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Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Inherent Vice - SPOILERS!
Last post by Scrooby - April 19, 2024, 06:47:05 AM

Quentin Tarantino / Re: The Movie Critic (Tarantin...
Last post by Scrooby - April 18, 2024, 05:49:13 AM
"Quentin Tarantino Scraps The Movie Critic as His Final Film "
Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: PTA's TCM Picks
Last post by Drill - April 17, 2024, 03:22:53 PM
QuoteOutside of the increase in directors and performers like Olivia Wilde and Spike Lee jumping on the network to talk movies, the directors are a daily presence in meetings on network programming. Mankiewicz said that, in one instance, it was Anderson himself who asked that TCM restore the "what's up next" spoken menus, read by long-time "voice" of TCM, Robin Bittman. "Paul Thomas Anderson said, 'You guys used to have the menus in-between the movies where they tell you what was coming up. Can we bring that back?"

Anderson's reps did not respond to TheWrap's request for comment.

He'll be on TCM on Saturday night to talk about Bugsy Malone and The Bad News Bears.
Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Untitled Paul Thomas Ander...
Last post by Scrooby - April 17, 2024, 05:08:09 AM

"It is criminal to teach a man not to defend himself when he is the constant victim of brutal attacks."

"A Declaration of Independence", in Malcolm X Speaks (New York : Grove Press, 1990), 21.
This Year In Film / Re: Civil War (Garland)
Last post by WorldForgot - April 13, 2024, 10:41:34 PM

On the topic of war photography and format.

QuoteIf I remember correctly, we only see her use a single lens (a 50mm on the F2), so I imagine the aperture and shutter varied but within normal ranges. Dunst's character, using a Sony α7, uses a variety of lenses, from an intense zoom lens to a Leica Summilux (might have been Summicron, the close up shot was quick and near the start of the film). Most of the film she's using that Leica, which I believe was a 50mm, so the two characters capture similar shots (which fits the nature of their relationship in the film).

As for real war photographers, there is documentation out there. Some film stocks were developed specifically for military use, as were some cameras, but with journalism Leica rangefinders were the norm for a lot of midcentury conflicts, moving into more Canon/Nikon during Vietnam.

QuoteWhat speeds, what settings? Well, you'd want good depth of field and a high shutter speed. So faster the better. Looking at James Nachtwey, for example, I suspect he pushed his black and white. In 2002-3, I used to regularly buy Fuji Press 800 film, which was made for photojournalists. I shot weddings with T-Max 3200. Weddings aren't war, but there were some similar considerations.
This Year In Film / Re: Civil War (Garland)
Last post by WorldForgot - April 13, 2024, 07:12:05 AM
"Might as well be random."
Echoes of AMLO's mañanera...

More dystopian AU than parallel fiction or reality. Hard for me to read it as a 'satire' even, there are definitely funny elements to the American-fracture that Garland describes but it feels like an entrenched setting, building off sheer but efficient decor.

I think it's salient, and a fun 'prestige' inversion on a wellworn B-movie or pulp genre setting.

Spoiler: ShowHide

The FBI's dismantled, the dollar has plummeted, private property and states rights taken to the accelerationist end.

Taken as a character drama, I'm not bothered by the crumbs of worldbuilding or consequence to the current moment. It's concerned with impulse drives and the macabre reality that all atrocities will pass on by us. How we live and dedicate ourselves through them will mark our bones.
News and Theory / Re: Horror
Last post by WorldForgot - April 10, 2024, 07:43:51 PM

"This was a TV special made for Showtime Networks to promote the Showtime Premiere of "The Blair Witch Project." It was the first thing I was ever hired to direct, and to this day it's one of the strangest ideas of mine that anyone's ever green-lit."
Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Untitled Paul Thomas Ander...
Last post by Scrooby - April 04, 2024, 07:35:46 AM
Basso ostinato.

Gazing into fading light; aware of coming dusk and night. Tension—terror slithers in darkness. // Superimposition : Alana is the fading light. Do not go gentle into that good night!

Cooper. What's that? God, my heart is pounding.
Alana. Oh s**t. It's him.

Cooper watches in horror as his past and future catch up to him.

Heroic fanfare of synaesthetic lights : confidence, concentration, dominance. A behemoth taking baby steps—one minor blip and the whole game's up.

Alana. God, I feel your heart pounding.
Cooper. Pay attention.