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  2. I'll see this I'm sure when I'm feeling less burnt out on war movies. Honestly they feel all too real these days, like "winter is coming"
  3. Now see, I loved the novel, but I'm also a full on nerd...who thankfully never got pulled into 4chan/gamergate gamer culture that became part of the Internet conception of gamers. I love the 80's references, and stuff that I loved as a kid, as well as some of the other things that I love more now as an adult. That said my love for the novel, and the portrayal of some characters has mellowed over the years, and Cline's second novel is just really not that good, instead just a rehash of Ready Player One 80's culture references with plot from Last Starfighter/Enders Game and far less interesting characters. Not a fan. It's kind of that thing where you love a thing before thinking about it too much and then you read a lot of valid criticism of it, and you almost feel a little bitter...but know they're right. You kinda want to rebel and still love it a little. And I do. It's a good story. Not as great as I once thought, but not terrible either. IMO
  4. Yesterday
  5. Between this and the Salinger biopic, Hoult seems to be developing a very particular niche.
  6. Links to our threads on rival in-development Tolkien biopics Middle Earth and Tolkien & Lewis. Links to our threads on the books Heaven's War, Looking for the King: An Inklings Novel and the in-development film adaptation of Here, There Be Dragons. - - - Nicholas Hoult Frontrunner To Play Young JRR Tolkien EXCLUSIVE: Nicholas Hoult is in early talks to star in Tolkien. He will play J.R.R. Tolkien, whose Middle-Earth epic novels hatched the Peter Jackson-directed film trilogies The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit. Dome Karukoski has been set to direct Tolkien, with Chernin Entertainment producing for Fox Searchlight. The script by David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford explores the formative years of the orphaned author as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a fellow group of outcasts at school. This takes him into the outbreak of World War I, which threatens to tear the “fellowship” apart. All of these experiences would inspire Tolkien to write his famous Middle-Earth novels. The filmmakers sparked to Hoult’s performance in the Yorgos Lanthimos-directed The Favorite. . . . Deadline.com, July 25 - - - I just noticed that the bulk of this thread was written on the 50th anniversary of C.S. Lewis's death. Which... doesn't really mean anything, but still.
  7. Yes. The conflation of the "One Week" part of the time sequence does not quite work. I think we are meant to assume that the unseen week passage of time accounts for the massive amount of people movement on the beaches.
  8. On that point, Andrew: " I never felt the main characters in these scenes were actually in grave danger" I did only when prompted to by the score, which in IMAX was not merely a matter of sound, but a felt experience of alarming rumbles and seat-shaking. This film was the most physical experience I have had in a theater, given what I can only assume was in intentional side effect of the amped up score. And I say "score" loosely, as a lot of this prompting to feel danger came from very low register rumbles, kind of a Zimmer sensory assault (low-flying panic attack?), which was often coupled with gunfire or bombs. At other times it was present beneath engine noise from the airplanes. But then at other occasions, the idea that something life-threatening was about to happen was signaled by a deep, room shaking, crackly base note. I am familiar with this particular kind of sound from various industrial concerts in the 90s. This was unnerving for me throughout. I get what Nolan was doing technically, or even formally, there. I did somewhat appreciate the sound design around gun activity, as I hate the way films sanitize what guns actually sound like. But the overlap between score and sheer sensory assault rankled my convictions about cinema, verite, and all that.
  9. Well, that certainly looks headache inducing. Sort of Speed Racer meets Transformers meets World of Warcraft to equal a Tron knockoff. No thanks.
  10. If this is a big pop-culture mash-up, I wonder if in some ways it might be comparable to Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, which Spielberg produced. (Spielberg was instrumental in sweet-talking Warner Brothers and other companies into letting their animated characters appear in a Disney movie.) Someone on Twitter quipped that Warner Brothers had no idea how to market The Iron Giant when it came out 18 years ago, so it seems a little odd that they're now basing *another* film's marketing campaign, in part, on imagery from that film.
  11. My friend who is a published science fiction writer hated the novel. I saw some excerpts floating around on Twitter the other day, and if they're accurate, I can imagine why. The worst kind of pop nostalgia pandering. I love Spielberg, but I can't work up any enthusiasm for this. Probably because I also despise gamer culture.
  12. Shortly after I saw it, I listened to The Projection Booth podcast, where all three members were quite enthusiastic over the film. It helped detail for me what I had missed in my first screening. projection-booth.blogspot.com/2017/05/episode-323-ninth-configuration-1980.html
  13. THERE BE SPOILERS AHEAD I dunno, I think a golden mean can be found between fetishizing violence (I only made it through 45 min or so of Hacksaw Ridge before turning it off as war porn) and sanitizing it. With its bloodlessness, Dunkirk erred to the opposite extreme (when bombs drop on a crowded beach, the result will look a whole lot different than what we saw here). And the dangers endured by the characters here (especially the repeated scenes with water filling compartments) felt too movie cliche to me, such that I never felt the main characters in these scenes were actually in grave danger.
  14. Sam Van Hallgren makes an observation that I remember thinking about during the movie (but forgot when I wrote my first impressions):
  15. I think that's what I admire most about this film. Next to The Thin Red Line, I'd be hard-pressed to think of a war film that felt so... truthful about war. It never succumbs to the cult of masculinity. Hardy's character is the closest thing to a traditional war hero here, but he's all business. I didn't mind the lack of an emotional center because Nolan's emotional centers tend to feel forced (for me, anyway). For kicks: The Dark Knight > The Prestige > Insomnia > Memento > Batman Begins > Dunkirk > Inception > The Dark Knight Rises > Interstellar. I jotted a bunch of first impressions as Letterboxd.
  16. kenmorefield wrote: : Typically I like a more traditional narrative, but that didn't bother me here because I didn't really need or want it to be any one person's story...the relative anonymity of the characters felt...appropriate... I haven't seen this film yet, but I wonder how it would compare to The Longest Day, which used lots of Hollywood stars (as well as up-and-comers like Sean Connery, whose first James Bond film came out a few weeks after The Longest Day did, I think) to *distinguish* its cast of characters, while preventing the movie from becoming any one person's story... The Longest Day is also noteworthy for having prominent French and German characters, which I gather this film doesn't.
  17. NBooth wrote: : Well, I mean at least giving Spock secret siblings is totally consistent with the way the series has always worked. The only precedent I can think of is Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, the movie that Gene Roddenberry considered non-canonical. I'm not sure that *that's* the most promising analogy that one could make here. (But hey, if this series found a way to bring Sybok into the story, that would be... interesting.)
  18. First Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In, the last two Planet of the Apes films) was hired to direct the film in Affleck's place. Then it was reported that Reeves has ditched the script that Affleck wrote in favour of a script that he, Reeves, will write himself. And *now* the latest rumour is that Warner Brothers is looking for a way to gracefully ease Affleck out of the film altogether. Affleck denied this, of course, when asked about it the other day (at Comic-Con, I think?), but, as they say, stay tuned.
  19. 1. The Thor / Hulk trailer looked fun. This looks... okay... though you can see how DC is trying to include some of the self-referential fun that has been a Marvel staple for years now. 2. The other day, at the movie theatre, I pointed to a poster for Justice League in which Batman was easily the most prominent figure, and predicted that the film's marketing strategy would change soon because of (a) the big success of Wonder Woman and (b) the rumour that Warner Brothers was looking for a way to ease Affleck out of the role. And, sure enough, this trailer emphasizes Wonder Woman far more than it does Batman (though he's certainly in there, as are Alfred and Commissioner Gordon).
  20. Checked back in at my B&N, and picked up a copy of the restocked Kagemusha blu-ray. Then I went over budget and picked up Stalker, which they only got in today. I must say, Kagemusha may have the most beautiful accompanying booklet of any Criterion film I've come across.
  21. Last week
  22. I am on the yea side, fwiw, though certainly not one who wants to argue with those who didn't like it. Perhaps because the last war movie I saw was Hacksaw Ridge, I found myself appreciating the mournful, resigned tone rather than going the route of sensationalizing the violence to the point of fetishizing it. Typically I like a more traditional narrative, but that didn't bother me here because I didn't really need or want it to be any one person's story...the relative anonymity of the characters felt...appropriate...
  23. Well, I mean at least giving Spock secret siblings is totally consistent with the way the series has always worked.
  24. Whoever runs the Movies Silently Twitter feed has been complaining all day about the direction this series seems likely to go: First there's the seeming revelation that Spock had a secret human sister all this time, and then there's the producer going on and on about how TV shows are becoming more like film (which is arguably a problem for a franchise like Star Trek, which has always been very TV-ish even when it went for serialized storylines a la Deep Space Nine).
  25. I watched the film on YouTube years ago but would need to see it again before I could say much about it. FWIW, links to our threads on The Exorcist (1973) and Shutter Island (2010), the latter of which reportedly has some similarities to The Ninth Configuration.
  26. After reading this commentary on 13 Reasons Why, I thought it would be interesting to compare 13 Reasons with the recent TV movie version of Sara Zarr's Story of a Girl, in which the protagonist struggles with many of the same issues, but with different results.
  27. If there is, I want to be a card-carrying member.
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