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Grant Gee, Patience (After Sebald), 2012

One of my New Year's Resolutions is, finally, to read Sebald - and this impeccable documentary will make you want to too. Nice Leyland Kirby soundtrack too. L'il New Year quiz for y'all - who can identify the building in the photo above?
As nobody rose to the bait, I might as well reveal the answer: it's the disused formerly top secret weapons research facilities at Orfordness, Suffolk. And I have now read both Vertigo and The Rings of Saturn, and Sebald looks like becoming my favourite author of the decade (in the 80s it was Beckett, 90s Pynchon..). Though that's for another thread, methinks.
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I beg to differ on Eyes Wide Shut. I think I'm the only one in the world who liked that movie. Actually, as a matter of fact, I'm going to check it out right now! ;P

But I do understand to a degree why people dislike the film. It's for the same reasons why I like it. :D

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Well, if it helps I disagree with Dan about the Pook--I just listened to it again. It's got a nice renaissance/medieval vibe to it, I think. The chanting is pleasantly (almost) indifferent to the chords the strings are playing. Not at all orgiastic, though: sleepy, really.
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Without wanting to give away a plot point before other see it, how did you feel about the flashback to a previous meeting which is shown at the end of Chapter 5, Dan? I thought it a bit unnecessary.
Do you mean the scene when John Ruth and Domergue arrive at Minnie's?
No, I mean Major Warren raping General Smithers. It felt juvenile of Tarantino to put that in. There could have been other ways of getting to the same place. So to speak.

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I just watched Altered States dir. Ken Russell. Can't believe how awesome it was! Thanks for the recommendation, Dan.

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Alastair wrote: Major Warren raping General Smithers. It felt juvenile of Tarantino to put that in. There could have been other ways of getting to the same place. So to speak.
To be perfectly frank, I can't remember exactly where that was in Chapter Five - but will keep an eye open for it next time.
Piano Mouth wrote:I think I'm the only one in the world who liked that movie.
Oh no you're not - but as I said above, vive la différence ;)
Piano Mouth wrote:Actually, as a matter of fact, I'm going to check it out right now!
Please report back with your findings..
walto wrote:Well, if it helps I disagree with Dan about the Pook--I just listened to it again. It's got a nice renaissance/medieval vibe to it, I think. The chanting is pleasantly (almost) indifferent to the chords the strings are playing. Not at all orgiastic, though: sleepy, really.
Yes, if it was used as a soundtrack to a documentary about penguins or polar bears I don't think it'd be at all out of place.
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Barbet Schroeder, Tricheurs, 1984

Schroeder's never shied away from dealing with difficult (ie not normally cinema-related) issues - think More, Barfly, or the Idi Amin bio (see below) - and this study of addicted gamblers is no exception, with a bloated, bleary Jacques Dutronc cooking up roulette scams with Fassbinder-regular Kurt Raab and not-as-stable-as-you-might-think Bulle Ogier in Oscar Niemeyer's glitzy but scary Pesta Casino Park in Funchal. Another Fassbinder connection is the queasy music by RWF's house composer Peer Raben. Not a great film, but one that's likely to stick in your mind nevertheless
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Barbet Schroeder, Général Idi Amin Dada Autoportrait, 1974

You can't help but laugh at some of Amin's utterly incoherent speeches, but - as the historical record and the disturbing heavy breathing at the end of the film makes clear - there's a palpable sense of fear. Makes for a nice comparison with Herzog's later film on Bokassa, Echoes of a Sombre Empire, if films about crackpot African dictators are your thing. I wonder if anybody ever did one about Gaddafi..
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Larry Cohen, God Told Me To, 1976

Tony Lo Bianco starts out as a good guy detective, but he doesn't end up that way.. this is a wonderfully bizarre B-movie cocktail of classic 70s themes - from blaxploitation pimps'n'hustlers and crooked cops, to indiscriminate mass shootings (Bogdanovich's Targets comes to mind) to alien abductions and - wait for it - the ultimate showdown between the forces of Good and Evil. (Naturally the big boys of Wall Street are in the know.. haha) Watch out for a fine cameo from the awesome Sylvia Sidney ("the saddest eyes in show business"), whose career stretched from Hitchcock's Sabotage to Mars Attacks!
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Philippe de Broca, Un monsieur de compagnie, 1964

Jean-Pierre Cassel was at his best in the wacky comedies he made with de Broca, and he's particularly good here as Antoine, who's determined never to do a stroke of work in his life if he can sponge off others (until he falls for Catherine Deneuve, that is). In the hands of a lesser director it would just come across as plain silly - or sillier than it is - but de Broca's sets and costumes are sumptuous, the camerawork is by Raoul Coutard (say no more) and the supporting cast a delight, from a foppish Jean-Claude Brialy to a sulphurous sexbomb Sandra Milo and a magnificent Onassis-pastiche from the great Marcel Dalio. It's also far from politically correct, what with unplanned erections and even hints at child abuse (when our "hero" gleefully admits to Adolfo Celi that he's shared his bed with all five of the Thunderball villain's daughters.. whether you want to believe that or not is up to you). Great fun.
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Larry Cohen, God Told Me To, 1976

Tony Lo Bianco starts out as a good guy detective, but he doesn't end up that way.. this is a wonderfully bizarre B-movie cocktail of classic 70s themes - from blaxploitation pimps'n'hustlers and crooked cops, to indiscriminate mass shootings (Bogdanovich's Targets comes to mind) to alien abductions and - wait for it - the ultimate showdown between the forces of Good and Evil. (Naturally the big boys of Wall Street are in the know.. haha) Watch out for a fine cameo from the awesome Sylvia Sidney ("the saddest eyes in show business"), whose career stretched from Hitchcock's Sabotage to Mars Attacks!
I watched this with a friend, after the pub, pretty inebriated, a few years back. I can't remember the plot at all, but I remember it being completely mad. I remember a great opening with the sniper, and those final apocalyptic scenes, the corridors of fire, etc. which seemed to come out of nowhere, even in a film which seemed to change its mind about what it was every 15 minutes.

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Barbet Schroeder, Général Idi Amin Dada Autoportrait, 1974

You can't help but laugh at some of Amin's utterly incoherent speeches, but - as the historical record and the disturbing heavy breathing at the end of the film makes clear - there's a palpable sense of fear. Makes for a nice comparison with Herzog's later film on Bokassa, Echoes of a Sombre Empire, if films about crackpot African dictators are your thing. I wonder if anybody ever did one about Gaddafi..
Makes for a nice comparison with Donald Trump.
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"God Told Me"

This movie was insane.

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Roland Joffé, United Kingdom, 1981

Hm, this must really be obscure, as I can't find a screenshot from the original TV play, so I've settled instead for a photo of the hideous - and now mercifully demolished - Dunston Rocket, one of the numerous eyesores that used to blight the Newcastle skyline, which you see from a distance (best bloody place to see it from too) during this grisly and rather dated drama set in the darkest of the dark Thatcher years. I downloaded a panful of these old BBC Plays for Today, but if they're all as dreary as this one I might be demolished myself before I ever get round to watching them all. Miserable fucking place, Newcastle, then and now.
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Philip Noyce, Backroads, 1977

"Jack and Gary steal a car and head off around the back roads of Western New South Wales. They pickup a trio of fellow travellers - Gary's uncle Joe, a French hitchhiker and an embittered woman. Joe drunkenly shoots a stranger and they are chased by police. The police arrest Joe and Jack and shoot Gary." Well, howzat for a spoiler from Wiki. Erm, that's all folks.. it's an entertaining little road movie as far as it goes, but that's not very far as it ends abruptly just before the hour mark.
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Watch out for a fine cameo from the awesome Sylvia Sidney ("the saddest eyes in show business"), whose career stretched from Hitchcock's Sabotage to Mars Attacks!
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Marco Ferreri, Ciao maschio ("Bye Bye Monkey"), 1978

Yes, it's as weird as it looks. I'm a Ferreri fan, as you know, but this one joins I Love You in the wtf bin - a brief résumé of the "story", if you'll forgive spoilers: Depardieu is a kind of freelance lighting technician / gigolo holed up in a rat-infested basement on Hubert Street in Tribeca (same street where they shot Basket Case), working both for a feminist theatre troupe and a Roman history wax museum run by a guy who recites Shakespeare while being energetically fellated by one of his employees. King Kong (above) washes up on a beach in front of the WTC (I would love to know how Ferreri shot this: looks like it was another one of those right-place-right-time moments like when he shot a western in the heart of Paris taking over the building site of the Forum Les Halles.. were they re-excavating the waterfront in Tribeca in 78, anyone know?) and seemingly gives birth to a baby chimp that only recognises Gerard as its mother/father.. (Yeah, I told you it was fucked up..) Meanwhile, a sexually frustrated Marcello Mastroianni, whose business in NY isn't at all clear (the only thing that is is he's - surprise - sexually frustrated) draws up his will before hanging himself in his garden and leaves everything to the chimp, which eventually is killed and eaten by rats (I'm not making this up, honest), after which Gerard trashes the wax museum and gets burnt to a crisp. Yup, definitely one of the strangest movies you're ever likely to see - not that I will, ever again :lol:
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Fabrice Du Welz, Alleluia, 2014

Stylish if a little opaque (at times) remake of The Honeymoon Killers - I know, a hard act to follow, Shirley Stoler and Tony Lo Bianco, but Belgian director Du Welz is well-versed in horror, and looks like he knows his Breillat and Grandrieux well to boot.
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Óskar Jónasson, Reykjavík - Rotterdam, 2008

Stylish and fast-moving all-star (for Iceland) thriller about an ex-con security guard lured into doing "one last job" smuggling neat alcohol into Iceland.. only it turns out that that's not all that gets loaded aboard.. very well done, kicks ass for 80 minutes and you're exhausted when it's over - sign of a good (neo? Nordic?) noir. Recommended. Hilarious ending too! (It's all a load of Pollocks hahaha)
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What's your favorite movie that you've seen so far this year, Dan?

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