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Thursday, June 6, 2019
'DOMINO' MONDAY NIGHT AT METROGRAPH IN NY
JUNE 10 AT 9:30 PM
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The Metrograph in New York will screen Domino for "one night only" this Monday, June 10, at 9:30pm. The description at the theater's website reads:
Beginning with a rooftop chase that evokes Hitchcock’s Vertigo, the latest from Brian De Palma plunges Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s hapless Copenhagan cop into a complex plot involving CIA skullduggery courtesy agent Guy Pearce and high-tech jihadists with machine-gun-mounted livestreaming cameras. A go-for-broke genre exercise featuring stunning set pieces at the Netherlands Film Festival and a Spanish bullfight, which finds the ever-provocative De Palma exploring the correlation between terrorism and filmmaking. “The death-dealing, all-voyeurism-all-the-time world that De Palma has been imagining in some form or another since the late ’60s, has, he recognizes, finally come into actual being, and it’s worse than he, or anyone, ever imagined.”—Glenn Kenny, The New York Times

Posted by Geoff at 11:58 PM CDT
Updated: Friday, June 7, 2019 12:01 AM CDT
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Friday, June 7, 2019 - 1:48 AM CDT

Name: "rado"
Home Page: http://rado.bg

My favourite scene was when the agent showed the pictures to the camera first, then turned them to the kid. BDP always exploring the way we look and perceive.

 

Friday, June 7, 2019 - 5:02 PM CDT

Name: "Brett"

My neighborhood theater! Hooray! I'll be there.

 

Side note- the owner of this theater is a HUGE DePalma fan, so this screening comes as no surprise. :) 

Friday, June 7, 2019 - 5:16 PM CDT

Name: "Geoff"
Home Page: https://www.angelfire.com/de/palma/blog

I wonder if they'll have the subtitles on this one.

Friday, June 7, 2019 - 8:15 PM CDT

Name: "Brett"

Boy, I sure hope so!

Sunday, June 9, 2019 - 10:17 AM CDT

Name: "Geoff"
Home Page: https://www.angelfire.com/de/palma/blog

It's nice that David Edelstein at Vulture is saying to "ignore the early reviews," and that DOMINO is "a better thriller than most," but I am really at a loss when he states, "A swift kick in the groin is unintentionally comic." I found that moment hilariously intentional, intentionally outrageous.

Monday, June 10, 2019 - 1:30 PM CDT

Name: "Mustafa"

To tell u the truth Geoff, I almost laughed too about the way Carice van Houten kicked the guy in the groin, it was the way she did it!

Monday, June 10, 2019 - 5:06 PM CDT

Name: "Geoff"
Home Page: https://www.angelfire.com/de/palma/blog

Yes, I laughed out loud, as well. I don't understand why it would be considered "unintentionally comic."

Monday, June 10, 2019 - 11:06 PM CDT

Name: "Brett"

I'm 100% with Geoff- it IS funny. Intentionally funny. Strange that Edelsetin, who knows DePalma's work so well and has written so eloquently about it, didn't get that.

So I'm just back from the Domino screening at the Metrograph in NYC. It was absolutely fantastic. I wish this entire online community could have been there. It was exactly what you all would have appreciated - a respectable sized crowd of DePalma fans viewing his latest on a large screen with great sound. It was just what the movie deserved (the Cinema Village screen was barely larger than a TV and did the movie little justice). The rich colors, lucious locations and vivid cinematography looked amazing. 

The crowd seemed to really enjoy the movie. They were thrilled by the rooftop chase, shocked by the film festival attack, amused (with some cackles) by the love triangle subplot, and electrified by the climax (the crowd erupted in applause at the end of the scene). Many stuck around through the credits and murmurs on the way out seemed positive.

Granted this was a crowd of "friendlies" but for me this second viewing really helped me appreciate so much more about Domino. I think Edelstein really nails it when he says to ignore the negative reviews. Most of the criticisms are wildly off-base. It's a sharp, twisty thriller with scenes that really jolt the audience. Coster-Waldau and Van Houten give solid performances, while Ebouaney and Pearce get one juicy line and scene after another. I see nothing lacking the screenplay or runtime and wish that topic of discussion would stop now that we know there's no phantom cut out there. The movie works just fine as is. 

I find the Domino's themes to be very provocative and while I respect comments on this forum that found the movie's depiction on Muslims unsettling, I personally felt it was less of an assault on any one group and was more of a study in how competing camps that are motivated by revenge ultimately all end up short.

It's a marvelous movie and I think it's DePalma's strongest effort since Femme Fatale. I'm sad the movie is barely seeing the light of day but hopefully over time more will discover it and appreciate its thrills and surprises.

Lastly, this screening once again did not have subtitles! I'm still missing out on key information and will have to rent it online to hopefully get the subtitled version,which I imagine will illuminate a lot more details for me. 

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 12:13 AM CDT

Name: "Geoff"
Home Page: https://www.angelfire.com/de/palma/blog

Thanks for the report, Brett-- glad the screen was better than the Cinema Village, but sorry there were still no subtitles. In any case, how cool to see it with a bit of a crowd, large screen and great sound.

Monday, June 24, 2019 - 1:24 PM CDT

Name: "Jeremy Foley"

Thanks for your take, Brett. Eloquently put

Sounds like an experience I was lucky to have, attending the only screening of Passion to take place in the UK or Ireland in a packed cinema in Cork city.

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