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Apparently the oldest surviving all-Black feature film.
2 years 7 months ago
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Known elsewhere as The World is Yours and Le monde est à toi.
5 years 10 months ago
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Intriguing neo-noir. Some great writing, wonderful characters and inventive use of LA. Very keen to see what Katz does next.
6 years 1 month ago
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Perhaps the people checking this are mistaking it for the documentary 4-Devils - the Lost Film of F. W. Murnau, which comes as an extra on the blu ray release of Sunrise?
6 years 11 months ago
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After the consistently high octane and poignant FF7, this installment was slightly disappointing. The premise is very 80s (Russian bad guys, nuclear launch codes and a laughably evil villain) and any semblance of realism is dispensed with pretty early on. Special-effects heavy scenes feel weightless and without any sense of real threat. The early sequence in Cuba is gorgeous and great fun but it heads south pretty quickly. Should still do brilliantly at the box office though.
7 years 2 months ago
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I guess so. It's on permanent display at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens.
7 years 5 months ago
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Innuendo is a story written by a woman and told in a world created by that same woman. The singular vision required to carry through a feature film from idea, to funding to production to creation to execution should alone be enough to make this film worthy of attention, but the story itself commands another level of engagement. Innuendo tells the tale of Tuuli, a girl struggling to become the woman she wants, born into an ill-fitting family in Finland, she travels to Melbourne in an act of self-realisation that requires ultimate destruction. Far from the litany of Australian stories that tell of nihilistic attempt to realise manhood through violence, substance abuse and misogyny, Lamberg is far more interested in the psychological motivations behind the creation of relationships and the self-imposed barriers that prevent true vision. To these ends, men become vehicles for betterment, relationships stepping stones on a path to Tuuli's twisted version of the truth.
Channelling the finest moments of Harmony Korine, and that master of modern urban noir Richard Kelly, Melbourne is rendered a monochrome series of intensely personal and macabre vignettes. Innuendo is a transcendental work. Dread seeps through every frame as the goodwill of good people turns to ash in the mouth of its protagonist, Tuuli, a devil with angel wings who perverts and destroys all that is good in a desperate bid for redemption.
7 years 5 months ago
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Really struggled with this film. I can see the appeal, the manic energy of it and the zaniness of how the story escalates, the amazing outfits, cars, houses and aesthetics, but GOD this is an irritating film. Firstly, why is Cary Grant's character at all appealing? I can see why Grant himself is, especially when he has an implausibly well paying job at which is he is terrible, why these women throw themselves at him is also something I couldn't get behind. Why have the world's most irritating dog bark all through a scene? How is constant yapping anything other than annoying? I get that its illustrating he inanity of everything else in that scene but how about not having that dog at all? Or that scene at all? Everyone in this film is frustrating, it's assumed that we can get on board with their relentless smugness and that the premise of Baby doesn't get old, which it does very quickly. The leading characters' arrogance, wanton waste of money, privilege and time was just too daft to begin with let alone built a story on. So much extraordinary talent was involved with this film, and I'm glad so many people can get something out of it and find it hilarious, but, unlike most screwballs, this was phenomenally irritating from beginning to end.
7 years 5 months ago
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Surprisingly strong and beautifully made film that is part-1984 Ghostbusters, part Art Deco-era Doctor Who. Solid performances all round and JK Rowling's twist-filled story moves along much faster than the running time suggests.
7 years 7 months ago
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Like watching someone play a heavily modded forthcoming edition of Skyrim for three hours.
8 years 5 months ago
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An incredibly dense and sprawling story that is immaculately edited, well acted and totally transfixing. One of the films of the year no question.
8 years 6 months ago
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Without breaking embargo I can say that this film has the Best Costume Oscar in the bag.
8 years 8 months ago
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Thank you so much for all the work you've done and sacrifices you have made to make this site what it is. I'm sure there are thousands more who feel the same.

Please let me know if I can help in any way. I adore this site, the life-enriching films it has lead me to and the passions that get shared here and on the forum. Onward and upward.
8 years 8 months ago
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Pretty sure this is titled now, albeit with a title that's nigh on impossible to search.
8 years 12 months ago
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Really interesting mix! I've hardly heard of any of these. Have heard great things about Exorcist III though. Will make that the first film to catch up on. Cheers.
9 years ago
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A pioneering work of Tasmanian cinema.
9 years ago
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Surprisingly well made, and funny. Dakota Johnson is great.
9 years 4 months ago
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Brilliant film, and not just because it's so important. It's fantastically edited and plays out like a spy thriller. Feels like it could have been twice as long and still have a lot of vital material left out.
9 years 4 months ago
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Incredible film. Seems very progressive for a American mainstream picture in 1966.
9 years 5 months ago
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Amazing story of survivial and triumph, and marketed as such, which defuses much of the tension and as a result the film is an overlong dull exercise in moving from one setpiece to the next. How the Coens are involved in this is unclear as there is no sense of humour or unexpected twist, two things readily associated with them. Deakins cinematography is luminous and the acting is uniformly decent, but this is a shadow of what it could, and should, have been.
9 years 6 months ago
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Bizarre, beautiful, hilarious in parts though often seemingly unintentionally so. It's curiously laconic and thematically perfect, certainly unlike any recent film. Taking seven years to make yet only 72 minutes long, laziness imbues every 16mm frame. Its gloriously vacuous subjects simultaneously love the attention and handle it with an honest awkwardness.
9 years 8 months ago
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Fantastically moody and stagey in a really good way. The acting, structure and stories are so uniformly strong that the slightly dated script still works wonderfully. Highly recommended for anyone who has ever watched more than one episode of the Twilight Zone in a row. A truly pioneering film.
9 years 9 months ago
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Brilliant. So simple, so well made.
There must have been so much left out too, to build the trust that elicited these answers.
9 years 10 months ago
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Very unusual and excitingly unpredictable film. Fantastic acting across the board and beautifully shot.

Also, ICM REALLY need to fix their 'search' function.
9 years 12 months ago
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Fantastic. So audacious and such a refreshing blast of 'otherness' in the cinema. Hope it turns up on a list or two soon.
10 years ago

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