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The Long Goodbye (1973) - I can highly recommend it. 4/5



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I liked it even more than you did - I think I posted my brief impressions in this thread somewhere. A difficult but very intriguing film.
Indeed. Have you seen the rest of his filmography? If not, you're in for a treat



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What did you not like about it? Its in the vein of Weerasethakul's other movies and deals with death, spirituality and reincarnation. Albeit not his best movie, its not a movie which stands out in a bad way in his auteurship.
Art-style filmmaking can go two ways for me. Either that I'm fascinated with its ideas and presentation or that its themes feel so disconnected in its attempts to play out as bizzarrely as possible that I find myself asking "I'm sorry, but I have no idea what the hell you're trying to do here". A film doesn't have to make it itself completely clear as long as there's something about it visually that keeps me interested. For example, the first time I saw Begotten I had almost no idea what was happening whatsoever, but I still liked it because of its unique visual presentation and its surrealistic atmosphere. Watching Splendor it's like the director tried to make it as frustratingly self-indulgent as possible. Long-distance shots with a painfully slow zoom-in, weird and almost embarrassingly bad dialogue at times, a 5 minute uninterrupted shot of someone taking a dump, a long forest walk which plays out like a tourist guide short, and most of all barely even making use of the great concept of people fighting out wars in their dreams. Outside of a night time sequence, it didn't even keep my attention visually. So in the end, it just had nothing for me to offer. If there are some meaningful messages hidden in there somewhere, including the Pepsi scene (One of the biggest what the ****s my brain has ever uttered), then it went completely lost on me.



Indeed. Have you seen the rest of his filmography? If not, you're in for a treat
I've seen Syndromes and a Century - and loved it. I may have seen bits of others but I need to sit down and watch them properly one day.



Reaction to squished burgers, a mental breakdown.
Detroit (2017) -


I thought this was really well acted for the most part, you could literally feel the tension in specific scenes. It drags on quite abit though and there wasn't really any need for the dull courtroom sections.




Sansho dayu (1954, Kenji Mizoguchi)


What a film, and what a devastating ending.
Masterpiece.
One of the best films of all time. May be in my top 10 next watch.



Nowhere in Africa (2001)




German drama film based on a true story by Stefanie Zweig, depicting the lives of Jewish refugees starting a new life in Kenya. The Redlich family lead a comfortable middle-class life in 1930s Germany, where famiy father Walter works as a lawyer. However, rising antisemitism under Nazi rule pushes the astutely forward-looking family to decide to simply get out while there is still time, with a bare minimum of belongings and money. Their destination turns out to be a farm in Kenya, where they try to adjust to a completely different way of life in a foreign climate and culture. Here they discover, among other things, the true value of simple commodities like water. The ultimate irony comes with the distant rumbling of World War II in Europe, when they find themselves classified as 'enemy aliens' - as they come from Germany and speak German - to the ruling British colonists. A fascinating tale of determination and the will to start over again and succeed in the face of all their many trials and tribulations. Trilingual movie in German, Swahili and English.



10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)




US 2010s horror drama. The movie began as, and was for the most part, a first-class isolation drama and chamber piece centred around three characters living in an underground bunker, built and furnished by the sinister owner Howard (superbly played byJohn Goodman). Suspense and tension build up nicely (sure, there is something clonking about out there, but this barely intrudes and is reduced to rumours of a nuclear/chemical attack). Towards the end of the film, this carefully prepared tension then
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wildly explodes into a sudden mad dash to evade an impromptu aliens-appearance, who abruptly enter stage in the final 10-ish minutes in the most disconnected manner imaginable. There's a final rush of action and a gratuitous and improbable escape scene that then reminded me in a flash where I had seen the lead actress before: Mary Elizabeth Winstead's character pulled a similar stunt in the recent The Thing prequel. We were even treated to a clichéd "resistance-groups-out-there-calling-up-yall-on-the-radio" scene with the corresponding signpost appearing out of nowhere and pointing out the right direction. Although I'm a huge SciFi-Horror fan, this final part jarred clumsily with the rest of the movie: you were left with a film with one body but a very different head, a weird hybrid that ultimately left a bad aftertaste.
. The best part was Goodman's performance and the early claustrophobic atmosphere.


Three Colours: Red (1994)




Final part of the tri-colour French-Polish movies. After Blue in France and White primarily in Poland, Kieslowski takes the trilogy to Romandy for Red for a first-class film experience that deserves all the many accolades it has received (Tarantino is said to have rated it even higher than his own winning Pulp Fiction at Cannes; though the Oscars that year only had eyes for Forrest Gump, nuff said.) Cat-walk & photo model Valentine (Irène Jacob) accidentally injures German shepherd dog Rita while driving home in Geneva and, tracing her owner, stumbles upon the lonely figure of ex-judge Joseph Kern (Jean-Louis Trintignant) who is secretly monitoring and eavesdropping on the telephone conversations of his neighbours. Valentine is initially shocked and angered, but thanks to Rita's visits to the vet and upcoming litter, the two characters' paths are drawn together allowing them to look closer at various facets, including contradictions, of human nature. There are other interesting interconnecting threads that make a grandiose movie and a perfect finale to the trilogy.



Unforgiven 5/5. There has not been a better western since 1992.



In The Fade (2017) - Fatih Akin

- Absolutely blown away. Wow that was so good and Diane Kruger performance is definitely one of my favorite of the decade, she is amazing in every way (oscar worthy). I don't regret spending my free time watching this flick which is probably my favorite drama from 2017. Perfect on so many level.
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In The Fade (2017) - Fatih Akin

- Absolutely blown away. Wow that was so good and Diana Kruger performance is defenitely one of my favorite of the decade, she is amazing in every way (oscar worthy). I don't regret spending my free time watching this flick which is probably my favorite drama from 2017. Perfect on so many level.
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Haven't seen this one yet, but I like Fatih Akin's movies so far. Head-On was incredible.
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The Post (2017)

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Average, unremarkable, no balls. Even though the story is different, it felt used up only a couple of years after Spotlight. It is well made and does a nice job at capturing the times. I just never cared. Hanks needs to reinvent himself and take some risks; same with Spielberg, and Streep was annoying. Those three have contributed so much to film that I expect much more. Saul from Breaking Bad was good.



Alice In Wonderland {Norman Z. McLeod, 1933/4)

Stuff and nonsense
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I always associated Giant with James Dean and during first part of the movie I was wondering, what was so special in this guy, I didn't see. The second part of the film proved to me, that his fame isn't exaggerated. Big surprise was for me, eghh... hmmm..., Big - Rock Hudson, who's artistry I appreciated thanks to Giant.



One of my favourite films full-stop.