although it rarely (ever?) gets its proper due as being exemplar of that genre.



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« Reply #977 on: November 27, 2011, 04:22:10 PM »

Watched a couple of oldies, and not goodies this week. "Jane Eyre" (1943?) with Orsen Wells and Joan Fontaine (dreadful is the only word I can use to describe it, and I gave up on it)and "The Lost World" (1960). Pitting two lizards, with glued on paper frills, against each other for the "dinosaur" fight scene was inexcusable and obviously the "no animals were hurt..." clause has to have been missing from the credits. The hapless ingenue's screaming gave me a headache.

I thought the latest version of "The Thing" was pretty good, however.
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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Stunning cinematography, very intricate and engaging story, imo the best performance of Jim Carrey's carrier (and it's a drama!)

One of the best screenplays of the last few decades and arguably the best film in its genre ever.

As I said, if I had to tell someone to understand Nietzsche. I would skip the Walter Kaufmann and go with Charlie Kaufman here.

No one has done a better job of doing justice to Nietzsche's thought in any other work of art or thought.

I won't expand on the above lest I ruin the beginning and ending of the film for anyone who hasn't seen it.

One of the greatest stories of romance in film and perhaps the greatest screwball comedy ever, although it rarely (ever?) gets its proper due as being exemplar of that genre.




Yeah, I think I've only seen it called a dark comedy. Yeah, based on what we've talked about, I can really see the Nietzschean theme. I also thought it had an interesting anti-utilitarian message
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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Stunning cinematography, very intricate and engaging story, imo the best performance of Jim Carrey's carrier (and it's a drama!)

One of the best screenplays of the last few decades and arguably the best film in its genre ever.

As I said, if I had to tell someone to understand Nietzsche. I would skip the Walter Kaufmann and go with Charlie Kaufman here.

No one has done a better job of doing justice to Nietzsche's thought in any other work of art or thought.

I won't expand on the above lest I ruin the beginning and ending of the film for anyone who hasn't seen it.

One of the greatest stories of romance in film and perhaps the greatest screwball comedy ever, although it rarely (ever?) gets its proper due as being exemplar of that genre.




Yeah, I think I've only seen it called a dark comedy. Yeah, based on what we've talked about, I can really see the Nietzschean theme. I also thought it had an interesting anti-utilitarian message

Utilitarianism was another of Nietzsche's gods he railed against.
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« Reply #980 on: November 27, 2011, 05:58:44 PM »

"The Lost World" (1960). Pitting two lizards, with glued on paper frills, against each other for the "dinosaur" fight scene was inexcusable and obviously the "no animals were hurt..." clause has to have been missing from the credits.
Not the first time, sadly. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cruelty_to_animals#TV_.26_film_making
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"The Lost World" (1960). Pitting two lizards, with glued on paper frills, against each other for the "dinosaur" fight scene was inexcusable and obviously the "no animals were hurt..." clause has to have been missing from the credits.
Not the first time, sadly. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cruelty_to_animals#TV_.26_film_making

Real film makers harm humans, not animals, to make their films:

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« Reply #983 on: November 27, 2011, 06:40:32 PM »

On the platter right now: The Matrix, Pulp Fiction, and Snow White
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« Reply #984 on: November 27, 2011, 07:00:33 PM »

How do they all fit?
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« Reply #985 on: November 27, 2011, 07:04:35 PM »

How do they all fit?

Pagan distractions from the Nativity of our Lord and Savior!

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« Reply #986 on: November 27, 2011, 07:50:20 PM »

How do they all fit?

Pagan distractions from the Nativity of our Lord and Savior!


Hey, I'll have you know that, 1. Pulp Fiction contains Bible quotes. 2. Neo is a self-sacrificing Christ-figure. 3. There's Seven Dwarves. The significance is obvious.

I've sent off my proposal to the heads of the various jurisdictions that these become required viewing for the Nativity season and expect my response soon.
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« Reply #987 on: November 27, 2011, 08:01:17 PM »

How do they all fit?

Pagan distractions from the Nativity of our Lord and Savior!


Hey, I'll have you know that, 1. Pulp Fiction contains Bible quotes. 2. Neo is a self-sacrificing Christ-figure. 3. There's Seven Dwarves. The significance is obvious.

I've sent off my proposal to the heads of the various jurisdictions that these become required viewing for the Nativity season and expect my response soon.

You have a brilliant career ahead of you as a mega-church AV worship leader.
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« Reply #988 on: November 27, 2011, 08:06:34 PM »

How do they all fit?

Pagan distractions from the Nativity of our Lord and Savior!


Hey, I'll have you know that, 1. Pulp Fiction contains Bible quotes. 2. Neo is a self-sacrificing Christ-figure. 3. There's Seven Dwarves. The significance is obvious.

I've sent off my proposal to the heads of the various jurisdictions that these become required viewing for the Nativity season and expect my response soon.

ROFL
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« Reply #989 on: November 27, 2011, 08:07:40 PM »

How do they all fit?

Pagan distractions from the Nativity of our Lord and Savior!


Hey, I'll have you know that, 1. Pulp Fiction contains Bible quotes. 2. Neo is a self-sacrificing Christ-figure. 3. There's Seven Dwarves. The significance is obvious.

I've sent off my proposal to the heads of the various jurisdictions that these become required viewing for the Nativity season and expect my response soon.

You have a brilliant career ahead of you as a mega-church AV worship leader.
Wow! Just like my hero, Rick Pino! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZ1diGCosjQ
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