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In Topic: Episode 154 - Infernal Affairs vs. The Departed (w/ Andrew Ti)

16 May 2018 - 08:43 AM

View PostSusan*, on 15 May 2018 - 05:32 PM, said:

Ordinary People is one of my favorite movies.

'Ordinary People' is an underrated movie that has become unfairly maligned because of its Oscar win over 'Raging Bull'. I love them both, they are incomparable.

In Topic: Episode 154 - Infernal Affairs vs. The Departed (w/ Andrew Ti)

15 May 2018 - 10:06 AM

View Postsycasey 2.0, on 14 May 2018 - 02:18 PM, said:

Honestly, if this were just a yes-or-no vote on either movie I'd probably vote no.

Totally agree.

In Topic: Episode 154 - Infernal Affairs vs. The Departed (w/ Andrew Ti)

14 May 2018 - 08:55 AM

In his documentary "My Journey Through American Movies" Scorsese makes a strong case for the importance of genre movies, especially as a vehicle for filmmakers to explore social themes by smuggling them as subtext under the thrills of the plot, and I think it's interesting that his own excursions into full blown genre film-making like "The Departed" and "Cape Fear" don't seem to have all that much under the surface. Can't he take his own advice? (I also read him quoted as saying that after he made the caper film "Boxcar Bertha" John Cassavetes told him "you just spent a year of your life making a piece of shit" so maybe making genre movies makes him feel like he's slumming it.) In any case, I don't see much of what makes Scorsese interesting in this movie, not even stylistically, except for a few flourishes in the editing, and the movie is fun but feels bloated and pointless. "Infernal Affairs" on the other hand embraces its low-budget genre origins, runs with its premise, and finds more subtext and meaning despite not having the trappings of a big film. I get that the premise is ludicrous, as Andrew Ti points out, but aren't most genre movies predicated on some big silly "what if" idea? Like, what if a scientist became a fly? What if the bus explodes if it goes under 55 miles an hour? etc.

I've watched The Departed three times, and the last two times I've been wishing it had been directed by Michael Mann or Kathryn Bigelow instead. I think they would have gotten more juice out of it, and there probably wouldn't have been so much "Gimme Shelter" on the soundtrack.

In Topic: Episode 153 - Cry Uncle! (w/ Lloyd Kaufman)

13 May 2018 - 09:53 AM

You can make a case for a lot of exploitation movies in all their varieties, from the already much mentioned "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls" or blaxploitations flicks like "Coffy" or "Across 110th Street", a women in prison film like Jonathan Demme's "Caged Heat, to the nunsploitation Mexican horror of "Alucarda" - but any of those movies have a spark of inspiration, or at least some panache in the filmmaking, which "Cry Uncle" just doesn't have. Fun, but no.

In Topic: Episode 148 - Point Break (w/ Andrew Barker)

03 April 2018 - 01:50 PM

View PostNathan Roberson, on 03 April 2018 - 11:47 AM, said:

Post-Hurt Locker, I fear though that she's become the War on Terror's Leni Riefenstahl. Detroit was a messy and failed attempt at shedding this image, and I worry that its failure will have her return to the jingoistic well.

I had a different read on the end of Zero Dark Thirty, where the woman who has been essentially the representative of "America" is alone, and with no sense of direction. She boards a military plane , representative of American military might, that is an empty vessel with no flight-plan or a clear destination...this is triumphalist propaganda?

In any case, even if my interpretation is completely wrong, calling her a Leni Riefenstahl seems hyperbolic to me.