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This Year In Film / The Incredibles 2
« Last post by eward on June 19, 2018, 09:25:49 AM »
Surprised there's no thread for this... Anyway go see it! I found it every bit as delightful as the first, which (incredibly) came out my junior year of high school and god damn I'm getting old. This'll put the kid back in ya for a few hours.

I'll link the trailer, I guess.

This Year In Film / Re: hereditary
« Last post by The Ultimate Badass on June 18, 2018, 07:19:44 PM »
This movie is excellent.

I went into it with absolutely no knowledge about it. Zero. I caught an early matinee and was the only person in the theater. Eward's post describes it best -- it was an absolute fucking freakout.

I'm not surprised to see a lot of comparisons to The Witch here. It shares many similarities with that one -- not just thematic either, but also in the structure and pacing. I saw so many parallels that I think that Egger's movie had to have played a big influence on this.

Dealing with the kind of supernatural subject matter that both the Witch and Hereditary do can be quite precarious for a movie. You're just a hair's breadth away from becoming ridiculous at any moment. Eggers pulled it off flawlessly, IMO, with a directorial virtuosity that continues to astound me. On the other hand, I thought Hereditary stumbled in a couple instances into dangerous territory. Aster, to his credit, does manage to quickly steer it back on track though.

Another minor criticism I have is with the movie's ambiguity. To again compare it with The Witch, that movie, though it invites varying and even contradictory interpretations, was very unambiguous. After you see it, you don't question what, if anything, represented onscreen was real and what wasn't. It was all real. With Hereditary, I'm not sure what the hell really happened. I know a lot of people actually like that quality in a movie, and I do too sometimes, but I'm bothered by it in this case. I guess it's more a statement of personal preference than a criticism.

Minor quibbles aside, I thought this movie was fucking amazing. I don't think I've ever been this fucked up by a movie at a theater. It took me a good 20 minutes or so to come back to down to Earth after I left this one.
Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Inherent Vice - SPOILERS!
« Last post by eward on June 18, 2018, 06:00:35 PM »
 :bravo:  Yeah, every time I rewatch Inherent Vice it creeps further and further up my list of favorites. I would encourage all those who have more lukewarm feelings about it to give it a second, third, fourth, fifth (ad infinitum) spin. 
The Small Screen / Joe Pera Talks With You
« Last post by jonas on June 18, 2018, 04:51:32 PM »
First season wrapped up last night with a 30-minute episode, anyone else been watching this?

Some episodes are available for free, others need a cable login:

Very different than any of the Adult Swim shows I can think of, low key subtle humor, but so funny if you just pay attention.

Not sure how to describe it other than a combination of Mr. Rodgers and Waiting for Guffman/Best in Show. The pacing is great and the inflection of Joe Pera's voice is oddly soothing, recommended!

Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Inherent Vice - SPOILERS!
« Last post by Lewton on June 18, 2018, 04:18:34 PM »
I watched this again recently via the Blu-ray and it's really a completely different experience in the summer (well, nearly summer). I remember seeing this in theatres in the dead of winter and something about the seasonal mismatch nagged at me...which is probably a weird observation, lol, but oh well. But this is a movie meant for summer afternoons and nights...heck, summer mornings, too. Phantom Thread, on the other hand, really feels like a winter movie.

Also, IV is the kind of movie where you reach the end and "Any Day Now" flares up and you're like, "wait, is this the best movie he's ever made?" And in that moment you're almost ready to toss aside The Master and PDL to bow down to this one as the true magnum opus!
News and Theory / Re: Female Filmmakers
« Last post by eward on June 17, 2018, 07:31:24 AM »
Yeah his tweets are largely crap and he’s admitted as much, he mostly seems to use it now for promotional purposes or to recommend things he’s seen/heard/read. But in terms of just pure movie conversation, his podcast (available now via Patreon) is one of the best, certainly my favorite.
Real-Life Soundtracks / Re: Now Playing
« Last post by Lottery on June 17, 2018, 06:50:06 AM »
The sounds she finds and makes are fascinating and fresh but the way they're used isn't always effective (the composition is lacking too) and sometimes she overdoes it so it becomes more annoying than enjoyable to listen to. And I usually don't have issues with abrasive music. There's moments of brilliance on the album but overall it's not for me.
Real-Life Soundtracks / Re: Now Playing
« Last post by KJ on June 17, 2018, 05:43:07 AM »
what do people mean when they say the sound design is good, but the production bad? I've seen several people say that regarding this album, and I don't hear it/understand it.
Real-Life Soundtracks / Re: Now Playing
« Last post by Lottery on June 17, 2018, 03:12:24 AM »
She's clearly technically gifted and her sound design is impressive but the songs aren't particularly good and some of the production is rather obnoxious at times. Fantastic album cover though.

Bit like Arca in a way. Cutting edge, progressive artists known for their challenging production and that have already made their mark on modern pop music. But Arca makes better stuff.
News and Theory / Re: Female Filmmakers
« Last post by samsong on June 17, 2018, 02:50:06 AM »
havent listened to BEE’s podcast.  ill gve it a whirl.  his tweets are fairly polarized for me whenever they come up (i dont actively follow him in any regard).
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