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Someone needs to check Rick's ego.
Aug 14, 2017 7:36 PM
John DumbearI half agree, film can be kept up with. But with the small screen its impossible with so many networks and the "soap opera" approach in most of them. I watch a handful of them and even then, how great they are, its exhausting in the effort needed to keep up. Many great shows fall to the roadside because there is only so much time in a day.

A shame really.

I find myself pulling the plug on movies a lot quicker than in years past. Before I would be a willing to sit through a critically acclaimed movie that I wasn't feelin but now not so much.
Aug 11, 2017 2:06 PM
I don't understand how people can do 'year's best' lists. Where do they find the time enough to be able actually watch enough media to create such a list?

I feel like I'm in forever catch up mode with films and tv shows. Whether it be catching up on the great auteurs like Robert Altman to the latest pop culture hit like Game of Thrones. I'm the dude just getting floored by the series finale of Breaking Bad and now dying to catch up on Better Call Saul.

Sooo much damn accessible media nowadays. Unless being a critic is what puts food on the table for you...how the hell can you manage to have a firm grasp of what all is out there that deserves your time?

And this is coming from an incomplete person. I can't imagine how someone that is well-rounded and actually gets shit done/has a life manages to be up to date on all their favorite types of films and tv shows.
Aug 11, 2017 1:24 AM
Boardwalk Empire: 8/10 It's great entertainment. Going back and reading up on the show it seemed like critics generally liked it but the caveat being it's not deep/meaningful/subtle. Valid criticisms. But it's so well done.

Love: 7/10 It could be soooo much better if they wrote the supporting cast better. The two leads are money though, with Gillian being the best in the tv biz right now.

Red Oaks: 6/10
Mar 16, 2017 2:29 AM
2 episodes into the season. I loved the season premier but it felt like a guilty pleasure. If only life were such that we could have our heartbroken by a surf instructor heart throb at a gorgeous resort while partying 24/7. Still, there were scenes of genuine bittersweetness/pathos that I have always felt Lena was not good at conveying throughout her works.

So I read AV Club's write ups for the show after every episode. The discussions about it are the usual hate/love Marnie variant.

As a male viewer I've always felt like Lena treated Ray like complete shit. Like dude is legit book and street smart. Has a great heart (he is willing to help anyone at anytime...see bailing out Hannah who then proceeds to wreck his food truck). We now have Ray back with Marnie who is still sleeping with her ex-husband. It's hard to have sympathy for Ray because we (him and the viewers) all know by now what a headcase she is. It's hard to understand Ray's thought process in getting back with Marnie. I don't get why Lena would do this other than to make writing the characters easier at this point in the show...ie. just to have them all around.

Anyway, solid first two episodes. You can tell Lena has come a long way behind the camera. Looking forward to film from her.
Feb 26, 2017 9:55 PM
A rating wouldn't do it service. It's obviously a movie made to show off the SFX. The characters are over the top. The cast is perfect for the roles. Banal themes that we know the payoffs for.

That being said, it's very watchable.

And the flying cow....the audience I was in loved it.
Feb 26, 2017 9:45 PM
Rushmore is my least favorite of his but probably the most quintessential Wes movie.

Bottle Rocket is my favorite of his and also very unlike the rest of his stuff.

The Life Aquatic is sooooo good. If you are all in with Wes than I don't see how you can not put that film as his crowning achievement.
Feb 15, 2017 1:20 AM
From Before Sunrise:

"I kind of see all love as this, escape for two people who don't know how to be alone. People always talk about how love is this totally unselfish, giving thing, but if you think about it, there's nothing more selfish."

Linklater films contain some of my favorite dialogue.

"If there's any kind of magic in this world... it must be in the attempt of understanding someone, sharing something. I know it's almost impossible to succeed... but who cares, really? The answer must be in the attempt."

"Why is it, that a dog, sleeping in the sun, is so beautiful, y'know, it is, it's beautiful, but a guy, standing at a bank machine, trying to take some money out, looks like a complete moron?"

"I know what you mean about wishing somebody wasn't there, though. It's just usually it's myself that I wish I could get away from. Seriously, think about this. I have never been anywhere that I haven't been. I've never had a kiss when I wasn't one of the kissers. Y'know, I've never, um, gone to the movies, when I wasn't there in the audience. I've never been out bowling, if I wasn't there, y'know making some stupid joke. I think that's why so many people hate themselves. Seriously, it's just they are sick to death of being around themselves."
Jan 19, 2017 1:28 AM
"wondering if you're happy is a great shortcut to being depressed"

Just saw that quote in the 20th Century Women trailer and thought to make this thread.

Looking forward to that movie.
Jan 16, 2017 6:03 PM
In early Scorcese....are we supposed to view that view of NYC...as negative or something more nostalgic now? Like, was that reality and those lives....is there any subversiveness there?
Dec 29, 2016 2:00 AM
Black PhilipIt can be argued that there is a strong theme of Catholicism and violence in most of his films. Also take a film like Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore. It's a tender character study and he lets us very close to the characters. That's just one example.

Yes, I'm aware of those themes. I never got the sense that he had a strong leaning either way about them though. Maybe I haven't paid close enough attention. I feel like he is pretty ambiguous about either how he feels about the characters or how he wants us to feel about them.
Dec 29, 2016 1:58 AM
Scorcese is a great director. As talented as we have seen. Technical master.

However, he isn't thoughtful. Like I never get the impression while watching Scorcese that there is an underlying message or view from the director. He just shows characters as they are. Sure he has a point of view. But it's a POV very much from within instead of without. We don't get into anyone's thought process just the reactions of them. This isn't a critique, all the way anyway. It can probably argued that this style benefits his films.
Dec 29, 2016 1:39 AM
Ex Machina was by far the more accomplished and original film. The Arrival has great visuals and a great premise but some of the plot points felt by the book. I could have done entirely without the daughter subplot. But I do understand without that it becomes way to cold of a film to be a viable big theater release film. One more interesting and 3 dimensional character other than the protagonist in The Arrival would have gone a long way as well.
Dec 19, 2016 9:10 PM
I didn't realize that it was a commercial until the end. On one hand I think it's a sellout move on Wes's part, OTOH I'm like but I didn't realize until the end. But still, fuck ads and fuck art selling out like that. Just feels wrong.
Dec 7, 2016 3:46 PM
Hipster ThorSaying I think Jurassic Park is a bad film is, in fact, a bad opinion. Because you offer no reasoning or validity behind your statement. If you offer up examples or evidence to back up your opinion, then it is fine."I find it difficult to watch Jurassic Park because the kids really annoy me" is a perfectly fine opinion. Or, "I thought the film bungled some of the themes and ideas in the book. They could have been translated to the screen much better." That right there is an opinion. Just saying "X" movie sucks and nothing more is an opinion not to be taken seriously.

More or less how I feel. In term of film discussion, it's about how you put forth your argument. I am very opinionated and feel like I know my shit when it comes to movies and tv shows. That being said, I actually enjoy it when someone can make me understand WHY they hold a certain opinion. I might not be swayed but it does feel enlightening.
Nov 17, 2016 1:33 AM
When I first saw the trailer I was surprised because I don't recall any of the backlash stuff. He was treated as a hero, cheered on at a pregame football ceremony.
Sep 13, 2016 12:43 AM
The late great Christopher Hitchens answered all my questions about the issue of supernatural beings.
Aug 29, 2016 12:39 AM
Black PhilipThe tomato meter might have you think that but most people I know including myself weren't too impressed. That's coming from a long-time Rogen fan. Anyways as long as you didn't spend money I guess no harm done besides losing some time. My problem was I had high hopes going in and I was just let down. There were some funny bits but nothing LOL at all.

There were 3 legit belly laugh scenes. Other that I agree in that the film let me down. I was looking forward to it as much as I did the Key and Peele movie. That latter exceeded my expectations.
I'm also a Seth fan. I thought his voice work was the weak link in the movie. Just didn't distinguish his character.
Aug 23, 2016 2:46 AM
Your takeaway from an animated film about food talking is that having them swearing is the part that's weird. And that the 'rules' being violated. I mean....with that mindset how would it be possible to appreciate a goofy ass comedy about things talking that aren't people?

My friend's first reaction coming out of the theater: "gee it doesn't make sense that there be a talking toilet paper role since it's not a food."

That's like me criticizing a Woody Allen film for the characters being whiny and annoying.
Aug 23, 2016 2:44 AM
Interesting contrasting of films OP.

First one is done by a right wing ultra conservative while the second is about dirty hippies thinking the world is peaches n cream.

The first trailer is just begging for an incredulous black guy voice over mocking how stupid the concept is.

American Honey otoh .... Andrea Arnold is talented so I'm interested in it. She's British I believe so an odd choice for directing an American road trip film about Americana or zeitgeist or whatever.
Aug 21, 2016 2:25 PM