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What was the last film you watched? part 4

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Feb 20 2020 12:01

This useful article justifies a cross reference to the film thread:
https://libcom.org/blog/american-dream-meets-chinese-dream-nightmare-fuy...
Edit: Also mentioned and linked by Craftwork on the 'TV's you like thread.

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Feb 20 2020 00:47

Parasite. It's ok.

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Feb 23 2020 23:28

Little Joe, really enjoyed it, great Sunday night film.

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Feb 27 2020 11:36

Anyone else here seen Richard Jewell? Definitely an interesting film. Has a lot of flaws, but doesn't really try to hide them either, eg you can very clearly see the limits of Eastwood's "libertarianism", right wing anti-"mainstream media" populism, etc.

I'm still making up my mind on the issue of the way they suggest a reporter had sex with an FBI agent to get a leak. She's since passed away but the people at her newspaper are defending her strongly, saying the accusation is totally false. The screenwriter has responded defending the depiction, suggesting it's a kind of diversion away from the otherwise very accurate criticisms of the paper for essentially ruining the dude's life for a bit.

It's nice to watch a film that doesn't make heroes out of cops or mainstream journalists for once; one of the main ideas in the film is that the government and media are not opposing forces like some journalists want to make out, but that they're in a symbiotic relationship together with "the little guy" as their victim. One of the ways this symbiosis is depicted is through the ditzy evil female journalist exchanging sex for info from the evil FBI man. Naturally as a socialist I'm sympathetic to the overall gist of the film but I also think the accusations of sexism are understandable

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Feb 27 2020 13:53

Free State of Jones, about a group of runaway slaves and confederate deserters who formed a community in a swamp before organising a force to drive off the confederacy. Its based on a true story, and has the most blatant class war messaging I've seen from a mainstream film.

Also criticises the Union for its lack of interest in ensuring abolition or supporting the Southern population that did oppose the confederacy and the plantations. It also covered the period of reconstruction and how the wealthy former rebels were able to walk back into power as if nothing happened.

The actions a bit lacklustre, but the acting all round is pretty solid.

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Feb 27 2020 14:00

Sounds like a good film Reddebrek, might give it a watch. I can't think of any other films about reconstruction off the top of my head that are actually decent -- I don't think you can't really depict that era honestly without having "class war messaging" in it anyway

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Feb 27 2020 21:53
Reddebrek wrote:
Free State of Jones, about a group of runaway slaves and confederate deserters who formed a community in a swamp before organising a force to drive off the confederacy. Its based on a true story, and has the most blatant class war messaging I've seen from a mainstream film.

Also criticises the Union for its lack of interest in ensuring abolition or supporting the Southern population that did oppose the confederacy and the plantations. It also covered the period of reconstruction and how the wealthy former rebels were able to walk back into power as if nothing happened.

The actions a bit lacklustre, but the acting all round is pretty solid.

Film sounds good. There was an article about runaway slave communities recently that was interesting, they repeatedly mention the fact that the head archaeologist is a marxist, which is interesting.

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Mar 3 2020 01:00

Freakishly, a sort of class-war film from Hollywood. Watchable.

From the David North Trots --

1) Interview with the author of the book 'Free State of Jones', on which its based, Part 1 and then part 2:

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/07/12/byn1-j12.html?view=article_mo...

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/07/13/byn2-j13.html?view=article_mo...

2) Article, 'The South's Inner Civil War' :
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/07/26/civi-j26.html?view=article_mo...

Interview with author of 'The South's Inner Civil War' :
http://intsse.com/wswspdf/en/articles/2016/08/16/inte-a16.pdf

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Mar 12 2020 19:03

Dark Waters. I would really recommend it. A true story of how a corporate lawyer took on the Du Pont chemical company. It's very well made and detailed and does not dumb down the issues. I did shed a tear. It taught me a lot about some issues (so-called forever chemicals) that I did not know. I would recommend this film. Made by Todd Haynes who also made the film Carol.

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Mar 13 2020 13:48

http://askakorean.blogspot.com/2020/03/the-forgotten-neoliberal-man-of-p...

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Mar 13 2020 20:57

Uncut Gems. Pretty good. 4****.

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Mar 15 2020 20:59

Castle in the Sky. First class Studio Ghibli film on Netflix.

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Mar 16 2020 02:49

La Odisea de los giles/The Heroic Losers (2019)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLGouIpUrXg

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Mar 31 2020 17:05

Nightcrawler. Netflix. Pretty good.

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Mar 31 2020 20:41

The Last Jedi; well about 3/4 of it. It really is not very good at all. But the Chinese Pirate copy does have little biographies of each character in English and Chinese when they appear, those are quite amusing.

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Mar 31 2020 22:22

Wild Tales- an Argentinean anthological movie on the theme of revenge.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUnXv6R2HI8

Cinderella - South Korean horror about plastic surgery
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcvU83PZ_r8
featured in this dissertation:
http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.873.8225&rep=re...

Perfect Candidate - Saudi movie
https://greatmodernthings.com/item/the-perfect-candidate

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Jun 18 2020 15:07

I rewatched Clerks and Patterson, both great films. Now I'm watching The King of Staten Island on demand, it's pretty good so far.

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Jun 21 2020 23:35

Misbehaviour. True story of the women who protested at the 1970 Miss World contest. It had the best intentions but is really pretty dire.

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Jun 25 2020 06:45

Hobbits

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Jun 25 2020 08:39

The Vast of Night - low budget sci-fi film set in late 1950s New Mexico. Very compelling despite being mostly talking.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Vast_of_Night

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Jun 25 2020 15:16

5 Bloods.

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Jul 2 2020 10:04

I watched "Peeping Tom", a film I have heard discussed a lot and was very controversial in it's day. I was quite disapointed. Maybe I am seeing it too much from today's perspective but it seemed strangely shallow. It got hammered for the content at the time but it looked quite a corny piece of work with brutal killings added. It is more interesting in what it reveals about the social assumptions of the time it was made than as an examination of misogynist violence or fetishism. Anyway that is one off the list.

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Jul 4 2020 14:23
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5 Bloods.

Is it good? It looked good even thjough for some reaosn I don't really like Spike Lee (I think I have only ever watched one of his films, which I thought was ok)

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Jul 4 2020 15:21

Spike Lee has always been hit or miss for me. While there are some interesting parts, it's mostly a miss.

cactus9
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Jul 25 2020 18:15

Rewatches of The Truman Show and Blade Runner 2049.

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Aug 3 2020 22:46

Whiplash. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7d_jQycdQGo

I chose it because it has a high rating on IMDB and I was intrigued by the description & trailer.

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A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student's potential.

I really enjoyed it, great acting and it twists at your emotions. However, I worry about what message people will draw from this movie.