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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Jeemo » 26 Dec 2017, 07:15

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Davey the Fat Boy » 26 Dec 2017, 18:57

Matt Wilson wrote:* Does no BCBer even know who Sam Fuller is? Snee? Shakes head, sadly...


Of course! Didn’t we talk about him a few years ago in reference to White Dog?
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Matt Wilson » 26 Dec 2017, 19:05

Davey the Fat Boy wrote:
Matt Wilson wrote:* Does no BCBer even know who Sam Fuller is? Snee? Shakes head, sadly...


Of course! Didn’t we talk about him a few years ago in reference to White Dog?


You could have, but I've never seen that film so I wasn't a part of the conversation.

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Jeemo » 26 Dec 2017, 19:20

Matt Wilson wrote:
Davey the Fat Boy wrote:
Matt Wilson wrote:* Does no BCBer even know who Sam Fuller is? Snee? Shakes head, sadly...


Of course! Didn’t we talk about him a few years ago in reference to White Dog?


You could have, but I've never seen that film so I wasn't a part of the conversation.


There was a documentary on Fuller filmed during the making of this. Took me years to finally see the film.
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Postby Davey the Fat Boy » 26 Dec 2017, 19:25

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A slight but sweet Truffaut comedy. The third installment of the Antoine Doinel saga. Particularly interesting at this time in light of modern gender politics. It’s interesting how much agency Truffaut’s women have compared to the women in American films of the time. It’s also interesting watching Jean Pierre-Leaud’s Doinel slowly and cautiously approach self-awareness.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Darkness_Fish » 26 Dec 2017, 21:21

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The 2006 remake, rather than the vastly superior original. You have to say though, whatever it lacks in suspense, and sense, it certainly isn't lacking in genuine unpleasantness.
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Postby Jeemo » 26 Dec 2017, 22:51

Finally got around to seeing Baby Driver, total waste of time and talent.
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Postby Geezee » 27 Dec 2017, 14:58

Jeemo wrote:Finally got around to seeing Baby Driver, total waste of time and talent.


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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Darkness_Fish » 29 Dec 2017, 22:23

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Finally got round to watching this, and frankly I think it was pretty much what I expected, but a bit worse. I guess if I hadn't read Porno, I might not be as disappointed (not that the book is particularly good), but knowing the mood and plot of that work, this seems to be a very much sanitised version, almost made for TV, and it seems to have a desperate need to be sentimental and nostalgic.

It's stylish/stylised, and I guess enjoyable enough. But it feels a bit cheap, relying on past glories to get away with something insubstantial and a bit confused.
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Postby Darkness_Fish » 01 Jan 2018, 19:08

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Picked this pretty much at random while trying to find the usual weekend horror film to chat through, and was really quite impressed. It doesn't do anything particularly original, a found-footage horror-flick following the set-up of a Halloween-night haunted house attraction in an abandoned hotel. But what it does do, is do the unoriginal really well. No CGI (so far as I noticed, and I normally do), no pointless jump-scares, just understated creepiness which properly freaks the cast out.
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Postby Tonto Papadopoulos » 01 Jan 2018, 23:24

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Loved it. Blubbed like a baby.
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Postby the masked man » 02 Jan 2018, 00:28

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The Hourglass Sanitorium

Have you ever watched a film where you felt that a lack of understanding of the culture it comes from is a serious problem? This was the case with this colourful Polish fantasy directed by Wojciech Has in the early 70s. Based on the writings of Bruno Schulz, a Polish writer of Jewish heritage who was killed during WWII, this is a picaresque tale that frequently lost me. The set-up was good - a man takes a bleak train journey to visit a sanatorium where his father is dying. Yet, once inside the institution, he finds that the normal rules of time are suspended and that he is re-visiting his own past in a fantastical manner. He flits from scene to scene, finding his father, an eccentric ornithologist, let loose in an attic. He also spars with a teenage philatelist, who may possibly be a youthful version of himself.

There is some humour here, and a lot of oddness. The film also has serious reflections on the Holocaust (and more general warfare) at times, and these are the film's best moments. Yet I rarely felt this was more than the sum of the parts, and I feel the problem could be mine. I was actually reminded of films Fellini made in the 70s and 80s after his imperial phase had ended, in that it was always imaginatively staged yet somehow failed to really move me. Still, if you like Buñuel or Gilliam, you are likely to find this film diverting.

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Postby Snarfyguy » 02 Jan 2018, 21:29

^^^ That sounds intriguing, thanks!

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This has been playing in the background at Snarfy Manor for a while now. It appears to be some kind of stoner movie for children.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Goat Boy » 02 Jan 2018, 21:39

I walked out of that Polish film :lol:
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Matt Wilson » 03 Jan 2018, 02:48

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The Hospital
Black comedy by Paddy Chayefsky written a few years before Network (which shares many similar plot elements). George C Scott gives one of his signature performances (and the last of his four nominated ones) and Diana Rigg is on hand as a too-young love interested. Much of it prescient, it nonetheless is more interesting than funny.

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Darkness_Fish » 03 Jan 2018, 20:49

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Tom's doing some Greek mythology at school, so why not introduce him to the classics, Harryhausen style. Whatever anyone says, I still much prefer stop-motion to CGI, any day.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby pcqgod » 04 Jan 2018, 19:50

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Lady Bird (2017)

Saoirse Ronan plays what I imagine is a typical American Catholic school senior; she's somewhat rebellious, tries to be a bad-ass to hit it off with "cool" students, tries hard to be an individual (going so far as insisting that she be called by her self-chosen nickname), is rather insensitive at times, mediocre student, wants to go to a college far from home to get away from her mom who is a total drag -- at least in her teenage mind. You could criticize this comedy/drama by saying that it falls into the pattern of some dramatic character clash/falling out being defused by a light comic moment, or by its embrace of conservative values, but Ronan's performance is so charming that you can't help rooting for her and loving the journey her character takes.
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Postby PENK » 04 Jan 2018, 20:17

pcqgod wrote:Saoirse Ronan plays what I imagine is a typical American Catholic school senior; she's somewhat rebellious, tries to be a bad-ass to hit it off with "cool" students, tries hard to be an individual (going so far as insisting that she be called by her self-chosen nickname), is rather insensitive at times, mediocre student, wants to go to a college far from home to get away from her mom who is a total drag

... is 23 years old...
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby pcqgod » 05 Jan 2018, 02:22

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pcqgod wrote:Saoirse Ronan plays what I imagine is a typical American Catholic school senior; she's somewhat rebellious, tries to be a bad-ass to hit it off with "cool" students, tries hard to be an individual (going so far as insisting that she be called by her self-chosen nickname), is rather insensitive at times, mediocre student, wants to go to a college far from home to get away from her mom who is a total drag

... is 23 years old...


I'd have figured older as it seems I've been seeing her in theatrical releases for years and years now. Completely believable as a teenager and as an American, however.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Matt Wilson » 05 Jan 2018, 15:55

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