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[JW01 ~ 08/24/2019]
There aren't many people here, but this bunker needs more content. Post something interesting that doesn't fit into other threads.
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Request & Share
[JW03 ~ 09/11/2019]
Friendly link exchange
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/film/ on Letterboxd
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Animated shorts and features
[JW09 ~ 10/27/2019]
I saw this short by chance last night and really enjoyed it. Well-executed concept with a distinctive visual style.
>Dir: Matthias Hoegg / UK / 2010
<An everyday love story set in the not so distant future sees blackbirds battling with technology, automatic palm readers and power cuts.
I looked for more content from Matthias Hoegg, but found that he's chosen a more profitable career as animator for hire. Still he's done interesting work for various corporate and non-profit clients.
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We can all agree they're reddit right?
Had two normalfags in class bring it up in their project, Part of me even wanted to step out of my comfort zone and go "Haha EPIC I too have seen films that are part of the Criterion Collection!" but thankfully didn't.
In addition to the fact that towards the end of 2020 when they dropped a physical release bomb or something dozens of people made exposure videos that all got hundreds of thousands of views, we can all agree that as of 2020, they are officially Reddit right? Maybe in the 2010's they were obscure enough to be relegated to only cuckchan tier but now that normalfags jump up in excitement at the name, we can just confirm that it's reddit right?
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Video Clips: Old and New
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Is this our home now?
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Thoughts on the works of Sergei M. Eisenstein
[JW22 ~ 09/03/2019]
>Sergei Mikhailovich Eisenstein was a Soviet film director and film theorist, a pioneer in the theory and practice of montage. The son of an affluent architect, Eisenstein attended the Institute of Civil Engineering in Petrograd as a young man. With the fall of the tsar in 1917, he worked as an engineer for the Red Army. In the following years, Eisenstein joined up with the Moscow Proletkult Theater as a set designer and then director. The Proletkult's director, Vsevolod Meyerhold, became a big influence on Eisenstein, introducing him to the concept of biomechanics, or conditioned spontaneity. Eisenstein furthered Meyerhold's theory with his own "montage of attractions"--a sequence of pictures whose total emotion effect is greater than the sum of its parts. He later theorized that this style of editing worked in a similar fashion to Marx's dialectic. Though Eisenstein wanted to make films for the common man, his intense use of symbolism and metaphor in what he called "intellectual montage" sometimes lost his audience. Though he made only seven films in his career, he and his theoretical writings demonstrated how film could move beyond its nineteenth-century predecessor--Victorian theatre-- to create abstract concepts with concrete images.
Eisenstein's completed feature films include:
Battleship Potemkin (1925)
October: Ten Days That Shook the World (1928)
The General Line (1929)
Alexander Nevsky (1938)
Ivan the Terrible, Part I (1944)
Ivan the Terrible, Part II (1945)
¡Que viva México! (A version was completed, edited, and released in 1979 by Eisenstein's co-director Grigori Aleksandrov)
Bezhin Meadow (lost, only exists as a slideshow now)
Ivan the Terrible, Part III (what was completed was destroyed)
Glumov's Diary (1923)
Romance Sentimentale (1930)
El Desastre en Oaxaca (1931)
I believe most people are introduced to Sergei Eisenstein through Battleship Potemkin, which remains one of the most popular works of the 1920s and continues to be shown in film schools and film appreciation courses. Some of these classes might not show the entirety of Battleship Potemkin, but what they always show students is the massacre on the Odessa steps as this sequence remains an effective application of the montage, with the cuts set to a machine-like tempo between the Cossacks and government cavalry and the fleeing crowd of unarmed civilians. It's designed to push emotional buttons more than anything else, and for this reason I think that's why Battleship Potemkin never resonated with me, even after watching it a few times. Many of Eisenstein's other works were much more advanced than Battleship Potemkin, which makes me wonder why schools only teach Battleship Potemkin and usually skim over his later films. Perhaps it's simply because Battleship Potemkin is easier to get into?
Look at something like Strike, which released before Battleship Potemkin. The montage of the rioting workers at the end of the movie alternates with footage of a cow being slaughtered. You have these two seemingly unrelated scenes, but alternating between them gives the full sequence a whole new language and meaning, suggesting that the rioting workers are being slaughtered just like the helpless cow.
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WWII - The German experience
Discussion of films/TVs about WWII from the German perspective. Allies movies with comical over-the-top natsee villains not welcome.
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Comment on the last film you watched
What was the last thing you watched, and what did you think of it?
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Who are your favorite film composers and which film has the best score in your opinion?
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[JW05 ~ 05/10/2020]
Iranian cinema warrants its own thread as the style of them and their directors are distinct enough to stand out and level up with Europeans. The 5 movies here are classics or well-known to start with.
The Death of Yazdgerd recalls the kangaroo court upon a family of accusing the refuging last shah of the Sassanian dynasty.
Where Is the Friend's Home details a child trying to give his friend his homework he took on accident lest his friend be expelled.
Atom Heart Mother is some paranormal mystery thriller during the recession I didn't have subtitles for it.
Ballad of Tara is about a women giving away her grandfather's possessions to her village as she can't keep them but finds no one who will accept his shamshir.
The Night Bus is about an Iranian prisoner convoy of Arab POWs in 1983 during the Iran-Iraq War.
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Nollywood & Other Emerging Film Industries
[JW14 ~ 01/22/2020]
I have recently watched a couple Nollywood films, and was curious what is /film/'s take on Nollywood?
Personally, I love how enthusiastic they seem to be about making movies. I believe in a decade or two, they could begin going through a sort of "new wave", and start producing some real quality films.
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Thanks, I hate it.
>Periodically attack the infinite backlog
>Consult the spirits
>They shit in my mouth
For some reason, this was in the back of my mind as a highly rated movie to watch at some point.
I read no review, no synopses, save maybe hearing it praised in passing some time around it's release.
I got up to the part where the venal harlot begins openly cucking the soy-boy puppet man with his hippie retard pseudo-tranny gf and turned it off, because after being suckered in by the quirky aesthetic and the neat scene dressing like the tiny office, I found all the characters intensely detestable.
Not even in a way that was pleasant to watch.
Their personalities excite in me a deep gut-feeling of revulsion and hatred.
I'm not qualified to be a puritan, but
this is definitively a steaming degenerate Hollywood turd, and it has Jewish names all over it.
-1000000/10, I hope every name associated with this production is hunted down and fed feet first into an autoclave.
Feel free to regale me with tales of movies that you had the impression were rated highly, but turned out to have emanated from a diseased post-op axe-wound.
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Silents & The Birth of Cinema
[JW15 ~ 11/16/2019]
Lately I've been watching nonfiction content from the silent era -- found footage, documentary, early fragments. This excellent video from the Museum of Modern Art captures a lot of what attracts me to these films.
>It's not so much being seduced by a story, it's the thrill of seeing in itself.
I'm just disappointed that it's often difficult to find quality versions of this stuff. Watching anything potato quality youtube or even DVD doesn't do justice to the footage, and you lose the experience of time travel if you can't see clear details.
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This board is so dead. Does anyone else hate film students?
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How to like films again?
[JW21 ~ 01/12/2020]
Growing up I always enjoyed watching films, but when I got older I started studying film and it tainted my movie-going experience permanently. It used to be that movies had a magical, escapist quality to them for me. But now when I watch a movie I can't help but criticize and analyse it in my mind. I can't stop myself from being taken out of immersion. It's no longer a fun past time, but a chore.
It's very frustrating for me, because I just want to get absorbed into a story and forget about everything for 90 minutes, but I can't. Has anyone else here faced this problem?
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David Lynch is overrated
im watching the third season of twin peaks and goddamn, it fucking sucks. i never realized just how overrated Lynch is untill now. its postmodern jew trash, just like naked lunch
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Does any visitors of /film/ know of good lolita /film/s?
Discuss films that generated controversy, art and cultural taboos, censorship and legality, the search for youth and beauty, and any other thoughts you have on this topic
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[JW04 ~ 05/22/2020]
A special place for a small-format video field dedicated, once upon a time, to video technique experiments, unorthodox art directions and/or kinetic performances.
As previously discussed this is a genre who has gotten a bit harsher to collect and research, there's some ways to start amassing a personal stash in a reliable way and check information regarding content creators, but in recent times these have gotten limited.
The IMVDb site is a good place to start although it seems its staff activity has halted, at least considering that community entries have been on hold for a year now, so it should probably be taken as an introductory resource rather than a golden rule.
Archive.org also features "small" batches of standard quality files, so it's also a most-see for new adventurers.
Featured here is one of the early products made by the famous Ninja Tune label, as the founders of said company Coldcut made a collaboration with Hexstatic to create a small Audiovisual single that shows the very early and pioneering technology of their own real-time video manipulation software, something also called video scratching as it remixes and manipulates video as it were a vinyl on a disc jockey table, with audio included. Something that just very recently has been considered a normal mark in video sites, and mostly as an evolution of golden age Youtube Poop which is at its earliest around 2007; Coldcut made Timber in 1997.
It also comes a decade after the same guys were already written in history with gold for popularizing and somewhat creating the standard of pausing cassettes, cutting the tape at that point, taping it over cheap copies of the same recording, doing it several times with several things and ending up with a frankenstein tape that basically invented the UK Garage scene along with the Big Beat scene, and by default the Remix style of musicianship, something that in a very short time would be refined and raised as an art by artists such as Todd Edwards.
Highly criticized these days due to being seen as careless for the decline of the cult electronica label that was Ninja Tune, the Coldcut duo is somehow still underrated even when their influence has been omnipresent.
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[JW08 ~ 08/27/2019]
Recently started to dig up some "forgotten" films that need love in order to restore or redistribute them. Let me know if you want me to look up a specific film you're interested in, right now we just finished a second try restoration for Madness by Cesare Rau https://youtube.com/watch?v=PI_wY7EUU_M
...and next we want to move onto Cerco de Terror and Appuntamento a Dallas. (The first edition of Madness had a bit of color correction problems, it was too fucking dark at times)
On 8chan someone requested Gillo Pontecorvo's La Grande Strada Azzurra, so we're currently working on that too.
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A thread to discuss and share books about films.
Pic related is "The Film Book" by DK Publishing. I love picture books from DK when I was small, and now being an adult, I bought a physical copy of this. It consists of general knowledge about the history of cinema, how a film is made, and the large part of the book is about genres, cinema from different countries, top 100 directors and top 100 films.
The book is not too in-depth and doesn't feature anything too obscure. It works well as a beginner guide for film enthusiasts. A lot of non-Hollywood films and directors are featured so it's a plus. The book is contained in a tin box and presented really nicely (like all DK products).
Anyway, I saw this laughable 1-star rating on Goodreads:
"...no Tarantino in the list of directors?! REALLY!?! And no Pulp Fiction in the list of best movies?! REALLY!?!"
Hope this thread will help us find more reading materials and more films/directors to watch.
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How does this board compare to /film/ on 4chan.org/tv? I can't stand the lack of actual discussion on a topic and there's only arguments about taste and whatnot. Feels like elitism to me.
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[JW06 ~ 05/10/2020]
Post about movies that generated controversy. While I leave this thread open to controversial content such as graphic violence, sex, or political thought, I want to remind anons to consider controversial direction as well such as pic related.
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Films that made you think
Vague enough title to hopefully allow for a broader discussion, which films made you sit and think, either about the content or the commentary that it creates?
Pic related elephant man, ie Joseph Merrick sparked my interest in historical treatment of "freaks" that are suffering medical conditions, it is a difficult one because his finances relied upon people coming to see him to fulfil their curiosities but when Britain became too sensitive for that he had to travel abroad to find work and suffered for it
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Opinions on Hunter x Hunter (1999)?
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Do you visit any other film-related communities?
[JW19 ~ 02/18/2020]
I guess it's kinda off-topic but given the board is slow, I figured out you won't mind my asking.
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[JW18 ~ 12/01/2019]
A thread for bong media, both for bongs and for fags from elsewhere who want to see something non-pozed so expect the thread to be weighted towards older shows and films.
Starting with an absolute classic from the last decade before British culture started to disappear in the face of American cultural dominance. Also Michael Caine. magnet:?xt=urn:btih:E40A5E9641 8B1F77E22FF71A2DAC E9F31BA7FCB9 remove the spaces but I can't speak as to the quality of the torrent, if someone knows where to hunt for better ones with active seeders I'm all ears
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[JW07 ~ 05/30/2020]
What's the consensus on fan re-edits? Like the Dune edit, for example https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94d77kdmOvU
I've been wanting to put my hands on Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, maybe trim down the running time and move around some awkwardly placed T.V./Movies scenes? But I don't know if it's worth the time so,
If you've seen the film before, let me know what you think, maybe share some things you would've liked to change/see in an edit?