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    The only thing I remember about the patriot is the melting of his son's toys into bullets so he could go kill somebody. I remember thinking it was "cool".. :x

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    Patriot was kind of fun when it came out, and some good folks in it.

    Russell Crowe isn't as good at being Mel Gibson as Mel Gibson used to be.

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    I recommend Zardoz, one of the best worst movies of all time. The trailer speaks for itself.


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    A bunch of us all watched it right around the same time two years ago. it's so fucking strange that i had a hard time even describing it, beyond being a serious test of patience.

    I went on a post-apocalyptic spree and watched Zardoz, Logan's Run, and A Boy & His Dog all in the same week. the latter was my favorite of the 3.
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    Can I ask a somewhat serious question? Is film dead? What I mean is, do you think film has any cultural relevancy anymore? I'm not asking if good films still get made, but whether or not the cinema is in any meaningful way connected to the zeitgeist of the early 21st century. Whether or not this communal experience has much value to today's audiences. Sure, there will always be plenty of cinephiles (see: this thread) and there will always be big tentpole films which make buckets of cash and (at least temporarily) become part of the national conversation (see: Prometheus), but there's been a shift in the last 10-15 yrs, hasn't there? I feel like in past decades, one could look back on a year -- especially in those crucial years in which one is coming of age -- and fondly recall the films that made an impact on the larger culture that year. That's not to suggest they were always good films; just that they resonated and were part of the national conversation. I find it hard to believe that kids who are coming of age right now (or even those of us who are well into adulthood now) will look back on 2012 or 2009 and say, "that was the year of xx film". Well, I know avid cinephiles might, but I'm talking about the larger general population.

    I guess this shift was inevitable with the explosion in mobile and broadband technology. The entertainment options available at the touch of a finger are astounding when you compare it to just 10 or even 5 years ago. We're also, clearly, living in a golden age of television drama in which there is a higher concentration of high quality, well produced, directed, written and performed televisions series which, with DVRs, Netflix, Hulu and the like, we simply watch on our own schedule. Who has time for film when there's Homeland, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones etc...

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    I think the bit you are reaching for is kids growing up and "coming of age" now not having any films to look back fondly upon. Its always a tough trick to decide what is a "classic" when it is still settling in the minds of the people in the now.

    In general I think people take it all for granted. Its not a big deal to go to the movies anymore. Or even to have an amazing screening of a film at home. And if it is a big deal to some people its only because they aren't willing to spend $15~ every time they go. And once they are in the theater its not as if they respect it in the slightest. Decorum goes out the window because of the distractions of always being connected to others instead of the art playing on the giant screen in front of you. A lot of people think they are better than what they are watching, while they (like the people in this thread) should revere it.

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    Prometheus was one of the most visually exquisite films I've seen in a long, long time. Absolutely worth the price of admission in that regard.

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    Do you guys know if Moonrise Kingdom will reach more theatres than the ones listed on its website anytime soon? It seems to be playing in every major city in Texas, except for El Paso...

    Do limited releases generally become regular releases down the line?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wmgaretjax View Post
    Prometheus was one of the most visually exquisite films I've seen in a long, long time. Absolutely worth the price of admission in that regard.
    It's like a vapid hot chick. Fun to look at, but don't try to engage her intellectually.

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    I wish they had Joss Whedon write this one, or had someone like Bill Paxton for comic relief.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alchemy View Post
    Do you guys know if Moonrise Kingdom will reach more theatres than the ones listed on its website anytime soon? It seems to be playing in every major city in Texas, except for El Paso...

    Do limited releases generally become regular releases down the line?
    With its per-theater averages, it will absolutely get a wider release. Tree of Life opened the same weekend last year and didn't go truly wide until July - and it didn't make nearly as much as Moonrise.

    I'm going to finally try to see this thing on Tuesday, I think. Can't believe it's taken me so long.
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    Excellent, thanks. I'm looking forward to seeing it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drinkey McDrinkerstein View Post
    I Watched The Patriot last night for the first time in probably 10 years. It's a lot dumber and sappier than i remembered - I never realized is was directed by Roland Emmerich. Even so, once it kicks into high gear it's pretty damn entertaining. The battle scenes are really exquisite. Emmerich has a great eye for massive violence and mayhem, which this movie has plenty of - canon balls knocking people's heads off, Mel Gibson chopping people up with an axe, hundreds of extras blowing each other to bits in open fields, an entire village being burnt to death. There's enough of this to not really care about historical inaccuracies, non-accents, and the snappy quips of all the supporting soldier roles. It pretends to be a highfalutin drama the same way that Pearl Harbor,m but at least Emmerich had enough sense to make the focus of the film its revenge-story core and as much brutal, relentless, hard R-rated violence as possible, all shot as lovingly as Terrence Malick shoots nature. Jason Isaacs, as I remembered, is the real treat in the whole thing, but it's a shame he's not in it more. He plays the sadistic villain a quiet intensity and a subtlety that seems downright out of place amongst all the noise of the rest of the movie.
    Tom Wilkinson was the only standout in that movie. After that the only things interesting about it are its flagrant historical inconsistencies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drinkey McDrinkerstein View Post
    The captain was the only member of the crew that made think of the earlier films.
    The captain also seemed forced to me. His casual demeanor seemed ironically forced, and ultimately he seemed like someone with Asperger's or something. His reactions and dialogue felt inappropriate to the context. The scene where he's lounging in his flannel blanket while lazily advising the two stuck in the pyramid to spend the night is completely ludicrous. And his "seduction" of Vickers was also completely out of place and creepy.

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    Prometheus was o.k. Too many questions that were unanswered even if its supposed to be a trilogy. I would have liked more of a back story of what was going on on Earth at the time, but the CGI was pretty amazing...some great landscape shots.

    I saw Safety Not Guaranteed last night, some good laughs and a surprising ending (at least for me). Aubrey Plaza is pretty hot, but i'd like to see her in a role different than her emo/antisocial character.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alchemy View Post
    Excellent, thanks. I'm looking forward to seeing it.
    In fact, it's getting quite an expansion today. No listings for Space, though.
    http://focusfeatures.com/moonrise_kingdom/theatres
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    Quote Originally Posted by cutterbutter View Post
    I think the bit you are reaching for is kids growing up and "coming of age" now not having any films to look back fondly upon. Its always a tough trick to decide what is a "classic" when it is still settling in the minds of the people in the now.
    That's not quite what I meant, though. It's that I don't think film is part of the... cultural dna anymore. I'm not criticizing the taste of a younger generation that may still be determining what their "classic" films are. Lord knows I liked some turkeys when I was a kid. My point is not about the quality of the films or the perceived quality. It's about their relevance. I just wonder if film -- in general -- is of any importance to the average person's life anymore. Eh. I'm probably not doing a decent job of explaining my thoughts... forget it..

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    Eh. I'm probably not doing a decent job of explaining my thoughts... forget it..
    haha, yeah. I see what you're getting at, but you started off on the wrong foot with the whole "is film dead?" thing.
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    For whatever reason I decided to spend the past 24 hours embarking on a depressing film triple feature.

    I started with Melancholia. I'm a von Trier fan and pretty forgiving of his outrageousness in general, but this was actually rather low key for him. I enjoyed the film, although I'm not sure I loved it. It's main strength (as has generally been acknowledged in most reactions I've read) is in its ability to deftly portray the inexplicable but all consuming despair of depression that can turn what should be the happiest of days into an unbearable slog. The domestic drama and Udo Kier's self absorbed wedding planner in the first half were vintage von Trier. As a whole, the thing is kind of a mess, but the manner in which the film was able to sustain a personal, quiet sort of dread and panic was impressive. Not really a failure, but not quite a success either, it almost seems like von Trier trying to work some things out on film so he can pursue other projects.

    Next up was the documentary Dear Zachary. Supposedly, this started off as a home movie project by an aspiring amateur filmmaker but ended up building into something more. It's set up as a video letter to the unborn son of the director's best friend, who was murdered by the child's mother after he broke up with her, as a way for the kid to get to know his father. As time goes on and the legal system begins to fail the grieving loved ones of the victim by not incarcerating his murderer, it turns into a document of the custody battle for the baby between the mother and his grandparents on his father's side. It's a really harrowing, fascinating story with some truly devastating "plot twists" (they're almost presented as such, despite being non-fiction). The director was lucky enough to have enough footage to edit together to keep things varied and moving swiftly, which, combined with the fascinating story, keeps things fairly compelling. Unfortunately, he decided to make some really distracting and unnecessary stylistic choices with the editing and effects that come off as tacky and manipulative. The story is strong enough to stand on its own, but these choices sometimes drag the film down into second rate CourtTv territory. Another problem with the film, which is to be expected with such a personal involvement with the subject matter, is a lack of objectivity. All the interviews are done with friends, family, and co-workers of the victim who heap hyperbolic praise upon him, leaving us with a rather incomplete picture of him as a real human being, despite the surplus of footage ranging from his childhood up until the time of his murder. The inverse is true of his murderer, who is set up as basically "the devil," as the guys parents call her, and while her actions are inexcusably horrific, the film loses a great deal of complexity by not allowing her to be a three dimensional person. I suppose a lot of this is a result of being too close to the subject matter and the director being an amateur, and there is enough good stuff here to make it worth watching through at least once, but it's definitely not on the same level as something like The Thin Blue Line or Capturing The Friedmans, documentaries that Dear Zachary some times echoes but never matches.

    Finally, thanks to this thread, I rounded out my downer marathon with Tyrannosaur, undoubtedly the best of the three. You know you're in bleak territory when the most joyous scene in the film is at a funeral. It's a restrained, tense drama that really lets the actors do the heavy lifting, and everyone pretty much rises to the occasion. These felt like real, complicated people and even though their brutality and ugliness shone through more often than not, it's hard not to get invested in their lives. And while it was filled with unrelenting despair, it wasn't just misery porn. The film was a testament to the redemptive power of simple human connection, even if the people connecting are severely and probably irrevocably damaged. No one is really saved in the film, the protagonist is still pretty much the same miserable bastard at the end of as he was at the beginning, but his life is made just a little bit less unbearable by the presence of Olivia Colman character. At times, it felt like a particularly harsh Mike Leigh film. It's rare to come across a film with such fully realized characters who aren't clearly symbols for some grand statement, so even thought it was a fairly small film in scope, it was extraordinarily refreshing, and in the end, not even a total downer.

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    Glad you dug Tyranosaur.

    I need to watch Melancholia again but on first viewing it was top shelf Von Trier.
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    Saw Killer Joe tonight at LA film festival and loved it. Super twisted and dark.

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    Good stuff, P.

    I'm at the intermission of my double feature tonight, David Cronenberg's Naked Lunch and Harmony Korine's Julien Donkey-Boy.

    Naked Lunch was awesome. So many quotable moments, and I absolutely cannot conceive having watched it while sober, I'm more than a few drinks in and so am so very glad that I am. The whole "asshole being able to speak" speech in the car tripped me the fuck out more than any of the visuals in this one, hahaha.
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    I'm now rinsing my palate with the pure retardery of the Tim & Eric movie.
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    Saw Moonrise Kingdom today and loved it

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    Harmony Korine's Julien Donkey-Boy.
    I was semi on-board with this until the stillborn baby part. Even as experimental film goes, that was a bit much.

    And how on earth did Werner Herzog get sold on that role? I would love to hear the back story on that.
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    ....And?
    It was both weirder and less weird than I expected. Not recommended. Their shtick has run out of steam.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TallGuyCM View Post
    I was semi on-board with this until the stillborn baby part. Even as experimental film goes, that was a bit much.

    And how on earth did Werner Herzog get sold on that role? I would love to hear the back story on that.
    One of my favorite movies. Definitely Korine's best. Herzog is incredible in it. He's apparently a huge Korine fan.


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    Yeah. Apparently Herzog watched Gummo and became convinced Korine was some kind of genius when he saw the bacon taped to the wall in the bath scene. I'm not totally inclined to disagree. I really need to re-watch Julien some time soon, it's been ages and I've forgotten a lot of it.

    Speaking of re-viewing movies, I watched Donnie Darko for the first time in at least five years, probably significantly more. I like it so much more than I remembered. I feel like a dork because it got me more emotional than anything in my depression trilogy from yesterday. I'm pretty sure I'm developing emotionally in reverse at this point.

    Although it's not a movie technically, I'm about to give Twin Peaks another go and see if I can make it through that damned second season already.
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    Criterion releasing The Game in September. Hell yes.

    I remember liking Eating Raoul, but I've only seen it once.

    http://www.criterion.com/library/exp...s=release_date
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    One of my favorite movies. Definitely Korine's best. Herzog is incredible in it. He's apparently a huge Korine fan.
    I was laughing so much during his scenes. Between the Q&A in person at AFI Fest in '10 and his Colbert interview, I've decided the guy is absolutely insane, so even hearing the sound of his voice makes me starting busting up at this point.
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