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Post by Shieldmaiden » Tue May 22, 2018 12:31 am

Sorry it took me so long, EG! I've had a lot going on lately, for some reason.
Eminence Grise wrote:Yes, the glass, of course, cannot be logically explained, which I love. It reminded me so much of the beautiful shimmering light in Veronique.
You've really got me itching to rewatch that one!
What do you mean they are "true"? Can you expand on that?
I just meant she's not delusional, and ghosts are "real" in the film. (So, yeah, to your next question, I guess I'm rejecting Assayas's interpretation.)
She does clearly have this knowledge, but to me it doesn't come off as if she would. I mean, I wouldn't expect it. And, to me, it's not clear that she's either rejecting it, or repressing it. Desires are often repressed and she clearly has these forbidden desires that are trying to come to the fore. They do come to the fore throughout the film. Or, perhaps her desire is just to break the rules?
Yeah, the latter is what I thought. The need to break the rules also explains her insane agreement to do what he tells her. I doubt she's always wanted to jump into a car with a stranger (so to speak). But, who knows? I'm probably projecting pretty hard, here. :)
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Post by Eminence Grise » Tue May 22, 2018 12:42 am

You've really got me itching to rewatch that one!
Do it! For me, it's always due for a rewatch :D
I just meant she's not delusional, and ghosts are "real" in the film. (So, yeah, to your next question, I guess I'm rejecting Assayas's interpretation.)
I love that you're rejecting his interpretation. I'm a big fan of the intentional fallacy :up: :D
Yeah, I the latter is what I thought. The need to break the rules also explains her insane agreement to do what he tells her. I doubt she's always wanted to jump into a car with a stranger (so to speak). But, who knows? I'm probably projecting pretty hard, here. :)
Project away! I think it's pretty open to discussion.
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Rock wrote:I want to rewatch the movie to see if Assayas does anything in particular visually, but the key thing for me was how he channeled us through her perspective and emotions in presenting the videos and especially the texts.
Yeah, and I think Stewart should get credit, too. I remember when she's watching a video on her phone and something interrupts, her moment of reorientation as she looks around was perfect. Such a familiar feeling!
To go on a tangent, my viewings of Blackhat, Snowden and The Card Player over the last few months lead me to believe that modern technology can be hard to present engagingly, but the tools to do so are fairly simple. Blackhat I think does it particularly effectively just using some well selected closeups so we can process the information in a way that mimics the knowledge of the characters, while the other films lean heavily on reaction shots but don't know how to stress the information actually on screen. I'd need to see Personal Shopper again to get into specifics, but while I remember the direction not being as obvious as Mann's in this respect, I think it adheres to the same principles.
Of those, I've only seen Blackhat, but I agree it did it well, though not as subtly as Personal Shopper does.

crumbsroom wrote:Another movie that needs more love.
It really does! Fassbinder is soooo good. :heart:
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Eminence Grise wrote:Do it! For me, it's always due for a rewatch :D
Soon.
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Maiden's Voyage: Boris Godounov

Post by Shieldmaiden » Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:31 pm

Being something of a completist, it's always bothered me that I hadn't seen Zulawski's Boris Godounov, so I decided to remedy that over the weekend. I went in knowing nothing about the opera or the history. It seems to be a very Russian tragedy, though, jumping right to the guilt and madness, like sleepwalking Lady Macbeth in the first act. It's a perfect subject for Zulawski, with multiple murders, extreme grief, crazed comic relief, betrayals, and angst, angst, angst. And we're always in the thick of it, almost too close to see, reminding me of German's Hard to Be a God. I enjoyed the music, too, but the performances and staging nearly overwhelm it – so much visual energy, huge crowds, color! And those murals! Every wall of the palace is painted with huge icon-like figures, dwarfing the petty human problems below. The camera starts on stage but soon escapes, winding down corridors, through doors, and into forests; encompassing film crew and audience; and spanning at least three different time periods. It's a lot to absorb. It's beautiful. In other words, Zulawski!

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Post by Shieldmaiden » Thu Jun 28, 2018 9:53 pm

No Zulawski fans around here? Or is it opera that turns you off?

Speaking of Zulawski, I’m thinking I should give L’amour braque another try since I’ve now read (and loved) The Idiot. Also, words about Cosmos are on their way, once I finish my rewatch.
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Shieldmaiden wrote:No Zulawski fans around here? Or is it opera that turns you off?
Yes I love Zulawski but I don't see any fans or talk around here that often except your recent review. I still haven't seen that film or his last one. My favorite one is The Third Part of the Night but it's been a very long time since I've seen it. I should probably give Cosmos a go.
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Post by YouTookMyName » Fri Jun 29, 2018 2:44 am

I just went to IMDb and looked to be sure, but I didn't think I have ever seen any Zulawski films.

My recollection was correct. But I think I'll try to start off with Boris Godounov because it sounds as weird as can be, and I often favor such movies!
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YouTookMyName wrote:it sounds as weird as can be
Truth in advertising! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. :)
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Post by Slentert » Fri Jun 29, 2018 7:53 am

Shieldmaiden wrote:No Zulawski fans around here?.
He made Possession (1981), right? I love that movie. I should watch some of his other movies.
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Slentert wrote:He made Possession (1981), right? I love that movie. I should watch some of his other movies.
He did! I love that one too, but My Nights Are More Beautiful Than Your Days and On the Silver Globe are his masterpieces, in my opinion.


Back to Boris Godounov for a minute. I found a 1954 version on Y0uTube for comparison purposes. I'm primarily interested in the musical differences, which seem mostly tonal (varied levels of reverence and pathos and dark comedy), though different things are cut for time considerations. Also, it makes clear the staging and casting weirdness is all Zulawski (of course).
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Post by crumbsroom » Fri Jun 29, 2018 10:56 pm

Zulawski is one of my favourites. Possession, The Devils, Most Important Thing: Love and L'Amour Braque are particular obsessions of mine. And everything else I've seen, with the exception of Cosmos, I would consider myself a fan of.

Boris Godunov is one of the few I'm not familiar with though. But I'm a completest with this guy, so I plan on getting to it at some point.
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I've only seen four Zulawskis and loved three of them: Possession, L'Amour Braque and Diabel. However, My Nights Are More Beautiful Than Your Days left me completely cold, as I found his shouty style devolved into shrillness in this one whereas it served the dramatic aims of the other films more precisely. Shieldmaiden, do you mind going to bat for this one?
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crumbsroom wrote:Zulawski is one of my favourites. Possession, The Devils, Most Important Thing: Love and L'Amour Braque are particular obsessions of mine. And everything else I've seen, with the exception of Cosmos, I would consider myself a fan of.
Yeah, Cosmos is hard to love. No mention of On the Silver Globe?
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Post by Shieldmaiden » Sat Jun 30, 2018 2:18 pm

Rock wrote:Shieldmaiden, do you mind going to bat for this one?
Gladly! I love defending my favorite movies. :)

First of all, the "shouty style" is his style. People in his films feel everything intensely. So it doesn’t matter if it's a bitter divorce and a monster (in Possession) or a love story (in My Nights). We have to simply accept that from him. The first time I watched My Nights, I was kind of confused, though. The way they acted (and the music) only seemed to make sense if they'd known each other before, had long history behind them. The second time I stopped worrying and saw what he saw – that their feelings were as strong as if they'd had a long relationship. It's an intensifier like the big acting style. And the music runs ahead of them; only at the very end do they catch up to its swelling romantic theme.

Second, this is Zulawski's idea of a screwball comedy. I know that sounds weird, with the jarring acting and the tragic action. You need to look at it upside-down – move the tragedy to the background, bring the love antics forward. He carries her gum across France, acts silly in the restaurant, skulks around the hotel lobby in a blanket, takes a bath with his clothes on. He's a Cary Grant-esque clown.

Third, I love the language theme. As a writer, I find the idea of losing language (to a tumor, to dementia) terrifying. So the scene on the side of the road (with the rabbit) as he tries to remember the words for his memories is ridiculously poignant for me. I love the language games of their sex scene. And as mad-cap as the physical humor is, the words are always funnier. ("You're wet." "I swam here.") I'll always regret that I can't get the full impact of the puns and jokes in French.

Does that help?
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Shieldmaiden wrote:Yeah, Cosmos is hard to love.
That was my feeling. Zulawski flirts with silliness a lot, but trying for actual comedy feels even more uncomfortable than one of Heinrich's spasms in Possessed.
Shieldmaiden wrote:No mention of On the Silver Globe?
I wouldn't call it "masterpiece" material, maybe masterpiece potential, but the sad fact is that it will never be satisfactorially finished. A heroic effort, and what's there is amazing, but his patchwork "scenes from a mall" filling only accentuates what the existing film is sorely lacking.
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Jinnistan wrote:I wouldn't call it "masterpiece" material, maybe masterpiece potential, but the sad fact is that it will never be satisfactorially finished. A heroic effort, and what's there is amazing, but his patchwork "scenes from a mall" filling only accentuates what the existing film is sorely lacking.
I thought it made it the whole thing feel more like found footage, parts damaged or lost in transit. Also that feeling of loss, of never being able to see the whole thing, just adds to the overall mood of melancholy and disaster I got from the pieces we do have. It's sort of an act of will to see it that way, but I'm stubborn. :)
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Post by Jinnistan » Sat Jun 30, 2018 8:17 pm

Shieldmaiden wrote:Also that feeling of loss, of never being able to see the whole thing, just adds to the overall mood of melancholy and disaster I got from the pieces we do have.
This is interesting in light of the
unknown omniscient telepathic powers of the Szerns
which proves so intoxicating.
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Jinnistan wrote:
unknown omniscient telepathic powers of the Szerns
Ha, good point.

Szerns are up there with Reavers for me, as the most terrifying villains in film.

Oh, and I've bumped up a couple of the Roeg films you mentioned in the other thread. :)
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Post by Jinnistan » Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:53 pm

Shieldmaiden wrote:Oh, and I've bumped up a couple of the Roeg films you mentioned in the other thread. :)
I hope they work out for you. He's a director with a very signature style that doesn't always work for people, so at least I hope you can find some time to point out exactly how wrong I am and hopefully how this enhances your veiwing of truly decent and kind filmmakers who are not engaging in his style of perverse attrition. :up:
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Taare Zameen Par (2007 - English title Like Stars on Earth) was what August Rush would have been if it had been better-written.

Most of the sentimental moments that got dust in my eyes were legitimate and caused by feel-good emotions. It didn't ply as direct a course as I recall for August Rush, instead wandering a bit here and there into more interesting story points than would probably have been the case with an American or British director. Nor did it seem to be 2 h 45 m long!

As with many Bollywood films it has musical numbers, but it doesn't come across as a musical. Anyone else here see it?
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I tried watching that at one point but bailed less than halfway in. The exact point I do not recall, but it would have been after Aamir Khan showed up and started being obnoxiously zany. As such I have a memory of mild distaste but not enough clarity to actually discuss the movie.

Gort, I am sorry I cannot discuss that movie with you.
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Gort wrote:Taare Zameen Par (2007 - English title Like Stars on Earth) was what August Rush would have been if it had been better-written.
Hmm. Is this a recommendation? Rock's "mild distaste" makes me cautious. My Bollywood viewing has been mainly Shah Rukh Khan-focused. And it's my experience that even SRK can't save obnoxious zaniness. Also, I've never seen August Rush, but I haaated her Disco Pigs.

Jinnistan wrote:...at least I hope you can find some time to point out exactly how wrong I am...
Haha, I'll try. (If I don't like them, that is.)
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What Bollywood have you seen?
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I'm not always sure what "Bollywood" entails, but my favorites so far

Awaara
Om Shanti Om
Dilwale Dullhania Le Jayenge
Eega
Maqbool
Barsaat
Veer-Zaara
Dear Zindagi
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi
Jab We Met
Highway

Obviously, I'm still a neophyte!
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Shieldmaiden wrote:Hmm. Is this a recommendation? Rock's "mild distaste" makes me cautious. My Bollywood viewing has been mainly Shah Rukh Khan-focused. And it's my experience that even SRK can't save obnoxious zaniness. Also, I've never seen August Rush, but I haaated her Disco Pigs.
Not a rec.

Merely a note. I think you should probably avoid both the films I mentioned.

I'm not surprised that someone felt "mild distaste" when watching the Aamir Khan film. But apparently any degree of "distaste" is a signal to avoid at all costs. Ha ha! And this film was the Indian entry to the 2009 Oscars Foreign Film competition. So that's a strike against it, there.

Nah, I don't recommend films. Few find my taste in films to their liking around these parts. Another reason why I don't understand the viewership of the Rematch thread. :-/
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Gort wrote:I'm not surprised that someone felt "mild distaste" when watching the Aamir Khan film. But apparently any degree of "distaste" is a signal to avoid at all costs. Ha ha! And this film was the Indian entry to the 2009 Oscars Foreign Film competition. So that's a strike against it, there.
Aw, Gort, I'm sorry. Of course I always watch recommendations in this thread. I just really wasn't sure from your wording whether you were recommending it to me. I guess I was being obtuse. I will watch even the zaniest of Bollywood for you! <3
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Shieldmaiden wrote:I'm not always sure what "Bollywood" entails, but my favorites so far

Awaara
Om Shanti Om
Dilwale Dullhania Le Jayenge
Eega
Maqbool
Barsaat
Veer-Zaara
Dear Zindagi
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi
Jab We Met
Highway

Obviously, I'm still a neophyte!
Haha, that is indeed SRK-heavy. If you liked the ones you've seen with him, I'll go ahead and recommend Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, the Don movies, Duplicate and My Name is Khan. The first is one of his more "essential" movies, lightweight and melodramatic in the grand scheme of things but fairly entertaining for what it is. The Don movies let him savour a villainous role, while Duplicate allows him to parody the original Don (and thereby pre-emptively parody his Don remake). My Name is Khan would be like if someone made a sequel to Rain Man but made it about 9/11, which sounds terrible and it is super schmaltzy and manipulative, but somehow ends up working much better than it should.

In terms of more general recs, my Bollywood knowledge is pretty incomplete as I'd watched a lot growing up and only started getting back into it a few years ago so I have a lot of gaps in terms of "major" films, but can probably give you more recs depending on your taste. The only ones I'll push right now are Sholay and Disco Dancer, not just because they're great (well, the former is legitimately great while the latter is great trash), but because Crumbsroom can also vouch for them and probably write smarter words in their favour than I'm capable of conjuring.
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Post by Shieldmaiden » Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:13 pm

Thanks for the recs! If I remember right, Duplicate was a little too silly for me, haha, and I'm making an effort to expand beyond SRK at the moment. I'll try to watch Sholay and Disco Dancer soon.
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Post by Rock » Fri Jul 13, 2018 4:30 am

Duplicate pushes the silliness pretty hard and I doubt a rewatch would change your mind, but find it has some of SRK's best laughs.
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Shieldmaiden wrote:Aw, Gort, I'm sorry. Of course I always watch recommendations in this thread. I just really wasn't sure from your wording whether you were recommending it to me. I guess I was being obtuse. I will watch even the zaniest of Bollywood for you! <3
Honestly, I was merely making a note to see what others thought of the film, if anyone else had seen it. But thanks for your pledge. I will not hold you to it, by the way. :)

It never occurred to me that it might have been a recommendation. And I'm not sure it's so much "zany" Bollywood as it is "sentimental" Bollywood. ;)
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Maiden's Voyage: Women of 2017

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Women of 2017
Last year Lady Bird and Wonder Woman got oodles of publicity for their female directors, and if you’re reading here, I’m sure you know about Visages Villages and Detroit, too. Last year I watched 20 films for a similar project; this year I ended up with 21 (as always, according to US release dates). But this time, rather than list them all, I just want to call your attention to ten* excellent but less-talked-about films by women.

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My Happy Family Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Groß

This is the second feature from this pair of directors, and I really need to see their first (In Bloom). But Family tells the delicate story of a woman who suddenly finds the courage to stand up for herself after a life of self-denial. Similar in style to 2016's Sieranevada, this one benefits from a sharp, individual point of view. And truly, I've never seen the chaos of family life done better. It makes the solitude she craves unbelievably precious!

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The Levelling Hope Dickson Leach

What an amazing debut feature! Told like a mystery (which it is), this is a family drama about grief, love, and misunder-standings, which manages to be both quotidian and intense. Ellie Kendrick is fantastic here, but she fits comfortably into the general excellence, as Dickson Leach turns mud and resentment into a thing of beauty.

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On Body and Soul Ildikó Enyedi

The only film I'd seen by Enyedi before was My Twentieth Century, a muddled curio from 1989. This one is quite different! That it was Hungary's submission for Best Foreign Language Film is surprising and impressive. With a touch of fantasy and off-kilter humor, it's definitely not for everyone. But I found it tender, smart, and very rewarding. No spoilers, just watch it!

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Mudbound Dee Rees

I've seen Rees's Pariah (decent) and Bessie (very good). But neither prepared me for the meticulous textures and performances of this beautiful film. Just look at that screencap! This is great work by Rees and her (Oscar-nominated) cinematographer, Rachel Morrison. The novel it's based on is on the melodramatic side, but the nuanced acting and loving craftsmanship easily transcend the material.

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Raw Julia Ducournau

Some of you will know it's my highest praise to say this reminds me of Claire Denis, not just in its echoes of Trouble Every Day, but in its visceral energy, too. Our protagonist is thrown into a confusing week of hazing and classwork. Add some intense sibling rivalry and unnerving health problems, and we're just as disoriented as she is. A crazy-good debut!

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Berlin Syndrome Cate Shortland

I was impressed by Somersault and Lore, so I made sure to see her latest. Set in the former East Berlin, which gives it a loose psychological framework, this is a visceral kidnapping thriller, where we live in claustrophobic torment with the heroine. It's excrutiating (in a good way).

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Before I Fall Ry Russo-Young

Here’s one you probably skipped on purpose. Sold as Groundhog Day with teenagers, the concept didn’t strike my fancy. But I remember thinking Russo-Young had promise after watching Everybody Walks and decided to give it a try. And it’s a lot better than I expected – well acted, smartly written, and surprisingly haunting afterwards.

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Oh Lucy! Atsuko Hirayanagi

Another impressive debut feature! Hirayanagi obviously has a knack for difficult characters and deep empathy. Her protagonist is at a crisis point and all we can do is watch her slow-motion unraveling. I won't go into more detail, because several of us discussed this one in the Class Trip thread here.

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By the Time It Gets Dark Anocha Suwichakornpong

I wasn’t hugely impressed by Suwichakornpong's first feature, Mundane History, but with this one, I feel like she's grown into her ambitions. Yes, it’s a little derivative of Weerasethakul, but, who better to follow? And her layers of ideas and images here (mixed like a DJ’s) seem very personal and moving.

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Maudie Aisling Walsh

I've not seen anything by Walsh before, but this bio-pic is obviously a labor of love. The bleak settings (the poverty, the harsh winters) manage to look luminous, which is hardly gratuitous in a film about a special eye for beauty! The mannered acting works – by the end, the characters are completely worn-in and believable. Sally Hawkins gets all the praise, but Hawke is quite good in an equally challenging role.


* I made a mistake! Oh Lucy! actually had its US release in 2018. Oh well.
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Post by Slentert » Sun Aug 12, 2018 7:56 pm

Raw was one of my favorite movies from last year. I never thought of the Claire Denis-comparison before, but now you mention it, I can definitely see a glimpse of her shining through that movie.
Mudbound was very good, indeed.
I should catch up on the other ones you mentioned.
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Post by LEAVES » Mon Aug 13, 2018 3:18 am

Watched:

Landline - Quite good

To Watch:

Lazarro Felice - Rohrwacher
Drift - Wittmann
Madeline’s Madeline (2018) - Decker
Never Goin' Back (2018) - Frizzell
Crystal Swan (2018) - Zhuk
Skate Kitchen (2018) - Moselle

That's all I got. The Man is still keepin' the ladies down, I'm assuming.
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Re: Maiden's Voyage

Post by Shieldmaiden » Mon Aug 13, 2018 2:45 pm

Slentert wrote:Mudbound was very good, indeed.
Yay, another Mudbound fan!
LEAVES wrote:Landline - Quite good.
That one was actually at the bottom of my list. Number 21 out of 21, haha!
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Post by LEAVES » Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:07 am

Shieldmaiden wrote:That one was actually at the bottom of my list. Number 21 out of 21, haha!
Do I have to mansplain how The Man is tricking you into not liking this film? #fightthepower #butalsodontrocktheboat
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Post by Shieldmaiden » Wed Aug 15, 2018 8:54 pm

LEAVES wrote:Do I have to mansplain how The Man is tricking you into not liking this film? #fightthepower #butalsodontrocktheboat
Afraid it would take an awfully big Wall of Mansplain to make me like that one!

Thanks for the 'upcoming' list, by the way. I've added them to a list I'd started already:

The Party, Potter
Western, Grisebach
Let the Sunshine In, Denis
The Rider, Zhao
Zama, Martel
Madeline’s Madeline, Decker
Shirkers, Tan
Bird Box, Bier
Boom for Real, Driver
Summer 1993, Simón
Nancy, Choe
Angels Wear White, Qu
Leave No Trace, Granik
Let the Corpses Tan, Cattet and Forzani
Ava, Foroughi
I Am Not a Witch, Nyoni
You Were Never Really Here, Ramsay
Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Heller
Woven, Ibrahim & Mulugeta
I Feel Pretty, Kohn and Silverstein
What They Had, Chomko
Free Solo, Chin & Vasarhelyi
All About Nina, Eva Vives
Capernaum, Labaki
Lazzaro felice, Rohrwacher
Mary Queen of Scots, Rourke

The Land of Steady Habits, Holofcener
We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Passon
Dumplin', Fletcher
Cargo, Ramke & Howling
Destroyer, Kusama
That Way Madness Lies..., Luckow
Drift, Wittmann
Never Goin' Back, Frizzell
Skate Kitchen, Moselle
Private Life, Jenkins
The Tale, Fox
Strange Colours, Lodkina
The Kindergarten Teacher, Colangelo
Little Pink House, Balaker
Dark River, Barnard
Dude, Milch
On the Basis of Sex, Mimi Leder
A Wrinkle in Time, DuVernay
The Spy Who Dumped Me, Susanna Fogel
Blockers, Kay Cannon
The Darkest Minds, Jennifer Yuh Nelson


EDITED: I'm going to keep adding as I hear of others (and graying out the ones I've watched).
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Shieldmaiden wrote:We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Passon
Hoooooly damn. Did not know this was happening.
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Post by Shieldmaiden » Wed Aug 15, 2018 11:49 pm

Macrology wrote:Hoooooly damn. Did not know this was happening.
Crispin Glover as Uncle Julian!

And, yeah, I thought of you when I saw it. :)
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Post by wigwam » Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:05 am

Before I Fall is great
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wigwam wrote:Before I Fall is great
Wig! :)

It really was good. I couldn't get it out of my head afterward.
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Finally watched Gort's rec, Taare Zameen Par, and it was great. This is what we call around here a 'Jedi movie,' a kids-in-peril flick, in other words, and, boy, is it ever! The first 70 minutes of this film are a tour de force child's view of the world, a world marred by constant struggle against his own brain and, worse, against adults in various states of ignorance, anger, and cruelty. Thank goodness the movie changes drastically when Aamir Khan arrives, because I for sure could not have watched 90 more minutes of sadistic teachers torturing that boy. So, hurray! I've never been so glad to see a dancing clown jump into a movie!

Khan is very charming (moreso when he takes the clown costume off), and the adults are all good actors, but the key to this movie is the child performances which are universally fantastic. The classrooms are full of relaxed, unselfconscious children; the brother and the best friend are unusually good; but Darsheel Safary is the best I've ever seen! Seriously, this is a completely natural performance, to the point where it's almost impossible to believe it is a performance.

The movie lags a bit in places, and I was ready to say the second half of the film relies too heavily on montage—but then the final contest montage is full of amazingness, so all is forgiven! Also it's kind of heavy-handed with the diagnosis reveal, but it's a message movie, after all, and I presume they knew their audience. All in all, it's a very good movie, and an excellent recommendation.
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Post by Shieldmaiden » Fri Aug 24, 2018 8:13 pm

Rock, I watched one of yours, too. Disco Dancer is cheesy and ridiculous, which is fine. I had fun! Snap fighting! Thunder effects! I have only one complaint: why didn't they use an actor who could dance??

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Post by Rock » Sat Aug 25, 2018 1:49 am

Shieldmaiden wrote:
Rock, I watched one of yours, too. Disco Dancer is cheesy and ridiculous, which is fine. I had fun! Snap fighting! Thunder effects! I have only one complaint: why didn't they use an actor who could dance??
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I'd say it was worth it considering his sweet karate skills. I mean, how else would we get this much finger-snapping, throwing people into bricks (conveniently arranged in neat stacks) and mid-air flipping in one movie?
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Post by Shieldmaiden » Sat Aug 25, 2018 2:35 am

Rock wrote:I'd say it was worth it considering his sweet karate skills. I mean, how else would we get this much finger-snapping, throwing people into bricks (conveniently arranged in neat stacks) and mid-air flipping in one movie?
OK, yes, the piles of bricks were a stroke of genius. :D

But there were times (like the big finale with the guitar, haha) when I wasn't sure he even knew what disco was!
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Post by wigwam » Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:34 pm

SMaiden, are you into Hong Sang-soo? I think you'd like his movies and have cool things to say about them
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Post by Shieldmaiden » Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:03 am

wigwam wrote:SMaiden, are you into Hong Sang-soo? I think you'd like his movies and have cool things to say about them
Sorry to disappoint you. :(

I always have trouble remembering which Hong films I’ve seen and IMDb’s no help! Guess which one this is:
A love story between a middle-aged professor, a young student who prepares a movie and a student/film-maker who drinks too much.
Useless!

Anyway, I think I've watched nine of them:

Nobody’s Daughter
In Another Country
The Day He Arrives
Hahaha
Woman on the Beach
Woman Is the Future of Man
Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors
The Power of Kangwon Province
The Day a Pig Fell into the Well


I just have a hard time with him. I lose patience with his sad-sack men, and feel like I'm always missing the point of the playful structure... like I'm not concentrating hard enough, or something. I remember enjoying Hahaha quite a bit, and Kangwon Province was good. But I've only really loved Woman on the Beach, which I wrote about here.
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Post by wigwam » Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:20 am

Shieldmaiden wrote:Guess which one this is: Useless!
haha ok well he's def only gotten worse in that regard then so youre not missing much, but there's like a dream logic to his stuff that really speaks to me, but I definitely can't see the sad forest for the sack trees, Woman on the Beach is still probably my favorite and Hahaha I remember being great too
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Post by Shieldmaiden » Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:29 am

wigwam wrote:dream logic
Ooh, yes. I think it was The Day He Arrives, where the structure did sort of make sense to me in a dream logic/psychological way. Maybe I was just concentrating a little harder for that one. :P
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Post by wigwam » Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:53 am

I think Nobodys Daughter Haewon has the most dreamlogic to it

also a couple of his more recent ones might be worth your checking out if you come across them or dont know what youre in the mood for, Claire's Camera somewhat minimizes the sadsack guy and has a great Isabelle Huppert performance and then On the Beach at Night Alone focuses on the sadsack mistress of the (mostly offscreen) sadsack director character
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