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    Park Chan-Wook's The Handmaiden (2016)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Score reader View Post
    I do think that proper character writing is separate from genre though. What I mean is that you can have plausible motives and character development (which in turn cause viewer empathy) regardless of the setting/context. I have seen many films where the setting is realistic but the characters, dialogue etc make no sense whatsoever.
    Except that you find this problem more with sci-fi or fantasy since the films concentrate more on the action in the genre than characterizations. Of course there is weak dialogue in other films, and one-dimensional character development but, for me, it's a major aspect of those two genres I've mentioned.

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    The last week or so.

    The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985) Very enjoyable, and not very long. A fantastic premise that could outlive its welcome if the movie were too long, and it isn't. Thumbs up on this one.

    Where Eagles Dare (1968) Great if you like to see lots of Nazis killed, and every good guy lives.

    Carlito's Way (1993) Pretty good

    Shenandoah (1965) It has the look and feel of an older movie though this was made while Hollywood was changing. I enjoyed watching this, and James Stewart is always good.

    The Young Victoria (2009) Interesting because I didn't really know the details of her accession to the throne.

    The Stranger (1946) I had never heard of this movie before, but while scrolling through TCM to look for movies the plot description looked intriguing. Edward G Robinson is looking for a Nazi war criminal, played by Orson Wells, in a small town in Connecticut. Great. Highly recommended.

    In the Heat of the Night (1967) Fantastic.

    Cromwell (1970) Disappointing. It looks great and Alec Guinness looks just like Cromwell in that famous painting, even down to his posture and how he holds his hands, but the movie is not very good. And apparently, there are many historical factual errors.

    The Magnificent Seven (1960) Great

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    Quote Originally Posted by senza sordino View Post
    Where Eagles Dare (1968) Great if you like to see lots of Nazis killed, and every good guy lives.
    Fun if you can ignore the extremely improbable plot and the convoluted twisting of positions. (It is enough to give you a headache.) The payoff at the end is nicely done.

    Quote Originally Posted by senza sordino View Post
    Shenandoah (1965) It has the look and feel of an older movie though this was made while Hollywood was changing. I enjoyed watching this, and James Stewart is always good.
    Stewart was one of those actors who could make reading the phone book compelling (although it would certainly take a long time)

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    In the Heat of the Night (1967) Fantastic.
    Very strong film for its time. Steiger deserved his oscar, but Poitier was slighted.

    Quote Originally Posted by senza sordino View Post
    Cromwell (1970) Disappointing. It looks great and Alec Guinness looks just like Cromwell in that famous painting, even down to his posture and how he holds his hands, but the movie is not very good. And apparently, there are many historical factual errors.
    Agreed. Great looking, but makes Cromwell look like a hero for the common man by stretching history.

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    The Magnificent Seven (1960) Great
    Infinitely better than the remake.
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    Watch out folks, the Thought Police are removing your fave movies and TV shows. The Woke Taliban is on the march: notice the mea culpa from the creators of "Little Britain"? That isn't going to save them!! "Society has moved on"? That's certainly a matter of opinion. Meantime, folks, stop watching and start reading "The Gulag Archipelago".

    Race protests: Gone With The Wind, Little Britain and comedies by Chris Lilley pulled by streaming services

    By JOE FLINT

    Gone with the Wind has been pulled from US streaming service HBO Max while the long-running TV show Cops and comedies featuring Australian Chris Lilley and Little Britain were outright cancelled as entertainment companies re-examine the content they offer in the wake of protests for racial justice and against police brutality.

    Considered a classic of American cinema and winner of eight competitive Academy Awards, including best picture, the 1939 film starring Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh and Hattie McDaniel tells the story of southern belle Scarlett O’Hara and her love affair with Rhett Butler. Much of the four-hour film is set on the O’Hara plantation, Tara, and in Atlanta during and after the Civil War.

    Are we going to pull all of the movies in which women are treated as sex objects too? Guess how many films we’ll have left?Where does this end??

    HBO Max removed "Gone With the Wind" from its platform amid growing concerns about racial injustice in the wake of the killing of George Floyd .

    HBO Max parent AT&T’s move came amid growing concerns about racial injustice following the killing of George Floyd by a white Minneapolis police officer. The arrest of Floyd, who was heard uttering “I can’t breathe” while the officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes, was caught on video and has led to global outrage over police brutality, with protests continuing throughout the US for two weeks.

    The killing has also started to shine a light on cultural insensitivity and race relations that is now hitting the entertainment industry.

    HBO is not alone. Little Britain has been removed from iPlayer because “times have changed” since the comedy first aired, the BBC says. The series, starring David Walliams and Matt Lucas, has come under fire recently because of the use of blackface in some sketches.

    Walliams sported black make-up and a large afro wig to play the overweight black woman Desiree DeVere.

    Lucas also used blackface to play Pastor Jesse King, who said he was “from the ghetto” and spoke in tongues to cure the sick.

    A BBC spokesman said: “There’s a lot of historical programming available on BBC iPlayer which we regularly review. Times have changed since Little Britain first aired, so it is not currently available on BBC iPlayer.”

    Last week, Netflix also removed the show, as well as Walliams and Lucas’s other series Come Fly With Me. In that show Lucas wore dark make-up to play Jamaican woman Precious and ground crew employee Taaj, who was of Pakistani descent.

    Lucas has since said he has regrets about Little Britain, describing the comedy as “cruel”.

    He told The Big Issue: “If I could go back and do Little Britain again, I wouldn’t make those jokes about transvestites. I wouldn’t play black characters.

    “Basically, I wouldn’t make that show now. It would upset people. We made a more cruel kind of comedy than I’d do now.

    “Society has moved on a lot since then and my own views have evolved. There was no bad intent there — the only thing you could accuse us of was greed. We just wanted to show off about what a diverse bunch of people we could play.

    “Now I think it’s lazy for white people to get a laugh just by playing black characters. My aim is to entertain, I don’t have any other agenda.”

    Netflix has removed four comedy shows featuring Chris Lilley from its platform in Australia and New Zealand. The four programs, Angry Boys, Summer Heights High, We Can Be Heroes and Jonah From Tonga were originally produced by Princess Pictures for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

    Angry Boys features blackface character S.mouse, while Summer Heights High and Jonah From Tonga include Jonah Takalua, for which Lilley wore brown makeup. In We Can Be Heroes, Lilley plays Chinese physics student Ricky Wong.

    The long-running show Cops, a reality program which showed the police in a very favourable light, was cancelled by the Paramount Network. Another pro-police reality show, Live PD, has been pulled from the schedule of the A&E Network, which said it did not know when the program would return.

    Gone with the Wind, with its portrayal of happy slaves, has long been a lightning rod and criticised for its romanticism of slavery and that era of American history. McDaniel won a best supporting actress Oscar for her role as Mammy, a house slave, becoming the first black actor to win an Academy Award.

    HBO Max just removed Gone With the Wind from its platform citing concerns about racial injustice.

    On Monday, John Ridley, who won an Oscar for the adapted screenplay for the movie 12 Years a Slave, a brutal look at slavery in the US, wrote an opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times calling for Gone with the Wind to be taken off HBO Max.

    “It is a film that glorifies the antebellum South. It is a film that, when it is not ignoring the horrors of slavery, pauses only to perpetuate some of the most painful stereotypes of people of colour,” Ridley wrote.

    The film, he said, perpetuated “the racism that’s causing angry and grieving Americans to take to the streets”.

    Gone with the Wind may return to the platform down the road but with an explanation or note attached to it explaining its history and controversies, which was how the movie was presented on the Turner Classic movie channel.

    The Wall Street Journal
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    Quote Originally Posted by Christabel View Post
    Watch out folks, the Thought Police are removing your fave movies and TV shows. The Woke Taliban is on the march: notice the mea culpa from the creators of "Little Britain"? That isn't going to save them!! "Society has moved on"? That's certainly a matter of opinion. Meantime, folks, stop watching and start reading "The Gulag Archipelago".

    Race protests: Gone With The Wind, Little Britain and comedies by Chris Lilley pulled by streaming services

    By JOE FLINT

    Gone with the Wind has been pulled from US streaming service HBO Max while the long-running TV show Cops and comedies featuring Australian Chris Lilley and Little Britain were outright cancelled as entertainment companies re-examine the content they offer in the wake of protests for racial justice and against police brutality.

    Considered a classic of American cinema and winner of eight competitive Academy Awards, including best picture, the 1939 film starring Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh and Hattie McDaniel tells the story of southern belle Scarlett O’Hara and her love affair with Rhett Butler. Much of the four-hour film is set on the O’Hara plantation, Tara, and in Atlanta during and after the Civil War.

    Are we going to pull all of the movies in which women are treated as sex objects too? Guess how many films we’ll have left?Where does this end??

    HBO Max removed "Gone With the Wind" from its platform amid growing concerns about racial injustice in the wake of the killing of George Floyd....
    I have never watched Little Britain and I've never heard of Chris Lilley.

    While we're at it, why don't we burn every history book written before 2020? I have no problem with a disclaimer at the start of Gone with the Wind. I have no problem adding a plaque on statues with a disclaimer. I have no problem with moving problematic statues to somewhere less prominent. But please don't think that at this moment in time we are "woke". We are only as woke as 2020, meaning that in thirty years people are going to look back at us in 2020 and say "I can't believe you used to think that way!" We can only learn from history, and if you remove history we can't learn from it.

    Sure, today we wouldn't make Gone with the Wind, but without having the movie as a template, we don't know how to make a "better" movie.

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    Rewatched tonight:

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    Quote Originally Posted by senza sordino View Post
    I have never watched Little Britain and I've never heard of Chris Lilley.

    While we're at it, why don't we burn every history book written before 2020? I have no problem with a disclaimer at the start of Gone with the Wind. I have no problem adding a plaque on statues with a disclaimer. I have no problem with moving problematic statues to somewhere less prominent. But please don't think that at this moment in time we are "woke". We are only as woke as 2020, meaning that in thirty years people are going to look back at us in 2020 and say "I can't believe you used to think that way!" We can only learn from history, and if you remove history we can't learn from it.

    Sure, today we wouldn't make Gone with the Wind, but without having the movie as a template, we don't know how to make a "better" movie.
    Of course you haven't heard of Chris Lilley; I should have explained. He's an Australian comedian and very clever. He produced a series called "Summer Heights High" about high school and the appalling behaviours and the appeasement of dreadful students by teachers. It was definitely not PC but, as a former teacher myself, it was absolutely laser accurate with regard to students, teachers, lack of respect and discipline and the craven appeasement of teachers. He played Samoan characters (this demographic is very troublesome in schools), gay teacher (Drama) - portrayed as a milquetoast who let the kids do as they pleased. It upset a lot of people who wanted to be shielded from the truth, no matter what the cost.

    I love "Gone with the Wind" and especially the character of 'Mammy'. She held the family together in times of trouble. Rhett gives her the petticote and he says to her, "what's that russlin' I hear Mammy" and she replies, "Oh Mr. Rhett, you IS bad"!! A funny moment in a magnificent film. From the Selznick Studios - David O being from a persecuted minority; Jewish.

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    Rewatched this. Generally considered the greatest Chinese film of all time. You can turn the English captions on. I find this a lot more enjoyable to watch than movies by Ozu like Tokyo Story. I think I just don't like Neo-Realistic films, which actually feels more fake to me.

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    Michelangelo Antonioni's L'Avventura (1960)

    "You should only listen to yourself. That’s your only job, really, as an artist. Even if you’re completely wrong, that’s what an artist does, listen to one’s self."

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    Koi...Mil Gaya (2003)

    Basically this is "E.T." in hindi.

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    It's a wonderful film, "Gone With the Wind". All the fiddle-de-dee about it. A film is so much more than just a narrative, but a combination of artistic elements and, finally, just the look of this thing is enough to bowl you over.

    Some superb artists and technicians were involved and, of course, the most coveted role in film history. Vivien Leigh was never better than in that role (despite forgetting her southern belle accent from time to time). Selznick, Steiner, Fleming, Haller, Rennahan, Plunkett, Howard and William Cameron Menzies. These people were at the very top of their game and for this reason the film is an important cultural artifact which represented the high water mark for Selznick Studios/MGM as the prestige production houses par excellence. The screenplay was written from that tome by Sidney Howard who was crushed to death on his farm in a tractor accident, never to see the film released. The narrative is but one element of the finished product. One of the last romantic pieces of escapism before the apocalypse of WW2.

    The Philistines should leave it alone and concentrate on "South Park" if they are hunting in packs to find offense.
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    Zhis here...Ferry kool!!! Seriously whenever I get lost in world of bad movies, music and vibes I reach out 4 this forgotten gem...And what a jewel it is...Still shining bright after all this time, through the darkness and sorrow! I love the subtle hommage 2 ''Cujo'', ''Christine'', ''Dead Zone'' and ''Pet sematary'', nice touch! Strange thing is whenever I Re-watch this movie and I Watcvhed it like 120 times if not more I discover something new...So unique in a movie world...! Cat sizes, I mean cat eyes do look kinda snakey?! lol This movie reminds of some better, more innocent time and its as 80s as 1 can get!!! 10/1
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogerx View Post
    Its a strange time when even chinese are so aware of Lunacy of the west...https://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1191200.shtml
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