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  1. I don't really buy the Coen references, beyond the superficial. I think the aim of NXNW is much different than the aim of any Coen film. I'd love to see them on the list, but if we're talking replacing something similar, this isn't where I'd turn. (If I was in charge of the list, there'd be at least 5 or 6 Coen films, to be honest, so take my bias for what its worth.)

    I think the Bond/blockbuster/movie as escape/give the audience a lot of what they like in interesting ways is the point of NXNW. I think Paul mentioned similar, it's a blockbuster movie from before these existed - or they only existed as Gone With The Wind-style epics. Looking at the film that way, I think it should be on the list and stands out as a bit of a prototype. And in a good way! We've seen a few other prototypes where we were like, "well later films did this better."

    I do think the story is fairly uninteresting and not nearly as impressive as usual Hitchcock. But as a piece of entertainment, I think it's hard to beat it.


  2. 5 hours ago, grudlian. said:

    Some people will argue that Yellow Submarine is good but oof it's boring and I think the animation kind of sucks.

    Biggest problem with that one is the voice acting to me. It's not The Beatles!


  3. I found this to be a surprisingly innovative piece of cinema. It reminded me of The Wire haha. I don't know if knowing all the history about Kazan and communism is necessary though, but I guess it does clarify some things.

    A few of our earlier movies, I lamented when some of them didn't have a mood or a good sense of location, and this has it in spades. When a movie does that well, I'm definitely going to be all in on it, and that's what happened here. I thought it was all very impressive.

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  4. 9/5 Lawrence of Arabia
    9/12 On The Waterfront
    9/19 North By Northwest
    9/26 Spartacus
    10/3 Some Like It Hot
    10/10 American Graffiti

    Looks like we're in for a really entertaining fall to me

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  5. 4 hours ago, sycasey 2.0 said:

    Honestly, I think that is more Paddy Chayefsky's fault than the actors. Sometimes he can't resist making the subtext text.

    Ah that's exactly what I was trying to put my finger on about why I wasn't as into this as everyone. It just spells everything right out. I called it "ranty" in my Letterboxd review, and in the end, I found it a bit too much. (Not a real knock, I do think it's a very good movie. I just find it a little tiresome.)


  6. It doesn't bother me technically (because if they were referring to character names I'd probably not remember who is who).

    But I do agree that in this episode in particular, they maybe swung too much in interpreting the film as if it was about Katherine Hepburn or the actors' lives, and not about the characters. That's not my favorite type of criticism/analysis. Like, it's one thing to put the film in context that it was Hepburn's attempt at a comeback; it's another to say it's about that.

    I don't think they cross that line too often, it's just this episode that seemed to be all the majority of what they were talking about.


  7. 5 minutes ago, taylorannephoto said:

    Because I'm an aesthetic bitch I have to organize all my physical media by the cover color. My DVD shelf looks like a rainbow and it makes me very very happy. No one else usually goes to my shelf to find specific things, but I know where everything is because I've memorized these DVD covers so that's all that matters to me. I put my books up by genre and keeping the series together, but someday I may switch that to colors as well.

    I always want to do the color thing but I'm too lazy

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  8. 1 hour ago, Cameron H. said:

    I guess I’m in the minority here, but I rather liked it. It took some time for me to really get into it, but I loved the “we’re all Spider-man” ending.

    What I also enjoyed is there was never a moment when it really leaned one way or the other in regards to being a cynic or a dreamer. Ultimately, it came down to “Our dreams might not save us, but they just might make life bearable.” It was a bitter end, but with some hope.

    I definitely liked a lot of it. I think it was very well made. I was reading criticism online about the singing, I thought the songs and acting were good.

    As I said on Letterboxd, I think the story lost me a little, but I think a rewatch would be rewarding and make it click more for me, approaching it again with a little bit of familiarity.

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  9. 10 hours ago, gigi-tastic said:

    I have a very off filing system for books and movies. I go by theme? Like my fiction bookshelf starts with classic children's books like Mary Poppins then flows into historical fiction jr fiction (the books set farthest in the past being first) then eventually after many themes ends up with adult mysteries on the top shelf. I can't even remember how my DVD cabinet is but I know that I have a whole set up devoted to spy/ thief shows with my beloved Leverage having pride of place. 

    I'm fully aware it's insane but I can't have it any other way. No one should live like me it's pure madness!

    That's how I do it with books!

    Not sure I would with movies, but I don't really buy hard copies of those anymore.

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  10. 1 hour ago, sycasey 2.0 said:

    For a list of "greatest movies," what exactly are we honoring with this one?

    I would say it's probably the acting. But yea I'm not sure that's enough. 

    Hepburn is incredible in this, shifting her character in subtle ways. She's totally different depending on who she is talking too. I found it quite impressive. But a film does need much more for "greatness"; it's not a list of best acting performances. 


  11. First I'll say, I haven't listened to the ep yet, so maybe it will convince me one way or another.

    But, I totally loved this movie.

    And I'm not sure at all if it should be on the AFI list.

    It's really messing up my current rankings of the films. I'm really not sure anymore what this list is for. It took me 61 movies to have an existential breakdown.

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  12. 1 hour ago, tomspanks said:

    Did you consider Fiddler?  It was on Prime too.

    Yea I saw it on there when I was poking around, but some of the more famous musicals I figured most of you all have probably seen. Also was considering Hair and Little Shop of Horrors (both versions). Coincidentally I watched Corpse Bride last night so I also almost picked Sweeney Todd

    But I decided something maybe a tiny bit more esoteric and increase the chance more people haven't seen it... and also this one has Sophia Loren so that swung my choice.

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  13. I just came back from this

    I don't know if it will be an actual Unspooled episode or not, though they did say it was recorded. It was a lot of video clips though, so it may not be the most scintillating in audio form?

    Still, it was a good time. Won't spoil it too much but Amy gave a fun presentation on the history of a famous stuntman Yakima Canutt (we've seen him Gone With The Wind, for example).

    Then a modern-day stuntman told some stories about doing stunts nowadays (for Michael Bay, hmmm).

    Then Paul showed some stuntwork clips from Cool As Ice and Gymkata and I was like, "the Paul Sheer movie universe has collapsed into itself."

    They said they may do these type of live shows a bit more too, so LA people keep an eye out!

    Also I had the official Unspooled drink which was pretty tasty

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  14. I pretty much agree with @sycasey 2.0, and also voted for it to stay. Looking at my rankings of the 60 movies so far, it is right on the borderline for me as a film that I would keep on the list. So it could easily go the other way for me if say Casablanca or other films shove it down at all. So it was sort of "yes I guess so" vote as opposed to any strong stance.

    I think as a noir, there's just so many better ones out there after it (a few of which we've seen on the list). Amy mentioned the lack of a sense of location and that stuck out to me too. Early movies rarely have that, but when you look at how the cities are characters in Vertigo or Chinatown or whatever, it's really missed here.

    I never loved Citizen Kane quite as much as most people, and mainly it's because I never really forget I'm watching a film. I'm not sucked into it in that way the best movies pull me in. That's sort of what happens here too, actually. I like them both, they're well-written and made, but they sort of keep me at a distance a little more than I want the 'best' movies too.

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  15. 8/15 The Maltese Falcon
    8/22 Philadelphia Story
    8/29 Network
    9/5 Lawrence of Arabia
    9/12 On The Waterfront

    don't know when the live episode I'm going to tomorrow will slide in there tho

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  16. 21 minutes ago, ol' eddy wrecks said:

    Are we talking Simpsons' reference or Simpsons' dabbling in the same genre, because we couldn't find an actual reference?

    Checking wiki, the episode was meant as a parody of Pulp Fiction and the title is a parody of Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould.

    Yea, not direct refs. As both Sycasey and Amy indicated, there probably isn't one of those.

    Pulp Fiction is surely a descendant of Nashville too though, so I'm going to continue to double-down on 22 Short Stories being sort of Altman-esque. 

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