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Ziggy Stardust said:

Exit Through the Gift Shop

I love this documentary/mockumentary/performance art piece. It's rather brilliant in its meta-ness.

As for the difference between street art and graffiti, the boundaries are blurry. Graffiti is typically intended in some way to deface, whether as a political or social statement or just as good old fashioned anarchy. Street art can be graffiti, and the best, like banksy's work is definitely street art AND graffiti, but when it's a commissioned mural, it's street art, but not graffiti.

Then there's tagging, which there is a lot of in Chicago. I do not consider that street art, except in a few rare cases where it's done by someone with serious skill and an intuition for form and composition. I would say only about 1% of tags can be considered genuine street art. Personally, my favorite street art is the small, inconspicuous kind that you might not even notice if you're not looking for it. Here's an example I found crossing the street in Chicago this summer. It's made with the same material used to paint the white lines. (I had to take the picture fast or get struck by a car!)

 

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes - 8/10 filthy hands

Definitely the best Apes movie since the original, and thanks to Andy Serkis and some excellent writing, the most emotional. I really felt, unexpectedly, for the plight of the primates. The last scene with Caesar sent a chill down my spine.

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Ziggy Stardust said:

Exit Through the Gift Shop

Same here.  I really enjoyed it first and foremost as a documentary about the birth of street art, but also just as a quirky story.

I'm a Londoner and see Banksy stuff all over the streets here, so it was cool to get more of an insight into how he works, and I used to live in LA so seeing Shepard Fairy creating his art in Kinkos on Vine where I used to print flyers was very cool.  

There's some debate over whether or not Mister Brainwash is even real or just a Banksy creation.  I have no idea, but his story was interesting either way.

8 Andre the Giants out of 10 Space Invaders.

War does not make one great.

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Aw man! I wish I could see some Banksy stuff around where I live!

By MBW being a Banksy creation, what do you mean?

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Ziggy Stardust said:

Aw man! I wish I could see some Banksy stuff around where I live!

By MBW being a Banksy creation, what do you mean?

Many, including myself, believe that Exit Through the Gift Shop is a Kaufmanesque performance piece/inside joke in addition to being a documentary. I think Mister Brainwash is a character created by banksy and Thierry Guetta meant to satirize how movies, music, fashion, and advertising copy street art and street culture to make money, all the while pretending that they're the real innovators.

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"Thor"  I liked it more then I was expecting to, but did not think Portman was good for that role. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hugo (2011)

Decided to go see this this past weekend to see what Scorsese could do with 3D. The 3D was alright but the story was fantastic! The trailers don't do this film justice at all! If you love film and its history I highly recommend you go check it out and while it's still in theaters.

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asterisk8 said:

Ziggy Stardust said:

Aw man! I wish I could see some Banksy stuff around where I live!

By MBW being a Banksy creation, what do you mean?

Many, including myself, believe that Exit Through the Gift Shop is a Kaufmanesque performance piece/inside joke in addition to being a documentary. I think Mister Brainwash is a character created by banksy and Thierry Guetta meant to satirize how movies, music, fashion, and advertising copy street art and street culture to make money, all the while pretending that they're the real innovators.

What he said.

War does not make one great.

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You Only Live Twice, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Diamonds Are Forever, Live and Let Die, The Man With The Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me

I finally got to watch Spy in Pro Logic Dolby Surround from my LD. Very little surround usage but it was nice to hear the film track as intended and not remixed in a tinny little 5.1.

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Mr Vampire (1985).

I put it on to show the better half what Jiang Shi or hopping Chinese vampires are like because he is reading Anno Dracula at the moment which has one (in a chapter titled Mr Vampire btw).

He wasn't really paying attention.

But I loved watching again.

It's really funny to watch a film where the characters think English tea drinking is 'exotic'.

Three sticky rice balls.

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Get ready to be Boysvoiced.


Norwegian mock-documentary following the trials and tribulations of boy-band Boyzvoice, their fans and management.


- the music performances are in English.


3 balls. It's like this is spinal tap but better.

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The Bat (1959)

A rather dull film, but it did have Vincent Price, so it wasn't a complete loss. 5/10.

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Dark City (1998)  

Somehow I missed this one when it came out.  Not bad, yet nothing groundbreaking. Kiefer Sutherland did ham it up a bit.  It's not my intention, but I've been seeing a lot of amnesia driven films lately.

“First feel fear, then get angry. Then go with your life into the fight.” - Bill Mollison

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Er but wait which version did you see? I hope it was the director's cut. Apparently the studio really screwed up the theatrical version.

Melancholia (2011)

Went and saw this tonight. Coincidentally Kiefer Sutherland also has a role in this. I saw the trailer for it last week and it looked interesting. It uh....was very artful but not much else. I spent most of the movie wanting to slap Kirsten Dunst. All I can really say about it is that it tastes like ashes.

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Tobar said:

Er but wait which version did you see? I hope it was the director's cut. Apparently the studio really screwed up the theatrical version.

Melancholia (2011)

Went and saw this tonight. Coincidentally Kiefer Sutherland also has a role in this. I saw the trailer for it last week and it looked interesting. It uh....was very artful but not much else. I spent most of the movie wanting to slap Kirsten Dunst. All I can really say about it is that it tastes like ashes.

It was the Director's Cut of "Dark City" that I saw. Now I am kind of interested in seeing the original for comparison. Knowing that it was made before "The Matrix" helped me disregard the similarities.

“First feel fear, then get angry. Then go with your life into the fight.” - Bill Mollison

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I watched Inception. Fell asleep when Cobb was in that room of sleeping people and he took the drugs to fall asleep. I awoke right after the first bridge "kick" when the car was falling toward the water. I actually dreamt about the movie while the movie was playing... Anyway I'm a be nitpicking here. A flaw I think in the movie is that even during the climax there's still "rules" being set up for the way the dream world works in the movie. Rules don't stop being made until almost five minutes to the end of the movie. Slightly distracting. Again this is just a nitpick, it's a great movie.



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FanFiltration said:

Tobar said:

Er but wait which version did you see? I hope it was the director's cut. Apparently the studio really screwed up the theatrical version.

Melancholia (2011)

Went and saw this tonight. Coincidentally Kiefer Sutherland also has a role in this. I saw the trailer for it last week and it looked interesting. It uh....was very artful but not much else. I spent most of the movie wanting to slap Kirsten Dunst. All I can really say about it is that it tastes like ashes.

It was the Director's Cut of "Dark City" that I saw. Now I am kind of interested in seeing the original for comparison. Knowing that it was made before "The Matrix" helped me disregard the similarities.

The differences are very subtle for the most part. The Theatrical is a few minutes shorter, and has a short opening narration by Sutherland that explains a bit too much. Overall, this is one of those Director's Cuts that improves everything without harming the original intent.

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“George didn’t think there was any future in dead Han toys.”-Harrison Ford

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Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy

 

The moore I watch these three, the moore I find John Glen's initial Bonds to be rather flat. In fact, Moonraker has gotten better to me over the years despite it's terrible reputation and the double taking pigeon. And I like my Bond serious. It's the last of the "grand" Bonds and has some of that imaginative spark that Harry Saltzman brought to the early films. FYEO in "going back to basics" leaves out too much and in turn when really examining its structure one finds little to make it really stand out. But it was perfect for the time of 1981. Octopussy is really just Raiders of the Lost 007. Probably my least favorite Moore film, but it still has a part of a great plot, some memorable set pieces and you can never say no to a mad psychotic soviet general can you? It runs entirely on charm. Which is certainly more than Never Say Never Again or any Bond post 1987 can say.

The problem is really in the writing. Too little of Fleming (yes, even FYEO because in spite of having bits of the short stories there is little for Kristatos and Columbo to do.), too little of Richard Maibaum. Too much of Michael G. Wilson and playing it safe. Glen can direct a Bond well, because he knows how they cut like Peter Hunt did. He proved this with The Living Daylights.

VADER!? WHERE THE HELL IS MY MOCHA LATTE? -Palpy on a very bad day.

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Hanna - 10 out of 10

I wonder if Saoirse Ronan took the role so she could be the killer this time.  Great film.

A Serious Man - 7 out of 10

Since they're like poetry, what with the rhyming and all, I find that I only need to watch three out of the six films.

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I feel the same way about Moonraker improving with age. There are some potent core Bond elements in that film, and Moore was still looking good and fit for his actual age. He was still passably believable as a seasoned government field agent.  The major problem I have with that film, is that it was made by a bunch of tired old men who had gotten too soft, wealthy, out of touch, and who wanted to pander to the family friendly crowd for the easy bucks. For example, the soft and cuddly Jaws transformation.  But the first third of the film has some of the best actual Bondian moments of any of the 1970's films. 

Bond was doing some real good old fashioned spying at the Drax estate, and in Venice. Yes some of the moments are cheesy (double takes from pigeons, the Close Encounter music tones on the security Pad, The overblown goofiness of Jaws's look and personality for a under the radar hired killer, etc.), but the core of the Bond character's motivations and his movements from location to location are right on target for a classic era James Bond film. Come to think of it, I feel Diamond are Forever can be said to have just as much goofiness as Moonraker does, yet it seems not to be put down as much.

 

“First feel fear, then get angry. Then go with your life into the fight.” - Bill Mollison

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Cowboys and Aliens.

1 Ball.

The trailers promise a lot by the movie just doesn't deliver. Could have been something cool but just a bunch of stuff you've seen before mashed together.

 

 

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"The Ten Commandments" (35th Anniversary laserdisk box)

Epic! 

“First feel fear, then get angry. Then go with your life into the fight.” - Bill Mollison

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The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)  

Great Film, yet a predictable ending. *wink*

“First feel fear, then get angry. Then go with your life into the fight.” - Bill Mollison