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Screening Log 2006 - What did you watch this week?
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Jim Harper
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PostPosted: 01.23.2006 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

beltmann wrote:
That surprises me. I really like Veronique, but I love the Three Colors trilogy, especially White and Red. (Many people seem to feel that White is the weakest link, but I find it totally engrossing.) Have you seen The Dekalog? Some of those rank right up there with Red, in my opinion.




I haven't yet seen Dekalog, although FilmFour show A Short Film About Killing every so often. I'm not sure why Veronique appealed to me quite so much, but I know it really struck a chord, perhaps because of the more romantic story (not the cliched kind of love story, but genuine romance, if you see what I mean).
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PostPosted: 01.23.2006 11:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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If you have that Ghibli collection, then you've seen Only Yesterday, right? Most people seem to dismiss it--perhaps because it's less fanciful and more realistic than most Ghibli--but I really responded to that story. What did you think?




I think it's a superb drama, as good as the best live-action drama I've seen. I do have to watch it again sometime, however; Ghibli's subtitles in this set are so whipcord quick that I had a hard time following the story until I was about fifteen or twenty minutes into it, though I was able to piece everything together after it finally clicked. I especially like how Miyazaki dwells on the expressions of the characters, really allows them (and us) to have a moment. You don't usually find this kind of attention to the inner lives of characters in many Western movies.
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PostPosted: 01.27.2006 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't seen anything. I just thought somebody should post something.
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PostPosted: 01.27.2006 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I haven't seen anything. I just thought somebody should post something.


I was the same way, but this week I finally have and will post Sunday.
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PostPosted: 01.27.2006 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Post whores.
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PostPosted: 01.27.2006 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Hey friend, like what you see?



For a price, I'll post about any subject--movies, evolution, Alito. It's just a simple exchange of ideas, know what I mean? Oh, yes, sugar, that's deep.



If you're into the wild stuff, you could have Fellini explained to you by both Danny and me. But deconstruction's gonna run ya extra.
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PostPosted: 01.27.2006 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A menage a 8 1/2 does sound awfully tempting, but I'm afraid I'm a happily married cinephile.
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PostPosted: 01.29.2006 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

22/01/06 - 29/01/06

Kiki?s Delivery Service (dir. Hiyao Miyazaki, 1984)*

Misa the Dark Angel (dir. Katsuhito Ueno, 1998)

Open Your Eyes (dir. Alejandro Amenabar, 1997)

Memories (dir. Koji Muramoto, Tensai Okamura, Katsuhiro Otomo)*

Bullet Train (dir. Junya Sato, 1975)*

Birth of the Wizard (dir. Shimako Sato, 1996)

Witchfinder General (dir. Michael Reeves, 1968)

Chaos (dir. Hideo Nakata, 1999)

Onibaba (dir. Kaneto Shindo, 1964)*

Scorpion Woman Prisoner: Death Threat (dir. Toshiharu Ikeda, 1991)*

Pyrokinesis (dir. Shusuke Kaneko, 2000)

The Princess and the Warrior (dir. Tom Tykwer, 2001)*

Tenebre (dir. Dario Argento, 1982)

Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde (dir. Roy Ward Baker, 1972)*

Lovesick Dead (dir. Kazuyuki Shibuya, 2001)



Kiki's Delivery Service was very good indeed, but nothing particularly new from Miyazaki. Spirited Away is still my favourite of his, but so far he's never been less than very entertaining.



The first segment of Memories was good, but the second was excellent, very amusing. Neither of them venture into new anime territory, but the animation throughout is of a very high standard and they're well-written. Perhaps surprisingly, the only one I didn't connect with was Otomo's; it was just too downbeat. That might have something to do with the other segments- after the generally light-hearted tone of the first two, Otomo's is something of a downer.



Bullet Train is solid 70s entertainment with a great funky score. Proof that Hollywood doesn't just rip off recent Japanese films (the plot of Speed is lifted wholesale from Bullet Train).



Scorpion Woman Prisoner: Death Threat commits the cardinal sin for women-in-prison movies: it's boring. Surprising for an Ikeda film, there's very little sex or violence here. Bah humbug. I wanted at least a decent catfight.



The Princess and the Warrior is a fantastic film, a new favourite. I loved Run Lola Run, and I'm a big fan of Franka Potente and Benno Furmann, so I had high hopes for this. I wasn't let down. Worth seeing, especially for fans of intelligent romances.



Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde. Lots of fun. Martine Beswick could have spent longer in her birthday suit, but still a solid late-period Hammer effort.



From the repeat viewings, Chaos is still a fine film, and Shimako Sato's Eko Eko Azarak films- Wizard of Darkness and Birth of the Wizard- are both excellent popcorn films. Highly recommended.
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PostPosted: 01.29.2006 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wolf Creek (Greg McLean, 2005) - I entered this movie with extreme hesitation after reading Roger Ebert's scathing review. Now that I've seen it, I really don't see what all the hubbub was about. The violence and brutality on display is lower than anything found in The Devil's Rejects, which earned a positive review from him, and far lower than High Tension, which he at least sat all the way through and then bestowed a star-and-half. Even Tobe Hooper?s Texas Chain Saw Massacre is more unpleasant than this. I'm not entirely sure what pushed his buttons here or why.



Myself, I didn?t really care that much for the movie, but it does manage to generate a fair amount of suspense toward the middle, and our heroine behaves with a refreshing amount of intelligence and ingenuity. And after the faux-reality television style of the first forty minutes, McLean and his DP settle down to deliver some very nice photography. However, the movie?s primary lapse is in bequeathing the villain a nearly Jason Voorhees-like ability to appear where and when the plot requires him, and supplying him with smart-alec quips that are only ever spoken by movie villains. At the end of the day, I wouldn?t recommend it, but I wouldn?t condemn it either.
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PostPosted: 01.30.2006 3:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Raiders of the Lost Ark (Spielberg, 1981)



Lord of War (Niccol, 2005)



The Beat That My Heart Skipped (Audiard, 2005)



Not really much to write home about this weekend, apart of course from Raiders which was a repeat viewing, albeit one I had not watched in quite awhile. I was taken aback at how quickly the storyline moved along, and yet had just enought shorth interval scenes to clue us in on some of the small plot lines we might have missed. This movie still is one of my favorites.



As far as the other two Lord of War seemed to be painting to broad of brush strokes, and kind of used a cartoonish view of things to drive home a serious point at the end. The movie had the feel of every other action movie Nicolas Cage had been in, only it tried to make a comment on global politics at the end.
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PostPosted: 01.30.2006 4:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

1/23 ? 1/29/05



In preferential order:



Yes / Potter / UK / 2004

Fantastic Four / Story / USA / 2005

Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers / Cook / USA / 2004



At least Yes offers the undeniable pleasure of hearing very qualified actors working very hard to ease iambic pentameter into a form of naturalism.
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PostPosted: 01.30.2006 5:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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However, the movie?s primary lapse is in bequeathing the villain a nearly Jason Voorhees-like ability to appear where and when the plot requires him, and supplying him with smart-alec quips that are only ever spoken by movie villains. At the end of the day, I wouldn?t recommend it, but I wouldn?t condemn it either.




I'm with you on Wolf Creek. Although I liked it more than High Tension, it's still just yet another well-executed but forgettable riff on The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. And, seriously, the villain nearly stumbles into latter-day Freddy territory with his quips and one-liners. Sheesh. I'm also puzzled by Ebert's zero-star review, since Wolf Creek is actually pretty restrained in its depiction of violence (as in the original Chainsaw Massacre, more is suggested than shown) and it doesn't seem to take gleeful relish in depravity like The Devil's Rejects, which, as you mentioned, Ebert liked.



beltmann wrote:
At least Yes offers the undeniable pleasure of hearing very qualified actors working very hard to ease iambic pentameter into a form of naturalism.




I didn't even realize they were speaking in iambic pentameter until I was about 25 minutes into it. I liked the movie, but I'm struggling to remember anything concrete about it now -- it was admired but quickly forgotten.
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Annapolis (Lin, 2006)

Marathon Man (Schlesinger, 1976)

The New World (Malick, 2005)

Robocop (Verhoeven, 1987)

Starship Troopers (Verhoeven, 1997)



Don't know why, but I felt like watching Robocop again--very fine action/satire. Then I found Troopers on OnDemand, so I just had to do it. Not as fine action/satire, but entertaining nonetheless.



I loved The New World, and it's really starting to piss me off with a lot of critics using that oh-so-weak argument that it's boring. Hardly.



Big fan of Marathon Man. Very tense, good use of basic character development, and dentistry gone awry.



Here's my review of Annapolis.
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Mark Dujsik wrote:
I loved The New World, and it's really starting to piss me off with a lot of critics using that oh-so-weak argument that it's boring.


Sometimes movies really are boring, but too often people overlook the possibility that they are bored only because they haven't quite cracked the challenges certain works pose. They might feel bored because they haven't yet unlocked the mysteries and beauties present in the work. In other words, what they perceive as the film's failing is really their own.



I'm dying to see The New World, but I haven't had time for a trip to the cinema in two weeks and the near future looks pretty grim as well. In fact, I shouldn't even be lounging around here right now. I gotta go.
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Sometimes movies really are boring, but too often people overlook the possibility that they are bored only because they haven't quite cracked the challenges certain works pose. They might feel bored because they haven't yet unlocked the mysteries and beauties present in the work. In other words, what they perceive as the film's failing is really their own.




Certainly sometimes movies are boring (Alexander is one recent one that comes instantly to mind), but I think The New World is a case of what you brought up. There's so much going on in it, the fact that it's methodically paced should be the last thing on someone's mind.
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