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Xavier Breath

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Who Else is Totally Psyched to See The French Dispatch?

It seems like an eternity between WA movies, and I devour them as soon as they're available. I wish he was as prolific an auteur as Stephen King is a writer. No disrespect to Mr. King, that was a compliment.

It looks like, in my wife's words, the most Wes Anderson movie ever

On a related note: what is your favorite WA movie to this point? For me it would be a toss-up between Moonrise Kingdom and The Grand Budapest Hotel, though I love all of his films.
Posted by Xavier Breath | Fri Oct 29, 2021, 07:46 PM (3 replies)

Any fans here of Snowpiercer?

I never read the source material, but I did stop in at our local art house to see the movie when it was released. It was intriguing, but walked out of the theater not honestly knowing if I loved it or hated it. I can, however, say that I enjoy the tv adaption much more. The tv format allows a depth of story and character that you just can't capture in a film's 120 minutes, and they're certainly taking advantage of that by providing a rich, layered story.

Please share your thoughts if you too are watching.
Posted by Dagstead Bumwood | Tue Feb 16, 2021, 08:24 PM (6 replies)

Movie Cliches

I wanted to discuss some of the clichés that I spot from time to time that just drive me up the wall. Perhaps you have one or two that drive you crazy as well?

Here are just a few that are top of mind.

1) Entering the home through the front door.. Even if a character has a garage, they still park the car in the driveway and enter through their front door. In the movies, rarely does a character pull the car into the garage and come into their house through the garage entry into the kitchen or mudroom, like in reality. Nope, they're all coming through the front door. More dramatic, I guess.

2) Fear of the Interstate Highway system. One of the worst offenses. Any time a character or characters take a long car trip, they insist on driving the whole way via back roads. More opportunities to run into quirky characters, I guess, but not realistic at all. Being in Ohio, if you told me I needed to be in Denver, I'd hop onto I-70 and head west, easy peasy. If I were in a movie, though, in the next scene you'd see me driving down a hilly, one-lane road in Indiana.

3) 6:00 AM looks like mid-day. Where I live, it's dark at six in the morning. Always. Oh, there may some faint light coming up at that point, but in movies, six in the morning always looks like two in the afternoon. Now, if a movie were set in Alaska, I could buy it. But, it's always set in the lower 48. Is it like that in California? That might explain it.

So, those are but a few. I thought of three more while I was writing this, but I want to see if anyone has their own.
Posted by Dagstead Bumwood | Sat Jan 16, 2021, 11:55 PM (35 replies)
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