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Has anyone mentioned Robert Lowell or Sylvia Plath? Henry Darger is sickeningly fascinating. Labelking started a thread about him a while back.
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Originally Posted by chrysalid
i found old boy a bit forced, not really creeping paranoia, more creative revenge (and not that good imo, need to watch sympathy for mr/lady vengeance(s) next) you a miike fan? i got dead or alive out a bit ago...jesus...the paddling pool...i'm glad i didn't watch it with the mrs. frenetic, kinetic, but maybe too shallow - or is that the point? he's certainly prolific. audition was good. you seen survive style 5+? miike-esque but without the hyper violence, still kinda violent, good performance by tadonobu asano (spelling???), bad performance by vinnie jones.
As far as Miike goes, I own: Ichi The Killer (and the prequel Ichi, though Takashi had nothing to do with it), Happiness of the Katukiri's, Visitor Q, Audition, and Fudoh:TNG. I've seen Shinjuku Triad Society, Ley Lines, Rainy Dog, The Bird People Of China, Dead Or Alive1/2/3, Salaryman Kintaro (probably my next Miike purchase), City Of Lost Souls, Sabu, Deadly Outlaw Rekka, Gozu, and Izo. Survive Style 5+ is awesome. Asano is great in it, and also the woman who plays his "wife" Yumi Asou. She's very pretty. Vinnie Jones doesn't do much for me though, but of course own I it anyways.
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Actually a better description of Audition would be "what a normal boring little fil...OMFG WHAT JUST HAPPENNED?!?! Did I really see that???"
I think this is a pretty good description. The best part IMO was really about a third of the way in when Ryo Ishibashi's character first calls Asami's house, and she's all hunched over not moving, sitting on the floor. She slowly picks up the phone, the two hold a brief conversation, where he asks her out on their (second?) date, and then she hangs up. Then you see the large laundry looking bag in the corner wiggle...
post #78 of 111
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Originally Posted by Tokyo Slim
As far as Miike goes, I own: Ichi The Killer (and the prequel Ichi, though Takashi had nothing to do with it), Happiness of the Katukiri's, Visitor Q, Audition, and Fudoh:TNG. I've seen Shinjuku Triad Society, Ley Lines, Rainy Dog, The Bird People Of China, Dead Or Alive1/2/3, Salaryman Kintaro (probably my next Miike purchase), City Of Lost Souls, Sabu, Deadly Outlaw Rekka, Gozu, and Izo.

Survive Style 5+ is awesome. I of course own it.



I think this is a pretty good description. The best part IMO was really about a third of the way in when Ryo Ishibashi's character first calls Asami's house, and she's all hunched over not moving, sitting on the floor. She slowly picks up the phone, the two hold a brief conversation, where he asks her out on their (second?) date, and then she hangs up. Then you see the large laundry looking bag in the corner wiggle...

That really caught me. I absolutely did not expect that. You know, I have not seen a couple of those you mentioned. Seen Full Metal Yakuza (I forget the japanese title)?
post #79 of 111
One of the many benefits of living in Seattle is the world famous Scarecrow Video. Last time I asked, they actually had close to 75,000 movies for rental. Most of the first floor is taken up by the "directors" section. They have almost every movie from every director in the world worth mentioning in stock, a few of them require a substantial deposit to rent it, it can be up to $300 I believe, depending on its rarity and number of copies they have. But most things are regular rental fee priced. Many of the movies require a region free DVD player, because they are foriegn dvd's, so they sell and rent those too. Its a great place. Just thought I'd share. I have a natural advantage when seeking out Miike films. They are all in the "directors" section, third shelf from the floor, halfway down the MA-MU aisle on the right.
post #80 of 111
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Originally Posted by Tokyo Slim
One of the many benefits of living in Seattle is the world famous Scarecrow Video. Last time I asked, they actually had close to 75,000 movies for rental. Most of the first floor is taken up by the "directors" section. They have almost every movie from every director in the world worth mentioning in stock, a few of them require a substantial deposit to rent it, it can be up to $300 I believe, depending on its rarity and number of copies they have. But most things are regular rental fee priced. Many of the movies require a region free DVD player, because they are foriegn dvd's, so they sell and rent those too. Its a great place. Just thought I'd share. I have a natural advantage when seeking out Miike films. They are all in the "directors" section, third shelf from the floor, halfway down the MA-MU aisle on the right.

Wow. You lucky bastard, that place sounds like it is a blast
post #81 of 111
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Originally Posted by chrysalid
i found old boy a bit forced, not really creeping paranoia, more creative revenge (and not that good imo, need to watch sympathy for mr/lady vengeance(s) next)

you a miike fan? i got dead or alive out a bit ago...jesus...the paddling pool...i'm glad i didn't watch it with the mrs. frenetic, kinetic, but maybe too shallow - or is that the point? he's certainly prolific. audition was good. you seen survive style 5+? miike-esque but without the hyper violence, still kinda violent, good performance by tadonobu asano (spelling???), bad performance by vinnie jones.
I share your opinion about Oldboy, but I thought it was shot beautifully. I don't know the genesis, but it was very comic-book-esque, much better than other movies that are adapted from comic books that are intended to be shot in that fashion. From the very first image, I was captivated. And that fight scene in the hall was UNBELIEVABLE. Awesome, just awsome.

I liked Sympathy for Mr. Vengence. The humor was somewhat unconventional, but I thought it was HILARIOUS (though, unsure if that was the intention). Very entertaining flick.
post #82 of 111
That's funny; I came across Kittelsen, because of Burzum.

I always really liked their album art (especially the above painting, which was used in the booklet with the "Filosofem" album), and wikipedia helped me find out who'd done it!

It's pretty cool stuff; there are some nice high-res images on the external links to the Kittelsen wikipedia page, especially http://art.gothic.ru/paint/kittelsen/index_e.htm


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Trogdor:

Great stuff, thank you. I was looking at the Wikipedia Kittelsen article and found that some of his stuff was lifted by Burzum. What do you know, that means I have probably seen some of artwork before.
post #83 of 111
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Originally Posted by Nick M
What I've seen of Half-Life 2 had that creepy paranoic edge to it.
Only at the introduction, for the police state stuff, and the Ravenholm section (and this was generally more straight action horror, really). The rest of the game, notsomuch. Especially the ending, with Gordon turning in a Dark Jedi Lord of the Sith.
post #84 of 111
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Originally Posted by oman
last i heard, there was some kind of fan-run modification dedicated to updating the graphics and other issues with the original game

this was years ago though, it's probably been declared MIA by now

Iv heard of a high res texture pack being made for it. There was also one made for the 2nd game.

I really enjoyed the first game, but never finished thanks to some crashes. I even had the GotY edition that was patched. It was free with a magazine back when DE2 was about to go gold to build hype. I think the 2nd games deserves more credit. The storytelling was much better, and the main char was pretty likable. Having a main char with more personality sounded risky after playing as JC, but in the end it all turned out ok.
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Marc Lombardi makes diagrams of political connections he finds in books such as Halliburton and Cheney, etc. After 9/11 the government went to his gallery.
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Lee Godie:
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more outsider art?

that first one captures the feeling for me. i would feel uncomfortable having that hanging in the living room.
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This outside art is rather compelling in its tragedy. She said she was "better than Cezanne."
post #89 of 111
those are horrifyingly creepy and brilliant
post #90 of 111
i was just going to use that same word, 'creepy'.

those are definitely better than the Liger picture. (bred for their skills in magic.)
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