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Exited to see something somewhat modern again. Hateful Eight is one of my favorite Tarantino films, but he has basically made that same film for years now, and it's the perfect time to move on to something different. He perfected that film with H8.

I read some rumor that Tom Cruise might be in it, and it must be the stunt double role, right? Would make so much sense for Tarantino to cast him in that role. Zoe Bell could be in it too, I guess? Being a stunt double herself and a Tarantino regular and all.
The Small Screen / Re: The Girlfriend Experience
« Last post by wilder on Yesterday at 09:06:27 PM »
Okay episode 5 went full Brown Bunny, was-not-expecting-that...
The Grapevine / Re: Let the Sun Shine In
« Last post by jenkins on Yesterday at 08:52:28 PM »
NOTEBOOK: I saw Claire Denis’s new film, Let the Sun Shine In, yesterday, and it felt like her version of a Hong Sang-soo film.

HONG: [laughs] Another interviewer mentioned that. I haven’t seen it yet.

NOTEBOOK: I only mention it because in an interview for the film she said she told her screenwriter, Christine Angot, “We don’t have much time. We don’t have much of a budget. Let’s film your words.” That approach is out of the ordinary for her but pretty typical for you. Especially in the recent films, your characters barely exist outside of conversation.
This Year In Film / Re: Justice League
« Last post by jenkins on Yesterday at 08:08:44 PM »
my context: including home viewings, streaming, and theatrical viewings, this was the 3rd comic book movie i'd seen in 5 years. my 1st from the recent DC movies. the last Zack Snyder movie i saw was Sucker Punch, i own the blu-ray. from way back, when i saw the Dawn of the Dead remake with my friends i laughed so loud, i remember dying.

Superman represents Hope and he goes missing. he couldn't remember why he'd be around. Batman is trying to conquer fear as always, his and the city's, that's his stye. now, the first sequence with Batman is my favorite visual representation of Gotham City ever. total Zack Snyder there. but Ben Affleck is like a hologram of Batman? and his butler, that actor i forget his name--they were both like holograms of those characters. luckily Batman is obviously fucked up so that makes sense. i like when Aquaman asked Batman, "what's going on in your weird head?" i thought the movie was kind of wondering why Ben Affleck was Batman, he couldn't figure it out either, and the the butler made it clear that they were actually holograms anyway.

i had wondered what Wonder Woman's super powers were, then she was like super powerful, and she defined herself by saying "I'm a Belieber." Wonder Woman was the team's emotional center. she is the one who met to chat with Cyborg. Cyborg is growing powers and trying to understand how to use them. the Cyborg actor had to be half-computer all the time. he was the perfect computer geek, having to be half-computer anyway. so the Flash got to be the total millennial. that was great. i don't think the Flash had a single serious line within the movie, and his most serious moment was when he watched Superman carry a house of people he saved after the Flash had pushed one truck. the Flash is all human nerve. i've heard it said he steals the movie. i forgot there's Aquaman too, he's the mellow male type. he's the cowboy.

so the supervillian is silly he's symbolic. the point is the world feels like shit and does anybody even want to do anything about it. Superman, as Hope, was a big deal, everyone needed him. but i cried 3x during the initial Amazon sequence, when the supervillain was revealed. i cried 1 when the Amazon was holding the falling slab of rock 2 out of confusion over the fallen horse 3 when the Amazons were coming down the hill. i was able to learn of Amazonian emotional strength, and learn of Wonder Woman. as far as i can tell, Wonder Woman represents clear-headed positivity toward others. while Aquaman represents cowboys like i said, and cowboys are like horses, to make them gallop you have to kick them.

so you've got 1 Wonder Woman who is a Belieber 2 Superman is Hope 3 Cyborg represents growing capabilities 4 Flash represents endless curiosities 5 Batman is in a dual battle with himself and the world, he's doing okay 6 Aquaman is the rational, which is reliable but not much else. they all have to work together. i was into it. i got to see what cutting edge Hollywood action scenes look like these days. oh man. you just can't make shit in your backyard anymore (old news). i think that, this far into his career, it's time to acknowledge that Zack Snyder isn't a screenwriter, he's a visual writer. and i'd say he creates Hollywood-type visuals indeed. like Bay. even better though. Snyder is crisp, real crisp. i've heard it said that Synder was needed for editing, and Whedon wasn't helpful. perhaps Whedon was too polite to Snyder, more than Snyder would be to himself, that's the basic complaint. i'm not a musical expert but i wasn't impressed by the score.

i liked this movie as much as i've liked any comic book movie i've ever seen. none of them are my favorite. this was perhaps the most visually memorable one i've seen.
Set in Los Angeles in the summer of 1969, Tarantino’s upcoming movie, according to a source who read the script, focuses on a male TV actor who’s had one hit series and his looking for a way to get into the film business. His sidekick—who’s also his stunt double—is looking for the same thing. The horrific murder of Sharon Tate and four of her friends by Charles Manson’s cult of followers serves as a backdrop to the main story.

Very interesting. Fingers crossed that it's going to be a really different work for him.
A guide to independent film in 2017, cliff notes:

If it's American-made but not produced by Megan Ellison or distributed by A24, it probably isn't worth seeing.

I wish this were an exaggeration.
The Small Screen / Re: Mr. Robot
« Last post by Tictacbk on Yesterday at 04:41:49 PM »
Yes! Loving this season.
News and Theory / Re: Dilemmas
« Last post by Reelist on Yesterday at 04:25:15 PM »
I have a ticket to go see John Carpenter perform some of his most well known scores live, I don't know if there will be a visual component or not. The problem is, it starts in about an hour and I'm really sick. There isn't a single bone in my body that wants to go, which should be a testament to how sick I am. This event is like a once in a lifetime opportunity to see Carpenter in the flesh and actually watch him at work, not just introducing a movie and doing a Q&A afterwards. I don't know if he'll be doing this kind of tour again and I don't think he will be with us much longer, but I just feel like complete shit. I don't want to be around people and I especially don't want to pass this on to anyone. It sucks, but I'm just gonna have to take the hit and sit this one out. GODDAMN, it sucks!
The Grapevine / Let the Sun Shine In
« Last post by wilder on Yesterday at 03:57:04 PM »

Isabelle, Parisian artist, divorced mother, is looking for love, true love, at last.

Directed by Claire Denis
Written by Claire Denis & Christine Angot
Starring Juliette Binoche
Release Date - TBD
This Year In Film / Re: The Killing of a Sacred Deer
« Last post by Something Spanish on Yesterday at 06:04:02 AM »

Well, the film is a real slog from the time of paralyzation to the finish line. I actually like that Yargos never bothers to explain how Martin is able to do what he does, makes it creepier, but I didn't feel there was any development on Farrell's part that shows his trying to remedy the situation other than kidnapping Martin, who is too fleshed out a character to be "not real". Once the paralysis sets in, all the characters are like "Martin, please make it stop", and he's just like, "no", and that's basically it. It would have been nice if Martin got in their head a little more, or elaborated a bit on his logic for executing this plot. And it was a drag that things of interest never went anywhere, like Martin delusionally insisting his mom has a crush on Farrell or the two gifting each other. But like I said it's just thrown in there for weirdness' sake, like Kidman's handjob.


The whole movie felt random, just like the ending, blindly spinning around and busting a shot, then taking off the ski mask to see who's hit.


Can't compare it, but I got about halfway through The Lobster last night and really liked what I saw; look forward to finishing it.
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