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The Director's Chair / Re: James Gray
« Last post by wilder on May 16, 2019, 07:07:46 PM »
James Gray To Write & Direct New Film About Life In 1980s Queens
via The Playlist

According to RT Features, the production company has teamed with Gray on a new semi-autobiographical film about life in 1980s New York City, titled “Armageddon Time.” The film is written and will be directed by Gray. “Armageddon Time” is being described as a memoir-type film that will cover life in Queens during that era. However, Variety adds a wrinkle saying that the film will also include Fred Trump and his son Donald J. Trump as supporting characters.

“Armageddon Time” is said to pull from Gray’s time attending Kew-Forest School in Queens. The aforementioned Fred Trump served on the board for the school, and his son, Donald, is an alumnus. The film is said to include the Principal of Kew-Forest School as a central character.

Gray is currently wrapping up “Ad Astra,” and is supposed to helm “I Am Pilgrim” next. That being said, “Armageddon Time” is said to be casting now, with an eye towards production beginning in early 2020.
The Grapevine / Tomasso
« Last post by wilder on May 16, 2019, 07:04:47 PM »

TOMMASO is the story of an American artist (Willem Dafoe) living in Rome with his young European wife Nikki and their 3-year-old daughter, Dee Dee. A work concerning imagination.

Written and Directed by Abel Ferrara
Starring Willem Defoe, Cristina Chiriac, and Anna Ferrara.
Release Date - TBD, Cannes premiere
The Grapevine / Re: The Dead Don't Die
« Last post by jenkins on May 16, 2019, 05:59:23 PM »

there will be beauty between the lines there always is it's what Jarmusch "gets"
The Grapevine / Re: The Dead Don't Die
« Last post by Drenk on May 16, 2019, 05:26:29 PM »
I'll see it tomorrow. I have a good feeling.
The Grapevine / Re: The Dead Don't Die
« Last post by jenkins on May 16, 2019, 04:22:55 PM »
Real-Life Soundtracks / Re: Now Playing
« Last post by WorldForgot on May 16, 2019, 03:49:43 PM »

The Small Screen / The Good Fight
« Last post by WorldForgot on May 16, 2019, 03:26:43 PM »

Great ballz of lightning! Szn 3 just finished so let binging and rewatch commence.

Let's get into this show before Act III properly takes its course. A contrapuntal anti-procedural that's been offbeat enough to be censored by its network and indulgences in meta-soap Downton Abbey hype. Works well in Better Call Saul'z hiatus.
The Small Screen / Re: Game of Thrones (spoilers)
« Last post by Drenk on May 16, 2019, 12:33:39 PM »
The show became Daenerys centric after the writers decided to throw away everything else and not include new characters. Killing Stannis was a weird choice. It began the trend, if I remember correctly, of getting rid of everything that could really give us a game of thrones—one episode is now too short to have a real conflict with Daenerys, and they'll probably just get rid of her now that she's Evil which is not really a grey zone anymore, is it? When Cersei killed everyone, it made sense because she needed to survive and because she doesn't give a shit about the people in King's Landing. I really thought that Daenerys would lose her patience and go win the war with her dragons in Episode 4, killing, yes, enough citizens for Tyrion and Jon to be alarmed. It probably would have been less big but the beginning of Winds of Winter lasts 15 minutes and had a huge impact.
The aftermath would have involved some real scheme from Sansa/Varys, and Jon being loyal but in a Ned Stark way, not a moron way. Daenerys would not have been Hitler but people could not deny anymore that her sense of justice is warped. But I've waited so long to see the dragon(s) over King's Landing that I pretended that it wasn't awkwardly done. But now that I'm anticipating the finale I'm struggling with what appears like pure hatred for the people she wanted to free from tyranny twenty minutes before burning them. I understand that it appeared like a twist for some viewers but studying how different people would govern was one of the subjects of GoT, so you have to believe that Daenerys didn't consider that the citizens were innovent which is hard to do, or that she was so angry that she wanted to continue smashing things after her easy win, something that I could understand if she explains Sunday that she's subject to fugue states.
Also, I thought that Cersei was on a suicide mission. But apparently she believed that Euron could save her: people make fun of fanfictions on the net, but I think that even the most basic ideas don't have Cersei trusting a low-cost Pirate of the Caribbean. (They also willingly downgraded Euron. Why? I have no idea.) To have Cersei reduced in tears, surprised that she won't survive was weird...
The Small Screen / Re: Game of Thrones (spoilers)
« Last post by Jeremy Blackman on May 16, 2019, 12:30:07 PM »
If we're going with the premise that this show prizes spectacle, and if we consider the length of the finale, I would bet on some serious developments including Daenerys being overthrown. It's not going to be a full-blown war episode (no Sapochnik, and 2 in a row are unlikely), so the spectacle needs to be plot-heavy. I'm avoiding spoilers, but I think it's safe to say a few characters in particular are due for payoffs, which would probably not be possible if Daenerys simply reigns.
The Small Screen / Re: Game of Thrones (spoilers)
« Last post by Sleepless on May 16, 2019, 11:19:29 AM »
Why does the show have to end with someone deserving "winning" the throne? There's been swirling speculation about who it's going to be (guilty!), various theories and conspiracy rumors, but this whole show has been about Dany's quest to reclaim the throne she believes was rightfully hers. We just saw her decisively conquer King's Landing, albeit in a style her advisors warned against, and in our eyes she's gone from a potential hero to a despot, but why does that mean that she's now not going to rule? Sure, there's ways that she could potentially be overthrown and a last-minute "happy" ending tacked on, but that's a lot of ground to cover in the final episode. I think this might well be the end: Dany is the ruler of Westeros, but she's a far cry from the ruler she - and we - hoped. We may have already witnessed the final twist in this tale, and now the dust is going to settle, and the world isn't that much of a better place than it ever was. War is hell and accomplishes nothing.