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  1. Anyway, this was a VERY close vote for me, but ultimately I went with no. I think it's a quality film, well-made and engaging. Stylistically it does seem to have been an influence on later work, but at the same time I find it hard to disentangle this from the influence coming from a bunch of other movies from the same year: Bonnie and Clyde, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and Midnight Cowboy. Seems like collectively all of these films had a big influence on the subsequent decades, and if we have those on the list already, do we need this one too? I guess the big stylistic difference here is the use of slow-motion violence, but honestly . . . that goes all the way back to Kurosawa and Seven Samurai.

    One argument in its favor would be that it's the only Peckinpah. True, though I'm not sure Sam Peckinpah quite rises to the level of a filmmaker that absolutely HAS to be represented. It's nice if he is, but not a requirement. Is it the best "revisionist" Western that actively forces audiences to confront the violence inherent to the genre? I think you can make an argument that it is, but for me this film's take on the idea has since been eclipsed by Unforgiven, which IMO feels like a much more laser-focused critique than the relatively scattershot thematic approach in The Wild Bunch. So I think we keep that and let this one go. This is something I could change my mind on in the future!

  2. I'm surprised Amy and Paul were so high on it, because I find this the weakest of the Chaplin movies on the list. Some very iconic scenes (eating the shoe, the bread roll dance) and technically impressive filmmaking, but IMO it doesn't hold together as well as City Lights as a story or as well as Modern Times as a thematic/artistic statement. I voted to take this one down and leave the others on.

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  3. To comment on the other Beatles movies . . . Ringo tended to get a lot of focus because he was the best actor. He's the only member who had any kind of career as an actor after the Beatles.

    But it is kind of incredible that a band formed entirely on their own and just to play music (like, not a boy band where some producer is picking "types") wound up with four guys who were all also charming personalities who could hold up on screen. AND the music was also consistently great. We'll probably never see anything like that again.

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  4. 54 minutes ago, AlmostAGhost said:

    Yea I was reading on The Shining a bit last fall when I went to see the remastered re-release and it seems that when it came out, it wasn't particularly well-received. I know that hasn't stopped other movies from making the list when their rep grew, but I reckon that because of it, combined with all the other Kubrick movies on there, is why it didn't make the list. It seems to be seen as fairly niche, still.

    (I agree it probably should be on there though.)

    I feel like attitudes may be changing towards horror movies (what with "elevated horror" becoming the new thing these days), and a hugely influential horror-movie text like The Shining would have a better chance going forward. Blade Runner would be the precedent: not that well-received in its time, but now recognized as a major influence on sci-fi filmmaking.

  5. 17 hours ago, GrahamS. said:

    I’m legitimately excited to see Parasite get some love and I hope it takes Joker out.

    i don’t see how Joker was nominated for best adapted screenplay. I have not seen Little Women yet, but it clearly deserves the win here.

    Should have mentioned Parasite, though given the awards season thus far it seemed clear that was getting a Best Picture nomination plus a bunch of others. This is a big landmark for South Korean cinema.

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  6. After Little Women was bizarrely shut out by the Globes, I'm glad it got lots of nominations here. And yes, I would have nominated Gerwig for director.

    Joker is going to age very poorly, mark my words. It's a surface-level impressive movie that doesn't have the depth people think. But given the awards season to date, I knew it would get a lot of nominations here.

    Meanwhile, the Documentary branch continues its trend of bizarrely leaving out some popular, critically-acclaimed doc because . . . reasons. (That would be Apollo 11 this year.)

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  7. This seems like a no-brainer Yes for the Top 100 list. It's clearly one of the 100 most influential American films (and between this and 2001 a clear argument that "one film per director" isn't a totally workable rule).

    My favorite nugget about the influence of Dr. Strangelove is that when Ronald Reagan was elected President, he asked his staff if he could see the War Room. Only there is no War Room; it was just invented for the movie. Now a lot of other governmental conference rooms have used the movie design as inspiration.


    And of course this led to probably my favorite comic line of dialogue in any movie.


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  8. 2 hours ago, grudlian. said:

    Leo gets dirty and ate meat despite being a vegetarian is about as ugly as I expect he's willing to let himself get.

    I think he got the Oscar because it was a kind of weak year for lead actors and the whole "can u believe leo never won an oscar!?!?!?!?!?!?!"

    Yeah, making himself look dirty and scruffy was the thing. There was also a big narrative about how difficult it was to film the movie.

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  9. 4 hours ago, grudlian. said:

    Definitely. Actors are getting nominated for the work of costumers and makeup artists (see also:  Vice). I probably wouldn't balk is Bohemian Rhapsody got an Oscar nomination for that because, in parts, that the costuming and makeup was good. But that was mostly just Freddie Mercury in parts and the Brian May wig. For the rest, even the makeup and costumes looked kind of crappy.

    Totally. I liked Bale in Vice, but there's an obvious reason why he gets the nomination for that and not for, say, American Psycho.

    The other thing that gets awards attention is some big physical transformation, like gaining or losing a lot of weight (Joaquin Phoenix this year) or a normally beautiful actor making themselves look ugly (that's how DiCaprio got his). Again, that's not necessarily an indication of the best acting, but it is the obvious external thing that makes a performance look difficult.

    I guess you could argue that "looking like another famous person" is just a subset of "extreme physical transformation."

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  10. 37 minutes ago, taylor anne photo said:

    I haven't seen either yet so I can't really comment on anything, however, when they showed the clip of Rami for the Oscars during the "here are the nominees for" section. I was struck by how... not acting it seemed. They just played a clip of him lip syncing and I was like jfc this is what they are going to give the Oscar to? At least this year with Taron being a front runner alongside Joaquin you know he actually had to sing all of his own songs in Rocketman (despite me thinking the movie overall was only okay at best).

    There is this weird thing where if an actor REALLY LOOKS LIKE the real-life person they're playing they seem to automatically get nominations and/or wins. That doesn't necessarily mean they're doing the best acting.

    But actors also vote on the Oscars, so even they themselves fall into this trap.

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  11. 44 minutes ago, GrahamS. said:

    Guardians of the Galaxy. It is—by far—my favorite of the Marvel movies (although I really like Black Panther) because it helped me through a time in my life when I was really depressed. It is a goofy popcorn flick, but also has a genuine emotional core that gives it an additional layer that most Marvel films don’t have for me. Chris Pratt’s speech about the group being bound together through loss is a genuinely moving speech for me. It has a place in my heart right next to the original Star Wars trilogy because of that speech, and maybe even surpasses it, because I can’t think of a speech in Star Wars that is as well-written. 

    I said at the time that Guardians of the Galaxy was the best Star Wars movie since the OT. I love it.

  12. I didn't hate Green Book like a lot of Twitter thought I should, but I would definitely take either of these movies over it. And the other winner was Bohemian Rhapsody, the popularity of which was a big WTF to me.

    I was also totally expecting Joker to win, so I breathed a big sigh of relief when it didn't. I just don't want to keep reading Joker arguments.

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  13. 7 hours ago, FrancisRizzo3 said:

    It was mentioned in the episode about the shirt ripping that goes on, and that maybe that's Dylan/Neil's fetish, but it feels like feet are a much bigger fetish on display in this film, There are so many inexpiable shots of feet in this film, most notably during the car accident scene, when we linger on feet for a good long while. That foot focus leads to a fun mistake where, during the shirt-ripping sex scene, where Dylan is on the left and his wife is on the right, but when they cut to their feet, the feet on the left have bright red toenails. Now, from the color of the jeans it's obvious the shot is backwards, but it's enjoyable to add "paints his toenails bright red" to Dylan's unique traits.

    Also, looks like Dylan really liked his hospital stay, as he had the same blinds and carpet installed at his house.




    In one of these scenes, the wife also says "It's late, come to bed," but (given that all of these scenes must have been shot at the same time) you can clearly see sunlight peeking through the blinds. Unless they live in Alaska, it's definitely not "late."

  14. My favorites so far:

    1. Parasite
    2. Little Women
    3. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
    4. Knives Out
    5. Uncut Gems
    6. Midsommar
    7. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
    8. Marriage Story
    9. The Irishman
    10. The Nightingale

    Lotta competition for that #10 spot, so that could shift around. I also liked: Booksmart, Jojo Rabbit, Avengers Endgame, Us, Ford v Ferrari, Ad Astra, Good Boys, Hustlers, Toy Story 4, 1917, Always Be My Maybe, The Farewell, Dolemite Is My Name

    #1 on the HDTGM scale: Cats.


  15. 5 hours ago, taylor anne photo said:

    Being fair skinned, or full blown white, does not erase the fact that he is Mexican though. He is still a Latino man who is also fair skinned and both of those things can exist simultaneously.

    Yeah, in the USA him being Mexican would supersede all other racial identity for most people. In Mexico I'm sure it's a different story, and indeed I think that's what he made his film about.

  16. On 12/27/2019 at 5:25 PM, ol' eddy wrecks said:

    Yeah, I think I saw someone else also classify it that way in an earlier discussion of this topic in the recent threads and also thought, that's a tricky subject (for Americans) for the reasons you laid out (I think you also see these ethnic/class divisions show up in John Sayles' Men with Guns). Or maybe someone listed another movie that made me think of the trickiness that would be presented by Roma (probably someone listed Gravity as a movie by a PoC) - and then didn't think to call it out as I listed it here. 

    I think that within the United States, Cuaron would definitely be seen as a "Mexican" first, regardless of how fair-skinned or upper-class his family was there, and therefore still a "PoC" in that context. In Mexico he is probably seen as "white" when compared to the other ethnic groups there. That's part of what I liked about Roma, that it showed similar racial or class-based stratification existing elsewhere just as it does here.