Mr. Arkadin

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  1. The topic seems made for Tree of Life (which is probably why I resisted the topic in general; that film clashes with my sensibilities a bit). But, yes, thinking of it in apocalyptic terms is probably the way to go.
  2. Yeah, there's a vagueness to the topic I resist (I didn't vote for it, myself). It needs some boundaries.
  3. FWIW, Woo is a Lutheran. You find a lot of Christian imagery in his movies, which Woo has said is very intentional.
  4. "Waking Up" seems to be the topic with the most momentum (so far, at least).
  5. The poll will be open through Saturday, 3/18.
  6. So now hopefully we're all settled enough to devote some time to compiling and assembling a Top 25 list for 2017. So far, the topics discussed are the following: Films about coming of age Films about crime and punishment Films about cultural upheaval Films about government Films about idealism vs. reality Films about small towns Films about "waking up" I want to open up this week as an official nomination period to see if there are any topics others would want to suggest before we open voting on a specific topic next week.
  7. This looks like everything I feared it would be.
  8. Apparently, this will pull a SUPERMAN RETURNS and will be a sequel to only the first two HALLOWEEN films.
  9. So have things settled enough that we are ready to devote our attention to this? Speaking for myself, I'm ready.
  10. Oh, very much so. Fantasy and sci-fi is rife with storytelling of this sort.
  11. Glen is delicious in this movie. He makes the most of every little moment.
  12. Yes! No need to stick with real-world cultural upheaval.
  13. I would strongly recommend skipping the 3D. I saw it in 2D on the recommendation of a friend, and I'm glad I did. The cuts are very, very fast, even by "chaos cinema" standards, and the images are often dark and shadowy.
  14. Hm. I'm thinking more in terms of "cultural upheaval." Moments where society's status quo is strained or shattered and factions are formed as a result. "Encountering the Other" isn't a bad idea on its own, but it suggests something different. To cite one example, CABARET is a film about cultural upheaval. It's not really a film about encountering "the Other."
  15. Anderson's decision to go full-on fast-cut shakycam is something of a bummer, but the action is still propulsive enough to keep things moving. Thankfully, Anderson's penchant for outlandish scenarios remains intact, as is his sense of lean, goal-focused plotting. In its own so-absurd-it's-almost-smart way, the film does well by the ideas about technology and identity that have run throughout this wild series, and therefore The Final Chapter ultimately serves as a strong conclusion (even if, when you get down to it, its conclusion isn't all that final). Iain Glen is pretty awesome here.