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  1. SansFin

    Films of 2018

    Do you believe that they should use tracks instead of wheels as all the best helicopters do?
  2. I thank you for your kind words but flattery will get you nowhere. :) I have reached the point where I no longer feel it is a total fib to claim that I am fluent in writing English but it will be many years yet before I can hope to nibble at the edges of being articulate in it.
  3. There are two kinds of people: those who can extrapolate from incomplete data.
  4. I am sorry that I have taken so long to address this issue. Alice in Wonderland (2010) I have seen a great deal of criticism of this movie. I must wonder if it is because expectations were so very high. It is: Tim Burton (The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), Corpse Bride (2005)) and Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean (2003), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)) in a Disney movie with Helena Bonham Carter and Crispin Glover. It does seem that the movie should be perfect. I am sad to say that it is not. The CGI is astounding but it is still CGI. It in many ways seems to me to be more of a technical-craft movie than whimsical surrealism. I find it emotionally quite flat. I like it sufficiently to have purchased the DVD and rewatch it at intervals but I do not question the taste or intelligence of people who do not like it. Ran (1985) This is a version of King Lear set in Japan and directed by Akira Kurosawa. It is a very powerful and intense movie. My Neighbor Totoro (1988) This is one of my favourite movies of all time! It is innocent beyond belief but does not stoop to sickly sweetness. It is a world with soot sprites which take over old houses and spread dust everywhere but which scatter when people come near. Friendly monsters nap in forest glades. Giant cats carry you wherever you wish to go. Hayao Miyazaki is best known for: Spirited Away (2001) and Kiki's Delivery Service (1989) but I love this movie much more. Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990) This was a play written by Tom Stoppard and directed by him as a movie. Gary Oldman and Tim Roth are such minor characters in Hamlet that they are unsure which is Rosencrantz and which is Guildenstern. Their story intersects with Hamlet but they are very much actors given no direction and are seeking meaning in the world. Player: Audiences know what they expect and that is all they are prepared to believe in. I feel very strongly that the last two should be required viewing for all. Their humour could not be more different but are two of the best movies ever made.
  5. SansFin

    Incorrect TCM Movie Ads/Synopses

    I believe that one synopsis ruined a movie for me. I am sorry to say that I do not remember either title or stars. The synopsis stated that there was a romantic triangle. The movie is about an aviator who was overprotective of his sister and a new aviator who wished to date that sister. I spent the time of the entire movie looking for cues and hints indicating that the brother and sister were dating. The movie was made during the code and so I knew that they would have to be subtle but I found none. This distraction and disappointment made the movie seem quite uninteresting.
  6. It was the photographer's discretion to not capture where the end of the nose is exploring.
  7. You may be happy to learn that in production is a movie of the relationship between an "I only made that movie because I needed the money" bimbette and her co-star who she learns is the love-child of: The Creature From the Black Lagoon and an African bat.
  8. It can be a result from indulging in herbs. One should seek medical attention if it causes one to watch movies for more than four hours.
  9. I am happy to say that my Thanksgiving was uneventful. I finished installing the carpet in the transition area between hallway and living room. I made great headway in sorting the items in one large junk drawer into smaller drawers. I found a remote for the television which we replaced last year. I won $40 on a $2 scratch-off lottery ticket! I did not bother to make a meal. I ate the best parts of the leftovers in the refrigerator and threw away the rest of them so that now the refrigerator is relatively clean. The only 'new' thing I ate was a complete package of chocolate-mint cookies. Capuchin left Wednesday and I do not expect him to return before Monday or Tuesday. I miss him a little but it is no hardship that he is gone for this time because Thanksgiving is not one of my holidays. I am coming to enjoy it but it is not close to my heart. I braved the Black Friday crowd by going out at approx. ten o'clock today to purchase a vacuum cleaner at Lowe's. I now have to determine best placement before Capuchin's return. I will not tell him of it and will wait for him to be surprised. I hope he approves as I put it on his credit card. My movie watching yesterday and today has been minimal because I am working through the Diana Rigg/Emma Peel seasons of: The Avengers on Tubi. I did watch: Alice in Wonderland (2010) which I love despite its reviews, Ran (1985), My Neighbor Totoro (1988) and Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990).
  10. It is my understanding that 'noir' connotes a work which obscures lines in traditionally black-and-white situations. It involves moral ambiguity while good people do bad things and bad people become heroes. The cynicism is cranked up to eleven and the fatalism is palpable. There is no reason why such a stylistic approach to storytelling would be confined to a single genre. I have read reviews which state that: Gunslinger Girl (2003) is a type of noir. None did explicitly term it as: anime noir but the implication is there. I would not personally term it such as I find little moral ambiguity within the main characters: they are simply sweet and innocent little girls who assassinate Republicans.
  11. SansFin

    Favorite Movie Lines

    What you plan and what takes place ain't ever exactly been similar. Serenity (2005)
  12. I hope that all here are safe and have a Happy Thanksgiving!
  13. SansFin


    I love this movie very much for many reasons. Each scene is precise in its meanings and execution. It is narcissistic self-evaluation and realization. There are dichotomies within dichotomies. The movie is in all regards honest at the expense of the ego and vanity of the autobiographer. Bob Fosse was the greatest choreographer of the Twentieth Century and he choreographed this entire movie with his unique blend of sinister sexiness and self-destructive passion. The movie is a disturbingly realistic close-up of a life fully embracing Wallenda's: "To be on the wire is life. The rest is waiting." It clearly delineates between what is tolerated, what is embraced and what is sacrificed on the altar of passion. It is the story of a flawed hero continuously seeking a chalice beyond human reach. The only uncomfortable spot for me is the: Everything Old is New Again dance scene. Ann Reinking has the longest and most graceful legs in human history and I am intolerably jealous to the point of exasperation.
  14. My favorite tribute to that dance scene is this:
  15. I believe their #11: All That Jazz (1979) ‘Take Off With Us’ is iconic. The contrasts within it are supreme. It is first a lighthearted romp and then serious social critique. The dancers make it look so light and easy and we see also the strain and sweat. Passion and ennui, precision teamwork and individual excellence and tradition and innovation are all juxtaposed perfectly. I find it interesting also that this is within Bob Fosse's autobiographical work while two other dance scenes in the WP list were choreographed by him also. I doubt that any person could seriously argue against: ‘The Aloof, the Heavyweight, the Big Finish’ and: ‘Whatever Lola Wants’ being listed among the greatest dance scenes ever. I loved the writer's description of B. Fosse as: "the master of sinister sexiness."

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