Films You've Seen Recently and Don't Know WTF to think

blacktulip

Pregnant with mandrakes
spring breakers and bling ring both seem incredibly 'now' films
They are basically the same film! Who ever thought Harmony Korine and Coppola's daughter would mind-meld?

In all seriousness, I think she is one of the worst film-makers ever and should have been banned from any cinematic activity following her segment in New York Stories.
 

rubberdingyrapids

Well-known member
i often think shes the worst/most vapid but i was still weirdly moved by the pointlessness/existential crisis stephen dorffs character was having in somewhere. her films teeter on that line between nothingness/silliness and strangely, naively touching emotion. i still hate lost in translation, bling ring didnt really have anything much to say about celeb culture that was especially surprising (spring breakers was maybe worse though for its sledgehammer subtlety in repeating lines of vacuous dialogue just in case we didnt realise) but its easily her most entertaining film, if only for feeding my own celeb fascination while simultaneously making me hate the kids for how complacent and smug they are and their complete self absorption/air of impunity (it was also really hard to care about their victims which made the whole thing that much more empty).

anyway, i find her films totally empty for the most part yet love how good they look (eg marie antionette).
 

IdleRich

IdleRich
"In all seriousness, I think she is one of the worst film-makers ever and should have been banned from any cinematic activity following her segment in New York Stories."
I concur. Well, I haven't seen NY Stories but I agree with the first part - although strangely I would like to see Bling Ring.
 

IdleRich

IdleRich
I watched Spring Breakers the day before yesterday. Enjoyed it, especially the way that the three main girls (after Faith went home) were interchangeable and defined only by what happened to them rather than their personalities. I somehow expected it to go further than it did though. Maybe the targets - the MTV-isation of youth culture and the aspirational gangster lifestyle - merited two films rather than one film which sought to bring them together. I dunno though, they are related I think so perhaps that's not it.
 

Patrick Swayze

I'm trying to shut up
I watched Spring Breakers the day before yesterday. Enjoyed it, especially the way that the three main girls (after Faith went home) were interchangeable and defined only by what happened to them rather than their personalities. I somehow expected it to go further than it did though. Maybe the targets - the MTV-isation of youth culture and the aspirational gangster lifestyle - merited two films rather than one film which sought to bring them together. I dunno though, they are related I think so perhaps that's not it.
it needed riff raff
 

DannyL

Wild Horses
(spring breakers was maybe worse though for its sledgehammer subtlety in repeating lines of vacuous dialogue just in case we didnt realise)
I think this was a deliberate stylistic choice with Spring Breakers. The repetition (rather than dialogue that developed plot or character) seemed to add to the film's overall effect. It's a bit like the chorus in a pop video. Seemed more cyclical and trance inducing than 'messagey' to me.

Rich, maybe you just have read or heard too much about it? I went in quite cold, expecting it be something fairly awful, so was really surprised. But I'd read nothing about it, discussed it with no one etc.
 

IdleRich

IdleRich
Maybe. I just expected something a bit more extreme but maybe the lack of actual, worthwhile events was part of the point.
 

baboon2004

Darned cockwombles.
The Parallax View. I love Alan J Pakula's 70s style, so I can't hate on this, but really, the story became utterly ridiculous. After Warren Beatty's character came back form the dead, his editor didn't even think to ask how he'd escaped that exploding plane. Then when said editor was poisoned, Beatty barely blinked. hey, maybe they hated each other, i dunno.

I recall All the President's Men being a lot more coherent/less obviously emotionally absurd.
 

Linebaugh

Well-known member
Rewatched Gone Girl. I cant decide if its Lifetime/teen soap aeathetics make it better or worse, or if there was even a way to make the film without it.
 

version

Who loves ya, baby?
I haven't finished it yet, but I watched the first thirty minutes of The Decline of the American Empire last night and it was pretty odd. A stream of sexual anecdotes punctuated by the odd flashback and a scene where an uncomfortable looking bloke goes for a piss and fills the bowl with very fake looking blood.
 

WashYourHands

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WashYourHands

Well-known member
Niiiice. Turn the bedroom light off to sleep and the floorboards behind the doorway creak. Knew someone a bit like that. He was addicted to phone-sex. 0898-Andy was his nick, left us with a huge bill.

Martin creeped me right out the first time i watched it. There's a kitsch malevolence to it still.

Possession is apex bonkers in a different way. Should rewatch that again.
 
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