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(Slate)   Finally, the most eagerly awaited Blu-Ray release has arrived: that's right, you can finally enjoy Ishtar in all its glory   (slate.com) divider line 40
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2013-08-07 01:54:38 AM  
i.imgur.com
 
2013-08-07 01:59:00 AM  
Done in one.
 
2013-08-07 01:59:48 AM  
I've heard that, like Waterworld, Heaven's Gate and Cleopatra, Ishtar isn't that bad.
 
2013-08-07 02:00:34 AM  

The All-Powerful Atheismo: I've heard that, like Waterworld, Heaven's Gate and Cleopatra, Ishtar isn't that bad.


You heard wrong.
 
2013-08-07 02:04:22 AM  
heaven's gate drags like a crippled kris kristoggerson but isn't THAT bad

ishtar is
 
2013-08-07 02:05:13 AM  

Fano: The All-Powerful Atheismo: I've heard that, like Waterworld, Heaven's Gate and Cleopatra, Ishtar isn't that bad.

You heard wrong.


The article disagrees with you
 
2013-08-07 02:17:34 AM  

The All-Powerful Atheismo: Fano: The All-Powerful Atheismo: I've heard that, like Waterworld, Heaven's Gate and Cleopatra, Ishtar isn't that bad.

You heard wrong.

The article disagrees with you


Did you watch the clip included with the article? It disagrees with the author.
 
2013-08-07 02:18:13 AM  
They shot something like 600 hours of film, which makes me think there may well be a good movie in there somewhere.

The biggest problem was that May, Hoffman and Beatty ALL had final cut, which meant that what was finally released was the compromise between the three of them, who weren't actually speaking when the movie was finished.
 
2013-08-07 02:22:28 AM  

Fano: The All-Powerful Atheismo: Fano: The All-Powerful Atheismo: I've heard that, like Waterworld, Heaven's Gate and Cleopatra, Ishtar isn't that bad.

You heard wrong.

The article disagrees with you

Did you watch the clip included with the article? It disagrees with the author.


FTA:" Beatty and Hoffman have a very funny chemistry, and they are surprisingly persuasive as bumbling, utterly unsuccessful idiots "

Roger Ebert: "
As I was watching "Ishtar," something kept nagging at the back of my memory. I absorbed Hoffman and Beatty, their tired eyes, their hollow laughs, their palpable physical weariness as they marched through situations that were funny only by an act of faith. I kept thinking that I'd seen these performances elsewhere, that the physical exhaustion, the vacant eyes and the sagging limbs added up to a familiar acting style.
Then I remembered. The movie was reminding me of the works of Robert Bresson, the great, austere French director who had a profound suspicion of actors. He felt they were always trying to slip their own energy, their own asides, their own "acting" into his movies. So he rehearsed them tirelessly, 50 or 60 times for every shot, until they were past all thought and caring. And then, when they were zombies with the strength to do only what he required, and nothing more, he was satisfied.
That's what I got out of Beatty and Hoffman in "Ishtar." There's no hint of Hoffman's wit and intelligence in "Tootsie," no suggestion of Beatty's grace and good humor in Heaven Can Wait," no chemistry between two actors who should be enjoying the opportunity to act together. No life."

Having seen it, I can say that Ebert is correct.
 
2013-08-07 02:36:06 AM  
I sorta, maybe, kinda liked Waterworld... the others not so much
 
2013-08-07 02:37:53 AM  
I farking wish they'd release Out Cold on Blu-Ray.  It's one of my favorite comedies and an overlooked classic.  It's basically Caddyshack on the ski slopes.  I can pop it in and enjoy it no matter what mood I'm in.

/Bull Mountain, don't go changin'!
 
2013-08-07 02:45:08 AM  

Piizzadude: I sorta, maybe, kinda liked Waterworld... the others not so much


Waterworld wasn't as bad as everyone expected it to be.

Cleopatra was supposed to be two films when it was shot: Antony and Cleopatra and Caesar and Cleopatra; it was edited down at the last minute by a studio who thought all anyone would care about was Liz Taylor and Richard Burton.  Sadly, everything which was left out was apparently destroyed as no ones been able to find the camera negatives.

/Hollywood's massive bombs are a hobby of mine.
 
2013-08-07 02:46:02 AM  

Fano: The movie was reminding me of the works of Robert Bresson, the great, austere French director who had a profound suspicion of actors. He felt they were always trying to slip their own energy, their own asides, their own "acting" into his movies. So he rehearsed them tirelessly, 50 or 60 times for every shot, until they were past all thought and caring. And then, when they were zombies with the strength to do only what he required, and nothing more, he was satisfied.


Wasn't that also Kubrick's method?
 
2013-08-07 02:59:27 AM  
I'll admit to the fact that i like Ishtar. It is one strange movie. But I also like Joe vs the volcano, McDonalds, my Windows phone, Mr. Mister, and the Pontiac Aztek. That doesn't say much for my taste in things.
 
2013-08-07 03:16:59 AM  
"Ishtar" isn't as bad as its reputation. I haven't seen it since maybe a year or so after it came out, but what I remember is that it was bloated, it was too long, and it dragged in parts. A good editor probably could've saved it.
 
2013-08-07 03:23:46 AM  

The All-Powerful Atheismo: I've heard that, like Waterworld, Heaven's Gate and Cleopatra, Ishtar isn't that bad.


Hooked a few, didn't ya?
 
2013-08-07 04:43:03 AM  

B.L.Z. Bub: Fano: The movie was reminding me of the works of Robert Bresson, the great, austere French director who had a profound suspicion of actors. He felt they were always trying to slip their own energy, their own asides, their own "acting" into his movies. So he rehearsed them tirelessly, 50 or 60 times for every shot, until they were past all thought and caring. And then, when they were zombies with the strength to do only what he required, and nothing more, he was satisfied.

Wasn't that also Kubrick's method?


Depended on the actor and the scene; Jack Nicolson and Lee Emery were given free rein to do whatever they wanted, while Shelley Duvall had to do so many takes that she had a nervous breakdown on the Shining.  Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman were likewise put through the ringer, but in there case, I think it works as you get a sense of a couple having the same fights they've had a thousand times before.

And I can only guess what happened with Harvey Keitel; he's the only person I've ever heard of who was replaced by Kubrick during a shoot; Sidney Pollock stepped in at the last minute.
 
2013-08-07 04:51:15 AM  

Dwight_Yeast: Emery


Ermey.

/pet poove
 
2013-08-07 06:03:10 AM  
I love that movie and have always thought that people took it too seriously.  It's a dark comedy that was never touted to be so and as such just got off on the wrong foot with the viewers.  I thought it was great.
 
2013-08-07 06:54:32 AM  
It took long enough, but you had to know hipsters would get around to trying to make Ishtar trendy.
 
2013-08-07 07:17:20 AM  
If that movie had been edited down by 45 minutes people would have liked it.  The songwriting scenes were genius.
 
2013-08-07 08:07:07 AM  

suicide: Dwight_Yeast: Emery

Ermey.

/pet poove


I can never remember the exact smelling of his name, and I'm too lazy to look it up.
 
2013-08-07 08:41:03 AM  

The All-Powerful Atheismo: Waterworld


Waterworld would have been decent if it had been...maybe 20 minutes shorter. As it stands, though, it isn't a bad movie. It's not terribly GOOD, mind, but it's not bad.

I mean..Dennis Hopper, come ON!
 
2013-08-07 08:46:07 AM  
As someone who just bought a new DVD version of "How to Commit Marriage", I'm okay with this.
 
2013-08-07 09:21:53 AM  
Cool as Ice.
 
2013-08-07 09:49:12 AM  
They released a collector's DVD of Showgirls a few years ago with a blindfold in the box. If the blu-ray also includes earplugs, that movie may finally be tolerable.
 
2013-08-07 10:11:14 AM  
Excellent. Ishtar is funnier than every Adam Sandler movie ever made.
 
2013-08-07 10:38:40 AM  

Tellingthem: I'll admit to the fact that i like Ishtar. It is one strange movie. But I also like Joe vs the volcano, McDonalds, my Windows phone, Mr. Mister, and the Pontiac Aztek. That doesn't say much for my taste in things.


With the exception of the Aztec, nothing wrong with any of those.

Ishtar on the other hand...

/an example of Hollywood excess if there ever was one
//the reason it's infamous is the budget, the results are NOT on screen
 
2013-08-07 10:54:32 AM  
I'm constantly amazed with the volume of fine cinema that exists, spanning some ~90 years of routinely accessible films,
why we rush to crank out dreck like this when many major major classics and even some very good more recent films still haven't been released on BD.  You know films that when properly remastered and transferred, you can now watch at home in superior quality than they were witnessed by original viewers.

What a shame

/ wah
// meh
 
2013-08-07 11:05:25 AM  
Ishtar was funny.

www.filmreference.com
 
2013-08-07 11:45:38 AM  

killzoe: Excellent. Ishtar is funnier than every Adam Sandler movie ever made.


Well, so is explosive diarrhea. Your point?
 
2013-08-07 12:01:33 PM  
1987 was an unbelievably shiatty year at the movies. Besides Ishtar, there was Superman IV, Leonard Part 6, Over the Top, Burglar, and He-Man: Masters of the Universe.
 
2013-08-07 12:05:08 PM  

Bith Set Me Up: and He-Man: Masters of the Universe.


Oy! That movie was brilliant!
 
2013-08-07 12:08:22 PM  
Isabelle Adjani thread?
 
2013-08-07 12:13:22 PM  

Bith Set Me Up: 1987 was an unbelievably shiatty year at the movies. Besides Ishtar, there was Superman IV, Leonard Part 6, Over the Top, Burglar, and He-Man: Masters of the Universe.



really?
made up for by

Au Revoir les Enfants
Babette's Feast
Broadcast News
the Dead
Empire of the sun
Fatal Attraction
Full Metal Jacket
House of Games
Last Emperor
Lethal Weapon
Pelle the Conqueror
Predator
Princess Bride
Raising Arizona
Robocop
the Untouchables
Wall Street
Wings of Desire


to name a few....
 
2013-08-07 01:51:54 PM  
When I was 12 I thought Ishtar wasn't that bad.

However now I have different tastes.....
One of the most underrated metal bands ever.

www.spirit-of-metal.com
 
2013-08-07 03:58:05 PM  
Meh.. Call me when they release Birdemic on Blu-Ray
 
2013-08-07 04:12:16 PM  
I liked Ishtar! I need to watch it again and see if it still makes me laugh.

Blind camel gag!!
 
2013-08-07 04:31:22 PM  

Leader O'Cola: Bith Set Me Up: 1987 was an unbelievably shiatty year at the movies. Besides Ishtar, there was Superman IV, Leonard Part 6, Over the Top, Burglar, and He-Man: Masters of the Universe.


really?
made up for by

Au Revoir les Enfants
Babette's Feast
Broadcast News
the Dead
Empire of the sun
Fatal Attraction
Full Metal Jacket
House of Games
Last Emperor
Lethal Weapon
Pelle the Conqueror
Predator
Princess Bride
Raising Arizona
Robocop
the Untouchables
Wall Street
Wings of Desire


to name a few....


Don't forget
 
2013-08-07 04:33:20 PM  

under a mountain: Leader O'Cola: Bith Set Me Up: 1987 was an unbelievably shiatty year at the movies. Besides Ishtar, there was Superman IV, Leonard Part 6, Over the Top, Burglar, and He-Man: Masters of the Universe.


really?
made up for by

Au Revoir les Enfants
Babette's Feast
Broadcast News
the Dead
Empire of the sun
Fatal Attraction
Full Metal Jacket
House of Games
Last Emperor
Lethal Weapon
Pelle the Conqueror
Predator
Princess Bride
Raising Arizona
Robocop
the Untouchables
Wall Street
Wings of Desire


to name a few....

Don't forget


Darn it.

Don't forget this..
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