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Screening Log 2005 - What did you watch this week?
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PostPosted: 08.17.2005 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No one else has seen Saraband?

Matt Header, I noticed that the Oriental projected it via DVD. May I ask how that came to pass? Was that a theater or distributor decision?

Also, I've seen other DVDs projected in that same left theater. Is that the only screen equipped for DVD projection? Should we expect more titles to be shown this way? Is there any word on whether Landmark plans to install digital projectors?

I'm just curious.

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PostPosted: 08.17.2005 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My name is Jim Harper, and I watched The Lizzie McGuire Movie today.
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PostPosted: 08.17.2005 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

8/11-8/16

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Broken Flowers

Both films seem to search for a similar theme: finding one's purpose in life. I thought both films were good - although I found Life Aquatic a little more entertaining. Broken Flowers is pretty sophisticated in terms of movies, and it takes a road that some might like and some might not like. I'm not entirely certain what to make of this film, but it was definitely a unique movie-watching experience - my first time at the Oriental in Milwaukee.
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PostPosted: 08.17.2005 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I liked Abre Los Ojos, too, but it would have been better had it been American and made in English. And maybe starred somebody like, I dunno, Tom Cruise.


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And, I know what you all are thinking about my ranking of the Evil Dead movies. No, it's not a mistake. The first, I find, is absolutely wretched. Not funny, cult-spirited, scary--whatever the hell it wants to be. It was the first time I've ever felt disconnected from a Bruce Campell performance. The sequel is somewhat better and substancially funnier, but I still couldn't help but think it was a waste of my time.


I think it may be difficult to appreciate The Evil Dead unless you experienced it for the first time back in the early 80s. The same probably goes for the sequel. I think the influence, good and bad, they've had on movies has sort of diluted their impact, but their style and kineticism was absolutely unique for their time. Evil Dead 2 doesn't really stand up to repeat viewings, but I still thoroughly enjoy The Evil Dead every time I watch it.
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PostPosted: 08.17.2005 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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My name is Jim Harper, and I watched The Lizzie McGuire Movie today.


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PostPosted: 08.17.2005 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I think it may be difficult to appreciate The Evil Dead unless you experienced it for the first time back in the early 80s. The same probably goes for the sequel. I think the influence, good and bad, they've had on movies has sort of diluted their impact, but their style and kineticism was absolutely unique for their time.


This is an important point... similar to how we should try to transport ourselves back to the Twenties before trying on some Keaton.

the night watchman wrote:
Evil Dead 2 doesn't really stand up to repeat viewings, but I still thoroughly enjoy The Evil Dead every time I watch it.


I take it you prefer 1 over 2? Thought I was alone in that preference...
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PostPosted: 08.17.2005 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



The Big Red One / Samuel Fuller / USA / 1980

Reconstructed to Fuller's original vision in 2004, The Big Red One finally deserves inclusion on the list of great war movies. Lee Marvin plays a gruff veteran of the Great War, now a sergeant leading a WWII infantry squadron from North Africa to Normandy to inner France to Belgium and finally to Czechoslovokia, where his men liberate a death camp. In other words, the movie provides a survey of the American efforts on the Western Front, but always with a touch of the absurd: The surreal situations include a clandestine invasion of an insane asylum; the delivery of a baby inside a tank, with bandoliers as stirrups; a bushwhack with Germans playing dead; and the literal spanking of a Hitler's Youth, among others. War is indeed lunacy, but not once do these bizarre scenarios infringe upon the movie's dramatic credibility, nor dilute Fuller's theme of how war takes a devastating toll upon its survivors as well as its victims. Fuller was himself a WWII vet--many of the depicted circumstances are culled from his own experiences--and what's most impressive is the way he balances an anti-war stance with a veneration of military action when it has moral justification. That makes it sound like an early draft of Saving Private Ryan, but believe me, Fuller's movie explores similar themes with far more ambiguity, complexity, and elegance than Spielberg's does.

Plus, Luke Skywalker is in it.

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PostPosted: 08.17.2005 10:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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the night watchman wrote:
I think it may be difficult to appreciate The Evil Dead unless you experienced it for the first time back in the early 80s. The same probably goes for the sequel. I think the influence, good and bad, they've had on movies has sort of diluted their impact, but their style and kineticism was absolutely unique for their time.


This is an important point... similar to how we should try to transport ourselves back to the Twenties before trying on some Keaton.


Exactly. Or like how we should consider ourselves serious about movies when we watch Bergman.
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PostPosted: 08.17.2005 10:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry about that last one. I must have had an AICN Talk Back flashback.
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PostPosted: 08.17.2005 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Sorry about that last one. I must have had an AICN Talk Back flashback.


Laughing

The difference is that the serious students are genuinely interested in Bergman, while the fakes are mostly just interested in themselves.

Watching a few Bergmans doesn't make you a serious student of cinema, but if you are a serious student of cinema and its full history, then an unexpected work by one of the medium's most highly regarded practitioners ought to interest you. From an objective, scholarly point-of-view, that's a given, I think--even if you don't personally respond to Bergman. I mean, I can't stand Breillat, but she's still a significant contemporary artist and if I'm serious about studying cinema, then I really ought to be familiar with her work.

A similar case could be made for less "intellectual" artists, such as Dario Argento, Anthony Mann, Steven Spielberg, or even John Carpenter. I never meant to imply that the perceived "sophistication" of Bergman makes his movies automatically more significant for the serious student. I would say, though, that few current movies now playing carry more intrinsic scholarly or historical interest than Saraband.

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PostPosted: 08.17.2005 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Laughing Well, I agree, but I was simply returning what I at first took as an uncalled-for sarcastic attack with another. I appreciate your elucidation, however.

I am positive that I will only get the chance to see Saraband after it hits video. You guys think you got it bad in Milwaukee.
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PostPosted: 08.17.2005 11:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sarcasm? I'm incompetent in that arena!
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PostPosted: 08.17.2005 11:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the night watchman wrote:
You guys think you got it bad in Milwaukee.


It's no New York or Los Angeles, but Milwaukee isn't quite the wasteland it was even a mere two or three years ago. Not only does the new International Film Festival inject some life every fall, it also sponsors smaller events throughout the year. In addition, the UW-Milwaukee Union Theatre has new programmers that actively and regularly schedule the kinds of important works that even the Landmarks won't book, such as Kiarostami or Tian movies (not to mention an impressive slate of experimental and obscure fare). Plus, the Art Museum has begun regular programming of good stuff, and we still have the three old reliables: the Oriental, Downer, and Times.

From what I've heard, the film culture of Milwaukee pretty much trumps that of other similarly-sized cities. I guess I can't complain too much, at least for now. (I reserve the right to be curmudgeonly at any point.)

Besides, although the glory days of university film clubs might be long over, the age of DVD and Netflix has probably made right now the best time to be a film student (serious or otherwise). My head still spins when I think about the video access we now have, compared to what it was like a decade ago.

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beltmann wrote:
Thousands of men and women have heard or read about the unique Fellowship called Lizzie Anonymous since its founding in 2004. Of these, more than 2,000 now call themselves members. People who once viewed to excess, they finally acknowledged that they could not handle their Lizzie, and now live a new way of life without her. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other Lizzie-aholics to achieve sobriety.


Don't represent organizations that you aren't a part of. As one who has not seen Lizzie, it's impossible for you to be "reformed".
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PostPosted: 08.17.2005 11:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Sarcasm? I'm incompetent in that arena!


Sarcastically incompetent? You? Man, every time I read your posts I practically hear the voice of Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons.
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