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January 5, 2022 at 9:56 am #1204698476
Doesn’t seem like a typical biopic based on the article from Variety but still an interesting premise.
Is Nicole Kidman busy or something? Disappointing.January 1, 2022 at 5:30 pm #1204691064
I have to say I have read some Doozy of statements on this site thru the year but Complaining that title of movie is misleading bc there was no lost daughter takes the cake.
wait. there’s people who tuned in to this movie thinking it’s a sequel to Taken, based on the title? lmao, I’m done.December 31, 2021 at 6:52 am #1204688592
I thought so too, but then (1) wouldn’t they have tried to retrieve it? and (2) if they knew, why didn’t they tell Nina?
I think it’s implied they may have tried to retrieve it or just intimidate Leda by breaking in at night? There was that scene where someone rings Leda’s doorbell at night but doesn’t answer, and then she sees car lights outside. Will does say that the family is “bad people,” implying they are dangerous. Nina’s husband and Callie (Dominczyk’s character) are portrayed as menacing and invasive. I figured perhaps he or they didn’t want to outright confront Leda, but preferred to play mind games with her instead. Nina is part of the family but is also seen as sort of not fitting in, plus I think the family did notice her and Leda developing a connection.
What confused me more was the ending tbh, lol. She passes out bleeding on the beach, then wakes up there the next morning as if she didn’t get stabbed the day before, and just cheerily calls up her daughter?December 31, 2021 at 6:03 am #1204688530
I didn’t understand why the big family was always loitering so menacingly and giving dirty looks after they had seemed to patch things up. I thought there was going to be something far more sinister at play.
I believe the family suspected Olivia’s character took the doll, which is why they continued to give her menacing side eyes. Also, Ed Harris’ character sees the doll on Leda’s balcony, and probably told Nina’s husband, which is why he corners Leda threateningly in the parking lot afterwards. Having read the book last year I was actually surprised at the slight thriller elements Gyllenhal brought to the story, and I thought it was very effective even though it didn’t really go anywhere (unless you count Nina’s pin hat attack on Leda in the end, which does kind of work as a subversive culmination of that tension.)
I saw the movie in the theatre earlier this week, and I’m glad I did. I don’t get, and am annoyed also by people simply writing it off as “boring.” I respect their opinions, but have we simply forgotten how to engage with slower meditative character study dramas that tell the stories of regular people? I agree that the flashbacks were a bit excessive and I would have loved for the relationship between Leda and Nina to be explored more thoroughly, but I found the movie anything but boring, on the contrary, quite engaging and suspenseful throughout. All the performances were immaculate, particularly Buckley, who I am shocked is not getting any awards recognition this season.December 26, 2021 at 8:21 am #1204679500
rewatched Spencer over Xmas. fine, just give the Oscar to KStew already. the performance was actually better upon rewatch, once I knew the cringe Anne Boleyn stuff was coming and was prepared to ignore it. and I actually was very impressed with Stewart this time around, kept noticing subtle truly moving moments everywhere in her performance that went beyond the (very impressive) accent and mannerism work. I mean honestly, who is even her competition this year? Kidman would be sweeping if the movie itself was not a complete Sorkin self jerk off fest. I liked Gaga a lot, but c’mon, she isn’t winning for a campy villain in a Ridley Scott movie. Colman and Chastain seem safe nomination wise, but I just don’t see them winning, especially when Stewart has the role, the reviews, the passion, is young and hot. at this point I just hope either Haim or Thompson take the fifth spot, so it’s not all biopics in Best Actress. Haim in particular was outstanding, and makes me ache that the Academy doesn’t recognize these kind of breakthrough non-biopic regular people roles more often.December 24, 2021 at 10:52 am #1204677427
No Way Home would be a better Best Picture nominee than The Power of the Dog and Tick Tick Boom. That’s for sure.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. omg, thank you. I needed a good laugh on this bleak xmas eve afternoon (after just having watched DLU and not having laughed once.)December 20, 2021 at 4:47 pm #1204669603
Freeman.. DUDE, if all you got from TPOTD is “a story of a cowboy’s repressed sexuality,” then the movie is simply too complex for you. I’d suggest trying to read Thomas Savage’s book it’s based on, but it doesn’t have any musical numbers spelling out the entire plot from inside out for you, so you probably won’t enjoy it either.December 20, 2021 at 3:41 pm #1204669482
calling POTD “regressive” while obsessively stanning a remake (!) of a musical (!!) based on a Shakespeare play (!!!) about racial tensions and love conquering all (!!!!). I can’t, you guys.December 10, 2021 at 9:46 am #1204642293
Alright. I finally took a plunge and binged all three seasons in 4 days. I have so many questions, but first thing first:
is Roman supposed to read as gay? Or is it just me? His awkwardness and explicit underperformance with women.. and this season in particular those scenes with Kirk AND Skarsgard were very.. intense. Even his kinky relationship with Geri reeks of latent sexuality.
Also, similarly Tom.. his constant sexual joke innuendos and obvious emotional attachement to Greg, his chemistry-less relationship with Shiv, his body language even reads very queer to me.. am I just too gay to function myself?December 5, 2021 at 4:48 am #1204627476
I mean, as of now, it’s only real competition is Belfast, right? The season is just starting to unfold but it looks like only Licorice Pizza might sneak in as a threat too. I think TPOTD deserves to and can win Best Picture. But I can also sadly see how after Parasite and Nomadland, the Academy might want to give it to a “lighter”, feel-good drama like Belfast, rather than a dark cerebral and psychological almost thriller western.. in spite of the latter’s stronger critical reception.December 2, 2021 at 9:31 am #1204619998
In this scene where Peter makes the sound with the comb and bothers Rose, this scene responds to the fact that Peter also killed his father, he had already said that Peter was stronger than they thought, at the beginning of the film he shows a rope in Peter’s room that was used in his father’s “suicide”, and returning to the comb scene, Rose arrives near him and says she is worried and that she didn’t want him to go to the point of going too far, in case she already knows from her son’s cold and murderous nature to defend her, she feared he would kill Phil too.
Peter killed his father? Hmmmm, I did not get that from the movie, and certainly not from the book, where Peter’s father is actually featured in the beginning.
kaziz, we need your take on this stat!
Also, is anybody else just simply ecstatic that Elisabeth Moss had dropped out out of playing Rose? She probably would have been solid, but by pure virtue that it would have been yet another recent suffering woman role for her, it wouldn’t have the same impact as it does in the hands of Dunst, who brings such, dare I say ‘fresh’ prickly vulnerability to the part.December 2, 2021 at 6:19 am #1204619360
Yea, I’ve been rooting for Cruz, but if Kidman takes it, I won’t be mad. It’s her time. She’s been working non stop for decades, is arguably more popular than ever, is getting raves as Lucy, and it really is shaping up to be an open BA race season, with many strong performances but not a clear frontrunner, similar to last season. Unless Stewart starts sweeping soon (which is possible though I doubt..) I think Kidman will finally get her well deserved and overdue second Oscar.December 2, 2021 at 5:29 am #1204619267
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More random thoughts on TPOTD:
Do you think that Phil wanted to be a mentor for Peter, like Bronco Henry was for him? Teach him how to ride a horse, make a rope and maybe other things as well? 😉 Was he really taking Peter under his wing or do you think that he was just getting close to Peter to get back at Rose, because he was jealous about his brother’s relationship with her? I love this ambiguity in the film and that you can see this story in a number of ways.
I think Phil definitely started courting Peter at first to purely unnerve Rose, but have gotten close to Peter, much to Phil’s own surprise. The crucial point in their relationship being when Peter sees the barking dog in the hill, which only Phil (and Bronco) saw. Peter has continued to surprise Phil, who initially wrote him off just as the “suicide widow”‘s “sissy” son. Another crucial scene is when Peter kills the wounded rabbit, impressing Phil. I think Phil began seeing a lot of himself in Peter, and towards the end even realized his attraction to Peter and wanting to be Peter’s Bronco Henry figure, as a mentor, and as implied, possibly a lover. The final scene between the two, when Phil is finishing the rope as Peter watches, is so chilling with subtext and tension.
What I started wondering about upon rewatching the movie on Netflix, is how much Rose knew her son exactly. The scene where she hysterically runs off after Phil and Peter riding off on horses, and she tells George she doesn’t want them spending time together.. at first I thought she was simply worried about Peter falling under Phil’s wing, but the way I saw it now is, what if Rose was actually worried about PHIL, knowing her son’s true character.
The movie is just so so good, and I cannot wait to watch it again on the big screen somewhere. I hope it wins all the awards. The Academy better not sleep on Kodi Smit-McPhee in particular. He was electrifying and magnificent.Not now