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August 8, 2017 7:00 pm  #781


Re: Recently watched movies.

I was an adult and I don't remember the exact moment I heard, but I remember it happening.  It was so shocking at the time, such a young guy and so talented.  Both those films are classics.

 

August 9, 2017 8:43 am  #782


Re: Recently watched movies.

Ivy wrote:

I had a little River Phoenix film night on Sunday.
First "Stand by me" and then "My own private Idaho" I haven't watched them for at least 10 years or so.
Both so wonderful and after it I thought for a very long time how would it be if River Phoenix didn't die in 1993.
He was so pure and raw in his films.

Does anyone of you remember when he died, I mean in the sense of "where were you when XY died"

I was 13 and I'm not sure how much I was aware of him at that time.

I do not remember where I was but it was a shock to hear of his death. I liked "My Own Private Idaho" very much, especially since I was working on Shakespeare adaptations at the time. I still think this was a fascinating view on Henry IV. 
 


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August 30, 2017 1:25 pm  #783


Re: Recently watched movies.

I finally got to see Dunkirk on Saturday, in IMAX. The visuals were great, but I have to agree that the soundtrack was very important to the film and I thought it was very well-done (although when the credits started and Hans Zimmer's name came up, do we really expect anything other than a good soundtrack from him?), really capturing the desperation of the soldiers with the relentless beats and repeating patterns. That was something I really liked. We're shown that people get hurt, they die, they're in constant danger and there is fighting going on, but it doesn't make a spectacle of suffering, and that was one of the things that I thought made it a good war movie.


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September 30, 2017 6:36 pm  #784


Re: Recently watched movies.

The best film I've seen in the last months is a documentary: Free to run by Pierre Morath ( https://www.amazon.co.uk/Free-Run-DVD-Pierre-Morath/dp/B01GQ26LX0/ref=sr_1_1?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1506795176&sr=1-1&keywords=Free+to+run ). I am not a runner, but I picked it up in the library a bit out of desperation (nothing around that interested me more), and a lot because of the French subtitle: Liberté, égalité, course à pied. In English they've changed that to: When Sporting History Meets Social Revolution.

Because once upon a time in the dark ages - before the 1970s for local events, 1984 for the olympics - women were not allowed to run marathons. Doctors thought our uterus would fall out - women had dishwashing competitions. (Seriously!)

So the subject matter is absolutely fascinating (though it's not all about women running - men who dared to just go out and run, without paying their dues to some athletics club were not well-like either). Moreover, the film is also incredibly well-made; a brilliantly edited mixture of archive material (including pictures of the 1928 olympics where women let themselves fall down after the finish line of the 800 m race which led to them being banned from such "long" races for decades) and interviews with people who were involved in the history of "free running". For once I didn't have a moment of boredom (unlike in most so-called thrillers...)
 

 

October 1, 2017 2:23 pm  #785


Re: Recently watched movies.

It sounds interesting. Admittedly, it's not a topic that I usually seek out, but that doesn't mean it can't be interesting. I can understand why the French subtitle got your attention. It's very clever.


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October 2, 2017 9:46 am  #786


Re: Recently watched movies.

I highly recommend Free to Run for its entertainment value - IMHO there's no need to be interested in running beforehand. (Though I was nearly tempted to take up running afterwards - the interviewed pioneers of running just seemed so incredibly fit and happy.) I nearly borrowed it again last week, but the libarian recommended "Parched" to me ("Saison des femmes" in French), a movie about women in a village in Northern India. Well-made movie, not boring at all, great visuals, but I found it thoroughly depressing (or maybe more infuriating?) - even though it was not the (female) director's intention to make a depressing movie (the bonus material contains an interview with her). The very end is somewhat happy, at least for the moment.

 

October 2, 2017 5:16 pm  #787


Re: Recently watched movies.

I get what you mean about a film inspiring you. Personally, though, I don't think anything could make me take up running. I learned from an early age that I wasn't a fan, lol.


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October 16, 2017 9:22 am  #788


Re: Recently watched movies.

Apollo XIII - still as good as 20 years ago...

 

October 16, 2017 6:35 pm  #789


Re: Recently watched movies.

If you are a fan of the original Blade Runner, the sequel is not only an excellent movie but a very worthy successor to an iconic science fiction film.


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October 16, 2017 6:36 pm  #790


Re: Recently watched movies.

Funnily enough my son was just telling me about this when he phoned yesterday, Tonnaree.
He absolutely loved and strongly recommended it.


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October 16, 2017 8:05 pm  #791


Re: Recently watched movies.

And I totally agree. I would even say that it's the best movie I've seen so far this year. It's visually stunning and pays homage to Ridley Scott's original "Blade Runner" on so many levels... it left me quite breathless. This is the kind of movie you definitely need to see at the cinema.


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October 17, 2017 9:22 am  #792


Re: Recently watched movies.

Thanks for the tip! Perfect timing, it's on this afternoon at my local cinema... (and even in the subtitled original version http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/happy.png
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October 17, 2017 4:53 pm  #793


Re: Recently watched movies.

I saw it and loved it, but I have some issues with it - not criticisms as such, and probably this isn't the place to discuss them.   But as you have all said above, definitely worth seeing if you're a fan of the original!

 

Yesterday 6:36 pm  #794


Re: Recently watched movies.

Liberty wrote:

I saw it and loved it, but I have some issues with it - not criticisms as such, and probably this isn't the place to discuss them.   But as you have all said above, definitely worth seeing if you're a fan of the original!

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Yesterday 7:47 pm  #795


Re: Recently watched movies.

I will do!

 

Today 6:23 am  #796


Re: Recently watched movies.

Liberty, why don't you just post it in here? After all, this thread is also for discussion, if I'm not very much mistaken. I'd love to hear what you have to say about the film. http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/wink.png


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Today 6:37 pm  #797


Re: Recently watched movies.

I'm intrigued, too!


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Today 7:28 pm  #798


Re: Recently watched movies.

Come to think of it, another reason for not posting here is that I can't do it without spoilers!  But maybe if I put it in spoiler tags ...

... this is just after one viewing of course, so I maybe missed some nuances, but for me a really striking feature was that the central "love story" involved one "character" who kind of existed just to please the protagonist.  As I said to Tonnaree, I do realise that this is not meant to be a portrayal of a perfect society, and I also think it's good to show misogyny, etc. on screen, so this is not a criticism (unless it was accidental, but I refuse to believe that!).   It's more just that I'm puzzled that this aspect hasn't been more talked about.  Joi transformed herself into various versions of the perfect woman according to K's whims, being fun, caring, sexy, etc. on demand, cooking and so on.   But that part that really made me uncomfortable was when she/they hired an android sex worker that he found attractive, and she was just used as a kind of body double, with no thought for her. 

There's so much on both films about what it means to be human, and I wondered what sort of point was being made - was it about the position of women?  Or about these people/AI/androids just being created to serve and how far that strips humanity - or does it?  I don't know ... I found it really interesting, and was surprised how uncomfortable it made me feel.

 

 

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