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Quentin Tarantino / Re: Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
« Last post by csage97 on Yesterday at 10:50:10 PM »
Dude, your post alone has seriously amped my hype. Almost as good as PTA season!

Haha, most of my posts here are long-ish and I tend to really air all of my thoughts out, so I'm glad you've found it valuable rather than it just being all drivel. But yeah ... I remember PTA responding to a question about The Revenent and how it was having production issues, the rumour being, if I recall correctly, that it might not work out. You've probably heard the interview, but in case you haven't, PTA's response was to say that of course he was rooting for it to be successful, and he always wants projects to succeed so that these movies are able to be made. That's how I feel about a film like Once Upon a Time, that it's a bit of a minor miracle in today's movie climate for a director with Tarantino's deep enthusiasm and integrity to put out something like this. I mean, not that Tarantino's movies don't make money and that he hasn't had past success ... but the fact that the infrastructure is there for someone of his ilk to continue to do what he does with quite large budgets makes me happy.

So yeah, that's also a part of what makes me so excited about this new film. I went back and watched the trailer a bunch of times as mentioned, and I started noticing the small details too: The labels on boxes or cans of beer that the actors are surrounded by, the cigarettes, the outfits .... All of it looks so incredibly well done. I mean, the Tarantino stylings of Jackie Brown and Pulp Fiction, or even the conversational elements in Reservoir Dogs, in painstakingly well crafted late-60s setting!? Sign me up!
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News and Theory / Re: documentaries-recomendations/favs.?
« Last post by WorldForgot on Yesterday at 10:39:31 PM »
Senna, The Endless Summer, and On Any Sunday are must watch for fanz of the respective sports. They analyze people, culture and history culminating in triumph/tragedy, as much as they do passion + athleticism.
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News and Theory / Re: Top 100 Films of All Time
« Last post by wilder on Yesterday at 10:17:39 PM »
Every film mentioned in this thread:
https://letterboxd.com/helsings/list/xixaxs-favorite-films/by/name/

I'll add the future top 100 lists too!

This is great!


I do recall a couple of years ago, we considered making our own guides or introductory lists so people who stumble upon this site have a good resource to use. It would be neat if we gave that a shot

I had started something similar, utilizing Xixax’s ‘Best of the Decade’ threads (50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s, 10s). Just completed a letterboxd list for the documentaries one. The others are private until done.

Also have a list of recommended documentaries about making movies here.
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News and Theory / Re: documentaries-recomendations/favs.?
« Last post by wilder on Yesterday at 10:16:44 PM »
This thread so far. Also compiled on Letterboxd

Crime

Brother’s Keeper (1992)
Capturing the Friedmans (2003)
Dear Zachary (2008)
Into the Abyss (2011)
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst (2015)
Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God (2012)
Murder on a Sunday Morning (2001)
Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hills (1996)
Party Monster (2003)
The Prince of Pennsylvania (2015) - “30 for 30” S03E02
The Staircase (2004)
The Thin Blue Line (1988)
Thought Crimes: The Case of the Cannibal Cop (2015)



Drugs and Addiction

Cold Turkey (2001) (sequel to Don’t Get High…)
Don’t Get High on Your Own Supply (1998)
Modstrlogin (1966)
TV Junkie (2006)



History

4 Little Girls (1997)
Afrique 50 (1950)
Garlic is as Good as Ten Mothers (1980)



Individuals

42 Up (1998)
Crumb (1994)
David Holzman’s Diary (1967)
Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control (1997)
Gates of Heaven (1978)
Grey Gardens (1975)
Grizzly Man (2005)
Iceberg Slim: Story of a Pimp (2012)
In the Realms of the Unreal (2004)
Larisa (1980)
The Man Who Skied Down Everest (1975)
Marjoe (1972)
Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. (1999)
O.J: Made in America (2016)
Pedal (2001)
Rich Hill (2014)
Seymour: An Introduction (2014)
Sherman’s March (1985)
Stevie (2002)
We Live in Public (2009)
Zoo (2007)



Music

20 Feet from Stardom (2013)
B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West Berlin (2015)
Bob Dylan: Don’t Look Back (1967)
Buena Vista Social Club (1999)
The Decline of Western Civilization (1981)
Gimme Shelter (1970)
Hated: GG Allen and the Murder Junkies (1993)
Heavy Metal Parking Lot (1986)
I Am Trying to Break Your Heart: A Film About Wilco (2002)
Stop Making Sense (1984)
Woodstock (1970)



Other

Baraka (1992)
Beware the Slenderman (2016)
Sweetgrass (2003)
Winged Migration (2001)



Politics

Bowling for Columbine (2002)
Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)
Lake of Fire (2006)
Roger & Me (1989)
Weiner (2016)



Sociological / Subcultures

Animal Love (1996)
Born Into Brothels (2004)
The Devil’s Playground
Frat House (1998)
Girl Model (2011)
Harlan County, U.S.A. (1976)
Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance (1982)
Land Without Bread (1933)
Leviathan (2012)
Megacities (1998)
Milestones (1975)
Near Death (1985)
Okie Noodling (2001)
On the Bowery (1956)
The Overnighters (2014)
Paris is Burning (1990)
Salesman (1969)
Seventeen (1983)
Spellbound (2002)
Startup.com (2001)
Streetwise (1984)
Titicut Follies (1967)
Vernon, Florida (1981)
Whore’s Glory (2011)
Wildwood, NJ (1994)



Sports

Baseball (1994)
Dogtown and the Z-Boys (2001)
The Endless Summer (1966)
The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner (1974)
Hard Knocks (2001)
Hoop Dreams (1994)
On Any Sunday (1971)
Olympia (1938)
Senna (2010)
Touching the Void (2003)
When We Were Kings (1996)



War

The Color of War (2001)
Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam (1987)
Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On (1987)
The Fog of War (2003)
Hearts and Minds (1974)
Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport (2000)
Night and Fog (1956)
Shoah (1985)
The Sorrow and the Pity (1969)
Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie (1995)
Winter Soldier (1972)



Filmmaking

American Movie (1999)
A Decade Under the Influence (2003)
Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse (1991)
Los Angles Plays Itself (2003)
Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's Island of Dr. Moreau (2014)
My Best Fiend - Klaus Kinski (1999)
Overnight (2003)
Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004)

9 to 5: Days in Porn (2008)
Wadd: The Life and Times of John C. Holmes (1999)


(Added TV Junkie, Streetwise, Heavy Metal Parking Lot, Zoo, Mea Maxima Culpa, The Overnighters, Overnight, Los Angeles Plays Itself, The Jinx, Party Monster, Touching the Void, On the Bowery, In the Realms of the Unreal, O.J. Made in America, Lost Soul, Dogtown and the Z-Boys, Paradise Lost, Into the Abyss, Murder on a Sunday Morning, The Devil’s Playground, We Live in Public, and Z Channe)l
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News and Theory / Re: Top 100 Films of All Time
« Last post by Lottery on Yesterday at 09:20:19 PM »
You people...are my people.

Hah, I thought the same thing with those 2 posts.

I do recall a couple of years ago, we considered making our own guides or introductory lists so people who stumble upon this site have a good resource to use. It would be neat if we gave that a shot, maybe a top 100, encompassing the whole canon but limit it to one film per director for variety or we have a best of each decade list, or a best of horror, that sort of stuff etc
Good job with the letterboxd list.
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Quentin Tarantino / Re: Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
« Last post by eward on Yesterday at 09:03:11 PM »
Dude, your post alone has seriously amped my hype. Almost as good as PTA season!
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News and Theory / Re: Top 100 Films of All Time
« Last post by eward on Yesterday at 09:01:53 PM »
Every film mentioned in this thread:
https://letterboxd.com/helsings/list/xixaxs-favorite-films/by/name/

I'll add the future top 100 lists too!

That's one goddamn helluva list.
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Quentin Tarantino / Re: Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
« Last post by csage97 on Yesterday at 08:57:39 PM »
Actually ... I watched the trailer a few more times and it looks so good. Oboy oboy oboy oboy oboy ....
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Quentin Tarantino / Re: Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
« Last post by csage97 on Yesterday at 08:41:18 PM »
Well, it's about time for me to start getting hyped for this one. Admittedly, I'm not to keen on the trailer that was released a few days ago, but thinking about Tarantino films, I've never paid too much attention to his trailers (I don't really know why). That said, after seeing that the film is getting tons of praise after the Cannes screening, I'm starting to get overwhelmed with excitement. I've never disliked a Quentin movie, and I completely trust him to make something that I'll, at the very least, like. It's just that the trailer doesn't give too much of the story away (ultimately a good thing), but his stories are always so magnificent.

I would be all for Tarantino going back and re-cutting the film .... For me, the more, the better when it comes to his stuff. And, again, I'd trust him to do an extraordinary job. I mean, Kill Bill is probably my favourite of his. His films could use a lot of time, with all their references, recreations of scenes/bits from past movies, and overflow of character exploration and interesting scenarios. The thing is that it never gets boring because it's all interesting.

Am I worried about the Sharon Tate/Manson background? Not too much. The way that Pynchon handled it was somewhat indirect, to show that the hippy era ended with paranoia and the negative side of things coming to the forefront. I do hope that Once Upon A Time doesn't end with ... you know ... given Tarantino's penchant for violence. But even if it did, I'd again probably trust him with it. What other filmmaker could handle that sort of thing?

Anyway, to sum up my thoughts, I'll say that I've been starved since around the release of Phantom Thread for something that comes from a person who has cinema history in their DNA. Something with the sensibilities of The Old Man and the Gun but with greater scope and a bigger budget, with more cinematic history woven into it. Something that doesn't just give in to the style of modern movies and combines great actors with an amazing story and a deeply informed sense of direction. The subject matter of this film, the rave reviews, the descriptions of it being more of a "mature" style like Jackie Brown, and Tarantino himself .... I can't wait to see this.
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News and Theory / Re: Top 100 Films of All Time
« Last post by Robyn on Yesterday at 08:38:51 PM »
Every film mentioned in this thread:
https://letterboxd.com/helsings/list/xixaxs-favorite-films/by/name/

I'll add the future top 100 lists too!