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Posted 04/18/05 - 9:16 PM:
Subject: movie recommendations
recently watched and quite thoroughly enjoyed:

'i heart huckabees' (i give it 4 out of 5 stars)

'napoleon dynamite' (4 stars)

'ghost dog: the way of the samurai' (5 stars)

'heat' (i had seen it many times before, but damn, it's good. 5 stars.)

oh and here are two recent groovy movies with blind chicks:

'the village' (4 stars)

'house of flying daggers' (4 stars)

movie recommendations, anyone?

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Posted 04/21/05 - 8:08 AM:

"The Take" 4 1/2 out of 5

This is actually a documentary about how workers in Argentina take over a failed factory abandoned by the owners. They make the venture profitable only to have the owners then come back and stake their claim. It is a wonderful account of social justice, human perseverence, and the struggle of a country long mired in dictatorship and corruption to come of age as a democracy.

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Posted 04/21/05 - 12:37 PM:

yeah, i just saw a great film called 'miraken'. it's from the netherlands and is very much a good story well told. keep an eye open for it; really beautiful stuff.

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Posted 04/22/05 - 4:32 AM:

hi Lib,

Blimey, I don't know even one of the films you mention? Are we living on different continents or something?

I've got the new Amazon rental deal, £7.99 a month and I can keep DVDs for as long as I like. Not all the stock they have is marked as rental but I managed to find 50+ films for my rental list.

Just watched 'Il Postino' again, with a brilliant extra documentary about Pablo Neruda's poetry. Must confess that I choose the European arthouse, but there must be plenty of US & Canadian arthouse that's good. Recently saw 'The Station Agent' which was excellent.

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Posted 04/22/05 - 12:09 PM:

i'll give you some synopses just to give you guys a better idea of what the movies are about that i recommended:

'i heart huckabees' - a wacky comedy about the ongoing war between sensitive environmentalist poet, albert markovski, and his nemesis, the 'huckabees' corporate executive, brad stand (played brilliantly by jude law). throw in a couple of kooky husband-and-wife existential detectives, played by dustin hoffman and lily tomlin (comedic genius at work, as always), who are trying to help albert decipher the meaning of a bizarre coincidence, and total havoc ensues. classic. funny. existential.

speaking of arthouse films, 'ghost dog: the way of the samurai' is a beautiful (albeit violent) work of existential poetry, chronicling the journey of 'ghost dog' (played by forrest whitaker), a mysterious and elusive mob hitman who lives his life by the code of the samurai. written and directed by jim jarmusch, who also did 'coffee and cigarettes' (another five-star film in my book).

'napoleon dynamite' is a light and funny film about following your heart and being true to yourself. napoleon is an eccentric teenager who lives with his grandmother and his older brother kip in a small town in the midwest united states. come to think of it, there's a nice existential feel to this one, too. life happens.

'heat' is a 1995 action/suspense film starring al pacino and robert deniro. pacino is a homicide cop who is trying to bring deniro's bank-robbing gang of murdering thieves to justice. it's very dark and bleak but elegantly rendered. one of those movies in which you feel like the city (los angeles, in this case) is also a character in the film.

'the village' - classic m. night shyamalan (writer/director of 'unbreakable' and 'the sixth sense'). intentionally slow movement which creates a creepy surreal atmosphere to transform your state of mind so as to allow it to properly absorb the impact of the surprise ending. like his other films, this one is also a really beautiful love story.

'house of flying daggers' - another in the genre of martial arts film beautifully orchestrated like a symphonic ballet (along the same vein as 'hero' and 'crouching tiger, hidden dragon'). absolutely stunning to behold. this one involves multiple layers of treachery and deceit (and on the flipside, honor and devotion) as two government officials try to infiltrate a gang of outlaws who call themselves the 'house of flying daggers'.
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Posted 11/14/07 - 8:22 PM:

*Sorry to bring an old post backblush I couldent help it.*
I have to agree with you there Lib. M. Night is a great writer. I do enjoy a few good twists every now and then. If you liked his movies, might I recomend "Afraid of The Dark"

It's about a boy who lives almost entirely around blind women. But his vision is slowly going away too. In the movie, there is a razor slasher roming the streets where the boy lives and his main targets are (ofcourse) blind women. A lady the boy spends most of his time with is a member of a group of women who are blind. Later on in the movie we find the boy to be wearing glasses. He dosent fancy them too much so he hardly wears them. When the boy takes off his glasses he sees the people he is around to be blind, but when he puts them on he sees the people the way they really are. (They can see) A really great Movie. 4 of 5 Definetly in my top 10.

If its martial arts or samuris your looking for i recomend Kill Bill.
(But that may just be the Trantino fanatic in me talking)wink
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Posted 11/15/07 - 9:52 AM:

"afraid of the dark" sounds interesting, i'll check it out.

thanks for the recommendation thumb up
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Posted 11/15/07 - 10:08 AM:

Afraid of the Dark is an Iron Maiden song, no? kooky

Allright, allright, it's 'Fear of the Dark'.... but I don't know any good films. ^^

No wait, I do! "Ben X" -- Belgian movie. Very special... go see it !
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Posted 11/15/07 - 1:41 PM:

I recommend Grandma's Boy...for all those who have livd with their granmas or someone else's...and who love video games...and karate traind Monkeys...

Its up there with Napolean Dynamite, but a few marks less

Also, for more laughs, check out Dirty Works featuring Norm MacDonald, its a total classic.

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Posted 11/15/07 - 3:59 PM:

Grandma's Boy!!
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Posted 11/15/07 - 4:24 PM:

hi aVoid, welcome smiling face

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Posted 11/17/07 - 3:07 PM:

Saw Love In the Time of Cholera last night, vary well done I thought. A favorite book, though it's been many years since I read it.
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Posted 12/31/07 - 12:10 PM:

I watched both Little Miss Sunshine and Idiocracy again last night, and both comedies are smart, funny, and thought provoking. LMS follows a dysfunctional family with a heroin snorting grandfather (Alan Arkin), #1 Proust scholar and failed suicidist (Steve Carrell), and the nine step self-help guru (Greg Kinnear). The end of the film is absolutely hilarious.

Idiocracy is written and directed by Mike Judge (Office Space, Beavis and Butthead). It takes a look at the U.S. 500 years into the future where the cryogenically frozen most average man alive (Owen Wilson) become the smartest man in the world b/c everyone has turned into morons due to the culture that hates excellence and intelligence. Take the most stupid of American pop culture and magnify it and this is what you get.
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Posted 12/31/07 - 9:17 PM:

La vie en Rose was very good.
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Posted 01/01/08 - 12:11 PM:

I don't know, libertygrl, I didn't really like the Village. I mean, the twist is interesting, of course, but I just got the feeling that nothing was being done with it. The movie just got less and less interesting as the story progressed, for me at least.

But I'm not much of a moviegoer anyway. One movie I like is Cidade De Deus, which is about gang violence in the favelas of Rio De Janeiro. Portuguese is a pretty cool language to make a movie in.
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Posted 01/04/08 - 1:11 PM:

I didnt like the end of LMS at all. Sure theres a comic twist, but do we really need a comic twist playing off the theme of child exploitation and pedophilia? I dont think so. Its just a furthr sexualization of women, in this case a young girl. Do we really need a message that a prepubescent girl can find her self-expression through mimicing the overtly explicit sexuality of stripprs? thats a bullshit message. It actually ruind the movie for me, which was up to that point, pretty frickin average, imho.

In othr news, Sweeny Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street is a anothr Depp/Burton triumph!!

And, for more comedy, although the holidays are done, next year considr Santa's Slay.

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Posted 01/09/08 - 1:26 AM:

Bio pic satire Walk Hard, pretty hilarious.
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Posted 01/09/08 - 7:29 PM:

Folks,

We just came back from 'I am Legend' an ironically titled Will Smith blockbuster? OK, it was another post apocalypse zombie movie, but it's intelligent, spare, and holds the pace. Great CGI, and Will is looking good with his grey hair and tight pecs.

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Posted 01/10/08 - 6:35 PM:

Fight Club (1999) dir. David Fincher
This film exemplifies and coincides with one of the major tenants of how to live, in my opinion; to have fun doing what you're doing, and if the fun isn't coming to you, make your own -- to live by your own scruples, not those taught to you, unless, of course, you agree with those you have been taught. Also, to be mindful and not accepting values unthinkingly is a profound message that I realized is a parallel sentiment in the story's plot.

one of my all-time favorite films. chock-full of delectable symbolism.

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I don't know, libertygrl, I didn't really like the Village. I mean, the twist is interesting, of course, but I just got the feeling that nothing was being done with it. The movie just got less and less interesting as the story progressed, for me at least.

But I'm not much of a moviegoer anyway. One movie I like is Cidade De Deus, which is about gang violence in the favelas of Rio De Janeiro. Portuguese is a pretty cool language to make a movie in.

"cidade de deus" (city of god) was disturbing but brilliant.

i enjoyed "the village" when i saw it in the theater, but i don't think it's m. night shyamalan's best work. in fact, it might be his worst (but i haven't seen "signs" yet, so the jury is still out on that point). i still liked it, though. i think "lady in the water" is his best film, followed next by "sixth sense", with maybe "unbreakable" after that (or maybe "unbreakable" is tied with "the village" for third).

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Folks,

We just came back from 'I am Legend' an ironically titled Will Smith blockbuster? OK, it was another post apocalypse zombie movie, but it's intelligent, spare, and holds the pace. Great CGI, and Will is looking good with his grey hair and tight pecs.

e. smiling face

looking forward to seeing that one smiling face

has anyone seen "i'm not there", the bob dylan movie? big cate blanchett fan; i'm jonesing to see it.
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Posted 01/10/08 - 11:55 PM:

About "I am legend", yeah, the plot/ story is pretty simple but I agree it has been able to maintain it's pace and it's enjoyable enough. I'd give it a point for doing away with the overly gross/ massacre-ish stuff which seems to be the trend these days.
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Posted 01/02/09 - 8:44 PM:

Koji Yamamura -- A Country Doctor (2007) -- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1118665/

Based on Franz Kafka's Ein Landarzt AKA A Country Doctor. In my opinion, the best Kafka adaptation to any visual medium, ever (I've sought almost all of them); the animation style is wonderful and Yamamura clearly comprehends the story on a high level, which is about the birth of psychoanalysis and Freud's use of his own personality to spark its beginnings. Those interested in further reading can reference http://www.dreamaesthetic.com/landarzt.pdf

Juraj Herz -- Spalovac Mrtvol AKA The Cremator (1969) -- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0063633/

Simply my favorite horror movie of all time, and all without a single drop of blood as you might've otherwise suspected. The main character, Kopfrkingl, harbors a sort of enthusiastic nihilism, seeing living as suffering and his crematorium as relieving this worldly suffering, bringing him, in the end, to facilitate truly horrific things that are notorious in history. Based on the story by Czech novelist Ladislav Fuks. I've also heard rumors this is the Brothers Quay's (stop-motion animators famous for their shorts) favorite film.

Paul Leni -- The Man Who Laughs (1928) -- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0019130/

My favorite silent film, adapted from Victor Hugo's novel of the same name, or L'Homme Qui Rit, in its original French. A tale of identity, love, and corruption. The legendary Conrad Veidt, mostly known for his role in Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari and Casablanca as Major Strasser, plays the main character Gwynplaine to perfection. The evil jester, Barkilphedro, inspired a character in something I'm working on. smiling face

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Posted 01/02/09 - 9:39 PM:

Spindlework wrote:
Koji Yamamura -- A Country Doctor (2007) -- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1118665/

Based on Franz Kafka's Ein Landarzt AKA A Country Doctor. In my opinion, the best Kafka adaptation to any visual medium, ever (I've sought almost all of them); the animation style is wonderful and Yamamura clearly comprehends the story on a high level, which is about the birth of psychoanalysis and Freud's use of his own personality to spark its beginnings. Those interested in further reading can reference http://www.dreamaesthetic.com/landarzt.pdf

thank you for this recommendation! i can't wait to check it out.
the interpretation of the story provided in the above link is just brilliant. clap

now, the challenge to find it on dvd. where were you able to view it, spindlework?

i recently enjoyed slumdog millionaire, from director danny boyle, director of "the beach". it gets the adrenaline flowing with some highly visceral images. and i love the bollywood ending thumb up
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Posted 01/02/09 - 10:13 PM:

libertygrl wrote:

now, the challenge to find it on dvd. where were you able to view it, spindlework?


A challenge indeed. Supposedly there was a May 30th release, but I've yet to find one per my efforts, even after scouring various Japanese distributors. For the time being, it seems one is relegated to the "dark side" of the internet, if so inclined. Yarr matey!

libertygrl wrote:

i recently enjoyed slumdog millionaire, from director danny boyle, director of "the beach".


I've only heard good things about Slumdog. I loved Boyle's Sunshine, even if it did rip off Event Horizon to an extent.
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Posted 01/03/09 - 5:15 PM:

The avant-garde pirate opens his trench coat to reveal a few rare finds and lures us toward the dark side.

After watching Curse of the Golden Flower I had to go out and see a few Gong Li films.



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Posted 01/05/09 - 4:06 AM:

I watched No Country For Old Men several times and found a little more each time.Its about decsisions made by men.I ended up realizing the in your face bad guy wasnt the baddest one at all. ALSO:Felon with Val Kilmer had a moral message no one would ever expect to find.
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