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Old 02-13-2022, 07:55 PM   #23941 (permalink)
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Claudine, starring Diahann Carroll and James Earl Jones. Been listening to the soundtrack lately, which piqued my interest in the film. Such a bittersweet movie with really endearing performances by Carroll and Jones. I was pleased to learn it's in The Criterion Collection.

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Old 02-14-2022, 12:03 AM   #23942 (permalink)
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A hero - Asghar Farhadi (2021)

Another masterpiece from the director of A separation (for which he won an Oscar). Should be subtitled The road to hell is paved with good intentions. 2h of anguish as good but not great people try to wrangle the system and catch a break.
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Old 02-17-2022, 02:43 AM   #23943 (permalink)
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Wow, I didn't know someone somewhere is actually getting into trouble for torrenting. Do vpns help?

Btw how do they understand you're torrenting and not streaming? The amount of data should be the same.
People do get in trouble for torrenting in Canada/US. I was a very prolific piratebay user for years in Canada but nothing happened probably because I was downloading relatively esoteric or at least foreign stuff, not something Disney or whoever might have any stake in. But later when a neighbor in NYC showed me the letter he got for downloading a new season of Rick and Morty (first strike out of three), I got spooked and stopped.

VPN is too advanced for me, and since it isn't free, doesn't it defeat the purpose?

Couldn't say what's the difference between streaming and torrenting, I go to streaming sites mostly to watch soccer.
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I got an email once but the general consensus I see online is that whatever company contacts your ISP provider, who does not disclose your identity to that company, and it's the ISP provider who then sends you something threatening but will just throttle your connection if they're contacted again by a company. So you're probably still safe legally unless you're doing something more than just stealing Beauty and the Beast for your own personal use.
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People do get in trouble for torrenting in Canada/US. I was a very prolific piratebay user for years in Canada but nothing happened probably because I was downloading relatively esoteric or at least foreign stuff, not something Disney or whoever might have any stake in. But later when a neighbor in NYC showed me the letter he got for downloading a new season of Rick and Morty (first strike out of three), I got spooked and stopped.

VPN is too advanced for me, and since it isn't free, doesn't it defeat the purpose?

Couldn't say what's the difference between streaming and torrenting, I go to streaming sites mostly to watch soccer.
A vpn is maybe 50 euros per year I think, so the amount of stuff you can download with it is still very much worth it. Also, I'm no tech expert, it's just a program you download, install and run.

I stopped downloading music since most of the things I listen to is available on spotify but movies and TV shows I still torrent. But I live in the outback of the world so...not really concerned about legal action.
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Old 02-17-2022, 11:18 AM   #23946 (permalink)
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there are free vpns guys. sometimes that means they're no good but there are some decent ones
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I got an email once but the general consensus I see online is that whatever company contacts your ISP provider, who does not disclose your identity to that company, and it's the ISP provider who then sends you something threatening but will just throttle your connection if they're contacted again by a company. So you're probably still safe legally unless you're doing something more than just stealing Beauty and the Beast for your own personal use.
The Man certainly didn't seem to mind when I downloaded Cocteau's 1946 film of that name!

But overall better safe than sorry. Wasn't there some story about a kid who had his life ruined because he downloaded a Nirvana song off Napster?

It also depends on where you are, what's your living situation etc. The guy who downloaded a new season of Rick and Morty was living in subsidized housing provided to postdocs and was understandably freaked out by the possibility of being penalized by the institution that hosted him cause who knows what the rules are.
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Old 02-17-2022, 01:19 PM   #23948 (permalink)
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ronin (1998, john frankenheimer)

Plot is convoluted and utterly pointless but the chase scenes are so textbook good they're almost comic. Reinstated Frankenheimer to the director A list after years of absence. But it's gorgeous fluff.
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Some "international movie" oscar noms:

Drive my car - Ryusuke Hamaguchi (2021) (Japan)

To me it seemed like a not very well acted and trite movie masquerading as something more profound by taking things real slow (3h runtime) and connecting itself to Chekhov. Hidetoshi Nishijima is certainly very pleasant to look at, even if he has trouble emoting. 6/10

The Worst Person in the World - Joachim Trier (2021) (Norway)

It's a movie about a woman who doesn't know what she wants that ends with her not knowing what she wants. In the meantime she fights for her right not to know what she wants and strings along a few people while doing it (hence the title). It's like spending 2h in conversation with someone who is not on the same wavelength with you. There's lots of thoughts and emotions which should have an impact if you relate to the characters, which I didn't. 6.5/10

Flee - Jonas Poher Rasmussen (2021) (Denmark)

I think this is the first movie I've seen which addresses what the refugee experience is like. It's devastating (but thankfully has a happy ending). 8.5/10
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Licorice pizza - Paul Thomas Anderson (2021)

Another Oscar contender that I don't get. Headed by two ok actors who were cast mostly because they're famous people (Haim because she's a part of Haim and Hoffman because he's the son of Phillip Seymour) and featuring a host of pointless and graceless famous cameos, it also features some offensive stereotypes (as kinda explained by Anderson, because that's how people were in those days!). Also, it's a love story between a grown woman and an underage boy, which is not only weird but illegal. But aside from that, nice costumes and music. 6/10.
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