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Postby razzle » Tue Apr 07, 2020 5:50 pm

Rewatched Casino and it mostly holds up but forgot a good chunk of it was a domestic drama. Wish it focused on the corporate conglomerates and such coming in to elbow the hoods out instead of just being a part of the epilogue.

So many good set pieces and shots and outfits in it.

Also watched Beach Bum. I guess I was a little bored by it or underwhelmed but probably the kinda movie I would have enjoyed more in the theater. Martin Lawrence scenes were awesome.

Patty Hearst - it was good. Kinda like an American studio Costa-Gavras film
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Postby BlackSugar » Tue Apr 07, 2020 8:21 pm

razzle wrote:Rewatched Casino and it mostly holds up but forgot a good chunk of it was a domestic drama. Wish it focused on the corporate conglomerates and such coming in to elbow the hoods out instead of just being a part of the epilogue.


yeah I agree. I love watching the first 45 minutes or so. as soon as sharon stone shows up, I usually click over to something else
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Postby Jake SPEED » Tue Apr 07, 2020 9:21 pm

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The Funeral 6/10 - great walken, just decent. If Ferrara made a good made for TV movie
Blackhat - 7/10 - it’s Mann, it’s great. Plot from 2002, anti-acting, but absolutely gorgeous
Haywire - 6/10 - competent, entertaining, hard to dislike. I like Carano’s performance better than anyone else in the flick- and I’m not sure what that means
1917 - 4/10 - gimmick movie but still has a couple great shots. I don’t care about the characters
The Rider - 9/10 - blew my mind and I didn’t know the backstory. Already rewatched it a few times. Naturalistic sad bastard masterpiece
The Gentlemen - 7/10 - love guy Ritchie *dodges tomato* and this is what I’ve been missing for 10 years
Rocknrolla - 5/10 - thought about rating this higher but worried I’d be banned from the site. Strong and Idris are great, Wilkinson is awful
Under the skin - 8/10 - amazing but genuinely discomforting. I hate it but can’t stop thinking about it
Lawrence of Arabia - 10/10 - Great acting, great script, great shots. 5 bloody stars.
Godfather 3 - 6/10 - mixed acting, mixed script, mixed shots. 2.5 bloody stars
The Meg - 2/10 - like when you jerk off out of boredom and don’t enjoy it
Duck you Sucker - 6/10 - some phenomenal scenes and some absolute dogshit. Wish I could harness the energy and rein some of it in
Silence - 7/10 - not sold on Garfield but this is absolutely beautiful and an amazing testament to a lot of emotions that I don’t feel.
Molly’s game 4/10 - such a weird script choice to make Molly a misunderstood hero. This should be Hollywood Babylon and we should see the filth.
A mountain between us - 3/10 - two great leads, some beautiful scenery in one of the worst written movies I’ve ever seen.
Oceans 12 - 6/10 - better than Paxil, just want to live in here. Easy breezy and beautifully shot. Would be better if it were less meta
The Little Drummer Girl - 7/10 - loved this. Skarsgaard and Pugh were incredible, Park is dope. The quiet scenes are better than the plot driven tension. Can’t get over how good and understated Skarsgaard is.
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Postby concerning » Tue Apr 07, 2020 10:07 pm

casino's weird because you assume the opening voiceover/montage stuff is gonna last 10 minutes like goodfellas and then it goes on for the whole movie.
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Postby it's the suspense that gets me » Wed Apr 08, 2020 3:19 am

the narration is pretty consistent in goodfellas too i feel like... they're films about people about the narratives people make out of their lives. i'm generally not a big fan of narration and i get why it could be grating but i think it works really well for what those films are doing.

casino and wolf of wall street are my favorite scorsese crime epics... for what it's worth i think i like him the best at his most operatic generally, which would also include 'bringing out the dead', which is generally considered one of his lesser films
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Postby jalapeño ranch » Wed Apr 08, 2020 3:35 am

The Rider is so fucking good.
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The Terminator - lol at me never seeing this but i loved it! what else is there to say at this point. Arnold shooting up the club was so freaky.
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Postby shacky » Wed Apr 08, 2020 7:58 am

are you gonna watch t2 now
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Postby mellowgold » Wed Apr 08, 2020 8:05 am

eventually!
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Postby gauchebag » Wed Apr 08, 2020 8:45 am

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bongo wrote:revisited a couch in new york the other week, which is such a great unironic take on the romcom from akerman



love her disdain for juliette binoche afterwards


at 9:20 she says that now when she looks at jeanne dielman "i said, 'how could i have done it'?" it's a very nice moment thank you for this video.
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Postby aububs » Wed Apr 08, 2020 9:51 am

yeah that's a great video, i love how she's not modest about the enduring power of jeanne dielman, and her comments on idolatry are so on the money. akerman really reminds me of my own mother in her idiosyncrasy and wilful diversion from the norm and one of the reasons i loved dielman so much is because i felt i was watching a film about my own mother (tho i know it is a movie in deference to akerman's mother and not akerman herself). my mother of course has seen dielman and raved about it over the years, but not to everybody. it's not a movie everyone will be taken by or need. but i think my mother knew i needed to see it, to understand her better. there were moments of coldness from my mother when i was a boy, which at the time were very jarring and even upsetting, but with the passing of time and my own realisation that she isn't just a "mother" but a person with a full interior life that has nothing to do with me, those moments of coldness become moments where i got to see her real self and i appreciate them. i saw all of these things in dielman and her relationship with her son. it really is a monumental achievement. very grateful for it and for akerman
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Postby neely o'hara » Wed Apr 08, 2020 10:08 am

In Another Country - fun!

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Postby Mesh » Wed Apr 08, 2020 11:06 am

Let's say I was going to give Sion Sono one more chance after Love Exposure had me for an hour, then put me to sleep several times, kinda won me back in the last act, and sits now very firmly at 3 out of 5 stars.

Liked: its basic attitude about sex and taboo and religion; its Shakespearean reach; the cast

Didn't much like: its actual grasp; its picture execution generally; length and repetition; the music; it felt uncommitted to its own crazed nature, I guess? Sloppy is a word I'd use?
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Postby zajaxi dynamos » Wed Apr 08, 2020 2:02 pm

given your list of things you didn't like I doubt he's the filmmaker for you but Why Don't You Play In Hell? is the other one to try
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Postby alaska » Wed Apr 08, 2020 2:04 pm

i posted this in the spoiler free club thread but i just watched mulholland drive
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Postby zajaxi dynamos » Wed Apr 08, 2020 2:05 pm

mulholland drive has some good moments
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Postby alaska » Wed Apr 08, 2020 2:09 pm

i liked it but frankly, i'm a bit confused
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Postby neely o'hara » Wed Apr 08, 2020 2:20 pm

hey mesh- haven't seen love exposure so idk how similar it is but I really really love Anti Porno and have gotten a few people to watch who have enjoyed it. maybe give that a shot?
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Postby gauchebag » Wed Apr 08, 2020 2:24 pm

aububs wrote:yeah that's a great video, i love how she's not modest about the enduring power of jeanne dielman, and her comments on idolatry are so on the money. akerman really reminds me of my own mother in her idiosyncrasy and wilful diversion from the norm and one of the reasons i loved dielman so much is because i felt i was watching a film about my own mother (tho i know it is a movie in deference to akerman's mother and not akerman herself). my mother of course has seen dielman and raved about it over the years, but not to everybody. it's not a movie everyone will be taken by or need. but i think my mother knew i needed to see it, to understand her better. there were moments of coldness from my mother when i was a boy, which at the time were very jarring and even upsetting, but with the passing of time and my own realisation that she isn't just a "mother" but a person with a full interior life that has nothing to do with me, those moments of coldness become moments where i got to see her real self and i appreciate them. i saw all of these things in dielman and her relationship with her son. it really is a monumental achievement. very grateful for it and for akerman


thank you for this post. i already watched News From Home several years ago and have been staying away from No Home Movie for reasons related to all this
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Postby it's the suspense that gets me » Wed Apr 08, 2020 2:28 pm

antiporno if you want something similarly over the top, whispering star if you want something understated. noriko's dinner table is my favorite but i can't willingly justify recommending it given that it's also nearly 3 hours long and starts off as a pretty understated melodrama, and then gets progressively wackier and wackier as it goes on (although still incredibly emotional imo).

i feel like love exposure has every single one of his ideas in it, and it's a masterpiece on that level, but he's done other films that hammer them down more concretely and more digestably.
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Postby it's the suspense that gets me » Wed Apr 08, 2020 2:31 pm

when i saw mulholland drive in theater, a couple behind me. the boyfriend kept explaining every plot point and piece of symbolism to his girlfriend. thankfully, with the sound cranked all the way up, it was barely noticeable. but thats a film experience i'll never forget lol..
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Postby landspeedrecord » Wed Apr 08, 2020 2:37 pm

great post, aububs

alaska, I think that's a pretty normal reaction to seeing it for the first time
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Postby bongo » Wed Apr 08, 2020 2:40 pm

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Apple Pie (Hamilton, 2016)
the conceit is absurdly ambitious but hamilton just seems charming/naive/unpretentious even as hes moving convincingly through all kinds of modes here - from cartoony retrofuturism to legit transcendent flicker to performance art/dance. sits somewhere between herzog/popol vuh fims, someone like margaret tait, and sagan's cosmos.

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Postby alaska » Wed Apr 08, 2020 2:40 pm

i spent the first 1:50 beating myself up for being bad at recognizing faces because i couldn't tell various characters apart lol
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Postby landspeedrecord » Wed Apr 08, 2020 2:51 pm

sparrow is so good. love the choreography and use of music... the sequences in the rain with all the umbrellas is like pickpocket ballet

office, his 3D anti-capitalist musical from a few years ago, is well worth checking out next. they go well together
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Postby ero guro vidal (aka todd) » Wed Apr 08, 2020 3:04 pm

Johnnie To is probably one of the best three directors alive.
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Postby mondrary » Wed Apr 08, 2020 4:09 pm

alaska wrote:i spent the first 1:50 beating myself up for being bad at recognizing faces because i couldn't tell various characters apart lol

i have trouble with this a lot, i tend to try and find any identifying characteristics if an actor's face isn't one i immediately recognize by name / if it's not striking enough for me to remember. i unfortunately also have this problem a lot with films in foreign languages, which i've put down to the fact that i'm not paying as much attention to their voice / cadence / delivery because i don't know the language. Don't worry. I feel you.
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Postby Rainbow Battle Kid » Wed Apr 08, 2020 4:13 pm

rewatched the first half of Road To Perdition and young skinny Daniel Craig reminds me a lot of Peter Weller in this
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Postby Mesh » Wed Apr 08, 2020 5:27 pm

Thanks for Sono recs. I'll go see if it's in the cards. I mean I got legit angry when I saw that Love Exposure was between Back to the Future and Fargo on the Letterboxd Top 250. That and Whiplash are the only ones that even bother me in the Top 125.
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