Yeah, i mean I guess. It's a miniseries with 3 hour-long episodes. But yeah.
Anyone who digs martial arts films should check out the Cinefamily's Shaw Bros. retrospective in January. I'll definitely be there for 8 Diagram Pole Fighter, if not many more.
Has there been a discussion of The Comedy (with Tim Heidecker)?
apologies if there has been, a search didn't turn one up.
Curious to see what other thought.
I have a copy of it, but haven't had time to watch it yet. It sounds absolutely bizarre in the best way.
The Hobbit was actually pretty good. I get that it lacked story but it wasn't such a potboiler like the critics suggested. I can't wait for number two.
Don't watch it when you're in a great mood. A weird mood is probably ideal.
And absolutely don't go in expecting Tim & Eric stuff.
I had been planning on seeing The Comedy on Amazon Instant, if for no other reason than this great column about it on Grantland. Last night, however, I opted to watch New Jerusalem, which is the other 2012 film directed by Rick (sometimes shortened to "R.") Alverson. I gather these two movies are wildly different, but New Jerusalem was so fucking incompetent on every level that I don't know if I can bring myself to pay for more of this guy's work. The one I saw concerns, in its way, the relationship between a brooding Irish-American vet who just returned from a tour in Afghanistan (which perplexes me already) and the Evangelical man-child with whom he works at a local tire store, played by none other than Bonnie Prince Billy. I'm sure this movie thinks it's starting an interesting conversation about "faith", or whatever, but it's only the latest of many American indies that badly mistakes an absence of plot for the presence of subtlety. It makes for a pretty excruciating sit, and the wretchedly unimaginative, HDV photography/editing only made it worse. The only other thing that can save a movie like this - or, alternately, make it much worse - is the acting, and it's mostly the latter. The Irish guy isn't bad, but while I rather liked BPB in Old Joy, he plays this role so astoundingly broad - even though there are no "big" scenes that beg him to pour it on - that it annihilates any hope for this to work even on the most basic, two-guys-interacting-in-an-interesting-fashion level.
I actually don't get any pleasure out of blasting a low-budget, no-audience movie like this, but when they're as terrible as this one - or my AFI 2011 nadir, Light of Mine - I feel I need to at least register an opinion, lest anyone who reads the same sites as me (The Playlist was really fond of New Jerusalem, to their eternal shame) get any bright ideas.
So....yeah. I'd love to hear more about The Comedy. After seeing/loving The Color Wheel last week, I'm kind of in the mood for another abrasive comedy, and this one sounds like it might fit.
Cheers for Badlands. Looks interesting. Hope Criterion does 'The Day of the Jackal' someday, as they look like the only who might. Their 'The Black Narcissus' is so damn dreamy.
That 1080p version I was looking for:
FlyLo's top 10 Criterion titles
Oh man, I'm in.
That looks high-larious
I strongly approve of Zero Dark Thirty. I'll talk more later.
First trailer for The Place Beyond the Pines, the newest film from Derek Cianfrance, director of the best movie of 2010, Blue Valentine.
Looks amazing. Full HD here: http://movies.yahoo.com/video/place-...203017120.html
The Place Beyond the Pines trailer is tremendous - I'm as exited for that as any 2012 movie, Malick included.