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One of my favorite unsung movies is playing on the big screen at The Loft tonight: Point Break. Keanu Reeves may not be the world's most supple actor, but when you have chase scenes as good as that movie does -- it may have the best one on foot that I've ever seen -- nuance is unnecessary. It's showing at 10pm. I'll be there. Perhaps you will be there too. Have I mentioned that The Loft serves beer and wine? We're talking seriously civilized movie-going here. Oh, and you'll get to see the crowd milling about for Rocky Horror on your way out, which is an added bonus.

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siyeh From: siyeh Date: August 19th, 2007 06:01 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Oh, if I'd read this earlier I might have been up for it. We're back. What's your schedule like this semester?
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 20th, 2007 03:28 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I teach Tuesday evening and Wednesday afternoon. Boy, you saw some pretty places!
siyeh From: siyeh Date: August 20th, 2007 04:02 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I teach TR 330-445, but I'm planning on writing on campus 230-5 or something, so we could potentially have happy hour one of those days, perhaps...
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 20th, 2007 04:34 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I start at 6:00pm on Tuesday.
jstgerma From: jstgerma Date: August 19th, 2007 07:16 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I got a Point Break poster for Christmas last year from a high school friend. I love that movie.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 20th, 2007 03:28 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
It's a lot of fun. I hadn't seen it in a long time, so it seemed pretty early 90s. But it was still a blast.
masoo From: masoo Date: August 19th, 2007 07:35 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I like Point Break, too! Kathryn Bigelow is one of my favorite directors who seem to be unsung ... not sure she's ever made a classic beyond Near Dark, probably my favorite vampire movie ever, her movies can be a bit much in the style-over-substance category, but when the style is so good, I don't care. Heck, I even liked K-19: The Widowmaker! Didn't much like Weight of Water, although Liz Hurley is fucking gorgeous in that movie, I don't care how much work it took to get her to look like that.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 20th, 2007 03:29 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I'm not sure I've seen any of her other films. I should check them out. Female directors remain pretty scarce.
masoo From: masoo Date: August 20th, 2007 04:32 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I don't suppose she's very highly regarded ... there's something wrong with pretty much every movie she's made. But we fell in love with her when we saw Near Dark, and so we forgive her for a lot.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 20th, 2007 04:35 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
The chase scenes in Point Break are really well thought out. Not sure that was much of her doing, but she must had had a role.
masoo From: masoo Date: August 20th, 2007 04:40 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I'd assume they were her doing. She's a fine action director ... given that there's barely any competition, she might be the best female action director of all time. Her movies don't always make a lot of sense, not because she's working outside the boundaries of traditional narrative but because she seems to spend most of her energy getting the "good stuff" on the screen. I hadn't made this connection before, but she's kinda like John Woo that way, without the heroic bloodshed mysticism.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 20th, 2007 05:16 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Oh, an excellent comparison. I watched most of The Killer last night. I picked up a dubbed-into-English version on VHS for a buck recently. I can't listen to the dubbing, except for the purposes of laughing. But Woo's films work fine as silent movies. I think Point Break would too, except for the FBI scenes.
From: cut_dead Date: August 19th, 2007 11:31 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I'm quite partial to Point Break myself for various reasons. I also loved the hysterically funny parody/homage to it in Hot Fuzz.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 20th, 2007 03:30 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I need to see Hot Fuzz. Everyone keeps telling me about it. I don't think Point Break is great, but it sure is fun. Nice to see on the big screen, too. The Loft here in Tucson has a pretty big one.
grandissimus From: grandissimus Date: August 19th, 2007 11:00 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

"You're sayin' the FBI's gonna pay me to learn to surf?"

Ah, Point Break! Part of the Swayze trifecta of the late-eighties/early nineties, and second, in my opinion, only to Roadhouse, his masterpiece — and, like Point Break, a howling good mash-up of philosophy and Eastern mysticism. Admittedly, Roadhouse lacks the magic of the inimitable Gary Busey, but it does have Ben Gazzara.

Okay, so, in a head-to-head competition, who wins? Gary Busey or Ben Gazzara?
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 20th, 2007 03:31 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: "You're sayin' the FBI's gonna pay me to learn to surf?"

Probably Ben Gazzara, unless motorcycles are involved. Every time I see a helmet-less rider here in Arizona I think of Gary's crusade.
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