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The 2nd Annual iCMFF: Main Slate

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The 2nd Annual iCMFF: Main Slate

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Post by outdoorcats » October 31st, 2018, 10:43 pm

Welcome to the 2018 iCheckMovies Film Festival!

Festival Dates: Nov. 1-27

This is the second annual festival to be held here on the iCM Forum, and the fourth of its kind from when it started on IMDb.

Please rate the films the films you've seen on a scale from 1-10 to help contribute to this year's Audience Award.

This is the thread where all users can rate and discuss the films in this year's Main Slate:


Behemoth dir. Zhao Liang. 2015, 95 min. :imdb: :ICM:
A documentary auteur who has challenged the authorities in films such as Crime and Punishment and Petition, Zhao turns to China's downtrodden miners and steel workers in his latest feature, showcasing how they are exploited in a feudal system that is communism in name only.
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Dawson City: Frozen Time dir. Bill Morrison. 2016, 120 min. :imdb: :ICM:
Morrison is an experimental-leaning filmmaker who in films like Decasia or his short Light is Calling showcases the beauty of old, damaged film stock, simultaneously using the images against haunting music to evoke bittersweet nostalgia. In Dawson City, he chronicles the discovery in 1978 of 533 silent film reels thought to be lost in an old Yukon town born during the Klondike Gold Rush.
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HyperNormalisation dir. Adam Curtis. 2016, 166 min. :imdb: :ICM:
A cine-essayist in the vein of Chris Marker or Patricio Guzman, Curtis documents topics of sociology, politics, media and psychology. In HyperNormalisation, he tries to find the the point which led to how we got where we are now, getting its name from the concept that masses of people will accept something fake as real because they can't imagine an alternative to the status quo.
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I Am Not Madame Bovary dir. Feng Xiaogang. 2016, 128 min. :imdb::ICM:
In this brilliant satire filmed with a circular frame, Fan Bingbing stars as a woman battling the bureaucracy of the Chinese legal system when her conniving ex husband frames her for adultery.
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I, Olga Hepnorová dir. Petr Kazda and Tomás Weinreb. 2016, 105 min. :imdb: :ICM:
A bleak and powerful period drama detailing the true story of the last woman sentenced to death in Czechoslovakia and the events in her life which led to her brutal crime.
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Nocturama dir. Bertrand Bonnello. 2016, 130 min. :imdb: :ICM:
In Bonnello's chilling character study, six young terrorists with unclear motives hole up in a department store to plan their next move.
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November dir. Rainer Sarnet. 2017, 115 min. :imdb: :ICM:
Pagan magic, love, and the Devil all have free reign in this visually gorgeous medieval fairy tale from Estonia.
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Rams dir. Grímur Hákonarson. 2015, 93 min. :imdb: :ICM:
Two neighboring brothers who haven't spoken in decades are forced to work together when their beloved ram herds are both threatened by a mad-cow-like disease in this primal and powerful Icelandic drama.
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Scarred Hearts dir. Radu Jude. 2016, 141 min. :imdb: :ICM:
The Romanian New Wave maverick Jude (who directed previous festival entry Aferim!) returns with another period film, this time set in a 1930s sanitarium where a young patient suffering from a spinal disease endures primitive medical techniques and falls in love with another patient.
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Summer 1993 dir. Carla Simón. 2017, 97 min. :imdb: :ICM:
Simón's beautiful Catalan-language debut joins the pantheon of great coming-of-age films in its vividly realized and autobiographical story of a young orphan who goes to live with her aunt and uncle in the countryside.
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Tower dir. Keith Maitland. 2016, 82 min. :imdb: :ICM:
Maitland creates a visually stunning animation/documentary hybrid that mixes real testimonials from survivors of the 1966 Austin Sniper Shooting with rotoscoped recreated scenes. At a time when mass shootings have become tragically commonplace, it is more moving than ever to hear the story of one of America's first such shootings and the surprising heroes that emerged from it.
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Western dir. Valeska Grisebach. 2017, 121 min. :imdb: :ICM:
When German seasonal laborers arrive in Bulgaria they clash with the locals in Grisebach's slow-burning contemporary update to the Western drama, her first film in over ten years.
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Post by outdoorcats » October 31st, 2018, 10:44 pm

Happy Halloween everyone! I'm starting to post these a few hours early so as to make sure they're done on time. Other sections are forthcoming.

How does everyone feel about the selection so far? Who's interested in participating this year?

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Post by Lonewolf2003 » October 31st, 2018, 10:48 pm

Didn’t know we were starting at the 1st already. Am excited. Will post ratings and possible reviews of my already seen movies in the coming days.

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Post by Ivan0716 » October 31st, 2018, 11:27 pm

Seen 8/12 so far, have enjoyed them all so far, though the ones I rated the highest are the ones I had already seen, and the ones I rated the lowest are, coincidentally, the two with the gimmicky aspect ratio/frame. I watched Madame Bovary while Fan Bingbing was missing in real life, that added a bit of excitement to my viewing.
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Post by Lonewolf2003 » October 31st, 2018, 11:41 pm

Could you and people in the future please use spoiler tags when discussing such plot details

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Post by flaiky » October 31st, 2018, 11:47 pm

Fab presentation Mr Cats. Excited to have this started, I'll definitely keep my film watching this month focussed on the festival.
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Post by Ivan0716 » October 31st, 2018, 11:48 pm

Yeah, my bad, I'll just delete that part since it's not exactly relevant to the films we're discussing here, just a comparison I couldn't help making.

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Post by mightysparks » November 1st, 2018, 12:17 am

Excited but won’t have time to join in until after the 16th; I hope to have a glorious 10 day movie spree.
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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » November 1st, 2018, 12:20 am

Man, that Main Slate looks tantalising. Looking forward to getting stuck into these over the coming weeks. Love the images for the films, outdoorcats!
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Post by 3eyes » November 1st, 2018, 2:33 am

Have seen 2. Too busy to participate this month - as I said last year, terrible timing for a festival.
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Post by edward5 » November 1st, 2018, 3:27 am

Behemoth 3/10 I am against staged in documentary
Dawson City: Frozen Time 8.5/10
HyperNormalisation 6/10 a weak Adam Curtis film
I Am Not Madame Bovary 6/10
I, Olga Hepnorová 5.5/10
Nocturama 4/10
November 7.5/10
Rams 6.5/10
Scarred Hearts 7/10
Summer 1993 6.5/10
Tower not seen
Western 8/10

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Post by joachimt » November 1st, 2018, 6:26 pm

Tower 8/10

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Post by sacmersault » November 1st, 2018, 9:09 pm

Is the festival going to be anchored on the main page like last year, otherwise people won't even know it started

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Post by joachimt » November 1st, 2018, 9:12 pm

sacmersault wrote:
November 1st, 2018, 9:09 pm
Is the festival going to be anchored on the main page like last year, otherwise people won't even know it started
When all the threads have been started (how many will there be?) I'll make a special line for the iCMFF in the header of the forum with links to all sections.

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Post by outdoorcats » November 1st, 2018, 9:26 pm

There will be 5 more threads, which I believe will be done by midnight EDT.

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Post by outdoorcats » November 2nd, 2018, 1:35 am

They are done. :)

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Post by xianjiro » November 2nd, 2018, 1:58 am

has anyone done an iCM list for the festival?

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Post by flaiky » November 2nd, 2018, 8:12 pm

xianjiro wrote:
November 2nd, 2018, 1:58 am
has anyone done an iCM list for the festival?
Here we go (features only): https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/icmff2/flaiky/
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Post by weirdboy » November 2nd, 2018, 11:06 pm

flaiky wrote:
November 2nd, 2018, 8:12 pm
xianjiro wrote:
November 2nd, 2018, 1:58 am
has anyone done an iCM list for the festival?
Here we go (features only): https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/icmff2/flaiky/
I made lists for all the slates last year, so I have updated them.
These lists also have 2017 slates available in the "previous versions" feature on ICM.

Main Slate
English-Language Independents
International I-IV
Arthouse
Just Before Dawn
Animation
LGBT
Documentary
I also made a placeholder for shorts here, but there are many missing titles on IMDB, and also some that are on IMDB, but not on ICM yet
Short (work in progress)

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Post by xianjiro » November 2nd, 2018, 11:08 pm

flaiky wrote:
November 2nd, 2018, 8:12 pm
xianjiro wrote:
November 2nd, 2018, 1:58 am
has anyone done an iCM list for the festival?
Here we go (features only): https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/icmff2/flaiky/
Great! and big thanks! :thumbsup: Wow! 71 features ...

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Post by maxwelldeux » November 3rd, 2018, 1:51 am

Here are my ratings/thoughts for what I've seen so far (Juror here):
I, Olga Hepnarova: 8/10Show
I was completely unfamiliar with the story beforehand, so this was an interesting insight into one of the most infamous crimes of the era and area. The story I thought was competently told, and made a lot of sense - not 100%, but crimes never do. But what I really loved about this was how it was shot. The B&W film and the numerous static shots added to the bleakness, and some of the shots were just beautifully constructed and provided a great aesthetic.
Dawson City: Frozen Time: 6/10Show
I know I'm supposed to like this, but I was pretty disappointed by it. I think a lot of it was my expectations going in - I wanted to hear a lot more about the films they discovered, and much less about the town. A bit of the history on the town was nice, but I thought there was too much. I did like that they interspersed a bit of the found footage in there, but I wanted more. Some good history.
Rams: 7/10Show
This film definitely appeals to the earthporn enthusiast - the landscapes are stunningly gorgeous and convey the beauty and remoteness of this Icelandic village. Then we get to the sheep - I'm not into sheep at all, but I do have two dogs I love to death. And it took me a few minutes, but I started to see the intense love for the sheep as individuals, but also as a life's calling, something he has been doing for decades. So being told you have to give up and kill everything you've ever known and loved is nearly a death sentence - so I understand the motivations behind hiding some of the sheep away. The brother angle did not resonate with me at all, and I found it a bit distracting, to be honest. On the whole, I found it quite enjoyable, moreso than what I would have predicted based on what I knew of it going in.
Tower: 9/10Show
I first watched this last year for the Doc challenge last year and fell in love. This is a particularly weird crime story from American history, and one I didn't know a lot about. There's not archival footage, and re-enactments would be weird. But the animation mix with the personal accounts and stories provided a poignant and beautiful account of the crime. And it was a great mix of history and personal stories of how people were affected. A stunningly creative addition to the documentary genre and something I'm super happy to have been able to watch. Fairly high up on my favorites list.

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Post by weirdboy » November 3rd, 2018, 3:04 am

Here are some comments I wrote before some the ones that I saw previously:
Bei xi mo shou (Behemoth) - 2015 - Liang ZhaoShow
This has been a favorite since I first saw it back in 2016. Beautifully shot and politically feisty documentary film about the mining industry in China that is easily a match for the likes of Harlan County USA.
Dawson City: Frozen Time - 2016 - Bill MorrisonShow
I think Morrison does a generally good job of editing this narrative together, except he gets rather ponderous towards the middle and spends way too much time throwing sequence after sequence of restored film into his narrative with no real commentary--his intent being to tie together many similar shots from these restored films to represent some concept, etc. One or two such shots are fine, and he does that to great effect. However, towards the middle of the film he throws together 5-10, and sometimes even more of these different film clips one after another and it just gets tedious and feels like he's trying to hit me over the head with his message.
Tower - 2016 - Keith MaitlandShow
This is a terrific documentary, with brilliant editing that seamlessly combines archival footage and interview footage with rotoscope and hand-drawn animation to present the story of the famous University of Texas shootings. Perhaps the best part about this documentary is that while the actual incident is covered in wonderful detail, we also get a significant portion of the film devoted to how the incident affected all the parties involved, and how they spent the rest of their lives dealing with the aftermath.

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Post by xianjiro » November 3rd, 2018, 3:34 am

flaiky wrote:
November 2nd, 2018, 8:12 pm
xianjiro wrote:
November 2nd, 2018, 1:58 am
has anyone done an iCM list for the festival?
Here we go (features only): https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/icmff2/flaiky/
fyi, missing https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/dea ... +nong+hak/ (Just Before Dawn)

(will update this post if I stumble across anything else and strike through this parenthetical when done)


never mind - I skipped it somehow :vrface:
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Post by outdoorcats » November 3rd, 2018, 3:46 am

@xianjiro - I see it at #15.

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Post by sacmersault » November 3rd, 2018, 3:50 am

So question, for personal comments about films I have to spoiler alert the comment even if it doesn't reveal anything?

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Post by xianjiro » November 3rd, 2018, 3:54 am

outdoorcats wrote:
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@xianjiro - I see it at #15.
thanks! :)

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Post by maxwelldeux » November 3rd, 2018, 4:24 am

sacmersault wrote:
November 3rd, 2018, 3:50 am
So question, for personal comments about films I have to spoiler alert the comment even if it doesn't reveal anything?
I can't speak for everyone, but I would personally find that preferable - even if you don't reveal plot points, your thoughts/feelings/impressions can significantly influence how I perceive the film when I get around to watching it. But if you spoiler-tag it and I choose to look at it anyway, it's my fault then. B)

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Post by weirdboy » November 3rd, 2018, 6:06 am

++ on spoiler tags

On world cup matches I find it aggravating that the website automatically jumps down to the latest post on the page where I may inadvertently see other people's opinions or votes before I've had a chance to watch the films myself.

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Post by xianjiro » November 3rd, 2018, 7:11 am

when in doubt, spoiler it out!

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Post by sacmersault » November 3rd, 2018, 8:11 am

OMG that is so annoying! If you can't handle the heat, get out of the kitchen!!! It's like a blockbuster, it's inevitable to hear what the critics say; if you don't have enough judgment and ability to judge for yourself, that's your problem no one else's.

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Post by weirdboy » November 3rd, 2018, 12:17 pm

sacmersault wrote:
November 3rd, 2018, 8:11 am
OMG that is so annoying! If you can't handle the heat, get out of the kitchen!!! It's like a blockbuster, it's inevitable to hear what the critics say; if you don't have enough judgment and ability to judge for yourself, that's your problem no one else's.
It's got nothing to do with being able to formulate an independent opinion. There are well researched and documented aspects of human psychology, however, where people's opinions can be influenced by others. e.g. I may comment on some aspect of a film that another may not have even noticed had I not mentioned it; that comment then pre-biases the viewer to see things my way.

There are twelve different films on the main slate. I'd ike to be able to discuss my impressions of the ones I have seen without accidentally biasing others before they have had the opportunity to formulate their own opinion outside of my influence.

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Post by sacmersault » November 3rd, 2018, 12:53 pm

Of course opinion is influenced by comments from others, but what enrichens the viewing experience is what other think and if you can't see it without being influenced then simply don't read the comments. It's seems like a simple solution to me; similar to the WC or most polls.

Plus I don't know if you know but the films competing were chosen by programmers, some of us who lobbied (pushed/recommended) certain films over others and it's inevitable for people to not speak positively or negatively over a film.

I think as long as nothing is revealed that you can't find on IMDB, it should be fine. Personal sensitivity should be left outside. If you don't want to be influenced, don't read the comments. Seems simple

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Post by flaiky » November 4th, 2018, 2:08 am

I agree that comments shouldn't be hidden in tags unless they are actually spoilers; the threads will look a bit dead otherwise and it could stifle discussion. Perhaps everyone could just bold the titles of particular films, so that it's easy for people to skip the comment if they don't want to read it?
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Dawson City: Frozen Time: 6/10 I know I'm supposed to like this, but I was pretty disappointed by it. I think a lot of it was my expectations going in - I wanted to hear a lot more about the films they discovered, and much less about the town. A bit of the history on the town was nice, but I thought there was too much. I did like that they interspersed a bit of the found footage in there, but I wanted more. Some good history.
I'm respectfully confused by this comment because practically the whole film is made up of the of the found footage..? Do I misunderstand what you mean?

I really love this Letterboxd review of the film, and will lazily paste it here as a summary of why I find it so stirring and profound:
Exceptional. I had to watch it twice, on consecutive nights, just to make sure I wasn’t merely caught up in the spellbinding rhythmic dreaminess of it (particularly given the mood set by the music). But no, there’s so much here: It’s a full-bodied testament to the tangled-up histories of movies, money, and one Gold Rush community, and it’s also a masterclass in making images matter. What’s fascinating is how much of the runtime I spend becoming more curious about the people. Morrison doesn’t quite treat the people we encounter like characters; he doesn’t flesh out their lives more than the real main character—those unburied strips of nitrate—needs him to. And yet I kept wondering about the people in the audiences of these movies, how their day-to-day, their every economic up and down, was haunted by the presence of these ephemeral entertainments, movies they would never see again. Then I get caught up in the sense that glimpsing them in such generous doses, as we do here, is all the more fugitive and thrilling. Ephemera is a boon to the imagination. And by using it to flesh out this dense historical story, Morrison somehow makes us feel like he’s accounting for all the particulars of life and desire that the historical bulletpoints of the story simply cannot account for. The beautifully degraded images, pressed into montages, evince something powerfully intangible: the sense that movies are reproductions of life. Their forgottenness and ghostly decay only makes that idea more poignant. Morrison reproduces history through texts that had, ironically, been completely lost to our sense of that history. It’s a hire-wire intellectual act, but most of all, as a testament to the power, pleasure, and utter relevance of movies, it’s incredibly moving.
And the score! Gorgeous, hypnotic, Sigur Ros-iness. :wub: (The composer is actually married to the lead singer of Sigur Ros, fair play)
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Post by flaiky » November 4th, 2018, 2:31 am

I've seen 6 of these so far, but none of them in the last 8 months so it is hard to write much. I might come back and try but It'll be easier to respond to other comments. Anyway, my brief initial thoughts on Rams are recorded in the programmer thread so that's a start:
Rams gets a big ol' thumbs up from me. I thought it would be a little more quirky and surrealistic but the minimalist drama (not without touches of dry humour) is very well done, so I'm not complaining. The rural Icelandic setting is an unusual place to enter, especially for city folk like me, yet both the world and lead character feel fully fleshed out so it isn't difficult to connect with the material. I found the film very touching on several levels - a lonely old man going about his day without any self pity, the human devotion to animals, and the eventual bond between the brothers. I think it's essentially about the things we grab onto to make life meaningful, and the things that sadly get lost along the way. The ending..
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is potentially very dark - I like to think everything turns out okay, as Kiddi said, but we don't know for sure and the idea of them freezing to death in that hole is grim af. :unsure:
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Post by wasabi » November 4th, 2018, 2:56 am

I saw Summer 1993 this summer and really enjoyed watching it.
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I really liked the pace of this movie, and how the girl really joined her new family. My favorite part was the last scene they were laughing and she suddenly crying on bed, because at that moment, she finally knew she was part of the family. Very touched movie!
Hopefully I will have time to watch others.

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Post by maxwelldeux » November 4th, 2018, 4:38 am

flaiky wrote:
November 4th, 2018, 2:08 am
I agree that comments shouldn't be hidden in tags unless they are actually spoilers; the threads will look a bit dead otherwise and it could stifle discussion. Perhaps everyone could just bold the titles of particular films, so that it's easy for people to skip the comment if they don't want to read it?
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Dawson City: Frozen Time: 6/10 I know I'm supposed to like this, but I was pretty disappointed by it. I think a lot of it was my expectations going in - I wanted to hear a lot more about the films they discovered, and much less about the town. A bit of the history on the town was nice, but I thought there was too much. I did like that they interspersed a bit of the found footage in there, but I wanted more. Some good history.
I'm respectfully confused by this comment because practically the whole film is made up of the of the found footage..? Do I misunderstand what you mean?
You don't misunderstand me at all - we just happen to disagree. :shrug:

Perhaps I'm unfairly judging the film, but I knew a little bit about the history of how/why this happened before going into the film. So what I really wanted was for the film to be more about what I didn't know and less about what I did know. I knew about why the films ended up frozen in the pool, but I didn't know anything about the films they discovered. So what I was looking for was for the overwhelming majority of the film to be about the films in the pool, what they discovered, how they found what were lost films, what those lost films meant, etc. There was some of that, but not enough for my tastes - I found just too much about the town and the history therein. I kept rolling my eyes watching this because I wanted them to move on to the good parts about the films and their importance that I thought were coming.

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Post by xianjiro » November 4th, 2018, 4:44 am

maxwelldeux wrote:
November 4th, 2018, 4:38 am
flaiky wrote:
November 4th, 2018, 2:08 am
I agree that comments shouldn't be hidden in tags unless they are actually spoilers; the threads will look a bit dead otherwise and it could stifle discussion. Perhaps everyone could just bold the titles of particular films, so that it's easy for people to skip the comment if they don't want to read it?
maxwelldeux wrote:
November 3rd, 2018, 1:51 am
Dawson City: Frozen Time: 6/10 I know I'm supposed to like this, but I was pretty disappointed by it. I think a lot of it was my expectations going in - I wanted to hear a lot more about the films they discovered, and much less about the town. A bit of the history on the town was nice, but I thought there was too much. I did like that they interspersed a bit of the found footage in there, but I wanted more. Some good history.
I'm respectfully confused by this comment because practically the whole film is made up of the of the found footage..? Do I misunderstand what you mean?
You don't misunderstand me at all - we just happen to disagree. :shrug:

Perhaps I'm unfairly judging the film, but I knew a little bit about the history of how/why this happened before going into the film. So what I really wanted was for the film to be more about what I didn't know and less about what I did know. I knew about why the films ended up frozen in the pool, but I didn't know anything about the films they discovered. So what I was looking for was for the overwhelming majority of the film to be about the films in the pool, what they discovered, how they found what were lost films, what those lost films meant, etc. There was some of that, but not enough for my tastes - I found just too much about the town and the history therein. I kept rolling my eyes watching this because I wanted them to move on to the good parts about the films and their importance that I thought were coming.
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Post by cinewest » November 4th, 2018, 8:43 am

I've seen only 3 up to now, but have 5 others on my "watch" list, including Tower, which is available on Netflix stream.

Of those seen, I liked Nocturama and I Am Not Madame Bovary enough to include them in yearly too 20's, and thought both were distinctive and well done enough get an 8 score from me. I also liked Rams, but somewhat less, so a 7 for that one.
The first two were on my 500<400 list

Western is probably highest on my list to see, especially since I loved the filmmaker's previous effort: Longing.

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Post by Melvelet » November 4th, 2018, 12:22 pm

Behemoth 7/10
Rams 6/10

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Post by flaiky » November 4th, 2018, 1:04 pm

maxwelldeux wrote:
November 4th, 2018, 4:38 am
flaiky wrote:
November 4th, 2018, 2:08 am
I agree that comments shouldn't be hidden in tags unless they are actually spoilers; the threads will look a bit dead otherwise and it could stifle discussion. Perhaps everyone could just bold the titles of particular films, so that it's easy for people to skip the comment if they don't want to read it?
maxwelldeux wrote:
November 3rd, 2018, 1:51 am
Dawson City: Frozen Time: 6/10 I know I'm supposed to like this, but I was pretty disappointed by it. I think a lot of it was my expectations going in - I wanted to hear a lot more about the films they discovered, and much less about the town. A bit of the history on the town was nice, but I thought there was too much. I did like that they interspersed a bit of the found footage in there, but I wanted more. Some good history.
I'm respectfully confused by this comment because practically the whole film is made up of the of the found footage..? Do I misunderstand what you mean?
You don't misunderstand me at all - we just happen to disagree. :shrug:

Perhaps I'm unfairly judging the film, but I knew a little bit about the history of how/why this happened before going into the film. So what I really wanted was for the film to be more about what I didn't know and less about what I did know. I knew about why the films ended up frozen in the pool, but I didn't know anything about the films they discovered. So what I was looking for was for the overwhelming majority of the film to be about the films in the pool, what they discovered, how they found what were lost films, what those lost films meant, etc. There was some of that, but not enough for my tastes - I found just too much about the town and the history therein. I kept rolling my eyes watching this because I wanted them to move on to the good parts about the films and their importance that I thought were coming.
I think Morrison wants the footage to speak for itself, he uses it to construct a journey through the past and bring the era back to life. Personally I think it's an amazing stroke of luck that the town the reels were discovered in has a fascinating 'rise and fall' story so typical of the Gold Rush. It's an added bonus to learn about (and see) all that along with the news bulletins and fictional films that made up their world. It's definitely more about the history of the time period than about film history, but fair enough if that part is less interesting to you. (I feel like that last line sounds annoying, I'm being sincere I promise!)
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