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Yesterday I had an open afternoon, so I watched El Camino, You'll Love Me When I'm Dead, and The Other Side of the Wind.

I really wish Welles was able to finish it before he died so we could get a version that wasn't compromised. Seemed far ahead of its time and very surreal. I thought it was interesting that the film in the film was almost more real than the behind-the-scenes style footage of "actual events." The dialogue was strange in the facet that it was a mishmash of movie-style quotes plus how people actually talk. Who knows how it would have turned out had he finished it.

El Camino was good. Definitely a fitting epilogue to the series.

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dayum this was bad. kinda feel bad for miller & co for the box office failure as i don't see how this once warrants it's embarrassing fate while other remakes go on to make enough to wash their face. 

in all honesty, i found the mackenzie dame and linda hamilton incredibly unlikeable - basically annoying. so them two acting as dual bodyguards for dani was incredibly taxing to watch. arnie basically shows up to do what the other two girls should be doing before the whole thing collapses onto itself. the end.

what a mess

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RE: The Lighthouse...did we watch the same movie? I was glued to the screen and cackled right along into the descent with them. I found it gorgeous, disgusting and wildly imaginative. I've always been a sucker for repackaged classics e.g. O Brother, Where Art Thou, Scotland, PA., etc. At a minimum, I thought WATMM's heart would be stolen by all of the close quartered farting. I know I was immediately sold on Dafoe gas. 

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Terminator Dark Fate

Man, someone needs to put this franchise to rest. Or I guess, this movie just did. I'm surprised at how bad the effects looked? Like, really surprised. I got The Matrix Reloaded vibes from it.
Anyway, it's easy to shit on a movie, so I'll focus on the good stuff: Arnold. For some reason I really liked him in this movie even though he didn't really do anything. But I laughed out loud when he said his wife found him "extremely funny". I guess I was in such a state of shock over the movie that THAT was what it took to breathe some life back into me.

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8 hours ago, xxx said:

RE: The Lighthouse...did we watch the same movie? I was glued to the screen and cackled right along into the descent with them. I found it gorgeous, disgusting and wildly imaginative. I've always been a sucker for repackaged classics e.g. O Brother, Where Art Thou, Scotland, PA., etc. At a minimum, I thought WATMM's heart would be stolen by all of the close quartered farting. I know I was immediately sold on Dafoe gas. 

yeah it was good, some people just don't understand a movie about dudes rocking

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It’s alright, has some sweet flourishes. The Willem D/Neptune scene, eyes beaming, fuck yeah. It captures the elements really well, but Robert P? Watched more interesting chairs. The sound design was the highlight. Alan Splet style winds, booming breakers, the horn thingy, like the storm itself was alive. The ending was unnecessary though.

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Would’ve packed more punch if he’d rowed out into the sea, capsized & been embraced by the mermaid while drowning.

 

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wow, this was incredibly entertaining. it switches from exploitation to stylistically artsy in the same scene making for some head-damagingly weird visuals. basically nami matsushima gets chucked into prison for the attempted murder of an ex-boyfriend; who just happened to be an undercover cop- who used to capture a yakuza clan. once inside prison though- she begins to coz havoc with the warring female gang groups before everything leads to an all out war betwix prison personnel and guards. and guess what's the root of all this debacle

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19 minutes ago, Nebraska said:

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wow, this was incredibly entertaining. it switches from exploitation to stylistically artsy in the same scene making for some head-damagingly weird visuals. basically nami matsushima gets chucked into prison for the attempted murder of an ex-boyfriend; who just happened to be an undercover cop- who used to capture a yakuza clan. once inside prison though- she begins to coz havoc with the warring female gang groups before everything leads to an all out war betwix prison personnel and guards. and guess what's the root of all this debacle

what is that?

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Son of Saul

Real sleeper hit here, totally blindsided by it. I was a bit hesitant due to he filming style (and it being yet another WW2-era drama), but the exalting reviews led me to give it an honest chance. I can understand the divided opinions and am a bit undecided on the exploitative significance of what is essentially a holocaust theme park ride, but damn! The insanely visceral and fucked up cinematography grips hard and doesn't let go. Once you step in rhythm with the feverish and cramped camera work, it makes so much sense as it enables the subjective experience in which the mechanical routine of slave laboring at Atrocities'R'us (something that is effectively portrayed but never forced) becomes a constant yet slightly subdued backdrop because of the desensitization of the people forced to work in its midst. One of the interviewees in Shoah described having no emotion at all during his experience. When the dehumanization is complete, every misstep risks the penalty of death and the human will starts to present itself in this environment, you as a viewer can't prevent holding your breath in every turned corner, every head turn that could be percieved as insubordination. The oppressive rhythm marches on unceasingly and the film maintains a tempo which effectively prevents the viewer from reflecting on what's going on and completes the nausea. The plot feels a bit forced at times and doesn't always makes sense, but I'll allow that a circumstance like this really isn't supposed to make sense. Very much on par with Come and See, if you stuck it in a blender. I have to see it again soon.

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an engrossing, immediate depiction of late 80s los angeles, this film is elevated by the electrifying performances of the eye candy hall of famers linnea 'scream queen' quigley, ginger 'score' lynn and karen 'slurp' russell as they infiltrate an illegal porn making venture and dodgy prostitution ring on hollywood blvd. what really sets this one apart from it's contemporaries is the level of realness the film delves into as the ladies are forced to strip down to their bare essence to nab the crooks.

essential late-night viewing 

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an engrossing, immediate depiction of late 80s los angeles, this film is elevated by the electrifying performances of the eye candy hall of famers linnea 'scream queen' quigley, ginger 'score' lynn and karen 'slurp' russell as they infiltrate an illegal porn making venture and dodgy prostitution ring on hollywood blvd. what really sets this one apart from it's contemporaries is the level of realness the film delves into as the ladies are forced to strip down to their bare essence to nab the crooks.

essential late-night viewing 

Have u seen this un?  80s sexploitation has become a hobby recently, finding obscure trackers that pop up:

 

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On 3/22/2019 at 3:51 PM, rhmilo said:

La Vie de Jesus was really good. Or at least I thought so back when it came out.

Late response but wanted to follow up. This film is brilliant. His visual style is fully-realized already (the shot that emphasizes epilepsy as "The Sacred Disease" is amazing). The references that subtly relate or connect to the history of this region (the Somali tv footage reflecting WWI, Armistice Day, etc.) give such a cold but unavoidable context for the inescapable misery in these characters' lives.

It's amazing how arguably every film he's made since can be directly or indirectly tied to elements/characters in this film (and that's not including Bailleul itself). I now have the Renan work this film is based on in my reading list.

Then to think about Dumont's career trajectory (esp. over the past ~5 years) and how it still has its roots in this era/style. I personally don't care if he keeps polishing the same stone. It's a hell of a stone!

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1 hour ago, very honest said:

Is it just me or does Al Pacino fucking suck?

He was pretty good in The Scent of a Woman, but... yeah, I know what you mean. I like holding actors/actresses up against Daniel Day Lewis in There Will Be Blood because that is a fucking pinnacle of acting.

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