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#276 Post by calculus entrophy » Mon May 01, 2017 7:44 pm

whaleallright wrote:This guy (who I only ever learn about through this forum) does remind me of Trump in that there's obviously something desperately wrong with him—a very basic, pervasive personality defect—but he's managed to parlay that something into a kind of success, albeit the sort of success that generates more hate than anything else. The internet—especially the proliferation of social-media celebrity—has really made me wonder how many people like this are out there, and what it means that we have a system that seemingly rewards the worst of them.
I'm reminded of a word, Nar, Narciss, something - just can't quite think of it right now.

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#277 Post by Perkins Cobb » Mon May 01, 2017 8:29 pm

We are all guilty of enabling him, yes. And I have smart friends who are even worse about sending me all the latest Wellsian nonsense (or the bon mots of similarly maladjusted Film Twitter types). Everyone would be better off if we stopped giving people like Wells and Stone attention, but sometimes you can't look away (and they probably still wouldn't go away).

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#279 Post by matrixschmatrix » Tue May 02, 2017 9:04 pm

Somehow the saddest part is the desperate starfuckery entailed in him posting the excerpt from the column that picked this up

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#280 Post by Black Hat » Tue May 02, 2017 10:10 pm

Perkins Cobb wrote:It's a Jim Thompson novel in which Wells is the mark and Sasha Stone, the Russian bride, and some long-suffering Hollywood Elsewhere commenter-stooge are the grifters.
This is great!

Quick story a friend of mine told me not to long ago they met a film critic who was fun to talk to and a nice guy. Jeffrey Wells was that film critic.

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#281 Post by domino harvey » Tue May 02, 2017 10:15 pm

I have no trouble believing Wells' schtick could be amusing for a couple minutes at a party

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#282 Post by Perkins Cobb » Wed May 03, 2017 1:02 pm

DarkImbecile wrote:True love conquers all
Well, maybe she's plotting to kill him for the refurbished PowerBook and the Mini Cooper.

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#283 Post by calculus entrophy » Wed May 03, 2017 1:55 pm

That's a fair deal.

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#284 Post by tenia » Wed May 03, 2017 3:31 pm

Don't forget the diamond wedding band.

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#285 Post by Gregory » Wed May 03, 2017 3:41 pm

Well, I for one think this is a great idea and a positive example to all would-be migrants. If people really must immigrate here, they should do it "the right way" legally, just like my ancestors did, by finding a kindly, generous senior citizen film blogger to marry for a green card.

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#286 Post by jedgeco » Tue May 09, 2017 2:41 pm

whaleallright wrote:This guy (who I only ever learn about through this forum) does remind me of Trump in that there's obviously something desperately wrong with him....
Wells's politics are 100% tribal. He seems to have no a priori commitments to liberalism as a political philosophy or any policy outcomes, he just loathes Republicans because he considers their voters aesthetically unappealing with bad taste in movies. Otherwise, he would have been 100% in for Trump.

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#287 Post by DarkImbecile » Sat Jul 01, 2017 8:24 am

Wells posts a preview of his wedding vows, including lines like these:
I need to write my column every day, but I also pledge to love and honor Tatyana with all my heart.
After watching Oliver Stone’s Vladimir Putin interviews I have even begun to call Tatyana my own personal Putin, but in a good way.
And this part from the extended cut that might not make it in (fingers crossed!):
A woman of dazzling beauty, strong values, great passion and great love — a woman who wears her heart on her sleeve, who knows the truth and speaks it and will give you the shirt off her back. I could mention other attributes but I don’t want to get scampy so let’s leave it there.

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#288 Post by calculus entrophy » Sat Jul 01, 2017 12:54 pm

Now I have this stuck in my head.....

Reach out and touch faith
Your own personal Putin
Someone who wears her heart on her sleeve
Someone who knows the truth and speaks it
Your own personal Putin
Someone to give you the shirt off her back
Someone who's has other attributes but I don’t want to get scampy so let’s leave it there.....

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#289 Post by Perkins Cobb » Fri Jul 28, 2017 1:18 pm

Jeffers and the Russian bride get unceremoniously bounced by the Chateau Marmont's concierge. Personally I think this is B- level Wells, but Film Twitter keeps vomiting it up into my feed, so perhaps YMMV.

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#290 Post by calculus entrophy » Fri Jul 28, 2017 5:48 pm

Our hero seems not to have gotten the "Riff Raff" memo.

Favorite line:

I don’t want to sound like an entitled asshole, but...
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I'm Jeffrey Wells

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#291 Post by domino harvey » Fri Aug 04, 2017 1:48 pm

Wells lambasts SPC for not showing "hot lesbo scene" in Oscar-contender Noviate's trailer

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#292 Post by Rayon Vert » Fri Aug 04, 2017 1:57 pm

I mentioned Bresson because Novitiate contains slight echoes of his passions and obsessions. He wasn’t just a cinematic minimalist but a religious man of a conservative bent.
Very arguable.
Sex never happened in his films
False. See Balthazar and Mouchette.

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#293 Post by matrixschmatrix » Fri Aug 04, 2017 2:25 pm

I feel like people conflate Bresson's Catholicism with political conservatism in a way that, as far as I can tell, is merited neither by his actual work nor by anything Bresson ever actually said. His particular focus on individuals quietly persevering in dire situations might suggest it, I suppose, but Bresson is a far as one could imagine from a Mel Gibson-esque glory of pain filmmaker- and Diary of a Country Priest and L'Argent both strike me as the kind of movies that the type of Catholics who supported the Spanish fascists would have no particular love for, even if they managed to sit through them.

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#294 Post by knives » Fri Aug 04, 2017 2:35 pm

I also don't take them to be particularly religious even if they are Catholic (something the man himself joked about). I'd almost want to connect him to Bunuel. Not for style or even necessarily substance, but for how they used ideas and symbols taken from Catholic lore for their own ends occasionally even when the end goal has nothing to do with theology in any way whatsoever.

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#295 Post by Big Ben » Fri Aug 04, 2017 2:56 pm

If the images of deforestation and the brutal image of a small seal being clubbed to death are any indication in The Devil, Probably Bresson was also certainly aware of mankind's impact on the planet which I usually associate with individuals who aren't you know, conservative. While I'm an American and and could certainly be making a mistake due to political concepts varying across nations and countries I don't really associate that type of awareness with being conservative.

And even if Bresson was conservative he would have been conservative by standards then. Can you imagine what Bresson would have thought of Marine Le Pen?

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#296 Post by swo17 » Fri Aug 04, 2017 3:00 pm

Pardon my ignorance, but is Hollywood Elsewhere completely a one-man show, or did another human being actually approve the headline "Lesbo Wood Forever"?

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#297 Post by Big Ben » Fri Aug 04, 2017 3:06 pm

Also wasn't Bresson an atheist? The Devil, Probably probably certainly didn't inspire much confidence that he was religious, at least in my mind. Not many conservative atheists running about.

I think Wells is simply making hot takes and we've bitten the perpetual worm.

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#298 Post by knives » Fri Aug 04, 2017 3:15 pm

There are a lot of conservative (or at least right wing) atheists around especially in a place like France.

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#299 Post by John Shade » Fri Aug 04, 2017 6:38 pm

I'm not really sure who Jeffrey Wells is and this thread has links which make me assume he's another bombastic critic?

Anyway, I also liked a moment on the Cannes Press Conference feature from L'Argent where Bresson responded to the question (something like) "What is your ideology?" with the reply "What is ideology?" After watching the movie again I could see Bresson as the angry old Jeremiah complaining in church, just as a filmmaker. His ethical concerns and relation to Russian Literature still seems steeped in Christian ways of thinking, whether or not he believed it. Not sure why it's far-fetched to think that a Catholic would believe in conservation. Wasn't Tolkien the same way? There could be even be a luddite element to this sort of conservative--like, the Amish, some of the most environmentally friendly people in this country. I wonder if the way we're describing conservative is also in a kind of American 2017 way.

The Bunuel comparison is interesting. He always seemed to be taking on hypocrites, dogmatism, and the offical-ness of organized religion. His blasphemous moments are deliberate; not sure Bresson would be characterized as such.

What was the Wells comment that initiated this? His twitter feed seems to consist mostly of videos and I'm a reading-only kind of online guy.

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#300 Post by Cremildo » Fri Aug 04, 2017 6:54 pm

Not sure why it's so mind-boggling that a conservative can be an atheist and/or aware of Man's impact on nature. A bit less stereotyping would be welcome. Also, all this indignation because someone suggested a celebrated filmmaker might be conservative? I thought adult, intelligent cinephiles were actually interested in the worldview of other people.

As a conservative agnostic myself, I'm as interested in and respectful of Scorsese's Catholicism as I am of Godard's left-wing political beliefs.

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