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Screening Log 2006 - What did you watch this week?
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Michael Scrutchin
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PostPosted: 02.07.2006 3:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

beltmann wrote:
Transcendence is what we all keep searching for in all those darkened auditoriums.




Indeed. Even the old guy snoring two rows ahead of me couldn't ruin it.



Have you seen The New World yet?



I really need to revisit The Truman Show; I only saw it once, at the movies back in 1998.
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PostPosted: 02.07.2006 4:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Michael B. Scrutchin wrote:
Have you seen The New World yet?


No... I'm ridiculously behind. Seriously, I haven't been in a theater for 3-4 weeks, and I haven't been this remiss with new movies since 1992. Literally. I just don't have the time. Things promise to settle down in June 2007, though.



I saw Truman Show in the theater twice, and both times left me a wreck. It's not always explainable, but some movies just happen to press all the right sensors within us--that's part of the abstract power of art.
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PostPosted: 02.07.2006 4:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it triggered the opposite reaction in me.



If I have to listen to one more voiceover amidst a pool of water or trees swaying in the wind, I'm going to pull the trigger.
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PostPosted: 02.07.2006 5:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Michael B. Scrutchin wrote:


The New World... ahh, wow. That is why I love movies.




Very cool.
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PostPosted: 02.07.2006 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

beltmann wrote:
Michael B. Scrutchin wrote:
Have you seen The New World yet?


No... I'm ridiculously behind. Seriously, I haven't been in a theater for 3-4 weeks, and I haven't been this remiss with new movies since 1992. Literally. I just don't have the time. Things promise to settle down in June 2007, though.



I saw Truman Show in the theater twice, and both times left me a wreck. It's not always explainable, but some movies just happen to press all the right sensors within us--that's part of the abstract power of art.


I too love this movie. every time i am watching tv and this is on, i am compelled to watch it, even with commercials.
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PostPosted: 02.07.2006 11:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

2/1-2/7

Brokeback Mountain - I went into this movie with an open mind, and I thought this was a very good movie.



Lord of War - I thought this was a pretty good film that really had a powerful message.
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PostPosted: 02.08.2006 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

29/01/06 - 06/02/06

Lust for a Vampire (dir. Jimmy Sangster, 1971)

The Boy from Hell (dir. Mari Asato, 2004)*

Hiruko the Goblin (dir. Shinya Tsukamoto, 1990)

Dr. Who and the Daleks (dir. Gordon Flemyng, 1965)

R-Point (dir. Kong Su-Chang, 2004)*

Only Yesterday (dir. Izao Takahata, 1991)*

Porco Rosso (dir. Hiyao Miyazaki, 1992)*

The Nest (dir. Florent Emilio Seri, 2002)

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (dir. Mamoru Oshii, 2004)*

Princess Mononoke (dir. Hiyao Miyazaki, 1997)*

The Wishing Stairs (dir. Jae-yeon Yun, 2003)

Battles without Honour and Humanity (dir. Kinji Fukasaku, 1973)

Perfect Blue (dir. Satoshi Kon, 1996)

Matinee (dir. Joe Dante, 1993)*

The Revenge of Frankenstein (dir. Terence Fisher, 1958)*

Red Lights (dir. Cedric Kahn, 2004)*

Doll Cemetery (dir. Kiyoshi Yamamoto, 2004)*

Death Train (dir. Kazuyuki Sakamoto, 2004)*

Lizard Baby (dir. Yoshihiro Nakamura, 2004)*



I've watched four instalments of the Hideshi Hino Horror Theatre series recently. While The Boy From Hell was entertaining, the other three (Death Train, Doll Cemetery and Lizard Baby) are all verying degrees of crap.



R-Point is a solid war-based horror movie. It won't do much for people who aren't horror movie fans, but it's well-constructed, smart and occasionally very creepy.



Of the recent Studio Ghibli viewings, Only Yesterday was the best. Very impressed with that. I was initially a little wary of the less fantastic subject matter, but I warmed up to it very quickly and thoroughly enjoyed it. While it's not the most technically impressive Miyazaki film, Porco Rossi was fun. I didn't like the storylines left hanging at the end, but it was entertaining enough. For some reason I didn't connect with Princess Mononoke. I shall have to try it again at some point.



I'm still not sure where I stand with Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence. It's a lot heavier than the first film, but looks absolutely fantastic. The dubbing makes a significant difference to the viewing experience, and in a good way too. I've seen it twice already and it's growing on me. Have to see how I feel after a third viewing.



Matinee was fun, as was The Revenge of Frankenstein, although the latter doesn't stand up next to Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed!.



Red Lights is a solid thriller, if nothing startingly original. Didn't enjoy it quite as much as some seem to have, but a decent watch nonetheless.



The Nest remains one of the finest action movies of recent years. If anyone was wondering what the director of The Hostage could do if he was given free reign and a decent cast (Samy Naceri and Benoit Magimel from Taxi and the lovely Nadia Fares from Crimson Rivers) instead of Bruce Willis, then check this out. It's essentially a French remake of Assault on Precinct 13, but it's stylish, well-paced and highly entertaining.



Battles without Honour and Humanity is Japan's version of The Godfather, created by the master, Kinji Fukasaku. More people should acquaint themselves with at least the first film, although all five are available in a stunning R1 box set.
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PostPosted: 02.08.2006 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jim Harper wrote:
Perfect Blue (dir. Satoshi Kon, 1996)


I love this movie and point to it as evidence that Satoshi Kon is one of the giants of contemporary animation. Have you seen Millennium Actress or Tokyo Godfathers?



Jim Harper wrote:
Of the recent Studio Ghibli viewings, Only Yesterday was the best. Very impressed with that. I was initially a little wary of the less fantastic subject matter, but I warmed up to it very quickly and thoroughly enjoyed it.


Glad you liked this one! Criminally underrated, isn't it?



It's been years since I saw Matinee, but I remember enjoying immensely. I should pick that one up on DVD.
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PostPosted: 02.08.2006 3:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

beltmann wrote:
I love this movie and point to it as evidence that Satoshi Kon is one of the giants of contemporary animation. Have you seen Millennium Actress or Tokyo Godfathers?




Tokyo Godfathers was good, although I didn't like the conclusions it drew about childrearing. Good film though. Millennium Actress is on my rental list.



Have you seen Paranoia Agent? Watched the first four episodes a few days ago, and it's very interesting indeed. Definitely one of the best anime TV series I've seen, and another impressive feather in Kon's cap.



beltmann wrote:
Glad you liked this one! Criminally underrated, isn't it?




Well, it's not likely to have as wide appeal as something Spirited Away. Besides, it's still near-impossible to promote an animated film that's aimed at adults.
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Jim Harper wrote:
Have you seen Paranoia Agent? Watched the first four episodes a few days ago, and it's very interesting indeed. Definitely one of the best anime TV series I've seen, and another impressive feather in Kon's cap.


No, but I've been meaning to check it out. It's tough to find room on my plate for TV series--I don't mean to belittle TV; my hesitations are largely related to the time commitment involved--but I hope to check this out at some point.
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PostPosted: 02.09.2006 3:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

While I can't wait to get back to the formal format, I don't quite have the time or desire to make the effort. I will say, however, that this past week I watched Junebug and In Her Shoes, both of which I enjoyed with reservations.



The first is rather hysterical but is bogged down by occassional useless, out-of-context scenes. The latter is syrupy and shamelessely indulgent in conventions character-wise, but it's also worth noting that I don't think such material has ever before been more convictingly acted or directed.
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The first is rather hysterical but is bogged down by occassional useless, out-of-context scenes.


I suspect those were the scenes I liked the best... in my view, Junebug is strongest when it's not trying to advance the narrative.
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Danny Baldwin wrote:
The first is rather hysterical but is bogged down by occassional useless, out-of-context scenes.


I suspect those were the scenes I liked the best... in my view, Junebug is strongest when it's not trying to advance the narrative.


I, too, agree with that statement. My favorite scenes rank among those involving the painter and Amy Adams' character and her husband. I vastly prefer them to anything that attempts to advance the plot of sorts. Perhaps you could say anything that's plot-oriented in the movie is forced and out-of-context.



The specific scenes I'm referring to are primarily the sex scenes--which seem like a ridiculous and redundant "art film" tendency--and the Huck Finn all-nighter, which could've been fascinating had it just been so thematically obvious.
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movies I've seen so far this year (well in theaters)



Good night and good luck - felt like 2/3 of a movie. I like it the 2/3 of the movie I saw though. Also High contrast black and white looks amazing.



Brokeback moutain - Really good but starting laughing when he said why can't I quit you cause I've heard it a bunch of times. allready become joke



Favela Rising (www.favelarising.com) - Really really good documentary I saw in the bronx. supposed to get released later this year or well that's what i heard some one say have no clue when. About a guy in a brazilian slum bringing music to the slum and trys to stop the violence





Hustle and flow - show this at a cheap theater. Like most of it, theend where he shoots people. a little lame . I think that the main reason i rooted for him was cause the music was good
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starkid wrote:
movies I've seen so far this year (well in theaters)



Good night and good luck - felt like 2/3 of a movie. I like it the 2/3 of the movie I saw though. Also High contrast black and white looks amazing.



Brokeback moutain - Really good but starting laughing when he said why can't I quit you cause I've heard it a bunch of times. allready become joke



Favela Rising (www.favelarising.com) - Really really good documentary I saw in the bronx. supposed to get released later this year or well that's what i heard some one say have no clue when. About a guy in a brazilian slum bringing music to the slum and trys to stop the violence





Hustle and flow - show this at a cheap theater. Like most of it, theend where he shoots people. a little lame . I think that the main reason i rooted for him was cause the music was good


Why not provide links for all the movies on your list? Waitaminute...
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