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Ah_Pook
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« Reply #500 on: Dec 19, 2007, 05:19:36 PM »

juno looks cute, but then im into horribly saccharine chick flicks like that so i dunno

also i really want to see southland tales. looks totally unhinged.
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« Reply #501 on: Dec 20, 2007, 12:58:34 AM »

watched the louis malle/jacques cousteau "le monde du silence" which was just like immediately the most satisfying thing i'd seen in forever. there's an unbearable bit in the middle though where they drag a bunch of sharks onto the deck and hack at them with axes, but other than that bit that made me hate being alive it's pretty much perfect
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« Reply #502 on: Dec 20, 2007, 01:06:55 AM »

I have really been thinking about Southland Tales an inordinate amount today. My friend downloaded and read all three volumes of the comic 'prequel saga' and he says he understands it much better now. I'm almost satisfied in my ignorance, tho.
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« Reply #503 on: Dec 20, 2007, 01:09:04 AM »

I have really been thinking about Southland Tales an inordinate amount today. My friend downloaded and read all three volumes of the comic 'prequel saga' and he says he understands it much better now. I'm almost satisfied in my ignorance, tho.

I would be worried that reading the prequel comics would be like watching the donnie darko director's cut, which was overly explanatory and much less interesting than the theatrical cut.
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« Reply #504 on: Dec 20, 2007, 01:10:49 AM »

Yeah I am not at all interested in hearing Richard Kelly speak, I can tell ya that. I read an interview with the guy in the months preceding ST's release and he seems like a total jackass. Never saw the DD director's cut, due in part to the fact that I didn't really enjoy DD all that much.
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« Reply #505 on: Dec 20, 2007, 01:12:42 AM »

Slightly less satisfying was Jess Franco's Exorcism, which, were it to cut its scenes of Lina Romay in nothing but knee-high leather boots tied spread-eagle to a cross while being whipped and having pigeon blood poured on her, could well be confused for a British horror film by Pete Walker because of its fairly conventional style. Actually, it wasn't really all that unsatisfying at all--how could a film in which Franco himself stars as a defrocked priest who writes s/m porn stories for a living while peeping at the nubile lesbians next door be? The more I consider it, the more I guess I do like this, it was just a bit jarring to have the camera so stable, and in focus, with no random shots of insects or sand dunes.

also, x-post, intended to follow oks, hence the "slightly less satisfying," which wasn't much of a transition anyhow
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« Reply #506 on: Dec 20, 2007, 11:13:39 AM »

I have really been thinking about Southland Tales an inordinate amount today. My friend downloaded and read all three volumes of the comic 'prequel saga' and he says he understands it much better now. I'm almost satisfied in my ignorance, tho.

I would be worried that reading the prequel comics would be like watching the donnie darko director's cut, which was overly explanatory and much less interesting than the theatrical cut.

i agree. i liked that a lot of stuff in the theatrical version was left open to intepretation. the director's cut told you exactly what to think about all of those things, which kind of made it suck for me, since some of the choices richard kelly made in the interpretation were LAME LAME LAME.

EDIT: whit, you're just bummed because it was a conventional movie, and when you put on a jess franco movie, you want to be totally weirded out.

i, on the other hand, feel like that's the first franco movie you've written about that would be worth watching (rather than just having a friend of yours watch it and tell you about it).
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« Reply #507 on: Dec 20, 2007, 11:25:29 AM »

Whit has conditioned me to look immediately away whenever I see a block of text with the words "Jess Franco" amid it
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« Reply #508 on: Dec 20, 2007, 11:31:44 AM »

EDIT: whit, you're just bummed because it was a conventional movie, and when you put on a jess franco movie, you want to be totally weirded out.

Yeah, I think that slowly dawned on my as I typed, hence the increasingly positive comments over the course of three sentences. But it's still fairly mediocre in and of itself. There are, however, a bunch of Franco movies that I'd recommend to people who aren't irrationally obsessed with him. Blake dug Vampyros Lesbos, and Venus in Furs is quite engaging. Also, before he got freaky in the late 60s, most of his movies were professional, competent b&w horror movies not that far from Hammer's style. So The Awful Dr. Orlof and The Diabolical Dr. Z, for instance, can really be appreciated by anyone with a taste for old gothic horror.
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« Reply #509 on: Dec 20, 2007, 11:33:09 AM »

oh shit, i've heard of that dr. orlof movie. actually, the dr. z movie too. haha, i didn't know those were franco movies.

and yeah, i've been meaning to check out vampyros lesbos, for obvious reasons.
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« Reply #510 on: Dec 20, 2007, 11:33:17 AM »

also pollo just wait for my penetrating analysis of Southland Tales as a tribute to the counternarrative cinematic logic of Jess Franco.
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« Reply #511 on: Dec 20, 2007, 11:34:59 AM »

The most surprising thing would be that it had some sort of organizing schema
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« Reply #512 on: Dec 20, 2007, 11:35:27 AM »

and yeah, i've been meaning to check out vampyros lesbos, for obvious reasons.

those obvious reasons could extend to much of his filmography--Soledad Miranda from VL is certainly conventionally beautiful, but I've also got a big crush on JF's longtime partner Lina Romay, which admittedly doesn't hurt.
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« Reply #513 on: Dec 20, 2007, 05:58:12 PM »

So my paper proposal about the queer undercurrents of 1970s hetero-porn was accepted for an upcoming popular culture studies conference,

Congratulations!
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« Reply #514 on: Dec 20, 2007, 06:00:59 PM »

There are, however, a bunch of Franco movies that I'd recommend to people who aren't irrationally obsessed with him. Blake dug Vampyros Lesbos

I dug that movie too.  It was free On Demand last Halloween and was quite a treat.
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« Reply #515 on: Dec 20, 2007, 06:31:42 PM »

Not to mention its killer soundtrack, which I'd guess you appreciated.

So my paper proposal about the queer undercurrents of 1970s hetero-porn was accepted for an upcoming popular culture studies conference,

Congratulations!

Thanks. Alas, I'm probably going to withdraw myself. Until now, I've always had the benefit of institutional support for these kind of events, but now that I don't, I think the costs of going will be too much. I've tried to justify it to myself on the grounds that it would further enhance my CV, but the fact of the matter is, it really wouldn't matter. I think I'll still write the paper, though, since I'm sort of inspired and should have the time.
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« Reply #516 on: Dec 21, 2007, 01:44:08 AM »

continued here
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