Posts tagged questions and answers.

Anonymous asked: Where is the tcm film festival??

Hollywood, CA. This year it runs from April 10-13.

http://filmfestival.tcm.com/

hellodmitri asked: Thoughts on "Enemy" by Denis Villeneuve? I saw it last night and I think it's a masterpiece.

have not had the opportunity to see that yet. the premise is intriguing but i hated ‘prisoners,’ so i’m a little wary.

Anonymous asked: How was Nymphomaniac, did you enjoy it?

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pineamongtheoaks asked: I'm in a class about Buster Keaton, and his talkie films are one of the options for the next essay

ah in that case i wish you good luck & godspeed. and maybe a stiff drink to get through ‘em. (cool class, though!)

pineamongtheoaks asked: Having seen almost his entire body of 20's silents, I'm watching Buster Keaton's talkie Speak Easily. I've just started it, but his voice, his voice is not what I expected. I expected it to be much more monotone and maybe a little lower. he has more of an accent that I would have thought, too

watching any buster keaton talkie he made at mgm is pretty much a mistake. are you sure you want to go down this route because spoiler alert it’s soul-crushing.

astridandersson asked: What did you think about The Grandmaster? With Wong Kar-Wai being a cinema-love of mine, I have hard time deciding on my feelings for it. I have to say I didn't really fall for My Blueberry Nights either but wrote that off as a working in america-tryout-kind of result. The Grandmaster seems to be his most conventional and in a way accessible film, but also at the same time hard to relate/feel for. Beautiful of course, and also nice action scenes but... kind of empty? What are your thoughts?

hi there. unfortunately (or fortunately i guess?) i have not seen the film. part of the reason is because the chinese cut is not available (legally) in the US (and i don’t know if it ever will be?). obviously i was intrigued when i learned WKW would be making a wuxia film, which seems so…uncharacteristic. so i definitely WANT to see it, i just don’t want to see a heavily edited version that’s not necessarily what the director intended.

final--days asked: top Lars Von Trier films?

1. Dancer in the Dark

2. Breaking the Waves

3. Melancholia

4. Dogville

5. Madea

6. The Kingdom

7. The Five Obstructions

8. Antichrist

9. The Boss of It All

10. Europa

11. Manderlay

12. The Element of Crime

13. Epidemic

(I haven’t seen The Idiots or Images of Liberation & I’m reserving ranking Nymphomaniac till I see Vol. 2)

Anonymous asked: Why you didn't like Nymphomaniac?

The problems are numerous and seemly endemic; I think it was a poorly designed and executed endeavor from the start. This might have to do with it being split into two parts (bc unlike, say, KILL BILL, it didn’t feel like Vol. 1 was structured to survive on its own…it just ends). Maybe if I had seen the 5.5 hr Bernale cut, I’d be singing a different tune, but alas.

First of all, the framing device of Joe (Gainsbourg) talking to Seligman (Sarsgard) after her accident/attack doesn’t work at all. The non-linearity of Joe’s storytelling really works against building up any empathy, compassion or concern for her character whatsoever. I think Joe is the only LvT protagonist I actively dislike—I can’t find a single reason to care about her at all. Her self-loathing does nothing to affect me emotionally, not does Seligman’s reassurances that she must be a good person and he “doesn’t see evil in people,” which just comes across as von Trier justifying his own solipsistic impulses.

Also, we’re supposed to believe that the man who rescues Joe just happens to have all these fly fishing analogies that line up perfectly with her nymphomania? A lot of the writing seems way too neat, borderline lazy, especially for LvT who is usually aces at created complex and interesting female characters.

I would also say that this is LvT’s least visually interesting movie maybe ever. I can’t recall a single arresting shot. The sex scenes are never sensual but neither are they disturbing or challenging as they were in ANTICHRIST. They come across as totally lifeless (which I guess is appropriate since Joe’s addiction is rote & mechanical).

All this being said, I hope Vol. 2 is better, which I anticipate it will be since Gainsbourg actually gets to act instead of just narrate & drink tea & talk about cake forks. If the dullness of Vol. 1 pays off in Vol. 2 then I’ll be satisfied. As it stands the first part was a major disappointment.

Anonymous asked: any thoughts on rooney mara being cast as Tiger Lily in the new peter pan movie? i think its ridiculous

i know you mean the ‘race-bending,’ but i’m more offended they’re digging up the pan story AGAIN. we don’t need another movie about that shit. enough. i have no plans to see the movie, so i could care less. does seem kind of bullshit that the press release said the cast would be multi-racial/international and then they cast a white person for one of the only characters of color in barrie’s work. however, this could be at the earlier stages and they could be doing something like that abc family cinderella where all the characters were different races than they had be previously. if we get a black peter pan or an asian wendy or something like that, i can see maybe it being okay that tiger lily is white. maybe. a british-muslim actor has been cast as smee (although if only poc are cast as villains, then we’ll have a major problem!) i guess we’ll just have to wait and see how it turns out.

Anonymous asked: Favorite song, favorite actress, favorite movie

"Bolero" by Ravel, Juliette Binoche & DEAD MAN

hellodmitri asked: How many dates should a person go on before they reveal their admiration for Andrzej Żuławski, David Cronenberg, Frans Zwartjes, Alain Robbe-Grillet, and Paul Verhoeven to the other person? #singlebecause

that should be prominently displayed on your dating profile and/or on a business card you hand to them on the first date

Anonymous asked: What College Did You Go To? Between Nicolas Cage and Ben Foster, who overacts the most? What is your favorite cult-like film?

1. university of california, irvine

2. i like both of those actors very much, so i don’t really care for your question, good sir!

3. faster pussycat kill kill! or carnival of souls or possession or freaks…lots

jsbirds asked: Have you been to the La Brea Tar Pits? Do you have an acc't at the Hollywood Blvd B of A? Have you been to the Hollywood Bowl?

1. yes

2. no bank of america is the worst

3. no! pretty terrible of me as a native los angeleno

thenevadan asked: What say you of the True Detective finale?

i loved it. i thought it perfectly summed up the major themes/aspects of the series, which are: 1) rust & marty’s partnership, 2) the metatextual ‘telling of a story’ (that is, the narrative of the murders and how each man is remembering/reporting/lying about them), and 3) the ultimate unknowability of human motivation, specifically, why men do evil/immoral things.

i think the backlash or disappointment in the finale online is a great example of how internet “discourse” (that’s polite) can utterly ruin popular perceptions of great shows. there were so many fucking think pieces about what TRUE DETECTIVE meant—and way too many GREATEST SHOW EVER declarations—some people were just setting themselves up for disappointment. chalk this up to the internet’s penchant for uncontrollable conspiracy theorizing and rampant speculation.

i mean, yes, TRUE DETECTIVE did deal with occult-ish murders and a wider conspiracy of power players with weird symbology and voodoo bayou shit, but so did (in their way) THE X-FILES or TWIN PEAKS or LOST, but everyone seems to realize now that those shows were always about the characters, not the ‘mythology.’

i just think the intensity focused on the show from critical circles (and online fandoms) was way too concentrated; the show never seemed to be able to breathe. (of course, the 8 episode season is partially to blame for this). i think with time, people will calm down, rewatch the series, and realize it was great and satisfying on its own merits.

as he usually does, matt zoller seitz summarized the finale and the series rather nicely in this piece, most of which i agree with:

http://www.vulture.com/2014/03/true-detective-finale-7-things-it-was-about.html

Anonymous asked: did you watch padilha's robocop? i really want to hear what you have to say about it.

i haven’t even seen verhoeven’s robocop womp womp I’m the worst