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  1. I'm getting a strong "Dirty Dozen" vibe. Which is a good thing in my book.
  2. I don't have any real affinity for Aquaman, but this generic angry muscley dude who they have turned him into is utterly uninteresting to me.
  3. That looks absolutely terrible.
  4. So, the trailer is out, and it is looking really good.
  5. Babette's Feast (Axel, 1987) Blade Runner (Scott, 1982) Laurence of Arabia (Lean, 1962) Life of Brian (Jones, 1979) Mistress America (Baumbach, 2015) Miller's Crossing (Coen Brothers, 1990) My Neighbor Totoro (Miyazaki, 1988) Moonrise Kingdom (Anderson, 2012) The Iron Giant (Bird, 1999) The Descent (Marshall, 2005)
  6. While the design and color and music choices were striking throughout Tokyo Drifter, there were two camera shots that struck me as hugely inventive. One was at the 13:35 timestamp, right after we see Viper Tatsuso intimidate Chiharu. There is a shot of the traffic, with the camera held level, and the traffic moving across the frame horizontally. Then the camera tilts to the left, and pans to the right until it catches another car in the frame. As it follows that car back around to the left, the tilt that it had previously made leads it to line up square with the car as it parks below the viewer. The way the camera moved was initially so surprising, but then lined up exactly with where the shot was ending. The other shot, which I'm sure everybody else noticed, was when Mutsuko was shot and you see her from above crumple onto the floor. This was such an inventive shot, but in this case, I wonder if it served to alienate the viewer somewhat. The cut is from Kurata, Tetsu's boss, seeing that Mutsuko is shot, to this shot from above. I was expecting a 180 degree cut, but then the camera abruptly shot up into the ceiling, disconnecting the viewer from Kurata's reaction.
  7. My problem with Tokyo Drifter was less its lack of narrative than its lack of characterization. Those other movies you mention, Drive, Mad Max Fury Road, have very transparent, expressive, and relatable characters, which I did not find to be the case in Tokyo Drifter. The filming matches the drama of the narrative and helps us connect with the characters.. Tokyo Drifter, on the other hand, felt like a mismatch between those elements.
  8. I think I agree, but not really in a positive way. In finishing the movie I thought to myself, "Wow, I loved the look of that movie and its music." But throughout the film I struggled to connect at all with the protagonist. I do plan to view it again in the next week or so to give it another shot. I struggled throughout to keep several of the secondary characters straight, and that might have been a bit of a distraction.
  9. So, I would like an invite to the a&f Facebook group. My Facebook profile is here: https://www.facebook.com/Scott.s.cunningham.jr  Thanks!

  10. Btw, how does one get connected with this Facebook group all the cool kids are on?
  11. Here is a great visual essay on why The Force Awakens is an effective contribution to Star Wars:
  12. Cunningham

    It Follows

    I think you're way overthinking it. I assumed that what happened was that she went out and had sex with the guys on the boat and came home, which bought her a few days (at the cost of being quite traumatic for her -- the scene where she is on the way home she looks just totally broken). Whoever she was with first became infected, and even if he passed it on, none of them knew about the "curse" and so wouldn't be prepared and were easy prey. So the "thing" just worked its way back down the line back to J I don't think there was an implication that they lived out on the water or anything. They were just out for a fishing trip. I loved the movie, including the soundtrack. But I think my favorite technical aspect may have been the cinematography. Super-slow circular pans, lots of zoomed in "voyeur" establishing shots. Very effective in building the paranoia the that the film depended on.
  13. Veronica Marrs, Gilmore Girls, and Freaks and Geeks are all great (a bit older) shows that are great for teens and parents. Daredevil might be a bit violent depending on one's standards, but otherwise I think works...
  14. Cunningham

    The Frame

    So, I don't know if I loved this like I loved Ink, but I did very much like this film. I do think that it was significantly more abstract than Ink, and more challenging.
  15. This explains my affection for the film. I like interesting noble failure.
  16. You know, if this were the trailer for a TV show, I would be drooling with anticipation, but I cannot believe that any movie worth watching movie could have enough disconnected action sequences for this trailer to be cut from it.
  17. Saw this this afternoon. Very funny. was one of the better comedic scenes I've seen this year.
  18. Cunningham

    The Frame

    This comes out in just 2 weeks! Has anyone seen any reviews for festivals or early showings?
  19. http://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/news-bfi/lists/10-great-horror-films-21st-century The only two of these that I've seen are Session 9 and The Descent, but both of these are legit greats in my book, so I'm curious about the rest. Are there any fans of any of the rest of these here at A&F? Here's the list for the click-averse: Session 9 (2001) May (2002) The Descent (2005) Bug (2006) Inside (2007) Amer (2009) The House of the Devil (2009) The Loved Ones (2009) We Are What We Are (2010) Berberian Sound Studio (2012)
  20. Wow - trailers from two of my favorite imaginators the same day! (The Frame is the other)
  21. Here's a great piece on who is Adam Warlock for anyone interested: http://www.avclub.com/article/jim-starlins-warlock-sets-standard-cosmic-comics-207366
  22. I'm pretty sure that the trailer seemed somewhat satirical to me -- especially that, "Maybe we're not supposed to stay here tonight," line.
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