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4 Rentals. [Mar. 30th, 2004|10:29 pm]
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Someone currently took home from Blockbuster:

http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0117883/ Thesis

http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0123948/ Cure/Kyua

http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0086979/ Blood Simple

http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0235198/ Audition/Oodishon

Someone also watched, in the last few days:

Jersey Girl, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Ladykillers, and Mayor of the Sunset Strip.

All were worth the money. More to come.

[User Picture]From: sm0t
2004-03-31 01:46 am (UTC)
You have a lot of spare time don't you?
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-03-31 02:08 am (UTC)

Au Contraire, Mon Frere. :D

Actually, between these films, my reason for existence at the moment . . .

1) Spent over 5 hours in emergency repairs at a Union 76 Station for a corroded tailpipe and catalytic converter. While being stuck on the strip, I went to see Mayor of the Sunset Strip, which was quite wonderful. Such a man, Rodney, being a hobbit-of-sorts, with keys to the kingdom of Hollywood Rock Stardom in close company. Amazing documentary.

2) Yesterday, the central air failed to do anything on the hot Los Angeles day, keeping our apartment at a furnace-like 82 degrees. Discovered the amazing hanging exhaust pipe at Costco while running errands. Drove gingerly back home, to the hot apartment, and went out for a very long walk. Watched The Ladykillers, a fine update by the Coen brothers, in which my roomate tells me that the original with Obi Wan follows the turn of unfortunate events with the criminals, yet on all accounts is a solid transition in a new locale. Same story as the original, and the detail changes make it worth watching this time as well as the first time.

3) I should have known something was amiss with my car on Saturday night when I drove out to Santa Monica to hang out with my buddies, Brad and Eric. That was the fun time . . . the car sounded like crap, but we went to see Eternal Sunshine and loved it.

4) Previous week was spent with a bad cold, my first in Los Angeles. It was my most productive time . . . opened a bank account here, paid bills, went for a walk to break the illness . . . many other things done, fading in memory.
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[User Picture]From: renazle_dazzle
2004-03-31 07:21 am (UTC)

Oh no you rented "Audition" from Block Buster???

You need to get the unrated directors cut! I haven't seenn the R-rated one, but I can only imagine the precious scenes that were deleted!
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-03-31 01:08 pm (UTC)

Re: Oh no you rented "Audition" from Block Buster???

Well, I liked it because there was significantly less gore.

Quick shot of the flapping tongue.

No view of cutting the feet.

Et cetera. We did witness what happened to the hobbled stepfather.
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[User Picture]From: renazle_dazzle
2004-03-31 03:44 pm (UTC)

Re: Oh no you rented "Audition" from Block Buster???

I am one of those morbid types that likes gory movies. I remember his foot flying across the room. But I haven't seen it for about 6 months I may be incorrect.
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[User Picture]From: freys
2004-03-31 09:43 am (UTC)
Is Jersey Girl good, really?... I heard aside from a few well-portrayed father/daughter moments the film was crap. I did want to see it because of George Carlin.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-03-31 01:31 pm (UTC)
George Carlin is superb. His role is quite interesting as the toned-down grandfather. There is no biting inflamatory comedy coming from Carlin like he does in his standup, but he puts up a rather straightforward comedic performance, which is rather interesting, as it shows his range of quality.

Affleck usually sucks in his roles, but in this one, he wasn't bad.

This was the first time I didn't writhe in my seat at a Liv Tyler performance. I really don't like her in Armageddon, and I cannot stand her as an elf in the Hobbit Extravaganza.

Liv, to me, seems like a female version of Affleck. She too, however, put through a good role.

There are surprises in the film, and everything the critics moaned about is absolutely wrong. Part of that comes from the fact that Kevin Smith, a relative outsider to quality Hollywood directors . . . well, lemme put it this way.

If you look at some of the cinematography, directing, screenwriting of newcomers to Hollywood productions . . . it is usually way more polished, better than Kevin Smith's works.

A film like Mallrats usually sinks a career of other creative legends, especially so early in their careers.

He got back on the horse, and you can see how Smith has progressed from his brilliant yet raw Clerks.

Yet, critcs didn't like the J-Lo/Affleck mystery of the film, and those pans based on that, as well as a fundamental dislike for Smith, are both false.

It's pretty good. You can't go wrong with it. Plus, my main gripe in some Smith films . . . his scripts are too wordy.

Like this response. You may go "oh crap he wrote a novel back to me, words, words, words . . ."

However, Smith really had a good to-the-point dialogue in this one.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-04-03 01:45 am (UTC)

Pretty Darn Good . . .

Thesis/Tesis is a film from the director who did Abre los ojos/Open Your Eyes. Amenábar's film actually is the original version of Vanilla Sky, which I liked . . .

Thesis/Tesis was the film right before Abre los ojos, and damn if it wasn't a better version of a film I saw a long time ago and really really hated . . .

8mm, like Gothika, was a mess. The two, I dislike highly because of the 'jerk the chain' effect of films that don't end properly . . .

It's hard to explain. So, instead of explanation on films that suck, I should mention that the only other film I've seen that deals with the subject of snuff films . . . that was 8mm, and that was horribly badly horrible.

Plotwise, that is. Thesis/Tesis, on the other hand, now this one was interesting. It took place in a Spanish university. Ángela, a student writing a thesis study on violence, stumbles upon a snuff video. She teams up with a classmate, Chema, and the two uncover information on many missing students and the possibility that these films could actually be made by people at the university.

The suspense is pretty spot-on . . . Amenábar keeps you guessing just what is going to happen to Ángela, as it appears that more than one person is involved in this heinous underground operation.
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