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my other tip is 'the son'

Isn't that the one done in one take, looking at the back of the protagonist's head?

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truffaut (good call from the chap above)

tarkovskiy (russian dude who did andre rublev and a couple of other great movies whose names evade me at present, though which i own)

kieslowszci (polish dude, name isnt spelt anything like that!, but who did the 3 colours trilogy, camera buff, blind chance etc, all great movies)

Kieslowski rules! His "A Short film about Killing" actually directly led to Poland abolishing the death penalty.

Tarkovsky i still need to check out, but he did proper philosophical heavy-going sci-fi stuff too which i would love to see. e.g. the original Solaris

Truffaut - i saw Jules Et Jim, and i didn't get it. How about Jean Luc Godard? - Breathless, Alphaville, Le Mepris etc

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is that 'following' as in christopher nolan's debut? that film is totally amazing!

eloge de l'amour
spirit of the beehive
the sacrifice
breaking the waves
bully
songs from the second floor

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is that 'following' as in christopher nolan's debut? that film is totally amazing!

yeah man, a strong script and the rest fell into place.

spirit of the beehive

great film, the director only does about one a decade though!

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my other tip is 'the son'

Isn't that the one done in one take, looking at the back of the protagonist's head?

I heard about a film set in a giant Russian (?) building, maybe an opera house, that is literally a single 90 minute take, for which everyone had to rehearse it hundreds of times to get it right, but i can't remember the title, the plot, or anyone involved. USELESS!

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pete, you're wrong, donnie darko is awesome.

Nah, it's just another 'lets put some religious undertones in a ridiculously complicated film, and throw in some stupid pointless dialouge and characters to throw people off the scent.'

Crap.

Deadly Flying Guillotine is awesome. Everyone should buy it. I got it for £2.99 from MVC and it's hilarious. It's so over the top, but amazing all the same.

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Godard straddled genius and being a horrendously up-himself jerk.

Has anyone ever seen the film 'Week End' by him? It features the most insanely irritating tracking shot in history, right up until the camera stops on the reason we've been subjected to the last few minutes - at which point one thinks 'oh, oh dear... that's horrible'.

Speaking of frustrating European film-makers, how did Michael Haneke follow up something as (admittedly ham-fisted) off-the-wall as 'Funny Games' with a movie as glibly offensive as 'The Piano Teacher'?

Between that movie and 'Secretary', holy fuck! Both witless meditations on how all people who enjoy being on the submissive of a sado-sexual acts are, clearly, self-harming sociopaths.

Gr.

Um, sorry    :oops:

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Donnie Darko is deliberately fucking confusing, but at least it isn't annoyingly obtuse, and encourages repeat viewings where trying to work it out is fun. Everyone seems to be battling each other to blow off the actor and director though - we shall see how they do, Hollywood has a short memory for flavours of the month. Also it was a film featuring teenagers that didn't treat the audience like a bunch of semi-literate mouthbreathers.

If you fancy seeing a guy fight Sammo from Martial Law with his magical eyebrows, you could do worse than Zu: Warriors of the Magic Mountain

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Nah, it's just another 'lets put some religious undertones in a ridiculously complicated film, and throw in some stupid pointless dialouge and characters to throw people off the scent.'

I quite like the way in which one can take a scientific angle, or a religious angle, or a universally-agnostic approach to 'making sense' of Darko. The movie quite cleverly skits between all three. That said, it's kinda debatable whether the filmmakers/writers saw their movie fully realised, but they *did* get quite a reasonable budget for a young directors' first (I think!) movie.

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If you fancy seeing a guy fight Sammo from Martial Law with his magical eyebrows, you could do worse than Zu: Warriors of the Magic Mountain

Kunal, I implore you... please tell me that this movie is available on region 2!   :!:

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Truffaut - i saw Jules Et Jim, and i didn't get it. How about Jean Luc Godard? - Breathless, Alphaville, Le Mepris etc

ye, it took me a while to really appreciate it. It's about many things which may sound pretty generic to most people but one of the best things about truffuat was the way he executed the filming/cinematography.
He would take influences from artists such as Picasso and manage to use various paintings in order to show the chronology of the film. Moving from la Belle epoque with the artistic bohemian life with fast camera movements/actions reminiscent of charlie chaplin's films and then onto the more drawn out second half of the post war depression where everything is much slower and philosophical.
These may seem like simple friendly winks to other artists, but to go deeper he also used picasso's artistic stylyings of cubism to portray the female protagonist in three dimensions when they see the statue of her face from all angles to stress the beauty and the fate which was lying ahead for the two friends and this femme fatale.
there's more to the film...but i would take up far too much space on here. :?

The high price of living too long with a single dream

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Nah, it's just another 'lets put some religious undertones in a ridiculously complicated film, and throw in some stupid pointless dialouge and characters to throw people off the scent.'

I quite like the way in which one can take a scientific angle, or a religious angle, or a universally-agnostic approach to 'making sense' of Darko. The movie quite cleverly skits between all three. That said, it's kinda debatable whether the filmmakers/writers saw their movie fully realised, but they *did* get quite a reasonable budget for a young directors' first (I think!) movie.

I think it's pointlessly deep and pretentious. I'm not trying to make out that I 'got' it on my first watch, but there isn't really much too it when all is said and done. It has these odd parts which don't actually mean anything but are just there to confuse and baffle, like when the teachers say "Donnie Darko." to each other and nod. That really is a ridiculous and pointless addition, and is ONLY there to confuse in my opinion. If that is actually the case then it's taking pretentiousness and arrogance in the film world to a whole new level. Plus it's pretty pathetic.

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If you fancy seeing a guy fight Sammo from Martial Law with his magical eyebrows, you could do worse than Zu: Warriors of the Magic Mountain

Kunal, I implore you... please tell me that this movie is available on region 2!   :!:

mate, i'm oldskool, i have it on VHS! BUT i think you're in luck...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASI … 37-7607843

There's a total disregard for common sense in that movie. like Carry On Crouching Tiger. It's great

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[...] if that is actually the case then it's taking pretentiousness and arrogance in the film world to a whole new level. Plus it's pretty pathetic

Well, horses-for-courses I guess! It's nice that it can inspire pretty polarised responses, at least.

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Truffaut - i saw Jules Et Jim, and i didn't get it. How about Jean Luc Godard? - Breathless, Alphaville, Le Mepris etc

ye, it took me a while to really appreciate it. It's about many things which may sound pretty generic to most people but one of the best things about truffuat was the way he executed the filming/cinematography.

If you have time, write it out, i'm interested! It sounds like he was going for something on a far more visual level, which bypassed me by. I don't remember being struck by the style - maybe that was the point. Maybe i WAS, i just didn't know it. Aha!
I was far more impressed by the acting. Jeanne Moreau's character is meant to be so great that two men love her at the same time, and her performance was so charismatic i believed it!

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oh my word...far too many responses. i'm gonna have to get up early tomorrow to book off an hour to check all this shit out.

uh...i just watched XX/XY. it was ok, nothing spectacular.

"It was good to know that no matter how different we were in the brain department, we could still have a laugh about my arse."

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[...] if that is actually the case then it's taking pretentiousness and arrogance in the film world to a whole new level. Plus it's pretty pathetic

Well, horses-for-courses I guess! It's nice that it can inspire pretty polarised responses, at least.

This is very true. I for one wasn't sold on it though. I was caught up with all the hype at first, but I don't rate it that much.

Has anybody seen Tokyo Story? It's a film I have wanted to see in such a long time. It looks absolutely stunning in the way it was shot, and the location...

Anyone?

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i hope you kids realise lorrie is STILL writing a reply to pete's initial slating of requiem for a dream.
have fun reading that.
roll

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pete
i can't believe you just dissed requiem for a dream sad
that film is quite possibly one of the best pieces of art ever made
darren aranofsky[sp?] is a god
the way he uses editing and soundtrack and oh god everything *creams self*
oh crap, i've just proved your point haven't i?[damn, you did say you were always right...]
but yeah, i did a presentation on it in and none of my class, or even my lecturer[!] hadn't seen it, and were totally blown away by it

dark water yes yes yes, erm, has anybody actually seen the second battle royale yet btw?

oh oh! man bites dog is an amazing flim, watched trouble every day the other day that was good too, city of god's pretty awesome, haha 'but i'm a cheerleader!', erm, my mind's gone blank now

i quite like south american kinda stories, like como agua para chocolate, they're kinda wierd and seem a bit over the top but they use lots of metaphors and superstitious beliefs and gods and stuff, i kinda even enjoyed 'girl on top', god i've just devalued everything i've said

i love films

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Requiem for a Dream... hmm.

I thought it was masterly in terms of look and editing (I remember wanting to fuck Paul Ross with a clawhammer after a comment in a review of said movie that said Aranovsky was using 'Guy Ritchie-style' editing techniques).

Ellen Burstyn gets chased by a fridge, drugs and all of the things that we subjugate ourselves to with all fuck us up... the movie doesn't go any deeper than that, for me. I preferred 'Pi' by some distance; I thought it was more cohesive. RFAD was, on the other hand, a lovely bunch of pictures.

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pete
i can't believe you just dissed requiem for a dream sad
that film is quite possibly one of the best pieces of art ever made
darren aranofsky[sp?] is a god
the way he uses editing and soundtrack and oh god everything *creams self*
oh crap, i've just proved your point haven't i?[damn, you did say you were always right...]
but yeah, i did a presentation on it in and none of my class, or even my lecturer[!] hadn't seen it, and were totally blown away by it

CAN IT, GRAMPS!

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...dark water...

The inexorable drift leading into the blitzkrieg of the last five minutes...  8O  sad

Walter Salles is directing the Hollywood re-jigging, and he's quite a chap. The cast is pretty fucking awesome too... we live in hope!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0382628/

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Requiem for a Dream... hmm.

I thought it was masterly in terms of look and editing

agreed. it's nice work all the same.

aronofsky.. pi! that's a good film. i can't really watch it, cos it kinda makes me neurotic.

"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people and neither do we..." George W Bush (5/8/04)

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...i can't really watch it, cos it kinda makes me neurotic.

Isn't that just down to natural pre-disposition, Tony?    wink

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...i can't really watch it, cos it kinda makes me neurotic.

Isn't that just down to natural pre-disposition, Tony?    wink

this is true...

:cry:

SHUT UP!

"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people and neither do we..." George W Bush (5/8/04)