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This Year In Film / Re: First Reformed
« Last post by eward on June 22, 2018, 10:46:40 PM »
This was one of the most powerful, emotional experiences I have had with a film in some time. Every last strand of loss and ache and disillusionment that permeated this story went really deep for me. There's a long, breathtaking scene of dialogue near the beginning that not only sets up who Hawke's Reverand Toller is, ultimately urging him onto the increasingly psychologically fraught path he treads throughout the film, but also serves as an aggressive reminder of what a fucking incredible writer Schrader is.

This really hit home (literally, it takes place just outside my hometown.) I feel fairly certain I won't see a better American film this year.

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The Grapevine / Re: Under the Silver Lake
« Last post by WorldForgot on June 21, 2018, 02:21:45 PM »

It had some cool scenes, but in the end it was just mimicking better horror movies.

Yes.

It's a real issue these days. Movies mimicking movies. And not in a meta way. Tarantino's life is made of movies. With Jurrasic World, etc, you can see fanboy filmaking, but this one is also the competent movie of a fanboy.

Bringing this over here from the Hereditary thread because I spoke with a friend who caught this at Cannes and it seems like the entire ordeal hinges on how much you want an Inherent Vice Lite mimicry, from the tone to its structure. And as 'fanboy filmmaking' gets more goin', it'll be an interesting discussion to have.
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News and Theory / Re: Who's Next To Croak?
« Last post by jenkins on June 21, 2018, 12:28:40 PM »
Koko died today, i feel emotional, respect xx

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This Year In Film / Re: hereditary
« Last post by Drenk on June 21, 2018, 12:20:35 PM »
This was okay.
It had some cool scenes, but in the end it was just mimicking better horror movies.
It suffered from too much boring "what the fuck is happening" that when it comes together, you're just like "that was it?".

I was hoping to be scared more too. There's like two decent scares in the whole thing.

Yes.

It's a real issue these days. Movies mimicking movies. And not in a meta way. Tarantino's life is made of movies. With Jurrasic World, etc, you can see fanboy filmaking, but this one is also the competent movie of a fanboy. Hereditary doesn't care about...heredity. It cares about its winks and twists.
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This Year In Film / Re: Skate Kitchen
« Last post by jenkins on June 21, 2018, 12:17:02 PM »
spoiler: i'll like watching this movie

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This Year In Film / Re: hereditary
« Last post by RegularKarate on June 21, 2018, 11:31:15 AM »
This was okay.
It had some cool scenes, but in the end it was just mimicking better horror movies.
It suffered from too much boring "what the fuck is happening" that when it comes together, you're just like "that was it?".

I was hoping to be scared more too. There's like two decent scares in the whole thing.
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This Year In Film / Re: The Incredibles 2
« Last post by RegularKarate on June 21, 2018, 11:24:47 AM »
I loved it.
Not as good as the first, but still beautiful design and action sequence.

It's not gonna be a Pixar classic (those days are long gone it seems)
CoCo is a stone cold classic
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This Year In Film / Re: The Incredibles 2
« Last post by Drenk on June 21, 2018, 05:31:12 AM »
I haven't seen it, but I think you're forgetting Lava.

Lava was...something.
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This Year In Film / Re: The Incredibles 2
« Last post by eward on June 21, 2018, 12:07:11 AM »
That short was shit, easily Pixar's worst.
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This Year In Film / Re: The Incredibles 2
« Last post by Lottery on June 20, 2018, 10:39:34 PM »
It's not gonna be a Pixar classic (those days are long gone it seems) but it is good fun.

It's a bit choppy, it almost feels like there's scenes and lines missing. And the emotional/thematic threads don't seem to get resolved in wholly satisfying ways. They must have had mountains of material and really struggled to cut things down. The original was more complete.
That said, I don't think there were any real missteps in the story and I was smiling and laughing all the way through it.

There's this epilepsy attack inducing scene partway through the film that bothered me visually. Not because of the flashing lights but it seemed like Pixar couldn't find a way to make the scene look good, it briefly looked like a cheap daytime CGI cartoon. It's disappointing because this is a visually stunning movie and Pixar are visual problem-solvers, they can make pretty much anything look good (other CG animation houses are years behind them in this area).

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