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    Otac na Sluzbenom Putu (When Father Was Away on Business)

    I loved this movie. The pace might be a little slow for some, but I thought it was pitch perfect. From Wiki - "Set in post-World War II Yugoslavia during the Informbiro period, the film tells the story through the eyes of a young boy Malik. His father Meša (played by Miki Manojlović) has been suspected of working for Cominform and sent to a labour camp after a careless remark about a political newspaper cartoon." I don't know too many folks who can relate to living in a country where you REALLY have to watch what you say lest you end up being taken away by the Man. I think this film does a great job of showing what that is like and what effect it has on those left behind. Chilling. It's well worth the time invested. Highly recommended.
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    I saw Black Death with Sean Bean. Not upon my choice, but upon the fact that I was bored & that was the only viewable movie on HBO during the time. It's about the first emergence of the bubonic plague. It got pretty creepy at the end. Christians were tortured & killed if they didn't renounce God & their faith. I did enjoy the sword swinging & occasional bloody mess.

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    Rubber - A movie about a killer tire. Sort of. It was really ****ing weird. As I watched, I was pretty fascinated with it. It's different from anything I've seen before. It has some funny parts and I really liked the opening and the ending, as well. Having said that, it was not a very good movie and I don't think I care to ever watch it again.



    Bigger Than Life - I had a hard time getting started on this. I think it took 3 or 4 tries. Partly because the channel I DVR'd it on isn't in HD and partly because of the way it opens. It's starts off so sticky sweet, Leave It To Beaver, happy 50's family, that I wondered if I could actually enjoy it, even after having read the synopsis and skimmed some of the overwhelmingly positive reviews on IMDB. I just wasn't sure. But I decided to just sit down and work through that **** last night, and I am really, really glad I did.

    James Mason plays Ed, a schoolteacher who takes a second job working for a cab company. Rather than tell his wife about the second job, he lies to her and actually lets her think he might be having an affair because he thinks that would be less upsetting! Their lives are dull (by his own admission) and boring until he is hit with a rare illness that threatens his life. In order for him to survive, the doctors put him on an experimental drug called cortisone, which magically cures him as long as he takes it everyday for the rest of his life. Ed gets addicted to the pills and starts taking well more than the prescribed dosage, causing him to go psychotic. He starts telling the parents of his students that their children are morons, making his son go without food until he can solve math problems that he makes up and he lashes out at his wife, calling her an imbecile and saying he doesn't consider her to be his wife anymore. His wife is terrified, but unwilling to do anything about it other than hope he comes out of it for fear of what other people might think. This builds all the way up to Ed deciding that "God was wrong!" when he called off Abraham's sacrifice of his son, Isaac, and proceeds to head towards his son's room with a pair of sharp scissors.

    It's a fascinating movie. It feels like a subversive jab at the Way Things Were in the 50's. There are a few reviews on IMDB from people who say that they had parents that were exactly like this. I can't imagine what it must have been like to see this movie back when it came out, how upsetting it probably was for people who saw it. The fact that I'd never heard of it, and it was unavailable on DVD, until Criterion released it early last year makes me wonder if people back then were, like the mother in the film, just unwilling to confront or discuss the things that were going on.

    It's a really excellent movie, and I recommend it highly.




    Justified: Seasons 1 & 2 - Finally got caught up, in plenty of time to be ready for season 3 in a week or so. Timothy Olyphant plays a cowboy marshall forced to work in Kentucky, where he grew up after he finally shoots one too many bad guys instead of arresting them. And, of course, a large number of people he knew and associated with in his younger days are still in the town he grew up in and many of them have taken to illegal activites.

    I was a little disappointed with season 1. I liked it, and I love watching Timothy Olyphant, but it never really clicked for me. Season 2, though, I loved. I thought it was much more interesting and intense. I love the moral ambiguity you see in so many of the characters and how you never really know which way things are going to go. The Bennet family is/was an especially good antagonist, I thought. I have high hopes for Season 3.

    I should also mentioned that BoobyTrap watched bits and pieces of it with me and that she told me I should add that she hates TO's ex-wife and keeps rooting for her to get shot, and that she has trouble following the story sometimes because "all the bearded white people look alike". I should mention, she is either not around or not paying attention most of the time while I've been watching it, which would make it nearly impossible to follow what's going on. And that she "was starting to like" Timothy Olyphant's character until the episode with the counterfeit money and his ex-wife happened. And now she just talks about men being stupid around vaginas. Which there is probably some truth to.

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    Glad you liked RUBBER sort of.
    At the time it was originally running there were a lot of complaints about the 'stand-alone' nature of Justified season 1. It introduced more of the continuing elements as the season went on and they completely rectified things in the second season. Season 3 is set up with 2 big bads so it seems they are going to stick to the season 2 format with a little extra. Gonna be tough to replace Margo Martindale...she was awesome.

    As far as being 'stupid around vaginas' that's a great point. The supporting cast is excellent, especially his boss. Just a good show.
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    Yeah, I think his boss is probably my favorite character.

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    I've seen Rubber. "Really ****ing weird" is exactly how I'd describe it, too. Also, while oddly fascinating in a way I can't quite put into words, I wouldn't watch it again either. I couldn't STOP watching it and the whole time I was watching I kept thinking "what the **** am I watching and WHY?" yet I kept going. Truly a bizarre film.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ketel&tonic View Post
    I've seen Rubber. "Really ****ing weird" is exactly how I'd describe it, too. Also, while oddly fascinating in a way I can't quite put into words, I wouldn't watch it again either. I couldn't STOP watching it and the whole time I was watching I kept thinking "what the **** am I watching and WHY?" yet I kept going. Truly a bizarre film.
    You and Adgy hit the Rubber experience right on the head.



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    SO cheesy and over the top, and the batman-esque score that menaced throughout was hilarious. I'm sure they did the best they could with the CGI monkeys, but it was just so hard to keep trying to make believe that they were supposed to be real. That said, it did have a few moments, and the time went by pretty fast which usually means the story is compelling enough and paced well. Didn't hate it, but not nearly enough message or heart to leave an impression.


    ...and at the OTHER end of the leaving an impression scale:



    Wouldn't really be accurate to say I enjoyed it, because I doubt it was meant to be an enjoyable experience. It was instead deeply moving and touching and often uncomfortable to watch--usually when the mother was on screen. But as films go it was outstanding. The screenplay, casting, acting, and directing were all spot ****ing on and the accolades it received were well deserved.

    side note: I didn't even recognize Paula Patton (Ms. Rain) from MI4, but DAMN that girl is fiiiiiine. Yeeeow!
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    I have a love/hate relationship with Woody Allen movies (love some and hate some--sometimes simultaneously) but I REALLY enjoyed this. It was cute, clever and goofy fun and not too thick with overindulgent wit and dialogue to ruin the charm. The scenery and soundtrack were both fantastic and gave a real being there feel to the movie. If Vicky Cristina Barcelona was like 8 shots on net with one goal (for eye-candy) he nailed the hat trick here and added two assists for good measure.

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    So I woke up at 5:10 am the other day and this movie was playing...it had started at 4:30, no future showings...just a rare blink and you will miss it. I have seen this many a time on crappy bootlegs, very distracting. It's a tremendous META flick. If you Like Private Parts, this is right up your alley. The basic conceit is that everywhere Chuck Barris goes people audition for the Gong Show. It's completely surreal and unfortunately dated. If you grew up watching the Gong Show you will know why I love it so. It was the precursor to all these crappy talent shows on tv but it was ALWAYS about making fun of the mouth breathers and slack jawed yokels. If you get a chance to see this...not available yet, you should.
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    Saw this for the first time in a while the other day. Just a great film. YES, it's horribly schmaltzy and it's almost as if Stephen King set out to write the greatest novel featuring that most trite and insulting of cliche's 'the MAGICAL negro'. I forget what comedian it is but there is a hilarious take on this character as a plot device. Something along the lines of how they are all borderline retarded yet always know exactly how to help the white folks. So anyway, yeah...it's not subtle and handled poorly it could have been real bad. Luckily Frank Darabont(like he did with Shawshank) had the perfect cast, and I do mean perfect. There isn't a bad one in the bunch and Sam Rockwell had me laughing days later. Michael Jeter(r.i.p.), Barry Pepper, Graham Green, Doug Hutchison, Jeffrey DeMunn, Hanks, David Morse...etc. all had great, memorable moments. Yeah, it's schmaltz but it's damned fine schmaltz and if tearing up at this makes me a mark, then so be it. And Kingsqueen had never seen the whole movie...shameful.


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