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DaMU! Yes, this is the perfect thread for those, which I hope to keep seeing more of in the future; I'm always up for supporting a fellow forumer's creative projects. Keep 'em comin'!


Good to know!

Because here's another damn one.

How Roland Emmerich borrowed a visual from the 1953 Upshot-Knothole nuclear test footage - the footage you see at the beginning of Mad Max: Fury Road.



Sat Dec 09, 2017 4:29 am
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Look, we all want to watch the Avengers and X-Men fight, but this Disney-Fox merger still sucks

Like the author, I'm also conflicted on this potential acquisition; on the one hand, it would be nice to see the Marvelverse movies finally be made whole again and have all of the original comic characters back in the fold, especially the X-Men, and Disney/Marvel have obviously done a consistently quality job with their current movieverse, and I have no reason to think they wouldn't with the former-Fox heroes... but, on the other hand, like the writer said, it's fundamentally just even more BS corporate consolidation that puts even more power in the hands of one company that's already going mad with it, and in a creative sense, I can't imagine Disney's oversight of the X-Men would ever result in a film that's as good or challenging as Logan (and I don't just mean its R rating, though that's part of it). Granted, we had to wait through 17 years and too many inconsistent X-Men entries to get to that point, but the point is, we still got to it at some point. I just wish these superhero franchise owners could find a better balance between making consistently good films and taking risks, and giving good filmmakers the creative freedom they need to make more interesting takes on the genre, and I just don't think we're going to get much of the latter with this prospective acquisition, should it go through. I dunno, maybe I'll be proven wrong; I hope I will, at least.

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Sun Dec 10, 2017 11:25 am
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Newest boy: Gustave Dore in The Fountain:



Fri Dec 15, 2017 12:40 am
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The best film scenes of 2017

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We need a Jewish action hero now more than ever

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Wed Dec 20, 2017 2:42 pm
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They were cathartic at the time, but I'm increasingly considering those Plinkett reviews of the Prequels as Ground Zero of the worst aspects of modern online film criticism. The fanboy entitlement, the I-know-better ramblings (despite no pedigree and only the most cursory understanding of hero journey tropes), the overemphasis on plausibility and plot logic, this unshakeable subsumed feeling of misdirected young white male anger, and the race to the bottom for commodifying cynicism and disappointment.

Maybe the problem is that after watching maybe one video on YouTube about The Last Jedi, I'm getting a new prompt every day to watch some variant on "Why The Last Jedi Is the Worst Story Every Written."


Sun Jan 28, 2018 2:20 am
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They were cathartic at the time, but I'm increasingly considering those Plinkett reviews of the Prequels as Ground Zero of the worst aspects of modern online film criticism. The fanboy entitlement, the I-know-better ramblings (despite no pedigree and only the most cursory understanding of hero journey tropes), the overemphasis on plausibility and plot logic, this unshakeable subsumed feeling of misdirected young white male anger, and the race to the bottom for commodifying cynicism and disappointment.
I'm still a big fan of RLM in general (Wheel Of The Worst, yo!), but I suppose what they did for their medium, armchair Youtube critics, what the MCU did for cinematic universes; the very thing that introduces or popularizes a certain trend is also the same thing that ruins that thing, as everything that tries to follow in its wake misunderstands what made that thing great in the first place, which is how we get junk like "Everything Wrong With ___" videos... *shudder*

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Speaking of...


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I watched part of that vid a couple days ago, actually; good, good stuff. Anyway, on The AV Club, Tom Breihan just wrapped up his excellent, year-by-year chronicle of the last 50 years of Action movie history with A History Of Violence, a series that I, no kidding, followed for a full 2 years, and loved every single article (yes, even the one for The Octagon). Anyway, now that he's finished that, Tom's moved onto a new series chronicling the history of superhero films, starting with the first true modern entry in the genre, Richard Donner's Superman, from which he plans to proceed to Batman '89 next time, and I can't fucking wait!

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Talked to Guillermo del Toro about The Shape of Water, pitching movies, 'Make America Great Again', and what love is

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So this guy is nitpicking on CinemaSins nitpicking. mmm...kay.


Tue Feb 06, 2018 8:29 am
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My friend wrote a longish feature for The Weekly Standard on Louis CK and Woody Allen and reckoning with personal demons in your work. I'm biased but think it's a pretty solid addition to the conversation on sex, abuse, and art.


Tue Feb 06, 2018 11:45 am
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Great work here, Speng :fresh: I never reviewed The Shape Of Water, but that's just because I wasn't in the mood to write that day, not because I didn't like it... because I did. A lot. Like, so much that it's currently in my top 3 of 2017, and, if I don't get in the mood soon to review it just from memory, I'll definitely rent it and rewatch sometime in order to do so. It's just... such a good movie.

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My friend wrote a longish feature for The Weekly Standard on Louis CK and Woody Allen and reckoning with personal demons in your work. I'm biased but think it's a pretty solid addition to the conversation on sex, abuse, and art.


I read that. Quite interesting.


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http://reverseshot.org/features/2417/twin_peaks_one

In four parts.


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:up:

part 3 has a pretty good passage for anyone concerned about the metoo movement becoming co-opted by Puritanism.

although I still remain sympathetic to anyone a bit weary of serious works featuring the brutalizing of women. (depiction =/= endorsement but still....)


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Netflix created a monster with its Cloverfield stunt, and Altered Carbon won’t be the last victim

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Beautiful read, but spoilers, obviously.

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