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The Small Screen / Re: Maniac
« Last post by BB on October 09, 2018, 07:54:12 PM »
Given that process, it's even more bizarre to me that this is what they turned out. I find it both boring and utterly nonsensical. This was genetically engineered to appeal to viewers? It plays like quirky 2000s indie madlibs. PDL and Eternal Sunshine, yes. But also Garden State, Donnie Darko, I Heart Huckabees, mumblecore, Tiny Furniture, all this shit I thought people hated. Then divorced from anything resembling human behaviour, conventional plotting, or experiential reality. At a glance, folks seem to be enjoying it too. Color me baffled, y'all.
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Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Untitled PTA Project (2020)
« Last post by WorldForgot on October 09, 2018, 07:28:59 PM »
Interesting to note Annapurna's troubles that are going on. They cancelled two films and the head of production got let go. Sounds like restructuring or financial troubles to me. Considering how much Annapurna has helped Anderson this doesn't bode well for whenever he thinks up a new film.

Dunno how these decisions are ultimately made, obvi, but Sorry to Bother You had been their bank this year with $17.4M and last year PT made $21m dom, $45mil ww, seated as their 7th highest film in both categories. So, idk. Whoever comes in better not be no dummy like me.
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The Small Screen / Re: Maniac
« Last post by polkablues on October 09, 2018, 07:16:36 PM »
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The Small Screen / Re: Maniac
« Last post by BB on October 09, 2018, 06:59:31 PM »
Watched more of this. Did a bot write it? What the hell?
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Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Untitled PTA Project (2020)
« Last post by kingfan011 on October 09, 2018, 04:56:58 PM »
Interesting to note Annapurna's troubles that are going on. They cancelled two films and the head of production got let go. Sounds like restructuring or financial troubles to me. Considering how much Annapurna has helped Anderson this doesn't bode well for whenever he thinks up a new film.
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The Director's Chair / Re: Richard Linklater
« Last post by jenkins on October 09, 2018, 11:39:51 AM »
lol

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News and Theory / Re: Assorted movie news
« Last post by jenkins on October 08, 2018, 01:38:42 PM »
i'm not sure why its release has been delayed, in fact i'm surprised it has a new trailer. one day i'll see this



Coming to selected theaters 11/2/18
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This Year In Film / Re: The Old Man And The Gun
« Last post by Sleepless on October 08, 2018, 08:48:42 AM »
So Ghostboy has done it again. Of course he has. This movie is the perfect autumn movie. It's like your favorite wool jumper, which you wear while reading a book in front of a small wood fire, outside a large window with grey skies outside on a Sunday morning. It's got touches of melancholy and nostalgia, but throughout it is a cheerful, positive, and fun films. The montage of Tucker's escapes is especially touching, amusing, and compelling. I think I had a huge smile across my face for pretty much the duration of the film. I really hope Redford gets over his resistance to campaigning, because it'd be great for this film to serve not only as his final performance, but his final Oscar-winning performance. Bravo!
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News and Theory / Re: Horror
« Last post by Sleepless on October 08, 2018, 08:38:36 AM »
Pontypool

Low budget production, which overcomes money with great ideas. We don't see any "zombies" for 50 minutes. Instead we're trapped together with crew inside the small local radio station, which is reporting on outbreak. We (as audience) share same confusion and disbelieve with characters: what is going on / is this for real? Much is left to our imagination - nice to see something else than gore fest.

SPOILERS - skip further paragraph if you didn't see a film. What comes next is big mind fuck - it requires a lot of trust from audience. I can see falling it apart easily if questioned too much at that time - it works better if left alone for the time. It explains ambiguous opening, which serves as reminder to "pay attention to words". Pontypool is heavy on allegories, it has social commentary (wink to Romero), which is a bit obscured and abstract. Infected words - some topics avoided in politics? The Herd, "You're shooting at scared people" - political protests? Mixed with mostly ignorant media - radio, which is more interested in shocking than informing.

Pontypool feels very refreshing, definitely worth seeing, even if film doesn't succeed in 100%.

Spoils. This is currently playing on Mubi for their Horrific October. It's pretty good. First half is a bit slow as things start happening away from the studio and the pieces of the puzzle are gradually put together. Honestly, there were moments when it leant a little too heavily on the idea of trying to create a sense of horror from "remote" events that we never actually see. But once the action infects the studio, it gets much better and at times really fucking creepy as words and sounds turn into nonsense as people become infected. If you were unimpressed by A Quiet Place, I recommend this.
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The Small Screen / Re: Maniac
« Last post by pete on October 08, 2018, 02:01:39 AM »
so many obvious punch drunk love ripoffs
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