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¶ Which first time viewings did you love this month? - November 2019

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¶ Which first time viewings did you love this month? - November 2019

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Post by Perception de Ambiguity » November 30th, 2019, 11:01 pm

Mine:

1. Revolution (Jack O'Connell, 1968)
2. Invisible (Konstantin Bojanov, 2005)
3. DECK (Leighton Pierce, 2018)
4. Ra: Path of the Sun God (A Vision of Ancient Egypt) (Lesley Keen, 1990)
5. Circus Savage (Larry Jordan, 2009)
6. Thom Yorke: Last I Heard (…He Was Circling The Drain) (Art Camp & Saad Moosajee, 2019)
7. The Art of Worldly Wisdom (R. Bruce Elder, 1979)
8. Imitations of Life (Mike Hoolboom, 2003)
9. Nora Helmer (RWF, 1974)
10. Man on the Flying Trapeze (Clyde Bruckman & W.C. Fields, 1935)
11. Prefaces (Abigail Child, 1981)
12. Au poste! / Keep an Eye Out (Quentin Dupieux, 2018)
13. Señales de ruta (Tevo Díaz, 2000)
14. Histoire de la révolution / History of the Revolution (Maxime Martinot, 2019)

Honorable Mentions

Le crime d'amour / Love Crime (Guy Gilles, 1982) ● Return to Nature! The True Natural Method of Healing and Living and the True Salvation of the Soul: Paradise Regained, The Core of the Body-Water, Human Curative Power, Light, Air, Earth, Food, Fruit Culture (R. Bruce Elder, 2012) ● Floor Show (Richard Myers, 1978) ● After the Circus (Larry Jordan, 2013) ● Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (Martin Scorsese, 2019) ● Mutiny (Abigail Child, 1982) ● Saudade (Jean-Claude Rousseau, 2012) ● Commentary (Gary Hill, 1980) ● Perils (Abigail Child, 1986) ● 水の中の八月 / August in the Water (Sogo Ishii/石井岳龍/Gakuryu Ishii, 1995) ● Flower (Naoko Tasaka, 2013) ● Bliss (Joe Begos, 2019) ● Le Mans (Lee H. Katzin, 1971) ● Lindemann: Knebel (uncensored) (Zoran Bihac, 2019) ● Le plein pays / Full Country (Antoine Boutet, 2009) ● 麻将 / Mahjong / Couples (杨德昌/Edward Yang, 1996) ●
You're Telling Me! (Erle C. Kenton, 1934) ● Barndom / Childhood (Margreth Olin, 2017) ● Теснота / Closeness (Кантемир Балагов/Kantemir Balagov, 2017) ● Le daim / Deerskin (Quentin Dupieux, 2019) ● O Clube dos Canibais / The Cannibal Club (Guto Parente, 2018) ● 書を捨てよ町へ出よう / Throw Away Your Books, Rally in the Streets (寺山修司/Shuji Terayama, 1971)

shoutouts
Rick and Morty S04 ● Yoyoka (かねあいよよかKaneaiyoyoka /) ● Xavier: Renegade Angel ● Brass Against

Honorable Mentions - most fruitful rewatches

Die Parallelstraße (Ferdinand Khittl, 1962) 9 ● Number One (Leighton Pierce, 2007) 8 > 9 ● The Barber Shop (Arthur Ripley, 1933) 7 ● Metachaos (Alessandro Bavari, 2010) AXxoN ● Dark City (director's cut) (Alex Proyas, 1998) 9 ● Blade Runner (workprint) (Ridley Scott, 1982) 9 ● The Pharmacist (Arthur Ripley, 1933) 8

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Post by mightysparks » December 1st, 2019, 12:28 am

I favourited my first film of the year: La enfermedad del domingo (2018)

Other noteworthy viewings:
Vivarium (2019)
Panic in the Streets (1950)
Earthlings (2005)
The Petrified Forest (1936)
Tesnota (2017)
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Post by beavis » December 1st, 2019, 12:43 am

513. Memory Lane (2010) 8.5
527. The Art of Self-Defense (2019) 8.5
529. Hvítur, hvítur dagur (2019) 8.0
534. Primrose Hill (2007) 8.0
535. Îmi este indiferent daca în istorie vom intra ca barbari (2018) 8.5
538. The Rider (2017) 8.0
545. De la guerre (2008) 8.5
548. Chuva è Cantoria na Aldeia dos Mortos (2018) 8.0
549. The Irishman (2019) 8.0
550. Martin Eden (2019) 8.5
563. Berlin-Alexanderplatz - Die Geschichte Franz Biberkopfs (1931) 8.0

Out of 54 movies seen this month (no rewatches) I rated these an 8 or higher
Memory Lane and Martin Eden are the biggest stand outs

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Post by Ivan0716 » December 1st, 2019, 3:26 am

1. The Irishman (2019, Martin Scorsese)
2. Mercuriales (2014, Virgil Vernier)
3. Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream People Call Human Life (1995, Stephen Quay & Timothy Quay)
4. Jane B. par Agnès V. (1988, Agnès Varda)
5. 3-4 x jûgatsu (1990, Takeshi Kitano)
6. Knives Out (2019, Rian Johnson)
7. Le Daim (2019, Quentin Dupieux)
8. Song to Song (2017, Terrance Malick)
9. Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999, Jim Jarmusch)
10. Secret Défense (1998, Jacques Rivette)

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Post by blocho » December 1st, 2019, 7:31 am

Best of the month (in no particular order):
Charlie's Country
Across the Bridge
The Irishman
The Rider
Living in Oblivion

Worst of the month (in no particular order):
The Age of Shadows
Pulgasari
Wonderstruck

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Post by Traveller » December 1st, 2019, 7:57 am

Lots of okay and decent Korean films (6-7/10) this month, but only a few that really stuck out. Also a few enjoyable ones from iCM Forum's 1001 Favourite Movies including a new favorite.

They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969) :wub:
Genealogy (1979)
Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
Declaration of Fools (1983)
The Swimmer (1968)
Battle Ground 625 (2005)
Starting Point (1967)
A Day Off (1968)
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Post by shugs » December 1st, 2019, 8:45 am

1. Midsommar (Ari Aster, 2019) - 9/10
2. Kamera wo tomeruna! [One Cut of the Dead] (Shin'ichirô Ueda, 2017) - 9/10

3. Find Me Guilty (Sidney Lumet, 2006) - 8/10
4. Jusqu'à la garde [Custody] (Xavier Legrand, 2017) - 8/10
5. You Don't Know Jack (Barry Levinson, 2010) - 8/10
6. Gloria (Sidney Lumet, 1999) - 8/10
7. Critical Care (Sidney Lumet, 1997) - 8/10
8. Jiang hu er nü [Ash Is Purest White] (Zhangke Jia, 2018) - 8/10
9. The Blob (Chuck Russell, 1988) - 8/10
10. I Am Not Your Negro (Raoul Peck, 2016) - 8/10
11. Ah-ga-ssi [The Handmaiden] (Chan-wook Park, 2016) - 8/10
12. Primary Colors (Mike Nichols, 1998) - 8/10
13. Iliza: Elder Millennial (Steve Paley, 2018) - 8/10

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Post by St. Gloede » December 1st, 2019, 9:56 am

I only caught 53 films in November, but quality-wise there was a huge boost from ICMFF19.

9s
I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians (2018, Radu Jude)
8.5s
Tesnota / Closeness (2017, Kantemir Balagov)
Panny z Wilka / The Maids of Wilko (1979, Andrzej Wajda)
Climax (2018, Gaspar Noé)
8s
Wszystko na sprzedaz / Everything for Sale (1969, Andrzej Wajda)
Wspólny pokój / One Room Tenants (1960, Wojciech Has)
L'arbre, le maire et la médiathèque (1993, Éric Rohmer)
I Am Not Your Negro (2016, Raoul Peck)
Czlowiek z zelaza / Man of Marble (1981, Andrzej Wajda)
Vinterbrødre / Winter Brothers (2017, Hlynur Palmason)
L'amour violé / Rape of Love (1978, Yannick Bellon)
Krotkaya / A Gentle Creature (2017, Sergey Loznitsa)
Tabu (1982, Júlio Bressane)
Tempos Difíceis / Hard Times (1988, João Botelho)
Jusqu'à la garde / Custody (2017, Xavier Legrand)
Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (2017, Mouly Surya)
Zwischen gestern und morgen / Between Yesterday and Tomorrow (1947, Harald Braun)
Los muertos (2004, Lisandro Alonso)
Jia nian hua / Angels Wear White (2017, Vivian Qu)
La antena (2007, Esteban Sapir)
Madeline's Madeline (2018, Josephine Decker)
The Rider (2017, Chloé Zhao)

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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » December 6th, 2019, 7:09 am

Howiya, PdA!

Yours:

'Le Mans' - 6 or 6.5/10
'Tesnota' - 9/10
'Number One' - 9/10

My Top 10 FTVs of November 2019:

01. 'Cesta zpátky' / 1959, Václav Krska / 9.5/10
02. 'From the Four Corners' / 1942, Anthony Havelock-Allan / 9/10
03. 'Nada' / 1947, Edgar Neville / 9/10
04. 'Il tradimento' / 1951, Riccardo Freda / 8.5 or 9/10
05. 'Tesnota' / 2017, Kantemir Balagov / 9/10
06. 'Number One' / 2007, Leighton Pierce / 9/10
07. 'Classe tous risques' / 1960, Claude Sautet / 9/10
08. 'Unter den tausend Laternen' / 1952, Erich Engel / 8.5 or 9/10
09. 'Sudden Fear' / 1952, David Miller / 8.5/10
10. 'Yield to the Night' / 1956, J. Lee Thompson / 8.5/10

And the next 10:

11. 'Vrazda v Ostrovni ulici' / 1933, Svatopluk Innemann / 8 or 8.5/10
12. 'West 11' / 1963, Michael Winner / 8/10
13. 'The Sound of Fury' / 1950, Cy Endfield / 8/10
14. 'Pursued' / 1947, Raoul Walsh / 8 or 8.5/10
15. 'The Large Rope' / 1953, Wolf Rilla / 8/10
16. 'The Hypnotist' / 1957, Montgomery Tully / 7.5 or 8/10
17. 'Columbus' / 2017, Kogonada / 8/10
18. 'To Have and to Hold' / 1963, Herbert Wise / 7.5 or 8/10
19. 'Daybreak' / 1948, Compton Bennett / 8/10
20. 'The Mob' / 1951, Robert Parrish / 7.5 or 8/10

And a few more HMs, from what was quite a fun month for me:

'Lux Taal' / 2009, Claudio Caldini / 8/10, 'The File on Thelma Jordon' / 1949, Robert Siodmak / 8/10, 'Strongroom' / 1962, Vernon Sewell / 7.5 or 8/10, 'Jiang hu er nü' / 2018, Jia Zhangke / 7.5/10, 'The Pussycat Dolls Feat. Timbaland: Wait a Minute' / 2006, Marc Webb / 7.5/10, 'Juunikuu päevad' / 1957, Kaljo Kiisk, Viktor Nevezhin / 7.5/10, 'Juste la fin du monde' / 2016, Xavier Dolan / 7.5/10, 'Pink String and Sealing Wax' / 1945, Robert Hamer / 7 or 7.5/10

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Post by Cinepolis » December 6th, 2019, 7:25 am

shugs wrote:
December 1st, 2019, 8:45 am
12. Primary Colors (Mike Nichols, 1998) - 8/10
Another one who loves this underrated gem! Thank you!

I only rated "JFK" with 8/10 this month. The second place would be "The Murderers Are Among Us".

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Post by Lonewolf2003 » December 6th, 2019, 11:57 am

My best FTV for November 2019:
1. They Live by Night (Nicholas Ray, 1948) :: 8.8
2. Odds Against Tomorrow (Robert Wise, 1959) :: 8.5
3. Bakjwi [Thirst] (Chan-wook Park, 2009) :: 8.2
4. Angae [Mist /The Foggy Town] (Soo-yong Kim, 1967) :: 8.0
5. The Woman in the Window (Fritz Lang, 1944) :: 8.0
6. Le temps du loup (Michael Haneke, 2003) :: 8.0
7. Goyangileul butaghae[ [Take Care of My Cat] (Jae-eun Jeong, 2001) :: 8.0
8. Brutti sporchi e cattivi (Ettore Scola, 1976) :: 8.0
9. Kimssi pyoryugi [Castaway on the Moon] (Hae-jun Lee, 2009) :: 8.0
HMs: The Big Clock (John Farrow, 1948), Crossfire (Edward Dmytryk, 1947),Geuk jang jeon [Tale of Cinema] (Sang-soo Hong, 2005), Hanyo [The Housemaid] (Ki-young Kim, 1960), Portrait de la jeune fille en feu (Céline Sciamma, 2019), Rok spokojnego slonca [A Year of the Quiet Sun] (Krzysztof Zanussi, 1984), Time Without Pity (Joseph Losey, 1957) :: 7.8

Best rewatches, with the cinematic highlight of the year :party: :
1. Andrey Rublyov (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1966) :: 9.0 > 10.0
2. Akmareul boatda [ I Saw the Devil] (Kim Jee-woon, 2010) :: 9.0 > 8.5
3. In a Lonely Place (Nicholas Ray, 1950) :: 7.5 > 8.5
4. Dalkomhan insaeng [A Bittersweet Life] (Kim Jee-woon, 2005) :: 8.5 > 8.2

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Post by cinewest » December 6th, 2019, 12:12 pm

Saw a fair amount in November (for me), most either 2019 releases or for the ICM film festival:

The two least interesting films that I might have bailed on at a different time were The King, and The Unknown Saint (I'll call them both 5's because they weren't bad, just mediocre in terms of what they set out to be and were.


Those in the 6-7 range were plentiful, and all had things going for them, but failed to fully realize their potential or were dragged down by problematic aspects. I had high expectations for many of them and ended up feeling mildly disappointed by those:

The Laundromat- Close to a 7, but it failed to grab me the way better satires about corruption and money grabbing have

Birds of Passage- Started off well but ultimately failed to sustain the world, story, and characters it started to build. One of the disappointments

The Vice of Hope- An Italian film with some promise that eventually failed to fully deliver despite some standout elements like the performance of the lead.

3/4- I reviewed this in the film festival thread

Deadwood (the movie)- reprised some of the banter, relationships, and interactions that made the series as good as it was, but didn't live up to it, and ended up feeling like a mild tribute

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri- Another disappointment given the Oscar hype that it got. This film didn't know what it wanted to be, comedy or drama, and the mix often didn't work. It definitely had some good things going for it, but every scene that seemed to elevate the film was dragged down by another that tried to sink it.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood- See my comments above. Haven't seen anything by Tarantino in a long, long time that sustained itself, wit included.

Dear X- This was a pretty big hit in Taiwan, but though it begins to venture into interesting directions story and character wise, it ultimately stays conventional and fails to deliver what it could have.


Those in the 7-8 range (good to very good) were also plentiful:

The Kominsky Method- Saw season 1 on my return flight to Beijing, and found the writing and principle performances very enjoyable. Tis series is done in 1/2 hour installments, but the story essentially continues from where it leaves off each time, much like Fleabag.

Feng zhong you duo yu zuo de yun- This shakey cam crime drama by Lou Ye is surprisingly engaging and well done, and matches the film just below in that sense. It will turn many off the way that it's done, but it you go along for the ride, I think you will be pleasantly surprised. I was.

Madeline's Madeline- Reviewed in the festival thread

Dogman- A nice surprise on my flight from Beijing to San Francisco. This film deserves more attention. A little "dog" man who wants to be liked by everyone gets himself into trouble by befriending a neighborhood thug. Very well done all around.

Parasite- This was a minor disappointment given its build up, though I expect that the director's fans will love it (same with the Tarantino). I have seen at least a half dozen of Bong's films, and while he has developed his style since his early ones, I still prefer those. This is a good film, a satire on the Korean class divide, but it doesn't come close to being the masterpiece Burning is, which touches upon similar themes.

Sunday's Illness- Reviewed in the film festival thread

The Lost City of Z- This biography of an explorer / exploration was better than I thought it would be, and it builds nicely before opting for more predictable choices towards the end


8-9: The TV Mini Series Big Little Lies (season 1 and 2)- stellar crime / character melodrama driven by very good writing, performances (Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, etc), and direction (Andrea Arnold figures, here). This will appeal more to women than to men, but it's very well done, and its setting was of added interest for me since I am familiar with the California Coast. It's supposed to be set near Monterrey, but I recognized locations in SF as well as Southern California.

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Post by Onderhond » December 6th, 2019, 12:49 pm

cinewest wrote:
December 6th, 2019, 12:12 pm
Feng zhong you duo yu zuo de yun- This shakey cam crime drama by Lou Ye is surprisingly engaging and well done, and matches the film just below in that sense. It will turn many off the way that it's done, but it you go along for the ride, I think you will be pleasantly surprised. I was.
I liked it a lot, especially after being a little bit disappointed by Le's previous films. A return to form imo.

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Post by peeptoad » December 6th, 2019, 1:03 pm

my top 4 for November (all 8/10)-

I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)
Das Leben der Anderen (2006) The Lives of Others
Kozijat rog (1972) The Goat Horn
Kiss Me Deadly (1955)

HM to Sully (2016) concise, effective and one of the better Eastwood-directed films I've seen.

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Post by cinewest » December 6th, 2019, 1:57 pm

Onderhond wrote:
December 6th, 2019, 12:49 pm
cinewest wrote:
December 6th, 2019, 12:12 pm
Feng zhong you duo yu zuo de yun- This shakey cam crime drama by Lou Ye is surprisingly engaging and well done, and matches the film just below in that sense. It will turn many off the way that it's done, but it you go along for the ride, I think you will be pleasantly surprised. I was.
I liked it a lot, especially after being a little bit disappointed by Le's previous films. A return to form imo.
Somewhat surprised you liked this one. Thought Dear X would be more up your alley since you tend to like mainstream fare that's a little different.

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Post by Lonewolf2003 » December 6th, 2019, 2:32 pm

@cinewest; How does Big Little Lies season 2 compare to S1? I really liked S1, but haven’t seen the second yet cause I feel the story was finished and don’t know what a second season could add to it. Is it worth checking out?

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Post by Onderhond » December 6th, 2019, 2:37 pm

cinewest wrote:
December 6th, 2019, 1:57 pm
Somewhat surprised you liked this one. Thought Dear X would be more up your alley since you tend to like mainstream fare that's a little different.
No clue what Dear X is, don't see it on IMDb but as a source that's not entirely trustworthy, especially when dealing with Asian cinema.

My sweet spot is where genre and auteur meet, whether that's from a more commercial or from a more arthouse angle doesn't matter that much. I felt Shadow Play (as I know the film) was in fact a departure from Le's more arthouse-oriented films, including more typical genre elements and a more contemporary feel (instead of the typical Chinese poverty porn).

Wrote a long(er) review if you're interested to read what I thought about Shadow Play in more detail.

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Post by cinewest » December 6th, 2019, 11:21 pm

Onderhond wrote:
December 6th, 2019, 2:37 pm
cinewest wrote:
December 6th, 2019, 1:57 pm
Somewhat surprised you liked this one. Thought Dear X would be more up your alley since you tend to like mainstream fare that's a little different.
No clue what Dear X is, don't see it on IMDb but as a source that's not entirely trustworthy, especially when dealing with Asian cinema.

My sweet spot is where genre and auteur meet, whether that's from a more commercial or from a more arthouse angle doesn't matter that much. I felt Shadow Play (as I know the film) was in fact a departure from Le's more arthouse-oriented films, including more typical genre elements and a more contemporary feel (instead of the typical Chinese poverty porn).

Wrote a long(er) review if you're interested to read what I thought about Shadow Play in more detail.
Sorry, Dear Ex: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8443704/?ref_=rt_li_tt

As for Shadow Play, I think the shakey handheld cam and narrative structure might bother a lot of people, but Lou Ye has an idea in mind that he stays true to, and it ended up working for me

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Post by cinewest » December 6th, 2019, 11:26 pm

Lonewolf2003 wrote:
December 6th, 2019, 2:32 pm
@cinewest; How does Big Little Lies season 2 compare to S1? I really liked S1, but haven’t seen the second yet cause I feel the story was finished and don’t know what a second season could add to it. Is it worth checking out?
Meryl Streep comes to town, and she's a marvel as the dead man's mother.

The first season is based on a novel, and the second on a sketch by the author, and is a logical next step in the story. More focus on the 6 women this time (even others come into play), and their struggle with their "lie," as it gets challenged by others

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Post by matthewscott8 » December 7th, 2019, 12:26 pm

Very thin viewing month,however did see a new entrance to my top 100

Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer (1984 - Mamoru Oshii)

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Post by clemmetarey » December 7th, 2019, 5:48 pm

Out of 34 FTV:

Sånger från andra våningen (2000) 8/10
A very cold and dark film, filled with imperfect humans trying to survive. I loved the absence of camera movements.


Body and Soul (1947) 7/10
Leave Her to Heaven (1945) 7/10
Dalkomhan insaeng/A Bittersweet Life (2005) 7/10
Stranger on the Third Floor (1940)7/10
Enter the Void (2009) 7/10
White Heat (1949) 7/10
The Killers (1946) 7/10
Discopathe (2013) 7/10

Mostly noir because of Noirvemeber obviously. Discopathe (2013) is a film I discovered on Mubi, a fun and gory Canadian slasher.

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Post by Perception de Ambiguity » December 8th, 2019, 9:33 am

RogerTheMovieManiac88 wrote:
December 6th, 2019, 7:09 am
Howiya, PdA!
How come you watched 'Number One' this month?
I was SO into 'Sudden Fear' when I watched it two years ago or whenever, and classic Hollywood generally hasn't really been my jam for the past few years, less and less so as time goes on.
Digging 'Lux Taal' and 'Juste la fin du monde', too.
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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » December 8th, 2019, 9:58 am

Perception de Ambiguity wrote:
December 8th, 2019, 9:33 am
RogerTheMovieManiac88 wrote:
December 6th, 2019, 7:09 am
Howiya, PdA!
How come you watched 'Number One' this month?
I was SO into 'Sudden Fear' when I watched it two years ago or whenever, and classic Hollywood generally hasn't really been my jam for the past few years, less and less so as time goes on.
Digging 'Lux Taal' and 'Juste la fin du monde', too.
I saw it in your submission for the 2007 poll (which I ended up forgetting) and looked it out. A fascinating and entrancing short. I love this description from Vithèque:

''With water imagery as the foundation, Number One engages the experience of elasticity between contrasting states of mind. The contrasts in this multi-image piece - contrasts between frenetic chaos and calm order, between an intense central focus and a diffuse periphery, between hard and soft, fixed and fluid, concrete and abstract - are all developed not in opposition to each other but rather, in an interwoven, multilayered relation to each other. There is never one set of oppositions but rather a dance of relationships between contrasting states. This is one way to think about how a mind works : at any moment, there is never just one thing (or feeling, or perception) in life; there is always a magnetized and elastic push/pull among many things at once. The flow of our attention among these things is our mind. Number One is one way to map such a mind.''

I think one of the great successes of 'Sudden Fear' is the way it plays around with realisation, imagination and the confrontation with impending danger. The flash-forwards as Joan Crawford imagines all the possibilities for her planned demise are mesmerising. The way her character goes from a state of paralysed fear to one of subverting best laid plans and then back again shows a creative playfulness and a darkly ironic sense of humour aligned to a psychological sensitivity that makes the film's progressions deeply compelling. A riveting and exquisite film noir with a sparkling and immensely touching central performance from Miss Crawford. I admired and liked it a great deal and it made my heart race, as any good thriller should at times.

Pleased to discover Claudio Caldini's fascinating experimentations as well, yes. Looking forward to seeing more from him and, indeed, from Xavier Dolan whose contemplative film I very much liked.
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Post by Perception de Ambiguity » December 9th, 2019, 10:45 am

RogerTheMovieManiac88 wrote:
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I saw it in your submission for the 2007 poll (which I ended up forgetting) and looked it out.
That's what I wanted to read. You could review any Leighton Pierce film in a similar way as this, whether they focus on water or on other elements. I'm not even going to recommend any particular film of his to you, because they are all top notch. You've already seen some Bill Viola films, right? Because he's very into water as well, and they are on a similar wavelength, I find, even if their techniques are very different.

I have little concrete memory of 'Sudden Fear', so this brings back some, and it still sounds dope, almost makes me want to watch it again.

I still ought to see more Claudio Caldini, I guess. 'Ofrenda' would be another good one I could recommend, especially if you like flower imagery, in this case daisies in particular.
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Post by Onderhond » December 9th, 2019, 11:05 am

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4.5* - Killing [Zan] by Shinya Tsukamoto

Starts off a little restrained, especially for a Tsukamoto film, but once it gets going it becomes an unstoppable force. Well acted, beautifully scored and largely defined by Tsukamoto's trademark camera work, Killing is a film that may be short and light on plot, but leaves a big impression nonetheless. Great stuff.


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4.0* - Angel Whispers [Hua Jie Liu Xiang] by Carrie Ng & Shirley Yung

Very moody and stylish horror flick. It's the kind of film you'd expect Herman Yau to make, as it is set in a rundown whore house and features quite a few gruesome murders. Not your typical HK film in other words. This female-led slasher somehow remained under the radar, but fans of Asian horror cinema would do well to seek it out.

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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » December 10th, 2019, 12:56 am

Yes, I've seen some of Bill Viola's work and very much admire him and his creative methods. Need to see more from him, though!

Thanks for directing me to 'Ofrenda'. Looks cool!
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