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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12555 on: April 03, 2013, 12:28:29 PM »
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer"

God, I love this movie.

It's just silly.  And if we hadn't had this movie I doubt Joss Whedon would have ever got Buffy on TV.  Which is number two on my list of favorite TV shows of all time, behind MST.

Found it on DVD at Rite Aid of all places.  Love Paul Reubens in it.  Can do without Kristy Swanson.  But Luke Perry is likable.  And Rutger Hauer is awesome, not in this move...but in about everything else.  Maybe someday Rifftrax will do it, its ripe for a riffing.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12556 on: April 03, 2013, 12:38:22 PM »
Oooh, oww, ooooh, ouch.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12557 on: April 03, 2013, 08:40:43 PM »
Dune, aka RVR's favorite movie. It's my least favorite David Lynch film.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12558 on: April 03, 2013, 08:47:42 PM »
It's my least favorite David Lynch film.

It's an eleven-way tie for last.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12559 on: April 04, 2013, 11:45:08 AM »
Paranormal Activity 2

Picked this on a whim from my Netflix Instant queue.  I didn't think I would like it as much as I did.  The type of movie that probably would have played better had I seen it in a packed theater on opening weekend.

Now I need to watch the other ones.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12560 on: April 04, 2013, 11:54:33 AM »
It's my least favorite David Lynch film.

It's an eleven-way tie for last.

Wait, Blue Velvet was...  or how about Wild At Heart???...  Eraserhead???   Well Twin Peaks definitely??? Shit, dude is totally overrated.  Weird for the sake of being weird somehow makes you a "genius".


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12561 on: April 04, 2013, 11:59:29 AM »
It's my least favorite David Lynch film.

It's an eleven-way tie for last.

Wait, Blue Velvet was...  or how about Wild At Heart???...  Eraserhead???   Well Twin Peaks definitely??? Shit, dude is totally overrated.  Weird for the sake of being weird somehow makes you a "genius".

There is one that seems to be generally liked, or are we just ignoring the Elephant Man in the room?


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12562 on: April 04, 2013, 06:44:41 PM »
It's my least favorite David Lynch film.

It's an eleven-way tie for last.

Wait, Blue Velvet was...  or how about Wild At Heart???...  Eraserhead???   Well Twin Peaks definitely??? Shit, dude is totally overrated.  Weird for the sake of being weird somehow makes you a "genius".
Extreme disagreement, on Lynch in general and that his method can be reduced to "weird for the sake of being weird."
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12563 on: April 04, 2013, 07:16:45 PM »
I always make sure to have plenty of Code Red and/or Sunny D on hand while practicing extreme disagreement.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12564 on: April 04, 2013, 10:52:29 PM »
Yeah, "weird for the sake of being weird" is a pretty reductive and lazy argument.  Don't get me wrong, I understand if you aren't into it or even dislike it, but to imply that he's being lazy and says "throw a bunch of shit at the screen and it'll work" is deeply wrong.  First of all, even if that was the case, there is an art to being weird in just the right way.

Second of all, though there is meaning in David Lynch movies, the real artistry is more about mood and intangibles.  It takes a lot of artistry to represent a certain mood of unease and horror on screen and I think David Lynch is pretty amazing at it.  Yeah, a backwards talking midget is weird, but there are also a lot of strange subtleties, which is where I think Lynch shines.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12565 on: April 05, 2013, 12:52:17 AM »
Lynch's movies all have their own internal logic, even if it isn't apparent right away.  I think he's brilliant.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12566 on: April 05, 2013, 07:05:53 AM »
Across The Universe
I've seen this a bunch, but it had been a couple years.  I love this movie.  I don't know why it didn't do better.  The music is great, and all the actors do a great job singing.  It's also really pretty.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12567 on: April 05, 2013, 05:17:55 PM »
I've just gotten back into listening to Filmspotting lately, and they champion Wong Kar Wai a lot, so I've been meaning to check out In The Mood for Love and Chungking Express. Haven't got there yet...
I celebrate the guy's entire catalog.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12568 on: April 05, 2013, 05:32:35 PM »
I've liked what I've seen of Kar Wai, even the panned Blueberry Nights. Both Chungking and In the Mood For Love are great. My favorite is the odd follow up to Mood, 2046
2046 is the only one of his films I have seen in a theater, and it was an awesome experience.

I have a trailer for The Grandmaster in regular rotation on my YouTube visits.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12569 on: April 06, 2013, 06:04:37 PM »
I often make lists of movies with various criteria to determine what I should be watching. A few months ago I made an A to Z list, and the final film on the list was Zardoz (1974, directed by John Boorman), because...

Wow. I had forgotten just how bad Zardoz really is. I remembered--correctly, as it turns out--that it was beautifully shot. It is. It's gorgeous. Kudos to Geoffrey Unsworth. I had NOT remembered, however, just how obsessed it is with Sean Connery's cock, and with cocks in general. You want a phallocentric movie? This is your huckleberry. It's arty enough and literary enough for me to class this with the work of an entire generation of male literary lights who spent most of the 1960s and 1970s writing about their penises (I'm looking at you, Philip Roth, John Updike, and John Irving). This is that impulse made flesh. One of the first lines of dialogue in Zardoz makes this explicit: "The Penis is bad!" the big floating stone head of Zardoz tells his Brutals. Then it elaborates that "The gun is good" before vomiting forth guns and ammo. Wait? You're displacing the phallus with a phallic symbol? Explicitly and by name? Ho-kay...

Anyway, the story here finds runaway "Brutal" Zed, played by Sean Connery, loosed among the "Eternals," a decadent class of Eloi who can't die, but can't get it up, either. The presence of Zed, who can get it up pretty much on command, sends a shockwave through Eternal society. The only downside to this is that it's not explicitly a porno movie, because, let me tell you, this set-up could have been an EPIC porn movie. Instead, we get John Boorman noodling through his various private themes of marginal men in culture clash, overlayered with the notion that god is the man behind the curtain (pay no attention), and that religion is an elaborate scam. There's a Marxist impulse at work here, too, methinks, but that seems self evident in the division of labor. One wishes it were funnier. It all has a sense of its own absurdity. You can't listen to the pronouncements of Zardoz and come away thinking it's all sincere. It's a put on. All of it.

Connery, for his part, seems visibly uncomfortable in the movie, with his long braided wig and his orange loincloth. Charlotte Rampling, on the other hand, seems entirely in tune with the set-up, like she's in on the joke, and she takes the whole thing seriously. The production itself looks cheap and expensive at the same time, no small feat and one that Boorman repeated in Excalibur, though that was a better movie than this one. Great chunks of this are visually dazzling to the point where you can almost forgive the film's pretensions, but the weight of it all comes crashing down in the end.

One thing that this movie really got me to thinking about, though, is how John Boorman seems to have paid no real price for it. I mean, this would be one of the legendary bad movies if it weren't overshadowed by Boorman's own next film, The Exorcist II: The Heretic. And yet, Boorman went on to make Excalibur and Hope and Glory and continues to have a career to this day. Why is that, I wonder? Surely, Deliverance didn't give him THAT much cover, did it? It got me thinking about other directors who made legendary bombs. The two who stand out are Michael Cimino and Elaine May. Cimino took down an entire studio, and still managed to get work (for what it's worth, Heaven's Gate isn't all that bad, really). May, on the other hand, hasn't directed any more movies at all following Ishtar (which is also not that bad, really). This doesn't have anything to do with Zardoz, I guess, but it's what got to rattling in my head after I watched it. It happens sometimes.
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