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Quote from: famethrowa on May 17, 2022, 01:34:41 PMYes, Andrew McCarthy should have seized the means of production!
Quote from: famethrowa on May 17, 2022, 03:18:42 PMAlso, what has Dan Aykroyd got to do to become a national treasure? He's worked consistently for over 5 decades, good and bad, not only acted in but created a couple of the most-loved movies ever, but I don't think he gets the kudos. Probably too weird and Canadian. I think he's tops!
Quote from: zomgmouse on May 18, 2022, 02:51:42 AMThe Edukators. Upbeat lo-fi crime-turned-chamber-drama with some young revolutionaries who break into people's homes and rearrange the furniture to make a statement. One of those goes wrong and they kidnap a witness. It's a good time.
Quote from: Sebastian Cobb on May 18, 2022, 10:49:51 AMI quite liked this. I think it came out around the same time as Good Bye Lenin!I keep meaning to start a thread on German cinema as most of what I've seen has been great but I know fuck all about it.
Quote from: Memorex MP3 on May 18, 2022, 08:57:39 PMWe're All Going to the World's Fair15/16
Quote from: Famous Mortimer on May 20, 2022, 04:52:37 AMBad Taste Movie no.1A sketch film, if you were being extremely charitable about what "sketch" meant. Picture your local in the late 80s, and then the guy in there who's sleazy and unpleasant, always telling jokes that are just shitty and rude. This is the movie his stupidest relation would have made. It starts off with a woman (seen only from the waist down) slowly drive up to a large house and walk up the stairs. She walks into a room and we then just see the lock on the door as...something is happening in the room. Cleverly, in a bit that relies entirely on sound, they used the camera's onboard mic, outside the room, so you can hear almost nothing. The second bit is us being introduced to four topless dancers, one at a time. They come on, dance for a bit, cut to them at the bar saying "Hi...I'm Kate", cut back to the dancer, she's joined by another woman, repeat 4 times. This goes on for two or three minutes, oh, and there's a smoke machine so you can't really see much of what's going on. Then, a larger woman comes on and starts dancing...and that's it. Oh, there's this that pops up on screen when she's wiggled about for a few seconds:"Sketch" three is a news report with a rowdy crowd's noise dubbed on top, and the joke appears to be there's an old topless woman being broadcast on the screen behind the newsreader. When he notices, this footage reduces him to fits of laughter.To give you chance to relax between the bits, we then see a vacant-looking woman, from the shoulders up, gyrating a little. Followed by a couple of middle-aged topless ladies seeming very confused about the predicament they're in - attempting to emerge from an empty TV cabinet, while a different laugh track accompanies them. They're on a stage, I guess, but the audience who would laugh that hard at the performances we see would be very easy to please. Bringing us to the 20-minute mark is the newsreader from earlier reading a series of limericks about a couple who use a vibrator. They leave in the bit where he completely blows a line and asks for another try, which interrupts what might politely be called the flow, and when he gets to the end he laughs, as if to tell us what we might have done if we'd been watching a different film. You want six minutes of the slightly larger woman from earlier slowly stripping while wearing a Miss Piggy mask? You got it! They cleverly use a piece of incidental music that's far too short, so we get a few seconds of silence as they cue up an entirely different piece of music for the rest of it. Newsreader again! We cut to him laughing, possibly at the previous thirty seconds of the vacant lady telling a joke that was old when the pilgrims made it to the new world. He then reads out this "joke":"I met a woman who was willingNow I'm using penicillin"which he finds funnier than any human being has ever found anything. Different old lady dancing with her boobs out, while we hear the newsreader still laughing, accompanied by crowd noises. She's joined by one of the women from the TV cabinet sketch?Four minutes of the newsreader reading dirty seaside postcard gags while having an aneurysm from laughing so hard!After more stripping, we get to a bit where a clapper loader traps a larger lady's boob; this, and her screams, are considered so funny we see it three times in succession, with very very slight variations on her scream each time. At the 45 minute mark, there's a bit where a guy drives to a garage and unsuccessfully attempts to use the air pump to blow up his inflatable sex doll. It's impossible to tell if the comedy was supposed to come from his failure, or if there was something funny planned with the doll but the guy was genuinely unable to inflate it. The setup is then repeated but the guy wrestles a large unconscious woman wearing panties and a hideous mask (the front cover image, should you wish to see it) out of the car, dumps her in the same spot as the doll was, and eventually "inflates" her by sticking the hose up her arse. This is a forecourt with normal motorists filling up their cars all around, by the way. Again, the splendid comedic timing is interrupted by the woman's wig falling off and her collapsing to the ground to put it back on, as if that was her local garage and she didn't want anyone to see her. (this is of course accompanied by random five-second bursts of different laugh tracks)If you've ever wondered what a sketch would look like if the main performer had to awkwardly stop near the end and tidy up the mess they'd made because they didn't want to get their head kicked in by the manager of the garage they'd definitely not asked for filming permission, "Bad Taste Movie no.1" has got you covered. Topless woman walking into a chippie! Then wandering round a busy street, full of families shopping, offering chips to passers-by! This bit just goes on and on!Bringing us to the hour is an oddly edited few minutes of a fully dressed shop dummy lying in a gutter, while sad music plays and we get an occasional superimposed shot of a church, or some cloudy skies. It's almost as if they assumed no-one would still be watching by this point. Oh wait, there's a payoff! The skinny blonde topless dancing lady starts being superimposed on the scene, and the dummy is seen sporting an erection. If you were feeling impolite, you might say this is a weak ending to a scene which has gone on for a good six minutes, but we're in the home stretch!Confused lady in a TV cabinet again! Welcome back! This time, after a few minutes, a scruffy looking bloke with a crude Emu puppet on his arm grabs her arse. To calm us down again after that peak, we're treated to a few minutes of a medium-distance shot of topless dancing, with the lack of lighting and presence of smoke machines making sure you can't see anything and therefore get too excited. After a good while, one of the women emerges from the murk to dance at the front, which reveals this as a dialogue-free cover version of the "strippers introduce themselves" scene from earlier. Skinny blonde lady leaves us with this zinger at the end: "they call me the one-armed bandit because I have a coin operated slot". The last five minutes is a shot of the film playing on a small TV, on top of a chunky editing bay VCR, as a strip-club-style voiceover introduces the women we've been watching. This is what plays on the lift that takes you down to Hell.
Quote from: Famous Mortimer on May 23, 2022, 01:55:03 AMDecoder (1984)FM Einheit off of Einsturzende Neubauten is a guy who, after meeting the High Priest (Genesis P-Orridge) has the revelation that he can replace the muzak played in burger restaurants with the noise music he's been creating, and break people out of their slumber. This leads to him being wanted by the police for fomenting revolution (the music is pushed over the edge by the sound of a frog being squeezed, in case you want to skip that bit). There's other stuff going on, like a guy who represents German bureaucracy being obsessed with a stripper, and a cameo from William Burroughs (the movie is based loosely on something he wrote). But it's mostly a neon-lit nightmare with an incredible soundtrack (partially by The The and Soft Cell, along with the FM Einheit noisescapes). FM's bored sort of girlfriend is played by Christiane Felscherinow, who's best known for being an underage junkie prostitute who had a book written about her which was turned into a 1981 movie, one of those that regularly appears on "what to watch if you never want to be happy again" lists. Her autobiography was made into a series on Amazon last year, which seems to have gotten good reviews too.
Quote from: Sebastian Cobb on May 21, 2022, 08:04:19 PMKilling Them Softly - neo noir with a fairly decent ensemble cast of characters. It's a story mostly about two low lifes (Ben Mendelsohn and Scoot McNeary) who get told to stick up an underground card game on the assumption the guy running it (Ray Liotta) will be fingered for it because he pulled that trick himself in the past.The on-going backdrop is Obama's inauguration and the financial crash. And the parallels between its events and the disruption this event causes in the mob, the syndicate is very organised, diplomatic and a bit squeamish around the violent ways.It was good fun, but a bit too smug and over-stylised. It did worse than it deserved to if Rotten Tomatoes reception is anything to go by.
Quote from: the science eel on May 23, 2022, 05:08:59 PMI've seen Ben Mendelsohn in three or four films now, and he's always absolutely fucking brilliant. I'm beginning to wonder if his presence in a movie is a sign that it's going to be good.
Quote from: Artie Fufkin on May 23, 2022, 04:52:06 PMSpielberg's directorial debut
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