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HorrorBiz wrote:
July 8th, 2019, 1:31 am

Words like 'epic' and 'amazing' get thrown around rather often nowadays, but this film is truly deserving of both of those words. I saw the new 2K restoration that Janus Films did for this film, which was made in response to King Vidor's 1956 Hollywood version that starred Audrey Hepburn and Henry Fonda. From what I've read, this thing basically had an unlimited budget (some have speculated it would be as much as $700 million in today's dollars) and full support from the Soviet government, and the director (who was also one of the co-stars) was given full access to whatever he wanted in order to make this colossal epic come to fruition. The battle sequences are a sight to behold, with thousands of Russian military members being used as extras to stage the battles at Austerlitz and Borodino, as well as the town that was built for the burning of Moscow in the final chapter of the film. At just over 7 hours, it's a long but rewarding experience that is absolutely worth seeing if it is ever playing in a theater nearby. It's a must see theatrical experience, much like films such as Lawrence of Arabia and 2001: A Space Odyssey. The trailer below gives a glimpse of the film's scale and overall production:

I really want to see that

And I still have to read the book lol

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I just watched Taxi Driver on Netflix. Holy Hell. I don't know how you take such a simple but budding concept and turn it into one of the most banal, vapid, and meandering sacks of ass to be acclaimed. It makes less than two hours feel like four. This film doesn't even have a shadow of the supposed artistry of other slowburners like 2001: A Space Odyssey or Blade Runner.

Actually, I take that third sentence back. It's very obvious how Martin Scorcese made this such an abomination. The story is absolutely barebones. Travis is barely a character. A clichéd, depressed loner whose defining characteristic is watching pornography. The movie can't decide if it wants to be a political thriller, a depiction of a midlife crisis, a love story, or a vigilante drama. Before ultimately ending on the latter-most, it spends a significant portion being none of those and simply filling runtime with smalltalk from characters no one rightfully gives a shit about. Why would anyone care about those fellow cab drivers in the diner? They shouldn't and aren't given a reason to.

The pedophile subplot is underdeveloped and occurs through sheer coincidence. Of course, in a city of millions, Travis always happens to run into the same people among the bustling sidewalks, including Iris and Betsy. After Travis abruptly attempts to assassinate Palantine and proceeds to concede without reason, he then kills a swathe of gang members as though it's a redemption for the character. He's shot numerously, including in the neck, but somehow survives—scot free with no scars. He's praised as a hero, continues life normally, and even gets to share a melodramatic goodbye with Betsy. Iris happens to reunite with her family, apparently unfazed by witnessing three murders. The ending is absolutely tacked on, maybe even composed of previously shot footage. The ending naturally should have ended with Travis dying, but no, can't risk that, it needs a "happy ending", right?

Throughout, exposition is given via narration by both Travis and Iris's father and it adds absolutely nothing to the story. The music is extremely redundant, getting old by a quarter of the runtime, repeating the same motif for what feels like a hundred times. The story has no throughline, it's as though it was written without an outline or revision—done by simply "taking the story where it naturally goes" without any critical thought. The cinematography is bland and mundane, utterly disinteresting and incomparable to films from the same era such as A Clockwork Orange.

Can anyone explain how this extraordinarily mediocre movie in anyway deserves the praise it receives and has received?

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who's alt is that for real

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Reminds me that I'm having the remastered version on my watchlist for some time now and I should really get to it the first chance I get.

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You do, I saw it in 4K on the big screen last year, amazing experience

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Nistopher Colon wrote:
July 12th, 2019, 6:34 am
who's alt is that for real
I can confirm that I am Master Virgo's alt.

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I can't wait for Geoffrey's 10 page long review when Dora the Explorer comes out.

EDIT: If there are multiple people named Geoffrey in one room, would the plural be Geoffries?

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Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters--

Schrader's magnum opus and a self-reflexive masterwork where the life of an artist and his art become a blurred, beautiful tapestry. It is also totally singular movie incomparable to any other.

It is at once a crisp black and white biopic of a famous author and an avant garde restaging of his famous plays and texts in swirling surrealist settings, a divide that grows more amorphous and unified in the final of Mishima's four parts.

Key themes of rebellion, repression and social claustrophobia return from Schrader's other films, but present also are themes of buried sexuality, a specifically Japanese cultural disassociation, and how our interior and exterior lives clash and collide in ecstatic contradiction. This is a masterpiece.

Has anyone seen this?


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