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  1. Claire Panke

    What 10 Spielberg movies would you take to a desert island?

    I didn't think I could find 10 I'd want to take to a desert island but it was easier than I thought. In alphabetical order: A.I (I like this film better as time goes on) Bridge of Spies Catch Me If You Can Close Encounters The Color Purple Empire of the Sun Lincoln The Post Raiders of the Lost...
  2. Claire Panke

    Is 1939 overrated? What are some other classic years?

    Since I'm on a roll, I'll also nominate 1974 as a significant year for cinema based on 5 films and 3 directors: Chinatown The Conversation The Godfather Pt2 Young Frankenstein Blazing Saddles If you need more than 5: Swept Away A Woman Under The Influence Lacomb, Lucien The Parallax View...
  3. Claire Panke

    Is 1939 overrated? What are some other classic years?

    I don't think 1939 is overrated. Besides, that year saw the release of one of my favorite of all time: The Rules of the Game. I'm not exactly down on 21st century cinema. 2006, for example was a year boasting a very strong group of films and it was just a scant 11 years ago: Children of Men...
  4. Claire Panke

    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

    I wouldn't put too much stock in thetrailers commercials or the vid at Salon. And I've seen the most recent theatrical trailer numerous times in the theater. Editing can easily distort a film's emphasis. Movie Bilbo may be occassionally sharp tongued, which is within his character. But an...
  5. Claire Panke

    A Few Words About While we wait for A few words about...™ Lawrence of Arabia -- in 4k/UHD Blu-ray

    FWI, I remember reading a Jackson interview when FOTR was released with a quote stating he framed the close-ups quite tightly to emphasize the actors' eyes. Dang those pastrami sammies looked good! This thread makes me hungry. Saw LOA on the big screen during its original theatrical release...
  6. Claire Panke

    Bose Accoustimas / Onkyo Receiver / BOOMING base!

    The first gen Bose Acoustimass systems were incredibly awful for stereo listening. All generations were regarded with disdain and derision by high end audiophiles. What sold these systems was their tiny, decor friendly size and Bose's superb marketing. Bose was not then, nor it it now, serious...
  7. Claire Panke

    The Avengers (2012)

    You really need to see this on the big screen. REALLY. Try a weeknight showing or a 10pm show.
  8. Claire Panke

    Star Trek sequel scheduled for May 17, 2013 Release

    I suspect that summer 2012 date is impossible at this point, and 2012 holiday season is probably iffy too. The "Committee" apaprently agrees, saying 2012 is not set in stone. Here's Orci quoted at treknation.com: "The worst thing we could possibly do would be to put something into...
  9. Claire Panke

    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

    I was quite happy to have the elves at Helm's Deep. Indeed, I'd have been quite happy to have had more elves in LOTR, and I didn't find the ones that were wimpy in the slightest. The movies weren't about the elves, you know. I could have, however, done without Legolas surfboarding. I...
  10. Claire Panke

    Who is your all-time favorite movie villain?

    I don't find most SF and blockbuster film villains very compelling (except Rickman, who is always a treat). However, I would not like to meet any of these movie bad guys in daylight, much less in a dark alley. Bobo, the bookie and underworld figure played by Pat Hinkle in The Grifters...
  11. Claire Panke

    RIP John Barry; Dead at 77

    One of the great film composers - I was surprised he was only 77. We're watching Lion In Winter tonight, purely by chance.
  12. Claire Panke

    True Grit (2010)

    Having read Charle Portis's novel only a month or so before seeing the film, I would judge that well over three-quarters of the dialog was taken directly from the book. The novel was famous at the time of its publication for the cadence of its dialog. Unlike many other categories, there is no...
  13. Claire Panke

    What movie do you most detest?

  14. Claire Panke

    Wishlist for the next year?

    Patty, aren't the LOTR EEs coming out at end of year? Or did I dream that... I'm on board with your list, and I would rather have 1776 than Mary Poppins. Plus, I want the FULL version of Fanny & Alexander.
  15. Claire Panke

    What movie do you most detest?

    I protest! It's not complete xxxx. Even if you don't like the "in love" aspect or the leading lady (who leaves me stone cold), you should at least admire the way the movie shows how difficult it is to create a good play and how many false starts there are before the story is arrived at...
  16. Claire Panke

    Wishlist for the next year?

    Isn't Picnic At Hanging Rock already available on BD? I'd love the original Wicker Man on Blue.
  17. Claire Panke

    What movie do you most detest?

    Don't want to argue points with the nay-saying guys, but I enjoyed Star trek 2009 a helluva lot, my favorite popcorn movie of that year. Did not like the brewery engineering section but loved 96% of the films - and I've been a fan somce the airing of the very first ep of TOS back in '66. And I...
  18. Claire Panke

    Wishlist for the next year?

    Ah...I would like to have all these as too. Exotica and The Sweet Herafter are my two favorite Canadian films EVER. And also: La belle et la bete The Rules of the Game The Big Country My Darling Clementine Lawrence Of Arabia West Side Story Rear Window Passion of Joan Of...
  19. Claire Panke

    What movie do you most detest?

    I apologize in advance for the off-topic post but I just have to ask: where do you get the info re a remake of Excalibur? If Boorman is directing I would love to see that! Boorman is producing for director Bryan Singer - I'm not making this up. Due 2012. Steve, I think the original...
  20. Claire Panke

    Black Swan - quick review

    Good catch on the twisted mother/daughter relationship being the key struggle. BTW, Vincent's Cassel's role in the ballet world wouldn't be described as "producer": artistic director would be the usual title - he is also possibly the chief choreographer for the company, but artistic director...
  21. Claire Panke

    What movie do you most detest?

  22. Claire Panke

    What movie do you most detest?

    I adore the films of Peter Greenaway - but he's not especiallt interested in conentional narrative movie making, so his oevre is not for everyone. (In fact, just finished an afternoon with Night Watching today - I can imagine what the Hobbit fans who track this down will think, LOL.) I've owned...
  23. Claire Panke

    New BBC "Sherlock" - available for sale?

    Brought to us by the same team responsible for the new Dr. Who, the new Sherlock is wonderful. It boasts perfect casting with Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes and Martin Freeman as Watson. The first and third segments are the best IMO, but I can see why this set is sold out. It was a huge hit...
  24. Claire Panke


    UGH. No thanks. :-( I can't believe a film this good by a master director still has such a shoddy DVD release. Bummed...
  25. Claire Panke


    Oh no...does this mean it has the same edits the old DVD version had? The excission of Peachy ... smiling as he falls ever deeper into the ravine... ...has always surprised me - I feel it completes his character and detracts from the director's original intention... there are couple...
  26. Claire Panke

    Cowboys and Aliens traier

    Of course! But let's hope for the best.
  27. Claire Panke

    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

    There's lots of info over at theonering.net if you really want to follow the blow by blows. I'm surprised no one wants to comment about the casting that's been just announced - Martin Freeman, as expected, is Bilbo; Richard Armitage is Thorin Oakenshield. So far so good.
  28. Claire Panke

    *** Official SECRETARIAT Review Thread

    I'm just happy to have an enjoyable movie about horse racing. Secretariat's win in the Belmont is still the most amazing thing I've ever seen in TB racing, and I feel very lucky to have witnessed him run in person. The racing shots in this film are great, and worth the price of admission alone...