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« Reply #16455 on: November 10, 2016, 03:06:06 AM »

What do you think of the three colors trilogy?

I like them very much, especially Blue. In fact I like all Kieslowski films, with No End (1985)being my favourite. Checking Wiki I haven't seen his 3 early films before Camera Buff, but 2 of them were made for TV.

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« Reply #16456 on: November 10, 2016, 05:11:07 AM »

I like them very much, especially Blue. In fact I like all Kieslowski films, with No End (1985)being my favourite. Checking Wiki I haven't seen his 3 early films before Camera Buff, but 2 of them were made for TV.

I love Blue. I was a bit disappointed by Red despite its great qualities and still haven't seen White.

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« Reply #16457 on: November 10, 2016, 06:15:38 AM »

White is very funny, with a lot of it taking place in Poland. I'm also a big fan of Blue, largely because of the music. Red is good, but I prefer the other two.

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« Reply #16458 on: November 10, 2016, 08:17:39 PM »

Arrival (2016) - 7/10
As far as technical craft goes Denis proves to be one of the top directors of his generation (who got their start early 2000s). The story though... eh. It's message, or what I perceived it to be, was a bit too obvious. Certain things happen that cheapen other aspects. Don't want to spoil much - enjoyed it all the way through but don't think I'll be watching again. Felt kinda like Inception and Interstellar mashed together. Worth watching once? Definitely.  my reviews tend to focus on just the negatives. Curious to hear n_l thoughts

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« Reply #16459 on: November 11, 2016, 08:17:14 AM »

French release: 7 december

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« Reply #16460 on: November 13, 2016, 12:02:42 PM »

Moonlight (2016) - 8.5/10
The first two acts are perfect. My mind started to wander on act 3, which has a huge shift in tone (turns from a coming of age tale to a long conversation, much like Linklater's Before Trilogy. It's handled very well, the blame is on me for having my mind on other stuff). I will definitely watch it again, and probably like it even more. Any cliches that might be in this movie are done with subtly and effectiveness. Finally a release this year that lives up to its praise. Of the all the 'awards' movies, I'd currently like this one to take the prizes. If the Academy is smart they will, so that black people don't start whining like last year.

i'd say it's a flawless movie in that there's nothing bad I can actually say about it, but is missing whatever transparent touch/charm needed for me to really love a movie.

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« Reply #16461 on: November 15, 2016, 06:50:22 AM »

The Lady With a Dog (1960) - 9/10. A Russian Brief Encounter, from a story by Chekov. In Yalta, a man (Aleksey Batalov--the Soviet John Ireland!) meets a lady (Iya Savvina) with a dog (uncredited). Although both are married, they begin an affair. Later they take up with each other again in Moscow. Although this was made at the end of the 50s, it looks like something that could have been produced in the 40s. The Yalta locations, in black and white, are gorgeous. The photography throughout is worthwhile. One of the very few great films of Russian cinema.

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« Reply #16462 on: November 15, 2016, 07:46:28 AM »

The Lady With a Dog (1960)

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1cn5lb_the-lady-with-the-dog-1960-pt-1_creation
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« Reply #16463 on: November 15, 2016, 08:32:12 PM »

The Innocents (1961) pretty creepy story 9/10 on Youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktvn-UFNJkM

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« Reply #16464 on: November 16, 2016, 08:11:43 AM »

High Society (1956) - 8/10. I don't much enjoy The Philadelphia Story--but swap Cary, Jimmy, and Katharine for Bing, Frankie and Grace (respectively), throw in Satchmo and a couple of songs, shoot the whole thing in color and in Vistavision, and suddenly: That's Entertainment! A musical with tons of witty patter: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0049314/trivia?tab=qt&ref_=tt_trv_qu

I've been bemoaning the fact this isn't out on Blu yet, but last night I spun the MGM DVD and it looks fabulous. There's not much an upgrade could improve.

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« Reply #16465 on: November 16, 2016, 08:38:10 PM »

Double Life of Veronique - 8/10
Fuck Blue.

Maybe a bit high on that 8 but I really liked this for how kinda boring it was at times (also if I gave it a 7.5 DJ would yell at me more). I'm sure I don't understand it as Kieslowski intended but I quite like what I got out of it.

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« Reply #16466 on: November 17, 2016, 06:37:56 AM »

Double Life of Veronique - 8/10
I'm sure I don't understand it as Kieslowski intended but I quite like what I got out of it.
I'm not sure even Kieslowski always knew what he intended. The person shining the sun's reflection into Veronique's apartment, for example, means . . . what, exactly? Maybe nothing except that it's something that could happen and it's just cool to look at. I think a lot of late K is mostly about things that are cool to look at (reflections in eyes; sugar cubes absorbing coffee, etc.) People who are determined to find deep meaning in everything filmed go wrong when considering K's later work (I feel).

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« Reply #16467 on: November 17, 2016, 12:18:54 PM »

N_l you caught up on westworld? Really not caring for it

I never got the courage to start episode 3. It may happen in a short while though.

I'm not sure even Kieslowski always knew what he intended. The person shining the sun's reflection into Veronique's apartment, for example, means . . . what, exactly? Maybe nothing except that it's something that could happen and it's just cool to look at. I think a lot of late K is mostly about things that are cool to look at (reflections in eyes; sugar cubes absorbing coffee, etc.) People who are determined to find deep meaning in everything filmed go wrong when considering K's later work (I feel).

K made pretty clear in interviews that the sugar cube absorbing coffee was something Binoche was looking at herself. She's protecting herself by paying too much attention to little details. They tried different brands of sugar until they found the one that absorbed coffee at the right speed (they wanted the full shot in the film). So there is no deep meaning in this particular case but it's about a bit more than just something that looks cool.

I have the feeling we already had this conversation somewhere.

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« Reply #16468 on: November 17, 2016, 01:25:29 PM »

K made pretty clear in interviews that the sugar cube absorbing coffee was something Binoche was looking at herself. She's protecting herself by paying too much attention to little details. They tried different brands of sugar until they found the one that absorbed coffee at the right speed (they wanted the full shot in the film). So there is no deep meaning in this particular case but it's about a bit more than just something that looks cool.
A filmmaker is in trouble if he has to rely on extra-cinematic means to convey his meaning. There is nothing in the film to suggest that watching coffee permeating a sugar cube has anything to do with grief. One could watch such a thing for any number of reasons: idleness comes to mind. Of course we know that Binoche is in a "state of grief" and one can make the meaning fit after the fact, but I've certainly watched my share of sugar cubes absorbing fluid without feeling any association with suffering. The fact is, human experience is full of random moments that have nothing to do with the main programs of our lives. That's why I think K's cinema works even if it doesn't completely fulfill his intentions. I doubt most viewers would come up with the sugar-cube-watching-spells-defense-mechanism idea. But it doesn't matter. The sugar cube scene also works as a piece of meaningless trivia because our lives are filled with such moments.

There are any number of such instances in the 3CT. There is a very ostentatious camera move in Red where the camera suddenly dollies back at great speed and passes into another room as if to suddenly reveal some important detail. But then: nothing important is revealed. Perhaps K had a specific reason for that move, but his intention remains inchoate. Of course, maybe he wanted to communicate that very thing: meaning here is inchoate. But even that understanding remains obscure, since we can't know for certain that that is what K wanted to tell us. Again, this is not a weakness (as I see it). Such effects, regardless of intention, help supply his films with the texture of reality.

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« Reply #16469 on: November 17, 2016, 02:14:00 PM »

45 Years (2015) 3/10

An elderly couple about to celebrate their 45th anniversary suddenly are thrown into late-in-life crisis. Highly rated movie, with Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay ... It's shit. Watching this 95-minute movie felt like it took 45 hours.

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