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You mean like in one of those situations when the screen suddenly turns black or to snow just because something nasty happened on the screen but the camera wasn´t concerned in anyway? emoticon
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Yesterday I sat through four Airport movies -- just having bought the box.

1. Airport (1970)

This is a good movie. It's not an action movie, nor is it a movie about a catastrophe (like The Posiedon Adventure, which totally lacks a plot of any kind). It's just a plain drama, with good acting and a good story. The thing with the airplane only takes a minor part of the entire movie. It's really a movie about people. (Even Burt Lancaster is good, even though he's supposedly labelled this movie the worst piece of junk ever made.)

2. Airport 75 (1975)

Now this is a truly bad movie. They VERY obviously ripped off the whole previous movie, characters and all, with a few minor additions/changes.

In this movie, the people are trapped inside a flying 747 without a pilot and with a big hole in the fuselage. Karen Black, the female lead, almost sticks out her head out of this hole (in flight). Her hair doesn't flicker any more than had she used a hair dryer. This really angered me.

3. Airport 77 (1977)

This was way better, though still not good in any serious sense. It had a little bit more plot than the previous one, but what saves the movie is Jack Lemmon and Lee Grant. Now, Lee Grant is not only one of the most beautiful US actresses, she's also one of the most watchable in terms of her acting. She's always good, no matter what drivel the screenplay has her say or do.

The one thing that dragged the movie down a bit was the fact that instead of having one tear-eyed kid, this movie had two, a boy and a girl. I don't recall any puppy this time, though, which they had in the previous film. (Or was it just a tiny dog? I forget.)

4. Airport 79 = Airport 80 (1979)

This is the one about the Concorde. According to IMDB, this movie was laughed out at the test screenings. This I don't really understand, because I kind of liked this movie. There was a piece in the middle, set in Paris, that dragged a bit, but the flight sequences made for a good movie.

It was not really realistic, but if you see it as a comic-book-turned-movie it works really well. The fighter-plane-type maneuvers that the Concorde did were hilarious, true, as was George Kennedy's face. (I think I see what they may have laughed at.)

One the whole, this "sequel" fairs better than the previous ones, simply because it has a better plot, more suspenseful and not xerox-copied from the first film.

If I'd recommend any of these, I'd recommend films 1 and 4, even though personally I'd hate to miss anything with Lee Grant.

In fact, Airport (the original) is good enough to recommend simply as a good movie. It's realistic and the characters come of as believable. Even the airplane drama itself feels very authentic.

The Concorde-movie can only be recommended to people who like more comic-book-type of suspense-action movies. It's not very realistic, and the characters are a bit uninvolving.

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I too bought the Airport collection a few years back. I too watched all of them in a short period.

Airport- Dean Martin is terrific.

Airport '75 is awful, but Charlton Heston (a favorite of mine) was fun to watch- as always. What's the deal with the lead actress in that one? She has really bad crossed-eyes.

Airport '77 probably had a better story. I agree, Jack Lemmon is great, but so was Christopher Lee (another favorite).

Airport '79 was only good for Jimmy Stewart and Eddie Albert (Oliver from Green Acres).
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]Midnight Movies: From The Margin To The Mainstream

An insightful and enjoyable documentary about the great midnight movies and film makers of the 1970s detailing the story and film historical significance 6 landmark underground films.

El Topo (Alejandro Wodorowsky, 1970)

Italo-Western Styled exploation from Mexico. One of the great cult classics, still not out on DVD! Long out of print on VHS!

The Night Of The Living Dead (George A. Romero, 1968)

THE classic Zombie flick, they are slow and creepy. And it opened up new polictial dimenions. One of the cheapest made films in history!

Pink Flamingo´s (John Waters, 1972)

John Waters classical pervert scandal film, killed chicken, poodle crap and all.

The Harder They Come (Perry Henzell, 1973)

The classic reggea movie, one of the longest ever running films in history. Starring Jimmy Cliff who also did the soundtrack that acheived cult status on it´s own!("The Harder They Come", "You Can Get It If You Really Want").

Rocky Horror Picture Show (Richard O´Brian, 1975)

Barry Bostwick, Susan Surandon, Meat Loaf, Tim Curry, Suspenders, Rice, Song&Dance, Cult Soundtrack and a "mercy kill". Need I say more?

Eraserhead (David Lynch, 1977)
 
David Lynch´s undescribably sound&vision experience debut. This was basically a student´s project! It still blows everybody´s brains out almost 30 years after it´s release.





Hey Milan, about El Topo. I dont know if you know the whole story, but Lennon told Allen Klein ( beatles manager ) to buy the movie because he like it so much. This fact was a disgrace to Jodorowsky ( the director ) because Klein would not release the film anymore and he do not allowed Jodo to show the movie. For more then 30 years the movie was only available in bootlegs copies.

But know the problems between the two are solved and we finally have El Topo and Holy Mountain ( dont know if you saw that one...)
on DVD.

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By the way, its time for the world to see the genius that Jodorowsky is. Hes on the same league as directors like Bunuel, Fellini, Herzog, Bergman and Leone. Jodorowsky is my favorite director along with Werner Herzog, Emir Kusturica and Luis Bunuel.
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Hey Milan, about El Topo. I dont know if you know the whole story, but Lennon told Allen Klein ( beatles manager ) to buy the movie because he like it so much. This fact was a disgrace to Jodorowsky ( the director ) because Klein would not release the film anymore and he do not allowed Jodo to show the movie. For more then 30 years the movie was only available in bootlegs copies.

But know the problems between the two are solved and we finally have El Topo and Holy Mountain (dont know if you saw that one...)
on DVD.

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By the way, its time for the world to see the genius that Jodorowsky is. Hes on the same league as directors like Bunuel, Fellini, Herzog, Bergman and Leone. Jodorowsky is my favorite director along with Werner Herzog, Emir Kusturica and Luis Bunuel.



They mentioned John Lennon´s involvement but it was more the part about how he made it more accesible to a wider audience outside of Mexico.

Jodorowksy looked like a nice guy in the movie(reminded me a bit of conducter/composer Daniel Barenboihm with a beard!).

It still not widely avaible here because germany is heavy on censorship when it comes to movies especially if they´re more of the gory sort, no matter if it´s artisitcal expression or not. I´d love to get it one day but I haven´t even found a copy on e-bay it´s a shame. Along with Seijun Suzuki´s hitman film Branded To Kill it´s my most sought out movie at the moment(well there is !@#$ Blues as well actually, but I doubt I´ll ever see that one).

Great directors you put him in a league with!

Of Bunuel I have only seen An Andalusian Dog but I´m looking for Golden Age, of Fellini I think I´ve seen Amacord partly but I know he´s a must and I need to see La Strada some time too, Herzog is great my favourite for the fun is Aguirre The Wrath Of God which is one of Kinkski´s very best moments and it got all the style of an italo western but set in 16th Century Peru antother overlooked classic is the low-key story of Strozek which could have been done by Wim Wenders in his best days, I´ve seen Wild Strawberries and The Seventh Seal by Bergman I think I´ve understood the first and the latter was good fun, Leone is great anyway seen all or at least most of his Italo Western stuff and Once Upon A Time In America the only one I haven´t ever heard of actually is Emir Kusturica. What is recommendable?

Anyway, I hope to see El Topo one day although chances seem to be low(in a country where cinematic classics like The Evil Dead are banned!emoticon).
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Well, we agree that Herzog is great, Stroszek is my absolute favorite movie but i like all the films i saw from him. Klaus Kinski is the best actor ever, a mad genius. Hes great on Aguirre and Fitzcarraldo but if you like him you gotta see Woyzek ( directed by Herzog ) and a spaghetti western called The Great Silence, a really underrated and wonderful film.

What else, ahh Kusturica. Critics compared him with Fellini a lot. Hes from Serbia i [sign in to see URL] great. He got a lot of awards at Cannes. I think you will enjoy Underground ( 1995 ), Time of the gipsies ( 1988 ) and Arizona Dream ( 1993 )with Johnny Deep and Vincent Gallo, who by the way is a great director himself, the best of the new generation in my opinion.

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Well, we agree that Herzog is great, Stroszek is my absolute favorite movie but i like all the films i saw from him. Klaus Kinski is the best actor ever, a mad genius. Hes great on Aguirre and Fitzcarraldo but if you like him you gotta see Woyzek ( directed by Herzog ) and a spaghetti western called The Great Silence, a really underrated and wonderful film.



Yeah, Woyzek is also something I really need to see. I however wanted to read the play first. Did you know that the leading actor of Strozek got his role and the film got it´s title because Herzog had promised him the leading role in Woyzek but eventually opted for Kinski so he promised him to do a film with him with a similar name to calm him down?emoticon

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What else, ahh Kusturica. Critics compared him with Fellini a lot. Hes from Serbia i [sign in to see URL] great. He got a lot of awards at Cannes. I think you will enjoy Underground ( 1995 ), Time of the gipsies ( 1988 ) and Arizona Dream ( 1993 )with Johnny Deep and Vincent Gallo, who by the way is a great director himself, the best of the new generation in my opinion.



Thanks for he recommendations I´ll look into it. The last actually does ring a bell.
Actually I´ve seen one film by Vincent Gallo and that was the one that songs like King Crimson´s Moonchild and Yes´ Heart Of The Sunrise starring himself with Christina Ricci. That one was actually quite good, yeah.

As for more modern directors Jarmusch tops it for me then there is Kaurismäki(who I´ve only seen two films of but both were wonderful) and the first two Sam Mendes films I´ve seen so far(haven´t seen Jarhead yet, but it might be fine with "Donnie Darko" as leading character) were both definite winners. Sure there´s more I could mention...

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I have a very weird taste in films, i hate "normal" things and love love wierd movies emoticon



Ready for a Russ Meyer session, then? emoticon emoticon

PS: At least I know Jodorowsky enough to tell, that you quoted him up there!emoticon
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Matti

A biographical film about the greatest ski jumper of all time, Matti Nykänen, one of the mainstays in national yellow press for all sorts of alcohol-fuelled stunts, inc. knifing and wife-beating. After sporting, the man became (an awful) singer, and even sunk to stripping in clubs (actually dumps). Known also for weird philosophical statements and "free" borrowing of foreign languages and experimental mathematics (anyone ever heard of "50-60 chances"?). A better film than I expect (knowing the makers' earlier films, recommended.

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Master and Commander

Bought this fantastic movie on DVD, have seen it several times before though.

Man I love this movie, it should have been awarded with more Oscars than only two. Crowe is a fantastic actor and Bettany is also great in this one.

I must have been a seaman in my former life as I enjoyed this and many more of these films of times when ships were wood and men iron. emoticon
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"Quicksand" (2001) with Michael Keaton and Michael Caine, underrated and excellent little Euro thriller, and a very likeable female lead in French Judith Godreche. Gets a bad rap in reviews but it's very suspenseful, I got the German 2-disc S.E. at once, it has loads of extras.

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