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Re: The Official Twin Peaks Thread (TOTPT)
« Reply #360 on: December 07, 2017, 03:04:36 AM »
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berlin alexanderplatz and out 1 both aired on tv and are considered holy grails of cinema.  pretty sure anytime someone mentions fanny and alexander as a favorite film, they're talking about the full length cut that aired on tv.  oj: made in america made several best films lists last year, that aired on tv. 

at any rate, i don't see a point in feeling strongly about it one way or the other.  if you want to list a season or episode of tv on your favorite films of the year, go for it.  if you don't want, don't.  who gives a shit?  doesn't listing a season of tv as a film inherently acknowledge its accomplishment as a tv series?  television these days seems to be the medium held in higher esteem, anyway.  again, who cares?

twin peaks: the return will be at the top of my best films of 2017 list, as it was the best work of image and sound to be released this year, and by an insanely large margin.  it's the finnigans wake of cinema.  if you feel the same way but refuse to categorize it as a film, cool.  it literally doesn't matter.

also the final season of the leftovers wouldn't have been eligible because it was fucking garbage.  Į\_(ツ)_/Į

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Re: The Official Twin Peaks Thread (TOTPT)
« Reply #361 on: December 07, 2017, 09:33:33 AM »
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Re: The Official Twin Peaks Thread (TOTPT)
« Reply #362 on: December 07, 2017, 09:39:35 AM »
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Once again, I should watch it again in order to give examples, but this season didn't strike me as a movie hidden behind a label but as a work exploiting its mediumóa TV showóin order to offer something new. The fact that 80% of TV shows are the same doesn't mean that a different kind of TV show isn't a TV show. To do that, you need to know where you stand. What your medium is. Whatever Lynch says.

berlin alexanderplatz is a TV miniseries. Out 1 is a collection of movies: weird thing indeed. The Return is not as weird as Out 1 to be lapeled as a movie, I think.

The fact that TV and cinema are both cinematic doesn't mean that one medium can be the "better" medium when it suits you. (Even if a Top is not that big a deal and, on itself, kind of silly.)

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Re: The Official Twin Peaks Thread (TOTPT)
« Reply #363 on: December 07, 2017, 10:19:11 AM »
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Of course TPTR is a TV show. I don't think anyone is suggesting that it isn't. But it is undeniably cinematic. As samsong said, "it was the best work of image and sound to be released this year, and by an insanely large margin."

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« Reply #364 on: December 07, 2017, 10:45:59 AM »
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Cinematic in terms of quality and ambition? I honestly thought we were done being surprised that could be done on TV. Beyond just how good it is, TPTR is a season of television in every conceivable way. I genuinely donít understand how itís meaningful or useful at all to call this a film.
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« Reply #365 on: December 07, 2017, 11:06:13 AM »
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To elaborate... I think there are better ways to sing its praises than calling it something itís not, just to make a point about its quality and ambition.

Calling something a film is not an effective way to praise it, anyway. Justice League was a film. It was a cinematic film, too. And by that same standard, X Files: I Want To Believe was definitely not a film, for example.
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Re: The Official Twin Peaks Thread (TOTPT)
« Reply #366 on: December 07, 2017, 11:15:00 AM »
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no one is saying it's meaningful or useful to call it a film. i didn't hear anyone say that. i don't think they're calling it a film to praise it. i think they're praising it because it's awards season, and awards are how you praise. they're saying "great job." and, what, only tv people can say "great job"? well that's silly.

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Re: The Official Twin Peaks Thread (TOTPT)
« Reply #367 on: December 07, 2017, 11:26:18 AM »
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Cinematic in terms of quality and ambition? I honestly thought we were done being surprised that could be done on TV. Beyond just how good it is, TPTR is a season of television in every conceivable way. I genuinely donít understand how itís meaningful or useful at all to call this a film.

Cinematic as in pure cinema. That's a squishy definition, and completely subjective, I grant you. I liked what Rian Johnson said about PTA: "The truth is I donít know how great music does what it does, and I donít know how Paulís movies do that voodoo that they do." Yes, there's plenty of other great stuff on TV (Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones) but I don't think of anything else that has transcended the medium quite like TPTR did. Regardless of whether you want to consider the medium TV or film. To clarify, again, I recognize that TPTR is TV and not a film. But I think what the S&S and Cahiers lists were trying to do was acknowledge it as one of the very best examples of cinematic art from over the past year. Regardless of what size screen it appeared on.

To elaborate... I think there are better ways to sing its praises than calling it something itís not, just to make a point about its quality and ambition.

Calling something a film is not an effective way to praise it, anyway. Justice League was a film. It was a cinematic film, too. And by that same standard, X Files: I Want To Believe was definitely not a film, for example.

I agree that calling something a film is not a form of praise. That makes no sense to me. I think you just want things to stay in their box and to be neatly categorized. I get why you're uncomfortable with all this. I don't take this as an issue of film versus TV, simply acknowledgment of what TPTR achieved.

no one is saying it's meaningful or useful to call it a film. i didn't hear anyone say that. i don't think they're calling it a film to praise it. i think they're praising it because it's awards season, and awards are how you praise. they're saying "great job." and, what, only tv people can say "great job"? well that's silly.

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Re: The Official Twin Peaks Thread (TOTPT)
« Reply #368 on: December 07, 2017, 11:48:03 AM »
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i don't think they're calling it a film to praise it.

That's kind of exactly what samsong said:

doesn't listing a season of tv as a film inherently acknowledge its accomplishment as a tv series? . . . twin peaks: the return will be at the top of my best films of 2017 list, as it was the best work of image and sound to be released this year

He also said that The Leftovers wouldn't be eligible because he didn't like it.

i think they're praising it because it's awards season, and awards are how you praise. they're saying "great job." and, what, only tv people can say "great job"?

Do people actually self-identify so strongly as ďfilm peopleĒ that they canít bring themselves to make a list of the best TV? Not even a top 3 or 5? Is it like, I havenít seen enough television, so Iím going to put this on my movie list?

I guess thatís fine, but what frustrates me is that words have meaning. A 2-hour movie is a different thing than an 18-hour season of television, and I think itís worth respecting the distinction.
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Re: The Official Twin Peaks Thread (TOTPT)
« Reply #369 on: December 07, 2017, 12:02:07 PM »
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yes, i believe that Sight & Sound and Cahiers du cinťma self-identify as film people, so much so that they don't make a tv list. yes that's accurate. but the Twin Peaks distinction won't be denigrated by these accolades. to reference Dekalog again, everyone knows it was tv. all these years later, everyone still knows Dekalog was tv.
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Re: The Official Twin Peaks Thread (TOTPT)
« Reply #370 on: December 07, 2017, 12:23:03 PM »
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I bet even Sight & Sound could bring themselves to slum a little and make a short TV list, if they want to talk about a TV show.

I think the distinction protects film, if anything. The constraints of the medium help make it what it is ó something you could reasonably watch in a theater in one sitting. The duration of the thing is actually important! You can simply do a lot more in a full season of television. Itís strange to put a movie up against TPTR, which contains the content and power of multiple movies.

Another central and defining characteristic of a film is that it should hopefully work as a self-contained thing. Twin Peaks: The Return is violently the opposite. It does not work without Season 1, Season 2, and Fire Walk With Me.

Basically, I just still believe in the distinction.
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Re: The Official Twin Peaks Thread (TOTPT)
« Reply #371 on: December 07, 2017, 12:30:35 PM »
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is each Star Wars movie a self-contained thing? is each Godfather movie a self-contained thing? what of the Lord of the Rings?

the distinction will prevail jb.
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Re: The Official Twin Peaks Thread (TOTPT)
« Reply #372 on: December 07, 2017, 12:33:59 PM »
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is each Star Wars movie a self-contained thing? is each Godfather movie a self-contained thing? what of the Lord of the Rings?

Yes, all of these examples work much better as a self-contained thing than TPTR.

I chose my words carefully: "should hopefully work as a self-contained thing" rather than "IS a self-contained thing."
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Re: The Official Twin Peaks Thread (TOTPT)
« Reply #373 on: December 07, 2017, 12:39:03 PM »
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is it just awkward when i tell you that Twin Peaks: The Return worked for me without me having ever watched Season 2? if that's awkward for you or awkward for me, it's still true.
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Re: The Official Twin Peaks Thread (TOTPT)
« Reply #374 on: December 07, 2017, 12:49:38 PM »
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is it just awkward when i tell you that Twin Peaks: The Return worked for me without me having ever watched Season 2? if that's awkward for you or awkward for me, it's still true.

I can objectively say you missed a whole lot, yes. Arguably TPTR draws more on Fire Walk With Me, so if you saw and remember that, that might have helped. If you haven't seen Season 2 or FWWM, you're really robbing yourself of a much, much fuller experience.
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