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Jan 28 2012 00:14

Godards "Film Socialisme"
I reckon its best in the fast fwd trailer. See the trailer not the film.

Lartigau "The Big Picture"
Sorta liked it, despite cliches and abrupt ending that didn't quite fit the film.

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Jan 28 2012 21:01
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Yesterday I saw Strangers in Paradise. Jam Jarmusch is quite good.

I saw that last week as well. He hasnae made a bad film I don't think. The lass playing Screaming Jay Hawkins whilst walking down the street is cool as fuck.

Today I watched Shane and Neds.

I often wonder about his movies though. Isn't there something individualistic in a bad way about the idea of loving a character because they look "cool" as fuck in a movie? This seems to be a common theme in his movies particularly, although this obviously applies to most movies. Jim Jarmusch is especially above all else good at making his characters look cool, the female leads sexy as hell. Isn't there something wrong with that?

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Jan 29 2012 02:00

Eh? What's wrong with that?

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Jan 29 2012 10:13
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Eh? What's wrong with that?

Well my point is that you like the characters not for who they are but how they look. What actions they do engage in in these movies is only intended to add to their image. Image is everything. The spectacle etc.

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Jan 29 2012 11:07

Why isn't that enough? Cinema is first and foremost a thing of visuals. It can be more than that as it often is, but it doesn't have to be. Debord can do one. But I do think Jarmusch is capable of more than that, Down by Law is probably a good example.

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Jan 29 2012 11:21

Well yeah and that's why I like Jarmusch and think he's a great director. I was just saying that I was made uncomfortable by the idea of liking a movie because its characters acted cool as hell. Down by Law does not have this same issue come up in quite the same way. In Down by Law the movie is not defined by the image of its characters. In Down by Law Jarmusch still puts a lot of effort into making certain characters look cool as hell, but unlike Stranger than Paradise the coolness of the characters is not the most defining element of the film.

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Jan 29 2012 12:00

Well he was a bit more experienced when Down by Law was made. Tom DiCillo, who did cinematography on his early films, is a mint director too. He's all about things not being cool, you might like him.

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Jan 29 2012 12:26
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Yeah, I've seen Countdown to Liquor Day which was brilliant (I was so made up for Bubbles at the end smile), The Big Dirty which was a'ight and also the Christmas Special. Have you seen the pilot movie? I can't bring myself to watch it since it's in black and white...

The pilot movie is quite funny iirc, haven't seen it for ages though, it's a bit of a different mood than the series but it's worth a watch. There's a short film 'The Cart Boy' which is an early version of the bubbles charcters which is not great. Did you see 'Say goodnight to the bad guys'? that's the TV special that leads into Countdown to liquor day.
I know some people hated the last two seasons and some reckoned it went to shit after the third, but for the most part I liked the whole thing.

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Yesterday I saw Strangers in Paradise. Jam Jarmusch is quite good.

I saw that last week as well. He hasnae made a bad film I don't think. The lass playing Screaming Jay Hawkins whilst walking down the street is cool as fuck.

Today I watched Shane and Neds.

I often wonder about his movies though. Isn't there something individualistic in a bad way about the idea of loving a character because they look "cool" as fuck in a movie? This seems to be a common theme in his movies particularly, although this obviously applies to most movies. Jim Jarmusch is especially above all else good at making his characters look cool, the female leads sexy as hell. Isn't there something wrong with that?

The problem with Jim Jarmusch is that he is obsessed with cool but as far as I can tell he doesn't understand it. He did a loose remake of Le Samourai and managed to show that he had completely failed to understand why the film was good and the single good idea he added in (the friendship with the ice cream guy) was done completely wrong.
I watched smoke and blue, one wa sa film one is a mishmash shot with leftover film after the first one was done. Both were shit.
I would still quite like to watch Dead Man but I really doubt any of his films could ever be good.

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Jan 29 2012 12:49

Haywire - good to see Gina Carano beating up some Gardai in Dublin.

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Jan 29 2012 23:09

the artist - thought it was really good. can't imagine anyone disliking it, but i know some people who were a bit disappointed it wasn't the masterpiece they expected after all the hype. didn't bother me.

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Jan 29 2012 23:52

Watched Shame. Reminded me of this meme - http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/first-world-problems
Great acting, directing and so on, though.

Also watched A Dangerous Method and that had no redeeming features whatsoever.

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Feb 1 2012 22:36

Planet of the Apes (60s)
Classic movie, nuff said.

Cloverfield

Not a bad movie if you like Godzilla gone shaky cam. I loved the idea behind it but felt the monster wasn't really explained well in-movie.

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Feb 1 2012 22:44
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Cloverfield
Not a bad movie if you like Godzilla gone shaky cam. I loved the idea behind it but felt the monster wasn't really explained well in-movie.

I think that was the point, you were seeing what the camera guy was seeing, he had no idea what was going on either.

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Feb 2 2012 22:11

I think it was Vantage Point. I'd give 5/10.

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Feb 2 2012 22:19

The Rock.
much better than working.

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Feb 2 2012 22:25
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Cloverfield
Not a bad movie if you like Godzilla gone shaky cam. I loved the idea behind it but felt the monster wasn't really explained well in-movie.

I think that was the point, you were seeing what the camera guy was seeing, he had no idea what was going on either.

Yeah I understand that but it's just a pet peeve of mine... neutral

I need stuff explained to me or I just can't enjoy it! tongue

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Feb 3 2012 11:16

At Christmas I received a set of Theo Angelopoulos DVDs.
So far I’ve watched ‘The Hunters’ shot in 1977. It is described on the box as ‘Highly symbolic and at times surreal’. It is a great movie though you have to be patient and in the mood for 143 minutes of Greek history passing back and forth between 1949 and 1976.

There are many beautiful ‘sequence shots’. To quote David Thompson’s New Biographical Dictionary of Film:

‘This is engrossing cinema, not fast or fluent, yet compelling once its rhythm has been yielded to. Not that Angelopoulos is determined on naturalism. His movies are theatrical, and nearly Brechtian: they are lessons in which “real life” is imposed upon by schema, clearly labelled points of view, and the nearly abstract emphasis on wintry space, desolation, and time spent waiting.’

So it is defiantly not Hollywood, the politics I thought a little wooden (capitalists and their lackeys murderous - communists noble), but it is a feast for the senses.

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Feb 4 2012 17:46

Just saw Breathless...I'm confused. Was the movie supposed to be a really clever parody of these sorts of movies or was I just stoned, or both?

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Feb 5 2012 00:23

This is a good Breathless. Obviously the Godard one is top. Can't comment on the Richard Gere remake yet.

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Feb 5 2012 08:10
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This is a good Breathless. Obviously the Godard one is top. Can't comment on the Richard Gere remake yet.

Oh, i meant the Godard version

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Feb 5 2012 11:08

That was one of the first French new wave films so there wasn't anything to parody at that point. Cue what your Grandad says about them not making films like that anymore, sigh.

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Feb 5 2012 16:17
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That was one of the first French new wave films so there wasn't anything to parody at that point. Cue what your Grandad says about them not making films like that anymore, sigh.

If the whole thing wasn't a subtle parody than I'm pretty disappointed. I guess some of the camera work was pretty good.

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Feb 5 2012 16:28

Eastern Promises - used to get my bap chopped in the barbers

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Feb 5 2012 19:51

+1
still does, first I know of it being in the film though.

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Feb 5 2012 21:42

Pokemon 2000

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Feb 5 2012 21:43

Pokemon 2000

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Feb 5 2012 21:59

À l'intérieur

Sick movie, story is not as twisted as those of other French Extremity films like Haute Tension or Martyrs, pretty straightforward and gory as fuck though.

In hindsight not as good a movie as I hoped, but if you like buckets of blood and people getting stabbed in the face with scissors, go for it.

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Feb 5 2012 23:42
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Feb 6 2012 21:41

A town called panic is amazing, and so bizarre.

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Feb 6 2012 21:53

Fishtank. Was a bit shitty. 'gritty' working class life an all