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RiKD    United States. Dec 31 2019 21:05. Posts 5910

It is helpful but I would love to see his all-time list. I also get the feel that his taste is a bit different to mine. That's the difficult part with movies. I know Loco and I have similar tastes. Or maybe it's the fact that if Loco suggests something I am predetermined to like it more. I watched all of Marion Cotillard's favorite movies. Same with Gaspar Noe. This seems to be how I find the best gems. I used to watch everything on the top x IMDB list and while that isn't a bad start it's pretty basic. I am thinking of watching all of the Palme D'Or winners but that is an overwhelming task. I would probably fare a lot better than watching all the Oscar winners. Hollywood is a sham.


traxamillion   United States. Jan 03 2020 17:48. Posts 10465

Parasite was pretty good but the Korean moving Burning from a year or two before was better imo


traxamillion   United States. Jan 03 2020 17:48. Posts 10465

Uncut gems was one of the better movies this year as well. Sandler was actually solid


whammbot   Belarus. Jan 04 2020 00:48. Posts 397

Don't understand playing GO but somehow I enjoyed watching this movie lol Korean writers just natural storytellers

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Spitfiree   Bulgaria. Jan 19 2020 03:13. Posts 8960



This is one was actually quite a good one. It reminds me of a Fridrik Backman novel, except much more impactful. Do keep in mind its a satire

And it feels like the entire point of the movie flew way past the heads of critics.. 8.0 imdb rating 50 meta score with most of the reviews being blatantly obvious that these critics either didnt watch the movie or are actually retarded

 Last edit: 19/01/2020 03:32

blackjacki2   United States. Jan 26 2020 01:57. Posts 2215

Finally saw The Irishman. I generally hate movies with long runtimes but I loved every second of this film


blackjacki2   United States. Feb 01 2020 15:01. Posts 2215

I saw 1917. Amazing film. The plot of the film is displayed in "real-time" and it's made to look like one long continuous shot. I'm not quite sure I've seen anything like it before and it was quite an experience. I think it and Irishman are my 2 favorite films of the year so far, not sure which I liked more. Although I will say I watched 1917 in IMAX and I watched Irishman on my cell phone on a plane.


dnagardi   Hungary. Feb 01 2020 22:41. Posts 1660

I watched The Lighthouse recently. Was really good. Dafoe and Pattinson were giving probably their best performance ever. Granted that you are bored of the usual hollywood bs and love to see some truly unique stuff


Spitfiree   Bulgaria. Feb 05 2020 00:21. Posts 8960


  On February 01 2020 14:01 blackjacki2 wrote:
I saw 1917. Amazing film. The plot of the film is displayed in "real-time" and it's made to look like one long continuous shot. I'm not quite sure I've seen anything like it before and it was quite an experience. I think it and Irishman are my 2 favorite films of the year so far, not sure which I liked more. Although I will say I watched 1917 in IMAX and I watched Irishman on my cell phone on a plane.



I was wondering if I should see 1917 but I feel tired of ww1/ww2 movies. I've seen practically anything about WW2 and I've read so many books with similiar plots .. stil movies like The Pianist are one of the best things I've seen ever, but Im generally done with war movies. Is 1917 really that good?


Stroggoz   New Zealand. Feb 10 2020 08:02. Posts 4566

If you want to see a more honest ww1 movie i'd recommend gallipoli or paths of glory.

By the looks of this nyt review, this 1917 is perhaps the biggest propaganda film of the year.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/08/opinion/1917-movie-world-war-I.html

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blackjacki2   United States. Feb 10 2020 13:40. Posts 2215


  On February 10 2020 07:02 Stroggoz wrote:
If you want to see a more honest ww1 movie i'd recommend gallipoli or paths of glory.

By the looks of this nyt review, this 1917 is perhaps the biggest propaganda film of the year.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/08/opinion/1917-movie-world-war-I.html




This article is such bullshit. The only thing I was thinking throughout this whole movie is how horrific it was. The author accuses the film of showing a regard for human life that didn't exist in reality and making it about an uplifting hero's journey. I don't know how the author gets that interpretation if they were paying attention. After the hero delivers his message to the colonel and the colonel reluctantly calls off the attack he says to our hero, "That's it for now. Next week there will be a different message: Attack at dawn. There's only one way this war ends, last man standing." So after our hero goes through hell, gets injured, gets shot at, has his best friend die in his arms, etc. and finally delivers his message we hear that it's meaningless because the men he saved will be sent to their death in the coming weeks anyway. Yeah, that's really uplifting...


Loco   Canada. Feb 11 2020 03:46. Posts 20104

Yeah, there's really no moment in that movie when you feel like the soldiers' lives matter or that they are fighting for a good reason. The movie isn't meant to show the nuances of the war, but to make you experience a claustrophobic nightmare at a new level of closeness, and it does it exceptionally well. And the protagonism of the movie even has a speech about how he traded his one and only medal for a drink, and how heroism is vapid and pointless, even if it's just to make your family feel better and bring it back to them. And it's incredibly sincere, because he didn't even want to talk about it before his friend forces it out of him. His friend dies before he can reap the rewards of his own heroism too, making the whole thing feel even more true.

Anyway, now that Parasite has won a bunch of Oscars... remember when whammbot said this was to be understood as a direct reflection of Korean culture? My response was this:


  On September 02 2019 02:28 Loco wrote:
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Babble. There's nothing unique to "Korean culture" in there. It's a film that explores class warfare/the consequences of social stratification (the gaming logic and the precariousness and desperation it breeds) privilege and patriarchy. That is happening nearly everywhere. The weird thing is that this is a poker website and most of us played poker, i.e. lived like parasites for as long as we could for the same obvious reasons these people lived this way, so it shouldn't be hard to grasp this movie. What's ironic is that a bunch of you guys complain about leftism--which offers this same critique--yet that movie's core messages completely goes right over your heads. There's also the theme of trying to flee from debt creditors in this movie just like Burning (which was my favorite movie of the year). It's meant to remind people that in such a predatory society their fates can be sealed due to circumstances outside of their control.


And this is what the director Bong Joon-Ho said about it:



original interview:

Those who make a peaceful revolution impossible, will make a violent revolution inevitable.Last edit: 11/02/2020 03:53

Loco   Canada. Feb 11 2020 04:10. Posts 20104


  On September 03 2019 04:21 Baalim wrote:
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yep, it seems very much like driver.

I think its the perfect timing in the random-shooter era, this explores in a teatrical way the process of societal alienation driving someone with ultra violent dispositions into genoncidal actions empowered by anger.

Many narrowsighted people will think its just a white-guy-to-shooter movie not realizing in its core its an alike process in many hate-driven ideologies like white nationalism, islamism, radical feminism, antifascism why weep for humanity when you can bring it down and rebuilt it anew, the intoxicating scent of anger makes you feel so powerful and driven, it shut downs all the sorrow, all the sadness, insecurities and doubts, the ultimate drug.


There is nothing in Joker that suggests that he had "ultra violent dispositions". His character is represented as someone who was just minding his affairs and who was sublimating/coping largely successfully (nonviolently) despite all of the pressures he was facing throughout all his life, up until he could literally no longer afford to live. What drives him over the edge is not so much the getting beaten up and excluded as the loss of his job and the social programs cuts. Even the therapist--the person whose role it is to act as the last resort when all other support systems fail--is living too precariously and is too depressed to be able to do her job properly. He's also given a gun by someone who doesn't give a shit about him or the kind of trouble he might get into, while he himself is self-aware enough to know that he shouldn't be allowed with a gun.

The point of the movie is clearly the exact opposite of what you say it is. It is meant to show that anyone who is pushed too far for too long in an endlessly heartless and hostile environment will to turn to violence, they don't need to be "predisposed" to it. He wasn't hate-driven; he wanted to do stand up comedy and indiscriminately make everyone laugh. He loved to bring joy to sick children -- the only people that are more vulnerable than him. A hate-driven ideology by definition excludes certain groups of people based on some hierarchical notion. Anti-fascists literally only exist to oppose this logic. It's like saying firefighters and pyromaniacs are driven by the exact same thing. You don't see firefighters where they are no fires, and you don't see anti-fascists where there are no fascists. Even when you disagree with the tactics they use, it doesn't make logical sense to consider anti-fascism a hate-driven ideology when it literally only ever appears in an effort to resist one.

The failure of the Joker character is the failure of his society in maintaining systems of reciprocity and mutual aid all throughout the society. It is the failure of an economic system motivated only by profit-accumulation despite its consequences on the well-being of its members. The Joker character is only made possible through the artificial scarcity that is imposed by the system and the enormous wealth inequality that is maintained and furthered by the social darwinistic forces of such a society.

The revolt we see is one of directionless destruction and decay. It doesn't put forth anything new, and fails to unite people against common threats. This is the greatest failure of the movie; it indulges itself into a passive nihilism rather than an active one, or some alternative programs to build something new from the ashes. In other words, the revolt only exists to fortify capitalism and its "all for one" logic. When you have violent revolts without any coherent vision to create something to replace it, it only serves as release valve for the anger of the people within it-- for a little while-- until they are smashed and capitalism assimilates them back.

Those who make a peaceful revolution impossible, will make a violent revolution inevitable.Last edit: 11/02/2020 07:28

blackjacki2   United States. Feb 11 2020 10:53. Posts 2215


  On February 11 2020 02:46 Loco wrote:
Yeah, there's really no moment in that movie when you feel like the soldiers' lives matter or that they are fighting for a good reason. The movie isn't meant to show the nuances of the war, but to make you experience a claustrophobic nightmare at a new level of closeness, and it does it exceptionally well. And the protagonism of the movie even has a speech about how he traded his one and only medal for a drink, and how heroism is vapid and pointless, even if it's just to make your family feel better and bring it back to them. And it's incredibly sincere, because he didn't even want to talk about it before his friend forces it out of him. His friend dies before he can reap the rewards of his own heroism too, making the whole thing feel even more true.



Agreed. The film has no obligation to show the nuances of war but it also makes brilliant use of the time it allots for it. I'm reminded of a piece of dialogue at the start of the movie when they encounter the Lieutenant in command just prior to crossing No Man's Land.

Lt.: Are you our relief?
LCpl: No, sir.
Lt.: Then when the hell are they due?
LCpl: I don't know, sir, but we have orders to cross here.
Lt.: Settle a bet for us, what day is it?
LCpl: Friday.
Lt.: well well well, none of us were right. This idiot thought it was Tuesday.

So much can be gleaned from these few sentences of dialogue. You can feel the depression of the soldiers there, sleeping in the dirt, being so disoriented they have no idea what day it is or when their relief will come or which day will be their last.

That same Lt. is also extremely sure that the 2 boys are being sent to their death and nonchalantly tells them, "Don't worry, there's a medal in it for sure. Nothing like a scrap of ribbon to cheer up a widow." Not exactly the level of regard for human life the author accuses the film of having.

 Last edit: 11/02/2020 10:53

Stroggoz   New Zealand. Feb 11 2020 11:41. Posts 4566

I have yet to see a holywood war movie that isn't just a pack of lies. I just downloaded it and watched it, it was even worse than i expected, and is so much worse than the other two movies that i cited, which were at least somewhat critical and didn't have cliched characters in it. It is not suprising since the military has worked with holywood in over 800 movies and helped write the script for many of them. Mendes who directed 1917 literally beleives the war was about fighting for a unified and free europe rather the myriod of reasons largely associated with disciplining the working class and imperialistic interests.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/23/movies/1917-sam-mendes.html

"After directing the James Bond movies “Skyfall” and “Spectre,” Mendes was having trouble mounting a new film project. His agent Beth Swofford suggested that he explore the World War I stories he had once told her. In 2017, a year after the Brexit vote, Mendes found further inspiration. “I’m afraid that the winds that were blowing before the First World War are blowing again,” he said. “There was this generation of men fighting then for a free and unified Europe, which we would do well to remember.”


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Liquid`Drone   Norway. Feb 11 2020 18:16. Posts 2893

I don't have a problem with the portrayal of a combination of individual heroism and a war being utterly pointless and destructive. I thought 1917 was a really impressive piece of cinematography without making any attempts at making ww1 seem like it was a worthwhile endeavor. I mean, sure, you can interpret it in a 'germans are bad and brits are good (only german they meet ends up being a huge betraying cunt while all the brits are swell chaps)' way or whatever, but I thought it was much more about the hopelessness of war, indeed coupled with a story of individual heroism,

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Spitfiree   Bulgaria. Feb 11 2020 23:55. Posts 8960

I'm actually amazed Parasite won movie of the year. Did they actually watch the nominated movies this year? Damn, impressive.


Probably gonna see 1917 as someone told me its a 'single shot' type of movie which seems interesting. Too bad Loco spoiled it with his comments


Loco   Canada. Feb 12 2020 05:05. Posts 20104


  On February 11 2020 22:55 Spitfiree wrote:
I'm actually amazed Parasite won movie of the year. Did they actually watch the nominated movies this year? Damn, impressive.


Probably gonna see 1917 as someone told me its a 'single shot' type of movie which seems interesting. Too bad Loco spoiled it with his comments



lol wtf. blackjacki literally spoiled the most important part of the movie (the ending) and you blame me for spoiling some trivial part about a medal after that? (wouldn't have spoiled if it wasn't for his initial spoil btw - I figured people would have stopped reading about it if they cared)

it's not a true continuous one shot and you can tell when they're cutting if you know how they accomplish this type of thing but it works very well.

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Spitfiree   Bulgaria. Feb 13 2020 00:06. Posts 8960

I stopped reading his comment after 'this article is bullshit' cause I assumed he continued the rant around that and I didnt bother reading the article either so it was kind of useless for me to continue reading his comment :D


Liquid`Drone   Norway. Feb 15 2020 11:09. Posts 2893

Watched Parasite yesterday. Fantastic, incredibly creative movie.

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