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That reads like a long-form tone deaf tweet. The most egregious moment is when she quickly brushes off the performers that are arguably the MVPs with a dismissive remark.
Oct 10, 2017 2:24 PM

Raw. I hate to be that person susceptible to controversy, but I couldn't get its Fantastic Fest reactions out of my mind going in, to the point where I questioned if Netflix had an edited version (they didn't). Anyways, its thematic backbone is as familiar as it gets, not lending itself to as much depth as the film thinks it deserves. Save for some wonky handheld that doesn't feel consistent with its sometimes calculated eye, Ducournau makes up for it with approach. There's some indelible imagery here, to be sure, and the film never pushes its premise to the over-the-top heights one would assume (with the exception the final minute or so, which is such a ghastly misstep and way beneath everything that proceeded.) Garance Marillier is great.

Time for the new Chucky.
Oct 5, 2017 4:54 PM
Deakins is finally going to get that Oscar.
Sep 29, 2017 4:57 PM
Cranston seems perfectly suited for Anderson.
Sep 21, 2017 6:09 PM
Sep 18, 2017 1:58 PM
The knife in the chest in Saving Private Ryan scarred me when I saw it at school in the 9th grade.
Sep 11, 2017 2:37 PM
Puffin Nubbins?Sure, he liked plenty of good films, but it always seemed that he had contempt for most popular entertainment, even when it was good.

Nah, you can cherry pick with either critic to make this claim, but it doesn't ring true. He was in favor of both of the Burton Batman pictures, placed Who Framed Roger Rabbit?in his top ten of the decade, and constantly championed Harrison Ford for an Oscar nom (notably for the The Fugitive.)
Sep 10, 2017 6:24 PM
I agree that the film's strong-suit is the dynamic of the Losers. They're so good that I wish Muschietti allowed the kind of breathing time that was present in King's novel, though obviously not to that extent. More scenes akin to the cliff diving would have been appreciated. There really isn't a weak link among the cast, and the narrative wisely rests on the more talented performers for dramatic hoorah material that could've fallen flat on its face. Lillis is the notable standout and a dead-ringer for a young Chastain (probably my favorite moment in the entire film is when she shuts the door to reveal that poster.) It's unfortunate that the material never rises above the weakest character aspect of King's writing, that being the bullies. The act of a caricature never lets up from their initial smirks in the hallway.

The jump scare-score that often accompanies the CG-drenched imagery wore me out after a while, with the haunted house being the most monotonous offender. I wish the film worked more in the way of that librarian in the background than rush-to-your-face Pennywise. Skarsgard movement was downright unsettling at times (particularly a fan of him dancing around in the sewer towards the end), but it was sometimes hindered by some distracting CG.

Kind of wish the material was treated with a little more of a delicate touch that's not so eager to present the familiar beat. Still, it's probably my favorite King novel and it's miles ahead of that miniseries. There was more than enough there to get me seated for part 2.
Sep 8, 2017 6:00 PM
Feuer und EisNot really. Fukunaga had some influences in the screenwriting department despite initial creative differences. I knew, at the very least, it would be an adequate translation based on the merit of his name.

His script reduces the material to the kind of familiar territory I was hoping it'd avoid. I'm not sure how much of his word got into the this film, but he is one of the factors for why I'm approaching this with low expectations.
Sep 6, 2017 6:57 PM
Well I was way off. Granted, those reviews aren't overly enthusiastic, but it's way higher than I was expecting.
Sep 6, 2017 3:51 PM
I don't think it'll be as high as the familiar early buzz suggests, but it won't sink to the depths of Dark Tower. Honestly, if it's anything like the script and the Insidious-esque vibes from the trailer ring true, I'm predicting around the 70s.
Sep 6, 2017 1:09 AM
That is going to piss a lot of people off.

The final hour was magnificent. I need to try and wrap my head around this thing.

EDIT: Some of the reactions I'm seeing are akin to the Sopranos finale. Pure hatred and resentment.
Sep 4, 2017 2:04 AM
Bump for the two hour finale tonight.
Sep 3, 2017 4:45 PM
Robin McDonaldI want to talk about the scene I liked in the episode the most. The neighborhood scene is in the top five of all the things that happened in the return of Twin Peaks. It was almost more Quentin Tarantino than Lynch. I thought it was just awesome how it elevated from "Hey you are in my driveway" to where it ended up. Everything about that was awesome and I could watch it over and over again.

It wasn't even the top five things to happen in the episode.
Aug 30, 2017 1:03 PM
Janson JinnistanUrgh. ?Now I have at least 6 of the S&E "Worst of the Year" shows lined up on youtube.

This is what happens.

Here you go
Aug 29, 2017 6:42 PM
That was a wholly satisfying piece of television. Gonna miss it like crazy after it finishes this week.
Aug 28, 2017 1:42 PM
The trailer for it is pretty shitty, as there really isn't much of Sheridan's directorial eye that can be stitched together for something enticing. His camera is far and away the most damning aspect of the picture, and is only made up by Renner's best performance and a pretty great one from Olsen. There's a slightly nifty bit of casting that I won't touch on, but it's the highlight of the film.?
Aug 24, 2017 12:27 AM
DeschainThat jail is amassing quite he freak show.

And can give Tim Roth some love? Not just for this show just in general.

The Hateful Eight (Hateful Two?) Reunion has been a pleasure to behold. "Did ya get me desert?" "You know I did."
Can someone refresh me on the dude that is continually bleeding from his mouth in the cell? I can't recall if we know who he is or if he was just a random TP oddity.

I'm pretty sure those two women in the prior episode at the club were talking about him.
I could be completely wrong here.
Aug 21, 2017 12:52 PM