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Old 08-05-2014, 02:59 AM   #436
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Yeah, I feel like I'm almost the opposite of you in that regard. I gravitate more towards the more modest masterpieces vs the huge ambitious undertakings. Not as a rule or anything, but you know.
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Old 08-05-2014, 03:56 AM   #437
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Well, being the first of his films I've seen, I'll say that I enjoyed it very much and if there is even higher highs to come from here, I'm quite excited for it.
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Chungking Express has such a cool narrative device. The transition between the two stories was seamless. I want to watch the Criterion remaster before I make too many judgments about the cinematography (the rip I had was pretty lousy but good enough) however, I found the story extremely clever and the characters very endearing.

I grew a lot more attached to the characters in the second story. The male lead in the first story was very sweet and memorable, but the female lead was understandably elusive.
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Old 08-05-2014, 08:38 PM   #439
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The Criterion Blu of Chungking Express is absolutely gorgeous. One of my favorite discs in their collection.
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Robert Altman rankings so far:

1. McCabe & Mrs. Miller (A)
2. The Player (A-)
3. The Long Goodbye (A-)
4. M.A.S.H. (B)
5. Gosford Park (B-)

Where should I go next on my Altman journey? I love this guy. Every film he does feels totally unique; his range as a director is very impressive, doubly so considering the consistent quality across a number of genres (neo-noir, western, suspense, etc.).
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Old 08-09-2014, 08:48 AM   #441
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California Split
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Old 08-09-2014, 09:10 AM   #442
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California Split
His best.

Also The Player above The Long Goodbye gtfoooooooo
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Nashville and 3 Women are my two favorites.
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Also Thieves Like Us which is an underdiscussed film.
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California Split is amazing. I'd put McCabe above it, though. That's a miracle of a film.

But I think LM should watch Nashville next; it's an earlier, important work and later titles should be viewed in the context of its effect on Altman's career and American cinema in general.

After that, Short Cuts is a must-see as well.
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Old 08-09-2014, 04:45 PM   #446
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Yes, Nashville for better or worse as divisive as it is, is the quintessential Altman film. (I happen to fall into the camp that thinks it's a masterpiece as well)
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Most of Altman's 1970s (and beyond, to an extent) films are variations of post-Vietnam disillusionment, and Nashville might be the least subtle about it, hence the divisiveness. And it's extremely cynical. A masterpiece nonetheless, and I think his Buffalo Bill & The Indians from a year earlier (or later?) is a perfect companion piece.
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Probably should put this in the review thread, but, eh, we were talking about it in here.

We watched Fallen Angels the other night. Really liked it. The ending was a little strange, though, for people who don't speak Chinese, or maybe people who do. Just super unsure whether or not Our Hero suddenly turned into some psychopathic serial killer.

But both movies were really good and I'm more than excited to check out more of that particular filmography.




In other movie news, about to watch Hard Boiled for the first time.
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Got Travis to watch Lost in La Mancha tonight and was surprised to find out that this just happened three days ago:

Terry Gilliam's 'Don Quixote' Movie Will Shoot After Christmas With Modernized Plot (Exclusive) - TheWrap
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I enjoyed this more than I should have, particularly the House of 1000 Corpses pic.

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