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Old 09-27-2014, 02:20 PM   #496
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He's important to his family, Lazarus. You'd do well to remember that. Before he casts you in his next film - as a person who dies.
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Having seen Scarface, The Untouchables and Carrie...well...assuming those are among his best films, I'm not sure what the big deal is about the guy. All decent films, sure, but his style just doesn't move me at all. And I haven't even watched any of his films that get heavily criticized.

I will give Carlito's Way a fair shot though, that one sounds promising.
Those aren't his "best," though you could make the argument they are his most popular.

I get Laz's position, especially since it seems to be the dominant mode of viewing De Palma's work. It's a highly reductive view of a filmmaker who polishes off a technical mastery with sublimity and sophistication. He and Scorsese are both massively cinephilic directors, but I think the main difference between them is one of emotionalism and intellectualism. Scorsese will borrow the "galaxy in a teacup" shot from Godard's 2 or 3 Things... for Taxi Driver to describe Travis' loneliness without knowing the "meaning" of the shot; De Palma mixes Wellesian long-takes, adds a split-screen, and heightens tension as a form of commentary in the bomb sequence of Phantom of the Paradise. I am not making an argument for which filmmaker is "better," per se, just that it's absurd to dismiss De Palma as a shot-maker when the meaning behind his cinema is directly found within his aesthetics. He's an anarchist let loose in the studio system.

Blow Out, Phantom of the Paradise, Carlito's Way, Raising Cain, Hi Mom!, Sisters, Body Double, Dressed to Kill... they're all works of a master with a singular, absurdist point of view.
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Thanks for the film recs, Laz and YLB. I'm in a horror film mode lately so Sisters seems right up my alley.
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Blow Out, Phantom of the Paradise, Carlito's Way, Raising Cain, Hi Mom!, Sisters, Body Double, Dressed to Kill... they're all works of a master with a singular, absurdist point of view.
And Femme Fatale, Casualties of War, Snake Eyes, the unfairly maligned Mission to Mars. Not to mention Mission: Impossible is just about a perfect Hollywood blockbuster model. Anyway, don't like arguing about this stuff, but citing one blatant homage in his least interesting film and saying that he rips off Hitchcock is missing the mark. It only even applies to one subset of De Palma's films, but even then he does to Hitchcock what a master hip hop artist does to their samples.

Also I quite like Scorsese, just not so much the holy trinity of Goodfellas, Raging Bull and Taxi Driver aka the boring ones.
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Carlito's Way is the best film of the 90's natch. Most spot on thing those Cahiers crackers ever got right.
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And Femme Fatale, Casualties of War, Snake Eyes, the unfairly maligned Mission to Mars. Not to mention Mission: Impossible is just about a perfect Hollywood blockbuster model. Anyway, don't like arguing about this stuff, but citing one blatant homage in his least interesting film and saying that he rips off Hitchcock is missing the mark. It only even applies to one subset of De Palma's films, but even then he does to Hitchcock what a master hip hop artist does to their samples.

Also I quite like Scorsese, just not so much the holy trinity of Goodfellas, Raging Bull and Taxi Driver aka the boring ones.
So De Palma is the RZA to Scorsese's Method Man is what you're saying.
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Looks amaziiiiiing. Haven't laughed that much at a film trailer since
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I think (hope) this will be as good as I am expecting


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OMG that walking robot thing
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OMG that walking robot thing

Lil Obelisk.

This opens in 70mm at the Drafthouse downtown. If I'm gonna see this shit, it'll be in that format.
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