The Last Film Seen

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Re: The Last Film Seen

Postby justindeimen » Fri Apr 18, 2008 3:28 pm

Landscape in the Mist - The one true masterpiece that I feel I've seen this year.
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Re: The Last Film Seen

Postby arsaib4 » Fri Apr 18, 2008 8:59 pm

wpqx wrote: I know the film is available on DVD, I just couldn't get ahold of it and didn't feel like being too picky. I saw Schrader's Cat People probably 14 years ago, so I could do with a refresher on that even though I'm not particularly wild about the story. From what I read Gere replaced John Travolta for the role, and I got a vague sense that he was challenging his inner "Travolta" while on screen.

If my math is correct, you were about 10 at the time, so, yes, definitely. I don't think it's great either, just better than its reputation.

I've read the same thing regarding the cast, and I believe Travolta eventually turned it down because he wanted the final cut.
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Re: The Last Film Seen

Postby wpqx » Fri Apr 18, 2008 9:54 pm

John Travolta has had a long history of making poor choices regarding the roles he accepts. I was indeed quite a youngin' when I saw Cat People. I'm eagerly awaiting the Criterion DVD of Mishima so more Schrader will certainly be on the horizon.
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Re: The Last Film Seen

Postby arsaib4 » Fri Apr 18, 2008 11:53 pm

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (U.S./2007) - C+ ("Films can lose you early and this one did. The credit sequence was crap and there was just really bad CGI all over the place. I remember the days when Burton constructed great set pieces, and didn't have to have a computer simulate them. This is not the same man who repainted an entire sub-division in Edward Scissorhands. Some of the singing was adequate, but I'll blame Sondheim for the lack of quality as a musical, good lord the songs were rubbish" (wpqx). Damn, it feels like I wrote it. This collaboration between Burton and Depp lacks what the others have in abundance: imagination.)
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Re: The Last Film Seen

Postby wpqx » Sat Apr 19, 2008 12:25 am

That's funny reading that post at first I was thinking "man that sounds like something I'd write", how true.
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Re: The Last Film Seen

Postby arsaib4 » Sat Apr 19, 2008 8:55 pm

Trust me, I know the feeling...

Nenette and Boni (France/1996) - A- (3rd viewing)

Strange Culture (U.S./2007) - B
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Re: The Last Film Seen

Postby arsaib4 » Thu Apr 24, 2008 3:52 am

The Terence Davies Trilogy (U.K./1984) - A-

Gone Baby Gone (U.S./2007) - C+
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Re: The Last Film Seen

Postby wpqx » Thu Apr 24, 2008 4:05 am

Terence Davies Trilogy, care to elaborate? His Long Day Closes is rapidly approaching my "to rent" list.
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Re: The Last Film Seen

Postby arsaib4 » Fri Apr 25, 2008 1:11 am

Sure. It combines three of his initial shorts -- Children, Madonna and Child, and Death and Transfiguration - he made between 1976 and 1983, and needfully so since they (almost painfully) bleed into one another. (The actual reason however had much to do with foreign distribution.) Like the remarkable Distant Voices, Still Lives (now available on DVD in the U.K.) and The Long Day Closes, which I think you should get a hold of as soon as possible, they're highly autobiographical works that are set in a working-class Liverpool district. The shorts chart his alter ego's physical, emotional, spirtitual struggles in the three stages of his life. Films like these have a tendency to be self-contained, but here Davies is alternately subtle and ferocious in expanding his fractured narrative and overbearing themes involving sickness, family, homosexuality, religion, death. The visuals are starkly black-and white, and Davies is comparatively less married to tableau vivants. As you can gather, this ain't feel good stuff. The two adaptations, The Neon Bible and The House of Mirth, are the only other films he's released so far. His latest, Of Time and the City, which I believe is a documentary, will play at Cannes next month.
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Re: The Last Film Seen

Postby wpqx » Fri Apr 25, 2008 1:57 am

What's the availability on the trilogy?
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