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Sat, Dec 28, 2019 1:00 AM

JFF: What Was the Last Film You Saw, and How Would You Rate It? (Pt. 19)

Simply a follow up to Jen's great post; there were getting to be so many pages in that one I thought it could use a refresh.  Happy to carry on the tradition!  

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12 days ago

Barry Lyndon (1975) (9/10)

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11 days ago

Lust, Caution (2007) (6/10)

 

I was surprised by the violence and the directing in sex scenes in this film as his NC-17 rating suggests, it is not for anyone, but it is not a masterpiece either. There are about 4 NC-17 scenes in that film, these are the most entertaining, meaningful, raw, beautiful (in a certain sense) scenes of the film the rest is boring dialogue and romantic scenes empty of emotions.  It is sad because, with Ang Lee at the helm, this film had potential.

 

PS: As a true cinephile, I have certified that my version is 2:31:04 without the end credits. Therefore, I have the NC-17 version since the R-Rated version is 2:30:31 without the end credits.

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11 days ago

Manyeo (2018) (3/10) aka (The Witch: Part 1 - Subversion)

I really disliked that film. except for 1 or 2 violent scenes, that movie is boring as hell. The first 1h10 of the movie is a mix between family drama and highschool drama accompanied by horrendous acting performances.

Please don't make a sequel to that film. 

We Own the Night (2007) (7/10)

Pretty good film, Robert Duvall, Joaquin Phoenix, and especially Mark Walhberg are delivering good performances. It is quite different from mainstream police films. I'm not gonna spoil but there is a truly amazing and innovative car chase in that film. Only for that chase, the movie is worth watching.

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10 days ago

Lovecraft Country (2020- ), season one. 8/10. If there is a second season, maybe if not Cthulhu itself,
Atlach-Nacha will drop by for a visit, leading to an Abhoth as Lovecraft Country Thanos. Or maybe Zhar and Lloigor, the Twin Obscenities.

Abhoth

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@Tsarstepan

I've got a question - is it very supernatural?

I mean, do we really get to see monsters and neat stuff, or does it just kinda tease with it? 

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There are monsters but sparingly used in several episodes. The show isn't too monster heavy. Hoping the second season would amend that.

There is a fair amount of dark magic involved but there cast by humans.

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10 days ago

Hors la vie (6/10)

What is interesting with this Cannes Jury Prize winner is the message that it tries to pass through its simple plot. This movie is not plot-centered nor character-centered. It is about war, Lebanon, and precisely Beirut. That is how it differentiates from classic such as Midnight Express.

That said, the repetitive story and the lack of conflict for the character is a problem as far as I'm concerned. It is interesting at the beginning but becomes more and more unengaging as the film progresses.

Interesting facts on the director:

Maroun Bagdadi is one of Lebanon's greatest directors, He won the Jury Prize and was nominated for the Palme d'Or for his film (Hors la vie/Out of Life).

He fell to his death in an elevator shaft in 1993 in his home country (Lebanon), he was in Lebanon to prepare a new film.

Now 4 of his films are available on Netflix:

Beirut Oh Beirut (1975)

Les petites guerres (1982)

Hors la vie (1991)

Whispers (1980)

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8 days ago

You Should Have Left (2020)

Better than I had expected.

6/10

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7 days ago

Expulsion (2020)

Quite possibly the worst film I have seen in my 38 years on this earth.

Needs to be expelled from the collective consciousness.

2/10

(Only because I presently don't use the "1" and "10" ratings.)

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6 days ago

An Inconvenient Truth (2/10)

First, that film is boring, more than 60% of the footage comes from some of Al Gore's conferences. It is not particularly appealing, original, interesting, or stunning in terms of filmmaking. In fact, it is awful.

Secondly, Al Gore loves to tell convenient lies about what he calls "an inconvenient truth." That film is propaganda, there is no doubt about it. They serve us the good old little speech that goes along those lines: "The United States is the best country, we saved the world from the monarchy, from oppression, from Nazis, we went on the moon. Now, we need to save the Earth because we are the best!"

PURE PROPAGANDA (and a bad one), PURE STUPIDITY

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I would have given this documentary a 1/10, but I actually liked "I Need to Wake Up" a bit (It got more rhythm than the film)."

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6 days ago

My Childhood Nostalgia List!!

https://www.imdb.com/list/ls087449161/

It'll probably keep growing, lol.

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5 days ago

Soshite chichi ni naru (2013) (8/10)

I like Hirokazu Koreeda a lot, his films are intelligent, thought-provoking, the characters are incredibly psychologically complex. And like I said after seeing Manbiki kasoku (Shoplifters), there is no over-explanation of the motivation of the characters in Koreeda's film.

Like Manbiki kasoku (Shoplifters), Shoshite chichi ni naru (Like Father, Like Son) is a test questioning your strongest values.  In this film, he tackles the meaning of family and I think it is a perfect choice considering his directing style.

Les ordres (1974) (9/10)

Les ordres (Orderers) is about a dark period of Canada (more specifically Quebec) that the rest of the world might not be familiar with. Its message is so universal, it points out how precarious our rights are, and how even in a free, and democratic country such things can happen.

It takes a lot of original choices concerning the use of color and the introduction of characters, but it is also what makes that film unique and memorable.

Re-rating:

Trois couleurs: Bleu 7/10 to 9/10

Trois couleurs: Blanc 8/10 to 9/10

End of Evangelion 8/10 to 9/10

Les parapluies de Cherbourg 8/10 to 9/10