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The Small Screen / Re: The Romanoffs
« Last post by Drenk on Today at 04:07:30 AM »
I'm a half hour into the first episode and don't think I'll continue. Just constantly found myself asking why this is supposed to be interesting. It has virtually no impact on me. Pretty rough start for a new series.

If it lasted forty minutes it would have more impact. It's such a weird choice to begin with that episode. I'd say the third one is the most solid one. And a good "beginning".
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News and Theory / Re: What Films Are We Watching?
« Last post by jenkins on Today at 02:07:22 AM »
a conversation about Scorsese's worst movie would be just as interesting as a conversation about his best movie, maybe. it's almost kind of obviously Boxcar Bertha innit, but then isn't it maybe Who's That Knocking at My Door actually, and after that is when it gets interesting. for example, i almost want to rewatch The Aviator and Gangs of New York now, to compare them to each other, and compare them to what i watched tonight, The King of Comedy. Scorsese himself is imdb trivia quoted as saying "I thought the movie was just a one-line gag: You won't let me go on the show, so I'll kidnap you and you'll put me on the show." as in, it's not a very dimensionally complex movie. there isn't really a lot of character material, and that's almost kind of silly coming from Scorsese.

at the same time i think De Niro plays it to a perfect pitch. his mania reminds me of life choices i don't want to make. he pushes me back from the ledge because i see how crazy the ledge is. although he almost explains his entire outrageousness with a great line, "Better to be king for a night than schmuck for a lifetime." that's a pretty good point. it's also a pretty crazy point and i think it's what all the crazy people say. the movie doesn't tell me much more than Don't Be Crazy.

the fashion and interior design are atrocious, but 1982 owes some blame for that. Sandra Bernhard does fine enough but her character is rather startlingly flat, well below Scorsese's scope--what can i tell you about her? nothing. i'm not even sure why she's crazy. what can i tell you about Jerry? nothing.

it's the Rupert Pupkin show. yet somehow still i'm glad i rewatched it, for the reason i stated, about being reminded to step away from the ledge, which i do sometimes walk toward, to be frank. perhaps in fact i should watch this movie whenever i feel myself headed toward the ledge. i'm not sure why i'm calling it the ledge but i think you all know what i mean.
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The Small Screen / Re: The Romanoffs
« Last post by Jeremy Blackman on Today at 12:59:07 AM »
I'm a half hour into the first episode and don't think I'll continue. Just constantly found myself asking why this is supposed to be interesting. It has virtually no impact on me. Pretty rough start for a new series.
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Other Media / Re: misc book thread
« Last post by jenkins on Yesterday at 08:51:45 PM »


i admire this guy from afar. i mean we're fb friends and we've messaged but i don't really know him and we don't commonly engage in conversation. i just like his whole style. he's a 3xl who lives in the south and as far as i can tell he's simply making his way through life. he recently put out these four chapbooks and has made comments about it seeming odd for him to put out chapbooks at this point but he did it anyway. i'm into writers who don't write to earn a living but write to live.
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The Small Screen / Re: The Romanoffs
« Last post by wilberfan on Yesterday at 06:52:50 PM »

This is the problem with most Amazon shows and it's happening to many Netflix shows now. There's too much happening. It used to be that people were looking forward to new premiere dates, primetime shows, etc. Now it's hard to even keep track of what is on and when.

There are so many great shows that get zero attention and nobody talks about them. And there is no time to even watch them all.


This is so true.  I'm enjoying, as just one example, "Get Shorty"--but no one is talking about it anywhere, near as I can tell...   It's beginning to feel like the local stupor-market: Do we really NEED 87 choices of.....anything?
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The Small Screen / Re: The Romanoffs
« Last post by Kal on Yesterday at 01:56:51 PM »

I'm worried that nobody gives a shit about this show. Who talks about it? Not critics. Not fans of Mad Men on the netóI looked for the people who were obsessed about MM, and they...don't watch The Romanoffs? or don't care enough to write about it. If it were absolutely hated maybe it would kind of exist.


This is the problem with most Amazon shows and it's happening to many Netflix shows now. There's too much happening. It used to be that people were looking forward to new premiere dates, primetime shows, etc. Now it's hard to even keep track of what is on and when.

There are so many great shows that get zero attention and nobody talks about them. And there is no time to even watch them all.

Fun fact: I was flying back from NY to LA on the day this show premiered at Matthew Weiner was on my plane. Alone. He wasn't out there celebrating, he didn't have an entourage with him, or even any friends. He was just flying home alone like it was any other day...
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This Year In Film / Re: The Sisters Brothers
« Last post by BigSock on Yesterday at 05:54:46 AM »
Iíll echo most of the sentiment here. This is just not very good at all. A murky and vague adaptation.

Iím ASTONISHED Debie shot this. Wow. What a major whiff.
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This Year In Film / Re: Halloween
« Last post by BigSock on Yesterday at 05:51:07 AM »
I canít remember the last time I hated a movie so much. Thereís so many obscenely stupid moments and contrivances in this film that it had to have been some sorta troll by David Gordon Green
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Xix & Xax / Re: History of Xixax?
« Last post by jenkins on Yesterday at 12:21:56 AM »
It's strange but also kinda nice to think you're the only ones who get to see most of these thoughts I share. This side of myself would otherwise be almost completely silenced.

that's like a valentine card. it's a really good one.

oh right so Just Withnail met the guy i co-directed Gooses with and that was like years ago and i'd always meant to ask one of them how the introduction went and i ended up asking Just Withnail when i irl saw him and it turned out he'd mentioned Xixax and i was like oh, you know i mean i was like "oh," because that was when i learned that. i actually haven't seen that co-director in a long while but that's literally an outside story.
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Xix & Xax / Re: History of Xixax?
« Last post by BB on October 20, 2018, 11:53:55 PM »
This is the only place I really post on the whole internet, and the only message board I've ever visited with any regularity. Doesn't bother me when things are slow. Great just to know y'all are out there.

sometimes i wonder if people i irl know stop through here and wonder about this side of me unseen to them.

Thought the same thing a few times. Few people with whom I'm close are super into movies, but there are friends of friends of friends who I suspect must have stumbled on here at some point. It's too big and too good to miss, especially for cinephiles of a certain age group. As interacting with strangers on the internet has become more socially acceptable, I've become more comfortable with participating and even making the odd reference to seeing something on here in conversation, but it's still not something I'd flat out ask an acquaintance about.

It's strange but also kinda nice to think you're the only ones who get to see most of these thoughts I share. This side of myself would otherwise be almost completely silenced.
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