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[Jan. 22nd, 2006|02:06 pm]
Nate Bunnyfield
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Earth ("WE WILL PROSPER... WITH TRACTORS!")
The End of St. Petersburg

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The Birth of a Nation
Joseph Campbell and The Power of Myth
Nature: Cloud: Wild Stallion of the Rockies
12 Angry Men

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Chess Fever
Grizzly Man
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[User Picture]From: apocalypselater
2006-01-22 10:38 pm (UTC)
I am familiar with your +++ movies. They are good.
Chess Fever is hilarious. I can't see what's not to like about it.
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From: natebunnyfield
2006-01-22 11:16 pm (UTC)
Oh, I hate camp.
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[User Picture]From: apocalypselater
2006-01-24 03:26 pm (UTC)
well, maybe you see it as that. You have to realize that there actually was a "chess fever" at the time. It was extremely popular in the Soviet Union then, and this makes fun of that. and there's real shots of chess-crazy people. and there's a shot of the actual Capablanca there.
I liked it.
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From: natebunnyfield
2006-01-24 04:17 pm (UTC)
That's cool.
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-01-23 02:41 am (UTC)
ARE YOU FUCKING CRAZY???

Grizzly Man was a complete and utter masterpiece.

Your opinion is really skewed sometimes.
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[User Picture]From: troy_story
2006-01-23 02:42 am (UTC)
ARE YOU FUCKING CRAZY???

Grizzly Man was a complete and utter masterpiece.

Your opinion is really skewed sometimes.
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From: natebunnyfield
2006-01-23 04:43 am (UTC)
Yeah, the story and the subject was interesting, but Herzog was in the fore a distracting amount.

I initially had the same feeling about The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, but the filmmaker was an integral part of the story. Herzog made himself part of the story by including stuff like telling the woman to burn the audio tape?!?

Maybe I am just picky about my documentaries being intersubjective and reflective, not monomaniacal and insulting.
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[User Picture]From: troy_story
2006-01-23 04:01 pm (UTC)
but didn't that make it unique and sort of twisted in a genius way?
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From: natebunnyfield
2006-01-23 05:51 pm (UTC)
Sure, but being unique and twisted doesn't mean I have to like it.

It's dangerous for filmmakers put their ego in their movies. And they have really to justify it when its a documentary.

For example, Michael Moore movies are better with him as the main character, but this Nature movie on wild horses I just saw was completely ruined by this woman always talking about herself.

I'm just not a big fan of ego. It's not really why I watch documentaries.
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[User Picture]From: troy_story
2006-01-23 09:29 pm (UTC)
interesting
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From: natebunnyfield
2006-01-24 02:54 am (UTC)
Yeah, I put my pre-1997 non-documentary Netflix queue in chronological order, so Broken Blossoms is coming up soon.

I don't have a prayer of watching a silent movie without a distraction. Usually I turn off the sound and play an instrument to provide my own soundtrack, but this last go around, I put the films in fast play with scrubby audio. I slowed it down when something interesting happened, which was the case for almost all of The End of St. Petersburg.

Anyway, I did not really experience The Birth of a Nation enough to answer your question.
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-01-24 05:47 pm (UTC)
"Anyway, I did not really experience The Birth of a Nation enough to answer your question."

That was my experience too, though I was falling asleep in the theatre instead of fast forwarding.
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