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Apr. 27th, 2005 @ 10:19 pm Bad Santa
Anyone seen "Bad Santa"? My favorite Billy Bob Thorton character to date. It was a really funny movie but I couldn’t help but feel but sad for the fat kid. This movie is on par with something the South Park dudes would make. Even though it’s almost as raunchy as “Orgazmo”, it’s a bit more mature.
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happy days look
Apr. 26th, 2005 @ 01:36 pm (no subject)
Sorry if these kinds of posts aren't allowed, but I'm selling most of my movie collection to raise money for a trip. All movies are six dollars, all originals in their original box/case. I only accept well-concealed cash and only ship to people in the US. List under the cut.

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Do any of you guys live in Portland, OR? I'm moving there soon and I'm really into Japanese movies, so I was wondering about theaters there, and whether or not it's like here, where it's all mainstream and the same movies play everywhere, and it's hard to get your hands on anything foreign.

Also, got any movie recommendations? I'm not really into horror but Asian horror is popular and easy to get here, as well as Takashi Miike's movies, so I wind up watching a lot of that anyway. I'm more into drama, especially ones about teenagers/young people. Lately I've liked All About Lily Chou-Chou, Blue Spring, and Love and Pop. So anything to keep me from watching every single movie Miike's made and a billion movies where evil spirits kill people.
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Apr. 22nd, 2005 @ 05:26 am Chat!
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Apr. 19th, 2005 @ 05:53 am (no subject)
God, this is a longshot, but I remember watching a movie with my mom a long time ago with a woman who keeps contemplating suicide. I think I remember there being short animated clips.

See... long shot.

Anyone know?
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Apr. 18th, 2005 @ 08:35 pm Ebert
Current Mood: curiouscurious
I'm new to your community, here. I used to watch every movie I could get my hands on, but that has died down somewhat since I gave birth to my now two-year-old son for reasons of finances and exhaustion. However, I still see more films than the average Jane, and am particularly interested to know what you movie guys and gals think of Roger Ebert. As the most well known film critic in the US, you'd think the guy's reviews would be at least factually accurate, but am I the only one who notices that he *constantly* has factual errors in his reviews, some of them so significant that they lead him to erroneously question plot points!?!?

I don't read his reviews for his opinion, but I'm always reading them after I a see a movie for the entertainment of finding his errors. I've recently started keeping a list...

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Apr. 18th, 2005 @ 12:06 am 3.2467 Movie Reviews
Current Mood: accomplished
Current Music: Overture - Selmasongs - Björk
Well I was planning to watch Kagemusha this weeked and get w review up on ir. However as one thing led to another, I was only able to start it, but watched three other moves instead:

As always I'll do a quick non spoiler summary with rating (no stars stinkorama, 5 stars excellent), then a more detailed account with a LJ cut.

Kagemusha - The Shadow Warrior (1980) : (Rating not yet available)
Its been about 25 years since this movie was released and I was fortunate enough to catch it at a local art house theatre when it was released here in the States. It is a film by Akira Kurosawa known for many Japanese and American movies ("Tora, Tora, Tora". Rashamon, High and Low, Hidden Fortress, Ran, Seven Samurai, Dreams, Yojimbo) PLUS his stories or screenplays have served as the basis for several Western remakes (Fist Full of Dollars, Seven Samurai, Last Man Standing), and George Lucas even credits the first Star Wars as his tribute/remake of Hidden Fortress.
Since it was just released on DVD 4/5 I haven't seen the move in over 20 years. And to this day, it is one of the most memorable films that brought me beyond watching flicks into world cinema (ooh sounds professional, yes!)
Again I have only watched the first 40 minutes of this 179 minute epic, but his masterful touch and simplicity is still apparent.

Kung Fu Hustle (2004) : 3.75 stars
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I think Shaoilin Soccer may have been a better "family" movie, but this had more stuff that adults would pickup.

American Astronaut (2001) : 3 stars
This is a low budget independent film that was made with the help of the Sundance Academy (Robert Redfords school of movie making), and has won several awards and nominations. What is it about?
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If for no reason but to watch the entire bar sequence this movie is worth the rental!!!!!

Saw (2005) : 1.5 stars
OK I don't normally watch or rent these movies. I do have a friend who likes the genre and will drop them on me with little or no warning (Seven, OldBoy, etc.). But we both agreed this wasn't what we thought it would be.... well at least as much as we thought it would be.
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Now I can tell the person who recommended this movie, that "The Game" (he compared this too) is a suspense thriller, this is a thriller horror and there is a big difference. I'll tell him to rent Cube and see how to do this better.

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Apr. 17th, 2005 @ 02:40 am (no subject)
OKAY so there is this movie it is kind of older and what happens is these kids hang out around this lake and they think somthing lives in there but in the end it turns out to be a big robot kinda monster and i dont know the name of the movie all i remember is the robot thing comes out of the lake and has a boy kid and people are trying to save him so please! if u know what this movie is PLEASe help! im pretty sure its from the 80's/earlie 90's
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Apr. 16th, 2005 @ 11:40 pm Sin City
Sin City - A series of largely unconnected vignettes and directed by Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino, Sin City just drips from comic book atmosphere and style. Be it the fact that everything is in various stages of chrome (and anything the directors felt you should pay attention to, such as blood, is overly colored), or that everyone smokes, or that there is more narration than actual dialouge. The characters make most of the movie, rather than the plots, which are not that important. There's Harigan (Bruce Willis), the hard-as-adamantium-nails cop with a heart of gold for Nancy Callahan (Jessica Alba), as he takes on The Yellow Bastard (Nick Stahl). There's Marv (Mickey Rourke), who is pretty much invulnerable (to pain, and so it would seem, prettiness) and kills with a warm smile and fun disposition. These two vigilntes, through their glorious comic book violence, make The Punisher look like a cream puff. There's also Dwight (Clive Owen), who similarly never seems to go down, and is very fast with his dual pistols. Oh, and I shouldn't even have to mention the super scary, super agile Kevin (Elijah Wood). You will remember him. There's more unique characters, but it'd take all day to describe them. The fight scenes are bloody nnd just plain jaw dropping fun, if you like that sort of thing. I do. There are some minor down points, mostly pacing. once or twice. The movie is kinda long near the end. And if you didn't like either of the Kill Bills for violence than you should stay the hell away from this. But to everyone else, you deny yourself a treat by ignoring this film.
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Apr. 14th, 2005 @ 10:16 pm Secondhand Lions
Secondhand Lions - A young boy named Walter (Haley Joel Osment) is unceremoniously dumped in the home of his two cranky uncles, Hub and Garth (Robert Duvall and Micheal Caine) for the summer. Over the course of the sumemr he grows to learn about and bond with them. Yes, it seems like standard coming of age stuff, but it's done so well and affectionatly that it's bound to be on any movie lovers favorite list. The story about the brother's past Haley Joel Osment, I'm sorry I've said all those bad things about you! Your performance in this movie is truly touching. Micheal Caine and Robert Duvall both give very good performances. The fight sequences and story about about Hub's past are hilarious and only go slightly outside the bounds of reality. The movie has just about the right blend of comedy and drama so by the end, and through the tears you'll still have a smile on your face. If you don't, you're probably too cynical to be watching a family movie anyway.
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mr. turtle
Apr. 12th, 2005 @ 07:06 am Warning: This film may be heartwarming.
Current Mood: bouncybouncy
Current Music: Ursula 1000 -- Hip Length
D is for Director, Duchovny, Dedicated blogger, and Darn-nice-guy. House of D, Duchovny's new film, opens April 15, 2005. Obviously, I haven’t seen this yet. I have, however, enjoyed reading Duchovny’s production blog:


and intend to go see the film I’ve been reading so much about. A scan of the netwaves observes that there is already a review for the film, dated from March 6...I’m not even sure if the film was out of the processing rinse at that point...How do some critics get their info? Do they channel Hedda Hopper? No one from Landmine Press will be in LA or NY the weekend of April 15, but if you are, "House of D" is opening and we recommend you support that production by going -- WHY? Well, it has a stellar cast, strong direction, and we figure that the college funding for Duchovny's kids is probably riding on the box office receipts. ~xie xie

4/15/2005 10:34 PM Update: News from The Front: East Coast:
"His kids are still young -- and maybe they won't want to go to college."

4/15/2005 11:01 PM Update: News from The Front: West Coast:
"I laughed, I cried, I ate popcorn -- what more can you ask for? I think it would've been worth the price of admission, even if it would have been me paying instead of LP comping my way in."

4/15/2005 11:01 PM Update: News from LPHQ:
"It's times like these when the opportunity to express one's individuality, to walk from the beaten path to a different drummer, and to dismiss concerns of ever working in this town again tries one's insoles." ^_^
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