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*browneyedgirl* 11-09-2007 10:56 PM

My favorite movies lately have been: Perfume, story of a murderer and Hannibal Rising, I don't know what rating to give them but very high and outstanding

Lancemc 11-09-2007 10:58 PM

Hannibal Rising was one of the worst-reviewed movies of the year. What exactly did you like so much about it?

I haven't seen it, so I'm curious about your reaction.

*browneyedgirl* 11-09-2007 11:06 PM

I cannot believe Hannibal Rising was most worst rated, because it was one of my favorites, it was a great movie i thought.

corianderstem 11-09-2007 11:10 PM

Read 'em and weep:

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/hannibal_rising/

That's not to say you have to agree. If you're entertained, you're entertained, right? :)

Lancemc 11-09-2007 11:13 PM

Well, if I remember correctly it's still more fresh than Premonition and Good Luck Chuck. :up:

*browneyedgirl* 11-09-2007 11:13 PM

I loved the actor that played young Hannibal

corianderstem 11-09-2007 11:15 PM

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Originally posted by Lancemc
Well, if I remember correctly it's still more fresh than Premonition and Good Luck Chuck. :up:
Yeah, I have to say, I was surprised it was rated 15% fresh; I thought it would have been lower, based on what I'd heard.

monkeyskin 11-10-2007 12:08 PM

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Originally posted by *browneyedgirl*
My favorite movies lately have been: Perfume, story of a murderer and Hannibal Rising, I don't know what rating to give them but very high and outstanding
I loved Perfume earlier this year, it's definitely in my top ten of 2007 so far. The use of colour in the set designs was brilliant.

Dirty Harry
Still tremendous fun after all these years. With set pieces inspiring those from Lethal Weapon to Die Hard with a Vengeance to LA Confidential, this is simply one of the most entertaining and well crafted police films ever made. Clint cements his reputation as Hollywood’s ultimate alpha male, following the previous decade’s Dollars Trilogy and gung ho carnage of Where Eagles Dare. It doesn’t hurt that the man exudes sheer, bona fide cool in every frame. Andy Robinson also provides a memorable villain as Scorpio, based on the Zodiac murderer. Not easily pinned down as a cowardly psychopath, his performance and the script allow him to show much more intelligence than that. Too bad he’s up against Clint though.

The scene where he is released from custody due to Harry’s unorthodox (and illegal) policing methods despite being clearly guilty also resonates strongly with me. This perversion of law is unfortunately all too common today.

Stardust Memories
Along with The Purple Rose of Cairo, this was added to my rental list due to a lack of Woody Allen in my viewing history and laz’s high praise elsewhere. Whilst not as whimsical or as straightforwardly enjoyable as Purple Rose or Annie Hall, this was still bordering on the brink of fantasy in some scenes. Comparable to Fellini’s 8 ½, it follows a popular director (played by Allen) as he discusses his work and encounters both fans and critics alike. Fans of his older, funny movies that is. Alongside this is a plot line that shows his torn feelings between two women; one who is dependable and maternal, yet hardly exciting, while the other is the most amazing girl in the world for two days each month and then becomes a nightmare to be with. Quite how a man like Woody always seems to end up with so many women after him is a mystery I’ve yet to solve. Overall though it’s a wonderfully shot film (great use of POV throughout) that is far more reflective and self absorbed than the others I’ve seen. Make of that what you will.

Festen
My introduction to the world of Dogme 95 and what better place than to start with Dogme #1. This is a family drama set around the reunion for the patriach’s 60th birthday. Tensions both old and new quickly rise to the surface but it’s those that come completely out of left field for most of the guests that really grab everyone’s attention. To say more about the plot would ruin it as this is such a minimalist film that it has nothing but the plot, acting and characterisation to divert one’s attention.

Not to say that the direction is lacking however. Shot entirely on handheld cameras and using only natural light, it’s a very intimate portrait on deep family wounds and how those involved deal with them over time. Worth seeking out.

anitram 11-10-2007 08:09 PM

American Gangster. 7/10.

The acting was very good and the storyline was intriguing from an entrepreneurial business-side of things more than anything. Denzel is so beautiful, I was mesmerized by him.

*browneyedgirl* 11-10-2007 08:29 PM

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Originally posted by Lancemc
Hannibal Rising was one of the worst-reviewed movies of the year. What exactly did you like so much about it?

I haven't seen it, so I'm curious about your reaction.

Sorry, I didn't give you a straightforward answer but I lost my internet connection last night

lazarus 11-11-2007 05:33 PM

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Originally posted by monkeyskin
Stardust Memories
Along with The Purple Rose of Cairo, this was added to my rental list due to a lack of Woody Allen in my viewing history and laz’s high praise elsewhere. Whilst not as whimsical or as straightforwardly enjoyable as Purple Rose or Annie Hall, this was still bordering on the brink of fantasy in some scenes. Comparable to Fellini’s 8 ½, it follows a popular director (played by Allen) as he discusses his work and encounters both fans and critics alike. Fans of his older, funny movies that is. Alongside this is a plot line that shows his torn feelings between two women; one who is dependable and maternal, yet hardly exciting, while the other is the most amazing girl in the world for two days each month and then becomes a nightmare to be with. Quite how a man like Woody always seems to end up with so many women after him is a mystery I’ve yet to solve. Overall though it’s a wonderfully shot film (great use of POV throughout) that is far more reflective and self absorbed than the others I’ve seen. Make of that what you will.

I'm SO glad you managed to check this out, esp based on my recommendation. I think you wrote this one up perfectly--it's not as delightful a confection as some of Woody's other great films, nor is it a penetrating look at peoples' ethics and morals like Husbands and Wives, Crimes and Misdemeanors, or Match Point. It's the most highly stylized of all his films, and fantastical is a good way to describe it. The scene with Charlotte Rampling in the sanitarium with all the jump cuts is one of the most powerful in his oeuvre, and I don't know if there's another one like it. What's great is that in the same film you have a counterpoint about the same character, equally powerful, that's so simple and conventional; the scene where he remembers sitting in the apartment eating cereal and listening to Louis Armstrong performing "Stardust" while Dorie sits on the floor reading.

Though Woody denied it was autobiographical (I can't imagine someone could loathe their fans that much, even the annoying ones), there must be some connection between his character here and himself, as he was a director of comedies attempting to do something different and getting critically (and publicly) chastised for it. This turning the funhouse mirror on himself and his world is what makes this not only brilliant cinematically, but thematically as well.

lazarus 11-11-2007 05:39 PM

Damn it! NCFOM isn't playing in Indianapolis, where I'm stuck for a few weeks. Doesn't seem to be much indie fare playing here at all, actually.

Not cool.

Dalton 11-11-2007 05:52 PM

Dan In Real Life.

I expect to see an oscar nod for Dane Cook. Brilliant.

corianderstem 11-11-2007 05:56 PM

If that ever, ever happens, I'm turning in my soul and giving up on life.

Dalton 11-11-2007 08:02 PM

You didn't think the raw emotion he displayed after his OWN brother betrays him.

"If it were anyone else..."

Power.


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