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hile taking a short break in a truckstop yesterday I was perusing the DVD shelf when I came upon the title Hudson Hawk "Special Edition". Granted, Bruce Willis is one of the most famous, bankable movie actors on the planet, but a special edition for Hudson Hawk is like putting a steaming pile of horse shit on a your best china and garnishing it with parsley. What's next, the 2-disc Director's Cut of Dude, Where's My Car? Then again, maybe I'm a little sensitive to things like this. Sony Pictures can finance a special edition release for an atrocity like Hudson Hawk while Paramount scrapped plans for any release whatsoever of the third and final season my beloved The Adventures of Pete and Pete, after releasing the first two seasons on DVD. Then again, is there really any justice in a world where a band like UB40 could chart singles in the U.S. Top 40 six times?

I wanted to see Grindhouse in its theatrical run but didn't get the chance. Last night I watched Rodriguez's contribution, Planet Terror. First I want to say that his "Coming Attractions" trailer for Machete with Danny Trejo was made of awesome. Concerning the feature, his send-up of 70s genre movies was hilarious and often ingenious. I didn't know they made gallon-sized blood squibs. I can't help but wonder if Rodriguez upstages Tarantino as he nearly did in Four Rooms. I guess I'll find out when I watch Death Proof later today.

Robert Rodriguez is probably one of the most interesting film makers in the business. His in-house, DIY aesthetic and low-budget sensibilities makes him the cinematic equivalent of a punk rock band. Having gone all-digital, he's a one-man movie studio, creating his own special effects and scores. I almost never make the effort to re-watch movies on DVD with the director's commentary but I always do with Rodriguez films. If you've never seen his cinematic debut, El Mariachi, you should, just to see how good a film can be on the astonishing budget of $7,000. It was the film that spawned his so-called "Mexico trilogy" which also included Desperado and Once Upon A Time In Mexico.

Let's have some fun. You think of one, and only one, movie that you think I need to see that I might not have seen. Now, I've seen a good deal of movies but at the same time, you'd be surprised at the movies I haven't seen. For example, I've only seen Citizen Kane and Casablanca within the past couple of years, and I've never seen Gone With The Wind in it's entirety. If I've seen your suggestion, I'll tell you my opinion of it and you'll be charged with thinking of something else and we'll continue in this manner until we find something. In turn, I'll recommend something for you, most likely an older movie or something a bit off the mainstream path. Everybody can peruse the various comment threads and see these recommendations and opinions and maybe find something interesting to watch. My goal will be to watch all of your recommendations and at some point in the future, come back to the comment where you suggested it and tell you what I thought of it.


I really enjoyed 'Linda Linda Linda'.

Considering how reasonbly obscure that film is, it's with regret that I must tell you I've already seen it. I was a big fan of The Blue Hearts in the early 90s so when a friend told me about this film it was very high priority for me. I bought it almost as soon as it was available and I loved it. Try, try again.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

I should've added the caveat NO MUSICALS! You're gonna make me watch that in its entirety someday anyway, so you have to think of something else.

Oh! I like this!

OK. Lets see if I can find a movie that you'd like that you might not have seen. Normally, I'd recommend Heathers. But you have obviously seen it and like it as much as I do. =)

I'll recommend two, both martial arts movies. I love martial arts movies like whoa. Both are subtitled, but that doesn't bother me. Some people don't like watching subtitled movies on computers and stuff, so I thought I should warn you.

First, I really enjoyed Kung-Fu Hustle. Very, very funny. The land lady was just delightful.

Second, I recommend House of Flying Daggers. One of the most beautiful movies I have ever seen. Wonderful martial arts and an intriguing story.

I have lots more to suggest!

Yeah I love Heathers. I've probably seen it at least a dozen times.

I saw Kung Fu Hustle in the theater and had no advance warning of any kind what the movie would be like. There are few movies I've laughed so hard watching. I love love love that movie.

I have not seen House of Flying Daggers, though, so I shall add it to my list.

I probably couldn't think of a martial arts movie you haven't seen so we'll go with an old-school 70s action/cop movie for you: The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3

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Six String Samurai - it's one of my favorites!

Now that looks like a fun movie.

At the risk that you may have seen it, I'm going to suggest something kind of recent: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

I'm so not a movie person, but I totally feel like renting something today. I'm considering either Juno or Baby Mama. That, or I'll watch something from my meager collection, which basically means I'll watch Borat or The Princess Diaries.

Of those four films, I haven't seen Baby Mama so I'll take that as your defacto suggestion, even though you haven't seen it yet either. Juno is really good. It's sweet, but also full of attitude and spunk. So we'll just let that be my suggestion to you, unless you'd like something else you weren't already considering?

Having only two episodes to go of Twin Peaks and last night's re-watching of The Elephant Man you'd think I'd be inclined to take the David Lynch offering, but I figure I'll get to that eventually anyway so I'll go with H.O.T.S. since a sorority-girl exploitation film sounds like celluloid heaven.

You may have seen this, but I'll give you: I Shot Andy Warhol.

Ugh. Only one? Man.

...OK. It came down to 2 choices It was a tough battle, but I freely admit that the fact that I just finished reading a biography of Cary Grant that made me choose my favorite film of his, Operation Petticoat, over Sergei Eisenstein's classic 1938 propaganda film Aleksandr Nevsky.

Why Operation Petticoat? It was filmed in 1959, near the end of Grant's career (& at age 55), so he's in full effect there, playing the captain of a submarine in the Pacific in the opening days of WW2. His younger comic foil is Tony Curtis as a hotshot up-&-coming young officer ruefully assigned to the sub; Curtis is the one who actually brought the idea to Grant & wanted him to do it. Add in a comedy plot involving shady procurement practices, pink submarines, & a quintet of Army nurses wreaking hormonal havoc on the all-male crew. Toss in the early comedic timing of such soon-to-be's as Gavin Macleod, Dick Sargent, & Marion Ross. To be far, it's not in any way a challenging film or one that's not easily figured out how it ends. But it's charming & it's silly, & it's Grant at his finest with a real chemistry with Curtis.

And if you don't like it...well, there's always the number 2?

Having become a real fan of Cary Grant over the past couple of years, I'll take that recommendation with honor, sir.

I suspect finding a movie for you and superhappytime is going to be a challenge, so for you we'll start with A Midnight Clear.

Life is Beautiful.

But I want you to watch it with me. :^)

That movie makes me cry. Because it is so painful to watch. Because I want Benigni to die every time I see him.

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Actually I've seen Amadeus and Bend It Like Beckham... I don't know why they don't show up in my list. I'll have to correct that. I just recently watch the third Pirates movie and liked it a lot. It was definitely a good save after what was a pretty lackluster second movie in the trilogy. Of your list, the one I'm going to pick as your official recommendation is Mickey Blue Eyes. Even though Hugh Grant largely annoys me, I had another friend a long time ago who kept telling me I needed to see that some day. I like gangster movies as a general rule and send-ups of the genre I find entertaining.

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I thought Rodriguez had the better film in the combo, though both were alright. The second half the Tarantino one kind of drags, though. I probably wrote a review when I saw them, but I'm too lazy too look now. In my previous LJ, I used to write up every move I ever saw. Nobody really gave a fuck, though.

Still, it was a pretty impressive list, at least in terms of quality, from 2004 - 2007 or so....

Looking at your list QUICKLY, one that jumps out for not being on there is His Girl Friday. But, if I could only go with one, I'd say The Lady Eve.

The reason why I only wanted one is because I know that a) I'd get a lot of recommendations and b) it'd force people into thinking of one really good movie they liked. So I'll take The Lady Eve.

Since you gave an old comedy I'll try and come up with one you haven't seen. Let's start with a couple of Cary Grant classics. Have you seen, Arsenic And Old Lace or Bringin Up Baby?

Alright, I didn't see this on your list and it's one of the better movies I've seen in the past little while: Oldboy.

Subtitled, but you're a big boy and can handle that. It has an amazing fight scene in a cramped hallway at one point and one of the craziest plot twists/revelations in recent memory. This isn't an action movie so much as a revenge movie. I haven't checked it out on imdb in awhile, but I see it's now #114 on the top 250, so I guess I'm not the only one who liked it!

Added it to my list.

Since you offered foreign we'll stick with foreign for your recommendation. I'm going to go with phinnia's above recommendation of Linda Linda Linda.

Here's one: 1971, Ken Russell's "The Devils." You will never see anything like it. And the companion piece is the documentary about it, "Hell on Earth."

Go on, watch it - I dare you.

I've been recently going through the complete Monty Python's Flying Circus, which makes several reference to Cardinal Richilieu, so I accept your recommendation whole heartedly.

We'll stick to the 70s for your recommendation and go with 1975's Three Days Of The Condor.

First I want to say that his "Coming Attractions" trailer for Machete with Danny Trejo was made of awesome.

You should see Eli Roth's trailer for Thanksgiving. "This holiday, there will be no leftovers."

As far as recommendations, lessee...Val Kilmer and Vincent D'Onofrio were in a really good crime flick called The Salton Sea. There's also old school hottie Malcolm McDowell in If..., the original Lolita, I could go on and on. I'll also go one step further and recommend a TV show too. I've recently become quite fond of The Venture Bros., a delightfully twisted parody of Jonny Quest-like cartoons that manages to reference everything from Easy Rider to the old punk band the Damned. It's also notable for the fact that it's the only program on Adult Swim that even attempts to make sense.

OMG, Klaus Nomi, tiger balm, David fucking Bowie?! I love it.

Also, J.G. Thirlwell (Foetus!) does the scoring for the show.

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For some reason, the only movie popping to mind right now is A Clockwork Orange.

I preferred Planet Terror to Tarentino's segment. It better-exemplified the silliness of the sub-genre it was meant to imitate, there were fewer loose ends, and it was far less masturbatory.