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Re: Movie Recommendations

Dune is my favorite Lynch film so far (although I've yet to see Eraserhead, among others - watching the films I'd like to is tricky in my household). The first twenty or thirty minutes contains some of my favorite movie scenes, period; in particular, the first meeting with the guild navigator and then the folding space sequence (which I'm guessing is almost everyone's favorite scene):


Jodorowsky's version never interested me - he just isn't capable of the tension that Lynch managed to build up in the first part of the film, and he would have stumbled at least as bad as Lynch when the plot transitioned from intrigue to action.
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It's an amazing movie. I didn't mind it wasn't faithful to the book. It's not like most Dracula or Frankenstein movies are, but they seem to get away with it.

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Recently watched Venus in Furs by Roman Polanski, based on the play of the same name by David Ives. Great mix of drama and comedy about a writer-director Thomas (Mathieu Amalric) who has done a play based on the 1870 novel Venus in Furs, as he is about to cast the role of Venus, Vanda (Emmanuelle Seigner) shows up to late and eventually manages to do a reading with him. At first, she seems to be a complete airhead, but as she starts to read her lines, an entierly different side of her emerges.

The entire movie takes place in a closed theatre with only our two protagonists in front of the camera. The chemistry between the two actors is excellent and it takes the skill of someone like Polanski to pull off something so dramatic and humorous with only one setting and two actors and minimal of effects. As the plot unfolds the two trade gender roles back and forth, and it is never clear whether the male or the female is the dominant one here. It was not as good as Polanskiís Carnage, also based on a play, but it was definitively worth a watch.


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I just saw Bladerunner 2049. I thought it was fantastic.

Now go see it.

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I just saw Bladerunner 2049. I thought it was fantastic.

Now go see it.
I don't often go to see films, but i couldn't let this one pass, i was too curious.
I was impressed at how minimalist it was; staged and shot in such a way that it's almost biblically stark. Using simple dialogue cues as jump scares was also a nice touch.
Did you think, mr. Veech, that there was still some PKD in there?
PKD's fiction is relentlessly anthropocentric in its concerns; funny how a movie ( basically a technological endeavour ) will tend to treat humans as metaphor for technology.
Much in the way that, to sit & drive a car one needs to position the body in a basically unnatural manner, to appreciate a lot of modern SF one is asked from the outset to bend to the constraints of technology, to accept certain dogmas. Compromise seems to be the starting position, philosophically, of SF.

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Last night I watched a horror film called Pontypool. Strongly recommended.

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I just saw Bladerunner 2049. I thought it was fantastic.

Now go see it.
I don't often go to see films, but i couldn't let this one pass, i was too curious.
I was impressed at how minimalist it was; staged and shot in such a way that it's almost biblically stark. Using simple dialogue cues as jump scares was also a nice touch.
Did you think, mr. Veech, that there was still some PKD in there?
PKD's fiction is relentlessly anthropocentric in its concerns; funny how a movie ( basically a technological endeavour ) will tend to treat humans as metaphor for technology.
Much in the way that, to sit & drive a car one needs to position the body in a basically unnatural manner, to appreciate a lot of modern SF one is asked from the outset to bend to the constraints of technology, to accept certain dogmas. Compromise seems to be the starting position, philosophically, of SF.
Honestly, I haven't read enough PKD to make a genuine assessment. I'm glad you appreciated the film. It was most definitely a worthy successor to the original. The second to last ("water") scene was so powerful that I actually shed a tear. Me, a proud cynic, shed a tear!

It's really not your typical Hollywood movie. It's a multi-million dollar art film.

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Last night I watched a horror film called Pontypool. Strongly recommended.
Yes! Pontypool is an excellent low key horror film, an underrated gem, so glad to see there are more fans of this film.

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I just caught the 2000s remake pf The Hills Have Eyes, which I expected to be abysmal because I didn't even like the original much, but it was surprisingly good for a mainstream horror film. Not a strong recommendation, but worth watching if you're bored and see it on TV or Netflix or whatever.

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