Author Topic: 1990s US Bracket: Verdicts  (Read 472883 times)

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Re: 1990s US Bracket commentary
« Reply #120 on: December 19, 2007, 11:15:22 AM »
I was kind of surprised by your choice because of the way you wrote your comparison. I've never seen Bad Lieutenant and generally am harder on Disney than most, so I won't presume anything.
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Re: 1990s US Bracket commentary
« Reply #121 on: December 19, 2007, 11:26:53 AM »
Yeah, I wrote it like that on purpose. I wanted the pick to be a little bit of a surprise. Basically, it comes down to this. I would rather watch Beauty and the Beast again than Bad Lieutenant.

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Re: 1990s US Bracket commentary
« Reply #122 on: December 19, 2007, 01:06:22 PM »
I was kind of surprised by your choice because of the way you wrote your comparison. I've never seen Bad Lieutenant and generally am harder on Disney than most, so I won't presume anything.

Yeah, I was surprised too, especially with the abuse critique of B&B paired with noting the increasing "prickness" of Gaston.  Your reasoning basically states that you like B&B because you were entertained into repressing all the negatives with an upbeat tempo, nice songs, and a happy ending.

I get your follow-up that you would be more likely to watch B&B again rather than BL, but ouch!
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Re: 1990s US Bracket commentary
« Reply #123 on: December 19, 2007, 01:08:22 PM »
skjerva, you know that you and I are more likely than some to be a bit reactionary with our viewing.
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Re: 1990s US Bracket commentary
« Reply #124 on: December 20, 2007, 01:18:20 AM »
skjerva, you know that you and I are more likely than some to be a bit reactionary with our viewing.

 :) [warm fuzzy]
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Re: 1990s US Bracket commentary
« Reply #125 on: December 20, 2007, 09:19:42 AM »
Awwwwww.
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Re: 1990s US Bracket commentary
« Reply #126 on: December 24, 2007, 11:39:02 AM »
Kids vs. Rushmore

Jason Schwartzman, as Max Fischer, will never have a better performance.  Murphy, as Herman Blume, is good, of course, he fits this all-too-common exaggeratedly understated comedic character perfectly.  Rushmore is fun, don't get me wrong, but what is going on with the film?  Max and Herman fight over a woman, Rosemary Cross (Olivia Williams), "She is my Rushmore".  If all the world is a stage, as the film seems to imply, then the world's women are props.  Margaret Yang (Sara Tanaka) is in a similar pickle-as-a-prop.  The leaning on the soundtrack doesn't really work for the film, though it seems to want it to; I typically don't fall for this style of film-making.  Herman's speech in the chapel is a strange anomaly in the film as far as I can tell, the bit about putting the "rich boys in the crosshairs and taking them down" - no idea.

I'm not sure why Larry Clark's Kids isn't talked about more often, maybe it is just too raw.  The film follows a bunch of scantily clad kids having sex, drinking, using drugs, talking crassly - doing whatever it is that proper folks would imagine improper kids doing.  There are plenty of interesting, and fairly obvious, questions the films raises, what interests me most is the metaphor of these kids as the US.  Added bonus: ChloŽ Sevigny, Rosario Dawson, and Leo Fitzpatrick (Marcus, from Storytelling) (among others) all got their starts in this film. 

Sorry for the brevity.  I still have the Goodfellas vs. Safe commentary hanging over my head, I just wanted to spit this one out.

Clearly Kids kicks Rushmore's proverbial ass.

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Re: 1990s US Bracket commentary
« Reply #127 on: December 24, 2007, 01:23:05 PM »
I don't think you should be allowed to review Wes Anderson films.  Especially when matched up in exploitive kiddie porn in lefty art clothing.   ;)
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Re: 1990s US Bracket commentary
« Reply #128 on: December 24, 2007, 05:37:30 PM »
I don't think you should be allowed to review Wes Anderson films.  Especially when matched up in exploitive kiddie porn in lefty art clothing.   ;)

That might be true:)

Overall, I do like Rushmore more than not, and I did finally make it to Darjeeling a few days ago and it was better than I expected (and I think I would even say good).
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Re: 1990s US Bracket commentary
« Reply #129 on: December 26, 2007, 07:12:46 AM »
I don't think you should be allowed to review Wes Anderson films.  Especially when matched up in exploitive kiddie porn in lefty art clothing.   ;)

That might be true:)

Overall, I do like Rushmore more than not, and I did finally make it to Darjeeling a few days ago and it was better than I expected (and I think I would even say good).

you've cut me deep, skjerva!  Rushmore is really one of my favorite movies and Kids just makes me feel gross.  How could you side against my dear Jason Schwartzman?  Shocking I tell you, just shocking!  :o