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  1. I saw the first few minutes a while back with the kids from around the world singing and thought it would be good to see this film high. But now that pot is finally legal where I am I don't smoke it any longer.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Sunday, May 26 2:15 p.m. The Horse’s Mouth (1958). Alec Guinness as my favourite painter, Gulley Jimson. And quite possibly Michael Gough’s finest screen role as Abel.
  6. My top FF films of 2001 of the 15 that I have seen are …. 1. Amelie (2001) Jean-Pierre Jeunet, France 2. Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001) Alfonso Cuaron, Mexico 3. Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (2001) Zacharias Kunuk, Canada 4. The Piano Teacher (2001) Michael Haneke, France 5. The Devil’s Backbone (2001) Guillermo del Toro, Spain 6. Nowhere In Africa (2001) Caroline Link, Germany 7. Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001) Christophe Gans, France 8. Spirited Away (2001) Hayao Miyazaki, Japan [I saw dubbed version] 9. I’m Going Home (2001) Manoel de Oliveria, France 10. Baran (2001) Majid Majidi, Iran and I’ve also seen … The Son’s Room (2001) Nanni Moretti, Italy Monsoon Wedding (2001) Mira Nair, India Shaolin Soccer (2001) Stephen Chow, Hong Kong In Praise of Love (2001) Jean-Luc Godard, France Kandahar (2001) Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Iran
  7. So, who is in this MOW about Donald Trump's move for the White House and thereafter? You can pick anyone from history. I'l start with Arnold Stang as Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
  8. Bogie56

    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    She seems too green to me to be bothered listening to her opinions. The same reason I couldn't stand most of the people on Fox even though I don't agree with their politics for starters. At least Oprah Winfrey is a good listener and Whoopi's been around the block. Not that I can say I've seen even a single one of their shows in its entirety.
  9. Bogie56

    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    $19.1 billion in nationwide disaster aid stalls after single House Republican objects By Jeff Stein and Mike DeBonis ● Read more »
  10. Bogie56

    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    American taxpayers may like to know that the dotard in chief is bring along his brood, Eric, Don Junior and Bubbles to meet the Queen. What a disgrace.
  11. Bogie56

    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    No here's a no-nothing riding on her family coattails.
  12. The 2000 International Film Festival of India Best Picture co-winner was … Karunam/Pathos (2000) Jayaraaj, India
  13. The winner of the 2000 Tokyo International Film Festival Best Picture Award was … Amores Perros (2000) Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu, Mexico
  14. The Best Picture winner of the 2000 Golden Horse Film Festival was … Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2000) Ang Lee, China The Best Picture winner of the 2001 Golden Horse Film Festival was … Durian Durian (2000) Fruit Chan, Hong Kong
  15. The 2000 winner of the Cairo International Film Festival's Best Picture Award was … A Sigh (2000) Xiaogang Feng, China The 2000 winner of the Cairo International Film Festival's Best Arabic Picture Award was … The Storm (2000) Khaled Youssef, Egypt
  16. The winner of the 2001 Mar del Plata Film Festival Best International Picture was …. It’s Me, the Thief (2000) Jacek Bromski, Poland
  17. The 2000 winner of the Hungarian Film Week Best Picture Award was … Glamour (2000) Frigyes Godros, Hungary The 2001 winner of the Hungarian Film Week Best Picture Award was … Werckmeister Harmonies (2000) Bela Tarr, Hungary
  18. The winner of the 2000 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Best Picture Award was … Me, You, Them (2000) Andrucha Waddington, Brazil
  19. Winners of the 2000 Moscow International Film Festival included …. Life as a Fatal Sexually Transmitted Disease (2000) Krzysztof Zanussi, Poland
  20. Saturday, May 25 6 a.m. Desperate Journey (1942). I still haven’t seen this Errol Flynn flick. 10 a.m. Popeye: Football Toucher Downer (1940). 11:30 a.m. The Rounder (1930). Jack Benny short subject. 10:15 p.m. Devi (1960). by Satyajit Ray.
  21. The 2000 winner of the Ghent International Film Festival Best Picture Award was … Amores Perros (2000) Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu, Mexico
  22. Friday, May 24 2 a.m. Santa Claus (1959). Don't Bogart that joint. This Mexican film looks insane.
  23. Bogie56

    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Paraphrasing David Axelrod: Nancy Pelosi has got his (Trump's) number and she will continue to push his buttons and he will continue to respond in Pavlovian fashion."
  24. Bogie56

    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Can you picture Angela Merkel telling a large crowd that she was a genius then calling upon her aides one by one to publicly praise her temperament?
  25. Bogie56

    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Maybe that is because they have a moral spine and unwillingness to sell out the poor and the middle class to the betterment of the billionaire class. The GOP idea of sitting down is to have the democrats capitulate to "solutions" that are of no interest to them.

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