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  1. AlmostAGhost

    The Royal Tenenbaums

    Yea if asked, I will say Rushmore is my all-time favorite film. Tenenbaums maybe has more to it, more going on, and I think I maybe consider it better-made. If we had to choose one to send, I'm ok with either, I guess. Leave Rushmore here on Earth with me. I think if you're sending a Wes up, it has to be one of those two. Grand Budapest is fine and I dig it, but I don't see how it even compares to all the others. I think my Wes rating is something like: Rushmore Royal Tenenbaums Fantastic Mr. Fox (the theater experience on this was absolutely the most fun I've ever had in a theater, it's a FUN movie). Life Aquatic / Moonrise Kingdom (unsure their order) Grand Budapest / Bottle Rocket (unsure their order) Darjeeling and probably the weirdest fluke in all my movie-watching is I never saw Isle of Dogs even though I consider myself a Wes nut. *shrug* I have plans to hit it up soon though, finally. also love Ambersons, I would dig an Unspooled look at that!
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    The Royal Tenenbaums

    easiest Unspooled yes vote I've ever had
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    Eve's Bayou

    I'm a big fan of this movie, I was struck by it back in 1997 or 1998 and even again now on rewatch. But I don't think it's quite right for the Unspooled Space Rocket.
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    Tokyo Story

    hmm, honestly not really. Usually Paul & Amy are great at explaining things, but I still don't have a great sense of it. Some of the things they mentioned were cool, like the well-composed minimalistic shots, but I'm not clear how that's enough to elevate a movie even near the level of "best movie ever." And I never felt it was particularly artistic to look it either, so even with such detailed set-ups, what was the point? I get that the director maybe has his own sort of cinematic language, and I think that's probably what I took away most of all -- that's probably why all those directors they mentioned picked it as #1 all-time? *shrug* I will add, I felt a little like Paul & Amy (and even those directors) were a bit snobby in rising this up so high. A sort of "if you don't like this, you just don't get it or prefer Hollywood action" sort of angle. I'll definitely give it another try in time though, I can generally do dry or slow or minimal or foreign just fine. Just not this one! I haven't figured out why that is.
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    Musical Mondays Week 106 Preview (tomspanks' Pick)

    me looking up and down this thread for the movie pick
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    Tokyo Story

    I've seen Early Summer. Definitely want to jump into the trilogy fully now though, even though I wasn't fond of Tokyo Story.
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    Episode 252.5 - Minisode 252.5

    Yea, echoing Cameron, I haven't seen Nutty, but Knight is not awful. It's silly and goofy for sure.
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    Tokyo Story

    I'm not in that exact situation, but close. I have seen one of the Trilogy before, and really liked it a lot. But also Tokyo Story does little for me. I haven't listened to the ep yet, but I am curious how its been elevated so high in the pantheon.
  9. that's awesome! i'd been waiting to rewatch it all year haha. I remembered it being fun, but was worried maybe it wouldn't hold up, but it sure did. There's a lot of good, sly jokes and the romances are well-done. These Christmas movies often have characters that are just plain unlikable, but everyone here is a good person!
  10. Netflix Christmas romance movie
  11. I saw a short synopsis so I won't spoil, but it's EVEN BETTER than a re-switch!
  12. I love The Princess Switch and am excited. gonna rewatch the first one today
  13. excuse the bump but I just realized 3 DAYS UNTIL THE PRINCESS SWITCH SEQUEL!
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    #Kinspooled miniseries #3

    here's the voting for the final choice! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/J2TSLJM?fbclid=IwAR1CmhArK20mq0Jp6H73Db0yreI0H1IL_MhPvt-tkhcqEV56zdJilNUOmZY
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    #Kinspooled miniseries #3

    The next theme is "Fucked Up Families" Here are the choices 1. Raising Arizona 2. Tokyo Story 3. Eve's Bayou 4. The Royal Tenenbaums 5. Guess Who's Coming To Dinner 6. The Farewell 7. Home Alone 8. fan vote #Kinspooled choice https://letterboxd.com/almostaghost/list/kinspooled-unspooled-suggestions/
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    Musical Mondays Week 105 Pippin

    This was what got me. It really didn't feel artistic in any way. It felt very amateurish to me.
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    Raising Arizona

    yea definitely. though i get on a superficial level it's 'stealing a baby' vs. 'finding a rug', one is clearly more emotionally resonant. but i don't see how that's a knock against Lebowski. i think it was purposeful, to find a story that feels frivolous. actually that's what the Coens do best! a seemingly trivial occurrence triggering a whole world of drama/comedy/whatever.
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    Raising Arizona

    Finally finished the ep. I'm not really sure I agree with Paul & Amy's takes on the Coens in general (beyond their being awesome). To knock Big Lebowski for not having the emotional notes of Raising Arizona isn't fair, as that's the point of Lebowski. The Coens sometimes try to write "pointless", if that's the right word. That's their aim with a number of their movies. And if you really want emotional pathos mixed with humor, there's other Coens that do it just as strongly (Llewyn Davis, O Brother, even Fargo). The difference to me between films is the type of humor, not the level of pathos. Arizona is much more cartoony than those, while quite often their humor skews very dry. That's why I don't think Arizona is where you should start with the Coens, if you're new. It's cartoonish levels are elevated quite high compared to just about everything else they've done (except maybe Ladykillers).
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    Raising Arizona

    If it were up to me, I'd probably send like 15 Coen Brothers movies into space. Since it's not, this isn't my choice to do so, even though I recognize it's greatness. (I currently place it as the 11th-best Coen film.)
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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

    here's the artistic announcement
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    Episode 252 - Governor Gabbi

    New electees to the US Senate don't take office immediately, it's like on January 3rd or something when they convene and get sworn in. But if you're an incumbent and win, you can just continue like normal. On a state level, the states all have their own dates for swearing in new senators; there are a few states that pretty much swear in their senates within a few days. For purposes of this movie, the California governor usually gets sworn in in early January.