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Discussion: Elephant May. 27th, 2004 @ 10:58 am
shared_boxers
Ok everyone, time to discuss Elephant. I hope you've all seen the movie. *looks around suspiciously*

So, now post a new comment to this post with your opinions/ideas/feelings/ranting/raving/thoughts/background info/what-have-you about Elephant. Then, reply to each others' comments agreeing/disagreeing/countering/expanding/and-so-on with what that person said.

what do you want to talk about? May. 25th, 2004 @ 04:28 pm
shared_boxers
I haven't finished the movie entry page yet ... I have a working version, but there isn't any safety-checking in place to prevent someone who isn't a part of this community from entering tons of bogus information. But, I want input, so I'll just deal with issues as they arise:

LJ Movie Club Movie Suggestions Welcome!
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» Assignment 3: Secretary
Ok, so hope everyone is seeing Elephant. The discussion post will be made on Thursday, so get your thoughts ready. For next week,

Secretary: This kinky love story features a standout performance by Maggie Gyllenhaal, an offbeat young actress in her first starring role. Gyllenhaal plays Lee, a nervous girl who compulsively cuts herself, who gets a job as a secretary for Edward, an imperious lawyer (James Spader, an old hand at tales of perverse affection). Edward's reprimands for typos and spelling errors begin with mild humiliation, but as Lee responds to his orders--which are driven as much by his own anxieties and fears as any sense of order--the punishments escalate to spankings, shackles, and more. Secretary walks a fine line. It finds sly humor in these sadomasochistic doings without turning them into a gag, and it takes Lee and Edward's mutual desires seriously without getting self-righteous or pompous. Certainly not a movie for everyone, but some people may be unexpectedly stirred up by this smart and steamy tale of repressed passion. --Bret Fetzer


(from Amazon.com)

Director: Steven Shainberg
Starring: James Spader, Maggie Gyllenhaal
Release Year: 2002

Availability: Rental stores
BitTorrent: no known seeders
P2P: this movie has been released, so check out P2P networks, as copies still might be floating around on there.
WinMX: MXlinx link
Kazaa & eDonkey: sig2dat & ed2k links

Discussion Date: June 3, 2004
» Discussion: Das Experiment
Ok everyone, time to discuss Das Experiment. I hope you've all seen the movie. *looks around suspiciously*

So, now post a new comment to this post with your opinions/ideas/feelings/ranting/raving/thoughts/background info/what-have-you about Das Experiment. Then, reply to each others' comments agreeing/disagreeing/countering/expanding/and-so-on with what that person said.
» Assignment 2: Elephant
Ok, so hope everyone is seeing Das Experiment. The discussion post will be made on Thursday, so get your thoughts ready. I'm already organizing what I thought of the film, and will probably be watching it a third time tonight. I'm also really excited about the movie for next week, so be sure to next see:

Elephant, the elegant and unsettling movie from Gus Van Sant (My Own Private Idaho, Good Will Hunting), depicts students at a high school before and during a harrowing, Columbine-style shooting. The movie follows one young boy who takes over the wheel from his drunken dad while returning from lunch, then loops back in time and follows another student who crosses paths with the first, then loops back and follows another--all captured in long, unedited tracking shots that are serene and unhurried, even when two boys in camouflage gear, carrying heavy bags, arrive at the school and begin shooting. Elephant doesn't attempt to explain their behavior; it simply places the audience back in the brief yet interminable window of adolescence, when life is trivial and painfully important at the same time. Your reaction to Elephant will depend as much on your life experiences as anything in the movie itself. --Bret Fetzer


(from Amazon.com)

Director: Gus Van Sant
Release Year: 2003

Availability: Rental stores
BitTorrent: no known seeders
P2P: this movie has been released, so check out P2P networks, as copies still might be floating around on there.

Discussion Date: May 27, 2004
» LJ Movie Club Assignment 1: Das Experiment
This is more or less a test run ...

The cherry poppin' movie for the LJ Movie Club is Das Experiment. It is a German movie based on the Stanford Prison Experiment conducted in 1971 that placed normal people in roles of prisoners and guards to see how the situations affected their personalities. Things went horribly wrong. Of course, the movie takes artistic liberties with the subject matter, but with Moritz Bleibtreu (Manni from Run Lola Run) as the main character, who cares about its historical accuracy.

Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel
Starring: Moritz Bleibtreu
Release Year: 2001
Country: Germany

Availability: Rental stores
BitTorrent: no known seeders

Discussion Date: May 20, 2004


Since this is the first assignment, I would like some feedback. Future assignments may not have the comment feature turned on, since this isn't the place for discussion ... the later discussion post will be for that. But, I'm looking for input on this. So, feel free to drop in some ideas or suggestions. Is this movie too hard to find? Uninteresting? Rather I'd find something you can download or see on TV instead of having to go and rent it?

(note: this wasn't picked by the random movie picker I mentioned, because that isn't done yet, and I currently have Das Experiment sitting on my kitchen table, so I picked it ... plus, my roommate suggested it and I was already thinking it, so ... yeah).

What'd'ya think?
» Foreword
Welcome to the LJ Movie Club, where we will discuss a movie every week. This community is an experiment.

Other film communities have people constantly joining and talking about their favorite movies and what-not. What this creates is a knowledge vortex, where the exact same stuff comes up every couple of weeks. So someone talks about Donnie Darko or Adaptation or Spun, and everyone talks about it. A little bit later, someone else joins and talks about those same movies. So, there's a cycle to the movies.

This is a problem if you're sick of talking about Donnie Darko and Adaptation and Spun. So to bring a constantly fresh discussion and to steal the idea of a Book Club, I bring you the LJ Movie Club.

Essentially, every week a post will be made with a movie assignment. You then have 9 days to view this movie and be prepared to discuss it by commenting to a special post dedicated to talking about the movie. This will (1) hopefully keep people on-topic, (2) keep all discussion on a movie located in a central post, and (3) be very gentle on your friends list. This means only I will be posting to the community; everyone else will be making comments in the discussion posts.

A system will be put in place that will allow people to suggest movies to be assigned for the Club, and will randomly generate the movie for each week. The movies that will be selected will be lesser-known, but available to rent in most places (such as at Blockbuster).

The discussions will be about all aspects of the movie, from acting and directing to writing and special effects. How it made you feel or what it reminded you of. Background information on the production or story, trivia and quotes, or references and influences.
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