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The Flood / Re: How's your dating life going?
« Last post by Zizzy on January 23, 2020, 01:13:08 PM »
pretty much exactly how i want it to be going
clapping ass on the daily?

OT: been in a relationship for nearly 2 years so pretty good
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The Flood / Re: Gonna try to watch every Oscar nomination before the ceremony
« Last post by Verbatim on January 23, 2020, 12:27:38 PM »
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aw, i thought it was great

i haven't seen the marketing myself—the only promotion i've seen whatsoever is adam from YMS's 9/10 review and recommendation—so i don't know if the film is trying to be "realistic" so much as it's just trying to be emotionally potent, and i think it succeeds heavily in that regard

even so, i'd still argue that there's a lot of realism to the film, from the script to the performances, but as you pointed out, most people would probably have trouble relating to a couple of "hot shot professional artists" (although, as a wannabe hotshot artist myself, i was able to relate somewhat with the two characters on that basis a tiny bit more than the average bear, i suppose, which did noticeably increase my personal enjoyment)

whatever realism the film does have is only there, imo, to ground the film and prevent the audience from becoming totally alienated—because, like you said, most people will struggle to relate with a couple of snooty career artists

but rather than hamstring these characters by making them more relatable to regular people, the film tries MUCH harder (and successfully, in my opinion) to make them likable—the movie opens with the two describing all the things they love about each other, as we see examples of those behaviors on screen (which, now that i think about it, is kind of a clever take on the age-old "show don't tell" advice often given to novice writers, because the opening scene of this movie opts to show and tell simultaneously—idk, i think that's kinda cool)

to write this scene off as merely listing idiosyncrasies seems odd to me—how do you generally prefer to grow attached to your characters, if not learning about their idiosyncratic personalities? it's not like they're presented as perfect people—their flaws are strewn about and laid bare throughout the entire film

furthermore, you don't think the scene where Charlie finds the divorce papers on the kitchen counter to be a realistic interaction? how Nicole just awkwardly steps in and is like, "yeah sorry," and Charlie gets all suspicious about the pie that her sister had before she fucked everything up, prompting Nicole to have to explain that it was nothing, etc. etc. and in the end, Charlie just looks so fucking bewildered by the whole situation, and he's like "so like... what do I do next?"

or how about the scene, my personal favorite, with the custody evaluation lady, where Charlie's trying to demonstrate the knife trick that his son brought up at dinner, and he's so nervous that he cuts himself? maybe you're not a clumsy fuck like me, but that single scene, i thought, was such a painfully accurate snapshot of two awkward people trying to interact with each other that i bust a gut every time i watch it—especially when he's stumbling around his kitchen, trying to tend to this horrifying wound he has while hiding it from his son

those are just two scenes, but for me, this movie was filled to the brim with moments like that

have you ever done something annoying around your dad, prompting him to just lash out at you? the part where the kid wouldn't get in the car cracks me up—"Henry, get in the fucking car. [beat] I'm sorry, but Jesus, get in the fucking car."

that's real shit

the characters are so likable, you don't know who to root for, because you want BOTH of them to happy—but because they have such strong cases against each other, and because their lawyers are so aggressive, it makes it all the more painful when it all explodes in the argument scene

you criticized the bit where Charlie punches the wall, and i agree somewhat that the punch almost seemed too light and that the crack was added in post or something, but i'm not an expert on blunt force, and i don't know how strong walls typically are, since i've never punched one myself, but i can agree it wasn't the most convincing physical outburst

i suppose you could argue it shows that he's hesitant to do any real damage, but in that case, he probably shouldn't have left the mark at alll, since while it does last, it doesn't really come up again (i don't even think the evaluation lady asks about it, strangely enough)

you also did say the whole scene was entertaining for the wrong reasons, though, and that was the only part you singled out—i'm curious to know what else you thought was wrong with the scene, because i thought it was fantastic through and through, and one of the best singular scenes out of anything i've watched so far

idk, i guess if the movie wasn't for you, that's okay—i just thought it kicked ass enough to respond to some of your points about it
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The Flood / Re: Gonna try to watch every Oscar nomination before the ceremony
« Last post by Verbatim on January 23, 2020, 11:39:14 AM »
I Lost My Body

Oh my goodness, this movie was fucking great.

This is a French Netflix original in contention for best animated feature, and without having seen Toy Story 4 or the latest How to Train Your Dragon yet, I'm gonna go out on a limb and declare this film to be the best among the five nominations—if not my current favorite of 2019 as a whole.

Because I went into this one completely blind, I feel somewhat disinclined to talk details about it, because I don't want to spoil anything. Speaking abstractly, while the movie doesn't have a, dense plot, it's more of an emotional journey with some French surrealism thrown in. There's a heavy emphasis placed on quiet moments where the characters are alone, thinking to themselves, and while the facial expressions are probably the movie's weakest aspect, it's never made unclear what the purpose of each scene is.

There's lots of weird shit going on (just the way I like it), some of which may seem easy to write off as "2deep4u" symbolism at first, but as long you're patient and see it all through to the end, every one of these puzzling moments does arrive at a pleasing arc. Nothing is presented too plainly, nor is any of it too subtle. And of course, it's all animated beautifully (except for the character's faces, oddly enough, which—again—could've been better).

If you've been on the lookout for an adult-oriented animation that isn't a comedy and isn't anime, this might be the film for you—especially if you're into moody shit that makes you feel like garbage, but still has an uplifting message in the end. Basically, if you're a doomer, you'll probably find a lot of value in this movie. If you're not, you might find it slow, awkward, melodramatic, and cumbersome—and you probably won't understand why that's part of the appeal.

Like I said, this is possibly my favorite movie of 2019 so far, and I'm actually pretty fucking sad that this is going to lose to Toy Story at the ceremony.

8/10 (could've been a 9/10 if the characters' faces were done better, and if some other minor issues I had were ironed out)
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The Flood / Re: New Semester New Me
« Last post by Ingy on January 23, 2020, 10:52:09 AM »
Try $70k
Loans are no joke

Not much choice but to see it through now
Ouch dude. You have very many credits left to go?

I have about 36 left because of a rough sophomore year but I managed to squeeze them all into my senior year lol
70k debt before you even graduate college?!

US education system was a mistake.

Each semester is $1Ok including living costs but I usually go over that towards the end of each semester
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The Flood / Re: Gonna try to watch every Oscar nomination before the ceremony
« Last post by Fedorekd on January 23, 2020, 10:11:41 AM »
Saw Jojo Rabbit the other day.

I think I'd gone in expecting a full-blown comedy only to get something that wasn't quite that, so while I was watching it I wasn't too sure. But having given it some thought it's a really good film, just not the one I expected, and I did enjoy it a lot. May need to give it a second viewing but at the moment it might be tied with Knives Out as my top film of 2019. Although given that the only other stuff I watched was sequels and big franchise films those two weren't really up against much.
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The Flood / Re: Gonna try to watch every Oscar nomination before the ceremony
« Last post by Mordo on January 23, 2020, 10:07:25 AM »
Okay so I gave Marriage Story a viewing and I think it's hot garbo.

Everything sans maybe the performances (which I think are kind of overrated) is milquetoast.

The film's main selling point is that it presents how people realistically behave in the breakdown of a relationship, but I don't think it even executed that.

This couple do not interact like normal human beings. I don't think it helps that the characters are both hot shit professional artists with no inkling of relatibility or grit to them. Like, oh wow, he's energy conscious and she's extremely talkative, am I supposed to feel something here because you listed off a bunch of idiosyncrasies these characters have? Nah.

There are some okay segments but good god was this a struggle to get through. That argument scene was entertaining but for all the wrong reasons. I was legitimately pissing myself at Adam Driver yeeting himself into a wall only for him to ree like an incel. Not a convincing performance at all.

Scarjo probably carried the film, but I've never considered that much of a heavy hitting actress, so that's not really saying much.

Cringe/10 film.
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The Flood / Re: How's your dating life going?
« Last post by Genghis Khan on January 23, 2020, 09:55:49 AM »
Nearly 30 and still no relationship  :)
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The Flood / Re: How's your dating life going?
« Last post by Ásgeirr on January 23, 2020, 07:47:07 AM »
i dont want a relationship
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The Flood / Re: New Semester New Me
« Last post by FatherlyNick on January 23, 2020, 05:54:09 AM »
Try $70k
Loans are no joke

Not much choice but to see it through now
Ouch dude. You have very many credits left to go?

I have about 36 left because of a rough sophomore year but I managed to squeeze them all into my senior year lol
70k debt before you even graduate college?!

US education system was a mistake.
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The Flood / Re: How's your dating life going?
« Last post by Sep7asatan on January 23, 2020, 04:06:34 AM »
Last time I dated was 2 years ago.

Got me a stable relationship since though, so...
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