I think you misunderstand amyzzz - I believe the zzz was just making a stupid comment that nobody on the planet could understand rather than trying to make a comment that anyone should actually be expected to respond to.
You know what would have helped? If Starraven put a big SPOILER ALERT before giving away the plot point that the girl doesn't actually masturbate to romantic comedies. I mean -- who could have expected such a twist? Certainly not anyone whose ever been privy to a cinematic display of gendered identity stereotypes.
I agree though - the guy is a great critic & writer. It's a shame he won't be doing regular film criticism any more.
Saw August: Osage County yesterday. Pretty disappointing. Really heavy-handed at times clumsy direction. It's also been cut down from the play's original length (3 hours, down to 2, I believe) but none of the edits make sense. With the exception of a couple of scenes (and some strong supporting performances) it has none of the crackle or wonderful surprise that the play had. Meryl Streep is decent, Julia Roberts serviceable. The rest of the cast seems to have a better handle on the material. Still, if you're not familiar with the play there's still plenty of really funny lines to enjoy which Tracy Letts has wisely chosen to keep and you won't be disappointed with the way in which they've altered the ending.
‘Roger Dodger’ was a bit of a fun re-visit into the Pat Bateman stylized NYC character. A less successful, less murderous version mind, but still prone to long opinionated rants and attempted woman control. This time he’s training his nephew.
Also larfed heartily during ‘Rubin and Ed’ with their back-and-forth banter. So dry, so damn funny.
The pilgrimage is not perfected save by copulation with the camel.
Lawrence of Arabia at the Egyptian last night was everything I ever wanted. On the big screen in 70mm... its what I had waited for. This is probably the longest standing movie in my netflix/mental queue, well over 10 years at this point I think, that I just never had the heart to get on DVD or even Blu-Ray. I had always been told it just wouldn't be the same and all-be-damned if everyone was completely correct. It was so glorious to see, a pristine print aside from around the burns, marvelous from a purely technical stand point no matter the content.
The evening began with a complete overture of music as the lights of the theater were slowly turned off 1 by 1... It truly set the "epic" tone of the "epic" genre which I find falls flat to me (see Gone With the Wind, Ben-Hur et all). Perhaps those require this presentation as well to correctly captivate but in relation to my other experiences this was in a pantheon of cinema outings held by only a few.
Aside from the monumental vistas and fantastic performance of O'Toole, what really caught me completely off guard was how unique of a movie it becomes AFTER the intermission. Anything I had ever seen, referenced, praised is always from Part 1 I discovered, so to be given a 20 minute intermission of breathing room and then meet another 90+ minutes of never heard of 50 year old classic epic movie was truly special. Part 2 being filled with not only more adventure but a large part of politics that I did not expect, along with sprinkled undertones of homosexual and sadomasochistic tendencies, truly left me with a lot to ponder. Who knew there was SNOW in Lawrence of Arabia?
To see this movie in a theater sold out to some 600 patrons ranging from first timers like myself, those revisiting the film for the first time since its initial release 50 years ago like my farther, or those die-hard Lawrence fans quoting the lines under their breath was something of a spectacle to behold in its own right. It's always bittersweet that it takes the passing of a great artist to finally spark that deserved interest, but this film deserves it like none other.
American Cinematheque have scheduled another screening of the film at the Egyptian in 70mm on January 31, 2014. You won't be disappointed.
EDIT: Also, i loved how fucking insane the Mickey Mouse short is in front of the movie, and completely gross and politically incorrect it is.
I don't know, as in you don't like it?
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I watched Berbarian Sound Studio last night and I really loved it! I m a big fan of Toby Jones and it's great to see him lead a movie. And this is such a great tribute to both Giallo, to audio engineering, and to days of filmmaking gone bye. To anyone confused by the process shown in the film, most lower budget and foreign films were shot with no on set/location sound as recently as the 90s, so all dialogue had to be dubbed and literally all sounds had to be created on a stage. It's a nutty process, especially with tape.
One of my oldest friends and movie snob-accomplices listed Spring Breakers as his no. One of the year. I told him we're no longer friends.
Is Spring Breakers simliar to a Zulawski film where the last thirty minutes becomes somewhat related or something to make up for your wasted time without ruining the story or This is just a running joke vis-a-via the whole" I am picking something I know that sucks because I can watch it without taking it serious" ploy.
It's been getting so much gushing press, that that doesn't surprise me. Every review I've read/heard about it loves it. It's hard not to be somewhat disappointed after all that hype.
It's the kind of movie you ask yourself whether the people making it actually did so with a straight face.
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But hey, if you could keep a straight faced watching James Franco playing Britney Spears on piano, more power to you.
Last edited by Listening; 12-31-2013 at 03:08 PM.
There really is nothing in common with True Romance and Spring Breakers in their writing at all. Beyond both characters being white guys that dress like black guys, there is nothing in common with Alien and Drexl. The characters bears much more resemblance to the real life rapper Riff Raff. And I really didn't care for Spring Breakers that much, but don't even see where you could draw that comparison. Stylistically they're in different planets. And doesn't SB have like an 80-page script?
Edit: what Drinkey said.
To add to that, Spring Breakers had very little dialogue, and dialogue has always been Tarantino's defining trait as a filmmaker. I didn't think Spring Breakers was a great movie but it was unique and pretty goddamn funny at times. I remember laughing at the scene you posted so I guess you're right, no straight face. I'd wager Harmony Korrine was laughing his ass off for most of the production as well.
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