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Re: Recently Seen

Post by Torgo » Fri Sep 20, 2019 11:10 pm

ThatDarnMKS wrote:
Fri Sep 20, 2019 3:33 pm
We get new people? Bananas!
And while you're at it, rate Bananas.
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hey i am new here
Your profile says you're in Austin. Did you attend the Legend of Boggy Creek 4K screening last month? This is a sincere question.
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Re: Recently Seen

Post by ThatDarnMKS » Fri Sep 20, 2019 11:30 pm

Torgo wrote:
Fri Sep 20, 2019 11:10 pm
And while you're at it, rate Bananas.
*eyes stack of unwatched Woody Allen movies beside TV. Puts Bananas on top of stack*
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Re: Recently Seen

Post by crumbsroom » Fri Sep 20, 2019 11:54 pm

ThatDarnMKS wrote:
Fri Sep 20, 2019 11:30 pm
*eyes stack of unwatched Woody Allen movies beside TV. Puts Bananas on top of stack*
You haven't seen Bananas?

What else have you deprived yourself of?

Bananas is probably in the middle of the 70s and 80s pack of Allen for me, but this is still a serious endorsement.
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Re: Recently Seen

Post by ThatDarnMKS » Sat Sep 21, 2019 1:02 am

crumbsroom wrote:
Fri Sep 20, 2019 11:54 pm
You haven't seen Bananas?

What else have you deprived yourself of?

Bananas is probably in the middle of the 70s and 80s pack of Allen for me, but this is still a serious endorsement.
It’s so crazy that I can see nearly 30 Allen films and still feel like I have a ton of glaring omissions. My stack includes:

Bananas
A Midnight Summer Sex Comedy
Hollywood Ending
Interiors
Irrational Man
Shadow and Fog
September
Love and Death
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Sex
Cassandra’s Dream
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Re: Recently Seen

Post by crumbsroom » Sat Sep 21, 2019 1:08 am

ThatDarnMKS wrote:
Sat Sep 21, 2019 1:02 am
It’s so crazy that I can see nearly 30 Allen films and still feel like I have a ton of glaring omissions. My stack includes:

Bananas
A Midnight Summer Sex Comedy
Hollywood Ending
Interiors
Irrational Man
Shadow and Fog
September
Love and Death
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Sex
Cassandra’s Dream
Love and Death is the one you should be putting on top of the deck.

I haven't seen a bunch of those. Particularly Midnight Summer.

I've always been a minor fan of both Interiors and September, but I also have no problem with people who think he's Bergman slumming here.
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Re: Recently Seen

Post by ThatDarnMKS » Sat Sep 21, 2019 1:14 am

crumbsroom wrote:
Sat Sep 21, 2019 1:08 am
Love and Death is the one you should be putting on top of the deck.

I haven't seen a bunch of those. Particularly Midnight Summer.

I've always been a minor fan of both Interiors and September, but I also have no problem with people who think he's Bergman slumming here.
That’s my understanding of I and S. I’ve been trying to give more attention to my behemoth of that Criterion Bergman collection so every time I almost watch them I ask “why not watch a legit Bergman?” I still find myself thinking about my summer watches of Cries and Whispers, the Silence, and Autumn Sonata. Less so Magic Flute.
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Re: Recently Seen

Post by Jinnistan » Sat Sep 21, 2019 1:15 am

ThatDarnMKS wrote:
Sat Sep 21, 2019 1:02 am
It’s so crazy that I can see nearly 30 Allen films and still feel like I have a ton of glaring omissions. My stack includes:

Bananas
A Midnight Summer Sex Comedy
Hollywood Ending
Interiors
Irrational Man
Shadow and Fog
September
Love and Death
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Sex
Cassandra’s Dream
You should prioritize Love and Death and Everything. Both smack in the middle of his classic comedy period. Bananas is heading in that direction, but it's much more slapdash, almost like he was going for a Zucker brother type of kitchen sink approach.

Sex Comedy is about the most mediocre of his early comedies imaginable. Interiors is his oppressively serious attempt to be Bergman. Shadows and Fog is awful but at last has some nice B&W photography as he attempts to be Fellini. September....I don't even fucking remember.

Tbh, I would skip Hollywood Ending, Irrational Man and Cassandra's Dream.
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Post by Jinnistan » Sat Sep 21, 2019 1:20 am

And to round the peg: of the other early comedies, Play It Again Sam (I know, not actually directed by Allen, but as essential an Allen film as they get), Sleeper, Stardust Memories (his Bergman done right!), Zelig and Broadway Danny Rose are the best of the rest.
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Re: Recently Seen

Post by crumbsroom » Sat Sep 21, 2019 1:33 am

ThatDarnMKS wrote:
Sat Sep 21, 2019 1:14 am
That’s my understanding of I and S. I’ve been trying to give more attention to my behemoth of that Criterion Bergman collection so every time I almost watch them I ask “why not watch a legit Bergman?” I still find myself thinking about my summer watches of Cries and Whispers, the Silence, and Autumn Sonata. Less so Magic Flute.
Just stick to watching every Bergman

All of them.

I like Magic Flute, but it's kind of a separate thing from what he normally does.
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Re: Recently Seen

Post by crumbsroom » Sat Sep 21, 2019 1:34 am

Jinnistan wrote:
Sat Sep 21, 2019 1:20 am
Stardust Memories (his Bergman done right!)
Or, at least, close as he's going to get.

And by that I mean it's one of his best movies.
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Post by Rock » Sat Sep 21, 2019 1:57 am

The Magic Flute is delightful. Watch it again until you love it!

Also Bananas opens with its best gag (the ESPN assassination), but it hits way more than it misses.
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Re: Recently Seen

Post by Jinnistan » Sat Sep 21, 2019 1:59 am

Ad Astra - 9/10

James Gray has assembled a mighty sci-fi amalgamation here: with some luscious Kubrick-worthy compositions, the kind of existential dread that I hope makes Christopher Nolan cry, and, slight spoiler
a more intelligent and mature rendition of Lucas' Freudian mythos.
Obviously this film is no 2001, nor does it try to be (although it could be confused for a Villenueve attempt), so I'll focus on how much more successful this film is than Interstellar because there are some superficial similarities: both involve a world-threatening crisis, a massive and morally ambiguous government (or corporate - I haven't quite gotten a full understanding of this "space corps") secret mission, and a protagonist who is right at the end of his hopeful rope. In order, Astra's crisis (and the government's response to it) is far more believably portrayed, and our protagonist's dilemma more emotionally resonant and developed. To top it off (again, effective enough to make Nolan cry, one hopes), the film's action scenes are sharper and more tense, if a little silly at times.
(Moon pirates?)
And instead of retreating into pseudo-spiritual woo, the film offers a more implicit message of love which in addition to being less corny is done in a way that has dramatic implications that transcend banal family ties.
"We're all we've got" proves a more powerful statement of human will in the face of potential extinction in an era when so many have chosen to look to external gods like aliens and A.I. to solve our problems for us and pretending that they won't make them worse.
It seems like it's been such a long time in our cynical era of apocalyptic porn that an intelligent science fiction film dared to care about human purpose.
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Re: Recently Seen

Post by Takoma1 » Sat Sep 21, 2019 2:14 am

I saw a preview for Ad Astra in the theater recently and I was like "Ooh, I hope this is as good as it looks!"
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Post by ThatDarnMKS » Sat Sep 21, 2019 3:15 am

Jinnistan wrote:
Sat Sep 21, 2019 1:20 am
And to round the peg: of the other early comedies, Play It Again Sam (I know, not actually directed by Allen, but as essential an Allen film as they get), Sleeper, Stardust Memories (his Bergman done right!), Zelig and Broadway Danny Rose are the best of the rest.
Stardust Memories is Allen doing Fellini, damn it. Just like Radio Days.
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Re: Recently Seen

Post by Jinnistan » Sat Sep 21, 2019 3:25 am

Takoma1 wrote:
Sat Sep 21, 2019 2:14 am
I saw a preview for Ad Astra in the theater recently and I was like "Ooh, I hope this is as good as it looks!"
You'll definitely get your visual dollar's value from it. Also, I would highly recommend it for anyone with an available IMAX showing.

Parsing over the negative reviews (a fave post-viewing pastime), they tend to be very glib, even for these folks, on the more emotional aspects of the film. I noticed that James Gray himself has noted the Campbell monomyth as an inspiration, so I guess, however roundabout, I was right about one of those spoilers. I think this excerpt from an Indiewire interview/article makes the point in as vague a way as necessary:
David Ehrlich wrote:Gray likes to quote an excerpt from the beginning of Kurt Vonnegut’s “The Sirens of Titan:” “The bounties of space, of infinite outwardness, were three: empty heroics, low comedy, and pointless death.” The filmmaker is still gobsmacked that someone wrote those words before Sputnik had even launched. “He was talking about man throwing himself ever outward into the stars not finding anything new,” Gray said. “The true terra incognita is the human soul. In order to assess the Earth with any kind of meaning, it basically has to come from us.” For Gray, a hero isn’t someone who transcends their humanity, but rather someone who fulfills it.
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Re: Recently Seen

Post by crumbsroom » Sat Sep 21, 2019 3:27 am

ThatDarnMKS wrote:
Sat Sep 21, 2019 3:15 am
Stardust Memories is Allen doing Fellini, damn it. Just like Radio Days.
Allen trying to do Bergman looks a lot like Fellini
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Re: Recently Seen

Post by Jinnistan » Sat Sep 21, 2019 3:27 am

ThatDarnMKS wrote:
Sat Sep 21, 2019 3:15 am
Stardust Memories is Allen doing Fellini, damn it. Just like Radio Days.
I think it's one of his more stylistically ambitious films that actually transcends his influences. There's a lot of stuff there. I'm pretty sure I saw some Ed Wood.
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Re: Recently Seen

Post by ThatDarnMKS » Sat Sep 21, 2019 4:01 am

Jinnistan wrote:
Sat Sep 21, 2019 3:27 am
I think it's one of his more stylistically ambitious films that actually transcends his influences. There's a lot of stuff there. I'm pretty sure I saw some Ed Wood.
8 1/2 homages are 8 1/2 homages, JJ. And all that jazz.
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Re: Recently Seen

Post by Jinnistan » Sat Sep 21, 2019 4:17 am

ThatDarnMKS wrote:
Sat Sep 21, 2019 4:01 am
8 1/2 homages are 8 1/2 homages, JJ. And all that jazz.
You can't make an homage without breaking a few Ed Woods

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Re: Recently Seen

Post by Jinnistan » Sat Sep 21, 2019 9:32 am

Jinnistan wrote:
Sat Sep 21, 2019 1:59 am
It seems like it's been such a long time in our cynical era of apocalyptic porn that an intelligent science fiction film dared to care about human purpose.
That might be a little portentous, because I immediately thought of Gravity and Arrival (both with obvious and obscure parallels), but this informal trilogy stacks nicely. I guess I feel like singling out Interstellar not just for the semantic territory but because it's eerie how Astra does very specific things well that Interstellar gets wrong, on a purely thematic scheme.
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Post by Wooley » Sat Sep 21, 2019 3:44 pm

ThatDarnMKS wrote:
Fri Sep 20, 2019 3:33 pm
We get new people? Bananas!
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Post by Wooley » Sat Sep 21, 2019 3:50 pm

ThatDarnMKS wrote:
Sat Sep 21, 2019 1:02 am
It’s so crazy that I can see nearly 30 Allen films and still feel like I have a ton of glaring omissions. My stack includes:

Bananas
A Midnight Summer Sex Comedy
Hollywood Ending
Interiors
Irrational Man
Shadow and Fog
September
Love and Death
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Sex
Cassandra’s Dream
A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy was the first Woody Allen movie I ever saw. I was pretty young but I loved it and watched it many times.
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Post by Popcorn Reviews » Sun Sep 22, 2019 3:04 am

Parasite (2019) - 9/10

I usually like to make sure the films I give this rating to are at least a year old. Since I'm confident enough that this one will stay this high though, I'm going to leave it like this. Like Burning, another recent South Korean film which I love, this one is best to go into without knowing much about the plot, so I'm not going to say too much about it. What I will say though is that it's a multi-layered, fascinating film which took the themes of another one of Joon-ho Bong's films which I consider to be great and actually managed to perfect them to something far more shocking and enthralling as multiple developments of them are daring to the point that the film constantly runs the risk of falling apart, yet thanks to Bong's direction, everything is held together quite flawlessly and, as a result, the entire film makes for a truly breathtaking feat. With that out of the way, I'll also add that the comedy is well-written and funny, yet it never manages to undermine the more serious elements to the film, the cinematography/framing is quite good, the final act is outstanding, and the final minute or so is truly sublime. Make sure to keep an eye out for this one.
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Post by Captain Terror » Sun Sep 22, 2019 3:54 am

Takoma1 wrote:
Mon Sep 16, 2019 12:19 am
A Monster Calls

Several years ago I read the short novel A Monster Calls and it now holds a high and treasured place on my bookshelf. I read it in a single marathon and then cried for like 30 minutes. It's one of the best things I've ever read about grief and loss, and I was both hopeful and fearful when I found out it was being adapted into a film.

Thankfully, this is an incredibly faithful adaptation, in both tone and narrative.

The story follows a boy, Conor, whose mother is very sick. Stressed by her illness (and also tangentially by bullies at school and his absentee father), Conor seemingly summons a monster (voiced by Liam Neeson). The Monster tells Conor that he will come to him three times, each time telling him a story, but that the fourth time Conor must tell him a story.

I can't even begin to explain all the ways that this story will tear your heart into tiny little pieces. But it comes to its moments of emotion with honesty and compassion. It is compelling in both the real world of the narrative and the fictional space of the stories told by the Monster (rendered in stylized animation). The world is wonderfully realized by J.A. Bayona, who directed The Orphanage and The Impossible. It does a wonderful job of seeing the world through the eyes of its young protagonist.

I can't recommend the story (or the novel) enough. The performances in the film are really strong. This is one of those rare cases where if someone saw the movie and didn't read the book, I wouldn't even be mad about it.
I watched I Kill Giants tonight, which has a lot in common with AMC. Have you seen that one? I think I'd give the edge to AMC, but I liked IKG as well.
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Post by Slentert » Sun Sep 22, 2019 9:36 am

Popcorn Reviews wrote:
Sun Sep 22, 2019 3:04 am
Parasite (2019) - 9/10

I usually like to make sure the films I give this rating to are at least a year old. Since I'm confident enough that this one will stay this high though, I'm going to leave it like this. Like Burning, another recent South Korean film which I love, this one is best to go into without knowing much about the plot, so I'm not going to say too much about it. What I will say though is that it's a multi-layered, fascinating film which took the themes of another one of Joon-ho Bong's films which I consider to be great and actually managed to perfect them to something far more shocking and enthralling as multiple developments of them are daring to the point that the film constantly runs the risk of falling apart, yet thanks to Bong's direction, everything is held together quite flawlessly and, as a result, the entire film makes for a truly breathtaking feat. With that out of the way, I'll also add that the comedy is well-written and funny, yet it never manages to undermine the more serious elements to the film, the cinematography/framing is quite good, the final act is outstanding, and the final minute or so is truly sublime. Make sure to keep an eye out for this one.
It's one of the most fun movies I saw in a theater this year.
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Post by Slentert » Sun Sep 22, 2019 9:37 am

Captain Terror wrote:
Sun Sep 22, 2019 3:54 am
I watched I Kill Giants tonight, which has a lot in common with AMC. Have you seen that one? I think I'd give the edge to AMC, but I liked IKG as well.
I haven't seen I Kill Giants but the original graphic novel is one of my favorites. I kinda hated A Monster Calls to be honest.
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Post by Jinnistan » Sun Sep 22, 2019 1:40 pm

Popcorn Reviews wrote:
Sun Sep 22, 2019 3:04 am
Parasite (2019) - 9/10

Make sure to keep an eye out for this one.
Aye. Where did you find it? I don't see it being in American theaters until October. Why was I thinking you were American anyway?
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Jinnistan wrote:
Sun Sep 22, 2019 1:40 pm
Aye. Where did you find it? I don't see it being in American theaters until October. Why was I thinking you were American anyway?
Oh, I am American. Hehe. In short, since I won't be able to catch it in the theaters once it gets released due to college (sadly, my parents refuse to give me my driver's license until after I graduate from college), I managed to find a pristine copy of it for free online. Overall, not always a fan of doing this, but otherwise, I'd have to wait a while for it to hit streaming services such as Amazon.
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Post by Takoma1 » Sun Sep 22, 2019 5:12 pm

Captain Terror wrote:
Sun Sep 22, 2019 3:54 am
I watched I Kill Giants tonight, which has a lot in common with AMC. Have you seen that one? I think I'd give the edge to AMC, but I liked IKG as well.
I've almost watched it several times. I'll check it out next time it crosses my path.
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I haven't seen I Kill Giants but the original graphic novel is one of my favorites. I kinda hated A Monster Calls to be honest.
Buh-wha? I think it's one of the best, most honest stories I've ever seen about grief and loss in a young person.

Explain yourself!
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Post by Takoma1 » Mon Sep 23, 2019 2:01 am

Dallas Buyers Club

I talked recently about my issues with most "based on a true story" films.

Just taken on technical merits, this was a good movie. The acting was really good, and I liked the way that it was shot.

Telling a story about the AIDS crisis through the lens of a straight, homophobic man isn't the worst idea in the world. Woodroof's story is interesting and unique. There's something about a person who has always been on the "right side" of social systems suddenly being lumped in with people who have been marginalized that's really interesting.

My issue with the film was that it makes it seem like this straight guy was the only one actually figuring things out or getting things moving in terms of dealing with the AIDS crisis, while all these befuddled gay men flock to him for help. I think it's a real shame that the film didn't take even a small scene or two to acknowledge the work (mostly being done by gay men) to research alternative treatments. I watched the film How to Survive a Plague a few years back, and it's hard to understand why the film wouldn't acknowledge (aside from a short clip of a news report) the actions that took place.



For a biopic type film, this one was okay. But increasingly I have a harder and harder time with the way that true stories are twisted for the big screen.
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Post by Thief » Mon Sep 23, 2019 2:58 pm

crumbsroom wrote:
Fri Sep 20, 2019 11:54 pm
You haven't seen Bananas?

What else have you deprived yourself of?

Bananas is probably in the middle of the 70s and 80s pack of Allen for me, but this is still a serious endorsement.
I second the endorsement, not only because I thought it was a pretty funny, slapstick comedy, but also because it was partly filmed here in Puerto Rico, and it features performances from a few of renowned local actors (most notably, local director Jacobo Morales as Rebel leader Esposito).
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Post by Slentert » Mon Sep 23, 2019 3:40 pm

@Takoma
I don't remember much about the movie, to be honest, but I thought it was very manipulative in the way it handled the emotions. I also found the movie to be quite formulaic and too much on the nose in how the story was told, like emotional scene + fantasy sequence and repeat again. I had a similar problem with how a recent movie called The Orphanage tried to present fantasy as an escape for trauma, only that one used Bollywood musical sequences.

I think the original I Kill Giants graphic novel did a far better job at making those transitions feel natural and like the actual imagination of a child and not the construct of a screenwriter who is constantly patting himself on the back about how clever he is.

I did like the acting though and some of the imagination was impressive.
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Post by Jinnistan » Mon Sep 23, 2019 4:09 pm

Takoma1 wrote:
Mon Sep 23, 2019 2:01 am
Telling a story about the AIDS crisis through the lens of a straight, homophobic man isn't the worst idea in the world.
It's an idea that's certainly made worse when based on someone who wasn't exactly straight. Rather than capitalize on Woodroof's internalized homophobia, as a man with some clear homosexual tendencies, it prefers to go the route of "bigot redeemed", and ignoring the gay aspect of his life (ignoring many important people in his life) goes from creative liberty to something much more dishonest.
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Post by Takoma1 » Mon Sep 23, 2019 7:39 pm

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@Takoma
I don't remember much about the movie, to be honest, but I thought it was very manipulative in the way it handled the emotions. I also found the movie to be quite formulaic and too much on the nose in how the story was told, like emotional scene + fantasy sequence and repeat again.

I think the original I Kill Giants graphic novel did a far better job at making those transitions feel natural and like the actual imagination of a child and not the construct of a screenwriter who is constantly patting himself on the back about how clever he is.

I did like the acting though and some of the imagination was impressive.
That's interesting. Having personally experienced a similar trauma to the child in the film, I actually thought that they captured the emotions really well. I also think that it's possible to understand the monster as being more than just the boy's imagination, especially when you consider the story-telling element of it. I think it cuts right to the heart of the realization that life is not fair, and the way that things get a lot more complicated once there aren't just "good guys" and "bad guys" or "happy" or "sad" events.

I would highly, highly recommend the book, which was started by a woman who was herself dying of cancer and then finished by Patrick Ness (who wrote the Chaos Walking trilogy). There's no dearth of films/books/art out there about what it's like to deal with a dying loved one/parent, and this felt like one of the most honest things I've ever seen in that regard.
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It's an idea that's certainly made worse when based on someone who wasn't exactly straight. Rather than capitalize on Woodroof's internalized homophobia, as a man with some clear homosexual tendencies, it prefers to go the route of "bigot redeemed", and ignoring the gay aspect of his life (ignoring many important people in his life) goes from creative liberty to something much more dishonest.
From a creative/artistic/narrative point of view, I feel like the film did the bare minimum of what could have been explored with the story. For me, the whole aspect of fighting against a corrupt pharma/FDA arrangement was the best part of it.
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Post by DaMU » Mon Sep 23, 2019 10:50 pm

Don't think I loved Ad Astra quite as much as Jinnistan, but it is very good, and thoughtful, and lovely, with a fantastic performance by Pitt that should not go ignored come awards-time (though if he does, fuck it, you know?). The comparisons to Interstellar make sense, but what I thought of more was a grounded variation on a lot of the same interests as Sunshine (particularly the unforgiving impact of the infinite on our endlessly curious monkey minds).

Mostly, I'm happy we get a movie like this with some regularity: movies that use special effects and big Hollywood names to allow for serious considerations of the human destiny and its intertwining with human nature. Elevating stuff. Makes you energized to be alive.
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Post by Jinnistan » Tue Sep 24, 2019 12:14 am

DaMU wrote:
Mon Sep 23, 2019 10:50 pm
(our endlessly curious monkey minds).
I'm going to take a tangent to mention that I've noticed a lot of casual misanthropy in the film's more negative reviews, and if I haven't already seen the word "monkey" bandied about, in a far more derogatory sense that you intend here, I wouldn't have mentioned it. I'm not accusing you of being a futurist, don't worry, but I'll have to let MKS argue the Sunshine part because I don't remember the film well enough to know exactly the connection. I will say that Astra stomped all over First Man, as another relevant example.

I don't think Ad Astra will appeal to anyone who equates humans and monkeys. It's a rebuke to the more colder ambitions (ala transhumanism, which also tends to deprecate our "meatspace" and "wetware", etc) that come at a cost to our warmer, empathetic (mammalian) responsibilities which are essential to human potential. The film affirms being human as desirably satisfactory in a way that runs counter to these dispirited times.


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Mostly, I'm happy we get a movie like this with some regularity: movies that use special effects and big Hollywood names to allow for serious considerations of the human destiny and its intertwining with human nature.
This is another semantic quibble, but I'm not a fan of the word "destiny", and find that my preferred "purpose" doesn't have the same implication of inevitability, important to stress the responsibility to engage and perpetuate it. Again, in these dispirited times, terms like "purpose" and "meaning" tend to be mocked as trivial illusions, which is exactly why I welcome films such as these which unapologetically revel in their persistence.
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I don't mean to equate, just to say that it's a part of us.
I have to think it's meaningful that he opens himself to his emotions for the first real time in the story only after killing the baboon and recognizing its primal fury as something that's similarly inside him. (He may have before, but IIRC, that's when the sort of hyper-rational calm cool collected facade breaks for the first real time (outside of voice-over)). The whole movie seems to be about Roy re-emerging as a more complete human through his balancing of rationality and emotion (with his father way too emotionally detached as a warning).
And yeah, you're right, that is a quibble. ;) I meant "destiny" more like the Great Human Journey or Great Human Goal, but destiny felt nice when I typed it, so whatever. It seems like we're mostly on the same page.

re: Sunshine
What I was thinking of was how the film similar places a character at the edge of human experience deep in space (a lost captain named Pinbacker) who's gone off the deep end and believes that the sun is a God and that any attempts to interfere for the benefit of mankind is hubris and folly. That general vibe of "I've seen too much, and my purpose now lies beyond that of the insignificant humans back home." There are differences, of course.
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Post by Jinnistan » Tue Sep 24, 2019 1:52 pm

DaMU wrote:
Tue Sep 24, 2019 3:39 am
I don't mean to equate, just to say that it's a part of us.
Sorry, I meant to point out that I wasn't responding directly to your comment, but taking a tangent on some reviews I've read. (Although I admit that Tommy Lee Jones looked a little simian.)


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re: Sunshine
What I was thinking of was how the film similar places a character at the edge of human experience deep in space (a lost captain named Pinbacker) who's gone off the deep end and believes that the sun is a God and that any attempts to interfere for the benefit of mankind is hubris and folly. That general vibe of "I've seen too much, and my purpose now lies beyond that of the insignificant humans back home." There are differences, of course.
Ah, right. I've seen, appropriately, comparisons to Astra with Apocalypse Now, but this pushes more in the direction of River Kwai, where the pride of duty and industry blinds one to the moral consequences. An analogy of "science for science's sake" applies.
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Post by Jinnistan » Wed Sep 25, 2019 1:42 am

Between Two Ferns: The Movie - 7/10

Zach Galifianakis requires something of an eccentric taste, but his personal brand of comedy (not to be confused with the professional brand he's better known for with his more popular films) is a taste that I've acquired through his Purple Onion show, Comedians of Comedy and the original Between Two Ferns spots being a highlight among the more obnoxiously awkward Aukerman new school of so-called anti-comedy. Galifiankis has an absurdist, pitiful charm that folks like Tim Heidecker and Eric Andre can only dream to attain. And he's actually funny, which helps.

This film (which honestly feels more like a TV special) won't change any minds or compel any converts. If you can't stand Galifianakis, you won't find this any less grating. But since I do like him, I was never less than amused throughout the film, but also rarely more than that. There's nothing here that rises to hilarity or brilliance, so it seems like a fairly safe and pedestrian exercise for some celebrity mirth but nothing quite as classic as the best couple of original installments.
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Post by ThatDarnMKS » Wed Sep 25, 2019 2:02 am

There's an implication in that post that Eric Andre isn't funny which in turn implies that The Eric Andre Show isn't the greatest work of surrealism in TV history challenged only by Twin Peaks the Return. An implication I call bullshit on. Bullshit artist!
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There's an implication in that post that Eric Andre isn't funny which in turn implies that The Eric Andre Show isn't the greatest work of surrealism in TV history challenged only by Twin Peaks the Return. An implication I call bullshit on. Bullshit artist!
I don't know, I'm mostly admiring how such a comment could be so controversial yet so brave.
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Post by ThatDarnMKS » Wed Sep 25, 2019 2:07 pm

DaMU wrote:
Wed Sep 25, 2019 4:50 am
I don't know, I'm mostly admiring how such a comment could be so controversial yet so brave.
You know, I hadn't really thought about it from that perspective but if I had to sum up my thoughts, it would be...
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Post by Jinnistan » Wed Sep 25, 2019 2:18 pm

The explication (rather) is that I think Eric Andre is a lame shadow of early Tom Green *shrug*
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Jinnistan wrote:
Wed Sep 25, 2019 2:18 pm
The explication (rather) is that I think Eric Andre is a lame shadow of early Tom Green *shrug*
What is this Mickey Mouse bullshit I see before my very eyes?
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Post by Death Proof » Wed Sep 25, 2019 4:20 pm

Jinnistan wrote:
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The explication (rather) is that I think Eric Andre is a lame shadow of early Tom Green *shrug*
You shut your whore mouth.
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Post by Patrick McGroin » Wed Sep 25, 2019 6:19 pm

If nothing else you have to tip your hat at the sheer amount of damage he does to himself during those openings. I also wonder how much extra they pay that drummer.
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Re: Recently Seen

Post by Jinnistan » Wed Sep 25, 2019 8:13 pm

ThatDarnMKS wrote:
Wed Sep 25, 2019 4:18 pm
What is this Mickey Mouse bullshit I see before my very eyes?
Death Proof wrote:
Wed Sep 25, 2019 4:20 pm
You shut your whore mouth.

Look at all of that hilarity he inspires.
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