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  1. Well, one has hope that they may inspire people towards reading in that case. As badly written as the books are (I have only read the first one but assume the rest follow suit), at least it is a start for some people. Personally, I quite enjoy the films. I think they are more tongue in cheek than people give them credit for. Also, they look amazing.
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    Scenes from the Suburbs

    Have to say, I thought it was a bit poo. That's my critically astute commentary. Some good moments, particularly the bantering between the two boys, it looked pretty, but overall it just didn't do anything for me and I thought the military state thing to be misjudged. Perhaps if it had been allowed to develop a little more but as was it felt stunted. Maybe it would help if I didn't find the arcade fire's last two albums to be self-important twaddle. Funny that people thought the wild things to be light hearted. I thought it his darkest film to date, though equally flawed.
  3. This doc is finally available to watch in the US. Sorry for the late notice, but you can watch it online anytime on HBO on demand. HBO site
  4. New track on the 'From the Basement' session: From the basement
  5. I second that. I saw this yesterday and was really moved by it. The 3D works fantastically to communicate the exertion of the dancers' movements. I think, even, more so than watching live dance. You really pick up on the detail of each movement, and space is somehow emphasised, exagerated by the 3D. Surfaces seem to be harder, more fluid, muscles more sinewy and stronger. And yes, the composition is quite something. Wonderful to see such a love of the image & the moving camera. The one thing I would have liked to have seen is a little more talk that wasn't as generous about Pin
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    Mmmmm, yup, me too. My brother works in a high security Young Offender's Institute (read: prison for under 18s) on a programme that tries to rehabilitate young offenders. He says that he can spot ex-offenders on the street instantly through codes of clothing & gestures. I recently was discussing this with someone who had worked in an adult prison and they said that as much as they were afraid in that job, they would never work in a YOI. Their reasoning being that adults seemed to have a sense of time and loss when put ina prison, they looked forwards to their release back into society
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    Point Blank

    It's the only Soderbergh film that I rate at all. Though 'Out of Sight' was fun, too. Not his biggest fan. He's a bit 'meh', mostly.
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    Oh I should have been clearer in constructing that sentence. The police brutality does not feel at all dated, rather the device of narrating to camera feels a bit dated. So far, I think he's a really interesting character and I thought the flashback scene that showed his crime, arrest & cause of paralysis has been one of the better examples of the series' use of the technique. There's something about the show's inability to progress that I find interesting. The characters are completely and utterly stuck in Oz; many of them for life. I'm intrigued to see how this spins out in terms
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    Has anyone watched this? On the recommendation of a friend whose opinion I trust, I'm 4 episodes into the first series. Man, is it dark! I normally back-to-back watch tv series, but this just takes too much out of me to do that. I'm struggling a little bit to keep watching, partly because I feel over-priviliged and guilty watching a representation of a cruel and vicious system for entertainment. Nonetheless, there is a lot to recommend it and I am a bit torn about this. To summarise, Oz (abbreviation of 'Oswald penitentiary'; there are references to the Wizard of Oz throughout) is se
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    Point Blank

    This film was a revelation when I first saw it. A little less so, now, but it still has a freshness to it even though many of its stylistic techniques are now dated. I attribute a lot of that to the editing and Lee Marvin's performance. The most obvious comparisons for me would be Vanishing Point and also Soderbergh's The Limey. Both also had quite an impact on me at the time of watching. The Limey in particular steals from Point Blank but I personally didn't like it's use of editing to illustrate character motivation and memory. I preferred the coldness of Marvin's Point Blank's cha
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    The Royal Wedding

    Show off Think there's a lot to be said for watching it on the tele like most plebs, meself. Would like to be in London that day. I was in town the day before Diana's funeral and it was an odd experience, so much of the city had converted into a space of mourning. It would be interesting to contrast that with the space of celebration that it will undoubtedly be for the Royal Wedding. I also like the feeling of tourism on my own country at these moments; at times of heightened nationalism and pageantry, the culture doesn't feel quite like it is mine, though I am guessing that is true fo
  12. Didn't see this thread when originally posted but I am amazed that so far no one has replied 'there's only one place for genitals in Christian art' surely? And there I go, lowering the tone again.
  13. Anyone else excited about this? I will, of course, be watching it with academic glasses on, commenting on the nature of national rituals and not her wedding dress. Of course.
  14. This is interesting; I'm rather fascinated by Kodachrome and in particular how it has become an object of nostalgia. Arguably, it always was, even Simon & Garfunkel's song is suffused with a sad longing for what Kodachrome evokes, even though it was written in 1973 when Kodachrome was still readily available. Thanks for the link, Peter.
  15. UK board-ers, it's on tele tonight: More 4 at midnight after the Monroe documentary. Awful slot, but More 4 in all their wisdom seemed to have judged that this double bill will bring more attention to it. (note title change to "Bobby Kennedy: The Last Journey") Also available to watch on 4On Demand.
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