Line, have you seen Daniel Espinosa's Snabba Cash (2010) (Guess its going to be called "Easy cash")
(I assume there has been talks about it since there will be a American version soon.)
And if so what do you think about it?
[MOTM] - JAN 2008
[MOTY] - 3rd 2008
97. Adaptation. (Jones, 2002)
Not merely a meta-level assay on artistic development (particularly in the medium of film), Adaptation. is at once a critique of convention and an introspective look at one's own occupational shortcomings. The Charlie Kaufman penned script - which posits Charlie (Nicholas Cage) as having a doltish twin brother named Donald (again Cage) who also aspires to screenwrite - is perhaps one of the more arrogant and, in turn, brave novel-to-film adaptations that I've seen. Rather than adopt the contextual "sprawling New Yorker shit" of Susan Orlean's 1994 novel, The Orchid Thief, into a traditionally told tale of the book's own events, Kaufman tangentially divulges into his own struggles to adapt the work, how artisan adaptation can be seen as a trope for the evolution of certain species, and, lastly, the elicitation of artistic relativism in lieu of traditionalist line-toeing.
I should do a thread like this...of the porn industry, of course.
you gonna get judged!!!!!!!
96. Funny Games U.S. (Haneke, 2008)
A litmus test of contextual provocations, Haneke's nearly shot-for-shot remake of his 1997 film Funny Games surpasses its predecessor in the way it more closely realizes its directors original vision -- one that was hampered to do budgetary constraints and the Austrian's thematic bone to pick with America's westernization of Europe. Criticized for its almost celebratory mockery of pop culture-perpetuated violence, some may find the picture's subversive nature - subversive in the way it purposefully plays with expectations as to elucidate moviegoers' own bloodlust - to be too blunt or too distractingly essayist to be affecting. But the piece still functions as a worthy experiment in the way its titular games are more telling of audiences and cultural fashioning than it is of the filmmaker himself and to condemn Haneke as supercilious is to ignore how much sensationalism turns real-world tragedy into something worth cheering for.
95. Santa Sangre (Jodorowsky, 1989)
A stylistically perverse paean to logic in the way it mocks religious tenets, not merely for their absurdist bases, but for the irreparable damage such ideologies can inflict on the psyche - specifically when trying to attach morally suppressive spirituality to real life inscrutability - Santa Sangre is, above all else, as intelligent as it is deranged. But rather than evoke this notion as it pertains to reality, director Alejandro Jodorowsky employs a tapestry of nightmarish, stilted imagery as to convey both the mythical notions of religious gimmickry and the way that religion (and parental oppression, among other things) distances people from a human reality.
I wonder how Kubrick's films will place in this new list. Thanks for sharing these, Line (even though I have to keep a translator at hand when reading your critics, you nerdy, insensitive clod!)
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94. The Battle of Algiers (Pontecorvo, 1966)
An admirable work in the way director Gillo Pontecorvo, though clearly of FLN bias, eschews his own political leanings as to present both colonist and colonized as equally amoral in their treatment of human life, The Battle of Algiers remains both a shocking testament of man's potential for barbarity and a efficacious exposition on the power of cinema. Its verité stylings encapsulate a world of guerrilla warfare from what was, at the time, everyday life in French Algeria in order to inform the world not only of the enormity of the situation but also that terrorist tactics - attacks on civilians, café bombings, employment of women and children, and so on - only make such horrors, in the long run, exponentially worse.
^^ Wasn't there. It was a long shot. Most of the foreign films are martial arts in that store.
Well, there's always this:
Password : oldscot[/code][/spoiler]
God I hate multi-file downloads.
I'll do a search.
^^ Try jDownloader.
Seriously, try it. It's the best solution for multifile downloads. You copy the links to the clipboard, jDownloader grabs them and you forget about it till download is complete and the files are extracted.
93. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (Mungiu, 2008)
Tentatively defined by its visual style - which can best be described as a hybrid of handheld voyeurism and diligently-framed symmetrical compositions that play with shadow and light as they pertain to a naturalistic environment - 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days doesn't so much condemn the idea of abortion as it does the social limitations that restrict free will. The film takes place in 1980's Romania at which time abortion was illegal. In this, Mungiu's lingering lens follows protagonist Gabriela Dragut (Laura Vasiliu) as she and her friend Otilia (Anamaria Marinca) attempt to procure the procedure for Gabriela after learning of her pregnancy. But rather than merely weigh the moral implications of ending a life before it truly begins, Mungiu focuses his attention on the dangers of limiting one's freedom and how this breeds social and cultural stigmas, the likes of which reach beyond the, albeit tragic, loss of one life.