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« Reply #3210 on: January 18, 2008, 01:52:40 AM »

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Have just seen Zwart Boek/Black Book, by Verhoeven.  Man, that was definitely exhausting. It was exactly like the style of the Hollywood "phony" WW2 movie we had in the 1940s; if you know what I mean. They were fictional attempts to create suspenseful war stories of spies, Resistance fighters, Nazi intrigue, all very well-meaning to convey patriotic fervor and excitement once removed  from whatever the real thing was -- which could only be found out about after the fact when it was all over.

Verhoeven captures this style exactly but transposes it to a higher key than would have been permitted in America during those years. While at the height of seriousness in handling the subject matter, he flashes as much sex at you  which never would have been allowed in film back then. Then, it was all innuendo but here it is voluptuously Dutch. Every so often, he displays the humor in certain critical situations. Yes, it was absolutely exhausting, you can't follow that pace of complete emergency without wearing yourself out while enjoying the story development. You are depleted by the time that the war is really over and the film finishes by implying that the circumstances never end.
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« Reply #3211 on: January 18, 2008, 11:15:26 AM »

Pretty girl on horse at end of PotA was mute, IIRC.  Now THERE  is a male fantasy.

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« Reply #3212 on: January 18, 2008, 11:38:01 AM »

I just saw that Brad Renfro died on Tuesday of an expected drug overdose, at age 25, sad, he had a lot of potential as an actor, must've been heroin.
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« Reply #3213 on: January 18, 2008, 11:53:10 AM »


Have just seen Zwart Boek/Black Book, by Verhoeven. 

I liked "Starship Troopers".  What else did I like - - "Hollow Man", maybe?  Oh, and definitely "Showgirls".

I haven't been able to get myself to check out "Spetters" but it does look interesting.
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« Reply #3214 on: January 18, 2008, 12:00:34 PM »

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She has a name, you know!  And when I looked it up to see whether I had remembered correctly, I noticed that the actress also appeared in the 2001 remake.  Just prepping, warming up, getting in shape, etc.   (Okay, those who want to make the "if only she were a little bit shorter and had a flat head" remarks, g'ahead.)
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« Reply #3215 on: January 18, 2008, 12:05:36 PM »

I just saw that Brad Renfro died on Tuesday of an expected drug overdose, at age 25, sad, he had a lot of potential as an actor, must've been heroin.

He was good.  Didn't he steal a yacht or something a few years ago?   I can't remember if it was a yacht or what, but whatever it was, it was something that made you say, "Wow, I wonder how you 'steal' something like that, etc."
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« Reply #3216 on: January 18, 2008, 12:07:14 PM »

It's kind of like stealing a famous piece of art.  How you steal a famous piece of art and profit by it?    I mean, okay, you steal it - then what?  Who in the world is going to "fence" something for which everyone in the pool of potential buyers knows that it's stolen?
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« Reply #3217 on: January 18, 2008, 12:33:22 PM »

it's a long-term investment strategy.  you give it to your grandkids and hide it in the basement for 70 years, then they sell it to someone who has no clue it was stolen long after the work itself is almost forgotten.  the buyer is a bona fide purchaser for value, and gets clean title.
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« Reply #3218 on: January 18, 2008, 12:35:04 PM »

You take it to Dubai, my friend, I get you reasonable price.  You will be well compensate, my friend, is no problem.
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« Reply #3219 on: January 18, 2008, 12:44:13 PM »

You take it to Dubai, my friend, I get you reasonable price.  You will be well compensate, my friend, is no problem.

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« Reply #3220 on: January 18, 2008, 01:07:51 PM »

There was something in the news today about some guy who stole a rare aboriginal boomerang from a tribal museum in Queensland 25 year ago, and just returned it -- the accompanying letter just gave a first name and his statement that he had stolen it when he was young and stupid.   Of course, you know the basic joke contained in this story, it being a boomerang that returned....





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« Reply #3221 on: January 18, 2008, 02:05:28 PM »

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« Reply #3222 on: January 18, 2008, 02:25:41 PM »

Bored and looking at Ebert .5 Stars to ZERO STARS reviews, and selecting a few of those movies I liked, omitting "Clifford," which is a hilarious pan but a poor judge of Short's comic genius, but as Nigel Tufnel said there's a fine line between what was it??  Also omitted, the much discussed "Freddy Got Fingered," which Nathan Rabin curiously came around on the same way he did "O.C. & Stiggs," which I must also look up, evidently it got more stars because of Altman, but I couldn't argue with someone who gave O.C. ZERO or ****:

http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19981023/REVIEWS/810230303/1023

http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19951110/REVIEWS/511100301/1023

http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19860221/REVIEWS/602210303/1023
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« Reply #3223 on: January 18, 2008, 08:39:13 PM »

Depending on beer-thrust, may throttle into the comfortable psychosis of another "Spartan" watch...or, quite possibly, summon the superbeer courage to watch "Sunshine," SPF 15+ required.
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« Reply #3224 on: January 19, 2008, 12:10:08 AM »

"Sunshine" is pretty average, parasites can't distinguish a good joke poorly told and an old joke cleverly executed, which "Sunshine" was neither.
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