Possebon

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Possebon wrote

Carlos Ruiz Zafón's The Labyrinth of Spirits, I actually started this last year in Spanish but my Spanish is so shit I gave up after about 100 pages.

Also, José Saramago's The History of the Siege of Lisbon which isn't my favourite Saramago I've read so far but still really great. It seems much more personal than say, Blindness or Death at Intervals.

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Possebon wrote

I wasn't too sure what to think of it, especially the bit with the Japanese sex doll thing? I read a few theories online but I still have no idea. I think I might need to rewatch it without getting distracted by the animation. I wasn't sure if we were supposed to relate to Michael or not. Is it just that something is "very, very wrong" with him?

Yeah, I didn't like it nearly as much as Synecdoche, New York (which is one of my favourite ever films) but it had some really interesting ideas.

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Possebon wrote

I've been on a bit of a film binge recently, which is weird because I barely watched any last year.

So I watched Takashi Miike's Audition. I've read some of Ryu Murakami's books and seen a few Miike's films so I should have known how uncomfortable it was going to end up but it still managed to get me. Urgh, that wire.

Then it was Anomalisa. I really like Charlie Kaufman's work so I really enjoyed this one. Since I come from North West England it's always nice to hear a familiar accent as a lead role for an American film.

The Long Goodbye was Little White Lies' podcast Film Club and this is the first time I bothered to actually watch the film before listening to it. This was really fun.

Finally, I also watched Network. I probably quoted this film countless times without actually ever having seen it. It does feel like Sorkin-before-Sorkin but without the smarminess and the speech is obviously timeless.

Phew, sorry for so many words. Next week I'm planning to watch Peterloo, La Haine, Departures and who knows what else.

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I finally started la Casa de Papel / Money Heist but I accidentally watched episode 5 instead of episode 2. After watching Westworld I gladly accepted the massive skip in time until I realised starting episode 3 that I had gone massively wrong. I'm really enjoying it, however.

And next I will be watching this week's Alan Partridge.

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Possebon wrote

Bus 174, a documentary about a young guy taking hostages on a bus in Rio.

The documentary goes into a lot about life for the street kids in Brazil and their conditions. It's interesting watching this and then to find out the director (José Padilha) did both Elite Squad movies too.