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  1. 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.
  2. 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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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    What about people?
  4. The winners of the 2016 Prix Louis Delluc Best Picture were … A Woman’s Life (2016) Stephane Brize, France Still Life (2016) Maud Alpi, France The winners of the 2017 Prix Louis Delluc Best Picture included … Raw (2016) Julia Ducournau, France
  5. 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.
  6. The 2016 National Society of Film Critics Foreign Film Award included … Toni Erdmann (2016) Maren Ade, Germany **** Elle (2016) Paul Verhoeven, France The Handmaiden (2016) Chan-wook Park, South Korea Things to Come (2016) Mia Hansen-Love, France Winner of the 2017 National Society of Film Critics Best Picture … Graduation (2016) Cristian Mungiu, Romania ****
  7. The 2016 National Board of Review Best Foreign Language Film was … The Salesman (2016) Asghar Farhadi, Iran Nominated for the 2017 National Board of Review Best Foreign Language Film Award … Frantz (2016) Francois Ozon, France
  8. The 2016 Boston Society of Film Critics Best Foreign Film Award … The Handmaiden (2016) Chan-wook Park, South Korea **** Things to Come (2016) Mia Hansen-Love, France
  9. The 2016 Los Angeles Film Critics Best Foreign Film Award … The Handmaiden (2016) Chan-wook Park, South Korea **** Toni Erdmann (2016) Maren Ade, Germany
  10. The 2016 winner of the New York Film Critics Best Foreign Film Award …. Toni Erdmann (2016) Maren Ade, Germany
  11. Wednesday, October 23 11 p.m. Sons of the Desert (1933). Laurel & Hardy as the original Water Buffalos. This is replaced in Canada with The Fall Guy (1930).
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Not to mention the ten million plus in makeovers that traditionally go to these locales.
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    The Trumps truly live in an alternate universe. Sickening indeed.
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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 ...
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    I'm not entirely for this strategy. It could be the main event but other provable abuses of power should be included to show that this is systemic. Otherwise people may view this as wrong but not to have risen to the level of impeachment.
  16. The 2016 Hong Kong Film Award for Best Picture went to … Trivisa (2016) Jevons Au, Frank Hui, Vicky Wong, Hong Kong The 2016 Hong Kong Film Award for Best Asian Picture went to … Godspeed (2016) Mon-Hong Chung, Taiwan
  17. The winner of China’s Golden Rooster Award for Foreign Film of 2017 was … Operation Mekong (2016) Dante Lam, China
  18. The 2016 winner of Japan’s Academy Award was … Shin Gojira (2016) Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi, Japan
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    Trump vs Turkey & Kurdish allies....

    The U.S. convoy of 500 troops leaving Syria is being pelted with rotten vegetables by the Kurds who are shouting "Liars."
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    Canadian Election Update

    I thought he was the guy who worked across the street from me at The Source (formerly Radio Shack).
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    "I really don't know these gentlemen." True, or not? And why even call them "gentlemen" when he calls better people much worse?
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    Democratic Debate

    Your PS is on the mark but I think Clinton is being self-serving here. She is trying to reinforce and remind us of what happened to her in 2016 by bringing up this example. Plus I don't think she really believes that Gabbard is such a force as was Sanders or even Jill Stein for that matter. So this really is just the sour grape doing a little more whining. That said, there is still a bit of truth to what she is saying though she needn't have gone public with it.
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    Democratic Debate

    I did say "unwitting." Putin would love for Gabbard supporters to stay home as Bernie supporters did and hand the election to Donald Trump.
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    Democratic Debate

    Obama is a true supporter of Trudeau as far as I can tell. The Russians on the other hand could care less. They meddle to make America weaker and do so by supporting candidates who are going to take away votes from Trump's likely competitor. The people who testified before Congress said as much.

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