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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: November 11, 2009, 01:10:54 PM »
Saw Nicolas Cage's Knowing last sunday.
I like the twilight zone-ish premise so I gave it a chance, then I got what I deserved.
http://greetingsfromlawrenceville.blogspot.com/2009/11/knowing-alex-proyas-2009.html

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Avatar (2009)
« on: November 11, 2009, 01:08:02 PM »
I'm looking forward to this movie. I went to the preview screening (Avatar Day as it was called) and it looked rather awesome, even though the storyline seemed awfully cliched.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: November 08, 2009, 05:59:11 AM »
I went to see Zombieland in the cinema last thursday, and I loved it. 8/10
Posted a review of it on my blog http://www.greetingsfromlawrenceville.blogspot.com/

I also saw 8 1/2 on the big screen yesterday, that was fun.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Koyaanisqatsi (1982)
« on: November 01, 2009, 04:08:42 PM »
Just saw this movie and wrote a review of it on my blog.


Koyaanisqatsi is not really a documentary, but rather a document, an excursion into the realm of pure cinema. I don‘t think this movie is trying to deliver the message that man has made a mess of the world, that message seems a little too obvious, I think that most of all, the movie‘s intention is to create an intense audio/visual experience, to recreate the kind of experience that is standing on top of a mountain with an iPod in your ear and marvel at the awesome landscape. Indeed Godfrey Reggio, the film‘s director has stated that "it is up [to] the viewer to take for himself/herself what it is that [the film] means."

In Roger Ebert’s three-star review of the film he said: “All of the images in this movie are beautiful, even the images of man despoiling the environment. The first shot of smokestacks is no doubt supposed to make us recoil in horror, but actually I thought they looked rather noble.“ Even though I disagree with Ebert‘s assertion that the shot of smokestacks is no doubt supposed to make us recoil in horror, I think he is absolutely right about the image being noble. Maybe the filmmakers are trying to make some statement about man‘s attraction to destruction but my impression is that the image of the smokestacks and the footage of the flaming rocket plummeting to earth that closes the film, are quite breathtaking and beautiful despite the fact that in essence these images are quite horrific. Maybe, the idea is that man can find beauty in even the unlikeliest places.
All of this is magnified by Philip Glass‘s music. It could be argued that Philip Glass is the true auteur of the film. At first Philip Glass was reluctant to score the film, as he had never composed music for movies before, but agreed after seeing a photo montage, assembled by Godfrey Reggio, put to Philip Glass music. The movie is so seamlessly attached to the music, that if you were to watch the movie with the sound off, the rhythm of the film‘s editing would almost make you feel the music. Likewise Philip Glass‘s score is as close as you can get to a „movie for the ears“ as possible.
Ron Fricke, the film‘s cinematographer (who deserves just as much credit as Reggio and Glass) made another similar movie called Baraka, wich I haven‘t seen, but appearantly treads many of the same waters.

If aliens ever land on our planet and demand a brief introduction in audio/visual form about what we, the human race, have been up to, collectively, for the last hundred years or so, Koyaanisqatsi might very well serve that purpose. But would the aliens appreciate the artistry of the film? That remains to be seen.

http://greetingsfromlawrenceville.blogspot.com/

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Have any of you seen this movie? I would like to know what you think.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Last Book You Read
« on: November 01, 2009, 04:03:00 PM »
The last book I finished reading was Philip K. Dick's Ubik, wich I liked very much. Then I started reading Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut, but had to put that aside for a while because I have to read To Kill a Mockingbird for English Class, but that's fine, so far I like To Kill A Mockingbird very much.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: November 30, 2008, 12:08:52 PM »
Good, sir!!!!!!!

Eraserhead - 7/10
Wtf?
In heaven everything is fine... In heaven everything is fine

haha, I love this movie.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Last Book You Read
« on: November 29, 2008, 05:32:31 PM »
Currently reading The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Last Book You Read
« on: November 25, 2008, 12:27:01 PM »
Just finished reading Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut.
Currently reading Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said by Philip K. Dick.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The greatest of the 'Godfather' moments?
« on: November 22, 2008, 09:38:55 AM »
My personal favourite scene in the whole trilogy is Michael's flashback at the end of Part II.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Changeling (2008)
« on: November 08, 2008, 11:34:14 AM »
Lennie Niehaus did the "Unforgiven" score but Clint has wrote the music for "Mystic River", "Million Dollar Baby", "Flags of Our Fathers", "Letters from Iwo Jima", and now "Changeling." Like I said, some people may find his style simple and sometimes boring but I love it.
Right on!

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: November 08, 2008, 11:32:05 AM »
In the Mood For Love -
Imdb plot summary: A man and a woman move in to neighboring Hong Kong apartments and form a bond when they both suspect their spouses of extra-marital activities

2nd viewing. I think this is a wonderful movie and it stirs up a lot of emotions, something that only a few movies have been doing for me lately. The visuals are stunning. One of the most interesting things about this movie is that most of the time these kind of stories are about the people who are actually cheating on their spouses, but these two aren't really doing anything wrong, they're the victims in this situation; yet they feel guilty for seeing each other, even though they're not lovers, physically that is, because of 'what the neighbors might think', literally in this case.
Another thing I noticed on second viewing that I didn't notice the first time around is that you almost never see the face of anyone but the two main characters, maybe because they are constantly being watched by everyone else, in a sense every person in the movie except for Mr. Chow and Mrs. Chan are us the audience watching the film. Even when they are by themselves, away from the neighbors, the camera is placed behind a door or something that gives the feeling that they are being watched and they seem to be aware of it.

I think I'm starting to ramble. the picture below demonstrates what I'm trying to say better than I ever could. Definately check this movie out.



I also saw two other movies by the guy who made this movie, Wong Kar Wai is his name, recently; Chungking Express and Fallen Angels, both of wich I adored especially the latter. I'll write more about them later.
Wong Kar Wai rules  O0

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: October 25, 2008, 11:48:58 AM »
Wasn't the whole thing on the extras? I found it rather unbelievable that he still held such a grudge after all the success he had with Megadeth. Okay, being in Metallica is always something else, but still...
I'm not a fan of metallica nor megadeth, but megadeth are way cooler in my opinion.

anyway, last movie seen: the sword and the sorcerer
enjoyed it very much, a lot of campy fun. the only real dissapointment is that neither the sword nor the sorcerer play a big role in the story.

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly 16
Once Upon a Time in the West 43 (+1)
Duck, You Sucker 2 (-1)

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Southland Tales (2006)
« on: September 16, 2008, 03:27:06 PM »
my favourite scene is either the scene with the Killers song or the scene where Boxer Santaros and Krysta Now describe their movie to Roland Taverner. "the future is going to be far more futuristic than originally predicted" haha  ;D

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Southland Tales (2006)
« on: September 15, 2008, 11:31:19 AM »
Southland Tales is one of the most darndest movies I have ever seen, I love it to pieces but I have a hard time explaining my fascination with it.
It's a deeply flawed in movie in 'more ways than one' as one of its main characters might put it, but mostly in the way that it is simply trying to cover too many topics in one movie (alternative fuels, the war on terror, big brother, time travel, the space-time continuum and of course the end of the world.)
The storyline is a gigantic sprawling mess that doesn't make a whole lotta sense and there are so many characters that I wouldn't be surprised if Richard Kelly himself lost count of 'em, but that is exactly why I like it so much, this over-ambition and insistence on doing something different, it's a mess to be sure but it's a highly ambitious mess and that's more than I can say about most movies.

All the characters in this overpopulated movie have very strange names like Boxer Santaros (Dwayne Johnson), Cindy Pinziki (Nora Dunn), Baron von Westphalen (Wallace Shawn), Pilot Abilene (Justin Timberlake), Zora Carmichaels (Cheri Oteri), Simon Theory (Kevin Smith) et cetera....
The two most normal names in the movie is probably the names of twin brothers Roland and Ronald Taverner (played by Sean William Scott)

The casting in this movie is one of its greatest strenghts, The Rock plays the schizophrenic hollywood star Boxer Santaros and actually delivers a very convincing comic performance, this is a role that probably can't be played well in technical terms, but Dwayne Johnson plays it badly better than anybody else could have. Sean William Scott plays the part of the twin brothers who suddenly find themselves as pawns in dangerous game planned by a bunch of neo-marxists very convincingly, not once does he put on that silly Stifler grin. Sarah Michelle Gellar is perfect as the psychic porn star with a topical-chat-reality show.

Southland Tales is scattered with obsessive detail throughout, for example: Nana Mae Frost, the head of US-Ident, a big brother-like agency, wears a dress very similar to the one worn by the queen in Snow White, and if you look closely you see that Nana Mae Frost has seven dwarves working for her.
There are a lot of toilets throughout the movie, a huge one can be seen in the neo marxist compund, wich blends pretty well with all the talk about bowel movements throughout the film. The Neo Marxist compund also has a wide collection of bowling pins with ex-president's heads on 'em.
Justin Timberlake, under the effect of a drug called fluid karma that is fueled by the ocean, does a musical sequence in wich he lip synchs All These Things I've Done by The Killers in a bowling alley for soldiers, surrounded by dancing girls dressed like Marilyn Monroe.
The final act of the movie involves most of the characters going on a zeppelin, named after Karl Marx's widow, Jenny von Westphalen. Rebekah Del Rio does a wonderful rendition of the national anthem, strangely though the first two lines are sung in spanish. The two Sean William Scotts are on board a levitating ice truck that is flying over the streets of LA and suddenly everybody seems kind of aware of the roles they play in this feverish apocalyptic thriller.

Like I said, this is the darndest film.
Kurug3n mentioned Dr. Strangelove, that movie was one of Richard Kelly's main influences for this movie. Richard Kelly also mentioned Pulp Fiction, Brazil and Kiss Me Deadly as influences, the latest of wich is referenced a lot, it's iconic final scene is shown on the megazeppelin.
Maybe the day will come that Southland Tales is seen as the Dr. Strangelove for the 2000's, but I mostly see it as a 2000's update of Kathryn Bigelow's Strange Days, wich was released in 1995, both movies envision a bleak near future, yet approached in a very comedic way, where you are constantly being watched and most law officials are corrupt and rotten to the core.
Strange Days is not quite as bizarre as Southland Tales but they share a lot of elements.

Anyhoo, for those of you who haven't seen this film I recommend that you watch it, but don't try to follow the plot, rather immerse yourself in its weirdness.

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