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Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
« Last post by jenkins on November 05, 2018, 04:56:00 PM »
PTA got a special thanks in the end credits for Luca Guadagnino's Suspiria.

First billed special thanks, too!

i was like, "huh, everyone's noticing that, interesting," but now i'm like "oh okay i get it"

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News and Theory / Re: What Films Are We Watching?
« Last post by jenkins on November 05, 2018, 02:54:04 PM »


it took me two tries to watch this movie because the premise is extraordinarily stupid. there's an alien probe traveling space and destroying ships, about to destroy all of Earth, and Spock (back from the dead, learning how to be alive again) is somehow the only person who recognizes the probe's distress signal as the singing of a humpback whale, so they time travel to bring two humpback whales into the future, which does indeed satisfy the probe and end the movie.

my viewing was initiated by having recently rewatched Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and having enjoyed that so much i thought that maybe i've been a Trekkie my whole life without realizing it. the Star Trek movie theory is the evens are good and the odds are worse, and i read about #4 as like a buddy comedy, so i went into it next. the first time i went to watch it i saw the beginning and wasn't having it, fell asleep, woke up at the end and thought fuck this shit. but today i successfully completed the entire movie, and i still think of the premise and execution as rather inept and unimpressive (every scene in the movie is a great example) but now i'm somehow a big fan of it after all, for reasons i can't explain. because it wasn't so hard to watch after all? because everyone seems to be enjoying the making of it? i have no idea, it just happened. it is indeed a rather positive movie.

from here i'll head to Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, followed by Star Trek: First Contact, that's my current plan, i'm not sure how long that'll take me.
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The Art Gallery / Re: i'll be sharing
« Last post by jenkins on November 05, 2018, 12:02:12 AM »
regarding the previous cover sampled, that was the third variety, and in that design the width of the middle column started bothering me, then the color of the border and text, and soon enough i found myself overthinking it of course, and actually i kept going with that but i didn't like how much i'd thought about it, and i still had some problems with it, creating an overall pleasing color scheme became challenging for me, so i reverted to an inverted and colorized version of this book's first cover design. an upside-down gem resembles a mountain, i like the design and mountains are entirely unrelated. [this also sounds like my writing process.]



a new proof has been ordered. this one is lined up to be read in a way that will result in "challenging" feedback which will potentially "cause me to question my entire methodology" and also potentially ponder if i should "take up some other hobby besides writing." time will tell what will happen, eventually Gem City will be published of course, i'm the one who does it.
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This Year In Film / Re: Burning
« Last post by jenkins on November 04, 2018, 10:08:00 PM »
it's a personal problem because you see i've only gone to four movies this year, and three of them were down the street at WorldForgot's multiplex. if i were actively seeing movies this year i would go see this.

i was meaning to leave you not stranded in terms of supporting Lee Chang-dong, who is smart and talented. like, it's not easy to craft his narratives. that was why i compared him to Kenneth Lonergan, in the vein of what you also said within your post, "pacing and tone were masterfully handled and implemented," and only because Lonergan was the nearest contemporary i could think of at the time. i believe it further supports the cause to expand the perspective into other great filmmakers and i don't disagree.
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This Year In Film / Re: Burning
« Last post by samsong on November 04, 2018, 09:45:16 PM »
Well! It seems like I'll be alone on this one!

not necessarily, but also, who cares?  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

It was kind of a bummer since I liked Poetry, but Burning's apathy was too much for me.

one man's apathy is another's patiently mesmerizing, dreamlike rendering of the nightmare of modernity.  i thought pacing and tone were masterfully handled and implemented. 


glad it’s out. I don’t guess I’ll see it theatrically, that’s too bad. he’s South Korea’s Kenneth Lonergan? a remarkable vision of human behavior is what I mean. eventually i’ll find my way to see it and there’s  not really the possibility that I won’t take something away from it

aren't you in LA?  it's playing in LA. 

remarkable vision of human behavior, sure, but not necessarily in the same vein as lonergan.  lee's ability to conceive and execute deliberate narrative that still lends itself to the openness of life is reminiscent of kieslowski, while the visceral, challenging emotional forcefulness of his work reminds me of lars von trier a la breaking the waves.  needless to say i think he's a remarkable talent.  oasis is a perennial superfavorite and i lurve secret sunshine (both due for a revisit), and this i think is lee's greatest work.  i consider it to be the cinematic equivalent of t.s. eliot's the love song of j. alfred prufrock, whatever that means... at the very least, an apotheosis. 
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This Year In Film / Re: Burning
« Last post by jenkins on November 04, 2018, 12:43:09 PM »
glad it’s out. I don’t guess I’ll see it theatrically, that’s too bad. he’s South Korea’s Kenneth Lonergan? a remarkable vision of human behavior is what I mean. eventually i’ll find my way to see it and there’s  not really the possibility that I won’t take something away from it
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This Year In Film / Re: Burning
« Last post by Drenk on November 04, 2018, 12:32:45 PM »
Well! It seems like I'll be alone on this one! It was kind of a bummer since I liked Poetry, but Burning's apathy was too much for me.

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This Year In Film / Re: Suspiria
« Last post by WorldForgot on November 04, 2018, 12:15:48 PM »
Letterboxd community is comparing it to mother! and BigSock I think you're on the dial of what makes them both intriguing. Bold, clumsy, and dancing (wobbling?) to their own beat.

SPOILERz

Personally I've come to appreciate the pacing of it, but I do think the A+J storyline could have been structured/handled effectively. I very much wish it worked for me because I love the idea of conjuring Anke and Suzy's guilt trip. For me, the Nation-State guilt allegory works but not so much our plotting with Josef.
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This Year In Film / Re: Burning
« Last post by samsong on November 04, 2018, 10:55:36 AM »
my favorite film of the year, and one of the very best of the decade.
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Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Other actors/directors/etc. who mention PTA
« Last post by eward on November 04, 2018, 06:53:31 AM »
Awards buzz is icing for John Krasinski and 'A Quiet Place'

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Critics loved its high concept thrills, too, and while many have offered their praise, a certain phone call stands out for Krasinski — the one he got from his favorite director, and friend, Paul Thomas Anderson.

“It was probably 30 minutes long about how much he loved the movie and how much it meant to him and how much he wished movies like this happened every Friday. I genuinely blacked out on that phone call,” Krasinski said. “He said, ‘I’ll tell you the best compliment I can give you: As I was walking back to my car I thought, OK, I need to get back to work.’”

Anderson actually provided some inspiration for “A Quiet Place.” Krasinski said he studied the opening of “There Will Be Blood” and other modern films that employ silence to figure out how he would approach it in his film. He also looked at “Jaws,” ‘’Rosemary’s Baby” the films of Alfred Hitchcock for ideas in tension-building.
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Ew.
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