Conan

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  1. Conan

    Soderbergh

    I wouldn't say genius. Julia Roberts won the Oscar on her own merits. I do like some of his films though. Traffic was good and The Limey was good too. He does have an interesting style. I found Out of Sight to be a bit dry, and his remake of Ocean's Eleven doesn't hold up to the original so I've never really bothered to watch the sequels. I probably will someday but they're not top of my list. I think he is a very good filmmaker, I just wouldn't go so far as to call him genius. I'm sure others will disagree with me, that's just my thoughts on the subject. Who knows, perhaps someday he'll make a movie that I think is the greatest ever and changes my opinion but then the same could be said about most filmmakers.
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    Ancient Times Tales

    CGI is used mostly because it's cheaper (for the most part) and that the filmmakers are either too lazy to put together a real epic or they are pressured by the studios to make a release date that they feel it's faster to use CGI rather than cast a hundred extras or whatever the epic requires. Though CGI is usually overdone with armies that are so crowded that there is no realistic way for them to move about much less fight a war. A funnier example would be "The Mummy Returns" with it huge CGI armies and yet when the war is over there are no dead bodies on the ground or wounded people wandering around or even the slightest trace of blood. It would be nice if filmmakers would get back to making real movies rather than boring copies of videogames.
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    The Great War WWI

    Did anyone see "Flyboys" that was released to theaters a couple months back? I didn't get around to seeing it and was wondering if it is any good.
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    The Big Parade?

    This is one of the best films ever, especially in the war genre. There must be a reason TCM hasn't shown it lately, but they should.
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    Lesser known westerns

    After posting about "Haunted Gold" I just happened to be up that morning when TCM showed it. Unfortunately I am not always able to check the schedule, and when I do I only check for the times I know I will be able to view, which even then is not guaranteed that I can. I just hate knowing that there are movies that I really want to see being shown at times that I can't watch. I was also wrong in thinking that it was Mantan Moreland in "Haunted Gold", I've forgotten his name now, Bleu something or other, but he does remind me of Mantan Moreland.
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    foreign film as a genre

    It just so happens that if a film is in any language other than english it immediately has limited appeal (here in the States) and therefore go straight to the foreign film section at the video stores. The fact that this forum gets less hits than most other forums on this site is a perfect example at how limited the appeal for these films are. It has nothing to do with genre, filmmaker, subject matter, time period or anything else. Simply a mindset of, if it's not in the language I speak, I refuse to bother with it. To a lesser extent there is a similar mindset for films shown in letterbox. Though one may be hardpressed to find someone against letterbox here on the TCM website, I have overheard people in videostores complaining about letterbox and foreign language films, and if it's a foreign language film shown in letterbox, than it's likely that it is the least rented film in the store. Unless it happens to be a letterboxed, foreign language, gay themed, musical. Then chances are the video store doesn't even carry it.
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    German language films

    "Stalingrad" is a pretty good war movie. Not as good as "Das Boot" but still worth seeing.
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    "Saraband"

    I saw this in the theater when it was released here in the states. Good, though not one of his best. Still worth watching.
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    Turkish Cinema

    Apparently this style of filmmaking was popular in Turkey from the 1960's until about 1982, with Turkish Star Wars being around the last. There was also Turkish Star Trek and The Deathless Devil. Recent acquisitions which I hope to view soon.
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    Help! on DVD

    It never occured to me before, but I have never seen this movie available on DVD. Strange, it would be a nice addition to Hard Day's Night.
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    Foreign Horror

    Lucio Fulci's Zombie. Witchcraft Through the Ages. Nosferatu - both versions Suspiria Vampyros Lesbos - for something offbeat Vampyre Daughters of Darkness In the last ten years or so there was a South Korean film about a serial killer that was pretty good. I can't remember the title at the moment but I remember the title didn't sound like a horror film. Also there was a Japanese horror film made sometime in the 1990's that was really good. Unfortunately I have never been able to find the title. It is about a series of murders that have the police tracking a serial killer, but the murders are commited by different people because there is some sort of monster that transfers from person to person through water. They had a very creative way of destroying the monster at the end. If anyone knows the name of this movie please let me know as I consider it the best Japanese horror film in recent years.
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    Chicago!

    Sounds cool! Too bad I won't be in the area.
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    Is Darkness After Dawn back?

    I also enjoy the noir. It would be good for TCM to have a certain time for film noir even if they feel the need to move it from its original morning time slot. Much like the foreign films have moved to sunday night after the silent films, as long as we know when the movies will be showing things can get better. We just need a definite time to tune in.
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    Lesser known westerns

    Does anyone remember Haunted Gold starring John Wayne and Mantan Moreland? I haven't been able to track it down though I know it exists because I have a tape of it from way back when it aired on TNT.

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