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The Salton Sea starring Val Kilmer

coleridge

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Wow, every few years I see a movie that sticks in my mind for weeks. This is one of those movies. Best movie I've seen in a long time.

Violence, drugs, humour ....

Go see it.
 

rentboy

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Originally posted by coleridge
Wow, every few years I see a movie that sticks in my mind for weeks. This is one of those movies. Best movie I've seen in a long time.

Violence, drugs, humour ....

Go see it.
nice...i heard some great things about it...on my list then.
 

kennyboy

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I heard it's only playing @ the Paramount and for a limited time only. I want to see this. If not, I'll buy the bootleg DVD from Hong Kong on Ebay.
 
Mingster, Big Bad Baldy and myself saw this tonight.

The film is interesting. It's a mishmash of some of the more influencial drug and cult flicks that have popped up in the last decade, borrowing liberally from films such as Trainspotting, Pulp Fiction, Memento, Requiem for a Dream and tons of others. While its not terribly original, it is often very funny and quite entertaining. It's a great directorial debut for Frank Caruso Jr., even if he's all style and little context, and is unable to maintain a straight tone througout the flick. Val Kilmer makes a nice comeback, and Vincent D'Onofrio is just outright fucking weird.

From the Ministry of recommended, but will gain notoriety on video and DVD where it'll find its cult audience.

Prime Minister Highsteppa
 
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coleridge

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Originally posted by el presidente Highsteppa
Mingster, Big Bad Baldy and myself saw this tonight.
While its not terribly original
Prime Minister Highsteppa
I do agree that many of the drug scenes are similar to other movies. However, the ending is in my mind one of the best and most original I've seen in a while. Perhaps it's a little too clever in pulling everything together. I never saw it coming though and it's getting increasingly hard to not be obvious in films these days.
 

djcheezwhiz

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ok to take this thread on a tangent...

james you mentioned memento...any info on insomnia??? al pacino , robin williams just saw the trailer tonight for the first time...

jc
 

Dr. Grinch

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I saw this movie on Friday. Instant cult classic.

"The Magnum 357 Revolver holds 8 bullets. Or did I say 9? Thats a big motherfucking difference, now isn't it motherfucker?"
 
Originally posted by coleridge


I do agree that many of the drug scenes are similar to other movies. However, the ending is in my mind one of the best and most original I've seen in a while. Perhaps it's a little too clever in pulling everything together. I never saw it coming though and it's getting increasingly hard to not be obvious in films these days.
True, and like I said, I found it very entertaining. And the same thing could be said of Quentin Tarantino, as he is the master recycler of scenes from films. Reservoir Dogs is a blatant rip off of a hong kong film starring Chow Yun Fat called City On Fire, which has the famous mexican stand off that concluded Reservoir Dogs. Pulp Fiction stole ideas from Night on Earth, Seven Samurai and a slew of western pics. It's very hard to be original, as you said, but that doesn't make it bad. It's just certain people who do films are better at camoflauging their inspiration (like Tarantino) while others are more blatant (like Caruso Jr., who directed this).

From the Ministry of dug the ending, but it still reminded me of Memento.

Prime Minister Highsteppa
 
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Re: ok to take this thread on a tangent...

Originally posted by djcheezwhiz
james you mentioned memento...any info on insomnia??? al pacino , robin williams just saw the trailer tonight for the first time...

jc
It's a remake of the 1997 Norweigan thriller of the same name. Very, very good and very taut film. It looks pretty faithful to the original (which pleases me), and should be pretty good.

From the Ministry of rent the original

Prime Minister Highsteppa
 

BigBadBaldy

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Where were you, Jay? We needed someone sane to administer the meds!

Yeah, I'm on pretty much the same page as Highsteppa on this one; very engaging and entertaining from the get-go, my interest really built with the story, and some of the characterizations were great, if a little underdeveloped and superfluous. My biggest problem was the whole feeling that the director couldn't decide exactly what sort of vision he was going for. There were times where it was a hard-boiled crime drama, times when it slid into extremely modern stylistic territory (the gun dealer going over the whole 8 or 9 bullets thing) and times when it was just this weird excess of absurdity (Bob Hope's sample).

Nonetheless, it WAS entertaining, and the couple of story revelations were pretty cool, and not necessarily telegraphed. OH! Vincent D'Onofrio was great as Pooh Bear, my only regret with him is that the charater wasn't given enough space in the film to make his performance worthwhile, in a way.

Val Kilmer turned in a good performance, a lot of the supporting cast was wasted (very capable actors in slivers of roles) , but worth checking out.

BBB.

3/5.
 
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