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« Reply #3090 on: January 05, 2021, 03:52:54 PM »

The Turin Horse

Finally watched my first Bela Tarr movie. And I think my last. As one of his shorter works (only 2.5 hours) I'd imagine it is one of the "easiest" as well. Beautiful b/w cinematography but this is super boring. I do like some slower movies like Tarkovsky's Stalker but I do not find anything interesting in this one. Dialog is super minimal except for a 5 minute (or is it 1, 2 or 10 minutes, I don't know, time loses its meaning with a movie like this) rant by a guy who ran out of alcohol. If you are into horse riding/feeding, boiling and eating potatoes, (un)dressing, and walking in the wind then you're probably gonna love this.
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« Reply #3091 on: January 10, 2021, 12:09:12 PM »

Finally got around to watching Possessor, the uncut version. I was both impressed and a little bit let down. Visual were excellent, some of the best looking gore I have ever seen. The premise was really good & the plot itself was interesting. I really liked the ending, too. What let me down was the pacing, which was shit and the main character who despite being interesting and transgressive (secret assassin mother doesn't feel anything towards her family and just wants to kill and torture, and in the end kills her own family to be free of them. She felt guilty about who she was and what she wanted, and shed herself of that guilt) had zero charisma and zero character growth or character development, which in a character driven story is baffling. She just kind of exists in the backround and her victim almost feels like the main character, only we know next to nothing about him and he's also not very interesting. The movie is so fucking slow that Cronenberg could have easily put in some more plot if he'd wanted to. Now it's almost like Cronenberg didn't really know what to do with the themes he had and instead concentrated on gorgeous visuals. Or maybe he took the story for granted, i don't know. Anyway, a missed opportunity but still a very enjoyable movie. Flawed but good.
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« Reply #3092 on: January 10, 2021, 02:27:39 PM »

The Turin Horse

Finally watched my first Bela Tarr movie. And I think my last. As one of his shorter works (only 2.5 hours) I'd imagine it is one of the "easiest" as well. Beautiful b/w cinematography but this is super boring. I do like some slower movies like Tarkovsky's Stalker but I do not find anything interesting in this one. Dialog is super minimal except for a 5 minute (or is it 1, 2 or 10 minutes, I don't know, time loses its meaning with a movie like this) rant by a guy who ran out of alcohol. If you are into horse riding/feeding, boiling and eating potatoes, (un)dressing, and walking in the wind then you're probably gonna love this.

Thanks, great and interesting review. I think I loved the movie just for the reasons, you didn't like.
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« Reply #3093 on: January 10, 2021, 04:19:52 PM »

Finally got around to watching Possessor, the uncut version. [...] What let me down was the pacing [...] character development

Felt the same way, although I'm not sure if I watched the uncut version or not?

The Turin Horse

Finally watched my first Bela Tarr movie. And I think my last. As one of his shorter works (only 2.5 hours) I'd imagine it is one of the "easiest" as well. Beautiful b/w cinematography but this is super boring. I do like some slower movies like Tarkovsky's Stalker but I do not find anything interesting in this one. Dialog is super minimal except for a 5 minute (or is it 1, 2 or 10 minutes, I don't know, time loses its meaning with a movie like this) rant by a guy who ran out of alcohol. If you are into horse riding/feeding, boiling and eating potatoes, (un)dressing, and walking in the wind then you're probably gonna love this.

Thanks, great and interesting review. I think I loved the movie just for the reasons, you didn't like.


Yeah, I thought it was an amazing movie.


After managing to make it to nearly 365 movies watched last year, I've been taking a bit of a breather to read and do other things. Still managed to knock a few out though:

Thief (Michael Mann, 1981) - Held off on watching this for years, and glad I waited. Not perfect, but still very good.

Blood Simple (Joel Coen, 1984) - Been at least a decade since I'd first/last watched this. Dark and violent.

Once Upon a Time in the West (Sergio Leone, 1968) - Near perfect epitome of a western. Much more rewarding upon rewatch. There's a nice Morricone score, but I think his work for The Good, The Bad and The Ugly is still my favourite.

The Wild Bunch (Sam Peckinpah, 1969) - Hail Bloody Sam.

Words of Advice: William S. Burroughs on the Road (Lars Movi, Steen Møller Rasmussen, 2007) - Seems like a school project more than a documentary with any sort of budget or depth. Non essential. Though, if more/full footage exists of the memorial Burroughs held for Allen Ginsberg in his backyard, with Burroughs reading Howl, I would like to see it.

Ballad of AJ Weberman (James Bluemel, Oliver Ralfe, 2006) - Documentary about the Bob Dylan-obsessive / garbage picker AJ Weberman. In the 70s he picked through Dylan's garbage to try and figure out what he perceived to be the hidden messages in his songs, and eventually would be paid by magazines to dig through garbage of other celebrities (he even got Nixon's trash). Worth it just to see the crazy people in his life that all seem way more out there than him (and he's out there). It's unreal.
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« Reply #3094 on: January 11, 2021, 08:34:48 AM »

Finally got around to watching Possessor, the uncut version.
I think there's generally some misunderstandings surrounding the title of the movie. From what I've read the Possessor Uncut is just an alternative title. There's only one version...
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« Reply #3095 on: January 11, 2021, 03:21:18 PM »

Finally got around to watching Possessor, the uncut version.
I think there's generally some misunderstandings surrounding the title of the movie. From what I've read the Possessor Uncut is just an alternative title. There's only one version...

Ha, that's a silly marketing strategy.
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