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Discussion in 'the Entertainment Spot' started by Thread Manager, Aug 17, 2015.
Finally I watched can you ever forgive me and I likeed it. Now I feel like reading Lee Israel.
Climax by Gaspard Noé. A very interesting visual (and musical) experience
The "Fyre" doc on Netflix.
All I have to say is: "" and "I never want to hear the word 'influencer' ever again."
Omg, did you actually watch that?? I was so shocked when I saw it in my feed that I looked for a button to remove it from my sight. Permanently!
I mean, I get it. There should be something for everyone. But Netflix actually threw money at this instead of doing the right thing by Monique? There was really nothing else to document? Other than a social media party where sh!t went sideways? Talk about keeping the dumb dumber.
What's more shocking is that there's not one, but TWO Fyre documentaries doing the rounds right now. Sometimes I wish I could tap out from society.
The Fyre doc by Netflic was a fine exercise in comedy, that asian guy peeing on the tents, that old queen willing to give a blowjob to some customs officer, the cute yoga guy trying to keep it all together and the absurdity of Bella Hadid and Emily Ratface becoming signifiers of wealth, status and coolness. Kill me, please. The Hulu one left me cold, the editing was trying too hard to be funny (when this story is already laugh out loud hilarious) and the interview with the scammer-in-chief wasn't interesting at all.
I saw BlackkKlansman and thought it was a very cool, informative movie with great comedic bits scattered throughout that make it stand apart from the Oscar-bait cheesiness of most competitors...plus it gave me a chance to marvel at how ugly-hot Adam Driver is. A 9/10 for me.
First Reformed. Ethan Hawke deserved to be nominated for an Oscar.
Velvet Buzzsaw. I loved it. A lot of mystery and disturbing scenes in the art world. That's what you get critics! That artist's soul reminds me of Stanisław Szukalski who hated critics
Feeling campy, so Death Becomes Her and She Devil.
Both are part of the 'so bad that it's actually rather good' category. Besides, bitchy Meryl Streep is the best. Lol
Hellraiser, for the very first time.
Christian Petzold's Phoenix (2014), which was pretty stunning, astounding and challenging to watch.
Pearl Harbor. Stumbled on it when I was feeling lazy and channel surffed. Well, should have just continued surfing. Oh my god it was bad.
My companion and I arrived a bit late to see this one and that alone served as an excuse to actually see it for the second time in a row. An updated "All About Eve." The dialogues are as sharp as a knife and in the hands of such committed performers they make the viewing such a sadistic little treat, they incessantly eviscerate one another while mostly keeping a cold exterior, making the scenes all the more menacing and disturbing.
My appreciation for Lanthimos' work had nosedived since last year, I loved "The Lobster" but "The Killing of a Sacred Deer" was as enjoyable as drinking bleach while downing a jar of nails, and understandably I was more than a bit hesitant to raise my hopes too high, of course now I can safely say that Lanthimos quirkyness adds such freshness to the material and I couldn't imagine it in anyone else's hands. I even liked the controversial final sequence. I recently re-watched "Network" and kept thinking of how much I would enjoy to see his take on that movie.
The makeup and costume designers make a neat argument in favo(u)r of anachronistic costuming and make-up in film. The star moles on Hoult and Stone, the dramatic "badger" eyeshadow and manly looking outfits worn by Weisz are not period-appropiate but such unconventional fare fits perfectly into this unconventional story and they are beautiful in their own right.
-SPOILER- Abigail's final transformation into the over-indulgent rich bitch at the court dinner scene is mesmerizing, that wh*re-ish makeup and some fine acting on her part, show you how much Abigail has changed from the mousy, two-faced girl who fooled you into empathizing with her struggles to the disgustingly cynical c*** she'd been all along behind the facade of civility; It dawns on you that all those years living at the bottom of the food chain in such an unforgiving society have effectively molded her into the cruelest of persons and it's deeply unsettling. Stone's comedic timing and acting in general was on point throughout, her child-like sobbing to manipulate the Queen actually made me smile and yet her "I'm on my side, always" speech sent chills down my spine. She should have won the Oscar for this one instead of Bland-La-Land. At the very least she convinced me she has more range than hammy, overrated Lawrence.
Olivia Colman and Rachael Weisz, the latter of which I've always adored, are no less amazing but Stone is a formidable protagonist (category fraud aside) and her performance has haunted me the whole week.
Maria by Callas
The Fyre documentary is actually kind of amazing, it's like Brexit in a nutshell.
The last film I've seen at home was the "Shape of Water", I usually do not go at all for that type of film, but actually I really liked it. A very nice surprise.
Leaving Neverland followed by the Oprah interview.
I was never a MJ fan and his hyped passed me by, so I looked at this from a relatively objective POV. I think at the end of the day the director succeeded in what he initially set out to do - to show the full mastery of victim grooming. And not only the kids, but the adults too. Because for MJ to even get that level of access to kids is preposterous. I felt a profound amount of pity for the Robinson mum who was as much under MJs spell to the extent that she curled up with his jacket and wept when she found out about his death. The gran and daughter-in-law's lynch mob attitude 'what kind of mother.....' will certainly resonate with many. I thought it to be very much like the 'why didn't you run, scream, fought back' type of responses when someone questions rape victims. But the sequence of the saga makes it more than plausible.
There has been a lot of detractors, online and IRL, saying the men are liars and coming up with a set of conspiracy theories as long as your arm. But the fact remains that a 32-year old man slept in the same bed with a bunch of 10yo boys whom he had absolutely no relation with. Even when you strip the allegations, there's no way to justify that. No amount of 'oh but he's so lonely/he never had a childhood' excuses can explain that away. Also, if you've done a psychology course then it won't at all be surprising to find victims lied in aid of abusers. That it happened well into adulthood not only underscores the extent of the grooming, but also how psychologically stunted the guys must (have) be. a form of arrested development, if you like.
Personally speaking, I found the birthday video, the notes, all of it downright creepy. As an outsider, my alarms would immediately have gone off. But there too, I think the Robinsons and the other family too to some extent were starstruck. Maybe they just saw it as the brand of 'eccentricity' which Jackson was so famous for. Whatever the case, the material must've helped in making MJ more endearing and less threatening to them.
I think the Oprah interview pretty much summarised that documentary very well. Still think her silence over her friendship with Weinstein is a taint which she won't be escaping from anytime soon, but one could sense her input here was earnest above all else.
"Gloria Bell" with Julianne Moore. Okay movie, but Julianne Moore was nothing short of fantastic in it. There was one scene in particular where it was just her sitting at a table, alone, and she seemed to express, like, 4 different emotions in a quick span of 2 minutes. Good work, my dear.
Tim Burton's Dumbo. Better than I expected, but I still wanted it to be a little bit darker, like the best Burton's movies. A nice, fun but also touching movie.
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