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The Small Screen / Re: Game of Thrones (spoilers)
« Last post by polkablues on December 10, 2017, 05:31:51 PM »
You're... welcome?
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Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Phantom Thread - SPOILERS!
« Last post by jenkins on December 10, 2017, 04:59:22 PM »
looking forward to your list of art house favorites from 2017.
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Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Phantom Thread - SPOILERS!
« Last post by wilberfan on December 10, 2017, 04:49:04 PM »
Why don't the masses appreciate this stuff?

There's the crux of the issue, right there.   Subtle, thought-provoking, nuanced...those are qualities that will never appeal to the masses. 

As H.L. Menkin once wrote,

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No one in this world, so far as I know—and I have researched the records for years, and employed agents to help me—has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby.
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The Small Screen / Re: Game of Thrones (spoilers)
« Last post by BreannaWatson on December 10, 2017, 04:23:28 PM »
My husband watches it! But I think it's boring! Anyway, thanks for sharing your thought, guys!
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Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Phantom Thread - SPOILERS!
« Last post by csage97 on December 10, 2017, 02:09:02 PM »
it sucks that some can see a film such as this three times while others in my sort of position won't have access to it for at least a month and maybe not at all until it's released on Blu Ray...

In a weird, twisted, unfair way the campaign is having it's desired effect:  It's building up buzz, getting people even more excited to see it.  (And there is no hesitation for stories/articles/posts to emphasize the "DDL's-last-role!" angle--which I never really think about, to be honest.  To me, this film represents "PTA's Latest Feature" and not "DDL's Last".

In a weird, twisted, unfair way the campaign is having it's desired effect:  It's building up buzz, getting people even more excited to see it.  (And there is no hesitation for stories/articles/posts to emphasize the "DDL's-last-role!" angle--which I never really think about, to be honest.  To me, this film represents "PTA's Latest Feature" and not "DDL's Last".

Yep, and I can't fault it for that. I don't mind the major-city-limited-release thing to generate buzz. I guess I'm just more or less complaining that the wide release status is unforeseeable in the meantime. Will it come to a city near me at all? I don't know at this point. I'm starting to think it won't. Meanwhile, the Justice Leagues, Thors, and Daddy's Homes will go on rolling at the theatre in my city. It sucks that there's not a big demand for visionary, artistic content like Phantom Thread. It's not like the plot or the shooting or the acting is that weird or unconventional or experimental anyway. Why don't the masses appreciate this stuff?

I was having this conversation with a friend last night. He was talking about how he's excited to see Justice League. I said that superhero movies don't interest me. He suggested that they're about the only thing that gets people out of their homes and into the theatre seats. People apparently want to see these larger-than-life spectacles in the Baudrillardian sense.
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Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Influences on each film
« Last post by Drenk on December 10, 2017, 01:38:24 PM »
Freddy almost falling of the ship while people are throwing bananas at him is some kind of allusion to the beginning of Gravity's Rainbow. In the script, I think I remember some stuff that sounded like V by Pynchon too—alligators in the sewers.
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Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Influences on each film
« Last post by Lewton on December 10, 2017, 01:28:26 PM »
Perhaps this will takes things too far outside of the intended focus of this thread, but it may be worthwhile to extend the scope to include literary references, and other kinds of influences (i.e., the transcript from the 1920s, from which he borrowed the "milkshake" line for use in TWBB).

A selection from the beginning of Moby Dick was included in The Master's script, for instance, and was essentially used to introduce Freddie: "Sometimes my hypo's get the best of me, I really feel like walking into the street and hitting people's hats off."

Other influences for The Master include Radiohead's "Harry Patch (In Memory Of)," which Anderson listened to a lot during the writing process.

I wish we knew more about his favourite books...
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Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Phantom Thread - SPOILERS!
« Last post by wilberfan on December 10, 2017, 01:23:06 PM »
it sucks that some can see a film such as this three times while others in my sort of position won't have access to it for at least a month and maybe not at all until it's released on Blu Ray...

In a weird, twisted, unfair way the campaign is having it's desired effect:  It's building up buzz, getting people even more excited to see it.  (And there is no hesitation for stories/articles/posts to emphasize the "DDL's-last-role!" angle--which I never really think about, to be honest.  To me, this film represents "PTA's Latest Feature" and not "DDL's Last".
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Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Phantom Thread - SPOILERS!
« Last post by csage97 on December 10, 2017, 01:15:52 PM »
I finally feel like I can say some real thoughts on the film now that I've seen it three times. The whole thing feels like a symphony, and there's only about 10 minutes of it that doesn't have score. Like it's one movement into another and into another. The editor, Dylan Tichenor, told me he was a little embarrassed by how much music there was, and I understand where he's coming from as music is so often a crutch, but here I feel like that symphonic idea is central to the DNA of the thing, and the music is the loveliest.

It will be interesting to see if this rather extensive screener/working-the-guild-crowd will pay off in nominations/awards.  It's probably a reasonably smart way to get the film in front of the eyes that need to see it for positive awards outcomes.

Is the purpose of the limited release in major cities to have critics view it and generate some buzz for awards season in hopes that the awards buzz will bring in audiences upon a wider release? I understand the natural cycle of these sorts of releases (vs. big studio releases), but it sucks that some can see a film such as this three times while others in my sort of position won't have access to it for at least a month and maybe not at all until it's released on Blu Ray while I can go see Justice League or Thor or The Avengers very easily. (I'm not trying to point a finger at those who've seen it multiple times by now. Obviously they're not at all at fault and I'm totally happy that they took the opportunity; I would of course do the same. I'm just irrationally complaining about the way that movie distribution has to be.)

Maybe I'm projecting an unjustified sense of entitlement here. It's not like I'm talking about the fairness of access to food or housing or something. I guess I'm just letting out a sigh at the state of film distribution.
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This Year In Film / Re: Dina - Documentary
« Last post by jenkins on December 10, 2017, 10:25:23 AM »
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