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Lady Macbeth


and that's a wrap. what a fine last film for me. no, it's not the play. but there is a woman, and there are people in her way who need to be eliminated. also sex and windswept moors. yes please and thank you.

and they're doing laundry at the Marqueen, so the wait for the bus is toasty warm and fresh-smelling. good night!
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The King's Choice

Norwegian film about the German invasion of WW II centered around King Haakon. I tend to forget that in spite of all their history, democratic Norway is very young, and Haakon VII was their first king.

I went down a wiki rabbit hole after this one. (TIL that the current queen of Denmark is a Tolkien nerd.)
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schedule fail. this is NOT the showing of this film that several friends are seeing. at least I got to have a pleasant meal with mimerki beforehand.
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The Door (and short The Sea)

today's lesson: I am not Chinese

second Chinese film (and a short) that I didn't get. I liked this film but couldn't wrap my head around the protagonist's choices. he finds this door that allows him to step into a different version of his life. what choices got him where? which one should he keep? (also felt hamstrung by books, inscriptions in books, and documents that were clearly significant but only shown, never translated in the subs or discussed.)
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I have no idea what just happened. other than featuring a famous Chinese actress, that film had nothing to do with the description. and it was all disjointed and, well, that was a cultural experience. she spoke before the film, with a translator. I was completely at sea.
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The Net

North Korean fisherman accidentally crosses the border into South Korea and everything is horrible as he becomes a political football and no good deed goes unpunished. the film began to feel like an interrogation, where I was questioning the motives of everyone on screen and suspecting every character of being a spy.
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documentary about a Russian performance artist who uses his body to make political art. the striking thing is that this man is of sound mind. he is calm, he is on message, and he is fully committed. tough to watch with the body squick (not linking the trailer, which shows him nailed to Red Square) but compelling and well done. the images he makes are haunting.

an article about this guy with some good photos
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locally made sci-fi comedy that started out as youtube shorts. yup, should have stayed there. (I'm not criticizing the cheap effects or the acting or cinematography, I'm criticizing the writing which was terribad.)
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Forever Pure

would you like to have someone piss all over your faith in humanity? check out Forever Pure, where right-wing Israeli soccer fans literally set their club on fire because the team hired a couple of guys from Chechnya. on fire, as in burnt up their trophies. walk out of the stadium because the Muslim player scores a goal. stop coming to games at all. (also, there's this whole thing where all these racist fans are, well, brown people who look exactly like the brown people they hate when we see them play a game vs the "Arab" team.) anyhoo, everyone who was horrible gets rewarded and everyone who wasn't a vicious racist loses their job and the team makes Europa League as soon as the Chechens leave. yes, it's a documentary.
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NOPE. I was about to walk out, and then it ended. it was the kind of drama about a sad sack that I hate. but the lady had mysteriously grown a tail, so maybe that would change her life? or create actual drama? nope. that sucked. maybe it was super deep and symbolic if you were Russian.
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The Landing

narrative film, made in the style of a documentary (lovingly made by people who know documentaries). Apollo 18 lands in the wrong location, and only one man comes out alive. was it...murder? good stuff. creepy how many people walked out thinking it was real. *sigh*
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What Lies Upstream

investigative doc about water quality. well done, chilling, too timely. (i avoid photos and video of the US president. he's in this several times.)
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God of War

Chinese army vs Japanese "pirates" with gunpowder, plus the usual arrows, swords, and polearms. I was expecting rampant jingoism, but plenty of time was spent on Team Japan as humans. I feel like this is one where I'm lacking cultural context for the historical characters. but whatever, Sammo Hung was in it and he's still got it. also, the little sister from Red Cliff had a minor role and just seeing her makes me smile.
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The Napping Princess

HELLS YES anime from the director of Stand Alone Complex. steampunky dream world starts to interact with near-future real life. nice family relationships, nice friendships, fun adventure, so beautiful, moments that made the audience gasp. see it.
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Take Every Wave: the Life of Laird Hamilton

(I have had more than my share of colons and testosterone today.)

doc about a pioneering surfer. I wasn't expecting to learn about a guy who is an innovator and backyard engineer. beautiful ocean, check. real-life drama, check. massively egotistic bad boy, check. one of those people (like Anthony Bourdain) that I find interesting but would never ever want in my social circle. I was wishing for IMAX to really get inside those giant waves.
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Dirtbag: the Legend of Fred Beckey

doc about a climber from Seattle, known among serious climbers but not really outside the community. made with his cooperation, it has some pretty remarkable archival footage and great interviews. the guy is a scream (he reminds me of [personal profile] varina8's C). he's still sleeping rough and climbing in his 90s. recommended for mountains and Seattleness (at one point he's trying to arrange a climbing date from inside my neighborhood outdoor store) and all the stories about his disgusting habits. this was a presser, all showings remain.
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Life in Waves

doc about electronic music pioneer Suzanne Ciani. she's the sound of my childhood (not that I knew). interesting and informative.
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The Girl Without Hands

watercolor animation based on the Grimm (very grim) fairy tale full of fruit and friendly spirits and dismemberment. good times.
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I have seen so many fucking ads for Valley of Love on TV 5 Monde. it looked like a shitty movie I didn’t want to see the first ten times.
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At the End of the Tunnel

cracking thriller from Argentina about a paraplegic dude who discovers bank robbers are digging a tunnel under his house. do you like a thriller with a smart protagonist? heist movies? you go now. (I saw it as a preview, all showings are upcoming.)


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