July 22, 2009, 10:35 a.m. CST
July 22, 2009, 10:35 a.m. CST
July 22, 2009, 10:46 a.m. CST
Old joke. <p> www.cults.co.nz/sci/elrondhubbard.jpg
July 22, 2009, 10:47 a.m. CST
July 22, 2009, 10:50 a.m. CST
Does anyone know if the Region 4 (Australian) release of LET THE RIGHT ONE IN has the correct subtitles, or are they "dumbed down" like the Region 1 (American) release? <p> Got a family member going to the Oz in a few weeks and thinking of asking her to bring it back for me.
July 22, 2009, 11:17 a.m. CST
Oh you mean our minds don't LITERALLY blow up upon viewing? (Thanks for clearing that up.)
One more question for Australians...<p> Hugh Jackman - bender or not?
July 22, 2009, 11:59 a.m. CST
It's always interesting to hear blatant examples of China being the Evil Totalitarian nation. It always seems like much of their population is thoroughly supportive of being enslaved. Weird psychology... it's like the entire nation has stockholm syndrome.
July 22, 2009, 11:59 a.m. CST
ha! I slay me.
July 22, 2009, 12:01 p.m. CST
I have no problem with art-house cinema. I like quite a bit of thoughtful cinema that is considered by critics and enthusiasts alike to be "Artful." <br> <br> That being said, I never really "got" Jim J. It's not that I don;t understand his films and it's not that I can't appreciate him or what he's trying to deliver to the audience; I just simply do not find his movies entertaining in any way. They all have their moments, but it sounds like this new one is all that I don;t like about his films amplified to 11. <br> <br> I agree with the writer that it seems like Jarmusch sometimes walks around with a camera until he finds someone interesting and starts filming until the subject does something. I think that is an incredible summation of his work. I ave lots of friends who swear by and love these movies, I just don't like them. Call me mindless and ignorant, but I do have a desire to be entertained and not be used as a tool by which Jarmusch can express just how arty and abstract he is. That seems to be it. David Lynch is abstract and David Lynch is art. Yet, David Lynch's best work seems to be behind him; before he became aware of how abstract and arty he really was. Jarmusch seems to have always had this self-awareness and it seems to me that he wants to prove it to everybody and his films are just that and nothing more. "Look at me and how cool and artistic my vision is." Not my cup of tea.
July 22, 2009, 12:22 p.m. CST
It's a PG-13 shitfest that is getting a free pass because Raimi directed it.
July 22, 2009, 1:22 p.m. CST
And that's saying something for a cheapskate like me.<br>Way, waaaay over-rated. Cheesy and predictable; and before someone starts touting the "you just didn't understand it" line, yes -- I did understand that the film was made with a tongue-in-cheek approach. I understand that the film was made with sensibilities to classic "scary" movies.<br><br>The only "horror" involved with "Drag Me To Hell" was the horrible amount of wasted time my butt was planted in the theater seat.
July 22, 2009, 1:47 p.m. CST
I haven't seen it yet, but so many were gushing over it I kind of felt bad for not going to check it out.
July 22, 2009, 1:51 p.m. CST
Justin Long's contract with Apple specifies that he cannot use any non-apple related computer or cell phone technology (publicly or privately) for at least 7 years after the termination of that ad campaign.
July 22, 2009, 2:29 p.m. CST
I'm probably not the target demographic for "Drag Me To Hell", and so take it with a grain of salt. The movie features a lot of old lady gross-out shtick (i.e. French kissing a hag with dentures -- they go back to that well several times). I think the target audience is probably 12 - 18 year old boys whose creative repertoire includes Green Lantern and/or Living Dead comics. Nothing wrong with that, except if you've seen more than a few horror flicks, there's a real "been-there, done-that" feel that becomes weary very quickly.
July 22, 2009, 2:52 p.m. CST
by Col. Tigh-Fighter
July 22, 2009, 3:27 p.m. CST
Yes...i am so sorry to say, it WAS that bad. I didn;t expect too much from it, I wanted a fucking Raimi movie to knock me out. I didn't need to see the greatest horror film ever; I just wanted to be entertained and the movie was a massive fail of epic proportions. No bullshit. <br> <br> The weirdest thing about it was that it was the directing that failed the most. I could understand if Raimi had put together a mess of a movie, hell, I saw Spiderman 3! As bad as that was, it had some nice Raimi touches here and there and it felt like a cinematic experience. Drag Me To Hell, on the onther hand, felt like it was made by two twelve-year-old boys. <br> <br> The acting, all by servicable actors, was directionless. It felt like Raimi hit one take of every scene, and you could almost feel him yelling "action," and "cut." right after the scripted dialogue was spoken. <br> <br> I know a few people liked it, and some will defend it by calling me an idiot and saying I didn't "get it" or can't grasp Raimi's intentions. I got it. <br> <br> It was just bad.
July 22, 2009, 5:38 p.m. CST
It had some moments, and Lohman kept things fun and insane, but... it was a mess. And Mac boy was absurdly bad. Save your $ and time.
July 22, 2009, 6:51 p.m. CST
by Amy Chasing
the abridged version. So sad. I got to see the complete first part a while back and it was fantastic!
July 23, 2009, 2:46 a.m. CST
Dammit. And they have a cool photoshop to go with it...
July 23, 2009, 3:30 a.m. CST
Yea well i spose Communist China is more interesting. Still its a high profile director and it doesn't get any reports in local news. Balibo looks wonderful and i agree Connolly is certainly the best aussie director stil directing aussie films. The Boys was amazing and The Bank solidified his work for me.
July 23, 2009, 12:21 p.m. CST
...again, because i loved it the first time. actually, i'll walk, thanks. in some ways, it's the most abstract while at the same time the most essential jarmusch film, and a cool drink of jj's trademark old-school hipster zen. we will look back on it as the masterpiece it surely is, as we do for _dead man_ now and so thoroughly missed the goddamn boat on at the time, as well, likewise, also (both have killer soundtracks, too, also, plus which)...
July 23, 2009, 8:44 p.m. CST
Actually, Ken Loach got a fair bit of press coverage, though it was mostly drowned out by all the China controversy. I'm just looking forward to the fallout from Balibo. Should be great to watch.