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Movie Talk / Re: Help me remember the movie where....
« Last post by 1SO on Yesterday at 09:42:45 PM »
This is a black and white film that came out no earlier than 1999. It's a documentary or it's done in the style of a documentary, from a director who's still making movies. This might've been their first film or first fiction film. It's about murders in middle America, possibly in a single town (and the name of the town might be the name of the film.) I don't remember if the murders are connected. If I remember correctly, people never appear on camera. The imagery is all evocative while we get the details of the murders, like sheets on a laundry line or sun rising in the tall grass.
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Marathons / Re: Sandy Faces the Music
« Last post by 1SO on Yesterday at 09:37:45 PM »
Until that post I had zero interest in The Greatest Showman. Now I know I will see it.
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Movie Talk / Re: Respond to the last movie you watched
« Last post by 1SO on Yesterday at 09:36:08 PM »
Above Suspicion sounds great.  Right up my alley.  I'm going to look it up.

Wow, same here.

Honestly, reminding me that Sanders is in that movie accounts for 50% of why I want to rewatch it.

I love posts like this because most of the time I think when there's a film featuring George Sanders or Basil Rathbone the response is closer to this...

Whenever I do write one of my reviews from the 30s/40s I hear DH having one of these reactions:

 

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Television & Sports / Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
« Last post by jdc on Yesterday at 08:55:14 PM »
I think the show is worthy of you to try out. My wife prefers it to Breaking Bad, I like it but still prefer BB
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Television & Sports / Re: General/Random Discussion and Thoughts (TV & Sports)
« Last post by oldkid on Yesterday at 08:47:56 PM »
I never cared for the character of Saul in Breaking Bad, so I never bothered with the new show.  Sounds like you're saying I should bother?
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Marathons / Re: Sandy Faces the Music
« Last post by oldkid on Yesterday at 08:43:42 PM »
I like your strong opinions here, both for and against certain choices. Your love for and experience with the genre really comes through. :)

So happy with the vocals and the dancing! Real honest to goodness, difficult to execute dancing! :) (Yeah, I'm talking to you la la land.)

My smoke detector just went off.

Yeah, that one line by Sandy alone means I need to see this film.
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Marathons / Re: Hold On To Your Butts: Junior Watches All the Things
« Last post by Sandy on Yesterday at 07:33:35 PM »
Wonderful review, Junior. I only saw Rebecca a year ago, so also waited a long time to finally get to it. Love the Gothic meets Hitchcock atmosphere.

Also, I was late to the Respond thread, but wanted to add my voice to the others saying how much I enjoyed what you wrote about Call Me by Your Name and how it made you reflect on your own life. Your candor is inspiring. Here's to self discovery! :)
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Marathons / Re: Sandy Faces the Music
« Last post by Sandy on Yesterday at 07:19:40 PM »
Thank you, smirnoff and Dave. :) I wanted to temper my snark with real appreciation.

The flatness and simplicity of the dancing and the lack of pizazz of the songs left me with meh feelings about La La Land.

In agreement and luckily, none of the dancing in The Greatest Showman is anything like that.


My smoke detector just went off.

:))
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Movie Talk (Spoiler Edition) / Re: Three Billboards...
« Last post by Teproc on Yesterday at 06:38:27 PM »
Ctrl+F for "catholicism", come up empty, yay I'll have something to add !

Having seen In Bruges turned out to be pretty essential for my enjoyment of this film. McDonagh's starting point is that people are awful, and he works from there. Cynics make for great optimists when you scratch a little, and this is what McDonagh does in his films (well, the two I've seen anyway)... but he does start from a very dark place. The other thing at play here is McDonagh's catholicism*:  ) having grown up Catholic, I always feel at a distance from the way Americans typically depict it, which is to make it mostly about guilt. Not that this is inacurrate necessarily, butif you asked me the one word I associate the most with Catholicism and what I retained of it as a non-believer, it would be forgiveness. Anything can be forgiven to anyone ready to accept forgiveness, That's a powerful idea, and also a disturbing one. Anything, really ? Just like that ? And this is what McDonagh explores here... and I get why some people really, really don't care for what happens with Sam Rockwell's character here.

I think of the best films as being the ones that ask questions, as opposed to the ones that give answers, and I don't think Three Billboards has any answers to give. Not about Rockwell's character, and not about McDormand's character either. They are bad people and they do bad things: are those erased by a potential redemption ? Should they be, and can they be ? Do we even want them to be redeemeded ? Probably we want McDormand, because the root of her actions is one we can sympathize with, but by putting her on a parallel track with Rockwell, McDonagh questions our willingness to forgive one but not the other. It's not about their actions being on a same level (they are not), it's about the idea that forgiveness doesn't look at the gravity of the crime: it's not justice. And that's something that's worth thinking about at any rate.

Given that, I approach this as a fable, and don't worry too much about Lester Freamon not arresting Sam Rockwell on the spot (or McDormand later for that matter): that might be what would happen, but it's not what the film is about so it doesn't happen. It's remarkable how funny the film is too., McDonagh has to walk a very tight rope tonally here, and he mostly succeeds... there's probably something to be said about the way this relates to Fargo, now that I think of it. McDormand is the main link of course, but they're also connected thematically: you put any character from this film in the back of that police car with Marge Gundersen wondering how the hell they got there, but they'd actually have something to answer and that would be an interesting conversation. In Fargo the Coens look at what niceness and politeness can hide (good or bad), here no one is even close to being nice or polite, but there is humanity to be found: those scenes between McDormand and Lucas Hedges are key there, with the language they use and the way they use it.

8/10 (I think, haven't quite settled on a rating yet really)

*well I don't know if he's actually Catholic, but he's part Irish and it's all over this film so I'm assuming he at least grew up Catholic.
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Movie Talk (Spoiler Edition) / Phantom Thread
« Last post by Junior on Yesterday at 06:12:40 PM »
I'm sure others are gonna see this one this weekend and I want to get some other thoughts on it before I probably see it again this week sometime.

I think this movie is amazing to watch. Every shot is really interesting to look at. I just don't really know what to make of it.

What did you think?
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