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Wednesday, March 25, 2020
ADAM NAYMAN ON THE PARADOX OF 'DOMINO'
"HAS ENOUGH DIRECTORIAL EXCELLENCE IN ITS DNA TO, IN SOME MOMENTS, LOOK LIKE A MASTERPIECE"
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Last week, The Ringer's Adam Nayman posted a social-distancing-related article, "Ten Movies That Are Better Than You’ve Heard."

"The question of what to watch while social distancing is ultimately less important than a lot of other things," Nayman begins. "But it’s also a reality that for a lot of people on self-imposed quarantine, renting or streaming movies will be a safe, significant time-filler—which is why it might be worth taking a bit of a risk in terms of what we’re watching. A case can be made that the time has never been better to rewatch old favorites or catch up with the classics, but what about some movies whose bad reputations previously made them seem like a waste of time? Here are 10 movies that are not only better than you’ve heard, but worth tracking down—and maybe talking or arguing about with your fellow shut-ins now that you’ve got the time to do so."

Nayman tops off his list at the end with De Palma's latest:

Domino

I wrote about Brian De Palma’s hot mess of an anti-terrorism thriller when it (barely) came out last year; if Domino was already DOA the second it hit VOD, it’s only been pushed further into the dirt ever since. The reason I’m recommending it again out of all the underrated movies out there is that it’s exactly the kind of film that benefits being watched when there’s time to process and think about it—to look past its thrifty production, evidence of meddling, and after-the-fact editing and look at what De Palma has to say about surveillance, governmental ethics, and violence as media spectacle circa 2020. The paradox of Domino is that on some level it’s a cheap, opportunistic, and wildly contrived genre movie. But it has enough directorial excellence in its DNA to, in some moments, look like a masterpiece, the same kind of outrageous, red-blooded entertainment De Palma was engineering at the time of Carrie and Scarface. Domino was a magnet for bad buzz and bad reviews, and yet it’ll endure on the strength of its bruised, submerged artistry.


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Nayman on the Split-Screen Shot in Domino - The Ringer
Nayman - The Wild World of Brian De Palma
Adam Nayman on the "Formally Innovative" Redacted


Posted by Geoff at 7:51 PM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 7:56 PM CDT
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Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 8:26 PM CDT

Name: "anonymous"

The script to Catch and Kill is reportedly a 139 pages.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 8:45 PM CDT

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

"reportedly"? Source?

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 8:46 PM CDT

Name: "&$@"

Once again the notion of meddling 

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 10:08 PM CDT

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

He gets the meddling part about it wrong, no doubt, but he means well, haha

Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 4:24 AM CDT

Name: "anonymous"

Redacted and Domino are unwatchable nauseatingly badly made films. Sorry I didn't apreaciate the lack of filmmaking technique to these two cheap looking films. 

Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 5:40 AM CDT

Name: "Harry Georgatos "

Unfortunately a few good sequences don't make a movie. Single shots as whole scenes isn't cinema. Shots in Domino looking at a computer screen moving onto another short scene with mundane dialogues is pretty embarrassing. Two good set pieces with the rest of the film a forgettable shamble of B cinema. I wanted to like the movie but with repeated viewings the shortcomings makes this film a poor effort.

Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 10:17 AM CDT

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

Redacted, conceptually, is its own thing on a formal level. There are shots in it that are actually quite beautiful-- everything in it is shot from its own inner conceptual logic, including (but not limited to) the concept that soldiers are filming their own amateur video of some things.

Domino for me moves along at a fairly brisk pace, a refreshingly pointed work on a low budget.

Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 5:03 PM CDT

Name: "Harry Georgatos"

With DOMINO I expected inflammatory ultra violence. Some of that is in the film but from the director of SCARFACE DOMINO should have tested the litmus of violence on a level never seen before. Most of DOMINO outside the three big scenes is basically tv fodder. The Cops lives belong in a third rate soap opera. When I first heard of this film I was hoping something on the level of Philip Noyce THE QUIET AMERICAN where CIA infiltrates terrorist cells and orchestrates terrorist attacks to justify American response and American foreign policy. That would have been a great set up if DOMINO followed that narrative then a straight forward Right wing conservative position that DOMINO takes. If there was a film calling out for shocking ultra violence it was DePalma's DOMINO.

Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 6:12 PM CDT

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

I do not agree that DOMINO takes a right-wing conservative position. I believe there are characters in the movie who, perhaps, angle in that direction, but I see the whole thing as a there-are-no-winners-in-this-game of Domino, where everyone seems to be out for revenge, and we see at the end that it just never ends.

Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 7:23 PM CDT

Name: "Harry Georgatos "

Everyone has motivation for revenge but aside from the three major set pieces there's little craftsmanship and ordinary acting that belongs in a third rated TV movie. It wasn't the narrative I was hoping for from such a controversial filmmaker.

Friday, March 27, 2020 - 11:54 AM CDT

Name: "Christian G"

Hi! Does anyone know if there are interesting commentaries available on any De Palma blu rays?

Did I read somewhere there was a commentary by Perez on one of his films, Blow Out? I can't fint anything now.. 

Friday, March 27, 2020 - 11:57 AM CDT

Name: "Christian G"

And if so, on which edition? (Criterion, Arrow, etc.) 

Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 11:35 AM CDT

Name: "Jeremy"

Am I the only one that thinks the incessant posts by "anonymous", especially under anything related to Domino, are actually written by "Harry Georgatos"?

 Nothing wrong with disliking the film btw, though I think it's a striking effort visually & thematically, despite the budetary limitations.  

Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 12:27 PM CDT

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

I think it is more that somehow, anytime "anonymous" posts, there is also something similar from ""&$@" and sometimes other names (and usually regarding Domino, length of scripts, lengths of the running time, etc., etc.), but Harry has been posting comments on this blog for a long time now-- a lot longer than these "anonymous" posts have been coming in, as you say, incessantly.

Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 5:26 PM CDT

Name: "Harry Georgatos"

No I'm not "anonymous"

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 8:36 PM CDT

Name: "palisades"

I thought the 139 pages comment was an obvious jab at the mythical Domino cut being 139 minutes long. I found it funny!

Friday, April 3, 2020 - 8:35 PM CDT

Name: "anonymous"

Thanks 

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