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    Knight of Cups (Terrence Malick)

    Finally a trailer!



    Looks more in the same realm as To the Wonder.
    Sure why not?

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    Don't know what I expected this to look like or what I thought it was generally about, but it certainly wasn't that!

    (And I couldn't look forward to it any more.)
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    At this rate, Malick will be the next Miike.

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    Quote Quoting D_Davis (view post)
    At this rate, Malick will be the next Miike.
    If only!

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    That's a really bad trailer. Makes it look like feel good Oscar bait nonsense (although pretty looking nonsense).

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    This seems like another pretty looking movie but almost instantly forgettable. Just like everything Malick has done in the 2000s...

    Beyond the dinosaur scene in Tree of Life, I couldn't tell you a single scene in that movie beyond people running around after each other in a whimsical stage.

    I like to think of this as the Bruce Wayne on Vacation.

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    Looks meh but I am intrigued to see what looks like a very different type of role for Bale.

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    Loved all those images.

    Gave me a bit of an Eyes Wide Shut vibe-- voyage of excess becomes voyage of the self. Yuppie goes hedonist to learn about himself (but in LA!).

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    Quote Quoting Ezee E (view post)
    This seems like another pretty looking movie but almost instantly forgettable. Just like everything Malick has done in the 2000s...

    Beyond the dinosaur scene in Tree of Life, I couldn't tell you a single scene in that movie beyond people running around after each other in a whimsical stage.

    I like to think of this as the Bruce Wayne on Vacation.
    The New World and The Tree of Life are extremely memorable.
    Sure why not?

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    I remember The New World being a 74 hour documentary about photographing trees and wheat and 20 minutes of regal people in Europe. Or something.

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    I think Bale smiled more in that trailer than he has in the entirety of his film career.

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    I haven't watched the trailer, but like everyone else not drinking the kool-aid, I think Malick's been going steadily downhill since Days of Heaven. Much of The Thin Red Line is brilliant, but in the last third, the story comes to a complete standstill, and The Tree of Life is a rambling series of self-contained vignettes that could be arranged in almost any order plus a detachable (if spiffy) "origins of the universe" sequence. Apparently his method of making a movie now is to get a bunch of A-listers together, let the camera roll until it runs out of film (God help us if he goes digital), and then hire a team of editors to whip it into some sort of shape.
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    Quote Quoting megladon8 (view post)
    Looks meh but I am intrigued to see what looks like a very different type of role for Bale.
    Wait, wasn't he in The New World or something?
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    Quote Quoting baby doll (view post)
    Wait, wasn't he in The New World or something?
    Yes.

    This looks like The New World?

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    Dammit. We need boner to come back from his hiatus to set things straight.
    Sure why not?

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    Quote Quoting baby doll (view post)
    I haven't watched the trailer, but like everyone else not drinking the kool-aid, I think Malick's been going steadily downhill since Days of Heaven. Much of The Thin Red Line is brilliant, but in the last third, the story comes to a complete standstill, and The Tree of Life is a rambling series of self-contained vignettes that could be arranged in almost any order plus a detachable (if spiffy) "origins of the universe" sequence. Apparently his method of making a movie now is to get a bunch of A-listers together, let the camera roll until it runs out of film (God help us if he goes digital), and then hire a team of editors to whip it into some sort of shape.
    Heh. Well, if you'd watched the trailer you'd know that he has already.

    To the Wonder was also partially shot on the Red camera.
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    Quote Quoting baby doll (view post)
    The Tree of Life is a rambling series of self-contained vignettes that could be arranged in almost any order plus a detachable (if spiffy) "origins of the universe" sequence.
    wut. The movie is very clearly structured and the vignettes are all closely related.

    This looks like a significant departure for Malick: hedonism, buzzing electronic music, cheap-looking digital video, extremely distorted images. Hopefully less twirling.
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    Quote Quoting number8 (view post)
    To the Wonder was also partially shot on the Red camera.
    Weren't parts of Tree of Life as well?
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    At this point I have no idea what people like so much about Malick's cinema, but at least this looks like a departure from To the Wonder and the one with the dinosaurs.

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    Quote Quoting number8 (view post)
    Heh. Well, if you'd watched the trailer you'd know that he has already.

    To the Wonder was also partially shot on the Red camera.
    I think both that -- and going by that trailer, Cups as well -- used it pretty minimally. Technical specs online list it as 35mm, 65mm and Arri Alexa, the last of which is definitely the case with those club, shower and limo bits (which makes sense practically for limited spaces), but not much else by the looks of it. [EDIT: Maybe that library scene with Portman too, considering the jaggedy frame-rate.] The rest seems deliberately low-fi, Go-Pro kind of stuff.
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    What's with veteran filmmakers being so addled by the film business environment that they are compelled to make Hollywood satires?

    Aka everyone go watch Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars in about a month or so (or obtain it alternatively). It's much more in Croney's wheelhouse than Malick's (I've seen it, it's weird and Cronenbergy). But "Cups" does look beautiful.
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    Quote Quoting Melville (view post)
    wut. The movie is very clearly structured and the vignettes are all closely related.
    Related in what sense? They're related temporally and thematically, but causally, not so much. It's just one damn thing after another.
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    Heh. Well, if you'd watched the trailer you'd know that he has already.

    To the Wonder was also partially shot on the Red camera.
    I'd rather say stupid shit on this forum until the end of time than have to watch one more fucking trailer.
    Just because...
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    Quote Quoting baby doll (view post)
    I'd rather say stupid shit on this forum until the end of time than have to watch one more fucking trailer.
    You are a straaaaange person.

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