Film and Episodic Content Discussion Thread

Discussion in 'Random Thoughts' started by purr1n, Jan 8, 2020.

  1. rhythmdevils

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    hmm I think she’s great. But ymmv whatever.

    I’ve seen Haywire and The Old Guard and liked both quite a bit. The martial arts in Haywire were awesome. I think The Old Guard was really carried almost completely by Charlize Theron. Amazing presence and performance. Without her I think I might agree with the other comment here a about the film. Except I could care less about a gay couple. Though I’m suspicious Netflix added it into the plot as part of their social perspective. Which I happen to agree with but don’t like seeing movies altered to add social/political agenda.

    I’ll be sure to watch Close and Atomic Blonde! Thanks!
     
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    Besides being one of my favorite thrillers, Wargames is a textbook example of how to perfectly combine character with theme, and provide enough thrills in the process to captivate audiences. Check out the latest in my Better Than You Remember series.

     
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    Ryan Schaddelee and I talk movie makeup, plus the decline of physical FX for computer generated imagery in the latest installment of Under The Hood.

     
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    Your title is so accurate: I barely remember seeing WARGAMES. It made no real impression on me; I really didn't take it seriously. But watching this video, I realize how prescient it was, covering ground that later films returned to over and over again; also how it tied to past great films that were equally prescient

    I had no recollection of Michael Madsen being in this film. Just checked his IMDB page and learn WARGAMES was his 1st film role. He looks so young, but never innocent. Just 6 years later in John Dahl's KILL ME AGAIN, he pioneered the violent psychopath role he would play repeatedly (with numerous variations).

    Thanks for another intriguing & informative video.
     
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    Last night I finished re-watching HARD EIGHT and was amazed again by the assurance and depth of this strange little indie. The film's queasy, perverse moral undercurrents are perfectly illustrated by this sequence near the end:
    • John calls Sydney from a payphone on the road during the "honeymoon trip" (actually, flight from a crime committed by John & Clementine) that Sydney suggested. Sydney has a lot on his mind--none of which he'll ever reveal to John. Near the end of the otherwise routine call, Sydney very directly professes his fatherly love for John. The long take of John's tearful reaction is masterful, deeply moving--the high point of this film in which emotions and motives are almost entirely opaque.
    • Afterward, Sydney sets out to methodically restore the balance of his compulsively arranged, ordered world. He stalks & brutally kills Jimmy, who represents an existential threat to the Sydney's ordered existence and faux-fatherly relationship with John. The film ends as it began--with the camera regarding the unknowable character of Sydney, with order restored in his well-defended Reno mileau.
    Something I love about this film is that P.T. Anderson gives the viewer no easy way to understand this plot--no generic backstory of Sydney as an aging, cold-eyed assassin who (briefly) must return to violent form to protect his safety. Though Sydney is dead-center in the film at all times, we have no real insight into his nature; "Back East" backstory notwithstanding, Sydney's motives & P.O.V. remain obscure. The tearful epiphany John experiences from Sydney's statement of love doesn't connect to anything else...Sydney seems to exist in a series of hermetically sealed (safe & interlocking) defensive realities.

    My nagging question about this film is the same today as it was in 1996: how did Sydney come to "encounter" John outside that coffee shop in the first scene? How can that possibly be a coincidence?

    It's a great film.
     
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    Besides being infinitely quotable, Pulp Fiction also has a strange morality running through it. Something I explore in my latest essay.

     
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    I have to think over your central thesis: that a particularly Tarantio-esque morality underpins the extreme violence of PULP FICTION. I'm not so sure about that, though you make a compelling case.

    Side-note: I'm enjoying BOSCH on Prime Video (mid-way through Season-4). An actor whose intensity & acting chops I keep admiring is Paul Calderon. He looks so familiar: older now, grizzled. I've seen him before, but where?

    In PULP FICTION (+ any number of TV cop shows).
     

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