Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Three Sisters from Bel-Air (2003)

Director: Sylvain Chomet
Country: France
Length: 78 minutes
Genre: Animation, Adventure

This is a French animated film about an elderly lady, Madame Souza who journeys through France searching for her kidnapped grandson, Champion. Along her journey she meets three sisters that were once famous performers and are now old, tired and forgotten.

The film has very, very little dialogue (I have been told there's 10 spoken words), while the dialogue is spoken in French and there are no subtitles, it is not at all necessary to understand what is said in order to know what the movie is about or what's going on.

What makes this film so great, aside from the retro-styled animation, is the mind-bottling soundtrack. Most of the music is performed using miscellaneous items you would find in your home (vacuum cleaners, newspapers, pots and pans) and bicycle rims or other old junk.

This is a fantastic film and one of my favorites. I strongly recommend it to anyone who's a fan of Animation or Foreign films.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

American Movie (1999)

Director: Chris Smith
Country: USA
Length: 107 minutes
Genre: Documentary

a 90's cult classic documentary, American Movie follows independent movie director Mark Borchardt as he struggles with poor financing, very terrible planning and borderline alcoholism. The movie follows Mark as he films his movie "Coven" in order to raise funds to film his masterpiece, Northwestern. Everything you see is completely real and absolutely hilarious.

The best part of the film are the people in it. Mark, his friends and family are some of the most ridiculously funny people I've ever seen in a movie, that happen to not be actors. While the film is guaranteed to make you laugh, it will also make you appreciate how dedicated and hardworking the people in the independent movie industry really are. There are a number of scenes that show really personal issues which Mark faces that I could relate to, and I'm sure you will to. So mix yourself a peppermint schnapps and sprite, and enjoy this goofy documentary.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Gummo (1997)

Director: Harmony Korine
Country: US
Length: 86 minutes
Genres: Drama

One night a few years ago I was channel surfing and paused on IFC (my usual go to entertainment for insomnia). On the screen there were two teenage boys riding bikes down a hill to the song "Dragonaut" by the California stoner metal band, Sleep. I didn't know what the hell I was watching but I was really intrigued by the music and continued to watch.

Harmony Korine (who wrote the script for "Kids") directed this film about Xenia, Ohio a town that after being hit by a tornado in 1974 just never seemed to recover. While there is no linear plot, the film instead consists of random clips of the towns residents, many of whom are homeless or very disturbing.

I watched this movie about five times and still couldn't find the meaning of it until a friend explained that there was none. He just told me that the only way to understand it is "to relate to it".

What do you think? Please leave thoughts and feedback if you've seen this movie or after you see it, I'm really curious to hear what others think about it. I'm going out of town for a couple of weeks, I look forward everyones posts!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

The @m3r1c@n @str0n@ut (2001)

Director: Cory Mcabee
Runtime: 94 minutes
Language: English

The problem with most musicals is that whenever the singing comes in it simply does not fit in with the rest of the movie. It comes off as cheesy and forced. There is one musical where I don't believe this is true, and it's this one. In this odd space-western, the singing fits in perfectly and never comes off as forced. A unique movie I recommend to everybody on here.


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Who Killed N@ncy [2009]

Director : Alan G. Parker
Length : 87 Mins
Genres : Music Documentary

On October 12th 1978 New York Police discovered the lifeless body of a 20 year-old woman, slumped under the bathroom sink in a hotel room. She was dressed in her underwear and had bled to death from a stab wound. The woman was Nancy Spungen, an ex-prostitute, sometimes stripper, heroin addict, and girlfriend of Sex Pistols' bassist Sid Vicious. In a trial by tabloid newspapers Vicious was pronounced guilty before noon the following day. But the case never had the chance to be brought to trial, and a number of New York cops weren't convinced. Less than six months later in a flat in New York's Greenwich Village, Sid, himself aged only 21, died of a heroin overdose. For the next 28 years the assumption was that Sid did it - case closed. Over time, the death of Sid and Nancy has passed into rock legend and has only added to the controversial and notorious image of the Sex Pistols and punk music. At the request of Sid's mother, who committed suicide in 1996, rock author and punk expert Alan Parker has devoted himself to discovering what really happened in room 100. Parker has re-interviewed 182 people, re-examined NYPD evidence, and gone back to his original interviews with Sid's mother.  

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Welcome T0 D0ngmakg0l (2005)

Director: Kwang-Hyun Park
Country: South Korea
Length: 133 mins
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Hard coded English subtitles

Set during the Korea war, Welcome To Dongmakgol tells the age old story enemies at war coming together in order to survive but in this case it's in order to live alongside the people of a remote village whom have no concept of war, guns or grenades. In fact the villagers think they are potatoes.

What could have been cheese of the highest order becomes a heart warming film with a hefty dose of humanity which isn't forced but one rather can't be helped but swept away with it. There's plenty of black humour and belly laughs in this beauty which was ranked the 2005 No.1 box office film in South Korea.

It's 1.6 GB with 5 rar files in each folder.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Arthur's Upload #4 (2010)

Director: Aaron Katz
Country: US
Length: 96 minutes
Genres: Mumblecore, Mystery

I'm lazy so I'll just copy and paste the review for it that I've done earlier. Also, I consider this film to be 2011 since that was the year when it came out in public theatres (only went to festivals in 2010):

FINALLY! A FANTASTIC FILM FROM THIS YEAR! As soon as I saw the trailer for this, I was excited for this film, since it seemed quite intense and had a very nice slow pace to it, and my instincts were right. The directing and pacing here is fantastic. There are many silent shots of people in a car which sets the mood that these characters had, and my favorite scene was when two people were sitting on a picnic table, eating for at least 1 minute, then a seagull landed closely on them and then just stood there.

I'm loving the experiments with mumblecore films. First there was Monsters which is mumblecore with the giant monster genre, and now this which combines mumblecore with a mystery genre. With these instead of having these eccentric yet smart minds, we have these much more natural characters. They are many conversation scenes that don't provide any progress to the plot, but it was still very interesting since the dialogue and acting was very natural, I haven't seen anything this natural for a while.

The pacing for unraveling the mystery in this film was around the pacing of the Wire. Everything unravels very slowly, which is what should be done with mystery films. Because of this it feels more like you're following them instead of just watching what they are doing. Also you will never feel overwhelmed by the amount of new information that is being thrown at you. Because of this, this was one of the most intense and suspenseful films I have seen a long time.

This film is not for everyone due to their slow pacing, but if you won't mind that then I'll recommend this film. This is the best film of the year so far.

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Perform@nce (1970)

Director :Nicolas Roeg
Country: English
Length: 105 Mins
Genre: Crime, Music

Chas, a violent and psychotic East London gangster needs a place to lie low after a hit that should never have been carried out. He finds the perfect cover in the form of guest house run by the mysterious Mr. Turner, a one-time rock superstar, who is looking for the right spark to rekindle his faded talent.
Chas is an East London thug who works for gangster Harry Flowers and his associates (although they don't use the word gangster to describe themselves). Chas is generally sadistic in his nature and thus revels in his work. But his sadistic nature also pervades his personal life. As such, he will work on his own personal agenda outside of the work for Harry. It is in this vein that an encounter with Joey Maddocks, a man with whom Chas has a history, leads to Chas needing to hide out from Harry and his associates. Ultimately Chas feels he needs to clandestinely leave the country. In the meantime, he, based solely on a private conversation he overhears between strangers, manages to take refuge in the basement of a Notting Hill flat owned by a man named Turner, who lives there with two female companions named Pherber and Lucy. Chas considers their lifestyle bohemian and one of free love, which is outside of his mentality. Turner is an ex-rock musician who has lost his "demon" and thus his desire to be a performer. As Chas makes arrangements for his departure out of England, he gets caught up in Turner's lifestyle, Turner who is working on his own agenda in spending time with Chas.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Suburbia (1983)

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Director: Penelope Spheeris
Country: United States
Length: 94 Minutes
Genre: Drama, Thriller

Following up her critically acclaimed documentary The Decline of Western Civilization, Penelope Spheeris made this gritty drama her first feature-film outing. Bill Coyne stars as Evan Johnson, an angst-ridden kid living in L.A., who bands together with a group of other young societal rejects and immerses himself in the mid-'80s punk rock scene. Most of the cast was comprised of actual teenagers off the streets of Los Angeles. Among them is Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea. Suburbia is also known as The Wild Side and Rebel Streets, and should not be confused with the 1996 Richard Linklater film of the same name. ~ (Rotten Tomatoes)

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Out of the Blue (1980)

Director: Dennis Hopper
Runtime: 94 minutes
Language: English

'Out Of The Blue' is one of the most haunting and disturbing movies ever made. Dennis Hopper has had mixed results as a director, but this is his masterpiece. While nowhere near as well known as the pop culture landmark 'Easy Rider', this is easily a much more important and accomplished work. Filmed in Canada during the period when Hopper was still persona non grata in Hollywood, he may have been out of control in FRONT of the screen (the movie features one of his legendary unhinged performances), but he certainly was fully in control BEHIND the scenes.

Hopper plays Don Barnes, a trucker released from prison who attempts to piece his life and family together while battling the bottle and the repercussions of a tragedy, which still festers like an open wound. His wife Kathy (Sharon Farrell - 'The Stunt Man') is scraping by as a waitress, and is shooting smack and fooling around with his former "best friend" Charlie (Don Gordon - 'The Mack'), a slimy piece of work. The Barnes teenage daughter Cebe (Linda Manz in an unforgettable and star-making role) is running wild, obsessed with Elvis, punk rock and CB radio. The Barnes are doomed. The viewer may not know exactly what is going to happen to this dysfunctional bunch, but it doesn't take Einstein to figure out it ain't gonna be pretty! However the ending is still unexpected and devastating. You'll never forget it.

A nihilistic movie, but a worthwhile one. Simply stunning. -imdb

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Arthur's Upload #3 (1992)

Directors: Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel, Benoit Poelvoorde
Country: Belgium (Film is in French)
Length: 95 minutes
Genres: Black Comedy, Mockumentary

This is probably one of the funniest films I have ever seen, and the 2nd best film of the 90s. It's a mockumentary about this film crew making some documentary about a serial killer, following who he kills and how he does them. Eventually the film crew is interesting in this, and join in on the killings. People will either find this film extremely offensive or extremely hilarious, maybe even both. If a film manages to intentionally make you laugh in a rape scene, that's skills.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Старик и море [The Old Man and the Sea] (1999)

Director: Александр Петров (Aleksandr Petrov)
Runtime: 20 minutes
Language: English
Genre: Animation, Adventure

Based on the novella written by author Earnest Hemingway, this Russian short film features beautiful finger painted pastel oil paintings on glass animation by Aleksandr Petrov, the pioneer of the style. This film is a beautiful work of art for the two years of painstaking effort put in to the making of the animation. But the film isn't just visually impressive, Petrov also does a fantastic job of portraying the character's inner thoughts and feelings. There's one scene where the old man dozed off, and had a dream he and the marlin were brothers swimming together through the sky.

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Saturday, June 25, 2011

To become a poster...

Some of you commented on CF asking to be a poster on here. Those of you who are interested should shoot me an e-mail to iltmatic at

Also sorry about pasting the wrong thing in the last post. I've fixed it, try it now.

I Am So Proud of You (2008)

Director: Don Hertzfeldt
Country: United States
Length: 22 minutes
Genre: Animation, Black Comedy, Surrealism, Drama

The sequel to Everything Will Be Ok, I Am So Proud of You shows Bill's childhood and his eventual death. Don Hertzfeldt does just as fantastic of a job making the viewer laugh at the most Linkdisturbing events as he did in the previous short. The genius of his shorts is that not only are they hilarious but they can also affect you on a deep emotional level.

Don continues his innovative technique here as he introduced in the previous installment in the series of using multiple frames at a same time, sometimes having a frame for the drawn stick figures and another for film on screen at the same time.

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Arthur's Upload #2 720p (1981)

Director: Brian De Palma
Country: USA
Length: 108 minutes
Genre: Thriller

One of the latest additions of the Criterion Collection (protip: if you want to see some good movies, watch movies from Criterion). I'm just gonna say this straight up, this Travolta's best film. Yes, it's better than Pulp Fiction. It's a fantastic thriller where a sound man for bad slasher flicks is recording sound effects for wind, and he witnesses a murder. He finds out that the person murdered was someone running for president, and he's convinced that there's a conspiracy going on and he's using the sounds he recorded to prove it. Unlike most thrillers where it seems like you're just watching some people unraveling something, it feels like you're actually unraveling information with them. Because everything is being slowly unraveled as well, it makes the film a lot more intense.

It's a BRRIP and the size is around 1.86 gigs. It's an mkv file with English subs (even though the film is in English).

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Arthur's Upload #1 (2009)

Director: Scott Sanders
Country: USA
Length: 90 minutes
Genres: Parody, Blaxploitation, Martial Arts

I decided not to add the title of the film on the title of the post since this is a newer film and I wanna be safe. Besides, you can tell what film it is with the poster anyways.

Anyways, about this film. I LOVE exploitation films, especially blaxploitation movies. But to make a parody that is not only one of the best parodies I've ever seen but also a parody that surpasses every film I've seen so far in that genre, that takes some serious skills. This is an absolutely hilarious and entertaining film, it's one of the best of 2009 and also on my greatest films list.

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Everything Will Be OK (2006)

Director: Don Hertzfeldt
Country: United States
Length: 17 minutes
Genre: Animation, Black Comedy, Surrealism, Drama

This animated short is about a man named Bill who's life, or lack thereof, is humorously depicted throughout the film. As it goes on Bill steadily loses his mind, probably due to some sort of mental illness like schizophrenia. Don Hertzfeldt has a unique style of using stick figure drawings and splitting the screen up in to multiple windows. The end result is a very compelling and humorous short film that stays interesting throughout its entirety.

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