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Saturday, September 23, 2006

They're Out To Get Me!

Recently, I watched The Conversation. Then it was The Manchurian Candidate. Now The Parallax View. (Geez, the 70s were some paranoid years!)

NYU is turning me into a conspiracy nut!


Anonymous POD said...

There are two periods during "The Conversation" which had a lasting affect on me as a film buff - the opening shot with the slow moving long lens (very similar to what FFC used during the open shot of DC in "The Godfather") and the closing sequence where the affect of paranoia on Mr. Hackman's character causes him to destroy his apartment searching for a bug.

It has been a while since I looked at this film - thanks for re-kindling my interest. In addition to other 70's films that are in my Netflix queue (I am on a Jack Nicholson kick right now - al la "The Last Detail") I will proudly add this film for re-visiting.

4:16 AM  
Blogger Grinth said...

I've been on a Nicholson kick myself lately watching both 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' and 'The Passenger' this last week. Next up is 'Five Easy Pieces'....

..the 70's paranoid? =) although I would argue that the current work coming out of Hollywood is equally if not more so paranoid

12:06 PM  
Blogger Brandon Fibbs said...

Ah, now you're tapped into my thoughts Grinth...

1:06 PM  
Anonymous nate said...

Soon you will be discussing the brilliance of Loose Change with that other Fibbs.

9:22 AM  
Anonymous nate said...

Can you explain the Queen of Diamonds?

9:48 AM  
Blogger Brandon Fibbs said...

Ha, nice about Loose Change.

As for the Queen of Diamonds, watch The Manchurian Candidate. She plays a big role in that film.

4:49 AM  
Anonymous nate said...

I only saw the horrible remake.

5:52 AM  
Blogger Brandon Fibbs said...

Yes, the remake was horrible, though, after watching the original again, I hate it a little less as I see some of the things it was trying to say. But overall, yes, terrible.

6:31 AM  

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