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I'm off work for two weeks with a hand injury sustained playing footy and need to do something besides hang out here. Anyone got some good moves/DVD's you have seen recently, not really worried about genre's just something that you liked I can have a squizz at. WOuld be much appreciated!!!

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I refer you to the Wake in Fright thread, you could do a lot worse than get along to see this great film. Also I would recommend Not Quite Hollywood as a great introduction to the Australian Film industry. I realise that I am starting to sound like a Aussie Film zealot but they are great films in their own right. ;)

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I refer you to the Wake in Fright thread, you could do a lot worse than get along to see this great film. Also I would recommend Not Quite Hollywood as a great introduction to the Australian Film industry. I realise that I am starting to sound like a Aussie Film zealot but they are great films in their own right. ;)

Went and saw Wake in Fright, cracking movie. Great take on the outback, strange people and loosing yourself in it in a bad way.

The Tracker is probably my fav Aussie movie.

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Thought I'd resurrect this thread started by 'Cards13'

Watched a terrific thriller last night called "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" .

Having watched the entire Swedish trilogy a while ago I was a liitle sceptical about the English version remake but my scepticism was ill-founded . This film was very well done and was great from start to finish . 4 stars out of 5 . To borrow a phrase from Roger Ebert - "Two Thumbs Up" .

Over 2 and a half hours so make sure you've lots of popcorn !! I'd love to hear from other posters recommendations of films young and old .

Here's the IMDb link for reviews and trailers on this movie .

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1568346/

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I'd love to hear from other posters recommendations of films young and old .

A few suggestions from an avid collector of film on DVD and BluRay:

Arrietty (think it gets a run at the cinemas here soon, if not already - I have the BluRay from Japan) - a take on Mary Norton's book "The Borrowers", from Hayao Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli - wonderful/beautiful animation - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arrietty

In fact, I would recommend almost anything from this studio as they cater for adults (Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away) and children (Kiki's Delivery Service and My Neighbour Totoro being highlights), and are rarely short of superb.

Older films I would recommend are most Kurosawa (Seven Samurai, Ran, Throne of Blood, Hidden Fortress, High and Low etc)

Most Jim Jarmusch - Mystery Train, Down By Law, Ghost Dog, Dead Man etc

A few Chinese films such as Aftershock, A World Without Thieves, Raise the Red Lantern, Not One Less, The Road Home, Shower

Australian films such as The Last Wave, Lantana, Red Dog, Chopper

French films such as Diva, City of Lost Children, Delicatessen, Amelie, Mic Macs, Wages of Fear

Will add more later.

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The film "Ten Canoes" is one of the better movies I have seen in the last few years . The events of the last 48 hours or so has made me think of how this film in some ways represents the values of indigenous culture .

This movie will surprise you with it's honesty , humour and on how human behavior hasn't changed that much over time . It's a really good mystery with native language (subtitles) . It won a host of awards at the 2006 AFI's (including best film). Every Australian should see this film .

Highly recommended and here's the IMDb link for reviews and trailer . 4 stars out of 5 .

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0466399/

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Watching 'Le Tour' visit Belgium has reminded me of a great little film called 'In Bruges' . A definite 4 stars out of 5 for this gem . Starring Brendan Gleeson , Colin Farrell and Ralph Fiennes , 'In Bruges' is a Crime caper laced with plenty of humour . Farrell is especially good in this movie .

Here's the link to a trailer and reviews on IMBd . The film was released in 2008 .

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0780536/

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La Haine is a cracking fench film, Idiot box good aussie movie if you can find it too

Yep , big fan of French cinema . 'Swimming pool' and 'Lemming' were terrific . Charlotte Rampling starred in both movies

Mainly French crime films though - nearly always well made . Must watch 'La Haine' and 'A Prophet'

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1235166/

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TV Series: Blue Murder - Older Aussie series about the NSW Police force, corruption in 80's.

The Wire - Everyone knows about this by now, Baltimore Police series, one of the best shows ever made as it shows everyone in a real light not this holier than thou Police are 100% angles/crooks are all bad/politicians are there for the good of the people they represent..

Deadwood - Western based series, classic. Heaps of swearing and it just stops but great while it lasted.

Generation Kill - Same guy who wrote The Wire, about a Rolling Stones journo embedded with a Recon Marine unit in the Iraqi invasion.

Boardwalk Empire - Prohibition in the USA, mainly based around Atlantic City.

Louie - Louis CK latest TV series, so dark, so twisted, so funny.

Movies: Gomorrah - Italian mafia movie set in Italy

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - 90's movie about a murder in Savannah Georgia with Cusak, Spacey and our very own Jack Thompson

Hersher - Natalie Portman. Loud music, porno and burning sh !t are a few of Hersher' fav things... Hersher takes up residence in a poor familys garage uninvited...

BRONSON - about a UK crook who got 7 years for armed robbery, still in jail 25 years later.

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My favourite French film is Diva... cannot recommend this one highly enough. Others are Wages of Fear, City of Lost Children, Delicatessen, Mic Macs and Amelie.

We recently bought a 3D TV and to test it out, I watched "3D TT - Closer to the Edge"... this is an amazing documentary on the Isle of Man TT motorcycle race. Jaw droppingly good!!

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Hersher - Natalie Portman. Loud music, porno and burning sh !t are a few of Hersher' fav things... Hersher takes up residence in a poor familys garage uninvited...

BRONSON - about a UK crook who got 7 years for armed robbery, still in jail 25 years later.

It's Hesher, but yes it's a great movie. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is one of the best actors going around.

Tom Hardy's performance in Bronson is also fantastic. Weird movie, true story too!

50/50 is pretty good. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogan. It's about cancer.

Super. A different super hero movie.

I Saw The Devil. For foreign cinema fans, Korean, bloody violent and intense. If you've seen Oldboy (if you haven't you're missing a classic) you'll probably like this.

Some documentaries worth checking out:

A Noble Lie - Oklahoma City 1995. About the bombing obviously, just unbelievable what that government covers up.

Talhotblond. Cyber world dating, lies and murder, oh my!

Paradise Lost 3. The 3rd instalment in the West Memphis 3 story, probably only need to watch this one if you can't be bothered with the first 2, disturbing stuff.

Project Nim. About a chimp raised as a human.

Would appreciate any other doco recommendations.

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Would appreciate any other doco recommendations.

TT3D - Closer to the Edge - mentioned this in my last post. Brilliant documentary on the Isle of Man TT Motorcycle racing.

Genghis Blues

from IMDB: "The extraordinary odyssey of a U.S. musician of Cape Verdean ancestry to Tannu Tuva, in central Asia, where nomadic people throat sing more than one note simultaneously, using vocal harmonics. A bluesman, Paul Pena, blind and recently widowed, taught himself throat singing and was by chance invited to the 1995 throat-singing symposium in Kyzyl. Helped by the "Friends of Tuva," Pena makes the arduous journey. Singing in the deep, rumbling kargyraa style, Pena gives inspired performances at the festival, composes songs in Tuvan, washes his face in sacred rivers, expresses the disorientation of blindness in foreign surroundings, and makes a human connection with everyone he meets."

Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus

from IMDB: "Director Andrew Douglas's film follows "Alt Country" singer Jim White through a gritty terrain of churches, prisons, truck stops, biker bars and coal mines. This journey takes you through a very real contemporary Southern America, a world of marginalised white people and their unique and home-made culture. Along the way are roadside encounters with present-day musical mavericks including The Handsome Family, Johnny Dowd, 16 Horsepower and David Johansen; oldtime banjo player Lee sexton; rockabilly and mountain Gospel churches - and novelist Harry Crews telling grisly stories down a dirt track."

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Just had another look at 'The Pelican Brief' again after all these years . Might have a re-look at some of the other films based on John Grisham's novels .

Here's the IMDb links for some of the better adaptations ... The Firm , The Pelican Brief , The Client , The Rainmaker and Runaway Jury .

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Here's a snowbound double header for those who may wish to partake ...

First off, 'The Grey' starring Liam Neeson ... here's the IMDb link ... The Grey

After their plane crashes in Alaska, six oil workers are led by a skilled huntsman to survival, but a pack of merciless wolves haunts their every step.

Next ... 'Into the White' . Set in WW2, this film, made in Sweden & Norway, is based on a true story ... Into the White

English and German pilots shoot each other down, and later find themselves at the same cabin. In order to survive the tough winter in the Norwegian wilderness they have to stand together. It's the start of a long and unlikely friendship.
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TT3D - Closer to the Edge - mentioned this in my last post. Brilliant documentary on the Isle of Man TT Motorcycle racing.

Genghis Blues

from IMDB: "The extraordinary odyssey of a U.S. musician of Cape Verdean ancestry to Tannu Tuva, in central Asia, where nomadic people throat sing more than one note simultaneously, using vocal harmonics. A bluesman, Paul Pena, blind and recently widowed, taught himself throat singing and was by chance invited to the 1995 throat-singing symposium in Kyzyl. Helped by the "Friends of Tuva," Pena makes the arduous journey. Singing in the deep, rumbling kargyraa style, Pena gives inspired performances at the festival, composes songs in Tuvan, washes his face in sacred rivers, expresses the disorientation of blindness in foreign surroundings, and makes a human connection with everyone he meets."

Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus

from IMDB: "Director Andrew Douglas's film follows "Alt Country" singer Jim White through a gritty terrain of churches, prisons, truck stops, biker bars and coal mines. This journey takes you through a very real contemporary Southern America, a world of marginalised white people and their unique and home-made culture. Along the way are roadside encounters with present-day musical mavericks including The Handsome Family, Johnny Dowd, 16 Horsepower and David Johansen; oldtime banjo player Lee sexton; rockabilly and mountain Gospel churches - and novelist Harry Crews telling grisly stories down a dirt track."

Genghis Blues is a great one! First saw it after stumbling home drunk one night and saw on SBS, looked it up later and bought it.

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Dogs in Space.

Saw it on ABC2 last saturday night.

Set in the Melbourne Punk scene 1978.

Stands up very well.

Had a good friend in it who played a small but important role. He died a few years after it was made so it was great to see him again.

Highly recommend it.

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Dogs in Space.

Saw it on ABC2 last saturday night.

Set in the Melbourne Punk scene 1978.

Stands up very well.

Had a good friend in it who played a small but important role. He died a few years after it was made so it was great to see him again.

Highly recommend it.

Yes, a good film from Richard Lowenstein (responsible for early Hunters and Collectors clip "Talking to a Stranger") - was a platform for Michael Hutchence. Lowenstein also made the excellent Strikebound (his first big film).

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Anyone else extremely excited for Django Unchained, Tarantino's latest creation? Comes out Thursday.

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Yes, a good film from Richard Lowenstein (responsible for early Hunters and Collectors clip "Talking to a Stranger") - was a platform for Michael Hutchence. Lowenstein also made the excellent Strikebound (his first big film).

did you know the house used in the movie was the actual house Lowenstein lived in??
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Anyone else extremely excited for Django Unchained, Tarantino's latest creation? Comes out Thursday.

I already have the blu ray pre-ordered from Amazon...no release date yet :-)

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did you know the house used in the movie was the actual house Lowenstein lived in??

No, I hadn't realised that...but I do remember spending a lot of time in the area in the 70s at various music venues in the area...Kingston Hotel, Tiger Room etc.

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I just had a couple of DVDs/blu rays arrive today which I'm looking forward to watching when I get a moment... Quatermass and the Pit and The Best of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore - Not Only, But Also.

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