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  1. Rest in you peace you legend. What an icon.
  2. I found it compelling, but wish it was tighter than it was and leaned into the surreality of its mythological material more. It's worth the watch though. But yes, it is probably the weakest of the three Eggers films. And The Lighthouse remains his strongest work.
  3. Many video games have outdone this kind of thing design-wise since the first film anyway. It all seems so unimaginative.
  4. All the close-up stuff looks great, some of the wide stuff, not great. But wow, what a bore visually, in terms of production design. All the footage looks like it could be spliced in anywhere in the first film. I'm confused as to why we need four more entire movies of this? And why anyone would actually care 15 years later?
  5. Bhaha he was asking for it. Ooph...taking all these Hollywood blockbusters and conflating his sense of self-importance so callously just reeks of exploitation.
  6. Can't wait to dig into it soon! Glad to hear the new season is another strong one.
  7. Can anyone tell me what the best presentation of Interstellar is? Sounds like there were a lot of really cool things that were tried and recorded in the sessions, but so little of it seemed to have made it to the OST. Things like these minimalist oboe figures: Clearly this work was an ambitious undertaking. I just wish the whole score leaned more into those Reich/Glass-esque ideas and embraced its natural acoustic properties more. The clips in the video above sound lovely, but I think some of that material ended up sounding over-produced on the OST itself.
  8. Everything Everywhere All At Once What a joyride! Just one of the most fun experiences I've had in the cinema in such a long time. It's an absolutely bonkers film that never eases up on its strangeness (unlike many lesser films that promise "weirdness"). And yet, it's quite emotional too. Michelle Yeoh is an absolute revelation and has such fantastic comedic timing. A career best performance, really highlighting her strength as an all-rounder. Hope she gets much deserved awards attention for this. Overall, it can be a lot, and the third act climax could probably shave off a good 10 minutes, but it holds together and strangely works really well. Easily the best film of 2022 so far. Also, plenty of thoughtful, super clever references and easter eggs in there that are ripe for re-watching.
  9. Pachinko by Nico Muhly Muhly is a wonderful composer and his concert music is sophisticated engaging stuff. But I find his writing for film/TV tends to get obscure and even aimless, like a collection of gestures that don't really form a cohesive bigger picture. With that said, the gestures here are lovely, when they get to shine. It all just starts to become kind of anonymous with over an hour of shimmering winds, piano clusters, strings and cooing vocals...This kind of thing really just needs a strong main theme to anchor all the texture/colour.
  10. The TSO had the world premiere of Philip Glass' new Symphony No. 13 "Truth In Our Time" and it was...a big dud. Tired, anemic arpeggios chugging along all-too-familiar harmony, with limp form/structure to sustain it. Meh. The rest of the program was good though, featuring Shostakovich and Korngold's violin concerto, whose sublime second movement saved the night: It was also nice hearing where Williams drew a lot of his harmonic and idiomatic writing from in the concerto.
  11. That would be the kind of miracle I'd very much be in favour of.
  12. Oh please. Will Smith will be fine. Chris Rock will be fine. Both men know where they screwed up and have probably made up behind the scenes. Things that shouldn't have been said were said, and Smith reacted emotionally. And he was wrong to do so. But people screw up, and he's admitted as much. This is not a pattern. And I certainly don't think that warrants recalling his Oscar, nor does it discredit the work that him and the rest of the crew have down on that film (I haven't watched it, but it looks tailor made for his dramatic instincts). The media will ramble on and project larger messages/"hot takes" onto this incident for a week and and then move on to next news cycle. And then it'll become a historical footnote like the Adrien Brody kiss. Indeed. Some of these vitriolic reactions are more troubling than the incident itself in my opinion. It exposes how little people understand or how lightly people take both real physical and mental abuse.
  13. This is amazing! The Joffrey Ballet is a legacy institution and it's exciting to hear Newman working in those spaces. Hopefully it'll inspire him more than films have been lately.
  14. What's your point? Villeneuve just clearly draws from the aesthetic palette that Nolan built over the years, and has shaped his own career after Nolan's (mostly pre-Dunkirk), where he takes "arthouse"-esque sensibilities and applies it in service to bigger blockbuster tentpole features and sets.
  15. Agreed. But a Bond song always wins that category. Second to that, will be a Disney/Pixar song.
  16. Lol. This, along with most media headlines, is a pretty one-sided take. Chris was the provacateur. He's been cracking low-blow "jokes" and going after Jada for some time now. And alopecia, is not something to joke about. Assault is clearly wrong. But Chris was the one in control here. He knew what he was doing, and he is no hero. Ha! Had no idea this was the longest ceremony since 2018...what a joke! So they cut 8 categories, and STILL went overtime with stupid twitter lists and BTS talking about why they like the new Aladdin?
  17. Yes, but let's not forget the undeniable Chris Nolan influence. All these broad comparisons aside, I think Villeneuve is more obviously the "next Nolan", though he does a lot of things better than Nolan does.
  18. Haha oh yea! That was some deserved comeuppance for the Academy trying to emotionally manipulate its audience. most amusing. But this year’s brawl was even more out there I think.
  19. That was controversial? It was always the front-runner. Unless that’s a joke, and my brain is too tired to read subtext :p Anyway, I don’t remember anything as crazy as this happening during the Oscars for years…
  20. Well, to its credit, it was definitely a better ceremony than last year. But the bar was not very high. For the most part, the hosts were solid, and Smith offered some "had to watch it live" TV drama. Power of the Dog came out surprisingly empty-handed though. It was just Jane Campion's Oscar.
  21. I get it. It's a difficult place to be, and I have a lot sympathy for Smith in this situation.
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