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#1 Vivian Darkbloom

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Posted 25 July 2006 - 12:36 PM

So tomorrow night, after considerable palace intrigue, I will finally be inducted as a "Guest Selector" in Movienight. Movienight is a venerable weekly institution of my friends down in LA. It's a tightly knit secret society, a sort of celluloid Illuminati, with a complicated set of governing bylaws regulating membership, selection order, and viewing etiquette. Basically, once weekly (Wednesday night at 9:30), the regular membership and limited guests assemble in one of my buddy's backyards and use a digital projector to show some time-tested classic on the large stucco wall of his house. The projection resolution is quite good, and they have installed a backyard surround-sound system that makes the experience closely akin to being in a drive-in without all of the making out and light pollution.

So far, picks have been fairly standard, canonical repertory fare, with a few wildcards. (check out the site and blogs at Movie Night). I think I've arrived at my selection (which, due to #'s 1-3 of the governing bylaws, I can't disclose, even in this anonymous online forum which it's unlikely any of the regular membership will ever see, though perceptive readers browsing the "Music Discussion" side of this forum may have informed guesses).

If you were a SELECTOR, what would you screen and why? Posters, links appreciated. I'm trying to develop a roster of potential picks, a slate of selections which negotiates that nonmansland between hackneyed "classic" and total obscure film theory major art house wankery.

Tony? Ben? Raj? Other knowledgable cineastes?
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Posted 25 July 2006 - 12:41 PM

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criteria 1-3 satisfied.
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Posted 25 July 2006 - 12:46 PM

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Posted 25 July 2006 - 12:47 PM

I sugggest you rent 'Howard The Duck' or 'Ishtar' for these jackasses. Chick Flicks... Whatever. Btw Raj split and Tony'll recommend 'Titanic'. edit: V. seriously. How many are in this inner circle and what's so special about it? Sounds like it's a bunch of dudes who wanna see shit blow up and they want to keep it short and sweet. Any Segal or Van Damme will do. aw fuck it. Just get 'Ichi The Killer' and be done with it.
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Posted 25 July 2006 - 12:49 PM

serious selections: Oldboy Sympathy For Mr Vengence I didn't read the rules, so if those don't meet the critreia oh well

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Posted 25 July 2006 - 12:51 PM

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Sorry Tom. This is a chick flick. :rolleyes:
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Posted 25 July 2006 - 12:54 PM

Here's the list of Movienight selections so far, for context:

Joe Versus The Volcano (1990) 102 Minutes
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The King of Comedy (1983) 109 Minutes
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
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Chinatown (1974) 131 Minutes
Wednesday, July 5, 2006
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Breaking Away (1979) 100 Minutes
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
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Léon (1994) 133 Minutes
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
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Big Night (1996) 107 Minutes
Wednesday, June 7, 2006
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Hostel (2005) 94 Minutes
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
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The Usual Suspects (1995) 106 Minutes
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
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Strange Brew (1983) 90 Minutes
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
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Bull Durham (1988) 108 Minutes
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
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The Frisco Kid (1979) 122 Minutes
Wednesday, May 3, 2006
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Ed Wood (1994) 127 Minutes
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
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Let It Ride (1989) 87 Minutes
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
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State of Grace (1990) 134 Minutes
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
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City of God (2002) 130 Minutes
Wednesday, April 5, 2006
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Yojimbo (1961) 110 Minutes
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
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The Sting (1973) 129 Minutes
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
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Network (1976) 121 Minutes
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
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The Meaning of Life (1983) 107 Minutes
Wednesday, March 8, 2006
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Midnight Express (1978) 121 Minutes
Saturday, February 25, 2006
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First Blood (1982) 97 Minutes
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
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The French Connection (1971) 104 Minutes
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
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The In-Laws (1979) 103 Minutes
Wednesday, February 8, 2006
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Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) 90 Minutes
Wednesday, February 1, 2006
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Rear Window (1954) 112 Minutes
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
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Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) 93 Minutes
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
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Stand By Me (1986) 89 Minutes
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
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Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) 93 Minutes
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
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An American Werewolf in London (1981) 97 Minutes
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
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Papillon (1973) 150 Minutes
Wednesday, November 9, 2005
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Kung Fu Hustle (2004) 95 Minutes
Wednesday, November 2, 2005
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Reservoir Dogs (1992) 99 Minutes
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
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Executive Action (1973) 91 Minutes
Saturday, October 15, 2005
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Die Hard (1988) 131 Minutes
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
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Fight Club (1999) 139 Minutes
Wednesday, October 5, 2005
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Saving Private Ryan (1998) 170 Minutes
Saturday, October 1, 2005
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Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) 115 minutes
Thursday, September 22, 2005
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Rocky (1976) 119 Minutes
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
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The Big Lebowski (1998) 117 minutes
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
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Some solid choices, but I don't know if you need a cineaste to weigh in. Might throw off the crowd you're running with.
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Posted 25 July 2006 - 01:00 PM

Strange Brew? :blink:

Must have been an off-night. :)

How about a classic musical like Singin' In the Rain or Meet Me In St. Louis?

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Posted 25 July 2006 - 01:04 PM

Take the bull by the horns.. 'My Dinner With Andre' always a crowd pleaser. ;)
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Posted 25 July 2006 - 01:04 PM

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Posted 25 July 2006 - 01:05 PM

Strange Brew? :blink:

Must have been an off-night. :)


Oh and 'Joe vs the Volcano' wasn't? :blink:
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Posted 25 July 2006 - 01:06 PM


Strange Brew? :blink:

Must have been an off-night. :)


Oh and 'Joe vs the Volcano' wasn't? :blink:


Tru that too.

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Posted 25 July 2006 - 01:07 PM


Strange Brew? :blink:

Must have been an off-night. :)


Oh and 'Joe vs the Volcano' wasn't? :blink:


Yeah, it's a rich tapestry over there for sure. "Joe Versus the Volcano" is a personal favorite of one of the ringleaders. To each their own.
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Posted 25 July 2006 - 01:09 PM

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Posted 25 July 2006 - 01:11 PM



Strange Brew? :blink:

Must have been an off-night. :)


Oh and 'Joe vs the Volcano' wasn't? :blink:


Yeah, it's a rich tapestry over there for sure. "Joe Versus the Volcano" is a personal favorite of one of the ringleaders. To each their own.


I being the cinesnobgrad from hell look at your list and can only think: what would Damo do?
all that shit is as mainstream as it gets. Just pick an acadmey award winner or something.
It certainly wouldn't be hard to shake things up if that's your angle. Otherwise, pick a popcorn flick.
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Posted 25 July 2006 - 01:12 PM

that list of movies shown so far is pretty pedestrian you need to expand their minds They need a little Errol Morris, show them Gates Of Heaven

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Posted 25 July 2006 - 01:13 PM

A movie has to be "good" and "stand the test of some time" and they showed Hostel? :blink:
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Posted 25 July 2006 - 01:16 PM

A movie has to be "good" and "stand the test of some time" and they showed Hostel? :blink:

by test of time, maybe they mean if you can stand to sit still for the 90 minutes the movie is on the screen

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Posted 25 July 2006 - 01:20 PM

I'd go with "Night On Earth"...gotta have some Jarmusch in there.