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Posted 01/05/09 - 3:42 PM:

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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.



Farewell My Concubine
Raise the Red Lantern
Ju Dou (best of the three here)

gong li was magnificent in curse of the golden flower. raise the red lantern is one of my most favorite movies of all time, possibly top 5. haven't seen ju dou yet, tho. will check it out. thumb up
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Posted 01/05/09 - 3:43 PM:

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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.

which one would you say was the baddest one? smiling face
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Posted 01/07/09 - 2:38 AM:

I liked Apocalypse because it's something not very ordinary.

I liked Beautiful Mind, Y Tu Mama Tambien (Did I mention that already?), Men of Honor, Scent of A Woman...

I'm a bit of a fan or horror and suspense flicks: The Ring (Japanese Version), Sixth Sense...

I don't watch a lot of movies these days. But "Little Prince" caught my eye recently and I would like to watch it. (I liked the book).
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Posted 01/07/09 - 2:58 PM:

I remember a animated short series of the Little Prince as a child. His tiny moon with the volcanoes and the need to attend to his flower always made me feel a little sad. Is there a movie?
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Posted 01/07/09 - 8:45 PM:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071762/ smiling face
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Posted 01/11/09 - 6:20 AM:

Went to see the first part of the two part biography 'Che' the other night. I'd seen Che Guevara's face on t-shirts and had a vague idea that he was a South American Revolutionary but I was unsure as to what he 'stood for' and whether the facts of his life might be somewhat morally dubious overall. I think 'the face' as iy has been used highlights the post modernistic idea of the signified and its relation to the signifier; as far as I was concerned he could have been just about anybody or nobody at all - just an image produced from the mill of media, commerce and discourse.

He was, however, a real man and perhaps a hero. My knowledge of the history is extremely limited but if the film is to be believed he and Castro were good men who tried and managed to over-throw a corrupt regime in an age where small nations face massive obstacles in asserting their and their peoples dignity in a globalised world.

The movie jumps between past, 'present' and future. The 'present' that dominates the main thrust of the movie are scenes shot within the jungles of Cuba -or a similar looking location- where the columns work their way through the countryside, befriending peasants and fighting with government troops. The audience feels submerged in the action which culminates in highly realistic scenes of urban warfare reflecting the final stages of the fighting.

The 'past' intervenes occassionally. There is the meeting of Che and Castro in Argentina but we learn little of their actual relationship and all that led to the movement to reclaim Cuba for the 'people'. 'Future' scenes are in black and white and shot in that 'shaky/grainy' hand-held camera style and feature Che chatting on talk shows and speaking to the UN after their victory.

Overall one leaves satisfied. Soderberghs's previous movies have showed a certain technical flare while the 'Ocean's' trilogy, for example, was a mere star vehicle. It seems he was using the old Trogan Horse method of penetrating the profit obssessed walls of Hollywood only to get an opportunity to realise his more authentic vision. One is left asking whether we have been victims of blanket anti revolutionary and anti Marxist propoganda that leaves most feeling that men such as Che and Castro were violent and intellectually misled men while when, in fact, their vision was just and courageous. Without a deep knowledge of the history I am left trusting the director stayed true to reliable sources but it all makes fabulous cinema anyhow (it's mostly subtitles by the way - but it's probably worth it for the authentic edge given).
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Posted 01/11/09 - 10:13 PM:

Went to see Grand Torino the other night, it's quite good.
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Posted 01/22/09 - 11:00 PM:

Hi, this is Zum. I was impressed by "Into the Wild" last year. I loved its taste and attention to detail. It actually seemed that no mistakes were made in direction, acting, camera work or the sound track. The film had integrity, I thought: at no time did I feel manipulated. The point of view of the protagonist, based, of course, on a real person, was presented but not spun or pushed, but there seemed to have been an intense effort to understand his point of view and to express it.
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Posted 01/23/09 - 4:09 PM:

Zum is right Into the wild is a great movie alexander super tramp is a legend. Some movies I also really enjoyed is Waking life directed by richard linklater, Chicago 10 is also really good ,and theres this movie called chumscrubber that is also exelent. All of these movies I highly suggest. I could go on and on because I work at a movie store and it seems like all I do is watch movies
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Posted 03/09/09 - 7:55 PM:

Nihil Loc wrote:
I remember a animated short series of the Little Prince as a child. His tiny moon with the volcanoes and the need to attend to his flower always made me feel a little sad. Is there a movie?

Thats my favorite book at the moment. It made me cry.

But to the thread:
Pi and Requiem for a Dream. Both directed by Arron Arronofski. they are very styilishly done, and you'll be able to distingush his films from then on out. They are both very psycological and Requiem, a very good movie and very recomendable, i cant ever watch that movie again. The climax is just too depressing.
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Posted 03/30/09 - 9:08 PM:

"The Reader is good; I think it's about shame and its deconstructing effects on the personality. Kate Winslet is the real deal... Zum
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Posted 04/01/09 - 4:51 PM:

"Bagdad Cafe" is maybe my favorite. Real magic exists in this magical reality; you can find a box of instructions regarding it if you pick up the wrong suitcase... (The individual whose suitcase is picked up is, in the movie, is the least likely person imaginable to possess such a box, too.)
As in the Celtic tales, in this movie things appear, seemingly out of nowhere, and you have to accept them: they are gifts. The greatest magic is harmony. The movie has a gimmick that I love--the witness, who can watch an alienated, beloved person from a distance, and has nothing better to do.
Also, there's a combination of arbitrary wackiness and realism that I think is great. Zum
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Posted 04/27/09 - 3:29 PM:

Many of these might have already been recommended by some of you :

No Country For Old Man.

Skeleton Key.

The Departed.

The Machinist(isn't much different from "Fight Club").

SAW.

Terminator.

Rear Window.(I love all Hitchcock movies!)

Wrong Turn.

Hotel Rwanda.

Memento.

Psycho.

Gladiator.
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Posted 04/28/09 - 1:55 PM:

hi thinker13, welcome to the couch smiling face

memento is one of my favorite movies. do think teddy was really a cop? was leonard a serial killer? i have some thoughts of my own on it, i'd love to hear yours.
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Posted 04/28/09 - 2:20 PM:

hi thinker13, welcome to the couch smiling face

Thank you,libertygrlsmiling face



memento is one of my favorite movies. do think teddy was really a cop? was leonard a serial killer? i have some thoughts of my own on it, i'd love to hear yours.


It has been a long time since I watched it,yet,I'd like to recollect a bit of my thoughts about it.I don't think that Leonard is a serial killer.In fact without realizing the seriousness of the situation at once I wanted to be like him because he seemed like a Buddha to me-who has nothing to do with any past or future -one, who is living only in the present!I realized that my perceptions regarding his dispositions were wrong.In spite of that I think that a character like Leonard does not has a psyche like a serial killer.I think I liked 'memento' in the first place because of the spiritual element in it.Consider for example : "The Bourne Identity"-is Bourne not Buddha like-provided you remove a few of his memories which strike him here and there?If not a Buddha then he seems at least like a 'Fakir' who has no family and no ambitions -purposelessness of existence.


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Posted 04/28/09 - 2:44 PM:

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In spite of that I think that a character like Leonard does not has a psyche like a serial killer.

yeah, i'm totally in agreement with you there. interesting perspective, that of the buddha qualities. could it be argued that leonard was stuck in the past in some respect, with regards to the trauma of his wife's death? personally i think it was karma taking its course.

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Posted 04/29/09 - 4:12 AM:

libertygrl wrote:

could it be argued that leonard was stuck in the past in some respect, with regards to the trauma of his wife's death? personally i think it was karma taking its course.

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Indeed,it is why he is different from a Buddha.Yes,he has remnants of 'karma' due to which he has to be a killer,though,with a distinct conscience,than that of a serial killer/sociopath.What do you think about character "Anton Chigurh" in this regard(no country for old man).

As an aside :What does "m'agrada la primavera" mean?Is it a French phrase?rolling eyes



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Posted 04/29/09 - 2:32 PM:

Thinker13 wrote:
As an aside :What does "m'agrada la primavera" mean?Is it a French phrase?rolling eyes

it's catalan... i'm studying it to prepare for an upcoming trip to barcelona. "m'agrada la primavera" means "i like spring". smiling face

T13 wrote:
Indeed,it is why he is different from a Buddha.Yes,he has remnants of 'karma' due to which he has to be a killer,though,with a distinct conscience,than that of a serial killer/sociopath.What do you think about character "Anton Chigurh" in this regard(no country for old man).

i think in some ways chigurh heeds the workings of karma. by way of his coin-tossing, he represents the acausal principle of the universe which some may call fate. i think the wheel of fortune is a better descriptive archetype for that characteristic, as karma is also a path to one's fate.

other films with similar themes are "transsiberian" and "match point" which i recommend if you haven't already seen them.

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Posted 04/29/09 - 4:21 PM:

libertygrl wrote:

it's catalan... i'm studying it to prepare for an upcoming trip to barcelona. "m'agrada la primavera" means "i like spring". smiling face





Good.I also like spring clap



libertygrl wrote:

i think in some ways chigurh heeds the workings of karma. by way of his coin-tossing, he represents the acausal principle of the universe which some may call fate. i think the wheel of fortune is a better descriptive archetype for that characteristic, as karma is also a path to one's fate.





Indeed.As someone has already commented up thread that he wasn't the baddest(worst disapproval ) methinks .I also think that sheriff wasn't the most impressive character.I think shigur was essence of movie for me.


libertygrl wrote:

other films with similar themes are "transsiberian" and "match point" which i recommend if you haven't already seen them.

smiling facelib





I would like to see them soonsmiling face




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Posted 05/09/09 - 9:18 AM:

smiling face"Back To The Future".

smiling face"The Butterfly Effect".


The first one is a fun to watch,though also compels you to think about 'what ifs' of 'time travel' while the second one reinforces a good deal of philosophical/scientific reasoning in chaos theory and is perhaps one of my all time favorites(along with the skeleton key!).




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Posted 05/09/09 - 11:14 AM:

back to the future was fun smiling face the butterfly effect was an interesting movie too, the only thing i didn't really like about it was the scene where he goes back to his childhood and stabs his hands, then returns to a future that is apparently unaffected by this event. it seems to defeat the premise of the "butterfly effect".

i recently saw a couple of brilliant films. one is "special" with michael rapaport. he plays a guy who while participating in a drug research study starts to believe he has superhuman powers, and decides to become a superhero as a result.

movie trailer: http://www.apple.com/trailers/independent/special/

the other is an argentinean drama called "los paranoicos" (the paranoids) about a guy trying to cope with various anxieties in the face of a friend's unintentional insensitivities.

movie trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-GTqlZQPpE

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Posted 06/04/09 - 2:31 AM:

sticking out tongue The Evil Dead Trilogy.


It is perhaps the best grincomedygrin ever made.

(Sam Raimi and Co. etc call it Horrorcrying.Why so many horror movies seem comedies? dozey )
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Posted 06/06/09 - 9:30 AM:

My favorite movies are:

Mad Max.

Hocus-Pocus.

A Man Apart.
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Posted 06/07/09 - 12:13 AM:

hi nowen, welcome to the couch smiling face
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"Let The Right One In"





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