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Secrets of a Cinephile: #2

September 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Secret #2: I enjoy Bill Paxton’s work….a lot

The other day I found myself watching Frailty for about the 20th time as part of my horror movie marathon that takes place every year between the first day of Fall and Halloween.  It’s tradition, and I actually blogged during it last year, which can be found here http://ballflop.blogspot.com/2010/09/horror-movie-day-thon.html if you want to check it out.  So I’m watching the flick and suddenly realize, “Man, I just flat-out like Bill Paxton.”  I can’t be certain if I’m the only person to ever have this epiphany, but it was definitely unexpected.  But then I started to think about the films he’s been in and I realized why I like the man: Aliens, Tombstone, True Lies, Apollo 13, Frailty, Club Dread (the last one is personal preference, I just love his goofiness in that role).  The man has range.  Ok, maybe a stretch, but he’s been nothing if not likable in just about every role I’ve ever seen him in.  I think I need to make a point to see A Simple Plan, I feel like Bill and Billy Bob Thornton would be pretty good together, and I haven’t heard any bad things about that flick.

I’d mention him being the star of Twister, but I doubt even Bill Paxton likes to talk about that awful mess.  He has a pretty unique career going for him.  There isn’t really a pattern to his filmography, except to say he pretty much got his start in action films, but he never got typecast in any particular genre.  He did action, comedy, drama, and horror.  I don’t think there’s too many actors with all of the major genres under their belt.  So, whether you agree or not, I think Bill Paxton rules.

Secrets of a Cinephile: #1

August 15, 2011 4 comments

 

Secret #1:  I have never seen a film by Krzysztof Kieslowski.

 

The Criterion Collection made an announcement of great magnitude today: they’ll be releasing Kieslowski’s Three Colors Trilogy on Blu-ray in November.  This is what prompted this little confession.  I’m pumped it’s getting the Criterion treatment, so I’m a little happy I haven’t seen it yet.  Watching it for the first time on Criterion Blu-ray is my most preferred way to watch a film if I can.  Of course, I still have The Dekalog hanging over my head, but I’ll attempt to rectify that as soon as possible as well.

I plan to make these confessions a regular contribution to the blog, laying my inadequacies bare for all the world to see.  My purpose in stating this is to a) get my ass is gear to watch these films b) possibly give a dissenting or contradictory opinion on certain films that may ruffle some feathers  and/or c) stimulate some dialogue with other about their secrets or get their ideas on mine.

 

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