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Looks like oscar bait with French actors!

All rewatches:

Airplane II 7.5/10 (underrated as hell)

The Grapes of Wrath 8/10

How Green Was My Valley 8.5/10

Animal House 7.5/10

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Stat_Rad wrote:
Airplane II 7.5/10 (underrated as hell)

I love Airplane 2.
Minimum of 8/10 for me.


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My favorite is Spirit In A Vacuum!





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Try to watch all the Cine Asia/HKL films but this one got away. The same girl as Chocolate. Lots of drunken style hip-hop fighting.

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I did Spokoj (The Calm) this evening. One of Kieslowski's early TV movies.
Essentially a criminal gets released and wants a quiet life, but ends up getting stuck as the middle man between workers and management on a building site. It's a bit tragic, and is very much 'kitchen sink' in it's aesthetic. I really enjoyed it, and found myself quite immersed in it.

I've now only got Short Working Day to do in terms of feature length films, and then just an assortment of shorts.

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Why watch everything? You don't seem to be overly impressed by anything you are seeing. Do you really think it's going to get better the further back you go? especially since he didn't really find his style until later?

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Finally watched Train To Busan last night...
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Really good action, good characters, good zombies. Definitely recommended. Surprised it didnt come up in a search on here. Spiny?

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Stat_Rad wrote:
Why watch everything? You don't seem to be overly impressed by anything you are seeing. Do you really think it's going to get better the further back you go? especially since he didn't really find his style until later?

Why not? They are on the Dekalog box set, I've bought them so why wouldn't I watch them?

I find it interesting. I like to see where someone came from and where they ended up. For example The Calm you feel like you can see where Camera Buff came from, and to a lesser extent it feels like there is a bit of White in there too.

First love showed the transition from documentary to narrative, and the style that evolved into the Scar. That in turn is a transitional point between his early work and what you find in Camera Buff.
His journey and evolution as a film maker is just as interesting as any film for me.

Have you never had the urge from fully immersed yourself in a directors work?

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Yes Ive obviously done it plenty of times, but only if I REALLY like what I'm seeing quite consistently.

I guess with time and experience Ive picked up on general rules of thumb with directors and I'm now less interested in early formative work, unless it is directly tied to when they found their style.

It is great for historians of certain directors, but I just don't have the time anymore.

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Alien Covenant
Nebraska

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Ratings?

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T2 - Trainspotting

Half an hour into the sequel to one of my favourite British films of the '90s and I must admit I was beginning to despair. One decent laugh (the "welcome to Edinburgh" girls), some really shit songs playing on the soundtrack, lazy and predictable nods and winks to the original, and the whole thing moving at a snail's pace with seemingly no direction at all.

Then all of a sudden things just seemed to pick up. The music became a little less shit (although there were still some absolute stinkers in there), a story began to make itself known, characters became a little more interesting, and the laughs started to roll in with far more frequency.

Sure, there were some fairly dodgy moments along the way (the updated "choose life" speech was clunky, overwrought, and jarringly out of place), but it became evident fairly quickly that it was totally self aware, knowing exactly what it was doing and how it was coming across. This was never more obvious than the "warm and fuzzy nostalgia" speech during the speech in the field lifted from the original. Even the shocking choice of music was addressed with just one comically disgusted expression from Begbie.

Every character had something to do, even if in Begbie's case it was all just a bit one dimensional and obvious, but at the end of the day, that's Begbie. Although it looks like it's heading in that direction a few times, the sequel is nowhere near as depressing or hard-hitting as the first film, relying mainly on basic everyday drama and no shortage of laughs (even the laboured viagra joke played out well in the end). And of course, more warm and fuzzy nostalgia.

Linking the film directly to the book (I won't say how) was probably the film's masterstroke. A great idea that suited the story perfectly and gave one character in particular the happy ending (or at least the chance of a happy ending) he desperately deserved.

"And by the time that it was over, there were no more catholics left".
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I've also recently re-watched The Stepford Wives, and the sequel, Revenge of the Stepford Wives for the first time.

The Stepford Wives (rich, male members of an elite enclosed community kill their independent thinking wives and replace them with obedient lifelike robots) is a very decent little thriller. Well acted with a decent final act, but the sequel is only just a little better than terrible. I know it's not the film's fault, but it really doesn't help that one of the main characters is played by Julie Kavner, who went on to voice Marge in The Simpsons. Every time she opened her mouth, I thought she was going to either do her little growl or end the sentence with "Homie".

Also, the actual "Revenge" of the title only takes up the last five minutes of the film, the rest of it dedicated to pretty much copying the original, but with slightly different characters. The only other points of interest are main character Sharon Gless (Cagney and Lacey, The Exorcist - TV show, that is) and a young Don Johnson as the town deputy.
There's a third and fourth film available (The Stepford Children, and The Stepford Husbands) but I really don't think I can be bothered. Even if Brad Pitt is apparently briefly featured in The Stepford Children.
And I certainly won't be bothering with watching the Matthew Broderick remake of TSW again as it was shit enough the first time.

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ROTSW - 2 fists

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For the film fanatics here: how do you find new movies? I've decided to stop watching Hollywood stuff for a while and look up more foreign movies but have no idea where to start/where to look. I've seen some old Japanese ones, some work of Ingmar Bergman and some old Italian horror but most movies in general that I've seen either are fine to see once or don't interest me at all.

EDIT: I meant movies you hadn't seen before, not necessarily modern movies. My bad.


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for newer stuff try some Korean films. It's been one of the most creative and interesting places for movies in the last 10 years or so. Try The Good, the Bad, the Weird, Oldboy, I Saw the Devil, etc.

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Colin, what genres and styles are you interested in?

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Stat_Rad wrote:
Colin, what genres and styles are you interested in?



I watch mostly dramas so I suppose more of that. What do you mean with style exactly?


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Colin040 wrote:
For the film fanatics here: how do you find new movies? I've decided to stop watching Hollywood stuff for a while and look up more foreign movies but have no idea where to start/where to look. I've seen some old Japanese ones, some work of Ingmar Bergman and some old Italian horror but most movies in general that I've seen either are fine to see once or don't interest me at all.

EDIT: I meant movies you hadn't seen before, not necessarily modern movies. My bad.

I use a site called Letterboxd, and tend to just browse lists that films I like are in and then take it from there.

Similarly keepx tabs on labels like Arrow and Eureka and read up on the titles they put out.

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The Devil's Advocate.

Not seen this in years! Keanu Reeves was going through his "acting" phase when he did this. He stars as a young lawyer who ends up getting a job with Al Pacino's law firm after winning a case in his home town. His young wife soon grows to hate the move, especially when she starts seeing weird shit happening, such as people taking on demonic appearences. It then turns out that Pacino is Satan, Keanu is his kid and he has to shag his sister in order to bring about the Antichrist. It's not too bad. 3 Fists for the movie, 5 Fists for the boobs of the lady of colour.

Goodfellas.

Ray Liotta stars in the film based around Henry Hill. Cracking movie, although I felt it went on a bit. Also, the scene which shows his wife and the mobster WAG's out and about is surely an exaggeration, the WAG's were never told shit in The Godfather! 4 Fists.

Live And Let Die.

RIP Roger Moore. Not the best Bond but certainly the most fun. He's on a mission to find out why three British agents were killed in NYC, the Carribean and N'Awwlins. As we knoe, it involves Yaphett Koto as a corrupt minister importing skag to the States then distributing it as Mr Big, leader of a crime cartel in NYC. It's very much influenced by Blaxploitation, but is a decent Bond movie. In fact, I'd say it was one of the best. Redneck Sheriff was rather funny. Jane Seymour was gorgeous. 4 Fists.

The Man With The Golden Gun.

Second Moore outing - this time riding the coat-tails of 70's karate movies. Christopher Lee was awesome, as always but Britt Ekland was shit, despite being fit as fuck. Redneck Sheriff was back but not as funny. In fact, they seemed to be going for a more comedic tone than the previous movie. The theme by Lulu was bollocks as well. 3 Fists

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Scary stat for the day

Hollywood is running out of blockbuster films from the 1980s to remake or reboot, after a string of movies celebrating the era of big hair, shoulder pads and Ronald Reagan.

Of the top 15 highest-grossing films of that decade, just three to date have not been given a sequel or prequel or turned into a franchise: “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” “Tootsie” and “Rain Man.”


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