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Last Movie You Watched
« Reply #26980 on: November 10, 2017, 06:53:45 PM »
Tonight: Ex Machina & Aliens ... so, a night of grrrrrl power.

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Re: Last Movie You Watched
« Reply #26981 on: November 11, 2017, 08:59:21 AM »
PABLO LARRAIN: The Club (2015)



Another excellent film by Larrain. Here the Chilean shows what happens to disgraced priests and nuns; they are kept semi-imprisoned in remote houses rather than have to face up to their crimes and pay their debt to society. The realism and the evil displayed by the characters here is much more shocking than the normal over-simplification of the media's representation of paedo priests.

The incongruous use of the most heavenly music of Arvo Part during the nastiest bit of the film works very well, but I'm not sure what the composer himself would think of it!

Discretion advised.

It is such a shame that one of the world's best younger film makers has been drawn to USA where box office takings have now become more important than the artistic worth of his work. It is a real tragedy.

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Re: Last Movie You Watched
« Reply #26982 on: November 11, 2017, 01:01:39 PM »
This afternoon:  Stardust Memories, which I find entirely wonderful.
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« Reply #26983 on: November 11, 2017, 01:27:15 PM »
This afternoon:  Stardust Memories, which I find entirely wonderful.

Absolutely, Karl. That one, along with Shadows and Fog, should get more attention.

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Re: Last Movie You Watched
« Reply #26984 on: November 11, 2017, 01:53:32 PM »
Absolutely, Karl. That one, along with Shadows and Fog, should get more attention.

Agreed, heartily.
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Re: Last Movie You Watched
« Reply #26985 on: November 11, 2017, 01:58:02 PM »
Tonight: Ex Machina & Aliens ... so, a night of grrrrrl power.

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Re: Last Movie You Watched
« Reply #26986 on: November 11, 2017, 02:02:03 PM »
How did you like Ex Machina?

Very much.  As expected, I got more out of it the second time.
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« Reply #26987 on: November 11, 2017, 02:19:33 PM »
Absolutely, Karl. That one, along with Shadows and Fog, should get more attention.

Shadows and Fog is my favourite Woody Allen film. Where else would a character lament the passing of a doctor who made « quality circumcisions » ?  :D I also like the bit of dialogue where he quotes the title of his previous movie (Crimes and Misdemeanors). It’ Allen’s most « german expressionist »  film.

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« Reply #26988 on: November 11, 2017, 05:11:46 PM »
This still doesn't change what you said.

     Why would I need to change what I said?


     

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Re: Last Movie You Watched
« Reply #26989 on: November 11, 2017, 06:13:02 PM »
Very much.  As expected, I got more out of it the second time.

Cool. I need to give it a second viewing myself.
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« Reply #26990 on: November 11, 2017, 06:54:43 PM »
Cool. I need to give it a second viewing myself.
I hesitate to say much, in case it spoils anything for another; but the story unraveling is expertly written.

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« Reply #26991 on: November 11, 2017, 07:06:56 PM »
I hesitate to say much, in case it spoils anything for another; but the story unraveling is expertly written.

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Ex-Machina blew me away!! A very good film.

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« Reply #26992 on: November 12, 2017, 03:57:11 AM »
Shadows and Fog is my favourite Woody Allen film. Where else would a character lament the passing of a doctor who made « quality circumcisions » ?  :D I also like the bit of dialogue where he quotes the title of his previous movie (Crimes and Misdemeanors). It’ Allen’s most « german expressionist »  film.

It is one of my very faves, too—and to think that it was entirely off my radar until I watched his video bio.  From the clips that were shown there, I knew I had to investigate the whole film.
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Re: Last Movie You Watched
« Reply #26993 on: November 12, 2017, 04:05:04 AM »
Last night, again: Alien3, the 2003 "assembly cut" with the commentary.  I slid it into the tray because I somehow found myself keen to watch the three discs in prompt succession.  What I had long forgotten is, apparently I started to watch it with the commentary, however long ago . . . so last night it resumed at, oh, maybe the 20-minute mark (the first "rumor control" announcement).

The commentary is a patchwork, communal affair.  Lance Hendriksen has just a few bits (mostly at about the time when he appears, at the end; but, interestingly, he tells us during the autopsy scene that he bought the cast iron staircase and installed it in his home).  At the end, Hendriksen shares, what was probably a general dissatisfaction with the movie at first, the "I don't know who I should care about in this movie" problem.  Apart from Ripley, there is no character with whom the audience can unambiguously sympathize;  and the cast is almost entirely male.

And, I thought right away of The Shawshank Redemption . . . .
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« Reply #26994 on: November 12, 2017, 05:59:25 AM »
Les Destinées Sentimentales....





Just as it says on the cover, finely performed and visually beautifully.
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« Reply #26995 on: November 12, 2017, 10:52:48 AM »

And, I thought right away of The Shawshank Redemption . . . .

A film I've only had the good fortune to see once... Which is more than l can say for Alien 3. I've never made it through that one. 

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« Reply #26996 on: November 12, 2017, 11:00:45 AM »



Arrival.  I wanted to like it.
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« Reply #26997 on: November 12, 2017, 12:27:36 PM »
Fahdel, Abbas   Homeland (Iraq year zero)

***spoilers***

51/2 hour home movie documentary of a dignified and sweet-natured middle class family in Baghdad in two parts over 2002-3. Firstly they prepare for the Americans' humanitarian war and then in the second half , we see them living during the US military occupation as society breaks down, with looters, armed gangs, burning buildings etc .



This is Haidar taping up the house's windows so they won't shatter when the American planes drop their bombs.

Right at the end some family members are traveling by car through a dangerous part of town at night.  We hear gunshots and the film goes blank but doesn't return, then we are informed that Haider has just been shot dead, whilst inside the car, by random gunmen.
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Re: Last Movie You Watched
« Reply #26998 on: November 13, 2017, 05:23:02 AM »
A film I've only had the good fortune to see once... Which is more than l can say for Alien 3. I've never made it through that one. 

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Re: Last Movie You Watched
« Reply #26999 on: November 13, 2017, 05:50:45 AM »
Alien3 is quite unrelentingly dark, only partly because the place and society in which Ripley now finds herself is a prison/foundry, where even the keepers are either difficult or unimaginative.  The color palette is beautiful, in fact I think it a more beautiful movie to watch than Aliens and thus in some measure having a closer kinship with the Ridley Scott “start-up.”  The weakest point in the movie’s premise (which I do not find ‘fatal’) is the question of how the Sulaco became infected at the end of Aliens. But – that premise granted – the irrecoverable downward arc of the story follows naturally:  Ripley was essentially doomed from the point that she consented to return, as a consultant on the mission to investigate the lost communication with the colonists of Aliens.  “Your ass is already on the line.  The only question is, just what are you going to do about it?”

Lance Hendriksen said he hated being “the Burke character,” i.e. the inhumane, calculating Company Man.

On the whole, I also find the score of Alien3 richer and more memorable than that for Aliens.
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