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  1. Thread: Pieces of a Woman

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    Poll: That courtroom climax is the film in a nutshell,...

    That courtroom climax is the film in a nutshell, in which the sheer ridiculousness and suspension of disbelief required for such a pivotal scene just about breaks my brain, but the actors involved --...
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    Happened to finish this earlier this month. I've...

    Happened to finish this earlier this month. I've seen this comparison been made more than a few times already, but the focus on generosity and compassion here feels really Paddington-esque, but...
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    Poll: I find the film's horror side much less effective...

    I find the film's horror side much less effective than the core refugee story, so after the initially intriguing, rich set-up, the middle act gets somewhat repetitive and limited for me. Both sides...
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    Poll: I skip his 22 July, but as someone who had...

    I skip his 22 July, but as someone who had enjoyed Greengrass' divisive visceral style up until Captain Phillips, it's rather dispiriting to see him be anonymous like this. Only the stellar...
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    I much enjoy the goofiness of this, especially...

    I much enjoy the goofiness of this, especially the way the show still leans into their powers for the sitcom homage plotlines. And Olsen is just radiant here, pure star charisma.
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    Poll: Big comedown after God's Own Country. In...

    Big comedown after God's Own Country. In retrospect, Lee plants some stealth, subtle throughline about class, which emerges fully and gives the film a jolt of complexity during the ending, leading to...
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    I liked that one a lot, feel like him adapting to...

    I liked that one a lot, feel like him adapting to the era with some seedier variation of his usual suspense mode, but with a lot of dark humor throughout. I still remember potato truck scene.
  8. Thread: Black Bear

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    Poll: I differ from more than a few critics I follow in...

    I differ from more than a few critics I follow in that, for this film's bifurcated structure, I much prefer the latter half. I can see the Cassavetes/Virginia Woolf-tinged appeal of the first, but...
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    Finally started this season and yeah. I think...

    Finally started this season and yeah. I think it's solid enough but so very table-setting, which is understandable enough because it seems like the main characters are going to spend this season...
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    I watched the first one just last year. Wonder if...

    I watched the first one just last year. Wonder if someone will continue the next installment.
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    Poll: Reading that just makes me feel sad.

    Reading that just makes me feel sad.
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    Poll: The film certainly doesn't portray her as a saint...

    The film certainly doesn't portray her as a saint (more of a complex individual, to its benefit), but the 85% focus also means that it should be relatively easy to empathize with her as a woman put...
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    Poll: For that to be your takeaway from the film... ...

    For that to be your takeaway from the film...

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  14. Thread: The News Thread

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    FINALLY 1347700819827830784 ...

    FINALLY

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    Yeah Lupita was great in that and the biggest...

    Yeah Lupita was great in that and the biggest reason to see it. Not the least because she got to do this to Josh Gad:
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  16. Thread: Minari

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    Poll: "Thoughtfully observed" is the general mode...

    "Thoughtfully observed" is the general mode here, and even if it lacks some directorial flow that will cohere all these observations into a cinematic whole that transcends the film's scattered...
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    Poll: This is somehow my first brush with Miranda...

    This is somehow my first brush with Miranda July's works, apart from her strong supporting role in Madeline's Madeline. I haven't quite expected that underneath all her famed quirks belie a potent...
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    1. Fury Road - 10/10 2. Road Warrior - 8/10 3....

    1. Fury Road - 10/10
    2. Road Warrior - 8/10
    3. Beyond Thunderdome - 6.5/10
    4. Mad Max - 6/10
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    Yeah my first. After reading some (goodreads)...

    Yeah my first. After reading some (goodreads) complaints about the writing, I was confused when the framing story (which has the Bly story as a manuscript to be read) was ok enough in term of...
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    Poll: This can't help but stand next to Stop Making...

    This can't help but stand next to Stop Making Sense, and it comes up a little short in that regard, with the unity that Byrne and Demme conceived together for both mediums now taking a backseat to...
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    Poll: Is it Dusty Stacks? Both it and The Grand Bizarre...

    Is it Dusty Stacks? Both it and The Grand Bizarre are on youtube at the moment and I've been meaning to get around to the former (maybe her second most famous one apart from this feature) one of...
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    Poll: Through arresting soundtrack (skype noise...

    Through arresting soundtrack (skype noise warbling at one point), colorful images, and dazzling editing, Jodie Mack has crafted her own rhythm of intensive stop-motion filmmaking labor, as a...
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    Poll: A case where big-picture structure and bracing...

    A case where big-picture structure and bracing endgame help paper over some in-the-moment screenwriting clunkiness. The first half-hour especially feels so wobbly and scattered in approach, almost...
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    Last three books read in 2020: The White Tiger...

    Last three books read in 2020:

    The White Tiger (Aravind Adiga) - Works better as scathing sociological satire than character-driven story, but the former frequently draws blood that the latter's...
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    Final 2020 list: 1. Inherent Vice (Thomas...

    Final 2020 list:

    1. Inherent Vice (Thomas Pynchon)
    2. Confessions (Kanae Minato)
    3. A Farewell to Arms (Ernest Hemingway)
    4. The White Tiger (Aravind Adiga)
    5. The Shining (Stephen King)
    6....
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