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Greg Nog
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« on: May 04, 2009, 12:18:33 AM »

Tonight, R and I at the video store, after much prolonged non-decision-making:

R:  You need to pick something.
G:  What are you in the mood for?
R:  Either a drama or a comedy.
G:  (scanning shelves)  Oh!  Have you ever seen Friends With Money?
R:  I've never heard of it.
G:  I haven't seen it, but this dude on Last Plane recommended it.
R:  And you trust his opinion?
G:  I think we see eye-to-eye a lot of the time, sure.
R:  (looks at back of box)  This looks like a chick flick.  Who recommended this?
G:  Uh... Andrew?
R:  All right, but if I hate it, you're to blame.
G:  Heaven help me.

Anyway, it was great!  I really liked it a lot!  Thanks, Andrew!
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dieblucasdie
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« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2009, 02:10:24 AM »

hannah's thread is better
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edison
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« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2009, 02:18:48 AM »

that's right, but I am in favor of reusing this title for the actual next film thread, I have to say
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jebreject
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« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2009, 04:31:03 AM »

Competing movie threads never end well.
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« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2009, 07:28:26 AM »

I thought this was going to be the continuation of the 'random' thread...
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Greg Nog
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« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2009, 08:21:50 AM »

Fuck, I somehow entriely missed that a new one had started; I guess the corn pone reference didn't jump out at me as I was scanning the page.  Disregard!
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diesel_powered
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« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2009, 11:17:24 AM »

Oh no, now it's too late. The two movie threads will have to uneasily inhabit the same plane of existence until some manner of vortex either merges them or carries one off into another dimension.
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Andrew_TSKS
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« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2009, 02:15:28 PM »

Tonight, R and I at the video store, after much prolonged non-decision-making:

R:  You need to pick something.
G:  What are you in the mood for?
R:  Either a drama or a comedy.
G:  (scanning shelves)  Oh!  Have you ever seen Friends With Money?
R:  I've never heard of it.
G:  I haven't seen it, but this dude on Last Plane recommended it.
R:  And you trust his opinion?
G:  I think we see eye-to-eye a lot of the time, sure.
R:  (looks at back of box)  This looks like a chick flick.  Who recommended this?
G:  Uh... Andrew?
R:  All right, but if I hate it, you're to blame.
G:  Heaven help me.

Anyway, it was great!  I really liked it a lot!  Thanks, Andrew!

It was definitely marketed as a chick flick. Didn't seem like one once I actually watched it though. Did it seem like one to you?

Also, I am glad you liked it.
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davy
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« Reply #8 on: May 04, 2009, 07:55:48 PM »

Last night we watched Synecdoche, New York. My wife liked it--sort of a shocker, there--but I couldn't get into it. This is probably due to the fact that the DVD has NO SUBTITLES and everyone in the movie mumbles. So I basically understood about one word out of five, and it turns out that's not a good enough ratio for this flick.

Seriously, wtf? The only option on the Set-Up menu was "Subtitles for Special Features." That's ridiculous...the sort of thing you expect out of first-generation DVDs or something.
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auto-da-fey
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« Reply #9 on: May 04, 2009, 08:08:34 PM »

huh, that is weird. I still keep avoiding that movie, I just can't get motivated.

normally when there are competing movie threads I pledge allegiance to one, but I care so little about this post that I'll dump it here:

Henry Jaglom Endurance Test, #6: New Year's Day

This is what I expected when I began watching his work: the sitcom-deep story of a middle aged jackass coming to NYC, staying with three much-younger women, and ignoring their repeated fendings-off of his advances as he pushes himself onto them sexually. I think I wanted to loathe Jaglom from the start, and was only watching his work to indulge in some suffering that I could then use as ammunition against him, but his first five films denied me that small pleasure (or many other pleasures, to be sure). This one, I could savor the hate. What a fucking prick, what a smug douchebag, what the fuck why does he get to make movies?!?

Eh, I'm too hungry to rant, I need to go eat. But this is, at long last, the Jaglom I expected. The young David Duchovny (1989) does show up and very briefly get naked, and I pity anyone who ever ran out of Mulder slash fic and thought to watch this instead.

I can't wait to play the commentary track, though.
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Greg Nog
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« Reply #10 on: Jul 13, 2009, 12:44:05 PM »

Here we go, new movie thread!  With title by Herzog!

So I don't know if any of you guys have a box or drawer of little metal bits?  Like screws, adapters, random chrome gewgaws that fell off things and you're not sure what they're supposed to go to?  Picture someone dumping that box over your head while slapping their dick against your eyes, and you have a pretty good idea about Transformers 2 was like.

My god, what an amazingly awful movie.
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Ignatius
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« Reply #11 on: Jul 13, 2009, 12:58:29 PM »

It takes some coordination to dump a box on a head and slap someone's face with his own dick at the same time, if it's to be a fully engaging experience. I'd at least need a stepladder.
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Bernard
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« Reply #12 on: Jul 13, 2009, 01:49:01 PM »

I remember liking Jaglom? What did I see that I liked, the one where the gay playwright is sleeping with his sister, or something?
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kyle
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« Reply #13 on: Jul 13, 2009, 03:54:35 PM »

Today I bought tickets to see Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince on Wednesday. Then I ate fried chicken and sweet tea.

Good day so far.
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« Reply #14 on: Jul 13, 2009, 04:34:56 PM »

I would like to take this opportunity to reiterate my displeasure over the lack of subtitles on the Synecdoche, New York DVD.

COME ON, I HAVE A DISABILITY PEOPLE.
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« Reply #15 on: Jul 13, 2009, 04:48:41 PM »

But davy,

you have to understand that lowering the volume and clarity of your voice adds to your profundity.
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Greg Nog
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« Reply #16 on: Jul 13, 2009, 04:55:33 PM »

I downloaded Synchedoche New York a little while ago, but still haven't gotten around to watching it.
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« Reply #17 on: Jul 13, 2009, 05:18:48 PM »

Today I bought tickets to see Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince on Wednesday. Then I ate fried chicken and sweet tea.

Good day so far.
I bought tickets for the 12:01 by us. Then our friend said her friend works at a theater doing some kind of free, private 10pm showing and invited us. It's far away but I don't care. HARRY POTTER.
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Bernard
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« Reply #18 on: Jul 13, 2009, 07:31:45 PM »

Paul Schrader has never received the attention he deserves as an interesting filmmaker IMO

YEAH! Let's talk about Light Sleeper, or maybe let's watch it for film club? How did we do with Bergman? We got at least one really solid post (Andrew's) and a few check-ins. That's not too bad for a bunch of people with lives and all, right?
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« Reply #19 on: Jul 13, 2009, 08:20:48 PM »

I would like to take this opportunity to reiterate my displeasure over the lack of subtitles on the Synecdoche, New York DVD.

COME ON, I HAVE A DISABILITY PEOPLE.

Does it have a commentary track? "Here's where I overdirected this scene, and here's some more turgid belabored stuff about death. Don't Samantha Morton and Emily Watson look alike? Here's where I made Michel Gondry cry, &c."
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auto-da-fey
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« Reply #20 on: Jul 13, 2009, 09:02:20 PM »

Paul Schrader has never received the attention he deserves as an interesting filmmaker IMO

YEAH! Let's talk about Light Sleeper, or maybe let's watch it for film club? How did we do with Bergman? We got at least one really solid post (Andrew's) and a few check-ins. That's not too bad for a bunch of people with lives and all, right?

Light Sleeper is great! I think Schrader's reputation might be better had he not written Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, if only because their prominence has overshadowed everything else he's done and relegated him to "mere" screenwriter who "also" directs, at least that's the sense I get. He kinda lost it for a while in the late 90s with Touch and Forever Mine, but even in between those disasters he did Affliction. I've been meaning to watch Old Boyfriends, which he co-wrote in 1979, forever. I can't imagine a Paul Schrader thread would go anywhere, but I'd support it.
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Andrew_TSKS
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« Reply #21 on: Jul 13, 2009, 09:37:23 PM »

I am very curious about Schrader's work as a director precisely because of "Taxi Driver." I own "Auto Focus," but for some reason have never seen it.
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auto-da-fey
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« Reply #22 on: Jul 13, 2009, 09:41:07 PM »

you should, it's round two (after Hardcore) of his weird and unsettling porn fixation, basically.
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Andrew_TSKS
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« Reply #23 on: Jul 13, 2009, 09:50:59 PM »

Yeah, I bought it because I know about the whole Bob Crane thing and figured it would be an interesting story. Didn't find out it was Schrader until last week. Now I will probably get to it a lot quicker than I otherwise would have. Then again, I still haven't watched the Kenneth Anger DVD Hannah gave me for Christmas two years ago (why haven't I done that?), so who knows.
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auto-da-fey
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« Reply #24 on: Jul 13, 2009, 09:54:38 PM »

I think I helped hannah pick that, or at least endorsed it or something! you should totally get on it, Anger is amazing. would even go well with Schrader, I think--themes of obsessive fetishism and eroticized power dynamics abound.
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