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4 hours ago, Carbomb said:

A general recommendation to the thread is one of my dad's favourite films of all time,¬†State of Siege¬†(√Čtat de Si√®ge) by the great Yves Montand.¬†Set in a corrupt, fascist state in South America (heavily implied to be Uruguay), it centres around the kidnapping of a purported American diplomat by anti-government revolutionary operatives who believe he's actually been brought in to train the police in torture and wet-work.

I'll have to track that down.  I like Yves Montand almost as much as he liked his stepdaughter.

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2 hours ago, Loki said:

I'll have to track that down.  I like Yves Montand almost as much as he liked his stepdaughter.

Fucking hell. I didn't know about that, just looked it up. Ugh. 

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It gets a cinema run in a couple of months over here but I checked out Bacurau last night and it's fantastic. A sort of offbeat Brazilian western crossed with Hard Target with Udo Kier unexpectedly popping up. One of the co-directors, Kleber Mendonca Filho, also made Neighbouring Sounds and Aquarius, both brilliant films too.

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For the particular attention of @Keith Houchen, just watched a French film called Lourdes which is really excellent but perhaps most notable for Lea Seydoux playing a nun and doing some karaoke.

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After The Storm has 5 days left on iPlayer. It's a Japanese film directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda and featuring the hunky Hiroshi Abe.

I rank it quite highly in the best films I saw last decade. Wonderful.

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1 hour ago, Devon Malcolm said:

For the particular attention of @Keith Houchen, just watched a French film called Lourdes which is really excellent but perhaps most notable for Lea Seydoux playing a nun and doing some karaoke.

This type of information is reckless during a toilet-paper and tissue shortage.

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Watched a French film called Revenge just now, it's a rape revenge movie but directed by a woman, although I'm not sure it leant into the feminist side as much as I'd like. It still felt like a gratuitious exploitation flick at times and not too unlike something from old Gaspar, there were even a direct nod or two to him in there. It's pretty slick and stylish as hell and seeing her hunt the scum down so viciously is fun still.

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2 hours ago, Merzbow said:

Watched a French film called Revenge just now, it's a rape revenge movie but directed by a woman, although I'm not sure it leant into the feminist side as much as I'd like. It still felt like a gratuitious exploitation flick at times and not too unlike something from old Gaspar, there were even a direct nod or two to him in there. It's pretty slick and stylish as hell and seeing her hunt the scum down so viciously is fun still.

I wasn't a fan of this at all, but I'm not a fan of that genre as a whole. The lead bloke in it is one of the worst actors I've seen.

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14 hours ago, Devon Malcolm said:

I wasn't a fan of this at all, but I'm not a fan of that genre as a whole. The lead bloke in it is one of the worst actors I've seen.

I'm not surprised, I don't think many here would like it and I'll likely sour on it more myself.

I was going through my unwatched list of videos and fell on Tenderness of the Wolves.. think I'll find something a little more uplifting.

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Double post but Mubi is currently a quid for three months, Park Chan-wook's Vengeance trilogy are all on there, too.

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Their line-up right now is spectacular, there's no better time to jump in. There's a few of Melville's best films (Le Cercle Rouge, Le Doulos and Army of Shadows especially), a couple of Bergmans, De Palma's Sisters (one of his very best), a recovered documentary about Sterling Hayden, and Neighbouring Sounds and the brilliant Bacurau, the latter of which is fresh out. The former is one of my favourite films of all time.

And yeah, there's the Vengeance trilogy too although I'm not a big fan. It's a stunning selection for the money, and a few that I'm really looking forward to seeing.

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This is an absolutely lovely film that I'd recommend to everyone. Celine Sciamma being the director of Portrait of a Woman on Fire, by the way.

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