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Wendy and Lucy (2008)


Simple story but so absolutely shattering at times. Reichardt is super talented.





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I need to watch more Reinhardt. Saw Old Joy a while back - so good.



The very one. Looking back, I probably should have rated it higher, I really enjoyed it. Yep best part in whole series was the scene with John Martyn playing in the background! Remember?
The parking garage fight set to Low's Congregation was my favorite, but I was seriously spoiled for choice.

(WARNING: SPOILERS IN THIS CLIP FOR DEVS!!!)



Wendy and Lucy (2008)


Simple story but so absolutely shattering at times. Reichardt is super talented.
So I know that
WARNING: spoilers below
the dog doesn't die at the end
, yet I still feel like this movie is going to break me. It's been on my to-see list for, no joke, all 12 years since its release.

Agreed, it was very well done. As I said, I liked the film overall - I may have some personal quibbles with it that you don't have but that's ok.
As long as we agree about how creepy that dummy was!

Also, I went into the film really expecting nothing much at all and it far exceeded my expectations, which might be why I take a more charitable view toward it.



'Code Unknown' (2000)


The themes of racism, immigration, social decay and the lack of communication are prevalent, and Haneke also seems to be asking the viewer if some people might not behave the way they do if they were just given a bit of affection in their life. Either way, Haneke is a master and this film is brilliant.

Yes, I felt like the film explore some interesting questions about the way that our social structure/interactions can either bring out the best or the worst in people.

Is this the film with the unpleasant confrontation on the subway train?



The parking garage fight set to Low's Congregation was my favorite, but I was seriously spoiled for choice.
Same, that's the musical cue that stuck in my mind the most, out of a wide array of options. One of those "gotta go buy that song the next day" kinda things. Great song, great scene, very good show.
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The Babysitter: Killer Queen (McG, 2020)
6/10
Reefer Madness (Louis Gasnier, 1936)
4/10
Pick a Star (Edward Sedgwick, 1937)
6/10
The Social Dilemma (Jeff Orlowski, 2020)
+ 6.5/10

The world's largest companies have control over most of us - what can we do about it?
Huracán (Cassius Corrigan, 2019)
6/10
Home Alone: The Holiday Heist (Peter Hewitt, 2012)
+ 5/10
The Sandwich Man (3 Taiwanese Directors, 1983)
6/10
Plan 9 from Outer Space (Edward D. Wood Jr., 1959)
4/10

The U.S. Government attacks a real flying saucer.
Before the Fire (Charlie Buhler, 2020)
5/10
Dad Wanted (Javier Colinas 2020)
6/10
Attack of the Unknown (Brandon Slagle, 2020)
- 5/10
Paydirt (Christian Sesma, 2020)
6/10

A gang is informed about a complex plan to get $33 million from a Mexican cartel, but nobody seems to understand what's going on.
Aliens Stole My Body (Sean McNamara, 2020)
5/10
Peninsula (Yeon Sang-ho, 2020)
6/10
Hard Kill (Matt Eskandari, 2020)
4/10
Wind AKA Szél (Marcell Iványi 1996)
+ 6.5/10

Single 360 degree shot reveals a WTF moment or two.
Neptune (Derek Kimball, 2015)
6/10
The Time Travelers (Ib Melchior, 1964)
4/10
What Comes Around (Reem Saleh, 2018)
6/10
Larks on a String (Jirí Menzel, 1969)
- 6.5/10

Satire about life in post-WW II Czechoslovakia is painfully honest and surprisingly warm and sexy.
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JoJo Rabbit, 2019

The latest film from Taika Waititi, JoJo Rabbit follows a boy named JoJo who is bright-eyed, gentle, optimistic, enthusiastic, and, oh yeah, an aspiring Nazi. JoJo is influenced by various adults, including his anti-Nazi mother (Scarlett Johannson), an imaginary Adolf Hitler (Waititi), and a dashing-if-exasperated commander (Sam Rockwell). When JoJo is unexpectedly thrown into a relationship with a hiding Jewish girl, he finds himself questioning his previously uncritical adoration of the Third Reich.

From a filmmaking point of view I absolutely adored this film. The performances are all solid, the color scheme and design elements are incredibly inviting and lively, the writing is both crisp and irreverent. Waititi's sense of the absurd is on full display, and the film manages to be both incredibly fanciful and heartbreakingly sobering at the same time. In terms of emotions, it's probably closest to Hunt for the Wilderpeople. Because of the cartoonish trappings, when real violence does intrude into the narrative it's doubly shocking.

What I'm still mulling over in my mind is the portrayal of Nazis in general in the film and the softening of the atrocities of the war. I definitely understand the concept that the film is highly subjective to JoJo's point of view, so it makes a certain degree of sense that he is shielded from the realities. A huge amount of irony is mined from this chipper, compassionate boy espousing racism and hate-speech without fully understanding the implications of what he's saying or of the actions of those he reveres.

At the same time, I have mixed feelings about just how full the film is of "nice Nazis". We witness only one act of cruelty--the killing of a rabbit--and aside from that every Nazi character is portrayed as buffoonish, silly, ignorant, or some combination of those three. Despite one jarring element (which is a major spoiler, so I will not get specific), I felt that the film did not do enough to connect the dots between the actions of the people in the film and the vague threat that hangs over JoJo's Jewish acquaintance. Even the jokes about the outlandishness of anti-Jewish propaganda (they have tails! they hang upside down like bats!) never seems to acknowledge that these beliefs led to real tangible harm of real people. There has been a surge of white nationalism and Antisemitism in the last few years, and while I don't think that Waititi would ever intend to feed into that nonsense, I do think that this is yet another imagining of WW2 where most Nazi soldiers (and even higher ranking officials) just got swept up in a bit of madness, didn't really know what they were doing, etc. There's even a line where someone says that "Hitler was doing bad things we didn't know about", as if the atrocities of WW2 were just a little side project that Hitler pulled off on his own.

I didn't want my viewing to be influenced, so I didn't read any reviews or think-pieces about the film before watching. I'll now be checking some out, because I'm interested in what others thought about the things I liked and some of my hesitations.




Survivor 5s #2 Bitch


No. I like Kaufman, I adored Anomalisa, but no. There were definitely positives. It was wonderfully acted, especially by David Thewlis and Toni Collette but they always deliver.

It was painfully slow at times. I might just be really slow tonight but I had no idea what the hell was going on. At times I thought I did, I thought it might be an allegory for one thing or the other, but I was completely confused towards the end and when it was over I just thought to myself "oh... okay"

I did read up interpretations of what happened online, pretty much everyone who knew what had happened had read the book prior it seemed like, and movies shouldn't need manuals. I had 0 idea how I was supposed to reach those conclusions based on what was presented and the way in which it was delivered, and as such I think it was a failure of the writing and directing. Editing as well, some scenes really needed cutting down.

I appreciate arthouse films are always gonna be more risky, more polarising, more challenging, but this was quite the miss for me and I feel like I wasted over 2 hours that I could have spent watching something else.




The Thing (2011)

A mediocre horror that lacks its own personality and is instead mostly rehashing Carpenter's film (while pretending it's not a remake). CGI effects are mostly bland and inferior to 80s practical effects.

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Orígenes secretos (2020)
aka Unknown Origins

A police film about murders related to superhero comics. It doesn't know if it wants to be a full comedy or semi-serious thriller(?). It has some funny moments but it feels like it's done from an early draft of a decent script (characters are bland, comedy isn't witty enough, etc.). Like the film above, it's just mediocre.
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Charlatan (2020)



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Just getting into the spirit of things
Le fidèle [Racer And The Jailbird] (Michaël R. Roskam, 2017)

The relationship phase was ok but, much like the Anglicised title, it's a bit of a dog's dinner afterwards
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Need to watch this one again. My least favourite Haneke, I just couldn't get into it at all.
It's up there with my favourites I think. The White Ribbon is probably the best although Amour and Funny Games are great too. So hard to rank.



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Wendy and Lucy (2008)


Simple story but so absolutely shattering at times. Reichardt is super talented.





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My favourite Reichardt. Probably in my top 50 this film. Amazing.



The Mission: Impossible movie marathon continues

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE
ROGUE NATION

(2015)

First viewing. I'm starting to believe that this series keeps getting better with every entry. This part in the series is more fun, action-packed, and thrilling than the previous entry, Ghost Protocol. The motorcycle chase scene alone had me on the edge of my seat. It also includes another crazy Tom Cruise stunt, one where he dangles from a plane as it takes off. I'm also enjoying the addition of Jeremy Renner and Alec Baldwin to the cast, while Simon Pegg and Ving (Marcellus Wallace) Rhames make the perfect sidekicks to Cruise as they build on that cool chemistry between them.

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