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  1. #101
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    The Godless Girl. A Cecil B. DeMille silent film. Athiests vs. Churchies at a High School clash and it gets uglier than anyone could expect.

  2. #102
    Quote Originally Posted by Fafhrd View Post
    Somebody hasn't seen Dreamcatcher...
    I don't watch movies that look like they're purposefully trying to be shit.

  3. #103
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogue Keeper View Post
    -North By Northwest
    I fucking LOVE this film. It's either that or Notorious for my favourite Hitchcock film.

    Persona - While this film didn't quite click with me, it was still a powerful experience. Beautifully shot, I quite like Bergman's somewhat still and tightly composed shots, and with two great performances, this one sits somewhere in the middle of the Bergman films I've seen.

    Volver - Another knock-out from Pedro Almodovar; has this guy ever made a dud? His films have many similarities (they are vibrant, often amusing and always affecting, melodramas) but always avoids retreading the same ground. Penelope Cruz is absolutely smokin', in all categories, in this.

    Frozen River - A great little film this one. A tale of two women who, due to hardships, form an unlikely partneship smuggling immigrants, tt sort of reminded me of The Lookout. Although visually it is more gritty than that stylish little number, it is similarly a tightly plotted story focused on a small group of characters in a somewhat isloated environment. Despite being quite bleak at times and completely uncomprimising it's never gets too weighty and plot moves briskly, creating plenty of tension in the closing scenes. Highly recommended.

  4. #104
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    Quote Originally Posted by Angel Dust View Post
    I fucking LOVE this film. It's either that or Notorious for my favourite Hitchcock film.
    Well it's certainly memorable at least for the agricultural biplane attack and then the climax at Mt.Rushmore. I see it as more sober variation of the early Bond films. Still, the ending is kind of "meh." Personally I rate Rear Window, Birds, Psycho and Vertigo higher. I have many holes in Hitchcock's filmography, but I'm trying to patch them as time goes.

  5. #105
    Personally I like the classics Hitchcocks but Spellbound will always be my favourite, partly as the movie that introduced me to Ingrid Bergman, but also simply because it's a very good story.


    I watched The Dam Busters this week-end, excellent war movie. I can see where Lucas got his inspirations now. I loved it. Plus they filmed it in the fifties when there were still quite a few Avro Lancasters in flying condition and so it's the real deal, and god the roar of these engines is glorious. To think they flew these monsters at a bare 60 ft... !
    I hear Peter Jackson is working on a remake, I'm not so sure what to think about it...

    I also saw Flyboys (the one with James Franco), and for all the inaccuracies it's got, it puts a good show, I quite liked it.

  6. #106
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    Quote Originally Posted by Angel Dust View Post
    I fucking LOVE this film. It's either that or Notorious for my favourite Hitchcock film.
    I dunno. I vote for either his remake of The Man Who Knew Too Much with Doris Day and my 2nd favorite actor; Jimmy Stewart, Psycho, or Rear Window. Vertigo has an excellent story, and kept me properly riveted as well.

  7. #107
    Valkyrie.

    Pleasantly surprised, knew pretty much nothing of it before hand other than the subject matter and it featured much to my surprise, not only Bill Nighy but Eddie Izzard too, who just gets better and better.

    Tom Cruise was in it. He is also a scientlogist but not in the film so it was all good

  8. #108
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    Valkyrie is a very well done film - so much so, one can forgive that Tom Cruise is in it - and was quite possibly the best film I've seen recently. Still, you can't beat Downfall for a good Hitler film.

  9. #109
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    Who says it wouldn't be funny if Cruise played a scientologist?

  10. #110
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogue Keeper View Post
    Well it's certainly memorable at least for the agricultural biplane attack and then the climax at Mt.Rushmore. I see it as more sober variation of the early Bond films. Still, the ending is kind of "meh." Personally I rate Rear Window, Birds, Psycho and Vertigo higher. I have many holes in Hitchcock's filmography, but I'm trying to patch them as time goes.
    Obviously Vertigo, Psycho and Rear Window are all excellent but the sheer exuberance of North By Northwest, as well a tremendous Hermann score (second only to Vertigo's in Hitchcock/Hermann collaborations) and the inimitable Cary Grant at his best, always wins me over. Notorious is simply one of the most finely crafted films I've seen, the party sequence is masterful, and is full of great performances, particularly from Claude Raines as the 'villian'. And it contains one of the greatest closing shots it all cinema.

    I've never been much of a fan of The Birds though. It's certainly well made and has great scenes of building tension but the attacks themselves are muted somewhat by the dated effects and poor acting from the 'attacked'. The film is also saddled with flat, unconvincing melodrama and two awful lead performances. Tippi Hedren, who was better in the somewhat underrated Marnie, shows her inexperience and Rod Taylor redefines bland.

  11. #111
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    Valkyrie was very good and I thought Tom was very good in it. The mark of someone being good in a film, for me, is that I forget I'm watching the actor and only think of them as the character. I think he pulled it off. Another memorable performance of this ilk was Denzel in Training Day. I've never liked him but in that he was great. I think more actors should play roles you wouldn't imagine the in (up til then he was always a "goodie"). This is part of my rational for wanting Eddie Murphy as the next Bond baddie. He would be sinster as hell.
    Quote Originally Posted by raph View Post
    I hear Peter Jackson is working on a remake, I'm not so sure what to think about it...
    If the dog doesn't retain its original name I'm boycotting it on grounds of revisionist history, 1984, etc etc.

  12. #112
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    To be honest, I think Tom Cruise gets a lot more flak for his acting than he deserves. He's not the actor with the widest range in the world, but with a good director and script he does very good work (e.g. Collateral, Magnolia, Interview with a Vampire (I don't particularly like the film, but he does a great job in it)). Yes, he's probably a dick and a kook, but if we dismissed the work of all dicks and kooks because that's what they are, we wouldn't be left with much to enjoy.

  13. #113
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    Speaking of monsters, I just watched the original 1910 version of Frankenstein produced by Edison.

    ...and who ever said special effects didn't make a film fantastic?

    I love silent films, gunsmoke. BTW- Have you seen the 1984 Moroder version of Metroplois?

  14. #114
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    I really liked the old-style special effects in Coppola's Dracula. More so than the snippets of digital effects.

  15. #115
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    Agreed.

  16. #116
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    SFX belong to fantastic cinema like a baby to a tit, but it's always the sensibility of the filmmakers which makes them look good or bad. New wonderful technologies can temporarily create a wave of distasteful uses of SFXs, until the filmmakers and audience accustomize to them, then comes then time when they are used sensitively and show true aesthetic potential.

  17. #117
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogue Keeper View Post
    SFX belong to fantastic cinema like a baby to a tit, but it's always the sensibility of the filmmakers which makes them look good or bad. New wonderful technologies can temporarily create a wave of distasteful uses of SFXs, until the filmmakers and audience accustomize to them, then comes then time when they are used sensitively and show true aesthetic potential.
    What I like about well-used old special effects is that they're less about making something fantastic look real; they maintain the sheer strangeness of the fantastic. It's one of the reasons why I think that Ray Harryhausen's stop motion work still has a lot of charm - you wouldn't look at it and think it's anything other than a special effect, but there's something unsettling (in a good way) about the way things move. There's a reason why Jan Svankmajer's Alice wouldn't work as CGI.

    Having said that, though, I do appreciate a well done CGI effect, especially if it's seamlessly integrated and invisible as an effect or if it shows us something that simply wouldn't be possible otherwise.

  18. #118
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    Back to Tom Cruise for just a second, I didn't realize that he offered to step into Heath Ledger's shoes for the uncompleted (at the time) Gilliam film: Dr. Parnassus

  19. #119
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thirith View Post
    What I like about well-used old special effects is that they're less about making something fantastic look real; they maintain the sheer strangeness of the fantastic. It's one of the reasons why I think that Ray Harryhausen's stop motion work still has a lot of charm - you wouldn't look at it and think it's anything other than a special effect, but there's something unsettling (in a good way) about the way things move. There's a reason why Jan Svankmajer's Alice wouldn't work as CGI.
    Agreed. I've been particularly enamoured with the special effects in Cocteau's work. The use of slow and reverse in Beauty and the Beast and Orpheus are still extremely effective.

    And yeah, Svankmajer's Alice is astonishing.

  20. #120
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    Blade Runner(The Final Cut)
    Watched it for the first time, Harrison Ford is awesome in it and I love his gun
    Roy(or whatever the name of the replicant leader is) was my second favorite character, he was pretty eccentric.

  21. #121
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    Currently watching the second half of House M.D. season 5. It's still enjoyable, but I definitely think that before long I'll get tired with the writers' laziness. The show has always been one of the most formulaic shows on TV, but it's starting to grate. Hugh Laurie is still fun, though.

  22. #122

    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
    I'd been waiting to see this for years and I finally got it on a Blu-Ray deal. Loved every bit of it, and the slightly anachronistic touch makes it even better. And Redford and Newman are excellent.

    3:10 to Yuma
    The remake, with Bale and Crowe. I never saw the original, but this one is very good. Hard and cynical, no sugar coating. Highly recommended if you're a fan of the genre.

  23. #123
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    Quote Originally Posted by Queue View Post

    I love silent films, gunsmoke. BTW- Have you seen the 1984 Moroder version of Metropolis?
    I had that on fucking LASERDISC, lol.

  24. #124
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andarthiel View Post
    Blade Runner(The Final Cut)
    Watched it for the first time, Harrison Ford is awesome in it and I love his gun
    Roy(or whatever the name of the replicant leader is) was my second favorite character, he was pretty eccentric.
    Oh my, here comes a new generation of fans, which will be no longer used to it's original original Technicolor scheme, shaking titles and clumsily inserted unicorn dream!

    And certainly watch the Dangerous Days documentary on Disc#2 if you haven't already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gunsmoke View Post
    I had that on fucking LASERDISC, lol.
    I want the Laserdisc! I only have it VHS.

    ...still have all my lasers, including an unopened Casablanca 50th anniversary edition box set.

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