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Old 08-04-2005, 11:45 PM   #121
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Hey Ninth! Am viewing some Earthcams of Paris right now. Overcast. Pantheon looks really atmosphere at this moment.
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Hey Ninth! Am viewing some Earthcams of Paris right now. Overcast. Pantheon looks really atmosphere at this moment.
The area surrounding the Pantheon (le "quartier latin") is my favorite place in Paris.
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Nice. Also, I'm now eating a slice of quiche lorraine (which I made myself). You French are annoying in conversation sometimes, but damn, you give good edibles!
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Nice. Also, I'm now eating a slice of quiche lorraine (which I made myself). You French are annoying in conversation sometimes, but damn, you give good edibles!
Well, you US people are annoying in conversation sometimes, but damn, you give good edib... oh wait.
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Old 08-05-2005, 01:09 AM   #125
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I like your sig. (A bout de Souffle was great, too bad Godard indulges in self-centric, obscure, pseudo philosophical movies nowadays)
Thanks! Yeah, it is definitely too bad that Godard sucks these days. But it honestly might be an age thing. A lot of filmmakers lose their skill as they get older. Kurosawa lost his. Unfortunately he assumed he had lost his skill even earlier than he actually did and attempted suicide by multiple razor slashes... Luckily for film fanatics, he survived and went on to make Dersu Uzala, Kagemusha, and Ran before he finally decide to suck for real. Heh.
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So...blood and black smoke equals fertilizer? Blood doesn't fertilize anything!
Why not? It's fantasy, fiction, not real. Who says the aliens haven't developed a way to do so? You know, alien technology. I really didn't give this a 2nd thought after seeing it the first time...it was all pretty cut and dry and obvious.

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War of the Worlds will never be considered in the same league as 2001.
I hate 2001. I love Kubrick, but my God, I hate 2001. Bleh. I thought the homage in Charlie in the Chocolate Factor was clever, though. I wonder how many of the little people realized what that was? WoTW blows it away. Pure escapism fun and I change my mind...it is Spielberg's best film. He can cringe all he wants. It's a masterpiece.
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I hate 2001. My God, I hate 2001. Bleh. WoTW blows it away.
A fine, detailed bit of criticism there. It doesn't change what I said though. War of the Worlds will never be considered in the same league as 2001. 2001 is a work of art, while War of the Worlds is EXACTLY what you said...just mindless escapism. Perhaps you prefer mindless escapism over movies that promote thought, and that's fine. But in twenty years when no one remembers War of the Worlds (except as the name of a film in Spielberg's body of work), 2001 will still be studied, loved, etc. It could definitely be considered a slow film, but it's so damn brilliant.
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However, Michael Bay has never made a film that is even close to being good, so, I have my doubts.
I didn't much mind Armageddon, but I've not seen others and heard negative things about most titles - so when I heard it was from the same director, I was doubting, too. All I can say is, forget the previous stuff, and enjoy the ride.
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2001 is a work of art, while War of the Worlds is EXACTLY what you said...just mindless escapism.
Ooh, the art debate again. *steps aside, doesn't have time for version 2 of it (s'pposed to be learning for exams), but will note she strongly disagrees in the line you've just drawn*

IMO, 2001 stopped being fun when it started to try surrealism. I'd love to cut off a good deal of the last bits from the movie, and then it'll be a favorite. Right now it's just a good movie in my book.
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IMO, 2001 stopped being fun when it started to try surrealism. I'd love to cut off a good deal of the last bits from the movie, and then it'll be a favorite.
That's why you aren't Stanley Kubrick. But then, neither am I... Still, without the "last bits" of 2001 it wouldn't be as brilliant as it is. The last 30 minutes are poetry. The movie would be ruined without it because that's where the rebirth takes place. It's what all of the monoliths and all of human evolution have led up to. It's basically the whole point. We can't just lose it...
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I just watched Manos Hands of Fate with my friends.

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Time for me to now cook up a couple smoked franks in dog buns with homemade corn relish, a tall icy glass of soda water, and finally watch Spirited Away!!! (latest movie Netflix sent me) WOOOOO!!!!
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Okay, I've not watched it recently. But I'd like to. Sort of. Haha, and Courtney Cox was in it.
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I want me one of them faceless spirits!!! They're awesome!
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Okay, I've not watched it recently. But I'd like to. Sort of. Haha, and Courtney Cox was in it.
Frank Langella is actually very good in this one.
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Frank Langella is actually very good in this one.
He'll return in Superman Returns.
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Yeah, as Perry White, I know.

He got the role after Hugh Laurie had been first casted as Perry.
Hugh had to go to make 2nd season of House and Frank Langella stepped up.
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It's basically the whole point.
It looks like Kubrick was on crack, actually. If that's his point, then millions have missed it. Though, in all seriousness, I'm aware that's the point, I just disagree the movie needs it. As odd as the statement may sound.

Coincidentially, most other Kubrick movies make me want to strangle someone. Kind of like Pulp Fiction.





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[Honestly, I don't mind if anyone agrees with me on Kubrick or not, or on Pulp Fiction, both tend to bore me senseless, but if the art entertains you, kudos. Just not my cup of tea.]
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Though, in all seriousness, I'm aware that's the point, I just disagree the movie needs it. As odd as the statement may sound.
Doesn't sound odd at all. You just don't think the movie needed a point. Movies without a point can be fun stuff, like War of the Worlds.
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