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Old 09-24-2007, 06:27 PM   #631
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The Last Crusade and Empire of the Sun have excellent endings, same with E.T. if you don't find it overly sentimental.
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I will see anything Morricone scored. He's by far my favorite film composer, and Once Upon a Time in the West is prob in my Top 10 favorite films (it often alternates with Once Upon a Time in America).

I've done a little more research and also need to see Deep Red and Tenebre, apparently.

Too bad there's not a boxed set...
Why has everyone and their Mother seen the G-dfather or Goodfellas, but almost nobody I know, save people like Lazarus, have seen Once Upon a Time in America??? I don't know.

Also, Lazarus, I remember going to see AI in a theater in Westwood, and, during that final speech, someone in the audience got up and yelled "BULLSHIT!!!". So, I'm glad our paths have crossed.
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Personally I hold Once Upon A Time In America in much higher regard than either The Godfather or Goodfellas.
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Why has everyone and their Mother seen the G-dfather or Goodfellas, but almost nobody I know, save people like Lazarus, have seen Once Upon a Time in America??? I don't know.

Also, Lazarus, I remember going to see AI in a theater in Westwood, and, during that final speech, someone in the audience got up and yelled "BULLSHIT!!!". So, I'm glad our paths have crossed.
I saw OUATIA when I was fairly young, freshman in high schoo maybe, and I always liked it more than The Godfather. The characters aren't as sharply drawn, but the images are unforgettable. I enjoy films that deal primarly with memory and regret, and there's always something interesting about a European giving their take on American myth, as Leone had several times before already.

As for A.I., I saw it in Santa Monica, and I am not exaggerating when I say that people were audiably groaning when the film faded back up, and got louder during Kinglsey-Robot's speech. I don't know how you can be a Spielberg fan and not be totally embarassed by this shit. Total amateur hour. Say what you want about the choppiness of Gangs of New York or its slightly expository narration (which I still feel was necessary), but nothing Marty EVER did was as hamfisted as this.

What makes it more of a tragedy was that until that point, I really felt I was watching S.S.'s finest hour, where he finally made good on his young promise, where the wide-eyed optimism of Close Encounters is revisited by someone cynical enough to be wiser. And I still think it contains his greatest and most ambitious filmmaking. Unfortunately he has a fatal flaw that I feel will forever prevent him from making a truly mature, uncompromised masterpiece. It just ain't gonna happen.
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I'm praying Interstellar will finally deliver the quintessential Spielberg film that I've been waiting for my whole life. With Nolan on board, and the subject material, I think this might be the one.

Unfortunately we'll have to wait for him to do Lincoln first, but that might be enjoyable as well.
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I'm praying Interstellar will finally deliver the quintessential Spielberg film that I've been waiting for my whole life. With Nolan on board, and the subject material, I think this might be the one.

Unfortunately we'll have to wait for him to do Lincoln first, but that might be enjoyable as well.
Apart from that weird sex/recollection scene in Munich, I consider that one of his finest post-A.I. flicks.

Lincoln and Interstellar look like they'll be good. Sally Field was cast as Mary Todd Lincoln opposite Liam Neeson, so that's promising.

I still have fairly high hopes for Indy IV, but that's just me.
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I really like AI and Minority Report. Sad that both were derailed at the end.

I have the same high hopes for Interstellar and the Lincoln flick.

I need to go see 3:10 to Yuma already.
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I need to go see 3:10 to Yuma already.
You do.

And Eastern Promises if you haven't already.
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I need to see that, yeah, and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.

You obviously liked Eastern Promises?
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Jesse James and The Darjeeling Limited are the two movies I really want to see by the end of this month/beginning of October.
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Eastern Promises has surpassed Zodiac for my #1 spot of the year.

I have no idea when Jesse James is going to go wide, but I'm definitely seeing that the weekend it does. I'll probably see Darjeeling by the end of the month.

My current anticipation is almost entirely focused toward Lust, Caution though.
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Lance, Caution. Don't get your hopes up TOO high.
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Lance, Caution.
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Lance, Caution. Don't get your hopes up TOO high.
Don't worry about me. I know what to expect. I've read every review and article I've come across. I'm expecting another provocative and beautiful films from Ang Lee, just like he's delivered time and time again. And that's what I want. I can't wait to see it because of what it is, not because I expect the greatest film of the decade or anything like that.
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My current anticipation is almost entirely focused toward Lust, Caution though.
So is mine. Ang Lee is one of the underrated directors of our time. I mean truly underrated.
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