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    Poll: The film is intentionally structured as two...

    The film is intentionally structured as two halves (to reflect on the director's pivotal past event), but this works much better when it's an ensemble than as a character study, since Sorrentino's...
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    The small prologue to every episode this season...

    The small prologue to every episode this season ends up being a tantalizing glimpse of this world's future, should the show be picked up again in some form, and I kinda miss the more overtly...
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    1. Scream (1996) 2. They Shall Not Grow Old...

    1. Scream (1996)
    2. They Shall Not Grow Old (2018)
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    Lol, these are wild. Stewart snub is pretty...

    Lol, these are wild. Stewart snub is pretty shocking.


    Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards Nomination

    Best Ensemble

    Belfast
    CODA
    Don't Look Up
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    Golden Globes Film Best Motion Picture -...

    Golden Globes

    Film

    Best Motion Picture - Drama: The Power of the Dog
    Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: West Side Story

    Best Director: Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog

    Best Actor...
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    Poll: Jessie Buckley is good, but the flashback...

    Jessie Buckley is good, but the flashback sequences of her as young Leda could have been much, much briefer. They feel "illustrating" too much when the film's meat and particular appeal lie in the...
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    Campion and Smith-McPhee runner-ups shy of...

    Campion and Smith-McPhee runner-ups shy of completing them, but Drive My Car did indeed sweep the Best Film trifecta:


    NSFC

    Best Picture
    Winner: Drive My Car (55 points)
    Runners-up: Petite...
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    Poll: Warm and wistful, with a central uncle-nephew...

    Warm and wistful, with a central uncle-nephew relationship that sees the two actors have lived-in, lovely chemistry together, even if the kid's writing veers into overly precious at times for my...
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    Full trailer ...

    Full trailer


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptqe7s6pO7g
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    Poll: I find this McKay's best of his three prestige...

    I find this McKay's best of his three prestige films, because it feels like a proper (angry) film rather an angry pop-up textbook (although I did have a false early "uh-oh" moment with the film...
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    Poll: Slot this with The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou...

    Slot this with The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou in being Wes Anderson films I'd like to revisit down the line, with this one's reason of it being so dense and busy that during the film I frequently...
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    Top 20 First Watches for 2021: 1. Akira (1988)...

    Top 20 First Watches for 2021:

    1. Akira (1988)
    2. Still Walking (2008)
    3. Taste of Cherry (1997)
    4. Imitation of Life (1959)
    5. Come and See (1985)
    6. Hobson's Choice (1954)
    7. The Wind...
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    Final: 1. The Lord of the Rings: The...

    Final:

    1. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (J.R.R. Tolkien)
    2. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (J.R.R. Tolkien)
    3. The Stanley Kubrick Archives (Alison Castle)
    4....
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    Hatchet (Gary Paulsen) - Sparse to the point of...

    Hatchet (Gary Paulsen) - Sparse to the point of almost feeling like a draft at times (the "Secret" barely figures much into Brian's headspace or the events, so that it feels like it is put there to...
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    Year-end snapshot. 1. The Power of the Dog ...

    Year-end snapshot.

    1. The Power of the Dog
    2. West Side Story
    3. The Matrix Resurrections
    4. Luca
    5. Pig
    6. The Last Duel
    7. Drive My Car
    8. Dune: Part One
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    Poll: I have some serious issue with big-picture...

    I have some serious issue with big-picture motivations and plotting logic here, especially from Doctor Strange's side, and although Jon Watts is still good on the character stuff (which is why the...
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    Poll: Considering this is a decades-after continuation...

    Considering this is a decades-after continuation of a completed trilogy, it's a minor miracle how thrilling and rejuvenated the film comes off to me, bursting with rabbit hole of new, fresh ideas to...
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    Poll: A short story adaptation that feels so enveloping...

    A short story adaptation that feels so enveloping and novelistic. This structure of grief-healing through role-playing (also the major theme of my favorite section in Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy)...
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    Poll: Only real, not really significant flaw for me is...

    Only real, not really significant flaw for me is that a bit more naturalism at this version's margins works against the story's larger-than-life framework and romance slightly, but otherwise a...
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    Poll: Andrew Garfield has always excelled at playing...

    Andrew Garfield has always excelled at playing characters with a bit of an asshole streak in them (which is why Under the Silver Lake was his best performance, until now). And it's a godsend for this...
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    Poll: First film is a subpar origin story that is...

    First film is a subpar origin story that is intermittently supercharged by Tom Hardy's deliciously weird energy. This time the sequel hones in on that vibe with everyone on the same page; Michelle...
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    New Robert Eggers film: ...

    New Robert Eggers film:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMSdFM12hOw
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    Poll: A film providing yet another very strong argument...

    A film providing yet another very strong argument in favor of medium's strength lying much more in how than what it's about. In retrospect, the plot's overall shape is rather simple, with constant...
  24. Thread: Top 10 of 2021

    by Peng
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    1. The Power of the Dog 2. West Side Story 3....

    1. The Power of the Dog
    2. West Side Story
    3. Luca
    4. Pig
    5. The Last Duel
    6. Drive My Car
    7. Dune: Part One
    8. Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar
    9. Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy
    10. Passing
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    Second of the three major critics trifecta...

    Second of the three major critics trifecta groups, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, just announced their winners and runner-ups for this year. Can the final one, National Society of Film...
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