I had a friend that had a license plate that read just "Room 367"...
It was actually room 237. The room where Jack was lured into the bathroom and was making out with what he thought was a beautiful naked woman soaking in a tub, but turned out to be an old, rotting corpse.
That part probably freaked me out more than any other in that film.
The old woman scene caused me to be afraid of beautiful women for a long time... well, I was afraid of them before but the film gave me an excuse. Damn my soul.
The entire thing freaked me out. The first time I saw it was when I was 19 years old (i.e. a year ago). It was 2am; I was alone. I had a nightmare the night I watched it, in which I was just doing normal dream stuff, and then the dream cut out and all I could see was them two girls, appearing before me just like they appeared before that kid who looks in the mirror at the beginning of the film.
Thinking back to scenes such as the bloody elevator, and Jack throwing the tennis ball around, I think it's a stunning film to look at. Like most Kubrick, the camera work and effects haven't dated at all since his films first came out.
Thank you for Smoking. A genuinely intellegent film, and very, very sarcastic and funny. Pan's Labyrinth. Spanish, with subtitles. A brutal war story, interspersed with a dark fairy tale. Beautiful, moving, intelligent but also gut wrenchingly violent, brutal and savage.
Saw Ikiru a month ago, great movie, but IMO not better than the best work of Kurosawa. However these opinions are like music, one of personal taste, and are difficult to debate to any conclusion, although the debate may provide for curiosity first and insight later.
That being said, it is easy to understand how one may feel that this movie is a superior effort, every bit equal to his best work. The women pleading for the park name brought tears to my eyes (had to hide it from Beatle, Texans have to preserve a macho image).
There are a few movies I have seen recently that may be of interest to some here.
I most firmly retract any statement that Eraserhead is the weirdest movie I have ever seen. Now that Jodorowsky's El Topo, and especially Holy Mountain are out on DVD, I must say nothing can compare. Actually, as weird as Holy Mountain is, IMHO it is a great movie. The bizarre symbolism and stark visual images, blatant at times and subtle at others, is reason enough.
Since I have largely exhausted Kurosawa, I decided to check out some of his contemporaries, three movies stand out. Sansho the Bailiff is slowly paced but rewarding, if a bit depressing. Ugetsu, a mystical tale, is quite interesting for its unusual story. The best IMO was Seppuku (aka Hara Kiri), with its plot twists and heart-tugging story. Of course the cinematography and acting were superb in all three.
Hope all have seen The Lives of Others, there are some lessons to be learned there, especially amongst the more authoritarian-leaning.
Read not to contradict and confute, not to believe and take for granted, not to find talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider - Francis Bacon
The more we understand particular things, the more we understand God - Spinoza
I just watched Conan the Barbarian the other week, and it struck me what an excellent movie that truly is, especially in these later days when all fantasy movies have to crib heavily from LOTR, all celtic knotwork and Enya soundtracks.
It's good to get back to the more Anglo branch of fantasy movies. And I've been really impressed with Basil Poledouris's score from the film. If, as I suspect, fantasy video game scores are largely an homage to his Conan score, that makes Basil Poledouris a more influential film composer than even Moriccone.
I just saw a foreign film, in German, called the Lives of Others. It took place during the East/West German age, more specifically, the late 1980's. An intelligent yet cold member of the Stasi is assigned to spy on a German artist.
He becomes engulfed in the artist's life, and sees himself growing sympathetic to the artist, protecting him from his Stasi brotherhood, which he is greatly dedicated to.
Anyway, it was a great flick, nonetheless. I just felt like mentioning it.
Several weeks ago we watched a movie that was so bad we had to watch it twice to understand how bad it was. Then we purchased it. Please watch this wonderful film! It is called "Koi...Mil Gaya"
It is an Indian film about a retarded boy who finds an alien who turns him into a genius superhero. Can you go wrong with that plot? We haven't seen the sequel yet, 'Krrish'.
Also an EvC added bonus, Hrithik Roshan, the actor and star of above mentioned movies has two thumbs on his right hand. Mutation that both requires new 'information' and is not lethal. A 'twofer' for us evos!
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"I have seen so far because I have stood on the bloated corpses of my competitors" - Dr Burgess Bowder