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Post by sol » May 10th, 2020, 2:15 pm

The rain in Spain stays mainly in the... drain?Show
1. The Invisible Guest (2016) Spain
2. The Fury of a Patient Man (2016) Spain
3. The House That Screamed (1969) Spain
4. Twisted Obsession (1989) Spain
5. In a Glass Cage (1986) Spain
6. Bell from Hell (1973) Spain
7. Paradise Hills (2019) Spain
8. Pieles / Skins (2017) Spain
9. The Platform (2019) Spain

10. Retribution (2015) Spain

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This plays out a lot like Phone Booth with the local authorities coming to believe that the protagonist responsible for another bomb, unaware of that he is being blackmailed, however, having his kids in danger too adds extra some dimension. The whole thing is very intense and gripping, but loses its way a bit in the second half. The eventual revelation of the bomber's motives is underwhelming and the film runs way too long. Luis Tosar shines of course.
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Post by Mario Gaborović » May 10th, 2020, 3:45 pm

14. Volver (2006) - Spain
15. Julieta (2016) - Spain

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01. Andorra la República más pequeña del mundo (1935) + The Albius Incident (1992) + Persefone: Mind as Universe (China Tour Documentary) (2013) + Persefone: Spiritual Migration (2013) + Nami: Bless of Faintness (2015) - Andorra
02. Operation Felix (2008) - Gibraltar
03. Socotra, la isla de los genios (2016) - Spain
04. El día de la bestia (1995) - Spain
05. La ley del deseo (1987) - Spain
06. Operation Tracer (2013) - Gibraltar
07. Entre tinieblas (1983) - Spain
08. Carne trémula (1997) - Spain
09. Nick (2016) - Andorra
10. El ladrón de los guantes blancos (1926) - Spain
11. Laberinto de pasiones (1982) - Spain
12. El hoyo (2019) - Spain
13. Encierro de toros (1899) + Los héroes del sitio de Zaragoza (1903) + El ciego de la aldea (1907) + Amor que mata (1908) + Barcelona en tranvía + Don Juan Tenorio (1908) + Benitez quiere ser torero (1910) + Don Pedro el Cruel (1911) - Spain
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Post by shugs » May 10th, 2020, 8:50 pm

2. Truman (Cesc Gay, 2015) - 7/10 SPAIN
3. Los lunes al sol [Mondays in the Sun] (Fernando León de Aranoa, 2002) - 9/10 SPAIN
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1. Volver (Pedro Almodóvar, 2006) - 7/10 SPAIN

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Post by blueboybob » May 10th, 2020, 10:54 pm

27. [Spain] Vida en sombras (1949)
28. [Portugal] Conversa Acabada (1981)
29. [Portugal] Benilde ou a Virgem Mãe (1975)
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Post by jeroeno » May 11th, 2020, 3:49 am

17. Porto da Minha Infância (Portugal, 2001)
18. El Hoyo (Spain, 2019)

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Post by blocho » May 11th, 2020, 5:43 am

3. Nick (Andorra, 2016)
This is a bad movie. For one, nothing any of the characters do makes any sense. And I don't mean not make sense in the way that movie characters sometimes behave artificially in order to drive plot. And I don't mean not make sense in the way that humans behave irrationally all the time (although two delusional women are minor characters). I mean the characters consistently behave in ways that destroy continuity and logic and normality. In some weird way, between such bizarre characterizations, and kooky locals like those delusional women, and the open-ended mystery ending, this movie feels like it's one red room scene from descending into surrealism. It would have been so much better if it had fully embraced weirdness, or if it had been competently made (watch out for some low-grade camerawork).

Also, can anyone explain why everyone in a movie set in Andorra is either British or American? Has anyone been there? Are there really so many ex-pats?

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Post by sol » May 11th, 2020, 10:34 am

Leaderboard and pie update: Probably tomorrow, maybe tonight, no guarantees.

Mario - please stop editing your old posts to add new viewings. I update my spreadsheet over the course of the day (but generally only up the OP once per day) and the more edits you put in, the more I am likely to miss it. New films in new posts please! :)
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#128

Post by funkybusiness » May 11th, 2020, 11:12 am

...confident...? ehhhh. it's old af tho.

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Post by cinephage » May 11th, 2020, 12:35 pm

03. As Mil e Uma Noites: Volume 3, O Encantado, by Miguel Gomes (2015) 8/10 - Portugal

I really loved the first story abour Scheherazade. It was so funny....
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01. As Mil e Uma Noites: Volume 2, O Desolado, by Miguel Gomes (2015) 7/10 - Portugal
02. La Communidad, by Alex de la Iglesia (2000) 8/10 - Spain

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Post by PGonzalez » May 11th, 2020, 12:48 pm

cinephage wrote:
May 11th, 2020, 12:35 pm
03. As Mil e Uma Noites: Volume 3, O Encantado, by Miguel Gomes (2015) 8/10 - Portugal

I really loved the first story abour Scheherazade. It was so funny....
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01. As Mil e Uma Noites: Volume 2, O Desolado, by Miguel Gomes (2015) 7/10 - Portugal
02. La Communidad, by Alex de la Iglesia (2000) 8/10 - Spain
Hell yeah, third volume over the second any day of the week!

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Post by sol » May 11th, 2020, 2:50 pm

The rain in Spain stays mainly in the... drain?Show
1. The Invisible Guest (2016) Spain
2. The Fury of a Patient Man (2016) Spain
3. The House That Screamed (1969) Spain
4. Twisted Obsession (1989) Spain
5. In a Glass Cage (1986) Spain
6. Bell from Hell (1973) Spain
7. Paradise Hills (2019) Spain
8. Pieles / Skins (2017) Spain
9. The Platform (2019) Spain
10. Retribution (2015) Spain

11. Julia's Eyes (2010) Spain

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This begins well with an insanely intense pre-suicide opening sequence. It also successfully maintains a real sense of mystery for the most part, both in terms of whether the protagonist's sister's mysterious boyfriend can really be virtually invisible as well as why he kills, and there are some great literal shadow chasing scenes. Alas, despite some curious social metaphors, the revelation of who exactly he is and his motivations underwhelmed me.
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Post by sol » May 11th, 2020, 2:54 pm

Updated pie chart. Barely any movement now. AB still with one viewing undeclared.

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Post by peeptoad » May 11th, 2020, 3:08 pm

13. Extramuros (Spain, 1985) Beyond the Walls 6
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1. Operation Felix (Gibraltar, 2008) 6
2. El bosque del lobo (Spain, 1970) The Ancines Woods 7
3. O Sangue (Portugal, 1989) Blood 9
4. Los ojos de Julia (Spain, 2010) Julia's Eyes 6
5. Pastel de Sangre (Spain, 1971) Blood Pie 4
6. Nick (Andorra, 2016) 3
7. The Territory (Portugal, 1981) 8*
8. ...ere erera baleibu izik subua aruaren... (Spain, 1970) 6
9. El aullido del diablo (Spain, 1988) Howl of the Devil 6
10. el techo de cristal (Spain,1971) The Glass Ceiling 9
11. El espanto surge de la tumba (Spain, 1973) Horror Rises from the Tomb 6
12. À Flor do Mar (Portugal, 1986) Hovering Over the Water 8+
*rewatch

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Post by connordenney » May 11th, 2020, 9:09 pm

Disregard - thought a movie was Spanish when it was in fact Mexican!

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#135

Post by blueboybob » May 12th, 2020, 3:18 am

30. [Portugal] O Sangue (1989)
31. [Portugal] Ossos (1997)
32. [Portugal] Vai~E~Vem (2003)
33. [Portugal] A Canção de Lisboa (1933)

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Post by morrison-dylan-fan » May 12th, 2020, 4:35 am

Time for a Paul Naschy Comedy!

FTV:4:La batalla del porro/The Battle of Reefer (1981) (Spain.) 6.

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Marching into the new army recruits training facilities for his lone non-TV Special/Doc, co-writer/(with Francesc Bellmunt/Juanjo Puigcorbe and Miguel Sanz) director Joan Minguell & cinematographer Tomas Pladevall are surprisingly shy in letting the ladies get involved in the action, with Minguell instead grabbing gags of the recruits regularly getting undressed and being inspected. Escaping from the facilities to cross the river to a naked colony, Minguell wheels out the hi-jinks in long criss-crossing pans between the lads swimming to freedom, and Matarrana trying to fish them out.

Joining this army in the early days of what would become over 100 credits,Victoria Abril gives a perky turn as Violeta, with Abril capturing Violeta merry cheekiness over catching the eyes of all the lads when she gets naked, and a eagerness to help them all escape Matarrana. Stamping round like a hot-headed Sgt. Slaughter, Paul Naschy delivers with relish the puffed-up Matarrana barking orders at the new recruits.

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Post by jdidaco » May 12th, 2020, 9:00 am

(Screenshots from 'Los viajes escolares' & 'O que arde'),

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11. Después del diluvio (After the Deluge, Jacinto Esteva, 1968) 8/10 (Spain)
12. Me enveneno de azules (I Get Poisoned with Blues, Francisco Regueiro, 1969) 8.5/10 (Spain)
13. Chicas de club (Canticle, Jorge Grau, 1970) 6.5/10 (Spain)
14. Deixem-me ao Menos Subir às Palmeiras (At Least Let Me Climb the Palm Trees, Lopes Barbosa, 1974) 9/10 (Portugal)
15. Los viajes escolares (School Trip, Jaime Chávarri, 1976) 8/10 (Spain)
16. Máscara de Aço contra Abismo Azul (Steel Mask Versus Blue Abyss, Paulo Rocha, 1989) 8.5/10 (Portugal)
17. No Dia dos Meus Anos (On My Birthday, João Botelho, 1992) 8/10 (Portugal)
18. O Fim do Mundo (The End of the World, João Mário Grilo, 1993) 8/10 (Portugal)
19. A Jangada de Pedra/La balsa de piedra (The Stone Raft, George Sluizer, 2002) 6/10 (Portugal/Spain)
20. O que arde (Fire Will Come, Oliver Laxe, 2019) 8/10 (Spain)

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1. Las secretas intenciones (Secret Intentions, Antonio Eceiza, 1970) 8/10 (Spain)
2. Pedro Só (Just Pedro, Alfredo Tropa, 1972) 9.5/10 (Portugal)
3. Shirley Temple Story (Antoni Padrós, 1976) 9.5/10 (Spain)
4. Nós por Cá Todos Bem (Fernando Lopes, 1978) 9/10 (Portugal)
5. El bosque animado (The Enchanted Forest, José Luis Cuerda, 1987) 8/10 (Spain)
6. Das Tripas Coração (Twin Flames, Joaquim Pinto, 1992) 8/10 (Portugal)
7. Três Palmeiras (Three Palm Trees, João Botelho, 1994) 8.5/10 (Portugal)
8. Chuva É Cantoria Na Aldeia Dos Mortos (The Dead and the Others, João Salaviza & Renée Nader Messora, 2018) 8/10 (Portugal)
9. Love Me Not (Lluís Miñarro, 2019) 7.5/10 (Spain)
10. Liberté (Albert Serra, 2019) 8.5/10 (Spain/Portugal)

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#138

Post by sol » May 12th, 2020, 9:49 am

Updated pie (and leaderboard). Portugal striking back and AB still not declaring his country.

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Post by sol » May 12th, 2020, 11:51 am

The rain in Spain stays mainly in the... drain?Show
1. The Invisible Guest (2016) Spain
2. The Fury of a Patient Man (2016) Spain
3. The House That Screamed (1969) Spain
4. Twisted Obsession (1989) Spain
5. In a Glass Cage (1986) Spain
6. Bell from Hell (1973) Spain
7. Paradise Hills (2019) Spain
8. Pieles / Skins (2017) Spain
9. The Platform (2019) Spain
10. Retribution (2015) Spain
11. Julia's Eyes (2010) Spain

12. Autómata (2014) Spain

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There is something of interest here for sure with the detective protagonist bonding with the illegally altered, artificially intelligent robots who he is tracking down as they trek through the desert together, but this is ultimately a fairly small part of an epic scale film that establishes far too elaborate a back-story (regarding how the future has come to be, all in title cards) considering how little all the exposition has to do with the central dilemma.
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Post by sol » May 12th, 2020, 1:48 pm

blueboybob wrote:
May 10th, 2020, 10:54 pm
28. [Spain] Conversa Acabada (1981)
I'm changing this to Portugal in the stats. Many thanks to Hawk for the correction - who is watching the competition from the sidelines but refusing to participate since he is eager to see if his country can fight back again the Spaniards without his own contributions. :party:

(I'd make some joke about how this is a spectator sport in Portugal, but I know that he is not the only Portuguese user here, eccentric as he may be)
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Post by sol » May 12th, 2020, 1:51 pm

The rain in Spain stays mainly in the... drain?Show
1. The Invisible Guest (2016) Spain
2. The Fury of a Patient Man (2016) Spain
3. The House That Screamed (1969) Spain
4. Twisted Obsession (1989) Spain
5. In a Glass Cage (1986) Spain
6. Bell from Hell (1973) Spain
7. Paradise Hills (2019) Spain
8. Pieles / Skins (2017) Spain
9. The Platform (2019) Spain
10. Retribution (2015) Spain
11. Julia's Eyes (2010) Spain
12. Autómata (2014) Spain

13. El bar (2017) Spain

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The first half here is excellent, steeped in growing paranoia over the strange situation and uncertainty of what exactly is going on. The film pulls between horror, science fiction and government cover-up stuff in this stretch with some superb tension regarding what certain patrons are hiding from the others. The second half of the film is disappointing by contrast and a bit predictable, but the ending packs a wallop after all the apocalyptic stuff.
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Post by Mario Gaborović » May 12th, 2020, 2:55 pm

16. Los amantes pasajeros (2013) - Spain
17. Dolor y gloria (2019) - Spain

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01. Andorra la República más pequeña del mundo (1935) + The Albius Incident (1992) + Persefone: Mind as Universe (China Tour Documentary) (2013) + Persefone: Spiritual Migration (2013) + Nami: Bless of Faintness (2015) - Andorra
02. Operation Felix (2008) - Gibraltar
03. Socotra, la isla de los genios (2016) - Spain
04. El día de la bestia (1995) - Spain
05. La ley del deseo (1987) - Spain
06. Operation Tracer (2013) - Gibraltar
07. Entre tinieblas (1983) - Spain
08. Carne trémula (1997) - Spain
09. Nick (2016) - Andorra
10. El ladrón de los guantes blancos (1926) - Spain
11. Laberinto de pasiones (1982) - Spain
12. El hoyo (2019) - Spain
13. Encierro de toros (1899) + Los héroes del sitio de Zaragoza (1903) + El ciego de la aldea (1907) + Amor que mata (1908) + Barcelona en tranvía + Don Juan Tenorio (1908) + Benitez quiere ser torero (1910) + Don Pedro el Cruel (1911) - Spain
14. Volver (2006) - Spain
15. Julieta (2016) - Spain

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Post by peeptoad » May 12th, 2020, 3:00 pm

14. Viridiana (Spain, 1961) 8+
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1. Operation Felix (Gibraltar, 2008) 6
2. El bosque del lobo (Spain, 1970) The Ancines Woods 7
3. O Sangue (Portugal, 1989) Blood 9
4. Los ojos de Julia (Spain, 2010) Julia's Eyes 6
5. Pastel de Sangre (Spain, 1971) Blood Pie 4
6. Nick (Andorra, 2016) 3
7. The Territory (Portugal, 1981) 8*
8. ...ere erera baleibu izik subua aruaren... (Spain, 1970) 6
9. El aullido del diablo (Spain, 1988) Howl of the Devil 6
10. el techo de cristal (Spain,1971) The Glass Ceiling 9
11. El espanto surge de la tumba (Spain, 1973) Horror Rises from the Tomb 6
12. À Flor do Mar (Portugal, 1986) Hovering Over the Water 8+
13. Extramuros (Spain, 1985) Beyond the Walls 6
*rewatch

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Post by sol » May 12th, 2020, 3:51 pm

The rain in Spain stays mainly in the... drain?Show
1. The Invisible Guest (2016) Spain
2. The Fury of a Patient Man (2016) Spain
3. The House That Screamed (1969) Spain
4. Twisted Obsession (1989) Spain
5. In a Glass Cage (1986) Spain
6. Bell from Hell (1973) Spain
7. Paradise Hills (2019) Spain
8. Pieles / Skins (2017) Spain
9. The Platform (2019) Spain
10. Retribution (2015) Spain
11. Julia's Eyes (2010) Spain
12. Autómata (2014) Spain
13. El bar (2017) Spain

14. Klaus (2019) Spain

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A curious and sometimes quite imaginative origin Santa story. The snowy locations look great, especially at night, and there is some amusement in how such tropes as the Naughty List and Santa watching may have come about. Most of the humour is hit-and-miss though and the film's messages about goodwill and kindness are delivered in a heavy-handed manner. The film also throws in a predictable love interest and trite personal redemption stuff.
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Post by allisoncm » May 12th, 2020, 4:20 pm

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1. Três Irmãos (1994, Portugal) 6/10
2. Brandos Costumes (1975, Portugal) 5/10
3. Vai~E~Vem/Come and Go (2003, Portugal) 2/10
4. O Leão da Estrela (1947, Portugal) 6/10
5. El hoyo (2019, Spain) 6/10

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Post by morrison-dylan-fan » May 13th, 2020, 3:14 am

FTV:5:Voyage to Nowhere (1986) (Spain) 8.

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Taking the novel he wrote on the voyage, writer/director Fernando Fernan Gomez brings a detailed novelistic, Neo- Realist attention to detail in the screenplay, with the decades spanning of Carlos Galvan’s family on the road trying to make a break in show-business being heavily felt in the character sketches Gomez draws, of each family member confronting the stark poverty in the country, presenting little chance of their voyage every reaching stardom.

Originally working on stage, Gomez brings his knowledge of that world into the folk Comedy of the family, who Gomez has chewing on cinema with a sharp dismissive view on cinema not having the purity of the stage. Jumping into various eras of the family between a interview where Carlos Galvan (played by a outstanding Joseph Sacristan,who wears the decades of Galvan’s life on his face) is looking back on his life, Gomez gradually weaves the Neo- Realism hardship the family face with sparkling flight of fantasy, tearing up the censorship General Franco had placed on the arts thanks to Galvan’s dreams of making it to the top, on the voyage to nowhere.

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Post by cinephage » May 13th, 2020, 9:51 am

04. Pa negre, by Agustí Villaronga (2010) 7/10 - Spain

Great production values, and a very dark storyline. I found the pace too slow at times, and lost interest at times. But it is an intense film...
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01. As Mil e Uma Noites: Volume 2, O Desolado, by Miguel Gomes (2015) 7/10 - Portugal
02. La Communidad, by Alex de la Iglesia (2000) 8/10 - Spain
03. As Mil e Uma Noites: Volume 3, O Encantado, by Miguel Gomes (2015) 8/10 - Portugal
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Post by sol » May 13th, 2020, 10:09 am

Leaderboard and pie chart update. Little movement in the pie. Both AB and cinephage currently have undeclared watches.

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Post by Mario Gaborović » May 13th, 2020, 3:13 pm

18. Salomé (1978) + Tráiler para amantes de lo prohibido (1985) + Pastas Ardilla (1996) + Dentro (2002) + Juan con miedo (2010) + Por activa y por pasiva (2013) + De una isla (2019) - Spain
19. Lisboa, crónica anedótica (1930) - Portugal

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01. Andorra la República más pequeña del mundo (1935) + The Albius Incident (1992) + Persefone: Mind as Universe (China Tour Documentary) (2013) + Persefone: Spiritual Migration (2013) + Nami: Bless of Faintness (2015) - Andorra
02. Operation Felix (2008) - Gibraltar
03. Socotra, la isla de los genios (2016) - Spain
04. El día de la bestia (1995) - Spain
05. La ley del deseo (1987) - Spain
06. Operation Tracer (2013) - Gibraltar
07. Entre tinieblas (1983) - Spain
08. Carne trémula (1997) - Spain
09. Nick (2016) - Andorra
10. El ladrón de los guantes blancos (1926) - Spain
11. Laberinto de pasiones (1982) - Spain
12. El hoyo (2019) - Spain
13. Encierro de toros (1899) + Los héroes del sitio de Zaragoza (1903) + El ciego de la aldea (1907) + Amor que mata (1908) + Barcelona en tranvía + Don Juan Tenorio (1908) + Benitez quiere ser torero (1910) + Don Pedro el Cruel (1911) - Spain
14. Volver (2006) - Spain
15. Julieta (2016) - Spain
16. Los amantes pasajeros (2013) - Spain
17. Dolor y gloria (2019) - Spain

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Post by blueboybob » May 13th, 2020, 5:56 pm

34. [Spain] The Mercenary (1968)
35. [Spain] Companeros (1970)
36. [Spain] The Return of Ringo (1965)
37. [Spain] Tepepa (1969)

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Post by Lilarcor » May 13th, 2020, 8:23 pm

3. Amantes / Lovers (Vicente Aranda, 1991) 6/10 Spain

Man this was a rough watch, cold as hell film and a field day for psychoanalysts.

Wonder how many picked up the handkerchief trick from this in the 90s...

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1. Nick (Jose Pozo, 2016) 3/10 Andorra
2. Mi tío Jacinto (Uncle Hyacynth) (Ladislao Vajda, 1956) 8/10 Spain
3. Amantes / Lovers (Vicente Aranda, 1991) 6/10 Spain

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Post by peeptoad » May 13th, 2020, 9:34 pm

15. Count Dracula (Spain, 1970) 6
16. Coisa Ruim (Portugal, 2006) Blood Curse 7
17. Omnívoros (Spain, 2013) Omnivores 4
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1. Operation Felix (Gibraltar, 2008) 6
2. El bosque del lobo (Spain, 1970) The Ancines Woods 7
3. O Sangue (Portugal, 1989) Blood 9
4. Los ojos de Julia (Spain, 2010) Julia's Eyes 6
5. Pastel de Sangre (Spain, 1971) Blood Pie 4
6. Nick (Andorra, 2016) 3
7. The Territory (Portugal, 1981) 8*
8. ...ere erera baleibu izik subua aruaren... (Spain, 1970) 6
9. El aullido del diablo (Spain, 1988) Howl of the Devil 6
10. el techo de cristal (Spain,1971) The Glass Ceiling 9
11. El espanto surge de la tumba (Spain, 1973) Horror Rises from the Tomb 6
12. À Flor do Mar (Portugal, 1986) Hovering Over the Water 8+
13. Extramuros (Spain, 1985) Beyond the Walls 6
14. Viridiana (Spain, 1961) 8
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Post by jal90 » May 14th, 2020, 1:36 am

As usual I take a while to update my viewings. There we go:

3. Girant per Sant Antoni (Pere Alberó, 2020) [Spain] - A nice and humble documentary about the process of gentrification in a district in Barcelona. Fine but mediocre and absurdly unfocused at times.

4. La reina de los lagartos / The queen of the lizards (Juan González & Nando Martínez, 2019) [Spain] - Weird, bizarre, absurd and somewhat charming. I liked it quite a lot though it's a hard sell. Also Javier Botet may be a below average dramatic actor but he sure is charismatic in his own way.

5. Um filme falado / A talking picture (Manoel de Oliveira, 2003) [Portugal] - I have grown to like Oliveira and his... uh, solemn and antiquated mannerisms, but he still appears a bit trapped in his own bubble in this film and it really isn't the right topic to be this reductive. I do like it though and particularly everything related to its daring narrative, but the whole commentary on civilization seems like a collection of narrow and perfectly aligning perspectives through characters that all seem to represent Oliveira's voice and thoughts.

6. ¡Ay, Carmela! (Carlos Saura, 1990) [Spain] - Loved it. A tragicomedy set in the Civil War years with a charming main trio of Republican travelling actors who try to be pragmatic and survive in the Francoist side. With fun comedic bits mixed with an increased awareness of the horrors of the Francoist soldiers, the result is something that is at the same time tense and charming, light and suffocating and ultimately disturbing.

7. Un hombre va por el camino / A man on the road (Manuel Mur Oti, 1949) [Spain] - First time with this director, I've heard great things about his later works, and this one is not that well-liked but it's still a solid film with interesting characters and viewpoints in life, and overall a strong, somewhat lyrical narrative that sticks even if it rarely stands out.

8. Pepi, Luci, Bom y otras chicas del montón / Pepi, Luci, Bom and other girls like Mom (Pedro Almodóvar, 1980) [Spain] - First (somewhat relevant) feature by Almodóvar. This one is a holy mess and transgressive to the core. Still scandalous and offensive, disregarding every social norm, breaking rules and moral preconceptions. I don't always love it, but there's something admirable about its boldness and its strong thematic and aesthetic identity even this early in Almodóvar's career. Irregular, at times bordering trash and with a lot of notoriously bad acting (Alaska is just... ugh), but a very important film that remains enjoyable and genuinely funny.

9. Cuadecuc, vampir (Pere Portabella, 1971) [Spain] - An experimental variation of Count Dracula by Jesús Franco that plays with lighting, blurring, overexposed frames and a mix of film footage and making of recordings that creates its own distinct, avant-garde take of the myth of Dracula and the mechanism of horror in film narrative. I wasn't very much into it, but it's a really cool idea and specially coming in an age of heavy artistic restrictions on cinema (it was banned at the time and as a result Portabella is still a rather obscure and marginal author in the film canon of Spain).

10. Soñando un lugar (Alfonso Kint, 2018) [Spain] - A documentary with autobiographical roots that focuses on the problem of what is often called the "Empty Spain", the little villages and rural towns that slowly die out because the young population migrates to the city. Through an understandably romanticized view of life in the country, the director is clearly aligned with the idea of keeping these communities, and it's even more obvious when the documentary becomes a cheap infomercial for his artistic initiative. Very meh.

11. Belarmino (Fernando Lopes, 1964) [Portugal] - I don't like boxing, I'm not interested in the technicalities of boxing and yet I could spend hours and hours just listening to Belarmino talk about these things. A fascinating personality and a great documentary that uses a huge amount of cinematic resources to explore the boxer's dreams, regrets and current priorities over his personal history of promising triumph and ultimate failure, fatalistic and resilient at the same time. Mundane yet enthralling and enlightening.

12. Ruínas (Manuel Mozos, 2009) [Portugal] - A series of shots of old buildings and abandoned places with various types of voiceover narrations that seem to remind when there was human life in there. An experimental poem I want to like more than I do, but unfortunately it just doesn't feel that mysterious, fascinating or able to evoke emotions after a while. Still recommended for anybody who wants an unconventional yet very aesthetic and potentially (not too much for me) evocative.

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Post by morrison-dylan-fan » May 14th, 2020, 5:27 am

FTV:6:Dante no es únicamente severo (1967) (Spain.)10.

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Teaming up together after having each separately made documentary shorts, co-writers/co-directors Jacinto Esteva & Joaquim Jorda bring the capturing the moment of documentaries, into their incredible fragmented surreal creation. Splashing stories a woman (played the enticingly mysterious Serena Vergano) tells a disinterested man across the screen which visibly displays a poster for Jean-Luc Godard’s Pierrot le Fou (1965), the co-directors bring the fluidity of the French New Wave to each story, with the airless state of the camera flying on a atmosphere of it dovetailing each tale. Along with eyeing enough eye surgery footage to make Lucio Fulci giddy, the directors make the 75 minutes move at the blink of a eye,thanks to a astonishing flow of multiple filming styles crystallising a surreal atmosphere of fading changes in colour tinting, abrasive altering of film stock and freeze frame photographs, all turning on in-camera tricks that turn time back three minutes before the world ends.

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Post by sol » May 14th, 2020, 9:47 am

Leaderboard updated again (minus cinephage and AB's unlisted viewings of course).

Pie chart seems to be getting pretty stagnant. I might start only posting the pie once every two days... unless there is an appetite for me to continue posting daily updates?

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Post by peeptoad » May 14th, 2020, 1:19 pm

sol wrote:
May 14th, 2020, 9:47 am
Pie chart seems to be getting pretty stagnant. I might start only posting the pie once every two days... unless there is an appetite for me to continue posting daily updates?
I like the updates, but every other day is fine with me, if you are getting busier, sol.

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Post by peeptoad » May 14th, 2020, 1:19 pm

18. El cuerpo (Spain, 2012) The Body 7
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1. Operation Felix (Gibraltar, 2008) 6
2. El bosque del lobo (Spain, 1970) The Ancines Woods 7
3. O Sangue (Portugal, 1989) Blood 9
4. Los ojos de Julia (Spain, 2010) Julia's Eyes 6
5. Pastel de Sangre (Spain, 1971) Blood Pie 4
6. Nick (Andorra, 2016) 3
7. The Territory (Portugal, 1981) 8*
8. ...ere erera baleibu izik subua aruaren... (Spain, 1970) 6
9. El aullido del diablo (Spain, 1988) Howl of the Devil 6
10. el techo de cristal (Spain,1971) The Glass Ceiling 9
11. El espanto surge de la tumba (Spain, 1973) Horror Rises from the Tomb 6
12. À Flor do Mar (Portugal, 1986) Hovering Over the Water 8+
13. Extramuros (Spain, 1985) Beyond the Walls 6
14. Viridiana (Spain, 1961) 8
15. Count Dracula (Spain, 1970) 6
16. Coisa Ruim (Portugal, 2006) Blood Curse 7
17. Omnívoros (Spain, 2013) Omnivores 4
*rewatch

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Post by sol » May 14th, 2020, 2:04 pm

peeptoad wrote:
May 14th, 2020, 1:19 pm
sol wrote:
May 14th, 2020, 9:47 am
Pie chart seems to be getting pretty stagnant. I might start only posting the pie once every two days... unless there is an appetite for me to continue posting daily updates?
I like the updates, but every other day is fine with me, if you are getting busier, sol.
It's not a matter of being busy, but rather the fact that we are flattening the pie at the same time that some countries are flattening their Coronavirus curve. Okay; I'll keep up the daily pie chart updates if you're interested, but unless somebody chimes in with A LOT of viewings from just one country, we probably will only see incremental pie chart changes from now on in.

This might be of interest: a collection of all the pie charts since the Challenge began, with day-to-day changes. Highest Spain has ever gotten is 81%.
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Post by sol » May 14th, 2020, 2:07 pm

The rain in Spain stays mainly in the... drain?Show
1. The Invisible Guest (2016) Spain
2. The Fury of a Patient Man (2016) Spain
3. The House That Screamed (1969) Spain
4. Twisted Obsession (1989) Spain
5. In a Glass Cage (1986) Spain
6. Bell from Hell (1973) Spain
7. Paradise Hills (2019) Spain
8. Pieles / Skins (2017) Spain
9. The Platform (2019) Spain
10. Retribution (2015) Spain
11. Julia's Eyes (2010) Spain
12. Autómata (2014) Spain
13. El bar (2017) Spain
14. Klaus (2019) Spain

15. Jefe (2018) Spain

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Dismissive of his coworkers with insults constantly rolling off his tongue, the protagonist here in many ways seems like the boss from hell, yet Luis Callejo brings some unexpected dimension to the part. Plagued by such absurdities as his wife only communicating via a messenger service, and a teasing vending machine, Callejo feels like an everyman struggling against the very absurdity of existence. Great (intense) spying sequence too.
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Post by cinephage » May 14th, 2020, 2:34 pm

05. La Residencia, by Narciso Ibáñez Serrador (1969) 8,5/10 - Spain

A great horror film. I will try and watch the Bluray to watch the best available version, and add it to my 500<400 list...
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01. As Mil e Uma Noites: Volume 2, O Desolado, by Miguel Gomes (2015) 7/10 - Portugal
02. La Communidad, by Alex de la Iglesia (2000) 8/10 - Spain
03. As Mil e Uma Noites: Volume 3, O Encantado, by Miguel Gomes (2015) 8/10 - Portugal
04. Pa negre, by Agustí Villaronga (2010) 7/10 - Spain
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