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I enjoyed the film but this Owl City guy that sings the song over the end credits sounds like pretty much everything I hate. I'm convinced the guy has no testicles.
8 years 3 months ago
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What the hell is going on in the poster for this film? That has got to be one of the worst posters I have ever seen and its a complete misrepresentation of the contents of this movie. It makes it look like Harry Potter meets Lord of the Rings or something.
8 years 3 months ago
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So... Apparently, this film is only available on DVD in the wrong aspect ratio, which makes it harder to watch and ruins the image composition.
8 years 3 months ago
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Anybody know where to find this with English subs?
8 years 3 months ago
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The main person that this film follows is so brave. He knows he could possibly be hurt or killed and he still stares down all of these powerful politicians who have murdered in the past and puts them in a very uncomfortable position of having to try to explain what they had done and try to justify it in front of cameras.

The two films remind me of Claude Lanzmann in Shoah except the killers they are interviewing are still in power in their country. These people are uncovering dangerous truths and creating definitive historical documents on the subject. Both films are very powerful and moving and some the best films of this decade.

I do want to say that Oppenheimer was more successful in getting the killer's to talk in the other film because I think he probably knew how to manipulate them, most likely because he was a foreigner and had no family involved in the massacre. The killers in this film respond much more subtly but their responses still speak volumes. I found it amazing that the government representative resorts to thinly-veiled threats when he realizes the interview isn't going his way. If we were to see a politician doing this in America or Europe, that person would be called on to step down from his position.
8 years 4 months ago
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Does anyone know the reasoning behind Basic Instinct 2's inclusion? I have never seen the film but I thought it was pretty much universally disliked.
8 years 4 months ago
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WOW! I could probably watch this one everyday for a year and never get tired of it!
8 years 4 months ago
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I liked this film, but I find it hilarious that Clint Eastwood's obvious fantasy of what he could be (if he wasn't an actor) is a lame Jazz DJ who recites poetry at his listeners. Oh yeah, and he gets all the chicks, man.
8 years 4 months ago
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Thank you for adding this list. Let's pour one out for the Dissolve!
8 years 5 months ago
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Maybe it doesn't change the game like the original did but Tarantino is right. This movie is so cool and a lot of fun. Maybe a good point of comparison would be a lighter version of True Romance (I was also kind of feeling a Legend of Billie Jean vibe at times as well.)
8 years 5 months ago
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A lot of the films on this list should be in more official lists. It's such a great collection of strange films.
8 years 5 months ago
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I saw this on Youtube but I don't feel comfortable checking it because it didn't have english subtitles.
8 years 5 months ago
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Wow, and I thought some of the Dziga Vertov Group films were hard to get through. This might be the most boring thing I have ever watched. On top of that, it's 10 hours long (I watched an episode a day for six days.)
8 years 6 months ago
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While, I don't find it as annoying as some other Jerry Lewis films (Sailor Beware), it still isn't funny at all. The recent American Blu-ray looks very good and I did like the initial transformation scene.

Funnily enough, I was the opposite of Khazar and I actually found Buddy Love to be more actively annoying then Professor Klemp.
8 years 6 months ago
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After watching this one many times, I've come to realize that I'll never stop watching it. It's one of those films that I'll watch again and again until I die, probably along with the other films in the series, especially The 400 Blows.
8 years 6 months ago
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I have spent the last year or so going through Godard's filmography in chronological order and have finished viewing nearly all of his films. There were a few that I couldn't find but they were mostly minor short films. My final count including shorts was 81 films.

His New Wave period was an unprecedented burst of creativity, that I am not sure has ever been equaled by any other director, even by ones that more resonate with my personal tastes. I feel his masterpieces of this era are:

-Breathless (1960)
-Contempt (1963)
-Pierrot le fou (1965)
-Vivre sa vie (1962)
-Two or Three Things I Know About Her (1967)
-Week End (1967)
-Alphaville (1965)

His "Revolutionary" period was much less successful to me, with each film containing a wall of text to sift through to understand the point of each film mostly though narration. The one exception to this is the brilliant Tout va bien, although much of that film is described as being more the product of it's co-director, Jean-Pierre Gorin, because Godard was in a near-fatal motorcycle accident. Apparently, he spent much of the two years after 1972 in and out of the hospital which probably explains his sudden absence from film-making after producing up to five films a year for the previous 13 years.

His transitional/experimental period seemed like Godard was trying to find a direction and wanting to reinvent himself once again like he had in 1968. Many of these works were created with his new wife, Anne-Marie Mieville, so the films still remind me of some of his work of the "revolutionary" period where he had other co-directors on most of those projects. One of the films, Numero deux, is a true masterpiece which showed Godard playing with his new video equipment while filming a lower middle class family and their personal struggles. Another film, Here and Elsewhere, is also very good and it shows Godard (and Mieville) questioning his status as a revolutionary when he went to film in Palestine a few years before. The other films and TV series didn't really impress me though and I found them dreadfully dull especially the TV shows because they were so long and seemingly without much to say.

I very much enjoyed his return to mainstream filmmaking in the 1980s. They're more abstract and a little harder to follow than his New Wave period but it was good to see him work with subjects that I have more interest in again. My favorites of this decade were Passion (1982) and Every Man for Himself (1980). Films that were also very interesting were The Power of Speech (short, 1988), Hail Mary (1985), First Name: Carmen (1983) and King Lear (1987).

His final era of work which could be called his current era stretched from 1990 until today. This is where Godard started to lose me and I started to dread having to sit through his films. There were a few standout films and some are actually masterpieces like Nouvelle vague (1990) and his series of shorter films Histoire(s) du cinema (1988-98). Other than those, there were a few other good films like In Praise of Love (2001), Germany Year 90 Nine Zero (1991) and JLG/JLG: Self-Portrait in December (1994). There did not seem to be a lot of energy in his newer work though that was so prevalent in his earlier films and I really missed that. I also had a little bit of trouble with his most recent film, Goodbye to Language (2013), because of the guy sitting in the toilet scene. It was just ugly and gross.

I'm glad I was able to watch all of his films, but at the same time, I'm really glad that I am done. Over the past few months, I've felt less like watching his films than I did in the beginning and I was starting to show fatigue. It was an interesting experiment and I'm sure I learned a lot, although sometimes it was about subjects I wasn't very interested in. Maybe someday I'll watch all of Truffaut's films and compare the two experiences.
8 years 6 months ago
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I don't feel comfortable checking this because I cannot find the entire film and have only seen the Truffaut short, but Antoine & Colette is really fantastic.

One small complaint is that the UK Blu-Ray of Bed & Board by Artificial Eye that it appears on has sound problems with the soundtrack cutting out for up to a minute or so at different places. I used to own the Criterion USA DVD set of the Antoine Doinel cycle and I don't remember this happening on that version.
8 years 6 months ago
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The main character has the same accent as Scott Thompson from Kids in the Hall.

Edit: for some reason, when I watched this seven years ago, his accent distracted me a lot, but it didn’t bother me this time around. I liked the movie a lot. Any film that partly takes place in an 80s mall like in the opening scene gets a thumbs up from me.
8 years 6 months ago
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I saw this book recently at Barnes & Noble and it seemed kind of weird. Are there really 1000 shows worth watching? Aren't they reaching with the inclusions of awards and sports programs (I mean super bowls, not sports docs like 30 for 30.) I was also irritated that my current favorite show, Broad City, wasn't included. I do like seeing all the different shows from all over the world included. The very small amount of animation seems strange as well.

I sort of want a copy just to really sit down and skim through it but I know I'll just end up getting frustrated after new editions keep coming out.
8 years 6 months ago
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I wonder how many of these films appear on Doubling the Canon since both lists are adressing a similar need.
8 years 7 months ago
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This sequel is a little shorter than the original, but somehow feels twice as long.
8 years 7 months ago
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I watched this on Youtube and I know it isn't very long and i think I get the gist of it but I don't really feel comfortable checking it because it didn't have English subs.
8 years 7 months ago
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Anybody know where I can watch this with English subtitles?
8 years 7 months ago
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Why is this so impossible to find?
8 years 7 months ago
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I've seen that there is a version of this available on Youtube. It is silent but it has a lot of text to read in French. Does anyone know if a version with English translations/subtitles has ever been made?
8 years 7 months ago

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