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The Grapevine / Ray & Liz
« Last post by wilder on November 16, 2018, 06:52:48 AM »


Turner Prize-nominee and Deutsche Börse Prize-winner, Richard Billingham returns to the subject of the striking photographs that he captured of his family during Thatcher era Britain in this drama recounting his childhood in a Birmingham council flat.

Written and Directed by Richard Bilingham
Starring Richard Ashton, Michelle Bonnard, James Eeles
Release Date - TBD


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This Year In Film / Re: The Favourite
« Last post by putneyswipe on November 16, 2018, 12:21:48 AM »
Your suspicions were correct, Jenkins. Lanthimos continues to be one of my favorite directors currently working. If you told me 4 years ago that, of all people, Yorgos fucking Lanthimos would be directing a film that looks like a frontrunner for best picture I would have thought you were insane, yet here we are and he seems to not have sacrificed much of his artistic integrity.

It's probably his most comedic film, but it's also by far his most beautiful. I'm not sure if it was shot on 35mm but it looks like it. The way he breaks every rule in the book cinematographically (using fish eye, filming faces from below, blown-out windows, etc.) and has it all work is kind of breathtaking. The guy is a master. He's like an artier Tarantino in that every film now feels like a singular, must-watch event. The one thing general audiences are going to have an issue with is the ending, and all I'll say is that if you've seen any of his other films, expecting traditional catharsis seems futile, so I had reserved hopes before it happened. The endings still continue to probably be my biggest reservation with his work, but if 95% of the film is masterfully crafted and the ending falls short of that, I usually just end up forgetting about it.

This is also a rare film led by an ensemble of female characters which isn’t necessarily a “female” film told from a female perspective for only for female audiences, or a victim/empowerment narrative. You could easily see this story playing out with three men, which is why the this feels so refreshing. Stone, Colman and Weisz really get to dig into these characters, you can see just from their faces that they've been waiting for these kind of roles for a long time.

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Xix & Xax / Re: History of Xixax?
« Last post by Reelist on November 15, 2018, 10:43:37 PM »
I stumbled onto the Cigarettes and Coffee board in the summer of 2001, when I would've been 12. I had a life changing experience watching 'Magnolia' on a VHS rented from the library that spring and I wanted to attempt to figure it all out. The board was helpful in that, along with providing a whole range of film related topics to mull over. You could feel the sense of camaraderie there bleeding through every post. I most vividly remember reading this guy's rough draft of a Kevin Smith styled script entitled "Strapped For Cash". It was probably really bad, but at the time I was just so impressed that he wrote it all. I started to sneak away into the acres of woods in my uncle's backyard with a notebook and began writing ideas for movies. I would usually go back there to look for snakes- a favorite 12 year old past time, but instead I started to conceptualize a movie about kids who go out hunting for snakes and are lured bv a child molester who lives in an old mansion there. The blossom of another idea was about a paranoid conspiracy theorist investigating strange coincidences and connecting the dots between them (very Magnolia inspired) I still want to write that script, I was so captivated by the idea for a long time.

The important thing here is that the board encouraged me to pick up a notebook and start writing, reading that guys script showed me that you could make cool things happen on paper. It was a very secretive practice at the time, I would leave the house out of the back door so no one would see me with a notebook tucked under my shirt and head down the trail a few hundred yards before I sat down to write. I must've been highly aware of the stigma applied to a boy keeping a journal. Looking back on it, anyone who had known I was writing would've been incredibly supportive of it! I just didn't want them inquiring about what I was up to, perhaps deflating my balloon being under the assumption that a 12 year old can write a movie.
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Xix & Xax / Re: History of Xixax?
« Last post by polkablues on November 15, 2018, 02:20:58 PM »
18 years? Can that be right? Watched Magnolia on video (VHS!), watched Boogie Nights shortly thereafter, found the old C&C site and devoured everything on it, signed up for the board whenever it was added, posted way too damn much, migrated to Xixax with everyone else after Greg shuttered the old forum.
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DVD Talk / Mubi
« Last post by Sleepless on November 15, 2018, 08:33:59 AM »
Mubi doesn't have it's own thread, so I'm starting one. Not sure if anyone else used the service (at least since Junjun) but I've been using it on and off the past 18-24 months. I like it enough that I just bought the annual pass. I like the curation that it delivers, for the most part, films I genuinely do enjoy and otherwise likely wouldn't have watched, let alone heard of. Most of the films I watch these days are because they're on Mubi. The rest are usually a result of Xixax or Indiewire suggestions. For the most part. The 30 day window of availability is a mixed blessing. There've been times when it's been stressful when there's just SO MUCH good stuff on there all at once (such as a Godard or Ealing retrospective, plus a bunch of other random stuff that sounds good), but most of the time it allows me to consider whether I really do want to watch X, meaning it forces me to pick what I really do want to watch. Here are some of the more recent films I've watched, that I think a lot of you would enjoy watching too:

The Three Musketeers (Richard Lester, 1973)
An unexpectedly fun action romp with an appreciate strand of dry humor running throughout. Made me want to seek out the two sequels.

Giuseppe Makes a Movie (Adam Rifkin, 2014)
Not in itself a great film, but it's one of those documentaries that coasts by on the value of its subject. There are certain similarities to American Movie, but whereas that is a far superior film, this one is certainly more uplifting.

Blind Mountain (Li Yang, 2007)
If you'd asked me anytime within the past few year - right up until I watched this film - what the most disturbing film I've ever watched was, my answer would have Compliance. Not any more. This story of a young woman kidnapped and sold into marriage takes the cake. Fuck. It's a continuous rollercoaster of action and emotion that delivers gut punch after gut punch after gut punch.

Outcast of the Islands (Carol Reed, 1951)
There are moments in this film which stand apart from the rest of, regrettably, a bit of a disappointment from Reed. There's enough of interest here though, that I'm now reading the book it's based on, by Joseph Conrad. There's the potential of a really great film to be made from this. Reed's version isn't it, but if somewhere were to give it the Chere Mill treatment...

Episode of the Sea (Lonnie Van Brummelen & Siebren de Haan, 2014)
A short, tight, art house documentary that examines a way of life under threat. The often staged and always highly directed film doesn't make you feel detached from the characters and their issues, but rather results in a hypnotic and entrancing dream that washes over you and lodges itself in your mind for a long time to come.

Shivers (David Cronenberg, 1975)
I've watched very few Cronenberg films, but this is my favorite I've seen by a very large margin. Makes me want to watch more. For most of the film's running time it feels like date B-horror, but somewhere along the line it transforms into an energetic and highly enjoyable adventure that hits all the right notes. It's been over a month since I've watch it and it continues to reverberate.


I'll periodically post about films I've watched on there in this thread. Anyone else watching?
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DVD Talk / Re: Filmstruck
« Last post by Sleepless on November 15, 2018, 08:02:18 AM »
Alternative headline: Perennial Oscar Loser Who Steals Netflix Is Upset He Can't Keep Using His Friend's FilmStruck Account
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Xix & Xax / Re: History of Xixax?
« Last post by Sleepless on November 15, 2018, 08:00:14 AM »
A week from today, I'll have been here 15 years exactly.
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Xix & Xax / Re: History of Xixax?
« Last post by Kal on November 15, 2018, 12:02:21 AM »
Who here is from the old board? I don't remember everyone who is that is still active. I am. Got on when Magnolia was the buzzed about new film from PTA. Good times.

15+ years strong and still going for me  :yabbse-thumbup:
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Xix & Xax / Re: History of Xixax?
« Last post by eward on November 14, 2018, 09:22:19 PM »
Me! Though I was a mere teen at the time - right around the theatrical release of PDL, so some 16 years by now? - and at one point just became a lurker for about a decade before re-emerging.
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DVD Talk / Re: Filmstruck
« Last post by eward on November 14, 2018, 09:17:57 PM »
There’s hope!
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