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Re: What have you been watching? (DVD or Films on TV)

PostPosted: Sun Jul 27, 2008 4:28 pm
by Vegeta
I just caught Chris Rock's "I Think I Love My Wife" this afternoon. The film is based on a French film (whose title escapes me) and was co-written, produced, and directed by Chris Rock. The basic story line is Rock plays a bored husband in a sexless marriage with two children (obviously it's been sexless more lately), and he begins to rekindle a friendship with a friends ex that begins to turn into what could be an affair. A lot of the film reflects Rock's stand up routine regarding marriage and is fairly entertaining as he digs himself a deeper and deeper hole in his marriage. Rock does a fairly good job of directing and the film works pretty well until the end. In the last scene of the film Rock returns to his home to make things right with his wife (after nearly sleeping with above friend), then they for no reason whatsoever break in to song. WTF?!?!?!?!?! It seriously brought the entire film to a screeching halt, the scene was that jarring. All I can think of is Rock must of just seen "Dreamgirls" and thought this was a good idea... it wasn't.

Re: What have you been watching? (DVD or Films on TV)

PostPosted: Sun Jul 27, 2008 4:50 pm
by stereosforgeeks
Vegeta wrote:I just caught Chris Rock's "I Think I Love My Wife" this afternoon. The film is based on a French film (whose title escapes me) and was co-written, produced, and directed by Chris Rock. The basic story line is Rock plays a bored husband in a sexless marriage with two children (obviously it's been sexless more lately), and he begins to rekindle a friendship with a friends ex that begins to turn into what could be an affair. A lot of the film reflects Rock's stand up routine regarding marriage and is fairly entertaining as he digs himself a deeper and deeper hole in his marriage. Rock does a fairly good job of directing and the film works pretty well until the end. In the last scene of the film Rock returns to his home to make things right with his wife (after nearly sleeping with above friend), then they for no reason whatsoever break in to song. WTF?!?!?!?!?! It seriously brought the entire film to a screeching halt, the scene was that jarring. All I can think of is Rock must of just seen "Dreamgirls" and thought this was a good idea... it wasn't.


It was based on an Eric Rohmer film. I forget which one exactly, however. Rohmer is definitely a director to check out. My Night at Mauds, Pauline at the beach, Chloe in the afternoon, Marquise of O, and summer are some of his better known films.

Re: What have you been watching? (DVD or Films on TV)

PostPosted: Sun Jul 27, 2008 4:56 pm
by WinslowLeach
Ive been watching ROOTS, the TV miniseries from the 1970s. One of the best ever produced Id say. I remember seeing it years ago and I just felt like revisiting it. Starring Levar Burton, John Amos, Lorne Greene, Louis Gossett Jr, Madge Sinclair, Robert Reed, Ben Vereen and many more.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roots_(TV_miniseries)


Spandau Belly wrote:
It's strange, once the Redux cut came out, I only watched that cut since. I always felt I only marginally preferred it, that it added lots of stuff that was pointless or kinda lame (the second scene with the Playboy Bunnies, Willard stealing Kilgore's surfboard was really out of character), but that those crappy parts were worth the extra good stuff that got added in (the awesome plantation part, the extra stuff with Kurtz at the end, the extended intro).

Then I saw the original cut again recently and realized just how much I prefer the Redux cut. The original just feels so short now, the Redux really feels like these guys journey through hell forever and I feel we fully appreciate Kurtz's madness.


I feel the exact opposite about Redux. I thought it was totally dull and pointless to the overall story. It also ruins the flow of the regular cut alot. Nothing in the redux version is something I really felt enchanced the movie at all. Its almost like the regular version flows perfectly and when i watch Redux its like the movie gets stuck in the mud and it takes that extra time to get unstuck and moving again.

Re: What have you been watching? (DVD or Films on TV)

PostPosted: Sun Jul 27, 2008 8:33 pm
by Maui
Galaxy Quest

I really need to buy this movie. I laughed almost continually while watching this.

I think the neighbours even heard me. Damn this movie is funny.

Re: What have you been watching? (DVD or Films on TV)

PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2008 4:52 am
by RogueScribner
I recently caught April Fool's Day, 21, I Could Never Be Your Woman, and Charlie Wilson's War on DVD.

The first movie was pretty mediocre. The only reason I rented it was because Arrow in the Head gave it a good review, and he's usually pretty on with his reviews.

The second movie was okay, but in the end, pretty predictable. It did make curious about the book it's based upon, Bringing Down the House.

The third movie starred Michelle Pfieffer and Paul Rudd and was a straight-to-DVD release. It was a cute film, but not much more. It suffered greatly from not knowing exactly what it wanted to be, but it was funny in parts.

The last movie was good, but kind of lightweight considering its subject matter. And it basically says at the end that America sucks 'cause it never follows through on anything, which is pretty much true.

AFD: **
21: ***
ICNBYW: ***
CWW: *** 1/2

Re: What have you been watching? (DVD or Films on TV)

PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2008 8:27 am
by magicmonkey
RogueScribner wrote:I recently caught April Fool's Day,


Ah, sweet Muffy and Buffy...

Re: What have you been watching? (DVD or Films on TV)

PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2008 12:33 am
by caruso_stalker217
Watched MIRACLE MILE tonight. An odd little film.

Re: What have you been watching? (DVD or Films on TV)

PostPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2008 12:48 am
by DaleTremont
I had one of those semi-rare occasions where I didn't even finish a movie. Partially it was because I had to return it and the video store will f you up the a on late fees, but still I didn't really mind not seeing the rest of it.

Oh yes. The film in question is Dans Paris. Such a good pedigree too what with Romain Duris and Louis Garrel and supposedly being all about Paris. But I could tell it was a bit rotten from the get-go. So every once in a while someone breaks the fourth wall and if it's done super subtle (Daniel Craig looking at camera in Casino Royale) or if the character in question is kinda a ham to begin with (Burt Reynolds looking at camera in Smoky and the Bandit for comedic effect) then it's all good and everyone gets a chuckle out of it hopefully. But when the character in question is A. French B. a moody adolescent and C. the kinda bastard who actually has to self-reflect out loud...then you're in trouble. I'm not just talking about him reflecting on his character's life within the movie. It's him reflecting on his narration to the camera so we're aware that he's all self-aware and the director is self-aware and the movie, holy christ is it self-aware too. I paid 3 something dollars to watch a movie. Not to watch a movie reflect about the fact that it's a movie. That is totally ALF.

So basically what I'm saying is it lost me from the beginning and it didn't even matter that Romain Duris rubbed his crotch against some chick's face or took an arty picture of himself with a mouthful of pills or showed some exemplary derriere because I already resented the movie and it was just too damn late.

Re: What have you been watching? (DVD or Films on TV)

PostPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2008 11:59 am
by The Vicar
Maui wrote:Galaxy Quest

I really need to buy this movie. I laughed almost continually while watching this.

I think the neighbours even heard me. Damn this movie is funny.


GQ is nice because it's a rare film that anyone can watch - kids, parents, grandparents, pets.
Funny stuff.

Re: What have you been watching? (DVD or Films on TV)

PostPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2008 9:24 pm
by Maui
The Vicar wrote:
Maui wrote:Galaxy Quest

I really need to buy this movie. I laughed almost continually while watching this.

I think the neighbours even heard me. Damn this movie is funny.


GQ is nice because it's a rare film that anyone can watch - kids, parents, grandparents, pets.
Funny stuff.


Yeah I suppose it is. I just love the part when they all get beamed into space and the guy (who plays the extra) screams bloody murder. Then the dude who mans the spaceship and scrapes the sides of the building. :lol:

Re: What have you been watching? (DVD or Films on TV)

PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2008 2:46 am
by bastard_robo
Watching Harvey Birdman vol. 3 right now..

Re: What have you been watching? (DVD or Films on TV)

PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2008 9:24 am
by Spandau Belly
Last night I watched Shine a Light. This is a concert movie of the English rock and roll group who call themselves The Rolling Stones. It is directed by Martin Scorcese, who is well respected for filming concerts but I have never seen any of his other concert films. I mostly know his fiction movies like Taxi Driver and Raging Bull.

I think this is a really well filmed concert and the concert itself is great. I have seen The Rolling Stones live and I can say this performance was very similiar to what I saw on their Bigger Bang tour in Ottawa (the capital of Canada). This concert was filmed indoors in a small venue in New York so there wasn't the big stagecheese that I experienced such as fireworks and a giant inflating tongue. This was more typical of a club show. But they did a lot of the same songs and Mick Jagger danced the same as when I saw them and they also had that same interlude where Kieth Richards sings two songs and it's really funny because he can't sing and just seems like your loveable drunk uncle. I guess the Keith singing part is a staple of their show.

The set list is pretty good. They did a great version of Tears Go By, it was probably the best number in this whole DVD concert. I felt the show started to lag near the end just like it did when I saw these guys live because they went for a strong finish with some of their bigger crowd pleaser songs, but I don't really like Satisfaction or Start Me Up or Brown Sugar very much and prefer their more blues stuff. And they did most of that blues stuff in the first half. They also sang The Girl With the Far Away Eyes, which was a pleasant surprise. That's one of those songs of theirs that I really like but would never expect to hear in a concert. My favorite song by The Rolling Stones is Waiting On a Friend, and they didn't do that, but I wasn't surprised.

There's also a bunch of guests. I'll say that Jack White mixed best with them and seemed like he could actually be part of the band. They also had bluesman Buddy Guy, who my father really loves, but I don't know him that well. He was cool, too. Buddy Guy definately outplayed Keith on the guitar, that's for sure, and I'm not sure his style of singing and Mick Jagger's style really fit together, but it was cool. They also had Christina Aguilera, another performer who I've seen live in concert in Ottawa, and I thought she worked the least with The Rolling Stones. She brought her usual energy and vocal power and if you think she oversings, this won't change your opinion, she just let her pipes go and Mick kinda tried to provide some backup scatting but mostly got drowned out. I would've prefered if she'd sang Street Fighting Man because I think that song would suit her singing style but this was okay too.

I'll also add that I was expecting this to be more of a documentary like Truth Or Dare or something, but it was really mostly the performance. In between some of the numbers they insert vintage interviews with the band that pretty much all have the same intended ironic effect of showing these guys young being asked about how long they intend to keep rocking and then cutting back to these now sixty-something year old men still rocking. That was okay, it was somewhat repetative but they kept it short and sweet. And Charlie Watts sounds like an imbecile.

There was a bit of documentary stuff about the setup of this gig and it was so totally staged that it wasn't funny. They keep making the joke that these guys are going to pick their set list an hour before the show and that poor Marty is scrambling to know which songs they'll play. I mean, come on, you're telling me all those guest performers had no idea what song they'd be singing and they just told Christina Aguilera which track she'd singing as she hit the stage? And there's some pretty standard crowd pleasers Marty could obviously count on, leaving very small budge room and so all his panicing was clearly in there as an act for comic effect. They also end the thing with this lame staged sequence where we are supposed to be seeing a POV tracking shot from Mick's eyes as he leaves the club and struts out onto a street filled with screaming fans and Marty yelling to look up and the camera then pans up and out over a CGI New York and the moon morphs into the Rolling Stones logo. I could've done without that.

But overall, the filming of the concert is great and the sound quality is really good too. They bring lots of energy and have a good set list, so if you like concert DVDs and The Rolling Stones I recommend this to you.

Re: What have you been watching? (DVD or Films on TV)

PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2008 10:59 pm
by RogueScribner
Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay

I thought the first film was okay. It had its charm.

The second film is such a dirtier and crazier film than the first. I laughed out loud several times, but it's ultimately empty calories. It's basically one long weed and sex joke with some America-is-full-of-racist-dumbfucks jokes thrown in for good measure. I was entertained, but don't feel the need to ever see it again.

Re: What have you been watching? (DVD or Films on TV)

PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2008 2:01 am
by havocSchultz
RogueScribner wrote:Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay

I thought the first film was okay. It had its charm.

The second film is such a dirtier and crazier film than the first. I laughed out loud several times, but it's ultimately empty calories. It's basically one long weed and sex joke with some America-is-full-of-racist-dumbfucks jokes thrown in for good measure. I was entertained, but don't feel the need to ever see it again.


Sounds like most nights up at my place...

Re: What have you been watching? (DVD or Films on TV)

PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2008 3:22 am
by DerLanghaarige
First I finally (?) got around to watch Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer.
Let me say that I'm not one of these people who hated the first one. It has some obvious flaws, but although I never re-watched it, I felt very entertained by it. Part 2 entertained me too, but on a much lower level. All the flaws from part 1 were still there, but some of them were even more present. The acting got worse! Like in part 1 everyone thought: "Yeah, let's do this" and in part 2 they were like: "Can I get my paycheck please?" or "Now that I know that it's a kids movie, I can finally act more cheesier". And Tim Story has no idea how to direct an exciting action scene. The movie had some interesting action pieces, like the helicopter crash or the one in London, but I was just sitting there and didn't care for anything that happened on screen! I think the biggest surprise of the movie was the pretty gruesome death of the colonel or general or whatever his rank was. And one minute later they even show his corpse again! That freaked me out a little. And while Galactus was a cloud, it was at least a scary cloud.
But I still wouldn't call "F42: ROTSS" (sounds like "rotz", the German word for "snot") as bad as many other people say. It still had some entertaininment values. Not many, but...some.
6/10

Is there a better movie to watch after you got almost violently removed from your job than Rambo a.k.a. Rambo 4 a.k.a. John Rambo.
I was disappointed by it. After all this talk about it being a great actionmovie and probably even the best Rambo ever (or at least after part 1), I expected more. It was boring. Nothing interesting happened between the actionscenes, but at least Stallone was smart enough to keep the movie short. The biggest problem I had, was that Stallone tried to make a "serious" movie, that shows how gruesome war can be and what's going on in Birma. He succeeds halfway, but when the 10 minute shootout starts in the end and you see Rambo shooting people to goo with a giant machine gun, I didn't thought "aww man, war is like hell", I thought "That's like Weird al Yankovic in UHF". Why? Because it's Rambo, for fucks sake! Rambo became a joke after part 1! John Rambo can't tell us something about serious subjects, because he is even more ridiculous than "Commando"s John Matrix! Sorry, but that's the way it is.
6,5/10

And yesterday I caught an interesting movie named Whisper on TV.
If you want, you can say it has an all-star cast, with Michael Rooker, Josh Holloway from "Lost", Sarah Wayne Callis from "Prison Break", Dule Hill from "Psych" and Teryl Rothery from "Stargate SG1". It's about a group of kidnappers who...uhm...kidnap a rich kid. But what they don't know: this little brat is something like Damien and is gonna kill every single one of them. I wouldn't call it a smart movie, but it'S definitely one of the better "Omen"-rip offs. It isn't scary, but keeps you interested enough to watch the movie till the end, even if it's sometimes just because you wanna know how the next one will die. It's very professional shot (in fact, it looks like a theatrical movie, with some beautiful cinematography!) and the actors do their best. Even Josh Holloway tries to not act too much like Sawyer, although he didn't even changed his appereance for the movie. The kid is more annoying than creepy, but that's what wisecracking, evil kids usually are. The story even has one or two interesting twists.
I give it 7/10. See if you can catch it on TV or on DVD, if you got nothing better to do.

Re: What have you been watching? (DVD or Films on TV)

PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2008 3:44 am
by caruso_stalker217
I thought RAMBO was a movie in desperate need of a second act, but I find it entertaining. It's perhaps a bit too simple. It's like he takes them up the river, they get captured, he goes back up the river with the mercs, they save the day, the end.

Re: What have you been watching? (DVD or Films on TV)

PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2008 3:50 am
by travis-dane
So,I watched the HOST(Korean Monster movie) and that movie is some weird shit.....
First it plays out like a silly Asian comedy flic,with the usual overacting and some Asians making funny faces while crying their Eyes out.....
The first 30 minutes a really bad(but there is a cool monster attack),BUT after that,the movie gets better every minute,some crazy Monster shit happens,people who would never die in an Hollywood movie get killed and there is a homeless dude who kicks ass(with no good reason).......

So,I'll give The HOST....7 out of 10 cool Monster movie mayhem Stars.

Re: What have you been watching? (DVD or Films on TV)

PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2008 3:52 am
by travis-dane
caruso_stalker217 wrote:I thought RAMBO was a movie in desperate need of a second act, but I find it entertaining. It's perhaps a bit too simple. It's like he takes them up the river, they get captured, he goes back up the river with the mercs, they save the day, the end.


I want RAMBO 5!
I really enjoyed the fourth one,balls to the wall action and some "good" violence.Thats enough for me.

Re: What have you been watching? (DVD or Films on TV)

PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2008 4:04 am
by caruso_stalker217
travis-dane wrote:
caruso_stalker217 wrote:I thought RAMBO was a movie in desperate need of a second act, but I find it entertaining. It's perhaps a bit too simple. It's like he takes them up the river, they get captured, he goes back up the river with the mercs, they save the day, the end.


I want RAMBO 5!
I really enjoyed the fourth one,balls to the wall action and some "good" violence.Thats enough for me.


I feel you there, bud. It satisfied me on an action/violence/mayhem/gore level. I just thought it was a little oversimplified. It's weird to have a gritty realistic tone for the fourth film when the first three are sort of cartoony. Okay, maybe not FIRST BLOOD. But even that one is kind of Hollwood-ish. Like the scene with the dumbfuck National Guardsmen.

Re: What have you been watching? (DVD or Films on TV)

PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2008 6:10 am
by Al Shut
DerLanghaarige wrote:And yesterday I caught an interesting movie named Whisper on TV.
If you want, you can say it has an all-star cast, with Michael Rooker, Josh Holloway from "Lost", Sarah Wayne Callis from "Prison Break", Dule Hill from "Psych" and Teryl Rothery from "Stargate SG1". It's about a group of kidnappers who...uhm...kidnap a rich kid. But what they don't know: this little brat is something like Damien and is gonna kill every single one of them. I wouldn't call it a smart movie, but it'S definitely one of the better "Omen"-rip offs. It isn't scary, but keeps you interested enough to watch the movie till the end, even if it's sometimes just because you wanna know how the next one will die. It's very professional shot (in fact, it looks like a theatrical movie, with some beautiful cinematography!) and the actors do their best. Even Josh Holloway tries to not act too much like Sawyer, although he didn't even changed his appereance for the movie. The kid is more annoying than creepy, but that's what wisecracking, evil kids usually are. The story even has one or two interesting twists.
I give it 7/10. See if you can catch it on TV or on DVD, if you got nothing better to do.


I second this and would summarise it with the word solid.

Re: What have you been watching? (DVD or Films on TV)

PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2008 8:02 am
by Spandau Belly
Rambo 5 is apparently going to be more of a drama, which makes me really happy. I loved how the Rambo 4 was just a gorefest and all, but I'm really looking forward to seeing Stallone build a Rambo story that isn't structured around action and really explore the character back in America.

I really want them to get Laura Linney as his love interest. She's a milf who does a pained-concerned experession like nobody else. And in Stallone I trust.

Re: What have you been watching? (DVD or Films on TV)

PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2008 8:37 am
by Hermanator X
Spandau Belly wrote:Rambo 5 is apparently going to be more of a drama, which makes me really happy. I loved how the Rambo 4 was just a gorefest and all, but I'm really looking forward to seeing Stallone build a Rambo story that isn't structured around action and really explore the character back in America.

I really want them to get Laura Linney as his love interest. She's a milf who does a pained-concerned experession like nobody else. And in Stallone I trust.


There is a good Rambo V thread here

Its a bit off topic at the moment, but pretty funny. (And I want someone to comment on my silly picture :oops: )

Re: What have you been watching? (DVD or Films on TV)

PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2008 9:01 am
by Spandau Belly
Yeah, I guess we were talking about Rambo 4 here, and that naturally seguayed into Rambo 5.

I have reposted my thought sin the Rambo 5 thread now, too.

Re: What have you been watching? (DVD or Films on TV)

PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2008 12:13 pm
by Peven
just finished watching one of the most criminally underrated action/buddy movies ever, "Midnight Run", a movie i rank right up there with "48 Hours", "Beverly Hills Cop" and "Lethal Weapon" for enjoyability. i am surprised that with studios trying to mine sequels and past films the way they do that they haven't made a sequel to it either, since the ending really leaves things open to one, or maybe they have tried and DeNiro told them NO

Re: What have you been watching? (DVD or Films on TV)

PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2008 12:31 pm
by Spandau Belly
Peven wrote:just finished watching one of the most criminally underrated action/buddy movies ever, "Midnight Run", a movie i rank right up there with "48 Hours", "Beverly Hills Cop" and "Lethal Weapon" for enjoyability. i am surprised that with studios trying to mine sequels and past films the way they do that they haven't made a sequel to it either, since the ending really leaves things open to one, or maybe they have tried and DeNiro told them NO


Cuz DeNrio has that gold standard in holding out for only the greatest comedy sequels like Meet the Fockers and Analyze That.

Re: What have you been watching? (DVD or Films on TV)

PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2008 12:38 pm
by Peven
Spandau Belly wrote:
Peven wrote:just finished watching one of the most criminally underrated action/buddy movies ever, "Midnight Run", a movie i rank right up there with "48 Hours", "Beverly Hills Cop" and "Lethal Weapon" for enjoyability. i am surprised that with studios trying to mine sequels and past films the way they do that they haven't made a sequel to it either, since the ending really leaves things open to one, or maybe they have tried and DeNiro told them NO


Cuz DeNrio has that gold standard in holding out for only the greatest comedy sequels like Meet the Fockers and Analyze That.



oh buuuuuuurrrrnnnnnn :lol:

Re: What have you been watching? (DVD or Films on TV)

PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2008 2:35 pm
by Tyrone_Shoelaces
Caught most of Paul Morrissey's 1974 flick Blood For Dracula last night. I say most because it seems that alcohol makes you sleepy at four in the morning. It might just be one of the greatest movies ever: Udo Kier, gratuitous nudity, blood, a Roman Polanski cameo, and sisters making out. Definitely going to have to watch it again, just earlier in the day.

Re: What have you been watching? (DVD or Films on TV)

PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2008 6:29 pm
by TonyWilson
Ok, has anyone seen the Spanish film "Rec"?

Because I just have and it scared the living shit out of me. No really, I had my hands over my eyes at a couple of points and I have never ever done that while watching a film before. At one point I literally jumped off my seat a little. Honestly the most scared I've ever been by a film.

Re: What have you been watching? (DVD or Films on TV)

PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2008 7:23 pm
by havocSchultz
TonyWilson wrote:Ok, has anyone seen the Spanish film "Rec"?

Because I just have and it scared the living shit out of me. No really, I had my hands over my eyes at a couple of points and I have never ever done that while watching a film before. At one point I literally jumped off my seat a little. Honestly the most scared I've ever been by a film.



[REC] thread... has a few thoughts on it...

Already in the remake process as well under the title Quarantine I believe...

Re: What have you been watching? (DVD or Films on TV)

PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2008 9:29 pm
by Peven
watched a little movie last night called, "Interview", or maybe it was "The Interview", i forget, Directed by and starring Buscemi and Sienna Miller as Katya. Buscemi is a news journalist who is given the job of doing a human interest piece on an B-list actress, Katya, known for brainless commercial roles. He makes no effort to hide his disdain for the job, thinking it is below him, a fluff piece. Sienna Miller's character doesn't hide that she sees his disdain, doesn't have the time for it, and tells Buscemi good night, interview over. Buscemi replies "goodnight, Kuntya", just to give you an idea of the level of acerbity. then, through a turn of events which are quite convenient, but believable, they end up back at Katya's loft which is just down the street. that is the first, say, 15-20 minutes of the movie. what follows is a back and forth psychological duel until the end, which has a nice little twist, though nothing grandiose.

I really enjoyed "Trees Lounge", directed by Buscemi, and like this movie as well, though not as much. both are heavy on dialogue, which is usually pretty organic though the times when it isn't are what keeps this movie from being as good at Trees, and both have an almost wearily resigned depiction of an imperfect human nature. Trees is a better film because as a whole it is more cohesive and the scene at the end with Buscemi at the bar is better than anything in "Interview", imo, though both Miller and Buescemi did fine work, though i think the ending was a little underplayed all the way around. it could have been acted, shot, edited, and given a score that would have had more impact, imo. 7 out of 10

Re: What have you been watching? (DVD or Films on TV)

PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2008 10:15 pm
by John-Locke
I've not seen Interview yet (nor Lonesome Jim) but you should check out Animal Factory, it's a Prison Drama Buscemi directed in 2000 with Edward Furlong & Willem Dafoe (as well as many others) based on a book by Edward Bunker (Mr Blue in Reservoir Dogs). It's not like GREATEST MOVIE EVER! or anything but as realistic prison dramas go it's right up there with the best.

Re: What have you been watching? (DVD or Films on TV)

PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 2:36 am
by caruso_stalker217
Peven wrote:just finished watching one of the most criminally underrated action/buddy movies ever, "Midnight Run", a movie i rank right up there with "48 Hours", "Beverly Hills Cop" and "Lethal Weapon" for enjoyability. i am surprised that with studios trying to mine sequels and past films the way they do that they haven't made a sequel to it either, since the ending really leaves things open to one, or maybe they have tried and DeNiro told them NO


MIDNIGHT RUN is a fucking classic and has gone criminally unnoticed for years. De Niro and Grodin had such great chemistry. Throw Dennis Farina in there and you've got a goddamn masterpiece on your hands.

Re: What have you been watching? (DVD or Films on TV)

PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 2:42 am
by RogueScribner
Tyrone_Shoelaces wrote:Caught most of Paul Morrissey's 1974 flick Blood For Dracula last night. I say most because it seems that alcohol makes you sleepy at four in the morning. It might just be one of the greatest movies ever: Udo Kier, gratuitous nudity, blood, a Roman Polanski cameo, and sisters making out. Definitely going to have to watch it again, just earlier in the day.


I really like that movie! I had to get the Criterion DVD of hit back when. :)

Re: What have you been watching? (DVD or Films on TV)

PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 11:33 am
by travis-dane
I watched "Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny".......
Some great stuff in there,I really like the music and the lyrics,I think Jack Black is a hell of a performer and Ben Stiller and Tim Robbins are really funny.
BUT,the mid part of the movie was a little slow and I thought that they should have a BIG SHOWDOWN on a BIG STAGE in front of a BIG CROWD and not in some fucking backlot.....
They really missed it there and I think the Showdown is to short.
But it is a entertaining movie in general,glad that I have watched it.....

So,I give Tenacious D:6.5 out of 10 ROCK'n'ROLL stars.

Re: What have you been watching? (DVD or Films on TV)

PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 2:21 pm
by Spandau Belly
Peven wrote:watched a little movie last night called, "Interview", or maybe it was "The Interview", i forget, Directed by and starring Buscemi and Sienna Miller as Katya. Buscemi is a news journalist who is given the job of doing a human interest piece on an B-list actress, Katya, known for brainless commercial roles. He makes no effort to hide his disdain for the job, thinking it is below him, a fluff piece. Sienna Miller's character doesn't hide that she sees his disdain, doesn't have the time for it, and tells Buscemi good night, interview over. Buscemi replies "goodnight, Kuntya", just to give you an idea of the level of acerbity. then, through a turn of events which are quite convenient, but believable, they end up back at Katya's loft which is just down the street. that is the first, say, 15-20 minutes of the movie. what follows is a back and forth psychological duel until the end, which has a nice little twist, though nothing grandiose.

I really enjoyed "Trees Lounge", directed by Buscemi, and like this movie as well, though not as much. both are heavy on dialogue, which is usually pretty organic though the times when it isn't are what keeps this movie from being as good at Trees, and both have an almost wearily resigned depiction of an imperfect human nature. Trees is a better film because as a whole it is more cohesive and the scene at the end with Buscemi at the bar is better than anything in "Interview", imo, though both Miller and Buescemi did fine work, though i think the ending was a little underplayed all the way around. it could have been acted, shot, edited, and given a score that would have had more impact, imo. 7 out of 10


Yeah, I liked Trees Lounge too. I can't say I think Steve Buscemi is any fucking genius director but the movie was interesting and not contrived. I hadn't heard of this INTERVIEW one, I probably won't see it.

Re: What have you been watching? (DVD or Films on TV)

PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 2:27 pm
by papalazeru
caruso_stalker217 wrote:
Peven wrote:just finished watching one of the most criminally underrated action/buddy movies ever, "Midnight Run", a movie i rank right up there with "48 Hours", "Beverly Hills Cop" and "Lethal Weapon" for enjoyability. i am surprised that with studios trying to mine sequels and past films the way they do that they haven't made a sequel to it either, since the ending really leaves things open to one, or maybe they have tried and DeNiro told them NO


MIDNIGHT RUN is a fucking classic and has gone criminally unnoticed for years. De Niro and Grodin had such great chemistry. Throw Dennis Farina in there and you've got a goddamn masterpiece on your hands.



Damn, if that film hasn't got one of the worst scripts ever carried of by some fantastic actors. They make that film so watchable.

Played by any other 2 persons, it would have been straight to DVD, or VHS. Absoultely wonderful but it all relied on the performances of the leads.

I enjoyed it thoroughly

Re: What have you been watching? (DVD or Films on TV)

PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 4:30 pm
by travis-dane
papalazeru wrote:
caruso_stalker217 wrote:
Peven wrote:just finished watching one of the most criminally underrated action/buddy movies ever, "Midnight Run", a movie i rank right up there with "48 Hours", "Beverly Hills Cop" and "Lethal Weapon" for enjoyability. i am surprised that with studios trying to mine sequels and past films the way they do that they haven't made a sequel to it either, since the ending really leaves things open to one, or maybe they have tried and DeNiro told them NO


MIDNIGHT RUN is a fucking classic and has gone criminally unnoticed for years. De Niro and Grodin had such great chemistry. Throw Dennis Farina in there and you've got a goddamn masterpiece on your hands.



Damn, if that film hasn't got one of the worst scripts ever carried of by some fantastic actors. They make that film so watchable.

Played by any other 2 persons, it would have been straight to DVD, or VHS. Absoultely wonderful but it all relied on the performances of the leads.

I enjoyed it thoroughly


And Martin Brest was on top of his game back then.......what is he doing now?

EDIT: He directed GIGLI!!!!!!!
Jesus....

Re: What have you been watching? (DVD or Films on TV)

PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 4:38 pm
by caruso_stalker217
He also directed SCENT OF A WOMAN and MEET JOE BLACK. Personal favorites of mine.

Re: What have you been watching? (DVD or Films on TV)

PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 4:39 pm
by travis-dane
caruso_stalker217 wrote:He also directed SCENT OF A WOMAN and MEET JOE BLACK. Personal favorites of mine.


Meet Joe Black......
Jesus....

Re: What have you been watching? (DVD or Films on TV)

PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 4:45 pm
by caruso_stalker217
Shit, it had me from this scene alone:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDdN_b6TjYo

Re: What have you been watching? (DVD or Films on TV)

PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 4:52 pm
by travis-dane
caruso_stalker217 wrote:Shit, it had me from this scene alone:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDdN_b6TjYo


Yeah!
After that it went downhill......
BUT Gigli???
Jesus...

Re: What have you been watching? (DVD or Films on TV)

PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 5:01 pm
by caruso_stalker217
I agree. GIGLI is a career-killer.

I mean, yeah, I never saw it but I assume it's as bad as everyone says. It's got Ben Affleck in it. What more do you need?

Re: What have you been watching? (DVD or Films on TV)

PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 8:27 pm
by Peven
i like "Meet Joe Black" too

Re: What have you been watching? (DVD or Films on TV)

PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2008 12:20 am
by burlivesleftnut
Just saw Swedish boarding school film "Evil". Fucking off the nut. Can't recommend it enough. And if you have Netflix, you can watch it right now!

Re: What have you been watching? (DVD or Films on TV)

PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2008 12:36 am
by havocSchultz
burlivesleftnut wrote:Just saw Swedish boarding school film "Evil". Fucking off the nut. Can't recommend it enough. And if you have Netflix, you can watch it right now!



Is this the film...?

If so, the Swedish title of Ondskan sounds even cooler...
Also, if so, then apparently it was directed by Mikael Håfström...who directed Derailed (I haven't seen) and 1408 (I have seen...and kinda enjoyed...)
I only read the first couple of lines about it at imdb...sounds like the type of film you don't want to know much about beforehand...

Re: What have you been watching? (DVD or Films on TV)

PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2008 12:49 am
by burlivesleftnut
That's it! And apparently, judging by those posters, it stars Hayden Christiansen! I had no idea! See it. It's tres dark and surprising in all the right ways. Plus it serves as a brutal commentary on how post war Europe didn't quite shed the snakeskin of Naziism as we would like to believe.

Re: What have you been watching? (DVD or Films on TV)

PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2008 1:05 am
by havocSchultz
burlivesleftnut wrote:That's it! And apparently, judging by those posters, it stars Hayden Christiansen! I had no idea! See it. It's tres dark and surprising in all the right ways. Plus it serves as a brutal commentary on how post war Europe didn't quite shed the snakeskin of Naziism as we would like to believe.



Haha...

Image

Unknowingly recommending a film with Hayden in it would be evil...

I'll keep an eye out for it though...

Swedes rule!

Re: What have you been watching? (DVD or Films on TV)

PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2008 3:22 am
by Tyrone_Shoelaces
Thank you.

Re: What have you been watching? (DVD or Films on TV)

PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2008 5:06 am
by caruso_stalker217
Watched MUNICH again. Normally this would lead to one of my psychotic rants about CRASH winning Best Picture, but I did that earlier. Needless to say, fuck that piece of shit. Even the Clooney movie was better.

Anyway, MUNICH is some really great shit. And it makes KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL a little more depressing.

Re: What have you been watching? (DVD or Films on TV)

PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2008 1:22 pm
by Al Shut
burlivesleftnut wrote:Just saw Swedish boarding school film "Evil". Fucking off the nut. Can't recommend it enough. And if you have Netflix, you can watch it right now!


Damn, that recommendation came one day too late. It was on tv yesteray :(