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News and Theory / Re: Who's Next To Croak?
« Last post by wilberfan on Today at 07:47:50 PM »
Gary Kurtz, Film Producer

“The toy business began to drive the [Lucasfilm] empire,” he said. “It’s a shame. They make three times as much on toys as they do on films. It’s natural to make decisions that protect the toy business, but that’s not the best thing for making quality films.”
Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Untitled PTA Project (2020)
« Last post by axxonn on Today at 06:17:33 PM »
I'm pretty excited to see him work with other DPs (he name-checked a few he hopes to work with not so long ago: Lubezki, Robert Richardson, Darius Khondhi?)
The Grapevine / Re: The Other Side of the Wind
« Last post by wilder on Today at 04:43:24 PM »
The making-of doc will have a simultaneous netflix release

News and Theory / Re: What Films Are We Watching?
« Last post by polkablues on Today at 04:23:10 PM »
been wanting to see Exotica long time now, Felicia's Journey too. only significant Egoyan I've seen is The Sweet Hereafter.

All three of those are so good. Ararat is another one I'd recommend seeking out.
The Grapevine / Re: Holiday
« Last post by jenkins on Today at 03:58:09 PM »
i want to see it

News and Theory / Re: What Films Are We Watching?
« Last post by jenkins on Today at 03:55:52 PM »
it's beach noir, in this case Florida noir, stemming from Floridian writer Charles Willeford, the first in his Hoke Moseley series.

Willeford also known for Cockfighter, which he adapted for Monte Hellman, and this memoir of his youth

News and Theory / Re: What Films Are We Watching?
« Last post by Something Spanish on Today at 02:24:06 PM »
Yeah, she’s very sweet in it. A bit naive for a prostitute, but we’ve seen those type before (in movies, that is). Never been to the Roxy before, any theater that plays 35 is a blessing.
News and Theory / Re: What Films Are We Watching?
« Last post by eward on Today at 12:08:22 PM »
I saw Miami Blues on 35 at The Roxy a few months back and found it similarly enjoyable. Jennifer Jaaon Leigh stole it for me.
News and Theory / Re: What Films Are We Watching?
« Last post by Something Spanish on Today at 10:13:03 AM »
been wanting to see Exotica long time now, Felicia's Journey too. only significant Egoyan I've seen is The Sweet Hereafter.

over the weekend I saw Miami Blues, a film that got on my radar nearly four years ago when BAM was having a film noir series ahead of Inherent Vice's release. not certain if this falls into film noir, it's way too batshit and off the rails to be categorized there. if not for baldwin and jason leigh and fred ward i don't think i would have made it all the way. it's awesome to see baldwin so untamed , his eyes glint animal primacy the entire time. he's a great actor, but no role he's had in the past 25 years compares to the lunacy of career criminal Junior. the movie is fucking out there, in the cheesiest of bad good movie ways. at one point baldwin attempts to stop a convenient store stick-up using a large jar of pasta sauce to fend off the gun toting robber. also, he somehow has the preternatural  abilities to place himself smack in the middle of criminal activity, be it a drug deal or robbery. if you're looking for something kitsch, completely unbelievable yet fun, you could do much worse.

also saw The Ballad of Jack and Rose last week for the first time, knew i was in for a good one the second 'i put a spell on you' plays at the start. a few good Dylan tunes come later. it's a very good, slightly disturbing, portrait of a father-daughter relationship.
The Grapevine / Holiday
« Last post by wilder on Today at 04:44:45 AM »

A love triangle featuring the trophy girlfriend of a petty drug lord, caught up in a web of luxury and violence in a modern dark gangster tale set in the beautiful port city of Bodrum on the Turkish Riviera.

Directed by Isabella Eklöf
Written by Isabella Eklöf and Johanne Algren
Release Date - TBD

Quote from: Letterboxd user matt lynch
This isn't playing REVENGE's tantalizing genre games, it's not IRREVERSIBLE's descent into Hell. Closer to ELLE but guts you with its patient austerity as opposed to Verhoeven's excited provocations. This'll be sticking with me.

Quote from: Letterboxd user Jacob Knight
Were ‘18 to end today, Holiday may very well rank as my #1 movie of the year, for the simple reason that I haven't been able to shake the troubling feeling it left me with since first seeing it in January. Isabella Eklöf's cold, precise, detached tale of a gangster's mistress – Victoria Carmen Sonne, delivering a freshman performance that's absolutely devastating – who learns what it means to become an object (and how she chooses to live with that fact) could have never been made by men. Because Eklöf – who also co-wrote the outstanding modern fairy tale, Border, which NEON is distributing later this year – is making a movie about a woman coming to terms with becoming a literal product, to be used and disposed of as her keeper sees fit, and never judges her once for it. The level of clinical examination is downright Cronenbergian in its amorality, treating this concubine like a test subject in the most gorgeous lab possible (the beautiful port city of Bodrum on the Turkish Riviera).

Quote from: Letterboxd user Lucinda
Unusually insightful about the ways women are conditioned to play nice and put on our people-pleasing personas even as terrible things are done to us, and about the ways anger can be misdirected when it’s too risky or destabilising to confront the underlying reason for it.

At no point did I feel unsympathetic towards the main character’s point of view, and I was pissed off about a question in the Q&A that assumed the film deliberately set out to mess with audiences’ feelings towards her and how likeable she was (FFS).

Interesting to hear Isabella Eklöf talk about the poster and how it deliberately makes the film look sexier and implies a revenge narrative that doesn’t actually exist. The way the film treats the aftermath of sexual violence is far more disturbingly realistic than any rape-revenge scenario that could have played out.

Quote from: IMDB user DJKwa
If the six people that walked out during the screening are any indication, Holiday is going to provoke some polarising opinions. It's a tough watch, a film designed to get under your skin and features one of the most graphic rape sequences ever committed to screen. However, what's most shocking about the film is the realism in which everything is portrayed.

The story, in short, is about the terrible things men do to women and that women allow men to do to them. While the plot meanders and never provides any definitive answers, the frustration it elicits is part of the film's effect. It's not for the faint hearted and in the "me too" era, Holiday is definitely going to provoke some fierce conversation. I didn't like the film but it got the exact reaction that it wanted out of me and it's been crawling under my skin for days.
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