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Old 05-23-2009, 11:43 AM
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I got out The Party by Blake Edwards (with Peter Sellers) cause I hadn't seen it in ages. I'd forgotten how great the first 2 thirds were and how bad the last third was.
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I got out The Party by Blake Edwards (with Peter Sellers) cause I hadn't seen it in ages. I'd forgotten how great the first 2 thirds were and how bad the last third was.
I own that DVD. I feel about it exactly as you do.

Blake Edwards puts a bum carbuncle on many of his movies, like "The Party" & "The Great Race," by stretching the gimmick out well beyond what feels initially very funny, & continually coming back to motifs until all else has been crowded out from your mind. He's the Wagner of film farceurs.
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Old 05-24-2009, 09:51 AM
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I own that DVD. I feel about it exactly as you do.

Blake Edwards puts a bum carbuncle on many of his movies, like "The Party" & "The Great Race," by stretching the gimmick out well beyond what feels initially very funny, & continually coming back to motifs until all else has been crowded out from your mind. He's the Wagner of film farceurs.
Yeah I mean Sellers is at his best and you're thinking that this was a great laugh and wondering how they're going to finish it off and then...wtf it just keeps going, elephants, hippies, bubbles invading the house....way way too far and Sellers isn't even necessary, had absolutely no continuity with the first part. Just like some kiddies film tacked on to the end that happens to have Peter Sellers in it but could be anyone.

I just returned The Party and got out the australin film Chopper with Eric Bana and that was so good. He was beyond great but geez Melbourne doesn't seem as great anymore!
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Haven't had as much time to watch movies lately, but one I did see
was very, very disturbing. An American Crime, has anyone
else seen that? I had to turn my head away several times during that
movie. Supposed to be based on a true story. Sometimes people can
be animals. You'll know what I mean if you dare to watch it.
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Old 06-24-2009, 08:33 PM
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I am so behind on my Movie thread...

First, I bought and watched Breakfast at Tiffany's, because I just love that movie and always will.

Next, just to temporarily break my nostalgia binge, I rented The Reader. Had to watch it twice because I got too hung up on the love scenes the first time around. After watching the interviews and director's comments and then viewing the movie for a second time, I caught a better drift of the story and it was truly poignant. Winslet was stunning with her German accent. Quite the heartbreaking ending.

The other night I downloaded Streetcar Named Desire. I'd never seen that movie before and it had fabulous acting also. Looked a little low-budget, but who cares. I can almost see Blanche's influence on several actresses and celebrities. Has that movie ever been colorized? It was great in black and white. I didn't think I'd like it in black and white, but I really did.

Next up: Wait Until Dark.

... and the binge continues.

PS: I didn't care for What's Up Doc. Too much slapstick.
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Old 06-25-2009, 01:22 PM
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Haven't had as much time to watch movies lately, but one I did see
was very, very disturbing. An American Crime, has anyone
else seen that? I had to turn my head away several times during that
movie. Supposed to be based on a true story. Sometimes people can
be animals. You'll know what I mean if you dare to watch it.
I did see that one. Very disturbing indeed!
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Old 06-25-2009, 01:24 PM
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I finally got around to renting 'Finding Neverland". Definitely a feel good movie and very well done. Plus I adore Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet!
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the new friday the 13th, it reeked
gran torino, loved it
play misty for me, i adore this film~
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7 Pounds - Great movie, kinda sad at the end.
The Wrestler - another good movie - also kinda sad.
Bride Wars - typical chick flick - ok movie
Yes Man - funny movie!!
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Old 06-28-2009, 11:50 PM
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There Will Be Blood

The first time I watched this, I didn't like it so much.
But now it's grown on me. I think I'll have to buy this
on DVD.

BTW, I think Daniel Plainview is a lot like me. Especially
when he's sitting in the dark with his supposed brother and
says the line about "people".
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The other night I downloaded Streetcar Named Desire. I'd never seen that movie before and it had fabulous acting also. Looked a little low-budget, but who cares.
You mean in the set or production design? The movie was one of the major Warner Bros. productions of that year: highly anticipated & heavily advertised. Took three Academy Awards for acting at the Oscars. The low-budget look you sense was possibly the deliberately tawdry set design for the Old Quarter? The crumbling facade -- the Old South vs. the New South -- is one of the big themes in the play.

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I've never seen it colorized. I don't think TBS or TNT ever bothered.

I've been watching the British series YES, MINISTER all week. What a hoot this firebomb in the lap of bureaucracy is!
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Sex, Lies, Videotape - one of the best movies of the 80s IMO.
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Just got through watching Fanboys.

I thought it was very funny.
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You mean in the set or production design? The movie was one of the major Warner Bros. productions of that year: highly anticipated & heavily advertised. Took three Academy Awards for acting at the Oscars. The low-budget look you sense was possibly the deliberately tawdry set design for the Old Quarter? The crumbling facade -- the Old South vs. the New South -- is one of the big themes in the play.

I've never seen it colorized. I don't think TBS or TNT ever bothered.

I've been watching the British series YES, MINISTER all week. What a hoot this firebomb in the lap of bureaucracy is!
I understood the tawdry set design was purposeful to create a certain look for the old quarter. Whenever I see a movie that consists of only a handful of sets, I call it low-budget because I imagine they didn't spend a lot of money on a several different set designs or for location travel. Street Car basically had the apartment, outside the apartment and the streetcar for scenes. Granted, you didn't need any more to tell the tale, but I still call them low-budget. I have Old Man in the Sea in my queue too. If I remember correctly, that one didn't have a lot of different sets or locations, but a wonderfuly told and acted story nonetheless. It's what I love about those old movies... leaves more to the imagination.


I watched Wait Until Dark and enjoyed it quite a bit. There was more time spent setting up the story about the drug dealers than I remembered, but the scary apartment scene was every bit of frightening as it was last time I saw it years ago. Not to mention, I just love Audrey Hepburn's acting anyway.

Next up is Splendor in the Grass with Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty and/or On the Waterfront with Marlon Brando.
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Love this thread! Recently, I have seen lots of new movies. Including...

four of my favorite films (Stardust Memories, Dead Poets' Society, Stealing Beauty, and Something's Gotta Give)

a few old films (8 1/2, Some Like It Hot, Fight Club)

some newer comedies (The Hangover, Wedding Crashers)

and some newer dramas (Kill Bill Vo. 1 and 2, The Virgin Suicides)

It's been a good movie week!

OH and how can I forget.... HARRY POTTER.
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