Tuesday (and Friday) Movie Madness

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Which movie

The killer
1
20%
The raid
3
60%
Assault on Precinct 13
0
No votes
A First full of dollars
0
No votes
Yojimbo
1
20%
 
Total votes: 5

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Re: Tuesday (and Friday) Movie Madness

#11 Post by Nomine » Tue Apr 28, 2020 8:00 pm

For the Friday the 1th Movie:

The Artist. - please download in advance, as one cannot stream from Dropbox:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/fq9ck85dor4sa ... _.mp4?dl=0

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Re: Tuesday (and Friday) Movie Madness

#12 Post by Nomine » Fri May 01, 2020 7:59 pm

For the 5th Of May (Day after the force is with us all) the theme will be Spies and Assassins

Le samouraï:
From the Criterion collection:
In a career-defining performance, Alain Delon plays Jef Costello, a contract killer with samurai instincts. After carrying out a flawlessly planned hit, Jef finds himself caught between a persistent police investigator and a ruthless employer, and not even his armor of fedora and trench coat can protect him. An elegantly stylized masterpiece of cool by maverick director Jean‑Pierre Melville, Le samouraï is a razor-sharp cocktail of 1940s American gangster cinema and 1960s French pop culture—with a liberal dose of Japanese lone-warrior mythology.
This has inspired countless other movies, as well as scenes. It is also one of my inspirations for Nomine back in the day.
Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fs0XYssIlbo

Hopscotch
"Grounded with a desk job by incompetent superiors, a clever CIA agent retires and writes a tell all memoir that will embarrass his bosses, prompting him to go on the run and elude them." Hopscotch is a lively exercise in cloak-and-dagger comedy, even when the pursuit of Matthau turns deadly towards the end. Not least worth seeing for Walter Matthau playing a spy that is so very much not James Bond, yet being captivating in every way.
Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NX-TqWefqRQ

OSS 117: Nest of Spies
Speaking of James Bond, this french spy movie is a pastiche on the genera, playing with all the things that are wrong with the machismo and casual racism of the classic spy heroes.
It's 1955 and after a fellow agent and close friend disappears, secret agent Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath, a.k.a. OSS 117, is ordered to take his place at the head of a poultry firm in Cairo. This is to be his cover while he is busy investigating, foiling Nazi holdouts, quelling a fundamentalist rebellion, and bedding local beauties.
Ps. Directed by the same director who did last weeks "The Artist"
Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dw0tlOdn5Mc (Remember to turn on subtitles)


The third man
The third man is a legendary movie, some claim it is the best British movie ever, it most certainly is one of the absolutely best spy/noir thrillers ever made.
An out of work pulp fiction novelist, Holly Martins, arrives in a post war Vienna divided into sectors by the victorious allies, and where a shortage of supplies has led to a flourishing black market. He arrives at the invitation of an ex-school friend, Harry Lime, who has offered him a job, only to discover that Lime has recently died in a peculiar traffic accident. From talking to Lime's friends and associates Martins soon notices that some of the stories are inconsistent, and determines to discover what really happened to Harry Lime.
Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9yyDEDGlr0

The Killer
This is the movie that opened my (and many others eyes) to Hong-Kong action, it is over the top, glorious and full with incredible cinematic glorious action.
A Hong Kong hitman accidentally blinds an innocent woman during a hit. He is determined to get her surgery to help her regain her sight but he needs to complete one more hit first. He completes the job but then is ambushed as he tries to escape: someone wants him dead. Meanwhile a resourceful, unorthodox police detective is hot on his trail.
Also, I love the ending.
Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEBAcWUf_ag

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Re: Tuesday (and Friday) Movie Madness

#13 Post by Nomine » Sat May 09, 2020 4:00 pm

For the 12.05.20 - Tuesday movie Madness - Director Spotlight (next week will be all about animated movies).
We will see two movies from the same director, showcasing their work.

Wong Kar Wai
Legendary Hong-Kong director, also the one behind fallen Angels as we saw a few weeks ago. A master at crafting characters with deep inner-lives, and at his very best when he works with Hong-Kong as a frame. His work is highly stylish with a strong emotional note.
He frequently works with top hong-kong stars like Tony Leung.
We will see:
In the mood for love (A movie where each frame is a painting, masterly use of color and framing.) A story of love and personal betrayal.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWVDZ98AFhI

The Grandmaster - A kung-fu movie based on life of the legendary fighter IP man (Also done with a different director of photography)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uC5amKLgnFU

Robert Altman.
Robert Altman should need no introduction, his work is often comedic, deeply satirical and he pioneered a few techniques that has seen become commonplace in Hollywood (like when somebody walks through a crowd and the voices of those around the main actor rises and lowers in volume.)
We will see:
The Player
A quintessential Altman movie, and one that looks at the dark underbelly of Hollywood. A Hollywood studio executive is being sent death threats by a writer whose script he rejected, but which one?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpDDTS08wPs

Nashwille
Robert Altman does a lot of work focusing on the different classes in society, Gosford Park is one such movie (English 1930s society) but here he focuses on the US. Five days in the Nashville country and gospel music scene, filled with stars, wannabe stars, and other hangers-on - individual stories of this small group intertwined.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAMAt9Ufftw

Chan-wook Park
Korea is one of the trendiest and most vibrant regions when it comes to movie making, fairly recently discovered by the "larger" western audience. One of the directors that helped make that happen, is Chan-wook Park. His movies are explosive, vibrant and violent.
We will see:
Oldboy (Not the american remake)
After being kidnapped and imprisoned for fifteen years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in five days.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4UUGIIZxFU

Lady Vengeance
I was very much conflicted, between this and Handmaiden (which I have not seen myself yet) but since Starlight has so many strong females... how about a vengeful female heroine. Plus it is a partner movie to Oldboy. After being wrongfully imprisoned for thirteen years and having her child taken away from her, a woman seeks revenge through increasingly brutal means.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFvKF2LH0oo


Charlie Chaplin.
We all know Chaplin as a legendary silent movie actor, perhaps less known is that he also was a director and directed some of the most famous silent movies (he also made music for a lot of them). So we will look at both his political work as well as his more modern work.
We will see:
The Great Dictator
In this day and ear, it is perhaps timely to see Chaplin`s kick at Hitler. Worth knowing, they started shooting this movie in 1937, a long time before most people where aware of what Hitler represented.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8bVG8XC-4I

Monsieur Verdoux
A suave but cynical man supports his family by marrying and murdering rich women for their money, but the job has some occupational hazards.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eND72dzh7EU

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Re: Tuesday (and Friday) Movie Madness

#14 Post by Nomine » Mon May 11, 2020 5:08 pm

For the directors - 12.05.2020 - Charlie Chaplin was choosen:

First movie out will be: The Great Dictator
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ra19v5injdm50 ... e.mp4?dl=0

Please download in advance.

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Re: Tuesday (and Friday) Movie Madness

#15 Post by Nomine » Fri May 15, 2020 7:16 pm

Tuesday Movie Madness theme: animation (for the 19.5 and 22.05)!

Animation is such a wide subject, that it was hard to limit oneself when it comes to choices, so I have tried to find a selection that covers a wide range of movies and all have had an impact.


Mulan
So why Mulan, in part because it is currently the next Disney movie too have be turned into a "real" movie, so its the perfect time to see it again. In part because it has such a strong female character.
To save her father from death in the army, a young maiden secretly goes in his place and becomes one of China's greatest heroines in the process.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKH7_n425Ss


Isle of Dogs
Wes Anderson is an amazing director, known for The Grand Budapest Hotel and Rushmore
An outbreak of dog flu has spread through the city of Megasaki, Japan, and Mayor Kobayashi has demanded all dogs to be sent to Trash Island. On the island, a young boy named Atari sets out to find his lost dog, Spots, with the help of five other dogs... with many obstacles along the way. Considering the dog flu, this is a very timely movie to watch.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fx1-RXrKKBk


The Triplets of Belleville
This hit the world as a storm, huge critical acclaim, love and energetic.
When her grandson is kidnapped during the Tour de France, Madame Souza and her beloved pooch Bruno team up with the Belleville Sisters--an aged song-and-dance team from the days of Fred Astaire--to rescue him.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZeWp1D8MlU


Mary and Max
Animation is a powerful storytelling tool and here its used to its full effect - and far from comedic, even if it is warm and heartfelt.
A tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max, a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGATShQbydk


Ghost in the shell
It is hard to overstate the impact of Akira and Ghost in the shell, both in Japan as well as world wide. I think it is fair to say they have influenced culture to the same degree as Bladerunner.
It is the year 2029. Technology has advanced so far that cyborgs are commonplace. In addition, human brains can connect to the internet directly. Major Motoko Kasunagi is an officer in Section 9, an elite, secretive police division that deals with special operations, including counter terrorism and cyber crime. She is currently on the trail of the Puppet Master, a cyber criminal who hacks into the brains of cyborgs in order to obtain information and to commit other crimes.
Trailer:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvBVDibOrgs


Tokyo Godfathers
A beautiful piece of animation, which dances between heartwarming and harrowing.
Christmas in Tokyo, Japan. Three homeless friends: a young girl, a transvestite, and a middle-aged bum. While foraging through some trash, they find an abandoned newborn. Hana, the transvestite with delusions of being a mother, convinces the others to keep it overnight. The next day, using a key found with the baby, they start tracking down the parents, with many adventures along the way.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZL_2E-HfIZY

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Re: Tuesday (and Friday) Movie Madness

#16 Post by Nomine » Mon May 18, 2020 7:56 pm

For the 19.05

With a lead of 5 votes - the winner is the amazing "Ghost in the shell" - 1995 version.

Please download the movie in advance ( and I would recommend testing the movie in advance, just to see that you can get your prefered subtitle/voice combination)
If you watch it using VLC it has 15 subtile tracks, and 2 audio tracks - english/japanese (It should default to no-subtitles and english voice over - which I think is ok for most )

https://www.dropbox.com/s/hz069hclp28dj ... 9.mkv?dl=0

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Re: Tuesday (and Friday) Movie Madness

#17 Post by Nomine » Fri May 22, 2020 8:12 pm

For the 26.05 and the Friday - Theme action

The Killer
This is the movie that opened my (and many others eyes) to Hong-Kong action, it is over the top, glorious and full with incredible cinematic glorious action.
A Hong Kong hitman accidentally blinds an innocent woman during a hit. He is determined to get her surgery to help her regain her sight but he needs to complete one more hit first. He completes the job but then is ambushed as he tries to escape: someone wants him dead. Meanwhile, a resourceful, unorthodox police detective is hot on his trail.
Also, I love the ending.
Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEBAcWUf_ag


The Raid
First, of, let me say that this is a ruthless and brutal movie. Watching this is like getting a shot of adrenaline getting forcibly injected into your veins - much like it was a shot of adrenaline injected into action movies. The plot can be summed up in “Police gets trapped in a building of gangsters, got to fight their way out.” - Actually, that’s not even summing it up - that the entire plot. Action movies have often been defined by cheap countries with low safety standards, most are familiar with the concept hong-kong action, what came after was Indonesian action (A country mostly known for making rip-offs of 80s action movies)
Iko Uwais also demonstrates why he is one of the most believable of the current action heroes.
Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdGkZGrBImk


Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)
Continuing down the vein of cops being trapped, this time it is cops being trapped in a police station. One of several movies from the era showing the fear the society was collapsing around us. Other movies in the same sort of feel: Escape from New York, Robocop
An unlikely partnership between a Highway Patrol Officer, two criminals and a station secretary is formed to defend a defunct Los Angeles precinct office against a siege by a bloodthirsty street gang
Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wnAjYDVObs


A Fistful of dollars.
As the player of Nomine, I got to love a nameless hero :P Clint Eastwood in one of his most iconic roles. Another thing that is incredibly iconic, is the musical score. This movie is also very strongly similar to the Japanese movie: Yojimbo (and that is why I also added Yojimbo to this list). If we pick one, I strongly recommend also seeing the other.
Lone wandering hero enters a town thorn apart by rivalling families.
Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-X2DtiE7VLw


Yojimbo
This is pretty much as iconic as you get - lone samurai enters a town thats torn apart by gang violence. Inspired a Fist Full of Dollars, countless hero vs opposition movies, and is perhaps one of Akira Kurosawas best work - at least within Samurai films. It is also the film that show what Toshiro Mifune`s mastery. (I figured fewer have seen this than Seven Samurai) - Mifune is pretty much the De Niro of his time.
Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzFq5hOlZ5s

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