What was the last film you watched? part 4

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Mar 10 2018 20:50

You Were Never Really Here. Bit brutal for me but the end is good.

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Mar 11 2018 19:09

Just seen 'Sweet Country' set in Australia's North west territory around the 1920's Better than average for covering this bit of grim history. Critically reviewed here:
https://hookedonfilmwa.wordpress.com/2018/01/28/movie-review-sweet-count...

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Mar 24 2018 19:17

The Lady Vanishes. Great Hitchcock, really enjoyed.

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Apr 6 2018 21:43

120 BPM, film about the AIDS activist group Act Up-Paris in the 90s. It's great, see it if you can.

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Apr 9 2018 13:17

Game Over, Man; a Netflix movie done by the Workaholics peeps. It was trying to be a Die Hard comedy. A so-so movie, but stupid enough to be entertaining.

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May 6 2018 23:25

Any movie suggestions? I half-watched a Louis Theroux doc on eating disorders. Not a particularly big fan of him. Some of his docs are entertaining/informative. His scientology doc was okay.

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May 7 2018 05:15

i just watched Cronocrímenes ("time crimes" in english).

it's a movie about someone who accidentally travels back in time and, in trying to make sure the past version of himself will travel back in time just as he did, he comes into conflict with different versions of himself, as well as everyone else in the movie.

it's not only a good depiction of alienation, but also of impersonal domination - he can not help but be drawn into a conflict where there is no real enemy but his own temporally shifted activities. he is both the recipient of domination and the one who creates this domination.

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May 7 2018 05:29
zugzwang wrote:
Any movie suggestions? I half-watched a Louis Theroux doc on eating disorders. Not a particularly big fan of him. Some of his docs are entertaining/informative. His scientology doc was okay.

His Weird Weekend docs were all great. The far right and the porn episodes were real interesting.

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May 7 2018 16:27

Apocalypse Now, like Pulp Fiction popular consciousness had spoiled a couple of things for me. But interestingly the context in the film was very different from the references. Like the `love the smell of napalm in the morning` bit. Usually its quoted in a punchy jingoistic way but in the film it came across as daft and impotent.

Really enjoyed the cinematography and the Odyssey to madness and decay theme too.

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May 7 2018 23:09
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Any movie suggestions? I half-watched a Louis Theroux doc on eating disorders. Not a particularly big fan of him. Some of his docs are entertaining/informative. His scientology doc was okay.

You want movie or documentary suggestions?

Anyhoo, recently I just watched Blade Runner 2049 and Avengers: Infinity War. Both movies were entertaining, but before I make up my mind about them I have to watch them again. I wanted to really love Blade Runner, but on the first viewing it left me wanting. Not sure exactly what I think it's missing, but it just didn't carry the same punch as the original; I felt much less for the characters.

Infinity War was decent. I am a fan of the MCU, but recently a fatigue has set in. The last few of their movies have just been so so.

I've also watched a ton of war documentaries. Last one I watched, on Netxflix, was The Battle of Chosin in the Korean War. Pretty bleak shit and reveals just how callous both McArthur and Mao were with human lives. On top of that, a lot of war docs on ISIS, the Kurds, and Afghanistan.

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May 8 2018 01:35
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zugzwang wrote:
Any movie suggestions? I half-watched a Louis Theroux doc on eating disorders. Not a particularly big fan of him. Some of his docs are entertaining/informative. His scientology doc was okay.

You want movie or documentary suggestions?

Either I guess, just trying to revive the thread really. Theroux's scientology doc was actually "My Scientology Movie". It's sort of hard stuffing your face with food while learning about eating disorders, unless you want to feel like shit.

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May 8 2018 01:48
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Any movie suggestions? I half-watched a Louis Theroux doc on eating disorders. Not a particularly big fan of him. Some of his docs are entertaining/informative. His scientology doc was okay.

His Weird Weekend docs were all great. The far right and the porn episodes were real interesting.

I think I saw most of those, at least the more interesting ones. Not so sure about his personal views. He did a doc on crime in Wisconsin recently that felt like he was trying to portray police in a positive light, didn't really care for it. This is fun though:

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Not so sure about his personal views.

Well, he’s just a typical liberal, eh? What’s good about him is his technique for drawing things out of those he’s interviewing, it’s really insidious. He gives the impression of being non invasive whilst in reality he’s going straight for the jugular.

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May 8 2018 11:16

Tully. Very good.

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May 8 2018 13:25
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Not so sure about his personal views.

Well, he’s just a typical liberal, eh? What’s good about him is his technique for drawing things out of those he’s interviewing, it’s really insidious. He gives the impression of being non invasive whilst in reality he’s going straight for the jugular.

He didn't do that so well with Savile. Didn't he like become close friends with him after that one doc? I think he later admitted that was a mistake.

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May 8 2018 14:00

True shit. That whole show was just plain creepy.
Talking of creepy, the show where Christine Hamilton had the hots for him scored high on the creepometer, and not just because of her flirting - her husband, the very peculiar Neil Hamilton’s general demeanour had me pulling my sweater up over my head! Ugh.

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May 8 2018 15:04
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Infinity War was decent. I am a fan of the MCU, but recently a fatigue has set in. The last few of their movies have just been so so.

I've recently watched Captain America: Civil War for the very first time, and I found it to be at times tedious. The way the filmmakers handle action sequences is probably the most disappointing aspect of the film. Their basically following the playbook used in the Bourne films, in which the action is implied, rather than shown. But they go one step further (or backwards?) in that they don't even try to give these scenes a rhythmic quality, so that the end result is that these scenes feel quite monotonous. And these scenes require quite a bit effort on the part of viewers to follow the action and understand what's going on, and that's never really a good thing.

And aside from the action, the film itself is kinda bloated. I mean, did we really need to see five minutes or so of Tony Stark recruiting Peter Parker (aka Spider-Man). That part was not essential to the overall narrative. There's quite a lot that could have been removed or stripped down to make it a more thorough Captain America story than it already is. It's intended to be a Captain America film, and it is, but it seems the filmmakers couldn't help themselves from indulging in fan service, or finding smarter ways to fulfill their obligation to the larger shared universe.

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May 30 2018 16:58

Nebraska A strange film about a dysfunctional family in the American Midwest (I think, its Montana and Hawthorne, I don't really understand American regionalism). The father believes his won a sweepstakes but needs to get to Lincoln Nebraska to claim his winnings so he has to rely on one of his sons to drive him there.

Its a bit like a road trip movie only through the bleak and declining rural towns of the area. Its a sort of very black comedy, the family appear not to like each other at all but as the film goes on its reveal they all have an inner core of caring its just thanks to trauma's and upbringings they all have very severe trouble connecting with people.

I found the film to be less laugh out loud funny and more "huh, tat's sorta funny" but there was one part involving a compressor where the comic timing was so great that I had to pause it while I finished laughing.

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May 30 2018 23:58

I saw The Virgin Spring (1960) at a museum screening in a new print. It was the last of Ingmar Bergman's Medieval period movies and in some ways the best, and the first time that Sven Nyquist was the principal cinematographer on a Bergman film.

The story is based on a 14th century folktale and it's played out against a palpably authentic recreation of Medieval daily life. When a creative presence like Bergman is behind the camera an 88 minute black and white 1:33 aspect ratio movie devoid of special effects looks better than 99% of the current Hollywood product.

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Jun 29 2018 00:47

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Its an incredibly stupid film, I saw one reviewer call it an 80s cartoon plot done in a live action bleak and occasionally vicious way. Can't say they're wrong but I enjoyed watching it, I probably will watch it again when it gets to the telly on slow weekends.

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Jun 29 2018 22:24

A Ciambra. Really enjoyed it.

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Jun 29 2018 22:33

Kong: Skull Island. Didn't think this movie would be as good as it was; really enjoyable action adventure and sort of a monster version of the Vietnam war movies of the 80s and 90s.

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I've recently watched Captain America: Civil War for the very first time, and I found it to be at times tedious. The way the filmmakers handle action sequences is probably the most disappointing aspect of the film. Their basically following the playbook used in the Bourne films, in which the action is implied, rather than shown. But they go one step further (or backwards?) in that they don't even try to give these scenes a rhythmic quality, so that the end result is that these scenes feel quite monotonous. And these scenes require quite a bit effort on the part of viewers to follow the action and understand what's going on, and that's never really a good thing.

And aside from the action, the film itself is kinda bloated. I mean, did we really need to see five minutes or so of Tony Stark recruiting Peter Parker (aka Spider-Man). That part was not essential to the overall narrative. There's quite a lot that could have been removed or stripped down to make it a more thorough Captain America story than it already is. It's intended to be a Captain America film, and it is, but it seems the filmmakers couldn't help themselves from indulging in fan service, or finding smarter ways to fulfill their obligation to the larger shared universe.

I liked Civil War, but I don't think it's as great as it's been made out to be. And I'd say that some of the reason why I didn't like it as much has to do with some of the points you raise. A good counter to Civil War in that respect is actually the previous Captain America movie The Winter Soldier. Action is shown and while there are a lot of characters, the movie doesn't feel bloated and I experienced it more self-contained than a vehicle to market other movies. Part of the reason for e.g. the introduction of Spider-Man had everything to do with marketing Homecoming and that Marvel had just gotten a deal with Fox to use the character; he was never supposed to even be in the movie. Ditto with Black Panther, although his introduction was less hamfisted. So yeah, the directors are less free to tell the story these days; the Russo brothers are usually great at ensemble casts, but are getting less so the more Marvel intervenes. See for example the difference between the first and second Avengers movies by Joss Whedon. The first was great in both storytelling and handling the characters, the other was just a mess in both aspects.

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Jul 6 2018 23:25

Without a trace. Very very good.

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Jul 14 2018 01:31

Naked (english film), seemed like a lot of misogynistic gibberish as far as the characters went. If there was some deeper meaning it went over my head; probably missed tons of references and other things. I guess you could feel somewhat sorry for the Johnny character (most of the characters you could feel sorry for actually). Pretty sad film.

I just found this list so I might watch some of this stuff (could probably use updating though).

https://libcom.org/library/working-class-cinema-video-guide

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Jul 14 2018 22:52

The Hateful Eight, its pretty underwhelming, technically speaking its very well done the sets look authentic and the actors throw themselves into their caricatures, its just effort spent for nothing really.

All the characters are unlikeable and the violence is cartoonish in a way that kills the tension. It also has Samuel L Jacksons character sexually assaulting a naked man at gun point while laughing like a loon. And this is revealed by him gloating about it to the man's grieving father.

But both him and his son were racist confederates who murdered black union soldiers in the Civil war, so I guess its supposed to make the whole thing cathartic?

Honestly it just meant I didn't like any of them. It also ends on a very ugly note.

The only highlight for me was that the old confederate general was the old dad in Nebraska and seemed to be playing the same character only this time he's slightly more lucid and openly racist.

Edit: Like from the name I guess its intentional for them all to be hateful and I guess we're supposed to hate them, but honestly it was just a group of very unlikeable people milling about in a tavern during a snow storm and then they beat and graphically killed each other. So I just wasn't really bothered.

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Jul 15 2018 13:49

First Reformed. Absolutely fucking brilliant, see it.

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Naked (english film), seemed like a lot of misogynistic gibberish as far as the characters went. If there was some deeper meaning it went over my head; probably missed tons of references and other things. I guess you could feel somewhat sorry for the Johnny character (most of the characters you could feel sorry for actually). Pretty sad film.

I just found this list so I might watch some of this stuff (could probably use updating though).

https://libcom.org/library/working-class-cinema-video-guide

I really liked Naked but I haven't seen it for about 20 years. I think the misogyny is supposed to be ironic or something. It's definitely a very sad film, probably sadder than I realised at the time.

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Jul 22 2018 04:04

The Florida Project. It's set in a motel where most of the people there are long-term residents, they're poor and unable to find stable housing. The main characters are a six year old girl, her 20-something mother, and the manager of the motel. It's a slow movie with only a thin plot, but it kept me very engaged, and the ending is emotionally wrenching. Recommended.

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Jul 23 2018 15:44

Justice League continues the DCEU's streak of very bad or mediocre films - with the sole exception of Wonder Woman - following Man of Steel, Batman v Superman, and Suicide Squad. They are obviously far from doing as good as job as the MCU. The story in this one is trivial, and some of the scenes had video game aesthetics.

Blade Runner 2049 is a good movie, but not as good as the first. The first film was a lot simpler, immersive from beginning to end, whereas this second film has more twists and turns to the plot. There are scenes that provide atmosphere and showcases the production design and cinematography, but the two films kinda diverges in their cinematic aim.