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Screening Log 2005 - What did you watch this week?
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Michael Scrutchin
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PostPosted: 12.04.2005 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

beltmann wrote:
No one else has seen Palindromes?




I saw it last night, and I agree with your take on it, especially on the point that Solondz shows that both extremes on the abortion issue start from a place of love and compassion. I don't agree with Solondz's detractors that he's a heartless misanthrope: he's bitter, certainly, but I think Palindromes, more than any of his previous films, has a poignant humanism that nobody who hates humanity could even begin to fake, even for the purposes of vicious satire.



I also recently saw Funny Ha Ha. It captures the awkwardness of post-college twentysomething life better than any movie I can think of. The character interactions and conversations have a rare fly-on-the-wall intimacy, and every awkward silence and embarrassing exchange rings with funny/painful authenticity. I can see how some might find it annoying or insufferable, especially if they don't identify with the characters, but I thought it was genuine and refreshing.
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PostPosted: 12.04.2005 11:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

beltmann wrote:
No one else has seen Palindromes?




No, but you got me wanting to see it.
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PostPosted: 12.05.2005 1:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Michael B. Scrutchin wrote:
Palindromes, more than any of his previous films, has a poignant humanism that nobody who hates humanity could even begin to fake, even for the purposes of vicious satire.


I agree. When Aviva is taken in the by the Christian household, Palindromes shifts into cartoonish parody; in fact, the tonal switch is a bit jarring at first. These scenes could certainly be described as vicious satire, except I think you're right that a humanism comes through even during this passage. Although Solondz finds their convictions a little ridiculous, he respects their sincerity and admires their compassion. Plus, it's thematically important to notice that despite their corny lifestyle these disabled kids--the same kind that Aviva's mother so readily dismissed as expendable--are viewed as innocent, vibrant and genuinely warmhearted.



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PostPosted: 12.05.2005 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

11/28 - 12/4



In preferential order:



Pride & Prejudice (Wright, UK 2005)

The White Diamond (Herzog, Germany 2004)

Walk the Line (Mangold, USA 2005)

The Interpreter (Pollock, USA 2005)

Inside Deep Throat (Bailey and Barbato, USA 2005)

Wheel of Time (Herzog, Germany 2003)

Robots (Wedge and Saldanha, USA 2005)

3-Iron (Kim, South Korea 2004)





Believe me, when I say that Pride & Prejudice might be one of the year's best, I'm more shocked than you.



Walk the Line is loaded with convictions but limited by conventions--why are so many musical biopics so cookie-cutter?--but like Ray, it's rescued by strong performances.



I liked Wheel of Time, but it strikes me as smaller in scope than Herzog's White Diamond and Grizzly Man, two recent films that resemble poetry more than documentary.



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PostPosted: 12.05.2005 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

11/28 - 12/4/05



Aeon Flux (Kusama, 2005) - Most interesting part of my experience with the movie was my discussion with the friend I saw it with about the pronounciation of ?.



Brokeback Mountain (Lee, 2005) - Quiet and brooding with an intense finale that is still equally quiet and brooding.



Working on reviews of both.
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PostPosted: 12.05.2005 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Believe me, when I say that Pride & Prejudice might be one of the year's best, I'm more shocked than you.




Sweet. I'll have to break out the screener soon.
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PostPosted: 12.05.2005 11:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mark Dujsik wrote:
beltmann wrote:


Believe me, when I say that Pride & Prejudice might be one of the year's best, I'm more shocked than you.




Sweet. I'll have to break out the screener soon.


Regarding the movie, I agree with Eric entirely.



But, now, for a more important question. Mark, did you get the screener from the OFCS? I wish I had applied back when they were accepting all of the applicants.
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PostPosted: 12.06.2005 7:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Danny Baldwin wrote:




But, now, for a more important question. Mark, did you get the screener from the OFCS? I wish I had applied back when they were accepting all of the applicants.




Well, in part through them. The Governing Comittee does a great job getting the studios to send them to us.
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PostPosted: 12.06.2005 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wish I had the time to write enough to qualify for OFCS. I fear those days are long over, though.
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PostPosted: 12.09.2005 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

20/11/05 - 08/12/05

Howl?s Moving Castle (dir. Hiyao Miyazaki, 2005)*

Vengeance (dir. Antonio Margheriti, 1968)*

Suicide Manual (dir. Osamu Fukutani, 2003)*

Countess Dracula (dir. Peter Sasdy, 1971)

Constantine (dir. Francis Lawrence, 2005)*

The Night Caller (dir. John Gilling, 1965)

The Ring Two (dir. Hideo Nakata, 2005)

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (dir. J Lee Thompson, 1972)*

A Chinese Ghost Story 2 (dir. Siu-Tung Ching, 1990)*

Seed of Chucky (dir. Don Mancini, 2004)*

The Body Snatcher (dir. Robert Wise, 1945)*

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (dir. Beeban Kidron, 2004)*

The Mummy (dir. Terence Fisher, 1959)

The Mummy?s Shroud (dir. John Gilling, 1967)

The Deadly Bees (dir. Freddie Francis, 1966)*

Say Yes (dir. Sung-Hong Kim, 2001)*

Captain Kronos, Vampire Hunter (dir. Brian Clemens, 1973)*

The Abominable Dr Phibes (dir. Robert Fuest, 1971)

Dr Phibes Rises Again (dir. Robert Fuest, 1972)

Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh (dir. Bill Condon, 1995)

Silmido (dir. Kang Woo-Suk, 2003)*

Marebito (dir. Takashi Shimizu, 2004)*

Urban Legends 3: Bloody Mary (dir. Mary Lambert, 2005)*

A Chinese Ghost Story (dir. Siu-Tung Ching, 1987)

They Call Me Trinity (Dir. Enzo Barboni, 1971)*

Salem?s Lot (dir. Tobe Hooper, 1979)

The Day the Earth Caught Fire (dir. Val Guest, 1961)

She-Wolf of London (dir. Jean Yarbrough, 1946)*

The Mummy?s Curse (dir. Leslie Goodwins, 1944)*



Best of the recent viewing: Marebito. Good film. My review is up already, so check it out suckas!



Sorry, I went blaxploitation there for a second.



Nothing really bad recently, except for Suicide Manual, which is dull, derivative and poorly-made. I've watched lots of 'pulp' over the past few weeks: Deadly Bees was great fun, as was Captain Kronos. Not brilliant films, but solid entertaining if you're in the right mood.
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PostPosted: 12.09.2005 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A Chinese Ghost Story is one of my favorite Hong Kong pictures. The sequel's not quite as satisfying, unfortunately.



I also like Wise's The Body Snatcher a lot more than I probably should. (Same with Seed of Chucky. Embarassed )



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PostPosted: 12.09.2005 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

beltmann wrote:
A Chinese Ghost Story is one of my favorite Hong Kong pictures. The sequel's not quite as satisfying, unfortunately.




It's not. A Chinese Ghost Story 3 is better. Although it's not as good as the first one, it benefits from interesting characters and some truly funny episodes.



beltmann wrote:
I also like Wise's The Body Snatcher a lot more than I probably should. (Same with Seed of Chucky. Embarassed )




For some reason, I never connected with Seed. I'm a big fan of Child's Play and Bride of Chucky, but this one left me feeling unsatisfied.
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PostPosted: 12.09.2005 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jim Harper wrote:
but this one left me feeling unsatisfied.


He he.
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PostPosted: 12.11.2005 11:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

12/5 ? 12/11/05



Last Days (Van Sant, USA 2005)

Syriana (Gaghan, USA 2005)



Two engrossing movies that are each close cousins to earlier work by each filmmaker. I think the impressionistic Last Days is more evocative and exciting than either Gerry or Elephant, while Syriana feels more ambitious but less impassioned than Traffic (which Gaghan scripted).



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PostPosted: 12.12.2005 5:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

12/5 - 12/11/05



King Kong (Jackson, 2005) - Full review



Saw II (Bousman, 2005) - All it did was remind me of why I hated the first one.
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