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Post by Last Real Burner » Tue Mar 23, 2004 6:37 pm

Seen any good movies lately? Which did you like, which would you recommend we stay away from?

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Post by Isotopia » Tue Mar 23, 2004 6:49 pm

Taking Lives with Angelina Jolie.

Pouty FBI agent seeks serial killer.

Ultimately proves her worth (ah la Jodie Foster in Silence of the Lambs) as a woman FBI agent in an all male world.

Proving the point not hindered by lips that look like two dirigibles mating above Pyrenees mountains that are her breasts.

Serial killer WAY cute - but somewhat disturbed after 15th murder.

Angelina pensive but self-confident after capping nasty psycho.

Angelina should have poked dead serial killer one last time before body got cold.

Lives happily ever after - or something.

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Post by Chai Guy » Tue Mar 23, 2004 7:06 pm

I don't really go to the movies anymore because basically one full price movie ticket is almost the same as $ as an on sale DVD, so I pretty much stick to Netflix and buying DVDs on sale.

So my pick for DVD's is Whale Rider.

I didn't think I would have enjoyed this film as much as I did. It's the story of a girl growing up in a Maori tribe in New Zeland and her struggle to find her place in the tribe, and love from her family. It plays well to the head and to the heart, with out ever playing down to the audience or insulting their intelligence. Beautifully shot film with a fairly remarkable score

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Post by technopatra » Tue Mar 30, 2004 5:46 pm

I just got a copy of the "Henry Rollins: Live from Luna Park" DVD.

It was in the comedy section, whcih I thought was a mistake, but it wasn't. It's a collection of "spoken word" that is more like some of the funniest stand-up comedy I've ever seen. Some of it falls flat, but the rest is great.

Be sure to go to the Special Feature, which is a hi-LAR-ious bit called "Henry Rollins Vs. Iggy Pop".

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Post by Force » Wed Mar 31, 2004 12:33 am

Ok, these are movies I got from the library which technically is free, but for me ends up costing me quite a bit in late fees, (although still lots less than blockbuster would) so they're a bit on the old side, but if you haven't seen them, then they're new to you, right?

Ed TV- several laugh-out-loud moments and Mathew McConnawhatever's charisma keep this movie afloat despite a somewhat formulaic plot. Thumbs up.

Record of the Lodoss war- What the...? Only if you're a real anime fan, and even then, you better be jonesing bad. I let it go on for about 15-20 minutes just to see if it would get any better. It didn't. And yet there were like 15 episodes to the freakin thing. If this series does get better, or you grok it, could you please explain it to me? It does make a good test to see how much your girlfriend loves you though. Mine sat patiently while I watched with a puzzled look on my face. Maybe she was amused by my expression....

Evil Dead 2- Ahmmm, well, the special effects are better, but it's pretty much more of the same as the first one.

Austin Powers- wow, that shit just really falls flat the second time around.

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Post by Eric » Wed Mar 31, 2004 8:48 pm

Triplets of Belleville

I know it's not the newest, but there still seem to be a lot of people who haven't seen it.

Possibly the best and most creative movie I have seen in years- animated or not. It's a crime that Nemo won the Oscar over this- and I enjoyed Nemo.
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Post by DVD Burner » Wed Mar 31, 2004 9:14 pm

If you can find it,

I highly recommend "Ciao! Manhattan" a film by Andy Warhol done in(1972) featuring Edie Sedgwick.

Super intense and has a great 60's feel. The most accurate from what I remember when I was growing up. Nice usage of color & b/w.
at times hyper, humors and includes a tragic ending. "REAL LIFE" stuff. not for the meek.

I'm not going to say much more other than it is a film/documentary about the legendary super model and heirs Edie Sedgwick. to say anything else (other than lots of drugs) would just give the film away. besides, it's very hard to describe.
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Post by LeChatNoir » Wed Mar 31, 2004 9:31 pm

Anybody seen “Rabbit Proof Fence”? I’ve been wanting to see this for some time now, but my local movie house is, shall we say... somewhat understocked with non-mainstream movies. Please don’t give me any great detail... just encouragement to find it if its worth the effort.

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Post by theCryptofishist » Thu Apr 01, 2004 4:04 pm

Force wrote:Ok, these are movies I got from the library which technically is free,
Just be prepared for an odd selection. I ended up with the 1972 BBC War and Peace, which was oddly like any of those BBC "Gentry in Big Houses" productions and not very Russian. "Highlights" are: Nicolai Rostov's poofy 70s hair and sideburns; the realization that if Natasha were a modern teenager, she'd be sooooo pregnant; 37 soliliquies (Tolstoyan in nature) function just like commercials; Hussar Uniforms (too hot for the playa); early (pre-cannibal) Anthony Hopkins; watching them pretend that a few hundred members of the Bulgarian army are a cast of thousands; and Nicolai Rostov's poofy 70's hair. (Make the most of that hair--it's the best thing in the production.) Otherwise, just a soap opera with antique furniture.

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my top 16 movie list

Post by shaman363 » Mon Apr 19, 2004 2:01 pm

for what it's worth...
16: altered states
15: crouching tiger, hidden dragon
14: pee wee’s big adventure
13: alien
12: rear window
11: the matrix
10: being john malkovich
9: spinal tap
8: scarface
7: ed wood
6: vertigo
5: rosemary’s baby
4: manhattan
3: diva
2: casablanca
1: blade runner

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Kill Bill Too?...

Post by Last Real Burner » Mon Apr 19, 2004 3:17 pm

Has anyone seen this yet?

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Post by Force » Mon Apr 19, 2004 7:19 pm

Saw "Hellboy". Good flick, a well-executed action/wierdness movie. Recommended if you like that sort of thing.

I'm gonna give fair warning to an observation that may taint your enjoyment of it, you should be able to jump past it by clicking three times on the scroll bar below the scroll box if I get the spacing right.

I couldn't help feeling they'd have better captured the mood they were shooting for (dark and twisted) if...













Tim Burton had directed it. Don't get me wrong, I'm still recommending it, and fans of Hellboy will probably love seeing their comic brought to life. There were a few things I didn't get, references that were obviously meant for those fans. I just think the mood should have been more like "Dark City" than it was. Here and there, there were a few artistic moments that kept a slippery grasp on the darkness they were trying to convey, but overall it was a popcorn movie.







































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Post by LeChatNoir » Mon Apr 19, 2004 8:15 pm

Hellboy...

Yep, Yep... I'd see it again. One I'm sure I'll revisit from time to time.

Speaking of movies worth revisiting:

"Oh, Brother Where Art Thou"

At least in my opinion...
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Post by Guest » Mon Apr 19, 2004 8:19 pm

For pure cinematic soul,, in a horse,,, Hidalgo.

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Post by Rob the Wop » Mon Apr 19, 2004 10:55 pm

LeChatNoir wrote:Hellboy...

Yep, Yep... I'd see it again. One I'm sure I'll revisit from time to time.

Speaking of movies worth revisiting:

"Oh, Brother Where Art Thou"

At least in my opinion...
And before you watch the movie, make sure to re-read (or read) Homer's The Odyssey". It will give you a whole new outlook on the movie. Try and find the different characters and scenes that are based on the literature.
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Post by dougaldutch » Tue Apr 20, 2004 3:10 am

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Anybody seen “Rabbit Proof Fence”?
Not seen it but my Aussie friend recommended it highly and her word is usually spot on. I personally recommend "Touching the void" if you love mountains then the scenery alone will blow you away, before you even consider the plot. If you want to climb mountains then this wil make you think twice, if you have never wanted to climb mountains you will now. All the more gripping because it is true. Be prepared to swear with a conviction you never knew you had.

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Post by robotland » Tue Apr 20, 2004 5:54 am

Two favorites featuring British actor Richard E. Grant:

Withnail and I

How To Get Ahead In Advertising

(perhaps I meant "favourites".)
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Post by AntiM » Wed Apr 21, 2004 6:49 am

worst movie ever: Hard Rock Zombies.

Saw Kill Bill too ... good, but will enjoy it far more when I get both movies on dvd and can watch them straight through as one.

I liked hildalgo, not so much as a movie, but for all the burning man nudges winks and giggles larry (ntl) and I traded throughout the movie. I especially coveted some of the Bedouin tents. I probably never can watch any desert movie ever again without grinning.

Skipped Hellboy, Larry liked it but he is easily amused. I plan on seeing Van Helsing though, no expectations. I am also easily amused.

I have to find Cherry 2000, there's a scene with either vegas or reno buried under the desert; shows an old casino with mannequin showgirls sticking up through the sand. Looked like a great art project. I've only caught part of it once on tv, I bet it would blend in well with my worst ever collection.

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Post by midgetsonparade » Wed Apr 21, 2004 10:43 am

Of course Kill Bill Volume 1 and 2 were amazing. I watched the first one on DVD and then went to the theatre right after to see the 2nd. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind was great as well. I have seen that 2 times now. The character Kate W plays could be a burner. She has good style at the minimum.
Cherry 2000 rocks the house. I have not seen it since I was about 15 or 16 so I might be wrong.

Hard Rock Zombies...Is that the one with the midget dressed like Hitler that kills people with a weed wacker?

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Hard Rock Zombies is cake.

Post by Ranger Genius » Wed Apr 21, 2004 10:59 am

Hard Rock Zombies is, in fact a horrible movie. Worse, even, than Titanic. It does in fact feature undead nazis and gratuitous zombies, as well as midget self-cannibalism. But even in its vileness, it is not the worst movie I have ever seen. (Mind you, I have seen a number of the movies that were later sent up by MST3K). The movie to which I refer is so putrid, so brain-numbingly horrible, that I almost dare not speak its name.

We'll put it this way: We had just watched Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of death (surprisingly good, actually).

We followed that with a viewing of Hard Rock Zombies (And we weren't even in any sort of a chemically altered state, yet we finished HRZ).

AFTER having completed both of those movies (with the attendant heckling and snide comments one makes in order to survive them,) we hazarded a gander at WEREWOLVES ON WHEELS.

We were pretty desensitized to uninspired filmmaking (if you'll pardon the litote) at this point, and yet we managed only to survive about ten minutes of WoW.

If you're ever overcome by cinematic masochism and have to punish yourself for all of the sins of Mankind, find a copy and try to watch it. You'll build up enough good film karma that you could make a sequel to "Dude, Where's My Car" and not go to Film Hell.

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Post by rodent » Wed Apr 21, 2004 12:39 pm

Oh yeah?!? Try "Andy Warhol's Frankenstein" sometime...

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hah!

Post by AntiM » Wed Apr 21, 2004 3:34 pm

Well, as one can tell, it takes a genius to know watcing movies at my place is ... mind-numbing. Or perhaps not.

I also have Slaves of the Cannibal God. Good servants are so hard to find these days.

Now go back to work, sleep, masturbating, whatever....

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Re: hah!

Post by rodent » Wed Apr 21, 2004 3:44 pm

AntiM wrote: Now go back to work, sleep, masturbating, whatever....
Heeey.... that's what I try and do... at the same time....

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Post by RingO'Fire » Wed Apr 21, 2004 8:30 pm

dougaldutch,
(and everyone else too)

Have you seen "Sweet Sixteen?" It was shot on location in Scotland with no name actors (well, I'm sure they had names of some kind, but just not ones that most of us have heard). I think it's just a couple of years old. It's an excellent view into part of the seedy underbelly of Scottish heroin culture, told through the story of a teenage drug dealer.

Sobering, but an excellent, gripping story. The best part though was hearing the native dialect of the Scottish actors; it was barely recognizable as the English language! They had to put subtitles in the movie so you could understand what the actors were saying! Without the subtitles, f'ged oboud it, I think I would have only understood every fifth word or so.

Listening to the actors talk, it seems like everybody's a "we'un" or a "fuckin' cunt" in Scotland! Excellent movie!
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Post by Apollonaris Zeus » Wed Apr 21, 2004 9:32 pm

Haven't seen The Passion of Christ, but...

I borrowed a copy of "The Life of Brian"

and I'm real excited at seeing this one again!

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Post by dougaldutch » Thu Apr 22, 2004 3:33 am

I have seen "sweet sixteen" and been to few of those locatins as well. Another great saying that I think would translate onto the playa as someone is stealing your bike or trying to make off in your art car, is to holler "Ya fuck'n wee radge" and I am sure they will be sufficiently chastised, stop and return your property forthwith.

Worst movie, gorefest I've seen of late is Cradle of Fear (lead is that wee bugger from Cradle of Filth, danni something) and is 2 hours of non stop, non related, poorly shot, crap special effects and hammy acting I have ever seen. Still you get to see some boobs. Not wanting to ruin it for anyone but the crab climbing out of the top of his head at the end is a WINNER

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Post by robotland » Thu Apr 22, 2004 8:52 am

"Wrestling Women Versus The Aztec Mummy" (shot in black and white, but with color gels to give "mood effects" in cetain scenes- green for envy, red for violence....)

"Bucket of Blood" (murderous beatnik artist kills people and covers them with plaster, exhibiting them as sculptures...)
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Post by Last Real Burner » Thu Apr 22, 2004 9:12 am

Ahh yes Bucket of Blood. I had to have seen that when I was eight or nine maybe. It's a wonder I'm not just as crazy. great movie

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Post by blyslv » Thu Apr 22, 2004 10:45 am

"Tunes of Glory" Sir Alec Guiness, men in kilts, the Scottish brogue and flip-flopping sympathies until the very end, what's not to like? Oh yeah, it's got bagpipes skirling too. Me and my honey talked for days about it. Flawed war hero and a decaying ruling class, ya gotta love it.
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Post by Force » Fri Apr 23, 2004 12:18 am

Of course everyone here has seen "brazil"....

Some people watch that movie and get really annoyed by the lack of an easily discernable plotline, (and I've even felt that way myself at times upon rewatching it) but I think it may have helped me deal with the frustrating illogic of everyday life....

When dealing with a really frustrating bureaucracy or especially illogical or just plain stupid person, I sometimes vent that frustration internally by telling myself that no one could really be that stupid or mean or whatever, they're just a character in my movie, and what they're doing is necessary to move the plot forward.... and I try and figure out why that is.

Add to that the astounding visuals and amazing sets, and the fact that this is at least one terry gilliam movie that hollywood didn't make him tack a happy ending onto, and you have a resounding classic.

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