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2018 In Film / Minding the Gap
« Last post by pete on January 08, 2019, 04:29:54 PM »

Now on Hulu.

From Variety: "Lurking behind all that fancy maneuvering and adolescent angst is a young man consumed with the subject of domestic violence, a soft-spoken kid who internalized the fact that he was severely beaten by his stepdad, and who came to detect a pattern of dysfunctional father figures among his fellow skaters. That theme creeps up slow but profound in Liu’s film, which broadens to address such topics as class, race, alcoholism, and a terrifying physical rage that can explode behind closed doors."

It's a hell of a movie and it's now on Hulu. I'm also a sucker for docs that track their subjects over a timespan.
Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Everything twitter
« Last post by wilberfan on January 08, 2019, 04:18:11 PM »

2018 In Film / Shirkers
« Last post by wilberfan on January 08, 2019, 03:44:43 PM »

In 1992, teenager Sandi Tan and her friends Sophie and Jasmine shot Singapore's first indie -- a road movie called "Shirkers" -- with their enigmatic American mentor, Georges Cardona. After shooting wrapped, Georges vanished with all the footage.

I found it all rather self-involved and unengaging, but I'm not a young filmmaker. (If that makes a difference.)   I'll be interested in what any of the rest of you think of it.
2018 In Film / Re: the house that jack built
« Last post by eward on January 08, 2019, 12:09:48 PM »
Toss in Medea, The Five Obstructions, and The Boss of It All just to be complete.

If you wanna be REALLY complete, watch Dear Wendy too.
Real-Life Soundtracks / Re: Worst Song Of All Time
« Last post by Jeremy Blackman on January 08, 2019, 11:56:06 AM »
2018 In Film / Re: the house that jack built
« Last post by Robyn on January 08, 2019, 11:01:39 AM »
before THTJB I recommend you to watch these in this order;
The Element of Crime
Breaking the Waves
The Idiots
Dancer in the Dark

2018 In Film / Re: the house that jack built
« Last post by eward on January 08, 2019, 10:49:43 AM »
They’re all better films too. Much as I like THTJB...
The Small Screen / Re: Charlie Brooker's "Black Mirror"
« Last post by Robyn on January 08, 2019, 10:46:47 AM »
I had only watched the first season before, and just finished the second one. So far this has one episode a season (The Entire History of You, Be Right Back) that is absolutely fantastic while the rest is pretty mediocre imo.
2018 In Film / Re: a quiet place
« Last post by BB on January 08, 2019, 08:45:07 AM »
Oh wow, y'all weren't kidding. Reasonably well made but almost unbelievably dumb.

Finally caught up with John Carpenter's Christine. How come nobody talks about it? Genuinely, a masterpiece. I've always liked Carpenter, but holy cow. Wringing a really fun, entertaining, and tense movie out of that premise should warrant an Academy Award. It's a lesson in what directing actually is.

This movie is the opposite. A dopey premise executed with half-cooked, straight-faced solemnity. Just doesn't inhabit the world of its characters at all. Nothing they do makes a lick of sense. The Academy Award consideration is beyond me.
The Director's Chair / Re: Christian Petzold
« Last post by wilder on January 08, 2019, 08:39:34 AM »

i'm assuming at the time Den of Thieves was the only movie he'd seen in 2018 and took that spot by default

Petzold addresses this explicitly @ 28:40