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Re: Dec MDC Write-ups
« Reply #10 on: December 03, 2008, 11:47:56 AM »
Bigger, Stronger, Faster*.

This was quite an interesting documentary. It starts off small, one man and his family's usage of steroids, but grows to ask questions about the American way and whether it is any good or not. I found both parts equally fascinating. His family is really interesting, especially his two brothers who are hooked on roids. The most interesting person in the whole doc is his father, the only true "hero" in that he just wants what is best for his children. It is interesting to see how the fixation on being the biggest and the best effects this family (the brother who coaches the HS football team is gonna have some 'splainin to do to the kids he lied to).

This doc doesn't really take a strong side against steroids and it presents both sides equally, but that isn't very important. The Ahnold section towards the end is also fascinating and it is here that he makes the second most poignant statement about the American dream through the mouth of Ahnold himself. The most poignant scene is back with his family, though, right after his little (figuratively, not literally) brother benches 700 pounds. He freezes the frame and shows how excited his mother and father are, even though they know full well that steroids were the cause of all of his success.

I enjoyed all of the pop culture stuff and this movie really made me think about they way Americans say one thing and do another just to get ahead. Good stuff.

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Re: Dec MDC Write-ups
« Reply #11 on: December 03, 2008, 02:16:01 PM »
Man On Wire


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I am so glad this film was assigned to me as I was avoiding it, even though it was so highly praised. Why would I avoid it? As fate would have it, I had been planing a trip to New York for months before 9/11 and was set to arrive on the 16th. Then the towers fell. Again fate intervened, it turned out they were asking for archaeologists to come down and help sift through the rubble. I ended up working at ground zero for several days. It was terrible.

Man on Wire was hard to watch in parts, bringing back those few days. It is, nonetheless, a great film. The thrill of watching of him on the wire was immeasurable. I can only imagine his emotions. Telling the story as a caper was genius. Although I knew the ending I was still riveted.

And Phillipe, oh Phillip, what a great character! By character I mean, he is so unusual and infectious that you hardly believe him real at times. He is a joy to watch at every moment.

This film will make my top ten of 2008 list, and my top all time documentaries list.

Thank you so much gman for assigning it to me.
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Re: Dec MDC Write-ups
« Reply #12 on: December 03, 2008, 03:03:14 PM »

Man on Wire was hard to watch in parts, bringing back those few days.

Yah i would assume that would be true for someone in your situation, but one thing i loved about the film is that it never mentions 9/11. Absolutely never. Which is a great little touch to a fantastically paced movie.

The thrill of watching of him on the wire was immeasurable.


Even though it was just pictures, another part that amazed me.


This film will make my top ten of 2008 list, and my top all time documentaries list.

Thank you so much gman for assigning it to me.

you're welcome. i knew you would like it. I'm much more scared to see what roujin thought about rocknrolla.

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« Reply #13 on: December 09, 2008, 07:54:41 AM »
Young@Heart

A wonderful film about a choir full of senior citizens doing modern and classic rock and pop tracks.

At first I found it hard to get over the novelty value (seemingly the only value) of the choir's performances and the intrusiveness and self-inclusion of the director. As time went on though there were some genuinely good performances and the director seemed to back off a bit, focusing more on the wonderful characters in the choir.

I loved the music videos scattered throughout (I Wanna be Sedated and Road to Nowhere, among others) and it got a little dusty in the room as a couple of members (can a documentary have spoilers?) died. I found this a tremendously emotional film, I laughed, I cried.

There are definitely some flaws to the film (I would've liked to learn more about choir director Bob Sillman for example, but it may have been his choice to not be that involved) but overall I recommend it to anyone who wants to be entertained and have some things to think about after the credits roll.

8/10
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Re: Dec MDC Write-ups
« Reply #14 on: December 09, 2008, 11:28:58 AM »
Great! I had the same feelings as you did (aka crying and laughing and wanting to see more of the head guy). It really is a good documentary.
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« Reply #15 on: December 09, 2008, 03:27:08 PM »

Funny Games U.S. (Michael Haneke, 2008)

You can understand what someone is going for, but absolutely loathe the final outcome.  That's what happened here.  This arthouse answer to the "torture porn" genre doesn't really work on any level.

While beginning with a genuinely creepy and unpleasant vibe, the film proceeds at a glacially slow pace and a total lack of understanding about humanity.  You don't care what happens to the characters because no one is a developed character, who genuinely behaves like a human, they're simply props in a badly written moral dictation.

Watts and Roth are too talented to be caught up in this piece that gets lost in translation from the original.

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Re: Dec MDC Write-ups
« Reply #16 on: December 09, 2008, 03:30:01 PM »
One star seems about right. Out of curiosity, did you see the original?
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« Reply #17 on: December 09, 2008, 04:00:35 PM »
I think he gave it 1 and a half stars. He must have been feeling generous.
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« Reply #18 on: December 09, 2008, 04:10:21 PM »
In general, I am very, very hesitant to give out anything less than 1 1/2 stars.  If you look at my Year In Review post here, most of the stuff I dislike ends up at 1 1/2-2.

And to answer your question, duder, no, I haven't.

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Re: Dec MDC Write-ups
« Reply #19 on: December 09, 2008, 04:40:50 PM »
This is what happens when you have seen all of the really great movies of the year. I really wanted to give you The Fall or something but you had to go and see everything already. So, I appreciate your honest review. I know I didn't like the movie but I think it works better than you say it does. Oh swells, you win some you lose some.
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