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This Year In Film / Re: Halloween
« Last post by jenkins on Today at 06:42:02 PM »
first i thought you were all probably being too hard on it. i just thought that because i was like, that's what i was thinking.

andbut actually you know what, someone told me the spine of First Man is death. someone told me that in an appreciative way and i actually ended up thinking i might see that (which i've been hard on before even seeing), but both the starting time and the runtime didn't align with my day so i ended up seeing Halloween yeah. it's the fourth 2018 movie i've seen.

and like i said i thought you were all being hard on it, and plus i went into it expecting and wanting escapism. yeah i thought, okay, i'll escape from my life by seeing a movie today. so i didn't expect or want to even think about it, and when it began i was like totally into it. i really was. i thought "yup, they were being hard on it," because you know i thought that was a fine enough intro. and i appreciated how DGG used normal looking people, i didn't think the movie was full of people who felt like hollywood actors, i thought they felt like normal people, and i liked that. i both liked Jamie Lee Curtis being old and how horror movies always express teen culture. and i liked that one young kid walking through the car headlights after the bus crash. i liked that kid dying. and after then when Michael was on the sidewalk around the halloweeners there was, i believe, a nice really long take that took him through a building and back outside and toward another house and a glass reflection and he went inside there too, but the camera staid outside. that's good cinematic grammar, you know. things like that felt like a big deal to me when i was younger, but that type of grammar isn't such a big deal anymore is it. then i liked the other kid cutting his nails and i liked the teenager getting rejected and notice how i keep talking about how i liked things and expected i'd think you were all being too hard on it.

except, omg. welp. so when he gets hit by the car the movie started losing me. i won't spoil it so it sounds weird if you haven't seen it, but if you've seen it you know what i mean. from that point on any sense of realworld logic just faded from my thoughts. and i didn't even go into the movie to examine its logic, but it went so far off track i couldn't help but notice. by the time they were at Jamie Lee Curtis's house i was like not having it. i even fell asleep for a little bit! i didn't mean to! i didn't want to! i didn't know that would happen! i believe what initiated my sleep was when Jamie Lee Curtis, who had waited for this moment since she was younger, she stood against the door and Michael reached his hands through the glass and grabbed her. i understand that people are dumb in horror movies, and plenty of people are plenty dumb in this movie, but isn't that literally the one person in this entire movie who isn't supposed to be being dumb. i think i nodded off a bit after that and woke right before the ending.

i did see the ending but i'm not sure how long i was asleep, nor, sadly, clearly, can i say i liked this movie much. damn.
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The Grapevine / Re: Destroyer
« Last post by pete on Today at 05:00:40 PM »
hey I know that bank!
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The Small Screen / Re: The Romanoffs
« Last post by WorldForgot on Today at 02:57:06 PM »
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".

Definitely agree, and actually feel this same way about Mad Men. I'd usually tell people to watch an episode from a later season to get them hooked.
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The Small Screen / Re: The Romanoffs
« Last post by Jeremy Blackman on Today at 11:29:46 AM »
I actually skipped to the end of episode 1, and it does get interesting. Probably not how the show was meant to be watched, though.
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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 net—I 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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