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    The Freesound Movie Club


    Hello and welcome to the FREESOUND MOVIE CLUB thread

    I’ve been meaning to create this thread for some time now, and what better time than Christmas Day as a gift to you all. It’s intended to be a hub in the Freesound forum for movie-goers to recommend and discuss good films. We have had a few threads hither and thither in the past, geared towards the same thing but no “hub” per se. Due to the nature of the site, its only natural for recommended films to have a priority in the sound design/soundtrack department, however, we welcome all recommendations and particularly encourage commentary on the audio aspects of the films for whatever reason; this is in off-topic after all so it doesn't necessarily have to reflect the specific topic of the site. TV series are welcome too.

    Here’s how to participate:

    1. Watch films
    2. Post in thread your recommendation (one at a time)
    3. Let the discussion ensue

    Important rules to follow:

    • No major spoilers please; it should go without saying, there’s no point in recommending a good movie if it’s spoiled by knowing crucial events during the narrative, so please be careful how you discuss plots.
    • Be nice and tolerant, movie watching is subjective so we are not all going to enjoy and agree on the same things, and so it will be appreciated to show some respect for others’ choices of watching material. And, conversely, don’t be offended if your recommendation is either ignored or not received well by others.
    • Keep it tasteful. Obscure and independent films of all age ratings are welcome by all means, but no pornography or borderline please.
    • When you recommend a movie, please bolden the text of the title so it's easy to see in your post when scrolling. make text bold by wrapping it in this < b >your text here< / b > (remove the spaces)
    • Don't post links to torrents or illegal download locations.

    I will be periodically updating this thread as time goes by, so if you’re interested watch this space. As part of this club, I will be producing a weekly or fortnightly “movie of the week” (MOTW) feature for which I will embed below this post and publish an update post so you know when it has arrived (haven’t decided the time period yet). This feature will be determined on a few objective factors, but ultimately it will be decided by me, but as a group we can agree upon a feature and I will add it to the list for future updates.

    TL;DR - Watch films, discuss and be considerate smile

    *disclaimer* ~ I am not intending to promote illegal pirating/download of published films. The individual members of the community are solely responsible for how they wish to obtain movies recommended here. I do not and will not endorse or encourage this activity.

    **Special thanks to toiletrolltube for his encouragement to get this toilet tube rolling, so to speak**

    MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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    Director: Johnathan Glazer
    Year: 2013
    IMDb link: Under The Skin
    Short synopsis: "A mysterious woman seduces lonely men in the evening hours in Scotland. Events lead her to begin a process of self discovery"
    Interesting afterthoughts/articles: Under The Skin: Sound Design - Film4


    Just a little note: this film is nothing like “Lucy”. I know Lucy was a pretty disappointing film so I just thought I’d say Jonathan Glazer is a very different director than Luc Besson.


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    Great thread and thanks for investing the time, now and future. Long may it live. I really look forward to your future recommendations and to posting mine also. Not too long for me.

    Lately though, I've been spending more time on Steam games, but I'll be sure to post when I watch the next film that moves me.

    Speaking of which, Tallulah http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1639084/ was one that I watched this year that really impressed me. Currently available on Netflix.

    Oh, and there's quite a few TV shows that I can recommend, but later (one at a time as you say).

    I'm not so good at the discussion side of things, but I can certainly suggest a lot.

    John Cassavetes and Woody Allen are amongst my favourite directors, but many more besides.

    Anyway, the beer is really kicking in now, so signing off.

    Don't forget to browse the full Netflix catalogue https://uk.newonnetflix.info/ (uk version).

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    Initially I missed the point of the thread (too much beer). I'll have to watch Under the Skin again before I comment on it, as it's been over a year now since viewing. One of the best films I've ever seen though.

    Hope it's ok to recommend another. I love it (laugh) when reviewers define a particular film as "worst movie ever". That's really quite impossible and there's far too many at the bottom of the barrel. And of course, taste is subjective. Sometimes a film doesn't have to be "great" just reasonably engaging and entertaining. For example, a lot of Kermode's "best of" choices I really don't like at all, but I understand where he's coming from. Personally, I prefer the Blogs and Listal.com for my movie gems - oh, I said movie smile But then, I am a huge fan of Americana.

    Anyway, to the point. Here's another I enjoyed some months ago, not great, but worth the time. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2625810 and by far, not the worst movie ever.

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    Damn it Headphaze, you've got my movie head going.

    "Worst Movie" just reminded me. Some years ago my daughter and I watched The Cat in the Hat 2003 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0312528

    We both loved it, so much in fact that she wanted to watch it again some weeks later. People who were expecting a more traditional style were seriously disappointed, hence the quite low rating and hilarious negative reviews, we pissed our selves laughing at those. One for more modern kids I think - if you have any. I personally wouldn't have watched it otherwise. I can't believe people actually demanded refunds when leaving the theatre. < They should have been told "tough luck" in my world anyway.

    Anyway, like I say, it's a fun movie to watch with your kids.

    P.S freesound doesn't like any text within more than/less than. That's why it's pointing there. "squiggly red line before theatre". I can't spell.

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    Sorry about the delayed response, I was finishing up holiday stuff. Also travelling. You know how it is at christmas

    toiletrolltube wrote:
    I'll have to watch Under the Skin again before I comment on it... One of the best films I've ever seen though.

    It really is; for me too and many other people, which is why I decided to kick the first post off with it. I don't actually like Scarlett as an actress usually, but because the role is so ambiguous, I thought she actually did a really great job of it. The sound design and music is particularly special, it made that film what it is. Did you know it took like a decade to make it? (pre-production to release)


    Damn it Headphaze, you've got my movie head going.

    That was the idea wink Now, if only we could get other to join the hubbub.

    Thanks for the recommendation - "Into the forest" - I have not seen it. And also, the other film i'm not going to watch for obvious reasons.


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    It's no problem, I don't expect immediate replies (or any). But you better god damn reply smile (joking you know).

    No, I didn't know it took a decade to make. Now you've reminded me of another film that took over a decade and filmed in real time as the actors aged. But my mind is fried and I can't remember the title. Some IMDb people hated it, but I loved it. I'll dig it up and post when I have time/remember.

    I'm sure with time others will join in, but if not, I'll be keeping it alive - even with general film stuff, if that's ok?

    Yeah, The Cat in The Hat stuff I wouldn't normally recommend unless you have kids. I've also been through the most awful Pokemon animated movies. You've no idea. Like I mentioned, the former was enjoyable; there are some advantages to having kids (one at least). Thank god I had a girl smile Sometimes dreams do come true.

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    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0240890/

    it's quite late for this movie now, but It's the best movie for Christmas Eve.

    smule sing adalah
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    Well I'll be keeping it alive as well remember with my MOTW.

    I'm just wondering if this is the appropriate sub-forum for the thread? Probably should belong in off-topic, even if people visit it less. But we'll be missing out.


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    Headphaze wrote:
    Well I'll be keeping it alive as well remember with my MOTW.

    I'm just wondering if this is the appropriate sub-forum for the thread? Probably should belong in off-topic, even if people visit it less. But we'll be missing out.

    Ah, but where would it fit though? (if I don't understand your question correctly, forgive me) I can't see an appropriate forum category. Kinda the reason I created another blog, but I'm not in the mood for updating it at the moment. The list is still quite long.

    I think it's a great thread for freesound though, as so much about films is related to sound, in fact an integral part of film/image is. Even in the silent era, a musical soundtrack was deemed necessary. I'll not go into deafness though in danger of off-topicness.

    Just keep it up, and wait. The important thing is sharing your film experiences.

    I will help as much as possible to keep it on the surface of "off topic".

    Regards.

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    toiletrolltube wrote:
    Ah, but where would it fit though? (if I don't understand your question correctly, forgive me) I can't see an appropriate forum category. Kinda the reason I created another blog, but I'm not in the mood for updating it at the moment. The list is still quite long.

    That's the thing, it won't fit anywhere else, thus it's fitting right where it is wink


    Just keep it up, and wait. The important thing is sharing your film experiences.
    I will help as much as possible to keep it on the surface of "off topic".

    Yeah, i'm patient. I'll be updating periodically as I said with a post to revive so it doesn't get lost. I would appreciate if it wasn't just two losers using the forum to have a private conversation. XD

    Anyway. as a side note, I managed to catch up on Westworld. the season finale blew me away. The audio design and soundtrack in that show is really something worth raving about. I'm not sure if you've seen any of it...

    P.S. I did get round to watching Anomalisa and also 10 Coverfield Lane, just forgot to mention in the other thread.

    Anomalisa was quite good, it wasn't really doing anything for me, except amaze me at the quality of model animation. It was an interesting concept i'll say but I just found it quite boring for lack of a better word.

    As for 10 Cloverfield: I absolutely loved it. 9/10 movie in my opinion (maybe that's too generous) but it pushed all the right buttons. The ending was very unexpected.


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    YES film discussion.

    10 Cloverfield Lane was such a well-acted movie on such a small set. I remember rarely leaving the edge of my seat the entire second half. Crazy that it was not even produced to be a Cloverfield movie in anyway whatsoever, but was rather given that association thanks to (I believe) JJ Abrams picking up on it?

    From a soundtrack standpoint I seriously need to recommend the sci-fi movie Oblivion. First selfishly, I am a serious sucker for M83's Anthony Gonzalez and the romantic routes he took with his music. This film was basically his film music premiere, after his last album finally gave him broad mainstream success. He scored the soundtrack with an experienced composer Joseph Trapanese, which helped since Gonzalez had worked thematically before but never on a full movie. In interviews he had always mentioned this being a dream of his however, and so enjoying this movie after M83's album "Hurry Up, We're Dreaming" pushed him into the spotlight just felt like you were riding along with him to a glorious peak of fame.

    Secondly, and more importantly, the soundtrack stands on its own as unique and creative. I remember a few weeks back watching a youtube video on the inauthenticity of Hollywood scores and how many pieces are in fact just stolen from other movies because they sound similar and fit the scene. Guess designers put in a prior made piece to see if the director likes the mood, and sometimes the director will just be like "do it like that one." This made me so mad. It just reinforces the notion of sound use in absence of meaningful purpose.
    So I watched Oblivion again for probably the 20th time. In Oblivion it feels like the soundtrack/score was built around the story, each track purposely laid out and the main theme noticeably underscoring several key uplifting moments in the movie. PLUS the title track features Susanne Sundfør who is a total fox and amazing singer. Hell, they scored a dueling drum battle into a song purely because (they wanted to) they felt the scene required it to help build a sense of conflict and anxiety.
    I don't know I just feel the creative forces from Gonzalez as originally a studio musician and Trapanese as a film composer dancing together throughout.

    And ya know, the story itself is fairly interesting too.
    /endsuggestion

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    Hey TomchikRec. This is a bit late but better than never I guess.

    I watched Oblivion some time ago, now before I watched it initially I thought I might not like it because of Tom Cruise, however it was a very special movie. I remember being blown away by the audio track; music and sound design alike. You reminded me I must re-watch it again. I had no idea that M83's Anthony was behind the music score. This excites me even more so! grin

    Thanks for dropping in to contribute. I hope you can stay and offer more nuggets in the future.

    Cheers
    dp


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    Sorry I haven't been active on this thread. More into gaming at the moment.

    But here's something I love to watch with my coffee and eggs. Rake http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1587000

    I can't guarantee Season 4 is on Netflix as I haven't looked ahead, I'm on Season 3. Really hope it is though. First class Aussie Comedy/drama.

    Also, almost finished watching the original French series of The Returned. I also enjoyed the Australian version Glitch.

    One more. The OA, Brit Marling in weirdo shit again. Although a bit cringe inducing at times, wonderfully entertaining stuff. My favourite roles she played were in Another Earth and Sound of My Voice. I think that she might actually be from another dimension; out of this world actor.

    Isn't it great that we don't have to wait until next week anymore? Woohoo.

    Oh, almost forgot. Love, well, I loved it. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4061080 Also on Netflix.

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    Just watched this brilliant Documentary. Definitely worth 55 minutes of your time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gr7MWxADnko

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    toiletrolltube wrote:
    Just watched this brilliant Documentary. Definitely worth 55 minutes of your time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gr7MWxADnko

    That was a surprisingly interesting watch, I'd never heard of Pitcairn before.

    One film I've been interested in lately is Speilberg's "War of the Worlds". Sure, the story isn't particularly great, or faithful to H.G.Wells, but the sound design is excellent.

    I've been trying to figure out how they made the tripod sound: perhaps an over-amplified didgeridoo and/or a low brass instrument. Wonder if anyone else has any thoughts?

    Also interesting what predictions you guys have for the Oscars. I went on a bit of an animation marathon last year and can't decide between rooting for "Zootopia" or "Kubo and the Two Strings", they were both brilliant films.

    Edit: Well hah, I had not thought of googling how the tripod sound was made before this post. Turns out it was a didgeridoo and a djembe.

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    InspectorJ wrote:
    One film I've been interested in lately is Speilberg's "War of the Worlds". Sure, the story isn't particularly great, or faithful to H.G.Wells, but the sound design is excellent.

    I've been trying to figure out how they made the tripod sound: perhaps an over-amplified didgeridoo and/or a low brass instrument. Wonder if anyone else has any thoughts?

    Also interesting what predictions you guys have for the Oscars. I went on a bit of an animation marathon last year and can't decide between rooting for "Zootopia" or "Kubo and the Two Strings", they were both brilliant films.

    Edit: Well hah, I had not thought of googling how the tripod sound was made before this post. Turns out it was a didgeridoo and a djembe.

    Oh my gosh. The sound of the tripedal alien crafts were just spine chilling in that film. Yes I couldn't agree more on your sentiment about the sound design. There's something about sound that it can make a mediocre film in terms of cast and story into a excellent viewing experience (at least for people like us anyway).

    Fascinating

    It's been 11 years since I saw this film, definitely worth a re-view i think. I don't know if I can bear Tom Cruise just yet though, he's someone I can only watch with moderation. A good actor, but with a lot of stigma attached to him which is hard to detach from. I'm talking about the Scientology stuff.


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    InspectorJ, me neither, and no wonder, right out in the middle of nowhere. Pitcairn sounds like somewhere in Scotland. There is a rather dark side to the Island's more recent history according to another Youtube video, but I'm not interested, nor shall I be watching.

    Funny you should mention Speilberg's War of the Worlds. I watched that last year I think for the first time and really enjoyed it. Forgettable, but entertaining, and that's what it's all about sometimes (gets you through the night). Also enjoyed Tom Cruise in Edge of Tomorrow, kind of a sci-fi Groundhog Day, obviously, but definitely not a waste of time (pardon the parallel).

    Headphaze, I'm not much a Tom Cruise fan either, but for some reason I can overlook the Scientology stuff. Have you watched this? Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief. Disturbing at times, but in terms of a major threat to humanity, it seems pretty harmless to all but those impressionable enough to get involved. Weird stuff though. I still can't decide whether or not it's a scam or viral psychosis.

    Oh, I'm not sure about the Oscars InspectorJ, I don't follow, but probably should pay attention. I don't even know what/who the nominees are. Or is it even at that stage yet? T.V. hasn't been in my life for well over a decade now. Credit to the BBC though, I phone them once every year or two and explain that I have a computer, a monitor and Netflix. And Youtube of course and they accept that. I did let the guy in once, but he didn't seem too rigorous in his inspection duties. Didn't look in my bedroom or kitchen or bathtub or beneath the floorboards etc. When I asked if he wanted to inspect my computer for USB receiver devices, "no, that's ok".
    Anyway, going off...

    Isn't it great, we don't have to wait until next week anymore. I could say a lot more, but I'm exercising some restrain in anticipation of tomorrow's embarrassment.

    Bye for now...

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    Earlier today I watched a film called Symbol (Shinboru in Japanese).

    Think of the weirdest movie you've ever seen, I guarantee this is much weirder than that. It's worth experiencing, so I thought i'd share it. This is one of those films you just cannot categorise into any genre other than "WTF did I just watch". The sound design of the film is superb actually, I don't want to spoil anything by giving details but I can say that the nature of this film requires careful selection of sound effects to drive the peculiar narrative, so from a sound design perspective it's also well worth watching.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1410261/

    Enjoy smile


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    HeadPhaze, reminds me of a film Kyster recommended to me when I used to use used to useused to use used to use used to use used to use Twitter. (Sorry, felt like repeating myself there. Sorry again, it's Saturday and I'm drinking) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0451829/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 Still haven't watched it, Japanese stuff is too weird for me.

    Mostly been on Netflix these days. Here's a couple or twouple I enjoyed.

    Doomsdays https://www.netflix.com/title/80057786 (hopefully the link will take you directly there, haven't tested it).

    Rainbow Time https://www.netflix.com/title/80104240 (this was amazing, loved it)

    Win it All https://www.netflix.com/title/80134527 (not bad)

    Would You Rather https://www.netflix.com/title/70270388 (worth a watch)

    Automata https://www.netflix.com/title/70304989

    Have a nice day

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    hey, i've been looking around for symbol and can't find it. someone give me a tip?

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