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1 hour ago, Taupe Beats said:

Any opinions on Gillo Pontecorvo's "Kapo"? As well, I highly recommend Sergei Loznitsa's "In the Fog". Guessing you'd appreciate it.

i'll check those out. i usually prefer the documentaries then from there i narrow down a specific scenario i'd like to delve deeper into whether from a film or book eg. the wannsee conference (film was amazing)  or reinhard heydrich's assassination (film was meh) or doctors working at the camps (book was pretty difficult to get through)

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Birdman or (the unexpected virtue of ignorance) - 9/10

Holy fuck some annoying dork (actually he's alright lol) at work told me to watch this film (we share a similar taste in 90's metal/punk/alternative/blah blah) he's always banging on about Birdman, in fact since he told me about it he does some fucking dork Birdman expression when ever he sees me (screeching, waving his arms and pulling a ridiculous face). Hah. 

So I just finished watching it and what I thought was gonna be a huge, monstrous, pile of steaming vulture shit was actually brilliant. I'm almost tempted to say its one of the best films I've ever seen. Partly because it was so unexpected.

Man I hate jazz but I could listen to that drummer all day long. No stupid squeaking trumpet over it.

Classic fucking film ?

 

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14 hours ago, beer badger said:

in fact since he told me about it he does some fucking dork Birdman expression when ever he sees me (screeching, waving his arms and pulling a ridiculous face). Hah.

 

Oh god.

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this was pompous beyond belief. charlotte rampling looks delicious but the fetishizing of style and substance becomes draining- further degraded by the laconic dialogue and modest sets. this is a film attempting to communicate a very complex subject (S&M) amidst a very complex scenario (about a decade after world war 2) by discarding both scenario and subject- the nazi is no longer the master (nor the nazi) and neither is his slave- except they are (in their minds). it's cute and sexy

john zewizz used to rave about this film for his project and i can see the fascination, but i don't think this gets it

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I watched The Man from Nowhere after receiving a recommendation from a friend. It's a pretty good Korean film. A little bit of Leon influence there as well as more gangster revenge stuff.

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On 11/12/2019 at 8:40 PM, Nebraska said:

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this is a brutal piece of cinema. hadn't watched it since i was about 10 and back then it was too much to handle. not much has changed. lots of haunting images that get progressively worse as the story unfolds. 

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the speech by the german soldier about how he doesn't believe some races should exist-  comes off so powerful and ominous it almost seems like even the death of fascism doesn't nullify the ideology- like a box that was opened and now cannot be closed. and glasha's rape is one of the most powerful reminders of the after effects of this kind of tragedy i've ever seen.

The girl at the end isn't Glasha. I felt it was another poignant aspect of the movie that we don't get to know what happened to her, and probably intentional as a resemblance of innocence and youth that simply vanishes. I've seen it a few times and the combination of beautiful nature footage and spontaneous dogma-esque acting with unreserved human tragedy really stuck with me.

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On 11/12/2019 at 7:40 PM, Nebraska said:

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this is a brutal piece of cinema. hadn't watched it since i was about 10 and back then it was too much to handle. not much has changed. lots of haunting images that get progressively worse as the story unfolds. 

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the speech by the german soldier about how he doesn't believe some races should exist-  comes off so powerful and ominous it almost seems like even the death of fascism doesn't nullify the ideology- like a box that was opened and now cannot be closed. and glasha's rape is one of the most powerful reminders of the after effects of this kind of tragedy i've ever seen.

 

First saw slightly older, late night on the only channel that broadcast late, C4. Like war itself, nothing can really prepare you for it. For years that film genuinely haunted me - so much attention to detail, the story arc, the village with the corpses piled like chopped wood behind the cabins, the swamp scene, the paratroopers & that droney spotter plane overhead, the section where the kid is temp deaf from munitions, the girl's rape, toward the end when the kid is captured the Germans still seemed grotesquely human without resorting to patronising stereotypes.

Pre-internet couldn't recall the title & had pretty much given up on ever finding a copy anywhere (add Time of the Gypsies for a similar but far more fluffy quest). Then one evening at a friend's gaff he put this battered VHS tape on the vidyo-player....jfc...words akin to "you've found it". Think it had an orig title of "Kill Hitler". Appropriate, but Come And See says & suggests everything that follows so succinctly.

3 hours ago, droid said:

The most harrowing film Ive seen about the Holocaust is Son of Saul. Absolutely brutal and deeply haunting.

The narrow frame style (Meek's Cutoff has something similar stylistically) really focuses in & forces on you that unrelenting claustrophobia. Caught it after a fkn tough day & even though i knew the subject ahead it blew through me like frost in the plaster.

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i believe this is one of the first (few?) films to present a scenario of a planet populated solely by women who are dead set on eradicating men from the universe. this time there is a dedicated few leading a resistance from the queen of venus and led by zsa zsa gabor. when an all male team of astronauts crash land on the planet it adds a complicated twist to this coup attempt: some of the resistance women want the men- and the queen herself fancies the captain (though zsa zsa is also intent on snagging him for herself).

despite the fact that every woman on venus parades around in a mini skirt, heels and a perfect coiffure, the culture is extremely advanced- which begs the question: exactly why do the women need the men again?

"Women can't be happy without men."
"You're so right baby!"

those are actual quotes from the film

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20 hours ago, cwmbrancity said:

failed edit - Klimov's wife Larisa Shepitko directed The Ascent (1977), staggering film-making, WWII again but more focused on existential themes. See if its snow doesn't get in yer bones:

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075404/?ref_=nm_flmg_dr_1

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Even though he was in Tarkovsky's greatest films, this film may have Anatoliy Solonitsyn's best performance.

Edit:  And Shepitko died during production of this film and Klimov had to finish the film on her behalf.

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On 11/10/2019 at 9:56 AM, Squee said:

Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne, Andy Serkis as Alfred, Colin Farrell is in talks to play The Penguin, and Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman. Also, Matt Reeves seems like a solid director so I'm pretty excited for it.

This sounds pretty solid

On 11/11/2019 at 4:45 PM, Taupe Beats said:

Anything by Peter Watkins is worth a watch. His Edvard Munch biopic is one of the all-time greats. His documentary "The War Game" is the first time the BBC ever funded something and then refused to release it due to their fear it would cause a panic (this doc won several awards).

And then there's "Culloden"...which a certain xenophobic nationalist shithead on this very board tried to take my head off for commenting on once. Culloden is great, that shithead is not.

I wasn't familiar with anything beyond Punishment Park - thanks for the primer. Also that reminds me MIA had a music video that was an homage to that film.

The War Game sounds like it's up there with Threads in terms of being a truly horrific yet realistic take on post-nuclear war life. 

21 hours ago, cwmbrancity said:

First saw slightly older, late night on the only channel that broadcast late, C4. Like war itself, nothing can really prepare you for it. For years that film genuinely haunted me - so much attention to detail, the story arc, the village with the corpses piled like chopped wood behind the cabins, the swamp scene, the paratroopers & that droney spotter plane overhead, the section where the kid is temp deaf from munitions, the girl's rape, toward the end when the kid is captured the Germans still seemed grotesquely human without resorting to patronising stereotypes.

Pre-internet couldn't recall the title & had pretty much given up on ever finding a copy anywhere (add Time of the Gypsies for a similar but far more fluffy quest). Then one evening at a friend's gaff he put this battered VHS tape on the vidyo-player....jfc...words akin to "you've found it". Think it had an orig title of "Kill Hitler". Appropriate, but Come And See says & suggests everything that follows so succinctly.

The narrow frame style (Meek's Cutoff has something similar stylistically) really focuses in & forces on you that unrelenting claustrophobia. Caught it after a fkn tough day & even though i knew the subject ahead it blew through me like frost in the plaster.

These are both new to me, christ y'all have been solid with your recs and viewing habits.

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Watched It Part 2 the other day.

I liked it better than the first one because it was more over the top and it seemed like it knew it was over the top. But my god, those movies are just Marvel movies disguised as horror movies. And they're not doing a very good job at the latter.

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i really enjoyed this. tarantino seems to hate what has become of hollywood- best exemplified by a 9 yr old who takes herself too seriously despite barely having any experience (she also hates being given pet names)- and an actor who's in love with the process of filmmaking suddenly finding himself "a has been" as his new roles require him to play under layers of makeup to the point he's afraid nobody will recognize him.

at the same time this is a fetish film about films. there are films within- and lots of conversations about film- and a stuntman that lives behind a film set.

could've sat through another 2 hours of this

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a group of strippers begin drugging and scamming wallstreet businessmen who frequent their place of work after the 2009 recession hits and they find less and less ones in their g-strings.

nice attempt at a different kind of heist film- but this is terribly made and terribly rushed (pacing-wise). constance wu looks fooking incredible (must conduct more research on her) and carries the bulk of the film- as does j-lo to an extent; everyone else is just background noise. and even the setting (strip club) gets tired after the same recycling of sequences.

okay at best

 

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On 11/19/2019 at 3:25 PM, Taupe Beats said:

Even though he was in Tarkovsky's greatest films, this film may have Anatoliy Solonitsyn's best performance.

Edit:  And Shepitko died during production of this film and Klimov had to finish the film on her behalf.

Didn’t know about the latter, wtf, easily one of the most nuanced war films going, seems like the other side of the same coin to Come And See. Ta ver’ much.

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