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« Reply #1170 on: April 07, 2012, 08:53:29 AM »

Im going to convince the wife unit to let me watch the extended directors cut (5 hours) of Dune Smiley

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It's not really a "director's cut" since Lynch is pretty ashamed of the film in general. (I think it's a masterpiece)
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« Reply #1171 on: April 08, 2012, 02:35:35 AM »

Just finished watching Russian Ark by Alexander Sokurov.

Incredible movie, quite a directing feat (all done on one, 96 minute take, with a cast of thousands + three orchestras).

Good review of the movie here:
 http://henrysheehan.com/reviews/pqr/russian-ark.html

I struggle with things Russian, so I missed a lot of the connections mentioned in the above review,  but I thought I saw a strong nod to Goethe's Faust in the movie.

Well worth watching.

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« Reply #1172 on: April 08, 2012, 09:22:19 AM »

Russian Ark is impressive in many ways, but its setting (Tsar Peter's Hermitage) imposes a severe limitation- we mostly see the heavily Westernized, largely aristocratic part of Russia. A lot of what distinguishes Russian culture is missing from the museum and therefore from the film. I would say the Hermitage, as big as it is, is not big enough to be the ark of Russian culture.
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« Reply #1173 on: April 08, 2012, 12:12:13 PM »

Russian Ark is impressive in many ways, but its setting (Tsar Peter's Hermitage) imposes a severe limitation- we mostly see the heavily Westernized, largely aristocratic part of Russia. A lot of what distinguishes Russian culture is missing from the museum and therefore from the film. I would say the Hermitage, as big as it is, is not big enough to be the ark of Russian culture.

I think that was a major point in the movie, and that's where I see elements of Faust come into play.

The Narrator is Faust: a disembodied, lost spirit seeking transcendental answers, "Why Am I Here?" (also, place IS plot, in this movie!)

He encounters Mephistopholes - The European Marquis. They wander through the museum seeking 'Gretchen', Faust's Great Love, which in this case is the Soul of Russia, in the elements of culture preserved there.

The Marquis is everything Russia is not. He is Europe, and like Mephisto, he at first criticizes Her, then seeks to seduce her with jewels and luxury; then corrupt her (he is Roman Catholic, for example), and finally claim her soul. As she becomes more like him, the more he praises her, until finally proclaims, "No, I'm not leaving here"!

A critical point is when they find a small portrait of common people, and the Marquis jealously refers to them ad "Eternal People, who go on...". Another key moment is at the end, after the Grand Ball, as the Narrator exits, someone in the crowd asks, "Where is She? Oh, see, she is still here, nothing has happened to her", just before the Narrator opens the final door onto the great sea of the future.

Anyway, that's what I got out of it. Was fun to watch a movie that was actually produced as a work of art, rather than a simple telling of a tale.
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« Reply #1174 on: April 08, 2012, 01:04:34 PM »

Russian Ark is impressive in many ways, but its setting (Tsar Peter's Hermitage) imposes a severe limitation- we mostly see the heavily Westernized, largely aristocratic part of Russia. A lot of what distinguishes Russian culture is missing from the museum and therefore from the film. I would say the Hermitage, as big as it is, is not big enough to be the ark of Russian culture.

Outside of Gogol, all things Russian are but footnotes to things German.
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« Reply #1175 on: April 08, 2012, 02:37:02 PM »

Pink Floyd: The Wall

I think "interesting" would be the most correct adjective to descripe this. I rather liked it. I don't know how much I understood of it but I liked it's style and themes.
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« Reply #1176 on: April 08, 2012, 09:31:57 PM »

Russian Ark is impressive in many ways, but its setting (Tsar Peter's Hermitage) imposes a severe limitation- we mostly see the heavily Westernized, largely aristocratic part of Russia. A lot of what distinguishes Russian culture is missing from the museum and therefore from the film. I would say the Hermitage, as big as it is, is not big enough to be the ark of Russian culture.

Outside of Gogol, all things Russian are but footnotes to things German.

Only if your Russian readings are restricted to 19th century novels and tales. Gogol didn't appear out of thin air.
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« Reply #1177 on: April 08, 2012, 09:34:18 PM »

Russian Ark is impressive in many ways, but its setting (Tsar Peter's Hermitage) imposes a severe limitation- we mostly see the heavily Westernized, largely aristocratic part of Russia. A lot of what distinguishes Russian culture is missing from the museum and therefore from the film. I would say the Hermitage, as big as it is, is not big enough to be the ark of Russian culture.

Outside of Gogol, all things Russian are but footnotes to things German.

Only if your Russian readings are restricted to 19th century novels and tales. Gogol didn't appear out of thin air.

Hey, at least he gave the Russians one thing to hang their hat on. Most cultures and/or nations across the world get complete disdain from him Wink
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« Reply #1178 on: April 08, 2012, 09:49:19 PM »

Russian Ark is impressive in many ways, but its setting (Tsar Peter's Hermitage) imposes a severe limitation- we mostly see the heavily Westernized, largely aristocratic part of Russia. A lot of what distinguishes Russian culture is missing from the museum and therefore from the film. I would say the Hermitage, as big as it is, is not big enough to be the ark of Russian culture.

Outside of Gogol, all things Russian are but footnotes to things German.

Only if your Russian readings are restricted to 19th century novels and tales. Gogol didn't appear out of thin air.

He did actually.

The Russians are like the Japanese. Automata which consume . . . wait are we in the politics forum?
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« Reply #1179 on: April 08, 2012, 09:57:29 PM »

Russian Ark is impressive in many ways, but its setting (Tsar Peter's Hermitage) imposes a severe limitation- we mostly see the heavily Westernized, largely aristocratic part of Russia. A lot of what distinguishes Russian culture is missing from the museum and therefore from the film. I would say the Hermitage, as big as it is, is not big enough to be the ark of Russian culture.

Outside of Gogol, all things Russian are but footnotes to things German.

Only if your Russian readings are restricted to 19th century novels and tales. Gogol didn't appear out of thin air.

He did actually.

The Russians are like the Japanese. Automata which consume . . . wait are we in the politics forum?

If you really want to start making generalizations, at least read some of this:

http://www.amazon.com/Russian-Fairy-Pantheon-Folklore-Library/dp/0394730909/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

and this

http://www.amazon.com/Medieval-Russias-Epics-Chronicles-Tales/dp/0452010861/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1333936889&sr=1-1
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« Reply #1180 on: April 08, 2012, 10:34:06 PM »

Russian Ark is impressive in many ways, but its setting (Tsar Peter's Hermitage) imposes a severe limitation- we mostly see the heavily Westernized, largely aristocratic part of Russia. A lot of what distinguishes Russian culture is missing from the museum and therefore from the film. I would say the Hermitage, as big as it is, is not big enough to be the ark of Russian culture.

Outside of Gogol, all things Russian are but footnotes to things German.

Only if your Russian readings are restricted to 19th century novels and tales. Gogol didn't appear out of thin air.

He did actually.

The Russians are like the Japanese. Automata which consume . . . wait are we in the politics forum?

If you really want to start making generalizations, at least read some of this:

http://www.amazon.com/Russian-Fairy-Pantheon-Folklore-Library/dp/0394730909/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

and this

http://www.amazon.com/Medieval-Russias-Epics-Chronicles-Tales/dp/0452010861/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1333936889&sr=1-1

Yes, I will get right to that as soon as I take a toothbrush to the sidewalk outside.

* had the sense of it, I was just stirring the pot. However, like most pot stirring I am correct.

What people here gush about that is Russian or pretty much anywhere exists solely in light of the Russians attempting to come to terms with their cultural betters and benefactors, the German speaking people.

Or the Ancient Greeks, who were just trying to be Germans as well.

Seriously, I'll see what the resell value are on those recommendations. I spent the greater part of the day craigslisting, ebaying, amazoning my life away. Maybe I will pick those volumes up some time.

Thanks for the recs.
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« Reply #1181 on: April 15, 2012, 03:07:27 AM »

Identify the movie this is from:

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Person 1: Man, that watch is so hot, it's smokin'.
Person 2: Hot? Do you mean to imply stolen?
Person 1: I'll give you 50 bucks for it.
Person 2: Fifty bucks? No, no, no. This is a Rouchefoucauld. The thinnest water-resistant watch in the world. Singularly unique, sculptured in design, hand-crafted in Switzerland, and water resistant to three atmospheres. This is *the* sports watch of the '80s. Six thousand, nine hundred and fifty five dollars retail!
Person 1: You got a receipt?
Person 2: Look, it tells time simultaneously in Monte Carlo, Beverly Hills, London, Paris, Rome, and Gstaad.
Person 1: In Philadelphia, it's worth 50 bucks.
Person 2: Just give me the money.
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« Reply #1182 on: April 17, 2012, 12:22:20 AM »

Identify the movie this is from:

Person 1: Burnt my fingers, man.
Person 2: I beg your pardon?
Person 1: Man, that watch is so hot, it's smokin'.
Person 2: Hot? Do you mean to imply stolen?
Person 1: I'll give you 50 bucks for it.
Person 2: Fifty bucks? No, no, no. This is a Rouchefoucauld. The thinnest water-resistant watch in the world. Singularly unique, sculptured in design, hand-crafted in Switzerland, and water resistant to three atmospheres. This is *the* sports watch of the '80s. Six thousand, nine hundred and fifty five dollars retail!
Person 1: You got a receipt?
Person 2: Look, it tells time simultaneously in Monte Carlo, Beverly Hills, London, Paris, Rome, and Gstaad.
Person 1: In Philadelphia, it's worth 50 bucks.
Person 2: Just give me the money.

The first person to answer correctly gets a blue russian yen snail-mailed to their paypal address!
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« Reply #1183 on: April 17, 2012, 06:53:02 AM »

Am I still qualified if I just Googled it?
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« Reply #1184 on: April 17, 2012, 08:49:13 AM »

Am I still qualified if I just Googled it?

Since no one else seems interested... *deep sigh of disappoint* ...I suppose so. But your prize will be reduced to a red russian yen.
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« Reply #1185 on: April 17, 2012, 09:44:04 PM »

Time's up. None of the 741 PMs to me were correct. The answer was the movie Trading Places.  Smiley

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« Reply #1186 on: April 17, 2012, 10:00:02 PM »

Going on a man date to see Titanic on Saturday. I also got Gettysburg in the Netflix queue but I haven't the slightest idea when I'll be able to afford to watch it with AP tests, finals and end-of-the-year projects coming up.
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« Reply #1187 on: April 17, 2012, 10:09:30 PM »

Time's up. None of the 741 PMs to me were correct. The answer was the movie Trading Places.  Smiley

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Twelve Angry Men?



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« Reply #1188 on: April 17, 2012, 10:12:03 PM »

Twelve Angry Men?

Yeah, great movie to watch, also a great movie to go to sleep to.
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« Reply #1189 on: April 17, 2012, 11:19:33 PM »

I don't understand how people can/could wear their pants that high?
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« Reply #1190 on: April 18, 2012, 12:03:48 AM »

I don't understand how people can/could wear their pants that high?

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« Reply #1191 on: April 22, 2012, 11:40:43 PM »

Bigger, Stronger, Faster*

This movie often gets described as a docuwhatever about steroids, but it's actually about deeper issues that have taken root in American culture. Steroids in sports just happens to be a rather visible example of the larger issue being dealt with.
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« Reply #1192 on: April 22, 2012, 11:42:57 PM »

Alien - 2003 Director's Cut of one of the best horror films ever made
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« Reply #1193 on: April 23, 2012, 03:45:03 PM »

Alien - 2003 Director's Cut of one of the best horror films ever made
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« Reply #1194 on: April 23, 2012, 04:44:58 PM »

Alien - 2003 Director's Cut of one of the best horror films ever made
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You think the characters would have fared better had they followed the lead of their cat, Jones? He seemed to know how to keep away from the alien.
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It makes sense to me.....that and if you are in a spaceship and hear/see strange crap, dont try to find out whats up....RUN!

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« Reply #1197 on: May 01, 2012, 02:28:50 PM »

Watching Supersize Me while eating a double quater pounder w/cheese from McDonalds. Usually that makes me feel better, but today it made me feel worse.  Huh
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« Reply #1198 on: May 01, 2012, 02:31:53 PM »

A couple weeks ago,  I went to see "Lockout." This week, I saw "Chimpanzee."

Wonder what this week's movie pick is going to be.  Smiley
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« Reply #1199 on: May 03, 2012, 04:24:07 PM »

Watching this one...
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« Reply #1200 on: May 03, 2012, 06:27:30 PM »

Tomorrow night at 7:00 PM I will be watching The Avengers. Yes, I am absolutely geeking out. Smiley

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« Reply #1201 on: May 06, 2012, 07:05:02 AM »

Tree of Life is one of the greatest films ever made.
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Alien - 2003 Director's Cut of one of the best horror films ever made
It really is shocking when people rate Aliens over the original Alien. Ridley Scott was such an amazing visionary during his early career. The upcoming Prometheus seems to be in the same vein like his older films, but we will see.
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« Reply #1203 on: May 06, 2012, 02:31:20 PM »

Tree of Life is one of the greatest films ever made.

There is your answer to the "problem of evil".

Great film.
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« Reply #1204 on: May 06, 2012, 04:14:36 PM »

Tomorrow night at 7:00 PM I will be watching The Avengers. Yes, I am absolutely geeking out. Smiley


You didn't go to a midnight showing? Weak.
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« Reply #1205 on: May 06, 2012, 06:28:40 PM »

I have been watching the new Muppet movie (again and again and again....). You can't tell that I have kids can you?! Smiley
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« Reply #1206 on: May 17, 2012, 07:34:53 PM »

I finally watched Wrong Turn 3: Left For Dead last night.



I have owned the DVD for a year now, but never got around to watching it--or I guess I was putting it off. I thought Wrong Turn 2 was pretty good, thanks in large part to a heavy dose of Henry Rollins. Wrong Turn 1 was a snoozefest. So anyway, I bought #3 at Walmart for like $5, but when I got home and read a few reviews of it I got completely turned off to it, and decided not to watch it. Last night I was bored of watching Evil Dead 2 for the 1000th time (no exaggeration), so I popped it in.

It wasn't that bad. Not as bad as the reviews I've seen seen said it was, anyway. It was filmed in Bulgaria, which was certainly nicer looking than seeing California for the thousandth time in a movie (though I think the previous two movies in this franchise were in filmed in WV, where the story takes place). The main issue I had with the movie is that it tried to pull off too many plot twists. Every eight minutes they threw a curveball at you. It wasn't an overly complicated story/backstory, but it was just too wide reaching or disparate for it's own good. The best example of this problem was the ending, which I'm not going to spoil, but let's just say that it was way more complicated and swervy than it needed to be.

But for the most part I enjoyed the movie. It was a gory horror flick, and delivered what you'd expect from that type of movie. It had some interesting kills. It had some monsters. It had some gratuitous nudity. It had some bad acting (though only in spots, IMO). It had some stereotypical characters. It had a lot of plot twists. And so on. It was less campy than the 2nd Wrong Turn, but also less entertaining. The only other thing I can think of is: I was fairly frustrated that there was no audio commentary included (though there were at least a few short extras in which the director and others discuss the movie... sort of a poor man's excuse for a commentary).

My rating is 3 delicious eyeball snacks out of 5.
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« Reply #1207 on: May 17, 2012, 08:21:24 PM »

Tree of Life is one of the greatest films ever made.

There is your answer to the "problem of evil".

Great film.


Finally got my DVD. Can't wait to watch it. Have been looking forward to this one for a long time now. Sucks that it didn't come to the theatre here in Mississippi.


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« Reply #1208 on: May 18, 2012, 01:57:06 PM »

Tree of Life is one of the greatest films ever made.

There is your answer to the "problem of evil".

Great film.


Finally got my DVD. Can't wait to watch it. Have been looking forward to this one for a long time now. Sucks that it didn't come to the theatre here in Mississippi.


Selam

Not to ruin anything for you, but it is certainly a film that begs to be seen "huge".

Waiting to come across it on DVD somewhere, like on the street, thrown into my car, or something like that.

Would definitely like to see it again.
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« Reply #1209 on: May 19, 2012, 12:51:47 PM »

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« Reply #1210 on: May 19, 2012, 06:16:47 PM »

Finally got around to seeing the film adaptation of Wise Blood. Definitely one of my new favorite movies. All I can really say is... Brad Dourif is Hazel Motes!

Also been watching some Miyazaki.
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« Reply #1211 on: May 19, 2012, 06:26:04 PM »

Finally got around to seeing the film adaptation of Wise Blood. Definitely one of my new favorite movies. All I can really say is... Brad Dourif is Hazel Motes!

Also been watching some Miyazaki.

Told you. Amazing stuff. Brad Dourif is incredible and has been for forever.
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« Reply #1212 on: May 19, 2012, 06:32:54 PM »

The Outlaw Josie Wales.  Great movie about the MO/KS border skirmishes during the War Between the States.  Based on real-life happenings in Osceola, MO.  Now, Osceola is known for it's cheese.  Mmmmm, cheese.  Smiley
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« Reply #1213 on: May 19, 2012, 06:54:06 PM »

Tree of Life is one of the greatest films ever made.

There is your answer to the "problem of evil".

Great film.


Finally got my DVD. Can't wait to watch it. Have been looking forward to this one for a long time now. Sucks that it didn't come to the theatre here in Mississippi.


Selam

Not to ruin anything for you, but it is certainly a film that begs to be seen "huge".

Waiting to come across it on DVD somewhere, like on the street, thrown into my car, or something like that.

Would definitely like to see it again.

Yeah you gotta watch this on Blu-Ray at the very least. I'll ship you my blu-ray player with movie if you would like Gebre. (BTW you would need to have an HDTV that is native 1080p)
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« Reply #1214 on: May 19, 2012, 08:53:10 PM »

Finally got around to seeing the film adaptation of Wise Blood. Definitely one of my new favorite movies. All I can really say is... Brad Dourif is Hazel Motes!

Also been watching some Miyazaki.

Told you. Amazing stuff. Brad Dourif is incredible and has been for forever.
You do know he was in the Lord of the Rings movie, right :p?

But yeah, he's definitely one of my favorite actors.
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