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Penoyer79
Posted: September 11th, 2017, 6:06pm Report to Moderator
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Um, WTF did I just watch?  

Looked like perverted, self indulgent tripe to me.

The movie wants to be some deep artsy film about the beauty vampires of the model industry... but it just came off to me as a filmmaker beating off to his own filmmaking.

yeah the cinematography is great... the acting is fine? i guess?

but seriously?

someone else want to chime in here?




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I like Nicolas Winding Refn movies. I've seen all of them.

I would put this one in the pile of his movies I didn't like along with Bronson and Fear X.

It had some style. Didn't find much more than that in it. I wouldn't recommend it. But it's nice to look at and tries to get some atmosphere going. Refn is skilled at that.
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It was something different, but I didn't enjoy the experience.
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Quoted from Penoyer79
The movie wants to be some deep artsy film about the beauty vampires of the model industry... but it just came off to me as a filmmaker beating off to his own filmmaking.


I'd actually amend this to say the movie wants to be a filmmaker beating off to his own filmmaking. Even the plot reflects that in its own sort of clunky way. I don't think Refn has any bones about being blatantly indulgent or reveling in certain images and content for their own sake. I appreciate that approach, even though it doesn't always pay off (case could be made that it rarely does).

Just thinking out loud here though more than anything, not necessarily making a defense for the film. It's goofy as fuck, and while I enjoyed it, I've barely thought about it since it came out. A friend of mine went to a screening with Refn and Reeves and suggested to me essentially that Reeves take on the film was much more appealing whereas half of what Refn said only made sense to him and left the audience confused (an audience of his own fans no less). Dude is a loon... but I love him. Refreshing to see a filmmaker with practically no self-consciousness and a genuine wild card during a time where so many films feel like the same shit.

But no. Not the greatest film for sure. I can totally understand the disconnect.


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