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    earlier i was trying to figure out why it reminded me of C&JGB. i think it has something to do with the last section in TD, whereby she walks (for what seems like ages) to find her famous ex's house and ends up in the park with all those artists. it all goes a bit surreal like C&JGB.
    IIRC, the bits i remember (before falling a sleep during C&JGB) were lots of unedited walking scenes and isn't there an abstract bit with some kinda street artist?

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    Quote Originally Posted by IdleRich View Post
    I started watching A Serbian Film on Saturday but frustratingly had to leave with half an hour to go - which was a shame 'cause so far I'd found it to be witty, well-shot and sleazy with snappy dialogue. I guess all the real bad stuff happens at the end though I think so I'll have to reserve judgment until I've seen the rest.
    You're right, Martyrs is not totally crap, the first scene is good and it's genuinely shocking when **SPOILER** the guy opens the door only to have his head blown off with a shotgun **SPOILER ENDS** but I did feel that the second half was dull and the ending really weak. It's definitely way ahead of shite such as Hostel though.

    Nah, it's a mess. I've rarely been so angered and disappointed by a film.
    Hmm, I'm really not sure about Srpski Film - it was pure torture porn imo (and a lot happens in the last half hour), though you're right, the script/dialogue wasn't bad at all.

    The first half of Martyrs was absolutely brilliant I thought, for visceral shocks. It's a while since I've seen it though, so I can't recall the detail. Ending was indeed weak, and I did feel shortchanged by that given the quality of the first half - it was that whole French science fiction thing that I can't get behind at all, because it's rubbish (see the works of, urgh, Jeunet). God yes, a different universe to Hostel, which may be the worst film I've ever seen.

    What angered you about Requiem for a Dream? I suppose I can see how someone might dislike it for being manipulative, but so many of the other films recently mentioned are as well.

    I watched most of I Spit on Your Grave (original) at the weekend. I'm not convinced - the idea is of course an interesting one, though hardly out of leftfield, and next to, say, Last House on the Left it looks pretty indistinguished. Nothing particularly wrong with it, but once you know the story (and doesnt' everyone before watching it?) there's little else there. Acting is atrocious etc etc

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    herzog - land of silence and darkness ....
    unreservedly recommendable

    typically sadistic herzog ... taking the deaf-blind people round the cactus house.....

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    "Hmm, I'm really not sure about Srpski Film - it was pure torture porn imo (and a lot happens in the last half hour), though you're right, the script/dialogue wasn't bad at all."
    OK, maybe we're not too far away from each other on that one.
    Interesting this phrase "torture porn" - I always take it to mean that a torture porn film stands to a normal violent action or horror film as a pornographic film stands to a plot driven erotic film - that is to say that the porn element of the phrase "torture porn" denotes the fact that the torture is gratuitous and is basically the whole reason for watching the film, it doesn't mean that there is necessarily a sexual element to the torture. This becomes confused because a lot of the time the violence is sexual and this is very much the case in Srpski Film.

    "What angered you about Requiem for a Dream? I suppose I can see how someone might dislike it for being manipulative, but so many of the other films recently mentioned are as well."
    I think I was angered by the transparency of the attempted manipulation. I thought it was done so hamfistedly that I could almost feel the director sitting there telling me what to think. I mean, I guess virtually all films are manipulative up to a point but they should at least do it well.

    "I watched most of I Spit on Your Grave (original) at the weekend. I'm not convinced - the idea is of course an interesting one, though hardly out of leftfield, and next to, say, Last House on the Left it looks pretty indistinguished. Nothing particularly wrong with it, but once you know the story (and doesnt' everyone before watching it?) there's little else there. Acting is atrocious etc etc"
    I guess I liked the rawness which is strange in itself becuase that is usually a term that is intended to mean that it seems somehow realler whereas rawness in acting is generally bad acting which makes the film seem less real. Maybe its strength was in that it was a very simple and primitive film which was able to create a world in which it was possible to believe that that was the way people acted.

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    watched 'winters bone' the other-day. - made me think about how rarely the world of the American working class is seen on film. a bleak, lean film with no sentimentality which unfolds like a thriller. made me go out and buy the book immediately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baboon2004 View Post
    I watched most of I Spit on Your Grave (original) at the weekend. I'm not convinced - the idea is of course an interesting one, though hardly out of leftfield, and next to, say, Last House on the Left it looks pretty indistinguished. Nothing particularly wrong with it, but once you know the story (and doesnt' everyone before watching it?) there's little else there. Acting is atrocious etc etc
    the bit where he gets his chap lopped of in the bath is immense, fine directing leads to good acting, something as simple as a delayed response to such horror is always missed out. it's the fine details that make a film like this great, and i do find it somewhat annoying, cos these tropes should be painfully obvious to any director, yet, they usually go amiss ,like common sense lost on Apprentice candidates. basic camera shots with little editing is another thing lost on the majority of modern films - another thing this film has in abundance. i don't need sensory overload, especially when it it's a case of filming a person simply walking from a to b. i also like the films economy.

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    An American's home is his castle...storm it at your peril...

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    I just watched an excellent (if confusing and weird) Spanish film called Arrebato (Rapture). It was made even more confusing because there were no subtitles and I don't speak Spanish but I was watching it with a Spanish girl who rather sportingly agreed to do a sort of simultaneous translation all the way through the film. Think I may have missed some of the intricacies though. Anyway, it's basically about two weird guys who are obsessed with film in slightly different ways - one of them is also a heroin addict who lives with his junky girlfriend while the other one is an insane recluse who lives with some insane (in a different way) woman in a massive house in the country. The recluse isn't really able to relate to people except when he takes heroin and then his voice and hairstyle change and he becomes a different kind of weirdo. Luckily the two film geeks meet up and communicate and the film is told in flashback beginning with the junky guy receiving a package from the other chap. The film deals with obsession and escapism through film and what seems to be a magic and vampiric camera that goes one stage further than stealing your soul. At least, that's assuming that this girl wasn't winding me up the whole way through and inventing a completely different story a la The Magic Roundabout. Either way, it's very weird and wonderful with some great imagery and demented acting and stuff. Highly recommended if you can find it.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078797/

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    I watched Midnight Cowboy last night. Voight and Hoffman are both excellent. Hoffman's voice begins to grate after a while, but it's a minor gripe. Heartbreaking film.

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    Arrebato is great Rich, I've got a copy with subtitles on my computer if you fancied watching it again. They're fan written ones, but they were pretty good if I remember correctly. Well I don't speak any Spanish, but they were certainly plausible.
    Actually I've still not sorted you out with the DVD of Malpertuis I promised so I will deal with that before I start offering more things.

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    "Arrebato is great Rich, I've got a copy with subtitles on my computer if you fancied watching it again. They're fan written ones, but they were pretty good if I remember correctly. Well I don't speak any Spanish, but they were certainly plausible.
    Actually I've still not sorted you out with the DVD of Malpertuis I promised so I will deal with that before I start offering more things."
    Ha - I really would like a copy of Malpertuis if it's no trouble. I think that my friend has located a copy of Arrebato with subs though so no worries about that. Glad you enjoyed too - it was really quite a special (and unusual) film. Strangely(?) enough I didn't have a problem watching it in translation as it were - I have to say that that was a very generous thing for her to do for me - I think most people would have regretted agreeing to do that seconds after starting and very few would have made it right to the end.

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    I'll burn a copy tonight.

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    Great, thanks, will pm you my address. Let me know if there is anything you want that I might have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sufi View Post

    herzog - land of silence and darkness ....
    unreservedly recommendable

    typically sadistic herzog ... taking the deaf-blind people round the cactus house.....
    on the subject of subtitles, these were the shittest ever. i watched another fan-subbed herzog where the translations were simply crap, but this one just missed out great chunks of dialogue, kind of appropriately given that the film's all about sensory deprivation

    i would watch it again if anyone could recommend a good source of better subs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by IdleRich View Post
    I just watched an excellent (if confusing and weird) Spanish film called Arrebato (Rapture). http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078797/
    weirdly, this film is on my hard-drive, but i have no recollection of why it would be there . my copy is missing subtitles too anyone here know how to get srt files to work with avi?

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