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News and Theory / Re: Horror
« Last post by polkablues on October 14, 2018, 03:37:19 AM »
I definitely agree in the case of the Conjuring films and its spinoffs. To me, the best, most lasting horror is always built off of a central metaphor, which the "horror" elements serve to give a face to, to externalize and exaggerate. The Shining has the specter of alcoholism and domestic abuse, The Descent is about grief and betrayal, Triangle is an absolute masters thesis on guilt and self-punishment. The Conjuring flicks don't really have any central metaphor (the core of their message seems to be, "There are scary things in the world, and you should always hire professionals to deal with them"), but they're still highly enjoyable, worthwhile horror films, simply on the strength of the aesthetics and the actual filmmaking craft involved. Even if you don't necessarily have anything to say, you can still make a good horror movie if the WAY you say it is strong enough.
News and Theory / Re: Horror
« Last post by jenkins on October 14, 2018, 03:23:02 AM »
i had the thought while looking at the box office success of the Conjuring series, which just found success with The Nun. and i've always dabbled in horror, you know, so i know that really the whole genre is predicated upon aesthetics. the creepy environment you know. you can't really create a creepy environment without having your production methods spot on. so there are a lot of nice looking horror movies that still never find critical appeal and yet endure within the genre, again for example the Conjuring series. it's really all aesthetics
News and Theory / Re: Horror
« Last post by polkablues on October 14, 2018, 03:17:14 AM »
I'm intrigued. In what sense?
News and Theory / Re: Horror
« Last post by jenkins on October 14, 2018, 03:09:44 AM »
i know it's outrageous supernaturalism and everything, as in i'm not negating that fact, but i was thinking the other day how entering the horror genre is a rather practical means of establishing aesthetic values
News and Theory / Re: Horror
« Last post by polkablues on October 14, 2018, 03:04:16 AM »

It's legit.
This Year In Film / Re: First Man
« Last post by polkablues on October 14, 2018, 12:05:22 AM »
Grand Piano (which he wrote but didnít direct) is also explicitly about this theme, but externalized into the framework of a goofy suspense thriller. Iím a big fan of it.
This Year In Film / Re: First Man
« Last post by putneyswipe on October 13, 2018, 11:07:42 PM »
after this film we can all agree that he's this generation's Ron Howard right

I really don't see that at all, Howard is known for one of the most generic, least authorial big directors out there. There's a clear line running through Whiplash, La La Land and this with the portraits of obsessive perfectionists and the conflicts that creates in their personal life, whether artistic or otherwise.
Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
« Last post by Fuzzy Dunlop on October 13, 2018, 10:04:17 PM »
This Year In Film / Re: First Reformed
« Last post by Alexandro on October 13, 2018, 07:23:48 AM »
Hard to disagree with most comments and reviews. I've often wondered how would a film like Winter Light look and feel in today's world, and I guess I got my answer now.

But Schrader is not a mere imitator, perhaps unwillingly. He may wish to do a full homage/rip off of Bresson and Ozu and all of those guys he admires, but he's a profane motherfucker also, and one of the most fascinating things about the film is watch those two almost opposite energies crash into each other.

Ethan Hawke is a revelation, even considering how great he has been over the years and how much he has improved exponentially recently. This is easily his crowning performance, a masterclass of restraint and subtlety. That scene at the beginning between him and the activist is just wild with nothing but containment in every aspect of acting, writing and directing.

Fantastic film.
This Year In Film / Re: Revenge
« Last post by polkablues on October 12, 2018, 07:22:00 PM »
I usually make a point to only buy physical media, but 5 bucks is tempting.
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