chickenfeet: (thatcher)
GW Pabst's 1931 film is at least as much Dreigroschenroman as Dreigroschenoper but it's an intriguing piece of movie making history. More....
chickenfeet: (death)
Yesss! It's the MOVIE MEME as passed on by [livejournal.com profile] shezan


1. Name a movie that you have seen more than 10 times.
The Seventh Seal

2. Name a movie that you've seen multiple times in the theater.
None that I can think of

3. Name an actor that would make you more inclined to see a movie.
Monica Bellucci

4. Name an actor that would make you less likely to see a movie.
Isabelle Adjani

5. Name a movie that you can and do quote from.
Casablanca, The Seventh Seal, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian

6. Name a movie musical that you know all of the lyrics to all of the songs.
Cabaret

7. Name a movie that you have been known to sing along with.
Cabaret

8. Name a movie that you would recommend everyone see.
Lawrence of Arabia, The Seventh Seal, Stalingrad, Monty Python and the Holy Grail

9. Name a movie that you own.
There are a couple of hundred

10. Name an actor that launched his/her entertainment career in another medium but who has surprised you with his/her acting skills.
Omar Sharif. After obtaining a degree in Maths and Physics, he worked in his family's lumber business

11. Have you ever seen a movie in a drive-in? If so, what?
Never

12. Ever made out in a movie?
Yup.

13. Name a movie that you keep meaning to see but just haven't yet got around to it.
Tears of the Sun

14. Ever walked out of a movie?
I don't think so. Queen Margot as close though. I've certainly failed to finish watching rented DVDs; 1776 and Cold Mountain come to mind..

15. Name a movie that made you cry in the theater.
Von Ryan's Express when I was about 8

16. Popcorn?
Not really

17. How often do you go to the movies (as opposed to renting them or watching them at home)?
Two or three times a year now. (Used to be two or three times a week...)

18. What's the last movie you saw in the theater?
The last time I went to a movie theatre was to see La Fille du Regiment. The last movie I saw in a theatre was a while ago. No More Tears Sister I think.

19. What's your favorite/preferred genre of movie?
I don't have a preferred genre unless artsy foreign films is a genre.

20. What's the first movie you remember seeing in the theater?
Mary Poppins

21. What movie do you wish you had never seen?
Queen Margot

22. What is the weirdest movie you enjoyed?
Diabolique

23. What is the scariest movie you've seen?
The Night Porter?

24. What is the funniest movie you've seen?
Life of Brian
chickenfeet: (cleopatra)
We watched the Harry Kupfer Bayreuth production of Der Fliegende Hollander Friday night and yesterday. It's definitely worth a look. It's visually interesting and very well sung. All the principals are excellent especially Simon Estes as the Dutchman. It's a very unusual take on the drama. Senta is on stage the whole time looking like a rather haggard refugee from an Ibsen play. The tension is kept cranked up by quite fast tempi and there is a deliberate ambiguity about the seaman Daland has met and the mythical Dutchman. The effect is to call into question how much of what we are seeing is actually happening versus how much is in Senta's imagination. It works especially well in the first act and right at the end, arguably not quite so successfully in the middle passages but, all in all, it makes for a compelling piece of theatre.

Sloth day

Jan. 30th, 2007 07:34 am
chickenfeet: (casablanca)
I took a bit of a sloth day yesterday to make up for the weekend. I took the lemur out for lunch to Gerrard Street. We had pretty decent pho. One way to tell it's cold is when the Asian markets have the frozen food out on the sidewalk!

We watched a couple of movies. Dirty, Pretty Things is a rather bleak but very good (and occasionally funny) look at life for illegal immigrants in London. To say much more would be spoilerific so I'll just say that it's one to see if you get the chance. We also watched The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. The lemur hated it. I didn't hate it but it's not the HHGTTG. It's a fluffy romantic comedy with a few passing references to the original. I liked Alan Rickman as Marvin and Mos Def as Ford Prefect and the Vogons were good. The Zaphod was dreadful. The rest was OK but fairly uninspired.
chickenfeet: (viking)
via [livejournal.com profile] sher_khan

Black Sheep. This is a must see movie trailer.
chickenfeet: (casablanca)
via [livejournal.com profile] misschili

Casablanca in 30 seconds with bunnies
chickenfeet: (death)
We have a winner! [livejournal.com profile] blonde222's nomination of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon raked in 41 votes closely followed by [livejournal.com profile] ghastlymess who scored 33 votes for Amelie. Poke them with a sharp stick everyone!

Actually, I'm pretty amazed by how many of you have seen rather a lot of not very mainstream films. I am of course amazed, and horrified, that so many of you haven't seen The Seventh Seal. Still, the good thing is that you have a great film experience ahead of you.
chickenfeet: (armadillo)
Here we go - 24 hours to vote

[Poll #695769]
chickenfeet: (derain)
I thought this might be a fun variant on a theme. I'm proposing a round of movie Humiliation but with a twist. Your chosen film must not be an English language flick. It must have been made in some language other than English (and to save argument, silent movies are not permitted). In all other respects, normal Humiliation rules apply; one film per player, first come first served, I don't pick your movie based on strange multiple choice criteria.

Entries close 1000 EST Wednesday 22nd March.
chickenfeet: (death)
Two flicks each registered 33 votes; Casablanca and LOTR-FOTR. Since nobody should feel humiliated for not having seen that appalling piece of hobbit dreck (lucky, lucky [livejournal.com profile] gregclow), the Humiliation Grand Prize prize goes to [livejournal.com profile] kadenza, who wins the a 6 DVD set of the 15 hour long director's cut of Harry Hobbit and the Jedi Pirates.

I'd award an honourable mention to [livejournal.com profile] chocaholic7 for not having seen Pulp Fiction were it not for the fact that he watches movies less often than Margaret Thatcher used public transport.

The runner-up prize in the "lucky bastard" awards for not having seen over-hyped rubbish goes to [livejournal.com profile] oursin for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's/Sorceror's Stone.

A mention in despatches too for [livejournal.com profile] thais and [livejournal.com profile] gnimmel for having seen the mad Australian's latest snuff flick and an astonishment award to [livejournal.com profile] minx_minx for thinking that it might have had a chance!
chickenfeet: (casablanca)
So here we go with the voting in Humiliation the Movie 2 - The Horror Returns. Participants should now indicate which of the following films they have seen. The winner will be the person who nominated the most watched flick.

[Poll #692724]
chickenfeet: (death)
We haven't played this for a while so here's the call for player for another round of Humiliation - the movie.

For those who weren't around last time or have forgotten, Humiliation is a game created by David Lodge in his novel of academic life, Changing Places. Players have to name a book (or in our case a movie) that they have not read. They then score one point for each person who has read it. In the original, an English lecturer wins but has his career blighted by admitting to not having read Hamlet, hence the name of the game.

So what you have to do is comment with the name of a movie that you have not seen but you imagine lots of others will have seen. I'll then make up a poll for the voting. It's more fun if you pick something that has not already been taken by someone else.

ETA: Nominations close 0900 EST 17 March 2006

ETA2: If you want to play, pick a movie. Don't comment with some non unique set theoretic proposition of the "anything that has either hobbits or werewolves but not both in it" variety.
chickenfeet: (mew)
6 and 10 are still up for grabs.

1. Decline of the American Empire - [livejournal.com profile] globetrotter1
2. Eat, Drink, Man, Woman - [livejournal.com profile] minx_minx
3. My Cousin Vinnie - [livejournal.com profile] anayajay
4. Farinelli - [livejournal.com profile] globetrotter1
5. The Witches of Eastwick - [livejournal.com profile] globetrotter1
6. Lady Jane (well duh!) - [livejournal.com profile] rosinarowantree
7. Straw Dogs - [livejournal.com profile] kalypso_v
8. Ridicule - [livejournal.com profile] globetrotter1
9. Shaolin Soccer - [livejournal.com profile] nanila
10. Slaughterhouse Five - [livejournal.com profile] thidwick
chickenfeet: (death)
The usual, ten stills from ten movies. You guess the movies.

pictures )
chickenfeet: (Default)
Wasting time here while waiting for a tax guide to print.

Twelve more movies I like )

Edited to remove the wrong Savage Messiah. I wanted the 1972 Ken Russell pic.
chickenfeet: (death)
It appears that coming soon to a theatre near you is the Magic Roundabout does Lord of the Rings. This would be bizarre enough without the fact that apparently Judy Dench and Ian McKellen are involved in this thing. I can only assume, given her recent, rather extensive, list of dodgy films that her Dameship was once bitten by Michael Caine.

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