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News and Theory / Re: Who's Next To Croak?
« Last post by polkablues on Yesterday at 01:07:20 PM »
Stan Lee died, so get ready for every Marvel movie to have a CGI version of him show up.
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News and Theory / Re: Horror
« Last post by WorldForgot on Yesterday at 01:07:18 PM »
It Followz rates higher than The Return of the Living Dead and Chopping Mall? And Hellraiser gets no starz! Scary ~
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News and Theory / Re: Who's Next To Croak?
« Last post by wilberfan on Yesterday at 12:53:54 PM »
I saw the film first-run in Cinerama as a tender, science-NASA nerd--all of 15 years old. Grew up watching Carpenter, Glenn, et al launch LIVE--without knowing what was going to happen at each launch.   

I'm not exaggerating when I say watching 2001 that first time was one of my first religious experiences.  (The other would have been my first planetarium show at the age of 9 or 10.)   I think I went 3 more times while it was still in it's reserved-seating engagement.  One of the things I'm proudest of regarding my viewings of this film is that I've never seen it on a small screen.  Every single one of my 40-ish viewings has been in a theatrical setting.   Anything else would feel....disrespectful, somehow.   
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News and Theory / Re: Who's Next To Croak?
« Last post by eward on Yesterday at 12:15:11 PM »
Same! He does not strike me as even remotely villainous these days. I found him wholly sympathetic.

The IMAX 70 screening I attended this past summer was by far the most profound experience I have ever had with this film. And I've seen it many many times, on practically every format. It's beyond cinema; simply one of the great works of art of the modern age. Not sure anything else even comes close.
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News and Theory / Re: What Films Are We Watching?
« Last post by eward on Yesterday at 12:09:39 PM »
Always a good experience when you start a movie with the intention of only watching a few minutes, are mesmerized by those ensuing minutes, and wind up watching the whole damn thing.

This is one of my favorite things in life. Cherished examples: Birth, Margaret, recently Private Life, It Happened One Night, ...

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Same thing happened with The Marriage of Maria Braun, that war-torn matrimonial opening was plenty of incentive to lock ass in seat.

One of my favorite openings of any film. It's so funny and terrifying and (literally) explosive! And those gorgeous titles....

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Added to these two flicks I had to see Secret & Lies finally, and fucking loved it. No matter how hard you fight the melodrama, those tears start welling one way or another. Those long takes between Brenda Blethyn and the daughter she gave up for adoption are performance showcases to a T. Everything about this movie is just so good.

Top-shelf Leigh, for sure. I haven't watched it, or any of his films for that matter, in a few years, and it's high time I revisit them. Naked, Life Is Sweet, All or Nothing, Topsy Turvy, Meantime, High Hopes, Vera Drake - I even liked Career Girls! Of his more recent stuff, I found Mr. Turner quite captivating.
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News and Theory / Re: Who's Next To Croak?
« Last post by wilberfan on Yesterday at 11:56:43 AM »
I actually cried at HAL's death scene a few months ago during the 50th Anniversary screening.  Probably my 40th viewing of the film over all these years--but it moved more this time than any of the previous times I've seen it.  I guess HAL felt like a much older friend after all this time.  Mortality is a bitch.
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News and Theory / Re: What Films Are We Watching?
« Last post by Something Spanish on Yesterday at 09:14:31 AM »
Always a good experience when you start a movie with the intention of only watching a few minutes, are mesmerized by those ensuing minutes, and wind up watching the whole damn thing. Happened twice recently with two movies I hadn't seen before, while fucking around on Filmstruck. Last week it was The Soft Skin, swindling me out of a sunny afternoon with its transfixing story of seduction, bearing Truffaut's stamp in every sense. After about 10 minutes, not finishing it was out of the question. It's a movie where the mood is enough to captivate you, eager to experience the tumultuous emotions, the beautiful B&W, the graceful camerawork, especially those long lonely tracking shots following Jean Desailly down long hotel corridors. Not one of Truffaut's best, but an original little ditty anyways that deserves to be on his resume.

Same thing happened with The Marriage of Maria Braun, that war-torn matrimonial opening was plenty of incentive to lock ass in seat. Haven't seen much Fassbinder, damn shame considering the tizzy this beauty got me into. There's a strong authenticity in the way peacetime Germany is depicted, the uninhabitable ruined buildings, rubble in piles on every street corner, hunger and pain in everyone's eyes. Maria is a great character, her rise to power a viewing to remember. Added to these two flicks I had to see Secret & Lies finally, and fucking loved it. No matter how hard you fight the melodrama, those tears start welling one way or another. Those long takes between Brenda Blethyn and the daughter she gave up for adoption are performance showcases to a T. Everything about this movie is just so good.
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News and Theory / Re: Who's Next To Croak?
« Last post by eward on Yesterday at 07:41:41 AM »
Daisy, Daisy
Give me your answer do...
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News and Theory / Re: Who's Next To Croak?
« Last post by wilberfan on November 11, 2018, 08:11:23 PM »
Douglas Rain, Voice of HAL 9000 in "2001".
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The Small Screen / Re: The Romanoffs
« Last post by Drenk on November 11, 2018, 08:38:27 AM »
The sixth one was painful to watch. Does Weiner need to film something if he wants to spend some vacation time in Mexico? Or Paris? I don't think so. The best episodes are set in America.
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