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Uncut Gems
« on: December 18, 2019, 07:29:21 PM »


I wasn't expecting much given his history and the fact I have avoided nearly all his films but I was blown away by this, hey it's Adam Sandler in a really great film shock!
Good supporting cast, Scorsese production, excellent soundtrack and an edge of the seat story, it sailed to my top 3 films of the year, blimey - trailer




Re: Uncut Gems
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2019, 11:55:05 PM »
He has form, being brilliant in Punch Drunk Love and very good in The Meyerowitz Stories.

Where can I watch this? I thought it was only out in America. Is it getting a real release or going straight to VOD?

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« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2019, 01:52:04 AM »
Massively distracted by how much he looks like Al Pacino doing an Ali G impression, but yeah, he was ace in Punch Drunk Love and this is from the same guys as Good Time, so I'm onboard.

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« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2019, 08:44:47 AM »
Netflix on 31 January.

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« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2019, 09:18:50 AM »
He has form, being brilliant in Punch Drunk Love and very good in The Meyerowitz Stories.

Where can I watch this? I thought it was only out in America. Is it getting a real release or going straight to VOD?

he does have a lot of shit on his cv, I downloaded an Oscar nom copy at http://www.bitlordsearch.com/search?q=uncut%20gems

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« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2019, 03:00:39 PM »



Can not WAIT for this. Good Time was the second best film of 2017 and this looks to be just as good.

What kind of weird parallel world am I living in where the final chapter of the Star Wars saga leaves me completely disinterested and yet I'm hyped for an Adam Sandler film?


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« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2019, 03:21:15 PM »
it's on magnetdl.com now if ya cannae wait!

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« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2019, 04:26:45 PM »
Started watching it - well shit so far.....

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« Reply #8 on: December 20, 2019, 03:20:32 PM »
The trailer makes the film look absolute garbage.

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« Reply #9 on: December 20, 2019, 03:53:59 PM »
it isn't, honest!

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« Reply #10 on: December 20, 2019, 04:06:02 PM »
Happy Gilmore still gives Sandler carte blanche as far as I'm concerned. This is getting good reviews, gonna check it out

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« Reply #11 on: December 21, 2019, 12:23:34 AM »
this was fucking great but very very stressful

OPN score excellent not to mention the stonking hard trance tune out of nowhere over the credits

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« Reply #12 on: December 22, 2019, 03:43:54 PM »
OPN score excellent

I liked the music too, didn't realise it was the guy who did Chuck Person's Eccojams Vol. 1

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« Reply #13 on: January 12, 2020, 06:50:24 AM »
This is an absolutely amazing film. It's made of anxiety and stress and improvised yelling. And that synth soundtrack is fucking brilliant. Go see it.

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« Reply #14 on: January 12, 2020, 01:34:30 PM »
Video on the Moog channel where Lopatin talks through the synth work of the soundtrack.

https://youtu.be/pIAvmtNIx9I

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« Reply #15 on: January 12, 2020, 08:23:22 PM »
Wanted to see this to night but it was sold out. Bastard.

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« Reply #16 on: January 12, 2020, 10:20:29 PM »
The Safdie idiosyncratic style getting better with every film. Sandler clearly loving every second of this. I haven't seen him in much so I wouldn't be so arrogant as to suggest this is his greatest role but this is his greatest role, no question.

If you like movies you'll like this.

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« Reply #17 on: January 13, 2020, 03:46:05 AM »
It's a good film. Maybe even a very good one. But it's not great, much like Sandler's performance.

Let me clarify "very good" there - it achieves exactly what it sets out to do, which is create the most unbearably tense two hours and 15 minutes possible, in the company of one of the worst humans imaginable. Unfortunately, in practice that means the film and Sandler alike kick off the film in a hysterically overwrought frenzy and remain at that level for almost the entire time, with only two or three brief reprieves before Howie gets back to fucking everything up for himself.

Which is what the directors want, of course, I just don't think it's necessarily enough to make a truly great film. Especially since Howie is such an unlikeable, awful cunt that from about the midpoint on I couldn't really give a flying fuck what happened to him, and the sense of claustrophobic urgency was being generated and carried entirely by the directors' decision to have the camera pushed right up his nose for almost the entire duration. It doesn't matter where Howie is in Manhattan - in the crowded Diamond District, by the skyscrapers of Fifth Ave, or by the noisy clubs of the Meatpacking District, every street looks the same because the view is pulled in tight, tight, tight; all the better to give you the nervous sweats. It's an achievement of technical excellence, but it's a fucking cheat - like realising you can't write a suitably moving ending to your tragedy, so you pump onion fumes through the vents to get the audience sobbing.

Oh, and it totally wastes Lakeith Stanfield.

Like I said - a good film. Technically excellent. But it's not the triumph the critics (and Sandler) want it to be.

(Although I did like that it managed to give Howie the best possible ending he could have hoped for, the stupid fuck.)

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« Reply #18 on: January 13, 2020, 02:52:47 PM »
No Oscar nods for best film/actor

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« Reply #19 on: January 13, 2020, 07:33:23 PM »
That's fine. Although I'd sub this in over Joker for best film.

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« Reply #20 on: January 13, 2020, 08:10:26 PM »
Travesty.

At least in 20 years they'll be awarding the Safdies for their latest tedious offering as compensation for dropping the ball earlier when they were great.

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« Reply #21 on: January 14, 2020, 11:42:38 PM »
It's a good film. Maybe even a very good one. But it's not great, much like Sandler's performance.

Let me clarify "very good" there - it achieves exactly what it sets out to do, which is create the most unbearably tense two hours and 15 minutes possible, in the company of one of the worst humans imaginable. Unfortunately, in practice that means the film and Sandler alike kick off the film in a hysterically overwrought frenzy and remain at that level for almost the entire time, with only two or three brief reprieves before Howie gets back to fucking everything up for himself.

Which is what the directors want, of course, I just don't think it's necessarily enough to make a truly great film. Especially since Howie is such an unlikeable, awful cunt that from about the midpoint on I couldn't really give a flying fuck what happened to him, and the sense of claustrophobic urgency was being generated and carried entirely by the directors' decision to have the camera pushed right up his nose for almost the entire duration. It doesn't matter where Howie is in Manhattan - in the crowded Diamond District, by the skyscrapers of Fifth Ave, or by the noisy clubs of the Meatpacking District, every street looks the same because the view is pulled in tight, tight, tight; all the better to give you the nervous sweats. It's an achievement of technical excellence, but it's a fucking cheat - like realising you can't write a suitably moving ending to your tragedy, so you pump onion fumes through the vents to get the audience sobbing.

Oh, and it totally wastes Lakeith Stanfield.

Like I said - a good film. Technically excellent. But it's not the triumph the critics (and Sandler) want it to be.

(Although I did like that it managed to give Howie the best possible ending he could have hoped for, the stupid fuck.)

Agree with this entirely, except for Lakeith bit, thought he was used well.

Don't get how people can call this Sandler's best performance when Punch Drunk Love is sitting right there, and contains so much more light and shade. Still wish he'd got the Oscar nom this year though, if only to make up for not getting one for that.

I really loved Good Time, and to me this was just more of the same. Nothing as good as the hospital breakout/aftermath scene or the scene with the black teenage girl from that film. Really hope they do something with a different vibe next.

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« Reply #22 on: January 15, 2020, 12:10:25 AM »
Can't accept anyone downplaying Sandler's performance in this film. He is truly fantastic, and the Academy not acknowledging him for Best Actor just smacks of resentment for his previous sub-par work. It's one of the most exciting film experiences I've had for a while, it's a shame that there's only a limited cinema release over here before those greedy dicks at Netflix gobble it up. But it'll probably be very immersive and gripping regardless of how you view it. It's funny, stressful, exciting, perturbing and all that. Watch it watch it watch it.

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« Reply #23 on: January 15, 2020, 03:30:09 AM »
Agree with this entirely, except for Lakeith bit, thought he was used well.

Really? He was great, but that's because he is great. The role itself is really nothingy - all he has to do is glower and complain a bunch.

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Re: Uncut Gems
« Reply #24 on: January 16, 2020, 11:13:40 PM »
just got back from this and fuck me. absolutely exhilarating. immensely pleasurable from start to finish. can't remember the last time i enjoyed a film this much. completely terrific.

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« Reply #25 on: January 17, 2020, 12:07:11 AM »
just got back from this and fuck me. absolutely exhilarating. immensely pleasurable from start to finish. can't remember the last time i enjoyed a film this much. completely terrific.

Agreed on all of these words.

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Re: Uncut Gems
« Reply #26 on: January 17, 2020, 01:20:35 PM »
As mentioned upthread, if you enjoyed UG seek out Good Time https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4846232/

If possible watch it before Uncut Gems, it's great too but just a little less frenetic.

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« Reply #27 on: January 19, 2020, 08:52:22 PM »
Finally saw this. Novel and stylish thriller but no real meaning. Enjoyed it just fine.

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« Reply #28 on: January 19, 2020, 09:10:17 PM »
I liked some of the tracking camera and fading between conversations. Reminded me of Robert Altman.

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« Reply #29 on: January 31, 2020, 09:14:31 AM »
Ace film. Most powerful moment is when Adam Sandler briefly turns into Rob Brydon.


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