I like BN a lot but for me it’s definitely the weakest of PTA’s big four. It kind of falls in to the same problem GoodFellas does (which isn’t suprising considering it is GoodFellas set in the porno industry) – grows disinteresting on the downhill as characters get tiresome and all those pesky drug vignettes. Still really good though.
BN looks good, but it’s the only Anderson film I’m not extremely interested to see. :|
Coheed, you’ve located the best thread on the site :D
props to him for casting Burt Reynolds
is a shame Warren Beatty turned it down tho
Coheed, can I tempt you with some Brakhage? It’s only 14 minutes long and it’s amazing (it climbed on to my Top 50!)
Agreed about Wahlberg.
Reynolds was great also loved Philip Baker Hall’s character as the porn producer (I like simple pleasures, like butter in my ass, lollipops in my mouth. That’s just me.)
Might give Punch Drunk Love another chance one day, Sandler’s character just didn’t interest me much and found it a rather dull watching experience in getting to know that character.
Didn’t know Warren Beatty was considered for a role. :( Shame!
I can understand that I always thought of it as PTA’s version of Popeye (it has the shelly duvall song)
weird loner has trouble relating to those around him, no stranger to violence, falls in love, a bully is involved.
Salem: Beatty turned down BN and the role of Bill in Kill Bill two films I did not like much but I wish he’d done them because they were quite popular. he also turned down the role of nixon in frost/nixon
“I always thought of it as PTA’s version of Popeye – weird loner has trouble relating to those around him, no stranger to violence, falls in love, a bully is involved.”
Haha, interesting take on the film. Would have never thought of that.
In regards to Brakhage, I have heard of him through Dog Star Man and the short ‘The Act of Seeing with One’s Own Eyes’, which was mentioned in the book Film As A Subversive Art by Amos Vogel (worth reading). I would like to watch some of his stuff, but its annoying he is barely mentioned in Britain; maybe someone needs to get the BFI to take a look at releasing his stuff like they did with Kenneth Anger’s.
Would have made an interesting Nixon. Don’t blame him for turning down Kill Bill… then again might have enjoyed the film slightly more with him in it.
Some how Warren Beatty as Richard Nixon wouldn’t quite work for me.
Coheed, I’ve only seen one thing by him but I’m definitely interested in seeing more. I’ll just find you a Google Videos link quickly if you’re interested in seeing this outstanding short film.
“maybe someone needs to get the BFI to take a look at releasing his stuff like they did with Kenneth Anger’s.”
They should should rather look into getting Jack Smith’s work a release or maybe some George Kuchar.
I like legends because him playing Nixon would have been a notorious ladies man playing a sexless conservative. It would have mined Beatty’s conservative Virginia upringing in a way that he hasn’t since Splendor in the Grass or maybe Dick Tracy plus Nixon has that sinister side that we had only seen from Beatty in the films parallax view and Bugsy
Speaking to everyone else who may be interested, I watched the film Russian Ark tonight and found myself loving it as much as the first time. Is anyone else a fan?
Burchett: Have you planned anything to see tomorrow, btw?
Coheed: I would actually really like to see that again. I thought it was very impressive. I love video and I liked the mystic atmosphere it had in the way it shifted from one ‘period’ to another. My only disappointment was that it wasn’t longer. :(
I would also like to see more of Sokurov’s work.
I would like more of Sokurov’s work too, having only seen Russian Ark, although an incredibly damning review of his film Mother and Son from someone I knew has made me slightly weary. There is a documentary of his from the same heritage on the DVD though, so I will be watching it sometime.
Coheed, I just whispered you the link over on LFC because it probably wouldn’t be suitable to post publically.
I’ve seen Russian Ark and do like it a lot but it’s kind of spoilt for me by the tour guide – he’s informative but also removes part of the magic for me at the same time (in part because he’s informative). I’d definitely like to see it again though.
S., Episode 5 of Dekalog, Chimes at Midnight and Scorpio Rising hopefully.
Coheed: I haven’t read any reviews on his work yet, but I’m especially interested in Moloch after having seen the beginning on YouTube.
What is the documentary about?
Burchett: Sounds like a good day, well I can’t speak for Scorpio though. o_0
I must see Chimes again someday. I could barely understand it when I had watched it.
S., yeah I’ve heard not many people can understand the dialogue.
Burchett: Plus as an American, English is like a foreign language to me………….[to steal a joke from LFC]
Josh. S: The documentary is called Robert. Schastlivanya zhizn and is about the work of the painter Hubert Robert. I confess of having not heard of him, but this film will hopefully change that.
Burchett: As you watch Scorpio Rising, try to listen out for a particular famous song immortalized in another film and see that director’s work in another light.
I already know about the Scorpio Rising – GoodFellas connection I’m afraid :S
Burchett: I was thinking of another song. :)
Coheed, that’s good. If it is a Lynch one though (it’s meant to be Scorsese and Lynch that were influenced?) then I probably won’t notice it as I’ve watched hardly any Lynch.
Hopefully you’ll pick it out even if you know little about Lynch.
Coheed, I look forward to it. Anyway, it’s really late so I’m gonna go to bed soon.
Good night :-)