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    Also, I root my ass off for the Astron 6 guys.

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    Entirely useless thing I discovered today, Roger Deakins was the cinematographer on Alex Cox's 1986 Sid & Nancy.
    MOVIES

    • Lion (Davis, 2016) ♦♦♦
    • It (Muschietti, 2017) ♦♦♦
    • Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D (Cameron, 1991) ♦♦♦♦
    • The Terminator (Cameron, 1984) ♦♦♦♦ rewatch
    • Abduction (Singleton, 2011)
    • Titanic 3D (Cameron, 1997) ♦♦♦♦
    • Baby Driver (Wright, 2017) ♦♦♦
    • Dunkirk (Nolan, 2017) ♦♦♦♦
    • Spider-Man: Homecoming (Watts, 2017) ♦♦½
    • War for the Planet of the Apes (Reeves, 2017) ♦♦♦½
    • The Mummy (Kurtzman, 2017) ♦½
    • Whiteout (Sena, 2009) ♦½

    TV

    • The Americans (S5) ♦♦♦♦ / Game of Thrones (S7) ♦♦♦½ / The Americans (S4) ♦♦♦♦
    • Better Call Saul (S3) ♦♦♦ / The Americans (S3) ♦♦♦♦ / The Americans (S2) ♦♦♦♦

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    Wow!

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    Watching a lot of fantasy and taking notes in case I decide to make a montage of fantasy films (still not sure yet), but one thing that is interesting is that fantasy films have so far been somewhat limited in terms of story types. So many of the male-centered ones are fundamentally Arthurian, so many of the female-centered ones are twists on Alice in Wonderland. Once noticed, it feels obvious, given the popularity of those two stories in Western literature, but it's still interesting.

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    Speaking of fantasy movies, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir is fantastic. Such goodness.

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    Quote Quoting Skitch (view post)
    They killed their own golden goose. Far too many subpar quicky conversions that lacked any depth, theaters turning down projector bulbs, and forcing too many tentpoles to be 3D against directors wishes. The price was too steep (in theater and at home) to validate the bulk of the media being far from impressive. Only a handful really used the tech well. Avatar is an example of a film being greatly improved by its tech. Viewed in 2D, its faults become glaring. Prometheus, Fright Night...its not a big list of great use of 3D, while the list of piss-poor ripoffs is endless. I saw Phantom Menace in 3D rerelease (if only to show the kid a Star Wars movie in theater), and there might have been two scenes that felt like they had any depth. It was watching a darkened 2D version with glasses.
    Just saw Titanic 3D at home, an absolutely superlative 3D post conversion. Mesmerizingly beautiful image.
    MOVIES

    • Lion (Davis, 2016) ♦♦♦
    • It (Muschietti, 2017) ♦♦♦
    • Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D (Cameron, 1991) ♦♦♦♦
    • The Terminator (Cameron, 1984) ♦♦♦♦ rewatch
    • Abduction (Singleton, 2011)
    • Titanic 3D (Cameron, 1997) ♦♦♦♦
    • Baby Driver (Wright, 2017) ♦♦♦
    • Dunkirk (Nolan, 2017) ♦♦♦♦
    • Spider-Man: Homecoming (Watts, 2017) ♦♦½
    • War for the Planet of the Apes (Reeves, 2017) ♦♦♦½
    • The Mummy (Kurtzman, 2017) ♦½
    • Whiteout (Sena, 2009) ♦½

    TV

    • The Americans (S5) ♦♦♦♦ / Game of Thrones (S7) ♦♦♦½ / The Americans (S4) ♦♦♦♦
    • Better Call Saul (S3) ♦♦♦ / The Americans (S3) ♦♦♦♦ / The Americans (S2) ♦♦♦♦

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    It's amazing how quickly Hercules (the Dwayne Johnson one) tries to erode my goodwill. I'm about 20 minutes in, and it's de-mystifying his fantastical labors (the hydra was goons in snake masks, for example) while sticking Herc into the role of army general, commanding and teaching soldiers about how to form a sturdy phalanx.

    What the hell is this, and why even bother?

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    Stopped Hercules after about 25 minutes, just don't have the time.

    Picked back up with The Sword in the Stone, the original Disney animated film, which is intermittently cute and has at least two truly fun sequences (the horny squirrel and the wizards' duel). It's surprisingly episodic, though, and though Wart/Arthur might be functional enough for children to imprint upon his wide eyes, he doesn't really have anything to him. Diverting, although you wonder if they were secretly hoping to to make another three movies that would build more on Arthur's character.

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    Do you have a cinema blindspot you've been pushing aside due to its length?

    I finally watched one of mine: The Best Years of Our Lives. Its 170 minutes initially scared me, but it's a monumental film. I'm so glad I found time to watch it.
    I'm back to rating shit again.

    Carol (Todd Haynes) - ***
    Phoenix (Christian Petzold) - ***½
    The Hateful Eight (Quentin Tarantino) - ***½
    Star Wars: The Force Awakens (JJ Abrams) - ***
    The Mend (John Magary) - ***


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    Quote Quoting Watashi (view post)
    Do you have a cinema blindspot you've been pushing aside due to its length?

    I finally watched one of mine: The Best Years of Our Lives. Its 170 minutes initially scared me, but it's a monumental film. I'm so glad I found time to watch it.
    The Decalogue for me.

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    Quote Quoting Watashi (view post)
    Do you have a cinema blindspot you've been pushing aside due to its length?

    I finally watched one of mine: The Best Years of Our Lives. Its 170 minutes initially scared me, but it's a monumental film. I'm so glad I found time to watch it.
    Great flick.

    Agreed with Ezee on The Decalogue. Also Tarkovsky, like Stalker (160 minutes), because I had such a hard time engaging with Solaris. The Leopard.

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    Quote Quoting Watashi (view post)
    Do you have a cinema blindspot you've been pushing aside due to its length?

    I finally watched one of mine: The Best Years of Our Lives. Its 170 minutes initially scared me, but it's a monumental film. I'm so glad I found time to watch it.
    I posted something similar to this on all the movies I had queued up but haven't watched yet because of how long they are.

    Lawrence of Arabia was one of them. 222 minutes long. Fuck that.

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    Ghostbusters II (1989) ★★★★
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    Marie Antoinette (2006)

    This film is already divisive upon release, but one shudders to think how it would be received today in many circles based on subject matter, if even Richard Linklater’s recent and typically gently empathetic approach (to another somewhat privileged group) can court controversy. But this works so well because the protagonist completely exists in a bubble, where our knowledge of history helps frame and add to watching this insular life, with the real world only intruding towards the end. And in depicting that bubble Sofia Coppola may never have again a more perfect subject to match her aesthetics and background. The stately and stuffy of usual period dramas are shredded in favor of woozy, dreamy, intimate point-of-view insides the opulence. At the middle of it is someone not without blame but also a young, lost girl thrown into a strict system and a heap of expectations without much real guidance. For most of its running time, the film is able to both indulge in this ravishing high of a lifestyle and meditate on how empty most everything else for her is, and only falters towards the end when the transition of the real world breaking in is a bit wobbly. Perfect, haunting final scene though. 8/10
    Midnight Run (1988) - 9
    The Smiling Lieutenant (1931) - 8.5
    The Adventures of Robinhood (1938) - 8
    Sisters (1973) - 6.5
    Shin Godzilla (2016) - 7.5

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    Quote Quoting Watashi (view post)
    Do you have a cinema blindspot you've been pushing aside due to its length?
    Berlin Alexanderplatz, not just for the length but because I want to read the book first and still haven't gotten around to it.
    Just because...
    La Sapienza (Eugène Green, 2014) / ***
    Les Signes (Eugène Green, 2006) / ***
    A Ghost Story (David Lowery, 2017) / **

    The last book I read was...
    I Spit on Your Graves by Boris Vian


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    Quote Quoting Dukefrukem (view post)
    I posted something similar to this on all the movies I had queued up but haven't watched yet because of how long they are.

    Lawrence of Arabia was one of them. 222 minutes long. Fuck that.
    I will say this, I was not anticipating Lawrence of Arabia for exactly that reason, but I finally went for it about five years ago, and it was so fucking good. I just split it up between two nights.

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    Quote Quoting Dead & Messed Up (view post)
    I will say this, I was not anticipating Lawrence of Arabia for exactly that reason, but I finally went for it about five years ago, and it was so fucking good. I just split it up between two nights.
    Or just wait and watch it on 70mm like I did and have your whole world turned upside down.
    I'm back to rating shit again.

    Carol (Todd Haynes) - ***
    Phoenix (Christian Petzold) - ***½
    The Hateful Eight (Quentin Tarantino) - ***½
    Star Wars: The Force Awakens (JJ Abrams) - ***
    The Mend (John Magary) - ***


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    Yeah, Lawrence of Arabia on 70mm is one of my most memorable film going experiences ever.
    Wind River (Sheridan, 2017) ****
    The Little Hours (Baena, 2017) **1/2
    Good Time (Safdie/Safdie, 2017) **
    Atomic Blonde (Leitch, 2017) ***
    Detroit (Bigelow, 2017) ****
    Dunkirk (Nolan, 2017) **1/2
    It Comes at Night (Shults, 2017) **
    Rough Night (Aniello, 2017) ***
    The Big Sick (Showalter, 2017) ****
    Baby Driver (Wright, 2017) ***

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    Payback (1999) ★★★★
    The Avengers (2012) ★★★★★
    King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017) ★★★★½
    Ghostbusters II (1989) ★★★★
    Ghostbusters (1984) ★★★★★


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    Quote Quoting Dead & Messed Up (view post)
    I will say this, I was not anticipating Lawrence of Arabia for exactly that reason, but I finally went for it about five years ago, and it was so fucking good. I just split it up between two nights.
    Same with me about a year ago. Blind bought the Blu-ray, assumed I would split it up but was so captivated I watched straight through. It is so fucking good.

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    Not going to see it in 70 MM while I lived in California is up in the top five regrets for me for my California life.

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    I really do need to see Lawrence of Arabia.


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    Didn't realize all the connections between Demy's Lola and Umbrellas of Cherbourg before. I knew the character of Cassard (played by the same actor) was in both but I thought it was just a little wink. But I now I realize... at the end of Lola he's off to Johannesburg involved in some diamond smuggling and now he's a diamond jeweler. Also the young girl Cecile who runs off to... Cherbourg is apparently a close friend of Geneviève who mentions her and both girls have widowed mothers.
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    Speaking of long-ass movies, I watched Satantango. I loved the parts where someone walks away from the camera and we get to watch them walk all the way to the fucking horizon.
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    Satantango (1994) *½
    John Carter (2012) ***
    Caesar and Cleopatra (1945) ***

    Midnight’s Children (1981, Salman Rushdie) ***
    W, or the Memory of Childhood (1975, Georges Perec) **½
    The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007, Junot Díaz) ****

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    Quote Quoting Isaac (view post)
    Speaking of long-ass movies, I watched Satantango. I loved the parts where someone walks away from the camera and we get to watch them walk all the way to the fucking horizon.
    It's been a while, but I don't remember that part.

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    Last edited by Isaac; 08-17-2017 at 03:44 AM.
    Satantango (1994) *½
    John Carter (2012) ***
    Caesar and Cleopatra (1945) ***

    Midnight’s Children (1981, Salman Rushdie) ***
    W, or the Memory of Childhood (1975, Georges Perec) **½
    The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007, Junot Díaz) ****

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