I've Seen Gladiator and X-Men, What Else Is There?

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I just saw Girlfight, loved it, highly recommend it. What's a movie that you recommend?

-- Kymm (hedgehog@hedgehog.net), September 14, 2000


"The Tao of Steve" and "Swimming" (which is not out yet, but will be soon, and was wonderful)

-- Nancey (ndinardi@athm.org), September 14, 2000.

Well, actually, the movies have been so yucky this summer that I feel like having a Peter Riegert video session at my house, starring "Crossing Delancey," of course.

I am looking forward to "Almost Famous," but that's so hyped it's practically MOR.

The real reason I'm responding is to say Hi! to Nancey! Say, I don't see you much at the DAMB or Isabel's anymore -- how's your life?

(Sorry, Kymm. But I did love your piece on filming your movie, and am inspired by your Doing Something Important To You. I'm inspired.)

And does anyone know how Shelleyness is?

-- Heather near Atlanta (BeauMc1956@aol.com), September 14, 2000.

Another vote for the Tao of Steve -- I saw it at the seattle film festival and enjoyed it! good songs, too.

I went to see the cell the other night, but I don't particularly recommend it, except for the wardrobe.

Anita of Anita's BOD and Anita's LOL

-- Anita Rowland (anitar@halcyon.com), September 14, 2000.

I second (third, whatever)the recommendation ofThe Tao of Steve, it was funny and charming, featured actors who looked like people you could actually meet in real life (instead of just in Hollywood), and did have a great soundtrack. My favorite movie of the summer was
-- Sasha (
headsnorch@snorchy.com), September 15, 2000.

Okay, so my html editing skill need some work! What I meant to say was that my favorite movie of the summer was Bossa Nova, which you'll probably have to rent on video if you ever see it, because it's not even playing here in Albuquerque anymore, and we get movies months after those of you in major markets! Also, The Tao of Steve is definitely worth seeing for scenes of Santa Fe.

-- Sasha (headsnorch@snorchy.com), September 15, 2000.

I saw Almost Famous last night at a screener, and wow! I went in thinking I was doing my husband a big favour by going with him, and I came out absolutely loving the movie. It has some wicked humour in it, and the main character's older sister is fabulous. I thought it was very, very real to the period.

-- Kristin Thomas (kristin@sperare.com), September 15, 2000.

"Aimee and Jaguar." Lesbian love story set in wartime Berlin, based on actual events. *Fantastically* good acting by the two principals, intelligent writing, beautiful contextualization of personal suffering and bravery against the background of war, fear, misery. Visually great too.

-- john burke (john.burke@mindspring.com), September 19, 2000.

what lies beneath. creepiest ghost story i've seen in years.

-- nicole (nicolemrw@go.com), September 21, 2000.

Good movies . . . hmm. Last night I rented Pushing Tin and it was pretty darn amusing. It's a story about two air traffic controllers and it's definitley entertaining. I also saw a foreign film a few weeks ago called Before the Rain. It's an Albanian film (I believe) and the story is told in three parts. But the parts don't have any sequential order to them, so everything is overlapping and crossing plots . . . I love movies that make me think! Anyway, I guess those are my suggestions for the moment.

-- mikal kenfield (accidental_girl@hotmail.com), September 25, 2000.

oops, I lied! It's a Macedonian film!

-- mikal kenfield (accidental_girl@hotmail.com), September 25, 2000.

My favorite review of _What Lies Beneath_ was in _The Stranger_: it reported that the movie was not precisely a masterpiece of filmmaking but that "It succeeds at its modest goal, which is to scare you so bad you throw your popcorn all over the people sitting in the row behind you." That summed it up pretty well. I also liked the marquee at the Guild 45th theater that read WHAT LIES BENEATH HARRISON FORD. Michelle Pfieffer, apparently.

This summer I discovered that the real secret to enjoying the hell out of movies is to simply see a lot fewer of them. Most movies have a structural sameness that becomes obvious at a subconcious level when you're watching more than, say, two or three per week, whether or the big screen or on your VCR, and that easily lends itself to tedium. Unless all the flicks you see are really avante-garde, but then you're looking at a whole new set of problems.

-- Kim Rollins (kimrollins@yahoo.com), September 26, 2000.

I just saw Dancer in the Dark last night, and I loved it with all of my heart. I understand how it would not be everyone's cup of tea--if you hate Bjork or got motion sick at Blair Witch, stay away, but for me, it was one of the most devistating movies that I have ever seen.

-- Kymm Zuckert (kymmz1@yahoo.com), September 26, 2000.

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