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  1. I felt like it was trying way too hard to be analysed by critics and in film schools. It was all just seperate themes and ideas that never formed a coherent film.

  2. Hard agree. Somebody needs to take Peele's metaphors away from him. The good bits in his films are GREAT but he's trying too hard to stuff too many ideas into 2 hours.

  3. "liking a story isn’t some specific preference lol." - your second reply. I never said the point of 99% isn't to tell a story I said it is a narrow view of cinema (and of for that matter the world) to dismiss the 1% (which the actual percentage is close to 30) and try to judge it for what it isnt. And if you think 2001 has any less of a story or substance other than visual than something like Taxi Driver I'm afraid you need to turn on your brain from now on when watching movies

  4. Blood Simple, The Innocents, Orpheus (definitely), Rebecca. Orpheus has some obvious visual influences on Twin Peaks.

  5. Jean Cocteau was such a fabulous artist. Cocteau and Lynch have so much in common as artists and visual stylists, not just as filmmakers. I love that recommendation.

  6. Why should he respect her, though? He doesn't know her. Further, the movie implies that she, and the audience generally, are wondering if Skarsgard's character is a sexual predator himself, so it is not as if she respects him.

  7. You'd respect her as a human being, and as somebody that he seems earnest to befriend the night before. Her fears of him are almost entirely alleviated by the second day. She almost immediately assumes that he's not the one operating the dungeon. As for her alleged lack of respect for him, you answer your own question, it's not a lack of reciprocal respect it's a general fear of uncertainty with men. Literally the entire point of the movie.

  8. There's no way a convention could book all the rooms in Detroit. That's an absurd conceit of the movie. That's all i mean by lampshading the choice. Detroit has plenty of of hotels like any big city if you do a quick google search you'll find many.

  9. Because it's a movie! There's no movie if she can book a hotel! It's for fun, this isn't real life!

  10. No red tape spotted so at least they weren’t stolen like Airheads (1994, 92 minutes) which is a great movie but not a popcorn classic.

  11. Maybe Kathryn Bigelow's best work but for some reason nobody has seen it and it's not available anywhere. Shame.

  12. I think I got it on bluray on Amazon.de delivered to the UK.

  13. Unfortunately I'm region A and haven't gone region-free (I bought a 4K player instead). It's times like these I feel like I may have made the wrong decision.

  14. Blood Meridian is McCarthy's greatest literary achievement. The Crossing is his best book.

  15. After rewatching Blow Up a few years ago i realized this isnt really a remake, its much much different… i think its more “Inspired by”. Blow Up wasnt anywhere near as enjoyable of a film for me personally, but yeah worth a watch

  16. Completely agree. Blow Up was an inspiration, but De Palma seems far more interested in what he could take from The Conversation, which is the much better film. Blow Out is a completely original film, insofar as that's possible, and it's really not fair to call it a remake or even a re-imagining.

  17. Blow up is far better than the conversation and blow out

  18. Another Antonioni movie about ennui in which nobody does anything, they just sit around and feel bad. Nice!

  19. I blind buy films but most of the time it is something I know I will most likely enjoy. Only once did it somewhat fail me and that was True Stories. It was alright but I expected to enjoy it more as a Talking Heads fan. Might just need a rewatch tho

  20. Definitely give it another try. It's like a David Lynch movie without dark underbelly. David Byrne shoots the hell out of it. And the original soundtrack is just killer.

  21. I think there’s a notable difference between a film someone doesn’t like vs an objectively good or at least important one. I think Breathless is overrated, but it’s one of the most famous and well regarded of Godard’s work. I can’t just sit here and say it shouldn’t be in the collection. I just have a different taste.

  22. You don't have to like it, but it's not overrated. What Godard (and Truffaut, kinda) put together on a shoestring budget is almost miraculous. Once you stop taking it so seriously and recognize it's a comedy that's when you'll understand why it's so great.

  23. Barbarian (first half) was the only movie to scare/properly unnerve me in at least a decade.

  24. If your 10 best of all time doesn’t match your personal favorites, you’re a fraud. Who’s interested in hearing from people who can’t even trust their own opinions?

  25. Greatest and favourite don't mean the same thing. Not even close, really. I'll rewatch Thief five times before I come back to 2001 but that has no bearing on which one I think is "better" or "greater."

  26. So the greatest isn’t what’s most meaningful to you? And what you watch the most isn’t the most meaningful? Why is your definition of the greatest contingent on something other than what affects you the most?

  27. No, it's not. "Art is subjective" isn't a particularly convincing line of argument, frankly. Art criticism exists because that's not expressly true. What you like is subjective, but what transcends the boundaries of the possible in an art form, what transgresses those same boundaries, what alters the history of the form, influences every other artist in the form, and what transforms subjectivity itself is far more identifiable beyond individual taste. Technique, ambition, scope, and control are all objectively identifiable markers of artistic merit. I can "like" a water painting I made in 10th grade art class more than Starry Night, but that doesn't make it better or greater.

  28. Reading Blood meridian (my first cormac, I hope that isn’t a mistake like reading gravity’s rainbow as my first Pynchon or The Brothers karamazov and my first Dostoevsky) had to put down the book last night as I got to a part on the end 4th chapter that was a whole page just being two sentences. I was just way too tired at the moment and couldn’t wrap my head around those long sentences.

  29. No, I don't think it's a mistake to read it as your first McCarthy. The lack of punctuation is a property of all of his books. Just takes some acclimation and it'll all make sense.

  30. I’ve read quite a bit of McCarthy, including re-reads, and I still had a hard time on my first read of Suttree. I’m not sure if it’s just the bleakness of it or what, but I had to power through a few sections.

  31. Suttree reads like a fairly indulgent passion project for McCarthy (not a criticism). It almost feels like he was trying to challenge himself.

  32. Funnily enough I have found ATD to be more chaste than some of his previous books. Actually, nothing really compares to Gravity's Rainbow in how he approaches it. I think most of the other books it comes off pretty sophomoric.

  33. He's my favourite author, I love every single page of Gravity's Rainbow, and close to that much of M&D (which is an even more impressive book imo), but his sex pervert fixation wore on me as he got older.

  34. I think after this summer he's probably my favorite as well. I'm still not sick of him. I can understand what you're saying about the sex stuff. I think I just gloss over most of it in the book because so much of it comes off so silly and depraved. ATD is set in one of my favorite historical time periods so it's really scratched an itch. I'm looking forward to the M&D and even Bleeding Edge.

  35. ATD is still Pynchon at the height of his powers, definitely. Unquestionably his most explicitly political, too, which I found fun. Hard to have a bad time with the Chums of Chance!

  36. I'll go against the grain and tell you that it's not fair. Andrews is currently far more valuable than Mixon, and I find it difficult to see how that changes at any point over the course of the season. That guy is desperate and trying to guilt you into a bad trade, tell him to stuff it.

  37. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me. Not really very close, either. The club scene is true terror.

  38. The Godfather imo is proof that well made =/= entertaining.

  39. Genuinely curious, what do you not find entertaining about it? I'm not a big fan of 3 hour movies but the Godfather always flies by for me. It's well made but it also plays like a classical, crowd-pleasing melodrama.

  40. Caffeine is a drug. Nicotine is a drug.

  41. you should start by getting James Robinson into your lineup. That'd help, I suspect.

  42. Everything Bergman says here is exactly how I feel about all of Bergman's movies. Except cinematographically uninteresting, the man could obviously stage and block a film.

  43. Agree Peyton was very, very obviously good even though he was an INT machine his rookie year.

  44. More time can never hurt, and even if Kenny is bad you don't let him go. But if the Steelers are picking in the top 5-6 and a guy like CJ Stroud or Will Levis is on the board you have to pick that guy. If you don't have a QB in today's NFL you don't have a winner, period. Still, it'd be awesome of Kenny is a dude and we can move forward with the non-QB talent in the 2023 draft.

  45. I’m not really buying into the logic of pushing Kenny into the starting role may ruin his confidence. He needs to get the game experience and if we are gonna lose more games than we win this season, we may as well give that experience to Kenny. Peyton manning sucked ass his rookie year, went 3-13. Year 2 went 13-3. We can’t wait forever. If Mitch can’t figure it out by his 6th game starting it’s time to turn it over to Kenny.

  46. Even better yet, you find out if Kenny is actually any good or not. Manning threw a ton of picks but the game was harder for QBs then and it was still easy to tell he was the real deal. We need to see that with Kenny. If he can't swim and the Steelers win 3-4 games then that's great because there are better QB prospects available in this draft and you take another one.

  47. Perhaps apocryphal, but I love the quote attributed to Joyce about this one: "It took me 17 years to write Finnegan's Wake, and I expect it to take 17 years for you to read it."

  48. Hemingway dug at Faulkner like that because he didn't like Faulkner as a person. They could have been friends but Faulkner seemed to, at times when a connection between the two could have really been made, say some asshole-ish and snobby shit about Hemingway's work. Hemingway really admired Faulkner's writing until Bill opened his mouth.

  49. I'd definitely agree that this seems to be true considering that Hemingway was friends (or at least acquaintances) with Joyce when they both lived in Paris. Joyce could write circles around Faulkner (or anybody, really) any day of the week, to the point that his writing became almost completely impenetrable. I'm sure Hemingway kept his thoughts to himself in that instance.

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