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    Quote Quoting dmk (view post)
    what should i do to repent?

    i didn't mean it.
    Didn't you dmk? Didn't you!? I doubt that's even your real name.

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    Recently watched newly restored Warhol films: Face and The Velvet Underground in Boston. Both were interesting and Face actually was very good until the poorly recorded dialogue kicked in. I don't know about calling these "anti-art" though.

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    I've cooked up a quick list of the 2010 releases I wanna see before having any sort of final list. The bold are the ones I either have or are immediately available:

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    Naturally, I won't get to half or more of these before the MC consensus, but it was kinda fun to make the list anyway.
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    Riddick (David Twohy | 2013 | USA/UK)
    Night Across the Street (Raoul Ruiz | 2012 | Chile/France)*
    Pain & Gain (Michael Bay | 2013 | USA)*
    You're Next (Adam Wingard | 2011 | USA)
    Little Odessa (James Gray | 1994 | USA)*

    *recommended *highly recommended

    “It isn't easy to accept that suffering can also be beautiful... it's difficult. It's something you can only understand if you dig deeply into yourself.” -- Rainer Werner Fassbinder

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    The Hellman snub disappoints, 'side.

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    Quote Quoting dmk (view post)
    The Hellman snub disappoints, 'side.
    I can't believe I forgot that. It's not as if I'll be seeing it anytime soon, but still.
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    Riddick (David Twohy | 2013 | USA/UK)
    Night Across the Street (Raoul Ruiz | 2012 | Chile/France)*
    Pain & Gain (Michael Bay | 2013 | USA)*
    You're Next (Adam Wingard | 2011 | USA)
    Little Odessa (James Gray | 1994 | USA)*

    *recommended *highly recommended

    “It isn't easy to accept that suffering can also be beautiful... it's difficult. It's something you can only understand if you dig deeply into yourself.” -- Rainer Werner Fassbinder

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    I forgot Norwegian Wood, too.
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    Riddick (David Twohy | 2013 | USA/UK)
    Night Across the Street (Raoul Ruiz | 2012 | Chile/France)*
    Pain & Gain (Michael Bay | 2013 | USA)*
    You're Next (Adam Wingard | 2011 | USA)
    Little Odessa (James Gray | 1994 | USA)*

    *recommended *highly recommended

    “It isn't easy to accept that suffering can also be beautiful... it's difficult. It's something you can only understand if you dig deeply into yourself.” -- Rainer Werner Fassbinder

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    Quote Quoting Brightside (view post)
    I can't believe I forgot that. It's not as if I'll be seeing it anytime soon, but still.
    March theatrical release, apparently.

    Unless you don't actually go to a screening.

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    I forgot Norwegian Wood, too.
    My whole list, basically.

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    Quote Quoting dmk (view post)
    March theatrical release, apparently.

    Unless you don't actually go to a screening.
    If it gets a theatrical release here, it certainly won't come anywhere near me. I'll probably just end up anxiously awaiting the release of a foreign DVD, with a rip to follow.
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    Riddick (David Twohy | 2013 | USA/UK)
    Night Across the Street (Raoul Ruiz | 2012 | Chile/France)*
    Pain & Gain (Michael Bay | 2013 | USA)*
    You're Next (Adam Wingard | 2011 | USA)
    Little Odessa (James Gray | 1994 | USA)*

    *recommended *highly recommended

    “It isn't easy to accept that suffering can also be beautiful... it's difficult. It's something you can only understand if you dig deeply into yourself.” -- Rainer Werner Fassbinder

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    Multiple viewings of Barry Lyndon have had the opposite effect of multiple viewings of A Clockwork Orange. The first time I watched the latter, I unconditionally loathed Alex DeLarge, and only later on did I appreciate his boyish charm, integral to understanding the work. The first time I watched Barry Lyndon, I had some sympathy for the title character, at least for the first half; only now do I see just what a petty vindictive asshole he is from the start, dealing with his envy of the upper class with punk defiance at first, and brown-nosing sycophantry later on. The tragedy of the film is that of a man so concerned with upwards mobility that he won't (can't?) stop and smell the roses, so to speak; his every minor victory must be swiftly followed by another step towards becoming a Lord. In a sense, he's like Dave Bowman evolving into a Starchild, the difference being that he knows exactly what the end-goal is and pursues it to his own detriment.


    The two most noteworthy things from a 4th viewing:

    -Is anyone else deeply bothered by the voice-over in this film? I've read that it's supposed to be sarcastic or sardonic or something, but I don't know. It just seemed to recap what was happening visually and felt unnecessary most of the time. I'd like to read a defense of it, because it really detracted a lot from my experience.

    -The music in Barry Lyndon is really, really bad-ass. Seriously.

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    I still need to see Barry Lyndon.
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    It's been too long since I've seen the first French Connection, but I'm pretty sure I prefer Frankenheimer's sequel to it. One thing's for sure; only in the 70's could a cash-grab sequel segue into an uncomfortably drawn-out piece about the realities of smack addiction. Hackman is as good as ever.

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    Quote Quoting Boner M (view post)
    It's been too long since I've seen the first French Connection, but I'm pretty sure I prefer Frankenheimer's sequel to it. One thing's for sure; only in the 70's could a cash-grab sequel seque into an uncomfortably drawn-out piece about the realities of smack addiction. Hackman is as good as ever.
    I watched the first one again for the first time in about ten years and it still holds up. It has such a great lived in, docudrama quality. Plus the editing is just mindblowing. I love the abrupt ending too; Zodiac seems influenced by it.
    Ratings on a 1-10 scale for your pleasure:

    Top Gun: Maverick - 8
    Top Gun - 7
    McCabe & Mrs. Miller - 8
    Crimes of the Future - 8
    Videodrome - 9
    Valley Girl - 8
    Summer of '42 - 7
    In the Line of Fire - 8
    Passenger 57 - 7
    Everything Everywhere All at Once - 6



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    Quote Quoting Pop Trash (view post)
    I watched the first one again for the first time in about ten years and it still holds up. It has such a great lived in, docudrama quality. Plus the editing is just mindblowing. I love the abrupt ending too; Zodiac seems influenced by it.
    I can't remember the ending to the first one, but FCII has probably the most abrupt ending in the history of ever.

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    Quote Quoting StanleyK (view post)

    The two most noteworthy things from a 4th viewing:

    -Is anyone else deeply bothered by the voice-over in this film? I've read that it's supposed to be sarcastic or sardonic or something, but I don't know. It just seemed to recap what was happening visually and felt unnecessary most of the time. I'd like to read a defense of it, because it really detracted a lot from my experience.

    -The music in Barry Lyndon is really, really bad-ass. Seriously.
    I don't know about mounting a defense of it, but I've always loved the voiceover in Barry Lyndon. And I think the music in the movie is astonishingly effective.
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    The use of the voice-over in Barry Lyndon is masterful. If it's any help, it's all about an ironic narration of the so-called "accomplishments" of the main character.

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    Ulmer's Bluebeard is highly underrated stuff. A film in desperate need of a restoration if ever there was one. Moody lighting galore.
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    Night Across the Street (Raoul Ruiz | 2012 | Chile/France)*
    Pain & Gain (Michael Bay | 2013 | USA)*
    You're Next (Adam Wingard | 2011 | USA)
    Little Odessa (James Gray | 1994 | USA)*

    *recommended *highly recommended

    “It isn't easy to accept that suffering can also be beautiful... it's difficult. It's something you can only understand if you dig deeply into yourself.” -- Rainer Werner Fassbinder

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    I love this piece on It's a Wonderful Life.
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    The animated Wonder Woman movie rocked the hiz-house.

    I seriously doubt a live action movie could ever beat (or even match) that.
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    Quote Quoting Grouchy (view post)
    The use of the voice-over in Barry Lyndon is masterful.
    This. It nails the themes of the film without suffering them to become a laborious textual concern. Perfectly infused, and droll.

    Best theater experience of my life. A revelation.

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    Thanks to whoever recommended the Dielmanesque Dillinger is Dead!

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    Quote Quoting Yxklyx (view post)
    Thanks to whoever recommended the Dielmanesque Dillinger is Dead!
    Wasn't me I don't think, but definitely one of my faves. Next seek out La Grande bouffe if you're looking for more sustained and slow-paced wackiness.

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    I just finished demonlover, and it didn't make any goddamn sense, but it failed to do so in an outrageously awesome way. What a visceral and exciting experience! I love the way this movie is cut and the continuous faint droning is just stellar sound design.

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    Speaking of random fucking shit, former New York City mayor Ed Koch has his own movie review site. It's kind of like listening to an old man on the bus talk about what he thought of some film he saw recently, but preceded by thirty seconds of advertising.
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    So I've watched two angel-apocalypse horror-thrillers set in the deserts of the Southwest in the past week, and The Prophecy bests Legion in every conceivable way without even being that good a movie. Sadly, neither has any interest whatsoever in the actual implications of angel-apocalypse. The former plays it off as an opportunity for rote suspense mechanics (bolstered by reasonable style and a cast it doesn't deserve), while the latter simply repeats Rio-Bravo horror archetypes. Sad, how it yearns for the breezy pulp fusion of religion and horror achieved by Dickerson's Demon Knight.

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    In the Mouth of Madness(Carpenter, 1995) [88]
    Nice. I often feel like the only one who thinks this is a really good movie.
    The Last Exorcism (Stamm, 2010) - **½
    The Karate Kid (Zwart, 2010) - ***
    Date Night (Levy, 2010) - **½
    Toy Story 3 (Unkrich, 2010) - ****
    The Kids Are All Right (Cholodenko, 2010) - ***
    Mrs. Henderson Presents (Frears, 2005) - ***
    Black Sunday (Frankenheimer, 1977) - **½
    The Hands That Rocks the Cradle (Hanson, 1992) - **½

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