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David Lynch / Re: The Official Twin Peaks Thread (TOTPT)
« Last post by KJ on Yesterday at 09:24:10 AM »
The opposite of selling out. 
I'm very excited about what the future has in store for Netflix, but something I've been thinking about a lot recently is how poor a job they do promoting their new original content. They need to come up with a better way of putting their vast and diverse original films and TV shows out there in a way for people to identify "yes, that's meant for me." It seems like only a small fraction get widespread publicity, but there's so much more they're doing that maybe won't have the most widespread popularity, but might be extremely relevant for deep niche audiences. Unfortunately, their algorithms are based on defining films by categories such as "historical dramas with a strong female lead" and such. Of course it's difficult to be more abstract, but their PR/marketing of the majority of their originals is woefully lacking.
David Lynch / Re: The Official Twin Peaks Thread (TOTPT)
« Last post by Sleepless on Yesterday at 08:52:39 AM »
I need some more time to process my thoughts, but I loved it. This is what a revival of a cult classic 90s TV show should be. Not at all what I expected (feel free to substitute hoped for/dreaded) but better than I could imagine. Perfection. I'm in love with David lynch all over again. This is his epic. Nods to Eraserhead, Wild At Heart, Blue Velvet, Lost Highway, and even Mulholland Drive, but it never feels reductive or cynical. Beautiful. Hypnotic. I feel like my mind has been bathing in something profound. Like I've been meditating. The aged original cast adds to the sense of the Black Lodge's vastness over time and space. I teared up at the scene with Shelly and James at the Bang Bang Bar. Also, give Lynch all the awards for sound design now and get it over with. Just wow.
David Lynch / Re: The Official Twin Peaks Thread (TOTPT)
« Last post by jenkins on Yesterday at 03:33:26 AM »
its pacing calms me.
The Small Screen / Re: The Leftovers
« Last post by Jeremy Blackman on Yesterday at 01:20:03 AM »
I did not love this episode. It was... difficult... so that's part of it. But I also think it could have lost 10-15 minutes of recapping.


We are shown a flashback of the ultrasound, and then Laurie has to fully describe it too? I'm sorry, but how could any Leftovers viewer have possibly forgotten that scene? And the pills. Kevin Sr. reminds us that the dog's pills were strong and knocked him out, then we see Laurie staring at the empty pill bottle, then Laurie exchanges a look with the dog (which I liked), then Laurie tells the dog what she did (which infuriated me... we are not dumb viewers, so why put a button on it?), and then finally Laurie explains what she did to Kevin. That is FIVE explanations for this one event.

Perhaps more importantly, there was a lot of emotional exposition that I wish had remained subtext. Too many one-on-one conversations just draining that subtext away, especially the one between Laurie and John. (Laurie's talk with Kevin was pretty good, though, mostly.)

And in general, this one needed a heavier Lindelof rewrite. Not really up to par. Felt much more like Season 1 than 2 or 3.

There were things I loved about the episode. But I suppose my expectations are sky high right now.
The Director's Chair / Re: Peter Bogdanovich
« Last post by wilder on May 21, 2017, 06:23:22 PM »
Cannes: Peter Bogdanovich to Direct Buster Keaton Documentary
via The Hollywood Reporter

Peter Bogdanovich is set to direct a documentary about silent-screen legend Buster Keaton.

Charles S. Cohen, chairman and CEO of Cohen Media Group, announced the news from Cannes. Cohen will produce.

Buster Keaton’s career is legendary — from his start as a knockabout child performer in vaudeville, to his groundbreaking silent shorts and feature films, through his later work and personal struggles, and finally his critical elevation as one of cinema’s towering artists. Bogdanovich will explore Keaton’s life and work in the film, which will feature interviews with generations of high-profile actors, filmmakers and historians inspired by Keaton.

“While his own life was marked by pain and struggle, Buster Keaton left the world an amazing and cherished gift of comedy, and I’m excited to be able to pay tribute to him," said Bogdanovich.

Added Cohen: “We’re happy to have a cinema lover like Peter turn his expertise to Buster Keaton. Longtime Buster fans and newcomers alike will be thrilled.”

Cohen owns rights to all but two of Buster Keaton’s films, which will allow Bogdanovich unprecedented access to the actor-director’s body of work. Scenes from The General, Steamboat Bill Jr., The Paleface, Our Hospitality and other masterpieces will be intercut with Bogdanovich’s interviews with contemporary stars, directors and others about Keaton’s influence on comedy and all of cinema.

The film will also highlight his rarely seen work in talkies and even his TV commercials.
DVD Talk / Re: Random DVD and Blu-ray announcements
« Last post by jenkins on May 21, 2017, 11:28:28 AM »
has anyone seen this movie? i bought it before canceling the order because i realized i needed to buy Out 1, i just needed to do that, but now i'm stalled on this

While travelling the countryside to locate his nephew, a small town doctor finds himself interacting with people from his past and future.

i mean some of those places feel straight lifted from Zhangke's Unknown Pleasures

it was warmly but moderately received by critics. Film Comment placed it 15th on its 2016 list. i liked reading internet people feeling pissed about this movie being underappreciated.
I'm drawn to the second part of your theory. The camera allows her to be an observer rather than a participant. It's another wall she constructs between herself and the world at large.
The Grapevine / Frost
« Last post by wilder on May 20, 2017, 06:10:28 PM »

The story of Rokas, a young Lithuanian man, who wanted to understand war in order to understand his people. On a convoy transporting humanitarian aid from Lithuania to the Ukraine, he meets a couple of reporters, a Man and a Woman, with whom he continues the road.  The trio will be forced to overcome their psychological limits and build a strong relationship, their only solid ground in the midst of the turmoil of the war. They do not agree upon anything, except for their wish to be where they are, each for their own reasons.

Written and Directed by Sharunas Bartas
Starring Vanessa Paradis, Andrzej Chyra, Mantas Janciauskas, and Lyja Maknaviciute
Release Date - TBD

The Grapevine / Re: The Square
« Last post by jenkins on May 20, 2017, 05:37:17 PM »
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