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  1. It really is mildly annoying that Armageddon got a nice release with extras and everything while the more obscure titles like Gate of Hell got zero extras. Criterion is a business though like the rest and it is good that Armageddon made them so much money that they can use to refurbish and release more films.

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    1. Twin Peaks: the Return *

    2. The Young Karl Marx

    3. Moonrise Kingdom

    4. The Pervert's Guide to Ideology

    5. Skyfall 

    6. The Artist

    7. The Other Side of the Wind

    8. Look Who's Back

    9. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    10. The Tree of Life

    *David Lynch called it a "film" and Cahiers du Cinema ranked it as a film on their lists so I'm including it

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    The stable genius (Trump’s self-designation) justified his recent betrayal of Kurds (he effectively condoned the Turkish attack on the Kurdish enclave in northern Syria) by noting that “Kurds are no angels”. Of course, since, for him, the only angels in that region are Israel (especially on the West Bank) and Saudi Arabia (especially in Yemen). However, in some senses, the Kurds ARE the only angels in that part of the world. 

    The fate of the Kurds makes them the exemplary victim of the geopolitical colonial games: spread along the borderline of four neighboring states (Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Iran), their (more than deserved) full autonomy was in nobody’s interest, and they paid the full price for it.


    Do we still remember Saddam’s mass bombing and gas-poisoning of Kurds in the north of Iraq in the late 1980s? More recently, for years, Turkey has played a well-planned military-political game, officially fighting Isis but effectively bombing Kurds who are really fighting Isis.


    In the last decades, the ability of the Kurds to organize their communal life was tested in almost ideal experimental conditions: the moment they were given a space to breathe freely outside the conflicts of the states around them, they surprised the world. 


    After Saddam’s fall the Kurdish enclave in northern Iraq develop into the only safe part of Iraq with well-functioning institutions and even regular flights to Europe. In northern Syria, the Kurdish enclave centered in Rojava was a unique place in today’s geopolitical mess: when Kurds were given a respite from their big neighbors who otherwise threatened them all the time, they quickly built a society that one cannot but designate as an actually-existing and well-functioning utopia. 

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  4. 1 hour ago, TomJH said:

    Which includes back stabbing the Kurds and making it apparent to the world that America's word means NOTHING!!!!! This gutless betrayal by Trump will have ramifications upon America's security for years to come.

    Also keep in mind that Trump didn't withdraw the troops but just moved them to a different region to take the oil fields there.

  5. 3 hours ago, NipkowDisc said:

    I love that movie. perhaps whales' best and Una O'Connor is an absolute hoot.


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    The Invisible Man has the highest kill count of the classic Universal monsters too. He killed an entire train load of people by derailing it off a cliff.

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    Decision: Liquidation - The Russian serviceman watches his best friend get beheaded by the muslim fundamentalist during the Chechen wars. Two decades later, this terrorist is plotting to assassinate the Russian leader and he must come out of retirement to kill him for his nation and for his deceased friend, who still lives on in his memory. With the help of local Chechens and other operatives he will infiltrate the fundamentalist sect and do what he can to "liquidate" him. This is a cheesy action film but has some fun scenes. If you like the spy films and Daniel Craig type films, you may enjoy this. 

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  7. 3 hours ago, Sepiatone said:

    And, why does that make you SAD, PRINCESS?


    People can be very sensitive about those things. Though I do understand though what you're getting at that there is a difference between minstrel blackface that mocks and insults an entire race and ethnic make up being used for a costume. I wonder if people would have as much of a problem with an African-American using white face to dress as a white mascot like Col. Sanders? 

  8. 46 minutes ago, LawrenceA said:

    I've seen 22 July, also from 2018, but English-language and from director Paul Greengrass. It covers the same event, but from the point of view of a young man (Jonas Strand Gravli), as well as a bit from the shooter's point of view. Have you seen this version as well, and if so, how would you compare the two? I liked the English-language version, or I should say, I was moved by it.



    I've seen both and prefer the foreign version. The English one is moving but revolves more around (a fictional?) love plot involving the survivor rather than focusing on the crime that happened. Also it was an odd choice to hire actual Norwegians but have them speak English throughout it.

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    1. Decision: Liquidation, Aleksandr Aravin, Russia

    2. Cold War, Pawel Pawlikowski, Poland

    3. Utøya: July 22, Erik Poppe, Norway

    4. Flavors of Youth, Haoling Li, Yoshitaka Takeuch, Xiaoxing Yi, China

    5. Roma, Alfonso Cuaron, Mexico

    6. Dressage, Pooya Badkoobeh, Iran

    7. The Awakening of Motti Wolkenbruch, Michael Steiner, Switzerland

    8. Operation Red Sea, Dante Lam, China

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  10. On 10/12/2019 at 12:20 AM, LawrenceA said:

    That description may be under-selling the movie a bit. It's a historical film adaptation of several of the "Henriad" plays of Shakespeare. Timothee Chalamet stars as Henry V, with Joel Edgerton as Falstaff and Robert Pattinson as the Dauphin. 


    I saw this one and liked it. Though the cinematography is that melancholy Game of Thrones style with the dull blues and greens and everything looking extremely dirty and grity. The movie also opens with a prisoner getting needlessly executed on the battlefield which is a bit much.

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    1. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1993)

    2. Ugetsu Monogatari (1953)

    3. Halloween (1978)

    4. Eraserhead (1977)

    5. Spalovac Mrtvol (1969)

    6. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

    7. Throne of Blood (1957)

    8. Psycho (1960)

    9. Nosferatu (1979) 

    10. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919) 

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  12. 3 hours ago, mr6666 said:
    To recap: 

    - House voted 232-196 to approve impeachment procedures

    - all GOP votes “no”,

    along with 2 Democrats: Reps. Peterson of Minn., and Van Drew of N.J.

    New Jersey Democrat Jeff Van Drew on why he voted against the Trump impeachment inquiry

    Why he voted no:

    “We will impeach, I’m sure, in the House. That will go to the Senate. It will fail in the Senate as far as actually convicting him, and then we’re going to have a failed impeachment. We are going to have the same president, and we’re going to have the same presidential candidate who will be able to say that he was exonerated, so I don’t know how much we really gained from that. And at the same time we’re going to be so focused on these issues, we’re not going to have the focus on the issues we all care about so much like health care, like prescription drugs, like infrastructure like veterans concerns and doing more for the veterans.”

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    24 Frames - Could also be called "24 Screen Savers." Random (mostly dialogue-less) scenes of everyday life are recreated. 24 of them and 5 minutes each. Horses playing in a field, seagulls flying over the sea, etc. This was visually beautiful but very boring. A nice film to put on before bed if you can't sleep. 

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  14. 24 minutes ago, cigarjoe said:

    Tobacco is a drug, it's addicting and it probably changes personality. I've noticed past work environments where if the boss smoked those that got promotions tended to tended to be smokers also it was a sort of tribal thing. Maybe smoking should be a deal breaker also by that logic.

    Yeah probably. Smoking is a vice that ruins the lungs and gives cancer. Even children know that.

  15. In fairness, I will concede that the great men Kant, Marx and Gorky directed their dislike towards the male pervs and not the lesbians so it is a bit unfair to lump Hill in with them. Hill also only cheated twice while Trump has had multiple failed marriages so she still beats him at that. Being a drunk or drug user though should really be a deal breaker for any politician.

  16. On 10/29/2019 at 5:59 AM, cigarjoe said:

    It's the reason it's imperative that TCM show modern classics along with the past classics to stay relevant. Have very enthusiastic hosts that can explain/show, say an idea or a style or a technique in a film and how it influenced the creators of a modern film. 

    Something along the lines of a Film Noir that uses lots of chiaroscuro like He Walked By Night or The Crooked Way shown along side Frank Miller's Sin City.

    Somebody who would click with younger audiences and could drive these points home is Quentin Tarantino, he's as enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the kind of cinema he loves as Robert Osborne was about his area of expertise or Robert Muller is about Film Noir


    TCM probably doesn't have enough money to hire Tarantino as a regular like Mueller but I agree it would be cool to have him as a guest programmer. I remember he listed his favorite films and he had La Strada and noir films on it. Very good taste.

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