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« Reply #1215 on: May 11, 2020, 08:13 »
Since my last post on what we have seen at home, we have checked out 何日君再来 (1991), 人吓鬼 (1994), The Lies She Loved, Ruben Brandt Collector, On Golden Pond, A River Runs Through It and these...





No Mercy is a 2010 South Korean action thriller film written and directed by Kim Hyeong-jun. Sol Kyung-gu won Best Actor at the 18th Chunsa Film Art Awards for his performance. In addition, the film has been picked up by audiences due to its shocking twist. Sol Kyung-Gu plays a staff member of the National Institute of Scientific Investigation (NISI) in South Korea. He attempts to uncover the identity of a mysterious serial killer who decapitates his victims. Ryoo Seung-Bum plays a environmentalist who holds clues to unravel the mystery. I thought I have seen all the best stuff from Korea and this totally flew over my radar. It’s riveting all the way to that final twist that made my jaw drop. The only weak spot is the villain(s) is/are not well-casted and well-developed. This one falls just a rung below Oldboy and that’s the biggest thumbs up for it.




The Story of Qiu Ju (秋菊打官司) is a 1992 Chinese comedy-drama film. The film was directed by Zhang Yimou and, as in many of his films, stars Gong Li in the title role. The film tells the story of a peasant woman, Qiu Ju, who lives in a rural area of China. When her husband is kicked in the groin by the village head, Qiu Ju, despite her pregnancy, travels to a nearby town, and later a big city to deal with its bureaucrats and find justice. I read somewhere that other than 3 professional actors, there rest were just playing themselves. Zhang shot everything using a hidden camera. In so doing, he came out with a film that is shot in natural light and people in their comfortable behavioural patterns. Humour comes in unexpected circumstances. Gong Li as a helluva stubborn person has not one tinge of glamour on her. The narrative got a little repetitive in the middle act because we all know she will keep on going up the hierarchy to get justice. Then in the third act something tumultuous happens that send her stubbornness crashing down. It was all going towards a happy ending and then Zhang gives us one more gut punch. An instantly memorable film that lets you see a China like never before.




Wildlife is a 2018 American drama film directed and co-produced by Paul Dano (in his directorial debut), starring Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal. The screenplay, written by Dano and Zoe Kazan, is based on the 1990 novel of the same name by Richard Ford. I like this a lot. It is your basic disintegration of family values, erosion of one’s moral core and the death of the American ideal narrative, but done without the histrionics. It has a rhythm and tempo that is distinctively its own. The acting is nuanced and finely calibrated. The ending is heart-achingly bittersweet. A superb directorial debut by Paul Dano, and you can feel it is a very personal project.

Then we went on a rich vein of American classics...




A Place in the Sun is a 1951 American drama film based on the 1925 novel An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser and the 1926 play, also titled An American Tragedy. It tells the story of a working-class young man who is entangled with two women: one who works in his wealthy uncle's factory, and the other a beautiful socialite. The film was a critical and commercial success, winning six Academy Awards and the first-ever Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama. In 1991, A Place in the Sun was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". This is one lavishly mounted production and exquisitely acted. Montgomery Clift was superb in the role of a nobody becoming a somebody. He communicated so much with his posture, gait and mannerisms. Truly masterclass acting. You should be hating him from the get-go, but I am sure you will sympathise with him when he gets himself stuck between a rock and a hard place. Elizabeth Taylor is stunning. From the first frame she appears in, I was seduced by her classy beauty. The film doesn’t even feel dated at all. We followed this up with another George Stevens film...



Woman of the Year is a 1942 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by George Stevens and starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. The film's plot is about the relationship between Tess Harding—an international affairs correspondent, chosen "Woman of the Year"—and Sam Craig—a sportswriter—who meet, marry, and encounter problems as a result of her unflinching commitment to her work. In 1999, this film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". This is the first of nine collaborations between the two leads and their chemistry is electrifying. The black and white cinematography didn’t bother me one bit because I was entranced by their antics, believable situations and the numerous quotable lines. If you are getting married soon, you need to watch this to get the essence of what constitutes a marriage. Better to get in with your eyes opened and not closed thinking it’s going to be spring every day. There are so many hilarious scenes and for me the standout appears near the end. Tess finally understands why she needs Sam and wants to win him back... through his stomach. The prolonged sequence in the kitchen is filled with so many nail-biting gags that we laughed till our eyes streamed down.


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« Reply #1216 on: May 16, 2020, 11:44 »
Since my last movie post, we have checked out Dr Strangelove: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), Fat Girl (2001), Two for the Road (1967), A Raisin in the Sun (1961) and these...




Coming Home is a 2014 Chinese historical drama film directed by Zhang Yimou and starring Chen Daoming and Gong Li. This is Zhang Yimou’s minor masterpiece. It’s a weepie but there is an epic sweep to the proceedings. It’s one of Zhang’s fave narratives - how the communist government in one fell swoop changed the lives of people, but this time he chooses to study a married couple. It’s emotionally devastating to see this. At the end of the first act is an incredible sequence - upstairs, downstairs, in the driving rain, up the bridge and down the bridge... beautifully choreographed with a Hitchock-ian movement of suspense. The ending is a downbeat but it’s also a testament of everlasting love.




Carlos, also known as Carlos the Jackal, is a 2010 French-German biographical film/miniseries about the life of the 1970s Venezuelan terrorist Carlos the Jackal (Ilich Ramírez Sánchez), covering his first series of attacks in 1973 until his arrest in 1994. This is a 5h 30min mini-series and I almost sat through in one sitting. It moves in a brisk pace and it’s not boring. Édgar Ramirez puts in a calling card bravura performance. Oliver Assayas’ direction is uncompromising and propulsive. It is essentially a fictionalised version of a terrorist’s life, but he kept to the timeline of the events, giving you a terrifying portrayal of an egotistical and cold-blooded terrorist and Europe was his playground. It is an astonishing film from start to end, it’s a history lesson based on thorough research. The cigarettes, women, explosions and guns... brilliant. If not for this CB I wouldn’t have taken the Criterion blu-ray for a watch, but now I am scouring my shelves for gems I have picked up.

Based on a bro’s recommendation we saw Fauda...




Fauda ("chaos") is an Israeli television series developed by Lior Raz and Avi Issacharoff drawing on their experiences in the Israel Defense Forces. It tells the story of Doron, a commander in the Mista'arvim unit and his team as they pursue a Hamas arch-terrorist known as "The Panther." Each episode is about 33min and hardly any time is wasted. It isn’t bloated like it’s American counterpart. Best way I can put it is this is Homeland without all the psychological and emotional hang-ups. You can also see that it doesn’t have the monster budget of Hollywood but yet they could tell a story in a powerful way.

Wondering what to watch next, we searched Netflix and tried the first 15 minutes of this and that’s it... we were sucked in...




Bodyguard is a British police political-thriller television series created and written by Jed Mercurio and produced by World Productions as part of ITV Studios for the BBC. The six-part series features Richard Madden and Keeley Hawes. The series began broadcasting on BBC One on 26 August 2018,[2] achieving the highest viewing figures for a new BBC drama in the multichannel era and the highest BBC viewing figures since 2008. The series is set around the fictional character of Police Sergeant David Budd, a British Army war veteran suffering from PTSD, who is now working for the Royalty and Specialist Protection Branch of London's Metropolitan Police Service. He is assigned as the principal protection officer (PPO) for the ambitious Home Secretary Julia Montague, whose politics he despises. As the series unravels, the series comments on many issues regarding the controversy around government monitoring of private information and its regulation, and also on PTSD.

If you are looking for binge-worthy series that doesn’t stretched to forever, this is fricking it. It’s greatest strength is it’s the set-pieces and there are a few here that rival the best action movies out there. The first 3 episodes are solid stuff, moving at the pace of a volley of bullets. The characters are vivid and it doesn’t overwhelmed you with expositions. There is depth, just enough, to the main characters. At the midway mark, I was surprised it went on a sudden right turn into whodunnit territory and along the corridors of power everyone in high places is a suspect. The last episode went by in a breathless flurry. Okay, it’s over the top like crazy, but it succeeded in being superbly entertaining and I definitely hope to see a S2 down the road.




But the absolute best thing we saw is an Italian TV series called My Brilliant Friend. I fell in love with it instantly and will reserve my thoughts and feels after I have seen S2.


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« Reply #1217 on: May 18, 2020, 10:23 »
Over the weekend we had a themed movie marathon - Japanese. These are what we saw...




13 Assassins is a 1963 jidaigeki (period drama) film directed by Eiichi Kudo. I have seen Takeshi Miike’s blood soaked remake (2010) and have always been curious about the original. The story is simple - a band of 13 samurais plan to assassinate a cruel feudal lord. Interestingly, if memory serves me well, Miike was very faithful to the original, sometimes reproducing the same shot. I always like these numbered underdogs against an infinite number of scumbags movies. You know not all will survive, but you know they will die well. The first 3/4 is a lot of talk and recruiting, the last half hour is a helluva fight to the end and it is so well-staged I see the crimson red even though it’s shot in B&W. The catharsis hits the spot. Go see Miike’s remake, then check this gem out and you will realise Miike’s version is just a gimmicky and garish film.



Tokyo Drifter is a 1966 yakuza film directed by Seijun Suzuki. The story follows Tetsuya Watari as the reformed yakuza hitman "Phoenix" Tetsu who is forced to roam Japan avoiding execution by rival gangs. The majority of the film takes place in Tokyo, but portrays the city in a highly stylized manner. The opening sequence consists of a mash of images from metropolitan Tokyo, meant to condense the feeling of the city into one sequence. The film opens in stylized black and white, which becomes vibrant color in all subsequent scenes which served to represent Tokyo after the 1964 Summer Olympics. This is my first time discovering Seijun Suzuki and it wouldn’t be my last. Tokyo Drifter is an exercise of style over substance. What style this has! The loyal and charismatic henchman saunters around humming his drifter tune before whacking all the bad guys down. Love his cool light blue suit that never gets one single blood stain. This guy is so cool, women want to have his babies, but he pushes them away because a drifter shouldn’t have a girl next to him. It would sully his cool. Narratively, this lacks structure but there is just enough to keep you on the road to one of the most bombastic climatic gunfights ever. I thought I have seen everything... heck! I am an amateur! I am cueing up his masterpiece Branded to Kill soon.



Onibaba is a 1964 historical drama horror film written and directed by Kaneto Shindo. The film is set during a civil war in the fourteenth century. Nobuko Otowa and Jitsuko Yoshimura play two women who kill soldiers to steal their possessions, and Kei Satō plays the man who ultimately comes between them. This is my second time and my wife’s first time, a haunting and astonishing film. It feels like a parable, a horror story, a cautionary tale about possessiveness. Erotically charged, bursting with symbolisms, this feels like a critique on consumerism, the destructive nature of sexual desire, all caught in a sea of weaving reeds. The horror element only comes late in the movie, but by then I was already a goner. This is a must-see.



Ran is a 1985 epic action drama film directed, edited and co-written by Akira Kurosawa. The plot derives from William Shakespeare's King Lear and includes segments based on legends of the daimyō Mōri Motonari. The film stars Tatsuya Nakadai as Hidetora Ichimonji, an aging Sengoku-period warlord who decides to abdicate as ruler in favor of his three sons. This is one of the best 50 films to grace the planet and if you don’t think so you know sh*t. I think it’s my third time seeing it and my wife’s first. This is a film that Kurosawa could never have made when he was younger, what it is is a representation of the twilight of his illustrious career and his life. The culmination of all his life’s philosophies and experiences exploded on the screen in vivid colours. It’s the apocalypse of humanity in a kaleidoscope of primary colours. Lots of directors use colours as symbolisms, it is a matter of taste whether the gimmick calls attention to itself. Here, it is incredibly used thematically and structurally. You see the humongous battle scenes but you will never be confused who is who. My wife caught a detail I have never seen even in my third time - the flags had lines, the number of lines symbolises which brother’s army it is. Ran is epic, full of metaphors (all great movies have that) and grand themes portrayed in grandiose ways. Everything is so operatic and opulent, making you think before you feel. There are no close-ups, everything is divided down the middle. It has an effect on you, making you see everything like an omnipresent God, never lifting a finger to intervene, preferring to lay back and see humans kill humans. You wouldn’t be able to sum up the whole film in a few throwaway lines. It’s one of those few films that teach you something about life each time you see it.



The Bad Sleep Well is a 1960 movie directed by Akira Kurosawa. It was the first film to be produced under Kurosawa's own independent production company. The film stars Toshiro Mifune as a young man who gets a prominent position in a corrupt postwar Japanese company in order to expose the men responsible for his father's death. It has its roots in Shakespeare's Hamlet, while also doubling as a critique of corporate corruption. Along with Stray Dog (1949) and High and Low (1963), it is one of three films in which Kurosawa explores the film noir genre. This one has its moments but overall it suffers from pacing problems and it is too long. The moment a reveal is dropped it slows down to a crawl when it should have gone up a notch. The ending withholds information that would have garnered sympathy for the hero. Instead, we are given the information through a verbose explanation that provides zero catharsis. It left a bad taste in my mouth. Where Kurosawa did stupendously well is his portrayal of the insidious nature of dirty corporation that leaves bodies in its wake on its way to lining their pockets with millions.



Godzilla is a 1954 Japanese kaiju film directed by Ishirō Honda, with special effects by Eiji Tsuburaya. Produced and distributed by Toho Studios, it is the first film in the Godzilla franchise and the Shōwa era. In the film, Japan's authorities deal with the sudden appearance of a giant monster, whose attacks trigger fears of nuclear holocaust during post-war Japan. The film spawned a multimedia franchise, being recognized by Guinness World Records as the longest running film franchise in history. The character Godzilla has since became an international pop culture icon, and the 1954 film has been largely credited for establishing the template for tokusatsu media. Wow! Just fricking wow! Forget all the Hollywood Godzilla crap! This is where it all began. Going into this film, I was getting ready to be wrapped up high camp and low cheesiness, but I had no idea I was in for such a superb time. In true monster movie fashion, the Japanese studios never throw in the iconic monster from the get-go. We get the after-effects when the shores of an island became its playground. Humans talk about it in all manners of seriousness. Then we get a roar, a thump and a rearing of a head, and the humans go ape-shite and likewise with us. The movie has the perfect balance between the human and monster elements. Heck! The Hollywood movies can never get this right. When Godzilla goes rampaging into Tokyo I became a small wide-eyed boy again. It’s not just a guilty pleasure, the film is filled with metaphors and symbolisms. They even put in one for Oppenheimer, the scientist who created the atomic bomb, and his profound sadness for seeing his invention gets used for destruction. His ultimate sacrifice is well-handled and hits a spot for me. And get this.... I actually felt for the poor thing that was Godzilla who could inspire terror and garner sympathy.


Penance, known in Japanese as Shokuzai (贖罪), is a Japanese television drama miniseries in 2012. It is based on a novel of the same name by Kanae Minato and directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa. We finished the novel by Kanae Minato who wrote the seminal Confessions. I had reservations about the book, but being a fan of seeing the art of translation from print to screen, we decided to check this 6-parter out. The first episode wore on too long but it’s too early to say much. I must say it stays quite faithful to the book, a story about violence begetting violence.

Next weekend I am planning a European movie marathon. I have to show her Nights of Cabiria (1957), one of my all time faves


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« Reply #1218 on: May 22, 2020, 08:58 »
Since my last movie post, we have seen Quai Des Orfèvres (1947), Heavenly Creatures (2002), and these...



United 93 is a 2006 biographical drama-thriller film written, co-produced and directed by Paul Greengrass, that chronicles events aboard United Airlines Flight 93,[3] which was hijacked during the September 11 attacks of 2001. The film attempts to recount the hijacking and subsequent events in the flight with as much veracity as possible (there is a disclaimer that some imagination had to be used) and in real time (from the flight's takeoff). The passengers' response to the hijacking has come to be invested with great moral significance. The DVD was sitting on my shelf since God knows when and I am glad to take it down for a watch. What a tremendous experience - it’s an event I don’t want to relive and never want to forget. The film honours the victims in a respectable way. It’s the type of movie you know going in you already know the outcome, but the tension still builds and builds till a point you somehow wish it had never happened. Like the COVID-19 pandemic, the 9/11 terrorist attack reset the world - it’s the type of world event that essentially demarcates the timeline of the world into two sections. It is a good choice to use unrecognisable actors for the movie. It really thrusts you into United 93 on the way to the White House. It’s tense, brutal and honest, with little embellishments. Watch this if you have not done so.



Shane is a 1953 American Technicolor Western film from Paramount Pictures, noted for its landscape cinematography, editing, performances, and contributions to the genre. The picture was produced and directed by George Stevens from a screenplay by A. B. Guthrie Jr., based on the 1949 novel of the same name by Jack Schaefer. Its Oscar-winning cinematography was by Loyal Griggs. Shane stars Alan Ladd and Jean Arthur in the last feature (and only color) film of her career. This CB I intend to watch all the westerns I have in my possession, this is probably one of the last few. Should have saved this for the last because it is a superb film. It’s about a weary gunfighter who attempts to settle down with a homestead family, but a smoldering settler/rancher conflict forces him to act. This one has a mythical sheen gleaming in every scene. It feels effortlessly timeless, an olden time cemented in your consciousness. Times may have changed, but people are still feeling oppressed in many parts of the world. The intimate storytelling has a stalwart integrity and it also has the ability to say a lot more without having to tell you a lot. One of those rare films I would gladly revisit.



Good Morning is a 1959 comedy film by Japanese director Yasujirō Ozu. It is a loose remake of his own 1932 silent film I Was Born, But..., and is Ozu's second film in color. I have seen most of Ozu’s celebrated films and this is the first time I laughed out loud. The story is so simple - two young boys in suburban Tokyo take a vow of silence after their parents refuse to buy them a television set. All of Ozu’s films are shot from the perspective of adults, but this one is from the petulant boys’ point of view. It is an enchanting portrayal of family life but using this deceptively simple framework Ozu gives a sharp critique towards the gossiping nature of Japanese folks, meaningless rituals and consumerism.



House of Games is a 1987 American neo-noir heist-thriller film directed by David Mamet, his directorial debut. He also wrote the screenplay, based on a story he co-wrote with Jonathan Katz. This one is about the world of the con man and a fascinating character study of a psychiatrist. That’s it... don’t find out more about the plot. Nothing is going to beat the first time you see this. What I can tell you is that this felt like getting lost in a labyrinth and getting your brains f*cked in the nicest of ways. The beauty of it is that you wouldn’t think you are lost in a maze until the end of the movie and you suddenly realised you have been conned. Hollywood don’t make these type of movies anymore. Everything out of there is mostly based on a template, going through the motions, nothing is original anymore. With David Mamet, you know his every word, comma, ellipse carries humongous weight and he writes killer dialogue. The gradual unfolding of the plot is sheer masterclass. This DVD sat on my shelf since forever ago and I remember buying it for only one reason - David Mamet. Watch this.... please. I end with Roger Ebert’s words: “This movie is awake. I have seen so many films that were sleepwalking through the debris of old plots and second-hand ideas that it was a constant pleasure to watch House of Games."

You will notice there are fewer movies watched. It’s all because of this Korean series that is the talk of the town...



The World of the Married is so addictive and compulsive... we have 6 more episodes to go. I will reserve my thoughts till we are done. Forget Crash Landing on You, this is even better.


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My European movie weekend is about to begin. Wifey made pizza and we have red wine to go with the food and movies. See ya on the other side.


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« Reply #1220 on: May 25, 2020, 09:32 »
Really wanted to squeeze as many great movies from Europe as possible, but finally we just took it easy. Wifey made pizzas to go with them... perfect.




Nights of Cabiria is a 1957 Italian drama film directed by Federico Fellini and starring Giulietta Masina, François Périer, and Amedeo Nazzari. Based on a story by Fellini, the film is about a prostitute in Rome who searches in vain for true love. Besides the best actress award at the Cannes Film Festival for Giulietta Masina, Nights of Cabiria won the 1957 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. This was the second straight year Italy and Fellini won this Academy Award, having won for 1956's La Strada, which also starred Giulietta Masina. I love this to bits because of Giulietta Masina’s incredibly naked performance. Yes, she is a prostitute, she lives on the fringes of society, but so what? I love how Masina plays her - a plucky and spunky girl that grabs life by the balls. She is Chaplin and Keaton all rolled into a waif of a girl with aspirations for life. Who says a hooker don’t deserve happiness? Her fallback basic instinct is to search for truth in lies and happiness in sadness. In her you will see a blueprint for living your life - she knows she is a loser, but the difference is she doesn’t want to be one forever. The last scene is heart-achingly beautiful - a teardrop laced with mascara congealed on one eye and the scene plays with perfect juxtaposition and emphatic contrast to the scene of jubilant celebration all around her. Is it a cruel joke, is it her doing a mental system reset? Cabiria conveys a resolute notion that you don’t have to worry about her. I know it’s just a movie, but each time it ends I always say a silent prayer she will eventually find true love. She deserves it. All my life I have met many women, sometimes I find instances of Cabiria in some of them, but there wasn’t any who comes close to a living embodiment of Cabiria (I have a friend who for the longest time was searching for Faye Wong’s character in Chungking Express. I say this because I need to let you know I am not crazy). Forget Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, Nights of Cabiria is the best film about a prostitute with a heart of gold.




The Conformist is a 1970 political drama film directed by Bernardo Bertolucci, whose screenplay is based on the 1951 novel The Conformist by Alberto Moravia. Bertolucci makes use of the 1930s art and decor associated with the Fascist era: the middle-class drawing rooms and the huge halls of the ruling elite. The film is a case study in the psychology of conformism and fascism: Marcello Clerici is a bureaucrat, cultivated and intellectual but largely dehumanized by an intense need to be 'normal' and to belong to whatever is the current dominant socio-political group. He grew up in an upper class, perhaps dysfunctional family, and he suffered a major childhood sexual trauma and gun violence episode in which he long believed that he had killed his chauffeur. More than anything, it is Bertolucci‘s style that engaged me. It’s poetic, rich and so baroque. It plays with light and shadows to sublime effect. There is a scene near the end that happens in the woods - a woman screams and runs through the trees, sunlight streamed down through the canopy, shots ring out, faceless men in trench coats shooting at her. It is a stunning scene - a scene of violence in a sea of nature.




The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie is a 1972 surrealist film directed by Luis Buñuel and written by Jean-Claude Carrière in collaboration with the director. The film was made in France and is mainly in French, with some dialogue in Spanish. The narrative concerns a group of upper middle class people attempting—despite continual interruptions—to dine together. The film received the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and a nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Most people I know who have seen this tend to summarise it as a movie about six people who never got a chance to have their meal. That’s a little too easy - it’s like saying Field of Dreams is about baseball and Star Wars is about good versus evil in space. This is my third time and I still managed to catch some gags I have missed previously. There is no plots, only situations, but what situations they are - the three ladies ordered tea but there isn’t any, they switched to coffee but soon the waiter tells them they have ran out of water. Another - they were invited to dinner, they sat down, then curtains were drawn and they realised they are participants in a play and the audience are shouting their disapproval. It’s subversive, it’s outlandish, and so many years later it still works like a charm.




Russian Ark is a 2002 experimental historical drama film directed by Alexander Sokurov. In Russian Ark, an unnamed narrator wanders through the Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg, and implies that he died in some horrible accident and is a ghost drifting through the palace. In each room, he encounters various real and fictional people from various periods in the city's 300-year history. He is accompanied by "the European", who represents the Marquis de Custine, a 19th-century French traveler. The film was recorded entirely in the Winter Palace of the Russian State Hermitage Museum on 23 December 2001 using a one-take single 96-minute Steadicam sequence shot. Russian Ark uses the fourth wall device extensively, but repeatedly broken and re-erected. At times the narrator and the companion interact with the other performers, whilst at other times they pass unnoticed. Forget Birdman and the recent 1917, this is the granddaddy of the one-take movie. This is a cinematic tour de force through 300 years of Russian history, filmed with a cast of thousands, three live orchestras and an army of technicians who all hit their marks at the precise timing. If you want to learn Russian history, immersed yourself with this.




Rome, Open City is a 1945 Italian neorealist drama film directed by Roberto Rossellini. The picture features Aldo Fabrizi, Anna Magnani and Marcello Pagliero, and is set in Rome during the Nazi occupation in 1944. The title refers to Rome being declared an open city after 14 August 1943. The film won several awards at various film festivals, including the most prestigious Cannes Grand Prix and was nominated for the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar at the 19th Academy Awards. Rome, 1944. Giorgio Manfredi, one of the leaders of the Resistance, is tracked down by the Nazis. He goes to his friend Francesco's, and asks Pina, Francesco's fiancée, for help. Pina must warn a priest, Don Pietro Pellegrini, that Giorgio needs to leave the town as soon as possible ... Shot near the end of the liberation of Rome, this is the pioneering film of Italian neorealism. It is a very accomplished war drama film made during a dangerous time. There is little embellishment, it is a film about the essence of tragedy and the facts speak for themselves without a needless romanticised tale. Chances are you may not have seen this but an image of a woman running after her husband-to-be captured by the Nazis and getting mowed down in a hail of bullets will befuddle you - where have I seen that? That’s one of the iconic shots.

That’s it for our European weekend. Originally, I wanted to see three more since today is a holiday, but I am quite attuned to Choo’s disposition with these arthouse films. I have to comment she kept her enthusiasm as high as she could and that’s a mean feat. I shan’t “torture” her anymore. I will do the rest on my own. So in the midst of going through these plotless arthouse emperor’s-new-clothes movies, we tried this...




Pride and Prejudice is a six-episode 1995 British television drama, adapted by Andrew Davies from Jane Austen's 1813 novel of the same name. Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth starred as Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy respectively. Critically acclaimed and a popular success, Pride and Prejudice was honoured with several awards, including a BAFTA Television Award for Jennifer Ehle for "Best Actress" and an Emmy for "Outstanding Individual Achievement in Costume Design for a Miniseries or a Special". The role of Mr Darcy elevated Colin Firth to stardom. A scene showing Firth in a wet shirt was recognised as "one of the most unforgettable moments in British TV history". This mini-series currently sits at #50 of IMDb Best TV Series list. This is so fricking good.... I love the gentle comedy of manners, exquisite acting and the spoken English. In these present times, we kill each other with f-bombs, then they kill each other with wit and sarcasm. Give me a time machine man!


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Re: Your All Time Favourite Movies & Whathaveyoubeenwatching?
« Reply #1221 on: May 25, 2020, 10:54 »
Have you seen Victoria:

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4226388/

It will fit your theme, it also manages to be a 2.5 hour, single cut film, largely improvised to the story outline. Quite an intense ride and accomplishment.  Birdman and 1917 are just made to look like it is a single cut but aren’t.  I will try to seek out Russian Ark

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« Reply #1222 on: May 25, 2020, 14:13 »
Seen it. I remember it was cool movie


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