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Post by joachimt » January 21st, 2015, 8:18 pm

6. Akatanikitoi erastes (1988)

Recently subbed title from the Greek edition of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.
Slow with hardly any dialogue, but still a nice touching story. 7/10
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Post by Limedebois » January 22nd, 2015, 12:52 am

Great effort! 10 minutes! Yeah! Uncheck my heart, baby let me be... Uncheck my heart, cause you don't care about me...

Muerte en Arizona (2014) 2/10 SF docu wtf
Vivement le cinema (2011) 7.5/10 docu about the pre-cinema


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Aisai monogatari, first Shindô's film 7/10 (part of the Annual Junpo top 10)
Káin gyermekei , Hungarian documentary about three young killers 7/10
Jun'ai monogatari, Imai 8/10 (annual Junpo top 10)
Gobanchô yûgirirô, 8/10 (annual Junpo top 10).
Si le vent te fait peur, 1960, 8/10 (Cannes)
Telegramme, 1960, 5/10 (Cannes)
La malédiction d'Edgar, French docu-fiction about Hoover, 2014, 5/10
Un Mur à Berlin, French documentary 7/10
Juste avant l'orage, Don Kent, 7/10
10_ Le Miracle des fleurs, Max Reichmann, 7/10

Panama Canal, Stephen Ives, TV documentary 7/10
Le jugement de Dieu, Raymond Bernard (1952) 7.5/10
Visite à Hokusai, French documentary about the great Japanese painter, 7/10 (not in imdb)
L'Occupation sans relâche - Les artistes pendant la guerre, 2/10
Claudine à l'école (1937), 7/10
shorts: 30m From Boston, 6/10; 17m Douce Amère 3/10; 14m Petit frère 7/10
Napoleon: The Campaign of Russia, 6/10 Tv docufiction
Muerte en Arizona (2014) 2/10 SF docu wtf
Vivement le cinema (2011) 7.5/10 docu about the pre-cinema


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Post by Limedebois » January 25th, 2015, 12:00 am

20_Les Gaulois au-delà du mythe, tv docu 7/10


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Aisai monogatari, first Shindô's film 7/10 (part of the Annual Junpo top 10)
Káin gyermekei , Hungarian documentary about three young killers 7/10
Jun'ai monogatari, Imai 8/10 (annual Junpo top 10)
Gobanchô yûgirirô, 8/10 (annual Junpo top 10).
Si le vent te fait peur, 1960, 8/10 (Cannes)
Telegramme, 1960, 5/10 (Cannes)
La malédiction d'Edgar, French docu-fiction about Hoover, 2014, 5/10
Un Mur à Berlin, French documentary 7/10
Juste avant l'orage, Don Kent, 7/10
10_ Le Miracle des fleurs, Max Reichmann, 7/10

Panama Canal, Stephen Ives, TV documentary 7/10
Le jugement de Dieu, Raymond Bernard (1952) 7.5/10
Visite à Hokusai, French documentary about the great Japanese painter, 7/10 (not in imdb)
L'Occupation sans relâche - Les artistes pendant la guerre, 2/10
Claudine à l'école (1937), 7/10
shorts: 30m From Boston, 6/10; 17m Douce Amère 3/10; 14m Petit frère 7/10
Napoleon: The Campaign of Russia, 6/10 Tv docufiction
Muerte en Arizona (2014) 2/10 SF docu wtf
Vivement le cinema (2011) 7.5/10 docu about the pre-cinema
20_Les Gaulois au-delà du mythe, tv docu

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Post by Limedebois » January 26th, 2015, 2:07 am

Hotel Imperial , 1939 Robert Foley 7/10
Good script, good acting except Isa Miranda, great design and good directing.


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Aisai monogatari, first Shindô's film 7/10 (part of the Annual Junpo top 10)
Káin gyermekei , Hungarian documentary about three young killers 7/10
Jun'ai monogatari, Imai 8/10 (annual Junpo top 10)
Gobanchô yûgirirô, 8/10 (annual Junpo top 10).
Si le vent te fait peur, 1960, 8/10 (Cannes)
Telegramme, 1960, 5/10 (Cannes)
La malédiction d'Edgar, French docu-fiction about Hoover, 2014, 5/10
Un Mur à Berlin, French documentary 7/10
Juste avant l'orage, Don Kent, 7/10
10_ Le Miracle des fleurs, Max Reichmann, 7/10

Panama Canal, Stephen Ives, TV documentary 7/10
Le jugement de Dieu, Raymond Bernard (1952) 7.5/10
Visite à Hokusai, French documentary about the great Japanese painter, 7/10 (not in imdb)
L'Occupation sans relâche - Les artistes pendant la guerre, 2/10
Claudine à l'école (1937), 7/10
shorts: 30m From Boston, 6/10; 17m Douce Amère 3/10; 14m Petit frère 7/10
Napoleon: The Campaign of Russia, 6/10 Tv docufiction
Muerte en Arizona (2014) 2/10 SF docu wtf
Vivement le cinema (2011) 7.5/10 docu about the pre-cinema
20_Les Gaulois au-delà du mythe, tv docu

Hotel Imperial , 1939 Robert Foley 7/10

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Post by connordenney » February 5th, 2015, 9:09 pm

Baladna Alraheeb
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Post by connordenney » February 23rd, 2015, 3:29 am

Snakeskin
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Post by connordenney » February 26th, 2015, 7:45 pm

Li Wen man you Dong Hu
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Post by ChrisReynolds » March 2nd, 2015, 2:10 am

Previously watched...Show
1. I, Jane Doe / Diary of a Bride (1948) 3/10
2. Little Corey Gorey (1993) 3/10
3. River Patrol (1948) 2/10
4. The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm (2014) 5/10
5. Altar / The Haunting of Radcliffe House (2014) 4/10
6. Princess Warrior (1989)
After a promising first few minutes that make it look like it will be an ultra-low burdget Star Wars ripoff, the action moves to Earth, where the Princess Warrior and her evil sister get involved in a wet T-shirt contest that goes on for about fifteen minutes. As related in a very amusing article by one of the stars the T-shirts are more like sweaters so instead of becoming translucent and clingy they just become sodden and heavy. The film is horribly padded. Most of the rest of it is two groups of people (the Princess Warrior plus the macho blonde DJ from the wet T-shirt contest and the evil sister plus some henchwomen and some dumb cops) driving round LA chatting to each other. 2/10

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Left: The Princess Warrior winning a wet T-shirt contest. Right: The Princess Warrior and her evil sister fight in the first few minutes of the film (note the Princess Warrior gripping the end of her lightsaber.

7. The Hoarder (2015)
At the beginning this really seemed to be going in a surprising direction, and there was actually a bit of atmosphere, but as more and more things got revealed, it turned out to be less and less interesting and stops being scary very quickly. In essence it's a slasher film, except with a storage facility instead of a cabin in the woods and instead of the standard teen stereotypes we get a different set of stereotypes. I felt it was OK for the first half but about halfway through everybody's IQ seemed to drop through the floor to allow the plot to continue and resulted in a manufactured argument between the cop and the divorcee so that everyone could split up to get picked off. The eventual reveal of the killer and the final standard chase was disappointing.
4/10

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8. Asylum (Backmask) (2015)
This turned out to be hilariously bad and entertaining. It's pointless to list the things this film did badly since it was pretty much all of them. It's saved by the hilariously absurd dialogue and plot and ridiculously gory and over-the-top slaughter. The only thing that prevents it from being a truly enjoyable bad movie is that it sags quite badly in the before it hits the big finale, and has a lot of difficulty coherently conveying the resolution of the plot.
5/10

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9. There Are Monsters (2013)
A hard one to know what to make of. The main thing in this film's favour is that the scares (mostly the same scare presented in lots of different ways) are effective. Despite the distorted smiles looking very familiar from an iPhone photo app, it's a genuinely disconcerting and frightening effect. Also, the story, despite being Invasion of the Bodysnatchers moves along at a fast pace and has a particularly nasty and unpleasant edge to it. The first huge drawback was the way it was shot. It goes beyond normal shakey-cam to the point that it's often very difficult to watch or make out what's going on. I've never seen anything like it and this probably represents shakey-cam at its ultimate extreme. To an extent it does create a woozy disorientating feeling, but to a much greater extent, having shots of random bits of floor or long periods of incomprensible blur is frustrating and unpleasant. The second drawback is that the script makes no sense - the characters refusing to believe in the monsters despite repeatedly seeing the monsters for themselves in earlier scenes, and towards the end the film got into a repetitive cycle of the characters escaping to a location, being frightened by a monster and then escaping to another location. Despite all this it's extremely memorable and often quite scary.
4/10

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Post by sortile9io » March 8th, 2015, 6:13 pm

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1. Una vez al año ser hippy no hace daño (Aguirre, 1969) – Poor camerawork and a bit disorganized, it could have been much better. An hilarious parade of allegedly fashionable garments kept me amused for a while. 6/10

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Post by xGvJx » March 9th, 2015, 11:56 am

2. The Disappearing Illusionist (Dirk Ohm – illusjonisten som forsvant) (2015)

Slow-paced Norwegian film about a German illusionist (August Diehl) who disappeared from a small Norwegian town. I'd wish the moods had been more evolved.
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Post by connordenney » April 15th, 2015, 12:21 am

4. Kutchi Vahan Pani Wala
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2. Snakeskin (2014)
3. Li Wen man you Dong Hu (2015)
4. Kutchi Vahan Pani Wala (2013)

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Post by xGvJx » April 26th, 2015, 11:57 pm

3. Dripping in Chocolate (2012)

Australian TV movie watched on Danish TV. OK entertainment about chocolate and murders, with Faramir as the main detective.
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3. Dripping in Chocolate (2012)
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Post by ShootThePicture » April 27th, 2015, 9:45 am

Guess i did one of these a week ago. I watched Hamlet & Hutch (2014). Only worth seeing to watch Burt Reynolds do the old cranky, set in his ways, and losing his mind old man character. Does a decent job.

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Post by connordenney » April 27th, 2015, 7:30 pm

5. La trinchera luminosa del presidente Gonzalo
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2. Snakeskin (2014)
3. Li Wen man you Dong Hu (2015)
4. Kutchi Vahan Pani Wala (2013)
5. La trinchera luminosa del presidente Gonzalo (2007)
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Post by ChrisReynolds » April 28th, 2015, 12:52 am

Previously watched...Show
1. I, Jane Doe / Diary of a Bride (1948) 3/10
2. Little Corey Gorey (1993) 3/10
3. River Patrol (1948) 2/10
4. The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm (2014) 5/10
5. Altar / The Haunting of Radcliffe House (2014) 4/10
6. Princess Warrior (1989) 2/10
7. The Hoarder (2015) 4/10
8. The Asylum / Backmask (2015) 5/10
9. There Are Monsters (2013) 4/10
10. Shorts (Total time = 61 min)
a. I Really like You (2014) [13 min] 3/10
b. The Hidden Cameras: Carpe Jugular (2014) [5 min] A music video. Cool but shallow as music videos tend to be. 5/10



c. Beyond Plain Sight (2014) [13 min] 4/10
d. Jetzt Jetzt Jetzt / Beat Beat Beat (2013) [30 min] Good intentioned but feels very like the TV special it is. 4/10

These were all from the BFI LGBT festival, where I went to see a selection of shorts where "sinister desires become violent actions". There was another one called The Last Time I Saw Richard which I gave 5/10, but that one had three checks already.
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Post by sortile9io » May 24th, 2015, 6:52 pm

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2. La montaña rebelde (Torrado, 1971) – Double love triangle story set around the Spanish Civil War that turns a bit melodramatic by the end. Shot in beautiful rural scenery. 5/10

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Post by sortile9io » May 26th, 2015, 11:38 am

3. El destino se disculpa (Sáenz de Heredia, 1945) – Better than expected. Witty good story with a touch of fantasy about destiny and chance. 7/10 (Official check)
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Post by sortile9io » June 7th, 2015, 3:59 pm

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4. Entre dos amores (Lucía, 1972) – So far, the weakest and most melodramatic in the series of films starring one of the most popular Spanish singers of the 60-70s. 4/10

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Post by xGvJx » July 9th, 2015, 3:51 pm

4. Suspension (2015)

OK slasher about the daughter of a murderer. She makes violent comics which get her suspended from school, and then someone starts killing her bullying classmates.

5. Extinction (2015)

Post-apocalyptic winter film with Matthew Fox. Not bad, I really liked the mood. Will probably be in cinemas soon.

6. Bunny the Killer Thing (2015)

Strange film about people on a cabin trip, and a murderous, sex-crazed rabbit man terrorizing the area. Finnish. Kinda fun.
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2. The Disappearing Illusionist (Dirk Ohm – illusjonisten som forsvant) (2015)
3. Dripping in Chocolate (2012)
4. Suspension (2015)
5. Extinction (2015)
6. Bunny the Killer Thing (2015)
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Post by 3eyes » July 31st, 2015, 3:01 am

1. Red Wing (2013) - Set in Texas, based on George Sand's François le champi.
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Post by themagician » August 3rd, 2015, 1:54 am

1. Shindo: Zempen Akemi no maki (1936) - Heinosuke Gosho
2. Shindo: Kohen Ryota no maki (1936) - Heinosuke Gosho
3. Utage (1967) - Heinosuke Gosho
4. Ima hitotabi no (1947) - Heinosuke Gosho

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Post by monty » August 3rd, 2015, 2:13 am

themagician on Aug 2 2015, 07:54:11 PM wrote:1. Shindo: Zempen Akemi no maki (1936) - Heinosuke Gosho
2. Shindo: Kohen Ryota no maki (1936) - Heinosuke Gosho
3. Utage (1967) - Heinosuke Gosho
4. Ima hitotabi no (1947) - Heinosuke Gosho
Nice run there. Which ones would you recommend I get hold of?

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Post by themagician » August 3rd, 2015, 2:22 am

monty on Aug 2 2015, 08:13:16 PM wrote:
themagician on Aug 2 2015, 07:54:11 PM wrote:1. Shindo: Zempen Akemi no maki (1936) - Heinosuke Gosho
2. Shindo: Kohen Ryota no maki (1936) - Heinosuke Gosho
3. Utage (1967) - Heinosuke Gosho
4. Ima hitotabi no (1947) - Heinosuke Gosho
Nice run there. Which ones would you recommend I get hold of?
I liked Utage the best with Shima Iwashita. That one got an 8 from me. The Shindo duology was okay, but make sure to watch it in correct order as the second film is a direct sequel as in it continues where the first film ended. Ima hitotabi no I suppose was a tearjerker of that time but it fails to deliver today and I didn't find it particularly engaging.

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Post by 3eyes » August 6th, 2015, 3:49 am

Maigret (UK 92, TV series, 12 episodes)
not sure TV series count, but.
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Post by xGvJx » August 13th, 2015, 1:06 pm

7. Grendel (2015)

Local low-budget horror comedy mockumentary that I quite enjoyed!
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2. The Disappearing Illusionist (Dirk Ohm – illusjonisten som forsvant) (2015)
3. Dripping in Chocolate (2012)
4. Suspension (2015)
5. Extinction (2015)
6. Bunny the Killer Thing (2015)
7. Grendel (2015)

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Post by 3eyes » August 17th, 2015, 10:27 pm

2. Broken record (Iraq 2013) - 1st check
Documentary in which the director, a woman now living in Canada, is searching for a recording made by her uncles and mother, who were an Iraqi Turkmen singing group in the 1950s. Main language: Iraqi Turkmen. It brings home the destruction to the Iraqi cultural heritage wrought by the Iraq war.

Recommended by my ethnomusicologist son; on vimeo with English subs.
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Post by joachimt » August 22nd, 2015, 8:30 am

7. Si mamad (1973)

Official check!! :woot:

I would have rated this higher if it was a bit more consistent. The story is nice. The lead is a bit sad man who has been working in the same office for many years (bit like Ikiru). He hardly gets any respect by his co-workers and boss. When his wife gets pregnant again, he does something stupid to get money. He tries to make things right, but fails.
The lead character and his wife were played very well. I was certainly getting into the story because of them. Unfortunately, a lot around it felt very amateuristic. The movie lost me when it tried to be a comedy for a few minutes with those stupid fast speed scenes. Why? It was a nice drama. This was completely out of place. 6/10
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Post by xGvJx » August 24th, 2015, 11:06 am

8. Never Open the Door (2014)

Confusing sci-fi/horror with a good soundtrack.
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3. Dripping in Chocolate (2012)
4. Suspension (2015)
5. Extinction (2015)
6. Bunny the Killer Thing (2015)
7. Grendel (2015)
8. Never Open the Door (2014)

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Post by sortile9io » August 26th, 2015, 5:19 pm

5. Eva, ¿qué hace ese hombre en tu cama? (Demicheli, 1975) - Typical, this time powerful Iris Chacón going after leading man Escobar (in addition to his own jealous girlfriend and beautiful next-door girl). 7/10
6. Stico (de Armiñán, 1985) - Clever and mordacious black humour about slavery that reminded me of another highly original Spanish film: "El anacoreta". Laughed like I didn't in quite a while. 8/10
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1. Una vez al año ser hippy no hace daño (Aguirre, 1969) - 6/10
2. La montaña rebelde (Torrado, 1971) - 5/10
3. El destino se disculpa (Sáenz de Heredia, 1945) - 5/10
4. Entre dos amores (Lucía, 1972) - 4/10

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Post by xGvJx » August 27th, 2015, 1:27 pm

9. The Entity (La Entidad) (2015)

Messy horror film from Peru with a little bit of EVERYTHING.

10. Bone Tomahawk (2015)

Cannibal western with Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson and Matthew Fox!

11. Martyrs (2015)

American remake of the French cult film which I haven't seen. I wonder how Americanized and toned down this one was, as it wasn't as mean as I've heard the other one is.
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2. The Disappearing Illusionist (Dirk Ohm – illusjonisten som forsvant) (2015)
3. Dripping in Chocolate (2012)
4. Suspension (2015)
5. Extinction (2015)
6. Bunny the Killer Thing (2015)
7. Grendel (2015)
8. Never Open the Door (2014)
9. The Entity (La Entidad) (2015)
10. Bone Tomahawk (2015)
11. Martyrs (2015)
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Post by ChrisReynolds » September 4th, 2015, 6:28 pm

Reposting the Frightfest films I saw which I had first check on:
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1. I, Jane Doe / Diary of a Bride (1948) 3/10
2. Little Corey Gorey (1993) 3/10
3. River Patrol (1948) 2/10
4. The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm (2014) 5/10
5. Altar / The Haunting of Radcliffe House (2014) 4/10
6. Princess Warrior (1989) 2/10
7. The Hoarder (2015) 4/10
8. The Asylum / Backmask (2015) 5/10
9. There Are Monsters (2013) 4/10
10. Dark Rivers of the Heart (a selection of LGBT shorts) Total time = 61 min
a. I Really like You (2014) [13 min]
b. The Hidden Cameras: Carpe Jugular (2014) [5 min]
c. Beyond Plain Sight (2014) [13 min]
d. Jetzt Jetzt Jetzt / Beat Beat Beat (2013) [30 min]
11. The Rotten Link / El eslabón podrido (2015)
Interesting Argentinian film, with warm colourful photography complementing with a disturbing atmosphere of small-town corruption. It moves slowly at first, but really delivers towards the end when all hell breaks loose. It manages to be both often disturbing and repulsive, and benefits from not having anything especially wrong with it, though at the same time it doesn't have enough depth and insight to make it truly memorable.
6/10

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12. Aaaaaaah! (2015)
Very weird avant-garde film, set in a world in which everbody acts and verbalises like apes, but motivations and outcomes remain the same as our world. This plays out as a series of familiar domestic drama scenes but reinterpreted by actors grunting, screaming and leaping around the sets. After initial bafflement, the central theme of the film becomes clear - that in many ways humans act in ways analagous to the lower apes, and by showing these dramas with ape-like behaviour, the parallels with human behaviour become apparent. Over the course of the domestic dramas, a story becomes apparent: Julian Barratt has been usurped from his position as alpha-male. I didn't really like this: it seemed more like a clever idea for a short film made by drama students, because I felt that the point was sufficiently made after 20 minutes.
4/10

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13. The Sand (2015)
Tremors on a beach, with a group of teen stereotypes having to get off a beach without touching the sand and being dissolved by a monster. Reasonably effective at times, with the director managing to evoke some good scenes of tension, but there isn't much going on, and it begins to drag. The CGI effects are also distractingly bad at times.
4/10

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14. Sun Choke (2015)
My favourite film of the festival. It looked beautiful - all whites and bright colours that give it an alienating feel. I really liked the way the plot unfolded, with the viewer gradually coming to understand the motivations of Janie and Irma, but enough remaining ambiguous to reward future rewatches. It was interesting how it ends up treading a similar path to Bergman's Persona, but in the framework of mental illness and with a more horrific take. This should have played on the main screen.
7/10

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15. Road Games (2015)
Entertaining, good music, good acting, beautiful scenery. I felt like it had a lot of the same feel as And Soon The Darkness, and it's a very pleasant film to watch, but it's too reliant on a big twist that I saw coming and that it hammers in a bit too hard, so it doesn't really come together at the end.
5/10

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16. Banjo (2015)
This was one of the films that really benefited from being shown at Frightfest. An ultra-low-budget film made by a group of regular Frightfest attendees. It got a very warm reception in the small, but packed-out, screen where it was shown. It's essentially a love-letter to Troma films, so that's essentially what it delivers: bad acting, silly dialogue, gross-out gore scenes, Lloyd Kaufman turning up for a cameo, etc. The story doesn't make much sense and is cut short abruptly in a baffling rejection of traditional narrative. Not a good film, but one of the highlights of the festival for me.
4/10

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17. Goddess of Love (2015)
A tale of a woman's descent into madness. Its main strength is a good central performance from Alexis Kendra. She was co-writer and producer of this, and it's clear that this is showcase role for her, allowing her to display a range of intense emotions. Hopefully it will lead to better roles for her. It's a little unsatisfying overall, with her descent into madness appearing half-hearted at times, but it moves along well and the ending is nicely done and adds a bit of depth to the story.
5/10

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Post by sortile9io » September 6th, 2015, 9:47 am

7. Lo verde empieza en los Pirineos (Escrivá, 1973) - Moralistic comedy from the late Franco years that warns the sexually repressed Spanish men against the liberties of modern Europeans (more specifically, French). 6/10
Previously...Show
1. Una vez al año ser hippy no hace daño (Aguirre, 1969) - 6/10
2. La montaña rebelde (Torrado, 1971) - 5/10
3. El destino se disculpa (Sáenz de Heredia, 1945) - 5/10
4. Entre dos amores (Lucía, 1972) - 4/10
5. Eva, ¿qué hace ese hombre en tu cama? (Demicheli, 1975) - 7/10
6. Stico (de Armiñán, 1985) - 8/10

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Post by assilem23 » September 6th, 2015, 10:55 pm

Interesting challenge. There are a fair number of films I've checked in the past where I am still the only checker. The most recent being West of Zanzibar
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Post by sortile9io » September 16th, 2015, 3:14 pm

8. Mones com la Becky (Jordà, Villazán, 1999) - Disorganized documentary about schizophrenia and the inventor of lobotomy. 3/10
Previously...Show
1. Una vez al año ser hippy no hace daño (Aguirre, 1969) - 6/10
2. La montaña rebelde (Torrado, 1971) - 5/10
3. El destino se disculpa (Sáenz de Heredia, 1945) - 5/10
4. Entre dos amores (Lucía, 1972) - 4/10
5. Eva, ¿qué hace ese hombre en tu cama? (Demicheli, 1975) - 7/10
6. Stico (de Armiñán, 1985) - 8/10
7. Lo verde empieza en los Pirineos (Escrivá, 1973) - 6/10

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Post by monty » September 16th, 2015, 3:28 pm

xGvJx on Aug 27 2015, 07:27:53 AM wrote:
10. Bone Tomahawk (2015)

Cannibal western with Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson and Matthew Fox!
Curious to know how you got to watch this seeing as the earliest release in cinemas is on Oct. 1. There's not even a trailer for it yet. I guess you just watched the poster, right?
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Post by xGvJx » September 30th, 2015, 2:08 pm

Monty, I am a film festival programmer, so I get to watch a lot of films before the regular audience. My goal wasn't to brag or create distrust, I just wanted to see how many films I'm actually #1 to check, plus let you know about some coming titles. But I think I'm done now.
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Post by ChrisReynolds » September 30th, 2015, 2:26 pm

xGvJx on Sep 30 2015, 08:08:51 AM wrote:Monty, I am a film festival programmer, so I get to watch a lot of films before the regular audience. My goal wasn't to brag or create distrust, I just wanted to see how many films I'm actually #1 to check, plus let you know about some coming titles. But I think I'm done now.
Don't leave because of Monty! I'm interested in upcoming horror titles. I don't think we've had a festival programmer on here before, but I'm aware that industry screenings happen well in advance. Martyrs remake and Bone Tomahawk actually both had industry screenings at Cannes in May, so they've actually been around for some months now, just not available for the general public.

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Post by joachimt » September 30th, 2015, 5:02 pm

ChrisReynolds on Sep 30 2015, 08:26:25 AM wrote:
xGvJx on Sep 30 2015, 08:08:51 AM wrote:Monty, I am a film festival programmer, so I get to watch a lot of films before the regular audience. My goal wasn't to brag or create distrust, I just wanted to see how many films I'm actually #1 to check, plus let you know about some coming titles. But I think I'm done now.
Don't leave because of Monty! I'm interested in upcoming horror titles. I don't think we've had a festival programmer on here before, but I'm aware that industry screenings happen well in advance. Martyrs remake and Bone Tomahawk actually both had industry screenings at Cannes in May, so they've actually been around for some months now, just not available for the general public.
Exactly! Don't leave because of Monty not trusting your checks. You told us when you first got here, that you get to watch early stuff because of work (nice to know what your line of work is, btw), so no distrust here (except for Monty...). Keep them coming! :thumbsup:
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