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4. Buladó (Eché Janga, 2020) NL

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5. Toute une nuit (Chantal Akerman, 1982) BE
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Benelux in Flux
1. The Last Days of Emma Blank (2009) Netherlands
2. Too Fat Too Furious (2005) Netherlands
3. Let the Corpses Tan (2017) Belgium
4. The Notorious Guys (2013) Luxembourg
5. Save Angel Hope (2007) Luxembourg
6. I, Pastafari (2019) Netherlands

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Members of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster struggle for legal recognition in this intriguing documentary. The film does a great job delivering the main ideas of the religion and pointing out the hypocrisy of other religions, with one woman talking about Christianity teaching empathy cut against an anti-gay rights protestor - but what the film ultimately becomes about is religious freedoms. I would have preferred more insight into the religion's origins.
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1. To Grab the Ring (1968) NL - 6.0 (it says second check on ICM, but I can't see who the first check is, so that might be a bug)
2. Parfait Amour (1985) NL - 6.0 (first check on ICM, had to add it to tmdb in order to score it on LB)

Decided to start out with some very obscure ones yesterday. Both are kind of genre pastiches. To Grab the Ring is in new wave mode (also in English language, and it hops around new york, london, berlin, amsterdam and paris!) so mostly being a bit silly and all about talking to pretty girls. The American Ben Carruthers plays the lead, so I popped on Swedish new wave movie Kärlek 65 on this morning (in which he has a smaller role), which is a lot better than this one.

Parfait Amour tries to be a bit more of a serious noir/spy/thriller inspired by Kundera's writing. It's about Czech dissidents in the Netherlands somehow being tied up with some kind of government agents (not really explained who what or why). But the main character also felt silly to me... it might be the acting style. Understandable why these early efforts of young directors have remained obscure.
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Benelux in Flux
1. The Last Days of Emma Blank (2009) Netherlands
2. Too Fat Too Furious (2005) Netherlands
3. Let the Corpses Tan (2017) Belgium
4. The Notorious Guys (2013) Luxembourg
5. Save Angel Hope (2007) Luxembourg
6. I, Pastafari (2019) Netherlands
7. Flodder (1986) Netherlands

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There is something pointed in how the rich folks here bring all of their misery upon themselves by refusing to welcome their newest neighbours, leading to much destroyed property and general mayhem. The lower class family members are all pretty friendly and likeable too, with the film offering a bit a satire in terms of money not being everything in life. As a comedy though, the film is a little all-over-the-place and exhausting by the end at nearly two hours.
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Benelux in Flux
1. The Last Days of Emma Blank (2009) Netherlands
2. Too Fat Too Furious (2005) Netherlands
3. Let the Corpses Tan (2017) Belgium
4. The Notorious Guys (2013) Luxembourg
5. Save Angel Hope (2007) Luxembourg
6. I, Pastafari (2019) Netherlands
7. Flodder (1986) Netherlands
8. Quiz (2012) Netherlands

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Claiming to have kidnapped his family, a deranged man subjects a game show host to a humiliating life-and-death quiz here. With a premise like that, this is intriguing to begin with, clouded with mystery as to why he doing this and whether his family are really in danger. Pierre Bokma is superb as the bad guy too, sometimes sounding eerily sane in between his outbursts. Alas, film seems to expect us to accept that the quiz is 'just desserts'. Weak ending too.
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03. The Illusionist (1983) - 5/10 NL
Took me some time to get into it, after that it was okay at times. Liked the soundtrack.
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3. Mothers' Instinct / Duelles (Olivier Masset-Depasse, 2018) [BE] 6
BNL ma belle
1. Doris (Albert Jan van Rees, 2018) [NL] 6+
2. Adoration (Fabrice Du Welz, 2019) [BE] 7
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01. Interview (2003) - Netherlands
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1. Calvaire (Fabrice Du Welz, 2004) [BE] - 8/10
2. Home (Fien Troch, 2016) [BE] - 10/10 (rewatch)

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I've put this in my all-time top 10 favourite movies. In terms of style, similar to Kreuzweg perhaps.

Wasn't planning on participating, but tbh there are some movies I would like to see (all three of Koen Mortier, Alléluia, Adoration, Yummy, De Patrick, Le ciel flamand, L'Étrange Couleur des Larmes de Ton Corps, La promesse, Le jeune Ahmed, le fils, Girl, Violet, Niet Schieten & one dutch movie: Spoorloos
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OP updated. Updated pie chart with a slight rise for Holland:

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Benelux in Flux
1. The Last Days of Emma Blank (2009) Netherlands
2. Too Fat Too Furious (2005) Netherlands
3. Let the Corpses Tan (2017) Belgium
4. The Notorious Guys (2013) Luxembourg
5. Save Angel Hope (2007) Luxembourg
6. I, Pastafari (2019) Netherlands
7. Flodder (1986) Netherlands
8. Quiz (2012) Netherlands
9. Saint (2010) Netherlands

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This takes a while to warm up, but once the evil St. Nick springs into action it becomes a decent ride, full of rooftop chases and gory mayhem in the snow. The film's best parts though are the darkly comical ones (a dead victim falling down the chimney like Santa; a bunch of hospital children smiling at the sight of the murderous Santa; businessmen sarcastically commenting when St. Nick falls through their roof) but this generally feels like a generic slasher.
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Thank you for hosting, sol!

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1. Dagboek (Diary, Johan van der Keuken, 1972) 9/10 (Netherlands)
2. De nieuwe ijstijd (The New Ice Age, Johan van der Keuken, 1974-79) 9/10 (Netherlands)
3. Magnum Begynasium Bruxellense (Boris Lehman, 1978) 8.5/10 (Belgium)
4. Couple, regards, positions (Boris Lehman & Nadine Wandel, 1983) 8/10 (Belgium)
5. De tijd (Time, Johan van der Keuken, 1983) 8/10 (Netherlands)
6. À la recherche du lieu de ma naissance (Looking for My Birthplace, Boris Lehman, 1990) 8/10 (Belgium)

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It's all about the Benelux, baby
1. Minoes (2001, Netherlands)
2. Mr. Nobody (2009, Belgium)
3. Man Bites Dog (1992, Belgium) 6/10

So this was not as offensive as I was bracing myself for... but my interpretation of it is attempting to hang a picture using a sledgehammer to drive in the nail. While it technically does the job, it was too over-the-top to really do the job. I interpreted this as a film that shows the importance of distance and objectivity for the documentarian, but the same effect could have been accomplished in an easier manner. It worked, but only kinda.
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6. Golven (Annette Apon, 1982) NL
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Benelux in Flux
1. The Last Days of Emma Blank (2009) Netherlands
2. Too Fat Too Furious (2005) Netherlands
3. Let the Corpses Tan (2017) Belgium
4. The Notorious Guys (2013) Luxembourg
5. Save Angel Hope (2007) Luxembourg
6. I, Pastafari (2019) Netherlands
7. Flodder (1986) Netherlands
8. Quiz (2012) Netherlands
9. Saint (2010) Netherlands
10. Girl (2018) Belgium

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This transgender teen film has a bit of a Whiplash vibe with her practising ballet until her feet bleed at multiple points, and it might have been nice for this obsessive angle to be played up and her unhappiness with her biologically male body played down (the final ten minutes take this in some icky directions). Whatever the case, the film's pensive young lead is excellent throughout, with every iota of the protagonist's anxiety and frustration heartfelt.
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Benelux in Flux
1. The Last Days of Emma Blank (2009) Netherlands
2. Too Fat Too Furious (2005) Netherlands
3. Let the Corpses Tan (2017) Belgium
4. The Notorious Guys (2013) Luxembourg
5. Save Angel Hope (2007) Luxembourg
6. I, Pastafari (2019) Netherlands
7. Flodder (1986) Netherlands
8. Quiz (2012) Netherlands
9. Saint (2010) Netherlands
10. Girl (2018) Belgium
11. JCVD (2008) Belgium

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Jean-Claude Van Damme provides a nicely down-to-earth and human performance here, complete with a fantastic monologue and a touching strained father/daughter relationship. Outside of the novelty of him playing himself though, mashing up the timeline works well to show the confusion as he ends up complicit in a bank robbery gone awry. I found the resolution of the bank situation, cartoon-like villains and blah colour palette are less appealing though.
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04. Fanfare (1958) - 6/10 NL
Fun, little movie.
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Benelux Challenge 2021
01. The Human Centipede (First Sequence) (2009) - Netherlands
02. Yummy (2019) - Belgium
03. 22 Mei (2010) - Belgium
04. The Human Centipede II (Full sequence) (2011) - Netherlands
05. The Human Centipede III (Final sequence) (2015) - Netherlands
05. The Human Centipede III (Final sequence) (2015) - Netherlands

Well, nothing like the first two movies. Was more like a comedy to me. And probably one of the worst movies i've ever seen
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beavis wrote: February 3rd, 2021, 9:54 am
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1. To Grab the Ring (1968) NL - 6.0 (it says second check on ICM, but I can't see who the first check is, so that might be a bug)
2. Parfait Amour (1985) NL - 6.0 (first check on ICM, had to add it to tmdb in order to score it on LB)
3. Bluebird (2004) NL - 7.0
4. Blue Bird (2011) BE - 7.5

5. Servais (2018) BE - 6
SHORTS
Adoration (1987) 15 min BE
Mort A Vignole (1998) 25min BE
L’Amateur (1997) 26min BE
La Philosophie Dans Le Boudoir (1991) 14 min BE
Pensees et Visions D’une tete Coupee (1991) 26 min BE
Ravissements (1991) 7 min BE
Point de Fuite (1988) 10 min BE
L’Art D’Aimer (1985) 15 min BE
Neuvaine (1984) 30 min BE
Seuls (1989) 12 min BE
Spiritual Exercises (2005) 6 min BE
Images Enamored of Love and Death (2003) 2 min BE
1959: Havenlichten (10 min) BE
1963: Valse Noot (10 min) BE
1963: Omleiding november (13 min) BE
1965: Chromophobia (10 min) BE
1968: Sirène (9 min) BE
1969: Goldframe (4 min) BE
1970: To speak or not to speak (10 min) BE
1971: Operation X-70 (9 min) BE
1973: Pegasus (8 min) BE
1976: Het lied van Halewijn (13 min) BE
1979: Harpya (9 min) BE
1997: Nachtvlinders (8 min) BE
2001: Atraksion (10 min) BE
2015: Tank (6 min) BE
Vlucht der verbeelding (2003) 15 min NL
De wachtkamer (1996) 28 min NL (erotic tales)
the Gas Station (2000) 28 min NL (erotic tales)
the Gallery (2003) 28 min NL (erotic tales)
Het bezoek (2010) 5 min NL
Spurs of Tango (1980) 32 min NL
Een Winterliefde (1970) 11 min NL

317 min BE + 147 min NL = 464 min total (5,8*80)
I'll do another day of shorts tomorrow, maybe better to count the amount of spots this is eligible for then

So, yesterday was a "blue bird" day, after already watching the silent Blue Bird in the 1000<400 challenge. The Dutch one only references the original play and is actually a movie about bullying in school. There is a version available for free on the NPO that cannot be regularly released because the director used famous/expensive music from the likes of Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers and R.E.M. and there has been a DVD released with replacement music that is allegedly not as good. The Belgian one is faithful to the source but places it in Africa with minimal narration and instead a large focus on style (using an ultra wide format and blue filters throughout) which may explain a lower average rating (most reviews I scanned confessed to being slightly baffled by the narrative). I liked both, but was not completely blown away

today clearly a day of shorts (and one short feature documentary from 2018 on Raoul Servais). Not really my style to watch a lot of those, but I have a few DVD's of short works for the Benelux that I will probably never watch if I don't do it for this challenge... so. today it was Raoul Servais, Olivier Smolders and Jos Stelling's turn. I had not seen work from Servais before and I liked most of it, Smolders and Stelling I knew would be great and they did not disappoint
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OP updated - excluding the unfinished batch of shorts from beavis.

Updated Pie Chart:

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Curious to see whether Lu-Chin or beavis (with all the shorts behind him) ends up in first place in the next update. :shifty:
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Benelux in Flux
1. The Last Days of Emma Blank (2009) Netherlands
2. Too Fat Too Furious (2005) Netherlands
3. Let the Corpses Tan (2017) Belgium
4. The Notorious Guys (2013) Luxembourg
5. Save Angel Hope (2007) Luxembourg
6. I, Pastafari (2019) Netherlands
7. Flodder (1986) Netherlands
8. Quiz (2012) Netherlands
9. Saint (2010) Netherlands
10. Girl (2018) Belgium
11. JCVD (2008) Belgium
12. Milo (2012) Netherlands

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In the title role, Lorcan Bonner is excellent and the acting is generally down-to-earth and solid all round. As a narrative though, this is a sentimental affair and there is not a whole lot driving the plot. Lost after running away from home, Bonner instantly clicks with a childless couple, they are happy to help him out and parent him better than his actual parents ever did and so on. There is also limited sense of adventure for a film about a lad run away from home.
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1. Hôtel Monterey (1973) 5/10 Belgium
2. News from Home (1977) 6/10 Belgium
3. D'Est (1993) (1993) 6/10 Belgium
4. De vierde man (1983) 6/10 Netherlands
5. Turks fruit (1973) 8/10 Netherlands
6. Zwartboek (2006) 8/10 Netherlands
7. The Promise (1996) 8/10 Belgium
8. The Kid with a Bike (2011) 8/10 Belgium
9. Young Ahmed (2019) 8/10 Belgium
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Benelux in Flux
1. The Last Days of Emma Blank (2009) Netherlands
2. Too Fat Too Furious (2005) Netherlands
3. Let the Corpses Tan (2017) Belgium
4. The Notorious Guys (2013) Luxembourg
5. Save Angel Hope (2007) Luxembourg
6. I, Pastafari (2019) Netherlands
7. Flodder (1986) Netherlands
8. Quiz (2012) Netherlands
9. Saint (2010) Netherlands
10. Girl (2018) Belgium
11. JCVD (2008) Belgium
12. Milo (2012) Netherlands
13. Cub (2014) Belgium

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This benefits from a pulsating electro score, great locations and oodles of ambiguity as to whether the young protagonist is imagining a feral child or whether the feral child is his id incarnate. There is also a very well done kill early on involving a booby-trapped beehive. This is a film that does not offer very many answers though and the ending is more frustrating than scary, but when in horror/thriller mode, the film generally works with a good lead actor.
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7. Pentimento (Frans Zwartjes, 1979) NL
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jeroeno wrote: February 5th, 2021, 4:53 am 7. Pentimento (Frans Zwartjes, 1979)
Don't make sol put you in the undeclared column... :circle: :circle: :circle: :P :lol:
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It's all about the Benelux, baby
1. Minoes (2001, Netherlands)
2. Mr. Nobody (2009, Belgium)
3. Man Bites Dog (1992, Belgium)
4. From the East (1993, Belgium)
Substantive comments in the Experimental thread. But I watched this via the link posted on ICM... which opened to an ad... of hentai porn. Let's just say that I was prepared for an experimental film on life in post-Soviet Russia. I was NOT prepared for an animated p thrusting in and out of an animated v on screen with the convenient message of "you can skip this ad in 8 seconds." :shrug:
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maxwelldeux wrote: February 5th, 2021, 5:05 am
jeroeno wrote: February 5th, 2021, 4:53 am 7. Pentimento (Frans Zwartjes, 1979)
Don't make sol put you in the undeclared column... :circle: :circle: :circle: :P :lol:
Oh dear.. thanks for that. Maybe I should wait until I finish my first coffee in the morning before posting here :lol:
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jeroeno wrote: February 5th, 2021, 5:20 am
maxwelldeux wrote: February 5th, 2021, 5:05 am
jeroeno wrote: February 5th, 2021, 4:53 am 7. Pentimento (Frans Zwartjes, 1979)
Don't make sol put you in the undeclared column... :circle: :circle: :circle: :P :lol:
Oh dear.. thanks for that. Maybe I should wait until I finish my first coffee in the morning before posting here :lol:
Meanwhile I'm here here debating one more beer before bed. :cheers:
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Morning? Bedtime? C'mon guys, it's the middle of the afternoon. :P
Benelux in Flux
1. The Last Days of Emma Blank (2009) Netherlands
2. Too Fat Too Furious (2005) Netherlands
3. Let the Corpses Tan (2017) Belgium
4. The Notorious Guys (2013) Luxembourg
5. Save Angel Hope (2007) Luxembourg
6. I, Pastafari (2019) Netherlands
7. Flodder (1986) Netherlands
8. Quiz (2012) Netherlands
9. Saint (2010) Netherlands
10. Girl (2018) Belgium
11. JCVD (2008) Belgium
12. Milo (2012) Netherlands
13. Cub (2014) Belgium
14. Boy 7 (2015) Netherlands

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When one gets over the fact that the 26-year-old Matthijs van de Sande Bakhuyzen (who could pass for 30) is meant to be playing a teenager, he actually delivers a decent performance as a socially awkward youth and he is much of the reason why this film is watchable. The premise is hardly new or original and while there is a neat fingerprint lifting part, none of the protagonist's ingenuity feels especially novel. For a thriller, it becomes very sentimental too.
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1. On Top of the Whale (NL 1982, Raoul Ruiz). 5
2a. Rain (NL 1929, Joris Ivens) 15 min
2b. Philips-Radio (NL 1931, Joris Ivens) 35 min
So... I'm not sure if I'm allowed to count my next movie(s). Since this is a Benelux challenge, and I am trying to watch more movies per director, I decided to (re)watch some of Joris Ivens's movies. Although Joris Ivens is without a doubt Dutch, and the first two shorts that I've counted are very Dutch (with topics on rain and the Philips factory, I'm sure nobody would disagree), but I have some doubts regarding his later films.

I've just watched his documentary on the Vietnam war. 17th Parallel: Vietnam in War is a French documentary first, I'd say. The fact that Joris Ivens made it, does that make it an eligible film for this challenge? I hope so, but I'm not convinced myself... For now, I'll count it, but if anybody here feels that this movie should not be included in the challenge, I'll take it off my list (and I won't count my next movie by Ivens - A tale of the wind - either).

0. 17th Parallel: Vietnam in War (FR, 1968, Joris Ivens)

Edit: guess not...
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maksler wrote: February 5th, 2021, 11:41 am I've just watched his documentary on the Vietnam war. 17th Parallel: Vietnam in War is a French documentary first, I'd say. The fact that Joris Ivens made it, does that make it an eligible film for this challenge? I hope so, but I'm not convinced myself.
Yeah, it's not eligible. General rule of thumb is to go by IMDb or Letterboxd listings for country, then look at production companies for ambiguous co-production. Sorry.

By the way, you are still only on one point. As mentioned upthread, you need another 30 minutes worth of shorts for your batch of shorts to add up to 80 minutes. ;)
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maxwelldeux wrote: February 2nd, 2021, 11:17 pm 2. Mr. Nobody (2009, Belgium) 9/10
What a start to this challenge, a new favorite to go along with the above? Hell yeah! Even coming in at 2.5 hours, this was exquisitely paced - never felt bored during the runtime and was enthralled constantly. I can't quite explain why, but it drew me in and I connected with it on a ton of levels... maybe because I think like the film? I dunno. But I loved it.
Le Tout Nouveau Testament is also very worthwhile :)
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sol wrote: February 5th, 2021, 11:49 am Yeah, it's not eligible. General rule of thumb is to go by IMDb or Letterboxd listings for country, then look at production companies for ambiguous co-production. Sorry.

By the way, you are still only on one point. As mentioned upthread, you need another 30 minutes worth of shorts for your batch of shorts to add up to 80 minutes. ;)
That's fair, I'll take it off my list... This makes me question whether I should go on with Joris Ivens, especially because A tale of the wind will be a rewatch and I hated it the first time...

Thanks for the heads-up on the shorts, I guess I'll go and watch some more shorts then :shrug:
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05. Calvaire (2004) - 5/10 BE
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1. On Top of the Whale (NL 1982, Raoul Ruiz) 5
2. A Tale of the Wind (NL, 1988, Joris Ivens) 6.5

Interestingly, A Tale of the Wind does list the Netherlands as country on both IMDB and Letterboxd, so I'm counting that one here.
It definitely wasn't as bad as I remembered it. This "documentary" seemed to consist of many different parts and sometimes they were beautiful or amusing and at times they were just really weird. The point of the movie was lost on me, but it was captivating at times.
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1. On Top of the Whale (NL 1982, Raoul Ruiz) 5
2. A Tale of the Wind (NL, 1988, Joris Ivens) 6.5
3a. De Brug (NL, 1928, Joris Ivens) 15 min
3b. Regen (NL, 1929, Joris Ivens) 14 min
3c. Philips-Radio (NL, 1931, Joris Ivens) 36 min
3d. Father and Daughter (NL, 2000, Michael Dudok de Wit) 8 min
3e. Harpya (BE, 1979, Raoul Servais) 9 min
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beavis wrote: February 4th, 2021, 10:41 pm
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1. To Grab the Ring (1968) NL - 6.0
2. Parfait Amour (1985) NL - 6.0
3. Bluebird (2004) NL - 7.0
4. Blue Bird (2011) BE - 7.5
5. Servais (2018) BE - 6.0
6. Requiem (1986) NL - 6.0
7. Alaska (1989) NL - 7.5
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shorts admin: 22 minutes left

Yesterday I popped in my "Emiel van Moerkerken avant-gardist" DVD. Only two of his movies are on Imdb, so if I need to provide other evidence just than what I claim, there is a picture of the DVD-backside on this webpage that includes the runtimes: https://www.catawiki.nl/l/4603247-emiel ... d=1&pid=12

sonate (1934 NL) 5 min
kijkjes in de dierentuin (1936 NL) 7 min
limehouse blues (1948 NL) 4 min
the cuckoo waltz (1955 NL) 3 min (rewatch! this one is on the Amos Vogel list and I had seen it before on youtube because of that)
droompaleis (1969 NL) 20 min
sonata chipolata (1973 NL) 6 min

= total yesterday 45 minutes = total shorts for now 67 minutes

after that it was back to features!

19. Perverse et docile (1971) BE - 7.5
20. Blindgangers (1977) NL - 7.0

Perverse et Docile, or the Lady Kills, is a fun exploitation movie by Jean-Louis van Belle. Although his name sounds Flemish, I learned he is actually French. The movie is produced in Belgium though, so I think it still counts, right? I have seen three of his movies now and I like the vibe of all of them. It is amazing that he had remained so unknown before Mondo Macabro started releasing his work on Blu-ray, of course it is just cheap exploitation, but very well done still.

Blindgangers is another one I had to ad to Tmdb in order to rate it on Letterboxd, although it already had a couple of checks on ICM. It is an interesting relationship-drama that is only slightly hampered by the acting (the acting is good, but it is very clear they are professional actors, they lack naturalism in many scenes, a problem seen often in older Dutch productions... but this can also be just my perception as a native...?) and a few of the twist and turns were initially hard to get along with. But in the end I still liked it. Music and cinematography is very good too. AND, why I put it on, it has a cameo of Emiel van Moerkerken as a blind man, the same "character" he played in two of his avant-garde shorts!
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OP updated. Took me a while to work out those percentages for beavis. :ermm: Incredibly, even with his latest data drop, the percentages for BE and NL remain about the same:

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1. Calvaire (Fabrice Du Welz, 2004) [BE] - 8/10
2. Home (Fien Troch, 2016) [BE] - 10/10 (rewatch)
3. Ex Drummer (Koen Mortier, 2007) [BE] - 9/10

A bit like De helaasheid der dingen on steroids. Loved it. Next one to watch will be 22 mei.
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Benelux in Flux
1. The Last Days of Emma Blank (2009) Netherlands
2. Too Fat Too Furious (2005) Netherlands
3. Let the Corpses Tan (2017) Belgium
4. The Notorious Guys (2013) Luxembourg
5. Save Angel Hope (2007) Luxembourg
6. I, Pastafari (2019) Netherlands
7. Flodder (1986) Netherlands
8. Quiz (2012) Netherlands
9. Saint (2010) Netherlands
10. Girl (2018) Belgium
11. JCVD (2008) Belgium
12. Milo (2012) Netherlands
13. Cub (2014) Belgium
14. Boy 7 (2015) Netherlands
15. Hunted (2020) Belgium

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The first half here feels a bit routine and repetitive, focused on a kidnapper/victim pursuit in the woods. Other elements are introduced in the second half though and the final fifteen minutes enter laugh-out-loud black comedy territory. With some of the dialogue exchanged near the end, the overall film also feels like a stinging look at modern relationships, insensitive men and the whole general craziness of trying to have to one night stands with strangers.
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