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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 23/1/2010 4:03:09 PM   
Deviation


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28. [Rec] (2007, Balagueró & Plaza, SPN) – 3.5/5 ***PROBABLE SPOILERS AHEAD***
For what it's worth, [Rec] can be a pretty effective horror when it wants to be. Proving that conventional jump scares, while sometimes cheap, never go out of fashion, directors Balaguero and Plaza show just how well one can pull off a period of silence brought to a startling halt by an expected and, yet, unexpected image and an accompanying loud noise.


You could always just call it "the bus". It's been perfectly good terminology since it was invented nearly 70 years ago.

And Rec getting a lower score than Anchorman, 8.5 and Alien 3 means you suck arse.  


No, that makes him right.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 23/1/2010 4:06:27 PM   
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To sum up the three I've seen of PA's reviews there; Anchorman is amazing, Tenenbaums and •REC are very good.

Seen Antichrist. Review coming later.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 23/1/2010 4:09:41 PM   
Deviation


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You'd better like it or I'll fill the internet with nasty rumors about you.

Btw, 8 1/2>>Alien 3>>Rec (though it is quite a good film)


We need to make this clear. Clear becuase IT IS FACT.


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There are certainly times where calling a person a cunt is not only reasonable, it is a gross understatement.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 23/1/2010 4:20:09 PM   
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8. Ballada o soldate [Ballad of a Soldier] (1959, Chukhrai)

Happy to know that you obviously enjoyed this as much as I do.
If you haven't already seen it, I'd also recommend The Cranes Are Flying, also a very beautiful and moving film.
I own The Cranes Are Flying, not seen it yet

My last 3 films seen are an unintentional homage to Gimli

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10. Babe (1995, Noonan) RW
I last saw this literally ages ago, but I recorded it off sky recently and gave it a re-watch.
Is it manipulative? Yes, but that's not important. What's important is that it's cute, funny, doesn't talk down to its audience, and is overall lovely. 8

Shorts:

6. Wrong Again (1929, McCarey) {20 mins}
Gets a while to get going, but once the misunderstanding is established, it becomes brilliant. 9

13. Liberty (1929, McCarey) {18 mins}
This is weaker - while the fear of heights comes through well, it's just not as funny as it could be. The first minute is amazing though 6

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 23/1/2010 4:20:20 PM   
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The Empire Strikes Back 8/10

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 23/1/2010 4:33:03 PM   
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4. Dead Ringers (David Cronenberg, 1988) - 5/5
11. The Life of David Gale (Alan Parker, 2003) - 2.5/5

I'll write brief reviews later, as I must buy some din-dins for my cats.



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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 23/1/2010 4:43:27 PM   
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Features:

10. Babe (1995, Noonan) RW
I last saw this literally ages ago, but I recorded it off sky recently and gave it a re-watch.
Is it manipulative? Yes, but that's not important. What's important is that it's cute, funny, doesn't talk down to its audience, and is overall lovely. 8


 How is Babe manipulative?

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Btw, 8 1/2>>Alien 3>>Rec (though it is quite a good film)


Fail.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 23/1/2010 4:44:24 PM   
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12. Antichrist (von Trier, 2004, DEN/GER//FRA/SWE/ITA/POL) Jan

***SPOILERS***

And so finally, I see the film I'd been telling my friends had a cock jizzing blood and a woman cutting her clitoris off. While they found that hilarious and disgusting... so did I. See Antichrist however, and by then it's not actually that funny. The annoying thing about the film is that some moments are utterly brilliant, filled with imagery, cinematography and direction that I'd only dream of emulating. The prologue is the best part of the film; haunting, chilling and somewhat beautiful despite the tragedy. Similarly, Chapters 3 and 4 are stunningly good, brilliantly acted and, with frantic energy and ideology abound, some of the best parts of a film I've seen in a long time. However, the first chapter is amazingly boring. It's too slow, the dialogue goes almost nowhere, and Gainsbourg's performance suffers from just doing nothing (likewise, she fares worse than the amazing Defoe later on, with her descent into madness a little bit melodramatic). Parts of the second are also turgid (She's dream not being one of them - a wonderful sequence), and that talking fox did little but make me chuckle. And as I said, thank God for the last two chapters because it really does up the ante and become a great film. In the end though, it's basically pretentious, ambitious, flawed and dashed with moments of perfection. Lars von Trier is basically wanking all he has at film. And it's a shame that the spunk leaves somewhat of a bitter aftertaste.

Added to performances list:

2. He - Willem Dafoe (Antichrist)
17. She - Charlotte Gainsbourg (Antichrist)

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 23/1/2010 5:10:45 PM   
Deviation


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No rawlinson, U FAIL.


And EpiD, one star less than necessary, I SHALL NOW START SPREADING THE VICOUS RUMORS.



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There are certainly times where calling a person a cunt is not only reasonable, it is a gross understatement.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 23/1/2010 5:47:06 PM   
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Features:

10. Babe (1995, Noonan) RW
I last saw this literally ages ago, but I recorded it off sky recently and gave it a re-watch.
Is it manipulative? Yes, but that's not important. What's important is that it's cute, funny, doesn't talk down to its audience, and is overall lovely. 8


 How is Babe manipulative?

Manipulative is not a very good word to use here, but what I mean is stuff like [Silence. Stadium suddenly erupts and throws hats into the air].
Contrived is better, I guess, but I got tired of using it.

< Message edited by Miles Messervy 007 -- 23/1/2010 5:48:29 PM >


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 23/1/2010 6:39:10 PM   
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2. Salmer fra Kjøkkenet [Kitchen Stories] (2003, Hamer) – 9/10
I’m trying to watch a lot of new films this year, and one of the longest neglected is this pearl of a film by Bent Hamer, which was Norway’s entry for the Foreign Language Oscar in 2003. It is the ultimate voyeuristic tale, with the Swedish government sending trained observators to Norway to study the kitchen habits of middle-aged single Norwegian men. The observators are only there to study, and they are not permitted to converse with the men or strike a friendship with them, a task much easier on paper than in practice.

The larger part of the film focuses on only one of these single men, more specifically a widower named Isak, who is observed by a man named Folke. At first, Isak is reluctant to the whole thing, but soon grows into it. Before you can say… something… the two of them has become intimate. No, just joking. I’m not going to say anything else about the film, other than the fact that it is quite engaging with its cool and relaxed atmosphere, and has the best scene involving a mousetrap I have ever seen. Most certainly recommended.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 23/1/2010 7:44:26 PM   
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12. Living in Oblivion (DiCillo, 1995) USA
16. The Road (Hillcoat, 2009) USA (First View)
21. Under the Volcano (Huston, 1984) USA (First View)
30. Up in the Air (Reitman, 2009) USA (First View)
39. The Book of Eli (Hughes, 2010) USA (First View)
41. Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire (Daniels, 2009) USA (First View)


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 23/1/2010 7:50:58 PM   
Deviation


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How was Precious? I seem to get the idea you didn't like it much. 

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 23/1/2010 8:01:25 PM   
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I'm instantly put off by the superfluous "Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire" in it's title

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 23/1/2010 8:03:04 PM   
Deviation


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That's actually what cost my interest, I have a thing for long titles such as those. 

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There are certainly times where calling a person a cunt is not only reasonable, it is a gross understatement.

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I really wish I could go down to see Privates

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 23/1/2010 8:11:45 PM   
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How was Precious? I seem to get the idea you didn't like it much. 



It’s an odd one, I didn’t hate it, in fact I think some of the performances are good; though Mo’Nique as the monstrous mother is everything you’d expect from such a woman and therefore her performance is incredibly lazy and trite but new comer Gabourey Sidibe is really rather good (having seen interviews with her, even more so) as is shockingly, Mariah Carey. The constant bleakness and impoverished nature of the story is so constant that (for me) it becomes self-parody and is a fine example of Academy Baiting. I also found it difficult not to look at it as a “movie of the week” experience; it’s still far more subtle than The Blind Side but only just.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 23/1/2010 9:21:28 PM   
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Alien 3 has since experienced a critical renaissance of sorts after director David Fincher's rise to prominence


I tend to think this is the key part. Some Fincher fans have made an assessment solely because they like the director and not because the film itself merits it. None of the cuts have changed my first opinion from my first cinema viewing. IMO Ill-thought out and very problematic.



I hope you're not including me there.

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17. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004, McKay, USA) - 4/5**
Outside of Stranger Than Fiction, this is probably the only good "starring Will Ferrell" film out there. It may have its detractors (especially on this board), but I can trust Anchorman to bring the funny every time, and I can say that of few films. It's unrepentantly silly, takes wild tangents and can frequently be juvenile, but there's something so appealing about that all the same. There are a million quotable lines, a million moments of inspired hilarity, a million character moments that just set me off - it's excellent, go-to entertainment for when I need a good time or when I need cheering up.


Really? His cameos in films like "Zoolander", "Starsky and Hutch", and even "Austin Powers" are better than this lump of shit. I understand that it's supposed to be nonsense and just exists for entertainment via silliness, but I'd even take "Talladega Nights" and "Blades of Glory" over this.


Well, the films he cameos in aren't exactly "Starring Will Ferrell" films, are they? Seeing as he's not 'the star' and all. Anyway, we all know you hate Anchorman, but "lump of shit" is too far. TONIGHT'S LEAD STORY: THE STREETS WILL RUN RED...WITH PILES' BLOOD!

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28. [Rec] (2007, Balagueró & Plaza, SPN) – 3.5/5 ***PROBABLE SPOILERS AHEAD***
For what it's worth, [Rec] can be a pretty effective horror when it wants to be. Proving that conventional jump scares, while sometimes cheap, never go out of fashion, directors Balaguero and Plaza show just how well one can pull off a period of silence brought to a startling halt by an expected and, yet, unexpected image and an accompanying loud noise.


You could always just call it "the bus". It's been perfectly good terminology since it was invented nearly 70 years ago.

And Rec getting a lower score than Anchorman, 8.5 and Alien 3 means you suck arse.  


Well, so-rry, Mr. La-De-Da Educated-Pants.

You prefer Rec to 8 and a half and Alien 3? Even with that many stupid people running around in Rec doing blindingly stupid things?

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Features:

10. Babe (1995, Noonan) RW
I last saw this literally ages ago, but I recorded it off sky recently and gave it a re-watch.
Is it manipulative? Yes, but that's not important. What's important is that it's cute, funny, doesn't talk down to its audience, and is overall lovely. 8


How is Babe manipulative?



I second that question and that emoticon.


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She's supposed to be 13! I'd want her to be very attractive though


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Stop being mean to Deviation

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 23/1/2010 9:36:39 PM   
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Alien 3 has since experienced a critical renaissance of sorts after director David Fincher's rise to prominence


I tend to think this is the key part. Some Fincher fans have made an assessment solely because they like the director and not because the film itself merits it. None of the cuts have changed my first opinion from my first cinema viewing. IMO Ill-thought out and very problematic.



I hope you're not including me there.




I didn't know you were a Fincher fan, tbh, so no



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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 23/1/2010 10:08:27 PM   
Pigeon Army


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ORIGINAL: Pigeon Army

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ORIGINAL: elab49

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Alien 3 has since experienced a critical renaissance of sorts after director David Fincher's rise to prominence


I tend to think this is the key part. Some Fincher fans have made an assessment solely because they like the director and not because the film itself merits it. None of the cuts have changed my first opinion from my first cinema viewing. IMO Ill-thought out and very problematic.



I hope you're not including me there.




I didn't know you were a Fincher fan, tbh, so no




Shows how much attention you paid to my list last year, then. 


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She's supposed to be 13! I'd want her to be very attractive though


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 23/1/2010 10:17:55 PM   
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I answered the Babe question to the best of my abilities...

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 23/1/2010 10:28:21 PM   
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I answered the Babe question to the best of my abilities...


I know you did, but this goes far beyond a question of semantics, of the variance exhibited in your lexicon. This requires more than the changing of words at a whim. The issues posited by your statement require deep, probing analysis. I desire an answer from you not unlike that of an oil drill pushing down through bedrock. It must be done.


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She's supposed to be 13! I'd want her to be very attractive though


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Stop being mean to Deviation

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 23/1/2010 10:30:25 PM   
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I answered the Babe question to the best of my abilities...


I know you did, but this goes far beyond a question of semantics, of the variance exhibited in your lexicon. This requires more than the changing of words at a whim. The issues posited by your statement require deep, probing analysis. I desire an answer from you not unlike that of an oil drill pushing down through bedrock. It must be done.



Are you coming on to Miles?


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 23/1/2010 10:32:55 PM   
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I think that was a sex call. I think....

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 23/1/2010 11:03:04 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Pigeon Army

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Alien 3 has since experienced a critical renaissance of sorts after director David Fincher's rise to prominence


I tend to think this is the key part. Some Fincher fans have made an assessment solely because they like the director and not because the film itself merits it. None of the cuts have changed my first opinion from my first cinema viewing. IMO Ill-thought out and very problematic.



I hope you're not including me there.




I didn't know you were a Fincher fan, tbh, so no




Shows how much attention you paid to my list last year, then. 



I knew when I said that my terrible memory would be called up to me. I was trying and failing to dig out the thread before embarrassing myself

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 23/1/2010 11:08:43 PM   
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#04. Superman.

#07. Batman.

Both 5 stars, easily.

Love 'em.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 23/1/2010 11:13:11 PM   
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#04. Superman.

#07. Batman.

Both 5 stars, easily.

Love 'em.



I haven't seen the original Superman in YEARS, can't remember much about it.

Batman though, what an awesome film. The second best Batfilm after TDK.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 23/1/2010 11:14:20 PM   
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Batman though, what an awesome film. The second best Batfilm after TDK.


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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 23/1/2010 11:15:13 PM   
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Batman though, what an awesome film. The second best Batfilm after TDK.



Again, you don't like TWBB. Keep that emoticon's mouth shut

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 23/1/2010 11:24:09 PM   
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By the way, pushing Antichrist up to a 4. Thinking about it, the good parts were too good to give it a 3 overall.

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RE: Top 100 Films I've Watched This Year: 2010 - 23/1/2010 11:35:38 PM   
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Not Here to be Loved (Brize, 2005)
 
2 story strands that don't fit very well together but that are individually interesting. Two people meet at tango lessons – an older man needing exercise and a younger woman practicing for her wedding. The story of emotional constipation on his side – his brittle relationship with his father where he can only have imaginary conversations to say what he feels is mirrored by his own with his green-fingered son, who is clearly out of place in their bailiff's firm is well-done and kept simple, and her frustration with her fiancé and reaction to her mother's over-enthusiastic wedding fervour is credibly done. But the bit where they come together in a relationship isn't – there is little chemistry and it doesn't really convince, even with little touches like the similar kitchen/bread habits.
 
Panda Go Panda (Takahata, 1972)
 
2 short films are on this DVD with Miyazaki doing the creative stuff. But this is really just for the very very little 'uns – very little from this gives hints at their future work (although the big and little dancing pandas credits aren't a million miles from Totoro) and it is distinctly odd as an adult viewer in 2010 (not least the little girl deciding to call big Panda daddy and his son calling her mummy).
 
Village Barbershop (Ford, 2008)
 
Sweet but flawed film with John Ratzenberger as a barber in a small American town. His work partner recently deceased (and his wife sometime earlier) he takes on as a new assistant a young woman – one of those bright young people trapped in dead end cash-free lives in the back of beyond, made worse by her recent discovery of her own pregnancy and just how deadbeat her useless boyfriend is.
 
While a lot of it is old age wish fulfilment with the tricks on his sleazy landlord and doped up neighbours (not to mention – and full kudos to doing topless waitressing at 60! – getting a new girlfriend) it is very winningly played by both leads and a really nice way to spend the odd 90 minutes. The major flaw is the transition from suspicion to partnership between the 2 which is a bit too quick to be convincing given the establishment of Ratzenberger's character, but it doesn't, I think, affect your enjoyment of the film.
               
Der Uberfall (Flicker, 2000)
Another deadbeat dad – urgently needing money for his son Berger is the kind of crook who heads into a robbery and comes out with less cash than he went in with. Inadvertently stumbling into a tailors he ends up holding the tailor and his current customer (Josef Hader, who starred in the far superior Simon Brenner film Come Sweet Death the same year).
 
This is essentially a one-act play with outside detail to move the players around at start and finish. Hostage taker and hostages discuss women, the war and life. There is little new here but Hader's 70% invalid who happily sits untied is more than a tad needy and doesn't want to alert others to their predicament in case if upsets their captor, is the most watchable presence on screen as it heads to a more downbeat than expected territory at times, particularly when the tailor retaliates, although the 'twist' ending tries a little too hard.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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