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  1. Chen G.

    The Official Christopher Nolan Church Thread

    Its certainly not documentary-like in how the shots are composed.
  2. Chen G.

    The Official Christopher Nolan Church Thread

    The historicity of a film doesn’t matter, anyway. As always, the questions to be asked are simple: What was the movie about? did you find it entertaining? Did it move you? Anything else is irrelevant.
  3. I came when he called the choral text for the score a libretto.
  4. Chen G.

    The Official Christopher Nolan Church Thread

    Oh, 2001 and really most of the 60s epics were absolutely vehicles for Cinerama, VistaVision and 65mm in much the same way that Dunkirk is for IMAX.
  5. Chen G.

    The Official Christopher Nolan Church Thread

    Dunkirk doesn’t have characters - it has figures. Its more of a vehicle for IMAX than a narrative film.
  6. It does feature father Francis, so there’s that, and Francis says of Edith: “she’s not even catholic.” For what it’s worth, I liked that even though he became a professor and a Commander of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, that the young Tolkien and his friends had their moments of crass humour, of checking out women’s physical attributes and even looking at nude paintings. Offscreen, Tolkien joins Edith in throwing sugar cubes at the hats of the diners in a particularly-posh place, for which they get thrown out. He and Edith sneak into the backstage of a performance of The Ring Cycle. There was just something incredibly authentic about all of that.
  7. Chen G.

    The Honest Trailers thread

    I believe most of the vistas are of Scotland. Ireland was mostly used for the battlefields and for all the castles, and in neither of the two instances is the view much of a consideration. Either way, they're gorgeous locations. If nothing else, it was always a great-looking film.
  8. Who knew?! Tolkien is a good movie! I liked all the relationships (these being Tolkien and his friends, and Tolkien and Edith) and they all had their ups-and-downs. Tolkien is - as the etymology of his name later in the film reveals - a bit foolhardy and even a tad possessive of Edith, so this biopic isn't one to place its main character on a pedestal. The references to his works are almost shockingly few and far in between, and are for the most part really not that blatant. Struggles to fill its 100 minutes, though. Its trying for a grander scale in the climactic 20-minutes or so, but its not quite "there", as it were. Still, a good watch. 3.5/5.
  9. Chen G.

    The Honest Trailers thread

    Love the nod to Game Of Thrones. Braveheart really is The Godfather to The Lord of the Rings' Goodfellas and to Game of Thrones' The Sopranos, and I love it all the more for it.
  10. Chen G.

    The Phantom Menace is 20 years old.

    That's true of any film aimed at or experienced by kids and young teens.
  11. Chen G.

    GAME OF THRONES

    No, I'm not talking strictly about taking the throne. I'm talking about the character rising to prominence, and falling into cruelty and madness: its a switch that has absolutely been built-up in previous seasons, and that's a character arc if ever there was one. Its not terribly well-executed, but its there. What is lacking is the festering: having a few episodes of a ruling, tyrant Danny before she's assasinated. Also, that the stab is offscreen is cheap.
  12. Chen G.

    GAME OF THRONES

    There's certainly a rise and fall traejectory for the character across the series. Its just that, as you said, once she went mad, the showrunners didn't have the time to let it fester enough to make her death satisfying.
  13. Chen G.

    The Phantom Menace is 20 years old.

    Oh yeah, that's quite nice. Pity that now there's three more films that didn't merit this treatment, though.
  14. Chen G.

    The Phantom Menace is 20 years old.

    Yeah. Like I said, The Phantom Menace in 1999 was a blur to me. Fellowship, two years later, was a film I always recalled in detail.
  15. Chen G.

    GAME OF THRONES

    Guilty as charged, @Stefancos.
  16. Chen G.

    GAME OF THRONES

    Screenwriting is many things: its ideas for coverage (close/wide, camera movements - David Lean would even specifically the light source of the scene), its characterization, its dialouge, its plotting, its structure, its narrative and theme, etcetra. To focus on plotting as be-all-end-all of screenwriting is just wrong.
  17. Chen G.

    GAME OF THRONES

    Who's to say that this shot wasn't concieved of on the page?
  18. Chen G.

    GAME OF THRONES

    It was...okay, which is not a word one wants to be said anywhere near one's series finale.
  19. Just when I first saw it?! I still get dilated pupils when Catherine starts screaming in the well. But one or two really tense moments don't make the film as a whole all that scary to me. I enjoy it more as the story of Clarice and as THE most expertly crafted crime thriller, than I do as a horror film.
  20. Chen G.

    Star Wars Disenchantment

    The saga (god, I hate that term) from Episodes I to VI is complete. The Emperor is slain, Vader redeemed, the Empire defeated and the republic reestablished (implicit in the original version, or spelled out entirely in the special edition) and the heroes reunited. Not a single thread is left dangling, which to be fair isn't surprising given that there weren't many of those. That Disney are perhaps willing to pull some such threads loose again, or make new threads out of minor plot-points (be it the Emperor's ability to create life or whatever) doesn't mean that the original hexalogy is unresolved. This sequel trilogy is just...more...more for the sake of more; there's little that The Rise of Skywalker can do to change that, but I am all for seeing them try. All of which - I feel obligated to add - doesn't mean that the individual films contained within the sequel trilogy are bad movies.
  21. Horror is a very subjective genre. I personally don't find all that scary, but I've seen it work its magic on others. By far the scariest shot of Hannibal is this:
  22. Chen G.

    The Phantom Menace is 20 years old.

    Saw it when I was really young (I believe Qui-Gon's death was the first live-action death scene I witnessed), and it remained the only Star Wars film I've seen until 2014. Although by the time I revisited it I could only recall very little of it: again, Qui-Gon's death, I remebered there was a boy named Skywalker, and that's about it. I think that, for an action-adventure film, it does action and adventure quite well, so I'm willing to forgive some its storytelling deficiencies. I don't think its the best prequel, but its hardly the worse.
  23. Its primarily a device meant to unnerve the audience, because you're really not used to people staring into the lens. Second, it puts the audience in Clarice's shoes in the most literal way. Its anything but subtle, but it works. And last, it feeds into the underlying theme of the male gaze, again quite literally.
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