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February 19th, 2004


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12:03 am
Well, time to cross Apocalypse Now — the brilliant original version, not the adulterated Redux — off the kviri/frozencapybara movies-to-watch list. Huzzah!

(They liked it, although frozencapybara apparently had some trouble at first with The West Wing mental crosstalk. Perfectly understandable, I think, since I had Apocalypse Now mental crosstalk when I first saw The West Wing... which was a rather creepy experience, let me tell you.)

Of course, after some discussion, we've now added five more movies to the movies-to-watch list. We don't really seem to be making progress... :-)

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From:broken_gizmo
Date:February 19th, 2004 03:23 am (UTC)
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Wooba!
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From:gizmoek
Date:February 19th, 2004 07:10 am (UTC)

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I liked it, in a weird sort of way. I think it broke me, but I got better.
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From:trystero
Date:February 19th, 2004 09:56 am (UTC)

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So you were a broken gizmo? :-)
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Date:February 19th, 2004 09:55 am (UTC)

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It's one of my favourites, but I'm never sure whether anyone else is going to like it: it's so finely balanced and so ambiguous (and thus demanding of personal interpretation) that I can see how some people would really not enjoy it.

In particular, as we discussed last night, there's a real breakpoint at about 1hr 45min, when Brando enters the film: either you're okay with his rambling all-improv performance, in which case the final 45min are a brilliantly weird exploration of madness vs. reality, or you think he's ludicrously anticlimactic, in which case the final 45min are all draggy hot air. I'm in the first camp, but I know plenty of people (whose taste in films I respect) who're in the second.

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