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This Year In Film / Re: The Old Man And The Gun
« Last post by Sleepless on October 05, 2018, 04:39:39 PM »
Ghostboy is doing a Q+A at a screening in Dallas tomorrow.

Unfortunately, I won't be able to attend as I'll be having dinner down the street to celebrate a friend's 40th, but I'm going to try to catch an earlier show.
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This Year In Film / Re: Assassination Nation
« Last post by WorldForgot on October 05, 2018, 02:44:01 PM »
The big action Assassination Nation is built on is borderline amateurish, even for B movie standards,  all the material leading up to it dragging sluggish and redundant as the same commercial being played repeatedly.

I really wanna blame marketing for this one -- had Neon not emphasized its violence, the film would have played as an indie with escalating chaos, ala Ingrid Goes West. This is, to me, much more interesting than The Myth of the American Sleepover or other American Indies about restless-teen-suburbia, although that monologue that ends the film is awful. Thought all the performances carried the film, but not even Odessa can wring the life out of the script once it gets to Act III's marching-band lvlz of bombast. Also, I'm a sucker for direct De Palma references.

Had fun watching the Levinson Family Camera Rigz show off the junior-directors visual ambitions in grand strokes you can't do without industry money. Had so much fun actually that I saw it three times, because this flick in particular gets my friends talking -- no one hates IG more than millennials...

One of my friends has completely sworn off social media after seeing this film -- and for (imo~) near-meninist reasons. He says before he had thought it was his imagination that no one listened to each other. Now he's not convinced any of our conversations are being heard, that is, that in all relationships we're still just seeking net gains. But this movie has plenty of examples of healthy conversations, too! It's about your expression'z value to other/the threats therein but yeah, it does have a film-school-y film to it, I guess, especially in its dialogue. This film should have been marketed as close to that as poss -- This is a fun, sexy indie about the conversations we do and do not have about weaponizing sex and gender. But yeah I realize how that sounds, too. Catharsis for the brickwall news cycle and misogyny.
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Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Inherent Vice - SPOILERS!
« Last post by modage on October 05, 2018, 02:32:38 PM »
Believe PTA said he cut the Vegas stuff pretty early just to keep the sprawling narrative (slightly more) contained.

The Thomas Jefferson stuff was filmed, remember?

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This Year In Film / Re: Her Smell
« Last post by jenkins on October 05, 2018, 12:31:47 PM »
his imdb photo was/maybe is him and a cat, and i would be like okay come on, wanting to root for him. but simply, him being aware of what kind of movies he makes, and me being aware of what kind of movies he makes, i can’t imagine a day when i’ll need to look again. they don’t call me, and everyone goes where they’re called
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This Year In Film / Assassination Nation
« Last post by Something Spanish on October 05, 2018, 09:57:49 AM »



Got sold on the supposed Grindhouse with a feminist voice factor of this one, only to discover the depths of ineptness held in its storytelling. This needed a female scribe behind the keyboard, felt like everything was filtered through what guys fantasize feminism to be about. Has a good premise, then takes forever to get to the good B movie stuff, which would have been fine had there been some story progression . Then when it gets to the good stuff, material we see in flashes in the film's opening, the action is direct-to-DVD bad. The big action Assassination Nation is built on is borderline amateurish, even for B movie standards,  all the material leading up to it dragging sluggish and redundant as the same commercial being played repeatedly. We get the point early on, yet the writer/director insists on staying in the same spot until I lost all patience. The idea of leaking personal data and its repercussions was inventive, the way its handled was as if the director did not know where to go and was stalling for time.  Add to that awkward monologues of girl power that just felt inaccurate, like a desperate attempt to hop on the #MeToo bandwagon meanwhile entirely missing the movement's point.  The one good thing I guess is that the director seems to have captured the social media generation fairly accurately, he just needed a more focused story.
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This Year In Film / Re: Her Smell
« Last post by Drenk on October 05, 2018, 08:34:19 AM »
Yes, but what is especially weird with Perry for me is that he likes the directors and writers that I like— and you can witness that influence on screen— and yet he's not my jam. I'll try Golden Exits, though! Another sample.  :yabbse-grin:
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This Year In Film / Re: Her Smell
« Last post by eward on October 05, 2018, 08:25:31 AM »
Fair enough, fellas. He’s not your jam/totally my jam/we can all still jam regardless.
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This Year In Film / Re: Her Smell
« Last post by Drenk on October 05, 2018, 07:24:33 AM »
I've seen Listen Up Philip and Queen of Earth and I'm with jenkins. I might see Her Smell but I'm sure I'll stay two thousand miles from it, thinking: "...dude". If it's his best one I'm not sure it's that positive if I dislike his general output.
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This Year In Film / Re: Her Smell
« Last post by jenkins on October 04, 2018, 11:01:02 PM »
honey you about to know he's already tried his best with me. it ain't like i wanna be against the guy, though i'll call myself out on mostly speaking against the guy. i think that's envy, really? i've talked about this type of envy before--why do his feelings matter more, and he's being called great omfg--etc you know. just pretend i'm a guy in one of his movies. you can like the movies can't you.

i saw the The Color Wheel at AFI Fest, the year they were celebrating Joe Swanberg funny enough. i was feeling generational with them. our generation was forming a voice. that felt cool. Swanberg i remember was seeing the movie too, and he was with--i just realized i should get to my main story. afterward there was a q&a, Ross and Carlen Altman. Carlen Altman said she liked b&w bc she didn't have to bleach her teeth, i thought that was hilarious and remember it to this day. a lady in the audience asked why they had to be so incestuous and said she thought that was awful. and what happened? i'll be goddamned--Jeff Garlin was there, and he started saying the lady asking the question was his sister, and he'd made out with her. the lady didn't laugh but she didn't get mad about that, she and Garlin both started yelling things, her yelling incest is bad idea, Garlin yelling she was his sister, everyone else was smiling for sure. i can't remember how that ended but i remember those things. the movie i remember felt creepy, why would i rewatch it.

Listen Up Philip i saw at Sundance Next in Ace Hotel and afterward there was a q&a with Bret Easton Ellis. by the time Ross was naming books he read in high school i realized i just didn't like his whole approach. i hadn't liked the movie at all, no. plus then Ross and Easton said america will have a harder time with the movie because americans are stupid, and i'm not misquoting them, you know these guys, they said that, America is too stupid to like Listen Up Phillip, and i've mentioned before that i don't appreciate preaching to the choir. i thought, my god. they can't even imagine someone not liking it! that's crazy.

i retired him then and haven't felt the need to return.
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This Year In Film / Re: Her Smell
« Last post by eward on October 04, 2018, 10:28:18 PM »
Out of curiosity, which of his films have you seen?
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