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    Arp

    I agree with Stuck on You. The PC's projectionist called it "progressive" and I agree. Funny as hell. You expect less from the Farrelly's? Their next project is a comedy about the Special Olympics. I'm already giggling. I know it's sad and unfair to make fun of people with downs or other mental illness, but c'mon, wouldn't you laugh your hole off at a Special Olympics comedy? Slow-motion track and field shots? Bwah ha ha ha ha ha!

    Hey, I'm human! I'm allowed sick perversion sometimes. I'm a good person deep down. No, really.

    I like your first rule of syphillis. (I mean cinephilia). It corresponds with my belief system. Ikiru deserves a higher rating, but only in terms of execution. The movie depresses me, as I've said before.
    I pretty much agree and understand your comments on the others.

    Once Upon a Time in Mexico is far from sloppy. Talk about glib! Rodriguez is no slouch. I'm actually shocked you said that.
    OUATIM is sexy, violent, hot, and just a joy to watch.
    I'm buying the DVD.
    Johnny Depp, Mickey Rourke, Willem Dafoe, Banderas and Hayek.
    Sloppy? No way Jose.
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    ArpHagenbach on Politics

    Mr. ArpHagenbach's rather pointed comments about, in his opinion, some of the more disappointing movies appear to be based more on political preferences and preachy moralism than cinematic quality:


    Whale Rider **1/2 - too middle brow for my taste.

    American Splendor ** Ivy league brats co-opting edgy, outsider art.

    Matchstick Men * I hate Riddly Scott's cynicism - a heart of stone.

    Lost In Translation ** Bored rich white girl all adrift in the land of the kooky inscrutable Other!

    The Missing *1/2 Morally grotesque.

    Mona Lisa Smile 1/2* Feminism for dummies. Retarded.


    Compared to "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" it sounds like ArpHagenbach has a rather rigid outlook on movies and a rather open mind for what one might consider violence for entertainment sake. Most of the movies discussed above involve what I consider valid human values steeped in goodness that I would hope we'd see more of.

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    "Cinematic quality" is inseperable from politics and morality.

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    Arp, your postings sound so "kitch", but who am I to be judgemental. I just envy your access to your source material. One thing I see. You don't care for actors as much as plot. Not once in any of your postings (so far) have you talked about characters. You discuss "filmmakers", probably in reference to directors. Yes, they do have a bit of celebrity status these days. However, they are only a part of the film, just as set decorators or editors are a part. So, scorch me to the ground (not that I deserve it or want it particularly). Tell me what you think about performances since some of your one star picks had very strong performances that most other critics seem to stress.

    And where the hell is Chris? Are you still on a jet from NY? This posting is just about to heat up!

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    First thing first, to everybody who's responded to my list: The star rankings are for purely personal reasons, a form of journal keeping. I do not believe that Robert Beaver's masterful HEDGE THEATER is "as good" as STUCK ON YOU. It is a note to myself that, seen in a grouping of several Beavers film, I found it a lesser work than his AMOR.

    My notorious two star ranking of IKIRU reflects that while watching the film I felt restless, bored, unchallenged, and unsatisfied. Is a "worse" film than FINAL DESTINATION 2? Of course not. But it is a reflection of my viewing experience and honest response to that experience on that particular day.

    I challenge all bitches who call me out to post your OWN list.

    Now, as to cinemabon's comments. Quite true: Nothing interest me less than acting. Cinema's musical, visual, sculptural, and poetic qualities interest me FAR more than its literary or theatrical ones. I'm a mise-en-scene geek. Impressive as Charlize Theron is in MONSTER, I'm far more moved and convinced by a single shot by Van Sant/Savides.

    Yes, they do have a bit of celebrity status these days.

    How cute that "these days." See, there was this thing called les politique des auteurs back in the late 50's...

    Tell me what you think about performances since some of your one star picks had very strong performances that most other critics seem to stress

    "The thing that matters is not what they show me but what they hide from me and, above all, what they do not suspect is in them."

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    Here's a list of 4 star films

    Dr. Strangelove
    Anatomy of a Murder
    Lawrence of Arabia
    The Last Detail
    One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
    Blow-Up
    Apocalypse Now
    Raging Bull
    Amadeus
    La Strada
    Last Tango in Paris
    The Exorcist

    I called you out, now step up to the plate Arp.

    Last edited by Johann; 01-12-2004 at 09:31 PM.
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    You saw all those, in the theater, LAST YEAR?

    Post that list.

    Anyone can come up with their four star list...

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    Oh, hold on...

    You want the list of films I saw ALL YEAR?

    Why not just a list?
    I have to sort through the ticket stubs I saved...

    Yeah, anyone can post, but I can back it up

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    I'm just saying, all these people fronting on my ratings, snarking about this one or that, but at least I put myself out there and gave a huge, if generalized sense of my taste - both in WHAT I saw and how I rated it...

    CHOMP

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    What is "fronting"?

    Speak english, Chachi

    You haven't read many of my posts if you think I haven't given a huge sense of my taste.

    You post a "master list" (what an arrogant heading) and then get upset when people question it.

    Get off your horse Arp. The real people are down here.
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    wah psssh! whu psshah ---> kung fu noise from drop kicking your face

    You haven't read many of my posts if you think I haven't given a huge sense of my taste.

    It's true, I haven't read many of your posts, but I'm also not really attacking you here. Your replies to my list have been more in agreement than not. It was more aimed at others.

    wah psssh! whu psshah

    (what an arrogant heading)

    Dude, you should see my actual HEAD! It's enormous, swollen, arrogant!

    and then get upset when people question it.


    Ah the ambiguity of the internet. Far from angry, my cinephilic Canadain brother. wah psssh! whu psshah Rather, just trying to stir up the discourse, get people to go off. My dog eating shit off the street and not dropping it makes me angry. Posts make me amused.

    Get off your horse Arp.

    NEVER! I will ride her into the sunset!

    The real people are down here.

    The desert of the real, as Slavoj Zizek would call it.

    "I have nothing to say, and I am saying it, and it is poetry."

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    "Canadian," that is.

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    You have learned well Grasshopper
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    Don't make me get Uma on your ass.

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    You want a list you got it

    OK Arp here's the list of films I saw all year WITH ratings (I'm using a 5 star system). There may be one or two exceptions, but this is 98% of what i saw at the theatres:

    (also, some titles are late releases in Canada, so some of these others may have seen earlier)
    -121 films-

    LOTR: The Two Towers ****
    Hulk ****
    Winged Migration ****
    City of God ****
    Russian Ark *****
    Spider ****
    The Pianist *****
    Pirates of the Carribean ****
    Seabiscuit ***
    Swimming Pool ****
    Finding Nemo ****
    Mystic River ***
    Intolerable Cruelty ****
    Kiarostami's TEN ****
    Elephant ****
    School of Rock ****
    Kill Bill vol. 1 *****
    Master and Commander ****
    The Barbarian Invasions ****
    Rashomon *****
    Stray Dog ****
    Yojimbo ****
    Sanjuro ****
    The Hidden Fortress ****
    Throne of Blood *****
    High and Low *****
    Ikiru ****
    Dersu-Uzala *****
    Red Beard *****
    Total Balalaika Show ****
    Rocky VI ***
    Freedom (Thru The Wire) ***
    These Boots ****
    Those Were The Days ****
    Drifting Clouds ****
    The Match Factory Girl ****
    I Hired a Contract Killer *****
    Take care of your scarf, Tatjana ****
    Shadows in Paradise ***
    (The short films of Richard Massingham):
    Tell Me if it Hurts ****
    Pedestrian Crossing ***
    Coughs and Sneezes ***
    Miles an Hour **
    Warning to Travellers **
    The Travel By Air/Flights of Fancy **
    Post Haste/Post Early For Christmas **
    Elopement in France **
    The Five-Inch Bather **
    Watch Your Meters **
    What a Life! ***
    Jet Propelled Germs ***
    An Englishman's Home ***
    Hankerchief Drill ****
    The Cure **
    The Lady Vanishes *
    (Czech Retrospective):
    The Pied Piper ***
    Who Killed Jessie? ****
    Down to the Cellar ****
    Little Otik ****
    Valerie and her Week of Wonders *****
    The Fall of the House of Usher ****
    Food *****
    The Raven ***
    The Fifth Horseman is Fear ***
    Israel's Secret Weapon **
    Blood Diamonds **
    Teatro Amazonas *
    FRENCH ANIMATION FESTIVAL:
    The Shelter ***
    Scraps ***
    Final Invention ****
    The First Sunday in August **
    From Another City **
    The Bath **
    Keeping Mum *****
    Maaz ****
    Child of the Open Sea ****
    Pilots ***
    The Monk and The Fish ****
    The Flight of the Wright Bros. **
    The Great Migration **
    Revolution **
    Birds in Cages Can't Fly **
    Migrations ****
    Words in the Air **
    The Well **
    Guano! **
    The Apartment Cat ***
    The Adventures of Leon/We're not Savages **
    Zebras ***
    Du Zero des Arenes ***
    The Cow Who Wanted To Jump Over The Church ***
    Vermillion **
    Rene and Gisele **
    At The Ends of The Earth ****
    The Triplettes of Belleville *****
    Christ Mass Sex Dance ****
    Faust 4 *****
    Coupling ****
    Cinerama Adventure *****
    Horns and Halos ***
    Riding The Tiger *
    Grill Point **
    Under The Stars ***
    Bread and Milk (Black and white) **
    Kites Over Helsinki ****
    The Invisible **
    The Book of Eve ***
    Leaving By The Way **
    Country **
    The Good, The Bad and The Ugly ****
    A Fistful of Dollars ***
    For a Few Dollars More ***
    A Fistful of Dynamite ****
    Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans *****

    I might also add that I saw several of these titles multiple times...
    Last edited by Johann; 01-31-2004 at 04:20 PM.
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