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2018 In Film / Bohemian Rhapsody
« Last post by wilberfan on Yesterday at 01:14:42 AM »

Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn Freddie, surrounded by darker influences, shuns Queen in pursuit of his solo career. Having suffered greatly without the collaboration of Queen, Freddie manages to reunite with his bandmates just in time for Live Aid. While bravely facing a recent AIDS diagnosis, Freddie leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. Queen cements a legacy that continues to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.

Heartbreakingly, stupifyingly bad.  Rami gives an admirable performance in service of an execrable script and direction.   Maybe I've seen too many Queen documentaries (I've seen most of them), but this was embarrassing. 
2018 In Film / Re: spider-man: into the spider-verse
« Last post by csage97 on January 14, 2019, 08:46:33 PM »
I saw this tonight. The animation was incredible and fresh, and the soundtrack was (mostly) contemporary and really well-done. I knew going in that I should expect awesome animation based on what people had been saying, but possibly a story I'd seen before since it's a superhero movie after all. And that's exactly what I got.

The first maybe hour and 20 minutes of plot were really good. Still, every superhero movie is obligated to have the 30 minute action climax at the end where the goodies battle and defeat the baddies. Do I have the right to complain knowing fair well that that's what would happen? Probably not. But it was a reminder why I can't stand superhero movies, and how I can't understand why audiences are okay with and even giddy about being fed the same old tropes and story arcs dressed up in different packaging. It kind of sucks because this movie had a chance to go somewhere different after the first half, but I found myself hoping it would be over soon about 20 or 30 minutes from the end. By then, the animation was still cool and keeping it afloat, but the soundtrack had mostly devolved into run-of-the-mill typical Hollywood strings and the story had gone exactly where I predicted a superhero movie to go.

Nonetheless, the way the story was delivered was incredibly creative and well done. As jenkins said, it's a refreshed perception of animation, and for that, it's a big achievement for a US production. Yeah, I expected the story to more or less be what it was, and it was still competently done -- so I'm not let down there, but it probably holds this movie back from being something more, and from possibly being a full-on masterpiece. That's all okay, though; it succeeds and innovates in most ways.
Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Magnolia discussion
« Last post by polkablues on January 14, 2019, 06:27:50 PM »
We could make that back in the first seminar alone!
News and Theory / Re: Your Favorite Thrillers?
« Last post by polkablues on January 14, 2019, 06:27:05 PM »

Speaking of thrillers, you guys, this one that I co-produced is currently available as of today through all your favorite stores that sell physical media, as well as digitally on Amazon and iTunes, and should also be available on most major cable/satellite companies' on-demand services. It's a fun action thriller with a dash of suspense, and there's at least a theoretical correlation between people paying to see it and me making money from working on it. Casper Van Fucking Dien is in it. The image in my avatar is a screenshot from it (may not apply if you're reading this post some time in the future). And if you like images, this movie has 24 of them every damn second for like an hour and a half.

This is now on Showtime, by the way, and can be streamed for free with a Showtime subscription. In the words of Showtime's famous slogan, "It's not HBO... it's Showtime."
Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Magnolia discussion
« Last post by wilberfan on January 14, 2019, 06:24:24 PM »
Shall we start an in-house GoFundMe?   It's ours for a measly $10K.

2018 In Film / Re: The Old Man And The Gun
« Last post by Ravi on January 14, 2019, 05:35:17 PM »
The Blu-Ray is out tomorrow.

Special features:

Audio Commentary By Writer/Director David Lowery
Everything Else We Shot
Prison Cats
On Filmmaking
31 Wake-Ups
Joining The Hunt
Xix & Xax / Re: Know Your Xixax: Donation begging and site news
« Last post by Robyn on January 14, 2019, 05:06:55 PM »

Honest opinion: ShowHide
Disappointed that I couldn't put a spoiler tag in my spoiler tag. I wanted to make a spoilception joke and then leave for good out of embarrassment
2018 In Film / Re: Suspiria
« Last post by Sleepless on January 14, 2019, 04:42:55 PM »
I loved it. 2+ hours but actually went by like a breeze. This is the kind of horror film I love, where it's more about the feeling you get throughout. I think the final third had some issues compared with the heights of everything that came before, but still... Can't wait to rewatch and dig into a lot more.
Xix & Xax / Re: Know Your Xixax: Donation begging and site news
« Last post by polkablues on January 14, 2019, 04:39:23 PM »

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News and Theory / Re: Horror
« Last post by polkablues on January 14, 2019, 04:32:10 PM »

I loved the first Wolf Creek movie. Loved it. A simple story, well-told. Brutal and efficient. And one of the most memorable villains in recent memory.

I HATED the sequel. I can't remember the last movie I had such a visceral negative reaction to. It took everything effective about the original and replaced it with ham-fisted plotting, sophomoric humor, and it reduced John Jarratt's iconic character to an obnoxious cartoon. It was so bad.

So obviously I approached the first season of the Wolf Creek television series with some trepidation. Part of what made Wolf Creek 2 fall flat was its episodic structure, which undercut any sense of connection with its characters and made it feel more like a series of random vignettes than a story. Would a six-episode television season fall victim to the same approach?

Spoiler: No, it did not. It's so damn good. It is, in fact, the best version of Wolf Creek to date (although I haven't seen the second season of the series yet, which is another self-contained story following a different set of characters). They did the smartest thing they could possibly do, which is to NOT focus it on Jarratt's villain, but to create a compelling protagonist and give her a massively satisfying character arc as they spend six episodes circling each other's orbits until it all comes to a head in a cathartic climax. Lucy Fry gives a fully committed performance, and is a primary factor in the success of this season. Despite the fact it was made for television, there is nothing held back in the graphic violence department, and somehow they always manage to keep the stakes high enough that the brutality always feels earned and impactful, never gratuitous.

It's currently available to stream with a Shudder subscription, and I highly recommend it. I'm hoping the second season shows up on there soon, because I'm ready for more.