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Post by matthewscott8 » April 17th, 2020, 3:59 pm

Yume no ginga / Labyrinth of Dreams (1997 - Gakuryû Ishii aka Sogo Ishii) I fell in love with cinema again last night, a shocking and tearful feeling. I watched Labyrinth of Dreams twice in a row, and just thought how beautiful it was that someone could make a film like that. Straight into my top 10.

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Post by Perception de Ambiguity » April 17th, 2020, 4:06 pm

matthewscott8 wrote:
April 17th, 2020, 3:59 pm
Yume no ginga / Labyrinth of Dreams (1997 - Gakuryû Ishii aka Sogo Ishii) I fell in love with cinema again last night, a shocking and tearful feeling. I watched Labyrinth of Dreams twice in a row, and just thought how beautiful it was that someone could make a film like that. Straight into my top 10.
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Post by 3eyes » April 17th, 2020, 4:09 pm

Cover Girl (1942) - OK wartime musical w Rita Hayworth & Gene Kelly (on Criterion). (I remember seeing the previews in the theater, I think). Have to say I never thought of Rita Hayworth as a dancer, but she's good.
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Post by prodigalgodson » April 18th, 2020, 10:39 pm

matthewscott8 wrote:
April 17th, 2020, 3:59 pm
Yume no ginga / Labyrinth of Dreams (1997 - Gakuryû Ishii aka Sogo Ishii) I fell in love with cinema again last night, a shocking and tearful feeling. I watched Labyrinth of Dreams twice in a row, and just thought how beautiful it was that someone could make a film like that. Straight into my top 10.
Thanks for the rec Matt! I'll make it a priority

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Post by Onderhond » April 25th, 2020, 4:20 pm

Airport (2013) by Koki Mitani... truly impressive for a TV film. The film can't quite hide its TV roots, but it's hard to fault a film for that when it's a 100 minute one-shot film. Not quite sure if there were hidden cuts, but it didn't really look like it. It's also not some museum tour on rails like Russian Ark, there's a lot of dialogue, banter, moving between locations (all on the airport though) and a rather big cast. I'm not surprised the film is so obscure, but really it shouldn't be. Pretty cool.

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Post by kongs_speech » April 30th, 2020, 8:17 pm

For the last decade, my favorite film was either Synecdoche, New York or Boyhood. Now it's Almost Famous. Where the fuck has this been all my life?
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Post by joachimt » April 30th, 2020, 8:31 pm

I just watched The Tingler (1959). Such a ridiculous story and a lame doll for a monster. How on earth is this in TSPDT 1001-2000? It's also in the top 200 of TSZDT. I can understand its inclusion in the weird list though.
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Post by PGonzalez » April 30th, 2020, 9:49 pm

kongs_speech wrote:
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For the last decade, my favorite film was either Synecdoche, New York or Boyhood. Now it's Almost Famous. Where the fuck has this been all my life?
I watched Almost Famous for the first time a couple of months ago, and while not earth shattering, it did have a warmth and a devotion to its characters that I found quite touching. I found myself thinking about it a couple of times lately, particularly about the Tiny Dancer scene, the kind of scene which is a dime a dozen in this kind of film but that seems to have attained a sort of cult status based solely on how Crowe was able to flesh out his characters. Quite fun stuff, and a film I wasn't hoping to enjoy as much as I did :)

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Post by matthewscott8 » April 30th, 2020, 10:32 pm

joachimt wrote:
April 30th, 2020, 8:31 pm
I just watched The Tingler (1959). Such a ridiculous story and a lame doll for a monster. How on earth is this in TSPDT 1001-2000? It's also in the top 200 of TSZDT. I can understand its inclusion in the weird list though.
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I'm not going to say I liked it more than you because I gave it a lower rating. However Castle can get to me, I gave his Homicidal a much higher rating. I think the point is that he is very keen on entertaining his audience and it comes off even if quality is not high. His stuff is very cheesy/fun/knowing/atmospheric. I think if you watched it with friends the experience would be heightened, same with Russ Meyer.

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Post by mightysparks » May 1st, 2020, 12:02 am

matthewscott8 wrote:
April 30th, 2020, 10:32 pm
joachimt wrote:
April 30th, 2020, 8:31 pm
I just watched The Tingler (1959). Such a ridiculous story and a lame doll for a monster. How on earth is this in TSPDT 1001-2000? It's also in the top 200 of TSZDT. I can understand its inclusion in the weird list though.
5/10
I'm not going to say I liked it more than you because I gave it a lower rating. However Castle can get to me, I gave his Homicidal a much higher rating. I think the point is that he is very keen on entertaining his audience and it comes off even if quality is not high. His stuff is very cheesy/fun/knowing/atmospheric. I think if you watched it with friends the experience would be heightened, same with Russ Meyer.
I don’t think it deserves top 200 in TSZDT but it’s a pretty entertaining film, I thought the monster was cool and Price was good. I gave it a 6. I think it would’ve been some good cheesy fun when it came out—particularly for Price or Castle fans. I’m not a big fan of this type of stuff usually though, but I agree there there’s always an element of fun and knowingness. I also liked Homicidal more.
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Post by joachimt » May 1st, 2020, 7:08 am

matthewscott8 wrote:
April 30th, 2020, 10:32 pm
joachimt wrote:
April 30th, 2020, 8:31 pm
I just watched The Tingler (1959). Such a ridiculous story and a lame doll for a monster. How on earth is this in TSPDT 1001-2000? It's also in the top 200 of TSZDT. I can understand its inclusion in the weird list though.
5/10
I'm not going to say I liked it more than you because I gave it a lower rating. However Castle can get to me, I gave his Homicidal a much higher rating. I think the point is that he is very keen on entertaining his audience and it comes off even if quality is not high. His stuff is very cheesy/fun/knowing/atmospheric. I think if you watched it with friends the experience would be heightened, same with Russ Meyer.
I don't have friends who watch old movies (old = pre 2000). My wife glanced at the screen one time when the monster was walking around and she frowned.
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Post by matthewscott8 » May 1st, 2020, 7:37 am

joachimt wrote:
May 1st, 2020, 7:08 am
matthewscott8 wrote:
April 30th, 2020, 10:32 pm
joachimt wrote:
April 30th, 2020, 8:31 pm
I just watched The Tingler (1959). Such a ridiculous story and a lame doll for a monster. How on earth is this in TSPDT 1001-2000? It's also in the top 200 of TSZDT. I can understand its inclusion in the weird list though.
5/10
I'm not going to say I liked it more than you because I gave it a lower rating. However Castle can get to me, I gave his Homicidal a much higher rating. I think the point is that he is very keen on entertaining his audience and it comes off even if quality is not high. His stuff is very cheesy/fun/knowing/atmospheric. I think if you watched it with friends the experience would be heightened, same with Russ Meyer.
I don't have friends who watch old movies (old = pre 2000). My wife glanced at the screen one time when the monster was walking around and she frowned.
I know the feeling, when I used to live at home my family would look at me like I was mentally ill when I was watching old/foreign language/non-Marvel films. Ive lived on my own for many years, but I have felt the difference that seeing this sort of stuff in a cinema with an audience that's hip to it brings.

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Post by funkybusiness » May 1st, 2020, 7:55 am

The Tingler was pretty wild as a theatrical presentation. they installed "buzzers" (actually small motors from airplane wings!) into random seats in the theater that would shake the shit outta people at the appropriate times. I could see how you could really enjoy that meta 4-D presentation. or as something really camp, a so good it's bad type.

the footage of the buzzers being installed (and all of Castle's various gimmicks) was in a documentary I watched awhile ago about the filmmaker.

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Post by joachimt » May 1st, 2020, 8:03 am

That sounds like a totally different experience from watching it at home on the couch by yourself.
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Post by funkybusiness » May 1st, 2020, 8:28 am

joachimt wrote:
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That sounds like a totally different experience from watching it at home on the couch by yourself.
are you saying you don't have uncontrollable, vibrating seats in your couch?

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Post by joachimt » May 1st, 2020, 9:49 am

funkybusiness wrote:
May 1st, 2020, 8:28 am
joachimt wrote:
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That sounds like a totally different experience from watching it at home on the couch by yourself.
are you saying you don't have uncontrollable, vibrating seats in your couch?
No, I only have uncontrollable little brats distracting me, but they were asleep when I watched this one. :P
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Post by OldAle1 » May 1st, 2020, 11:33 am

I like The Tingler a lot myself, and unlike most of you apparently I had the luck to know plenty of people who liked "old" movies fairly early on - and stuff like this never bothered most of them though clearly some would call it "so bad it's good". I don't know about it being on any top lists - it'd be in my own top 1000 horror films but then I haven't even seen 1000 horror films yet. :lol: It'd at least be in the top half, probably top third, of the ones I have seen. Joe Dante's tribute to Castle, Matinee, is a really great film though and should be seen by anybody with any love for this kind of stuff.

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Post by Kublai Khan » May 1st, 2020, 1:50 pm

joachimt wrote:
April 30th, 2020, 8:31 pm
I just watched The Tingler (1959). Such a ridiculous story and a lame doll for a monster. How on earth is this in TSPDT 1001-2000? It's also in the top 200 of TSZDT. I can understand its inclusion in the weird list though.
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Post by matthewscott8 » May 1st, 2020, 1:58 pm

remember that these lists don't take into account dislike, I imagine it wouldn't get through DtC

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Post by outdoorcats » May 2nd, 2020, 6:16 am

Pablo Larrain's Ema is the unintentional comedy masterpiece of 2019. Did Larrain decide to adapt the script on a dare?!

It's absolutely abysmal, but I strongly recommend it (especially if you're under the influence).

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Post by outdoorcats » May 5th, 2020, 4:45 am

Also just watched The Rise of Skywalker. J.J. Abrams should now be associated with multiple in-scene jump cuts, not lens flares. Disney couldn't begrudge him another 10 minutes to let the scenes breathe? Imagine seeing this in the theater and taking a pee break. You'd miss ten scenes.

Still though, it was fine, far from the disaster heralding the end of art as we know it as some claim. It was lovingly made and filled with emotional moments, just weirdly rushed and missing the nerve of a Rian Johnson or a new message or theme we haven't seen before in this universe.

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Post by funkybusiness » May 5th, 2020, 5:01 am

it's weird as heck. I have no idea how they finished it in time. I thought it was bad when they had to re-shoot half of Rogue One. RoS had to be at least 80% not the film they first shot. The initial version had Matt Smith as the bad guy, maybe as a dude from the realm where the Force originates. The script was originally co-written by George Lucas. They were still doing re-shoots in October. like, 6 weeks before the film came out. There's too many rumors and supposed leaks and nothing can be confirmed due to NDAs but it's almost certain that SPOILER played a larger part and then they (Kathleen Kennedy) axed her at the last minute because racist man children on twitter didn't like her.

I don't know how I know any of this. I don't like Star Wars.

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Post by Ebbywebby » May 5th, 2020, 5:28 am

Rise of Skywalker is still on my watchlist. I suspect it's more popular than all the other films on my list combined.

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Post by Onderhond » May 5th, 2020, 9:32 pm

In my 8 years on the ICM forum, I found one favorite I wouldn't have seen otherwise (Baby Bump).

In my 9 years on ICM, I finally found my first favorite through one of the official lists. Though truth be told, I would've ended up watching this film anyway, as Tony Scott's oeuvre is something I've been slowly exploring. Quite surprised by The Hunger, especially since I'm not a big 80s fan. Lovely cinematography, great sound design and strong editing. This film was all atmosphere, it also gives context to Scott's crazy mid-00s period. Shame about all the crap he made in between though.

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Post by We Are One » May 7th, 2020, 12:08 am

In 1976, when I was six years old, my parents watched s film at the neighbour's house on a projector. I only saw a few scenes from it because my parents kept telling me to leave the room because of the sex scenes. I spent the rest of my life remembering the scenes I saw and wondering what the film was but I'd never been able to work it out. I searched the net, described it on film forums hoping someone might know which film I was talking about but no one ever did. In the end I thought that it might've just been some obscure porno film that I'd have no hope of ever tracking down. But a few weeks ago I came across a poster on Letterboxd who made me laugh with a few of his reviews and he said that Turkish Delight was one of the best films he'd ever seen. So I bought the DVD online. While I was waiting for it to arrive in the mail I read a little bit about it and wondered if it was that film I'd seen all those years ago. The DVD arrived and as watched it those scenes I remembered started popping up and I was like 😳 Oh My God. It's 'that' film. I'd finally tracked it down after forty four years. I can't believe it. I feel like my biggest mission as a film geek is complete.

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Post by Ebbywebby » May 7th, 2020, 12:48 am

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I'd finally tracked it down after forty four years. I can't believe it. I feel like my biggest mission as a film geek is complete.
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Post by RedHawk10 » May 7th, 2020, 8:33 am

The Lady from Shanghai - Welles goes completely nuts here. Has some of his best moments as a director, for sure.

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Post by prodigalgodson » May 7th, 2020, 8:55 am

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The Lady from Shanghai - Welles goes completely nuts here. Has some of his best moments as a director, for sure.
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Post by joachimt » May 7th, 2020, 10:33 am

We Are One wrote:
May 7th, 2020, 12:08 am
In 1976, when I was six years old, my parents watched s film at the neighbour's house on a projector. I only saw a few scenes from it because my parents kept telling me to leave the room because of the sex scenes. I spent the rest of my life remembering the scenes I saw and wondering what the film was but I'd never been able to work it out. I searched the net, described it on film forums hoping someone might know which film I was talking about but no one ever did. In the end I thought that it might've just been some obscure porno film that I'd have no hope of ever tracking down. But a few weeks ago I came across a poster on Letterboxd who made me laugh with a few of his reviews and he said that Turkish Delight was one of the best films he'd ever seen. So I bought the DVD online. While I was waiting for it to arrive in the mail I read a little bit about it and wondered if it was that film I'd seen all those years ago. The DVD arrived and as watched it those scenes I remembered started popping up and I was like 😳 Oh My God. It's 'that' film. I'd finally tracked it down after forty four years. I can't believe it. I feel like my biggest mission as a film geek is complete.
Cool story. Pretty awesome you actually remembered something you hardly watched at six years old. Funny that it wasn't such an obscure movie after all. It's a very well known movie and back then it was rather controversial.
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Post by We Are One » May 7th, 2020, 10:35 pm

joachimt wrote:
May 7th, 2020, 10:33 am
We Are One wrote:
May 7th, 2020, 12:08 am
In 1976, when I was six years old, my parents watched s film at the neighbour's house on a projector. I only saw a few scenes from it because my parents kept telling me to leave the room because of the sex scenes. I spent the rest of my life remembering the scenes I saw and wondering what the film was but I'd never been able to work it out. I searched the net, described it on film forums hoping someone might know which film I was talking about but no one ever did. In the end I thought that it might've just been some obscure porno film that I'd have no hope of ever tracking down. But a few weeks ago I came across a poster on Letterboxd who made me laugh with a few of his reviews and he said that Turkish Delight was one of the best films he'd ever seen. So I bought the DVD online. While I was waiting for it to arrive in the mail I read a little bit about it and wondered if it was that film I'd seen all those years ago. The DVD arrived and as watched it those scenes I remembered started popping up and I was like 😳 Oh My God. It's 'that' film. I'd finally tracked it down after forty four years. I can't believe it. I feel like my biggest mission as a film geek is complete.
Cool story. Pretty awesome you actually remembered something you hardly watched at six years old. Funny that it wasn't such an obscure movie after all. It's a very well known movie and back then it was rather controversial.
Well it certainly made an impression on me at the time. That scene where she was upside down and the wig really stuck in my mind.

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Post by 3eyes » May 8th, 2020, 1:40 am

Salome (1953) with Rita Hayworth in title role. Nothing "je baiserai ta bouche, Jochanaan" about this. Deliciously hokey (and Reverent! if not exactly relevant). The first 2/3 is all backstory with Tiberius and Pilate and them. Charles Laughton is a showstealingly lascivious Herod.
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Post by outdoorcats » May 12th, 2020, 7:51 pm

I loved the Luca Guadagnino remake of Suspiria, but I can understand it's not for everyone. A slow-burning 2.5 hour horror film (already one of the longest horror films I've seen) that doesn't come together fully until the epilogue in the last ten minutes--at that point most people are mentally checked out and aren't going to invest mental energy into going back and realizing how well all the pieces fit (narratively and thematically - this time around a little more is done with the idea of "Mother of Sighs" than just a spooky name). I think this one will grow a cult fanbase among cinephiles as it's exactly the type of film to benefit from re-watches.

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Post by matthewscott8 » May 12th, 2020, 11:10 pm

outdoorcats wrote:
May 5th, 2020, 4:45 am
Also just watched The Rise of Skywalker. J.J. Abrams should now be associated with multiple in-scene jump cuts, not lens flares. Disney couldn't begrudge him another 10 minutes to let the scenes breathe? Imagine seeing this in the theater and taking a pee break. You'd miss ten scenes.

Still though, it was fine, far from the disaster heralding the end of art as we know it as some claim. It was lovingly made and filled with emotional moments, just weirdly rushed and missing the nerve of a Rian Johnson or a new message or theme we haven't seen before in this universe.

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I forgot to rate it on IMDb, which is very unlike me, and I had to check a trailer to be sure I'd seen it. That is how forgettable it felt. JarJar Binks was unforgettably bad, but this film didn't even stand out in a bad way. Any emotional bits just felt like a sugar rush that came with no lasting impact 5 minutes after the films was over.

I guess a lot of people feel bitter that so much money is going into this. I won't call it a desecration because I think even the original films were very flawed, but I dread seeing they've released another.

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Post by mightysparks » May 13th, 2020, 12:20 am

outdoorcats wrote:
May 12th, 2020, 7:51 pm
I loved the Luca Guadagnino remake of Suspiria, but I can understand it's not for everyone. A slow-burning 2.5 hour horror film (already one of the longest horror films I've seen) that doesn't come together fully until the epilogue in the last ten minutes--at that point most people are mentally checked out and aren't going to invest mental energy into going back and realizing how well all the pieces fit (narratively and thematically - this time around a little more is done with the idea of "Mother of Sighs" than just a spooky name). I think this one will grow a cult fanbase among cinephiles as it's exactly the type of film to benefit from re-watches.
Ugh. Such a terrible and poorly made film, I can’t understand how anyone can find anything good about it. It sounds like you’re describing a completely different film. Poorly acted, heavy handed exposition, no tension, terrible soundtrack, laughable climax. You crazy.
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Post by outdoorcats » May 13th, 2020, 3:01 am

@matthew - Can't disagree, I have forgotten most of it already. Surely some people retroactively like The Last Jedi more now?

@mightysparks - Wrong. ;)

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Post by Ebbywebby » May 16th, 2020, 10:14 pm

Neat discovery: I came across "Escape from the Liberty Cinema" on Netflix. It probably was in a recommendation row. The title was intriguing, and I saw that it was Polish. Then I looked it up on ICM and found it's on two official lists. So sure, what the heck? A bit slow at first but really turns GREAT in the last third. See it! I'm only the 121st user to check it.

I can't think of anything else I've noticed on Netflix that's at this level of arty, non-English obscurity -- so surprising to find it.

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Post by kongs_speech » May 16th, 2020, 10:23 pm

Ebbywebby wrote:
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Neat discovery: I came across "Escape from the Liberty Cinema" on Netflix. It probably was in a recommendation row. The title was intriguing, and I saw that it was Polish. Then I looked it up on ICM and found it's on two official lists. So sure, what the heck? A bit slow at first but really turns GREAT in the last third. See it! I'm only the 121st user to check it.

I can't think of anything else I've noticed on Netflix that's at this level of arty, non-English obscurity -- so surprising to find it.
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Post by Onderhond » May 16th, 2020, 10:24 pm

They added at least 10-15 Polish classics some time ago. I watched The Year of the Quiet Sun, but left it at that. Not a great film.

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Post by blocho » May 17th, 2020, 3:25 am

Can't say I liked Escape from the Liberty Cinema. I'm really surprised netflix carries it.

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Post by Onderhond » May 17th, 2020, 6:55 am

My guess: they need a quota for the EU and these Polish films came as a package deal?

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