OT- Movie talk

Submitted by ijohnb on February 14th, 2010 at 9:54 PM

OK, so I'm bored. Looking for some pointless conversation.

Anybody.... Godfather saga, (Parts 1 & 2, 3 doesn't really count) A little overrated. My last viewing, a litte underwhlemed, I must say. Its good in the same way that Jerry West was, ya know?

On the other hand (and completely unrelated), 25TH HOUR, A SPIKE LEE JOINT. Anybody else think this movie is solid gold? Where is the Academy here? Norton, f#@king brilliant!



February 14th, 2010 at 10:23 PM ^

i found something so much better...well the first rule is, im not supposed to talk about it...and the second rule is, im not supposed to talk about it...and the third rule is...


February 15th, 2010 at 11:55 AM ^

... in his defense, 25th hour is a very good film. You're right that his position on the first two Godfather films is indefensible. Even by today's standards, Godfather 3 is a quality film.

That being said, it's not my favorite trilogy. "Infernal Affairs" is my favorite; the Godfather might even be tied with "Back to the Future."

Big Boutros

February 14th, 2010 at 11:24 PM ^


Hokay so:

Favorite films

1. Heat
2. Leon (aka The Professional)
3. The Thing (Carpenter, 1982)
4. 28 Days Later
5. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade*

Favorite filmmakers

1. Michael Mann
2. John Carpenter
3. Alfred Hitchcock
4. Luc Besson
5. Sergio Leone
Honorable Mention: William Friedkin


1-100. Evil Dead

John Williams is inhuman

I write film reviews for the Daily...today I turned in an editorial about Kathryn Bigelow and the history of female directors. Keep your eyes peeled for it!

*I am happy to concede that Raiders is a better film. However! Some of you might remember long ago when LucasArts actually made awesome computer games, specifically those belonging to the "graphic adventure" genre. In 1989, LucasArts released a graphic adventure adaptation of Last Crusade for MS-DOS. In 1991, my family purchased this computer game for our 1987 Compaq Presario, which my mother still uses (!!!) for word processing.

Those of you who are familiar with the graphic adventure will remember that the games were heavily text-based; of course, the cutscene dialogue was written at the top of the screen, but more importantly, and more interactively, the bottom third of the screen was a list of commands and items that you used to maneuver through the game. "Look at," "Use," "Walk to," "Talk to," etc. It was Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The Graphic Adventure which taught me how to read. No Hop on Pop, no Fox in Socks. Indiana Jones. The first sentence I ever read on my own was "I know who you are, Mr. Donovan." Hence, the Last Crusade entry in the trilogy holds a powerful and lasting place in my heart.


February 15th, 2010 at 8:08 AM ^

There are several classic John Carpenter movies. The Thing is an underrated horror flick with excellent effects, especially if you consider the time it was made. Big Trouble in Little China is a classic. Finally, Escape from New York is awesome. What do they all have in common - directed by Carpenter, music by Carpenter, starring Kurt Russell.


February 15th, 2010 at 3:26 PM ^

on Michael Mann. That guy is very underrated. Watched the Insider yesterday. He builds tension like no other, also evident in Heat.

I think Sam Mendez may be proving to be the best around right now. Revolutionary Road, while certainly not a feel good movie, was borderline profound. Better than American Bueaty in my opinion.

As to the Godfather and my original post, they are great movies, no doubt, I just think that their reputation has made them seem like a better watch than they actually are. IMO, Goodfellas may actually be better than both GF 1 and 2.

And Peanut Butter cups are still delicious after all these years.


February 14th, 2010 at 11:26 PM ^

Parts I and II of "The Godfather" are awesome. Yeah, they're a bit outdated, but that's like saying Reese's Peanut Butter Cups aren't any good because you've been eating them all your life and what's the big deal.

Marlon Brando. James Caan. Al Pacino. Robert Duvall. Diane Keaton. Abe Vigoda.

If you don't like those films, you just don't like movies.


February 14th, 2010 at 11:42 PM ^

Being pretty much the standard-bearer BH (Before Hangover).

From now on, though, all movie talk begins and ends with Hangover (with a wink and a nod to Anchorman sans the too long bear scene at the end).

A very intimate personal favorite, though, a very close #3 is Sideways.