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  1. I just wanted to say: How good is Gloria Grahame, that she even pushes Bogie to the background when she's onscreen!!! Having said that, this was the role he was born to play (and did, variations anyway) his whole life. A full fledged classic, this.
  2. Theatrically, TT owned the others. Extended, Fellowship. I'm still hoping the ee of ROTK will at least make me not hate the movie as much as I do now...
  3. Marty Scorsese deserves to be there. I forward a motion to remove M Night in favor of Saint Martin (thereby substituting Scorsese films on the list as well).
  4. Well then that should be the case because LOTR is one film. If the Decalogue is one (which it makes sense that it is), then shouldn't it be a wash that LOTR counts as one? This was probably debated to death in another thread I haven't read, right?
  5. No kidding!! That's great. Gotta love that guy. *** But, um... Shyamalan??!? Seriously...
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    Rock vs. Non-Rock

    Rock is beautiful, brilliant, and perfect. Maybe it gets the short end of the stick cos all the best of it is about sex and drugs. It would be easy to defend Coltrane's My Favorite Things as opposed to the Stones' Stray Cat Blues, but I love them both.
  7. While the article-writer picks safe and boring choices in movies (for the most part), I mean... I can sorta agree with the idea that some great movies are gonna appeal to guys more than gals. Would you feel totally safe recommending Taxi Driver or Raging Bull to women? There's a certain male anger to those films that I feel might be lost to a female viewer and therefore hinder her full appreciation of them. Not to ALL female viewers, but I'm sure to a large majority. I suppose it's a useless thing to point out, but the idea has some validity...
  8. Fred is great in it. I think you missed it, Tim. It was playing at the Princess, but I think last night was the final showing. Dunno about the rest of Canada (it may have already come and gone), or the States for that matter, but I'm telling everyone who'll listen to try and check it out. Edit: Peter, I'm an avid anti-fan of all that is Canadian art (besides stand-up comics). What Woody Allen might call a self-hating Canadian... Though I have not seen Jesus Of Montreal yet, Arcand is not a filmmaker that excites me enough to check him out. Maybe someday. I had my fill of French Canadia
  9. I saw this mentioned briefly in the Van Film Festival thread, but I thought I'd give it a home here. It's a mocumentary on parking ticket officers, and also has some great bits involving the struggling young filmmakers who make the doc. Just saw this last night. I can now say I've FINALLY seen a Canadian film I thought was good. Finally. 2 months before I leave this country (and it's sad sad cinema scene) forever, a filmmaker here finally makes me excited. Anyway, catch this if you can. It's what more Canadian films should aspire to be, and what Telefilm should keep funding. It's witty, c
  10. Wow, all the arguing about a whole wack of stuff, yet nobody points out that one of the best/biggest albums of the 90's is missing: (What's The Story?) Morning Glory - Oasis Like 'em or not, leaving them off a list of 100 90's albums is just plain negligent.
  11. ...except that it's hilarious. Really though, if you're gonna start editing stuff for content, pick another movie.
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    top five

    I heard the five best songs ever are: 1. Sympathy For The Devil -- The Rolling Stones 2. Buckets Of Rain -- Bob Dylan 3. The Obvious Child -- Paul Simon 4. The Rain Song -- Led Zeppelin 5. You Can't Always Get What You Want -- The Rolling Stones
  13. Sweet, this is the greatest loophole ever.
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    La Strada

    I guess in terms of importance because it was a definitive breaking away from neo-realism, and the first movie to concretely develop the style "Fellini-esque". If I remember correctly, the communist party began by championing neorealism (and by extension, Fellini), but after this film they started detracting him, and then of course the huge break with any other grouping was made with La Dolce Vita and 8 1/2. Also, I think despite whatever else you think about the film, you gotta admit that Masina was wonderful. So I guess it's classic and interesting for those two main reasons. On a cinemati
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    La Strada

    Who said anything about books? Are you saying a screenplay is immune to criticism because it's not a film? Based on what I've read/heard about Fellini's working methods on set, I'd say so, yes, in this case. You said if you were his writing teacher, ___. Maybe it's just a question of words... perhaps if you said "if I were his directing teacher I would say 'yes, and'", then it would've sounded more valid to me. Y'know what I mean?
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    La Strada

    Thing is, Fellini was not writing books, he was making films. Which is to say he was working with images, that's the meat and potatoes of his craft. It shouldn't have to make literary sense, or be quote-unquote satisfying. It's a series of images that (hopefully) produce emotion. The big brute of a man hulking over a tiny clown-woman -- there's one, the ignorant proud face of that man as he performs his one ridiculous chain-breaking trick -- there's one, and finally, this man, now come to a certain realization, brought to his knees in the surf, crying out like the animal that he knows he is --
  17. The kids figured 'get close to Hasselhoff... hopefully get closer to Pam Anderson and Carmen Electra".
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    cincy: have you had a chance to check out Big Fun by Miles Davis? It's pretty spacey fusion, but nice nonetheless. The remastered album has THE GREATEST bonus track though -- Recollections, it's called. A beautiful slow-burning song.
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    Fahrenheit 911

    My sentiments exactly.
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    La Strada

    Hmm. I liked La Strada quite a bit. I'd read a lot about it beforehand, but imo I would go with Gelsomina being the Christ figure (if we must name one). Also, I'd say that Zampano did get his comeuppance in a very frank way, after seeing him a broken man at the end (finally broken for good because he realizes his hopelessness and brutality -- which is why I think Scorsese likes it so much, or at least enough to revist this in Raging Bull). There's not so much redemption as possibility for redemption which seems to be present in the entire Trilogy Of Lonliness that Fellini made. Of course, it's
  21. Oh, I'll definitely read more than one if I feel I'm getting something out of it. Just want a solid place to start. Thanks for the suggestions!!
  22. I'm thinking of reading some Kierkegaard and Wesley. For K: Provocations, or Present Age For W: A Plain Account of Christian Perfection Are these good places to start? Are either of these authors going to bore me to death a la Pilgrims Progess? Any opinions or alternate directions would be most appreciated.
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