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"It's weird how all Paul Schrader's subjects have all coagulated into various web subcultural tendencies, from misanthropic ascetic pervert to fascist aesthete to anprim ecoterrorist to bumbling bourgeois revolutionary. Light Sleeper is of course about the aging marginally employed no talent bohemian, better known today as the podcaster bf."
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IdleRich

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Watched Polanski's latest (last?) film the other day, called An Officer and a Spy in England but originally J'Accuse which gives you much more idea of what it's about, ie tt's a very straightforward telling of the Dreyfus Affair (based on a Robert Harris novelisation apparently). It doesn't really feel like a Polanski film, nothing clever about it, no claustrophobia, no tricks, no camera stunts - it's virtually static, just sits back and shows you... it lets the story breathe. Looks great all the same. And the story is good. Watch it for that and you'll enjoy it, don't expect another Tenant or Cul de Sac though. Feels like someone with nothing to prove. Confident enough to be anonymous.
 

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First Reformed (2017)

Still processing it, but yeah. Wasn't sure I was into it for a while then it started to click and it all came together by the end. Schrader's been pretty open about lifting bits from Bergman's Winter Light and Dreyer's Ordet, but I haven't seen either so the scattered accusations of plagiarism didn't have much bearing on my viewing.

I'm not sure exactly what happened at the end. The film just cuts off, so I guess the implication's that he was wearing the suicide vest and it detonated, ending the film. That scene of him wrapping himself in barbed wire was eye watering.

 

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Schrader's films often seem to be at least semi-autobiographical, so he must have been in a particularly rough spot writing this one. Yet another with a lonely man penning a journal and looking for an exit.
 

sufi

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(2018) Nadine Labaki's award-winning drama set in Beirut stars Zain Al Rafeea as a boy of uncertain age who is in prison for stabbing someone and who is suing his parents for neglect. In Arabic/subs.
Amazing beautiful powerful humble film about streetkids and illegal migrants in beirut

(was on the box last night so you can watch again on film4)
 

catalog

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First Reformed (2017)

Still processing it, but yeah. Wasn't sure I was into it for a while then it started to click and it all came together by the end. Schrader's been pretty open about lifting bits from Bergman's Winter Light and Dreyer's Ordet, but I haven't seen either so the scattered accusations of plagiarism didn't have much bearing on my viewing.

I'm not sure exactly what happened at the end. The film just cuts off, so I guess the implication's that he was wearing the suicide vest and it detonated, ending the film. That scene of him wrapping himself in barbed wire was eye watering.

i loved that scene where he goes round the couples house and they reveal the issue that kicks everything off. then it just ratchets up. he's good at piling it on out of something innocuous.
 
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