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Mini movie review [Nov. 23rd, 2003|01:37 am]
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Mini movie review:Roberto Benigni's Pinocchio


Not quite as stinky as I'd heard, but still not any good. Even if you can buy the 50-year old Benigni as an animated boy-puppet, the movie still fails. Note that I have NEVER seen the Disney version and have only a vague knowledge of the canonical story, and I still thought "eeh." Nicely shot with some pretty sets and costumes, but story falls flat in many places:

The Cricket conscience has maybe 5 minutes total screen time and isn't terribly persuasive for a conscience, the Blue Fairy appears as a character willing to help Pinocchio without any prior relationship to him and with no apparent reason for being interested in his welfare; Pinocchio never mentions wanting to be a "real boy", yet suddenly in the 3rd act it's a big issue and treated like it's been a driving force in the first 2 acts. The nose-growing thing only happens twice (maybe three times at most). The film is a bit too sinister for kids, yet too simplistic for most adults. And Benigni REALLY hams it up and overacts, which, if you've seen many of his films, you'll realize is quite an accomplishment, though not a good one.

If you've guessed from my recent posts, I am now a slave member of Netflix. Your mission: recommend me something (new or old) to see that you think I might like. Preferably something I can get thru Netflix that it wouldn't have occured to me to rent otherwise (ie: "LOTR:Two towers" might be a fine film but is a bad recommendation as I'm already intending to see it; "Pink Lady and Jeff" is a good recommendation, as I had no idea it was on DVD and I bet it's as entertaining as "Nude for Satan"); leave a comment with your suggestion(s).
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[User Picture]From: dougo
2003-11-23 03:55 am (UTC)
I recommend getting DVDs of movies you've already seen, and listening to the audio commentary track. I did this with Go a few years ago and enjoyed it a lot; I keep meaning to check out others, but I watch so few movies these days that I don't get around to re-watching any. I still have a borrowed copy of the 3-disc Brazil set that's been waiting for me to listen to the commentary tracks-- I think I've had it for over two years now...
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[User Picture]From: li_kao
2003-11-23 05:54 am (UTC)

I don't know if you can get it from Netflix...

Stethoscope

I think it was made in your back yard.
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From: ex_rumspring720
2003-11-23 08:13 am (UTC)

My best recent netflix rentals:

1. "Vampires Anonymous" - a guy recognizes that he has a problem when he accidentlly sucks his non-vamp girlfriend's blood.
Cheap, fun little flick. Takes the "Buffy" universe and turns it on its head... with sheep-fuckers. Entertaining.

2. "Strangers With Candy"
genius.
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[User Picture]From: tinymammoth
2003-11-23 10:58 am (UTC)
"The Kingdom" is a tv series directed by Lars Von Trier, but I saw Breaking the Waves and didn't see much similarity. It's more like the Danish Twin Peaks. It's hilarious and sick and imaginative.

I'm also a fan of the early Peter Greenaway movie A Zen and Two Naughts. Greenaway is wildly uneven but I remember this one being a favorite.
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From: ex_rumspring720
2003-11-24 12:36 am (UTC)

Traumatized!

I am so traumatized by "Breaking the Waves". My future in-laws love that damned film, and couldn't believe that I was so upset that I had to exit the room for being unable to stomach it!

So Lara: I think that makes it a humdinger recommendation :-)
TinyM: I'll have to see the Kingdom, maybe I can forgive Von Trier for the trauma of Breaking the Waves.

Also:
Absolutely Fabulous (maybe, TV show)
and my crim law prof. recommended we watch "Law and ORder" to learn about crim law. I put that in my netflix cue.
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From: (Anonymous)
2003-11-23 11:22 am (UTC)

i don't know you but

"taste of cherry"
"in the mood for love"
"contempt"
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[User Picture]From: the_autoclave
2003-11-23 12:23 pm (UTC)
peter fonda movies:
the trip
the hired hand

swinging '60s movies:
a taste of honey
smashing time
georgie girl
blow up
the knack (and how to get it) - this is actually crap, but, y'know...

the moview which inspired 12 monkeys:
la jete

i assume you've seen down by law a gazillion times.
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[User Picture]From: li_kao
2003-11-23 01:36 pm (UTC)
She screams-a for ice-cream-a like no other.
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[User Picture]From: lemur68
2003-11-23 01:43 pm (UTC)
American Splendor, whenever it comes out. Dunno if you've seen it, but I can see you enjoying it.
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[User Picture]From: tyrsalvia
2003-11-23 08:53 pm (UTC)
A Chef in Love
My Dinner with Andre
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