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Thread #110495   Message #2319528
Posted By: Don Firth
18-Apr-08 - 02:48 PM
Thread Name: BS: Films I just cannot watch easily!!
Subject: RE: BS: Films I just cannot watch easily!!
I was living in an apartment on Seattle's Queen Anne HillI in the mid to late 1970s, and the management of the building wanted to paint my apartment—on my day off. It had been a few years since I had gone to a movie. I had read "Jaws," and since the movie was in town, I decided to go see it while the painters were at work.

What can I say? Special effects had certainly got more realistic since I had last been in a movie theater. The scene after the shark had swallowed Quint whole and had just crashed through the transom and was after Chief Brody must have gotten to me, because for a couple of nights after seeing the movie, I woke up in a cold sweat and noticed that I had kicked the blankets off—which is a pretty good trick for someone whose legs were paralyzed by polio!

Having read "Alien," I went to see it on a double bill with "The Fury." In "The Fury," they must have used a supertanker-load of fake blood. Particularly juicy was a scene toward the end of the movie when John Cassavetes' head exploded in a fountain of gore. "Alien" managed its own share of blood, when John Hurt suddenly recovered after the "face-hugger" fell off and they were all sitting down for a meal. A sudden attack of tummy trouble!? I thought the alien was a very well conceived monster, though. Between "Alien" and a number of sequels, you know that the damned thing has an immense amount of cunning, but you never do find out if this apparent hybrid of reptile-insect is actually an intelligent being.

I believe the last movie I saw in a movie theater was "Jurrasic Park." Another movie from a book I had read. Stupendous special effects, but 'nuff said.

We watch movies on my laptop computer now. Netflix. We've watched a few pretty violent movies, such as the "Star Wars" prequels, and we started to watch a Japanese movie that we thought was something entirely different, but it turned out to be a martial-arts movie—warring gangs of samurai. The speed and acrobatics with which these folks moved was awe-inspiring (if you can invoke the "willing suspension of disbelief" and accept the "slow cranking" filming technique that allows them to display that kind of superhuman speed), but when the swords came out and the arms, legs, and heads started hitting the floor, we decided that was enough of that!

I think the most violent movie we've watch lately was "Quigley Down Under." But when Tom Selleck threw Alan Rickman out through his own front door, you figure Rickman's character deserved it (as someone remarked, "and their relationship went downhill from there."). Not really all that violent. Relatively speaking. Good movie. Fun!

I am a real fan of the "Lord of the Rings" movies. I have the full 12 DVD "platinum edition" set. I think Jackson could have devoted a little less time to the massive battle scenes, however.

Lately we've been watching the Jane Austen orgy on our local PBS station.

Don Firth