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Forum: General Movie Discussion 08-07-21
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Fictions about cinema
Posted By Iroquois
Re: Fictions about cinema

Also just thought of Sunset Boulevard.
Forum: General Movie Discussion 08-07-21
Replies: 14
Fictions about cinema
Posted By Iroquois
Re: Fictions about cinema

First one I thought of was Jean-Luc Godard's Contempt. Also Fellini's 8.
Forum: General Movie Discussion 08-07-21
Replies: 162
Do cinephiles watch blockbuster films?
Posted By Iroquois
Re: Do cinephiles watch blockbuster films?

And countless other directors have more than either of them put together. It's like these kinds of "objective" criteria are always a little arbitrary.
Forum: General Movie Discussion 08-07-21
Forum: General Movie Discussion 08-07-21
Replies: 162
Do cinephiles watch blockbuster films?
Posted By Iroquois
Re: Do cinephiles watch blockbuster films?

As I recall, Nolan watched the 2017 version of Justice League and warned Snyder against ever watching it himself.

I have trouble thinking of Bay and Snyder as hacks because they have such...
Forum: General Movie Discussion 08-07-21
Replies: 162
Do cinephiles watch blockbuster films?
Posted By Iroquois
Re: Do cinephiles watch blockbuster films?

For what it's worth, Michael Bay has two films in the Criterion Collection (twice as many as Nolan, lol).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyx7YRU4trs
Forum: General Movie Discussion 08-07-21
Replies: 162
Do cinephiles watch blockbuster films?
Posted By Iroquois
Re: Do cinephiles watch blockbuster films?

I am in no way surprised that someone whose top ten includes the likes of Bela Tarr, Andrei Tarkovsky, and Theo Angelopoulos is liable to view Christopher Nolan as being in the same league as Michael...
Forum: General Movie Discussion 08-06-21
Replies: 162
Do cinephiles watch blockbuster films?
Posted By Iroquois
I think it's more that it just weighs down the...

I think it's more that it just weighs down the film unnecessarily. It's like he wants to trust viewers but thinks (feels?) has to hedge his bets anyway and the whole thing comes across as overlong...
Forum: General Movie Discussion 08-06-21
Replies: 162
Do cinephiles watch blockbuster films?
Posted By Iroquois
Why not? I'm not going to act like I'm above...

Why not? I'm not going to act like I'm above every single film that's just trying to be fun (just look at my avatar) but it's not like I have an obligation to give them a pass either just because...
Forum: Movie Reviews 08-06-21
Replies: 2,028
The MoFo Top 100 Foreign Language Film Countdown
Posted By Iroquois
Thanks once again to Thursday, Yoda, Miss Vicky,...

Thanks once again to Thursday, Yoda, Miss Vicky, and everyone else whose efforts have given us such a great list. Maybe the least contentious list we've done yet, which is nice.

Now onto my...
Forum: Movie Forums Site Stuff 08-06-21
Forum: General Movie Discussion 08-05-21
Replies: 162
Do cinephiles watch blockbuster films?
Posted By Iroquois
I think it's less that he doesn't address human...

I think it's less that he doesn't address human emotion at all and more that he tends to fumble the bag when he does. The best blockbusters are able to underline their spectacle with well-crafted...
Forum: General Movie Discussion 08-05-21
Replies: 162
Do cinephiles watch blockbuster films?
Posted By Iroquois
It fundamentally comes down to the idea that the...

It fundamentally comes down to the idea that the modern blockbuster is built from the ground up to favour commercial appeal over sheer artistry, which tends to result in films that are lacking in...
Forum: Actors, Awards, & Directors 08-05-21
Replies: 5
I Should Have Stayed At The Bus Station: The Richard Linklater Thread
Posted By Iroquois
Re: I Should Have Stayed At The Bus Station: The Richard Linklater Thr

I remember being very unimpressed when IndieWire did a Linklater ranking and put Tape in last place.
Forum: Actors, Awards, & Directors 08-05-21
Forum: General Movie Discussion 08-04-21
Replies: 30
Movie songs
Posted By Iroquois
Re: Movie songs

There's also the matter of the "Best Original Song" category at the Oscars (and whichever other awards bodies use said category) and how multiple recent winners have a loophole of sorts where they...
Replies: 6
Re-watching Burn Notice... again.
Posted By Iroquois
Re: Re-watching Burn Notice... again.

I've watched the entire series and liked it, but I don't think I'd ever go out of my way to rewatch any of it, much less all of it. Definitely worth watching for Campbell, at least.
Forum: General Movie Discussion 08-04-21
Replies: 51
Self-defeating movies
Posted By Iroquois
Re: Self-defeating movies

In fairness, nobody's ever been close enough to disprove it.
Forum: General Movie Discussion 08-04-21
Replies: 51
Self-defeating movies
Posted By Iroquois
I would've thought that the third act reveal is...

I would've thought that the third act reveal is of a piece with this idea and acknowledges that spirituality has its dark side (and that the only thing separating Searle's minor obsession from...
Forum: General Movie Discussion 08-04-21
Replies: 2
2019 - One of the best recent years for movies
Posted By Iroquois
Re: 2019 - One of the best recent years for movies

Even though I'd personally contest the "greatness" of a fair few of OP's picks, I have to admit there are enough I agree on that make me think of it as one of the better movie years in recent memory....
Forum: General Movie Discussion 08-04-21
Replies: 10
Movies I recommend! (2021 & 2022) Must see!
Posted By Iroquois
Re: Movies I recommend! (2021 & 2022) Must see!

Yeah, either that or calling them the "best" when nobody (or maybe just critics) has seen them yet is a tall order. It's pretty damning that the one of those I'm most interested in watching is the...
Forum: Movie Reviews 08-04-21
Replies: 2,028
The MoFo Top 100 Foreign Language Film Countdown
Posted By Iroquois
Re: The MoFo Top 100 Foreign Language Film Countdown

The Seventh Seal was my #15. A medieval folktale that manages to be both starkly nightmarish and comically absurdist, all while meditating on what a higher power truly means (whether it be God or...
Forum: General Movie Discussion 08-03-21
Replies: 51
Self-defeating movies
Posted By Iroquois
Re: Self-defeating movies

Don't know if I was really thinking it was great up to that point exactly but

the reveal at the end that Tromeo and Juliet were biological siblings, followed by them going "f*ck it" and deciding...
Forum: Movie Reviews 08-03-21
Replies: 2,028
The MoFo Top 100 Foreign Language Film Countdown
Posted By Iroquois
Re: The MoFo Top 100 Foreign Language Film Countdown

Spirited Away was my #12. I've obviously given the edge to Mononoke already, but there's no denying how much of a classic this is (even if it is arguably the most accessible entry point for...
Forum: General Movie Discussion 08-03-21
Replies: 28
Movies that you block out.
Posted By Iroquois
Re: Movies that you block out.

I'm not that arrogant. Franchises tend to cancel out their own worst installments anyway.