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What Non-New Films Have You Seen? (2021 Edition)

Started by zomgmouse, January 14, 2021, 11:12:22 AM

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Egyptian Feast

When Southland Tales was screened once on a Tuesday night at my local, one other guy showed up and laughed out loud when he walked in and saw just me there. At one point he called down to me "Do you have any fucking idea what's going on?" Not really, mate. One of my most memorable cinema experiences. Even if the film lost me somewhere in the opening voice-over, we both liked it and had a good laugh about it afterwards.

I keep meaning to rewatch it, but my partner, who forgets most films we watch pretty quickly, remembers The Box all too well and is aware of the director's previous work.

gilbertharding

Just a note to inform you all that It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1964) was on BBC2 last Friday, and is therefore on the iPlayer until 18 March.

Egyptian Feast

Mona Lisa (1986) Another magnificent performance from Bob Hoskins going mental with a dustbin at Vivian's mum's front door. I hadn't seen this since I was too young to comprehend the real horrors it portrays and it was grimly fascinating to revisit 80s Soho.

If ever a film needed a comic relief character with no bearing on the plot, it was this and the scenes with Robbie Coltrane made me wish for a buddy movie where these two characters simply talk shit and nothing happens of any consequence. I liked the (intentional or not) meta joke when Hoskins was watching the porno tape and Coltrane thought it was Channel 4.

Sebastian Cobb

Quote from: Egyptian Feast on March 14, 2022, 06:24:48 PMMona Lisa (1986) Another magnificent performance from Bob Hoskins going mental with a dustbin at Vivian's mum's front door. I hadn't seen this since I was too young to comprehend the real horrors it portrays and it was grimly fascinating to revisit 80s Soho.

If ever a film needed a comic relief character with no bearing on the plot, it was this and the scenes with Robbie Coltrane made me wish for a buddy movie where these two characters simply talk shit and nothing happens of any consequence. I liked the (intentional or not) meta joke when Hoskins was watching the porno tape and Coltrane thought it was Channel 4.

I love the montage where he's searching soho for the woman as a Genesis track plays, mainly for the bit where he sticks his head through a chainlink screen covering the enterance to a staff kitchen in a strip club and asks one of the women if he can have a cup of tea.

Egyptian Feast

And gets told to fuck off. Loved that bit.

I thought that was a perfectly chosen song, could well imagine it playing in grimy strip clubs at the time, but it turned out Genesis provided it for the soundtrack.

markburgle

I've fecked Netflix off and taken to buying 8 DVD's for a quid from the local YMCA. Just semi-randomly pick out films I've heard of but not seen - haven't seen owt that's really blown me away for a while but Inception came close.

Very Good:
The Road - grim, haunting. Will have to read the book
Atonement - funny, tragic
Inception - spent a lot of it in a huff that I'd almost totally lost the thread of it, but then got an unexpected exhilaration from it afterwards

Boring:
Jarhead - starts off like a musak rendition of Full Metal Jacket and goes from there
Burn After Reading - after my introduction to Coen Bros. comedies via Lebowski, all the others I see (Intolerable Cruelty, Barton Fink, Raising Arizona) seem like homeopathic dilutions of the same comedic sensibility, generating an average of one chuckle a-piece
Gangs of New York - an instalment in the "moody violent boring asshole" genre also populated by Peaky Blinders and the like, where you watch opposing gangs of moody assholes be violent towards each other, boringly

Memorex MP3

Light Sleeper
Dunno why I had such high expectations for this but I was expecting Paul Schrader's best film. It's definitely not that but it's pretty good. The late night early 90s NY setting of it all works great as a insomniac viewing.


Adrienne
Doc about Adrienne Shelley, I dunno, was okay


The Eyes of Tammy Faye
The doc, not the netflix film, had an annoying format with really short chapters that made it seem way longer than it was.

zomgmouse

just a reminder this is last year's thread, this year's thread is pinned at the top of the page

NoSleep


samadriel

Hail Caesar! - I was disappointed by this one,  having watched it after finally finding it on streaming.  George Clooney's character falling in love with the Communists was fun,  but there was so little to cling to with the other characters - I didn't think the cast was particularly overstuffed,  but apart from Ansel Elgort and the fixer, I felt that the characters got about a scene and a half each and then whoosh, it was on to something else.  The two dance/swimming scenes were impressive, but pretty much unnecessary, and the whole movie went in one ear and out the other frictionlessly. You truly never know what you're going to get with the Coens, but it's not always good.

sevendaughters

the scene where Ansel Elgort can't say the line is hilarious! the rest of the film NAH.


sevendaughters


samadriel

Whoops, must have mixed them up cos they were both going for the lead role in Solo. And I posted in the wrong thread!

itsfredtitmus

#1874
Allegro (2005, Christoffer Boe)

one of those dogme 95 sci-fi's that surround festivals like flies round shit in a field. literally awful, so nothing and dishonest. awfully naive too. it hates you for living in the 'now' and wants you to discover yourself, your true self, which in hidden in the past, but you're too oblivious and concerned by the 'now' to notice such things, arent ya?! nonsense. it's clinical like a scientology waiting room but adorned on all walls are posters of tarkovsky's stalker and lars von triers big horrible mug and you wish you never downloaded it

truly feels like a lecture!

itsfredtitmus

(Frameup, 1993, Jon Jost)

Thought I'd already seen this but I hadn't, it's just vaguely similar to earlier work he's done. Feel like it fills a gap between his 70s-80s road films and his better known 90s trilogy without ever being transitory.  It's maybe his best film, even moreso than Sure Fire and The Bed You Sleep In STUNNING WORK

christ i cannot stop thinking about the closing with the shimmering sea and the karen carpenter-type lady's monotone monologue

zomgmouse

Quote from: itsfredtitmus on March 24, 2022, 02:26:17 PM(Frameup, 1993, Jon Jost)

Thought I'd already seen this but I hadn't, it's just vaguely similar to earlier work he's done. Feel like it fills a gap between his 70s-80s road films and his better known 90s trilogy without ever being transitory.  It's maybe his best film, even moreso than Sure Fire and The Bed You Sleep In STUNNING WORK

christ i cannot stop thinking about the closing with the shimmering sea and the karen carpenter-type lady's monotone monologue

i watched this recently and it is STUPENDOUS. the final scenes were just pure riveting chills

ps this is last year's thread!

itsfredtitmus

#1877
ITS SO FUCKING GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGOOD isn't it. MY GOD!!!! its 10/10

no it isnt :) this is this years thread :) i wouldnt post in the wrong thread like an idiot!

Blumf


Dex Sawash


dissolute ocelot

Quote from: Egyptian Feast on March 14, 2022, 01:28:57 PMWhen Southland Tales was screened once on a Tuesday night at my local, one other guy showed up and laughed out loud when he walked in and saw just me there. At one point he called down to me "Do you have any fucking idea what's going on?" Not really, mate. One of my most memorable cinema experiences. Even if the film lost me somewhere in the opening voice-over, we both liked it and had a good laugh about it afterwards.

I keep meaning to rewatch it, but my partner, who forgets most films we watch pretty quickly, remembers The Box all too well and is aware of the director's previous work.
I love Southland Tales. It is quite clearly the product of a man who had far too many ideas to make a film out of, and threw in all his favourite actors for no reason (I've not seen Sarah Michelle Gellar ever play a convincing human being, but she puts all her Buffybot-heart into it). It has something of the same atmosphere as other cult sci-fi films like They Live or Existenz or Johnny Mnemonic, which is to say it's weirdly accurate about how things were going and yet utterly detached from what actually happened in the future-past. I'm sure it'll be watched in 2107 while all the respectable post-9/11 films are in landfill.

phantom_power

Quote from: dissolute ocelot on March 31, 2022, 11:23:46 AMI love Southland Tales. It is quite clearly the product of a man who had far too many ideas to make a film out of, and threw in all his favourite actors for no reason (I've not seen Sarah Michelle Gellar ever play a convincing human being, but she puts all her Buffybot-heart into it). It has something of the same atmosphere as other cult sci-fi films like They Live or Existenz or Johnny Mnemonic, which is to say it's weirdly accurate about how things were going and yet utterly detached from what actually happened in the future-past. I'm sure it'll be watched in 2107 while all the respectable post-9/11 films are in landfill.


Yeah. It seems like his first film flopped but got huge acclaim and a cult following so he threw everything into his second one in case he never got the chance. Rinse and repeat for The Box but even I think that is shit

Dex Sawash


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The Tall Guy

At points funny but mostly felt really weird. Some very rough direction but I don't think Curtis had writing for films fully down either. Felt like there was a far funnier not far away and it would've been a struggle to miss it but they managed to.


All Light Everywhere

Massive drop from Rat Film, still alright and had lots of neat bits but pretty disappointed considering it seemed to be getting a far stronger reception.


Wolfwalkers

Great, not as great as Song of the Sea and it took a bit to get going, but Cartoon Saloon remain the best active feature length animation studio.
At times it felt like they were drifting into incoherency with how elaborate and stylised some of the images were getting, and I hope the next one is even worse for this tbh.


The last hour of Sieranevada

Yep, loved this.


Creature from the Black Lagoon 3D

Ehhh, it was fine? Some nice nature shots, didn't outstay its welcome.