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 on: Yesterday at 11:52:14 PM 
Started by PowerRR - Last post by noodles_leone
I totally agree but the big avantage of creating a complete universe and flooding the world with content is that at some point you end up with a powerful mythology (whatever turds youíre doing) and once you have that, you have the ability to work on much more interesting stuff. Logan is a great example of that (and the black and white version looks absoly gorgeous). To a lesser example, the Netflix/Marvel show Daredevil isnít great but takes place in Hellís Kitchen after NYC was partly destroyed by the avengers: itís a much darker look at the consequences of the superheroís adventures.

 on: Yesterday at 01:23:43 PM 
Started by PowerRR - Last post by T.H.
To back up Jenkins, I absolutely despise the Marvel movies or the "Universe". They look like shit with a color palette ranging from a cement block to a cement block, the scores, er, muzak, is mundane, generic background noise at its most effective, the comedy is just cringe worthy and the writing is Save the Cat trash with no real stakes, weak villains, over-powered protagonists and is a bloated, 2+ hour TV episode that only serves a purpose for the next episode to air and to spin off as many of the characters into identical piece of shit spinoffs/sequels/prequels that lack any and all creative integrity.

In other words, the "MCU" is focus group trash. And it's disgusting that this lowest common denominator model has been so successful. They put all of their chips into appealing to the uneducated viewer, the teenager, the focus group fat ass, et al and they won huge. That's just fucking awful.

 on: February 23, 2018, 11:55:57 PM 
Started by The Peacemaker - Last post by kjrwe
The first time I saw this film, I loved it. Since then, I've tried to watch it and haven't been able to finish it. Sadly, I can think of several other movies which are like that with me...I could only finish them once.

I do love this movie's soundtrack.

 on: February 23, 2018, 01:54:28 PM 
Started by drinkanddestroy - Last post by dave jenkins
Stole these links from the Criterion Forum website. Nice comparisons.

 on: February 23, 2018, 01:30:51 PM 
Started by drinkanddestroy - Last post by dave jenkins
I was in training for the Olympics decades ago as a teenager; then I found out that the breast stroke was a swimming event !!!
The humor judges have finished deliberating: 10s across the board!  Afro Afro Afro

 on: February 23, 2018, 12:23:37 PM 
Started by PowerRR - Last post by drinkanddestroy
Crossfire (1947) 8/10 (TCM; third viewing)

 on: February 23, 2018, 05:30:37 AM 
Started by PowerRR - Last post by dave jenkins
Sawdust and Tinsel / Gycklarnas afton (1953) - 8/10. In turn-of-the-century Swedenó19th to 20th, natchóthe circus comes to town. Trouble is, itís not a very good circus, as its destitute ringleader (Ake Gronberg) knows. His mistress, the bareback rider (Harriet Andersson) also knows. Both want out of their relationship and their lives as circus people, and are hoping the provincial town theyíve come to will provide them with the means of escape. But, as they will separately learn, bourgeois life is for them illusory, and anyway, the show must go on. Bergman makes the connection between the circus and the theater explicit, so this film could be considered the first of a theater trilogy that continues with Smiles Of a Summer Night (1955) and concludes with The Magician (1958). According to Peter Cowie, who provides commentary of the Criterion disc, the film owes a lot to one with Emil JanningsóI think itís called Jealousy (1925)--but with lines from Strindberg thrown in. Cowie is a knowledgeable man, and I donít doubt what he says, but Professor Jenkins was struck by how similar the movie is to a couple made by Ozu, A Story of Floating Weeds (1934), and its remake, Floating Weeds (1959). Itís unlikely, however, that Ozu and Bergman knew each otherís work. N.B. This is the first time Bergman worked with Sven Nykvist, one of 3 cinematographers on the picture.
The Bergman retro down at Film Forum continues apace. Unhappily, I can't get down there for every screening. Happily, though, the Jenkins Home Video Collection is replete with many of the titles already. Dusted off this old Criterion disc and gave it a spin. Dusted off my old review which--amazing to tell--accurately expresses my current feelings almost 5 years before the fact.

 on: February 23, 2018, 12:30:16 AM 
Started by drinkanddestroy - Last post by noodles_leone
Itís been a somewhat disappointing Olympics for the USA ...

Donít act like you cared:I now know what youíre really interested at the Olympic, and it isnít the medals...

 on: February 23, 2018, 12:09:48 AM 
Started by drinkanddestroy - Last post by drinkanddestroy
Itís been a somewhat disappointing Olympics for the USA ...

 on: February 22, 2018, 07:57:58 AM 
Started by PowerRR - Last post by dave jenkins
To amplify: by "TV" I mean the kind of threadbare writing typical of the medium. Here is an example from an early point in the movie (NB: This is not an exact transcription, but it would pass Dan Rather's "fake but accurate" standard):

Scene One:
TíChalla (Black Panther): Iíll just swoop down now and extract TíCherry from her secret mission.
Scary Bald Bitch: Be sure not to freeze when you see TíCherry.
TíChalla: Hey, no way! Iím not gonna freeze when I see the girl I love. Why would I do that? Uh-uh. Not happening. Wouldnít happen in a million years. No, no, no, no, no.

Scene Two:
TíChalla: [tongue-tied and frozen] Oh, hi,  TíCh-ch-ch . . .
TíCherry: Look out! Thereís an anonymous bad guy getting ready to kill you!
Scary Bald Bitch: [clubbing anonymous bad guy before turning an accusing eye on TíChalla] You froze!
TíChalla: I didnít!

Scene Three:
TíSister: Did he freeze?
Scary Bald Bitch: Yup.
TíChalla: I didnít! Stop being so mean to me!

[In the audience, every moron laughing hysterically.]
And you have to put up with 2 more hours of that kind of thing.

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