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TheVoiceOfNick

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« on: October 17, 2003, 10:30:10 AM »
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Ok, this may open a can of worms, but hey, we do that everyday on other categories, so why not here...

I have a theory as to why we all like PTA so much... I was actually discussing this with another xixax member last night... I think he's the every-man director... he not only writes and directs great movies we can all relate to in some way or another, he's a hip and cool guy too!  We not only relate with his movies, but we can relate with him too... he's not like some snobby directors who have filmschool experience and talk about "existencialism", "narssicism" and "humanistic dillemmas" (which I can barely spell!), who leave the average joe scratching their heads and saying "huh?"... during interviews, PTA talks about his characters' roles through life and their situations... in plan English... he's personable and we like him for that...

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« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2003, 10:36:20 AM »
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sadly, most of PTA's interviews and scenes DO leave average joe scratching his head.

let's not kid ourselves here. I fucking love the man and his work, but in terms of mainstream, he's not. not by a loooooooong shot.

tarantino is more the average joe director. mostly because the drunken antics are entertaining to joe.
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When those who hated capital and consumption (and Jews) in the 20th century murdered some hundred million people, and the poster children for the struggle against international capitalism and America are now fanatical Islamic terrorists, this puts recent enthusiasts in an awkward position. Most of them are too dense and shameless to appreciate it, and far too many are taken in by the moralistic and paternalistic rhetoric of the Left.

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« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2003, 10:53:34 AM »
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I think PTA is more of a young filmmaker's filmmaker though... a lot of us like movies, and a lot of us want to make them but don't have a formal education in them... so PTA makes them, and doesn't leave people clueless in his interviews, as far as the art side of things go... sure, Tarantino is more mainstream, but PTA seams like a cooler guy... someone we could imagine hanging out with...

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« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2003, 10:56:59 AM »
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Here's why I like PTA:

His movies are always extremly artistic, with smart dialouge, he knows his characters, he's great at character driven pieces, he knows good actors, he has his own style, he has a great eye for music, he has his own unique personality, he's interesting, and he's just plain cool.
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« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2003, 11:07:04 AM »
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Quote from: Sydney
he has a great eye for music,


I've been told I have a great ear for graphic design...

Quote from: Sydney
and he's just plain cool.


Exactly my point...  :-D

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« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2003, 11:19:29 AM »
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Frankly, it's neat that directors like PTA and Soderbergh and Ratner* are so down-to-earth and hip and literate.

But, in the end, that's simply a bonus.

Only the films matter.

Why I love PTA:

1. I went into "Boogie Nights" knowing very little about it and having one of the most entertaining experiences I've ever had in a theatre.

2. So I went and rented "Hard Eight" and was floored by PBH and JCR there in PTA's first film.

3. I waited and waited and then drove 45 minutes to a theatre to see "Magnolia" and was absolutely floored. A trascendent film.

4. I saw "Punch-Drunk Love" three times in eight days and adored it.

It's all about the films. They rock. That's why I love PTA. The end.

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*-Ha, ha. That was a joke.

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« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2003, 11:51:43 AM »
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:lol: Alright, he has a good ear for music! I hope we're all happy now with our place in the world.
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« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2003, 01:43:07 PM »
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I thought we already establish that we don't like him?  I mean, he's just not very food!

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« Reply #8 on: October 17, 2003, 02:56:02 PM »
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whoes that?
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« Reply #9 on: October 17, 2003, 03:03:47 PM »
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Quote from: Onomatopoeia
I thought we already establish that we don't like him?  I mean, he's just not very food!


I probably missed the explaination of the use of the word "food", but could you repeat it?

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« Reply #10 on: October 17, 2003, 03:13:53 PM »
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I thought we already establish that we don't like him?  I mean, he's just not very food!


I probably missed the explaination of the use of the word "food", but could you repeat it?

Nick

Punch-Drunk Love.  Barry says to Walter upon being asked how he is, "I'm very food."  Or rather, he says that in response to how his business is doing.  He of course means "good," and Walter (?) points out that he may be hungry, and that may be why he said food.

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Barry shakes hands and hello's with the brother in law's.
He's left alone for a moment with Walter and Elizabeth;

                         WALTER
            How you doin' Barry?

                         BARRY
            Hi Walter.

                         WALTER
            How's business?

                         BARRY
            Business is very food, thanks.
                        ELIZABETH
            What's very food?

                         BARRY
            What?

                         ELIZABETH
            You just said very food.

                         BARRY
            Did I say that?

                         WALTER
            Yeah.

                         BARRY
            That was weird. I meant good.

                         WALTER
            Maybe you said that because you're
            hungry.....

From http://www.dailyscript.com/scripts/Punch-Drunk_Love.html.  Heh, another joke that loses all its meaning when explained.  :-D

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« Reply #11 on: October 17, 2003, 03:15:09 PM »
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Why we like PTA


Because he brought us all together in this community.
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« Reply #12 on: October 17, 2003, 03:47:05 PM »
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My avatar is an image of...I'm not really sure. Most of my avatars are off of random websites. I know that it was drawn and put into a newspaper at some point. Looks pretty cool though!

I'll tell you what, he's whatever you want him to be!
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« Reply #13 on: October 17, 2003, 03:49:03 PM »
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it appears to be Hunter S Thompson...
Those who say that the totalitarian state of the Soviet Union was not "real" Marxism also cannot admit that one simple feature of Marxism makes totalitarianism necessary:  the rejection of civil society. Since civil society is the sphere of private activity, its abolition and replacement by political society means that nothing private remains. That is already the essence of totalitarianism; and the moralistic practice of the trendy Left, which regards everything as political and sometimes reveals its hostility to free speech, does nothing to contradict this implication.

When those who hated capital and consumption (and Jews) in the 20th century murdered some hundred million people, and the poster children for the struggle against international capitalism and America are now fanatical Islamic terrorists, this puts recent enthusiasts in an awkward position. Most of them are too dense and shameless to appreciate it, and far too many are taken in by the moralistic and paternalistic rhetoric of the Left.

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« Reply #14 on: October 17, 2003, 04:18:08 PM »
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i thought it was philip baker hall
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