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Re: What's New at the Bijou?

Post by Painboy » 21 Jan 2019, 20:35

Warren wrote:
21 Jan 2019, 20:34
Hugh Akston wrote:
21 Jan 2019, 20:23
...but then Avatar was not well received.
???
The Airbender movie not the James Cameron one.

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Re: What's New at the Bijou?

Post by Warren » 21 Jan 2019, 20:39

Painboy wrote:
21 Jan 2019, 20:35
Warren wrote:
21 Jan 2019, 20:34
Hugh Akston wrote:
21 Jan 2019, 20:23
...but then Avatar was not well received.
???
The Airbender movie not the James Cameron one.
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Re: What's New at the Bijou?

Post by Number 6 » 21 Jan 2019, 22:28

Hugh Akston wrote:
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.
It had a few weaknesses, especially the exposition at the end. But overall, I liked Glass a lot. However, I'm odd-Unbreakable is a top 10 movie for me.
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Re: What's New at the Bijou?

Post by Kolohe » 21 Jan 2019, 22:35

Warren wrote:
21 Jan 2019, 20:39
Painboy wrote:
21 Jan 2019, 20:35
Warren wrote:
21 Jan 2019, 20:34
Hugh Akston wrote:
21 Jan 2019, 20:23
...but then Avatar was not well received.
???
The Airbender movie not the James Cameron one.
ah thx
Yeah, thanks from me as well, this got me too.
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Re: What's New at the Bijou?

Post by Hugh Akston » 21 Jan 2019, 22:42

Number 6 wrote:
21 Jan 2019, 22:28
Hugh Akston wrote:
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.
It had a few weaknesses, especially the exposition at the end. But overall, I liked Glass a lot. However, I'm odd-Unbreakable is a top 10 movie for me.
Same here. If that's odd, I don't want to be normal.
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Re: What's New at the Bijou?

Post by thoreau » 31 Mar 2019, 12:24

Saw Jordan Peele's Us last night. It worked as a horror movie, but it suffers by comparison with Get Out. Which is unfortunate because it's a decent comedy-inflected horror film that just happens to have been made by a guy who made an even better comedy-inflected horror film two years ago.

When I googled the Bible reference in the movie, a bunch of commentary articles popped up, and I seriously think that the scribbling classes need liquidation. Consider this bit:
And after she gets to the surface, Adelaide thrives. We see a great example of this in the dance flashback, where Adelaide is able to dance as expertly as Red. Adelaide went on to have a full and happy life (well, until the events of the movie) - seeming to prove one of this movie’s central arguments - that forgotten and marginalized members of a community can succeed if they’re only given the opportunity.
(emphasis added)

It's like a modern writer sees a movie with black people in it and immediately begins looking for messages about improving the lot of marginalized people, when Jordan Peele apparently just thought that doppelgangers are really scary.
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Re: What's New at the Bijou?

Post by JasonL » 31 Mar 2019, 13:45

I thought it was supposed to be a play on middle class black guilt something something. No?

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Re: What's New at the Bijou?

Post by Mo » 31 Mar 2019, 17:39

Captain Marvel was not as bad as I was led to believe. It was an above average film from the genre. Skipping the part with Ronin’s invading ships would have made it significantly better though.
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Re: What's New at the Bijou?

Post by Mo » 24 May 2019, 11:52

I love NR movie reviews. They are so bonkers that reading them makes me feel like I'm high even when dead sober. Like this Aladdin one is especially bonkers. It's one part "Will Smith as genie is bad because he is evocative of Uncle Remus". But, Uncle Remus is actually good so Disney should re-release Song of the South. Also, there Arabs, but no mention of Islam, especially around the bad guy, because it might make little Ilhan Omars mad. It's like falling into the k hole and writing a movie review.
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Re: What's New at the Bijou?

Post by Andrew » 24 May 2019, 13:14

Mo wrote:
24 May 2019, 11:52
I love NR movie reviews. They are so bonkers that reading them makes me feel like I'm high even when dead sober. Like this Aladdin one is especially bonkers. It's one part "Will Smith as genie is bad because he is evocative of Uncle Remus". But, Uncle Remus is actually good so Disney should re-release Song of the South. Also, there Arabs, but no mention of Islam, especially around the bad guy, because it might make little Ilhan Omars mad. It's like falling into the k hole and writing a movie review.
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Re: What's New at the Bijou?

Post by Aresen » 24 May 2019, 16:42

Mo wrote:
24 May 2019, 11:52
I love NR movie reviews. They are so bonkers that reading them makes me feel like I'm high even when dead sober. Like this Aladdin one is especially bonkers. It's one part "Will Smith as genie is bad because he is evocative of Uncle Remus". But, Uncle Remus is actually good so Disney should re-release Song of the South. Also, there Arabs, but no mention of Islam, especially around the bad guy, because it might make little Ilhan Omars mad. It's like falling into the k hole and writing a movie review.
As a rule, I loathe remakes, but that review just might get me to see the new Aladdin movie.

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As for Song of the South, I wouldn't mind seeing it released. I know it is racist as hell, but I have good memories of the artwork and songs.
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Re: What's New at the Bijou?

Post by Hugh Akston » 24 May 2019, 16:46

Generally speaking these CGI remakes are unnecessary, especially when Robin Williams gave an iconic performance and your replacement is Will Smith, who is charismatic to be sure, but not particularly funny.

Disney should do the right thing and bequeath Song of the South to the public domain. It's an important historical document and this way they're not making any money off of the toe-curling racism.
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Re: What's New at the Bijou?

Post by dhex » 24 May 2019, 19:31

Armond White is always worth reading even or perhaps especially when he's being hypercontrarian for the sake of his own personal windmill collection.

Hes got a lot of fucking windmills.
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Re: What's New at the Bijou?

Post by Warren » 24 May 2019, 19:43

Hugh Akston wrote:
24 May 2019, 16:46
Disney should do the right thing and bequeath Song of the South to the public domain.
This made me lol.
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Re: What's New at the Bijou?

Post by Jennifer » 25 May 2019, 01:26

My copy of Song of the South would be much nicer-looking if it didn't have Japanese subtitles.
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Re: What's New at the Bijou?

Post by JD » 02 Jun 2019, 19:22

Saw John Wick 3: Parabellum today. It's OK. The directing is good, the acting is as good as you can expect, the fight choreography is good. The writing is about what you would expect for a John Wick film, and it's actually not bad when we get some real plot in the movie. The editing...I would like to have a talk with the editor. There are some fight scenes that just go on way too long and don't either expand on their own purpose or add much of anything to the movie. After three movies of John Wick beating, shooting, and stabbing people, a fight scene needs to add something or there's no reason for it to exist, you know?

Plus there's a whole ton of stuff that just doesn't work very well if you think about it for more than ten seconds. There's a scene where John Wick is on horseback, and two assassins are coming up on him from behind on motorcycles. Wick does not have a gun at this point. So of course the assassins just ride up to within kicking range before trying anything, as opposed to just shooting him off his horse. Or the time when the bad guy shoots the dog (not Wick's dog!)...but then it's OK, because the dog was wearing a bulletproof vest! Cue massive fight scene. But wait a minute, then why did the dog fall down and whimper and look sad before it got back up and started biting the shit out of people? For that matter, the bad guy was shooting the dog from directly in front; how did he hit the dog in its armor on the side?

The movie's at its best when it doesn't take itself too seriously and lets some humor in - like the passive-aggressive chair-hogging scene between two guys who were trying to kill each other a minute ago - but that doesn't happen often enough.
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Re: What's New at the Bijou?

Post by lunchstealer » 03 Jun 2019, 20:16

A mention of Beria by Volokh reminded me that I'd gotten to see "Death of Stalin" a few months back and it was a joy.
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Re: What's New at the Bijou?

Post by Pham Nuwen » 03 Jun 2019, 20:24

lunchstealer wrote:
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A mention of Beria by Volokh reminded me that I'd gotten to see "Death of Stalin" a few months back and it was a joy.
That movie was great. Jason Issacs stole the movie. Loved him as Zhukov.
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Re: What's New at the Bijou?

Post by Warren » 03 Jun 2019, 20:35

Pham Nuwen wrote:
03 Jun 2019, 20:24
lunchstealer wrote:
03 Jun 2019, 20:16
A mention of Beria by Volokh reminded me that I'd gotten to see "Death of Stalin" a few months back and it was a joy.
That movie was great. Jason Issacs stole the movie. Loved him as Zhukov.
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Re: What's New at the Bijou?

Post by Kolohe » 05 Jun 2019, 18:12

Tbh, after all the hype, I found it good, but not a great as advertised. (Specifically, I feel had 2nd act problems - the absurdity of the openning wasn't heightened enough, and the parallel plot with the orchestra recording wasn't tied into the main plot that well)
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Re: What's New at the Bijou?

Post by D.A. Ridgely » 05 Jun 2019, 18:31

Kolohe wrote:
05 Jun 2019, 18:12
Tbh, after all the hype, I found it good, but not a great as advertised. (Specifically, I feel had 2nd act problems - the absurdity of the openning wasn't heightened enough, and the parallel plot with the orchestra recording wasn't tied into the main plot that well)
I agree. I decided it wasn't a good picture with some problems but a bad picture that was better than it should have been.

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What's New at the Bijou?

Post by Mo » 19 Jul 2019, 18:04

The new Lion King is basically a shot for shot remake. How interesting could any review of it be? ... oh. Armond White is a national treasure.

https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/07/ ... pc-agenda/
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