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Postby Theta on Fri Mar 09, 2007 3:03 pm

Moriarty wrote:Been watching a bunch of ROCKFORD FILES SEASON THREE this week.

I love the show, but it hurts me to watch Jim Garner run. I always forget he was already well into his 40s when they made this, and it's obvious his back is a real issue in every single action scene. He makes Roger Moore look like a gymnast.


It's always jolting to realize the man's much older than he looks. He's always seemed about 65 to me in his recent work.

In other news, anybody get a look at Dick Clark? That deal with the devil must have finally worn off.
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Postby pomeroy on Fri Mar 09, 2007 4:20 pm

A stroke will do that to you.
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Postby Andre Dellamorte on Fri Mar 09, 2007 5:14 pm

Mori, as per the Grindhouse, it looks like a couple of us are going Sunday. You make it last night?
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Postby Theta on Fri Mar 09, 2007 8:56 pm

pomeroy wrote:A stroke will do that to you.


He had a stroke, huh? Hadn't heard.
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Postby Moriarty on Sun Mar 11, 2007 3:40 am

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Y'know, I like Mike Binder's films. I think THE UPSIDE OF ANGER is the best of the recent bunch, and I'm looking forward to REIGN O'ER ME, but in the meantime, this is a pretty decent little entry about an agent in search of substance.

Ben Affleck has taken a lot of shit over the years, but I think he's a really funny guy when you cast him in just the right role. HOLLYWOODLAND was a great fit for him, and this is, too. This isn't a particularly profound film, but Binder knows how to stage smart farce, and he keeps things moving at all points in the film.

It's got a supporting cast including Adam Goldberg, Rebecca Romijn, Jerry O'Connell, and Amber Valetta, who does a very funny recreation of the Sharon Stone interrogation scene from BASIC INSTINCT. Throw in Bai Ling, Gina Gershon, Kal Penn, and John Cleese as the guy who pushes Affleck toward his epiphany, and you've got a really solid comedy cast who all do nice work.

Overall, this one's worth at least a rental if you'd like to see a story about a pompous Hollywood douchebag laid low, or if you want to see Affleck working hard to redeem some of the bad choices he's made in the past.
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Postby Moriarty on Sun Mar 11, 2007 3:54 am

Lionsgate and After Dark Films created a sort of film festival last year that ran in November, where they gave eight unreleased horror films a chance to enjoy a brief theatrical run as a series. Now they're putting seven of them out on DVD, while one of them (Nacho Cerda's THE ABANDONED) is getting a wider theatrical release.

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This is the first one I put into the player, due primarily to the fact that I've met writer/director Mike Mendez a few times in the last few years at the various MASTERS OF HORROR parties. He's a good guy whose last film, THE CONVENT, wasn't really a favorite of mine. This one's a huge leap forward, and it's an effective little ghost story hung on a very simple conceit: a group of friends, drunk after the funeral of a mutual acquaintance, gather at the grave after hours and get even more wasted. They end up dancing on the graves of several people around that main grave, and in return, they are haunted by those angry spirits, determined to get revenge for the desecration.

Josie Maran and Dominic Purcell are the two familiar faces in the cast, but everyone does solid work, and Mendez builds some really good tense sequences. It won't redefine horror for you, but it's also not insulting the way so much of what is released in the genre seems to be these days.
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Postby Moriarty on Sun Mar 11, 2007 5:03 am

I've been listening to a lot of music this week.

Sometimes, I need to take a break from movies. I've still probably seen nine or ten movies between screenings and DVDs this week, and that's with me trying to take it easy.

I saw EVERYTHING'S GONE GREEN. I saw TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES. I saw MAN ABOUT TOWN and THE GRAVEDANCERS. I saw a fucking crazy-ass New Zealand indie comedy called THE DEVIL DARED ME TO. I saw some other stuff I'm already blanking on because I didn't write it down as I was watching it, like I should have been.

So for the most part, here at my computer, I've been trying to listen to music and work on the spec. I'm in the home stretch.

Having said that, I've got Mazursky's THE TEMPEST on right now. I've also got in I'M ALAN PARTRIDGE Series One, COME EARLY MORNING, directed by Joey Lauren Adams, and HELLBOY: SWORD OF STORMS.

For a fifth disc, I've got in the new 42nd ST FOREVER, VOL. 3: XXXTREME SPECIAL EDITION, a full disc of theatrical porn trailers. That goes last. I'm saving that for dessert.
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Postby Theta on Sun Mar 11, 2007 10:50 am

Moriarty wrote:For a fifth disc, I've got in the new 42nd ST FOREVER, VOL. 3: XXXTREME SPECIAL EDITION, a full disc of theatrical porn trailers. That goes last. I'm saving that for dessert.


I watched Vol. 2 recently and there's some true comedy gold in there...not to mention a few films I actually now want to see ("Ms. .45", "Rolling Thunder", and "Take a Hard Ride.")
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Postby greatsilence on Sun Mar 11, 2007 1:30 pm

Rolling thunder is a true classic revenge film, nearly impossible to find. I bought it off ebay for 10 bucks. It's brutal and unrelenting you'll love it. Ms 45 is a minor classic of the rape revenge genre that gets better with each viewing and is easy to find though I believe the anchor bay version is edited slightly. I could be wrong and its still worth a look.
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Postby minstrel on Sun Mar 11, 2007 1:39 pm

Moriarty wrote:For a fifth disc, I've got in the new 42nd ST FOREVER, VOL. 3: XXXTREME SPECIAL EDITION, a full disc of theatrical porn trailers. That goes last. I'm saving that for dessert.


The real reason it goes last is that you have to wait until Toshi's in bed, right? I mean, come on.

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Postby captainalphabet on Sun Mar 11, 2007 4:05 pm

Moriarty wrote:I've been listening to a lot of music this week.


what're you listening to dude?
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Postby WinslowLeach on Sun Mar 11, 2007 4:18 pm

I hope you're not still listening to that Best Of Dokken CD!!
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Postby Moriarty on Sun Mar 11, 2007 4:58 pm

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Moriarty wrote:I' ve been listening to a lot of music this week.


what're you listening to dude?


Old favorites for the most part. Writing standbys. Lots of soundtracks.

A few new things, though. Just picked up Paul Weller's HIT PARADE and Arcade Fire's NEON BIBLE, and I find myself compulsively replaying the DEATH PROOF soundtrack again and again. Imagine that.
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Postby Theta on Sun Mar 11, 2007 6:21 pm

greatsilence wrote:Rolling thunder is a true classic revenge film, nearly impossible to find. I bought it off ebay for 10 bucks. It's brutal and unrelenting you'll love it. Ms 45 is a minor classic of the rape revenge genre that gets better with each viewing and is easy to find though I believe the anchor bay version is edited slightly. I could be wrong and its still worth a look.


The one I found, of "Ms. .45" is from Image on Amazon. I'll probably order it as a birthday gift to myself or something.

As far as the "editing" goes...I couldn't find an answer either way. The running time provided by the IMDb and the DVD match (80 min), and the IMDb list no alternate running times. There also don't appear to be, oddly, any foreign editions to compare the American release to. Rotten Tomatoes says the original run time is 90 minutes, but that doesn't line up with the IMDb, which usually has people all too eager to offer corrections. In fact the only evidence I could find was one guy complaining that the first rape scene and the finale were cut down.

Anybody got any insight, I'd like to know before I buy.
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Postby WinslowLeach on Sun Mar 11, 2007 6:31 pm

I have the Region 2 of Ms 45 so I dont know whats on the Image version. Great movie though! This one and I Spit On Your Grave are my top favorites of the rape-revenge exploitation genre.

Then theres Thriller: A Cruel Picture which isnt set up like the others, because the girl Frigga is kidnapped, drugged then becomes a prostitute and later uses money she earns to train to kill her captors/johns. Its really a weird setup that was pretty boring to me overall. Frigga looked great (the eyepatch etc), but the slow motion revenge scenes stunk. It just didnt pack the punch those kinds of extreme films should always have. While I love the trailer, the movie is a letdown.
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Postby Keepcoolbutcare on Sun Mar 11, 2007 6:37 pm

cue Drew rant about the assholiness of Abel Ferrara...

whatever happened to Nicholas St. John? Is that a Ferrara alias?

If he is his own entity, man has THE ADDICTION and KING OF NEW YORK on his resume, two great films...
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Postby WinslowLeach on Sun Mar 11, 2007 6:39 pm

I love Abel's flix! He sounds like quite a wacko from Moris tales. I think one of the first times I actually chatted with Mori he was telling me a story about how crazy Abel was/is.
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Postby Theta on Sun Mar 11, 2007 9:47 pm

WinslowLeach wrote:I have the Region 2 of Ms 45 so I dont know whats on the Image version. Great movie though! This one and I Spit On Your Grave are my top favorites of the rape-revenge exploitation genre.

Then theres Thriller: A Cruel Picture which isnt set up like the others, because the girl Frigga is kidnapped, drugged then becomes a prostitute and later uses money she earns to train to kill her captors/johns. Its really a weird setup that was pretty boring to me overall. Frigga looked great (the eyepatch etc), but the slow motion revenge scenes stunk. It just didnt pack the punch those kinds of extreme films should always have. While I love the trailer, the movie is a letdown.


You see, Amazon.co.uk doesn't list a Region 2 version, not even used; they just have the Image disc. I couldn't find anything on eBay either. Do me a favor? Check the running time on your disc and let us know.

"I Spit On Your Grave"...we'll have to agree to disagree on that one.

"Thriller" has great momentum for about half an hour and then it goes completely to hell. If it'd been tighter in the second and third acts, I'd have enjoyed it more. As it stands I bought it, watched it, decided I'd never watch it again, and sold it.


Hey, Mori, I've gotta ask: Do you know why Rolling Thunder isn't on DVD? The only disc I've come across is a bootleg of the VHS from a now-defunct website. Are the rights held up by somebody or other?
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Postby arisethedemonetrigan on Sun Mar 11, 2007 9:55 pm

I love Abel's flix! He sounds like quite a wacko from Moris tales. I think one of the first times I actually chatted with Mori he was telling me a story about how crazy Abel was/is.


Yeah, a friend of mine worked with him/ knew a guy who sold him drugs once, not sure which it was actually. And he was totally bonkers. I want Ms. 45 but the same thing I've been torn about. Is the cut on dvd the correct one? Well, I might just get it anyway.

Picked up two films at Kim's in NYC yesterday.

Beyond Dreams Door A horror film from the 80's that hasn't been in print since 1991. Some trippy visuals and hell, it was made in Ohio. :)

Hubert Selby Jr.: It/ll Be Better Tomorrow A documentary about the man who wrote Requiem for a Dream, Fear X and Last Exit to Brooklyn. Of course most of you know that, but it features a ton of interviews with the likes of Lou Reed, Ellen Burstyn, Darren Aranofsky, Henry Rollins, Anthony Kiedis, Jared Leto and more. And Robert Downey Jr narrates. A fun wild ride through his life.

Anybody else get anything different, not the usual fluff that's been coming out.
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Postby Theta on Sun Mar 11, 2007 10:36 pm

arisethedemonetrigan wrote:Anybody else get anything different, not the usual fluff that's been coming out.


Nah, although I did bag the first season of "24" for $18 at Target.

I'm thinking about getting "The Great Silence", though. Fantoma needs some love.
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Postby Moriarty on Sun Mar 11, 2007 11:41 pm

Keepcoolbutcare wrote:cue Drew rant about the assholiness of Abel Ferrara...

whatever happened to Nicholas St. John? Is that a Ferrara alias?

If he is his own entity, man has THE ADDICTION and KING OF NEW YORK on his resume, two great films...


Just for that.. NO ABEL FERRARA STORIES FOR YOU!!
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Postby Moriarty on Mon Mar 12, 2007 5:31 am

Nicky St. John is his own person, by the way. And he's actually a pretty decent cat, all things considered.

I think he's happy being Abel's whipping boy. I've never heard of him trying to set anything up independent of Abel.
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Postby Keepcoolbutcare on Mon Mar 12, 2007 5:46 am

Moriarty wrote:Nicky St. John is his own person, by the way. And he's actually a pretty decent cat, all things considered.

I think he's happy being Abel's whipping boy. I've never heard of him trying to set anything up independent of Abel.


thanks for clearing that up Mori. Shame, really, 'cuz he's written some damn fine scripts. I'd like to see another director take a crack at his material...
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Postby Moriarty on Mon Mar 12, 2007 6:03 am

Wow. I think I sort of love TEMPEST.

In fact, I think it may be my favorite Mazursky film.

Color me shocked.
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Postby WinslowLeach on Mon Mar 12, 2007 8:40 am

Theta wrote:You see, Amazon.co.uk doesn't list a Region 2 version, not even used; they just have the Image disc. I couldn't find anything on eBay either. Do me a favor? Check the running time on your disc and let us know.

"I Spit On Your Grave"...we'll have to agree to disagree on that one.



The running time: Its been awhile since I watched it. I just checked and its 80 minutes. Its the rated R cut. It looks like its the same version as the US one. I dont even think the uncut version is on DVD yet, maybe in Japan or something. I think the old VHS copies have the original length cut though.

I really think I Spit On Your Grave is a masterpiece. Its not because of the brutality of it, its because its simply an incredible work of feminist cinema. If you havent yet, def listen to Joe Bob Briggs and Meir Zarchi's audio commentaries while you watch the movie.
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Postby Theta on Mon Mar 12, 2007 12:30 pm

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The running time: Its been awhile since I watched it. I just checked and its 80 minutes. Its the rated R cut. It looks like its the same version as the US one. I dont even think the uncut version is on DVD yet, maybe in Japan or something. I think the old VHS copies have the original length cut though.


Yeah, well, I'll buy VHS again when hell freezes over. It would still be extremely odd that the IMDb wouldn't list alternate running times; I checked alternate versions and, again, it says the US release is cut...but it refers to an Artisan release, not Image! I'll assume since the running times match that this is a cut trimmed by 1 minute and 42 seconds...which doesn't sound like an agonizing loss.

I really think I Spit On Your Grave is a masterpiece. Its not because of the brutality of it, its because its simply an incredible work of feminist cinema. If you havent yet, def listen to Joe Bob Briggs and Meir Zarchi's audio commentaries while you watch the movie.


I've heard the arguments and I don't agree with them. But my main problem with it is that it's just a badly done movie in the first place.
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Postby WinslowLeach on Mon Mar 12, 2007 12:52 pm

Theta wrote:I've heard the arguments and I don't agree with them. But my main problem with it is that it's just a badly done movie in the first place.


Its honestly one of the best low budget Exploitation films Ive ever seen and Ive seen alot of em! I guess we just dont see this one in the same way. Im on Joe Bob Briggs side with this one.
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Postby HollywoodBabylon on Mon Mar 12, 2007 2:34 pm

arisethedemonetrigan wrote:Hubert Selby Jr.: It/ll Be Better Tomorrow A documentary about the man who wrote Requiem for a Dream, Fear X and Last Exit to Brooklyn. Of course most of you know that, but it features a ton of interviews with the likes of Lou Reed, Ellen Burstyn, Darren Aranofsky, Henry Rollins, Anthony Kiedis, Jared Leto and more. And Robert Downey Jr narrates. A fun wild ride through his life.


Looks well worth buying. Selby is still one of THE great underrated American writers of the 20th Century. A fine, fine novelist.
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Postby mrbeaks on Tue Mar 13, 2007 2:32 am

Moriarty wrote:Just for that.. NO ABEL FERRARA STORIES FOR YOU!!


I spent a day on the set of NEW ROSE HOTEL and... oh, right, no Abel Ferrara stories.
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Postby magicmonkey on Tue Mar 13, 2007 3:18 am

I spent a coupla hours watching it and that was enough...
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Postby Keepcoolbutcare on Tue Mar 13, 2007 4:44 am

mrbeaks wrote:
Moriarty wrote:Just for that.. NO ABEL FERRARA STORIES FOR YOU!!


I spent a day on the set of NEW ROSE HOTEL and...


Abel doesn't like cocaine...

he just likes the way it smells.
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Postby Moriarty on Tue Mar 13, 2007 5:02 am

I'm watching COLOR ME KUBRICK right now. It's trying reeeeeeeeeeeeeal hard, and it's not particularly bad. I think the use of nonstop Kubrick score is hurting the film, though. It doesn't use the music to any particular effect, so it just becomes background, which is something Kubrick NEVER did.
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Postby Theta on Tue Mar 13, 2007 8:57 am

Moriarty wrote:I'm watching COLOR ME KUBRICK right now. It's trying reeeeeeeeeeeeeal hard, and it's not particularly bad. I think the use of nonstop Kubrick score is hurting the film, though. It doesn't use the music to any particular effect, so it just becomes background, which is something Kubrick NEVER did.


Didn't Kubrick pretty much stick to classical and rock? I know "Clockwork Orange" was obviously an original orchestration job, but I was pretty sure there was nothing specifically composed for most of his films.
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Postby Al Shut on Tue Mar 13, 2007 3:14 pm

At least Full Metall Jacket had a fair amout of score, judging from the soundtrack cd and fuzzy memory.
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Postby havocSchultz on Tue Mar 13, 2007 3:27 pm

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Moriarty wrote:I'm watching COLOR ME KUBRICK right now. It's trying reeeeeeeeeeeeeal hard, and it's not particularly bad. I think the use of nonstop Kubrick score is hurting the film, though. It doesn't use the music to any particular effect, so it just becomes background, which is something Kubrick NEVER did.


Didn't Kubrick pretty much stick to classical and rock? I know "Clockwork Orange" was obviously an original orchestration job, but I was pretty sure there was nothing specifically composed for most of his films.


I remember a haunting piano score from Eyes Wide Shut...and, according to imdb.com - the original music in that one was done by Jocelyn Pook...

Just a few basic notes - mostly repeated over and over again...
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Postby captainalphabet on Tue Mar 13, 2007 7:05 pm

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Moriarty wrote:I'm watching COLOR ME KUBRICK right now. It's trying reeeeeeeeeeeeeal hard, and it's not particularly bad. I think the use of nonstop Kubrick score is hurting the film, though. It doesn't use the music to any particular effect, so it just becomes background, which is something Kubrick NEVER did.


Didn't Kubrick pretty much stick to classical and rock? I know "Clockwork Orange" was obviously an original orchestration job, but I was pretty sure there was nothing specifically composed for most of his films.


I remember a haunting piano score from Eyes Wide Shut...and, according to imdb.com - the original music in that one was done by Jocelyn Pook...

Just a few basic notes - mostly repeated over and over again...


that piano piece from EWS is actually a classical piece by György Ligeti, not score.

it's probably because Kubrick used so much classical that another film could use the same pieces to evoke SK's work, without concern for any rights issues.
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Postby Moriarty on Wed Mar 14, 2007 3:08 am

Just walked in and found I'd only been sent one DVD today.

Of course, it was TWIN PEAKS: SEASON TWO, so I'm dancing all the way over to the player so I can start the gluttony.

Wooooooot!
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Postby colonel_lugz on Wed Mar 14, 2007 4:31 am

Moriarty wrote:Just walked in and found I'd only been sent one DVD today.

Of course, it was TWIN PEAKS: SEASON TWO, so I'm dancing all the way over to the player so I can start the gluttony.

Wooooooot!


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Postby Keepcoolbutcare on Wed Mar 14, 2007 4:54 am

Moriarty wrote:Just walked in and found I'd only been sent one DVD today.

Of course, it was TWIN PEAKS: SEASON TWO, so I'm dancing all the way over to the player so I can start the gluttony.

Wooooooot!


that's not even rubbing it in...

that's rubbing one out on all of us.
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Postby Moriarty on Wed Mar 14, 2007 4:55 am

Put it on. First thing... the theme. I haven't heard the theme in years. So nice to hear the version on the season premiere, slightly longer, and the way it plays into the opening of the episode.

And then that first scene. Andy on the phone. The old bellhop. Agent Cooper lays bleeding. Immobile. Tense and funny and right away, I remember why I'm a fan.

I'm literally six minutes into the episode, and I'm already giddy.
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Postby Keepcoolbutcare on Wed Mar 14, 2007 5:00 am

remember how Twin Peaks was on Fri. night, in the 10:00pm slot?

yeah, I only went out after it aired too...

nothing could get me to leave early.

nothing.
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Postby Moriarty on Wed Mar 14, 2007 5:07 am

"All things considered, being shot is not as bad as I always thought it might be... as long as you can keep the fear from your mind.

Heh. I guess you can say that about most anything in life. It's not so bad as long as you can keep the fear from your mind."
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Postby Moriarty on Wed Mar 14, 2007 5:14 am

Laughing. So. Hard.

"Lucy... you'd better bring Agent Cooper up to date."

"Leo Johnson was shot. Jacques Renault was strangled. The mill burned. Shelly and Pete got smoke inhalation. Catherine and Josie are missing. Nadine is a coma from taking sleeping pills."

Loooooooooooooooooooong pause.

"How long have I been out?!"
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Postby havocSchultz on Wed Mar 14, 2007 9:53 am

captainalphabet wrote:
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Moriarty wrote:I'm watching COLOR ME KUBRICK right now. It's trying reeeeeeeeeeeeeal hard, and it's not particularly bad. I think the use of nonstop Kubrick score is hurting the film, though. It doesn't use the music to any particular effect, so it just becomes background, which is something Kubrick NEVER did.


Didn't Kubrick pretty much stick to classical and rock? I know "Clockwork Orange" was obviously an original orchestration job, but I was pretty sure there was nothing specifically composed for most of his films.


I remember a haunting piano score from Eyes Wide Shut...and, according to imdb.com - the original music in that one was done by Jocelyn Pook...

Just a few basic notes - mostly repeated over and over again...


that piano piece from EWS is actually a classical piece by György Ligeti, not score.

it's probably because Kubrick used so much classical that another film could use the same pieces to evoke SK's work, without concern for any rights issues.


Hmmmm...good to know...thnx!

It just seemed to fit the mood and tone of the film so well...that when I heard it - I assumed it was specifically for the film...

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Postby Theta on Wed Mar 14, 2007 11:37 am

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I remember a haunting piano score from Eyes Wide Shut...and, according to imdb.com - the original music in that one was done by Jocelyn Pook...

Just a few basic notes - mostly repeated over and over again...


Oh, I remember. It was one of many reasons I hated EWS in the first place.
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Postby Theta on Wed Mar 14, 2007 11:39 am

Moriarty wrote:Just walked in and found I'd only been sent one DVD today.

Of course, it was TWIN PEAKS: SEASON TWO, so I'm dancing all the way over to the player so I can start the gluttony.

Wooooooot!


I need to get one of these DVD reviewing gigs.
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Postby colinr on Wed Mar 14, 2007 2:08 pm

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arisethedemonetrigan wrote:Hubert Selby Jr.: It/ll Be Better Tomorrow A documentary about the man who wrote Requiem for a Dream, Fear X and Last Exit to Brooklyn. Of course most of you know that, but it features a ton of interviews with the likes of Lou Reed, Ellen Burstyn, Darren Aranofsky, Henry Rollins, Anthony Kiedis, Jared Leto and more. And Robert Downey Jr narrates. A fun wild ride through his life.


Looks well worth buying. Selby is still one of THE great underrated American writers of the 20th Century. A fine, fine novelist.


It might be worth getting the UK disc of Last Exit To Brooklyn, which includes this film on the second disc as well as three hours of audio interviews with Selby!
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Postby Moriarty on Wed Mar 14, 2007 4:50 pm

Oh, yeah.

TWIN PEAKS was all about the hotties.

How did I forget that this show was basically hottie, hottie, hottie, surreal joke, scary shit, hottie, hottie, hottie?
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Postby Fawst on Wed Mar 14, 2007 5:00 pm

I've never seen Twin Peaks. It was on past my bedtime back in the day :(
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