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  1. Bogie56

    Trump vs Turkey & Kurdish allies....

    Maybe you should get on the phone. Isn't Trump looking for a new foreign policy advisor?
  2. Your Top Foreign Language Films Hello everyone. I enjoyed posting the ’Your Favourite Performances of…’ each week so I thought this might be an interesting carry-on. The main purpose of this and the performances thread was to gather lists of recommended films. For this thread you are simply to consider the overall film. Hopefully there will be some discussion about them too. The format for listing the films should be like this …. 1. Day for Night (1973) Francois Truffaut, France. Lots of films are co-produced by many countries. I usually just try to pick one representative. The predominant language or the nationality of the director may be the best judge. I ask only a few things of participants. First, to wait until I have changed the year of the thread before posting your own choices. Second, to go by the generally accepted theatrical release date of a film rather than the year it was released in North America or nominated for an Oscar. The imdb and wikipedia are pretty good sources for these initial release dates. Film festivals and most premieres count as release dates. I have my own rule of thumb when it comes to films that have been banned from public release for many years. The Soviet block countries had a habit of doing this. In these instances I use the date the film was completed. Films simply shot in a foreign country do not qualify. Orson Welles made a lot of films in Europe but they were in the English language. Similarly, Antonioni’s The Passenger (1975) with Jack Nicholson is an English language film. I would think that films like The Longest Day or Tora Tora Tora or Last Tango In Paris which have big segments in a foreign language would not qualify as they are primarily English language films. Sergio Leone’s westerns with Eastwood would be English language films as the main cast performed the film in English. And The Artist (2011) is too cute to qualify. If you are like me, you probably try to avoid dubbed versions of foreign films but in some instances they are the only ones available to us. I’ll leave it up to you to decide whether or not to include them but you might mention if the versions you screened were dubbed. There really isn’t a limit to the number of films one can list but remember they are supposed to be “favourites.” That can mean different things to different people. Excellent films are usually my favourites. Please list them in your preference, i.e., number 1 through 10 and runner-ups. As in the performance thread at the end of each decade I will do a recap of the number one choices and then call for choices of the best foreign language film of the decade. We generally try to avoid short subjects or television movies. But, as in the case of Ingmar Bergman’s Scenes From a Marriage many foreign tv movies have also had theatrical releases or played in film festivals. Those films are fair game. A film should be at least 40 minutes in length to qualify as a feature film in this thread. This time I am going to start with films prior to 1920 for a week then after that films from the 1920’s for three weeks. After that we will go year-by-year doing one year per week. Saturdays will usually be the turn over day for new posts. For the silent films, and countries like Japan which were still making them in the early thirties, qualifying films should come from non-English speaking countries. It may take a little while for this thread to gain some steam. Personally, I have not seen very many foreign films in the 1930’s. But in prepping some of this I have noticed that when going year-by-year one gets a greater appreciation of the careers of some of the directors and a greater focus on their films. I plan on mentioning films that have won major awards in foreign countries or film festivals. But as you are no doubt aware they often win these awards years after their initial release dates in their own countries. This could get very messy. I will endeavour to mention the awards a 1967 film has won while we are on 1967, etc. You don’t have to have seen many to participate. Just have a favourite.
  3. 2006 5. Death Note (2006) Shusuke Kaneko, Japan A student receives a book that enables him to prescribe anyone’s death. This soon becomes an interesting cat and mouse between the student and the police who have employed a super detective. Death Note 2: The Last Name (2006) Shusuke Kaneko, Japan A glaring case where the sequel is not nearly as good as the original. The plot becomes too convoluted by half and the quirkiness that was charming in the original becomes tedious as it is overplayed.
  4. 2003 and I’ve also seen … Memories of Murder (2003) Joon-ho Bong, South Korea This won South Korean’s Grand Bell Award for best picture and best actor but was not my cup of tea. I found it overlong, too much meandering and the portrayal of the police as undisciplined buffoons didn’t ring true for me. Haute Tension (2003) Alexandre Aja, France I felt cheated and manipulated by the twist ending.
  5. Wednesday, October 16 7:15 a.m. Midnight Mary (1933). Pre code with Loretta Young.
  6. I would be hard pressed to pick anything tomorrow! But perhaps this thread can include anyone and everyone's idea as to what might be worthwhile to catch the next day.
  7. Tuesday, October 15 9:45 p.m. Annie (1982). I don’t know whether it is a hit or a miss. There may be good reason for my not having seen this one yet.
  8. This might be a fun and quite engaging thread. My favourite is the Donald claiming that he could see thousands of Muslims taking to the streets in New Jersey from his office tower on 9/11 to celebrate the World Trade Center attack. He never completely walked that one back. It sort of became metaphorically speaking at some point. Personally, I think this alone should have disqualified him from running for President of the United States. It was so hateful and inflammatory and so not true.
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    Rudy and the Beast

    I thought Rudy deserved his own thread and to kick it off here is his tribute by Randy Rainbow ...
  10. A pundit on the BBC described Newt Gingrich as a has-been, Rudy Guliani as a looney-toon and Kris Kristie as a criminally challenged individual.
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Minneapolis mayor: We saw Trump stiffing cities for his other rallies, so we told him to pay up Opinion ● By Jacob Frey ● Read more »
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    Trump vs Turkey & Kurdish allies....

    (Brendan Smialowski/AFP) Trump orders full withdrawal from northern Syria, a dramatic step after earlier pulling about 50 troops The president made the decision to withdraw the approximately 1,000 troops left in northern Syria after indications that Turkey intends to expand its offensive targeting U.S.-allied Kurdish fighters “farther south than originally planned and to the west,” Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper said, speaking on CBS News’s “Face the Nation.” By Dan Lamothe ● Read more » U.S. troops evacuate Syrian town as Turkish-led forces advance, potentially marooning U.S. soldiers By Liz Sly, Louisa Loveluck and Sarah Dadouch ● Read more »
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    Trump vs Turkey & Kurdish allies....

    Exclusive: Military leader of Syrian Kurds tells US 'you are leaving us to be slaughtered' By Barbara Starr and Ryan Browne, CNN (CNN)The commander of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces told a senior US diplomat, "You are leaving us to be slaughtered," demanding to know whether the US is going to do anything to protect Syrian Kurds as Turkey continues its military operation targeting America's Kurdish allies in Syria. "You have given up on us. You are leaving us to be slaughtered," Gen. Mazloum Kobani Abdi told the Deputy Special Envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, William Roebuck, in a meeting Thursday, according to an internal US government readout that has been obtained exclusively by CNN. "You are not willing to protect the people, but you do not want another force to come and protect us. You have sold us. This is immoral," Mazloum added. He insisted the US either help stop the Turkish attack or allow the Syrian Democratic Forces to strike a deal with the Assad regime in Damascus and their Russian backers, allowing Russian warplanes to enforce a no-fly zone over northeast Syria, thereby denying Turkey the ability to carry out airstrikes. The US does not want the Kurds turning to the Russians, administration officials say. READ: The government document of meeting between US and military leader of Syrian Kurds "I need to know if you are capable of protecting my people, of stopping these bombs falling on us or not. I need to know, because if you're not, I need to make a deal with Russia and the regime now and invite their planes to protect this region," Mazloum said.
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    Trump vs Turkey & Kurdish allies....

    The horse has already bolted thanks to Trump, the beauty pageant impresario.
  15. 2001 10. Sleepless (2001) Dario Argento, Italy Another decent Argento serial killer film. The gore is quite well done too.
  16. Monday, October 14 3:15 a.m. The Strange Love of Molly Louvain (1932). With Ann Dvorak and Lee Tracy. This is the first I had heard of this one.
  17. It's rather obvious that some people pick up on words like "racism" and "environment" and do not have the brain power to see a connection. I think these people are beyond being educated. For one, they have no desire to be.
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    Comrade Trump

    This is quite crude but a reminder of how Trump gained office
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    Comrade Trump

    The Trump campaign is now said to have been in constant contact with Russian nationals. Was not Paul Manifort's resignation tied to revelations that he was taking money from the Russians? Makes you wonder about Secretary of State Rex Tillerson too.
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    Films in 2019

    I saw this last week. Dreary as can be and Edgerton is no Falstaff.
  21. Bogie56

    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    A snippet from Trump's scrum on the WH lawn yesterday ... "I don't know. I haven't spoken to Rudy. I spoke to him yesterday ..."
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Another case of projection. Trump claimed he wasn't after dirt on Biden but he was only interested in ferreting out corruption. Well it turns out that that is exactly what former Ambassador to the Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch was doing. She was implementing anti-corruption measures in the Ukraine and that is exactly why she was fired by Trump and Giulianni. Yesterday Trump told reporters that he did not know the former Ambassador and that she might be a wonderful woman (I guess that's why he fired her). He also said that in his phone call with the Ukranian President, he was told horrible things about the former Ambassador. Well it turns out the exact opposite is true. According to the semi-transcript, Trump said "I don't know if you know this" and went on to say how horrible Yovanovitch was. More and more lies. Just what you want from your President.
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    Trump vs Turkey & Kurdish allies....

    Trump is sending an additional 1,800 troops to Saudi Arabia to 'prevent Iranian aggression.' Hmm ... Doesn't Saudi Arabia have their own very big army? And wasn't Trump vowing to pull out of the Middle East just this same week when he abandoned the Kurds in Syria? This is a very big win for Vladimir Putin. It sounds very much like the 'art of the deal' when it comes to dictators.
  24. ****-moi (2000) Virginie Despentes, Coralie, France The two female leads who have been abused go on a killing spree with lots of hard core porn thrown in. Not for everyone, that’s for sure.
  25. Sunday, October 13/14 Double Antonioni 2 a.m. L’Eclisse (1962). 4:15 a.m. L’Avventura (1960).

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