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Old 04-01-2011, 02:33 AM   #151
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All fair points. Take those off and replace them with:

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Andrew Dominik)
Dominik is from New Zealand.

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National cinema is a very tricky beast, and nothing is certain. The nationality of the filmmaker, the financing, the cast, shooting location, all kind of determine these things, and you aren't always going to get all of the factors to align. But yeah some of those I definitely wouldn't count, like Children of Men and Eastern Promises. After a point as well you also begin to factor style and creative form into the equation, whether something is a "Hollywood" film or if it's "European", etc. I'd say mainly financing and the nationality of director/cast, however.
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Old 04-01-2011, 02:57 AM   #153
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Even with Hitchcock coming to America, I still consider Rebecca to be a British film for the most part, considering the director and the cast over Selznick's input. But there's definitely an American sensibility in the pictures that come after, and often the culture itself is part of the subtext.

And so many films are financed, shot, and acted by a United Nations of people, so it's difficult to break along those lines. And it's really been that way since the 60's. Look at Antonioni's The Passenger. American, French and British actors. Italian director and producer. Hollywood money. Shot in Africa and Spain. Or what about Blow-Up? Is it British or Italian?

You also have the case of Orson Welles, who shot in Europe for half his career, often in different countries for the same film. He's certainly American, but doesn't he have a European sensibility? Mr. Arkadin, The Trial, Othello, etc. certainly don't feel like American films to me.

Another one is Buñuel. Are his rich, late-period films French because they were mostly made there with French money, casts and co-writer? But then what about Tristana, shot in Spain?
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Old 04-01-2011, 04:26 AM   #154
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Nope, I love it too. Just screened it for some friends a month or so ago.

That film was idiotically categorized as a drama by the Golden Globes, and of course won nothing except the award for Dylan's song.

Amazing cast, script, direction, editing, etc.
The only reason I think it was YLB and not you is because I'm pretty sure it was someone who used to post in one of the chat threads with me back in "the day"

But, anyways...I'll surely be adding it to the queue then.
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Old 04-02-2011, 12:19 AM   #155
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Dominik is from New Zealand.

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American money, American actors, American setting/story.

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National cinema is a very tricky beast, and nothing is certain. The nationality of the filmmaker, the financing, the cast, shooting location, all kind of determine these things, and you aren't always going to get all of the factors to align. But yeah some of those I definitely wouldn't count, like Children of Men and Eastern Promises. After a point as well you also begin to factor style and creative form into the equation, whether something is a "Hollywood" film or if it's "European", etc. I'd say mainly financing and the nationality of director/cast, however.
I can agree with most of this. My first reaction was based mostly upon financing/studio backing, which Children of Men certainly has. Now you're in the situation of a film with American money with a largely English cast, set in England, made by a Mexican director. Fun times there.

I didn't consider the cultural elements as much as I should have. Plus, looking back on my overall Aughts list, the order is fairly arbitrary. This has all turned into a headache.
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though I will decide which of your films are American if you submit them for my approval.
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Old 04-02-2011, 12:48 AM   #159
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How rude.

Anyway, I don't care which thread that I post this in, but holy fuck:

Amazon.com: Barry Lyndon (Amazon Exclusive) [Blu-ray]: Ryan O'Neal, Marisa Berenson, Patrick Magee, Hardy Kruger, Stanley Kubrick: Movies & TV
Amazon.com: Lolita (Amazon Exclusive) [Blu-ray]: James Mason, Shelley Winters, Sue Lyon: Movies & TV

15 dollars!

Once Upon a Time in the West hits earlier in the month, too.
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I'm trying to put together a list of my favorite screen performances, out of boredom.

This is impossible.
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Bored and because I'm somewhat in the mood for such things:

Favorite Anime Series
1. Cowboy Bebop
2. FLCL*
3. Spice and Wolf
4. Mushishi
5. Neon Genesis Evangelion**
6. Haibane Renmei
7. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
8. Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
9. Planetes
10. Black Lagoon

*Really an OVA, but I'll throw it in here.
**If we include The End of Evangelion, and maybe the new reboot features


Currently Watching
Full Metal Panic!
Baccano!
Fruits Basket
Darker Than Black

On Deck
K-On!
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
His and Her Circumstances
Revolutionary Girl Utena
Monster
Berserk
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My friend adores Utena. I was made to watch quite a bit of it in high school. It waa pretty good.
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My friend adores Utena. I was made to watch quite a bit of it in high school. It waa pretty good.
Frequently heralded as another one of the seminal series from the mid-90s anime golden age. Looking forward to it.

Anyway, finished season 1 of Full Metal Panic! Decent stuff, extremely well put together despite succumbing to some of its genre's less savory cliches at times.

Also part way through Gurren Lagann now. Wildly energetic, often clever deconstruction... not nearly as brilliant as Gainax's most accomplished works, but quite enjoyable.
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I'm loving the fact that so many anime series are not streaming on Netflix. I've always been interested in the genre, but never followed much of anything, save your standard DBZ and Inuyasha stuff that was on Cartoon Network so much you couldn't avoid it. I've just never known what shows to watch or where to find them. Now, of course, Netflix helps there.
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Yeah, it's pretty nice. I'd strongly suggest checking out Mushishi, which I saw was on there, though I haven't checked out the quality of the English dub (all the ones on netflix seem to be the dubbed version, which is rather hit or miss). That's also one though, which I can't really imagine watching in English, since it's so very culturally and stylistically Japanese. Full Metal Panic! is there in its entire three seasons, which is neat. I'd also recommend checking out Fruits Basket, Clannad, Baccano!, and the rather excellent Eden of the East, all on netflix last time I checked.
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