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16  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: July 01, 2009, 01:13:59 PM
The Rodriguez segment is usually the one that gets all the praise but I don't like that story either.
Too cutesy/Spy Kids type crap.
I like QT's segment a lot and love the Hitchcock original.

I agree with everything you just said.
17  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate the Last CD You Listened To on: June 24, 2009, 08:32:19 PM
Umphrey's McGee -- Mantis  5/10

Pretty cheesy, man, this band can't seem to get it right in the studio.  Their live records and bootlegs are great though.
18  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Documentaries on: June 24, 2009, 08:28:51 PM
I'm with you on American Movie.
19  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: My video on: June 24, 2009, 08:22:02 PM
you might want to tone down the porn. too much penis.

On the other hand, i would advise you to do the opposite.  Tone up the porn. There's not nearly enough.  In fact, consider a career as a pornographer.
20  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: April 17, 2009, 09:22:23 PM
Shoot the Pianist (1960) - 8/10
The atmosphere is at times even hysterical although it didn't make me laugh. And the story is actually pretty epic for an 80-minute movie.

For optimal viewing: watch the first minutes in italian with english subs (right up till the first scene with Kinski).  I find the dubbing is not very good in the first little bit and can kill the mood of the movie, but after that first little bit it all gets better.  I don't know, i always enjoyed the movie a lot more that way.

And i'd definitely agree on the 9/10.
Shoot the Pianist (1960) - 8/10
The atmosphere is at times even hysterical although it didn't make me laugh. And the story is actually pretty epic for an 80-minute movie.

Enjoyable but not the most memorable.  Check out Melville's Le Doulos as many members have recommended here.  You won't regret it.

21  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: April 15, 2009, 05:13:19 PM
I loved it too.
Have the dvd but haven't gotten around to watching it yet.

I love it, man.  I love it too.

As for some recent movies I've seen..

Slumdog Millionaire -- Complete Shit / 10

Le Doulos -- 8.5/10.  Man, brilliant storytelling.

The Holy Mountain -- Still a big mother-effing 10/10.

Once Upon a Time in the West -- Flawless / 10.  By the third time I watched this movie, I was convinced it was the best film ever made.  It has improved with every viewing since.
22  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Songs currently playing in your brain and\or you're singing. on: March 22, 2009, 12:14:22 PM
Is that you on the solo guitar at 1:35? You play guitar, right?

23  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: QT Movies on: March 21, 2009, 04:56:35 PM
PF is more about characters than plot. You don't watch it for the story, you watch it to spend time with the characters. You either like Vince and Mia and the rest or you don't, and nothing that happens can change that. I actually think the characters are interesting, at least in the ways they relate to each other. Vince isn't all that interesting a person on his own (spends his down time reading Modesty Blaise strip cartoons), but when challenged by Mia or the Samuel L. character he holds up his end of the conversation (and I like the brief encounter between Vince and "Punchy": there's a nice slow burn moment there). Groggy says he doesn't care for the diner scenes, but the second one is where Travolta and Samuel L. get into it over eating "swine" and the "miracle" and what Jackson's gonna do if he leaves "the life." You don't have to endorse either man's position to enjoy the two as they debate. And when Jackson talks about "walking the earth" like Caine in Kung-Fu I crack up every time. PF is just a very funny movie, and the humor is almost entirely due to the character interactions. This is why I put QTs films and the Coen Bros movies together in my mind: these are some of the best American satires made in the last 20 years.

Seconded, bro.  For sure.
24  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Songs currently playing in your brain and\or you're singing. on: March 21, 2009, 03:50:51 PM
In a bout of Groggy-esque self-advertisement, I am going to post my own band's version of Spain by Chick Corea/Gettin' Jiggy With It by Will Smith (though the performance is riddled with technical and musical errors).
25  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Red Dead Revolver on: March 15, 2009, 07:40:19 PM
Nice dude.  It better be tight.  There needs to be a really MIND-BLOWING western video game.
26  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: QT Movies on: March 15, 2009, 07:33:40 PM
Pulp Fiction for me.
27  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Thoughts on the 2009 Oscars on: March 15, 2009, 09:51:24 AM
Grin This must be the first time I laugh at Titoli's joke.

I dunno, I think his jokes are always pretty funny.....

But, uh, he rarely makes 'em.
28  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: My Kind of Town (2009) on: March 14, 2009, 10:32:16 AM
Hey that actually looks pretty dang sweet, RR.  Big up ya'self.
29  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: March 14, 2009, 10:26:59 AM
City of God -- 9/10.

I remember seeing this three years ago or so when I was first getting into the cinema... thought it was amazing, bought it immediately, watched it a few more times, but it's just been sitting in the DVD stack ever since, 'cause i got into more uh... "substantial" movies, Leone, Kurosawa, etc.

Well I got the urge to watch it again last night and thoroughly enjoyed it.

I was afraid that if I watched it again it would just annoy me, and fall into the that category of cliche modern crime films with the "strange chronology," flashy editing, and non-stop inane dialogue (which I used to love but became quickly disillusioned with).  Luckily, this film shows a lot more originality with these conventions and doesn't exploit the "in-your-face" hipsterdom like a Guy Ritchie affair.

No doubt there is the flashy editing, but it's self-aware, and the chronology, though abnormal, is much more controlled, a la Pulp Fiction, and actually serves a narrative purpose in comparison to a film like Fight Club or Snatch, where it feels to me like they just fuck with the chronology for the hell of it.

In fact the way that this film deals with the direction and editing styles in relation to the chronology is very interesting.  My favorite segment, no doubt, is the beginning of the film, which takes place in the 60's, and shows the lives of the so-called "Tender Trio" of young hoodlums.  These aren't sociopaths, but mischievous hopeless romantics whose twisty, poetic dialogue is reminiscent of the French New Wave.  I almost wish more focus of the film was on those guys.

As the film moves on and shows the next generation of gangs in the seventies, it takes on a more modern-feeling approach.  More violent, more akin to a blaxploitation flick.  Whereas in the sixties you would see these kids passing around a joint every now and then, in the seventies they're slangin' 'caine and doin' lines like no other.  The violence is less romantacized, more brutal, and they take the opportunity to flash back to the sixties to show the more violent aspects that would have seemed out-of-place as we were seeing them.

It's in this manner that City of God makes the "chronology" cliche really work for me.  It actually serves a narrative purpose and the director toys with the styles of editing and direction as he moves through the decades, while still giving it a modern feel throughout.  It starts of feeling romantic and new-wavy (aside form a brief two-minute or so intro), and gradually becomes more "modern" feeling and gritty, and by the time we get to "the Story of Knockout Ned," it feels completely like a 2000's movie.

That's all I really wanted to say about the movie, not necessarily review it but give my thoughts on one aspect of it.  All in all it's an excellent movie, probably one of the better of this decade.
30  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In America / Re: I'm just back from NYC and... on: March 03, 2009, 06:49:27 PM
Dude, Hippie Leone is the man.  He'd get on well with CJ!
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