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News and Theory / Re: (Tentative) Top 10 of 2018
« Last post by Sleepless on February 08, 2019, 02:54:03 PM »
A Bread Factory, Part One: For the Sake of Gold
A Bread Factory, Part Two: Walk With Me a While

Watched this week. Really good! Not sure I completely got (or the film needed) some of the "performances" of Part Two, but I thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing. I think Tyne Daly might get my vote for best supporting actress.
News and Theory / Re: Who's Next To Croak?
« Last post by Sleepless on February 08, 2019, 09:15:20 AM »
Other Media / Re: best stand-up comic
« Last post by Jeremy Blackman on February 06, 2019, 05:49:46 PM »
"Best" would be a stretch, but pretty good:

2018 In Film / An Elephant Sitting Still
« Last post by Robyn on February 06, 2019, 03:09:15 PM »

Director Bo Hu's (29) first and last film. He committed suicide shortly after completing post, and cited this quote from All The Pretty Horses as inspiration for the film:

he thought that the world’s heart beat at some terrible cost and that the world’s pain and its beauty moved in a relationship of diverging equity and that in this headlong deficit the blood of multitudes might ultimately be exacted for the vision of a single flower.

I haven't seen it yet, but just watching the trailer and reading about it made me very emotional and sad.

Xix & Xax / Re: Know Your Xixax: Donation begging and site news
« Last post by Jeremy Blackman on February 06, 2019, 01:14:55 PM »
Bandwidth update: looking good. We're now on track to use 33% of our bandwidth in a 30-day month.
2018 In Film / Re: The Favourite
« Last post by Robyn on February 06, 2019, 01:08:28 PM »
Loved that ending so much. It was one of those ending that made me wanna rewatch the film straight away to see if I'd enjoy it more. It wasn't my favorite Lanthimos.

Also, too bad that the audience I saw this with wasn't more engaged. Laughing by my own in a theater makes me feel weird.
In Front of the Camera / Re: Look-a-Likes
« Last post by polkablues on February 06, 2019, 10:05:16 AM »
“We were on...” *15-second pause with wild hand gesticulations* “...A BREEEAAAAK!!!!”
The Director's Chair / Re: Lars Von Trier
« Last post by Robyn on February 06, 2019, 06:22:10 AM »
was this posted here? it's a pretty great read. 
2018 In Film / Re: First Reformed
« Last post by Something Spanish on February 05, 2019, 02:16:22 PM »
I'm not overly up on transcendental stuff as much as most cineastes. Seen my fair share, just have yet to take a deep dive on the style. As long as you've seen one of each, Ozu, Bresson, Dreyer, I think you're in the clear. First Reformed truly lives up to the hype of a bleak, timely masterstroke of an artist who has been gearing up for this release his entire career. Schrader's voice here is so powerfully intimate, his trembling rage so vociferously damning, you're smacked into reminder of this man's shattering talent. Hawke slays the role, one akin to a pious Travis Bickle. You feel his pain through every facial contortion, his soul and faith as concaved as his cheekbones.  Maybe a bit too much Winter Light meets Diary of a Country Priest, but a riff is a riff, and when riffed by Schrader it's all good.
I think the ending happened, too, in spite of its creator's interpretation. I see it as more redemptive than was probably intended.
In Front of the Camera / Re: Look-a-Likes
« Last post by Jeremy Blackman on February 05, 2019, 12:06:50 PM »