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Rick Vance
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The high concept of Shield of Straw and Miike is enough to get me into that movie when it appears anywhere near me.

Sean Kelly
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I liked BOTH The Conjuring and The Innkeepers (though I’ll go with Kurt when it comes to preference between the two).

Rick Vance
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I wouldn’t classify Only God Forgives as Nihilism to me it came off as Objectivism as seen best in the cop. Who not only wears White & Black and nothing else for the entire movie sees the world through that same moral filter. Steve Ditko would be proud of that guy.

What I love about the movie too is how much it go across without having to say it, sure the symbolism is heavy handed (castration being the biggest overt theme) but I do enjoy movies that can exist on the power of the audio (not necessarily spoken) and visual. I think I brought it up a month ago that I feel that the way film is discussed has become very writer focused (which I guess makes sense because it is writers doing the talking). It is nice when a film comes along that can tell so much about its characters and so much about its world through sparing use of text.

Sean Kelly
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I can’t even imagine what Kurt’s response to The Canyons would be………

Sean Kelly
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Some additional notes on The Canyons, which will unmistakably go down as my least favourite film of the year:
– The acting is quite wooden and the film barely has a story.
– Not only in there a porn star as the male lead, but the film has some near-pornographic sex scenes (including uncensored male masturbation)
– On a similar note, the film is already infamous for having a 4-way sex scene, for which Lindsay Lohan was reluctant to get naked for. Let’s just say it’s one of the most awkward and cheesy sex scenes seen on screen (the disco lighting during it didn’t help).
– The trailers (including the teasers done in various film styles) make the film look much better than it really is.
– There were a group of teens/20-somethings in the theatre, who were constantly snickering at the film and (I presume sarcastically) applauded the film afterwards.
– Gus Van Sant appears for a one scene cameo and looks like he does not want to be in the room.

That all said, I have a feeling Kurt might actually like the film for its trashiness, however I personally don’t think there’s reason to see the film, other than to witness the final dying embers of Lindsay Lohan’s film career.

Goon
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I downloaded it. I feel like I need to see it for some sick reason.

Kurt
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I’ll be getting the VOD stream if I cannot make it out to LIGHTBOX for the screening they are having –> Double Bill with DRUG WAR.

Sean Kelly
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I read a review for the film that theorizes that Paul Schrader was intending for this film to be seen on VOD, hence all the shots of dilapidated cinemas (which don’t really fit much into the story otherwise)

Cody Lang
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Go see DRUG WAR. It’s great.

Sean Kelly
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If Woody Allen’s BLUE JASMINE wasn’t on your radar, you should consider adding it.

Goon
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This will be an Oscar nominated film, and I hope it wins several. It’s so fucking good.

Rick Vance
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Oh and Kurt when Drug War comes back to the Lightbox in August GO SEE IT

One of the best action films of the past decade.

Kurt
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I will definitely be seeing it. I missed in Montreal, but it’s starting its run in 3 days in TORONTO for at least a week with many shows a day. I’m on this 100% guaranteed.

Cody Lang
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I loved Only God Forgives as well. Very abstract and haunting film. But, not for everyone which is alright.

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