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    Max_Gate
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    Late afternoon found me absorbed by Luchino Visconti’s ‘Death in Venice’. It aches its way through repressed grief, to the announcement of forbidden (but of course) desire, then hubris on the beach of a cholera-washed paradise. Dirk Bogarde is ideal as the far from ideal composer who calls reality ‘a distraction’ – until it scratches him with a gritty fingernail.

    Max Gate

    #1315

    theallgolden
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    due to family life i haven’t much time to go to cinema. but the last two weekends our son slept not at home and we used the chance to see a picture. we watched brokeback mountain. i like ang lee’s films. especially icestorm hit my heart. brokeback mountain is made fontly. a film of desires.
    fantastic landscapes. but the freedom which those landscapes

    #1316

    Max_Gate
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    Atom Egoyan’s ‘Felicia’s Journey’, which brings a Lynch-like domestic menace to its cosy (even claustrophobic) British setting. DVD Verdict reviewed it insightfully:

    ‘…this film is about two people running away from and trying to find family. Hilditch is obsessed by his mother who, as it turns out, was the chef in the BBC cooking show. The house is a shrine to her and on a daily basis Hilditch tries to connect to her memory. Unable to relate with anyone on a personal level, Hilditch is so blind to his own pain that he does not even know it exists. He is a man who is proud of his station in life and of his place within his company. Capable of great kindness, he gives willingly until his girls no longer need him and choose to move on. It is a choice that Hilditch knows will come and with their choice, comes his own. Yet for all that, Hilditch is a man totally devoid of feeling. He is a careful, simple liar who is almost childlike in his evil.

    Always reminded of the past and what it means to be Irish, Felicia runs away from a father who is so caught up in his own rhetoric that he is unable to see his daughter as a human being. A sheltered girl who is even younger than her years in na?

    #1317

    theallgolden
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    i haven’t seen

    #1318

    Max_Gate
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    Christmas is about waiting for Christmas to be over so, yesterday, I went to ‘Casino Royale’ – alone, with no ice-cream. Yes, it is the best Bond in decades; no, that’s not saying a lot. But the new man is good – perhaps even the pretender to Connery – and, instead of ostentatious gadgets and crotch shots, there’s some deft dialogue and an approximation of an intelligent woman, albeit the type of intelligent woman you only find in male fantasy. She’s not sipping martinis in my local. Yes, the theme song is godless and godforsaken; why not Goldfrapp from the first album? As for those period opening graphics: I didn’t like them, however they’ve stayed vivid in my memory and I suspect they may even become a design classic.

    #1319

    Brine
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    Hi all,

    Recently watched a few music dvd’s:

    The Robert Wyatt Story “Free Will & Testament”
    Roy Buchanan- Live @ Jonathan Swift’s, Cambridge, MA- 12/26/86
    Dig
    The Miles Davis Story

    Best to all in 2007!

    Brine

    #1320

    crayola_lectern
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    I just watched B?

    #1321

    Duntroon
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    Hello all.
    “Inland Empire” by David Lynch.
    Like most of Mr. Lynch’s films, i shake my head and think “what the heck was that?”. But that’s what I love about his films. I know I’ll go back and watch it again. Many of his black and white images remind me a bit of Man Ray’s photography. I may not understand what he’s saying, but I love the way he says it.

    Duntroon.

    #1322

    Max_Gate
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    i haven’t seen

    #1323

    Max_Gate
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    Hi all,

    The Miles Davis Story

    Brine

    I hope it is better than ‘Miles Davis Live in Munich 1988’ (Pioneer DVD). By this stage Miles is a parody of the iconic musician: African-themed designer clothing, mini-bling, Elton John sunglasses, and a band that is slicker than a brylcreemed oil baron defending the invasion of Iraq. This is that most horrible of products, a forgery by a true original.

    #1727

    Max_Gate
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    ‘Sherlock Holmes’ (Guy Ritchie, 2009)

    The late Basil Rathbone, who was the face of Sherlock Holmes for an earlier age, doubtless read and took his cue from these words by Conan Doyle: “It was not that he [Holmes] felt any emotion akin to love for Irene Adler. All emotions, and that one particularly, were abhorrent to his cold, precise but admirably balanced mind. He was, I take it, the most perfect reasoning and observing machine that the world has seen…. And yet there was but one woman to him, and that woman was the late Irene Adler, of dubious and questionable memory.” – ‘The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’ (1892)

    Whereas Ritchie’s farce has Holmes handcuffed, naked, by Irene Adler to a hotel bed. How come Sharon Stone wasn’t cast? So arbitrary were the machinations of the script that I half expected zombies to take over the docks. You could drive thirty hansom cabs through the holes in its plot, which was cobble-stoned together from B grade cliches such as the chained damsel in a black magic ritual, the corrupt aristocrat, the warm-hearted servant…

    Elementary. And wretched.

    #1851

    Max_Gate
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    ‘Amazing Journey: the Story of The Who’ (2007)
    A rock documentary that earns its title (the echo of a Who song) and is the best of its genre. Sensitive editing lets you see, even walk around inside, the architecture of their career.

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