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Maxwell Lord
Dec 12, 2008

I am drowning.
There is no sign of land.
You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand.

And I hope you die.

I hope we both die.






Grimey Drawer

Cacator posted:

I wasn't sure about upgrading the DVD before, but the cocaine is pretty tempting.

The downside- the $5000 price tag.

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Maxwell Lord
Dec 12, 2008

I am drowning.
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You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand.

And I hope you die.

I hope we both die.






Grimey Drawer

THE DOG IS EVERYTHING.

One question I do have after watching Godzilla (which was otherwise spotless)- for all that Criterion does right, why do they insist on using the easily-obscured subtitles? Clearly they've done enough foreign films that this became a choice.

Maxwell Lord
Dec 12, 2008

I am drowning.
There is no sign of land.
You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand.

And I hope you die.

I hope we both die.






Grimey Drawer

Shadley Puffin posted:

Or even better as Gordon Cole.

YOU ARE WITNESSING A FRONT THREE-QUARTER VIEW OF TWO ADULTS SHARING A TENDER MOMENT. PLUS MY FILM NEEDS A SLIGHT REFRAMING

I was thinking the exact same thing.

Maxwell Lord
Dec 12, 2008

I am drowning.
There is no sign of land.
You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand.

And I hope you die.

I hope we both die.






Grimey Drawer

Magic Hate Ball posted:

That's Rosemary's Baby, by the way.

When you said that, I thought "Wait, how do you get that- it just looks like... ooohhhh."

Well played, Criterion. Well played.

Maxwell Lord
Dec 12, 2008

I am drowning.
There is no sign of land.
You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand.

And I hope you die.

I hope we both die.






Grimey Drawer

It may just be because I've seen the movie a whole bunch of times, but Videodrome has the best HD transfer I've ever seen. It's really gorgeous and I didn't realize before just how carefully it's shot and designed. As chaotic as the plot is, it feels like there's nothing on screen that doesn't have a good reason to be there.

Maxwell Lord
Dec 12, 2008

I am drowning.
There is no sign of land.
You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand.

And I hope you die.

I hope we both die.






Grimey Drawer

FitFortDanga posted:


ECLIPSE SERIES 37: WHEN HORROR CAME TO SHOCHIKU (4-disc DVD, Nov 20)



The X From Outer Space (Kazui Nihonmatsu 1967)
Goke, Body Snatcher From Hell (Hajime Sato 1968)
The Living Skeleton (Hiroshi Matsuno 1968)
Genocide (Kazui Nihonmatsu 1968)

Oh, yes! X From Outer Space is such a weird, funky movie. I'm glad it's finally seeing release.

Maxwell Lord
Dec 12, 2008

I am drowning.
There is no sign of land.
You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand.

And I hope you die.

I hope we both die.






Grimey Drawer


I was just thinking "this is an awesome film, why don't I have it yet."

Maxwell Lord
Dec 12, 2008

I am drowning.
There is no sign of land.
You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand.

And I hope you die.

I hope we both die.






Grimey Drawer

Nouvelle Vague posted:

I finally have money to blow on a blind purchase. I can't decide between Shock Corridor and Videodrome. Thoughts?

The Blu of Videodrome is gorgeous.

Maxwell Lord
Dec 12, 2008

I am drowning.
There is no sign of land.
You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand.

And I hope you die.

I hope we both die.






Grimey Drawer

Cloks posted:

I don't think they'll be updating it because John Lurie died while ice fishing with Willem Dafoe.

No, wait, I'm mistaken. John is alive!

(RIP Willem Defoe)

Maxwell Lord
Dec 12, 2008

I am drowning.
There is no sign of land.
You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand.

And I hope you die.

I hope we both die.






Grimey Drawer

Videodrome is great and considered the definitive Cronenberg film by many- it's something really only he could do.

Maxwell Lord
Dec 12, 2008

I am drowning.
There is no sign of land.
You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand.

And I hope you die.

I hope we both die.






Grimey Drawer

From charts it's also apparently one of their top sellers. That may be partly recent due to the new movie, but it would be neat if they went after some other kaiju movies.

Maxwell Lord
Dec 12, 2008

I am drowning.
There is no sign of land.
You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand.

And I hope you die.

I hope we both die.






Grimey Drawer

David Cronenberg's commentaries are always pretty top notch.

Maxwell Lord
Dec 12, 2008

I am drowning.
There is no sign of land.
You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand.

And I hope you die.

I hope we both die.






Grimey Drawer

That is honestly hilarious.

Maxwell Lord
Dec 12, 2008

I am drowning.
There is no sign of land.
You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand.

And I hope you die.

I hope we both die.






Grimey Drawer

Went in for The Brood and Fantastic Mr. Fox (wavered between that and Moonrise Kingdom, but that's more recent.)

Maxwell Lord
Dec 12, 2008

I am drowning.
There is no sign of land.
You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand.

And I hope you die.

I hope we both die.






Grimey Drawer

Raxivace posted:

A good movie is a good movie, whether it's a big loud blockbuster or a tiny, quiet arthouse film. Criterion should be able to represent both IMO.

In an ideal world every movie would get a Criterion release, so I find it hard to get het up about any of their choices.

Maxwell Lord
Dec 12, 2008

I am drowning.
There is no sign of land.
You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand.

And I hope you die.

I hope we both die.






Grimey Drawer

Seven Samurai is basically the most accessible foreign language film there is, despite the length and despite some of the themes depending on the nuances of historical Japan. It's amazingly watchable.

Maxwell Lord
Dec 12, 2008

I am drowning.
There is no sign of land.
You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand.

And I hope you die.

I hope we both die.






Grimey Drawer

GrandpaPants posted:

I would have liked Hidden Fortress a lot more if the woman playing the Princess didn't sound like she was yelling harshly at everyone all the time, even when she was thanking them for their compassion. Like, geez, that's a voice reserved for like an emotional breakdown or verbal lashing, not casual conversation. I was grateful that she was playing a deaf/mute for most of the movie.


That grated on me too, but I've heard from some people that it's sort of a joke at the expense of the royal class- she's so prim and proper that she cannot properly express emotion even when saying little things like "I like the way that armor looks on you."

There's a definite subtext in Kurosawa's Samurai films that the whole caste system that society revolves around- and that Japan kinda idolizes- is total bullshit.

Maxwell Lord
Dec 12, 2008

I am drowning.
There is no sign of land.
You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand.

And I hope you die.

I hope we both die.






Grimey Drawer

For awesome color photography I recommend Robinson Crusoe on Mars. It's from the mid Sixties and straddles the line between the Atomic Age aesthetic and total trippiness.

Maxwell Lord
Dec 12, 2008

I am drowning.
There is no sign of land.
You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand.

And I hope you die.

I hope we both die.






Grimey Drawer

Breathless is great. Alphaville has some goofy elements but is good overall. That is all the Godard I have seen.

Maxwell Lord
Dec 12, 2008

I am drowning.
There is no sign of land.
You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand.

And I hope you die.

I hope we both die.






Grimey Drawer

Nobody has gotten this right. Netflix is still far and away the high bar and they're not even that great.

Maxwell Lord
Dec 12, 2008

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You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand.

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Grimey Drawer

The_Rob posted:

I mean honestly it sounds like you might actually like the film. No one watches a movie multiple times unless you find something interesting and of merit.

I have seen Jaws: The Revenge multiple times.

Maxwell Lord
Dec 12, 2008

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Grimey Drawer

Fantastic Planet was a good blind buy.

Maxwell Lord
Dec 12, 2008

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Grimey Drawer

There's The Deadly Bees, The Savage Bees, and Irwin Allen's The Swarm. Obviously a boxed set.

Maxwell Lord
Dec 12, 2008

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Grimey Drawer

Coming in late to the Solaris convo but it's not only the best Tarkovsky film I've seen so far, it's also my pick for "best science fiction film ever."

Maxwell Lord
Dec 12, 2008

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You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand.

And I hope you die.

I hope we both die.






Grimey Drawer

Stalker is really close- I think I favor Solaris because I saw it first.

Maxwell Lord
Dec 12, 2008

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You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand.

And I hope you die.

I hope we both die.






Grimey Drawer

Fanny and Alexander, maybe? Edit: NM that's already on Blu Ray.

Maxwell Lord
Dec 12, 2008

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You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand.

And I hope you die.

I hope we both die.






Grimey Drawer

My big "get", and I don't think they even have the rights to this, would be Cronenberg's Crash.

Maxwell Lord
Dec 12, 2008

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You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand.

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Grimey Drawer

I'm pretty much of the opinion that all movies should have a Criterion-level release.

Maxwell Lord
Dec 12, 2008

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You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand.

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Grimey Drawer

There's a notable difference I feel between the kind of "survivalism" shown in Dawn of the Dead- where it's a broad plot device used as a way to usher the characters into the mall- and the kind of Gritty Realism and Hard Choices of The Walking Dead and so on.

In Dawn, the characters on the run are running out of food and fuel and water, and so there's a mall, and that solves it. The danger is not running out, or really any threat from outside, the danger is their attachment. Even in the final act- there's a clear window for the survivors to just get in the chopper and leave the mall to the bikers, but first they think "let's not make it easy for them", and Steven starts thinking "This is ours! We took it!" and everything goes to Hell.

Stuff like the Walking Dead is often predicated on this idea that the ruthless assholes will always have an advantage, characters like the Governor and the guy with the bat can blow in and murder people, and the "softer" protagonists have to make big sacrifices or become hardened to survive- there's always this edge of "compassion is a weakness". Survivors stop to celebrate a teenage girl's birthday? Oops, she gets her throat torn out. Another girl wanders off and the survivors stop to look for her? Oops, they get trapped at a weird zombie farm. Better to just have moved on eh?

Romero ultimately deals in morality plays- the EC Comics influence is always there, even when the outcome is tragic like the original Night, it's not because good is dumb, it's because of a failure in the basic bonds and connections of society. That's the scary part, not where you'll get supplies from when the apocalypse happens.

Maxwell Lord
Dec 12, 2008

I am drowning.
There is no sign of land.
You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand.

And I hope you die.

I hope we both die.






Grimey Drawer

Key to understanding House is the fact that the Japanese movie industry was in the crapper and Toho told the director "Here's this script we don't get, but everything we thought would be a hit failed, so do whatever you want."

You should also watch its stylistic predecessor, Godzilla vs Hedorah.

Maxwell Lord
Dec 12, 2008

I am drowning.
There is no sign of land.
You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand.

And I hope you die.

I hope we both die.






Grimey Drawer

Finally got around to the local B&N, picked up Stalker and High & Low (which I saw kinda recently as part of the TSPDT list thing, and just fuckin' loved.)

Maxwell Lord
Dec 12, 2008

I am drowning.
There is no sign of land.
You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand.

And I hope you die.

I hope we both die.






Grimey Drawer

Toebone posted:

What are the funnest movies in the collection?

The Blob's gotta be up there. Also House for sheer WTF.

Maxwell Lord
Dec 12, 2008

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And I hope you die.

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Grimey Drawer


EDIT: Dead Man?

Maxwell Lord
Dec 12, 2008

I am drowning.
There is no sign of land.
You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand.

And I hope you die.

I hope we both die.






Grimey Drawer

Can't wait for the Criterion of Godzilla vs Biollante

Maxwell Lord
Dec 12, 2008

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You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand.

And I hope you die.

I hope we both die.






Grimey Drawer

That was a Fifties thing. More American Graffiti was about the Vietnam years but I'd be surprised if they were going after that

Maxwell Lord
Dec 12, 2008

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Grimey Drawer

Cloks posted:

Criterion is taking questions for Jim Jarmusch through the 8th of December. They've confirmed a release of Dead Man for 2018.

Called it! Sorta!

Maxwell Lord
Dec 12, 2008

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And I hope you die.

I hope we both die.






Grimey Drawer

Possibly a ref there to the Every Frame A Painting folks doing something

Maxwell Lord
Dec 12, 2008

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You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand.

And I hope you die.

I hope we both die.






Grimey Drawer

Maybe a series focused on T-Bone Burnett?

Maxwell Lord
Dec 12, 2008

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I hope we both die.






Grimey Drawer

I'd heard that on top of the MPAA, Paramount was a little embarrassed by the series and maybe was responsible for watering it down.

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Maxwell Lord
Dec 12, 2008

I am drowning.
There is no sign of land.
You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand.

And I hope you die.

I hope we both die.






Grimey Drawer

Wasn't Pan's Labyrinth 2006? So it lost to... uh... gently caress what won that year EDIT: Oh right The Departed. Not great but okay.

(Specifically it lost Best Foreign Film to The Lives of Others but I've heard that film's really good so *shrug*)

Maxwell Lord fucked around with this message at 07:23 on Mar 5, 2018

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