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Post by theCryptofishist » Tue Jun 01, 2004 12:28 pm

Gee, I had a great time sitting in the theatre yelling "Burn the Furniture! Books will never give you enough BTUs!" to fully justify the matinee price.

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Post by Rob the Wop » Tue Jun 01, 2004 1:33 pm

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Post by shitmouse » Tue Jun 01, 2004 7:11 pm

ok burn mangs,

this is one fabulous movie by erol morris.
"Vernon, Florida".

buy it. trust me. a true beauty.
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Kneel before me...

Post by Last Real Burner » Sun Jun 13, 2004 11:08 am

Cronicals of Riddick hmmmm.... let's see

It was a good movie. the effects were amazing and big. Dame Dench is an truly and awe inspiring actress her presences in this film makes it worth the ticket. The cinematography is some of the best I've ever seen. The story is a little thin, try not to follow to close, or make to much sense of things, after all the guy's eyes are glowing. It's fast paced, with lots of action, and Vin plays a good action hero. I would not be surprised if he takes over the "Terminator" role from Arnold, or mad max from what's his name. Oh, the bad guy scenes are a little shallow, I mean he's taken over millions of people and he converts like 25 totally like, movie Extra looking cats over to his cause. After a long and boring We will kill you now if you do not kneel down and pray to my God and wear this funny costume with nylon tights", and I could here one of the extras murmmer "I hope this guy's God knows that were Union, and we hit golden time 15 minutes ago."

All in all, an Ok film.


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Post by shitmouse » Sun Jun 13, 2004 11:29 am

just watched -(again)
"man bites dog"

great tongue in cheek humor about a serial killer.
pretty raw.
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Post by robbidobbs » Sun Jun 13, 2004 12:45 pm

Last Real Burner wrote:Cronicals of Riddick hmmmm.... let's see
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All in all, an Ok film.
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I give Riddick the two thumbs up, but I'm a sucker for CGA-soup effects, sci-fi/fantasy storylines, dark motif, and "action" that looks very expensive to create.

Excellent directing/cinematography/costume & set design (CG or not). Thin on the plot? I liked looking at the pretty pictures. Fuck plots, this is a comic book!

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Post by Zephryus » Sun Jun 13, 2004 4:43 pm

Is "Riddick" better than it's prequel "Pitch Black"? 'Cause that movie sucked. Some films are so bad that not even Keith David can redeem them.

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Pitch Riddick...

Post by Last Real Burner » Sun Jun 20, 2004 10:38 pm

Zephryus wrote:Is "Riddick" better than it's prequel "Pitch Black"? 'Cause that movie sucked. Some films are so bad that not even Keith David can redeem them.
To tell you the truth I like Pitch Black better. The concept was new, he was bad ass, everything had an edge to it.

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Post by Isotopia » Mon Jun 21, 2004 9:54 am

Is "Riddick" better than it's prequel "Pitch Black"? 'Cause that movie sucked. Some films are so bad that not even Keith David can redeem them.
Things could have been worse. I mean, Kevin Costner could have been cast.

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Post by theCryptofishist » Mon Jun 21, 2004 11:54 am

I hear that at this time, Kevin Costner is slated to be in so many long, boring self-indulgent movies, that he's actually been cloned in order to be able to handle the work load.

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Post by robotland » Mon Jun 21, 2004 12:05 pm

shitmouse wrote: "Vernon, Florida".

-b
What about "The Gates of Heaven" and "Thin Blue Line"? Actually, I haven't seen a BAD Errol Morris film, especially considering the Philip Glass soundtracks. (The soundtrack to TBL was just re-released, minus the incessant voice-overs that spoiled the previous release....)

IFC runs "A Brief History of Errol Morris" fairly often- In fact, it was just on over the weekend. He's quite a piece of work!
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Post by samtzu » Mon Jun 21, 2004 1:49 pm

From the Morris website:
"I like the idea of making films about ostensibly nothing," Morris told The New Yorker's Mark Singer. "That's what all my movies are about. That and the idea that we're in a position of certainty, truth, infallible knowledge, when actually we're just a bunch of apes running around."
Now, that's a theme I can get behind!

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Post by Rob the Wop » Mon Jun 21, 2004 2:21 pm

Just watched the animation The Triplettes of Bellevelle. Awesome flick. A must see, especially for those fans of older animation styles like Max Fleischer's unique style.
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Post by cowboyangel » Mon Jun 21, 2004 9:05 pm

don't waste your time on "Control Room" (about al-jazeera) try instead
Al-Jazeera by Mohammed El-Naway
and
Adel Ishkandar (love these Arabic names! I want one)
The movie focused way too much on the senior producer and was lacking in really probing questions...some good moments
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Post by cowboyangel » Fri Jun 25, 2004 7:30 pm

just saw Michael More's Farenheit 911....imperfect yet great documentary...more later...must watch Giants destroy A's....
Gee Bush is stupider than I ever imagined! what an embarassment to have such a dim-wit as president
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Post by cowboyangel » Fri Jun 25, 2004 11:03 pm

wow check out the user reviews of Farenheit 911 on Yahoo
http://movies.yahoo.com/shop?d=hv&cf=in ... 40&intl=us
...about 2000 reviews already posted- overall grade of B- and that's because there was a dearth of F ratings from a lowbrow set of folks bent more on insulting Moore than reviewing his film....Amazing how many A+s there were and how many F's almost nothing in-between...you either liked it or hated it. Shows the ideological split in the USA at the moment.
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Post by DVD Burner » Fri Jun 25, 2004 11:12 pm

cowboyangel wrote: Gee Bush is stupider than I ever imagined! what an embarassment to have such a dim-wit as president
Imagine him with Dan Quale as vise president. speaking of movies, I have a friend in N.Y. that collects every bit of footage about Dan Quale.
Truely amzing shit. You wont be able to tell which one is dumber.
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Post by diane o'thirst » Sat Jun 26, 2004 1:13 am

Not ashamed to admit it, I love Phantom of the Opera. Even have the soundtrack. Been known to sing a chorus or two from it, spontaneously. Even had a Death Records t-shirt until it fell apart, would get another.

Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park...aigh. I remember seeing that on television the first time. I was a raving Kiss fanatic and about a half-hour into it, I was feeling sick. By movie's end, I was mind-bogglingly in loathe with it. Awful movie. Took a bootleg videotape about five years later to remind me how awful it was. "Runaway" with Gene Simmons as the techie bad guy was parsecs better.

Haven't seen Van Helsing, not because I hear it's bad, but because I'd be rooting for the monsters and I'd probably walk away with a sour feeling in my craw because they die.

Recent films: I liked Hidalgo — another horse person, natch. Viggo was actually better in that role than he was in Aragorn, if you don't mind a small heresy (and I loved the whole LOTR cycle). I just dig epic adventures, what can I say? Troy was alright but the theme of "We're making history here" kind of got cloying after awhile. Dug the Chronicles of Riddick, but missed a lot of references because I didn't see True Black.

Hellboy was a good time, too. Ron Perlman plays these crazy, illogical characters and brings a down-to-earth identifiability to them.

Past favourites: Fifth Element, Hellraiser and Hellbound, that whole trilogy of Time Bandits - Brazil - Baron Munchausen, pretty much all of Tim Burton's catalog (my deepest wet dream is to have him direct a screen version of the book I'm working on), Fantasia and Fantasia 2000, Lion King, the '90s remake of Dr. Caligari. Probably more but it's late and I can't think of 'em...
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Post by diane o'thirst » Sat Jun 26, 2004 1:16 am

Oops, sorry. Phantom of the Paradise. Toldja it was late.
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Post by Apollonaris Zeus » Sat Jun 26, 2004 9:39 pm

cowboyangel wrote:just saw Michael More's Farenheit 911....imperfect yet great documentary...more later...must watch Giants destroy A's....
Gee Bush is stupider than I ever imagined! what an embarassment to have such a dim-wit as president
Sadly that movies won't make to Montana until after the elections, but with Montana an historically Republican state it won't make a difference in the election even if declared himself dictator- in fact he probably get more votes.

Anybody remember "Fritz the Cat?"

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Post by cowboyangel » Sun Jun 27, 2004 5:15 pm

'Fahrenheit 9/11' Sets Documentary Record

2 hours, 37 minutes ago


By DAVID GERMAIN, AP Movie Writer

LOS ANGELES - Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" took in a whopping $21.8 million in its first three days, becoming the first documentary ever to debut as Hollywood's top weekend film.






If Sunday's estimates hold when final numbers are released Monday, "Fahrenheit 9/11" would set a record in a single weekend as the top-grossing documentary ever outside of concert films and movies made for huge-screen IMAX theaters.

Adding the film's haul at two New York City theaters where it opened Wednesday, two days earlier than the rest of the country, boosted "Fahrenheit 9/11" to $21.96 million.

"Bowling for Columbine," Moore's 2002 Academy Award-winning documentary, previously held the documentary record with $21.6 million.

"Fahrenheit 9/11," Moore's assault on President Bush (news - web sites)'s actions after the 2001 terrorist attacks, won the top honor at last month's Cannes Film Festival (news - web sites) and has attracted attention from both sides in the presidential campaign.

The movie has been embraced by left-wing groups, which mobilized members to see it during the opening weekend. Conservative groups sought to discourage theaters from showing it and asked the Federal Election Commission (news - web sites) to examine its ads for potential violations of campaign-finance law regulating when commercials may feature a presidential candidate.

"I want to thank all the right-wing organizations out there who tried to stop the film, either from their harassment campaign that didn't work on the theater owners, or going to the FEC to get our ads removed from television, to all the things that have been said on television," Moore said. "It's only encouraged more people to go and see it."


must be alot a folks out there who want to know the truth......
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Post by Wind_Borne » Sun Jun 27, 2004 11:03 pm

cowboyangel wrote: must be alot a folks out there who want to know the truth......
Truth? Hmm...

Fahrenheit 9/11. Battleship Potemkin. Triumph of the Will. Rhetorical masterpieces all; but truth?
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Post by DVD Burner » Sun Jun 27, 2004 11:21 pm

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Post by Wind_Borne » Sun Jun 27, 2004 11:48 pm

Good of you to say so! Amusing new avatar you have there.
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Post by DVD Burner » Sun Jun 27, 2004 11:51 pm

I've got quite a few from this one.
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Post by Force » Mon Jun 28, 2004 1:01 am

Yeah, I dug Riddick although it was stupid in parts, mainly because of the scope of the sets, if you can call cgi that. But see, that's what more movies should look like in my opinion, and it fucking baffles me that more of them don't take advantage of the bigscreen the way that one does.

Interesting to see them graft a history and backstory onto a character that way. Worked pretty seamlessly I thought.

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Post by DVD Burner » Mon Jun 28, 2004 1:16 am

Hey Force. Man everyone is comming outta the wood work. Hope you and your lovely wife are having a ton of fun.

Anyhoo, I hear ya on the movie sets thing but to a certain extent i disagree. there have been a few really great movie sets' (CGI/Matte painting) done for years. If you dont notice it then they have done their job.

Just had to speak up for those that really work hard at it in the buissness like my friend the ledgendary Matte painter special f/x artist
Paul Swendsen who did Willow (as seen on the website) and my music video amoungst a ton of other really awsome movies.


BTW Willow is worth another look see IMHO.
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Post by Steven bradford » Mon Jun 28, 2004 1:20 am

This is a film that attempts to harness a Brief History of Time style exploration of Physics to a Character undergoing existential angst, with many scenes reminiscent of a BBC science Doc.

Good things. Lots of Pretty Portland shots. Marilee Maitland(sp?) and high production Value.

Bad things? It sucks. Unlike a The Brief History of Time and the BBC docs, it doesn't bother to explain what the hell it's talking aobut. It settles for unidentified talking heads your're supposed to believe because they're well spoken, engaging, and very big on the screen. And sound authouritatively spriritual or scientific. It tells you, very didactically, TheWayThingsAre, with out explaining the why or how, or why you should believe them.

I think it may actually be a TM and or Scientologist produced stealth film.
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Post by DVD Burner » Mon Jun 28, 2004 1:26 am

Steven, what film are you speaking of?
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Post by Steven bradford » Mon Jun 28, 2004 7:03 am

Sorry, I wrote it in the subject line, but it didn't come through for some reason. It's called What the %$*@! Do We Know. An Art house film.
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