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

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he's in drugstore cowboy as well. he looks like he could be weird. not sure i wanna know. i bet he's into conspiracy theories.
 

version

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I've heard he had drug problems irl and whenever I've seen him in a film he's always played some sort of oddball.
 

Corpsey

call me big papa
I wouldn't say I don't know WTF to think but I can't say I'd unreservedly recommend Charlie Kauffman's Netflix produced "I'm Thinking of Ending Things", because I think many people would find it boring, pretentious, miserable, incomprehensible, all of the above.

But personally I found it quite fascinating, especially when I began to realise what might be going on (much later than might have been intended, as my attention wasn't fully on it until about 20 minutes in). I've watched videos on YouTube today that have explained things further.

I'd happened to have been reading a Beckett novel the night before so I was in an unusually tolerant mood for absurdity and apparent senselessness.

Rehearses many of the same themes he explored in Synecdoche New York (and Being John Malkovich etc.). But you can't really criticise an artist for exploring their obsessions repeatedly, that's kind of the point isn't it..
 

yyaldrin

in je ogen waait de wind
spoiler: i found the characters so annoying that i kept hoping it would turn into a horror movie and they would all be eaten alive in the basement or something like that.
 

IdleRich

IdleRich
I wouldn't say I don't know WTF to think but I can't say I'd unreservedly recommend Charlie Kauffman's Netflix produced "I'm Thinking of Ending Things", because I think many people would find it boring, pretentious, miserable, incomprehensible, all of the above.
Interesting, I think that film has appeared in the good, bad and confusing films threads now.
 

Corpsey

call me big papa
spoiler: i found the characters so annoying that i kept hoping it would turn into a horror movie and they would all be eaten alive in the basement or something like that.
yeah the couple are sort of obnoxiously literate/pessimistic, like a cardboard cut out conception of artists and I was tempted to peace out but I suppose the intrigue kept me going and I thought ultimately there were mitigating factors:

1. It's established that none of the characters as we see them reall exists except within the mind of the suicidally depressed, artist manque janitor figure 2. There's a running theme of how people don't think original thoughts, their thoughts are plagiarised from movies and books etc. The scene where the girlfriend spouts Pauline Karl's words verbatim 3. There's quite a lot of self-deprectory/deflationary humour going on. 4. Ultimately it's a film about depression, and speaking as someone who's had depression I was given to clichéd pessimistic thoughts, I was difficult to he around etc.

Like I said I'm sure a lot of ppl would hate this film and consider it navel gazing rubbish but it stuck with me after and hit sine emotional nerves along the way.
 

Pandiculate

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The Untouchables. It's decent, but it's so cheesy and Costner's awful. He's like Nic Cage minus the eccentricity. The film also feels much older than it is. I'm not talking about the setting, I'm talking the musical choices, the tone of the thing. It feels like something from the 60s, not '87. The weird, sweet music that plays whenever Ness is with his wife, who seems to just drift around the house, smiling at all times and telling him how wonderful he is. The bizarre, swashbuckling raid in Canada with them all on horseback. That cheesy final line. The "Odessa Steps" nod with the pram bouncing down the stairs in slow motion's ridiculous too. So over the top.
ended up watching this over christmas too, yeah the scenes with his wife were very weird she was like some robot perfect-wife. The setpiece in Canada was just stupid but I did find myself gripped by the bit with the pram.

Sean Connery's death scene was insane too, why didn't he just shoot the guy.
 

Corpsey

call me big papa
Have you seen De Palma's early films version? (Dressed to Kill, BodyDouble). I'd actually be intrigued to see what The Untouchables is like, to see if De Palma retained his eccentricities at the mainstream level. Presumably The Untouchables isn't like Hitchcock meets hardcore porn.
 

IdleRich

IdleRich
Have you seen De Palma's early films version? (Dressed to Kill, BodyDouble). I'd actually be intrigued to see what The Untouchables is like, to see if De Palma retained his eccentricities at the mainstream level. Presumably The Untouchables isn't like Hitchcock meets hardcore porn.
Ah... I think I have seen Body Double actually? Remind what happens? If it's what I'm thinking it's one of those enjoyably over the top things. Is the actress called a weird name like Romula or something?. I actually think that I enjoy De Palma more as I get older - like when I was younger I thought his films were sort of stupid and over the top and other directors were doing more grown-up versions of the same ideas... but now I think my taste has swung back the other way somewhat?
Edit: actually I was thinking of Femme Fatale apparently so maybe I haven't seen it after all.
 
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IdleRich

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Today the film that I saw on telly was a really stupid one called Mean Machine - it's most of the cast of Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels but they are in prison playing football. It's basically like a remake of Escape to Victory but whereas that had Pele this has Vinnie Jones, he plays the former England captain who was disgraced in a match-fixing scandal and then arrested drunk driving and - with a few shenanigans along the way - he ends up captaining a prisoners v screws team. It's got Danny Dyer and the Stathe plays an insane Scottish hardman known as The Monk who apparently is really good in goal, although he actually looks really cack-handed, he's probably really shit at football in real life the twat.
 

IdleRich

IdleRich
@Corpsey have you seen The Phantom of the Paradise? Early Da Palma cult film which is based on the same novel as Andre Lloyd-Webber's Phantom of the Opera - really stupid and over the top of course and also fun.
 

jenks

thread death
Today the film that I saw on telly was a really stupid one called Mean Machine - it's most of the cast of Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels but they are in prison playing football. It's basically like a remake of Escape to Victory but whereas that had Pele this has Vinnie Jones, he plays the former England captain who was disgraced in a match-fixing scandal and then arrested drunk driving and - with a few shenanigans along the way - he ends up captaining a prisoners v screws team. It's got Danny Dyer and the Stathe plays an insane Scottish hardman known as The Monk who apparently is really good in goal, although he actually looks really cack-handed, he's probably really shit at football in real life the twat.
It’s a re-make of a great Burt Reynolds movie - I’d recommend trying to get hold of it.
 

IdleRich

IdleRich
Got to say... not a fan of the sports movie as a rule, there must be a few out there but I'm struggling to name any straight off...
 
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