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Episode 4 · 1 year ago

The All-Time Favourite Film


In this episode we cover two great existential questions:

  1. What is your all-time favourite film?
  2. Why?

The format is simple, Gary, Sol, Tom and Chris each take their turn describing their favourite film, before the floor is opened with comments from the others.

The films discussed:

Gary: Seven Samurai

Sol: Fanny och Alexander and Videodrome

Tom: A Clockwork Orange

Chris: Stalker and Last Year at Marienbad

You are listening to talking images andChris and Tohay's episode will cover one of the great existential questionsof our time. WHATT is your all time, favorite film, and why and Luklly I'mnot hallow to take on this heavy questions, I'm doing once again by GaryTom and Saul. I had to be honest there going into this podcast. I thought Iwould be talking about Stopyour by Ande Ter Colty, which have been my goal tofavorite film for years, but that won't be the film I will be resenten today.It unfortunately decreased in value of rewarch and instead I will bepresenting last year at Marin Bob. Hopefully my cohost won't be asconfused so guys. Let's just bring our listener up to speed, introduceyourself and tell us what your favorite film is. I am Gary from the People's Republic ofVirginia and the United States. My favorite film is a Kura, Karasauas,Seven Samurai and I'm happy and excited to talk about this movie today, hi it's Tom here from England, myfavorite film is Stunley cubics, hugely controversial Distupian Scifi film, aclock, Wer corringe. I am sore from Australia. He filmd soI'm going to be talking about today, video drime from David Cronemberg andin Mybergman, spanning in Alexander, because I'm in a bit of a bind at themoment where I'm actually sure which one is my favorite film, take care of Om and if you out thereyet you listener told me had to drave our feet through some concoct build up,you're, wrong, you're dying right into it. Well, my favorite film may not havethe most great forward narrative and in my history this podcast our does. Sowhat will do is make tha sip as possible. We'll go around a circlestarting with Tom, then Gary densal and finalling myself, and will simply justtell you why we love our favorite film and then well just alt op the floor forsome questions and comments and will start with Gary I'm very excited totalk about Sevenh Samurai. I thought I might be preaching to the convertedamong film buffs, but I found that many of my compatriots have avoided itbecause it is a very long film it it's two hundred and seven minutes. I'veseen it many times, and it feels to me more like a hundred and seven minutes.I watched it again this week just to refresh and collect my thoughts, and itwas just as thrilling to me as the first time I just found myself smiling.As I watched it. Let me start with the basic plot, asmall farming village as be deviled by bandits. They come every year after theharvest, they steal the villagers, food and their women. So the villagers havedecided they've had enough. They decide to hire some Samurai to guard them, butthey have no money, so their wise old sage suggests that they go find HungrySamurai, so they first secure the services of Combai, who is played byTakashi Shamura Hes, one of Krusaa's favorites, and he was to lead inanother Griaf Cris Alfilm ICURO. He embodies the Samurai Code ofselflessness and he's really a towering figure as the leader he through hisforce of will basically recruits another five Samurai and the first houror so of the film is really a leisurely. Pace gives us time to meet and know ththe Different Samurai and several of the farmers. The Seventh Samurai is tosher open MHE foon name, and he is basically the center of the film hetags along with the group and eventually joins them, and he is anirrepressible scamp. His Comic Relief and he's an important bridge betweenthe Samurai and the farmers thematically his presence explores andexplains the relationship between the...

Samurai and the farmer class. So why isthis film, my favorite? Well, it's really just a combination of technicalbrilliance, Sim Matography, it's a thrilling adventure, great score andthe editing to me. It's basically a perfect film, curus ow was known as oneof the greatest film editors and to me, that's what makes this film sowatchable. Despite the length he uses a lot of wipes to impart energy, thereere many long scenes in the first part, but after the intermission, the cutsget shorter and shorter. The final battle in this movie Ind, a drivingrain and mud, is just stunning, with many shots, only lasting a second ortwo, a couple: small things that really appeal to my sensibility. They use acouple devices the there's, a map that they used to set their defenses. Theyhave a mote, they put up barriers and they used T, they show the map and thenthey show the places actually, where they're doing these things. I like that,and another thing was that they they had a chart where they marked offbandit numbers as they are killed. It started off with insurmountable ads,basically seven Sam Ura against forty or so bandits, and I just like thedevice of seeing them ex off the once, as they start to even up the odds andI'm going to end with a quote that I found from the film critic. KennethTeran. He says that Curu Sour proceeds like a master chef, allowing hisingredients to simmer and become tastier tastier and tastier still litle bit embarrassed to say that Ihaven't seen seven Sumri in maybe fourteen or so years, and I think itspeaks to its power as tremendous part of INMAGOR is Istrument tous world isthat I still remember so much about it. There's so many of the scenes that areedged into my mind, like the subserviant and simply obsessed waythat, if Youti character rules out, is she depands te Strat trying to provethat she is indeed a some Ryan and join them they're, just so many many immagesfrom the film. So many actions by the characters Nifilit as burned into mymind, and I think that through thes shows how brilliantly the film was made. I'm among those filmgoers who haven'tchecked out seven Samarai yet, which is one of those things where t or maybe myfilm buff license should be revoked, is because of the length which is notreally a great excuse I' always find that with really long films, especiallyif they're in a foreign language. It's really hard to actually sit down andwatch them unless you know it's something that you could really beinterested in and Seri films is not really an area that I've really gotintoo much in film. I do like other stuff that I've see from Carsara. I dolike. I live in fear from one thousand nine hundred and fifty five. That's areally good film, like his dreams, actually like Yodgenbo, which is aSamuri films. So I guess it's a bit of a contradiction in there yeah. I knowit's one of those films that I should see one of those films that I do haveto see at some pint in my life, but it's just never come to it. Yet if itwill this year, oh just do it. I mean honestly, when Gar starte talking aboutsome sumberide realized how long it's been since I saw it. That is reallywant to watch it again and no O will soon. So maybe we can even set up aseparate podcast for it. Jis. I give me the extra excuse, but, unlike so manyother classic three for our movies, I mean this field really feels so.Incredibly Short, it is an action adventure ind just its finest sense. Iam also a huge fan of seventh Sumarai.

I think Gary and Chris put it nicelywhen they say that it's it's a long film, but it goes by at such a pace,even though the action doesn't really get going for perhaps the first hour,or so you just become so invested in thesecharacters and it's a great story of the underdog, a few against manyrallying together for a riggeous course, and it is one of the pinnacles of theSamara Genre, which is perhaps Whi es a story that has been adapted so manytimes throughout history of cinema by other cultures, put ing their own spinon the classic Japanese tail of the seven summer, hit's. Actually, a reallyinteresting point, ome that you mentioned of being really classic Talits, been done a lotbecause it's like the bingist for since seven I've never seen that, even thoughit's a classic s Bilm, because I'm always like well, I should see thesevent Samuraai first, but then that's three hours long, so I've never seenthe manificat seven, either whichis again another egg hole in my movieviewing rea. I did SOM seven, really testal me candle to sevent summer iter.One thing that I think is weve mentioned is also a books. Life isheavily influenced by seventh SUMARAI. It follows the same template to thisstoryline, but it obviously adapted for children's audience and no idea aboutthat. I always thought bugs life was a copy of the movie ants of which I'veactually seen neither of them. So it's really interesting to learn. Yo learnsomething. Nea every day is jhis. The pointnthe realize that lineting isactually Av ut, which also brings things a bit full circle, becauseKrusov, of course, did do takepradoctations. In a summarize, Ithink in the films like thrown of blood,because I actually haven't seen those either a't only seen a corosoro films,which is, I know again quite shameful. Yes, something I haven't reallyexplored. Much Japanese Semuri films and I haven't seen- ran either, whichis also going to be one of Corsoas. Top Five films come theyre a is fantastic as well. It GeMasterpiese an I know, the most shameful thing Iactually own all this corosor films, because I'm a big thumb collectoractually got upwards of nine thousand films on Dvd Bluer, a DHS etc. I dohave round an Blue Ive Got Seven Samurai and blue ray of God armac herosomewhere, so all the big films that haven't seen actually on, but that'sthe same for all the directors which I've just never got around Ho, but Ijust still love collecting films, so I've got access to them. If I want them,I'm sure I will eventually somewhere along my journey wel, there's no deping at that sevensub riht podcast Evey Cam. So let's bring the corversation on tothe next to holst and next favorite. Film. Take a way down, so my favorite film is the hugelycontroversial Distopian Scifi by Stanley ubric a clockquere coringe, andthis is a story about a violent gang leader with a passion for classicalmusic and it's based on the novel by Anthony Birgis. I'm a big fan of thetag line, which kind of sums up what the film is about: Hichis, being theadventures of a young man whose principal interest are rape,ultraviolence and Beethoven, that for me in a lookshell, tells the potentialaudience if it's a film that they are going to be interested in and for me itis certainly one that I will be interested in so Malcom mcdall stars in this film, asAlex Ter Large and he's a nasty, repulsive character. Yet through histwisted humor that we exposed to throughout the narration and thehorrific experimental brain washing that he enjoys when the authoritiescapture him. cubirt comes close to...

...making us feel sorry for Alex by theend, which I think is quite an impressive feat. Now, Oclockquarecorrange was banned shortly after it's released in Britain, the reason beingthe Stanley Cubik came aware of acts of copycat violence that were taking place,and he was fearful of this association between the Real Life Crimes and filmthat he had labored so long upon. So he actually pulled the film fromdistribution and it remained band in this country until two thousand, whichwas a year after the director's death, and it was then rerelease. And at thispoint I was a young teenager and I stumbled upon the film when stayingaround at a friend's house for a sleepover at the time. We went itowhere that what we were watching was unsuitable for our eyes, but it had ahuge impact on my viewing habits, and this is something that I mentionedbriefly in our first episode. How we got into film the fact that this film had been bunned.I suppose it was Kubeko who Paud at himself, but the fact that it had beendeemed unsuitable for my eyes by someone else made me all the moreinterested to watch it and find out more about it. And this kind of sport, my viewinghabits, wherein I wanted to see films that had been banned or hadcontroversial issues surrounding them now. Part of why I love this film ishow beautifully it's shot. Stanley cubic started out his career as aphotography, and this builds into all of his films as heimproves herout. His career he's got a real keen eye for cinematography and healso uses very playful music schemes n in some of his films, particularly inclockwere corrange. The use of classical music with such graphicviolence makes for a number of frighteningly memorable scenes cubic,also boldler use as the title song from singing in the rain in one of the mostgraphic and traumatic scenes in a clock. Wea corringe, perhaps tarnishing one ofHollywood's, most uplifting musicals in the process, because once you'vewitnessed this debauchery, Yo craps never hear the song in the same way.Yougain now, at the time, a clockquare caringreceive four Roska nominations for best picture, director, writing and editingat T, one thousand nine hundred and seventy two awards Cubert came awayempty handed and he never received a best Director Academy Awards losing outto the French connection at he onethousand nine hundred and seventytwo awards. But anyway, that explains part of why Ilove o'clock, we're coming so much, and I know that Giu my co hosts enjoy the film, perhapsnot as much as I do, but they have an appreciation for it. So are we happy tohear about what they want to say about the film COP recorge was my favorite film aswell for many many many years. I think I've seen it more than any other filmas nodel. It's phenomenal in every way, especially the vitual style, which issimply I can Mak it simultaneously beautiful, but is distressing it's toreal its protest. I just that opening scene with the Manicans that ate thistime using every single thing. It's incredible is just sto well puttogether and one port you didn't bring up and I'm not sure we onl tospoil thefilm as well, but th tes is so much going on there, including the filmscircular largict, which yeah visions, probalys Inspoi, that...

...we, I also love a clockwork orange. Infact that was my previous favorite film. I could almost put seven Samurai one: Aand COCKWORK ornge one B ut', something that really appeals to me is to me. Theoverarching theme is that you really can't change human nature and in the hospital the prime ministercomes to visit him and basically they're just going to push it under therug sort of reminds me of something going on in a certain country where Ilive with the coronavirus and the way that our politicians are handling thet, even though I haven't seen the sevenSamurai yet and you're all going to keep going n about that, I've seenclocko corine, maybe five or six times over the years. It's a film that, likeTomi, got into it a very early age IM, no as early as timi would have been,maybe fifteen. Sixteen eventeen when I sat down to watch- and I just rememberwatching- and I remember really fully feeling rememorally feeling at the thrill ofthe characters I'ving around at night, getting up to Miss Jeff, really feltinvested in what Alex was doing, which is a bit oddbcause. What he's doingwith all the ultraviolence is really wrong. I really felt for their wholeSeners of driving out in the night together Han now I'm much older thanAlexis characters in the film SOT interesting to watch. On thatperspective, I just find it always a really overwhelming assault on thesenses, which is really what makes a lot of my favorite film's favoritefilms. It's really great music in there that's already been mentioned,especially in the opening credits with those flashes of different colors firthe different title cards Beo like watching that opening part with thelights off an the colors, just a overwhelming your face, relly get youset up for this world that you're about to be put into Te semifuturisticsetting, and actually, when I love so much about that is the first time Iwatched a Clockberg orange didn't realize it was steld in the future,because everything is so gradgal different changes. It's more a lotdifferent to what life is now, which I think is a more realistic lookaut. Thefuture is not going to be like things whizzing around your head, all the timeas it's going to be the small subtle changes and, of course the smallest ofthe sautle changes is the Gugation of Russian language into the film, whichis something which ber just had in his original novel, because he saw thefutures being the point where the Soviet Union and the United Stateswould combine, because that's how I saw they are cold wars going off ohand. It's a very interesting film and I've always got quite a lot out of ithas gone up and down Omy tem a bit over times. There was a point, maybe aboutfifteen years ago. WERI would have said it was. My favorite film actually wouldhave said that for about three or four years, it's always had a big impact tome and going back to what's been said before by my co host the fact that he'ssuch a horrible person wel become so invested in him, and we do actuallyfeel sympathy for him, Ecaus of everything that he goes through andit's got one of those endings. We US sort of looking and a go well. Is it ahappy ending its a no happy ending? I'm not sure it's definitely one of thosefilms. That leaves me thinking. It's also just antastically hilariousbutthis is just a Besar, absurd film there's nothing here that can reallytruly be related to our own world. Everything is blown up. Everyeverything is disturbedin one way or another. It's just this kind of hyperabsurdiy, it's one of those things that makes it one of the most specialintegue. An wonderful films in in of my history, in my mind, might just alsomention because Tom brought it up at the films that can be awar. Nominationsdoes sime a bit ridiculous. Looking back all these years on that have lostout to a film. Like the French connection, I guess we US have to putourselves back in the shoes, and this... going back almost fifty years ago.Now Guess Te French nection was a really big film, the time, because allthose chase scenes getting on off the train were very new, whereas these days,it's very by the book as a clock, Er CNE Jus, actually a film Thata stoodthe test of time and it's a film that these days probably would have won bestpicture on a different environment, ASCA's always interesting to look at,but I guess Wen, my ppoint of ve. I also look at it that it's actuallylucky enough that the film was populough to get that picturenomination to get that best tracp to nomination. I mean two thousand and oneet space hodesty was at nominated for best picture in he got a nomination ofthe best director and Pars of glory that didn't get nominated, spaticas onefor Orskis, but didn't get a best picture. Oscenomination brickingenerals, just one of those directors where weas perceive these days is muchdifferent to how the wholeasker thing as treated but at least didn't Wen,competitive Osca for the special effects for J thousn Onte Space Lonessy.I think that's nice. Also, though, I would say that if anything, I hot, moreCoran gets better with age because it just moves furter and Thurder away fromany reseltance or reality the sees aesthetics on the futuristic story. Itjust turns into this alternaive timeless reality that will justcontinue to be a strangeere, the also more gourupping, inmage and expression,a it is going to keep glowing and keep becoming more and more absorbing astecials on. I completely agree there with Chris about a cockwake COR engineimproving with age. It's rarely to rewatch a film so much and perhapsstems from the fact that Eylit to watch films for ESCAPESM alove to becaptivated by a story and just forget about the world and just emersed intothis film that someone is created and, as soul mentioned earlier, at CoporaCoringe, it's just so overwhelming its provocative and it grabs you straightaway. It's so easy to become immersed in this incredible wirll, and that, Ithink, is why I keep returning to it time and time again, because I knowthat each time I put it out, I'm in for one halva ride. All right is one past.I inclusion, I think, let's move on to Saul and his personal dilemma betweentwo great films, but when we decided to have this topicabout favorite films, I thought would be really interesting, because this issomething that I have never been solid on. My favorite films have alwayschanged a lot over the years and I first really got into film andregistered with IMDB in two thousand and one my favorite films think wereprobably the Matrix and American beauty, which were very recent films. Lookingat films these days, my favorite film has changed a lot over then. As I saidbefore, it was a Clocko corrange at one point, going through being other thingslike two thousand and onee space odossy the last picture, showne a windowbetter go. I think I've calgled all thise my favorite film at some point ut.Since about two thousand and eight two thousand D, nine I had been puttingfanny and Alexander an the top spot. Is My favorite film, something that I hadcome to question over. The last say four years had come to watch Yeo drone from DavidKrinerburg quite regularly. I was watching it like once every year, onceevery two years got to the point where Wowell or my favorite film actuallyisn't fairly ofthe Alexander. Maybe it's a video drime up until last month.I actually had video dramas, my number one, and then last month I relywatchedfanny Alexander and I went whoa ICAI'm actuall, not sure. Maybe I do beferFanny Alexander, oh fanny. Alexander, is a really interesting film becauseit's my child's point of view.

It's about a boy called Alexander andhis dad passes away. He as an actor- and it was in a film production ofHamlet- is watching the scene where hamlet's father is ghost es, ter hamletand tells him that he has to ravenge his death. Then Alexander's own fatherdies. Fathers rereplaced by the bishop seems like a really cruel guy. Hedoesn't seem to know how to manage children well, Alexander hates him,sister fanny hates him. The whole time through you're, neverquite sure. What's exactly going on, and I think I'm up to five view intofolling out an Alexander now- and it's got to the point where I don't thinkthe Bishop is quite as evil as we perceive thim to be at first, but itsone of the reasons where I really like the film, because it doesn't have a onedimensial antagonist. Bishop is never a straight fora. Evil character find himvery sympathetic. He really wants a wife. He really wants. Children doesn'tknow how to handle O, don't know how to treat them. THARE's no idea noconception of how to do it and because of that exatic comes to Vemas Evil andthe whole film is about Alexander assered himself and growing up andbeing his own person and o like the title of the film offany in Alexander,because the film starts off as him being always grouped together with himand his sister, the parents called out. They call up Fanny Alexander as thefilm progressas. He slowly becomes Alexander, as he asserts himself says.Things like he does not wish the bishop a good night and talks back to him andtheres own way tries to become his own man and I'm going to spoil it too much,but tit's some interesting personall identity, things that come up later onand it's just an incredibly dynamic film so stage, I'm not sure it could be thet.It could also be video drine, because video drom I've watched as I've saidonce every year, every couple of years, the last few years, and it justoverwhelms me a lot. Every time I o clock are carrange, it's a real audio,vitual assault in the senses, onshors music, scort, constantly brooding. Inthe background, the ideas of the film the are like the most and Burger seems really ahead ofhimself with the film and some of the predictions in there about wheretelevisionil go and our elationship to films and television, and I just reallylove the image of James Wards sticking his head in the television set, becauseit's sort of the relationship we have hin were watching a film. We come soimmersed Ini. We don't actually realize that we're still sitting in a livingroom or on a trim or sitting at a Abel eating general watching R, whatever thee case, maybe ere, actually so immersed in the film's Universe and there's IMinstring dialogue. I can't quote Avebat him, but it's things like imagers aboutthe resone of the minds. I it emerges as a real experience. It's all aboutthe experience of watching films, and then you see there's different placeslike the place, which is like a homeless shelter, but it's not ahomeless shelder as television shets Repeald who are homeless, but who areaddicted to watching TV, so I can still ge their fixs of it. There's a wholeidea of a pirate video broadcast that James wouds tat into and the videobroadcast causes him to have delusions causes them to alucinate and withoutspoiling it too much. One of the I dynamics that comes out. It is why onEarth would you watch something like the thing in the pirate cast? The piteboadcast is really ultra extreme violence. What Yus say theres a nopurpose in theyre, just fiserial thrills sort of like. Why would youwatch then the first place just the whole idea of the different things thatit puts into his mind by watching it taps inta lot of things throughoutcrime bug scomography the ideas, ove creative cancers that have come up: ithfilms as early as proms of the future, and the way that our body is changingand relationship to technology and what...

...we're doing and Kinerburg would do- isremate much superior Yo make of the fly only three years after video drome,which was a lot about how our bodies are changing based on technology. Thereyou know accidentally, but still in a video driv Yo've got that sort of edgethere and our things are changing and what was really interesting. I knowclemers an here with us Aeah when I was speing with Clem before so. That'sreally strange Tik, your favorite two films are video, drome and FannyAlexanda, because they're so different, and they are a bit differencdilistically, but I think themadically they're very similar, and it's what Ireally like this whole idea of people who can't trust their perceptionsAtruss with Alexander, whether he's really seeing as fathers ghost h. Therereally is a iffren to Avenger's father's death. I James Woody carttellover is alucenating if it's real and some my other favorite films likeSelaras, be Andre Takovsky again, the man potagonist day es not sure aboutwhether or not seeing has wife and films like Ice WideShot, which is also my top five wet tim cruises, not sure exactly what itwitnessed that night. So I' mayv saying it still up shorthundred percent. What my favorite film is? I really like those films thatreally challenge what the perceptions are and whether what we are seeing isreal. It's an interesting two picks from solar, and they are both filmsthat I really enjoy. David Cronberg is one of my favorite directors. Idiscovered him quite early on in my film watching experiences, and I wentthrough his entire filmography is obviously renowned for his body. Horrorand I think the practical effects that he employs in his films are excellent,both in video room and also as soul mentioned in the flight. They reallybring his bizarre creations to life in a way that captivates the audience anddisplays their horrors that he imaginesimagines with fanny and Alexander. I reallyenjoyed that film because, for the most part, it's kind of played out just likea a regular drama but thires a couple of surprising scenes in it certain seene in the Lof, where there'san unexpected moment to kind of horror that hints at something fantasticalbehind the story, and I really like when films played predominantly a astraightforward drama. But then they have these little notions that come tothe Forin, an certain scenes that take you by surprise and kind of open thefilm up to W, offering to ipitations separate to the the main storyline. So I have to ask which version of Fannyand Alexander: Do you prefer theatrical or mini Series v? Actually, only ever seen the miniseries version ave thought about it over time. Shul Ti watch the three ourversion and then the fire bow and then compare contrast. I just look at FaniAlexander that it's a perfect film as it is at five hours, long light Ley sayin Amedaus, which notes would you cut out? I don't know which notes I've Kot,O Funny Alexander, so it's never eally seemed any point in me watching theshorter version and sort of morbageally curious about it. They are verydifferent. The three hour films, fine, is a standalone, but I also prefer thethe miniseries version. They could have probably cut out some of the longerspeeches from the mini series, but you lose a lot also. I think in the shorterversion I'll just say on that note, with some of the speeches fanyAlexander, it does a longtime to warm up because you have lots of sies of thecharacters. Talking, don't really annoy me the first couple of times that I sawit I mean still gave it. You know a five out of five or whatever, but I never really until made. My third ofyou really got the fact that I was...

...really such a great film, because youhad that first hour with the Christmas party and all the different charactersthere with subsequent viewings have come to realize that it's all aboutpresenting this world, where Alexanders owning a small part of it, and it'sonly as the film regrets as along the gradual that comes to Britagonist hisown story, just like a child like maturing into adulthood, and I supposed now it's my turn and avea little bit embarrassed here, because the feel I've been holding up as myfavorite for so man years. Stalkar US didn't live up to my expectations, mymy rision of it when I saw it again two days ago, many it was just he pressurea placed on it as being my number one that led to it. Tomice man is still afantastic and wonderful film. I just couldn't call it my number one anymore,which is why today, I we'll be talking about last day at Marrin about, however,as as Tocor has been my favorite Tom for so long, I ein tit need to presentjust why I loved it. An do know that everyone, includingself, have actually seen this one, but but just in case I'll, destroy tha,quick, Tob summary thought you is set in this world. This dray dark deadworld. Where there is this one seeming ray of light. There's a hystical sone,often believed in magical, which is carded by the police, and in this sonit is claimd that there is a room that makes your dreams come true and to getthere need to be led by Astolter as Talkis. Essentially a guide and awritand, a scientist joined him to reach this room, but with very, verydifferent aims. I think there's three components: Har That really madethought your earn. My Love e first is purely technical, though it affectseverything else as well. I mean it's just a masterly Wai Tor coastou shootto all of his films, the long page, the Briathday ovitials, the tension, thefocus, the dark beauty, it braigs the screen. The second was just thisconcept of the song. I love films that bring this internal Lorgsi Wen. You canhave to try to figure out how this one ting words and it's just so muchabiduity, so many rules, so many questions on love, that in films and aterd is the philosophical dynamics off andbetween the characters, and these three components just makes this incrediblewhole a whole which, as one point, would have described as one of thepenses, the most abforbing experiences that exist. I meand, if you take theabsorbing slow manner in which these characters take themselves to thecomplete unknown magic, Ol, terain in front of them, and you adding this ideathat anything could happen. This feeling that Danmistry is everywherethat any wrong movie is fatal and you just have a walk, though this Beauttifol landscape. Is this distopin beautiful, landscape, werwith. You knowtangs and corpses bird in overgrown fields, and this just means that everyaction these characters makes is elevated and questioned and when a sayquestion I mean within the film's larging and abroader philosophicaldiscussion. This also makes it a really geatcounterpoint to last year at Marrin Boub, which in some way is reallylacking in tha later department to this weekly. What changed for me this timebut Wel, I am said, I just wasn't as absorbed, and this might have been mymood me honestly. I started to get hem intof a bad feeling as soon as theopening credit started rolling because it felt smaller than I remembered, andI started to Ne pick all of these little things like you know thatattempt at at Humo in the beginning,...

...when the writer flir wit this woman andshe drives off with his hat becase his really really tindy things. Thisdecreased my appreciation of it you one other example Molf the mostrespensful scenes close to the beginning when they actually tried tosneak past the barricades to enter the song, but there's just this one cup ona bike: Thats consistently missing them that just didn't have the edge at thithad the first time hith. The magic beauty is still here and as Soonas toget to the song. The film is absolutely fantastic, but I guess the that Margeat that point was done. Let's finally, sorry for taking so long Rase Michisits replacement last year at Marrin Bod, which troughout the years, it's been afrequent number two for me. Whenever ive set up any list, Lik Tock, it hasan internal near magical logic where everything seems possible and bothfilms can and have been interpreted in so many different ways. However, thisis forsimilaritys, then talk is actually relatively straightforward.Narrative and its interpretations are based on what we see in last, theadmiren bond. We do not know what we see the entirr film is constructed bycontradictions. Haven' really hoped that everyone,including soul, has seen this but this to give a quick summary, a man and awoman at a luxurya hotel. It seems quite en dain they meet and he claimsthat hey met before perhaps at Frederick Spot, perhaps tad moreinvoled and she denies it. She claims. He doesn't remember it. Every story he tells is contradicted.She tells him Hes Pron, he tells him it didn't happen and the story just growsand grows from there and again it's just so many contradictions. What thecharacters tell us to not match what we see on the screen. We do not know whata line what's Trueh, what's depressed and what's past or this imagination, oreven in just what order these ements unfold. This is wnot makes it soincredibly easy for me to love this film, and I just think that everyviewing rereal something new, something that contradate something you talgdbefore this one little detail this onlid line that might clear upsomething or bring something else into the film. But but this was also why Ihesitate a little bit to make it my top favorite, because if you look at t eStockyar, I that's a film that has so much philosophy that can be broughtinto the real world. Be that the religious USPER strouty debate te thatEquatique of the USSR B that just appear into the mind of the artistmaning Tarzoski mmoribout doesn't really have that dimentione in the sameway, at least to me, but at the same time Stolkit doesn't have what my bodhas. Does this revolutionary story, structure and CIDEMATIC languagecrafted Intrud, not just by Alleroner, but also all Enoban relete, who wasbyind descript, and I think few FIMS actively challenge as your mind in thesame way, and it's just a free flowing way thatMarin Bolb does it as well? It can place you in this dream, likestate of wonder or in the mind of a structural pustle, if you will, whereyou carefully calculate each answer and how these answers bit together, and Isuppose this is where it kind of gets closer to Stolke in just it's internaldream, lorgeic, there's just so much. We can talk about ther, simple in termsof ICOMIC ton, the matography and the wayit Werse, with its actors, almostprensenting them a statures in the way or this disconominal game in the gameof Namrich a discover because of this film. It's a mathematical game. Thecharacters played consistently. It always has the same winder I tlik itjust gives screenn to how mathematicall...

...and metholical the film is about thesame time as anything, but because, unlike mathematics, there's no directTrut, there's no directo answers and having a feelimg. I can engage t it inthis way. It's just it's a Sudreme to me. Yer, like I said when I shoul Ise, myfavorite film. Is it's really difficult, a d there's so many competitors and inone of the top ones, Wi, probably be leved her by Algis Panada, because hereyou have both innternal Stalistic Lorgin nd, it jus. So many incrediblethings, but the same time. It has no broader terrifying point about humanitythat separatesits a lot from any of my other favorite films like children ofParadise, whichs just absolutely gorcious or films like eoid Perogatoryand eaten after Bialendo bad withat. That are a lot more singular to lastyear. More about I fo million that it has. This interal largining placearound with time and structure, and then, of course, it's my favoritedirected oi Wi Ardan, so many of FIS films through the e Ot becoming my OlTame favrit. So I think like if anything this podcast has proved to methat I really just need to sit down and rewatch my favorite films over and overagain until I actually wrote this out. But last year my body's Jusst, afantastic choice, an jist my mind, and I love the film so much so it's aninteresting choice of favorite films there Chris. I have to say that both ofthese films are the kind that appreciate more than enjoy. So Irespect the artistic direction that's taken in them and how beautifully thefilms are presented, but neither of them resonate with me on it, personallevel that I would need to have for them to be considered favorite. No,it's interesting that you mentioned Stolk, because I recently reread thenovel that it's based upon roadside picnic by Thi, Rugatsky, broters and Stolk of the film goes in quite adifferent path that the novel takes. The philosophical, Slentif stolkerseems to be tarkasy's own ideas on the concept. Where is the book? There's a lot more action, there's alot of events that have taken place and it's actually follows the lives of somestorkers over a series of years. There's four separate chapters whichrevisits them during ir various points in their lives, and I also think it'sinteresting that the novel is called Roadside Picnic, because the authors imagined that the zone thatwe see in storke could basically be an area where aliens or Exa to rest ofyour life. I've just stopped by briefly and passing the lie. Humans who've hada picnic in a forest and left all their empty, rappers and rubbish, and theHorse in the forest don't understand what any of these objects that ae leftbehind or- and that was the main concept of storker- that humans wereseen all these discarded items and objects that have distorted thelandscape, that we are used to and created something strange that wewanted to find out more about. Yes, I have seen storker, I have seenlast year at Miriam Bard and I've got a few gats on my film Viewing Korea, butI've been interfilm for about nineteen years. I have got around to these filmsat various points. Do really like stork. I've seen that one a couple of timesand it's got a really great basic story into it, about this characters goinginto the zone and different reasons and s whot of theidea that I've seen a lot of other films since then, like recently, AlexSgylands and Milation at the same sort of idea of these characters wanderinginto an unknown place. Nteliin out at a caprio film by Dunny, boyl called thebeach mind me a little bit of Storka,... the films that I see remind me, alot of stork os wil go that revived from and Jus that whole idea aboutventuring into the unknown, which is e similar to Selarus and probablysomething which I really like about Selarus. Also, and you last year, tmarine about that's again, being a very highly impilageal film. To me. It'sanother film when I watch a lot of films, a often pick up that Marin badconnection, whole idea of a mysterious place with from people doing differentthings, contradictory dialogue like Chris said, and the whole uncertaintyof what's going on Astrat Marian bed, or was it Frederick Pad? And it's justvery stylistically a very interesting film. I love the photography by Sush, aErney ing up and down more different corridors of the only also did a lot ofPeter greenway films like the Cook. The thief, his wife at her lover is a verylusiously short, very involving universe and a film. That's definitelymade an impact fo me, even though you don't quite understand everything atthe end of him an when push comes to shop. I probably befer hear a shamanone and one of the Bayrena films that I've seen last year, Mari and bads definitely avery impressive film and a film that I've enjoyed seeing a couple of timesover the years, maybe three times even that's another one in my Blue Rahcollection. I actually have seen. I think that brings us to a conclusionguys. Take you so much for goning. Once again, I've really enjoyed a discussing notonly my favorite film, but everyone else's favorite film today, and ifanyone listening would like to share their stories of if their favorite filmwit US would love to hear from you. We have a dedicated podcast threat on theICM forum, which can be found on icmformcom to please fer your free tocome and share your stories with us. So one thing, I'd say is don't be like me,actually go out and watch some of these films, because a lot of films that Igot into really early on when I was getting into my film going journey,which I just got around to over the years as ote things have takenpriorities. I guess it's want to be in the point where you've been watchingfilms for nineteen years and you're able to say well, I still haven't seenseven summer right. I try and see some of these liconic films actually arereally good, Olly sins that I've seen been pretty good and on that note, join us again nexttime. When we'll actually talk about some of the biggest films you have Ben,avoiding and why talking images is brought you by ICM Forumcom, one of thebest places to distust films and find new recommendations duing today, thankyou for listening and joinus again soon.

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