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Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Miscellaneous PTA Video Essays
« Last post by wilberfan on July 31, 2018, 04:58:24 PM »
Boogie Nights & Goodfellas: How Directors Create a Mood

Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Miscellaneous PTA Video Essays
« Last post by wilberfan on July 31, 2018, 04:47:33 PM »
Boogie Nights & Goodfellas: When Karma Comes Around

News and Theory / Re: Specifically: Asia
« Last post by pete on July 31, 2018, 03:25:01 PM »
thanks for these Jenkins!
Real-Life Soundtracks / Re: Best film scores
« Last post by polkablues on July 31, 2018, 03:20:51 PM »

This Year In Film / Re: First Reformed
« Last post by eward on July 31, 2018, 01:26:31 PM »
This is my favorite of the year so far and doesn't strike a false note...


...until the last 2 minutes of the movie when it strikes an entirely false note. It's kind of a major bummer for a movie that had been so controlled and assured to fall flat on its face at the finish line, but it didn't entirely ruin the experience for me. Just dinged it from a B+ to a B-.

But even without that false note, and being your favorite of the year, you'd still only rate it a B+?
Real-Life Soundtracks / Best film scores
« Last post by Jeremy Blackman on July 31, 2018, 01:24:22 PM »
We have some very old similar topics, but I think it's worth a refresh.

Don't be afraid to post obvious choices, whole scores or specific pieces.

Two favorites of mine:

This Year In Film / Re: Mission: Impossible - Fallout
« Last post by pete on July 31, 2018, 12:50:23 PM »
I think there were a few really cool stunts here. I also think we've been grading American action movies on a curve where any time anyone does anything remotely practically we're ready to dub them Errol Flynn. It bug the shit out of me with John Wick, where Keanu Reeves basically stretched out Tom Cruise's nightclub fight from Collateral into feature length, repeating the same eight moves over and over, and people went ape-shit. And now with Cruise too - don't get me wrong - I love that he went skydiving and piloted a helicopter - but now I'm reading articles that says he's been doing his own stunts for "40 years" and there was a lot of retroactive crowning. I think Marvel has set us back 20 years and now we're all confused about what's good action and what isn't.
This Year In Film / Re: Eighth Grade
« Last post by modage on July 31, 2018, 12:12:55 PM »
This was very good. If you've seen the trailer I feel like you've seen 90% of what the movie has to offer, but it's still really well executed and made me remember that time of life that I'd blocked out. Reminded me of the Atlanta ep from last season with the bootleg jersey. ANXIETY.
This Year In Film / Re: Mission: Impossible - Fallout
« Last post by modage on July 31, 2018, 12:11:27 PM »
The setpieces are some of the best action of the year/last few years, but the movie is completely silly junk like the last two. I had fun, and it's worth seeing on the big screen, but feels like the collective lowering of the bar that this thing is being praised as the best since Fury Road or the Dark Knight or Skyfall of the M:I series. The first one is still by far the best and actually feels like a real movie with characters. The last 3 feel like set-pieces with bad dialogue stitched in-between to fill up scenes.

1 > 3 >>> 6 & 5 > 4 > 2

I'm glad Cruise wants to do his own stunts, but I'm mostly sad for him that instead of trying to work with the world's best directors he's trying to retain his Movie Star-dom by any means necessary, and that means only doing films he thinks an audience will accept from him. Mission Impossible films, and films that feel like they could be Mission Impossible films and sci-fi and otherwise franchise starters. R.I.P. Movie Stars.
This Year In Film / Re: Sorry To Bother You
« Last post by modage on July 31, 2018, 12:07:11 PM »
I'm glad a movie this ambitious, singular and weird can still get a wide release and have people see and talk about it. Love Tessa Thompson in everything, normally really like Lakeith but felt like his performance needed something here. I lost the emotional thread on the story pretty early and agree that it didn't quite work for me. I'm glad it exists, just felt like Boots was aiming for Putney Swope/Network by Jonze/Gondry but not sure the talent is there yet.
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