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BYOB: Rogue One, etc.

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4 Responses to “BYOB: Rogue One, etc.”

  1. EtGuild2 says:

    I feel like the BYOBs are mixed up, but since we haven’t really talked about awards (The Silence/Arrival/Fences/Jackie snubs at the Globes!), thought I’d mention the Indie Spirit love for A24. 18 nominations across six movies!!!!…and KRISHA and THE LOBSTER were last year.

    Having fiiiinally seen AMERICAN HONEY, I’m happy for the nomination leading upset. Loved it, I didn’t have a problem with the length. A sprawling, massively ambitious, gorgeously shot, almost-miraculously acted, subtle intersectional critique of so many issues at the fore of 2016. It is the movie of now, a snapshot of the insta-gratification anything is possible, eventually exhausting, briefly hopeless and eventually realism lowered life expectations of poor, rural, mostly white kids in our America.

  2. Movieman says:

    Yes, I liked “American Honey” a lot, too, Ethan–even if it felt an awful lot like the longest movie Harmony Korine never directed.

    How about that “Collateral Beauty” train wreck? All through the movie I kept waiting for Gerard Depardieu to turn up and shout, “Bogus!”
    (Obscure Norman Jewison reference if anyone cares, lol.)

  3. SP says:

    I didn’t like Rogue One much. Hoping I like it more on second viewing. I’m bummed that, as with last year, a Star Wars flick came out that got good reviews and lots of people seem to love and I wasn’t into it. For one thing, I’m not sure if it was the theater I was in, but pretty much everything up to the big final battle looked murky and dark. Most of the action took place in the dark or in the rain and didn’t really look all that great. Hey, if anyone here can get into the reshoots and how it all worked with Gilroy and everything, go to town, very curious about that. Edwards seems to be playing ball? He’s cool with this? Very curious to learn more about the reshoots.

  4. Stella's Boy says:

    Incredibly bummed that I didn’t see American Honey when it played here, but Milwaukee only had it for a week. Ethan I share your A24 love. They have had a truly remarkable year.

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“Last night’s Oscar bizarreness was not just bizarre but bizarre in a way that is typical of this entirely bizarre time. The rhythm of the yes-they-won-oh-my-God-no-they-didn’t event, with La La Land replaced by Moonlight as Best Picture, was weirdly like that of… Election Night. First, a more or less expected, if “safe,” result was on its way—though Hillary Clinton never got all the way to the stage, so to speak, the result did seem safely in hand at 7pm., according to the polling—and the expected and safe people were ready to deliver their touching but obviously polished pieces. Then the sudden confusion and visible near-panic of people running around in the backgroun, with the same slightly horrified spirit that one felt on Election Night as shocking results began emerging from exurban counties in Florida. Then, yes—can this be happening?—the revised and unexpected result.

“In this case, obviously, the result was positive to all but the poor La La Land producers, with their earnest and spouse-approved speeches already delivered. Moonlight was no Donald Trump of cinema, and obviously a popular favorite. But the rhythm of the night was disconcertingly the same, and the sheer improbability of the happenstance scarily alike. Nothing like this has remotely happened before. This wasn’t just a minor kerfuffle. This was a major malfunction. Trump cannot be President. People don’t say “Grab ’em by the pussy” and get elected President. Can’t happen. In the same way, while there have been Oscar controversies before—tie votes and rejected trophies—never before has there been an occasion when the entirely wrong movie was given the award, the speeches delivered, and then another movie put in its place. That doesn’t happen. Ever.

“And so both of these bizarre events put one in mind of a simple but arresting thesis: that we are living in the Matrix, and something has gone wrong with the controllers. This idea was, I’m told, put forward first and most forcibly by the NYU philosopher David Chalmers: what is happening lately, he says, is proof that we are living in a computer simulation and that something has recently gone haywire within it. The people or machines or aliens who are supposed to be running our lives are having some kind of breakdown. There’s a glitch, and we are in it. There may be not merely a glitch in the Matrix. There may be a Loki, a prankster, suddenly running it.”
~ Adam Gopnik

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