What was the last film you watched? v3

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Mar 7 2015 01:20

Wait................... Wut??????

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Mar 7 2015 01:48

confusionboats - legit worried about you. Can anybody do anything to help?

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Mar 7 2015 01:52

Watched Come and See the other night, an extremely good and completely horrific Soviet film that follows a boy in Nazi occupied Belarus during World War 2. Also saw Ida, which is about a Polish nun in the 60s who discovers that her parents were Jews killed in the Holocaust, and Omar, a very tense Palestinian film from the same director as Paradise Now about a Palestinian guy coerced into informing for Shin Bet.

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Mar 7 2015 21:01
Tyrion wrote:
Watched Come and See the other night, an extremely good and completely horrific Soviet film that follows a boy in Nazi occupied Belarus during World War 2.

Phenomenal movie. So many memorable scenes: the bodies behind the house, the razing of the village, his confrontation with Hitler's image. I was struck by how visibly the kid aged over the course of a few days. And not a single moment of bullshit Great Patriotic War triumphalism; not even the partisans muster any heroism, but are just as desperate and burdened as the rest. The whole thing feels like a fever dream, actually, like Aguirre turned full-out survival horror.

Makes Enemy at the Gates look like Babes in Toyland.

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Mar 8 2015 00:43

The part with the pile of corpses got to me especially. Nightmarish stuff and a welcome remedy to all the Hollywood treatments of World War 2 that focus on inspiring heroism in tough times and all that.

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Mar 8 2015 13:50

Watched Fantastic Mr. Fox. Had the best random scene in any movie I've ever watched.

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Mar 12 2015 12:03

A Most Violent Year, a brilliant movie with an amazing lead performance from Oscar Isaacs. A really compelling portrayal of the ruthless capitalist entrepreneur type.

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Mar 13 2015 16:36

Leo, fantastic mr. fox is so excellent. one of my all time faves!

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Apr 4 2015 18:11

There is very little worth watching on UK Freeview telly these days but I did rather enjoy the dark humour in the film 'God Bless America' by Bob Goldthwait staring Joel Murray and T.L.Barr. which played to my personal irritation at so many of the day to day habits of people in the modern capitalist world but wasn't of course actually against capitalism. Well I need a bit of escapism as much as the next person!

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Apr 8 2015 13:51

Cake : a bit weird, one of those films that doesn't realy tell you that much about any of the characters or anything else and doesn't give you much of a plot or much of a resolution to what there is. Not too bad but it did end up feeling a bit pointless.

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Jul 9 2015 22:29

Saw Mad Foxes, an Italian/Swiss revenge film from the 80s, in the cinema last nite. Holy shit was it amazing!

All you need to know: naked Nazi bikers doing high kicks in full frontal glory. For like 5 minutes.

Anybody else seen it?

(Although, there is an extremely violent rape scene, so just be aware of that one).

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Jul 9 2015 23:26
Leo wrote:
Watched Fantastic Mr. Fox. Had the best random scene in any movie I've ever watched.

Is that the scene explaining that crazy ball game they play?

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Jul 9 2015 23:51

Watched Snow Piercer and The Maze Runner last week. While Snow Piercer is a bit of a sledgehammer of a metaphor I really enjoyed the movie; well made, decent action and not a lot of dead moments. Also like the Maze Runner for what it is; yet another YA dystopian movie in which teenagers are sacrificed for [insert reason]. Not as good as the Hunger Games, but fun enough to watch.

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Jul 10 2015 06:29

Ass backwards - sort of film that's barely worth watching if it comes on TV.
When was the last time you had fun? - quite fun, comedy with a bit of drama about couples and relationships etc.

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Jul 10 2015 07:31

BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, not that fucking abomination of a version with Keira Knightly. Absolutely sublime - marvellously hammed up acting by Alison Steadman as Mrs Bennet and Colin Firth, who I'm generally not too keen on smashes it as the horribly pompous but endearingly tongue tied Mr Darcy.
Take the inverted snobbery peg off your nose and wallow in this corking escape mechanism of a film.

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Jul 10 2015 10:32

Pride - masterpiece!
Kung Fury - if you try it, then really do so with subtitles turned on (on youtube)

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Jul 10 2015 12:13

Just watched The Wind That Shakes the Barley for the first time. Pretty heavy-handed politically, but still a good movie. Liam Cunningham plays a great socialist-realism caricature to route for.

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Jul 10 2015 21:28
Fnordie wrote:
Just watched The Wind That Shakes the Barley for the first time. Pretty heavy-handed politically, but still a good movie. Liam Cunningham plays a great socialist-realism caricature to route for.

I was disappointed. It felt like Land and Freedom in a different country.

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Jul 13 2015 18:41

A few days ago I watched John Frankenheimer’s ‘Seconds’ (1966).

A friend had said he’d been haunted by it for years. I’d had a similar experience with his film ‘The Manchurian Candidate’ (1962), so was glad to have the opportunity to watch it on DVD. On the big screen it would be even more disturbing, as the soundtrack and cinematography are very disorientating.

Based on a novel, the film’s idea is that a person can pay to ‘reinvent’ themselves in a different guise and live life over again. Rock Hudson acts with conviction, as the ‘second chance’ man, disorientated in his new persona, who on one occasion visits his ‘recently bereaved’ wife and discovers his alienated past. Very interesting movie though not a million laughs.

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Jul 13 2015 18:47

The remake of Manchurian was also pretty good IIRC.

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Jul 20 2015 20:32

The Forgotten (2004). Silly plot, but terrifying if regarded as allegory on the Stalin school of falsification. It makes me realise the need to have a party (or in its absence, Libcom) to preserve the history of the workers movement.

Another movie about memory loss, The Unknown (2011), at one point openly makes some historical commentary (ie that Germans – the movie takes place in Berlin – forget their own history of Nazism and "Communism").

Probably there are so many movies about memory loss because it's just a lazy plot device for writers, and mostly these movies are just about some search for identity ("being").

But memory loss is a dreadful thing.

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Jul 21 2015 08:03
Noa Rodman wrote:
Silly plot, but terrifying if regarded as allegory on the Stalin school of falsification.

or ham-fisted anti-abortion propaganda...

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Jul 21 2015 21:22

Ant-Man. Really enjoyed it. Funniest of all the Marvel movies (Michael Peña was especially hilarious) and packaged like a classic heist movie.

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Jul 22 2015 01:46

Watched Matewan today, a movie about a 1920 strike by coal miners in West Virginia that took on an element of gun fighting when Baldwin-Felts agents were brought in by the company. Good stuff, this scene especially was inspiring.

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Jul 22 2015 03:37
Tyrion wrote:
Watched Matewan today, a movie about a 1920 strike by coal miners in West Virginia that took on an element of gun fighting when Baldwin-Felts agents were brought in by the company. Good stuff, this scene especially was inspiring.

I hope you're aware it happened and is pretty accurate to the facts (for a movie).

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Aug 5 2015 17:33

on ant man: agreed! Great film. WAAAYYY better than the shittiness known as Age of Ultron

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Aug 3 2015 23:28

I've quoted that Joe Kenehan speech in house visits to coworkers way more often than I care to admit.

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Aug 5 2015 13:37

The Matrix.

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Aug 10 2015 20:02

Trainwreck. Romantic comedy written by Amy Schumer. Was hilarious in its first half, then went through the required motions of the genre and I therefore lost a bit of interest towards the end (and I say this as someone who likes romcoms).

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Aug 24 2015 13:53

Straight Outta Compton.
Amazing film, brilliantly acted, beautifully shot and of course the music is still as fantastic as it ever was.
*Obviously I'm aware of the things which weren't in the film, ie the VAW and the erasure of the women who were part of the scene. I guess it comes under the heading of Things I Like Which Are Problematic.