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« Reply #1590 on: August 19, 2007, 05:42:50 PM »

barton,

I was just thinking of that one, and had I missed it? Was it still there? Got to see it. I am not her biggest fan but I am a Downey fan and after I saw the prevues, decided I think that I am beginning to understand Arbus
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« Reply #1591 on: August 19, 2007, 05:53:28 PM »

second thoughts,barton

Which is why there was no period.  I did like her when she started out, in -- Billy Bathgate

also, Dogville, was all right with me so I guess what I'm saying is that if she is doing serious " theatrical " style acting work then I go for it but as long as she isn't starring opposite Tom Cruise that's where I begin to have problems as I did with  Eyes Wide Shut, and the pseudo Greenwich Village facades for use in Europe and the pseudo HIV-AIDS concerns with the real European style whore to fill in for the real concerns of Dr. Freud's best intellectual friend.  The films was so f....n. European, I couldn't stand it except for Sidney Pollack getting in the way all the time as the typical American phony in every capacity.

The problem here is that  Kidman had done some Arthur Schnitzler before the casting on this one, and that's how it went, right by me, right out the window, which is one of the better touches about the mysterious girl who did in this story.
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« Reply #1592 on: August 20, 2007, 12:25:20 AM »

"Russell Crowe" is a fine actor, I like his work in "The Insider" especially, but to say that he's not a good actor is pretty silly.  He is infinitely more talented than Tom Hanks, though Hanks is an underused comic actor the way the Coen Bros. used him.  But Crowe can do just about anything and I'd much rather see him have a go at Bond because I wasn't as impressed with the acting of the last Bond incarnation as the idea to make it "Bourne again," leaner, meaner, truer to the original and not as cheeky and overripe.
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« Reply #1593 on: August 20, 2007, 12:46:57 AM »

To each his own, and Crowe doesn't do much for me.  I was much more impressed with Guy Pearce in LA Confidential.  Now there is an actor who really can play anything and has.  Crowe likes to smolder too much, which made The Insider the perfect role for him.  Although, like Cage, he can go over the top as he did in Romper Stomper, probably his best outing, but then I think anyone can if they simply let themselves go. But, I haven't seen him do anything in between yet.
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« Reply #1594 on: August 20, 2007, 02:59:17 AM »

Dzimas,

Missed Romper Stomper.  But I liked The Sum of Us which was a lighter comedy about father/son relationships in Australia, which I think was prior to: A Beautiful Mind; as you probably know, I went entirely because I was now homesick for Princeton and just wanted to look at the buildings on campus.

I thought he was interesting in LA Confidential; but then so was everybody.
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« Reply #1595 on: August 20, 2007, 03:08:02 AM »

If you only see one movie the rest of the year...make it Superbad.

Funniest, most inventive comedy since Clerks.
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« Reply #1596 on: August 20, 2007, 03:12:45 AM »

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« Reply #1597 on: August 20, 2007, 03:21:44 AM »

jbottle, sheesh, I forgot about The Insider; and I just saw Philip Baker Hall tonight doing a bit part, or a guest cameo on Big Love. Whether he will be back for any major involvement in the upcoming Fall Season is another matter, the writing seems to have changed, perhaps only an upgrade of intensity to keep us watching but it doesn't feel quite as right.

Same could be said for Daniel Craig, if that is who you are speaking of as the new 007 but then maybe I felt that way about the entire spectacle other than the gaming scenes.  But then he was just as bad in Infamous opposite Toby Jones as Truman Capote.   I have seen him do some much riskier work, or should I say risque? So, I'm not quite sure why the falling off except that it stands to reason that why he came into the role in"the other Capote" was because he followed-in Gwyneth Paltrow, from Sylvia, who recommended him, and she was given raves for doing essentially a bit part but doing it convincingly well, while he did not.

Incidentally, what did you see in the "two Capotes"?  I understood Toby very much better as an actor after the stinker of The Painted Veil, by Maugham, in which he was the outstanding character performance.

But yes, I do like Russell Crowe, although he did one awful movie about South America that looked like it was shot by Werner Herzog or whomever was cinematographer for Malkovich in The Dancer Upstairs.
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« Reply #1598 on: August 20, 2007, 04:25:31 AM »

I have seen him do some much riskier work, or should I say risque?

Really, my dear, please tell us more...

Enquiring minds and ogling eyeballs want to know...
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« Reply #1599 on: August 20, 2007, 04:51:26 AM »

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« Reply #1600 on: August 20, 2007, 09:12:48 AM »

Worst film ever made = "Almost Famous"

Best movie I've seen this year = "Rescue Dawn"

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« Reply #1601 on: August 20, 2007, 11:13:17 AM »

Madupo -- I'm not a Kidman fan, generally -- she often seems to be watching herself act (as a former NYT poster put it) or, as someone said of her perf in The Others, seems to smell something.  But sometimes she seems to drop the narcissism and does a fine job.  I think Downey's perf in "Fur" was better than hers, and one of his best that I've seen.  I saw it on DVD, and can't tell you if it's still in theatrical release anywhere.

Oilcan, be glad that Rescue Dawn was actually screened in your town (somewhere in the Carolinas?  gravity don't mean a thing?) -- it turns out to be have been some kind of limited release in the U.S. -- very disappointing.

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« Reply #1602 on: August 20, 2007, 11:15:23 AM »

"Almost Famous" was pretty bad, but I've seen worse, like "Flirting,"

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« Reply #1603 on: August 20, 2007, 12:39:24 PM »

Dzimas,     more stuff on Weimar, you may have, or you may not.

She had little breasts, like pears – Charles Chaplin. Information found in a documentary about Louise Brooks
on Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsQkHUd3gw8


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pandora%27s_Box_%28film%29

http://www.queersilents.com/person.php?id=ps999709    Francis Lederer

http://www.queersilents.com/person.php?id=ps197631    G.W. Pabst

http://www.criterion.com/asp/release.asp?id=358&eid=510&section=essay&page=1

Particularly read pg.2 on Pabst. Return to Germany,etc.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_films_made_in_Weimar_

There  is  also everything in here from Murnau to first National Socialist rally to films  with Leni Riefensthal  in them and films made by her. { I do have another Riefensthal web-site which I think may have been on the nytimes.com for an article in passing.

(if you didn't get it to keep, I think I can bring it up out of the drawer?)

The first of the above links does have a detail[found under the Criterion site of the Hoberman essay on page 2] which explains that Weimar  was in the end concerned with"girl-kultur" ( I still have a book around here unfinished on this topic and how it becomes one of the threads in the down-turn of decadence-into-naziism.)  girl-kultur  explicitly at the most basic level was prostitution, as Hoberman describes how Louise Brooks observed it when she worked in Germany,on Pandora's Buchse; so in that sense it may not have been entirely wrong  to take in a view of everything happening although her director was critical when he realized she was staying out "to three in the morning". However that has nothing in particular to do with a film Maedchen in Uniform, considered to be a lesbian film that I saw at Princeton's usual film showings in the Frick Chemistry bldg; it rather reminded me that it emphasized instead the traditional Germany strictness about education and that as it applies to women can hardly be said to be liberated. It mostly put the student audience to sleep.)                                                         
                                                                                                 
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« Reply #1604 on: August 20, 2007, 12:42:47 PM »

"Almost Famous" was pretty bad, but I've seen worse, like "Flirting,"


Like unto Citizen Kane when compared to the worst movie I have ever seen:

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