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Nov 22 2008 18:18

Aelita: Queen of Mars. Hilarious Soviet science fiction movie from 1922. Silent with nice martian landscapes and costumes done by the Russian constructivists. Of course there's a Union of Martian Socialist Republics by the end smile

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Nov 24 2008 02:30

Just watched "Omar Mukhtar: The Lion of the Desert" great cast, Anthony Quinn, Oliver Reed and Rod Steiger as El Duce, power acting ahoy. Odd/amusing seeing pasty brits playing Bedouin and Italians, no hiding the accents either.

Would trade again ++++

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Nov 24 2008 04:40
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Just watched "Omar Mukhtar: The Lion of the Desert" great cast, Anthony Quinn, Oliver Reed and Rod Steiger as El Duce, power acting ahoy. Odd/amusing seeing pasty brits playing Bedouin and Italians, no hiding the accents either.

Was it at least filmed in Libya? Do you know if it's historically accurate? If so I might check it out.

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Nov 24 2008 06:43

Not sure how historically accurate it is, it's a decent enough movie, long by today's standard at around 2 1/2 hours

here's a link to the imdb entry: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081059/

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Nov 24 2008 07:12

Ah, so it is worth watching? Thats good news. I'd had it for about a year before I lent it to you, kept meaning to get around to watching but never had...can't even remember where I found it - possibly the animal rights op-shop in Welly...

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Dec 7 2008 17:18

Quint

Where did you see or get a copy of Aelita: Queen of Mars?

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Dec 7 2008 21:03

Baader Meinhoff Complex. Stunning in a I felt totally stunned/in shock by the end of the film sorta way. Also depressingly I can actually, very vaguely, remember the 1977 Lufthansa plane hi-jacking sad

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Dec 7 2008 21:37

Spent most of the last two days rewatching the first season of The Wire.
Fuck films.

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Dec 8 2008 00:58

Watched el orfanato, which was meh.

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Dec 8 2008 01:32

Fuck tv series.

Havent seen the baader meinhof complex but seems politically terrible, from reviews ive read, from the poster which boasts about them being 'the most notorious terrorist group of our time', and from the title which reduces a political situation and its social context to a 'complex'. Is it me or is it making silly psychological and emotional-oriented generalisations about political commitment and about the individual stories of a handful of people?
Deutschland im Herbst or Blackbox BDR may be better watch on the subject.
Films dealing with the "thrilling experience" of far-left politics and/or guerilla/terrorism are fashionable at the moment... Theres a 2-part film about Jacques Mesrine (public enemy #1 in France in the 70s/80s) being released in France, and the 2-part film about Che Guevara is about to hit the screens.
The question is: which is going to be the worst?

Just went to see Waltz with Bashir. Its an ok watch but its a bad film.
Its sort of the Israeli animated equivalent to Full Metal Jacket (the way the music is used makes that obvious).
Theres actually a lot of similarities with the way the Vietnam war is represented in American films. In the same way as all you get in US films about the vietnam war is the amercian point of view, all you get here is the israeli point of view. This is what Edward Said's literary analysis of Heart of Darkness is mostly about, and funnily, it very much applies to this film.
You could argue that someone should be able to tell their own story, their own side of the story, but why should i bother about some israeli ex soldier being tormented by the traumatic experience he lived through during the war when the point of view of the other side, which went through a carefully planned massacre, is not taken into account?
Im getting tired of people being obsessed with their own selves, thinking the whole world should know about their issues and using art as a catharsis. Dont use me to sort out your ugly past.
Also the israeli invasion of Lebanon is hardly questioned. The film is only saying that the 1982 Sabra and Chatila (two palestinian refugee camps outside Beirut in Lebanon) massacre was pushing it a bit too far.
I would actually argue that the film glorifies war as much as Kubrick's war films do.

Mh. Fuck films too actually, you're right.

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Dec 8 2008 02:02
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Havent seen the baader meinhof complex but seems politically terrible, from reviews ive read, from the poster which boasts about them being 'the most notorious terrorist group of our time', and from the title which reduces a political situation and its social context to a 'complex'. Is it me or is it making silly psychological and emotional-oriented generalisations about political commitment and about the individual stories of a handful of people?

Look, its a film so all sorts of stuff will be reduced, to be fair though it at least attempts to give some some explanation of the "political situation and its social context". Not saying it succeeds but maybe go watch it before deciding that the film reduces things to a 'complex' on the basis of the title alone. Then you'll be in a better position to answer your own question.

And whatever the theoretical, ideological or historic criticisms its still a fucking good movie. Not a manifesto, endorsement, documentary or educational film on revolutioanry organisation - just a movie.

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Jan 2 2009 22:25

I just finished watching "We Feed the World"; excellent documentary; not a communist critique, but if more people saw it, they would get at least a glimpse into the horror house that is capitalism
from the official website:

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Every day in Vienna the amount of unsold bread sent back to be disposed of is enough to supply Austria's second-largest city, Graz. Around 350,000 hectares of agricultural land, above all in Latin America, are dedicated to the cultivation of soybeans to feed Austria's livestock while one quarter of the local population starves. Every European eats ten kilograms a year of artificially irrigated greenhouse vegetables from southern Spain, with water shortages the result.

In WE FEED THE WORLD, Austrian filmmaker Erwin Wagenhofer traces the origins of the food we eat. His journey takes him to France, Spain, Romania, Switzerland, Brazil and back to Austria.

Leading us through the film is an interview with Jean Ziegler, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food.

WE FEED THE WORLD is a film about food and globalisation, fishermen and farmers, long-distance lorry drivers and high-powered corporate executives, the flow of goods and cash flow–a film about scarcity amid plenty. With its unforgettable images, the film provides insight into the production of our food and answers the question what world hunger has to do with us .

Interviewed are not only fishermen, farmers, agronomists, biologists and the UN's Jean Ziegler, but also the director of production at Pioneer, the world's largest seed company, as well as Peter Brabeck, Chairman and CEO of Nestlé International, the largest food company in the world.

http://www.we-feed-the-world.at/en/film.htm

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May 29 2009 20:12

a look at bourgeois family life during the final days of Franco's Spain and at childhood in general.
really fucking good.

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May 29 2009 21:37
ernie wrote:
Quint

Where did you see or get a copy of Aelita: Queen of Mars?

If you've a dual layer DVD-R, download this, otherwise this will fit on a single layer DVD-R

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May 30 2009 03:08

Terminator: Salvation. Utter fucking shite.

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May 30 2009 05:20
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I still have a soft-spot for Meet The Feebles too.

Saw it ages ago and fucking loved it...they need to re-release it with a line saying from the man who brought you LOTR...hahaha

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May 30 2009 05:24
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Mysterious Skin. pedofili, trasigt amerika, UFO-bortförslar, att växa upp

That sounds like a weird movie.

It's about a few queer teens in middle America. One is a hustler, one is obsessed with alien abductions that helps him block out early childhood abuse and so on andso forth...

Both of the main characters were victims of childhood sexual abuse...

Amazing movie and a bit of a headfuck!

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May 30 2009 05:25

Sorry dave I didn't see your post there...

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May 30 2009 05:43

Fight Club
Shortbus
I Shot Andy Warhol
Itty Bitty Titty Committee

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Jun 4 2009 22:31

Last night i watched "Five Minutes to Live" AKA "Door to Door Maniacs" an otherwise mediocre 1961 gangster film starring Johnny Cash as a guitar playing hired kidnapper. He was great, sadistic, evil and funny all at once. It was streaming on best of the b's but i noticed it's available on archive.org

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Jun 5 2009 09:18

Last film I watched was the new star trek. Loved every minute of it. tongue

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Jun 6 2009 21:31
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Khawaga wrote:
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Mysterious Skin. pedofili, trasigt amerika, UFO-bortförslar, att växa upp

That sounds like a weird movie.

It's about a few queer teens in middle America. One is a hustler, one is obsessed with alien abductions that helps him block out early childhood abuse and so on andso forth...

Both of the main characters were victims of childhood sexual abuse...

Amazing movie and a bit of a headfuck!

I got around to downloading and watching Mysterious Skin last night. It's a beautiful and deeply disturbing film

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Sep 8 2010 13:08

I watched the biopic of Muhammed Ali a few nights ago on Channel 5 starring Will Smith. I watched with some trepidation because Ali is a sort of hero of mine and I didn't want to him slagged off. But although Smith has little of the physical stature of Ali he managed to cut the mustard regarding the man, a man who stood alone for what he believed in and one of the few worthy heavyweight champions of the world. "No Vietcong ever called me nigger" was one of the gems that Ali came out with in his steadfast refusal to fight in Vietnam. And Ali was very clear and lucid about the nature of the war and American imperialism - even if he didn't express it in those words. He was stripped of his licence and ostracised even by the Muslim Brotherhood which had made money out of him.

His last fight, against Joe Frazier, though credited by some as the greatest fight ever, was a horrible affair where either man could have killed the other.
So I was pleased that the film ended with his against the odds victory over the awesome George Foreman in the Rumble in the Jungle in Zaire to re-take the title. Ali fought an unexpected fight, getting such a hiding that some commentators thought the fight was fixed for him to lose but, in one of the greatest comebacks since Lazurus, Ali finished off Foreman decisively and, still thinking in milliseconds, executed a restrained balletic pirouette holding back while Foreman fell to the canvass.

I recommend the documentary film around this fight and all the larger than life characters involved called "When We Were Kings". In my opinion it's one of the best films ever made.

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Sep 8 2010 14:33
baboon wrote:
"No Vietcong ever called me nigger" was one of the gems that Ali came out with in his steadfast refusal to fight in Vietnam.

that's a very good one, but...

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He was stripped of his licence and ostracised even by the Muslim Brotherhood which had made money out of him.

that was the Nation of Islam, during membership in which he excused malcolm x's assassination. i saw the film of this last week when i watched a PBS documentary on him. he did later regret it.

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Sep 8 2010 15:04

Watched Cool Hand Luke last night. Nobody can accuse me of being out of touch with modern cinema, eh? wink

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Sep 8 2010 19:52

Piranha 3D.
Not as good as the originals. Which were genuinely good.

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Sep 14 2010 11:25

John Carpenters The Thing, still gripping and pretty scary after nearly 30 years.

A Prophet, OK but not as good as I thought it would, given all of the praise it got. A straight forwards prison saga, but well made and acting was tremendous , which saved it for me.

The Pianist, what a film, what else can you say!

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Sep 14 2010 11:41

Dead and Buried - praised for interesting ending. I have to agree but the rest was like, fuck, no more 80's horror moviesgrin although, in a way it was really fun to see the actors "acting". it had to be a tough work to make it over 90 minutesgrin

The Expendables - good to relax and see Micky Rourke's perfect acting again.

Inception - pretty ok to watch and the fight scene (those who saw, know what i mean) is hillarious.

The Wire - Season 1 and 2 watched in some 10 days, hehe. This is a real addiction. Series 1 had a better flow, though. Looking forward to see the rest of the series.

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Sep 14 2010 14:52
baboon wrote:
I watched the biopic of Muhammed Ali a few nights ago on Channel 5 starring Will Smith. I watched with some trepidation because Ali is a sort of hero of mine and I didn't want to him slagged off. But although Smith has little of the physical stature of Ali he managed to cut the mustard regarding the man, a man who stood alone for what he believed in and one of the few worthy heavyweight champions of the world. "No Vietcong ever called me nigger" was one of the gems that Ali came out with in his steadfast refusal to fight in Vietnam. And Ali was very clear and lucid about the nature of the war and American imperialism - even if he didn't express it in those words. He was stripped of his licence and ostracised even by the Muslim Brotherhood which had made money out of him.

Ali is really a larger than life figure, I agree, but I think his time with the Nation was probably the worst episode in his life; he contemptuously applauded the assassination of Malcolm X (his good friend and mentor) by the Nation's thugs and become an obedient tool to Elijah Muhammad.
Have you seen "Muhammad Ali: Made in Miami"? It is a documentary about his early years; I would strongly recommend it.

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Sep 14 2010 17:44

The day of The Locust, John Schlesinger, 1975. You can check it out on streaming in the net. Scary as fuck and a bit creepy but a must anyway. Good meditation on cinema and fascist mind control techniques.