Directors Brook's 20th Century Fox Collection Tournament

Discussion in 'Movies' started by Brook K, Jul 23, 2004.

  1. Brook K

    Brook K Lead Actor

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    As always, vote for the quality of the film not the DVD.

    I have 18 Fox DVD's so we have to start with a

    Wild Card Round

    Alien 3
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    Alien 4 (I can't spell today)

    X-Men
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    Big Trouble In Little China
     
  2. Walter Kittel

    Walter Kittel Producer

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    Alien 3
    X-Men

    - Walter.
     
  3. george kaplan

    george kaplan Executive Producer

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    abstain

    X-men
     
  4. Brook K

    Brook K Lead Actor

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    How'd you like Le Corbeau George?
     
  5. Bjorn Olav Nyberg

    Bjorn Olav Nyberg Supporting Actor

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    Alien 3

    Big trouble in little china
    (It's been a while since I did these tournaments, so remind me: Should I pick the one I like or the one I'd pick if I forced myself to become as objective as possible?)
     
  6. george kaplan

    george kaplan Executive Producer

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    Brook,

    Better than Wages of Fear, but not nearly as much as Diabolique. I think it's kind of telling that I'm already having trouble remembering some of the details. I thought it was more interesting as a French film being made in 1943 under Nazi Occupation, and as a film about a supposedly quiet little town at the same time as Hitchcock was making Shadow of a Doubt, than I did as a film I would want to watch again.

    I think part of the problem is that I didn't really find any of the characters likeable (except for the Raven, whom I suspected pretty early on given a way too obliging attitude towards an affair, and the focus of the letters on the person having that affair).

    This reminded me of an Agatha Christie story (no idea if it was written before or after this film), which I enjoyed reading, so I suspect this would have worked better (for me), as a Miss Marple mystery. [​IMG]

    BTW, do you know what Americain means in French? I also thought it translated in American (e.g. Rick's cafe), but it showed up in more than one letter, and that was certainly not part of the subtitles for those letters.
     
  7. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    It is a modifer that means American--just as you expected.

    I´m not at all sure of the other uses--but in the Truffaut movie, La nuit americain it refers to the technique of filming night scenes in the day (hence the title in english, Dayfor Night.
     
  8. Bill McA

    Bill McA Producer

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    Alien³
    Big Trouble In Little China
     
  9. george kaplan

    george kaplan Executive Producer

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    Well maybe someone who speaks French can help out, then. The subtitles certainly didn't have American anywhere in them, so I can only assume that American is French slang for something (or was in 1943), and that it was viewed as OK to use that slang by the Nazis. I'm really curious about it now.
     
  10. Nick Sievers

    Nick Sievers Producer

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    Alien³
    Big Trouble in Little China
     
  11. Scott Weinberg

    Scott Weinberg Lead Actor

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    Alien³
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  12. Arman

    Arman Screenwriter

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    Alien 3
    Big Trouble In Little China
     
  13. SteveGon

    SteveGon Executive Producer

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    John C. Wilson Supporting Actor

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    Alien 3
    X-Men
     
  15. Brook K

    Brook K Lead Actor

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    Alien 3 advances 9-0 including my vote

    Surprisingly, Big Trouble In Little China advances 5-4, I'll abstain to avoid the tie but would have voted for X-Men

    Bjorn, vote for whichever strikes your fancy, best film, favorite film, film that will make George most likely to post an angry-faced reaction, etc.

    Round 1

    The Sound Of Music
    vs.
    Moulin Rouge

    The Thin Red Line
    vs.
    Aliens

    I pretty much feel the same way George, though I liked it better than Diabolique (but then I'm not a big fan of that film like you are). I thought Corbeau was quite good while I was watching but I don't remember a whole lot about it now. My favorite Clouzeau remains Quai d'Orfevres, a police detective/crime-type film that you might enjoy.

    You've been watching some good stuff lately, love Point Blank, wish it was on DVD.
     
  16. george kaplan

    george kaplan Executive Producer

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    The Sound of Music

    abstain


    Brook, Quai is on my to rent list. Actually, every Criterion is, just so I'll have seen them when they're going out of print to know whether I need to pick them up. [​IMG]
     
  17. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    Moulin Rouge

    The Thin Red Line--hard first round match for the Queen.
     
  18. Bill McA

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    The Sound Of Music
    The Thin Red Line
     
  19. Arman

    Arman Screenwriter

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    Moulin Rouge
    The Thin Red Line
     
  20. SteveGon

    SteveGon Executive Producer

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    Abstain - From apathy.
    Aliens - Very close.
     

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