FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION: films of a certain quality

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Postby Iamwhomiam » Wed Mar 11, 2020 4:53 pm

^^^ What a great cast. That's one I'll be sure to see. It looks like it will make you feel guilty for laughing.

Here's a real killer of a movie I also want to see: The Hunt. It seems to fit the times. It also looks like it will make you feel guilty for laughing.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sowGYbxTPgU

‘The Hunt’ Review: The Culture War, With Heavy Casualties

Betty Gilpin battles the snowflakes in a bloody satire of polarized America.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/11/movies/the-hunt-review.html
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Re: FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION: films of a certain quality

Postby Harvey » Mon Mar 23, 2020 8:46 pm

Costa Gavras, 1972, State of Siege.

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Postby chump » Tue Mar 31, 2020 12:28 pm

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Two thumbs for In the Shadow of the Moon, a science fiction fantasy film suggested by FourthBase around here somewhere.
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Re: FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION: films of a certain quality

Postby Harvey » Wed Apr 01, 2020 3:07 pm

A post collapse future in which all the characters are blind must have been a difficult concept to sell but such an intrinsically poweful metaphor, one could hardly fail to be intrigued by the attempt. And I think despite some minor and sporadic idiot plotting, the show delivers on its promise with enough thoughtfulness, invention and action to suit most tastes.

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Postby Harvey » Wed Apr 01, 2020 3:18 pm

Has some added resonance just now. Everyone is confined to their home, interpreting cryptic instructions relayed via their televisions.

Harvey » Sat Nov 17, 2018 12:26 am wrote:Much better than the trailer.

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Postby DrEvil » Wed Apr 01, 2020 3:34 pm

^^Might have to check out See. The two other Apple shows I've seen (For All Mankind and Mythic Quest) are both pretty good, especially For All Mankind if you're a space nerd.

A couple of other shows that should be right up the rigint alley are Project Blue Book, an X-Filesified version of the actual Project Blue Book with Aidan Gillen as J. Allen Hynek, and Devs by Alex Garland. I've only seen the first episode of Devs but got very strong Ex Machina vibes, which is a good thing.

Oh, and season 3 of Westworld has been pretty good. We finally get to see the real world, and it goes hard on the surveillance dystopia theme. It still has the annoying mind-games, but not nearly as bad as season 2 (so far at least).
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Re: FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION: films of a certain quality

Postby JackRiddler » Wed Apr 01, 2020 4:39 pm

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First Three of My Coronavirus Top Dozen

1. Melancholia, I think I posted the trailer to above? Available for $4 on Youtube.

2. The greatest filmwork of all time. Or so I've called it, many times.


https://vimeo.com/378212353

Since I first saw it in the early 90s possibly most of the people and many of the places have passed into history. Like the project housing complex that is blown up in the middle of the film, few of the factories are likely to be standing now. But the code remains exactly the same. What film has ever seen the dream as clearly?

It was interesting to view this almost 40 years after its release, and for the first time in years. Where it was once up-to-the-minute, it's clearly become a historic document of the late New Deal era, and of its way of life, atomized yet more physically public than today's society, even BC. As far as I know, K. was shot entirely within the United States in the 1970s, with some of the stock footage possibly coming from earlier atomic tests or the invasion of Vietnam. Despite this, it has lost none of its urgency and its power to describe the continuing human civilization of the present. The gentrification and "urban renewal" that followed was just the next cycle of the process it describes. It even includes a clear implication that the microchip will shortly miniaturize the human-machine symbiosis. I think it's fully contemporary. I wonder if any other film pulls that off?

Also, turns out Godfrey Reggio, the author of K., is just as gripping in person.


https://vimeo.com/128329552

3. This has definitely been posted here before, in fact I'm pretty sure I learned about it through R.I. It's sort of like a CIA lesson on insurgency and counterinsurgency, in the wake of Algeria and Vietnam, but set in Chicago. This time I noticed more than one detail that could have been nods to The Cultural Cold War -- 25 years before that book was published.

I've heard it was pulled from theaters in 1973, after two weeks and that the problem, apparently, was that it was too popular in certain neighborhoods.

Written & based on novel by Sam Greenlee, music by Herbie F-ing Hancock!


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Postby 8bitagent » Thu Apr 02, 2020 5:16 am

Not a movie, but for those who liked True Detective on HBO, HBO recently had a 10 hour mini series called "The Outsider" that was True Detective on steroids. Just got done binge watching it, felt like True Detective Season 1 to a tee, but if they went even more "Woo" and out there. Was surprised it was by Stephen King as the cosmic horror is kept to a bare minimum to the final episodes and feels like more of a serious police procedural. Its absolutely amazing tho.
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Postby DrEvil » Thu Apr 02, 2020 6:54 am

^^Yup, one of those rare good Stephen King adaptations.

Should probably throw in a warning that it involves the murder of children, and they don't shy away from showing the results, although briefly.
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Re: FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION: films of a certain quality

Postby Harvey » Thu Apr 02, 2020 9:11 am

Jack, a wonderful interview and introduction to the man. Thanks.

One of my all time favourite stories about story:

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Re: FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION: films of a certain quality

Postby Harvey » Mon Apr 20, 2020 3:42 pm

JackRiddler » Wed Apr 01, 2020 9:39 pm wrote:.

First Three of My Coronavirus Top Dozen

1. Melancholia, I think I posted the trailer to above? Available for $4 on Youtube.

2. The greatest filmwork of all time. Or so I've called it, many times.


https://vimeo.com/378212353

Since I first saw it in the early 90s possibly most of the people and many of the places have passed into history. Like the project housing complex that is blown up in the middle of the film, few of the factories are likely to be standing now. But the code remains exactly the same. What film has ever seen the dream as clearly?

It was interesting to view this almost 40 years after its release, and for the first time in years. Where it was once up-to-the-minute, it's clearly become a historic document of the late New Deal era, and of its way of life, atomized yet more physically public than today's society, even BC. As far as I know, K. was shot entirely within the United States in the 1970s, with some of the stock footage possibly coming from earlier atomic tests or the invasion of Vietnam. Despite this, it has lost none of its urgency and its power to describe the continuing human civilization of the present. The gentrification and "urban renewal" that followed was just the next cycle of the process it describes. It even includes a clear implication that the microchip will shortly miniaturize the human-machine symbiosis. I think it's fully contemporary. I wonder if any other film pulls that off?

Also, turns out Godfrey Reggio, the author of K., is just as gripping in person.


https://vimeo.com/128329552

3. This has definitely been posted here before, in fact I'm pretty sure I learned about it through R.I. It's sort of like a CIA lesson on insurgency and counterinsurgency, in the wake of Algeria and Vietnam, but set in Chicago. This time I noticed more than one detail that could have been nods to The Cultural Cold War -- 25 years before that book was published.

I've heard it was pulled from theaters in 1973, after two weeks and that the problem, apparently, was that it was too popular in certain neighborhoods.

Written & based on novel by Sam Greenlee, music by Herbie F-ing Hancock!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BynXfREPG8


I've finally seen all three, and a few of his later films besides. Looking at some old journals I'd noted the name Koyaanisqatsi quite a few times over the years, often against an asterisk or two (the more asterisks the more urgent the perceived need to track whatever it was down.)

Anyway, thanks for providing the motivation to do so. As it turned out I'd already encountered Reggio in the form of his most direct artistic offspring, Ron Fricke (Baraka, Chronos, Samsara) which led me to re-watch those too. Having done that, while Fricke's films expand on the themes and form a complementary body of work, which is a considerable work in and of of itself, Koyaanisqatsi is something much more.

The intense focus. The breadth. The drive. The marriage of media and intent! The beauty and the nausea! Not least the strange synergy between the film and the music of composer Philip Glass. I greatly enjoyed his most recent film Visitors, too. It feels as though here, Reggio is doing his thing while in dialogue with critics and the response to his earlier work, peers and followers, the now and the future, a rare balancing act.

The openness of his method is itself breathtaking and enjoyable for the audience, creating rich fusions and associations between things. I found myself musing on so many things at once, just one example, the relative effort and imagination spared to provide living spaces for workers, prompted by looking at derelict concrete canyons in the films and living just down the road from one of the original 'garden cities' of Port Sunlight.

I almost forgot to mention, another completely different documentary sprang to mind, of comparable impact but differnet method and effect entirely. The Pearl Button.

EDIT: I've removed the link to the Koyaanisqatsi on youtube: The whole things plays in reverse!
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Postby JackRiddler » Mon Apr 20, 2020 11:02 pm

That's pretty heavy, that my little reminder provided the motivation for you to watch the full set of films. Am humbled and pleased. Now give me 18 days to get to your recommendations, of course you are to be trusted that they will be worthwhile.
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Re: FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION: films of a certain quality

Postby Harvey » Tue Apr 21, 2020 7:24 am

That's pretty heavy, that my little reminder provided the motivation for you to watch the full set of films.


There's no burden, it was our pleasure, I watched them all with my partner and she is equally delighted to have discovered the films of Godfrey Reggio. Thanks again.

of course you are to be trusted that they will be worthwhile.


Trust no one. :wink

If you never saw it, an extremely enjoyable historical drama/revenge tragedy, Taboo.

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