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Old 06.02.2012, 10:01 AM   #16101
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Maniac was filmed in NYC wasn't it? in 1980 I think. I've only seen it once, but loved every second of it. From the number of movies I've seen from that decade, there was a real murky and surreal atmosphere that emanated from that place... I'm not sure if I'd enjoy a number of films as much if it weren't for that mood. I've always related to that ugliness (for lack of a better term, I mean this in the best way possible). Add the solitary approach with those gritty cityscapes and it's what I look for. Interesting that you mentioned it... I think it's the only release I've seen by the director. Great movie that goes beyond the surface, how the hell did I forget about it?
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Old 06.02.2012, 10:02 AM   #16102
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I'm very disappointed that I may never experience things like that in an actual theater.
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Old 06.02.2012, 10:57 AM   #16103
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Yeah, there are loads of movies from that era which really focused on that seedier side. Besides the ones already mentioned my favourite ones centred on NYC would be Mean Streets; Taxi Driver; Basket Case; Midnight Cowboy; The French Connection and almost anything by Paul Morrissey or Abel Ferrara. A lot of blacksploitation movies from that era also have a lot of that atmosphere.

For a similar sleaziness but from a more European perspective, some Fassbinder and very early Almodovar are great. Also, albeit more recently, Gary Oldman's Nil By Mouth has that atmosphere in spades.

Another great one is the Brazillian film, Pixote.
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Old 06.02.2012, 11:57 AM   #16104
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Old 06.02.2012, 07:13 PM   #16105
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I'm very disappointed that I may never experience things like that in an actual theater.

It is a shame that those kinds of theatres have now pretty much vanished. The great thing about the Scala in particular was that it was really cheap and used to do all-nighters so half the audience would be tramps who'd use the place as a cheap warm shelter or insomniacs just looking to kill time. It was great watching a film like Basket Case surrounded by people who looked like they could've had a part in the film. A genuine grindhouse experience.
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Old 06.02.2012, 08:59 PM   #16106
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I saw this Japanese film called Love Exposure, it's running time is like 5 hrs. Great film.

Also another Japanese film called Confessions. Depressing and ace!
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Old 06.03.2012, 05:10 AM   #16107
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Old 06.03.2012, 08:53 AM   #16108
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Old 06.03.2012, 10:58 AM   #16109
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a lot of artwork put into this movie
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Old 06.03.2012, 11:15 AM   #16110
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The problem with it is how nothing of much importance really takes place in it. It is strictly the "beginning" of Batman, and nearly the entire film is centered around this. I don't know, obviously things started to get going in The Dark Knight, and I expect it to reach it's highest point in the next (last) one. It's an excellent cast, well written, some of the action scenes were very well crafted. For some reason, its art direction doesn't hold up too well for me since the time I saw it initially. It certainly feels a lot.. smaller than the other batman movies (good or bad thing?). It has a special place for me because despite being too long, there are many promising moments and I easily expect it to be the best live action adaptation we'll ever get of Year One (yeah, it isn't identical, but it takes a lot from it... at least from a thematic stance). Christopher Nolan is very clever, and usually delivers enough to entertain me to some degree.
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Old 06.03.2012, 12:31 PM   #16111
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Awesome shit right here, even the Jarmusch parts. I think I'm gonna back off on hating him so much, despite his goofy haircut and dull pacing in his films. I actually did enjoy Stranger Than Paradise and Dead Man, for what it's worth. It's fun to see Buscemi, Thurston, Kern, Lunch, Nick Zedd, and John Waters all in the same doc.

Also really makes me wanna check out Amos Poe and Eric Mitchell films. I had never even heard of them before.
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Old 06.03.2012, 12:57 PM   #16112
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I hated Dead Man, well.... it wasn't terrible but I just thought it was boring. Limits of Control is my favorite from what I've seen, but I haven't seen stranger than paradise or ghost dog yet. I agree about the pacing... a lot of his work is too dull and stagnant for me. From the looks of it, he's a decent guy who seems to like great filmmakers. He definitely has my respect.
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Old 06.03.2012, 02:51 PM   #16113
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really makes me wanna check out Amos Poe and Eric Mitchell films. I had never even heard of them before.

I've not seen any of Amos Poe's films but I think you'd really like Mitchell's Underground USA.
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Old 06.03.2012, 04:36 PM   #16114
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I'd only seen bits and pieces of this before. Great to finally watch this in full; a wonderful introspective look into the craft - which is especially helpful when I'm currently in the process of editing myself. Nice big-name cameos, as well.

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This is still easily one of my absolute favorites of John's. I fell in love with this movie when I was about 6 or 7 years old, making it my introduction to the man I'd now (probably) consider my favorite director of all-time.
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Old 06.03.2012, 05:09 PM   #16116
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^^^^Crybaby is excellent. there wasn't a preteen school girl i knew that didn't have it on VHS at the time.
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Three Colours Red

It seems almost cliched to heap praise on Kieslowski but I really do think this is an out and out masterpiece and, for me, his best film. And definitely one of my favourite climaxes (assuming you've also seen Blue and White) of any film I've seen.
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Its been awhile since I've seen the Three Colors Trilogy, I liked it. I wish Kieslowski had a chance to do his Heaven/Hell/Purgatory trilogy. I haven't seen "Hell", did they ever make it? Did they ever make Purgatory?
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The Heaven Hell and Purgatory films were written with the intention that other filmmakers would direct them but as far as I know, nobody's made Purgatory yet. I haven't seen Heaven or Hell. Is Heaven any good?
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