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Old 02-17-2007, 02:21 AM   #276
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Just saw Stranger than Fiction, starring Will Ferrell. Very interesting film and quite a different sort of role for Ferrell. If you wanted to be picky, I guess you could argue that the script is a bit of a poor man's Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Adaption etc), but I thought it was clever and charming nonetheless. Ferrell was surprisingly good in a difficult role.
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Borat, very consistantly funny in its incorrectness.
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Watched "Severance" at the weekend and was surprised how funny it was. Some blurb described it as "the Office meets Deliverance" which just about sums it up. Maybe I have a sick sense of humour.
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Rented the movie Hollywoodland last night. A somewhat historical picture about the suicide of George Reeve, the guy who originally played Superman on TV in the '50s. It was decent but nothing special. Surprisingly Affleck's performance was good and Adrien Brody was good as usual.
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Jindabyne - the latest from director Ray Lawrence (Lantana, Bliss) It was beautifully shot as all his films are and made full use of the evocative local scenery. The cast were terrific too - especially Laura Linney and Deborah-Lee Furness (Hugh Jackman's wife) who played a decidedly unglamourous grandmother.

However, it just seemed to have something missing....the story never really involved me the way it should have. More style than substance really, but still worth checking out if only for the visuals and great ensemble acting.
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Anyone seen Zodiac yet? I'm really keen to see this - its got a great cast (Mark Ruffalo is one of my faves) and is getting terrific reviews. David Fincher seldom puts a foot wrong.





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The best film of its kind since All the President's Men, David Fincher's Zodiac is another very fine telephone procedural drawn from another landmark bit of investigative journalism--though more fascinatingly, it's another time capsule of a very specific era, flash-frozen and suspended in Fincher's trademark amber.

Still, by the very nature of its subject matter, Zodiac deals in millennial anxieties: the un-'catchable' foe; the unknowable cipher; the futility of the best efforts of good and smart men; and the disintegration of the nuclear family smashed to pudding in a diving bell collapsed under the pressure of the sinking outside. The film is as remarkable as it is because it's about something as simple and enchanted as the human animal--not just bedraggled San Francisco detective Toschi (Mark Ruffalo), but also Zodiac's two female victims and, in a strange echo, two almost-invisible wives: Toschi's (June Raphael) and that of newspaper cartoonist Robert Graysmith (Jake Gyllenhaal).
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Zodiac is just fantastic. I've been interested in the Zodiac case for years now, (read Graysmith's books and so forth) and love both Jake and Mark Ruffalo, so I was really looking forward to the movie and I wasn't disappointed. Everyone involved did a great job, I highly recommend it. Do you know when it comes to Australia, C?
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Zodiac is just fantastic. I've been interested in the Zodiac case for years now, (read Graysmith's books and so forth) and love both Jake and Mark Ruffalo, so I was really looking forward to the movie and I wasn't disappointed. Everyone involved did a great job, I highly recommend it. Do you know when it comes to Australia, C?
Thanks, that is excellent news. The reviews are all pretty glowing and the case itself is so fascinating.

I have been a Ruffalo fan ever since he was the only actor to emerge with any integrity from that god awful Meg Ryan film, In the Cut. Even with the bad porn tashe, he owned that film.

Haven't checked when it opens here, hopefully some time in the next month or so. But some films take anything up to six months to get here. And some never even make it all.
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Watch Birth last night, the supposedly controversial film where Nicole Kidman's character falls in love with a 10 year old boy. It had an interesting premise but was bogged down by overwrought direction and a lack of story depth. Also featured the most ponderous musical score since Eyes Wide Shut.
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Just watched Children Of Men last night. Really powerful, well acted movie. It stars Clive Owen as a man named Theo and is based in London in 2027. The future isn't too much different than it is right now technology wise, cars and computer look a little different but that's about it, but the world is slowly falling apart due to fighting and terrorism and if that isn't enough every woman on the planet is infertile. No babies have been born in almost 20 years. Somehow, a woman named Kee is able to get pregnant and it is Theo's mission to make sure her and her baby get to place where they can live in safety.
The movie stars other people like Julianne Moore and Michael Caine. I'm assuming it's rated R, if anyone was wondering.
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This has just reminded me I must get Children of Men - a great Clive Owen fan.

I must confess that I've actually paid money to see Mr Bean's Holiday. My friend persuaded me to go and I must further confess that it actually made me laugh.

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An '86 film...
Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer.
Its horror but kinda disburbing thriller aswell, for those who haven't seen its a must horror see, strongly recommend it.
It was loosely based on a real life killer who claimed to have killed thousands, abit of a nutcase, obviously. "He claimed to have been part of a cannibalistic, satanic cult called "The Hand of Death", to have taken part in snuff films, to have killed Jimmy Hoffa, and to have delivered poison to cult leader Jim Jones in Jonestown prior to the notorious mass muder/suicide of Jones's group."
But the film is quite brillant And not annoying, like the facts are.
Micheal Rooker is Henry.
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An '86 film...
Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer.
Its horror but kinda disburbing thriller aswell, for those who haven't seen its a must horror see, strongly recommend it.
It was loosely based on a real life killer who claimed to have killed thousands, abit of a nutcase, obviously. "He claimed to have been part of a cannibalistic, satanic cult called "The Hand of Death", to have taken part in snuff films, to have killed Jimmy Hoffa, and to have delivered poison to cult leader Jim Jones in Jonestown prior to the notorious mass muder/suicide of Jones's group."
But the film is quite brillant And not annoying, like the facts are.
Micheal Rooker is Henry.
I am a big fan of that film too. It was made on a tiny budget with unknown actors, but it really works well. It was based on Henry Lee Lucas. I've read a bio about him and he was quite a piece of work.

Don't see it if you are squeamish though, the violence is pretty intense.
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I am a big fan of that film too. It was made on a tiny budget with unknown actors, but it really works well. It was based on Henry Lee Lucas. I've read a bio about him and he was quite a piece of work.

Don't see it if you are squeamish though, the violence is pretty intense.
Very interesting, yes I agree not for the squeamish and don't go reading up on him before you see, you'll enjoy less. You'll be constantly comparing inconsistancies, oh, maybe thats just something I do.
Look at Norman Bates and Ed Gein, Who's Scarier but which was real.
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I get that feeling fairly often myself.
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btw L, I don't know if I've recommended this to you before, but just in case....check out an Austrian movie called Funny Games (Michael Haneke directed) if you have the chance. It may be hard to get at the local VideoEzy etc but its worth seeking out.

Very, very chilling story about two nameless psychopaths who randomly terrorise a holidaying family. Its too freaky for a lot of people to stomach, but if you appreciate scary films, its a minor masterpiece I think.
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Coolies, I'll try to track that down. I recommend to you the second only ever good aussie horror film I've seen (first being "Wolf Creek") I just happened to watch this... "Lost Things", its menacing, ummm if you ever saw "Soul Survivors"... Like that, if it was actually made right.
Creepy and Eerie are good adjective's to best describe. Interesting sidenote director Marty Murphy's first feature, in itself so impressive. And Screenplay by Stephen Sewell he did "The Boys". I Think I liked this better than "Wolf Creek" which surprises myself even to say.
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Coolies, I'll try to track that down. I recommend to you the second only ever good aussie horror film I've seen (first being "Wolf Creek") I just happened to watch this... "Lost Things", its menacing, ummm if you ever saw "Soul Survivors"... Like that, if it was actually made right.
Creepy and Eerie are good adjective's to best describe. Interesting sidenote director Marty Murphy's first feature, in itself so impressive. And Screenplay by Stephen Sewell he did "The Boys". I Think I liked this better than "Wolf Creek" which surprises myself even to say.

Thanks. I've never heard of that one, so I will definately check it out.

Sewell is a great writer - I still think The Boys is one of the best Aussie films of the last decade or so. The fact that David Wenham could be so freaking creepy and unappealing in that role and yet also be equally convincing as dreamy Diver Dan in Seachange just shows what a good actor the guy is.
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Yeah, David Wenham's an amazing actor, truely is.
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Imagine, John Lennon. I have seen a million times like most I assuming, If your not one do so, there's a reason. Just got the 2 disc dvd.
Its Awesome, best ever music documentary ever...
The way john narrates, its non flattering in parts (Ala "tantrums and tiaras" ), its just honest, some beautiful, some not, truthful like John was.
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Imagine, John Lennon. I have seen a million times like most I assuming, If your not one do so, there's a reason. Just got the 2 disc dvd.
Its Awesome, best ever music documentary ever...
The way john narrates, its non flattering in parts (Ala "tantrums and tiaras" ), its just honest, some beautiful, some not, truthful like John was.
Oh, I love that documentary! I've watched it countless times too - good stuff.
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