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Re: What's New at the Bijou?

Post by Aresen » 09 Jun 2018, 23:41

As a social obligation, I am seeing Solo on Monday night. MFSMHMOMS.
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Re: What's New at the Bijou?

Post by Warren » 09 Jun 2018, 23:47

Aresen wrote:
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As a social obligation, I am seeing Solo on Monday night. MFSMHMOMS.
Oh come on!
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Post by Aresen » 09 Jun 2018, 23:53

Warren wrote:
09 Jun 2018, 23:47
Aresen wrote:
09 Jun 2018, 23:41
As a social obligation, I am seeing Solo on Monday night. MFSMHMOMS.
Oh come on!
Oh come on, what?
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Re: What's New at the Bijou?

Post by Warren » 10 Jun 2018, 00:15

Aresen wrote:
09 Jun 2018, 23:53
Warren wrote:
09 Jun 2018, 23:47
Aresen wrote:
09 Jun 2018, 23:41
As a social obligation, I am seeing Solo on Monday night. MFSMHMOMS.
Oh come on!
Oh come on, what?
What is that alphabet soup suppose to add up to?
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Warren wrote:
10 Jun 2018, 00:15
Aresen wrote:
09 Jun 2018, 23:53
Warren wrote:
09 Jun 2018, 23:47
Aresen wrote:
09 Jun 2018, 23:41
As a social obligation, I am seeing Solo on Monday night. MFSMHMOMS.
Oh come on!
Oh come on, what?
What is that alphabet soup suppose to add up to?
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Re: What's New at the Bijou?

Post by Painboy » 07 Jul 2018, 23:56

Incredibles 2 is pretty fantastic. It's might be slightly more muddled than the first one as far as themes but it's very funny. I think it might have the best spit take ever put on film. Animation is fantastic, especially the facial nuances they manage to achieve. I also can't believe it's been 14 years since the original.

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Re: What's New at the Bijou?

Post by Warren » 08 Jul 2018, 11:32

Painboy wrote:
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Incredibles 2 is pretty fantastic. It's might be slightly more muddled than the first one as far as themes but it's very funny. I think it might have the best spit take ever put on film. Animation is fantastic, especially the facial nuances they manage to achieve. I also can't believe it's been 14 years since the original.
Agreed. Needs more Edna Mode though.
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Re: What's New at the Bijou?

Post by JD » 09 Jul 2018, 15:17

Saw Hereditary the other night. It's hard to know how to review it. It's excellently made; the writing and directing and acting are all excellent. And it's a great example of a true "horror" movie, in that it's not just "oh noes, an undead killer is chopping up campers with a machete" or whatever, but real emotional horror and despair.

But it's not an "enjoyable" movie, for exactly that reason. It's just really hard to watch. About halfway through the movie, I was saying, "So where are we going with this? This whole movie just seems to be about really unpleasant things happening to not-very-sympathetic people." And it does eventually come together, in a very deep, well-constructed way, but it never gets any easier. It's a rare very-well-made movie that I really don't want to see again.

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Re: What's New at the Bijou?

Post by lunchstealer » 09 Jul 2018, 16:00

JD wrote:
09 Jul 2018, 15:17
Saw Hereditary the other night. It's hard to know how to review it. It's excellently made; the writing and directing and acting are all excellent. And it's a great example of a true "horror" movie, in that it's not just "oh noes, an undead killer is chopping up campers with a machete" or whatever, but real emotional horror and despair.

But it's not an "enjoyable" movie, for exactly that reason. It's just really hard to watch. About halfway through the movie, I was saying, "So where are we going with this? This whole movie just seems to be about really unpleasant things happening to not-very-sympathetic people." And it does eventually come together, in a very deep, well-constructed way, but it never gets any easier. It's a rare very-well-made movie that I really don't want to see again.

Discussion of plot points follows:
Gb zr, gur ovt vffhrf ner: jnf Puneyvr n ubfg sbe Cnvzba (nccneragyl lrf), ohg vs fb, jul/jura qvq fur orpbzr gur ubfg?

Vs fur orpnzr ubfg nsgre Ryyra'f qrngu, zl dhrfgvba gura vf jul qvq vg cnff gb ure, naq abg gb Crgre, jub jnf gur hygvzngr tbny? Vs fur orpnzr ubfg ng n irel rneyl ntr (juvpu vf pregnvayl vzcyvrq ol fbzr guvatf va gur zbivr, naq pbasvezrq ol gur zbivrznxref), gura zl dhrfgvba ntnva vf jul ure naq abg Crgre? Naavr fnlf gung fur xrcg Crgre njnl sebz ure zbgure...ohg Ryyra jnf nebhaq jura Puneyvr jnf na vasnag, naq Crgre jbhyq unir bayl orra nebhaq 3 be 4 gura, zhpu lbhatre rira guna Puneyvr vf qhevat gur riragf bs gur zbivr. Vg qbrfa'g frrz yvxr vg jbhyq unir orra uneq gb gnxr bire n fznyy puvyq.

N ahzore bs fbheprf frrz gb fgngr gung Puneyvr unf rssrpgviryl nyjnlf orra Cnvzba - cbffvoyl rira sebz orsber ure ovegu. BX, ohg gura V'z fgvyy jbaqrevat jul gur phyg jnvgrq nobhg 13 lrnef gb gel naq trg Cnvzba vagb Crgre'f obql. Vg frrzf yvxr Ryyra'f qrngu jnf va fbzr jnl n pngnylfg sbe gur riragf bs gur zbivr, ohg vg'f abg pyrne jul be ubj.
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Re: What's New at the Bijou?

Post by JasonL » 09 Jul 2018, 16:10

I have decreasing tolerance for that kind of thing - like the entire oeuvre of Cormac McCarthy.

I feel media-squeezed at times - i'm crunched between completely trivial stuff, which is fun but not an every day food for me, and "serious" fare which tends to have this feature. The prestige series have been good for me that way as a generally in between space with notably better writing and characters but not necessarily all the doooom.

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Re: What's New at the Bijou?

Post by JD » 09 Jul 2018, 16:13

lunchstealer wrote:
09 Jul 2018, 16:00
I learned that lesson in my early days of buying DVDs. I would get movies that I enjoyed. Then I got The Ice Storm, and looked at it on the shelf every time I was looking for a movie to kill time with and at some point I realized that some films you will never ever be in a mood to re-watch.
Interestingly enough, the theater (Alamo Drafthouse) played a trailer for The Ice Storm before Hereditary. I've never seen TIS, but my wife said she was puzzled by that choice before watching Hereditary but understood it completely afterwards.
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Re: What's New at the Bijou?

Post by JD » 11 Jul 2018, 10:38

Saw Sorry To Bother You last night. It was fucking amazing. I wasn't quite sure what to expect from the trailers, other than it would be weird, but I can only describe it as "urban sci-fi horror comedy". It doesn't have quite the filmmaking artistry of Hereditary, but it does a great job of storytelling and worldbuilding. There are pretty clear influences from:
- The Island of Doctor Moreau
- Metropolis
- Brazil
- Robocop
- Undercover Brother
- Idiocracy
and probably a whole lot more that I don't recognize. I also really appreciate the fact that while it would have been easy for the filmmakers to go in a simple "capitalism is evil" direction, they make it more nuanced than that - unions and the arts also come in for some jabs, and they never really blame anyone for selling out. It gets a little more shaky near the end, but I think the ending of a movie like this is always hard to do well. There are a few really great, spot-on scenes - the "rap" scene is particularly searing.
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Re: What's New at the Bijou?

Post by thoreau » 16 Jul 2018, 23:56

JD wrote:
11 Jul 2018, 10:38
Saw Sorry To Bother You last night. It was fucking amazing. I wasn't quite sure what to expect from the trailers, other than it would be weird, but I can only describe it as "urban sci-fi horror comedy". It doesn't have quite the filmmaking artistry of Hereditary, but it does a great job of storytelling and worldbuilding. There are pretty clear influences from:
- The Island of Doctor Moreau
- Metropolis
- Brazil
- Robocop
- Undercover Brother
- Idiocracy
and probably a whole lot more that I don't recognize. I also really appreciate the fact that while it would have been easy for the filmmakers to go in a simple "capitalism is evil" direction, they make it more nuanced than that - unions and the arts also come in for some jabs, and they never really blame anyone for selling out. It gets a little more shaky near the end, but I think the ending of a movie like this is always hard to do well. There are a few really great, spot-on scenes - the "rap" scene is particularly searing.
I agree with all of that. I'd add that it's got a bit of the Get Out"feel, and a little bit of Office Space.
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Post by JD » 06 Aug 2018, 12:52

Saw Blindspotting yesterday. It's really damn good, and one of those films that makes you uncomfortable watching it because you constantly have the feeling that something terrible is about to happen. But it also balances that with some really funny parts ("In my defense, who knew hipsters were that flammable?") The directing isn't quite as artful as some movies we've seen lately, and if the film's got any weaknesses, it's that you sometimes find yourself feeling like you've kind of seen this before (a felon is trying to set his life straight, his old friends keep threatening to drag him back down, and he's torn in his loyalties between the old and the new), but it's still really strong.
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Post by JD » 31 Aug 2018, 12:27

Watched Let the Corpses Tan (Laissez Bronzer les Cadavres) last night. If you had to describe it in a few words, it's a cops-and-robbers movie - robbers steal a shipment of gold, robbers' hideout is discovered by cops, an epic shootout/siege takes place between the cops and two factions of robbers - but it's weirder and more artsy than that. Among other things, the action takes place in a deserted, ruinous village on Corsica which is home to an avant-garde artist, and there are frequent...flashbacks? visions? of bizarre art events and things that don't literally happen within the context of the action.

There's definitely a strong giallo/spaghetti Western influence, what with the heist and the gangsters and the shootouts, and weird psychosexual stuff, but it isn't either of those things exactly. It is a beautiful movie, really sensual, full of super-saturated colors, extreme closeups on textures, and audio that reinforces those textures. I think it's a great example of where 1970s filmmaking could have gone.

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Post by thoreau » 08 Sep 2018, 01:08

The John Cho movie Searching really worked for me. The use of laptop and cellphone screens as the literal stage was surprisingly effective, and yet the story wasn't all "Look at us! We're exploring the implications of technology!" They just let the story be the story and the staging be a way to tell it rather than a character in itself.

And, frankly, if you want to talk about steps forward for diversity in Hollywood, telling a good story about a fully three-dimensional Asian family, with innovative storytelling techniques, really showcases Asian artists as artists more than Crazy Rich Asians did, since it was, at its core, a romantic comedy about an immigrant girl marrying up and experiencing culture clash. That story could have worked with just about any ethnicity, but it was not a particularly new story. This is a much more innovative story, and Asian actors are allowed to really sink their teeth into telling it.
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Post by JasonL » 08 Sep 2018, 06:47

I like most things John Cho chooses to taken on. He’s got a gift for understatement.

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Post by Aresen » 20 Nov 2018, 11:11

I saw Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald last night. I'll give it 3.5 stars. It did get a little confusing as to who was who and what they were doing, but the pacing was good and it felt shorter than its 135 minute run time. Johnny Depp did a fair job of being a convincing villain, far better than most movie villains I've seen. (No mustache twirling.)

There were too many characters to keep track of them and a lot seemed to get dropped after they'd served their plot function. The visual effects did dominate the movie somewhat (and there was a painfully bad green-screen moment when Scamander met Dumbledore at the end), but they were entertaining.

The plot twist at the end was a WTF moment.

Overall, worth seeing.
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Post by thoreau » 05 Jan 2019, 17:43

The Favourite was a surprisingly fun film. The performances were great. The biggest problem was that near the end they did a never-ending succession of twists, but I think the ending was appropriate. Maybe not entirely satisfying, but appropriate for what had happened.
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Post by thoreau » 06 Jan 2019, 11:55

I really ought to like Vice, seeing as how it's a strident critique of Cheney and his views on executive power. But mostly I was thinking about how Hollywood couldn't be bothered to critique executive power while Barack Augustus was in the White House. What a coincidence!
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Post by JD » 10 Jan 2019, 13:17

I really liked The Favourite too. The acting, directing, costuming, and photography were all really strong. Minor annoyance: there were a few anachronistic clangers (for example, someone says "OK"). I'm not expecting complete historical accuracy, but things like that suddenly take you out of the movie.

Also saw Aquaman. Verdict: it is a superhero movie. For all the good and bad things that implies. Jason Momoa is pretty decent mostly because he doesn't seem to take himself too seriously, and some of the supporting cast is quite good too. The plot...eh. The "missing mom is actually alive!" bit felt lifted directly from Ant-Man and the Wasp. My wife was annoyed at Amber Heard for blocking the view of Momoa too often. Heard is easy enough on the eyes but I don't think she's going to win any acting awards.
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Post by Painboy » 10 Jan 2019, 14:01

Saw Bumblebee over the winter holidays. Decidedly meh. While I wasn't expecting great things it had %93 on RT so I was a little surprised it wasn't better. Of course meh is far better than the general nonsense of the earlier Bay movies. So maybe low expectations played into it's score.

As for the movie itself it's basically E.T. with robots and guns. It even takes place in the 80s being a prequel. It doesn't get too sappy and has some amusing moments but you've very likely seen the whole thing before in dozens of other media. I don't know if was intentional but the Transformers in the movie showed a much better visual design than the previous ones. They didn't have so much of the immense visual mechanical garbage of the Bay movies and had more refined lines and more character. It resembled the more "classic" look from the earlier cartoons. Not a big deal film wise but I enjoyed the change.

The lead girl was good in her role and I wouldn't be surprised to see her in more movies and the like. She does "cute tomboy" well.

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Post by Hugh Akston » 21 Jan 2019, 20:23

After seeing Glass I think I finally get Shyamalan. He's a really good visual storyteller with an excellent sense for framing, blocking, and movement. He's also really good at getting subtle performances out of his actors by focusing less on business and more on emotion. But as a writer he can be clumsy about the balance between expression and exposition, so that things that could be told visually or left implicit or ambiguous become WHATATWIST infodumps. I feel like he might have a better batting average if he directed other people's scripts, but then Avatar was not well received.
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Post by Warren » 21 Jan 2019, 20:34

Hugh Akston wrote:
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...but then Avatar was not well received.
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