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It doesn’t like its all that good. This is one of your I’m sort of complimenting it but it sounds more like you didn’t like it and its just not a good movie.
Well Jeff has had issues with PTA recently, so actually I would take a middlingly positive review from him to mean he’s made something slightly less thorny for casual watchers (which other people have said), and another success for people who are already fans of his work.
Saying it again: If a half decent movie ends really well, that’s a very significant thing. A good ending is half the ball game. I am definitely not panning Licorice Pizza for this reason.
You meant to say “it doesn’t sound like it’s all that good.” Anyway I’m not saying that — not altogether.
I’m not sure that’s a very wide spread feeling, that if a movie ends well, it can redeem badness that precedes it.
It’s a movie PTA fans will love. To me it was missing something essential and I think it comes down to having two inexperienced actors managing two roles that are tough to navigate.
“two inexperienced actors” Who would have thought that nepotism can have negative consequences?
Said it multiple times, but no response
Are the casting choices of Panahi, Bresson, Ming-Liang, Pasolini, Ray, Pasolini, (sometimes) Cassevetes also under this same line of scrutiny?
Yes, they are.
Who would have thought “George” is also “Eddie Ginley”? Do you have nothing else going on? Where do you find the time to just troll this site all day, every day, using different names?
This is my only active disqus account. I am European and unlike me that “Eddie Ginley” person is clearly a native English speaker.
Who exactly is he tweeting to?
Again you think you know me. You do not. I do not know you. I only know that you are unwanted here
Who am I tweeting “to”? What the hell does that mean?
You posted a bunch of tweets. Who are they for?
No. I think you are mistaken.
The world. The town. God. Whomever.
You should have said “Joey Heatherton.”
I felt like you were predisposed to disliking it, and it brought you around. This is much more positive than what I expected. Seems like the leads at least neutralized you and overcame most of your misgivings about their ability and charisma/looks.
PTA nailing an ending isn’t a given (this from a fan), so that’s actually exciting. Any prosthetics involved?
Seriously, the PTA interview that someone posted here (from Variety?) also intrigued me. PTA’s idea of Fast Times (vibe-wise) sounds like something that would make me very happy.
The last good ending in his body of work was Hard Eight.
Phantom Thread disagrees.
As do Boogie Nights and There Will Be Blood.
Guess bowling is a little too déclassé for you.
2nd best PTA ending: https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d0e17ebebbad31a1a25554202dbca6687d38c946a0655f3394185f0f5ce0e884.jpg
(best being Phantom Thread)
Lotta people need to see more Lubitsch or Kazan before they go tossing words like “god-tier” around.
The Kazan-written “Enough” was truly “God-tier”.
Well, at least we now know none of the main characters die.
Should the Oscars be about recognizing the best? Or should we give it to a sports film?
They HAVE to give Best Picture Oscar to the “sports film.”
Don’t you think, deep down, that if West Side Story is at all good Spielberg will win it all?
Honestly, no. They can’t give a Best Picture Oscar to a remake of a 60 year-old Best Picture winner. It can’t happen. It won’t happen. Especially when it’s a Beardo + Janusz Kaminski flick.
I don’t think a remake of a previous Best Picture winner starring a guy who feminists are ready to assassinate is going to win Best Picture. Spielberg also also the super personal film coming next year that feels a lot more Academy friendly without the baggage.
The Ansel Elgort / “Gabby” narrative about alleged statutory rape was completely fraudulent. As it happened in New York State, she was old enough to consent. They were sexual and then he hurt her feelings by ignoring her messages in a passive-aggressive fashion. That’s all it was. It was nothing. Relationships will occasionally bruise. Life in the big city.
My point wasn’t that he did anything wrong but there is a perception that he is in the “bad men” group. It seems like dudes who fall into that lot, fairly or unfairly, consistently has whisper campaigns against them for years. The Aziz stuff is still a thing and he went on a bad date.
Feel like the “real” true story of the real “King Richard” is gonna play a part in the drama of the coming months.
Yes, that’ll be the attempted takedown narrative.
There has to be a couple of those every season. Gets the blood up for a fight, yes?
If it has William Holden circa 1973, was one of PTA’s inspirations Clint Eastwood’s least known directorial project “Breezy”? It appears to swim similar waters regarding the appropriateness of a relationship with regards to the age of participants.
Bronson made a similar film three years before — directed by Richard Donner!
Never saw it but the fact it even exists is kind of incredible to me.
Those lips were not made for kissing.
Original ad copy:
Finally — the “Dirty Dozen” cutie pie is back!!! Here he is, girls — Sweet Charlie Bronson the way YOU wanna see him! Kissin’, Smilin’, Lovin’ & Laughin’!!!
If “adorable” has a name, it’s gotta be Charles Bronson!!!
It looks like that title doesn’t have “it,” if you catch my drift.
ETA: Orson Bean!
ETA2: I had a devil of a time finding it on IMDB. IMDB has the title listed as “London Affair,” but originally “Twinky.” But it has the same ad and a video box cover that also includes Lola. Sounds like they might have had trouble marketing it. Can’t imagine why.
Spot-on observation. “Breezy” is a better-than-decent love story. Attaboy Eastwood.
Had a huge crush on Kay Lenz back in the day. Especially a 1973 TV movie A Summer Without Boys.
Love the sound of this, great soundtrack
read enough… not watching this. That’s a huge red flag, I don’t care how well it ends, and I don’t care that it’s only 90 minutes, meandering has been my go to adjective in describing PTA’s work these past 3 films.
Worked for a Edward Yang in Yi Yi and Brighter Summers Day, worked in Dazed and Confused.
Meander away artist.
It doesn’t work for PTA, at all, not even a little. But you’re free to rewatch Inherent Vice as many times as you want and fool yourself that it’s just as entertaining as The Big Lebowski, but us humans… on planet earth, know better.
Not a single PTA fan I know has ever suggested Vice is more entertaining than Lebowski…they would argue that it’s richer, maybe, but I suspect many just flatly like Lebowski just as well but for different reasons…
Inherent Vice was not a carefree meandering hangout movie because it was an adaptation of a freaking PYNCHON book, which no matter the weed-and-grooves venue is always gonna be closer to Eyes Wide Shut than Lebowski (and I would argue the resultant movie has more in common with an EWS or Lynch film than Lebowski or Long Goodbye). It still might not work on those terms but you at least should judge it on its terms and whether they work for you.
It’s also regarded as the least accomplished movie by many of his fans, but there’s a long career outside of it so references to it as a signpost of his style or success isn’t really getting at the heart of the matter.
I like the Coens but it’s just as easy to say “LADYKILLERS IS AN UNFUNNY SLOG” and it would mean just as little.
Great response, better than the one that I was about to write.
https://i.ibb.co/xM1qgNp/download.jpgPaul Thomas Anderson, “Licorice Pizza”, well another one bites the crust for PTA… because no matter how you slice it, this is one pizza party you’ll want to miss. Dough yourself a favor, and skip this “Inherent Slice” from crusty film artisan PTA. He used to be the big Papa John on the block, but after three box office bombs he’s only a Little Ceaser, crust me, you won’t want to see-more hoffman of this film, set in the San Fernando Valley during the 70s, I wanted to send Fernando packing… You’ll want to keep on truckin’, believe me. Licorice Pizza, I Lick-o-Wish I could go back in time and skip this movie. Even disco stud, Bradley Cooper, couldn’t Bradley Keep-me interested. Alana Haim? I Alana hated it. What’s that? Should have packed it in after Send Fernando Packing? I agree.
ZERO STARS out of FOUR.
OK, i’m pretty pumped now.
Reading the review, it reminds me the most of your first review of Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, which you described as ” lightly amusing, in and out, yes and no, decent and diverting”; and “most of the film is what most of us would call okay, good enough, sometimes sluggish, highly restrictive wallow”….. and then I saw the picture. LOL.
This sounds like you had similar misgivings. Spotty. Meandering. Lacks an emotional core.
I can’t wait now.
Yeah, I have to admit I had the same reaction.
I for some reason remember him really loving Hollywood but I think it was either he loved the second watch, or he defended it against the woke, or some combo of the two.
But yes, if it’s meander-level is OUATIH-grade, I’m not worried at all about something lost up its navel.
Character, form, aesthetic, dialogue, music and whatever else can communicate content just as much as plot…seems simple enough but never is.
Yup. And he clearly had the knives out for Him and Hoffman before he saw the movie, and seems to not only have put them away, but to have been won over by the performances. Must be good, can’t wait to see it.
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There’s a big spoiler in those tweets. FYI.
(what else is new?)
One thing that drives me a little bonkers is why not drop Licorice Pizza now in the midst of all the buzz rather than an over crowded Christmas Day.
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