What the Hell to Do For the Rest of the Year (General Discussion)
12 SycamoresRe: The rest of the yearAs a big fan of Dogtooth and The Lobster, I was sort of disappointed in Killing of a Sacred Deer. That deadpan formality of the dialogue in Lobster made sense for that world and made the film feel special, but here it's just trying. Sure, it's good for several moments of black comedy, but in a film taking place in the "real world" this device keeps all the characters at arm's length and I'm left thinking that the whole thing is just Lanthimos going "aren't I kooky?" I mean, kinda? I've seen weirder indie films, bud -- you're not that special. Of course, part of the point of the movie is taking very civilized people and pushing them toward their baser instincts, but again, we get it early, and then it keeps going for two hours. This story definitely could have been achieved, weirdness and all, with a less intentionally-stilted approach. Also, despite loving the pacing of Lobster, I really think this one should have moved a bit quicker in the second half. Me not being invested in the main character's "choice" (because, again, no one seems like a real person) made everything feel pretty tedious.Still, some very good performances, an evocative and brutal soundtrack, and Lanthy's camera is just lovely.
RIP Gord Downie (General Discussion)
Janson JinnistanBut American states also have this same impulse to isolate and celebrate their most most unique aspects for cultural value. ?Something, anything, to distinguish themselves from the rest of the neighborhood.
Janson Jinnistanexplain the difference...
Janson JinnistancrumbsroomI can only imagine that a headline as hyperbolic as that has more to do with how across the board Downey's influence is in Canada, and how pervasive the impact of that band was here. They are like a local band with a deeply fanatical following, but somehow, entirely nationwide. ?I don't think the Tragically Hip ever put out any album nearly as great as top tier Stipe, Dylan, Cohen or even Springsteen (and I'm not even that big a Bruce fan). But their (in particular, his) presence was so deeply ingrained in the culture here (at least for a relatively modern band) that I get what the article is over reaching to say. My "no offense" was sincere, in that I assume that there are wavelengths that I'm incapable of comprehending. ?I didn't even mention Neil Young, as I thought that may prove way too incendiary in this eulogy.USA...Canada....if only we had some kind of ambassador to explain the difference...
crumbsroomI can only imagine that a headline as hyperbolic as that has more to do with how across the board Downey's influence is in Canada, and how pervasive the impact of that band was here. They are like a local band with a deeply fanatical following, but somehow, entirely nationwide. ?I don't think the Tragically Hip ever put out any album nearly as great as top tier Stipe, Dylan, Cohen or even Springsteen (and I'm not even that big a Bruce fan). But their (in particular, his) presence was so deeply ingrained in the culture here (at least for a relatively modern band) that I get what the article is over reaching to say.
Janson JinnistanTeamCanadaNY Times had a nice piece earlier in the week. Describing to (obviously) probable American readers, paraphrasing: imagine Gord Downie for Canadians as Springsteen, Dylan, & Stipe combined... & you're getting close.Yeah, but Leonard Cohen is Canadian.No offense to Gordo, but I felt I should go ahead and point that out.
TeamCanadaNY Times had a nice piece earlier in the week. Describing to (obviously) probable American readers, paraphrasing: imagine Gord Downie for Canadians as Springsteen, Dylan, & Stipe combined... & you're getting close.
The Ghouliath Guess That Horror Movie Quiz (2017) (General Discussion)
Scorsese Hates RottenTomatoes.com (Off Topic Discussion)
GigantopithecusWhat "anti"? Both can be good yet one lesser. Your response is like preferring Scorsese movies over Kubrick movies, so if anyone claimed that, they'd be "anti-Kubrick". ?Nonsensical. "I think Shemar Moore is the most gorgeous male actor ever". "Oh, so you're anti-all-others! All other male actors are hags! Why are you so anti-Denzel?!!!"Or in a more objective take, Jupiter is the largest planet, Saturn the next-largest, but recognizing that isn't "anti-Saturn". Take your strawmen or whatever elsewhere. As if I think Pynchon also isn't a great writer...And nice cherry-picking. Not Christie, not those shitty poets [I claim]. Hey, maybe Pynchon is indeed better than King and I'm wrong. If so any other disagreements? p.s. you can't even spell "Bickle" correctly. Either a valid typo as all do, or an indication of ignorance. Overall, thanks for your adding to this thread more possible ignorance and illogic.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDl3bdE3YQA"I'd ask you to elaborate on this anti-Pynchon shit" Again, I am not anti-Pynchon. And again, ask for that and you will likely receive more than you'd know how to respond so hide in a cave. Do you really want to ask this of me, where I'd spank you yet again?Christ. Abandon all reason for madness. Lie, why not. Good lord life would be so damned nice if I wasn't burdened with an objective mind and tiny little sense of Logic, per the propositions and such. It's a burden. Same as the ACLU defending Nazis. ?Subjective foolishness, lies at will, cherry-picking, dishonest replies---oh how free that would be....
HORRORCRAM XIV: DaMU you all to Hell (General Discussion)
RockSymptoms from the same director is quite good.
Watching Movies Alone with crumbsroom (General Discussion)
WooleyOh and I remember at one time the feeling on Nightmare City was that it was one of the worst movies ever, but I feel like I remember that opinion being revisited.Anybody got this one?
WooleyHey, Night Flight has a buncha cheapo movies for Halloween, where is this group on The Mutilator?
Rock[img]https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/5/54/The_Green_Inferno_poster.jpg/220px-The_Green_Inferno_poster.jpg[/img]Eli Roth tries to split the difference between millenial satire and Cannibal Holocaust tribute and bungles both. The satirical point Roth makes is too shallow and the characters are played far too broadly to merit much interest beyond mild derision, and unlike Hostel, it never manages to ease us into their POV when the horror starts. Also, the digital cinematography is far too clean to be atmospheric, leaving us with a big pile of nothing. At least the guy on the poster looks kind of cool.
GigantopithecusLiterature critics? There are still some thinking that Maya Angelou and Ted Hughes and Robinson Jeffers are great poets. And that Thomas Pynchon is better than Stephen King, or Agatha Christie.