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Postby The Ginger Man on Fri Jan 19, 2007 12:05 pm

silentbobafett wrote:Wow GInger... controversial rating for The Seven Samurai. I totally respect you for putting it out there.

What made you give it 5 our of 10... which really is pretty low! :-)


hehehe, thanks SBF. We've been discussing my views on the film here:

http://zone.aintitcool.com/viewtopic.php?t=44298&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=50

And while 5 out of 10 may seem really low, I don't agree with the modern 1-10 rating system where 7 is considered average or o.k. 5/10 for me means I liked about 50% of the film...it wasn't shit but it also wasnt anything special.
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Postby Nachokoolaid on Fri Jan 19, 2007 7:16 pm

Anyone else seen the film BUG? I rated it a 7/10, but I almost gave it an 8. I thought it might be cliched at first, but it really seems to have a heart, and I thought it was witty and fun. The performances were fairly solid, and I was entertained. And Jamie Kennedy didn't make me vomit, for once.
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Postby Keepcoolbutcare on Fri Jan 19, 2007 7:27 pm

WinslowLeach wrote: 29. MASTER OF THE FLYING GUILLOTINE (1976) Directed by Jimmy Wang Yu. One of the best martial arts films ever made! Kam Kang is Fung Sheng Wu Chi, a blind man whos also a master of the flying guillotine (a weapon you have to see to believe!). Hes out to avenge the deaths of his pupils: Chow Lung and Chow Fu after they are killed by a mysterious one armed man. Fung goes looking for the one armed man only to find out theres many one armed men around. Fung doesnt care, hes going down the line terminating each one, even the innocents! This film has some of the coolest fight sequences put on film featuring styles ranging from Monkey Fu, Eagles Claw, Thai Boxing and even Yoga style with a fighter whos arm amazingly extend several feet!! (No CGI Needed!) If you love kung fu films, this one is a must see/own! 5 out of 5 stars.


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man, I was going to write you off based upon your love of Supes Returns, but with your top-10 and now this?

impressive. most impressive.

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Meh

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thank you! thank you! thank you! i felt like i was going crazy hearing all these people being like "Oh my God, Fuck me Hard, that was TOTALLY AWESOME DUUUUUDE." *looks around side to side and slumps down in chair*


I still have brain to my damage from that...

Pacino86845 wrote:Shortbus 8/10


review?

please?
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Postby John-Locke on Fri Jan 19, 2007 9:16 pm

Nachokoolaid wrote:Anyone else seen the film BUG? I rated it a 7/10, but I almost gave it an 8. I thought it might be cliched at first, but it really seems to have a heart, and I thought it was witty and fun. The performances were fairly solid, and I was entertained. And Jamie Kennedy didn't make me vomit, for once.


I saw it last year in the London Film Festival, It was most impressive on the big screen and just as importantly with the cinema sound, strong visuals, great sound design and extremely memorable performances especially from Ashley Judd who I'm surprised isn't an Oscar contender.

Jamie Kennedy was not in the film in any way, shape or form though.
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Postby Brocktune on Fri Jan 19, 2007 9:20 pm

i could have sworn bug was supposed to come out back in december. but i dont remember seeing it come out. bummer, i was looking forward to seeing it.
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Postby John-Locke on Fri Jan 19, 2007 9:22 pm

If you get a chance to see it in a cinema, do it, it'll be good on DVD but nowhere near the same experience.
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Postby Brocktune on Fri Jan 19, 2007 9:25 pm

i just hope that they pushed the release date back, instead of the more likely possibility that they released it in a small handful of theaters, and with no advertising, causing it to tank faster than Artie Lange's Beer League. i will have to do some research.
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Postby Brocktune on Fri Jan 19, 2007 9:32 pm

well, according to the message boards at imdb, it is to be released here on april 13th.
wow.

after the horrorfest, fandango had Bug listed with a relesae date of December 29th.

fuckers.
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Postby Wolfpack on Fri Jan 19, 2007 9:47 pm

January 14: Children of Men (9/10)
February 3: King Kong (2005) (7/10)
February 18: Breach (9/10)
February 25: Little Miss Sunshine (8/10)
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Postby Brocktune on Sat Jan 20, 2007 4:49 pm

DaleTremont wrote:Pandora's Box ["There is no Garbo. There is no Dietrich. There is only Louise Brooks."]


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Postby silentbobafett on Mon Jan 22, 2007 6:51 am

Apologies to all... changes have been made :-)
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Postby Nachokoolaid on Wed Jan 24, 2007 8:21 pm

bastard_robo, (or anyone else that's seen it) I notice you saw Arthur and the Invisibles. What was it like? I dig a decent animation flick every once in a while, and it looked sort of different.
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Postby Keepcoolbutcare on Wed Jan 24, 2007 8:35 pm

DaleTremont wrote:
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Meh

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thank you! thank you! thank you! i felt like i was going crazy hearing all these people being like "Oh my God, Fuck me Hard, that was TOTALLY AWESOME DUUUUUDE." *looks around side to side and slumps down in chair*


Carnahan makes films like Pollock painted...if Pollock were a ADHD speedfreak, that is.

It has some good moments and some fun characters, but it's way too derivative (Keyser Söze!) for my liking...
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Postby bastard_robo on Thu Jan 25, 2007 6:48 am

Nachokoolaid wrote:bastard_robo, (or anyone else that's seen it) I notice you saw Arthur and the Invisibles. What was it like? I dig a decent animation flick every once in a while, and it looked sort of different.


I enjoyed it. I was having a bad day and wanted to see something to lift my spirits. And it did just that.

My only quip with the film is that it feels a bit choppy during the ANIMATED sceens (like it was edited poorly) and the american voices go out of the way to put in SHREAK-Like Dialog. There were a hell of a lot of famous voice in this thing though, and it's left open for more movies to come..

Luc Besson proves that even his weakest films are still worth watching.

I'd like to see the original French version and see what got changed in the dialog department.

I would at least recommend a sunday matinee though.
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Postby Nachokoolaid on Fri Jan 26, 2007 7:37 pm

Just a reminder for everyone to have fun, but be careful with the SPOILERS.

This thread isn't quite as lively as I thought it would be.

And thanks for that little recommendation bastard. I'll probaly check it out on DVD.
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Postby Lord Voldemoo on Fri Jan 26, 2007 8:45 pm

Make way for Moo!

Ok, very late to the party but I'm in.

I'm not going to include anything I've seen up til now because I've found that unless I post something about a film right away, my thoughts on it become muddled. For some, time for reflection on a film is a good thing, but I prefer noting my gut reaction.

EDIT: Damn I suck at this, I need to insert a few movies soon...

Movies previously seen in bold.

My categories (to be filled in)

SALTLICK (truly excellent)


MOOTASTIC (very, very good)


FIT FOR BOVINE CONSUMPTION (good, above average)


MEHMOOO (average or a little below)
-Flags of our Fathers. I read the book and enjoyed it. I typically love Eastwood's movies but this film just didn't resonate with me. Everything going on back in the states with the War Bonds tour felt very heavy handed (Ok, you're conflicted about being called a hero, I GET IT!). The actual battle scenes were interesting but disjointed. Acting was ok. I'm looking forward to seeing Letters From Iwo Jima as a counterpoint.


COWPATTY (well below average)
-The Covenant. Holy bejesus is this bad, the acting, the writing, the story, pretty much everything. A friend of mine made me watch it, I swears. The only thing that keeps this from being in the bottom category is that there are a couple of hot chicks in it and the fact that giving it the MST3K treatment was kinda fun. Award for worst word used in film: "Wiaaatch" (like Biaaatch, but y'know, witch)


I'D RATHER BE MILKED BY KIRKS (absolute fucking agony)
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Postby Nachokoolaid on Fri Jan 26, 2007 11:26 pm

I think people are just doing this to put their custom rankings on there, and "films be damned!"

Nice custom rankings, by the way.
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Postby Brocktune on Fri Jan 26, 2007 11:43 pm

im actually keeping up with mine.

i think this thread is a great idea. when 2008 looms large on the horizon, it will be cool to go back and look at every movie i watched this year.
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Postby Nachokoolaid on Sat Jan 27, 2007 1:15 am

Brocktune wrote:im actually keeping up with mine.

i think this thread is a great idea. when 2008 looms large on the horizon, it will be cool to go back and look at every movie i watched this year.


Yeah, I'm keeping up with mine too. I try to see if there are any patterns to the films people watch. And like you said, it's really neat to look back on at the end of the year.
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Postby bastard_robo on Sat Jan 27, 2007 1:57 am

Yeah, I like this thread, and Im using it to keep track of all the movies i've seen over the year. Dont close it!
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Postby cinephile2000 on Sat Jan 27, 2007 4:43 am

This thread rocks my socks, I'm really surprised by the amount of movies I watch. I almost feel like I need to watch more because of the unstaited competition that will most likely occur at the end of the year for the most movies watched. I can't wait to see what that numbers gonna be.
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Postby Al Shut on Sat Jan 27, 2007 6:31 am

Nachokoolaid wrote:This thread isn't quite as lively as I thought it would be.


We can't all go all Winslow, watch two movies a day and write 100words each. IMagine how this thread would look if we did :shock:
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Postby Pacino86845 on Sat Jan 27, 2007 6:48 am

I was thinking the same thing as Al, but now I added links to some of the discussions, in other parts of the Zone, of the movies I rate here.
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Postby doglips on Sat Jan 27, 2007 6:50 am

Lord Voldemoo wrote:I'D RATHER BE MILKED BY KIRKS (absolute fucking agony)


So you're going to watch X3 again??
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Postby magicmonkey on Sat Jan 27, 2007 6:55 am

Love this thread Nacho. I'm quite surprised myself at the amount of movies I watch... Then again, I don't watch Teevee other than marathon season session catchups. Just finished Twin Peaks season 1 and 2, and am presently rounding it off with "Fire Walk with Me".
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Postby RaulMonkey on Sat Jan 27, 2007 7:50 pm

Yeah, I want to say thanks for bringing this innovation to the Zone, Nacho. It's been really fun keeping track of what I watch, and it's been an educational experience having to determine rankings for everything I see.

Edit--My movie journal's now linked to off all my posts via the website button.
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Postby Lord Voldemoo on Mon Jan 29, 2007 2:23 pm

Nachokoolaid wrote:I think people are just doing this to put their custom rankings on there, and "films be damned!"

Nice custom rankings, by the way.


I've added the one film I've seen since I posted the custom rankings, so I'm keeping up...sorta. I just haven't watched much for the last week.
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Postby Nachokoolaid on Mon Jan 29, 2007 3:58 pm

cinephile2000 wrote:This thread rocks my socks, I'm really surprised by the amount of movies I watch. I almost feel like I need to watch more because of the unstaited competition that will most likely occur at the end of the year for the most movies watched. I can't wait to see what that numbers gonna be.


Oooo... it's like a contest. Seriously, it's not a contest (because who could honestly keep up with Winslow?)
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Postby cinephile2000 on Mon Jan 29, 2007 10:26 pm

I'm to 37 just two below Winslow but magicmonkey is way ahead with 41
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Postby magicmonkey on Mon Jan 29, 2007 10:31 pm

That's magicmonkey to you!
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Postby Vegeta on Mon Jan 29, 2007 11:00 pm

thedoglippedone wrote:
Lord Voldemoo wrote:I'D RATHER BE MILKED BY KIRKS (absolute fucking agony)


So you're going to watch X3 again??


That is so funny to me...

X3 has very little feel or story change from the previous x-films... yet it is hated... by maligned folks :roll:

I think it is as good as X2 (8 out of 10) and better than X1 (6 out of 10)IMO.
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Postby magicmonkey on Mon Jan 29, 2007 11:15 pm

Vegeta wrote:
thedoglippedone wrote:
Lord Voldemoo wrote:I'D RATHER BE MILKED BY KIRKS (absolute fucking agony)


So you're going to watch X3 again??


That is so funny to me...

X3 has very little feel or story change from the previous x-films... yet it is hated... by maligned folks :roll:

I think it is as good as X2 (8 out of 10) and better than X1 (6 out of 10)IMO.


I think its better than two and worse than one. Altho, I've n'er read a X-Men comic.
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Postby cinephile2000 on Mon Jan 29, 2007 11:29 pm

eh better than one not two but the last twenty minitues were golden. Ratner got the whole team fight thing that never figured in the other movies.
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Postby Dark Knight on Tue Jan 30, 2007 12:35 am

Action does not make a movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Postby cinephile2000 on Tue Jan 30, 2007 1:10 am

No action does not make a move but that action was thuroughly more enjoyable than the action in the first or second x movies. I view Singer as a drama movie maker not a action movie guy.
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Postby Gloryhornet on Tue Jan 30, 2007 12:43 pm

Gloryhornet's 2007 Movie Journal

Initial viewings marked in BOLD.

January

1
The 39 Steps (1939) - 3/5
American Pie Presents Band Camp - 3/5

5
Things To Come - 2/5

6
Rocky Balboa - 4/5

7
Aeon Flux - 2/5
She's Having A Baby - 3/5

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The African Queen - 3/5

11
Alice In Wonderland - 3/5
Kill Bill Vol 1 - 4/5

14
Armour Of God - 3/5
Oh! What A Lovely War - 4/5

17
Night At The Museum - 2/5

18
Deja Vu - 4/5

21
Connie And Carla - 3/5
Cheaper By The Dozen - 3/5
Pan's Labyrinth - 4/5

22
Rocky Balboa - 4/5

26
The Banger Sisters - 3/5
The Haunted Mansion - 2/5
Cheaper By The Dozen 2 - 2/5
The Devil Wears Prada - 3/5

29
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective - 3/5
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Postby WinslowLeach on Tue Jan 30, 2007 12:53 pm

I'm not trying to win any contest at all. I'm just doing what I'd do if I still had a blog. Hopefully i can keep going for the rest of the year steadily.
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Postby cinephile2000 on Wed Jan 31, 2007 10:37 am

I'm not really trying to win a contest it's just the awarness that having this list gives me makes me want to watch more movies.
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Postby Holer on Wed Jan 31, 2007 3:01 pm

My name is Holer and it's encouraging to know that there are so many people who watch way more movies than I do...

January 2007

Last Train from Gun Hill - This is how remakes should be done. Take the basic premise from '3:10 to Yuma' and work it into a different story, pitting Kirk Douglas against Tony Quinn in a showdown over the fate of a whiny, unrepentant Earl Holiman. "But Pa, she was just a Squaw!" Classic stuff.

The Indian Fighter - Great double feature with above. Kirk Douglas leads a wagon train across the prairie and confronts prejudice and greed as he tries to screw a beautiful French girl made up to look like an indian. Ahhh Hollywood!

Brick - Interesting experiment in modern Noir but a bit to High School Drama Department precocious to really work. Lucas Haas steals the show as the Pin though. Worth seeing just for him.

Beerfest - I started drinking five minutes into this and it did get funnier, the drunker I got. If you've got a roomful of people playing quarters, it's probably hilarious. Otherwise, pass.

Ice Station Zebra - This gets pretty silly and melodramatic by the end, but the first two thirds of the movie is a crackerjack submarine thriller for those that like this sort of thing. Anytime you've got someone like Ernest Borgnine doing a crazy accent, it's worth taking a look.

Run Silent, Run Deep - Double Feature with 'Ice Station', a classic submariner pitting Burt Lancaster against Clark Gable in the ultimate mission to sink 'Bungo Pete'. With Tige Andrews, Don Rickles and Jack Warden as Kraut!

Curse of the Golden Flower - I'm still scratching my head over the ending but old Zhang Mi whatever delivers another sumptuous feast for the eyes. This movie positively shimmers and there are lots of nice breast shots too. Yummy!

Marathon Man - I'm going to go out on a limb and say this was the best '70's movie of the bunch. The dental torture scenes are squirm worthy and they don't even show anything. Lesson there. A great film that really holds up. Whatever happened to Marthe Keller anyway?

The Seven-Ups - Part of Roy Schieder double with Marathon Man. This feels like they decided to make another movie with all the guys from The French Connection, except Hackman. Plays like an episode of 'Toma', but without Tony Musante. Could be a chicken/egg thing. Hm.

Crank - Take the classic noir film 'DOA' and give it a shot of pure adrenaline. I thought this movie was absolutely screwy and hugely entertaining. That Transporter guy is the real deal.

Sergeant York - Okay this is really one of my alltime favorites, but I saw the restored release this month, so I can mention it. You just can't beat Gary Cooper going from drunken hellraiser to conscientious objector. He and Walter Brennan made one of the great teams in all of cinema.

The Fountainhead - Coop double pt. 2. Finally got to see this and it was worth the wait. A very quirky film with a very pointed agenda about individual effort but very compelling just the same. Made me want to read the book.

Behold a Pale Horse - A great, grimy little 'international' flick with Gregory Peck as a world weary Spanish freedom fighter and Anthony Quinn as the corrupt police captain trying to lure him into a trap, when he isn't rolling around with some woman. Very low key and satisfying. Would make a good double bill with 'For Whom the Bell Tolls'.

The Proposition - Holer's pick of the month. A brutal, stoic western touched by a kind of magic. Ray Winstone and Guy Pearce both do solid work here. Dreamy, intense, violent and wryly funny. By far the best movie I've seen in a long time.

February 2007

Ring of Fear - Could this be John Wayne's 'Santa Sangre'?!? Plenty of technicolor footage of the Clyde Beatty circus surounds a slim story about an Irish Psychopath who retruns to a traveling circus to get revenge on nearly everyone. He is so obvious in his villainy, it's hard to understand why Mickey Spillane (as himself!) takes so long to piece it all together. With lots of scary clowns lurking in the background, harboring murderous secrets of their own, no doubt.

Jarhead - Hmmm. Second Sam Menses film in a row depicting women as treacherous whores and men as macho adolescents with repressed homosexual urges. Man porn without the penetration, I theenk.

Black Hawk Down - Starring every upcoming Hollywood hunk they could find. What starts as a Hoorah Marine Recruiting poster, replete with requisite classic rock soundtrack quickly degenerates into a grim retelling of one of the great clusterf*cks of all time. And you just know Ridley Scott did it this way on purpose. All I could think about was those poor bastards in Iraq.

Track of the Cat - Wonderfully strange movie version of the frontier classic by Walter Van Tilburg Clark, about a dysfunctional pioneer family and the hardships they face in the harsh Sierra Nevada winter. With Robert Mitchum as the no nonsense hunter of the mythical title creature.

Intolerable Cruelty - I guess I watched this again just to confirm that it was the second worst Coen Brothers movie ever, after 'Ladykillers'. I'm still hoping that they just ran out of gas and needed a recharge. This one is cute, but so obviously someone elses work. I pray for the future.

Deadly Outlaw Rekka - First rate Takashi Miike actioner with Rikki Takeuchi as an old-school Yakuza who insists on avenging his boss's death even though the rival gangs want to sit around and play politics. Nice to see that Miike can make compelling, thoroughly transgressive crime drama without the excessive gore or scatalogical fetishism that makes much of his work so disturbing.

Down Argentine Way - Carmen Miranda gets top billing but only appears in one number and Betty Grable, America's sweetheart, has all the modern appeal of a lumbering ox. Still, I'm a sucker for old Latin musicals, and in that regard this does not disappoint.

Five Minutes to Live - Cheap, lurid melodrama with Johnny Cash as a psycho killer, who's weird dramatic decisions make him all the more convincing. Johnny terrorizes the wife of a banker at the behest of a scheming Vic Tayback. With Merle Travis and little Ronnie Howard as Johnny's Achilles heel. Classic exploitation cinema!

Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World - I guess the term 'Social Satire' can make something sound a little stiff or heavy handed but nobody does them like Albert Brooks. This is a sweet, funny film that still manages to get the message across that these are some pretty f*cked up times we are living in these days. The comedy concert is hilarious too.
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Postby WinslowLeach on Wed Jan 31, 2007 3:02 pm

Good stuff Holer! Keep the flow goin dude! :)
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Postby godzillasushi on Wed Jan 31, 2007 3:06 pm

Nice Holer.

I read that Ice Station Zebra was playing on a loop in Howard Hughes' house during the years before his death. Ive always wanted to see that movie just out of curiosity but its not easy to find.
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Postby colonel_lugz on Wed Jan 31, 2007 3:09 pm

godzillasushi wrote:Nice Holer.

I read that Ice Station Zebra was playing on a loop in Howard Hughes' house during the years before his death. Ive always wanted to see that movie just out of curiosity but its not easy to find.



It's on TV over here so much, I must have wathed it at least 3 times last year. I really like it, deffinatly worth getting hold of
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Postby godzillasushi on Wed Jan 31, 2007 3:11 pm

colonel_lugz wrote:
godzillasushi wrote:N ice Holer.

I read that Ice Station Zebra was playing on a loop in Howard Hughes' house during the years before his death. Ive always wanted to see that movie just out of curiosity but its not easy to find.



It's on TV over here so much, I must have wathed it at least 3 times last year. I really like it, deffinatly worth getting hold of


Wait, then is it even an American film?
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Postby colonel_lugz on Wed Jan 31, 2007 3:15 pm

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Postby WinslowLeach on Wed Jan 31, 2007 3:18 pm

Its on TCM every once in awhile.
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Postby Holer on Wed Jan 31, 2007 3:25 pm

I found 'Ice Station' in the discount bin at Walmart. My friend and I have a loose competition to see how many cool movies we can find on DVD for 8 bucks or less. It's amazing how many films are being 'dumped' due to the onset of HD or whatever.

I also picked 'The Man Who Would be King' out of the bin, which I remember loving as a kid, but it really didn't hold up for me. I found it kind of tedious after awhile, like it couldn't sustain the energy. That's rare for me too because I could watch Sean Connery eat a bowl of bran flakes and be entertained by him. Sometimes he just hams it up too much, I guess, like that awful turn in 'The Avengers'.
But I'd RATHER watch another movie...
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Postby brent_watches_movies on Wed Jan 31, 2007 4:38 pm

Brent_Watches_Movies in 2007

Grading is 0-5 with 5 being a perfect movie, 1 being awful and 0 meaning my fist has a strong desire to meet a director's head.

This is how the rating works: 3 points for the story, 1 point for execution, .5 points for acting, and .5 points for "other." It factor could be anything from cinematography, amazing special effects...whatever. It's just kind of...my thing...not for everyone, but it keeps a good variety to the scores.

A heads up. I watch a LOT of horror. I try to mix in other stuff also, but quite a bit of horror.

(Date watched) Name - Theatre or Video (grade) - Comments (if any)

January
- (n/a) The Last Kiss - DVD (2.2) - Standard sad bastards film, I hate most of the character's behavior but the acting saves it from being awful.
- (n/a) Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning - DVD (1.25) - A step above awful. Horror without heart, and a bunch of completely underdeveloped victims.
- (n/a) Dead and Rotting - DVD (0) - After much thought I have declared this the worst movie I can ever remember watching. I hate this movie with everything that I am.
- (n/a) The Devil's Backbone - DVD (3.25) - Del Toro is a master at everything that TCM: The Beginning failed at. THIS is horror with heart.
- (n/a) The Woods - DVD (2.5) - Lucky McKee is...overrated. Not bad mind you, just not as great as some horror fans want you to believe.
- (n/a) Brazil - DVD (4) - Brazil is as much fun as you can have feeling bad about a world.
- (n/a) Apt Pupil - DVD (2) - eh...not good, not terrible. Good for a lazy weekend when you don't want to think too much. Which is kind of sad when you think about it because the subject matter should lend itself to a little more thought.
- (1/6) Children of Men - Theatre (4.1) - One of my favorite books somehow becomes a fantastic movie.
- (1/13) Pan's Labyrinth - Theatre (4.5) - Back to back weekends of seeing Children of Men and Pan's Labyrinth. Hooray for life.
- (1/18) Altered - DVD (3) - Above average for something that went direct to video. Eduardo Sanchez directed this (first movie he directed since The Blair Witch Project) and he proves that he has a decent sense of what makes good horror.
- (1/20) Rest Stop - DVD (2) - This could have been SOOO good, but they don't explain anything and it results in nothing making sense. The end just happens...there is no redeeming value in this. It is a cruel, heartless movie that hurts its own case for being an above average horror flick.
- (1/26) Stand By Me - DVD (3.25) - Good movie. The wife just finished reading the short story it is based on (The Body by Stephen King) and had never seen it. Enjoyable all around.
- (1/27) Malevolence - DVD (1.25) - If you watch this and don't see the big "twist" coming you havn't seen enough movies. This is every slasher movie ever made poorly redone with no real feeling...and bad acting.
- (1/28) City of Lost Children - DVD (4) - A movie with a big heart. I'm happy whenever I watch it.
- (1/29) The Departed - Theatre (4.2) - I held off for so long on seeing this because of worry that it wouldn't live up to the hype. I loved it.
- (1/30) The Proposition - DVD (3.85) - If the plot were a little more fleshed out it would be even better. On character development and cinematography it is FANTASTIC. Violent as hell, well acted. Australian cowboy movie? Hell yeah.
- (1/31) Shallow Ground - DVD (3) - For a direct to video indy horror flick this is so far above average it is hard to explain. The ending is a little "oh really?" but if you sit back and take it in it starts to make a bit of sense. As I said though, as a DTV release it is very solid. Probably the most I've ever seen a horror movie get out of a supposed $72,000 budget. Give it a rental and a try.

February
- (2/1) Wrong Turn - DVD (2.25) - This was a decent enough horror flick. It wasn't anything groundbreaking. I'm not exactly expecting Citizen Kane when I pop in a movie like Wrong Turn, I just ask to be entertained. Wrong Turn did the job well enough.
- (2/1) Pursuit of Happyness - Theatre (2.5) - Man, I really wanted this to be better than it actually was. The very good acting saved an otherwise dull treatment of a nice story. I don't feel bad having spent money to see it but I still wish I'd have gone for something else.
- (2/3) The Sentinel - DVD (3) - Not a bad movie by any means, but not so overwhelmingly good that I'd go out of my way to see it again. A solid enough way to spend some time.
- (2/6) Hollywoodland - DVD (3.8) - I really liked this. Not quite as great as I've heard from other places, but really a very good movie.
- (2/6) Jesus Camp - DVD (3.5) - Nice little documentary. Fascinating and frustrating all at the same time.
- (2/7) Assault on Precinct 13 - DVD (3.9) - This is THE ORIGINAL, not the remake. I know its a little cheesy, they don't seem to actually know how to use guns (a lot of shooting from the hip) and the acting can be a little corny. But dammit...I love this movie for how simple it is. It's pretty much just Night of the Living Dead with gangs rather than zombies. Not to mention how awesome it is that major and important decisions are made by playing "potato."
- (2/8) Smokin' Aces - Theatre (3.75) - I was shocked that I loved this movie. Judge it as what it is, it is a pure action kick in the face. Is it great? Nah. It was one of the more enjoyable movies I've seen in a while (aside from Andy Garcia's weird changing accent). I'm not really sure what the critics were expecting this to be...but they seem to have been expecting a "Best Picture" contender because a lot of them crapped all over it.
- (2/9) Unknown - DVD (2.25) - The string of above average movies ends. Sub-par treatment of a good idea.
- (2/10) Signs - DVD (5) - My favorite movie. Most people have a movie like this, that just sits so well with them that they love it despite everyone else's opinions. I usually watch it on my birthday but this year it was the day after. As far as sci-fi/horror type movies go no other touches me the same. The themes of family and faith are so strong and it is so well shot and acted that I just LOVE it. I know most people aren't as crazy about it as me, but its a personal thing I guess. The focus on a single family during a global event is more interesting to me than having to see EVERYTHING that is happening in the world. I know it isn't for everyone, but for me this is perfect.
- (2/11) It - VHS (4) - Busted out the old VHS of this. Rating it ONLY as a mini-series. It certainly isn't 4 out of 5 for a "regular movie." Very good TV mini-series though.
- (2/11) An Inconvenient Truth - DVD (4.2) - Gets high marks for being important. A well made documentary...that I honestly believe EVERYONE needs to see.
- (2/12) The Roost - DVD (2.75) - Not too bad, not too good. This had been getting a lot of hype on horror websites. The weird "lets go back and redo the ending" scene at the end of the movie takes a lot away from things...it just made me think of the "multiple ending" stuff from Waynes World.
- (2/13) Deep Rising - DVD (3) - Good fun for what it is. Action-y little sci-fi horror flick that never takes itself too seriously, with decent special effects.
- (2/13) The Hitcher - Cable (2.5) - I managed to catch this from the opening credits on Showtime...or HBO..I don't remember. I'd never actually seen it from start to finish. Nothing to write home about really, but certainly better than the remake.
- (2/14) The Quiet Man - DVD (4) - Happy Valentines Day! I have been wanting to see this for a while so I finally picked it up and have to say I was impressed by its charm. The ending strikes me as a bit on the odd side, but on the whole it was just classic movie type fun. As a side note, Maureen O'Hara was a bit of a fox back in her day.
- (2/14) Crank - DVD (2.15) - Just a little below average for me. I have a feeling if I watched it in a different mood I may have liked it more. My biggest problem is that everytime things got going good for me something happened that made me think the screenplay was written by a guy who kept going "oh...d00d that would be so craaazy." That might not make sense to the rest of you...but oh well. :)
- (2/14) Half Nelson - DVD (3.8) - Really very good movie. Considering the subject matter it never felt "preachy" or anything else that these movies tend to drift toward. Ryan Gosling really deserved his Academy Award nomination and Shareeka Epps was very impressive.
- (2/15) Mozart and the Whale - DVD (3) - Nice little film. Josh Hartnett can turn in good performances more than I'd have imagined when he was first starting out.
- (2/15) Catch A Fire - DVD (3.9) - Wow, I was shocked this was as good as it was without me having heard more hype for it. I really really enjoyed this. Check it out if you havn't already.
- (2/17) The Departed - DVD (4.2) - Not changing my rating on it. My wife wasn't with me when I saw it in the theatre so I popped in the DVD for her to check out. Just as good on second viewing.
- (2/19) Farce of the Penguins - DVD (1.5) - I was not in the mood for anything serious. I was just hoping for some funny dick and fart jokes at most from this. The problem was, most of the jokes just weren't funny. But hey, my cat really enjoyed watching all the penguins...so that's something.
- (2/21) Hustle and Flow - DVD (3.9) - Really way better than I'd have ever expected from a "pimp turns rapper" movie. I know it's not news to anyone...but seriously. Very good.
- (2/23) Fuck - DVD (3) - Very fun documentary, but a little misleading with the cuts they make to seem like there is a back and forth debate between people when they were really all interviewed apart.
- (2/24) Ring of Fire - DVD (3.75) - As a boxing fan I probably liked this more than most people. It really broke my heart.
- (2/25) The Langoliers - DVD (1.5) - It would have been an okay mini-series if not for HORRIBLE special effects and some bad acting. Bronson Pinchot was by far the star of the cast...which isn't exactly a glowing endorsement.
- (2/26) Babel - DVD (4.25) - The story was great but in execution it was a bit heavyhanded...especially when it came to the border politics. That was really the weak point of the whole film for me. Acting was simply nuts. On a side note, Rinko Kikuchi deserved the supporting actress nod.

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Postby Lyle Gorch on Wed Jan 31, 2007 6:34 pm

Holer wrote:I found 'Ice Station' in the discount bin at Walmart.


I just grabbed that last week at Best Buy for $9.99...damn.
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Postby Lyle Gorch on Wed Jan 31, 2007 7:51 pm

COOL thread...

Some cool lists posted...amazing group of films on WinslowLeach's list
(How in the hell did you screen THE DION BROTHERS...it was titled THE GRAVY TRAIN when I saw the last moments of it years ago on late night tv...I've wanted to see it in its entirety ever since.)

Some shocking posts too...
(A 5 out of 10 for "THE SEVEN SAMURAI"? Blasphemy. IMO...it's the greatest film ever made. Bar none.)

But that's what makes these discussions fun...


I'll start my list with what I've viewed since this past weekend and update it from here on out.


John Houston's "ACROSS THE PACIFIC" (1942) - 7/10

This one was a hoot. Bogart plays Rick Leland, a "disgraced" U.S. officer who leaves the country and boards a ship bound for Yokohama via the Panama Canal. On board he meets Alberta Marlow (Mary Astor) and Dr. Lorenz (Sydney Greenstreet)...and learns of a planned attack by the Japanese. Houston and company clearly are having fun with this clever spy picture. Although you have the core talent of "The Maltese Falcon" at work here, this film is nowhere the achievement that film was. But it is fun and entertaining. Best scene: The sequence in the Spanish-language movie theater.

Robert Benton's "BAD COMPANY" (1972) - 9/10

One of the great "unsung classics" of the 70's...a decade that was filled with them. A Civil War draft dodger (Barry Brown...why didn't this guy score more quality roles before his suicide in '78?) hooks up with a group of juveniles led by the charismatic Jeff Bridges (already a commanding actor at this early stage in his career). Together they trek through the west...only to find out how serious life on the run can truly be. The film is at turns violent, somber and ironic. Yet it's pitch perfect throughout. Always great seeing Geoffrey Lewis at work...but the scene stealer in this is David Huddleston as "Big Joe". Beautifully shot by Gordon Willis. I can't recommend this one enough. Seek it out.

Joe Carnahan's "SMOKIN' ACES" (2006) - 7/10

A labyrinth type plot...moments of extreme violence...and over the top characters peppered throughout. "Smokin' Aces" borrows heavily from the Tarantino school of film-making...and that's just fine with me. Although flawed (and in spite of a few scenes that just fall flat) I liked this exercise in cool. A knockout cast...highlighted by wild turns from Jeremy Piven and Jason Bateman. Two drawbacks...Andy Garcia's ever changing accent and that freakin' Ritalin-addled karate kid.

Joseph L. Mankiewicz's "HOUSE OF STRANGERS" (1949) - 7.5/10

This classy film noir tells the tale of the dysfunctional Monetti family. Edward G. Robinson plays the father Gino, a manipulating man who rules his family with an iron fist and little heart. His most faithful son is Max, played by the always watchable Richard Conte. Max takes a prison rap for his old man...and while locked up, his brothers force controlling interest of the bank away from their father. Max swears revenge on his brothers for this betrayal. But who's really betraying who?

Re-made in 1954 as the Western "Broken Lance"...I prefer the original. Robinson's accent can be a little over the top...but the man's performance is something to behold. They don't make 'em like this anymore.


(2/01) Stephen Frears "THE QUEEN" (2006) - 7.5/10

Quiet and dignified...just like the Queen herself...the movie THE QUEEN is something special indeed.
I admit I was expecting something a little more extravagant, but instead this charming little film swept me away with its heart and subtlety. I enjoyed the contrasts depicted between the worlds of the Queen and Tony Blair. Michael Sheen does great work as Tony Blair...and let's just say that Helen Mirren was born to play Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The film was a pleasure...and one I can see playing even better at home than on the big screen.

(2/02) William A. Wellman's "THE OX-BOW INCIDENT" (1943) - 9/10

Always fun to sink my teeth into an undisputed classic...especially for the first time (I know...I know)
Signaling a seismic shift in tone from the Westerns that came before...here's (arguably) the film that kicked off the cycle of darker, cynical westerns that soon followed. I can't put into words how much I loved this movie. The themes explored in the film still ring true today (if not louder than ever before) and it's acted to the hilt by a game cast.

Fonda is solid of course...basically playing the character we are to identify with. Henry Morgan is excellent as his best friend. William Eythe, the great Marc Lawrence, and a young Anthony Quinn also deliver memorable performances. But, for my money, THE performance in this belongs to Dana Andrews. If you only know the man from his film noir work, you'll marvel at the interpretation he gives here.

The real star though...is the script. Wow.

(2/03) Went to see SLAYER/UNEARTH in concert. Lived to tell the tale. But no movies.
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Postby WinslowLeach on Wed Jan 31, 2007 7:56 pm

Lyle Gorch wrote:COOL thread...Some cool lists posted...amazing group of films on WinslowLeach's list
(How in the hell did you screen THE DION BROTHERS...it was titled THE GRAVY TRAIN when I saw the last moments of it years ago on late night tv...I've wanted to see it in its entirety ever since.)


DVD-R dude, thats the only way to see it these days. I'd wanted to see it ever since Harry reviewed it at the first or second QT Fest. Its a really funny, crazy film, although I'm sure seeing on a big screen would make it even better.
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