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  • 0005. Some Under-Rated Films   15 years 3 weeks ago

    Ooh, you said the magic words with "hated the book." My wife read it and hated it as well, so your sharing that view ups the chances that I'll actually be able to get it into the player. :-)

  • The New Critical Underground Guide to Albums of 2001   15 years 3 weeks ago

    Of course, Les. Just keep me updated, I'm interested.

  • Favorite Action Scenes/Sequences   15 years 3 weeks ago

    Ah, I think you're right. Those might be the scenes to choose from Aliens and The Fugitive. I'm still going to see them again one of these days, so I'll make the final call then.

    As for Raising Arizona, I do think it qualifies as an action scene (guns, cars, etc.), and a good scene it is, but at the risk of incurring your wrath, I don't think it makes the cut for this list.

  • the SILVER SCREEN edition of TRIVIAL PURSUIT   15 years 3 weeks ago

    17 - I know John Ford won four of the Babies, for The Quiet Man, How Green was My Valley, Grapes of Wrath, and (I believe) the Informer. Oddly, the master of the westerns never won a Director Oscar for a western!
    18 - He read their lips.

    I've no idea on 15, 16, or 19.

    Shalom, y'all!

    L. Bangs

  • Favorite Action Scenes/Sequences   15 years 3 weeks ago

    I've already got 'em on my list! I'll get the DVD from NetFlix when I sign up (I've sworn to finish my construction projects first, otherwise they'll never get done :-).

  • Film Review : ERIN BROCKOVICH * 1/2   15 years 3 weeks ago

    Blackie, I think you missed the point. The film was not pointing her out to be a genius. It was merely pointing out her will to survive and her determination given the hand she had been dealt. All you needed to know about her was presented. Sure the movie could have gone more into her past life, but that would be an entirely seperate film. I thought at times she was obnoxious and her unruly behavior was misplaced, but I guess that was her personality. I give EB ***. All in all a well made film and finely acted. Of course you now, this is just my opinion...

  • Favorite Action Scenes/Sequences   15 years 3 weeks ago

    Thanks! One at a time . . .

    Hard Boiled: I really liked the break in the mayhem where our hero and villain come to an unspoken agreement to get the patients out of a room upon which the mayhem erupts again (at least, that's the way I remember it).

    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Actually by "shrine fight" I meant the scene where Michelle Yeoh and Ziyi Zhang fight, and Yeoh goes through like 5 different weapons. I'll make that clearer above.

    70s Chase Scenes: I have to rewatch The French Connection (thusly recorded, and I never saw $. Should I?

    The Killer: I have to admit, I never really liked this one as much as Hard Boiled. Perhaps because I saw the latter first. I do remember the final scene as being pretty cool, but it didn't make as big an impression on my as the hospital scene.

    From Russia With Love: Sadly, the Bond movies have blended together in my mind (actually they've clumped - there's the Connery clump, the Moore clump, the Brosnan clump, and the "other" clump). I'm sure you're right about the scene, but I can't place it.

    Mask of Zorro: Yes! Thanks for the reminder. Can't pick a particular scene at the moment though.

  • the SILVER SCREEN edition of TRIVIAL PURSUIT   15 years 3 weeks ago

    Les, some of the other guys beat ya' to the punch on some of these, but you still get 4,9,11,13, and 14. I've posted more.

  • Favorite Layperson's Science and Math Books   15 years 3 weeks ago

    Jim, I tried to read Dawkin's Unweaving the Rainbow and found his style to be supremely condescending to those who aren't 100% pure hard science people. Is The Blind Watchmaker in a similar style? Is that when you mean about his atheist overtones?

  • 0005. Some Under-Rated Films   15 years 3 weeks ago

    Ive seen lots and lots of movies the blessings of an insominiac I guess.

    Actually as to this list I have seen everyone on them

    I agree with a lot of your assessmnets(What a surprise) but I highly recommend Zorro and 8MM. Zorro I saw in the theatre and was totally shocked how good it was...Zeta Jones had so much promise in this flick. I hope some day she lives up to it. Amazing thing about 8MM I read dsomewhere Gandolfini though this was the worst movie he made. So it wasnt only the critics who missed the point of this flick. Harcore with George C. Scott is another great choice in this venue.

    I agree whole heartedly on the Rope. Great Hitchcock with some of his best deadpan humor.

    I loved Being There but I am not sure you can call it under-rated. I remeber it being a critical and I also think a small commercial success when it came out.

    As to Hal Hartley, I obviously know your appreciation for him, so I have stayed away from discussing him too much. I am a fan, I loved Trust and Amateur. I always think of him as a Jazz Director, You know mood peices that seems to meander about but you always enjoy the trip. As Jazz is a specialized taste for only certain times, I can extend the correlation to Hartley's films.

  • R.E.M.'s Great Songs   15 years 3 weeks ago

    I like that song..This was a hard list to make 'cuz I'm such a big fan of Rapid Eye Movement.

  • Songs that I thought were innocent as a child....   15 years 3 weeks ago

    It seems like their is a debate on this song as I looked it up on the Internet. Is the man impotent or is the woman frigid? Another reason to like the song anyone who can put ambiguity into a 3 minute pop song is pretty cool. I would have swore that it was tne man who was impotent but when Freda first read the song she said Im not singing a song that says Im frigid.

  • 0005. Some Under-Rated Films   15 years 3 weeks ago

    I pretty much agree with your last sentence. I probably do like Ordinary People and Quiz Show better than Horse Whisperer, but they already have oodles of critical attention. I feel like The Horse Whisperer has been unjustly ignored.

    I also should warn everybody that I am a man of amazing patience. As long as something is involving me, I don't usually mind three-hour films. Of course, most three-hour films cannot begin to justify their lengths and cease to be involving after the hour mark, but I though The Horse Whisperer earned its three hours. Still, beware. If you hate long films, this probably won't change your mind.

    I'm glad you liked the film. I was curious whether you had seen it or not.

    An odd thing I just discovered - When the film ran in the theater, the opening New York scenes were severely cropped (I believe the aspect was close to television's boxy dimensions) to create a cramped, crammed feeling. When the film slid into the West, the film became gloriously wide-screeened. It is too bad that the DVD did not recreate this effect, remaining wide-screened throughout the entire film.

    Shalom, y'all!

    L. Bangs

  • 0005. Some Under-Rated Films   15 years 3 weeks ago

    My two cents on The Horse Whisperer says you should see it. I can not totally agree that the length is understandable, I would like to have seen 20 or 30 minutes cut off but it is well done for its story of Reedford/little Girl and Horse more than Redford and Scott Thomas story. I liked the movie but I like the other three you mentioned more.

  • Favorite Action Scenes/Sequences   15 years 3 weeks ago

    I think that particular James Bond scene comes from Tomorrow Never Dies. In Goldeneye there was a cool action scene where he drove a tank around bulldozing everything in his path.

  • 0005. Some Under-Rated Films   15 years 3 weeks ago

    :)

    I found it a bit amazing, frankly, since I can't stand the book the film is based on, but I found HW to be quite involving. It no Citizen Kane, sure, but I thought that this was the rare film where the length running time worked greatly to its advantage. You have time to grow into the film. Granted, Redford-directed films tend towards the love-it-hate-it category, but if you enjoyed Ordinary People, A River Runs Through It, or Quiz Show, I would say The Horse Whisper is worth a try.

    Shalom, y'all!

    L. Bangs (always working to make everybody's must-see lists yards longer...)

  • Soundtracks I Love   15 years 3 weeks ago

    heard some bad reviews of "Blow" so I doubt I'll see it before video. The "Almost Famous" soundtrack marks a first for my cd collection: an Elton John song ("Tiny Dancer")

  • 0005. Some Under-Rated Films   15 years 3 weeks ago

    Whoa. I'm amazed by your latest entry. From the trailers and reviews I had written it off as overlong schlock. Now I have to reevaluate. Damn you. :-)

  • R.E.M.'s Great Songs   15 years 3 weeks ago

    as am I...its a good list

  • Favorite Action Scenes/Sequences   15 years 3 weeks ago

    By the way, if you enjoyed Chicken Run, you really owe it to yourself to check out the director's earlier Wallace and Grommit shorts. The Wrong Trousers and A Close Shave both have fantastic closing scenes in the same vein as the scene you mentioned from CR. All three are packaged on one video tape / DVD. Dare I even say that those two shorts I mentioned are even better than the great Chichen Run?

    Well, I dared. They are.

    Shalom, y'all!

    L. Bangs

  • Favorite Action Scenes/Sequences   15 years 3 weeks ago

    Good list, with some very worth scenes here. The Chicken Run scene was unexpected but very welcome. Hard Boiled's hospital scene is tons of fun, and the opening scene to Raiders was pretty much certified a classic upon arrival.

    As for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, I give a slight edge to the wonderful and beautiful fight in the treetops. Is the shrine scene the final fight? I found that last melee a bit over the top and disappointing, but Iknow I'm the only person alive who feels this way.

    Have you considered some of the great chase scenes of the 70s? The French Connection and $ (Dollars) both leap to mind. As to Woo, I also like the final scenes from The Killer.

    And the final fist fight in From Russia With Love is possibly the best action scene from all the James Bond films - rugged and raw in a way later Bonds seldom were...

    I'm curious, have you seen the Mask of Zorro? A highly under-rated film any fan of Raiders will probably enjoy, as it is also a great action film with an actual plot and great actors.

    Great list!

    Shalom, y'all!

    L. Bangs

  • Favorite Action Scenes/Sequences   15 years 3 weeks ago

    Yes..or hero trying to get away from bad guy type.

  • Songs that I thought were innocent as a child....   15 years 3 weeks ago

    Here is an oldie for this list. Freda Payne's Band of Gold. That is unless you think Mens impotence is an innconent topic
    Seems like a nice little story of man who did her wrong song and she was left on her wedding night by some cad.
    Well the man did her wrong all right.
    Matter of fact he didnt do much at all it seems.
    For the longest time I always thought the line was

    "Walk through the door and love me like you did before"

    I literally would sing the song that way until a girl explained the lyrices were
    "Hoping soon that you'll walk
    Back through that door
    And love me like you tried before"

    Amazing how one word can change the whole song. A prime example of the male of the species having selective listening capabilities.
    Oh well Viagra was just a dream back then

  • Favorite Action Scenes/Sequences   15 years 3 weeks ago

    I think so - you mean the best of the "police invasion" type of scenes?

  • Copycat Movies - Which One Was Better?   15 years 3 weeks ago

    :-) So I could have two buttons: "Clone" and "Mutate". And I could introduce all kinds of genetic errors when somebody makes a clone of a clone, or mutates a clone of a mutation.