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RE: Miles's Great Unseen Films Thread: Taxi Driver - 30/6/2010 11:26:46 PM   
Miles Messervy 007


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4th page, oh deary dear. Bored, so temporarily bringing this back with a very short review.

"Do you believe in God? That's the wrong question. Does God believe in us?"

La haine (1995, Kassovitz)
Long overdue. Fantastic use of sound, commendable lack of non-diegetic music. The film pulsates. The themes aren't particularly complex, but it's the experience that matters. Takes place over 24 hours, just the way I like it. Great camerawork, cheap but expressive.
Kassovitz, you're forgiven for your role in Amelie. Like a punch in the gut. It may repeat itself, but it floors. Short bursts, interrupted by a clock ticking down, waiting to explode.
Without staccato: great stuff. The actors (mostly amateurs) are perfect, the inspirations from Scorsese, etc. don't prevent it from becoming a film of its own kind. Great use of diegetic hip-hop music, even though I normally can't stand the genre. Superb in its portrayal of violence and hatred born out of misundestandings and cruelty. Screw you, City of God. 8+

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RE: Miles's Great Unseen Films Thread: Taxi Driver - 30/6/2010 11:56:45 PM   
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Takes place over 24 hours, just the way I like it.


What?

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RE: Miles's Great Unseen Films Thread: Taxi Driver - 1/7/2010 12:01:28 AM   
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non-diegetic


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Great use of diegetic hip-hop music


Shut up.


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RE: Miles's Great Unseen Films Thread: Taxi Driver - 1/7/2010 12:05:44 AM   
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Miles, you really are spending way too much time at TLC. 

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RE: Miles's Great Unseen Films Thread: Taxi Driver - 1/7/2010 12:15:07 AM   
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Diegetic is a TLC-specific word? You can suggest an alternative if you want. And yes, I do have a preference for films that take place in a limited amount of time, no idea why.

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RE: Miles's Great Unseen Films Thread: Taxi Driver - 1/7/2010 12:17:25 AM   
rawlinson

 

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I just meant the entire style of the review. Why have you started writing like that?



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RE: Miles's Great Unseen Films Thread: Taxi Driver - 1/7/2010 12:23:21 AM   
Miles Messervy 007


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Why not? I got tired of my "this is good, that is good" reviewing style, it's nice to mix it up sometimes.

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RE: Miles's Great Unseen Films Thread: Taxi Driver - 1/7/2010 12:25:00 AM   
rawlinson

 

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That's admirable. But I don't think minimalism is you. 

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RE: Miles's Great Unseen Films Thread: Taxi Driver - 1/7/2010 12:26:45 AM   
Miles Messervy 007


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Wait, you're taking to "250 word Miles" here, or someone else? Don't worry, this isn't a fixture, my last review wasn't like that. Just felt like bumping the thread but not actually writing anything properly. Great film anyway.
Up next - fuck knows.

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RE: Miles's Great Unseen Films Thread: Taxi Driver - 1/7/2010 12:33:49 AM   
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I liked your old more detailed reviews. When everything was a ten out of ten. 

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RE: Miles's Great Unseen Films Thread: Taxi Driver - 1/7/2010 12:48:55 AM   
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I liked your old more detailed reviews. When everything was a ten out of ten. 
The good old times Now everything's 8/10 I'll try to elaborate in my next few reviews, we'll see how that goes. After all, my writing skills have improved in general since last year...

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RE: Miles's Great Unseen Films Thread: Taxi Driver - 1/7/2010 1:37:05 AM   
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Kassovitz, you're forgiven for your role in Amelie. Like a punch in the gut.


Those two sentences are completely perturbing when placed together. Does it really hurt that much to 'forgive' him for something amazing?


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RE: Miles's Great Unseen Films Thread: Taxi Driver - 1/7/2010 1:41:58 AM   
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I just meant the entire style of the review. Why have you started writing like that?




It reads like a short-hand version of one of my old reviews.

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RE: Miles's Great Unseen Films Thread: Taxi Driver - 1/7/2010 1:45:37 AM   
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I just meant the entire style of the review. Why have you started writing like that?




It reads like a short-hand version of one of my old reviews.


God, now that you mention it, you're right. There's the flippant dismissal of popular things, the internal contradictions, the criticisms that don't make entirely a lot of sense, the inbuilt prejudices - fuck, all he needs is a reference to Morrissey and a Rosenbaum quote and he's Jayb 2.0.


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She's supposed to be 13! I'd want her to be very attractive though


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RE: Miles's Great Unseen Films Thread: Taxi Driver - 1/7/2010 1:49:54 AM   
jamesbondguy


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I just meant the entire style of the review. Why have you started writing like that?




It reads like a short-hand version of one of my old reviews.


God, now that you mention it, you're right. There's the flippant dismissal of popular things, the internal contradictions, the criticisms that don't make entirely a lot of sense, the inbuilt prejudices - fuck, all he needs is a reference to Morrissey and a Rosenbaum quote and he's Jayb 2.0.



I actually found some of my old reviews the other day, after thinking I'd lost them. I quite like some of the ideas, but, really, I think I'm glad I'm no longer living/writing like a flustered Daney. A lot of it reads like a son trying to imitate his fater.

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RE: Miles's Great Unseen Films Thread: Taxi Driver - 1/7/2010 1:56:22 AM   
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That's exactly what it is!!  Miles go back to being happy happy joy joy "Aren't films brilliant!" or you'll end up like Jayb. Bitter, twisted and wishing you were a sexual deviant living in a grim North only seen in the cinema in the 60s. 

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RE: Miles's Great Unseen Films Thread: Taxi Driver - 1/7/2010 1:56:33 AM   
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I just meant the entire style of the review. Why have you started writing like that?




It reads like a short-hand version of one of my old reviews.


God, now that you mention it, you're right. There's the flippant dismissal of popular things, the internal contradictions, the criticisms that don't make entirely a lot of sense, the inbuilt prejudices - fuck, all he needs is a reference to Morrissey and a Rosenbaum quote and he's Jayb 2.0.



I actually found some of my old reviews the other day, after thinking I'd lost them. I quite like some of the ideas, but, really, I think I'm glad I'm no longer living/writing like a flustered Daney. A lot of it reads like a son trying to imitate his fater.


A son who couldn't even defend his father from the criticisms of others.


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RE: Miles's Great Unseen Films Thread: Taxi Driver - 1/7/2010 1:59:26 AM   
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I just meant the entire style of the review. Why have you started writing like that?




It reads like a short-hand version of one of my old reviews.


God, now that you mention it, you're right. There's the flippant dismissal of popular things, the internal contradictions, the criticisms that don't make entirely a lot of sense, the inbuilt prejudices - fuck, all he needs is a reference to Morrissey and a Rosenbaum quote and he's Jayb 2.0.



I actually found some of my old reviews the other day, after thinking I'd lost them. I quite like some of the ideas, but, really, I think I'm glad I'm no longer living/writing like a flustered Daney. A lot of it reads like a son trying to imitate his fater.


A son who couldn't even defend his father from the criticisms of others.



Freudian!

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That's exactly what it is!! Miles go back to being happy happy joy joy "Aren't films brilliant!" or you'll end up like Jayb. Bitter, twisted and wishing you were a sexual deviant living in a grim North only seen in the cinema in the 60s.


Wishing?

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RE: Miles's Great Unseen Films Thread: Taxi Driver - 1/7/2010 7:13:45 AM   
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Miles, write some proper sentences you bellend.

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RE: Miles's Great Unseen Films Thread: Taxi Driver - 1/7/2010 8:14:14 AM   
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quote:

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Kassovitz, you're forgiven for your role in Amelie. Like a punch in the gut.


Those two sentences are completely perturbing when placed together. Does it really hurt that much to 'forgive' him for something amazing?

I meant the film is like a punch in the gut, but in the good way
I better stop if I'll really end up like KGB...

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RE: Miles's Great Unseen Films Thread: Taxi Driver - 1/7/2010 4:12:19 PM   
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Miles, write some proper sentences you bellend.




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RE: Miles's Great Unseen Films Thread: Taxi Driver - 1/7/2010 8:09:43 PM   
Miles Messervy 007


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At least my reviews aren't as fucking idiotic as yours, Piles

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RE: Miles's Great Unseen Films Thread: Taxi Driver - 3/7/2010 1:34:29 AM   
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Just to keep the thread going (TLC is down so I can't post my June summary just yet):
"Anyway, men don't get smarter as they get older. They just lose their hair. "

The Palm Beach Story (1942, P. Sturges)
I've been ridiculously stoked to see this (made my top 10 films I haven't seen a week back or so), and it didn't live up to the expectations. Still, there's Morgan's Creek, Conquering Hero, and Unfaithfully Yours to anticipate.
Mind, this isn't at all a bad film. The leads are great, and the chemistry between them almost lives up to Fonda and Stanwyck in The Lady Eve, Astor almost runs away with the film, it has some precious lines ("You have no idea what a long-legged woman can do without doing anything."), and great use of music. However, it is not as consistently funny as Sullivan's Travels or The Lady Eve (the sequence on the train fails where other Sturges slapstick succeeds). Also, perhaps more importantly (after all, Christmas in July isn't exactly rip-roaring), it has a ridiculous ending. Obviously, again, CiJ's and TLE's endings are very far-fetched, but they serve as perfect pointes (the former has pathos worthy of Chaplin's best work, the latter has the two most amazing ending lines ever), whereas TPBS actually spoiled the cold open (which had fantastic freeze frames, and is really one of the more inspired Classic Hollywood (Saul Bass notwithstanding) credit sequences I've seen) by explaining it and using that as a deux ex machina. The film is very fast-paced in the great screwball tradition, but it is very uneven. Sturges has done much better. 8-

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RE: Miles's Great Unseen Films Thread: Taxi Driver - 3/7/2010 12:10:31 PM   
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Just to keep the thread going (TLC is down so I can't post my June summary just yet):


Maybe that's a sign you should get away from there before it destroys you forever.

What's with the dashes after the numbers, out of curiosity? This some new (read: lame) marking thing you're trying?


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RE: Miles's Great Unseen Films Thread: Taxi Driver - 3/7/2010 12:17:50 PM   
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8+ and 8-  Why?


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RE: Miles's Great Unseen Films Thread: Taxi Driver - 3/7/2010 12:24:24 PM   
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Basically, I have so many 8's and 7's that this indicates on which end of the scale the movie is. I only do it in here because in the top 100 thread it's obvious from the placing.

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RE: Miles's Great Unseen Films Thread: Taxi Driver - 3/7/2010 12:26:13 PM   
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Went to TLC to try and find who Miles was. It wasn't hard - big bloody Leone wank avatar and a namedrop of Empire in both the signature and one of the first threads I clicked on.  I'd just like to warn you, Miles -

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InHuman, we should invade Empire


This happens, you're going to be banned faster than Usain Bolt on a sugar binge.


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RE: Miles's Great Unseen Films Thread: Taxi Driver - 3/7/2010 12:53:13 PM   
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It would be a strictly friendly invasion, I assure you

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RE: Miles's Great Unseen Films Thread: Taxi Driver - 3/7/2010 12:56:17 PM   
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Also, I couldn't possibly be fucked to replace that avatar, even though I'm tired of it.

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RE: Miles's Great Unseen Films Thread: Taxi Driver - 3/7/2010 1:02:11 PM   
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It would be a strictly friendly invasion, I assure you


No invasion by TLC is friendly. By definition.

Also, it is hilarious to see that a forum would trust you enough to make you a moderator after one year, even when it seems the majority of the board doesn't like you, or at least thinks you have shit taste.


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