Seen any good movies lately? - Films you MUST see

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ROC

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Hey bongobill - I just watched Lady in the water last night and also liked it. of course it's hard for M. Night to live up to the quality of his first outing - 6th sense, but i like most of his stuff (i figured out the plot twist in The Village in the first 15 minutes though).
Did you notice the none-too-subtle swipe he took at critics in Lady - "who would be so arrogant as to pretend to determine someone elses future!?" and then has him horribly killed by the beast. Fun stuff :)
And Paul giamatti would make a perfect Bukowski for any upcoming movies!
 

chronic

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Just finished watching "Cocaine Cowboys," a 2006 documentary on the history of the cocaine trade in the Miami area in the late '70s-early '80s. It opens with the definition for "raconteur," and is mostly told by a few people who were directly involved: a smuggler, a high end dealer/wholesaler, a homicide detective, and an assassin (raconteurs all) and works in a lot of archival footage and photographs.

A really engrossing film and highly recommended for those with a taste for/interest in, this sort of thing. I think it's due out on DVD (in the US at least) in a week or two.

<edit>Info and trailer are here:
http://www.cocainecowboys.com
 

hoochmonkey9

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huh. I didn't know Nick Cassavetes directed that. you got my attention there. worth a look?
 
hoochmonkey9,

yes. i dont go to many movies anymore, i dont watch tv either. just think most of the stuff has abosolutely no soul - or maybe everything just seems to limt itself to some kind of preconceived target audience. "alpha dog" is simply the true story of some fucked up people. i dont think theres too much "fiction" in it. and i guess i appreciated that. also - go acting. so if you like cassavetes - do go out and pay the bucks for the ticket. thats a vote - right? come back and tell us what you think.

paul
 
I liked The Prestige a lot. At one point, I realized nobody was portraying their actual nationality except for Michael Caine. But it was good to finally end that debate over, "Who would win in a fight: Batman or Wolverine?"

And Casino Royale was funny (though I'm not sure it was supposed to be).
 

justine

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i've been watching lots of classic 80s teen flicks: The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles. And Labyrinth. and also watched a really good BBC doco about the "The Politics of Fear" - in which terrorism is propagated by so-called democratic governments in order to inspire fear in the masses so they can ride in like heroes and take care of the people (kinda like a Big Brother...).

another good film i watched recently was "Little Fish" with Cate Blanchett and Martin Henderson (a fellow countryman), which was excellent.
 

justine

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"Flight from Death: The Quest for Immortality" - explores how our unconscious 'death-denial' impacts our lives and how we treat others; pretty good, but now i want to read the book that inspired it (Ernest Becker's "Denial of Death").

"Outfoxed": a documentary which explores that fucked up right-wing ass-kissing biased pompous news channel Fox that you poor bastards have to put up with in the States. "Fair & Balanced" - what a joke!

"Northfork": directed by the Polish brothers ("Twin Falls, Idaho") - beautiful amazing cinematography
 

Bukfan

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"Outfoxed": a documentary which explores that fucked up right-wing ass-kissing biased pompous news channel Fox that you poor bastards have to put up with in the States. "Fair & Balanced" - what a joke!
I saw that on tv a while back. What a sick joke that right-wing channel is. And that bastard Bill O'reilly. The insulting way he treats his guests. All he can say is shut up, shut up to people whose views he don't like. That show is almost surreal!...
 
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little children

good movie. a cross between American Beauty and Happiness but with more grey, if you like that kind of thing, which I personally do.
 

pig ear press

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'the last life in the universe', a Thai film which is totally engaging. If you can handle slow paced beauty without the thousand plot twists and explosions then this may be the film for you...
plus if anyone has seen it what do you think was happening in the film? (the film asks many questions of the viewer without providing neatly packaged answers)
 

number6horse

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This was a beautiful film - very dream-like and sensual, with some sad and beautiful moments. The scene where the girl settles down for a smoke (hash?) and the breeze begins to blow through the house (or is it her sister's spirit returning?) and she comes upon the photograph of her dead sister - very moving scene that is hard to describe accurately. You've got to see it.

As for how the plot "wrapped up", I was a little confused. I think he killed the hit-men, but maybe not. There were some intentionally loose threads in it, but that only added to the intrigue. I will see this one again for sure.

And Paul giamatti would make a perfect Bukowski for any upcoming movies!
When I read this, I was reminded of the film "Sideways" where Giamatti quotes Buk. Funny scene. And yes, I agree he could make a great Bukowski.
 

Erik

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The Proposition

Saw the Australian western "The Proposition" last night. Just out on DVD over here. Screenplay & soundtrack by Nick Cave. Strong strong stuff.
I find Nick Cave's apocalyptic style a bit overwrought at times, but not in this flick. Cave has written some magic dialog for this movie. There are echos of Heart of Darkness, Apocalypse Now, Dylan's Masked & Anonymous, and Greek tragedy in here. My pick: John Hurt's performance as the eloquent bounty hunter Jellon Lamb.

Jellon Lamb: Forgive me, sir, but I've been stuck here with no one but this sorry sack of Hibernian pig shit for conversation. Poor, poor Dan O'Reilly. Sit, sir. Drink with me.
[Charlie cocks his gun and points it to Lamb]
Charlie Burns: One more crack about the Irish, Mr. Lamb, and I'll shoot you. Am I clear?
Jellon Lamb: Oh, as the waters of Ennis, sir. Let us drink, then, to the Irish. No finer race of men have ever... peeled a potato.
[Charlie cocks his gun again and points it to Lamb]
Charlie Burns: Do you pray, Mr. Lamb?


Oh, and not to forget the great soundtrack, its almost like one of the characters in the movie...
 
speaking of escape movies - and great movies - id jus like to mention a favorite filmmaker of mine, robert bresson. his "a man escapes" is wonderful - but almost all of his films are truly worthwhile. i would advise any living human being out there in the great wide world to check him out if you aint already done so. thats all.

paul
 

Bukfan

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Just saw the german film "Der Untergang" (The downfall) about the last days of Hitler, seen through the eyes of his secretary. The movie seems very historically correct. It's exiting and the actors are great, although the subject is a bit depressing. Certainly worth a watch...
 
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movie about sophie scholl (spelling?) - member of the white rose, germans against hitler. great movie. also the downfall was cool - plus "hitler's secretary" docu. - just footage of hitler's sec. talking, telling the story. she mustve been around upper 70's - died not long after the making.
 

Bukfan

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baby snakes zappa dvd. fucking great.
Indeed! I've got all the Zappa dvd's: Baby Snakes - Does Humor Belong in Music (The Pier NYC 1984) - A Token Of My Extreme - and the latest: The Dub Room Specials.
Baby Snakes is perhaps the best. And with the longest running time, about 2 hours and 45 min. I like the scene where Frank's singing Disco Boy and the girl in front looking at him almost in love. She turns up again later in the show and Frank says "Ah, you're the girl from Disco Boy" or words to that effect. Btw, you can also get Baby Snakes on cd...
 
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