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Screening Log 2005 - What did you watch this week?
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PostPosted: 06.01.2005 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would be interested to see how he would have changed the character, but I think Ewan McGregor did amazing in Episodes II and III.
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PostPosted: 06.01.2005 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

22/05/05-01/06/05

At the Earth?s Core (dir. Kevin Connor, 1976)

Empire Records (dir. Allan Moyle, 1995)*

Casshern (dir. Kazuaki Kiriya, 2004)*

EM Embalming (dir. Shinji Aoyama, 1999)*

L?Appartement (dir. Gilles Mimouni, 1996)*

Helter Skelter (dir. John Gray, 2004)*

The Hound of the Baskervilles (dir. Douglas Hickox, 1983)*

It?s Alive (dir. Larry Cohen, 1974)

Once Upon a Time in China (dir. Tsui Hark, 1991)*

It Lives Again (dir. Larry Cohen, 1978)

Darklight (dir. Bill Platt, 2004)*

Warlords of Atlantis (dir. Kevin Connor, 1978)

Vidocq (dir. Pitof, 2001)

It?s Alive III: Island of the Alive (dir. Larry Cohen, 1987)

The People That Time Forgot (dir. Kevin Connor, 1977)



Very little outstanding recently. Casshern looks amazing, but the story is so weak that the whole film becomes something of a bore.



The eldest stepson has been staying over, so we're having something of a Larry Cohen marathon. Moving onto Q and the Maniac Cop series next.



The only new and exciting film I've seen is L'Appartement, which was styling, engrossing and very entertaining. I wasn't sure of the ending, but it's still worth watching.
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PostPosted: 06.01.2005 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This week, I watched two stray cats fight to the death. It was on the side of the rode. Something made me stop the car. The victor had begun to pull at its enemy.



And then it started eating. I mean that. It wasn't chewing on, or picking at... it was eating the other cat. I sat on the curb and watched for a while.



Oh, I also saw Episode III. More flash than the cat thing, I guess, but none of the pathos.
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PostPosted: 06.01.2005 10:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Monkeypox wrote:
Oh, I also saw Episode III. More flash than the cat thing, I guess, but none of the pathos.


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PostPosted: 06.02.2005 1:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Monkeypox wrote:
This week, I watched two stray cats fight to the death. It was on the side of the rode. Something made me stop the car. The victor had begun to pull at its enemy.



And then it started eating. I mean that. It wasn't chewing on, or picking at... it was eating the other cat. I sat on the curb and watched for a while.



Oh, I also saw Episode III. More flash than the cat thing, I guess, but none of the pathos.




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PostPosted: 06.04.2005 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Recap of the past two weeks or so:



Cinderlla Man (Howard, 2005) - This movie essentially plays on the all two familiar movie themes, pacing strategies, and story line but nonetheless I really enjoyed it and had a lot of fun. I found myself becomng completely envolved in the story line and as one would have guessed all of the perfomances were very solid. Althought it totally seemed like a huge Oscar push for Paul Giamatti.



Capturing the Friedmans (Jarecki, 2003) - Repeat viewing of the movie, but it is still one of my favorits of the last few years.



Kingdom of Heaven (Scott, 2005) - Sure it was no Gladiator, but still somewhat enjoyable.



Star Wars Episode III (Lucas, 2005) - Much more enjoyable and entertaining then the first two, yet everytime someone opens there mouth I cringe.



The Motorcylce Diaries (Salles, 2004)



Ikiru (Kurosawa, 1952)



Incident at Loch Ness (Penn, 2004)



Boogeyman (Kaye, 2005) - I have no idea why I watched this movie it was horrendous in everyway.
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PostPosted: 06.06.2005 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I actually posted this yesterday, but it seems to have vanished (any thoughts, Michael?), along with a reply to mfritschel. (Sorry, Matt, I can't remember what I wrote before, but it was something about Ikiru.) Anyway, here's a re-posting:



5/30 ? 6/5/05



The River (Renoir, USA 1951)

Dracula?s Daughter (Hillyer, USA 1936)

Blade: Trinity (Goyer, USA 2004)

Cinderella Man (Howard, USA 2005)



Cinderella Man works. The script is utterly conventional, but both Crowe and Howard transform it into a smart crowdpleaser that never feels rote, patronizing or bloated. Even the Braddock-as-America metaphors are handled gracefully, or at least with more finesse than in, say, Seabiscuit.



In The River, Renoir photographs Bengal the way a perceptive, inquisitive tourist might, and the tasteful images are perfectly suited for the picture?s strange, serene rhythm.



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PostPosted: 06.06.2005 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

beltmann wrote:
I actually posted this yesterday, but it seems to have vanished (any thoughts, Michael?), along with a reply to mfritschel. (Sorry, Matt, I can't remember what I wrote before, but it was something about Ikiru.)




The web host had some unexpected problems with the server yesterday and had to move everything to a new one (presumably better, faster, more stable), and, unfortunately, the last few hours of posts didn't make the transition (there were only a few, though). Nevertheless, I had just made a backup of the forum database, and I found your reply to Matt with a quick search of that file:



beltmann wrote:
Matt, what did you think of this one? To my eyes, this is Kurosawa's most intense, poetic, and wise picture: Kurosawa says that we should spend every moment trying to make a difference, but also acknowledges how social forces make that intensely difficult--he's like a Transcendentalist dramatist. (For those that haven't seen it, Takashi Shimura plays an aging bureaucrat who learns he is suffering from stomach cancer. After sulking at length, and lavishly spending money on two new friends--including a young woman who finally decides that he's "creepy"--Watanabe dedicates his last five months to turn a local cesspool into a community park. The last third takes a dramatic narrative shift, beginning with his funeral and allowing his co-workers to drunkenly piece together how he made things happen.)




Since doing a full restore of the backup probably isn't worth the hassle (only a few posts were lost in the transition), I'll be happy to dig out any posts made yesterday that have since vanished -- just let me know some keywords so that it'll be easy to search for them in the backup file.



And, yeah, I agree about Ikiru -- it's a great, great film.
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PostPosted: 06.06.2005 10:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Michael B. Scrutchin wrote:
I'll be happy to dig out any posts made yesterday that have since vanished -- just let me know some keywords so that it'll be easy to search for them in the backup file.


As far as I can recall, all that I lost was that tiny Ikiru bit, so no worries. Thanks for finding it! Didn't EZBoard crash yesterday, causing all kinds of problems for them?



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PostPosted: 06.07.2005 2:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As far as Ikiru is concerned is does have a much greater intelligence and weight to it when compared to Kurosawa's samurai dramas. I was throughly wrapped up the in first part of the movie and the last part drew me in again as well, by kind of catching my off guard with its non-traditional approach to his funeral. However, the middle scene's with his two "friends" seem to play on a little long after a while, espcially the one were he is out with the author/writer. That being said I still have to say that my favorite Kurosawa movies are his samurai ones, especially Seven Samurai
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PostPosted: 06.07.2005 2:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mfritschel wrote:
That being said I still have to say that my favorite Kurosawa movies are his samurai ones, especially Seven Samurai


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PostPosted: 06.08.2005 8:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is what I have watched since Saturday:



The Conversation- One of my favorite uses of silence in movies ever.



Mr. 3000- Good lord. Why?! Someone tell me why!? I want my two 30 minutes back... (I didn't finish it...)



Tarnation- Quite good. The soundtrack was amazing. I'm think I am going to buy this.



FREAKED- I pulled out the VHS copy of my baby to give her one last watch before I get the DVD. *tears up* She's been good to me...



Marathon Man- Like Snatch, but... good.
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PostPosted: 06.08.2005 11:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

a35mmlife wrote:


Mr. 3000- Good lord. Why?! Someone tell me why!? I want my two 30 minutes back... (I didn't finish it...)




How can you hate this film! Granted I have not seen it, but it has the Brewers in it, and we beat the Yankees 2 days in a row...WOOT
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PostPosted: 06.09.2005 12:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

xAndyx wrote:
a35mmlife wrote:


Mr. 3000- Good lord. Why?! Someone tell me why!? I want my two 30 minutes back... (I didn't finish it...)




How can you hate this film! Granted I have not seen it, but it has the Brewers in it, and we beat the Yankees 2 days in a row...WOOT


Which puts them at only...10 back!
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PostPosted: 06.09.2005 1:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

But also with the sam record as the Yankees!!
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