prometheus alien tentacle?
it's summer, baby.
Chaos lives in everything.
This may slightly traumatize you, but filmmaking isn't a competitive sport. My movie not being good enough for a festival you got into does not make your movie good or even "better". In fact, the two principles couldn't be less connected. Even Cannes has programmed many cinematic disasters over the years, and by all appearances you would be headlining that sidebar.
Look, your parenting is yours and Randy's business alone. But the reason your directorial ineptitude is being highlighted over mine is that you're presenting yourself as a rotten, self-satisfied asshole who, quite frankly, hasn't made a single interesting or substantial comment about movies since you first deigned to enter this thread. Thine epitaph shall read "Worst at Cannes; last to discover Internet".
Thanks for talking about 24 hour party people in here. Never heard of it and really loved it.
Having seen Cabin in the Woods and being a fan of horror, I have to say it was a very well made film for entertaining purposes, sure it didn't teach an amazing life lesson, but for the first time in a long while, I didn't feel ripped off after leaving the movies. The comment about the motorcyclist death being obvious and no tension; it was obvious humor; all horror movies need a light moment of humor in them. My only gripe about this movie was the ending: They didn't really leave it open for a sequel, and this is definitely a horror "Brand" where I would see the 2nd and possibly the 3rd one, even if they weren't the greatest. Netflix is great background noise.
Now as someone who shows us a reel and the first thing I see is SyFy, I'm confused at your hate towards horror entertainment. Clearly you're in a genre that is about making quick bucks, in fact, a movie getting rotation on netflix/hulu after an exclusive cable deal is wonderful in the producers mind. Sure you may lose some stake of your project, but you got to work and give your crew family some work.
I'm sure many people on this board (since this is LA based) work in some form of entertainment. Most are sane enough though to not link their work/real life to this board as well, we got some trololols.
Also, I thought it worked to subvert the five character types by having none of the characters in the group fit into any of the categories, rather than to mix them up and have a man be the virgin instead of a woman. Plus, if it's about satisfying the gods, it's about holding up the character types as much as possible, not about who is technically a virgin. It is hard to tell how much any of the characters were or weren't in those categories anyway, because apparently their behavior was being altered? Even though it is pointed out that the characters don't fit, we still see them mostly behave according to the categories they were cast in, so... Like, even though the virgin wasn't a virgin, she did make it clear she didn't want to be set up with that guy or, later, have sex with him. I think I lost my point. I'm not sure how much the roles were fiddled with, it feels like the movie tried to just say "hey this isn't how real people act" but at the same time, we see them act that way the whole time.
There's a werewolf in The Dark Knight?
Man it's been sooooooo long since I've seen 24 Hour Party People, I really need to revisit that. I remember being super impressed with the actor who played Ian Curtis, and the reproductions of the Joy Division live performances were awesome.
That reminds me. I never saw Control. Remember hearing great things about the actor who played Ian Curtis in that one too. Gotta add that to the queue.
Yes, Control is fucking awesome. The cinematography is quite beautiful too. It's a pretty goddamn morose movie though, as one might expect.
Both takes on Ian Curtis (film- and performance-wise) are tremendous. I'd have to give the overall edge to 24 Hour Party People because it's a deliriously entertaining and formally inventive take on the music biography, whereas Control is merely a traditional rendition that happens to be gorgeous and carefully-observed.
Clearly I need to see 24 Hour Party People. Control was fantastic.
it's summer, baby.
got 'European Vacation' ($3 on ebay) to possibly watch tonight after the Clipper game and I guess people have been critical of the blu ray features, or lack thereof rather. All I care about is that the image is not cropped and that it's full screen on the plasma. Seen the film before, but it's been a long time since I rock n rolled, since I took the stroll, and can't remember many parts. The first is such a classic.
I saw The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover last night at the New Beverly, and the first thing I said to Matt upon walking outside was "That was INSANE!" I hadn't seen this or any of Peter Greenaway's movies previously, and aside from the things implied by an NC-17 rating (HOLY FUCK HELEN MIRREN), I'm not entirely sure what I thought I was getting into...but I'm pretty sure it wasn't a sensually fetishistic, almost Marquis de Sade-esque tale of adultery juxtaposed with the theatrical artifice of Dick Tracy and formal rigorousness of Brian DePalma. One of Matt's friends mentioned that Greenaway had intended the film as a satire of Margaret Thatcher, which I find amusing....but then, I just found this movie extremely fucking amusing overall.
I also saw Fritz Lang's M on Monday while I was home sick and forgot to write about it. I don't have a lot to say that smart film writers haven't been saying for decades, but obviously it's downright masterful - sparse and dread-inducing in the early stages, then suddenly a rousing manhunt, and finally a candidly humanist look at vigilante justice. An all-time great.
That reminds me. For any Fritz Lang fans out there, Screen Archives is releasing The Big Heat on Blu-ray next week through their Twilight Time label. You can pre-order it now and it's limited to 3000 copies, so if you're into it you might want to jump as soon as possible (3000 can end up being a lot as far as boutique BD releases go, but you never know).
The other day I was part of the first audience to see Killing Them Softly. I'll just say to all you Andrew Dominik fans, heed the warning that was sent to us when they change the films title. It was far from the worst film I've ever seen, but I'd be shocked if it takes home any awards at this years Cannes film festival. It can be greatly improved between now and it's release date, but I doubt so much as to make it an excellent film. It's main problem is it's incredibly heavy handed with its political message, the music used in the film is very cliched & there are too many scenes in which the characters are just rambling on.