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250 Critics Name 'Fury Road' The Best Film Of The Decade

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35 minutes ago, Glóin the Dark said:

 

Knocked me out? You've raised the bar somewhat while I wasn't looking! 

 

 

If I'm going to compile a list with the best movies of the decade they need to knock me out. I take it this is not the case for you?

 

All my favorite directors have somewhat let me down this decade. Take Haneke's Amour, for instance, I thought it was good but somehow I don't feel it's a film that I want to watch it again. It missed something intriguing, hence it's difficult for me to add it to the list. During the previous decade, I was blown away with TAOJJBTCRF, but I don't feel the same about Dominik's Killing Me Softly. And so on, and so on ...

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It's definitely the best thing he ever did, but if I had to knock it for anything (and I don't have to, really) it would be Junkie's score is kind of uneven overall. I wonder what might have been if someone not so beholden to the Zimmer aesthetic (which has its upsides!) was composing for that film. If there was a level of depth equal to the visual storytelling going on. Junkie doesn't have that. But when he needs to land power-shots, he lands them, and the film has no shortage of them.

And to clarify: I don't think there's anything necessarily wrong with the stereotypical "Zimmer" type stuff, either. I like a lot of the Media Ventures output - I don't like how directors temp track everything with the same 4 soundtracks, but that's a pretty common complaint I don't think needs to get more air than it's gotten already.

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3 minutes ago, Thor said:

I'm SO thankful that it was. A spectacularly good score; one of the very best that year.

Oh yeah. It was certainly one that I approved of Holkenborg scoring. His trademark drums and sound environments were befitting and welcome.

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Just now, The Illustrious Jerry said:

Oh yeah. It was certainly one that I approved of Holkenborg scoring. His trademark drums and sound environments were befitting and welcome.

 

Absolutely, but my favourite part is actually the large, epic, spinetinglingly melancholic theme for strings at the heart of it all ("Many Mothers").

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Sometimes, people 'transcribe' series to be films on these lists. I remember critics (including my colleagues) did the same with the O.J. Simpson documentary series last year (or was it two years ago?). But I agree with Jay -- despite what Lynch himself says, I still consider TWIN PEAKS 3 a series, not a long film. While something like Béla Tarr's SÁTÁNTANGÓ, with its 7 hours and 12 minutes, I definitely consider a film, even if it could have been separated into a TV series if they so desired (I've only ever seen as a series, really, in multiple sessions -- never seen it in one go).

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17 hours ago, Alexcremers said:

If I'm going to compile a list with the best movies of the decade they need to knock me out. I take it this is not the case for you?

 

"Best" is a comparative term, so one can compile a list of the best of even a bad bunch. But our apparent misunderstanding was down to my use of the word "awesome", which you interpreted as applying to films that I would say "knocked me out", whereas to me the latter expression is much more exclusive.

 

17 hours ago, Thor said:

I was also not as thrilled as several of my colleagues about THE ASSASSIN

 

That's a film I had to watch three times (no pun intended) in order to understand what was going on. The reason was that almost every shot was so amazing to look at that I was finding it too difficult to avert my eyes to read the subtitles.

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1 minute ago, Glóin the Dark said:

That's a film I had to watch three times (no pun intended) in order to understand what was going on. The reason was that almost every shot was so amazing to look at that I was finding it too difficult to avert my eyes to read the subtitles.

 

Indeed. It's a terribly complex narrative, and a lot of it is communicated through dialogue (not a feature I generally like). I also found it rather stale and detached, although I could appreciate its ambition.

 

THE HANDMAIDEN is a film that I liked considerably more, as long as we're talking recent Asian period flicks. Also complex, but with a more emotional immediacy (and no less beautiful cinematography).

 

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1 hour ago, Glóin the Dark said:

But our apparent misunderstanding was down to my use of the word "awesome", which you interpreted as applying to films that I would say "knocked me out", whereas to me the latter expression is much more exclusive.

 

 

Can you blame me?

 

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awesome

adjective
 UK  /ˈɔː.səm/ US  /ˈɑː.səm/

C2 causing feelings of great admiration, respect, or fear

 

A2 us informal extremely good

 

 

 

 

 

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