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    Quote Quoting Derek (view post)
    Mostly because Keanu Reeves gives almost the same exact performance in every film he's ever been in, aside from the Bill & Ted and Parenthood where he plays a stoned version of himself.

    But we are all mostly in agreement that Keanu Reeves is, for the most part, just plain awful, right?
    I'm not saying the guy has an Oscar worthy filmography like say, DiCaprio, but I hardly think he's been consistantly terrible. Sure he has some sincerely horrible performances (I do a spot impression of him from Dracula, it always makes the room laugh out loud), but he's shown some real chops. Most notably My Own Private Idaho and especially A Scanner Darkly. He has range, but I think he's kind of...well...a real guy. You have two scripts on your desk: one for a indy where you could show your talent, and one for a sci-fi flick where you kick everyones ass and are a genius hacker. Next day you have two more: one is a period piece with Sir Anthony Hopkins and another is a Fed who has to out surf King of the Roadhouses and your partner is Gary Busey.

    :lol:

    I mean, I have no desire to act, but the potential fun involved in such projects would be unavoidable.

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    Quote Quoting Derek (view post)
    Mostly because Keanu Reeves gives almost the same exact performance in every film he's ever been in, aside from the Bill & Ted and Parenthood where he plays a stoned version of himself.

    But we are all mostly in agreement that Keanu Reeves is, for the most part, just plain awful, right?
    He plays a good stoner in I Love You To Death as well and he doesn't ruin Dangerous Liaisons. He reminds me a lot of Farley Granger (Strangers on a Train, Side Street) - looks a bit like him and acting is about on par.
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    Both Nick Schager and Armond White loved Legend of the Guardians comparing it to classic animated movies like The Secret of NIMH.

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    Quote Quoting Skitch (view post)
    I'm not saying the guy has an Oscar worthy filmography like say, DiCaprio, but I hardly think he's been consistantly terrible. Sure he has some sincerely horrible performances (I do a spot impression of him from Dracula, it always makes the room laugh out loud), but he's shown some real chops. Most notably My Own Private Idaho and especially A Scanner Darkly. He has range, but I think he's kind of...well...a real guy. You have two scripts on your desk: one for a indy where you could show your talent, and one for a sci-fi flick where you kick everyones ass and are a genius hacker. Next day you have two more: one is a period piece with Sir Anthony Hopkins and another is a Fed who has to out surf King of the Roadhouses and your partner is Gary Busey.

    :lol:

    I mean, I have no desire to act, but the potential fun involved in such projects would be unavoidable.
    Well at least Skitch somewhat agrees with me. Wahoo.

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    Damn, both Animal Kingdom and Life During Wartime opened last Friday, and they're both being booted out this week for Wall Street 2 and something called Mao's Last Dancer. I didn't get a chance to see either this week, and now I have one day left to maybe see Animal Kingdom if my schedule permits it; it's sharing a screen with Life During Wartime, which I know I won't have time to see. And of course, both Get Low and The Girl Who Played With Fire, neither of which I have any interest in, are being continued for yet another consecutive week. Fuck you local art house.
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    Quote Quoting Winston* (view post)
    I like him. He's like Mark Wahlberg: not a very good actor, but a certain inscrutable screen presence.
    This.

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    You know that part at the end of Universal Soldier where Dolph Lundgren is like, "You're dead, soldier," and Van Damme's all, "No. I'm alive!" and then kicks Dolph into a woodchipper?

    When I was a little kid and I wasn't as adept at processing English in accents yet, and home video wasn't readily available to me, I misheard that exchange and for the longest time I remembered it as this:

    "You're a bear, soldier."
    "No. I'm a lion!"

    And I thought it was the coolest dialogue ever.
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    I was actually just reading about Matt Damon and he’s like, ‘There’s a culture of outrage.’ I’m like, ‘Well, they have a reason to be outraged.’ I think it’s a lot of dudes just being scared. They’re like, ‘What if I did something and I didn’t realize it?’ I’m like, ‘Deal with it.’
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    Quote Quoting MadMan (view post)
    Well at least Skitch somewhat agrees with me. Wahoo.
    I agree with you on Costner as well. I wonder if its an age thing. As in I was a certain age where Field Of Dreams and Dances With Wolves struck such a chord with me that I inherantly think he's cool and enjoy his movies?

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    Stopping in NYC from TO was a very wise decision, methinks. Just saw On the Bowery at Film Forum yesterday, which was excellent.

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    Heh. I was thinking of seeing Showgirls at the IFC too.
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    I was actually just reading about Matt Damon and he’s like, ‘There’s a culture of outrage.’ I’m like, ‘Well, they have a reason to be outraged.’ I think it’s a lot of dudes just being scared. They’re like, ‘What if I did something and I didn’t realize it?’ I’m like, ‘Deal with it.’
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    Quote Quoting Boner M (view post)
    Weekend:

    Midnight screening of Showgirls, maybe
    I think I'm going to this, too, at the IFC Center. Let me know if you want to meet up. I have tentative plans for both nights, but Friday night may be better than Saturday.

    Stopping in NYC from TO was a very wise decision, methinks. Just saw On the Bowery at Film Forum yesterday, which was excellent.
    What screening? I was at the 7:40 showing. With beer, of course. And, yes, it was indeed excellent.
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    The 3:20. LOL at Ray Carney in the accompanying doco.

    Alright, Showgirls, Fri midnight?

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    Quote Quoting Boner M (view post)
    The 3:20. LOL at Ray Carney in the accompanying doco.
    Everyone but Lionel, the director, was rather unbearable. I was drunk enough at that point, but, yes, when Ray Carney popped up I thought "Oh, brother." I bet that guy spends most of his days on eBay, looking to bid on household items that John Cassavetes once touched. I remember Carney introducing a small event screening of Linklater's Fast Food Nation in Boston, and making some comparison to Cassavetes. Eye Roll Nation.

    Alright, Showgirls, Fri midnight?
    Yeah, maybe, we'll see. I have a lot of messy, conflicting plans. I'll be in touch.
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    Quote Quoting Sven (view post)
    I hate having to explain to people when I express my love for Edward James Olmos that I have never seen an episode of Battlestar Galactica.
    Well, you know... Just do it.
    Quote Quoting Donald Glover
    I was actually just reading about Matt Damon and he’s like, ‘There’s a culture of outrage.’ I’m like, ‘Well, they have a reason to be outraged.’ I think it’s a lot of dudes just being scared. They’re like, ‘What if I did something and I didn’t realize it?’ I’m like, ‘Deal with it.’
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    Well, you know... Just do it.
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    Quote Quoting Skitch (view post)
    I agree with you on Costner as well. I wonder if its an age thing. As in I was a certain age where Field Of Dreams and Dances With Wolves struck such a chord with me that I inherantly think he's cool and enjoy his movies?
    I've watched Field of Dreams endless times, so I don't think with that movie its necessarily how old I was when I saw it. Dances With Wolves I viewed when I was a kid, but only recently have multiple viewings of it made me realize how good it really is. My favorite Costner movie though might actually be Tin Cup.

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    Quote Quoting Bosco B Thug (view post)
    I don't know how popular the opinion is, but I do think L'eclisse the distinct weakest of Antonioni's "trilogy." It seems the least engrossing of the three, yes. It's the vaguest plot-wise, whatever that criticism's worth.
    Wow, I don't know how to respond to this. L'eclisse is my favorite of his entire canon. It's the one that resonates most with me.

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