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On 4/16/2024 at 10:22 PM, piranesi said:

I was going to celebrate Joey Pants being in the collection but now that I google it I think he's in there two or three times already. ACan anyone name them without looking?

Spun got a CC, right?

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Spun is most definitely not in the Criterion Collection. I've never seen it, but I've also never heard a positive thing about it. Maybe I've been misled, are you a fan Curt?

1999 was a great filmgoing year. Ghost Dog, the Limey, the Straight Story, Boys Don't Cry... I wonder how Boys Don't Cry holds up? Other than the Insider, I saw everything I (knew about and) wanted to see in the Cinema that year. Including the (arguably) grossly underrated Psycho remake. There was a '99 retrospective just prior to the pandemic here in Toronto, and I was fortunate enough to see many of the screenings - The Insider, Being John Malkovich, Bringing Out the Dead, Three Kings, Any Given Sunday, Existenz, American Beauty, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Election, Magnolia, All About My Mother and Eyes Wide Shut. I actually just watched Eyes Wide again last night, and I can report that it's still a stone cold masterpiece. Nicole Kidman is unreal. One of the greatest to ever do it. 

 

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ACK I didn't mean Spun. I meant Bound! It's the Joey Pants question. 

Spun is a very close favorite of mine that I have seen A LOT. I can quote that goddamn thing chapter and verse. There are so many reasons. 

1. Hilarious

2. Mickey Rourke coming back with a vengeance into acting

3. Wrestling references and actual wrestling

4. Metal references and actual metal (because the director was in fucking Bathory)

5. Schwarzman and Britney fucking Murphy killing it

6. John Leguizamo actually ruling in a movie

7. Hilarious situations

8. Hilarious dialogue

9. Drugs

10. Cameos from Peter Stormare, Eric Roberts, Debbie Harry (?!), Rob Halford (?!?!), etc.

I mean when you can make me like Leguizamo you've won. And name me this. What is another film about drug addiction that is a comedy? (Well, I guess Mickey was in another one, if you count alcohol)

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I was just coming in to post that. He had clearly lost some ability to interact but the mind was all there. 

By the way, the man's voice to me was always pure ASMR. I got the chills every time I heard him speak and wanted to hear him for hours. This, obviously not the same, but still. 

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On 5/13/2024 at 4:58 PM, odessasteps said:

30% sale on the Criterion site 

This + 7 $10 gift card codes I've been saving = Mulholland Drive and Lost Highway 4K releases for free.

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Umbrella Entertainment today revealed their execution and release of the brand new 4K restoration of the pioneering Australian New Wave landmark Wake in Fright from the original camera negative, and they've provided us with some first-look images!

You'll also find a restoration comparison video in the comments.

The 1971 Australia thriller directed by Ted Kotcheff chronicles one man's hellish experience in a fictional town in the Australian outback. Based on Kenneth Cook's 1961 novel of the same name. A horror like no other before or since, this twisted ode to the outback spins and spirals into a cacophony of blood, dust, and uncontrollable howls of manic laughter.

In the film, "After finishing up the school term in a remote outback town, teacher John Grant (Gary Bond) looks forward to spending his holiday with his girlfriend in Sydney. But John gets waylaid in a mining town where a gambling spree leaves him completely broke. He quickly falls in with the hard-drinking locals, who constantly ply him with alcohol and force him to participate in a gruesome kangaroo hunt. Disgusted, John tries to hitchhike out of town and, when that fails, begins to contemplate suicide."

Scanned from the original camera negative, and then color-corrected and stabilized one shot at a time, this new restoration has undergone months of work to clean all imperfections and distortion.

Umbrella’s brand-new restoration of Wake in Fright marks the most recent entry into the muddied and strange history of the film, which saw it almost lost forever. You'll also find that story in the comments!

Ari Harrison, General Manager of Umbrella Entertainment has said, "Wake In Fright is arguably one of the best Australia films of all time, and is still inspiring viewers and creatives alike 50+ years on from its creation. I will never forget the first time I watched Ted Kotcheff's new wave masterpiece. I was horrified and absolutely captivated. This is my favorite kind of film, and in 4K, it's even better. Umbrella are so proud to play an active role in the preservation of such an iconic and valuable Australian films."

If you've never seen it... it is unsettling, to say the least. 

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So the guy who owns Indian Paintbrush is buying Janus Films and The Criterion Collection. As of now, it appears leadership won't change at either company, but who knows what will happen a year or two down the road.

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I've only seen The Lair of the White Worm partially on TV and will forever kick myself until I see it. 

Speaking of vampires, I was just reminded a minute ago about those two Graveyard Shift vampire flicks you saw in EVERY video store back in the day, were those even good as trash? The trailer looked fun. (It is AKA Central Park Drifter. Which sounds like a slasher instead. Well, there is certainly some slashing, including someone's junk getting knifed in the movie haha)

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4 minutes ago, Brian Fowler said:

No but if my quick counting is accurate his films do make up a full third of their total output.

When I looked the other day, the first Indian Paintbrush film from Wes was Darjeeling a limited, so they only had upwards to go. 😀

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