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  1. AlmostAGhost

    Musical Mondays Week 80 The Greatest Showman

    While I did enjoy the movie, I will stand against the the look of it. It's too CGI'ed for me. That prop choreography, I don't think it's real. It is all a good spectacle, but can't help but think it would be much better if they actually, instead of CGI, used actual props or theaters or animals or real mustaches.
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    The Best Years Of Our Lives

    I voted no, mainly because I think that cinematically, it's not all that remarkable. It is a good enough story and all, but I don't think it brings much to the table as a film. It could be a news article about these characters, and be just as effective. But I saw the Facebook groups poll on this same question, and it was overwhelmingly for the movie, so I dunno what we're missing here. (Last check over there, it was 215 for and 15 against. But we're all mediocre about it here? What is this?)
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    The Lighthouse (2019)

    Yea I mostly agree with you all. But I basically I put aside my need for things to add up and just was like 'this is so nuts that i love it.' haha. also am curious how it will hold up after that first craziness, but for now I love it (and The Witch, Eggers has really impressed on me).
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    Episode 226 - Body of Evidence: LIVE!

    Oh ya, that's mostly right. A DA definitely would not be at the crime scene or interrogation; generally the point of criminal trials is to answer "did the police do their job correctly?"; while the police answer "who did it?" Thus, the lawyer should and would let the police do their jobs in investigating and interrogating. A lawyer may advise at the station sometimes though (with donuts). "Can this go to trial yet?" may be something DAs and police discuss mutually. I never worked in criminal law, but I think that's in their arrangement. They're not entirely independent of each other.
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    Forrest Gump

    I think there is a conservative streak though, stepping back. Conservatism is basically the idea of staying the same, anti-progress, don't move forward. That's Forrest Gump. That's why Bob Dole was quoted in the episode, praising the film as some sort of ideal. As Paul said, the guy never takes any lesson or movement from anything. The status quo as a lovable guy who made something of himself. A better conservative symbol could not be found. The movie may not be specifically all that political, but I think that it has had an effect on politics.
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    Episode 226 - Body of Evidence: LIVE!

    haha an "awooga" old timey horn would be perfect
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    Forrest Gump

    So earlier this year at one point in here, I mentioned how I'm definitely doing my best to come at every movie totally fresh, whether I'd seen it before or not. I also mentioned that there was one film on the list that this would be very difficult for me, because I think it's one star trash. Well, we finally got to it this week, because that movie is Forrest Gump. I still think I came at it fresh because it had been so long, but I still don't like it. My disdain for it is too strong. It is against everything I stand for and like in art. (I wrote a lot on Letterboxd about it, probably too much; I won't repeat myself too much here.)
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    Episode 44 - Neil Young

    Hey all, it's spelled "Matt Gourley".
  9. I did enjoy it enough though that I'm curious to go to one of these sometime! Remind me next year haha
  10. I hadn't seen it before. I kind of don't think I would enjoy a shadowcast thing at all, but really enjoyed it watching it myself. Especially for the first time, I want to pay attention to what's going on on screen.
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    Upcoming Episodes

    I know a few people have posted this in threads, but they get buried and twitter timelines fade, so I thought we could keep this thread up-to-date better (and more easily findable) Current upcoming episodes: Ep 5 - The French Connection Ep 6 - Titanic Ep 7 - 2001: A Space Odyssey Ep 8 - Bonnie & Clyde
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    Upcoming Episodes

    11/7 Forrest Gump 11/14 The Best Years Of Our Lives 11/21 Annie Hall 11/28 Raging Bull
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    The Grapes of Wrath

    In this case, I do find that the book overwhelms the movie. But I've grown to love the movie a lot on its own. I still don't get why they had to make some changes (besides the rules of the code) to make the movie more happy or palatable; the book was hugely popular without those things. So why did the film have to be? *shrug* I was stoked Paul & Amy played all those songs -- I'm a huge Woody and Rage fan, and pretty ok with Bruce. Woody basically idolized Joad, and wanted to be him (and in some ways, he absolutely succeeded; he was a myth of the people in his own time). Bruce found it all sad on a human level. But Rage found the rage in Joad (and Bruce) and their interpretation is amazing and inspiring in much the way I think Steinbeck intended. I do kind of thing the pod focused slightly too much on unions. To me the story is a step back, on the forces and struggles and dreams of (forced) migration which lead to unionization being necessary. The Joad's story is a descent into an extreme situation, usually contrasted with the poetic beauty and promise of California. The film shifts focus a little bit, but I still think it's pretty successful and hard to deny.
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    Upcoming Episodes

    11/7 Forrest Gump 11/14 The Best Years Of Our Lives 11/21 Annie Hall
  15. I probably prefer Pulp to Blur, but it's close and don't want to deny Blur their place. Their last album (The Magic Whip) was great, as is 13. Albarn's other projects go up and down for me, but yea they're always super interesting and worth checking out. And yea, Oasis is derivative and boring and I'm not a fan, though I've grown to somewhat appreciate Noel -- mainly for playing on the studio recording of "Free Love Freeway" haha. I tried to watch this week's movie, but the version on Youtube was of such low quality, I couldn't stick with it very far. The song I heard was pretty bad.
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    Joker (2019)

    It didn't subvert anything though. And I liked it
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    Bonus Reel: Joker & Taxi Driver

    On this special bonus episode, Paul & Amy compare the controversial supervillain origin story Joker with one of the films that inspired it, Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver.
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    Upcoming Episodes

    10/17 The Godfather 10/24 The Godfather Part II 10/31 The Grapes Of Wrath 11/7 Forrest Gump
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    Bonus Reel: Joker & Taxi Driver

    Both those points go to what I was saying in the other thread. It's like they just had to make him abused, had to make him a failed comic. And screw it if it doesn't make sense or quite fit. And those choices just aren't very creative or shocking or even arguably appropriate in turning a person evil. I really wish they had made this gritty, real movie, but he still somehow fell into a giant vat of acid and came out insane.
  20. When I see @tomspanks has posted in this thread but not the movie
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    Joker (2019)

    That makes sense then about where it came from. But it just doesn't seem all that shocking or surprising anymore to me.
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    Joker (2019)

    I liked the movie pretty well, some of it is quite amazing, but my main complaints are superficial. First, we don't need the Joker's background filled in. He's better as pure chaos, I don't want the logic on how he got there. It's scarier and much more villainous without it. Second, that backstory seems fairly obvious, no? A loner who lost his job and been abused and struggling comic? These aren't very creative choices. Why not like make him like a successful sitcom actor who somehow flips out? Or what if he was the Robert DeNiro tv show host instead? The Joker is a wild character and his backstory, if needed, should be insane too.
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    Upcoming Episodes

    Haven't seen anything yet. Since it's still two weeks of Godfathers, maybe they haven't gone ahead of that yet. Amy's in Spain I think according to her instagram. Maybe when she gets back.
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    American Graffiti

    Yea I'm not really explaining what I mean. Let me think about it some more. I'm not anti biography, that wasn't my intent, but yea, for some reason for this movie, it bugged me to learn all this. I guess just sort of went from 'let me explore the '50s' to 'here's my life' and the latter comes off as arrogant to me. I dunno. This is the first time I've come from the pod being like 'I think I like this less than I thought I did' though, so I'm a little baffled right now haha. But I also mostly agree, I don't love using the creator's personal life as a basis of criticism either. I try to stick to what's on the screen/script. But sometimes it is maybe unavoidable.