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Real-Life Soundtracks / Re: Classical Music
« Last post by eward on Today at 12:03:01 AM »
Great thread! A few favorites:






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This Year In Film / Re: Surfer© Teen Confronts Fear
« Last post by Ravi on Yesterday at 07:59:06 PM »
"MSG: Messenger of God" is nuts. Now I'm even more intrigued by this.
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This Year In Film / Re: Golden Exits
« Last post by samsong on Yesterday at 07:14:19 PM »
this was very good.  the character work, both literally by the cast and figuratively by perry, is astonishing, the prismatic (someone else's apt adjective) way the ensemble narrative is implemented here is a thing of beauty.  excellent score, lensed with a gorgeous, painterly eye that's so perfectly at odds with the emotional timbre, those dissolves!  if i'm not completely blown away by this, it may be because the ending felt premature, but i also don't know how much more i could've taken or where else it could've gone.  would like to revisit. 

paddington 2 reigns supreme.
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This Year In Film / Re: Loveless
« Last post by samsong on Yesterday at 06:49:14 PM »
my first experience with a film from andrey zvyagintsev.  this is very obviously good and yet i felt quite distant from it.  found myself at turns entranced by its craft and zvyagintsev's hypnotic  mastery of tone, and resisting its tendency toward haneke-esque provocation by way of heavy-handed bleakness.  strayed a bit into obviousness and redundancy... i'm not convinced this needed to be as long as it is.  a case of admiration over affection, i suppose.  i prefer the latter.
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The Director's Chair / Re: Gus Van Sant
« Last post by Drenk on Yesterday at 04:48:21 PM »
First Look: Joaquin Phoenix In Gus Van Sant’s ‘Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot’
via The Playlist

Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, and Jack Black, the film tells the true story of John Callahan, who was paralyzed at the age of 21, and turned to cartooning, eventually winning acclaim (and some controversy) for his work that appeared in the New Yorker, Playboy, and Penthouse. Here’s the official synopsis:

John Callahan has a talent for off-color jokes…and a drinking problem. When a bender ends in a car accident, Callahan wakes permanently confined to a wheelchair. In his journey back from rock bottom, Callahan finds beauty and comedy in the absurdity of human experience.

The Sundance Film Festival runs from January 18-28.



I saw it. It's a basic biopic. It gets kind of better toward the last half, but it is everything you expect it to be. The expectations are low. There is one scene which is absolutely ridiculous—I can't believe they made it, and I'm not sure it was supposed to be ironic...? Joaquin Phoenix is good. As usual. Jonah Hill is absolutely fantastic in this movie. The scenes they share together are the best, you kind of forget the whole thing, and you're with them.

I'm fond of the last shot.
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The Small Screen / Re: What shows are you watching?
« Last post by KJ on Yesterday at 03:02:43 PM »
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

apparently there is a 8 episode in season 2 that are the same episode in different angles. looking forward to be bored.
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Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: PTA Interviews (on YouTube or otherwise)
« Last post by Lempwick on Yesterday at 02:33:08 PM »
Can anyone find audio/video or a transcript of the DGA Q&A PTA did with Scorsese for There Will Be Blood in January 2008?  Thanks.
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Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Phantom Thread - Interviews
« Last post by wilberfan on Yesterday at 02:04:06 PM »
That was a wonderful article. It adds to my respect for the man--which was primarily just based on his prodigious talent.  This comment really stood out for me:


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I don’t fully understand [my decision] but it came to me with a sense of conviction and so I choose to move forward in acceptance of that, rather than struggling with it.
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This Year In Film / Re: Surfer© Teen Confronts Fear
« Last post by jenkins on Yesterday at 01:47:28 PM »
more than the movie itself perhaps, since i haven't seen the movie, i like hearing people digest the movie. for example:

I have watched this Dad Film unfold onscreen twice now and still haven't processed it entirely, but gotta say that I haven't had this much disorienting fun in a Cinema in a long while, since maybe MSG, Messenger of God at a matinee in the near abandoned AMC 20 in Norwalk. Between muffled WTF laughter and gasps of confusion, the guy behind us was negotiating the cognitive dissonance of watching Surfer at a matinee on Presidents Day by proclaiming comparisons out loud to The Room and Dangerous Men, and I understand why, but IMO, Surfer and MSG are a more accurate couple. These two self produced Other films are quite different in almost every way, but both definitely go naked skiing down the slippery slope between documentary and propaganda, in ways that the other films steer clear from. I took pleasure in the refreshing lack of self awareness in the fictional recreations similar to The Room and Dangerous Men, but something else was sincerley gluing my eyes to what was shining through all that surfing footage. The plot of Surfer is kinda straight forward-ha! but it is, and a big budget industry film can be made of the same tale, but the vulnerability and earnestness of how Douglas Burke literally loses his mind on camera over the course of 11 years as we see him lens Sage, his son, time travel back and forth between the different shapes and sizes of his childhood body and various adolescent haircuts, sometimes, often happening in the same scene, proves that true grit and authenticity can be found somewhere in the tangled yarn being spun. This anarchy creates such reckless adandon and disrespect for continuity and reality, that I found myself wondering more about who Douglas and Sage really were outside the world of the film and what it was like for this father + son team to make this movie. I really started empathizing and even rooting for them and asking myself- is this REAL? Just like how I questioned whether the guru in MSG was for- real, while watching this film, my mind was left to imagine what Sage's mom was like, or where they ate that day...

I can't even coherently write what I mean cuz it's "like a dream that hasn't happened yet, but it will!" The surf scenes are caustic and jarring in relation to the story in a way that reminds me of the Rabbits in Inland Empire. If Lynch made this film, it might be called Newport Beach. There are definitely some premium zinger lines in this film that snapped me back into the comfortably unstable reality it was painting. I really thought about fathers and sons in a way that I never had before seeing Surfer. First of all, the second time through- was just as funny and sad and spiritual as the first, but I made a concerted effort to watch Sage in the 2nd go, esp. when his father Jack was dadsplaining the shit out of his own resurection conflating FEAR with an OPPORTUNITY TO BECOME A WARRIOR. Here, Sage really looks like he is being forced to play this role. The role of son. Is Jack God? What is the fear they keep on harping about- it can't be only about getting back in the water, can it? I began to see the real Douglas/Jack as a spiralling insane stage dad, only wanting to better his and his sons life, or more accurately, a surf dad that was admitting to living his life through his son, on screen, in the water, from beyond the grave, within a government conspiracy at the Lee Strasberg Military Hospital, with theater games riffing and fractalling off infinitely in a home movie wave of fatherly pride, masking all unintended stress and neglect of his real life son, Sage- who really looks a lot like his dad. There is a moment when Dr Banks shows Sage a picture from an ID of Jack from 20 years prior, and says, "almost like looking in a mirror, isn't it?" as the camera gives us one of it's signature uncanny moves, slowly zooming into a slightly out of focus Sage, who appears to be truly frightened or traumatized. Emotionally, Sage must be exhausted by the making of this film. I somehow ended up thinking about another father and son duo in Hollywood and how odd the name Sage was common to both. For those that know the story of Sage and Sylvester Stallone, you understand why Surfer almost brought me to tears at times. If you aren't familiar with Sage Stallone, I will let your imagination get under your skin as you discover on your own that Sage Stallone might have been compelled to see this unique screening and it would have been interesting to get his take on the father and son dynamic.

On screen, Jack's ego and id vomit somehow come off as the best comedy America has to offer in 2018 countering the film as possibly being one of the scariest the year has to offer- a perfect snapshot of TODAY.

"Give this kid a Coke" is a line so deftly written and delivered with such impeccable timing that it boggled my mind as to why Dr Banks would utter such words - this film is held together with such goldmines that it kept me on the edge of my seat waiting for more, and boy does it deliver!

With the sun still up as I left the theater, I became overwhelmed with joy and paranoia and curiosity that it was all part of a new Nathan Fielder social experiment for season 5, but even that had me reeling at how preposterous it all was, or how mysterious life is, given the fact that I witnessed 50+ minutes of Sage just surfing or crashing in gorgeous and violent HUGE WAVES. Sage is an excellent Surfer as documented by all those years of dad's camera work. Forget about Big Brother, this is all Big Father. Are we ALL being Truman Show'd- How does Sage feel about this? Watching this film made me feel like that time I had a small psychotic break and had to be 5150'd- I could not believe what I was experiencing but knew that it was all really happening regardless of all the disturbing disassociations. Even if none of the delusions were true, I experienced them as if they were with all the shock and hysteria regardless of what was real or not. I am not entirely convinced that this film was NOT real, what ever that means...

Watching it twice was masochistic, but more pleasurable the second time around as I realized Douglas Burke is sadistic AND masochistic the same way Gurmeet Ram Rahim Sing, the guru is in MSG. I will go a 3rd time tomorrow and watch the Q & A and see if I can find any more evidence to substantiate my thesis that this film must be some conscious experiment for something very REAL in the near future, even if it is just leading upto Sage surfing in the 2020 Olympics at best, or ending up as a famous young actor/YouTuber in control of his own image at worst, either way, he will be surfing for relevancy the rest of his life after this singular coming of age story that leaves more questions than answers. Who will play Sage in the remake? Is Douglas to Lavar as Sage is to Lonzo? Is Douglas related to Richard Lewis?

I hope to find out more and will edit this rant into more of a review soon. Thank you for your time letting me air this one out. Interested in your feedback.
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2017 In Film / Re: Ghost in the Shell (2017)
« Last post by Sleepless on Yesterday at 01:30:10 PM »
^ Agree. I watched it on a plane. It was a perfect plane movie.
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