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The Director's Chair / Re: Excellent Short Films
« Last post by wilder on February 05, 2019, 06:14:07 AM »
Diagnosis (2017) - Written and Directed by Eva Riley


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Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: The Master - SPOILERS!
« Last post by Drenk on February 04, 2019, 03:00:27 PM »
Mason & Dixon, Thomas Pynchon, page 406


"Someone owns you, Sir. He pays for your Meals and Lodging. He lends you out to others. What is that call'd, where you come from?"
"Why, and if you are free of such Arrangements", Mason shrugs, "hurrah thrice over and perhaps one day you may instruct all the rest of us in how, exactly."
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The Small Screen / Re: Sex Education
« Last post by Drenk on February 04, 2019, 08:58:43 AM »
Yes, my comment was made in half bad faith; I've seen actual footage of the show that made me rethink what the giant zippers were trying to sell.
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The Small Screen / Re: Sex Education
« Last post by polkablues on February 04, 2019, 12:12:28 AM »
I really don't care about attractive shiny teenagers having sex. It was enough seeing the giant posters every morning for a week in the subway station.

(I do like Call Me By Your Name, though.)

Yeah, that’s not this show at all.
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The Grapevine / Chained for Life
« Last post by wilder on February 03, 2019, 06:42:10 PM »


A beautiful actress struggles to connect with her disfigured co-star on the set of a European auteur's English-language debut.

Written and Directed by Aaron Schimberg
Release Date - TBD
Variety review





Quote from: Travis, Shotgun Cinema
I was already blown away from the first moments of Chained, which posits that although we tend to like actors because they are beautiful, exceptional beauty is as much an aberration as grotesque physical deformity. The rest of the film expands on this destabilizing observation, portraying the connection between a beautiful actress shooting a film and her co-star, a disfigured man.

Quote from: Variety
What if the “freaks” had made Tod Browning’s “Freaks”? That seems to be the guiding impulse behind Aaron Schimberg’s second feature “Chained for Life” as he follows his intriguing 2013 black-and-white dreamscape “Go Down Death” with an even more challenging mix of outre form and content. Easier to admire than to love, this fascinating meta-narrative involving a film crew making a quasi-horror movie about physical disabilities keeps viewers at a deliberate distance — the better to make us question the nature of what we’re seeing (and thinking).

[...]

She’s more interested in getting close to her other co-star, Rosenthal, a man who like the actor playing him (Adam Pearson) has neurofibromatosis, a condition that results in non-cancerous but disfiguring nervous-system tumors. The “Elephant Man” appearance it lends gives him a monstrous pathos in the film-within-the-film. But on-set, Rosenthal is simply a friendly, self-deprecating, rather ordinary bloke in every way save appearance.

In any event, Mabel/Freda is attracted to him — though it’s difficult to tell whether her interest is sincere, based professionally on Method, or just politically correct. A traditional beauty among the oddballs (Herr Director has cast other “freaks” beyond Rosenthal, including such carny favorites as a Bearded Lady), she professes not to care about image even as she spreads her own actorly neuroses on the proceedings.

'From Freaks to Fassbinder: six films that shaped my feature Chained for Life' - BFI
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The Small Screen / Re: Sex Education
« Last post by wilberfan on February 03, 2019, 04:03:45 PM »
Well, ditto.  But what's interesting to me is the different ways they're having trouble having sex.
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2018 In Film / Re: They Shall Not Grow Old
« Last post by WorldForgot on February 03, 2019, 02:19:55 PM »
A gripping, beautifully rendered thread of film. The "Doco" portion at the end gives us insight to why Jackson frames this the way he does -- on a near epistolary scale. A non-historian making a film for non historians, to paraphrase, and it's effective at that, but admittedly, the man owns WWI weapons and uniforms and has access to kiwi artillery for the field recordings -- 100+ hourz of Imperial War footage! Without having an interest or eye for this sort of film/documentary, it feels exceptionally realized.

Peter Jackson gets across the priority they put into colorization and any one on this board will have a blast probably listening to the specifics on frame rate and seeing how they've been gel'd out clip by clip beyond "remastered" and toward fully-realized first-hand.
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The Small Screen / Re: Sex Education
« Last post by Drenk on February 03, 2019, 12:23:22 PM »
I really don't care about attractive shiny teenagers having sex. It was enough seeing the giant posters every morning for a week in the subway station.

(I do like Call Me By Your Name, though.)
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The Small Screen / Re: Sex Education
« Last post by polkablues on February 03, 2019, 10:15:27 AM »
A big subplot of this show is Gillian Anderson wanting to have sex with him, so I’m sensing a theme.
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News and Theory / Re: Best movie posters
« Last post by Hibborandum on February 03, 2019, 06:16:38 AM »
Another poster for Greta, love these teaser posters with a concept!