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Top flicks of the year 2021 Anonymous 12/21/2021 (Tue) 08:50:52 No.2219 [Reply]
Hello anons, what were your top flicks of the year 2021?
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>>2225 Check out Wood and Water, it's also set in Hong Kong, coincidentally during the time of the protests but centers around an older German woman who visits to see her son who lives there. Except her son can't get into the city at the time so she spends most of her time wandering around and having encounters with random strangers. Stylistically it's not quite Tsai Ming-liang in terms of stillness and minimalism, but is also quite tranquil and meditative, with a bit more of a human element to it.
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>>2226 I'll give it a try. Thanks for the recommendation, just in time for me to snatch it from Arte before it expires. It's watermarked but perhaps that's less obtrusive than hardcoded subtitles on the gooz version.
A quick glance at my letterboxd, pics related are the only things I gave a positive rating. It was a pretty shit year for film.
>>2232 >It was a pretty shit year for film Based on those two films I am pretty confident to say that you both have trash taste and watch trash.
>>2235 I just didn't watch many new releases this year, and most of what I did wasn't impressive.

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Film Composers Anonymous 02/07/2021 (Sun) 02:46:48 No.1414 [Reply]
Who are your favorite film composers and which film has the best score in your opinion?
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Yuki Kajiura's work for the FSN: Heaven's Feel trilogy was pretty wizard.
>>1609 >>1610 Thanks Anon, all saved. Blade Runner is a cult favorite for me. Neat write-up. >>1611 Thanks!
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Franco Micalizzi is another of the notable Italian composers active in the 1970s. The pseudo-Emmanuelle Laure has my favorite Micalizzi score but I'm not sure I have the flacs for it. Instead here's a nice disco funk OST from the strange scifi Stridulum. https://inv.riverside.rocks/watch?v=abIS5zZHIMs https://mega.nz/file/2VohFIwR#GyqimYMAX6WjdJxzeibyfAY66ltjUbUm9XAJRZQx_TQ
Anyone recognize this song playing in the background? I was watching the news and it caught my attention because I've definitely heard it before
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Cool, mysterious white male protagonist Anonymous 08/02/2021 (Mon) 17:48:32 No.1831 [Reply]
Because cinema needs this type of character. All suggestions are welcome.
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>>1892 >>1893 Cuckchan spotted.
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>>2200 >still has no argument months later
>>2201 >everybody who disagrees with me is the same person >bumps thread even when discussion is off-topic >another halfchan filename Cuckchan spotted.
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>>2206 >rambling about jews/JIDF isn't off topic and cuckchan behavior >unix timestamps are cuckchan Your (sub-80 IQ) brain on cuckchan /pol/.

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Top flicks of the year 08/03/2021 (Tue) 13:25:01 No.1834 [Reply]
Hello anons, what were your top flicks of the year 2020?
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Posthumous Ruiz
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>>1847 It's a video essay about anorexia that occasionally experiments with the form in interesting ways. I've put it on my list of top flicks of 2020 so yeah, I've seen it. I've had White Noise on my 2019 list. La vie nue seems to be online but it's a short video art piece, I really liked the idea of using thermal cameras for the photos but I don't know if it was edited all that well.
>>1834 >>1858 I'd like to request that you enumerate your graphics with titles. The aesthetics are stunning and I don't want to bug you with 7+ separate questions about where they come from
>>2130 much appreciated

Soviet/Russian Art Anonymous 07/24/2021 (Sat) 09:33:57 No.1699 [Reply]
The Russians are great at art. This is a thread for their crafts, mainly films/tv, but other interesting forms of art are welcome too. The Criterion's restoration of War and Peace is simply gorgeous.
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>>1819 Full movie with Eng subs on youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McKuFBAp_i8 Epic, exquisite and riveting. Still haven't been released on Bluray though.
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Film books Anonymous 12/12/2020 (Sat) 02:01:11 No.963 [Reply]
A thread to discuss and share books about films. Pic related is "The Film Book" by DK Publishing. I love picture books from DK when I was small, and now being an adult, I bought a physical copy of this. It consists of general knowledge about the history of cinema, how a film is made, and the large part of the book is about genres, cinema from different countries, top 100 directors and top 100 films. The book is not too in-depth and doesn't feature anything too obscure. It works well as a beginner guide for film enthusiasts. A lot of non-Hollywood films and directors are featured so it's a plus. The book is contained in a tin box and presented really nicely (like all DK products). Anyway, I saw this laughable 1-star rating on Goodreads: "...no Tarantino in the list of directors?! REALLY!?! And no Pulp Fiction in the list of best movies?! REALLY!?!" Kek. Hope this thread will help us find more reading materials and more films/directors to watch.
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Any good books about film making? I've already read pic related, looking for something similar. Preferably by people outside of Hollywood.
I've been reading introduction to a true history of cinema and television (caboose english version) while trying to watch godard chronologically. also reading harocki's godard book, speaking about godard. i'm at la chinoise now. any recs on other good books on godard?
Does somebody know of a decent uploading service? i used AnonFiles but they pulled a good one on me and deleted 10+gb despite being under a user due to i suppose lack of downloads, so there goes using it as an official library. I want to give Mega a try due to not taking down anything from me, or that anon who posted that one controversial german girl robot movie, but i think they check your IP for amount of accounts linked there but i could be wrong. I have a hand grenade of a couple hundred books ranging some of the technical sides of movies (filmmaking) and i know if i don't do it soon i won't until much later. >>2151 >any recs You could try staying sane and not watching him but there's a widely circulated PDF called The Films of Jean-Luc Godard: Seeing the Invisible. Can't say if it is good but if there's something about Godard fans is that they know very well how to spin his work into seeming mostly interesting rather than okayish.
>>2171 thanks for the rec. not sure if mega tracks IP, i always use it for uploading stuff for people. I must have tens of accounts by now

Suspense/Thriller General Anonymous 07/19/2021 (Mon) 12:29:53 No.1651 [Reply]
Films that keep you on the edge of your seats. Be it action, crime, spy, political, psychological... all thrills are welcome.
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>>1794 >Aaand if you want vulgar, homosexual and sometimes bizarre visages look no further to Johnny To's hong kong gossip rumors, that's why i knew of him in the beginning, he's had very nasty and hilarious stories (that i guess are most fake) that fortunately are usually shadowed by his films. When i researched the asian action scene in the beginning there was always jokes about him, old IMDB forums had some of them. I haven't heard of any nasty stories involving Johnnie To lol. Maybe the Asians are more silent when it comes to that stuff. >still haven't tackled him as Tsui Hark and Chang Cheh have proven to be long experiences for me. I'm not interested martial arts movies tbh; also you not being an Asian (I assume) will have harder time getting into that genre from the Chinese. They tend to use a lot of classic literature references and the dialogue could become weird/lost in translation into English. On the other hand, Hong Kong action movies (from directors like John Woo, Johnnie To, Andrew Lau etc.) are more accessible to the western audience. >it's honestly quite cheesy as to appeal to campy asian mainstream sensibilities but still if one can pass the melodramatic nature of it at times (slow-motion death scenes with melancholic music-tier). Haha I totally understand this, the melodrama is indeed popular in mainstream Hong Kong/Chinese movies (not what I like tbh). I like Drug War because it's gritty and void of that thing, and so are the Election movies. >i still hate the co-protagonist's actor Andy Lau for it, such a good dastardly soulless dog-eating chink performance that i cannot see away when watching his other movies, even when he plays fairy tale good guys I totally agree lol, he's kinda wooden and has this wide-eyed expression all the time which becomes annoying after you've watched for long. This kind of one-note acting is more on display when he plays good characters and make me hard to root for him, which comes off as a boring idealistic determined good guy. Besides the plot and dialogue, the actor's approach to portray the character is also very important to make it ring with the audience I guess.
>>1798 >will have harder time getting into that genre from the Chinese It was a steep curve and i bet i haven't and will not get most of the classical references, but after seeing tons of movies i can suspect what they say, the writing in kung fu stuff is VERY formulaic and the references made explicit (Monkey King, The Water Margins, Confucius singing his teachings, Taoist esoterics). It's trash and you would be in the clean for ignoring it, but it's crack for me and it's either that or porn lol. My difficulty with them is that they are so many, but in terms of Cheh's i know the reason, he was fronting for his aides and associates. English subtitles don't help either, they are worse than the dubbing sometimes which is no small feat, still it's mostly cheap entertainment for the stunts and the classical chinese pre-surgery beauties, no wonder almost no actress made more than 10 movies, all the dudes married them and threw them right into the kitchen, the levels of mainlander rural girl trafficking must've been insane back then. >he's kinda wooden and has this wide-eyed expression Glad it's not only me, pretty spot-on with the wide-eyed lol, they seem to worship the fucker and i recall seeing extras working better than him. I guess it's because he did soap operas for the mainland and they respect him for that, don't wanna sound like a girl but the guy bottles even the love scenes, he kisses like a fish and it's one of the very rare instances where i notice that because any dude can munch a pretty girl out. Bet he's a To Boy. >make me hard to root for him Absolutely, in the first KW Wong film (with Andrew Lau camera) i remember waiting for someone to glass him but he keeps going and even does his cousin at one point, i didn't know if i had to celebrate or wait for someone else to take the helm but it was all just his show. >Asians are more silent when it comes to that stuff. Massively more silent but that didn't stop asian sharpshooters from photographing To french kissing a dude at a premiere private party, it was a main actor too but i don't really remember it being Simon Yam, i still have that image somewhere, never deleted it (no homo) because i don't remember seeing it mentioned and i fear the chicoms are saving the face of some people (read: scraping the internet) like they did with Jackie Chan's drugged up son or Eric Tsang fondling tig ol bitties of promo girls. I think i need to come up with non-asian thrillers, this has more rice than a take-out, but so far anyone seeing these will have a good time.
>>1801 >it's crack for me and it's either that or porn That's a pretty weird thing to get high on/jack off to, lol. >Bet he's a To Boy Nope, he isn't. Louis Koo is a To boy (frequent collaborator), you can watch him in Drug War and the Election movies, I like his acting. Andy Lau is famous because he acted a lot in television (those wuxia series) and is also a singer. Asian celebrities who are popular for television work and singing tend to be not great actors, lol. >never deleted it (no homo) That's very homo bro And yeah, I want more non-Asian stuff too. Kinda bored of rice at this time. Gibraltar (2013) is a nice thriller about a man working as an informant for the French border patrol. Its neo-noir quality is shown in the shadowy cinematography and the dark world of moral compromise and treachery. A straight up story, no annoying reference of unrelated politics or stupid casting (like Hollywood often insert to their neo-noir - gotta make some woke social commentary huh) Please excuse the watermark.
Aside from it being cold war propaganda, Panic in Year Zero is a very entertaining thriller.
>>1689 The first time I watched it I wasn't too impressed. But after a second viewing I enjoyed it a lot more. I think if I'd of known the first time that the plot was based off a real unsolved case I would of felt better about the pacing.

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Least Favorite Directors Anonymous 07/30/2021 (Fri) 19:40:46 No.1771 [Reply]
I recreate this thread from the old site. Post directors that you dislike. There are ones whose works are considered "great" by some but don't appeal to you for some reason or you think are overrated; there are also directors who are inept at their job and make awful films. Controversial opinions are welcome. I think these two are overrated. Lars von Tryhard is an edgy kike and so are his movies. Taratino is underwhelming to me, his films are riddled with pointless, shitty humor (or the films are the pointless, humor themselves), typical of underwhelming "American independent cinema".
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>>1771 I never like Lars Vor Trier. Even as a dumb teenager I thought his films were pretentious as fuck with little to no meaningful substance.
>>1982 I like Europa and I thought The Element of Crime was at least visually impressive, but yeah everything else is fucking terrible
Don't hate him but Clint Eastwood. Lot of self-insertion or playing himself in movies he directs, blatant diet conservatism that feel like a necessity on his part to stuff into the film to personally counter-balance Hollywood's leftism (though that could just be me), the facade he carries of being a rural tough guy who fought in Korea when he's really a well-mannered guy who grew up in suburbia and was a lifeguard during that war. Films he directed weren't "captivating" or original, and were made to tell a political moral or something of his own interest.
>>1986 I actually like him for that. His movies, albeit political, are subtler than the "left-wing" counterparts for sure.
>>1987 Yes, they aren't horrible and function better than anything Hollywood puts out but it feels like virtue signaling and playing the role of the token conservative. A good portion of his directorials are self-serving personal projects for the sake of himself wanting to make a film for fun and not for "high art", and not that there's anything loathsome or narcissistic with having the money to make your own movies and star in them because you can, but it doesn't make for a good or relevant film so-to-say.

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Nollywood & Other Emerging Film Industries Anonymous 09/02/2020 (Wed) 18:59:27 No.585 [Reply]
[JW14 ~ 01/22/2020] I have recently watched a couple Nollywood films, and was curious what is /film/'s take on Nollywood? Personally, I love how enthusiastic they seem to be about making movies. I believe in a decade or two, they could begin going through a sort of "new wave", and start producing some real quality films.
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African cinema: ten of the best https://www.theguardian.com/film/filmblog/2012/sep/03/10-best-african-films https://archive.is/pRS9M An older list from Mark Cousins with some common titles and some others I haven't seen. This bisexual comment regarding Cairo Station was surprising to me. I don't remember that being relevant to the film at all, but perhaps there's a subtext that I completely missed. >If Alfred Hitchcock had been Egyptian and bisexual, and had himself played Norman Bates, Psycho might have been something like this.
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This documentary is credited to Ethiopia but it's not entirely homegrown -- the director is half-Mexican, left Ethiopia at age ten, studied at UCLA, lives in Brooklyn. Still I like the meditative mood of this trailer so (as someone who never watches anything new) I'll probably check it out. https://yewtu.be/watch?v=NltBA1RbJUc >Ethiopian legend has it that khat, a stimulant leaf, was found by Sufi Imams in search of eternity. Inspired by this myth, Faya Dayi is a spiritual journey into the highlands of Harar immersed in the rituals of khat, a leaf that Sufi Muslims chewed for religious meditations – and Ethiopia’s most lucrative cash crop today
>>590 >Wakaliwood and Nollywood are similar on the surface but seeing two of their movies I can say former makes genuinely good action movies, better than anything America has made Is that ironic or has some Ugandan out there actually made a great action movie?
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>>1903 I remember watching one of the meme films, Bad Black, and jokes aside i was surprised how "decent" the plot was and it was alarmingly well executed too, budget and set conditions considered. Some overused action genre cliches are there along with the gaudy cheap CGI but the director still managed to pull interesting dynamics regarding the main protagonist's emotional progression from slum orphan to ruthless bad bitch (hence the film's title), not to mention a harsh critique on Africa in general with tongue in cheek jokes and plot points (kids used as sex toys, a hammer being called an Ugandan Key). Although somewhat of a weak ending part due to it being so prolonged/dragged out i suppose, great is not really what i would call this movie but there's obvious amounts of efforts and creativity (stuntmanship, prop item construction) that wager a bit of genuine praise out of the usual pity brownie points some african movies usually get. Hong Kong this ain't but it is more entertaining than a contemporary action movie without the expensive CGI tricks.
>>591 Some of the best movie producers in India are from Bengal, the Hindu part of Greater Bengal. I see Bangladesh film industry having a great future ahead.

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Films that take place in the southern hemisphere? Nick gurrs 05/27/2021 (Thu) 21:48:36 No.1593 [Reply]
I'm tired of the northern hemisphere . I feel like the southern hemisphere is just a lot more interesting
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What have you already seen and why do you think it's more interesting?
>>1596 Canada is the most boring place on earth. Naturally, the further you get from it, the stranger and more interesting things become. You could say Canada is the centre of the world, the top of the hierarchy, and as you move away from the centre things become less like it, less normal. The United States, Greenland, Russia, Japan, all these are close enough to be similar but just far away enough to be interesting (the USA least so). The southern hemisphere in general skirts the vast Canadian Sphere of Influence. It is peopled by strange and fearsome creatures, those who live in the no man's land between order and the chaos of outer blackness, the inhospitable antarctic cold which doubles as an inverted, ironic parody of the Canadian centre. This in-between zone is where meaning meets matter, authority meets power, reason meets absurdity. It is a place of dreams, of danger, of potential. It is the perfect place for a film.
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>>1597 >Canada is the centre of the world, the top of the hierarchy >Canadian Sphere of Influence
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To get a flavor of the postwar South Pacific I recommend this island-hopping ethnographic travelogue filmed in Cinerama and (partially) narrated by Orson Welles https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeyeChzsVUQ
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>>1596 >La hora de los hornos I just watched this. It was an hour too long but there's plenty of interesting content if you can power through the slower parts. After establishing the present (1968) situation in Argentina, the documentary chronicles the rise and fall of Juan Perón and the ensuing years of struggle by leftist activists to re-establish their brand of Peronism. The activists tried street protests, labor strikes, even winning elections, but each time their resistance efforts were thwarted by the police or military. The documentary reflects upon these tactical failures and searches for a more effective path. While I'm not entirely sympathetic to the activists' motivations, their frustration with an intransigent political system that answers their grievances with violence is more and more relatable.

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