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    Genre films, synth-wave tunes, backcombing the remaining hairs on my head, treadmill running, putting ketchup on chicken, playing gee-tar, doing half-decent impressions, writing when my pen has ink, feeling the burn and occasionally, shrooming out.

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  1. Films that were completely trashed by critics, but you love

    The Way of the Gun One of the smartest and sharpest crime dramas of the turn of the century. It was the directing debut of Christopher McQuarrie, who has gone on to be Tom Cruise’s most trusted collaborator and the guy who directs every Mission impossible movie to great acclaim. It’s intelligent, pulpy, noir-ish and follows in the footsteps of the great directors of the seventies; Peckinpah and Don Siegel come to mind. Its a shame it was reviewed so poorly. It pretty much ended McQuarrie’s career as a director until Cruise hooked up with him and became his benefactor. I would love to see another original film by this guy. I just don’t want him to keep making movies that begin with “Mission”...
  2. The Struts

    I always appreciated how catchy "Kiss This," is. Can't say anything else I've heard from them is on that level.
  3. Star Wars Episode IX - The Rise Of Skywalker Thread

    I think you can see their reluctance right off the bat - with Force Awakens. They hid Luke, made him a plot device and set up this notion that he's hung up his cape and he's done with virtue. Maybe JJ thought he was teasing a big return but he was setting the foundation for them to do nothing with Luke. They explained that by arguing that when they were crafting the script for Force Awakens, they couldn't figure out what to do with Luke. He's so powerful, so adored and so intrinsic to Star Wars that he was totally overshadowing anything new they wanted to do. They had drafts of Force Awakens where Luke would show up and fight but they recognized that at that point, anything they would try and build would be tossed aside because, here was Luke to save the day. It was the reason the first screenwriter was fired and his draft thrown out - they got to the Luke part and said, "well, he takes over the whole movie at that point, so what do we do? I guess we do nothing with him..." JJ can point the finger at Rian Johnson, if he wants, but I certainly remember him claiming that the episode 8 script was "brilliant" and that he "wished he was directing it" himself. It is quite a dillemma and I won't claim I myself have the answer for what they wanted to achieve; to treat the old characters with respect but bring new ones into glory.
  4. Star Wars Episode IX - The Rise Of Skywalker Thread

    As I see it, the biggest detriment Disney had in crafting this new trilogy was their reluctance to effectively use the original characters. They were so afraid that by keeping Han alive, by giving us a Luke who fought alongside the freshmen or by making Leia as anything but a character who stared out of windows, we would forget or otherwise tune out this "new generation." They saddled the legendary characters in hopes of letting the new ones take flight, only that didn't quite happen. Instead, it left a feeling of malaise and frustration that has carried over into what is now, the last film of what is supposed to be, the epic conclusion.
  5. Star Wars Episode IX - The Rise Of Skywalker Thread

    It’s interesting to hear Kennedy say the plan was always to rope the emperor back into the final chapter. It gives me the impression that there must have been broad stroke story points handed down to the filmmakers when they were given creative reign of their respective movies. It begs the question of how much was predetermined about this saga - which we all thought was just riding on thin air from one film to the next. I would be more impressed if it was something organic that JJ came up with in the screenwriting process and not some notecard that was passed to him that said “emperor goes here...”. In any event, it finally gets me excited about this saga, as the story telling in regards to these “new” characters has been less than remarkable. Since they’ve failed to make Rey, Kylo, Poe and Finn as interesting and endearing as the OT characters - I’m all for them going back to the well to resurrect dead ones.
  6. Star Wars Episode IX - The Rise Of Skywalker Thread

    That was a pretty exciting trailer. You know, I really appreciated Last Jedi but thought that the story had sort of run out of road. With what I’m seeing here, they seem to be accumulating the whole story by playing it out through the proxy characters: Rey and Kylo. On their own, those two characters and their conflict is only mildly interesting, but Luke’s suggestion that all of the Jedi and all of the Sith are participating through them makes it incredibly epic. Abrams seemingly found a way to make a conclusion that matters: by fully embracing the dead as alive. I think it was probably the only way you could give significance to what came before and make it matter. The laugh at the end is tantalizing in what it suggests, so, I’m defintely excited.
  7. I like Bruer but I've heard him slam GN'R and Axl specifically, so very many times. It seems like it's something trendy for him to do.
  8. Terminator - Dark Fate

    No Brad Fiedel again.
  9. Idris Elba

    Ditto. He has persona but he’s not a particularly transformative actor. He has a range and plays within the range fairly well.
  10. Slash talks about Nirvana in Kerrang's tribute feature

    I find it hard to believe that the alternative bands could slag GN’R when it came to AFD. The spirit of that album was so raw and undeniable, even if they disliked the songs, you couldn’t deny the legitimacy of it. It was the only authentic rock album of the whole 80s along with “back in black.” Whether it be Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam or AiC, any and every one of those bands would be pleased to have an album as righteous and influential.
  11. Slash talks about Nirvana in Kerrang's tribute feature

    Yeah he was tortured in that respect. Like a woman who wants it both ways; who wants to dress provocatively but doesn't want to feel eyes lusting after her... I had heard that his prerogative with In Utero was to make an album that challenged his fans and weed out the ones that hung on the pop sensibilities of Nevermind. Still, when the album was in its mixing stages, he started getting antsy and thought maybe he should ask Butch Vig to step in and bring the songs to a more commercial edge. He see-sawed like that and that sort of thing must have been very confusing and painful.
  12. Slash talks about Nirvana in Kerrang's tribute feature

    Kurt constantly drew lines in the sand. He was emphatic about what was or wasn't tolerable within a sub-culture, because he had always been part of a sub-culture. Obviously, he thought someone was going to take away his hipster card and like any good hipster, told the "cool" kids off before he could be accused of being one. It was a problem he had more and more trouble reconciling as Nirvana got more popular. He cringed at the idea of being "popular."
  13. "What Movie Did You Watch?" - 2019 Edition

    Pet Sematary (2019) I’m honestly very surprised this has gotten the pats on the back that it has. I’ve read the book 5 times and generally have a fondness for the ‘89 film. But nothing in this remake was better then the last attempt. It has a weak script compared to the ‘89 film, which King himself wrote. It’s not scary, the characters and the character relationships carried no weight and the “changes” didn’t help make a different movie that actually worked. I guess if I had to praise it, I’d say the cat looks more fearsome and they got around a huge logistical problem by not having a reanimated three year old this time (the old film suffers the most for how impossible it is to pull that off). I don’t know. I love Stephen King and in particular, I love the novel Pet Sematary, but this isn’t much of a darling.
  14. The Joker

    Doesn't really blow my skirt up. I've never been particularity interested in the Joker having a backstory, especially if it's a backstory where he was just an "ordinary dude." Tim Burton's Batman wasn't so bad because it established the Joker was a bad guy who just went totally bananas after a catastrophic accident. It was acceptable, under the circumstances and it plausibly tied him into the mafia, which explained how he could have a legion of goons. Nolan did it the best, because Joker was almost the absence of a character. He was totally enigmatic; he came from nowhere, suffered no accident with toxic waste, he just was. I remember reading Nolan say once that Heath Ledger's secret to playing the Joker was that he wasn't really playing the Joker...he was playing the Devil. He was this force of nature with no past and no future and his only goal in life was to corrupt as many souls as he could and get decent people to commit atrocities. It all clicked when I read that.
  15. Films that were completely trashed by critics, but you love

    I think it's easy to reference movies like The Shining, The Thing, Scarface, etc, when talking about movies that were dismissed upon release. The problem is, most people either weren't alive when those films were released or society has collectively and completely forgotten that they were labeled "dogs." Those films are classics now, so, it's silly to me that people would reference them. I kind of consider this thread pertinent to movies that maybe you or I have never seen, because that initial label stuck and their fate as "dogs" never saw a retrial.