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What do you mean you never heard of it? It came out in 2008 and has Quintin Tarantino in it for gods sake!


Classic American Western meets Classic Japanese Samurai Film

Filmed in English with Japanese actors who spoke their lines phonetically.

Tarantino plays the VERY ODD narrator who is in a wooden, steam-powered wheel chair.

James, Seattle, Washington, USA, Earth
Joined: 5/18/2008
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Posted: 1/22/2009 3:41:25 PM
I'm guessing you wouldn't give it 9.5/10 though?

Satsumo, some of my favorite movies are films that I wouldn't give a high critical rating to.

I am a bit of a stickler for historical accuracy. For example, Mel Gibson's Apocalypto was a very interesting action film with glaring inaccuracies that just ticked me off, lol.

One of the reasons I am such a fan of Ridley Scott was for the first 10 minutes of Gladiator. If you can find an anachronistic inaccuracy in the costumes and props in the first battle scene, I want to hear about it. I can't find any. It just might be celluloid perfection. Since it is a fictional tale, there is more freedom I suppose.

Movies based on true events have to hold a higher standard, imo.
 Old Salty
Joined: 4/11/2006
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Posted: 1/22/2009 10:52:40 PM
Not The Cable Guy most of these titles aren't at the video store, where can I find them?
Joined: 1/9/2008
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Posted: 1/23/2009 6:14:50 PM
"Cassandras Dream" and "Mongol".... excellent movies.
Joined: 8/18/2008
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Posted: 1/23/2009 6:40:45 PM
Just saw "Brick" last night. Really good. Remember the kid in Third Rock from the Sun with John Lithgow? He has the staring role. It's a film noir set in high school in Los Angeles. The characters talk in the same gum shoe street talk that Raymond Chandler wrote, all with a straight face. The dialog is credible and the illusion that these kids really have a world like that holds together. Everyone has an angle. It's pretty dark, too. Give it a watch.
Joined: 1/15/2009
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Posted: 1/23/2009 7:19:25 PM
I too loved Brick...Rian's next film "The Brothers Bloom" is funny as hell too.

Here's a list of all the widely released films I saw in 2008 (minus stuff I saw at Festivals) List is from best to worst.

1. Slumdog Millionaire
2. Milk
3. Wall E
4. Frost/Nixon
5. Defiance
6. The Dark Knight
7. The Visitor
8. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
9. Rachel Getting Married
10. Revolutionary Road
11. Doubt
12. The Wrestler
13. The Reader
14. Tropic Thunder
15. Baby Mama
16. Iron Man
17. Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who
18. The Band's Visit
19. Vicky Cristina Barcelona
20. Gran Torino
21. Fugitive Pieces
22. Son of Rambow
23. Valkyrie
24. Caramel
25. Last Chance Harvey
26. Definitely, Maybe
27. The Grand
28. Kenny
29. In Bruges
30. Kung Fu Panda
31. Expired
32. Ghost Town
33. Burn After Reading
34. Marley & Me
35. Get Smart
36. A Christmas Tale
37. Bolt
38. Harold and Kumar: Escape From Guantanamo Bay
39. Hamlet 2
40. Elegy
41. Zach and Miri Make a Porno
42. Australia
43. Quantum of Solace
44. Body of Lies
45. RocknRolla
46. Wanted
47. JCVD
48. Mamma Mia!
49. The X-Files: I Want To Believe
50. The Incredible Hulk
51. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
52. Stop-Loss
53. Funny Games
54. Redbelt
55. Be Kind Rewind
56. Charlie Bartlett
57. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
58. Sex and the City
59. Penelope
60. Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day
61. W
62. Pineapple Express
63. Swing Vote
64. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
65. My Blueberry Nights
66. Holding Trevor
67. Appaloosa
68. Choose Connor
69. Mary
70. The Mummy: Tomb of the Drago Emperor
71. Step Brothers
72. Leatherheads
73. Adam Resurrected
74. My Name Is Bruce
75. Cassandra's Dream
76. Hancock
77. Hellboy 2: The Golden Army
78. 27 Dresses
79. Kit Kittredge: An American Girl
80. Speed Racer
81. Vantage Point
82. The Flight of the Red Balloon
83. The Strangers
84. 88 Minutes
85. Deception
86. You Don't Mess With the Zohan
87. The Tracey Fragments
88. An American Carol
Joined: 11/25/2007
Msg: 32
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Posted: 1/23/2009 8:25:40 PM
History of Violence was great. I think Viggo is very underated. He consistently puts out great performances. Eastern Promises was an amazing movie as well.

I enjoyed No Country for Old Men.

If you haven't seen "Gone Baby Gone" I suggest you do. It was a little known gem last year, and it blew me away when I saw it. You don't feel like you're watching a movie but watching real life unfold. It keeps you guessing to. And the dilemma faced by the cop at the end, well it's gut wrenching. Hard to believe ben affleck wrote and directed it....he should give up acting and stick to writing and directing.

On the action front. I saw "Shoot em up" last weekend on dvd and enjoyed it. Very violent though.
Joined: 12/11/2008
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Posted: 1/23/2009 8:37:01 PM
Nice thread briargate.

I completely agree with you about There Will Be Blood. I saw it not long ago and was blown away by Daniel Day-Lewis. He's the best actor practicing the craft today, as far as I'm concerned. Every scene he was in I was tense -- he pulls you into his character so completely and his dramatic range is so expansive you're simultaneously completely absorbed by what he's doing and very aware that anything could happen.

My recommendation would be Persepolis. What a gem of a film. For those who don't know about it, the movie is based on Marjane Satrapi's graphic novels about growing up in Teheran during the overthrow the the Shah, the war with Iraq that followed and her life under the Islamic regime and exile in Vienna and Paris. Along the way she goes from being a little girl to a grown woman.

This is so much more than just a story about life in Iran during a period of massive social change. Marjane is a wonderful character -- there are some very funny scenes and some deeply touching moments. And the narrative devices she employs are so clever! The history of the Shah is told as a puppet show... which is of course brilliant. There's a dream sequence of God and Karl Marx talking. In one scene where a missile crashes into an apartment building, the POV is of the missile itself. She tells the story about a boy she meets in Vienna twice: first from the perspective of being in love, and then when she is out of love. Lots of great stuff.
 I Cornelius
Joined: 1/4/2009
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Posted: 1/24/2009 9:55:39 PM
I just saw Tokyo Gore Police. If you want to know how awesome it was, just think of the words I JUST TYPED:


Yup. It's THAT GOOD.

If you are familiar with the edgier works of Takashi Miike... Audition, Ichi the Killer... this actually tops them in term of over the top blood and guts and generally disturbing imagery. Not really a solid narrative to follow, as far as a "movie" it's pretty flimsy, actually. But simply for experiencing some utterly mind-bending blood and quasi-erotic gore... it's a work of GENIUS!!!

Also been catching up on this years Oscar nominees, so today I finally saw The Visitor.

Richard Jenkins absolutely earned his Best Actor nod here. He IS this film. This was almost one of those little, character pieces that I so love (like The Station Agent or... heck... The Wrestler) but then it started to push into Social Commentary Land a little too much for my tastes. Started out nice and charming about a bored with his life guy who finds some people living in his old apartment, he starts to see life differently by knowing them and interacting with them aaannnd then it's a movie about how crappy our immigration system is. Some great moments, though, and not TOO preachy (say... like Milk, for instance...) just a smidge more of the medicine than needed. Jenkins, though. Yeah. He's Best Actor as far as I'm concerned.
Joined: 12/16/2008
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Posted: 1/25/2009 12:02:06 AM
Seen in the last month plus

Quantum of Solace - good, though not as good as the first Daniel Craig Bond movie; and you will need to have seen the first one before; as it picks up right where the first one left off; if you haven't seen it you will be confused by all the repeat characters and storylines...

Seven Pounds: Very very good, intensely emotional. Love Will Smith in dramas though I was really confused for a good chunk of this one; until the end tied it all together. Very good, but not a "feel good" movie so much.

Australia: Liked it; it was long, took a while to get into and the storyline got a little garbled in the transitioning; but it was a different world war II perspective than the ones we're familiar with; really liked it overall.

Curious Case of Benjuamin Button: weird, quirky, eclectic; bittersweet but good. Interesting premise; in some ways the beginning of it was creepy, having a 70 some year old in love with an 8 year oldd girl... but interesting story, well done.

Defiance: (saw tonight). REALLY good, very powerful, very intense, and the very fact of its being a true story makes it all the more amazing. Amazing story; that much more because it was a true one.
Joined: 8/18/2008
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Posted: 1/25/2009 9:14:40 AM
I've been wanting to see "Persepolis" as well. The previews look really good. The graphic design of the animation is really lovely, with a lot of black areas in the scenery. Growing up wanting to play with American pop culture in Iran was no joke and still isn't. Pretty tough society.
Joined: 10/25/2008
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Posted: 1/25/2009 9:35:46 AM
I recently saw "Revolutionary Road" not quite what I thought. Love Sam Mendes especially "American Beauty". I can appreciate RR and that is how it is for so many woman...but didn't they have drugs for depression back then?

I liked "Australia" thought it to be quite entertaining.

"Slumdog Millionaire" was fantastic!!! Great character development, great story and loved the fact it was done on little money.

Some of my personal favorites have been "Primal Fear" with Ed Norton, "American History X" , "Blood Diamonds"
Joined: 4/2/2007
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Posted: 1/25/2009 6:47:56 PM
underworld: rise of the lycans was really good, i highly recommend it for anyone into vampire/werewolf stories.
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Posted: 1/25/2009 9:16:36 PM
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Posted: 1/27/2009 2:18:41 AM
I've seen most of the holiday films-

"Slumdog Millionare" - best film of the year, along with "Wall-E". Fantastic finish, and I love the end credits. Ingeinous story.
"Frost/Nixon" - for a film that should have positively no suspense, this keeps you on edge pretty well. Kudos to the editing and directing (never thought I'd say that about a Ron Howard film).
"Milk" - earnest, smart, well done. Holds your interest.
"The Curious Case of Benjiman Button" - if this was 100 minutes long it would have really been something. Simply too long, although like every David Fincher film, impeccably made.
"The Wrestler" - Solid performances. The grossest movie of the year. Very predictable though.
"Gran Torino" - Nice, down-to-Earth film from Clint Eastwood. If Clint wasn't in it, it wouldn't carry as much weight. A little preachy at the end.

I also thought that the "Day The Earth Stood Still" remake was a letdown, "The Life Aquatic" was too obscure, "There Will Be Blood" was too-of-the-line filmmaking that needed a little more story, and "Michael Clayton" was last year's best film, with "No Country For Old Men" right behind it.

I also just saw the Korean film "Oldboy". Let me say nothing out there will prepare you for this flick. If you can take it, catch it on the Sundance Channel.
Joined: 12/30/2008
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Posted: 1/27/2009 11:47:36 PM
What is the movie about,
I hearad it was good, but i can't remember what
the story was.

Joined: 9/20/2006
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Posted: 2/15/2009 3:10:30 PM
I saw the "Frost/Nixon" film. It was really good!
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Posted: 2/15/2009 4:10:32 PM
i saw "push" today, i thought it was quite good, well worth watching
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Posted: 2/15/2009 4:13:22 PM
Dirty Harry, Indiana Jones trilogy, Star Wars (original triology, not that I have anything particularly against the prequels), Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Live Free or Die Hard, Re-Animator
Joined: 10/25/2008
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Posted: 2/15/2009 5:44:03 PM
I'm off to see "Taken" this evening I'll chime in later and let you know how it was. I read the reviews from other people that have seen it...seems its getting a lot of accolades.
Joined: 7/23/2008
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Posted: 2/15/2009 6:19:25 PM
I have been very fortunate lately to come across THREE great films (in a row no less!) that i will always cherish, because what they share in common is a new perspective on life, family and love. Yes, very simple stories, sure, but nonetheless, VERY SPECIAL.

Benjamin Button
Gran Torino
Slumdog Millionaire.

Tonight, i will try to make it FOUR great films in a row with The Wrestler.

lets just say with Darren Aronofsky as director and the "come back"* of one of my favourite actors Mickey Rourke, it looks REALLY good!

*Personnally, i consider his role as Marv in Sin City to be his come back, but lets just say with an oscar nom, it definitely confirms it ;)
Joined: 10/25/2008
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Posted: 2/15/2009 10:07:17 PM
So I have just come back from seeing "Taken" with Liam Niessen...great action packed movie, thought it put any of the recent oo7 movies to shame...good story too.
Joined: 12/15/2008
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Posted: 2/15/2009 10:41:09 PM
Life Aquatic sucked, I'm sorry love Bill Murray but the movie just isn't funny. And There will be blood starts really slow so you have to be patient and not fall asleep in the first 30 minutes cause after that it gets extremely good.
Joined: 7/23/2008
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Posted: 2/17/2009 6:07:35 PM
There Will be blood is a GOOD film. No more, no less!

I think the director PT Anderson has the potential to be a great director, if he can stop ripping off Scorcese and Kubrick. He has a great talent! But ripping off from his idols is his biggest flaw.

I really did like Punch Drunk Love, my favourite movie of his. It's far from perfect, but it's a lot more daring and crazy than the rest of his films. He doesn't rip off anybody and his directorial style really shines through as his own. It's the only film where you see the incredible talent of Adam Sandler really being used to its full potential.

BTW, to follow up on my previous post, i did see The Wrestler, but unfortunately, i was quite dissapointed with it. It's not a bad film, but it's just not that interesting. Mickey Rourke does deliver a great performance though. As well as Marisa Tomei, but again, it's really unfortunate that her character is not that well developed IMO.
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Posted: 2/19/2009 10:53:32 PM
There Will Be Blood is good, but both No Country For Old Men and The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford are far superior westerns(well, in the case of the former, sort of) from the same year.

Chances are most of you have seen NCFOM, but if you haven't yet seen the latter and like westerns/GREAT movies in general do yourself a favor and watch it. Here's the trailer:
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