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  1. #2071
    Today in class we watched Black Girl, or La noire de..., as it's called in its original French (though it's a film by the Senegalese Ousmane Sembčne). It was pretty good. The teacher set it up to be some kind of radical departure from other films we've seen or we're used to, but it doesn't really seem to be that way (at least not in this day and age). Still, I liked it.
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  2. #2072
    Quote Originally Posted by preacher View Post
    Second was Lakeview Terrace. It served as the ying to Blindness's yang. Sam Jackson plays THAT neighbor. You know, the one on your street who thinks he is king of the block. He has a screw loose, but I found myself empathizing with him. An interracial couple that moves into the neighborhood puts on a porno for JAckson's children and that pretty much sets Abel (Jackson's character) opinion of the couple. There are several times that Jackson's attempts to open up to the husband (can't remember his name), but the husband is too stubborn or just plain stupid to catch on. The story reminded me of Michael Douglass's flick from the 90s Falling down. Beats were similar.
    I just rented this.

    I thought Jackson was very racist and prejudiced about his white neighbor marrying a black girl to start with. Yeah, I take his side about his new neighbors not needing to expose his children to their sex acts in their backyard swimming pool, but that didn't merit him slashing their tires or hiring a thug to vandalize their house and then seemingly attempt to rape the pregnant wife.

    The California wildfires presented an extremely tense backdrop to this story and kept that tension maintained. It was all too real as I actually lived the fire experience though it didn't come closer than 5 miles from my place.

  3. #2073
    Battlefield Earth. What can I say about this movie? John Travolta cvamping it up in platform boots, bad direction, bad editing, awful acting. I watched it to sate my curiosity and i'll never watch it again. my final comment is "ugh, ugh ugh".

    T3 rise of the machines. surely one of the most braindead sequels ever. A movie tailor made for the hard of thinking. miscast lead actor, hideous costume on the 'terminatrix' and all in all nothing but a showcase for the special effects guys to goof off with. A movie that should never have been made. A movie that I'll never watch again unless I'm held captive and forced to under threat of mutilation and death.

  4. #2074
    Quote Originally Posted by Tycho View Post
    I just rented this.

    I thought Jackson was very racist and prejudiced about his white neighbor marrying a black girl to start with. Yeah, I take his side about his new neighbors not needing to expose his children to their sex acts in their backyard swimming pool, but that didn't merit him slashing their tires or hiring a thug to vandalize their house and then seemingly attempt to rape the pregnant wife.

    The California wildfires presented an extremely tense backdrop to this story and kept that tension maintained. It was all too real as I actually lived the fire experience though it didn't come closer than 5 miles from my place.
    I'm not sure it was literal racism though. He thought his wife was cheating on him and so the interracial couple was the target of the anger he had built up for so long, failing to confront his wife and her supposed "white" lover. It wasn't until he saw he kids threatened that he really turned the heat up. He was wrong in his response - clearly. I understood it. But that doesn't mean I agreed with it.

  5. #2075
    I just watched Ed Norton and Colin Farrel in the cop movie "Pride and Glory."

    It was really good! Norton investigates dirty New York Cops and one of them turns out to be his brother-in-law who's under the command of his real brother, and who's the loved husband of his sister. There's brutal murders, terrible betrayal, racial rioting, and a shocking ending.

    This one's really worth seeing, especially if you liked "Training Day" and television like "The Shield."

  6. #2076
    Body of Lies was also awesome. (Leonardo Di Capprio and Russel Crowe).

    This was a cool CIA spy thriller set in Iraq and the rest of the Middle East during the present wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    It was very suspenseful and intense.

    Leo did a really great job acting - and sacraficing his fingers like he did

  7. #2077
    I watched a few things on my flight back:

    Lakeview Terrace
    Flash of Genius
    2 episodes of Phineas and Ferb (yes they had that on the flight!!)
    An episode of Jon and Kate plus 8
    Up, up, and OKAAAAY!!!

  8. #2078
    Slicker, how did you like Lakeview Terrace? The California wildfires were a very real scare for west-coasters like me. I actually saw that sht and had to drive through it when my grandfather fell and broke his hip.

    The movie was good, but Body of Lies and Rambo were better. Pride and Glory was really good as well

    Rambo was a majorly socially conscious movie about the stuff that's happening in Burma. I have to say I was impressed - as well as with all the blood and guts they put into this movie. It's actually banned in Burma and you'd be sent to prison for having it there - and Sylvester Stallone isn't permitted in that country - he'd be arrested on sight.

  9. #2079
    I recently watched two Independent films:

    Media Malpractice (How Obama Got Elected)
    Rendezvous with Destiny: Ronald Reagan

    Both excellent movies!

    Next up is Religoulous...by some guy named Bill Maher.
    May the force be with you.

  10. #2080
    Religoulous is funny and all too often true.

    But then again I can see where we both pick out movies that already match our preconceptions. I enjoyed (one scene in particular - the Iraq War planning part) in "W."

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