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on: November 15, 2018, 08:33:59 AM
Mubi doesn't have it's own thread, so I'm starting one. Not sure if anyone else used the service (at least since Junun) but I've been using it on and off the past 18-24 months. I like it enough that I just bought the annual pass. I like the curation that it delivers, for the most part, films I genuinely do enjoy and otherwise likely wouldn't have watched, let alone heard of. Most of the films I watch these days are because they're on Mubi. The rest are usually a result of Xixax or Indiewire suggestions. For the most part. The 30 day window of availability is a mixed blessing. There've been times when it's been stressful when there's just SO MUCH good stuff on there all at once (such as a Godard or Ealing retrospective, plus a bunch of other random stuff that sounds good), but most of the time it allows me to consider whether I really do want to watch X, meaning it forces me to pick what I really do want to watch. Here are some of the more recent films I've watched, that I think a lot of you would enjoy watching too:

The Three Musketeers (Richard Lester, 1973)
An unexpectedly fun action romp with an appreciate strand of dry humor running throughout. Made me want to seek out the two sequels.

Giuseppe Makes a Movie (Adam Rifkin, 2014)
Not in itself a great film, but it's one of those documentaries that coasts by on the value of its subject. There are certain similarities to American Movie, but whereas that is a far superior film, this one is certainly more uplifting.

Blind Mountain (Li Yang, 2007)
If you'd asked me anytime within the past few year - right up until I watched this film - what the most disturbing film I've ever watched was, my answer would have Compliance. Not any more. This story of a young woman kidnapped and sold into marriage takes the cake. Fuck. It's a continuous rollercoaster of action and emotion that delivers gut punch after gut punch after gut punch.

Outcast of the Islands (Carol Reed, 1951)
There are moments in this film which stand apart from the rest of, regrettably, a bit of a disappointment from Reed. There's enough of interest here though, that I'm now reading the book it's based on, by Joseph Conrad. There's the potential of a really great film to be made from this. Reed's version isn't it, but if somewhere were to give it the Chere Mill treatment...

Episode of the Sea (Lonnie Van Brummelen & Siebren de Haan, 2014)
A short, tight, art house documentary that examines a way of life under threat. The often staged and always highly directed film doesn't make you feel detached from the characters and their issues, but rather results in a hypnotic and entrancing dream that washes over you and lodges itself in your mind for a long time to come.

Shivers (David Cronenberg, 1975)
I've watched very few Cronenberg films, but this is my favorite I've seen by a very large margin. Makes me want to watch more. For most of the film's running time it feels like date B-horror, but somewhere along the line it transforms into an energetic and highly enjoyable adventure that hits all the right notes. It's been over a month since I've watch it and it continues to reverberate.

I'll periodically post about films I've watched on there in this thread. Anyone else watching?


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Reply #1 on: November 30, 2018, 08:33:55 AM
Lovers of the Arctic Circle (Julio Medem, 1998)
Sublime. A lovely, somewhat quirky romance. Beautiful, despite the ending wasn't at all what I hoped. Loved it. I'm shocked though that it was made in 1998 because I was convinced it had been a huge influence on Wes Anderson. Maybe it was, but later than I'd assumed.

Accident (Joseph Losey, 1967)
This one intrigued me mostly because Harold Pinter contributed the script (they've had other collaborations, including The Servant, also currently playing.) This is great. Meticulously constructed. Sex, Lies, and Bucolic Interludes.

Le Corbeau (Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1943)
A neat film about a small town besieged by a poison pen campaign against pretty much everyone - and where almost everyone is a suspect. The film deals well with issues of pride, suspicion, and paranoia. It's all even more interesting to consider when you realize this was produced in Nazi-occupied France.