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    Over 15k: Mulholland Dr. (David Lynch, 2001):...

    Over 15k:
    Mulholland Dr. (David Lynch, 2001): 358k
    In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai, 2000): 215k
    Marie Antoinette (Sofia Coppola, 2006): 170k
    Dogville (Lars von Trier, 2003): 91k
    Yi Yi...
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    Goodfellas is probably Scorsese's greatest film,...

    Goodfellas is probably Scorsese's greatest film, and one of the supreme achievements of post-1960 Hollywood cinema, in large part, I would argue, because it represents Scorsese's most successful...
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    I have no doubt they did have terrible art in...

    I have no doubt they did have terrible art in ancient times, but that is irrelevant to my argument. I'm not arguing that all art from previous eras is superior to all contemporary art (I'm not an...
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    Dude, my avatar is of a film directed by a woman...

    Dude, my avatar is of a film directed by a woman (one coincidentally released in 1975).

    Also, making a judgement that certain things were of superior quality in the past doesn't necessarily make...
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    I think it's worth watching new movies even if...

    I think it's worth watching new movies even if masterpieces don't trickle out.
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    I haven't seen many new movies since the start of...

    I haven't seen many new movies since the start of the pandemic, but Pedro Costa's Vitalina Varela and Joshua Gen Solondz's (tourism studies) (both 2019) strike me as being at least viable candidates...
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    A film doesn't have to be a masterpiece to be...

    A film doesn't have to be a masterpiece to be worth seeing.
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    I find this a rather peculiar argument: namely...

    I find this a rather peculiar argument: namely that Scorsese's derivative remixes are just as great as the work of more original filmmakers because he's adept at swiping ideas. First of all, I think...
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    I can't tell if I'm not making myself clear or if...

    I can't tell if I'm not making myself clear or if you're deliberately mischaracterizing my argument because you don't have a good counter-argument. In any case, when I talk about traditions like the...
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    You raise an interesting point: do we really need...

    You raise an interesting point: do we really need new movies? I would answer yes, but we need traditions that are suitable for the present. I should stress that traditions like classical Hollywood...
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    If something's been done, why do it again? Of...

    If something's been done, why do it again? Of course, unlike Scorsese, Beethoven was the inheritor of a living tradition and an innovator. Certainly Haydn and Mozart threw down a challenge for...
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    I'm not sure which modern innovations you're...

    I'm not sure which modern innovations you're referring to, but for what it's worth, I find Pedro Costa's films innovative and I like them.
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    I don't see any cause for waiting. It's not...

    I don't see any cause for waiting. It's not Scorsese's fault that he's the inheritor of a dead tradition (at his best, he's probably as good a filmmaker as it is possible to be in a stagnant culture...
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    I think what I've already said about Scorsese...

    I think what I've already said about Scorsese could easily apply to most or all of the directors you've listed: None of them are especially innovative, nor are any of them in possession of a living...
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    If you're thinking of Renoir's Le Testament du...

    If you're thinking of Renoir's Le Testament du Docteur Cordelier, that film actually was made for television. (Then again, so were La Prise de pouvoir par Louis XIV, Martha,...
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    I don't think Scorsese himself would agree with...

    I don't think Scorsese himself would agree with that assessment. He's obviously a very fine director, and I think Taxi Driver, The King of Comedy, After Hours, and Goodfellas could all be creditably...
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    I'm just sayin', are there any directors working...

    I'm just sayin', are there any directors working today who are as impressive as Bresson, Chaplin, Dreyer, Eisenstein, Feuillade, Ford, Griffith, Hawks, Hitchcock, Keaton, Lang, Lubitsch, Mizoguchi,...
  18. Twelve years later: Le Silence de la mer...

    Twelve years later:

    Le Silence de la mer (1949) warm
    Les Enfants terribles (1950) spicy
    Quand tu liras cette lettre... (1953) warm
    Bob le flambeur (1956) spicy
    Deux hommes dans Manhattan...
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    Cinematographer Maeda Yonezo...

    Cinematographer Maeda Yonezo (Family Game, The Funeral, Pistol Opera, as well as lots of '70s pink movies), 85.
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    Mr. Thank You (Shimizu Hiroshi, 1936) Une...

    Mr. Thank You (Shimizu Hiroshi, 1936)
    Une simple histoire (Marcel Hanoun, 1959)
    Dry Lake (Shinoda Masahiro, 1960)
    The Insect Woman (Imamura Shohei, 1963)
    Mandabi (Sembčne Ousmane, 1968)
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    It's Cannes so whatever the longest, least...

    It's Cannes so whatever the longest, least disciplined film in competition is, that's what I'd bet on (see The Tree of Life, Blue Is the Warmest Colour, Winter Sleep, The Square).
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    How are we defining "modern" serial killer...

    How are we defining "modern" serial killer thrillers? What historical shift occurred in the early '90s that makes The Silence of the Lambs "modern" and Manhunter a "classic" serial killer movie...
  23. Thirteen years later: Der siebente Kontinent...

    Thirteen years later:

    Der siebente Kontinent (1989) spicy
    Benny's Video (1992) warm
    71 Fragmente einer Chronologie des Zufalls (1994) mild
    Funny Games (1997) warm
    Das Schloß (1997) mild
    Code...
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    Possibly, but from the perspective of the CCP,...

    Possibly, but from the perspective of the CCP, the whole point of economic liberalization was to prevent political liberalization and thereby maintain its grip on power. The last thing Deng Xiaoping...
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    Economic liberalization isn't the same thing as...

    Economic liberalization isn't the same thing as political liberalization.
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