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Caught up with Portrait of a Lady on Fire, which I recommend most strongly for Adele Haenel's performance as Heloise and Claire Mathon's cinematography (surely she's near the top of her profession given her last 5 years). Certainly a bit better than Girlhood, but I think claims of greatness are specious.

Caught some scent (sense?) of Jane Eyre, Vertigo and Persona, but I thought the climax of the abortion subplot was a bit risible, with a baby grabbing at Sophie's face... talk about having your fetus and eating it too.

(also have a hard time considering this a 2019 film as it only got a NY/LA one-week run in Dec)

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 18 February 2020 02:40 (seven months ago) link

I saw Portrait with a coworker on Valentine's Day (lol) and thought it was indeed great. I can see why it won best screenplay at Cannes, the writing was snappy throughout.

I was particularly charmed by the unconventional decision (***EXTREMELY MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD***) to reveal Marianne's eponymous portrait of Heloise in the film's opening scene, flash back to cover the events which gave rise to it (including the actual scene depicted in the painting), but then deny/spare us any representation of Marianne in the act of creating that particular work (or even a second look at the painting itself).

handsome boy modelling software (bernard snowy), Tuesday, 18 February 2020 12:56 (seven months ago) link

Wait, did we ever have a 2019 film poll? Did I miss it?

Ainsley James Gryffyd Lowbeer Holdsworth (Raymond Cummings), Saturday, 29 February 2020 23:56 (six months ago) link

no, because a number of "one week qualifying run" films from '19 are just opening now.

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 1 March 2020 03:53 (six months ago) link

as in the film discussed above

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 1 March 2020 03:53 (six months ago) link

Saw a very interesting Brazilian film the other week, Bacurau, which I'd recommend if anyone has the chance.

I know it's difficult, but it's one of those where going in without prior knowledge of the film would be a good thing. The directors were at the screening giving a very short q&a and they were (somewhat jokingly) upset about the BBFC rating card that appears before the film because it warns very vaguely of what is to come.

brain (krakow), Saturday, 14 March 2020 10:56 (six months ago) link

really hope that comes around here (fat chance)

nephs and nieces spread diseases (wins), Saturday, 14 March 2020 11:03 (six months ago) link

It features Udo Kier, if that's a selling point for anyone without having to investigate the story etc.

brain (krakow), Saturday, 14 March 2020 11:10 (six months ago) link

Every film by Kleber Mendonca Filho is so worth seeing. Can't wait to see Bacurau, but it's not coming to Denmark for a while.

Frederik B, Saturday, 14 March 2020 11:13 (six months ago) link

just opened at a theater still operating in NY, hope to see today

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 14 March 2020 13:51 (six months ago) link

Bacurau is a lot of fun. It also shares a lot with a different movie I plan to see tonight. But I guess saying what would also constitute a spoiler...

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Saturday, 14 March 2020 14:07 (six months ago) link

There were posters for Bacurau at Landmark E Street earlier today. The question is will Landmark keep its theaters open for the next couple of months (6 people at First Cow, 3 people at Emma).

Life is a banquet and my invitation was lost in the mail (, Sunday, 15 March 2020 21:52 (six months ago) link

I missed my shot at Bacurau, for now

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 15 March 2020 22:31 (six months ago) link

Due to the Corona Virus crisis, @mubi will be bringing forward the streaming date for #Bacurau in the UK 🇬🇧, Ireland 🇮🇪, Germany 🇩🇪 and India 🇮🇳 for this coming Thursday, March 19. Cinemas are now closing all over. Stay safe, healthy, help friends, ✌🏼🍷⚡️.

— Kleber Mendonça Filho (@kmendoncafilho) March 17, 2020

felt jute gyte delete later (wins), Wednesday, 18 March 2020 11:50 (six months ago) link

Here, keep yourself occupied for the next eight months:

well...who ya got? fill it out and comment your completed brackets!

— Annapurna Pictures (@AnnapurnaPics) March 15, 2020

coronoshebettadontvirus (Eric H.), Wednesday, 18 March 2020 16:07 (six months ago) link

Kino Lorber launches a home-viewing option for seeing Bacurau and films to come

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 19 March 2020 20:13 (six months ago) link

MUBI also streaming Bacurau from today

Ward Fowler, Thursday, 19 March 2020 20:19 (six months ago) link

I just said that 😡

felt jute gyte delete later (wins), Thursday, 19 March 2020 20:22 (six months ago) link

sorry wins, scrolling up I see it was a tweet you posted upthread and I try never to look at tweets

Ward Fowler, Thursday, 19 March 2020 20:25 (six months ago) link

Bacurau is already available from multiple screening sources. But AFI is soon going to co-present it (as well as Fantastic Fungi and And Then We Danced) on an on-demand service to be named. AFI will get a cut of the proceeds and as every small business keeps saying, they need money NOW if they're to survive the shutdown. Will other arthouse theaters follow this model?

The synopsis intrigues me; I probably will watch it when the AFI link is active.

Life is a banquet and my invitation was lost in the mail (, Thursday, 26 March 2020 10:29 (six months ago) link

Every time I try to watch free Mubi on my PS3 it just buffers like fuck :(

Let's kill the Queen and be legends (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 26 March 2020 10:32 (six months ago) link

catching up w/ last year:

Zhang Yimou's Shadow is nuts -- and for long stretches, very talky -- but has the best 20-minute battle sequence I've seen in a very long time. Also never seen a lead actor with a dual role do the wasted/muscular contrast thing like Deng Chao here; I wasn't sure they were both him.

I didn't buy a lot of the plotting in Synonyms, esp some of the curious ellipses in the third act, but Tom Mercier certainly delivers a tour de force, and first-rate nudity.

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 12:18 (five months ago) link

if you want to see the slowest and most minimalist 150-minute meta-drama imaginable then Domains is on Mubi and frankly be my guest but believe me when I say it puts its first 15 minutes to waste

ban laggy jazzer (imago), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 14:38 (five months ago) link

one month passes...

Pedro Costa's Liberté: Almost as tedious as my days in the Central Park Ramble. The Salo of cum baths.

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 3 May 2020 16:18 (four months ago) link

i think you mean albert serra, still one of my most anticipated

devvvine, Monday, 4 May 2020 20:33 (four months ago) link

four months pass...

this CUTIES "controversy" is one of the dumbest online things to happen all year and that's saying a lot

unpaid intern at the darvo institute (Simon H.), Friday, 11 September 2020 16:38 (two weeks ago) link


brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Friday, 11 September 2020 17:38 (two weeks ago) link

Tom Cotton being on the anti-Netflix side (as well as Pelosi's daughter) tells me all I need to know.

we're so fundamentally stupid every hit movie, book, or tv show these days just becomes more and more "on the nose" cos nobody understands how satire or social criticism works unless it's gift-wrapped for them

Neanderthal, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 01:14 (one week ago) link

We watched Gunda, the new Kosakovskiy last night and... I can't quite describe it, we're still stunned... The "Eraserhead of nature documentaries" description is accurate but dumb.

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 21 September 2020 07:02 (one week ago) link

It's the best thing I've seen all year, but it's also made me forget what else came out...

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 21 September 2020 07:03 (one week ago) link

Can't wait to see that. Loved Aquarela when I saw it last year.

brain (krakow), Monday, 21 September 2020 18:06 (one week ago) link

I'm hoping this Joaquin Phoenix funded production doesn't go where Earthlings or Dominion did. I'm already part of the choir, so don't need the trauma.

Disgraced, committing sudoku (Sanpaku), Monday, 21 September 2020 18:53 (one week ago) link

Apparently the movie was completed before Phoenix came on board.

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 21 September 2020 21:06 (one week ago) link

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