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    Holy Cow, HappyBlue you were right. City of God was amazing...I kept it for a week and watched it about 3 times, and each subsequent viewing had me appreciating it's well-crafted writing, impresario direction, and heartbreaking performances more and more. I also recommend to renters that they also check out the documentary on the Brazilian favelas that is included on the DVD, I think it really helped me to understand the film even more.
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    Last MOvies I rented (rented five the other day)
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    - Under the Tuscan Sun
    - Brother Bear :rolleyes
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    You're lucky, SnowFlakeGirl. I only had City of God for a couple of nights. Good for one viewing. But I have the urge to buy the DVD based on that one viewing. I still have strong feelings leftover from the film.

    I rented another five this week.

    -Seven Samurai (My first Kurosawa flick. )
    -Cowboy Bebop (It's said to be a cool Japanese anime)
    -Nowhere in Africa (Ebert gave it 4 stars. How bad can it be?)
    -The Castle of Cagliostro (I must see every Miyazaki film ever made)
    -25th Hour (Spike Lee is one of a my fav directors.)

    I'm half way through my mini filmfest. I was completely overwhelmed by Seven Samuri, an incredible war movie. Kurosawa is often held in the same regard as the master filmmakers (Spielberg, Hitchcock, Coppola). Now I can see why. My next flick, Cowboy BeBop, had no chance. Almost zero substance. Nice animation and okay action sequences but nothing I haven't seen before, done better (read: Ninja Scoll, Vampire D, and, hell, even Metropolis). I couldn't finish BeBop. I'm about half way through Nowhere in Africa, a nice little German flick set in Kenya. It's about a Jewish family fleeing from the Nazis before the start of WWII. Okay, it doesn't sound nice but it does have an innocence about it. Think, In America set in Africa.
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    HappyBlue, Kurosawa is a master, and Seven Samurai is one of my like top five out of his filmography. If I might share with you my other favorites in case you'd like to rent more of his work, I loved Rashoman, Yojimbo, Throne of Blood, and Ran.

    Disappointing about Bebop, I haven't seen it myself but I love anime and people have been hyping this series up the ying yang. Forget about it, I'll just re-watch my copy of Ghost in the Shell, thank you very much. Battle Angel Alita is excellent if you haven't seen it yet already.

    Anyway, over here, we rented The Dreamers, the latest film from famed director Bernardo Bertolucci (director of Last Tango in Paris). If you don't object to a lot of full-frontal nudity of beautiful young people, graphic (but never gratuitous--well, okay, maybe a bit ) depictions of sex, and much pretentious chatter about existential cosmic corollaries, la cinematheque francaise and Maoism, then you will most likely find this film, as I did, to be the guiltiest cinematic pleasure of the year. Also bad to watch if you're trying to quit smoking. Set in 1968, amidst worldwide political turmoil and real cultural revolution, The Dreamers, after the initial shock value fades, is ultimately a valentine to cinephiles, political idealists, and, as the title suggests, the dreamers of 60s youth culture. Beautiful cinematography and loving direction lend to the lush, languorous mood this film exudes. Rent this with a bottle of wine, and try to have someone you can crawl all over afterwards.

    ETA: FYI, The Dreamers is rated NC17 here in the States, although I wouldn't call it pornographic--but then again, I'm one of those people that can't figure out why American society finds violence more acceptable than human sexuality.
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    I've heard good things about The Dreamers. It's definitely on my must-see rental list. (Yes, I actually carry a list to the videostore. I'm such a geek!)

    Yup, BeBop is the most empty movie experience I've had in a while. Maybe I was expecting too much because of the mostly positive reviews I've read. Or maybe I'm being unfair comparing it to classic anime and not most current anime. I'm not an anime nut, so maybe hardcore fans will find something they like about Bebop. It's just not for me.

    Thanks for the Kurosawa list!
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    Mystic River - liked it better than I thought I would. The story was rather weak but the actors' performances carried it quite well, especially Marcia Gay Harden and Tim Robbins.

    Cube - I can't help it, I love movies like this I've watched Hypercube a few times but never saw this first one. The FX weren't as eye-catching as Hypercube but it was still pretty cool.
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    I need to borrow City of God.

    I saw The Emperor's Club last week. It made me appreciate my History teacher and the passion she shared with us. Plus, it inspired me to re-read my European History notes which I didn't throw after college days.
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    My small filmfest is now complete.

    Seven Samurai, ***** (out of 5)
    Cowboy Bebop, *
    Nowhere in Africa, ***
    The Castle of Cagliostro, ****
    25th Hour, **

    I really liked the first half of "Nowhere" but felt the second half dragged and went nowhere. "Cagliostro" is classic Miyazaki, more closer to "Castle in the Sky" than anything else. "25th Hour" seemed patchy. A lot of recycled shots taken from previous Spike Lee films. I didn't find the story or characters particularly engaging, though there were a few great scenes (the classroom and trader room scenes) and strong acting (Barry Pepper is underrated!). Not enough to save the film.

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    Last one for me was 28 Days Later
    Talk about spooky... I was just glad I was not by myself watching it in the middle of the night.
    I gave that flick a 2
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    Rented The Order yesterday....was a little confusing at the beginning and I enjoyed it on the whole. Heath Ledger did seem a bit young and sweet for the part and maybe that was the Directors chose,he wanted his character protrayed that way.
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