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Jinnistan wrote:
These noobs.


Anything to add?


Wed May 16, 2018 5:36 am
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Anything to add?

I hope you finally finished it.


Wed May 16, 2018 8:05 am
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Jinnistan wrote:
I hope you finally finished it.


I have!

Metropolis (1927):

Science Fiction Film
Top 250 in IMDb
Over 95% in the Tomatometer


Film is both visually superb (I think I see both Dark City and Fifth Elements in some of the scenes) and dramatically potent.

Essentially, Freder who is the son of the town's master finds himself drawn to rebel leader Maria and in his quest to get to know her better, finds himself learning about the plight of the workers who live down below. When his father more or less dismisses him, he decides to work one of the machines and joins a meeting where Maria reveals the story of the Tower of Babel and tries to look for a mediator.

Meanwhile, town master Joh starts to converse with town inventor Rotwang about a new invention he has. But he doesn't know that Rotwang might have a secret agenda that could affect everyone involved.

This is probably the best silent film I've seen and deserves every bit of the hype. It's probably a lock for my top 25 films of all time.

Grade: A+


Wed May 16, 2018 10:08 am
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Metropolis is a great example of how interpretive a film's meaning is, as Lang intended it to be a harsh criticism of the rise of mob mentality that led to Nazism only to discover that Hitler and Goebbels loved it to the point that they offered to make him an honorary Aryan and head director of propaganda.


Wed May 16, 2018 10:16 am
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And Metropolis' writer, Lang's wife Thea Von Harbou, was later a legitimate Nazi.

I've never accused Nazis for having intellectual consistency.


Wed May 16, 2018 10:51 am
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Fun Fact: The U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has, since 1997, been recommending important cultural works and documents for preservation under its Memory of the World project. Metropolis was accepted as the first film to qualify in 2001. Here's a list of a few things that were only accepted after Metropolis:

Nikola Tesla's archive
The collected works of Brahms
The Lumiere films
The Phoenician alphabet
Ingmar Bergman's archives
The Alfred Nobel Family archives
The Treaty of Tordesillas
Diaries of Anne Frank
The League of Nations archives
The Magna Carta
Song of the Nibelungs
Dutch West India Company archives
The Churchill Papers
Documents of the Nanjing Massacre
The papers of Sir Isaac Newton
Louis Pasteur's archive
Sir Edmund Hillary's archive
Gospels of Tsar Ivan Alexander

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Wed May 16, 2018 11:13 am
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ThatDarnMKS wrote:
Metropolis is a great example of how interpretive a film's meaning is, as Lang intended it to be a harsh criticism of the rise of mob mentality that led to Nazism only to discover that Hitler and Goebbels loved it to the point that they offered to make him an honorary Aryan and head director of propaganda.


Yeah, it was pretty scathing in its attacks on populism:

How the revolt led to flooding in the streets and nearly the loss of their own children. And how "Maria" nearly got burned alive by the angry mob.


Wed May 16, 2018 11:19 am
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Fun Fact: The U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has, since 1997, been recommending important cultural works and documents for preservation under its Memory of the World project. Metropolis was accepted as the first film to qualify in 2001. Here's a list of a few things that were only accepted after Metropolis:

Nikola Tesla's archive
The collected works of Brahms
The Lumiere films
The Phoenician alphabet
Ingmar Bergman's archives
The Alfred Nobel Family archives
The Treaty of Tordesillas
Diaries of Anne Frank
The League of Nations archives
The Magna Carta
Song of the Nibelungs
Dutch West India Company archives
The Churchill Papers
Documents of the Nanjing Massacre
The papers of Sir Isaac Newton
Louis Pasteur's archive
Sir Edmund Hillary's archive
Gospels of Tsar Ivan Alexander

Nice.
Good share.


Thu May 17, 2018 1:22 am
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BL wrote:
Fun Fact: The U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has, since 1997, been recommending important cultural works and documents for preservation under its Memory of the World project. Metropolis was accepted as the first film to qualify in 2001. Here's a list of a few things that were only accepted after Metropolis:

Nikola Tesla's archive
The collected works of Brahms

The Lumiere films
The Phoenician alphabet
Ingmar Bergman's archives
The Alfred Nobel Family archives
The Treaty of Tordesillas
Diaries of Anne Frank
The League of Nations archives
The Magna Carta
Song of the Nibelungs
Dutch West India Company archives
The Churchill Papers
Documents of the Nanjing Massacre
The papers of Sir Isaac Newton

Louis Pasteur's archive
Sir Edmund Hillary's archive
Gospels of Tsar Ivan Alexander


:shock: :shock:


Fri May 18, 2018 5:18 am
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My plans for the rest of this week and weekend:

Finish The Sadist (1960s film)

Complete:
Moonlight (drama)
Bringing Up Baby (B&W film, Comedy made before 1970)
The Imitation Game (Period film, Based on Book, British film, Best Picture loser)
Ghostbusters (SNL actress)
Memories of Murder (NC-17, Korean)

Which should get me most of the way there for May.


Fri May 18, 2018 5:27 am
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Memories of Murder (NC-17, Korean).


Woo! Love this one.


Fri May 18, 2018 7:33 am
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Hurry up and finish Moonlight. It's just one of the best films in recent years.


Fri May 18, 2018 7:49 am
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Hurry up and finish Moonlight. It's just one of the best films in recent years.


It will probably be on Saturday. I'm looking at knocking out Sadist and possibly one more before Bringing Up Baby that night.

Got all day Saturday to knock out Moonlight and probably Ghostbusters.


Fri May 18, 2018 10:56 am
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Well, my attempts to take out Sadist failed. But you know what didn't fail?

Bringing Up Baby

A Black and White Film; A Comedy made before 1970

On the evening before he's to wed stuffed shirt Alice Swallow (Virginia Walker), fossil expert Dr. David Huxley (Cary Grant) finds himself in quite the pickle while trying to win the favor of a mysterious donor's lawyer (George Irving). Thanks to efforts by Susan Vance (Katherine Hepburn), he not only fails to impress the lawyer but also finds himself in embarrassing situations that threaten his attempts to win a million dollar grant for his museum.

The next day, his efforts are further scalded by a leopard named Baby, a sudden trip to Connecticut, more embarrassing meetings with influential people, a pesky dog, and a stolen car. But something strange is starting to happen to her; will he feel the same way?

Some big belly laughs as a fast pace and good chemistry from Grant and Hepburn carry the day. It's notable that unlike It Happened One Night, Baby treats Susan as an equal and not a hero's glorified accessory.

One scene involving a frilly bathroom is a bit questionable and you don't understand why David is on the verge of marrying Alice.

But still, it's worth about 3.5 leopards out of 4.

NOTE: The dog George is actually played by Asta of both The Thin Man series and The Awful Truth.

Next: Working on finishing up an Arch Hall Jr. picture.


Sun May 20, 2018 5:26 am
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Apex Predator wrote:
Well, my attempts to take out Sadist failed. But you know what didn't fail?

Bringing Up Baby

A Black and White Film; A Comedy made before 1970

On the evening before he's to wed stuffed shirt Alice Swallow (Virginia Walker), fossil expert Dr. David Huxley (Cary Grant) finds himself in quite the pickle while trying to win the favor of a mysterious donor's lawyer (George Irving). Thanks to efforts by Susan Vance (Katherine Hepburn), he not only fails to impress the lawyer but also finds himself in embarrassing situations that threaten his attempts to win a million dollar grant for his museum.

The next day, his efforts are further scalded by a leopard named Baby, a sudden trip to Connecticut, more embarrassing meetings with influential people, a pesky dog, and a stolen car. But something strange is starting to happen to her; will he feel the same way?

Some big belly laughs as a fast pace and good chemistry from Grant and Hepburn carry the day. It's notable that unlike It Happened One Night, Baby treats Susan as an equal and not a hero's glorified accessory.

One scene involving a frilly bathroom is a bit questionable and you don't understand why David is on the verge of marrying Alice.

But still, it's worth about 3.5 leopards out of 4.

NOTE: The dog George is actually played by Asta of both The Thin Man series and The Awful Truth.

Yeah, this is a favorite.


Sun May 20, 2018 12:44 pm
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