Last Movie You Saw #10

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  1. kissmesweet

    kissmesweet Well-Known Member

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    I saw Sunset (2018) by László Nemes. Immersive, stunning and beautifully filmed and scored. Highly recommended!
     
  2. eugenius

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    I saw "Us" last night. Great movie, and Lupita was fantastic in it. I totally forgot about that "Hands Across America" moment in our country.
     
  3. Your Anchor

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    Saw Roman Holiday (this is like my 30285th time seeing it) during spring break with a friend, apparently she didn't appreciate the film as much as I do :innocent:
     
  4. MulletProof

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    White Crow. :heart:

    Hard to envision this being a commercial success but I think Ralph Fiennes did such a superb job trying to comprehend as much as possible of Nureyev’s complex life, the context without taking a political stance and vilifying the Soviet Union and not neglecting the actual art form for a second, even Sergei Polunin gets plenty of screen time despite having an insignificant role. The fact that he focused on technique and rehearsals and Vaganova.. hats off. The casting is also on point (no pun intended!).. that adorable little boy, plus the academy and theater shots.. and the way the defection is presented is just the right dose of tension, zero action bs but you still know what was on the line for all parties.

    I guess the only criticism is that the movie goes back and forth through decades (from Nureyev’s childhood to defection) too abruptly for my taste, that I still don’t fully grasp what made Nureyev that special (probably because it’s not actually Nureyev but you can do anything in film, it’s the Paris Opera and I saw it on a gigantic screen so why is it not doing much..?) and that there’s a lack of warmth in the way he’s portrayed that he comes off more as not so different from another well-trained but stupid football player, from a difficult background yes, but still unpleasant and a jerk.

    Also Ralph’s Russian makes me so jealous. His ballet master portrayal in general is just soooo accurate, this blank ‘horosho..’.. yup!
     
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    Perickles Well-Known Member

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    I saw Whitney. I love her!
     
  6. YohjiAddict

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    I saw Heathers. Biting, sharp and delirious, wish they hadn't killed off Heather Chandler so quickly. Winona is highly overrated though.
     
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  7. cestmagique

    cestmagique you set the scene

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    The Bodyguard w/ Whitney Houston... Oh my god, I freaking loved it. :lol::crush:
     
  8. BaBorrow

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    I’ve finally got around to watching ‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.’ I am very happy with how they ended this trilogy.
    :D
     
  9. cestmagique

    cestmagique you set the scene

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    Oh Lucy! -- it was uncomfortable to watch but the ending was so affecting... Kind of conflicted as to whether I liked it overall. :wacko:
     
  10. jexxica

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    Aladdin (2019). Better than what I expected. The main characters and actors are good, specially Naomi as Jasmine. I didn't like this genius, sorry Will Smith. I also miss Jafar, here he is not that intimidating and scary. A whole new world was a pretty scene.

    Anyway, I had mixed feelings about this movie but I enjoyed it more than I thought I would (I was expecting the worst).
     
  11. RedSmokeRise

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    Midsommar. Twice!!

    Ari Aster just gets it.
     
  12. Valentine27

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    Lately, I saw Parasite by Bong Joon Ho, and Sibyl by Justine Triet.
     
  13. Ed..

    Ed.. cape cod kwassa kwassa!

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    Vox Lux. I don't like it. I'm sorry, Natalie Portman. :cry:
     
  14. MulletProof

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    ^ will never forget the ice bag I had on my ear as I tried to watch that in a plane with a severe case of migraine, it just magnified how bad it is. Millepied's choreography cracked me up though.. I can 100% see him laughing as he created that, it's just so stupid and accurate :lol:..

    I made the mistake of stampeding to go see Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love the other day. Fan of Leonard Cohen? think his last message to Marianne was romantic? then preserve your irrational hopes and don't.watch.it. The veil will fall off your eyes and you'll realise Leonard was just a below average dude who went from getting no attention from women to getting A LOT, tripping hard on it (since no prior experience..), so he forgot about everything that's important in life within a week, hurt people and ultimately had to detox from his own self in a monastery for nearly a decade when he woke up to the smell of old age. It is kind of aw that they died 3 months apart but not so much if you consider that they also died a whole continent apart and with plenty of collateral damage. Also the people interviewed..? 'he was the artist, and she was his muse, what did she expect?'.. so sexist.. and they present Marianne just like that, like floating through life, no important details about her since.. ~all about the artist~.

    Conclusion: they jumped too soon as the chance of exploiting their story and turns out, there's really no story to be told and not even a good song to speak of...
     
  15. Phuel

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    Is the narrative style meant to be so icy cold and flat??? The minimalist style of direction doesn’t work here, feels so choppy: I suspect it may be chosen since Oleg is a dancer and new to acting, and Ralph is cleverly compensating for Oleg's lag of presence. It’s clear the storytelling is built around his limited capabilities as an actor and to showcase his dancing: He’s gorgeous, but not experienced enough to carry a movie. Oleg would absolutely carry a fashion story cuz he’s Rudolf’s ideal dead ringer… Shame cuz films that take place in the 60s/70s of creative icons— or made by creative icons (like Tom), are instant draws.

    You know, despite its shortcomings, I couldn’t help but think that had only Muiccia designed the costumes, this film would be so much more visually-gorgeous and instantly on my rotation LOL

    Before watching this, I watched White Nights. And although not as distinctively stylish as The White Crow, it feels more alive and lived in, rather than a collection of stylish shots. And with Mikhail sharing the film with Gregory, who’s a much more experienced actor, it works so much better. Mikhail always came across much warmer and accessible than Rudolf, so he would naturally have a more variable degree of relatability. And the story is just better told since Gregory and Isabella are there to support Mikhail. Oleg has no such support, and although a visually better-looking film— and a bio, it feels detached and empty, like a John Register painting.

    (On a purely superficial level, seeing everyone smoke everywhere and anywhere is… a moment.)
     
  16. MulletProof

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    ^ I wonder if it was also budget..?.. if you're going to cut things back and forth like that, make sure every part is a little more striking, I don't know. Great costumes for one would've been great help, I actually forgot what they looked like.

    There was a movie I loved built in similar circumstances, Polina. They cast this girl straight from the Vaganova academy (Anastasia Shevtsova) and the only well-known person in the film is also huge like Ralph (Juliette Binoche). You would think Juliette will come to the rescue whenever Anastasia's experience is evidenced, and it was the complete opposite, Juliette just seems so pointless and even silly, while this girl, with no experience whatsoever, has enormous poise and that star quality that she would've made an even better Rudolf lol. On Oleg's defense, she's playing a fictional character, which means less pressure. The thing is that when you look at Rudolf in videos, you can tell that besides arrogance, he also had sex appeal, was super sharp and seemed quite domineering of everyone on his way. Oleg's more playing the Cristiano Ronaldo of the 70s..

    I can't even imagine the level of dehydration or haggardness after a long flight back then with all the booze and cigarettes. A part of me is secretly thankful I got to experience a childhood full of Malboro/cowboy ads on tv and the streets filled with that smell.. now whenever I walk in cities where it's still a thing, it makes me so nostalgic. But then I return to 2019 and remember that while I might welcome the poison, it's someone else's projectile breath that I just can't..
     
  17. Phuel

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    ^^^ I suppose that would greatly depend on whose tobacco/whiskey/beer-infused projectile breathe is aiming at my face…

    Absolutely wouldn’t be fair to compare casting a great dancer with presence to play a fictional character, to a dancer playing the most iconic ballet dancer of all time. I did not know Hayden Christensen was originally cast to play the lead. I see the resemblance, but having seen Hayden’s past performances, I’d still easily prefer Oleg. And just on his Russian-fluency alone gives him a more authentic vibe. (I also can see Garrett Hedlund in the role, if only on a purely physical resemblance. Not sure about his dancing-abilities though. Hayden apparently was a child ballet dancer.)

    I can’t find the production cost for this film. But if Tom can independently finance his own film productions, Ralph certainly can (with a few backers since Ralph would have more pull in the film industry than Tom had when he shot A Single Man). And it’s times like these that I appreciate Tom even more so. Tom would absolutely cut out all the childhood flashbacks scenes— which has this really cheap Youtube film aesthetic and production-value. It absolutely drags the film down— but the woman who plays his mum, Ravshana Kurkova, is exceptionally gorgeous: The most gorgeous-est in a gorgeous cast (I see Ralph has the same taste in men as myself…).

    The costumes are very conservative, early-60s styling— so I’d see how you’d find it so forgettable: Minimalist, classic and simple. But the silhouettes are very much Prada’s signature, especially from her mid to late-2000s collections. Had they been able to afford Miuccia, her color-palatte would have been outstanding, as those 2000-era collections possessed some of the most masterful color-palattes. The scene with Rudolf’s first outing at a Parisian club, with all the patrons slow-dancing is straight out of that Meisel-shoot Prada campaign inspired by Wong Kar-wai’s In The Mood For Love. Imagine had Muiccia contributed that collection to the costuming of this film. Swoonworthy goodness!
     
  18. castorpollux

    castorpollux 浪人

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    toy story 4
    midsommar
    crawl
     
  19. Benn98

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    The Bad Seed (1956)

    One of the best films ever made. Imo the 50s were one of the worst decades for everything.... fashion, film, food, art, music, movies, but The Bad Seed comes up smiling every time I've watched it. And I've lost count how many times I've watched it. It could easily pass for a John Waters satire with all that intellectual campiness and creepiness alike.
     
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    Speaking of John Waters...saw Pecker again last night. One of his most underrated films, along with Cecil B Demented and A Dirty Shame. I was surprised to read that Pecker was actually marketed as a mainstream film, and tanked at the box office. That was a silly move because it's anything but mainstream.
    And if you're not convinced that Waters actually loves the fashion industry, watch this film. There are quite a few references, from the lady getting told off while trying to dye her clothes at the laundromat.... 'what must I do, I don't have any fall colours' :lol:, to Vogue doing a shoot with homeless which obviously pokes fun at them more than the homeless, to fashion's favourite artist, Cindy Sherman's blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo. I'm sure he approached Anna to be part in this, but in 1998 she wasn't in the habit of 'ruffling feathers.' That only really started when she put Kim Kardashian on the cover. I'm sure if the offer turned up in 2019, she wouldn't think twice though.

    It's a great, witty satire. Edward Furlong is dopey yet lovable but it is the bit actors who drew most of my attention. From the bitchy grandma, the clichéd art clique, to the lesbian and gay bar angle which were as usual hilarious, to Waters regular ensemble, who were in top form. I mean, Mink Stole only had one scene and she very nearly stole the entire movie. Same with Patricia Hearst.
     

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