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Catching up on logging again.

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(”A Streetcar Named Desire” is briefly mentioned in this.)

This week on the Podcast we discuss our First Impressions of: Vitalina Varela & Roads Not Taken(01:49) and the Titles: River of Grass(06:10), Old Joy(17:23), and A Streetcar Named Desire(32:12).

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Michael and Taylor

“I don’t want realism, I want magic!”

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Ad Astra
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Michael and Taylor
(”Ad Astra” is briefly mentioned in this.)
  1. Midsommar

    Lead: Florence Pugh

  2. Climax

    Lead: Sofia Boutella

  3. Ad Astra

    Lead: Brad Pitt (No, I haven't seen it yet. Yes, I'm calling my shot now. Take it to the bank.)
    Support: Tommy Lee Jones

  4. Arctic

    Lead: Mads Mikkelsen

  5. Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Support: Brad Pitt

  6. Dragged Across Concrete

    Support: Tory Kittles

  7. The Last Black Man in San Francisco

    Support: Jonathan Majors

  8. The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

    Lead: Adam Driver
    Support: Joanna Ribeiro

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Michael and Taylor

This week on the Podcast we discuss First Impressions of: Underwater & Dark Water(01:45) and the Titles: Hustlers(10:09), Ad Astra(26:02), Two Lovers(53:53), and ALTIPLANO(1:13:13).

 

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Michael and Taylor

Laid back masterful cinematography from Hoyte van Hoytema leads us through a SciFi film straddling the foundation lines of the genre explored most notably (at least in my personal experience) in the novels of by PKD, Bester, and Bradbury. Man as Nature, Man vs. Nature, Man vs. Man, and Man vs. Self. It's ideas are deep, the twitch beneath Pitt's eyes gives us a sense of mistrustful unease. Are we witnessing Gray exploring the disillusionment of faith? The brutality of nature? It's hard to say, one way or another. I'm most comfortable asserting that it's a film whose subjects are profundity and solitude. Larger claims beyond that are up for debate.

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A cosmic quest for closure that general audiences may be disappointed to find has less to do with aliens than alienation and abandonment. Gray picks up where he left off in The Lost City of Z with another story about man’s exploration of the unknown, except that here it’s as if Jack Fawcett didn’t partake in the journey into the jungle with his father, slid into a deep depression, and years later was sent to go look for dad (Close Encounters of the Third Kind came to mind for similar reasons; I’m sure Roy Neary’s kids would be real well-adjusted after their dad left them for aliens). Lost City is a film that looks better and better in the rear view mirror; hoping Ad Astra does too.

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After Hours
Michael and Taylor

This week on the Podcast we discuss First Impressions of: Uncut Gems & Midnight Family(01:10) and the Titles: After Hours(10:37), Bringing Out the Dead(27:40), and The Irishman(42:06).

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Michael and Taylor

One of the better covers for a film I've encountered. I enjoyed the feeling of losing my mind in Scorsese and Minion's world. However, I couldn't shake that feeling that it didn't quite all come together. Really dig the about face that our lead goes through though.

And remember if you see Cheech and Chong moving a TV and Sculpture, leave them alone!

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Michael and Taylor

If only Manhattanite Paul Hackett could click his heels together three times, say “There’s no place like home”, and be transported back to his bed. That’s all he wants to do - get some sleep - but a late night date with a slightly strange but beautiful blonde that he met after another tedious day on the job as a word processor has ended badly and with him seemingly trapped in SoHo, as if in a dream from which he can’t wake up.

I want a papier-mâché bagel-with-cream cheese paper weight to memorialize my affection for this fantastically oneiric, poetically repetitious one-nighter. The pleasures range from the nerve-wracking tick tick tick and dreamy synths on Howard Shore’s score and the wonderfully lived-in locations that Paul anxiously rushes between, to the assortment of lonely, sleepless souls that he gets entangled with. It’s also really funny (Paul’s sarcastic politeness as he tries to get into the hardcore club is the best), and organically oscillates in pace. As an exercise in surrealism, it isn’t on the level of Lynch, but it is among my favorite of Scorsese’s.

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Alien
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Totally epic alien horror thriller film. Although this film was made over 40 years ago, it’s still amazing! Female protagonist, but no anit-male Hollywood BS. Just goes to show it can be done. No reference to hating god or pushing … Continue reading
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Alien³
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Watched the Special Assembly Version.

"Don't be afraid, I'm part of the family."

Fincher's background in VFX/SFX is apparent in his Directorial Debut. The way that Charles Dance is shot and this prison planet is introduced in the intro reminded me immensely of Obi Wan in Star Wars. I don't quite know what to make of the title being presented as Alien cubed, so if you do by chance please share. The best I can do is that it's an inconsistent foreshadow to the queen in her. Similar to the idiocy of a male homosapiens being a double Y chromosome with no X.

I'd definitely recommend the Special Assembly Version for anyone interested in Fincher. There are some truly masterful sequences on display here, as well as some hilariously bad CG work that compromises the practical work. The Xenomorph POV shots are notable contributions to the Alien franchise.

PS. One thing I've learned in the last two weeks is that I absolutely adore Charles S. Dutton.

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