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|Nov-17-13|| ||MarkFinan: And you like Blackadder!! You were born in the wrong country, mate. I've never come across an American who "gets" Blackadder, because it's so so sooooooo English! |
|Nov-17-13|| ||Shams: <Mark> God no, I have to go back like four or five generations. |
Grew up on British comedy though, which is not uncommon among American nerds. There was a time when I could practically recite every Fawlty Towers script from memory. By the way, I read this week that John Cleese is doing an "autobiographical speaking tour" of North America. He needs money to pay for his latest divorce. It's a shame, he got absolutely hammered in the settlement but he really should have gotten a pre-nuptial agreement.
|Nov-20-13|| ||hedgeh0g: Mark's right; there's something very English about your sense of humour. The only real give-away is your use of "gotten". ;)|
|Nov-20-13|| ||Shams: <hedgeh0g> Please fill in the blank!|
<It's a shame, he got absolutely hammered in the settlement but he really should have ________ a pre-nuptial agreement.>
|Nov-20-13|| ||hedgeh0g: <got>|
|Nov-20-13|| ||Shams: Just "got"? Bit naked, innit? :)|
|Nov-20-13|| ||hedgeh0g: No need to be verbose. :)|
|Nov-28-13|| ||WCC Editing Project: My dear <Shams>
Thanks for your recent posts over at <Benzol Manor>. They got me interested in re-watching a bunch of movies I've already seen 300 times.
|Nov-28-13|| ||WCC Editing Project: "gotten," Shirley?|
|Dec-01-13|| ||Shams: <jfq> A couple days on, both "should have got" and "should have gotten" sound clumsy. |
I always enjoy reading you, <Dom> or others talk about film. You've all lapped me several times, so I don't really participate, but it's fun to read you all banter.
It's funny to look back on my life of watching movies and note how my tastes have changed. The other day an unpleasant memory came to me: about 18 years ago I visited a close friend at Stanford and it was decided that I'd pick a movie out for he, his friends and I to watch (I being artsy compared to them, all science and econ and similar stuff.)
I wanted to impress them, since they were all much smarter than I, so I chose Bu˝uel's "Discreet Charm of the Bourgeouisie". They were polite but we all hated my pretentious choice, perhaps me most of all. I remember feeling so self-consciously stupid in the projector room we had rented.
I really hate French New Wave. "Jules et Jim" made me want to punch myself in the face. And I found "Hiroshima, Mon Amour" deathly dull, though I pretended to like it since my Francophile girlfriend at the time adored it*. (I do remember acknowledging that at least it wasn't pretentious like the other two I mentioned, though.)
Does 400 Blows count as New Wave? I did like that one.
*[she did turn me on to the amazing Georges Franju, though. Great girl. And great director!]
|Dec-01-13|| ||thegoodanarchist: Is Don Quixote that bad? In a survey from just 11 years ago, supposedly it was "da bomb!":|
<In a 2002 list, Don Quixote was cited as the "best literary work ever written".>
I have not read it, but it sounds like you have. Maybe I should just enjoy the Picasso depicting the joust? We had that on the wall when I was a child, so I have no problem accepting that recommendation :)
|Dec-01-13|| ||thegoodanarchist: <Shams: ...I really hate French New Wave....>|
You demonstrate astute judgement of New Wave cinema.
Jean-Luc Godard's "A woman is a woman" is irritating and ridiculous in the extreme.
|Dec-01-13|| ||thegoodanarchist: <Dump the World Championship. Chess should be like tennis: four majors a year.>|
This is an idea worthy of consideration.
|Dec-01-13|| ||Shams: <tga> No, I've not read it. From what I've heard, it's interesting at parts but with long stretches boring to the modern reader. In truth though, I was being a bit cheeky. Long boring stretches don't put me off too much. I'll probably get round to it someday.|
|Dec-01-13|| ||Shams: I even found Dante's "Inferno" boring, and never proceeded to the rest of the Comedy. Just shows you how fickle and spoiled I am.|
|Dec-01-13|| ||jessicafischerqueen: <Shams>
<Hiroshima Mon Amour> lol
Yes that one defeated even the most pretentious of us in "Film as Art" back at McGill University.
Alain Resnais did make at least one film I admire very much- a most dignified and very concise documentary of the Holocaust: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0048434...
I prefer a linear narrative that makes sense. I don't mind if the narrative isn't linear so long as you can actually re-order the jumbled parts back into a perfectly comprehensible narrative.
This would be true of both the film <Memento> and the novel <The Sound and the Fury>.
It would not be true of <Hiroshima Mon Amour>.
I have to confess I liked at least three Godard films: <Weekend>- but only the first 20 minutes, which is a 20 minute pan of a traffic accident.
<A bout de Souffle> for Jean Seberg's performance.
And <1 + 1> which was actually re-cut and redistributed as <Sympathy for the Devil> for Rolling Stones fans who didn't want all of the Brechtian "in jokes" filmed on a budget that was obviously around 2 francs- and looked it too.
I'm not a Truffaut fan, but like you I did enjoy <400 Blows>.
I much prefer the "New (now old) German Cinema" to the "French New (now really old) Wave."
My favorites are the now long-forgotten <The Anxiety of the Goal Keeper on Facing the Penalty Kick> by Wim Wenders; and also Werner Herzog's <Aguirre- the Wrath of God>, <Fitzcarraldo>, and above all <The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser>.
<Kaspar Hauser> had a much better German title, which translates to "Every Man for Himself and God Against All."
I also thought Fassbinder's TV series <Berlin Alexanderplatz> was worth watching all 14 hours of just to get to the last 2 hours, which is a startlingly brutal fantasy sequence about the SS- a sequence which I'm sure Eli Roth knew about before he made <Hostel> because they look almost identical.
<Hostel> might be considered "A super short version of <Berlin Alexanderplatz> without any actual purpose or meaning behind it."
Von Trotta's <Rosa Luxemburg> might be the most "viewer friendly" of the lot. I certainly enjoyed it, and recommend it. They murdered Rosa in prison with a rifle butt to the head. Just because she started a Marxist revolution in Berlin. The nerve of them!
|Dec-01-13|| ||Jim Bartle: Much better than <Fitzcarraldo> itself is the documentary about making it, <Burden of Dreams>. Herzog's quest to make the movie is more interesting than Fitzcarraldo's dream.|
|Dec-02-13|| ||Shams: <jfq> Wow, you went to McGill. If I'd visited *you* on campus, I'd probably have made a fool of myself trying to impress you, too. |
This is for you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cc5v...
|Dec-02-13|| ||jessicafischerqueen: <Jim> Interesting. I agree <Burden of Dreams> is excellent.|
I found <Hearts of Darkness>, shot by Coppola's wife, more intriguing than <Apocalypse Now>.
In both cases though, you kind of need both documents for the "full experience."
|Dec-02-13|| ||jessicafischerqueen: <Shams> LOL
"The Harvard of Canada"
I don't know about that. The most stoned university of Canada, maybe.
|Dec-05-13|| ||parisattack: <Shams> Assume you saw the game with the Mag KI -|
Movsesian vs Ding Liren, 2013
Thoughts if you did?
|Dec-05-13|| ||Shams: <parisattack> I did; didn't pay too much attention as the lines with a delayed Nf3 aren't usually in my repertoire. But I do get in similar Benoni structures...I'm still not sure if I'm going to take on d5 with c4 or e4 in those lines. Probably ed; cut down on theory and content myself with only a nominal theoretical edge. |
Ding Liren kept his foot on the gas there. An impressive game.
Glad you re-opened your forum, by the way.
|Dec-06-13|| ||parisattack: Hi, <Shams>
True, not a pure Mag. But it showed the flipside of h3...instead of slowing the black k-side attack it just became a target and g3 was very weak.
Guess that's chess - moves do good things and bad things.
Have a pleasant weekend!
|Dec-06-13|| ||Shams: <Guess that's chess - moves do good things and bad things.>|
Unless they're mine...
|Dec-06-13|| ||parisattack: <Unless they're mine...>|
My specialty was in the art of positional deterioration. NO ONE could take a great position out of the opening and screw it up as much as I could.
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