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News and Theory / Re: All things Cult Cinema
« Last post by wilder on Yesterday at 06:45:28 PM »
March 20, 2018

Nico Mastorakis' Nightmare at Noon (1988) on blu-ray from Shout Factory

Scientists poison the water supply of a small town, turning the residents into homicidal maniacs who kill each other and anybody who passes through.   

Nightmare at Noon (1988) - Amazon

Arrow has released Island of Death (1976), The Zero Boys (1986), and Hired to Kill (1990). I hope these are next:

Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Phantom Thread
« Last post by greenberryhill on Yesterday at 06:34:22 PM »
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This Year In Film / Re: Blade Runner 2049
« Last post by Jeremy Blackman on Yesterday at 06:12:39 PM »
So glad I caught this in IMAX. I have no idea what it's like in other formats, but I think I will carry that experience with me through every rewatch.

This movie showed me things I've never seen before, sounds I've never heard before. I can think of 5 or 6 scenes that were absolutely jaw-dropping. It's boiling over with new ideas. I want more!

Never has Hans Zimmer bombast worked so well for me. I was continuously blown away, and then swept away, by this glorious soundtrack.

But it is way too self-conscious and its originality becomes a gimmick. Let me explain. The movie isn't as fast paced as almost all the big Hollywood movies. At the contrary, it takes its time. But every scene takes its time even when it is absolutely not necessary. There are a lot of shots of Gosling slowly walking in great sets. Do great sets make a great movie? Some shots seem to be motivated by how great the set is. There is no reason for this movie to be that long.

Having watched Arrival, I can be 100% certain that this movie's patience and ponderousness is genuine. Denis Villeneuve is such a perfect fit. The original Blade Runner is even slower, I'd argue, and is more transparently about the beauty of its world.

I am also completely fine with a movie that sacrifices character/story potential for other equally cinematic things. Avatar was kind of the embodiment of that, for example.

But I fully agree with this criticism:

probably would have been even better with less dialogue- in fact, less dialogue, fewer scenes and overall greater abstraction could have made this really, really special

With that alteration, this easily could have been a masterpiece. Shame it was so close.


When Harrison Ford arrived, it was like, wow, that's a real actor right there. This is his best performance in a very long time. He pumped so much emotion and weight into his first few scenes especially.

Most fiction about androids, including Westworld and Ex Machina, don't bother to deal with the issue of the human soul what that is, and under what circumstances a synthetic human could hope to have one. Blade Runner 2049 addresses this question head-on. To paraphrase the movie: if something is legitimately, biologically born, how could it not have a soul? I appreciated that this movie is philosophically serious.
DVD Talk / Re: Random DVD and Blu-ray announcements
« Last post by wilder on Yesterday at 05:15:29 PM »
Q1 2018 TBD

Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger's Gone to Earth (1950) on blu-ray from Kino. Anna Biller has mentioned liking this movie.

Hazel Woodus (Jennifer Jones) is a child of nature in the Shropshire countryside in 1897. She loves and understands all the wild animals more than the people around her. Whenever she has problems, she turns to the book of spells and charms left to her by her gypsy mother.

Local squire Jack Reddin (David Farrar) sees Hazel and wants her, but she has already promised herself to the Baptist minister, Edward Marston (Cyril Cusack). A struggle for her body and soul ensues.

Full movie on youtube here
Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Phantom Thread
« Last post by BigSock on Yesterday at 04:59:43 PM »
The Director's Chair / Sion Sono
« Last post by KJ on Yesterday at 04:28:05 PM »
I have only seen Love Exposure yet, and it's fucking amazing.

Exhibiting astonishing dexterity, Mr. Sono shapes all this trauma into a narrative that's completely coherent and surprisingly touching, never more so than in Yu's struggle toward sexual maturity.

This four-hour opus about the fury of love and the love of fury is ritually fascinating, often excessive and, with a caution the film wields like a blade, achingly poignant.

Would the film be easier to take in a more condensed form? Of course it would, but then it wouldn't be the singularly overwhelming oddity that it is.
Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Phantom Thread
« Last post by wilberfan on Yesterday at 02:27:04 PM »
The Film Stage just tweeted "The first trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson's #PhantomThread has been finished and runs 2 minutes & 16 seconds. Check back soon."

Some of the replies are fun:
The Art Gallery / Re: 4210 Strand
« Last post by jenkins on Yesterday at 01:33:54 PM »
such lovely illustrations of creativity blooming. can't wait for the final and cheers xx
The Small Screen / Re: The Deuce
« Last post by jonas on Yesterday at 01:31:25 PM »
David Simon & George Pelecanos Outline Three Season Plan For THE DEUCE

The Small Screen / Re: The Deuce
« Last post by RegularKarate on Yesterday at 12:39:21 PM »
Anyone else stick around for this? I really like it.
It really should have been someone not James Franco, but I get that they probably needed a big name to get the budget.
It's worth watching for it's recreation of the scuzzy 70s alone, but it's also finally all coming together in a way similar to the Wire.
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