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What I'm Watching This Weekend

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If we don't get to it tonight, we watch Old Joy over the weekend. Probably get to either The Valet or Angel-A on Sat. And may get to either Shrek or Spidey sometime over the long weekend.

Darrel, which of Veber's other films have you seen?

Actually, I haven't seem Veber before, and still won't. My wife came up with a Plan C: rather than The Valet or Angel-A, we'll be seeing Once Saturday.

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Mr. Zoom, have you already seen "The Searchers?"

It was one of the films that was screened in my film appreciation class during my freshman year in college.

That was 18 years ago, and the only time I've seen it.

Oh, you're in for a treat. I think you'll find the experience quite different. Its the kind of film that can transfix one even if, like my father-in-law, you can't understand more than 10 words in English.

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Invizz, let me know what you think of THE WOODSMAN. We're staging it at my theatre next spring (it was a play before a film).

The next couple days I plan to dig into A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS, another play we're staging next year. Read for the director Monday, found out the casting today, I'm excited to dig in. Going to watch both versions, compare them to the two versions of the script I've got in hand, start thinking about what trimming we might do. Excited!

Oh, Sunday night, a pal and I may do a double feature, probably JINDABYNE and either AWAY FROM HER or EL AURA. (Any opinions on the latter decision?)

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Invizz, let me know what you think of THE WOODSMAN. We're staging it at my theatre next spring (it was a play before a film).

SPOILERS AHOY!

I have to say that I found much of the film contrived and unconvincing. The writer piles coincidence upon coincidence: a paedophile just so happens to find an apartment opposite a school haunted by another paedophile; the paedophile's new girlfriend just so happens to have been a victim of child abuse herself; the paedophile's intended victim just so happens to be already abused by her father...

Then we are asked to suspend our disbelief still further and buy that a lady as attractive as Vicki (Kyra Sedgwick) would actually be interested in setting up house with a paedophile. I mean, it's not as if Walter (Kevin Bacon) tries that hard to woo her, and he is hardly Mr Charisma or Mr Smoothtalk. He is frequently shown to be withdrawn, unresponsive and inarticulate, and sometimes even downright creepy. Take it from me, beautiful women don't throw themselves at men with mental health problems. They just don't.

Naturally, after the first five minutes I was rooting for Walter to do the right thing and make good, but after about half an hour I was almost empty of empathy. After about an hour (round about the time he asked the little bird watcher to sit on his lap - a deeply disturbing scene) I was out of sympathy too.

It was at that point that I began to wonder what actual purpose the film served. Does it have anything meaningful to say to us at all, or is it just another sad piece of sensationalism trying to pass itself off as art? I found that I couldn't honestly answer that question.

I would also mention in closing that I wouldn't have watched this film had I known in advance that it contained female nudity. The first sex scene was perhaps forgivable as it served to establish the growing intimacy between the two main characters, but everything after that looked like gratuitous filler. I guess that bare breasts are the cheapest way to make a filmed play more cinematic...

Edited by The Invisible Man

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Link to the thread for The Woodsman.

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I'm not sure of what I'm watching this weekend, which leads me to a quick question: My family really wants a good Saturday night feature, and I'm a bit stumped on something we can all agree on. the sky's (blockbuster) the limit. Genrewise, something intruiging, perhaps action adventure/suspense/romance. I drawing a blank at the moment. I know that's a bit vague, but I'm short on time, and if there's a place to come for suggestions, I know it's here. Any quick suggestions?

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perhaps action adventure/suspense/romance.

How about a Hitchcock. Maybe North by Northwest or Torn Curtain.

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North by Northwest it is. What a fine thriller. I haven't seen it in years.

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North by Northwest it is. What a fine thriller. I haven't seen it in years.

Yes, excellent choice. Saw it for the first time on TCM a couple months ago. Very very good film.

As for me, I'm probably going to try to get to Black Book tomorrow, since I didn't end up seeing it last weekend. No other movie plans, sadly.

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North by Northwest it is. What a fine thriller. I haven't seen it in years.

Isn't it amazing? Probably my favorite Hitchcock, and although "Rear Window" has my favorite kissing scene of all time, this is the only Hitchcock film that actually, ummm. aroused me. It was odd to see Eva Marie Saint in a recent Walden adaptation. She's lovely, of course, but much, much older. Watching her in the twilight of her life made me uncomfortable, cuz, umm, her presence in "North by Northwest" gave me certain thoughts, and .... oh, I've said too much, haven't I?

As for my two weekend selections, neither made it to the end credits. I fell asleep during both -- I always do these days, it seems -- woke up, but then acquiesced when Sarah said the movies were boring her. "Dead Man's Chest" was surprisingly flat on the TV screen, without any pre-opening hype and crowd buzz to prop it up.

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As for my two weekend selections, neither made it to the end credits. I fell asleep during both -- I always do these days, it seems -- woke up, but then acquiesced when Sarah said the movies were boring her. "Dead Man's Chest" was surprisingly flat on the TV screen, without any pre-opening hype and crowd buzz to prop it up.

Of course, if you're drowsy, no movie has the chance of a fair viewing, does it? I do believe that if we don't bring our best attention to the movie (or painting, or recital), we're not going to be available to receive what it has to offer - apart from fast-food movies, which may keep us awake simply by increasing the supply of adrenaline to our brain.

PS, both JINDABYNE and THE AURA were swell! With a serendipitous chat with Chattaway between movies - he was there to see BLACK BOOK.

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Invisible Man wrote:

Take it from me, beautiful women don't throw themselves at men with mental health problems. They just don't.

Um, well, yeah, there are many that do.

I can remember drop-dead-gorgeous women I knew in college who went after the most dangerous, destructive, messed up guys. And one woman I know, who has the right look to be the lead on a FOX series like Veronica Mars, can't tear herself away from the very messed-up guy who has caused her to get a restraining order against him in the past. I never have trouble believing THAT particular twist. (Now, if it were entangled in a bunch of other extreme behaviors, I agree... it might make the movie hard to believe. But I haven't seen The Woodsman, so...)

Sometimes, severely broken people attract people with a severely broken sense of wanting to save them.

Edited by Jeffrey Overstreet

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Christian, will you drool with envy if I mention that I was IN THE VERY SAME ROOM AS EVA MARIE SAINT during the junket for that Walden film? :)

FWIW, I've only seen North by Northwest once, and it didn't strike me as a very big deal. A few nice setpieces, but overall ... average Hitch.

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Christian, will you drool with envy if I mention that I was IN THE VERY SAME ROOM AS EVA MARIE SAINT during the junket for that Walden film? :)

She was pretty good in that film. I can't remember which film it was, but she was good in it. :)

I should add that I get a special dispensation for my Eva "North by Northwest" love, because my wife has a thing for Cary Grant.

Ron: This should go in another thread, but I DO suffer from drowsiness during home viewing, and the problem is getting worse. You're right that a film can't be rightly judged when one goes into it drowsy; this I've learned from experience. But the trick with home viewing is that I'm never drowsy when I sit down and start a film; drowsiness simply overtakes me at the 20- or 30-minute mark. I blame my recliner, but this happens when I'm sitting on the couch as well. I start in the upright position, but soon lay down, and that's it: lights out.

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I'm happy to report that Hot Fuzz has made it to the second-run theater near our home, so Sarah and I will trade off kid-sitting to see it over the next two evenings. Yay!

DVDs: First 2 discs of Arrested Development Season 2, and 2046. Probably won't watch all of them this weekend, though.

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I DO suffer from drowsiness during home viewing, and the problem is getting worse.

DVDs: 2046.
:lol: Oh man, are you gonna have problems!

I've got The Italian and Notes on a Scandal on deck for the rainy weekend.

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I'm expecting a slow weekend. My wife is doing garage sale. (or as I like to refer to it one day less I'll have to spend in hell)

Netflix is sending Saint Ralph, which I've seen, but my wife hasn't.

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:lol: Oh man, are you gonna have problems!

Hah! I suspect the film won't captivate me; I've struggled with Wong's other stuff.

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I must confess- I didn't have the strength to finish it. Good luck!

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:lol: Oh man, are you gonna have problems!

I thought the exact same thing.

Where's the "nodding off" smiley? :unsure:

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There will be no problems staying awake for this weekend's viewing: Borat and Season Two of Arrested Development.

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Today: Ratatouille.

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Into Great Silence is opening this weekend, so I'm hoping to make it.

Beyond that, just lots of anime and Japanese stuff in preparation for Flickerings.

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I've got a busy weekend in store, but hopefully I'll get a chance for another look at Badlands ... also Afro Samurai

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The Janus retrospective is in town, so either or both of Friday and Sunday evening I hope to take in SEVENTH SEAL, DAY OF WRATH and/or WILD STRAWBERRIES. Believe it or not, I've never seen any of them, so my Cinephile Certification will take a significant step forward. In the meantime, SHOOTER and WAITRESS both appeal (though they'll be weekday viewing, not weekend. Perhaps I should start a new thread....)

R

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