Sunday, May 15, 2005

100 Greatest War Films


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Alison Lohmann topless in Atom Egoyan's new movie Where The Truth Lies


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Disturbing 'Hidden' keeps you guessing at Cannes
  • Austrian director Michael Haneke was unapologetic, saying that he never aimed to provide the answers. "If I was to give you an explanation it would be counterproductive," he told reporters on Saturday after the first screening of his film which is in competition this year. "I constructed the film in this way to ensure that there were questions you carry away with you."
  • I don't blame him. If I were a writer/director of a thriller, I would not want to do all the mental work required to make sure that all the elements make logical sense. That's too hard. I would just muddle the story with arty, confusing, ambiguous crap. That way I could deny anyone's interpretation, and nobody would be able to see how stupid and lazy I am. To cap the movie off, I would have the protagonist wake up at the end, and realize it may all have been a dream - or it may not have! This gives me a double out because (1) perhaps it never happened at all; (2) if an element of the plot doesn't make sense, it is because it may have taken place in a dream, and dreams are not logical! Voila! Instant masterpiece. In fact, confusion is the Prime Directive of European filmmaking.


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Explicit sex in Mexican film (Battle in Heaven) causes stir at Cannes
  • "The world may not be waiting for a feature film showing two obese Mexicans having sex after their attempt to kidnap a baby goes horribly wrong, but Carlos Reygadas said on Sunday his film captures real life. "



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FilmJerk's Early Report for May 15


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Hasselhoff update: Knight Rider: The Movie


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TIME.com: On the Beach With Dave Chappelle


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J-Lo and J-Fo win the Weekend Box Office May 13-15, 2005
  • The new films came in about where The Weekend Warrior predicted, except that J-Lo was a bit stronger than expected. (24 million actual, twenty million prediction)
  • Crash again performed better than expectations. While the other two releases from last week dropped about 50% each, Crash dropped only 20% - despite facing four new releases this week, including three strong ones.
  • I'd say the market has just about crashed for historical epics. Given the abominable performance of Alexander and the weak results for Kingdom of Heaven, I don't think we'll be seeing too many more of these big-budget extravaganzas.


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The international trailer for The Transporter 2


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PRESIDENTS OF MEXICO AND HARVARD TO COLLABORATE ON MOST INSULTING REMARK EVER ... Monumental Racist-Sexist Gaffe Slated for Early 2006


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The Girls of Star Trek


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United Attendants Pose for Risque Calendar ... Stripped of their pensions and their duds. Their site is supposed to be stewsstripped.com, but neither the submitter nor I could connect when we tried.


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"The OFFICIAL Pornstar Bears website." Do NOT accept any substitutes. This is the only stop you have to make for all your pornographic teddy bear needs.


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Damn, it's been two hours since the last Paris Hilton item, with nothing on the horizon. I'm having shake-outs, so I'll have to come up with a substitute ... Liz Hurley, the Paris Hilton of her own time, has joined the cast of the action comedy THE CLEANER. It's a highly plausible real-life crime story about an amnesiac janitor who believes he's an undercover agent hot on the heels of an international arms ring. Hurley will play a villain who uses the janitor for her own nefarious purposes.


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Rent My Daughter - Child Rental Agency. They also have RentMySon.com. As far as I can see, it is completely innocent stuff, but it sure seems creepy to me. Maybe I'm just out of touch. On the other hand, who am I to judge? I've got Frequent Customer Points at RentMyMouth.com


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Anonymous brian said...

Petition to stop Child Rental Sites: http://www.petitiononline.com/rentmy/

 

Learn to Dance with Napoleon Dynamite


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