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Post by sebby » May 30th, 2020, 12:14 pm

Vast of Night was fun. Maybe a little homage-heavy and not without a few hiccups but I'm a big Bradbury/Twilight Zone fan so it worked for me. The frenetic pace and constant movement (I believe the story sprints along in real time) elicits a tension that reminded me oddly of Uncut Gems, but this one was much gentler on the nerves and not so palm-sweat inducing. Sound, camera, acting all good. Really well put together for such a low budget feature.

Minor gem.

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Post by Kublai Khan » June 4th, 2020, 12:08 am

I watched Rocky IV for the first time. it's one of those movies that's so thoroughly ingrained in American pop culture and has been referenced/parodied/copied/etc.. so many times that I kinda thought I knew it.

Nothing prepared me for that weird robot. What the hell...
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Post by Ebbywebby » June 4th, 2020, 12:43 am

Kublai Khan wrote:
June 4th, 2020, 12:08 am
I watched Rocky IV for the first time.
The worst Rocky of all.

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Post by matthewscott8 » June 13th, 2020, 11:51 pm

Hehe, if anyone wants to say Showgirls is a unique movie, I give you back Sucker Punch!

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Post by outdoorcats » June 20th, 2020, 9:17 am

I thought Da 5 Bloods was a messy but powerful film. It is definitely an example of a film that ends up amounting to more than the sum of its parts. It's far from Spike Lee's best but I'd put it in the top half of his catalog. I definitely agree with the general consensus that Delroy Lindo deserves awards recognition for his performance.

Curious what others here thought of it, though given some of the surprising twists and turns the story takes most discussion should probably be under spoiler tags.
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Post by Onderhond » June 20th, 2020, 9:25 am

My take
Spike Lee must've had a clear vision when he started this project, but I dearly hope it wasn't anything close to this devastating mess. Da 5 Bloods feels like a film that wanted to say a lot of important things, but ultimately it comes off as a very bad pastiche. Not once does Lee find the right tone for his film.

With four black veterans returning to Vietnam to honor their fallen friend, the film has a perfect setup to revisit the Vietnam War and tell it from a black perspective. Throw in some gold hunting plot for a little adventure and suspense, and you have all the ingredients for a great film. Why then did it feel like a bad comedy, something that holds the middle between a bad Apocalypse Now rip-off and a subpar jungle-set JCVD action flick.

Performances are poor, the action scenes are drab, the dramatic moments are laughable and the political inserts are completely overshadowed by the incompetence surrounding them. The entire film is such a big mess that it is actually quite amusing to watch (at least to see where it is going), but in the end if feels like Lee overreached tremendously and couldn't stop himself from falling flat on his face. This wasn't any good.
Big disappointment for me. 92% on RT ... well, you know what I think about film critics.

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Post by Ebbywebby » June 22nd, 2020, 10:30 pm



Great! Deserves more than 18 checks.

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Post by peeptoad » June 23rd, 2020, 1:24 pm

The Connection 1961. Fantastic.

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Post by matthewscott8 » June 23rd, 2020, 4:00 pm

Monsieur Verdoux (1947 - Charles Chaplin) Quite unbelievably good, so many stultifying films being made in that era, to see the most magnificent rose blossoming amongst the charnel, well, that is Monsieur Verdoux. Straight into my top 10, and could get the ultimate accolade at some point.

Jean-Marie Straub has good taste, I was compelled to watch this when I saw he had it as his first second and third favourite film.

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Post by matthewscott8 » June 23rd, 2020, 4:57 pm

Ebbywebby wrote:
June 22nd, 2020, 10:30 pm


Great! Deserves more than 18 checks.
very cool!

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Post by Reflect » July 12th, 2020, 5:06 am

matthewscott8 wrote:
June 23rd, 2020, 4:00 pm
Monsieur Verdoux (1947 - Charles Chaplin) Quite unbelievably good, so many stultifying films being made in that era, to see the most magnificent rose blossoming amongst the charnel, well, that is Monsieur Verdoux. Straight into my top 10, and could get the ultimate accolade at some point.

Jean-Marie Straub has good taste, I was compelled to watch this when I saw he had it as his first second and third favourite film.
Glad you loved this, it's a really fantastic and intelligent work. One of Chaplin's best, which is saying something.

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Post by Reflect » July 13th, 2020, 1:53 am

Went on a short Brakhage marathon. Night Music was very movingly beautiful.

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Post by matthewscott8 » July 24th, 2020, 9:05 am

Wasn't expecting Children of Men to be so good, and ridiculously prescient. Feels like it is a film made in 2020.

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Post by outdoorcats » July 24th, 2020, 12:37 pm

It's one of the best films of the Noughts, IMO! I would put Y tu mama tambien up there as well.

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Post by blocho » July 25th, 2020, 5:52 pm

I love Children of Men.

I read the original novel last summer and was interested to learn how different the movie is from it.

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Post by Local Hero -- aka MestnyiGeroi » August 7th, 2020, 8:47 pm

Cargo-200 (Gruz-200) (Balabanov, 2007) -- Holy moly! Jesus Aloisius Christ on a flaming pogo stick! This film! It's a live hand grenade tossed right in the middle of the audience! Having seen long ago Balabanov's Brother and Of Freaks and Men, I thought I more or less knew -- and didn't really care for -- Balabanov, and I wasn't really in a hurry to see his later films (as evidenced by my arriving at the Gruz-200 party 13 years late). This was actually a really good thing, as I went into this movie knowing and expecting just about nothing -- and it's a film just waiting for unsuspecting viewers. It's a movie that takes that creeping "Waaait, just where is this film going??" feeling, throws it into a car trunk, drives it to the beach, and then throws it off a cliff.

I literally don't want to say too much because I'd want anyone who hasn't seen it to have the same blindsided experience I did, but at the same time I'm curious to hear from those who have seen it. At the crucial thematic focal point of the film, there's a pointed (but never identified) reference to Ivan Karamazov, and I suspect this is a movie that would get Dostoevsky's hopes up before utterly horrifying even him. We go through such nihilistic (and *scathingly* anti-Soviet) darkness, that the very ending feels like a grim parody of Dostoevsky. And it feels as if Russia not only of the last 100 years, but of the last millennium, is being put through the meat grinder. Then when we're stunned at what we've just seen, the director just throws down the camera and walks away, like a sudden visual mic drop.
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Post by St. Gloede » August 7th, 2020, 11:07 pm

I was sure I had seen Of Freaks and Men, but I hadn't. Nor this. Nor Brat ... What am I waiting for?!

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Post by Local Hero -- aka MestnyiGeroi » August 7th, 2020, 11:14 pm

St. Gloede wrote:
August 7th, 2020, 11:07 pm
I was sure I had seen Of Freaks and Men, but I hadn't. Nor this. Nor Brat ... What am I waiting for?!
Brother I thought was OK. I really disliked Of Freaks and Men. But this was a bombshell. But definitely not for everyone. And I think that the more familiar one is with Russian history and culture, the more impactful it is (not that I am an expert -- I'm not Russian -- but I'm well familiar).

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Post by OldAle1 » August 7th, 2020, 11:20 pm

St. Gloede wrote:
August 7th, 2020, 11:07 pm
I was sure I had seen Of Freaks and Men, but I hadn't. Nor this. Nor Brat ... What am I waiting for?!
Dude even I've seen Brat. Get with the program! What, you hate Russia or something? They're the world's Best Buddy!

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