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  • 28 May 2012 at 4:57 pm #1362

    Candy Minx
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    Oh, I liked that Ebert article. I have virtually the exact same list. Only, I would have Rear Window instead of Vertigo. However, I think Synecdoche is well…a failed masterpiece. I happen to like failed masterpieces but it really is a frustrating piece of work…for me. And as much as I love Tree of Life, I would choose It’s A Wonderful Life particularily for the reasons Ebert chose ToL. Yes, Bergman really had some brilliant dialogue. I used to get obsessed with his characters and their pace and words. Of course…I also highly admire SCTVs Burgman…”Whispers of the Wolf”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4BCMJiQ8gU

    Aden, John Milius is a total god and even so much more than part of a Dirty Harry collaboration. The root to Dirty Harry is that Clint Eastwood practices TM, Milius Zen and the Harry C is a brilliant manifestation of a dharma bum. Many critics have tried to politicize Harry C by naming him conservative or anarchist or right wing but these weak perspectives mistake samsara and continuous flow with some kind of ideology. It’s a delightful reverie to imagine how much influence Milius has had on Lucas (Apocalypse Now? Indiana Jones?) and I am a huge fan of UFC which he helped set up. Milius is just like some kind of super artist/poet god!

    And I didn’t know where to put this following list…but since Ebert is a list…here is a list of 2012 most spiritually influencial people..I love a list!

    http://www.watkinsbooks.com/review/watkins-spiritual-100-list-2012


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    29 May 2012 at 1:55 am #1375

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    29 May 2012 at 10:12 am #1378

    leedriver
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    I did not grow up in Texas but the father in TOL, the Brad Pitt character’s idea of his fatherly and community responsibilities were eerily like my own father’s. It was in certain parts, like seeing a very personal expose’ into the construction of my own and my family’s psyche in the USA of the 1950’s. I felt certain lines were almost like secretly delivered, for me and my brothers alone for observation. Both Synecdoche and TOL are more remarkable for what was attempted than for what they accomplished. The mundane story in TOL juxtaposed with the creation fireworks is appropriate in the sense that nature and the universe are fucking awesome and our little lives seem tawdry and insignificant in comparison. To me, McCarthy saying to Oprah that he’s surprised more people don’t have spiritual experiences, and that he feels we ought be more awed and grateful, is of a set with what Malick was shooting for.


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    01 Jun 2012 at 9:37 am #1426

    Richard L.
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    HATFIELDS AND MCCOYS was filmed in Romania, it says, but a good deal of it was filmed ten miles on either side of us, in Bardstown and east of there at Abraham Lincoln’s Homestead Park, which is mostly a golf course with a few old cabins and buildings. The director talks about shooting the miniseries in the interview at this link.. There were some interesting scenes, but a lot of filler too.


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    02 Jun 2012 at 7:44 am #1441

    cantona
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    I saw this TV commercial the other night:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hHtgV97BJc ; it helped me understand why I hated Tree of Life.


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    02 Jun 2012 at 1:37 pm #1451

    Anonymous

    Looking forward to June 12 when I will attend a screening of a 35 MM print of Ishtar, one of my very favorite movies. Austin is really getting their act together with their Summer Classics series at the Paramount.

    Other screenings I will be attending this summer:

    Ishtar, Night of the Hunter, Heaven’s Gate, Shock Corridor and Naked Kiss, Manchurian Candidate, Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Harvey, The Birds…


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    02 Jun 2012 at 8:42 pm #1454

    Candy Minx
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    Here here that commercial is like Tree Of Life…and the movies in Logan’s Run…and it reminds me of the ads in Michael Clayton. But I still love tree of life. When I first saw that commercial I thought it was riffing on the movie.

    Seth, Ishtar is one of my face movies too..but we can’t possibly be talking about the same movie can we? I will have to google to see if there is another movie with same title, more lofty than the one I love with Beatty and hoffman….

    But what a fantastic line up of movies…god I love Austin!!


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    02 Jun 2012 at 11:58 pm #1455

    cantona
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    Candy,

    No, that’s not what I meant. Tree of Life is like a Hyundai commercial. Not the other way round.


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    03 Jun 2012 at 1:36 am #1456

    Richard L.
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    We haven’t yet seen TREE OF LIFE. I’ve heard good things and bad things about it. I’m sure we’ll see it eventually.

    Tonight (Sunday, June 3rs) at 10:00PM (Eastern) on A&E, the first of a planned 10 episode series featuring Wyoming sheriff Longmire will be shone. I like the Craig Johnson’s books, a genre series which is narrated in the first-person by Longmire, but I’m uncertain how this will translate onto the screen.

    Most of the good things are the thoughts rattling around inside the sheriff/protagonist’s head, and a lot of it is when he is brooding alone on things. With other people, he tends to be understated and introverted.

    Still I’m mighty glad for him. He’s a Wyoming family rancher writing stretchers which have become successful. Long before he became a novelist, we used to read his horse-training articles in various equine-related magazines. When he gives talks before book groups, he is funny and self-effacing while looking the part of his fictional character.

    LONGMIRE seems well-cast and I hope they do it well. If so, it might inspire other modern westerns with a sense of humor. I’m blogging on it later today.


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    03 Jun 2012 at 1:40 am #1457

    Richard L.
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    Heck, where do I go to learn how to edit posts here. I guess the edit window is only open so long. Anyway, the first of the Longmire series will be shown tonight on A&E at 10:00pm Eastern.


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