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  1. grudlian.

    Best of 2018: Listener’s Picks

    I really like that a forum favorite, Monster Trucks, gets a shoutout. Why isn't Monster Trucks on the AFI list?
  2. The Bill Murray selling Suntory was based on the Akira Kurosawa and Francis Ford Coppola ads.
  3. I've been found out. I've been Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe this whole time.
  4. For Gangs Of New York, I saw something where they had to make up Daniel Day Lewis' accent because we genuinely don't know how people sounded then. They can do some educated speculation. There might be recordings from people in the area who were alive at the time or written descriptions. It would be inaccurate to have Bill The Butcher speak with a modern Brooklyn accent in the 1860s. If we have to speculate how people sounded 150 years ago, 2000 years is a real shot in the dark. We don't even know definitively what Latin sounded like. We certainly aren't going to know the accent people used to speak it.
  5. I just watched this for the first time last month. It was interesting.
  6. grudlian.

    Best of 2018: Critics' Picks

    You might want to add Hale County This Morning, This Evening to your list. I watched it this weekend and it has some superficial similarities to Killer Of Sheep which I know you like. It's a documentary about lower income black families, doesn't have a strong plot. There are still some powerful moments and has some great visual shots. I also finally saw Minding The Gap and I'll echo what everyone has been saying about how great it is. I think it's airing on PBS tonight. So, check your local listings.
  7. When Great Wall came out, Matt Damon got a lot of shit for this Chinese movie being whitewashed. I remember articles at the time saying that getting any big American Hollywood star to be in a Chinese movie for Chinese audiences kind of legitimized the movie to a degree. It wasn't that Matt Damon injected himself into this; it's that Chinese audiences thought that was cool. I'm not sure American audiences have a cultural equivalent. Stunt casting an international star in an American movie typically only works for international audiences or for 1% of Americans.
  8. Not to necessarily defend this movie or John Cusack's performance, but I think I can at least explain it. They mention in the show the movie made $121 million but it only made $74 thousand in the US. So, I speculate this movie was never meant to be seen outside of China. Part of that means that there's simply cultural stuff that doesn't translate to Americans. Chinese audiences might simply want a different experience than what we're looking for. Anyone who has dug deep into foreign film has probably run into a movie that was a smash in its home country but simply doesn't work in the US due to different expectations (I'm sure Cam Bert can give us examples of Japanese movies). So, does anyone know how this did critically in China? Was this Chinese Transformers 2 or Chinese Mad Max Fury Road? But a movie never being seen outside of China might explain John Cusack's lazy performance and accent. There are lots of celebrities who do commercials or bad movies in foreign countries because it's easy money that doesn't ruin their reputation in Hollywood. I know I can't pick up accents in a foreign language and I suspect Chinese audiences can't tell a Chicago accent from what Italian accent Cusack could have put on. So, no real need to do an accent if no one in the intended audience will even notice.
  9. grudlian.

    Best of 2018: Critics' Picks

    This makes sense. They Shall Not Grow Old only played four times over two different days (I think).
  10. grudlian.

    Best of 2018: Critics' Picks

    I wonder how they define "commercial" because They Shall Not Grow Old had what I would call a commercial release. It was open to the public and cost money.
  11. grudlian.

    Best of 2018: Critics' Picks

    I think Burning just got put on Amazon for streaming. Im going to try and watch it soon. I think I'm going to just sign up for a free trial of Hulu to watching Minding The Gap. So, if anyone knows any Hulu exclusives I should watch, I'm all ears.
  12. grudlian.

    Best of 2018: Critics' Picks

    Yeah, I'm not sure how Oscars decide that stuff. I know it has to play in LA (or maybe NYC) for some shows but I think it has to be a normal release in those cities? I really hope it isn't forgotten for the next Oscars. I know releases early in the year can be a kiss of death for awards shows.
  13. grudlian.

    Best of 2018: Critics' Picks

    Three of my favorites from 2018 that haven't been and probably won't be discussed in Unspooled are Skate Kitchen, Blindspotting, and They Shall Not Grow Old. I'm kind of curious how they determined best reviewed movies according to Metacritic. I assumed it was based on the Metacritic score but First Reformed has a lower score than several movies on this list. So, I'm not sure why it's the best reviewed. Also, They Shall Not Grow Old is higher rated than anything in this episode but I assume it's incredibly limited release is why it didn't get mentioned.
  14. grudlian.

    Best of 2018: Critics' Picks

    Also Green Book over Sorry To Bother You.