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Touching the Void
Kevin Macdonald
2003

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8/10

This only confirms the suspicion I have during 2012's The Imposter: I really, really cannot give in totally to documentaries with fictional reenactment in them. One part of my brain wants the truth unfiltered, while the other doesn't want any talking-head fact to get in the way of the filmmaking. Clearly a personal thing, and I realize that choosing one method will make this film less special (the former because there is clearly no chance any camera will be around; the latter because we will miss the compelling anecdotes given by the real people). Oh well, it's still enjoyable and involving, and I like it better than The Imposter because the story is so visceral and tense, just about human primal instinct to survive. The end is also truly inspiring.

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It might not be a bad idea to give the uninitiated some idea of what the film is about.

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I actually thought about that, but the actual events are pretty minimal so I figure that the picture combined with the phrase about human instinct to survive will be enough without clueing in too much about what will happen.


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James Stewart works well in the role that uses his likeability to mask the film's undercurrent and complicated view of violence, but it is Arthur Kennedy who's the standout. His sly magnetism constantly shifts viewers' perception of him before everything comes to a head in the third act.


Kennedy is an underrated actor. 5 Oscar noms, no wins. He's also great in 'Man from Laramie.'


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Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles
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2011

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7/10

A detective documentary about the mystery of linoleum tiles that pop up in various U.S. streets over the past three decades. The craft and storytelling are straightforward and talking head-filled to the point of being uninteresting at times. But the story itself is engrossing, and the parallel between the subject and the investigator can be weirdly poignant, with a resonating final epilogue after the reveal. It's also very fun to see a real-life mystery being worked out, with each clue slowly falling in place. Some really great sleuthing going on by these guys. The film also taps into that thrilled, bigger-than-life feeling that the world can still be full of surprises and mysteries, just waiting around the corner for you to notice them.


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Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles
Jon Foy
2011

montparnasse

7/10

A detective documentary about the mystery of linoleum tiles that pop up in various U.S. streets over the past three decades. The craft and storytelling are straightforward and talking head-filled to the point of being uninteresting at times. But the story itself is engrossing, and the parallel between the subject and the investigator can be weirdly poignant, with a resonating final epilogue after the reveal. It's also very fun to see a real-life mystery being worked out, with each clue slowly falling in place. Some really great sleuthing going on by these guys. The film also taps into that thrilled, bigger-than-life feeling that the world can still be full of surprises and mysteries, just waiting around the corner for you to notice them.




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What a bizarre-sounding movie

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Touching the Void
Kevin Macdonald
2003

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8/10

This only confirms the suspicion I have during 2012's The Imposter: I really, really cannot give in totally to documentaries with fictional reenactment in them. One part of my brain wants the truth unfiltered, while the other doesn't want any talking-head fact to get in the way of the filmmaking. Clearly a personal thing, and I realize that choosing one method will make this film less special (the former because there is clearly no chance any camera will be around; the latter because we will miss the compelling anecdotes given by the real people). Oh well, it's still enjoyable and involving, and I like it better than The Imposter because the story is so visceral and tense, just about human primal instinct to survive. The end is also truly inspiring.


Gee, I wish I would have known that before I chose this movie... ;)

Still, an 8 with that built-in prejudice... I can live with that. :D


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Have you seen The Imposter? In many ways it's a richer experience because this documentary format really suits that film's theme, events, and tone. I like your rec better just because for someone with this little prejudice, the format totally works against an intellectual exercise.


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RD was probably my riskiest choice, first because it' s an obscure little film and second because it won't reveal some great truth about humanity, but I found it fascinating as a modern real life mystery worthy of Sherlock Holmes.
I became interested in the film after reading Ebert' s review.The main questions that the film poses are who is the creator or creators of the mysterious tiles and what personalities such as Arnold Toynbee, Stanley Kubrick and David Mamet have to do with this curious case.
I would recommend the film to people who liked Zodiac because the two films share many similarities.


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Have you seen The Imposter? In many ways it's a richer experience because this documentary format really suits that film's theme, events, and tone. I like your rec better just because for someone with this little prejudice, the format totally works against an intellectual exercise.

I have not seen Imposter. I'll have to check that one out.


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Gregory's Girl
Bill Forsyth
1981

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7.5/10

The kind of film that will probably resonate way, way more if you have grown up in that place and culture. The film itself almost seems too meandering at first, albeit in a pleasant, hangout way. It starts out as an underdog love story, where the teenage, awkward Gregory falls in love hard with Dorothy, a confident and athletic girl. But the story takes the less predictable route towards the end, and the last act is all kind of warm and charming. Not as good in capturing the delirious feeling of teen's attraction like Flirting, but still delightful nonetheless. Being from that place may help the immersion better; nostalgia and intoxication of first love are universal though.

Sidenote: It adds to the funny how male teens are absolutely clueless in this one, while the females and young kids hold all the power and answers. I also have to check a couple of times that the lead (sometime annoying, but mostly endearing) is really not a young Tim Robbins.


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I was also amazed that Gregory's male friends are even more clueless than he is.

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The Killer
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1989

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9/10

I must have seen a bunch of John Woo's earlier films as a very young kid and not remember them. This viewing of The Killer brings back some fuzzy memories of where I saw them, triggered by that sweet tune of a song. As for the film itself, I can see how it's influential. It's full of tropes, cliches, and some hammy acting. But everything, including the stylized action, is heightened with melodrama and emotions to such a degree that it becomes kind of operatic and very entertaining. Such heart-on-a-sleeve approach makes the familiar themes of loyalty, honor, and trust go down smoothly. All the relationships are rendered well and give the film strong emotional resonance, especially the bond between the killer and the policeman. Amidst all the bullets and blood, there is some real earnestness going on, which makes the bleak ending quite a kick in the gut. And Chow Yun Fat is one hell of a charismatic presence too.


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A Vexer recommendation that panned out? What world am I living in?

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The Killer
John Woo
1989

Vexer

9/10

I must have seen a bunch of John Woo's earlier films as a very young kid and not remember them. This viewing of The Killer brings back some fuzzy memories of where I saw them, triggered by that sweet tune of a song. As for the film itself, I can see how it's influential. It's full of tropes, cliches, and some hammy acting. But everything, including the stylized action, is heightened with melodrama and emotions to such a degree that it becomes kind of operatic and very entertaining. Such heart-on-a-sleeve approach makes the familiar themes of loyalty, honor, and trust go down smoothly. All the relationships are rendered well and give the film strong emotional resonance, especially the bond between the killer and the policeman. Amidst all the bullets and blood, there is some real earnestness going on, which makes the bleak ending quite a kick in the gut. And Chow Yun Fat is one hell of a charismatic presence too.


The Killer is at the top of the Woo pyramid along with Hard Boiled and A Better Tomorrow. His Hong Kong films have an operatic tone that he wasn't able to bring to his Hollywood films except for Face/Off, the only one that could rank with his Hong Kong work. Most likely because he was able to get total creative control on it.

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The Quiet Earth
Geoff Murphy
1985

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8/10

It sure is quiet, but that works in my favor for once. A man wakes up to find himself seemingly the only one alive in the world, which may have something to do with a scientific project he has been a part of. Soon, being alone has a deteriorating effect on his mind...

It feels like an episode of The Twilight Zone, including not having material meaty enough for a 90 minute feature. However, the film trades in events for an atmosphere of absolute isolation. The whole world seems to stand still while the man roams around, and the film lets us feel every of his step and hear the echo of what used to be. Even as the film starts to have a resemblance of a plot as it reaches the halfway point, the feeling of awe and being adrift never leave, making for an immersive, hypnotic watch. The film is also very gorgeous, full of many memorable shots involving empty spaces and sci-fi images. That last, ambiguous scene may take your breathe away.


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Waterloo Bridge
Mervyn LeRoy
1940

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A love story between an army colonel and a ballerina takes a tragic turn when, after losing her job, she learns that he has been killed in the war, and then has to resort to less savory mean to make ends meet. The general plot outline can make for a good old-fashioned melodrama, but it has one trope that I really don't fancy at all: a tragic romance where things wouldn't have taken a turn for the worse if one character is not so goddamn proud. Teeth grit and eyes roll. Oh well, it still remains in the realm of entertaining by the handsome production and two really good performances from Robert Taylor and Vivian Leigh, who have great chemistry together.


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Waterloo Bridge was also done in the pre-Code era, starring Mae Clarke (later the bride of Henry Frankenstein and also the woman into whose face James Cagney hit with a grapefruit). In that one, she is definitely a prostitute. Director was James Whale. It's quite a good film.

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I feel bad for not taking the time to pick out some films at the beginning; this is probably the best thread going on the forum right now, peng. It's been a pleasure reading your thoughts, and I hope to offer some of my own on the future films you watch.

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this is easily the best thread going on the forum right now, peng. It's been a pleasure reading your thoughts,


There, fixed that for you... :D


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Blonde Almond wrote:
this is easily the best thread going on the forum right now, peng. It's been a pleasure reading your thoughts,


There, fixed that for you... :D

Of course -- because so many of us have an investment in it. ;) And since Steven seems to have abandoned his own competition that was spawned by peng's, it makes it all the more attentive.


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