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Started by zomgmouse, January 14, 2021, 11:12:22 AM
Quote from: Small Man Big Horse on November 29, 2021, 05:22:55 PMI can completely understand that, the opening twenty minutes aren't representative of the film as a whole and for me it only becomes entertaining when Sam Neill Spoiler alertstarts to talk about how he used to be a dog.[close]
Quote from: Herbert Ashe on November 29, 2021, 10:32:30 PMNot having seen it in ages, I want to say that in Traffic Hulot is closer to the Playtime Hulot but maybe I'm just remembering a couple of scenes badly (like the hippies), don't take my word for it.I think Playtime is an anomaly, but maybe only because of circumstances: Tati wanted* to de-emphasise himself/Hulot as the star of the film (like sevendaughters mentioned above, to democratise his films - c.f. all the 'fake' Hulots throughout the film) but because of the financial failure, had to retreat from this position, so Traffic was a more commercial prospect, with Hulot back to being the focus. (Parade returns to the democratisation but as a semi-documentary)* as per various Jonathan Rosenbaum writings on Tati
Quote from: sevendaughters on November 30, 2021, 07:51:47 PMSaw The Bird with the Crystal Plumage today. Wow. I've seen later Argentos like Suspiria and Deep Red and they didn't do it for me. Too gory and too stylised. But this? Just right. Wow.
Quote from: Small Man Big Horse on November 30, 2021, 07:49:42 PMCat People (1942) - The second part of a Jacques Tourneur double bill, here Serbian artist Irena (Simone Simon, hammy) marries Oliver Reed (Kent Smith, bland) but is worried about a superstitious tale she was told as a child, and has formed a strange attraction to the local panther in a zoo. There's a couple of nice shots and the end amused but most of the time this plods along at a slow pace, none of the characters are that interesting, and the ending is predictable, all of which make it the first Tourneur film I didn't really rate. 5.4/10
Quote from: Rizla on December 01, 2021, 07:12:15 PMJack The Ripper (1988)The TV movie/miniseries, starring Michael Caine, Lewis Collins, Aramand Assante, Jane Seymour et al. Searched this out after listening to the Smershpod episode, and watched with the missus over 2 nights (as it was broadcast - it's 3 and a bit hours). Brilliant, utterly gripping, and essential viewing for any Caine fan. Not being a huge true crime head, I was only vaguely familiar with the dramatis personae, but without spoiling anything, the writers went with the same theory, I think first postulated in the 60s, that Alan Moore used in From Hell, which I've yet to read. The tale is presented as a whodunnit, edges of our seats throughout. Superb casting (nice buddy cop dynamic between Collins and Caine), huge budget readily apparent on the screen (it was a transatlantic co-production between CBS and Euston films (The Sweeney, Van Der Valk etc), just top class, highly recommended, they don't make 'em like that anymore etc etc. 10/10
Quote from: zomgmouse on December 02, 2021, 11:06:44 PMMan on the Moon. Gets a bit biopic-y towards the end but it's a wonderful encapsulation of Andy Kaufman. I think Jim Carrey gets into him really well if not portraying him a little too earnestly, doesn't quite feel as mischievous as the real figure. The cast around him are all great as well and I enjoyed the addition of actual people who were in his life (some of which playing characters other than who they are). Art direction was spot on for this film as well, and Forman's direction in general was terrific.
Quote from: sevendaughters on December 05, 2021, 09:38:21 PMwatched The Return (2003) by Russian miserablist Andrei Zyvagintsev. Two brothers have their dad turn up after 12 years and he wants to take them to a sad island in the middle of nowhere and act the cunt about it. Minimal plot so I'll say no more but a well-done tone poem about being a confused and fucked-off kid with a wrongfooting final montage.
Quote from: Artie Fufkin on December 03, 2021, 09:32:02 AMThe making of, 'Jim & Andy', is well worth a watch if you enjoyed this.
Quote from: zomgmouse on December 07, 2021, 12:23:00 AMPastoral: To Die in the Country (aka Pastoral: Hide and Seek). Second film I've seen by Shūji Terayama after Throw Away Your Books, Rally in the Streets, which I liked but didn't love. This however I loved. Full of mystical symbolism and sexual energy and a meta-narrative on filmmaking and memory. Just beautiful.
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