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  1. Kinch

    Out 1

    I have the Carlotta Films boxset staring me down from my windowsill.
  2. Called it. Also, Altman's Player and In a Lonely Place. Not bad at all.
  3. Is this word used outside the context of professional wrestling?
  4. Kings of the Road (and, by extension, the other two entries of his Road Trilogy) is also a foregone conclusion, I'd say, since Janus is touring that Wenders retrospective right now. It would also seem to be supported by what Wenders himself told Indiewire in late 2014.
  5. I've been going on a bit of a social media mourning frenzy today. She was-no, is-someone I had a lot of admiration and respect for, and the reports as to its nature make the news worse.
  6. Kinch

    M (1931)

    Alongside Imamura's Vengeance is Mine, this is the serial killer film I regard highest, largely due to its disinterest in psychoanalytically pegging down the killer*, and how the cinematic energy most of its successors expend on that is redirected into an approach that treats Beckert as a sort of sociological stimulus. * IMO, the most potent and most honest serial killer film is the one that acknowledges that, even if the atrocities of the killer can be given some cogent interpretation through taxidermy or mommy issues or Blake paintings or gender dysphoria or the seven deadly sins, there will always be an incongruous element, simply because the killer is a human being and not a geometric construct. And that is where the horror lies. A common tendency in these films is to analogize the killer's actions to the brushstrokes of a painter, but to do this one must, in a sense, make the killer a canvas in and of themselves upon which one projects their psychobabble. (Deconstructing this killer-as-artist theme brings Against Interpretation to mind, in fact.
  7. Despair is the only Russian-phase Nabokov I've read, and even then, I'm not sure it should count, since I read his updated-as-well-as-translated 1967 version. Nevertheless, it's very good. (Also, as the biggest Fassbinder fan on the forum, I am contractually obligated to mention his 1978 adaptation. Stoppard wrote the screenplay, FWIW.) Also, NBooth, do you have any interest in tackling Ada? It's soooo worth it.
  8. This is something I totally want to see. To be honest, Rivette is a real blind spot, as I've only seen (the long version of) La Belle Noiseuse.
  9. I'll go one further and never look. I can't imagine any classic Roeg getting the remake treatment, but hypothetical casting for remakes of The Man Who Fell To Earth or Bad Timing could make for an entertaining cinephile's parlor game. Alt+MAlt+N
  10. The one with Yul Brynner? Oh, that sounds absolutely terrible. Like with another literary adaptation starring him (The Sound and the Fury, which I have avoided as well*), what baffles me is the apparent focus on Dmitri Karamazov due to the star casting. Not to say that William Shatner and Richard Basehart are/were unknowns, but...look at the posters; it was Yul's show. But I'm getting away from my point; Dmitri isn't a dull character, but I think that, if an adaptation absolutely had to focus on one of the brothers, Alexei or Ivan (who is one of my very favorite literary characters) would be far more interesting selections. *How do you justify taking Quentin (the first one) out of TSatF? Alt+MAlt+N
  11. Even with those ratings in mind, in your opinion, are there pieces that one could regret missing out on if they were to stick with Images? (Bear in mind that I've been toying with the idea of doing some major Wikipedia contributions to all things Bergman.)
  12. Agreed, and this is coming from a Camus fan. I often wish The Fall got all the attention instead. Thank you. Holden's inability to consider the possibility that he may also be "phony" drove me up a wall even when I was 13. No, I was never immune from this kind of thinking as an adolescent, but...I have problems with Holden that I've never had with, say, Stephen Dedalus, who I've always felt closer to. (Hence my profile name.)
  13. Kinch


    I'm sorry, but I just can't take a side. I refuse to compare masterworks of such different aims.
  14. (Since it doesn't have its own thread, I'm posting this here.) A couple weeks ago, I read The Dark Knight Returns for the second first time. See, TDKR was one of the two graphic novels I owned when I lived with my mother (the other was The Infinity Gauntlet), and since I hadn't read it since I was 7, I'd been wanting to look at it again for a couple years. However, I did hesitate for a long time out of fear that there would be a trigger somewhere, as has been the case when I reevaluated other things in my life pre-removal. (For example, I've never been able to finish The Neverending Story, which we were watching when I was removed.) I'm glad I got over myself, for while I can't see it as a flawless masterpiece, TDKR was very powerful. Granted, I haven't yet seen 2/3rds of the Nolan trilogy, so these tropes may be old hat now, but...wow. Now that I have a better grasp of what Superman represents, for instance, and can empathize with cynical resentment of his ideals in the context of Reagan-era America, the battle between him and the Bat is much more moving, and it makes the most politically horrifying piece of Watchmen an opening for a flawed, but beautiful heroism. As I read Bruce's thoughts as he wrestled with Superman, I thought of that line from the The Rebel that everyone cuts the most important part of when they quote: "What is a rebel? A man who says no, but whose refusal does not imply a renunciation." Also, in the second two books particularly, Bruce looks like Brando in Last Tango in Paris.
  15. Why are Region 1 copies of Lancelot du Lac so expensive?

  16. At the other end, I'm almost expecting that this will be so ridiculous that I'll be able to take The Night Porter seriously. Next A&F list: movies you should watch instead of Fifty Shades. I'll go ahead and nominate Salò. And I'll be sure to recommend it to anyone who comes out of Fifty Shades raving about how much they love the flick. I'm thinking of doing that with Eyes Wide Shut, Cries and Whispers, and Blue Velvet, and maybe Wolf of Wall Street and Funny Games as well. (Not really, but it would be so much fun.) Don't forget Irreversible!
  17. Kinch

    The Seventh Son

    I've been bombarded pretty heavily with ads for this during the past few days on YouTube. As I honestly did not know it was a YA-adaptation until seeing the topic's first post, and had figured that someone on a time crunch brainstorming fantasy flicks was struck by inspiration from their old Iron Maiden records, I am disappoint.
  18. At the other end, I'm almost expecting that this will be so ridiculous that I'll be able to take The Night Porter seriously. I've been joking to myself the last few days that some will defend this in the manner that critics I legitimately respect (such as Rosenbaum and Jacques Rivette) praise Showgirls. I am absolutely certain, however, that no line of dialogue here will ever top "then everybody got AIDS and sh*t". P.S. I started typing this before NBooth posted his reply. Didn't ride the Showgirls tangent from him.
  19. Kinch

    Training Day

    Interesting. I like Ethan Hawke, but the funny thing is that I generally can't stand him unless he's in a Linklater film. He's okay in Training Day, though. This is one of those cases where my opinion of the film is almost identical to SDG. However, I do think that charismatic villainry, amoralism, et cetera, while certainly dangerous (especially, especially when handled irresponsibly or just incompetently), is not in and of itself a strike against art. The case in Training Day and many other films, as SDG noted, is problematic because it upstages the film, but Denzel's leather-and-gold badassery is only partially to blame; the decline in thoughtfulness, to me, is more at fault. (My kind of movie gets more substantial as it plays.) Imagine if Dostoevsky just got lazy after The Grand Inquisitor. It would upstage the rest of The Brothers Karamazov. But as he gave everything equal rigor, is it still bad that he included that admittedly brilliant piece? (This is in no way suggesting that David Ayer is Dostoevsky's peer in any regard, obviously.) If you ask me, no. The other end of that hypothetical scenario is, I think, the real problem with charismatic villainry. An alternative is to give evil indignity. Think of how Harry Powell (I refuse to recognize his title as a reverend...which he probably bought, like "Colonel" Tom Parker) reacts in The Night of the Hunter when Lillian Gish whips out the boomstick. Tex Avery couldn't have topped that. (A non-artistic example is the defense I've heard of making fun of Hitler; the moment we give him dignity in solemnity is the moment he wins. Of course, not all people feel this way, but I thought it was worth bringing up.) Unfortunately, after typing this, I still can't get the Chappelle's Show skit parodying Training Day with Wayne Brady as the Denzel figure out of my head.
  20. Bear in mind that I can't speak from experience (I did, however help my teddy bear, Stewie Dedalus, get over a breakup a couple years ago), but here are good ones that come to mind: Marvin Gaye - Here, My Dear Richard & Linda Thompson - Shoot Out The Lights (surprised no one's mentioned this, but perhaps the radio has spoiled it) Fleetwood Mac - Rumours (and Tusk, perhaps) Andrew, on 23 Jan 2015 - 04:34 AM, said: Hmm, never gave this one a listen. I love PG's first four albums, and really like Birdy, Passion, and So, but...I think that, due to its era of release, I had a bad feeling that Us may deep-dive into unadulterated early 90s adult-contemporary, a niche I have built some prejudice against. Maybe that's also the contemporaneous state of his former bandmates speaking as well, but with your mentions of it, I think I'll try it out. Also, haven't heard it myself (since, y'know, I have things to do), but as it's semi-related, I must share this line from a list of 2014's worst albums with Robin Thicke's Paula on it. From here onward, that shall be my stock response to everything.
  21. Asterisks indicate first read. January Ada, or Ardor* The Public Burning* February started on The Tunnel* (Gass) [this is a book that will take some time, but I don't want it to go unrecorded until I finish, as I've done in other cases] March Invisible Man Ulysses: A Study* (Gilbert) St. Thomas More* The Golden Bough* (a paperback reprint of the 1922 abridgment. I'd love to tackle the 12-volume edition someday, plus the Aftermath supplement.) Led Zeppelin: When Gods Walked the Earth* Moby-Dick* April Berlin Alexanderplatz* Love is Colder Than Death: The Life and Times of Rainer Werner Fassbinder* (Honestly, it was somewhat disappointing. RWF is possibly my all-time favorite filmmaker barring Tarkovsky (and even there, they're so incomparable that I consider them both in singular to be my favorite), and I was disappointed with the biography, having expected more ink on the films themselves. There's a lot of stuff that goes on in them. Perhaps not as much as, say, Godard, but still.)
  22. Bold are theatrical viewings. Asterisks (*) indicate first viewing. January Die Hard* Shadows* (Cassavetes) The Sacrifice (Dear Lord was that print brutal.) Brazil (The Final Cut)* Night Moves (Penn) The Devil, Probably* (man, that was some light viewing) Who Framed Roger Rabbit?* Despair* (Fassbinder) Eraserhead An Evening with Kevin Smith* (Since I recently bought the Criterion of Chasing Amy because it was a Criterion virtually for free (as in, I was at a pawn shop where DVDs were $2 each, and I took advantage of their 6 for $10 deal), I figured that, just for the heck of it, I'd get a primer on Kevin Smith. I'd already seen the part where he talks about the Superman reboot, and enjoyed it, so why not?) Office Space* Deconstructing Harry* Chasing Amy* February Journey Through The Past* L'Eclisse* The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant
  23. Kinch

    Pontius Pilate

    Maybe we can get Bowie now.
  24. So the black Kevin Shields actually did it. Merry Christmas, music lovers.
  25. At the dinner table, my foster brother told me he got bit by a tarantula at Petco.
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