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  1. lostdog000

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    i loved dreamscape when i saw it as a kid.
    u might like ENEMY MINE or MY SCIENCE PROJECT
    no horror in em but from the same era and i liked them back then too
     
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    The Draughtsman's Contract, A Zed & Two Noughts, Drowning by Numbers, the Baby of Macon, Nightwatching, Goltzius and the Pelican Company. Prospero's Books if you like Shakespeare, Eisenstein in Guanajuato if you like Sergei Eisenstein.

    Believe it or not The Cook, etc. is probably his most accessible film. I've struggled to get into his early avant garde short films, they're about as esoteric as it gets.
     
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    Maze (2017)
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    Noticed it was on Netflix. For anyone who doesn't know, it's about the '83 Maze prison escape; the largest in UK/Irish history, and largest in Europe since the second world war. Thought it was pretty solid, not spectacular but worked well as a tense prison thriller even regardless of the particulars. But of course the situation at the time does frame the whole thing, and in that sense it does a decent job too...it manages to create a bit of a grey area in terms of who is fighting for what, whether it's worth it etc. There is more of a focus in the personal dynamics of the individuals who have found themselves in the situation (so between the warders and the prisoners, and between the warders - one in particular - and, the prisoners families and relationships). Though that dynamic between the warders and republican prisoners doesn't extend to the loyalist prisoners, unfortunately they are fairly one dimensional.


    Not nearly as good as Hunger (dealing with the hunger strikes), but not bad. I'd say it's worth a watch anyway.
     
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    Going to see 2001: A Space Odyssey re-release later tonight <{jackyeah}>
     
  5. chickenluver

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    70mm?
     
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    Yep, and it looked great. Two of the gals I was with hated every minute of it <45>

    But it was incredible seeing it on the big screen.
     
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    ufcfan4 Can't Andle The Riddum

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    Oh man. That’s awesome. Would love to see that one on the big screen.
     
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    For sure I had seen it before of course, but really it was like seeing it for the first time.
     
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    Speaking of science fiction, tonight I watched:

    Ikarie XB-1 (1963)
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    Pretty good! Not spectacular, but you have to allow for when it was released. It's set in 2163 and concerns a manned mission to Alpha Centauri in search of potential alien life. It's certainly very interesting, considering the year it came out, in that it clearly anticipates some of the more serious science fiction that was to come in the late 60s and 70s, obviously with 2001 looming large there. It's kind of a transitional film between the incredibly cheesy 50s style of science fiction - and there is a fair bit of that in terms of the design of the technology, among other things - and the more thoughtful films which would come later. It deals with philosophical themes, as well as the isolation/anxiety of space voyages and fear of the unknown. I'll not spoil it but overall there is a bit more of an optimistic view of space exploration than the utter mystery of 2001 and Solaris, or the pure terror of Alien, but you can clearly see where it influenced some of those later seminal films.

    Kubrick is known to have screened it along with other sci-fi films during the filming of 2001, you can see a little bit of the influence in some of those corridor scenes like the one above. On the whole the spaceship is more 50s kitsch than Kubrick realism though, and there is also a focus on the relationships of the ships crew in a way that is more like a conventional drama. I assume Tarkovsky must also have seen it before making Solaris too, with it being a soviet-bloc film (of course it was almost a decade later). Certain aspects also reminded me of Alien (there is an encounter with an abandoned ship), and Sunshine (madness onboard a spaceship). All in all pretty interesting and worth a watch if you like thoughtful sci-fi.
     
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    Yall are movie people so fo you have a favorite movie? It's hard when you've seen so many but i think mine still is braveheart. Training day has been there before as well as others tho.
     
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    Game Night is fucking fantastic.Best Comedy i've watched this decade at least.
    There isn't one even forgettable performance in this with Kyle Chandler, Rachel McAdams, Billy Magnussen and especially Jesse Plemons.

    The surprising thing is the really exceptional cinematography that makes the Location look like a board game in establishing shots and has other really nice shots.

    The Score by Cliff Martinez is tight.

    The only knock on the movie is a slightly too ordinary Finale.

    I can't believe this was directed by the same dudes who made the shittastic Vacation Reboot/Sequel.
     
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    Agree on game night, saw it in theatres and it was great.
     
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    Dr. Strangelove
    Barry Lyndon
    Late Spring
    The Cook, the Thief, his Wife and her Lover

    those are up there for me
     
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    Recently saw dr strangelove. Loved it. Have not seen any of the others.
     

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