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    Ahh Tarkovsky.
    What's Elena?
    "Nature is a damp, inconvenient sort of place where birds and animals wander about uncooked."

    from Speedy Death

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    Girls Just Want to Have Fun (with Sarah Jessica Parker), for ALL the cheesy dance competition and music

    AND

    Mannequin (with Kim Cattrall) for the window displays

    Just realized they have two of the SITC cast...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bostonfan View Post
    "Red Dawn". I seem to recall it was critically panned, but I loved it! Absurd premise, but I got a kick out of the idea that high school kids could stir up such resistance. I think it marked the first movie that Swayze and Jennifer Grey were in together before Dirty Dancing. Plus Charlie Sheen, Leah Thompson, C Thomas Howell. A veritable "Who's Who" of 80's brat packers.
    RD, isn't a great movie, but it's not horrible. The acting by the kids who were relatively new to acting wasn't bad.

    What's going to be bad is the remake of "Red Dawn". It's almost straight to video bad.

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    Flash Gordon. A campy, over-the-top cheese-fest . Queen composed the soundtrack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Civic View Post
    Flash Gordon. A campy, over-the-top cheese-fest . Queen composed the soundtrack.
    There was a porn move called Flesh Gordon that was a REALLY over-the-top cheesefest.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FilYgi_LZ_c

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    Quote Originally Posted by IceAlisa View Post
    Ahh Tarkovsky.
    What's Elena?
    Re "Elena" - you can watch trailer in Russian, and read the description, and later down-load the full movie (or I can give you my copy later, but it's not an official DVD).

    While it is not a cinematographical "master-piece" it has many interesting points as far as "post-soviet society mentality".

    There are all "watch-on-line" sites for future use if you want more Russian movies on your computer.

    http://nashe-kino-online.ru/2011/09/...russkie-filmy/

    http://kinoline.su/9958-elena-elena-2011.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Civic View Post
    Flash Gordon. A campy, over-the-top cheese-fest . Queen composed the soundtrack.
    Wasn't a young and gorgeous Timothy Dalton in that?

    "FLASH! Ooooeeeoooo, you saved every one of us! "

    Did I get that song right? I remember it like that.

    ETA: OK, here ya go:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyIIY...eature=related

    God, I love Queen!

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    The one that sprung immediately to mind for me was Howard the Duck. I didn't love it, but I did enjoy for its cheezy funness.

    I'm sure there are others.

    As for the "critically acclaimed films I hated" ... where do I start? So I'll just cite the most recent one: The Tree of Life. Self-indulgent, pretentious, and groaning under the weight of its own metaphors. The kind of movie that, if you dare to voice a negative opinion, be prepared for a barrage of "Oh, you just didn't get it."

    But it was very pretty to look at.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tinami Amori View Post
    Re "Elena" - you can watch trailer in Russian, and read the description, and later down-load the full movie (or I can give you my copy later, but it's not an official DVD).

    While it is not a cinematographical "master-piece" it has many interesting points as far as "post-soviet society mentality".

    There are all "watch-on-line" sites for future use if you want more Russian movies on your computer.

    http://nashe-kino-online.ru/2011/09/...russkie-filmy/

    http://kinoline.su/9958-elena-elena-2011.html
    Thanks for the links--sounds interesting. However, the second link says that the movie was taken out of the public viewing domain.
    "Nature is a damp, inconvenient sort of place where birds and animals wander about uncooked."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bostonfan View Post
    "Red Dawn". I seem to recall it was critically panned, but I loved it! Absurd premise, but I got a kick out of the idea that high school kids could stir up such resistance. I think it marked the first movie that Swayze and Jennifer Grey were in together before Dirty Dancing. Plus Charlie Sheen, Leah Thompson, C Thomas Howell. A veritable "Who's Who" of 80's brat packers.
    I was a Red Dawn fan. And "Escape from Manhattan" -- a great dystopian movie that had me on the edge of my seat, but oh boy was it not popular with the snooty crowd. There's a movie from the '60s I guarantee no-one has ever heard of, called The Assassination Bureau, with Oliver Reed and Diana Rigg. Nobody seems to have liked it even back then, I caught it on TV late one night and loved it.

    At the other end of the spectrum I loved House of Sand and Fog and I think no-one I know saw it.
    "Youth and vigor is no match for age and deceit." -- Prancer

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    I saw The House of Sand and Fog. It was good. So sad.
    "Nature is a damp, inconvenient sort of place where birds and animals wander about uncooked."

    from Speedy Death

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tinami Amori View Post

    “Enemies: A Love Story”
    That has two of my all-time favorite scenes: first where Ron Silver, who is constantly shuttling between his wife, his mistress, and his thought-dead-in-the-Holocaust-but-returned-wife, stands in a subway station in front of signs that have trains to three boroughs and stops dead: he can't remember from where he is coming and to where he is going.

    The second is the way Ron Silver eats his compote: he looks just like my great uncles.
    "'Is this new BMW-designed sled the ultimate sledding machine for Langdon and Holcomb?' Leigh Diffey asked before the pair cruised to victory. I don’t know, but I know that sled is the ultimate Olympic Games product placement.." -- Jen Chaney

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    Quote Originally Posted by dancinsk8 View Post
    Girls Just Want to Have Fun (with Sarah Jessica Parker), for ALL the cheesy dance competition and music

    AND

    Mannequin (with Kim Cattrall) for the window displays

    Just realized they have two of the SITC cast...
    Still love both of those. Would have thought that "GJWTHF" would have revived the career of Lee Montgomery. He grew up rather nicely from his "Ben" and "Willard" days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PRlady View Post
    There's a movie from the '60s I guarantee no-one has ever heard of, called The Assassination Bureau, with Oliver Reed and Diana Rigg. Nobody seems to have liked it even back then, I caught it on TV late one night and loved it.
    You'd be wrong! I remember that movie. Kind of steampunky, and back then Oliver Reed was sexy in a kind of brutish way.

    Perfect Saturday afternoon movie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IceAlisa View Post
    Thanks for the links--sounds interesting. However, the second link says that the movie was taken out of the public viewing domain.
    Try this link. If it does not work, I'll look for another one. The movie sites keep changing their repertoire.


    http://kinovisit.ru/rus_movies/2946-elena-2011.html

    Quote Originally Posted by kwanfan1818 View Post
    That has two of my all-time favorite scenes: first where Ron Silver, who is constantly shuttling between his wife, his mistress, and his thought-dead-in-the-Holocaust-but-returned-wife, stands in a subway station in front of signs that have trains to three boroughs and stops dead: he can't remember from where he is coming and to where he is going.

    The second is the way Ron Silver eats his compote: he looks just like my great uncles.
    I love everything about this movie, as if I am watching almost “relatives”. The soundtrack is still one of my favorite collection of melodies and is permanently in my car.

    The subway station scene is also one of my favorites. So is the part where Tamara asks him how he manages to keep up with two families, and Herman rolls up his eyes and says “it’s not easy”… .

    So is the part where Tamara laughs at Herman ending up with 3 legal wives: “So, if Jadwiga leaves you have Masha, if Masha leaves you have me… “.

    But the best scene (for me) is when the Rebbi Lembeck (Herman’s employer) wants to install a telephone in Herman’s and Jadwiga’s apartment, and Herman is afraid that Rebbi will learn that Jadwiga is shiksa, and lies to Rebbi “I live with my old uncle, a holocaust survivor, The ringing frightens him. It reminds him of Auschwitz”. And Rebbi says (this is the part I love):

    “I know hundreds of concentration camp survivors...some of them practically on the way to the oven, but they're doing fine. They drive cars, they do business and they have telephones.”



    But that whole dialogue (before and after is just precious), as actually the whole script and the book @ Isaac Bashevis Singer.

    http://www.script-o-rama.com/movie_s...ry-script.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holley Calmes View Post
    Wasn't a young and gorgeous Timothy Dalton in that?

    "FLASH! Ooooeeeoooo, you saved every one of us! "

    Did I get that song right? I remember it like that.

    ETA: OK, here ya go:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyIIY...eature=related

    God, I love Queen!
    Ooooeeeoooo (loved that)

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    Quote Originally Posted by znachki View Post
    I said hard to say, mostly because it hasn't really played out yet. Depending on what happens during the awards season it could get a wider release. So more money.
    You think it could actually receive one of the major awards?

    It seems extremely unlikely to me, it's way too "out there."

    Quote Originally Posted by Tinami Amori View Post
    Ziggy GO AND FIND AND WATCH "ELENA"..... pleeeeeze.
    I will.

    I absolutely loved "The Return" and Zvagintsev definitely is on my "to watch" list now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziggy View Post
    You think it could actually receive one of the major awards?

    It seems extremely unlikely to me, it's way too "out there".
    It just did:
    http://www.deadline.com/2012/01/mela...-film-critics/

    This is one of the "tastemaker" awards leading up to the Oscars. It may not win, but it will be in the hunt.

    Here is the NSFC track record.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nationa..._for_Best_Film

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    Well that's not what I would exactly call a major award.

    It's the kind of award which definitely recognises independent and arthouse films, which can't really be said about the major awards, for the most part.

    I don't believe for a second that "Melancholia" will end up with any Golden Globes and Academy Awards are even less likely. It would be a "Who the hell are The Suburbs" moment.

    I wouldn't mind being wrong though.

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