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Screening Log 2005 - What did you watch this week?
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xAndyx
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PostPosted: 04.28.2005 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Danny Baldwin wrote:
The Clive Owen piece was, by far, the least interesting to me. It exemplifies the idea of a lot of sex and blood without wit. And I'm still a little shaky on Owen, as an actor, to be honest.


Alright, it might be partially due to the fact that I loved King Arthur, and am probably the only one who did, but I just like his overal character. I'll admit that Sin City is the worst I've seen of him, but I don't think it was bad. I just think that after about 10 minutes of each story it got old and its hard to like any of the characters in the end.
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Danny Baldwin
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PostPosted: 04.29.2005 3:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I liked King Arthur too. I don't think Owen was the problem in his story in Sin City, either.
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PostPosted: 04.29.2005 7:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I enjoyed Croupier, and Owen held that film together, IMO.
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PostPosted: 04.29.2005 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Monkeypox wrote:
I enjoyed Croupier, and Owen held that film together, IMO.


Ditto with I'll Sleep When I'm Dead. Owen's a damn good actor.
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PostPosted: 04.29.2005 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Monkeypox wrote:
I enjoyed Croupier, and Owen held that film together, IMO.


Agreed, and I think he's also terrific in Gosford Park and Closer. His work in the BMW short films is also worth mentioning.

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PostPosted: 04.29.2005 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

beltmann wrote:
Monkeypox wrote:
I enjoyed Croupier, and Owen held that film together, IMO.


Agreed, and I think he's also terrific in Gosford Park and Closer.


He's a good actor, indeed. My iffi-ness on him derives itself more from the puzzlement that I have from the movies he chooses to star in, even if he has logical reasons for doing so. The perfect example is Closer.
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PostPosted: 04.29.2005 7:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's true Owen is a great actor. The problem is in hollywood being a great actor to the critics doesn't make him a star or a lot of money over the other actors. so ofcoarse he going to go after rolls that do not suit him as well but get him more "false praise" and money.
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PostPosted: 04.30.2005 2:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

xAndyx wrote:
It's true Owen is a great actor. The problem is in hollywood being a great actor to the critics doesn't make him a star or a lot of money over the other actors. so ofcoarse he going to go after rolls that do not suit him as well but get him more "false praise" and money.


He himself says he's trying to go after artistic roles. However, my question is: is Sin City much more artistic thanJames Bond, which he rejected?
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PostPosted: 04.30.2005 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

While I kinda enjoyed Sin City, this is just too much, if unsurprising:

Scott Weinberg writes: "Good ol' JoBlo reports some news that's sure to excite a lot of you (me included): apparently Robert Rodriguez will be shooting a pair of Sin City sequels back-to-back, starting next February. Coming off nearly $70 million in domestic box office, Sin City could be considered a solid "hit" (especially since it cost about $40m), so this news isn't all that shocking - although it is pretty exciting. And there's certainly no shortage of source material in Frank Miller's back catalog."
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PostPosted: 05.01.2005 11:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well a lot of people obviously like the film so there is no reason he should not do sequels. the point of cinema these days is not to entertain the critics but to entertain the money despensing masses who give up millions on the most cliche entertainment, but it works.
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PostPosted: 05.02.2005 12:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

4/25 ? 5/1/05

Sin City (Rodriguez and Miller, USA 2005)

In the Morning (Lurie, USA 2005)

Top of the Circle (Bennett, USA 2005)

Wound ?em Up! (Hemmaplardh, Canada 2003)

Omnis (Bergmann, Germany 2002)

Star Wars: Revelations (Felux, USA 2005)

Nothing in Common (Marshall, USA 1986)

The Woman on the Beach (Renoir, USA 1947)

I already posted my distaste for Sin City above. Thankfully, the week provided me with several more pleasant experiences, including the Star Wars fan film Revelations and few short films. I?d like to offer comments about the short films only, since you?re unlikely to find comments about them elsewhere.

In the Morning: After his sister is raped, a thirteen-year-old Turkish boy is given a gun and asked to help restore his family?s honor. I can?t assess whether the American actors accurately pull off the Turkish dialogue, but I can report that the movie at least feels authentic. I was struck immediately by the gritty, confident tone and dark cinematography, but what holds attention is the startling script, which makes its point about honor killings with genuine skill. I?d say director Danielle Lurie is a talent to keep our eyes on.

Omnis: This wordless documentary takes us into a poultry slaughterhouse to tell the gruesome backstory of how feather pillows are made. Harsh, clinical, static shots of slaughter machines processing goose bodies are intercut with idyllic images of lilting feathers. The movie is cleverly edited?narration would be redundant?but doesn?t it make a rather obvious observation about how our nighttime comfort comes at a grisly price? How effective is it? Well, I ate a fried chicken sandwich only minutes later.

Top of the Circle: A young woman meditates on the life cycle by conjuring memories of her mother?s death, her sister?s pregnancy, and a stranger?s jar of bacon bits. Although the film establishes a visual rhythm?the abstract images serve as arrows pointing at the story?s central ideas?I was preoccupied instead with the voiceover. Structured as a series of brief anecdotes, the spoken-word performance accumulates power as it progresses, capturing how comedy co-exists with tragedy.

Wound ?em Up!: Faced with a menacing rattlesnake, a small cowboy turns to his trusty yo-yo for help. This wordless animation has some clever ideas?the best one involves brandishing a yo-yo as if it were a lasso?and tells an amusing tale of two enemies bonding for the sake of fun. Their shared love for yo-yo action serves as a mild but warm, good-natured celebration of youthful innocence.

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PostPosted: 05.02.2005 1:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Recap for the past two weeks in preferential order:

House of Flying Daggers (Yimou, 2005) - Another great film by Yimou, I cannot say that I liked it any more or any less that Hero. I find it very intersting how Yimou has swayed from the past generes that he seemd to focus on but yet has managed to maintain the same great use of color and themes.

All About My Mother (Almodovar, 1999) - A solid film by Almodovar, its no Bad Education though

Garden State (Braff, 2004)

Kung Fu Hustle (Chow, 2005) - I found the movie very entertaining and different then anything else out there, but besides that it really did not capture my interest as some other movies in similiar situations (ie Kill Bill)

Primer (Caruth, 2005) - a movie that seemed almost too smart for its own good, I got the essence of the plot but was completely confused by the end and wasn't quite sure that it was entertaining enough to revisit.

Ocean's Twelve (Soderbergh, 2004)

Triplets of Belleville (Chomet, 2004)

Sahara (Eisner, 2005)

The Woodsmen (Kassell, 2005)
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PostPosted: 05.02.2005 3:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're not into triplets, mfritschel?

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PostPosted: 05.09.2005 1:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

5/2 - 5/8/05

Not a single new movie. I got nuthin'.

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PostPosted: 05.09.2005 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

House of Wax (Serra, 2005) F

Pauline at the Beach
(Rohmer, 1983) B+

Goodbye Dragon Inn
(Ming-liang, 2004) A

The Ballad of Jack and Rose
(Miller, 2005) D-

That's all for me: I've been busy with schoolwork and stuff. What a disgusting movie House of Wax is; beyond the talentless acting and vapid screenplay, which could have been expected, the whole thing reeks of viciousness and filth.

Jack and Rose aims for intelligence and hits ludicrousness instead; it's practically impossible to care for any of these broad characters (the fat gay son with a Snickers bar smeared across his face, the suburban hick with a heart-of-gold who loves Daniel Day-Lewis because...well, who knows?), making Day-Lewis' usual committed performance totally pointless.

Dragon Inn and Pauline at the Beach are both witty, intricate delights, although some patience is required with the former.
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