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The 2nd Annual iCMFF: Arthouse

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The 2nd Annual iCMFF: Arthouse

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Post by outdoorcats » November 1st, 2018, 10:55 pm

Welcome to the 2018 iCheckMovies Film Festival!

Festival Dates: Nov. 1-30

Please rate the films the films you've seen on a scale from 1-10 to help contribute to this year's Audience Award.
(Ratings are due by the end of the month to be counted)

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

By the Time it Gets Dark dir. Anocha Suwichakornpong. 2016, 105 min. :imdb::ICM:
1970, Thailand. A waitress, then a film director. All lives are connected.
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Dead Slow Ahead dir. Mauro Herce. 2015, 74 min. :imdb::ICM:
A freighter. Gears. Workers. Machinery.
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Mimosas dir. Oliver Laxe. 2016, 96 min. :imdb::ICM:
A caravan. A dying sheikh. Then, or now?
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Staying Vertical dir. Alain Guiraudie. 2016, 98 min. :imdb::ICM:
Sex. Sheep farmers. A baby. The wolves are getting more aggressive.
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The Human Surge dir. Eduardo Williams. 2016, 99 min. :imdb::ICM:
Argentina, Mozambique, The Philippines. Young people and technology.
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The Pearl Button dir. Patricio Guzmán. 2015, 82 min. :imdb::ICM:
Water, the cosmos, time, memory, genocide.
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Post by Ivan0716 » November 2nd, 2018, 12:13 pm

By the Time it Gets Dark - 7/10

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Post by viktor-vaudevillain » November 4th, 2018, 8:29 pm

Very nice picks this year! Already seen 2, the other ones are high on my watchlist. Only Dead Slow Ahead I hadn't planned to see beforehand.

Staying Vertical - 9
The Human Surge - 10

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Post by cinewest » November 5th, 2018, 7:16 am

The Pearl Button- 9

A creative, cinematic, personal, historical essay about the filmmaker and Chile. Outstanding

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Post by connordenney » November 5th, 2018, 7:08 pm

By the Time It Gets Dark: 6/10
Dead Slow Ahead: 6/10
Mimosas: 6/10
Staying Vertical: 6/10
The Human Surge: 7/10
The Pearl Button: 6/10

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Post by beavis » November 5th, 2018, 7:12 pm

Good ratings for The Human Surge so far! Nice. It was one of my biggest discoveries last year and i was really pleased to help get it into this selection.

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Post by blocho » November 12th, 2018, 5:03 am

The Pearl Button 9/10

It doesn't reach the heights of Nostalgia, but what ever will? Another marvelous work from Guzman.

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Post by lynchs » November 14th, 2018, 1:54 pm

could have been better... or worse ;)

Rester vertical (2016) 6/10
El botón de nácar (2015) 5/10
El auge del humano (2016) 4/10

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Post by Lonewolf2003 » November 23rd, 2018, 11:58 pm

El auge del humano (The Human Surge) (2016): 6.2 - I'm not against this kind of meditative non-narrative fly-on-the-wall stuff, but this just didn't work for me for long stretches in the movie. For it to have any value as a meditation on the lives of modern youth the people portrayed should be more representative, which I feel they weren't. (Or maybe I'm just getting old and cynical, since the only time I laughed was when some older women were giving one of the kids slack for quitting his job cause "he doesn't like it and only does it for the money") The shift from Argentina to Mozambique was absolute genius. For a first time director Eduardo Williams does show some promising skills. Let's just hope the subject matter next time matches these skills.

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Post by beavis » November 24th, 2018, 12:08 am

Why would you describe it as meditative? The constant forward momentum was anything but for me. Also the theme of global communication is much more central than "lives of youth"... Or am i reading too much into the title?

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Post by Lonewolf2003 » November 24th, 2018, 12:10 am

beavis wrote:
November 24th, 2018, 12:08 am
Why would you describe it as meditative? The constant forward momentum was anything but for me. Also the theme of global communication is much more central than "lives of youth"... Or am i reading too much into the title?
Moving doesn't equal things happening to me. That's why I called it meditative, cause there's not a lot happening plotwise. The theme of global communication does play a part indeed yes, but to me that's connected to the lives of modern youth. (Those damn youth and all their mobile devices and the social networks, you know ;) )

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Post by beavis » November 24th, 2018, 12:13 am

Lonewolf2003 wrote:
November 24th, 2018, 12:10 am
beavis wrote:
November 24th, 2018, 12:08 am
Why would you describe it as meditative? The constant forward momentum was anything but for me. Also the theme of global communication is much more central than "lives of youth"... Or am i reading too much into the title?
Moving doesn't equal things happening to me. That's why I called it meditative, cause there's not a lot happening plotwise.
That is why i'm calling attention to the form here, this is the content....

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Post by Lonewolf2003 » November 24th, 2018, 12:20 am

beavis wrote:
November 24th, 2018, 12:13 am
Lonewolf2003 wrote:
November 24th, 2018, 12:10 am
beavis wrote:
November 24th, 2018, 12:08 am
Why would you describe it as meditative? The constant forward momentum was anything but for me. Also the theme of global communication is much more central than "lives of youth"... Or am i reading too much into the title?
Moving doesn't equal things happening to me. That's why I called it meditative, cause there's not a lot happening plotwise.
That is why i'm calling attention to the form here, this is the content....
Maybe meditative isn't the complete right word, but it's 1 am and wrote a quick review. I meant it in the sense of tranquil and unhurried. And even though in form there is a lot of movement in the movie, the movie had a relaxing effect on my mind.

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Post by Muellwind » November 26th, 2018, 6:08 pm

Mimosas 6/10

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Post by outdoorcats » November 27th, 2018, 2:38 am

Staying Vertical - 8.5
The Pearl Button - 9

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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » November 27th, 2018, 7:27 pm

Only one from this section, I'm afraid. What a one though!

'Dead Slow Ahead' - 9.5/10

Utterly transfixing; I love this review from Rebecca Naughten: https://www.eyeforfilm.co.uk/review/dea ... a-naughten.
That's all, folks!

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Post by Lonewolf2003 » November 28th, 2018, 10:40 pm

Mimosas (2016) : 7.5
Rester vertical (Staying Vertical)(2016): 5.8 - empty surrealism with an unrelatable protagonist, that's filled with unnecessary provocative scenes. It reminded me very much of Bruno Dumont; the surrealism, the direction style and the use of less attractive persons in key roles (although I like his movie more generally speaking.)

I had already seen before
El botón de nácar (The Pearl Button) (2015): 7.2

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Post by Straka » November 29th, 2018, 9:22 am

The Pearl Button 7.5/10

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Post by matthewscott8 » November 29th, 2018, 12:11 pm

RogerTheMovieManiac88 wrote:
November 27th, 2018, 7:27 pm
Only one from this section, I'm afraid. What a one though!

'Dead Slow Ahead' - 9.5/10

Utterly transfixing; I love this review from Rebecca Naughten: https://www.eyeforfilm.co.uk/review/dea ... a-naughten.
This was pretty much my sole contribution as programmer, glad you liked it :) Probs my fave movie from the last few years. Hmm a lady film reviewer referencing Dufour-Laperrière and Sniadecki, in a positive review of Dead Slow Ahead, maybe I should propose :wub:

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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » November 29th, 2018, 4:25 pm

matthewscott8 wrote:
November 29th, 2018, 12:11 pm
RogerTheMovieManiac88 wrote:
November 27th, 2018, 7:27 pm
Only one from this section, I'm afraid. What a one though!

'Dead Slow Ahead' - 9.5/10

Utterly transfixing; I love this review from Rebecca Naughten: https://www.eyeforfilm.co.uk/review/dea ... a-naughten.
This was pretty much my sole contribution as programmer, glad you liked it :) Probs my fave movie from the last few years. Hmm a lady film reviewer referencing Dufour-Laperrière and Sniadecki, in a positive review of Dead Slow Ahead, maybe I should propose :wub:
I haven't seen any of the works that she mentions in her review but I'm ever so glad to have caught this remarkable film. It's so aesthetically and aurally consuming and immersive. Herce's film is up there with Jude's 'Scarred Hearts' in terms of great films I've seen this ICMFF. Thanks ever so much for contributing it to the festival, Matt!
That's all, folks!

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Post by flaiky » November 30th, 2018, 9:08 pm

Ratings

The Pearl Button - 8
Mimosas - 8
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Post by sacmersault » November 30th, 2018, 11:51 pm

Here are the ones I finished for the Audience Award

In Order:
Dead Slow Ahead 8/10
The Pearl Button 7/10

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Post by Lonewolf2003 » December 1st, 2018, 12:47 am

Dao khanong (By the Time it Gets Dark) (2016) : 7..2 - intriguing slow-cinema about cinema.
Dead Slow Ahead (2015): 7.2 - hypnotic

My pick for this section would be Mimosas (2016). But I can also live with By the Time it Gets Dark, Dead Slow Ahead or The Pearl Button winning. The other two I liked way less. And since connordenney is the only other having seen all movies in this and his rating for everything except The Human Surge are the same. We can pronounce Mimosas as winner unless someone else come forward still as juror member.

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Post by outdoorcats » December 1st, 2018, 7:48 am

Yeah connordenney never got back to me but we can assume Mimosas is his pick as well. I hate to "Weekend at Bernies" it but there you go. :lol:

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