But it is another role — that of shape shifter — that makes her especially relevant. Monroe’s multiple transformations allow each generation, even each individual, to create a Marilyn to their own specifications. (x)
In the parking lot, we’re still waiting, it’s already passed So move your feet from hot pavement and into the grass ‘Cause it’s already passed. 💚 Memories of 2017
Marilyn Monroe and Robert Mitchum at the St. Jude’s Hospital benefit at the Hollywood Bowl, September, 1953.
Marilyn Monroe photographed by Philippe Holsman (1952) for Life Magazine Cover
“After A Mission-Korea 1953” created by David S. Hall.
Kreissparkasse Hannover (1958-59) in Hannover, Germany, by Walter & Hardt-Waltherr Hämer, Fritz Eggeling and Felix zur Nedden
Agnes Moorehead in Caged (1950)
Marilyn Monroe photographed by Ted Baron (1954)
Doris …. Love Me Or Leave Me
1950s fashion inspired Lumity
1954 Western Electric telephone ad
1954 Green Giant Canned peas ad
River terminal in Kuibyshev (Samara), Russia. Photo by Howard Sochurek (1958)
Julie Andrews by Cecil Beaton, 1959
Country: United States
Genre: thriller, psychological
Director: Todd Phillips
Category: random pick
Presence: Br, BG, CF, DM, JM, MS, RT, Ra, RC, Wh
MS: “very excited 4 this. my friends described joker as american parasite.”
BG: “Sorry to bother you walked so joker could run.”
RT: “I’m okay with super-rats and batman, but three fuckboys who all know the lyrics of Send in the Clowns? Suspension of disbelief broken.”
JM and BG pointed out some anachronisms, namely: filming a random new stand-up comedian in a small club, bringing a “viral video” to a talk show, boatloads of rich people watching a silent film in a big theatre, etc.
JM (after Arthur killed Randall): “u know. this really is the american parasite tbh.”
BG (after Arthur said he’s not making a political statement): “He just wants to grill for gods sake.”
MS: “werewolf as a verb +100.”
We felt that the Batman elements felt very tacked-on, and the movie would have been just as fine (and probably better) if it didn’t have to link back to the DC universe.
JM’s analysis is that, even though Arthur became a symbol for what is (at least aesthetically) a radical political movement, he rejected the political implications and fallout of his actions in a very reactionary way (”I’m not political”). Even then, the movement was presented as a destructive “riot” that didn’t have concrete or specific political goals, and it quickly fizzled out.
MS thought it was very boring in terms of filmmaking, cinematography, etc., and DM, JM and RT were underwhelmed by the score. We thought that the staircase scene was disappointing, and that it worked much better in the trailer with that mix of “Smile” (instead of what we got in the actual movie—a song by convicted child predator Gary Glitter). We are mystified that it was nominated for and won so many oscars.
MS: “It was definitely the American Parasite. It was very American filmmaking, in that there’s a lot of dialogue that ultimately says very little.”
DM noted how flat and generic the background dialogue was, comparing it to the bg dialogue in City of God, which was lively and full of character.
DM, JM and RT thought that the way that Arthur struggled with his pseudobulbar affect (uncontrolled laughter), and his attempts to understand what people find funny in stand-up comedy, was relatable and well-executed within the movie.
DM: “There’s a beautiful self-own in making a movie about how society is too “politically correct” to get his humor, when his self-insert is the Joker, whose punchline is shooting a guy in the head.”
[Since the voted film was Seven Samurai, which is 3:30h long with an intermission, and Joker is also a long movie, we decided to split the viewing into two evenings.]
Genre: epic, samurai
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Presence: BG, DM, EG, JM, RT, Ra, RC, Wh
We thought it was especially pertinent to watch Seven Samurai right after having seen The Magnificent Seven.
BG: “ Where is my handsome boy, Toshiro Mifune.”
JM: “i hope hes the first samurai”
RT: “What if the last one… is Tom Cruise?”
JM: “i like this version of the young rascal more than magnificent sevens. these characters feel a lot more real than their counterparts in magnificent seven
BG (at Hayashida): “Nice weed pants.”
When Kikuchiyo (Toshiro Mifune’s character) was following the other samurai, he entered the stream almost nude to catch fish with his bare hands, while the others intently watched from a distance. The film z0ne chat went wild.
BG: (shaking eyes emoji)
DM: *eyes jump out of head*
RT: They are looking
JM: they really knew what they were doing. they must have, right
BG: Awooga (spazzing eyes emoji)
Those of us who watched The Magnificent Seven enjoyed many aspects more in this movie, such as: the 7 main characters, the banter between them, sword fighting rather than guns, the relationship between Kikuchiyo (who was a farmer) and the others who are samurai, and the romance between the youngest of the seven (Katsushiro) and one of the village girls.
JM: “one of the biggest sins of M7 was combining [Kikuchiyo and Katsushiro] into one character.”
This movie also features Manzo, one of the worst dads in cinematic history.
When Kukichiyo was readying 5 swords for battle:
RT: Is he gonna Killer Bee with these swords. 5-sword technique
Wh: Just throw the swords like spears
BG: He actually threw it. The absolute madlad
Ra: “m7 definitely gave the bandits more of a personality.”
JM: “This was probably the first time that I watched one of those “classic best movies of all time” and actually felt the hype.”
It led us to create a discord channel called “pictures-of-toshiro-mifunes-ass”
Unifying theme: damn, Toshiro Mifune is sexy (to the point where Joker is completely overshadowed).
A vintage kitchenware ad