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« on: May 18, 2008, 09:24:16 PM »

There's a German movie which most people haven't heard about, directed by Paul Verhoeven, which I've just seen today, and thought it was absolutely fricken brilliant! It's a movie about a Jewish singer living in Holland during WWII,  who infiltrates the regional Gestapo headquarters for the Dutch Resistance. It's utterly brilliant, with so many twists and turns, and so many details it's like a novel unfolding before your eyes. Everyone needs to see this underrated gem. Simply a masterpiece of filmmaking.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0389557/
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« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2008, 12:11:13 AM »

I agree- great movie.  One of Verhoeven's best. 
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« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2008, 01:20:47 AM »

I rented this one and then immediately went out and bought it.  What an incredible movie.  I didn't even realize that it was Paul Verhoeven until after I bought it though.
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« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2008, 04:04:37 AM »

Quote from: Rumpy on May 18, 2008, 09:24:16 PM

There's a German movie which most people haven't heard about, directed by Paul Verhoeven, which I've just seen today, and thought it was absolutely fricken brilliant! It's a movie about a Jewish singer living in Holland during WWII,  who infiltrates the regional Gestapo headquarters for the Dutch Resistance. It's utterly brilliant, with so many twists and turns, and so many details it's like a novel unfolding before your eyes. Everyone needs to see this underrated gem. Simply a masterpiece of filmmaking.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0389557/
It's a Dutch movie!

Paul Verhoeven is, even with his horrible misses, one of my favorites. I haven't seen all his old Dutch movies, but Soldier of Orange, while not a classic, is a very good movie.
Napolean, #gg's Dutch member, was very happy about this one when it came out but I sadly missed it in theaters.
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« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2008, 04:24:21 AM »

http://www.gamingtrend.com/forums/index.php/topic,18830.0.html

I thought I remembered posting about this movie. I didn't realize it had been over a year though. Wow time flies. I posted this around the time out litle dog was getting well. Now he is gone frown I hate time.

Glad to see the movie turned out well.
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« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2008, 07:34:16 PM »

Quote from: Eduardo X on May 19, 2008, 04:04:37 AM

Quote from: Rumpy on May 18, 2008, 09:24:16 PM

There's a German movie which most people haven't heard about, directed by Paul Verhoeven, which I've just seen today, and thought it was absolutely fricken brilliant! It's a movie about a Jewish singer living in Holland during WWII,  who infiltrates the regional Gestapo headquarters for the Dutch Resistance. It's utterly brilliant, with so many twists and turns, and so many details it's like a novel unfolding before your eyes. Everyone needs to see this underrated gem. Simply a masterpiece of filmmaking.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0389557/
It's a Dutch movie!

Paul Verhoeven is, even with his horrible misses, one of my favorites. I haven't seen all his old Dutch movies, but Soldier of Orange, while not a classic, is a very good movie.
Napolean, #gg's Dutch member, was very happy about this one when it came out but I sadly missed it in theaters.

Oh right, sorry. I must of gotten confused because the Germans play such a big role in this movie. Some of it sounded German. I never saw Soldiers of Orange. Is it any good?
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« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2008, 07:42:58 PM »

The only thing that's kept me from watching this movie is Paul Verhoeven, who is a founding member of the Scat Pack (the others being Michael Bay, Joel Schumaker, and Stephen Sommers).
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« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2008, 07:45:16 PM »

Quote from: McNutt on May 19, 2008, 07:42:58 PM

The only thing that's kept me from watching this movie is Paul Verhoeven, who is a founding member of the Scat Pack (the others being Michael Bay, Joel Schumaker, and Stephen Sommers).
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« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2008, 07:47:38 PM »

Quote from: Eduardo X on May 19, 2008, 07:45:16 PM

Quote from: McNutt on May 19, 2008, 07:42:58 PM

The only thing that's kept me from watching this movie is Paul Verhoeven, who is a founding member of the Scat Pack (the others being Michael Bay, Joel Schumaker, and Stephen Sommers).
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+1.  The what?
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« Reply #9 on: May 19, 2008, 07:48:48 PM »

Well scat usually means shit  smile
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« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2008, 07:59:00 PM »

Rat Pack

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« Reply #11 on: May 19, 2008, 08:26:32 PM »

Still not getting the reference.  Verhoeven may have had an uneven career but Sommers, Bay, and Schumaker have never made movies nearly as good as Verhoeven's best. 
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« Reply #12 on: May 19, 2008, 08:39:35 PM »

Not getting the reference or just disagreeing with his inclusion? 
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« Reply #13 on: May 19, 2008, 08:45:35 PM »

Just disagreeing.  Verhoeven has more talent than those three directors combined. 
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« Reply #14 on: May 19, 2008, 08:48:23 PM »

Agreed.  He just sometimes uses that talent for evil => Showgirls.
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« Reply #15 on: May 19, 2008, 08:50:35 PM »

Oh yeah, when Verhoeven's bad he's reeallly bad.  But when he's good....
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« Reply #16 on: May 19, 2008, 08:57:25 PM »

That's really where we disagree.  His good is only so so to me. 
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« Reply #17 on: May 19, 2008, 08:57:41 PM »

Alrighty, got it added to my Netflix queue.  I love going into highly recommended movies knowing next to nothing about what to expect.
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« Reply #18 on: May 19, 2008, 09:14:34 PM »

Those who are using his bad apples to judge his career and avoiding this one, you're missing one heck of a gem. Everyone makes a turd, but not everyone can make a gem. This is one he should be extremely proud of, putting it at the top of his resume. It's his crowning achievement, the one he's probably waited all his life to make. This is one extremely cool movie, and deserves a rightful place in movie history.  So, if you have doubts, watch it at least once and tell me you didn't like it.
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« Reply #19 on: May 19, 2008, 09:24:09 PM »

I'm adding it to my queue now. 
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« Reply #20 on: May 20, 2008, 02:30:19 AM »

It arrived from my queue and sat unwatched for close to three weeks. I sent it back. Damn you all for making me re-add this to the queue and bumping it to the top. I knew I should have watched it before but I didn't need all of you reminding me of my foolhardiness.
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