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HejiraNYC 10-02-2010 03:31 PM

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Originally Posted by Nikolaj (Post 913297)


^^^ or 4 posts above, not just the small excerpt above, but all of it was great to read, Hejira. 'Eynam Pkutoh' especially sounds really worth investing the time in to watch. I still have not seen 'Brokeback Mountain' but this sounds like it could be more socially and culturally rewarding than 'BM' which I'd heard enough about from people I respected to know I wasn't going to feel uplifted by watching a negative depiction of what could have been a positive, life-affirming film. I was curious to see the peformances in it, which I'm sure are excellent but I knew the story's outcome, and didn't want to support the film's ulitmately negative premise, though I know the director is brilliant. 'Eyes Wide Open' (easier to type) seems like it will be more of something I'd enjoy, then another account of a gay guy destined for promiscuity and death or hiding behind a wife while really in love with a man.

Well, if you're looking for something "uplifting," "Eyes Wide Open" is not that movie. It is brutally frank in its depiction of the orthodox society, but it does raise some interesting philosophical questions about the role of man on earth and whether it is his prerogative to indulge in earthly pleasures per the Jewish Code. Maybe it's because of living in NYC and knowing lots of Jewish people throughout my life, but I have always found the Jewish customs/traditions to be incredibly fascinating and enigmatic. As such, this movie was just as much a cultural odyssey for me as well as a tale of forbidden love. And forbidden love is forbidden love- whether gay or straight. And we all know how these kinds of stories end... :distress:

The trailer is a little bit sensationalized compared to the understated, langorous, moody tone of the movie, but you get the gist...



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Hmm, guess I figured out why I haven't seen it!
"More Tales" --as you wrote, really couldn't compare to the first 'Tales of The City'- the grandmother brothel owner was kind of too painfully homely to ever really let your eyes not hurt watching her, though her acting was fine, she was just too freaky. The second actor to play 'Bear' -in 'More Tales' - was likeable enough, I guess, but the actor in the first 'Tales' really seemed to be missed, by everyone I knew and in every review I read, at the time.
What stands out now,besides how Laura Linney showed such ripe talent so long before she went mainstream and had the Oscar nominations, is how brave it was of Thomas Gibson to take on some of the male-on-male scenes he played as the bisexual married to a woman man. I respect his talent even more now, because there was no 'Harry Hamlin stigma' for him afterwards. He just has worked steadily ever since 'Tales,' refusing to believe or accept that portraying homosexual or bisexual or, really, maybe just a homo-erotic character should leave him unemployable for long stretches. He's remained a working actor ever since. Hamlin had a promising film career way, way back (I remember 'King of The Mountain' fondly, but vaguely) then along came 'Making Love' and there went his film career.
I don't think Thomas Gibson was exactly a household name back then either, so I'm not sure if one could call him "brave" for taking on the Beauchamp Day role; any struggling actor would have jumped at the chance. And it's not like he was humping every man walking by- he was "straight" for 95% of the series and wasn't even shown actively doing it with a guy. And as for Harry Hamlin, I think he faded into obscurity for two reasons- he couldn't act for sh*t and his looks hit the wall very rapidly and suddenly about 15 years ago. Nobody from LA Law has gone on to any major success, with maybe the exception of Blair Underwood, who continues to get lots of work (and he sold his soul to the devil or something because he looks exactly the same as he did over 20 years ago).

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I liked the 'Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman' references in 'Tales Of The City', too.
To me, 'MHMH' is an example of television that is on the level of 'Tales'-- Youtube has a clip of Louise Lasser in what Norman Lear called 'the greatest performance ever given by an actress in the history of television'-- its a very long scene where 'Mary' has a nervous breakdown while on The David Susskind Show, and by the end of the clip, it does seem that Lasser took television acting to an entirely new level- she's brilliant. That very episode isn't even available on DVD, and there doesn't seem to be any followup dvd releases beyond the MHMH dvd that's been out for years .
Suddenly feeling nostalgic for the 7os, between 'Tales Of The City' and 'MHMH.'
Will track down the movie of the Israeli duo Hejira mentioned. It sounds promising, even if one of the guys is married. It happens.
I will have to check out Mary Hartman on youtube! I think I was just a little bit too young to really understand that show back when it was on. I remember thinking it was really weird and boring. I suspect I would totally love it now.

Artemis 10-02-2010 04:56 PM

Well, after the Lord Voldemort twitter account kept posting things like -

http://oi55.tinypic.com/adytyf.jpg

I can't stop watching Mean Girls. It's such a brilliant movie, it does everything right. I think it's Lindsey Lohan's ONLY good movie. It's so totally quotable too.

http://oi54.tinypic.com/vxyzcp.jpg

That is so fetch.

LukeA 10-02-2010 07:59 PM

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Originally Posted by HejiraNYC (Post 913335)
I will have to check out Mary Hartman on youtube!

Its an incredible show. A crime that all the episodes aren't out on DVD.

mylittledemon 10-03-2010 02:22 AM

"Boy" - a NZ film... absolutely fantastic.

Jackie Brown - still a great movie

and

Mary & Max... very wacky

HejiraNYC 10-03-2010 11:23 AM

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Originally Posted by mylittledemon (Post 913383)

Mary & Max... very wacky

I saw that recently too! I think it's the first animated Asperger's character ever!

LukeA 10-03-2010 11:29 AM

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Originally Posted by HejiraNYC (Post 913434)
I saw that recently too! I think it's the first animated Asperger's character ever!

Droopy Dog.

HejiraNYC 10-03-2010 12:35 PM

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Originally Posted by LukeA (Post 913436)
Droopy Dog.

Ah... perhaps... but Droopy was not diagnosed as such officially. I would say he was more likely experiencing the negative symptoms of schizophrenia, in particular, lack of motivation, anhedonia, apathy and flat affect.

BTW, Max was actually diagnosed with Aspergers in the movie.

iamnotafraid 10-18-2010 02:38 AM

Finally!!!

ELVIS ON TOUR BLU RAY

I saw this when I was a child on TV, had the VHS & Laser Disc.
But now finally I have it on Blu ray, and it's awesome. Even
though WB tried to sabotage it by substituting "Don't Be Cruel"
over "Johnny B. Goode" over the opening credits. $$$ talks or
$$$ walks (walks in this case). But other than that the sound is
great and the video is good considering it was filmed in 16mm.
Buy it, and then crank it up. Elvis is in the house.

louielouie2000 10-19-2010 04:11 AM

I've seen a lot of movies lately, but I just watched Neverwas, and truly enjoyed it. It was really a sweet little movie... in my eyes it hearkened back to a time of simpler moviemaking and storytelling. There was no sex or violence, it was just a story about human compassion. I just found the entire experience of watching this one to be so refreshing. :nod:

Silver Springs 10-19-2010 03:12 PM

The First Men In The Moon

Adaptation of HG Well's science fiction classic. As the Apollo Astronaughts are set to land on the Moon in 1969, and old Man tells of how he and a Professor were first there in 1909. A made for TV movie that promises what it delivers with the expected quality (or lack thereof) of a Television Show.

Richard B 10-29-2010 10:30 AM

How To Train Your Dragon - cute and great looking on blu-ray.

mylittledemon 10-29-2010 11:53 PM

Legion... Whew boy, what a stinker!

World's Greatest Dad (Robin Williams)... Surprised me actually...

Old Boy... A graphic and shockingly entertaining revenge tale

Chaplin... Robert Downey Jr was fab

Robin Hood... Not really much better than the Kevin Costner one. Ridley Scott kinda disappoints here.

TerraRhiannon 10-30-2010 08:33 AM

This week for DVD's.. hmm..

I think all I watched was Roseanne Season 8, and Talladega Nights!

Oh yeah, and DESTINY RULES.
a-maz-ing :)

Richard B 11-08-2010 09:42 PM

The Human Centipede - all I can say is why, why, why?

tilthefirefades 11-08-2010 10:27 PM

MEGAMIND - I'm a sucker for kids movies that don't involve talking animals, and I really enjoyed this one! Cliche plot, but great casting with Will Ferrell and Brad Pitt. Definitely worth watching if you are a fan of the genre.

APerfectLie 11-09-2010 12:59 AM

V for Vendetta. How had I never seen this until now?!

jeffd8382 11-09-2010 01:10 AM

Dead Silence... I was surprised that I actually found it a bit creepy in spots! It had the bad computer graphic elements that most horror movies nowadays insist on using.. but it also had some genuinely scary spots.

mylittledemon 11-09-2010 02:38 AM

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Originally Posted by APerfectLie (Post 920086)
V for Vendetta. How had I never seen this until now?!


I don't know! I saw it in the theater in '06... Twice! I loved it that much. The graphic novel is interesting as well, if you haven't read it. ;)


My movie this week? Edge of Darkness. Mel Gibson, despite the fact that he's been a steaming bag of craziness lately, still has the goods. 7.5/10 on that one.

APerfectLie 11-09-2010 03:14 AM

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Originally Posted by mylittledemon (Post 920092)
I don't know! I saw it in the theater in '06... Twice! I loved it that much. The graphic novel is interesting as well, if you haven't read it. ;)


My movie this week? Edge of Darkness. Mel Gibson, despite the fact that he's been a steaming bag of craziness lately, still has the goods. 7.5/10 on that one.

IDK either! Everyone was going on about remember remember the 5th of November the other day when I confessed to my friend that I had never seen that movie. She made me watch it and I am now in love with it. I will most def check out the graphic novel!

EnchantedKiwi 11-09-2010 05:10 AM

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Originally Posted by mylittledemon (Post 913383)
"Boy" - a NZ film... absolutely fantastic.

I FINALLY saw Boy for the first time last week! So funny :laugh: I'm not sure if people who don't live in New Zealand would get it that well though

mylittledemon 11-09-2010 09:59 PM

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Originally Posted by EnchantedKiwi (Post 920101)
I FINALLY saw Boy for the first time last week! So funny :laugh: I'm not sure if people who don't live in New Zealand would get it that well though

I think some people might find the dialogue hard to understand but it's easy to relate to it eh. It's got some heart to it, and it's funny. Good combo.

rayno 11-10-2010 06:44 AM

just yesterday i watched prime with uma thurman and meryl streep and some guy whos name i forgot, greenberg, bloomberg.. something like that. it was okay, my girl really wanted to rent it and as i'm one of the good guys :) we did. but to be fair, it was actually quite comical and very real. so id say its recommendable.

Kena 11-10-2010 09:02 AM

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Originally Posted by rayno (Post 920318)
just yesterday i watched prime with uma thurman and meryl streep and some guy whos name i forgot, greenberg, bloomberg.. something like that. it was okay, my girl really wanted to rent it and as i'm one of the good guys :) we did. but to be fair, it was actually quite comical and very real. so id say its recommendable.

Prime was one of the worst movies I have ever seen...and I tried really hard to like it because I love Meryl Streep. Kudos to you for being a good guy for renting it and watching with with your girl.

iamnotafraid 11-13-2010 03:00 AM

The Green Zone
Matt Damon couldn't save
this one.

chelluversu 11-13-2010 11:49 AM

Bandslam - I actually somewhat liked this movie :o Even with Vanessa Hudgens in it (and she sang...but I liked the song). Something may be happening to me.

Let The Right One In - This movie was a little slow in the beginning, but it picked up. The kids in this movie are pretty good. Now I know what happens to vamps who come in uninvited.

Birthday Girl - I effing LOVE Nicole Kidman...this movie was super predictable, and it wouldn't have worked with any other two people cast as the lead roles. There's some comedy too, and Nic sports a nice Russian accent (like I would know a good one?).

Shawkshank Redemption - Seen this movie wayyyyyy too many times, and I still love it.

Who was it that saw Old Boy??? I love that movie too. I got my bf to watch it with me. The only part that made me uber uncomfortable (because I was watching it with him) was the part with the guy and his sister in the room. Now if I were to watch it with my sister (again) it would not have an impact on me at all.

iamnotafraid 11-14-2010 03:55 AM

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Let The Right One In - Now I know what happens to vamps who come in uninvited.

Best vampire movie in a long time.
I'm curious to see the American remake.

iamnotafraid 12-01-2010 10:05 PM

It Might Get Loud

I bought this DVD. It's one
of my favorites of the year.

Jimmy, Edge and Jack,
they are hard to beat.

mylittledemon 12-02-2010 12:14 AM

BLACK DEATH... with Sean Bean. it surprised me... eerie, dark, graphic... cool subject matter.

CreepingDeath 12-02-2010 02:57 AM

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows :thumbsup:

Defiance -I do loves me some Daniel Craig.

Memoirs of a Geisha -The book was loads better but the soundtrack was gorgeous. I'm going to ask Santa for it.

rubytuesday 12-02-2010 05:48 AM

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Birthday Girl - I effing LOVE Nicole Kidman...this movie was super predictable, and it wouldn't have worked with any other two people cast as the lead roles. There's some comedy too, and Nic sports a nice Russian accent (like I would know a good one?).

I love that movie! Mostly because a guy I know is in it - the head boss who comes to see how the bank is managing and sees the guy run away with all that cash.

I saw Five Minutes of Heaven last night - great movie about the Troubles.

Fleetwoodmark 12-02-2010 09:02 AM

I watched Seven Pounds for the first time last night.

Good film.

Nikolaj 12-06-2010 12:16 AM

Right now I have in the dvd of the cd/dvd package of 'The Very Best of Mick Jagger'- I've had it a few years and it's the first time I've played the dvd, which I do realize is not a movie, so what am I doing? Long interview, then a bunch of videos- Lenny Kravitz and Bono in one each, right now Mick is singing 'Don't Look Back' from SNL in the 70s with Peter Tosh.

CreepingDeath 12-06-2010 11:57 AM

Invictus

Pretty good. I basically watched it just because I love rugby so much...

Richard B 12-12-2010 09:06 PM

All on blu-ray, of course.

Ponyo
Alien 3
A Christmas Carol (2009)
Predators - Poor Adrien Brody. He stinks...not a action actor. He's better off with brooding, emo roles.

iamnotafraid 01-05-2011 05:19 PM

Inception
On this cold and rainy day in the South
I had time to watch this movie. If you can
wrap your mind around it, it's interesting.
And the ending...

More to come, I'm Netflixing again.

baboles 01-05-2011 06:42 PM

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Inception
On this cold and rainy day in the South
I had time to watch this movie. If you can
wrap your mind around it, it's interesting.
And the ending...

More to come, I'm Netflixing again.

Very excellent film!

I just watched 'The House on Sorority Row' (1983).

amberlemegan 01-05-2011 09:56 PM

I watched all 3 extended Lord of the Rings movies for the first time in like 5 years but its like the 10th time I've watched them. I love those movies.

Nikolaj 01-05-2011 10:20 PM

From the 'Forbidden Hollywood' 3 volume collections, I watched 'Baby Face', 'Three On A Match', 'Night Nurse' and an interesting documentary about pre-code Hollywood films made in the early 1930s, before a Mr. Breen actually got busy enforcing the 'Hays Code' which censored movies until the mid 1960s- any illicit behavior had to be 'punished' by the end of the film, once Breen was in charge. Also watched 'Life With Judy Garland- Me and My Shadows' starring Judy Davis, and two episodes from the Pioneer box sets of Garland's 1963 series. We also watched 'Paper Moon', and a bootleg dvd I bought online of the still unreleased 'Beyond The Forest'- the 1949 'so bad it's terrible'- but fun- movie that ended Bette Davis' long reign at Warner Brothers. Watched these all with the 'houseguest from Hell'- now mercifully, gone, and never to visit again. Ever. "As God As My Witness"-- even though we didn't get to 'Gone With The Wind'.
The movie watching was about the only good part of her visit. Oh, and New Year's Eve at the Mohegan Sun didn't suck- I walked out with almost $400 profit, playing penny slots! They pay the best, it seems, of the slots, the machines that give bonus spins can give you surprisingly large payoffs by playing all 30 lines, even just 1 cent per line- one bonus gave me $200 on a 30 cent bet. Played well into the new year, and left with like $393 more in my pocket than I arrived at the casino with. Gave my guest $175 once we were in the car driving home, because she had lost. We both wisely left our credit cards at home. Couldn't get near any of the food, the lines and crowds were enormous.

iamnotafraid 01-05-2011 10:40 PM

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I watched a documentary about pre-code Hollywood films made in the early 1930s, before a Mr. Breen actually got busy enforcing the 'Hays Code' which censored movies until the mid 1960s-

Watched these all with the 'houseguest from Hell'- now mercifully, gone, and never to visit again. Ever. "As God As My Witness"-- even though we didn't get to 'Gone With The Wind'. The movie watching was about the only good part of her visit. Oh, and New Year's Eve at the Mohegan Sun didn't suck- I walked out with almost $400 profit, playing penny slots!


It's amazing what they got away with in some of those early movies.
The older I get the more interesting they become.

Houseguest From Hell... sounds like a movie in itself.
Cool beans on the winning $$$.

iamnotafraid 01-06-2011 05:55 PM

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Originally Posted by baboles (Post 931860)
Very excellent film!

The spinning top holds the key.
I'd say more, but don't want to
ruin it for the rest.

Oceans (Disney)
Some amazing creatures in this film.
Awesome picture and sound. I did
get tired of being preached at though.

The Back-Up Plan
I like'a my JLo. Cheesy movie, but
what would you expect? I fast forwarded
over a few scenes.


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