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Post by beavis » September 5th, 2020, 6:37 am

Fergenaprido wrote:
September 4th, 2020, 1:39 pm
I thought Bixa Travesty was already in the list for some reason. I've seen it, and I could support it with a 2. Very provocative.
yes it is, and therefore a strong entry for the LGBTQ section I think. Glad we found another one that is an instant entry with your 2 and my 3
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September 4th, 2020, 1:39 pm
Mass for Shut-Ins. Not a fan, I'd give it a 0 or 1.
that vote might mean it's an excellent entry for arthouse ;) also a relatively short movie, so if one other person likes it, we have another cool candidate
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September 4th, 2020, 1:39 pm
I missed Las hijas del fuego when it was on Mubi - it just didn't seem terribly interesting (and wasn't yet official since the CT 2010s list hadn't been adopted yet) so I decided to skip it.
Nothing else jumps out at me except McQueen; maybe I'll seek it out.
I've seen the director of Zerzura's first film and liked it well enough, maybe I'll give it a shot. I have no idea what "acid western" means, though.
Las Hijas is basically an arthouse porno, so I am not confident in programming it. But it has a great punky feminist spirit too and should be applauded for that. a gentle rebellion. There is a German DVD with English subs out there.

McQueen was already in the spreadsheet, my mistake. I added my score now and it already qualifies, no immediate need to seek it out if you're unsure

Acid Western is the way it was promoted. There are a lot of scenes of walking in the desert accompanied by electric quitar that could be labeled psychedelic / acid. And in the end it get's really trippy and seemingly inspired by Jodorowsky, so that fits the description too. But it is low budget filmmaking and not as wild as the description makes it sound. Also it if filmed in Niger, so not really Western ;)

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Post by beavis » September 5th, 2020, 6:50 am

https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/ff4- ... ns/beavis/

I'd like to highlight a few more items as possible options. Looking at the recap Mighty made, I think there are already a lot of options on the table, but since most of those haven't been sought out over the past few months it can't hurt to name a few more. As can be seen in the previous posts, it already resulted in a few new qualifying movies

I mentioned the Galician new wave before. There are quite a few in the short ICM list of options I made yesterday:

La estrella errante
Trinta Lumes
El mar nos mira de lejos
O que arde

That last one is maybe still doing festival and regular cinema rounds at the moment, but all can be found. This is such a rich well in recent years that it would be great if we could highlight them in the art-house or Europe section. La Estrella Errante is another short-ish movie... ;)

Also of note: Redoubt, the new Matthew Barney!
While not his best (or most ambitious), a new Barney is always an event. Should be a must watch for any arthouse fans... also a must include for our festival...?

And as for my watchlist: I have now prioritized the following movies that could qualify with one more vote:

Bunuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtle (animation)
Hagazussa (dawn)
Beach Rats (LGBTQ)
37 Seconds (Asia)

NB I'm seeing now that Beach Rats already has over 10000 imdb votes. I think that is why I de-prioritized it earlier... The title still fits the spirit of the festival, and we have been loose with the threshold in previous years. Shall we let this one qualify?
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Post by mightysparks » September 5th, 2020, 7:04 am

I'd probably normally give Hagazussa a 2, but like with Luz I'd also chuck it up to a 3 to get it in if it needs extra support. Both would be great selections for Dawn.
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Post by Fergenaprido » September 5th, 2020, 10:08 am

beavis wrote:
September 5th, 2020, 6:25 am
What do the others think about adjusting initial scores to push for qualification? refrain from doing it if it is not necessary or let each one do what feels right for them?
I have no issue with it. Sometimes I may not enjoy a film, but can see it's value for others, especially in slates that hold little to no interest for me.
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September 4th, 2020, 1:39 pm
Mass for Shut-Ins. Not a fan, I'd give it a 0 or 1.
that vote might mean it's an excellent entry for arthouse ;) also a relatively short movie, so if one other person likes it, we have another cool candidate
Haha, yes, it might mean that. I found it a bit more narrative than a typical arthouse film, though. And yes, it's quite short.

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Post by mightysparks » September 5th, 2020, 10:19 am

I’m (obviously) ok with changing votes. I try to base mine on a mix of how much I like it and how much I think others will like it, and I was also trying to save my 3s for the very best—but since I haven’t found many 3s I’m happy to increase the vote for the films I think deserve it enough.
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Post by sacmersault » September 7th, 2020, 1:44 pm

Fergenaprido wrote:
September 4th, 2020, 1:39 pm
I thought Bixa Travesty was already in the list for some reason. I've seen it, and I could support it with a 2. Very provocative.

The only other one I've seen from your new list is Mass for Shut-Ins. Not a fan, I'd give it a 0 or 1.
I missed Las hijas del fuego when it was on Mubi - it just didn't seem terribly interesting (and wasn't yet official since the CT 2010s list hadn't been adopted yet) so I decided to skip it.
Nothing else jumps out at me except McQueen; maybe I'll seek it out.
I've seen the director of Zerzura's first film and liked it well enough, maybe I'll give it a shot. I have no idea what "acid western" means, though.
I agree with Bixa Travesty. I would also give it a 2.

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Post by mightysparks » September 7th, 2020, 1:47 pm

Beach Rats (2017)
This is largely plotless and doesn't have much in the way of character development, but is a decent slice of life laid-back film that weaves in and out of events in Frankie's life over a short time. There are some interesting ideas of homosexuality, normalised heterosexuality and just sexuality in general but ultimately these explorations feel shallow and inauthentic. This also stems from an awkward and stilted script where every scene conveniently reveals something really important and deep that it begins to feel like a series of lessons. Though I'm not a gay man, it was also quite clear that the director/writer wasn't either. Harris Dickinson does ok with what he has at portraying Frankie's identity crisis, and Madeline Weinstein is convincingly 'pretty, but empty', but the other actors make the budget obvious. None of the characters feel real or complex, and this makes its themes of identity fall flat. The film is enjoyable and has a nice mood to it, but it's very problematic.

Honestly not really sure with my support for this one due to my conflicting feelings, but I'll be generous at this point in the game and give it a 2.
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Post by beavis » September 7th, 2020, 1:51 pm

mightysparks wrote:
September 7th, 2020, 1:47 pm
Honestly not really sure with my support for this one
Let's not force ourselves into compromises, just because there is a bit of a way to go yet. Supporting a film you find problematic is a big step further than changing a support of 2 into a 3, and it is not something I would do or would like you to do.

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Post by mightysparks » September 7th, 2020, 2:03 pm

beavis wrote:
September 7th, 2020, 1:51 pm
mightysparks wrote:
September 7th, 2020, 1:47 pm
Honestly not really sure with my support for this one
Let's not force ourselves into compromises, just because there is a bit of a way to go yet. Supporting a film you find problematic is a big step further than changing a support of 2 into a 3, and it is not something I would do or would like you to do.
Yeah but I liked the film (I gave it a 6/10), so I'm not sure whether I'd give it a 1 or 2, I'm probably like right in the middle. But I can see other people getting something out of it too, so I'm inclined to go with the higher rating.
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Post by Fergenaprido » September 7th, 2020, 2:08 pm

sacmersault wrote:
September 7th, 2020, 1:44 pm
Fergenaprido wrote:
September 4th, 2020, 1:39 pm
I thought Bixa Travesty was already in the list for some reason. I've seen it, and I could support it with a 2. Very provocative.

The only other one I've seen from your new list is Mass for Shut-Ins. Not a fan, I'd give it a 0 or 1.
I missed Las hijas del fuego when it was on Mubi - it just didn't seem terribly interesting (and wasn't yet official since the CT 2010s list hadn't been adopted yet) so I decided to skip it.
Nothing else jumps out at me except McQueen; maybe I'll seek it out.
I've seen the director of Zerzura's first film and liked it well enough, maybe I'll give it a shot. I have no idea what "acid western" means, though.
I agree with Bixa Travesty. I would also give it a 2.
I've added your vote and mine to the spreadsheet since beavis added the film. I also added the English title to be consistent with the rest of the films - I know it's two slang insults, but like I said, the filmmakers are very provocative, and from what I know they intentionally chose that as the English title (the Portuguese title is equally offensive from what I understand).

And I updated the conditional formatting to highlight all films with at least 5 points.

I've also moved The Heiresses up from the bottom since it has 6 points and at least 1 score of 3 - we almost included it in last year's slate but switched it out for a film that had fewer votes and points but a higher average rating (Heartstone, which I think then won that slate).

And if people are looking for more arthouse films, both Drift and Somniloquies are in the bottom section and are also relatively short, like Mass for Shut-Ins. They both come with the highest arthouse recommendations possible: a 3 from beavis and a 0 from me :D

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Post by beavis » September 9th, 2020, 7:11 pm

Just seen Hagazussa, and I loved it! Better than I had expected even, and it didn't feel like a debut feature to me (like Luz did). There was a fully realized vision here. Very strong use of audio too, and not just in the amazing droning soundtrack. Obviously a full support there. might be a bit too art-hous-y for Dawn even... but it still felt mostly like a genre piece to me.

I had another closer look at the spreadsheet too. This time I noticed that a lot of the movies marked as art-house don't qualify for that section i my judgement. And some of the candidates are more urgently needed for other sections. So there is more need for extra viewings on this than I had expected/mentioned before.

Dawn, Doc, Euro and LGBT might already be ok now
LatAm is on the cusp
Arthouse needs a few more
And still lacking in options are Indie, AsAf and Animation

Mentioned as "to be watched" (ignoring films that have qualified in the meantime) are:

The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales (animation, Ferg)
El ángel (LatAm, LGBTQ, Ferg, if needed)
Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles (animation, Beavis)
Tropical Virus (animation, sacmersault)
Have a Nice Day (animation, sacmersault, if found, NB I think I can find it if you can't)
Araby (LatAm, mighty, NB not needed if i change my vote to a 3)
Non-Fiction (Euro, mighty, I think this has a lower priority now)
Shuttle Life (AsAf, mighty)
Casa Roshell (LGBTQ, mighty)
37 Seconds (AsAf, Beavis)
Jinpa (AsAf, mighty)
Martin Eden (arthouse, mighty)
Firefly (arthouse, AsAf, mighty)
Radiance (AsAf, mighty)
Hatsukoi (AsAf, mighty)
A Russian Youth (arthouse, mighty)
Café com Canela (LatAm, mighty)
In Search of Fellini (indie, Beavis)

While noting she has little time this month, mighty has actually announced the most titles to watch! I am missing AB537 and PGonzalez a bit. If titles can't be found you can always ask the nominator for them through PM. If needed I can find and provide solutions for all my nominations at least.

I have to look further into the last suggestions of Ferg. I know I haven't seen any of them, but I might like to seek them out. I further hope others have some more good suggestions for the Indie section (I think Quebec could also count for Indie... right? At least A Colony has a very typical Indie and coming of age kinda story that wouldn't feel out of place in that section, even if it isn't English language... but I might underestimate the problem some people have with subtitles).

It might be a good idea if we found some volunteers to watch the following titles (I feel they have the highest chance, from what is in the spreadsheet and not already mentioned as being watched this month, of helping us further):

The Seen and the Unseen
Close-Knit
Classical Period
MFKZ

From these the only one I haven't seen is MFKZ, so I will look into this too, but I can't make a promise on it yet.
I also second the call from Ferg in the previous post on Drift and Somniloquies... both VERY strong arthouse candidates!
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Post by beavis » September 9th, 2020, 7:36 pm

As for animation, I saw Promare (2019) in cinema last weekend and that is one truly MINDBLOWING movie!! It has also already been released on bluray in the UK and only has 2012 Imdb votes at the moment. Maybe I should ad it to the spreadsheet... ;)

I had a very good weekend btw, because The Twentieth Century played at the Imagine filmfestival and that was another instant favorite, might be top 10 of the year material even! It is very new, but it can also be found online already and would qualify for both Dawn and Arthouse. Have you seen this Canadian wonder already Ferg?


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Post by PGonzalez » September 9th, 2020, 9:01 pm

Hey, I've been relatively quiet because these past few weeks have been a bit filled; nonetheless, I have the last two weeks of September completely free so here's my current plan:


Want to watch and have it available:

Amanda (Euro)
Pity (Euro)
The Seen and the Unseen (AsAf)
The Shiny Shrimps (LGBT, Euro)

Want to watch but would need help to find it:

Lerd (AsAf)
Araby (LatAm)
Ghost Town Anthology (Art)
As Boas Maneiras (Dawn, LatAm)
Have a Nice Day (Anim, AsAf)
In Search of Fellini (Art, Indie)
Mario (LGBT, Euro)
Martin Eden (Art, Euro)
No Intenso Agora (Doc)
Promare (Anim, Dawn, AsAf)
Radiance (AsAf)
Skins (Dawn, Euro)
Talking About Trees (Doc, AsAf)


I'd like to see seven films, at least, from the above list. My main problem consists of finding the films, so I'd be happy to take you up on your offer beavis :)

There are also two films that I forgot to add to my nominations when I previously posted them (La Gomera and Geu-hu), but I don't think they're still needed.

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Post by beavis » September 9th, 2020, 9:11 pm

I have seen Geu-hu. Am not a huge fan of the director, but I know a lot of people are and AsAf still needs more options, so I could support that if you add it to the spreadsheet
I have also seen La Gomera and like that one a bit better, even if I wouldn't have nominated it myself. I see there has been a UK dvd release in August, so this should be easy to find for participants of the festival and I would support it.

Good to hear you've found the Seen and the Unseen and are planning to watch it!
And I can certainly find some of the others for you, with priority to animation and AsAf (problem is harddisk space, ratio and time, so probably take till somewhere this weekend to arrange some things)

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Post by beavis » September 9th, 2020, 9:40 pm

Fergenaprido wrote:
September 4th, 2020, 5:20 am
Okay, here are some films I've seen that I could nominate
Africa & Asia
3 The Orphanage (2019) (Afghanistan)
3 The Day After I'm Gone (2019) (Israel)
Latin America
2 On the Starting Line (2019) (Cuba) (also doc)
3 Cassandro, the Exotico! (2018) (France/Mexico/USA) (also doc) (also lgbt) - technically a French film, but the subject matter is Mexican
3 Indianara (2019) (Brazil) (also doc) (also lgbt)
3 The Blond One (2019) (Argentina) (also lgbt)
3 Waiting for the Carnival (2019) (Brazil) (also doc)
3 The Fever (2019) (Brazil)
English Independent
3 Ghost Town Anthology (2019) - Quebecois film, so technically French-language independent, like A Colony
I will seek out Waiting for the Carnival, because I love the director. I had avoided this one before because other than the director this one seems to offer me nothing of interest, but your nomination is persuading me now.

Ghost Town Anthology is one I already had on my radar because I have been looking into Canada lately. Cote hasn't wowed me yet and his latest one doesn't seem to be received that well, but I will seek it out (if everyone agree that these Quebec movies can qualify for the indie section... otherwise there is less priority I think)

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Post by AB537 » September 9th, 2020, 10:03 pm

I've also been tied up and haven't had much time to devote to this project. Sadly, I doubt this will change in the near future but am comfortable with the approach that's being taken. I'd also note that there don't seem to be any films where me adding one point would make a difference at this stage.

If I do have time to watch more for this project, here are some options that are currently below 5 points and may interest me, in approximate descending order:

Malchik russkiy - A Russian Youth
Martin Eden
Zhuang si le yi zhi yang - Jinpa
Le daim - Deerskin
Lerd - A Man of Integrity
Sulayman too - Suleiman Mountain
Radiance
Oiktos - Pity (Update: found this one on Kanopy!)
Vazante
As Boas Maneiras - Good Manners
Insyriated - In Syria
Koja je ovo drzava! - What a Country!

Please note that I don't currently have access to any of these films with English subtitles. Finally, apologies if I missed this but when are we looking to finalize the slate of movies?
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Post by mightysparks » September 10th, 2020, 1:33 am

beavis wrote:
September 9th, 2020, 7:11 pm
While noting she has little time this month, mighty has actually announced the most titles to watch!
I like to stay hopeful tehe I probably will only get through half if I'm lucky...
beavis wrote:
September 9th, 2020, 7:11 pm
It might be a good idea if we found some volunteers to watch the following titles (I feel they have the highest chance, from what is in the spreadsheet and not already mentioned as being watched this month, of helping us further):

The Seen and the Unseen
Close-Knit
Classical Period
MFKZ
I am interested in MFKZ so will maybe switch out one of my potential watches for this instead.
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Post by Fergenaprido » September 10th, 2020, 9:46 am

beavis wrote:
September 9th, 2020, 7:36 pm
I had a very good weekend btw, because The Twentieth Century played at the Imagine filmfestival and that was another instant favorite, might be top 10 of the year material even! It is very new, but it can also be found online already and would qualify for both Dawn and Arthouse. Have you seen this Canadian wonder already Ferg?
No, I haven't seen it yet, but I was aware of it since it was released. Not a film that would ever play in cinemas here, though. Since it's 2019 I wasn't even thinking about watching it for this year's festival, but I can prioritize it if needed.
PGonzalez wrote:
September 9th, 2020, 9:01 pm
Want to watch but would need help to find it:

*Lerd (AsAf)
*Araby (LatAm)
*Ghost Town Anthology (Art)
*As Boas Maneiras (Dawn, LatAm)
Have a Nice Day (Anim, AsAf)
In Search of Fellini (Art, Indie)
Mario (LGBT, Euro)
Martin Eden (Art, Euro)
No Intenso Agora (Doc)
Promare (Anim, Dawn, AsAf)
Radiance (AsAf)
Skins (Dawn, Euro)
*Talking About Trees (Doc, AsAf)
The ones marked * I saw on Mubi, but I don't know if any of them are still available except As Boas Maneiras, which I haven't seen but I know still is available. I'd skipped it, but I could watch it if needed as well.
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I will seek out Waiting for the Carnival, because I love the director. I had avoided this one before because other than the director this one seems to offer me nothing of interest, but your nomination is persuading me now.

Ghost Town Anthology is one I already had on my radar because I have been looking into Canada lately. Cote hasn't wowed me yet and his latest one doesn't seem to be received that well, but I will seek it out (if everyone agree that these Quebec movies can qualify for the indie section... otherwise there is less priority I think)
Waiting for the Carnival should still be available on Mubi. I haven't seen any of the directors other films, so I don't know how it compares, but I really enjoyed this one. Very personal documentary but also a fair bit of humour.

I'm hit and miss with Côté, so I was surprised that I liked GTA as much as I did. Not as arthousey as some of his others, but still quite weird.
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here are some options that are currently below 5 points and may interest me, in approximate descending order:

*Malchik russkiy - A Russian Youth
Martin Eden
Zhuang si le yi zhi yang - Jinpa
Le daim - Deerskin
*Lerd - A Man of Integrity
*Sulayman too - Suleiman Mountain
Radiance
Oiktos - Pity (Update: found this one on Kanopy!)
Vazante
*As Boas Maneiras - Good Manners
Insyriated - In Syria
Koja je ovo drzava! - What a Country!
Similar to above, the * are ones I saw on Mubi. What a Country is probably my top pick of that batch, but I saw it at a film festival in Croatia and haven't been able to find it since. I've been putting off watching Pity for a while, but I could also try and watch it if needed.

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Post by beavis » September 10th, 2020, 12:16 pm

Fergenaprido wrote:
September 10th, 2020, 9:46 am
beavis wrote:
September 9th, 2020, 7:36 pm
I had a very good weekend btw, because The Twentieth Century played at the Imagine filmfestival and that was another instant favorite, might be top 10 of the year material even! It is very new, but it can also be found online already and would qualify for both Dawn and Arthouse. Have you seen this Canadian wonder already Ferg?
No, I haven't seen it yet, but I was aware of it since it was released. Not a film that would ever play in cinemas here, though. Since it's 2019 I wasn't even thinking about watching it for this year's festival, but I can prioritize it if needed.
Yeah, at this point I am mostly about what is available to make sure we at least have enough for this year. Looking at everything I gathered in that Letterboxd list earlier, I think there should be enough interesting titles from 2017 alone to fill an entire festival, but alas, we didn't get enough programmers. I was not suggesting that you seek this title out, but if you had seen it and liked it, then we had another easy addition to the roster.

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Post by AB537 » September 10th, 2020, 12:40 pm

Fergenaprido wrote:
September 10th, 2020, 9:46 am
AB537 wrote:
September 9th, 2020, 10:03 pm
here are some options that are currently below 5 points and may interest me, in approximate descending order:

*Malchik russkiy - A Russian Youth
Martin Eden
Zhuang si le yi zhi yang - Jinpa
Le daim - Deerskin
*Lerd - A Man of Integrity
*Sulayman too - Suleiman Mountain
Radiance
Oiktos - Pity (Update: found this one on Kanopy!)
Vazante
*As Boas Maneiras - Good Manners
Insyriated - In Syria
Koja je ovo drzava! - What a Country!
Similar to above, the * are ones I saw on Mubi. What a Country is probably my top pick of that batch, but I saw it at a film festival in Croatia and haven't been able to find it since. I've been putting off watching Pity for a while, but I could also try and watch it if needed.
Thanks! I did find As Boas Maneiras in the library. Will keep an eye out for the others but haven't come across them so far.

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Post by beavis » September 10th, 2020, 12:41 pm

Have a Nice Day
Martin Eden
Radiance
Jinpa
Drift
Close-Knit
Classical Period
MFKZ

Waiting for the Carnival
In Search of Fellini
Ghost Town Anthology
Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles

I do not have Mubi myself, but found some extra space for the above titles. I'll make sure the programmers who expressed interest in them will get them over the next few days. I will certainly watch the final four (and 37 seconds I will watch on Netflix). I hope we can strategely divide the work, so we don't have 3 people watching the appearently highly anticipated Martin Eden (rightfully so!) and 0 people watching something else needed... ;)

The same thing with Pity (Oiktos). If you have it already and are curious, do check it out (it's a very cool movie, especially if dark ultra-deadpan humour is your thing), but it might be better to give priority to an animation or something else more urgent if your time to watch is limited. I know my time is, do to loads of other movie-watching plans, so I don't think I can do much more than these 5... even though my watched movie total for this month will probably be around 60 in the end...

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Post by Fergenaprido » September 10th, 2020, 1:04 pm

Forgot to mention that I saw The Big Bad Fox. I found it quite funny. Gets a 3 from me.

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Post by mightysparks » September 10th, 2020, 3:45 pm

I watched Mutafukaz (2017) and Martin Eden (2019) today (woo, procrastination). Too tired to write much, so brief thoughts:

MFKZ had a cool dystopian vision and some great world-building. Soundtrack was good and gave it a lot of energy. Story was fairly simple/generic, but it was the other elements that made it work. Wasn't really sure what the story was with the weird looking main characters, though. Enjoyable and worth a watch. Medium support from me.

Martin Eden was good, but flawed. Loved the grainy look, and the first hour exploring Martin's 'growth' was nice. But as soon as it started getting all political I started dozing off and didn't care much. The lead actor was good, very convincing in his transformation/different sides of Martin and his frustration/anger. The romantic interests could've been a little more interesting. I didn't get what the point of the silent reels were, they didn't make any sense or add anything to me. Overall I did like this, but if I could cut about 30 minutes of political rants it may have been much better. Medium support from me.
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Post by mightysparks » September 11th, 2020, 1:34 pm

Hikari (2017) - The plot summary interested me, but this was overly sentimental rubbish. I liked the scenes with discussions of her narration of the films and the way images are interpreted. I also somewhat liked Nakamori's descent into blindness. But the main character was bland and the connection between the two was not at all convincing. The music was terrible and made it even more sappy and gross than it already was. Low support.
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Post by sacmersault » September 12th, 2020, 12:59 am

Virus Tropical (2017) - An interesting coming of age film. The animation is very graphic novel like and simple. Love how it captures a generation and the character development. I give it medium support +2

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Post by PGonzalez » September 13th, 2020, 10:55 pm

Added The Day After and The Whistlers to the list.

Also saw two other films with just one vote: The Shiny Shrimps (0) and Mario, a 1 that I'm considering upgrading to a 2 due to Max Hubacher's performance. The movie's second third would feel hollow and recycled if given to a less talented actor, and the drab, uninspired Lifetime-like look of the photography somehow helps establish his character's vulnerability to a point where it kept me quite engaged. Were it not for Hubacher I would've probably checked out of this film at around the one hour mark, since if I wanted to watch a Moonlight/ La La Land mashup I could just watch those two. Also, who the hell designed (and who approved) that poster?

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Post by AB537 » September 14th, 2020, 12:43 pm

PGonzalez wrote:
September 13th, 2020, 10:55 pm
Added The Day After and The Whistlers to the list.
Excellent, I was planning to watch The Whistlers anyway, so will definitely prioritize that one.

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Post by AB537 » September 15th, 2020, 1:56 am

Watched La Gomera - The Whistlers, and really enjoyed it. This one was on my watchlist for the Toronto festival last year and scheduling didn't work out, so it was great to see it appear on MUBI last week and as a nominee for this project. A solid crime film with an interesting angle via the whistling language from the Spanish island, both of which are alluded to in the titles in various languages. Strong support from me.

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Post by Fergenaprido » September 15th, 2020, 10:54 am

Seems it's only playing on Mubi in Canada. Pity.

The documentary M is also available on Mubi right now through their Locarno special, if anyone wants to give that one a go. A bunch of the other films in the list I saw on Mubi, but I don't know of any others that are still/currently available.

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Post by beavis » September 16th, 2020, 4:47 pm

Somniloquies is on mubi now.... i think

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