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Re: Films

Postby pirxthepilot » Wed Jan 06, 2016 9:00 am

@oucho
i dunno m8, the conversation i most often have with artists/film makers i work with- i mean the ones i respect and can be bothered listening to- comes back to that question richter always raises, of avoiding mastery. what makes him such a defining presence for me is that he inevitably, in the studio, is a sort of living diagram of beckett's sentence: "you must go, i cant go on' etc.
and this is what all the (good) artists i work with recognise: one has to go on reaching, desiring, creating meanings and connections, while being hyper aware of the need to not fall back on received forms, not just those that come from a canon but even the forms that you might have evolved yourself as a way of working in the past. which leaves you, every time, in a stuttering, stammering, flailing place. and instead of the easy way out- attempts at mastery etc- the challenge is to think relationally, rhythmically, dynamically, to open up spaces of risk and encounter, developing holding patterns around radical uncertainty while reaching and searching for.. ways, assemblages, transcodings, build hybrids which hopefully can send out tentacles across all types of spaces.
for example on the film im doing now, even though we both (me and director, who comes from an art background) love tarkovsky, tarr etc, we are much more likely to end up talking about the camera-work of neveldene & taylor (the guys who made crank). nobody has made a camera move in the way those guys did.. like i say, its a way of reaching, of flailing, possibly failing..
tl;dr- talking about a canon of great works and dismissing stuff outside that with an appeal to some arbitrary notions of 'interest' and higher value might be a bit boring and anti-creative?
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Re: Films

Postby bels » Wed Jan 06, 2016 9:45 am

I keep buying things from Muji just like Ed Norton kept on buying things from Ikea.
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Re: Films

Postby Ques » Fri Jan 08, 2016 8:42 am

recently saw "Comrades: Almost a Love Story", which is in my opinion a shitty english translation, but whatever. really incredible and touching film. definitely cried.

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also farewell my concubine, which is now my all-time favorite movie. if you haven't yet seen it please for the love of god put down whatever you're doing load up your netflix and watch it right now

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Re: Films

Postby chilljin » Fri Jan 08, 2016 10:45 am

saw kingsman last night and really enjoyed it despite being intoxicated

going to watch hateful eight later, but man 3 hours long im pretty daunted at that, the ease of netflix has caused me to develop a fear of sitting in the cinema for a long time
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Re: Films

Postby rublev » Sat Jan 30, 2016 2:33 pm

saw carol last night and loved it although first 15/20 mins spoiled by two people behind me talking at NORMAL LEVEL like they're down the shops "what did she just say" etc, gave them the benefit of the doubt (plus a couple of long stares) before piping up with a polite remind of our location which allowed for a much smoother 100 or so minutes.

cate blanchett's 'i'm on valium i hope no one notices' performance was really good but rooney mara was hands down top of her game (all in the eyes). shot in super 16mm, hypnotic, dream like quality. at first i was a little hmmm and then bam, hit me.

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Re: Films

Postby Francks » Sat Jan 30, 2016 2:38 pm

Just noticed there was Youth in cinemas. Remember The great Beauty and it was really great to me. It's the same director.
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Re: Films

Postby ramseames » Sat Jan 30, 2016 9:40 pm



didn't see this movie (I assume it sucked) but the shots in this of the people doing mocap for the dinosaurs are hilarious
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Re: Films

Postby rublev » Sun Jan 31, 2016 11:06 am

@eufemism don't think carol is (oscar) nominated for best picture or best director?
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Re: Films

Postby edward » Fri Feb 19, 2016 6:43 pm

rublev wrote:@eufemism don't think carol is (oscar) nominated for best picture or best director?


Carol absolutely deserves to be included in the "best movies of the year" conversation, but I think the Academy likes gay characters to be dead by the time the credits roll.
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Re: Films

Postby oucho » Sat Feb 20, 2016 9:17 am

Following a brief discussion with Iliam can anyone confirm, does Satantango have to be watched in one go, or can it be watched episodically?
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Re: Films

Postby pirxthepilot » Wed Feb 24, 2016 10:36 am

@oucho/anyone planning to read 'morel', have you seen 'last year at marienbad'? such a great film

edit: trailer here. robbe-grillet said he hadn't read 'morel' when he wrote the screenplay (most likely he found the question stupid/boring) but to me it's an obvious rip off (in the best possible way)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yc6n2McMAnY
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Re: Films

Postby bels » Sun Feb 28, 2016 7:38 am

Karl liked Marienbad too apparently:

http://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/spri ... ear/chanel


blur too I guess



(I did think whilst I was watching that it would make a good music video, which in terms of thoughts is about as bad as "this painting would look good in my lounge")
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Re: Films

Postby pirxthepilot » Sun Feb 28, 2016 5:06 pm

first paragraph of that article shows what fucking idiots a lot of fashion people are, 'one of the most boring films ever made'. he probably thinks theatre is interesting.
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Re: Films

Postby Francks » Sun Feb 28, 2016 5:21 pm

@iliam just saw your comment about Youth. And now I understand the pm better. I've already watched it! (done so when I posted here actually). But let's find something else
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Re: Films

Postby dbcooper » Mon Feb 29, 2016 8:26 am

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Re: Films

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Re: Films

Postby JewTurk » Sat Mar 12, 2016 7:38 pm

Tons of Ozu films on hulu plus, bless.
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Re: Films

Postby Syeknom » Wed Mar 16, 2016 5:40 pm

Helke Sander - Nr. 1 Aus Berichten der Wach und Patrouillendienste

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Re: Films

Postby popcorn » Sat Mar 26, 2016 11:37 am

I watched Boyhood (2014). By halfway through the movie (~95 minutes) I was crusted in my own tears and laughing from a genuine place of discomfort. I thought this was the bravest, most life-affirming cinematic triumph I had ever seen. For the other half of the movie, it started to feel weighed down by how little I know about life and how much of a great scramble it is. I should watch this again when I'm not 18.

Basically: I don't think I get Boyhood? Why 100% on metacritic?
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Re: Films

Postby Syeknom » Wed Apr 27, 2016 5:20 am

Last night I watched the 2013 BFI restoration of Captain John Noel's The Epic Of Everest (1924), which he filmed during the final Everest expedition led by Mallory. I've been fascinated by these expeditions and period of history since reading Wade Davis' tremendous book Into The Silence: The Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest (2011) which I highly recommend. It was marvelous to see the first-hand footage, filmed by a hand-cranked camera at altitudes as high as 7000m. The mountain looks stunningly beautiful and the glaciers, cols, snowfields and slopes are all terrifying and magnificent in size. We're not privy to the summit attempts themselves as Noel wasn't there as a climber and there was no way to take a camera up past the final (extremely high) camp, but with telescopic lenses he's able to catch glimpses of the unsuccessful attempts (and rescues/recoveries) from great distances. The focus of the film is largely on the mountain itself rather than the team (who are barely present in the film, oddly), and the horrific conditions faced on the ascent.

The intertitles he wrote to accompany the footage are at times uninspiring (describing what we see) and others earnestly inspiring in their intent. Of particular embarrassment to anyone watching in the 21st century are his fascinated attempts at ethnography of the Tibetan locals - a subject that dominates the first third of the film while they trek across the country to reach the mountain. The schism between the condescending and exoticising attitude exhibited at the time and our own values today is very apparent, but it's extremely interesting as an insight into the perspectives of those at the extreme twilight of the age of western exploration. I'm sure audiences in England would have marveled at the footage. Indeed, Noel brought back a group of Tibetan monks to England who would perform before screenings of his film. This ended up causing a diplomatic problem for Anglo-Tibetan relations known as the Affair of the dancing Lamas.

Because there was no film footage high on the mountain and it was not known if the summit had been reached, Noel planned a total theatrical experience. The stage setting was a Tibetan courtyard with shimmering Himalayan peaks painted on the backdrop. To provide what Noel called "large doses of local colour", before the film started a group of monks was to come on stage equipped with ethnic accoutrements to perform pseudo-religious music, chanting and dance. The headline in the Daily Sketch "High Dignitaries of Tibetan Church Reach London; Bishop to dance on Stage; Music from Skulls" was not couched in terms that the Tibetan authorities would wish for. The performers were genuinely monks (despite the publicity proclaiming "seven lamas", there was in reality only one) but they were from nowhere near Mount Everest and they had been inveigled out of Tibet without permission from their superior. To the satisfaction of the press when the monks went to the London Zoo they were shown the llamas.


The BFI restoration of the film is terrific and the footage is crisp and beautiful. The soundtrack is mostly smashing but with some fairly unwelcome and jarring sound effects at times (faint sounds of mooing when Yaks are on screen for example).
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Re: Films

Postby dbcooper » Wed May 04, 2016 10:15 am

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Re: Films

Postby JtotheWhat » Fri May 06, 2016 2:14 am

Recently had the pleasure of watching a few films I really enjoyed, a couple of which I had been meaning to see for some time..

Wild Tales (Argentina, 2014)
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I had been wanting to see this for a while, and I'm assuming many/most of you have as it was nominated for an Academy Award in 2014, but this might be one of the best movies I've seen in the last couple of years. A dark comedy with a series of somewhat tragic, but ridiculous and hilarious short stories. Very well shot and easy to watch.. Re-watched it within a couple days which I never do and recommended it to everyone around me. Very enjoyable film.

The Brand New Testament ( Belgium/France, 2015)
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Very funny concept and it was written & executed better than I expected. Very enjoyable movie that I can't recommend enough.

History's Future (Netherlands, 2016)
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Very different in tone than the previous two films, but very enjoyable nonetheless. I find it hard to describe this movie, and honestly think I need to watch it again. There were some creative choices made in the editing that bothered me, but overall I really enjoyed the film and though it was filmed beautifully. I couldn't stop thinking about it for the rest of the day after I watched it which for me personally is normally the sign of a good film.
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Re: Films

Postby ramseames » Sat Jun 04, 2016 10:28 pm



who thought this was a good idea
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Re: Films

Postby oucho » Sun Jun 05, 2016 8:41 am

I watched Lucifer on mubi a few months ago and now I am really interested in Gust van den Berghe


It basically seems to be impossible to watch Lucifer or any of his other films anywhere as they only seem to be occasionally showing pretty rarely and outside of England. I guess it may show up on mubi again but I doubt it? I feel like mubi is really good, I have watched a lot of great films on it
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Re: Films

Postby plaidappendix » Tue Jun 07, 2016 5:28 pm

Two movies I watched recently were Synecdoche, New York and The Seventh Seal. I enjoyed both of them for the most part. Synecdoche was cool, at times I felt the symbolism was heavy handed, but I know there was also stuff I missed, definitely need to see it again. The Seventh Seal was the first Bergman movie I've seen, also pretty good. I definitely had a harder time with this one though probably due to it being a different language and relatively old.

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Re: Films

Postby YoungCanoeist » Tue Jun 07, 2016 6:21 pm

Yoo I saw Weiner this weekend and it was fantastic. It was a great story and it humanized Anthony Weiner in a way that has not been done in media coverage of him. I connected with him a lot. It was also hilarious.

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Re: Films

Postby rublev » Fri Dec 02, 2016 5:02 pm

rublev review roundup


9/10

this was really, really good. bit rough round the edges in places but all is forgiven. it plays out the fictitious childhood of a to-be fascist leader, the story separated into different tantrums. set at the end of WW1 in farmyard france in the winter, it looks A+ grim. what really make it is the soundtrack from scott walker. it's like shostakovich's 8th on steroids.
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scary af



6.5/10

i feel like i would have liked this more a few years ago when i was less jaded and angry. generally about gentrification of brooklyn but it has to about a failed actor and a doctor....sigh. the best parts are between the two kids, moving in and around the city, biking, on public transport etc, in a french new wave sort of way. also.... more great music.


6/10

this was okay. isabelle huppert is normally pretty watchable. if you can believe it, a major part revolves around an argument over whether they should print a new addition of a textbook on the frankfurt school and what colour the front cover should be. there's a joke about horkheimer. overall it felt a little dated.
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Re: Films

Postby oucho » Thu Sep 07, 2017 3:26 pm

so who has mubi? can we make a mubi hive mind to tell us which mubi films to watch

I'll start: we won't grow old together is really good, I watched almost all of Maurice Pialat's films in July last year and as a result can't clearly distinguish between them but I feel like this was a good one and they are all worth watching anyway. I would definitely be curious to hear what people think about sous le soleil de satan and van gogh which are coming up soon on mubi, I liked van gogh but people keep telling me it's terrible?
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Re: Films

Postby oucho » Sat Sep 09, 2017 5:21 am

I also really enjoyed the human surge which has one day left
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Re: Films

Postby 106-2 » Sun Sep 10, 2017 7:12 pm

I recently(ish) saw "A Ghost Story", David Lowery's most recent film, and felt some things about it.

A persistent issue I seem to have whilst watching more "Arthouse", or just less mainstream cinema is this constant sense of scepticism at the more unconventional elements of the filmmaking - it's as though I have to internally justify the merits of a film and convince myself on one level that a film isn't just pretentious shit. In "A Ghost Story" this mainly came from:
1. the use of an unusual aspect ratio (1.33:1)
2.very sparse, editing, with extremely long, lingering shots, used to heighten their emotional impact and develop (mostly) very believable characters.
Both of these decision really, measurably improved my appreciation of the film however even 2 or 3 weeks after having watched the film I have this doubting feeling that I forced myself to like it more than I "really" did.

Does anyone else encounter this? I find it massively frustrating because it always feels like it lessens my enjoyment of films that I, on one level, genuinely enjoyed, however I guess it probably also leads me to better clarify exactly why I haven't enjoyed films that I broadly felt were o k a y.

this turned a bit rambling but basically (I think) I really enjoyed "A Ghost Story"; both Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck ( :-| I know) put in really subtle, convincing performances and the cinematography is GORGEOUS - and this isn't even mentioning how interesting and original some of the themes explored are, would highly recommend as a film that you'll still be digesting/thinking about weeks after watching it

edit: @odradek I totally get what you're saying with 2001 - again the cinematography, mise en scene, editing etc. is stunning but a lot of it's "deeper meaning" seems pretty wooly to me so I feel a bit lukewarm to it on the whole
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