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This Year In Film / Re: First Reformed
« Last post by eward on August 01, 2018, 09:18:03 PM »
It worked perfectly for me. I was devastated/enraptured by the end. 100% perfect to my eyes and senses at large, not a single flat note.

Horses for courses.
This Year In Film / Re: First Reformed
« Last post by martinthewarrior on August 01, 2018, 09:07:53 PM »
Agree pretty much exactly with Modage's take.

A beautiful, timely, furious movie that sadly loses its grip by the end. I love several of Shrader's films ("Auto Focus" maybe most of all, despite its relative obscurity), but it's become more and more apparent that he's just not a good director. Every film is an intellectual exercise in copping the feel of a director his critical mind digs, and while there have been plenty of incredible writers without a visual style (I'm looking at you Mankiewicz) I can't think of any who so shamelessly jump from imitation to imitation. Shouldn't have listened to the commentary, which reinforced that the entirety of his visual ideas boils down to, "so and so did this, I'm gonna try it on for size". Would've been such a better film if his script was helmed by someone who could occasionally free themselves from their reference points.

As much as I've come to admire Ethan Hawk, I wanted to believe his descent far more than I did. Not sure he works as well as I wanted him to.

Blah blah. I also agree that with the shape of movies in 2018, it was an incredible admirable near miss for me.

News and Theory / Re: What Films Are We Watching?
« Last post by jenkins on August 01, 2018, 08:04:13 PM »
lol i keep almost writing this post, this page open

i watched my Shampoo dvd to think ahead re upcoming criterion release.

it's written by Beatty and Robert Towne, directed by Hal Ashby, first Hollywood role for Carrie Fisher, with Goldie Hawn, Julie Christie, Lee Grant and Jack Warden (actors Oscar nominated for this movie), László Kovács dp, Richard Sylbert production designer, music by Paul Simon

so that's insanely impressive and absolutely perfect for the time period.

the election night party is cutting edge good. fully interwoven characters, every actor fully engaged. just nailing it left and right. the bulk of this movie is spectacular. i accredit all the sprinkled in perfect lines to Robert Towne based on guessing.

though i submit that the overall narrative is conservative. it benefits Beatty because we come to feel sorry for him, but the audience cares about him to the extent that Jack Warden plays the more challenging character who wins the audience brightens the theme won the Oscar and he was a Republican even. now, it is a smart and progressive movie in that context actually, in that favoring the left is the Hollywood thing to do. Warden stays a Republican but turns out to be the better man. that's healthy thinking, that's fine. good men are republicans. but what i'm saying is the movie tidies itself up too cleanly by the ending. and perhaps you think--hmm you are always against that, what do you see as the benefit to your fight? and i can tell you clearly: life is not simple, that is a lie. that is politics. life is not easy. and as i grow and age etc what i learn more and more is that the complex is not simple. so i don't appreciate when a movie turns the complex into simple. this production method limits its dynamics to me.
This Year In Film / Re: First Reformed
« Last post by modage on August 01, 2018, 09:37:40 AM »
Yeah I have not been super impressed with movies in 2018.
DVD Talk / Re: Random DVD and Blu-ray announcements
« Last post by wilder on August 01, 2018, 09:31:42 AM »
Fall 2018 TBD

Lewis Allen’s technicolor noir Desert Fury (1947) on blu-ray from Kino

The daughter of a Nevada casino owner gets involved with a racketeer, despite everyone's efforts to separate them.

Caps from an older DVD transfer:

September 18, 2018

Michael Powell’s The Age of Consent (1969) on blu-ray from Mill Creek

Bradley Morahan, a successful Australian artist living in New York, decides to return to his home country to seek new inspiration for his work. On a small island off the east coast he meets Cora, a young woman who becomes his muse and rekindles his love of art.

September 25, 2018

Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger’s The Wild Heart aka Gone to Earth (1950) on blu-ray from Kino

A beautiful, superstitious, animal-loving Gypsy is hotly desired by a fox-hunting squire...even after she marries a clergyman.

The Wild Heart (1950) - Amazon

October 9, 2018

Luis Puenzo’s The Official Story (1985) on blu-ray from Cohen Media Group

The Official Story is about an upper middle class couple who lives in Buenos Aires with an illegally adopted child. The mother, Alicia (Norma Aleandro), comes to realize that her daughter may be the child of a desaparecido, a victim of the forced disappearances that occurred during Argentina's last military dictatorship.

The Grapevine / Re: The Dead Don't Die
« Last post by jenkins on July 31, 2018, 08:03:37 PM »
oh and you know what, simply reading imdb user reviews revealed way more about the original The Dead Don't Die to me, and although of course it must still be true that this is Jarmusch's own movie, it is clearer to me why he found this title suitable

When movies were crude but better
zocotroco038 January 2004

This is a fun one. I remember being scared as hell. In an attempt to solve a murder mystery, George Hamilton finds himself in a town inhabited by zombies. He even has a love scene with one of them!! It would be cool to see a remake. There has never been a zombie movie movie quite like this one. Hope i find it on a video shelf some day.

imdb users strongly mention the dreamlike quality of this zombie movie by Curtis Harringtn, Robert Bloch, and apparently a great-job George Hamilton. also Linda Cristal and Joan Blondell. a dance hall is a central component and the dance-hall owner is played by Ray Milland.

the title has all the markings of Jarmusch's nerdery, and he does what he always does, which is reveal deeper meaning below what feels flat at first.

Curtis Harrington has also found support with Refn, and i personally immensely support Night Tide, which is actually the one Refn supports but that's unrelated to my personal interest
Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Miscellaneous PTA Video Essays
« Last post by wilberfan on July 31, 2018, 04:58:24 PM »
Boogie Nights & Goodfellas: How Directors Create a Mood

Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Miscellaneous PTA Video Essays
« Last post by wilberfan on July 31, 2018, 04:47:33 PM »
Boogie Nights & Goodfellas: When Karma Comes Around

News and Theory / Re: Specifically: Asia
« Last post by pete on July 31, 2018, 03:25:01 PM »
thanks for these Jenkins!
Real-Life Soundtracks / Re: Best film scores
« Last post by polkablues on July 31, 2018, 03:20:51 PM »

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