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I tried to convert this very very crappy featherbed my sister gave me into a large floor pillow. I'm still going to finish it, but after ending up with bits of down and feather ALL OVER my very nicely vacuumed and dusted, but still very very disheveled room, I'm a lil frustrated.
So I'm having coffee with heavy spikes of amaretto.

Today I spent some money on other people after denying any money being spent on myself. I'm like that, apparently. I really need a few shirts that fit and a few pairs of jeans that don't hang low enough that I have to pull them up constantly. But everytime I pick up a few things and head to the checkouts, I guilt myself out of it and walk back and put it all back in place on the racks.
This is a major reason why I only have really crappy beat up clothes. I can never justify the expense to myself, despite knowing that when I look better, I feel better. And feeling better should be a really high priority.


I watched Apocalypse Now for the first time last night. I know, it's a sin that I haven't seen it before this. But truth be told, it just didn't interest me. I don't think I've ever seen a film of that era more beautifully shot. Somehow smokebombs and jungles and the way the light twists in the heavy humidity were just so gorgeous with Coppla's wide angle eyes. Amazing stuff.
And I also now know why so many people claim it's a great trip movie. I can fully see it... but I dunno if it would be a GOOD great trip movie. I don't know. I never dropped and then went out of my way to freak myself out. I was never that sort of masochist. Hehe

All in all, I was really impressed with it. Yes, to those of you who are already fans, I'm sure that's the most banal comment you could hope to hear. But really, I was impressed. The fact that I'm not ripping it to shreds speaks volumes.
I think the fade shots got to be a bit too much about halfway in, but I understand why they were used so much and they were pretty important for the mood. Right at the moment I'm looking up Coppola to see if there are other of his movies I already like... As you can see, I haven't paid much attention to these things.
The Outsiders I've seen.... that had a lot of that weird fade thing too. And I thought the characters were really poorly casted. But well, I've read the book.... never really liked the book either.
Uhm.. I've seen Peggy Sue Got Married.... not really a favorite, but Nick Cage as a crooner is good.
Bram Stoker's Dracula was an excellent version of the story. Gary Oldman is great. Winona Ryder has big tits (bout all I can say for her) and Keanu Reeves is a pretty boy. But Hopkins made an excellent Van Helsing and of course, the wonderful Tom Waits.
The Rainmaker. It's a John Grisham story. I think the looming morality in a John Grisham story just outdoes any directorial stuff.
As for the others listed here... the godfather movies, and lots of things I've never heard of (this is looking *just* at what he's directed).
But realizing now that he's the "mob movie guy"... I'm even more suprised at Apocalypse Now.

I've realized that there are just TONS of movies that are considered classics or 'must sees' that I've never even gotten close to seeing. Tomorrow I have a lil bit of shopping to do and I think one of my stops will be the nearest blockbuster or hollywood video for a membership. Time to play catchup. Aside from working, I don't do much of anything anyway. Might as well fill my free time with film education.

So, are there any MUST SEE movies that I've been missing and should damned well see? Anything you can think of that you consider one of those movies that a person just isn't complete until they've seen.

Drop Dead Fred goes to the top of *my* list...


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Oct. 1st, 2002 08:00 am (UTC)
A. You are not allowed to buy me ANYTHING, no matter how small, until you buy yourself some nifty new clothes, wear them, and feel good.

Secondly. I've given you a billion movie suggestions, probably so many that they've melded in your head and are impossible to distinguish. Next time we talk, ask me again. Or if I have a spare second this week (HAH!) I'll try and type up a proper list.
Oct. 1st, 2002 11:20 am (UTC)
Point one: too late. heh. I've had stuff sitting around here for you for over a month and haven't gotten around to sending it. So I'll finish getting the few things I still want to get and put it all together and send and there's nothing you can do about it, buddy. Nooooooooooooooothing. But I'll buy the stuff I need eventually. I'm down to two pairs of jeans that fit, one pair of work pants that fit, and three t shirts.

Maybe I should go to Old Navy so I can Get That Look, eh?

Point two: I know you have. I have some of them written down somewhere (lots of Kurosawa, some japanese ghost story stuff, Jim Jarmush, and going through movies that are here at the house I found that my mom had actually taped Living In Oblivion. I'm sure she never watched it because she just doesn't "get" the Buscemi thing... but I'll be watching that sometime this week along with The Ice Storm and The Big Lebowski (just because I like it... maybe I'll watch the Hudsucker Proxy too), which is another movie the mom doesn't get.
She didn't like Raising Arizona because she doesn't like Nick Cage... she loves Waiting for Guffman but the humor in Lebowski leaves her cold. I don't get it.

Heh.. I was going to see if people other than the wonderful super cool you had any suggestions. I figured it might be neat to have someone tell me that Armageddon is something that I have to see or ... something.

HAH.. I just found that list and discovered that I divided it up (and added stuff of my own. Even things I know I'll never find.. like the coffee and cigarettes series)

Jim Jarmush:

Mystery Train
Night On Earth
Down By Law
Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai
Permanent Vacatino
The New World
Stranger Than Paradise
Coffee and Cigarettes(1986), Coffee and Cigarettes 2 (coffee & cigarettes: memphis version (1989) , coffee and cigarettes 3 (coffee and cigarettes: somwhere in california (1993)
Dead Man


The Pillow Book


Throne Of Blood (Kumonosu jo 1957)
The Seven Samurai (Shichinin no samurai 1954)
Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (Yume 1990)


Sword Of Doom(Dai-bosatsu tôge 1966) (Kihachi Okamoto)
In The Realm Of The Senses (Ai no corrida 1976) (Nagisa Oshima)
Kwaidan (Kaidan 1964) (Masaki Kobayashi)


The Impostors (stanley Tucci)
Man Bites Dog (C'est arrive pres de chez vous)(remy belvaux)
Party Girl (parker posey)
Kicking And Screaming (eric stoltz... bar? think I've seen it.. ask... )
Living In Oblivion (buscemi)
Trees Lounge
Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead.

Lookit my lil notes too.

And I've seen Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead, but I was in Seattle. I saw it twice... but uh.

well, I was in seattle.

So you can just add to this list... this is more like private mail than a comment reply isn't it? Ah well. Fuck em.

Oct. 1st, 2002 09:15 am (UTC)
I added you to my friends list cuz I like your journal! :-P Hi, I'm Louise!
Oct. 1st, 2002 09:43 am (UTC)
"Blow-Up" (1966). you may be a little freaked out by the end. it's experimental, and just plain cool. at least, i think so :-)
Oct. 1st, 2002 05:13 pm (UTC)
Problem is that you have probably seen these... but.

"Unbearable lightness of being" (just for the best seduction line in the world - take off your clothes hehehehe)
"Brazil". (go terry go terry!)
If you like the Mifune / Kurosawa samurai deal "Sanjuro" and "Rojimbo" are tres cool. "Ran" is awesome (samurai version of king lear) with some massively cool battle scenes etc.
"Tetsuo, man of steel" is a good reminder of how messed up our japanese friends can get.
"Ninja Scroll" and "Akira" for the pretty pictures.
"Memento" is a current fave.
"Lawrence of Arabia" is pretty.
"Bullitt" has the coolest car chase _with_no_music_ ever. And "The Great Escape" has Steve McQueen rocking out some more..
"Duel" is steven spielbergs best film I believe... but turn the color off on your tv and it becoems better IMHO.
"The Princess Bride" shouldn't even have to be mentioned, it's got Fred Savage...

uhhh yeah that's a couple of goodies.
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