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Health insurance rip off lying FDA big bankers buying
Fake computer crashes dining
Cloning while they're multiplying
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Courtney Love, and Marilyn Manson
You're all fakes
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Come around
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Postby furrowed brow » Sat May 11, 2019 4:12 pm

Oh, I hadn't heard of that, but it sounds awesome. I'll definitely get it from the db, thank you!

So far I've only seen My Brother's Wedding and To Sleep with Anger, but I wanna see all of his stuff now.
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Postby scrambled » Sat May 11, 2019 11:11 pm

saw Amazing Grace - aretha is truly unreal
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Postby Pris » Sun May 12, 2019 10:25 am

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The Set-Up (1949)- Robert Wise


I happened to watch it this week as well. Really good, compact movie. With the production code in effect, I expected the heels to get more of a comeuppance. The main bad guy was appropriately slimy. Ryan was great.
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Postby naturemorte » Sun May 12, 2019 11:45 am

Got a triple feature lined up for today: De Toth's RAMROD (35mm), Hong's HOTEL BY THE RIVER and Aoyama's EUREKA (35mm). Between those, ISHTAR last Friday, WALDHEIM WALTZ and an MFA thesis screening yesterday, LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT tomorrow, GERMANY, PALE MOTHER Tuesday, DRAGNET GIRL (35mm) and DAYS AND NIGHTS IN THE FOREST Wednesday and THE AREA Thursday, I will have logged about 21 hours in screenings this week.

Point is, who even has time to post about movies
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Postby Milk » Sun May 12, 2019 11:46 am

I put on the first garbage i came across on Netflix because i like to have something on when i eat and i hadnt planned ahead and my food was getting cold and that movie ended up being Mile 22 with Mark Whalberg.

You only have to see this if you like to see Whalberg acting intense and delivering ridiculous lines. The writing of this tries so hard and fails. I think it was trying to go for some Mamet or something (who i actually dont particularly like) His character is supposed to be extremely bright.... There's also John Malkovich playing John Malkovich (in a completely inconsequential role). Like he's been doing all his career. Mind you i'm sure at this point he's just in it for the checks since it's not like good roles abound.

It also takes the dumbest bet a movie can take. It goes in thinking it has a franchise on its hands. So, SPOILERS!!!!! the movie pretty much ends in a cliffhanger. And badly. The heroes don't win. Everyone involved in producing this was obviously way overconfident about what they had to take such an insane bet. Even if you plan a franchise, you have to have a self-contained first movie, you don't know if it's gonna work yet. It's like if instead of New hope the first SW was Empire Strikes Back. The movie made a profit, but of only 6 millions (on a 60 millions budget). the critics were at best average. This isn't getting a sequel. So you've got a movie that even if it was competent, which it isnt (save for maybe any action scene involving Iko Uwais though the editing is kinda bad) )still wouldn't be satisfying on its own. You MIGHT only want to watch it IF it was getting a sequel and IF that sequel was actually a lot better. And so it's absolutely unrecommendable (is that a word? ). Other than for Intense Whalberg fans. You can tell in every line he utters too that he thinks "this is it, this is my Bourne, my Mission Impossible, this is the character that is gonna pay for everything between now and my retirement"
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Postby Milk » Sun May 12, 2019 10:51 pm

Just watched Prospect. It's on Netflix right now (well...in canada anyway)


Love at first sight.


I mean ok, it's not MINDBLOWING really. But fuck does it put 99% of low budget sci-fi without it seems having to try hard. Great, great art design, very 70's, makes the most out of its lack of budget, makes you believe in its world without ever having to do much. Words here and there, ideas that call on your imagination to fill in the blanks. We WILL definitely hear from the two writers/directors again (hopefully not just to have them make some Marvel films 5 years from now....). And i imagine also from Sophie Thatcher, the teenage lead. SF films like they don't make them anymore. Simple story, nothing fancy, just tight and tasteful writing and directing. Favorite movie i saw this year so far (ok i have NOT watched much at all, but still), it put an actual tear to my eye.

To think Will Smith and his son made a movie with the same basic story (well I mean, sorta) for millions more and it absolutely sucked.
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Postby Buzz Fledderjohn » Sun May 12, 2019 11:11 pm

thought 'her smell' was tremendous, was not expecting to enjoy it half that much

stylistically felt like a cross between 'a woman under the influence' and 'punch-drunk-love' (especially that score!)
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Postby Buzz Fledderjohn » Sun May 12, 2019 11:55 pm

'extremely wicked shockingly evil and vile' on the other hand was completely disappointing, what a waste of a movie
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Postby walt whitman » Mon May 13, 2019 1:46 am

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tony conrad- completely in the present
“Short film, Long film, It’s ALL film!” - Walt Whitman
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Postby landspeedrecord » Mon May 13, 2019 8:46 am

loved that tony conrad doc
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Postby palmer eldritch » Tue May 14, 2019 12:12 am

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Tokyo Tribe (Sono, 2014)

At this point I end up grading everything Sion Sono does up against the masterpiece level of Tokyo Vampire Hotel which is not really fair but this one falls a bit short of a lot of his work I think. It actually probably WOULD have been better as a 6-8 hour TV show... if he also dropped the rap gimmick, because about half of the dialog is delivered as rapping. Usually it comes off as awkward and not very spirited and the music is cheap so, better as a concept than in execution. While it's definitely got Sono's vibes to it is also comes off as Takashi Miike's The Warriors though partly just because of Riki Takeuchi's presence (he seems to be having a great time here) but also some general Dead or Alive series vibes. The movie finally starts to actually have some fun with the premise after about an hour, when everybody starts fighting or whatever, and has enough clever or funny parts to make it worthwhile. And every time someone says "Nerimuthafuckaz!" is pretty good too.
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Postby walt whitman » Tue May 14, 2019 12:00 pm

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what is democracy?
about the (im)possibility of democracy under capitalism. doc consists of many different takes on democracy- from syrian refugees, to miami medics and doctors, to formerly incarcerated latinos, to hyper-privileged college republicans. contemporary athens, greece, plays a starring role, as the ground on which director astra taylor anchors/contextualizes her big questions.

i could watch silvia frederici talk about the power dynamics of medieval murals all day long


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Vision Portraits
a filmmaker, a photographer, a dancer and a writer talk about making art about their blindness. incredibly moving testimonies and beautiful, poetic images that try to replicate for the audience what it is like to see without vision.
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Postby relevee » Tue May 14, 2019 2:18 pm

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mike’s murder (1984) - james bridges
excellent film. sun-baked, coke-psychosis LA presented without a lick of glamour. debra winger is awesome. my only quibble is that its obvious the studio recut the film to occur chronologically when bridges had a back n forth in time approach that would've served the film far better

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his motorbike, her island (1986) - nobuhiko obayashi

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a better tomorrow (1986) - john woo

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a brutal game (1983) - jean-claude brisseau

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her smell (2018) - alex ross perry
far, far better than ARP's last two experiments. the self-consciously verbose monologues actually have home in this film. and as usual ARP is as good as his collaborations are. well acted across the board and it looks real good.
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Postby naturemorte » Tue May 14, 2019 10:17 pm

Long day's journey into night: the cinematic equivalent of the obnoxious virtuoso at the karaoke bar.
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Postby relevee » Wed May 15, 2019 12:20 am

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noce blanche (1989) - jean-caude brisseau

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la collectionneuse (1967) - eric rohmer
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Postby landspeedrecord » Wed May 15, 2019 12:31 am

naturemorte wrote:Long day's journey into night: the cinematic equivalent of the obnoxious virtuoso at the karaoke bar.

thank you
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Postby goofjan » Wed May 15, 2019 9:40 am

tried to watch The Wandering Earth on netflix. couldn't make it to the end. visually impressive but I couldnt engage with it at all.
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Postby Plainsong » Wed May 15, 2019 9:46 am

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The Beguiled (1971)- Don Siegel
Really liked this, all the performances were amazing, especially from Geraldine Page, Elizabeth Hartman, and Mae Mercer.
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The Lodger: A Story Of The London Fog (1927)- Alfred Hitchcock
Really liked this.
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Postby walt whitman » Wed May 15, 2019 1:47 pm

hey! speaking of hitchcock...

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gahh so good. 5/5
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Postby naturemorte » Wed May 15, 2019 2:52 pm

lol, the end of long day's journey into night specifically reminded me of the green fog's infinitely more creative tribute to vertigo
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Postby galactagogue » Wed May 15, 2019 6:39 pm

man a lot of good movies lately. how many of these guys are from the drop?? or where are people watching??
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Postby Celiac » Wed May 15, 2019 7:17 pm

lol i just got back from long day's journey into night and i really loved it (which is very post/naturemorte's sig of me to say) but yeah i thought it was pretty spectacular... naturemorte and landspeedrecord, are there any other films that you think attempt similar and have more successful results?
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Postby naturemorte » Wed May 15, 2019 11:46 pm

Hmm I just felt like it was an art house pastiche (lots of Wong/early Hou, some tarkovsky/sokurov, some apichatpong, an unfortunate portion of "enter the void"). I was reminded of "ash is purest white," both stylistically and thematically, and that film is a much better...
I feel like the memory/dream/reality shit is just so so basic, "mirror" felt like a key reference, but if you want to see a newer film that plays with these layers of reality in a much more formally interesting and innovative way, check out anocha suwichakornpong's "by the time it gets dark"
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Postby loaf angel » Thu May 16, 2019 12:05 am

thanks for the rec nm. i also thought that LDJIN was a bit try-hard but i mostly enjoyed it
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Postby Celiac » Thu May 16, 2019 7:36 am

yeah, thanks nm. i've been meaning to check out apichatpong and Ash, so i think i will soon. i think my experience was pretty colored by having a lot of thoughts from the billy lynn's long halftime walk blank check episode clattering around in my head while watching LDJIN so i was really thrilled to get this style theater experience. anyway, i appreciate the post, i'll check those out.
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Postby landspeedrecord » Thu May 16, 2019 8:36 am

naturemorte wrote:Hmm I just felt like it was an art house pastiche (lots of Wong/early Hou, some tarkovsky/sokurov, some apichatpong

this was my main takeaway

I liked kaili blues but think that's mostly because the rural setting distracted me from the lack of originality

long day's journey into night was just tepid masturbatory pseudo-philosophizing to me. gorgeous cinematography tho!
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Postby naturemorte » Thu May 16, 2019 1:10 pm

see i didn't feel like it even looked that good! There were definitely some lovely moments, but lots of shots where--and i don't know if it was just the presentation in my theater or in the material--it looked like someone just dragged the "shadows" slider in Aftereffects all the way to the right. lots of digital noise and really unnatural detail in the shadows.
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Postby walt whitman » Thu May 16, 2019 1:16 pm

galactagogue wrote:man a lot of good movies lately. how many of these guys are from the drop?? or where are people watching??

heh nah. im programming a fest this fall, so i get a lot of screeners- but many of the things i post have been out for a while/shown at other 'fests.
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Postby Celiac » Thu May 16, 2019 1:20 pm

naturemorte wrote:see i didn't feel like it even looked that good! There were definitely some lovely moments, but lots of shots where--and i don't know if it was just the presentation in my theater or in the material--it looked like someone just dragged the "shadows" slider in Aftereffects all the way to the right. lots of digital noise and really unnatural detail in the shadows.


There were a couple instances where honestly it sort of felt like one of those interactive “4D” type things you go to at Disney world or something
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Postby mondrary » Thu May 16, 2019 5:05 pm

i have not seen long day's journey into night so i am sorry to break up the conversation but i would be very grateful if someone were to point me in the direction of this db? i'm not sure if i can pm yet? can i receive them? I don't know.

anyway i'm gonna echo recommendations of apichatpong even though i again have not seen the movie you're all talking about. syndromes and a century is one of my favorite films of all time.

the last movie i watched was public enemies and i thought it was good, undeserving of the trashing it seems to get everywhere else. the action scene that goes through the woods is absolutely incredible in particular.
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