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Thread: The Lighthouse (Robert Eggers)

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    The Lighthouse (Robert Eggers)

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    Last Five Films I've Seen (Out of 5)

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    Yeah this was freakin' phenomenal.
    ‎The severed arm perfectly acquitted itself, because of the simplicity of its wishes and its total lack of doubt.

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    This is a fantastic exercise, although it doesn't really develop much. It quickly reaches and then holds that one glorious note of MADNESS for the running time, and I very much enjoyed myself. The visuals shimmer and ripple, the score is a dark entrancement, and the performances are as invigorating as you expect. But The Witch is a fuller, more complete film. I lost some of the dialogue in the accent mud and gristle. That one shot of Dafoe, you know the one, is a striking tableau worthy of Dore. In fact, I was reminded of Dore's Rime of the Ancient Mariner engravings a few times, tho most of those are at sea while this is more earthbound. This was ripping fun, but I think more could have been done after all.
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    I was inspired to make a thing.


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    I respect it, but I didn't really like it.

    Robert Eggers directs the heck out of this. You can smell the salt from the ocean, and Dafoe/Pattinson certainly keep it interesting the whole way through.
    But I'll admit that I couldn't wait for it to end, and gets pretty ridiculous in the end, and not in a good way. It just feels like ideas were thought about and put together as they came.

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    I think The Witch is one of the most overrated films of the last few years, so I'm kind of dreading this. But I'll watch it to be a good cinephile. Better to support this than live action Disney remakes.
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    Quote Quoting Ezee E (view post)
    I respect it, but I didn't really like it.

    Robert Eggers directs the heck out of this. You can smell the salt from the ocean, and Dafoe/Pattinson certainly keep it interesting the whole way through.
    But I'll admit that I couldn't wait for it to end, and gets pretty ridiculous in the end, and not in a good way. It just feels like ideas were thought about and put together as they came.
    I’m pretty much in the exact same boat. I appreciate the performances here, but it reaches a point where it sorta just meanders, and I spent the entire last third thinking, alright, let’s move it along, take us home already. And once we finally got to where we were going, yeah, it wasn’t exactly worth all that time it took getting us there. *shrug*

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    I think The Witch is one of the most overrated films of the last few years, so I'm kind of dreading this. But I'll watch it to be a good cinephile. Better to support this than live action Disney remakes.
    I heard Dafoe does some weird, old-timey pirate voice so it might be worth it just for that.

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    I heard Dafoe does some weird, old-timey pirate voice so it might be worth it just for that.
    I'll definitely watch it in the theatres if it ever makes it to Korea. Otherwise it's another trip to the high seas for me as there would be no other way to see it.

    On the plus side, Korean cinemas are showing The Irishman at the end of this month, so that's pleasant.
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    Quote Quoting Irish (view post)
    I heard Dafoe does some weird, old-timey pirate voice so it might be worth it just for that.
    I mean, that, him and Pattinson dancing around like drunken sailors, and some weird naked mermaid/merman (?) stuff... But it's not really worth it.

    Someone write Eggers a script.

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    Quote Quoting Ezee E (view post)
    I mean, that, him and Pattinson dancing around like drunken sailors, and some weird naked mermaid/merman (?) stuff...
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    I was inspired to make a thing.

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    This is probably on my top 10 of the decade.
    ‎The severed arm perfectly acquitted itself, because of the simplicity of its wishes and its total lack of doubt.

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    Quote Quoting transmogrifier (view post)
    I think The Witch is one of the most overrated films of the last few years, so I'm kind of dreading this. But I'll watch it to be a good cinephile. Better to support this than live action Disney remakes.
    I didn't care for The Witch and I loved this. It's crazy, weird and intense. I'm a sucker for black and white cinematography. Also two great performances, too.
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    Quote Quoting TGM (view post)
    I was inspired to make a thing.

    The drunk scenes and Dafoe's angry curse monologue were my favorite parts. Not sure what the ending means or how it went down but I'm fine with that.

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    Robert Eggers grew up four miles from me in the town next door and I'm kicking myself that I never ran into the guy. I was perplexed when this was over, but the next morning, I found myself wanting to see it again immediately. There is such a sick pleasure in watching these men suffer in this setting- it is a darkly beautiful, haunting film that leans joyfully into the grotesque. Dafoe is giving a goddamn miracle of a performance here. Just wonderful all around, no matter how perverse and painful it may be.

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    Quote Quoting MadMan (view post)
    I didn't care for The Witch and I loved this. It's crazy, weird and intense. I'm a sucker for black and white cinematography. Also two great performances, too.
    I'm agnostic about The Witch, like it but don't love it. I think there's too much slow build up to the horror stuff, which would be fine if the film was interesting outside of the horror elements, but I was a little bored.

    I totally love this one. It's a weird, self contained descent into madness. I love how self conscious it is about Dafoe's wannabe Captain Ahab shtick and that RPatz calls him out on it. It's such a darkly funny, darkly weird commentary on a shitty roommate situation, a shitty job situation, and a shitty sexual frustration situation. I think a lot of people can relate.
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    I just realized that Willem Dafoe STILL hasn't won a fucking Academy Award. Maybe this film will change that, but I wouldn't count on it.
    Last edited by Pop Trash; 11-11-2019 at 09:23 PM.
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    Quote Quoting Pop Trash (view post)
    I'm agnostic about The Witch, like it but don't love it. I think there's too much slow build up to the horror stuff, which would be fine if the film was interesting outside of the horror elements, but I was a little bored.
    I gave it a 50 something out of a 100 because yeah I was a little bored and the movie is slow burn without the burn.

    I totally love this one. It's a weird, self contained descent into madness. I love how self conscious it is about Dafoe's wannabe Captain Ahab shtick and that RPatz calls him out on it. It's such a darkly funny, darkly weird commentary on a shitty roommate situation, a shitty job situation, and a shitty sexual frustration situation. I think a lot of people can relate.
    Hah, yeah, especially with the roommate situation. The "but you liked me lobster" line is funny because it's Dafoe expressing the sadness of someone who tries and fails at something. This movie keeps growing on me.

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    I just realized that Willem Dafoe STILL hasn't won a fucking Academy Award. Maybe this film will change that, but I wouldn't count on it.
    As much as I was happy for Sam Rockwell, Dafoe should have won for The Florida Project.

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    A grand technical and actors' exercise in service of one single sustained note. When that note is a gorgeous Maddin/Melville one in which the two excellent actors keep finding many psychosexual black comedy variations on though, that's not much of a problem. Wish it was as complete a film as The Witch, but this is still frequently a hoot. 7.5/10
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    Self indulgent by all a parties --- an actor's exercise gone horribly wrong, with nonsense talk and big, loud, chewy monologues in every other scene. (And Jesus, for all the gab nobody says one thing worth hearing.)

    The script needed more structure and more sense. There wasn't enough story here to sustain a single episode of television, much less a feature film. The more dreamlike ideas seemed like a desperate play to insert meaning where there otherwise would be none.

    Loved the photography, tho. This is one of the few contemporary black and white films that just looks right, as if it could have been shot 60 or 70 years ago.

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    Quote Quoting Irish (view post)
    Loved the photography, tho. This is one of the few contemporary black and white films that just looks right, as if it could have been shot 60 or 70 years ago.
    Dafoe's performance, with certain parts through the movie, makes me think it could've almost played as a silent film.

    But yeah, you pretty much nailed it with the structure of the movie.

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    Quote Quoting Irish (view post)
    The more dreamlike ideas seemed like a desperate play to insert meaning where there otherwise would be none.
    Excuse you. Mermaid fanny is a brilliant metaphor for our age's worst excesses and sins.
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    One of the best films I've ever seen.
    ‎The severed arm perfectly acquitted itself, because of the simplicity of its wishes and its total lack of doubt.

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