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The Small Screen / Re: Forever
« Last post by Sleepless on October 11, 2018, 02:28:17 PM »
Meh. The second episode is definitely the highlight. Episode 6 is a standout too. Overall, though, this really isn't that great. No great mystery to solve, and I didn't feel myself really caring about the characters. More just kept watching because I felt obligated. It's only 8 episodes, not a huge commitment, right? It just felt like the creators weren't really sure where they wanted to go with this. Yet there's the distinct promise of potential more. And I'll be honest, I'm curious... But I'm not looking forward to it. Feel free to move both these posts to What shows are you watching?
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This Year In Film / Re: Private Life
« Last post by pete on October 11, 2018, 01:24:47 PM »
this film is perfectly made. watched this with friends after Maniac left us all with a bad taste. It totally worked.
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This Year In Film / Private Life
« Last post by eward on October 11, 2018, 12:57:47 PM »


Written and Directed by Tamara Jenkins

Starring Kathryn Hahn, Paul Giamatti, Kayli Carter, Molly Shannon, John Carroll Lynch

The new film from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Tamara Jenkins (The Savages, Slums of Beverly Hills), PRIVATE LIFE is the bracingly funny and moving story of Richard (Academy Award-nominee Paul Giamatti) and Rachel (Kathryn Hahn), a couple in the throes of infertility who try to maintain their marriage as they descend deeper and deeper into the insular world of assisted reproduction and domestic adoption. After the emotional and economic upheaval of in vitro fertilization, they're at the end of their middle-aged rope, but when Sadie (breakout newcomer Kayli Carter), a recent college drop out, re-enters their life, things begin to look up.

Didn't have a chance to catch this at NYFF so I checked it out on Netflix last evening. Really, really loved this. Jenkins' films have a lovely and tender way of interweaving moments of broad-but-not-too-broad hilarity with moments steeped in genuine despair, without ever feeling overtly maudlin. Her films are tough, yet hopeful. Her characters all feel very lived-in and sometimes unnervingly relatable, despite registering perhaps at first glance as ostensibly privileged "types". The cast, of course, is reliably excellent, but Molly Shannon in particular really surprises here.

Highly recommended!

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The Grapevine / Re: Burning
« Last post by Drenk on October 11, 2018, 12:34:47 PM »
I wonder what Xixax will think of this movie. It's so pointlessly long, not about much than its own pointless boredom.

Steven Yeun is amazing.
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The Grapevine / Burning
« Last post by wilder on October 11, 2018, 12:30:16 PM »


Expanded from Haruki Murakami’s short story “Barn Burning,” the sixth feature from Korean master Lee Chang-dong, known best in the U.S. for such searing, emotional dramas as Secret Sunshine (NYFF45) and Poetry (NYFF48), begins by tracing a romantic triangle of sorts: Jongsu (Yoo Ah-in), an aspiring writer, becomes involved with a woman he knew from childhood, Haemi (Jun Jong-seo), who is about to embark on a trip to Africa. She returns some weeks later with a fellow Korean, the Gatsby-esque Ben (Steven Yeun), who has a mysterious source of income and a very unusual hobby. A tense, haunting multiple-character study, the film accumulates a series of unanswered questions and unspoken motivations to conjure a totalizing mood of uncertainty and quietly bends the contours of the thriller genre to brilliant effect.

Directed by Lee Chang-dong
Release Date - October 26, 2018
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Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Untitled PTA Project (2020)
« Last post by Gold Trumpet on October 11, 2018, 10:20:04 AM »
None of us really know the details about what is going on, but this could definitely hit PTA's next film. Especially with Vice coming out soon and that needing to make a decent haul. There's always more fallout to these things. That being said, a likely project starring Tiffany Haddish will get picked up by some studio. The possible 1930s LA backdrop may make it more expensive though.
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The Small Screen / Re: Maniac
« Last post by pete on October 10, 2018, 11:06:02 PM »
I also just thought Jonah Hill made some really bad acting choices. He's one of my favorite actors but in this he's trying to do a Jim Carrey and it's just not acting.
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The Small Screen / Re: What shows are you watching?
« Last post by Jeremy Blackman on October 10, 2018, 10:37:42 PM »
I won't be watching any Mel Gibson TV show thank you very much.
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The Small Screen / Re: What shows are you watching?
« Last post by polkablues on October 10, 2018, 09:43:07 PM »
I mentioned this one in the shoutbox a bit ago, but for posterity's sake I'm going to re-recommend the Amazon series "Patriot." Imagine a cross between the Coen Brothers and Martin McDonagh making an extremely odd, tone-jumping version of a LeCarre novel. It's also lowkey one of the deepest and strongest portrayals of clinical depression onscreen that I've ever seen.

You're all going to be so pissed when you finally watch this show and realize how great it is and how long you ignored it.

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The Grapevine / Re: Suspiria
« Last post by jenkins on October 10, 2018, 09:24:22 PM »
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