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« Reply #840 on: June 28, 2007, 02:06:35 PM »

The Guru said 33 for the weekend and 48 for the Wed. - Sun.

Nice guy, but a number-muncher.
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« Reply #841 on: June 29, 2007, 08:21:38 AM »

It was fun to see Heather Graham turn up in Twin Peaks (around about episode 23) as Norma's younger sister.
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« Reply #842 on: June 29, 2007, 08:24:40 AM »

Even more fun was seeing David Duchovny making a memorable appearance as a transvestite DEA Agent Denise in three episodes, saving Agent Cooper's butt.
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« Reply #843 on: June 29, 2007, 09:26:10 AM »

Upont, thanks for some insights on Constant Gardener -- you found some reasons to admire it that many overlooked, myself included.  Since I've also recently seen the Last King of Scotland, I'm going to go ahead and have a look at the other major "Africa films" --- Blood Diamond and Hotel Rwanda --- and try to get a better sense what the major studios are up to with the place.   
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« Reply #844 on: June 29, 2007, 09:37:52 AM »

Barton, you should check out some homegrown African films like Dry White Season (South Africa) and the films of Ousmane Sembene,

http://www.pslweb.org/site/News2?JServSessionIdr011=t4nams4j82.app1b&page=NewsArticle&id=6955&news_iv_ctrl=1261

who is considered the Father of African film. 
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« Reply #845 on: June 29, 2007, 09:49:14 AM »

Another good African film is Chocolat by Claire Denis,

http://www.amazon.com/Chocolat-Isaach-Bankol%C3%A9/dp/B00005J75R/ref=pd_bbs_sr_3/105-5791205-4542015?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1183124634&sr=1-3

albeit from a French perspective. There is also the quintessential The Battle of Algiers,

http://www.amazon.com/Battle-Algiers-Criterion-Collection/dp/B0002JP2OI/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2/105-5791205-4542015?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1183124766&sr=1-2

and having seen The Last King of Scotland, you might try General Idi Amin Dada,

http://www.amazon.com/General-Idi-Amin-Dada-Collection/dp/B000063N7E/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/105-5791205-4542015?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1183124837&sr=1-1

and one of my personal favorites, When We Were Kings,

http://www.amazon.com/When-Were-Kings-Muhammad-Ali/dp/B00007ELEK/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/105-5791205-4542015?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1183124917&sr=1-1

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« Reply #846 on: June 29, 2007, 11:17:10 AM »

I can only aspire to see so many Africa films.  However, Senior Member status lies less than 20 postings away, so I don't think it premature to pick up a bottle of champagne tonight.

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« Reply #847 on: June 29, 2007, 11:36:07 AM »

Speaking of African films, the documentary "Darwin's Nightmare" is really great, and heartbreaking as well.  You can catch that one on cable occasionally - it really stayed with me.  It's about a town on Lake Victoria in Tanzania where Nile perch are caught and processed at a local plant, the destruction of the ecosystem because of a Nile perch being introduced into the lake years ago, Russians smuggling weapons into African in the guise of shipping frozen fish out, and the wretchedly poor citizens of the town who are starving to death as the bounty is harvested and shipped all over Europe.  Ghastly and haunting.

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« Reply #848 on: June 29, 2007, 11:42:12 AM »

LFODH did 9.11M on Wed night, a promising start with two showings and many people otherwise occupied--I still like my number--but something in the low 50s is not out of the question.

And yeah, how *creepy* is it that it did 9.11, I mean, if 23 had done 23 on opening weekend I would have been all weirded out, it all started when "Pi" grossed 3.____, whatver pi is to like the penny or it would've gone for infinity, sombody told me that one time at a party.
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« Reply #849 on: June 29, 2007, 11:54:56 AM »

I grossed Pi one time, but that was after like 30 beers and a handful of horse tranquilizers, so I can't really recommend or not recommend it.
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« Reply #850 on: June 29, 2007, 12:01:22 PM »

Oilcan, your post goes perfectly with your avatar.

I have to re-see Pi, as I've forgotten most of it....well, except for the 3.14 part at the beginning...
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« Reply #851 on: June 29, 2007, 12:15:13 PM »

Oilcan, your post goes perfectly with your avatar.

I have to re-see Pi, as I've forgotten most of it....well, except for the 3.14 part at the beginning...
Round it off to 3, like a Kansan.
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« Reply #852 on: June 29, 2007, 12:19:43 PM »

That does seem like a more rational choice.
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« Reply #853 on: June 29, 2007, 12:21:51 PM »

I said "two showings" but I guess there were matinee showings as well on Wed.; but my point is that Sat. and Sun. matinees will be more populated.
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« Reply #854 on: June 29, 2007, 12:29:44 PM »

Darghis liked the wise-cracking script but the Onion gave it only a C+, but I may go to beat the heat, but may well be on the boat most of the weekend. 

I've always liked Willis and think he has a lot of potential as an older actor when the blood-soaked wife-beater tee  and hail of gunfire become too much to expect or bear. 

I like Shane Black and Tony Scott as well, and for a perfectly fine cop actioner look no further than "The Last Boy Scout," notable for it's relentless pace, snappy dialogue, a decent performance out of a Wayans brother, and a great sense of humor about the ridiculous plot, action, etc., and has a great car chase and a couple of great bad guys.
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