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Old 05.10.2012, 09:37 PM   #15841
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nothing to fear about sounding like a geek. That's an insightful post... I didn't really know much about his writers. The cool thing about Lumet is that he'd probably say the same thing about the people he has worked with. He's directed some pretty big movies with well known actors (Pacino, Brando, Connery, Newman etc.) and yet in that book I mentioned, he constantly praised his peers and apparently listened carefully to what the writers of his films were going for. It's definitely a shame the guy passed away. Not only talented and prolific but seemingly down to earth as well. I never did see his final feature, the one with Hoffman... but a friend told me not to watch it before going to bed because "it's nuts" or something. I'm not sure what she meant by that but whatever.

Haha, I've not seen the movie Hoffman did with Lumet but I always thought it was a comedy. Now I'm intrigued. Lumet is definitely a big favourite of mine, especially Dog Day Afternoon. I've not read much about him but I really should. Anyway, I don't think there was any skullduggery going on with Shaffer's uncredited script. Probably just studio politics. Either way, hoped you liked Murder on the Orient Express. It's a bit of fluff, really, but I have a soft spot for those multi-star Agatha Christie adaptations. I went through a phase a couple of years ago of watching them one after the other. If you liked Orient Express, definitely give Death on the Nile a go, or Evil Under the Sun. Again, nothing amazing, just really enjoyable and well done and, for me, the best of the bunch. And definitely try and see anything scripted by Anthony Shaffer, whatever it is.
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Old 05.11.2012, 03:20 AM   #15842
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thanks! that'll make it cheaper. i'll wait for 3D tits some other time ha ha.

Is the new "Total Recall" with Colin "Fookin' " Farrell going to be in 3-D? 3-D Triple nipple
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Old 05.11.2012, 01:40 PM   #15843
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I would argue there is a reason why that scene where Loki is taken down works, (and I'll be vague so as not to totally ruin it) is to show that ALL villains are physically no match for their own over-inflated ego.
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Old 05.12.2012, 02:10 PM   #15844
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The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms.

Coming a year before Godzilla, this had to have been an influence. Especially the second half. Excellent effects by Ray Harryhausen and a great climax, when the monster attacks Coney Island amusement park. Not my favourite 50s monster movie but definitely one of them.

I mention Godzilla as a warning because I picked up an enormous boxset and plan to slowly work my way through the whole lot. So any haters of all things Godzilla, now would be a good time to put me on ignore.
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Old 05.12.2012, 05:59 PM   #15845
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The thing that put me off The Joker in Burton's first film was Jack Nicholson. He was perfectly cast but I just find him so irritating. But I agree about Burton's films being quite otherworldy. Like you, I'm not generally a fan of his but I love how he gave a kind of fairy tale feel to the first two films.

Anyway, prior to starting my Godzilla marathon, just caught this on TV:

 


Con-Air

There's really nothing good about this movie but I found myself enjoying it nonetheless.
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Old 05.12.2012, 08:14 PM   #15846
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A surprisingly dull film that proves that just because you have an excellent cast, doesn't mean you're automatically going to have memorable characters if the script, nor director are up to par. Smash Cut is chock full of nods to the 70's schlock of yore but fails to stand up on its own two feet and present itself as something worthwhile.

Watch only if you're a die-hard fan of David Hess, Sasha Grey or H.G. Lewis. Be warned though, even then you'll probably be disappointed.
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Old 05.13.2012, 04:11 AM   #15847
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You honestly prefer Kill Bill to Pulp Fiction?

 


It! The Terror From Beyond Space.

This is probably most famous for being a major influence on Alien but isn't up to much and certainly not as good as Alien.

 


Godzilla (1954)

This really is a masterpiece. Compared with where the Hollywood B-Movie was at the same time, Godzilla was light years ahead: relatively complex plot and some innovative camerawork; it's about as close to the Arthouse as any monster movie has got.
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Old 05.13.2012, 04:14 AM   #15848
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Watch only if you're a die-hard fan of David Hess, Sasha Grey or H.G. Lewis. Be warned though, even then you'll probably be disappointed.

I've not seen it but your review confirmed what I'd assumed. It all seems like it's trying a bit too hard.
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Old 05.13.2012, 05:20 AM   #15849
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Old 05.13.2012, 11:15 AM   #15850
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Godzilla Raids Again (1955)

Sequel to the original that's more action packed but nowhere near as interesting or exciting.
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Old 05.13.2012, 11:26 AM   #15851
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I've always thought that if Kill Bill were released as it was originally intended, with both parts 1 & 2 as a single film - that it'd probably be QT's masterpiece.

A 6/10 does seem kinda low for Pulp Fiction, however. But what do I know, my favorite QT associated movies are Natural Born Killers, and From Dusk Till Dawn. Out of the flicks he directed - I think I'd have to go with Jackie Brown as my fav. Ooooh, or Four Rooms if that counts!

Has anyone seen this??

 


I passed it up on VHS once, and now sincerely regret it.
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Old 05.13.2012, 11:35 AM   #15852
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Also, anyone still on the fence over the Avengers: go see it. NOW. IN 3-D!! It's outstanding.
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Old 05.13.2012, 11:53 AM   #15853
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just because you have an excellent cast

lol cmon, sasha grey had nice tits and ass but she could not even fake a proper orgasm, now we can't expect her to actually act with those dead eyes she has.

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Also, anyone still on the fence over the Avengers: go see it. NOW. IN 3-D!! It's outstanding.


im going to a matinee in the middle of the week to save money and avoid crowds.
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I honestly thought Sasha did an excellent job in Soderbergh's The Girlfriend Experience. I'd love to see her in more genuine acting roles. She'd make a great scream queen.
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I honestly thought Sasha did an excellent job in Soderbergh's The Girlfriend Experience.

that's the magic of casting. she basically played her own jaded self.
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Old 05.13.2012, 01:24 PM   #15856
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Pulp Fiction is fine, but too much of it was pointless to me. What you said about Kill Bill seems accurate for this one I think. It had more than what was needed, and could've been a lot more entertaining that way if it had been shortened. I think it's overrated, but still worth a watch.

as for Kill Bill, I have yet to see volume 2 believe it or not. The first one was pretty fun, and I loved the last fight scene. It's still nothing special to me... From Dusk Till Dawn is probably my favorite but it was directed by Rodriguez wasn't it? I am a little uncertain about how Tarantino's movies became so popular... aside from the big names he's worked with. Kill Bill kind of surprised me by having an 8 minute sequence done in anime. I wonder how most people reacted to that, but to my knowledge it's receieved a lot of acclaim. Apparently he wants to make a few more sequels. I think he even teased making an anime version.

Also, I often hear about how great his dialogue is, and I just haven't seen it. Or rather, he's far from the best at it. "Silly rabbit, tricks are for kids". Really? He's not too bad though. But this is coming from someone who still hasn't seen a couple of his films. Natural Born Killers is one of them.


From Dusk Till Dawn and Natural Born Killers were both written by Tarantino, but directed by others. FDTD was helmed by Rodriguez, and NBK is an Oliver Stone film. Tarantino actually notoriously hates what Stone did with his script - but honestly, I like NBK a hell of a lot more than anything Tarantino ever directed himself. Trippy visuals, and NIN on the soundtrack - yes plz!

The anime scene from Kill Bill vol. 1 is by Katsuhito Ishii. He's one of my favorite directors ever. His attention to detail is absurd, either that or he just has an immaculate wardrobe department. They're so lively and vibrant too! You can really tell he's an animator by the way he directs. His films Shark Skin Man and Peach Hip Girl, Funky Forest, and The Taste of Tea are definitely ones you should check out. They're right up your alley, man.

The second KB film has more of a modern western feel compared to the samurai-vibe given by the first. I just think they would've bled very interestingly into one another. Sorta like FDTD.

His new flick is about slaves or something and stars DeCaprio. I'm not too excited, but we'll see... I guess.
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Old 05.13.2012, 01:43 PM   #15857
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Saw Chronicle the other day. Really OK movie actually.

The story was pretty much stolen from Akira, the only anime i like. Can't wait for the remake by the way.
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My favourite Tarantino is Jackie Brown. That was the one where I felt like he'd finally grown out of his earlier obsessions, so I really thought Kill Bill was a step backward.

The problem I have with his dialogue is everyone ends up talking with the same 'voice', which reached its most annoying point with Death Proof. The only one that I think really avoided it was Jackie Brown, maybe because most of the dialogue was written by Elmore Leonard.
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My favourite Tarantino is Jackie Brown. That was the one where I felt like he'd finally grown out of his earlier obsessions, so I really thought Kill Bill was a step backward.

The problem I have with his dialogue is everyone ends up talking with the same 'voice', which reached its most annoying point with Death Proof. The only one that I think really avoided it was Jackie Brown, maybe because most of the dialogue was written by Elmore Leonard.


Yes. This. Except for the part about KB being a step backward. I actually don't think Jackie Brown is much less Tarantino than his other films. I mean, he did re-write half the cast of the book as black and chose Pam Grier to play the lead. But yes, that's my fav. official Tarantino film too, and I agree wholeheartedly about Death Proof.
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Yeah, agree about the recasting but the dialogue does vary according to character. And to a large degree they're quite three dimensional. Look at Robert Forster's Max Cherry. On one level he's the antithesis of a Tarantino character, except that he evokes another (for me) more interesting aspect of his cultural universe: those underplayed made for tv-style detectives/pis, like say Jim Rockford. The only real cookie-cutter 'Tarantino-esque' characters in Jackie Brown are those connected with Samuel Jackson (ie the least interesting ones).
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