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  1. LimeGreenLegend

    They Live [XDBX Film Club 06]

    This month's film club is all about b-movies, and when you look towards the upper end of that genre you start seeing the name John Carpenter quite a lot. Director of classic genre films like Halloween, The Thing, Assault on Precinct 13, Escape from New York and The Fog, the film of his we'll be watching this month is the anti-consumerism manifesto that is 1988's They Live, nominated by @Pb76. In my opinion the best film ever made that stars a wrestler (sorry Dwane), They Live is based on a short story, Eight O'Clock in the Morning, by Ray Nelson, from 1963, and stars "Rowdy" Roddy Piper as John Nada, a drifter who survives by working day labour in downtown LA. Finding a box of magic sunglasses in a church, he discovers that the world is populated and run by a race of malignant aliens who subliminally manipulate the human population to consume, conform, and obey, keeping them ignorant of the truth. These aliens discover that Nada knows who they are and set about to stop him. This film, like most of Carpenter's filmography, has had a huge impact on pop culture, from the design of the aliens (you'll recognise them from the masks in GTA at least), the messages to obey becoming a part of street art legend thanks to Shepard Fairey (check out the excellent documentary Exit Through The Gift Shop for more about that) and the six-minute long punch up Piper has with Keith David, which is one of the best fight scenes in film history and has inspired a number of imitators. I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass - and I'm all out of bubblegum.
  2. LimeGreenLegend

    XDBX Film Club

    Welcome to the XDBX Film Club A chance to watch and discuss films, maybe your favourites, maybe something you’ve never heard of before, with all your favourite crew mates. We will be watching one film per month, hopefully giving everyone a chance to watch the film and to have a decent discussion about it before moving on to the next one. How do we choose what to watch? There will be a different theme/genre every month to keep things fresh, which will be announced in this thread. Everyone is free to nominate a film in this thread, all of which will be put in a random draw and chosen by good ol’ trustworthy @Con (it’ll just be luck that his films get chosen every month ) Since we want as many people to be able to join in as possible please don’t nominate very obscure films like the Rolling Stones documentary “Cocksucker Blues” or the Village People musical “Can’t Stop The Music” (two very different films, but with interchangeable titles). We will leave the nominations open for a week to give everyone a chance to nominate a film before the random draw, then I will open a separate thread for the winning film. The separate threads for the films will be full of spoilers, but please leave this main thread spoiler free, some people still haven’t seen The Sixth Sense yet. What’s the point? Films are awesome, and any chance to watch them is great. This crew is also full of members from all over the world, with different backgrounds and experiences and tastes, which should lead to some nice discussions about the art form. So without further ado, let’s kick this mother off. The randomly drawn category for July is B-Movies, nominated by @Squirrel, with they winning film being They Live, nominated by @Pb76 Current Film Club Film They Live (1988) Previous Film Club Films: The French Connection (1971) Chicago (2002) Aliens (1986) The Crimson Rivers (2000) Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) Film Club Extra Gravity (2013) Rush (2013) Thanks for getting through all that, and see you at the pictures!
  3. This month the film club is hitting the road, with the theme being road movies. The winner, nominated by @Squirrel, is Mad Max: Fury Road. This is a sequel/reboot of the legendary Australian film series, the fourth entry, and the first in thirty years. It was written and directed by the creator of the original films, George Miller (Happy Feet, Happy Feet 2, Babe: Pig in the City) and stars Tom Hardy (Bronson, The Dark Knight Rises) as Max, replacing Mel Gibson in the role, and Charlize Theron (Monster, Prometheus) as Imperator Furiosa. The plot sees Max helping Furiosa in her attempt to free the enslaved wives of tyrannical ruler of the wastes, Immortan Joe, which mostly involves driving cool looking post-apocalyptic vehicles covered in spikes that shoot fire. The entire film is basically one huge car chase, and the action never lets up. I saw this in the cinema when it was released, and it is still one of the best looking films I've seen on the big screen. The way Miller directs the action sequences is perfect, and the way he presents the post-apocalyptic wastes to us is both beautiful and terrifying. Oh, what a lovely day!
  4. LimeGreenLegend

    Rush [Film Club Extra 02]

    Our second Film Club Extra choice is the film Rush, suggested by @Beez, @djw180 and @Fido_le_muet to commemorate the life of legendary Formula 1 driver, Niki Lauda, who recently passed away. Directed by Ron Howard (Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind), the film tells the story of the heated rivalry between Lauda, played by Daniel Bruhl (Inglourious Basterds, Captain America: Civil War) and James Hunt, Chris Hemsworth (Thor) in the early to mid 70s. This film was critically acclaimed for it's race sequences, which are shot to show the pure power and danger of the sport, especially in those days. The performances by Bruhl and Hemsworth were also well reviewed, both really embodying their characters, and playing off of each other well, highlighting just how different Hunt and Lauda were as people. Really looking forward to watching this one after reading some reviews. "A lot of people criticise Formula 1 as an unnecessary risk. But what would life be like if we only did what is necessary?" - Niki Lauda 1949-2019
  5. On the 22nd of March 1895, at the "Society for the Development of the National Industry" in Paris, 200 people witnessed the very first projected motion pictures in history. This makes France the most important country in film history. Thanks to pioneers like The Lumiere Brothers, Georges Melies, and The Pathe Brothers we are able to see things on the big screen that we could never possibly dream of. France didn't just invent cinema, they also gave us cinemas, and, with the publication of Cahiers du Cinema in 1951, gave us the birth of modern film theory and criticism. The writers at this magazine knew their stuff. Two of them went on to lead the French new wave in the 60s, arguably the most influential period in film history, Jean-Luc Godard and Francois Truffaut. So it's only right that we celebrate this great nation by watching the fruit of its loins. The winning film was selected by @Spinnaker1981, The Crimson Rivers, or, Les Rivieres Pourpres. The Crimson Rivers is a psychological thriller starring Jean Reno and Vincent Cassel, directed by Mathieu Kassovitz, and adapted from from the novel of the same name by the author, Jean-Christophe Grange. I've not seen this film, so I can't really say much else, but I am looking forward to watching it being a fan of both the leads. Vive la France
  6. LimeGreenLegend

    Chicago [XDBX Film Club 02]

    This month we're all singing and all dancing as we'll be watching Chicago, nominated by @Spinnaker1981 and @Danielle. The theme for March was musicals, and you'd be hard pressed to find a musical with a better pedigree than Chicago. Directed by Rob Marshall and based on the 1975 Broadway production, (which itself was based on a silent film from 1927, which was based on a 1926 play written by a journalist and based on real events) which was choreographed and directed by the legendary Bob Fosse, who basically invented jazz hands and was the man responsible for other classic musicals like Cabaret and the semi-autobiographical All That Jazz. Chicago became the first musical to win best picture at the Oscars since Oliver! in 1968. Catherine Zeta-Jones also won best supporting actress, with the film picking up additional Oscars for art direction, costume design, film editing and sound. Set in the roaring 20s in Chicago (no shit) the film deals with the theme of infamy, jealousy, and the celebrity criminal, with the plot centred around two women, Renee Zellweger, a housewife with dreams of the spotlight, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, a star of the stage, both of whom are murderers. This is where Richard Gere's Billy Flynn steps in, a fast talking lawyer who turns the two ladies into celebrities for the sake of public support. Queen Latifah, Lucy Liu and the ever brilliant John C. Reilly round out a surprisingly great cast. The real star of the show, however, is the music. Set during the jazz age, the film is filled to the brim with hot, fast moving, jazz numbers that really sells the sexiness of the shows in the film. There are some absolutely classic musical numbers in this film, All That Jazz, Razzle Dazzle, When You're Good To Mama and Mister Cellophane will all be stuck in your head for weeks after hearing them. The lyrics were written by Fred Ebb, a longtime collaborator with Bob Fosse, who also wrote lyrics for Cabaret, Liza Minelli's TV special Liza with a Z, and the Scorsese musical New York, New York. The theme from New York, New York would probably become his most famous song after it was covered by Frank Sinatra. There's not much more to say here, so come on babe, why don't we paint the town? This will be our film for the whole of March. A new genre/theme for April will be decided towards the end of the month. Have fun @Con five, six, seven, eight...
  7. LimeGreenLegend

    Gravity [Film Club Extra]

    For those of you who wanted a second monthly slice of film club pie, here it is. @Con whittled down the nominations from this month to those he hasn't seen/finds most interesting and randomly selected a companion film to our main Film Club film, Aliens. That first selection is Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity. Starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, this is a story about isolation. Cuaron started off wanting to make a film about adversity and survival in hostile locations, and decided that space is the ultimate hostile location. The most startling thing about this film, for me, are the long tracking shots, unbroken sometimes for minutes, that really take in all of the majesty of space, coupled with incredible cinematography you have one of the most beautiful films that has been set in space. This film cleaned up at the Oscars, winning for visual effects, sound mixing, sound editing, score, film editing, cinematography, and director. It was also nominated for production design, best actress, and best picture. Don't let go...
  8. LimeGreenLegend

    Aliens [XDBX Film Club 03]

    This month's genre is (after much debate) sci-fi thrillers set in space or on a different planet. I know. The winning film is Aliens, nominated by @Spinnaker1981, James Cameron's sequel to Ridley Scott's classic horror film, Alien, and considered to be one of the greatest sequels of all time alongside The Godfather Part II and T2: Judgement Day. Released in 1986, the film sees protagonist Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) returning to LV-426 with a group of space marines after contact is lost with the newly formed colony there. Cameron adopted the bigger is better philosophy for this film, giving us more aliens, more action and more gore than the first film, but still managing to maintain the sense of constant dread and isolation of the original. It was nominated for seven Oscars, winning two, for sound editing and visual effects (both highly deserved), and Weaver received a nomination for best actress, something that rarely happens to actors in action and horror films, which goes to show the strength of her performance. I'm not going to go on too much now, I'm sure we've all seen this film so I don't need to say much else. It's been about ten years since I've seen it, and I can't wait to rewatch it and read all of your opinions and theories about it. Let's nuke it from orbit...
  9. The first film for the XDBX Film Club has been chosen, with The French Connection, picked by @Beez winning out over all of the other Best Picture winners. The theme for this month was Best Picture winners, with The French Connection winning in 1971, beating films like Fiddler on the Roof and A Clockwork Orange. It also picked up Oscars for best director (William Friedkin, who would later direct The Exorcist), best actor (Gene Hackman playing Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle), best adapted screenplay (Ernest Tidyman based on the book by Robin Moore), and best film editing. It received nominations for best supporting actor (Roy Scheider playing Buddy "Cloudy" Russo), best cinematography and best sound mixing. The French Connection is based on a real case of New York narcotic agents busting an international heroin operation. The two real cops that are the basis of Hackman and Scheider's characters were on set when it was filmed, acting as consultants and adding a real authenticity to the performances. There is also authenticity in the way Friedkin directed the film. This is because Hollywood was undergoing a massive change in the late 60s/early 70s, the new film makers were moving away from the "Old Hollywood" way of doing things, where the studio was in control and the director was just a hired hand, and taking inspiration from European films, where the director was totally in control of their vision, particularly, at this time, French cinema. Two big inspirations for this film were the French films "Breathless" and "Z". Friedkin took the almost documentary style of film making used in these films and took it to the streets of New York, which is as big a character in The French Connection as Popeye Doyle. All of the film was shot on location using handheld cameras for the most part, so it really feels like you're on the streets, following these guys around. The French Connection also contains what is arguably the best chase scene in film history. It's quite a simple setup; Hackman's character is chasing a guy, who escapes on to a train. Hackman commandeers a car and chases the train. What makes it incredible is how real it is. It is actually Gene Hackman driving that fast down real streets, with real traffic at some points. That's because they didn't have official permission to film it, they just had some off duty and retired cops helping them slow the traffic down enough to be able to film. They did hire some stunt drivers to come in the opposite direction for some exciting close calls, but a lot of those ended up in actual crashes, and some of those ended up in the film. It's what a real car chase would look like, not something from Fast and Furious or Bond films, as exciting as they are. I won't go into story details in this first post, just to say that it's a real tense slow-burn of a film that builds up perfectly to fantastic ending. @Con @JustHatched @nkaujrog @Fido_le_muet @Beez @djw180 @omarcomin71 @Spinnaker1981 @Dodge thanks for participating in this! Hope you enjoy the film, and feel free to get as spoilery as you want in this thread any other general comments or questions about the film club please post in the main thread here This will be our film until the end of the month, so try to watch it as soon as possible giving you enough time to post here. The new film will be chosen the first week of next month.
  10. LimeGreenLegend

    XDBX Film Club [PLANNING]

    @Con @Spinnaker1981 @JustHatched Thought I’d open a thread to start planning the film club if you guys are up for it. I was thinking it would be monthly, giving people plenty of time to watch the film and write up their thoughts. Enough time to have a proper discussion about the film as well, rather than just saying “yeah I liked/hated it”. We could pick films starting by having a genre eg biopics, war films, musicals etc, and then having everyone nominate a film, then voting for what we’re going to watch. Is this too complicated? I’d be happy starting the main film club thread and then the separate threads for each film we watch unless one of you guys want to do it. I would also like to get as many people involved as possible. Any thoughts on that? What do you guys think?
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