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A few reviews
(02-14-2020, 05:03 PM)TM2YC Wrote:
(02-14-2020, 03:17 AM)mnkykungfu Wrote:
(02-13-2020, 05:10 PM)TM2YC Wrote: girls' school, where the students start experiencing mass feinting spells

Isn't that a true story?
I'm sure it's true that there is a story that it's true Big Grin .

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I saw a film!
Anon (2018)

This trailer takes lines out-of-context and puts them together in a sometimes cheesy way, but it gives a fair view of the impressive production design of this film!  Underappreciated director Andrew Niccol came up with this, and while a few of the character actions seemed a little plot-convenient, I was so impressed with several of the ways they used tech that I went along.  Easily better than any of the Black Mirror episodes I've seen.  More details here: https://letterboxd.com/nottheacademy/film/anon/

Legion (2017-2019)
Ugh, this show.  A phenomenal 1st season with an abrupt WTF ending left me craving more.  There needs to be a fan-edit that just trims that last bit, because everyone should stop watching there.  It goes into an extremely uneven Season 2 that starts down familiar LOST territory… adding in little story bits that are interesting and exciting but are ultimately not explained (or the explanations are half-ass and don’t make sense) and don’t matter anyway.  There’s an abrupt turn at the end of S2 that makes no sense for the characters in the story and becomes a massive case of false equivalency and selective memory.  This just leads to a mess of a Season 3, which continues the trend of phenomenal visual presentation and quirky, dark story sensibilities but ultimately character motivations that make no sense.  It’s a complete clusterf**k with a cop out of a finale.  Avoid at all costs.
That said, this clip is a great representation of what the show did well... 1 psychic is getting help from a scientist to scan for his nemesis.  He finds them when they're in a club, and the ensuing psychic battle takes this form:


Prohibition (2011)

That trailer is awesome... not really representative of the style of the series, though, which is much slower.  The first of the 3 parts was probably the most interesting to me, as it covered the religious and cultural stirrings that I knew the least about.  Full review here: https://letterboxd.com/nottheacademy/film/prohibition/
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(02-15-2020, 07:44 PM)mnkykungfu Wrote:
(02-14-2020, 05:03 PM)TM2YC Wrote:
(02-14-2020, 03:17 AM)mnkykungfu Wrote:
(02-13-2020, 05:10 PM)TM2YC Wrote: girls' school, where the students start experiencing mass feinting spells

Isn't that a true story?
I'm sure it's true that there is a story that it's true Big Grin .

Found it!  https://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/ne...ng-frenzy/

Could very well be the inspiration, thanks.

Full Contact (1992)
This 1992 Ringo Lam gangster film starring Chow Yun-fat is the closest thing I've found to full-strength vintage Hong Kong action of the John Woo variety. Lam does "bullet time" FX in one scene long before 'The Matrix' (and possibly without any CGI to help out?). The visuals are heavily stylized in a James Cameron/Michael Bay way, lots of deep blues. The characters are the usual conflicted criminals out for bloody vengeance on points of honour and brotherly love. There is some hilarious and memorable dialogue (possibly emphasized by mistranslated subtitles?) like the male villain confessing his attraction to the male hero in the finale and a psychotic female gangster shouting...

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OMG this trailer is in 4K!

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Hamlet (1969)
Woodfall Film's Tony Richardson directs this minimal and concise adaptation of 'Hamlet', starring Nicol Williamson. Much of it is done in intense close-ups, with just the barest hint of a set, the small budget was instead diverted to rich costuming and a stellar cast. Including Anthony Hopkins, Marianne Faithfull and the lovely Roger Livesey. Williamson delivers a powerful (if theatrical) performance of the title character but he looks a bit too old for how I picture the Prince of Denmark. This is concentrated Shakespeare, with minimal fuss and pleasing clarity.

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(02-16-2020, 07:19 PM)TM2YC Wrote: Full Contact (1992)

Wow, that looks like a full-on classic.  Can't believe I never saw it!?  I was all over HK cinema back in the day.... I guess '92 was just such a phenomenal year for it, it likely got overshadowed by films like 
Hard-Boiled
Naked Killer
The Wicked City
and
Police Story 3!
So many classics in one year!  It's like 1999 for US film!
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(02-22-2020, 10:28 PM)mnkykungfu Wrote:
(02-16-2020, 07:19 PM)TM2YC Wrote: Full Contact (1992)

So many classics in one year!  It's like 1999 for US film!

So what was the 1992 Hong Kong equivalent of Phantom Menace? Big Grin

Never heard of Naked Killer and Wicked City. I notice the latter is by Tsui Hark, I'll look out for them. Thanks.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
Back on the big screen for one night only but unfortunately due to no advertising of the event, there were only about 5 other people there. I was hoping for a packed crowd to laugh along with. That it's a stylistic parody of Ingmar Bergman films is something that passed me by when I was younger. Every scene is a comedy classic but this time I thought the lack of a proper connected story/plot does sap some of the energy in the middle. I'd bet money it was bloody Eric Idle that has George Lucas-ed this thing by adding unbelievably cheap looking animated sing-a-long lyrics.



Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)
The opportunity to see this on the big screen couldn't be missed. I've seen it a hundred times before but this time I was really appreciating the tight pacing, clarity of the story and consistency of the writing. It somehow hadn't occurred to me before that the title song is a pastiche of John Barry/Shirley Bassey style Bond themes ('Goldfinger' in particular). The humour isn't just constantly hilarious, some of the satirical observations are profound comments on human nature, like the bit where a crowd chant "Yes! We are all individuals!", except one guy who pipes up with "I'm not". The matte-paintings still hold up to big screen scrutiny, the polystyrene statue and fake donkey less so. Another thing I could see up close was that Terry Gilliam collaborator Charles McKeown seems to be playing every other background character.



^ These vintage trailers are as funny as the films Big Grin .
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I am sorry for making this post, I didn't mean anything by it, I was just trying to talk about a movie I was interested in. Please forgive me. I apologize.
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(02-23-2020, 09:09 AM)Rogue-theX Wrote: ^ Not sure I've ever laughed as hard as when I saw LOB for the first time and the aliens showed up, I fell off the couch howling and my vision blurred with tears of joy. Kept laughing long after that part was over.

I'd seen it countless times before I was old enough to recollect my first reaction, I wish I did! Despite the swearing, violence and full frontal nudity it was one of those thing that my parents didn't mind me watching because I guess it was a certified piece of art made by heroes of their generation.
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I first saw Life of Brian at a church with a youth pastor who obviously had no idea what he was showing us.
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Rich and Famous (1987)
This is kinda 'A Better Tomorrow' meets 'The Godfather', a gangster epic across a couple of decades in Hong Kong. Chow Yun-fat is the traditional respected and respectful Don, with three young brothers/cousins with wildly different personalities competing for his favour, while a ruthless rival muscles in. It pays off with some great action and meaty drama in the second half but to begin with it spends too much time mapping out where all the characters are going and goofing around. 80s Chow was so cool he could even make his character's range of cardigans look badass! I believe this was shot back-to-back with the sequel 'Tragic Hero' (which was actually confusingly released first), so I look forward to seeing the next part in the story of this crime family. The English subtitles were pretty wonky on the MIA label DVD I watched and I wanted to see this with the Cantonese track, not the dub. So I had to rip the DVD, download some more accurate subs and carefully sync them up before I could watch the film I'd paid for. What is it with most Hong Kong films on home video!

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