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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 9:55 am 
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Watched Spirited Away...

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 12:29 pm 
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Great movie. Great choice!

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David Lynch - Mulholland drive

I am not sure about Lynch, is he a really big one or maybe a bit overrated? But: this movie is great without any doubt!

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 3:32 am 
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That's a legitimate question: every director has his strenghts and weaknesses, Lynch's forte is getting the most from his actors, his weakness is pulling off a coherent story line. It's like... when I watched Inland Empire, it seemed to me like he had no idea how to end the story he started.

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Mulholland drive has no problems with the story line. Of course it is weird and surrealistic but finally the circle is closing. Some say it was his best movie. The point i wanted to get to is, is he a real artist or only a good craftsman? Hayao Myazaki for instance is IMHO a craftsman, i love his perfectly executed works but i never considered them as art. For me Hitchcock is a great artist though his films are full of logical mistakes and lots of other points of weakness.
Have also seen lots of other good movies: german director Werner Herzog had 70th birthday, i saw wrath of god, nosferatu (both with Klaus Kinski), Stroszek and Herzogs remake of bad lieutenant (with Nicolas Cage). angel heart by Alan Parker with Mickey Rourke. Tommy. Saw also a very impressing documentary on William S. Burroughs: A Man Within by Yony Leyser 2011.

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I don't understand that. Why isn't Hayao Miyazaki art? Miyazaki specifically used to check each and every single image used in his films before his health deteriorated in order to prevent errors like the ones of the scale you see in Disney-films. I much appreciate how he lets topics like pacifism and environmentalism root firmly, yet not disturbingly in his films. Also, he puts a lot of work in his plots in the "bad guy" section. His movies really don't have any bad-guys. It's not standard battle between good and evil that you've seen a thousand times before.
Check some other Ghibli-work that's not by Hayao, you'll notice that it might be enjoyable anime, but not possessing the magic HM puts into it.

Oh, and if you think Howl's Moving Castle is flawless: after seeing it many times in three (and a bit but the Dutch version is appalling) different languages, the plot point where Sophie makes everybody leaves the castle, and the castle collapses because Calcifer's out. Why did Sophie do that? And what about that curse: during the bombing she turns young and never gets old again. How? Why?
(Also: watch the Japanese original version of that. Christian Bale's reading sucks.)

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2012 10:53 am 
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BBP wrote:
I don't understand that. Why isn't Hayao Miyazaki art?
Only my humble opinion of course. I think his storylines aren't as elaborated and sophisticated as his images are beautiful. For my taste they are a little bit naive (especially the one that deals about environmentalism). The reason might be that his films are good for adults and kids and he don't want to overburden the latter. I have just choosen him, cause u named some of his films. Of course they are masterpieces anyway. And it made me really happy when i found out, that Myazaki once was involved in the production of the Heidi cartoon series that was part of my childhood. The only japanese directors name that i managed to memorize incidentally.
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So naïve isn't art? You know Rousseau?
I'm still not convinced. It took me a lot of thinking to understand the storyline of Howl, it's very detailed and it's easy to get gaps in the story because it's easy to miss information. Ponyo's a little easier, yes. But it still took me 3 views before I realised the tsunami came because the life elixer well filled up. With water, but it filled up.

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Last film I've seen was decent: 1973 Three Musketeers, with Michael York and Charlton Heston.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2012 11:06 am 
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BBP wrote:
I'm still not convinced

1. Oh my god!!!
2. As i said it is just my personal point of view and neither you nor anybody needs to share it. One thing that interests me is art that gives me an idea about the person who did it. It is going beyond personal handwriting or style. Especially movies are produced by hundreds of people and that makes movies very rare that mirror some single personality. In this sense Myazaki gives me not much clues about who he is. Basically i can't tell logical reasons about my relation to artworks, especially in my strongly limited english. It is just the way, those things touch me or not. And Myazako never touched me as much as Hitch for example. There is also much things that are labeled as "art" by the official art history or, much worse, by the art business that also don't touch me much.
3. Please don't insist anymore, i see some undeniable tendencies to move towards your position the more i think about it.
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Do me a favour and watch them all in Japanese with English subs in the future, OK? The voice director did a bad job on Howl (the character of Calcifer is originally more cute with a bit of snark, rather than Billy Chrystal's all snark, and Howl is more boyish and friendly rather than Christian Bale's seducing but oh so bored) and I'm not enthusiastic about the Spirited Away-dub either. I'm not sure if it'll help for you, but I didn't start to love Howl's Moving Castle as much as I do now, until I saw the Japanese version.

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Watched Richard III, by/with Laurence Olivier. Impressive except for the death scene.

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The last two movies I saw that I thought were any good were The Descendants with George Clooney and The Savages with Philip Seymour Hoffman.


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Burke & Hare, John Landis comedy. End is a bit gooey but the acting is fine and the music is cool!

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Watched Judgment At Nuremberg last night.

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Voted Best "Pissing on a Priest" movie, ever.

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SonofSuzyCreamcheese wrote:

Voted Best "Pissing on a Priest" movie, ever.

That's something! ;)
I love shitty horror movies.

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The Odd Couple.

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Finally saw SkyFall at The Phil. Thought it was amazing 8)

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Finally saw SkyFall at The Phil. Thought it was amazing 8)

Coming out on DVD/Blu-ray in 5 weeks!

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I saw that and hated it. I must be getting old.

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I saw that and hated it. I must be getting old.

My big love affair with James Bond happened, when i was 14 years old...

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Seen all Bonds myself. Goldfinger's my favourite.

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BBP wrote:
Seen all Bonds myself. Goldfinger's my favourite.

"Diamonds Are Forever" is mine.
I love it for the music and Mr Wint and Mr Kidd.
("If at first you don't succeed..." "Then try, try, try again, Mr Kidd".
One of my few memories of fraternal unity concerns walking home with my brother, me seven, he eleven in 1971, discussing the merits of the film.
I did, however, also really enjoy watching Goldfinger in France in French with my best friend fours ago - both of us, for once, knew exactly what was going on in a film in French.

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