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The Hunger Games actress is dating director Darren Aronofsky, a source close to Lawrence tells PEOPLE. Get push notifications with news, features and more. + Follow In order to boost career opportunities, Aronofsky moved to Los Angeles. In 1998 he released a TV project Pi that was presented at Sundance Film Festival, where he was awarded for the best direction. The success inspired Darren even more and in 2000 he presented Requiem for a Dream due to which he was nominated for an Oscar and Golden Globe. For Aronofsky, however, his pick of Waterhouse seems less surprising based on his prior relationship with another beautiful, blonde actress, Jennifer Lawrence. Lawrence and Aronofsky's love bloomed on the set of their movie Mother!, and then seemed to crash and burn after the film was released and was deemed an obscure flop. The two began dating in September shortly after wrapping mother!, and their relationship continued to blossom despite their 22-year age difference ... Darren Aronofsky Raves About Jennifer ... Darren Aronofsky is a 51 year old American Film Director. Born Darren S. Aronofsky on 12th February, 1969 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York USA, he is famous for Requiem for a Dream. His zodiac sign is Aquarius. Darren Aronofsky is a member of the following lists: American film producers, American Jews and American film directors. Contribute Jennifer Lawrence is secretly dating director Darren Aronofsky, according to reports. The Oscar winner is said to have struck up a romance with the Black Swan auteur after they worked together on ... Lawrence, 27, and Aronofsky, 48, first met on the set of the film and sparked dating rumors in October 2016. They appeared to confirm the news when they were spotted kissing in New York a month later. Despite being spotted together earlier this week at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, a rep for Darren Aronofsky says there is 'no truth' to him dating Suki Waterhouse — details 25-year-old actress Aglaya Tarasova and 50-year-old U.S. director Darren Aronofsky put an end to speculation about their relationship this year, at the 67th San Sebastian International Film ... Darren Aronofsky’s Girlfriend. Darren Aronofsky is single.He is not dating anyone currently. Darren had at least 3 relationship in the past. Darren Aronofsky has been engaged to Brandon Milbradt (2014 – 2015) and Rachel Weisz (2005 – 2010).
monsieur-creosote: #16 Black Swan (2010)
2020.09.15 03:55 monsieur-creosotemonsieur-creosote: #16 Black Swan (2010)
Date started: 9/12/20 Date finished: 9/14/20 Synopsis (from IMDb): A committed dancer struggles to maintain her sanity after winning the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake". Rating: 8/10 I’ve only seen a few films from Darren Aronofsky but what I have seen, I’ve loved. This one is no different. One of my favorite parts about Black Swan is that it’s a slow burn. Yes, the movie does eventually descend into madness but it’s not immediate. Because of this, I felt a lot more in tune with the main character. You too get to experience a world slowly crumbling in front of your eyes. In fact, I would even say for a good majority of the movie (maybe for an hour or so) is subtle in the way it shows it’s madness, partially due to the direction, but more on that later. But when it does turn into absolute insanity, it gets even better. I loved it. No spoilers but it might make you question the reality of the movie itself. It’s also a bit deeper than it may seem and by the end, I was blown away. The cinematography was fantastic. It has a very muted color palate for a good majority of the movie, consisting mainly of black, grey, white and skin tones. But as the movie gets crazier, the cinematography gets trippier. Not to mention, it actually uses shaky cam on purpose to give a more rough, personal, even intimate feel. Other than that, Natalie Portman gives a wonderful performance. Overall: An impressive movie across all aspects. It’s dark, passionate, uncomfortable and sometimes surreal. It may not be for everyone, but it’s definitely worth a watch, especially if you’re into Aronofsky at all. I already plan on watching the rest of Aronofsky’s filmography.
Challenge started: 5/18/2020 Date Watched: 9/5/2020 Runtime: 1h50m Rating: R Watched on: DVD Rotten Tomatoes: %79 Imdb rating: 8.3 Genre: Drama/Psychological Thriller Directed by: Darren Aronofsky
Google synopsis: Imaginatively evoking the inner landscape of human beings longing to connect, to love and feel loved, the film is a parable of happiness gloriously found and tragically lost. "Requiem for a Dream" tells parallel stories that are linked by the relationship between the lonely, widowed Sara Goldfarb and her sweet but aimless son, Harry. The plump Sara, galvanized by the prospect of appearing on a TV game show, has started on a dangerous diet regimen to beautify herself for a national audience. My thoughts: Don't tell my friends, cause I've embarrassingly been putting off watching this one for so long. I remember back in high school this was all the rage, and I sadly just agreed... without giving it a watch. Well I'm glad I finally got caught up to speed. This film is truly one of a kind. The cinematography, and the direction is so complex, stylised and intriguing. From the dual shot left/right camera angels to still foregrounds and frantic backgrounds, the dizzying, repetition hit after hit of the drug use, the lighting dancing along with the music. This movie is heavily stylized and incredible. The acting is solid, and the dialoge adequate, but again the dual nature storytelling is really what shines here. This movie doesn't aim for realism, it aims for emotion, intensity, authenticity. It's a straight punch to the gut. It tells a tragic, compulsive journey of addiction, drugs, love and belonging. It's a story about the horrific lengths people will go to obtain and maintain their high, and it is shown with visceral detail and horrific precision. You will feel mad (or on the verge of maddness.) by the end of this picture. It hits you with so much force that I feel it's impossible not to. I can't believe it's taken me 20 years to finally watch this, if you haven't seen it, what are you waiting for? I'm giving Requiem for a Dream a 4.5/5.
Date started: 1/3/20 Film# #21 Ford v. Ferrari Date watched: 2/16 3.5 stars If you haven’t seen this one, go watch it now. I’ll tell you up front it’s my #3 film of the 2019/2020 film season behind Parasite and The Lighthouse, so it’s in good company. Ford vs. Ferrari is a salute to America and its gearheads. This incredibly fun, all-around well written, directed, and acted automotive epic is all torque from start to finish with few flaws. Christian Bale and Matt Damon, as well as the entire supporting cast, were wonderful. Tracy Letts’ Henry Ford Jr. was particularly fun to watch. It was also beautifully directed, which is evident by the wonderful performances just referenced. My only complaint is that the writing for Matt Damon’s Carol Shelby felt a bit too formulaic at times, but it hardly detracts from the whole of the film. I give it a very easy recommendation. Film #22 Mother! Date watched: 2/17 1 star The entirety of “Mother!” is a slap in the face of its audience. I saw the reviews and I said there’s no way Darren Aronofsky could make a movie that bad. Boy, was I wrong. I was intrigued at first for sure, trying to figure out exactly what was happening. That didn’t last; before long, I genuinely felt insulted by how on-the-nose the overwhelming and obvious symbolism was. The acting was, and I can’t stress this enough, terrible. Jennifer Lawrence’s performance consisted primarily of gasping and making confused sounds into the camera. Javier Bardem somehow acted both like he knew exactly what was going on and also completely confused, which became frustrating almost immediately. The film gets much more interesting (but not necessarily good) towards the end as the heavily pregnant Mother goes through the different rooms of the house, each event ghoulishly symbolic of the history of humanity at its absolute worst, a disappointingly pessimistic view of people. I’ll say this, though: those scenes were very well shot and genuinely engaging. But it’s only like 10-15 minutes of the film. Save yourself the trouble and skip this one. Film #23 Free Fire Date watched: 2/19 2 stars Free Fire is a great idea, poorly executed. The entire film is based around a shootout that takes place in a warehouse. A simple deal, guns for money, goes wrong, and the wildly inaccurate shooting starts. Things start pretty exciting, and there’s some pretty good humor, but it fizzles quickly, getting slower and more tedious as time goes on. Armie Hammer’s performance was the best, and he was genuinely pretty funny, especially when he and Sharlto Copley had dialogue together. Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, and most of the rest of the cast were phoning this one in. Based on what I’ve read from others, this seems to be a movie where your mileage may vary, so I won’t recommend it nor tell you to pass. Film #24 Rock the Kasbah Date watched: 2/23 1.5 stars The script for Rock that Kasbah has lot of heart. Kate Hudson does a pretty good job too I guess. And that’s where my praise ends. It’s another movie where Bill Murray thinks he can get away with just being Bill Murray and the performance is completely phoned in. The acting is largely bad, as is the directing, and despite being a mere 106 minutes, it felt too long. There’s really not much to say because there’s really not much to the film. Give this one a pass. Film #25 Jojo Rabbit Date watched: 3/1 3 stars This one was a very pleasant surprise. While I knew the reviews were good, I didn’t know what to expect going in, so I went in with no expectations. I’m glad I did. Jojo Rabbit was fun and sad and charming and smart and unique. There is as much subtext as there is great dialogue; it’s a film that takes its audience seriously. The acting was A class all around. Roman Griffin Davis and Thomasin MacKenzie played off each other beautifully. Scarlett Johansson was very much deserving of her Oscar nomination. And, as in every role in which I’ve seen him, Sam Rockwell killed it. If you can, go into this one with no expectations and just experience the ride for what it is, a charming and original take on a controversial subject.
2020.05.11 03:36 OrzhovDunnFilm Hooligans: Darren Aronofsky
Film Hooligans: Darren Aronofsky https://youtu.be/BtoGC1a7sQQ Movies mean different things to us in different stages of our lives. Affectionate opinions evolve or fade just like with everything else in life. Back in the early 90’s I felt no filmmaker could ever come close to Tim Burton. With Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, the early Batman films…he just seemed untouchable. Certainly some of those films hold up and he is capable of pulling a gem out occasionally, my idolization has greatly diminished and to be honest I’m more surprised when he makes a film like Big Fish or Big Eyes nowadays. Fincher was next. Se7en, Alien 3 (yes I know, I’m one of those), and most importantly Fight Club, blew my young pimpled faced mind and I found myself wondering how I lived without his dark and gritty offerings as an aspiring film fan. Then something happened again. I kept getting older and kept maturing. Different from Burton, Fincher’s films didn’t break down over time but got adopted by quite obnoxious fan bases, perhaps to little fault of Fincher’s. I still am excited every time a new movie that he is helming is announced. However some of that indestructible sheen has tarnished a bit. Zodiac is a perfect film (que the hyperbole hate mob) but the rest of his filmography has flaws or has been adopted by dude bro mobs that think that Fight Club was representing them instead of getting that their are the butt of the joke. Which brings me to the last filmmaker that I dubbed the GOAT at one time in my life. The master of shock schlock, Darren Aronofsky. I know what your thinking, that’s very aggressive right out the gate. Or how dare you, Aronofsky is a true A.R.T.E.E.S.T. and if I was arguing with year 2000 me I couldn’t continue on a constructive conversation. But try and hear me out. When I started this movie review show about filmmakers and their life and body of work, Darren Aronofsky was first on my list of directors to cover. I was willing to die on any hill defending the Long Islander for his dark and stripped down vision of the human condition, obsession, addiction, and the rest of his greatest hits. I like so many was introduced to Aronofsky’s work through Requiem for A Dream. A film I touted as the best of all time for almost two decades. I kept putting off reviewing the filmmakers work because I felt like I could not be objective. Pi is one of the best first efforts and I can never take that away from him. The Mike Tyson sized balls you have to have to tackle and execute the subject matter contained within that film is astronomical. Whilst RFAD I still consider a A- film, it has that Fight Club esque following that tarnishes some of that magic for my. There are things that defiantly hold up, Burstyn’s performance is flawless as the sorrowful and lonely mother of Jared Leto’s Harry Goldfarb. However even Aronofsky himself found it extremely difficult to rewatch the film recently for the Blue Ray release. The makeup wore off completely when he insisted on following through with the utter cinematic train wreck that was The Fountain. Wooden performances, a boring and meandering riffling through vague and vapid allegorical mush should have been abandon once the ship kept hitting multiple metaphorical icebergs. A merit award could be granted for tenacity, but it showed a lack of good instincts that would resurface in Aronofsky’s later films. One thing DA is, is great when his back is against the wall. The miraculous bounce back from the talented New Yorker was nothing less then outstanding when he went all in on the casting of the least desirable “actor” in Hollywood, Mickey Rourke for what was arguably his best film to date in The Wrestler. Coming of the disaster that was The Fountain, Darren Aronofsky had no leverage to make such demands but did anyway and audiences around the world were rewarded for it. But with Aronofsky all things come in two’s and the follow up to the bleak and simplistic Wrestler was then done again with money and ballet this time. Black Swan isn’t a bad film by any stretch of the imagination. It is a great film. With one of the most all in performances turned in by an actress with Portman’s portrayal of Nina. Audiences were split. Some touted the film a masterpiece and some didn’t like the horror elements in their ballet film and vice versa. This was about the time I started noticing Aronofsky’s two movie theme system. Like I stated before in almost all his films you can find obsession and addiction in his characters, which is when he is at his best. Few other filmmakers project the Icarus protagonist with the same deftness as he. Everyone gets a mulligan and The Fountain was what I was hopping was just that. But then he went back to the allegorical well with Noah and Mother! That’s about the point where he lost me as a super fan. Noah is a great looking film as is all of his films. His technical prowess isn’t to be argued. But there are two cinematic faux pas that I cannot forgive so easily…being preached at and being intellectually insulted. Both of these two offerings are constantly hammering you over the head. With Noah, fine, he wanted to make a big dumb action movie with an Aronofsky stank on it. This I can stomach more than the most on rails, hold my hand like I’m five years old Mother! This is the best acted, lit, set designed, sound designed, film that I have hated. Ever. You are forced to sit down and watch the actual Bible vomited in your face and there is no getting out of it. Sure there is a shocking moment…for those that haven’t seen films like From Beyond, The Thing, Society, etc. Even for the normies that don’t seek more thrilling fare, I would argue The Wrestler is more disturbing then seeing a Cabbage Patch Kid’s neck break. This is the one time I hope to high hell that my Aronofsky two movie theme pairs is correct and now that he has gotten this out of his system, we can move on to something else. I do fear this is not the case however. These films are an unfortunate trio. These are very much in line with The Fountain, again a movie he was willing to throw away an entire young and promising career to make. These are the movies he loves to make. Although he doesn’t hold the top spot on my filmmakers list anymore, I do have to thank him for making me a more mature and thoughtful appreciator of film. Because of him, Fincher, & Burton, it taught me to take every creative offering from a filmmaker as a new and exciting piece of work. It is impossible not to have expectations or pre conceived notions on what a new Refn or Boyle film will look like or contain. But like in Aronofsky’s films, good and bad, there can be no light without the darkness. Thank you for checking out my ramblings on Darren Aronofsky. If you want to hear more you can check out the film discussion show I host with a friend. Film Hooligans. -Thank you
2020.05.04 17:29 TSLPDustinS04E01 - Black Swan Official Discussion
Disclaimer: This is an official discussion thread. Spoilers will remain untagged. If you have not seen the film or listened to our episode, we highly recommend you refrain from continuing until you’ve done so. Please report broken links or out of date information. Title:Black Swan Year: 2010 Synopsis: A committed dancer struggles to maintain her sanity after winning the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake". Director(s): Darren Aronofsky Starring:
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2020.02.07 15:52 LukeWilsonStupidNose‘Do you want to do a superhero movie?’ - answers from directors, writers, actors and actresses (2020 update)
I did one of these a couple years ago and people seemed to like it, but I figured it could use an update. Take these with a grain of salt, of course, this is more for fun than anything. It’s a pretty long post so I’d probably recommend just skimming through for any names you’re interested in. Pedro Almodóvar
It’s too big for me! I like to see what I’m doing, to direct movies the same day. You have to wait too long to see the results. I like being able to impose my opinion as a director. I’ve made 21 movies. I’m used to doing it the way I like, not fitting with the Hollywood system. (Vulture, 2019)
You never know. I mean, Superman would always be interesting. But they’re already deep into reinventing him, so that’s not going to happen for a long time. I think with those films you have to be careful because they are about communicating with as big an audience as you possibly can. Audiences who go to see those films expect a certain type of movie. (CinePop, 2017)
I’m not really into superheroes and stuff like that. But you never know. (HeyUGuys, 2015)
I mean, I enjoy it as a viewer. I don’t think I would touch it as a filmmaker, but I can certainly understand the fun one has with that material, not to mention the admiration I’ve always had for the writers and artists of the comic books. Once in a while, I still do read X-Men comics. I’m just fascinated by the complexity of the narratives and the ambition of the storytelling, which is way beyond whatever they’re doing in the movies. (AV Club, 2015)
I’ve received some really enticing and cool offers, and I certainly want to hear what the offers are, but I am self-generating. I have so many films I want to make that I’ve written that are so vivid in my head.... Never say never, I definitely want to look at everything that comes my way, but it’ll take a lot to pull me away from these projects that are sort of on the tip of my tongue and that I’m ready to make. (Happy Sad Confused, 2019)
I wouldn’t want to, it’s not my thing, it’s just not my gig. (Collider, 2016)
I do read [the Marvel comics] a little bit. Who’s the British one? Captain Britain! There you go. Terrible costume, though. (BBC Radio 2, 2018)
Not particularly. (Variety, 2018)
I don’t think Marvel would ever want a director like me. I don’t expect any offers from them anytime soon. Of their movies, I did enjoy the films by James Gunn and James Mangold’s Logan, and I think there are great directors who can handle great projects like that. (Variety, 2020)
I sat down with Marvel years ago, but that’s not the direction I want to go at all. (ComicBook, 2019)
I wouldn’t be very good at it. I saw the Spider-Man movie, the animation, and I thought it was wonderful, but out of my league. Normally when you see a movie like that, you think, “I could maybe do that.” I didn’t think “Maybe” with this. It had a sensibility that felt truthful to its origins. Whoever made this, it is part of their bloodstream. You’ve got to recognise that you have no idea how to get there. I don’t think you should attempt one unless it’s in your bloodstream... Comics really aren’t in my bloodstream. (Empire, 2019)
I would love to. I think especially after working on GLOW, where we all felt like we were superheroes, in a way it has satisfied my desire to do something like that. But in some ways it’s only whet my appetite. (Business Insider, 2017)
I’m not the slightest bit interested in laboring in someone else’s house. (Daily Beast, 2017)
I want to work with good storytellers and good directors on projects that are fresh, and on roles that feel challenging. Like Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight, or Christian Bale in that film, or Tom Hardy and Anne Hathaway in The Dark Knight Rises. If it was something of that caliber, then that’s awesome. (Variety, 2018)
It’d be super-fun to be a superhero. I’m not averse to any particular budget. I’m just averse to a shitty story. (Metro, 2015)
I’ve always wanted to play a Marvel baddie. I’m not sure I fit the mould, though. Like a powerful, extraordinary woman. Somebody with superpowers would be really fun, but I’m not sure how many middle-aged women they have in Marvel. (Vulture, 2016)
I love making small low-budget films where I am really allowed to do it the way I want, and I think when you have those huge franchises there are a lot of cooks in the kitchen and meetings in conference rooms. But I’d never say never. (The Independent, 2017)
I don’t want to do a character that has been done several times before. I don’t want to be compared, like, “Well, his Commissioner Gordon was yada yada yada.” I don’t want to do that. I want to take something that hasn’t been done. (ScreenGreek, 2018)
I’ll never say no if I find something that’s interesting, and I think an audience would like to see it, and they’re going to be entertained by it, and I feel like I can contribute something. (MTV, 2018)
Guillermo del Toro
Well, I co-wrote a whole screenplay on Justice League Dark for Warner Bros., so that’s your answer. I love Deadman, I love Demon, I love Swamp Thing, Zatanna. That’s a universe, is one thing. I’m very attracted to that side of the DC universe. But I’m not a superhero guy. For me to like a superhero, the superhero needs to be a monster. (ComicBook, 2019)
You never know. They’re getting better and better as far as complex characters in these movies. I haven’t yet. But no, I don’t rule out anything. (ShortList, 2015)
I would do it in a second. I’m just waiting for the right opportunity. (Elle, 2017)
I love Marvel and I love the movies and I’d love the excuse to get in shape. (Variety, 2019)
Absolutely not. (Bloody Disgusting, 2019)
Yes. My body is suited to it. And I’d love to see what that experience is like. I think I could have a good time doing it. (Hollywood Reporter, 2020)
I love those guys at Marvel. We’ve been trying to figure out how to collaborate on something. (ComicBook, 2016)
I don’t think my goal is to throw myself into Marvel university. I love their stories, some of their characters are great, but I do it for the stories, for the people you work with, for the directors. We’ll see. (Metro, 2016)
Maybe. I was open to doing a zombie movie. I think in terms of stories — I don’t want to have to go and they say, “Okay, you have to dream up something for Meteor Man.” Or whatever. I don’t want to have to cobble together something around a pre-existing mask or uniform or cape or idea. (SXSW, 2019)
No, not interested in the franchise hero, superhero movie at all. It’s just not what I do. I’m glad other people do it and there’s always been those kinds of films, and there will always be those kinds of movies. It’s just now there’s been kind of, there’s a word for it in business where features as a business model have been more keen on, 95 percent of what they do is $200 million plus action films that appeal to all four quadrants that are these high-risk action films. It’s just not what I do. (ScreenCrush, 2018)
No, not really. I feel like they’ve all been taken... I do think there’s a place to make intelligent, big films. It depends on sensibility, too. I loved Guardians of the Galaxy. (Vulture, 2015)
I would be open to doing a bigger film but at the same time I think, for me, one of the guiding principles of what I try to do to make my career as I have tried to make it, I always have a sense of what I would drop everything for and I think the thing that I would drop everything for is my own work that I write and that I make. It’s not that I’m not interested in those things, it’s just that they don’t come first. (Silver Screen Riot, 2015)
[I was recently offered one, but] there was a scheduling and family issue. Otherwise, I was absolutely up for it. It was a juicy role. It was a baddie. I love a good baddie. (Variety, 2019)
I have no problem with Marvel. I’ve taken my children to Marvel movies and it’s a great experience — a bonding experience. It’s beautiful, and those films are brilliantly made. I loved the first Captain America. Terrific movie. So it’s not about shitting on them. The problem is not that — the problem is only that. It’s like if you went to the supermarket and you saw only one brand of cereal. Special K is all they had. Special K is not a bad-tasting cereal, but if that’s the only one you could get it would be awfully frustrating. If the movie business starts catering to smaller and smaller groups, it’s going to start hurting itself in a major way. I would argue that it already has. It’s my job as a director to try and push back against that a little bit. (IndieWire, 2019)
I really like physical stuff, actually. Even 300, I loved doing the training. It was thrilling to play that very strong woman. You get out of your head as an actor and you find the character through physical training. I’d love to do more of the superhero stuff. (ComingSoon, 2019)
It depends on the script, what the story is. I am a huge comic book fan, always have been. I have read comic books since I was nine or younger. And I am pretty knowledgeable about a lot of them. And I like the genre, and I like when they are done well. (Hollywood Reporter, 2018)
I haven’t seen a superhero movie in a long time where I thought, “Fuck, I wish I was in that.” You know? So for me there’s not, like, a huge rush. (Happy Sad Confused, 2017)
Neil Patrick Harris
I’d love to be some sort of villain in a big-budget action movie. Or a superhero franchise. That’d be rad. (Interview Magazine, 2015)
I guess I’ve been offered things like that that didn’t appeal to me. You have to be careful about what you’re famous for. You don’t want to be famous for something you don’t love. It brings people a lot of pain when that happens. (ScreenCrush, 2018)
I don’t see myself signing a long-term contract. That sounds frightening. Some of those actors who are in those movies really make challenging material work. That’s really impressive. I don’t see that as a challenge I’m dying to take on. (Hollywood Reporter, 2019)
Taraji P. Henson
I would love to be a Marvel superhero. (The New York Times, 2017)
I’ve had opportunities over the years. I really feel like you shouldn’t make a movie as a kind of exercise. You have to be all the way in. I was never a comic book guy. I like the movies when I see them, especially the origin stories. I never felt like I could be on the set, at 3 o’clock in the morning, tired, with 10 important decisions to make, and know, intuitively, what the story needs. (Happy Sad Confused, 2015)
If Marvel came along and wanted me to play a superhero, I probably would because I think that would be really, really fun. (GQ, 2018)
I didn’t grow up a comic book fan and I haven’t really seen any of those Marvel films or the Batman films. It’s just not really my taste.... It’s not part of my vision for my career or what I aspire to. (Yahoo, 2017) taste.
I’m not a superhero guy. (Empire, 2019)
I want to do more action. I want to be a superhero. (Refinery29, 2016)
I’m friends with Ryan Coogler, and just seeing his path from Fruitvale Station to Black Panther, and seeing that his voice has arrived at Black Panther intact and he’s creating on this scale that I think has far more reach than the scale I’m creating on right now. Yeah, if the right character presented itself — I can’t imagine Ryan directing Doctor Strange, I just can’t. But I think even superheroes are characters. And I think what Ryan did so well in Black Panther was showing the human being that T’Challa is. So, if something like that presented itself, yeah, I’d be interested. So long as I had the freedom to create the way I create. (Houston Chronicle, 2018)
Of course. But — no one wants me to do that. (IndieWire, 2016)
The opportunity has been there if I really wanted to pursue that path and it still probably is to some extent. I am excited by this aboriginal Marvel character, Manifold. Aboriginal culture is the oldest culture in the earth; it’s so sophisticated and deep. It would interest me to take that out to the planet. There could be some amazing story there. (IndieWire, 2019)
I would love to be in the Marvel universe. I love those movies because they’re fun, but I also think they’re really well done. And certainly a lot of my friends are in those movies. (Total Film, 2020)
No, that’s a lot of working out. Lots of those people are hungry, and you have to be because you have to be in shape and I don’t want to be hungry for 10 years. (MTV, 2018)
I grew up reading Marvel comic books and it’s a joy to see the aesthetic replicated on screen so thoroughly. Yet the aesthetic is so well-grounded at this point I don’t think there’s anything I could contribute to it. So the answer is likely no. But I do love superheroes, so there might be the right superhero movie out there I may want to delve in. (Maclean’s, 2017)
I don’t really get offered those parts, or maybe I do. I don’t even know. Maybe I do and I just don’t even realize it and just say no to them. For me it’s just all about the director and it’s all about the script and the story. (Deadline, 2016)
I did Sing, I did Kubo and the Two Strings. But other than that I’m like, what have I done that my kids can see? ... I’ll be there in a little while! I’ll do something. (Fandango, 2018)
We’re always kind of talking. I think Feige is just the greatest, and what they’re doing is amazing. (Happy Sad Confused, 2018)
I must tell you, the possibility of my doing a superhero movie is remote in the extreme. (Twitter, 2019)
The funniest letter I got — they were sending [a packet for] The Avengers, right? For directors to pitch — and I got a package, which was full of comic books, but no treatment; there was no script. But the cover letter said “Marvel’s Avengers will be released on May 3, 2012” or whatever it was. That was the first sentence of the cover letter. Not, “We have the pleasure of enclosing the materials…” or “Here is the script for…” But the release date.... I mean, that’s not my world particularly. I’ll go see it, particularly with my kids, but I didn’t want to make it. (Moviefone, 2012)
I feel quite content. It’s a huge commitment to have the ambition to be playing those parts and to be doing those roles. I don’t know that I have that, the ambition that it takes, the drive that it takes. Yes, I think I have subconsciously shied away from that, I think the idea of that is daunting. (The Guardian, 2017)
Oh yes! ... I’d probably have to be the baddie. You know, because I’m British. (CineMovie, 2013)
I’m just looking for good stories, and the ones I’ve happened to find and commit to have happened to be in other countries, or are independent films. I’m not trying to avoid any kind of budget or genre of movies. (LA Times, 2016)
I don’t think I’m good at the whole green screen thing, but I’m not averse to trying it out. I’m more into, like, a weird concentration camp miniseries [laughs]. That’s a sure path to my own Marvel movie. (MovieMaker Magazine, 2019)
I don’t think I would be very good in something like that. (The Resident, 2018)
No! I’m going to be 60 in a year. Who would I play? The old brotherman? I guess that’d be the character.... Man, fuck that. I can’t be standing around in a movie with a stick and shit, pointing and telling people, “Oh, you should do this or that.” I’m just not down with the whole superhero movie thing. But, if I had to, I guess I could play a villain or some shit like that. (IndieWire, 2019)
I tread with caution around the notion of those kinds of characters. Depending on which one of them you’re playing, there’s always a danger you’re going to get so identified with this larger than life character that it could become tougher for audiences to believe you in other roles. (The Wrap, 2015)
I would do anything that I could understand in terms of how I fit in it. And you know, of course if I could fit in it. Anything’s possible. You know, I did Dick Tracy and I got an Oscar nomination, so come on. (Deadline, 2014)
I had a wee bit of a scarring experience when I attempted to be a part of a franchise, and it didn’t quite hit the mark. It makes you evaluate what kind of mark you want to leave on the industry. (Esquire, 2016)
So many of those properties — it’s a childhood dream to be able to essentially see what you saw in your imagination as a child, watching or reading or whatever you were doing with that stuff. It’s a filmmaker’s dream. But you know, I feel like I only have so much time. I have a lot of stories to tell, and it just doesn’t feel right. It just doesn’t feel right. I’m a comic book and graphic novel appreciator, but I can’t call myself a true fan boy. (Rolling Stone, 2019)
You asked me with a camera on this face and in this time of my life if I would be a superhero? (laughs) Maybe, if there’s a very funny one. (Reuters, 2015)
I don’t think so. I think there’s enough. I don’t think I have anything to add. (24 Oras, 2019)
If it was good enough and something I was interested in. I’m not sure if I’d sign up for something that was another seven or eight films or ten years, but a shorter franchise, yeah. (Business Insider, 2016)
When I was 15 or 16, I had a boyfriend who was an obsessive fan [of comics]. His apartment was so full of comic-books he made a path through the boxes to get places.... My boyfriend at the time was always on about the psychology of the characters, the ones that he really liked tended to have these strange histories. A lot of them are quite Freudian and strange. I liked Bill Sienkiewicz’s work, and Alan Moore is so special. The ones I liked were deeply, darkly screwed-up reflections of the world – where you can see how they became what they became and that past was super-psychological.... There’s some amazing things in graphic novels and comic-books, and they taught me a lot about filmmaking as well. Someone said to me that You Were Never Really Here’s like a graphic novel. I think I’ve learned a lot about filmmaking through comic-books, in terms of how to tell a story visually. That had an influence on me. If you’re able to do it without a committee, with a real set approach to it, where you have freedom and people trust you, that would be amazing. (Yahoo, 2018)
I love the films. You know how in summer, when studios compete for people to see their summer blockbusters, I am their dream. I see all of them. I would never rule out the opportunity to be in one. (The Sun, 2015)
Nicolas Winding Refn
I love Hollywood. I love glamour and glitz. I love camp. I love vanity, I love egos, I indulge in all that, but the bigger kind of approaches or the offers that have come my way or the interest, in the end, I’ve always just felt that I wasn’t the right person in the end for it. Doesn’t mean that it won’t happen. I mean I would love to do one of those comic book movies. (Collider, 2019)
There’s absolutely no danger of that happening [laughs]. But maybe there’s something for me somewhere in between that and my sort of films. I did really enjoy doing my little wagon crash in Meek’s Cutoff. It was one of the most fun things I ever did, and I suddenly realized, “Oh, this is why people love to smash things up. It’s so much fun!” (Variety, 2016)
I have a problem with superheroes in general, because, politically, superheroes are cops. Superheroes work with the government to uphold the law. And who do the laws work for? Put it like this: We all love bank robbers, because we know that in the two sides of that equation, the robbers are the ones to root for, not the banks. Only in superhero movies and the news do they try to make us think we’re against the bank robbers. (The New York Times, 2018)
I’m up for it.... I’m a guy that likes to work so I’m gonna work. And I’ll work with whatever I can to make it work. I’m not an absolutist about what a genre is so I’m not a no-man, I’m a yes-man when it comes to making something manifest. (Variety, 2017)
I would love to be a superhero—that’s all I want to do is play a superhero. (E! Online, 2015)
If a script came along that was strong, interesting, original, I would take it. A good script is a good script. (Vogue, 2018)
No one is banging my door down to be a superhero. I don’t know how good I would be. I have low bone density, so I don’t know if anyone really wants to put me in a cape and chuck me out a window. (Collider, 2016)
A studio offered us to do a sequel to this huge comic-book thing. We just said, “No, we don’t wanna do that!” But we are interested in working in the studio system. (The Independent, 2017)
Absolutely, I wouldn’t say no. But it very much depends on the character. And what exactly it is that you’re doing. I’ve definitely had conversations about that world before, but as yet, it hasn’t transpired. So for me, it just depends on the acting requirement. The films are definitely really cool. So, I don’t know. We’ll wait and see. (Digital Spy, 2019)
They’re highly enjoyable. I love being an audience member. I just don’t want to put on the suit. Nope, I’m not into [stunts]. That’s not where I see my career going. (Late Night with Seth Meyers, 2015)
If you do it with the right tone, then sure. (The Guardian, 2015)
Well, look, those movies are bananas. I see some of them and I’m like, “I couldn’t direct 30 seconds of that.” Just because so much of my time would be spent on things I’m ultimately not interested in. You look at my career, and it’s mostly just two people in a room. Two people in a room to me is exciting. If you look at history, it's the way gigantic things happen; it’s the result of two people in a room. I’ve always felt that was the richest tapestry you could come up with. So anything that isn’t about that, I’m immediately kind of like, “Well, why isn’t it two people in a room?” So you’re just spending all this time having conversations with VFX people, instead of with actors about what the scene is. And that’s what I’m interested in. It’s not that I’m a snob. It’s just that I wasn’t into comic books as a kid, and I’m not interested in things that don’t have to do with performance. (W Magazine, 2017)
I happen to have meetings coming up with both DC and Marvel. I have to go into these meetings and tell them as respectfully as I can that I’ve never read a comic book. It’s not that I don’t like them. It’s just that I’ve never been exposed to one. So, I’m hoping that somewhere in their library is a comic book character that I’m gonna love and I’m gonna wanna go back and start reading from the first issue on. (ComicBook, 2017)
I would love to play the Joker. That’d be beautiful. (Jimmy Kimmel Live, 2020)
I think maybe what I’ve learned is that I don’t want to do another [big franchise] ever again [laughs] … No, I mean, sure. Maybe. I never really limit myself. (Konbini, 2019)
There are younger guys than me that are better at it than I am. I’ll leave it up to them. (Vulture, 2014)
If the script is great, yeah. But so far, it’s not my cup of tea. (Hollywood Reporter, 2016)
If I could add some other level to it, but if it's the same as whatever those other people are doing right now, then no. No! I'm not saying it's not possible, but, like, when they wanted to pit Batman against Superman [laughs, hands flailing] My God! (Metro, 2016)
No, because I’m not from that culture. I’m French-Canadian which means that my culture is European. I was influenced by authors from France and Belgium, and Europeans are graphic novelists. Honestly, I know very little about most of them. (Happy Sad Confused, 2017)
I’m not leaving my trailer in a cape. (American Film Market, 2016)
[Big movies like that are] really made by committee. And that’s one of the reasons I don’t want to do it right now. Because I haven’t figured out my voice yet as a filmmaker. (Hollywood Reporter, 2019)
I haven’t been approached. You know, we’ll see what happens. (Joe.ie, 2018)
They usually take people after two films, and [Free Fire was] film six. So you can safely say they’ll not come fucking knocking on my door. (Q&A, 2017)
Totally, yeah. Absolutely. (MTV, 2019)
Evan Rachel Wood
I would love to be a superhero or something. (Cinephiled, 2014)
I’d like to do anything, if it comes my way and moves me I’m into it. (South China Morning Post, 2020)
2019.01.05 11:07 Thanosk17ThanosK17: #24 Mary and Max
Date started 09/08.2018 Mary and Max I’m a very big fan of stop motion and specifically claymation, so i knew i had to get around to this movie eventually. Just to give a quick summary, the movie is about two characters who become pen pals. One of them lives in melbourne and the other lives in new york. The whole movie is kinda a darren aronofsky style movie about mental illness but because it's animated it takes a much more light hearted feel. That doesn’t mean this movie isn’t a tearjerker however. There are several scenes that will definitely stimulate some very intense emotions and they are done very well. The highlight of this film for me is the writing, feels almost like a novel. The story is told almost entirely through voice over narration or either marry or max writing their letters to one another with their own voice over. It sounds bad but it is done stupidly well and never misses a beat. Other than that i don’t have any major problems with this movie, by no means is it my favorite stop motion movie but it is world class. I give this a 8/10. It did nothing wrong but i did feel like i was missing something at the end of the movie, maybe an extra 10-15 minutes or something.
2018.04.16 02:32 _that_random_guy_The Indiana Jones Franchise -- the perspective of a first-time viewer and a couple questions to Ponder
Just recently watched the 4 Indiana Jones for the first time. What an amazing series. From Raiders, nominated for 8 Oscars, to... the latest one, each entry added something new to the franchise that kept it fresh and interesting. I watched each one kind of spaced out, and in order of date of release of course, so that they didn't run together. But I don't think I needed to. Each one has its own distinct flavor, so I am able to recall scenes and quotes from each one, something I am not able to do with other series, even after just recently watching them. So I'll break them down with my brief inconsequential thoughts. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) - The introduction to the hero. This movie is fantastic because there is nothing to compare it to (i.e. "it's not as good as the first one") and is a contained story that, even though it was planned, wasn't trying to set up a franchise. It also boasts the first of many action scenes that would continue to impress us for years. I believe it is the best one based off of objective quality judgments, but it's not my favorite... Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom (1984) - is my favorite. But I'm completely biased in this. Not only do I love when A) a story goes dark with a suitably dark atmosphere, B) I love it when filmmakers are bold and daring and hold nothing back. That's why I'm a big fan of A) Tim Burton and B) Darren Aronofsky. So when both come together like they did with Temple, I'm hooked. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) - Another drastic switch in tone, akin to The Dark World --> Ragnarok. I'm still thinking about it, but this may have the best action in the series. That may just because I watched it more recently, but I took notes and realized Indy is transported by: a horse, a car, blimp, a plane, a boat, a motorcycle, a tank, EDIT: and a train. Talk about keeping the story moving. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) - I've seen too many comments that this is the worst movie ever made ever, and that we should pretend it no longer existed. I'll start off by saying that's an unfair judgment. The motorcycle/car chase scene on the streets is fantastic, the return of Marion and other callbacks to the originals were fun, and Harrison Ford is of course great in his return to the role. When I went into this one, I told myself I wouldn't hop on the hate train. And I'm not, to an extent. But I have a couple questions. Yes, after watching all 4, Crystal Skull is easily the worst of the franchise. But why? I personally greatly disliked the noticeably extensive use of CGI, when the originals relied so heavily on creative practical effects. But do other people really direct that much hate to Shia Labeouf? And to the "improbability" of the aliens, when literally all 3 others had supernatural elements? Also, are there any fierce defenders of Crystal Skull? And if there are, you will likely get downvoted for saying so. Is that really the goal of film discussion? To take karma away from those whose opinions differ? Anyway, those are just my thoughts on a pretty danged great franchise. But Crystal Skull didn't exactly leave me screaming for a fifth...
2018.04.02 06:31 TSLPDustinS02E01 - mother! Official Discussion
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2018.03.21 15:45 hilleltuchMy late in the game roundup of Movies in 2017
You might read this list and think, he likes a lot of movies, and you would be right. I do. Also, there is a self-selection bias at play, I generally see films I believe I will enjoy, or I set my expectations accordingly. Ultimately I frequently find something to appreciate. Looking forward to any discussions this might spark. The Best: "Baby Driver" It’s Kubrickian in its precision, Tarantinoesque in its love of cinema pastiche, and yes, Edgar Wrightian in its propulsion and joy. Baby Driver is a jukebox musical with car chases. It might be his best movie yet. What about Spacey? What about him. I don’t want to talk about it. "Blade Runner 2049" The original “Blade Runner” is, of course, a classic. It’s also messy, dated, and (un)intentionally misogynistic. Denis Villeneuve has one hell of a batting average, and with his Blade Runner he is now forever cemented as a “great” filmmaker. Not only is it one of the most beautifully photographed movies ever, each image directly supports the emotion and story. It’s more than a worthy successor, it might even surpass the original with its more satisfying and complete narrative. "Dunkirk" This is the kind of movie Christopher Nolan should always make: nearly dialogue free, reliant on tension and powerful visuals, and immaculately constructed. Despite its length and ambition I was with it every step and beat. It truly captures the essence of “cinematic” with all its positive connotations. "Get Out" Holy shit Jordan Peele! The hype was at a fever pitch for “Get Out” by the time it was released in The Netherlands, and it did not disappoint. Dark, tense, hilarious, and oh so satisfying. Not terribly scary, but enthralling and thrilling. The twists surprised me, the shocks were felt, and the performances were some of the best this year. I love that sensation of weirdness and uncertainty seeping into the edges, and if you didn’t like it, you know what, yes, you’re probably racist. A highwater mark for social conscious horror. I can’t wait to see what Jordan does next. "Good Time" This felt different. Truly, utterly, different, in a great, fun, and visceral way. It’s legitimately gritty, and “authentic.” Robert Pattison, with all his Twilight baggage, disappears into his role of a twitchy, wiry, despicable, but compelling protagonist. It barely stops to breathe and brims with a fantastic soundtrack, rough but beautiful camerawork, and one of the most convincing and heart-breaking performances of diminished capacity I’ve ever seen, by co-director Benny Safdie. "Okja" The director of “The Host” and “Snowpiercer” working together with comedic non-fiction writer Jon Ronson to make a movie about an intelligent superpig and his best friend, a Korean farmer girl + Tilda Swinton? Fuck yeah. The typical Korean genre juggling is at play and through a keen understanding of pacing and emotion it comes together fantastically. It’s wonderfully weird, fun, and emotional. I love Okja. "The Florida Project" It’s not hard to get me to cry at the movies. Some old man will reminisce about his first love, or a mother and daughter finally reconcile, but my god, I was a sobbing mess at the end of “The Florida Project”. Not to say that manipulating emotions signifies a good film, but “The Florida Project” created a deep humanistic empathy for characters rarely afforded such luxury. "The Shape of Water" A fun, wild, and outlandish concept, threaded through a solid and reliable structure. Along with strong performances, beautiful and memorable music, and intoxicating production design, “The Shape of Water” is deliciously genre, as well as heartfelt. The Great: "Atomic Blonde" “How does it feel” BANG BANG. The script is needlessly convoluted, Charlize’s accent is dodgy, but holy fucking shit does this movie rock! The action surpasses the director’s previous “John Wick”, the soundtrack is killer, and despite her dialect Charlize is convincingly badass and stunning in the role. It’s visceral, pulpy, appropriately exploitative, and only second best to “Baby Driver” as the greatest action movie of the year. "Mother!" An assault. Impossible to ignore. Deeply emotional, surprising, bizarre, and relentless. Oddly fablelike, and powerfully performed. I am a fan of every single film Darren Aronofsky has made, so it’s no surprise this one continues to resonate. A fever dream of a biblical horror story with room for interpretation in all directions. "The Big Sick" It’s smart, it’s damn funny, and so warm and sweet. Delivering a new kind of romantic comedy, that changes the formula enough to feel fresh and different, is impressive. I’m a big fan of Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, was familiar with their story, and have now fallen even more deeply in love with their characters. "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" I was taken aback by the backlash this film received, and despite others best efforts, I continue to remain impressed by what it accomplishes. I’m a fan of Martin McDonagh, his plays “The Pillowman” and “The Cripple of Inishmaan”, though admittedly “Seven Psychopaths” left me cold. This films contains all his hallmarks: stylized and caustic dialogue, obsessions relating to race, disability, alcoholism, Catholicism, and murder. The naked and raw performances from Francis McDormand and Sam Rockwell, and the surprising structure and character changes, stir up tragedy and hilarity in near equal doses. "Wind River" After writing “Sicario” and “Hell or High Water” Taylor Sheridan proves himself a deeply empathetic and competent director with “Wind River”. A prestige procedural that like “No Country for Old Men” or like episodes of “Better Call Saul”, finds the entertainment and satisfaction in showing highly skilled characters elegantly performing their abilities. A film that aptly vilifies a specific and disgusting masculinity, in an incredibly harrowing context. The Good: "Battle of the Sexes" A unique sports biopic, which is not a genre I’m usually keen on. Through the lens of homosexual self-acceptance–with one of the more sincere sex scenes seen on screen–Steve Carrel’s disturbingly charming and obnoxious chauvinism, and Emma Stone being her usual wonderful self, this is a crowd pleasing entertaining dramedy. "Beatriz at Dinner" From a script by Mike White. A socio-political, and often comedic, chamber drama. Selma Hayek plays spiritualist Beatriz as a unique, and at times frustrating character who battles Ayn Randian party guests. What could have veered into righteousness is softened by the off-kilter and unhinged atmosphere. "Brad's Status" Another Mike White script, this time he directs. Ben Stiller is a great actor, and his portrayal of a self-pitying, but intelligent embodiment of white male privilege is hilarious. Your mileage might vary, but a sensitive script softens the blow and lets its characters humanity shine. "Coco" Pixar does its first musical and it soars. Its use of Mexican folklore feels like a true appreciation and celebration, not just window dressing, and it’s repeated use of its main song “Remember Me” is emotionally brilliant. "Colossal" A comedy science fiction monster movie with romance and stalker elements. Truly surprising, clever, and utterly original. "Hidden Figures" An emotionally charged crowd pleaser. It doesn’t break any new moulds, but it tells its story with strength and passion. Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe all deliver fantastic performances. "Ingrid Goes West" Audrey Plaza is incredible as a deranged sycophant, who somehow remains sympathetic. A kind of hipster “Young Adult”, as in the thrilling and horrific elements are mostly based in the violations of social expectations. Funny, dark, and a surprising biting mockery of a very specific Los Angeles, Venice Beach lifestyle. "It" An impressive and genuinely scary adaptation. Though it often veers a little close to: here’s a scary scene, and here’s another scary scene, the character dynamics are believable and funny. Rarely do we see kids acting like actual kids. The menace and terror drips from the screen. Solid. "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" How the hell was this going to be good? But it was! Movie stars deliver a reliable back and forth, with an entertaining concept, and fun on top of fun adventure stylings. "Lady Bird" A solid and welcome entry in the frequently reliable and joyful coming of age film, like “Perks of Being a Wallflower”, “Edge of Seventeen”, and “Boyhood”. Nothing felt false or inauthentic, the relationships were heartfelt, and it took an interesting peek at class issues. Frequently funny. "Logan" A serious R-Rated superhero movie that didn’t suck, with a violent, heady, and western vibe. "Logan Lucky" Soderberg captures the joy of the heist, and subverts audiences expectations. "Loving Vincent" Every frame a painting, actually. Sometimes style is substance, as is the case here. A good-enough script and strong performances carry us through. Ultimately, it is gorgeous and emotional. "Patti Cake$" A familiar structure in a unique wrapping. Our lead actress is beyond impressive, but it’s the vulnerable role of Basterd by Mamoudou Athie that really got me. "The Disaster Artist" A solid adaptation of the surprisingly in-depth and engaging behind the scenes book. The film makes a few reliable “Hollywood” choices, most of which are understandable. Explores a topic worth discussing, what if you are not good enough, with compassion. "War for the Planet of the Apes" The new Planet of the Apes franchise has now surpassed the originals. A Great Escape style western, with apes, tribal warfare, and Woody Harrelson. Looks great, feels heavy, and is good, serious, sci-fi fun. "Wonder Woman" Leaps cleanly over the low-bar set by DC’s previous films. “Wonder Woman” is a good, fun entry in the superhero genre, elevated by Gal Gadot’s performance and character. "You Were Never Really Here" A feverish art-house “Taken” with Joaquin Phoenix. Expertly crafted and nasty. "Your Name" A teen romance anime with a clever conceit and impressive imagery. Shame about the frequent and terrible pop-punk songs that litter the film. Lovely story. "Ghost in the Shell" An amazing live-action adaptation of the original anime. Sometimes I question what people’s expectations are of movies when a feat of this level is accomplished but dismissed. Not as clever or introspective as the original, but captures its aesthetic and style with aplomb. The Fun: "A Cure for Wellness " A silly, over-expensive, Hammer Horror style B-movie with A-movie styling. Obviously it was going to be a bomb, which is a shame, it’s luscious and overwrought scary imagery was good fun. "Girls Trip" Tiffany Haddish was robbed of an Oscar nomination. Maybe the funniest movie of the year. Story was so-so. "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" More of the same, which was funny and adventurous. "John Wick: Chapter 2" A deeper exploration of the John Wick universe, which is a good time. Not as solid as the first mean lean machine of a movie, but brimming with fun and impressive action. Ruby Rose can’t act, even as a mute, I don’t care how pretty she is, stop giving her movies. "Kong: Skull Island" Too many characters to not care about, but some solid Kong action and sweeping visual direction. "Life" An alien slasher movie held together by clinical and clean direction and strong performances. "Paddington 2" Delightful and whimsical, and oh so British. Like a warm hug. “Split" A pulpy and fun psychological and fantastical horror flick. "The Fate of the Furious" The franchise hums along with its expected massive set pieces and ridiculous stunts. You get what you paid for. Expectations matched. "The Lego Batman Movie" A fun, if not slight, animated comedy. Not as good as “The Lego Movie”, but in many ways it’s not trying to be, it just wants you to have a good time. Best Batman movie since “The Dark Knight.” "Thor: Ragnarok" A hilarious, and nearly perfect 80s infused prison planet gladiator battle film, bogged down by unnecessary Marvel stuff. It was great to see Taika Waititi’s stamp all over it, shame when it felt obligated to check the other boxes. The Forgettable: "Spider-Man: Homecoming" That was cute and fun, oh and hey, Iron Man! Also Michael Keaton was great. But what actually happened? "American Made" Tom Cruise is a drug runner, flies planes, smiles his way out of trouble, and the camera is wild and shaky. Didn’t land with any of the heft it was supposed to. "The Hitman’s Bodyguard " A buddy-action comedy with some fun set pieces around the world, including Amsterdam. Obviously disposable. "T2 Trainspotting" The long awaited sequel does the job but oddly doesn’t quite leave a lasting impact. Not bad by any means, and deserves a watch if a fan of the original, but won’t stick in your brain. The-not-so-good: "Alien: Covenant" Oh, almost there, but not quite. Not nearly as many issues as Prometheus but still fails to stick the landing. Plot holes, dumb character choices, etc. Fassbender’s characters are still great and I look forward to seeing if that can develop further. "Rough Night" Amusing enough, but barely felt like a full film. Some laughs can be found, and most of the performances were good enough, but ultimately it felt scattered and unfocussed. "Molly's Game" It was weird to see Idris Elba not being good. Too much over-the-top yelling and forced dramatic arcs. I blame Sorkin the director, not the writer. "Murder on the Orient Express" Delivered most of what was expected, then veered off into a oddly overblown action adventure hijinks and, forgive me, fell off the rails. "The Post" Ugh. Sure, Streep was good, but it kept building towards what was basically something deeply uncinematic. I don’t regret my movie going experience by any means, but Spielberg’s heavy hand worked against the movie. Compare to the measured and far better “Spotlight” to see the difference. "Snatched" Had a few laughs, and again, didn’t regret going, but it had a very messy story. The performances were good and saved some weaker set pieces. The Bad: "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" Tried too much, with too much fake cgi-ery that felt cheap ruining what could’ve been solid action moments but instead felt thin and ignorable. "The Greatest Showman" The songs sucked, so, there’s not much more room to go from there considering it’s a musical. The bar room song was maybe the best. "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets" Worst thing in years. See my previous post. The outliers: "Phantom Thread" Clearly a “good film” that just left me cold. Plenty to discuss, ponder, and pontificate after the fact. A movie I enjoyed more having watched than watching. Still to see: Call Me by Your Name The Red Turtle Kedi I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore The Lost City of Z Free Fire Wonderstruck Brigsby Bear I, Tonya Brawl in Cell Block 99
2018.01.06 16:23 YuunofYork77 for 2017: My Year in Review
I know plenty of people have seen easily twice this, but for me it's something of a record. I usually don't get to films until a year or more after they've been released. I thought last year I'd change that and just see more films. Guess I'm kind of proud, and to the extent it gives me any perspective on the year as a whole, I thought I'd share. If anyone cares. So the title is cheating - I only saw 71 within the year. But I'm going to go ahead and add the ones I saw in between to this year-in-review. There are some blind spots, for sure. Animated films, horror, blockbusters. Then there are ones that won't be getting a US release until 2018 (The Death of Stalin, Lover for a Day, Let the Corpses Tan, Tehran Taboo, Have a Nice Day, to name a few). And no doubt a bunch I haven't heard of. I'm sure I'll add some in the near future. Recommendations welcome by the way. The criteria I used were the film had to have its first theatrical or online release in 2017 (whether limited or wide) in at least one country. Film festival dates don't count. For example Your Name saw theatrical release all over Asia and Europe in 2016, and Thoroughbreds hasn't had a theatrical release in any country yet despite playing at film festivals in autumn, so neither of those are 2017 films to me. Some of the ratings I've given before have changed. In a few cases I rewatched the film, but for the most part they're just rearrangements when I was comparing them next to others in the list. Complete list on Letterboxd here. Notes only on the first 20 so far (click Read Notes); I might update it in the future. Prepared to discuss any of them, though. Just for fun, on the list there are:
2 films with poison mushrooms
3 with social realism
3 angry German women
4 fictional animals
4 people immitating animals
2 Greek gods
19 non-English language
13 A24 films (out of 15)
2 with Ella Rumpf, Colin Farrell, Kristen Wiig, Michelle Pfeiffer, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Ryan Gosling, or Woody Harrelson (out of 7)
3 with Laura Dern or Rooney Mara
16 female directors
5 comic adaptations
Average rating: 6/10
Top 20 (8s and above, see link for notes)
A Ghost Story
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
In the Fade
The Florida Project
The Killing of a Sacred Deer
Editing - Mother!, I, Tonya, The Breadwinner, Baby Driver
Writing - The Breadwinner, Lovesong, Landline, The Square, Three Billboards
Cinematography - Loveless, Blade Runner 2049, A Ghost Story
Acting - Margot Robbie (I, Tonya), Anne Hathaway (Colossal), Jena Malone (Lovesong), Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards), Daphne Keen (Logan), Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out), Diane Kruger (In the Fade), Colin Farrell (Sacred Deer).
Direction - Craig Gillespie (I, Tonya), David Lowery (A Ghost Story), Andrey Zvyagintsev (Loveless), Darren Aronofsky (Mother!), Julia Ducournau (Raw), Rojda Sekersöz (Beyond Dreams)
Score and ST - A Ghost Story, Colossal, Blade Runner, The Breadwinner
Bottom 5 (sub-3) 73. Star Wars: The Last Jedi 74. The Exception 75. The Bad Batch 76. Personal Shopper 77. Song to Song I was really sad to see films by Ana Lily Amirpour (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night), Todd Haynes (Carol), Payne (Election), Malick (The Thin Red Line), Kaurismäki (La Vie de Bohème), and Clooney (Good Night, and Good Luck) rank so low, and they're still great filmmakers whose examples I gave I love, but there it is. I spent too much time ranking the bottom-of-the-barrel until I realized Personal Shopper's actually got one good scene in it. The Bad Batch might be the one I'd least like to be subjected to again, but only because I laughed so much at Malick losing his mind in Song to Song it was kind of fun after a while. That's still the worse movie, though; The Bad Batch actually takes more risks than either of the others. The bottom three were just total conceptual failures to me, but I am ultimately maddest at the utter waste of talent on display in Song to Song, since it has a stellar cast and cinematographer, and an acclaimed director. I don't know how that's a film that works except for the kind of person who shows up to an unmarked basement cafe featuring beat poetry and vinyl tablecloth after a hard day of watching Bob Ross stoned. It's just so smug and yet so skin-deep. I realize I'm not a Malick fan, but he's been competent in the past; what was he thinking? Comments, criticisms, recs to watch and add (especially from outside the US)?
2017.12.19 16:27 capati_1992Let's Play Matchmaker!
Yes, we all know by now that over the years, Jake has been repeatedly mentioning that he's single, whenever asked if he is/was in a relationship at those particular points in his life. Assuming that it is true that he is currently, who would you set him up with (see link below btw), given the chance? Haha, this is just for fun by the way. https://hellogiggles.com/celebrity/jake-gyllenhaal-blind-date/ If it were up to me...
Priyanka Chopra (although somehow I have a feeling that she is in a relationship now, based on discrete hints that she has been dropping lately).
Jennifer Lawrence (hopefully not as a rebound fling post-breakup with Darren Aronofsky, of course)
If this was circa 2006, I would have suggested Natalie Portman and Anne Hathaway as well. But oh well, obviously times have changed and look where they are now. Who would you consider ideal candidates for our Jake, given the chance to set him up with any celeb?
2017.11.20 14:16 tombstoneshadows28All of the MPAA-rated films which received a release to theaters (sometimes even just A theater) in the United States during calendar year 2017.
Of 13,907 titles released worldwide, the below are all of the MPAA-rated films which received a release to theatres (sometimes even just A theater) in the United States during calendar year 2017. (Note: the dates following each are the years during which the titles were filmed.) G
2017.09.14 15:13 owner-of-the-bonerWeekly Movie and TV Discussion 9/14/17
Welcome back to the weekly Movie and TV discussion post. There are some good TV debuts this week, so I went a little TV heavy. As usual, criticism is always welcome. mother!
Dir: Darren Aronofsky
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris
A couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence
I've been excited for this one for a couple weeks. Aronofsky has his own style and has a ton of critically acclaimed movies under his belt. JLaw, Javier Bardem, and Harris is as awesome as a cast as you'll see this season. I can't tell exactly what this movie is about, and I think that is a good thing. This is probably the go-to for theaters this week. Also, I guess Darren Aronofsky and Jennifer Lawrence are dating? Pretty weird couple if you ask me.
Starring: Dylan O'Brien, Michael Keaton, Taylor Kitsch
A story centered on counterterrorism agent Mitch Rapp
I added this one because it was a little weak on the movie side this time around, but this is your standard international thriller. Based on the book by Vince Flynn, it follows the fictional character of Mitch Rapp. It is amazing how many of these style movies there are, whether its the Michael Claytons or the Jason Bournes of the world. This one probably won't be good, but might give you enough adrenaline to tide you action junkies over for next week. Brad's Status
Dir: Mike White
Starring: Ben Stiller, Austin Abrams, Jenna Fischer
A father takes his son to tour colleges on the East Coast and meets up with an old friend who makes him feel inferior about his life's choices
Here's the other notable release this week, coming from Amazon studios, trying to repeat their success from Manchester by the Sea. I don't know about you, but I really don't care for Stiller in super serious roles. I respect him trying to diversify his acting portfolio, but I don't find him compelling in serious roles. This one should be okay, but I don't think we're much of the intended audience. Still should be okay, but nothing to freak out about.
Also, First they Killed my Father, Strong Island, Vengeance: A Love Story, The Force, Woodpeckers TV
South Park Season 21 (September 13th) I'm a BIG South Park guy. I haven't cared for the last, I don't know, 6 seasons or so when they started to write the entire episode in a week to keep with current events, but I'm still watching every episode until the show is off air. It will be interesting to see what they do with all of the current things going on in the world (the exact phrase that everyone uses every time a new season of South Park comes out).
Vice Principals Season 2 We obviously heard from Danny McBride this week about the new season of his creation, and I can't help but like him even more than I did before. I watched season 1 of Vice Principals and I am excited to see what they have going the second season. It isn't exactly like every other comedy out there, which is something I enjoy. I truly don't even remember what happened last season, but I am excited for season 2. Also, Better Things Season 2, Broad City Season 4, The new Ken Burns Documentary: The Vietnam War Please post anything I missed below, or anything you've seen recently that you missed the first time around. P.S. I tried to find some more Lake Bell this week, but she didn't have anything new. I'm sorry. I miss our girl.
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