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Last GC rental that FLOORED you?
Topic by: rmarkd
Posted: February 22, 2004 - 12:58 AM PST
Last Reply: January 14, 2005 - 7:26 PM PST

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author topic: Last GC rental that FLOORED you?
rmarkd
post #1  on February 22, 2004 - 12:58 AM PST  
After having Heavenly Creatures on my queue for a while constantly pushing it back down the queue because I really didn't want to see it, I finally got the movie and figured I was in for a good movie that I'd enjoy, but wouldn't really care too much about.

It's been a week since I received the DVD (I'm returning it soon!) and I've seen the movie four times. The relationship of the two girls is so sweet and close, which made the conclusion so heartbreaking. I love this movie.

Not since seeing Mulholland Drive 5 times in the theaters have I been floored by a movie. Every now and then you hope to uncover a gem of a movie and 'Heavenly Creatures' is a big honkin purple gemstone of a movie (bit of an inside joke there...).

So, let's hear it from yall. Since you've been in Greencine, what movies have you rented that have FLOORED you? I'm not talking about movies you just liked, but movies that had your jaw dropped as the ending credits played, movies that make you realize why you are a movie freak in the first place. Yes, I'm looking for movies to fill my queue.

-Mark


PS. Yes, I saw Picnic at Hanging Rock It was okay, but I still liked Heavenly Creatures much more.
hamano
post #2  on February 22, 2004 - 7:16 AM PST  
> On February 22, 2004 - 12:58 AM PST rmarkd wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> PS. Yes, I saw Picnic at Hanging Rock It was okay
> ---------------------------------

Hey, that's just "hamano baiting"!!! Heavenly Creatures floored me, too, when I saw it during its first theatrical run. It would be in my top 25 list, maybe my top 15. It's certainly the kind of film to really deck you... I was giddy for days after seeing it. Picnic on the other hand, is not such a cineaste basher. It's more of a "haunting" sort of film, an early film by a very young director, obviously, but it was just the kind of film I was looking for when I saw it, and I remember it with great fondness. Creatures really came out of nowhere (I'd seen Jackson's other films on video) and threw me for a loop. The effect Jackson created was totally unexpected. I loved the scenes with the claymation knights...

I've been lucky enough to have seen a lot of films that "floored" me in the theater, rather than on video rental. Most of my GreenCine rentals have been anime, and the only anime series I've rented (rather than bought, like Haibane Renmei) that I'd deem "excellent and purchase worthy" so far has been SuperGals.

How about Almodovar's All About my Mother? I watched that about 3 times on DVD, although I got it from my local Blockbusters rather than from GC.

Jane Campion's early film Sweetie was sweet, but it's not out on DVD. Neither are Greenaway's Prospero's Books, and Antonioni's Identification of a Woman.

Hmm.... Unforgiven was a fine film. So is Kurosawa's Ikiru (To Live), and I'd take a look at Fellini's La Strada if you haven't seen it already. Both are available here. The Quick and the Dead is a fun genre Western perhaps overdone by Sam Raimi, but no one believes me when I say it's a good rental...
rmarkd
post #3  on February 22, 2004 - 11:36 AM PST  
Hey Hamano,

I liked Picnic at Hanging Rock, but it was too open for my liking. I don't need everything wrapped up, but I need something. I also didn't care for the subplot with Sara (unless I missed the reason it was included?). I wanted to know more about why the English kid (forgot the name) felt so compelled to stay up there. What exactly did Irma not remember? Was everything a blank as soon as they went up the hill?

I suppose you're left to paint the picture in your own way (I hear the book has a sci-fi explanation for some of it), but the concept just didn't work for me to the extent Heavenly Creatures did. Definitely a haunting movie though.

I know i'll be in the minority here, but "Heavenly Creatures" is my favorite Peter Jackson movie, surpassing the LOTR movies.

-Mark



> On February 22, 2004 - 7:16 AM PST hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On February 22, 2004 - 12:58 AM PST rmarkd wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> > PS. Yes, I saw Picnic at Hanging Rock It was okay
> > ---------------------------------
>
> Hey, that's just "hamano baiting"!!! Heavenly Creatures floored me, too, when I saw it during its first theatrical run. It would be in my top 25 list, maybe my top 15. It's certainly the kind of film to really deck you... I was giddy for days after seeing it. Picnic on the other hand, is not such a cineaste basher. It's more of a "haunting" sort of film, an early film by a very young director, obviously, but it was just the kind of film I was looking for when I saw it, and I remember it with great fondness. Creatures really came out of nowhere (I'd seen Jackson's other films on video) and threw me for a loop. The effect Jackson created was totally unexpected. I loved the scenes with the claymation knights...
rmarkd
post #4  on February 22, 2004 - 11:57 AM PST  
About your suggestions,

I haven't seen "All About My Mother" and am hesitating because I didn't care for "Live Flesh". I've seen Ikiru, really good. I haven't seen the rest of your suggestions; I'll check them out. Thanks!

-Mark



> On February 22, 2004 - 7:16 AM PST hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On February 22, 2004 - 12:58 AM PST rmarkd wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> > PS. Yes, I saw Picnic at Hanging Rock It was okay
> > ---------------------------------
>
> How about Almodovar's All About my Mother? I watched that about 3 times on DVD, although I got it from my local Blockbusters rather than from GC.
>
> Jane Campion's early film Sweetie was sweet, but it's not out on DVD. Neither are Greenaway's Prospero's Books, and Antonioni's Identification of a Woman.
>
> Hmm.... Unforgiven was a fine film. So is Kurosawa's Ikiru (To Live), and I'd take a look at Fellini's La Strada if you haven't seen it already. Both are available here. The Quick and the Dead is a fun genre Western perhaps overdone by Sam Raimi, but no one believes me when I say it's a good rental...
> ---------------------------------

hamano
post #5  on February 22, 2004 - 12:29 PM PST  
> On February 22, 2004 - 11:57 AM PST rmarkd wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I haven't seen "All About My Mother" and am hesitating because I didn't care for "Live Flesh".

For me, Almodovar's films are pretty hit and miss. I didn't see "Live Flesh" but I did see "Talk to Her" which I liked only about half as much as I liked "All About My Mother." I think of all his films I've seen, "All About My Mother" is my favorite, and maybe "Matador" next. There was one really spine tingling scene in "Talk to Her" but the whole thing was with Caetano Veloso singing this really haunting song live at a party (apparently shot at Almodovar's country estate) and I think the music is what made the difference there.
IWhitney
post #6  on February 22, 2004 - 1:52 PM PST  
Last one for me was Visitor Q and before that was Blooducking Freaks. Kind of the opposite of the "high-brow" films mentioned so far, but that's the kind of guy I am.
dh22
post #7  on February 23, 2004 - 8:27 AM PST  
I agree with Visitor Q. It was the last thing I've seen that was even remotely shocking. It may be shocking for a LOT of people, but it wasn't over the top for me. But its the closest thing to come to it in years.

Bloodsucking Freaks, on the other hand, was lame.
IWhitney
post #8  on February 23, 2004 - 10:20 AM PST  
> On February 23, 2004 - 8:27 AM PST dh22 wrote:
> ---------------------------------
>
> Bloodsucking Freaks, on the other hand, was lame.
> ---------------------------------

As always, to each their own. But I do strongly disagree. I found it to be one of the cleverest 'shock' films I've seen. Juvenile, sure, but also very smart and biting when it needed to be. I reveiewed it already, so I won't go into it again here. I'll just say that out of the 59 movies I've seen this year, I currently have BsF ranked #4. Yes, I do keep track & yes, I am a big dork.
dh22
post #9  on February 23, 2004 - 10:31 AM PST  
> On February 23, 2004 - 10:20 AM PST IWhitney wrote:
> ---------------------------------
& yes, I am a big dork.
> ---------------------------------


Well, uh, that goes without saying.
Brockton
post #10  on February 23, 2004 - 3:15 PM PST  
My last "flooring" was The Umbrellas of Cherbourg



Am now waiting impatiently for April so I can buy a copy for the permanent collection.
hamano
post #11  on February 23, 2004 - 3:28 PM PST  
Wow, Brockton, it's been a while, huh? I was like 3 years old when that film came out...
Cinenaut
post #12  on February 23, 2004 - 4:04 PM PST  
American Splendor, although I'll have to say it floored me in a low-key way.

Happenstance was great, and Yi Yi is a fantastic film.

hamano, are you implying that we can only be floored by contemporary films?
underdog
post #13  on February 23, 2004 - 5:31 PM PST  
> On February 23, 2004 - 4:04 PM PST Cinenaut wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> American Splendor, although I'll have to say it floored me in a low-key way.
>
> Happenstance was great, and Yi Yi is a fantastic film.
>
> hamano, are you implying that we can only be floored by contemporary films?
> ---------------------------------


Yeah, I assumed Rmark's thread was open to any title rented from GreenCine, old or new...

As for me, I just rented Together -- the Swedish film, not the Chinese one. It may not have really floored me, but came close, it moved me, made me laugh a lot, I related to some of it, and I'm still thinking about it days later.


C
hamano
post #14  on February 23, 2004 - 5:49 PM PST  
> On February 23, 2004 - 4:04 PM PST Cinenaut wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> hamano, are you implying that we can only be floored by contemporary films?
> ---------------------------------

Well, Brockton must've seen a lot of other films since he saw Umbrellas in 1964 or 1965...
larbeck
post #15  on February 23, 2004 - 5:50 PM PST  
YES! Heavenly Creatures is an amazing film!

I just returned The Big Blue and I enjoyed the original release but this DVD adds 40 minutes that the U.S. suit made them cut out and it is is a wonderful film. The really strange thing is that While the suicide scenes in this film worked for while in "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" is made me so upset. That kinda of scares be a bit.
Cinenaut
post #16  on February 23, 2004 - 5:52 PM PST  
topic: Last GC rental that FLOORED you?

> On February 23, 2004 - 5:49 PM PST hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Well, Brockton must've seen a lot of other films since he saw Umbrellas in 1964 or 1965...
> ---------------------------------

What was Greencine like back in 1965, anyway? I'll bet those mailers with the 16mm prints took a lot of postage.
rmarkd
post #17  on February 23, 2004 - 6:01 PM PST  
RmarkD damnit!!!!!

Kidding, of course.

I really should have said any movie whatsoever. I just wanted to compile a GC list at some point, and didn't want, say, current movies that aren't on DVD yet. But on second thought, that really doesn't matter.

-Mark


> On February 23, 2004 - 5:31 PM PST underdog wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Yeah, I assumed Rmark's thread was open to any title rented from GreenCine, old or new...
>
> As for me, I just rented Together -- the Swedish film, not the Chinese one. It may not have really floored me, but came close, it moved me, made me laugh a lot, I related to some of it, and I'm still thinking about it days later.
>
>
> C
>
> ---------------------------------

rmarkd
post #18  on February 23, 2004 - 6:12 PM PST  
It's hard to argue with a Totoro, so I'm putting "Talk to her" on my list.

:-)
-Mark


> On February 22, 2004 - 12:29 PM PST hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On February 22, 2004 - 11:57 AM PST rmarkd wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> > I haven't seen "All About My Mother" and am hesitating because I didn't care for "Live Flesh".
>
> For me, Almodovar's films are pretty hit and miss. I didn't see "Live Flesh" but I did see "Talk to Her" which I liked only about half as much as I liked "All About My Mother." I think of all his films I've seen, "All About My Mother" is my favorite, and maybe "Matador" next. There was one really spine tingling scene in "Talk to Her" but the whole thing was with Caetano Veloso singing this really haunting song live at a party (apparently shot at Almodovar's country estate) and I think the music is what made the difference there.
> ---------------------------------

dh22
post #19  on February 23, 2004 - 8:14 PM PST  
> On February 23, 2004 - 6:12 PM PST rmarkd wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> It's hard to argue with a Totoro


that's funny. i do it all the time.
rmarkd
post #20  on February 23, 2004 - 9:11 PM PST  
> On February 23, 2004 - 8:14 PM PST dh22 wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On February 23, 2004 - 6:12 PM PST rmarkd wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> > It's hard to argue with a Totoro
>
>
> that's funny. i do it all the time.

Yeah, but I don't want my cat-bus privileges revoked.
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