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  1. The weird love/power triangle between Pesci, Pacino and Paquin is one of my favourite thing in the film
  2. 😁no Pesci is just a legend (the de-ageing did take a toll on De Niro's perf tho, poor guy looked like a distraught cyborg for half the film, the drawback of casting a 70 years old italian to portray a 35 years old irish guy. But he redeems himself in the end)
  3. Haven't seen Ford vs Ferrari, because I don't care about cars and I'm perhaps unfairly (I haven't seen all his movies) biased against James Mangold, my bad, you're not the first person to tell me it's really good. And I also have nothing in common with irishmen, italian mafia or union bosses in 20th century United states (😉) but i can't get off my mind the ominous gleam in Joe Pesci's eyes when he stares at Anna Paquin, among other things I truly enjoyed in the movie.
  4. I agree with Phillips about the disastrous effect of wokeness on comedy, and have no reason to doubt his sincerity, whatever the quality of his previous films. About the "potential danger" narrative of the film, this article sums it up pretty well. https://www.vox.com/culture/2019/9/18/20860890/joker-movie-controversy-incel-sjw Then type Joker+Security concerns on Google to see that this internet/media narrative also had consequences in the real world, which was widely reported... For the record, I think Irishman and OATIH are WAY better than Joker (and Parasite also) but I'd agree with you on that: if anything I think Joker would have benefitted from a bit more boldness, bravery and statement from Phillips, not less.
  5. I have no knowledge of Todd Phillips saying dumb nonsense, what are you talking about ? And by divisive I indeed meant "controversial" (the idea that the film would incite mayhem and the fake outrage about it being was an alt-right manifesto or whatever the click-bait obsessed woke brigade blamed the film for). General audiences liked it (the insane legs, 8,6 on Imdb...), and clearly members of the Academy liked it too. I personally am not a super-fan of the film, I find it ultimately a bit shallow and too derivative, although Phoenix perf makes you forget that at times.
  6. Joker did 1B+ at the box-office, in part thanks to great world of mouth, it won Golden Lion at Venise, 11 Oscars nominations including Picture, director, and screenplay... It's only divisive in a small woke, sect-like chamber of the internet. Never overestimate the number of these people, including among the voting members of the academy
  7. In The Guardian, of all rags!!! That's refreshing. "Men’s supposed lack of interest in Little Women became the dominant narrative of the movie, implying it reveals the (alleged) lack of interest men have, in the words of the New York Times, in “see[ing] women as human beings”. It couldn’t possibly be that Little Women is just a bad movie – although it is. Little Women is one of those books that has been over-adapted, with five previous film adaptations, plus a miniseries, plus a theatrical production, plus an anime version, and on and on. The book itself is sentimental and sloppy, although interesting in the way it portrays hardship and deprivation. Its mediocrity makes mysterious its continued cultural dominance. Somehow the version adapted and directed by Greta Gerwig ramps up the sentimentality and strips the story of anything of interest. In her version, poverty looks glamorous, advocacy means just having the right opinions, and there are no consequences for anyone’s actions. At one point, I slid so far down in my chair to avoid looking at the screen and the incredibly painful things that were happening – painful to me, not to the characters – that I was nearly sitting on the floor."
  8. I predict a 267M opening week-end in November 2026 (732M WW) 65% drop the next week-end, but a 590M finale in the US nonetheless and 1,35B overseas: 1,94B total. You read it here first.
  9. It's weird I have the feeling that OUATIH could very well leave empty-handed save for Pitt. I suspect Parasite, 1917 and Joker are the most likely winners for Best Picture & Director. I see something like Parasite BP/ Mendes BD Or Joker BP / Bong BD Or Joker BP&BD
  10. Brooklyn, The Seagull, Chesil Beach, Mary Queen of Scotts, LadyBird, Little Women, a festival of boredom. She makes movies for old ladies. A niche that guarantees her awards nom, but zero risk. I do think she's better than that.
  11. Banderas is absolutely wonderful in Pain and Glory; he really creates a singular character and I've never seen him so good. It's real "actor's work", although not on the showy side. My favourite perf this year (along with Phoenix in Joker, Pesci in Irishman, Jeremy Strong in Succession and Jodie Comer in Season 2 of Killing Eve).
  12. Objective Best Pictures & Directors: 1- The Masters Club Bong Scorcese Tarantino 2- The Wannabe Masters Waititi Mendes Phillips 3- The Boring Good Students with extra woke points Gerwig Baumbach 4- The James Mangold James Mangold
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