Rate The Last Film You Watched

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28 Days Later

Brilliant post apocalyptic horror from Danny Boyle about a virus which has run through Britain turning some people into rage filled lunatics. It's final act prevents it from being a great film as it goes a bit silly but still a really good film.
Have you seen Perfect Sense? It's not horror, more arty farty, slow depressing film about an apocalyptic virus. Worth a watch if you don't mind a bit of sentimentality and you're in the mood for it.
 

AntG

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Have you seen Perfect Sense? It's not horror, more arty farty, slow depressing film about an apocalyptic virus. Worth a watch if you don't mind a bit of sentimentality and you're in the mood for it.
No not seen it, I don't mind arty farty, slow and depressing, I enjoyed Melancholia :lol:
 
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No not seen it, I don't mind arty farty, slow and depressing, I enjoyed Melancholia :lol:
I can't remember if I've seen that. I think I may have. I'll have to watch a bit to trigger the memory. I do tend to like 'end of the world' type films, "These Final Hours" probably being my favourite. Personal top ten of all time that one.
 
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Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985)
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A film that has been on my list for a while, but having recently watched Mishima's own Patriotism (1966) I thought the time was right. And wow! Schrader has blown me away with one. A brilliantly conceived and perfectly executed biography of Mishima leading up to his failed coup and ritual suicide. A life turned "into a line of poetry written with a splash of blood". More than a simple biopic it is an interrogation of his life and art and the manner in which the two were ultimately intertwined. In an innovative style blending black-and-white flashbacks, hyper-stylised recreations of his fiction and colour scenes of the last day of his life, Schrader recreates the thought-world of this enigmatic writer. I am sure enough has been written about this one already, but it was absolutely brilliant and with a fantastic soundtrack from Phillip Glass to go along with the innovative plot and sumptuous visuals.
Such a visual feast. Schrader goes very underrated if such a m'piece sits under 8000 votes. He obviously gets respect as a Scorsese collaborator and surely, Marty's movies are usually more entertaining. But Schrader's are more uncompromising, see Hardcore or Blue Collar. Have you seen First Reformed? Hearing good things about it.
 
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Such a visual feast. Schrader goes very underrated if such a m'piece sits under 8000 votes. He obviously gets respect as a Scorsese collaborator and surely, Marty's movies are usually more entertaining. But Schrader's are more uncompromising, see Hardcore or Blue Collar. Have you seen First Reformed? Hearing good things about it.
Yep I loved First Reformed, saw it on release in the cinema and have the blu ray. It's another masterpiece, albeit a derivative one. Basically Schrader taking all his theory of transcendental style that he learned from Ozu, Bresson and Dreyer and then actually making his own film from it. Basically takes Winter Light and brings it's themes into the present day.
 
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The Vikings

Classic Kirk Douglas adventure about a vile English King, a spoilt son of a Viking King and a half English/half Viking slave fighting for the affections of a moody Welsh bitch which leads to an all out war.

Daft but great fun all the way.
 
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The Hidden Fortress 1958

Good fun and funny adventure from Kurosawa about 2 peasant soldiers who help a princess over a border in return for gold. It shares some similar themes with Kurosawa's earlier film The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail and the comedy makes it one of his easily accessible films. Obviously the Star Wars influence is clearly apparent, especially with R2D2 and C3PO. The spear duel is fantastic, and if you do watch this movie, loook out for about 5 minutes in a soldier gets killed and as he's lying on the ground he gets kicked in the head by a horse.



Samurai Assassin 1965

Been checking out some Mifune none Kurosawa films as well. In this he plays a somewhat Ronin who is a bastard and joins a group of assassins in a plot to kill a powerful Lord. The film delves into his backstory and friendships while interweaving the plotting and twisting of the assassins and ends in a good battle in the snow. It uses a real incident as its base and a good film if you haven't seen it.



Adventure in Kigan Castle 1966

A gruff Japanese wander and a Monk team up along the silk road to track down Buddha artifacts where they get caught up in the political machinations of a mad king and witches at an out of the way castle. Very reminiscent of the swords and sandals and Sinbad films of the 60's with bright colours, wobbly sets and exotic locations. I found it quite fun and it was a nice change to see something set along the silk road.
 
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Sittin Sonny

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The Vikings

Classic Kirk Douglas adventure about a vile English King, a spoilt son of a Viking King and a half English/half Viking slave fighting for the affections of a moody Welsh bitch which leads to an all out war.

Daft but great fun all the way.
I reviewed that earlier in this thread: https://www.checkhookboxing.com/index.php?threads/rate-the-last-film-you-watched.101/page-599#post-3734528

I had a similar opinion too - some Hollywood cheesiness, but overall surprisingly better than what you'd expect.
 

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El Mariachi

Robert Rodriguez debut film, a low budget Mexploitation film about a Mariachi who unwittingly gets drawn into a gangland feud as a result of mistaken identity. Very good film which Rodriguez has never bettered IMO.
 
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Kagemusha (1980)


Finally got round to this......


and damn was it incredible!

Lets not go a second further without mentioning how stunning the film looked visually, some absolutely gorgeous shots. You can almost tell that Kurosawa literally painted the whole thing before he got to make it for real, his talent as a visual artist comes through especially strong in this one I think. It's the framing, the angles, the use of light, the colours and everything. Especially the colours. Breathtaking visuals!

Kurosawa's painterly visuals are enhanced by the sheer scale and historical verisimilitude. It recreates this period of history in incredible detail and the battle scenes feel so authentic as a result; huge amounts of extras all wearing accurate armour, not to mention using period correct weaponry! The samurai generals carry their swords of course, but this isn't Hollywood nonsense, so we have guns and polearms being used for the actual fighting. You really love to see it. The use of muskets especially warmed my cold historian bones. Just some of the best battle scenes I have seen on film.

But I also found the narrative and themes extremely engaging - a petty thief is spared a brutal execution by agreeing to become a "double" for a powerful Daimyo (lord). When the Daimyo dies, his last wish is that his death remain a secret for three years in order to secure his clans position and stave off attacks from his enemies. Initially hesitant, the double agrees to take up the role. There is of course an external tension as to whether anyone will suspect an impostor but increasingly this double, this shadow, is fraught with internal conflict over his position. Slowly he begins to inhabit the the role of Daimyo seamlessly... he becomes extremely close with the lord's grandson (who of course believes him to be his grandfather) and gains some grudging degree of respect from the chief retainers, yet always with the caveat that he is only acting a role. The shadow is haunted - both figuratively and in his dreams - by the perceived greatness of the Lord. His commitment is further tested when he must lead the lords troops into battle against rival warlords, who are increasingly suspicious of the situation.... It's three hours long, but I didn't find that it dragged much at all.

In a high-level sense Kagemusha is an interesting psychological interrogation of the concept of a 'shadow', drawing both on Shakespearean tragedy and traditional Noh depictions of warrior ghosts. Yet this also spirals out to cover a much broader concept - in this brutal, violent period of history what are the poor soldiers that serve under these great lords actually fighting for? Perhaps they are fighting for the love of their Daimyo, who inspires and gives them courage in battle...yet in the case of an impostor, a shadow, what then? What is it that they are actually fighting, or should we say dying, for? Is it the mere idea or is it the individual themselves? Kurosoawa obviously cannot answer these questions, but it was just brilliant how he wove all these various strands together within the historical setting of the Sengoku jidai.





 
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Someone went through Jimmy Carters presidential journal and discovered what a film junkie he was. Compiled the lot into a chronological list.

It turns out Carter has great taste in film.

So this list not only serves to show Carters viewing habits but it is also just a great list of films to watch for anyone.

Carter is sworn into office January 20, 1977

All the President’s Men (1976) - January 22, 1977

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) - January 28, 1977

Network (1976) - February 5, 1977

Rocky (1976) - February 19, 1977

The Godfather (1972) - March 3, 1977

The Magic Christian (1969) - March 5, 1977

Buffalo Bill and the Indians (1976) - March 12, 1977

The Bad News Bears (1976) - March 26, 1977

The Shootist (1976) - March 27, 1977

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) - April 2, 1977

Harry and Tonto (1974) - April 7, 1977

Nashville (1975) - April 22, 1977

Chinatown (1974) - April 26, 1977

Blazing Saddles (1974) - April 28, 1977

Lucky Lady (1975) - April 29, 1977

The Island of Allah (1956) and Herbie Rides Again (1974) - May 21, 1977

Zorro (1940 or 1975?) - June 9, 1977

The French Connection (1971) - June 12, 1977

Silver Streak (1976) - June 24, 1977

Rocky (1976) - June 25, 1977

The Caine Mutiny (1954) - June 27, 1977

Camelot (1967) - June 30, 1977

MacArthur (1977) - July 6, 1977

Islands in the Stream (1977) - July 10, 1977

Jaws (1975) - July 22, 1977

Music Man (1962) - July 23, 1977

A Star is Born (1937, 1954, or 1976?) - July 29, 1977

The Deep (1977) - July 31, 1977

Bridge Over the River Kwai (1957) - August 2, 1977

Smokey and the Bandit (1977) - August 12, 1977

High Noon (1952) - August 27, 1977

Gnome Mobile (1967) - August 30, 1977

That’s Entertainment (1974) - August 31, 1977

Cabaret (1972) - September 9, 1977

What’s Up Doc? (1972) - September 11, 1977

The Longest Yard (1974) - September 21, 1977

Sinbad (1977) - September 23, 1977

Sounder (1972) - September 26, 1977

Citizen Kane (1941) - December 3, 1977

Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) - October 6, 1977

The Hustler (1961) - October 15, 1977

The Lincoln Conspiracy (1977) - October 18, 1977

Frankenstein (1931) - October 19, 1977

Bears and I (1974) - October 20, 1977

On the Waterfront (1954) - October 23, 1977

The Wind and the Lion (1975) - October 26, 1977

Three Days of the Condor (1975) - October 28, 1977

Fiddler on the Roof (1971) - November 4, 1977

The Great Waldo Pepper (1975) - November 9, 1977

Man With the Golden Gun (1974) - November 10, 1977

Island at the Top of the World (1974) - November 11, 1977

The Turning Point (1977) - November 13, 1977

Black and White in Color (1976) - November 16, 1977

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) - November 19, 1977

Goodbye Columbus (1969) - November 22, 1977

Funny Girl (1968) - December 8, 1977

New York, New York (1977) - December 12, 1977

The Maltese Falcon (1941) - December 19, 1977

Live and Let Die (1973) - December 26, 1977

Midnight Cowboy (1969) - December 27, 1977

1978

Love in the Afternoon (1957) — January 7, 1978

The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings (1976) — January 8, 1978

Breakheart Pass (1975) — January 10, 1978

The Graduate (1967) — January 12, 1978

Roman Holiday (1953) — January 24, 1978

Best Years of Our Lives (1946) — January 25, 1978

Semi-Tough (1977) — January 28, 1978

Sabrina (1954) — January 30, 1978

King Kong (1976) — January 31, 1978

Star Wars (1977) — February 4, 1978

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) — February 6, 1978

Papillon (1973) — February 9, 1978

Citizens Band (1977) — February 14, 1978

Jeremiah Johnson (1972) — February 15, 1978

Wait Until Dark (1967) — February 16, 1978

The Big Sleep (1946) — February 18, 1978

High Anxiety (1977) — February 20, 1978

Airport ‘77 (1977) — February 21, 1978

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) — February 23, 1978

The Twelve Chairs (1970) — February 25, 1978

Unconquered (1947) — February 27, 1978

The Guns of Navarone (1961) — March 1, 1978

Gray Lady Down (1978) — March 2, 1978

Kid Galahad (1962) — March 8, 1978

She Done Him Wrong (1933) — March 11, 1978

Reap the Wind Wild (1942) — March 12, 1978 (mislabeled as Keep the Wind Wild in the daily diary?)

The Roaring Twenties (1939) — March 13, 1978

South Pacific (1958) — March 22, 1978

A Touch of Class (1973) — March 26, 1978

Cactus Flower (1969) — April 4, 1978

The World’s Greatest Lover (1977) — April 5, 1978

Horse Feathers (1932) — April 11, 1978

Georgy Girl (1966) — April 13, 1978

Annie Hall (1977) — April 16, 1978

Tin Star (1957) — April 19, 1978

In Harm’s Way (1965) — April 20, 1978

For Pete’s Sake (1974) — April 22, 1978

Come Back Little Sheba (1952) — April 24, 1978

Operation Petticoat (1959) — April 27, 1978

The Apartment (1960) — May 6, 1978

Born Yesterday (1950) — May 8, 1978

Gunfight at the OK Corral (1957) — May 10, 1978

One, Two, Three (1961)— May 15, 1978

Key Largo (1948) — May 16, 1978

Bend of the River (1952) — May 18, 1978

Dial M for Murder (1954) — May 19, 1978

Patton (1970) — May 22, 1978

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) — May 27, 1978

Life with Father (1947) — May 28, 1978

Cool Hand Luke (1967) — May 31, 1978

Gunga Din (1939) — June 1, 1978

Cowboy (1958) — June 14, 1978

President’s Lady (1953) — June 6, 1978

Life of Emile Zola (1937) — June 7, 1978

Red River (1948) — June 12, 1978

To Have and Have Not (1944) — June 17, 1978

Topkapi (1964) — June 22, 1978

To Catch a Thief (1955) — June 24, 1978

Pete and Tillie (1972) — June 26, 1978

Cheap Detective (1978) — June 28, 1978

Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) — June 29, 1978

From Here to Eternity (1953) — July 18, 1978

Heaven Can Wait (1978) — July 20, 1978

Casey’s Shadow (1978) — July 23, 1978

Marty (1955) — August 1, 1978

West Side Story (1961) — August 5, 1978

Diamonds Are Forever (1971) — August 6, 1978

Hooper (1978) — August 14, 1978

Charge of the Light Brigade (1968) — August 16, 1978

Magnificent Yankee (1950) — August 30, 1978

Hang ‘Em High (1968) — September 4, 1978

Shane (1953) — September 6, 1978

Sleuth (1972) — September 8, 1978

My Darling Clementine (1946) — September 9, 1978

Save the Tiger (1973) — September 10, 1978

New Voyager (1942) — September 12, 1978

Bad Day at Black Rock (1955) — September 14, 1978

The Candidate (1972) — September 21, 1978

Mildred Pierce (1945) — September 24, 1978

Paint Your Wagon (1969) — September 28, 1978

The Mouse That Roared (1959) — September 29, 1978

Coming Home (1978) — October 3, 1978

Garden of Evil (1954) — October 6, 1978

Johnny Belinda (1948) — October 9, 1978

Boys from Brazil (1978) — October 10, 1978

A Wedding (1978) — October 11, 1978

Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) — October 12, 1978

Days of Heaven (1978) — October 13, 1978

Tennessee Johnson (1942) — October 14, 1978

Jezebel (1938) — October 17, 1978

From Russia With Love (1963) — October 18, 1978

For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943) — October 25, 1978

Mrs. Miniver (1942) — October 27, 1978

Wilson (1944) — November 1, 1978

The Cat From Outer Space (1978) — November 8, 1978

Lawrence of Arabia (1962) — November 9, 1978

Animal House (1978) — November 10, 1978

The Last Hurrah (1958) — November 11, 1978

Lost Horizon (1937 or 1973?) — November 12, 1978

Dodge City (1939) — November 15, 1978

Children of Sanchez (1978) — November 16, 1978

Separate Tables (1958) — November 20, 1978

Dangerous (1935) — November 28, 1978

Force 10 From Navarone (1978) — November 29, 1978

Hunchback of Notre Dame (1956) — November 30, 1978

Elmer Gantry (1960) — December 1, 1978

Northwest Mounted Police (1940) — December 4, 1978

East of Eden (1955) — December 9, 1978

Superman (1978) — December 10, 1978

A Thousand Clowns (1965) — December 14, 1978

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) — December 21, 1978

1979

Gold Rush (1925) — January 2, 1979

Lord of the Rings (1978) — January 12, 1979

California Suite (1978) — January 13, 1979

Grand Hotel (1932) — January 15, 1979

Heiress (1949) — January 16, 1979

Zorba the Greek (1964) — January 18, 1979

Sergeant York (1941) — January 24, 1979

Stalag 17 (1953) — January 25, 1979

The VIPs (1963) — January 30, 1979

The Devil’s Disciple (1959) — February 23, 1979

Every Which Way But Loose (1978) — February 24, 1979

Magic (1978) — February 25, 1979

Darling (1965) — February 28, 1979

All About Eve (1950) — March 6, 1979

The Rare Breed (1966) — March 14, 1979

The Red Badge of Courage (1951) — March 20, 1979

The Bells of St. Mary (1945) — March 21, 1979

Ice Castles (1978) — March 23, 1979

Hair (1979) — March 28, 1979

Same Time Next Year (1978) — March 29, 1979

The Last Picture Show (1971) — April 4, 1979

Viva Max (1969) — April 9, 1979

Lone Star — April 10, 1979

Rebel Without a Cause (1955) — April 13, 1979

Bullitt (1968) — April 14, 1979

Enemy Below (1957) — April 26, 1979

Captains Courageous (1937) — April 27, 1979

Autumn Sonata (1978) — April 30, 1979

Manhattan (1979) — May 6, 1979

Apocalypse Now (1979) — May 10, 1979

Beau Geste — May 17, 1979

The Road to Bali (1952) — May 19, 1979

Manhattan (1979) — May 23, 1979

Phantom of the Opera (1925, 1943, or 1962?) — May 24, 1979

A Very Big Withdraw (1979) — May 25, 1979

Friendly Persuasion (1956) — May 27, 1979

Dear Inspector (1977) — June 1, 1979

Fahrenheit 451 (1966) — June 3, 1979

You Can’t Cheat an Honest Man (1939) — June 4, 1979

Alien (1979) — June 13, 1979

The Kentuckian (1955) — June 19, 1979

The China Syndrome (1979) — June 20, 1979

My Little Chickadee (1940) — June 22, 1979

The In-Laws (1979) — July 14, 1979

The Robe (1953) — July 17, 1979

Rocky II (1979) — July 18, 1979

To Each His Own (1946) — July 20, 1979

The In-Laws (1979) — July 23, 1979

The Angel and the Badman (1947) — July 24, 1979

The Jazz Singer (1927 or 1980?) — July 26, 1979

Blue Skies (1946) — August 2, 1979

Meatballs (1979) — August 3, 1979

Sweet Bird of Youth (1962) — August 4, 1979

Break-Out (1975) — August 7, 1979

Escape to Athena (1979) — August 13, 1979

For A Few Dollars More (1965) — August 14, 1979

3:10 to Yuma (1957) — August 15, 1979

Don Juan (1926 or 1948?) — August 24, 1979

North Dallas Forty (1979) — August 25, 1979

Dracula (1979) — August 26, 1979

Lost and Found (1979) — August 27, 1979

Ride the High Country (1962) — August 28, 1979

The Horse Soldiers (1959) — September 4, 1979

Avalanche Express (1979) — September 5, 1979

Run Silent, Run Deep (1958) — September 6, 1979

St. Louis Blues (1958) — September 9, 1979

The Misfits (1961) — September 14, 1979

Lost Horizon (1937 or 1973?) — September 15, 1979

Bonjour Tristesse (1958) — September 16, 1979

Two Years Before the Mast (1946) — September 18, 1979

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966) — September 20, 1979

Inherit the Wind (1960) — September 21, 1979

Miracle on 34th Street (1947) — September 24, 1979

Time After Time (1979) — September 29, 1979

The King and I (1956) — October 4, 1979

Torn Curtain (1966) — October 5, 1979

10 (1979) — October 6, 1979

The Gunfighter (1950) — October 11, 1979

Gorgeous Hussy (1936) — October 16, 1979

Sheep Man (1958) — October 20, 1979

The Onion Field (1979) — October 21, 1979

Shenandoah (1965) — October 22, 1979

Legends of Frank Woods (1977) — October 27, 1979

MacKenna’s Gold (1969) — October 30, 1979

Thunderball (1965) — November 2, 1979

Sahara (1943) — November 4, 1979

Running (1979) — November 9, 1979

Big Country (1958) — November 11, 1979

If I Had a Million (1932) — November 16, 1979

Captain Horatio Hornblower (1951) — November 17, 1979

An American in Paris (1951) — November 19, 1979

Bloodline (1979) — November 20, 1979

Hanover Street (1979) — November 21, 1979

Anne of a Thousand Days (1969) — November 22, 1979

Spencer’s Mountain (1963) — November 23, 1979

Julius Caesar (1953) — November 24, 1979

The Picture Show Man (1977) — November 30, 1979

Bus Stop (1956) — December 1, 1979

Mary Queen of Scots (1971) — December 3, 1979

Star Trek (1979) — December 12, 1979

MASH (1970) — December 15, 1979

The Black Hole (1979) — December 18, 1979

Kramer vs Kramer (1979) — December 21, 1979

The Electric Horseman (1979) — December 22, 1979

The Rose (1979) — December 23, 1979

Chapter Two (1979) — December 24, 1979

The Black Stallion — December 25, 1979

Going in Style (1979) — December 26, 1979

Advise and Consent (1962) — December 27, 1979

The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979) — December 29, 1979

Luv (1967) — December 30, 1979

1980

The Good Earth (1937) — January 9, 1980

Being There (1979) — January 14, 1980

The Bank Dick (1940) — January 16, 1980

The European (1979) — January 18, 1980

Harper (1966) — January 19, 1980

10 (1979) — January 25, 1980

Jesus (1979) — January 26, 1980

The Prince and the Showgirl (1957) — January 29, 1980

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) — February 2, 1980

Rio Grande (1950) — February 3, 1980

A Little Romance (1979) — February 8, 1980

All That Jazz (1979) — February 10, 1980

Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) — February 12, 1980

Night of the Iguana (1964) — February 16, 1980

Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980) — February 18, 1980

Broken Lance (1954) — February 19, 1980

Agatha (1979) — February 23, 1980

Fedora (1978) — February 27, 1980

The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952) — February 29, 1980

My Brilliant Career (1979) — March 1, 1980

Barry Lyndon (1975) — March 2, 1980

Arabesque (1966) — March 7, 1980

Scalp Hunters (1968) — March 15, 1980

Hide in Plain Sight (1980) — March 22, 1980

Watch on the Rhine (1943) — March 21, 1980

The Petrified Forest (1936) — March 23, 1980

Mr. 880 (1950) — March 24, 1980

Cinderella Liberty (1973) — March 28, 1980

The Paper Chase (1973) — March 29, 1980

Simon (1980) — April 1, 1980

Oklahoma Crude (1973) — April 3, 1980

When Time Ran Out (1980) — April 8, 1980

High Society (1956) — April 11, 1980

The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946) — April 12, 1980

The Human Factor (1979) — April 13, 1980

Baltimore Bullet (1980) — April 19, 1980

The Undefeated (1969) — April 20, 1980

Klute (1971) — April 25, 1980

Ffolkes (1979) — April 26, 1980

Laura (1944) — April 27, 1980

Barefoot Contessa (1954) — May 2, 1980

Kramer vs Kramer (1979) — May 3, 1980

The Black Marble (1980) — May 4, 1980

The Jerk (1979) — May 5, 1980

Bronco Billy (1980) — May 9, 1980

A Fistful of Dollars (1964) — May 10, 1980

Anastasia (1956) — May 12, 1980

Splendor in the Grass (1961) — May 13, 1980

The Devil at Four O’Clock (1961) — May 15, 1980

Strangers on a Train (1951) — May 16, 1980

The Last Married Couple in America (1980) — May 17, 1980

Silent Partner (1978) — May 20, 1980

Blue Lagoon (1980) — May 23, 1980

Fastest Gun Alive (1956) — May 24, 1980

The Man Who Loved Women (1977) — May 25, 1980

The Empire Strikes Back (1980) — May 26, 1980

Cass Timberlane (1947) — May 30, 1980

The Final Countdown (1980) — May 31, 1980

All Quiet on the Western Front (1979) — June 5, 1980

The Shining (1980) — June 7, 1980

The Long Riders (1980) — June 13, 1980

Brubaker (1980) — June 27, 1980

Urban Cowboy (1980) — June 28, 1980

Nothing Personal (1980) — June 29, 1980

The Searchers (1956) — July 11, 1980

A Fine Madness (1966) — July 12, 1980

Little Miss Marker (1980) — July 13, 1980

Flower Drum Song (1961) — July 18, 1980

The Big Red One (1980) - July 25, 1980

Dressed to Kill (1980) - August 8, 1980

Touch of Love (1969) - August 17, 1980

Hopscotch (1980) — August 18, 1980

The Changeling (1980) — August 21, 1980

The Lady Vanishes (1938) — August 22, 1980

The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu (1980) — August 26, 1980

The Hunter (1980) — August 29, 1980

Caddyshack (1980) — August 30, 1980

The Flim Flam Man (1967) — September 2, 1980

Fame (1980) — September 5, 1980

Robin and Marian (1976) — September 8, 1980

The Great Santini (1979) — September 6, 1980

Mountain Men (1980) — September 12, 1980

Diamond Head (1962) — September 24, 1980

Resurrection (1980) — September 26, 1980

Oh God Book II (1980) — September 27, 1980

Ordinary People (1980) — October 11, 1980

My Bodyguard (1980) — October 17, 1980

Gloria (1980) — October 18, 1980

The Stunt Man (1980) — October 26, 1980

The Bandits (1967) — November 5, 1980

The First Deadly Sin (1980) — November 7, 1980

Loving Couples (1980) — November 8, 1980

The Brothers Karamazov — November 9, 1980

Goldfinger (1964) — November 11, 1980

Airplane (1980) — November 12, 1980

Love is a Many Splendored Thing (1955) — November 13, 1980

A Change of Seasons (1980) — November 15, 1980

Many Rivers to Cross (1955) — November 17, 1980

It’s My Turn (1980) — November 18, 1980

[Film unknown] — November 19, 1980

The Blues Brothers (1980) — November 20, 1980

Tribute (1980) — November 22, 1980

Nine to Five (1980) — November 26, 1980

Any Which Way You Can (1980) — November 27, 1980

Stir Crazy (1980) — November 28, 1980

The Island (1980) — November 29, 1980

Tribute (1980) — December 3, 1980

Irma La Douce (1963) —December 4, 1980

It Seems Like Old Times (1980) — December 5, 1980

The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox (1976) — December 10, 1980

The Competition (1980) — December 12, 1980

Kagemusha (1980) — December 13, 1980

Private Benjamin (1980) — December 19, 1980

The Formula (1980) — December 20, 1980

Two Rode Together (1961) — December 31, 1980

1981

The Owl and the Pussycat (1970) — January 2, 1981

Popeye (1980) — January 3, 1981

Fools’ Parade (1971) — January 5, 1981

Carter leaves office January 20, 1981

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Thats a good fucking list!
 
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Kameradschaft (1931)


Watched this one on the recommendation of one Robert Eggers. I have to say I agree, the 1.19:1 fits absolutely perfectly with the content of the film. With this tight aspect ratio comes a verticality and a sense of confinement which captures the incredibly claustrophobic space of the films' mineshafts and smokestacks.

The plot is nice and simple. After the First World War tensions remain high on the Franco-German border. When a fire breaks out on the French side of a mine, an underground explosion traps the workers inside. The German miners overcome these national, jingoist differences to rescue their French comrades from danger. There are some sub-plots within this designed to generate some tension and allow us to specially identify with some of the characters. With this story the film sets up some really dramatic set-piece moments inside the mine, while ultimately crafting an extremely touching human tale.
 
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El Mariachi

Robert Rodriguez debut film, a low budget Mexploitation film about a Mariachi who unwittingly gets drawn into a gangland feud as a result of mistaken identity. Very good film which Rodriguez has never bettered IMO.
Agreed. It's his best movie.
 
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Kagemusha (1980)


Finally got round to this......


and damn was it incredible!

Lets not go a second further without mentioning how stunning the film looked visually, some absolutely gorgeous shots. You can almost tell that Kurosawa literally painted the whole thing before he got to make it for real, his talent as a visual artist comes through especially strong in this one I think. It's the framing, the angles, the use of light, the colours and everything. Especially the colours. Breathtaking visuals!

Kurosawa's painterly visuals are enhanced by the sheer scale and historical verisimilitude. It recreates this period of history in incredible detail and the battle scenes feel so authentic as a result; huge amounts of extras all wearing accurate armour, not to mention using period correct weaponry! The samurai generals carry their swords of course, but this isn't Hollywood nonsense, so we have guns and polearms being used for the actual fighting. You really love to see it. The use of muskets especially warmed my cold historian bones. Just some of the best battle scenes I have seen on film.

But I also found the narrative and themes extremely engaging - a petty thief is spared a brutal execution by agreeing to become a "double" for a powerful Daimyo (lord). When the Daimyo dies, his last wish is that his death remain a secret for three years in order to secure his clans position and stave off attacks from his enemies. Initially hesitant, the double agrees to take up the role. There is of course an external tension as to whether anyone will suspect an impostor but increasingly this double, this shadow, is fraught with internal conflict over his position. Slowly he begins to inhabit the the role of Daimyo seamlessly... he becomes extremely close with the lord's grandson (who of course believes him to be his grandfather) and gains some grudging degree of respect from the chief retainers, yet always with the caveat that he is only acting a role. The shadow is haunted - both figuratively and in his dreams - by the perceived greatness of the Lord. His commitment is further tested when he must lead the lords troops into battle against rival warlords, who are increasingly suspicious of the situation.... It's three hours long, but I didn't find that it dragged much at all.

In a high-level sense Kagemusha is an interesting psychological interrogation of the concept of a 'shadow', drawing both on Shakespearean tragedy and traditional Noh depictions of warrior ghosts. Yet this also spirals out to cover a much broader concept - in this brutal, violent period of history what are the poor soldiers that serve under these great lords actually fighting for? Perhaps they are fighting for the love of their Daimyo, who inspires and gives them courage in battle...yet in the case of an impostor, a shadow, what then? What is it that they are actually fighting, or should we say dying, for? Is it the mere idea or is it the individual themselves? Kurosoawa obviously cannot answer these questions, but it was just brilliant how he wove all these various strands together within the historical setting of the Sengoku jidai.





Great movie. Really good review too.

Thanks for doing all these. I used to watch a lot of films like this, but rarely get round to it these days.

I really like the reviews that you, and others on here, are posting of these older, non English language movies. I get to live vicariously through you guys because of it.
 
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I, Tonya (2017)




Biopic of disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding, covering her life from childhood up until she is convicted of conspiring to injure Nancy Kerrigan, her main rival for Olympic qualification.

Part black comedy, part sports biopic, part social commentary.

It throws a lot of stuff at the wall, and most of it doesn't stick. We have multiple untrustworthy narrators, characters talking to camera, slapstick comedy mixed in with domestic abuse, wigs, ticks, scenery chewing, a good, but unrelated soundtrack, social commentary, and some really distracting CGI.

It's not terrible, is funny in places, and the lead actors are charasmatic, but it's tonally all over the place, and maybe too ambitious for its own good.

5/10
 
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I, Tonya (2017)




Biopic of disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding, covering her life from childhood up until she is convicted of conspiring to injure Nancy Kerrigan, her main rival for Olympic qualification.

Part black comedy, part sports biopic, part social commentary.

It throws a lot of stuff at the wall, and most of it doesn't stick. We have multiple untrustworthy narrators, characters talking to camera, slapstick comedy mixed in with domestic abuse, wigs, ticks, scenery chewing, a good, but unrelated soundtrack, social commentary, and some really distracting CGI.

It's not terrible, is funny in places, and the lead actors are charasmatic, but it's tonally all over the place, and maybe too ambitious for its own good.

5/10
Piss off, Bob! I, Tonya is the most entertaining biopic in years alongside with Wolf of Wall Street. Trashy, unpredictable, 4th wall breaking style fits the titular character perfectly and Margot revels in Tonya's shoes. You can see how excited she was to play an antihero, she should've gotten the statues for the performance. It would be a black comedy if this wasn't a true story, but it even captures that there's more than one truth to the same set of events. Shame on you pal.
 
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Piss off, Bob! I, Tonya is the most entertaining biopic in years alongside with Wolf of Wall Street. Trashy, unpredictable, 4th wall breaking style fits the titular character perfectly and Margot revels in Tonya's shoes. You can see how excited she was to play an antihero, she should've gotten the statues for the performance. It would be a black comedy if this wasn't a true story, but it even captures that there's more than one truth to the same set of events. Shame on you pal.
Meh, wasn't for me.

I didn't find it entertaining. It was ambitious and had some interesting ideas, but I thought they were a bit clumsily executed.

It didn't entertain me or educate me, but it might just be personal taste.
 

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Meh, wasn't for me.

I didn't find it entertaining. It was ambitious and had some interesting ideas, but I thought they were a bit clumsily executed.

It didn't entertain me or educate me, but it might just be personal taste.
Tonya's hardly an educating figure, now is she? :) Not a dull moment for me whereas something like Bohemian Rhapsosy was pure dullness of reused cliches. 's okay Bob, we agree to disagree.
 
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Tonya's hardly an educating figure, now is she? :) Not a dull moment for me whereas something like Bohemian Rhapsosy was pure dullness of reused cliches. 's okay Bob, we agree to disagree.
Haven't got round to the Queen movie.

My dad loved it, and it's not his usual kind of thing, but it really doesn't appeal to me.

Ps no problem on disagreeing. You clearly know your stuff when it comes to film, and as always, these things are subjective.
 
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