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The Small Screen / Re: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
« Last post by ono on February 17, 2019, 02:01:51 PM »
Great show no one (here) is talking about.  Just finished season 2 this afternoon.  My one criticism of it is that it could be a half hour show focusing only on Midge's trials as an up-and-coming stand up comedienne, but if that were the case, it would be a different show.  Sometimes I find myself not caring about the ancillary characters, and just want to see more of Midge's machinations.  However, deep into season 2, the use of these other characters come to light, as they color everything she does.  It wouldn't be as effective, perhaps, without them.  There are a few scenes in the Catskills that are breathtaking, and really elevate this show for me.  The dance comes to mind.

Shahloub is great as Abe, and it took me a minute to recognize him, but I was amused seeing by Zachari Levi (Chuck) as Ben.  Definitely a different character than his previous roles.  Jane Lynch is a hoot as Sophie, too.

The final sequences of the S2 finale are another.  If you're familiar with Amy Sherman-Palladino, familiar themes will emerge.  As it is, I can't wait for the next go-round.
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2018 In Film / Re: If Beale Street Could Talk
« Last post by Shughes on February 16, 2019, 07:38:07 PM »
I wanted to love this more than I did.

I too was disappointed by the voiceover work - it sounded badly recorded and over processed, not to mention poorly performed/directed. I couldn't help but wonder if it was a late decision to add it, and if those moments would have been more effective without it - in most cases the VO replicates the same info as the visuals, or gives backstory exposition, rendering it pretty much redundant.

Some good performances and interesting directorial flourishes. Maybe I'll get more from a second viewing.
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Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
« Last post by Lottery on February 16, 2019, 06:33:44 PM »
Listening to the podcast itself, it seems to me that Elswit is definitely at least 50% tongue-in-cheek/sardonic here. After this tidbit, he tells a 5 minute story about how brilliant and talented PTA is.

Yeah, actually listening to it now, it sounds pretty harmless.
It's worth listening to the PTA bit for Elswit talking about use of lens flares and white walls on PDL.
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Real-Life Soundtracks / Re: underrated pop music
« Last post by polkablues on February 16, 2019, 05:26:24 PM »
Ban PR.
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Real-Life Soundtracks / Re: underrated pop music
« Last post by Jeremy Blackman on February 16, 2019, 03:59:39 PM »
I have no comment on the artist, but this press release is definitely something.

http://www.papermag.com/meghan-trainor-horny-2629073478.html

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(February 8, 2019 - Los Angeles, CA) -- Valentine's Day is around the corner, and whether you're planning on smashing bae's junk to smithereens or making out with a pint of Phish Food, you need some fresh Valentine's Day bops to get you in the mood for L♡VE. And MEGHAN TRAINOR has got you covered with her new EP, THE LOVE TRAIN [Epic Records.]

You know you want it. And you can freakin' get it b*tch. On all digital platforms right HERE.

Meghan's seducing your ears this V-Day, and you know she knows a thing or two about romance. Unless your phone's been broken for a hot minute, you know that Meghan just got married to the ginger from Spy Kids, and trust when we say, girl is feeling the love. She took a break from her busy schedule to record some fire tracks in Los Angeles alongside frequent collaborators and producers Andrew Wells [5SOS, Fall Out Boy, Jason Mraz], J KASH (Maroon 5, Charlie Puth, Kesha) and Tyler Johnson [Harry Styles, CAM].

We know you want to hear songs about all the hot newlywed sex Meghan and Daryl Sa-BAE-ra are having (did you see what we did there?). Which is why you'll love the banging' single "All The Ways." Billboard was wet for "All The Ways," calling it "another fun, danceable track to fall in love with." And would Billboard lie to you, girl?

But perhaps the piece de resistance (that's French for "Wig Snatch") is "Marry Me," a romantic acoustic guitar and ukulele-tinged Awww Fest which delivers all the feels (and then more feels). Meghan wrote the song thirty days after meeting Daryl, and it was so good that she walked down the aisle to it. We know, it's a little bit #Vomworthy, but also, am I chopping onions right now or are those tears rolling down my face? I'm not crying, you're crying.

And as always, our Grammy-Winning, Diamond Single-having QUEEN didn't just come to play -- she came to slay. She's serving vocals on the passionate, Celine Dion-esque power ballad "After You." Plus, Meghan's serving your insatiable thirst for dance-ready bops with the upbeat banger that is "Foolish." It slaps so hard you'll be stanning for days. "As if all the PDA, including foot massages, butterfly kisses and piggy back rides aren't cringe worthy enough," says her brother and videographer Ryan... "I've got to film it all!"

Choo choo betch! The Love Train is leaving the station and you better get on board.

Be on the lookout for more surprises very soon as she prepares for a landmark 2019.
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Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
« Last post by Tdog on February 16, 2019, 01:06:49 PM »
Maybe Elswit was saying "Paul, maybe we should move the fucking camera and have some establishing shots!".

Ew. A take can be compelling in so many ways. For Paul, clearly he's in love with performances and actors off the jump. Why IV'z detractors insist it should have been the sort of PTA/Elswit collaboration we've already seen before, I'll never understand.

I was only kidding, I like IV a lot. It's not my favourite PTA movie and I genuinely do think it would have benefitted pacing wise by shooting/blocking some of the scenes differently but I do have a lot of love for the movie.
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News and Theory / Re: Who's Next To Croak?
« Last post by Robyn on February 16, 2019, 01:05:11 PM »
At least it's not Hitler.
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Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
« Last post by eward on February 16, 2019, 12:23:54 PM »
Also that podcast is great, listen to it!
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Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
« Last post by eward on February 16, 2019, 12:16:13 PM »
Think PTA was actively trolling Elswit and that's why it's so sedate? lol
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Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
« Last post by WorldForgot on February 16, 2019, 12:03:33 PM »
Maybe Elswit was saying "Paul, maybe we should move the fucking camera and have some establishing shots!".

Ew. A take can be compelling in so many ways. For Paul, clearly he's in love with performances and actors off the jump. Why IV'z detractors insist it should have been the sort of PTA/Elswit collaboration we've already seen before, I'll never understand.