despite his proclivity to relentless downers, he did some great stuff.
From msn: "ROME -- Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni, whose depiction of alienation made him a symbol of art-house cinema with movies such as "Blow-Up" and "L'Avventura," has died, officials and news reports said Tuesday. He was 94."
From Hal: Blow up is a must see movie depicting swinging London in 1966. Drug usage, sex, fashion and the Yardbirds ( I believe the short lived Beck/Page lineup) smashing a guitar in a club like the Who. Ther is a troupe of Mimes riding around and creating instant happenings. Soundtrack is by Herbie Hancock.
He also directed Zabriskie Point to which Jerry Garcia as well as Pink Floyd, The Youngbloods and John Fahey contributed to the soundtrack!
Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)
Walt Whitman-Song of Myself
Just wanted to add a few to the list that I did not see mentioned yet...
All the Hayao Miyazaki movies...
The Waterboy and of course Bob Barker in Happy Gilmore, bitch...
"... just a little nervous from the fall..."
Last night I watched Hair on a commercial-free t.v. channel, and what was extra awesome is that the film was sent in English, which is rare here. I watched it with my 9 year old daughter, who was really digging it. She was just cracking me up with her comments (had never seen a musical before) Said things like "It is really strange how all those people just break into song, and know all the words." Explaining Claud's tripping scene was a bit sticky, but we got through that. We had a long discussion after the fim about the Viet Nam war, and how the film was by people who were against the war, and how there actually were people like the characters in Hair at that time (minus the spontaneous singing, of course ;-) and then she made a comment that just blew me away. (She does tend to do that from time to time) She said "Mama, that film is actually about right now too, right? Cuz Iraq is the same as Viet Nam, a bad war." Out of the mouths of babes, or what???
I was prepared to think it was really lame, but I can't remember ever laughing so hard at a movie. Really funny, and very well done. Check it out!
but I have say that one of the most engaging movies I've seen in recent time was "Holes." I think it's even a Disney movie. Surreal, poignant, funny, and I've got to say I like young Shia LaBeouf a lot. I think it falls more into the cult classic category, but rent it. You won't be sorry.
i thought that val kilmer was also very good in 'heat' and the movie where he played the FBI agent on the Indian reservation....i thought that dennis quaid played a very good doc holliday in wyatt earp...
Besides "The Doors" this was Val Kilmer's best role. Posting in another section here, I was reminded of (and perhaps found new meaning in) this quote:
Doc Holliday: And you must be Ringo. Look, darling, Johnny Ringo. The deadliest pistoleer since Wild Bill, they say. What do you think, darling? Should I hate him?
Kate: You don't even know him.
Doc Holliday: Yes, but there's just something about him. Something around the eyes, I don't know, reminds me of... me. No. I'm sure of it, I hate him.
Nigel Tufnel: The numbers all go to eleven. Look, right across the board, eleven, eleven, eleven and...
Marty DiBergi: Oh, I see. And most amps go up to ten?
Nigel Tufnel: Exactly.
Marty DiBergi: Does that mean it's louder? Is it any louder?
Nigel Tufnel: Well, it's one louder, isn't it? It's not ten. You see, most blokes, you know, will be playing at ten. You're on ten here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you're on ten on your guitar. Where can you go from there? Where?
Marty DiBergi: I don't know.
Nigel Tufnel: Nowhere. Exactly. What we do is, if we need that extra push over the cliff, you know what we do?
Marty DiBergi: Put it up to eleven.
Nigel Tufnel: Eleven. Exactly. One louder.
Marty DiBergi: Why don't you just make ten louder and make ten be the top number and make that a little louder?
Nigel Tufnel: [pause] These go to eleven
Great movie and speaking of which, I happened to catch their reunion "concert" today for the Earth Day Benefit and it was really, really good. At one point there must have been 20 guitar players on stage. They had Metallica and several other bands join them for their last song (I think they only did two but they were quite good, honestly). It was the highlight of the day time concerts, in some ways, although John Mayer and the Foo Fighters were also good. I probably should re-post this in the TV section.
And I also love "Princess Bride" - "That's inconceivable!"
I don't think you know what this word means.....