what was the last 'classic film' you watched and were knocked out by?

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Haven't seen Exotica since it came out. Reminding finding it confusing at first and then really liking it.

― 2-4-6-8 Motor Away (James Redd and the Blecchs

Then and now the ending doesn't quite work, but, geez, the rhythm of the thing, the laying out of these chess pieces on the board, the poignancy of life in that strip club -- these things stayed with me and got reinforced now.

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 25 October 2022 17:00 (one year ago) link

I've never heard of that, but the description sounds great--maybe an influence on Peter Strickland?

rob, Tuesday, 25 October 2022 17:00 (one year ago) link

oh yeah, strickland has totally seen the shout

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Tuesday, 25 October 2022 17:06 (one year ago) link

Exotica is all about evoking a place and a feeling, which is what most of my favourite films are about.

link.exposing.politically (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 25 October 2022 17:14 (one year ago) link


Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 25 October 2022 17:15 (one year ago) link

I saw The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane in the theater when I was 8 and it was probably the heaviest, most adult film I'd seen to that point. It raised some questions.

Dr Morbius called it "icky."

Josefa, Tuesday, 25 October 2022 17:18 (one year ago) link

it is pretty icky, especially having 13-year-old jodie foster be nude in a sexual setting (though body-doubled by her older sister)

na (NA), Tuesday, 25 October 2022 17:23 (one year ago) link

Exotica is all about evoking a place and a feeling

I feel this in Egoyan's intimate, small-scale movies like Next of Kin and Calendar, but most of his well-known movies feel too mannered to be evocative. He's like the jigsaw puzzle maker who's more concerned with how the pieces fit together than the picture itself.

High and Low is my favourite Kurosawa, and mentally I always connect it with The Bad Sleep Well as contemporary thrillers, but there's a crushing inevitability to the latter that maybe makes it less exciting.

Halfway there but for you, Wednesday, 26 October 2022 16:38 (one year ago) link

I tend to confuse those Kurosawas.

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 26 October 2022 16:41 (one year ago) link

The Old Dark House

I love the pre-code stuff


| (Latham Green), Wednesday, 26 October 2022 16:44 (one year ago) link

Old Dark House is great, kind of a comedy but also truly grotesque.

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 27 October 2022 09:43 (one year ago) link

The James Whale specialty.

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 27 October 2022 09:58 (one year ago) link

When Saul is released from the room - at first he seems so harmless but quickly becomes one of the more strangely terrifying characters in film history

| (Latham Green), Thursday, 27 October 2022 19:49 (one year ago) link

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