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  1. #70151
    I've seen both Wonder Wheel and Crisis in Six Scenes, and while neither one is exactly good, they both have points of interest that arguably make them worth seeing, at least if you're a Woody Allen completist. If nothing else, the former proves that Miley Cyrus is an eminently capable comic actress, who can be charming and sexy even when she's given terrible material to work with. The kid's a star. As for Wonder Wheel, it feels less like a film about the 1950s than a product of a 1950s sensibility. It's an awkward, creaky, almost embarrassingly sincere movie, and on that level, it's kind of fascinating.
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  2. #70152
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    Quote Quoting Zac Efron (view post)
    International funding? His movies always do fine abroad regardless of the press here.
    I just didn't think he had anything left to say, really.
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    And as he lay there
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    He felt his choice of jobs
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    So what streaming service would have Hal Hartley's films?
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    When a Stranger Calls was phenomenal, and I can't believe it isn't spoken of more. Also can't believe I hadn't seen it before now.

    That opening 20 minutes holds up very well. The man on the phone is terrifying. A few of his lines made the hair on my arms raise. Creepy, creepy, creepy.

    Loved the two left turns the movie takes in plotting. It helped that I knew absolutely nothing going in. I found it all very fresh and original, even today.

    Beautifully shot and scored, too. Not often you get a horror / slasher from this time period that looks and sounds as good as this one does.

    Great stuff. One of the best movies I've seen this year.
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    I'm not being dramatic, I just feel like I'm going to throw up my heart and my head is going to fly away like a bird.

  5. #70155
    Quote Quoting Zac Efron (view post)
    Timothee Chalamet is absolutely awful
    I've only seen him in Lady Bird and Little Women, and I found him completely annoying.
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    Quote Quoting transmogrifier (view post)
    I've only seen him in Lady Bird and Little Women, and I found him completely annoying.
    I loved him in those and Call Me By Your Name. Indifferent about him in Hot Summer Nights.

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    Agreed with those finding him annoying.

    It's perplexing that he is who Hollywood has chosen as the next big thing.
    I'm not being dramatic, I just feel like I'm going to throw up my heart and my head is going to fly away like a bird.

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    Yeah I also loved him in CMBYN and Lady Bird. He was supposed to be an ass in Lady Bird anyways.
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    And as he lay there
    Playing games with his pain
    He felt his choice of jobs
    Was such a mistake
    He could have been a doctor
    In a soft easy chair
    Instead he chose three stars
    A territorial affair

  9. #70159
    There's a fun list on letterboxd called "The 1001 Greatest Films, Ranked as Objectively as Possible." I decided to watch all the movies in the top 100 I hadn't seen before. Only Yesterday was a pretty amazing start--the more I see from Isao Takahata, the more he rivals Hayao Miyazaki as Ghibli master.

    Three more until I've finished the top 100, but these won't be easy. A City of Sadness is hard to find, Satantango is crazy long (looks to be a fancy new blu ray release in January that I'll wait for), and The Leopard looks boring... and long. I guess the Leopard is up first.
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    Quote Quoting Idioteque Stalker (view post)
    There's a fun list on letterboxd called "The 1001 Greatest Films, Ranked as Objectively as Possible." I decided to watch all the movies in the top 100 I hadn't seen before. Only Yesterday was a pretty amazing start--the more I see from Isao Takahato, the more he rivals Hayao Miyazaki as Ghibli master.

    Three more until I've finished the top 100, but these won't be easy. A City of Sadness is hard to find, Satantango is crazy long (looks to be a fancy new blu ray release in January that I'll wait for), and The Leopard looks boring... and long. I guess the Leopard is up first.
    City of Sadness would probably be a top ten film for me. I first saw it on 35mm at a cinémathèque screening in South Korea in 2009, where a surprisingly large audience turned up for it and people seemed to be enjoying themselves (there's actually quite a lot of humour in the film considering the title, and more than a touch of melodrama)--which just goes to show that American critics who find Hou's films inaccessible are racists who are ignorant of Taiwanese history and don't want to learn.

    Sátántangó is mostly wonderful but I always start to get a little antsy around the six-and-a-half hour mark. I'm like, "Okay, could we just wrap this up already? This is not the place where you want a long (if funny) scene of two cops translating a snitch's report into official language." Incidentally, the book is a flat-out masterpiece.

    I haven't read the book The Leopard is based on (I've owned a copy of the English translation for years) but the movie is pretty great, although it took me a few viewings to warm-up to it. The first time I saw it was as a teenager and it was the dubbed, shortened American release because that was the version they showed on Canadian TV at two in the morning. Needless to say, the longer Italian version is much better but it still feels slightly choppy to me, at least in its transitions from one episode to the next (Visconti's original cut no longer exists and I suspect it was a bit smoother). Senso and L'innocente are also great and much shorter.

    From the top one hundred, I've seen everything except Come and See, the long version of Fanny and Alexander, Carpenter's The Thing, The Exorcist, and Cinema Paradiso (either version).

    Needless to say, the guy who wrote the list sounds like a complete idiot.
    Last edited by baby doll; 11-23-2020 at 03:23 AM.
    Just because...
    The Nutty Professor (Jerry Lewis, 1963) mild
    The Childhood of Maxim Gorky (Mark Donskoy, 1938) cold
    Invasión (Hugo Santiago, 1969) cold

    The last book I read was...
    The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature by William James


    The (New) World

  11. #70161
    Millennium Mambo is another Hou I've been wanting to see for a while, but after your recommendation I'll bump City of Sadness up the queue a bit--after I brush up on my Taiwanese history of course.

    Of the films you haven't seen, Come and See is the only one I love. Fanny and Alexander in particular was a recent disappointment for me. It's quite nice to look at, but I don't go to Bergman for domestic drama.

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    Quote Quoting Idioteque Stalker (view post)
    Fanny and Alexander in particular was a recent disappointment for me. It's quite nice to look at, but I don't go to Bergman for domestic drama.
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    Just because...
    The Nutty Professor (Jerry Lewis, 1963) mild
    The Childhood of Maxim Gorky (Mark Donskoy, 1938) cold
    Invasión (Hugo Santiago, 1969) cold

    The last book I read was...
    The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature by William James


    The (New) World

  13. #70163
    Quote Quoting baby doll (view post)
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    Fanny and Alexander seems to me an outlier for Bergman in terms of narrative and thematic content. I'm sure it meant a lot to Bergman himself, but I am much more interested in the existential conflicts depicted in Wild Strawberries and Winter Light, or the intense character studies in Scenes from a Marriage and Persona, than I am worried Alexander might get disciplined by his step-father.
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    I loved Fanny & Alexander.

    Firmly believe the mini series is the only way to watch it.
    I'm not being dramatic, I just feel like I'm going to throw up my heart and my head is going to fly away like a bird.

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    I don't like Cinema Paradiso - it's too cloying for me. The ending almost makes it worthwhile.
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    Philip J Fry your sig says you recently watched Fight Club for the first time? Thoughts?

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    Speaking of The Leopard, I finished that right now. I assumed because of my Italian lineage on my dad's side, and my general appreciation for family epics that it would be up my alley. But it was not. Felt as long as it was. The emotional pull wasn't there in the least, its subject matter only occasionally engaging. Yeah, the ballroom scene, I guess there is some meaning in there, something about the Lancaster character regretting Passing into oblivion as a new era looms but I didn't feel this was conveyed succesfully. I just had the distinct impression it was just folks dancing and talking for 45 minutes. Although the rooms and clothing looked rather opulent I guess.
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    • Spartacus (Kubrick, 1960) ✦✦✦✦ -- rewatch
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  18. #70168
    I've been watching some anime. My Neighbors the Yamadas was my favorite, and is another home run for Takahata. It's a disgrace that this movie ranks so low on Ghibli lists (I suppose it's the sit-com-esque episodic structure and/or minimalist art style?), but for me it felt completely true to life, even during the outrageous flights of fancy that I've come to expect and love from Takahata. It's also clearly Ghibli's most hilarious movie. The remote control tai chi as well as the "did you forget your umbrella" scenes had me cracking up.

    Then I watched Castle In the Sky, which had amazing action scenes throughout, but aside from the pirate mother (and the silent robots) I didn't connect with the characters as much as I did in similar Miyazaki action films like Nausicaa and Princess Mononoke.

    I just finished A Silent Voice, and now I feel like a total crybaby. The first half hour was hard to get through due to all the bullying, but man did this movie turn into an empathy-generating machine. The "X"s covering everybody's face, then drifting away one by one as the main character manages genuine connection, was a simple yet incredibly effective visual motif. This is the type of movie that inspires me to reconnect with an old friend.

    Your Name is up next.
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    Yo Your Name is fucking awesome. I blind bought it because I found a cheap copy. One of the best blind buys in my collecting life.

  20. #70170
    Your Name is a mild yay for me. The hijinx were neat for the first half, and it looks really good throughout. Didn't care as much for the second half, and as the movie was ending my overarching thought was: [
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    Perfect Blue is up next.

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    Perfect Blue >>>>> Your Name
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    Quote Quoting transmogrifier (view post)
    Perfect Blue >>>>> Your Name
    Yeah...youre not wrong...but both are really good.

  23. #70173
    Perfect Blue. Wow. Satoshi Kon just made a big impression. It may not stick the landing quite like Black Swan, but when it comes to films about young starlets, the pressures they face, and the torturous process of creating a new public identity, Perfect Blue is just as compelling as Aronofsky's touchstone--and far more disturbing. (I guess Aronofsky even bought the rights to Perfect Blue in order to recreate the underwater bathtub scream in Requiem? Seems unnecessary, but okay.) I'd like to reassess Paprika and get to know Kon better in general. It appears Tokyo Godfathers is a Christmas movie, so maybe that will happen soon.

    Either Mind Game or Wolf Children is up next.

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    So this Elliot Page announcement is pretty big.

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    Quote Quoting Idioteque Stalker (view post)
    Perfect Blue. Wow. Satoshi Kon just made a big impression. It may not stick the landing quite like Black Swan, but when it comes to films about young starlets, the pressures they face, and the torturous process of creating a new public identity, Perfect Blue is just as compelling as Aronofsky's touchstone--and far more disturbing. (I guess Aronofsky even bought the rights to Perfect Blue in order to recreate the underwater bathtub scream in Requiem? Seems unnecessary, but okay.) I'd like to reassess Paprika and get to know Kon better in general. It appears Tokyo Godfathers is a Christmas movie, so maybe that will happen soon.

    Either Mind Game or Wolf Children is up next.
    I would recommend The Triplets of Belleville to add to that list.

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