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    Shaun of the Dead

    Frost isn't in Land of the Dead, actually ... it's Pegg and Edgar Wright (shaun's director) and they're both playing zombies ...
  2. Yeah, that's true and the cuts are a good thing. It almost entirely solves the unintentional laughter issue at the end ... Apparently some horse falls were cut in the UK as well, but they were intact in the Canadian print.
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    Evil Dead Remake

    If they're gonna do this I like Theroux in the part ... he's an odd little actor with a lot of talent and a lot of range ... his parts in Mulholland Drive and Six Feet Under were both excellent ... he'll manage to make a convincing Ash and I also think he's someone who could make the character his own rather than just aping Campbell ...
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    Musa the Warrior

    Do your shopping with YesAsia ... free shipping on orders over $39 and they have shipping centers in the US, Canada and the UK so no worries about getting hit with customs charges ... their selling price is usually a buck or two more than the Korean based retailers online, but you more than make that up in what you save in shipping ...
  5. The other stuff is dark in a very silly way ... this one's just plain dark. And I like to pretend Alien Resurrection never happened.
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    Musa the Warrior

    In a lot of ways Arahan is a more successful Volcano High ... less stylized and not without problems of its own, but it's the same basic mix of ingredients ... not a classic, but an awful lot of fun. I've got a detailed review of it here.
  7. Oh, it's still a Jeunet film, but I found the tone very different from his other stuff. It's much darker and as one of the production people points out in the notes they gave out at the screening here it's the first time he's made a film that isn't a fairy tale ... I saw that funding fight article, too ... and here I thought stupid stuff like that only happened here in Canada ... our government funders have a check list of items that qualify as 'Canadian' and if the film doesn't have enough 'Canadian content' you don't get funded ... and we wonder why most of our talent moves to the US ...
  8. I caught an advance screening in Toronto and liked it quite a lot ... it's the least Jeunet of Jeunet's films ...
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    Musa the Warrior

    Oh, man ... I love Volcano High though I will say that you have to see the original, longer cut. The shorter international version cuts out the guts of the story. There's not a whole lot of story there, which makes the cutting even more painful ... And THANK YOU for bringing up Memories of Murder! That's one GREAT film that seems to have been totally overlooked ... it's all the better for being based on actual events and not trying to put a glossy end on things. Beautifully, written, shot, and acted ... fantastic on all levels. Seriously, Jason, go get this one now. Oh ... and make sure you see the long version of Musa, too ... the international cut makes some serious omissions ...
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    Icelandic films

    It never even occured to me that he may have caused it ... if he did it would have had to have been in some dramatically time-delayed fashion which implies pre-meditation and he certainly seems completely unaware that he may have. I think it was a random tragedy.
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    Nope. Though he sent me so many good tips that I eventually just offered him a posting account on the site so he does do a fair bit of posting on Twitch as well.
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    I just posted a full - and rather lengthy - review on Twitch. The visuals do indded blow Sky Captain out of the water. I like. Review here.
  13. So, are you implying Von Trier may be a masochist as well as a sadist? You could put it that way, yes. Though I don't know that I'd really call him a sadist ... it's not that he derives pleasure from other people's pain, it's more that he tries to force them into uncomfortable positions to get a genuine response from him. He hates actors who act, basically, so he tries to force them to behave like actual people, which generally means putting them in situations that will generate the same emotional responses that he wants from their characters on film ... he's like an extreme 'method' director ... Oh ... and don't hold your breath for an interview any time soon ... I emailed his personal assistant yesterday. He flat out will not entertain any interview requests for Antichrist any time in the near future and won't take any at all until he's in the press junket for Manderlay .... unless someone's got a personal connection straight to him he's not talking ...
  14. Film making is therapy for Von Trier. He talks quite regulary about how he deals with things via film that he can't begin to touch in real life. The Kingdom is essentially a list of everything Lars is afraid of. The whole point of the Dogme movement was to force him out into the open and not allow him to hide behind technique any longer ... the entire process of the 5 Obstructions is designed to do the same thing to Leth, which is what Von Trier is trying to tell him in the fifth film.
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    Whoo! I've been wishing Von Trier would finish up the Kingdom for ages. It's all wishful thinking, of course, since seemingly half the cast died after shooting the second installment, but it's great news he's doing something along that line. If you haven't seen Von Trier's Kingdom it's totally worth tracking down ... the King remake was an absolute travesty. I wish someone would sit down with Von Trier and talk directly about his religious beliefs ... there's something going on there ...
  16. You're right about the link to Waking Life ... it's the same lead animator ...
  17. I kind of like it really, but I view it more as a character study of Von Trier himself than anything else. If you want to get a grip on the psychology behind the Dogme movement, this is you rbest shot, because Von Trier's whole mission here is to break down Leith the way the Dogme directors intentionally broke themselves down ... it's very valuable on that front alone. I reviewed it here. Anybody seen the HVE release of Epidemic? That's the only Von Trier film - including his student stuff - that I haven't seen and I didn't even realize they'd released it until a couple days ago ... I need to go shopping ...
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    Icelandic films

    I just saw Noi as well, and I'm with Opus ... very good, but not quite great. Very well acted, beautiful visuals, very subtle ... I found it pretty interesting to contrast this with the way American film makers approach the same material, because like Opus says this basic mix of characters and scenario has been around a fair bit. I posted a full review a couple days ago on Twitch ...
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    Gonna try to hit a couple questions here: There are two straight to video releases and two theatrical releases in Japan. The straight to vids are a little more than an hour each and lay out the background of the story as well as establishing the time jumping, episodic structure. Theatrical release #1 is what got a limited release here. Most of the confusion that people have seeing the theatrical first comes from it never bothering to give much of any background ... it just jumps right in assuming that the audience has seen the v-cinema releases ... The American remake is a fusion of the first three Ju-On films - the two videos and the theatrical - apparently with some new material worked in. Defininitely with some new characters. Most of the sequences in the trailer - the elevator and shower scenes - look to be pretty much shot for shot remakes from the first theatrical film. There should be more background info given in this one, making it more intelligible. I understand people who get frustrated by the lack of story, but I love the way these things are layed out ... every segment begins with a name on a black screen, that person is going to die in the next five to ten minutes. I can see why that kills tension for some but for me it just ramps up the anticipation and my appreciation of the execution. There are some fantastic sequences throughout ... it's definitely a crowd film, though. You'll appreciate it more in a packed theater than at home on DVD. The big picture, big sound, and audience atmosphere are all pretty essential ...
  20. You don't necessarily need to see the first, just make sure you find out who the Major is and what happened to her. It's a plot spoiler for when you get around to seeing the first one, but it's pretty obvious it's heading there, anyway ... you really need to know what happened to her for the end of Innocence to make any sense at all ...
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    I haven't seen About Schmidt but I thought Election was pretty fantastic. Like I said, I like Sideways quite a lot, I just don't think it's quite worth the level of hype it's getting right now. Giamatti really is stunning in this but the rest, although solid, didn't quite reach his level. It's a buddy film at heart and I found the buddy part the least compelling aspect of the entire film ... if it had been set up as a straight character study around Giamatti it'd be pure gold.
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    Masterpiece is a bit strong but it's quite good. I caught it at the Toronto Film Festival ... Giamatti's stunning, the rest is merely quite good.
  23. The Hong Kong DVD for House of Flying Daggers has just been announced and it's got English subs ... It comes out this month (October 15th) so break out your credit cards. I'll be seeing it on the big screen again as soon as possible but I've already got one of these on order as well ... I threw a purchasing link to it on Twitch if you want to save yourself some time spent searching for it ...
  24. You really have to see The Killer and Hard Boiled before commenting too much on Woo. He's got his share of dross, yes, but those two are absolutely brilliant. As for Breaking News the opening sequence is INCREDIBLE - and also an obvious nod to the long hospital shot in Woo's Hard Boiled - but the rest is pretty flat. The guy just doesn't write very good characters. I probably enjoyed Running On Karma the most of any To stuff I've seen and that's largely thanks to the compellingly strange latex muscle suit that he's got Andy Lau stuffed into ...
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