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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12645 on: April 29, 2013, 09:21:42 AM »
Thrifty-You should watch the remake that King did, and you can see what happens when you do a "faithful" movie version of the Shining.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12646 on: April 29, 2013, 09:23:06 AM »
I like the mini-series more.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12647 on: April 29, 2013, 09:28:03 AM »
I like the mini-series more.

Really?  Do you like Kubrick's other stuff?


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12648 on: April 29, 2013, 09:28:59 AM »
Yes. Love some of them even.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12649 on: April 29, 2013, 09:38:18 AM »
I like the mini-series more.

It's a wash for me, the mini-series was good, and a better adaptation of the book, but the movie is a better "experience".  Better acting, cinematography, sound, etc...

I'll watch the movie every few years or so, but haven't had the same urge to watch the mini-series again after the second time. 


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12650 on: April 29, 2013, 09:43:43 AM »
I'm actually that way about both, I don't tend to re-watch most things, a few but generally not many.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12651 on: April 29, 2013, 12:11:17 PM »
Thrifty-You should watch the remake that King did, and you can see what happens when you do a "faithful" movie version of the Shining.
Are you talking about the one from 1997 starring Brian Webber?  I've got that coming up next in my Netflix queue.  But it's in 2 discs, so I'm gonna have to see half of it then wait 2 days to see the rest.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12652 on: April 29, 2013, 12:16:14 PM »
Thrifty-You should watch the remake that King did, and you can see what happens when you do a "faithful" movie version of the Shining.
Are you talking about the one from 1997 starring Brian Webber?  I've got that coming up next in my Netflix queue.  But it's in 2 discs, so I'm gonna have to see half of it then wait 2 days to see the rest.

Steven Weber, but yes, that one.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12653 on: April 29, 2013, 01:43:45 PM »
Thrifty-You should watch the remake that King did, and you can see what happens when you do a "faithful" movie version of the Shining.
Are you talking about the one from 1997 starring Brian Webber?  I've got that coming up next in my Netflix queue.  But it's in 2 discs, so I'm gonna have to see half of it then wait 2 days to see the rest.

Steven Weber, but yes, that one.

I got my mental wires crossed, because Steven Webber played a character named Brian on Wings.

Actually found the miniseries was up on YouTube so I'm watching it now.

With all the changes Kubrick made, I'm surprised Halloran was still black.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12654 on: April 29, 2013, 02:40:59 PM »
Inglorious Basterds.

I'd be happy to watch that scene where Eli Roth bats that one Natzie's head in all day. I could do without that scenes in French, though. Ugh..reading.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12655 on: April 29, 2013, 07:45:08 PM »
One of the main reasons the best and most subversive erotic books and films stand out is because they don't settle for a mundane boy-meets-girl, boy-boffs-girl they-lived-happily-ever-after kind of storyline. Indeed, some of the best pieces of erotic literature are positively terrifying, chronicling love and obsession as parts of the same coin, and sometimes making the explicit connection between sex and death. In this, erotica sometimes bleeds into horror. The most terrifying erotic novel I've ever read is Pauline Reage's The Story of O. Oh, it offers up a rich panoply of polymorphous perversion, served up with such an economy of non-dirty words that it would make the Marquis de Sade weep in impotent envy. O loses herself to passion that becomes obsession. She loves so desperately that she loses her identity, her dignity, her self-will, and ultimately (if the hints at the end of the novel are to be believed), her life. I'm not entirely sure of how to take this, actually, but when I read the book many years ago, I took it as both profoundly frightening and vaguely anti-erotic. It made quite an impression.

All of which is almost completely missed by Just Jaeckin's version of The Story of O (1975). I guess it has more or less the same plot: O's lover, Rene--played by the awesomely creepy Udo Kier--takes her to the Chateau d'Roissy to be trained in the ways of submission. Here, she is dressed (or not) for the pleasuring of men (and women), is punished, etc. What the movie misses, however, is the alarming implications of O's willingness to partake, and it misses the darker aspects of the story's end. And instead of the book's elegant language, Jaeckin has substituted the cliches of soft-core Euro-porn, particularly the tendency to film through filters that look like someone has smeared vaseline on the lens. Still and all, the people in this movie are beautiful to look at. Corinne Cleary was an ideal physical match for O, sexual but naive, but she's not much of an actress. And it's not really boring, the way, say, some Emmanuelle movies are, either. Though I suppose that might depend on your own kinks.

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A movie that totally gets what one finds in The Story of O is Luis Bunuel's Belle de Jour (1967), which in style is completely deadpan (as are most Bunuel movies) but which in substance is totally subversive. Like many of Bunuel's films, this is an epistemological toybox that bobs and weaves between reality and fantasy at will until it detonates both the real and the unreal at the end of the movie. Here, we get the erotic obsession of O reincarnated as a destructive force and liberating force at the same time: Severine, a frigid housewife trapped in a sexless marriage, spends her days catering to the kinks of a high-end house of ill-repute. This ultimately destroys her, but on the way, we see her sexual hypocrisy crumble, and at the end, we are given to wonder if it's her kinks that destroyed her, or her unwillingness to share them with her husband. The most telling scene in the movie is when one customer is refused service by the other women in the house because of the awful thing he carries in a box; Severine takes him on and afterwards is shown to be completely satisfied, released temporarily by giving in to her baser needs.

But the thing I love the most about this movie is the way it deals with the Catherine Deneuve problem. The thing about Catherine Deneuve is that, left to her own devices, she has the potential to wreck a movie. She's so inhumanly lovely that everything else runs the risk of being completely upstaged by her. One solution to the Catherine Deneuve problem is to submit to her completely. This is the solution usually employed by Jacques Demy, whose Umbrellas of Cherbourg and Donkey Skin bow down and worship. Bunuel, on the other hand, defiles her. He spits in the face of her beauty and drags her through the mud--sometimes literally. The scene that gives this strategy its fullest expression finds Miss Deneuve dressed in a blinding white gown and tied to a stake while her husband throws shovels full of mud at her. I think this is the scene that cemented my own love for Catherine Deneuve for all time.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12656 on: April 29, 2013, 09:03:22 PM »
Belle De Jour is one of his best.

And that's a good reading of that version of The Story of O. I totally agree with you on both.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12657 on: April 29, 2013, 11:11:30 PM »
Ah Belle, I agree one of his great works.

Watched and listened to Joe Wright's commentary on Anna Karenina - Watching it again it struck me how this is kind of minor league Baz Luhrmann imitation - though not as expansive. And that’s odd. For such a sweeping story the settings here are very cramped, closed in.

Another thought: During the wonderful scene where Levin and Kitty reconcile - Wright mentions that the script and acting was so strong, that it was one of those times where a director needs to stay out of the way and let it play out. I wish he’d followed that instinct throughout. I think he has some nice ideas on form and scene construction in this film. I like clever camerawork (Hitchcock) but it’s a delicate balance and a director needs to know when to pull back and not step all over a scene. Tolstoy’s story is strong all on its own, it’s really suited to script and acting, and that should have been the primary focus (and it’s that quality that drives the movie for me)

Speaking of which: Damn Jude Law was good! While he has moments where he lets his emotions fly, most of the time his Karenin is so locked up, and is trying so hard to maintain his balance and dignity - that he could have just come off ice cold. But within Jude’s controlled demeanor you see the cracks start to show. It’s painful at times, the humiliation he suffers, and to see the hurt bleed through subtly in him.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12658 on: April 30, 2013, 05:59:50 PM »
Silver Linings Playbook

Enjoyed it.  Really great performances throughout.  Jennifer Lawrence deserved the Oscar for this. 
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12659 on: April 30, 2013, 06:19:39 PM »
Caught Jurassic Park 3D yesterday, and was really impressed.  Not only was it great to see this film in the theaters again, but I have to give them credit for a fantastic 3D conversion of the film.  It wasn't outlandish, it wasn't distracting, it just added a nice bit of depth to the shots.  The T-Rex attack and gallimimus stampeed in particular were fun to see in 3D.