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Off-Topic Discussion / Favorite films (by decade)
« on: October 07, 2006, 07:27:24 AM »
You can go back as far as you want, and make the list for each decade as long as you want.

I'm gonna skip the 2000's

1. Pulp Fiction
2. Reservoir Dogs
3. Shawshank Redemption

1. Once Upon a Time in America
2. Ran
3. Das Boot

1. Apocalypse Now
2. The Godfather parts I and II
3. Duck, You Sucker!

60's (it's identical to my all time top 3)
1. Once Upon A Time in the West
2. Lawrence of Arabia
3. 2001: A Space Odyssey

1. Seven Samurai
2. Ben-Hur
3. Bridge on the River Kwai

Citizen Kane

I'm not sure


Off-Topic Discussion / Ikiru
« on: October 03, 2006, 07:47:25 PM »
Just got done with it, a truly magical film, you ALL need to watch it, it's one of the top 5 Kurosawa films I've seen, for sure.

Of course, Firecracker doesn't need to see it, because he's a lame-ass phillistine who thinks Kurosawa's films are the cure for insomnia. PHILLISTINE! Chiuk chiuk **dances**

Anyways, about the film.

The film is magical, haunting, tragic, and uplifting . . . . all at the same time.  It's about an old man, named Watanabe, who's been working at City Hall for 30 years, and is caught up in the world where his job is, in fact, very menial ("He spent much time doing very little," to paraphrase the film), and the whole place is basically bogged down with so much red tape it almost gave me a headache just watching it. Theres a great sequence near the beginning of the film where a group of women are looking to get a park built, and it goes through all the times they get redirected to a different department/section and have to travel through this huge maze of bureaucracy, until they reach Watanabe's  section (public affairs), where he redirects them to engineering. That was the last straw of course, and they take a stand.

Then, later, Watanabe finds out he has a case of stomach cancer, and his very limited time left on this earth. He heads to the tavern, knowing that drinking while you have stomach cancer is basically suicide, where he meets an author/artist who takes him for a night on the town. The artist says he's intrigued by Watanabe, saying that he realizes that is time to "rebel against life." He gives a great little speech about greed and how it life is something to be greedy about, and live it to its fullest, not laboring for decades over miniscule tasks. He also spends a lot of time with a young co-worker, who he envies for her liveliness.


I put that there, because I don't want to tell the whole plot to people who haven't seen the movie, but i wanted to add in how, when Watanabe does get that park built, that, at his funeral, the members of city hall were arguing about whether or not he should get credit for building it. I find it ironic that, once it was built, they are sure that they should get the credit for building the park, but, if the women were directed towards them, they surely would've redirected them to another department.

And, also, since, if you're reading this, you've probably seen the film, that gag about how everybody made such a big deal out of his hat made me laugh.


It was also acted marvelously, with Takashi Simura in the lead role. If you don't know, Takashi is the guy who played Kambei in the Seven Samurai (and if you don't rememver who Kambei is, he's the old bald samurai who rubs his head a lot).

And that's that (I threw it together because I told Sanjuro that I would  ;) )

Other Films / The Big Gundown VS. Light The Fuse... Sartana is Coming!
« on: October 01, 2006, 07:35:40 AM »
I can get both as reconstruction dvd's from xploited cinema. Region 0 and NTSC so they'll work on my dvd player.

I thought I should get more than one opinion, because I already know what Firecracker will say.

Off-Topic Discussion / If anybody has 650 Dollars lying around . . .
« on: September 22, 2006, 08:59:20 PM »
If you have 650 dollars lying right next to you, and are thinking, "I am perfectly content with my life. There is nothing I could spend this 650 dollars on." You now have two options:

A) Give it to me

B) Consider this box set.

Other Films / My Debut Film
« on: September 21, 2006, 03:28:47 PM »
This is my debut masterpiece, The Three Point Kitten.

It is MARVELOUSLY acted. My friends Mason, Kyle, and I made it for a film-making class we're taking at school. We all had equal creative input, but I could only do the cinematography for the shot (and one other one, that I won't tell you, it might spoil the movie). So, I expect you to all leave very good comments about the opening shot. If you want to know which hombre I am, I'm the very first one you see, in the orange shirt.  :)

I changed the title to French, because the critics wouldn't look deep enough into the film to note the depth of the characters and storyline unless they thought it was foreign, in which case they would take it very seriously.

Off-Topic Discussion / Sign up to win The Specialist (serious stuff)
« on: August 29, 2006, 06:53:18 PM »
I'm organizing "Round 2" of Firecracker's super-awesome game. Firecracker will be supplying Sergio Corbucci's "The Specialist" as the prize (at least, at this point, that's what he thinks should be the prize). I'm going to be letting 10-15 people play on a first come first serve basis. These people are playing so far:

Leone Admirer

So, go ahead. Join up.

Off-Topic Discussion / Films that You're Actually Excited About
« on: August 21, 2006, 09:44:13 AM »
There are three movies that are coming out soon that I am VERY excited about their release:

The first one is Flags of Our Fathers, a Clint Eastwood directed war epic focusing around the five men who famously raised the American flag at Iwo Jima. It's based on the book by James Bradly and Ron Powers.

The second one is Clint Eastwood's parallel film to Flags of Our Fathers, called Letters from Iwo Jima (the working title was Red Sun, Black Sand [which I prefer]). It's the story of Iwo Jima as told by the Japanese perspective, mainly from two good friends in the imperial army. Sorry, but I couldn't find a picture for it.

The final movie I'm excited about is the Darren Arofonosky (the guy who directed Pi and Requiem for a Dream) movie, The Fountain. I've heard many critics compare it to (in similarity, not in greatness) 2001: A Space Odyssey. According to IMDb, the plot is:

"Spanning over one thousand years, and three parallel stories, The Fountain is a story of love, death, spirituality, and the fragility of our existence in this world. "

Off-Topic Discussion / Kurosawa
« on: August 15, 2006, 09:10:12 AM »
Kurosawa is my third favorite director, behind Leone and Kubrick, and I was wondering what you guys thought of his movies. I, admittedly, have many more Kurosawa's that I need to see, most notably Hidden Fortress and Ikiru. But I plan on seeing a lot of his movies very soon. My vote, on this list, goes for the Seven Samurai, with Ran being a close second.

Off-Topic Discussion / Favorite Noirs
« on: August 13, 2006, 02:24:55 PM »
Sorry if this has been covered before.

For my list I won't include any neo-noirs (anything past Touch of Evil), but I will accept Cinema-Noir (apparently, that's what some people call the French noirs . . .)

1. The Third Man
2. Rififi
3. Double Indemnity
4. Sunset Boulevard
5. Touch of Evil

Other Films / Colt Navy 1851 (a W by noodles_leone)
« on: August 12, 2006, 05:56:57 PM »

I watched the two segments of noodles_leone's film Colt Navy 1851 on youtube, and I must say, I am VERY impressed. In the first segment you can definitely the influence of Leone, while in the second segment, that bit of Peckinpah in the mixture is clear (i.e., slow-motion deaths, the credits coming up during a freeze frame while everything turns black and white just like in The Wild Bunch . . . you'll know what I mean when you see it).

Please watch these exercises in style if you haven't already, you won't regret it. I applaud noodles_leone.

I also thought the use of Morricone's music was great, especially by the fact that he used the more obscure, yet touching, yet not too obscure music (Il Tramonto).

EDIT: I've been watching his other stuff too, it's good. Of course, I can only look at levels of cinematography and style and such, I can't understand that language, so I don't know about the dialogue/plot/anything else.

Off-Topic Discussion / The Lowest form of Music
« on: August 10, 2006, 09:25:02 PM »
Rap is terrible. Mainly modern rap. But since I don't mind 1% of the super-old school rap (i.e., The Message by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five) Rap doesn't get my vote. Punk-Pop is the worst genre by FAR, however, I like The Clash, so Punk doesn't get my vote. I don't understand why everybody hates country. I dislike some of it, but there's a lot that I like too. Therefore, Modern Pop gets my vote.

Off-Topic Discussion / Pink Floyd!
« on: August 10, 2006, 09:05:39 PM »
IF you ask me, Pink Floyd are the greatest band that ever existed. No other band can even compare to their greatness. In fact, no other band can even compare to their sound. They sound completely unique, with a smooth-flowing tone, fairly dark lyrics contrasted by Gilmour's warm guitar solos, they are MAGNIFICENT.

So I ask you this, what are your opinions on Pink Floyd? And if you're a massive Floyd fan like me, name your favorite CD by them.

Personally, I could never choose a CD that's my favorite. Meddle is their first true masterpiece, the song Echoes alone would be worth the seven bucks i spent on the cd, Dark Side of the Moon is one of the greatest albums of all time with its smooth psychadelia, Wish You Were Here strikes a perfect balance between vocals and instruments, Animals has three absolutely epic songs with politically driven lyrics, bookended by two short minute-long songs. The Wall tells a great story. No, I could never decide which one is my favorite.

Anyways, post your opinions on The Pink Floyd.

Off-Topic Discussion / Greatest last lines
« on: August 10, 2006, 04:50:21 PM »
We all know what one of them is:

"Hey Blooooondie, you know what you are!? Just a dirty son of a biiiii" (theme music interrupts)

But here are some of my other favorites.

"Don Corleone." - The Godfather

"The farmers have really won, we have lost." - Seven Samurai

"The horror. The horror." - Apocalyse Now

"I wouldn't hurt a fly." - Psycho

"I was cured, all right." - A Clockwork Orange

"Mein fuhrer, I can walk!" (Makes me laugh every time) - Dr. Strangelove

"Nobody's perfect." - Some Like it Hot (another one that makes me laugh)

"Forget it Jake, it's Chinatown." - Chinatown

"I hope" - The Shawshank Redemption

And the whole line in 2001 before it plunges into 25 minutes without dialogue.

Off-Topic Discussion / War movies.
« on: July 31, 2006, 09:05:21 AM »
My list would go a little something like this:

1. Lawrence of Arabia
2. Apocalypse Now
3. Das Boot
4. The Bridge on the River Kwai
5. Paths of Glory
6. All Quiet on the Western Front
7. The Battle of Algiers

That's all I can think of right now. Das Boot and Bridge on the River Kwai are constantly switching places, though.

I was just wondering what the best experience you ever had at the theatre was. Because we all know that (to quote a Kubrick film) " . . . the colors of the real world don't seem really real until you viddy them on the big screen."

For me, my greatest theatre-going experience has got to be (without a doubt) when I saw Lawrence of Arabia 70mm at a local theatre. Absolutely mind-blowing. Lawrence of Arabia has the best cinematography I've ever seen in a film, and nothing can do it justice the way that did.

Anyways, post your favorite theatre-going experience, and make the rest of us jealous. I know Cisco went on a 20-mile journey to see Once Upon A Time In The West on the big screen.

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