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Greg Nog
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« Reply #175 on: Aug 03, 2009, 03:21:15 PM »

Oh man, the more time that passed since I saw that movie, the more it grated on me.
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« Reply #176 on: Aug 03, 2009, 03:35:56 PM »

I thought it was cute! Though perhaps too tidy and a little precious. And much better than most everything else in its field.
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« Reply #177 on: Aug 04, 2009, 11:51:24 PM »

There was a little talk of Mamet earlier and I mentioned that I had Redbelt waiting on me and I just watched it and it was stellar.  It is pure Mamet except that it is far more smooth than his normal work, mostly because Chiwetel Ejiofor pulled off his character.  I believed him.

I don't know, maybe that woodenness is essential to some Mamet but I didn't miss it.

But yeah.  It has some martial arts.  And some people talking.  It's Mamet.  I don't think anyone needs to know anymore going in, except that it's really good.
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« Reply #178 on: Aug 05, 2009, 01:37:24 AM »

i was thoroughly disappointed with redbelt. the plot was basically what would be written by a child who wanted to include all the elements that he thought were really cool but who had no idea how a movie should actually be put together. every plot development rang false to me, and when that entails more or less wasting Ejiofor and Ricky Jay for me, that is very saddening.
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« Reply #179 on: Aug 05, 2009, 04:26:26 PM »

I'll see even something really terrible if Ricky Jay is in it. So craggy, so lispy. Love him.

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« Reply #180 on: Aug 05, 2009, 05:08:11 PM »

coldcrux: really?  I thoroughly enjoyed Redbelt.  Zosimus enjoyed his netflixed copy so much he bought a copy.  Though I will say, oddly enough, that Ricky Jay was maybe the least interesting of any role I've seen him in.
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mountmccabe
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« Reply #181 on: Aug 05, 2009, 05:10:13 PM »

the plot was basically what would be written by a child who wanted to include all the elements that he thought were really cool but who had no idea how a movie should actually be put together. every plot development rang false to me,

That's Mamet, though.  You don't go to Mamet for naturalism.  By which I mean I wasn't expecting things to play out realistically on that level.

I will clarify that when I said that this was "far more smooth than his normal work" I was referring to the delivery of the dialogue and not the flow of the plot.
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« Reply #182 on: Aug 05, 2009, 11:44:49 PM »

I couldn't find a single worthwhile film to go see in Ithaca, but there were some pretty awesome movie posters in the basement of the used bookstore--not sure why they're there, since it's the records section, but really these posters are great enough to be anywhere they damn well choose:









oh, and this did fit--just for davy:

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hannah
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« Reply #183 on: Aug 06, 2009, 12:01:05 AM »

The guy I worked for last year, the movie poster collector, has that Naked Under Leather one... if it's an original, it could be worth as much as $575... in other words, steal it.
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davy
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« Reply #184 on: Aug 06, 2009, 08:25:07 PM »

I have his latest, 2008's Redbelt sitting in the Netflix instant queue but haven't pulled that trigger yet.  Hmm.

Holy cow I thought that movie was straight awful, and I'm a fan of both Mamet and martial arts.
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coldforge
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« Reply #185 on: Aug 09, 2009, 01:20:21 AM »

Watching The Player. I'm glad I don't live in the Hollywood of the early 90s. I never could abide peaked lapels on a lounge suit, especially a light one.
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« Reply #186 on: Aug 09, 2009, 01:26:45 AM »

Just saw The Wrestler. Sad. Sort of insubstantial ending. The glasses and hearing aid were amazing.

Whit, are any of these familiar to you, and worth seeing? I don't have summer session parking, so these movies will cost $9 for parking alone.
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« Reply #187 on: Aug 09, 2009, 01:31:06 AM »

I also find it disturbing that everyone has their own house.
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« Reply #188 on: Aug 09, 2009, 02:07:27 AM »

At the library the other day, I overheard two gentlemen were discussing The Wrestler. One said, "y'know Mickey Rourke is from Schenectady. Well, he was born there, at least."

Then: "Yeah, you can tell. It shows in his face."

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« Reply #189 on: Aug 09, 2009, 02:24:44 AM »

Schenectady, the plastic surgery capital of the Northeast!
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« Reply #190 on: Aug 09, 2009, 06:41:25 AM »

Instead of spending three hours writing, I watched Seven Samurai and drank.

Best choice.
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« Reply #191 on: Aug 09, 2009, 09:43:27 AM »

Whit, are any of these familiar to you, and worth seeing? I don't have summer session parking, so these movies will cost $9 for parking alone.

are there pictures here that aren't loading? I'm not sure what "these" consist of, but in my curiosity I was looking around for possible contenders and discovered this series, which just ended but looked awesome--I'd have recommended every one of them (especially Gator Bait--Claudia Jennings was always a favorite back in my youthful days of big-box VHS renting . . .ahhh) except Slumber Party Massacre had anyone asked me, and if I'd have been there, would have gone to all of them. I've actually long wondered whether Stephanie Rothman would someday be reclaimed by feminist film scholars the way Doris Wishman has--maybe it's happening?

But, uh, I guess that wasn't what you're asking about?
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Bernard
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« Reply #192 on: Aug 09, 2009, 01:22:52 PM »

Aha! That actually was what I was asking about! I meant to include a link and forgot, apparently. I didn't realize the series was over already. Alas.
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« Reply #193 on: Aug 09, 2009, 01:28:16 PM »

I am totally going to see GI Joe today. My inner 9 year-old demands it.
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« Reply #194 on: Aug 09, 2009, 05:01:17 PM »

Aha! That actually was what I was asking about! I meant to include a link and forgot, apparently. I didn't realize the series was over already. Alas.

yeah, that's too bad--but the Mexican sci-fi series looks pretty cool (it's cinematic turf I've never ventured too far into, Aztec Mummy vs. the Human Robot aside, but I'd hop at the chance!).

also, I can't get enough of the $3 DVDs at Big Lots. last time I was in New Haven I bought several, ranging from Brick to Kitty Foyle to the great 1972 sleaze-in-a-downtown-L.A.-flophouse directed-by-Paul-Bartel Private Parts, and today in Ithaca I grabbed:
-Oliver Stone's Salvador (been wanting to revisit this for at least four years; figure owning it might finally inspire me)
-Relentless (awful Judd Nelson serial-killer movie from the late 80s; saw it when it came out and hated it, but mostly curious to revisit because William Lustig directed and lots of filming in the now-demolished Ambassador Hotel where RFK was assassinated in Los Angeles, which is enough for me)
-A Stranger is Watching (truly godawful 1982 film, as any Sean Cunningham adaptation of a Mary Higgins Clark novel would necessarily be, but I do like the NYC location shoots, which are the only reason to ever watch this tripe, unless you like to see Rip Torn actively attempt to destroy his reputation)
-Breeders (utter shite 1986 aliens-in-NYC-sewers cheapie, but directed by Tim Kincaid, who once made some of my favorite 70s gay porn films under another name--again, enough for 3 bucks).

(the Big Lots $3 DVDs have been a source of abiding fascination and speculation in movie-geek discussion boards for an entire year now; the mystery was just solved a few weeks ago when Warner Bros went to court against a company allegedly destroying overstock but instead secretly spinning them back onto the market--which I assume means the supply will dry up pretty fast now.)

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« Reply #195 on: Aug 09, 2009, 05:06:57 PM »

GI JOE is so good.
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« Reply #196 on: Aug 09, 2009, 06:11:22 PM »

That's not what you told Twitter. I call shenanigans!
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« Reply #197 on: Aug 10, 2009, 08:26:53 AM »

clearly his son hijacked his twitter account.
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« Reply #198 on: Aug 10, 2009, 04:02:46 PM »

Finally watching The Watchmen. That's quite a flashback there for Dr. Manhattan.
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« Reply #199 on: Aug 10, 2009, 05:11:22 PM »

This movie doesn't make a whole lot of sense, really.
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