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gromit
Posted: Mon Apr 13, 2020 11:47 pm Reply with quote
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I've never seen Pretty Woman despite being a Julia Roberts fan. Odd.


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Posted: Tue Apr 14, 2020 12:22 am Reply with quote
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Maybe youd like it......what is your favorite movie featuring a prostitute?

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gromit
Posted: Tue Apr 14, 2020 4:31 am Reply with quote
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You mean one that's not directed by me?

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Posted: Tue Apr 14, 2020 4:44 am Reply with quote
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Not an easy question.

So far I'd go with Born Into Brothels, a documentary about children of pros is India.

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Posted: Tue Apr 14, 2020 1:47 pm Reply with quote
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Befade wrote:
Im wondering if I like a movie because of the story or because of the way a story is told. Time to investigate....


Most movies I've disliked were because of the latter. Case in point, just watched a plotless thing called Digging for Fire, where the story is nothing beyond a couple taking a couple days apart, with various shenanigans and vignettes. I would have liked it anyway, but for its sloppy and lazy execution. A reviewer described it as "mostly it's just a toe listlessly pushing dirt around." I also felt I was supposed to applaud the ensemble of indie actors (Jake Johnson, Rosemarie DeWitt, Brie Larson, Sam Rockwell, Anna Kendrick, Orlando Bloom, Mike Birbiglia, Sam Elliot) who seemed to show up and improvise their way through. Meh.

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Posted: Tue Apr 14, 2020 1:48 pm Reply with quote
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gromit wrote:
I've never seen Pretty Woman despite being a Julia Roberts fan. Odd.


That sure is.

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gromit wrote:
You mean one that's not directed by me?


LoL

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Uh Oh, Gromit. You direct prostitutes to do what?........

Born into Brothels was a good one.

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Posted: Tue Apr 14, 2020 2:21 pm Reply with quote
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Prostitute films I like:

Nights of Cabiria (Fellini)
Mamma Roma (Pasolini)

Bunuel's Belle de Jour is interesting and uncomfortable.
Jeanne Dielmann
Both of those feature housewives who dabble in prostitution.

I guess I like when the prostitute either has a strong personality, or a path out, or both. And when it's their story.


I remember that George C. Scott film where he's looking for his daughter. Pretty gritty as I recall. I first saw it when I was around 15, so it was bit shocking.
(it's something like the Kris Kristopherson song Sugarman -- the Sam Baker version is best, imo).

I seem to recall some good Japanese films with prostitutes, but would have to refresh my memory a bit.

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Really really disliked Leaving Las Vegas.

And Woody Allen's later films with prostitutes, Mighty Aphrodite and Deconstructing Harry are both fairly annoying.

Those 3 all seem like caricatures.

The Girlfriend Experience was a total snooze.

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Posted: Tue Apr 14, 2020 6:33 pm Reply with quote
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gromit wrote:

I remember that George C. Scott film where he's looking for his daughter. Pretty gritty as I recall. I first saw it when I was around 15, so it was bit shocking.


I think that's Hardcore. I haven't seen it, just heard about it.

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Yes....Hardcore. George C. Scott is quite good as a conservative religious father trying to understand the path his daughter is taking. I watched it during a Paul Shrader marathon

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gromit wrote:
I've never seen Pretty Woman despite being a Julia Roberts fan. Odd.


I'm sort of a Roberts fan myself (Erin Brockovich and My Best Friend's Wedding are my favorites) but I loathe and detest Pretty Woman except for Larry Miller's scene as a floorwalker. Miller is a comic genius.
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gromit
Posted: Wed Apr 15, 2020 7:46 am Reply with quote
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Now that I checked I really haven't seen any of her romantic comedies.
Didn't see Notting Hill, My Best Friend's Wedding or Runaway Bride. So I guess it isn't too surprising I haven't seen Pretty Woman. Maybe I should check one or more out.

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Notting Hill is about the best.

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Also good in Charlie Wilson's War.

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