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  1. Razor Leaf
    February 16th, 2015 1:23 PM
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    it's as if you're surprised that i like him!!!
  2. Razor Leaf
    February 16th, 2015 1:22 PM
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    way ahead of you ;]
  3. Razor Leaf
    February 16th, 2015 1:19 PM
    Razor Leaf
    legitimately all we ever do is chat total muk
  4. Razor Leaf
    February 16th, 2015 1:18 PM
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    February 16th, 2015 1:07 PM
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  6. maccrash
    February 16th, 2015 8:30 AM
    psyduckin Dog Star Man. and yeah I'm glad I didn't watch ISABD in the middle of the day because I would have been completely incapacitated for the rest of it. and I thought the same thing while watching. I didn't even realize it was three separate films until I was like two thirds of the way through.

    I'm gonna watch Days of Heaven today and get back to you. I'm definitely gonna go see Knight of Cups when it rolls around, even if it sucks plot-wise it's bound to be beautiful and I'd love to see one of his films on the Big Screen. that sounds like a good plan for Thin Red Line. one of my friends might own the blu-ray, I'll see about nabbing it from him.

    yeah I really didn't like The Master: him and Phillip Seymour Hoffman (who's probably my favorite actor ever) were pretty much the entire reason I didn't bail after the first hour or so. the cinematography was stunning as well, so that's something. Amy Adams was great in it too. but holy muk the ending to that movie was soooooo corny. Inherent Vice on the other hand I liked a fair amount because it was just hugely entertaining. it was nice to kind of get totally swept up in that world for a couple hours, and I'd read Pynchon before so I already knew that it wasn't exactly going to be a super coherent film. unfortunately I still haven't seen Her which is terrible of me. I'll most certainly check out Imitation of Life.

    christ man you sure see a lot of movies. that's quite impressive. did you ever see Under the Skin and if so what did you think of it?
  7. Rest
    February 15th, 2015 3:19 AM
    Hong Sang-soo is pretty prolific, he puts out a film or two a year since '08. His films are addicting as hell, and there's a sort of unmistakable, simplistic charm to them. Each film is pretty samey in style but defo distinct from each other in theme, story and host of characters. My first was Our Sunhi (2013) which I admittedly didn't really enjoy, but then I watched Oki's Movie (2010) which pretty much turned me into an instant fan. They're always very teeny-tiny sized stories but they're incredibly potent and ridiculously knotty, with some very good perfs. Idk! I'm bad with words but I know you have to check them out (preferably Oki's Movie which I think is his most accessible, more so than his other newer films). I'd equate the experience with having a nice tea in a nearly-empty shop in South Korea with a good friend of yours (don't even ask me why eheh).

    OMG!!! BEST VALENTINES PRESENT EVER. Gonna read this again and again but YOU JUST LISTED JAKE LACY IN HONORABLE MENTIONS WHICH MAKES ME HAPPY WOOHOO! Defo one of the most endearing supporting performances from last year I thought. He's very close to the top in my personal list for that category I would think. I'm liking the Fabrizio Rongione mention there too.

    Loving that Elisabeth Moss tops in her category, it's one of the best of last year as well, it's a very very prickly performance and she fares so well against Jason Schwartzman in Listen Up Philip. I cheered for her during the final few encounters with Philip the Asshole. I love Gaby Hoffmann in pretty much anything she's in (Girls, Transparent, Crystal Fairy, Louie, you name it) and am glad she gets a top 5 treatment here as well. Also, I NEED to watch Love is Strange now because I also adore Marisa Tomei.

    Liking the Julianne Moore pick in lead actress. She's vicious and hilarious in a sick, schadenfreude kind of way in Maps to the Stars. I genuinely can't comment on your lead male nominees - I've seen zero of them - but I can imagine there's a very high standard in quality there.

    Also liking the nods for The Grand Budapest Hotel everywhere, Tokyo Tribe in Costume Design, Godzilla and Goodbye to Language 3D in Visual Effects, Black Coal, Thin Ice in Cinematography, Maps to the Stars in Score, Two Days, One Night in Ensemble... choice picks. Very inspired!

    I still need to see -a lot- of 2014's essentials but when I have a good list of favorites I'll VM it to ya. Just finished my exams last Friday (did well woohoo). I have a two-week holiday so am soooo gonna binge on movies. :333
  8. maccrash
    February 14th, 2015 11:11 AM
    yeah TV vs. film is psyducking obnoxious. I don't really watch much TV regrettably. oh well.

    and yeah I also think Alex liked it for different reasons than I, but I thought it was absolutely beautiful and I really really really loved the style. I loved the random almost Dog Star Man-esque imagery interspersed throughout. that was a really nice touch. and I cried three distinct times during it which has never happened to me ever, and this is made even more impressive considering it's half as long as most other movies. I'd have loved to see it on the big screen. I'd already seen Rejected prior to even meeting him and when he randomly dropped one of its lines in one of the first few conversations we had I was impressed. as far as Malick goes I've only seen Tree of Life and Badlands, and I liked Badlands but (weirdly) felt pretty much nothing while watching it. I might watch Days of Heaven today, actually, and I own The Thin Red Line but on DVD so I might just wait and either grab the blu-ray or just download it. so it goes.

    I'd heard about The Immigrant but haven't seen it. I'd only really started getting into going to the cinema around the time Boyhood came out so I really missed everything that came before it. Joaquin Phoenix is probably my favorite living actor, and I'm kind of a sucker for melodramatic emotion so this sounds like something I could get into. The Tribe sounds psyducking interesting, I just did some research on it. sounds super unique. I will definitely go to it if it ever comes out here (or is shown anywhere near me). sounds slightly impenetrable at first but oh well I'm always up for a challenge. as for my film of the year it was Birdman which is kind of a cliched pick but I loved it so much.
  9. maccrash
    February 14th, 2015 10:35 AM
    also in doing some minor stalking I found your letterboxd and followed you. mine is kind of neglected but I plan on doing more with it in the future! I at least try to remember to add every film I watch.
  10. maccrash
    February 14th, 2015 10:26 AM
    I was thinking about this last night and I agree which is probably why I like music that little bit more. (but really they do totally different things so comparing them is kinda useless in the Grand Scheme Of Things) for whatever reason I think it's way easier to express pure emotion through music than the others, probably because you can morph music to relate to your own personal experience whereas the others are far more personalized and specific. they're all great though.

    also I ended up watching It's Such a Beautiful Day after Alex's glowing recommendations and I absolutely psyducking loved it. what a heartbreaking film. and I also watched The Tree of Life awhile back and fell completely in love with it. that movie could have had no dialogue or characters whatsoever and I still would have loved it, though. anywho, what was your favorite film of 2014 when all's said and done?
  11. maccrash
    February 14th, 2015 10:11 AM
    I used to really love Fleet Foxes but (and this is gonna sound elitist and Douchey) ever since I've gotten into more singer/songwriter folksy stuff I just think they're really vanilla and bland. they've got good harmonies though and some of their songs are good, I just don't really feel anything when I listen to them, y'know. so I will happily concede that it's not them, it's me.
  12. maccrash
    February 14th, 2015 9:59 AM
    understandable. I really don't like Fleet Foxes that much so I'm not sure why I took such a liking to this album -- maybe the lyrics.
  13. maccrash
    February 14th, 2015 8:21 AM
    hahaha man I really love that song. the album had a lot of Excellent moments but for some reason I just feel like there's a little something missing. it's still great. but that psyducking song is probably my favorite of the year so far, it's so sweet.
  14. Rest
    February 3rd, 2015 9:47 PM
    Your top 3 is A Separation, Margaret and Holy Motors are fascinating and would have made my top 10 of-the-decade-so-far as well. I don't know why people wrote Margaret off. I was enraptured all throughout the 3 hours it played. Fantastic New-Yorkian moral drama. The inclusion of Girl Walk // All Day is a nice surprise, I LOVE the album All Day by Girl Talk and the film (or video vignettes, the way I saw it online hahah) was a great companion-piece to that. Altogether it's a great list; I've watched 13 of the 25 you listed out but I'd push Before Midnight and Inside Llewyn Davis up a tad if I had my druthers.

    My top 10, in alphabetical order. It's a very rough sketch and I'd imagine it'll change a lot in the next coming months when I'm catching up with '10, '11 and '12 but I do think they're all masterpieces in their own right, IMO. Genuinely can't fault any of them.

    1. A Separation, Asghar Farhadi (2011)
    2. Before Midnight, Richard Linklater (2013)
    3. Grand Budapest Hotel, The, Wes Anderson (2014)
    4. Holy Motors, Leos Carax (2012)
    5. Immigrant, The, James Gray (2013)
    6. Inside Llewyn Davis, Joel Coen & Ethan Coen (2013)
    7. Margaret, Kenneth Lonergan (2011)
    8. Norte, the End of History, Lav Diaz (2013)
    9. Social Network, The, David Fincher (2010)
    10. Tree of Life, The, Terrence Malick (2011)

    Very predictable, I know! I'd imagine I could add more vibrancy to the list if I expanded it, but ah well.

    Any film festivals that you're planning to go to anytime soon?
  15. Rest
    February 3rd, 2015 5:40 AM
    If you're a bad cinephile, then I'm a greasy pop-corn-eating peasant!

    I respect anyone who's ever seen Shoah, let alone in one sitting! Norte might be the longest film I've ever seen to be honest, but it's ironic especially considering it's one of, if not the, shortest film from Lav Diaz's intimidating filmography. His longest film is Evolution of a Filipino Family which is close to 11 hours long! Regardless of it's 4-hour length, it's so ceaselessly gratifying for every minute it plays, and the lavishly-shot, poverty-stricken lands and coastlines of the Phillipines that Diaz creates for his several characters-in-conflict are breathtaking, not to mention the various socio-political issues and ideologies that Diaz presents to its readers. It's something I've never seen before. It's both a lesson in Filipino cultural and political issues and a film about distinctly Dostoevskian characters. PLEASE check it out the next time it plays at a film festival near you, if it does!

    You had a film blog? Yo, I would read that every day, only because I can't pick your incredibly cultured brain personally. Please do! I love when you point out film performances that I might have otherwise under-appreciated. It makes second viewings much more enriching for me, haha.

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    My name is Jon. I used to be a Super Moderator here until about 2005. I came back in 2011 and was one AGAIN for a year, for some weird-ass reason! Now I just lurk. I'm British, live in London, and am a lawyer.
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Posted April 2nd, 2015 at 2:25 AM by Mr Cat Dog Comments 5
Posted inCulture... meh!

Apologies for those expecting a Futurama reference, but I can assure you that I have not missed a 'the' in the title of this blog post.

I assume that maybe three people will check this out (those three being shenanigans, maccrash and Rest), but I thought I'd do my part to publicise the brilliant new short animated film World of Tomorrow by Don Hertzfeldt. The brief synopsis is below, although...

Posted April 6th, 2014 at 6:07 AM by Mr Cat Dog Comments 1
So I wake up this morning, have a shower, get dressed, open up Twitter: all standard Sunday morning stuff. And then this pops up on my Twitter feed:


Posted March 10th, 2014 at 3:18 PM by Mr Cat Dog Comments 6
So... it's been a while! But it'll be worth it when you see evidence of my visit to London's first cat cafe! Similar to the ones in Japan, Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium opened up on March 1 of this year in London (about 15 minutes from my house)... and it's already fully booked up until June! Deservedly so, as well. Home to about 10 rescue kitties - all adorable - it's a supremely relaxing environment where you can read a good book (on offer included The Art of War by Sun Tzu, Long Day's Journey Into...

Posted December 11th, 2013 at 7:37 AM by Mr Cat Dog Comments 1
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The following may not be suitable to all ages.
The following is suitable for people aged 13 or over.

A bit of background is necessary for this one, as it's my favourite in this burgeoning 'series' of blog posts and a bit of context goes a long way.

At the end of last month, in and around Thanksgiving, I went to the US for just over a week to visit some friends out there (one in New York who is from there originally, the other in Virginia who's doing an internship at NATO for 6 months). I'm lucky enough to have been to NYC a number of times, so have done...

Posted November 6th, 2013 at 1:33 PM by Mr Cat Dog Comments 5
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A pretty interesting article comparing Nintendo's recent fortunes to those of Walt Disney Animation Studios in the early 1980s.

If you like either of those things (whether recent or from the early 1980s), I suggest checking out this article.

Let me know what you think in the comments!

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