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Re: Gregg Araki
« Reply #30 on: August 08, 2009, 02:00:51 PM »
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I guess I was the only one who really liked 'Smiley face'....sigh...but I really like characters who are aggressively stupid
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Re: Gregg Araki
« Reply #31 on: October 05, 2009, 10:12:22 PM »
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'Kaboom' adds four to cast
Thomas Dekker, Kelly Lynch join Gregg Araki indie pic
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Gregg Araki is detonating his next picture.

The writer-director ("The Doom Generation") has cast Roxane Mesquida, Thomas Dekker, Kelly Lynch and Rooney Mara in "Kaboom," which follows the sexual awakening of a group of college students. Araki is shooting the indie feature now.

Araki, repped by Untitled Entertainment, is the director of "Smiley Face," "Mysterious Skin" and "The Living End."

Repped by APA and Untitled, Mesquida has appeared in "The Last Mistress" and "Fat Girl." This will be the French actress' American feature debut.

Dekker, repped by ICM and the Schiff Co., starred in "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" and recently appeared in the feature "My Sister's Keeper." He next appears in the remake of "A Nightmare on Elm Street," releasing in April.

Lynch, repped by Talent Works and Crestview Entertainment, appeared on Showtime's "The L Word" and in the features "Charlie's Angels" and "Road House."

Mara, repped by Gersh and Sanders & Armstrong Management, next stars in "Youth in Revolt," hitting theaters in January, and "Nightmare on Elm Street."
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Re: Gregg Araki
« Reply #32 on: October 10, 2009, 11:35:03 PM »
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yikes sorry, couldn't find the Mysterious Skin thread so I had to coat tail on the Gregg Araki thread

who says Mysterious Skin is a bad book? whoever says this movie or book was bad was never raped or molested as a child

this movie was necessary in showing the perspective of a young child in such a situation and how they are emotionally stilted for life, in one way or another, afterward

Since I don't know any of you personally I can let you in on the following.
my girlfriend was raped as a 3 year old and we watched that movie together and I've never cried more for anyone this has happened to nor has she ever seen a movie that depicts such terrible things so accurately.

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Re: Gregg Araki
« Reply #33 on: October 10, 2009, 11:49:43 PM »
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yikes sorry, couldn't find the Mysterious Skin thread so I had to coat tail on the Gregg Araki thread

It's fine. But in case you want to read other members' comments:

http://xixax.com/index.php?topic=7519.0
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Re: Gregg Araki
« Reply #34 on: October 12, 2009, 08:13:37 PM »
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I think I'll always have a soft spot for Araki because his movies were some of the first independent films I ever saw. I can see now how terrible most of them are, but I'll watch anything he does out of the personal nostalgic factor.

Mysterious Skin is pretty damn good, though.
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Re: Gregg Araki
« Reply #35 on: October 12, 2009, 11:41:36 PM »
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I've only seen Mysterious Skin and The Doom Generation and I liked both.  I'm kinda curious to see the movies that you're saying are terrible.

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Re: Gregg Araki
« Reply #36 on: October 13, 2009, 12:16:09 AM »
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Nowhere is pretty bad. That was probably the first independent film I ever saw.
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Re: Gregg Araki
« Reply #37 on: October 13, 2009, 04:07:27 AM »
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Smiley Face is awesome fun: Anna Farris' best comic timing/faces, stoner plot with Marxist undertones - what's not to like?
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Re: Gregg Araki
« Reply #38 on: October 14, 2009, 01:24:07 PM »
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yikes sorry, couldn't find the Mysterious Skin thread so I had to coat tail on the Gregg Araki thread

It's fine. But in case you want to read other members' comments:

http://xixax.com/index.php?topic=7519.0


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Re: Gregg Araki
« Reply #39 on: October 14, 2009, 03:59:06 PM »
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Smiley Face is awesome fun: Anna Farris' best comic timing/faces, stoner plot with Marxist undertones - what's not to like?

The fact that it's not even kind of funny is what's not to like.  I couldn't stand how forced the humor is and how un-real the stoner characters are.  I walked out during the screening.

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Re: Gregg Araki
« Reply #40 on: October 14, 2009, 06:35:58 PM »
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So you didn't get to the Communist Manifesto being strewn across the beach like so much waste paper and being picked up by underpaid refuse workers?! It's seriously beautiful!

No - fair enough: I can see that it's not going to be everyone's cup of tea. I think you probably have to find Faris inherently somewhat hilarious (as I do) to be quite so charmed by her absurd interpretation of a stoner here... Also, it's the total unreality and lack of logic in the narrative that makes it so wonderful: the lack of plot drive conveys both crippling mundanity and surreal flights of fancy in a totally deadpan way - it's just one thing, then something else, then this odd encounter here, then a socialist revolutionary speech there, but all done through this character with this fucking goofy smile and this nonsensical interpretation of events, being played by the best comic actress of our time, who ultimately sees things as equal, and probably fine, when all's said and done... Because she's stoned, and thus isn't seeing life as a narrative that could possibly make coherent sense.

And her dialogue is so simultaneously matter-of-fact commonsensical and out-of-this-world stupid:

"When I'm get home I'm gonna frame pictures of a bunch of stuff I love. Like lasagna. I love lasagna. It's SO good... And cheesy. You know who else loves lasagna? Garfield. Man... that cat really loves lasagna. Maybe I should put a picture of Garfield in a frame. You know, as a kind of shorthand way of saying 'I love lasagna.' That would be so fucking inside... Or how about a photo of President Garfield? Oh shit...! That would be totally META!! People would be all like: 'Jane, why do you have a photo of President Garfield on your mantle?' And I'd be like: Because I like lasagna of course...!!!"

It's stupid at the same time as it's clever, and dumb at the same time as it's smart. It really is one of the weirdest films I've ever seen, and I can completely understand why most people would hate it, but for me it totally clicked - and, just to clarify, no: I am not a total stoner.
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Re: Gregg Araki
« Reply #41 on: October 14, 2009, 07:19:14 PM »
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Anna Faris is the bomb. She's pretty much the best thing about all the awful movies she does.
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Re: Gregg Araki
« Reply #42 on: October 14, 2009, 07:23:02 PM »
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So have you not seen Smiley Face? It's her Raging Bull! (Though I haven't seen House Bunny...)
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Re: Gregg Araki
« Reply #43 on: October 14, 2009, 07:28:37 PM »
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Gross. I don't wanna watch anything where she packs on the pounds.
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