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#24481  Postby aufbahrung » Jan 03, 2021 8:00 pm



Better than A Wonderful Christmas, can recommend for anyone really into cinema after the codes but before the great subversion of the codes
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Risk (2016): Yeh.

#24482  Postby arugula2 » Jan 14, 2021 8:22 am

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Laura Poitras embedded herself with Assange at the Ecuadorean embassy in London. Her style is low-key, well-edited; provocative but never outlandish. You do come away thinking you know the subjects about as well as you might have if you were in the room with her. I'm sure I learned a couple details I hadn't already known about Assange's story of the last ten years, but they fall into a bigger puzzle that's been filled in by other serious sources, so I couldn't tell you what they are anymore. If you're interested in what's going on, you can start there or you can start here - it's all the same.
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#24483  Postby Thomas Eshuis » Jan 23, 2021 6:26 pm

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A Taiwanese romantic drama, set in the years immediately after the lifting of martial law in Taiwan.
Featuring two late-teen boys in a Catholic boys school falling in love and dealing with family expectations, homophobia and their future careers.

Has a very strong jazz/blues feeling to it, echoed by the music score. Reminded me of Murakami's writing from time to time.

Has a happy ending. Available on Netflix.
7.5/10
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The Founder (2016): Eh.

#24484  Postby arugula2 » Jan 25, 2021 3:19 am

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(Netflix) Nothing specific to recommend it, other than if you wanted to know how McDonald's got underway, and something fundamental about American capitalism. The concept would've worked just as well (better, I think) as a documentary with re-enactments. It sometimes feels like one, but it doesn't know it. That the postscript is as interesting as the entire rest of the movie should've been a clue. I watched it for Michael Keaton, but... weird as he is, the movie around him insists on being square and ordinary, and he’s clearly not contesting it.
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Mad Max: Fury Road (2015): Yay

#24485  Postby arugula2 » Jan 25, 2021 6:44 am

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Glorious. A couple of sloppy tropes near the end, but otherwise bitchin'. Put this one off too long.
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Re: What's the last film you watched? (2)

#24486  Postby aliihsanasl » Feb 03, 2021 1:38 am

Fantastic movie

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Palmer (2021): Decent

#24487  Postby arugula2 » Feb 03, 2021 2:59 am

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(Apple TV+). Justin Timberlake plays an ex-con in smalltown Louisiana, who comes to live with his grandmother and ends up intervening in the life of Sam, a kid who has to deal with a junkie mother and being bullied for "acting like a girl". Was prompted to it by a Kermode review and a notification from Apple (along with an extension of the free sub to July :party2:). No script surprises, but a good cast, and Timberlake has a couple strong moments, as does Ryder Allen as Sam.

The closing song gets some buzz online ("Redemption" by Nathaniel Rateliffe), but I was immediately hooked on the opening number by Jimmy "Duck" Holmes... "Catfish Blues", from the same-named album:

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Re: What's the last film you watched? (2)

#24488  Postby Animavore » Feb 06, 2021 5:53 am

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These are just some of the doozies from The Predator. Made by people who looked at how bad AVP2 was and said, "Hold my beer." As nonsensical as the plot about a Predator coming to Earth with a gift to save mankind from climate change so they could continue hunting down the road or something, I don't know. I was looking at my phone for most of the final act.
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Re: What's the last film you watched? (2)

#24489  Postby Thomas Eshuis » Feb 06, 2021 1:03 pm

Space Sweepers
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New on Netflix.
A neat space-punk adventure.
7/10
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Mangrove (2020): Nice

#24490  Postby arugula2 » Feb 08, 2021 10:45 am

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(Prime) IMDb lists Small Axe as a TV series, but the five installments premiered at various film festivals, and the awards industry is only arguing about whether it's a single movie or five. It's obviously five, so whatever... Mangrove is based on the true story of a black restauranteur trying to make it against white supremacist police violence in 1970 West London. Letitia Wright plays a Black Panther activist trying to galvanize the neighborhood. Shaun Parkes as the Mangrove's proprietor, is resistant to radicalization. They have 2 of the meatier roles, but most of the cast is great. Director Steve McQueen, who wrote all five installments, loves his subjects. Oppression is the milieu, but love + solidarity is the message.
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What's the last film you watched? (2)

#24491  Postby Ironclad » Feb 17, 2021 11:18 pm

We finally got a chance to watch Joker.
This movie was really good, tension and score were well placed. A very thoughtful critique of polarised human experience. I thought the other Joker was meant to make an appearance though, no? Anyway, it certainly deserved the awards.
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Fireball (2020): Mixed

#24492  Postby arugula2 » Feb 19, 2021 7:49 am

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(Apple TV+) It's a mismatch this time. The idea is to probe the more obscure aspects of meteorites, and talk to interesting people whose lives partly revolve around them. He (and co-director Clive Oppenheimer) found the right people, and those people tell (or live) the right stories. Normally, Herzog's ego is palatable because his monotone camouflages itself against the beautiful thing he's showing you, or the gob-smacking secret he's sharing with you. Ok, fine, so that material is here, and you should try to watch for that reason. But if I'm guessing: this was less a passion project and more a hard deadline. (Incidentally, most of the Apple TV+ documentaries I've sampled feel this way.) The narrative is all elbows, and as a result the footage itself starts to seem patchy (get it? elbow patches). Not in the casual-random way of a good Herzog documentary. This is the sound of a check being cashed. BUT- each of the vignettes is built around something worthwhile.
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Re: What's the last film you watched? (2)

#24493  Postby arugula2 » Feb 20, 2021 8:08 pm

In JFK when Kevin Costner's character tells Wayne Knight's character to fiddle with the TV, it sounds like "Newman, turn it up!"

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#24494  Postby felltoearth » Feb 21, 2021 2:57 pm

arugula2 wrote:In JFK when Kevin Costner's character tells Wayne Knight's character to fiddle with the TV, it sounds like "Newman, turn it up!"

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