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Old 01-19-2014, 03:30 AM   #16
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Don't know if you ever saw Dolan's Heartbeats (aka Les Amours Imaginaires) but I found it somewhat insufferable if partially enjoyable. This was a giant leap forward. It's also shot in 1.33 so that should be a huge bonus for you.
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I liked Heartbeats, but yeah fair description. 1.33 is all that matters. Will watch soon.
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Old 01-22-2014, 03:57 PM   #18
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So far behind this year...have a list of everything notable (mostly via lists from Slant/The Dissolve) and plenty of Netflix list adds and DVD screener downloads, but it's slow going when you try to watch most of these with a girlfriend who has a full-time job, etc.

Some favorites I have seen:

The Act of Killing
Blue Is The Warmest Color
Computer Chess
Frances Ha
Spring Breakers
Wolf of Wall Street
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Old 01-26-2014, 08:06 AM   #19
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I've seen half of Laz's list now. Her is my favorite of those I've seen, but The Great Beauty is terrific. It grows sadder and more haunting as it goes along, which prevents the gripping style of the film from having to carry everything. This is a relief, as the first half hour left me cold.

The first 10 minutes are gaudy but serve as an attractive way to introduce the cast. There are several more, quite similar scenes after that. It grows a bit numbing after a while, but that's the point (I disliked this excuse being used for Wolf of Wall Street's debauche, but I would have enjoyed that film infinitely more at Great Beauty's relatively slim 2:20).

It's a very meaningful film, but the meaningless/aimless nature of the lives of the characters makes for a dead spot or two in the script. Some rather dull conversation, a shot or two that seems to be there purely for the sake of aesthetic; there is some fat to be shed. On the bright side, it's mostly to our benefit because the cinematography and editing is truly artful. A number of times I purposely zoned out of the dialogue to focus on the lighting and scenery. It's a gorgeous film, full of creative shots that took me by surprise.
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Old 01-26-2014, 03:33 PM   #20
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Glad you gave that on a chance and liked it. Not a perfect film, but what peaks it has. The ending was surprisingly moving. My main issue was the friend's daughter abruptly disappearing from the story with little explanation/reflection. Considering how big a part she played in the film's middle third, I felt they gave her short shrift.
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Old 01-30-2014, 02:02 AM   #21
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I fell asleep when we watched this the other night 25 minutes before the end. I made the mistake of picking it up from where I left off. Should've just started it over.

Anyways, I ended up giving it a pretty high score, simply because I found it a truly enjoyable, beautiful cinematic experience and I really can find myself getting wrapped up pretty strongly into films like that.

My one and only problem was the random indie song that popped up nearish to the middle of the film, when the friend's daughter dies. It felt kitschy and very Hollywood in the middle of what was, essentially, a Fellini throw-back film. Anytime I hear an indie song in a movie, I know the whole idea is that I'm supposed to feel something. I tend to sigh and go with it for most movies, but its inclusion in this one really rubbed me the wrong way.

Anyways, there's still a few films I haven't seen, but as it stands, I think this is basically my list:

  1. Side Effects
  2. Before Midnight
  3. The Hunt
  4. The Great Beauty (I'm kinda on the border about this one and the Hunt, they could probably easily switch places on any given day)
  5. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
  6. The World's End
  7. Her
  8. Frances Ha
  9. The Spectacular Now
  10. Dallas Buyers Club
Laz, I just noticed you saw The Wind Rises. Did you torrent it?
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Old 01-30-2014, 02:12 AM   #22
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No, it screened at the AFI Fest back in November. Since it also received a brief Oscar-qualifying run here in December, I'm considering it a 2013 release.

Nice to hear The Great Beauty has another fan. Now if I can only convince everyone to see Laurence Anyways! You'll enjoy those soundtrack choices a lot more...
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No, it screened at the AFI Fest back in November. Since it also received a brief Oscar-qualifying run here in December, I'm considering it a 2013 release.

Nice to hear The Great Beauty has another fan. Now if I can only convince everyone to see Laurence Anyways! You'll enjoy those soundtrack choices a lot more...
Ahhh. I'm kinda surprised that the Oscars also decided it was a 2013 release. Didn't they wait until Spirited Away was released/available in the States before nominating it? But I see what you're saying, the run in December is what qualified it.

Laurence Anyways is on the list, it's just a matter of getting around to it.
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Old 01-30-2014, 02:23 AM   #24
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Spirited Away was a 2001 release in Japan. It played festivals and got a limited run here in the fall of 2002. The wide release didn't happen until after the Oscars around March. Which Disney somehow managed to fuck up.

Ridiculous that the #1 grossing film in Japanese history couldn't make more than $10 million here.
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I am very paranoid about Disney's relationship with Ghibli, and to this day insist that they purposely fucked that up.
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Old 01-30-2014, 12:49 PM   #26
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They also did little promotion after it was nominated, choosing instead putting all their efforts behind Lilo & Stich. Luckily the Academy was smart enough to award the correct film.

Prob my favorite Oscar win ever.
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My self-imposed post date has arrived. Here goes nothin'.
  1. The Wolf of Wall Street (dir. Martin Scorsese)
  2. The World’s End (dir. Edgar Wright)
  3. Spring Breakers (dir. Harmony Korine)
  4. Nebraska (dir. Alexander Payne)
  5. Before Midnight (dir. Richard Linklater)
  6. Frances Ha (dir. Noah Baumbach)
  7. Inside Llewyn Davis (dir. Joel & Ethan Coen)
  8. Drug War (dir. Johnnie To)
  9. 12 Years a Slave (dir. Steve McQueen)
  10. Upstream Color (dir. Shane Carruth)
  11. Mud (dir. Jeff Nichols)
  12. Her (dir. Spike Jonze)
  13. Trance (dir. Danny Boyle)
  14. Computer Chess (dir. Andrew Bujalski)
  15. Blue Ruin (dir. Jeremy Saulnier)
  16. Insidious Chapter 2 (dir. James Wan)
  17. Blue Jasmine (dir. Woody Allen)
  18. Behind the Candelabra (dir. Steven Soderbergh)
  19. You’re Next (dir. Adam Wingard)
  20. Fast & Furious 6 (dir. Justin Lin)
  21. This Is the End (dir. Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg)
  22. Gravity (dir. Alfonso Cuarón)
  23. The Counselor (dir. Ridley Scott)
  24. Cheap Thrills (dir. E.L. Katz)
  25. Passion (dir. Brian De Palma)

Fave Male Performances:
Leading:
Leo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Simon Pegg, The World's End

Supporting:
James Franco, Spring Breakers
Matthew McConaughey, Mud & The Wolf of Wall Street
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street & This Is the End
Keith Stansfield, Short Term 12

Fave Female Performances:
Leading:
Amy Seimetz, Upstream Color
Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha
Julie Delpy, Before Midnight
Brie Larson, Short Term 12
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

Supporting:
June Squibb, Nebraska
Cameron Diaz, The Counselor
Adepero Oduye, 12 Years a Slave
Rooney Mara, Side Effects
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle

Ensemble:
12 Years a Slave
The World's End
Blue Jasmine
Computer Chess
Nebraska


Favorite Quote
Sam Elliott: [on John Milius] He doesn't make movies for pussies and he doesn't make movies for women. He makes movies for men; Milius

Worst Performances:
James Deen, The Canyons
Christian Bale, American Hustle
Carey Mulligan, Inside Llewyn Davis
Alexis Denisof, Much Ado About Nothing
Natalie Portman, Thor: The Dark World

They Deserve Better:
Amy Adams, American Hustle
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Pain & Gain
Kristin Scott Thomas, Only God Forgives
Idris Elba, Pacific Rim
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Escape Plan

Cinematography:
Bruno Delbonnel, Inside Llewyn Davis
Matthias Grunsky, Computer Chess
Steven Soderbergh, Side Effects
Sean Bobbitt, 12 Years a Slave
Shane Carruth, Upstream Color

Editing:
Allen Leung & David M. Richardson, Drug War
Paul Machliss, The World's End
Jennifer Lame, Frances Ha
Douglas Crise, Spring Breakers
Thelma Schoonmaker, The Wolf of Wall Street

Screenplay:
John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave
Bob Nelson, Nebraska
Terence Winter, The Wolf of Wall Street
Jeff Nichols, Mud
Edgar Wright & Simon Pegg, The World's End

Soundtrack/Score:
The Wolf of Wall Street
Only God Forgives
The Bling Ring
Inside Llewyn Davis
You're Next


Biggest Surprise:
Cheap Thrills
This Is the End
Computer Chess
Blue Ruin
The Counselor


Biggest Disappointment:
Star Trek into Darkness
Only God Forgives
American Hustle
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
A Field in England


Craziest Movie:
Trance
The Counselor
The Act of Killing
Lords of Salem
Side Effects


Favorite Screening:
The Lords of Salem - SXSW Midnight at the Long Center in Austin, TX
Trance - Matineé after 3 hours of sleep at the Tallahassee Mall in Tallahassee, FL
The Wolf of Wall Street - Christmas Eve employee screening at the Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane in Austin, TX
Spring Breakers - Packed full of South Florida kids at the Tallahassee Mall in Tallahassee, FL
Frances Ha - Breaking through post-grad ennui at the Tropic Cinema in Key West, FL

The 'S' Doesn't Stand for "Hope," It Stands for Shit:
Man of Steel

13 I Missed from 2013:
Ain't Them Bodies Saints (dir. David Lowery)
Berberian Sound Studio (dir. Peter Strickland)
Blue Is the Warmest Color (dir. Abdellatif Kechiche)
Captain Phillips (dir. Paul Greengrass)
The Grandmaster (dir. Wong Kar-Wai)
The Great Beauty (dir. Pablo Sorrentino)
In the House (dir. François Ozon)
Leviathan (dir. Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Verena Paravel)
No (dir. Pablo Larraín)
Post Tenebras Lux (dir. Carlos Reygadas)
Stoker (dir. Park Chan-wook)
Stories We Tell (dir. Sarah Polley)
To the Wonder (dir. Terrence Malick)
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If there was a 2 hour edit of Wolf of Wall Street, it would be top 5 on my list, whenever I make it. Somewhere around the shipwreck I started to get restless and I didn't find the comedown in the final half hour to be much of a payoff. Very Goodfellas-esque, only I didn't get as attached to the protagonist. But clearly I'm in the minority there.

You have to see Great Beauty. You don't need to see To the Wonder.
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Great list, LMP.
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Die in a fire.

You need to see To the Wonder.

You don't need to see The Great Beauty (haven't seen it).
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