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Screening Log 2005 - What did you watch this week?
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PostPosted: 08.18.2005 7:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sir Beltmann:

As for the digital projection of Saraband, we have a digital projector available for any of the three theatres, depending on which film is the most popular. We don't use it very often, and at first we showed Saraband in the second theatre (to the right), but it just didn't have enough customers. And it is supposedly Ingmar Bergman's wish to have it shown as projected through a digital projector, which I found somewhat surprising.

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in the most harmless, goodest of natures


I do believe I just saw a pig fly past my window.
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PostPosted: 08.18.2005 1:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Razz

Believe me, it took a special kind of willpower to write that down and let it stay.
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PostPosted: 08.18.2005 4:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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the night watchman wrote:
I now reserve the right to use "goodest" with impunity.


I was hoping you'd appreciate that, and find using it as liberating as I did.


I'm certain the first time I do will be the most happiest I've ever been.

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I did, however, find a forum in which users fought over the appropriateness of a butt-shaking banana emoticon.


I. Love. That. Emoticon.
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PostPosted: 08.18.2005 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I did, however, find a forum in which users fought over the appropriateness of a butt-shaking banana emoticon.


Another forum I often frequent has that one available, but it's got nuthin' on the humping smilies.
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PostPosted: 08.18.2005 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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That would be like criticizing Gunga Din for not using CGI for its special effects.


Although criticizing it for its inherent racism is another matter. Very Happy


I'm sensing deja vu. Have we had this exchange before?
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PostPosted: 08.18.2005 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

matt header wrote:
And it is supposedly Ingmar Bergman's wish to have it shown as projected through a digital projector, which I found somewhat surprising.


That is surprising. If I weren't too lazy to do some online researching, I'd be really interested in learning his rationale. I know that it was originally made for Swedish TV--much like Scenes From a Marriage--which might account for it, but wouldn't a straight transfer to film preserve its image better than a projected DVD? Huh.

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PostPosted: 08.19.2005 1:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

beltmann wrote:
the night watchman wrote:
beltmann wrote:
That would be like criticizing Gunga Din for not using CGI for its special effects.


Although criticizing it for its inherent racism is another matter. Very Happy


I'm sensing deja vu. Have we had this exchange before?


I don't remember specifically, although I might have mentioned my feelings about it somewhere.
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Just cuz I could.
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PostPosted: 08.19.2005 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am profoundly transfixed by those bananas.
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PostPosted: 08.19.2005 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LOL x infinity. That's one of the coolest things I've ever seen.
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PostPosted: 08.19.2005 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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That is surprising. If I weren't too lazy to do some online researching, I'd be really interested in learning his rationale. I know that it was originally made for Swedish TV--much like Scenes From a Marriage--which might account for it, but wouldn't a straight transfer to film preserve its image better than a projected DVD? Huh.



My thoughts exactly. I know he wanted to emphasize Saraband's digital quality heavily - to comment on the passing of time cinematically as well as among these characters, probably - and showing it on a DVD does prevent us from showing any previews beforehand, which is something I think he would like.

I saw this last night, along with Murderball and The Aristocrats. (The only day I don't work this week and I spend seven hours at the theatre anyway.) I'm not in love with any of them, but they're all better than mediocre.

And now if I could direct your attention back to Beltmann's dancing banana post. Okay, thanks, that's all.
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PostPosted: 08.20.2005 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



Dancing bananas give meaning to a cold and indifferent universe.
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PostPosted: 08.20.2005 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jiggly fruits of any kind warm my cockles.

Make of that what you will.
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PostPosted: 08.22.2005 11:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

8/15 ? 8/21

Since I had only seen three Astaire & Rogers films, I made a point of catching a few others on TCM. My favorite was Swing Time, but all of them have their virtues:

The Gay Divorcee (Sandrich, USA 1934)

Swing Time (Stevens, USA 1936)

Shall We Dance (Sandrich, USA 1937)

The Barkleys of Broadway (Walters, USA 1949)

Others in preferential order:

The Big Red One - The Reconstruction (Fuller, USA 1980/2004)

Ivan the Terrible, Part One (Eisenstein, Russia 1944)

Ivan the Terrible, Part Two (Eisenstein, Russia 1946)

The 40 Year-Old Virgin (Apatow, USA 2005)

The Brown Bunny (Gallo, USA 2004)

Thunder Bay (Mann, USA 1953)

The Ballad of Jack and Rose (Miller, USA 2005)

Beyond the Sea (Spacey, USA 2004)

Sex Is Comedy (Breillat, France 2002)

Streamlined Swing (Keaton, USA 1938)

As for The 40 Year-Old Virgin, I laughed so hard I think I embarrassed myself. (Sidebar: I once had a job that required the disposal of fluorescent tubes, and let me tell you, this movie knows how it's really done.) It also contains far more useful insights into what people want from sex than Breillat?s Sex Is Comedy, which is one of her most entertaining but, paradoxically, one of her least provocative and least interesting films. If such aimless, talky, dour brittleness is Breillat?s idea of comedy, I guess that helps explain her other films and their gruesome, ruthless notions about sex.

Speaking of movies containing infamous sex scenes, I finally caught up with The Brown Bunny, a movie about a professional motorcycle racer traveling to California and obsessing over a romance that ended in tragedy. Although the notorious scene at the, uh, climax could have made all of its emotional points with far less explicit imagery, this otherwise minimalist, lonely road movie never steps wrong. The story is unrelentingly bleak, but rarely have internalized guilt and melancholy been evoked with such naked vulnerability: Gallo's central performance commands attention precisely because it is devoid of ego. A lot of people have complained about the long shots of banalities?filling the gas tank, bugs splattering on the windshield?but I would argue that all of them seem perfectly calibrated to sustain the movie's intended mood and psychological intensity. (Besides, Gallo's vision of American roads has its own kind of beauty.)

I haven't seen the Cannes cut that was uniformly heckled, but it appears that Gallo's re-edit has vastly improved the movie. In fact, I watched it twice in one sitting, and the second pass was even more moving?the scene with Cheryl Tiegs, especially, gains as we recognize that the moment's true subject is how both characters are seeking some level of needed comfort and tenderness.

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PostPosted: 08.23.2005 1:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The 40 Year-Old Virgin (Apatow, USA 2005)

As for The 40 Year-Old Virgin, I laughed so hard I think I embarrassed myself.


This is the year's second big surprise for me. The title alone made me place it on par with Porky's or American Pie, so decided I wouldn't loose a wink of sleep for skipping it. And then those glowing reviews started to pour in. Skeptical, I joined my wife (who likes movies like Porky's and American Pie -- yes, I know, but believe me when I tell you her good qualities make that foible worth overlooking) for a screening and laughed myself silly. The movie is funny and endearing where others of its ilk are simply shrill and obnoxious because it remains relatively mature in its attitudes about sex, even if its characters don't. Ironically, the most "sexually mature" character in the whole movie is "the virgin" himself.
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