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RENT IT NOW!
Topic by: Cinenaut
Posted: July 9, 2004 - 3:19 PM PDT
Last Reply: July 20, 2004 - 6:17 PM PDT

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Cinenaut
post #1  on July 9, 2004 - 3:19 PM PDT  
Dirty Pretty Things



RENT IT NOW! the movie recommendation thread, is brought to you by new SPIFFY WAX, the DVD polish that ends the heartbreak of waxy yellow DVD buildup forever.
dwhudson
post #2  on July 10, 2004 - 2:28 PM PDT  

> Dirty Pretty Things

This fine fellow claims it was the best film of last year. Definitely look forward to catching up with it.

Speaking of catching up (and to continue the thread), would you believe that it was only last night that I finally saw Donnie Darko?

I know, I know. Well, it won't be news to just about everyone else around here, but yeah, if you haven't seen it yet... it's not exactly revelatory or anything but definitely worth your while!
lizzoqops
post #3  on July 10, 2004 - 3:05 PM PDT  
Those are two damn fine cups of movie.

I second those recommendation.
dh22
post #4  on July 12, 2004 - 6:04 AM PDT  
> On July 9, 2004 - 3:19 PM PDT Cinenaut wrote:
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> Dirty Pretty Things
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It is in my queue. I have been wanting to see it, but it looks like it got lost in there. I bumped it up in the list. so maybe I'll get in the coming weeks. Was it really that good?
Cinenaut
post #5  on July 12, 2004 - 8:40 AM PDT  
Yes, I think Dirty Pretty Things is a fantastic movie. I made the mistake of watching it in a double feature with The Cooler and Dirty Pretty Things made The Cooler look like a cheesy Hollywood movie. Dirty Pretty Things reminded me of an up-to-the-minute noir, with an illegal immigrant physician taking the place of the world weary detective as the moral protagonist in an amoral universe.

Donnie Darko is one of my faves. What other un-qualified movie recommendations do you guys have?

> On July 12, 2004 - 6:04 AM PDT dh22 wrote:
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> > On July 9, 2004 - 3:19 PM PDT Cinenaut wrote:
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> > Dirty Pretty Things
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> It is in my queue. I have been wanting to see it, but it looks like it got lost in there. I bumped it up in the list. so maybe I'll get in the coming weeks. Was it really that good?
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sinisterguffaw
post #6  on July 12, 2004 - 9:01 AM PDT  
Dirty Pretty Things was really an eye-opener for me, as far as the depiction of immigrants and refugees in america. It was tragic in that regard. The only problem I had with the movie was sometimes it got bogged down with cheesiness, especially the whole lovey dovey parts. But certainly a worthwhile movie.
Cinenaut
post #7  on July 12, 2004 - 9:05 AM PDT  
Yes, but what movie do you think we should QUEUE IMMEDIATELY!?

> On July 12, 2004 - 9:01 AM PDT sinisterguffaw wrote:
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> Dirty Pretty Things was really an eye-opener for me, as far as the depiction of immigrants and refugees in america. It was tragic in that regard. The only problem I had with the movie was sometimes it got bogged down with cheesiness, especially the whole lovey dovey parts. But certainly a worthwhile movie.
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sinisterguffaw
post #8  on July 12, 2004 - 9:17 AM PDT  
Well, if you haven't seen it yet, Swimming Pool was a pleasant surprise for me. It's not the type of film I normally go for, but it was really quite well acted and was very thrilling from beginning to end.

And I will always suggest Wild Zero for any crazy zombie love story fans who love rock and roll. It knows no boundaries.
underdog
post #9  on July 12, 2004 - 10:34 AM PDT  
> On July 12, 2004 - 9:17 AM PDT sinisterguffaw wrote:
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> Well, if you haven't seen it yet, Swimming Pool was a pleasant surprise for me. It's not the type of film I normally go for, but it was really quite well acted and was very thrilling from beginning to end.
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> And I will always suggest Wild Zero for any crazy zombie love story fans who love rock and roll. It knows no boundaries.
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I concur! DIRTY PRETTY THINGS was #6 on my own Best of 2003 list, and in hindsight I'm starting to think it stayed with me more than Lost in Translation did.

I was impressed by Swimmng Pool, too, although like most of the other Ozon films I've seen, it left me a little cold, like it was an exercise more than a human story. But I loved the twists, love Charlotte Rampling (and the hot, young French Actress, woof!), and thought it was exceptionally well-crafted. I guess I just wanted a bit...more from it. But without saying more, I definitely recommend it, too.

But DPT was fascinating. It was also impressive how disarmingly easy it shifted from tone to tone without missing a beat or feeling forced. There was darkness throughout, but also humor and compassion, and suspense.

dh22
post #10  on July 12, 2004 - 10:58 AM PDT  
Well, not to beat a dead horse from a previous thread, but since underdog mentioned his list, I'd recommend Capturing the Friedmans. If you are looking for a documentary, RENT IT NOW! AND RENT THE BONUS DISC TOO! If you are going to spend your time getting interested in it, you absolutely have to get the bonus disc. There is so much extra documentary footage on it.
lizzoqops
post #11  on July 12, 2004 - 11:24 AM PDT  
Oh, I might add "City of God" to the RENT IT NOW, WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU WAITING FOR list. Amazing movie.
RParson
post #12  on July 12, 2004 - 12:13 PM PDT  
Check out I Bury The Living. Despite it's sordid title, it's a pretty good psycho-thriller.

Robert
Misshaped
post #13  on July 12, 2004 - 6:23 PM PDT  
I'd like to add my suggestion of renting Safe. Todd Haynes in general is an amazing director & Julianne Moore is a brilliant actress, but this film is top notch for the both of them.

Is it real or all in the mind?
SonjaBlue
post #14  on July 12, 2004 - 7:41 PM PDT  
RParson wrote:

> Check out I Bury The Living. Despite it's sordid title, it's a pretty good psycho-thriller.
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Actually, many of the Midnite Movies collection (from MGM) are surprising good.
Brockton
post #15  on July 13, 2004 - 12:53 PM PDT  
If you haven't already seen it, give Mute Witness a try.
NChavkin
post #16  on July 14, 2004 - 8:29 AM PDT  
all very fine suggestions...

bubba ho-tep is pretty well esteemed among my recent rentals...
Cinenaut
post #17  on July 14, 2004 - 8:48 AM PDT  
Great suggestions! Keep 'em coming.

Somebody on another forum was raving about City of God; I'll have to check it out.

I've always been curious about I Bury the Living.
Eoliano
post #18  on July 14, 2004 - 9:28 AM PDT  
Has anyone checked out Shattered Glass?

Cinenaut
post #19  on July 14, 2004 - 9:44 AM PDT  
No, and some of that may be due to Hayden Christensenphobia.

Actually, I heard it was good.
underdog
post #20  on July 14, 2004 - 10:01 AM PDT  
Shattered Glass was surprisingly good -- I had the same Haydenaphobia but he was well cast (playing a smarmy, charming kid who gets in over his head). Better still was Peter Sarsgaard, who was nominated for an Oscar. It's a really compelling story told with precision.

Another must-see: The Station Agent.
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