The Zone's 2007 Movie Journal

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Postby Pacino86845 on Fri Aug 31, 2007 6:45 pm

Well what the hell do I know, eh? If you really got a kick out of it, maybe you should still give it another go. Maybe you'll still like it!

This reminds me of something... Things I Hate About Switzerland:

#51 DVDs for foreign language films will often come with only German-dubbed or German-subtitled options. I just happened to come across Tears of the Black Tiger, a film I'd been meaning to watch since your (and Brother Brock's) hearty recommendations, but the fuckin' DVD was the German version!!! I don't know what's been happening here lately, but it used to be that you'd have a few language options for subtitles. The box looked purty and everything, I was ready to buy it on the spot!!!! AAAARRRGGGHHH!!! That was some major geek-blue-balling right there.
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Postby Keepcoolbutcare on Fri Aug 31, 2007 7:01 pm

Pacino86845 wrote: I just happened to come across Tears of the Black Tiger, a film I'd been meaning to watch since your (and Brother Brock's) hearty recommendations


damn Swiss and their collaborations with the Nazis!

speaking of TEARS, netflix just delivered Wisit's follow-up film, the full on Thai musical extravaganza CITIZEN DOG.

W00F!
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Postby magicmonkey on Sat Sep 01, 2007 5:28 am

Ha, Geek blue balls!

My movies of last month are...

Bergman's "Shame"
Just awesome class, anti war, humanistic (in the truest sense), a statement of man's calling and dedication to art and peaceful living (the modern day monk). Awesome on screen chemistry. Artfully shot tits, sex under picnic tables, bombs, splosions, beatings, pseudo nazi's. It has it all...

Alzo, Bergman's "Through a Glass Darkly"
A feast. This is less realism with more of a theatrical bent, but its themes are no less involving, if slightly more lightweight , like um, things like incest and mental disintegration... hmmm... Still, it reminded me alot of lynch especially the furry cheeked woman in the radiator...

Worse movie has to be "Sympathy with the Devil" which charts to the recording of the eponymous song by the stones. Shot by Godard, it sucks... As a knobcheese godard ranks up there... what a fuckin waste for a wanky director, they say the English hate the French and I don't. but this gives some serious ammunition to taking up that argument... wanker.
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Postby Al Shut on Sat Sep 01, 2007 5:52 am

Pacino86845 wrote:#51 DVDs for foreign language films will often come with only German-dubbed or German-subtitled options. I just happened to come across Tears of the Black Tiger, a film I'd been meaning to watch since your (and Brother Brock's) hearty recommendations, but the fuckin' DVD was the German version!!! I don't know what's been happening here lately, but it used to be that you'd have a few language options for subtitles. The box looked purty and everything, I was ready to buy it on the spot!!!! AAAARRRGGGHHH!!! That was some major geek-blue-balling right there.


It could be worse, the dvds could be in Romansh


Best movie: The girl who leapt thorugh time (although I didn't really get the ending, probably due to emotinal retardation)

Worst: Tales of Earthsea. Bored me to tears.
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Postby Pacino86845 on Sat Sep 01, 2007 5:58 am

Al_Shut wrote:It could be worse, the dvds could be in Romansh


:shock: Do you hate me? :shock:
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Postby Al Shut on Sat Sep 01, 2007 6:00 am

Is that a trick question?
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Postby Pacino86845 on Sat Sep 01, 2007 6:03 am

Al_Shut wrote:Is that a trick question?


HAHAHAHAHHAHA. No... :oops:

Al, may all your dreams be in Romansh, see how you like it!!!! :)
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Postby tapehead on Sat Sep 01, 2007 9:36 am

magicmonkey wrote:Worse movie has to be "Sympathy with the Devil" which charts to the recording of the eponymous song by the stones. Shot by Godard, it sucks... As a knobcheese godard ranks up there... what a fuckin waste for a wanky director, they say the English hate the French and I don't. but this gives some serious ammunition to taking up that argument... wanker.


Due to sharing a house with a rabid Rolling Stones fan for several years, I'd wager I've seen almost everything put to film of them in the '60's and '70's.

Although it confounded my expectations at first, I've watched this several times and, in the right state of mind (toasted, or at least, extremely placid), thoroughly enjoyed it. Among other things it serves as a document of Brian Jones' estrangement from the group, and of the gradual evolution of this song in the studio - it tells nothing, but shows so much.

I'll admit I am a big fan of Godard, and willing to indulge a lot of the unconventional approach.
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Postby Pacino86845 on Sat Sep 01, 2007 10:54 am

Well Godard is certainly a polarizing director... I don't remember who it was that posted that clip of him at Cannes with Tarkovsky, but half the audience had cheered and the other half booed quite loudly when Godard had come on stage.
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Postby LeFlambeur on Sat Sep 01, 2007 12:09 pm

Speaking of Godard, I found an interesting short film of his from the 80's on YouTube where he talks to Woody Allen, here For all this talk of him having lost his touch after the sixties, from what I've seen his work didn't lose any of its technical verve, it only became more obscure.

The best was Man with the Movie Camera, if the Soviets did one thing right it was montage. The worst was a well regarded, but no less thoroughly emo, anime short called Voices of a Distant Star. I mean for something some guy threw together on his computer, its downright amazing, but against regular standards of judgement...
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Postby tapehead on Sat Sep 01, 2007 12:12 pm

LeFlambeur wrote:The best was Man with the Movie Camera, if the Soviets did one thing right it was montage.


Vertov was a master - fast editing, jump cuts, tracking shots - a great innovator of cinematic technique.
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Postby Keepcoolbutcare on Sat Sep 01, 2007 1:28 pm

tapehead wrote:
LeFlambeur wrote:The best was Man with the Movie Camera, if the Soviets did one thing right it was montage.


Vertov was a master - fast editing, jump cuts, tracking shots - a great innovator of cinematic technique.


my favorite critic's favorite movie.

an experimental sci-fi documentary, a visually astounding paeon to the common man, state sponsored propaganda as city symphony...

if anyone has the Ninja Tune released DVD, give me your address so I can hunt you down and kill you...
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Postby Pacino86845 on Sun Sep 02, 2007 6:41 am

Best new film of August for me was Knocked Up, and the worst was Transformers, though it could've been worse.


From May to August, the best 2007 releases I watched were:

Paprika
Zodiac
Knocked Up
Sicko
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

Honorable Mention: The Host
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Postby PF Moon Deux on Wed Sep 05, 2007 2:53 pm

Update...

EAGLE VS SHARK: Awesome! KNOCKED UP: Less so.
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Postby doglips on Wed Sep 05, 2007 7:05 pm

Pacino86845 wrote:Best new film of August for me was Knocked Up, and the worst was Transformers, though it could've been worse.


From May to August, the best 2007 releases I watched were:

Paprika
Zodiac
Knocked Up
Sicko
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

Honorable Mention: The Host


My top movie in August would have to be Inland Empire. I didn't have a worst. Fast Food Nation could have been more hard hitting, but it might get the message across to a few watchers.

May to August -

Old Joy
Inland Empire
Science of Sleep
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Postby Keepcoolbutcare on Sat Sep 08, 2007 4:03 am

buster00 wrote:August

Elizabethtown (1/10)

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (3/10)

The Good Shepherd (5/10)

Happily N'ever After (5/10)

The Last Mimzy (6/10)


are you trying to make yourself go blind?
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Postby Chilli on Sat Sep 08, 2007 4:06 am

Elizabethtown (1/10)


I had (have?) a hardcore crush on Kirsten Dunst. She actually inspired me to write a Notting Hill style script years ago called Girl On TV. But this film was so fucking awful it put me off. Like when your girlfriend tells you she wants to act, and then you find out she's been doing hardcore porn with ze Germans.
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Postby doglips on Sun Sep 09, 2007 6:26 pm

Chilli wrote:
Elizabethtown (1/10)


I had (have?) a hardcore crush on Kirsten Dunst. She actually inspired me to write a Notting Hill style script years ago called Girl On TV.


These guys pre-empted you. NSFW!
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Postby Ribbons on Sun Sep 09, 2007 6:29 pm

doglips wrote:
Chilli wrote:I had (have?) a hardcore crush on Kirsten Dunst. She actually inspired me to write a Notting Hill style script years ago called Girl On TV.


These guys pre-empted you. NSFW!


Aurrgh!
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Postby stereosforgeeks on Sun Sep 09, 2007 6:57 pm

Ribbons wrote:
doglips wrote:
Chilli wrote:I had (have?) a hardcore crush on Kirsten Dunst. She actually inspired me to write a Notting Hill style script years ago called Girl On TV.


These guys pre-empted you. NSFW!


Aurrgh!


HAHAHA
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Postby doglips on Tue Sep 11, 2007 7:25 pm

Flumm wrote:I suppose this is a good as thread as any to deflect potential favourites to other Zoners, so here's a couple extracted from my brain and put into zonery before I seep into the walls and turn to stone enitrely.


Seconds up, Emir Kusturica's Underground for doglips.

I couldn't find hide nor hair of it zonewards, apart from MM's hinted enthusiasm for Kustrica at this year's Cannes, and I don't think it's going to get airtime on British TV anytime soon, so like some sort of ...societal boundary unknown, I uneasily insist myself upon you...

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114787/

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Genuinely, dog, I feel you would get a great deal from this film, nothing short of brilliance in the performances from the three leads, truely, so much so as in my minds eye, I try to focus on one, so the other two on the periphery, insist themselves back into the center. Not in the least, and what perhaps lead me to think of you, the lead female role played by Mirjana Jokovic who more than hold's her own against the other two male leads. Watching any of them on screen, in any combination, is well worth the frames per second of your time.

The film as a whole is hard to pin down, there's a great deal of humour, but with pathos in the underneath it all, it's got a degree of the farcical, but it doesn't lift off into an oh so hilarious whimsy-fuelled flight under it's own sense of how brilliant it, quite the opposite. I'm struggling to think of a time, when humour and yet an undeniable empathy for sincerity of character was matched as well by the Coen's, Gilliam's , or Kubricks.

Comical tragedy, tragical comedy, I'm not sure which, but it's sets itself apart like few films I've watched.

I'm probably making the mistake of saying too much here, but thinking about it... I would be comfortable enough to broaden this recommendation out to Pacino and Tony, also.

I wouldn't dare to presume to know someone else's taste well enough to predict certainty this or that, and I don't often find myself with the insisting myself upon others thing, but on this occasion, I honestly think you guys would find more than a little to love...

Or at least an original journey to thinking differently.


Thanks go out to you buddy, a great recommendation.

It's not often I watch a 3 hour film and want a little more, but I could have happily watched another 15 mins of closure during the final act of this brilliant film.

The set up ( SPOILERS! Buddies Marko and Blacky (Serbian: Црни, Crni), are hard to take seriously. All they want to do is party their lives away. However, the Nazi bombing of Belgrade changes everything and the resourceful duo comes up with an ingenious plan: one will stay aboveground while the other goes underground. The arrangement represents an ideal opportunity for all concerned: Blacky, his wife and the rest of their friends and neighbours will be protected from the chaos above, while Marko and Natalija (Blacky's sometime mistress, later Marko's wife) will sell the weapons they're making below. Everyone will share in the profits.
However, Marko neglects to mention to Blacky and the rest of the subterranean families that the Second World War has ended and he makes a profit on the black market selling the weapons. In the second part of the film, set in the early 1960s, Blacky, with his son Jovan emerge from underground; believing WWII is still on, they kill the lead 'Nazi' on the set of a film dramatising Blacky's own exploits twenty years earlier. In the manhunt Jovan drowns but Blacky escapes. The final section, set in 1992 at the height of the Yugoslav wars, sees Blacky as an embittered yet still patriotic warlord; he inadvertently orders the execution of Marko and Natalija who are still making a living as war profiteers, running guns for the various factions. In a surreal ending, all friends and family, living and dead, are reunited at Jovan’s wedding.
) is ingenious and even though you know you are having metaphors rammed down your throat, knowing actually makes the point of them a lot more poignant, even without any real historical knowledge of the hand dealt to Yugoslavia since World War 2.

The mix of genre's Kustrica juggles successfully is testament to his obvious skill as a director. Swerving between comedy, surrealism and crushing drama is no mean feet and the film never gets away from him.

Really enjoyed this, cheers Flumm!
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Postby justcheckin on Sat Sep 15, 2007 10:50 pm

Best two rentals for me this month. Fur and Perfume... both not anywhere near my top lists of "have to sees" but I liked them very much.
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Postby Chilli on Sun Sep 16, 2007 5:55 am

stereosforgeeks wrote:
Ribbons wrote:
doglips wrote:
Chilli wrote:I had (have?) a hardcore crush on Kirsten Dunst. She actually inspired me to write a Notting Hill style script years ago called Girl On TV.


These guys pre-empted you. NSFW!


Aurrgh!


HAHAHA


Sadly, that WAS where the title came from. :P
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Postby doglips on Tue Sep 25, 2007 6:06 pm

Anyone else seen Jindabyne? Watched it over the weekend and was very impressed. Some of it needs discussing though, just wondered who else had caught it?
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Postby Pacino86845 on Wed Sep 26, 2007 3:44 am

Oh I'd been meaning to catch it but it came and went in the theater... I'd liked director Ray Lawrence's previous film, Lantana, and tonally at least it seems that Jindabyne is quite similar.
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Postby doglips on Wed Sep 26, 2007 3:57 am

It raises some great questions about the male psyche and the part that plays in a married relationship. Small town/close family social quirks are painted with verve too. Amazing performance from Laura Linney ( possibly oscar worthy? I think so ), Gabriel Byrne is good too, as are the supporting cast.

I thought one end sequence was over-sentimental in comparison to the rest of the movie and one kinda loose end was puzzling but the tale was told and I took it to be an open ending for the movie and relationship concerned.

The whole movie looks beautiful.
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Postby tapehead on Wed Sep 26, 2007 3:58 am

Pacino86845 wrote: I'd liked director Ray Lawrence's previous film, Lantana, and tonally at least it seems that Jindabyne is quite similar.


Agreed - I haven't managed to watch 'Jindabyne' yet, but friends tell me it is quite similar... with an over abundance of shots of Australian Bushlands. Lawrence's first film, 'Bliss', based on the Peter Carey novel (Carey also co-wrote the screeplay), is also worth watching - it's also one of the oddest films you might ever see. If you're interested in tracking it down, make sure you get the director's cut that's 130 minutes long.
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Postby doglips on Wed Sep 26, 2007 4:00 am

PS, Pacino....

I saw The Devil's Backbone for the first time last week and thought it was a very good film. A question - why make Pan's when it turns out to be a poor cousin ( IMO! ) to this movie? The story dynamics are virtually the same. Anyway, good flick.
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Postby Ribbons on Wed Sep 26, 2007 4:06 am

doglips wrote:I saw The Devil's Backbone for the first time last week and thought it was a very good film. A question - why make Pan's when it turns out to be a poor cousin ( IMO! ) to this movie? The story dynamics are virtually the same.


Still haven't seen The Devil's Backbone all the way through, but I want to. I think Del Toro explains how he sees Pan's as a different riff on the same theme in the beginning of that movie's commentary; I don't really remember the specifics because it involves details from Backbone that were kind of lost on me.
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Postby Pacino86845 on Wed Sep 26, 2007 4:09 am

tapehead wrote:Lawrence's first film, 'Bliss', based on the Peter Carey novel (Carey also co-wrote the screeplay), is also worth watching - it's also one of the oddest films you might ever see. If you're interested in tracking it down, make sure you get the director's cut that's 130 minutes long.


Noted, thanks for the recommendation!

doglips wrote:PS, Pacino....

I saw The Devil's Backbone for the first time last week and thought it was a very good film. A question - why make Pan's when it turns out to be a poor cousin ( IMO! ) to this movie? The story dynamics are virtually the same. Anyway, good flick.


HAHAHA, I feel the exact same way!! Devil's Backbone is Del Toro's best film, and the most underrated one as well! He probably did Pan's 'cause no one paid attention to Devil's Backbone, and probably because Blade II and Hellboy made his audience base grow enough that people did start to pay attention to his films.

It's a shame really, 'cause I find Devil's Backbone to be a lot more elegant and subtle than Pan's (which was good, don't get me wrong).
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Postby Pacino86845 on Wed Sep 26, 2007 4:11 am

Ribbons wrote:I think Del Toro explains how he sees Pan's as a different riff on the same theme in the beginning of that movie's commentary; I don't really remember the specifics because it involves details from Backbone that were kind of lost on me.


If you watch it things will clear up. The similarities are pretty obvious, so much so that you can use the situation to become a film snob and start calling Pan's "just a remake of Devil's Backbone for the common people." :)
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Postby Ribbons on Wed Sep 26, 2007 4:18 am

<--- PWNT :oops:
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Postby Pacino86845 on Wed Sep 26, 2007 4:19 am

Now that you are broken, JOIN US!!! BECOME A SNOB!!!!
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Postby Ribbons on Wed Sep 26, 2007 4:20 am

I love Big Brother!
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Postby tapehead on Wed Sep 26, 2007 4:34 am

Pacino86845 wrote:
Ribbons wrote:I think Del Toro explains how he sees Pan's as a different riff on the same theme in the beginning of that movie's commentary; I don't really remember the specifics because it involves details from Backbone that were kind of lost on me.


If you watch it things will clear up. The similarities are pretty obvious, so much so that you can use the situation to become a film snob and start calling Pan's "just a remake of Devil's Backbone for the common people." :)


What? so Del Toro has ripped-off "The Spirit of the Beehive" twice?

/ultra-snob.
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Postby Pacino86845 on Wed Sep 26, 2007 4:35 am

HAHAHHA, I bow down to you sir, I've not yet seen The Spirit of the Beehive!!!
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Postby Keepcoolbutcare on Sat Sep 29, 2007 5:14 pm

justcheckin wrote:120. Fur****


i think you might've mentioned this in What Have You Been Watching, but could you elucidate further on why you gave it such a high rating?

i haven't seen it, but every single review I read bashed the hell out of it, so I'm curious as to your thoughts...

LeFlambeur wrote:Curse of the Golden Flower (2)
A Better Tommorow II (1)
The Bride with White Hair (1)
Once Upon a Time in China II (2)
Once a Thief (1)
Seven Swords (0)
Azumi (0)
Hero* (4)
Five Deadly Venoms (0)
36th Chamber of Shaolin (1)
Infernal Affairs 2 (2)
Infernal Affairs 3 (2)
Full Contact (0)


while I won't argue the dreadfulness that was 7 SWORDS, the rest...

:shock:

:shock: ed, I emote!

you should 'prolly cease watching HK action flicks, but have you tried Tsui Hark's masterpiece PEKING OPERA BLUES yet? Or King Hu's A TOUCH OF ZEN?
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Postby LeFlambeur on Sun Sep 30, 2007 11:49 am

Keepcoolbutcare wrote:
LeFlambeur wrote:Curse of the Golden Flower (2)
A Better Tommorow II (1)
The Bride with White Hair (1)
Once Upon a Time in China II (2)
Once a Thief (1)
Seven Swords (0)
Azumi (0)
Hero* (4)
Five Deadly Venoms (0)
36th Chamber of Shaolin (1)
Infernal Affairs 2 (2)
Infernal Affairs 3 (2)
Full Contact (0)


while I won't argue the dreadfulness that was 7 SWORDS, the rest...

:shock:

:shock: ed, I emote!

you should 'prolly cease watching HK action flicks, but have you tried Tsui Hark's masterpiece PEKING OPERA BLUES yet? Or King Hu's A TOUCH OF ZEN?


Allow me to explain myself. First of all, a 2 isn't a bad thing for me, its essentially a recommendation. As for the John Woo films, the first one I saw was the Killer, and since then, none of them (not even Hard Boiled) have lived up to that first experience, which I would probably give a 5. I've already discussed my complaints about Once a Thief and ABTII so I'll move on. The Bride with White Hair was beautifully photographed, but for me it pushed its histronics to the point of grotesque, and the narrative was so abstracted, that I ceased to care on an emotional level, which I think I was supposed to. Seven Swords probably wasn't the otherwise talented Tsui Hark's fault, I'm going to blame the Weinsteins for that one, although the action coverage in the film doesn't live up to his work in the Once Upon a Time in China series. Azumi had a couple of good sequences, but never lived up to the hyperkinetic/psychotic giddyness of Kitamura's first film Versus. Everything since then that has required him to deal with actual charachters and plots, he has proven himself completly inept. I can't remember what my problem was with Five Deadly Venoms. The Infernal Affairs trilogy, as a trilogy, becomes more than the sum of its parts, each of the sequal films on their own constitute a 2 rating. And lastly, Full Contact, was a case of 3 great sequences, and alot of filler. I just couldn't get into its ultra macho 80's-metal sense of style, it just came across as ridiculous. It never really trancends its pulp origins the way that say, The Killer did. The end was brilliant though. If I was just grading on that, it would have scored higher.

I haven't seen Peking Opera Blues or A Touch of Zen yet, but it is on my list of things to do. Believe it or not, I often enjoy HK action films, on bad days in spite of their flaws, on good days because of them, and on great days because those flaws don't exist in the movie.
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Postby Keepcoolbutcare on Sun Sep 30, 2007 4:26 pm

LeFlambeur wrote:Seven Swords probably wasn't the otherwise talented Tsui Hark's fault, I'm going to blame the Weinsteins for that one, although the action coverage in the film doesn't live up to his work in the Once Upon a Time in China series.


nah, that was all Tsui, I'm sad to say. He's a maddeningly inconsistent filmmaker, even in some of his best works certain things appeared rushed, or poorly thought out.

but try Tsui's THE BLADE, his turbo charged remake of THE ONE ARMED SWORDSMAN, if you can find it. His answer to WKW's ASHES OF TIME, intensely homoerotic, the framing device of the young girls narration makes it enjoyably elliptical, and the last 20minutes contain some of the greatest action scenes I've ever seen.

I think you'll really enjoy PEKING OPERA BLUES, 'prolly my favorite HK flick of all time. Gender roles called into question (bear in mind Tsui wanted the protagonists of THE KILLER to be female), political commentary, another awe-inspiring perf from Briggite Lin...fuck it, here's a great quote...

Howard Hampton wrote:Still unsurpassed, Tsui Hark recapitulates nearly the whole history of cinema - from slapstick farce to tragic heroism - in one gleeful, manic burst of inspiration. The last 20minutes are so exhilarating, it's as though your entire moviegoing life flashed before your eyes."
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Postby LeFlambeur on Sun Sep 30, 2007 7:16 pm

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LeFlambeur wrote:Seven Swords probably wasn't the otherwise talented Tsui Hark's fault, I'm going to blame the Weinsteins for that one, although the action coverage in the film doesn't live up to his work in the Once Upon a Time in China series.


nah, that was all Tsui, I'm sad to say. He's a maddeningly inconsistent filmmaker, even in some of his best works certain things appeared rushed, or poorly thought out.

but try Tsui's THE BLADE, his turbo charged remake of THE ONE ARMED SWORDSMAN, if you can find it. His answer to WKW's ASHES OF TIME, intensely homoerotic, the framing device of the young girls narration makes it enjoyably elliptical, and the last 20minutes contain some of the greatest action scenes I've ever seen.

I think you'll really enjoy PEKING OPERA BLUES, 'prolly my favorite HK flick of all time. Gender roles called into question (bear in mind Tsui wanted the protagonists of THE KILLER to be female), political commentary, another awe-inspiring perf from Briggite Lin...fuck it, here's a great quote...

Howard Hampton wrote:Still unsurpassed, Tsui Hark recapitulates nearly the whole history of cinema - from slapstick farce to tragic heroism - in one gleeful, manic burst of inspiration. The last 20minutes are so exhilarating, it's as though your entire moviegoing life flashed before your eyes."


The trick is finding that stuff. My go to source Netflix doesn't have Peking Opera Blues, but I've been keeping my eyes open. The Howard Hampton quote has me extra stoked, he's one of my favorite film critics, would you happen to have a link?
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Postby Keepcoolbutcare on Sun Sep 30, 2007 7:24 pm

LeFlambeur wrote:The trick is finding that stuff. My go to source Netflix doesn't have Peking Opera Blues, but I've been keeping my eyes open. The Howard Hampton quote has me extra stoked, he's one of my favorite film critics, would you happen to have a link?


ditto on the Hampton love!

nah, pulled that quote from a book. HH is one of the people who got me really into HK flicks in the first place; read an article of his in Film Comment way back when (about Ching-Sui Tung & Tsui) and he really opened my eyes to some cinematic wonders.
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Postby Pacino86845 on Mon Oct 01, 2007 4:54 am

September was a very decent month for watching movies.

Discovered some "old" gems for the first time: The Straight Story, Stripes, Blood Simple... rewatched some favs: Kingdom of Heaven (a minor masterpiece, I say!!), Bowfinger, The Way of the Gun (this was good, but not as awesome as I remembered), The Boxer (even lesser Jim Sheridan is good Jim Sheridan)...

For 2007 releases Persepolis and Hallam Foe were aces, with an honorable mention going to The Bourne Ultimatum.

The stinker of the month, and possibly of the year ( this year's Firewall? ):

Breach = vomit.
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Postby godzillasushi on Mon Oct 01, 2007 12:22 pm

Well, Knocked Up was the best movie I saw in September. Death Proof was pretty good. I mean, it's a strong movie. Just not the greatest thing ever.

Worst movie I saw was Wild Hogs and I could have done a lot worse. The movie is very ALF but still somewhat watchable. There are worse movies...
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Postby stereosforgeeks on Mon Oct 01, 2007 12:25 pm

Best movie I saw for the first time this month was Underground.

Worst movie was The Bird with the Crystal Plumage
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Postby Nachokoolaid on Wed Oct 03, 2007 2:23 am

I've been really busy, so I never chimed in with my picks for Sept.

Best: Instead of choosing Pulp Fiction for the third time or so, I'll go with something new and say Black Snake Moan.

Worst: My Super-Ex Girlfriend. While I've seen worse, I'm just not a really a Luke Wilson fan.
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Postby doglips on Wed Oct 03, 2007 4:21 am

stereosforgeeks wrote:Best movie I saw for the first time this month was Underground.


Me too, fantastic film.

Jindabyne and Perfume are the runners up. Worst movie was Creep - drivel.
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Postby Pacino86845 on Wed Oct 03, 2007 4:32 am

I'll have to rewatch Underground... believe it or not, I can barely remember any of it, especially the second half. It's been a while!
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Postby doglips on Wed Oct 03, 2007 4:39 am

Flumm recommended that I watch it. ( Where are you dammit! )

It's been a while since I've seen such a complete movie - the 3 hour running time is used to it's full potential, great performances, vision and metaphor.
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Postby Pacino86845 on Wed Oct 03, 2007 5:34 am

Well if you want other Kusturica recommendations, there's the obvious cult classic Arizona Dream, but a couple of his earlier films have received particular acclaim: The Time of the Gypsies, and When Father Was Away on Business.

And if you get through those and are still hungering for more, Black Cat, White Cat is a recent gem.

Personally, I enjoyed Life is a Miracle, but with that one people really started to complain of Kusturica's treading worn ground.
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Postby stereosforgeeks on Wed Oct 03, 2007 9:55 am

doglips wrote:
stereosforgeeks wrote:Best movie I saw for the first time this month was Underground.


Me too, fantastic film.

Jindabyne and Perfume are the runners up. Worst movie was Creep - drivel.


Jindabyne was good but I just kept thinking of the parts in Short Cuts that dealt with the same story.
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