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Off-Topic Discussion / Asian Horror
« on: February 03, 2008, 12:07:22 AM »
It's too bad the closest we get to asian horror here in the U.S. is American remakes (most of them crappy) of these movies.  And seldom do we get the chance to have them on sale for $30.00 or more, like the Takashi Mike ones that are available, such as Audition.

This is just an ode to Asian Horror. Movies I'd like to see, others I'd prefer to stay away from, etc.

Feel free to post trailers.

I'll start with "Gozu", i never understood what it's about (from trailers and such), but then of course it is Takashi Miike...

Web Site Announcements / Love the costume avatar thingies but...
« on: October 23, 2007, 03:09:06 PM »
I don't know who anyone is anymore...

well, instead of looking at everyone's profile to find out who everyone is.... how about we post it here.

example: The Tingler = The Firecracker

Off-Topic Discussion / the George Clooney appreciation thread..
« on: October 08, 2007, 01:37:59 PM »

Off-Topic Discussion / the Paul Newman appreciation thread:
« on: October 08, 2007, 01:16:47 PM »

Off-Topic Discussion / the Humphrey Bogart appreciation thread:
« on: October 08, 2007, 12:55:34 PM »

Off-Topic Discussion / Super Bad...
« on: August 21, 2007, 12:24:38 PM »
came in at number one with a whopping 33 million on its opening weekend. 

FC and I went to see it on opening night (cos we had nothing better to do) and they were actually checking IDs at the theatre entrance.. it was very, uh, graphic, which is why i understood the ID ordeal. There were kids in line that looked way older than us and were actually sixteen or something.  Not a single adult over the age of twenty-five was in that theatre.


However arrogant the guy was, Jean Luc Godard certainly deserves a substantial amount of credit for his contributions to the world of cinema during the 60s.  His influence inspired a whole new meaning to the controversy of the French "new wave" cinema in the 60s with Marxist and existential principles. His films influenced the work of countless directors in Europe, and, though somewhat political in thematic content, the films themselves payed tribute to the emerging ideal of the intellectual freedom of film.

I enjoy French cinema and admire Godard's work for its influence as well as its content.  But I can understand why some don't find his films particularly entertaining. I suppose they take some getting used-to by anyone who is used to watching films purely for their entertainment value.  As for me, I find them very ineteresting.

There are plenty of other important French directors, films and actors to note who have influenced the world of cinema quite greatly.  I thought I'd start with Godard, since he's currently considered one of the main influences that helped spawn the revolutionary era of film.

Band a Part ( or Band of Outsiders) is one of his best, perhaps. Anna Karina's role as Ollie makes the film, in my opinion. She seems innocent enough not to be blamed for the trickery she's later asked to pull.  And she helps the story develop with her decision to help two of her classmates to commit the con that would make them all rich. The scheme involves the specific responsibility of her character.  She finds later, however, that the idea was not as "dandy" as it appeared to be, while her accomplices forced her to help them complete their crime.

Breathless was Godard's first famous film.  And is one of my favorites, although i've only seen it once.  It certainly reflects Godard's political tendencies by approahing American cinema with its stylistic concept of American culture. 

Off-Topic Discussion / Gruesome Horror
« on: April 22, 2007, 11:59:14 AM »

I thought it might be interesting to start a discussion about the grimmest and most frightful movies in existence.

I love the horror genre.  And although the British have done some of the best  and classiest horror films ever made, i'd also like to discuss the gruesome movies, even if they suck big time. The horror genre doesn't care for bad acting, unconvincing sets or costumes or storyline.  Its main focus is the reaction of their audience to morbid elements.  That's what makes it interesting.

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