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Thread: Films you've seen recently and would unreservedly recommend:

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    Quote Originally Posted by bruno View Post
    gregor mentions his blog post about the film, and in it he points out how dostoveskian parts of the film are, he is right.
    Hey, thank you. And if you like his visuals and can live with the characters perhaps not being the most believable, I'll really recommend Element of Crime and Europa.

    I saw Uncle Boonmee Who Can Remember His Past Lives. It is fantastic. I was a bit scared that it might be a 'magical realism' / 'fantastic exoticism' kind of thing, but it is amazing. Black humor, some really experimental and strange choices, and some incredibly banal scenes for fun. It's, well, unreservedly recommended.
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    going criss cross through shinya tsukamoto's oeuvre. have already seen vital (sublime) and tetsuo the bullet man (great). last one i saw was snake of june and i found it absolutely gorgeous. story set in a japanese city without a name where it endlessly rains. a woman gets blackmailed by some perverse voyeur and gets confronted with her own unhappiness regarding her marriage, there's some other theme's as well but it's really not important. it's the atmosphere that tsukamoto creates. the blue filter is just perfect, the shadows of raindrops gliding over the window and the streams of water gushing down the streets. i am going to finish the oeuvre with tsukamoto's debut movie and am both thrilled as afraid for that moment! one of my favourite directors!


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    just noticed tetsuo: the iron man is not his debut movie, it is the one i meant though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rubberdingyrapids View Post
    melancholia is flawed, but strangely, unexpectedly brilliant. i kept thinking about it after it ended. in fact i still do. though i dont think about the characters as such, i just keep remembering/'feeling' the atmosphere.
    yeah! i normally don't like von trier much at all but this one was so dreamy and heavy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gregor XIII View Post
    if you like his visuals and can live with the characters perhaps not being the most believable, I'll really recommend Element of Crime and Europa.
    thanks.

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    they showed Battle of Algiers here in Berlin last night and i remembered how amazing it is. also reminded of another great one from the 60s: I Am Cuba. which lead me to thinking:

    how come there have not been anything in recent decade or 2 even remotely comparable to these, in terms of epic political thrillers rooted in specific situations yet global in theme and scale? seems like all the big directors would rather gaze at their own navel rather than tackle some of the fucking INTENSE real shit that is happening around the world, which would make superb subjects for big films.

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    theres been a lot of war films. how good they all are, im not sure.

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    I enjoyed The Skin I Live In. then again, I seem to like pretty much anything that Almodovar makes.
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    I think that Soy Cuba is an amazing film but politically it's heavy-handed and naive - there must have been things since then that were more subtle and political. Let me think. I wouldn't really have compared it especially to Battle of Algiers although I guess I can see why you made the link.
    (that's a reply to Zhao obviously).

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    I lost my virginity to I Am Cuba.



    No joke.

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    i lost mine right after um... er... this.

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    Thanks for reminding me of The Last Broadcast. I saw that when it first came out and loved it but I just clicked on the link now and couldn't help but watch the whole thing again. It's a sinister, weird and downright brilliant film which definitely still stands up.

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    I saw Last Year at Marienbad for the first time and loved it. I really found it hilarious. Nut sure it is the intended effect, but I liked it.

    I saw on wikipedia, that it wasn't allowed to compete at Cannes, because Resnais had signed a petition against the war in Algeria. Perhaps that's part of the reason why we don't see these really intense political films anymore. Back then, it was controversial, and you had to be fully convicted and sincere and believe in their importance to make them. Today, every studio has at least one 'political' film as award-bait each winter. So instead of Battle of Algiers we get The Kings Speech. Or something.
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