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This Year In Film / Re: Climax
« Last post by Alexandro on February 15, 2019, 10:23:28 AM »
Fantastically shot and performed by a great cast, but stupid beyond belief. I couldn't take it seriously after a certain point, all it's attempts at shock and dismay felt pretty adolescent and simplistic. I posted on facebook that the DEA should ask Noe to make their "just say no to drugs" commercials: that's what this ultimately comes to, a kind of updated reefer madness.

2018 In Film / Re: Free Solo
« Last post by eward on February 14, 2019, 08:08:09 PM »
A friend of mine saw it in IMAX and was blown away. I have a bit of a heights thing so this is a no-go for me.
Real-Life Soundtracks / Re: any ryan adams fans?
« Last post by polkablues on February 13, 2019, 07:10:35 PM »
It's been pretty clear for a while that Ryan Adams is an asshole on a lot of levels, but his music meant enough to me that I tried really hard for a long time to look past it, and to assume the worst rumors about his treatment of women were exaggerated. I'm done with that now.

Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Everything twitter
« Last post by wilberfan on February 13, 2019, 12:26:07 AM »
Harry Nilsson working with Shelly Duvall on "He Needs Me".

Listening to an audiobook about Robert Altman. There was a Paul Thomas Anderson anecdote in which he describes screening Punch Drunk Love for Altman and Altman got excited and applauded when he heard "He Needs Me" from Popeye being used.

2018 In Film / Free Solo
« Last post by wilberfan on February 12, 2019, 10:18:42 PM »

From award-winning documentary filmmaker E. Chai Vasarhelyi ("MERU") and world-renowned photographer and mountaineer Jimmy Chin comes National Geographic Documentary Film's FREE SOLO, a stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of the free soloist climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the face of the world's most famous rock... the 3,000ft El Capitan in Yosemite National Park... without a rope. Celebrated as one of the greatest athletic feats of any kind, Honnold's climb set the ultimate standard: perfection or death. Succeeding in this challenge, Honnold enters his story in the annals of human achievement. FREE SOLO is both an edge-of-your seat thriller and an inspiring portrait of an athlete who exceeded our current understanding of human physical and mental potential. The result is a triumph of the human spirit.

The climb is a truly amazing accomplishment, but I found the film itself--generally seen as the front-runner for the Documentary Feature Oscar--repetitive and--how the hell is this possible--boring.  I found it uninvolving enough that I--get this--turned it off before the footage of the actual climb itself.
News and Theory / Re: What Films Are We Watching?
« Last post by Jeremy Blackman on February 12, 2019, 02:56:50 PM »
Fyre Festival Was a Huge Scam. Is Netflix’s Fyre Documentary a Scam, Too?

The festival's marketing agency also co-produced the film, resulting in a misleading version of who bears responsibility for the fraud.

The Director's Chair / Re: Excellent Short Films
« Last post by ©brad on February 12, 2019, 02:55:25 PM »
He's talented for sure. Thanks for sharing Wilder, these were great.
This Year In Film / Re: Velvet Buzzsaw
« Last post by Fuzzy Dunlop on February 12, 2019, 01:50:27 PM »
This was bafflingly bad. I don't know how so many talented people could make something so shit. And I love Nightcrawler. Turning this off after an hour was the best decision I've made all week.
This Year In Film / Re: Velvet Buzzsaw
« Last post by BB on February 12, 2019, 01:47:29 PM »
Plays like a first draft, hastily written. Lost me entirely when the paintings started to move. How dumb. Could've been staged like an American giallo given the setting. Settles instead for late-period Goosebumps book.
In Front of the Camera / Re: Look-a-Likes
« Last post by polkablues on February 12, 2019, 12:41:06 PM »
One of these pictures is of British actor Ella Hunt (Anna and the Apocalypse). The other is Nora Zehetner (Brick). These are not, I repeat NOT, two pictures of the same woman.