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« Reply #1840 on: May 05, 2009, 12:11:52 PM »

The translation I could do was "A lot of ice and two water fingers" (when you watch the movie you realize this is a metaphor)



Two sisters, Roberta and Suzana are driven by desire to get revenge on their grandmother, a wicked old lady that in their childhood tortured them with uptight rules of behavior and education. They decide to kidnap the grandmother and take her to the family beach house, scenery where all the torture took place.

A nerdy lawer named Renato and Suzana's husband, a messed up doctor, join the plot getting the situation still more hilarious.

This movie is great. I wish more people had chance to watch unpretentious films like this instead of heavy dramas in the vein of City of God and others of the same kind.
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« Reply #1841 on: May 05, 2009, 03:38:49 PM »

This movie is great. I wish more people had chance to watch unpretentious films like this instead of heavy dramas in the vein of City of God and others of the same kind.

What is wrong with City of God
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« Reply #1842 on: May 05, 2009, 04:48:09 PM »

What is wrong with City of God

I didn't count with this question, really :P

Doug, I didn't say there was something wrong about it. I have never watched this movie,  but by the trailers, I have an idea what it is about... drugs, gangs, violence.

What I meant was, we have more to show than that. I'm surprised with the quality movies made lately (that one I told in my previous post is one of them) and I felt good once in a while watching a movie that doesn't remind me all the time of misery or soccer.
Another one I hate is Central Station :P
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« Reply #1843 on: May 06, 2009, 05:41:30 AM »

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« Reply #1844 on: May 06, 2009, 06:42:51 AM »

JMG, please provide a link to all quoted material and place the quote within [ quote] [ /quote] tags (without the space).

But really, we'd rather hear your opinion of the movie! :)
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« Reply #1845 on: May 06, 2009, 11:23:42 AM »

JMG, please provide a link to all quoted material and place the quote within [ quote] [ /quote] tags (without the space).

But really, we'd rather hear your opinion of the movie! :)

There ya go KC, I fixed it for ya. Happy?  :)

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« Reply #1846 on: May 06, 2009, 05:47:09 PM »

I'd really like to hear what you thought of the movie.   :-\
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« Reply #1847 on: May 07, 2009, 01:14:29 AM »

Laurel & Hardy in Babes in Toyland... :)



Love this film, amongst their best work I reckon.....

Star Trek tomorrow.......  ;D
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« Reply #1848 on: May 07, 2009, 04:08:39 AM »



" EASY VIRTUE ", (Un Mariage De Rëve) , yesterday evening

Really "British touch" film ...

I liked it very much, especially Kristin Scott Thomas



 


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« Reply #1849 on: May 07, 2009, 03:54:14 PM »



Oh! Boy am I homesick now.   I thought it was great and not just because Hugh Jackman was in it.  ;)
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« Reply #1850 on: May 09, 2009, 12:56:55 AM »

Thanks Doug. 8)

Has anyone read the book by Arthur C Clarke? Would that it explain it better than the film?

Well, I just read the book.  As for it explaining the movie, I'm not sure.  It of course gives more details, much of which was not necessary for the film.  It's like most good science fiction books of the past: you read them and marvel at the things the writer got right in predicting the future and you laugh (kindly) at the things they got wrong.  My favorite chapter was "Transit to Jupiter" for its wonderful descriptions of space and Jupiter and its moons.  (The books guesses that Jupiter has thirty-six moons, but in fact we know it has at least sixty-plus moons.)  In the book they travel to Saturn instead of Jupiter, but they fly by Jupiter and use its gravity to gain speed to Saturn. 

As for it explaining the movie, it does explain why Hal makes a mistake, but that's not too important for understanding the story.  All the scenes leading up to Bowman disconnecting Hal are different, though the actual disconnecting of the computer is basically the same.  I did pick up on one thing which I'd never consciously thought of while watching the film is that Hal evolves backward during that scene, which was a nice play upon the theme of the book.  There's of course a lot more details about how Bowman responds to being in space all alone, and there's a lot of time spent detailing his approach to the monolith.  His trip through the star gate is different, mostly due the near impossibility of filming all of it, but the essence is similar enough. 

The book does give the reader an idea of what kind of alien life set up these monoliths, and that's interesting.  I suppose the most interesting thing I got from the book is the idea that when Bowman becomes the Star-Child he has essentially been reborned as a kind of super-being -- albiet a young, inexperienced one-- just like the aliens now are.  Even the book is a bit hazy about what this actually means.  He watches over the earth almost like a god would watch over the earth (or as the book says, earth is like a "glittering toy no Star-Child could resist"), and he has tremendous powers, but even he is uncertain what he will do with them.

Well, that's what I got from it.  There were a lot things about the book I enjoyed, so I'm glad I finally read it.
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« Reply #1851 on: May 14, 2009, 06:18:53 AM »



Someone please tell me what is all about this movie? I just hated it. The first 30 minutes is boring. I've heard some people find it funny! There's nothing funny about it, it's disgusting.
One of the worst movies I've watched in my life.
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« Reply #1852 on: May 14, 2009, 09:36:30 AM »

 I like this film , one of The Coen Brothers among my favourites !  (First they were "hidden" behind the assumed name of Roderick Jaynes).

But I can understand you don't like it Aline, the world of Ethan and Joel Coen is sometimes "disconcerting" !
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« Reply #1853 on: May 14, 2009, 10:30:41 AM »

Shallow Hal.    Starring     Gwyneth Paltrow, Jack Black, Jason Alexander, Joe Viterelli   

Well it was different.  Not bad and a good movie to look at while I was ironing. ;)
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« Reply #1854 on: May 14, 2009, 06:23:13 PM »



Someone please tell me what is all about this movie? I just hated it. The first 30 minutes is boring. I've heard some people find it funny! There's nothing funny about it, it's disgusting.
One of the worst movies I've watched in my life.

I had a similar reaction ... I went into it expecting it to be really funny, going by the reviews. And for a little while I dutifully laughed every time someone said "You betcha!" Then I realized the only thing "funny" was that it was supposed to be funny that people talked like that in the Midwest. And I'm from the Midwest ... and I don't talk like that. And even if I did, sorry, that's just not that funny. So I stopped laughing, and I started noticing how truly disgusting (to use Aline's word) the whole affair was, once you stopped thinking it was funny! (And non-Americans like Aline wouldn't find anything funny about it in the first place, of course.)
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« Reply #1855 on: May 14, 2009, 07:02:56 PM »

I agree, I've never found Fargo to be funny like a comedy. I think there is some humor in it that I appreciate. It's a dark, tragic, brilliant--yes, brilliant--film, though.
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« Reply #1856 on: May 14, 2009, 07:19:37 PM »

Well, to me, when you take away the "funny" there's just not much of anything there. I felt pretty much the same way about another critics' darling, Sideways.

On the other hand, there's Unforgiven. You could certainly say that is a "dark, tragic, brilliant--yes, brilliant--film." And do you know what? It's also funny!
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« Reply #1857 on: May 14, 2009, 10:26:46 PM »

Then I realized the only thing "funny" was that it was supposed to be funny that people talked like that in the Midwest. And I'm from the Midwest ... and I don't talk like that.

It is not a broad mid-western accent in the film, it's a very particular accent heard in Minnesota.  (Yes, I know Fargo is in North Dakota, but most of the movie is set in Brainerd, Minnesota.)  I believe the Coen brothers are themselves from Minnesota, maybe Minneapolis, so they are familiar with that region.  It's also one of the Coen brothers' signature trademarks: Having characters with heavy regional accents in their films.  So I do not think the accent was intended simply as humor, though surely they knew it would be funny to a lot of people.  There's also plenty of humor in the various character's bumbling ineptitude and in the brilliantly written dialogue, but this movie is not, strictly speaking,  really a comedy.  It does have plenty of black humor, but most Coen brothers movies do, and it also has plenty of shocking violence, but I think the movie really rests on Marge (played by Frances McDormand) and her relationship with her husband.  How can you not be charmed by her?  And yes, it's funny when she's investigating the crime scene and has to double over because of her pregnancy.  In fact she's a funny, super charming character.  And the accent is not intended to make her seem simple or incompetent.  In fact she's clearly the smartest, most competent character in the entire film, and she's also about the nicest person ever put on film, even while she's completely undaunted by gruesome murder scenes and overall bad people.

I love the movie, and there's a whole heck of a lot more to it than people talkin' funny.  I'd easily rate this film an A, borderline A+.

Now Sideways on the otherhand.... :P   
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« Reply #1858 on: May 14, 2009, 10:35:14 PM »

Yeah, I did like Marge. On the whole, I suppose I should give the movie a second chance. Maybe I will someday. :)

My mother was from Minot, North Dakota, and my first cousin grew up in Fargo and her family had a summer cottage across the state line in Minnesota. None of 'em talked like that, either ... well, maybe a little. Some of the time. Once in a while, yah, you betcha. ;)

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« Reply #1859 on: May 14, 2009, 11:59:55 PM »



A magnificent directing, an excellent acting duo: Zulawski run with the camera after the terrific Sam Neill and Isabelle Adjani in a very strong movie. Grand-guignol show and pessimistic art-piece.
The wooden Christ doesn't answer to Anna's weeping; she's pressed by the shot to show how terrified she is; the Evil forces are unchained and the ending is a sabba, a demoniac triumph in which everything is destroyed.
Good forces don't do anything (and maybe they're not there); Evil forces do what they want.
Parossistic in its pessimism, parossistic in its mise en scène; Zulawski move the camera rapidly, the dialogues are violent, the horrorific scenes are exaggerated (with the help of Carlo Rambaldi).
Overall, Isabelle Adjani is exaggerated.
For beauty and recitation: she deforms her face, she speak as a baritone, in a church she weeps as an animal, she "dance" before the "labour" in the underground.
The "creature" possesses Anna, Adjani possesses the movie, Anna possesses Mark: Mark who, for love, accept everything from his beloved and is ready to everything. But, in a movie in which the Evil wins (in a world in which the Evil wins?) that can't have a positive result. Expecially in a desert town, where someone appears just to exult for the explosion of a flat.
As in The Exorcist and Alien, there's the fear for an internal enemy (the three main characters move on as they have "something" inside of them and the whole three throw up); as in Alien there's repulsion for the penetration (from a "monster").
Polanskian themes are showed in a non-polanskian way: if Polanski's cinema are the realm of terror without blood, of psychological violence, Zulawski uses visual terror, multi-coloured vomits, self-harming, blood streams, monstruos intercourses, but he doesn't do pornography.
He does pay attention to particulars, both in directing (the running of Mark on the stairs and in motorcycles are impressive) and figurative-narrative details (Helen cleans with nonchalance the pieces of Anna's neck from the electric knife; the dirty - delirous Mark's sweated blazer, Anna who never change her dress).
Very great movie.
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