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    I have no time for those that refuse the awesome of Dune.

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    Weekend:

    Les Anges exterminateurs (Jean-Claude Brisseau, 2006)
    Bound for Glory (Hal Ashby, 1976)
    Don't Come Knocking (Wim Wenders, 2005)
    Radio On (Chris Petit, 1980)
    Rhapsody in August (Akira Kurosawa, 1991)
    Torn Curtain (Alfred Hitchcock, 1966)
    Just because...
    O Fantasma (Joćo Pedro Rodrigues, 2000) warm
    Love on Delivery (Lee Lik-chi, 1994) mild
    Kommunisten (Jean-Marie Straub, 2014) mild

    The last book I read was...
    Narrative Comprehension and Film by Edward Branigan


    The (New) World

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    I like Dune better than several of Lynch's more heralded pictures.
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    The Long Riders (Hill) ***
    Furious 7 (Wan) **½
    Hard Times (Hill) ****½
    Another 48 Hrs. (Hill) ***
    /48 Hrs./ (Hill) ***½
    The Extraordinary Adventures of Adčle Blanc-Sec (Besson) ***
    /Unknown/ (Collet-Serra) ***½
    Animal (Simmons) **

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    You got a problem with the framing?
    Yep.
    The Princess and the Pilot - B-
    Playtime (rewatch) - A
    The Hobbit - C-
    The Comedy - D+
    Kings of the Road - C+
    The Odd Couple - B
    Red Rock West - C-
    The Hunger Games - D-
    Prometheus - C
    Tangled - C+

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    Quote Quoting Sven (view post)
    I have no time for those that refuse the awesome of Dune.
    So you've got no time for David Lynch?

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    Quote Quoting Rowland (view post)
    I like Dune better than several of Lynch's more heralded pictures.
    The fact that the film he won the Palme d'Or for was Wild at Heart just gets more and more shocking the more I think about it.
    Just because...
    O Fantasma (Joćo Pedro Rodrigues, 2000) warm
    Love on Delivery (Lee Lik-chi, 1994) mild
    Kommunisten (Jean-Marie Straub, 2014) mild

    The last book I read was...
    Narrative Comprehension and Film by Edward Branigan


    The (New) World

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    Weekend:

    Indy II and III
    2nd viewing of Synecdoche, NY
    Lisa and the Devil
    something off my DVR
    Letterboxd rating scale:
    The Long Riders (Hill) ***
    Furious 7 (Wan) **½
    Hard Times (Hill) ****½
    Another 48 Hrs. (Hill) ***
    /48 Hrs./ (Hill) ***½
    The Extraordinary Adventures of Adčle Blanc-Sec (Besson) ***
    /Unknown/ (Collet-Serra) ***½
    Animal (Simmons) **

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    Quote Quoting Winston* (view post)
    So you've got no time for David Lynch?
    He's hardly objective. Every time I read something he says about the film, it's always about what he wanted to do, and how much better it could've been, and not what he actually accomplished.
    Just because...
    O Fantasma (Joćo Pedro Rodrigues, 2000) warm
    Love on Delivery (Lee Lik-chi, 1994) mild
    Kommunisten (Jean-Marie Straub, 2014) mild

    The last book I read was...
    Narrative Comprehension and Film by Edward Branigan


    The (New) World

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    Quote Quoting baby doll (view post)
    He's hardly objective.
    What human is?

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    Quote Quoting trotchky (view post)
    What human is?
    Brad Bird?

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    Quote Quoting Winston* (view post)
    Brad Bird?
    Lol.

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    He who controls Brad Bird controls the universe!
    Coming to America (Landis, 1988) **
    The Beach Bum (Korine, 2019) *1/2
    Us (Peele, 2019) ***1/2
    Fugue (Smoczynska, 2018) ***1/2
    Prisoners (Villeneuve, 2013) ***1/2
    Shadow (Zhang, 2018) ***
    Oslo, August 31st (J. Trier, 2011) ****
    Climax (Noé, 2018) **1/2
    Fighting With My Family (Merchant, 2019) **
    Upstream Color (Carruth, 2013) ***

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    Quote Quoting baby doll (view post)
    I watched Snow White and Alice in Wonderland again recently, and they were both boring as hell.
    alice in wonderland was a big let down. yes, it was quite slow. my rating is probably high. snow white though, i loved.

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    For a critical writing for film class I'm taking now, I have to watch a non-American film and analyze a scene from that movie in a paper due on Monday. The films I've rented from the library are:

    Pierrot Le Fou
    Alphaville
    Jules and Jim

    I'll probably watch all three eventually, but which one do you guys think I should watch first and/or like the most?
    Last Five Films I've Seen (Out of 5)

    Jojo Rabbit (Waititi, 2019) 4.5
    Under The Silver Lake (Mitchell, 2019) 4.5
    The Devils (Russell, 1971) 4.5
    First Love (Miike, 2019) 4
    Parasite (Bong, 2019) 4.5

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    I'm a fan of the first few Disney films, from the Golden Age - Snow White, Pinocchio, Bambi - those are marvelous pieces of work. It's most of the stuff that comes after it I'm not sure about.
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    Saw The Magnificent Ambersons. Aside from the studio ending, which I'm sure we'll mostly agree craps on everything that came before it, I liked it. It reminded me of Barry Lyndon, and I'm sure it would have been as epic without the cuts.

    I've been impressed with the Welles I've seen thus far. Maybe there really is something to this kid...!

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    I Can No Longer Hear the Guitar - 2nd Garrel I've seen after Regular Lovers, which looks like a Michael Bay film in comparison. Long takes that straddle the line between establishing some sort of rhythm and saying 'fuck you' for even watching. Tormented passive people engaged in intense navel-gazing sessions. Some of the dourest interiors I've seen in a film in a while, rendered in unsparing natural light. Not a speck of humour in sight, and seemingly made to court the old 'art film parody' chestnut. Garrel seems so singlemindedly intent on excavating his most personal moments (the film is one in a long line of tributes to his ten-year relationship with Nico), in their starkest form that the film accrues a purity that is actually quite beautiful. And yes Raiders, I'm aware this sounds awful.

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    I found large passages of Regular Lovers borderline-insufferable. Maybe I wasn't in the right mood that day.
    Letterboxd rating scale:
    The Long Riders (Hill) ***
    Furious 7 (Wan) **½
    Hard Times (Hill) ****½
    Another 48 Hrs. (Hill) ***
    /48 Hrs./ (Hill) ***½
    The Extraordinary Adventures of Adčle Blanc-Sec (Besson) ***
    /Unknown/ (Collet-Serra) ***½
    Animal (Simmons) **

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    Quote Quoting Rowland (view post)
    I found large passages of Regular Lovers borderline-insufferable. Maybe I wasn't in the right mood that day.
    It only really clicked for me after the "This Time Tomorrow" dance scene, but from then on I was completely on Garrel's wavelength. I found the riot scenes more interesting to read about when described by Garrel champions than they were to watch, although a repeat viewing might change that.

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    So, Away We Go. Maybe the rating is a little harsh because there's nothing terribly wrong with the movie: it's funny and entertaining, but also terribly bland. (The only thing I can seriously fault it for is the predictable bashing of feminism. So she doesn't want a stroller, what's the big deal? In Korea, they just carry the kids around on their backs.) It's a very low-key movie about nice, low-key people doing nice, low-key things, and even the laughs are very low-key--yet there were people in the theatre who were rolling in the aisles. I guess if you loved Sideways, this is a movie for you.

    And speaking of American road movies by European directors, Don't Come Knocking has its pleasures, but they're mostly to do with Wenders' mise en scčne (the desert landscapes and the garish neon lighting--particularly an epilepsy-inducing sequence in a casino), and a few lighter moments with the Tim Roth character. But the characters are all too thinly conceived for the actors to do much with them. I wasn't expecting this to be as good as Paris, Texas, but even on its own terms, this is a bit of a let-down.
    Just because...
    O Fantasma (Joćo Pedro Rodrigues, 2000) warm
    Love on Delivery (Lee Lik-chi, 1994) mild
    Kommunisten (Jean-Marie Straub, 2014) mild

    The last book I read was...
    Narrative Comprehension and Film by Edward Branigan


    The (New) World

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    Quote Quoting Ivan Drago (view post)
    Pierrot Le Fou
    Alphaville
    Jules and Jim
    You know, I don't really like any of these three films. I suppose Pierrot Le Fou is the most successful of this bunch.
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    A Star is Born (2018) **1/2
    Unforgiven (1992) ***1/2
    The Sisters Brothers (2018) **
    Crazy Rich Asians (2018) ***
    The Informant! (2009) ***1/2
    BlacKkKlansman (2018) ***1/2
    Sorry to Bother You (2018) **1/2
    Eighth Grade (2018) ***
    Mission Impossible: Fallout (2018) ***
    Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018) **1/2

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    I've been watching quite a bit of Joseph Losey as of late after discovering The Servant earlier in the year. Though none of the films I've seen since really lived up to that one, there has yet to be a miss, and I'm still anxious to see more. I have a hard time believing that he'll really excel without Dirk Bogarde, who seems to perfectly embody every mood or idea that's thrown at him. His talents as an actor, which capture an almost indecipherable nuance and contrasting set of emotions and ideas, work wonderfully in the cruel and often times absurd/extreme critiques of class. I'd even venture to say, stacked up alongside the rest of his commentary on the class system, and the expendable quality of the non-aristrocrat, his somewhat stagey but still gripping King & Country rivals Paths of Glory utilizing an almost identical premise. There seems to be a very acute understanding of the objectification of humanity through both war and class, as the different levels are presented as more or less valuable for petty, and often self-serving reasons.

    This is similarly brought up in Sleeping Tiger, where a professor takes on a young criminal in the hopes of better understanding his motives and possibly reforming him. He gives him the alternative between staying as his ward and patient and going to prison, but there is no doubt it's never really an act of mercy, but one of curiosity and a cold detachment.

    There is disdain for this behavior on all sides however, as the rich, though still sitting outside of the aristocratic class Bogart exploits William (York), for his own pleasures and mindgames in Accident. This is perhaps the film that comes closest to reaching the extreme levels of The Servant in both it's mood and extreme approach. I almost want to call it a thriller, as two men compete intellectually and emotionally against each other, in a careless pursuit for individual superiority. Their spars are rarely, if ever, overt, but it's a constant competition intellectually, socially and sexually, to see who will rise above. It's fascinating as we watch Stephen's (Bogarde's) restrained and seemingly morally guided approach failing, only to have him take advantage of an extremely morally dubious situation to put himself ahead.

    I'm watching Losey's last collaboration with Harold Pinter tonight, The Go-Between, which should prove to be interesting. I'm unsure where I'll head afterwards, but there are still a number of his films that I'm looking forward to seeing at some point.
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    Quote Quoting Ivan Drago (view post)
    For a critical writing for film class I'm taking now, I have to watch a non-American film and analyze a scene from that movie in a paper due on Monday. The films I've rented from the library are:

    Pierrot Le Fou
    Alphaville
    Jules and Jim

    I'll probably watch all three eventually, but which one do you guys think I should watch first and/or like the most?
    Alphaville was a little inscrutable, but I should rewatch it. The others I love, especially Jules and Jim.
    Ratings on a 1-10 scale for your pleasure:

    Parasite - 8
    Good Boys - 5
    Scream 2 - 7
    Black Christmas (1974) - 9
    Joker - 7
    Ad Astra - 8
    Toy Story 4 - 8
    IT Chapter Two - 5
    Desperately Seeking Susan - 7
    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood - 9

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    Quote Quoting Philosophe_rouge (view post)

    I'm watching Losey's last collaboration with Harold Pinter tonight, The Go-Between, which should prove to be interesting. I'm unsure where I'll head afterwards, but there are still a number of his films that I'm looking forward to seeing at some point.
    I watched These Are the Damned recently. Quite good. I recommend it.
    The Princess and the Pilot - B-
    Playtime (rewatch) - A
    The Hobbit - C-
    The Comedy - D+
    Kings of the Road - C+
    The Odd Couple - B
    Red Rock West - C-
    The Hunger Games - D-
    Prometheus - C
    Tangled - C+

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    I watched These Are the Damned recently. Quite good. I recommend it.
    Looks good to me, Losey and Reed. A nice combo.
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