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BWE



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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 18 2007,18:06   

Ok. I haven't seen a lot of movies but I never seem to be able to get good ones from out local movie mart. Care to list a few with a 1-5 rating? (1=bad)

I'll start with my couple of recommendations I've seen recently.

5- All time best movie ever is "The Princess Bride" but I assume you've seen it.

4-Tombstone: Val Kilmer gives a great performance.

4-Idiocracy: I liked it but it's got a lot of really dumb jokes.

3-Ocean's 11: pretty good. forgettable but good.

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IanBrown_101



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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 18 2007,18:31   

I don't go out to the cinema much, sadly, and the only film I've seen there in the past few months was Superbad. I do however watch a lot of DVD's.

Superbad= 4.5 A strangely intelligent, yet low brow comedy in a similar vein to (but much funnier than) American Pie. The three leads are brilliant, and if you fail to laugh when Fogell presents his fake ID to the others you aren't human.

Dog Soldiers= 4 Genius low budget horror comedy. British squaddies vs werewolves in a really entertaining flick. Not the smartest or most subtle of comedies, but absolutely hilarious, and occasionally genuinely chilling.

Hot Fuzz= 5 Hilarious. I can't decide if I prefer this to Shaun of the Dead or not, but both are absolute classics. Maybe British comedy is once more on the rise?

(They've all been good haven't they? Ok, here's a bad one.)

The Decent= 1. Horrible mess of a "horror" film. Dreadful acting, direction and script make for a dire, boring shambles which starts badly, drops off towards the middle and veers into despairingly bad near the end. I shudder to think this terrible schlock was made by the same man who created the superb Dog Soldiers.

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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 18 2007,19:04   

Airplane - Old, dated, but still one of the funniest movies evah, and still worth a look.

Naked Prey - The first Survivor Show, and you Brits should like it, as the Redcoats volley at the end saves the day.

Indiana Jones - Raiders of the Lost Ark.  Yeah, it was too much woo, not enough science, but it had enough action and fun to make up for the crap.  The visual of the warehouse at the end was excellent.

Sean Of The Dead - Yeah - Terriffic shots of ID supporters, and how best to deal with them.  Great shot of Richardthughes, I mean Sean, discussing some of the finer points of design theory with BA7.

Office Space - I live it every day.

Life of Brian - Monty Python - Always Look At The Bright Side Of Life

Bad - Accidental Tourist - Won Best Movie Oscar - totally sucked.

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Wesley R. Elsberry



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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 18 2007,19:44   

I concur on "The Princess Bride".

If you are simply looking for entertainment on DVD, get the first season of "Made In Canada", six episodes of brilliant black comedy about TV and movie production. Unfortunately, seasons 2 through 7 have not been released.

I like "Grosse Point Blank", the John Cusack and Minnie Driver romantic comedy about an assassin who tries to go home, and ends up doing a little shopping.

"The Usual Suspects" is a one-time must-see for Kevin Spacey's performance.

Then there are the neglected comedies.

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stevestory



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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 18 2007,20:13   

I was considering turning the books thread into a general purpose 'entertainment' thread, but I was busy and uncertain. A movie / DVDs thread is good too.

I just watched the first 3 eps of Jeeves and Wooster with hugh laurie. Terrific stuff. Netflix is sending Amistad at the moment. I recently finished Season 3 of The Wire, which was great, and I need to get The Corner and Homicide. I have 300 but haven't had time to watch it.

   
Richardthughes



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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 18 2007,20:17   

1) BladeRunner, the directors cut. Better than the book.
2) Dam-busters
3) Silent Running
4) Bond Flicks in general
5) Freejack - It's got cult status with my friends and are terrible Mick Jagger impressions.

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BWE



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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 18 2007,20:19   

Haven't seen:
Superbad
Grosse Point Blank
Made In Canada
Naked Prey
Dog Soldiers
Sean Of The Dead
The Decent
The Usual Suspects (Although I saw American Beauty- I give it a 4.5 and whatever the title is where Spacy plays the anti-death penalty guy; that gets a 4 maybe a 4.2)

I forgot to add "Blades of Glory" I give it a 4. Dumb for sure but it was really funny.

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stevestory



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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 18 2007,20:20   

Quote (BWE @ Oct. 18 2007,19:06)
Ok. I haven't seen a lot of movies but I never seem to be able to get good ones from out local movie mart. Care to list a few with a 1-5 rating? (1=bad)

I'll start with my couple of recommendations I've seen recently.

5- All time best movie ever is "The Princess Bride" but I assume you've seen it.

4-Tombstone: Val Kilmer gives a great performance.

4-Idiocracy: I liked it but it's got a lot of really dumb jokes.

3-Ocean's 11: pretty good. forgettable but good.

If you liked The Princess Bride, you should see L.A. Story, possibly my favorite movie.

If you move to Valdosta, Ga, after a few years people will tell you 'you talk like that guy in Tombstone'. Kilmer must have gone there to learn the accent. It's pretty sweet. One of my favorite southern accents.

Idiocracy was awesome. My friend Mark and I can hardly see each other without quoting something.

Joe: Are we on base?
Frito: I'll base your ass on my fist... face... ass. Shutup!

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BWE



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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 18 2007,20:21   

Quote (Richardthughes @ Oct. 18 2007,20:17)
1) BladeRunner, the directors cut. Better than the book.
2) Dam-busters
3) Silent Running
4) Bond Flicks in general
5) Freejack - It's got cult status with my friends and are terrible Mick Jagger impressions.

haven't seen any of them. I've heard of blade runner. What's it about?

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Richardthughes



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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 18 2007,20:23   

Quote (BWE @ Oct. 18 2007,20:21)
Quote (Richardthughes @ Oct. 18 2007,20:17)
1) BladeRunner, the directors cut. Better than the book.
2) Dam-busters
3) Silent Running
4) Bond Flicks in general
5) Freejack - It's got cult status with my friends and are terrible Mick Jagger impressions.

haven't seen any of them. I've heard of blade runner. What's it about?

It's a sci-fi film noir that is a metaphor for the bigger questions.... I think.

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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 18 2007,20:25   

Speaking of Kevin Spacey, definitely see "Seven."

"L.A. Story" is also must-see.

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 18 2007,20:26   

Among the "neglected comedies" I would have to include George Hamilton's cult classic "Zorro, The Gay Blade". If you haven't seen it, check it out. Truly hilarious, from beginning to end. Yeah, I know George Hamilton is not a great actor, but this is a movie that makes me laugh out loud every time I watch it (and that would be dozens of times).

This is especially recommended for RTH.

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Richardthughes



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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 18 2007,20:30   

Quote (Albatrossity2 @ Oct. 18 2007,20:26)
This is especially recommended for RTH.

Based on your recommendation, I shall procure and observe. I am reticent because Sternberger story recommended a "low budget specialist film" with 'gay' in the title and it was like a Louis / CarlsonJok home movie.*


*I'm not picking on Tarden Chatterbox this week.

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"You magnificent bastard! " : Louis
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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 18 2007,20:47   

Quote (BWE @ Oct. 18 2007,20:19)
I forgot to add "Blades of Glory" I give it a 4. Dumb for sure but it was really funny.

Clearly one of the dumber Will Ferrell movies.  Most of his movies are pretty funny, with Talledega Nights and Old School among the best.

I think my favorite Will Ferrell movie, though, is "Stranger than Fiction."  Excellent movie.  It is funny enough, though not his usual slapstick. It sounds like a disaster to put Ferrell in the lead, with Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson is supporting roles.  But Ferrell pulls it off.  And it is a truly unique story told well.

I'd also suggest the Lord of the Rings trilogy and anything by Pixar, particularly "Cars".

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Richardthughes



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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 18 2007,20:52   

Quote (carlsonjok @ Oct. 18 2007,20:47)
I think my favorite Will Ferrell movie, though, is "Stranger than Fiction."  Excellent movie.  It is funny enough, though not his usual slapstick. It sounds like a disaster to put Ferrell in the lead, with Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson is supporting roles.  But Ferrell pulls it off.  And it is a truly unique story told well.

Stranger than fiction was shot in my neighbourhood.

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"You magnificent bastard! " : Louis
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stevestory



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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 18 2007,20:58   

Quote (IanBrown_101 @ Oct. 18 2007,19:31)
Hot Fuzz= 5 Hilarious. I can't decide if I prefer this to Shaun of the Dead or not, but both are absolute classics. Maybe British comedy is once more on the rise?

I've been told I'm not complete without having seen Fawlty Towers, and Blackadder. Both will arrive in my mailbox next week.

   
Richardthughes



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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 18 2007,21:02   

Quote (stevestory @ Oct. 18 2007,20:58)
Quote (IanBrown_101 @ Oct. 18 2007,19:31)
Hot Fuzz= 5 Hilarious. I can't decide if I prefer this to Shaun of the Dead or not, but both are absolute classics. Maybe British comedy is once more on the rise?

I've been told I'm not complete without having seen Fawlty Towers, and Blackadder. Both will arrive in my mailbox next week.

Shooting stars:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0keph8daK4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v....search=

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"You magnificent bastard! " : Louis
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"...it was Richardthughes making me lie in bed.." : Kristine

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 18 2007,21:03   

Quote (Albatrossity2 @ Oct. 18 2007,20:26)
Among the "neglected comedies" I would have to include George Hamilton's cult classic "Zorro, The Gay Blade". If you haven't seen it, check it out. Truly hilarious, from beginning to end. Yeah, I know George Hamilton is not a great actor, but this is a movie that makes me laugh out loud every time I watch it (and that would be dozens of times).

This is especially recommended for RTH.

A great one.

Love at First Bite (1979) was also pretty good.

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Richardthughes



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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 18 2007,21:05   

Quote (khan @ Oct. 18 2007,21:03)
A great one.

Love at First Bite (1979) was also pretty good.

Star Trek II?

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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 18 2007,21:33   

Quote (stevestory @ Oct. 19 2007,02:58)
Quote (IanBrown_101 @ Oct. 18 2007,19:31)
Hot Fuzz= 5 Hilarious. I can't decide if I prefer this to Shaun of the Dead or not, but both are absolute classics. Maybe British comedy is once more on the rise?

I've been told I'm not complete without having seen Fawlty Towers, and Blackadder. Both will arrive in my mailbox next week.

Oh absolutely. Although most people dislike The Blackadder (the first series) I quite enjoy it, although it's not a patch on the other 3 series. I think my favorite is Blackadder Goes Forth though, set in WW1 it manages to make the futility of that war funny, and it's got some great performances, especially by Tony Robinson, Rowan Atkinson and Stephen Fry.

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I'm not the fastest or the baddest or the fatest.

You NEVER seem to address the fact that the grand majority of people supporting Darwinism in these on line forums and blogs are atheists. That doesn't seem to bother you guys in the least. - FtK

Roddenberry is my God.

   
stevestory



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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 18 2007,21:33   

Quote (Richardthughes @ Oct. 18 2007,22:02)
Quote (stevestory @ Oct. 18 2007,20:58)
Quote (IanBrown_101 @ Oct. 18 2007,19:31)
Hot Fuzz= 5 Hilarious. I can't decide if I prefer this to Shaun of the Dead or not, but both are absolute classics. Maybe British comedy is once more on the rise?

I've been told I'm not complete without having seen Fawlty Towers, and Blackadder. Both will arrive in my mailbox next week.

Shooting stars:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0keph8daK4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v....search=

Yeah that wasn't funny at all.

   
Richardthughes



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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 18 2007,21:38   

Quote (stevestory @ Oct. 18 2007,21:33)
Quote (Richardthughes @ Oct. 18 2007,22:02)
Quote (stevestory @ Oct. 18 2007,20:58)
 
Quote (IanBrown_101 @ Oct. 18 2007,19:31)
Hot Fuzz= 5 Hilarious. I can't decide if I prefer this to Shaun of the Dead or not, but both are absolute classics. Maybe British comedy is once more on the rise?

I've been told I'm not complete without having seen Fawlty Towers, and Blackadder. Both will arrive in my mailbox next week.

Shooting stars:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0keph8daK4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v....search=

Yeah that wasn't funny at all.

It's in the English Surrealist tradition.

Stick to pie-in-face, colonial!
:p

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stevestory



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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 18 2007,21:41   

Quote (IanBrown_101 @ Oct. 18 2007,22:33)
Quote (stevestory @ Oct. 19 2007,02:58)
Quote (IanBrown_101 @ Oct. 18 2007,19:31)
Hot Fuzz= 5 Hilarious. I can't decide if I prefer this to Shaun of the Dead or not, but both are absolute classics. Maybe British comedy is once more on the rise?

I've been told I'm not complete without having seen Fawlty Towers, and Blackadder. Both will arrive in my mailbox next week.

Oh absolutely. Although most people dislike The Blackadder (the first series) I quite enjoy it, although it's not a patch on the other 3 series. I think my favorite is Blackadder Goes Forth though, set in WW1 it manages to make the futility of that war funny, and it's got some great performances, especially by Tony Robinson, Rowan Atkinson and Stephen Fry.

I don't know anything about Atkinson, myself, besides that this clip from Love Actually is one of the funniest things I've ever seen.

"It will be ready, in the flashiest, of flashes."

   
stevestory



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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 18 2007,21:42   

by the way, if you haven't seen the movie, that clip won't be very funny. If you see the scene in context, it's hilarious.

   
IanBrown_101



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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 18 2007,21:42   

Quote (Richardthughes @ Oct. 19 2007,03:38)
 
Quote (stevestory @ Oct. 18 2007,21:33)
   
Quote (Richardthughes @ Oct. 18 2007,22:02)
   
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Quote (IanBrown_101 @ Oct. 18 2007,19:31)
Hot Fuzz= 5 Hilarious. I can't decide if I prefer this to Shaun of the Dead or not, but both are absolute classics. Maybe British comedy is once more on the rise?

I've been told I'm not complete without having seen Fawlty Towers, and Blackadder. Both will arrive in my mailbox next week.

Shooting stars:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0keph8daK4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v....search=

Yeah that wasn't funny at all.

It's in the English Surrealist tradition.

Stick to pie-in-face, colonial!
:p

It's a weird one is Shooting Stars. It changes between being really good and being utterly dire.

My personal recommendation for anyone who isn't familiar with it is to watch Mock The Week.  on joox, it's a British topical news stand up show, featuring a few regulars (all seasons: Frankie Boyle, Andy Parsons, Hugh Dennis, Seasons 1 and 2: Rory Bremner, Season 4 (I think) onwards: Russel Howard.)Found here

[EDIT] Not any more it isn't. Bugger.

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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 18 2007,21:44   

Quote (stevestory @ Oct. 19 2007,03:41)
 
Quote (IanBrown_101 @ Oct. 18 2007,22:33)
 
Quote (stevestory @ Oct. 19 2007,02:58)
   
Quote (IanBrown_101 @ Oct. 18 2007,19:31)
Hot Fuzz= 5 Hilarious. I can't decide if I prefer this to Shaun of the Dead or not, but both are absolute classics. Maybe British comedy is once more on the rise?

I've been told I'm not complete without having seen Fawlty Towers, and Blackadder. Both will arrive in my mailbox next week.

Oh absolutely. Although most people dislike The Blackadder (the first series) I quite enjoy it, although it's not a patch on the other 3 series. I think my favorite is Blackadder Goes Forth though, set in WW1 it manages to make the futility of that war funny, and it's got some great performances, especially by Tony Robinson, Rowan Atkinson and Stephen Fry.

I don't know anything about Atkinson, myself, besides that this clip from Love Actually is one of the funniest things I've ever seen.

"It will be ready, in the flashiest, of flashes."

Check this out, from one of his stand up shows.

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I'm not the fastest or the baddest or the fatest.

You NEVER seem to address the fact that the grand majority of people supporting Darwinism in these on line forums and blogs are atheists. That doesn't seem to bother you guys in the least. - FtK

Roddenberry is my God.

   
stevestory



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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 18 2007,21:47   

Speaking of Bill Nighy, who was great in Love Actually, check out Blow Dry, a very good and almost unknown movie.

   
Richardthughes



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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 18 2007,21:48   

Blackadder was good, but by the end very formulaic.

How to create a blackadder superlative:

Quote

He's more X than Xey Mc X the duke of Xington who is celebrated on X day for being so X that he could out X an X.


I'd also like to use this opportunity to state that Sarah Silverman is a bout as funny as a burning orphanage.

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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 18 2007,21:49   

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Quote (carlsonjok @ Oct. 18 2007,20:47)
I think my favorite Will Ferrell movie, though, is "Stranger than Fiction."  Excellent movie.  It is funny enough, though not his usual slapstick. It sounds like a disaster to put Ferrell in the lead, with Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson is supporting roles.  But Ferrell pulls it off.  And it is a truly unique story told well.

Stranger than fiction was shot in my neighbourhood.

I can beat that, albeit vicariously.

Several scenes in the movie Twister will filmed on a friend's farm.  In particular, the scene where the main characters turn off a road and drive through a corn field, popping out onto another road was filmed on his property.  My friend Joe likes to tell about how he spent alot of time hanging out with what he assumed was a member of the crew.  Only later did he find out it was Philip Seymour Hoffman, who went on to win the Best Actor Academy Award for "Capote."

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IanBrown_101



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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 18 2007,22:01   

Another good one for you colonials, in case you don't get this broadcast over there, is Peep Show. Hilarious, and at the same time, cringeworthy show, seen (literally) through the eyes of two best mates Jez and Mark, polar opposites who met at Uni and now live together.

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I'm not the fastest or the baddest or the fatest.

You NEVER seem to address the fact that the grand majority of people supporting Darwinism in these on line forums and blogs are atheists. That doesn't seem to bother you guys in the least. - FtK

Roddenberry is my God.

   
Henry J



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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 18 2007,22:42   

Anything by Mel Brooks. :)

Henry

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 19 2007,03:49   

Quote (Richardthughes @ Oct. 19 2007,02:30)
Quote (Albatrossity2 @ Oct. 18 2007,20:26)
This is especially recommended for RTH.

Based on your recommendation, I shall procure and observe. I am reticent because Sternberger story recommended a "low budget specialist film" with 'gay' in the title and it was like a Louis / CarlsonJok home movie.*


*I'm not picking on Tarden Chatterbox this week.

This post will have two, that is two purposes. Ok possibly three.

1) *I* Like films with "gay" in the title? I can't speak for that Carlsonjok fellow (he likes horses dontcherknow. And I don't mean in that good way. I reckon that film the "Horse Whisperer: Uncut. Now with more horse" is more up his alley) but I don't like films with "gay" in their title. I prefer movies with "cock" in the title and I'll thank you to remember it.

Anyway we all know what sort of movies YOU like RTH: FTK home movies, and that ain't nice. Sort yerself out, son.

2) One movie phenomenon I must mention, riffing on an extension of RTH's theme is the Blockbuster to Porn Movie Title Conversion. So "A League of Their Own" became "A League of Their Moans", "Saving Private Ryan" became "Shaving Ryan's Privates" and so on and so forth. There are dozens/hundreds of porn movies who have ripped off mainstream movie titles and, although I haven't seen the porn movies in question (Honest! Ok, not ALL of them) the hilarity is entirely derived from the linguistic contortions undergone to make a mainstream movie title into a porno title. Empire magazine (a UK film mag) had a list up at one time IIRC. It was very funny and invited readers to invent their own. I'd suggest googling for it......erm very very carefully!

3) Good movies? So many. There's a few guilty pleasures in there.

All 6 Star Wars movies rate highly.

National Lampoons movies (more on this later)

Mel Brooks Movies

Most Brit Coms.

I really liked "Four Weddings and a Funeral" because it was very close to home in terms of my friends and experiences and basically everyone talked like me.

I liked the LOTR movies, I thought they were (in general) good adaptations of the books. As a fan of the books I obviously had my niggles about them, but I think an fantastic job was done.

Harry Potter movies. Sorry but a good, brainless, ripping yarn is a bit of fun.

Idiocracy (others have mentioned this). Funny. Scary.

I love horrors from the Eli Roth/Hostel/Saw style gorefests on up to the classics like "The Birds" and "Psycho". Most of the Hammer Horrors suck mightily IMO, however. Horror is one of those film genres that can really miss. I'd rate "The Exorcist" as the scariest movie for me. Not for the content but for the atmospheric, hair on the back of your neck raising production.

The occasional action movie or 80s teen movie are amusing, although all are incredibly predictable.

Things like "American Beauty" and "The Usual Suspects" and "Seven" count as what I call "thought provoking" movies and I enjoy this cross genre category the most in general.

I saw "Jean de Florette", "Manon des Sources" and "Subway" as part of my French education and I loved them all, so now I have a bit of a thing for French cinema. It's really hard to find cinemas showing French moves WITHOUT subtitles. On International Cinema: I've seen a few Indian movies (due to family in law etc) and I have to say they leave me cold. They are occasionally hilarious but most of what I've seen is identical and I'm not much into the dancing/music. I enjoy them to an extent but I won't rush out to see them. Luckily my wife hates them, so I don't get forced! My favourite international movie genre is the "Wire-fu" Chinese mythology epics, especially the modern "westernised" films like "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon". I think these are good stories, beautifully told, and usually they feature my favourite language-I've-yet-to-learn-properly: Mandarin. Thos I DO have the subtitles on for! ;-)

But, my favourite movie of all time is (and you are going to be so disappointed):

National Lampoon's Animal House.

I bear more than a passing resemblence to John Belushi (There are differences!) and aspects of my life up to about the age of 23 were very much in an Animal House vein. The resonances are uncanny, even if the specific events are different, the theme and general mayhem is the same. I LOVE a good caper (and I am not talking about those things that you put on pizzas) and I mourn the loss of the "Jackass"/"Animal House" mentality in the majority of the people I encounter. Authority is there to be tweaked, not everything is serious, and occasionally, just occasionally, a toga party is the best solution to life's problems.

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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 19 2007,06:27   

Quote (carlsonjok @ Oct. 18 2007,21:49)
I can beat that, albeit vicariously.

Several scenes in the movie Twister will filmed on a friend's farm.  In particular, the scene where the main characters turn off a road and drive through a corn field, popping out onto another road was filmed on his property.  My friend Joe likes to tell about how he spent alot of time hanging out with what he assumed was a member of the crew.  Only later did he find out it was Philip Seymour Hoffman, who went on to win the Best Actor Academy Award for "Capote."

Ha, I can beat that, not so vicariously.

I grew up in Garden City, KS, which is 8 miles from the site of the killings that inspired "In Cold Blood". I was nine years old at the time of the killings, and in high school when the movie was made. My good friend and debate partner in high school was Paul Dewey, the son of the detective (Al Dewey, played by John Forsyth in the movie) on the case, and when the movie was being filmed in Garden City, I actually met Capote, as well as Richard Avedon, the famous photographer who accompanied him out there one time. I skipped school one day to be an extra in the movie (don't tell my mom), and got paid $30 for it, but the scenes (from the courthouse and trial) all ended up on the cutting room floor. Waaa!

So that was the end of my acting career; I had to go into science to assuage my grief.

"In Cold Blood" is a pretty good movie, IMHO, but I could be biased. I do think that Philip Seymour Hoffman absolutely channeled Capote, however. It was pretty spooky to watch that one.

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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 19 2007,07:51   

Quote (Louis @ Oct. 19 2007,03:49)
National Lampoon's Animal House.

I bear more than a passing resemblence to John Belushi (There are differences!) and aspects of my life up to about the age of 23 were very much in an Animal House vein. The resonances are uncanny, even if the specific events are different, the theme and general mayhem is the same. I LOVE a good caper (and I am not talking about those things that you put on pizzas) and I mourn the loss of the "Jackass"/"Animal House" mentality in the majority of the people I encounter. Authority is there to be tweaked, not everything is serious, and occasionally, just occasionally, a toga party is the best solution to life's problems.

Louis

Right on brother, although I am having a hard time reconciling Belushi's "Was it over when the German's bombed Pearl Harbor Soliloquy" with an upper-crust English accent.

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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 19 2007,08:04   

Quote (J-Dog @ Oct. 19 2007,13:51)
Quote (Louis @ Oct. 19 2007,03:49)
National Lampoon's Animal House.

I bear more than a passing resemblence to John Belushi (There are differences!) and aspects of my life up to about the age of 23 were very much in an Animal House vein. The resonances are uncanny, even if the specific events are different, the theme and general mayhem is the same. I LOVE a good caper (and I am not talking about those things that you put on pizzas) and I mourn the loss of the "Jackass"/"Animal House" mentality in the majority of the people I encounter. Authority is there to be tweaked, not everything is serious, and occasionally, just occasionally, a toga party is the best solution to life's problems.

Louis

Right on brother, although I am having a hard time reconciling Belushi's "Was it over when the German's bombed Pearl Harbor Soliloquy" with an upper-crust English accent.

My accent is never upper crust...unless it needs to be ;-)

You picked my favourite scene, with my favourite line, of all time, anywhere:

D-Day: War's over, man. Wormer dropped the big one.
Bluto: Over? Did you say "over"? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!
Otter: Germans?
Boon: Forget it, he's rolling.
Bluto: And it ain't over now. 'Cause when the goin' gets tough...
[thinks hard]
Bluto: the tough get goin'! Who's with me? Let's go!
[runs out, alone; then returns]
Bluto: What the fuck happened to the Delta I used to know? Where's the spirit? Where's the guts, huh? "Ooh, we're afraid to go with you Bluto, we might get in trouble." Well just kiss my ass from now on! Not me! I'm not gonna take this. Wormer, he's a dead man! Marmalard, dead! Niedermeyer...
Otter: Dead! Bluto's right. Psychotic, but absolutely right. We gotta take these bastards. Now we could do it with conventional weapons that could take years and cost millions of lives. No, I think we have to go all out. I think that this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody's part.
Bluto: We're just the guys to do it.
D-Day: Let's do it.

Bluto: LET'S DO IT!

I've bolded the relevant bit.

Many, MANY years ago whilst playing guitar in my mate's (completely awful) garage band, our bassist, my friend Chris (a genius of a man) once shouted "Let's give it some bollocks!". It makes no sense but we all knew what he meant. If at any point in one's life one is afraid to either give it some bollocks or make the required futile and stupid gesture, then one might as well lie down in a hole in the ground and pull the dirt over oneself. Sometimes, but not necessarily, this may invlove either beer, recreational pharmaceuticals, certain less than fully legal or socialy approved of activities, or even all of the above. Go to it I say.

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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 19 2007,08:11   

Can't argue with what's been suggested but if you'd like a few more suggestions...

Personal all time favourite movies
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
The Good the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
but i guess everyone seen these a dozen times.
I have too, but the novelty still hasn't worn off....

Extremely good are the Richard Lester musketeer films - The Three Musketeers (1973) & The Four Musketeers (1974) - these films are just stunning. The background dialogue is hilarious. The cast is great and Spike Milligan is just superb.  All other Musketeer films are pants! ;-)

A really super British film is A Matter of Life and Death (1946) which stars David Niven. Considering the year this was filmed the effects are quite brilliant. It's a cheesy story filmed absolutely exquisitely. I like the ambiguity to the central storyline.

Hitchcock, of course - To Catch a Thief (1955), Vertigo (1958), North by Northwest (1959), etc, etc

Peter Greenaway films are usually very interesting. Personal faves-
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989), Pillow Book (1996)

I've recently discovered Kevin Smith and have been renting out films. Dogma (1999), Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001) and Clerks II (2006) are superb. I particularly like "Strike Back" for the over top diamond theft scene and Chris Rock's paranoid megalomaniac director.

If you particularly like prolong, gratuitous, knob jokes then Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein (1974) is to be recommended.

   
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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 19 2007,08:15   

Quote (nuytsia @ Oct. 19 2007,14:11)
Can't argue with what's been suggested but if you'd like a few more suggestions...

Personal all time favourite movies
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
The Good the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
but i guess everyone seen these a dozen times.
I have too, but the novelty still hasn't worn off....

Extremely good are the Richard Lester musketeer films - The Three Musketeers (1973) & The Four Musketeers (1974) - these films are just stunning. The background dialogue is hilarious. The cast is great and Spike Milligan is just superb.  All other Musketeer films are pants! ;-)

A really super British film is A Matter of Life and Death (1946) which stars David Niven. Considering the year this was filmed the effects are quite brilliant. It's a cheesy story filmed absolutely exquisitely. I like the ambiguity to the central storyline.

Hitchcock, of course - To Catch a Thief (1955), Vertigo (1958), North by Northwest (1959), etc, etc

Peter Greenaway films are usually very interesting. Personal faves-
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989), Pillow Book (1996)

I've recently discovered Kevin Smith and have been renting out films. Dogma (1999), Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001) and Clerks II (2006) are superb. I particularly like "Strike Back" for the over top diamond theft scene and Chris Rock's paranoid megalomaniac director.

If you particularly like prolong, gratuitous, knob jokes then Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein (1974) is to be recommended.

Ooooh yes, Kevin Smith films!

Good call Nuytsia

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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 19 2007,08:58   

Quote (Louis @ Oct. 19 2007,08:04)
My accent is never upper crust...unless it needs to be ;-)

I speak with that "1940s BBC radio / Pathe News" voice, Mr. Chumley-warner.

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Anyway we all know what sort of movies YOU like RTH: FTK home movies, and that ain't nice. Sort yerself out, son.

There's one where I go 'round as a bible repair man....

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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 19 2007,09:04   

Quote (Richardthughes @ Oct. 19 2007,14:58)
Quote (Louis @ Oct. 19 2007,08:04)
My accent is never upper crust...unless it needs to be ;-)

I speak with that "1940s BBC radio / Pathe News" voice, Mr. Chumley-warner.

When I lived in the USA I found my accent getting plummier as well. 'Twas a reaction to all those Yanks. Antihistamines helped.

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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 19 2007,09:32   

Agreed.

"Animal House" is my fav.  I was freshman in college when that came out.  We paid to see it 12 times.  I still have the theater full size, floor standing promotional display that was in the lobby...until we liberated it.

Recently, "Almost Famous" is a fantastic movie.  Great characters and acting.

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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 19 2007,10:13   

My current top 5:

1) The Third Man
2) Fritz Lang's M
3) Robocop
4) The Big Lebowski
5) The Manchurian Candidate (the original, of course)

Lately I've been getting into a lot of Korean cinema - there's some really good stuff coming out of there these days. There's a lot to enjoy about Korean films... if you're turned off by Takashi Miike-style ultra-violence, there's not a lot of gore in Korean movies (with the exception of Oldboy, which is based on a Japanese manga), but there is a definite undercurrent of subversion.

Also, apparently there's only about a dozen actors in Korea, so if you've seen one Korean movie, the next one you see will have at least one "Hey! It's that guy!" moment.

JSA (Joint Security Area) is a murder thriller set in the DMZ on the North/South Korean border. They're actually making an American version which will take place on the US/Mexican border - if you've seen JSA, you'll know this isn't going to work.

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance/Oldboy/Lady Vengeance: After the success of JSA, director Chan-Wook Park was given free reign to do the movies he wanted, and he made this trilogy of films dealing with revenge. Oldboy gets the most notoriety (the hero eats a live octopus, among other things), but it's my least favorite. Although it's a trilogy, each film is self-contained, so there's no need to watch them in any specific order. Note: these aren't "Kill Bill" style revenge movies; sure, there's bats and hammers placed firmly against craniums, but these films deal strongly with the psychological motivations and consequences of revenge.

Memories of Murder: based on Korea's first serial killer who was active from 1985-1991, two cops struggle against each other's methods for catching the killer - one cop prefers western methods (profiling, forensics, etc) while the other cop is decidedly old-school; he utilizes psychics, magic charms and lots of torture.

The Host: This is sort of Korea's "Star Wars" - it's the most successful movie in Korean history, and it's a lot of fun. A monster rises up out of the Han river and begins dining on tourists. An extremely dysfunctional family must fight against the monster and the government in order to rescue one of their own. The monster is CGI-animated, but it is very well done - its biggest scene is in broad daylight and it's very impressive.

Save the Green Planet: An unemployed factory worker and his plump, tightrope-walking girlfriend kidnap an executive in order to ward off the impending invasion from Andromeda. I think this movie would appeal to a lot of AtBC readers, because it deals with a lot of whacked-out pseudoscience (there's a great reference to 2001: A Space Oddysey in one scene).

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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 19 2007,10:20   

Thank me later.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbYczbBlatA

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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 19 2007,10:23   

Quote (Louis @ Oct. 19 2007,08:04)
You picked my favourite scene, with my favourite line, of all time, anywhere:

[...]

Otter: Dead! Bluto's right. Psychotic, but absolutely right. We gotta take these bastards. Now we could do it with conventional weapons that could take years and cost millions of lives. No, I think we have to go all out. I think that this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody's part.
Bluto: We're just the guys to do it.
D-Day: Let's do it.

Bluto: LET'S DO IT!

I've bolded the relevant bit.

[...]

Louis

You're right, that is one of the all-time classic lines from one of the all-time classic scenes.

Unfortunately, that line has also become our govt's foreign policy.

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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 19 2007,13:48   

Mister DNA, have you seen My Wife is a Gangster?  If you like Korean films, this is an excellent comedy.  Also, A Tale of Two Sisters is a good psychological horror/suspense flick that is very light on blood and gore.

I will definitely have to check out The Host.  The wife and I watch lots of Asian films - especially sci-fi and horror, so I'm surprised I haven't seen that one yet.

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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 19 2007,13:53   

This is Spinal Tap - 11  :D

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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 19 2007,14:43   

Quote (improvius @ Oct. 19 2007,13:48)
Mister DNA, have you seen My Wife is a Gangster?  If you like Korean films, this is an excellent comedy.  Also, A Tale of Two Sisters is a good psychological horror/suspense flick that is very light on blood and gore.

I will definitely have to check out The Host.  The wife and I watch lots of Asian films - especially sci-fi and horror, so I'm surprised I haven't seen that one yet.

Thanks for the tips, Improvius. I added A Tale of Two Sisters to my Netflix queue, but alas, My Wife is a Gangster is not available... although its sequel is (I hate when they do that).

If you're into Asian horror, have you seen Three... Extremes? It's a trilogy of horror shorts from Hong Kong (Fruit Chan), Japan (Takashi Miike) and Korea (Chan-Wook Park). Not too bad - the first segment, "Dumplings" was especially creepy.

Also... have you seen 2LDK? It's about two roommates - actresses up for the same part - whose petty resentments against one another reach a boiling point. It's a little over an hour long and it's basically a live-action Itchy & Scratchy cartoon.

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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 19 2007,16:36   

We have 3 Extremes on the shelf here, but for whatever reason it keeps getting pushed back whenever we want to watch something.  We have a huge backlog of films yet to be watched.  Maybe we'll finally get to it this Halloween.  We watch a lot of anime, but we like to mix it up with other stuff once in a while.  Right now we're going through the Heroes series on DVD.  We recently watched Curse of the Golden Flower, which I would give about a 3/5.  Visually, it was stunning.  But the story dragged a bit.  The trailers make it look like an action flick, when it's really more of a drama.  I thought Hero was a much better film.

I'll have to look for 2LDK, that sounds good.

Just so you know, MWIaG 2 is not nearly as good as the first one.  It's really an excellent film and worth hunting down if you like Korean films at all.

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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 19 2007,17:46   

People keep mentioning movies that I have in a stack on the coffee table.  It's not a huge stack, but it's got  Princess Bride, Star Trek II, Twister, and Zorro the Gay Blade.

That stack also contains Star Trek IV, Wargames, and Hackers.

Wargames is really the realistic hacker movie, even if it does seem to have been to blame for establishing the "backdoor" cliche.  Because of the hot porno action referenced earlier I feel that I should specify that in this case I'm talking about the computer cliche.  Whenever anyone needs to break into a computer system they use a backdoor, some sort of convenient access that lets people bypass all the regular security almost as if the entire system was made as a plot device.  In any case there's enough genuine content in the movie as well.

Then Hackers is more of a gloriously ridiculous movie.  Okay, the hacking scenes are all meaningless mumbo jumbo, but at least they demonstrate a little social engineering (hacker terminology for tricking people into doing something to assist the hacker) in other parts of the movie.  And for an enthusiast of classic electronic music it has the ultimate soundtrack.  A soundtrack so good it lead to a sequel SOUNDTRACK, described as "music inspired by the movie".

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 19 2007,19:16   

Some movies that particularly grab me:

Alien
Blade Runner
Memento
Jacob's Ladder
AI
Fargo
The Shawshank Redemption
The LOTR trilogy
Pulp Fiction
Schindler's List
Ghandi
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Star Wars/The Empire Strikes Back
ET
Waking Life
Videodrome
Blue Velvet
Children of Men
Terminator II
eXistenZ

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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 19 2007,19:33   

I really liked Memento. "The prestige" was good also - by the same fella I think.

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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 19 2007,20:01   

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I really liked Memento. "The prestige" was good also - by the same fella I think.

The memory disorder depicted in Memento has occurred in a few people (it requires bilateral destruction of the the hippocampus, which can result from carbon monoxide poisoning) - although Guy Pearce's character functions impossibly well, given his severe handicap.

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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 19 2007,21:00   

Raising Arizona (may only appeal to Americans?)
Godfather
Dr. Strangelove
Little shop of Horrors
MASH

oldies - Bogart, Hepburn (Philadelphia Story), Bette Davis (esp. All About Eve), Astaire, Wizard of Oz, Gone with Wind

as for LOTR - could not keep the "dudes" straight (except for Legolas) - but the men in the family would give it a 5+++

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 19 2007,21:10   

Office space
Psycho
Annie Hall
High Noon
Some Like it hot

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 19 2007,21:50   

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Raising Arizona (may only appeal to Americans?)

You're kidding, right? Hilarious film!

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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 19 2007,22:19   

movies I've liked in the past year:

Body Heat
Volver
Gangs of NY
Fracture
A History of Violence
The Prestige
Rounders
Little Miss Sunshine
Casino Royale
Layer Cake
Ray
Eat Drink Man Woman
Billy Elliot
Dial M for Murder
Why We Fight
Y Tu Mama Tambien
Lord of War
Blow Dry
Love Actually
American History X
Roman Holiday
Hotel Rwanda
The World's Fastest Indian
Box of Moonlight

   
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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 19 2007,23:36   

Anything by Paul-Thomas Anderson, including the new film.

I probably don't post here often enough to be participating in this kind of thread.

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 19 2007,23:39   

Quote (Seizure Salad @ Oct. 19 2007,23:36)
Anything by Paul-Thomas Anderson, including the new film.

I probably don't post here often enough to be participating in this kind of thread.

Phhh... have you seen how poor the regular posters like me are? Post all you want!

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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 20 2007,13:27   

It occurred to me this morning that I should mention Jørgen Leth's 1976 documentary "A Sunday in Hell" about the Paris-Roubaix bicycle race.   It is not just for the cycling afficionado, either.

EDIT:  You probably won't find it through any type of rental service (Blockbuster doesn't carry it).  It can be purchased here.

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We have 3 Extremes on the shelf here, but for whatever reason it keeps getting pushed back whenever we want to watch something.  We have a huge backlog of films yet to be watched.  Maybe we'll finally get to it this Halloween.  We watch a lot of anime, but we like to mix it up with other stuff once in a while.  Right now we're going through the Heroes series on DVD.  We recently watched Curse of the Golden Flower, which I would give about a 3/5.  Visually, it was stunning.  But the story dragged a bit.  The trailers make it look like an action flick, when it's really more of a drama.  I thought Hero was a much better film.

I'll have to look for 2LDK, that sounds good.

Just so you know, MWIaG 2 is not nearly as good as the first one.  It's really an excellent film and worth hunting down if you like Korean films at all.

I agree with you on Curse of the Golden Flower; I'm a big Kurosawa fan and while Curse looked good, it paled in comparison to Ran.

Hero wasn't bad, but I didn't like the narrative. Not that it confused me... I just thought it wasn't an effective way to identify with Jet Li's character.

I like Chinese action movies (Iron Monkey, Once Upon a Time In China, etc) and I'll settle for a truly crappy story and lousy acting if the action is on a pornographic level of... say, Tony Jaa's Ong Bak or The Protector but when it comes to Asian drama, I prefer the Japanese costume dramas - Twighlight Samurai has only two fight scenes, and one of those is with a wooden sword, but it's a very powerful film..

I'm just now getting into Anime - my rule of thumb with Netflix is to get one American movie, one foreign film and one Anime disc. I rented Samurai 7 and wound up buying the box set, and I just finished Samurai Champloo - this week I start the Read or Die series.

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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 20 2007,14:10   

I've always liked "The Sound of Music".... :)  :)  :)

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I've always liked "The Sound of Music".... :)  :)  :)

Julie Andrews is quite beautiful in Sound of Music, and a giant talent. So I declare it Good Kitsch.

Plus I had a crush on Angela Cartwright (who is almost exactly my age) when I was a kid.

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I've always liked "The Sound of Music".... :)  :)  :)

My problem with The Sound of Music has always been the inexplicable lack of dancing zombies. Fortunately, that's been rectified.



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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 26 2007,18:16   

Also, I have not seen Gross point blank. Someone else recommended it. So, it's on the list for me. As is Silverado which I also haven't seen.

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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 26 2007,19:02   

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Also, I have not seen Gross point blank.

Me neither, but the original Point Blank is amazing.

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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 26 2007,19:18   

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Also, I have not seen Gross point blank. Someone else recommended it. So, it's on the list for me. As is Silverado which I also haven't seen.

I love Grosse Point Blank.  Written very well, with a hilarious subthread about American capitalism and success.  The whole set of conversations about whether an assassin should join a union or not is brilliant.  

Some of my favorite movies, with lines:

Local Hero.  The first movie of a globalized world, I think.  My all-time favorite movie evah.  "I'll be a good Gordon, Gordon."

The Commitments.  "Aren't we a little -- white -- for that?"  Dublin before the "Celtic Tiger" -- the place doesn't exist anymore, not like that.  

The Advertures of Buckaroo Banzai.  Terrible production values, a screwed up movie for sure, but great lines.  "There are monkey-boys in the compound."  "Use more honey!"  "What's that watermelon doing there?"  Plus a great underground reference to Thomas Pynchon, locating the enemy in Yoyodyne Systems, Inc.  (Cf The Crying of Lot 49, and also Pynchon's Vineland, where he returns the compliment.)  

My Life as a Dog.  In Swedish, yeah, but I lived in Sweden for a while as a kid, so I get all misty.  A terrific movie of adolescence.  Plus, the kid gets his wang stuck in a coke bottle.  What's not to love?  

For some reason, I can watch Groundhog Day over and over again.  "Phil?  Phil Conners?"

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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 26 2007,20:00   

Ghostbusters. Coneheads. Any Saturday Night Live adaptation with Bill Murray and/or Dan Ackroyd.

Caddyshack.

Echoing the Princess Bride as I watched it again the other day (my DVD arrived!). Funny.

You Yanks do good comedy. I could live in the USA just for the comedy....wait I *did* live in the USA and although I was ostensibly at university, it was mainly for the comedy!

If we expand to TV, then I have to say Cheers and Frasier are two of the funniest things I have ever seen. Staggeringly brilliant.

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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 26 2007,20:49   

Yes.  Princess Bride.
Groundhog Day.

Marx Brothers movies.

And when I was really really pregnant my husband brought home what I thought would be a really awful cheesy shoot-em-up.  Terminator. (#1)  Loved it.

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 28 2007,12:59   

Better late than never (in no particular order):

L.A. Confidential

The best film noir crime movie ever made, and the only good film version of any James Ellroy book. Everyone shines in this, Spacey, Pearce, Crowe, Cromwell especially. For non-Californians, a very good gutter level view of what LA is *really* like, and just how fucked up the place was in the 1950's. A warning, this is a very dense 2.5-hour boiling down of an extremely-dense 450-page book, so a LOT happens. PS, the book is even better.

Usual Suspects

Possibly the most clever mystery ever made. Spacey is brilliant. Even future wingnut/Christianist Stephen Baldwin is completely superb.

Interrogation Cop: You know what happens if you do another turn in the joint?
Hockney: Fuck your father in the shower and then have a snack? Are you going to charge me dickhead?


Fight Club

A remarkably profound movie that deserved a lot more credit than it got. Think Brad Pitt sucks? I did too, til I saw this. He deserved an Oscar for this one.

Tyler Durden: Shut up! Our fathers were our models for God. If our fathers bailed, what does that tell you about God?
Narrator: No, no, I... don't...
Tyler Durden: Listen to me! You have to consider the possibility that God does not like you. He never wanted you. In all probability, he hates you. This is not the worst thing that can happen.
Narrator: It isn't?
Tyler Durden: We don't need him!


Office Space

The definitive statement on what it's *really* like to waste your life in a stupid office job. Good thing I hadn't seen this during the last office job I had, I would have had an even worse attitude than I did. Worth it for the neighbor Lawrence alone.

Bob Slydell: You see, what we're actually trying to do here is, we're trying to get a feel for how people spend their day at work... so, if you would, would you walk us through a typical day, for you?
Peter Gibbons: Yeah.
Bob Slydell: Great.
Peter Gibbons: Well, I generally come in at least fifteen minutes late, ah, I use the side door - that way Lumbergh can't see me, heh heh - and, uh, after that I just sorta space out for about an hour.
Bob Porter: Da-uh? Space out?
Peter Gibbons: Yeah, I just stare at my desk; but it looks like I'm working. I do that for probably another hour after lunch, too. I'd say in a given week I probably only do about fifteen minutes of real, actual, work.


Goodfellas

What can I say? Joe Pesci's definitive performance. He even upstages DeNiro."Funny? Funny how? Am I a fucking CLOWN?"

2001 Space Odyssey

A beautiful, lyrical movie. Its ability to portray the total emptiness and loneliness of space is amazing. Remarkably undated. Plus, Hal's dialogue is just plain *funny*. " I know I've made some very poor decisions recently, but I can give you my complete assurance that my work will be back to normal. I've still got the greatest enthusiasm and confidence in the mission. And I want to help you."

Big Lebowski

Possibly the funniest movie ever made. Worth it for Goodman alone. "Nihilists! Fuck me. I mean, say what you like about the tenets of National Socialism, Dude, at least it's an ethos."

Point Blank

One of Lee Marvin's finest, filmed in a strangely empty San Francisco in 1965. Dreamlike, leaving you lots to debate afterwards.

Spider Baby

Completely hilarious. Possibly the most brilliant acting jobs you'll ever see in a movie made for under $40,000. Plus you get Lon Chaney and Mantan Moreland at the end of their careers.

Carnival of Souls

Circa-1964. Possibly the most dreamlike movie ever made. You literally start wondering if you're in a dream halfway through. Haunting.

Das Boot, long version

Apallingly realistic. Tragic, doom-laden. Disconcerting when you realize you're rooting for a bunch of actual Nazis.

Memento

A haunting, devastating movie that will take you several viewings to figure out. Guy Pearce at his peak. A stunning statement on how subjective memory is, and the loss of one's past.

The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

A very funny movie. Being as it was made by Italians, it was one of the first westerns to dump the image of the west as some clean, White, Protestant paradise. Worth it for Eli Wallach alone. "Ahhhh, this is why you come to Tuco! I kill him, I be right back!"

Trainspotting

Ugly, grim, bleak, also extremely compelling. Worth it for Begbie the psycho alone. The Iggy Pop soundtrack is just icing on the cake.

"It's SHITE being Scottish! We're the lowest of the low. The scum of the fucking Earth! The most wretched miserable servile pathetic trash that was ever shat on civilization. Some people hate the English. I don't. They're just wankers. We, on the other hand, are colonized by wankers. Can't even find a decent culture to get colonized by. We're ruled by effete assholes. It's a shite state of affairs to be in, Tommy, and all the fresh air in the world won't make any fucking difference!"

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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 28 2007,13:11   

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Das Boot, long version

Apallingly realistic. Disconcerting when you realize you're rooting for a bunch of actual Nazis.

For fans of Das Boot, I would also offer The Enemy Below, a 1957 movie starring Robert Mitchum.

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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 28 2007,15:41   

That's a great list, Arden. I'm compelled to expound on some of your entries.

 
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L.A. Confidential

The best film noir crime movie ever made, and the only good film version of any James Ellroy book. Everyone shines in this, Spacey, Pearce, Crowe, Cromwell especially. For non-Californians, a very good gutter level view of what LA is *really* like, and just how fucked up the place was in the 1950's. A warning, this is a very dense 2.5-hour boiling down of an extremely-dense 450-page book, so a LOT happens. PS, the book is even better.


A fantastic movie. My only complaint was that they injected a chunk of Ellroy's The Big Nowhere into the plot, meaning we probably won't see that one make it to the big screen. Incidentally, the movie version of Brown's Requiem wasn't that bad; nowhere near as bad as The Black Dahlia, which was damn near unwatchable.

 
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Office Space

The definitive statement on what it's *really* like to waste your life in a stupid office job. Good thing I hadn't seen this during the last office job I had, I would have had an even worse attitude than I did. Worth it for the neighbor Lawrence alone.


A great soundtrack, too - "Damn it Feels Good to be a Gangsta" and "Still", the latter being used to great effect when justice is meted out upon a certain printer. If anything, Office Space deserves credit for relegating the real Michael Bolton's career to a hilarious pop culture reference.

 
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Goodfellas

What can I say? Joe Pesci's definitive performance. He even upstages DeNiro.

Another outstanding soundtrack. What other movies features someone getting stomped to death to the strains of Donovan's "Atlantis"? "Hey, Tommy, if I was gonna break your balls, I'd tell you to go home and get your shine box."

 
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Big Lebowski

Possibly the funniest movie ever made. Worth it for Goodman alone.


If not the funniest, easily one of the most quotable movies ever made. "Leads, yeah, sure. I'll just check with the boys down at the crime lab, they've got four more detectives working on the case. They got us working in shifts! Leads! "

 
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Point Blank

One of Lee Marvin's finest, filmed in a strangely empty San Francisco in 1965. Dreamlike, leaving you lots to debate afterwards.


I've got this in my Netflix queue because I've been on a John Boorman kick lately. Excalibur, The Emerald Forest, The General... all great films. I've always wanted to see Point Blank because the Mel Gibson remake wasn't half bad (Other than the first two Mad Max movies, Payback is the only other Mel Gibson film I enjoyed.)

 
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Das Boot, long version

Apallingly realistic. Tragic, doom-laden. Disconcerting when you realize you're rooting for a bunch of actual Nazis.


Das Boot set the bar for submarine movies; it has yet to be topped.

 
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The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

A very funny movie. Being as it was made by Italians, it was one of the first westerns to dump the image of the west as some clean, White, Protestant paradise. Worth it for Eli Wallach alone.


Agreed... Eli Wallach steals the show. The movie is beautifully filmed, but it's easy to overlook the great script. The running "there's two kinds of people" gag and "God is not on our side because He hates idiots also" are great lines (although the latter doesn't appear to be true). And as iconic as the theme music is, the piece used in the cemetery climax, "The Ecstasy of Gold", is one of my favorite pieces of film music.

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A fantastic movie. My only complaint was that they injected a chunk of Ellroy's The Big Nowhere into the plot, meaning we probably won't see that one make it to the big screen. Incidentally, the movie version of Brown's Requiem wasn't that bad; nowhere near as bad as The Black Dahlia, which was damn near unwatchable.


Even worse news is that the people who own the rights to the LA Confidential screenplay (guess it ain't Ellroy) have indicated that they will not allow the characters of Ed Exley and Dudley Smith to appear in the planned film version of White Jazz. Considering that Exley and Smith are CRUCIAL characters in WJ, that should fuck up the movie pretty thoroughly (if it ever comes out).

As for the movie version of Dahlia, I read that they cut a whole HOUR out of it. That would explain why it's completely incoherent. If some kind soul restores it for some DVD 'director's cut', that might salvage it. Otherwise, it was a writeoff.

Lotta good dialogue in LA Confidential, too:

 
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Johnny Stompanato: You want an autograph? Write to MGM.
Ed Exley: Since when do two-bit hoods and hookers give out autographs?
Johnny Stompanato: What'd you say to me?
Ed Exley: LAPD. Sit down.
Lana Turner: Who in the hell do you think you are?
Jack Vincennes: Ed...
Ed Exley: Take a walk, honey, before I haul your ass downtown.
Johnny Stompanato: You are making a large mistake.
Lana Turner: Get away from our table.
Ed Exley: Shut up! A hooker cut to look like Lana Turner is still a hooker.
Johnny Stompanato: Hey!
Ed Exley: She just looks like Lana Turner.
Jack Vincennes: She is Lana Turner.
Ed Exley: What?
Jack Vincennes: She is Lana Turner.
[Lana throws a drink in Ed's face]


 
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[White approaches Loew in the bathroom, after he refused to answer Exley's questions]
Ellis Loew: Unless you came in here to wipe my ass, I believe we're through.
[White looks at him, silently]
Ellis Loew: Come on, don't try this "Good Cop-Bad Cop" crap on me. I practically invented it. So what if some homo actor is dead? Boys, girls, ten of them step off the bus to L.A. every day.
[White proceeds to smash Loew's head into the mirror and then sticking it into the toilet]
Ellis Loew: Pull him off me, Exley!
Ed Exley: I don't know how.
Bud White: Now, I know you think you're the A-number one hotshot. Well, here's the juice: if I take you out, there'll be ten more lawyers to take your place tomorrow. They just won't come on the bus, that's all!
[White drags Loew into his office and dangles him out of the window by his legs until he confesses]
Ed Exley: Was that how you used to run the "Good Cop-Bad Cop?"


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Dudley Smith: Edmund, you're a political animal. You have the eye for human weakness, but not the stomach.
Ed Exley: You're wrong, sir.
Captain Dudley Smith: Would you be willing to plant corroborative evidence on a suspect you knew to be guilty, in order to ensure an indictment?
Ed Exley: Dudley, we've been over this.
Captain Dudley Smith: Yes or no, Edmund?
Ed Exley: No!
Captain Dudley Smith: Would you be willing to beat a confession out of a suspect you knew to be guilty?
Ed Exley: No.
Captain Dudley Smith: Would you be willing to shoot a hardened criminal in the back, in order to offset the chance that some... lawyer...
Ed Exley: No.
Captain Dudley Smith: Then, for the love of God, don't be a detective. Stick to assignments where you don't have to make those kind of decisions.


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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 28 2007,19:47   

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Even worse news is that the people who own the rights to the LA Confidential screenplay (guess it ain't Ellroy) have indicated that they will not allow the characters of Ed Exley and Dudley Smith to appear in the planned film version of White Jazz. Considering that Exley and Smith are CRUCIAL characters in WJ, that should fuck up the movie pretty thoroughly (if it ever comes out).

I'm a bit apprehensive about White Jazz coming to the big screen. In addition to the problem you mentioned, Joe Carnahan is slated to direct; this could go either way. On the plus side, Carnahan wrote and directed Narc, which kicked ass - imagine Ray Liotta playing Bud White, and that's Narc. On the minus side, Carnahan wrote and directed Smokin' Aces, which I thought was horrible.

Carnahan is also on board to bring Killing Pablo to the big screen. That was an astounding book; highly recommended.

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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 30 2007,18:58   

Those who enjoyed Grosse Point Blank may enjoy The Long Kiss Goodnight and The Professional.

The inimitable Samuel L has a great scene in TLKG in which he's singing the refrain to Bo Diddley's "I'm a Man" and then giving a version of the backbeat: ba dun da dun DUM.  Great stuff.

The heroine is played by Geena Davis, who is also great in a light comedy, Earth Girls Are Easy.

(And I'll second or third Pulp Fiction, speaking of Samuel L...  An indisputable modern classic.)

Gotta agree on Kilmer as Doc Holliday: "my little blueberry..."  A classic performance (though apparently he's about the worst guy ever to have on a movie set).

Kurosawa: one of his last movies, Dersu Uzala, is little known but great...

One of the all-time greats: Lawrence of Arabia.  I also retain a fond spot for Dr. Zhivago...

Has somebody mentioned Dr. Stranglelove?

A great, but dated, comedy is The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming...

The Tarentino half of the recent "Grindhouse," called Death Proof, is a kick in the pants--great dialogue for all the ladies, and great action.

I'll also second Silverado.

I'll go away and think of some more.

  
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The Tarentino half of the recent "Grindhouse," called Death Proof, is a kick in the pants--great dialogue for all the ladies, and great action.

The stunts in Death Proof are absafuckinglutely incredible. All real time, physical stunts, too, no CGI tricks. Zoe Bell: WOW. Great characters, too.

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This may sound a bit off the wall, but I recently watched my daughter's copy of Howl's Moving Castle, Miyazaki anime expertly dubbed into English. Charming, eye-popping mix of realism and dream-like fantasy, great story, lotsa fun.

Spirited Away is also a great way to spend a couple hours.

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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 30 2007,21:18   

I'm not especially proud of these. Note to self: be more high-brow in future.

Brazil  (seen too many times, can't watch any more)
Notting hill (almost ditto)
Being John Malkovich  (code 1,  current player code 2)
Fargo / The big Lebowski (Fargo on video, VCR dead)
Dogma
Shaun of the dead  (Hot Fuzz ok but doesn't quite do it for me)
The sixth sense
Erin Brokovich
The Elephant Man
La Vita è bella  (although, of course, I know it only as "Life is Beautiful")


Easily manipulated, I inevitably get something in one of my manly eyes whenever I watch four of them.

Hated:  

Twister  (I wonder what's going to happen to all those wind chimes etc and how strong will the
wind be exactly?  Couldn't stand the dialog, but loved Buffy and Firefly/serinity, how could
the same guy be behind them?)

Once Worked (unsuccessfully) where they shot:

Life Story (TV) - recognised about 10 seconds (Franklin leaves the building at night).


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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 30 2007,22:18   

Is anyone else here a fan of 12 monkeys? Usually can't stand Bruce Willis, but thought that he was good in this. Big shout out for The Big Lebowski!

  
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12 Monkeys was awesome. That's when I started respecting Brad Pitt. Also, as you mention, Bruce Willis was good in that.

   
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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 30 2007,22:38   

Forgot about Brad Pitt. I wanted to hate the guy so bad because of his dreamy good looks. Oh well.

  
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Agreed: 12 monkeys was an awesome flick. One of my favorite Bruce Willis performances. "What a wonderful world it would be."

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The Mission
Amazing in just about every way, this film takes place in 18th century Brazil.  Spanish Jesuits are trying to save a native tribe from encroaching slave hunters.  Jeremy Irons plays a Jesuit Priest, and Robert De Niro plays a Portuguese slave hunter.  The story, acting, and scenery are all top-notch.  If you can watch this film and not be emotionally moved by the end, then you simply aren't human.

The Last Temptation of Christ
I'm going to go out on a limb and recommend this one to you all.  I consider myself an agnostic and not particularly religious in any way, and I greatly enjoyed this film.  Willem Dafoe does a remarkable job portraying JC as a truly human character, which is why many fundamentalist Christians  probably didn't like it at all.
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Jerobeam: God brought you here, didn't he?
Jesus: All he brought here is my shame.
Jerobeam: Shame is also a temptation.
Jesus: God hunts me. He drives his nails into my heart. He wants to push me over. He wants me to speak. But he didn't touch my lips with burning coals. How can I speak? I sinned.
Jerobeam: We all sin.
Jesus: Not my sins. What does He want from me? Can't he see what's inside me? All my sins. I'm Lucifer.
Jerobeam: Be quiet!
Jesus: No! I'm a liar. A hypocrite. I'm afraid of everything. I never tell the truth. I don't have the courage. When I see a woman, I blush and look away. But inside I have lust. For God, I smother the lust, and that satisfies my pride. But my pride destroys Magdalene. I never steal or fight, or kill... not because I don't want to but because I'm afraid. I want to rebel against everything, everybody... against God!... but I'm afraid. If you look inside me you see fear, that's all. Fear is my mother, my father, my God.

Dafoe is perfectly matched up with Harvey Keitel as Judas.  The relationship between Judas an JC is one of the central themes in the film.  Both are revealed as complex characters, as this movie goes well beyond any Sunday-school version of Christ's life.

Oh yeah, and the soundtrack by Peter Gabriel is incredible.  Even if you aren't interested in the film, you should give it a listen.

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This may sound a bit off the wall, but I recently watched my daughter's copy of Howl's Moving Castle, Miyazaki anime expertly dubbed into English. Charming, eye-popping mix of realism and dream-like fantasy, great story, lotsa fun.

Spirited Away is also a great way to spend a couple hours.

I strongly recommend everything Miyazaki has ever done, period.  Spirited Away was probably my favorite, but all of them are wonderful and unique in their own ways.

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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 01 2007,21:08   

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Oh yeah, and the soundtrack by Peter Gabriel is incredible.  Even if you aren't interested in the film, you should give it a listen.


Got it.  And got the soundtrack for The Mission.  Haven't seen either of the films but I do likes me movie soundtracks tho.

On movies, we do likes Blade Runner, Empire Strikes Back and Star Trek II - BEST Star Trek out of ALL of 'em - don't care wot ANYONE sez!   :angry:

In case anyone didn't know, I like my science fiction.   :p

Liked Stargate as well, for a bit of mindless entertainment.  Couldn't get into the TV show - Richard Dean Anderson ain't a patch on Kurt Russel.  "Send my regards to King Tut, asshole!"   :D

Speaking of which, no-one's mentioned Big Trouble In Little China?

Also like LA Confidential, Grosse Point Blank, Leon (The Professional) , and the Long Good Kiss Goodnight.

"Nathan: Alice, please. Your dog, Alice. It and my appetite are mutually exclusive.

Alice: Well, what's wrong with the dog?

Nathan: Simple. He's been licking his asshole for the last three straight hours. I submit to you that there is nothing there worth more than an hour's attention. I should think that whatever he is attempting to dislodge is either gone for good, or there to stay. Wouldn't you agree?"

And as an alternative to Die Hard I'd recommend Hard Boiled.

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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 01 2007,21:36   

An insomniac night inspires me to the following:

1: Brief Encounter
2: Casablanca
3: The Maltese Falcon
4: All About Eve
5: The Wizard of Oz

I like the old 'uns!

Good day all. Nice to see you again.

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 02 2007,01:45   

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The Mission
Amazing in just about every way, this film takes place in 18th century Brazil.  Spanish Jesuits are trying to save a native tribe from encroaching slave hunters.  Jeremy Irons plays a Jesuit Priest, and Robert De Niro plays a Portuguese slave hunter.  The story, acting, and scenery are all top-notch.  If you can watch this film and not be emotionally moved by the end, then you simply aren't human.

The Last Temptation of Christ
I'm going to go out on a limb and recommend this one to you all.  I consider myself an agnostic and not particularly religious in any way, and I greatly enjoyed this film.  Willem Dafoe does a remarkable job portraying JC as a truly human character, which is why many fundamentalist Christians  probably didn't like it at all.
 
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Jesus: All he brought here is my shame.
Jerobeam: Shame is also a temptation.
Jesus: God hunts me. He drives his nails into my heart. He wants to push me over. He wants me to speak. But he didn't touch my lips with burning coals. How can I speak? I sinned.
Jerobeam: We all sin.
Jesus: Not my sins. What does He want from me? Can't he see what's inside me? All my sins. I'm Lucifer.
Jerobeam: Be quiet!
Jesus: No! I'm a liar. A hypocrite. I'm afraid of everything. I never tell the truth. I don't have the courage. When I see a woman, I blush and look away. But inside I have lust. For God, I smother the lust, and that satisfies my pride. But my pride destroys Magdalene. I never steal or fight, or kill... not because I don't want to but because I'm afraid. I want to rebel against everything, everybody... against God!... but I'm afraid. If you look inside me you see fear, that's all. Fear is my mother, my father, my God.

Dafoe is perfectly matched up with Harvey Keitel as Judas.  The relationship between Judas an JC is one of the central themes in the film.  Both are revealed as complex characters, as this movie goes well beyond any Sunday-school version of Christ's life.

Oh yeah, and the soundtrack by Peter Gabriel is incredible.  Even if you aren't interested in the film, you should give it a listen.

I'm gonna shock you but I really liked The Last Temptation of Christ.  The interpretation of the "let this cup pass from me"-theme is really thought-provoking and brings out the real human angst.  Gibson hit it pretty hard in The Passion but in a completely different way.  In any case, I'd recommend it as well.

As far as my most favorite, it varies from time to time but most frequently it is Jaws.  IMO, it just doesn't get much better than that.

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 02 2007,02:03   

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2: Casablanca

First time I saw it I almost cried. I don't think I've seen many performances top Humphrey Bogart in that. The man is a god and that film a video bible. Utterly marvellous in every single way.

Still, my favourite film varies, as I'm sure most people's does, but most of the time it's either Godfather Part II (DeNiro is one of the performances that equals that of Bogart in Casablanca, and Pachino is also superb) or The Shawshank Redemption.

If you don't cry at Shawshank at least once, you're some kind of inhuman robot thing.

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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 02 2007,20:23   

I've never been into audiophile or videophile stuff, but today I wanted to see if my component video outputs were really noticeably better than s-video, so i hooked both up, put in a DVD, and switched back and forth. Wow. Component video color was much better. If you have component video outputs and inputs, use them. s-video and especially coax make for a distinctly poorer picture.

Oh, and what DVD was it? Here's how it began:

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"History has known many great liars. Copernicus. Goebbels. St. Ralph the Liar. But there have been none quite so vile as the Tudor king, Henry the Seventh...."


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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 03 2007,19:11   

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If you don't cry at Shawshank at least once, you're some kind of inhuman robot thing.


Me liked but didn't cry.  But I am a droid.   :p

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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 03 2007,19:42   

I didn't cry at Shawshank, but it's truely one of the best drama's I've seen in my short life so far and I definatly don't like drama's :P
And because my life is short, I don't have a lot of fav movies yet, but some nonetheless.

Gattaca:
Such a beautifull sci-fi movie, it almost made me cry. Just to see in what world someone could do to achieve his dreams, beating the system...downright beautifull, hard to explain with more words.

Contact:
How people would react to the discover of intelligent extra-terrestial life, the phylosphical (I misspelled that didn't I?) and religious questions it would arise. Awsome.

The Matrix Trilogy:
Simply lóve the fighting :D

Kill Bill 1 and 2:
Simply awsome :D Delightfuly over-the-tup, pure cult, awsome martial-arts.

The Big Lebowski:
Seen it a couple of time's, it's soooo funny! Awsome cult-status.

Hmmm, all i can think off right now.

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 03 2007,20:06   

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I didn't cry at Shawshank, but it's truely one of the best drama's I've seen in my short life so far and I definatly don't like drama's :P
And because my life is short, I don't have a lot of fav movies yet, but some nonetheless.

Gattaca:
Such a beautifull sci-fi movie, it almost made me cry. Just to see in what world someone could do to achieve his dreams, beating the system...downright beautifull, hard to explain with more words.

Contact:
How people would react to the discover of intelligent extra-terrestial life, the phylosphical (I misspelled that didn't I?) and religious questions it would arise. Awsome.

The Matrix Trilogy:
Simply lóve the fighting :D

Kill Bill 1 and 2:
Simply awsome :D Delightfuly over-the-tup, pure cult, awsome martial-arts.

The Big Lebowski:
Seen it a couple of time's, it's soooo funny! Awsome cult-status.

Hmmm, all i can think off right now.

Love Shawshank. Of course it is Red who is redeemed.

Vis The Matrix: I thought the first one was kick-ass, but the second and third have my vote for worst/most disappointing sequels in history.

Plus even the first is based upon a transparently idiotic premise: that the machines get energy from their massive farms of human bodies. No more than put in by means of food; it would be more efficient to burn the food. And even if it worked, why not use massive farms of cows? Then you could dispense with the troublesome virtual reality - or at least work with a much simpler one.

Obvious rationales that made sense, such as the human brains were wired together into a massive neural network that the machines needed for processing purposes, were right at hand.

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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 03 2007,20:31   

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If you don't cry at Shawshank at least once, you're some kind of inhuman robot thing.


Me liked but didn't cry.  But I am a droid.   :p

I didn't get into Shawshank. I thought it was kind of corny.

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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 05 2007,13:45   

Barry Lyndon tonight at the French-German channel. The best Kubrick to me.

I also saw "the departed" recently. Nice film.

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 10 2007,22:00   

I've got Ratitouille on top of the DVD player. Can't wait to watch it.  In the meantime, the Mariah Carey song All I Want for Christmas Is You came on, and it reminds me of the movie Love, Actually.

Is there anyone you'd rather see in a bit part than Bill Nighy?


   
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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 10 2007,23:01   

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I've got Ratitouille on top of the DVD player. Can't wait to watch it.  

actually watching it now!

What are the odds?


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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 14 2007,03:24   

Best movie I've seen recently:

Taking Liberties

It got limited cinema releae in the UK but is now available on DVD from Amazon UK (they ship to the US).

I urge everyone, but especially UKians, to buy and watch it (at least the USAians amongst you will discover you are not the only ones who are being rogered by their government). I then very strongly urge the UKians amongst us to join Liberty.

DO IT NOW!

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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 15 2007,14:43   

I bought a Hi Def TV a few months ago so that I'd get the most out of my XBox 360 - the difference between the component picture and HD picture is vividly noticeable.

You can download movies on the XBox 360; some of them in HD... I watched O Brother, Where Art Thou? in HD awhile back and although the image difference isn't as obvious as it is with video games, the picture still looked great.

I'm waiting until the HD-DVD/Blu-Ray wars are over before I start replacing my DVD collection, so the other day I bought an upconversion unit; the player was only 70 bucks - the friggin' HDMI cable was $50.

I watched Robocop yesterday and was really impressed with the quality. Robocop's suit looked absolutely amazing.

I've probably seen Robocop 50 times (no exaggeration) and yesterday it dawned on me: for a "futuristic" movie made in 1987, it's aged quite nicely. The only thing that really dates the movie is the ridiculous 80s shoulder pads in the women's clothes.

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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 17 2007,16:20   

Something seems to have reminded me of the movie "Harry and the Hendersons". That one had some funny scenes in it.

"You ate my corsage? I was SAVING that!" :p

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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 17 2007,19:21   

Had this at home for several days, been too busy to watch it. Probably see it tonight.


   
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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 17 2007,19:24   

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I've probably seen Robocop 50 times (no exaggeration) and yesterday it dawned on me: for a "futuristic" movie made in 1987, it's aged quite nicely. The only thing that really dates the movie is the ridiculous 80s shoulder pads in the women's clothes.

I'm putting that in my netflix queue then.

   
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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 17 2007,19:49   

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Had this at home for several days, been too busy to watch it. Probably see it tonight.


I watched that for the second time last weekend. Wonderfully imaginative.

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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 17 2007,19:51   

T3 is on AMC right now. if you haven't seen the scene with the crane truck tearing through town, Ho-Ley Crap. Might be my favorite car action sequence ever,

   
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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 17 2007,21:13   

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T3 is on AMC right now. if you haven't seen the scene with the crane truck tearing through town, Ho-Ley Crap. Might be my favorite car action sequence ever,

That is an awesome scene. But wait until you've seen the Death Proof half of Tarantino's Grind House. Not the destructive mayhem as in T3, but for auto stunt action, that's it, right there.

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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 17 2007,21:44   

Have not seen that yet. I'll have to put that in the queue. The queue's mighty thin these days. Currently all that's there is The Tuskegee Airmen, Braveheart, Say Anything, The Wire Season 4 which doesn't release until december, and Season 4 of The L Word, which, sadly, pretty much jumped the shark in the final episode of Season 3. I was thinking about putting Homicide: Life on the Streets in the queue, but after seeing the first three seasons of The Wire, which runs on HBO, could an NBC show possibly compare?

   
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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 18 2007,10:50   

I watch too few movies, but many that have been mentioned on this thread score quite high. To add, though: just about always at my number one spot is Wim Wenders's Wings of Desire. About as perfect a movie as one could ask for. Of course, this means that the Hollywood remake, City of Angels, is the most execrable piece of shit ever to waste celluloid. Couldn't watch it all the way through.

Another topper for me, at least when I saw it in the theater: The Fast Runner. That movie made me experience time differently: it unfolded with the seasons and the years, beautifully slowly.

Let's see, what else must one watch to have truly lived?
The Philadelphia Story
My Man Godfrey ("Godfrey loves me! He put me the shower!")
Hot Fuzz (best watched with other males with beer)
Big Trouble in Little China
They Live (best. fight. scene. evarrrrr!)
Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle (surprisingly deep!)
Dodgeball
Freaks
North by Northwest
Mystery Men
Super Troopers (for the opening, and for "Bear fucker! Do you need assistance?" or however that line goes)
The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari (the most original version one can find. our wedding cake was modeled on that movie.)

Oh, right! His Girl Friday roolz!

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 19 2007,08:49   

This Island Earth
The Green Berets
(every John Wayne cliche you could ask for)
Planet of the Apes
(every Charleton Heston cliche you could ask for)
Barbarella
A Boy and His Dog
Bambi Meets Godzilla
Flesh Gordon
Horatio Hornblower
The Astronaut Farmer
Stardust
Dances with Wolves
Last of the Mohicans
Rob Roy
300

And, of course, everything Humphry Bogart ever did.

Don't have a HD television, and prolly won't get one until the current NTSC tube bites the dust.

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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 19 2007,23:58   

Still haven't seen Howl's Moving Castle. Might put it on in a few but it's late.



I went to the Netflix queue to add A Better Tomorrow, basically because it has a very cool title and Chow Yun-Fat, and learned that I rented it in January '06 and told my friends "Meh. Couldn't get into it." I have no memory of doing that, or seeing the movie. It's like that happened to someone else. How similar is that person to me? Might I totally like it this time? Will I think the same thing? How continuous is my personality through time?

I think the fact that I first and foremost remember Jan '06 as the month that Davetard was installed as UD moderator says something about me, but I'm not sure what.

   
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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 20 2007,00:12   

That Robocop business up above got me thinking about movies that people have seen dozens of times. They're very rare. I've only seen two movies like that, myself. The director's cut of Blade Runner maybe a dozen times, and L.A. Story about twenty times. It's a Power Law distribution. You've got those, then you've got The Matrix at about 8 times, and Eddie Izzard: Dressed to Kill and The Definite Article and Star Wars and all the Bond movies and Office Space and Idiocracy maybe 4 times, and then a few dozen movies twice and several hundred once.

So Since that mention of Robocop I've been asking friends what movies they've seen a dozen or more times. So far I've heard

*Titanic
*I Heart Huckabees
*Total Recall

So I immediately put those in the queue. I'm going to watch them in the next week and see if I can understand what is so captivating to some people.

In the meantime, I can only interpret the fact that I've seen L.A. Story 20+ times as proof that it is The Greatest Movie Ever Made.


   
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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 20 2007,00:32   

This is a (non-exhaustive) list of my favorites:

Ben Hur, A Man for All Seasons, Chariots of Fire, The Wicker Man (the original), Aliens, Star Trek II, Last of the Mohicans, Bridge on the River Kwai, Raise the Red Lantern, Empire Strikes Back, LOTR, Event Horizon, The Name of the Rose.

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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 20 2007,01:03   

Somewhere on the book thread I mentioned that The Name of the Rose had an ending so lame and unsatisfying that I want to fly to Italy and strangle Umberto Eco with my bare hands. Let's not give the ending away, RO'B, but let me just say I hope the movie was less aggravating than the book.

Raise the Red Lantern is an interesting inclusion. I've liked Chinese movies more than other Asian movies. Best I can tell from the Japanese movies I've seen, they're all perverts. Chinese movies have been good. Eat Drink Man Women, for instance, was pretty good.

   
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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 20 2007,07:37   

Quote (stevestory @ Nov. 20 2007,00:12)
That Robocop business up above got me thinking about movies that people have seen dozens of times. They're very rare. I've only seen two movies like that, myself. The director's cut of Blade Runner maybe a dozen times, and L.A. Story about twenty times. It's a Power Law distribution. You've got those, then you've got The Matrix at about 8 times, and Eddie Izzard: Dressed to Kill and The Definite Article and Star Wars and all the Bond movies and Office Space and Idiocracy maybe 4 times, and then a few dozen movies twice and several hundred once.

So Since that mention of Robocop I've been asking friends what movies they've seen a dozen or more times. So far I've heard

*Titanic
*I Heart Huckabees
*Total Recall

<snip>

People have asked me, "Why on earth would you want to see a movie more than once"? I always respond by asking them what their favorite song or painting is, then asking, "Why on earth would you want listen to or look at that more than once"?

There are several movies that I've seen more than 20 times - Animal House, This is Spinal Tap, Full Metal Jacket, Doctor Strangelove, Goodfellas, The Big Lebowski, John Carpenter's The Thing, the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Repo Man. That list is nowhere near complete, either.

I've see Eddie Izzard: Dressed to Kill about 10 times; the Englebert Humperdink bit and "He's a donut!" kill me every time.

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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 20 2007,09:43   

Quote (stevestory @ Nov. 20 2007,02:03)
Somewhere on the book thread I mentioned that The Name of the Rose had an ending so lame and unsatisfying that I want to fly to Italy and strangle Umberto Eco with my bare hands. Let's not give the ending away, RO'B, but let me just say I hope the movie was less aggravating than the book.

I recall (from my reading 10+ years ago) the irony that, after all, most of Bacon's inferences were wrong, even has his reasoning represented the first glimmer of what would later become scientific methodology. I rather enjoyed that irony.  

The movie, IMHO, failed to capture the labrinthine nature of the monastery, and the especially library.

I also recall being mostly confused throughout much of Foucault's Pendulum...

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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 20 2007,09:56   

Quote (Mister DNA @ Nov. 20 2007,08:37)
I've see Eddie Izzard: Dressed to Kill about 10 times; the Englebert Humperdink bit and "He's a donut!" kill me every time.

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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 20 2007,15:46   

Just FYI, and I can't believe it's taken me this long to remember to mention this:

If you haven't seen it already here we have fundamentlaist christian movie reviews, the CAP Reports.

It's got all the fundy goodness of FSTDT. Whenever I'm having a hard day I read the South Park: The Movie review and laugh myself hoarse.

Yeah, yeah, I'm a heartless bastard, I know, I know. But come on, aren't allowed to laugh at earnest whackjobbery? Is this the face of a murderer? Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury I beseech you....oh what's the use!

Louis

ETA: The H2G2 review contains the damning complaint "Darwinism". Damn you Darwin. DAMN YOU!!!!!

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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 20 2007,16:12   

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...John Carpenter's The Thing...

That's a good one, too. Wilford Brimley does a good job in a role that's atypical for him. The special effects are somewhat nauseating, though.

Anyway, I just remembered another one of my favorites: To Kill a Mockingbird.

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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 20 2007,16:52   

Quote (Louis @ Nov. 20 2007,13:46)
Just FYI, and I can't believe it's taken me this long to remember to mention this:

If you haven't seen it already here we have fundamentlaist christian movie reviews, the CAP Reports.

It's got all the fundy goodness of FSTDT. Whenever I'm having a hard day I read the South Park: The Movie review and laugh myself hoarse.

Yeah, yeah, I'm a heartless bastard, I know, I know. But come on, aren't allowed to laugh at earnest whackjobbery? Is this the face of a murderer? Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury I beseech you....oh what's the use!

Louis

ETA: The H2G2 review contains the damning complaint "Darwinism". Damn you Darwin. DAMN YOU!!!!!

Wow, that's some funny stuff. For example:
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ICE AGE (PG) -- ...a bright and dazzling achievement in computer animation with a warm story ... to indoctrinate your children to the theory of evolution.


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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 20 2007,17:11   

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Quote (Louis @ Nov. 20 2007,13:46)
Just FYI, and I can't believe it's taken me this long to remember to mention this:

If you haven't seen it already here we have fundamentlaist christian movie reviews, the CAP Reports.

It's got all the fundy goodness of FSTDT. Whenever I'm having a hard day I read the South Park: The Movie review and laugh myself hoarse.

Yeah, yeah, I'm a heartless bastard, I know, I know. But come on, aren't allowed to laugh at earnest whackjobbery? Is this the face of a murderer? Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury I beseech you....oh what's the use!

Louis

ETA: The H2G2 review contains the damning complaint "Darwinism". Damn you Darwin. DAMN YOU!!!!!

Wow, that's some funny stuff. For example:
 
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ICE AGE (PG) -- ...a bright and dazzling achievement in computer animation with a warm story ... to indoctrinate your children to the theory of evolution.

Is there some way we can get CAP to review Visitor Q?

Their review of Quest for Fire is pretty funny, although I agree with them that it's not the sort of film that should be shown to schoolchildren.

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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 20 2007,17:48   

OK. I swore I wan't going to join in a list of favorite movies, but I can't resist.
Silent: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, The Passion of Joan of Arc, Nosferatu.
Later: The Philadelphia Story, Holiday, Bringing up Baby, Citizen Kane, The Third Man, The Hidden Fortress, Yojimbo, Zatoichi (oh, just pick one).
Still later: LOTR (pointy ears on Cate Blanchett . . .), Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, there's a long list of Chinese movies and Samurai movies that I can't even remember by name I watched with my girlfriend for her film classes. The Iron Giant, Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle. I watch too much cable. . .
I loved The Name of the Rose (book) as much as is possible without shading into sexual idolatry, as much almost as Lolita or Gravity's Rainbow, but the movie is exactly as described in Trainspotting. Don't go see Beowolf, even if I think a cartoon Angelina J is kinda sexy speaking Anglish of the old school. I'd prefer Cate B.

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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 21 2007,01:41   

Movies I've seen a dozen times:

Princess Bride (several dozen times)
Disney's robin hood (dunno why but I do like it)
When Harry Met Sally
Nightmare on elm street
Pirates of the Caribbean
Dr. Strangelove
Inner Space
Frank Zappa's "Baby Snakes"

A cult college film called "Split" although it's been well over a decade. One caveat: I've never seen it without a severely altered perspective.

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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 21 2007,03:06   

Quote (Mister DNA @ Nov. 20 2007,23:11)
Quote (argystokes @ Nov. 20 2007,16:52)
 
Quote (Louis @ Nov. 20 2007,13:46)
Just FYI, and I can't believe it's taken me this long to remember to mention this:

If you haven't seen it already here we have fundamentlaist christian movie reviews, the CAP Reports.

It's got all the fundy goodness of FSTDT. Whenever I'm having a hard day I read the South Park: The Movie review and laugh myself hoarse.

Yeah, yeah, I'm a heartless bastard, I know, I know. But come on, aren't allowed to laugh at earnest whackjobbery? Is this the face of a murderer? Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury I beseech you....oh what's the use!

Louis

ETA: The H2G2 review contains the damning complaint "Darwinism". Damn you Darwin. DAMN YOU!!!!!

Wow, that's some funny stuff. For example:
 
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ICE AGE (PG) -- ...a bright and dazzling achievement in computer animation with a warm story ... to indoctrinate your children to the theory of evolution.

Is there some way we can get CAP to review Visitor Q?

Their review of Quest for Fire is pretty funny, although I agree with them that it's not the sort of film that should be shown to schoolchildren.

They review quite a few films that really aren't suitable for children. Their "excuse" being that children sneak into R rated movies and/or many cinemas simply let them in.

In principle I actually agree with a lot of what they are doing. I think the CAP reports make some good points, i.e. that what was once unacceptable in an R rated movie is now acceptable in a PG-13 rated movie, that kids get to see R rated movies even though they shouldn't. I think it's a good idea to have movie reviews specifically targetted at parents that try to be objective, try to describe the movie in terms of what it shows (rather than for a perhaps more artistically nuanced perspective) and allow parents to make more informed decisions. I'm always for MORE information!

What amuses me about the CAP reports is the supposedly "objective" scoring system given to the guys who do it directly by god and the all round shrill fundy goodness of it. And, of course, that I reckon it's a clear excuse for the reviewers to get to see a large number of movies that perhaps their church would disapprove of under the auspices of saving the kids. I'm waiting for the "CAP Brothel, hooker, escort and strip club review" and the "CAP Just where is the best cocaine produced?" reports.

{TING!!!}

I haz me an ideAH!

Louis

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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 21 2007,05:24   

Quote

(SMOOT PLANS TARIFF BAN ON IMPROPER BOOKS - News Item)

Senator Smoot (Republican, Ut.)
Is planning a ban on smut.
Oh rooti-ti-toot for Smoot of Ut.
And his reverend occiput.
Smite, Smoot, smite for Ut.,
Grit your molars and do your dut.,
Gird up your l__ns,
Smite h_p and th_gh,
We'll all be Kansas
By and by.

Smite, Smoot, for the Watch and Ward,
For Hiram Johnson and Henry Ford,
For Bishop Cannon and John D., Junior,
For ex-Gov. Pinchot of Pennsylvunia,
For John S. Sumner and Elder Hays
And possibly Edward L. Bernays,
For Orville Poland and Ella Boole,
For Mother Machree and the Shelton pool.
When smut's to be smitten
Smoot will smite
For G-d, for country,
And Fahrenheit.

Senator Smoot is an institute
Not to be bribed with pelf;
He guards our homes from erotic tomes
By reading them all himself.

Smite, Smoot, smite for Ut.,
They're smuggling smut from Balt. to Butte!
Strongest and sternest
Of your s_x
Scatter the scoundrels
From Can. to Mex!

Smite, Smoot, for Smedley Butler,
For any good man by the name of Cutler,
Smite for the W.C.T.U,
For Rockne's team and for Leader's crew,
For Florence Coolidge and Admiral Byrd,
For Billy Sunday and John D., Third,
For Grantland Rice and for Albie Booth,
For the Woman's Auxiliary of Duluth,
Smite, Smoot,
Be rugged and rough,
Smut if smitten
Is front-page stuff.

               -- Ogden Nash (Invocation)


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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 21 2007,20:10   

FWIW, I thought the last episode of Season 3 of The L Word was a humongous shark-jump, but Season 4 has been okay so far. Maybe a series can de-jump the shark?

   
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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 21 2007,23:36   

Quote (stevestory @ Nov. 20 2007,00:12)
That Robocop business up above got me thinking about movies that people have seen dozens of times. They're very rare. I've only seen two movies like that, myself. The director's cut of Blade Runner maybe a dozen times, and L.A. Story about twenty times. It's a Power Law distribution. You've got those, then you've got The Matrix at about 8 times, and Eddie Izzard: Dressed to Kill and The Definite Article and Star Wars and all the Bond movies and Office Space and Idiocracy maybe 4 times, and then a few dozen movies twice and several hundred once.

So Since that mention of Robocop I've been asking friends what movies they've seen a dozen or more times. So far I've heard

*Titanic
*I Heart Huckabees
*Total Recall

So I immediately put those in the queue. I'm going to watch them in the next week and see if I can understand what is so captivating to some people.

In the meantime, I can only interpret the fact that I've seen L.A. Story 20+ times as proof that it is The Greatest Movie Ever Made.


The first time I saw LA Story was when I was living in Freiburg, Germany for a semester of college.  Although a fair bit of the humor translated pretty well, the scene in the "Fourth Reich Bank of Hamburg" wasn't considered particularly funny by my German friends...

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 22 2007,04:19   

Quote (Wesley R. Elsberry @ Nov. 21 2007,11:24)
Quote

(SMOOT PLANS TARIFF BAN ON IMPROPER BOOKS - News Item)

Senator Smoot (Republican, Ut.)
Is planning a ban on smut.
Oh rooti-ti-toot for Smoot of Ut.
And his reverend occiput.
Smite, Smoot, smite for Ut.,
Grit your molars and do your dut.,
Gird up your l__ns,
Smite h_p and th_gh,
We'll all be Kansas
By and by.

Smite, Smoot, for the Watch and Ward,
For Hiram Johnson and Henry Ford,
For Bishop Cannon and John D., Junior,
For ex-Gov. Pinchot of Pennsylvunia,
For John S. Sumner and Elder Hays
And possibly Edward L. Bernays,
For Orville Poland and Ella Boole,
For Mother Machree and the Shelton pool.
When smut's to be smitten
Smoot will smite
For G-d, for country,
And Fahrenheit.

Senator Smoot is an institute
Not to be bribed with pelf;
He guards our homes from erotic tomes
By reading them all himself.

Smite, Smoot, smite for Ut.,
They're smuggling smut from Balt. to Butte!
Strongest and sternest
Of your s_x
Scatter the scoundrels
From Can. to Mex!

Smite, Smoot, for Smedley Butler,
For any good man by the name of Cutler,
Smite for the W.C.T.U,
For Rockne's team and for Leader's crew,
For Florence Coolidge and Admiral Byrd,
For Billy Sunday and John D., Third,
For Grantland Rice and for Albie Booth,
For the Woman's Auxiliary of Duluth,
Smite, Smoot,
Be rugged and rough,
Smut if smitten
Is front-page stuff.

               -- Ogden Nash (Invocation)

Thanks for that Wes. Hilarious. On a less literate note, these Nash poems were very well taken off by Gilbert Sheldon in various "Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers" comics.

There is I suppose another serious point linking a theme from another thread again: quis custodet ipsos custodes?

The reason I mention this is because I have a friend who is a CID detective (that's a police detective in the UK, CID is the branch of the police force that does the detectoring! Allegedly) and she worked briefly on one of the many operations tracing the originators/distributors/creators of child porn (she subsequently left this unit). There was a case of a police officer in an affiliated unit who gradually started to "enjoy" the images and data he was tracing. I say "enjoy" because I think it was more "tortured by" than actually "enjoy". He left under a cloud, poor chap.

I'm sure our chums at the CAP reports are cloaked in a solid wall of faith based protection, but isn't it slightly possible that our informative fundy friends like a good bit of violent, vulgarity ridden torture porn like "Hostel" as much as the next person sat in the Collosseum?

As with the Haggards, and the other various hypocritical denouncers of the evils of this medium or that practice, the stats dictate that some of these self appointed moral guardians are serving an interest far closer to home than the public one. Who's there for these confused chaps and chapesses? Baying media hounds and those guiltily enjoying schadenfreude like me can't help (although this schadenfreude enjoyer supports their right to enjoy what they will within the standard bounds of consent and reason). Who do they turn to? Unsympathetic members of their flock who "cure" them or cover them up? It must be an awfully lonely world for a fundamentalist movie reviewer with his trousers around his ankles and a copy of the Care Bear's Movie.

Louis

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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 22 2007,10:48   

Movies I've seen the most times (and will continue to watch again and again):

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

Big Trouble in Little China

Better Off Dead

Tremors

Dark City

Blade Runner

Funny Bones

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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 22 2007,19:58   

Quote (snoeman @ Nov. 22 2007,00:36)
Although a fair bit of the humor translated pretty well, the scene in the "Fourth Reich Bank of Hamburg" wasn't considered particularly funny by my German friends...

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you think you can have ze duck?
...
Where do you summer?

   
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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 23 2007,21:32   

Oh hell, I forgot to mention Young Frankenstein.
And, of course, Young Frankenstein.
Then there's Young Frankenstein.
But no list would be complete without Young Frankenstein.

My wife and I went to see the stage musical version of, of all things, Young Frankenstein, here in Seattle, with what's-her-name from Will & Grace, the one with the aa-OOO-ga!!! curves. She was good. The musical, while fun (and, as a former strutter and fretter of the stage, I can say it was an excellent balance of talent and effects), was not the movie. Too many scenes cut for music numbers.

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 23 2007,23:30   

Perhaps this is a bit premature for those looking to fill their Netflix's queue, but I just got back from seeing No Country for Old Men and it was fantastic. Creepiest villain since Fargo.

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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 23 2007,23:59   

Might have to go see that one in the theater. A screenwriter friend of mine just saw it and said it was fantastic.

   
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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 24 2007,00:00   

Since xmas season officially started today, I just watched Bad Santa. I can wholeheartedly recommend it. It's easily the best (and funniest) xmas movie ever made, especially if, like me, you hate most xmas movies:

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Kid: Your beard's not real.
Willie: No Shit!It was real, but I got sick and all the hair fell out.
Kid: How come?
Willie: I loved a woman who wasn't clean.
Kid: Mrs. Santa?
Willie: No it was her sister.


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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 25 2007,05:53   

Quote (carlsonjok @ Nov. 24 2007,00:30)
Perhaps this is a bit premature for those looking to fill their Netflix's queue, but I just got back from seeing No Country for Old Men and it was fantastic. Creepiest villain since Fargo.

Wow. A black masterpiece. Brilliant, funny, gripping. And that goddamn pneumatic device...

*shivers*

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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 28 2007,09:10   

"And I should know. They don't call me Clever Pete for nothing!"
"Jake, milord."
"What about him?"
"Clever Jake, sir."
"Where?"
"you are Clever Jake, milord."


   
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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 28 2007,21:09   

by the end of the first Blackadder, it grew on me. Brian Blessed  was a real laugh, hamming it up as Richard IV. So I just put Blackadder II in the queue, and Blackadder III, featuring Hugh Laurie, which everyone says is just great. Hope so.

I think I'm going to get around to Howl's Moving Castle in a few minutes, but I've been saying that for a week. If I can get through that, next comes Transformers, Live Free or Die Hard, and The Producers.

   
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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 28 2007,21:16   

The first Blackadder is the weakest Steve, so if you liked the first, you should love the rest.

In my personal opinion, Blackadder II is better than Blackadder the Third, but Blackadder Goes Forth tops them all.

You should also try Yes Minister/Yes Prime Minister, if you want good British comedy.

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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 28 2007,21:28   

This is completely brilliant.

My loony bun is fine Benny Lava!

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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 28 2007,21:41   

Quote (Arden Chatfield @ Nov. 29 2007,03:28)
This is completely brilliant.

My loony bun is fine Benny Lava!

That video is pure class.

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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 28 2007,21:49   

Hmmm... this one's just as good!

Please don't buy the bald seal!

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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 28 2007,22:04   

How about this one?

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You NEVER seem to address the fact that the grand majority of people supporting Darwinism in these on line forums and blogs are atheists. That doesn't seem to bother you guys in the least. - FtK

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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 28 2007,22:26   

Quote (IanBrown_101 @ Nov. 28 2007,22:04)
How about this one?

All along, watch you pumping my retard,
and you fill me with tar,
and you party laying bears.


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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 28 2007,22:28   

I declare the man who did those to be a master at his craft, and a legend in his own lunchtime.

(Says the berk in the fez)

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You NEVER seem to address the fact that the grand majority of people supporting Darwinism in these on line forums and blogs are atheists. That doesn't seem to bother you guys in the least. - FtK

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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 28 2007,22:32   

Come see me eat nipples.

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(Permalink) Posted: Nov. 28 2007,22:34   

Quote (Arden Chatfield @ Nov. 29 2007,04:32)
Come see me eat nipples.

"Oh shit Im a butter head, you can't tell I've got a head"

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(Permalink) Posted: Dec. 10 2007,00:25   

Tard at the Internet Movie Database (Note: The link might require registration)

From the Golden Compass message boards:
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Yeah, that is because science has become its own religion and will not suffer certain doctrines to be questioned otherwise such scientists are branded pseudo-scientists (heretics) or mystics and are promptly excommunicated from the pure faith.

THey expect everybody to believe them, to have faith in them. THey act as though evolution/big bang theories are too complex for typical people to comprehend and only a select few people with Ph.D.'s in physics or biology are able to comprehend the truth, and so the rest of the masses ought to put faith in them.


and the response:
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But wintermonk was right in that those scientific concepts are tough, and “only a select few people with Ph.D.'s in physics or biology are able to comprehend the truth.” That’s because they hide that crucial information in mysterious things called ‘books’ and store them in big buildings called ‘libraries’. They do this for a reason. If they make it easy enough for just anybody to figure out reality, the really dumb ones that turned off their reasoning ability and handed it over to a mythological god will be allowed access. And we know what happens when we let the dumb ones play. They start to think that an invisible deity actually cares about which football team wins, or was somehow completely responsible for some gangsta rapper winning a grammy…


It almost makes me wanna see the movie.

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(Permalink) Posted: Dec. 16 2007,00:19   

We're watching The Producers right now. So far it's pretty good. Will Ferrell singing Haben sie gehört das Deutsche Band is hilarious.

   
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(Permalink) Posted: Dec. 16 2007,00:36   

LOL

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ROGER:
Heil myself
Heil to me
I'm the kraut
Who's out to change our history
Heil myself
Raise your hand
There's no greater
Dictator in the land!
Everything I do, I do for you!
CHORUS:
Yes, you do!
ROGER:
If you're looking for a war, here's World War Two!

   
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(Permalink) Posted: Dec. 16 2007,00:45   

Quote (stevestory @ Dec. 16 2007,00:36)
LOL

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ROGER:
Heil myself
Heil to me
I'm the kraut
Who's out to change our history
Heil myself
Raise your hand
There's no greater
Dictator in the land!
Everything I do, I do for you!
CHORUS:
Yes, you do!
ROGER:
If you're looking for a war, here's World War Two!

In the office, we had some debate over the bangability of Uma Thurman.

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(Permalink) Posted: Dec. 16 2007,00:49   

Unbangable. Because she's the same height as me (6 feet tall). I dated a girl who was 5'11 and it was like being in bed with a dude. Didn't work.

   
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(Permalink) Posted: Dec. 16 2007,01:11   

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Then you ran to Rio
And you're safely out of reach
I'm behind these bars
You're banging Ulla on the beach!
Just like Julius Caesar
Was betrayed by Brutus
Who'd think an accountant
Would turn out to be my Judas!


LOL

   
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(Permalink) Posted: Dec. 16 2007,01:47   

Quote (stevestory @ Dec. 16 2007,00:49)
Unbangable. Because she's the same height as me (6 feet tall). I dated a girl who was 5'11 and it was like being in bed with a dude. Didn't work.

Phh... I've dated a girl who's 6'5" and I'm a mere 6'2.

Hang up your hang ups.

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(Permalink) Posted: Dec. 16 2007,03:50   

Quote (IanBrown_101 @ Nov. 28 2007,13:16)
The first Blackadder is the weakest Steve, so if you liked the first, you should love the rest.

In my personal opinion, Blackadder II is better than Blackadder the Third, but Blackadder Goes Forth tops them all.

Strangely I think I remember more dialogue from the first series of Blackadder than any other

Still I remember the night "Bells" (1st episode, 2nd series) aired and just being blown away...
...the schoolyard the next day had the same kind of buzz that followed the the first episode of "The Young Ones". :D

For some reason I never really got into Blackadder goes forth and I'm not sure why? But it's often said to be the best.
Ian's right Steve, if you found the first even vaguely funny you're going to love the rest. It's cracking.

   
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(Permalink) Posted: Dec. 16 2007,05:33   

Quote (Richardthughes @ Dec. 16 2007,02:47)
Quote (stevestory @ Dec. 16 2007,00:49)
Unbangable. Because she's the same height as me (6 feet tall). I dated a girl who was 5'11 and it was like being in bed with a dude. Didn't work.

Phh... I've dated a girl who's 6'5" and I'm a mere 6'2.

Hang up your hang ups.

Is this where I get to step in and so some research to arbitrate this dispute?

Oh Uma....

Will somebody please get Uma on the line?  Do I have a secretary with this job?

(On a related note, I really need a secretary to screen the AtBC calls.  That damned O'Leary woman keeps calling to bitch about y'all making the baby Jesus cry.  She's even more annoying on the phone than she is in writing.)

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(Permalink) Posted: Dec. 16 2007,13:01   

It got a bit formulaic towards the end.

He's
more X the The Xer of Xington after the god of X declared him the Xiest Xer ever...

Etc.

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(Permalink) Posted: Dec. 20 2007,22:16   

Really horrible movie on SciFi right now. Code Red I think it's called. But entertainingly bad.

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(Permalink) Posted: Dec. 21 2007,18:24   

Juno.

And the previous one that the star, Ellen Page, was in, Candy Girl, or something like that.

Ellen Page may be smaller than Uma, but they're both, er, up there.

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 01 2008,21:03   

Annoying error on Family Guy just then. Brian was in Texas shooting a revolver, and after each shot you hear the twinkly noise of a shell casing hitting the pavement.

   
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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 01 2008,21:18   

I'm about 20 minutes into "Jesus Camp". And I'm thinking FtK.

Edited.

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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 01 2008,21:23   

Is that online? I'd love to see it. I've only seen clips of some retard saying Harry Potter would be put to death by real christians or something like that.

   
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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 01 2008,21:25   

Nope. PM me your address and amazon will send you a copy.

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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 01 2008,21:28   

Quote (Richardthughes @ Jan. 01 2008,21:18)
I'm about 20 minutes into "Jesus Camp". And I'm thinking FtK.

Edited.

I'm going to have to kill you for that one...(sound Jesus camp enough for ya, you heathen?).  

I almost rented that movie the other day to see what all the hubbub is about.  But, from what I understand there were only about 100 kids involved in the camp. That doesn't sound too threatening, and they closed it down before it had much of a chance to impact the lives of many youngsters.

You have to stop lumping all Christians in a group of radical extreme world dominating loons.

You also have to stop and take a little gander at the extremists from your side and think about how they're influencing their followers and society as well.

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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 01 2008,21:28   

Quote (Richardthughes @ Jan. 01 2008,21:18)
I'm about 20 minutes into "Jesus Camp". And I'm thinking FtK.

Edited.

So, they've got MILF's in Jesus Camp?  Maybe I should sign up?

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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 01 2008,21:30   

Quote (Ftk @ Jan. 01 2008,21:28)
Quote (Richardthughes @ Jan. 01 2008,21:18)
I'm about 20 minutes into "Jesus Camp". And I'm thinking FtK.

Edited.

I'm going to have to kill you for that one...(sound Jesus camp enough for ya, you heathen?).  

I almost rented that movie the other day to see what all the hubbub is about.  But, from what I understand there were only about 100 kids involved in the camp. That doesn't sound too threatening, and they closed it down before it had much of a chance to impact the lives of many youngsters.

You have to stop lumping all Christians in a group of radical extreme world dominating loons.

You also have to stop and take a little gander at the extremists from your side and think about how they're influencing their followers and society as well.

And you have to stop reviewing films you haven't seen.

In the film, they're good, likeable people.  But what they say, what they do to their kids, makes my heart weep.

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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 01 2008,21:32   

oooh. Quality musical number..

"we're kicking it for christ"
"Go homies...who's in the house? J.C.'s in the house"

Magic.

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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 01 2008,21:43   

Quote (Richardthughes @ Jan. 01 2008,21:30)
Quote (Ftk @ Jan. 01 2008,21:28)
Quote (Richardthughes @ Jan. 01 2008,21:18)
I'm about 20 minutes into "Jesus Camp". And I'm thinking FtK.

Edited.

I'm going to have to kill you for that one...(sound Jesus camp enough for ya, you heathen?).  

I almost rented that movie the other day to see what all the hubbub is about.  But, from what I understand there were only about 100 kids involved in the camp. That doesn't sound too threatening, and they closed it down before it had much of a chance to impact the lives of many youngsters.

You have to stop lumping all Christians in a group of radical extreme world dominating loons.

You also have to stop and take a little gander at the extremists from your side and think about how they're influencing their followers and society as well.

And you have to stop reviewing films you haven't seen.

In the film, they're good, likeable people.  But what they say, what they do to their kids, makes my heart weep.

Not a prob.  I'll rent it and we'll compare notes.

A lot of atheists I know are likeable people as well, but  their intolerance, disrespect and, at times, the hatred they teach their children by example makes *my* heart weep.  Their children are so turned off by religion, they never stand a chance of considering it from a different perspective.  

btw, I'd like you to mention specifically what in the movie reminds you of me since you said "what they do to their kids, makes my heart weep".

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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 01 2008,21:43   

I've got Jesus Camp in my Netflix queue, but it keeps getting pushed to the back so I can feed my Anime addiction.

Those of you who have seen Jesus Camp might wanna check out Hell House, a documentary about one of those Jesus-y Haunted Houses put on by a church in North Texas. It's quite possibly the only chance you'll ever get to hear a teenage girl say, "I get to be suicide abortion girl!", gleefully, and without irony.

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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 01 2008,21:44   

Quote (Richardthughes @ Jan. 01 2008,22:25)
Nope. PM me your address and amazon will send you a copy.

I appreciate it, but I'll save you some money and Netflix it. I'm really backed up on the Netflix queue. The Simpsons Movie, Season 4 of The Wire, A Better Tomorrow, Black Adder II, Season 4 of The L Word, Mystic River, A Fistful of Dollars, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Say Anything, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Titanic, The Tuskegee Airmen, Rome, Braveheart, and I Heart Huckabees.

   
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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 01 2008,21:47   

Quote (Ftk @ Jan. 01 2008,21:43)
btw, I'd like you to mention specifically what in the movie reminds you of me since you said "what they do to their kids, makes my heart weep".

There are innumerable scenes but the most ghastly must be the large incidence of mullets, a la Sternberger Story.

The homeschooling, with reference to global warming and evolution, is quite saddening. Watch the film, then we'll chat.

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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 01 2008,21:48   

Let's start a thread in a month once we've all seen it.

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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 01 2008,21:53   

Quote (Richardthughes @ Jan. 01 2008,22:47)
the large incidence of mullets, a la Sternberger Story.

Lol. Never had a mullet. After 6 years clean-shaven I just regrew the beard, though. Took like 2 weeks to come in. Weirdly, it's black this time. 6 years ago it was brown. 6 years ago I also didn't have these white bits on the sides....

Edited by stevestory on Jan. 01 2008,23:02

   
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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 01 2008,21:54   

Quote (Richardthughes @ Jan. 01 2008,21:48)
Let's start a thread in a month once we've all seen it.

It's online, actually. We can start a thread tomorrow, or perhaps the day after.

Part 1 of Jesus Camp

... it's probably online illegally, but don't tell YouTube and I won't either. I think there's a copy or two on Google Video as well.

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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 01 2008,21:56   

Your humble moderator doesn't put photos of himself online, but think of the fat, bearded george clooney.



Edited to add: I believe that's Arden on the left, Richard Hughes in the sheikh costume, and Lou on the right.

Edited by stevestory on Jan. 01 2008,23:01

   
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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 01 2008,21:57   

Quote (Richardthughes @ Jan. 01 2008,21:47)
Quote (Ftk @ Jan. 01 2008,21:43)
btw, I'd like you to mention specifically what in the movie reminds you of me since you said "what they do to their kids, makes my heart weep".

There are innumerable scenes but the most ghastly must be the large incidence of mullets, a la Sternberger Story.

The homeschooling, with reference to global warming and evolution, is quite saddening. Watch the film, then we'll chat.

Ah, so it makes your heart weep when parents encourage their children to remain open minded to scientific "facts".  You'd rather them stop thinking and bow to authority.  

Controversial subjects should be explained properly to children rather than ignoring the issues or demanding that they only consider one side (the right side/whatever that may be).  None of us know where science is headed, and advancements in science are constantly continuing.

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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 01 2008,21:59   

Quote (Ftk @ Jan. 01 2008,21:57)
Quote (Richardthughes @ Jan. 01 2008,21:47)
Quote (Ftk @ Jan. 01 2008,21:43)
btw, I'd like you to mention specifically what in the movie reminds you of me since you said "what they do to their kids, makes my heart weep".

There are innumerable scenes but the most ghastly must be the large incidence of mullets, a la Sternberger Story.

The homeschooling, with reference to global warming and evolution, is quite saddening. Watch the film, then we'll chat.

Ah, so it makes your heart weep when parents encourage their children to remain open minded to scientific "facts".  You'd rather them stop thinking and bow to authority.  

Controversial subjects should be explained properly to children rather than ignoring the issues or demanding that they only consider one side (the right side/whatever that may be).  None of us know where science is headed, and advancements in science are constantly continuing.

Again, watch the film. Get the context.

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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 01 2008,22:00   

Quote (stevestory @ Jan. 01 2008,21:58)
I believe that's Arden on the left, Richard Hughes in the sheikh costume, and Wesley on the right.

Tarden is Jason Bourne!

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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 01 2008,22:02   

Quote (Richardthughes @ Jan. 01 2008,21:59)
Quote (Ftk @ Jan. 01 2008,21:57)
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btw, I'd like you to mention specifically what in the movie reminds you of me since you said "what they do to their kids, makes my heart weep".

There are innumerable scenes but the most ghastly must be the large incidence of mullets, a la Sternberger Story.

The homeschooling, with reference to global warming and evolution, is quite saddening. Watch the film, then we'll chat.

Ah, so it makes your heart weep when parents encourage their children to remain open minded to scientific "facts".  You'd rather them stop thinking and bow to authority.  

Controversial subjects should be explained properly to children rather than ignoring the issues or demanding that they only consider one side (the right side/whatever that may be).  None of us know where science is headed, and advancements in science are constantly continuing.

Again, watch the film. Get the context.

Ready, fire, aim! in no way to shoot a gun.

Use your edit button I so covet...you screwed up that last sentence.

Fine, I'll watch it.

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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 01 2008,22:03   

This copy of Jesus Camp is on google video, and I believe it superior because it's in one part, not nine.

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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 01 2008,22:04   

Got for Christmas:

Order of the Phoenix
Bourne Ultimatum
Rocky Balboa (Hey, I'm from Philly.  It's required by law or something.)
Matrix Revolutions
U.S. Marshals
DaVinci Code (WTF?  It's the thought that counts.)

Edited by Lou FCD on Jan. 01 2008,23:04

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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 01 2008,22:55   

I figured I'd bring this is up while this thread is near the top...

I've noticed there are a few Miyazaki fans on this thread - Kiki's Delivery Service is one of my favorite movies, animated or otherwise; it is without question my favorite Miyazaki movie.

I just read the other day that Disney is planning a live-action Kiki's Delivery Service for 2009. If it has half the charm of the original, it will still be good, but I think they'll try to Americanize it too much...

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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 11 2008,15:25   

Two wonderful comedies:

High Fidelity

Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels

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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 11 2008,17:19   

Spider Baby
Eyes without a Face (a.k.a. The Horror Chamber of Dr. Faustus)
The Red House (1947) :)

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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 13 2008,19:09   

watching this on PBS right now

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NATURE's two-part special DOGS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD tells the epic story of the wolf's evolution, how "man's best friend" changed human society and how we in turn have radically transformed dogs. Part one, "The Rise of the Dog," airs Sunday, January 13 at 8 p.m. (ET) on PBS. Part two, "Dogs by Design," airs Sunday, January 20 at 8 p.m. (ET) on PBS (check local listings for both broadcasts).

From the tiniest Chihuahua to the powerful and massive English Mastiff, modern domesticated dogs come in a bewildering array of shapes and sizes, with an equally diverse range of temperaments and behaviors. And yet, according to genetics, all dogs evolved from the savage and wild wolf -- in a transformation that occurred just 15,000 years ago.

In THE RISE OF THE DOG, you'll learn about how the domestication of dogs might have taken place, including the theory of biologist Raymond Coppinger that it was the animals themselves -- and human trash -- that inspired the transformation. The genetic analysis of Peter Savolainen of the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden has placed the origins of domesticated dogs -- and those of the first dog -- in East Asia. You'll also discover 14 dog breeds that controversial genetic studies show are the most ancient -- and the best living representatives of the ancestors to all living dogs.
Dogs That Changed the World: Dogs by Design
Airs January 20th, 8PM ET on PBS (check local listings)


Over 400 breeds of dog are recognized around the world, each unique for its personality, habits, and form. Most of these breeds exploded onto the scene over the past 150 years, spurred by the Victorian-era passion for the "dog fancy" -- the selective breeding of dogs to enhance particular characteristics. By tinkering with its genetics, humans made the dog the most varied animal species on the planet -- and also created a host of hereditary health problems.

Despite the plethora of new shapes and sizes, dogs have retained the instincts bred into their ancestors by thousands of years of work: the urge to herd or hunt, to dig and to guard. In DOGS BY DESIGN you'll discover how these hard-wired behaviors help different types of dogs, from hounds to herders, excel at different tasks (and why it can sometimes be so difficult to train them to do otherwise). You'll also learn how dogs' finely tuned senses are serving humans and saving lives.


View the Production Credits for DOGS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD Part one, "The Rise of the Dog."

View the Production Credits for DOGS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD Part two, "Dogs By Design."

Web content for DOGS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD was originally posted April 2007.


http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/dog/index.html

Really interesting. And they don't tiptoe around evolution to protect the feelings of creationist numbskulls.


   
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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 14 2008,19:42   

Quote (Lou FCD @ Jan. 01 2008,21:04)
Got for Christmas:

Order of the Phoenix
Bourne Ultimatum
Rocky Balboa (Hey, I'm from Philly.  It's required by law or something.)
Matrix Revolutions
U.S. Marshals
DaVinci Code (WTF?  It's the thought that counts.)

Har de har, I reviewed U.S. Marshalls! Well, at least they paid me to see it. :)

I finally saw Aliens 3. Sucked. I'm tired of the cyber-punk future.

It looked like "Alien at Thunderdome."

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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 15 2008,01:27   

Editing of the next Indiana Jones movie will probably be finished in a few weeks.

I don't have a nondisclosure anything.

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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 15 2008,14:47   

Quote (Kristine @ Jan. 14 2008,20:42)
Har de har, I reviewed U.S. Marshalls! Well, at least they paid me to see it. :)

I finally saw Aliens 3. Sucked. I'm tired of the cyber-punk future.

It looked like "Alien at Thunderdome."

Keep your expectations about Alien: Resurrection in check, too (although the aliens depicted therein are more true to the original in form than those seen in Aliens or Alien 3). Same with AvP. It is all very tired now.

Alien was a masterwork in its day, however, due to the novelty and shock of Giger's art and Ridley Scott's spooky direction. There are moments in that movie that are my favorite in cinema - such as when, as the crew explores the derelict ship, the camera tracks up to reveal the seated pilot. The combination of set and musical score attains a peak of otherworldliness that I don't think has been attained since.

Aliens is good (but doesn't hold a candle to the original) in a very different James Cameron kicks ass kind of way (although there are some severe continuity problems vis the original.) Be sure to see the extended version.

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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 15 2008,19:01   

Anybody seen the movie "Once" about a couple of musicians? A friend recommended it.

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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 15 2008,21:51   

Quote (Reciprocating Bill @ Jan. 15 2008,14:47)
Quote (Kristine @ Jan. 14 2008,20:42)
Har de har, I reviewed U.S. Marshalls! Well, at least they paid me to see it. :)

I finally saw Aliens 3. Sucked. I'm tired of the cyber-punk future.

It looked like "Alien at Thunderdome."

Keep your expectations about Alien: Resurrection in check, too (although the aliens depicted therein are more true to the original in form than those seen in Aliens or Alien 3). Same with AvP. It is all very tired now.

Alien was a masterwork in its day, however, due to the novelty and shock of Giger's art and Ridley Scott's spooky direction. There are moments in that movie that are my favorite in cinema - such as when, as the crew explores the derelict ship, the camera tracks up to reveal the seated pilot. The combination of set and musical score attains a peak of otherworldliness that I don't think has been attained since.

Aliens is good (but doesn't hold a candle to the original) in a very different James Cameron kicks ass kind of way (although there are some severe continuity problems vis the original.) Be sure to see the extended version.

Alien was a horror, Aliens a war film in space. The rest were just milking the cash cow.

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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 30 2008,23:19   

Diane and I watched "We're No Angels" this evening. A bit late for the holidays, but a nice entertainment nevertheless.

Don't recall if this is the exact quote, but loved the line, "He already knows."

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