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The Daily 5
Topic by: AKrizman
Posted: December 28, 2002 - 1:13 PM PST
Last Reply: September 28, 2003 - 10:28 AM PDT

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author topic: The Daily 5
AKrizman
post #1  on December 28, 2002 - 1:13 PM PST  
Are there other GreenCiners who share my love for GreenCine's Daily 5 feature? This list has me slavishly logging in every day to check it out and usually adding at least one new title to my queue. Sometimes I've wanted to suggest an alternate title in a list, and sometimes there's a title I've never heard of and wanted to ask other GCers for a recommendation. For these and other reasons, I wanted to create this forum.

Today's list (12/28/02 - Czech em out) particularly inspired me; I added all five titles to my queue! I've added 4 titles from a list a couple of times (I think the Columbus Day list and one of the Halloween lists), but this is the first Grand Slam.

Thanks dwhudson!
dpowers
post #2  on December 28, 2002 - 1:48 PM PST  
i think they're great! don't miss the links in the comments either, those movies are also very good.

david hudson you are my hero. if you lived part time in bangkok like chuck stephens i'd be a groupie. sorry berlin just doesn't have that same je ne sais quoi.
dwhudson
post #3  on December 28, 2002 - 3:21 PM PST  
Aw, shucks, fellas.

Thanks for opening this topic, AKrizman. As you've seen, I always try to use fellow GCers' comments on the films whenever possible and part of the reason is to show that GCers are contributing to the Daily 5, that everybody can have input on GC's face on any given day. This topic is the next logical step, so logical, in fact, that I never would have thought of it. [g]

So, yes! Suggestions for titles, groupings, themes, gags, running motifs for the Daily 5 are very welcome! Post 'em right here.

Credit for the Daily 5 idea, though, has to go to winky. He was the one who saw that that space had to get more lively. When I first started drawing up batches to put up there, GC veterans may remember that it was, like, three flicks, and very obvious and uninspired choices, too. Winky then wanted a minimum of 5. There's something about 5... because it was only then I realized: We can have fun with this.

>Sometimes I've wanted to suggest an alternate title in a list...

Yes, I can imagine. Sometimes titles suggest themselves so obviously that I consciously avoid them. Better to have something else up there in its place that'll pique fresh interest. Sometimes a title comes to mind that would be perfect but: We really only want to have titles up there that we can get to you in a relatively short period of time. So obviously, if a title is unavailable, but a little less obviously, if all copies of that particular DVD are out, then the title won't go up. Usually. A rare exception was made today, I have to admit: Alice is very popular, so I hope she'll be ready for you, AKrizman, after you've seen the other four.

But the Czech list was one I've wanted to get up for a long, long time. Today happened to be the day that most titles were available. (And yes, there's a folder on my desktop with maybe 50 or so beginnings of Daily 5s, all with three or four titles, waiting for the missing pieces to make them whole; some even with just one title that has to go up there someday -- I just haven't had an idea yet what sort of list to make out of it.)

>sorry berlin just doesn't have that same je ne sais quoi.

Oh, I, and for that matter, most Berliners these days would agree with you in a heartbeat. Berlin's jnsq is so 90s; soon, it'll be just us die-hard Berlin fans left in the city and it may be a long while before the buzz ever revs up again.

Btw, sorry, David, for cutting your name short in today's Daily 5; there's only so much space provided for comments, and when it comes to someone as windy as I can be, that's a very, very good thing.
hneline1
post #4  on December 29, 2002 - 8:05 PM PST  
I'm part of the fan club, too, David Hudson. ;-) But I still want that accessible archive of past Daily 5 titles, because there are times when I don't put something in my queue but I change my mind later and by then there's another list up. Or maybe I don't have a chance to login one day and I miss my Daily 5 fix! Anyone else out there who would like an archive?
AKrizman
post #5  on December 29, 2002 - 10:14 PM PST  
> On December 29, 2002 - 8:05 PM PST hneline1 wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I'm part of the fan club, too, David Hudson. ;-) But I still want that accessible archive of past Daily 5 titles, because there are times when I don't put something in my queue but I change my mind later and by then there's another list up. Or maybe I don't have a chance to login one day and I miss my Daily 5 fix! Anyone else out there who would like an archive?
> ---------------------------------

Yeah! I noticed that dwhudson saved one daily five as a list on his profile page; it was a good one (the afterlife one) but certainly not the only good one.

Particularly, I'm regretting a title that I didn't add that I can't remember well enough now to find it. It was a silent movie about the history of Mexico that had three distinct acts but was never finished and was released later. At the time I wasn't interested in silents, but have since developed an appreciation (no small thanks to GreenCine). What was it called?
dpowers
post #6  on December 29, 2002 - 10:53 PM PST  
easy one, very famous, by eisenstein. ¡qué viva mexico!
oldkingcole
post #7  on December 29, 2002 - 11:04 PM PST  
> On December 28, 2002 - 1:13 PM PST AKrizman wrote:
> ---------------------------------
Sometimes I've wanted to suggest an alternate title in a list

Me too! Like in today's list "Too Sexy for My Shirt". You probably left out Y Tu Mama Tambien as being too obvious. But it came to mind when I read your list, as did The Coca-Cola Kid which stars a scorchingly hot Greta Sacchi. Mmm.

Interestingly, when I rented The Coca-Cola Kid, the GreenCine sticker on the DVD sleeve was unusally short and totally disparaging! Who writes the sleeve commentary?
dpowers
post #8  on December 30, 2002 - 12:45 AM PST  
> Interestingly, when I rented The Coca-Cola Kid, the GreenCine sticker on the DVD sleeve was unusally short and totally disparaging! <

i gotta quote this because i think it's really funny.

> An American businessman is sent to Australia to promote Coca-Cola in a small town where soft drink sales are controlled by a competitor. Thinly veiled promotional dribble. <

okay i'm taking bets, is the second sentence about the movie, or did somebody get tired of writing blurbs that night?

dwh: shortening my name makes it less LOUD which is better - i was kidding about berlin but you weren't and now i'm sad to have said it - jnsq index would be fun to throw around, our house decided that bangkok has high jnsq, but living there is prolly pretty uncomfortable - anyway living in berlin sounds pretty good.
dwhudson
post #9  on December 30, 2002 - 12:30 PM PST  
Helen's wish is my command. Over the next few days, then, I'll dust off some old Daily 5s and make them public lists. Sometimes they don't really work as lists, of course; they're batches of 5 invitations to poke around in corners of the catalog you might not have been to yet or reminders of old favorites, and naturally, sometimes just punchlines.

But I'll start on the ones that work best and get two or three a day on up. Some have time stamps that won't have them appearing in the new lists list on the homepage, but they should appear in my profile.

David wrote:

> i was kidding about berlin but you weren't and now i'm sad to have said it

Hey, don't be. This is running theme right now around here. In fact, all of Germany's pretty depressed this winter, really down on itself and its prospects. You can't help but suspect that they kind of enjoy it, and sure enough, articles will pop up saying just that: We're miserable these days and we love it.

The main problem, of course, is the economy, but a rotten political atmo as well has contributed to a general... well, Jimmy Carter had a word for it, but it was a jinxed word, wasn't it: malaise.

>anyway living in berlin sounds pretty good.

Oh, I still think so. Privately, I'll bet a lot of Berliners do, too.
underdog
post #10  on December 31, 2002 - 2:29 PM PST  
> On December 30, 2002 - 12:45 AM PST DPOWERS wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > Interestingly, when I rented The Coca-Cola Kid, the GreenCine sticker on the DVD sleeve was unusally short and totally disparaging! <
>
> i gotta quote this because i think it's really funny.
>
> > An American businessman is sent to Australia to promote Coca-Cola in a small town where soft drink sales are controlled by a competitor. Thinly veiled promotional dribble. <
>
> okay i'm taking bets, is the second sentence about the movie, or did somebody get tired of writing blurbs that night?

That was really funny. I have no idea what it was doing there -- but as I liked that film, it was bugging me and I changed it. So there. :-)

C/U
Dwoodwoo
post #11  on December 31, 2002 - 6:13 PM PST  
Craig, did you change that? I always thought the Coca-cola kid was a condemnation of colonialism, represented by the presence of Coca-cola. Goes in tandem your 80s college movie viewing night with "The Gods Must Be Crazy" (do we have that?)...

dennis!

> On December 31, 2002 - 2:29 PM PST underdog8 wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On December 30, 2002 - 12:45 AM PST DPOWERS wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> > > Interestingly, when I rented The Coca-Cola Kid, the GreenCine sticker on the DVD sleeve was unusally short and totally disparaging! <
> >
> > i gotta quote this because i think it's really funny.
> >
> > > An American businessman is sent to Australia to promote Coca-Cola in a small town where soft drink sales are controlled by a competitor. Thinly veiled promotional dribble. <
> >
> > okay i'm taking bets, is the second sentence about the movie, or did somebody get tired of writing blurbs that night?
>
> That was really funny. I have no idea what it was doing there -- but as I liked that film, it was bugging me and I changed it. So there. :-)
>
> C/U
> ---------------------------------

dpowers
post #12  on December 31, 2002 - 10:18 PM PST  
> I changed it. So there. :-) <

you think you have won the war. but you have not even won the battle. you have not even won a little bit of the battle. you have not even . . . even . . . even won anything. i'm telling! MOM!

HNY
dpowers
post #13  on January 2, 2003 - 1:24 AM PST  
dwhudson wrote:
> ... all of Germany's pretty depressed this winter, really down on itself and its prospects. You can't help but suspect that they kind of enjoy it, and sure enough, articles will pop up saying just that... <

we get DWTV broadcast here and i catch news shows every once in a while. the last few, with economic and political commentary, have been positively morose! plus skimming articles on your commentary site (noted in your "bio"). i'm sure this is partly an east/west thing, right? and i'm sure this belongs in another thread.

>>anyway living in berlin sounds pretty good. <<

> Oh, I still think so. Privately, I'll bet a lot of Berliners do, too. <

hey since you're in the thick of it, the "berlin and beyond" screenings of new german film are here in san francisco next week. the list of movies. any thoughts?
underdog
post #14  on January 2, 2003 - 11:21 AM PST  
> On January 2, 2003 - 1:24 AM PST DPOWERS wrote:

> hey since you're in the thick of it, the "berlin and beyond" screenings of new german film are here in san francisco next week. the list of movies. any thoughts?
> ---------------------------------

I'm not in the thick of it but being in EssEff had the same question for David. Also wanted to add, for what it's worth (worth more than it sounds) that the woman who's cut my hair for years, is from Berlin and is a film buff. We were talking about the Berlin Beyond fest and she said that "Sissi" was her favorite film as a kid. Supposedly, it's the film that made Romy Schneider an international star, at least for a time. I've also heard Hundstage is supposed to be pretty dog-goned wonderful.

FWIW,
C/U
underdog
post #15  on January 2, 2003 - 11:28 AM PST  
> On December 31, 2002 - 6:13 PM PST Dwoodwoo wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Craig, did you change that? I always thought the Coca-cola kid was a condemnation of colonialism, represented by the presence of Coca-cola. Goes in tandem your 80s college movie viewing night with "The Gods Must Be Crazy" (do we have that?)...
>
> dennis!
>
Yah, I changed that last line... check it out

I agree, the film's story was a (thinly veiled if you ask me) condemning of Western capitalistic colonialism. The Gods Must Be Crazy isn't out on DVD here in the States, alas. Although the last time I saw it I remember thinking it was already extremely dated, in its well-meaning but patronizing view of native culture. I don't think it'll hold up very well but that's just me. (But yeah, the coke bottle connection would make it a good double feature. )

C/U
dwhudson
post #16  on January 2, 2003 - 1:13 PM PST  
>i'm sure this is partly an east/west thing, right?

If you mean east/west in the sense of 'the east is doing a lot worse than the west', yes, that's true. But the west isn't faring all that well, either. At the moment, volks are looking around for any sign of anything that'll stimulate the economy and there isn't much hope; in fact, with the dollar falling, the euro is getting stronger, which ought to be good news, but not at all for Germany since it's an export-driven economy.

>and i'm sure this belongs in another thread.

Maybe we should open a sort of current events kind of thing in the Off Topic area.

>the "berlin and beyond" screenings

Yes! Good going, Goethe, DAAD and probably the Export-Union des Deutschen Films as well. I saw this program coming up on the Castro schedule and in the FAF newsletter. And yes, I've got thoughts, or rather, recommendations. Before that, though, a pointer to seminar on Sunday, January 12: "Berlin & Beyond: Agitators & Instigators". I have no idea whether you or anyone here is really that interested, but the description of the topic sounds like a good start and I'd part with ten bucks to see these panelists tackle it.

But ok, the series. Some thoughts on the ones I know about to add to the descriptions on those sites.... Top of my recommendation list would be Halbe Treppe/Grill Point. If I were to tell you it's a relationship tragicomedy shot on digital video, you'd probably roll your eyes (and if that were all I knew about it, I'd roll mine, too). But Andreas Dresen is one of the most interesting directors in Germany these days and this film was a massive audience favorite at the Berlinale last February, where it won a Silver Bear. His Nachtgestalten/Night Moves is a terrific portrait of Berlin as it is now and a counterweight to the sorta romanticized version of Run Lola Run. Dresen is also fun, occasionally playing with 17 Hippies, a band better than its name that provided music for Halbe Treppe. And he'll be on that panel.

Second on the list of recs would be Das Weisse Rauschen/White Noise, particularly for the performance of Daniel Brühl. It's a borders-of-reality film, but heads off in the opposite direction of, say, Vanilla Sky.

Warholics like me will get a kick out of Absolut Warhola, but it's hard for me to judge how others will take it. It's not exclusively about Andy Warhol's eastern European roots, of course, but it's also not breakthrough filmmaking or anything by a long shot. So, yeah, it probably helps to be interested in the first place: Where did the Warholas come from and what do they think of him over there now?

Berlin - Sinfonie einer Grossstadt is a "remake" I mentioned in another topic. I think whether or not you want to go see it depends on basically two things: one, you like cinematic odes to cities and maybe you're even specifically interested in seeing one in which Berlin is that city; and two, you haven't been inundated with "New Berlin" imagery and branding for the past several years.

Nirgendwo in Afrika/Nowhere in Africa is Germany's official entry in the Oscar race. I would not have submitted that one. I'm guessing that the thinking behind the selection is that this is the sort of thing the Academy would like -- think about that, 'cause that's a pretty good measure on which to base a decision on whether or not to see it in the theater.

Jeans. Well. Tom Tykwer probably said it best: "What is it? Is it a film?" But he also liked it. The director is Nicolette Krebitz and this is her first. She's probably best known for her role in Bandits, but she was much better in a much better film, The Tunnel. Jeans... well, a cruel person would call it an extended Calvin Klein commercial, but I'm not cruel, really, I don't know what to say.

I translated Tattoo, which I think wants to be a German Silence of the Lambs or Se7en, and well, it isn't.

Doris Dörrie, also on that panel, is wonderful... but don't expect another Männer/Men out of Nackt/Naked.

The Austrian film Hundestage/Dog Days is probably the most daring of the bunch and was evidently quite an exhausting shoot. Some consider the film ruthlessly nihilistic, but if so, it certainly isn't in the "usual" Eurofilm way. If you're looking for something different, here you go.

I can't believe they're showing Sissi. I would love to see how American audiences react to it. Craig (and the woman who cuts his hair) sums it up pretty well. For a couple of generations, this has been one of Germany and Austria's most beloved movies; standard holiday TV fare, a bit like It's a Wonderful Life in the States. Don't know what else to say about it other than that it has the potential to be a great camp classic, as it sort of already is over here.

But the one I'd really love to see is Die Frau nach der man sich sehnt/The Woman Men Yearn For. I never have and, except for Marlene's 'do in that still, it looks yummy.

Eoliano
post #17  on January 2, 2003 - 5:42 PM PST  
Davis,

Here is a list of (mostly)German films scheduled for the Palm Springs International Film Festival later this month:

Germany

Let me know if there is anything I shouldn't miss.

dwhudson
post #18  on January 3, 2003 - 10:21 AM PST  

> Let me know if there is anything I shouldn't miss.

It's funny what turns up when you click, evidently a search on the word "Germany"...? So anything with German money in it will make a showing on the page. Most people don't think of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, for example, as a German film. [g]

I'm guessing you'll be able to see The Pianist outside the festival? I'm going to try to catch it within the next few days myself.

A Map of the Heart/Der Felsen is another example of an established German filmmaker, this time Dominik Graf, deciding, like Andreas Dresen, that he's had enough of the whole funding application process and the limits on the thematic aspects of the project that funders place on him that he picks up a digital camera and makes a relationship movie on the cheap. Heart is ok, really; I prefer Halbe Treppe, though, so if it ever comes around...

In July/Im Juli is a pleasant road movie; if you liked Moritz Bleibtreu in Run Lola Run and/or Das Experiment, then, ja, go for it. Just don't expect to be blown away or anything... [g]

Führer Ex... You have to be interested in the subject matter: Neo-Nazism in reunified Germany, particularly in the east fairly soon after the fall of the Wall. Based on a true story, too; it's greatest asset is authenticity, but even so, all its admirable parts don't add up to a great whole.

The one here on this page (besides The Pianist, but as I say, plans are in the making) I would love to see is Cinemania. Germany has been starting and stumbling with fictional features ever since the waning of New German Cinema, but in the area of docs, they really do soar and don't get quite enough recognition for that. Though the makers are German, you don't really think of either Cinemania or Rivers and Tides as German films. But they are.
Eoliano
post #19  on January 3, 2003 - 12:02 PM PST  
I know, it's extremely odd that they cross reference country with production funding, though I have to admit that PSIFF's website has improved over last year, which isn't saying much.

Führer Ex should go over like a lead balloon down here. A sensitive film on the holocaust, fine, but a nasty film on Hitler will likely enrage attendees.

A couple years ago the audience favorite was Ricky Tognazzi's dreadfully awful Canone Inverso, which has to be his worst film, even his HBO film Excellent Cadavers is brilliant by comparison, though his best film thus far is La Scorta, one of the better Mafia related films of the '90s.

Of the Italian films, I'm very much looking forward to L'Ora di religione (My Mother's Smile), and hoping that Marco Bellocchio makes an appearance.

Festival ticket prices being what they are, I will definitely see The Pianist outside the festival.

The retro films I most want to see are in honor of Conrad Hall, Day of the Locust and In Cold Blood, and Hall will there, so catching these films will be very worthwhile.
Eoliano
post #20  on January 3, 2003 - 12:48 PM PST  
Oh, and lest I forget, add Zhang Yimou's Hero (Ying xiong) to my list of must-see films at the PSIFF. How could I miss a Yimou action film starring Maggie Cheung, Jet Li and Tony Leung?!
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