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News and Theory / Re: What Films Are We Watching?
« Last post by polkablues on August 03, 2018, 10:06:31 PM »
i ask the question of how well these people being mentioned have depicted the working class. as to say, not those both comfortable and troubled, but those troubled and troubled.

I would propose that in the case of Greta Gerwig, the answer is "very well," which is to say I believe Lady Bird is the modern quintessence of what you've described. In the case of Baumbach and/or Perry, that particular story doesn't seem to be a primary artistic concern in either's body of work, so my answer would be "N/A."
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The Art Gallery / Re: I made a gender bending bank robbery short film
« Last post by pete on August 03, 2018, 06:21:01 PM »
hey psst just for you Imma share the film here don't spread it

https://vimeo.com/233684059
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News and Theory / Re: What Films Are We Watching?
« Last post by jenkins on August 03, 2018, 03:58:23 PM »
it is not to argue with you people, who surely must by now embrace being internet friends, that i ask the question of how well these people being mentioned have depicted the working class. as to say, not those both comfortable and troubled, but those troubled and troubled. i believe that is missing in art, and i believe art suffers for it. the people are the same.

yes i would say that for example The Lowery Touch is thinking from the human outward, as a variety of humans, creating different movies around different humans, embracing what's human, loving what's human through art, this a vital aspect of The Lowery Touch i am suggesting. The Old Man & the Gun might/could gracefully stroll into positive feelings from outside the usual, and be appreciated by both critics and emotions, which is the kicker, the one for the team imo.
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News and Theory / Re: What Films Are We Watching?
« Last post by eward on August 03, 2018, 03:30:25 PM »
This raises a good question; are there any current filmmakers who might be considered the standard-bearer for the continuation of the Ashby aesthetic? Baumbach and Gerwig come to mind... anyone else?

Alex Ross Perry? His films might be a bit too tempestuous and stylized, though, to cozily fit that bill.
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The Small Screen / Re: Lost (spoilers)
« Last post by Jeremy Blackman on August 03, 2018, 01:13:38 PM »
Evangeline Lilly in a recent interview:


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“In season 3, I’d had a bad experience on set with being basically cornered into doing a scene partially naked, and I felt I had no choice in the matter,” she tells me. “I was mortified and I was trembling, and when it finished I was crying my eyes out and had to go on and do another very formidable and strong scene immediately after.”

She continues: “So in season 4, another scene came up where Kate was undressing and I fought very hard to have that scene be under my control, and I failed to control it again. So, I said. ‘That’s it – no more. You can write whatever you want, I won’t do it. I will never take my clothes off on this show again’ – and I didn’t.”

The first nude scene she's referring to is unfortunately in "I Do" (305), one of my very favorite episodes of Lost, which I talked about several times on the last 2 pages. Kate basically has a nude sex scene with Sawyer in a cage, which is definitely the type of thing that should require the actress's full consent.

I'm actually not sure what the season 4 scene is.

There was a joint response statement by Abrams, Lindelof, Bender, and Cuse:

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Our response to Evie’s comments this morning in the media was to immediately reach out to her to profoundly apologise for the experience she detailed while working on LOST. We have not yet connected with her, but remain deeply and sincerely sorry. No person should ever feel unsafe at work. Period.

Equally illuminating are Evangeline Lilly's problems with Kate's character, which I have to say are kind of hard to disagree with:

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“I always thought she was obnoxious,” she says. “Not at the beginning – at the beginning, she was kind of cool. But as the show went on, I thought she became more and more predictable. I felt that my character went from being autonomous – really having her own story, journey and agendas – to chasing two men around the island. That irritated the shit out of me.”

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“I wanted her to be better because she was an icon for strength and for women. I think I tried very hard to take what I was given and always find the way to show that strength, to have her own thoughts and to take moments I thought might be quite whiny and somehow make them... not whiny.”

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“I’m not opposed to having romance in a woman’s life. I’m one of those people who has never been able to be single, so there’s nothing wrong with women’s lives being characterised by their relationships. But there was this eventual lack of dimension to what was going on with her. It was just [mock gasps] ‘Jack!” “Sawyer!’”

I've always strongly felt that Jack & Kate only really work because of those actors, and this seems to further validate that view.

It is too bad that Kate didn't get more to do in the show. She never quite became the heroic figure that might have been. Her best scenes and moments usually took place off-island, peaking in Season 4 I would say.
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News and Theory / Re: What Films Are We Watching?
« Last post by polkablues on August 03, 2018, 12:21:17 AM »
This raises a good question; are there any current filmmakers who might be considered the standard-bearer for the continuation of the Ashby aesthetic? Baumbach and Gerwig come to mind... anyone else?
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News and Theory / Re: What Films Are We Watching?
« Last post by jenkins on August 02, 2018, 10:19:41 PM »
that's a really beautiful post
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This Year In Film / Re: Mission: Impossible - Fallout
« Last post by jenkins on August 02, 2018, 10:19:27 PM »
this is a personal fact that deviates from the course, which is my substyle, but this one comes with a prolepsis: it does fit perfectly into an overall theme of the conversation.

then i must build up the story itself, rather than deliver the punchline immediately. i am 17 in Ohio. i work at Taco Bell. i hang out with the disheveled personalities, that's my friend-type and a reflection of me. they come in all varieties. these two are like this: one was a guy who was into being positive and  making ridiculous discoveries, normal fun-guy type, and the other was a girl who was blonde and her variety usually hangs out with the prettiest men but she had a slice of the mystery in her like us. okay what we decided to do after their prom was over, my school didn't have a prom, well i had church clothes, so, in order to do what felt like a true good idea at the time: the three of us dressed in those clothes and went to see The Fast and the Furious. i'd already seen it. i think she hadn't. what did the night feel like? an ideal night of friendship with interlocking pitches, complete harmony, the personal best F&F experience i ever had, the first one. never had a better experience with the franchise.

also at the end i mention this as rhetorical and expect the conversation to movie on in some other fashion, absolving myself the dangers of this post, in order to leave it behind peacefully.
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This Year In Film / Re: Mission: Impossible - Fallout
« Last post by polkablues on August 02, 2018, 08:40:02 PM »
100%. Each established an identity for the series, but were immediately blown out of the water by the next three installments.
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News and Theory / Re: What Films Are We Watching?
« Last post by BB on August 02, 2018, 07:54:31 PM »
Man, wish more young cats would start ripping off Ashby. With the possible exception of Harold and Maude, his style has never quite been aped so readily as all the other 70s stalwarts, and yet, I find it so vital and relevant. Re-watched The Landlord recently and just damn, what a picture. Maybe even ahead of our times.

And Shampoo, yeah. Imagine somebody made Shampoo today. We'd all love them. Cool, humanist movies, actually funny comedies and sincerely tragic dramas, kinda equally shaggy and sharp, stylistically interesting but subtle and humble. With the exception of Bound For Glory, you could make these movies cheap too.
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