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Posted: 2008-02-10 08:41
yes, that's a funny movie.  if you like Alan Arkin, you should see the Slums of Beverly Hills.

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Posted: 2008-02-10 10:40

Thanks. Will look for it.

Another Alan Arkin film that I highly recommend is

Thirteen conversations about one thing (2001)

The 'one thing' here is happiness, who has it and where to look for it. A very deep, small budget film.


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Posted: 2008-02-10 13:38

Thirteen conversations is very good. The small things can make you happy, and the obvious things (such as winning the lotto, which one of the characters does) can be the path to misery.

On a completely different note, I recently saw 'As it is in Heaven'. According to the web, this is a 2004 movie and was nominated for the foreign oscar then, although it is showing here in RSA now as if it was a recent release.

All about how through prejustice and hypocracy, people can fail to reach happiness. If you have any objections to Catholism this movie can only help to reinforce them. Be warned though, if you're seeing it at the cinema, take your popcorn in: its over 2.5 hours long and there is no intermission.


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Posted: 2008-04-05 05:58

Avoid Babel (2006) Too much meaningless suffering with no redeeming value.

Same goes for Notes on a scandal (2006) All those dysfunctional people. But Cate Blanchett can act. Looks different in every film. 

And while we are at it, stay away from The human stain (2003) The misery! Plus Nicole Kidman can't act. Not in this one.

The trouble with all these films is that, technically speaking (assuming I know anything about films) they are all very professionally made. So you think, um, that's a good film. Then they stab you with their content.


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Posted: 2008-04-05 06:25
If you want an upbeat film about a topic normally having suffering associated with it, watch Kurosawa's Ikiru.

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Posted: 2008-04-05 06:48

"I can't afford to hate people. I don't have that kind of time."

I'm embarrassed to say that I haven't seen Ikiru. Will look for it. Thanks.


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Posted: 2008-04-22 21:38

Did not like Babel either; i'd say that "showing off sufferance" don't necessarily create substance...

Lately seen The_History_Boys , very much liked it; was simple and refreshingly honest, i thought.


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Posted: 2008-04-22 23:00

Babel was weak.

I liked Syriana though.

How about that Hizbollah guy with the sort of NY accent who pulled out one of Clooney's character's finger nails?


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Posted: 2008-04-23 11:05
"Happy-Go-Lucky" is quite nice. Especially if you like (but I think also for many who don't) Mike Leigh. Funny, sincere, brilliant acting.
But it is light-hearted enough not to be as amazing as many claim it is ;)

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Posted: 2008-04-23 11:40

in bruges is phucking hilarious if you don't feel offended by VERY strong language easily.

one of the good ones I watched recently


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Posted: 2008-04-23 15:01

I really liked Babel, I think it was the best of the trilogy, the Japanese part was awesome. Syriana? mmmkay, I just don't see what's the point of Matt Damon's character but ok...

Also it seems I speak Farsi better than Clooney or so my Iranian friend tells me (still, no Hizbollah big enchilada congratulating me)... 


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Posted: 2008-04-23 15:03
If one evening you feel all intellectual and introspective, watch 8 e 1/2 by Fellini, a real gem.

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Posted: 2008-04-23 15:35
RFMontraz,
I can come up with a seriously long list if we're going into classics ;)
although obviously Fellini is one of the geniuses of the 20th century, and the movie is magical.
I also love the soundtrack - definitely one of the most played albums for me.

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Posted: 2008-04-23 19:41

Syriana, definitely liked that one. Right, some cool finger nail shot in there. It almost got into a juicy torture!

Fellini: seen only La Dolce Vita, was great. If i have to pick only one or two other, would 8 e 1/2  be somehow representative of his work?


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Posted: 2008-04-23 21:42
SamyBoy, I don't think that "representative" what one necessarily needs.. (sometimes masterpieces are not representative at all)

Anyway, the "big four" of his movies, I believe, are "Le Notti di Cabiria", "La Strada", "La Dolce Vita", and "8½"...

I personally loved "La Strada" the most...

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Posted: 2008-04-23 22:55

rfm...now you talkin and shit.  Fellini. My life IS a Fellini film.

8 1/2 is good, but, for some reason, I like Julliette of the Spirits.  after a quick google (post viewing veronique's big four post), I realize one of the reasons Julliette of the Spirits moved me....color. shrooms.

what really cracks me up about Fellini is the Circus music....


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Posted: 2008-04-24 05:44
Cheers, i look fwd to watch them.

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Posted: 2008-04-24 12:35

ahahahah good stuff! Didn't know you guys were into Fellini!

Music in 8 1/2 is great and god knows where he found those weird looking characters, like la Saraghina or the sailor dancing tip tap. And Mastroianni is amazing, his smooth acting and voice, just great.


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Posted: 2008-04-24 23:01

the old "Dune" makes my spirit always up. practically anything else by Lynch is less important.

look "Samurai Fiction: Episode One". picture is good. story and characters are simplistic, but it keeps me watching to the end.


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Posted: 2008-04-26 08:41
by the way, is King of California any good?

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Posted: 2008-05-13 22:20
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Enough said, just watch it! 3 hours will never go so fast...

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Posted: 2008-05-13 22:50
watched "Goya's Ghost" last night. that was sort of cool.

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Posted: 2008-06-20 03:29
kong fu panda: nothing subtle/high-flying here, just freakin funny!

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Posted: 2008-07-15 16:31

Der Untergang (2004)

Based on Inside Hitler's bunker by J Fest and Until the final hour by Hitler's secretary Traudl Junge, it tells the story of Hitler's final hours. As realistically and emotionally unsparing as a film can be. I watched it many times. A very fine film. Bruno Ganz as Hitler, Alexandra Maria Lara as Traudl and the whole cast are excellent.


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Posted: 2008-07-25 19:59

The lives of others (2006)

A very careful portrait of Stasi (the East German secret police) and the lives of intellectuals in the DDR in the 80's. Lives are ruined for no reason other than the very personal whims of Stasi officials. Nominated for and winner of many awards including Best European Film.


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