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Old 06-02-2008, 08:20 PM   #796
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Jackie Brown - To me, this is his last great film and it's a shame it wasn't as well-received as his previous two. .

indeed, his last great film

in some ways, I like it better than dogs
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Old 06-02-2008, 08:26 PM   #797
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indeed, his last great film

in some ways, I like it better than dogs
I agree with you here. Dogs is just a fucking ferocious film, while Jackie's more of a stylized caper, you know? Both are about robberies: one makes it a point never to see it while the other bases its climax around it. They're neck-and-neck behind Pulp for me, which still holds up (just watched it today).

Also, I just saw The Graduate for the first time and deeply enjoyed it. More thoughts on that later. It was funny to see Jackie Brown use the same title sequence as The Graduate (lead character in a moving walkway at the airport as the credits flash). Funny you mention Garden State, too, Monkeyskin, since it's basically Zach Braff's ode to that movie.
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Garden State gets WAY too much shit from people. Even if the screenplay isn't perfect, I'm amazed that someone has that good of a visual style his first time behind the camera. Braff's got a GREAT eye.

I'm still pissed Napoleon Dynamite made more money that summer. What an awful, overrated, unfunny, artistically inept film.
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Garden State gets WAY too much shit from people. Even if the screenplay isn't perfect, I'm amazed that someone has that good of a visual style his first time behind the camera. Braff's got a GREAT eye.

I'm still pissed Napoleon Dynamite made more money that summer. What an awful, overrated, unfunny, artistically inept film.
Definitely.

Napoleon looked like something Wes Anderson would make after he got into a severe car crash.
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Dead Poets Society

We watched this in my English class. Interesting plot, but a fucking terrible ending, in my opinion. Surprised by how much I liked Robin Williams in this.
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And YLB, I demand you watch Hot Rod soon.
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And YLB, I demand you watch Hot Rod soon.
I had to bump it one notch down for The Odd Couple movie, but it's gonna be coming soon.
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Napolean


seems like everyone has their own little special, oddball, indy film they first discover
(was that redundant, (repetitive) enough)

and they grab you and tell you,

"You, really got to see this film"

well, it was alright

I enjoy a film like "Welcome to the Dollhouse" a little more.


and I still have not seen. "Garden State" yet.
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I did see some movies over the weekend


The Edge of Heaven

[Auf der anderen Seite]

was the best one

8/10

A film in German, English and Turkish.

Written and directed by Faith Akin. This is a powerful and moving drama that interweaves the stories of six people--a father and son, and two mother-daughter pairs. The father and son are from Turkey, but live in Germany. At the outset of the movie, one of the mother- daughter pairs is separated, with the mother in Germany and the daughter in Turkey. The other mother-daughter pair are Germans living in Germany. By the end of the movie, for various reasons, each of the six has traveled from one country to the other.

Faith Akin, himself a German of Turkish heritage, obviously understands and is comfortable in both worlds. Some of the characters in the film make the transition from one culture to the other seamlessly, but some suffer from extreme culture shock, and all of them are changed.

The acting is uniformly excellent. I particularly admired Nurgül Yesilçay as a Turkish student and radical, and Patrycia Ziolkowska as the young German woman who befriends her. Fassbinder's muse, the incomparable Hanna Schygulla, has possibly the most difficult role of the six, and, as always, she is outstanding.



here is a scene I found with Nurgül Yesilçay and Hanna Schygulla

YouTube - The Edge of Heaven (Auf der anderen seite) by Fatih Akin


theatrical trailer:
IMDb Video: The Edge of Heaven [Auf der anderen Seite]
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Garden State gets WAY too much shit from people. Even if the screenplay isn't perfect, I'm amazed that someone has that good of a visual style his first time behind the camera. Braff's got a GREAT eye.

I'm still pissed Napoleon Dynamite made more money that summer. What an awful, overrated, unfunny, artistically inept film.
Agreed.

Laz, thoughts on Sideways? Like Monkeyskin, I fucking adore every second of that movie. Coincidentally, I rewatched it just last night.....
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Dead Poets Society

We watched this in my English class. Interesting plot, but a fucking terrible ending, in my opinion. Surprised by how much I liked Robin Williams in this.
What didn't you like? Neil killing himself or Robin Williams' character being fired.
Or something else


Oh captain my captain....
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Agreed.

Laz, thoughts on Sideways? Like Monkeyskin, I fucking adore every second of that movie. Coincidentally, I rewatched it just last night.....

It's very good, but it's probably my least favorite Payne/Taylor film, behind Election and About Schmidt.

And Giamatti was robbed of an Oscar nom.
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What didn't you like? Neil killing himself or Robin Williams' character being fired.
the two best parts
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Garden State gets WAY too much shit from people. Even if the screenplay isn't perfect, I'm amazed that someone has that good of a visual style his first time behind the camera. Braff's got a GREAT eye.

I'm still pissed Napoleon Dynamite made more money that summer. What an awful, overrated, unfunny, artistically inept film.
on both counts

I actually walked out of Napoleon Dynamite after 30 minutes so I never knew for sure if the whole thing was awful or not but I had a feeling I saw the whole movie in 30 minutes.

Natalie Portman also takes a lot of hits from people (at least in my circle of friends) and although I found her mildly annoying at first, I've come to really appreciate her. She also graduated from Harvard, I recently learned. I was impressed.
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It's one of my favorite movies, so that's why I asked...
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