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    Quote Quoting dreamdead (view post)
    There are flickers of a path not followed with Noodles and Deborah, but so little of the film is engaged with her except as a contrast to Woods's Max. She lacks any real personality or agency herself, and Leone--again, for me--never figures out how to recover from Noodles's rape of Deborah. Nothing changes in Noodles' character in terms of sympathy or distance, and while I'm not expecting the film to morally wag a finger at Noodles's actions, Deborah's later indifference to the rape feels less like traumatized comatose way of dealing and rather like an everyday shrug of an encounter.

    There's some good cinematic moments throughout in Leone's film (largely the nostalgia in the image from the poster), but this one feels laborious in many spots and lacks the secondary focus on the women that films like The Godfather do better.
    You're totally right. In thinking about the movie right now, I can't really even remember a scene, minus when Young Noodles meets her. But I can recall many many other scenes. I'm sure that can be discussed as part of the opium idea, but it's been a long, long time since I've seen it.

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    A week ago, I saw Airplane! for the first time.

    Since then, I've been quoting it at least once a day. It portrays every character type and disaster movie trope to their extremes, and even subverts them. It's a perfect blend of visual comedy, slapstick, wordplay, deadpan humor and parody, and it's one of the most consistently funny comedies I've ever seen. I rarely give anything a perfect score after the first go-around, but this outright earned it and very well could be one of my new favorite comedies ever.
    Last Five Films I've Seen (Out of 5)

    And Then We Danced (Akin, 2020) 4.5
    The Turning (Who Cares, 2020) 0.5
    The Invisible Man (Whannell, 2020) 4.5
    Emma. (de Wilde, 2020) 3.5
    What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (Garver, 2020) 3.5

    The last movie I saw in a theater before the apocalypse was Cats.

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    I'm finally watching Lady Snowblood. Took me long enough.
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    Has anyone seen Yeon Sang-ho's animated feature The King of Pigs, from 2011? This is one of the most fucked up stories I've seen in a long time.

    Kinda wanna talk about that ending ...

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    Quote Quoting Ivan Drago (view post)
    A week ago, I saw Airplane! for the first time.

    Since then, I've been quoting it at least once a day. It portrays every character type and disaster movie trope to their extremes, and even subverts them. It's a perfect blend of visual comedy, slapstick, wordplay, deadpan humor and parody, and it's one of the most consistently funny comedies I've ever seen. I rarely give anything a perfect score after the first go-around, but this outright earned it and very well could be one of my new favorite comedies ever.
    Now watch Top Secret! It's just as good, although it doesn't have the same reputation for some reason.
    Coming to America (Landis, 1988) **
    The Beach Bum (Korine, 2019) *1/2
    Us (Peele, 2019) ***1/2
    Fugue (Smoczynska, 2018) ***1/2
    Prisoners (Villeneuve, 2013) ***1/2
    Shadow (Zhang, 2018) ***
    Oslo, August 31st (J. Trier, 2011) ****
    Climax (No, 2018) **1/2
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    Top Secret > Airplane

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    I love Top Secret, Airplane, and Lady Snowblood.

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    Quote Quoting Skitch (view post)
    Top Secret > Airplane
    I think so too, but I didn't want to set expectations too high.
    Coming to America (Landis, 1988) **
    The Beach Bum (Korine, 2019) *1/2
    Us (Peele, 2019) ***1/2
    Fugue (Smoczynska, 2018) ***1/2
    Prisoners (Villeneuve, 2013) ***1/2
    Shadow (Zhang, 2018) ***
    Oslo, August 31st (J. Trier, 2011) ****
    Climax (No, 2018) **1/2
    Fighting With My Family (Merchant, 2019) **
    Upstream Color (Carruth, 2013) ***

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    Quote Quoting Spinal (view post)
    I think so too, but I didn't want to set expectations too high.
    I just watched again randomly last week. It holds up! So damn funny.

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    I saw a 4K restoration of Akira Kurosawa's Ran today. . .and it was absolutely incredible.

    With a beautiful and vibrant color palette and jaw dropping landscapes and graphic battle scenes, it boasts some of the most gorgeous cinematography in any movie ever, and the naturalistic sound design both creates a hypnotic tone and builds an unsettling atmosphere as Lord Hidetora's mind deteriorates. Jiro's purge of the Third Castle might be the greatest battle sequence ever committed to celluloid, the story is well told by its motifs and dedication to the setting of feudal Japan, and the final shots are both amazing and heartbreaking all at once.

    I can't wait to discover new things about it for years to come, because it's now without question my favorite Kurosawa film, my favorite Shakespeare film adaptation, and one of the greatest films I've ever seen.
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    Last Five Films I've Seen (Out of 5)

    And Then We Danced (Akin, 2020) 4.5
    The Turning (Who Cares, 2020) 0.5
    The Invisible Man (Whannell, 2020) 4.5
    Emma. (de Wilde, 2020) 3.5
    What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (Garver, 2020) 3.5

    The last movie I saw in a theater before the apocalypse was Cats.

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    Did you guys know Ice Age is the biggest animated franchise in the world with $3 billion between the five movies? Weird.

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    And I think they're planning a 6th too.

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    Quote Quoting Ezee E (view post)
    Did you guys know Ice Age is the biggest animated franchise in the world with $3 billion between the five movies? Weird.
    I wonder which is the biggest if you include merchandise sales: Despicable Me/Minions? Probably Frozen by the time the second movie comes out.

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    Quote Quoting Mara (view post)
    I know I was younger than 5 when I saw it because before kindergarten I moved to New York State and I saw it at my grandmother's house in Utah. Neither my mother nor my grandmother would have shown me such a scary film-- my druggie uncle watched it with me. He was living with my grandmother after he got out of prison. (Eventually I would be forbidden from being babysat by my uncle when he took me tooling around on his motorcycle when I visited once, so this must have been before that.)
    Update on Mara and Frankenstein Created Woman:

    I had lunch with my uncle this afternoon and we were reminiscing and I shared with him this story of the movie that had frightened me back when he was watching me as a kid. He laughed and asked if it was an old Frankenstein film; I said yes. Uncle said that Grandma had a bunch of old B-horror movies on VHS at the time and that he used to watch them late at night with my brother and I because we would sleep over in the living room where the tv was. He laughed and laughed that I remembered it-- I was only about three or four years old.
    ...and the milk's in me.

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    Barnes and Noble was having a Criterion sale, half off. Bought Wages of Fear, Manchurian Candidate and, *dreamy sigh*, City Lights.

    This added to a few other CCs I had procured in the last few months: 12 Angry Men, Sweet Smell of Success, Watership Down and The Vanishing.
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    Quote Quoting Wryan (view post)
    Barnes and Noble was having a Criterion sale, half off. Bought Wages of Fear, Manchurian Candidate and, *dreamy sigh*, City Lights.

    This added to a few other CCs I had procured in the last few months: 12 Angry Men, Sweet Smell of Success, Watership Down and The Vanishing.
    Damn, I'll wait for Criterion's sale! Those are really the only DVDs I seem buy anymore.

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    Top Secret is hilarious but not better than Airplane.
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    What's the MC consensus on Fail-Safe (Sidney Lumet, 1964)? I just got back from a 35mm screening of it and it might be one of my new favorite films.
    Last Five Films I've Seen (Out of 5)

    And Then We Danced (Akin, 2020) 4.5
    The Turning (Who Cares, 2020) 0.5
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    Fail-Safe has my favorite translator in a movie. A lot of translators in movies tend to act to the dialogue, but Fail-Safe's translator has his own personality. He translates correctly, but he shows his nervousness, too. It's an underrated performance. "I ask you to believe I wish it were not so."

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    So I finally recently got around to watching the Twilight movies, and while I'm not about to call them "good" movies, I think they're certainly nowhere near as bad as their reputation makes them out to be, and I was left with quite a number of thoughts on the movies, which I went into full detail in my latest blog, for anyone who might be interested: http://cwiddop.blogspot.com/2016/08/...ight-saga.html

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    Favorite trashy (or maybe "uncool" is a better word) Hollywood films that you enjoyed as a kid (and may still do now, who knows). Go!

    The Towering Inferno
    The Swarm
    Jaws 2
    Jaws 3
    Major League
    Romancing the Stone
    Police Academy
    Revenge of the Nerds
    Ruthless People
    Teen Wolf
    The Karate Kid
    Down and Out in Beverly Hills
    Young Guns
    Short Circuit
    Tango & Cash

    I watched all of these films way, way, way too much.
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    The Day After
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    Duck, You Sucker (1971) 68
    Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) 71
    Norikos Dinner Party
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    The Third Murder (2017) 56

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    (1999) 85

    /Toy Story
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    Vice (2018) 57
    The Counterfeit Traitor (1962) 62

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    Jaws 2 and 3 are good ones.

    How about:

    3 Ninjas
    Hocus Pocus
    OMG Tango & Cash Yes.
    Nothing But Trouble


    Honestly I recall going to the video rental store with my father every Friday, and he would ask me what movie I wanted to rent. And I think I just alternated between Monster Squad and Back to the Future until I was 13.

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    Quote Quoting transmogrifier (view post)
    Revenge of the Nerds
    Definitely this one.

    Also ...

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    Clash of the Titans
    Dragonslayer
    Krull
    Vacation
    Night of the Comet
    Bachelor Party
    Cloak and Dagger
    Condorman
    Brewster's Millions
    Rustler's Rhapsody
    Flash Gordon
    Coming to America (Landis, 1988) **
    The Beach Bum (Korine, 2019) *1/2
    Us (Peele, 2019) ***1/2
    Fugue (Smoczynska, 2018) ***1/2
    Prisoners (Villeneuve, 2013) ***1/2
    Shadow (Zhang, 2018) ***
    Oslo, August 31st (J. Trier, 2011) ****
    Climax (No, 2018) **1/2
    Fighting With My Family (Merchant, 2019) **
    Upstream Color (Carruth, 2013) ***

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    One of my favorite childhood trashy movies is The Golden Child.
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    Quote Quoting MadMan (view post)
    One of my favorite childhood trashy movies is The Golden Child.
    Coming to America (Landis, 1988) **
    The Beach Bum (Korine, 2019) *1/2
    Us (Peele, 2019) ***1/2
    Fugue (Smoczynska, 2018) ***1/2
    Prisoners (Villeneuve, 2013) ***1/2
    Shadow (Zhang, 2018) ***
    Oslo, August 31st (J. Trier, 2011) ****
    Climax (No, 2018) **1/2
    Fighting With My Family (Merchant, 2019) **
    Upstream Color (Carruth, 2013) ***

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