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Quote from: Small Man Big Horse on October 22, 2021, 10:38:50 AMI read about that afterwards but have to admit I didn't spot him at the time.
Quote from: phantom_power on October 22, 2021, 10:48:55 AMHe plays a policeman who, if I remember correctly, checks some papers
Quote from: Inspector Norse on October 23, 2021, 11:10:06 PMInside Man...Jodie Foster gets equal top billing despite only being in half a dozen scenes as some kind of political fixer who everyone seems to regard as a genius even though she doesn't seem very competent on this film's evidence.
Quote from: steveh on October 24, 2021, 09:49:19 AMSeven Stages to Achieve Eternal Bliss by Passing Through the Gateway Chosen by the Holy Storsh (2018)This is an odd one. Don't remember reading about it anywhere before stumbling onto it on Amazon either. A kind of horror comedy about a couple who move into a cheap LA apartment that turns out to have been previously home to a cult leader who killed himself in their bathtub and now his followers keep turning up so they too can commit ritual suicide and ascend to a higher plane. Good cast led by Kate Micucci and Matt Jones with Taika Waititi and Dan Harmon plus cameos from a whole bunch of comedy people. Decent concept and some very funny moments but it doesn't quite come together as a fully satisfying whole. Maybe just due to inexperience as I think it's the first feature length film of the writers and director.
Quote from: sevendaughters on October 25, 2021, 10:30:27 AMA Brighter Summer Day
Quote from: Chedney Honks on October 25, 2021, 12:28:41 PMAn exceptional film, and one I'll start a thread on some day. I absolutely adored the cinematography and period details. Still not seen Yi Yi but it's sitting there waiting. Taipei Story is a bit trickier to get hold of but I'll pick it up at some point.
Quote from: sevendaughters on October 25, 2021, 10:30:27 AMA Brighter Summer Day - Taiwanese film about youth gangs in the Chinese exile community in the early 60s, mirroring youth decline with the tenuous position in society felt by their parents. It is 4hr long but actually breezed through it in one sitting w/interval, mostly because it is really good and aimed at sentient adults. The actual story is not terribly dissimilar to West Side Story as it goes, only the songs that are in it are Chinese pop band playing Western songs on stage to affirm anti-communist sensibilities.
Quote from: Claude the Racecar Driving Rockstar Super Sleuth on October 26, 2021, 03:16:20 PMBrightburn (2019)
Quote from: Dusty Substance on October 28, 2021, 11:55:02 AMBlade (1998) - Wesley Snipes killing vampires set to a thumping 1990s techno soundtrack in a pre-Matrix action style. No dull origin story which takes up half the film, no pandering to younger audiences, this is kinetic blood-soaked horror fun from back when Hollywood studios took more chances. Loved it, but a shame about the dated visual effects where the blood looks like jelly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBOfnJNqB6gBlade II (2002) - Wesley Snipes killing more vampires set to an early 2000s soundtrack in a post-Matrix action style. More of the same but with stylish direction, Lovecraftian imagery and Ron Perlman, all courtesy of Guillermo Del Toro. Improved visual effects, immersive sound editing, more rounded characters, better cinematography, better jokes - Everything about the sequel is better than the original. In fact, I think this might now be my favourite Del Toro movie. "Some motherfuckers are always trying to ice-skate uphill".
Quote from: sevendaughters on October 28, 2021, 12:31:01 PMImitation of Life - 1959 version by Douglas Sirk. Taken at surface value this is a well made technicolour weepie about bad racism; go deeper and its a torch to the face of America (maybe even its own audience?) as everyone is just playing a part in the great game of inequality, using and being used. I never got films like this in my teens/20s but they resonate now and feel like a much better examination of race and class and feminism than many more contemporary works? Maybe I would say that as an old fuck, but still - great film!
Quote from: Small Man Big Horse on October 28, 2021, 07:49:38 PMNothing Lasts Forever (1984)
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