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News and Theory / Re: Best Hotel/Motel movies
« Last post by jenkins on November 11, 2018, 12:02:01 AM »
i did go there and i remember at the time there was a story about QT having walked to it, which cemented it as a notable spot for me, although it achieves that on its own without the QT story. but i bought it somewhere else, it was on like a two block stretch outside a university, with all sorts of common university stores, cultural stores
Real-Life Soundtracks / Re: Hip Hop
« Last post by WorldForgot on November 10, 2018, 11:18:26 PM »

Baby went to Howard, got a BA
Had her baby shower in da PJz
Got her baby daddy for a GTA
On the GTL, tryna beat the case
Crime, he kept it silent, least that's what he say
From direct deposit to the lawyer plate (That money old, yeah)
If he fuck around and take the stand on her dude
He gon' have to raise his baby from the visitin' room
News and Theory / Re: Best Hotel/Motel movies
« Last post by polkablues on November 10, 2018, 10:48:01 PM »
i bought Bug about ten years ago in a basement movie/music store near some university in seattle, the university of washington i think

Was it Scarecrow Video? That's legitimately the best video store I've ever been to. You'll pay a premium for it, but you can find stuff there you'll never find anywhere else.
News and Theory / Re: Best Hotel/Motel movies
« Last post by jenkins on November 10, 2018, 04:47:37 PM »
I guess I'd rather talk with you about bugs than nothing with nobody.

i bought Bug about ten years ago in a basement movie/music store near some university in seattle, the university of washington i think, and Alexandro inspired me to go back to it, since i haven't sold it.

he's absolutely right about both performances being incredible. somehow the movie is good but it's almost as if their performances are better than the movie, almost as if movies don't even deserve performances of that caliber

above i quoted not the movie's best line but its most thematically encapsulating one. the movie celebrates what these days would be called a toxic relationship, exploring its bad side while also expressing the necessity it can take in the lives of others. i believe i'm starting to understand crazy people. i've always been biased toward them anyway perhaps, owing to their heightened sensations, but i'm understanding them now like this: Rupert says  "Better to be king for a night than schmuck for a lifetime," and that's a good line, here's a variation on it, "The world calls me a schmuck, he calls me his queen."

i will build upon that idea by mentioning the next movie i watched was

both movies are about the pros/cons of toxic relationships, are set in a hotel, and end with fires.

now, Bug was written by Lady Bird's dad, and Fool for Love was written by and co-stars Sam Shepard. that's actually side-info unrelated to the topic i'm building.

both movies work within a limited setscape but in fact explore massive interior landscapes experiencing lightning storms.

which i love, really. these are interior melodramas, almost soap operas. why not? you wanted to see their lives--well, they didn't want to see their lives. and that basic philosophy i support.

it's all so trashy, too. these people who can't find anything in life, of course they value love, and the kind of guy i am, i'd rather hear stories like these than comic book movies or whatever else godless bullshit the lamestsream is embracing.

a Fool for Love quote is

I couldn't take a breath without thinking about you.

isn't that a good one? i want someone to say that to me. is it an outrageous line? yes. i want someone to be outrageous with me. we'll end in fire but at least we'll have begun.

considering that a pretty good/sufficient closer.
This Year In Film / Re: Suspiria
« Last post by WorldForgot on November 10, 2018, 12:15:39 PM »
Saw this for a third time yesterday, I think it's my favorite of the year.
My first watch, it felt like an explosion of ideas with a handful falling far off from the target. But now I feel the opposite of putney -- I love that it chews on early giallo's seediness and 35mm color tints with designed subtleties, as opposed to the original's Supernatural surrealism, and each frame is stitched into the next to a point where I've never felt the runtime, and always wanted to investigate each shot's production details. This works for me now as Suzy'z metaphysical guilt trip film and as psychological horror from Josef's POV.

What really helped is I finally saw Edward Yang's Terrorizers

That orange pick axe is the first foreboding prop pointed at our witness, but by the time Josef is sitting in the police office, the production design has literally turned on him.
This Year In Film / Re: The Old Man And The Gun
« Last post by Something Spanish on November 10, 2018, 08:53:43 AM »
Couldn't let this slip away from the big screen before having a go at it, turned out to be a smart move on my part; TOM&tG is special, subsisting on a legend's charisma and the assured vision of a director insistent on presenting new ways of storytelling, paying an artful homage to the outlaw genre and the essence of movies. Unlike the Dude, I was into the whole brevity thing. For a movie featuring mostly over the hill actors, the thing moves fast, a brisk portrait of one interesting fellow that touches on the effects of aging, the passage of time, doing what you love. Caught a handful of nods to PTA, which would enrich any movie. Shooting 16mm was the right choice, that grain left a stamp of nostalgia on the frame. Foresee repeat viewings of this one in the years ahead.
This Year In Film / Re: Suspiria
« Last post by putneyswipe on November 10, 2018, 07:13:28 AM »
Iíll say it... this was a turd. I would say it sucks everything aesthetically interesting and fun out of the original film, but Guadignino is clearly trying really hard to do something different here, but Iím not sure what. It feels more like Zulawski's Possession than Argento, but like others have noted this really feels like territory Aronofsky did much better in Mother. I didnít love Mother, but Aronofsky is clearly one of the most talented visual directors working, so he can pull things off that would make lesser filmmakers look ridiculous. Note to filmmakers: just because you show political/cultural shit in the background doesnít automatically mean your film has subtext, it just feels forced and distracting. The scenes with the old man felt like they were out of a completely different film. Thereís just a shocking lack of any character involvement or tension for a 2 and a half hour film

I just donít think he's nearly a good enough director to pull this off. Thereís a scene in the beginning that feels like a freshman student film that forgot to storyboard. Itís so bad and intentionally off-putting that it must be intentional but it just feels amateurish. Apparently shooting on 35mm doesnít automatically make your film look good if you canít compose a series of frames. Also, when will directors realize that post-production slow motion ALWAYS looks terrible?

Can someone explain to me why bland Dakota Johnson continues to get big roles? Mia Goth was the one saving grace of this for me, sheís terrific and should have been the lead.
News and Theory / Re: Best Hotel/Motel movies
« Last post by Alexandro on November 09, 2018, 09:30:30 AM »
Bug (Friedkin)
I keep coming back to this film every couple of years, try to show it to someone who hasn't seen it and people are always shocked that it's so good and they never heard of it. People who remember it  claim they passed on it because it looked like a cheap horror film. That was my case. But then I saw it and damn, it's just fucking crazy on another level. I don't think Michael Shannon can top this performance, in fact it is THE Michael Shannon archetypical performance. But what Ashley Judd manages here is simply electric. She has a monologue near the end that makes you want to jump out of your seat and scream along with her. People love The Exorcist and there other more respected films in Friedkin's career, but to me this one takes the gold.
News and Theory / Re: Best Hotel/Motel movies
« Last post by eward on November 09, 2018, 08:56:15 AM »
I love House of the Devil and enjoyed The Sacramemt, must get on The Inn-Keepers. He also appears in my favorite Joe Swanberg movie Silver Bullets.
News and Theory / Re: Best Hotel/Motel movies
« Last post by polkablues on November 09, 2018, 03:48:50 AM »
Haven't seen Valley of Violence yet, though I've been meaning to get around to it. Sacrament left me cold a bit; it felt like he just wanted to do a retelling of the Jonestown massacre, but didn't really know why. But Innkeepers is great and House of the Devil is a minor masterpiece, so he's still on my good side.

As for Cabin Fever 2, he apparently disowned it after the edit was taken away from him, but from having seen it, I honestly can't imagine any version of it that wouldn't have been terrible.
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