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The Shop on Main Street - 8/10 - Czechoslovakian Best Foreign Film Oscar winner of 1965. This concerns a somewhat apathetic but amiable carpenter named Tono Brtko plying his trade during WWII in a small town in the Slovak state. The local Fascists are implementing an Aryanization programme in which local Jewish businesses are basically confiscated and turned over to "Aryanizers" or non Jews. Tono's brother-in-law is a highly placed official in the local Fascist party and offers Tono a store owned by an 85 year old woman named Rozália Lautmannová. She's hard of hearing and mostly oblivious to the impending darkness befalling her community. Tono's friend and anti-Fascist Imrich Kuchar explains to him that the old widow's store doesn't turn a profit and is dependent on donations from the local Jewish community. He tells the mild mannered Tono that they will pay him a weekly stipend if he agrees to oversee the shop and keep it out of the hands of what might be an unsympathetic overseer. The two seemingly disparate characters strike up a friendship of sorts which makes the impending cataclysm all the more heartbreaking. Jozef Kroner and Ida Kaminska, who play Tono and Rozalia respectively, are pitch perfect in their roles. The outcome is, of course, predetermined which adds a final layer of tragedy to the proceedings.
This is a really phenomenal film, although I should revisit it sometime (it's been years). The mid-60s were a high time for Czechoslovak films -- Closely Watched Trains nabbed the Foreign Picture Oscar two years after this one. They haven't gotten nearly the attention they deserve since then.
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Re: Recently Seen

Post by Wooley » Thu Jan 09, 2020 8:17 pm

Popcorn Reviews wrote:
Thu Jan 09, 2020 4:35 pm
Maybe I might marathon the Mad Max films as well this weekend.
I have been planning a MM Marathon for about 9 months for my peeps but we haven't been able to get a good date for 8 hours of movie watching.
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Re: Recently Seen

Post by Wooley » Thu Jan 09, 2020 8:19 pm

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Thunderdome just has too many fun ideas for me. The neat idea of Max going from one matriarch to the other (Auntie to Savannah Nix). The idea of this film's "prize" being knowledge instead of oil, which is teased with Savannah talking about the "knowin'" and how important it is to "do the tell" (which contrasts with Auntie building up her community in her own image). Auntie's community not subtly being built on top of shit.

IIRC, one of Miller's collaborators died between films, and Miller brought in another director to help complete the film, which explains why the flick is a bit schizophrenic.

But even so, with the film not hanging together, it's one of those where I love to rewatch because I know there's always something daffy and fun coming up next. The "give up your weapons" scene, or Auntie cueing the musician to background her narrative, or the film having the balls to kill a couple of the kids in quicksand, or the insane Looney Tunes moment where Ironbar twists his body over those pylons just in time for the one kid to straight-up hacksaw him off. Laughing just thinking about it.

Also, the quotes! "Bust a deal, face the wheel." "Two men enter, one man leave." "Dyin' time's here..." "Captain Walker!" "Ain't we a pair, Raggedy Man?"
Yes.
The last one, in the context of the moment, is probably my favorite line of the entire series.
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Re: Recently Seen

Post by Apex Predator » Thu Jan 09, 2020 8:46 pm

Mad Max: B-
Beyond Thunderdome: C+

Haven't seen the others. Thanks to Family Video closing, it might be years before I get to.
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Re: Recently Seen

Post by Takoma1 » Thu Jan 09, 2020 9:18 pm

Wooley wrote:
Thu Jan 09, 2020 6:03 am
Mad Max - 10/10
Interesting. See, even having had a day to think about it, I think that the film is still a bit lopsided, and that it doesn't entirely pull off the balance between the personal lives of the characters and the story it's trying to tell about the gang. It's like (prepare for too on-the-nose analogy) watching a slow motion car crash. The inevitable moment that the gang and Max's family come together in a tragic way.

Interestingly, one of my complaints about violence-revenge films (more with rape-revenge, but generally the revenge genre) is that too often the film lingers (in my opinion) too long on the suffering and crime. But here I almost felt the opposite. There are 93 minutes in the film, and 10 of them are the part where he's going after the gang.

I'm trying to decide how I feel about it. Because the revenge is incredibly abrupt. In a way I kind of like it because that's probably true to real life. There's no need for his revenge to be overly elaborate or to play it out over a long time. He finds them. He kills them. Check, check, check. Many of the deaths are very impersonal. Roll credits.

I guess that something I keep coming back to is the fact that I wish Jessie had been more interesting. I didn't dislike her, but I also didn't really connect with her. And, like I said earlier, there were many moments where I felt annoyed at the lack of care she showed for herself and for her child. When we first meet her, she's serenading Max and their baby on her saxophone. I wish that there had been more moments like that because I swear I don't remember anything specific that she said or did from that point on, aside from stuff I felt wasn't that smart. I think that more understanding of her internal process and the way that she and Max have agreed to navigate the changing world around them would have gone a long way.

I would probably give it like a 7/10. I think that I admired more than enjoyed a lot of what it was doing.
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Re: Recently Seen

Post by Popcorn Reviews » Thu Jan 09, 2020 9:39 pm

Wooley wrote:
Thu Jan 09, 2020 8:17 pm
I have been planning a MM Marathon for about 9 months for my peeps but we haven't been able to get a good date for 8 hours of movie watching.
Yeah, I've tried scheduling movie nights with my college friends in the past, but it's too difficult to find time for them.
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Post by LEAVES » Thu Jan 09, 2020 10:05 pm

Macrology wrote:
Thu Jan 09, 2020 8:06 pm
This is a really phenomenal film, although I should revisit it sometime (it's been years). The mid-60s were a high time for Czechoslovak films -- Closely Watched Trains nabbed the Foreign Picture Oscar two years after this one. They haven't gotten nearly the attention they deserve since then.
All the worst ones about the Hollocaust have, though. True to arthouse misery porn expectations, unfortunately.
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Hollocaust tm
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Re: Recently Seen

Post by Captain Terror » Fri Jan 10, 2020 3:25 am

Wooley wrote:
Thu Jan 09, 2020 3:25 pm
I was very down on Thunderdome for years. Very. I wouldn't watch it. I hated the kids all my life, thought it was pandering to the Spielberg crowd, throwing in some Goonies or whatever.
And I hated Tina Turner in this for at least a decade.
So you've correctly identified most of my problems here, with the difference being that you've come to terms with them. Don't forget to add Mel's mullet to that list, though.
Wooley wrote:
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But try and go back and watch it with fresh eyes and a clear mind and see if it doesn't deliver more than you remember.
I bought the OT on bluray around the time Fury Road came out, so my last viewing is recent enough. I mean, I'm fond of Thunderdome in the same way I'm fond of Rocky III or Return of the Jedi.
I guess I was just getting hung up on some of the ratings yall were giving it. 8/10 is a bit much for me.
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Savannah talking about the "knowin'" and how important it is to "do the tell"
Oh man, all of that gets on my nerves so bad. "Tommorow-morrow land"? Just shoot me! :)
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Also, the quotes! "Bust a deal, face the wheel." "Two men enter, one man leave." "Dyin' time's here..." "Captain Walker!" "Ain't we a pair, Raggedy Man?"
Yeah, I'll go along with that. And let's be clear: Tina Turner is an awesome lady that I hold no ill will towards, but 1984/85 is the only point in history where she would've been given a role like this, so her presence is just a distracting piece of stunt-casting for me. And don't get me started on "We Don't Need Another Hero". Yikes.

Ironbar always makes me laugh, Master/Blaster is cool, and the railroad chase is great. Again, I don't hate the movie, I just thought some of the ratings were too high.




Also-- One thing I really appreciate about the entire series is that Miller never went the Lucas route and tried to get too clever with this stuff. No prequels explaining how society got to this point, no reveals that Humungus was really Max's long lost brother, etc. Every film was a separate incident, just another week in Max's life.
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Re: Recently Seen

Post by crumbsroom » Fri Jan 10, 2020 4:19 am

Upon finishing a rewatch of Mad Max I've definitely undervalued it in a couple of ways. It's much richer visually than I initially remembered and the cock teasing it does with its world building works well, giving hints of things well beyond the scope of what we actually see as an audience. I think the fact it was the last of the original trilogy I ever saw always worked against it. It is considerably lower key than the others, but knowing that going in, much more appreciation can be had

I do think Tak is right though in that it's narrative doesn't quite earn how it finishes. And that is taking into account that I believe that Max's revenge is meant to be anti-climactic. All of the charcters here, including Max, are mostly shadows, and even if the message is that revenge is an empty pursuit, it's hard to feel that emptiness when general emotional investment is kept at arms length to begin with.

I will say in that I don't quite get Tak's complaint about the wife's 'stupid' decisions. Going for ice cream by her self etc. I don't see it that way at all. This is a world full of threat, but one these characters have acclimatized to. As human's ultimately do in the most extreme environments. Not that these sort of things really affect my problems with movies one way or the other most often, but just mentioning because I'm not quite getting that gripe.

As for Captain's bafflement at the decent Thunderdome grades, I get it. I struggled with how to rate it myself. It has lots I really dislike. The only things I dislike in the entire Max universe are in this film. About 45 minutes worth. But I generally find if a film gives me enough good will to coast on, I will overlook an abundance of flaws and irritations. And what it gives me in the opening stretch is way more than enough for me to basically forget the rest of the movie exists.
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Post by Captain Terror » Fri Jan 10, 2020 4:28 am

crumbsroom wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2020 4:19 am
And what it gives me in the opening stretch is way more than enough for me to basically forget the rest of the movie exists.
Remind me what goes on in the stretch you're referring to. I'm struggling to remember the order in which everything happens.
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Captain Terror wrote:
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So you've correctly identified most of my problems here, with the difference being that you've come to terms with them. Don't forget to add Mel's mullet to that list, though.
Captain Terror's top 3 movies:

1) Prom Night
2) Slumber Party Massacre 2
3) Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

In a way, their own trilogy.
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Re: Recently Seen

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Captain Terror wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2020 4:28 am
Remind me what goes on in the stretch you're referring to. I'm struggling to remember the order in which everything happens.
Anything to do with the kids.
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EDIT

Everything to do with the kids
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Captain Terror wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2020 4:28 am
Remind me what goes on in the stretch you're referring to. I'm struggling to remember the order in which everything happens.
Been a while to nail down the exact times, but the Thunderdome should be in the first 45 minutes.

After that is when they go Beyond Thunderdome.
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Rock wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2020 4:30 am
Captain Terror's top 3 movies:

1) Prom Night
2) Slumber Party Massacre 2
3) Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

In a way, their own trilogy.
What a wonderful evening that would be

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Post by undinum » Fri Jan 10, 2020 4:36 am

Prom Night 4
Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II 8
Prom Night III: The Last Kiss 5
Prom Night IV: Deliver Us From Evil 3
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crumbsroom wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2020 4:30 am
Anything to do with the kids.
I think my question was unclear. I was referring to the opening stretch that you like. That's where thunderdome happens, right?
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Re: Recently Seen

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Captain Terror wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2020 4:47 am
I think my question was unclear. I was referring to the opening stretch that you like. That's where thunderdome happens, right?
Yes, all Thunderdome

And some dessert
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Re: Recently Seen

Post by Captain Terror » Fri Jan 10, 2020 5:10 am

Rock wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2020 4:30 am
Slumber Party Massacre 2
I'll have the lyrics to We Don't Need Another Hero tattooed on my forearms before I ever watch that again!
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Captain Terror wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2020 5:10 am
I'll have the lyrics to We Don't Need Another Hero tattooed on my forearms before I ever watch that again!
Why not do both?
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Also, anyone else not care for the Souvenir? I liked the aesthetic of the piece but found the relationship it centered around to be shallow, unsurprising and uninteresting. Maybe it's because I've never dated an addict that I didn't really connect to it but I didn't find a single element of redeeming value or even seduction in the boyfriend character. Everything about him, from the physical to his pretense made the man a repellant presence long before his self destructive elements kicked in. Because of that, it just felt like a slog in order to come to an inevitable and obvious conclusion.
Somewhat of a late response but
I think we're supposed to find the boyfriend character to be somewhat repellent. The Souvenir is clearly based on Joanna Hogg's own history and it seems like she is somewhat judging her previous self, for a lack of a better word. The main character is clearly presented as someone who grew up in some kind of a bubble, who doesn't really have any real life experience to speak of. The self-destructive behavior of her boyfriend brings a worldly quality to her world that was never there before. She thinks he is challenging her intellectually, while most of the time he is just being a dick. It's something that at that age, at that point in her life, she thought was attractive. And through this movie it seems like Hogg is looking back at that period of her life with puzzlement but still with a sympathetic eye.
I never dated an addict, or knew anyone who did, but I know so many people, especially young women, who were (or still are) in relationships they had no business being in, that were obviously not good for them, but still continued with them and allowed themselves to get hurt repeatedly. Because at that age you don't always know what's good for you, and you think the pain is just part of it.
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Re: Recently Seen

Post by Wooley » Fri Jan 10, 2020 12:03 pm

Takoma1 wrote:
Thu Jan 09, 2020 9:18 pm
Interesting. See, even having had a day to think about it, I think that the film is still a bit lopsided, and that it doesn't entirely pull off the balance between the personal lives of the characters and the story it's trying to tell about the gang. It's like (prepare for too on-the-nose analogy) watching a slow motion car crash. The inevitable moment that the gang and Max's family come together in a tragic way.

Interestingly, one of my complaints about violence-revenge films (more with rape-revenge, but generally the revenge genre) is that too often the film lingers (in my opinion) too long on the suffering and crime. But here I almost felt the opposite. There are 93 minutes in the film, and 10 of them are the part where he's going after the gang.

I'm trying to decide how I feel about it. Because the revenge is incredibly abrupt. In a way I kind of like it because that's probably true to real life. There's no need for his revenge to be overly elaborate or to play it out over a long time. He finds them. He kills them. Check, check, check. Many of the deaths are very impersonal. Roll credits.

I guess that something I keep coming back to is the fact that I wish Jessie had been more interesting. I didn't dislike her, but I also didn't really connect with her. And, like I said earlier, there were many moments where I felt annoyed at the lack of care she showed for herself and for her child. When we first meet her, she's serenading Max and their baby on her saxophone. I wish that there had been more moments like that because I swear I don't remember anything specific that she said or did from that point on, aside from stuff I felt wasn't that smart. I think that more understanding of her internal process and the way that she and Max have agreed to navigate the changing world around them would have gone a long way.

I would probably give it like a 7/10. I think that I admired more than enjoyed a lot of what it was doing.
Heading to work, I'll have more to say later, but before I forget I wanted to make the point that this movie gets a 10/10 for me despite possibly not having great balance because it was so special in its moment, such a unique vision in the sub-genre it seemed to almost create, and its highs so high for its time and budget, that it simply blows any shortcomings away. When I saw it, and even though I was young, I saw everything because my parents didn't understand how cable worked in 1981 when we got it, it was so intense and riveting and also bizarre and as I said, unique with its world building, there was really just nothing like it until, really more after The Road Warrior I think, it became so heavily copied it seemed like every sci-fi actioner that came out was trying to ape it in some way or another, whether it be tone, design, content, even just the costumes. And when Max fires up the Interceptor for the last time with nothing to lose, as a young male, I swear it was like nothing I'd felt in cinema before. Suddenly I didn't want to be Luke Skywalker, I wanted to be Max, which is a grim but fascinating transformation. Especially when he throws Johnny The Boy the saw and tells him he can't cut through the handcuff chain before the car blows up but he can cut through his own leg and the just drives off. It was a level of badassery I had not yet seen on screen but would be copied thousands and thousands of times.
Australians sure know how to make a badass low-budget movie and George Miller sure knew how to build an entire world.
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Some research on my part revealed that We Don't Need Another Hero was co-written by Terry Britten, who wrote songs for The Pirate Movie. Everything makes sense now.
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Post by Wooley » Fri Jan 10, 2020 4:19 pm

Captain Terror wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2020 2:39 pm
Some research on my part revealed that We Don't Need Another Hero was co-written by Terry Britten, who wrote songs for The Pirate Movie. Everything makes sense now.
I love The Pirate Movie.

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I love The Pirate Movie.
I remembered a few of us bonding over that one, which is why I brought it up. Pretty sure Crumbs was in that number as well.

Let the record show that I actually didn't like the Pirate Movie, but my slightly-older neighbor had the hots for Chris Atkins so I was forced to sit through almost-daily viewings of it on cable. I would have preferred to watch higher-quality films like Megaforce, personally.
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Post by Takoma1 » Fri Jan 10, 2020 10:03 pm

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I do think Tak is right though in that it's narrative doesn't quite earn how it finishes. And that is taking into account that I believe that Max's revenge is meant to be anti-climactic. All of the charcters here, including Max, are mostly shadows, and even if the message is that revenge is an empty pursuit, it's hard to feel that emptiness when general emotional investment is kept at arms length to begin with.
Yes, this is what I meant. We see the family plenty, but I didn't feel like I bonded with them enough for how I should have felt in the last act.
I will say in that I don't quite get Tak's complaint about the wife's 'stupid' decisions. Going for ice cream by her self etc. I don't see it that way at all. This is a world full of threat, but one these characters have acclimatized to. As human's ultimately do in the most extreme environments. Not that these sort of things really affect my problems with movies one way or the other most often, but just mentioning because I'm not quite getting that gripe.
There were just several things that didn't make sense to me, even in the context of someone being slightly numbed to the violence around them. Take just the trip to get ice cream. Do I have a problem with them going to get ice cream? Well, they are in an unfamiliar town, and she and her husband know good and well that there are violent gangs out there and that townspeople will not step in to help you. But, what, is she supposed to get escorted everywhere by her husband? No. So, okay, she's taking her baby to a shop in an unfamiliar place. Given that this is such a violent place, there's no sign that she carries any kind of personal protection: spray, a weapon, an alarm, anything. I mean, I used to walk home every day with a baseball-sized rock in my purse when I was a teenager. Her being completely without defenses is passable to me. But then she parks really far away from the shop. Like, why was she parked so far away? It means that she has to walk a stretch of the town all alone and that if she had to hustle back to the car, she'd have to do so with a baby in her arms. Have you ever spent more than 5 minutes hauling around a toddler? No one carrying a baby parks any farther from their destination than necessary.

I don't have a problem necessarily with characters making bad decisions. I have done plenty of "what was I thinking" things. But it just felt like in that sequence several things that seemed off to me were compounded. And when, because of what we all know about a story like this, it's obvious that someone is going to be killed, it's hard not to have the impression that they are putting themselves in harm's way. If we had seen the wife do more things independently and have it be fine I would probably feel different. But we always see her in the house, or with Max. There's a sense that when she goes off on her own, bad things happen. And the way that the world building is, I just didn't have enough context for her actions. I would, in this day, not be comfortable going to a beach all alone, even if someone assured me it was safe. We are shown so much violence and menace throughout the film that even if it's the minority experience for the character, it makes the world seem very unsafe and by extension some of her actions seem more than a little reckless, while at the same time not really painting her as a reckless person.

Like I said earlier, we spend a lot of time with her which I appreciate. But she's not a very dynamic character. Max has a family, and co-workers, and a nemesis. In comparison, there's just not a developed sense of who she is and why she makes her choices. Maybe I missed it, but did she have a job? Or is her job just wife/mother?

Anyway, I know I just wrote quite a bit, but this wasn't some dealbreaker. Maybe a minor annoyance at spending so much time with a character who just felt pretty flat most of the time.
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Post by Takoma1 » Fri Jan 10, 2020 10:05 pm

Wooley wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2020 12:03 pm
Heading to work, I'll have more to say later, but before I forget I wanted to make the point that this movie gets a 10/10 for me despite possibly not having great balance because it was so special in its moment, such a unique vision in the sub-genre it seemed to almost create, and its highs so high for its time and budget, that it simply blows any shortcomings away.
I did love seeing things that I now realized have echoes in a ton of films that came out after. I can understand loving the film for its innovation.
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Post by Jinnistan » Sat Jan 11, 2020 12:20 am

Little Tony - 8/10

Alex van Warmerdam has such a delightfully deadpan pose as a hapless doofus, his turn here is more amusing than his also clueless but naively eager Abel, although Tony, on the whole, doesn't acheive that film's sheer surface absurdity. Instead, Tony has a more "normal" affectation, which makes it seem even more bizarre. Warmerdam stars with his real-life wife as a bored (boring) rural couple who take on a reading tutor for illiterate Warmerdam, and decide to keep her around to indulge his (baffingly inept) sexual desires, with his infertile wife hoping to get a child out of the mix (the titular "little Tony"). There's some typical situational comedy out of this arrangement, but the beauty of the humor is more in Warmerdam's dry gall. Nothing's more funny than frustrated sincerity, and AvW never breaks face.


The Tenant - 9.5/10

Of course, a rewatch, but the film especially rewards on further viewings. It's safe to say that the film remains Polanski's strangest, most ridiculous, hilarious and utterly fucked-up film, and his subtle control and mastery of the camera, armed with a dozen technical jaw-droppers, only rivals the assured perceptual manipulations of Repulsion, although Tenant only reveals its psychological intentions after we'd comfortably assumed we've been watching a very different film. Definitely, Polanski's funniest film. The shot of him speculating on his pregnancy should be part of his career highlight reel, edited somewhere between "nosy fellow" and "juries want to fuck young girls".


The Woman In The Fifth - 6/10

Part of why I mention the Tenant rewatch is that this film from Pawel Pawlikowski has a lot of incidental similarities. It also features a foreign man who gets stuck in rather shady lodgings, this time involving a room above a criminally-run dive bar in a sketchy part of Paris. Unfortunately, this film shows its hand almost immediately, revealing at the outset that our protagonist (Ethan Hawke as a frustrated author) has unspecified issues with mental illness and lashes of anger. Therefore, the subsequent intrigue involving events and persons that unreliably related by our protagonist's POV unfolds much more predictably and resolving themselves (relatively, at least) much less satisfyingly. The film's bright spot is Joanna Kulig, the same bright spot as in Pawlikowski's more fully realized Cold War.
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DaMU wrote:
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Lollocaust
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Midway - 7/10 - It's obviously no documentary but since I'm not intimately familiar with the Battle of Midway outside of what I've run across on TV from time to time, I have no idea how many liberties it takes with actual events. Maybe it's spot on. Who knows? But the main problem I had was with some of the performances, in particular British actor and star Ed Skrein. I don't know what exactly he was going for in playing Dick Best. His accent was off putting and he never really sold any one character trait that would have tipped the audience in his favor. He was the weak link in the film and since he was onscreen the majority of the time it diminished the movie as a whole. But despite all of that the action does draw you in and the more seasoned actors in the cast like Woody Harrelson, Dennis Quaid, Aaron Eckhart and Patrick Wilson did a solid enough job.
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Little Tony - 8/10

Alex van Warmerdam has such a delightfully deadpan pose as a hapless doofus, his turn here is more amusing than his also clueless but naively eager Abel, although Tony, on the whole, doesn't acheive that film's sheer surface absurdity. Instead, Tony has a more "normal" affectation, which makes it seem even more bizarre. Warmerdam stars with his real-life wife as a bored (boring) rural couple who take on a reading tutor for illiterate Warmerdam, and decide to keep her around to indulge his (baffingly inept) sexual desires, with his infertile wife hoping to get a child out of the mix (the titular "little Tony"). There's some typical situational comedy out of this arrangement, but the beauty of the humor is more in Warmerdam's dry gall. Nothing's more funny than frustrated sincerity, and AvW never breaks face.
I haven't seen this movie yet, but I love Van Warmerdam. Have you seen The Northerners? That's a really great movie.
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Metropolis, 2001 (A)

I'm not exactly sure what the point of this was, between a partially borrowed and incomplete class struggle plot from Metropolis and a not-entirely fleshed out theme of transhumanism, nothing is explored too deeply here. However, it is one of the more richly animated movies I've seen. The 3D is a bit overdone near the end, but the movie has some of the most vibrant, inspired, detailed landscapes I can remember. The characters are cartoony and kiddish, but it doesn't distract from the tone of the movie, which is everything but. The movements are as fluid as can be.
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I triple dog dare anyone to click that link. Or eat a booger. Your choice.
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Patrick McGroin wrote:
Sun Jan 12, 2020 6:06 am
I triple dog dare anyone to click that link. Or eat a booger. Your choice.
Whose booger?
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Wooley wrote:
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Whose booger?
Ollie's of course. You know? Ollie Tabooger.
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His Girl Friday (1940) - 8/10

This is an impressive film which is somewhat held back by some issues with the story. My favorite part to it is the dialogue as it delivers its jokes via lightning fast repartee, running ahead of your comprehension in the process. The genius of this approach is that, in the time it takes for you to understand one joke, another joke will likely be made, requiring for you to think about the new joke instead. Otherwise, you'll fall a couple jokes behind. Watching the film was an exciting experience, constantly having to stay on my toes during the various conversations. I also liked the occasional instances of visual humor, because, while they're not necessarily easy to miss, they aren't mentioned by the characters. In turn, a bit of thinking is required to comprehend them, providing the film with another way you could fall behind. As for the story, I think the biggest flaw is with its fairly problematic ending. Considering how the film doesn't develop the romantic tension between the two leads nearly enough, it's hard to
care about their reunion at the end
. Hildy breaking down crying and saying she was afraid that Walter would let her marry Bruce without a fight just had me scratching my head more than feeling any sort of a connection between them. Fortunately though, the strengths of the dialogue are strong enough to keep the film in the very good tier, even though I wouldn't call it great.
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Post by Wooley » Sun Jan 12, 2020 5:52 pm

Popcorn Reviews wrote:
Sun Jan 12, 2020 5:45 pm
His Girl Friday (1940) - 8/10

This is an impressive film which is somewhat held back by some issues with the story. My favorite part to it is the dialogue as it delivers its jokes via lightning fast repartee, running ahead of your comprehension in the process. The genius of this approach is that, in the time it takes for you to understand one joke, another joke will likely be made, requiring for you to think about the new joke instead. Otherwise, you'll fall a couple jokes behind. Watching the film was an exciting experience, constantly having to stay on my toes during the various conversations. I also liked the occasional instances of visual humor, because, while they're not necessarily easy to miss, they aren't mentioned by the characters. In turn, a bit of thinking is required to comprehend them, providing the film with another way you could fall behind. As for the story, I think the biggest flaw is with its fairly problematic ending. Considering how the film doesn't develop the romantic tension between the two leads nearly enough, it's hard to
care about their reunion at the end
. Hildy breaking down crying and saying she was afraid that Walter would let her marry Bruce without a fight just had me scratching my head more than feeling any sort of a connection between them. Fortunately though, the strengths of the dialogue are strong enough to keep the film in the very good tier, even though I wouldn't call it great.
It does feel like they skipped a bit there and maybe also took some of the independence out of Hildy's character, but I guess it was 1940.
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Wooley wrote:
Sun Jan 12, 2020 5:52 pm
It does feel like they skipped a bit there and maybe also took some of the independence out of Hildy's character, but I guess it was 1940.
I'm not sure if my mind is changed, but that does help clear some stuff up for me. I think where I'm at right now is
I feel like there's too much of a disconnect between Hildy being upset at Walter throughout much of the film and suddenly changing her mind at the last second. I guess I just can't see the romantic depth in there which would justify her sudden change in heart.
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Where's Ghislaine, Jeffery?
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Slentert wrote:
Sat Jan 11, 2020 10:10 am
I haven't seen this movie yet, but I love Van Warmerdam. Have you seen The Northerners? That's a really great movie.
I've only seen this one and Abel. I haven't even gotten around to Borgman yet :?
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Maybe if we click that link, it will give us those long awaited passports we've been waiting for all these years.
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Jinnistan wrote:
Sun Jan 12, 2020 7:50 pm
I've only seen this one and Abel. I haven't even gotten around to Borgman yet :?
Borgman is the shit
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Post by Patrick McGroin » Sun Jan 12, 2020 9:03 pm

The Terror - 4/10 - This is a Roger Corman/American International studios horror film starring (a young) Jack Nicholson and (an elderly) Boris Karloff. Those are all legitimate reasons to recommend this. The background on this alone is a selling point. How Corman started filming this just days after wrapping up shooting on The Raven. How he shot all of Karloff's scenes in about four days then turned over the rest of the directing duties to four young directors (five if you count Nicholson) including Francis Ford Coppola. You could even recommend it just so people could say they watched it. But the bottom line is that it's ultimately a dull movie. The seams being so plainly visible that it's patchwork construction are what you end up taking away from it. Still though, if you're a completist or simply anal retentive or would enjoy the sight of Nicholson and gifted character actor Dick Miller sharing numerous scenes, I suppose there are worse ways to kill an hour and a half.
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Post by ThatDarnMKS » Sun Jan 12, 2020 9:12 pm

crumbsroom wrote:
Sun Jan 12, 2020 9:01 pm
Borgman is the shit
It’s a wonderful inversion of the Rosemary’s Baby/Hereditary type film. I think I’m gonna screen it next October.
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