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Screening Log 2006 - What did you watch this week?
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Jack D Ripper
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PostPosted: 07.17.2006 3:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

beltmann wrote:
7/10 ? 7/16/05





Cobra / George P. Cosmatos / USA / 1986




beltman, a very, very guilty pleasure of mine. it's awfulness is genius. has to be sly's worst acting, but i admittedly haven't seen judge dredd.



i saw strangers with candy today and laughed quite a bit. i might have even snorted once.
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PostPosted: 07.17.2006 6:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

7/10 - 7/16



In preferential order:



The Matador (Shepard, 2006)

Take the Lead (Friedlander, 2006)

A Scanner Darkly (Linklater, 2006)

Ice Age: The Meltdown (Saldanha, 2006)

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (Verbinski, 2006)





The Matador is a hysterical little buddy movie pairing Pierce Brosnan and Greg Kinnear in one of the few recent matches that is perhaps as unlikely as the promotional materials may suggest.



Take the Lead and Ice Age 2 were both in-flight entertainment, so take my opinions of them with a grain of salt, but I was surpisingly pleased with the former and totally bored by the latter.



A Scanner Darkly is a visually exciting and challenging Phillip K. Dick adaptation from Richard Linklater, but it goes absolutely nowhere. I was disappointed.



Pirates 2 has about enough material to fill a thirty-minute short film but stretches things out to nearly three hours. What else is new? I liked the first one, but this time around, Verbinski has made a mess.
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PostPosted: 07.17.2006 6:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Danny Baldwin wrote:
Pirates 2 has about enough material to fill a thirty-minute short film but stretches things out to nearly three hours. What else is new? I liked the first one, but this time around, Verbinski has made a mess.




I agree, but whenever I tell people of my lukewarm reaction to Pirates 2, they tell me that I must not like to have fun. You and me both, I guess.
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PostPosted: 07.18.2006 2:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Roger Ebert once said, ?Critics know how to have a good time too. It?s just that they have, perhaps, more curiosity about what constitutes a good time.?
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PostPosted: 07.18.2006 2:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

beltmann wrote:
Roger Ebert once said, ?Critics know how to have a good time too. It?s just that they have, perhaps, more curiosity about what constitutes a good time.?




Speaking of Ebert, I hope he gets well soon and starts writing again. I already miss reading him every week.
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PostPosted: 07.18.2006 3:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess my only issue would be that I have a hard time understanding someone feeling that the first film had much to offer to begin with. I will say it's moderately fun, but I felt it was solely the Johnny Depp show, much in the same way that Devil's Advocate became an Al Pacino assisted monologue.



So, I guess my question would be... what's the difference between the two? Expectations?
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PostPosted: 07.18.2006 3:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Monkeypox wrote:
I will say [Pirates 1 is] moderately fun, but I felt it was solely the Johnny Depp show


That's how I felt. I've seen it twice--once in the theater, once on DVD--and my reaction both times was identical: Although Depp was wonderful, I lost interest right around the midway point. I really don't see what all the fuss is about.
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PostPosted: 07.18.2006 4:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I partially agree, but at least it had a decipherable storyline.
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PostPosted: 07.18.2006 4:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Danny Baldwin wrote:
I partially agree, but at least it had a decipherable storyline.




Man, I don't even remember anything about the first Pirates other than Depp.
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PostPosted: 07.21.2006 2:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Michael Scrutchin wrote:
Danny Baldwin wrote:
I partially agree, but at least it had a decipherable storyline.




Man, I don't even remember anything about the first Pirates other than Depp.




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PostPosted: 07.24.2006 4:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

7/17 ? 7/23/06



In preferential order:



The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada / Jones / USA / 2005

Mister Roberts / Ford and LeRoy / USA / 1955

A Scanner Darkly / Linklater / USA / 2006

The Way We Were / Pollack / USA / 1973

Clerks II / Smith / USA / 2006

The Hills Have Eyes / Aja / USA / 2006

The Ringer / Blaustein / USA / 2005

Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Prices / Greenwald / USA / 2005

Pretty Persuasion / Siego / USA / 2005

Street Fighter / de Souza / USA / 1994

Date Movie / Seltzer / USA / 2006



Clerks II is the first Kevin Smith movie I've enjoyed since Chasing Amy. There's something familiar and comfortable about Smith's good-natured filth--even if he finally goes too far with the donkey show, in my perhaps prudish opinion--partially because this time he finds the right strains of heart and sincerity to give the raunch context. Plus, the movie has an appealing slacker rhythm, a tone that feels less forced and less cartoonish than in any Smith movie since, well, Clerks. It earns more goodwill than I anticipated.



Despite my enthusiasm for A Scanner Darkly, I can?t help but feel a little disappointed? it?s not quite the knockout I was hoping Linklater would deliver. There?s nothing specifically wrong with the picture?s construction?the rotoscoping emphasizes the story?s distorted reality, Linklater juggles several disparate tones brilliantly, and Danny, it absolutely goes somewhere?but the movie never quite gathers momentum, never becomes an intense evocation of addiction's power nor a frightening indictment of corporate/political duplicity.
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PostPosted: 07.24.2006 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

beltmann wrote:
Roger Ebert once said, ?Critics know how to have a good time too. It?s just that they have, perhaps, more curiosity about what constitutes a good time.?




well it's either that or critics simply weren't drunk (whether on alcohol or life) nor were they accompanied by drunk people as were the fans of these fun movies.
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PostPosted: 07.24.2006 6:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

juhsstin wrote:
well it's either that or critics simply weren't drunk (whether on alcohol or life) nor were they accompanied by drunk people as were the fans of these allegedly fun movies.


Fixed it for ya. Wink
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PostPosted: 07.25.2006 6:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

7/17 - 7/24



In preferential order:



Clerks (Smith, 1994)

The Hills Have Eyes (Aja, 2006)

Click (Coraci, 2006)

You, Me, and Dupree (Russo, 2006)



Clerks isn't as laugh-out-loud funny as I was led to expect, but a lot smarter than I thought it would be.



My reaction to The Hills Have Eyes is nearly identical to that of my reaction to the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre. It's true to the horror-genre in that its content is, indeed, horrific. And it's effectual in "horrifying" its viewers. But I'm not sure what that matters: it's not at all scarier than anything in a similar movie. It's all just pretty gross. I suppose I admired it under the presumption that terror for terror's sake is a valid part of cinema.



The other two are just what you'd expect; I saw them because they were all the early-show-before-your-shift-at-an-artistically-devoid-multiplex would allow me.
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PostPosted: 07.26.2006 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

beltmann wrote:
juhsstin wrote:
well it's either that or critics simply weren't drunk (whether on alcohol or life) nor were they accompanied by drunk people as were the fans of these allegedly fun movies.


Fixed it for ya. Wink




haha, it may not have come across in my message, but i actually intended the word drunk to be slightly derogatory. i also dislike it when people blindly attempt to impose their own opinions as superior. meh, they're the ones who are missing out... or missing IN as it were... Confused
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