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Post by sebby » March 4th, 2020, 7:12 pm

05 The Lodge (2019) 4/10

There is a nice atmosphere here. Snowy, claustrophobic horrors are my jam. But the film completely shits itself in its final act. Shame.

06 The Farewell (2019) 3/10

There is simply nothing here. A recycled story told in an insipid way. CokeZero Awkwafina's presence feels like stunt casting. Distracting. Technically competent.

07 The Party (2017) 4/10

There is half an idea here. And nothing is done with it. Points for some of the biting dialogue, most coming from Patricia Clarkson.

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01 The Inland Sea (1991) 8/10
02 Girlfight (2000) 4.5/10
03 Boys Don't Cry (1999) 5/10
04 The Rider (2017) 2/10
05 The Lodge (2019) 4/10
06 The Farewell (2019) 3/10
07 The Party (2017) 4/10

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#82

Post by psychotronicbeatnik » March 4th, 2020, 7:13 pm

maxwelldeux wrote:
March 4th, 2020, 4:34 am
Question about the letter vs. spirit of the challenge: Stand-up Comediennes

Just watched a stand-up special (Taylor Tomlinson, really funny and recommended). Written/performed/executive produced by Taylor (female, in case the name ambiguity throws anyone who can't read context clues), but technically directed by a guy. Obviously, this wasn't "Directed" by a woman, so no. BUT, it's her personal story she has creative control over, so it would seem to fit the spirit of the challenge.

Thoughts on including female stand-ups in this challenge?

For context, I rewatched a Kathleen Madigan special last night, which was her, but also happened to be directed by a woman, so I don't feel awkward about including it. But I would feel really awkward about including a Jim Gaffigan special, even if it was directed by his wife.
Allison is the Director here, but here's my two cents. This challenge is clearly called Directed by Women and that's what it should represent. If you include this one it opens up a can of worms for Allison since there are other projects where the actor/comedian wrote and shaped the material but someone else directed it. And yeah, most stand-up is just an act of filming the comic but there is still direction involved. I'm usually widely inclusive for most of the challenges here but think this is one of those challenges with a very clear dimension defined by the title.

On the other hand, I may seek out that special for the comedy challenge!

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Post by sebby » March 4th, 2020, 7:24 pm

maxwelldeux wrote:
March 4th, 2020, 4:34 am
Question about the letter vs. spirit of the challenge: Stand-up Comediennes

Just watched a stand-up special (Taylor Tomlinson, really funny and recommended). Written/performed/executive produced by Taylor (female, in case the name ambiguity throws anyone who can't read context clues), but technically directed by a guy. Obviously, this wasn't "Directed" by a woman, so no. BUT, it's her personal story she has creative control over, so it would seem to fit the spirit of the challenge.

Thoughts on including female stand-ups in this challenge?

For context, I rewatched a Kathleen Madigan special last night, which was her, but also happened to be directed by a woman, so I don't feel awkward about including it. But I would feel really awkward about including a Jim Gaffigan special, even if it was directed by his wife.
imo this is a challenge that's pretty black and white: must be co/directed by a woman. so the taylor tomlinson would be excluded but the gaffigan would count. there are plenty of stereotypically masculime films out there directed by women so i wouldn't feel bad about including a male standup special.

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Post by allisoncm » March 4th, 2020, 7:27 pm

maxwelldeux wrote:
March 4th, 2020, 4:34 am
Question about the letter vs. spirit of the challenge: Stand-up Comediennes

Just watched a stand-up special (Taylor Tomlinson, really funny and recommended). Written/performed/executive produced by Taylor (female, in case the name ambiguity throws anyone who can't read context clues), but technically directed by a guy. Obviously, this wasn't "Directed" by a woman, so no. BUT, it's her personal story she has creative control over, so it would seem to fit the spirit of the challenge.

Thoughts on including female stand-ups in this challenge?

For context, I rewatched a Kathleen Madigan special last night, which was her, but also happened to be directed by a woman, so I don't feel awkward about including it. But I would feel really awkward about including a Jim Gaffigan special, even if it was directed by his wife.
I get what you're saying. For intents and purposes, it's for female directors only. If Taylor is a woman and yet the special was directed by a man, it's really a shame. This happens all the time where the job is giving to a man. That's why we are exploring works directed by women. However, it's "f-rated" and those films are written, produced, etc. by a woman. We could/should do some other challenge about f-rated films in the future.

(and yes, as I'm just reading sebby's post now, if a woman directed a male in a standup special, it would count).

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Post by maxwelldeux » March 4th, 2020, 11:16 pm

Fair points all RE: Stand-up specials. Hence me asking - good discussion!

The director of Taylor's special is some dude whose career is 98% music videos and comedy specials. Just kinda stupid he gets the "Director" credit when he has no real voice in the special.

Anyway...
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1. American Factory (2019)
2. The Virgin Suicides (1999, Sofia Coppola)
3. Gilmore Girls: I Solemnly Swear (2003, Carla McClosky)
4. Kathleen Madigan: Bothering Jesus (2016, Lorene Machado/Kathleen Madigan)
I love her - she's cynical and hilarious. And I relate to a lot of her comedy and stories, so that helps.

5. Gilmore Girls: Lorelai Out of Water (2003, Jamie Babbit)
I haven't really been paying attention to the episode directors as I've been rewatching GG, but I'm pleasantly surprised that the two episodes I've seen in March have both been directed by women. So yay!

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Post by jal90 » March 4th, 2020, 11:29 pm

1. The chambermaid / La camarista (Lila Avilés, 2018) - 7/10

A bit of a late start with this challenge. A very interesting movie about a woman trying to find a way to improve his work conditions, with a lot of social commentary on individual progress, social and economic limitations, competitivity among coworkers and class struggle, all packed in a narrative that remains quiet, restrained and observant the whole time, exposing all of these aspects through the display of the main character's routine.

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Post by flavo5000 » March 5th, 2020, 1:01 am

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4. Nude on the Moon (Doris Wishman + some dude, 1961)

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5. Kissed (Lynne Stopkewich, 1996)

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6. A Time for Burning (Barbara Connell + some dude, 1967)
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1. Ghost Stories (Zoya Akhtar+others, 2020)
2. Beautiful Thing (Hettie MacDonald, 1996)
3. Wine Country (Amy Poehler, 2019)
4. Nude on the Moon (Doris Wishman + some dude, 1961)
5. Kissed (Lynne Stopkewich, 1996)
6. A Time for Burning (Barbara Connell + some dude, 1967)

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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » March 5th, 2020, 1:13 am

13. The Parent Trap (1998 / Nancy Meyers) FTV 8+/10 {128 min. }
14. The Holiday (2006 / Nancy Meyers) FTV 8+/10 {136 min. }
15. Hanging Up (2000 / Diane Keaton) FTV 6+/10 {94 min. }
16. Oh Lucy! (2017 / Atsuko Hirayanagi) FTV 8+/10 {95 min. }

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1. The Banana Splits Movie (2019 / Danishka Esterhazy) FTV 7/10 {89 m.}
2. Doctor Dolittle (1998 / Betty Thomas) FTV 6+/10 {85 m.}
3. I Spy (2002 / Betty Thomas) FTV 7/10 {97 m.}
4. Abominable (2019 / Jill Culton, Todd Wilderman) FTV 7+/10 {97 m.}
5. Sink or Swim (1990 / Su Friedrich) FTV 6+/10 {48 min. }
6. Brownian Movement (2010 / Nanouk Leopold) FTV 6+/10 {97 min. }
7. Minuscule – La vallee des fourmis perdues (2013 / Helene Giraud, Thomas Szabo) FTV 8/10 {89 min. }
8. The Institute (2017 / Pamela Romanowsky, James Franco) FTV 5/10 {90 min. }
9. The Park Bench (2014 / Ann LeSchander) FTV 7+/10 {79 min. }
10. Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist (2018 / Lorna Tucker) FTV 7/10 {83 min. }
11. High Life (2018 / Claire Denis) FTV 7/10 {113 min. }
12. Tell It To the Bees (2018 / Annabel Jankel) FTV 8+/10 {108 min. }

13. The Parent Trap (1998 / Nancy Meyers) FTV 8+/10 {128 min. }
14. The Holiday (2006 / Nancy Meyers) FTV 8+/10 {136 min. }
15. Hanging Up (2000 / Diane Keaton) FTV 6+/10 {94 min. }
16. Oh Lucy! (2017 / Atsuko Hirayanagi) FTV 8+/10 {95 min. }


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Post by allisoncm » March 5th, 2020, 1:52 am

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4. Nude on the Moon (Doris Wishman + some dude, 1961)
LOL at some dude!

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Post by jeroeno » March 5th, 2020, 6:52 am

08. Pitch Perfect 3 (Trish Sie, 2017)
09. Touch Me Not (Adina Pintilie, 2018)
10. Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt, 2016)

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Post by peeptoad » March 5th, 2020, 10:35 am

3. Into the Forest (Patricia Rozema, 2015) 5
4. Desperately Seeking Susan (Susan Seidelman, 1985) 9*
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1. Wonder Woman (Patty Jenkins, 2017) 8
2. Monster (Patty Jenkins, 2003) 7*

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Post by sol » March 5th, 2020, 11:39 am

Directed by WomenShow
1. Hustlers (2019)
2. So Pretty (2019)
3. Third Star (2010)
4. Sleepwalk (1986)
5. The Bookshop (2017)

6. History Lessons (1972)

Co-directed by Danièle Huillet

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This experimental narrative is incredibly uncinematic. The entire first ten minutes are just spent on a man driving, and the next nine minutes are a scholar talking non-stop without looking at the camera nor the protagonist. The filmmakers quickly run out of cutaways and end up resorting to random cuts-to-black (!) until he suddenly pauses and sits still for over a minute around a third of the way in, and it doesn't improve from there. This was awful.
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Post by blueboybob » March 5th, 2020, 2:00 pm

8. Mädchen in Uniform (1931)
9. Napló gyermekeimnek (1984)
10. Sharasôju (2003)
11. Tomboy (2011)
12. Vendredi soir (2002)
13. Wendy and Lucy (2008)
14. Zhuang dao zheng (1980)

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Post by albajos » March 5th, 2020, 4:51 pm

Really? A stand up show is never directed, it's produced. A producer only job is to delegate which cam to switch to and tell them to move around based on an already set plan. A plan they have rehearsed for a few times to see what works. A producer's job is closer to editing, than directng. As someone that has education from this, I'm not backing down from this definition. (There would be a director on a filmed theatre show, but that would be another person than the producer, and a stand up comedian do not need to be told to walk to the center of the stage)

II've never understood why people have to see stand up in every challenge. It's comedy, let's keep it in the comedy challenge. It's not like there is a small pool of regular movies to chose from.

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Post by allisoncm » March 5th, 2020, 7:50 pm

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1. Keep the Change (2017, Rachel Israel) 5/10
2. Elza/ Le Bonheur d'Elza (2011, Mariette Monpierre) 8/10 Available on Kanopy, just watched it and love it!
3. Free Angela and All Political Prisoners (2012, Shola Lynch) 8/10
4. Nos vies formidables (Fabienne Godet) 5/10

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Post by sebby » March 5th, 2020, 9:08 pm

albajos wrote:
March 5th, 2020, 4:51 pm
Really? A stand up show is never directed, it's produced. A producer only job is to delegate which cam to switch to and tell them to move around based on an already set plan. A plan they have rehearsed for a few times to see what works. A producer's job is closer to editing, than directng. As someone that has education from this, I'm not backing down from this definition. (There would be a director on a filmed theatre show, but that would be another person than the producer, and a stand up comedian do not need to be told to walk to the center of the stage)

II've never understood why people have to see stand up in every challenge. It's comedy, let's keep it in the comedy challenge. It's not like there is a small pool of regular movies to chose from.
What about standup specials that intercut off-stage elements (like some of CK's specials or the jenny slate netflix special)? There's directorial presence there.

I think we kind of decided long ago that if imdb says a thing is true, that thing is true. so if a standup special has a director listed in its imdb entry, it should count, even if in some cases it doesn't necessarily make perfect sense.

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Post by ororama » March 5th, 2020, 11:56 pm

1. Hellbound Train (1930, Eloyce Gist, James Gist) *50 min.
2. Verdict Not Guilty (1933, Eloyce Gist, James Gist) * 8 min.
Heaven-Bound Traveler (1935, Eloyce Gist, James Gist) * 15 min.
Dr. Dolittle and His Animals (1928, Lotte Reiniger) * 33 min.
Sea Child (2015, Minha Kim) * 8 min.

* First time viewing
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Post by jeroeno » March 6th, 2020, 6:14 am

11. You Were Never Really Here (Lynn Ramsay, 2017)
12. 10 Things We Should Do Before We Break Up (Galt Niederhoffer, 2020)

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Post by zzzorf » March 6th, 2020, 7:29 am

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1. Will (2011, Ellen Perry) - 7/10
2. Blue My Mind (2017, Lisa Brühlmann) - 7/10

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Post by sol » March 6th, 2020, 12:54 pm

Directed by WomenShow
1. Hustlers (2019)
2. So Pretty (2019)
3. Third Star (2010)
4. Sleepwalk (1986)
5. The Bookshop (2017)
6. History Lessons (1972)

7. Terminal Island (1973)

Directed by Stephanie Rothman

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Curious as a precursor to Escape from New York, this film does not really capitalise on the satirical potential of the premise though, with things descending into a female empowerment tale: women prisoners rebelling against the men who keep them subjugated for sexual gratification. This leads to some strong moments in which they seduce men to lure them into traps, but this is mostly a mindless action movie overall with a fair bit of T&A.
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Post by cinephage » March 6th, 2020, 1:00 pm

02. Wendy and Lucy, by Kelly Reichardt (2008) 7,5/10

Not my favorite Richardt movie, but Michelle Williams certainly knows how to act...

03. You were never really here, by Lynne Ramsay (2017) 8,5/10

What a great director Lynne Ramsay is !!
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01. Woo Yuet dik goo si / The Story of Woo Viet, by Ann Hui (1981) 7,5/10

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Post by sebby » March 6th, 2020, 1:02 pm

08 Bend It Like Beckham (2002) 5/10

fine enough for what it is.

09 Jenny Slate: Stage Fright (2019) 5/10

the documentary bits were the best part. jenny slate is easy to like, not so easy to laugh at...bc she just isn't funny.

10 Deliver Us from Evil (2006) 6.5/10

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01 The Inland Sea (1991) 8/10
02 Girlfight (2000) 4.5/10
03 Boys Don't Cry (1999) 5/10
04 The Rider (2017) 2/10
05 The Lodge (2019) 4/10
06 The Farewell (2019) 3/10
07 The Party (2017) 4/10
08 Bend It Like Beckham (2002) 5/10
09 Jenny Slate: Stage Fright (2019) 5/10
10 Deliver Us from Evil (2006) 6.5/10

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Post by flavo5000 » March 6th, 2020, 1:34 pm

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7. Malcolm (Nadia Tass, 1986)

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8. Dark Touch (Marina De Van, 2013)
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1. Ghost Stories (Zoya Akhtar+others, 2020)
2. Beautiful Thing (Hettie MacDonald, 1996)
3. Wine Country (Amy Poehler, 2019)
4. Nude on the Moon (Doris Wishman + some dude, 1961)
5. Kissed (Lynne Stopkewich, 1996)
6. A Time for Burning (Barbara Connell + some dude, 1967)
7. Malcolm (Nadia Tass, 1986)
8. Dark Touch (Marina De Van, 2013)


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Post by albajos » March 6th, 2020, 4:55 pm

01. Charlie's Angels (2019) Elizabeth Banks USA 269 checks
02. Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Cathy Yan USA 1 official list 657 checks [double]

Only doing Triple F-rated in this challenge (maybe it should be a bonus challenge :rolleyes: )
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Post by Obgeoff » March 6th, 2020, 5:12 pm

2. The Gleaners and I (2000, Varda) 7
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Post by allisoncm » March 6th, 2020, 7:58 pm

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1. Keep the Change (2017, Rachel Israel) 5/10
2. Elza/ Le Bonheur d'Elza (2011, Mariette Monpierre) 8/10 Available on Kanopy, just watched it and love it!
3. Free Angela and All Political Prisoners (2012, Shola Lynch) 8/10
4. Nos vies formidables (Fabienne Godet) 5/10
5. Honeymoon (2014, Leigh Janiak) 6/10
6. A Vigilante (2018, Sarah Daggar-Nickson) 6/10

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Post by sol » March 7th, 2020, 3:52 am

Directed by WomenShow
1. Hustlers (2019)
2. So Pretty (2019)
3. Third Star (2010)
4. Sleepwalk (1986)
5. The Bookshop (2017)
6. History Lessons (1972)
7. Terminal Island (1973)

8. Too Late to Die Young (2018)

Directed by Dominga Sotomayor Castillo

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Set in rural Chile circa 1990, this coming-of-age drama looks at various adults, teenagers and children who live at some sort of commune. The adult characters are too dull/interchangeable to care about and the teenagers are not much better developed. Where the film really comes alive is when it focuses on the kids, one dog-loving girl in particular. She is rarely in focus though and the kids are only ever at the periphery of the events around them.
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Post by India Istanbul » March 7th, 2020, 4:16 am

1. Frozen (2013)
2. Outrage (1950)
3. Hard Fast & Beautiful (1951)

Total Points: 3

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Post by sol » March 7th, 2020, 8:43 am

Directed by WomenShow
1. Hustlers (2019)
2. So Pretty (2019)
3. Third Star (2010)
4. Sleepwalk (1986)
5. The Bookshop (2017)
6. History Lessons (1972)
7. Terminal Island (1973)
8. Too Late to Die Young (2018)

9. Home for the Holidays (1995)

Directed by Jodie Foster

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A dysfunctional family drama starring Holly Hunter. The film boasts some solid acting but never seems entirely sure what it wants to be. At its most intriguing, the movie concentrates on Hunter's gay brother, her parents' refusal to accept that he is queer and his other sister's outward disgust about it. This ultimately amounts to little more than a subplot though as focus keeps returning to Hunter, a shoehorned romance -- and clunky chapter divides.
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Post by vortexsurfer » March 7th, 2020, 9:27 am

1. Obvious Child (Gillian Robespierre, 2014)
2. Audrie & Daisy (Bonni Cohen & Jon Shenk, 2016)

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Post by John Milton » March 7th, 2020, 11:13 am

09. Le Bonheur (1965) by Agnès Varda
10. Salaam Bombay! (1988) by Mira Nair
11. Araya (1959) by Margot Benacerraf
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Post by flavo5000 » March 7th, 2020, 1:06 pm

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9. American Playhouse: Waiting for the Moon (Jill Godmilow, 1987)

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10. Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance (Alanis Obomsawin, 1993)

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11. The Polka King (Maya Forbes, 2017)
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1. Ghost Stories (Zoya Akhtar+others, 2020)
2. Beautiful Thing (Hettie MacDonald, 1996)
3. Wine Country (Amy Poehler, 2019)
4. Nude on the Moon (Doris Wishman + some dude, 1961)
5. Kissed (Lynne Stopkewich, 1996)
6. A Time for Burning (Barbara Connell + some dude, 1967)
7. Malcolm (Nadia Tass, 1986)
8. Dark Touch (Marina De Van, 2013)
9. American Playhouse: Waiting for the Moon (Jill Godmilow, 1987)
10. Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance (Alanis Obomsawin, 1993)
11. The Polka King (Maya Forbes, 2017)

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Post by OldAle1 » March 7th, 2020, 3:28 pm

1. Talaash (Reema Kagti, 2012)

I don't think Aamir Khan cracks a smile once in this film. He's a stern, committed, no-nonsense cop investigating the suspicious accident - or suicide - or murder of famous actor Armaan Kapoor (Vivian Bhatena) who crashed his car into the sea while driving alone late at night in an area that wasn't near his home or movie set. And he's also struggling with his own demons, particularly the drowning death of his young son and the distancing it's causing with his wife (Rani Mukerjee). But when he meets a beautiful hooker (Kareena Kapoor) who seems to have some of the keys to what happened on the night of Kapoor's death, clues start to fall into place while danger increases. This is a decent mystery-crime film with some excitement to it that isn't too derailed by inappropriate music or excessive sentiment - though they are there and do slow it down somewhat - but I'm not sure that the similarity of one major plot point to a similar element in
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The Sixth Sense
really works in the end. Anyway overall enjoyable enough and I really liked Mukerjee, have to look for her in more stuff.

2. Siesta (Mary Lambert, 1987) (re-watch)

Only dim memories of this - I'm pretty sure I saw it not long after it came out on VHS, or perhaps after Sea of Love made star Ellen Barkin a household name for a little while. I remember hating it at the time and my IMDb rating of it was 2 - and being a generous guy, I don't have a lot of ratings that low. But I didn't remember much besides Barkin, naked or in a red dress. And I didn't actually remember that the director was a woman, though when I saw her name I thought for some reason of David Lynch, with whom she doesn't seem to have any association. Strange how the mind works, because the film when you watch it does seem if not Lynchian than in the same sphere of noir-surrealism-dream that he has often inhabited - and the fact that Isabella Rossellini plays a major role here, the year after Blue Velvet, also adds to the feeling. At any rate Barkin wakes up in a dirty, torn red dress at an air field in Spain - when she's supposed to be in southern California (or Nevada, Arizona - somewhere in the southwest, I don't remember and it's not important) preparing for a skydiving stunt with her husband Martin Sheen. She tries to recover her memories of the last couple of days and earlier memories flood in also as she reconstructs an affair with Gabriel Byrne (Barkin's husband) and comes to believe that she has committed a murder - there was blood all over that bright red dress. At the end we do find out that in fact she was involved in a crime but
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the victim was herself, killed by Rossellini in a jealous rage, and we have been watching a ghost's memories the whole time. So this is the second film in a row I watched all-unknowing that mirrors the central plot element of The Sixth Sense. Weird huh?
This isn't deserving of that 2 rating but I understand why I felt that way - it's a mess, often verging toward narrative incoherence, and in this case - unlike in the case of Lynch or for that matter Norman Mailer with his Tough Guys Don't Dance another erotic-noir with Rossellini from the same period - it's hard to tell whether it's intended, and it doesn't add up to making the film that compelling, though it's not entirely uninteresting either and it's nicely shot and boasts a pretty interesting cast. The payoff just seems lame here, unfortunately.

3. Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn (Cathy Yan, 2020) (cinema)

So this was deemed a "flop" almost instantly, having underperformed expectations - but looking on BOM I see that the $85 million production has almost hit $200 million worldwide - and I'd say this film could benefit from some of the new films being yanked for Covid-19 fears - theaters will have to keep some older releases still going. So quick are the soothsayers to scream hit or flop these days, and I certainly have to wonder if some of it is the overt feminist attitude on display throughout this film. "Hah this is failing just like Elizabeth Warren's campaign, nobody wants to see a man-hater". I just get that vibe from a lot of the discourse today.

Anyway... IMO this doesn't deserve the scorn, and it certainly doesn't deserve to flop any more than a lot of other crap out there, some of which makes billions. But it's not all that good either and unless you are charmed by the characters/actresses - Margot Robbie as the eponymous Harley, a psychiatrist-turned-wackaloon-petty-criminal, Rosie Perez (nice to see her in a major film after what seems decades) as a put-upon non-nonsense cop, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as the vengeance-fueled Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as singer/martial artist Black Canary and Ella Jay Basco as the precocious kid that seems necessary to round out this group of misfits for some reason - you won't give a shit. Fortunately I was charmed to some extent - I think Smollett-Bell is the real standout here and I for one would probably see a Black Canary film - and while the Deadpool-style regular breaking of the fourth wall has gotten old (I mean I think it was old in Deadpool) and Robbie isn't as funny as Ryan Reynolds, the action is almost all pleasingly grounded in semi-reality and I guess the neon-grittiness of Gotham worked pretty well too. The plot - all these women looking separately, until they have to team up, for this big diamond that the psychopathic crime lord (Ewan McGregor having fun) also wants - is extremely disposable. The one unforgivable sin the film makes is to showcase a slowed-down-to-dirge cover of Pat Benatar's signature song "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" - that's almost enough for me to deduct a ratings point right there. Anyway, overall, meh to watchable.

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Post by sol » March 7th, 2020, 4:35 pm

Directed by WomenShow
1. Hustlers (2019)
2. So Pretty (2019)
3. Third Star (2010)
4. Sleepwalk (1986)
5. The Bookshop (2017)
6. History Lessons (1972)
7. Terminal Island (1973)
8. Too Late to Die Young (2018)
9. Home for the Holidays (1995)

10. Honey Boy (2019)

Directed by Alma Har'el

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There are several potent bits at first here, but things quickly turn into a repetitive catalogue of paternal abuse. The point that the film reaches (his final lines with his father) is great, but it is numbing to sit through 90 minutes of repeated abuse in the lead-up. The random memory structure of the narrative is also rather unhelpful. LaBeouf is really solid though, effectively playing his own father here, and Noah Jupe as his 12-year-old self is great.
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Post by maxwelldeux » March 7th, 2020, 4:59 pm

We need more of thisShow
1. American Factory (2019)
2. The Virgin Suicides (1999, Sofia Coppola)
3. Gilmore Girls: I Solemnly Swear (2003, Carla McClosky)
4. Kathleen Madigan: Bothering Jesus (2016, Lorene Machado/Kathleen Madigan)
5. Gilmore Girls: Lorelai Out of Water (2003, Jamie Babbit)
6. Gilmore Girls: Dear Emily and Richard (2003, Gail Mancuso)
7. Fresh Off the Boat: The Car Wash (2018, Amy York Rubin)
Fresh Off the Boat: A Man to Share the Night With (2018, Amy York Rubin)
Fresh Off the Boat: We Need to Talk About Evan (2018, Anya Adams)

So far this month, of my regular TV viewing, Gilmore Girls is 3/4 episodes directed by women, FOtB is 3/4 episodes directed by women, and Scrubs is 0/2. From the "Half the Picture" documentary, one of the things studios look for when giving the Director role on a feature film is whether the candidate has directed TV.

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Post by jeroeno » March 7th, 2020, 6:59 pm

13. La 4ª Compañía (Mitzi Vanessa Arreola, 2016)
14. Chaos (Coline Serreau, 2001)

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Post by albajos » March 7th, 2020, 7:41 pm

03. Hustlers (2019) Lorene Scafaria USA 1 official list 657 checks [double]
04. Whip It (2009) Drew Barrymore USA 8 156 checks

It's raining women, hallelujahShow
01. Charlie's Angels (2019) Elizabeth Banks USA 269 checks
02. Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Cathy Yan USA 1 official list 657 checks [double]
03. Hustlers (2019) Lorene Scafaria USA 1 official list 657 checks [double]
04. Whip It (2009) Drew Barrymore USA 8 156 checks

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Post by 72aicm » March 7th, 2020, 9:10 pm

5. Los insólitos peces gato (2013, Claudia Sainte-Luce)
6. Trabalhar Cansa (2011, Marco Dutra, Juliana Rojas)

Both movies worth checking out.
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1. Grbavica (2006, Jasmila Zbanic)
2. De cierta manera (1977, Sara Gómez)
3. Örökbefogadás (1975, Márta Mészáros)
4. El techo (2016, Patricia Ramos)
5. Los insólitos peces gato (2013, Claudia Sainte-Luce)
6. Trabalhar Cansa (2011, Marco Dutra, Juliana Rojas)

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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » March 7th, 2020, 10:56 pm

17. Detroit (2017 / Kathryn Bigelow) FTV 7/10 {143 min. }
18. Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blache (2018 / Pamela B. Green) FTV 8+/10 {103 min. }
19. 28 Days (2000 / Betty Thomas) FTV 7/10 {103 m.}
20. John Tucker Must Die (2006 / Betty Thomas) FTV 7-/10 {99 m.}
21. No Place on Earth (2012 / Janet Tobias) FTV 7+/10 {83 min. }
22. The Little Rascals (1994 / Penelope Spheeris) FTV 6/10 {82 min. }
23. Amelia (2009 / Mira Nair) FTV 6+/10 {111 min. }
24. On the Basis of Sex (2018 / Mimi Leder) FTV 7-/10 {120 min. }
25. RBG (2018 / Julie Cohen, Betsy West) FTV 8+/10 {98 min. }

26-28. Shorter Films {180 min. total}
a. Bacchus (2019 / Rikke Alma Krogshave Planeta) FTV 8/10 {6 min. }
b. Invasion of the Space Lobsters (2005 / Janet Perlman) FTV 7/10 {7 min. }
c. Period Piece (1996 / Jennifer Frame, Jay Rosenblatt) FTV 7+/10 {31 min. }
d. Illusions (1982 / Julie Dash) FTV 7+/10 {36 min. }
e. Scar Tissue (1979 / Su Friedrich) FTV 5/10 {7 min. }
f. Cool Hands, Warm Heart (1979 / Su Friedrich) FTV 6/10 {17 min. }
g. Janine (1990 / Cheryl Dunye) FTV 6/10 {9 min. }
h. She Don’t Fade (1991 / Cheryl Dunye) FTV 7/10 {23 min. }
i. Vanilla Sex (1992 / Cheryl Dunye) FTV 6/10 {3 min. }
j. An Untitled Portrait (1993 / Cheryl Dunye) FTV 6/10 {3 min. }
k. The Potluck and the Passion (1993 / Cheryl Dunye) FTV 7/10 {30 min. }
l. Greetings From Africa (1996 / Cheryl Dunye) FTV 7+/10 {8 min. }

SHE Who Must Be ObeyedShow
1. The Banana Splits Movie (2019 / Danishka Esterhazy) FTV 7/10 {89 m.}
2. Doctor Dolittle (1998 / Betty Thomas) FTV 6+/10 {85 m.}
3. I Spy (2002 / Betty Thomas) FTV 7/10 {97 m.}
4. Abominable (2019 / Jill Culton, Todd Wilderman) FTV 7+/10 {97 m.}
5. Sink or Swim (1990 / Su Friedrich) FTV 6+/10 {48 min. }
6. Brownian Movement (2010 / Nanouk Leopold) FTV 6+/10 {97 min. }
7. Minuscule – La vallee des fourmis perdues (2013 / Helene Giraud, Thomas Szabo) FTV 8/10 {89 min. }
8. The Institute (2017 / Pamela Romanowsky, James Franco) FTV 5/10 {90 min. }
9. The Park Bench (2014 / Ann LeSchander) FTV 7+/10 {79 min. }
10. Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist (2018 / Lorna Tucker) FTV 7/10 {83 min. }
11. High Life (2018 / Claire Denis) FTV 7/10 {113 min. }
12. Tell It To the Bees (2018 / Annabel Jankel) FTV 8+/10 {108 min. }
13. The Parent Trap (1998 / Nancy Meyers) FTV 8+/10 {128 min. }
14. The Holiday (2006 / Nancy Meyers) FTV 8+/10 {136 min. }
15. Hanging Up (2000 / Diane Keaton) FTV 6+/10 {94 min. }
16. Oh Lucy! (2017 / Atsuko Hirayanagi) FTV 8+/10 {95 min. }

17. Detroit (2017 / Kathryn Bigelow) FTV 7/10 {143 min. }
18. Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blache (2018 / Pamela B. Green) FTV 8+/10 {103 min. }
19. 28 Days (2000 / Betty Thomas) FTV 7/10 {103 m.}
20. John Tucker Must Die (2006 / Betty Thomas) FTV 7-/10 {99 m.}
21. No Place on Earth (2012 / Janet Tobias) FTV 7+/10 {83 min. }
22. The Little Rascals (1994 / Penelope Spheeris) FTV 6/10 {82 min. }
23. Amelia (2009 / Mira Nair) FTV 6+/10 {111 min. }
24. On the Basis of Sex (2018 / Mimi Leder) FTV 7-/10 {120 min. }
25. RBG (2018 / Julie Cohen, Betsy West) FTV 8+/10 {98 min. }

26-28. Shorter Films {180 min. total}
a. Bacchus (2019 / Rikke Alma Krogshave Planeta) FTV 8/10 {6 min. }
b. Invasion of the Space Lobsters (2005 / Janet Perlman) FTV 7/10 {7 min. }
c. Period Piece (1996 / Jennifer Frame, Jay Rosenblatt) FTV 7+/10 {31 min. }
d. Illusions (1982 / Julie Dash) FTV 7+/10 {36 min. }
e. Scar Tissue (1979 / Su Friedrich) FTV 5/10 {7 min. }
f. Cool Hands, Warm Heart (1979 / Su Friedrich) FTV 6/10 {17 min. }
g. Janine (1990 / Cheryl Dunye) FTV 6/10 {9 min. }
h. She Don’t Fade (1991 / Cheryl Dunye) FTV 7/10 {23 min. }
i. Vanilla Sex (1992 / Cheryl Dunye) FTV 6/10 {3 min. }
j. An Untitled Portrait (1993 / Cheryl Dunye) FTV 6/10 {3 min. }
k. The Potluck and the Passion (1993 / Cheryl Dunye) FTV 7/10 {30 min. }
l. Greetings From Africa (1996 / Cheryl Dunye) FTV 7+/10 {8 min. }



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