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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby joels344 » 21 Jul 2017, 12:50

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Valley of the Bees is the third film in František Vláčil's historical trilogy, which also includes The Devil's Trap, and the highly ambitious and innovative masterpiece, Marketa Lazarová. With this film, Vláčil utilizes a more straightforward narrative structure and classical filmmaking approach to tell the story. Visually the film is just as stunning as Marketa Lazarová, but operates in a more subtle manner with its gorgeous pastoral landscapes shots mixed among the grim and realistically portrayed medieval culture. What the film may lack in overall ambition, it makes up for in confident direction, transportive visuals, engaging storytelling, and unique characterization. Valley of the Bees is a must watch for fans of pure cinema. 4.5/5.

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Matt Wilson » 22 Jul 2017, 19:14

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In Cold Blood

Absolutely riveting film version of Capote's novel. I've always loved it, but I never fully appreciated it until I saw Criterion's blu last night. One of the best crime pictures ever made.
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Postby Davey the Fat Boy » 23 Jul 2017, 09:03

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Fantastic Nicholas Ray noir. Not sure why this one isn't mentioned more.
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Postby Goat Boy » 23 Jul 2017, 17:05

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I remember this being marketed as a "Welsh Trainspotting" obviously because it's "provincial" and contains drugs. All of the characters are crude and stupid and the main brothers are horrible and totally unsympathetic (they even chop a dogs head off). A stupid, grotty little movie.

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Postby The Modernist » 23 Jul 2017, 19:23

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I remember this being marketed as a "Welsh Trainspotting" obviously because it's "provincial" and contains drugs. All of the characters are crude and stupid and the main brothers are horrible and totally unsympathetic (they even chop a dogs head off). A stupid, grotty little movie.

The 90s were terrible for British film


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Postby ^^^^^ great post. Thank you. » 24 Jul 2017, 16:29

We've been watching Northern Exposure from the start. I think I got into it much later on, so I had never seen all these early episodes.
It has a fabulous feel to it. I can't really explain what I mean. It's just immensely enjoyable.
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Postby Darkness_Fish » 24 Jul 2017, 17:04

TL;DR wrote:We've been watching Northern Exposure from the start. I think I got into it much later on, so I had never seen all these early episodes.
It has a fabulous feel to it. I can't really explain what I mean. It's just immensely enjoyable.

Probably my all-time favourite American tv show. I haven't watched it since it was originally shown, in case my memory of it is playing tricks on me, or it's dated badly. I remember it being slightly off-kilter and surreal, but very warm-hearted with it all.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Goat Boy » 25 Jul 2017, 10:14

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American Hustle

I enjoyed this a lot. The performances are great (Jennifer Lawrence is a real talent), the story has twists and turns but it’s not too complex that you can’t follow it and it has style with moments of depth and real heart.
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Postby Matt Wilson » 25 Jul 2017, 15:21

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Hell and High Water

A Samuel Fuller Cold War/comic book picture from the '50s with Richard Widmark as the captain of a Submarine. Early Cinemascope film with laughable dialogue but tense sequences. A blind purchase.
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Postby Samoan » 25 Jul 2017, 16:23

Darkness_Fish wrote:
TL;DR wrote:We've been watching Northern Exposure from the start. I think I got into it much later on, so I had never seen all these early episodes.
It has a fabulous feel to it. I can't really explain what I mean. It's just immensely enjoyable.

Probably my all-time favourite American tv show. I haven't watched it since it was originally shown, in case my memory of it is playing tricks on me, or it's dated badly. I remember it being slightly off-kilter and surreal, but very warm-hearted with it all.

I loved that show which had a cult following when it was first screened here in the 90's.
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Postby pcqgod » 26 Jul 2017, 16:55

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The Big Sick (2017)

Essentially the true-life story of the relationship between actor/comic Kumail Nanjiani and writer Emily V. Gordon, this movie is alternately funny and sad, adequately conveying the awkwardness of relationships in general and in particular this one, complicated by the fact that Nanjiani comes from a traditional Pakistani family where arranged marriage is the norm.

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Wonder Woman (2017)

This movie had a lot going for it; terrific action, comedy, charming leads in Gal Gadot and Chris Pine, and the WWI setting gives it a real world gravitas often missing from superhero films. The climax is one of those typical things with a bunch of cgi characters flying around, so I felt a bit let down at the end, but this is still worth a watch if you like the character or comic book films in general.

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Baby Driver (2017)

The thing that I really liked about this movie is how a romance story straight out of a musical is grafted onto the action/crime story. If it was just fast cars and stunts I wouldn't have cared.
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Postby Goat Boy » 27 Jul 2017, 11:08

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Crooklyn – Spike Lee

There isn’t much plot - it’s basically a series of anecdotes set in 1970s Brooklyn – but there doesn’t really need to be. It has a naturalistic charm, some good performances (especially from the kids) and it feels authentic in a way that’s lots of period movies about childhood don’t. The 70s soul/funk soundtrack is, of course great too. You might say it’s a bit gratuitous but the movie works as a nostalgic recollection of a bygone era where kids still play in the street and neighbours still know each other. Perhaps that’s a rose tinted view but so what?
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Snarfyguy » 27 Jul 2017, 17:54

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King Cobra (USA 2016)

I don't know what it's a sign of that the likes of Christian Slater, Alicia Silverstone and Molly Ringwald appear in this no-budget g*y sexploitation romp: either they're such has-beens that they'll take any work they can get or that their collective stature is what's needed to get a production like this made in the first place. James Franco's presence actually makes more sense - he loves this kind of splashy, transgressive ridiculousness.

To call it "lurid" is a massive understatement; indeed, the whole point of the exercise often seems to be a massive excuse to wallow in soft-core p**n: even when the characters aren't making p**n, they're having s*x in scenes that are basically indistinguishable from the p**n scenes they create and perform in.

Otherwise, it's a movie with two plot strands that are dramatically out of step with each other, tonally. There's a marginal amount of actual characterization amid the cartoonish antics, but it really doesn't go deep enough, so to speak. :oops:
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Matt Wilson » 27 Jul 2017, 18:31

LOL! How could you have possibly thought that film would be good, though?
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Postby The Great Defector » 27 Jul 2017, 18:33

I really don't like James Franco, but I can't figure out why.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Snarfyguy » 27 Jul 2017, 18:44

Matt Wilson wrote:LOL! How could you have possibly thought that film would be good, though?

I didn't really think it would be "good," but I thought it might be more entertaining than it turned out to be. Wishful thinking, clearly.

Tell me you've never watched a sleazy exploitation movie, Matt!

(Perhaps a contrast with Spring Breakers - which I thought was junk cinema done right* - is in order.)


* at least, it had sexy girls in it. :oops:
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Matt Wilson » 27 Jul 2017, 18:48

In terms of exploitation flicks, I have a soft spot for '60s/'70s biker films. I honestly can't see myself watching something from the 21st Century with Christian Slater, Molly Ringwald, and Alicia Silverstone in it - much less when the subject is porn. :lol:

But, to each his own, right?
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Darkness_Fish » 28 Jul 2017, 09:39

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Most critics paint this film as heavily influenced by Hitchcock's Vertigo, but in all honesty I don't see it that way. Ok, it has the question of the lead character's identity at the heart of the film, but it's also much more grounded (no pun intended). In parts it feels as much like a documentary of working class Shanghai life, as it does a romance/mystery, and it is absolutely unromantic in the view it takes of city life alongside the eponymous waterway. Really well-paced, and even though the film can only really end in one of two ways, it still feels like a genuine emotional wrench every time.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Matt Wilson » 28 Jul 2017, 16:25

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Lost in America

I'm not a huge Albert Brooks fan, but I do appreciate some of his better films, this being one of them. A riff on the Easy Rider ethos of dropping out of society once you've got a little money. I saw this back when it came out and maybe once or twice since then. I dunno, Brooks can be irritating to me rather than funny, but enough gags in this picture work for it to warrant a purchase. Actually, I like Brooks in other people's movies such as Taxi Driver, Broadcast News, and Drive.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Sneehosifatz » 28 Jul 2017, 17:22

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