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This Year In Film / Re: the house that jack built
« Last post by Jeremy Blackman on Today at 12:17:25 AM »
I agree that LVT is a feminist. I'm not sure how unpopular that view is, but I wholeheartedly believe it. How could you not after watching Dogville? The argument usually goes that he enjoys punishing female protagonists... engaging in sadism because he hates women. Which is just absurd and simple-minded. I don't know how you can watch a movie like Dancer In The Dark and not see the humanity in his protagonist. LVT is clearly and unequivocally on her side.

Not a fan of Nymphomaniac, but even that movie has a clear-cut (and even radical) feminist message.
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This Year In Film / Re: the house that jack built
« Last post by ©brad on Yesterday at 08:53:29 PM »
Calling people pussies and telling anyone who disagrees with you to fuck off isn't a great look. You could have worded your point differently is all.


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The Small Screen / Re: Making a Murderer
« Last post by Jeremy Blackman on Yesterday at 05:02:46 PM »
It seems clear that Brendan was uninterested and unwilling to do whatever Steven made him do. So I'm fine with him going free, to be honest.

It also seems clear that Steven was on a pretty bad trajectory before prison... a trajectory that prison exacerbated and made much darker. I actually doubt he would have murdered Teresa had he not been wrongly imprisoned.
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2017 In Film / Re: The Snowman
« Last post by eward on Yesterday at 04:44:46 PM »
One of the Joker producers (and Scorsese’s right hand lady as of late) also produced this, so I feel sort of personally obligated to endure it.
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2017 In Film / Re: The Snowman
« Last post by polkablues on Yesterday at 04:39:05 PM »
Watched this today. It was bad, sure, but not nearly as bad as it could or should have been. Routinely bad, not memorably bad. And frankly, the line between this and something like Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is razor thin. Cork up a few leaky plot holes, tell JK Simmons not to do whatever accent he thought he was doing, spend more than 50 bucks and a long weekend on the VFX, and you have a perfectly serviceable crime flick that probably turns into a franchise.
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The Grapevine / Re: Under the Silver Lake
« Last post by WorldForgot on Yesterday at 04:19:36 PM »
Wanted to like this more than I did. It's funny, for sure. Seems like they could trim some of these gags, though, especially since not every storyline is resolved... But it's out, I guess. The script is a mess, yet its vibe works. I wish it had followed through on the Argento/De Palma bend it almost takes, but in the end it wants to go THRU POP CULTURE instead of consider it as habitat. The humor is very mid 00's. That's not even Topher Grace's fault, he's one of the only functional performances here.
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The Small Screen / Re: Making a Murderer
« Last post by Drenk on Yesterday at 04:16:17 PM »
I remember being kind of sure that Avery killed Theresa, even if the documentary did try to make it seem like a troubled case. Even if his nephew helped him I have a hard time thinking he should be in jail. There's a kind of dumbness that numbs you to the world—Avery used him as a tool. Making a Murderer can be read as "The police department created a fake murderer" or "By fucking up once the police transformed Avery into a real murderer". The twisted reality being that Avery probably would have killed someone no matter what...? Maybe...
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The Small Screen / Re: Making a Murderer
« Last post by Jeremy Blackman on Yesterday at 04:05:13 PM »
Some of Dan O'Donnell's smugness is his reporter voice (which you have to admit is a very good reporter voice). And much of it is probably the fact that he covered the case locally day in and day out and is kind of upset that Making A Murder became so popular while also being so misleading, and that his work on the story basically meant nothing. So I imagine that's where he's coming from.

Trust me, it gives me no pleasure to admit that a conservative news guy has assessed something accurately and with journalistic rigor, but that's what I think he's done. I would be thrilled if someone were able to debunk his debunking. It would have to be done with some kind of evidence I can grab onto, though, with minimal amounts of insinuation and speculation.

I haven't read the transcripts but I believe you.

I haven't read all of the transcripts, to be clear. What I have read has been pretty damning to the show, but I'd be open to having missed something crucial.
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This Year In Film / Re: the house that jack built
« Last post by eward on Yesterday at 03:16:33 PM »

You hear that ladies? Don't be such pussies! Let me mansplain this so you understand, and if you don't, fuck you.

Sheesh, and we wonder why our female membership isn't skyrocketing.


Oh please. My point is that the controversy surrounding his films, particularly nowadays, is click-baity and overblown and I suspect largely fashionable, and it is my opinion that he's responsible for, along with his consistently brilliant leading ladies, some of the most luminous, loving, and enduring portrayals of females in all of cinema, regardless of the darkness or torment surrounding them. In no way did I direct my comments at "ladies", nor did I "mansplain". I think his films are unfairly maligned, and for very shallow reasons. And incidentally, some of the most ardent von Trier supporters I know are incredibly strong, brilliant, sharply opinionated women.
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This Year In Film / Re: the house that jack built
« Last post by ©brad on Yesterday at 02:29:19 PM »
What a buncha pearl-clutching pussies that stormed out of this at Cannes!

Seriously, fuck anyone that rails against von Trier because he “hates women.” You’re clearly not watching closely enough if you come away from any of his films convinced he’s anything but a humanist.

You hear that ladies? Don't be such pussies! Let me mansplain this so you understand, and if you don't, fuck you.

Sheesh, and we wonder why our female membership isn't skyrocketing.

As for this flick, does it make a point? Most of these reviews are saying it's hysterical and not as disgustingly violent as critics say, but that's pretty much it. Post-Melancholia Von Trier wallows in filth and provocation without saying much of anything.
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