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    It's pretty clear to me that the only thing that...

    It's pretty clear to me that the only thing that really interests Bill Maher is Bill Maher. Though it's laugh-out-loud funny much of the time, it's also so self-absorbed that it can't really be taken...
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    Michael Parks was an actor in the '60s who had a...

    Michael Parks was an actor in the '60s who had a short-lived but fondly remembered television show called "Then Came Bronson". But the IMDB shows no record of him being in Inland Empire so I guess...
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    Best Picture should be, in my opinion, There Will...

    Best Picture should be, in my opinion, There Will Be Blood. I still think it's the best film made this decade.

    No Country For Old Men was quite good but I think its strengths lie in the source...
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    By the way, Dave Kehr says Mary Steenburgen's in...

    By the way, Dave Kehr says Mary Steenburgen's in Inland Empire as an "agitated informer". I don't remember her (nor do I recall Julia Ormand, Michael Park or Nastassja Kinski). Do you recall her?
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    Oscar, Sorry that I have taken this long to...

    Oscar,

    Sorry that I have taken this long to respond to the thoughts on Inland Empirethat I requested of you.

    Actually, your thoughts have caused me to go back and reconsider the film and while...
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    Oscar, Can you please explain to me what...

    Oscar,

    Can you please explain to me what caused you to list Inland Empire on your list? Not only did I find it incomprehensible and self-indulgent, it also, to me, completely lacked the feeling of...
  7. Chris Knipp wrote: Whether it will stand as...

    Chris Knipp wrote:

    Whether it will stand as the best of the decade -- well, that's a tall order indeed.

    You know, I went over my lists from this decade of films that were made in this decade...
  8. tabuno wrote: I was also put off-balance by...

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    I was also put off-balance by Mr. Plainview's behavior that really was satisfactorily explained in the movie and for an epic character movie I would have thought it was key to an...
  9. Chris Knipp wrote: Kubrick's 2001, which...

    Chris Knipp wrote:

    Kubrick's 2001, which Andersonís haunting prologue, with its wonderful use of the music by Jonny Greenwood that flows through the whole film, unmistakably evokes.

    Exactly...
  10. Paul Thomas Anderson takes on the epic genre and,...

    Paul Thomas Anderson takes on the epic genre and, by focusing on one man's insular war with the world, turns it on its head--and has made what is perhaps the finest film of the decade. Anderson, in...
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    The previous comment I posted was just my...

    The previous comment I posted was just my observations, with evidence cited, of what people have been saying and where that leads the reputation of the movie.

    Okay, Chris, I'll buy that.
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    Chris Knipp wrote: let's not break a butterfly...

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    let's not break a butterfly upon a wheel with exaggerated claims of its profundinty and "dazzling literary and cultural allusions"--not just yet, anyway.

    My...
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    Diablo Cody's smart, funny, wayward screenplay is...

    Diablo Cody's smart, funny, wayward screenplay is Juno's star, although Jason Reitman's film has a lot more going for it, notably some fine performances from Ellen Page, in the title role of a...
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    The problem I've always had with Rosenbaum, and...

    The problem I've always had with Rosenbaum, and it's really no fault of his, I guess, is that he was Dave Kehr's successor at The Reader.

    Kehr's essays in The Reader were just as long as...
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    mouton wrote: The character of Sweeney Todd...

    mouton wrote:

    The character of Sweeney Todd requires a voice so powerful and fierce that it resonates fear through the bodies of all who hear it.

    I agree completely. The only time I've seen...
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    Tim Burton takes a deep breath and exhales: his...

    Tim Burton takes a deep breath and exhales: his most personal work and its presentation both come out in a rush and when it's over, the audience (at least the one I was with) makes a mad scramble for...
  17. Thread: Beowulf

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    Robert Zemeckis' second experiment with motion...

    Robert Zemeckis' second experiment with motion capture "animation" is, in its epic, violent presentation, the polar opposite (no pun intended) of his first, the contemplative and peaceful "The Polar...
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    To say that AMERICAN GANGSTER is "mediocre" is...

    To say that AMERICAN GANGSTER is "mediocre" is not only harsh, it is inaccurate.

    It is an opinion. An opinion is not inaccurate. It may be disagreed with but that is all.

    Many if not most of...
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    It's also perhaps a bit misleading to say "Steven...

    It's also perhaps a bit misleading to say "Steven Zaillian's cliched script posits " things, as if he were creating a pure construct, when the story is more or less faithfully based on the lives of...
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    Ridley Scott's competent, cold film shows an...

    Ridley Scott's competent, cold film shows an unusual lack of inspiration: it's a pastiche of a number of films both in visual style ("The Godfather", "Apocalypse Now") and in content ("The French...
  21. Thread: I'm Not There

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    I'm Not There

    Points for trying. Todd Haynes' "I'm Not There" is not what most (myself included) might have expected, a Bob Dylan biopic. Instead, the life and music of Bob Dylan are a jumping-off point for...
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    I'Ve Been Worried About This Site...

    Until today, November 26, I've been getting a message, something about "account being suspended", every time I've tried to log on. I thought the site was being shut down for some kind of rent...
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    I just watched it Friday night.

    I just watched it Friday night.
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    Kerry Conran may think his reference points are...

    Kerry Conran may think his reference points are the film serials of the thirties and comic books of the forties but there are more homages to Steven Spielberg (particularly "Raiders Of The Lost...
  25. Thread: Hot Fuzz

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    Hot Fuzz

    "Hot Fuzz" is very, very funny. While it's not as crisp as "Shaun Of The Dead", it's still very, very funny. Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg know funny. This is funny. Mel Brooks could take lessons;...
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