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Old 10-14-2007, 09:38 PM   #961
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Thanks for not saying "up my alley" in reference to rectal electrocution.
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Old 10-14-2007, 09:42 PM   #962
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You’re welcome.

Common courtesy is often ignored these days, and as such, is due a revival, vis-à-vis, rectal electrocution.

It’s the only way to negate it.
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Old 10-14-2007, 10:53 PM   #963
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Very few movies have been able to tell the delicate story of the relationship between mafia informant and sexually repressed FBI agents.

13/10
7 Gold Stars.
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We just finished watching Schindler's List at school.

It was okay, but wasn't what I thought it'd be. Schindler was kind of a prick until about the last hour or so, when he began to work hard for the Jews. The last half an hour was really great stuff, good to watch. But I lost some respect for the movie when that guy bashed Helen is it? with the light globe and pushed the shelf on her... that was taking it too far for me, even if it did happen. Sorry. Would have been better if our Psych teacher didn't stop it ever two minutes explaining what was happening.
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Old 10-15-2007, 11:48 AM   #965
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BUBBA HO-TEP

Hail to the King, baby.

Rating **** (3rd viewing)

Director Don Coscarelli

Starring Bruce Campbell, Ossie Davis, Bob Ivy, Ella Joyce

According to Don Coscarelli’s surreal hybrid comedy-horror Bubba Ho-Tep, the conspiracy theorists were right – the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll and master of the fried peanut butter and banana sandwich didn’t bite the big one whilst parked on the crapper. In actual fact, Elvis secretly pulled a switcheroo with a brilliant impersonator named Sebastian Haff years before his untimely ‘death’, having grown tired of the trappings of fame, and was then unable to switch back thanks to a freak barbecue accident. But he didn’t really mind. He relished his newfound freedom and even carved himself a decent living on the tribute circuit, hitting town after town, taking care of business, until he broke his hip, fell into a coma, then ended up in a rickety East Texas nursing home. It’s there an aged, embittered Elvis (lantern-jawed B-movie star Bruce Campbell in an inspired performance) must confront his biggest challenge yet. Together with a black JFK (the late great Ossie Davis), he must face-off with the eponymous Stetson-wearing ancient Egyptian mummy (Bob Ivy) who is hell-bent on sucking the residents’ souls out through their arseholes. On top of everything else, the King has a malignant growth on his crankshaft and the doctors aren’t saying squat.

Based on a short story by underground author Joe R. Lansdale, the allure of Bubba Ho-Tep is that it treats this crazy situation with absolute sincerity, as if it’s actually happening. Indeed, this cult oddity is not a comedy of sly winks and goofy quips but a wry, understated film about getting old and the way our society discards and patronises the elderly, and at times it’s thoroughly mournful. Campbell, barely recognisable under killer prosthetic sideburns, pouchy cheeks and adopting a lazy twang, spends much of the running time bedridden, his only desire to live for the memories. In a pensive voice-over narration he waxes philosophically about life, death, and the last time had had a full-on boner. In one heartbreaking scene he wonders if his daughter knows he’s still alive. ‘Always the questions, never the answers. Always the hopes, never the fulfilments’, he concludes.

Coscarelli (best known for his Phantasm and Beastmaster series) cleverly deconstructs and humanises the two most iconic figures of an American era as a means of pushing us to confront our own feelings about aging and mortality. The genre-splicing structure is drenched in symbolism, with even the lurid toilet-talk discourse powerfully articulating the fear of disappearing from this world without a trace.

Repeatedly turned away by cautious Hollywood studios, Coscarelli was forced to realise his multi-layered vision on a shoestring budget, and it shows. FX shots look unconvincing, set props wobble, and Ivy’s mummy costume appears to have been borrowed from the local YMCA. But it’s to the director’s credit that he is able to twist this into the film’s favour and by the end the Ed Wood-level production values only seem to augment its ragged charm. Perhaps we’re never really meant to believe in a 3,000 year-old mummy with a thirst for souls, or that Elvis and Jack are still in the building. But what we do believe in is a couple of lonely old codgers trying to salvage some dignity and meaning before they take one last bow.

A film like Bubba Ho-Tep shouldn’t work. It really shouldn’t. To the cast and crew: Thank you. Thank you very much.
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slapnutz, have you listened to Bruce Campbell's DVD commentary in-character as Elvis?

Worth the price of purchase alone.

Too bad the rumored sequel, Bubba Nosferatu, doesn't look like it's happening. Though I'm really looking forward to My Name is Bruce.
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slapnutz, have you listened to Bruce Campbell's DVD commentary in-character as Elvis?

Worth the price of purchase alone.

Too bad the rumored sequel, Bubba Nosferatu, doesn't look like it's happening. Though I'm really looking forward to My Name is Bruce.
The commentary is hilarious. ‘I made 33 pictures, but none of them were horror pictures.' * munches popcorn * 'Although Harem Scarum had some scary parts.’

Yeah, real shame about the sequel. I was looking forward to The King wooing some she-devils.
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Old 10-15-2007, 04:45 PM   #968
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Year of the Dog

5/10

I was really underwhelmed by this movie. Part of it was due to my expectations for a more light-hearted comedy. It was a pretty big downer.
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Old 10-15-2007, 06:13 PM   #969
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I love Bubba Ho-Tep, haven't heard the commentary though. I agree that it just shouldn't work, but it does. Such a welcome relief to have such a refreshingly original film too.

Aguirre: The Wrath of God
Stunning, just stunning. Werner Herzog takes Klaus Kinski and a probably ill informed group of actors and minimal crew into the heart of the Amazonian jungle to portray the hunt for the legendary city of El Dorado. Kinski is superb as the ambitous Aguirre, determined to find the city for himself and woe betide anyone standing in his way. The fact that they actually went into the jungle and shot it all without any special effects on a shoe string budget is insane.

Umberto D
Italian neo-realist drama focussing on a lonely old man and his dog, as they are faced with eviction and a sense of having lost their place in the world. It's very minimal but it's the characters' actions and their surroundings that really push the story forward. I even felt myself welling up a couple of times towards the end.

A History of Violence
Caught this again in anticipation of Eastern Promises (should be out here pretty soon). It's just as good as I remember it, with a stand out performance from Viggo Mortensen. The violence in this film lingers in my mind much longer than any number of conventional actioners, mostly as it's swift, brutal and makes no attempt to glorify the results. The final scene is a brilliant ending to one of 2005s best films.

Fitzcarraldo
Lovefilm seem to like sending out related titles. I can't say I enjoyed this Herzog / Kinski collaberation as much as Aguirre, but if anything this tops it for sheer spectacle and sheer film making madness. Yes, they really did drag that 300 tonne steamship over the mountain for real and then film on the board action after sending it through the rapids. Barmy, but a must-see.

Control
My trip to the flickies this week and a damn good one at that. Sam Riley and Samantha Morton are perfect as the doomed couple and the supporting cast are all fine and offer some much needed comic relief at times. It being Anton Corbijn's directorial debut it also looks as great as you'd expect, each shot framed perfectly. Don't go expecting anything pretty though. But what of the music. Well simply put, when the bassline to Digital started up I got tingles down my spine. The cast perform all the music themselves and it's bloody exciting to watch.

The Departed
Another rewatch as it's on TV now. I really get the feeling that had anyone but Scorcese directed this, it just wouldn't have been as good. I still favour the original, but this does a fantastic job of taking the trilogy and condensing it into a taut, cohesive, single film. The whole cast are great, I even found myself admiring Nicholson's turn more so this time around. Shame about the rat impression though.

Election
Hysterically funny sophomore effort from Alexander Payne, I can't believe I've gone so long before watching it again. Not his best, but then again I'm a huge fan of all four of his films so I still love it.
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A History of Violence
Caught this again in anticipation of Eastern Promises (should be out here pretty soon). It's just as good as I remember it, with a stand out performance from Viggo Mortensen. The violence in this film lingers in my mind much longer than any number of conventional actioners, mostly as it's swift, brutal and makes no attempt to glorify the results. The final scene is a brilliant ending to one of 2005s best films.
Eastern Promises is not near as good as Ho V.

I also felt this was a break through movie.

It made me think about violence (in movies) differently.

Too many movies gloss over it.

Eastern Promises is not written as well.

But the acting is very good.
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Old 10-16-2007, 02:01 PM   #971
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28 Weeks Later - 7/10

I "saw" this in the theatre originally when it came out with my wife who is a self-confessed “Zombie Nut”. When I say "saw" I mean I kept my eyes closed and my fingers in my ears for 1/3 of the movie. I know I'm a wimp, get over it...

Anyhow, saw this again on DVD and I enjoyed it much more, very visceral and fast paced. There are a couple of good scares and a couple of stupid plot points (which most horror movies have).

When comparing this one to the original I would say this one is better visually (shot like Children Of Men) but it also has a more "Hollywood" feel than the original. Where as 28 Days Later had a definite European feel to the film, this one has a more western feel, hard to explain.

I also liked the fact that you get to see the begging of the infection and how it spreads which is not something they usually do in one of these movies and there are some scenes that are actually from an infected person's point of view that was pretty cool.

Overall pretty damn good. Just remember to suspend your disbelief and be ready because it starts off with a bang - the first 15 minutes are some of the most intense I have ever seen in a "Zombie" movie.
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Old 10-19-2007, 03:25 AM   #972
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Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

Like, woah man...that was some deep shiznit. OK, OK, this film is clearly a gorgeously-shot and surreal film, but sometimes a good love story is all it takes to reel me in. This film has that as well.

Very seldom do I have the opportunity to see such an honest, cliche-defying film. The supporting cast does a wonderful job carrying their part of this bizarre story, but Winslet and Carrey are genius in this film. The acting was totally natural and absorbing, and you could really feel the love there. And not greeting card kind of love, but a real connection. It takes a while to see it, but by the time 3/4 of the film had passed, my face was practically glued to the screen.

Are there some weaknesses? Sure. First, the plot is just too convoluted to really grasp after one viewing. This can be excused, however, because I realize that was the entire point. Also, the B story, while amusing, really didn't add much, and the characters themselves didn't really touch me. I loved the way reality and the memories overlapped and affected one another though...it was absolutely fascinating. Also, not a huge fan of the ending. It seemed too obvious, but at the same time, it was a logical way out of the web they had woven.

Nothing else to say but see this film if you haven't yet. It's truly great.

9/10
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David Cross building a birdhouse = automatic 9/10. The rest of the film bumps it up to a 10/10 for me.
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Also, not a huge fan of the ending. It seemed too obvious, but at the same time, it was a logical way out of the web they had woven.
Funny you should find the ending a bit too obvious as there's actually a fair level of ambiguity in it, if you look at it in a certain way:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eternal_Sunshine#Ending

Love the film too, it's one of my favourites
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Funny you should find the ending a bit too obvious as there's actually a fair level of ambiguity in it, if you look at it in a certain way:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eternal_Sunshine#Ending

Love the film too, it's one of my favourites
Thanks for the article. I think I need to watch it a second time to fully grasp it, and doing some reading on it wouldn't hurt either.
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