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Re: The MOVIE Thread

Post by kob » Sat Mar 31, 2018 02:10

started The Wire again, about halfway through season 2, and i'm loving it. i had watched the first season and a few episodes of the second season before but for whatever reason wasn't interested in the longshoreman storyline and stopped, but this time around it's fantastic. i'm actually liking it more than the first season. the writing and pacing are excellent. i love that the plot is handled with delicacy. no bullshit exposition dumps. so far it hasn't had that many high drama moments, but i guess that's not really what the show is about? seems more like it's focused on characters and man they're wonderful. great stuff.

edit: ok nvm i lied about the drama. goddamnnnnn

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Re: The MOVIE Thread

Post by youdiedtooeasily » Thu Apr 05, 2018 06:22

Right on, glad you gave 'The Wire' a second chance. My first viewing of season 2 was a bit rough from what I remember since 2 really does stand out from all the other seasons. I think if you got rid of Ziggy it would be near perfect but luckily, he's not a huge character, I found the story of Frank to be tragically cruel as you can see the societal collapse of Baltimore and the blue-collar citizens in front of your very eyes, also lold how McNulty gets the marine unit assignment. The show is more of a character study guided by McNulty and the bullshit politics from the street corner all the way to the Mayor’s office of Baltimore. A lot of characters/case files are based off real people in the department, many of the actors were Baltimore residents that volunteered to be in the show, so it has the visceral authenticity to it that I’ve never really found from other shows. (apparently Bunk is a real-life cigar chomping detective that drinks like a fish and Omar was based off an actual shotgun toting thief that ripped off drug dealers)

As for the drama, it takes a little while to get going (mainly due to such a huge cast) but once you get to the end of season 4 you’ll question humankind. A lot of the show reminded me of military life with all the interpersonal office relationships and politics that is very real and something I’ve experienced frequently towards the end of my 4-year stint. Got any favorite characters? I seemed to like Lester, Carver and Slim Charles the most. When you meet them, Marlo and Snoop are no good walking nightmares of people.

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Re: The MOVIE Thread

Post by kob » Fri Apr 06, 2018 22:20

yeah ziggy was the weakest part of season 2 but he didn't drag it down at all for me. season was excellent all throughout. and that ending wew lad.

i'd say my favorites are Bunk and McNulty. they're hilarious together.

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Post by kob » Mon May 21, 2018 22:39

finished The Wire. couldn't ask for a better ending. there's no doubt in my mind it's the best written show i've ever seen. they handled such a complex multitude of interweaving plotlines brilliantly throughout every season. all 60 episodes felt justified - never felt like the show was overstaying its welcome. it never hit the dramatic heights of some of my other favorite shows, but it made up for that in its characters, plotting, authenticity and social commentary.

i'd rank the seasons 2 > 4 > 5 > 3 > 1, but they were all great.

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Post by Saladin » Tue May 22, 2018 05:21

Damn, I'll have to check it out. Seems everyone recommends it.

Only new thing I've seen recently is A Quiet Place. Which was alright. Fun concept, decent execution, but not much to it.
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Post by kob » Tue May 22, 2018 19:55

all the seasons are available on Amazon Prime if you have it. it definitely deserves a spot up there with Breaking Bad, early seasons of GoT etc for best TV show of all time. it's both impressive and depressing that its themes are still relevant today and probably will be for a long time. and man it's almost scary how authentic and real it feels. feels like a documentary.

i think i'll start Westworld next. been hearing good things.

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Post by Mr. Smith » Wed May 23, 2018 14:33

Anyone excited for Johnny English 3?
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Re: The MOVIE Thread

Post by youdiedtooeasily » Wed May 23, 2018 19:30

good to hear you finished 'The Wire', it's still my favorite show to this date for many of the reasons you mentioned. I thought season 4 hit me the hardest since it felt a little all too real at moments, but that's why I found it powerful I suppose. The ending is damn near perfect, what a great summary of the situation in Baltimore and sendoff for each character. I haven't found a series quite on the same level since. Refn has a show coming out next year titled 'Too Old to Die Young' and that's the only show I have on my radar right now, the teaser looked awesome.

as for 2018 film releases, welp, not much to offer at this time in the year. Cannes just wrapped up so curious to check out the big winners from across the pond when they debut out here. So far I really enjoyed 'Isle of Dogs' (Wes Anderson film, you'll love it or hate it on that premise alone) and thought 'Annihilation' was really interesting. 'Lean on Pete' is a wonderful character study but it's definitely geared for the arthouse crowd so it's not easy to rec. Can't say I enjoyed much of anything else so far at this point, although 'Game Night' was pleasantly surprising, nothing special but a good one to drink to with a group when it comes out on Redbox. (I accidentally missed the festival circuit out here, so fucking mad about that)

as for upcoming releases, I have my eye on: 'Hereditary', 'How to Talk to Girls at Parties', 'Eighth Grade', 'Prospect', 'Thoroughbreds', 'Wildlife' and 'The Son'.

revisited '2001: A Space Odyssey' and 'Amadeus' recently and holy shit talk about undeniable masterpieces. it baffles me how these filmmakers were so limited in production yet achieved more than 98% of directors working today. as for more contemporary works, 'Synecdoche, New York' is another one I'd highly recommend, it's my second favorite film of all time behind 'Mulholland Drive'.

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Re: The MOVIE Thread

Post by youdiedtooeasily » Tue Oct 02, 2018 22:29

I'll sum up my 2018 cinematic experiences so far in tiers I guess.

Kino = best of the best
Great = recommend w/ minor flaws
Average = watchable but forgettable
Meh = not my cup of tea
Garbage = don’t waste your time

Kino:
Blindspotting

Great:
Lean on Pete
A Prayer Before Dawn
Unsane
First Reformed
Hereditary
Eighth Grade
Isle of Dogs

Average:
Annihilation
Ghostland
Lover for a Day
I, Tonya
Thoroughbreds
Mandy
Farmlands
You Were Never Really Here
Game Night
The Ritual
Sicario: Day of the Soldado
Downrange

Meh:
A Quiet Place
Incredible 2
Revenge
How to Talk to Girls at Parties
BlacKKKlansman
Tomb Raider
Avengers: Infinity War
Ocean’s Eight
Black Panther
Hostiles

Garbage:
Solo: A Soy Wars Story
Deadpool 2
The Cloverfield Paradox
Jurassic World: Fallen Franchise
The Predator

This is the time of year where all the hits from Cannes start making it our way and quality films start to come out so I’m looking forward to those. I’ve also gotten into the “so bad, it’s good” B-movie subculture recently and my favorites would have to be Deathstalker II, Who Killed Captain Alex? and Samurai Cop. As for writing, eh. I’m trying to adapt a novel into a screenplay and it’s so challenging but I want to try and finish it before the end of the year. I have a couple other ideas that would be relatively low budget and I want to get on those as well. I’ve made a couple connections in LA and I really want to bombard them with everything I’ve got but it’s a tough hobby to stay on top of. I have days where I can bust out 30 pages and other days where I stare at the screen for 8 hours and get nowhere. Live and learn I suppose but I’m not getting any younger.

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I've also gotten into anime feature films this year as well after years of denouncing them. My favorites being The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Castle in the Sky and Perfect Blue.

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Re: The MOVIE Thread

Post by kob » Wed Oct 03, 2018 00:48

cool thanks for the recs. i've been watching a few that i missed over the years. most recently i've seen Hereditary (amazing), Annihilation (good), Ex Machina (really good), Mother! (hated it), and Game Night (good fun). the new Mission Impossible and A Quiet Place are next on my queue i think, but i'll scan your list and see if any really jump out at me. i tend to let good films pile up, binge 'em and then go into non-movie mode for a bit.

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Re: The MOVIE Thread

Post by Saladin » Wed Oct 03, 2018 02:32

I saw Annihilation. It was ok. It reminded me a lot of a sci fi book I read called Blindsight. Similar idea about highly advanced aliens that don't possess intelligence in the same way that we do. The scenes with the bear were pretty fucking creepy. But it also felt a little underdeveloped overall.
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Re: The MOVIE Thread

Post by kob » Wed Oct 03, 2018 03:09

yeah underdeveloped is how i'd describe it as well. the first ~30 minutes outside of the shimmer are a total throwaway and the sprinkling of personal drama with Portman's character throughout falls completely flat. the rest of it is pretty cool. mostly i'm excited by the prospect of getting more actual good sci-fi, but it did poor at the box office so doesn't bode well

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Post by youdiedtooeasily » Wed Oct 03, 2018 04:09

Blade Runner 2049 was our last hope for quality sci-fi with a budget. ;_;

I liked the visual storytelling elements of Annihilation, there's a lot of small visual details Garland captures as a form of revelation throughout the journey inside the shimmer, most notably a tattoo of the paradoxical symbol the Ouroboros, a direct mimicking caused by mutation itself. Each scientist is seemingly a representation on different outlooks of a cancer diagnosis. Lena wants to fight back, Ventress wants to understand it, Radek embraces her fate, Sheppard realizes how quickly it can come and Throrensen refuses to accept it. Lena is discovering an image of herself, an illusion of what she thinks of herself but not who she really is deep down as a human being. It seems as if those who enter the shimmer are immediately attached to the unreliable, constant change and impermanence of nature.

I agree, the bear scene alone was more terrifying than most studio horror features. The film does fall flat in character development though which took me out of the experience as well as some lack of logic moments. It was pretty good overall though but could have been handled a little smoother. There's a French film called Évolution that you guys might like, it's an indie sci-fi mystery that came out a couple years ago. It's very experimental filmmaking which is a tough sell, but it's also really unsettling and aesthetically beautiful.

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