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Films You Just Watched Thread Anonymous Comrade 02/20/2020 (Thu) 01:02:42 No. 6303
Hello, the most recent movie threads have seemed a bit unfocused, this thread is for the discussion of movies we just watched and other anon's takes on them. So, without further ado I'll begin. I just watched Parasite last night, it was pretty good I think, but not as cutting edge or witty as I was expecting. I thought it was a bit unfocused and threw a lot at the wall to see what stuck, but on the other hand, it was fun and more interesting than most. A solid 8/10. I do an IMDB rating for each film I watch, for my own reference mostly, but you can see each film I watched lately and my rating if you're curious or want to ask about them. If other anons have something similar feel free to post. https://www.imdb.com/user/ur46013471/ratings
Best horror film I've seen in years https://youtu.be/aO4IktVcxyY 10/10 Fuck this shit
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Watched this recently, not sure how I feel about it. Certainly a well made movie but how accurate is it?
>>16707 Continuing to go through Aronofsky's works. Watched Pi the other day. While its deffinetly very well made, I hate its message. Just more of the obscurantist tower of Babel tier shit about how man can never and should never grasp the universe. But as I said, its deffinetly well executed, especially the acompanying track. Today I watched Requiem for a Dream. Really fucking bad vibes right now. Honestly this might be one of the few if not the only foreign films that manage to reach the levels of grim that is my native Lithuanian literature. Like, from the first 10-20 minutes I realized that it is like watching a slow motion train crash. However, this doesn't make the film bad. I'd argue that this might very well be the single best anti-Amerikkka films out there, not because it shows the nations imperialist crimes, but the absolute horror that is the life of American citizens. Didn't really notice the cinematography much. Also the bait and switch with "spring" never coming after "winter" was really great, even if it contributed to the depression value.
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I recently watched a 3 hour long german movie "Never Look Away" (2018) and it was really fucking amazing - it's about a german artist who is born in nazi Germany, then goes to school in east Germany, and graduates in west Germany. I am usually really picky with my movies, but I assure you this movie is fucking amazing. The reason it's so long isn't because it's super complex, but rather that this movie likes to take time to build up scenes, which I personally really enjoyed - lots of good camera work in there. https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/never_look_away A couple of films that have been on my mind lately: Cure by Kiyoshi Kurosawa. Brilliant use of atmosphere to build dread, both through how it uses the settings of each of the murders (it begins as a procedural about murders with the hallmarks of a serial killer, except that each is done by a different person who claims to not remember doing it) and through its deteriorating recurring settings. I discovered it a few years ago I think, and it might be my all time favorite now. Christ Stopped at Eboli by Francesco Rosi. I saw this one last year when the newly restored and uncut version was released in the US. I'm thinking about it because I'm mad about that version not getting a bluray or streaming release. It's a 4-hour Italian epic about a city doctor who gets sent to some far flung, backwards village by Mussolini's government because he's been hanging out with his communist friends too much. It's a fascinating and very comfy (even if occasionally horrifying) depiction of what life was like at that time, and it gives a very good diagnosis of how bourgeois small-town governments and elites form their self-serving aristocracy that holds the common people in contempt. Unfortunately like I mentioned it's hard to find but if a screening happens near you, I highly recommend dropping everything to see it.
Zapata! was made by a rabid anticommunist who sold people out willingly to the HUAC. Someone care to explain that one to me?
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Just watched Love and Monsters and it was great. For a low-budget cheesy monster movie, it has good plot, fun characters, fairly good CGI and practical effects and a nice message. The monster designs are creative and really carry across the whole "mutant" idea, and reminds me of some other works of science fiction with similar premises. It's a shame it didn't go to theaters but what can you do. I won't go into the details of the good parts yet, because it's a new movie and I don't wanna spoil it for anyone until after they've had a chance to watch it. Paramount's own trailer description is the best nonspoiler summary, Seven years after the Monsterpocalypse, Joel Dawson (Dylan O’Brien), along with the rest of humanity, has been living underground ever since giant creatures took control of the land. After reconnecting over radio with his high school girlfriend Aimee (Jessica Henwick), who is now 80 miles away at a coastal colony, Joel begins to fall for her again. As Joel realizes that there’s nothing left for him underground, he decides against all logic to venture out to Aimee, despite the dangerous monsters that stand in his way. I enjoyed it the same way I enjoyed Pacific Rim or Zombieland and there's a lot of good stuff to find. It's available on fmovies.wtf (Have uBlock Origin and Popupblockers) and is plenty of fun to watch.
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Just watched Battlefield Earth, what are our thoughts on the whole "so bad, it's good" phenomenon?
>>17785 I always enjoyed it. It is in essence a cheesy movie in the same way films like Predator or Independence day are. Some cool alien concepts, some idea of human struggle against impossible odds and some decent acting and effects with the gaps filled in with cheese and tropes.
>>9744 I just watched "Hereditary" after seeing Midsommar and my God what a good movie. The VVitch is okay too.
>>17803 What did you think of Midsommar?
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Has anyone watched The Inner Circle? >The true story of Ivan Sanchin, the KGB officer who was Stalin's private film projectionist from 1939 until the dictator's death. Told from Sanchin's view, the sympathetic but tragically flawed hero maintains unwavering faith in his "Master" despite the arrest of his neighbors and his involvement with their daughter, his wife's affair with the chilling State Security chief Lavrentii Beria and her tragic decline, and the deadly political machinations within the Kremlin he witnesses firsthand. How is it? Also thoughts on East/West?
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>>18270 god, posters looked so awful back then
This is the only place that I can admit but I'm about to watch all 5 of the scary movies as part of my halloween marathon
>>18285 Why are you ashamed? Those are great fun >>18281 >back then
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Has anyone seen the Society of the Spectacle movie/documentary/video essay? Is it a good introduction before diving into the book?
Borat 2.It was funny, but I feel like it was a bit underwhelming: like the funniest stuff was all shock humour as opposed to something actually comedic. Also the satire felt a bit, weak? Like yes singing about giving Obama wuhan flu as a rally and people unironically liking it is funny, but like, it feels a bit weak compared to say what Eric Andre does.
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I watched La Chinoise recently with a friend and it made me think, what films do y'all think should be required/recommended watching for socialists? For me Come and See is a must watch. Soy Cuba is also good.
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I just watched Heavy Metal (1981) and frankly, the best best story is the Captain Stern trial, the cabby story is nice, but the love story is truly put with a shoehorn, it make me laugh how bad that was. The other stories are pretty meh to me.
>>18339 It's a drug-induced fantasy rotoscope animation, it wasn't meant to be anything than a set of short stories in an art-house experiment.
>>18296 It made me drop anarchism for Marxism.
>>6417 I watched this recently. Very good and I don't even like Tarkovsky that much.
Just watched The Lighthouse. Maybe not for everyone but I appreciated the pacing and Dafoe’s monologues. >>17814 pretty great/10, good portrayal of drugs and the 20-something generation. Good body horror at times. >>18296 It’s literally someone reading the book, just presented in a different sequence of chapters. Hopefully the footage helps illustrate the points. I’s also highly recommend Debord’s earlier films ‘Critique of Separation’ and ‘On the Passage of a Few Persons Through a Brief Unity of Time’ to get your brain in tune with his before jumping into SoTS, and you might like In Girum...’ (palindromic Latin title idr, made later in the 70s) >>18311 Kanchiviram and the docu Concerning Violence
>>18378 >The Lighthouse Definitely an acquired taste and a bit over artsy, but still quite interesting a film. Dafoe is always great with his characters and plays madmen well (similar to Christopher Walken and Anthony Hopkins). Red Cynic did a decent review of the film that really delved into the lore behind the film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjh8Kn2ZvSY
>>18378 thanks buddy
>>18413 The Lighthouse was a sequel to Flapjack. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8yEVxa5Nsg
Hot-Take: Cruel Intentions is a perfect encapsulation of American bourg narcissism and self-pity
Just watchined "Sweeny Todd" on Netflix. Great film, pretty based. >There's a hole in the world like a great black pit >And the vermin of the world inhabit it >And its morals aren't worth what a pig could spit >And it goes by the name of London >At the top of the hole sit a privileged few >Making mock of the vermin in the lower zoo >Turning beauty to filth and greed >I too have sailed the world and seen its wonders, >For the cruelty of men is as wondrous as Peru
currently watching trial of chicago 7 goddamn courts are such a sham when it comes to prosecuting leftists really makes you understand how pathetic and fake the state's freedom is
Not a "movie I watched", but movie related. What are you all thinking about Matrix 4? Asking because in all honesty I feel kinda afraid that it will ruin the original trilogy somehow. After watching the films again for those two review posts ITT I felt that the series had a really nice conclussion at the end of it and I would hate to see it messed with tbh.
>>19925 >Watching Sorkin libshit butchery of a real story film Very cringe
>>19975 It's best to watch Matrix 4 as it's own thing. It's definitely not very fitting with the rest of the trilogy, but it's still a fun movie. >>18429 Nuclear truth
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I finally watched the movie that started all. I have no idea why it's not mentioned more often in critics circle also mystery of why autistic entities tend to gitta go fast contiunes
>>19978 ???? Matrix 4 is out???? Damn. Gonna watch it tommorow. Just watched the 3 extended LOTR movies. Took a week to get through them. Awesome movies.
>>20057 Watching the LOTR trilogy has been kind of a Christmas tradition for me the last couple of years. It just goes so well with this time of year for some reason. And they are still to this day may favourite movies ever. Btw, watch the behind the scenes documetaries next. They are honestly just as good as the movies.
>>20057 >>19978 It's not out I think. I asked because it is supposed to come out in 2021.
>>19975 The original films were dumb to begin with. Simulation should have been physical and not mental, with no "true authentic reality" to escape to or from. Something like augmented reality, smart homes, smart cities, etc. All that was already discussed in the 90s. Would have been a way better film about the actual world, as well as a metaphor for ideology. Then all the fantasy stuff about flying and hacking reality would make the film actually eccentric. There's nothing special about flying in your dreams if dreams are still separate from reality. The only good part was that the dream was collective. But it's just a remake of Plato's cave, basically. But the 4th part will surely be straight up retarded. Nostalgic references mixed with radical idpol. Or maybe they'll add a twist where the good (trans)guys now team with (social media) architects to defend the simulation against the evil magatards attacking from reality, probably with some russian villain thrown in for good measure.
>>20169 Kek don’t think it’ll be all that shit Tho odds are the red pill will become HRT
I hate Midsommar Leftists may look at the message of the movie as some critique of soulless capitalist society but it's just a whiny movie about the importance of muh culture and traditions and how modern society bad because it's secular I fucking hate that reactionary mindset and thus want to beat up the maker of this crap movie
>>20181 Kek, I predicted this
A little while ago I watched The Lego Movie. This post will contain spoilers, but you probably won't even watch the movie since it is Matrix propaganda produced by Matrix and so on. It had nice production values, shiny colors, good voice acting etc., but what really struck me was the narrative and world building. Yeah yeah wahoo bing bong they traversed all around some nice looking Lego scenes with Batman and other cross-universe celebs, but it was all just a clever ploy to show the protagonist (and the consumer) different ways to live your life. >City full of mindless, but happy slaves >Party place full of hedonists >Western place with grumpy with folks, who did what they wanted >"Heroes" that just needed someone to say that they should do something >Evil HQ™ with bots that acted like citizens with extra steps Everyone just waiting for a leader to come and say what they should do. Nice Matrix rip off kind of, with a revealed father/son-dynamic in the end, wouldn't recommend.
Has anyone seen Session 9? It was, in my opinion, an amazing spiritual successor to Shining-esc horror. It's quite obscure in the realm of film I find.
>>20226 yes, really good and underrated film. would love to know of more like it!
Somebody who truly knows about film/art help me out here: I've been stuck a lot on the film Joker (2019). Thing is, I watched the movie when it came out. In a really good movie theater, very good sound system for that OST and I was severely depressed at the time. All this to say, I had an amazing, approaching psychedelic experience. Saying that I thought the movie was good would be an understatement. I felt like I was entering into some kind of strange but exultant nihilistic communion with the universe through how much I unironically related with the hyper-alienation of the protagonist, the instinct displayed against the status quo, and the fact they have a pseudo-anti-neoliberalism message only enhanced it even more. However, I have been watching movies for a long time. I have a basic grasp of movies as art or as a display of a genuine artistic vision. I have acquired some media and textual comprehension through experience and some of the classes I took in Uni. I understand there's a difference between subjective experience and objective reality. And the more I thought of it, the more I realized it objectively wasn't that good. Phoenix's performance was stupendous, the OST was excellent and combined with the visuals pretty well, and the production design choice of mimicking the Taxi Driver aesthetic was a good one. But apart from that, it's the epitome of the "we live in a society" meme. It portrays tragic "amounts" of alienation but doesn't add anything new to it or add any subtlety, it bandwagons of a lot of the ephemeral contemporaneous imagery of incels and whatnot. It's a manifesto of endless self-pity and inertia justified through the despair of the late-stage capitalist subject and the anti-neoliberalism is fucking razor thin. My question is: how do I deal with this huge contradiction between my subjective experience and my objective reasoning? Honestly kinda breaks my heart to be cynical about the movie but I also don't wanna be a rube who unironically thinks this movie is somehow dangerous or controversial in any meaningful way. Sorry if it's a self-indulgent long post, but I just felt like writing it down.
>>20276 Joker 2019 is not dangerous in any way, and is a good expression of the realities of what mob mentalities and many "revolutionary martyrs" are - people who are driven by their own selfish reasons to do acts that inspire others as a byproduct, and that this is a symptom of capitalist sickness. See the Joker thread for more
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9/10 would watch again
>>20276 weirdly I also had a psychedelic experience surrounding the movie Joker. But later when I try to write about it I could not combine the ideas properly, I wanted to compare and contrast the Joker, 12 Angry Men. Something about believing and the good of America or the good of the world and that naive belief in society that the character had before becoming Joker. You can see the same belief in 12 Angry Men but also a sense of cynicism as well as understanding that the movie would be a miraculous outcome. To me it seems like the Joker is also a miraculous outcome except tragic I think this tragedy speaks to a in ways we cannot fully comprehend yet because we're still in the throes of this pre miracle stage of capitalism. I
>>20305 something about it felt completely hollow to me, don't know if it was the ford cameo or the general big dumb action movie sensibilities that creeped in.
>>20301 Yeah, if anything it's an ultra individualistic approach to the mental suffering and alienation felt by a lot of underprivileged young men. It's all about being inevitably on your own and even as it portrays his mental illness as a result of the surrounding circumstances it offers no real solution other than just resigning to things being shitty. I still found it beautiful, I guess because it resonated with the individualized way in which I've experienced my own alienation and suffering since I've lived in an intensely individualistic world, as so many others have.
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Watched eraserhead. 8/10, it does awkward and weird so much better than modern weird/cringe shit. It's bizarre without being too over the top or making me sympathize with the situation.
>>20320 Fucking this. It felt like a shallow fanfiction going through cyberpunk tropes

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