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Saturday, December 14, 2019

Yesterday, Slant posted its list of The 25 Best Films of 2019, as voted by the online magazine's staff. Included in a companion article is the staff's individual ballots. Of the 16 critics who voted, Brian De Palma's Domino was mentioned only once, by Keith Uhlich. Here's Uhlich's ballot list:
Keith Uhlich

1. Peterloo
2. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
3. La Flor
4. The Irishman
5. Pain & Glory
6. Domino
7. The Gospel of Eureka
8. Chained for Life
9. Under the Silver Lake
10. Atlantics

Honorable Mention: The Dead Don’t Die, The Farewell, Gemini Man, A Hidden Life, High Flying Bird, Knives Out, In Fabric, Our Time, Shadow, Transit

Incidentally, José Luis Alcaine was the cinematographer for the two films in the middle of Uhlich's top ten: Pedro Almodóvar's Pain And Glory and De Palma's Domino.

Posted by Geoff at 12:12 AM CST
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Sunday, December 15, 2019 - 8:49 AM CST

Name: "Keith Uhlich"
Home Page: http://www.keithuhlich.com

I didn't even realize that affinity with Alcaine. Funny how the subconscious works. Thanks for the mention, Geoff!

Sunday, December 15, 2019 - 11:23 AM CST

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

Right, haha-- funny, indeed, Keith!

Sunday, December 15, 2019 - 6:41 PM CST

Name: "impostor"

Domino is a trainwreck. First thought through my mind "holy shit is this a Brian De Palma movie?" 

Monday, December 16, 2019 - 6:09 PM CST

Name: "neil"

This director with his last 7 films has been making movies which the mainstream has not been interested in visiting at the cinema and home entertainment. Lemons such as Domino, Passion, Redacted plus numerous others has brought this director's career to a dead-end. DePalma has himself to blame. 

Monday, December 16, 2019 - 7:12 PM CST

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

We're not in it here for the mainstream. De Palma continues to make vibrant, relevant cinema.

Monday, December 16, 2019 - 7:57 PM CST

Name: "neil"

There's a reason why DePalma can't get another film up and going, because the money people no longer trust him. At the end of the day it's money that talks. The last film DePalma made for the system was Mission:Impossible. Everything after that 1996 film has been a financial disaster. If a film-maker can't be responsible with other people's money then no sensible studio would want to work with that film-maker. There's a reason why Sweet Vengeance has been in limbo. 

Monday, December 16, 2019 - 10:29 PM CST

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

Actually, though, the follow-ups to Mission: Impossible, Snake Eyes and Mission To Mars, were both made within said (Hollywood) system. Snake Eyes was considered a respectable box office return, not any kind of box office disaster. Mission To Mars did not turn a profit, but was not exactly a financial disaster, either.

Monday, December 16, 2019 - 10:57 PM CST

Name: "neil"

I wouldn't go hooting my horn with Snake Eyes and M2M, the last 20 minutes of those two films were pretty ordinary. If DePalma had more creativity with the endings of those two films the wider the success would have been and today DePalma might of had a fighting chance of making The Demolished Man.

Post M2M has been a financial embarrassment from DePalma as the filmmaker is giving the middle finger of contempt with the type of films that DePalma wants to make. Films that most don't care for at the end of the day. I personally think DePalma has fallen into a bottomless hole the filmmaker can't get out of. 

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - 12:01 PM CST

Name: "Giorgos"

I'd rather see a small, pure DePalma film than a Hollywood-controlled moneymaker that compromises his vision. Having disavowed Hollywood, I don't think he cares anymore about numbers, and I'm sure the difficulty of financing films is something he'd rather face than test screenings and studio notes. So I don't think he is in any way embarrassed. Now, leaving the issue of money aside, how can anyone consider any of his films post M2M failures, creativelly or formally, I can't understand; I can understand one not liking them, or not finding them interesting, of course; but everything post M2M is pure DePalma.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - 12:47 PM CST

Name: "anonymous"

I could not care less about box office receipts.

 You may be correct in saying that his abandonment of, or abandonment by, whichever the case may be, mainstream/studio filmmaking in the last couple of decades has harmed his ability to make some of the projects he's wanted to, but his continued success in directing what I feel are movies as interesting as almost anybody in cinema currently is the bottom line.

 The quality of one's output is what will stand the test of time. 

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - 12:48 PM CST

Name: "Jeremy Foley"

(That last comment was me btw)

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - 5:41 PM CST

Name: "tex"

I miss DePalma's films of the 70's and 80's. During those two decades DePalma was untouchable. Think of titles such as SISTERS, PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE, OBSESSION, CARRIE, THE FURY and from the 80's DRESSED TO KILL, BLOW OUT, SCARFACE, BODY DOUBLE, THE UNTOUCHABLES, CASUALTIES OF WAR and in the 90's CARLITO'S WAY, MISSION:IMPOSSIBLE and FEMME FATALE. That's what I call a stand-out filmmography.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - 6:24 PM CST

Name: "harry georgatos"

I don't agree with studio notes or test screenings. Such interference at the end of the day ruins the end product. One trusts the filmmaker or one doesn't. De Palma from studio interference had changed films such as M1, SNAKE EYES and M2M. The opening of MI had a three way romantic set-up of Ethan, Claire and Jim that was taken out due to test screenings. M2M DePalma couldn't get the shots and CGI he wanted due to budgetary constraints. Studios can be a blessing and a curse.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - 6:28 PM CST

Name: "#123"

Domino was a film outside the studio system and DePalma got really screwed with what he initially wanted to make. Domino is a trainwreck as one of the comments on this site. The money people ruined what could have been a great film.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - 6:49 PM CST

Name: "neil"

One can complain about the studio system all they want but working outside Hollywood isn't much better. Like the last comment had said "look at Domino" . Interference is there in Hollywood and outside the Hollywood system. Sharks are there in independent cinema and El Lay. Both deal with money and art can't exist without the money people and banks. 

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 12:08 AM CST

Name: "$$$"

"Redacted" and "Domino" are the worse shot films from this director.

Friday, December 20, 2019 - 1:24 AM CST

Name: "mike"

Redacted has a rough dirty look to it's You Tube cinematography but that was intentional. There are sequences of rough shaky camerawork that I found nauseaus but that was the intended effect of the film-maker. It's supposed to be the You Tube movie from Hell. Is it a good film? That's up for conjecture as I lean more towards Casualties Of War.

Domino has good sequences interspersed through it's narrative with scenes that are standard tele-movie blandness. 

Friday, December 20, 2019 - 7:36 AM CST

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

Yes, REDACTED is actually very well-shot considering the conceptual ideas behind each of its shot choices.

To say that DOMINO is not well-shot is to overlook the fact that the film is not properly color-corrected in places. (De Palma said he was not involved in the color timing process.)

Friday, December 20, 2019 - 6:21 PM CST

Name: "neil"

Nolan's Tenet trailer resembles a high-concept sci-fi Mission:Impossible feel. Inception too resembles a high-concept sci-fi Mission:Impossible feel.

Always felt that Mission:Impossible franchise should have gone sci-fi by now. 

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