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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
16. Yummy (2019) Belgium

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The set-up and setting are awesome here with the film tapping into the anxieties that one faces before undergoing any medical procedure. The film also looks divine with much neon and plenty of splatter/gore, plus some really WTF imagery, including a mutant frog/reptile. The zombies here are quite ordinary though and only move and act according to genre cliché. The film's constant attempts to add humour backfire a bit too, but this is generally great.
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06. Brimstone (2016) - 7/10 NL
Didn’t expect to like it as much as I did.
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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
4. Man Bites Dog (BE, 1992, Rémy Belvaux) 8+
A second rewatch this month, and a good one at that. I really enjoyed the picture, although it was a little over the top at times.
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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
16. Yummy (2019) Belgium
17. Kristen (2015) Netherlands

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This thriller begins as a Scream variant with the sole late night worker at a pub receiving harassing phone calls after closing from a man who might be watching her. As the film progresses, it slowly heads in a different direction though with a broken television set, clocks that have stopped ticking and so forth. The film concludes in a rather weird way that sort of undercuts this curious plot deflection, but this at least attempts to do something different.
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7. Medea (Frans Zwartjes, 1982) 9/10 (Netherlands)
8. Steekspel (Tricked, Paul Verhoeven, 2012) 6.5/10 (Netherlands)

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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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8. Impatience (Charles Dekeukeleire, 36 min) BE
Visions de Lourdes (Charles Dekeukeleire, 18 min) BE
Anamnesis (Frans Zwartjes, 16 min) NL
Spectator (Frans Zwartjes, 10 min) NL

I have a LOT of Johan van der Keuken films I already watched, I'll dump them here once I've watched his whole available filmography. :shifty:
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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
4. Man Bites Dog (BE, 1992, Rémy Belvaux) 8+
5. The Promise (BE, 1996, Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne) 8
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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
16. Yummy (2019) Belgium
17. Kristen (2015) Netherlands
18. Ubiquity (2018) Netherlands

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While this documentary ignores the controversy over EHS and whether it is a medical or psychosomatic condition, it provides a fascinating glimpse at ordinary folks trying to function in world full of Wi-Fi and electronic devices which, regardless of cause, provide them with adverse health effects. The subjects bring to mind Julianne Moore in Safe, except that these are real human beings. The film get a little bit too conspiracyish towards the end though.
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OP leaderboard updated.

Updated Pie Chart with Belgium slowly gaining on the Netherlands:

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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
8. shorts
9. shorts
10. shorts
11. shorts
12. shorts
13. shorts
14. shorts
15. shorts
16. shorts
17. shorts
18. shorts
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 add 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 (droompaleis and volgend jaar in holysloot)!
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is seems I edited my previous entry instead of quoting it... is that entry lost now??
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aaaaa (D:) :circle:

EDIT:

I do still have the data for the shorts on hand though

golden kalf winner for shorts (DVD box)
NL - 14 - Nog Eens
NL - 10 - volgens jaar in Holysloot
NL - 13 - a good turn daily
NL - 27 - turkse video
NL - 30 - sostenu'to
NL - 29 - vuurdoop
NL - 19 - schrodingers kat
NL - 23 - memorias...
NL - 31 - de marionettenwereld
NL - 17 - zap
NL - 30 - bitings and other effects
NL - 4 - sientje
NL - 15 - nussin
NL - 13 - metro
NL - 20 - intens drama
NL - 25 - de laatste dag van...
NL - 11 - talmen
NL - 9 - de grotten van han van vloten
NL - 10 - dokter vogel
other:
NL - 32 - Dutch Angle
NL - 32 - Spinoza
BE - 24 - la Fee Sanguinaire
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beavis wrote: February 7th, 2021, 7:57 am is seems I edited my previous entry instead of quoting it... is that entry lost now??
memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&u=179

aaaaa (D:) :circle:
Nope. Luckily I still had Page 2 of the thread open in another window. Here's what you wrote earlier:
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I spend most of the day on a DVD box of winners of the Golden Kalf for short film. It contained mostly real shorts but also two short features of 45 minutes

6. Requiem (1986) NL - 6.0
7. Alaska (1989) NL - 7.5

1982: Nog eens NL 14 min
1983: Volgend jaar in Holysloot NL 10 min
1984: A Good Turn Daily NL 13 min
1985: Turkse video NL 27 min
1987: Sostenu'to NL 30 min
1988: Vuurdoop NL 29 min
1990: Schrödingers kat NL 19 min
1992: Memorias sin batallas y otros muertos NL 23 min
1993: De marionettenwereld NL 31 min
1994: Zap NL 17 min
1995: Bitings and Other Effects NL 30 min
1997: Sientje NL 4 min
1998: Nussin NL 15 min
1999: Metro NL 13 min
2000: Een intens realistisch doch romantisch liefdesdrama NL 20 min
2001: De laatste dag van Alfred Maassen NL 25 min
2002: Talmen NL 11 min
2003: De grotten van Han van Vloten NL 9 min
2004: Dokter Vogel NL 10 min

But I had still time for some other shorts:

Dutch Angle: Chas Gerretsen & Apocalypse Now (2019) NL 32 min
Uit het werk van Baruch d'Espinoza 1632-1677 (1973) NL 32 min
La fée sanguinaire (1969) BE 24 min

Yesterday's SHORTS: 317 min BE + 147 min NL = 464 min total (5,8*80)
Today's SHORTS: 24 min BE + 414 min NL = 438 min total

Total shorts: BE 341 + NL 561 = TOTAL 902 minutes = 11 times 80 minutes (with 22 minutes left)
so I guess I can claim 11 spots for this now:

8. shorts
9. shorts
10. shorts
11. shorts
12. shorts
13. shorts
14. shorts
15. shorts
16. shorts
17. shorts
18. shorts

"Volgend jaar in Holysloot" was one of the best things I saw today, and I've got an entire DVD of the director's work... so I guess I'm still not finished with shorts yet :) But I haven't decided yet if I'll keep this up days in a row or will spread the shorts out more... even though the admin for them is messy that way....
Another one I really liked a lot was "Schrödingers Kat" other than being amazingly well shot and featuring a magic realist kinda vibe, it had enormous bonus points for my by being set in the Bijlmer, which is the part of Amsterdam that I live in ánd it has a major role for Bruno Ganz!?!?! yes, that is right this great actor has walked just 5 minutes away from my home (although at a time I didn't live there yet ;))

only two were incredibly terrible: avoid "vuurdoop" and "Een intens realistisch doch romantisch liefdesdrama"
I will bump you up to 20 points in the next leaderboard update, but yeah, try to avoid doing that again. ;)
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ah, nice, thanks sol!!!!
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sol wrote: February 7th, 2021, 7:02 am Updated Pie Chart with Belgium slowly gaining on the Netherlands:
I wonder if you gave orange to Belgium on purpose, or whether it's just some cultural ignorance :whistling:
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Onderhond wrote: February 7th, 2021, 8:44 am
sol wrote: February 7th, 2021, 7:02 am Updated Pie Chart with Belgium slowly gaining on the Netherlands:
I wonder if you gave orange to Belgium on purpose, or whether it's just some cultural ignorance :whistling:
It's not orange. Or at least it's not meant to be. It's meant to be Yellow as in the Belgian flag; likewise there is Dark Blue and Light Blue on the Dutch and Lux flags respectively. I'm confused by your "cultural ignorance" statement. Is Orange an offensive colour to Belgians? :shrug:
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No Orange is the national color of The Netherlands. Belgium should be red for the "red devils".

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sol wrote: February 7th, 2021, 8:48 am Is Orange an offensive colour to Belgians? :shrug:
Well, The Netherlands = Orange, certainly in competitive context. Just look at their footbal fans. That has everything to do with this guy. Belgian teams identify with red (Red Devils, Red Lions, Red Panthers etc). It's a bit of local folklore that could land you into quite a bit of trouble when you mess it up amongst the wrong crowds. :D
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William of Orange can be seen as the founder of the modern Dutch state, and our royal house are his descendants. Though the color doesn’t appear on our flag, it is our national color. See also our football kits, for example. I identify Belgium with red, but that’s mainly because of their football kits as well. :P
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That's what you get for not following sport, I guess. :whistling: I will change Belgium from DARK YELLOW to RED for the next pie chart update. I am NOT going make Netherlands dark yellow though. That would be way too confusing for me given that I have gone a full week with Belgium = yellow in my mind. :folded:
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sol wrote: February 7th, 2021, 11:07 am That's what you get for not following sport, I guess. :whistling: I will change Belgium from DARK YELLOW to RED for the next pie chart update. I am NOT going make Netherlands dark yellow though. That would be way too confusing for me given that I have gone a full week with Belgium = yellow in my mind. :folded:
NL = ORANGE, though. :guns: :whistling:
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sol wrote: February 7th, 2021, 11:07 am That's what you get for not following sport, I guess. :whistling: I will change Belgium from DARK YELLOW to RED for the next pie chart update. I am NOT going make Netherlands dark yellow though. That would be way too confusing for me given that I have gone a full week with Belgium = yellow in my mind. :folded:
C'mon Sol, European are used to Dutchies traditionally wearing orange in all kind of occasions and celebrations: orange for sports is only a consequence of that. :cheers:
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You learn something new everyday. I guess we don't get exposed to much Dutch culture down here.

I'm just glad that the pie chart colours isn't really that a big issue (if it was, somebody would have complained before we got six days into things) but I'll get rid of the dark yellow because it is simple enough to do.
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Yeah, the difference between Belgium/The Netherlands is that Belgium = red for sports but not much else, The Netherlands is orange for everything. This is them celebrating their king/queen.
sol wrote: February 7th, 2021, 12:03 pm (if it was, somebody would have complained before we got six days into things)
Post-#metoo you just can't say things like this anymore :P

Edit: just to be clear, it's really not a big issue :)
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Onderhond wrote: February 7th, 2021, 1:11 pm Yeah, the difference between Belgium/The Netherlands is that Belgium = red for sports but not much else, The Netherlands is orange for everything. This is them celebrating their king/queen.
sol wrote: February 7th, 2021, 12:03 pm (if it was, somebody would have complained before we got six days into things)
Post-#metoo you just can't say things like this anymore :P

Edit: just to be clear, it's really not a big issue :)
As an American living in Arkansas, I am grossly offended. :ph43r:

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sol wrote: February 7th, 2021, 12:03 pm You learn something new everyday. I guess we don't get exposed to much Dutch culture down here.

I'm just glad that the pie chart colours isn't really that a big issue (if it was, somebody would have complained before we got six days into things) but I'll get rid of the dark yellow because it is simple enough to do.
Haha, it’s really not offensive at all.

Funny to me was that there was a reasoning behind you choosing the colors for your pie chart, while they seemed completely random to me (and Onderhond too, I suppose). :P
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07. Black Butterflies (2011) - 3/10 NL
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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
06. Ben X (2007) - Belgium
07. Wij (2018) - Belgium
08. Ex-Drummer (2007) - Belgium
06. Ben X (2007) - Belgium 7/10
07. Wij (2018) - Belgium 7/10
08. Ex Drummer (2007) - Belgium 5/10
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beavis wrote: February 7th, 2021, 7:57 am
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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
8. shorts
9. shorts
10. shorts
11. shorts
12. shorts
13. shorts
14. shorts
15. shorts
16. shorts
17. shorts
18. shorts
19. Perverse et docile (1971) BE - 7.5
20. Blindgangers (1977) NL - 7.0
shorts admin: 67 minutes

21. Pervertissima (1972) BE - 5.0
22. Pruimenbloesem (1982) NL - 6.0
23. Intensive Care (1991) NL - 6.5
24. Fighting Fish (2004) NL - 6.5
25. Honeyz (2007) NL - 6.5

+ two shorts by Jamel Aattache that are a bonus on the Fighting Fish DVD
The Good, the Bad & the Innocent (2001) NL - 6 min
Buren (2004) NL - 9 min

which makes the short total 82 minutes now, so I must claim another spot for shorts too

26. shorts

So, I thought today was a day for a bit of bad. I had actually thought to get truly bad taste, but in fact these last three were just very poorly received genre films that were quite charming in their own way, with some of the genre elements well executed and some of the other elements being more derivative and sometimes really poorly. The worst thing was actually the second feature on the Van Belle bluray I started yesterday, Pervertissima. The ideas never go very far, the ultra-thin story fails to deliver anything exciting and, maybe because of that, the acting has far less charm going for it this time 'round.

After that I had another one of those "if not for this challenge, than probably never" impulses and checked out my dvd of Pruimenbloesem. This one is billed as a first. Not exactly the first porno made in the Netherlands, but it was the first with a kind of regular(?) release in cinema's, or something. The info that comes with the dvd claims 200.000 tickets sold, and I don't think a sex-cinema would report box office... but I didn't do much more research on the background. Not much to say about the movie. It does a good job on what it has to do for the "genre". And it is kind of cute to hear the kind of porn-dialog they thought up in my own language.

Intensive Care is a slasher. We don't make many horror movies in the Netherlands, so this one also tried to be unique. Casting the hottest singer of that time. Using some "American" things in the set-design in order to be able to get International sales more easily. And they had a full day with Hollywood legend George Kennedy who plays the main villain (before he gets horribly disfigured so another actor can take over his role). This one was a huge flop but became a longtime favorite at "night of bad taste" events. I never dared watching it though (I don't like that MST3K style of laughing at movies, I actually love b-movies). But you know what, it wasn't thát bad. The idea of a mad scientist slasher is actually cool and the poor acting works so well that I felt it must have been done (at least partly) on purpose. But the writing is not great and the killings are not very spectacular, so it is not a must see, even for slasher fans.

On to another flop! Fighting Fish, billed as the first Dutch martial arts movie. Filmed in Rotterdam, where Jackie Chan fought Ron Smoorenburg a few years before in "Who Am I?". And Smoorenburg was one of the people behind bringing this dream to the Dutch cinema's. Only 10.000 people showed up, most were heavily disappointed. So I never watched it, but I always was curious. This again turned out to be not thát bad. Sure the story is extremely derivative and people start fighting with each other for the most trivial reasons in the most show off way (lots of trying to show cool stances and poses not so much of actually trying to beat the shit out of each other). But the fight choreography's are actually good. There is a diversity in the movements. The way they are filmed is also refreshing (not too much editing and when it is used, it works to show off the movements. this was clearly a work made foremost by the fighter/actors themselves). And they saved the best fight for the end battle.

And finishing it off with my first Tom Six movie! This one is a another first. That is the first movie to be simultaneously released in cinema, on dvd and on the Internet in the Netherlands. Six, our own Uwe Boll, knows marketing. In this one he also casts a "volkszanger" in a bit part, in his next one (I love Dries) he would make such the main attraction. But the main attraction here is really an ode to Hollywood teen comedies of the 80's. Two girls locking themselves in at a big (and expensive) department store and then, when they are alone at night, trying out all the clothes and food, until a bumbling night guard shows up and things get even more exiting. The idea and the girls are a bit daft, but when the disbelieve is suspended enough this is again not thát bad... but also again a little bit derivative. And the originals did it way better. Still I enjoyed this also for what it was/is/wants to be.
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02. Venus in Furs (1994) - Netherlands

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1. L'étrange couleur des larmes de ton corpsThe Strange Color of Your Body's Tears (2013) * 110 min. (Belgium)

Loved the colors and the recycled music, was okay with the "plot" losing me long before the end.

*First time viewing.
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Sorry for the big data dump sol tehe

09. Het oog boven de put (Johan van der Keuken) NL
10. Dagboek (Johan van der Keuken) NL
11. Lucebert, tijd en afscheid (Johan van der Keuken) NL
12. De Platte Jungle (Johan van der Keuken) NL
13. I Love Dollars (Johan van der Keuken) NL
14. De Meester en de Reus (Johan van der Keuken) NL
15. De Weg Naar het Zuiden (Johan van der Keuken) NL
16. De Tijd Geest (Johan van der Keuken) NL
17. Het Witte Kasteel (Johan van der Keuken) NL

18.De Poes (Johan van der Keuken, 5 min) NL
Het Leesplankje (Johan van der Keuken, 9 min) NL
Paris a l'aube (Johan van der Keuken, 9 min) NL
Blind Kind (Johan van der Keuken, 25 min) NL
Even Stilte (Johan van der Keuken, 10 min) NL
Beauty (de Schoonheid) (Johan van der Keuken, 22 min) NL

19. Vakantie van de Filmer (Johan van der Keuken, 37 min) NL
Herman Slobbe (Johan van der Keuken, 29 min) NL
On Animal Locomotion (Johan van der Keuken, 14 min) NL

20. Sarajevo Film Festival (Johan van der Keuken, 14 min) NL
The Unanswered Question (Johan van der Keuken, 18 min) NL
Beppie (Johan van der Keuken, 37 min) NL
Bert Schierbeek/De deur (Johan van der Keuken, 11 min) NL

21. Onvoltooid Tegenwoordig (Johan van der Keuken, 9 min) NL
To Sang Fotostudio (Johan van der Keuken, 35 min) NL
De Muur (The Wall) (Johan van der Keuken, 9 min) NL
Velocity 40-70 (Johan van der Keuken, 25 min) NL
Temps/Travail (Johan van der Keuken, 11 min) NL

22. Amsterdam Afterbeat (Johan van der Keuken, 16 min) NL
Big Ben: Ben Webster in Europe (Johan van der Keuken, 31 min) NL
Vier Muren (Johan van der Keuken, 22 min) NL
Vietnam Opera (Johan van der Keuken, 11 min) NL

23. Medea (Frans Zwartjes) NL

24. Behind Your Walls (Frans Zwartjes (12 min) NL
Birds (Frans Zwartjes, 6 min) NL
Bedsitters (Frans Zwartjes, 17 min) NL
Seats Two (Frans Zwartjes, 9 min) NL
A Fan (Frans Zwartjes, 6 min) NL
Living (Frans Zwartjes, 15 min) NL
Moving Stills (Frans Zwartjes, 7 min) NL
Visual Training (Frans Zwartjes, 8 min) NL

25. Sorbet '3' (Frans Zwartjes, 4 min) NL
De Brug (Joris Ivens, 15 min) NL
Chambre Jaune (Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani, 8 min) BE
Audition (Frans Zwartjes, 38 min) NL
Spare Bed-Room (Frans Zwartjes (15 min) NL
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OP updated.

Pie Chart updated, with the Netherlands absolutely smashing it after jero's giant data drop.

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I also managed to find the orange option in the pie chart generating site that I use, so I have gone with it. At least this way we don't have to pretend that dark yellow is the same as orange. ^_^
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4. Girl (Lukas Dhont, 2018) [BE] 8
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1. Doris (Albert Jan van Rees, 2018) [NL] 6+
2. Adoration (Fabrice Du Welz, 2019) [BE] 7
3. Mothers' Instinct / Duelles (Olivier Masset-Depasse, 2018) [BE] 6
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08. Flesh+Blood (1985) - 2/10 NL
That was by far the worst Verhoeven movie I’ve seen.
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03. Luger (1981) - Netherlands
04. De noorderlingen (1992) - Netherlands

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02. Venus in Furs (1994) - Netherlands
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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
06. Ben X (2007) - Belgium
07. Wij (2018) - Belgium
08. Ex-Drummer (2007) - Belgium
09. Dagen Zonder Lief (2007) - Belgium
09. Dagen Zonder Lief (2007) - Belgium 7/10
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OP updated.

Only slight pie chart movement so I might wait until tomorrow for another pie update. I plan to get back into watching Benelux films myself tonight after a short break. :)
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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
16. Yummy (2019) Belgium
17. Kristen (2015) Netherlands
18. Ubiquity (2018) Netherlands
19. The Dress (1996) Netherlands

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beavis wrote: February 7th, 2021, 9:52 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
8. shorts
9. shorts
10. shorts
11. shorts
12. shorts
13. shorts
14. shorts
15. shorts
16. shorts
17. shorts
18. shorts
19. Perverse et docile (1971) BE - 7.5
20. Blindgangers (1977) NL - 7.0
21. Pervertissima (1972) BE - 5.0
22. Pruimenbloesem (1982) NL - 6.0
23. Intensive Care (1991) NL - 6.5
24. Fighting Fish (2004) NL - 6.5
25. Honeyz (2007) NL - 6.5
26. shorts
shorts admin: 2 minutes

27. Magnum Begynasium Bruxellense (1978) BE - 7.5
28. La comtesse noire (1973) BE - 4.5
29. De Aardwolf (1985) BE - 6.0
30. Maniac Nurses (1990) BE - 5.0

SHORT: Berncastel (1995) BE - 10 min (bonus on De Aardwolf DVD)
for a total of 12 minutes

QUESTIONS:
De komst van Joachim Stiller (1976) BE - 8.0
I saw "de komst van joachim stiller" as the integral tv mini-series (which is how it is released on DVD in Belgium) of 153 minutes. It is supposed to be 3 episodes of 50 minutes, but there are no credits in between and I couldn't say where one episode ended and another began (they made it a seamless integral cut). So I leave it up to the forum if this counts as a miniseries (so 153 minutes to be added to the time of shorts seen and then divided by 80) or just one feature...???
Also some might question the "amount of Belgium" in La Comtesse Noire. It is partly produced with Belgian money and supposed to be shot partly in Brussels too (although I couldn't say if they did... maybe some of the interior scenes, but the exteriors certainly not), but I wouldn't protest if others want me to remove it. Biggest evidence for counting it is that it is featured on this list: https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/belg ... +film/mna/

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Yesterday was for Belgium, with a bit of the bad taste again, but also some quality Cinematek stuff. My first Lehman and I finally watched Joachim Stiller (With Lampo's magic realism that falls somewhere in between a Rivette movie and Dutch youth mystery series De Zevensprong; needles to say I LOVE that). La comtesse noire was a big disappointment. I usually like Franco a lot, but this one was very lazy. Only the slightest vampire theme and loads of pointless softcore scenes with loads of Franco's pointless zooms... that makes 100 minutes a long stretch to get through. Maniac Nurses can't also be called good in any way, but at least that one goes for humor and cheap "outrageousness". This style works very well in the beginning, but the fun wears off sadly. I wanted to like it more, but I guess in the end I only liked the idea of it.
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beavis wrote: February 9th, 2021, 12:16 pm QUESTIONS:
De komst van Joachim Stiller (1976) BE - 8.0
I saw "de komst van joachim stiller" as the integral tv mini-series (which is how it is released on DVD in Belgium) of 153 minutes. It is supposed to be 3 episodes of 50 minutes, but there are no credits in between and I couldn't say where one episode ended and another began (they made it a seamless integral cut). So I leave it up to the forum if this counts as a miniseries (so 153 minutes to be added to the time of shorts seen and then divided by 80) or just one feature...???
I don't really have much of an opinion about this; I would go with whatever your gut tells you is the best way to accurately count it. However, I haven't seen it, and somebody who has might have a different opinion. :shrug:
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