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  1. Movie/TV recommendations

    Yesterday I finished my movie-watching quest of recent years. I looked up some old posts in this thread I made when I starting it. 1. I did see a lot of Bergman movies and liked most of them, but I realized he made so many movies, that I'm probably never going to watch all of them. I have the new Blu-Ray box set, will go through that and I'm sure Bergman will actually become my most watched director. 2. It took me a while to actually get the Letterbox Top 100 watched! I only finished it this month. Because it had Satantango and I just never picked it for watching. I had to go through almost all the other films in the various Top 100s and Top 250s I ended up going through, before I dared go for the 10 or so 4-15 hour length movies that were on Letterboxd and Sight & Sound Top 250. 3. I have now marked 2871 films as watched. Always my disclaimer when talking about number of movies watched: some of them were shorts. (But then again a couple of them were 14 hours long). Hi Patrick! I also took it as a side quest to watch through all the Oscar best picture winners now. 15 to go, I hope to finish in June. Driving Miss Daisy, yeah, not great. I'm not sure how one would compile a list of every "essential arthouse" film, but I do think I have some more to do here. So I should maybe start looking in that direction, but no doubt I've seen a lot of them by now. And Harakiri by Kobayashi was one of the first movies I picked to watch back then from the very top and then started going down from there. And yesterday I appropriately closed the circle with the same director's Samurai Rebellion. To sum up, these are the lists I ended up watching to 100%, in order of completion: 1. AFI 100 Years 100 Movies 2. Sight & Sound 2012 Directors Poll Extended 3. Sight & Sound 2012 Critics Poll Extended 4. First 300 only: /r/TrueFilm Canon (1000 films) (it was mostly automatic, seems to match my watching habits well - only had to watch 3 or so extra films from here) 5. Official Top 250 Narrative Feature Films Bonus side quest TODO: 6. Academy Award Winners for Best Picture And I think after doing the last one I will still at some point try to get more of IMDB Top 250, maybe during a decade or so every movie from 1000 films to watch before you die etc. But generally I will start to scale down my film watching now, I hope. Or at least try to be less obsessive about it. What have I learned from all this? I'm not sure. I am not very good at expressing my thoughts about the films or deeply analyzing them so I haven't even written short reviews on Letterboxd for most of them. But recently I did start writing more reviews, even if they don't say much. I mostly watch these films as entertainment, and to broaden my horizon. Eventually I did start having a more analytical thoughts while watching and I definitely get a feeling early on just from the cinematography whether a movie is going to be a 3-star or 4-star movie for me. And I try to analyze the dramatic structure and take that into account when rating. I also made a short film while doing this, and I want to continue making those. I also started taking part of a local movie quiz season and my team is nearing 3rd place but never quite able to get there. Most of the ones above us have film critics, distribution professionals etc. in their teams, though. Was it worth it? Eventually it definitely got obsessive, and when this quarantine started I saw that as a chance to get this over with more quickly than I had planned. I like that I've seen all these films now and have a wider picture of the history of cinema. I have some regrets about not spending my free time in a more balanced way... but not so much really, it was fine.
  2. Movie/TV recommendations

    The Best of Youth is made up of two 3 hour parts, so it's a relatively easily watchable superlong (> 4 hour) movie and my favourite of those so far. It tells the life story of two brothers and their extended family from their time as students in the 1960s Italy to the 2000s. Even though I think the movie has some flaws, it became one of my favourite movies ever because it really affected me a lot emotionally and I can't stop thinking about it. I wish I was watching it again right now, but it will have to wait until I'm done with my list-watching (4 movies totaling 35 hours + 27 historic Oscar Best Picture winners to go). [edit] I found out it was originally shot for Italian TV as a miniseries. Now suddenly it makes even more sense why it is so easy to watch, has perfect pacing and looks somehow more modern than most movies.
  3. Letterboxd

    I mostly run into 3 people's ratings and reviews on Letterboxd who seem to watch or have watched a lot of the same films as I have: PatrickRipoll - from here (used to be), good well-argued reviews, I don't always agree though. Also I follow Patrick's co-hosts from Director's Club podcast, but they don't seem to write reviews there. MikeMariano - also from here. Really interesting ratings that usually seem to go against the consensus. I wish you also wrote more reviews, @mikemariano ! hamburgersplash - I thought they were from here, but search doesn't reveal. So I can't remember how I started following them, but as I'm watching world cinema they are almost always ahead of me with a one sentence review (and no rating). [edit] ah, realized that I probably followed hamburgerslash because he made a popular list [edit2] oh and I forgot the 4th one I mostly run into: Sean Baker, the director of Tangerine and The Florida Project. He seems to watch a lot of movies and actively logs them with some comments. He usually avoids giving an opinion, though, which I guess is understandable viewpoint for a director of popular movies.
  4. Plug your shit

    I have very little experience with fleeces, I should expand my world to include them.
  5. Half-Life 3

    I want the best one, I guess Index is it at the moment? Although it's pretty much the maximum I would pay for one (well I'm willing to get a new graphics card too). I heard a lot of good about Beat Saber but somewhy I have doubts if it's for me. We'll see.
  6. Half-Life 3

    You're right. I've been putting it off for years. Time to do it! [edit] Damn! I think I was a bit late. If I'm not wrong, then a couple of days ago it would have been in stock, but now there's a 8 week wait. [edit2] So sad. I was getting excited, but I guess I can wait... and maybe I was wrong aobut availability couple of days ago, some site is still showing that it's "available" after google search. Anyway, sad news is that I have the EXACT minimum GPU for Index , so to play games I probably want a newer one and good news! hardware hasn't made some kind of leap in the mean time so my pci-express 3.0 slot still seems valid for newest graphics cards?!?! I didn't dare hope so but lucky me.
  7. Half-Life 3

    I just found out that I'll be working from home for AT LEAST 3 more months... I should find some outdoor activities , but also really tempted to get a VR now... Valve Index seems to be in stock even? But I'm still really doubtful that it will get much use beyond this game and a couple of others. And I don't even have that much time for extra indoor activities...
  8. Movie/TV recommendations

    I have now seen 8 Yuzo Kawashima movies! None of them have been quite as good as Suzaki Paradise, but his best work is still ahead. Anyway, I hope the restorations of these films will end up getting some more exposure in the coming years (maybe Criterion). One thing that all of his movies seem to have in common is that they are almost all more about women than men, or at least they treat both as equals, often having main characters of both genders. And some of the films highlight the struggle that women have had to face. I'm not sure I'd call these feminist movies, but it's still so good to find that even back in the 50s Japan, not all filmmakers were sexist or focusing mainly on men's stories.
  9. Oh damn, the amount of rather clever gameplay jokes in this is pretty amazing. Just my two favourites so far: FEELING OLD spoiler: Everything before SUFFERING spoiler. Don't look at this to soon, I think it's actually one of the greates moments in any game I've played in a while:
  10. The FEAR level was brilliant! The last puzzle almost had me reaching for a walkthrough until I remembered that EXAMINING inventory might be useful. You can't have made all these levels in just a few months, right? So when you did the podcast in the bubble bath or something and talked about writing, you already had a functioning prototype? Would love to consume some behind the scenes on this, haven't looked for it yet, maybe after I finish the game.
  11. I’m very early in the game (got Joy), but I like it.
  12. Idle Thumbs Readers Slack & Discord

    BTW what are the main active channels in Slack? I'm basically only in the TV and movies one at the moment. [edit] Actually I may have muted one of the active ones, #phaedrus-chat, I think it overwhelmed me at some point.
  13. Movie/TV recommendations

    I think I found a new Mario Bava (director to obsess over) for myself - Yuzo Kawashima. Mubi has a special on him at the moment and I loved the two movies I saw so far: Suzaki Paradise - a simple story of a couple struggling with poverty, who move to a place next to a red light district and try to make it there. It's somehow just told in such a nice and enjoyable way. Tales of Ginza - this is almost a city symphony, a campy hang-out movie, and has a Rosebud in it. It gets quite ridiculous at times, but I love it. Both of them have excellent cinematography and I believe his movies have only recently gotten proper restorations. Anyway I haven't quite started obsessing yet, but I might after I watch the rest of the ones available on Mubi.
  14. Looks great! Will rewatch on bigger screen later. Can’t wait for the release.
  15. Life

    Well, I got over it actually in a few days/weeks and didn't go to see a therapist. Lately I've been getting a strong feeling that an era has ended (mostly for me personally). My grandma died and even if we weren't super close lately, and I should have spent more time with her than I did, it still gave me an overwhelming feeling that the world is now irreversibly different. Then there's also that I turned 40 just last year. Then there are several things that have been happening over the past few years. I'm no longer hanging out with some friends from childhood at all. We've just grown apart and some spend all their time with work/family. I also had a break-up with a friend who turned out to be an asshole, I think I wrote about it here when it happened. I have made some new friends, thankfully. In my digital life, I'm no longer enjoying computer games as much as I used to. When I play some longer games now I have a nagging feeling that I should be doing something else. Then there are these Idle Thumbs forums here, which don't feel active at all any more and I'm not sure that Slack can fully replace forums for me. Also I rarely listen to the podcasts now when I don't play games much. I'm not sure that I'll ever find another place like this used to be, though. Also now a server that we set up at university in 1997 or so is being closed down and I might lose the e-mail address from there. I've mostly migrated my e-mails away already, though. But I like, still have all those e-mails in a locally running Mozilla Thunderbird, while for other stuff I've used GMail since that's been available. To add to that I'm developing a different attitude to work because I'm not enjoying it as much as I used to. If it wasn't for financial obligations I've managed to create, maybe I would quit IT and try to work in film. But I know it's probably super hard from what I've heard, especially in a place like Estonia where we don't have a big film industry. I've also been thinking if at some point I should have after all seriously tried to become a game programmer instead of working on business software and dev tools. But I think by now game programming (at least when it comes to graphics) has evolved into such complexities that I'm way too behind to consider that again. And a decade also ended (or will end in a year, depending how you count). There's also the political changes in the world... things that were unthinkable 10 years ago seem almost normal now. But on the other hand things have also improved in many ways, there also seems to be a lot more acceptance of people who were ignored before. So yeah, feeling kind of nostalgic and sad right now, but hopeful.