What was the last film you watched? part 4

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Nov 25 2017 09:04
What was the last film you watched? part 4

I was getting tired of the old thread never going to the right page, so here's a new one.

Wind River: a pretty good film which touches on the conditions Native Americans live in and the big problems they face. The problem is the main characters are both white outsiders, Jeremey Renner is the tracker/hunter they call in whenever something needs doing, and so it does give us a bit of a white saviour narrative. So with the local sheriff they investigate the death, not quite a murder, of a young woman and it turns out this is part of a pattern...
Worth a watch, but I think Frozen River was better. Also most of the people mumble, it isn't always easy to hear what they say.

Detroit : it wasn't a bad film but I didn't enjoy it. The parts where the characters are held prisoner by the cops are tense and painful, but the intro to the film gives us a fairly standard police narrative, so although the violence and torture is still shocking you still get the impression that they brought it on themselves.

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Dec 5 2017 01:10

Almost Holy
https://youtu.be/t-uBjW9hhxc

Taxi Tehran
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b073bp67

The Villainess
https://youtu.be/-xm2CcFlJtw
https://youtu.be/Ts3JbwFl0HQ

Chemsex
https://www.theguardian.com/film/video/2015/dec/04/chemsex-video-review

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Dec 5 2017 14:21

ministry of fear
https://www.criterion.com/films/28065-ministry-of-fear
pretty good entry in a genre i like. there are absurd elements which make it more interesting than it would otherwise be, and it was interesting to me to see a scene in the tubes on account of an air raid.

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Dec 5 2017 17:25

John Wick 2. Not as good as the first one, but I nevertheless thoroughly enjoyed it. The John Wick movies are to the early 21st century what the Die Hard movies was to the 90s. Great action films.

A Dark Song. Horror movie in which the entire story is about two people casting a spell/doing a ritual. Never seen a horror movie like that ever. Quite original and enjoyable. A bit low budget, but that didn't get in the way of the story telling. Both creepy and contemplative.

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Dec 17 2017 14:56

The Handmaiden. It's ok.

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Jan 6 2018 19:46

Dispossession - the Great Social Housing Swindle. Well made documentary about social housing and in particular the current "regeneration" of many estates. Very interesting, simultaneously depressing and hopeful. Hopeful because it clearly sets out the problems, depressing because it's just so wrong.

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Jan 6 2018 21:47

Band Aid - I thought this was going to be fun, a couple form a band so instead of arguing all the time they can sing their disagreements. The songs aren't quite as clear as they should be and the story does take a bit of a dark turn. On the whole it isn't bad but isn't as light-hearted as I expected. If you like Adam Pally from Happy Endings or Zoe lister-jones from life in pieces hen you'll probably like it.

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Jan 26 2018 14:51

Godzilla Monster Planet (anime). Really really good.

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Feb 2 2018 22:52

Beatriz at dinner - not very exciting. We are supposed to see Beatriz as challening these rich shitheads but as she is sponging off them with reiki it is hard to see her as the proltetarian the film tries to set her as. The film succesfully hows that while you may get paid nfor massages and given hugs you aren't actually a friend.It completely fails to explore whether Beateiz's "love" for the family is anything other than financial necessity. This is not anti-trump satire, it is a few mild moments of discomfort with no resilution.

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Feb 18 2018 20:26

Hunt for the Wilderpeople, really enjoyed it. Had an actress in out of Eagle vs Shark too, another great film. 5*.

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Feb 18 2018 22:33

The Room - I am speechless. But I have a twisted thought that it was simply a genius subversion. The more people you watch it with, the better:)
Disaster Artist - I would say that it was a rather useless movie.

Bushwick - I liked the idea and the effort the filmmakers put into it.
Good Times - Rather unconventional, but in a good way. liked the acting a lot.
Gerald's Game - I read the book, so I was sceptical but it was done very well. I liked the ending in the book a little bit more, though.
Jigsaw - Waste of time.
Better Watch Out - Good acting.
The Distinguished Citizen - Simply excellent!
Justice League - Bad.

Sense8 (season 2) - I don't know the intentions of Wachowski, but to me, this was totally for the activists. In a good way. It is not class-oriented, rather lib-dem, but I think it is not so hard to ignore this and really enjoy the series. To me this is the best political-fiction TV series ever made. Hard to imagine what could top this in the future.

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Feb 19 2018 02:03

Menace II Society. Bit violent, not really for the faint of heart.