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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2007 11:31 am    Post subject: Movie recs Reply with quote

Tried finding earlier thread, but it must be buried pretty deep....

NPR did a short blurb story about how Into Great Silence is now surprisingly going into a third week at the Valley Art in Tempe.

I loved this film and wrote up a review a couple weeks ago. It's definitely not for the masses... and won't suit most people, but if you're looking for some quiet meditation for over 2.5 hours and some beautiful photography... this could fit the bill.
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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2007 7:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I read about this movie when it first came out and I would really like to see it. I dont believe it has made it here to Tucson I may have to make the drive up.
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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2007 8:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice review. Now I really want to drive up. How long will it be up there? Do you know if it will make it to Tucson? There is a theater here called the Loft that tends to show movies like this but I have not heard if it will be showing this?
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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2007 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Loft is the best arthouse place in Tucson... no connection with Harkins. If you can find a contact person at the Loft, they might be able to tell you. There's a French language DVD out shortly, but the more extensive (with extras) English subtitled version will be out... in October... in case you're not able to see it in a theater.
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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2007 1:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The Loft is the best arthouse place in Tucson... no connection with Harkins. If you can find a contact person at the Loft, they might be able to tell you. There's a French language DVD out shortly, but the more extensive (with extras) English subtitled version will be out... in October... in case you're not able to see it in a theater.


Are there any good independent theaters in Phoenix? I spent a few summers there, but I always felt like The Loft (and what was the Catalina) were better than anything Phoenix had to offer. There used to be another independent theater in Tucson too. (On Broadway somewhere.) But I think that one met its doom in '01 or '02.
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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2007 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Harkins has monopolized the arthouse audience here in Phoenix for a number of years--so most of the indie/independent films either screen at the Camelview 5 or the Valley Art (in Tempe).

There's also the people who put together the Phoenix Film Festival (who have good relationship w/ Harkins), who bring a few independent films to town for special screenings... Join the Phoenix Film Society and you get notices for these screenings, which are held at one of three Harkins locations.

Pollack Tempe Cinemas (1825 East Elliot Road) has occasional weekend arthouse fare as part of its One Night Cinema series. Following is their upcoming schedule:

Opens June 8 - Eve and the Fire Horse (Canada)
Opens June 15 - Poison Friends (France)
Opens June 22 - Live-In Maid (Argentina)
No Film The Weekend of 6/29
Opens July 6 - Allegro (Denmark)
Opens July 13 - Private Fears In Public Places
Opens July 20 - Amu (India/USA)
No Film The Weekend of 7/27
Opens August 3 - Killer of Sheep (USA)
Opens August 10 - All The Days Before Tomorrow (USA)
Opens August 17 - The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros (Philippines)

* Note: Killer of Sheep is getting rave reviews from critics and is the ONE film I was most hoping to see; however, it's going to be here the same weekend I'm heading to LA to see the Dbacks play (c'est la vie)

We used to have a Madstone Theater here for a couple years that offered welcome competition to the Harkins monopoly, but they pulled out. Harkins upped the ante and essentially made the situation financially impossible for Madstone to establish itself here. Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2007 6:06 am    Post subject: Re: Movie recs Reply with quote

moviegeekjn wrote:
Tried finding earlier thread, but it must be buried pretty deep....

NPR did a short blurb story about how Into Great Silence is now surprisingly going into a third week at the Valley Art in Tempe.

I loved this film and wrote up a review a couple weeks ago. It's definitely not for the masses... and won't suit most people, but if you're looking for some quiet meditation for over 2.5 hours and some beautiful photography... this could fit the bill.


Do you know how long this will be in Tempe? We are thinking of making a road trip for it.
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2007 7:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No telling... I'm a bit surprised that it's now into its third week. But there may be a sufficient community into spiritual related material--recently What the "bleep" ran at the Valley Art for about a year.

Check the Harkins website or one of the moviefone type sites on either Wednesday or Thursday, and put in Friday's date there to see what will be screening then--if it's listed for Friday then the movie will run there at least another week.
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2007 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

moviegeekjn wrote:
No telling... I'm a bit surprised that it's now into its third week. But there may be a sufficient community into spiritual related material--recently What the "bleep" ran at the Valley Art for about a year.

Check the Harkins website or one of the moviefone type sites on either Wednesday or Thursday, and put in Friday's date there to see what will be screening then--if it's listed for Friday then the movie will run there at least another week.

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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2007 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Prosopis wrote:
There is a theater here called the Loft that tends to show movies like this but I have not heard if it will be showing this?


The Loft has a My Space profile. You can probably find out what's coming soon there at that web location.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2007 5:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Loft in Tucson is showing Killer of Sheep July 6 - 12. This 1981 film is finally getting a few screenings after years of neglect, despite overwhelming critical raves... It's going to be showing one weekend in Tempe, but I'll be watching the Dbacks in LA that weekend...
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2007 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Summer blockbuster season is generally the pits for me (although I'm looking forward to upcoming weekend releases the the latest Pixar feature and Michael Moore's documentary on the health care system).

Two films made for adults that go against the general mindless fare:

A Mighty Heart -- Angelina Jolie stars as wife of Daniel Pearl during his ill-fated kidnapping. Intense re-telling but not especially provocative.

La Vie En Rose -- impressionistic Edith Piaf biopic that selects a few keys from her tragic life to show what drove her as an artist. Great acting performance by Marion Cotillard... and the music is Piaf (lip synched by the actress)
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Pixar has yet to make a wrong move. Add Ratatouille to their list of winners--Directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles and The Iron Giant), this ranks among Pixar's best. It works for all ages and across mentalities, so you can take your kids and enjoy it as well.

Have seen it twice--once at late night "midnight showing" with lots of rowdy teens and young twenties in the audience and the second time at early matinee with several parents with very young kids in tow. Both screenings were loudly applauded at the end. (Note: it may not work with anyone under the age of two, however)
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2007 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought ratatouille was decent but not in the same categorie as pixar's previous movies. Kind of cute and kind of funny but I dont know that Ill ever watch it again personally.

I also went to transformers yesterday which I thought was pretty lame. I really think it was geared towards the 18 and under crowd way too much cause I found the lead actor to be rather annoying, a lot of the dialogue to be retarded, and much of the story to be contrived. The special effects were good but not enough to carry the movie I thought.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2007 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Transformers was a great movie.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2007 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I really think it was geared towards the 18 and under crowd way too much cause I found the lead actor to be rather annoying, a lot of the dialogue to be retarded, and much of the story to be contrived.

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Transformers was a great movie.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2007 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Films I've seen recently that I liked:

Once
Waitress
You're Gonna Miss Me (a documentary on musician Roky Erickson)
Hot Fuzz
Knocked Up
The Wind That Shakes The Barley
Sicko

A film I want to see this weekend:

Eagle vs. Shark

Films that are on my radar, but not immediately:

Ratatouille
A Mighty Heart
The Big Bad Swim
You Kill Me
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2007 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

David B wrote:

Films that are on my radar, but not immediately:

Ratatouille
A Mighty Heart
The Big Bad Swim
You Kill Me


I saw You Kill Me a few weeks ago--amusing and Ben Kingsley shows good comic timing. Esp. like the surreal AA meetings when Kingsley's character explains why he's there (he's a hit man who's been ordered to get treatment... or else).

Wrote up review of A Mighty Heart a while ago. It's alright--best thing about it is its timing... a film for adults released during summer schlock period.

Like you, I enjoyed Once quite a bit. It may end up on my top 10 of the year.

I also enjoyed La Vie En Rose, but I'm a huge Piaf fan destined to love any film with her in the soundtrack than most people.

I also very much want to see The Wind That Shakes the Barley.
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I guess I should have included La Vie En Rose as being on my radar as well. I just have a feeling I'm not going to end up finding the time to catch it in the theatres. During the summer, my love of movies has to share time with my love for baseball, and my 7 games in 6 days midwest baseball trip is coming up in less than three weeks.
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During the summer, my love of movies has to share time with my love for baseball, and my 7 games in 6 days midwest baseball trip is coming up in less than three weeks.


heh... That's perfectly understandable.

btw, in St. Louis, there's an arthouse movie theater off the Delmar Loop (via Metrolink)
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btw, in St. Louis, there's an arthouse movie theater off the Delmar Loop (via Metrolink)


An excellent bit of information (though I'll have a rental car, so I won't have to rely on Metrolink). I'll file that with the recommendation I have for barbecue in Kansas City.

The Simpsons movie opens that week too, but I think it's going to have to wait until I get back to P-land. I have a night game Friday (when it opens), a day night doubleheader on Saturday, and a day game on Sunday. Guess I could always try and squeeze it in Sunday night, but I would at least like a few hours to explore the city.
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The Prestige dvd rental double thumbs up.
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I saw You Kill Me. A very clever film. Basically, a romantic comedy wrapped in the guise of alcoholism and mafia hits.

Eagle vs. Shark was not quite as clever. It seemed like it was trying too hard to be quirky and offbeat.

Last night I saw The Big Bad Swim, a slight but charming "relationship" film.
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Played hookie (or is it hooky?) from work and took my boy to Harry Potter and the order of the Phoenix. Like the book, it really didn't move the whole story line very far along. Nice special effects, the wand battle at the end was ninjariffic. If you're a Potter fan, you can't miss it.
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Played hookie (or is it hooky?) from work and took my boy to Harry Potter and the order of the Phoenix. Like the book, it really didn't move the whole story line very far along. Nice special effects, the wand battle at the end was ninjariffic. If you're a Potter fan, you can't miss it.


I agree. The movie and really the last three or so in the series have seemingly been more geared towards the reader and less towards making it appeal to kids (kind of the opposite of the latest star wars trilogy). Of course, I say that as someone who has never read teh book but more assuming that is why theyve geared it more towards an older audience.

Either way, I didnt like it overall as much as the goblet of fire probably but I agree that the last 20 or so minutes was very good.
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