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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?
RepairmanJack
post #41  on February 25, 2004 - 2:25 PM PST  
Kikujiro floored me. So funny, I fell on my ass. And I loved the film immensely. Takeshi Kitano is one of my all time favorites.
oldkingcole
post #42  on February 25, 2004 - 3:55 PM PST  
> On February 25, 2004 - 1:21 PM PST rmarkd wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I'm a little wary myself of Von Trier movies. The one movie of his that I saw was "Zentropa" which I really didn't like (or misunderstood). I also tried watching "Element of Crime" but got bored after the first few minutes and turned it off.

Like many great artists (jazz musician Miles Davis and classical composer György Ligeti come to mind as other examples), von Trier has moved through *radically* different styles. Element of Crime is stylistically *nothing* like Dancer in the Dark or Breaking the Waves. The former is very arty, with dense, layered visuals, experimental use of colors, etc. -- all the typical "art film" stuff you'd expect from an art-house movie. The latter two films, by contrast, were made after von Trier came up with the Dogme95 manifesto that was designed to disallow most of the artifice common to art films. If you didn't read the credits list, it would be virtually impossible to recognize Element of Crime and Dancer in the Dark as coming from the same director. They're that different.
artifex
post #43  on February 25, 2004 - 4:09 PM PST  
It's one thing to see stories about immigrants making their way after settling in new countries. It's quite another to see what it takes for some of them to get there.

In This World floored me, when I saw as a Sundance Series release in a local theater. I know I probably sound like a broken record about this, but it was pretty intense. I heard on NPR yesterday (this morning?) about how Britain is toughening its policy on asylum seekers, etc., and I flashed back to images from the movie.

dwhudson wrote much better words about this movie, I'm sure, so read that, too.
artifex
post #44  on February 25, 2004 - 4:22 PM PST  
Oh, yeah, also, before that, this movie was the most recent movie that floored me. Sadly, A Time For Drunken Horses has absolutely no releases in the US, at least according to IMDB's links.

I don't know what it is about movies made in Iran's general area, but as a whole they're some of the most compelling I've seen in any identifiable genre. Maybe it's because the cultures themselves seem quite foreign to me, that the essential emotional points are able to get in without my cynical social filter stopping as much as with most US or even European films? Of course, the fact that so much of the background, and I don't just mean the environment, is presented in extremes probably helps...
artifex
post #45  on February 25, 2004 - 4:30 PM PST  
> On February 25, 2004 - 4:22 PM PST artifex wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Oh, yeah, also, before that, this movie was the most recent movie that floored me. Sadly, A Time For Drunken Horses has absolutely no releases in the US, at least according to IMDB's links.
>

Whoops! That should be this movie, somehow the URL got chewed.
Cosplayer
post #46  on February 25, 2004 - 4:33 PM PST  
Kenshin Sojiro bit...the only floorer I've seen that wasn't mentioned, ("floor" means depressing, right?)also his leaving Karo (spellcheck?) was sad.

I DON"T LIKE SAD MOVIES...

well, a little
Cosplayer
post #47  on February 25, 2004 - 4:35 PM PST  
My dad once saw a movie (duno wich 1 tho) and he laughed so hard he broke the chair...isat wat u meen?
Brockton
post #48  on February 25, 2004 - 8:16 PM PST  
I recall my first father-in-law laughing so hard that he had an asthma attack when we were watching Bachelor Party.

It was that seen where the newlywed couple has left the hotel, indignant about having a naked man dangling in front of their window. Relieved to be free of that trauma, they turn to kiss each other, just as the same man drops, landing on their car, and they find a naked butt wedged between their puckered lips.

It didn't floor me, but I thought we'd have to rush the old fart to the emergency room.
artifex
post #49  on February 26, 2004 - 9:13 AM PST  
YAY!!!

GC Staff sure knows how to string people along :)
giantrobot
post #50  on February 26, 2004 - 12:26 PM PST  
the last rental that floored me? absolutely floored me? i'd have to say godard's contempt, with bridgitte bardot. it's just an incredible film, beautifully shot with crazy camera angles (the arguement rotating around the apartment and then leading into the bathroom is fantastic), and just the sense of insolence and capriciousness is delicious!

so fantastic, that i just had to rush out and get it for myself.

and then there was buster keaton's the general, but i already knew that was going to be good...
rmarkd
post #51  on February 26, 2004 - 12:54 PM PST  
Naw, doesn't have to be sad, just has to leave you speechless afterwards. One un-sad movie for me would be "The Usual Suspects".


-Mark

> On February 25, 2004 - 4:33 PM PST Cosplayer wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Kenshin Sojiro bit...the only floorer I've seen that wasn't mentioned, ("floor" means depressing, right?)also his leaving Karo (spellcheck?) was sad.
>
> I DON"T LIKE SAD MOVIES...
>
> well, a little
> ---------------------------------

postmod
post #52  on February 26, 2004 - 3:36 PM PST  
i remember feeling pretty floored by igby goes down, but i think that was at least partially because my expectations were completely off. i'd like to watch it again and see how it holds up...i'd like to think it would. possibly the blackest sense of humor i've seen in a film.
Ayato
post #53  on February 29, 2004 - 5:00 PM PST  
Hrm, well there was All About Lily Chou Chou which really hit me hard emotionally, and then there was Ichi the Killer, which was more of a Holy S**t kind of flooring...
EPetersen
post #54  on March 1, 2004 - 5:14 PM PST  
Guinea Pig - The Flower Of Flesh And Blood. No question. It lived up to its reputation and then some! Never, in a million years, could a movie like that be made here. Now I see why Charlie Sheen got so freaked out and turned his copy over to the FBI, thinking it was a real snuff film. I didn't have the same reaction, but then, I didn't watch it after doing a line of blow. Watching Guinea Pig when you're coked out, now THAT must be scary! :o)

I wrote a review of Flower Of Flesh And Blood, but I don't know if they'll publish it. They rejected the first one.

- Eric Petersen, aka EPetersen
rmarkd
post #55  on March 1, 2004 - 6:22 PM PST  
I have a feeling that, if I ever get the guts to see "Begotten", it'll be of the latter example.

> On February 29, 2004 - 5:00 PM PST Ayato wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Hrm, well there was All About Lily Chou Chou which really hit me hard emotionally, and then there was Ichi the Killer, which was more of a Holy S**t kind of flooring...
> ---------------------------------

rmarkd
post #56  on March 1, 2004 - 6:25 PM PST  
Off on a tangent, did you ever see "Thesis" and, if so, what'd you think?

Guinea Pig... sounds like a movie I'd recommend to friends if I wanted them to think there was something wrong with me.

And, sometimes, that's a good thing.

> On March 1, 2004 - 5:14 PM PST EPetersen wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Guinea Pig - The Flower Of Flesh And Blood. No question. It lived up to its reputation and then some! Never, in a million years, could a movie like that be made here. Now I see why Charlie Sheen got so freaked out and turned his copy over to the FBI, thinking it was a real snuff film. I didn't have the same reaction, but then, I didn't watch it after doing a line of blow. Watching Guinea Pig when you're coked out, now THAT must be scary! :o)
>
> I wrote a review of Flower Of Flesh And Blood, but I don't know if they'll publish it. They rejected the first one.
>
> - Eric Petersen, aka EPetersen
> ---------------------------------

rmarkd
post #57  on March 1, 2004 - 6:27 PM PST  
Geez, now that sounds like a powerful movie. I wonder why it's not being released in the US?

-Mark


> On February 25, 2004 - 4:30 PM PST artifex wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On February 25, 2004 - 4:22 PM PST artifex wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> > Oh, yeah, also, before that, this movie was the most recent movie that floored me. Sadly, A Time For Drunken Horses has absolutely no releases in the US, at least according to IMDB's links.
> >
>
> Whoops! That should be this movie, somehow the URL got chewed.
> ---------------------------------

EPetersen
post #58  on March 2, 2004 - 4:27 AM PST  
> On March 1, 2004 - 6:25 PM PST rmarkd wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Off on a tangent, did you ever see "Thesis" and, if so, what'd you think?
>

Yes, I did see Thesis. Ana Torrent is one of my favorite actresses. While not quite as over the top as Nic Cage's 8MM, Thesis still delivers. For those of you who haven't seen Thesis, it's about a college student (Ana Torrent) doing her thesis on the subject of snuff films. She discovers that not only are snuff films real, but there is a snuff film operation being run out of her university. Some real creepy moments and one hell of an ending.
ALittlefield
post #59  on March 3, 2004 - 2:38 PM PST  
PUNCH DRUNK LOVE floored me because I normally can't stand Adam Sandler, but watching him play his usual character in a (mostly) serious film was both fascinating and disorienting...PT Anderson obviously saw through his usual goofball persona hid behind a bitter, angry, borderline autistic man..a real knockout of a movie (If you'll forgive the pun).
audibleG
post #60  on March 11, 2004 - 3:50 AM PST  
Oh "Floored" ... =)

Well, I've been watching anime lately and LAIN floored me. After a few episodes of pretty inexplicable stuff, which doesn't faze me..., I slowly realized the arc - not the arc in the film/s itself so much, but the arc in the making of the films, or episodes. This is not an American project -it doesn't happen here. From the opening song, to the similar opening shot of the pedestrian walk/don't walk sign... I slowly came to realize that this was a complete project, conceived in its entirety as one cohesive thing -- okay, I've only seen 3/4's of the series, but I do feel the palpable 'concept' undeniably 'pulling together in one direction' one part supporting another part - individual bits incomprehensible, but the parts seen as a whole, the 'project' sharpens to a kind of crystal clarity that is at once surprising and wondrous to behold...

Kinda like when you watched MY DINNER WITH ANDRE for the first time.

Actually, a lot of anime series' have this complete story arc thing going on.
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