Films you've seen recently and would unreservedly recommend:

suspendedreason

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I watched Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Despite not wanting to like it, I was touched, I had feelings, the next day when I thought back to it, I had feelings again


The actors' facing were interesting, there was nice some nice meta/art-historical stuff w/r/t gaze, portraiture, femaleness (think John Berger), and the director's good with frisson, interpersonal stuff. Someone somewhere said it's a film that maps how desire works, I like that.
 

version

Who loves ya, baby?
This one looks a bit like MTV's Downtown.

 

borzoi

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john carpenter's the fog. the coziest ghost story i've ever seen. only remembers to be scary around the last 20 minutes. would give anything to be a radio dj who lives in a lighthouse. shot in point reyes, california, one of my favorite places on earth.
 

Linebaugh

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Perfect Blue by Satasoshi Kon. really balanced film, nothing was under cared for or under/over necessary. felt it nailed everything it set out to critique and pulled of the time warp, what-is-reality trope without becoming obnoxious, in part because the the twists of the plot reorganize and reinterpret the thematic content as much as the narrative. Pretty fucked up as well.
 

IdleRich

IdleRich
I'm joking of course but I do remember some bitter cold... our boiler broke and when I woke up you could see my breath in the bedroom... very disheartening start to the day.
 

version

Who loves ya, baby?
Watched The Jackal and Primary Colors the last two nights. Enjoyed both. Everyone else in the former's shit - Richard Gere as an IRA sniper?! - but Bruce Willis as The Jackal's great. All sorts of ridiculous disguises, shoots off Jack Black's arm with a remote-controlled machine gun. The soundtrack's great too. Peak late-90s thriller.





Primary Colors is a thinly-veiled take on Clinton's '92 campaign with Travolta in the Clinton role, Emma Thompson as Hillary, Billy Bob Thornton as Carville and a bunch of others. Bit predictable and Travolta feels a bit like he's doing an impersonation for SNL, but decent. I like Mike Nichols a lot.

 

catalog

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The kid on the bike, it was film of the day on mubi which we just got a trial for.

I remember the dardenne brothers from way back, this film rosetta, really sort of relentlessly grim. When I went to see it in the cinema, someone in the audience laughed when it finished and someone else kicked off at them.

Anyway they are like neo-bresson, a bit like Bruno dumont, I suppose Ken loach is the british correlate.

This was one of those I put on thinking there's no way we would watch it all, but was actually really good. Sort of dark and heartbreaking, I won't spoil it in case anyone does go for it.

The doc I fell asleep to the other day was another mubi one and I would also recc that, it's called truth or consequences, again won't spoil it yet.
 

Linebaugh

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Ended up watching Come and See. Jesus Christ. Knew almost nothing going in. Another one I imagine others here will have things to say on
 

Linebaugh

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Don't think I've ever seen a film be so pointedly disturbed without compromising the rest of the film. Films this fucked up usually wade into cabaret even if they still remain satisfying watches , requiem for a dream probably the most famous example.
 

catalog

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i watched it years ago really blitzed off a vape with a russophile guy and i just remember the early scenes of him wandering about that desolate forest, with no leaves on the trees, everything looking burnt to shit. great film but not in a hurry to watch it again.
 

Linebaugh

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Paris, Texas. A little slow but very good when it was good. Captured some feelings Im not sure Id felt in a film before. Wim Wenders released a photo book from when he was location scouting the film

Would like to get my hands on it. West Texas is one of my favorite places on the planet. It feels like this movie.
 

Pandiculate

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Perfect Blue by Satasoshi Kon. really balanced film, nothing was under cared for or under/over necessary. felt it nailed everything it set out to critique and pulled of the time warp, what-is-reality trope without becoming obnoxious, in part because the the twists of the plot reorganize and reinterpret the thematic content as much as the narrative. Pretty fucked up as well.

Watched this recently too, really enjoyed it. Planning to work through his filmography at some point.
 

Pandiculate

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Paprika is also very good. Hes got a minute long short you can watch on youtube

All I could think watching that was japanese flats are so fucking small.

Watched Millenium Actress last night, it was really well done but the story was very Japanese, couldn't stop myself from thinking just get over him already. Might do Paprika next.
 
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