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Primer may be the most interesting and logically-sound time travel movie ever. But then Shane Carruth took like ten years to make an incomprehensible Thoreau inspired art film that was just weird and kind of not interesting.

 

Don't really care for the Oscars, it's for aesthetically challenged pollyanas, or george clooney idolizers. Good to see "Room" nominated besides the star vehicles though. 

 

I feel like people in Hollywood make race (and gender) in Hollywood seem far more important than it is. Maybe it's just the press coverage. Race in fashion is probably more interesting, and far more culturally relevant. I don't know if having all white nominees is worse than when the only non-white nominees were black, and who only played slaves, MLK, or butlers like in the last two years; while the white actors played the regular people.

 

Watched some Oscar buzzy films over the holidays, Big Short was okay, 15 Years was a good indie, Sicario was entertaining at times but borderline garbage at others, Villeneuve is a truly frustrating director, really good at some things but really really terrible at equally important things. Incendies is the epitome of those qualities. Creed was entertaining.

 

Still have that backlog of Akerman films, finished Les rendez-vous d'Anna.

 

Tempted to watch The Revenant just to talk about it. I liked all of Inarritu's films besides Babel, didn't see Biutiful. Les rendez-

 

Wanted to ask whether if anyone's into Kim Ki-Duk or Hong Sang-soo. Both are Korean and film festival darlings. Duk is really depraved, but has a very sharp eye for the social/political/religious fabric of Korean lower/middle class society. Hong makes films about film students and professors, his good ones are really boring on the first view but turn out to be very nuanced and complex. Lots of dialogue, Jane Birkin makes a cameo as herself in Nobody's Daughter Haewon, and also stars in another film opposite a Korean actor who spoke broken English to her throughout. 


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I wish I saw that diagram before I watched the movie. They explain it in the film, but it's definitely a movie that needs re-watching to wrap one's mind around. 

According to interviews, he intended for the jargon to be technically sound up until they talk about time travel which I guess adds to the confusion. things like degrading gravity, diamagnetism, are all topics of current research

http://www.avclub.com/article/shane-carruth-13898
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Watched some Oscar buzzy films over the holidays, Big Short was okay, 15 Years was a good indie, Sicario was entertaining at times but borderline garbage at others, Villeneuve is a truly frustrating director, really good at some things but really really terrible at equally important things. Incendies is the epitome of those qualities. Creed was entertaining.

big short was nice but a bit too romanticizing of wall st counter-culture, i'm not sure about it. the guys trying to tear down the system from the inside were still capitalist pigs and i think the movie portrayed them too heroically. still fun to watch everything burn while a few bandits make it out big.

i watched sicario in the theater not knowing much about it beforehand. benicio del toro is crazy. the movie kinda took a zorro turn at some point. somehow afterward i started watching narcos which was more entertaining.
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I first heard about Primer when I was following the making of Looper, because apparently Rian Johnston called in the writer/director of Primer as a consultant on the time travel aspects.

that chart seems overly complicated. the thing about Primer is the elegant simplicity (well, once you sort through the technical terms) of what's happening. I watched the trailer for Looper and it just struck me as Firth Element x Dumb and Dumber (of course because type-casting here but the action sequences the dialogue just seemed absurd)
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big short was nice but a bit too romanticizing of wall st counter-culture, i'm not sure about it. the guys trying to tear down the system from the inside were still capitalist pigs and i think the movie portrayed them too heroically. still fun to watch everything burn while a few bandits make it out big.

i watched sicario in the theater not knowing much about it beforehand. benicio del toro is crazy. the movie kinda took a zorro turn at some point. somehow afterward i started watching narcos which was more entertaining.

 

Well I'm glad Big Short at least had that one scene where Brad Pitt told the two kids to calm the fuck down because it would be inconceivable to make a movie with those protagonists without making it absolutely clear that they're essentially rooting for people to default on their mortages.

 

The one thing I couldn't get past about Sicario since the start was how a nice upper-middle class British actress with perfect skin could be cast as an FBI agent in charge of a bomb squad. Like really.

 

About Looper, I didn't like it either but the director's first film, "Brick," was really good. Joseph Gordon Levitt was in two of the best American indies of the past decade (Brick, Mysterious Skin), before he started doing shit like 500 days of summer.

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i watched sicario in the theater not knowing much about it beforehand. benicio del toro is crazy. the movie kinda took a zorro turn at some point. somehow afterward i started watching narcos which was more entertaining.

 

Narcos had great potential but making the blond guy the focal point was a big mistake, given how impossibly bland that actor was. And those voice-overs, ugh

 

I rate Sicario among my top 3 this year, loved the gloominess and apocalyptic vibe. The Assassin is probably the best thing I saw in 2015, but that was on a 9" screen in the middle of a 16hr flight to Taipei so my mental state wasn't the most level. Need to rewatch it on my projector at some point because even in those subpar conditions the cinematography and directing shone through.

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Creed was a good movie, but never really got beyond that. No question that Sylvester Stallone deserves a nomination. Michael B. Jordan was good and the direction was good, but I don't think that their snubs are anything egregious.

The Revenant was incredible, but I couldn't help but laugh at Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
the final scene where Leo just looks at the camera like "Now gimme my fucking Oscar".
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the thing about Primer is the elegant simplicity (well, once you sort through the technical terms) of what's happening

The confusing thing about Shane Carruth's movies is that he gives no narrative exposition whatsoever. I saw Upstream Color on mushrooms, and it still didn't make any sense.
post #608 of 609
Did anyone who saw Holy Motors find it to have any merit?

I'm all for weird topics and opaque formats -- Baraka; Zardoz; The Daddy of Rock 'n' Roll; Under The Skin; Sweet Movie; John Dies at the End; The Last Circus; Tree of Life; etc -- but I really struggled to get anything at all out of that one, despite a certain fondness for Eva Mendes and Kylie Minogue.

It has 91% on Rotten Tomatoes with a massive 8.2/10 average rating.
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/holy_motors/
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I saw it. I hadn't seen any other Leos Carax films. Apparently Holy Motors references those heavily. I thought it was amusing, don't remember much else.

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