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Post by Joan » 9 months ago

A topic to talk about fillums*.

* Channelling either Sir Les Patterson or slightly racist representation of an Irish person.
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This is a brilliant film. I had two facts about this film that I thought would protect me from the strongest emotions, but they did not. I was weeping at the end.

True fact: I was also weeping at the beginning. I don't think I have seen many (any?) natural afros in the flesh. When this movie was set I was living in Australia, and there were very few Africans around. Now I have many African friends, but they do not let their hair grow. A Nigerian friend let her hair grow naturally for a few inches, and told me that her sister had asked her "Don't you ever want to get married". So seeing a few presumably natural (or facsimiles of natural) black hair reminded me of how it wasn't acceptable. It was a similar experience to my first time at Dubai Airport, finding that all the brands I trusted (eg Nivea) sold skin whitening products. I didn't weep then, because you don't weep at Dubai Airport if you want to leave there.

I can't recommend this film too highly, The basic plot is an African American cop goes under cover and joins the Klu Klux Clan over the phone. The two further things I knew were
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It's based on a book written by the main character, so he's not going to die; and they wrap up with footage from the Charlottesville. Knowing that did not defang it's power.
Famously Do The Right Thing lost to Driving Miss Daisy. I haven't seen last year's Driving Mister Daisy, but I have no doubt this film was better.

(Too much emotion. I will be forced to hand my British passport back).
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I stumbled across this on Amazon a couple of weeks ago. Jemaine Clement (one half of Flight of The Conchords), Taika Waititi (directed and played 3 characters in Thor Ragnarok) and another bloke play 3 vampires living in Wellington, NZ. It a documentary. The most bizarre movie I've ever seen - "We're werewolves, not swearwolves!" - but if you liked Conchords this is well worth a watch.
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Mister Paul wrote:
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I stumbled across this on Amazon a couple of weeks ago. Jemaine Clement (one half of Flight of The Conchords), Taika Waititi (directed and played 3 characters in Thor Ragnarok) and another bloke play 3 vampires living in Wellington, NZ. It a documentary. The most bizarre movie I've ever seen - "We're werewolves, not swearwolves!" - but if you liked Conchords this is well worth a watch.
Are you aware it's just been made into a series?
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Joan wrote:
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Are you aware it's just been made into a series?
I watched the first episode in the TV series. I don't understand it, it's almost a carbon copy of the movie, but it's just so unappealing in comparison.
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Post by Rutabaga » 6 months ago

Bond films. I've only ever seen one (the one with Diana Rigg), as the genre doesn't appeal to me in the slightest. But if this report is true I might be curious enough to give the next-but-one version a go.

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/j ... niel-craig
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Post by LowlifeDes » 6 months ago

That has ruined the surprise.
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Post by Rutabaga » 6 months ago

It gives plenty of time for the inevitable and probably unpleasant arguments about it to be played out before the film opens. If it's even true, that is.
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Post by LowlifeDes » 6 months ago

As I recall, some people were not happy with the choice of Daniel Craig, because his hair colour is wrong. I dread to think which will be worse, having the wrong skin colour or the wrong bits.
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Rutabaga wrote:
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Bond films. I've only ever seen one (the one with Diana Rigg), as the genre doesn't appeal to me in the slightest. But if this report is true I might be curious enough to give the next-but-one version a go.

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/j ... niel-craig
Well, unless she's going to be strapped naked to chair with the cane removed and subjected to cock and ball torture, I doubt it's going to attract my attention

(Bond movies are very samey. That scene caught my eye during Casino Royale.
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Post by Joan » 5 months ago

I just watched Get Out; it's something between a horror movie and a comedy of race manners. It's also very good.

Because I am white, I was literally horrified at what the white people were saying to the black man. Superficially supportive things, but "Do you play golf? I know Tiger.", very creepy a centimetre under the surface. But the horror, I was a little be detached from. And as soon as I wasn't, because it was Netflix, I hit pause and took a breather.

If you watch this, try to do it in a single viewing.

It's a really good "old fashioned" horror movie (IE not torture porn). It is written and directed by an African American/mixed race actor whose previous work I have admired. He is married to a white (Italian American?) woman, and I so want to know what the first thanksgiving was like after he made this film.

Ah, that's jumbled together - but it's a Sunday night: what do you expect?
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Joan wrote:
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I just watched Get Out; it's something between a horror movie and a comedy of race manners. It's also very good.

Because I am white, I was literally horrified at what the white people were saying to the black man. Superficially supportive things, but "Do you play golf? I know Tiger.", very creepy a centimetre under the surface. But the horror, I was a little be detached from. And as soon as I wasn't, because it was Netflix, I hit pause and took a breather.

If you watch this, try to do it in a single viewing.

It's a really good "old fashioned" horror movie (IE not torture porn). It is written and directed by an African American/mixed race actor whose previous work I have admired. He is married to a white (Italian American?) woman, and I so want to know what the first thanksgiving was like after he made this film.

Ah, that's jumbled together - but it's a Sunday night: what do you expect?
Great film. It was Peele's debut as a director, I believe. I've not seen his more recent movie, Us. Get Out reminded me uncomfortably of the posh bit of the area I grew up in. Which is proper creepy even if you're white.
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Great film. It was Peele's debut as a director, I believe. I've not seen his more recent movie, Us. Get Out reminded me uncomfortably of the posh bit of the area I grew up in. Which is proper creepy even if you're white.
I think it was his directorial debut. He cowrote Keanu (not a work of genius, but very cute). I know him from Key and Peele (Comedy Central, but I watch on YouTube). It's like finding out that Alexander Armstrong was making Bergmanesque existential explorations, or that Stephen Fry was playing an opioid addicted diagnostic genius on US TV.

Here's a semi-random sketch from K&P...

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Post by Joan » 5 months ago

Just in case anyone isn't familiar with K&P's work



(Peele, the director of Get Out, is playing Obama).

Even though I assume Peele wasn't a writer here, I think this is a delicious conclusion.

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Post by Joan » 5 months ago

There seem to be two movies in cinemas at the moment about British (south) Asian men having life changing events due to white rock gods.

Is this some new genre I missed while catching up with Breaking Bad? Is this what has driven romcoms onto TV?
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