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but for the connections with real-life persons, this is a dystopian nightmare
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Great world building and use of CG. Didn't constantly feel fake. However, the writing, and logic of the tech, required a bit too much suspension of disbelief and the plotline was quite predictable. Wasn't big on the ending and not sure how to put it, but it felt less fresh as it went, but still worth the watch.
2 days 11 hours ago
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Granted, not really necessary to understand the story, but with Google Translate the two intertitles are:

~4:50:Kom med hem till byn och hälsa på kungen.
Come home to the village and greet the king.
(Note: the diacritics do seem to matter. Without them it translates to ...and kill the king.)

~5:06:Kapten Grogg fick en fin befattning och Kalle fick prinsessan.
Captain Grogg got a nice position and Kalle got the princess.
4 days 21 hours ago
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should have been called "Running with the streetcars in Barcelona"
1 week 5 days ago
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Worth it just to hear Tautou's Chinese monologue. Otherwise, pretty much more of the same, though slightly more convoluted. Dude's like juggling so many women ...
2 weeks 2 days ago
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Please note, Cobweb's YouTube like is to the 4k 35 min restoration. The version on Archive.org is about 9 minutes shorter, much poorer quality, and lacking in story elements. Strongly recommend the YouTube link!
3 weeks 3 days ago
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should have just been called Snakes on a Train
4 weeks 1 day ago
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one issue about nymets' link: when they're speaking Turkish (not often, but enough) you end up with EN subs on top of DE subs which are pretty difficult to read.
1 month ago
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good -- clearly meant to get people talking about what the various characters do, the positions they take, especially the ending. Could have benefitted from tighter writing but a worthwhile watch if one is looking for a suspenseful drama about street life
1 month 2 weeks ago
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Can now say I've seen the Concert for Savile Row.

I've never considered myself a 'fan'. I bought a couple singles but never a Beatles' album though clearly am very familiar with their hits. So as Part 1 was winding on, and even after it ended, I was thinking what a slog this was going to be. Part 2 started to pull me in a bit, even if it still felt overly long. I am interested in artistic process and can't think of another instance where I've had this kind of access. Sure, seen some band documentaries, but they were edited down much more rigorously, only comprising a portion of a larger work, none staying with me so that I could list them.

Part 3 was absolutely wonderful. The sense of things coming together and the whole rooftop thing was a joy. Think that's something to treasure.

However, throughout the filming it was sometimes hard to know what was 'real' and what was for the camera though clearly it was all real. However, unlike so many great documentaries, we are constantly aware that the subjects are aware of the camera and clearly mugging for it.

Besides all that, it probably could have been shorter though I suspect that will be something for those much more conversant in film editing will debate.

Could probably write a lot more, but who cares, right? I'll close with ... spoiler
1 month 2 weeks ago
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Wonder if they consciously tried to cross Bad Santa with Sons of Anarchy but will give them two things: 1) The snow looks so much more realistic than in those big budget Hollywood productions and 2) The locations look nothing like sets -- I thought I was inside someone's kitchen! I just feel sorry the unsuspecting parent who sees the 2 on the (US?) cover and thinks this is a sequel to the film with Toni Collette ...
1 month 3 weeks ago
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Note: This documentary is mostly a combination of found material and filmed thoughts but also includes a pig being slaughtered, not in detail, but some might find it discomforting.
1 month 4 weeks ago
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While the outdoor cinematography is pretty enjoyable, the story is pretty simple and the acting feels a bit stiff at times. However, the most surprising thing is that virtually none of the actors have Aussie accents.
2 months 1 week ago
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Learned something today from this movie: "If you behave badly in this life, you become a Chilean in the next one." Quote attributed to R.R., maybe that's the director and he just didn't want to make too big of deal out it.

Odd. Not terrible, but maybe experience with Chile (pronounced Shile) and telenovelas would help?
2 months 4 weeks ago
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gave me a headache
3 months 2 weeks ago
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Radcliffe's grand audition to be the next (youngest?) Bond villain

Pitt was fantastic as was the scenery, but the rest of the film? pretty meh
3 months 3 weeks ago
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First five minutes, seemed like way more product placement than we're used to. Then I start to wonder, is the whole film going to be like this? (I knew NOTHING about it going in -- my preference for viewing most films.)

So yeah, it kept me interested and then came the HUGE let down. Others have mentioned plot holes and I'll add spoiler

Unfortunately, the climax just made the whole thing feel like a gigantic gotcha setup and really just killed the vibe for me. Thought the idea was cool with awesome execution but this was written by computer geeks trying to be a mystery and they really missed fired on the cop angle.

Great effort and the only reason I saw it was because it popped up on the IMDb Horror list -- that just doesn't make any sense to me. Suspense? Yes. Drama? Yes. Mystery? Abso-youknowwhat-lutely. Horror? No, not in the least. But that's another story, on another website, Time to hit "Add comment".
4 months ago
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While some of his earlier work might actually benefit from the black and white treatment, and it might even emphasize the brushwork of the later pieces; it seems a real disservice to not use color. It would be sad to think someone might only have seen some of these paintings in this film.
4 months 1 week ago
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black and white just isn't the right medium for Guagin's work
4 months 1 week ago
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too bad they never decided to Carry On... Up the Jaxie Gorge
4 months 1 week ago
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Chic Johnson's constant girlish giggling was a real deal killer. Can't imagine how they were a thing -- maybe for a routine, but not a 60 movie.
4 months 2 weeks ago
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Basically a cinematographic Rorschach test: what you see, how you react is all about what's inside you. Yes, people can criticize this or that technical aspect of the production, but that doesn't really matter. Glad Criterion was willing to give this one a go, otherwise I'm guessing I'd never have seen it.
4 months 2 weeks ago
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meta before meta became a thing to do (often when one has no other ideas what to do)
4 months 3 weeks ago

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