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Old 11-06-2007, 01:43 AM   #91
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I would have posted that sooner but I had trouble getting the face/off.

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I guess the lesson here is that lance has a runny-ass bowel of shit.

4th grade-level scatological humor FTW.
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I guess the lesson here is that my cock tastes like lazarus' shit.
6th grade humor > 4th grade humor
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I guess the lesson here is that lance's mom tastes like lazarus' fist.

You'll probably be learning that type of humor next semester.
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How does one keep up with your brilliant capsule reviews, monkeyskin?

Regarding Talk to Her, I loved the film, but I'd rank recent Almodovar as such:

Bad Education > Volver > All About My Mother > Talk to Her.

They're all fantastic films, though, so that ranking isn't meant to slight any of them. Don't know if you've seen Bad Education but it focuses on the men even more than TTH does. It's also stylistically much more striking than his other films. He's considered such a great writer and director of actors that it's easy to forget how great of a visualist the man is. Not with that film, which has a great Hitchcock feel to it.

I've only seen one other Almodovar film besides those, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. I feel like I need to go back and check out some of those earlier films to consider myself a real fan.
Well it's nice to know they're being enjoyed.

I haven't seen Bad Education yet, just the other three in that ranking of yours. But if you think it's better than Volver and it stars Gael Garcia Bernal, then I'm so there.

Also, with regards to your thoughts on Casablanca: I agree it's not the greatest artistic achievement ever committed to celluloid, but as a piece of entertainment it never cops out, has both great and memorable performances across the board and is shot rather nicely. Plus, it stays with me for a long time afterwards and I think that's one of the main reasons it's rated so highly. In the art vs entertainment arguement, this is a strong fighter for entertainment that retains it's integrity.
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Ran - 10/10
Let me just say that I love watching perfect movies for the first time. I don't think there's a more satisfying experience to be had staring at a screen than watching a director at arguably the peak of his career (yeah yeah, choosing a peak for Kurosawa is impossible, but I'm generalizing now) churn out an absolutely masterful piece of cinema. Ran's a true masterpiece, and that's really the only criteria for me scoring a film 10/10, so there it is.
A perfect film, on so many levels. It's beautiful to look at, has outstanding performances (especially from the ex-Lord) and the seige on the tower halfway through is jaw dropping.

Have you seen any other of Kurosawa's? His films with Toshiro Mifune through the 50s and 60s were class.
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American Gangster:

Can I get a meh meh?

Not an unenjoyable film, but certainly one I never plan to see again. No memorable scenes, lines, moments, shots, etc. Directed rather anonymously by the usually more-stimulating Ridley Scott, and I don't know if I agree with Lance that it was trying to be The Godfather, GoodFellas, Scarface, etc., as it didn't really seem like it was trying hard at all. It showed a family story, but without Coppola's operatic treatment, attention to detail without without Scorsese's driving kineticism, and badassery without DePalma & Stone's cheap thrills. This was length without scope, and despite the size of the empire that Lucas built, the action in the film seems like it all happened over the course of a month.

Crowe and Denzel were quietly brilliant as usual, but again, nothing special. The best I can say is that I found the story interesting, it held my attention, and there wasn't anything technically poor about it. I'm damning it with faint praise.
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Pretty much sums up my thoughts of the film, and I'm sure I'd enjoy it MUCH less upon a second viewing, but I'm currently not planning on watching it again...much like yourself.
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I just got back from No Country For Old Men.

I'm not quite ready to write a full review yet, as I either need to give this one some time to digest or simply see it again (which I was absolutely iching to do as soon as the credits started to roll).

But I can safely say that it's easily the best film I've seen this year, and possibly the best film the Coens have ever done (I only say possibly because I have yet to see Blood Simple, and a one or two other noteworthy films... it's definitely the best of their work that I've seen).

Not that I've teased you I shall leave, and you shall hate me for it.
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I was really disappointed No Country In Old Men isn't in Seattle yet.
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I just got back from No Country For Old Men.

I'm not quite ready to write a full review yet, as I either need to give this one some time to digest or simply see it again (which I was absolutely iching to do as soon as the credits started to roll).

But I can safely say that it's easily the best film I've seen this year, and possibly the best film the Coens have ever done (I only say possibly because I have yet to see Blood Simple, and a one or two other noteworthy films... it's definitely the best of their work that I've seen).

Not that I've teased you I shall leave, and you shall hate me for it.
I wanted to go see it tonight, but my Dad made me promise that I'd see it with him when I'm home for Thanksgiving. We both read the book around the same time. Cannot fucking wait. Glad you liked it.
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PAN’S LABYRINTH

Superb. 10/10

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The Darjeeling Limited

This movie, apart from No Country for Old Men, was probably my most anticipated movie of the fall season, and it didn't disappoint one bit. To tell the truth, it may be my 2nd-fave Anderson film, after Rushmore, upon first viewing. There's so much more I'd love to say here, but I'm still digesting everything and it's quite late here.

**** out of *****

I switched to the 5 star system, btw.
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I switched to the 5 star system, btw.
It's about time.
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Yeah, it makes Facebook a hell of a lot easier.

Right now, I'd rank Anderson's films like this:

1. Rushmore
2a. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
2b. The Darjeeling Limited
3. The Royal Tenenbaums
4. Bottle Rocket

and I rate Bottle Rocket ***1/2 stars, so that's a strong body of work thus far. There's a chance Darjeeling may overtake The Life Aquatic, I won't know until 2nd viewing.
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