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PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2020 11:32 pm    Post subject:

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Robert DeNiro gave an iconic performance this year: https://youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=RpXvfJQgwbo


DeNiro's performance was the backbone of the The Irishman as far as I'm concerned.


I thought the beautifully restrained performance by Pesci centered that movie.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 1:08 pm    Post subject:

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Perfect double bill: Steamboat Bill, Jr. and Police Story. I miss great physical comedians like Keaton and young Jackie.

Leo DiCaprio may have given the best slapstick comedy performance of the last decade in Wolf of Wall Street. I'm struggling to think of better, but there doesn't seem to be much competition.

Jason Statham should team up with the John Wick guys and do something like Spy but with actual action direction and stunts to go with the gags.

Maggie Cheung's hotness quintuples between Police Story and Police Story 2. Might pivot to just watching Maggie Cheung in everything - gotta track down a lot of late-80s Hong Kong romcoms along with this beauty: https://youtube.com/watch?v=6cjLddsTHPA


I love the Police Story series. One of the best action franchises imo. Hong Kong quietly produced some of the top action films from the 80s and 90s.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 1:18 pm    Post subject:

Documentary on Legendary 1970s L.A. Session Musicians Coming From ‘Wrecking Crew’ Director

Director Denny Tedesco scored with his 2008 film “The Wrecking Crew,” his critically praised documentary on the legendary session musicians of the ‘60s who performed with everyone from the Beach Boys and Phil Spector to Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley — so it makes perfect sense that he’s begun work on a film about legendary 1970s session musicians called “Immediate Family.”

This crew, which backed Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon and countless others, includes guitarists Danny Kortchmar and Waddy Wachtel, bassist Leland Sklar, drummer Russ Kunkel and others.


I'm looking forward to this.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 1:43 pm    Post subject:

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Documentary on Legendary 1970s L.A. Session Musicians Coming From ‘Wrecking Crew’ Director

Director Denny Tedesco scored with his 2008 film “The Wrecking Crew,” his critically praised documentary on the legendary session musicians of the ‘60s who performed with everyone from the Beach Boys and Phil Spector to Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley — so it makes perfect sense that he’s begun work on a film about legendary 1970s session musicians called “Immediate Family.”

This crew, which backed Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon and countless others, includes guitarists Danny Kortchmar and Waddy Wachtel, bassist Leland Sklar, drummer Russ Kunkel and others.


I'm looking forward to this.


Thanks. I too will be looking for this. I have The Wrecking Crew saved, and watch it periodically. Fascinating documentary.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 1:49 pm    Post subject:

I saw someone say that if Joaquin wins then The Joker will have more Oscars (2) than women have for directing (1).
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As I'm watching the wonderful, wholesome Abel Ferrara flick Ms. .45, I'm reminded of Japanese schlock master Takashi Ishii's masterpiece Freeze Me (2000) undoubtedly influenced by Ferrara's earlier film.

Which led me down a rabbit hole to a mashup video of Ishii and Carpenter Brut that is extremely my (bleep): Vimeo*


* extremely NSFW and extremely awesome
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 9:20 pm    Post subject:

panamaniac wrote:
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Perfect double bill: Steamboat Bill, Jr. and Police Story. I miss great physical comedians like Keaton and young Jackie.

Leo DiCaprio may have given the best slapstick comedy performance of the last decade in Wolf of Wall Street. I'm struggling to think of better, but there doesn't seem to be much competition.

Jason Statham should team up with the John Wick guys and do something like Spy but with actual action direction and stunts to go with the gags.

Maggie Cheung's hotness quintuples between Police Story and Police Story 2. Might pivot to just watching Maggie Cheung in everything - gotta track down a lot of late-80s Hong Kong romcoms along with this beauty: https://youtube.com/watch?v=6cjLddsTHPA


I love the Police Story series. One of the best action franchises imo. Hong Kong quietly produced some of the top action films from the 80s and 90s.

It's ridiculous how good that car chase down the shanty town hill and climactic mall fight sequence are, right?

I haven't seen all of 2 or any of 3 yet, but looking forward to watching them this month.

Most of my HK action background is seeing Woo's The Killer and Hardboiled back in the 90s as a kid - both great! - so any recommendations are welcome.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 10:02 pm    Post subject:

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As I'm watching the wonderful, wholesome Abel Ferrara flick Ms. .45, I'm reminded of Japanese schlock master Takashi Ishii's masterpiece Freeze Me (2000) undoubtedly influenced by Ferrara's earlier film.

Which led me down a rabbit hole to a mashup video of Ishii and Carpenter Brut that is extremely my (bleep): Vimeo*


* extremely NSFW and extremely awesome

If The Joker Guy has 11 Oscar nominations, then Ms. .45 deserves 15 retroactive Oscar nominations.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2020 6:53 am    Post subject:

Pain and Glory was great. Banderas with a beautiful performance.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2020 7:45 am    Post subject:

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Documentary on Legendary 1970s L.A. Session Musicians Coming From ‘Wrecking Crew’ Director

Director Denny Tedesco scored with his 2008 film “The Wrecking Crew,” his critically praised documentary on the legendary session musicians of the ‘60s who performed with everyone from the Beach Boys and Phil Spector to Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley — so it makes perfect sense that he’s begun work on a film about legendary 1970s session musicians called “Immediate Family.”

This crew, which backed Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon and countless others, includes guitarists Danny Kortchmar and Waddy Wachtel, bassist Leland Sklar, drummer Russ Kunkel and others.


I'm looking forward to this.


Thanks. I too will be looking for this. I have The Wrecking Crew saved, and watch it periodically. Fascinating documentary.


Decided to watch The Wrecking Crew again last night since I hadn't seen it in several years. Such a cool doc and story. You think of so many of those hits from that period as just being iconic popular music, and it was nice to be reminded how much craftsmanship and skill there was in that music. And how many totally classic riffs came out of that small collection of musicians is amazing.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2020 8:25 am    Post subject:

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Pain and Glory was great. Banderas with a beautiful performance.

Where'd you see it?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2020 8:31 am    Post subject:

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I saw someone say that if Joaquin wins then The Joker will have more Oscars (2) than women have for directing (1).

It's well past ridiculous.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2020 9:56 am    Post subject:

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Pain and Glory was great. Banderas with a beautiful performance.

Where'd you see it?


AMC of all places (Rolling Hills theater in Torrance). There were only 8 people in the entire theater. I think the Landmark is playing it next week.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2020 4:07 pm    Post subject:

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Pain and Glory was great. Banderas with a beautiful performance.

Where'd you see it?


AMC of all places (Rolling Hills theater in Torrance). There were only 8 people in the entire theater. I think the Landmark is playing it next week.

Sadly I haven't been a Californian for several years now and it doesn't look like it'll be showing back up at my local art theater which tends to only recycle small Best Picture nominees (a third Parasite viewing...?). I'm happy you enjoyed it - Almodovar is an underrated king and Banderas' best performances have come out of their collaboration.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 17, 2020 7:19 am    Post subject:

^ I saw on AppleTV that it's either streaming or will be up for streaming shortly.

And yes, Almodovar made a great film. I am excited to check out his other work.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 17, 2020 12:53 pm    Post subject:

First the Murdoch family flogged the good name of Fox for over two decades and now Disney has killed it: 20th Century Fox becones 20th Century.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 18, 2020 9:34 am    Post subject:

There's so much I still need to see from the past decade before feeling fully confident in my "best of" list, but time is finite, the list will evolve over time as will likely my tastes. So here's a snapshot of what I consider around 50 of the best movies from the past decade in alphabetical order:

2010s

The Act of Killing
Araby
Black Coal, Thin Ice
Blackhat
Burning
Carol
Cemetery of Splendour
Certain Women
The Deep Blue Sea
The Edge of Tomorrow
Elle
Exhibition
Hanagatami
Happy Hour
Hard to be a God
High Life
The House That Jack Built
If Beale Street Could Talk
The Immigrant
Inherent Vice
Inside Llewyn Davis
The Irishman
Last of the Unjust
Leave No Trace
Like Someone in Love
Mad Max: Fury Road
Manchester by the Sea
The Master
Nocturama
No Home Movie
Once Upon a Time in... Hollywood
On the Beach at Night Alone
Personal Shopper
Phantom Thread
Poetry
Right Now, Wrong Then
Silence
The Skin I Live In
The Strange Case of Angelica
Stray Dogs
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
A Touch of Sin
The Tree of Life
The Turin Horse
Two Days, One Night
Under the Skin
Welcome to New York
Winter Sleep
Zama


Honorable Mention

Twin Peaks: The Return
Li'l Quinquin
OJ: Made in America


- cinematic television
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2020 12:14 pm    Post subject:

For Sama, Midsommar, and Ash is Purest White are now all streaming on Prime.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 20, 2020 4:06 am    Post subject:

Jojo Rabbit was just wonderful.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 20, 2020 6:43 pm    Post subject:

It's David Lynch's birthday and he's celebrated by dropping a new short film on Netflix titled "What Did Jack Do?"

Watched it instead of the 4th quarter and had much more fun. It's a light, absurdist B&W neo-noir in which Lynch interrogates a talking monkey about the murder of a chicken. Apparently completed in 2017 and shown once at a French film festival, it looks like it's a Netflix property now which could be a sign of a future full-length Lynch film on Netflix.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2020 4:33 pm    Post subject:

I was today years old when I learned that Elina Löwensohn who stole the show in Let the Corpses Tan (2017) was also in Hal Hartley's Simple Men (1992), which I haven't seen in over 20 years.

Anyway, for no reason at all except there's an upcoming Hal Hartley retrospective at the Metrograph, here's one of the most iconic moments of American indie cinema starring Löwensohn in Hartley's Simple Men: https://twitter.com/charles_kinbote/status/1219760783376207873
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2020 7:34 pm    Post subject:

Top 10 of 2019:

The Irishman
High Life
Once Upon A Time In.... Hollywood
A Hidden Life
Parasite
Ash is Purest White
The Souvenir
Apollo 11
Dark Waters
An Elephant Sitting Still

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2020 6:59 am    Post subject:

I saw Casablanca for the first time (completely) last night at Alamo Drafthouse. What a terrific movie. It was one of those that I'd always seen bits and pieces here and there but was hoping I could get a theater experience and man, it was worth the wait. Excellent film.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2020 4:03 pm    Post subject:

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I saw Casablanca for the first time (completely) last night at Alamo Drafthouse. What a terrific movie. It was one of those that I'd always seen bits and pieces here and there but was hoping I could get a theater experience and man, it was worth the wait. Excellent film.

Hell yeah! It really deserves it's place in the pantheon of great movies and Michael Curtiz is one of the more underrated, gifted studio grunts in Hollywood history.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2020 4:06 pm    Post subject:

I don't know who needs to hear this right now, but the best Godzilla movie the new millennium, Shin Godzilla, is streaming for free and sans ads on the internet archive: Link
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