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News and Theory / Re: Assorted movie news
« Last post by jenkins on October 08, 2018, 01:38:42 PM »
i'm not sure why its release has been delayed, in fact i'm surprised it has a new trailer. one day i'll see this

Coming to selected theaters 11/2/18
This Year In Film / Re: The Old Man And The Gun
« Last post by Sleepless on October 08, 2018, 08:48:42 AM »
So Ghostboy has done it again. Of course he has. This movie is the perfect autumn movie. It's like your favorite wool jumper, which you wear while reading a book in front of a small wood fire, outside a large window with grey skies outside on a Sunday morning. It's got touches of melancholy and nostalgia, but throughout it is a cheerful, positive, and fun films. The montage of Tucker's escapes is especially touching, amusing, and compelling. I think I had a huge smile across my face for pretty much the duration of the film. I really hope Redford gets over his resistance to campaigning, because it'd be great for this film to serve not only as his final performance, but his final Oscar-winning performance. Bravo!
News and Theory / Re: Horror
« Last post by Sleepless on October 08, 2018, 08:38:36 AM »

Low budget production, which overcomes money with great ideas. We don't see any "zombies" for 50 minutes. Instead we're trapped together with crew inside the small local radio station, which is reporting on outbreak. We (as audience) share same confusion and disbelieve with characters: what is going on / is this for real? Much is left to our imagination - nice to see something else than gore fest.

SPOILERS - skip further paragraph if you didn't see a film. What comes next is big mind fuck - it requires a lot of trust from audience. I can see falling it apart easily if questioned too much at that time - it works better if left alone for the time. It explains ambiguous opening, which serves as reminder to "pay attention to words". Pontypool is heavy on allegories, it has social commentary (wink to Romero), which is a bit obscured and abstract. Infected words - some topics avoided in politics? The Herd, "You're shooting at scared people" - political protests? Mixed with mostly ignorant media - radio, which is more interested in shocking than informing.

Pontypool feels very refreshing, definitely worth seeing, even if film doesn't succeed in 100%.

Spoils. This is currently playing on Mubi for their Horrific October. It's pretty good. First half is a bit slow as things start happening away from the studio and the pieces of the puzzle are gradually put together. Honestly, there were moments when it leant a little too heavily on the idea of trying to create a sense of horror from "remote" events that we never actually see. But once the action infects the studio, it gets much better and at times really fucking creepy as words and sounds turn into nonsense as people become infected. If you were unimpressed by A Quiet Place, I recommend this.
The Small Screen / Re: Maniac
« Last post by pete on October 08, 2018, 02:01:39 AM »
so many obvious punch drunk love ripoffs
Real-Life Soundtracks / Re: Kanye West
« Last post by jenkins on October 07, 2018, 09:18:42 PM »
i was watching Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and funny enough it reminded me that science people have been ahead on social politics for a while now too. art people of course, but science people too. Kirstie Alley makes her bigscreen debut playing someone training to be a captain--she's Romulan/Vulcan, so logical with a dash of emotions. woman as a captain. the next captain we see is Paul Winfield, he's black. William Shatner still the white knight but they were saying, all the way back then and not even as a central plot point, there were other possibilities for ship captain.

in terms of smoking cigarettes, it's interesting to me that they decided to take down the sign. this is the reason stated
The "No Smoking At Anytime On Bridge" sign from the first scene was removed in later bridge scenes when Gene Roddenberry complained that smoking would not exist in the future.
if you have tried to quit smoking, remember what Gene Roddenberry  thought

the initial portion of this post did directly link to the theme in jb's above post, because what i was saying is it's rather ridiculous how long it's taking to square away the basic fact that all people are created equal, i didn't know i'd phrase it that way but look how basic it is. the topic extends beyond politics into literally all of humanity and the fight won't end until the topic is squared away, as it shouldn't, since there's no question that the fight is worth its time and effort, and there's no question the wasted energy and misspent time is coming from the other side. what i think Taylor Swift exemplifies is two things 1 traveling to different parts of the world always helps a person grow 2 there's simply going to be a new perspective from a younger generation--i really think that's brewing, and a lot of the dumb problems we have now will finally be gone from us in our future
Real-Life Soundtracks / Re: Kanye West
« Last post by Jeremy Blackman on October 07, 2018, 08:42:49 PM »
Meanwhile, Taylor Swift has finally voiced a political opinion. She doesn't offer any stunning insights or anything, and it's a bit meh that she sticks to cultural issues, but this is an unambiguously great thing to do. She even endorsed 2 specific Democratic candidates in her home state.

Iím writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which Iíll be voting in the state of Tennessee. In the past Iíve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now. I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country. I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent.

I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love. Running for Senate in the state of Tennessee is a woman named Marsha Blackburn. As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me. She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values. I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives. Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values. For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway.

So many intelligent, thoughtful, self-possessed people have turned 18 in the past two years and now have the right and privilege to make their vote count. But first you need to register, which is quick and easy to do. October 9th is the LAST DAY to register to vote in the state of TN. Go to and you can find all the info. Happy Voting!
News and Theory / Re: Horror
« Last post by jenkins on October 07, 2018, 06:36:48 PM »
this shirt's extraordinary level of identity challenge

it's still a Rocky Horror song but that's a pretty good shirt about preferring serious horror movies
The Small Screen / Re: Big Mouth
« Last post by jenkins on October 07, 2018, 05:21:52 PM »
this is when we venn diagram, as under different life circumstances i'd watch this, mhm. honestly i'm so precious about time these days that i genuinely most often spend days watching a single movie, so i'm a hopeless cause in terms of being persuaded to watch it, but i'm already on this show's side, mhm-mhm.
Real-Life Soundtracks / Re: Now Playing
« Last post by WorldForgot on October 07, 2018, 03:07:49 PM »
This song is the lysergic sugar cube finish to the Kitty / Sam Ray cheerleader duo EP -- happy tripping back to the days of CD browsing mid 00'z

The Small Screen / Big Mouth
« Last post by ono on October 07, 2018, 02:23:28 PM »

I really enjoyed this last fall when it first came out.  Light toilet humor with a lot of talent behind it.  Primarily, Nick Kroll from The League, as well as Jason Mantzoukas.  And Maya Rudolph, too.  I mean, check out this cast:

As fun as the first season was, 4 episodes into the second season, it's had me rolling.  No sophomore slump here.  Can't remember the last time I've laughed out loud so much.  It's just so silly.  I giggle every time the pathetic Hormone Monster says anything.  And Coach Steve is a riot.  That is all.

Have an article from the AV club, too:
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