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    Stalag 17 is better. Totes.
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    Quote Quoting Spun Lepton (view post)
    What's really? That's shocking to me. What other blind spots do you have? Here's one of my big ones:

    I've never seen Apocalypse Now.
    Hmmm...so many, honestly.

    While I have seen Apocalypse Now, I've seen very, very few war movies as I generally find them very unpleasant.

    There are several "big important classics" I've never seen. I've never seen any of Marlon Brando's work pre-Godfather. I've never seen a Marx Brothers movie.

    Ummm...sorry, you put me on the spot and now I'm having a mental breakdown and can't think of anything.

    I'll keep coming back and posting more blind spots as I remember them.
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    I don't know what I would answer to that question either.

    That sounds shitty like "I've seen everything!", I certainly haven't.

    Dance movies. I haven't seen most dance movies, and I actively refuse. Dirty Dancing and Footloose can kiss my ass.

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    Singing in the Rain

    Never seen it.
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    Musicals in general. The concept of a large group of people suddenly all knowing the words to an instant song and dance number is insane to me.

    "Just go with it!" They say. "It's happy song dance time!"

    They came here as gangs to stab each other, but settled on a dance-off. The greasers are testing and judging him if he loves a woman from another group. I hate all this

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    I am also super illiterate with musicals.

    But not due to your reasons, Skitch. I think accepting people jumping into song and dance doesn't require any more suspension of disbelief than superhero or sci-fi/fantasy stuff.

    I just didn't grow up in a house where musicals were really watched (outside Disney stuff), and never really pursued them on my own when I got older.
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    It sure does for me (suspension of disbelief). That's not to say I don't enjoy musical numbers in film, I sure do (Once, Oh Brother, wonderful stuff). I think I'm also damaged from sister who would legit watch Grease 5 times a day (I swear I'm not exaggerating) at max volume, so she could sing along and memorize he dance moves.

    Sidenote, I FUCKING HATE GREASE
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    I've never seen Gladiator or anything Cassavetes. Those are my biggest blind spots off the top of my head aside from classical Hollywood stuff.
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    I've never seen Predator.

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    Quote Quoting Skitch (view post)
    It sure does for me (suspension of disbelief). That's not to say I don't enjoy musical numbers in film, I sure do (Once, Oh Brother, wonderful stuff). I think I'm also damaged from sister who would legit watch Grease 5 times a day (I swear I'm not exaggerating) at max volume, so she could sing along and memorize he dance moves.

    Sidenote, I FUCKING HATE GREASE
    I love Grease - it is fantastic. Could stick it on and watch it anytime. I love the idea of musicals and dance numbers in general, but the problem for musicals for me is that they live and die on the quality of the songs, naturally; it's like being stuck in a bar with someone else controlling the jukebox - you better hope to hell they have the same taste in music as you do, or it could be a long night.

    I think your objection on suspension of disbelief grounds is weird, but I get it; everyone has something in movies that rubs them the wrong way when other people just roll with it. For me, I really, really hate films that have characters dream their memories - I mean, there is a flashback, and then it is suddenly interrupted by the character waking up. No one ever dreams their memories wholesale in real life. I fucking hate that. Just have them staring into space or something, you idiots.
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    My biggest blindspot is that I blind-bought Andrei Rublev in 2004 on DVD, and I still haven't watched it.
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    Oh your judgement of my taste of musicals is 100% valid, as factually proven by everyone else's (critic and public alike) love of musicals. I'm fully aware I'm the oddball on this.

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    I also agree with your flashback analysis, that shit is...I feel...insulting to the viewer. It says to me, "you're too dumb to put any puzzle pieces together whatsoever".

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    Quote Quoting transmogrifier (view post)
    I think your objection on suspension of disbelief grounds is weird, but I get it; everyone has something in movies that rubs them the wrong way when other people just roll with it. For me, I really, really hate films that have characters dream their memories - I mean, there is a flashback, and then it is suddenly interrupted by the character waking up. No one ever dreams their memories wholesale in real life. I fucking hate that. Just have them staring into space or something, you idiots.
    I guess this scene in Aliens gets on your nerves then, since it makes use of that device...?


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    Rewatched 1930's All Quiet on the Western Front (watched it about 15 years ago). It still hits hard. I noticed this time the lack of score (it doesn't need it anyway). Good shit.
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    Quote Quoting Skitch (view post)
    Musicals in general. The concept of a large group of people suddenly all knowing the words to an instant song and dance number is insane to me.

    "Just go with it!" They say. "It's happy song dance time!"

    They came here as gangs to stab each other, but settled on a dance-off. The greasers are testing and judging him if he loves a woman from another group. I hate all this
    This is why I find La La Land so magical and engaging. Just boy and girl, they both have aspirations, dream, fall in love. It almost has the magical simplicity of an old school Disney animated flick, but it's an ode to jazz music and all those aspiring artists who dream of making it big too. When musicals go small, that's when they stand à chance to enrapture me. I suspect Singin in the Rain could do it. And it's coming in a brand new 4k uhd later this year.

    Edit: is Once a musical ? Just wondrous.
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    Quote Quoting Ivan Drago (view post)
    I've never seen Gladiator or anything Cassavetes. Those are my biggest blind spots off the top of my head aside from classical Hollywood stuff.
    I wouldn't call anything I've watched from Cassavetes to be truly "essential", but Gladiator is a great movie despite its flaws, so I think I'll go ahead and repost my old review of it now:



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    I really need to watch it again. It's been 20 years at least.
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    Quote Quoting megladon8 (view post)
    I really need to watch it again. It's been 20 years at least.
    Do you remember liking it, at least?

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    I guess this scene in Aliens gets on your nerves then, since it makes use of that device...?

    But it doesn't? It's just a regular nightmare.
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    I've yet to see a Cassavetes film I didn't like, and I've seen all of them but two (Too Late Blues and A Child Is Waiting; three if you count Big Trouble). What makes his films so great is that it's impossible to judge his characters, who are in a perpetual state of flux. In normal movies, we know how we're supposed to feel about the characters almost instantly and are never forced to reconsider our initial impressions, whereas what makes Cassavetes' films so challenging is that we're never quite sure how we're supposed to feel about the characters: is Mabel Longhetti a saint or a nut? Is Cosmo Vittelli sympathetic or just an ass-hole? I can't think of many directors whose films are more essential, and not just in a completist film buff way ("I need to see these films because everyone talks about them"), but essential to living in the world with other people.
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    Another movie I'd never seen before and I'm kicking myself...

    Moonstruck was delightful. Loved it.

    This is proper romantic comedy.

    Can't wait to watch it again.
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    Heh. Sean Baker only gives The Florida Project 1 star on Letterboxd.

    Gladiator is a good solid film - re-watched that recently. Moonstruck is wonderful.
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    Andrea Arnold's short films on Criterion are really good - as are some other ones I've been watching. I'd rather watch a bunch of solid short films than spend 120+ minutes on something that will often nowadays end up bloated. The lengths of movies have historically been pre-determined to be 90-120 minutes (or more) due to marketing them for cinema viewing but as home viewing becomes more and more popular there's no reason that films have to be that long anymore. These short films are lean and mean and can often be more rewarding. I'm afraid to watch her "feature" length film now.

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    The Grand Budapest Hotel was lovely.
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