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    Poll: A few observations on the film - I take...

    A few observations on the film -

    I take Phantom Thread to be a film ultimately about seduction, manipulation, and exploitation. In this sense, it's a companion piece of sorts with The Master. You...
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    Poll: I see. The point seems to be that, at the end of...

    I see. The point seems to be that, at the end of the day, what would really elevate White (or what in fact makes Kieslowski special) is great storytelling. I think I agree with that to an extent, but...
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    Poll: I take your point, I don't think filmmakers need...

    I take your point, I don't think filmmakers need to be great thinkers either, but I find this example pretty odd. Kieslowski, I thought, is famously one of cinema's most philosophical filmmakers....
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    Poll: It's pretty obvious that this fight was designed...

    It's pretty obvious that this fight was designed to be like a Samurai sword fight. That's partly why it's a cool scene (though I wasn't crazy about the matrix effects). But still, it's 20 seconds of...
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    Poll: It's a cool scene, but it's way too short. Most...

    It's a cool scene, but it's way too short. Most of it is dialogue. There's maybe 30 seconds of actual combat. Kylo swings a couple of times and whiffs as Luke dodges, then they start talking for a...
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    Poll: I didn't like this one too much. I have lots...

    I didn't like this one too much.

    I have lots of issues with the film, but I didn't outright hate it. I would say that there were some enjoyable moments, a few really impressive and promising...
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    It's remarkable to me how Lucas can have such...

    It's remarkable to me how Lucas can have such great taste in one sequence and such abysmal taste elsewhere (e.g. any creature in any film he had anything to do with whatsoever that's CGI animated).
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    Poll: 2017 was weak, but this was not. This one is...

    2017 was weak, but this was not. This one is special.

    Characters in quixotic adventure films are often opaque. I like that Gray goes deep into the psychological trauma of history, culture, and...
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    Poll: The resistance movement sends K on a mission that...

    The resistance movement sends K on a mission that he ultimately doesn't accept. The central threat for K is not that he fears they will kill him if he lets Deckard live, but that their movement is at...
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    Poll: It's additional context, but the fact that the...

    It's additional context, but the fact that the older line of replicants Nexus 8 with open-ended lifespans were being hunted is made very clear in the film. It's not necessary to see the shorts. I...
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    Poll: I felt the stakes were clear. The final showdown...

    I felt the stakes were clear. The final showdown happens only moments after Freysa tells him to kill Deckard. It's unambiguous that he's going against that order and risking Ana's life by letting...
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    Poll: I was trying to say just the opposite. The script...

    I was trying to say just the opposite. The script puts him in a place where he needs to make a choice between helping the rebellion by killing Deckard, helping Wallace by letting Deckard be captured,...
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    Poll: K's actions reflect sympathies with the rebellion...

    K's actions reflect sympathies with the rebellion in the end, but not as a direct order. Freysa tells him to kill Deckard, but this seems extreme, since Deckard means something to him and because he...
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    Poll: What do you think would have helped with that...

    What do you think would have helped with that from your POV? Is it bad character development, or something about the themes themselves that just aren't interesting to you?
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    Poll: C'mon.... I didn't get that reading. The...

    C'mon....



    I didn't get that reading. The film seemed like it wanted to stay neutral as possible on the Deckard-as-replicant mythology. Wisely so, in my book. Evidence that the film wants to...
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    Poll: I've seen this. I'm really impressed by...

    I've seen this. I'm really impressed by Villeneuve's productivity. He released two films in 2013, shot Sicario in 2014 for mid 2015 release, then shot Arrival in 2015 for 2016 release. He managed to...
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    The classic noir directors almost certainly...

    The classic noir directors almost certainly hadn't heard the term. It's famously a retroactive term as far as widespread use is concerned. I wasn't denying that point. It didn't really kick off in...
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    Should say I'm also skeptical of this, especially...

    Should say I'm also skeptical of this, especially given its conclusion. And it's worth noting M came out in '31, just a couple of years later, and is plainly a canonical case.
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    Not sure why that should matter. If the term is...

    Not sure why that should matter. If the term is well defined enough (which it arguably isn't, which is the real problem), that's enough to go back and look at see which movies fit the criteria. And...
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    I want Cersei to die of old age, alone,...

    I want Cersei to die of old age, alone, peacefully, Godfather 3 style, after she destroys all of her enemies and loved ones. But I know that'll never happen. A death at the hands of Jamie at least...
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    Visually this season was impressive. Very high...

    Visually this season was impressive. Very high end production values and special effects. Those dragons looked fake and unconvincing in the early seasons, but everything is glorious now.

    I'm not...
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    Interesting. I can maybe see why you'd include...

    Interesting. I can maybe see why you'd include Ever After, but, IDK, I'd have to see it again. It doesn't strike me as fantasy. And you'd rather people see Ever After than the Disney classic? Why?
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    I personally don't see a problem here. I don't...

    I personally don't see a problem here. I don't think many would be bothered by excluding those movies, but I could be wrong. At least for me, they're plainly realist movies inspired by fantasy...
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    Sorry I was jesting. I always took that to be a...

    Sorry I was jesting. I always took that to be a common parody / criticism of the film. Thanks for the links though, it's always good to revisit. I want to do the whole 7 hour thing in one-sitting...
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    It's been a while, but I don't remember that part.

    It's been a while, but I don't remember that part.
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