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This Year In Film / Re: First Reformed
« Last post by eward on July 31, 2018, 01:26:31 PM »
This is my favorite of the year so far and doesn't strike a false note...

NOT REALLY SPOILERS

...until the last 2 minutes of the movie when it strikes an entirely false note. It's kind of a major bummer for a movie that had been so controlled and assured to fall flat on its face at the finish line, but it didn't entirely ruin the experience for me. Just dinged it from a B+ to a B-.

But even without that false note, and being your favorite of the year, you'd still only rate it a B+?
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Real-Life Soundtracks / Best film scores
« Last post by Jeremy Blackman on July 31, 2018, 01:24:22 PM »
We have some very old similar topics, but I think it's worth a refresh.

Don't be afraid to post obvious choices, whole scores or specific pieces.

Two favorites of mine:





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This Year In Film / Re: Mission: Impossible - Fallout
« Last post by pete on July 31, 2018, 12:50:23 PM »
I think there were a few really cool stunts here. I also think we've been grading American action movies on a curve where any time anyone does anything remotely practically we're ready to dub them Errol Flynn. It bug the shit out of me with John Wick, where Keanu Reeves basically stretched out Tom Cruise's nightclub fight from Collateral into feature length, repeating the same eight moves over and over, and people went ape-shit. And now with Cruise too - don't get me wrong - I love that he went skydiving and piloted a helicopter - but now I'm reading articles that says he's been doing his own stunts for "40 years" and there was a lot of retroactive crowning. I think Marvel has set us back 20 years and now we're all confused about what's good action and what isn't.
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This Year In Film / Re: Eighth Grade
« Last post by modage on July 31, 2018, 12:12:55 PM »
This was very good. If you've seen the trailer I feel like you've seen 90% of what the movie has to offer, but it's still really well executed and made me remember that time of life that I'd blocked out. Reminded me of the Atlanta ep from last season with the bootleg jersey. ANXIETY.
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This Year In Film / Re: Mission: Impossible - Fallout
« Last post by modage on July 31, 2018, 12:11:27 PM »
The setpieces are some of the best action of the year/last few years, but the movie is completely silly junk like the last two. I had fun, and it's worth seeing on the big screen, but feels like the collective lowering of the bar that this thing is being praised as the best since Fury Road or the Dark Knight or Skyfall of the M:I series. The first one is still by far the best and actually feels like a real movie with characters. The last 3 feel like set-pieces with bad dialogue stitched in-between to fill up scenes.

1 > 3 >>> 6 & 5 > 4 > 2

I'm glad Cruise wants to do his own stunts, but I'm mostly sad for him that instead of trying to work with the world's best directors he's trying to retain his Movie Star-dom by any means necessary, and that means only doing films he thinks an audience will accept from him. Mission Impossible films, and films that feel like they could be Mission Impossible films and sci-fi and otherwise franchise starters. R.I.P. Movie Stars.
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This Year In Film / Re: Sorry To Bother You
« Last post by modage on July 31, 2018, 12:07:11 PM »
I'm glad a movie this ambitious, singular and weird can still get a wide release and have people see and talk about it. Love Tessa Thompson in everything, normally really like Lakeith but felt like his performance needed something here. I lost the emotional thread on the story pretty early and agree that it didn't quite work for me. I'm glad it exists, just felt like Boots was aiming for Putney Swope/Network by Jonze/Gondry but not sure the talent is there yet.
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This Year In Film / Re: First Reformed
« Last post by modage on July 31, 2018, 12:01:55 PM »
This is my favorite of the year so far and doesn't strike a false note...

NOT REALLY SPOILERS

...until the last 2 minutes of the movie when it strikes an entirely false note. It's kind of a major bummer for a movie that had been so controlled and assured to fall flat on its face at the finish line, but it didn't entirely ruin the experience for me. Just dinged it from a B+ to a B-.

MAJOR SPOILS

It's not even that I needed the super-bleak ending for the film to work, it's just that the way the barbed wire and the camera swirl were executed felt like it was out of a different movie. The makeup didn't work, the score, it just felt forced and like he wasn't sure about it. Which is such a bummer because when they lay on top of each other earlier, I thought that levitation was incred.
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News and Theory / Re: Specifically: Asia
« Last post by jenkins on July 31, 2018, 02:22:32 AM »
source

“Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” by rising star mainland Chinese director Bi Gan (“Kaili Blues”,) has been set as the opening film of the Golden Horse Film Festival in Taiwan. The festival runs through much of November and has its high point with the Golden Horse Film Awards, which are open to films in any variant of the Chinese language.

A slow-moving love story of sorts, “Journey” debuted in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes festival earlier this year. There it was noted for a bravura 40-minute take executed in 3D.

The festival will close with another cutting-edge film, “Your Face,” by veteran Taiwan-based auteur Tsai Ming-liang. The film comprising only close-up shots will debut first in the Venice festival. Tsai’s VR work “The Deserted” last year had a similar trajectory opening in Venice and continuing at the Golden Horse parade.


****

Long Day’s Journey Into Night clip

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News and Theory / Re: What Films Are We Watching?
« Last post by jenkins on July 30, 2018, 10:43:56 PM »
so i went to my friend's and watched Shanghai Express, which i'd been dying to see since forever. Anna May Wong is a name i became familiar with--she's savage and elegant in this movie. the beginning train station is outrageous next level. it's beyond. when the animal stops the train on the tracks! what a moment. oh i was glad as hell i watched this movie.

with the same friend we watched Sundays and Cybčle. have you seen it? can they please just have been friends? i'm really hoping i don't hear otherwise, i'm hoping the movie thought of them as just friends too, in fact i'm hoping that was a narrative point like i think it was. it did win on Oscar too after all. it's just nutso well made. ugh. it was so good it turned me into a mouth breather.

and i watched Barton Fink on my own. oh i watched Bad Lieutenant on my own too. you know what? oh you already know. well i'll mention it anyway: now my King of New York blu-ray skips. that was quite devastating, but i checked it another player to make sure it was the disc and not the player. it's the disc. but i first brought up Barton Fink, so let me get back to that. it's interesting to me that it's the writer whom i'm obsessed with thinking about, but Charlie Meadows brings the flames. how easy it is for me to picture the entire movie happening because of Barton. i don't think the Faulkner character is essential. his secretary is essential, because of that great mosquito slap. i don't think the navy vs army dance-off is essential. but how fun these extra things are anyway, and they help set this movie's atmosphere. the Coens can stay on track and fuck around like nobody's business.

and i went to see Oyster Princess, I Don't Want To Be A Man, and Forbidden Paradise. Ossi Oswalda is a name to know! such unbelievable personality. and the first vamp, Pola Negri. Lubitsch impresses me even when i know how he'll impress me. his reality is so delightful.
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The Director's Chair / Re: Jim Van Bebber
« Last post by jenkins on July 30, 2018, 09:53:21 PM »
that's cult cool
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