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I've only seen bits of Too Old to Die Young, but there's something about it which makes me feel ill.
 

IdleRich

IdleRich
It was extraordinarily violent and dark. I'm almost never repelled or affected by violence on screen but parts of this were really nasty - and that with combined with its relentlessness was a lot to take I found.
 

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I just read the synopsis for each episode and it sounds like the director was trying to be as obnoxious as possible.
On an April morning last year in Los Angeles, Nicolas Winding Refn dropped his daughter at school and walked into a parking lot. He was shooting a new film, but still scouting locations. The lot stood behind Musso and Frank, the Hollywood steakhouse whose regulars once included Steve McQueen. There, he found a young man on the asphalt, bleeding nightmarishly; another man was hunched over him, trying to staunch the blood. With no one else in sight, Refn attempted to help. It was no good. The man died. Soon the LAPD arrived. He had never seen anyone die before.

He told me this story a few weeks later, still in LA. I asked if he had felt emotional. “No,” he said. Nothing? “Strangely nothing.” The next morning? “Nuh-uh.” He sipped juice through a straw. “But later,” he said, “I was happy. Because I got a fucking great idea for a scene.”
 

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In the restaurant, we’re barely through the small talk before he is on to his place in modern cinema. “I’m glamour,” he says. “I’m vulgarity. I’m scandal. I’m gossip. I’m the future. I’m the counter culture. I’m commercial reality. I’m artistic singularity.”
 

IdleRich

IdleRich
At least he attempted to help... I was honestly expecting the story to go on with him filming the guy dying and directing his friend out of the way or something.
 

IdleRich

IdleRich
It's weird cos I really like his films and if I hear he has one coming out I will get excited about it. One of very few directors at the moment that I have that reaction to. I even sort of enjoyed Too Old To Die Young - although it made no sense, was incredibly slow and violent and nasty and directionless and seemed to have absolutely no point. There is nothing about it I could defend or use to argue that it was in any way good and I certainly wouldn't recommend it to anyone. Though I wish someone here would watch it so we could talk about it.
 

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True, but it's a much bigger project and it came out last year. I don't think three years between a film and a series is that long. There were three years between Only God Forgives and The Neon Demon too. He also had a Death Stranding cameo and he's been working on some streaming platform, iirc.
 

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Looking at his IMDB and Wiki pages, he's apparently slated to direct a couple more TV series and he's producing a Witchfinder General remake.
 

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In July 2016, Refn revealed that he had turned down the offer to direct the James Bond movie Spectre.[50]

On August 14, 2016, Refn announced via his Twitter page that his next project would be titled The Avenging Silence, calling it "Ian Fleming + William Burroughs + NWR = The Avenging Silence" and posted images for Fleming's novel, Dr. No and for Burroughs's novel The Soft Machine.[37][38] Variety reported that producer Lene Borglum described the purported plot as following: "[A] former European spy [accepts] a mission from a Japanese businessman to take down the head of a Yakuza boss in Japan".

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IdleRich

IdleRich
When something is listed as forthcoming for four years then I tend to think of it as stuck in development hell.
 

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Yeah, it obviously never got off the ground. Apparently the main thing he's got coming up's a Maniac Cop series.
 

IdleRich

IdleRich
I wish he'd make another film though. Absolutely loved going to the cinema to see Neon Demon, I really enjoy going to the cinema but there are so few films that really justify it, still I enjoy the whole experience and popcorn or whatever. With ND was so fucking high the whole thing was amazing... a perfect and memorable experience. Though ironically I hardly remember the film, I should watch it again perhaps.
 

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Cyborg (1989)

Very androgynous past life dream sequence lover for the muscles from brussels (about 1.19 in)


Great film really, a tier or two below the holy trinity of blade runner, terminator, total recall but reminiscent of all three. Could also easily throw in mad max as a comparison.

Great bad guys ("I like the misery") especially how they always rock up as a squad

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Sort of weird to watch it now as well, plague and all.

Shockingly bad but good fight sequences, acting, fx.

Van Damme makes me think of Eden Hazard, steely eyes, no words, downward stare.

And his flashback haircut, what's that about. Vaguely gothic/new romantic vibe

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