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    I watched Demon Seed because it's part of the...

    I watched Demon Seed because it's part of the Criterion Channel's 70s Sci-Fi offering this month, and what a bonkers film. It says something that in the mid-70s the threat wasn't human exploitation...
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    Hoping to get to Little Women and a few streaming...

    Hoping to get to Little Women and a few streaming films (High Life, Long Day's Journey, Irishman, Atlantics), but presently:

    1. Parasite
    2. An Elephant Standing Still
    3. Her Smell
    4. Uncut Gems...
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    Poll: I'll echo those that do note a little derivative...

    I'll echo those that do note a little derivative quality between this and Good Time. That said, this film has a wild energy that helps it careen headlong toward a conclusion that feels inevitable...
  4. Thread: The Souvenir

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    Poll: This was the film where I felt the strongest...

    This was the film where I felt the strongest disconnect between film twitter and my own evaluation. The lead remains far too inert to be that captivating to me so while it's central storyline has...
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    So sad.

    So sad.
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    Poll: Really liked the explanation here in an interview...

    Really liked the explanation here in an interview with Bong over Ki-Jung (the daughter) and the film's ending. Won't quote from it here since it's still early in the release and spoiler risk is...
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    Poll: Yeah, we also liked it well enough, but it faded...

    Yeah, we also liked it well enough, but it faded pretty quickly from our memory. The Achilles heel of this film seems to be that Awkwafina is a cipher for Wang in this film, yet the film is so...
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    Poll: Pop Trash rightly anchors this film to Craven's...

    Pop Trash rightly anchors this film to Craven's film. I'll anchor it as well to Peele's Us, since Bong's film adopts many of the same reversals and third act shifts in my mind, though I feel that...
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    Best of the Year Parasite Memorable Her Smell...

    Best of the Year
    Parasite
    Memorable
    Her Smell
    Solid
    Booksmart
    Good
    First Love
    Midsommar
    The Last Black Man in San Francisco
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    You jest, but I would totally support a band with...

    You jest, but I would totally support a band with such a name. Naw, it's more that the local book club we go to is doing our monthly meet, but then last month we'd offered to do post-club drinks and...
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    Nice. I've seen a lot of Bikini Kill shirts crop...

    Nice. I've seen a lot of Bikini Kill shirts crop up in Atlanta this year, and so I wish I'd been able to see their set somewhere. Guided by Voices was one of the more energetic shows I've seen in the...
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    Ended up watching Cuaron's Great Expectations...

    Ended up watching Cuaron's Great Expectations over the weekend, a 1998 film that somehow escaped my Ethan Hawke phase in the early 2000s. It's largely notable now for what it offers anyone interested...
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    People always look at me aghast when I mention...

    People always look at me aghast when I mention that I haven't seen this film--though I suspect it's their nostalgia that's anchored in the score, your reaction doesn't encourage me to get to it this...
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    Memorable Her Smell Solid Booksmart Good...

    Memorable
    Her Smell
    Solid
    Booksmart
    Good
    Midsommar
    The Last Black Man in San Francisco
    Decent
    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
    Late Night
  15. Download Viki app (free) on an Amazon Fire-stick....

    Download Viki app (free) on an Amazon Fire-stick. Watch I'm Not a Robot or Fight My Way (both are K-dramas). If you have no access to Viki, Hulu has What's Wrong with Secretary Kim?, but that one has...
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    I'm also partial to Vertigo for this choice, but...

    I'm also partial to Vertigo for this choice, but if I'd have to choose which to start watching right now, it'd be:
    https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71Q%2Bbn9xGaL._SY606_.jpg

    My...
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    There's a meandering quality to Lee's work that,...

    There's a meandering quality to Lee's work that, to me, helps his films feel lived-in. So an offering of tofu to a recently released convict in Oasis gets no narrative explanation, but audiences are...
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    This critique fades with each 2 1/2 hour Marvel...

    This critique fades with each 2 1/2 hour Marvel film that insists on tedious CGI fights.
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    I've held off from replying because I've been trying to parse out my response here, so hopefully this makes sense. What confounds me is that although part of Tarantino's agenda here is to reveal the...
  20. Poll: One more take on the film, this time from K....

    One more take on the film, this time from K. Austin Collins over at Vanity Fair:



    I find the idea of questioning why Tarantino would recuperate Tate rather than Cliff's wife gets at some of my...
  21. Poll: I initially wondered about the Bruce Lee...

    I initially wondered about the Bruce Lee treatment myself, but am intrigued by this reading:
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    The time went by breezily enough on this film, but afterwards Sarah and I were trying to decipher ways to trim the length. It felt like the peak of the film dramatically for us was during Pitt's...
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    Anyone able to recommend any of the Thai funk...

    Anyone able to recommend any of the Thai funk that's influenced the pysch-rock band Khruangbin? I like 'em, but seeing Thai funk get name-checked in reviews makes me want to see what influenced them...
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    Gone down a K-drama hole these past few weeks and...

    Gone down a K-drama hole these past few weeks and surfacing to rank those we've finished now. In the middle of Legend of the Blue Sea and My Horrible Boss right now (and will then start Descendants...
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    Poll: I'm conflicted with this one--it throws down,...

    I'm conflicted with this one--it throws down, hard, over the final half hour or so, and I'm impressed by Aster's commitment to not hiding the degradations that the characters endure. Some really...
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