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  • 17 Jul 2015 at 2:42 pm #7336

    Will
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    Anyone else see the trailer for The Revenant? If I didn’t know how I wanted a film adaptation of Blood Meridian to look before, I do now.


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    18 Jul 2015 at 1:22 am #7337

    Richard L.
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    Wow, thanks for the tip on THE REVENANT (not to be confused with the 2009 horror flick with the same name). Bound to be a winner for these old eyes if the trailer is that good. This is the follow-up movie to BIRDMAN for the director and this is based upon the life of Hugh Glass, which I always thought would make a great movie.

    All of those trappers–such as John Colter, Robert McClelland, and such–mixed with the Delaware and Shawnee free hunters and their stories are vivid but little known. It is high time they did this movie and I am elated that the trailer looks so right.

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    I viewed EX-MACHINA the other day. A very smart speculative science flick, not gripping but certainly interesting and stylish, with a lot of little nuances that were well made. I’m glad I saw it.


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    15 Oct 2015 at 7:42 am #7723

    Candy Minx
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    One of the best and crazy cool decadent films I’ve seen lately is MAPS TO THE STARS> I’m mad about it. Julianne Moore is wonderful, generous, sick. Everyone is so good.

    I had given my paper to a friend in England to read….and he emailed me back to see if I had seen this movie. No I hadn’t. And it totally had everything to do with a book I am writing, part of which I presented this past weekend. I’ve watched this movie three times now in the past two weeks.

    I love this movie so much….and then I was like, how the hell did they know to make this movie? I looked up the author….and he had studied with Carlos Castenada. Ah, that totally makes sense LOL

    GOING CLEAR. Wow…I am crazy obsessed with the Scientology building shown in this documentary. Wow so amazing….what a wild ride this movie is. I can not believe the huge stage and auditorium the church has and how campy and over the top it is. Very interesting stuff. I’ve watched this a couple of times too.

    TRUE DETECTIVE, season 2. Excellent. I admit, I was hesitant when they had another character with a headpiece on…but other than that. ..I really loved this season. vince Vaughn changed his body, the way he held his head and posture and was solid performance. Awesome. But the show was stolen by Colin Farreell….wh said many things and brought a moody tragic and brave persona to life. What an actor I adore him!!!! He said a line that I relate to as one of my creeds “I welcome judgement”. But his story in this season was just overall outstanding.

    BREAKING BAD. Stagg had never seen BB…I had watched it in real time as it was shown season by season. I convinced Stagg to watch it and I joined him watching the whole thing again. I enjoyed seeing how well the writers had conceived the story from episode one. In Episode two Walter White is teaching his science class and he teaches them about “chirality”. Nice. I hated Walter White by season three…where I took a break the first time I watched the series. I’m not crazy about season three….thought it was perhaps weaker than other seasons….but then, it really has some incredible moments. People complain that one can’t film BLOOD MERIDIAN….but some one already has made it…its just called “Breaking Bad” thats all….but the judge, the kid, the gang all there!

    THE JINX, if I already posted about this few months ago…sorry. The hobo series tackles tv crime dramas and docs. Wow is this thing ever good. Watched it twice. So so amazing. Also recommend the fictional movie by same director, called ALL GOOD THINGS.


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    17 Oct 2015 at 12:51 pm #7750

    Richard L.
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    I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS with Blythe Danner and Sam Elliott. Wonderful little movie that says love is always worth the price of the suffering that will occur if we have to see those we love die.
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    I went on a SLIDERS and a QUANTUM LEAP viewing binge, still inspired by my reading of Max Tegmark’s OUR MATHEMATICAL UNIVERSE. Tegmark is a professor of physics at MIT.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Mathematical_Universe

    Speculative science, but he may be entirely correct. There are multitudes of worlds out there, some of them–nay, an infinite number of them–pretty much like ours, in which there are copies of us doing the identical things that we have done. Until what he refers to as “an observable moment” occurs, at which time we might make an alternative decision different from the norm and thus split off into a new fraternal-twin like universe.

    You will have to start from the beginning and read the entire book, but he will make you consider infinity from a different angle. Thus my sudden interest in SLIDERS and QUANTUM LEAP, which I find to be generally well-written and possibly prophetic.


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    20 Oct 2015 at 2:13 pm #7776

    Candy Minx
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    Do not pass go do not collect 200 dollars….if you haven’t seen THE MARTIAN go see it now.

    Wow what a fantastic movie of course, Ridley Scott is such a brilliant filmmaker how could we expect less than yet another amazing story, with humour, terror, and now with a cast-away motif. The use of digetic music was brilliant and hilarious at times. At times poignant.

    Ridley Scott has rendered so many of the greatest female roles in cinema it’s fun to see him tackle a male character. I feel like somehow I am friends with Watley (Matt Damon) and the movie is refreshing for it’s use of costume, content, and lack of tragedy or existentialism. This is a character who knows how to live even when at times challenged to defeat and odds. We follow a logic of survival and puzzle-solving….for the sake of puzzle-solving. Some good references to other movies, other space movies….it’s a long movie and I felt how can this be possible to follow along and keep it’s energy fresh and interesting….yet it did do so. I am going to see this in the movie theatre again.

    BRIDGE OF SPIES. I know this didn’t get a lot of good reviews…..and I glanced at a note online calling it boring…but I found this a wonderful story. A kind of less sexy CHARLIE WILSON’S WAR but more about how a conservative, traditional man would puzzle-solve international affairs contrasted to Charlie Wilsons bad boy sexy bravado. Both valuable approaches and personas. Again, Tom Hanks delivers.

    THE INTERN. Maybe not as funny as her other exceptional movies….and less real estate pon….but a strong portal by De Niro. A new family is re-created and this I believe is a great storyline and tradition. This movie is almost a contemporary sort of Dickens family.The work place is a lot of fun. Quirky difficult and light characters combine. And more puzzle-solving. A very sweet story. Meyers could have made a terrible mistake with writing the young people (she is genius at writing older characters) but the juxtaposition of these generations is marvelous and the dialogue of the young people is perfect!


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    23 Oct 2015 at 8:05 am #7810

    Candy Minx
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    Nakagawa’s most unsettling suggestion, however, may be that the workings of the universe are an arbitrary scramble of chaos. He takes a darkly existential approach to justice, cosmic or poetic or otherwise. As the film begins, we find Shiro in rigorous pursuit of academic success, sitting in rapt attention during a lecture from his theology professor. He’s a good boy, on the fast track to marry his professor’s daughter and advance into a life of success and comfort. He’s got a bright future laid out for him, and it seems like he deserves it, too. Nakagawa shows him to be a progressive and open-minded student of life, devoting equal time to East Asian religions as well as the Judeo-Christian tradition in his studies. Most importantly, Shiro’s especially fond of the notion of everything happening for a reason, that the universe operates under a grand schematic towards some larger good.

    http://musings.oscilloscope.net/post/131696445606/the-truest-frights-of-j-horror-classic?musings.oscilloscope.net


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    23 Oct 2015 at 8:29 am #7813

    Richard L.
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    CRIME AND PUNISHMENT, the version starring Crispin Glover, doing his George McFly act and doing it well. Dostoevsky would have loved it.

    Per Wikipedia:

    Cast[edit]
    Crispin Glover as Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov
    Vanessa Redgrave as Rodion’s mother
    John Hurt as Porfiry, chief investigator
    Margot Kidder as Mrs. Katerina Marmeladova
    John Neville as Marmeladov, Sonia’s alcoholic father
    Sophie Ward as Dunia, Rodion’s sister
    Patricia Hayes as Alyona Ivanovna, old pawnbroker
    Theodore Bikel as Captain Koch
    Clive Revill as Zamyotov
    Matt Servitto as Razumikhin, Rodion’s friend
    Avital Dicker as Sonia Marmeladova, prostitute
    Ron Perlman as Dusharo.

    Glover had a spat with the BACK TO THE FUTURE honchos over the ending, with success equating money and material riches instead of simply love. So he didn’t appear in the next two movies and thus he wasn’t around to see the Cubs win the World Series in 2015, as the movies predict.

    If Max Tegmark is right, the Cubs probably will win it in some sections of the multiverse.


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    31 Oct 2015 at 7:39 am #7849

    Richard L.
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    Hey, happy halloween.

    The other night, at my lady’s house, I caught a snippet of a popular show, where a boy and his father go trick-or-treating. The boy is dressed in a shirt and tie and you don’t know what he is supposed to be until he gets to a door and does his Rod Serling imitation.

    It was pretty funny. I don’t know the name of the show.

    I finally watched THE TRIGGER EFFECT, a 1996 movie which owes a lot to Rod Serling’s THE MONSTERS ARE DUE ON MAPLE STREET, updated to include sex and jealousy in the paranoia. Almost good.

    And I watched Al Pacino in MANGLEHORN. It would have been a better movie without the fantasy-realism, but I still liked it. Pacino, now 75 and looks it, was opposite Holly Hunter, now 57 and looking much younger. Still, Pacino is lovable like an old dog. He does grizzled well.

    Al Pacino might have even made a good Suttree if it wasn’t for that New York/New Jersey in his voice.


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    05 Jan 2016 at 8:45 am #7993

    Candy Minx
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    Watching lots of stuff…maybe too much to list….

    THE UNBELIEVERS is a documentary with all kinds of interviews. It didn’t get a lot of reviews at first, but it’s on Netflix so I think a lot more people will be watching it now. Among the interviews are Werner Hertzog, which is one of the reasons I watched the doc. CameronDdiaz, Richard Dawkins, Stephen Colbert. And surprise at the end…our friend Cormac McCarthy

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TlqVVuxqEg


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    14 Jan 2016 at 4:08 pm #8005

    Richard L.
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    THE REVENANT lived up to our expectations, and then some. It is naturalism, and the film does for the snowy wilderness what THE SEARCHERS did for Monument Valley. It recalls the best scenes of BLOOD MERIDIAN, mixing the beautiful symmetry with the savage violence.

    When the grizzly attacks Glass, you wonder at the beauty of it while being aghast by the unrelenting violence and blood. It is one of the most stunning and stunningly beautiful scenes on film.

    “Based on a true story,” yes, but Glass’s story was much more wondrous, and some unwanted and quite unnecessary melodrama was added. For one thing, I would have cut the rape scene (and the woman in it) from the entire film. Yet, there is shot after visual shot that will amaze you with its beauty.

    THE REVENANT deserves a ton of Oscars. Naturalism on film, never done better. Prepare to be awed.


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