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May the fourth be with you! Happy Star Wars Day!

Started up Guillermo Del Toro's latest on HBOMAX: Nightmare Alley. Grim stuff. Will have to take a certain determination to get back into it.    Other recent viewings: Book of Boba Fett - en

Watched Get Back last night and today and loved it. That footage is priceless. 

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Has film discourse really devolved to, you must think "Everything Everywhere All at Once" is a perfect masterpiece or you hate art? Only slightly less exhausting than reading online reactions to the sci-fi black comedy is the experience of watching the movie, which I found simultaneously exhilarating and deflating. There’s no question that this fiercely original movie should be widely celebrated, but set aside for a moment the wild comic invention, the philosophical musings, the rich romanticism, and Michelle Yeoh’s shaded, career-defining performance as a Chinese-American who harnesses the ability to leap between parallel universes. To my eyes, the film is somewhat plagued by an affliction common to stories about the multiverse: By presenting incalculable new realities, the proceedings become drained of emotional investment; after all, if there are unlimited universes, and unlimited versions of me, what difference does it make if this universe or this me perishes? We still live on, infinitely, as if existence has an inexhaustible number of reset buttons. (As a viewer, if the protagonist I’m watching fails, I can rest easy in the knowledge that there’s another universe where that same mission succeeds.) Ironically, the movie’s most euphoric element--the winking absurdist humor that is the hallmark of its directors--often contributes to the overarching sense of weightlessness.

 

I guess I’ll hand over my cinephile badge now.
 

 

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9 hours ago, Beltmann said:

Has film discourse really devolved to, you must think "Everything Everywhere All at Once" is a perfect masterpiece or you hate art? Only slightly less exhausting than reading online reactions to the sci-fi black comedy is the experience of watching the movie, which I found simultaneously exhilarating and deflating. There’s no question that this fiercely original movie should be widely celebrated, but set aside for a moment the wild comic invention, the philosophical musings, the rich romanticism, and Michelle Yeoh’s shaded, career-defining performance as a Chinese-American who harnesses the ability to leap between parallel universes. To my eyes, the film is somewhat plagued by an affliction common to stories about the multiverse: By presenting incalculable new realities, the proceedings become drained of emotional investment; after all, if there are unlimited universes, and unlimited versions of me, what difference does it make if this universe or this me perishes? We still live on, infinitely, as if existence has an inexhaustible number of reset buttons. (As a viewer, if the protagonist I’m watching fails, I can rest easy in the knowledge that there’s another universe where that same mission succeeds.) Ironically, the movie’s most euphoric element--the winking absurdist humor that is the hallmark of its directors--often contributes to the overarching sense of weightlessness.

 

I guess I’ll hand over my cinephile badge now.
 

 

I saw this on Friday. It’s definitely worth seeing, but it’s so fast-paced and exhausting that you don’t have time to think about anything, and it’s difficult to form attachments to any character.  I wouldn’t say I found it deflating, but when I left the theater, I couldn’t say for sure whether I liked it or not.  As time has passed, I’m leaning more towards saying I liked it.  Michelle Yeoh was the best thing about it.  She was mesmerizing.  And Jamie Lee Curtis was unexpectedly hilarious!

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On 3/26/2022 at 12:41 PM, uncool2pillow said:

Atlanta Season 3... FINALLY! Both new episodes are so good.

Episode 4, The Big Payback is a stand-alone episode. None of the regular characters or plotlines are involved. You can watch it if you've never watched any of the other episodes. They do this from time to time. The same was true with episode 1. I encourage you to watch it. As someone whose bloodline is 50% Kentuckian, it made me incredibly uncomfortable. It's a great allegory on reparations.

 

Unrelated, immediately after watching that, I watched the season finale of Severance. They were probably the two best episodes of television I've ever watched back-to-back.

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1 hour ago, calvino said:

 

Starting watching this last night - very entertaining. 

Didn't know the doc was out -- thanks.

What channel is it on? I used to subscribe when I was a youngster. I remember getting a Changesonebowie LP as a bonus for subscribing. Life changing event.

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17 minutes ago, chuckrh said:

What channel is it on? I used to subscribe when I was a youngster. I remember getting a Changesonebowie LP as a bonus for subscribing. Life changing event.

It's on Amazon Prime.   

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49 minutes ago, chuckrh said:

What channel is it on? I used to subscribe when I was a youngster. I remember getting a Changesonebowie LP as a bonus for subscribing. Life changing event.

 

If you don't do Amazon  - I have been watching it on Kanopy (via my roku). 

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Somebody recommend a currently-in-theaters movie?

Pretty much anything but porn will be considered. I'm bored & need out. What should I spend (too much) money on? :spider3

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5 hours ago, kidsmoke said:

Somebody recommend a currently-in-theaters movie?

Pretty much anything but porn will be considered. I'm bored & need out. What should I spend (too much) money on? :spider3

I thought the new Nicolas Cage movie, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, was hilarious.  :)

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7 hours ago, kidsmoke said:

Somebody recommend a currently-in-theaters movie?

Pretty much anything but porn will be considered. I'm bored & need out. What should I spend (too much) money on? :spider3

This has been out for awhile but if you haven't seen it I highly recommend "The Sparks Brothers".

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12 hours ago, kidsmoke said:

Somebody recommend a currently-in-theaters movie?

Pretty much anything but porn will be considered. I'm bored & need out. What should I spend (too much) money on? :spider3

A friend has really been pushing me to get to Everything, Everywhere, All At Once while it's in theaters.

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