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  1. 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).

  2. 9 hours ago, Cam Bert said:

    Was anybody really confused seeing Joe Mantegna show up in court as a DA? Am I alone in this? I thought he was a detective up until that point. I mean maybe I need a lawyer in here to correct me but I'm pretty sure most DAs are far to busy to be showing up at crime scenes before there is even a suspect or before all the evidence has been collected. Not to mention following an investigation through every step of the way with the police and even conducting witness interrogation. Here I thought they sat in their office until a suspect had been arrested and evidence gather. At this point the case would be assigned to them and then they'd begin working on. Who am I to argue with this air tight and thoroughly researched script.

    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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  3. 8 minutes ago, Cameron H. said:

    The only way I see it as a strictly conservative film is in the fact that it’s not overtly anti-conservative.

    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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  4. 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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  5. 7 minutes ago, tay-loe anne photo said:

    Yeah if you genuinely want to know what's happening then the shadowcast performance is not going to do right by that. The first time I saw it live they had decided the dinner scene was too boring and had the whole audience throw around a beach ball and started making jokes that had nothing to do with the movie lol.

    I did enjoy it enough though that I'm curious to go to one of these sometime! Remind me next year haha

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  6. 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.

  7. 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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  8. 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.

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  9. 15 minutes ago, grudlian. said:

    The idea of him being a failed stand up comedian who finally breaks comes from a graphic novel The Killing Joke. I don't think it was ever his officially canon origin but its certainly the most popular origin for the last 30 years. 

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

  10. 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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  11. 21 minutes ago, BP212 said:

    Almost 3 weeks since the last list of upcoming. Any idea what's after the Godfathers?

    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.

  12. 18 minutes ago, ol' eddy wrecks said:

    Writing what you know always pulls some part from your life.  If we considered that auto-bio-graphical (Amy wants those hyphens after "bio"!), a lot of weird movies would be considered autobiographical.

    I know the podcast seems (at least to me) to like to talk a lot about the story behind the making of the movie, but for evaluating the movies, I tend to focus more on the movies themselves. (Admittedly, with certain movies, it's doesn't entirely make sense to discount things such as authorial intent, what other movies were doing at the time, or cultural events the movie might be responding to - since all of those things seem to matter when watching a movie and you can't watch something in a complete vacuum.  So take my statement with some grain of salt).

    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.

  13. 19 minutes ago, Cameron H. said:

    Same. I watched AG because it was relatively short, but The Godfathers are a bit long. Maybe I’ll rewatch them next month.

    Same, but I take horror breaks for Unspooled and HDGTM (and if I feel like going to a theatre).

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  14. 59 minutes ago, sycasey 2.0 said:

    On the other hand, plenty of writers try to tell their own personal stories and the result is completely terrible. It still requires a storytelling shape and a reason for being.

    Yea sure, but their discussion made me take it as almost pure biography more than story. I don't know if that's true. Maybe it doesn't matter.

  15. 12 minutes ago, sycasey 2.0 said:

    To me it always felt more elegiac than purely celebratory

    This was my take too. For a mainstreamy, George Lucas movie, I was quite surprised by its artfulness. I would have absolutely preferred a more open-ended ambiguous ending though.

    Still, Paul & Amy are making me rethink the film. I hadn't seen it before, and was expecting nostalgia porn when I turned it on. I was impressed in how it avoided that to me, and I quite enjoyed it a lot. Now I'm not so sure -- knowing that it is just Lucas' personal stories, I dunno. It's losing some of what I took as creativity and story-telling. 

    I haven't finished the episode yet, I should probably do that before going further, but I'm truly not sure what level I think the movie is at anymore.