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    Foriegn Couterparts, etc.

    Boy, you have inadvertantly hit on something that drives me insane. Namely, the remaking of great overseas films by Hollywood. You totally nailed it with Insomnia and The Vanishing, but it seems EVERY time they try this it's an abortion. Look at La Femme Nikita! BOY what a dog of a remake! I'm also kind of annoyed by the remake of Red Dragon, actually, although that wasn't half bad. I suppose I'm just sore because William L. Peterson never gets his due and Mann is a great and underrated director, and Manhunter was a totally non-hollywood suspense masterpiece for its time that showcased the process of crime detection in the coolest and understated way. I love Brian Cox as Lector, too, his performance is the antithesis of Hopkins, and I like the underplayed thing a lot.
    Back to your comic book comparison (sorry, had to get that Manhunter swipe in there), I guess I'm not reading the right kind of comic books! I'm a big Love and Rockets fan, and am a huge Daniel Clowes fan from way back in the Lloyd Llewellyn days, Eight Ball, Ghost World, all that. HATE comics also rule. I really don't have many of the super hero ones save some X Men comics from the 60's but I'll take your word for it that I would have liked it better had I been into them heavily, as this makes perfect sense. Take a horror fan to The Ring (and here we might actually have a decent remake, although I haven't seen the Japanese original yet) and they are going to like it a lot better than Mary Poppins fans. Sorry if I came off like a blowhard, but years ago I got to see a DePalma retrospective (the most recent film of that time was Carrie, I believe), and I was totally blown away by the body of work he'd done that I hadn't even heard of. Ever since then I've been hoping for a return to the genius split screen and candid angle DePalma of old but it's just not really materialized. I like M. Night, too, and loved Signs. He's a welcome addition, don't get me wrong. Okay. Done ranting now. I just harken back to genius days of old for some of my fave directors, and can you blame me? I might have to pick up Thief on DVD just to feel beter!

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    Thief is a masterwork. Love the color in that flick.

    I collected comics as a kid too. (Batman, Aquaman, The Punisher later- even got tattoos of Superman & The Punisher's logos)
    "Set the controls for the heart of the Sun" - Pink Floyd

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    Original Trailer Didn't Do Movie Justice

    I stayed away from seeing this movie until recently, primarily due to the theatrical trailer that made this movie seem to be simple plot of spoiled man being used by seductress and a revenge movie. Apparently this movie is far more complex and intriguing. I was impressed by the convoluted plot development and depth that his movie had that really wasn't presented in the commercials for this movie when it came out. This was one case of bad advertising for me.

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    DePalma et all, and indie foreign cool stuff

    All right, so perhaps some people actually DO like Michael Mann and DePalma, or at least there old stuff. It's just a case of "What have you done for me lately" I guess. My current picks and films I've thought were super cool have been PRIMER, a really great sci fi movie with no special effects and a disturbing and kind of well treaded theme but with a modern twist or two and beautiful to watch, and PHONE, where you will see where both the Grudge and the american Grudge were directly ripped off from. Bummer! Poor South Korea, they make such great films and they are instantly ripped for everything cool and "americanized" for less effect and coolness. Ugh. I also really liked So Close for it's ridiculous use of matrix like effects and super hot asian chick cat fights. One more for the road: My Left Eye Sees Ghosts, which also was insanely offbeat. I'd gush about I Heart Huckabees, too, but I have been going insane lauding that movie on the myspace movie forum and am to burnt to do that over again!! Yeah theif and DePalma Fans of the "good stuff"!!

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