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PostPosted: 04.04.2004 4:09 am    Post subject: Re: What DVDs have you bought recently? Reply with quote

beltmann wrote:
The Bear (Annaud, France 1989)




Terrific film, a childhood favorite.
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Hero[/i] (Reigion 0. Can't Wait)

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I bought it more than a year ago, and have seen it 5-6 times. The first things you notice are the stunning colors and elegant composition, but repeated viewings reveal the depth of Zhang's thematic control. In particular, he thoughtfully explores the relationship between sacrifice and heroism. This is martial arts with brains, a genuinely poetic, touching, and inquisitive masterpiece.
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PostPosted: 04.04.2004 4:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just recieved it and will watch it tomorrow. Criminal Lovers is on the Sundance Channel tonight, so I'm obligated to that one for now.
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PostPosted: 04.04.2004 6:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Earlier today I bought Criterion's edition of Ingmar Bergman's Cries and Whispers and watched it earlier tonight. It's the best I've seen by him (which is only three movies): extremely complex, emotionally shattering, perfectly done. It's one of the most hypnotic movies I've seen, in its use of color and its spiritual undertones. Anyone else seen it?



And by the way, the worst addition to my DVD collection (which is quite paltry - only about 50 or so) must be Snatch.
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PostPosted: 04.04.2004 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I last saw Cries and Whispers about 12 years ago, so I can't comment in detail, but I recall the intense use of red--odd for Bergman--and I remember thinking very highly of it. Still, I'd place Seventh Seal, Virgin Spring, Winter Light, Persona, and Smiles of a Summer Night, at least, even higher.
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And I agree about Snatch. Horrible film by a horrible, tasteless director--I haven't seen anything by Ritchie that's even close to decent, not even the short film he made for BMW. I'm not kidding when I say that, to my eyes, Swept Away is his best film so far.
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PostPosted: 04.04.2004 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Worst movie in my collection: Godmonster of Indian Flats.
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PostPosted: 04.06.2004 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the night watchman wrote:
I've been going crazy for Japanese horror lately. To my collection over the past two weeks I've added the Ju-On series, Suicide Club, Long Dream, Tomie, Tomie Replay, and Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Cure and Kairo. Kurosawa's impressed the hell out of me so far and I'm planning on getting every movie of his I can lay my hands on.




Japanese horror has long been a passion of mine and most of my meager income heads that way.



Suicide Club I enjoyed, even if it is heavily inspired by Cure. Long Dream was interesting and perhaps better than it could be given the standard of Japanese TV horrors, but I'm beginning to suspect that the incredible Uzumaki was a one-off for Higuchinsky. I'm also wondering if there is a decent instalment of the Tomie series (two down, three to go, and I haven't found one yet!).



Kurosawa at his best is incredible and Kairo is one of the finest Japanese horror films in my opinion. I haven't enjoyed Korei or Charisma as much, but I too am planning to see as much Kurosawa as is available.
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PostPosted: 04.06.2004 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I'm also wondering if there is a decent instalment of the Tomie series (two down, three to go, and I haven't found one yet!).




LOL. I seem to be the only person in the world (or, at least, the World Wide Web) that likes Tomie, although I'll admit they leave something to be desired.
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PostPosted: 04.11.2004 11:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just ordered the Studio Ghibli 6-DVD, 12-movie boxed set (thanks, Eric Cool ), Songs from the Second Floor, and the documentaries Alien Saga and American Nightmare. Finally sat down to watch Tomie Replay; blech, what a waste of time. It's better than St. John's Wort, but then again, that one is just barely better than a sharp stick in the eye, if only because the eye damage isn't permanent. I estimate the pain is around the same, though.
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PostPosted: 04.12.2004 12:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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if only because the eye damage isn't permanent.




LOL! Such wit!



Earlier today I bought Jacques Tati's Mon Oncle, one of my favorite films, on pristine Criterion Collection DVD. I'm giddy as a schoolboy.
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PostPosted: 04.12.2004 3:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

matt header wrote:
Earlier today I bought Jacques Tati's Mon Oncle, one of my favorite films, on pristine Criterion Collection DVD. I'm giddy as a schoolboy.


Surely you caught the Tati references in Triplets of Belleville (especially considering how many times you saw it)? Of course Tati's face is plastered on the triplets' wall--and they watch a televised clip from Playtime--but the clear influence is in terms of tone and pace. Many people call Tati slow, but I'd argue that he merely provides us with ample time to admire and relish the architecture of his gag construction. The compositional qualities are breathtaking as well--in the way the camera is used as a tool for expression, as a machine that's fully integrated into the comic effects, I'm always reminded of Buster Keaton. Mon Oncle is a great picture.



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PostPosted: 04.12.2004 3:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I sheepishly admit that I bought three DVDs over the weekend: Runaway Jury, Open Range, and Cabin Fever. One is genuinely well-made, one is a genuinely goofy good time, and one is a genuinely guilty pleasure. You can decide which is which.



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PostPosted: 04.12.2004 4:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

While watching the first 45 minutes or so of Triplets of Belleville, I often thought, "Man, this is a lot like Tati." And then Playtime and that poster showed up. I gave myself a good pat on the back for that.



Tati was a vaudevillian, a minimalist, a satirist, a goofball, a perfectionist, an absurdist, and a genius in my opinion. Mon Oncle is one of the most hilarious comedies I've seen - the entire scene of the garden party is perfect - but it's also one of the most intelligent. You got it exactly right when you said he gives us time to admire the architecture of his gag construction: there's so much to admire! If I wasn't laughing outright for a moment of this film, I was grinning on the inside and outside. Sorry if I seem like a gushing starry-eyed fan right now, but I just got done watching it again. [Sighs lovingly]
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PostPosted: 04.12.2004 4:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

beltmann wrote:
I sheepishly admit that I bought three DVDs over the weekend: Runaway Jury, Open Range, and Cabin Fever. One is genuinely well-made, one is a genuinely goofy good time, and one is a genuinely guilty pleasure. You can decide which is which.





This probably says more about me than you:



genuinely well-made: Open Range

genuinely goofy time: Cabin Fever

genuine guilty pleasure: Runaway Jury



I'd just like to say that if Open Range counts as anything but "genuinely well-made" I'll be very cross.
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