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May 19, 2013
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On Saturday night I went to see a 4K restoration of

The Holy Mountain (1973)



Truly and utterly baffling, completely hilarious, at times pretentious, shallow and disgusting, but in equal parts absolutely beautiful and profound, all in one; where the hell do you even start when talking about this wonderful film :lol:

A basic description of the plot does little to describe it - an Alchemist is joined by a Christ-like figure, and a range of other bizarre individuals as they go through a series of mystical rites in order to reach the summit of a holy mountain where they hope to attain immortality... Ok, that sounds strange enough I am sure, but it does not even come close. Over the course of two hours we are subjected to an absolute assault on the eyes as a range of dazzling, psychedelic and hypnotic images flash before us. Not to downplay the ideology of it, but more than anything it is an extremely visual film which needs to be seen.



It is a complete whirlwind of surrealist imagery. Visually it is incredibly rich...but with that said, there are also important ideological impulses in the film. The entire thing is fundamentally shaped by Jodorowosky's own personal belief system, seemingly cobbled together from his readings of eastern mysticism, western occultism (Tarot cards), and Jungian philosophy. The imagery of the film is saturated with these ideas. At times it comes off as a bit trite and flimsy, but despite that there is some genuinely engaging ideas contained there. Among general critiques of modern society - anti-imperialist, anti-industrialist, anti-consumerist, anti-a-lot-of-things really - there is also a genuine, serious philosophy of personal enlightenment (as Jodorowsky's saw it). This is pretty much submerged within the overall surrealism and at times is lost within the biting satire, but is fully recaptured at the very end....

It's a film I watched years ago along with El Topo (1970), must be at least 4 or 5 years now, but back then I would say my film describing skills where not much up to par. Very interesting to watch it again now, especially on the big screen in glorious 4K.
I’m a huge Carl Jung guy
 
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'Green Street Hooligans'

After all these years I finally got round to watching it.

Earned it's enviable reputation IMO.

8.5/10
 
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The Gentlemen



Guy Ritchie's latest, which sees him back on familiar territory with a convoluted tale from the London Ganglands.

Matthew McConaghy is a wealthy American pot dealer looking to sell up his criminal empire however trouble ensues when rival gangs try and muscle in.

It's a very old fashioned film, which feels at times like Ritchie is parodying himself and /or Tarantino from the 90's.

Ritchie touches on a lot of his usual cornerstones, cartoon gangsters, London culture, the country set, violence, broad stereotypes, and broader comedy.

The plot isn't up to much, and I wasn't really invested at any point, but it is well acted and very funny in points. Colin Farrell is hilarious, and Michelle Dockerby and Charlie Hunam are excellent.

McConaghy is good, but is in many ways the straight man, so a bit overshadowed by the bigger characters.

The missus liked it more than I did and she really liked Hugh Grant, (I wasn't as keen), but she struggled a bit with the racist language, and one scene of implied sexual violence.

I didn't mind the language, it was mainly funny, and believable from the cast of gangsters and fleet street slime balls. The sexual violence was clumsy and distracting though.

I laughed a lot, but can only give it 3 out of 5 due to the slightly uninteresting plot and slow start.
 
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Come and See. It's been remastered and never heard of it till recently. It's directed by two Battle of Stalingrad veterans. As a history fan and interested by this time period It was amazing. Out of any WWII film, it does the best job of explaining and showing the insanity and brutality of that period on the Eastern Front. Amazing film.

Favourite non lingo film ever.

The brutal savagery is delivered brilliantly and one i can watch time and time again and it's going on right now.
 
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Come and See. It's been remastered and never heard of it till recently. It's directed by two Battle of Stalingrad veterans. As a history fan and interested by this time period It was amazing. Out of any WWII film, it does the best job of explaining and showing the insanity and brutality of that period on the Eastern Front. Amazing film.

Oh good shout, haven't seen it and looks like it's about time.
 
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Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)

Half decent Noir that is hampered by Dana Andrews and being bound by the production code. It doesn't stand up to Laura (1944) which as also directed by Otto Preminger and stared Andrews and Gene Tierney. The supporting cast is very good though.
 
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There is... it's called Lady Snowblood, though. :smile


I just rewatched this movie again, so now I have an excuse to review it. :smile





The epic tale of a young woman in late 1800s Japan who has been tasked (or perhaps cursed?) from birth with tracking down and taking revenge against a list of villains who committed an atrocity against her family.

What could've been just a generic Japanese swordplay film instead turned out to be one of the greatest movies ever made, thanks to a complex and carefully woven story, some brilliant directing, and some genuinely touching and poignant moments. Oh, and it kicks plenty of ass too!

Lead actress Meiko Kaji also sings the movie's heart-wrenching theme song, which Kill Bill fans will recognize from Lucy Liu's death scene.

Rating: OneOfTheBestMoviesEverMade/10.


As an aside, it's always bothered me that Tarantino merely credited this film as an "inspiration" for Kill Bill, when the latter is clearly an outright remake - it shares much of the same story elements, a similar narrative structure (i.e.: background segments for each individual villain), and even some of the same camera angles FFS! (i.e.: the upward shot of the villains as they stand over their victim)
 

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King Kong(1933)

Not seen it for almost 30 years, brilliant for it's time, you can't help but feel sad for the big daft monkey when he feels his wounds when the planes are shooting him.




Once Upon a Time in the West.

Brilliant Sergio Leone western starring Charles Bronson and Henry Fonda, one of my favourite films and that score never fails to make my eyes fill up. :wah
 
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True Confessions

Bob Duvall and Bobby DeNiro star as brothers whose lives have taken decidedly different paths - the former a hard-nosed police detective, the latter an ambitious priest. Their rocky relationship comes to a head as Duvall investigates a grizzly murder (based on the real-life Black Dahlia case) that implicates one of the Church's largest donors.

Overall, not a spectacular movie IMO, but a good, solid, decent one with a fairly compelling story, a strong performance by Duvall, and some touching moments.

Rating: 7-7.5/10.
 

BigBone

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This 'Uncut Gems' ppl. rave about any good? Just per my Voodoo intuition it feels like ur typical cool but way overrated movie cause a comedy star performs above expectations (I liked Punch-Drunk Love).
 
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True Confessions

Bob Duvall and Bobby DeNiro star as brothers whose lives have taken decidedly different paths - the former a hard-nosed police detective, the latter an ambitious priest. Their rocky relationship comes to a head as Duvall investigates a grizzly murder (based on the real-life Black Dahlia case) that implicates one of the Church's largest donors.

Overall, not a spectacular movie IMO, but a good, solid, decent one with a fairly compelling story, a strong performance by Duvall, and some touching moments.

Rating: 7-7.5/10.
The title makes it sound like a soft core porno from the 80's.
 
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Uncut Gems.

Maybe a decent watch but the story was way too busy for me and shouty Sandler was so fucking annoyingly irritating,common theme.
The lugs finally got a break when he was slotted but it should have happened way earlier.
 
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The Lighthouse (2019)


Following up The Witch was never going to be an easy task, but Eggers has done it again with this brilliantly mad, delirious tale of maritime horror. I absolutely loved it. The bare outline of the story is that of two men - one older, one younger - who become trapped on a remote island outpost in the 1890s. This at least is actually inspired by a real incident known as the Smalls Lighthouse Tragedy, which happened off the coast of Wales at the beginning of the 19th century. Eggers takes some of the ideas suggested by such a tale - the psychological impact of this remote setting - and develops it into something much, much weirder. The Lighthouse follows the two men as they struggle to contend with the island, with the profound isolation and with themselves. Tom Wake (Dafoe) is a craggy auld former seaman with a gammy leg, and the the man in charge of his junior 'wickie', Ephraim Winslow (Pattinson). For his part, Winslow is a hard-working, straight-faced ex-logger with an ambiguous past. Wake spends much of the film giving orders to Winslow, who toils away at all the manual tasks which need attended to on the island. All the while Wake warily guards The Light itself. Within this bleak and claustrophobic space, the relations between the two men are already strained, but it soon becomes clear that something mysterious is going on. As the film goes on Wake and Winslow slip further and further into madness....

Eggers is a master of mood and atmosphere and The Lighthouse perfectly captures the salty, windswept earthiness of this remote Nova Scotian outpost. This is greatly helped by the cinematography. Shot in black and white on old analog cameras and making use of a 1.19:1 aspect ratio, it feels old and primitive. The aspect ratio and nautical setting made me think of Bait (2019) which is an interesting crossover, clearly both directors were aiming for a similarly aged effect. Of course, it also deliberately harks back to older black and white films as a result...I am particularly thinking of the likes of Bergman's Persona (1966) (there are certainly some interesting thematic/psychological parallels there too), or other Bergman films, as well as early horror films like Nosferatu (1921) and Vampyr (1932). The cinematography also serves to emphasise and enhance the claustrophobia of the plot. It was a very effective and inspired choice in my opinion. At this point the incredibly creepy and unsettling score should also be praised as well.

Thematically there is a lot to unpack in The Lighthouse, although it is extremely ambiguous. Naturally this will be off putting to a lot of people, but I was thoroughly engaged with it. It is a strange, wonderful film which is equally dense in old maritime folklore, Jungian archetypes, psychology, and ancient mythology. Indeed, it has a very elemental, folkloric vibe in general - something which fascinates me. In this respect it is definitely a fitting follow-up to The Witch. And I would be remiss if I didn't mention the spectacular performances from both Dafoe and Pattinson.
 

AntG

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Kill Bill Vol 2

Probably more fun taking a blow torch to your balls, could easily have put the revenge scenes in this film into the first one.
 
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'Bombshell' starring Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie

Decent movie. Brilliant performance in the lead role by Theron.

7.5/10