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anna k
The Wrestler is fantastic. Sad and funny, and Mickey Rourke IS the character, you forget it's him after a while. And Marisa Tomei was fantastic in it, she is really underrated as an actress, so versatile and sexy and funny and heartbreaking. I loved how the aging wrestler and the aging stripper had similar lives (oldest person on the stage, staying with what they're good at and what makes them money, feeling weird in the "real world") and how the wrestler still blasted 80's hair metal, mentally reliving his glory days.
I'm glad you brought up that movie Anna K - I probably wouldn't have looked twice at Marisa Tomei's billing (the underrated thing!), but you're quite correct. Her charm sort of sneaks up on you. It sounds uncannily similar to my life at the moment (in a but for the grace of god kind of way) so I want to see it with the wrestler in my life, but it releases late for us! Canada is still being punished for our notorious pirates.

We ended up seeing the Will Smith movie...I think he tends to be at his best when he's cast as the reluctant hero. And I don't mind the Will Smith model of masculinity -you know, this unflappable and stoic, resourceful, extremely charming, quiet & unheralded genius, (except the tortured soul part is starting to make me twitch). BUT the movie was waaay cheesier than I had been led to believe. A real contender for the Fromage 008 awards, not my cup of tea.
I saw a preview for The Wrestler when I went to see Milk the other day (which was a pretty good film, imho). The Wrestler looks pretty good, too, and the fact that Aronofsky's directing it is kind of exciting. I'm always interested in taking a peek into characters' lives that are nothing like mine.

That said, though, why the hell did Mickey Rourke ever get plastic surgery?!? I used to think he was such a hot guy. A scumbag, yes, but still a hot one. Observe: before and after. Ugh.
I feel like a bafoon admitting this...
but i love Stepbrothers.
Ridiculous comedy.
I went to see a movie called Taxidermia a year and a half ago at the ICA in London. Has anyone else seen it? I watched it again recently, and its awesome. Certainly not your run-of-the-mill movie, if you like weird & bizarre stuff, its for you. tongue.gif

Dunno if I'm allowed to do this, but here's a link in case anyone wants to download it: taxidermia
My sweetie keeps saying "Where do you come up with all these great movies?" and I keep replying "Oh, the gals in the Bust Lounge." Thanks all, for recommending In Bruges, Lars and the Real Girl (potentially creepy subject but handled so well it was just sweet and poignant), My Kid Could Paint That...there were a few others that we've viewed that I can't remember now.

Starting Out in the Evening (Frank Langella, Lauren Ambrose, Lili Taylor) was very character-driven, a good one for academics and literary types. Sharp dialogue, in the back-and-forths of ideas.

Marisa Tomei's breakthrough role in My Cousin Vinny was brilliant. I'll be checking out The Wrestler for sure because she's in it.

thirtiesgirl, those Rourke pics, yikes.
anna k
I saw Slumdog Millionaire last night. It started out good, then I lost interest in the storyline and didn't care what happened to anybody. The characters just weren't interesting enough, pretty two-dimensional. My sister also annoyed me during the movie, whispering "M.I.A." when her song played, as if I didn't recognize her, and when I whispered the final answer to myself and it was wrong, she whispered back in a singsong voice, "You were wrooong." When I told her she didn't need to say that, she went, "Well, you didn't have to say anything, so of course I have to respond." She really liked the movie, while I thought it was cliched and predictable.
Just saw The Spirit.


I could have done without it...there were some outright hilarious moments, but the storyline made me hate just about everyone that was involved except Scarlet Johansen's (sp?) character. She was a bad-ass scientist. Plus I was sitting next to my DAD in the movie theater, which can make it awkward when the sexy poses come into play. Yeesh. We went to a late showing, so I thought that I would have freaky Samuel L. Jackson dreams. I did.

I did.
*****sorry for the long post*****

somebody on here was saying they disliked danny boyle movies (slumdog millionare, sunshine, 28 days later, shallow grave, trainspotting, etc.) who was that...? i think it was someone in the uk.... syb? i like his early stuff, but of late, not so much. honestly if there were no children in cinema i would be all to happy....

..ok that's not true. i got done watching fallen idol, which is a carol (oliver!, the third man, odd man out) reed film. so good. although i couldn't help thinking about sam fuller's naked kiss the entire time.

if fallen idol is dr. jekyll, civilized, well groomed, orderly, meticulously crafted and framed, then naked kiss, with it's shotgun opening of a hooker's wig being snatched off while she attacks the camera, money flying, is the crass, rude, burping, mr. hyde. but i was talking about fallen idol, which is a very hitchcockian film about a kid who idolizes his butler. simple enough but this is a coming of age pic, and not insipid sort that they make now days, no this is about losing one's illusions of childhood in much the same way as naked kiss, but not as brutal. but the tension that reed weaves into the last act is wonderful....

and ap, the will smith/taupe thing...freaking hilarious... lady you slaaaaaaaaays me!

oh tommy i wanted to see the wackness.... for some odd reason the previews made me think of brick.

there was a lot of bitching and moaning when seattle film-- the non-profit that runs the seattle film festival used all of it's pennies to buy a building for it's offices and a state of the art movie house, but the programming they do there is on par with any repetory house. in the next couple of months they are having their brilliant annual noir festival, noir city, with a couple of lost movies from the 40's, and a french crime wave series (which are french movies inspired by noir).

but there are a couple of stand alone movies that i can't wait for. the two i am looking forward most to are:

a rediscovered film of michael powell-- one of the masters of brit cinema-- bluebeard's castle. based on the bela bartok opera.

lately i seem to see old british films. it's not intentional, it just seems too happen. but back to powell!

if you've never seen a powell film, they are visually stunning, most often for their use of color and mis en scene. you can see previews of 3 of his movies at imdb. he's made a few movies you might have heard of, the red shoes, or, black narcissus, but the one that destroyed his career was a movie called peeping tom. a lot of people-- including me think it is a masterpiece. every bit as much as another movie made by a british director that same year: psycho.

in many ways peeping tom-- or or rather, psycho is-- peeping tom's doppleganger, it's mirror image. it shares many of the same concerns, the damage of cinema's voyeuristic eye, the implications of visual rape and abuse, moral questions about sexuality. but where psycho wrapped itself in hitchcockian horror, peeping tom almost came off like a twisted telling of jack the ripper. it's style was much more in your face for the sixties, and much more brutal. of course we've gone so much further than that now, many of the things in both movies. but where hitchcock's fortunes swelled after his movie, powell's went into decline. he was made into a pariah, and found making subsequent films more difficult, and ended up working mostly in tv. peeping tom was years ahead of it's time, and while i adore hitchcock and this complex cinematic moralisms, his way of implicating the audience in violence, and of course his mastery of suspense, powell's film is better. the thing about peeping tom that i love is that it doesn't just elude to the eye being the problem like psycho, (think of the famous shower/drain sequence), for the sixties it played smashmouth. peeping tom is in-your-face, this-is-what-cinema-is-about-and-you-are-a-culprit-in-it, badass movie making. it's central charecter is every bit the milquetoast that norman bates is, but he has no female alter ego to shroud his phalic eye, no, powell's film was much more to the point, his protagonist is a film maker who loves filming the grotesque. there is no room to hide here, no euphemisms, no fig leaf. this is self-reflective brilliance about the sexual violence of not just peeping, but all visual art-- photography and porn included. this movie is the first time that sort of idea was spoken aloud, and for better or ill, has inspired other smart if not utterly brutal films about voyerism like one of my all time favorites, katherine bigelow's raising of the ante, strange days, to the film i hope to never see again, takashi miike's hyper, ultra-violent take on japanese masculinity, ichi the killer, as well as pretentious crap like sliver. but they all started with this movie.*

i've caught some of his other films on tcm, when they would show several of his films and they are always well worth the time. beautiful, beautiful films.

and speaking of beautiful films. the second movie i'm excited about is lola montez, directed by the dreamy max ophlus, one of my favorite german directors. i say dreamy, because he directed some of the most utterly opulent films i've ever seen. if you like the sort of over the top rococo style of orson wells in movies like touch of evil, the films of ophuls are it's breathtakingly pretty roots. i really can't come up with enough adjectives to tell you the joy of seeing his films. they are visual feasts. the earrings of madame de.... or lola montez, or even the film that was the inspiration for richard linkletter's slacker, la ronde--- they are just.......


i can't help talking about a few other films that were influenced by ophlus' visual gems, like fassbinder's* ridiculously long titled masterpiece, effi briest, or the bitter tears of petra von kant, or the encyclopedic cataloging of wipes in veronika voss. granted, not everyone can get excited by such dry material, but visually there is so much beauty, that it's hard not to want to just dive into the screen, for me atleast.

so far i've not been to the new theater.... which is odd, but there is a reason: the tickets are $10 a pop.....

*sigh* i suddenly miss cha cha and dolor... *sniff*

*if one is interested in the theme of reflexivity in film, i whole heartedly recommend the book reflexivity in film and literature, by robert stam, although, strangely, it does not really talk about psycho or peeping tom).

**another of my favorite german directors, and probably any other theater major student, plus, how can you not have a crush on his muse, Hanna Schygulla?
QUOTE(alluna @ Dec 27 2008, 08:32 AM) *
Just saw The Spirit.


I could have done without it...there were some outright hilarious moments, but the storyline made me hate just about everyone that was involved except Scarlet Johansen's (sp?) character. She was a bad-ass scientist. Plus I was sitting next to my DAD in the movie theater, which can make it awkward when the sexy poses come into play. Yeesh. We went to a late showing, so I thought that I would have freaky Samuel L. Jackson dreams. I did.

I did.

I saw The Spirit yesterday, too. While I love the look of Frank Miller movies, the dialog was ridiculous. I guess I shouldn't expect much from a comic book-inspired action film, but this was just plain bad. And when Eva Mendes (Sand Serif) dropped her towel in the arrest scene, some dude in the audience went "Woo!" like he was watching a porno or something. I had the same experience last month when I went to see Zack & Miri Make a Porno. Some dude let out a "Woo!" and applauded when porn star Katie Morgan showed her breasts on screen. If he'd had any money in his pockets, he probably would have tried to throw it at the screen.
Wow Benjamin Button...quite a let down, I wouldn't recommend it. So long and drawn out withcheesy narrative. I knew as soon as it opened with the old woman on her deathbed that it wasn't gonna be great.
Dear GirlTouble,

Don't you dare ever apologize for a long post!!

I have to apologize for this short one... I've been out of the screen-loop... on the road, & down in Floridada, and there's an amazing snowstorm outside right now that is the focus of my attention (you see... I am fond of the outdoors... unlike yourself?) but I did want to ask...

Is Slacker really inspired by La Ronde?? Linklater said so?

Years ago I came upon the sumptuous Earrings of Madame d' and the (heartbreaking?) Letter from an Unknown Woman. Have you seen Ophuls' other 3 movies made during his Hollywood period?

And have we already discussed Robert Ryan, the case that the European masters (Ophuls, Renoir, Lang) all chose Ryan is their representative American Man during their Hollywood exile....
What was it about Ryan that grabbed them?

We now have a big bio of him... which I hope to read, especially where it covers his encounter with these masters.

OK now, back to the happy snow,
and I'm talking about the outdoor variety...

your Dolor
Yo T-Gal,

Speaking of Michael Powell,
I just saw (by our coincidence) "The Edge of the World," (his first movie?), b&w (so before the extreme color and extreme story lines of his classic period), about the abandonment of a tiny island. Foula, off the west coast of Scotland. A view into a lost world... (Courtesy of Netflix, natch.)

Striking that he should have begun with such an odd topic (and did it put him on the map?)

Wonderful vistas. They're all wearing heavy Scottish sweaters, of course.

There's also a doc, in color, many decades later, where they go back to Foula, and meet with many of the amateur actors. So it was not abandoned. (But St. Kilda was.)

Now in the snow... and in two days I'm flying off into the west, to enjoy Death Valley and other western deserts.

yr d-gal
I have been on a movie blitz....

Milk - enjoyed it, loved Emile Hirsch the most. It was a good movie, but I wanted to like it just a little bit more.

Slumdog Millionaire - really liked it. Well done.

Doubt - loved it! Meryl Streep was fab. Probably my favorite of the movies I have seen lately. I love Amy Adams too.

Frozen River - excellent. Compelling, suspenseful, emotional. Great acting.

Next up: The Reader, Frost/Nixon, & Revolutionary Road
anna k
I saw Rachel Getting Married last night. I thought it was fine, good in parts, I mostly enjoyed Bill Irwin, and thought that Rachel's fiance looked like Kanye West. I wasn't too impressed by Anne Hathaway, it felt typical of the "light" actress to do the "dark" role in a semi-indie film. I also got tired of the scenes with the toasts and the musicians. I got that it was suppossed to engage the audience into feeling like they were at a real party, shooting in real time, but it dragged and got too self-indulgent.
OT, Tunde Adebimpe is way finer than Kanye. WAAAAAY finer. His voice/lyrics are part of what makes TVotR so great. I want to have his babies.
just saw mr. brooks with kevin costner. the symbolism was rather simple, but it was fun. but i'm a sucker for (almost) any movie that does a take on voyeurism. this one takes a couple of pages from rear window, but it it has one virtue in that respect, it's that it isn't as literal as most films that do that. it changes it up a bit. i did enjoy the relationship between costner and his alter ego, bill hurt. there are some holes in the movie, but i get bored recounting them.

more importantly i just saw an ad for a movie called "the uninvited" which turns out to be a remake of one of my favorite asian horror movies, a tale of two sisters. i really don't get why they changed the name, especially to that. "the uninvited was a horror movie last year, but it seems too much like the other horror movie about to come out, "the unborn" what's more, the uninvited is already a well known ghost story from the 40's. that one move gives me pause. i love two sisters. it was a great, subtle movie, that was best seen in the movie theatre because some of the sound cues, that give you the key to the film. i loved debating the movie with other people who had seen it because there were a couple of different takes people had on what what actually going on, but, and i loved this about it, people who weren't absolutely attentive missed the crux of the movie entirely. i would bet the movie, lost this element too. americans don't do subtlety, if our foreign movies and foreign policy is any example. shame.

it makes me wonder why american directors try to direct movies that they don't really understand. you have two years, people, do a little research. read a little. talk to the directors, writers, and critics. for fucksake, figure it out!!!

i hope their other choices are smarter, although david straithairn is sometimes a good sign.... but american remakes of asian movies are usually cleaned up and part of the great thing about asian horror is the dark, dank cinematography. the only remake that really came close to the dirt and grit of a real asian horror movie was pulse. the others are sanatized. heaven forbid americans see anything firmly in a middle class, freshly mopped setting. it kind of killed me when critics were calling the dark knight, "dark" and "disturbing." the audition, that, that was disturbing. hell, hostel, was disturbing (although i found it's humor charming, but somehow, separate from the rest of the film).

hmph. original movie title was better. no, it's not scary, but what made two sisters a success was the word of mouth.....

ETA: OH FOR FUCKSAKE. IT'S PG-13 TOO! why f'ing bother?!
I had a good movie weekend, which made me happy. Slumdog Millionaire on Saturday - the best Danny Boyle film I've seen since Trainspotting. I loved it. Gran Torino on Sunday - a bit formulaic and predictable, but enjoyable nonetheless. Some reviewer on Rottentomatoes wrote of Clint's character that it's like watching Dirty Harry in retirement, which I'd say is about right.

Can't wait for Revolutionary Road, although I'm not a big Leo fan. No doubt the kid can act; I just don't like watching him do it. Too pretty and young looking for me.

And I'd second the nod for Tunde Adebimpe. Kanye can't hold a candle to him. ...Anyone else notice Robyn Hitchcock playing guitar in the final scenes of Rachel Getting Married? That Jonathan Demme, always hanging with the indie musicians!
Okay, this is late,

My 'Yes Man' review just got published at SparkLife. It's been a long time since I started to discuss it in this thread, but I mentioned that the review would be put up and it finally has. They take a very long winter break at Sparklife because it's geared toward college students and so many students are on holiday vacation till this week.

Yes Man Jim Carrey Stomps Seven Pounds of Will Smith

If you have time to comment on the review at SparkLife, I would really appreciate it and reciprocate.
saw Revolutionary Road this weekend - I was pretty disappointed. Kate Winslet was fantastic, but I could watch her read the phone book and be totally engrossed. Leo was also quite good, even though I'm not the biggest fan. The story was so overwrought and heavy handed to the point of being mildly insulting and none of the characters were sympathetic to me. It just beats you over the head with "the 1950s were so oppressive." Certainly, there are some interesting statements about the soullessness of the kids-suburbs-job you hate cycle, but nothing that hasn't been addressed better elsewhere. I know it's not fair to compare a tv series to a 2 hour movie, but Mad Men captures those themes and the era much better - with more subtlety and more sympathetic characters. Kind of a bummer, cuz I was quite looking forward to the film. Has anyone seen Winslet's other current release, The Reader?
prophecy, I saw The Reader, and thought it was really good. Honestly though if Kate Winslet wasn't in it, I don't think I would have liked it as much. My sister commented on how Kate becomes her character even down to the way she walks.

I really want to see Revolutionary Road (I like depressing films, and again Kate would draw me to it), The Wrestler and Wendy and Lucy. None of these have opened in my area yet.
I'm supposed to possibly go see The Unborn tomorrow. I'm thinking that it's going to suck and that everything they show you on the commercials is all the good stuff. Well at least it's a matinee so it's like 5 bucks or something and not the 9 or 10! I swear a day at the movies is like 50 bucks if you actually purchase from the snackie counter. Bastards!
I saw a double feature of Benjamin Button and Slumdog Millionare. I loved Slumdog, but BB was a little annoying. The only characters that really engrossed me were the minor ones. It also had the Forrest Gump theme running thru it. Cate Blachett was okay, but she was much better in the Aviator. Slumdog is the best movie Boyle has made. One of the women in the packed theatre actually stood up and started clapping at the end. I loved it. I've been telling many people to see it, but I think people are put off b/c it has no Hollywood stars in it.

I really want to go see Milk, The Wrestler, and Rev. Road/Reader. I'm looking forward to the Golden Globes tomorrow.
sassy, my sister saw Benjamin Button and had the same thought about it being Forrest Gumpy.

I saw Revolutionary Road today, and I must say that I loved it. I haven't read the book yet, but I heard that it was a good adaptation for the most part.

I'm actually looking forward to the Golden Globes because some really good films are nominated and the tv nominations are half way decent.
We rented The Happening this week. It's super creepy and atmospheric, but the plot is a little thin. Still, to read the review about it, you'd think he remade Battlefield Earth or something. Sure, it isn't his best work, but it's loads better than most of the dreck that passes for horror or suspense nowadays. And there are parts of it that just chill you to the bone.

The first ten minutes are some of the scariest images I've seen in a movie since The Shining.
just saw ladron que roba a ladron (to rob a thief). which was kind of a fun heist movie in spanish. at first blush is seems rather paint by numbers, but what was-- is interesting to me is the way that race, class and power is used/discussed in the movie. like "a day without mexicans," small time thievery/day workers/ servants /laborers /working class ethos is posited as a virtuous (if invisible), position of power. this is something you never see in a hollywood movie, which, are without fail, set in a world where there is only middle and upper classes. the film's take on stealing is ultimately sardonic-- one of the main characters sells bootlegs of hollywood movies, showing a misspelled copy of "crash" spelled "crach." stealing from big companies-- even hollywood is good. what is looked down upon, however, is stealing from the vulnerable, or those of the same race. the villain is a latino billy maze-- a tv snake oil salesman. it's not so much that he steals, we are told, but he came to america to fleece latinos. race loyalty should trump money, and it is implied that any other idea would be a sin.

more importantly, for me at least, there is ladron's discourse on visiblity, which, i think, is really interesting-- much like that idea of people knowing everything about those they work for, but the employers never knowing anything about the employed, we never see any interior space of the protagonists. if this doesn't mean anything to you, let me put it this way-- film is a almost strictly visual medium. to show emotions or character there has to be an externalization-- a visual illustration of what a person is about. think of the stalker with a kazillion pix of his stalkee on his wall. but we never see that interior space for the thieves we are rooting for. much like that employer, we know nothing about them other than what we are told. which, save the two main con artists is nothing. we never see their houses, where they live. at best we see their car. i'd say it's pretty stock for heist movies, on some level. in reservior dogs, we are introduced to mr. pink, mr. white, etc, but who they are is filled in as we go. not the case in ladron. we never really learn much about our heroes. there have been other movies that have kept it's protagonists as ciphers from start to finish, 1978's neo-noir, the driver comes to mind. it's kind of the predecessor of the transporter, the driver, ryan o'neal lives by a set of rules that he never deviates from, but what is funny is we never learn much other than that about him or anyone else in the film. so much so that no one in the movie actually has a name. they are the driver, the detective, the player, etc... the point is that they are opaque, unknowable, a surface whose depth we are not given. but in ladron we know everything about the villain, we see his interior space, his mansion. for all intents and purposes, we are the employer. they are all like one of the con artists, a day laborer, or a nervous actor who just barely manages to get his lines right. from the outset we are told that they are "non professionals" or "day labor," even going so far, at one point, to pose as day labor. not only does the film start with an actor flubbing his lines, it ends when we are told that the thieves were chosen by the movies they chose. they play the con and disappear.

BG... we rented The Happening a while back and thought it was super creepy as well. Some of the ways people die are just really horrible. I think the lawnmower really got me. Just turn it on and lay down?!?!?!

I am soooo not a fan of his work but that movie I actually liked. He always tries to put some twist on his movies and they just start and end so lame.

I never got to the theater to see the Unborn, has anyone seen it? Unfortunately we were blessed with a mild snowstorm this weekend which made me want to hole up in the house and not do a damn thing. Damn freaking winter!
i really really want to go see the notorious b.i.g. pic... i think it's out this coming weekend...
lola rojo
Over the past few weeks I've seen Milk, The Wrestler, Revolutionary Road, Frost / Nixon, Gran Torino and Slumdog Millionaire.

I LOVED Gran Torino, it was so NOT the movie I thought it was going to be. If you can take the racial epithets with a grain of salt, then I would recommend this movie highly.

I also loved Revolutionary Road. I'm in lady love with Kate Winslet but that wasn't the only thing that was so fucking good about this movie. DiCaprio was fantastic too and for about five minutes, there's an actor named Michael Shanon in it that blew me away.

Slumdog Millionaire and WALL-E were probably the best movies of the year.

I also saw The House Bunny and found myself laughing out loud more than I thought I would. Anna Ferris was really great and has really great comic timing.
Hi Lola! My mister & I like Clint Eastwood, but thought that the preview for Gran Torino told the whole story. Is that not the case?

Last night we watched Son of Rambow. Very fun.
lola rojo
Hi Kari,

I assumed that Gran Torino was going to be Dirty Elderly Harry. It wasn't although there are some certain similarities. I started watching and my mister thought it was a stupid movie so he was sorta making fun of the movie and acting bored with it.....about twenty minutes in I noticed he was actually enjoying it and called him out on it.

So, not to give anything's funny (not what I expected at all)'s a great story with rich characters....I was really invested in them.....

Simply, it was a really good story.
I'll add my vote for Gran Torino. A little formulaic, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I'm not a fan of all Clint's movies, but ever since he flipped my world with Unforgiven (one of my favorite westerns, and favorite movies of all time), I'll usually give Clint the benefit of the doubt. Like Ron Howard, he tends to tug the heartstrings in rather obvious ways, but I'll tolerate Clint's style over Ron's any day.
I liked Gran Torino as well. We just sat down last night and watched it and I was actually laughing through the movie. Clint did a great job and he was quite funny. I love Clint Eastwood... his voice, yummy. I swear for an older man he looks damn good as well. I loved him in Heartbreak Ridge and anytime that movie is on I watch it!!

Has anyone heard of a movie called Black Sheep (no not the one with Chris Farley). It's this total B movie where a guy makes zombie sheep???? I saw parts of it the other night and sat with my jaw dropped, it was hilarious! I am waiting until Skinemax reruns it so I can hopefully see the whole flick. Damn Skinemax!
anna k
I remember hearing of it, it was a horror comedy from New Zealand.
I saw The Wrestler yesterday. Mickey Rourke has a great chance of winning an Oscar. I never thought I would be moved so deeply by a movie about wrestling. Marisa Tomei was very good as well. I want to have her body! The only person that annoyed me was Rachel Evans Woods. I wish they would have focused more on the two leading characters. Rourke became Ram. Although the movie was hard to watch at times(parts of it were very violent), it never dragged.

I rented The Wackness over the weekend. It was cute. I loved the soundtrack.
I rented The Wackness over the weekend. It was cute. I loved the soundtrack.

i saw a preview for that before pineapple express, and was surprised i hadn't heard of it. it looked like some 90's notalgia piece. rent-worthy?

p.s. pineapple express sucked. altho james franco has my nerd heart. seth rogen is played out.
I am also interested in The Wackness. I thought it looked pretty good in previews although I don't know about it because I am pretty sure I heard that there is an Olsen Twin in it as well. They make me a little wary of movies....

I saw Paul Blart: Mall Cop last night. Although I did not find it to be as funny as the commercials predict, it was still a pretty cute movie. I would recommend it to Kevin James fans. I think he's a cutie myself, although I tend to have strange and varying taste in men. laugh.gif
oooo i wanna see teh looks like fun.

>i don't know what came over me, but i saw 'going in style' at the library and checked it out. it's a heist/dramedy from the 70's staring george burns. i'm not the fan of his movies of that era, i still wince thinking about "oh, god" and all those sequels. but it was good, in that lovely, bittersweet way that 70's movies are. i about cried 3 times. it's light on the heist, heavy on the dramady, but good. sweet.

>i also saw 'my bloody valentine 3D', which pissed me off. it's not that the 3D was bad, no, to the contrary that was amazing. really impressive, and there were those great cheezy things-coming-right-at-you shots that all 3D movies have. but the acting was rather wooden, partly because of the editing, which was a bit stilted. (in fact, i'd almost say that this is a movie you should see if you want to see how NOT to edit dialog.) there was a little too much time after people's lines before the cut, which even with the best actors, will make the performances seem artificial. these were no where close to the best actors. and the performances were all a bit over top, so i'm led to believe, this was the fault of the director.

it's a shame. i know, it's a horror movie, why look into it any deeper, but this movie could have been a statement on downsizing, business owner's misdeeds-- it had all the elements-- but instead it came off like a bad scooby doo episode. all of this would be bad enough, but the one sin that MBV commits that personally sunk this ship, the offense that i can't abide, is that it lies. the friend i saw it with liked the movie because it played like a gory mystery. that is all good and fine, but if you are going to take that tact, it is crucial that you not lie. you can imply, misdirect, but one must never, never lie. to shoot a scene that never took place, but to show it as if it did, cheapens all you have done. to lie means that you haven't the confidence to tell your story, and you have no respect for your audience. you insult them. andre aja's lesbian horror, 'haute tension,' (aka switchblade romance), in 2003 committed the same offense, and went in an instant went from interesting to insipid. even if you are going to play with the truth** or use an inconsistent story teller, it is all the more crucial that filmic logic apply. that storyteller's view must be either used at regular intervals or from through out. not thrown in (like HT or MBV) at the last minute. please. don't waste our time by making the hour and a half we've spent little more than a waste.

i prefer the asian ghost stories. they feel no need to lie to me, but instead concentrate on creating their horror unreality...

at least it's honest.

*i'd like to recommend the original japanese horror film, 'pulse' as a movie that had huge implications and relevancy re: it's country of origin, it took a horrible trendy practice of suicide clubs, and a strange rash of agoraphobic suicides that had struck japan, and combined it with a spooky technophobia into an amazing, smart, piece of work nightmare. i'd argue it's the best virus movie since abel ferrera's underated 80's horror classic, 'body snatchers'.

**for stories that bend the truth, but remain truthful, # 1 with a bullet is tale of two sisters, an ingenious maze of possible meanings and filmic coding, and almost a rorschach horror test. from the look of the previews, it's too bad that it's been dumbed down for it's american remake. it may be the worst mangling of a foreign movie since fantastically complex gourmet banquet, abre los ojos (aka open your eyes) was turned in to the baby food puree pablum of the aptly named, vanilla sky.
lola rojo
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I saw The Wrestler yesterday. The only person that annoyed me was Rachel Evans Woods.

She was pretty lousy wasn't she?

On a sort of related note, there's a great documentary called, "Lipstick & Dynamite, Piss & Vinegar: The First Ladies of Wrestling" from a few years ago that's GREAT. Tons of interviews with some authentic lady wrestlers from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Some real tough old broads for sure.
I'm hesitant about seeing The Reader, because I wonder how it will deviate from the book.

If you like foreign films, and hilarious comedies based on nerd life, then you need to check out Astropia . It's an Icelandic comedy about a bimbo who is forced to get a job in the only comics /nerd store in her town. There are many rpg / nerd references, often in English. Very well done, and very funny.
anna k
I liked Gran Torino, and was surprised that me and the audience kept laughing at the racial slurs, mostly because they sounded so misguided and the family never took any offense at them, just ignored them. I checked IMDB, and was surprised to see that most of the Hmong actors (save for the gang leader) were all local novices, the two teenage leads were pretty good.

rogue, I stood and watched some of Mall Cop while waiting for Gran Torino to start. I thought it was cute and enjoyable.

crazyoldcatlady, I thought Pineapple Express was hilarious in theaters, but just re-watched it again and got bored. I still think James Franco was very cute and lovable in it, though.
Hey everybody: Weird question here. Favorite movie? I'm trying to answer this for a job application and coming up with way too many! Help!

if i had to choose between my favorites i'd pick Miyazake's Spirited Away. i love his take on Howls Moving Castle too but i could just watch that film over and over and never tire of it.
I saw The Wrestler, and I seem to be in the minority because I thought Evan Rachel Wood was really good. Mickey Rourke was amazing, but I don't understand why Marisa Tomei is getting nominations. I thought the ending was perfect.
SG... there are really too many to answer that question! You are going to have a tough time finding just one. You know because there are so many genres or types of movies. I love musicals and action and horror and weird strange movies... I couldn't pick any just one.

I will say though... John Waters movies YES PLEASE! I love Shock Treatment for the music alone in that movie. Heathers was awesome, Christian Slater yummy!

Ugh!!! What a question and answer!
Is anyone else stunned that they're coming out with yet another Friday 13? It blows my mind. When will that franchhise die? It's been pathetic for a long time, now there's just no word for it. Talk about beating a long-dead, skeletonized horse.
from what i understand, j, it's supposed to be a "reboot" but meh. i love horror, but the slasher genre is soooooo...uh.... dead. lol.

i think we're kind of in a traditional horror phase, ushered in by the ghost stories of asian cinema. people are interested in vampires, zombies, ghosts, demons, werewolves and haunted houses for their horror movies.

slashers, serial killers, they are on the outs.

sassy, i couldn't answer that question if i tried. i was on netflix and i was trying to do a top 10 korean movies list and my head was close to exploding. i always say i've probably got a 100 or so movies that i could say are my favorites, but which ones are in the top five changes month to month if i'm watching movies. not that i see so many good movies, but they will spark the memory of another movie that i love, and that one goes back on the list. i just saw zodiac, which reminded me why i like david fincher-- he puts these little winks to movie lovers in his films-- talk about "change overs" and how nobody notices them in fight club, and the guncrazy sequence in zodiac. so fight club and guncrazy go right back up there. or i'm reminded of they shoot horses, don't they? because it's about the depression, and people's desperation, so that goes up on the list. i was taking a friend to a japanese market in my hood and they had a copy of ping pong, so that....ok, that is still on the

i was gonna ask a similar question: best movies you SAW in 2008. they can be old, or new, you just saw them this year.
Am dyeing to see a good horror movie it's been so long since I saw a good horror movie.
Has anybody seen Baghead I heard it's kind of horror/comedy ?
anna k
Today I saw Blue Collar, an old 70's movie starring Richard Pryor and Harvey Keital as two auto-factory workers in Detroit working within a corrupt union. I really liked how the film was like a time capsule of the 1970s, so much in the fashions and cars and the economic fall of Detroit (that hasn't recovered since). Pryor was so natural with his language (I can't imagine how much was scripted by someone else and how much was his own lines/speech), and was heartbreakingly good as it got more dramatic and tragic, the actors just really felt the characters' hardships. I barely knew of the actor Yaphet Kotto (I may have seen his name before), but he was really great in this film, more so as the union threatens his livelihood.

Some of the best films I've seen last year, old and new. This is long, traced from my ticket stubs and Netflix list:

The Human Condition, a 1950s Japanese film about life in a POW camp and invading Manchuria. It has very little violence in it, but is one of the most affecting, intense war films I've ever seen. It's made in three three-hour parts, and there's not a second where you're not paying attention, it's that good.

Splinter, a horror film in the zombie vein, which packs a lot of drama and fear and horror with just four actors in a close-setting, and features three unknowns (the fourth was Paulo Costanzo from Road Trip). I was really impressed by Shea Wigham as a convict who is both convincing as a desperate killer and a multi-facted character. The film really helps that none of the characters are horror cliches, they are all pretty intelligent and make sharp decisions to protect themselves and each other from the zombie-like creatures.

Let the Right One In, a Swedish film about a little boy who befriends a little girl who is a vampire. It's set in a sparse Stockholm suburb in the winter, and really captures the children's alienation and loneliness, and how both children want to be each other in different ways.

In Bruges, funny, underseen, good mix of action and dark comedy, and Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson made a great pairing, very much a brotherly antagonism of partners who say they hate each other but would be devastated if one lost the other.

Man on Wire, a fantastic documentary about a French tightrope walker who walked on a narrow rope between the Twin Towers in 1974. Just utterly amazing.

The Descent, one of the best horror films I've ever seen. Suspenseful, great characters, women who were fearless when it came to defending themselves and each other, and so much power packed into what was a small set made to look huge.

Dead Ringers, best movie I ever saw Jeremy Irons in. I was amazed by his talent and character in his face, convincing playing twins just by slight voice and gesture changes, not just playing the "good" twin and "bad" twin. David Cronenberg is an incredible filmmaker, I don't have much else to say.

Bug, I had no idea Ashley Judd could act as well as she did in this. She plays a woman who slowly loses her mind, moving from one abusive relationship to another without realizing it, and just exposed herself compltely naked (I don't mean just physically, that's nothing). Michael Shannon was also incredible as her enabler, he was just disturbed and wicked.

The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane, an underseen film from the 70's where Jodie Foster plays an adolescent girl with no mother and a mysteriously absent father. She was great as usual, but I noticed Martin Sheen more, playing a young man with pedophilic tendencies. He was creepy and shady and had this psychotic edge to him that freaked me out a little.

Things Behind the Sun, Kim Dickens should've been a huge indie star after this film. She just rips herself open as a rock singer who was gang-raped as a teen, and the film traces her roots as well as the roots of a young man who knew her as a girl. It nearly made me cry, and Don Cheadle blew me away with how much an incredible powerhouse of an actor that he is. His confrontation scene with the young man just stopped me cold.

Double Dare, really fun to watch, a documentary about two stuntwomen in Hollywood, of different generations and experiences, with struggles of being successful as stuntwomen (one as a newbie to Hollywood, one finding limited work), using great physical talent and agility to successfully do stunts and earn respect, and you'll be utterly charmed by Zoe Bell, I'm so glad she's as famous as she is now, she deserves it.
i always love your list of movies anna-- there are always little suprizes in it. i love that you are game to see pretty much anything. (i'm sooo in your fan club!)

two horror movies:

i saw let the right one in last night. i loved it. i love that it was so down to earth. sfx, sure, but they were kind of kept to a minimum. anna did you think that the little boy was the replacement of the old man to the vampire girl? some of my friends did, i didn't. and the pool scene.... i just loved that. honestly, anytime rack focus is used, i fall in love with the movie. it just shows me they sat down and thought out what they wanted.

i saw the tragi-horror (sci-fi?) film, trouble every day, and loved that too. it's certainly not for everyone. it's a bloody, brutal cross between a vampire, cannibal and virus movie, directed by an "art house" movie darling, claire (chocolat) denis. it's way too boring (read: slow) for most gore hounds, and way too gory(read: G-O-R-Y) for most movie snobs, but if you like both it might strike the right balance. for me it was like some "asian extreme" or better yet, a slow, sparse cronenberg movie. i forgot how much i missed his body horror films since he went mainstream. it stars vincent (yes, i jerk off in movies) gallo and beatrice dalle as two victims of a barely explained virus/brain malady that causes their libido to run amok to the point they chew on (chew up?) their lovers, but also turns their body fluids into gooey tree like sap. if it sounds over the top, it's not. not in the normal ways. the "virus" (if that's what it is), never really goes global-- the scope of the film is kept small. the horror is kept personal, it's tone, like most horror movies, dispassionate. it never lets you get more than arms length away, shot with beautifully composed, with dizzyingly disorienting close up shots of pre-consumed bodies. it's got a fantastic soundtrack that start, stops and stutters like a death rattle, but is at once, jazz cool, waltz restrained, and death march depressing. it's chock full of subtle horror refrences, my favorites are winks at rosemary's baby.* oh, and did i mention there is barely any dialog? this isn't a horror movie for the scream set that is waiting for the hollywood cliches to be served up, one after the next. this is so much smarter. it's more like a horror poem, capturing mood, feeling. a sober reflection on post-colonialism, marriage, commitment and infidelity, set in a cronenbergian universe. people tend to think that if a film doesn't follow the hollywood play book then it's done wrong. but directors like denis are more interested in playing with and or re-writing the rules of film making for something new, something more effecting, disturbing. i for me, i think it's one of my new favorites. i'd love to find some place to discuss it as far as it's place (if any) in feminist cinema, and female directed horror films. warning:extreme gore, cannibalism, mutilation and rape.

*writer/director/actor vincent gallo-- is a mirror for writer/director/actor john casevettes who gallo's films were influenced by. gallo's wife in trouble anacronistically wears mary quant type 60's outfits complete with a mia farrow pixie cut.

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