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« Reply #30 on: May 21, 2003, 07:10:08 PM »
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yes... same director... he also did a piece on the lumiere and company film...

It's pretty brutal from what I remember... in a kind of unforgiving way too.  It's been a few years since I've seen it, but I'd give it a hmmm... an 8?  Maybe... how much does the emotional torture bothers you?  Because that's a big factor.


It depends on whether it's Cape Fear-style "I'm gonna do the worst things possible to you physically, but I'm gonna tell you all about it first," or purely "psychological." I can handle psychological more easily.
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« Reply #31 on: May 21, 2003, 07:10:53 PM »
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i'll go watch it now and tell you.
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« Reply #32 on: May 21, 2003, 07:12:31 PM »
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i'll go watch it now and tell you.


Sounds good. My breath is bated.
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« Reply #33 on: May 21, 2003, 09:10:14 PM »
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i just want to... die. that movie was...

i don't even know.
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« Reply #34 on: May 21, 2003, 09:13:33 PM »
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i just want to... die. that movie was...

i don't even know.


Once you've recovered, could you be a bit more explicit so I'll know whether your speechlessness is a recommendation or a warning? Or both?
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« Reply #35 on: May 22, 2003, 08:13:25 PM »
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if you think you can handle it, i say go for it. it's one of the most interesting movies i've seen in a long while. it succeeds in making the audience feel like a piece of shit. haneke is a demented genius.

i actually felt the most tense part was in the first 10 minutes where there is absolutely no violence or any threat of something crazy happening. who would have ever thought that a guy asking for eggs without any trick shots or scary music could be so fucking creepy? i almost turned it off after this scene. if you make it past that point, haneke succeeds in getting you to stay the whole time... it's like he reels in his audience with that scene. i'm usually able to take things well in movies and not get scared by scary movies, my hands were covering my face the entire time. it's the first time in maybe 10 years that a movie has given me nightmares.

i'm sorry, i'm lying. the last movie that gave me nightmares was curse of the jade scorpion. no joke.
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« Reply #36 on: May 24, 2003, 10:07:30 AM »
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I just rented Dancer In the Dark by Lars Von Trier... and right now the banner while I'm writing this post is Dancer In the Dark.  Coincidence?  Anyways... it was great...so dark and sad.  It manages to turn into a Greek tragedy and maintain a degree of realness at the same time, which is very important.  It was very disturbing, but more emotional... not so draining as something like Requiem/Salo.  I also rented Buffalo 66...but the tape won't play so I have to return it for another... :(  Dreamlife of Angels was another powerful and sad film.  Again, more emotionally draining.  A lot has been copied from it too[/i]
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« Reply #37 on: May 24, 2003, 12:09:54 PM »
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I finally rented Rules of Attraction. Didn't like it, but liked it more than I thought I would. Handling of the movie is well done, but sympathy or care where it is asked to be put in place in mostly non existent. Shannyn Sossamon, of however you spell her name, is really hot. I could watch a movie alone for her being in it. Also, the sequence that shows Victor's European trip is amazing, and alone could hold up as a very good short film of sorts. I honestly never had seen a sequence like that before in any movie and this was even more rewarding. It's sad though, because there was talent in the filmmaking, but a need to rely on things that are not really important nor interesting.

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Well said. Sossamon is a beauty alright, and I want to see her in better roles.  As for Dawson playing Bateman, for the first time I liked his acting. He plays demented/intense very well. Not quite sure what they were going for in the warping of narrative though....I found it more of a distraction than an artifice to help the movie along. Kinda like "Hey neeto, look what we're doing! Betcha never seen this before!"
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« Reply #38 on: May 24, 2003, 12:57:09 PM »
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Its weird though with Sossamon, because its easy for someone in the movies to be really hot, but with her, I am more just drawn to her instead of being turned on by her looks. She looks really unique and has such a charm about the way she naturally is made my experience of going to the theatres to see 40 Days and 40 Nights actually enjoyable. I've seen everything she's done with the exception of seeing A Knight's Tale all the way through. I've seen most of the movie in parts via repeated HBO airings but someday soon I think I will watch it all from beginning to start. I also hope she gets better roles, but she is worthwhile even in these roles.

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« Reply #39 on: May 25, 2003, 12:48:13 AM »
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I love the rewind part of 'Funny Games.' I won't spoil it for those of you who haven't seen it. Haneke is something else. I haven't seen Code Unknown yet, but Piano Teacher was probably the most shocking and uncomfortable thing I'd seen up until Irreversible earlier this year. I'm looking forward to his Cannes entry this year -- I believe it's a post apocalyptic film?

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« Reply #40 on: May 25, 2003, 07:28:44 PM »
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i really really want to see the piano teacher and this thread as made me interested in funny games too.  salo looks interesting.  but i think it's pretty hard to find.  my local blockbuster doesn't carry it, methinks.

yeah...i'm going through a dark period in life where sick twisted movies seem appealing.  

the other day, i rented the Killing Fields.  EXCELLENT movie.  the ending could have been terribly schmaltzy, yet it felt earned becuase the relationship between these two men was so touching.  great depiction of the cambodian genocide too...

and i rented seven samurai but i don't know if i'm up to it.

i recently rented in the mood for love and i couldn't get through it.  it bored the absolute SHIT out of me.  i felt like a philistine for not liking it
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« Reply #41 on: May 27, 2003, 01:29:27 AM »
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my girlfriend suggested we rent 8 WOMEN which we had seen a preview for in the theaters and looked like it could be amusing, so we rented that.  personally, i hated it.  hated hated hated.  how many times do we have to see this CLUE scenario before it becomes old?  (or is this like a clever, "we're too clever to be ripping this off, so we're like being too smart for this genre" type of thing?)  the whole movie was cliche'd and terrible.  FIRST of all, (if it isnt too late for that), its based on a play.  as a rule of thumb i do not like movies based on plays. (there are exceptions, but rules of thumb are good guides).  there are SOOOO MANY things you can do with 2 hours.  so (most of the time) if youre spending 2 hours in a film inside of one room/house, it feels like a waste of my time.  you can show infinite amounts of information in 2 hours. (see CITY OF GOD for recent example of making the most of your running time).  if its a play, make it a play!  if its a movie, make it a movie.  dont make a play a movie, unless you really plan on "adapting" it and taking full advantage of the cinematic possiblities you have.  (Billy Wilder and Alfred Hitchcock were able to make plays into movies succesfully),  whereas this just felt like they basically just set up cameras to film the play.  what was the point of this movie anyway?  finding out a few of them were lesbians and theyre all having affairs with the dead guy?  and what was with the musical interludes?!?  the colors were cute at first, but quickly became obnoxious.  did i mention i hated this movie?  apologies for the rant, but thats 4 bucks and 2 hours i can never have back.
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« Reply #42 on: May 27, 2003, 01:40:09 AM »
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I loved '8 Women!' It's all meant to be a joke...and how could you not enjoy seeing all those great (and beautiful) actresses? Oh well.  I know a few other people who don't like it either. But I think it's hilarious.

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« Reply #43 on: May 27, 2003, 08:36:24 AM »
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Dreamlife of Angels was another powerful and sad film.  Again, more emotionally draining.  A lot has been copied from it too[/i]


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« Reply #44 on: May 28, 2003, 10:44:35 PM »
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finally watched BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF.  hated it.  really deeply hated this pile of shit.  it looks like the french just figured out shutter speeds!  wow, changing to slow-motion in the middle of a shot.  cool the first few times, but after a half hour of this, it kind of got old.  was there really any need for this to be 2 1/2 hours?  besides that the entire first hour and a 1/2 had like ZERO action.  WHICH, wouldnt have been so bad had it actually been developing a STORY or characters that you care about. i really dont know WHAT they were thinking. the idea was cool, the structure was horrific.  if it was going to drag on for so long, shouldnt there atleast be a payoff that we didnt figure out like an hour ago?  you couldnt pay me to watch this again.
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