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« on: August 29, 2007, 01:24:14 AM »

recommend movies!

Dark Days - low budget documentary about the people who live in the abandoned tunnels under new york city.  Really amazing/highly recommended!  (Got a 100% on rotten tomatoes.com)
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/dark_days/


Mutual Appreciation - a really laid back movie about people bullshitting around NYC after college, trying to make a life etc.  It stars the singer from Bishop Allen too!  I liked it a whole lot.
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/mutual_appreciation/


Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid - cool western based on a true story.  It's really funny!
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1003318-butch_cassidy_and_the_sundance_kid/


Hedwig and the Angry Inch - just really bizarre.  You have to read about it, I don't feel like summarizing.  Also check out Shortbus if you like this.
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/hedwig_and_the_angry_inch/


The Edukators - cool german movie about people who break into homes but don't steal anything.  Starts with a real social(ist) message but turns into a really human movie.  Overall it's nothing that'll blow you away but it's interesting.
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/edukators/



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« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2007, 02:10:53 AM »

i havent watched a whole lot of great movies lately.  i may have to check out some of the ones youve listed.

i guess the last really good film ive watched was "desperate man blues'.  its a documentary about a man who most likely has the best collection of blues and country/folk vinyl.  this man lives and breathes his music collection and its really great to see him and how much the music really means to him.  its a must see if you enjoy pre-war era music or are a music collector.
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« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2007, 02:45:47 AM »

Paradise Now is good.  It's a Palestinian film about two friends who are chosen to do a suicide bombing together.  Lots of conflict.
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« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2007, 02:51:23 AM »

both of those are now cued up next on my netflix!
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« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2007, 10:15:30 AM »

I just recently saw Woody Allen's Matchpoint. It's really good.
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« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2007, 02:53:24 PM »

Oh yes, Matchpoint was a very well executed thriller.  Woody Allen's nod to Hitchcock.  Def worth seeing even if your not a fan of Woody.

I'll throw in:
  • Searching for the Wrong Eyed Jesus - another great doc about music and literature in the South.

    The Devil and Daniel Johnston - See it.  Just heard Daniel the other night co-hosting a radio show out here in LA.  It's great to hear from him.

    Down in the Valley - Outstanding performance, once again, by Edward Norton.  He even assisted in the editing of the movie.  What a collaborator.

    The Proposition - One of the absolutely best newer westerns out there and it takes place on the Aussie frontier. So so poetic.

    Stranger than Fiction - Intelligently written dramedy with a reserved performance from Will Farrell.  Great to see this side of Will.

    The Dead Girl - Great drama told in a sort of vignette style.  Performances are great all around.  Every single person delivers the good.  Very good insight into the human condition.

    Junebug - Great family drama with humor about cultures crossing.  Plus there is a brief cameo by Will Oldham.

I better stop here.  I can go on and on and on...

Anyone see Oldjoy yet?  I have yet to see that one.


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« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2007, 03:36:12 PM »

Oldjoy was ok, just really laid back.

I have to disagree on Down in the Valley.  I thought it was awful.  The Devil and Daniel Johnston was pretty good though.

If you liked Stranger than Fiction you should see Adaptation and Being John Malkovich too.
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« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2007, 03:53:52 PM »

Edward Norton's best movie was Primal Fear. Some of the best acting I've seen.
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« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2007, 03:59:29 PM »

Edward Norton in anything is amazing.
American History X
Fight Club
The Painted Veil
The Illusionist

Those are a few of his that I've seen this summer.
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« Reply #9 on: August 29, 2007, 04:32:37 PM »

yea, i've always really liked edward norton too, he's so versatile, sometimes actors get stuck in that same role, what's the word, typecast, so there are so many actors that i can't get past previous roles they've had, but for some reason Norton never gives me that vibe, i never see him as "the guy from *fill in movie title here*" , he's so good at getting into the character

i do have to agree with ddn and acniner, i really liked Matchpoint and I'm not usually a big Woody fan
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« Reply #10 on: August 29, 2007, 06:36:40 PM »

I liked Old Joy a lot.  Adaptation is pretty great.

To mention something else, I'd say Harold and Maude is pretty fantastic if you can find it.
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« Reply #11 on: August 29, 2007, 07:21:19 PM »

yeah Harold and Maude is really good!
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« Reply #12 on: August 30, 2007, 01:09:42 AM »

Harold and Maude is one of my all-time favorites. We watched in my 10th grade english class and everyone hated it. I think I cried a little bit.

I just watched Blades of Glory at my friend's house. It was kind of... terrible.
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« Reply #13 on: August 30, 2007, 10:40:28 AM »

Alone in the Wilderness...  my favorite movie.

It's a documentary about some 35yr old who goes and lives in the woods for 30 years.  The movie only shows the first year he was there, but it's really incredible to watch.  Highly recommended.
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« Reply #14 on: September 01, 2007, 02:39:13 PM »

The last really good film I saw in theaters was "The Lives of Others."  Talk about a true police state...

After Ingmar Bergman died, I watched several of his I hadn't seen. "Autumn Sonata" was really amazing.

I usually still prefer more caustic humor -- my three favorite directors are probably Terry Zwigoff (Crumb, Ghost World, Bad Santa), Alexander Payne (Citizen Ruth, Election) and the Coen brothers.

Never really cared for "Butch Cassidy."  It's charming but with both Redford and Newman, it's too much 70's man candy.

If you want to see a really amazing counter-culture western, rent "El Topo"

If you want to see a Leone western that tops "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly," try "Once Upon a Time in the West"
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