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#8101 Vivian Darkbloom

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Posted 22 February 2009 - 01:13 PM

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Banliue 13 (2004)

Faintly ridiculous but fun colorful cyberpunk flipside to Matthieu Kossovitz's La Haine, Luc Besson takes the social unrest and race riots in suburban Paris and puts in a couple of beefcake idealists in an unlikely spin on the detective buddy movie. Set in 2010 Paris, it's filled with weird continuity problems and amusing anachronisms. The parkour-based stuntwork is innovative and fun to watch, seamlessly choreographed in a kind of Jet Li does fruity French ballet concrete kind of way. It's also fun to watch a really dumbed down and formulaic by the numbers action fighting thriller with French argot and subtitles (be sure to switch the sound to French with English subitles- disable the English overdubs, they're insufferable). Also cool, if you speak French, to parse out their take on vaguely futuristic racaiile-cant.

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Posted 22 February 2009 - 01:43 PM

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Banliue 13 (2004)

Faintly ridiculous but fun colorful cyberpunk flipside to Matthieu Kossovitz's La Haine, Luc Besson takes the social unrest and race riots in suburban Paris and puts in a couple of beefcake idealists in an unlikely spin on the detective buddy movie. Set in 2010 Paris, it's filled with weird continuity problems and amusing anachronisms. The parkour-based stuntwork is innovative and fun to watch, seamlessly choreographed in a kind of Jet Li does fruity French ballet concrete kind of way. It's also fun to watch a really dumbed down and formulaic by the numbers action fighting thriller with French argot and subtitles (be sure to switch the sound to French with English subitles- disable the English overdubs, they're insufferable). Also cool, if you speak French, to parse out their take on vaguely futuristic racaiile-cant.

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well put. great b movie, grimy, fast and dumb, but lacking that exploitative/hateful (crank) overkill.

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Posted 22 February 2009 - 02:44 PM

Banliue 13 (2004)


Possibly the best action movie this decade.

The sequel came out in france last weekend, anxiously awaiting it's arrival here.

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Posted 22 February 2009 - 06:54 PM

Banliue 13 (2004)


Possibly the best action movie this decade.

The sequel came out in france last weekend, anxiously awaiting it's arrival here.

Sweet. Just watched the trailer on youtube, can't say I'm thrilled at the clip with the girl beating people up with her hair, but you know...

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#8105 Vivian Darkbloom

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 12:25 PM

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Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)

Surprisingly good for the first 2/3, bawdy and with at least 4-5 serious belly laughs, this Apatow throwaway then inexplicably drops the ball on its "Orgazmo"-esque sexploitation romp pacing (more specifically, drops the sagging balls) and decides to be a romantic comedy. And the movie just ends. Most misleading title ever. More apt would be: "Zack and Miri Start to Make A Porno, get all of the screwball minor characters involved in production and financing, and then abandon the project when their sweet tender missionary lovemaking on a sack of coffee beans in a storeroom somehow awakens latent feelings of love and shatters their Platonic cohabitation that has improbably survived despite the fact that Zack in real life would have been daily sniffing Elizabeth Banks panties, Granny or not."

Boo.

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 07:11 PM

Surprisingly good for the first 2/3, bawdy and with at least 4-5 serious belly laughs, this Apatow throwaway then inexplicably drops the ball on its "Orgazmo"-esque sexploitation romp pacing (more specifically, drops the sagging balls) and decides to be a romantic comedy. And the movie just ends. Most misleading title ever. More apt would be: "Zack and Miri Start to Make A Porno, get all of the screwball minor characters involved in production and financing, and then abandon the project when their sweet tender missionary lovemaking on a sack of coffee beans in a storeroom somehow awakens latent feelings of love and shatters their Platonic cohabitation that has improbably survived despite the fact that Zack in real life would have been daily sniffing Elizabeth Banks panties, Granny or not."


Spot on.

Except this film's got nothing to do with Apatow (apart from the fact that Seth Rogen's in it).

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 10:01 PM

foot fist way, which is way better than anticipated. at first it feels like mcbride's schtick will wear thin (especially after similar roles in pineapple express and tropic thunder) but after a really, really (intentionally) uncomfortable half hour, you start to feel for him and the other characters. the protagonist is cringe-worthy throughout, but the fact that he transcends awkwardness and repugnance to become, at the very least, understandable is a pretty big achievement.

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 11:04 PM

foot fist way, which is way better than anticipated. at first it feels like mcbride's schtick will wear thin (especially after similar roles in pineapple express and tropic thunder) but after a really, really (intentionally) uncomfortable half hour, you start to feel for him and the other characters. the protagonist is cringe-worthy throughout, but the fact that he transcends awkwardness and repugnance to become, at the very least, understandable is a pretty big achievement.

Have you been watching his new HBO series 'Eastbound & Down'. He basically takes the FFW character, makes him an ex-baseball player, and makes him even more unlikable: doing blow with a bartender, picking up the local skank for some topless jetskiing, taking ecstasy before chaperoning a school dance, and trying to joke with the other teachers at lunch by saying "I just saw two eight graders raping a sixth grader....naw, just kidding." Amazing.

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Posted 27 February 2009 - 01:03 AM

foot fist way, which is way better than anticipated. at first it feels like mcbride's schtick will wear thin (especially after similar roles in pineapple express and tropic thunder) but after a really, really (intentionally) uncomfortable half hour, you start to feel for him and the other characters. the protagonist is cringe-worthy throughout, but the fact that he transcends awkwardness and repugnance to become, at the very least, understandable is a pretty big achievement.

Have you been watching his new HBO series 'Eastbound & Down'. He basically takes the FFW character, makes him an ex-baseball player, and makes him even more unlikable: doing blow with a bartender, picking up the local skank for some topless jetskiing, taking ecstasy before chaperoning a school dance, and trying to joke with the other teachers at lunch by saying "I just saw two eight graders raping a sixth grader....naw, just kidding." Amazing.


i don't have hbo, and couldn't find it streaming online. one of my favorite scenes in tffw was when he tries to convince the girl to take the class by telling her that he knows how afraid of rape she is. mcbride comes off as a creep, but a creep who really wants to be understanding (and understood). much like david brent, i suppose.

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Posted 27 February 2009 - 01:08 AM

foot fist way, which is way better than anticipated. at first it feels like mcbride's schtick will wear thin (especially after similar roles in pineapple express and tropic thunder) but after a really, really (intentionally) uncomfortable half hour, you start to feel for him and the other characters. the protagonist is cringe-worthy throughout, but the fact that he transcends awkwardness and repugnance to become, at the very least, understandable is a pretty big achievement.

Yeah, I'm bummed more people didn't see this- my favorite comedy of the year.
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Posted 27 February 2009 - 01:18 AM

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Not Anytime Annie? Say, who could forget 'er? She only said "No" once, and THEN she didn't hear the question!

42nd Street: The litmus test I have for movies about the making of a movie (or in this case musical), is 'Do the behind-the-scenes goings-on make for a more interesting time than the fake movie/musical they're making?' And, in the case of this one, the answer is unquestionably NO. There's about a solid hour of wooden acting, weak characters, uninteresting plotline that is mostly forgiven when the entire last half hour is just one gigantic Busby Berkeley musical number. The choreography is absolutely jaw-dropping (Even as it is completely impossible to stage, as there are numerous camera zooms, angles the audience wouldn't be privy to, and a final number so massive that it incorporates scores of dancers, a horse, some ten cars, midgets, and dancing black kids...how big is this stage!?!?). like the maze of legs (a la Big Lebowski), or the amazing closing moments where the people become buildings in the cityscape, then stars in the sky. Also, completely worth watching for the weird song where the newlyweds sing to each other and the husband sings "I'll go home and get my panties!"

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Posted 27 February 2009 - 03:09 PM

Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)

Surprisingly good for the first 2/3, bawdy and with at least 4-5 serious belly laughs, this Apatow throwaway then inexplicably drops the ball on its "Orgazmo"-esque sexploitation romp pacing (more specifically, drops the sagging balls) and decides to be a romantic comedy. And the movie just ends. Most misleading title ever. More apt would be: "Zack and Miri Start to Make A Porno, get all of the screwball minor characters involved in production and financing, and then abandon the project when their sweet tender missionary lovemaking on a sack of coffee beans in a storeroom somehow awakens latent feelings of love and shatters their Platonic cohabitation that has improbably survived despite the fact that Zack in real life would have been daily sniffing Elizabeth Banks panties, Granny or not."

Boo.

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Just watched this and I agree, really solid/funny first half, really rushed/cliched second half. I'd prolly rate it a little higher then C+ maybe B- based on the first half, there was some really funny stuff in there....the whole amazon.com/fleshlight conversation was some of the funniest "sex" comedy dialog i've heard in a long while. Did you watch the credits at all? There's a scene stuck in the middle of the credits that kinda ties up the whole porn production part of the story....to little too late at that point though.
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Posted 27 February 2009 - 10:15 PM

Just watched Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father What a movie. New nothing about this film before watching. Will definitely add this for the mid-year correction of 2008.

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Posted 28 February 2009 - 01:16 PM

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You know what he's doing now? He's probably in the back of that limo, giving himself a blow job.

Sour Grapes: It's kind of like watching 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' without any sympathetic characters/non-Larry David characters to balance out David, himself. And I love Craig Bierko, there's something about him that cracks me up, but, Lord help him, he's not a very good actor. It is kind of amusing to watch an entire film of David's hang-ups, and the the odd assortment of Seinfeld bit players ("Hey! That's the black guy who poses in his underwear for George! Hey, that's the library detective!"), but it's not really a successful movie, at all.

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Posted 28 February 2009 - 04:59 PM

"Taking Chance" - new HBO film about Kevin Bacon's cahracter escorting a dead soldier to his funeral. - Very simple, but very good. I watched it twice. *** "Pride & Glory" - if you like slow moving cop-drama in NYC, this is your movie. Pretty good. Nice turn for Colin Farrell-- little off-type for him.
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Posted 28 February 2009 - 05:13 PM

Redbelt - Good movie Boy A - Really good movie Step Brothers - Like a piece of undercooked meat, delicious while you consume but painfully hard to enjoy in the couple of hours after. That is all.

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 01:07 AM

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excellent documentary, this. very recommended.

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 10:13 AM

Boy A - Really good movie

Not a lot of people I've talked to have ever heard of this movie. But I freaking loved it. Such a powerful story and it brings up some majorly intense questions.
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Posted 01 March 2009 - 08:32 PM

"Red Belt" or David Mamet's latest greatest. I think someone here gave it a mediocre review, and I have to say that i disagree. I think Mamet has done it, yet again. Great movie, especially for a geek like me that cant' stand the standard hollywood fare, complete with predictable endings, character arcs, etc. That lead actor with the African name is definitely going to get some bigger roles because of this. Also thought it was kinda cool of Mamet to finally give his wife the smaller part. It's got all the Mamet ingredients: rapidfire dialogue with the jazzy pantameter a painstaking approach to detail true character motivations and some really nice twists I love Mamet, and he has once again proven that his name alone, is enought to ensure good art.
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Posted 02 March 2009 - 12:24 PM

"Red Belt" or David Mamet's latest greatest.


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