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    Quote Originally Posted by Corpsey View Post
    Is Australia a violent country IRL? It seems like it might be a bit like one of the Southern states in the US. A lot of rural backwater towns, poverty, illiteracy, crocodiles and Toady Rebecci smoking fags in the playing field at Erinsborough High.
    Apparently the murder rate is a bit lower than in the UK. Interesting that the Hounds of Love director chose the story because it was a way to make an impact on a limited budget and (in the main) a single location - maybe that's a major driver of the trend, talented directors from a relatively small film industry, but one with a good record of crossover to Hollywood, trying to get attention. It does seem that the country has an abnormal number of talented directors (and actors too?), but maybe I just see the good stuff.

    Wake in Fright is a good documentary account of Australia, of course.
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    Never watched Harold and Kumar actually. Will rectify that this weekend.
    Oddly enough we watched that for the first time this weekend too. Or at least it was on in the background as we made ourselves increasingly drunk... It seemed to have a few pretty funny bits but I'm afraid I can't provide much in the way of analysis on how it relates to and reflects anti-Asian prejudice in the US.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IdleRich View Post
    Oddly enough we watched that for the first time this weekend too. Or at least it was on in the background as we made ourselves increasingly drunk... It seemed to have a few pretty funny bits but I'm afraid I can't provide .much in the way of analysis on how it relates to and reflects anti-Asian prejudice in the US.
    haha.
    it doesnt really, not explicitly.
    its just a fun stoner movie, starrring two ppl who you would never expect to see leading a funny stoner movie.
    their characters do shift from the first film to the second though, from nerdy asian stereotypes to cooler weed-addled heroes.
    there is also the fact you have kumar being mistaken for a terrorist, and then as the title suggests, escaping from guantanamo, which does put something vaguely political into a teen movie that you might not usually get.
    they are fun genre movies ultimately, but you have to look at them in the context of asian representation in the west to get deeper (if i can say that about movies like this lol) enjoyment beyond that out of them. on a simpler level, it was a mainstream hollywood movie with two asian male heroes, which is not something you get every week (or every year/decade even).
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    Watched "Manchester by the Sea", it was very good but what is always hard about a film that attempts to be very down to earth, true to life, etc. is that melodrama and artifice stick out a mile. So despite all that was good about it I keep thinking about what a misstep it was to use Albinoni in that particularly harrowing sequence. This was also my problem with "I'm Daniel Blake", which (though it might be unrealistic) felt very plausible to me most of the time, which made the implausible bits a sourring experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by firefinga View Post
    I am gonna watch Alien Covenant next tuesday. Despite having very low expactations, I am gonna pull through.
    OK went on with it...

    And now I am disappointed that I wasn't disappointed with it (how's that for meta-naging) , actually I quite enjoyed it

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