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S.Leeper

Sport climber
Pflugerville, Texas
Topic Author's Original Post - Aug 5, 2011 - 09:05pm PT
Endless summer 1966 (what a great year)
JOEY.F

Gym climber
It's not rocket surgery
Aug 5, 2011 - 09:49pm PT
I have the collection for sale if you are interested,(I am The Movie Library)
Shameless plug for my home biz...
PS, Good movie, yeah.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B0001BKAGC/ref=sr_1_1_olp?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1312594241&sr=1-1&condition=used

edit, watching a good bio of John Garfield on TCM, good actor, and sorry for thread drift S.Leeper.
Port

Trad climber
San Diego
Aug 6, 2011 - 12:49am PT
Not a movie, but Im watching Madmen on netflix. Learning a lot about my grandparents.
FRUMY

Trad climber
SHERMAN OAKS,CA
Aug 6, 2011 - 12:52am PT
"As the Taco turn's."
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Aug 6, 2011 - 01:47am PT
just watched Dark Knight last night.
S.Leeper

Sport climber
Pflugerville, Texas
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 6, 2011 - 01:52am PT
are you going to see the new batman movie when it comes out?
apogee

climber
Aug 6, 2011 - 01:53am PT
Just finished watching the 5th episode/1st season of 'Breaking Bad'. It's a little slow to start, but it's growing on me....

...kinda like 'The Wire'. Though it took a few episodes, it is now one of my all-time favorite series.

Indeed.
karodrinker

Trad climber
San Jose, CA
Aug 6, 2011 - 03:49am PT
The Life Aquatic for the 6th time.
sheepdog

Trad climber
just over the hill
Aug 6, 2011 - 03:57am PT
"Trailer Park Boys" (via YouTube). My boys turned me on to this one. Ran from 2001-2008. Classic lowlife comedy.
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Aug 6, 2011 - 04:08am PT
Tonight-The Good Thief with Nick Nolte (Good)
This afternoon-Zoolander (Brilliant)
Last night-Shadow Run with Michael Caine (Fair)
Also last night-The Warrior's Way (Pretty good)
Night before-The Man From Nowhere (Brilliant)

Recently-
I Want Candy (Good)
The Train (Wonderful)
Kelly's Heros (Good)
Tristam Shandy: A C$$k and Bull Story (Weak)
Quicksand with Michael Caine and Michael Keaton (Good)

Looking forward to:
The Trip on DVD
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy in theaters next month
Final Destination 5 in 3-D in theaters

Not a huge Batman fan... probably will not see that in theaters.

How far back should I go? I love film... probably devour 12+ a week!

EDIT: I guess Supertopo has a problem with one of those movie titles!
jiff

Ice climber
colorado
Aug 7, 2011 - 07:47pm PT
watched downfall. hard to take seriously with all those youtube spoofs..
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Aug 7, 2011 - 09:06pm PT
Last night was Tamara Drewe... a fun British comedy. Pretty good
cintune

climber
Midvale School for the Gifted
Aug 7, 2011 - 09:59pm PT
Stone of Destiny - not a bad light drama, based on the theft of the Scottish coronation stone from Westminster Abbey.
murcy

Gym climber
sanfrancisco
Aug 7, 2011 - 10:21pm PT
Thanks, IHP, that gives me some ideas.

Some great ones you might not have seen:

Big Night
The Birth of a Nation
The Kid
Belle de Jour
The Red Shoes
Ikiru
Wings of Desire
Wild at Heart
Requiem for a Dream
Donnie Darko
City of Lost Children
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Aug 7, 2011 - 10:59pm PT
Sling Blade



Stunning acting.....
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Aug 8, 2011 - 12:47am PT
Murcy...

Big Night Yep!
The Birth of a Nation Yep!
The Kid Nope
Belle de Jour Yep!
The Red Shoes Yep!
Ikiru Nope
Wings of Desire Yep!
Wild at Heart Yep!
Requiem for a Dream Yep!
Donnie Darko Yep!
City of Lost Children Yep!

This is a thread I will visit every day!

I saw a preview for
A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop
Looks promising.

Another great Korean film!
The Good, the Bad, the Weird I dare you not to enjoy that!
murcy

Gym climber
sanfrancisco
Aug 8, 2011 - 01:37am PT
Tonight, "Train", 1965, starring Burt Lancaster. Not bad!

And IHP, give me some more ideas!
Rudder

Trad climber
Long Beach, CA
Aug 8, 2011 - 01:48am PT
Tonight, "Train", 1965, starring Burt Lancaster. Not bad!

Burt Lancaster is the man!

Not watching right now, but watched Captain America in 3D yesterday. Dumb movie but special effects are totally amazing nowadays.
michael ecker

Trad climber
phoenix
Aug 8, 2011 - 01:53am PT
Speaking of korean films, Oldboy is great!
Its part of the vengence trilogy by chan-wook park.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Aug 8, 2011 - 01:56am PT
Ridley Scott's "The Good Year" with Albert Finney, Russell Crowe, and Marion Cotillard (O la la).
Pretty darn good that.
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Aug 8, 2011 - 04:08am PT
Tonight I watched Exporting Raymond. Since I have spent plenty of time in Russia it was probably funnier than it would be for someone who has not been there.

I will work up a list of must sees. I know we all have them...
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Aug 8, 2011 - 04:16am PT
I believe it is A Good Year
Wade Icey

Trad climber
www.alohashirtrescue.com
Aug 8, 2011 - 11:36am PT
Inception...yawn
High Fructose Corn Spirit

Gym climber
-A community of hairless apes
Aug 8, 2011 - 11:50am PT
Kick Ass!

Quite entertaining.
thetennisguy

Mountain climber
Yuba City, CA
Aug 8, 2011 - 12:01pm PT
Yellowbeard ...
ydpl8s

Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
Aug 8, 2011 - 12:16pm PT
Went out to the movies last night for the first time in a long time, saw Another Earth, probably give it a B-

Doesn't hold a candle to the movie I rented the other night - Runaway Train - 1985 with Jon Voight and Eric Roberts, now that's a movie worth watching!
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Aug 8, 2011 - 04:45pm PT
If you liked The Train you might like Sinatra in Von Ryan's Express
apogee

climber
Aug 8, 2011 - 04:54pm PT
This is a helpful thread- my Netflix queue is getting low...
S.Leeper

Sport climber
Pflugerville, Texas
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 8, 2011 - 05:24pm PT
Tonight I watched Exporting Raymond. Since I have spent plenty of time in Russia it was probably funnier than it would be for someone who has not been there.

I watched that last night too, funny!
JOEY.F

Gym climber
It's not rocket surgery
Aug 8, 2011 - 05:27pm PT
If you liked The Train you might like Sinatra in Von Ryan's Express
True! Add Where Eagles Dare to that list.
Josh Nash

Social climber
riverbank ca
Aug 8, 2011 - 06:31pm PT
watched downfall. hard to take seriously with all those youtube spoofs..

I couldn't help busting up when that scene came on...The rest of the movie is really compelling and thought provoking especially the human side of the monster.....
Karen

Trad climber
So Cal urban sprawl Hell
Aug 8, 2011 - 07:21pm PT
Watched Lincoln Lawyer this weekend, it was superb!


Went to the theater and saw, The Tree of Life, also excellent if you like this sort of movie. Sean Penn's role was quite small but Brad Pitt-IMO-played the best role of his career. The three boys in the film were unknowns, never acted before and were amazing.
pFranzen

Boulder climber
Portland, OR
Aug 8, 2011 - 07:46pm PT
I watched Senna yesterday.

It was hands-down the best sports documentary I've ever seen, and I'm not even an F1 fan. It is a must-see.
Byran

climber
Merced, CA
Aug 8, 2011 - 08:20pm PT
The last 3 that I've seen (we were catching matinee's at the theater in Mammoth on our rest days)

Harry Potter (7?, the last one). - Good but not great. Lots of action in this one. I thought the series peaked with the Goblet of Fire.

Cowboys and Aliens - A fun goofy movie. Not quite as good as the trailer made it seem, but it's an enjoyable, mindless film with cult appeal. I would have liked it more maybe if it had more aliens and less cowboys.

Captain America - It's alright. The Captain doesn't rank very high on my list of favorite superheros or comics, so I didn't expect much. His origins story is pretty lame in particular, but the movie made the most of what little it had to work with. Tommy Lee plays a good Colonel.
jiff

Ice climber
colorado
Aug 9, 2011 - 01:42am PT
departed on youtube!!!
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Aug 9, 2011 - 03:31am PT
I am not a huge fan of horror but tonight I "watched" one that really had me cringing at points.

My wife walked out as it was too intense.

Even my 17 year old daughter who never shows fear (we usually laugh through the "tough" parts) was freaking out and saying she just hadn't seen horror in a while so it was difficult to watch.

The movie... Wind Chill with Emily Blunt. Two people stranded in a car on a mountain road in winter. If you do rent it make sure you watch the "making of." I was quite surprised to see the conditions they filmed under.

Overall a great film but it did make me feel like a wimp!

sac

Trad climber
Sun Coast B.C.
Aug 9, 2011 - 12:49pm PT
Rockers!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeMemZsJ0iI&feature=related
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Aug 9, 2011 - 12:57pm PT
Seriously? Hot Tub Time Machine? I couldn't take it after 15-20 minutes. That was my era too, but dear God!
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Aug 10, 2011 - 03:57pm PT
Last night... Paul. I expected more as I think Simon Pegg can be brilliant. Alas, this was only fair. Plenty of interesting behind the scenes stuff in the extras though.

I will probably be disappointed again tonight with Your Highness. Oh well, after that The Maltese Falcon so it will get much better!
redrocker

climber
LV, NV
Aug 10, 2011 - 04:45pm PT
Stumbled across this one on IFC the other day.

Chopper
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0221073/

trailer: http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi1525678361/

After watching it I was surprised I'd never heard of it before. (Australian made so that may be why.)

Eric Bana gives an incredible performance in the lead role.
TwistedCrank

climber
Ideeho-dee-do-dah-day boom-chicka-boom-chicka-boom
Aug 10, 2011 - 04:47pm PT
"Revenge of the MILFs"
jiff

Ice climber
colorado
Aug 10, 2011 - 07:18pm PT
watched the 1982 thing. i love it when that dog's head splits open.
sullly

Trad climber
Aug 10, 2011 - 09:36pm PT
IHP, don't you find The Maltese Falcon a disappointment? It needs a remake with a better femme fatale.

Got any other noir titles you recommend?
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Aug 10, 2011 - 09:47pm PT
The Way Back, the account of a group escaping a Siberian prison camp in WWII by walking 4,000 miles due South. Further research shows the memoir it's based on is in question, but it was still a pretty good Netflix instant flick. Kept me up when I should have been sleeping last night, anyway.
jiff

Ice climber
colorado
Aug 11, 2011 - 12:03am PT
watching insidious, its aight
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Aug 11, 2011 - 12:43am PT
Sully... I must admit it has been many years since I have seen it. However, I am interested in watching it again simply to research how the film handles the concept of different groups of people wanting the same thing that may or may not have any real importance other than driving the story forward (AKA the McGuffin.)

I re-watched the new Indiana Jones film the other afternoon just because I wanted to see how they introduced Irina Spalko (the Cate Blanchett character.) I am weird like that... I will watch something just to see a specific few minutes or scene or even an cut.

Other films (noir or otherwise) that pop to mind:

Sunset Boulevard (duh!)
Chinatown (easily in my top five)
The Tunnel Brilliant! A fantastic film! 2001 German with subtitles
Confidence with Edward Burns. Pretty good.
Tell No One America is remaking this French film. They will probably ruin it. The original is great.
Inside Man Spike Lee did a nice job on this one.

The other obvious ones... Rear Window, Strangers on a Train, Rope (Yep... I like Hitchcock!) Shaun of the Dead. Very Fun and funny and Hot Fuzz. Same team and pretty funny.

JOEY.F

Gym climber
It's not rocket surgery
Aug 11, 2011 - 01:12am PT
The North Face (NordWand).
Sehr gut.
pud

climber
Sportbikeville & Yucca brevifolia
Aug 11, 2011 - 01:16am PT
Taxi Driver
treez

climber
Aug 11, 2011 - 01:16am PT
Cedar Rapids

John Reilly had me in fits of weeping laughter.
sullly

Trad climber
Aug 11, 2011 - 01:31am PT
Thanks for the tips, IHP. Sunset Blvd. is my favorite of all time. The side story with Joe sneaking out at night to write with Betty is so great. I've seen all Hitchcock and Chinatown. My second favorite film is The Apartment. The way it's shot plus Shirley and Jack.
Josh Higgins

Trad climber
San Diego
Aug 11, 2011 - 02:36am PT
Tron - The new edition
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Aug 11, 2011 - 03:18am PT
Sully... The Apartment is a great one! I need to watch that again as it has been years. Have you seen Madame X with Lana Turner? It is a bit late to be noir (1966) but as I recall from film school it had that feel to it. How do you feel about Japanese films? If you haven't seen these... you should.

High and Low by Kurosawa. A wonderful crime drama.
The Fortress Even Lucas admits he stole many ideas for Star Wars from this!
Rashomon Another Kurosawa film that should be on any top ten list.

Joey.F... Another good one! The North Face was nicely filmed and acted. Interesting to contrast the reality of that with The Eiger Sanction.

Treez... I wanted to like Cedar Rapids but maybe I was just not into it the night I rented it.

Pud... Can't go wrong with Taxi Driver!

Josh... Not a huge sci-fi fan and Tron just looked like way to much CGI for me.

I had planned to watch Your Highness tonight but the rented disk just made horrible wobbling sounds in my Blu-ray player. I guess it was a sign. Instead we watched a fairly new Keira Knightly film called Last Night. It made for interesting discussion between my wife, daughter and I about being faithful in a marriage and which character had committed the biggest mistake/crime/sin in the film. A good film that ends exactly as it should.
Edge

Trad climber
New Durham, NH
Aug 11, 2011 - 11:36am PT
Just saw the movie "Buck" at the local Indie theatre. I am not a "horse person" per se, but was totally captivated by the story.
jiff

Ice climber
colorado
Aug 11, 2011 - 06:51pm PT
The ending of Insidious was pretty cool.
jiff

Ice climber
colorado
Aug 12, 2011 - 12:21am PT
watching leviathon. what a piece of crap.
pud

climber
Sportbikeville & Yucca brevifolia
Aug 12, 2011 - 12:35am PT
Raging Bull
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Aug 12, 2011 - 12:40am PT
Tonight will be an old Bill Murray one... What About Bob? 'twas good as I recall.
TomCochrane

Trad climber
Santa Cruz Mountains and Monterey Bay
Aug 12, 2011 - 02:24am PT
Tank Girl
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Aug 12, 2011 - 02:44am PT
Tank Girl

Whoo Hoo! They used to play that every Tuesday night at the gym I climbed in. Called it "An Evening of Estrogen" And if you liked Tank Girl, you should definitely watch "Six String Samurai."

But tonight was totally retro for me. Watched "West Side Story." First time. Amazing film.
eKat

Trad climber
RuralFrikkenMontana
Aug 12, 2011 - 03:00pm PT
http://www.hulu.com/watch/264097/winnebago-man

Well. . . let's put it this way, I'd be watching it IF I COULD SEE THROUGH THE TEARS!

:-)

P.S. It's not so funny after the first few minutes, though.
jiff

Ice climber
colorado
Aug 12, 2011 - 10:50pm PT
topsy turvy. I didn't know Andy Serkis was in it.
Hankster

Social climber
BASE!
Aug 12, 2011 - 10:57pm PT
Cinderella Man!!! best f*#king movie!

caylor
jiff

Ice climber
colorado
Aug 12, 2011 - 11:07pm PT
^^^

thats one of my favorites too.
JOEY.F

Gym climber
It's not rocket surgery
Aug 12, 2011 - 11:22pm PT
Topkapi
Cool heist film from 1964. Peter Ustinov is great.
Gary

climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Aug 12, 2011 - 11:31pm PT
Alexander Nevsky. Prokofiev's score is brilliant.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Aug 13, 2011 - 02:29am PT
"Seraphine" (2008) - the story of Seraphine de Senlis. She was a washerwoman in
rural France before the Great War who started painting in response to the
Virgin Mary's instructions. It is an incredible film. I think it just made my top 10 of all time.
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Aug 13, 2011 - 02:53am PT
What About Bob. It's weird... movies I remember as being really funny are now mildly okay and slow-paced 10 years later.
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Aug 13, 2011 - 02:57am PT
Joey.F... I remember Topkapi! I need to see that again.

I am sad to report they are already planning Smurfs 2. The world has come to an end...
Chief

climber
The NW edge of The Hudson Bay
Aug 13, 2011 - 03:26am PT
Just finished Ken Burns Civil War documentary series as previously aired by PBS.
What and epic and tragic piece of history.
And for something completely different am about to watch Zack Snyder's Sucker Punch for the fourth time. His best work yet.
S.Leeper

Sport climber
Pflugerville, Texas
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 15, 2011 - 06:25pm PT
Saw rise. I thought it was a tight movie and maybe the best one of the series.
hairyapeman

Trad climber
Fres-yes
Aug 15, 2011 - 08:17pm PT
Skyline....what a horrible, horrible movie.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Aug 15, 2011 - 08:23pm PT
Yeah, what's with all the aliens invading LA?
Don't they know you have to speak spanish?

I'm working on Sons Of Anarchy Season II.
For somebody who knows guns it is hilarious.
mrtropy

Trad climber
Nor Cal
Aug 15, 2011 - 08:31pm PT
Soul Surfer with the kids. Kind of what you expect, but a good movie anyway. And she used to baby sit my cousin's kids before she made bigger money on speaking.
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Aug 15, 2011 - 09:16pm PT
Over the weekend...

Day For Night. Can I say it again? One of my favorites!

Closer. Well, if you want to hear Julia Roberts describe the sweet taste of her lover's juice upon her face... I guess it could be good. I got bored.

Barton Fink. Not as awesome as I remembered it.

Tonight ... Mother.
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Aug 15, 2011 - 09:19pm PT
This weekend:

Position Impossible 2
Creamer versus Creamer - old, but still a classic
Good Will Humping
S.Leeper

Sport climber
Pflugerville, Texas
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 15, 2011 - 11:33pm PT
watching true grit 2010, again.
S.Leeper

Sport climber
Pflugerville, Texas
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 15, 2011 - 11:34pm PT
"Position Impossible 2
Creamer versus Creamer - old, but still a classic
Good Will Humping "

'bout time somebody posted up porn!
pud

climber
Sportbikeville & Yucca brevifolia
Aug 15, 2011 - 11:36pm PT
There will be blood

Daniel Day Lewis at his best.
Gary

climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Aug 15, 2011 - 11:37pm PT
Last night saw Anatomy of a Murder. Great movie. Lee Remick was smoking.
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Aug 15, 2011 - 11:43pm PT
PORN? Kind of a crude way to refer to it.

We in the industry, call it adult entertainment.
Karen

Trad climber
So Cal urban sprawl Hell
Aug 16, 2011 - 02:13am PT
Last night watched, Mao's Last Dancer. Not only was it a good story but the dancing was beautiful.

Sully, you must watch; Double Indemnity-this is an excellent film noir, one of my favorites.
More must sees:
The Third Man
Mildred Pierce
Gaslight
Laura
Night of the Hunter (Robert Mitchum is really creepy in this film).
White Heat- James Cagney- awesome in this!
Blood Simple- it is a modern noir- I think it was done in the 80's?

The following are more must sees....

Crash
What the Bleep Do We Know
American History X
Dark City
House of Sand and Fog
Requiem for a Dream
The Seventh Seal
A Clockwork Orange
Fight Club
About Schmidt
Drug Store Cowboy
Glengarry Glen Ross
The Vanishing (must see the Euro version)
Solaris....really prefer the Russian version.

That's all I can think of for now.
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Aug 16, 2011 - 03:05am PT
Day Watch. A weird Russian flick with a good story line and lots of cool effects. It follows the film Night Watch. Very cool.
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Aug 16, 2011 - 03:28am PT
Karen... Mildred Pierce! Another great one from my film school days. I had forgotten about it and will now need to watch it again.

Wayno... The Night Watch and Day Watch films are wonderful and the effect and even the way the subtitles are handled really makes you do a double take. Good films!



Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Aug 16, 2011 - 03:47am PT
Mrs Wayno just got a bunch of cool Russian films. We haven't seen Краи or Тарас Бульба yet. 1612 was good also.
enjoimx

Trad climber
Yosemite, ca
Aug 16, 2011 - 04:44am PT
Bad batch

Amazing film!
JOEY.F

Gym climber
It's not rocket surgery
Aug 17, 2011 - 09:49pm PT
5 Fingers, very well written (Joseph Mankewitz} espionage ww2 flick w/James Mason filmed in Ankara.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Aug 17, 2011 - 10:22pm PT
Just finished the fourth and final disc of SOA II and it ends with an awesome cover of Gimme Shelter by some Irish singer.
Can't say you should watch 10 hours for the song at the end, but despite some unrealistic depictions, it can be fun rooting for the bad guys.
pud

climber
Sportbikeville & Yucca brevifolia
Aug 17, 2011 - 11:22pm PT
My wife insists on 'The kids are alright" tonight.
Hoping for the best,,,
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Aug 18, 2011 - 05:16pm PT
Just saw "Bridesmaids," it was hilarious.


I have really enjoyed the remake of "Moby Dick" with William Hurt (as Ahab),Ethan Hawke and others. The casting for the crew is excellant, the unknowns in the movie are all perfect. It's been on TV lately.

Hey ihateplastic, I saw Paul and really enjoyed it. I thought it was very funny. I haven't seen any of those guys other movies though.
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Aug 18, 2011 - 05:57pm PT
Last movies seen:

The TV series Romanzo Criminale.

Il Divo (About Guilio Andreotti). Second time.
"It is astonishing that a film like this could be made about a man still living. Andreotti’s Christian Democrats ruled postwar Italy until 1992, by which time the party was in such disrepute that it no longer survived. Yet he prevails. The legend is only enhanced by the great performance here by Toni Servillo, an actor who succeeds in making him hypnotizing by supplying him with an almost cheerful lack of magnetism. Here was a man who suppressed the usual charm of a politician, perhaps aware he worked better as an enigma. Was he thinking of himself when he famously said, “You sin in thinking bad about people; but, often, you guess right.”

Sorrentino's use of titles, quick edits, multiple-perspective flashbacks, slow motion, extreme close-ups, and sublime musical accents--as well as star Toni Servillo's brilliantly stylized acting--convert this airless and sinister piece of world history into a dynamic tale of moral ambiguity and seemingly invulnerable political power.

In one of the film's most memorable scenes, Servillo allows his ironic veneer to crack just once, in a molten monologue where, spit flying, he justifies "perpetrating evil to guarantee good." Another chilling sequence intercuts a crucial Mafia hit with shots of a particularly tense and triumphant horse race, while a punky blues number roars in the background.

The film assembles a roll call of figures in postwar Italian politics, society and crime, uses an abundance of names and dates in captions, and makes us despair of keeping track until we realize we’re not intended to — the purpose of all these facts is simply to evoke the sheer scope and breadth of Andreotti’s machinations. The more we learn, the more fascinated we become, as Servillo portrays him as --faced, hunched, impassive, observing all, revealing little, wise and cynical beyond measure."

After I saw “Il Divo,” I suppose I should have felt indignation. But the film present such mesmerizing figures that I simply regard them, astonished. I wonder if just before a snake strikes you think: How amazing!
JOEY.F

Gym climber
It's not rocket surgery
Aug 20, 2011 - 11:00pm PT
The Maltese Falcon.
Bogy to his secretary,"You're a good man, sister."
sullly

Trad climber
Aug 21, 2011 - 11:08pm PT
Previewing parts of The Crucible for class. Pretty cool that the male lead (my fav. actor, D. Day-Lewis)met Art. Miller's daughter on the set. They're still married. Win. Ryder is amazing in this film. She sort of vanished after the shoplifting fiasco didn't she?
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Aug 21, 2011 - 11:45pm PT
Actually Winona lost out after Sadie Frost stole the show in Dracula.
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Aug 21, 2011 - 11:47pm PT
Trainspotting- awesome!
JOEY.F

Gym climber
It's not rocket surgery
Aug 22, 2011 - 12:58am PT
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence.
apogee

climber
Aug 22, 2011 - 01:15am PT
Hurt Locker (again).

It was better the first time I saw it- then I saw 'Restrepo'- this time around, not as good.
bergbryce

Mountain climber
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Aug 22, 2011 - 01:19am PT
Head
pud

climber
Sportbikeville & Yucca brevifolia
Aug 22, 2011 - 01:24am PT
2001 a space odyssey
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Aug 22, 2011 - 01:26am PT
Joey.F... My favorite line from The Maltese Falcon

Sam Spade: When you're slapped, you'll take it and like it.

We went to a studio preview of the film Dolphin Tale. I would guess it is PG... a nice film for kids and family. Not sure why they felt it needed to be in 3-D... there were no explosions or shards of glass shooting out of the screen.
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Aug 22, 2011 - 01:29am PT
Dee ee... You MUST see Shaun of the Dead! It is brilliant! Hot Fuzz is also good but Shaun of the Dead is wonderful for its humor.
JOEY.F

Gym climber
It's not rocket surgery
Aug 22, 2011 - 01:35am PT
IHP, The Maltese Falcon is so full of one liners, isn't it? rat tat tat fast. Shaun of the Dead is hilarious.
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Aug 22, 2011 - 01:48am PT
Joey.F... I don't know why writers don't write like that anymore. That rapid tit-for-tat dialogue is wonderful to hear.

Not long ago I introduced my wife to the wonderful Grant/Hepburn film Charade. English is not my wife's native language but she was laughing at all the right spots and wanted to see it again the next night. She was so amazed by the dialogue and wondered why they don't make films like that anymore. I know there are a few more modern films with great dialogue but I can not think of them right now.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Aug 22, 2011 - 01:55am PT
Just saw the new Irish movie "The Guard" - wicked good.

Said the Garda sargeant to his new lad, "Now buy me another fookin' beer."
That's how ya get quality police work done, eh?

Don Cheadle gives his usual quality performance.
sullly

Trad climber
Aug 22, 2011 - 08:07am PT
Two thumbs up for Liberty Valence,Pilgrim.
OR

Trad climber
Aug 22, 2011 - 08:47am PT
Last flick I saw was The Trip. A hilarious brit flick. PLEASE SEE THIS MOVIE. I was in tears in the theater. Somebody else made reference up thread I think
August West

Trad climber
Where the wind blows strange
Aug 22, 2011 - 12:33pm PT
Winona Ryder could have/should have had a better career. I recently watched Heathers for the first time since seeing it in the theater when it came out.

Ryder was great. I thought the film has aged rather well.
August West

Trad climber
Where the wind blows strange
Aug 22, 2011 - 12:34pm PT
The Man who shot Liberty Valence is a fav of mine also.
JOEY.F

Gym climber
It's not rocket surgery
Aug 22, 2011 - 12:59pm PT
The only problem with TMWSLV is I think James Stewart was a little long in the tooth to play a young man heading west. But I can't really picture anyone else playing Rance either. Edmond Obrian as the editor is just the best. Charade is a favorite also, IHP. You're right, for dialog head for the classics. Pretty much anything by Billy Wilder is a good place to start.
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Aug 22, 2011 - 01:52pm PT
OR...

Last flick I saw was The Trip. A hilarious brit flick. PLEASE SEE THIS MOVIE. I was in tears in the theater. Somebody else made reference up thread I think

I am anxiously awaiting this on DVD! Steve Coogan is beyond brilliant. When I lived in the UK I watched a show of his called I'm Alan Partridge and I would routinely vomit in laughter. I need The Trip on DVD so I can watch it over and over and in slow-motion so I get every joke and nuance.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Aug 22, 2011 - 01:59pm PT
August,
are you saying that in Heathers she stole the show?
chez

Social climber
chicago ill
Aug 22, 2011 - 02:01pm PT
the supertopo WOS movie, where steve and mimi kick the mahoo out of mark and richard for their neverending nonsense!
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Aug 22, 2011 - 02:08pm PT
It has been a while since I saw it but I want to mention Idi I Smotri.

If you want to see a different and extremely well made realistic warfilm. Go and see "Come and See" ("Idi I Smotri"), Elem Klimov 1985.

We are following a kid through the horrors of war and the kid being transformed physically and mentally through his experiences. The film is one of its kind, poetic, violent, surreal yet real, the white stork has taken to the ground following him home to his slaughtered family, a girl dancing, strong life, erotism and desperation in the same moves under the dark rainy sky where bombs have just fallen. The film is heartbraking in a realistic non-Hollywoomerican way. At times the camera is dwelling on faces and people where you can read the desperate change of emotion. Highly recommended.
Gal

Trad climber
a semi lucid consciousness
Aug 22, 2011 - 02:59pm PT
anyone see "half nelson"? It was pretty good.
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Aug 22, 2011 - 03:04pm PT
Marlow... Thanks for that! I am not familiar with that film and have added it to the list to watch.
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Aug 24, 2011 - 12:26am PT
Just came across this Portal based sic-fi short. Pretty impressive!

PORTAL: No Escape

ms55401

Trad climber
minneapolis, mn
Aug 24, 2011 - 12:28am PT
Excalibur

been looking forward to it for weeks


btw, I'm looking forward to Pixar's Brave, though I'm not really a Pixar kind of guy
David Knopp

Trad climber
CA
Aug 24, 2011 - 10:14am PT
Prince of the City-1982, dir., Sidney Lumet, starring Treat Wiliams
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Aug 24, 2011 - 11:05am PT
Just finished Redford's latest, The Conspirator.

In one of the featurettes Redford said he didn't think that Americans knew the story behind the assassination, but I've read numerous books about it including Manhunt by Swanson, which was a best seller.

Still, it was a good film about allegiance and the foundation of civilian rights. Still, I was surprised that he did not use the last words of Mary Surrat (the first woman executed by the Federal government) despite having the accuracy of the umbrellas to keep the condemned from fainting in the extreme heat.

It should have also made clearer that her son was acquitted on the exact same evidence later due to remaining animosity.
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Aug 24, 2011 - 11:10am PT
Roy Andersson's "You, the Living"

Dreams, a tuba, a drum, song and an electric gitar bringing light into the bleak poetic world of solitude together. An absurd film, all jazz, brilliantly composed. Makes me think of Kaurismäki, Beckett and Kafka. But with orginality and a twist: Where there are dreams there is hope. They all go on, in spite of, after all, because of. Don Quijote on the wall and Lethe being the end station. The name of the film borrowed from Goethe: "Be pleased then, you the living, in your delightfully warmed bed, before Lethe’s ice-cold wave will lick your escaping foot".

Enjoy!
S.Leeper

Sport climber
Pflugerville, Texas
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 26, 2011 - 01:12am PT
Life During Wartime

pretty good so far
Captain...or Skully

climber
or some such
Aug 26, 2011 - 01:28am PT
AKA Tommy Chong on Hulu.
Hankster

Social climber
BASE 637
Aug 26, 2011 - 01:35am PT
saving private ryan

caylor
S.Leeper

Sport climber
Pflugerville, Texas
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 26, 2011 - 02:19am PT
crap, wrong movie. I meant winter in wartime
Mimi

climber
Aug 26, 2011 - 02:42am PT
Inception. Thought provoking movie. Very interesting.
Josh Nash

Social climber
riverbank ca
Aug 26, 2011 - 11:10am PT
exit through the gift shop

A great watch on netflix. With a little bit of money, some vision, and a lot of hype you too can create art.
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Aug 26, 2011 - 03:27pm PT
On my way to the theatre to see Columbiana. Should be fantastic!
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Aug 26, 2011 - 03:47pm PT
Apocalypse Now: Gardenias and the Ohio river
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9oBiD7-kAM&feature=player_detailpage

In my view this scene contains some of the best acting ever seen on screen.

Here is parts of the history behind:
"Apocalypse Now was shot in the Phillipines (most notably the Pagsanjan River and Hidden Valley Springs) and the shoot has become legendary for its length and difficulty; filming took so long, critics eventually began referring to it as "Apocalypse When?". The film went far over budget and over schedule for several reasons. A typhoon destroyed many of the sets, which had to be rebuilt at great expense. The Philippine Air Force helicopters used for shooting Col. Kilgore's attack on a Vietnamese village were constantly being called back by President Ferdinand Marcos to serve in actual combat against anti-government rebels.

Martin Sheen suffered a near-fatal heart attack during production and was suffering from alcoholism during the shoot. Sheen later revealed that the opening scene was completely improvised, that he had been drinking all day, his 36th birthday, before it was shot, and that he broke the mirror by accident. When he started bleeding, Coppola wanted to stop filming, but Sheen insisted that he continue. Watching the scene back, Sheen, said it was good to see where he'd come from knowing that he was never going to go back there again. It took Sheen weeks to recover and return to the set, during which time the film was in danger of being shut down. Being similar in appearance and voice, Joe Estevez, Sheen's brother, stood in for Sheen in some of the long shots and would later record some of the film's narration.

Marlon Brando appeared on set massively overweight, despite his character's description as sick and emaciated. He refused to learn his lines and had not read the book Heart of Darkness as Coppola had requested. The majority of Brando's dialogue had to be improvised, despite the short time during which the actor was available.

Coppola famously said of the shoot: "We had access to too much money, too much equipment, and little by little we went insane." The director faced bankruptcy and financial ruin if the film was not finished or shut down; his personal investment and the bizarre circumstances of the production created immense personal pressure. According to Eleanor Coppola's 1991 documentary, Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse Coppola's marriage almost fell apart and the director suffered a nervous breakdown, including declaring to commit suicide three separate times through the making of the film."
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Aug 27, 2011 - 01:27am PT
Columbiana was pretty good. Bathroom fight scene a bit too staged but the plot, acting, action, dialogue, and locations were all good.

I was surprised to see an action/shooting/killing/revenge pic like this try to stay within the PG13 rating... I understand it has a bigger audience and thus more rev source, but it just seems weird to see all the killing and have there be no blood and no swearing.
Heeresbergführer

Mountain climber
Washington, DC
Aug 27, 2011 - 12:28pm PT
The 1957 remake of "A Farewell to Arms" with Rock Hudson. World War I Italian Alpini (mountain troops) in the Dolomites.

Gal

Trad climber
a semi lucid consciousness
Aug 27, 2011 - 05:41pm PT
I just watched "the rainmaker" again, that is a pretty good movie!
JOEY.F

Gym climber
It's not rocket surgery
Aug 28, 2011 - 02:05am PT
Just finished The Reckoning. Excellent.
Byran

climber
Merced, CA
Aug 28, 2011 - 02:29am PT
Just finished watching Sanctum, the James Cameron caving movie that came out earlier this year. Pretty bad, but not nearly bad enough to actually be good (like Cliffhanger). Just a bunch of cliches, bad writing, and an obligatory climbing scene in which there is a lateral dyno and they cut the rope.

Oddly enough, it did make me want to go caving.

Edit: Also watched Zeitgeist: Moving Forward (the 3rd one) yesterday. I would have edited it down to be a half hour or so shorter, but overall it's the most focused (and least full of shit) of the Zeitgeist films.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Z9WVZddH9w
^^it's free to watch if anyone's interested.
eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Aug 28, 2011 - 11:58am PT
CHARLOTTE is a film about an extraordinary boatyard, the Gannon and Benjamin Marine Railway, located on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. Ross Gannon and Nat Benjamin established the boatyard in 1980 with the purpose of designing, building, restoring, and maintaining traditionally built wooden boats. Over the ensuing decades Ross and Nat have played an essential role in preserving and extending the art and craft of wooden boat building. The film begins as Nat embarks on building a 50 foot gaff-rigged Schooner for use by his family and friends her name is Charlotte. Charlotte is being built from Nats original design, using traditional plank-on-frame, all wood construction. He has been preparing to make this boat his entire adult life, accumulating the experience, know-how, and resources that would allow him to construct the boat of his dreams. The film portrays the everyday activities in and around the boatyard. Much of the work is mundane, repetitive, and confusing to the uninitiated, while other work demonstrates moments of singularly inspired craftsmanship and ingenuity. Those who work at the boatyard are bound together in mutual support, friendship, and shared mission; the friends, family, enthusiasts, and clients who drop by sustain the boatyard, materially and spiritually. After decades of preparation, and three and a half years of construction, Charlotte is moved from the shed. The launch of Charlotte is the climax of the film. Hundreds of people turn out, some traveling thousands of miles to attend the event many have no direct relationship to the boatyard, they have come to support its work and celebrate the enduring tradition of wooden boatbuilding. The film is a character study of the processes, people, and the boats themselves, but ultimately what emerges is a meditation on tradition, craftsmanship, family, community, and love of the sea.

http://www.hulu.com/watch/265023/charlotte
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Aug 30, 2011 - 01:51pm PT
Kagemusha

"Kurosawa made Kagemusha after a decade of personal travail. Although he is often considered the greatest Japanese director, he was unable to find financial backing in Japan when he first tried to make the film. He made a smaller film, Dodeskaden, which was not successful. He tried to commit suicide, but failed. He was backed by the Russians and went to Siberia to make the beautiful Dersu Uzala (1976), about a man of the wilderness. But Kagemusha remained his obsession, and he was finally able to make it only when Hollywood directors Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas helped him find U.S. financing.

The film he finally made is simple, bold, and colorful on the surface, but very thoughtful. Kurosawa seems to be saying that great human endeavors (in this case, samurai wars) depend entirely on large numbers of men sharing the same fantasies or beliefs. It is entirely unimportant, he seems to be suggesting, whether or not the beliefs are based on reality, all that matters is that men accept them. But when a belief is shattered, the result is confusion, destruction, and death. At the end of Kagemusha, the son of the real Lord Shingen orders his troops into a suicidal charge, and their deaths are not only unnecessary but meaningless, because they are not on behalf of the sacred person of the warlord.

The great battle that concludes the film is one of the strangest I've ever seen on the screen, if only because none of the major characters is more than an observer to the battle that will determine his fate. Kagemusha, once again an outcast, dressed in rags, watches the battle from the station of someone not allowed into the club. Even Shingen's son, now in command, observes the carnage from a safe distance, according to custom, sitting on a camp chair. What we see is not a battle that holds us in suspense, but the progress of something over which we have no control, like someone else's revolution. When, at the end, the camera pans across the quiet battlefield, we see the occasional figure of a dying soldier or a horse attempting to stand, only to fall back, collapsed, finished and forgotten.

There are great images in this film: Of a breathless courier clattering down countless steps, of men passing in front of a blood-red sunset, of a dying horse on a battlefield. But Kurosawa's last image of the dying Kagemusha floating in the sea, swept by tidal currents past the fallen standard of the Takeda clan summarizes everything: ideas and men are carried along heedlessly by the currents of time, and historical meaning seems to emerge when both happen to be swept in the same way at the same time. What one carries away from this film is not any prettified idea of the dignity of man but of man in impotent relation to historical forces over which he has little if any control."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzR87VBlaoo&feature=player_detailpage
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLgN5B70bqU&feature=player_detailpage
jiff

Ice climber
colorado
Sep 7, 2011 - 02:15am PT
Just saw The Help, what a good movie!
Anastasia

climber
hanging from an ice pick and missing my mama.
Sep 7, 2011 - 02:18am PT
We are watching Modern Weapons... :) One of Bill's favorites! Now I want Dragon Armor, that stuff is incredible!!!
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Sep 7, 2011 - 02:27pm PT
Hard Grit, Jean-Minh Trin Thieu on Gaia - a classic - the horror, the horror.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kK7DfNZLK9E&feature=player_detailpage
jiff

Ice climber
colorado
Sep 9, 2011 - 12:31am PT
the THinG
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Sep 9, 2011 - 12:54am PT
Casablanca last night and Casablanca again tonight. You can never get too much of a great thing!
S.Leeper

Sport climber
Pflugerville, Texas
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 9, 2011 - 01:00am PT
stalingrad 1993
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Sep 9, 2011 - 02:50pm PT
Pan's labyrinth

"The movie is del Toro’s saddest; almost every frame is permeated with sadness. When the movie opens many of the characters have already made the choices that will send them to their eventual fates – in fact it could be argued that Ofelia is really the only character still making active decisions throughout the movie. But even she’s sad; besides being unhappy with her new stepfather and her new home, Ofelia is getting to the age where she’s expected to leave childish things behind. She’s too old for fairy tales, everyone tells her, yet she still finds herself drawn to them.

Ofelia's escape from her gloomy surroundings begins with the gentle housekeeper, Mercedes, who befriends the lonely, frightened girl and shows her the mill's abandoned garden, which has a labyrinth as its most interesting feature. Ofelia explores the labyrinth, and within its walls finds a remarkable fantasy world lorded over by a Faun, who sends her on a series of increasingly difficult tasks in order to prove that she is really a lost, enchanted princess who lost her way from the fairy realm centuries ago. Through the fantasy of the labyrinth and the adventures Ofelia finds there, she will come to terms with her fears and with the monsters of both her real life and her imagination.

Dark, dreamlike and dangerous, Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth is a fairytale every bit as scary and moving as they were always meant to be. In both the real world - civil war-riven Spain - and the fantasy underworld she discovers, our heroine Ofelia must battle against the most twisted, nightmarish evils to survive. Transcendent, passionate, full of beauty and endlessly affecting. Pan’s Labyrinth does “speak to the poetic and the brutal in man,” part angel part beast."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqYiSlkvRuw&feature=player_detailpage
Gal

Trad climber
a semi lucid consciousness
Sep 9, 2011 - 03:30pm PT
Thanks for reminding me of "Pans Labyrinth", I have heard it is really good, started to watch it, now going to finish it.
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Sep 9, 2011 - 03:41pm PT
Gal,

It surely is a remarkable film, a film that will stay with me forever. I have watched it three or four times till now.
S.Leeper

Sport climber
Pflugerville, Texas
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 9, 2011 - 05:00pm PT
I love Pan's labyrinth!
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Sep 9, 2011 - 06:58pm PT
I know it's dumb, but I really like "Tremors"
Slablizard2

Sport climber
Bay Area
Sep 9, 2011 - 07:52pm PT
Everything must go.
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Sep 10, 2011 - 03:25am PT
StahlBro... Nothing wrong with that film! A fun piece of popcorn entertainment.

Tonight was Pearl Harbor. I was there a few days ago so it made sense to see what Michael Bay did with the event. I am surprised I had not seen this film before.
bvb

Social climber
flagstaff arizona
Sep 10, 2011 - 03:28am PT
Mary Poppins.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Sep 10, 2011 - 04:17am PT
I saw Pan's Labyrinth in the theatre, with my then 17 yr old daughter. Brilliant, Fascinating, if disturbing. I have a copy on DVD tht I recently acquired and I haven't been in the right frame of mind at the right time to watch it yet.

I wish the Del toro/ hobbit project hadn't fallen through.

Just saw hitch,may watch Machete...
S.Leeper

Sport climber
Pflugerville, Texas
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 12, 2011 - 06:54pm PT
just saw the '69 True Grit, good stuff!

not sure which one I like more.
S.Leeper

Sport climber
Pflugerville, Texas
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 12, 2011 - 07:10pm PT
has anyone seen Contagion?
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Sep 12, 2011 - 08:40pm PT
Today I watched the dreary Henry's Crime with Keanu Reeves . How did this move make north of $100 million?
ncrockclimber

climber
The Desert Oven
Sep 12, 2011 - 09:32pm PT
Just saw 180 south. AWESOME!
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Sep 12, 2011 - 09:36pm PT
Tremors Rules.

Joey, TMWSLibertyV, one of my top 5 of all time. Named a FA after it. Lee M at his best. One of the best lines, "Liberty Valance and his myrmadons."


I Hate P, Check, "Shawn of the Dead." Will do.


"Cowboys and Aliens!!!"
S.Leeper

Sport climber
Pflugerville, Texas
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 13, 2011 - 01:06am PT
shark night, worst movie ive seen this year.
S.Leeper

Sport climber
Pflugerville, Texas
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 14, 2011 - 01:14am PT
final destination 5, not too bad.
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Sep 15, 2011 - 04:18pm PT
Dr. Akagi

I saw Dr. Akagi yesterday. A brilliant picture it was, the last scene still standing before me. The ahabic phallic american beast raising in the west, even more scary than the judge of Blood Meridian, raising and bending over the best little doctor you could find and the best little wannabe whore you will ever see in a boat. A deeply touching movie made by Imamura with a lot of humor, making me laugh at myself when I discover that dr. Liver has been right all along about hepatitis, while I and the villagers have been laughing at him. The only problem for the doctor being that it is impossible to fight an epidemic where the germs are dropped by the enemy, possibly in the name of God and Fatherland. A beautiful multifaceted story. The girl and the whale - no Ahab complex there - she loved f*#king a lot more than the killing of the whale.
Byran

climber
Merced, CA
Sep 15, 2011 - 06:07pm PT
Saw a few more recently.

The Eagle - Came out earlier this year. It's about a Roman dude and a slave who go on a quest to find a lost eagle crest or something. It's alright. It's kind of boring at times, but they got a lot of good on location shots with beautiful scenery and stuff. Good costumes too. Basically it just looks very pretty.

Mad Max - I'd never seen the original before. It's a little different than I was expecting. The middle of the film dragged on a bit, but overall it was alright. A very weird film.

Xmen Origins: Wolverine - This movie sucked. The plot doesn't make any sense, the character development and acting is terrible, and even some of the CGI is really fake looking. Some of the action scenes are alright, but not good enough to make up for an otherwise shitty movie.
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Sep 17, 2011 - 12:49am PT
Just got back from Contagion with Matt Damon at al. Pretty good. Bit scary... make sure you wash your hands boys and girls!

Last night watched a new Australian film called Red Hill. Cool movie. A modern western in many ways. Worthy of a rent.
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Sep 17, 2011 - 04:53pm PT
I decided I must say more about Red Hill.

The film made only $21,000 in the US.

Director Patrick Hughes' first feature. Only shorts before this.

Actor Tommy Lewis says seven words in the whole film but he is a fantastic "bad guy." Almost Eastwoodian!

The town sherrif played by Steve Bisley, a main actor, has done plenty of films but you have heard of not one of them.

The lead actor, Jason Stackhouse IS known in the US, as the the highly-sexed town heartthrob on True Blood.

This is a GREAT movie. The twists are perfect, the acting/dialogue ratio is just right. The cinematography is beautiful, great sound effects (some of the bullets into skin stuff is damn creepy and the gurgling of blood from a spear wound will keep you awake.)

Rent this and tell me what you think.

http://www.redhillmovie.com/

StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Sep 17, 2011 - 04:56pm PT
Whale Rider

If you haven't seen it, check it out.
High Fructose Corn Spirit

Gym climber
-A community of hairless apes
Sep 17, 2011 - 07:39pm PT
re: Red Hill

Haha, only 2.6 stars at netflix. ;)

.....

re: Whale Rider

At least Whale Rider gets 3.4 - 3.8. Which translates to pretty good.
Gal

Trad climber
a semi lucid consciousness
Sep 17, 2011 - 07:45pm PT
Ok, this isn't exactly a movie (a bit of stand up comedy), but so well worth it, I must post:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HC5fYlFpxmo

...and RIP to Mitch Hedberg, a genius.
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Sep 17, 2011 - 07:56pm PT
High Fructose Corn Spirit... Very interesting... I would love to see what you think. I find Netflix to be less than reliable 75% of the time.
JOEY.F

Gym climber
It's not rocket surgery
Sep 17, 2011 - 08:49pm PT
Watched How The West was Won (again)...it is now very narrow without (except if you look real hard) seems. All restored. It works, just keeps moving, nice aerials of the East Side, buffalo stampedes, rafting, train chase. Complete mindless fun.
Followed last night with Carry on Nurse, and Carry on Constable. English mindless fun.
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Sep 17, 2011 - 10:07pm PT
Tonight is a classic among classics... The Apartment.
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Sep 18, 2011 - 03:45pm PT
Ran

"A terrible scroll of Hell is shown depicting the fall of the castle. There are no real sounds as the scroll unfolds like a daytime nightmare. It is a scene of human evildoing, the way of the demonic Ashura, as seen by a Buddha in tears. The music superimposed on these pictures is, like the Buddha's heart, measured in beats of profound anguish, the chanting of a melody full of sorrow that begins like sobbing and rises gradually as it is repeated, like karmic cycles, then finally sounds like the wailing of countless Buddhas."
— Ran Screenplay

"As the title suggests, chaos occurs repeatedly in the film; in many scenes Kurosawa foreshadows it by filming approaching cumulonimbus clouds, which finally break into a raging storm during the castle massacre. Hidetora is an autocrat whose powerful presence keeps the countryside unified and at peace. His abdication frees up other characters, like Jiro and Lady Kaede, to pursue their own agendas, which they do so with absolute ruthlessness.

The ultimate example of chaos is the absence of God. When Hidetora sees Lady Sué, a devout Buddhist and the most religious character in the film, he tells her that "Buddha is gone from this miserable world." Sué, despite her belief in love and forgiveness, eventually has her head cut off. When Kyoami claims that the gods either don't exist or are the cause of human suffering, Tango responds that "[The gods] can't save us from ourselves." Kurosawa has repeated the point, saying that "humanity must face life without relying on God or Buddha." The last shot of the film shows Tsurumaru standing on top of the ruins of his family castle. Unable to see, he stumbles towards the edge until he almost falls over. He drops the scroll of the Buddha his sister had given him and just stands there, "a blind man at the edge of a precipice, bereft of his god, in a darkening world." This may symbolize the modern concept of the death of God, as Kurosawa also claimed that "Man is perfectly alone... [Tsurumaru] represents modern humanity."

"What I was trying to get at in Ran, and this was there from the script stage, was that the gods or God or whoever it is observing human events is feeling sadness about how human beings destroy each other, and powerlessness to affect human beings' behavior."

In addition to its chaotic elements, Ran also contains a strong element of nihilism, which is present from the opening sequence where Hidetora mercilessly hunts down a boar to the last scene with Tsurumaru. Roger Ebert describes "Ran as a 20th century film set in medieval times, in which an old man can arrive at the end of his life having won all his battles, and foolishly think he still has the power to settle things for a new generation. But life hurries ahead without any respect for historical continuity; his children have their own lusts and furies. His will is irrelevant, and they will divide his spoils like dogs tearing at a carcass."

This marked a radical departure from Kurosawa's earlier films, many of which were filled with hope and redemption. Even Kagemusha, though it chronicled the destruction of the samurai class, had ended on a note of regret rather than despair. By contrast, the world of Ran is a Hobbesian world, where life is an endless cycle of suffering and everybody is a villain or a victim, and in many cases both. Heroes like Saburo may do the right thing, but in the end they are doomed as well. Unlike other Kurosawa heroes, like Kikuchiyo from Seven Samurai or Watanabe from Ikiru, who die performing great acts, Saburo dies pointlessly."
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Sep 18, 2011 - 03:49pm PT
West Side Story.

Great music. Great dancing.
S.Leeper

Sport climber
Pflugerville, Texas
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 21, 2011 - 12:42am PT
bumpity bump
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Sep 21, 2011 - 12:52am PT
The lead in Whale Rider was 14 and almost unknown when she was nominated for an Oscar for best actress. The glimpse into another culture is mystifying at times.
jiff

Ice climber
colorado
Sep 30, 2011 - 11:39pm PT
what are you going to see this weekend?
nature

climber
back in Tuscon Aridzona....
Sep 30, 2011 - 11:39pm PT
TFPU
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Oct 1, 2011 - 12:19am PT
Just watched Bridesmaids. Okay but not as funny as I was led to believe. However...

Since when did studios stop allowing renters to see the special features? The disk has them but upon attempting to view them I was informed that I must purchase the disk to see the special features. Now THAT is LAME!!!

Now on to Prom.

EDIT: Well, believe it or not... if you have a teenage daughter watching Prom as a family is an enjoyable evening. Predictable as hell but not painful by any means.
S.Leeper

Sport climber
Pflugerville, Texas
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 8, 2011 - 02:08am PT
just watched "drive" tight tight movie!
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Oct 10, 2011 - 03:06pm PT
A Clockwork Orange is a film that, from beginning to end, drips of irony. It is a brilliant, darkly poetic work that is able to both enrapture and disgust.

The film's poster and tagline advertised its themes of violence in a police state, teen delinquency, technological control, and dehumanization.

The visually-brilliant film is narrated by Alex, the film's main hero/protagonist:

Alex (voice-over): There was me, that is Alex, and my three droogs, that is Pete, Georgie, and Dim, and we sat in the Korova Milkbar trying to make up our rassoodocks what to do with the evening. The Korova milkbar sold milk-plus, milk plus vellocet or synthemesc or drencrom, which is what we were drinking. This would sharpen you up and make you ready for a bit of the old ultra-violence.

Visually, they are harshly backlit and project elongated shadows ahead of them as they walk through the darkened streets with billyclubs, wearing white trousers and white suspenders to match, black combat boots and derbies. Every night, they commit stylized but meaningless acts of terrorism including rape ("the old in-out, in-out"), robbery, and mugging.

The youth gang beat up a drunken bum (Paul Farrell) who has sought refuge in a gutter under a pedestrian underpass, while singing "Molly Malone." The "filthy, dirty old drunkie" taunts them and is severely beaten after masochistically bemoaning the state of affairs in the present society - "a stinking world" where the young show no respect for the elderly:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=oWLByMshYIU

On the soundtrack, a balletic overture of violins and woodwinds plays, as the camera pans down from a gilded prosceneum above the stage of a derelict, abandoned opera house/-, a symbol of collapsed civilization. Operatic screams and waltztime music are heard as a young woman struggles during an acrobatically-delivered molestation. On stage, the rape victim has her clothes torn off by five other mad-faced delinquents from a rival gang. The leader, Billyboy (Richard Connaught) and his gang of droogs wear remnants of old Nazi uniforms:

Alex (in voice-over): It was around by the derelict - that we came across Billyboy and his four droogs. They were getting ready to perform a little of the old in-out, in-out on a weepy young devotchka they had there.

From the shadows, Alex and his gang observe the preparation for the rape, and then - preferring violence to sex, challenge them to a fight on the rubbish-strewn floor with a youthful, sexual insult: "How art thou, thou glob by bottle of cheap, stinking chip oil? Come and get one in the yarbles, if you have any yarbles, you eunich jelly thou."

The old-fashioned, stylized rumble, a quick-edited succession of violent images performed as a balletic dance, is dazzling - synchronized with the building music from Rossini's The Thieving Magpie (La Gazza Ladra). In slap-stick style, the adolescent gangs flash switchblades, hurl each other through furniture and plate glass windows, and use judo to smash each other about. Bodies fly through the air, leap and somersault; chairs smash heads.

To underline the assaultive nature of the film's content, much of its camera work is deliberately in-out, with few pans or much lateral/horizontal movement. Because of the copy-cat violence that the film was blamed for, Kubrick withdrew it from circulation in Britain about a year after its release. [Shortly after the ban was instituted, a 17-year old Dutch girl was raped in 1973 in Lancashire, at the hands of men singing Singing in the Rain. And a 16-year-old boy had beaten a younger child while wearing Alex's uniform of white overalls, black bowler hat and combat boots. Both were considered 'proof', after the fact, that the film had an influential effect on violence in society.] In preparation for a new 1972 release for US audiences, Kubrick replaced about 30 seconds of footage to get an R-rating, as opposed to the X-rating that the MPAA initially assigned to it. (The replacement footage was for two scenes: the high-speed orgy scene in Alex's bedroom, and the rape scene projected at the Ludovico Medical Center.) In the spring of 2000, an uncut version of the film was re-released to British screens.

The frightening, chilling and tantalizing film (a morality play) raises many thematic questions and presents a thought-provoking parable: How can evil be eradicated in modern society? If the state can deprive an individual of his free will, making him 'a clockwork orange,' what does this say about the nightmarish, behavioral modification technologies of punishment and crime? Do we lose our humanity if we are deprived of the free-will choice between good and evil?
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Oct 10, 2011 - 03:19pm PT
Ironically (or not) the ending of Clock Orange is the same as the end of The Goodfellas.... the bad guy goes into the government program and escapes with his freedom intact, despite all his bad deeds.

DMT
S.Leeper

Sport climber
Pflugerville, Texas
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 10, 2011 - 07:19pm PT
I never noticed that!! ^^^^
Gal

Trad climber
a semi lucid consciousness
Oct 10, 2011 - 07:50pm PT
I remember reading Clockwork Orange, and it was disturbing. Interesting point, Dingus (I've seen Goodfellows a time or two ;-) / more like 50 times)

Anyway, now watching Trainspotting & Pulp Fiction (it's been a while since i'd seen these).

I keep going back to older movies-is there ANYTHING recent (last 5 months worthwhile)?
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Oct 10, 2011 - 07:53pm PT
Marlow, if you liked Ran then check out King Lear. The plot might seem vaguely familiar.
S.Leeper

Sport climber
Pflugerville, Texas
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 13, 2011 - 12:48am PT
the hustle 2008

what a piece of crap
FRUMY

Trad climber
SHERMAN OAKS,CA
Oct 13, 2011 - 12:58am PT
The big chill.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Oct 13, 2011 - 01:05am PT
I realized yesterday when Aretha sang the Star Spangled Banner at the ball
game that I haven't seen "Blues Bothers" in a few years.

I knew something was wrong - glad I figgered it out.
Sheik aka JD

Trad climber
Oct 13, 2011 - 03:01am PT
This early evening, finished streaming the Mad Men series on Netflix. Witty dialogue, interesting snapshot of early 1960's life, and lessons (still) applicable in the business world.

Just now, watched The Future of Food. Eye-opening argument for sustainable agriculture (i.e. local, organic).
Relic

Social climber
Vancouver, BC
Oct 13, 2011 - 04:50am PT
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bh2SuJrEjwM

Battleship Potemkin!
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Oct 13, 2011 - 12:46pm PT
Piton Ron

Thanks for reminding me of King Lear which Ran is partly based on.

If you take the films of both Kurosawa and Sergio Leone you have a collection of films I could easily see as the filmatic equivalent to Shakespeare.

And if I had to choose only one filmmaker and put him in such a position it had to be Kubrick.

Humanity, tragedy, comedy.
sullly

Trad climber
Oct 13, 2011 - 01:09pm PT
You're forgetting Branagh, both actor and director of the Bard's Hamlet, Othello, and Henry V. Nobody beats his Iago or Fishburne's Othello performance.
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Oct 13, 2011 - 01:25pm PT
Branagh's Shakespeare is excellent. One of my best filmatic experiences is connected to seeing him as Henry V completely worn out, tired to the bone, but raising to the challenge once again. And I agree - his Iago is very very well done. I also like his Much Ado For Nothing. Emma Thompson is one of my favorite actresses and to me she IS Beatrice in that film.

Which reminds me of another film - The Winter Guest - where Emma plays against her mother Phyllidia Law - the film is one of my favourites - there is a human touch and fragility to some of the scenes that is extraordinary. Film critics did not appreciate the film very much though.
sullly

Trad climber
Oct 14, 2011 - 01:31am PT
Marlow, I liked him in Much Ado too. How about Helena B. Carter as Ophelia in the Mel Gibson Hamlet? I also enjoyed Emma Thompson in the understated Remains of the Day (Anthony Hopkins).
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Oct 14, 2011 - 01:44am PT
Diane Cilento died recently. You might know her as one of the stars of "The Wicker Man", along with "The Agony and the Ecstasy, and "Tom Jones".
Credit: Reilly
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Oct 14, 2011 - 08:34am PT
Sullly

I don't remember the impression Helena B. Carter as Ophelia and Mel Gibson's Hamlet made on me, but Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins in the understated Remains of the Day made a lasting impression. In my view they are two of the best actors ever to have set their feet on the earth. They are able to play very much attracted by each other and at the same time desperately emotionally restrained. They are almost painful to watch, just as they should be. They are also culturally well equiped to make the film - English as they are.
S.Leeper

Sport climber
Pflugerville, Texas
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 14, 2011 - 08:20pm PT
the omen

its on yooboob
sullly

Trad climber
Oct 14, 2011 - 08:37pm PT
S. Leeper, didn't think to check youboob. Just found a film there that I was thinking about this morning - Handmaid's Tale. Icy Faye Dunaway plays Serena Joy. Natasha Richardson and Aiden Quinn play the rebel couple. I love the final scene where Richardson is at her mountain hideaway thinking about the guy.

edit: Youboob's a bust. Scenes aren't all there. Netflix next.
S.Leeper

Sport climber
Pflugerville, Texas
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 14, 2011 - 08:50pm PT
I'll have to check that out!
Gal

Trad climber
a semi lucid consciousness
Oct 14, 2011 - 09:08pm PT
Sully-Handmaids Tale, that was a good movie-and the book is on my top 10 favorites-worth reading it too.
sullly

Trad climber
Oct 14, 2011 - 09:35pm PT
Gal, Now I'm hooked (after seeing the first 10 min. again after 20+ years). What a cast! Could Faye Dunaway be any more amazing or Aiden Q. any sexier?
The user formerly known as stzzo

Social climber
Oct 19, 2011 - 07:45pm PT
Trollhunter

Hilarious!
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Oct 19, 2011 - 07:46pm PT
"The Devil in Miss Jones" kind of old but the subject matter doesn't seem dated.
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Oct 19, 2011 - 07:57pm PT
Hobo with a Shotgun. Don't get finer than that.
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Nov 1, 2011 - 04:34pm PT
Blade Runner

"Quite an experience to live in fear, isn't it? That's what it is to be a slave."

"Blade Runner: The Final Cut," is the first version of the movie that truly seems like a finished product. The film is a few minutes longer, yet seems leaner, with a tighter narrative that is now worthy of the outstanding art direction and cinematography. This definitive print should be the last push that "Blade Runner" needs to complete its 25-year journey from box office failure to cult favorite to full-blown classic.

From the beginning, the movie was controversial. Filmmakers willing to butcher Philip K. Dick stories have become as commonplace in Hollywood as collagen injections, but the maverick Scott was the first high-profile scavenger of the author's work. The "Blade Runner" screenwriters took little more than the main character and key concepts of Dick's "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep," and added their own twists and turns.

Ford's narration is so dopey and lackluster in the original "Blade Runner" that you can almost imagine producers pointing a gun to his head. That happy ending looked as if it came from another movie, which it did. (For the final scene, Warner Bros. borrowed an aerial shot from Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining," which had come out two years earlier.) And while the so-called director's cut from 1992 left the question of Deckard's humanity a matter of debate, "The Final Cut" makes it much more clear, injecting a short dream sequence that suddenly makes Edward James Olmos' origami hobby much more significant.

Other scenes are added and extended as well, although the next best reason to see the "Final Cut" is the tuned-up special effects, which give the film a nice 21st century sheen. The director restores the film's brutal violence, including important scenes of savagery from the Daryl Hannah and Rutger Hauer replicant characters, Pris and Roy Batty. Their capacity for cruelty is particularly important to see, contrasting with Batty's contemplative final scenes in the movie.

The movie has aged exceptionally well. Part of this has to do with the time: In a world filled with filmmakers such as Joss Whedon and J.J. Abrams, a science fiction film-noir cop thriller doesn't seem anywhere near as unusual or misguided as it did in 1982.

Much of the credit goes to director Scott, who took the opportunity to give "Blade Runner" the topiary treatment one last time, and turned his already great film into a masterpiece.

This film contains - language, nudity and violence, plus a tortoise lying on its back, with its belly baking in the hot sun, beating its legs to turn over, but it can't.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=a_saUN4j7Gw
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Nov 1, 2011 - 07:04pm PT
I got my kid to watch Blade Runner with me... it bored her silly.

As a stand-alone movie its got things that reduce mass appeal - its 40ish era tone and all the dark colors are quite depressing. Perhaps Ridley Scott was too successful in portraying our dark future?

I love the movie its one of my all time favorites. But I can understand its lack of mass appeal. Its also somewhat slow paced, because of its relentless attention to detail.

DMT
locker

Social climber
CO
Nov 1, 2011 - 07:13pm PT

Watched the new Planet of the Apes movies today...

It SUCKED!!!...

NOT impressed at all...

Gal

Trad climber
a semi lucid consciousness
Nov 3, 2011 - 01:17am PT
Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest.
Lennox

climber
just southwest of the center of the universe
Nov 3, 2011 - 05:38am PT
Crazy Japanese movie.
Crazy Japanese movie.
d-know

Trad climber
electric lady land
Nov 13, 2011 - 01:45pm PT
amarcord - federico fellini


a moving
portrait.
don't
blink.
stich

Trad climber
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Nov 13, 2011 - 02:45pm PT
"Shackleton" with Kenneth Branagh. Really good treatment of the famous Antarctic expedition with the loss of the Endurance. A & E produced it. Highly recommended.
S.Leeper

Sport climber
Pflugerville, Texas
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 14, 2011 - 07:05pm PT
Just watched Gandhi.
Phil_B

Social climber
Hercules, CA
Nov 14, 2011 - 08:11pm PT
The Red Violin

Quite interesting.
sarabina

Social climber
the other Disney in...CA
Nov 14, 2011 - 08:24pm PT
http://www.collegehumor.com/video/6613826/rock-climber-gets-stuck-poops-pants

"Alright, you gotta relax,okay?...it's gonna work itself out."

dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Nov 15, 2011 - 11:13am PT
To Have and Have Not- Bogart, Bacall, Brennan

classic
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Nov 16, 2011 - 02:46pm PT
Cold Lazarus "is set in the 24th century, in a dystopian Britain where the ruined streets are unsafe, and where society is run by American oligarchs in charge of powerful commercial corporations. Experiences are almost all virtual, and anything deemed authentic (such as coffee and cigarettes) has either been banned or replaced by synthetic substitutes.

At a cryogenic research institute in London, funded by a pharmaceuticals tycoon, a group of scientists is working on reviving the mind of the 20th century writer Daniel Feeld (Albert Finney). His brain is kept in a dull glass bell. Unable to see any profit in the project, they consider discontinuing it, but a media mogul envisages making a fortune from broadcasting Feeld’s memories on TV, and proposes to the team that they work for him.

The leader of the team is unaware that a member of her team is a member of the resistance group RON (‘Reality Or Nothing’), which attempts to undermine the reliance of society upon advanced technology. The team member approves of the broadcast of Feeld’s memories, which he believes might provoke a revolt against the ‘inauthentic’ life propagated by the authorities.

As more of Feeld’s thoughts and memories are unearthed, it becomes evident not only that Feeld’s mind is conscious of its predicament, but also that Feeld is attempting to communicate with the scientists, and is pleading to be allowed to die. He is suffering. At this point the team begin to doubt the morality of their project. The RON team member is by one of the other team members denounced as a RON member and saboteur. Having been warned, he heads for the laboratory to put Feeld out of his misery....."
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Nov 19, 2011 - 11:07am PT
For the senses and the sentiments:

Ulysses - Molly Bloom's Soliloquy - http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=yNTlDesrY3w

Dubliners - The Dead - http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=aE4p78yQit0
pud

climber
Sportbikeville & Yucca brevifolia
Nov 19, 2011 - 12:17pm PT
I first saw this in a social science class in 7th grade. It's worth the time, imo.

Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (1962) - B&W - 28 min

http://tesla.liketelevision.com/liketelevision/tuner.php?channel=139&format=movie&theme=guide
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Nov 19, 2011 - 12:24pm PT
David Barison, Daniel Ross - The Ister (2004) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=gvCRxni5bkg

The Ister (The Danube river)

"In his "Phaedrus," Plato records the myth of Theuth, or Thoth, the god whom the Egyptians credited with the invention of writing. Theuth urged Thamus, the king of Egypt, to teach his people how to write, claiming: "Here is an accomplishment, my lord the king, which will improve both the wisdom and the memory of the Egyptians." But Thamus turned this boast on its head: "You who are the father of writing," he insisted, "have out of fondness for your offspring attributed to it quite the opposite of its real function. Those who acquire it will cease to exercise their memory and become forgetful. ... And as for wisdom, your pupils will have the reputation for it without the reality; they will receive a quantity of information without proper instruction, and in consequence be thought very knowledgeable when they are for the most part quite ignorant."

Plato's myth of Theuth offers a perfect route into the questions raised by "The Ister." For the major subject of the film is the power and danger of technology, of which Theuth, like the Greek Hermes, was the patron deity. And the filmmakers' major interlocutor, the philosopher around whom the film cautiously circles, is Martin Heidegger, whose suspicion of technology went hand in hand with a powerful challenge to conventional ways of writing and talking about ideas.

The film takes its name from a poem by Friedrich Holderlin, the late-18thcentury German Romantic, whose hymn to the Danube River called it by its ancient Greek name, "the Ister." More specifically, the film is inspired by a lecture course on "The Ister" that Heidegger gave in 1942, one of many he devoted to Holderlin's poetry. The formal structure of the film is simple but fertile: Camera in hand, Messrs. Ross and Barison (who never appear onscreen) follow the course of the Danube, from its mouth on the Black Sea back to its source in Germany.

Their travelogue pays careful atten tion to the bridges and ships and cities they discover along the way, thus providing an illustration of Heidegger's major theme - man's imposition on Nature, in all its destructive necessity. Messrs. Ross and Barison produce several lovely tableaux - of rivers, mountains, forests - but the visual strength of the film lies not in beauty but in clever juxtaposition.

In Romania the filmmakers visit the ruins of the bridge across which Trajan's armies marched into Dacia; in Yugoslavia they show the bridge at Novi Sad, destroyed by the NATO bombing campaign in 1999; in Hungary, they find a bridge at Dunafoldvar which was attacked by the invading Soviets in 1956. Over the course of the film, and with very little nudging by the filmmakers, the figure of the bridge comes to bear the full weight of Heidegger's critique of technology: As a human intervention into Nature, it is both essential to life and bound up with violence and death.

The bridges on the Danube are products of what Heidegger, in his essay "The Question Concerning Technology," called "enframing" - a way of thinking that makes Nature subordinate to human ends. In that essay, Heidegger showed how his thought about technology relates to his thought about poetry, and specifically the poetry of Holderlin. Taking up another one of the poet's river-odes, "The Rhine," Heidegger contrasts "'The Rhine,' as dammed up into the power works, and 'The Rhine,' as uttered by the artwork, in the Holderlin's hymn of that name." The contrast speaks volumes about Heidegger's sense of the betrayal of Nature - its reticence and mystery, the essential Being that Holderlin invokes - by technology, which turns it into merely an exploitable resource.

To the great credit of Messrs. Ross and Barison, however, they do not stop at simply illustrating Heidegger's thought; they allow it to be challenged, trusting the viewer to take part in a series of complex philosophical debates. These are expounded in the interviews that make up the intellectual pith of "The Ister," a series of talks with three French philosophers - Bernard Stiegler, Jean-Luc Nancy, and Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe. (There is also an interview, much less compelling, with the pompous filmmaker Hans-Jurgen Syberberg.) Editing their questions out almost completely, Messrs. Ross and Barison allow these thinkers to elaborate on their own disagreements with Heidegger's views on technology - disagreements that spring from a fundamental indebtedness and respect. Thanks to the informality of the settings - we see Mr. Stiegler quieting his dog and blowing out candles at his birthday party - the men become more than talking heads; we take in some of their eccentricities along with their ideas.

As the filmmakers' itinerary reaches Germany, "The Ister" turns to confront another, more controversial aspect of Heidegger: his embrace of Nazism, and his seeming refusal, even after the war, to acknowledge the magnitude of its evil. His lecture on the Holderlin poem, after all, took place at the height of the Nazi period and contained admiring references to "National Socialism and its historical uniqueness." Mr. Lacoue-Labarthe devotes most of his screen time to explaining Heidegger's infamous equation of the concentration camps with "motorized agriculture," and elaborates a powerful critique of Heidegger's view of history. And Mr. Stiegler, the most charismatic figure in the film, convincingly challenges Heidegger's bleak view of technology, arguing that were it not for technology - above all, that of writing - we could not live historically at all.

This lesson, too, is implicit in Holderlin's poetry; as he writes in "The Ister":

But the rock needs incisions
And the earth needs furrows,
Would be desolate else, unabiding.

"The Ister," then, not only contains a humanistic defense of technology; it is itself part of that defense, using one of the newest media to address some of the most ancient questions. The film cannot by itself serve as an introduction to Heidegger's thought, and much is inevitably simplified and taken for granted. To fully appreciate what Messrs. Ross and Barison are up to, it is helpful to have already spent some time with Heidegger's work. But the fact that it could be made, and even distributed, is heartening testimony to the potential of a usually barren medium.""
S.Leeper

Sport climber
Pflugerville, Texas
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 23, 2011 - 10:51pm PT
Just saw "In a better world"

What a fabulous movie!
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Nov 24, 2011 - 02:41am PT
Barely halfway through the Showtime series "The Tudors". Pretty accurate and
well acted. That ol' 'enry should o' been named Randy.
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Nov 24, 2011 - 03:01am PT
Antiques Roadshow
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Nov 24, 2011 - 03:23am PT
Last night we went wholesome... Monte Carlo with Selena Gomez. If you want something young girls can enjoy with their family, this ill do it.
DionFernandez

climber
Hazlet, NJ
Nov 24, 2011 - 07:38am PT
I've just recorder Time with Justin Timberlake from an online web page using free screen recorder http://freescreenrecorder.net/ so I'm watching this movie and I must say I really like it so far.
sandstone conglomerate

climber
sharon conglomerate central
Nov 24, 2011 - 08:31am PT
oh, geez, Fargo...an oldie but goodie, oh ya?
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Nov 24, 2011 - 01:38pm PT
A Shot In The Dark - Billiards - http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=Os0PYZVLFpY
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Nov 24, 2011 - 03:59pm PT
girl with the dragon tatoo, the swedish version
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Nov 24, 2011 - 05:01pm PT
Babette's Feast - the power of a good meal - http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=sif6Ttqi62Q. Highly recommended.
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 24, 2011 - 05:23pm PT
Jaybro, good movie. It's part of a trilogy. I bet Lolli has seen them all.
Dr.Sprock

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Nov 24, 2011 - 05:28pm PT
Jack LaLanne

week 1 episode 1

time to firm up that flabby midsection

http://www.jacklalanne.com./watch-jack/
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Nov 24, 2011 - 05:38pm PT
Just saw 13

It is about an underground super high stakes Russian Roulette ring.

It stars an unknown young Sam Riley alongside heavyweights like Mickey Rourke, Jason Stathan and Sam Winstone.

Aside from a few tactical flaws (the "contestants" first stand in a circle with their revolvers against the heads of the contestants in front of them and pull when a light comes on while the millionaire spectator bettors stand in a group at the same level. Think about it. Shot from the 9 o;clock guy would go through the head and into the freakin' spectators. But of course this never happens.
Also, they use unmatched guns.
Also, spinning the cylinders on closed frames overhead is problematic at best.)
it is none the less a compelling character driven story with a satisfyingly ironic finish.
S.Leeper

Sport climber
Pflugerville, Texas
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 24, 2011 - 08:24pm PT
Try "Open Hearts" from the same director, Suzanne Biers

Stars Mads, who played Le Chiffre in Casino Royale

Great "Dogme" flick

Will do, thanks for the suggestion.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Nov 24, 2011 - 08:28pm PT
Mads was also in Clash Of The Titans but stole the show in King Arthur.
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Nov 25, 2011 - 12:51am PT
Definition of "quirky" - An Invisible Sign with Jessica Alba.
tahoecrimper

Sport climber
Lake Tahoe
Nov 25, 2011 - 12:57am PT
BaSEketball
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Nov 25, 2011 - 02:38pm PT
Roy Andersson:

 You, The Living - http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=91tVgbkIT40
 Songs From The Second Floor - http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=so5M8Mgf50c

Maybe one of the reasons why Scandinavians like jazz.
stich

Trad climber
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Nov 25, 2011 - 03:48pm PT
Two good ones. "Youth in Revolt" which is based on the book of the same name. Not your usual coming of age story. This one has an edge to it and is pretty funny. Michael Cera stars in it. Definitely worth a view.

Also "Synecdoche, New York" which has Philip Seymour Hoffman. Very bizarre story written by the writer of "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind." Also with a twisted sense of humor. It's very layered, so you might have to wade through some stuff before you get it.
S.Leeper

Sport climber
Pflugerville, Texas
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 1, 2011 - 12:17am PT
my idiot bother, not very funny but still a decent movie nonetheless
S.Leeper

Sport climber
Pflugerville, Texas
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 2, 2011 - 09:01pm PT
"tree of life" filmed around here.
S.Leeper

Sport climber
Pflugerville, Texas
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 2, 2011 - 11:19pm PT
submarine
AlexCobbs

Trad climber
Santa Fe, NM
Dec 2, 2011 - 11:24pm PT
Recently finished watching "The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo" trilogy, based on the Millenium series.
Very disturbing topics, keep you're attention most of the time.
Now watching for a second time, Clint Eastwood's Eiger Sanction.
fsck

climber
Dec 3, 2011 - 03:46am PT
Drive
nutjob

Gym climber
Berkeley, CA
Dec 3, 2011 - 05:14am PT
I just finished watching a documentary available on Netflix, called "War on Democracy"

Holy moly, I have never been so disgusted with the behavior of my government as I am at this moment. I have read summaries of US involvement in the overthrow of democratically elected governments that did not go along with US economic interests, in favor of dictators who did. I had an intellectual awareness of these things, but it is easy to distance one's self from such things and view it in an abstract way, "yeah that's bad."

But this documentary brought home and made real and raw how truly horrendous are the things our government has brought into the world. Personal testimony and graphic description of torture, including 24 hour rapes, prolonged torture with electrical probes on nipples and vaginas and electricity coursing in circles between, just truly gruesome stuff.

But the thing wasn't all shock-value (truly no pun intended) individual stories like that. It was showing country by country what was in the media controlled by rich folks, what was the sentiment in the vast poor barrios that were literally not even drawn on maps, what was echoed and shared with us back in America, and just showing the whole evil cycle of anything-goes brutality to ensure subservience to America, coupled with outrageous lies to put a pretty face on it all. And CIA officials basically saying "too bad, anything goes to protect our national security interests."

I was thinking about where I could move to get away from my nasty country while watching this thing. But when I think more deeply, it's not really about my "nasty country." Like any country, there is a mix of beauty and ugliness in America. Some of the things seeing in this movie made me reflect on the current Occupy Wallstreet movements and how they have the same fundamental underpinnings as the popular uprisings in South America and the same sorts of powers aligned against them. It is the age-old struggle of a small group of rich folks trying to maintain their power and wealth at the expense of all the rest of the vast majority.

Having my eyes more opened, being more emotionally engaged in the turbulent modern history and struggles in South America (which are not so different from the original European exploitation of South America), inspires me to be more active in raising my voice against our political and economic system that over time favors a greater concentration of wealth, to such an extent that it interferes with the fundamental ideals on which our country was founded. It makes me afraid that what has been cast on the doorstep of others will come to our own doorstep.

For my own part, I'm sorry what our government has done to oppress other people. I would rather pay more money for products that were obtained in equality-based fair trade. But the problem is, how can you really find that? What I fear is that "organic" and "fair trade" and "green" and other such movements are just coopted by corporations to increase their profits, not truly changing business practices but using it as an excuse to charge more of consumers who are trying to effect change.

Darn, I guess I'm a bit of a downer tonight, time for bed. Tomorrow is another day, and the sun will rise again, and I'll figure out how to make my small stands.
Reeotch

Trad climber
Kayenta, AZ
Dec 3, 2011 - 08:48am PT
Wow Nutjob, I'll have to check that one out. It can be depressing when you learn our country's dirty little secrets. Many people simply choose to ignore it or not to believe it, despite all the evidence.
There is a steady awakening taking place. I really see Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party as expressions of this awakening. Revolution will come to the US sooner or later, I just hope it doesn't get too ugly.


I just watched a very inspiring movie called "The Way Back". An incredible true story of a group of men who escaped from a Siberian labor camp during WWII. They walked all the way from Siberia to India! There are some cool scenes of them crossing the Himalayas. But, the story is just amazing. I'm wondering if there is a book about their ordeal.
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Dec 3, 2011 - 10:56am PT
The Josephine Baker Story (1991) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=W6EnXcKggkc
beef supreme

climber
the west
Dec 3, 2011 - 03:43pm PT
Conan the Barbarian (the new one)
pretty sweet, although he aint got sh#t on arnold
S.Leeper

Sport climber
Pflugerville, Texas
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 9, 2011 - 06:27pm PT
watching "atlas shrugged pt1"
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Dec 9, 2011 - 06:34pm PT
This rarely view movie is in my Top 10...I watched it last night..
All of it is on youtube......*Dog Fight


Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Dec 11, 2011 - 03:18pm PT
Last night went to see New Year's Eve.
You will cry.
Your girl will hug you.
A nice film by Gary Marshall who always has a nice view on the world.

Then we came home and watched Cowboys & Aliens. Fun, pretty cool actually.

Next Friday...

A5scott

Trad climber
Chicago
Dec 11, 2011 - 04:41pm PT
our idiot brother... was pretty good

30 minutes or less it's ok, but just listening to danny mcbride talk cracks me up

crazy stupid love was good

scott
Jingy

climber
Somewhere out there
Dec 11, 2011 - 04:54pm PT
Basel v Manchester United
Competition: UEFA Champions League
Event date: Dec 07, 2011
Video type: Full Match

graniteclimber

Trad climber
The Illuminati -- S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Division
Dec 14, 2011 - 12:06pm PT
Any good?

Karen

Trad climber
So Cal urban sprawl Hell
Dec 14, 2011 - 01:39pm PT
Recently watched, Martha Marcy May Marlene.

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

and last week, excellent movie, Melancholia. It's always amusing when at the end of a film-indie types-there is inevitably people who will state out loud how awful the film was.

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

Music was wonderful in Melancholia.
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Dec 17, 2011 - 01:46am PT
MI4... Great kick-ass fun movie and in IMAX so everything is louder, bigger and über cool!

Jebus H Bomz

climber
Dec 17, 2011 - 01:48am PT
13 Assassins

Truth in advertising.

Damn good samurai sword play.
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Dec 17, 2011 - 01:49am PT
Mission Impossible? I wouldn't f*#k that with your dick.
Captain...or Skully

climber
Where are you bound?
Dec 17, 2011 - 01:52am PT
Hehehe.
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Dec 19, 2011 - 04:10pm PT
Murzerker

Social climber
Land of Goats and Tacos
Dec 19, 2011 - 04:14pm PT
The Red Box at my local 7-11 is getting light on new stuff.

This was not half bad actually.

Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Dec 19, 2011 - 04:24pm PT
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 19, 2011 - 09:16pm PT
das boot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Gal

Trad climber
a semi lucid consciousness
Dec 19, 2011 - 09:26pm PT
Hey Nutjob-I'm going to watch that movie, I enjoyed reading your thoughts about it. I think it will be frustrating to see, though.

Nita-I recently came across that movie, Dogfight-it was a good one! I also watched "Running on Empty"-also a River Phoenix movie-and a good one.

Gal

Trad climber
a semi lucid consciousness
Dec 20, 2011 - 11:18pm PT
"Frances"

I've been on a Jessica Lange kick. She's awesome.
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Dec 21, 2011 - 05:44pm PT
Watched "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" last night on pay per view. What was I thinking?



Susan
High Fructose Corn Spirit

Gym climber
-A community of hairless apes
Dec 25, 2011 - 04:20pm PT
Watched, The Help, last night.


What an amazing movie, hadn't even heard of it, hope you all get a chance to see it.

Definitely a 2011 favorite.

"Only a Pawn in Their Game"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtrC3rMP1lQ


P.S.
How about a piece of pie?
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Dec 25, 2011 - 04:25pm PT
Jebus H Bomz...

Mission Impossible? I wouldn't f*#k that with your dick.

Don't worry... Mine is a bti too big for one person to handle alone. Even I need help lugging' it around.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 25, 2011 - 04:26pm PT
Cool. The Help is sitting here in its Netflix envelope. Maybe we can see it tonight. This morning we watched the 2nd Jackass. I laughed so hard my abs hurt!
fsck

climber
Dec 25, 2011 - 05:46pm PT
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1273235/ Perfect for the holidays.
Chinchen

climber
Way out there....
Dec 25, 2011 - 07:13pm PT
Forest Gump of course.
Pakdong

climber
Dec 25, 2011 - 08:22pm PT
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Grampa

Trad climber
Orange County
Dec 25, 2011 - 10:34pm PT
We watched 3:10 to Yuma yesterday.

Blu Ray on sale at Target for $4.00 Whoooo hooooooooo
cintune

climber
Midvale School for the Gifted
Dec 26, 2011 - 02:08am PT
The new Sherlock Holmes this afternoon, entertaining, at times anyway;
Then Werner Herzog's film on the Chauvet Cave art, fascinating, on Netflix;
Then Apocalypto on Netflix, got a little predictable but great visuals.

It was a movie day, after we put on our snow gear and went kayaking this morning since there's no snow.
Grampa

Trad climber
Orange County
Dec 31, 2011 - 08:11pm PT

Harry Potter Deathly Hollows Part 2

( Love the ending )
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jan 1, 2012 - 06:42pm PT
"The Danish Poet", a sweet Danish/Norwegian/Canadian animated film, narrated by Liv Ullmann. About 15 minutes, in English. It won the Academy Award in 2006 for best animated short film. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTef0HWbW_M

A distant relative is in a way a central figure in the film, but I didn't know that when I found it at the library.
JOEY.F

Gym climber
It's not rocket surgery
Jan 2, 2012 - 12:07am PT
Stage Fright.
Michael Wilding,Richard Todd, Marlene Dietrich,Jane Wyman, all directed by Hitchcock. Not the best Hitch, but not the best Hitch is still really good.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jan 11, 2012 - 05:14pm PT
I recently saw Hugo, which is very well done. A bit sappy in places, and maybe a touch longer than it needed to be, but still very fine homage to the origins of cinema, a century ago. Strongly recommended.
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 11, 2012 - 05:17pm PT
I want to take the nino to see hugo. We were just in Paris, so I think he would like that aspect of it at least.
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 11, 2012 - 05:18pm PT
We watched 3:10 to Yuma yesterday.

one of my favorite westerns! we are talking about the newer one, right?
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Jan 11, 2012 - 07:40pm PT
Going Places
1974 in French
Gerrad Depaedeau
Every bit as whack and non PC as I rembered from seeing on a date in Berkely in '74


actually I watched it last night


fsck

climber
Jan 11, 2012 - 07:41pm PT
not sure of the title but Gianna Michaels is in it

stellar performance
RandomUser

Sport climber
NY
Jan 20, 2012 - 09:29am PT
I watch newclimbing movies here
Norwegian

Trad climber
Placerville, California
Jan 24, 2012 - 02:47am PT
"everything illuminated"

available on netflix
a scenic and comical movie
based in the Ukraine.

some of the english translations are quite premium.

check it out i'd recommend it and i usually hate-up movies.
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Jan 24, 2012 - 04:22pm PT
Собачье Сердце "Heart of the Dog".

Really weird but good. Very Russian.
d-know

Trad climber
electric lady land
Jan 24, 2012 - 04:25pm PT
vanishing point
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 25, 2012 - 07:25pm PT
just watched AI. It was better than I remembered.
Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Jan 25, 2012 - 07:29pm PT
Moneyball.

Not bad, a little disappointing if you've read the book. In no way should it have been nominated for the Oscar.
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 27, 2012 - 11:10pm PT
I'm also watching Moneyball.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Jan 27, 2012 - 11:23pm PT
Just Imdb'd Heart pf the dog, sounds like good weird fun.

El Cap, you ever get a Wagon or Sprinter?
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Jan 28, 2012 - 01:24am PT
Jaybro, I have seen quite a few good Russian movies recently. They always leave me thinking that Russians are real good at telling a story.
Dick_Lugar

Trad climber
Casper the Friendly Ghost Town!
Jan 28, 2012 - 04:26am PT
Random French Porn Clips...only the best!
Ashcroft

Trad climber
SLC, UT
Jan 28, 2012 - 09:26am PT
Inglorius Basterds. What a lousy movie. Evidence (if it were needed) that Quentin Tarentino has cinematic talent, but nothing to say. His schtick is to turn sadism into comedy. Maybe the first time I saw him do it I thought he was being edgy or challenging my definitions of genre, but now it's just tired. He's a one trick pony. One of his characters entertains his comrades by beating in people's heads with a baseball bat. That's not clever or original. In fact, it's kind of disturbing. I guess the audience is supposed to feel better about it because the victims are Nazis. I wouldn't have believed that it was possible to make a movie about World War Two that had absolutely nothing substantive to say about war, Nazis, art, or human nature, but Tarantino has found a way. What a waste.

At the other end of the spectrum, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. I liked the Gary Oldman movie so much I went back to find the BBC series with Alec Guinness. Both excellent in their way. For all the tragedy (and near-tragedy) of the Cold War, it provided an excellent backdrop for John le Carre's bleak explorations of international intrigue.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Jan 28, 2012 - 12:01pm PT
Wayno, if you like the Russians, check out 'The Forty first', as well as the classic Eisenstein movies.If you haven't already

Bigbrother style edit; as soon as typed the above and returned to the main apge, there was a banner add of the SF Opera, 'Onegin"-based ona a story in an Eisenstein movie....
Hankster

Social climber
Zakynthos
Jan 28, 2012 - 02:42pm PT
watched 50/50 lastnight, not bad.
Leggs

Sport climber
Home Sweet Home, Tucson AZ
Jan 29, 2012 - 11:25am PT
Went and saw "The Skin I Live In" (Spanish: La piel que habito),written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar

Trip.Out.

Gotta love The Loft Cinema in the desert.

Later this week, a screening of "Citizen Kane"
Hankster

Social climber
Zakynthos
Jan 29, 2012 - 11:47am PT
watched Gallipoli last night, my Wife freaked out. great flik!
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 30, 2012 - 11:14pm PT
watched "The Descendants"

very nice movie
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Jan 30, 2012 - 11:26pm PT
Being There

"I like to watch"
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 30, 2012 - 11:30pm PT
peter sellers best ^^^( I like it more then dr. strangelove, i know BLASPHEMY ON STUPIDTACO.)
Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Jan 31, 2012 - 12:56am PT
Jay, decided to roll with what I got. Putting new tires on it this week, figured out my tranny problems are cold weather only and a temp-related logic loop thing, should get another year or two out of her.

Watched "Margin Call" last night, w/ Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Demi Moore. Not bad, not really recommended.

Company Men w/ tommy lee Jones, Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner, Craig T nelson, etc was pretty good.
philo

Trad climber
Somewhere halfway over the rainbow
Jan 31, 2012 - 01:04am PT
Just finished watching Monty Python's Life of Brian. What a hoot!
The Christian neo-fundies should watch it. Hahahahaha.
Always look on the bright side of life.
JOEY.F

Gym climber
It's not rocket surgery
Feb 12, 2012 - 12:31am PT
Commandos Strike at Dawn.
Early 40's production w/Paul Muni.
Norwegians vs Nazis, filmed in Vancouver.
Good stuff.
One Of Our Aircraft is Missing,
a Pressburger/Powell production,
Very well done. Also early 40's.
(dvr day yay)
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Feb 12, 2012 - 12:45am PT
Public Speaking

absolutely great movie...

best scene, Lebowitz talking at the Book Awards 2006,

"they've just formed the Iraq Study Group.

Let's think about this, say you're in school and you're getting ready to study for that math test.
When would a good time be to study? Before the test? or three years after the test?"

Anyway, I find her an amazing intellect.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 12, 2012 - 01:03am PT
Just saw "The Artist". That took some vision. Boy, does the camera love
that girl's face and Mssr Dujardin's too. Great photography and soundtrack.
onyourleft

climber
Smog Angeles
Feb 12, 2012 - 01:21am PT
Thanks to the Cerro Torre thread, I finally watched "Scream of Stone" by Werner Herzog.
Very bizarre film with many leaps of logic and disconnects in the dialog.
Both Hans Kammerlander and Stefan Glowacz play major roles in the movie.
The acting and directing is as ham-handed as anything I've been subjected to in a goodly while.
But, the scenery! Oh the scenery!!!
They apparently choppered climber/stunt-doubles to the summit of the Torre for the climactic, and ridiculously unbelievable final scene.
Filmed in 1990, I wonder what the locals felt about having their wilderness invaded by a film crew in whirlybirds.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Feb 12, 2012 - 01:24am PT
Watchman, wtf?
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Feb 12, 2012 - 01:53am PT
Harold and Kumar's Christmas movie...

Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Feb 12, 2012 - 01:57am PT
Last night SAFEHOUSE at the cinema. Pretty good. Denzel is someone you can count on. Ryan Reynolds is great at comedy but fully believable here.

Credit: Ihateplastic

Tonight we rented THE DOUBLE with Richard Gere and Topher Grace. Predictable but not horrid.

Credit: Ihateplastic
JOEY.F

Gym climber
It's not rocket surgery
Feb 15, 2012 - 10:22pm PT
It was mentioned upthread by Murcy, but just watched The Train with Burt Lancaster. Gripping, and dang, he did his own stunts as well...good stuff.
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 15, 2012 - 11:24pm PT
tower heist...it's aight
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Feb 16, 2012 - 07:48pm PT
Later tonight we have "The Big Year" to see.

I just read the book, with that cast it can't lose.
WBraun

climber
Feb 19, 2012 - 12:05am PT
Hugo

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0970179/

WOW !!!!
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Feb 19, 2012 - 12:12am PT



Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Feb 19, 2012 - 12:20am PT
The outercal live stream just got the Kruk sh#t video! On to bolt pulling.
Rudder

Trad climber
Long Beach, CA
Feb 19, 2012 - 12:46am PT
Brief encounter

It's pretty good.

Last night :

Winter light

very good i thought
Grampa

Trad climber
OC in So Cal
Feb 19, 2012 - 01:23am PT
Just watched Cowboys and Aliens.

Goofy name, but not a bad movie. Better than expected.
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Feb 19, 2012 - 03:34am PT

Ballad of Narayama by Kinoshita. Easily one of the best films I have ever seen and will ever see. Pure poetic brilliance.

"In feudal times, in a remote impoverished mountain village in Japan, those who reach the age of seventy are ushered to the top of the nearby sacred Mount Narayama, the abode of the gods, and are abandoned there to wait until they die. This tale tells of the kind-hearted peasant granny, Orin (Kinuyo Tanaka), who is prepared to make that pilgrimage in the coming new year, the traditional time of the Narayama festival, when she reaches that magical age. But before doing her duty, Orin wants to sort out the affairs of her troubled family. When a messenger comes to her village and tells her there's a recent widow in the next village, Tama-yan (Yûko Mochizuki), who is the same age as her widowed adoring 45-year-old son Tatsuhei (Teiji Takahashi), they immediately arrange a marriage and granny feels she's ready to leave the world. Living with granny are her three mean-spirited grandchildren and the pregnant wife of the vile (Danko Ichikawa), who can't wait for Orin to exit so the family of eight can divide up her share of the food. in the meantime the grandchildren mock granny because she still has all her 33 teeth (seen as devils teeth in old humans), which she becomes ashamed of and finds a way to smash them. When the time arrives, the heartbroken loyal son carries mom to the mountain top and finds it's an auspicious sign that it snows just when they reach the top"
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Feb 19, 2012 - 12:32pm PT
"everything illuminated"

Norwegian, the movie was good but the book was even better.
I'm reluctant to see "Extremely loud and incredibly close" though. The book was so wonderful I'm afraid the movie will be disappointing.

We got "Buck" from Netflix. It's a documentary about a horse trainer. But you don't have be interested in horses to love this film. Buck's story and the way he has lived his live are wonderful. He was severely abused as a child yet made the choice to follow a path of kindness and humor. Highly recommended.
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Feb 19, 2012 - 02:18pm PT
Hey Werner,

Watched Hugo last night in 3D. Pretty cool.

Life of Brian - That was a fun one. The religious satire is great. I like the part where he falls out of the tower and goes for a ride with aliens before they crash back in the village where he fell. And he survives.

The two bystanders who witnessed the whole thing say "lucky bastard".
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Feb 19, 2012 - 02:20pm PT
Animal House
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 19, 2012 - 02:30pm PT
Johnson Hall - U of Ducks. Look familiar, Jaybro?

Credit: Reilly
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Feb 19, 2012 - 07:15pm PT
Ha ha!
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 21, 2012 - 09:40pm PT
2001 a space odyssey
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
The shaggy fringe of Los Angeles
Feb 21, 2012 - 10:00pm PT
Our local LA climbing buddy Dan Richter was the lead ape and choreographed most of the proto human ape scenes in that film.

http://www.danrichter.com/academy_event.html
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 21, 2012 - 11:16pm PT
very cool Spider!
Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Feb 21, 2012 - 11:23pm PT
Death Wish IV - The Crackdown

The only one of the DW sequels worth watching.
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Feb 22, 2012 - 10:21am PT
This past weekend...

Rum Diaries... eeh... not a complete waste of time. A great line or two here and there but otherwise no big thrill.

Credit: Ihateplastic

The Debt... best spy thinner I have seen in a long, long time. A great movie.

Credit: Ihateplastic
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 22, 2012 - 07:17pm PT
watching a '77 concert of Queen in concert on youboob.

S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 23, 2012 - 12:46am PT
girl with the dragon tattoo.
mwatsonphoto

Trad climber
los angeles, ca
Mar 23, 2012 - 12:53am PT
just finished the 1st season of game of thrones

started on the homeland series now.
John Butler

Social climber
SLC, Utah
Mar 23, 2012 - 01:43am PT
Hunger Games
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 23, 2012 - 01:44am PT
how was hunger games? my daughter wants to see it.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Mar 23, 2012 - 01:48am PT
Mad Men #8
John Butler

Social climber
SLC, Utah
Mar 23, 2012 - 01:19pm PT
how was hunger games? my daughter wants to see it.

We took our 14 year-old daughter and 5 of her friends... to the midnight show. Great times.

We listened to the series on CD during a trip to the Valley and points West a couple of years back. The movie does a really good job of conveying the feeling of the first book... but the devil of the thing is in the details of the book.

I think you would get 16 thumbs up from our group as of 2:30 am last night.

For those unfamiliar with the story... it is about the U.S. after 74 years of Tea Party rule...

;-)

just kidding

ohhhhh.... and Mad Men is up Sunday.... this is a great media weekend
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 29, 2012 - 11:50pm PT
"the way" with Martin Sheen

Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Mar 30, 2012 - 01:09am PT
Just saw 'Scortched' John Cleese, Woody Harrelson Not a classic, but a fine amusing evening's entertainment...
wildone

climber
EP
Mar 30, 2012 - 01:10am PT
Alone in the Wilderness, the film made by Richard Pronneke on his building of a cabin in AK and subsequent stay....
Nothing short of amazing.
LuckyPink

climber
the last bivy
Apr 5, 2012 - 01:32am PT
tonight watched "Travelers and Magicians" directed by Kyentse Norbu about a restless man who leaves his village for American cash, but along the way meets a monk who tells him a teaching tale.

excellent story for a Wednesday evening.
JOEY.F

Gym climber
It's not rocket surgery
Apr 10, 2012 - 08:13pm PT
Coming up on TCM @ 7pm is Eyes Without A Face, extra creepy French film from 1960. Highly recommend, dvr set, as that's my weird bedtime now...I love Alone in the Wilderness, Wildone.
apogee

climber
Apr 11, 2012 - 02:41am PT
"how was hunger games? my daughter wants to see it."

Just saw it about an hour ago. I'd give it maybe a 7.5/10....my wife felt stronger about it. Personally, I found it somewhat formulaic...a combination of several familiar movie themes...but still entertaining and reasonably suspenseful (even if I could guess the outcome).

Movies of particular note and impact seem to generate some level of buzz here on ST...it's noteworthy that this flick didn't seem to garner much interest here. (There are some reasonably good judges of movies in these parts.)

Example: Someone here recommended 'In a Better World'...that generated a lot more thought...
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Reno, Nuh VAAAA duh
Apr 11, 2012 - 02:55am PT
Hunger Games was good. Mind blowing, no. It's a teen film, fer chrissakes, but the book and movie(s) are a very focused, powerful seed for fantasy-based thought. I bet it's better once you get a few beers deep and explore your limbic system. I got there at the Draft House.
BooYah

Social climber
Ely, Nv
Apr 11, 2012 - 08:26am PT
John Carter
The New Age Blitzo

Social climber
Joshua Tree, CA
Apr 11, 2012 - 11:35am PT
Human Centipede II.
zBrown

Ice climber
Chula Vista, CA
Apr 11, 2012 - 02:16pm PT

Sunshine Daydream Grateful Dead's 1972 Old Renaissance Faire Grounds Veneta, Oregon Concert


Norwegian

Trad climber
Placerville, California
Apr 11, 2012 - 11:39pm PT
everlasting moments.

a foreign flick with subtitles.

i gave myself to this 2 hours
for earning my grave.

plus my chick who i odore
and whom pays my bliss bills
made me do it.
Karen

Trad climber
So Cal urban sprawl Hell
Apr 12, 2012 - 02:05am PT
Moneyball. Interesting flick, a little on the slow side though. Most impressive to me was Brad Pitt's acting, once again he played a role with no type casting, to me he was Billy Beane.


also, saw The Hunger Games, pretty good over-all.


Lastly, I now own the Werner Herzog movie, "Stroszek". Here is what it is about....
Bruno Stroszek (Bruno S.) is a Berlin street performer. Released from prison and warned to stop drinking, he immediately goes to a familiar bar where he comforts Eva (Eva Mattes), a prostitute down on her luck, and lets her stay with him at the apartment his landlord kept for him. They are then harried and beaten by Eva's former pimps, who insult Bruno, pull his accordion apart and humiliate him by making him kneel on his grand piano with bells balanced on his back. Faced with the prospect of further harassment, Bruno and Eva decide to leave Germany and accompany Bruno's eccentric elderly neighbour Scheitz (Clemens Scheitz), who was planning to move to Wisconsin to live with his American nephew Clayton.

After sightseeing in New York City they buy a used car and arrive in a winter-bound, barren prairie near the fictional town of 'Railroad Flats'. There Bruno works as a mechanic with Clayton and his Native American helper, Eva as a waitress at a truck stop and Scheitz pursues his interest in animal magnetism. The pair buy a trailer which is sited on Clayton's land, but as bills mount, the bank threatens to repossess it. Eva falls back into prostitution to supplement her wages, but it is not enough to meet the payments. She tires of Bruno's drunken ramblings and deserts him by leaving with a couple of truck drivers bound for Vancouver.

A man from the bank visits Bruno, who is now drinking steadily, and has him sign off on the repossession. The home is auctioned, and he and Scheitz, who is convinced that the world is conspiring against him, set off to confront the "conspiracy." Finding the bank closed, they hold up a barber shop beneath it, make off with 32 dollars and then go shopping in a small store across the street. The police arrive and arrest Scheitz for armed robbery without noticing Bruno.

Holding a large frozen turkey from the store and the shotgun, Bruno returns to the garage where he works, loads the tow truck with beer, and drives along a highway into the mountains.

Upon entering a small town, the truck breaking down, Bruno pulls over to a restaurant, where he tells his story to a German-speaking businessman. He then starts the truck, leaves it circling in the parking lot with a fire taking hold in the engine compartment and goes into a tourist trap across the street, where he starts a ski-lift and rides it with his frozen turkey. After Bruno disappears from view a single shot rings out. The police arrive at the scene to find the truck is now fully ablaze. The film ends with a sequence showing a chicken dancing, a chicken playing a piano and a rabbit riding a toy fire truck, in coin operated attractions that Bruno activated on his way to the ski-lift.

Everyone I have shown this movie says it is so depression....yeah, so what?
The actors, or I should say, non-actors are brilliant, it is indeed a quirky movie the lead played by Bruno S., he is quite a character.
zBrown

Ice climber
Chula Vista, CA
Apr 12, 2012 - 01:54pm PT
The Reivers, 1969



JOEY.F

Gym climber
It's not rocket surgery
Apr 12, 2012 - 06:50pm PT
I think Norge liked it, if only for the company.
I think.
JOEY.F

Gym climber
It's not rocket surgery
Apr 13, 2012 - 07:54pm PT
Tremors. Sandworms invade Lone Pine. Cool.

Edit below,
That's a great movie Reilly, subtle. Worth a second view.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 13, 2012 - 08:09pm PT
I'm about to see something I don't want to watch. I'd rather I was about
to see Monsieur Ibrahim again. Saw it two weeks ago. A really fine movie
with a fine performance by Omar Sharif and a young french kid.
manzanita man

Social climber
somerset, ca.
Apr 13, 2012 - 08:29pm PT
o brother where art thou
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Apr 15, 2012 - 04:25am PT
Andrzej Wajda - Ashes and Diamonds -

Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Apr 15, 2012 - 04:25am PT
The Borgias

The Borgias: Behind The Scenes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=MKRSJPelzmk
stich

Trad climber
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Apr 15, 2012 - 07:22am PT
"A Serious Man" with Tarbuster. Second time for me. The Cohen brothers again apply the slow water drip to the forehead, this time with Jewish life in 1967.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Apr 15, 2012 - 12:54pm PT
last night's Netflix DVD: Microcosmos: Le peuple de l'herbe
could be slow for most of you... but astounding cinematography... and a very interesting music score for the sound track...
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 20, 2012 - 05:01pm PT
rented "Extremely loud and incredibly close". Let's see how it goes..
Gary

climber
"My god - it's full of stars!"
Apr 25, 2012 - 12:49am PT
The hottest line in cinema history!

cybele

Ice climber
the hell of grad school
Apr 25, 2012 - 12:55am PT
skirt day
laughingman

Mountain climber
Seattle WA
Apr 25, 2012 - 01:51am PT
Hunger Games was good. Mind blowing, no. It's a teen film, fer chrissakes, but the book and movie(s) are a very focused, powerful seed for fantasy-based thought.


Hunger games reminded me ever so closely of the Japanese Book and film Battle royal...

Anyway Last film I watched was Ghost in the shell have not seen it since high school still is good...
zBrown

Ice climber
Chula Vista, CA
Apr 30, 2012 - 03:26pm PT
Dr. J's Top Ten



S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Reply - May 2, 2012 - 02:21am PT
treasure of the sierra madre!

fact:

A doctor was assigned to the unit in Mexico and one night he had to attend to John Huston, who had an adverse reaction to marijuana, having smoked it for the first time with his father. He never touched the stuff again.

Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 2, 2012 - 11:23am PT
A Woman in Berlin
Based on the autobiographical book about the plight of the German women at
the hands of the Red Army. A very powerful and well done movie with some
outstanding acting. (2008)
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Reply - May 2, 2012 - 06:05pm PT
gonna have to check that out Reilly.
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Reply - May 9, 2012 - 04:46pm PT
anybody seen this one: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_High_Me

looks good!
MikeL

climber
SANTA CLARA, CA
May 9, 2012 - 10:36pm PT
The Descendants.

Had us going through many emotions. Had many characters that we loved to hate, and hated to love.

Clooney's acting continues to impress, and Shailene Woodley is wonderful in her part. Seeing Hawaii pictorially as the backdrop somehow adds something unreal to the movie, which makes the story even more bittersweet (if that makes any sense).

If you've ever been left by anyone (deliberately or not), you will appreciate the movie.

It should have gotten the academy award, we think.
giegs

climber
Tardistan
May 10, 2012 - 01:09am PT
Credit: giegs

It might be the only steampunk space western musical ever made, but damn if it isn't the best one.
silentone

Mountain climber
wisconsin
May 10, 2012 - 04:52am PT
Not a movie but liking Game Of Thrones.
Check it out.
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Reply - May 30, 2012 - 10:28pm PT
Mr. Nobody. Interesting premise.
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 5, 2012 - 10:20pm PT
anybody see anything interesting lately?
gonzo chemist

climber
Fort Collins, CO
Jul 5, 2012 - 10:25pm PT
silentone,

read the books....they're way better.
JOEY.F

Gym climber
It's not rocket surgery
Jul 5, 2012 - 10:27pm PT
Re-watched The Birds, for the I don't know, the 20th time. Family time, so seemed acceptable, 80 yr old in-law hadn't seen it since the old days when one went to the theater. He said it scared the pee out of him!
"It's the end of the world"...

Then for the midnight show,
Female Trouble (1975)
A riotously funny bad-taste epic from director John Waters, Baltimore's "Prince of Puke," this sick classic tells the depraved life story of obese criminal Dawn Davenport (Divine), from her bad-girl youth as a go-go dancer on Baltimore's infamous Block to her death in the electric chair. Mink Stole is terrific as Dawn's bratty daughter Taffy, conceived following a romp on a junkyard mattress with a fat derelict in soiled underpants (also played by Divine). Mary Vivian Pearce and David Lochary
silentone

Mountain climber
wisconsin
Jul 6, 2012 - 02:58am PT
Gonzo chemist,
Your right about that I listened to the first book on audio books love it the reader is fantastic, and now I started to read book 2 clash of kings and enjoying it alot.
rockermike

Trad climber
Berkeley
Jul 11, 2012 - 11:26pm PT
"Che" (now on streaming Netflix). 4 hours. I'll grant you I have leftist leanings, but that aside I found it an excellent movie. Even Fatty would find something to admire (lol) Entering into the life of a guerrilla. History, drama, tragedy all mixed into on. Makes free soloing look light weight.
sullly

Trad climber
Jul 11, 2012 - 11:38pm PT
Wildest Dream with Anker and Houlding (on Netflix). Highlights: Anker at home w/family, Houlding doing a sketchy free climb, Houlding winded on Everest, and final dedication to Natasha Richardson.

Joey F.: The Birds never gets old. Doesn't Bob Newhart's wife get pecked to death? Do you think the Hitchcock blonde became the David Lynch brunette in the 90s?
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 17, 2012 - 01:20am PT
finally saw War Horse. very well done film!
gonzo chemist

climber
Fort Collins, CO
Jul 17, 2012 - 02:15am PT
currently watching "Superbad"

fuking funny.
silentone

Mountain climber
wisconsin
Jul 17, 2012 - 04:03am PT
Beginners (Chris Plummer best supporting actor)
Melencholia (Lars Van Triers latest)
The Tree (Charlotte Gainbourg) she's also in melancholia
Young Adult (Charlize Theron)
Breaking Bad season 4 (not a movie but entertaining) Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul are great.
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 21, 2012 - 11:40pm PT
"My Way" About 2 Koreans that end up fighting at DDay. Not bad

They speak 5 languages in the movie, crazy!
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 22, 2012 - 11:16pm PT
Can you imagine the story this soldier had to tell:

Credit: S.Leeper
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Aug 22, 2012 - 11:22pm PT
Credit: StahlBro
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Aug 22, 2012 - 11:47pm PT
Dead Man


(because My Way won't play on my Blu-ray.
Blu-ray's SUCK!)

S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 23, 2012 - 12:02am PT
I really liked My Way, even though it got low marks on rotten tomatoes.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 15, 2012 - 07:44pm PT
Lockre!! CosmicCragsmanxman!!

JOEY.F

Gym climber
It's not rocket surgery
Nov 25, 2012 - 01:13am PT
Ben Hur on TCM. The 1/2 hour of the set up, actual chariot race, and Masala's demise, no CGI, never fails.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Nov 25, 2012 - 11:56am PT
last night's offering from Netflix: Marley
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1183919/

which I'd recommend if you are into reggae or popular music in general
socialclimber

Trad climber
CA
Nov 25, 2012 - 01:41pm PT
Ronin

Charles
Melissa

Gym climber
berkeley, ca
Nov 25, 2012 - 01:56pm PT
Brothers and Sisters on Netflix. Currently on season 2. I'm liking the boxset approach to tv series better than movies these days.
MikeL

climber
SANTA CLARA, CA
Nov 25, 2012 - 02:24pm PT
Anyone have thoughts / comments about Prometheus?
Jingy

climber
Somewhere out there
Nov 25, 2012 - 02:52pm PT
just got done with "Answers To Nothing"

Just started "Endure"


ontheedgeandscaredtodeath

Trad climber
SLO, Ca
Nov 25, 2012 - 03:05pm PT
I've been working my way through "Beneath Hill 60" this weekend. Been some time since I've watched an Australian WW1 movie.
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Nov 25, 2012 - 03:22pm PT
Saw the new Bond "Skyfall" First half is excellent. Last bit the plot (supposed mastermind bad guy) fell apart. Got a little ridiculous and made me think of Home Alone without the funny parts. Or Patriot Games

Definitely different for a Bond flick. Backstory, and some salutes to the old bond movies, More drama and acting than usual. Worth seeing.

Bond drinks Beer??
rockermike

Trad climber
Berkeley
Nov 28, 2012 - 02:00am PT
I've seen 4 movies in the last 3 weeks (quite unusual for me, but I'm bored).

Iron Lady (hagiography of Thatcher - 1 star)great acting but right-wing political views being soft-peddled.

Bond, OK, for a bond film. 1.5 star

Lincoln - great acting, really amazing actually, 3.5 out of 4 stars.

Argo - Iran hostage thriller. Almost had a heart attack watching it. Even you know it all works out, very suspenseful. 4 out of 4 in my book.
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 28, 2012 - 05:24pm PT
Lincoln and Argo are on my short list!
Mike Friedrichs

Sport climber
City of Salt
Nov 28, 2012 - 05:46pm PT
I'd give Prometheus a zero out of however many stars you want. It would have been disappointing if it had potential. It had no potential. The story was so weak that nothing could have saved it. A total waste.

I saw Argo over the weekend. It was good but they got sucked into Hollywood over-dramatization. Great (true) story, but I really doubt that everything barely happened by mere seconds (trying not to give anything away). It just seems kind of unnecessary over dramatize it. The story itself is dramatic enough. Worth the watch though.
JOEY.F

Gym climber
It's not rocket surgery
Dec 13, 2012 - 01:59am PT
The L Shaped Room.
A real gem, early 60's, starring Leslie Caron, is remarkable. Brock Peters is great as well. Story unfolds slowly with unexpected turns.
sullly

Trad climber
Jan 3, 2013 - 04:12pm PT
Can we talk t.v. here? Only two more days until D. Abbey season three begins. Anyone else a fan? My prediction is that the IRA guy lasts all of two episodes before being gunned down in the Easter Rising. This will force the prettiest cast member back under Lord Grantham's roof. Have a bone to pick with show's Brit writers in that this drama's villians are an Irish woman and a gay man. Wait a minute. That's my house.
apogee

climber
Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Jan 3, 2013 - 04:16pm PT
Somebody here recommended 'El Topo'....gave it a spin last night, but couldn't finish it. I'm all about the surreal, but that one was just too over the top for my simple mind.

I'd love to hear the view of someone who knows cinema really well on the significance and meanings behind that one.
Gal

Trad climber
a semi lucid consciousness
Jan 3, 2013 - 04:44pm PT
love "Lincoln" & "Django".
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 3, 2013 - 04:55pm PT
For stay-at-home New Year's Eve I bought the first two seasons of Downton Abbey.
Them Brits do know how to do some things right. In fact, bloody well right.
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 31, 2013 - 02:07am PT
Just saw Prometheus...twice
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 1, 2013 - 06:02pm PT
I love Fargo! I'm going to have to see headhunters.
What's the name of the new Coen Bros movie?
JOEY.F

Gym climber
It's not rocket surgery
Feb 16, 2013 - 10:47pm PT
The Chariot Race in Ben Hur on TCM is just starting now...fyi
Chinchen

climber
Way out there....
Feb 16, 2013 - 10:50pm PT
Looper!!
harryhotdog

Social climber
north vancouver, B.C.
Feb 16, 2013 - 10:57pm PT
Narnia, care of my 6 year old son, at least I get to see the awesome landscape of Castle Hill, NZ and it's certainly better than Sponge bob!
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 17, 2013 - 01:32am PT
Just saw "The Fall". Probably the greatest movie ever made with the only
possible exception being "El Topo". It grossed $3.2 million worldwide.
But then people didn't get van Gogh either. Dostoevsky, Beethoven, and
Mozart all died penniless. It's a pattern.
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 21, 2013 - 08:28pm PT
saw looper..not my favorite time travel movie...3 stars

if i could go back I would beat the sh*t out of my bratty self
splitter

Trad climber
Cali Hodad, surfing the galactic plane ~:~
Feb 21, 2013 - 08:39pm PT
Double Indemnity (on AMC)!
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 12, 2013 - 07:29pm PT
finally watching "the master"

disturbing but good. apparently the scientologist weren't too pleased.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/10/scientologists-criticize-the-master-harass-its-distributor_n_1872109.html
weezy

climber
Mar 13, 2013 - 01:58am PT
S.Leeper, what are your favorite time travel movies? i'm a huge fan of em, i liked Looper quite a bit and Primer is one of my favorites. seen the usual ones..time bandits, 12 monkeys, etc.

watched Moonrise Kingdom. typical Wes Anderson fare, if you're a fan. didn't like it as much as The Royal Tennenbaums or This Aquatic Life but i'll probably watch it again.

watching Argo tonight. then i have The Fantastic Mr. Fox on que for more Wes Anderson nuttiness.

btw, thanks to Reilly for recommending The Fall. it's been on my radar for a while but i'd forgotten about it. i watched it recently and really loved it. the little girl who played Alexandria was awesome, as were all the sets.
Chinchen

climber
Way out there....
Mar 13, 2013 - 02:26am PT
I thought Looper was pretty damn good. But Im not a ime travel snob. ;)

Prometheus was good, but lots of unanswered and unexplained questions linger. The story didn't feel complete.
Tobia

Social climber
Denial
Mar 13, 2013 - 09:25am PT
Mystery Train
Credit: Tobia
stich

Trad climber
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Mar 13, 2013 - 09:38am PT
Ah, "Mystery Train." Jarmusch's first actually good film in my opinion. I could only sit through "Stranger Than Paradise" once. I liked all three sets of characters, but especially Joe Strummer of course. Screamin' Jay Hawkins is a great bonus. And we know what Elvis is up to! I have a copy of "Dead Man," which is my favorite from Jarmusch although I also liked "Broken Flowers."

Got "Looper" from the library last night. It was my second viewing since the theatrical release. Still loved it and forgot some of the plot twists. Great film that will stand up over time I think.
Damn this looks high

Trad climber
Temecula, CA
Mar 13, 2013 - 06:05pm PT
Evel Knievel, 1971. Classic George Hamilton movie.
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 13, 2013 - 06:18pm PT
weezy:
I guess I should have just said that I'm not much of a fan of time travel movies. I couldn't get past J Levitt's makeup in Looper and the plot wasn't very compelling for me, I know I'm in the minority.

Cant wait to see Argo!

Any opinions on "The master"?
weezy

climber
Mar 17, 2013 - 04:20am PT
s.leeper, i hear you on the plot with Looper. nothing groundbreaking but there are movies i love with weakish plots (ie, Drive) JGL's makeup was pretty realistic in the movie but i can see how it would get in the way of the film. overall, i think Looper went above and beyond as far as your typical summer blockbuster action movies go.

i had a hard time with The Master. i didn't connect with it like i did with There Will Be Blood.

watching True Grit right now
philo

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Mar 17, 2013 - 04:22am PT
Erin Brockovich
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 19, 2013 - 05:30pm PT
sure weezy, looper had some strong points and was better than it needed to be, just not my cup of tea.

Funny, we have opposite opinions on there might be blood.
Tobia

Social climber
Denial
Mar 19, 2013 - 08:31pm PT
Credit: Tobia
Gal

Trad climber
a semi lucid consciousness
Mar 19, 2013 - 09:23pm PT
I liked butterfly effect for time travel... and eternal sunshine of the spotless mind is a bit timetravel-esque.-well I loved that movie either way.
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 19, 2013 - 09:43pm PT
yup, Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind was a good movie.
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 20, 2013 - 11:26pm PT
just saw zero dark thirty.....intense!!
weezy

climber
Mar 21, 2013 - 02:05am PT
eternal sunshine of the spotless mind is one of those movies you probably should or shouldn't watch as you're ending a multi-year relationship. charlie kaufman writes some great stuff.

i watched McCabe and Mrs. Miller last night.
Gal

Trad climber
a semi lucid consciousness
Mar 22, 2013 - 11:38pm PT
So I watched The Master. This is just my take... and keep in mind i do LOVE Joaqiun Phoenix. I thought the acting was excellent, high caliber. But the plot, the movie itself, just didn't speak to me. I didn't relate to the characters, or I just... I don't know, it just wasn't a captivating plot (to me). But Joaquin & Phillip Seymour Hoffman, they are fantastic actors! So it's worth a watch in that respect/perhaps others will think differently than i, it has gotten high critical acclaim...

Anyway, here is an interesting read:

http://www.interviewmagazine.com/film/joaquin-phoenix

And so now I will watch zero dark thirty, it's next on the list.
JOEY.F

Gym climber
It's not rocket surgery
Mar 23, 2013 - 01:46am PT
Not a movie, but an interview with Kim Novak on TCM great stuff 100 percent lucid. Is she not nearly 80 years old? A true survivor and wow did the camera love her.
Credit: JOEY.F
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 28, 2013 - 07:40pm PT
finally watching Argo.
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 28, 2013 - 07:41pm PT
Gal, what did you think of zero dark thirty?
JOEY.F

Gym climber
It's not rocket surgery
Apr 4, 2013 - 09:44pm PT
Bye Roger Ebert. He got it right. most of the time. Plus he gave us the Carry Nations
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 4, 2013 - 11:48pm PT
Yes, a good man.

watching Lincoln....finally
Tobia

Social climber
Denial
Apr 5, 2013 - 06:00am PT
Joey F. spot on about Kim Novak, great actress and the camera loved her.

Credit: Tobia

first view of this one. wow. the special features with Edward Zwick's commentary was as interesting as the film itself.
hossjulia

Trad climber
Where the Hoback and the mighty Snake River meet
Apr 5, 2013 - 08:48am PT
"Life" as viewed through the lens of Supertopo! Up next, "Hungry Horses and Chicken Chi"
weezy

climber
Apr 6, 2013 - 12:47am PT
i'm with you on The Master, Gal. it just didn't do it for me. one of those movies where i liked all the players involved but the end product is meh. maybe it'll grow on me eventually.

also, RIP roger ebert. he's probably already arguing with gene
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 8, 2013 - 08:27pm PT
Iron Cross...one of my favorite Peckinpah films.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Apr 8, 2013 - 09:03pm PT
I have to say that Argo was weak.
I haven't seen zero dark thirty but I vote for Flight as best of year.
Kalimon

Social climber
Ridgway, CO
Apr 8, 2013 - 11:18pm PT
Manhattan . . . Mr. Allen.
covelocos

Trad climber
Nor Cal
Apr 8, 2013 - 11:29pm PT
'Searching for Sugarman'. SEE IT!!!
sullly

Trad climber
Jun 21, 2013 - 12:35am PT
Hamlet with Ethan Hawk, Julia Stiles, Bill Murray, and hot guy from Twin Peaks. Surprisingly good. Excellent staging and delivery of "to be or not to be" monologue as Hawk/Hamlet meanders aimlessly through a Blockbuster store full of vhs tapes. By the end of the speech he's in the Action section. Nice touch.

Watched Vanity Fair with Reese Witherspoon yesterday. I give it a B.

Saw Breakfast at Tiffany's the day before. Great movie, save the Asian stereotype landlord.

S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 21, 2013 - 12:41am PT
tfpu Sully.
Gal

Trad climber
a semi lucid consciousness
Jun 22, 2013 - 12:11am PT
Yep, Weezy, yep.

True Romance. RIP James Gandolfini.
sullly

Trad climber
Jun 22, 2013 - 12:39am PT
Speaking of Sopranos, just saw Miller's Crossing with Gabriel Byrne. Offing people in the woods reminded me of the sad episode where Adriana gets chased down and shot in the forest. She was my favorite Sopranos character.
JOEY.F

Gym climber
It's not rocket surgery
Jun 22, 2013 - 12:55am PT
Okay I needed mindless entertainment, next on queue, sex kittens go to...
Okay I needed mindless entertainment, next on queue, sex kittens go to college lol
Credit: JOEY.F
paul roehl

Boulder climber
california
Jun 22, 2013 - 02:36am PT
This is the End... funny, funny, funny... go see it now!
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 24, 2013 - 11:21pm PT
....a clockwork orange
Fletcher

Trad climber
The great state of advaita
Jul 1, 2013 - 02:08am PT
Just saw 20 Feet From Stardom. Superb documentary. Several parts gave me the shivers (in the good way). Others were quite moving. Amazing what the human voice can do.

Eric
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 5, 2013 - 09:20pm PT
I've heard 20 ft from stardom is good, I've gotta see it!
weezy

climber
Jul 5, 2013 - 09:39pm PT
watched Escape From New York and The Thing back to back last night.

jiff

Ice climber
colorado
Jul 17, 2013 - 11:51pm PT
gonna take the old lady to a movie tonight, suggestions?
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 9, 2013 - 04:44pm PT
dr strangelove!
DanaB

climber
CT
Aug 9, 2013 - 04:50pm PT
Touch of Evil
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 7, 2013 - 05:21pm PT
GRAVITY!LOVED IT!
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