Go Back  DVD Talk Forum > Entertainment Discussions > Movie Talk
Reload this Page >

Groucho’s Movie Challenge: Week 2

Movie Talk A Discussion area for everything movie related including films In The Theaters

Groucho’s Movie Challenge: Week 2

Old 03-22-04, 12:11 PM
  #76  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: SoCal
Posts: 825
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Au Hasard Balthazar

A Robert Bresson Film about a Donkey. In French.

And while that's the most base and simple description, it is so much more than an animal picture. It deals with the healing power of animals in the lives of the humans around them and the ignorance of humanity to see that our suffering is not our own, but is transferred to those that we help and care for.

I heard Criterion is releasing it on DVD soon.
Old 03-22-04, 02:17 PM
  #77  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Posts: 1,086
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Finally watched RAN last Friday which arrived from CH last Tuesday. How convenient.

A great film. Although I have never read or seen Shakespeare's King Lear the film seemed very Shakespearian. Although it seemed to drag in a few scenes I enjoyed the great cinematography, and the battle scenes. The "Shakespeare" clown was great especially to relieve the tension and sadness of the situations. Although he does turn into a sad clown at one point. I'm glad that I've finally seen this film.
Old 03-22-04, 11:46 PM
  #78  
DVD Talk Hero
 
Nick Danger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: Albuquerque
Posts: 26,423
Received 503 Likes on 334 Posts
Claude Chabrol's Les Biches.

For some reason the title was translated as "Bad Girls" when it actually means The Does (as in female deer). A rich woman picks up a poor woman and takes her into her bed. They both become involved with the same man in a weird love triangle.

The movie is cold and vague. It's never clear if anyone is having sex, or if anyone has any emotions about each other. There is no tension, and no empathy for any of the characters. We kept checking how much time was left in the movie.

It was a great disappointment. The Butcher and This Man Must Die were excellent movies.
Old 03-23-04, 12:11 PM
  #79  
Moderator
 
wendersfan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: America!
Posts: 33,887
Received 155 Likes on 112 Posts
Originally posted by Nick Danger
Claude Chabrol's Les Biches.

For some reason the title was translated as "Bad Girls" when it actually means The Does (as in female deer). A rich woman picks up a poor woman and takes her into her bed. They both become involved with the same man in a weird love triangle.

The movie is cold and vague. It's never clear if anyone is having sex, or if anyone has any emotions about each other. There is no tension, and no empathy for any of the characters. We kept checking how much time was left in the movie.
I had the completely opposite reaction. I thought it was one of the most gripping and intense films I've ever seen.
Old 03-24-04, 12:38 PM
  #80  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Jules Winfield's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: wandering the earth like Caine in the Kung-Fu
Posts: 19,931
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I know this is late but I just wanted to participate. I hope to see both a movie made before I was born and a silent movie within the next week. But for now, I saw Battle Royale. I had heard that the movie was supposed to be ultra bloody and that was my initial reason for seeing it. heh Anyways, it was pretty cool. I liked the beggining more than anything(The setup) and would've liked to see it get more crazy but I thought it was good regardless. It kinda moved more slowly towards the end but overall, it was very entertaining. Nothing too deep, just a good time.
Old 03-28-04, 12:03 PM
  #81  
DVD Talk Hero
 
Quake1028's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: Hurricanes Season Ticket Holder
Posts: 26,593
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
A little late also, but I will either watch El Mariachi or something from the Kurosawa Criterion box.
Old 04-05-04, 12:23 AM
  #82  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Charlotte, NC
Posts: 7,466
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
Started trying to catch up on my "homework" this weekend. I watched Ikiru. What a fantastic film! In all my years of movie watching, I had somehow managed to miss seeing any Kurosawa films up until now. Now I feel like I need to catch up! As such, any recommendations as to which ones to watch next would be greatly appreciated.

As fo a review . . . Ithe two best ways to describe it that come to mind are:

1) It is a very "true" films (i.e., very easy to relate to and be affected by) and

2) "Beautiful sadness". Although it has it's moments of inspiration and uplifting sentiment, it is not a "fell good"movie overall, but that sadness is portrayed in such a beautiful way, that it almost becomes artistic (the sadness).

Anyway . . . great movie . . . now to figure out which Kurosawa to pick up next . . . leaning towards the Four Samurai Collection, but I'm afraid that they won't have the same feel that Ikiru did (although, I'm sure they will still be good ).
Old 04-05-04, 11:13 AM
  #83  
MrN
DVD Talk Platinum Edition
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: B.W.I.
Posts: 3,699
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
What a coincidence - I also watched Ikiru this past week for the first time and found it to be wonderful.

And since I've seen quite a few Kurosawa films...
Yeah, Kurosawa is famous for his period films - the most famous being Seven Samurai and the other films in the 4 samurai collection. Throne of Blood is also a great film.

If you want something more 'contemporary', I'd recommend High and Low or in the vein of Ikiru, I would say Rashomon (which is actually my favorite Kurosawa film.)
Old 04-05-04, 01:54 PM
  #84  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Charlotte, NC
Posts: 7,466
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
Originally posted by MrN
What a coincidence - I also watched Ikiru this past week for the first time and found it to be wonderful.

And since I've seen quite a few Kurosawa films...
Yeah, Kurosawa is famous for his period films - the most famous being Seven Samurai and the other films in the 4 samurai collection. Throne of Blood is also a great film.

If you want something more 'contemporary', I'd recommend High and Low or in the vein of Ikiru, I would say Rashomon (which is actually my favorite Kurosawa film.)
Thanks for the req's. Since I posted, I started looking into some of the other Kurosawa films and had been leaning towards Rashomon and Red Beard as well (it looked like one that might be along the same lines as Ikiru). And, of course, I'm bound to pick up the Four Samurai Collection, too.

Now, I just need to figure out which organ I need least so that I can sell it to fund the purchase.
Old 04-05-04, 02:14 PM
  #85  
Suspended
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: You have moved into a dark place. It is pitch black. You are likely to be eaten by a grue.
Posts: 4,533
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
talemyn,

I recently re-joined Netflix and have been renting a boatload of Criterions from them - it's a good way to tell if you like a film enough to buy without feeling like a sucker - I can go through about six discs a week with their 3-disc out at once system, which more than covers the $20 a month.

I mean, heck, that's less than the price of buying ONE Criterion and you can check out well over 150 of them (they have most, but not all, of the collection).
Old 04-18-04, 02:47 PM
  #86  
Keeper of the Comfy Chair
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 204
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I finally took the opportunity to watch Amelie, and I'm sorry I waited so long. This is a movie that's absolutely adorable...
Old 05-11-04, 08:44 PM
  #87  
DVD Talk Ultimate Edition
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: In my secret underground lair, plotting to TAKE OVER THE WORLD!!! Bwuaaahahahaha!!
Posts: 4,590
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
I watched Hiroshima Mon Amour from The Criterion Collection. I found it to be an interesting look at Hiroshima and a compelling love story, although it seemed to be a bit too anti-war/anti-nuke for me (not that I think we should nuke whomever ticks us off.)

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.