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  1. Finished Season 4 of Justified. I get why it ranks on top, definitely the best season so far and that is saying something. Overall, I think it rises so high because it has a pretty enjoyable narrative and doesn't focus on any relationship bullshit which is the weakest part of the show. The only thing I would change is Timothy Olyphant's hair. He's supposed to be a cowboy not a hippie
  2. A24 just does it again. If they'd slap their logo on old episodes of Girls of the Playboy Mansion and bring it to the theatre I'd probably still go and expect some twist. It's really by far the most interesting studio in Hollywood at the moment.
  3. Shall we say pistols at dawn sir? But as a Barry Lyndon fan I don't suppose you'll have much luck on the dueling grounds As stated in my original post, a lot of that has to do with the time period. I genuinely hate the wig aesthetic they had going on for them during this part of the Georgian era. That being said, the candle lit scenes didn't do anything for me either. I applaud the technical wizardry, but as I also stated above, I didn't really see the point in putting that much effort into it. It would be better if he had focused on the narrative and the pacing instead of on his damn lenses. I see you're new here Yes, I hate The Shining as well. In fact, before Boring Lyndon came along it was definitely my least favorite Kubrick film. The best thing I can say about it is that I really enjoyed the parody the Simpsons made of it in one of the early Treehouse of Horror episodes. I'd have to see whether I could find my original review about it, but long story short, a horror movie should keep you up at night with dread, not help you fall asleep. There is some arresting imagery in it, but for the rest there is nothing memorable about it in my book. If I'd rank the ones I have seen, I'd say: Paths of Glory First part of Full Metal Jacket (if I have to rank the second part as well, it becomes difficult) Dr. Strangelove 2001 A Clockwork Orange The Shining Boring Lyndon I have seen Spartacus as well, but that has been so long I don't remember it well. Based on my recollections I'd probably put it on the spot right above The Shining in my ranking. Haven't seen that one yet, so unfortunately can't say whether you are a philistine or not I'm glad someone else is watching it. I stopped after 8 episodes, but I still intend to get back to it. It's utter fluff, but that can be fun too when you have a star like Tudyk to build on.
  4. Wasted three hours of my life yesterday watching Boring Ly... I mean Barry Lyndon. Fuck you Kubrick. I don't know why I keep giving his films a chance. Probably the most overrated of the great directors. He's made exactly 1.5 great films (Paths of Glory and the first half of Full Metal Jacket) and all his other films I have seen are just too clinically detached to care about. Barry Lyndon is boring on top of that. I had to break the film up in three sittings due to its length and every single part felt like it was longer than three hours. I have seen glaciers move faster than this. Ryan O'Neal looks like an unhappy sheep dog throughout the entire film (or at least the majority of the scenes, in some he looks constipated) and everything happens so slow it's like a damn Zach Snyder film cut down to only the slow mo parts. The film also looks ugly. Of course, part of that has to do with the time it is set in. There is a reason why a lot of film makers skip over this era I suppose. You get enough faux-medieval and sword and sandals films, but periwig and petticoats type of big historical drama are in short supply. The only positive thing I have to say about the entire thing is that the score was great. They also did some impressive things with the lighting so that they could shoot scenes entirely by candlelight. Impressive technical wizardry but I didn't really see the point.
  5. Finished season 3 of Justified. Limehouse and Quarels weren't as compelling as the Bennets in the villain role, but I did like it overall. Not as good as season 2 for the reasons discussed above, but the episode with Dewey Crowe I referred to earlier is probably my favorite episode so far so it does have that going for it. I do wish they had focused more on Arlo. Not sure what the future will bring there, but his struggle with I think the only downside on this show for me is the relationship bullshit. I like Natalia Zea a lot, but Wynona and Raylan just bore me. I'd love for her to either to be out of the picture or for her and Raylan to make up their minds and be happy together. This in-between shit doesn't fly. For the rest I was finally able to watch The Father. No question about it that Sir Anthony deserved that award. Overall it's a very good film and scary to boot. I wonder why no one ever made a horror movie with a monster inspired by dementia. It worked for STD's with It Follows and dementia is a whole lot scarier than that. It's really good to see another high-profile adaptation of a play win some awards for once. That's been a while. I think all in all I'd rank the nominees I have seen this year as follows: 1. Promising Young Woman 2. Minari 3. The Father (though 2 and 3 are really close) 4. Nomadland 5. Judas and the Black Messiah 6. The Sound of Metal (terrible film, so it's a landslide for the last place) I also had the opportunity to cross a film of my watch list that has been on there for years, namely Carl Theodor Dreyer's iconic 1928 film La passion de Jeanne d'Arc with Maria Falconetti as Jeanne. This film deserves its legendary reputation and Falconetti truly is devastating in this role. I'm pretty sure those eyes of her will follow me in my nightmares for years to come. I was interested in checking this out after revisiting Luc Besson's awful The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc a couple of months back. It took me some time to hunt down the Criterion copy of it, but it's an unbelievably intimate film. Dreyer build one of the most expensive sets ever, but you hardly ever see it. You only see the faces of Jeanne, her judges and her tormentors. She's lit in soft light while he used harsher lighting for everyone else. You see the creases in their faces, the warts and pockmarks... with Jeanne though, you just see her eyes and the soul behind it. It's truly remarkable, though definitely not an easy film to watch. I was also enthralled by the score on the Criterion edition. Apparently it wasn't in the original version and is only a very recent addition, but the composer made it specifically for the film I guess. Still, the match between Voices of Light V. Pater Nostrum and this film was superb. This is why you bring in a score really, it added so much emotion. Oh yeah, this is almost as bad as Prometheus on that front
  6. Came home late last night, switched on the television and caught an early Kenneth Branagh film called Dead Again. I didn't know anything about it, but I was gripped by the opening. Glad that I watched it because this is a gem I was glad to discover. It reminds me of Ghost in a way that it tells a very emotional story based on a silly premise, but it commits to it completely which I really liked. The cast is great and I liked the story a lot. Definitely a strong recommendation from my end for anyone looking for an old-fashioned detective film.
  7. I want to join the official Dewey Crowe fan club. There has to be one, as this guy is just too good. In a show as star studded as "we are going to use Chadwick Boseman for a throwaway bit character" Justified, that guy just stands out. He's better than Olyphant and Goggins, despite the fact that those guys are just completely lit. I just watched SE3-EP05 where some ponytail dirt bag tricks
  8. Up to the end of season 2 of Justified, just one episode left and I have got to ask a burning question to those of you from that part of the States. Is everyone in Eastern Kentucky involved in illegal activity? Justified sure seems to imply it XD
  9. He's only in it for a short while and the bandana his character wears makes him harder to spot. The real reason why no one recognizes him is his voice though. Perhaps that's his normal accent or perhaps I'm just to used to his Wakanda twang but when I spotted him, I had to IMDB it because he sounded nothing like T'Challa. I think that's Fitzcarraldo. It was the chief of one the tribes that supplied extras The burning info is new to me XD I haven't seen it yet, but I have to put it on my list again.
  10. I watch shows as fast as Raylan Givens draws his gun when there is the unfortunate combination of lockdown and holidays to contend with You know @3CityApache everyone keeps telling me that Justified is not really that good in season one, but I already enjoyed the heck out of it. Up to episode 5 of the second season now and this is such a doozy. Last episode I watched they shot Chadwick Boseman, who played a random bit character that episode. Beautiful stuff if they can even use thespians like that for that type of role @Ran I tried googling my original post for it, because I know I must have written an extensive piece on the film a long time ago. Did you check the IMDB trivia for this film? It's not as crazy as Fitzcarraldo but there were again death threats, near-drownings and video camera's stolen from Herzog film school involved in making this master piece To this day, I'm convinced that Kinski didn't really act in this film. If anyone was as loopy as Lope de Aguirre in real life it was him, down to the creepy attitude to his daughter. It's a shame that Kinski is so repulsive, because he was a legend.
  11. I finished the first season of Justified and just started episode 1 of season 2. I am certain I have seen all of the first season and I am now wondering whether I got even further than that. Don't understand why I quit then, because so far I'm really enjoying it. I love westerns and this is a damn good one. I didn't even mind Raylan shooting someone in every episode I think what really sells it is the excellent cast. It's the first American show I can think of that reminds me of some of those British shows where every episode even most of the one-bit guest stars are played by recognizable actors you know and love from other things. I hope it keeps on going like this.
  12. Speed is a really good entry to this list, which reminds me of Point Break. That definitely deserves here.
  13. Had the pleasure of watching El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie yesterday. Pretty weird experience. As a movie that stands completely on its own, it fails spectacularly. I can't imagine watching this without having seen Breaking Bad. Normally, I'd see that as a massive flaw. It's okay if you watch a film and that having seen the previous IP gives you an added layer of meaning, but if you really need the backstory to make sense of the film you are currently watching, that is usually a bad sign. That being said, as a coda to Breaking Bad it worked brilliantly. Especially since for me everything is still so fresh. I can't imagine having to wait 5 years for this film. I'm very glad they were able to make it and that I decided to see it. They really struck a delicate balance between the flashbacks and the actual story, which I was pleasantly surprised by. I think they captured the tone of Breaking Bad pretty well, with the exception that it was far more hopeful due to the fact that it was centered on Jessie. I read a review that very insight-fully contrasted I actually felt moved by the scenes between Another thing I really liked about the film were the action scenes. I was never particularly struck by that aspect of Breaking Bad, apart from perhaps some negative instances like I could definitely see myself watching this again in the future. Especially for the MVP of the film, a Jesse Plemons who really let himself go and was a source of unintentional comedy for me XD Okay, well, we'll see whether I'll cave. I can't see myself watching this show week by week I'm still not keen on checking this out
  14. I have to disagree there. I can't speak on The Trial of the Chicago Seven, as I haven't seen it yet, but I don't believe Judas and the Black Messiah will have a long shelf-life. What struck me most about it, is that it was the rare movie based on real-life events that actually managed to be more boring than the events it was based on. Looking up the real history about the murder, I was blown away by just how monumental the government-sanctioned murder on Fred Hampton was. The movie just doesn't do Fred Hampton's story justice. I still don't see why they chose to tell the story from the POV of Judas as it seems that the Black Messiah deserved a lot more focus. From what I hear from The Trial of the Chicago Seven, that film also has a lot of problems with how the characters are represented. Admittedly, that is not the first time that a movie that misrepresents the life and challenges of historical figures does well (The Imitation Game comes to mind), but as this failed to win any major awards I believe it will have a high chance of being forgotten. The time has passed for people to indulge Aaron Sorkin's bullshit. Promising Young Woman though, now that is a movie that has its own voice. Just like the two films you mentioned, its a movie that fits the zeitgeist but at least it tells its zeitgeist appropriate story with a very distinct style. It swings for the fences and why it not always lands it punches, I do believe that will keep it front and center far more than forgettable biopic 1 and 2. Can't say I have read a lot of the praise around Minari, so can't judge on that front. A nice little movie is exactly what it is though and also zeitgeist worthy due to the fact that it features a Korean-American family in a setting that we do not often imagine when we think of that group (there are no rooftop scenes whatsoever for instance). In that sense, it is exactly its normalcy that makes it exceptional. There are no grand events on display in the film, it's just a well-told story of a family of immigrants trying to keep everything together in a new business venture. Tell that story with a white family and you probably wouldn't blink, but telling the story of Korean immigrants gives its something extra. It's exactly the kind of diversity we need on screen as it doesn't make a big deal about itself, just as diversity in real-life should be normal and expected.
  15. Lesbian Vampire Killers (although on IMDB it seems to be renamed to Vampire Killers) which is just as gloriously great as you think it is XD The Room obviously also deserves a place in this list. From Dusk till Dawn EDIT: I love this film to bits, but Top Gun deserves a places on this list. The honest trailer really sets forth a case for how stupid its premise really is XD EDIT2: Footloose, despite being based on real events also belongs here
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