The last movie you watched was...? (take five)

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by Ken_McAlinden, Dec 8, 2014.

  1. LeBon Bush

    LeBon Bush Hound of Love


    The Marriage Of Maria Braun (1979):
    What a year for german film! Nosferatu The Vampyre, The Tin Drum, The Third Generation... and this. The one that made the amazing Hanna Schygulla a star in Germany and abroad. The one that could've been Fassbinder's entry to great international success hadn't he died three years later. But what a movie this is: torn apart by war and the sheer will to survive, Schygulla's Maria Braun becomes a master of precision and emotional suppression as she climbs up the ladder of the new german republic about to rise from the ashes of the 3rd Reich like a phoenix. "It's a bad time to have feelings", she says at one point and perfectly captures what this movie is about, at least partially. It's such an artificial piece at times (and intentionally so), you just can't help but be totally mesmerized by every second of it. The soundscape consists of various layers of dialogue, the noise of steam hammers, german schlagers and original radio transmissions, creating a really eerie, unique atmosphere. One of those works that really show what film can do if done the right way. Must-watch!
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  2. Jojo Rabbit. Excellent dark comedy with strong control of tone, that balances the truly dark, ugly moments without descending into sentimentality. Kind of made me think of what Come and See might’ve been like if it was a dark comedy directed by Wes Anderson before he got too precious. Particular kudos to the young actor playing Jojo, who doesn’t set a foot wrong. And great use of German-language Bowie and Beatles.
  3. carrolls

    carrolls Forum Resident

    I recorded it onto the cable box in HD from TCM movies.
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  4. musicfan37

    musicfan37 Senior Member

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  5. moomoomoomoo

    moomoomoomoo Senior Member

    I totally agree that Lugosi was the best ever in the role. As far as films, I prefer both versions of Nosferatu (the Murnau & the Kinski) & the Spanish Dracula (made at the same time as Bela's; using the same sets but a much better director.)
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  6. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    agree...: )
  7. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    gotcha...: )
  8. Balthazar

    Balthazar Forum Resident

    Saw 16 Blocks, Richard Donner's last film. It wasn't great but it was an enjoyable film, and I don't regret seeing it.

    16 Blocks - Wikipedia

    I generally enjoy Bruce Willis and David Morse as actors, and Mos Def turned in a good, if strange, performance.
  9. Karnak

    Karnak "81-82-83-84..."

    Rocky III - never seen it before. Burgess Meredith was superb, especially in the leaving scene, but he had had lots of practice. Mr 'T' had not, but he was superb as well.
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  10. Jimmy B.

    Jimmy B. Senior Member

    The Mummy.
    First time ever seeing it; great film! Really cool.
    (yes, 1932, Boris Karloff etc)
  11. Klavier


    I watched On the Basis of Sex tonight--5 stars.
  12. moomoomoomoo

    moomoomoomoo Senior Member

    One of my fav BK horror films. I prefer it over Frankenstein.
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  13. Jimmy B.

    Jimmy B. Senior Member

    I still have to see Nosferatu. I've thought of watching it the past three nights. (I'd watch the original version). There's a lot of films I want to see.
  14. moomoomoomoo

    moomoomoomoo Senior Member

    Both are very much worth watching, but I would recommend the most recent restoration of the Murnau first. The restoration is so clear that a previously unnoticed piece of cotton (part of Max Shreck's makeup) becomes briefly painfully visible! If you can play PAL R2 DVD or R.B blu the MOC/Eureka is my go to.

    One other Nosferatu recommendation: Nicholas Cage's Shadow Of The Vampire: a semi fictionalized making of Nosferatu which takes the point of view, "What if Max Shreck REALLY was a vampire"? He wasn't, he was mostly known for a few German silent b-pics, but if you can suspend belief & put your self in the 1920's he's quite believable & scary in Nosferatu.

    The Kinski is a surprisingly well done 80's remake of the silent original; & also stays surprisingly close to the storyline of the Murnau original.
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  15. HairyWeimer

    HairyWeimer I can resist anything but temptation.

    This is the one I have but in standard DVD, must get the bluray version..
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  16. moomoomoomoo

    moomoomoomoo Senior Member

    I have the dvd also (MOC), I need to upgrade this & a couple more Langs & Murnaus. Of course the moment I do, my region free blu-ray player will die.....! I have an Oppo 95, & it does a tremendous job of upsampling dvd's, though in most cases I agree, the blu is usually going to look better.
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  17. HairyWeimer

    HairyWeimer I can resist anything but temptation.

    For region free players I always buy from Richer sounds to make sure obscure imported films will play.
  18. moomoomoomoo

    moomoomoomoo Senior Member

    My Oppo 95 has a hardware hack (rumored to also work with the 103 & 105) that makes it truly region free. The board is no longer available. Because of a power transformer explosion across the street, I had to buy a 2nd board (it just plugs in to 2 jacks on the back).
    The first one cost $30 in 2012. This one cost $90 (with a discount) early this year. I believe there are a few cheap players (Sony??) that can be made Region free pretty easily, but I am so spoiled with the quality of that Oppo. I wish I would have had the $'s to pick up a 205 while they were available, but I didn't.

    As far as I know there's nothing even close to comparable quality to the 9.x, 10.x or 20.x on the market; especially when keeping in mind both the audio and video quality.
  19. Frangelico

    Frangelico Forum Resident

    Journey to Italy - 5/10

    I’ve always found this overrated. Unconvincing performances and strangely truncated views of Italy. Forced metaphor too.
  20. longdist01

    longdist01 Forum Resident

    Chicago, IL USA
    They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) Blu-Ray

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  21. mBen989

    mBen989 Forum Resident

    Scranton, PA
    Charlie Chaplin's The Circus
    (Criterion BluRay)

  22. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

  23. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    Karloff was amazing in this! really scared me when I was a youngster!
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  24. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    yes! I love R3...Rocky dug deep on this the come back!
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  25. moomoomoomoo

    moomoomoomoo Senior Member

    After several days of music, I think this is going to be a movie night for me. Deciding between the Parker Noir box & the Ingmar Bergman box (I've had the wonderful Bergman box for almost a year & have only watched about 2/3 of it!) I've previously seen around 2/3 of the films in the Bergman box over the years, but almost all of these are new restorations & are a huge upgrade. I sold a lot of I.B. dvd's on ebay when I got the Criterion blu box, which a couple retailers were all but giving away last xmas. I think I only have 2 or 3 of the duplicate dvd's left.
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