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3 hours ago, Ranivaka said:

Just finished watching Quo Vadis, Aida?, a searing, harrowing historical drama about the infamous Srebrenica Massacre during the Bosnian War. Very taut piece of writing and direction from Jasmila Žbanić, which was in contention at the Venice Film Festival, was an Oscar nominee, and won the International Film prize at the Spirit Awards.

The film is anchored by Jasna Đuričić’s steely, desperate performance as the eponymous Aida, who is working as a tranlator for the Dutch UN peacekeeping force who has to deal withnthe fact that her sons and husband are among the refugees and aren’t being allowed into the “safety” of the UN base.. The real horror of what happened was the failure of the UN, NATO, the a Dutch government, and the peacekeepers on the ground to act. Repeatedly ignored ultimatums without reprisal led to increasingly outrageuos actions from the Serbian forces commanded by Ratko Mladić (played by Boris Isaković as a man full of a self-aggrandizing bluster that fails to obscure his ruthlessness), and failures at all levels left Dutchbat standing idly by as atrocities happened unser their very noses.

It’s a powerful film about genocide and about the failure of international institutions. Very recommended.

You might find this 1997 film of interest too -- Welcome to Sarajevo.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Welcome_to_Sarajevo

 

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I watched Operation Finale on Netflix, a film about the Mossad operation to kidnap Adolf Eichmann from Argentina and bring him to justice. While I knew what the outcome was I didn't know any of the details of the operation so it was interesting to see its portrayal of what happened. I thought it told the story efficiently and Oscar Isaac and Ben Kingsley were good in the lead roles, but it did remind me a lot of Munich at times and I think in comparison it did feel a bit uninspired in terms of the film-making.

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Went to see A Quiet Place II today. So happy to be able to see films in the movie theatre again, although it is a tad sad that there were only two of us there. I'm not sure whether it's the contrast with the last film I saw in theatre (Vin Diesel's Bloodshot IIRC) or whether CoVID has just made me soft but I thought that this was a really excellent sequel.

Going in, I had heard a lot of good things about it, but usually my expectations for a sequel are quite low. This was however quite a pleasant surprise. I liked the old characters just as much as before, but I also really enjoyed the new characters. I appreciated the action and the story, particularly I was a big fan of the writer's approach of not adding any lore about the monsters' background into the picture. Unlike other genre movie sequels I can think of (John Wick is the example that comes to mind), this film understands that adding in more details about what the monsters are and what drove them to earth can only hurt the film's appeal.

They only make one mistake against this which is 

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introducing the rule that the monsters cannot swim, which makes them vastly less threatening given the fact that there are so many islands and boats out there.

I also thought that the film made clever use of jump scares. It didn't shove them in your face the entire time, but when they did happen they were effective. All in all, A Quieter Place (the title in my heart) was worth going to see at the movies and I would definitely go and watch a third film in this franchise is the original director keeps standing behind it.

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22 minutes ago, Veltigar said:

although it is a tad sad that there were only two of us there. 

Sad? SAD?!?!? 

My two best movie going experiences were when there were just two of us in the theater.....

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39 minutes ago, Tywin et al. said:

Sad? SAD?!?!? 

My two best movie going experiences were when there were just two of us in the theater.....

Crowded theaters are great for event movies like Endgame.  For horror movies obviously an empty theater is superior.

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44 minutes ago, Tywin et al. said:

Sad? SAD?!?!? 

My two best movie going experiences were when there were just two of us in the theater.....

I'd like to be going to the theatre for many more years, so I'd like them to not go bankrupt :P

And perhaps more to the point, A Quiet Place definitely benefits from a larger (though respectful) crowd even though it is a horror film. The total silence during the first one was quite something to behold and added to the experience.

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I mean, I was talking about getting laid in one theater and hot boxing another, but sure.

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29 minutes ago, Tywin et al. said:

I mean, I was talking about getting laid in one theater and hot boxing another, but sure.

If you'd see the theatres we have to go to, you'd probably keep your pants on just to avoid a disease :P

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40 minutes ago, Veltigar said:

If you'd see the theatres we have to go to, you'd probably keep your pants on just to avoid a disease :P

Sounds like three distinctively different sticky situations. 

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On 6/22/2021 at 8:07 AM, Heartofice said:

Another show I’m enjoying is Black Summer. Feel it’s a zombie show they really flew under the radar with its first season. It deals with what living in a zombie apocalypse is like in a way that really makes Walking Dead look pedestrian ( not hard). First episode of season two was different. It seems brave enough to tell a story in a different way, and allow scenes to just go on and on. Might not be for everyone but I have such a dislike for all things Walkikg Dead related these days that I’m happy to jump onto team Black Summer 

I tried watching the first episode of this show two or three times and the main character is just so irritating (like nails down a blackboard) that I couldn't bear to watch any more. Perhaps I will give it a final try in the summer when I am more relaxed.

Yesterday I finished watching S3 of Thirteen Reasons Why. This season definitely had its moments - and it asked some interesting questions about redemption and change, whether 'bad people' who damage others are always going to be bad or whether they are allowed the opportunity to change and grow and move forwards. At the very least I think that shows that things are rarely black and white. The biggest theme of this show seems to be that everyone is struggling/having a hard time/being damaged by something. 

This season spent A LOT of time showing us that poor old Bryce was the product of a toxic family, that he had no role models, wasn't loved etc - he was portrayed as a almost a victim in the first three quarters of the season. But then towards the end (i.e. the part of the timeline immediately before his murder) he is shown as being very much like his old self, making threats, punishing people who take 'his things' etc. So I'm a bit confused as to the tone there. He's undergone all this development and thought about his behaviours and wants to change ...but he's actually still the same horrible person who deserves to be murdered? That just felt a bit wonky.

However, the ending did seem a little bit 'neat' and convenient. 

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On Black Summer, I’d stick with it. I remember that first episode took me a few attempts to get into as well. It’s interesting that the first 15 minutes does seem quite conventional, not dissimilar to Fear the Walking dead. 
 

Aftet the first 15 mins, it flips into a different story and you get a sense of the way the show tells its narratives. There also isn’t so much a central character to the show, which isn’t apparent if you just dip in. The story tends to jump around and just drop into events and then back out. It’s unusual 

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Why have I only just discovered that there is a WWDITS spinoff called Wellington paranormal, with 3 seasons which are all available on Sky? 

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Finished up the two seasons of Dirty John.  Both stories reminded me of old lifetime movies my mom would watch, but with high production quality.  My wife and I enjoyed the first season more than the 2nd.  On to Devs tonight and save the new Loki episode for when my new center speaker and sub come tomorrow.

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