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Happy New Year everybody (early)! What new (or old movies) are you drooling for?
Raj
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December 29, 2009 - 7:56 am
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Hey hey people!

Your friendly neighborhood curious guy with nothing better to do (and insomniac tonight) has a question for y'all.

What movies are you looking forward to being released in 2010?

OR... Just generally, what are you looking to watch?[Image Can Not Be Found]

AND... what here (meaning the reviews) has convinced you to go out and catch a movie or pass one over?

As for us...[Image Can Not Be Found] we're boring.  We have, for a long while now, been trying to see the nazi-zombie movie Dead Snow[Image Can Not Be Found].  And... again to be boring... and downright tasteless... I, at least... if not "we"..., am looking forward to the last Harry Potter.  Perhaps just because it will be the last time they get to butcher one of the books I found lovely.

As for other ideas... we have to wait for the video to come to the video store, or even longer for it to come to the library.  Then again, we just watched the Tri-color movies, Blue, White, and Red, so the library ain't so bad.

That reminds me of some thing else I could ask... gee... Ain't I a pistol tonight?[Image Can Not Be Found][Image Can Not Be Found]

What is/are your favorite foreign film/s?  Yes, I mean the ones with subtitles in the USA, where we can't seem to handle dubbing, or not made in the USA (and Balliwood doesn't count because they are all the same film anyway) for all you ... foreigners (?)... yes, you can vote for one made in your own country, just not in the USA.  [Can anyone say "trying too hard not to offend anyone outside the USA-centric mindview?[Image Can Not Be Found]]

On our list are Babbette's Feast, Tante Danielle, Let the Right One In... oh... and tons more I'm sure.  Anything Ingmar Bergman or with lots of snow (or both).

P.S.-- You realize Jen, since Scout and us (we?) made you sit through the werewolf movie it's now up to you to pick the next one.[Image Can Not Be Found]

OH YEAH!! Almost forgot... if you haven't seen this Spanish movie you simply must!!!! Only Human.  We literally laughed ourselves out of our chairs![Image Can Not Be Found][Image Can Not Be Found][Image Can Not Be Found][Image Can Not Be Found] (I'm serious about that... I literally almost ended up on the floor.  Even just the memory of some of the scenes still makes me laugh.  And to boot it's an Israeli/Palistinian meet the future in-laws movie (how often do you see that?).

SO folks... just what movie itches are you looking to scratch?[Image Can Not Be Found]

[yes. I just added that because I've been dying to use that smiley]

STILL trying to download my on-line personality. … and looking at things from a funny angle …

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Pokey
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December 29, 2009 - 1:56 pm
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Hi Raj

You mentioned on of my favorite foreign films (series), Three Colors. I like Red the best. I recently discovered Michael Haneke. His first film, Funny Games is wrenching to watch, but the man is talented. He made three others, Cache, The Pianist, and soon to be released White Ribbon. I have yet to see the others, but will soon. I have Tante Danielle and Let the Right One In and intend to see them soon.

Others I've liked: Maria Full of Grace, Persepolis, Downfall, I'm Not Scared, and Children of Heaven. There are some great films from Japan and China.

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kaythomas
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I loved the three color films also.  My favorite was Blue.    And I love Babette's Feast.

On Sunday,  I had a movie itch scratched.   I got together with  my opera buddy and we watched the entire 5 hour and 12 minute origianal version of Fanny and Alexander which Bergman did for Swedish TV and Criterion has released.   

This was great fun.  We watched 3 hours and then we had the lovely pork roast dinner he made and then we watched the next two hours.  It was a lovely evening. 

It is interesting to me that Burt, my opera friend,  is the only person I know who was and is so entralled with film for his whole life as I am.  Maybe it is just because we are older and were young at that time (late 60s and early 70s) when movies were what it was about.    My life from that time is a series of flashes of movies I saw and music I heard.  Well I guess that is true for all of us.

kay

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The last Harry Potter is being broken into two, so now there's two more butcheries in store. Harry Potter movies are a guilty pleasure for me. I love 'em all!

My favorite foreign movie is Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

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Steerpike
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Jen, have you seen The House of Flying Daggers? It has many visual similarities to Crouching Tiger, and in some ways is even more beautiful. I liked it very much. You also might enjoy the early films of Ronny Yu, pictures like The Bride with White Hair.

There's another Hong Kong/Chinese epic that I recall seeing shortly after college that was set up like Roshomon, each different perspective telling a piece of the story. It involved a man who'd killed some bandits and as such was allowed to touch the Emperor - does anyone remember the title? I want to say Jet Li and/or Chow Yun Fat were in it.

I love Bergman, Kay. I remember Wild Strawberries from film school. Did you see his son Daniel's picture Sunday's Children? Very haunting imagery.

Life is the misery we endure between disappointments.

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December 30, 2009 - 2:27 pm
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I need to get out and see Lovely Bones.

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Yep, Matt, I've seen House of Flying Daggers (loved it) and the Rashomon one, I want to say it was called Hero? That was good, too, but I liked it less than the other two. That Chinese style of fantasy filmmaking just works for me.

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December 30, 2009 - 6:49 pm
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Yeah that's right Jen, it was Hero and I've got to say I much preferred it to The House of Flying Badgers. There's only so much of that contrived eastern cherry blossom glossy waffle I can take. At least with Hero there was echoes of Kurosawa's Rashomon which was a fascinating concept for a film. I loved the format too where the story was told as they got closer to the Emperor.

@Pokey: Persepolis and Downfall were amazing, I dare say they were educational too. I heard of the Three Colour films ages ago but have never gotten round to wathcing them.

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I've seen several Kurosawas, and I guess I don't get it. [Image Can Not Be Found] They all seem like nothing special to me. Some good parts, many parts almost painfully boring and pointlessly long. All IMHO, which truly is H, because I know full well I am no kind of film critic. I knows what I likes though [Image Can Not Be Found]

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Steerpike
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Hero! That was it! Thanks guys. I need to Netflix both it and House of Flying Daggers, as I've only seen either once.

I'm a total sucker for cherry blossom glossy waffle. Take a totally mundane shot, throw in some cherry blossoms (or even those floaty puffballs from the puffball trees we have here in the midwest) and I'm yours.

Kurosawa has a bit in common with Tarkovsky and Malick, in that you often pay for a few moments of absolute gorgeosity with many long periods of dozing off. To this day I'm not 100% sure I've seen Andrei Rublev all the way through, despite having "seen" it at least four times. As I age I find myself less ashamed of liking movies with boobs and explosions, even though I still love the beautifully shot arthouse stuff that puts me to sleep.

Life is the misery we endure between disappointments.

Scout
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December 31, 2009 - 3:43 pm
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I also tried to watch Inglourious Bastards, the new Tarantino movie all the critics are creaming over and fell asleep at the basement pub scene. Tarantino seems to be suffering from the celebrity director syndrome, i.e. no one has the cojones to edit him. I'll probably give that another shot in the day time when I'm less prone to drifting off.

Has anyone seen this one?

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I heard it was bollocks so haven't given in it a chance yet! [Image Can Not Be Found]

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