IdleRich

IdleRich
That was on telly here the other day. I watched the first half or so before turning it off, not cos it was bad but cos it was really late at night and I needed to sleep.
 

version

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Anyone seen The Game (1997)? It's silly, but I enjoyed it and it did wrong-foot me at the end. The idea of the game itself is irresistible, one of those classic things of "Are we inside or outside?".

Michael Douglas is interesting. He doesn't seem to have anything, but he does have something. I can't quite put my finger on it. I've liked him in this, Wonder Boys, Wall Street and maybe a few more I can't recall. He's an actor that just never seems to come to mind until I see him in something then I get drawn back into the loop of "Why do I never think of him?".
 

WashYourHands

Cat Malogen
First Cow

Got an hour and a bit in during a rare window to chill, slow paced realist wonder so far, opposite vibe to a film like Dead Man/Jarmusch. Have to finish. And breathe
 

pattycakes_

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Anyone seen The Game (1997)? It's silly, but I enjoyed it and it did wrong-foot me at the end. The idea of the game itself is irresistible, one of those classic things of "Are we inside or outside?".

Michael Douglas is interesting. He doesn't seem to have anything, but he does have something. I can't quite put my finger on it. I've liked him in this, Wonder Boys, Wall Street and maybe a few more I can't recall. He's an actor that just never seems to come to mind until I see him in something then I get drawn back into the loop of "Why do I never think of him?".

The Game is great. Twist after twist. He plays that successful, but uptight character well. Falling Down is another. Oh, and Sean Penn as the brother was top notch too. What about the end wrong footed you?
 

catalog

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First Cow

Got an hour and a bit in during a rare window to chill, slow paced realist wonder so far, opposite vibe to a film like Dead Man/Jarmusch. Have to finish. And breathe
We started watching this and turned it off but it looked like one you could get into if you had a better attention span
 

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Would highly recommend the new shaka King film, judas and the black messiah.

Very good performances, the story is also fascinating, although it suffers a bit like any biopic cos you know what's gonna happen.

And the heavy weight of worthiness around the serious subject stifles something.

Was impressed enough by the director to find his earlier film "newlyweeds" and that was even more enjoyable.

Sort of got a safdie brothers vibe going on. Slippery, hard to place, in between people, who feel real as a result, getting into scrapes. Its kind of meandering but I like that sort of thing, reminded me of decent 70s stuff.

Director to look out for deffo.
 

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Continued my Orson Welles trip and he's now officially one of my favourite filmmakers.

And I don't even liked citizen kane or ambersons all that much.

Last one I watched was Mr arkadin/confidential report.

Whole thing appears to be up on youtube


Got pre echoes of Nolan in terms of the story.

There's all the trademark cross beams and cages thing going on, but what I noticed most with this one was his performance. First of all his look, and the way he doesn't move his face the whole time. Good first reveal as always

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And then the other performances, particularly this choppy Mexican husband and the antiques dealer guy.

Bags of fun. It is flabby in bits, but it's whirlwind so there's always another character to get into.
 

version

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I watched 'The other side of the wind' a few weeks ago and that's really good as well.
One of the most chaotic films I've ever scene. I dunno how he pulled it off. Had to keep reminding myself it was Welles as it felt so radically different to everything else I've seen of his. Amazing he was able to do something that inventive and modern three decades into his career.
 

catalog

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Have you seen the doc about the making of it? That's pretty good as well. That car scene was shot with stationary car and buckets of water being thrown as the rain. And his camera man's day job was shooting porn films so Welles cut a porn scene so that the camera man would have time to shoot his film.

Ive been watching this other doc now, "Hopper/Welles" which is an interview between him and Dennis Hopper. Just talking about films. Didn't realise Hopper was so erudite.
 

version

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Yeah, watched the doc straight after. It was okay. That car scene is amazing though.

Hopper has a small part in 'The Other Side of the Wind'. You can see him sat around in some of the party scenes. I want to see that film he did called 'The Last Movie'. Sounds cut from the same cloth,
 

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Yeah I think that was the film which basically fucked his career as a director for a bit. Not seen it. Apparently he's a decent painter and also collected loads of good art.

I always liked colors a lot and I've seen out of the blue but years ago. Wanna watch that one again.
 

version

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Light Sleeper (1992)

Paul Schrader thing with Willem Dafoe as a middle-aged drug dealer reflecting on his life and career choices. Really interesting dynamic between him and his boss (Susan Sarandon) and loads of cool little touches; a lingering shot of this odd mural in a restaurant, a psychic he visits who's bang on with her reading both times he sees her, David Spade as a junkie in his pants talking his ear off about God over a table full of coke. Great soundtrack too.



I've never been to NYC, but it feels like one of the last films where it still looks gritty, still has that "Taxi Driver" feel. There's a strike going on at the time of the film, the rubbish is piling up in the streets and you get lots of shots of Dafoe just walking and riding around at night, gazing out of the window of a cab. It feels a bit like if Michael Mann shot something in New York.

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