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THE ELEMENTS OF A MASTERPIECE: What does it take to make your list? almost 6 years ago

A masterpiece does not simply tell a great story—-though it can. A masterpiece is a film that strikes a chord in the viewer. More often than not, for my favorite five films at least, masterpieces have a “higher calling” to them. A strong subtext or spiritual meaning.

Also, a great film can be enjoyed on two levels: narrative (the stuff of a good story), and mindfully (in the moment; the formal elements that combine together perfectly to create a bliss of the senses, like a great piece of music without lyrics). When those two elements synergize and play to each other well, it’s a masterpiece.

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Most consistent director? almost 6 years ago

Tarkovsky and David Lynch my mind immediately jumps to as consistent examples.

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Movies you hated that everyone else loves almost 6 years ago

El Topo – Some cool visuals, but I wasn’t able to finish it, a truly rare occurrence, both times I tried to watch it.

Repulsion – Now, I don’t hate it. That’s strong. In fact, I’d give it a 5 or 6 out of 10, I mean the little part in the end with the picture is neat but the rest of the movie isn’t suspenseful and the scene juxtapositions is horrible. Maybe it was revolutionary back then, but I wasn’t impressed. Then again, the film was built up a lot before I watched it — which is why I try to avoid reviews until I’ve seen a film.

Harold and Maude – Just kinda dumb and lifeless. Didn’t care for it. A classic in a lot of people’s minds.

The Graduate – Okay movie. I don’t hate it. But it isn’t nearly as great as everyone claims.

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Great films with terrible acting? almost 6 years ago

Matt, I agree completely with the overacting in the first part of Mulholland Dr. Betty gets off the plane and is like a gushing robot when she (Naomi Watts) says her lines. That’s a good point that I never connected.

Great movie I think too… Part 1: optimistic Part 2: broken dreams …. you’re right, it works with the film.

But, other than that I love Eyes Wide Shut, but Tom Cruise acts pretty poorly in it.

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Movies you hated that everyone else loves almost 6 years ago

…also hates kittens, sunshine, and love…

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Repressed Sexuality in Movies almost 6 years ago

^ i take sexual repression to mean the latter in that last paragraph. to modify it a bit, i believe sexual repression to indicate when a person hides their sexuality due to a fear of some kind.

like Kevin Spacey’s daughter (Thora Birch) in American Beauty. she hides he womanly figure under loose-fitting, put-off clothes, which is what her mother insensitively remarks on when she says, “are you TRYING to look ugly. congratulations, you’ve succeeded admirably..” To push that example further, she sees her friend (Mena Suvari) brag about her sexual exploits and is perhaps afraid to become like her, so she hides her own body to destroy her chances of being noticed by a man. Deep down though she desires sex and thanks to the help of the new kid on the block (Wes Bentley), she finds a way through her sexual repression problem and ends up feeling wholly loved.

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Interested in restrained horror films almost 6 years ago

Eraserhead: trapped and uneasy all the way. great filmic experience. take heed.

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IS THE "DIRECTOR'S CUT" ALWAYS BETTER? almost 6 years ago

i agree with the third comment from the top (how the hell do you quote in this forum!?!?!?!), Brandon Ingle.

Donnie Darko director’s cut is worse, a couple notches worse even, than the original in my opinion.

in Richard Kelly’s attempt to explain the strange Book of Time Travel Logic, he really made the movie more convoluted and took away some of the magic. agreed on that.

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films that involve hallucinating women? over 5 years ago

Naked Lunch, although it’s unclear whether the hallucination of the humanoid Arabic typewriter was just Peter Seller’s (William Lee) or Judy Davis’ too.

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What film scenes really make you cry? over 5 years ago

—most recently, when max was running away from his mother at night in WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE, which seemed out of place to me, and when Carol runs back to Max at the end when he realizes Max may leave forever

—Mulholland Dr. with Naomi Watts and Laura Elena Harring in ‘Club Silencio’ – beautiful

—when the ‘girl watching the TV’ and Laura Dern finally hug in INLAND EMPIRE – beautiful again

—Shawshank Redemption//Brokeback Mountain//Candy//The Deer Hunter//Titanic//The Straight Story

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Post a song you are currently listening to over 5 years ago

The Lisbon Maru – Fuck Buttons

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How many film do you think you've seen in your life over 5 years ago

Counting repeats of the same film around 1000 I think.

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What's so good about There Will B Blood? over 5 years ago

I can like a film for a variety of reasons. In fact, I take some measure of pride in that. To illustrate, some of my favorite directors include Andrei Tarkovsky, David Lynch, and Quentin Tarantino. All three directors have vastly different styles, all of which I admire for slightly different reasons. I love Tarkovsky’s slow, magical plod, Lynch’s alien atmospheric sense, and Tarantino’s storytelling and flare. As such, a film does not need to say a lot about societal conditions for me to like it, necessarily, I may add.

I tend to avoid movie reviews like dirt before I see any film. I had not read a lot about There Will Be Blood beyond it was based on Upton Sinclair’s ‘Oil’ (triggered in my mind social conscience thinker because of ‘The Jungle’). But I try, for the films while, to put aside the context, unless it’s needed or assumed (Inglourious Basterds).

After the film’s credits ended, There Will Be Blood struck me as a film with some great acting chops (DDL), beautiful cinematography, with a bleak story. It’s nothing more than that and nothing less. It didn’t strike me as brilliant, although the time surely flies watching it so that speaks to its immersive aptitude. I think little to no music, or rather, selective music scoring helped achieved a sense of realism.

My major beef with the film is the ending which struck me as abrupt and unpolished. The movie builds with a slowness and pleasure (morbid pleasure in the case of the subject, Daniel Plainview) and ends with a random medium shot, although I did understand seeing him on the floor as a reduced, “shell husk” of a person, to quote from above. All I wish was added was a closeup of Plainview’s face at the end, with a smile that fades into a dull scowl, then camera stays stationary, as Plainview stumbles up and walks away. Something more personal, because, after all, this was a film about Daniel Plainview.

Otherwise, a great film.

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Most Hated Actor and Actress over 5 years ago

Christopher McDonald // Kevin Costner // Kathy Bates

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Most Hated Actor and Actress over 5 years ago

[double post]

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Most Hated Actor and Actress over 5 years ago

Edit: [triple post]

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Who wants "Stalker" to appear on Criterion? over 5 years ago

pretty please. does anyone know precisely the rights issue at hand?

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ADOBE AFTER EFFECTS over 5 years ago

no advice, but i’m taking motion graphics this spring, using AfterEffects too…

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Who wants "Stalker" to appear on Criterion? over 5 years ago

@ Ben S: if the contract runs out after 5-10 more years, I might as well get the Kino version. For some reason, I think I heard rumours or something, I thought a STALKER release was coming sooner.

Also, you’re right, the STALKER Kino release isn’t terrible, a bit grainy though, but I’d certainly love a Criterion edition to have, because their material is out-of-sight.

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Lost over 5 years ago

split timeline, great answer to the question “did the bomb work”?

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The Coen Bros. -- Best film over 5 years ago

Barton Fink.

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The Most Philosophicallly Dense Films over 5 years ago

STALKER, Sans Soleil, Solaris, Andrei Rublev, The Sacrifice, The Mirror (Tarkovsky is king), Synecdoche, New York, Being John Malkovich, Inland Empire, Donnie Darko, Full Metal Jacket,

wait, this should be a “style” in the profile section of the site, along with the others – whiz, bang, fast, melancholy, etc.

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The Most Philosophicallly Dense Films over 5 years ago

style: “Philosophic/Ponderous”

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Do You Have a Dog? over 5 years ago

Yes, a Silky Terrier named “Baxter” (before I saw anchorman I swear).

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Good Acting vs. Bad Acting over 5 years ago

Acting is up there in importance in filmmaking for me. I am very sensitive to acting since I went to film school—-it’s difficult for me to fully immerse myself in a film without constantly being aware that I am watching a movie (I’m watching what a camera is recording right now). Consequently, when acting is spot-on, I notice it retrospectively by paradoxically [i]not[/i] noticing it. If I can lose myself in the action of screen, I consider the performance sound.

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Good Acting vs. Bad Acting over 5 years ago

how do you do bold/italics in reply boxes on T.A.??

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Help make The Auteurs totally awesome over 5 years ago

Great work!!!! Gotta say that first off. I love the web design and simple navigation on this sight. The b/w/grey theme with the bold greens and blues works wonders—-it’s sleek and svelte.

One suggestion: jump to a page on the ‘Films’ list. You can only skip ahead in fours I believe by clicking the page numbers to the bottom right of the main column, which is annoying. I dunno how a jump to would work with the visual scheme though. Perhaps: in a similarly sized blank white box, numbers can be typed in next to the others and entered, computed.

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Good Acting vs. Bad Acting over 5 years ago

thanks, G

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