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PostPosted: 09.22.2004 2:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pink Panther series...
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PostPosted: 09.22.2004 3:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the night watchman wrote:
Went bargain bin diving again and secured The Whole Wide World, the Robert E. Howard bio-pic, with Vincent D'Onofrio as REH.


Thanks to your reminder, I made sure to pick this one up, too. ($5.50) Dunno when I'll actually get around to watching it, but I'm looking forward to catching up with it. Have you watched it yet, NW? If so, what was your take?



I also confess I bought the new Star Wars set, mostly to satisfy the 8-year-old boy that still resides in me. I was looking at a few favorite scenes, and I think it's painfully obvious that the new cycle's over-reliance on CGI looks pitiful compared to the verisimilitude once achieved through traditional means. Putting nostalgia aside, I genuinely believe the original trilogy is visually superior; rampant CGI has ruined far more movies than it has enhanced, in my opinion. (Let's ignore the newly added effects for now -- okay, let's just ask, couldn't Lucas have at least given us a purist option, much like Spielberg did with E.T.?)



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PostPosted: 09.22.2004 3:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I need to pick up the set. They have some Blockbuster rental deal with it, that I might take advantage of (if they're not...fullscreen).
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PostPosted: 09.22.2004 5:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

beltmann wrote:
The Whole Wide World

Have you watched it yet, NW? If so, what was your take?





Yes, I've seen it around three times since it was released. I like it, partly because I'm a fan of REH's yarns, and because I think the man himself was strange, sad, and interesting. D'Onofrio does a splendid job of bringing him to life; the scene in which he describes Conan to Novalyne (Zellweger) is as wonderful a moment as any I've seen.



On the other hand, the drama is hobbled by the movie's staggered structure. Essentially, it's just a series of scenes involving two people getting together between interims of separation and chatting, growing interested in one another or getting irritated, then parting for another stretch. This isn't exactly the script's fault; the movie is based on Novalyne Price's memoir of Howard, and, really, that's how their relationship went. Still, because of it, the drama doesn't quite pick up the momentum it should to be really affecting. Anyway, D'Onofrio's performance in the backbone of the piece.



At the end of the day, it's maybe a movie whose parts are greater than the whole (like Howard's oeuvre, maybe), and there are some pretty good parts, I think.



Let me know how you like it.
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PostPosted: 09.28.2004 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Legend of Hell House (Hough, 1973)
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PostPosted: 09.28.2004 10:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Repo Man: I watch it over and over again, with no idea how I feel about it. Odd.
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PostPosted: 09.28.2004 10:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very odd. And yet, I blame society.



Repo Man is one of my all-time favorite movies.
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PostPosted: 10.08.2004 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Das Experiment (Hirschbiegel, 2001)

Taut, nervy thriller with surprisingly deft characterization. The quasi-romantic subplot wedged awkwardly in never seems to be part of the rest of the movie, but isn't too distracting.



Auto Focus (Schrader, 2002)

Superb performances from Kinnear and Dafoe (who, like Whittaker, seems incapable of turning in anything less than compelling), highlight this sometimes creepy yet sympathetic portait of addiction and need. This was my favorite of 2002.
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PostPosted: 10.08.2004 11:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the night watchman wrote:
Auto Focus (Schrader, 2002)

Superb performances from Kinnear and Dafoe (who, like Whittaker, seems incapable of turning in anything less than compelling), highlight this sometimes creepy yet sympathetic portait of addiction and need. This was my favorite of 2002.


Auto Focus is hypnotic on many levels. Kinnear and Dafoe (as his partner-in-lechery) develop a friendship of mutual need and loneliness; Crane's personal and professional descent is charted with an increasing sense of doom (but also compassion); visually the movie devolves from a static, scrubbed, sitcom-style look into a grainier, smuttier look, and then finally into a paranoid, dirty, jarring look. Each phase mirrors Crane's life status, but also reflects the onset of the video revolution (as well as what that revolution meant for both individuals and society). It's a complex, cautionary masterpiece. I think it's one of the great American movies of the last decade.



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PostPosted: 10.09.2004 5:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

beltmann wrote:
Crane's personal and professional descent is charted with an increasing sense of doom (but also compassion); visually the movie devolves from a static, scrubbed, sitcom-style look into a grainier, smuttier look, and then finally into a paranoid, dirty, jarring look. Each phase mirrors Crane's life status, but also reflects the onset of the video revolution (as well as what that revolution meant for both individuals and society).




I hadn't noticed that before. Good observation. I'll keep that in mind when I watch it again.



Funny thing is, I didn't really have much interest in this movie before I saw it. It got good notices but for some reason it just struck me as meh. Then one night I had insomnia and was flipping around the channels looking for something that might mildly interest me yet put me to sleep. (It's a trick I've developed to fool myself into "just resting my eyes.") I happened upon this about ten minutes in, decided to stick around (hadn't realized it was about "Hogan's Heroes's Bob Crane," whose "mysterious death" I caught on some biography program a year or so before), and it kept me watching until the end credits. I was tired the next morning, but it was worth it.
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PostPosted: 10.09.2004 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the night watchman wrote:
Then one night I had insomnia and was flipping around the channels looking for something that might mildly interest me yet put me to sleep. (It's a trick I've developed to fool myself into "just resting my eyes.")


I'm familiar with this method... for me, Jackie Chan flicks usually do the trick.



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PostPosted: 10.10.2004 3:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heh. The O'Franken Factor practically turns me into a narcoleptic.
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PostPosted: 10.10.2004 3:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Heh. The O'Franken Factor practically turns me into a narcoleptic.


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PostPosted: 10.28.2004 3:38 pm    Post subject: My latest movie choices Reply with quote

I have to say my latest DVD buy is Van Helsing, Dawn of the Dead and Make A Wish. These movie are great, really loved them and plan on watching them over and over. Van Helsing- what can I say.. its a vampire flick thats enough for me. Dawn of the Dead- freaking zombies everywhere, cool. Make A Wish- one word sick, funny and scary, totally loved it.
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I was surprised by how much I liked the Dawn of the Dead remake. I walked into this movie unwilling to give it a whit of a break, and walked out thoroughly entertained. Worlds better than the dreary and spineless TCM remake.
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