Aug. 6, 2002, 8:25 p.m. CST
at the Nuart in L.A. He enjoyed it. If you go there, go talk to the Movie Geek[Marc Edward Heuck]from "Beat the Geeks", as he works there. Lovely place.......
Aug. 6, 2002, 8:37 p.m. CST
Aug. 6, 2002, 10:57 p.m. CST
by Jaq Kalbind
Okay... I went to see Atanarjuat more than 2 weeks ago, with the hope of seeing what Ebert and now Moriarty were calling a stunning work. I sat through the film, sometimes laughing, sometimes near tears, and never at the points when I was supposed to be either laughing or crying. I left the theatre thinking, "Wow, I SHOULD like that film. But I just don't." Albeit, the scene between Oki and Atanarjuat in the Igloo fighting was an increadibly mastered and painful scene. As was his running in the glaciers after his brother's death. But let's be honest. There's a good 2 and a half hours more of footage, much of which is repititious, random, and often absurdly sudden. The script moves at such an increadibly slow pace, that when it picks up, you are left in the dust, completely unaware of what has happened, and by the 2nd hour, not really caring all that much. As a documentary, it is increadible. As a dramatic film, it is simply malcrafted. The story IS blatent and predictable, the acting IS stiff (that's not just your imagination, Moriarty), and the editing IS painfully bland. I love film. Hell, I do it as a living. I wanted this to be an increadible film. I almost feel it's my obligation to love Atanarjuat. But I just don't. I simply don't.
Aug. 6, 2002, 11:33 p.m. CST
What the French call I don't know what. This burgeoning genre needs a cool sounding name, like "Nouvelle Vague."
Aug. 6, 2002, 11:36 p.m. CST
Islam's treatment of women makes me sick. Bastards. I think Marx had some of his theories right, but instead of capitalism ending up on the trash heap of history, it will be other oppressors of people. Capitalism enables you to be powerful. Islam makes you barefoot and pregnant.
Aug. 7, 2002, 12:49 a.m. CST
I too saw a few scenes from a movie about 10 years ago that I wanted to know the title to. Unfortunately, I think it's very obscure and have no idea who was involved with making it. All I remember is that it looked like it was made in the 40's or 50's (or possibly earlier) and was filmed in some strange European country. The movie was set in some kind of fantasy/dark ages time world. The beginning of the film has some kind of castle or fort being invaded by these marauding hordes. I vividly remember a shot of a guy in a crude watchtower from behind looking down and then turning quickly around to reveal he had just been shot in the chest with an arrow. Then later on in the film some kind of Jabba the Hutt like creature made an appearance walking down the steps from the castle. This is all I remember from the film as a friend of mine was watching it at his house one day and we had to leave and I never got to see the whole film myself. I remember the video box saying something like "cast of thousands" or "largest cast ever assembled for a film" or something of the kind. I've been wondering what the film's title was for years now as it looked totally unique. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Aug. 7, 2002, 2:11 a.m. CST
Absolutely positively "The Devil's Backbone." Murky cistern full of green water; kid trussed up in ropes with a cracked eggshell skull; pale white skin; black-ringed eyes; leaking blood.
Aug. 7, 2002, 2:16 a.m. CST
by Buster Gonads
The thing about Moriarty's review about that Iranian film was that he was wise enough to point out that the wicked treatment of women in that country was an Iranian thing, not an Islam thing. Unlike that wanker who went shooting his mouth off about Islam being oppresive to women. Sure many countries with Muslim majorities and muslim leaders are full of shit when it comes to treating women and political dissidents and academics and liberals and what have you.They are the oppressors. Not the religion. Indeed many of the oppressed are muslims themselves but they choose to view the religion in the spirit with which it was formed. This was the religion after all which came out with the "daring" concept that women can own property, can choose their life partners and are equal to men. Circa 600AD. What I'm trying to say is that you don't go insulting another person's faith without understanding it first and without seeing that the issues you are so mad about is the result of the abuse of the religion and not the religion itself.
Aug. 7, 2002, 2:25 a.m. CST
Wow, one of the best indies I have seen so far this year! I did not want it to end, the cast was amazing and so was the screenplay! I highly recommend it to you guys, I saw FULL FRONTAL Last night and can I just say I was the only one in the theatre and now I know why...It was the biggest turd I have seen in ages! Tadpole was good, cute and had some funny moments in it. But hands down the funniest GUT BURSTING pee in your pants movie this summer is MARGARET CHO's THE NOTORIOUS C.H.O go see it with a bunch of your friends and prepare to have stomach cramps from laughing so hard!
Aug. 7, 2002, 3:57 a.m. CST
You are absolutely right.The religion is not to be blamed. It is the politicians who distort the religion to suit their needs. While we're on the subject of religion I think the world would be better if people decided not to join that club.
Aug. 7, 2002, 6:07 a.m. CST
it is Mateo Gil, not Gil Mateo. Mateo is the name.
Aug. 7, 2002, 10:14 a.m. CST
I can't help but feel that a film like this deserves some other parameters by which to measure its value. The quality of editing, acting, pace et at simply don't equate to the usual or traditional idea of not just film, but storytelling. It is a product of its environment, taking the shape and form of a vibrant wasteland if you'll pardon the oxymoron. This is truly as close to a film from another planet as we will see. It's not a documentary, nor should it be - that I fear would make it banal and detached. This is so much more. I certainly wouldn't fault you for not liking it - but the fact that you seem to bemoan the fact that the film wasn't entertaining enough, I feel does it a disservice. It's history on film - an uncompromising view of the myth of a people (done by the same people) that is almost gone. Plus, clearly it fucking enthralled me.
Aug. 7, 2002, 12:16 p.m. CST
weedy, for providing the perfect response to jaq's wholly justified dislike of _antanarjuat_ -- it sure ain't "entertaining", excatly, but it is truly historic as it embraces an approach to narrative we have probably never seen before, and definitely not lately in the bruckheimer era of american filmmaking/going. that we haven't seen inuit culture accurately portrayed on-screen since the arrival of the sound era (cf. the legendary _nanook of the north_) is another, less important matter to me; the interest this fact might engender is simply cultural novelty, emphemeral in itself and not much to base aesthetic criteria upon (see, btw, armond white's predictable diss of _antanarjuat_ in the ny press on these grounds, as well as the equally predictable rant against digital video, which he snarkily claims is made, and i'm paraphrasing here, for a culture than has forty words for snow). yes, i fidgeted a touch at two and a half hours, but i wouldn't have missed this cinematic experience for the world. the film moves at the glacial pace of myth and, like you (& unlike jaq), i was, by the end, completely transported into a reverie that hot nyc night that didn't let up. would that this, rather than _my big fat greek stereotypes_, could have been the indie sleeper of summer '02. and, thank you, prof. moriarty, for this roundup of foreign films. within the memory of many of our lifetimes, foreign films -- films, basically, of all descriptions, not all of which synthesized in a vat in hollywood -- used to have some legs outside of major markets; roger corman distributing ingmar bergman's _cries & whispers_, to give one big, geek-friendly example. while it's true that the video "revolution" has made "screenings" of alternative fare like for-real indies and foreign films all the more rare -- and true that the future of alt-cinema is not stadia attached to malls but dvd players attached to televisions at home -- seeing a film like _antanarjuat_ in the same room, at the same time, as other humans remains an incomparable experience no remote-based "interactivity" will ever replace. go forth, geeks, and create long lines at _Songs from the Second Floor_...for the good of cinema and for the good of humanity!
Aug. 7, 2002, 12:18 p.m. CST
...for intentionally stupid posts like dantheman's. thanks for keeping america's reputation secure.
Aug. 7, 2002, 2:30 p.m. CST
I've been to Iran, and women aren't anything close to as bad off as they used to be; sure, traditions that have after 1400 years been interwoven into the religion mean that they are not as free as in the west; but Iran is often vilified as the example of Islam gone wrong. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia, which is one of the most oppressive states in the world towards women, if not THE most misogynist state, hardly gets any notice. Why? Oh they sell us oil, and they're our friends, ain't they. I saw women cops and women lawyers in Iran, the vice-president is a woman, etc. In Saudi Arabia a woman isn't allowed to drive a car. The one thing that Iran does that always gets brought up is force women to wear a headscarf; this isn't in the Koran. Mohammed did say that they should be worn in the mosque, but only because men aren't as pure as women, and might otherwise be distracted from their contemplation of God. And on the subject of Islam: Mohammed, like a previous talkbacker pointed out, was actually about 1300 years ahead on women's rights, and the rights of people generally. This is the guy who said that all men who didn't perform foreplay on their woman for 15 minutes before sex would go to hell for the sin of torture fer chrissakes! The reason some tenets of Islam are today seen as a bit backward, is because they're loathe to let go of something that worked so well for so long. Meanwhile, catholicism only screwed us up, and forced us to change. We still didn't catch up with Islam on Human Rights until the early 1900's. There are some misogynistic rules in Islam, true. But again, most of these were introduced by one of Mohammed's successors, Omar (leader of Mohammed's army, and a man who hated women with a passion), and as such are not really a part of Islam.
Aug. 7, 2002, 2:44 p.m. CST
by otis von zipper
My Big Fat Greek Wedding has so far grossed $40 million, that's more than Bad Company, 8 Legged Freaks, Crocodile Hunter, K-19, and several other major releases. While other films plummet down the box office list, Greek Wedding moves up, moving from #10 to #9 last week. So, how is this happening? It's gotten to the point where I'm almost interested in seeing it. Question is, is it actually worth seeing?
Aug. 7, 2002, 3:27 p.m. CST
MBFGW is one of the funniest movies I've seen in a long time. It takes that "Romantic Comedy" notion Moriarty referred to above and actually does it to near perfection. And all Tom Hanks had to do was be a PRODUCER!! If this movie is playing in your area, run to see it. You don't have to be Greek to "get it." You just have to have a family. It's a "chick flick" that even the guys I know you have seen it thought it was funny.
Aug. 7, 2002, 3:36 p.m. CST
stanley spector & atribiance! i just was in toronto(for the world youth day). i liked the assortment of movies(and hell yeah..i could see minority report 3 MONTHS before it`s german release). though when i stayed in montreal i was even impressed by their choice of international films like das experiment.
Aug. 7, 2002, 3:51 p.m. CST
a film to take a look at: LOOK AT HER from almodovar!!!!
Aug. 7, 2002, 3:58 p.m. CST
Aug. 7, 2002, 4:01 p.m. CST
...than reading asinine attempts at invective. d'accord.
Aug. 7, 2002, 6:26 p.m. CST
by Clara Bow
Well, I'm glad someone understood Lucia Y El Sexo; I spent the whole movie wondering how this self-absorbed schmuck got so many hot women to sleep with him-- and trying in vain to figure out what the hell was going on. Everybody see The Last Kiss (L'Ultimo Baccio). That was a very good foreign movie- Italian- about how hard it is to stay in relationships. Very well done.
Aug. 7, 2002, 7:40 p.m. CST
It's a Devil's Backbone ref I guess... but that's not Harry floating in the water, it's Quint (notice the shark for legs).
Aug. 7, 2002, 8:06 p.m. CST
by otis von zipper
Last Kiss is starting to be shown in the U.S. I believe, and it is the follow up of a film from a few years ago called But Forever in My Mind (Come to Nessuno Mai). The director (Gabriele Muccino) planned the film to be a continuation of the charcaters as they become responsible adults, but since the setting is contemporary it's not specifically the same characters. Never the less, both films are quite good with perhaps a slight edge going to the first film; Forever in My Mind.
Aug. 9, 2002, 12:13 p.m. CST
While I enjoyed THE FAST RUNNER immensely, I cannot believe that one of the strong supporting characters falls off the face of the artic after one of the most tragic events in her life!! I spent the rest of the movie looking her resolvement...
Aug. 11, 2002, 6:04 a.m. CST
by Trader Groucho
I concur with Moriarty. Sex & Lucia is one of the best films of the year thus far, and well worth your $8-10 if the movie's playing in your area. And thankfully, no Penelope Cruz in sight! - Trader Groucho
Aug. 12, 2002, 6:32 a.m. CST
I think that having to watch THE SUM OF ALL FEARS or PEARL HARBOR is much worse than watching any french film. But if they are so terrible I wonder why the keep remaking them, and making a mess out of it by the way...
Oct. 10, 2007, 9:27 a.m. CST
by Stalin vs Predator
And why did I find this when searching for Blade Runner?