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Gramsci

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Went to "God's Own Country" - at "The Studio" at BFI. The venue is somewhat downstream of Ritzy screen 5 I would suggest - the Ritzy has a raked floor so you don't get heads at the bottom of the screen. £8.50 seems to be the normal price for BFI Studio (£7.20 members and guests)

The film is pretty amazing for a directorial debut. Not for the queezy. Knee trembling gay sex (not totally explicit) and some obsessive filming of lambs being pulled out of sheep's wombs, a still-born calf and other such farming reality scenes.

More disturbing perhaps was the very cold and uptight family at the centre of the film.

This is an intense film with a gay romantic theme which somehow ends with the possibility of happiness. In the harrowing nature of the story and the twist at the end it shares something with "Moonlight". But "Gods Own Country" is an overtly gay romance in a way that "Moonlight" is not.
Saw this in the wonderful Peckhamplex. Good point about Moonlight. This film was in some ways straightforward love story. Just happened to be two men. My partner liked it a lot. As she saw it as romantic. Which it is. In in Peckhamplex it had crossover appeal from my unscientific look at the audience. Looks like it has done well for a low budget British movie. Been on for several weeks and still a good turnout to see it when we went.

I liked it. The film was made by the good use of the wild country landscape and the two great performances by the two main actors.
 

CH1

"Red Guard"(NLYL)
I'm going to de-sticky this thread as the boycott is still underway.
I was looking for it to comment.

Anyway it's that I was curious to see the Ai Weiwei film on refugees called "Human Flow" which was reviewed in Friday's Standard.

Can't see it listed at the Ritzy - but the Doc House at the Bloomsbury Curzon has it including the discounted off-peak price of £5 like the Ritzy used to do before it got less community minded. HUMAN FLOW | DocHouse
 

Gramsci

Well-Known Member
Now the boycott has ended I back at Ritzy. So resurrecting this thread. My review of 1917 on the film thread.


saw 1917 today at screen one in the Ritzy cinema ( London).

I have avoided reviews as didn't want to know to much.

It really needs to be seen on a big screen. There is also an IMAX version. I would recommend trying to see it now.

A staggering piece of work.

It is straightforward into the action deceptively simple story making. Goes along at a break neck pace that reminded me of Gibson's Apocalypto. Seamless large scale pieces using extras and special effects.

The post apocalyptic landscapes are quite stunning and disturbing.

It reminded me of tarkovsky "Stalker" at times. The two protagonists go on a journey to the "zone" No Man's Land. Full of traps and surreal encounters in an alien landscape. And "Apocalypse Now". They meet the good and the mad on their journey into the darkness.

What I really liked about the way it was made is that it does not give one a particular message.

I read it as a decent into hell. In that sense it is an anti war film. It also reminded me of the landscapes of hieronymus Bosch via Sci fi. A sci fi novel I read . Set In future where hell is set up in virtual reality where one is uploaded . Its grimly repetitive without escape. This is the reality the two protoganists are thrown into.

Its a quite surreal experience to watch this film.

Definitely a must watch at the cinema.

To add it combines all this with moving personal story of the two main protagonist in the film.
 

ricbake

working out how
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Now the boycott has ended I back at Ritzy. So resurrecting this thread. My review of 1917 on the film thread.


saw 1917 today at screen one in the Ritzy cinema ( London).

I have avoided reviews as didn't want to know to much.

It really needs to be seen on a big screen. There is also an IMAX version. I would recommend trying to see it now.

A staggering piece of work.

It is straightforward into the action deceptively simple story making. Goes along at a break neck pace that reminded me of Gibson's Apocalypto. Seamless large scale pieces using extras and special effects.

The post apocalyptic landscapes are quite stunning and disturbing.

It reminded me of tarkovsky "Stalker" at times. The two protagonists go on a journey to the "zone" No Man's Land. Full of traps and surreal encounters in an alien landscape. And "Apocalypse Now". They meet the good and the mad on their journey into the darkness.

What I really liked about the way it was made is that it does not give one a particular message.

I read it as a decent into hell. In that sense it is an anti war film. It also reminded me of the landscapes of hieronymus Bosch via Sci fi. A sci fi novel I read . Set In future where hell is set up in virtual reality where one is uploaded . Its grimly repetitive without escape. This is the reality the two protoganists are thrown into.

Its a quite surreal experience to watch this film.

Definitely a must watch at the cinema.

To add it combines all this with moving personal story of the two main protagonist in the film.
Went to the Curzon Victoria to see 1917 because its a small and comfortable, I wanted to watch it in a cinema that amplified the immersive experience I was expecting. Best film I've seen in a long time excellently put together, the sets, the colouring and even the dialogue was reminiscent of the Peter Jackson reconstructed genuine WW1 footage. It's intense and I was gripped start to finish, drawn in, flinching, repulsed, crying, its quite an experience.
 

Gramsci

Well-Known Member
I saw "Parasite" at Ritzy today. Cinema was packed so this is a popular film. Winning the Oscar of course helps. It was this or Emma. As this was on at right time we saw this. I was a bit concerned it wouldnt be my partners cup of tea. I like Korean film but know they go into dark territory. And can be violent.

Glad to say my partner gave it the thumbs up. Reason being this was a working class family who all stick together and support each other in a society which is divided between rich and poor. This over rode the dark side of the film and the violence. They stick together right to the end which my partner ( and myself) found moving.

I do like films that give the wealthy middle classes a hard time. Middle class get what they deserved in this film.

I havent read the reviews yet. Only know the house is a real house. Its a great part of the film. I saw it in screen one at Ritzy and it deserves a big screen.

This is a film about class. Looked up Bong Joon Ho. On this film he said:

In today's capitalistic society there are ranks and castes that are invisible to the eye. We keep them disguised and out of sight and superficially look down on class hierarchies as a relic of the past, but the reality is that there are class lines that cannot be crossed. I think that this film (Parasite, 2019) depicts the inevitable cracks that appear when two classes brush up against each other in today's increasingly polarized society.
( I saw Snowpiercer last week on internet . Its a sci fi post apocalyptic film of class war on a train. Worth a look and quite a different kind of film. )

A note on Asian culture. People I have known from Korea and China get a bit upset about viewing them as the Asian other with a particular way to tell stories. Both Korea and China have gone through Modernisation project of the right and left. In case of Korea in a divided country. The south was modernised in breakneck speed under authoritarian governements. Korean friend parent were poor peasants. She lives in city like any "Westerner". They feel themselves to be as Western as Europeans. The difference being that their industrial revolution took place in a very short period of time post WW2. They find it condescending to be viewed as not on a par with the rest of the "West". Or seen as "different".

This films popularity is also that it is about class in a capitalist society which a lot of us ( ie me) can identify with.

Im trying not to give plot spoilers here but the quote from director is spot on about what this film is about.

Smell is a theme that runs through the film as a cultural class signifier of class hierarchy for example. Plays an important role in the film.

The little put downs and feeling of inferiority that punctuate this film are spot on from my experience.

There is a great scene in the middle of the film where the poor family are living it up whilst the rich middle class are away. A discussion on wealth.One says the rich mother is nice. As the mother of the poor family says if I was rich I would be nice.

I liked this film from start to finish.

I liked the ending. It was great to see the nauseating middle class garden party disrupted by the working class.

Ten out fuck the rich ten from me.

This is an angry film that portrays the simmering class resentments of capitalist society. Made in Korea but just as relevant here.

Fuck the rich

Also who are the "Parasites"? The poor family who latch themelves onto this wealthy family or the wealthy middle class family? It the wealthy imo.
 

Big Bertha

Marinekanone
I saw "Parasite" at Ritzy today. Cinema was packed so this is a popular film. Winning the Oscar of course helps. It was this or Emma. As this was on at right time we saw this. I was a bit concerned it wouldnt be my partners cup of tea. I like Korean film but know they go into dark territory. And can be violent.

Glad to say my partner gave it the thumbs up. Reason being this was a working class family who all stick together and support each other in a society which is divided between rich and poor. This over rode the dark side of the film and the violence. They stick together right to the end which my partner ( and myself) found moving.

I do like films that give the wealthy middle classes a hard time. Middle class get what they deserved in this film.

I havent read the reviews yet. Only know the house is a real house. Its a great part of the film. I saw it in screen one at Ritzy and it deserves a big screen.

This is a film about class. Looked up Bong Joon Ho. On this film he said:




( I saw Snowpiercer last week on internet . Its a sci fi post apocalyptic film of class war on a train. Worth a look and quite a different kind of film. )

A note on Asian culture. People I have known from Korea and China get a bit upset about viewing them as the Asian other with a particular way to tell stories. Both Korea and China have gone through Modernisation project of the right and left. In case of Korea in a divided country. The south was modernised in breakneck speed under authoritarian governements. Korean friend parent were poor peasants. She lives in city like any "Westerner". They feel themselves to be as Western as Europeans. The difference being that their industrial revolution took place in a very short period of time post WW2. They find it condescending to be viewed as not on a par with the rest of the "West". Or seen as "different".

This films popularity is also that it is about class in a capitalist society which a lot of us ( ie me) can identify with.

Im trying not to give plot spoilers here but the quote from director is spot on about what this film is about.

Smell is a theme that runs through the film as a cultural class signifier of class hierarchy for example. Plays an important role in the film.

The little put downs and feeling of inferiority that punctuate this film are spot on from my experience.

There is a great scene in the middle of the film where the poor family are living it up whilst the rich middle class are away. A discussion on wealth.One says the rich mother is nice. As the mother of the poor family says if I was rich I would be nice.

I liked this film from start to finish.

I liked the ending. It was great to see the nauseating middle class garden party disrupted by the working class.

Ten out fuck the rich ten from me.

This is an angry film that portrays the simmering class resentments of capitalist society. Made in Korea but just as relevant here.

Fuck the rich

Also who are the "Parasites"? The poor family who latch themelves onto this wealthy family or the wealthy middle class family? It the wealthy imo.
Does it have subtitles?
 
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