Topic: Watcha Watchin'?

In the spirit of Watcha Readin', Watcha Watchin' at the movie house or on dvd/video?

I've been on a movie watching jag but the most recent was last night's 'Dead Poet's Society.' Been trying to find movies rated just PG for my kids and figured they were ready for that one. They loved it, and I loved seeing it again. It really holds up as one of those prep-school tales of innocence, authority, rebellion, triumph and tragedy. Great for kids, great for having an emphasis on poetry and making it work. Its not flawless, but its pretty good. Plus the actor/character of Charlie Dalton looks and behaves exactly like my old boyfriend King, so its fun to see that.

Also on my lightbox today are 'Gentelman's Agreement' by Elia Kazan and 'Garden State' (that latter only cuz I feel I ought to see it.) Has anyone seen it? Good, bad, "eh?"

Whatcha watchin?

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last movie i watched was Dead Man, which ruled faces.  Other than that, I usually throw on a simpsons or south park DVD with dinner or play xbox. Video games killed the movie star in my house...

I work hard for the money.

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Recent views:

Battle of Algiers
Lost in La Mancha
Down by Law
Year of the Horse


I saw Garden State about 2 months ago. I'd put it in the "eh" category. It was rather boring, but not the worst thing I've seen.

no one can tell you you've got to be afraid

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lately i've been on a films made before 1960 kick, subdivided into categroies:


my montgomery clift (sigh) kick:
a place in the sun
from here to eternity
i confess
the misfits


my tennesee williams plays featuring jaw-droppingly beautiful men kick:
a streetcar named desire
cat on a hot tin roof

my films approximating my daily life kick:
the lost weekend


my "I can't believe I haven't seen this film yet" kick:
Sunset Boulevard

post-1960 gems:
Jules et Jim
Blood Simple


...problem with seeing all these classics is that it has perhaps unjustly skewed my bell curve for what I consider to be a decent film so I've decided I need to throw in a crapshoot every once in a while as a sorbet to clense my palate...last weekend it was "Harold and Kumar go to White Castle"...that did the trick.

i'm still waitin' for the whiskey to whisk me away
and i'm still waitin' for the ashtray to lead me astray

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Dead poets...aahh i was filled with pathetique feelings after dem.
M.Clift yes...i lost mi tape of "Eternitxy"....

Yeahsterday i saw "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"..and i agree with Sire Hamford..i felt also uncomformieable High after i finished the movie...a solid movie.

Tonight i would like to zee "The Trouble with Harry" from Hitch....i like
the outdoorshots made in an Studio...nice colours in general...

Bonus info:i bot OZ on friday  smile

"Happiness – We’re All In It Together"

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i really loved Garden State - watched it twice in the same week. I'm a sucker for that kind of movie though. Really loved Lost In Translation too

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I Heart Huckabees. Yawn.

From Halifax, N.S.

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been watchin:

hellboy (dir. cut)
battle royale
most gigantic lying mouth of all time
pi
gozu
kaosu
save the green planet
eternal sunshine of the spotless mind
being john malkovich.

~nick

I miss Theodore Donald Karabotsos. Good night, sweet prince.

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he nsv~~~~~~ ist PI that mathematic film ?..how ist it ?

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pi is fanatstic! it is the mathematics film, and though i suck at math i was totally drawn into this movie. interesting ideas and great imagery. aronofsky's follow up (requiem for a dream) was an outstanding peice of work. can't wait to see "the fountain" and really looking forward to lone wolf and cub (based on graphic novel by Kazuo Koike). this guy nearly got to do batman begins! (not christopher nolan won't do a great job...) one of my favorite directors.

~nick

I miss Theodore Donald Karabotsos. Good night, sweet prince.

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Thanks

"Happiness – We’re All In It Together"

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anyone seen a movie called "what the bleep do you know?"  the one that's told through the eyes of a quantum scientist or something? i'd like to check that one out if it's any good.

I work hard for the money.

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my friend's wife went to see and said it was great. it was only at the local movie house for about a week or two so i didn;t get to check it out. i'd watch it.

~nick

I miss Theodore Donald Karabotsos. Good night, sweet prince.

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i liked garden state, good movie for his first time directing.

pi is a great movie, as is requim for a dream. when is aronofsky's new movie coming out nsv?

i'm itchin' to see what the bleep do you know?

watched i heart huckabees last night, couldn't stop laughing!

I just want Stephen to light his pumas on fire during an epic solo

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Lastnight I saw "Constantine." One of the crappiest movies ever made. I knew it would suck, but I didn't expect it too suck so badly...it wasn't even entertaining at some of the sucky parts...although I did enjoy the part where she had to submerge herself in the bathtub, and he was going to show her what hell was like. Haha, the twist to that scene was the most genius in the entire movie, and I was enjoying that part very much. If you saw it, you'd understand. With that moment, I thought the movie could have taken a completely different turn on who Keanu Reeves really was..By the way, he's a terrible actor. It almost turns my stomach thinking about how badly he did in that movie. How come he did so well in "Bill and Ted?"

And don't even get my started on the portrayel of the Devil. HA!

I saw "Garden State" and thought it would be more artistic. The soundtrack has some good stuff on it, and the movie was okay, but it was less than I expected. I won't say it's a bad film, but I didn't think it was great. I guess it depends on who you are. Not a bad movie.

I saw "The Terminal" about a month ago. GREAT movie. I really enjoyed it.

I also recently watched "Apocalypse Now." Hahaha, I liked it. I thought the first 10 minutes were some of the best 10 minutes I'd seen in a movie...but then again, if I were to watch it again I may think differently. But, the warped sound of a helicopter mixed with "The End" by the Doors and palm trees exploding, MAGNIFIQUE!

I'm a ham slapper!

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One of my friends has a really funny impresion of keanu.

Keanu we need you to smile to save the world!
"You can not imagine how difficult it is to smile" said with a hand raised

:"you have no idea how happy i am right now"

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Garden State was okay--I can see where this story could have been done way over the top, and in the restraint that was shown, I thought it kept the film from being too unbelievable. But very stylized, which works for me sometimes, other times doesn't. Kevin Smith's "Jersey Girl" is a similar kind of tale in the burbs about family/self challenges, and I like the way his depiction was just more straightforward (and its a great story about a single dad.) But all in all, Garden State was fine enough. Also, Natalie Portman is a doll of an actress--she's just great.

Its supposed to snow here, so we loaded up on more movies for the next coupla days. I got "Dead Man," and "Intimate Strangers," and my kids got "Harry Potter 3" and "Time Bandits."

I've also seen Pi and I really dug it. Anybody out there like "Waking Life?"

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I heard that "Waking Life" was good. Isn't that about Lucid dreaming?

I've only lucid dreamt maybe once or twice that I remember...I think the second time was a dream ABOUT lucid dreaming...

I should see that movie.

I also have my eye on "The Jacket" with Adrien Brody in it. Looks good. He was in "The Pianist." That movie is one of my favorites. I plan on buying it someday.

I'm a ham slapper!

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I like Adrien Brody. He was good in a low budget pro-labor film called Bread and Roses about L.A. or San Fracisco immigrants who work as janitors--efforts to unionize. Good story, and Brody is great in it.

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I liked waking life a lot. Some of the chit-chat was a little amateurish, but I loved the animation effects Linkletter used.
I really dug the soundtrack.

no one can tell you you've got to be afraid

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Air France had a pitiful selection of in-flight programming. I watched the same episode of "San Fransciso Streets" twice - it was the tall Swedish guy who did it, for the jewels! - followed by a dolorous documentary about mongolia that included some teases of the mongolian wrestling tournament. but I gathered it was all about how mongolians feel a certain tension - they're  stuck in that modernize vs retain cultural integrity thing.

last bond film i saw was "golden gun" in boston last weekend. i forgot about scaramanga's midget! and g.w. peppers!

the movie i've been attempting to foist onto people the most recently is 'bus 174.' probably one of the better documentaries i've seen - at least in the sense that the academic framework (social invisibility, crime, and poverty in rio) seem urgently and unmanipulatively relevant to the real-event footage. the real-event footage is the real star, though - it's like a real-life 'dog-day afternoon' or something, but even more convoluted.

observed today: rio turns 440. Actual date not for a few weeks, though.

my greatgrandaddy probably really was portuguese, but this doesn't come as a surprise.

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Painted Soldier wrote:

I liked waking life a lot. Some of the chit-chat was a little amateurish, but I loved the animation effects Linkletter used.
I really dug the soundtrack.

Yeah, I liked it too. Hard to recall specifics of dialogue that was amateurish, but I have a bad memory.

I recall thinking that guy driving around with the megaphone on his car delivering that right wing rant was hilarious-pathetic!

The animation was great, like water and waves, really contributed to the sense of the movie as something without a fixed POV,  the flux of so many clashing concepts. I left ther wondering if I was dead or alive.

I really dig the pizzicato.

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last nights view was wonderland. it was pretty good and totally engrossing. kilmer did an ace job, he ain't no freakin' batman, that's for sure.

waking life is a great film. i like  the way the music and the scenes "flow" towards a collage of opinions and ideas thrown around in a dream state. you should check it out linsey.

time bandits is one of my favourites. all those little dudes are quite comical.

hope you enjoy dead man kate.

I just want Stephen to light his pumas on fire during an epic solo

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movies watched for my Shakespeare & Film course:

Merchant of Venice (Pacino 2005)
Henry V (Olivier 1944)
Chimes at Midnight (Orson Welles 1966)
Henry V (Kenneth Branagh 1989)
My Own Private Idaho (Van Sant 1991)
Richard III (Ian McKellan 1995)
Looking for Richard (Pacino 1996)
Hamlet (Ethan Hawke 2000)
The Lion King (Disney 1994)
Macbeth (Polanski 1972)
Scotland, PA (Christopher Walken, 2001)
Othello (Branagh/Fishburne 1995)
O (Julia Stiles 2001)
Romeo + Juliet (Luhrmann/DiCaprio/Danes 1996)
Tromeo and Juliet (Troma Group 1996)

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Saw 'Ray' on friday night.
Saw 'House Of Flying Daggers' recently.
Watched 'A Clockwork Orange' on DVD last week, never seen it before.
Robin Williams double-bill on Channel 5 yesterday - 'Awakenings' followed by 'Toys'.
Various 'Cary On...' films that have been on TV recently.

Kate, may your kiddy-winks would enjoy 'The Straight Story'? Or may to boring for them?

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