What was the last film you watched? part 4

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Oct 25 2020 10:21

Only halfway through cos short attention span, but I've been watching The Day Shall Come, the new-ish Chris Morris film that I totally managed to miss coming out last year, about FBI entrapment. Kind of makes sense as a conceptual follow-up to Four Lions. Is very good, a bit jarring to see him who plays Nandor from What We Do In The Shadows as a paedophile/FBI informant though.

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Oct 26 2020 02:27
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The biggest issue I had was Sorkin making the lead prosecutor a sympathetic liberal with a conscience when in reality he wasn't like that at all. You'll know what I mean when you watch

Ugh, gross.

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Oct 27 2020 17:45

Not watched it yet but on the 30th of October a yearly film festival is going online instead with several horror movies. The theme is scary films in the public domain (and Incubus)

https://youtu.be/p-y3sUeWeg8

It'll be on twitch, you can watch without an account but you'll need one to take part in chat functions.
https://www.twitch.tv/itcamefromthedomain

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Oct 30 2020 11:57

"The Mole: Undercover in North Korea". Really interesting, kind of crazy. Casts a nefarious light on those weird "Friends of North Korea" groups around the place, though it's still unclear how much of the film's juicy secrets were businessmen and pro-Korea fanboys talking out of their arse.

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Nov 18 2020 09:18
sherbu-kteer wrote:
The biggest issue I had was Sorkin making the lead prosecutor a sympathetic liberal with a conscience when in reality he wasn't like that at all. You'll know what I mean when you watch

Yeah, overall it plays fast and loose with the real order of events, but a lot of it can be explained by the needs to make a film interesting to watch and coherent for an audience that will probably have little understanding of the events. But the prosecution is Sorkin at his most Sorkin liberalesque. The only reason to make the prosecutor seem so conscientious was to play into the narrative that the real villains were the Nixon administration and not the legal system as a whole.

There's a tv movie version from 1987 that sticks a lot closer to the actual events of the trial and had the direct participation of the defendants
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTzYgiL2HiM

Its very much a one set tv play kinda film but pretty engaging still.

Another change that on reflection annoys me is the part where one of the defendants reads out the names of American combat fatalities. In real life they included the names of Vietnamese killed too. Because it was an anti-war statement, Sorkin at times seems to forget that despite writing seven different characters constantly talking about the war being bad and paints the new left as patriots wanting to reclaim proper American values.

Still I've watched it twice, once with family, so it does fly by and my parents were a lot more sympathetic to Bobby Seale -the tv movie can't really do the gagging scene as well, but does show the weeks of intimidation and bullying and isolation Seale received during the course of the trial a lot better, and includes some additional scenes of Seale spending several court sessions not only gagged but handcuffed and leg shackled and stuffed with gauze which makes it overall more horrific- so hopefully this will be one of those films whose popularity inspires more people to look at the story a bit deeper.

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Jan 1 2021 15:56

There were 4 short and distinctive films from Steve McQueen titled 'Small Axe' about the experience of the West Indian 'community' in London UK in the 70's and 80s, dramas but based on historical records (including the party music scene) and shown on BBC 1 in a period devoid of much useful to watch on the UK TV. Well worth viewing. There is a short review here which concentrates however on just one key episode:
https://worldsocialism.org/spgb/socialist-standard/2020s/2021/no-1397-ja...
One of the other episodes reminded me also of some of Akala's experiences as a child growing up in north London as mentioned in his book 'Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire' reviewed elsewhere on libcom by the 'Angry Workers' group.

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Jan 2 2021 17:08

So in contrast to the above, it's a 'piss-take' really and at best based on humanism rather than a class perspective but this short film called 'Tribes' takes a dig at the more absurd aspects of 'identity politics' and is pretty funny I thought though I suppose some will still object. Has anyone else seen it?

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Jan 15 2021 14:57

Saint Frances. A 34 year old server who feels lost in life gets a nanny job looking after the daughter of a lesbian couple who also have a new baby and the mother has post-natal depression. 4.5*. Really great. Netflix.

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Jan 26 2021 00:45

Tenet. Christopher Nolan Inception plus. Controversially I thought it was pretty good. I think there are probably loads of plot holes if you concentrate, but I'd didn't. Would recommend.

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Feb 18 2021 17:15

Rose Island, a Netflix co-production with Italian film makers. Its a comedy dramatisation of Girogio Rosa and his eccentric friends and how they built their own island off the coast of Italy and declared it an independent nation La Esperanta Respubliko de la Insulo de la Rozoj belonging to the whole world. The Italian government that was busy trying to take back control of the universities didn't take kindly to this and fought to destroy it.

I didn't find it hilarious, but I laughed a few times, and I liked the performances, taps into the protest and counter culture of 1968 and its a surprising story. The dubbing was dreadful so I recommend watching subtitled if you're Italian is poor.

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Feb 26 2021 10:50

"Taken for a Ride" about the role of General Motors in the decline of streetcars and mass transit in the US. I'm not nostalgic about streetcar companies, but the scheming of the auto and related industries is useful info I think (as long as it's evidence-based), especially when transportation emissions are the largest greenhouse emissions in the US. There's a whole bunch of other shady stuff involving the auto, oil and other industries (besides of course these industries' exploitation of 'developing countries', their downplaying of climate change and stuff like that), the history of leaded gasoline for example, etc.

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Feb 27 2021 16:18
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There were 4 short and distinctive films from Steve McQueen titled 'Small Axe' about the experience of the West Indian 'community' in London UK in the 70's and 80s, dramas but based on historical records (including the party music scene)

One small detail in those episodes - several times the older West Indians are shown listening to (and once, singing) country songs. Alongside ska & reggae, the saccharine Nashville crooner Jim Reeves and other country artists were massively popular in both the Caribbean and Africa in the 50s & 60s and the older generation would usually have at least one country record in the house.
https://daily.redbullmusicacademy.com/2015/05/reggae-country-feature
https://www.pri.org/stories/2015-03-23/why-american-country-legend-jim-r...
https://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/aug/10/st-lucia-loves-country-and...

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Mar 1 2021 12:05

Jim Reeves was (and is) inexplicably popular everywhere! I once did a music volunteering thing in a refugee detention centre and people from Sri Lanka kept requesting I do "I Love You Because".

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Mar 20 2021 14:03

This useful CWO text which reviews the documentary film ''We the workers'' directed by Wenhai Huang that provides an inside look at the modern experience of Chines workers between 2009-2015 seems best place under this thread;
https://libcom.org/blog/we-workers-china-behind-scenes-12032021

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May 16 2021 20:54

Songs My Brothers Taught Me.
Farewell Amor.
Nomadland.

All very good, I enjoyed them a lot.

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May 21 2021 00:51

Ray and Liz, really good.

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May 26 2021 09:51

Saw 'Nomadland'. Very good but reflects my age and experience in recent times.