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I liked his older works such as Kikujiro or Hanabi. Always reminded me of Bill Murray.

This one lacked the subtlety of his older films. 

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@Roy Al Maria Full of Grace is a good flick .. I enjoyed that as well.

Odd ball "found-footage" flick that pretty much lives up to it's name … creepy.

This was pretty cool. Austere set-ups and cinematography … minimal dialogue… good for you if you don't speak German (Österreichisches Deutsch).

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What kind of movie is Ich Seh, Ich Seh, @Kid Nickels?

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Originally Posted by Roy Al View Post

What kind of movie is Ich Seh, Ich Seh, @Kid Nickels

Kind of a slow-burning "horror" flick. A mother gets extensive plastic surgery, and her twin boys are not convinced it's actually her because she's so different. The boys go to great lengths to try to verify her identity.

It's psychological and brooding in the first half, then bursts into physicality and violence in the second. I rarely "read up" on anything before I watch (just enough to be interested) although I did read that many who saw the trailer thought it would be scarier/crazier. I don't know … I didn't watch the trailer and enjoyed it.
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Interesting take on power corruption greed and the vicious idiocy at the heart of George W administration during his second reign. Blanchett and Redford as principals are ably supported by Denis Quaid, Elizabeth Moss and Topher Grace. Bruce Greenwood is cast as the villain of the piece as the president of CBS.

Entertaining work by Blanchett and Redford and was well received at a number of film festivals don't remember it as a major release here in Oz. Not a bad Friday night film with a bottle of Pinot Noir.
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Having a little baby, we rarely get out to movies. This is the most recent viewing.

It was ok. I think the Dazed and Confused marketing angle ruined it for me because that's one of my favorite movies ever and this one falls well short of it.

It lacks all the nostalgic and emotional connections to the time period that made Dazed so special and most of the characters are completely unrelateable, which is entirely opposite of its "spiritual predecessor." In fact, it had me comparing them while I was watching and realizing that the few really good parts were ripped off of that movie.

At any rate, it's a knucklehead comedy more akin to Animal House or the ilk...almost like The State tried to make a Dazed and Confused style movie. It has some really funny moments but there isn't much of a plot and there are some disjointed plot lines crammed into it. At over 2 hours they really could have trimmed some of the fat, too.
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Two days, one night - Luc og Pierre Dardenne (2014)



The story in this movie is set over some few days in Sandra's (Marion Cotillard) life. She has been ill and got fired from her work. We follow her attempts to persuade her colleagues to reject the bonus of € 1000 they were promised if they could do her work, and let her have her job back. The firm can't afford both.


This movie can be understood on different levels. Obvious it's a critic of capitalism getting rid of people it can not use, where vulnerable groups are put against each other, and where the ill and weak have to leave first. In that aspect the movie is about solidarity that is thorn in hard times. This aspect is told in a acceptable manner - some flaws though; parts are difficult to believe in.


But the Belgian brothers Dardenne digs deeper, as this is a story about loosing connection, and the social support it is to be part of a work team. Then the movie is much more than anti-capitalistic, it is also social psychological study of fellowship ant the effect of loosing it.


Sandra is dependent on finding out who is supporting her, almost obsessed with who's her allies - actually more than getting her job back. She lays her whole life in the hands of her colleagues, makes her self totally dependent on them. In her self she is nothing, she has lost the fact that she is after all what she is and her selfworth.


It is also a story about dignity, and about Sandra that has to swallow her pride and beg her colleagues til reject the bonus. That is much money for some, essential for others, and Judas-money for some. here the move is different from typical critique of capitalism; it is not primarily the system, the firm og the boss that's the antagonists, but Sandra's colleagues. The movie is about the consequences for the individual of a rotten system. In that way it's a movie about companionship and support, more than exploitation.


Dependency and support is a topic in other areas in this movie. Sandra pops Xanor like candies, even though the doctor has told her to be careful.

In her quest for support and her hunt for allies, she abandons her children - that are dependent on her. She does not se what they need og her role in their lives. She is thus reproducing the insecurity she's experiencing in her children. The Dardenne-brothers show us here that exploitation is inherited, and that all people - the weakest also, are deeply affected by the conditions they live under. This Marxism as hardcore as it gets.

Maybe there is an echo from her own childhood here, I find myself speculating she might have been abandoned when she needed support. That might explain the severity in her depression. 


The movie is made in a modern style and uses hand held camera and natural light. The editing is easy and give the movie rhythm that balancing the dark message of this movie. This works fine in this movie.

Marion Cotillard has a challenging jobb, her face is almost in every scene. That is hard work for an actor - but she is really good here. The script is not that easy to believe in all parts, but I believe in her all the way.


A rather good movie that reminds us about that all we have can be lost and if so happens we might be hit harder than we imagined. 

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A tale between dozens of characters interwoven by political corruption, racial tension, and human angst that makes one wonder how do we make some progress in the world. While it's somewhat old (1991), it's pretty interesting how there are plenty of recognizable faces here in small, memorable parts.

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45 years - Andrew Haigh (2015)




This movie is about the last few days before the 45 years anniversary for the wedding of Kate (Charlotte Rampling) and Geoff (Tom Courternay), after Geoff has received message that his youth's love is found in a Swiss glacier where she slipped some 50 years earlier. This starts a lot of thought and feelings in both of them, and they have to rethink their marriage and their love. 


Not much action going on in this movie, almost everything happens inside og between the characters.

Kate gets the impression that she has been second best for Geoff all the way, he actually loved the other woman more than her. This shakes her self understanding and her understanding of their marriage. She is the rock, the backbone in their relationship, Geoff is clumsy an at bad health - without her he wouldn't last long, but has she live on an illusion? Did he all the time dream of the other woman?


Interesting topic that might concern many - how do we handle the past of those we love, how do we tolerate the life they had before they met us?


There is a beautiful and moving end, where Geoff has held a speech for Kate, impersonal and superficial, and she is so hurt. He loves her, I believe, but he is just so lousy to show it. The very last frame doesn't promise much good for the future.


Nice movie where Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay show how good actors they are. Both got a Silver Bear each in Berlin, ans Rampling got an Academy nomination.


The movie has a quiet rhythm, small and careful camera movements. Exteriors seems just a bit overexposed - gives a greyish veil over the pictures. Nice balance between close ups and total pictures. Almost invisible editing. Sounds are important and subtle. Nice colours. All in all: good work both in front of and behind camera.


Water is a topic and a symbol in this movie, all life needs water, but it can also wipe out everything that stand in it's way.


Rhythm and lack of obvious actions may be a challenge for some, but I enjoyed this movie.


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Green Room. From the creator of Blue Ruin.


Not as tight as BR, but very very good, Go see.




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Streamed High Rise this past weekend. What a waste of potential. Found out afterwards that it comes from the same writing/directing team/couple as Kill List, the other most disappointing movie I've seen this year. Knowing that now, I find it laughable that they advertise the director's name as a selling point on all of the marketing material.

Absolutely no effort is made to establish the world or its characters' motivations. It feels like a quarter of the movie is missing. As a result, none of the characters' actions make any sense. They're all completely one-dimensional, especially the "lead" (played by Tom Hiddleston) who barely has a presence at all. The performances aren't bad given what little the actors have to work with, and Luke Evans is actually pretty damn good.

I've read a summary of the novel it's based on and it sounds like an interesting exploration of human nature. This film pokes around with some concepts, but fails completely in making any actual statements about them. One review calls it anti-capitalist, but it seems pretty explicitly anti-communist/socialist given the speech at the end. It doesn't matter anyways, since there is no solid case for either message to be found in the film given how poorly the world is constructed.

I will say that there are some truly beautiful shots here and there and the production design is top notch, but it's not enough to paint this turd gold.
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^ Saw High Rise a few days ago, and I pretty much agree; it was quite a mess. 2/5

Pretty nice poster though (for a photographic collage):

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The Hustler (1961)

great movie, dialogues, characters and some cool jackets too
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Sunday afternoon at the movies, spills thrills and action galore in a big budget extravaganza which was honestly very entertaining and distracting while the lights were out. Big ensemble cast, big CGI scenes and some interesting stunts. Marvel is light years ahead of the self inflated seriousness which was Superman V Batman. Not the Marvel I read back in the late 60's & 70's but a lot of fun.

And Mrs GF enjoyed it as well.
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^ From what I gathered out of some reviews, it's a kind of bar/n fight extravaganca of Team CA vs Team IM in regards to bring home the point as to who is right in being (randomly) pro or contra putting of the Avengers under government control? But of course they won't really kill each other over it despite the impressive firepower and force at their disposure. Ehm, is that and if so, what's the point?
Mind you, haven't seen it yet.
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