Patrick R

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  1. Women Directors

    Cattet & Forzani are dope. I love that they're married because their movies are so unbelievably fetishistic it feels like they're letting people into their sex life or something and it makes their films, which are very off-puttingly "artsy" and cold, feel more personal and human in a weird way.
  2. Movie/TV recommendations

    Killing of a Sacred Deer is my favorite film of the year so far. Of the Yorgos Lanthimos films I've seen (Dogtooth, The Lobster and this) this one has the best context for his unique brand of stilted nightmarish black humor, essentially taking a Cape Fear/Hand That Rocks the Cradle sort of genre exercise and spinning it off into absolute absurdity to explore how shitty men are at emotional labor. If you haven't seen Dogtooth or The Lobster you should be prepared for some pretty intense and dark material (also it just opens with footage of an actual open heart surgery) but if you're familiar with Lanthimos's thing there is nothing here that is as shocking or transgressive as those other two films.
  3. Movie/TV recommendations

    Lady Bird is an awesome movie, a very good extension of films writer/director Greta Gerwig co-wrote with Noah Baumbach like Mistress America and Frances Ha. It's a bit more standard and less overtly comedic than those movies but it has a lot of the same charm and Saoirse Ronan does very well capturing the off-kilter effervescent charm of Gerwig's performances in those films. Better than Edge of Seventeen even, which means we are in a new golden age of teen movies.
  4. Blade Runner 2049

    I just saw this. It's basically Blade Runner: The Force Awakens. There were not nearly enough nipples.
  5. Rachel Bloom is a great example because even if Crazy Ex-Girlfriend isn't a sketch show, it is very much a direct extension of her web work. Donald Glover is weird because he made his name on Derrick comedy then disappeared to work behind the scenes as a writer for 30 Rock then made his name again as an actor on Community than disappeared from comedic acting to make his name as a rapper who then used THAT success to go back and create and act in Atlanta and win a Golden Globe. If careers are skill trees, he's somehow filled in every possible point.
  6. I had a random thought about movies

    "Yaphet Kotto Christmas Sweater" is the same cadence as "Tinker Tailor Solider Spy" and arguably even more satisfying to speak aloud.
  7. I think most sketch groups/performers that end up on TV still get there via the stage these days, whether through stand-up acts or as performers at the UCB or Second City. Jay Pharaoh is the only SNL person I can think of who had an online following (via his impressions of Denzel Washington and Will Smith) before ending up there.
  8. I did the Chris Remo thing with student government in 8th grade. It was on a smaller scale, it was only for my 8th grade history class but I still defeated someone who was actually interested in being in student government by doing outrageous bodybuilding poses and declaring "a new fresh perspective to bring down the old regime" and then never once attended. The high school in media thing I never understand is the trope of a group of complete assholes "ruling the school" and being super popular despite being nasty and treating everyone like shit all the time. At my high school the popular people were the friendliest most out-going people who did the most extra-curricular activities. Also "ruling the school" was not an actual thing and I don't know what that would even entail.
  9. Movie/TV recommendations

    Tragedy Girls is a very very funny Heathers/Scream sort of black horror-comedy. It's entirely possible the self-absorbed social media-obsessed characters will put some people off, but I found both leads to be hysterical and the pacing of the film was perfect. My biggest fear going in was that it'd be another tired lecture about millenials and the narcissism of social media (the trailer definitely leans on this angle too hard), but luckily that's only the premise that allows the plot to happen, not the basis for most it's comedy. There's a really good mix of sincere character work and absurd cynical violence and if you are a fan of Jennifer's Body or Scream, this would be one to check out.
  10. I'm listening to old episodes of the Bombcast and Dan talks about how the show Making a Murderer made him realize the justice system is messed up when previously he "just figured everything worked out the way it should" and all I could think of is that Making a Murderer is a show about a white person being chewed up by the system.
  11. Women Directors

    Doris Wishman is one of the most important sexploitation directors, and she also did a few horror films too. Her stuff is very very weird. A Night to Dismember is a baffling sorta-slasher movie worth watching. And Nude on the Moon is a nudie cutie where astronauts land on the moon and discover a bunch of nude women wearing doodle-boppers on their heads. Roberta Findlay is also important in the exploitation world, both from films she made with husband Michael Findlay and otherwise. Naomi Kawase is a Japanese filmmaker who makes gentle dramas. Her last feature, Sweet Bean, had some buzz in America last year, though it was a little too subdued for my tastes. Věra Chytilová was an avant-garde Czech director who, among other things, directed the seminal feminist film Daisies. I'm not a huge fan of her work, but Sarah Polley is certainly a notable contemporary female filmmaker, who directed Take This Waltz and Stories We Tell. Catherine Hardwicke is out there still doing work. Everyone makes fun of Twilight (and why not, it's a bad movie) but it wasn't terribly directed, just terribly written. Lexi Alexander mostly directs TV these days, but her film Punisher: War Zone falls into that narrow list of "super hero movies that don't feel like the exact same thing as every other super hero movie". The Punisher puts his fist through someone's face in it. It's pretty great.
  12. Movie/TV recommendations

    I've personally not seen many College Humor videos that did much for me but, regardless, I'm not throwing shade at anyone. If American Vandal only aspired to the level of sketch comedy, even good sketch comedy, it wouldn't be nearly as good as it is. The first episode feels like good sketch comedy, a single good premise (high school bullshit in the structure of Making A Murderer) exploited to it's full potential. It's every subsequent episode that further opens up what American Vandal can be, tonally and structurally, that makes it so remarkable.
  13. Women Directors

    Claire Denis is probably the best female director around (certainly one of the most interesting directors of the 21st century), though her films are too dense and beguiling for me to just throw on if I'm not in a very specific mood. But Beau Travail...oh man, what a movie! White Material is another one that totally destroyed me. Ava DuVernay is probably the most powerful female director in Hollywood right now. I loved Selma. Wasn't too hot on her previous feature, but am mildly optimistic about her A Wrinkle in Time film she's doing for Disney. Or tied with Patty Jenkins, but I have no personal interest in Wonder Woman. I think In The Cut is Jane Campion's best movie, but everyone just thinks of it as that awkward Meg Ryan erotic thriller and dismisses it. But also I'm just not a fan of hers in general, I suppose. Lillian Schwartz is a very important computer animator who made two of my all-time favorite experimental shorts, Pixillation and UFO's. They are both available to watch on her website (scroll all the way down), though an epilepsy warning is in order as they feature a ton of flashing lights. On the experimental route, my favorite film I saw in 2016 was an experimental documentary by Deborah Stratman called "The Illinois Parables" that did a number on me. It was really powerful if a bit oblique, and made me want to see the rest of their work, which is unfortunately very hard to get a hold of.
  14. Letterboxd

    The campers wake up to find QR codes hanging from the trees. The build-up of Never Hike Alone is fine (I like the mundane details of his hiking blog, like the sponsored ad read), but I thought when it came time to actually be a horror movie it felt clumsy and when the only real connection to the Friday the 13th movies is a big dumb crowd-pleasing cameo the whole enterprise just feels cynical to me. Now, the group of teenagers who adapted one of the Friday the 13th young adult novels from the 90's almost word for word, those are some F13 fans I can get behind:
  15. Letterboxd

    I mean, the Blair Witch movie that came out last year had a ton of drone footage and it made 45 million dollars, so...