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Postby The Eva Monkey » Sun Jan 29, 2017 12:11 pm

Was feeling depressed, so I had a double dose of sci-fi apocalypse, watched Interstellar and Knowing.

Probably should have watched those the other way around... oh well...

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Postby The Eva Monkey » Mon Jan 30, 2017 11:48 am

In light of recent events, it felt only fitting to watch X-Men and X2.

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Postby Director Black » Mon Jan 30, 2017 8:57 pm

Watched the entire O.J.: Made in America documentary on Saturday...it was a long 7 and 1/2 hours, but I never lost interest once. The subject may seem unnessesary at first (Ezra Eldman, the director, wanted to back out because it seemed there was nothing new to say about the man), but in the end, it did a fantastic job connecting O.J.'s legacy and status to how it tied in to race relations in America.

Not to mention, the entire profile of the man is fantastic. It highlights every single thing without leaving a missing detail. From his time in Football to his disturbing relationship with Nicole, to how he lived his life after the murder case. If you have time to watch it (It's divided into 5 parts, so you can split the time), then get on it as soon as possible.
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Postby Chuckman » Mon Jan 30, 2017 9:17 pm

How does one watch it? Netflix?

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Postby Director Black » Tue Jan 31, 2017 7:27 pm

I got it as a "For Your Consideration" disc (My mom used to work in the film business and is allowed to vote in the Spirit Awards), but, you can watch if you have a Hulu or Amazon prime. I'm not sure whether you can get it on demand (If so, since it was broadcast by ESPN, you might be able to find it).
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Postby C.A.P. » Wed Feb 01, 2017 11:36 am

Finally getting around to LOVE EXPOSURE. Everything I've read about this movie was right. High contender for one of my all time favorite movies.
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Postby ran1 » Thu Feb 02, 2017 10:35 am

C.A.P. wrote:Finally getting around to LOVE EXPOSURE. Everything I've read about this movie was right. High contender for one of my all time favorite movies.


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While I was in the wilderness and researching, I finally got around to watching the work of most of Japanese New Wave directors who worked at Studio Nikkatsu. Here are some recommendations in no particular order.

Black Sun - dir. Kureyoshi Kurahara, 1964

The film follows the story of Akira Mei, a rebellious young man who lives as a squatter in a bombed-out church and steal jazz records in his free time. He then encounters Gil, an African-American soldier stationed at the nearby base, who unbenknowst to him in a serial sociopath and killer, and attempts to woo him with jazz records. In response he kills his dog and then kidnaps him. Hijinks ensue. The real treat of the film is that its entirely composed by American jazz Maestro Max Roach in fantastically avant-garde soundtrack for what essentially devolves into a conventional road-movie.

Tokyo Drifter - dir. Seijun Suzuki, 1965
I used to make my living here drawing Godard-to-Oshima comparisons but if you the true Japanese Jean-luc look no further than the wild world of Seijun Suzuki. Drifter's a magnificent film because it essentially decides to actively experiment over the course of the entire film -- effectively abandoning all traditional storytelling pretensions by its midpoint to limit its exposition to the tense moments before merry-go-rounds of bullet parades and sex scenes. Suzuki is very much the unrestrained id of this period, to the point of getting blacklisted by the industry in 1968. Can't recommend enough, really.

A Colt is My Passport - dir. Takashi Komura, 1967
ACMP is another film that, through abandoning any and all high-art pretensions, actually becomes representative of a particular moment in time in Japanese live-action cinema. The camera rarely stops moving in Colt -- and for good reason, the production itself feels very shoestring, and the constant, clever maneuvering of our vision and tight frame control keeps what would've been a very bland and poorly produced film entertaining in all the best ways. There's a certain ingenuity to low-budget, fly-by-night filmmaking -- and Colt definitely taps into it. It's very much a product of Nikkatsu's second unit -- Nikkatsu itself already a second-class studio, but it feels oh so right.

Sing a Song of Sex - dir. Nagisa Oshima, 1967
Oshima's #HotTake on collegiate co-eds and politial activism shines like a ray of sun on the blackened, rotting corpse that was and is 60s "wild youth movies" that emerged on both sides of the Pacific. The beauty of the film is really in the fact that there are only two particularly developed characters in the whole film -- a freshman and his professor's girlfriend -- who of course engage in all sorts of degenerate fornication -- supported by a network of characters so one-note in their desires and lust that our leads eventually abandon the premise and the plot to find something more spiritually attaining. One of Oshima's most aggressively experimental critiques on cinematic form, and definitely worth checking out.
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Postby robersora » Thu Feb 02, 2017 10:42 am

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Funnily enough, I've tried watching Tokyo Drifter too. By the halfway point the narrative lost my interest to such a degree, structural tricks and beautiful cinematography alone didn't suffice for me to carry on. I'll rather watch the next installment in the Monogatari series.
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Postby Gus Hanson » Thu Feb 02, 2017 2:01 pm

Just had a bit of Nikkatsu glory day viewing myself with the early 80s title Female Teacher: In Front of the Students. Some decent softcore erotica at work even though most of it is on the rapey side and the twist I saw coming a mile away. :tongue:
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Postby Ray » Sun Feb 05, 2017 12:12 am

Kuroneko:

A Japanese horror movie that is more of a sad depressing tragedy than an actual horror film.

The story is basically about a samurai returning from war to find his wife and mother have been raped and burned alive by samurai from his lords army. And their ghosts return from the grave to enact of vengeance on them.

To say anything else would be to spoil the film because to be perfectly honest it's rather a light on details like story and character. It's all about atmosphere and the experience of being haunted. Of being unable to undo your mistakes.
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Postby El Squibbonator » Mon Feb 06, 2017 2:50 pm

Last movie I watched? Swiss Army Man. The one where Daniel Radcliffe plays a farting zombie. It's much more philosophical and thought-provoking than that would suggest, though.
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Postby Joseki » Thu Feb 09, 2017 6:43 am

I saw Split yesterday and I was a bit puzzled. It was acted and directed in a really superb way but I felt like the plot had nothing to say. After 20 minutes I already knew what would have happened to Taylor-Joy's character at the end and the "plot twist" wasn't really that great as I was told, especially because I felt it really didn't add anything to the plot and the movie could have continued without it. It's a good movie overall and I'd recommend it for McAvoy.
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Postby Director Black » Thu Feb 09, 2017 9:24 am

After anticipating to see it for a long time, I organized a trip for me and my roommate to see the original Ghost in the Shell. I will admit that while it is overpraised, it is definitely deserving of a lot of the praise it reserves. Great action, solid amount of philosophy, and animation that holds up. The only wishes I could ask for was there to be a longer runtime and the characters (Save for Kusanagi and the Puppetmaster) to be more interesting, but I'm sure that can be made up for the Stand Alone Complex (Heading straight to it once I finish Bacanno).
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Postby Chuckman » Thu Feb 09, 2017 4:42 pm

SAC is one of my favorite series even if some episodes are incomprehensible technobabble and the plot is incredibly hard to follow.

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Postby Director Black » Thu Feb 09, 2017 4:46 pm

Does anyone think I should give Innocence a shot?
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Postby Kazuki_Fuse » Thu Feb 09, 2017 5:41 pm

Menace II Society, the superior ghetto drama to Boyz n the Hood IMO.

Life is Hot in Cracktown. From the director of Combat Shock (one of my favorite movies). Could almost be a spiritual sequel. It maintains that sense of urban squalor and hopelessness that permeated CS, but in a modern, hood setting instead.
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Postby movieartman » Thu Feb 09, 2017 9:04 pm

View Original PostDirector Black wrote:Does anyone think I should give Innocence a shot?

I would I am planning to Marathon everything for the 1st time before the film comes out.

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Postby Bagheera » Thu Feb 09, 2017 9:40 pm

View Original PostDirector Black wrote:Does anyone think I should give Innocence a shot?


Nope. GitS was decent, SAC was the bomb, 2nd Gig was okay (including Solid State Society here), and the rest can be ignored.

Well, IMO at least. Various heathens disagree. :tongue:
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Postby Director Black » Thu Feb 09, 2017 9:52 pm

View Original PostBagheera wrote:the rest can be ignored.

Well, IMO at least. Various heathens disagree. :tongue:


I have no intention of striving through the entire franchise like I did with Eva. I still liked it, but I'm not going to "indulge in my passion" like I did with Eva (And still do to an extent).

Though I honestly am kind of impatient to see the SAC (Even though I'm enjoying the hell out of Bacanno). If it really does expand what Ghost in the Shell laid out, then I'm game.
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Postby Ray » Thu Feb 09, 2017 10:11 pm

View Original PostDirector Black wrote:Does anyone think I should give Innocence a shot?


I saw it and I thought it was awesome. Was it as good as the original one? No of course not, but in reality nothing can be as good as the original Ghost in the Shell. Every subsequent Sequel and Incarnation has been trying to reach what the original movie did, but no never really been able to hit that balance between existential philosophy and action to the same level as the original. Innocence in my opinion is the closest the series has gotten the original director from the first movie is back along with the composer. So it's the best version of an unnecessary sequel you could get.

But basically there was a whole lot of red tape between the movie and an American audience.

Originally Manga Entertainment own the rights to the original gits and all its sequels for American release. But then the rights got tangled up again when DreamWorks bought the right so they could produce the live-action movie ( blech). Eventually after years of floating around in limbo not getting an American release, it was eventually released on DVD without a dub. A few more years passed and another company managed to finally get it dubbed and a DVD released. The problem is it was never reprinted, so that DVD with the dub sells on Amazon for some seriously gouged prices.
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