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Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Phantom Thread - SPOILERS!
« Last post by Bleep on May 08, 2018, 06:44:44 AM »
Great discovery, HACKANUT!

Isn’t that picture beautiful? The “look” is an artful example of fashion genre-splice.

Q: Is the figure draped in at least five different elements of fashion?

1. A jacket with lapels. It looks as if the jacket, theoretically made of wool or of a cotton-wool blend, has no corresponding sleeves.
2. The figure's arms look as if they are covered with sleeves of a loose transparent material (e.g., sheer mesh)—(sleeves from a garment different from the jacket).

3. Starting just above the waistline: a glamorous gown-type piece, with the sweep moving both horizontally and vertically. The look of the material suggests, say, blue silk taffeta. (It is notable that this gown-type section looks to be positioned over the jacket.)

4. The billowy skirt, not colored, looks to be of light, airy material, possibly chiffon.

5. It looks as if, under the jacket, there is a simple shirt.

Extra reflection: Most generally, the line drawing itself has (to me at least) an Ancient Greek mood to it (i.e., the simple, elegant strokes.)

Notes (numbers correspond to the above):

1. Sleeveless lapel jackets were popularised by YSL in, for example, his infamous 1971 collection.

2. Sheer mesh recalls, initially (to me), YSL, this time of the late 1960s.

3. Gown-type piece over the jacket: An unconventional look, but far from unheard-of; a photograph from the new advertising campaign of Prada, for one example of many, features a corset-like bodice piece positioned over a button-down shirt: a juxtaposition of not only two different, clashing elements of clothing, but also of two different, clashing types of fabrics.

4a. Terminology: the waist-down part of a dress is referred to as “the skirt”.

4b. Because the hem looks rounded, the skirt's material will most likely be neither sheer mesh nor tulle.

And regarding the mood of Ancient Greece: To name three examples of many: YSL has Ancient Greece–inspired gowns in his infamous 1971 collection; McQueen has Ancient Greece–inspired looks in “Pantheon” and "Neptune"; and then, very famously, the Delphos gowns of Fortuny.
The Vault / Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen
« Last post by wilberfan on May 08, 2018, 01:37:19 AM »
As clever and "high-concept" as I think this was--it was also surprisingly moving.  Because of massive copyright issues, it will never be available commercially.  But it's now on YouTube (and Vimeo). 

A write-up from the NYFF (2012):

In the last few years, it has been very difficult to get films made in Palfi's native Hungary. The State cut funding and Hollywood producer Andrew G. Vajna was put in charge of overhauling the existing system. Hungarian filmmakers like Palfi and Bela Tarr were concerned this would lead to less variety in Hungarian film, and took part in a protest against the dismantling of the old, democratic system. For a while there, there was no money available to Hungarian filmmakers at all. Since Palfi couldn't raise the money to make his own movie, he decided to make a movie using other people's movies instead.

Final Cut - Ladies and Gentlemen is a compilation film scavenged from over 100 years of cinema. Palfi refers to it as a "recycled." It uses carefully edited bits and pieces from almost 500 films and their scores to tell the quintessential cinematic story: the love story. Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy wins girl back, they live happily ever after. ScreenAnarchy's own Peter Gutierrez felt Palfi could have done something more interesting story-wise, but I feel the technical complexity of the experiment only benefits from the simplicity of the narrative. Wasn't one of the first films ever made Thomas Edison's The Kiss? That is cinema right there. Cinema is romance. Not only romance in the amorous sense, but romance as in fanciful or idealistic. Adventurous. And in that respect, Final Cut might be the most romantic film ever made as well.

Final Cut is the first film in forever that has elicited such wonderment in this jaded cineaste. It thrilled me to see many of my favorite films and filmmakers represented: David Lynch, Stanley Kubrick, Casablanca, The Big Lebowski, Akira Kurosawa, Ingmar Bergman, Star Wars, Back to the Future. But it goes beyond the perceived gimmick of the film's composition-- the "name that film" trivia of it all, which in itself is worth your time and brings endless re-watch value. It goes beyond the meticulous technical craft that goes into putting together a scene in which a musical number from Gilda is performed by multiple actresses from a variety of films, the clips edited so it appears they are all singing along to the same song. Final Cut is the embodiment of 100 years of escapist magic, emotional manipulation, and high art. Final Cut is film itself.

But unless you catch it at a festival, you might never get to see it. You see, Palfi didn't get clearance to use all these clips; he just did. And from the quality of some of the clips, it looks as if they were culled by any means necessary (which is why I don't think he'd frown upon my method of "acquiring" I Am Not Your Friend. He even goes as far as thanking in the credits). Distribution entity Wild Bunch has come aboard to help him with the rights, but you never know how something like this will play out. James Cameron, whose blockbuster Avatar is the first film featured, might be all, "It doesn't matter that my movie made 72 trillion dollars. Palfi has to PAY." So if you get a chance to see it, FUCKING SEE IT. If I were Palfi, and Wild Bunch didn't come through, I would just upload the thing to the internet and give it to the people. I don't normally go in for that sort of socialist hippie nonsense, but I feel it is in the spirit of how the film was made.

But I hope they are successful. I need this film on Blu-ray (although nothing will match seeing it in a theater), and I would gladly put money in Palfi's pocket so he can make more amazing films. The man hasn't repeated himself once, and if you watch the below video he mentions a number of projects he has in the wings, from big budget adventure/romance to Hungarian folk epic to low budget sci-fi. I want to see them all. Somebody, somewhere-- GIVE THIS MAN SOME MONEY.
The Small Screen / Re: Killing Eve (BBC America)
« Last post by wilberfan on May 08, 2018, 12:16:01 AM »
Yes!  Thanks for reminding me.  It's what made me check out the show in the first place.  I became a serious fan of hers after seeing "Fleabag". 
The Small Screen / Re: Killing Eve (BBC America)
« Last post by polkablues on May 07, 2018, 11:11:41 PM »
Written by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who has yet to let me down.
This Year In Film / Re: a quiet place
« Last post by tpfkabi on May 07, 2018, 11:09:06 PM »
I'm not the biggest on Signs, but this feels like a condensed reboot of that movie to me. I'm really surprised this point did not come up in the same way people would say a movie like Life 2017 (the space movie) was like Alien, etc.
The Small Screen / Cobra Kai (YouTube Red)
« Last post by wilberfan on May 07, 2018, 11:05:42 PM »

The two leads of the 1984 film "The Karate Kid" reunite to continue the story of their rivalry.  I've seen the first two episodes (free on YouTube Red) and find it's better than I would have expected.  Probably a must for fans of the original film.
Real-Life Soundtracks / Re: who likes vinyl?
« Last post by tpfkabi on May 07, 2018, 11:02:15 PM »
Wow, almost 15 years ago I needed a needle. That predated the vinyl resurgence helped by RSD. I did get a needle and it worked for a while. I think the whole player needs worked on. That's the crappy side of vinyl - the players and needles. I next got a player with the capability to rip the music to my computer and it messed up fast. It was fun when most records were $5 or less. Now they reissue those some records for $30.

One of the fun ones was after Hasting's started carrying used/new vinyl. I got Notorious BIG Life After Death 3xLP for .75. I think it was marked .99 and they had a 25% off sale.

It seems like some vinyl is going on sale. It may have hit the peak and is kinda going down. They were mass producing overpriced stuff that wasn't selling. Some of the pricing is ridiculous. My Hasting's had a Shins 7" single of 2 tracks from an album - not even an exclusive b-side or anything unique (maybe it was released before the full album?) - for $9.99. You could just pay a little more and get those 2 tracks and the rest of the album. After the album was out for years, they never marked it down or anything and the single just sat there.
The Small Screen / Killing Eve (BBC America)
« Last post by wilberfan on May 07, 2018, 10:57:47 PM »

A security operative hunts for an assassin. Based on the Villanelle novellas by Luke Jennings.
Stars: Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw

Written by Phoebe Waller-Bridge
This Year In Film / Re: Ready Player One
« Last post by tpfkabi on May 07, 2018, 10:43:07 PM »
I have opened myself up to going to a lot more popcorn movies in the last couple years - basically post The Force Awakens when I found a theater pretty close that has $6 3D matinees. The trailers didn't entice me much, but it's Spielberg. I had fun with it. I think I generally bump up my score a point or so any time I see it in 3D, so who knows if it will change when I see it later in 2D. The 3D was particular cool during one sequence. There was nothing in the advertising that told they were going there. If they would have teased it, I think the box office would have been a little bigger. :


The entire sequence in The Shining - inside Kubrick's movie - was incredible. If you see this in 3D you actually get "splashed" by the elevator blood from The Shining! Insane. They do the thing where it appears water/blood splashes on the lens, so in 3D it's the closest you can get to being in/with the elevator blood.
The Small Screen / Re: Barry (Bill Hader, Henry Winkler, HBO)
« Last post by wilberfan on May 07, 2018, 10:37:54 PM »
Agreed.  Last night's episode was one of the best so far, I think.
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