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 Post subject: The Films of 2018
PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 1:00 am 
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 Post subject: Re: The Films of 2018
PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 1:59 am 
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Or are you wrong


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 2:02 am 
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 Post subject: Re: The Films of 2018
PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 2:44 pm 
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This year's Purge film will be The First Purge, and will be taking a hopefully pretty interesting approach.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 6:18 pm 
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"I had the best purges. We hired the best people. The BEST!"


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Teaser trailer that aired after the SOTU


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 Post subject: Re: The Films of 2018
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This year's Purge film will be The First Purge, and will be taking a hopefully pretty interesting approach.

Subtlety is soooooooo 2015.


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Lav Diaz is making a musical


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 Post subject: Re: The Films of 2018
PostPosted: Sat Feb 03, 2018 5:11 pm 
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Apichatpong Weerasethakul updates on his next project Memoria.


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 Post subject: Re: The Films of 2018
PostPosted: Sun Feb 04, 2018 7:25 pm 
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One of the coolest, least known 90's bands.


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 Post subject: Re: The Films of 2018
PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 9:39 am 
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One of the coolest, least known 90's bands.

That's a great promo - I definitely want to check this documentary out. I was able to experience Brainiac at a small bar in Detroit where the stage was so tiny I felt like I was on the stage as the band performed. At one point, Tim Taylor's wild gyrations caused his sunglasses to fly off and land at my feet; I handed the glasses back to him in a very un-rock-and-roll moment, but, you know, it was the polite thing to do.


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 Post subject: Re: The Films of 2018
PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 9:48 am 
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Haha. I love that story.

I feel like the first time I saw them - they open for The Breeders - but maybe it was someone else... Anyway, my friend and looked at each other and said, “what the hell is this?”


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 Post subject: Re: The Films of 2018
PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 11:35 am 
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This movie seemingly came out of nowhere but I won't pretend the opening line of the Village Voice's Basmati Blues review doesn't pique my interest:
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Look, whatever you’re tempted to say about Basmati Blues, here’s one thing that’s true: There’s no way your satiric screwball Ameri-indie Bollywood-inflected Brie Larson romantic musical comedy about agribusiness in India would work better.

EDIT: Having now read the entire review, I'm convinced this movie is amazing


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 Post subject: Re: The Films of 2018
PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:22 pm 
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You missed one of the best parts!

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Larson gamely sparkles, though she can’t quite make Linda comprehensible. (The film was shot in 2013 and is now seeing release thanks to Larson’s higher profile.)


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 Post subject: Re: The Films of 2018
PostPosted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:07 pm 
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Was at the Prague premier of Jan Švankmajer's Insect (Hmyz) the other night and have just found the time to write something up about it...

I think this is his funniest film, for reasons that I will discuss below. I feel like Lunacy is its closest relative in his filmography, as this also blatantly blends literary sources: the brothers Čapek, Shakespeare, and Kafka. I guess the way Shakespeare is employed here is in the same vein as the versions of Faust for Lekce Faust. Gonna spoilertag most of the rest of this since it's best to see the film before knowing one of the major decisions it made in its editing. I'll point out that if you contributed to the crowdfunding campaign, you most likely received an email today where you can watch Insect on Vimeo and join the discussion :D
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I was mostly surprised by the structure of the film. Since Lunacy, his films have been accompanied by a short Švankmajer introduction and I expected the same here. However, the introduction is not the only bit like this as the whole movie is a blend of making-of documentary (!) and his typical narrative style. I think this is an inspired decision as it expertly parallels and seeps into the narrative portion with another director herding his own reluctant "insects" to perform on the stage, rather than the camera! I liked that certain scenes had punch-lines that would not exist without the accompanying behind-the-scenes footage right before/after. I'm specifically thinking of him directing Norbert Lichy to eye up Ivana Uhlírová with a cannibal desire as she's pulling at her stomach fat! This played to riotous laughter and is what I meant by this being his funniest film, as it unexpectedly utilizes his humor in a different way. Not sure how much seeing it in a full theater of people understanding it in its native language plays into my perception here but would love to hear other's thoughts!
Other candid moments, like Švankmajer herding insects and being bitten by a roach or yelling at his dog to get out of the shot were a pure delight to see. In this regard, it reminded me a lot of Faces Places from last year as another swan song from a cinematic great that focuses on the creation of their respective author's art (Švankmajer is also an adorable senior and so enjoyable to see in action, just like Varda). I'm not sure how much the decision to include significant amounts of making-of footage was necessitated by the rush in production (it notably finished production several months ahead of schedule), or the relatively short amount of material for the narrative portion of the film. As for the latter point, I thought I had read somewhere that Švankmajer had a draft of this written up before - I think it was in that one huge coffee table-esque book - but he mentions in this film that he recently wrote the script as he was imagining it on the fly.
In the end, I'm really glad this got made as Švankmajer himself was amazed that people out of the film industry helped him fund this, the only of his features to be completely funded before production. I wonder if this could have influenced the direction he chose for the film (optimist ending vs pessimist ending) and in hindsight it's really shocking that he goes for the former given the darkly comic ending of most of his films/short films. If it reflects his current mental state, it's all the more welcome, as I think I recall he was depressed from the passing of his wife before the production of Surviving Life
Apologies if this was a little rambling as I'm not going off much sleep and wanted to jump on here and get some buzz going. That final line is so good!


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 Post subject: Re: The Films of 2018
PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 4:36 pm 
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Game Night is garnering unexpectedly effusive reviews across the board. When's even the last time a mainstream comedy was critically well liked and funny?


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 Post subject: Re: The Films of 2018
PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 4:49 pm 
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Girls trip?


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 Post subject: Re: The Films of 2018
PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 5:01 pm 
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That would be Girl's Trip from last year as movielocke mentioned. I was quite surprised myself. Annihilation, the new Natalie Portman Sci-Fi venture is also getting raves.


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 Post subject: Re: The Films of 2018
PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 5:12 pm 
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Don’t forget the reviews Black Panther has gotten. Everyone knows mid-February is when the studios release all their best films.


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 Post subject: Re: The Films of 2018
PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2018 6:04 am 
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...and Duncan Jones' Mute is yet another Netflix original to be on the receiving end of terrible reviews


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 Post subject: Re: The Films of 2018
PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2018 9:25 am 
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Starting to look like Moon was a fluke and not a promising first step.


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