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  1. 1 hour ago, Napoleon said:

    Great to hear the director had the chance to do another cut, hope it gets at least decent reviews

     

    Come to think of it, that's actually much more significant than it seems; Weinstein was notorious for making 'safe' cuts. A film like The Current War getting what is likely to be a better cut is a great nail in the coffin to Weinstein's grip on the industry. One of many nails in the coffin. 

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  2. 18 minutes ago, Spaghetti said:

    Is there any chance Song Kang-ho can get a nomination for Parasite? The film needs to keep building its momentum but clearly it's off to a promising start.

     

    Never say never. Though he'd definitely get in for Supporting. Of course, both Lead and Supporting are pretty competitive this year.


  3. @CayomMagazine

     

    You know New Journey Pictures cares about a project when they keep changing their mind on the director. The fairy-tale film The Croaking of Prince Chrom will now be directed by The Aeronauts director Tom Harper.

     

    In addition, the cast of the film will include:

     

    George Mackay as Prince Chrom

    John Boyega

    Olivia Cooke (who is English :O)

    Saoirse Ronan

    Barry Keoghan

    Ella Purnell

    Aneurin Barnard

    Georgie Henley

    Hugh Grant

    Emma Thompson

    and Helena Bonham Carter

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  4. 41 minutes ago, Reddroast said:

    Justice Simth (splatoon) has been cast as the lead in Tokyo ghoul. Ken Watanabe, Simu Liu, Lewis tan, Henry Golding, and Russell Crowe have been cast. The female lead has yet to be cast. (P.s. any suggestions on the female lead Is helpful. Looking for Asian or  Latin actresses I'm there early to mid 20s)

     

    I suggest Cierra Ramirez. In CAYOM, she's been cast in at least two films that are either 'horror' or 'spooky': Silent Hill 2 and Fiesta Loca. So not only does she fit the description, but she has experience in films with similarly 'spooky' subject matter.


  5. 5 minutes ago, Spaghetti said:

    Okay so I feel like I should nip this in the bud before my Top 25.

     

    Prepare thyself, @SLAM!.

     

    In the Aeroplane Over the Sea

     

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    I remember reading this film prior to its posting in Part 1, and as soon as I finished, I was VERY curious what people were going to make of it. Not that it would disappoint people, but that the final product was....definitely going to raise some eyebrows.  I wanted to wait until I re-digested the film in its posted version. I figured it was only fair to go back and re-read it before coming to a final consensus.

     

    I remember liking it in its original form, but understanding how people might be a bit phased out by it. To be honest, I still didn't quite know what to make of it, but even then, it has a daring ambition that definitely isn't for nothing.

     

    So what did I think now that I had a second chance to fully digest one of the most controversial films in CAYOM 3.0?

     

    First, let me prefact that In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, the album that serves as the film's namesake, is legitimately incredible. A haunting, poetic album wit a faintly hopeful sound amidst the undercurrent of darkness. That was in and of itself a major reason I was hyped for this project, yet at the same time apprehensive given how easily it could make people go, @cookie previously mentioned:

     

    Image result for almighty loaf computer

     

    So, Slam can rest assured now: I liked it more than Numbers and Xillix. Perhaps even Rory. However....I do think it has some problems.

     

    In the Aeroplane Over the Sea alternates between being two films: One a more straight-forward story of the construction of the album. This plot feels kinda slight and leans more into fairly generic musical biopic with a bit less conflict, but ultimately, it works because the music itself is legitimately compelling, and the bandmates share some fun camaraderie together. However, I can say with confidence that the film's gold star weapon is Ross Lynch as Jeff Magnum. He's got the musical talent and emotional tact to handle Magnum at all levels as he's written, and he succeeds beautifully. From what I've read, I definitely feel comfortable giving him the Oscar for this.

     

    The other story, being more a lurid, aiming-for-Lynchian psycho-study, chronicling a descent into moral taboo and desperate idealism by weaving artistic gold from a horrific real life tragedy. Some people love this aspect, while others have been....less than kind. Let's break it down.

     

    I like the angle that the film initially tries to pursue (even if the introduction to the narrative feels a bit contrived) on Magnum feeling like she needs to bring peace to Frank and be her hero, while somewhat spinning her into her muse, confidante, and....yeah. I think the film feels a bit scattershot in how it ultimately depicts Magnum's relationship with Frank, but I think at the same time, it feels more surface level than it should be. We don't really understand why Jeff feels so close to Frank, which sure, dreams don't always make sense, but there are honestly fewer dream sequences than I remember in this. It feels like it jumps to the (admittedly moving) sequence with the title song the scene that's made a lot of people uncomfortable (yeah it was way more awk than I remember, lol), and then Frank just tries to leave his mind.

     

    Ultimately, I don't feel certain what the filmmakers were trying to say with all of this, and some of its major points are only really felt in one scene, kind of hampering their overall dramatic impact. I think there are parts where the lucid nature really works, particularly in the first scene with Anne Frank, but the film, at its worst, borders on slightly tone-deaf (Honestly, this film would move up a grade or two if that scene was taken out. On top of what's already been said, I don't feel like it really furthers anything) But at the same time, I have to give credit where credit is due. This does grapple with a lot of fascinating themes (even if briefly and implicitly) and no doubt feels pretty thought provoking on the creative process, our connection to historical figures, and even the male savior narrative.

     

    The in-universe discussions on this movie would be quite something.

     

    Also, I'm not gonna touch on the more uncomfortable elements more than I already have, since that's been done fairly extensively. It's also a kind of tricky situation where I know @SLAM! had absolutely zero malicious intent in this story.

     

    I say that the film kind of fits into two stories because they don't really impact each other as much as I was hoping for, at least not until the very end. While I can see why the bandmates didn't intervene, the real world scenes kind of drag due to a lack of conflict and more chance at an introspective look at his dreams. Both haves have faults and positives, but they would ave been stronger if they tied a bit more to create a more cohesive whole.

     

    It's kind of hard to talk about this movie, to be completely honest. I'm certain most of what I wrote so far feels like incoherent rambling . But at the same time, it almost feels like the film itself. It's clearly not for everyone and has legitimate problems, but I do see it having a strong following. I'm ultimately gonna give it a positive grade thanks to Lynch's incredible performance, the strong musical craft, and it inviting us to think deeper about various topics, even if the film doesn't quite dive deep enough into its themes, I think. I didn't find it as quite the lucid experience that some have said it is, but it's clear that I've never read a film quite like this in CAYOM.

     

    It deserves points for ambition, the inspiration of commentary, some artistic merit, and ultimately, having its heart in the right place. The final product is flawed, but it's something I'm not going to forget any time soon.

     

    B

     

     

    Thank you Spaghetti! I love this review! I feel like you summed it up really well!

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  6. So in terms of pre-reading:

     

    @Spaghetti will pre-read The Croaking of Prince Chrom.

    @YourMother the Edgelord will pre-read Banjo & Kazooie.

    @Rorschach will pre-read my untitled film (that which I am very excited to write).

    and @4815162342 will pre-read Carver--this is my 'needs outside research' piece of the year so I'm going to try and read the guy's memoir before I write it.

     

    If anyone else has a special interest in a film of mine, they can ask to pre-read it if they want. For example, @Reddroast asked to pre-read Megalo Box (and I'm really happy he did).

     

    Everyone is alloted one pre-read selection. If you select a film that's been selected already, that film will be bumped up higher on the order that I write my films. Right now, my order looks like this:

     

    #1: The Croaking of Prince Chrom (will be the first one I write no matter what, based on passion and logistics)

    #2-#4: (undecided between Banjo, Carver, and the mystery film)

    *As a Top 5 perk, those will be the first four films I write, no matter what.*

    #5: Megalo Box

     

    And the rest of the list is currently undecided.


  7. My full list:

     

    1. Paradise Island

    2. The Most Wanted Man in Great Britain

    3. Borrasca

    4. Gateways

    5. In the Aeroplane over the Sea

    6. Spark: A Hero's Promise

    7. Mass Effect: Ascension

    8. Voicemail

    9. Fiesta Loca

    10. Pokemon: The Cinnabar Conspiracy

    11. Plus One

    12. Super Mario Bros.

    13. The Ancient Magus' Bride and the King of Cats

    14. Little Black Bugs

    15. Green Arrow

    16. The Last Policeman

    17. The Thin, the Phat, and the Felon

    18. Thermal

    19. Children of Eden

    20. The Neon Psalms

    21. XJ9: Rebirth

    22. Shiverin' Gulch

    23. Pikmin

    24. The Horn

    25. Baseball Boy: The Base Thief

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  8. I'll start handling the rest of my predictions tomorrow, now that I've read everything.

     

    As for now:

     

    @4815162342

    @Rorschach

    @Spaghetti

    @YourMother the Edgelord

     

    I'm gonna do the same thing I did last year. As you four were recipients of a final five slot, you get a first-come-first-serve choice of which Y7 project of mine you would like to pre-read. Your choice practically guarantees that I write that choice, because fulfilling pre-read promises is a great motivator for me to write.


    Here are the films you can choose from:

     

    Banjo & Kazooie (dir. Josh Cooley)

     

    Carver (either dir. Chinonye Chukwu or dir. Barry Jenkins)

     

    The Croaking of Prince Chrom (dir. David Yates)

     

    A Hop, Skip, and a Jump (dir. Alessandro Carloni)

     

    Megalo Box (dir. J.D. Dillard)

     

    The Needles of Haystack County (dir. Jon Favreau)

     

    Tealbird (dir. Robert Zemeckis)

     

    Untitled Film (dir. TBA) -- Haven't announced it yet, but you will not regret choosing this.


  9. My full list:

     

    1. Paradise Island

    2. The Most Wanted Man in Great Britain

    3. Borrasca

    4. Gateways

    5. In the Aeroplane over the Sea

    6. Spark: A Hero's Promise

    7. Mass Effect: Ascension

    8. Voicemail

    9. Fiesta Loca

    10. Pokemon: The Cinnabar Conspiracy

    11. Plus One

    12. Super Mario Bros.

    13. The Ancient Magus' Bride and the King of Cats

    14. Little Black Bugs

    15. Green Arrow

    16. The Last Policeman

    17. The Thin, the Phat, and the Felon

    18. Thermal

    19. Children of Eden

    20. The Neon Psalms

    21. XJ9: Rebirth

    22. Shiverin' Gulch

    23. Pikmin

    24. The Horn

    25. Baseball Boy: The Base Thief

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  10. Well, this is it... Both of these films are favorites of mine! The both deserve #1 in my mind, but there can only be one...

     

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    The Most Wanted Man in Great Britain

    Traditional in the best of ways, this enthralling historical epic floored me. It takes British's film obsession with failure, a concept I'm currently learning in my British Film History class, and runs with it, showing that there will always be a light at the end of the tunnel! Seeing King Charles encounter commoner life in the way he does is truly thought-provoking; it's a necessary film for this political climate.

     

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    Paradise Island

    I decided it'd be a good idea to give this one the edge, because I've never, in my short time-span as a CAYOM writer, seen a writer nail subtlety in this sort of way. The film is a near-perfect match for Debra Granik's directorial capability and all of the performances are incredible. And the best message-driven films are those that make my conservative stomach churn with realizations along the lines of "this is something I need to be bipartisan on." An impressive and memorable film. I loved it.

     

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  11. I'm gonna reveal #3, #4, and #5 one at a time. #1 and #2 will be revealed together.

     

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    In the Aeroplane over the Sea

    Even as the writer, I'm not sure how I feel about this piece. I think I'm happy with how it turned out, but I fully understand the criticisms it's received. Still, I think that the mere act of attempting subject matter this dicey and complex has ultimately strengthened me as a writer. Plus, I got practice with creative research, and that's always a plus.

     

    (#1-#4 are above this film because there were many more films than just those four that I believe to be much, much better than any of the films I wrote this year.)

     

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  12. 10.

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    Pokemon: The Cinnabar Consipracy

    This series is such a great and quirky representation of the Pokemon franchise! I really loved this film! It's a great blockbuster!

     

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    Fiesta Loca

    Once this idea came into my head, there was no way I could refuse writing it! It was a beautiful idea, and I think I made a beautiful film! I probably should've ironed out its kinks to make an even better film, but I'm really happy with how this turned out, and I'm really happy about the reception it's received so far!

     

    8.

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    Voicemail

    This was such a tense thriller! It knew to play its cards and it knew to hold them close to its chest! It has a great social commentary, too! Morena Baccarin was fantastic.

     

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    Mass Effect: Ascension

    An electric blockbuster with a firm yet subdued sense of scale! An absolute blast from beginning to end!

     

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    Spark: A Hero's Promise

    A great conclusion to a great franchise! It was a Sophie's Choice scenario, but I gave this one the edge over ME:A because this film had an undercurrent of climactic bravado surging through it.

     

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  13. 23 minutes ago, Rorschach said:

    The game won’t stop unless one of our years hits a major, major lull like Y10 did back in 2.0

     

    And I sincerely hope it doesn’t come to that, but time will tell I guess.

     

    10 minutes ago, cookie said:

    I haven't seen anyone suggest Y11 as any sort of cutoff year. All I know is that we have box office duties reserved up to Y11 since we do these on a 5-year basis.

     

    Thank you guys! That makes me feel a lot better! I don't have any reason to limit myself anymore. I'm really happy that I'm not confused anymore!

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  14. 15.

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    Green Arrow

    This was a great action film that, at times, felt more like a Tomb Raider film than a DC Comics film. I'd love to see this become a series of films; it's a more restrained superhero film that has a lot of potential.

     

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    Little Black Bugs

    I bet it takes effort to make readers recoil in disgust. That's what this film did to me on numerous occasions. Frightening and grotesque in the best of ways!

     

    13.

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    The Ancient Magus' Bride and the King of Cats

    If I hadn't copied the dialogue and set-pieces word for word and beat for beat, I might've been able to make something a little better, and I might've been able to ensure that the readers feel better about the relationship at the core of the film. Nevertheless, I was very happy with how this film turned out. I think I cast it pretty well, think it has a good director at its helm, think I did the right thing by keeping the anime's composer. I can't really explain why I like the source material so much. Not sure if I'll make a sequel yet.

     

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    Super Mario Bros.

    This represented the franchise much better than I could've, that much is for sure. All the characters have good roles in the story, and the film, refreshingly, feels like a retro animated film from the 80s, which I believe to be fitting--that's when Mario was introduced in the first place.

     

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    Plus One

    This was such a charming rom-com! I laughed at more than a few parts--Adam Driver's hands being too buttery when they were in the theater; I thought that was really funny! Such a good movie!

     

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    The Neon Psalms

    I was very tempted to not even include this film on my list at all. I agree with all of the criticisms given to it, and even knew it wasn't going tp amount to much. I had the opportunity to fix its kinks--Numbers did a great job pre-reading the piece and gave me some excellent pointers--and I regret not writing a better version of the film when I had the chance. But my ultimate goal with this was to write an unconventional faith-based film, and I think I succeeded on that front. Whoever's handling the box office this year, listen up: if you want this to bomb in a spectacular way, you have my full permission to make that happen.

     

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    Children of Eden

     

    I decided I'd make a major statement by placing this directly in front of my own faith-based film. This is the better film, with great directing and a great performance by Lupita Nyong'o. I view the film in a much better light after having time to think about it.

     

    18.

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    Thermal

    I'm such a sucker for disaster films. I loved 2012, I loved San Andreas, I loved The Day After Tomorrow. This is a nice role for Sophia Lillis, and the disaster itself, original in terms of the cinema, is engaging and haunting.

     

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    The Thin, the Phat, and the Felon

    I love Edgar Wright and I can totally see him having a blast making this film. Domhnall Gleeson and Himesh Patel make an excellent pair. An excellent spaghetti western.

     

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    The Last Policeman

    A memorable literary adaption. It's sometimes a bit too dreary for its own good, but I still love the way it speaks to the human spirit. The ensemble is well-rounded with great choices of performers, and I hope people feel the same way about David Harbour's role in this as I did.

     

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  16. 25.

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    Baseball Boy: The Base Thief

    I don't think anyone else is going to put this on their 25-list, so I'll go ahead and bite the bullet. I know this is filler--I know this is filler--but I really think there's something lovable and special about this small little franchise on a conceptual level.

     

    24.

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    The Horn

    While the film does deal in some outdated nihilism, I considered the film's action to be breathless. I could sufficiently imagine the film's action setpieces.

     

    23.

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    Pikmin

    I really enjoyed writing this film. My goal was to display a lot of beautiful animated moments and convey a sense of partnership between Olimar and the Pikmin, and I think I succeeded in achieving that goal. I do understand that the story is a bit stale and lacking in ambition, but all in all, this film was a blast for me to write.

     

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    Shiverin' Gulch

    This was a fascinating blend of action, fantasy, and horror. There were some moments that made me go "huh", but other than that, I think there's something special about this film and can't wait to read its sequel. This film will likely have a hand in inspiring my own fantasy western.

     

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    XJ9: Rebirth

     

    This film owes a great debt to modern blockbusters derived from brands that children enjoy (Spider-ManTransformers), and if this film was trying to emulate films like those, then I think this succeeded in spades. Natalie Dyer was a great choice for the role of Jenny.

     

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