Mountain of Conflict

Mountain of Conflict

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Directors that are great and not nearly enough talked about/valued: Spike Jonze, Peter Weir, Pete Docter, John Patrick Shanley

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  • The Man Who Knew Too Much

    The Man Who Knew Too Much

    ★★★

    [Bad transfer on the German Prime. Like shockingly bad at times with some weird digital artefacts]

    #MeAndTheBoysThrowingChairsAtEachOther

    Peter Lorre ♥️

    Interesting to watch such an early Hitchcock, where you see surprisingly shoddy work at times and surprisingly confusing (might just be due to the bad transfer and black/white that I had sometimes trouble distinguishing the men), but it's clear he has a keen understanding of rising tension. I had forgotten that the opera scene in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation was based on this and not just "feels like Hitchcock".

  • GoodFellas

    GoodFellas

    ★★½

    All my life I've never cared about gangsters 🤷‍♂️
    Not because they are terrible people (of course), but because they are so limited in their tastes and ambitions. Even the good life he's living in the beginning isn't enticing.
    Amy Nicholson was right on The Canon Ep. 1 in that these don't feel like friends despite the luxurious runtime. Who wants to hang around Tommy?! You can't even play cards with him without him doing stupid shit. And Jimmy is…

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  • The Pixar Story

    The Pixar Story

    ★★★½

    What a time capsule. John Lasseter! A chubby Steve Jobs! Tom Hanks with a patchy goatee?!

    I might have seen this before, but I then must have forgotten a lot of it.
    Is this anything more than corporate history video? Not really, but it's at least an entertaining rise to stardom (which makes it even funnier that it was produced while they were finishing up Cars and talk about how many exciting new directors they will soon have, which hasn't really panned out).

  • The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special

    The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special

    ★★★

    New ranking of the ugliest Yoda designs:
    1. Original Yoda puppet in The Phantom Menace 
    2. Yoda in The Clone Wars
    3. This