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#1 Post by vealster » Sun Nov 30, 2014 3:50 pm

Saw this this morning at the picture house in Hackney hands down the dullest film anyone could see in their life.

Some people are filmed on a cable car in Nepal mostly doing and saying nothing and err that's about it really!

Myself and half the rest of the audience left early. Avoid.

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#2 Post by missgotty » Wed Dec 31, 2014 1:56 am

Like watching paint dry, repetitive and easily the most boring film of 2014.

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#3 Post by The Sparrow » Wed Jan 07, 2015 1:52 am

I thought at least there would be stunning scenery and possibly sightings of some creatures. How wrong was I. Dull barely describes this.
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#4 Post by RevKeith39 » Wed Jan 07, 2015 9:28 pm

Thought I would hate this. The premise sounds ridiculous. And for the first 30 minutes I was proved right. Several people walked out and my wife and I were getting ready........but then we watched a goats arse for about 15 minutes (no, really) and we were hooked! So glad we stayed. It became fascinating and the scene where an old lady was trying to eat a melting icecream was touching and hilarious. This was a film that stayed long in the memory, far longer than some films that I loved at first but then struggled to recall. There's a lesson there.
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#5 Post by stuartboy » Wed Jan 07, 2015 9:59 pm

I went knowing what I was going to see. Stayed the full 2 hours. Didn't sleep (whereas dosed through Testicles of Youth earlier in evening). No other walk outs in Edinburgh either. Strangely hypnotic and mesmerising. Was starting to get a little bored until the old guy pulled his cock out! Luckily this was a live chicken which I think was to be sacrificed in the temple. Then the goats appeared. They were priceless. Hoping they were just tourists too, and not lambs to the slaughter. This has to be one of the Marmitiest films I've seen in a long time.
Not sure how to mark this film as the scenery did its own thing. There was not cinematography. No script. No acting. No story. No beginning, middle or end. It was simply a moving picture postcard, but one that didn't outstay its welcome.
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#6 Post by The Sparrow » Thu Jan 08, 2015 12:50 am

stuartboy wrote:I went knowing what I was going to see. Stayed the full 2 hours. Didn't sleep (whereas dosed through Testicles of Youth earlier in evening). No other walk outs in Edinburgh either. Strangely hypnotic and mesmerising. Was starting to get a little bored until the old guy pulled his cock out! Luckily this was a live chicken which I think was to be sacrificed in the temple. Then the goats appeared. They were priceless. Hoping they were just tourists too, and not lambs to the slaughter. This has to be one of the Marmitiest films I've seen in a long time.
Not sure how to mark this film as the scenery did its own thing. There was not cinematography. No script. No acting. No story. No beginning, middle or end. It was simply a moving picture postcard, but one that didn't outstay its welcome.
I have bad news for you about the goats. :cry:
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#7 Post by prettyxcool » Thu Jan 08, 2015 11:35 am

I went to see this at an ourscreen screening at Stratford East Picturehouse last night

I saw the trailer and thought it looked interesting. A fly on the wall documentary or rather a fly in the cable car going up and down a spectacular mountain in Nepal to the Manakamana Temple. Unfortunately, it did not live up to the trailer or its blurb, as it started off quite dull, but strangely you get hooked as you get drawn into these people who were travelling on it.

There is not much action, as expected in a cable car where you are told to keep seated and not lean out etc, as you watch people travel up and down. However, I felt they were very self conscious and a little tense of the camera being there and so it did not feel natural if they were trying to be natural.

Each journey takes about 8-9 minutes, and can get quite slow and boring when they do not even chat to each other, but just ride the cable car. Take the grandfather and grandson, they seem either very worried to be on the cable car up so high that they hardly moved or utter a word, or is it because the camera was watching them. I can understand how nerving wracking that could be if you have height anxiety too, as cable cars do swing at the slightest movement! The three bar musicians, who kept touching their lustrous long, long hair, trying not to be self conscious, and taking selfies. Then the two girl tourists, took some time to relax before letting their guard down a bit to chat about her camera and being able to get a roll of film (thought these were obsolete with digital cameras) and discussing about taking a long time to sort out their photos.

There was some comic relief from the two women eating ice cream, with one having a plastic bag to catch the melting ice cream, and the other struggling, as she had to make do with the wrapping and her clothes, and the two musicians who did an impromptu performance with their string instrument.

One couple was quite interesting though, with the man holding an offering and all you could see was a pair of chicken's feet sticking upwards, and the couple would point out the hills, the new houses, and the old paths where the people before would have taken days to trek to the temple before the cable car was built.

If you like people watching, then this is it, but with the beautiful landscape in the background. It is a shame the camera stays static pointing at the passengers and you never see what they see and the actual temple that they are visiting. The film is shot in one continuous shot so no editing of boring bits and it shows! 4/10
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#8 Post by RAZORBACK » Sat Jan 10, 2015 5:27 pm

I thought this was certainly different to the norm but did find it quite hard work at times.

The scenery was nice & it did feel like I was actually in the cable car but some of my fellow passengers were more interesting than others (my personal favourites were the goats).

Overall it was an interesting experiment but definitely not something I'd ever want to revisit in the future so it only gets a 5/10 from me...
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