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Anyone seen Under the Silver Lake? Recipient of a Kermodian Rant, but I thought it was really captivating, and nowhere near as flattering to its main character as he did. If anything, the film was ripping the piss out of the Andrew Garfield character at every turn, and believed he deserved it, too.

It's sort of an indictment of lazy internet conspiracy theorising through accumulation of trivia and subjects you don't know enough about. If that sounds dry, it's not, it uses the weirdness to its advantage. Pity it's been so badly distributed, really, but a definite cult movie in the making. From the same director as It Follows - I preferred this one, not by much, but I do prefer it, it weaves a spell.
 
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Anyone seen Under the Silver Lake? Recipient of a Kermodian Rant, but I thought it was really captivating, and nowhere near as flattering to its main character as he did. If anything, the film was ripping the piss out of the Andrew Garfield character at every turn, and believed he deserved it, too.

It's sort of an indictment of lazy internet conspiracy theorising through accumulation of trivia and subjects you don't know enough about. If that sounds dry, it's not, it uses the weirdness to its advantage. Pity it's been so badly distributed, really, but a definite cult movie in the making. From the same director as It Follows - I preferred this one, not by much, but I do prefer it, it weaves a spell.
I missed it, only got a limited release here and some bad reviews. I'll catch it online.
 

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I missed it, only got a limited release here and some bad reviews. I'll catch it online.
If you liked Room 237 (The Shining doc) but wished someone would boot the conspiracy theorists in the bollocks or have a skunk spray them, then this is the film for you!
 

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Anyone seen Beyond the Sky? I was attracted by the prospect of watching Travis Walton "as himself" in it, hoping for a Fire in the Sky sequel, but he's in the mid-credits sequence for about ten seconds! False advertising! The rest of it was very 1990s-style ufology stuff, not essential but OK for UFO addicts.
 

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Did anyone see this 2016 film on BBC2 last night?

I've never heard of it, but it's on iPlayer for a month..

Operation Avalanche
Two young CIA agents are sent to NASA, under the false pretence of making a documentary, to investigate reports of a mole. But once there, they become entangled in a much bigger conspiracy involving the Apollo 11 mission and the filming techniques of director Stanley Kubrick.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0004pcc/operation-avalanche

 

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Anyone seen Under Silver Lake? Not certain, but I think I love it. Will watch again tonight to be sure. Very different.
 

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Anyone seen Under Silver Lake? Not certain, but I think I love it. Will watch again tonight to be sure. Very different.
Yes! Definite future cult classic, I really enjoyed how it lampooned the conspiracy theorist Andrew Garfield character at every turn, making things ever weirder and more difficult for him. Surprised me when a lot of critiques seemed to take the whole thing at face value and see the film as an endorsement of him (Mark Kermode was surprisingly clueless in his review). But as a blasting of the modern obsession with trivia to the exclusion of all sense, it was terrific. Loved the woozy, tense atmosphere, too. Reminded me of Inherent Vice, another weirdo gem of recent years.
 
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Birds of Passage: Co-directed By Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra, this a tale of love, war and vengeance set in an isolated society which encounters unmediated modernity. Guerra's previous film, Embrace of the Serpent told the tale of journeys up the Amazon in search of a sacred plant, on this occasion the holy herb is marijuana. A story of the tight bonds between families linked into clans set in Colombia, showing the traditional dances performed when a young woman comes of age, dressed like a colourful bird in robes of red as she swoops on her male partner. How the male must raise a dowry, moving from smuggling whiskey and trading in coffee to supplying americans with marijuana.

Entering the drug trade leads to changes, instead of living in huts, an Art Deco house is built in the desert scrub and a hillside hacienda becomes an LA mansion complete with swimming pool. The Matriarch of the family s a seer, keeper of the Talisman which protects the household from harm. She divines dreams and from an early stage sees doom approach. Though Matriarch she may be, it is the men who have the final say when it comes to trade and violence which puts everything at risk. Beautifully filmed and based on a true story story Birds of Passage tells of the downfall of a way of life as a region is torn by internecine strife between 1960 and 1980. 9/10.
 

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Birds of Passage: Co-directed By Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra, this a tale of love, war and vengeance set in an isolated society which encounters unmediated modernity. Guerra's previous film, Embrace of the Serpent told the tale of journeys up the Amazon in search of a sacred plant, on this occasion the holy herb is marijuana. A story of the tight bonds between families linked into clans set in Colombia, showing the traditional dances performed when a young woman comes of age, dressed like a colourful bird in robes of red as she swoops on her male partner. How the male must raise a dowry, moving from smuggling whiskey and trading in coffee to supplying americans with marijuana.

Entering the drug trade leads to changes, instead of living in huts, an Art Deco house is built in the desert scrub and a hillside hacienda becomes an LA mansion complete with swimming pool. The Matriarch of the family s a seer, keeper of the Talisman which protects the household from harm. She divines dreams and from an early stage sees doom approach. Though Matriarch she may be, it is the men who have the final say when it comes to trade and violence which puts everything at risk. Beautifully filmed and based on a true story story Birds of Passage tells of the downfall of a way of life as a region is torn by internecine strife between 1960 and 1980. 9/10.
Great film. Embrace of the Serpent was terrific too. Both involve indigenous beliefs, customs etc in isolated communities clashing with encroaching/invasive modernity.

I think most of the cast are not actually 'actors' but indigenous people - Embrace of the Serpent certainly - which gives the films a strong basis. Cinematography in both is excellent.
 
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Great film. Embrace of the Serpent was terrific too. Both involve indigenous beliefs, customs etc in isolated communities clashing with encroaching/invasive modernity.

I think most of the cast are not actually 'actors' but indigenous people - Embrace of the Serpent certainly - which gives the films a strong basis. Cinematography in both is excellent.
Also loved the way you could see the African and East-Indian influences in the clothes, houses, jewellery, names and features of some of the actors.
 

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The Zombles? The Mad-Sick Roundabout? The Hellishtubbies? Bob the Kill-der?

I was hoping the amount of cocaine going round Hollywood would never reach 80s levels again, but here we are. Everyone knew the Sour Grapes Bunch were the real psychopaths.
 
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