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The thread where you embarass yourself with movies you've never seen

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Well, as I understand it 'controversy' played a fairly large role in cementing his initial reception, as part of the sudden explosion of transgressive LGBT subject matter that only became possible following the end of Franco's dictatorship. But I agree - I wouldn't say it characterizes much of the critical reaction to his work now.

I know your goal here is to be even-handed, but I want to say that this thread inspired me to rewatch What Have I Done to Deserve This?, and - I'll stop speaking for others - but one of my main points is that whatever controversy his films inspire is greatly overshadowed by the depth of his craftsmanship.  And What Have I Done To Deserve This is still a hilarious film:  partly absurd, partly surreal, partly melodramatic, but completely satisfying.  Even more screwball than what he does now.  So at least my point isn't that he does or does not inspire controversy, but he's simply a kickass filmmaker.  A great writer, as is being said.  The payoffs in WHIDtDT are surprising and well-earned, and the cinematic essence continues to deserve praise, even in this early stage of development.


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anyone have movies they were embarrassed they hadnt seen so they lied and said they had?

mine's always been Lord of the Flies. as an adolescent, brother and friends would always discuss the movie and its disturbing moments and i would feel like cbrad amongst his colleagues with Star Wars so i eventually just went along as if id seen the damn thing mostly plagiarizing things my brother would say of the film. still never seen it/never will/living the lie.

this mostly happens to me with piece of shit films that everyone flocks to as soon as they come out and that, for obvious reasons of being a sane person who doesn't like to waste money on utter shit, i usually wait to rent on cheap-ass tuesdays for $1 or better yet wait till it comes on tv or someone else rents it or buys it cos they loved it so much cos they're idiots but what can i do they're my friends and i can catch the end of it or just enuff to back up my accurate baseless claims of said piece of shit film.

examples i caught up with years after everyone else: juno, garden state, sex and the city the movie (wow, one of the worst films ever made, down there with Machete), quantum of solace, any tim burton since big fish.

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anyone have movies they were embarrassed they hadnt seen so they lied and said they had?

mine's always been Lord of the Flies. as an adolescent, brother and friends would always discuss the movie and its disturbing moments and i would feel like cbrad amongst his colleagues with Star Wars so i eventually just went along as if id seen the damn thing mostly plagiarizing things my brother would say of the film. still never seen it/never will/living the lie.

this mostly happens to me with piece of shit films that everyone flocks to as soon as they come out and that, for obvious reasons of being a sane person who doesn't like to waste money on utter shit, i usually wait to rent on cheap-ass tuesdays for $1 or better yet wait till it comes on tv or someone else rents it or buys it cos they loved it so much cos they're idiots but what can i do they're my friends and i can catch the end of it or just enuff to back up my accurate baseless claims of said piece of shit film.

examples i caught up with years after everyone else: juno, garden state, sex and the city the movie (wow, one of the worst films ever made, down there with Machete), quantum of solace, any tim burton since big fish.

awaiting verification: paranormal activity.. ah, heaps.

hahaha exact same reason here. it's just easier to lie and say I saw it than having to EXPLAIN why I haven't with something like "because I know it sucks".


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I'm a little late to the party but I haven't seen...
Chinatown
Barry Lyndon
Spartacus
Eraserhead

This is my shame.


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Some Directors I enthusiastically follow every news
about their movie until it comes out and then I don't see it

edit: notice the amount of times I wrote
I guess on this post. It's pretty insane.

Wes Anderson

Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums rank amongst my favorite movies. I enjoy his genius type characters and his style. He's a personal favorite, definitely. I follow the development of his stuff since the submarine movie.

    Haven't seen:
    • Darjeeling Limited
    • Fantastic Mr. Fox

The Cohens

They definitely are among the best in Hollywood since a long time. I follow them since the divorce movie. Some could say these two don't really belong on this list though because I didn't follow their development but I guess it's compensated by the fact that they are among the first DVDs I ever bought.

    Haven't seen:
    • Barton Fink
    • Miller's Crossing

PTA

I guess I kind of have to follow him because of this board. TWBB is one of my favorite movie. There's a huge Rush poster in Magnolia so I guess it's alright. Again, haven't followed the development of these two particularly but I guess it's stupid to look forward to a new film by someone if you haven't even seen the others.

    Haven't seen
    • Boogie Nights (a bit, old news)
    • Hard Eight (Sidney, whatever... looks good though)

J.J. Abraams

I guess you have to follow his shit because it's the best part of the film I guess. I remember looking forward to MI3 and Cloverfield like a crazy kid.

    Haven't seen
    • MI3
    • Cloverfield
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old news, perhaps, but it still baffles me!


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you had me at "the cohens".


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How is this still the case, though?  It's like you're proud of not having seen this.  Come on, this is fucking required viewing for this board.  You don't even know how many references and banners alone are about to all make sense for you.[/list][/list]
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I think I've seen most of the important mainstream stuff made post-1970 or so. I started looking at IMDB.com by decade and the number of classic movies which I haven't seen go up dramatically in the 60s. I haven't seen any of these all the way through. Always bits and pieces on AMC or something. One of these days when I have a little more patience I'd like to sit down and absorb Hitchcock/Kurosawa/etc etc.

..but stuff I haven't seen post-1970 which I maybe should have?

Patton
Network
Cinema Paradiso
The Princess Bride (I always get shit about this one.)
Brazil


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      Haven't seen
      • Boogie Nights (a bit, old news)
    How is this still the case, though?  It's like you're proud of not having seen this.  Come on, this is fucking required viewing for this board.  You don't even know how many references and banners alone are about to all make sense for you.[/list][/list]

    Well it's not that I haven't seen it per se. I've started it and didn't like it so much, so I really have no interest in seeing it again at all.

    you had me at "the cohens".

    What do you mean I don't know that expression ?


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    Well, I've seen two Von Triers now. Europe and Antichrist. And I don't really know if i liked them or not. There were so many things that bother me. Well, I'm probably too young and stupid for these kinds of movies, anyway.


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    Well, I've seen two Von Triers now. Europe and Antichrist. And I don't really know if i liked them or not. There were so many things that bother me. Well, I'm probably too young and stupid for these kinds of movies, anyway.


    well maybe for THOSE two.

    watch Breaking The Waves and The Idiots, they have more of a straight forward narrative that doesn't devolve into too much stylistic bullshit. they were my favourites when i was a teen and they are still great. Europa (aka Zentropa) is just an exercise to show to everyone that he is a master of the craft, and it proves it fine with a very meticulous concept. but it's Breaking the Waves that really proves he's a genius in style and substance.. it also features the best performance he's ever directed.
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    Pas

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    I read in Cahiers du Cinma last month (oh yeah, I've got all kinds of culture) an interview with the bad guy in Casino Royale, that weird eye guy. He says the Idiots is just a bunch of narcissistic actors doing all kinds of stupid shit and whatever they say really means : "PLEASE LOVE ME LARS, PLEASE FILM ME AND LOVE ME" ... I write it in caps to accentuate the annoyingness of that kind of people.

    I don't know if it's true but I guess it is.


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    Well, I've seen two Von Triers now. Europe and Antichrist. And I don't really know if i liked them or not. There were so many things that bother me. Well, I'm probably too young and stupid for these kinds of movies, anyway.


    well maybe for THOSE two.

    watch Breaking The Waves and The Idiots, they have more of a straight forward narrative that doesn't devolve into too much stylistic bullshit. they were my favourites when i was a teen and they are still great. Europa (aka Zentropa) is just an exercise to show to everyone that he is a master of the craft, and it proves it fine with a very meticulous concept. but it's Breaking the Waves that really proves he's a genius in style and substance.. it also features the best performance he's ever directed.

    I remeber when I was like nine and began to see The Idiots. Thought it was really creppy. :shock:

    I'm doing a film analysis course where we have a Trier-theme right now. And I think we will see Dancer in the Dark, Dogville and Breaking the Waves, so i'm gonna watch those. I'm not gonna see The Idiots, couse I can't download anything right now and I don't think i'm gonna blind buy that one. Although, I wanna see it.

    Europe was indeed a pleasure for the eye. Though it was a bit too much at times.


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      How is this still the case, though?  It's like you're proud of not having seen this.  Come on, this is fucking required viewing for this board.  You don't even know how many references and banners alone are about to all make sense for you.[/list][/list]

      Well it's not that I haven't seen it per se. I've started it and didn't like it so much, so I really have no interest in seeing it again at all.

      you had me at "the cohens".

      What do you mean I don't know that expression ?

      I was just making fun of the fact you said "cohens" instead of coens using a fairly famous quote from Jerry Maguire, total geekdom.

      Your affirmation of having not real interest to see Boogie Nights is starting to depress me. Really dude?