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Old 09.12.2014, 11:11 AM   #18261
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He's a good showman. Not that he fakes his eccentricities but he definitely knows how to use them to enhance his cult following. He can be laugh out loud funny but I don't take his actual ideas seriously at all. Politically, I find him completely irrelevant. Don't know about him being an awful person, though. A lot of his more controversial opinions are, I'm sure, really just there to provoke liberals - which comes across as more lazy than anything else.

i don't know if he was talking about this:

http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/...man_video.html

in that controversy, i totally side with zizek haaa haaa haaaa

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ps the film was really great and highly entertaining and at times superfunny. i'm going to re-watch it.
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Old 09.12.2014, 12:09 PM   #18262
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i liked the pervert's guide to cinema

he could easily be a bad person. but he can't be that bad if he pisses off noam chomsky. also definite points for talking shit about college students.
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Old 09.12.2014, 12:50 PM   #18263
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i liked the pervert's guide to cinema

i really wish he had film reviews like that on youtube regularly. it would be amazing.

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he could easily be a bad person. but he can't be that bad if he pisses off noam chomsky.

ha ha ha. i had overheard this before but i wasn't fully aware. thanks for making me look it up.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentis...izek-ding-dong

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also definite points for talking shit about college students.

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Old 09.12.2014, 02:20 PM   #18264
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And thanks for the link.

While I have any number of problems with Chomsky, if the question is between the practical and the theoretical, I'll take the practical.

Chomsky alerts me to, say, how the CIA covertly fights a "war on drugs" in Central America. Žižek writes some crap about the Hegalian subtext in Blade Runner or whatever the fuck. Might be "fun" for some, but in the end he's just playing a shallow game.

And I wonder what his thoughts are on all the college girls he's fucked?
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And I wonder what his thoughts are on all the college girls he's fucked?

he thinks they have juicy pussies.....
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Old 09.12.2014, 05:53 PM   #18266
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While I have any number of problems with Chomsky, if the question is between the practical and the theoretical, I'll take the practical.

Chomsky alerts me to, say, how the CIA covertly fights a "war on drugs" in Central America. Žižek writes some crap about the Hegalian subtext in Blade Runner or whatever the fuck. Might be "fun" for some, but in the end he's just playing a shallow game.

And I wonder what his thoughts are on all the college girls he's fucked?



repeated genocide denial is not "practical". actually it is very "theoretical" because he presents conspiracy "theories" created by war criminals as 'facts'
personally i'd rather he talk about movies because i'm never going to accept the lefty equivalent of ernst zundel as a good source of info on world events.
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fantastic movie! excellent in every way. superb camera work and editing and great performance by scarlett. great soundtrack. my only complaint would be the nearly impossible to understand scottish accents, but eh-- it's a film of few words anyway-- moods are more important here. this movie is stylish as fuck.

extra bonus if you like scarlett, because you get to stare & stare at her until you have memorized every aspect of her face and many of her body as well-- quite the scopophiliac's delight.

i understand this is a distant adaptation of a dutch novel, but having read now a synopsis of the book this seems to me a much better story purged of the blatant didacticism of the source material.

my only problem here is with an underlying gender narrative that i won't discuss in this post but maybe another time if people are willing to handle total and absolute spoilers.
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Old 09.15.2014, 09:46 AM   #18268
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Always a bit of a difficult one to watch due to the historical fact to it

 


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The Departed was on last night and I couldn't stop watching it. Its not necessarily the best film by any of the actors in it, and yet, I really dig this flick. I also watched the last hour of The Shawshank Redemption and damn it, I was crying (happy tears) at the end like I ALWAYS DO for that damned movie, even in the fucking 8th grade watching it at school!!

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@tw2113- i had to look upthe magdalene sisters-- wow! DAMN! i guess i understand now the story behind "philomena" but i didn't know it was such widespread sadism. thanks for the mention i'll check it out some day (some day when i want to get depressed!-- but seriously…)

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don jon- starts like a comedy, and it gets progressively serious. i liked the funny parts better because they were more skilfully done; near the end the drama gets a little obvious, but then it's a nice little fable "for the kids", very watchable overall, not the greatest but not a waste of time either. check it out.

beyond outrage - i didn't realize this was the sequel to "outrage" so i didn't get everything until the end but beat takeshi is always awesome so now i'll have to go in reverse. watch "outrage" first!

the element of crime - lars von trier's first feature, all the way from back in the 80s! pretty great for its time, you'll see a lot of his obsessions on display here (hypnosis, water, possession, decay, experimental elements within conventional narratives, etc.). i didn't know his work went so far back, this predates "europa" by 5 or 6 years.

throne of blood - macbeth by kurosawa! what more can i say? amazing.

samurai assassin - this was a pretty fucking crummy dvd transfer with horrible subtitles and i couldn't watch it for very long. maybe i missed out, maybe i missed out on some heavy sleep.

joe - two good things here: 1) david gordon green going back to his southern roots (e.g. "george washington"), and 2) nicolas cage in a non-cartoony, non-blockbuster role. yes, he's still himself, but this time his acting fits the part and it's a pretty great movie especially if you like gritty redneck melodramas like "winter's bone" only lots funnier. check it. can get a little brutal but great movie overall.
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Does anyone else still cry at movies theyve seen a million times? In 8th grade my ninja ass got caught tearing up at Forrest Gump "I buried you under our tree".. Flowers for Algernon, and the ending of Shawshank Redemption when Red finds the box of money from Andy. All in that same year and I still tear up at those damned scenes
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@ !@#$%! It's a movie I found on late night satellite tv years ago, and I caught it about halfway through at the time. Needless to say, I went looking for it for a little bit and found it at Barnes N Noble sometime. Not one I recommend watching on repeat, but the DVD does have a special feature of the documentary it was based on. "Sex in a Cold Climate".
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I tear up at movies/scenes I don't want to sometimes, other times I'm all like "whatevers".

Now if only I was watching with a special someone...that's a different topic.
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I watched Hitman randomly tonight after a long day at work then class.. I dont particularly knkw why,but I LOVE this movie. I love everything about it and of all the video game movies I think this ties the first silent hill as best and definitely resident evil in second
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almodovar's "i'm so excited". terrible translation for "los amantes pasajeros" which is a pun that both means "fleeting lovers" and "lovers & passengers" (as in, airplane passengers who fuck).

well, shit, movie got poor reviews because people expect too much of the man, but the movie is fucking hysterical and hilarious. yes, like with the title, much is lost in translation, .e.g. people who don't get what "la movida" was might miss out on a big context, but hey, eye speeky dee langwich, and i fucking loved it, not as a genius masterpiece but as a great time (goes well with drinks, ha ha ha).
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recently seen a mixture of new and old:

1. The Sacrament (2014)- I really like Ti West. His low-fi horror film "House of the Devil" will probably become annual Halloween viewing. This one is a found footage experiment concerning a Jonestown-like cult investigated by three journalists. It's decent. The "found footage" wall is continually broken as it winds down (who exactly is supposed to be shooting this footage now?) and it ends predictably. I couldn't help but think back to Gareth Evans' strong entry in "V/H/S 2" for the best cult-horror-found-footage film in years... if such a genre exists. Amy Seimetz as the sister of one of the journalists who leads them to the cult is very solid as usual.

2. God's Pocket (2014)- One of the last Philip Seymour Hoffman flicks also displays him on virtual auto-pilot as a down and out Philly hustler dealing with the shit of urban Philadelphia.... which means local hoods, stolen meat packaging trucks, a dead son-in-law and getting to screw Christina Hendricks. Based on a book by Pete Dexter (whose work is so rich for further films), "God's Pocket" is just too much of the same urban malaise.

3. The Drop (2014)- Urban malaise is done more acutely in Michael Roskam's "The Drop", namely because, unlike "God's Pocket", the secondary characters (especially Matthias Schoenaerts) feel alive and three dimensional. There's also novelist Denis Lehane's strict adherence to forgiveness and Catholic guilt that propels the basic moral complexity of the film. As the low-mannered and quiet barkeep caught up in the middle of underworld robberies and spent lifestyles, Tom Hardy scores again in a role that could have become rote. He makes it work. The relationship with equally damaged woman Noomi Rapace is sensitive and genuine as well. A very good, low-key atmospheric crime film.

4. Falling Point (1970)- Robert Hossein directs and minimally stars in this thriller about a group of men who kidnap a rich man's daughter and extort him for money. What's unique about this film is that it jettisons the usual action and focuses on the psychological attachment that develops between captor (Johnny Halladay) and captive (beautiful Pascale Rivault) as they wait in a lonely beach cabin. Basically a chamber piece, "Falling Point" is great for the way Hossein (as usual) exerts so much through little dialogue. The eyes of Hallyday say everything about his doubts and reservations when the time comes and the shootout on the sandy dunes harks back to Hossein's love for the western. Hard to find, but well worth the hunt.

5. The Green Berets (1968)- It would be easy to dismiss John Wayne's Vietnam film was gung-ho Americana, but that's too easy. It's much better than that. Dealing with the war at the height of its volcanic temperament both here and abroad, "The Green Berets" satisfies its anti-war clique by addressing their concerns in the beginning and then embedding a liberal reporter with Wayne's group as they try and defend an outpost in the Vietnam jungle, questioning many of the film's attitudes towards the event. The war scenes are admirably filmed (except for a few model/dummy explosion scenes that are straight B-movie stuff) and even my lackluster admiration for Wayne as an actor is subdued by the rich characterizations and easy sentimentality.

6. This Is Not A Film (2012)- Jafar Panahi's self exploration documentary shows what's best about Iranian film making- the ability to turn 'meta' at any moment and transform fiction into stunning reality. The first hour of the film documents Panahi's secluded lifestyle in his apartment- forbidden to make films and awaiting his final appeal decision from an Iranian court where he's facing 20 years for anti political film making. He acts out scenes from an unfinished script.... talks to his lawyers... deconstructs his own films he shows on TV... and then a casual meeting between the building custodian outside his door turns into an opportunity for Panahi to invest his time in someone else.

7. The Tit and the Moon (1994)- Bigas Luna's childhood fantasy film about a young boy's obsession with the breasts of a traveling circus woman (Mathilde May) after he becomes jealous of his newborn sibling. Like Luna's other 90's films (especially "Jamon, Jamon"), "The Tit and the Moon" is an elaborate soap opera where lust, fantasy, childhood and adulthood swirl around in high style. It's entertaining, but ultimately forgettable.

8. Johnny YesNo (1983)- Short film about a man (Jack Elliot) searching the neon streets for the woman of his dreams. Filmed in grainy black and white and featuring a weird soundtrack by the cult band Cabaret Voltaire, "Johnny YesNo" is like a Sex Pistols inspired film noir.

9. Play Dirty (1969)- Andre deToth's hard nosed, nihilistic war film stars Michael Caine and Nigel Davenport as renegades sent into the African desert to destroy a German oil depot. The scene where the men drag their military vehicles over a mountain and especially the ending are top notch sequences in a genre full of top notch sequences.

10. Lucy (2014)- Luc Besson's grrrrl power update of "La Femme Nikita" stars Scarlett Johansson as a woman infused with a drug that allows her to utilize 100% of her brain potential. Naturally she becomes the Terminator. As goofy and ludicrous as it is, I still found myself hugely entertained and even moved by "Lucy". There are a few scenes- namely Johansson's phone call to her mother and the downright weird ending- that linger in my mind.
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