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Bookman







PostPosted: February 20, 2006 1:38 AM 

Any thoughts on this year's Oscar nominees?

I saw "Good Night, And Good Luck" today at a double-feature with "Munich." Loved the first one, unsure of the second.

If you haven't seen it yet, "Good Night, And Good Luck" reminds people of what good journalism looked like back in the day. If you're under the age of thirty and you've never watched news on PBS or listened to NPR, you don't know what journalism is supposed to look like because everything else caters to the lowest common denominator. Edward R. Murrow raised the bar of journalism, and these days, "Dateline" wins awards for covering OJ and Scott Peterson.

On "Munich," I can't decide whether I've just seen a 2-hour, 45-minute commercial for Israel. Regardless, in five years, it'll be just another 3-star action-thriller. I don't wish ill for Israel. But I don't feel any sorrier for Israel than I do for the white settlers (my ancestors) who were attacked by never-ending (it seemed) hordes of marauding "Indians." White people weren't the good guys; we were the bad guys. On the one hand, I'm not going to give my house to a nice Native American family, but, on the other, let's cut the crap--we pushed innocent people out of their homeland, and they fought back. We were the savages.

Bookman
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PostPosted: February 20, 2006 1:56 AM 

One more thing about "Munich." On the surface, I think, "Munich" seemed to point to the futility of eternal war between Israelis and Palestinians. In the process, however, the movie--told from an Israeli perspective--clearly wants us to relate to the Israelis and not the Palestinians. We're supposed to empathisize with Israelis, not Palestinians. This isn't "Dances With Wolves," to return to my "Indian" analogy. The alleged right of Israelis to occupy land they wrested from Palestinians is never questioned.

Every movie--drama, romance, horror, thriller, etc.--manipulates it audience, one way or another. But the manipulation I felt here rubbed me the wrong way. It makes it difficult for me to assess the movie fairly.

Jimmy


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PostPosted: February 20, 2006 2:11 AM 

I saw Jaws in '76, and Fahrenheit 911 in '04. I'm planning on another trip to the theater in roughly another 28 years from now.

But, those movies sound interesting. I'll definitely rent them, especially the journalism one. I've already seen the Sack Lunch version called "Anchorman." Laughing

Jimmy


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PostPosted: February 20, 2006 2:30 AM 

(Jimmy waves his Palestinian flag)

f*ck bin Laden, f*ck Truman, f*ck Bush, f*ck Hitler, f*ck Lincoln, f*ck all baby-killing terrorists!

Curly
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PostPosted: February 21, 2006 5:56 AM 

I understand they're making movies in color now. Have to go see one sometime. Maybe a Gene's Pick.

J. Chiles


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PostPosted: February 21, 2006 1:02 PM 

Face it, Elaine is old and haggard. She WAS hot, not IS hot. She'd have to beg Denim Vest to nail her these days and, even then, he'd be using Charlie's schlong for fear of using his own.

Denim Vest
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PostPosted: February 21, 2006 10:32 PM 

Typhoid or mumps I would still bang it like a screen door in a hurricane.

J. Chiles


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PostPosted: February 21, 2006 10:47 PM 

I forgot. If you were a woman they'd call you porcupine! Smile

cousin jeffrey
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PostPosted: February 21, 2006 11:19 PM 

I don't get it. Confused

J. Chiles


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PostPosted: February 22, 2006 1:16 AM 

But DV does, and he'd be the one with the quills.

HateTheDrake
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PostPosted: February 22, 2006 10:07 AM 

I just saw Lost Highway last night. I'd recommend it. Unless you have ADD then it will be impossible to follow.

Curly
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PostPosted: February 23, 2006 5:59 AM 

I'm sorry; did you say something?

HateTheDrake
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PostPosted: February 23, 2006 11:30 AM 

Manya DIED!!

Mookie
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PostPosted: February 23, 2006 6:24 PM 

I think I can sum-up this entire thread with one word...

nnnnnnnnnothing! Laughing

J. Chiles


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PostPosted: February 24, 2006 12:46 PM 

Yeah, I'm sure her knees would be absolutely trembling at the thought of that prospect.... Rolling Eyes I'm wagering she'd rather do a man like Charlie.....even Charlie Manson

Bookman
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PostPosted: February 24, 2006 3:24 PM 

I saw "The Wild Bunch" when it first came out. I thought it was awful, even for a B western. The graphic and ultra-realistic portrayal of violence set it apart from other movies, but at the time I didn't consider that a selling point. Paula Prentiss's bush in "Catch-22"--that was a selling point.

In the last ten years, "The Wild Bunch" has been resurrected. It might've had something to do with the appearance of a so-called director's cut on DVD. Reading the posts on the Internet Movie Database, you'd think "The Wild Bunch" was the "Citizen Cane" of movie westerns. I've just gotten back into a western-movie phase, so I decided to give "The Wild Bunch" another chance. I've given other movies second chances after long periods and in some cases ("Chariots of Fire," "Vertigo," "8½," and "The Searchers" come to mind) changed my views.

But not this time. "The Wild Bunch" remains God-awful. I've seen "The Magnificent Seven" and "Rio Bravo" several times in the last year, and saw "The Searchers and "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" in the last two days. The latter--my favorite western--has everything "The Wild Bunch" lacks: top-notch story, characters, dialogue, and acting.

I'll tip my hat to the cinematographer on "The Wild Bunch"--the camerawork is first rate. But the story and music are only so-so, the acting is poor, and dialogue is laughable. The dialogue is so bad the actors try to make up by overacting, bless their hearts. I give bonus points for truly exceptional photography, but generally, I don't put a high value on the picture; if the photography is middling, I probably won't even notice. But when the acting and the dialogue are awful and the story itself isn't that good, I deduct major points.

If you want to see a great western, rent "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance."

J. Chiles


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PostPosted: February 24, 2006 4:45 PM 

Aww, movies SUCK!

Jimmy


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PostPosted: February 24, 2006 10:38 PM 

The Wild Bunch? Is that the flick where a single man with three boys marrys a single woman with three daughters... and they grow up together... but when their kids are no longer cute, they desperately resort to adopting a kid who strongly resembles a mini-John Denver to keep their marriage (and ratings) going?

Yeah.... they were wild... pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty "wild."

Jimmy


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PostPosted: February 24, 2006 10:39 PM 

The Wild Bunch? Is that the film where a single man with three boys marrys a single woman with three daughters... and they grow up together... but when their kids are no longer cute, they desperately resort to adopting a kid who strongly resembles a mini-John Denver to keep their marriage (and ratings) going?

Yeah.... they were wild... pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty "wild."

Jimmy


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PostPosted: February 24, 2006 10:43 PM 

Hmmm... in the first version I used the word "flick" and it wouldn't post due to improper language. So I change it to "film" and it worked.... now I see we have both....

Well, which do you prefer.... "film" or "flick?"

J. Chiles


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PostPosted: February 24, 2006 11:10 PM 

Film, flick, whateveah

Awww, movies suck!

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