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« Reply #2670 on: May 29, 2019, 09:05:38 PM »

Takeshi Kitano's "Sonatine" from 1993. I got the plots for this and "Hana-bi" mixed up when I picked this one but it was a happy accident since this movie was goddamn great. I've watched A LOT of movies in the last 6 months and this has to be easily in my top 3. I really loved Kitano's debut "Violent Cop" a while back, but this is even better than that. I guess it's his most praised film so I'm not saying anything new. It's enjoyable as a yakuza film, it's enjoyable as a character study, it's a nice way to see Okinawa, it's effective as a meditation on the desensitizing effects of violence, and the score by Joe Hisaishi is beautiful. If you're into Japanese film beyond the exploitation stuff it'll be hard not to like this.

Sounds excellent.  The films you post are up my alley.  I've been diving into Asian Cinema over the past year and find it to be my overall favorite experiences with film.  How do you feel about. A Snake of June and Vital? I found them to be abosultey moving and masterfully crafted.

"Vital" is excellent. A really refreshing change of pace from Shinya Tsukamoto and one of my favorite films by him. Aesthetically it's extremely enjoyable, both the visuals and the way its shot and the colors. I generally like minimal dialogue and it works well in "Vital". You can see the through line of his themes in it, even if it's miles away in pace and focus from "Tetsuo" or "Bullet Ballet". "A Snake of June" I have not seen, though I own it and it's been sitting in my "to watch" pile for over a year.
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« Reply #2671 on: May 29, 2019, 09:57:36 PM »

Takeshi Kitano's "Sonatine" from 1993. I got the plots for this and "Hana-bi" mixed up when I picked this one but it was a happy accident since this movie was goddamn great. I've watched A LOT of movies in the last 6 months and this has to be easily in my top 3. I really loved Kitano's debut "Violent Cop" a while back, but this is even better than that. I guess it's his most praised film so I'm not saying anything new. It's enjoyable as a yakuza film, it's enjoyable as a character study, it's a nice way to see Okinawa, it's effective as a meditation on the desensitizing effects of violence, and the score by Joe Hisaishi is beautiful. If you're into Japanese film beyond the exploitation stuff it'll be hard not to like this.

Sounds excellent.  The films you post are up my alley.  I've been diving into Asian Cinema over the past year and find it to be my overall favorite experiences with film.  How do you feel about. A Snake of June and Vital? I found them to be abosultey moving and masterfully crafted.

"Vital" is excellent. A really refreshing change of pace from Shinya Tsukamoto and one of my favorite films by him. Aesthetically it's extremely enjoyable, both the visuals and the way its shot and the colors. I generally like minimal dialogue and it works well in "Vital". You can see the through line of his themes in it, even if it's miles away in pace and focus from "Tetsuo" or "Bullet Ballet". "A Snake of June" I have not seen, though I own it and it's been sitting in my "to watch" pile for over a year.

I would say A Snake of June is one of my favorites by him.  The color scheme in it is perfect and fitting.  It's up there with Vital for me, still need to get Bullet Ballet.  I got a pile of movies to go through and watch too it's great to have an unending supply of films to watch.  Going to rewatch Marebito tonight, it's been awhile since I watched it and I remember just being floored after my first viewing.
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« Reply #2672 on: May 30, 2019, 03:26:28 AM »

Instead of Marebito, watched Altered States.  This is a perfect film.  I remember watching it for the first time in high school and having my mind blown and almost 20 years later the same effect.  So much iconic imagery I can see why so many bands use it in album art and love performance.  One of these days I'll track down Layer of the White Wyrm it's been awhile since I seen it but I do remember enjoying it. 
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« Reply #2673 on: May 31, 2019, 01:24:30 PM »

Another great Tsukamoto movie is Haze. A short film (under one hour) about a guy who wakes up in a concrete crawlspace and has no idea what's going on. Extremely claustrophobic.
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« Reply #2674 on: May 31, 2019, 03:04:08 PM »

Another great Tsukamoto movie is Haze. A short film (under one hour) about a guy who wakes up in a concrete crawlspace and has no idea what's going on. Extremely claustrophobic.
This sounds interesting.  I would like to see this.  Anyone here familiar with the short Aftermath?  Thats a really great short and I think it might still be on YouTube. It's worth a watch
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« Reply #2675 on: June 01, 2019, 12:09:20 PM »

Went to a preview showing of the new Peter Strickland film "In Fabric" last night.  It's super Giallo inspired, beautiful cinematography and dark humour, with an amazing soundtrack by Cavern of Anti Matter, as well as tracks by Nurse With Wound and other similar artists used throughout. There was a Q & A with Strickland afterwards who evidently did not want to be answering questions from film students wanting to show off their extensive film knowledge with oblique references but he provided some great insight regardless. Do check this film out if you like his other films like Berberian Sound Studio.
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« Reply #2676 on: June 01, 2019, 02:32:54 PM »

Do check this film out if you like his other films like Berberian Sound Studio.

Certainly was not a fan of Berberian Sound Studio, but The Duke of Burgundy was good.
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« Reply #2677 on: June 03, 2019, 03:16:17 AM »

American nightmares aka Combat Shock.  This film is bleak and unsettling. Still surprised Troma put it out since most of what they release isn't very good.
Chopping Mall.  Has some great lines that make you just wonder if anyone proof read the script. Still a fun goofy movie
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« Reply #2678 on: June 03, 2019, 04:45:16 AM »

F for Fake - Documentary essay (as described by Bogdanovic) from Welles, his last completed film while alive. It's a blast, I don't mind the self indulgency at all, it is intelligent and playful, packed with great ideas and greater questions. Movie nerds paradise.

La Morte ha Sorriso all’Assassino/Death Smiles at a Murderer - I can't explain why I choose to watch this movie instead of the hundreds others that are higher on my list as I can't explain the last third of this charming mess, The name evokes a giallo but it is more of a gothic psychdelic horror with a lot of eroticism. Kinski shows up just enough to be weird and have his name on the credits, the gore is of that that mid tier italian kind that is not remarkable but is more stylish than most and eveything is dreamy and weird. D'Amato was a naughty dude and a lot of that shows here (but less than in some of his most well known features). The ladies are very fine. It is a very good way to pass the time if you are on the mood for something more on the slow side of pacing.

Una Lucertola con la Pelle di Donna/Lizard in a Woman's Skin - Wonderful (not so much) giallo from Fulci. It is more of an eroctic thriller with the Fulci dreamy/nightmarish stylings on the forefront. I was really surprised by this one, even more than Don't Torture a Duckling and while it down't have the directness of his more well known movies it keeps on giving in various other fronts. The cast is great (aside from Bolkan that everybody seems to love but I feel too forced here) it's all beautifully shot with beautiful actresses, sets and wardrobe, something that only amplify the violent, scuzzy and weird parts of it even more.
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« Reply #2679 on: June 03, 2019, 04:10:34 PM »

"Godzilla: King of the Monsters" - I haven't felt such unbridled joy and childhood wish fulfillment watching a movie in a long, long time. I wanted huge kaiju who look awesome, fighting to the death; it delivered in spades. And there's this whole eco-terrorism subplot thing that I love and am onboard with. Are you asked to suspend disbelief in 90% of the human related plot? yes. can I do that so that the spectacle can go on and on? absolutely yes.   I honestly doubt I'll ever have this much fun at a movie again.
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« Reply #2680 on: June 03, 2019, 04:26:01 PM »

"Godzilla: King of the Monsters" - I haven't felt such unbridled joy and childhood wish fulfillment watching a movie in a long, long time. I wanted huge kaiju who look awesome, fighting to the death; it delivered in spades. And there's this whole eco-terrorism subplot thing that I love and am onboard with. Are you asked to suspend disbelief in 90% of the human related plot? yes. can I do that so that the spectacle can go on and on? absolutely yes.   I honestly doubt I'll ever have this much fun at a movie again.

going to see this on birthday this Thursday - cant wait
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« Reply #2681 on: June 03, 2019, 04:40:00 PM »

"Godzilla: King of the Monsters" - I haven't felt such unbridled joy and childhood wish fulfillment watching a movie in a long, long time. I wanted huge kaiju who look awesome, fighting to the death; it delivered in spades. And there's this whole eco-terrorism subplot thing that I love and am onboard with. Are you asked to suspend disbelief in 90% of the human related plot? yes. can I do that so that the spectacle can go on and on? absolutely yes.   I honestly doubt I'll ever have this much fun at a movie again.

Damnit now I need to see this.  Been a Godzilla fan since I was kid and had Hope'sfor the first one and its failed but now I feel like i need to see this
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« Reply #2682 on: June 03, 2019, 08:18:02 PM »

Saturday night was The Children and Almost Human. The first is fun, cheap-o horror and the second aka The Executioner stars Tomas Milan all sweaty & killing everyone in sight.
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« Reply #2683 on: June 06, 2019, 03:26:25 AM »

4/5 episodes watched of Chernobyl. This series just rips so hard on all levels.
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« Reply #2684 on: June 06, 2019, 01:08:42 PM »

So it is announced:

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