Under the Silver Lake (David Robert Mitchell, 2018)

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#1 Post by DarkImbecile » Fri Mar 02, 2018 4:27 pm

Under the Silver Lake, David Robert Mitchell’s follow-up to It Follows, finally gets scheduled for a platform release beginning June 22.

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Under the Silver Lake (David Robert Mitchell, 2018)

#2 Post by dda1996a » Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:19 am

Under the Silver Lake
This gave me a big Pynchon vibe, so I hope this is as unique and good as Inherent Vice was (for me at least).
I really liked Myth of the American Sleepover and It Follows so I'm excited for this. Cannes official selection?

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#3 Post by domino harvey » Wed Mar 21, 2018 11:53 am

Looks weird in a good way. Definitely Inherent Vice vibes

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#4 Post by dda1996a » Wed Mar 21, 2018 12:56 pm

At first watch this looked like a period piece with all those records and fashion but I spotted the drone and a laptop. Interesting mash. I hope this is more Pynchon and less The Nice Guys

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#5 Post by domino harvey » Wed Mar 21, 2018 1:10 pm

That's kind of Mitchell's thing. There's an intentional blurring of period in his other films as well

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Re: Under the Silver Lake (David Robert Mitchell, 2018)

#6 Post by Big Ben » Wed Mar 21, 2018 2:55 pm

This is certainly a film for this time and place. Nothing makes me laugh harder than a bunch of people thinking random facts of data factor into major plots and conspiracies.

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#7 Post by domino harvey » Sun Mar 25, 2018 2:49 pm

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#8 Post by dda1996a » Sun Mar 25, 2018 10:15 pm

I rather... like it? It definitely makes sense

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Re: Under the Silver Lake (David Robert Mitchell, 2018)

#9 Post by mfunk9786 » Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:47 am

Finally took the time to watch this trailer and LQ and I were discussing it last night: I still just have these reservations about David Robert Mitchell's sensibility I can't quite get past. You can't tell too much from a trailer, of course, but there's sort of a 'noir-for-kidz' vibe to much of it, even moreso than something like Rian Johnson's Brick, which despite its setting played things pretty straight and pretty dark, which to me was the appeal. The trailer starts compellingly but then we've got this very candy-colored vibe that's drawing from clever faux-cereal boxes and old video games and 80s records... I mean, again, I'll give the film as fair a shake as any other despite my not enjoying It Follows partially for some similar reasons, but I'm not sure how this sort of pop fetishism is much different from the sort of thing that Ready Player One is trading on, with shaggier and more humble ambitions, but the same sort of borderline cynical touchstones.

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#10 Post by dda1996a » Wed Apr 04, 2018 3:38 pm

Mind expanding your opinion on It Follows?

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Re: Under the Silver Lake (David Robert Mitchell, 2018)

#11 Post by DarkImbecile » Wed Apr 04, 2018 3:41 pm

Not to jump in for mfunk, but you can check the It Follows thread for his take from a few years ago.

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Re: Under the Silver Lake (David Robert Mitchell, 2018)

#12 Post by mfunk9786 » Wed Apr 04, 2018 4:35 pm

DarkImbecile wrote:Not to jump in for mfunk, but you can check the It Follows thread for his take from a few years ago.
In your perfect world, would someone be able to merely think of a film and acquire the CF.org URL for it via some sort of electrified teardrop that emerges from their eye?

That makeup case e-reader still strikes me as the most impractical mise en scène contrivance imaginable.

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Re: Under the Silver Lake (David Robert Mitchell, 2018)

#13 Post by DarkImbecile » Wed Apr 04, 2018 4:56 pm

mfunk9786 wrote:In your perfect world, would someone be able to merely think of a film and acquire the CF.org URL for it via some sort of electrified teardrop that emerges from their eye?
A tear of pure joy. Perhaps we could join forces and eventually have each user’s mandatory avatar be a clickable link to a complete sortable list of all of their film-related comments.

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#14 Post by mfunk9786 » Wed Apr 04, 2018 6:04 pm

DarkImbecile wrote:Perhaps we could join forces and eventually have each user’s mandatory avatar be a clickable link to a complete sortable list of all of their film-related comments.
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Re: Under the Silver Lake (David Robert Mitchell, 2018)

#15 Post by mfunk9786 » Tue Apr 10, 2018 12:07 pm

New poster. As A24 puts it (cringingly), it's "inspired by Highlights for Children":

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Had no idea this was Riley Keough until right now. She's something else.

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Re: Under the Silver Lake (David Robert Mitchell, 2018)

#16 Post by Big Ben » Tue Apr 10, 2018 12:24 pm

Note Garfield's face in the palm trees. That makes a bit more clever I guess given the subject matter.

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#17 Post by mfunk9786 » Thu May 17, 2018 6:45 pm

Didn't realize this had gotten such pans coming out of Cannes, it's got a 2 on the Screen International grid, one of the lowest of the festival, and 58% on RT. Joshua Rothkopf gave it 5 stars, even though nothing in his review seems to really point to why, as he seems to have more than a few qualms with it.

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#18 Post by Ribs » Thu May 17, 2018 6:51 pm

The main complaint seems to be that it's 140 minutes long, which while it seemed totally appropriate for Inherent Vice seems to me like a movie of this apparent tone wildly overstaying its welcome

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Re: Under the Silver Lake (David Robert Mitchell, 2018)

#19 Post by mfunk9786 » Thu May 17, 2018 6:59 pm

At least Mitchell can continue to edit if he takes the criticism to heart/sees anything that wasn't working for the crowd. And has the ego for it, of course, I'm sure most filmmakers wouldn't. It'll probably be an instance where during the U.S. release most critics here will like it because it isn't another summer blockbuster, or just because it plays better here in general.

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Re: Under the Silver Lake (David Robert Mitchell, 2018)

#20 Post by Omensetter » Thu May 17, 2018 7:01 pm

It fared well on these fairly highbrow polls (especially the latter): http://jury.critic.de/cannes/, http://www.todaslascriticas.com.ar/cannes/2018

But yeah, it's hard to ignore the pans and I really cannot form any sort of expectations for it, regardless of my adoration (and, it seems, this forum's) of The Myth of the American Sleepover---which is thrilling! Jonathan Romney compared it to Lynch and Pynchon (not favorably---"Incoherent Vice"), but that only stokes anticipation. Some are saying it's one for the incel set and others are saying that it's actually critiquing white male privilege. Fortunately, it's being released very soon.

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#21 Post by mfunk9786 » Thu May 17, 2018 7:04 pm

Omensetter wrote:it's one for the incel set
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Re: Under the Silver Lake (David Robert Mitchell, 2018)

#22 Post by DarkImbecile » Fri Jun 01, 2018 3:32 pm

Only three weeks before its release date, A24 has pushed this back to December 7th

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#23 Post by MongooseCmr » Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:01 pm

Well that’s just logical, there’s always way too many big indies in wide release during the summer and too few in December.

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#24 Post by DarkImbecile » Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:27 pm

Yeah, the article makes the point that only one other project is scheduled for that date while failing to add in big letters FOR THE MOMENT. Though looking at A24's other releases scheduled for the year, maybe they view this as their best shot at some nominations.

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#25 Post by domino harvey » Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:35 pm

That may be, but I think Mongoose was being sarcastic (think Oscar season)

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