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Sorry, but I think Sofia Coppola is anything but consistent. I loved Virgina Suicides, but then it was an amazing book and I think credit should go to Eugenides above all. I loved Lost In Translation, but rumor is that Bill Murray practically wrote and directed the whole thing, and no offense, but Marie Antoinette was the worst film I've seen all year and was offensive to history and to women! If you took all the dialogue of that movie, it would likely fit onto one small page. NOTHING happened the entire film! It was SO goddamned one note and boring, I wanted to eat my own arm! Yes, it was very pretty, and there was fun music from the 80's. Yes, I wanted to wear everything in it, and I am dying to go to Versailles, but it was more like watching a music video and had nothing in it that would make it a worthy film. I was learned nothing about the history of Antoinette, and gained NO insight into her personal life. I would like to think there was much more to her than what was portrayed by Coppola.

I am dying to see Little Children, as the book was amazing and i love Tom Perrota's writing, and I love Kate Winslet.

I saw A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints last night and really enjoyed it. I loved the casting between the children and adults, as the kids and adult actors really look alot like one another, and all are good actors. I LOVE the guy who plays the part of Antonio. He is the hot lead from Step Up, and he has done some work as a model. He is actually an excellent actor, reminds me alot of a young Brando.

I have not seen Borat yet, but I don't think I'm going to. I just don't get it. It's like he's a one trick pony and it is only funny for 3 minutes, but I wouldn't think for an entire movie. Most of the time I just get offended and embarassed for the victims of his jokes. I hated Da Ali G show for the same reasons.
Just popping in to say that I'm not a huge fan of the Ali G show (I get squirmy. . .or I just feel that - like SNL - the segments run on too long, dragging the life out of them), but a friend convinced me to see Borat and it was so. fucking. funny. Maybe it was seeing it at a packed matinee downtown, I don't know, but I couldn't stop laughing. I found it much, much better - and more insightful - than the show.

I really want to see The Departed, A Guide to Recoginizing Your Saints and the upcoming Fast Food Nation adaptation. And some others. . .but I'm broke.
I just got back from watching Stranger than Fiction. Normally I avoid films with Will Ferrell in them, but I have to say that his range as an actor really impressed me. And really, just about anything with Maggie Gylenhall wins me over.
Oooh, Parker Posey. She reminds me of Madeline Kahn. She can do the tightly wound, bitchy woman so funny.
In the last week I saw Wordplay and LoudQuietLoud! about the Pixie's on tour, both were good. Wordplay is great for people obsessed with crossword puzzles. The Pixie's documentary was awesome. I felt like a fly on the wall at their sold-out world tour that I missed at the first go.

I also watched Monster House if anyone cares. My four (almost five year old) thought it was too scary, so she left me to watch it alone and tell her what happened at the end. rolleyes.gif

Next on my queue...The Tangerine Bear about a bear whose smile is sewn upside down at the factory, The Matador featuring Pierce Brosnan as a bumbling hit-man instead of the cocksure spy, and Who Killed the Electric car?

I went to see Borat the other day and I did laugh my ass off. However, I can easily understand why people would want to sue him. He made himself look like a dumbass too but he ran away with the money.

I really loved Little Miss Sunshine partly because it rocked and partly because I have a wee little crush on Steven Carrell. Saw this one last week. I really do try to see the independents at the cinema but sometimes I catch them on their way out. The story of my life.
anna k
I liked Wordplay a lot, I've been into doing the Newsday, New York magazine, and NY Times crosswords a lot. I didn't like the New York-centered elitism of it, though, it felt very narrow.

Copied from socially dork thread: I went to see The Last Atomic Bomb, a documentary about an old Japanese woman who had survived the Nagasaki bombings when she was 10 and was now on a quest for peace, pleading for nuclear weapons to be disarmed or not used anymore. It was pretty stunning and horrific as she described how her mother and sister and brother were killed and what she endured when she was an orphan, being treated as a radioactive outcast. I hate that the bomb was used, it was extreme and innocent civilians did not have to die because they were promoted as being evil and less than human. It was disgusting and sick, and living through an atomic blast is unimaginable for me as well as many other people.

I used to be a big fan of Parker Posey and Lili Taylor when they were the indie movie queens. Sometimes Parker acts the same way a lot, but I still have residual love for her.
Wasabi, I really loved The Matador. It was different from what I thought it would be.
yeah The Matador was great.
The Prestige is awesome. Good cast and a great story. What made it extraordinary is that I genuinely wasn't sure what was going to happen next. There were some satisfying 'aha!' moments. I love Christopher Nolan.
I saw the new Bond movie and Running with Scissors today. Both were long, but I liked them. Running With Scissors was a total downer though! I wasn't expecting that. But it was really good. Now I need to read the book.
ooh! Running with Scissors is on my must-see list. Isn't it by the creator of Rushmore and Royal Tenenbaums? Love him.

I went and saw Happy Feet yesterday, because my boyfriend collects all things penguin. I refuse to think critically about dancing penguins, I'm just going to giggle at how cute they are.
If I have a choice between Stranger Than Fiction and Fast Fast Nation tonight, which should I see? FFN is getting okay reviews from critics, but the user reviews seem to be "the movie is slow, boring and not nearly as good as the book."

We have a movie theater gift card, so I wouldn't feel totally crappy if the movie wasn't great, but I'd rather see the better movie in the theater and netflix the other one.

ETA: Magickal, nope, Running with Scissors is done by Ryan Murphy....looked at his imdb entry and the only thing I recognize (though I don't watch) is a few episodes of Nip/Tuck. Royal Tennenbaums and Rushmore is Wes Anderson.
I saw Fast Food Nation today. I don't know if I liked it or not. The story was good, but I felt it was very manipulative. Yes it's sad that cows are slaughtered, but it's not going to stop me from eating meat.

Also saw Wordplay on dvd. It was good, but I prefered Word Wars.
finally saw hard candy. that's just... bizarre. the girl--i don't know who she is--was good. way good. hope to see her in more...
anna k
My sister found a DVD copy of the old Disney family movies Mr. Boogedy and The Bride of Boogedy. I had remembered them as a kid, but not everything. They were cheap DVDs converted from VHS, and had a very 1980s-dated look to them. The first one starred Richard Masur as a joke-store salesman who moves into a haunted house with his family (two of the kids were the future Original Buffy and Bud Bundy), where they encountered 1600s Puritan ghosts and fought them off with flyswatters and plastic bats. The second was the sequel, where the family was hated by the town and Eugene Levy had an axe to grind.

The special effects were pretty cheap, and Richard Masur was hilarious as the dad who wasn't fazed by anything. David Faustino looked like Butthead as a kid, and Kristy Swanson wasn't in the sequel, probably to do Flowers in the Attic.

My sister showed me a Youtube clip of The Christmas Toy, an old holiday favorite. It doesn't look as impressive as I thought it was.

I also watched Frankie and Johnny. I liked Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer's chemistry as working-class bums, and it's much sweeter to watch than Scarface ("Another Quaalude, she'll love me tomorrow.").
I loved the Boogedy movies when I was younger, I'd watch them over and over. smile.gif

We went to see the new Bond movie, today. It was great! I have had a huge crush on Daniel Craig since I saw Layer Cake, so I'm partial, but I think he was best Bond ever. So hot!!!

we also saw casino royale yesterday. i really enjoyed it. much more so than i thought i might. the mister just read the book recently so i went along to watch with him. i dug it more than any other bond movie i've seen. probably because it didn't seem to follow the typical bond movie formula. or at least not as much.

and daniel craig! le meow!
I saw Casino Royale on Wednesday and really liked it. It's unlike any other Bond film I've seen. I think it was good because they cast legitimately good actors, it was about intelligence and luck not gadgets, and it wasn't formulaic or sexist. I like the ones from the '60s, they're very fun, but this was a straightforward action/spy thriller, and it benefitted from not being campy.

Daniel Craig was an excellent Bond, too. He's got a hard edge that hasn't been seen since Connery.
I finally got to see Babel, and I was really haunted by it (especially the Mexican storyline). It was good. But honestly, I don't know why everyone is buzzing about Brad getting an Oscar nod. He did a good job, but it's not like he had the most screen time or anything, and his fellow actors definitely held there own.

I also noticed at the end of those credits the director gave special thanks to Naomi Watts and Sean Penn. I wonder why.

I rented Cars, but I'm watching Malcolm X on tv right now, so I guess I'll get around to Cars tomorrow.
sybarite...I agree, The Prestige was really good. I hadn't seen a preview or anything, so I went in not knowing what to expect. Loved it.

Other movies I've seen lately:
Borat Eh. I would have passed on this one, but Mr K wanted to see it. It had some laughs, but it wasn't hilarious.

The Queen was really good. Helen Mirren was unbelievable.

Stranger Than Fiction I really enjoyed this movie. Will Ferrel did a wonderful job, and I always love Maggie G. A real feel good movie.

Phwoar. Saw Casino Royale over the weekend, and am now significantly less productive at work, thanks to teh sexy Daniel Craig. Move over, Connery...
We saw Casino Royale too. Thought it was a pretty good treatment of the novel (which I enjoyed) though the plot line was definitely modernized. It was also a departure from the typical Bond silliness of extravagant world domination schemes and glib one-liners. This one was a little darker, again like the book. The chase sequences were a little far-fetched (when they nimbly scale the building under construction, etc...). Daniel Craig is a convincing tough guy and makes Roger Moore look like a foppish dandy. There were bits of effective humor thrown in too to bring it all back down to earth.

We rented Trainspotting over the weekend. I'm probably the last human on the planet to see it. FJ was incredulous that I hadn't seen it yet. Tough to follow without subtitles turned on. Will. Never. Ever. Do. Heroin. Ever. This film and Requiem For a Dream are as effective a one-two punch against hard core drug use as you could hope to see on film.
Holy crap, Requiem for a Dream! I came across it a few years ago and thought, "Jennifer Connelly! I haven't seen her in anything since The Rocketeer!" Was I ever in for a surprise. Had me shook up for days. Very good, though. And yeah, I am NEVER trying drugs. Never ever. [shudder]

We saw Casino Royale and really enjoyed it. In fact, I didn't even finish my candy because I was so engrossed in the story. A good quality in a film that is nearly 2 & 1/2 hours long. That first chase scene was really... exhausting! A bit far-fetched, as Mr FJ has said, but so energetic I almost needed a nap after watching it. And luckily, the film did not go downhill from there. There may not have been a world-domination theme, but I felt that the villains were very fitting for the James Bond genre. Also, I thought Daniel Craig did a very good job, as did Eva Green.

We also saw Flushed Away recently. It was cute & had its moments. I especially liked The Toad as well as Le Frog & his associates. Now that I think about it, I think I enjoyed the villains more than the main characters! But with people like Ian McKellan and Jean Reno providing the voices, it may be expected that they'd steal the show. My only criticism is actually rather minor & probably won't be noticed by most people, but ... well, forgive me, but I'm a fan of Aardman films & I just didn't find these characters as endearing as Wallace & Gromit. But for a film that takes place in the sewers, there was not nearly as much toilet humor as one might expect (which I certainly appreciated).
i just watched Lost in Translation for the 2nd time. the first time i thought it was so boring and i didn't get it at all.
This time it was incredibly beautiful and i loved it! i keep thinking about it. i just love Bill Murray so much. What did you guys think of it?
Has anyone seen Broken Flowers? i really loved it as well.
QUOTE(faerietails @ Nov 27 2006, 12:10 AM) *

I also noticed at the end of those credits the director gave special thanks to Naomi Watts and Sean Penn. I wonder why.

Naomi Watts & Sean Penn were 2 of the stars of 21 Grams, which was Inarittu's (sp?) last film. Don't know why specifically he'd be thanking them for this one?
Huge fan of Lost in Translation. I travel a lot for business and related intensely with that sort of detached feeling you get from living in hotel rooms and amongst strangers. And I agree that it was beautifully shot.

Broken Flowers was great too. Definitely worth a few repeat veiwings. Check out Coffee and Cigarettes if you haven't already.
anna k
The mention of Requiem for a Dream reminds me of how happy and sweet the couple were in the beginning, kissing in the elevator and playing around in Coney Island. I can't watch the movie again because it's too fucked-up and sad.
I loved Lost In Translation, but I thought it was more alarming than it was beautiful. I really thought what we were meant to see of the setting was its dramatic "foreignness", its strangeness which looks familiar at first but is really exaggerated or just "misread" enough to be disarming.

And I loved Bill Murray in it. I loved his character in Broken Flowers, too.
Anyone ever see his first "serious" film, from the 80's? The Razor's Edge? It was a lot harder to "get past" his whole Saturday Night Live personas in that movie because they were so much more immediate, but when you did, his character broke your heart.

There's something about Bill Murray in all of these "serious" films that makes his comedic aspect a little more universal (we can all identify with his character so much better because of it); and at the same time that comedic "edge" is just subtle enough that he can create characters with such sadness, loss, and depth. They are never flat or predictable.

I really thought what we were meant to see of the setting was its dramatic "foreignness"

I buy that. Still, what I meant to convey was a certain quiet, striking beauty Sofia lent to the film by capturing certain qualities of light (I dunno how else I would put it... she did the same thing in Virgin Suicides). At times it almost seems like the film (both of them, actually) was shot underwater to me.
I think so too. It is a beautiful and really subtle, otherwordly, effect. Its beauty has a kind of lulling and inviting quality, too.

I even experienced that kind of feel with Marie Antoinette. She (Coppola) just conveys an alienation visually; it's an instant connection between you and the film's characters. She communicates a sense of being completely out of one's element, and of not having any real idea about how to be in that element; but it's seductive enough that you (and the character) can overlook the sense of being out of place.
oh wow i just realized that the girl (Ellen Page) in Hard Candy played Kitty Pryde in X-Men 3. is there a job or a career that will pay me for arcane film and pop culture knowledge?
has anyone seen The Brown Bunny? it is one of the most disturbing films i have ever seen. i was haunted by it for a long time after seeing it. i didn't have any idea what i was getting myself into, because i had seen Buffalo 66 and it was funny and weird so i thought this would be similiar.
anyway, I think Vincent Gallo is a genious now.
i tried watching Requiem for a Dream, but couldn't deal with the tension - because it had been mentioned in here being really sad and heartbreaking - and abandoned it midway thru. i have a hard time with movies that i know ahead of time are going to crush me. same with life is beautiful, even tho so many have told me it's worth it. i just ... can't.

SLIGHT SPOILER ALERT: i've only seen bits and pieces of trainspotting, but the baby on the ceiling scene pretty much traumatized me, so i won't try ever again. despite my undying love for all things ewan.

loved lost in translation.
broken flowers bored me to tears, despite my adoration of all the women in it, and bill. the irritating, repetitive muscial score got to me as well.

bill murray in rushmore - i think that's my favorite of his movies.

recent rentals: i didn't hate the da vinci code as much as i thought i would. go figure.
I adored Lost in Translation. Broken Flowers was a bit disappointing b/c I kept waiting for something to happen...but nothing really did. I thought it was cute though.

I heard Brown Bunny was really boring, I am going to check it out but I'll have to be in the right mood.
I wanted to see Brown Bunny for a while but cant bring myself to do it because Vincent Gallo creeps me out.
Do you guys know about his odd relationship with a 16 year old model? Here's a link:
He denies anything sexual yet still calls her sexy. ((shudder))
I'm not bored enough to read through her blog:
but apparently she refers to him in there as 'daddy' and 'a keeper'. Poor girl is gonna be a washed up has-been by age 19. Anyway, I'll get around to seeing the Brown Bunny one day I'm sure.

Speaking of big screen blowjobs, has anyone seen Shortbus? I wanna see it but feel a bit embarrassed to ask anyone to go with me (damn puritan upbringing!)

I finally saw Borat but wasnt that impressed, probably due to all the hype and the fact that I've seen so much Ali G already.
i never got the fascination with vincent gallo. i hated buffalo '66. and i don't get his magnetism.....he was selling his sperm for a million or something bucks last year, dunno if he still is, on his site.....and this girl i know used to be (possibly still is? not sure) one of his "groupies" for lack of a better term. once he called her for a booty call when we were out at a diner, and she just got up and left.
I really don't want to see Brown Bunny because I am also put off by Vincent Gallo. But I would really like to know what Pho #1 saw in his film. I've never heard anyone call him a genius before and it's so clear that the film had some resonance with Pho--I'm really curious about her take on it and I'd love to read more of her opinion.
oops-double posted
hmmm, well i never knew any of that stuff about vincent gallo, i'm a little creeped out now. sad.gif i can see why this is the wrong place to call him a genius!

i said that he's a genius just pertaining to those 2 films. i just think they show alot of imagination and talent. i thought Buffalo 66 was funny and entertaining although I went into both films without knowing anything about Vincent Gallos' personal life.
i don't necesarily think that the Brown Bunny is for everyone but i think it's worth seeing if you can appreciate weird arty films, just be prepared for an hour and a half of relatively boring events and very little dialogue. it all comes together in the end in a very sad, shocking way.
i can't say it's good or bad the way i would another movie, it just really got to me. the story is very haunting like i said, also i really like Chloe Sevignys' acting.

i don't know what else to say, i kinda wanted to see what other people had to say about it because i was left so disturbed by it.

oops, i didn't even see pho's post! i was just responding to greenbean....i can see my post might have been taken as dismissive; i totally didn't mean it to be. buffalo '66 was certainly a powerful movie, but it's not the type of movie i tend to enjoy. gallo's obviously got something, but i personally don't see it, and i think the way he has seventy million women at his sexual beck and call all the time, and that he thinks he's hot shit enough to sell his genetic material, pretty much grosses me out.
Yeah mouse, I had a friend in LA who claims he hit on her when he was 38 and she was 17 (but she turned him down). I didnt believe her at the time but now I do! What a skeeze. (dont worry pho, I think its ok to appreciate an artist apart from his personal life,..take Roman Polanski and Woody Allen for instance)
Well, I'm not much on Gallo's "attractiveness" as it's been manufactured (people will do anything to get close to a celebrity, any kind of celebrity, no matter what brought that celebrity fame), but I can see how he could be an interesting filmmaker. I know I watched Buffalo 66 a long time ago (I remember that Christina Ricci was in it) but I don't remember being wowed by the movie in any way that "stuck".

I was just interested to know more about what seemed to "connect" with Pho when she saw the Brown Bunny. Thanks for posting more, Pho.
My friend who liked the Brown Bunny said it was very haunting and dreamlike, much like the scene in Buffalo 66 where Christina Ricci is dancing...

Anyway, I rented "A Prarie Home Companion" since it was Robert Altman's last flick. It was okay. I remember though when I first saw the trailer for it last year I was like "oh nooo", because if I'm listening to NPR and the prarie home show comes on I quickly turn it off. Kinda like when Mash comes on tv. HA! Weird that the two are connected now. I wanna like that stuff cuz it seems that smart people do...guess I'm not as smart as I like to think tongue.gif
Greenbean, I wasn't all that impressed with APHC, either. It was just okay, not great. Virginia Madsen bugged the crap outta me.
What? I don't think you have to be smart to like MASH and A Prairie Home Companion. The TV show MASH never appealed to me much, so if that means I'm not smart, so be it. As for the movie? I love Donald Sutherland beyond words, but that MASH movie left me feeling nothing but outrage. I thought it was spectacularly misogynist, and not in a way that made you hate misogyny either (let's just say many other war films did this kind of thing very very well--my fave example is Full Metal Jacket).

And Prairie Home Companion--probably means I'm more of an old jackass than anything else. I like Garrison Keillor, he makes me feel sad in a good way; and then he can be funny as hell.

I haven't seen the movie yet. I have a love/hate relationship with Altman's films, so I'm scared to. I want to remember him for Short Cuts instead.
Just rented Inconvenient Truth, can't wait to watch it!

I agree with Gallo being a total skeeze!
greenbean, I saw Shortbus. I liked it, but it's not something I'd watch again. The opening scene is kind of ewww, and believe me I've scene just about any sex scene in a film there could be.

About Vincent Gallo, yes he seems to be a nasty person, but I loved Buffalo '66. It's one of my favorites. I didn't really like The Brown Bunny, his character was weak.
anna k
I really liked Volver. It had great characters in it and I got into the storyline a lot.
This weekend, we rented dvds for two recent films.

You, me, and Dupree, and Clerks II.

They were....I'm kinda indifferent to them. We've started watching dvds in bed on Sunday mornings so we can be leisurely about the day--if we've made no plans and have nothing to do except relax. I think other movies have been better suited to this.

Watched Robert Altman's film A Wedding, filmed in the early 80's. I wouldn't want to see it again, but it was one of those light, interesting (because of the time period, I guess) movies. Okay, but not great.
two strikes this weekend,

spirited away
v for vendetta

which was unfortunate, because i had high hopes for each of them.

spirited was most likely conceived on an acid trip, and V, while posturing potential, ultimately fell flat. as a side note, is it bad that i found hugo weaving hot in the guy fawkes mask, even thought you never see his face?

i'll have to go see what's next in the netflix queue...

(Chacha, how did Clerks II hold up to the first?)
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