BFI Player

WashYourHands

Well-known member
Anyone use this? Quality catalogue, lots that can’t always be pillaged via torrenting, plus weekly updates from that quiffed cunt Kermode who, to be fair, occasionally pulls a beauty out of the hat.
 

DannyL

Wild Horses
I've got it but I've found it hard lately to dedicate time to a film. Kids go to bed and then I do admin/washing up/fucking around watching Joe Delany bulking videos on Youtube and it always seems too late to start a film.
 

DannyL

Wild Horses
I've watched since we've had it (not an exhaustive list)
Onibaba
Gate to Hell
The White Reindeer
Female Prisoner 701: Scorpion

... all of which are great in their own various ways. Onibaba is a must watch, if you've not seen it.
 

version

Who loves ya, baby?
Criterion have a streaming service now too,
 

Corpsey

call me big papa
I'd really like BFI player but I do worry that I'm already paying for Netflix, iPlayer and Amazon Prime and not taking full advantage of any of them — so if I add BFI player to that pile it's just another thing I'm paying for and not using properly.
 

WashYourHands

Well-known member
I'd really like BFI player but I do worry that I'm already paying for Netflix, iPlayer and Amazon Prime and not taking full advantage of any of them — so if I add BFI player to that pile it's just another thing I'm paying for and not using properly.
Spot on. That’s the intersection. Stacks of people seemed to have opted into Prime and Netflix during lockdown, where beforehand you’d do the 30 day trial, fuck it off just before the deadline and skip into the sunset of eternal capitalism. Maybe they introduced Covid? Hmmmmm.

Same with kids and time. Sometimes there isn’t the time to make full use. Didn’t know about Criterion’s service. Working lunch so will have to have a nose. Don’t think I’ve ever seen a bunk film where their title is concerned.

we should do a film club, one a week. who's the biggest film nerd? they can start us off
Monthly perhaps? Time excludes so much. Maybe put a list of watched, want to watch but haven’t and recommendations together. The list Craner put together is something I added to a word doc of ‘when your life is your own and hopefully before you die you’ll watch these’ flicks and documentaries. A few curveballs are good, films you maybe wouldn’t have watched but did because someone else chose it.
 

IdleRich

IdleRich
I've watched since we've had it (not an exhaustive list)
Onibaba
Gate to Hell
The White Reindeer
Female Prisoner 701: Scorpion

... all of which are great in their own various ways. Onibaba is a must watch, if you've not seen it.
Yeah Onibaba is great... also his other film about cat demons or something. Kuroneko it's called.

I think I subscribed to BFI but then found you had to pay extra for all the ones I actually wanted to see, is that right?
 

Corpsey

call me big papa
I find it really hard to commit to watching something when I could watch literally dozens of other things (and that could be lowballing it) instantly.

The way I fool myself is to start watching something "just to see what it's like". 9/10 times I'll end up watching the whole thing.
 

Corpsey

call me big papa
I think this is one of the important functions the cinema serves - once you're in there, you're pretty committed to watching that film.
 

IdleRich

IdleRich
We could get mWttrs2 involved in the club after all he/she loves movies and
I usually use premium movies streaming sites and mostly Amazon because I love movies in high quality and without ads
 

luka

Well-known member
Staff member
im like woops i find films really boring. they go on for ages and your looking at your metaphorical watch after about 20 minutes.
 

Corpsey

call me big papa
With most films I find that it's very hard for me to pay attention for the first 10-20 minutes, then I pass that point and I'm invested.

It's something like hypnosis, I'd say.

In cinemas I almost always spend the first 10 minutes of the film getting annoyed about other people in the audience, or just being conscious of something annoying, or just wanting to do something else... And then, if the film's good, I'll get sucked in and forget about everything else.

And then walk out of the cinema 2 hours later with this pleasing feeling that I'm in a film. Visual receptors juiced up to the max.
 

WashYourHands

Well-known member
Yeah Onibaba is great... also his other film about cat demons or something. Kuroneko it's called.

I think I subscribed to BFI but then found you had to pay extra for all the ones I actually wanted to see, is that right?
The threads here on Luton and Dover are supported by a lot of real life footage (8mm?) slices of British life on BFI. That was part of the reason for starting the thread. Seaside summers etc. Provincial life caught unguarded. Clips with ladies chilling who look like my Nan. Plenty of intriguingly free bits and bobs.
 
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