Josh and Benny Safdie's UNCUT GEMS starring Adam Sandler as a jewelry dealer with a gambling habit

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an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Wednesday, 18 September 2019 21:20 (one year ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTfJp2Ts9X8

this looks great. glowing reports from ppl I trust, too.

Simon H., Tuesday, 24 September 2019 14:41 (one year ago) link

mike francesca?!

Mommy...can I go out and VAPE tonight? (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 24 September 2019 14:44 (one year ago) link

finally got around to seeing good time last week and it blew me away so i'm very much looking forward to this

one month passes...

best flick abt gambling addiction ive ever seen & wildly entertaining taboot

johnny crunch, Thursday, 21 November 2019 03:59 (ten months ago) link

can't wait to see this

call all destroyer, Thursday, 21 November 2019 04:11 (ten months ago) link

I went to the movies on Monday and they played this trailer twice!

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Thursday, 21 November 2019 04:28 (ten months ago) link

Lol at the article in the first post marveling that Sandler is good playing someone annoying.

Mazzy Tsar (PBKR), Thursday, 21 November 2019 15:49 (ten months ago) link

i hope the weeknd/lopatin tracks surface at some pt

johnny crunch, Thursday, 21 November 2019 16:46 (ten months ago) link

Found out yesterday that this movie still doesn't have a Canadian distributor, what the fuck

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Thursday, 21 November 2019 16:51 (ten months ago) link

i'm super-psyched for this even though i wasn't quite as high on Good Time as a lot of other folks, i sort of agree w/what Alfred said about it.

omar little, Thursday, 21 November 2019 17:12 (ten months ago) link

the energy and style is def the same as good time; i prob prefer good time slightly

johnny crunch, Thursday, 21 November 2019 17:59 (ten months ago) link

Well.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 2 December 2019 01:15 (nine months ago) link

That can be read many different ways.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 2 December 2019 01:29 (nine months ago) link

I drank a glass of wine and a mug of coffee while watching, a gastronomic choice reflecting...the film's rhythm.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 2 December 2019 01:39 (nine months ago) link

This and Climax are the movies of the year and I'm clearly dancing willfully on the edge of oblivion.

temporarily embarrassed thousandaire (Eric H.), Saturday, 7 December 2019 04:43 (nine months ago) link

looking forward to seeing it

Dan S, Saturday, 7 December 2019 05:33 (nine months ago) link

Doing an advance screening/live Q&A with the Safdies this Thursday at my local Alamo (still tickets left if anyone's interested, but not that many).

Ned Raggett, Monday, 9 December 2019 18:36 (nine months ago) link

Well!

Simon H., Monday, 16 December 2019 13:23 (nine months ago) link

Watched this on screener at home and enjoyed it, but picked up a ticket for a Christmas evening screening 'cause I need to see this thing with an audience.

Simon H., Monday, 16 December 2019 13:40 (nine months ago) link

still mad I skipped seeing good time on a big screen, not gonna make the same mistake with this one

warn me about a lurking rake (One Eye Open), Monday, 16 December 2019 14:15 (nine months ago) link

burying the lead that Kevin Garnett is in it apparently!
went to must watch status

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 16 December 2019 19:29 (nine months ago) link

he's in it *a lot*

Simon H., Monday, 16 December 2019 19:30 (nine months ago) link

(role was apparently originally attached to Kobe, Embiid and Amar'e)
https://www.si.com/nba/2019/12/12/kevin-garnett-uncut-gems-adam-sandler

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 16 December 2019 20:18 (nine months ago) link

absolutely UNREAL levels of Tri-State Guy emanating from this interview. incredible. https://t.co/KG5p0RFovc

— Max Read (@max_read) December 16, 2019

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Monday, 16 December 2019 23:24 (nine months ago) link

he looks like the dumpster woman from mulholland drive

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Monday, 16 December 2019 23:25 (nine months ago) link

otm

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 16 December 2019 23:48 (nine months ago) link

This is like a sports movie if the sport was gambling

The Mandymoorian (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 17 December 2019 00:40 (nine months ago) link

Listening to the soundtrack. It's great but how on earth is this going to work in context?

Frederik B, Tuesday, 17 December 2019 19:16 (nine months ago) link

It doesn't -- unless you imagine the soundtrack as the aural equivalent of Sander's fried neurons.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 17 December 2019 19:17 (nine months ago) link

Hm. Well that works in Punch-Drunk Love.

Frederik B, Tuesday, 17 December 2019 19:19 (nine months ago) link

(role was apparently originally attached to Kobe, Embiid and Amar'e)
loved this tidbit from the new yorker piece:

Stoudemire was not cast, partly because he declined to shave his dreadlocks, which he did not have in his playing years.

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/12/16/the-safdie-brothers-full-immersion-filmmaking

mizzell, Tuesday, 17 December 2019 19:20 (nine months ago) link

dvdscr of this has leaked.

calzino, Tuesday, 17 December 2019 19:20 (nine months ago) link

The use of the music is very striking, it doubles down / gets almost comically louder in scenes where you'd expect it to ease off

Simon H., Tuesday, 17 December 2019 19:21 (nine months ago) link

kg was great, i wouldve loved to see how kobe wouldve been ~ script wouldve had to change quite a bit

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 17 December 2019 19:42 (nine months ago) link

I thought this was much better than their last one, and just as much in thrall to the gritty neo-noir aesthetic of Chinese Bookie/Eddie Coyle - which is a good not bad thing imo.

calzino, Thursday, 19 December 2019 08:01 (nine months ago) link

this is the only time I will link to an SNL clip, vintage or otherwise

https://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/wfpas-monsters-of-monologue-94/2872689

Simon H., Sunday, 22 December 2019 01:55 (nine months ago) link

saw this at 11pm in an empty theater on xmas night, great way to blow off holiday stress.

Didnt like this as much as Good Time just bc GT felt like a bolt from the blue, but thought it was great. Only thing I didnt like was the music, which I thought was extremely bad & ridiculous in all the wrong ways, and actually ruined what should have been a couple of the strongest scenes imo. KGs performance was legit good & much better than I was expecting.

warn me about a lurking rake (One Eye Open), Thursday, 26 December 2019 16:13 (nine months ago) link

Saw this in a basically sold-out Christmas evening screening. A couple walkouts and at least one "this is so stressful!"

Simon H., Thursday, 26 December 2019 16:38 (nine months ago) link

It has that in common with Little Women.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 26 December 2019 16:42 (nine months ago) link

lol, my little women viewing was punctuated by irregular bouts of sniffles/weeping around the theater. people take their fantasies seriously!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 26 December 2019 16:46 (nine months ago) link

Saw this same day as Star Wars ; both excruciating but this had more cathartic ending and more deft use of CG. Music felt like 70s after-school special scolding, which I guess this was?

Philip Nunez, Thursday, 26 December 2019 16:50 (nine months ago) link

Kevin Garnett’s force awakening was really done much better in this movie.

Philip Nunez, Thursday, 26 December 2019 16:52 (nine months ago) link

decision to make Rey the granddaughter of Amar'e Stoudemire a major misstep imho

warn me about a lurking rake (One Eye Open), Thursday, 26 December 2019 17:05 (nine months ago) link

Julia Fox gonna be everywhere before long.

Simon H., Thursday, 26 December 2019 17:31 (nine months ago) link

this was fantastic, upped the walking-a-tightwire-over-the-void tension of good time even further

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Thursday, 26 December 2019 17:51 (nine months ago) link

the stressful cacophony of overstimulation, the weird grace of a dirtbag juggling scams. see also killing of a chinese bookie, california split

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Thursday, 26 December 2019 17:53 (nine months ago) link

This is like Requiem for a Dream, but with gambling (and but good).

... (Eazy), Friday, 27 December 2019 22:07 (nine months ago) link

Also, love that Eric Bogosian has this role and the completely different Bernie Sanders-type role in Succession in the same year. Thought we had lost him to Law & Order.

... (Eazy), Friday, 27 December 2019 22:08 (nine months ago) link

i was thinking more of the creeping physical dread

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 2 June 2020 08:23 (three months ago) link

and the blinkered, obsessed protagonists too i guess

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 2 June 2020 08:23 (three months ago) link

happy to talk more about dog day afternoon too, though, which i prefer to any of noe's movies

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 2 June 2020 08:24 (three months ago) link

The Killing Of A Chinese Bookie is definitely a mood these Safdie's are going for imo

calzino, Tuesday, 2 June 2020 08:48 (three months ago) link

hah I haven't thought about that guy in years. kinda wonder what he's been up to, seems like he's gone completely dark since that SA thread 'outed' him

https://archive.4plebs.org/x/thread/21349396/

it looks like he developed (already had?) some fairly serious mental issues. i remember playing with him a half-dozen times or so at foxwoods way back when (speaking of CT casinos), and my abiding memory of him is that he smelled terrible even by poker player standards

the portentous pepper (govern yourself accordingly), Tuesday, 2 June 2020 08:50 (three months ago) link

The Killing Of A Chinese Bookie is definitely a mood these Safdie's are going for imo

yes! cassavetes still the high water mark of woozy eldritch venality

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 2 June 2020 08:57 (three months ago) link

just saw Heaven Knows What over the weekend. is there a thread for it? it was abysmal in the extreme. ilya is a great villain. my girlfriend and i hated him from the first shot of his stupid face. safdie bros seem to specialize in abjection. i would recommend watching if you want to see a pretty good depiction of junkie desperation and can stomach something very depressing. safdies wring very believable performances from everyone in their movies--awesome directors imo.

davey, Tuesday, 2 June 2020 10:27 (three months ago) link

also, i remember reading kobe turned the part in Uncut down because he also wanted to direct?! lololol

davey, Tuesday, 2 June 2020 10:32 (three months ago) link

he would have been great for the part - more threatening than garnett who just can't help being adorable imo

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 2 June 2020 10:43 (three months ago) link

my comparison to Noe was more about how they deliberately try to make the viewer feel uneasy through means other than dialogue, set design, and lighting. leading the movie off with an hour straight of people talking over each other, for example

frogbs, Tuesday, 2 June 2020 14:13 (three months ago) link

https://archive.4plebs.org/x/thread/21349396/
it looks like he developed (already had?) some fairly serious mental issues. i remember playing with him a half-dozen times or so at foxwoods way back when (speaking of CT casinos), and my abiding memory of him is that he smelled terrible even by poker player standards

I figured he had to have either killed himself or landed in jail, this was a dude who absolutely would not stop posting. like even after getting hacked and having all his personal shit leaked he was back the next day with "journal 6/7/13: jacked off into a shoe 4 times today". not surprised to find out he had severe mental problems.

frogbs, Tuesday, 2 June 2020 14:27 (three months ago) link

I feel like some of the characters in Safdie films would be vulnerable to poster's disease if they ever used social media

mh, Tuesday, 2 June 2020 16:53 (three months ago) link

what’s the best movie about posting

k3vin k., Tuesday, 2 June 2020 17:46 (three months ago) link

a lil movie called the social network i mean hes literally sittig on his computer hitting refresh on fb at the end xp

methinks dababy doth bop shit too much (m bison), Tuesday, 2 June 2020 18:51 (three months ago) link

yeah but that's kinda on the nose if you ask me

all cats are beautiful (silby), Tuesday, 2 June 2020 18:57 (three months ago) link

All the President's Men

k*r*n koltrane (Simon H.), Tuesday, 2 June 2020 19:39 (three months ago) link

enhance

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 2 June 2020 19:48 (three months ago) link

Convoy

breaker breaker, 19 19 a copy, rubber sock here

calzino, Tuesday, 2 June 2020 19:55 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

god there is so much Vangelis in this soundtrack, I love it

frogbs, Wednesday, 8 July 2020 16:01 (two months ago) link

oooh she's an uncut gem
she's untouched by man

trapped out the barndo (crüt), Wednesday, 8 July 2020 16:16 (two months ago) link

I saw this last week and didn't like the first third or so, especially the jewish stereotypes with the fake teeth. My wife almost left early on.

From the point of the seder revealing that Arno was Howard's brother-in-law, I stopped caring about the characters and just enjoyed the ride. The second half especially has some very funny moments, like when Julia gets the "Howie" tattoo and Howard whines pathetically, "ah, now you can't be buried with me." Loved the Billy Joel musical cue, such an NYC thing.

The posts upthread otm about Howard having no clue he was about to be killed and dying at his happiest moment.

It would have been amazing if the song crüt just referenced played over the end credits.

Tōne Locatelli Romano (PBKR), Wednesday, 8 July 2020 16:55 (two months ago) link

started watching this but I was very hungover and it was straight claustrophobic close up shots and people shouting for the first 15 minutes so I figured I'd come back to it

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Wednesday, 8 July 2020 20:59 (two months ago) link

lol this is a terrible hangover movie

frogbs, Wednesday, 8 July 2020 21:55 (two months ago) link

DL, we’ve got to make sure we caution you about what kind of space you need to be in to consume media! I feel like we’ve failed you a few times now

solo scampito (mh), Wednesday, 8 July 2020 22:14 (two months ago) link

yeah i cant imagine anything worse for a hangover short of a blacksmith convention lol

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 9 July 2020 00:02 (two months ago) link

trump rally

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 9 July 2020 18:24 (two months ago) link

two weeks pass...

I liked this overall. Better than Good Time. Some serious flaws. By 20-30 minutes before the end I had just completely given up on Howard as a character so I kind of stopped caring what happened. It just stopped being fun or interesting watching a very stupid and simple man remain lost in his delusions. Also a flaw in Adam Sandler's performance I think, he ran out of tricks.

I didn't mind the "jewish stereotypes," tbh, the world and the people felt real and human enough to me. I mean, those kinds of lowlifes exist in this world, and some of them are Jewish.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Sunday, 26 July 2020 05:41 (two months ago) link

I think it helped to watch this on fairly low volume on my laptop -- I couldn't have handled it in a theater.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Sunday, 26 July 2020 05:44 (two months ago) link

OTOH I guess it works in that way as a portrait of a compulsive gambler. Because you know it doesn’t even matter if someone like that wins their million dolllar bet, they’ll find some way to squander it and get into trouble again.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Sunday, 26 July 2020 06:07 (two months ago) link

yeah I thought the way it portrayed his addiction was pretty effective

k3vin k., Monday, 27 July 2020 05:57 (two months ago) link

I liked this overall. Better than Good Time. Some serious flaws. By 20-30 minutes before the end I had just completely given up on Howard as a character so I kind of stopped caring what happened. It just stopped being fun or interesting watching a very stupid and simple man remain lost in his delusions.

Lol, you and me are opposites. When I stopped caring about the character is when I started enjoying the movie.

Tōne Locatelli Romano (PBKR), Monday, 27 July 2020 13:53 (two months ago) link

A lot of really compelling performances though, including Sandler even though I thought he ran out of steam before the end. Lakeith Stanfield seems like the most underrated/unsung standout in the film, Idina Menzel almost too real as the fed up wife

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Monday, 27 July 2020 14:03 (two months ago) link

KG was great as a just very slightly alternate universe version of himself

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Monday, 27 July 2020 14:04 (two months ago) link

I didn't even realize that was Judd Hirsch until I just googled btw, another great one

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Monday, 27 July 2020 14:05 (two months ago) link

I thought KG was passable for most of the film but that scene just before howard places the big bet where they really gave him a shot to spread his wings was kind of a miss for me

julia fox was the revelation of the movie. the safdies have brought out pretty killer performances by first time actresses a couple of times now

k3vin k., Monday, 27 July 2020 16:52 (two months ago) link

I watched GOOD TIME a couple of months ago and after re-watching this one last week I do think this is the superior film, but both are great. pattinson probably with the best performance in all their work tho

k3vin k., Monday, 27 July 2020 16:54 (two months ago) link

still can't believe the main goon was a first time actor

frogbs, Tuesday, 28 July 2020 03:47 (one month ago) link

At a certain level of abstraction this was them making Good Time again but better.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Tuesday, 28 July 2020 03:51 (one month ago) link

yup

the quar on drugs (Simon H.), Tuesday, 28 July 2020 03:55 (one month ago) link

Much better than Good Time because it's a more fully realized film. I rewatched it today, and definitely holds up.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Tuesday, 28 July 2020 04:20 (one month ago) link

one of my best friends watched it and kept texting me during it, stuff like "he's already crazy and we're only 40% into the movie!"

Lady Antibody (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 28 July 2020 04:21 (one month ago) link

The manic pace of the first act is really something, it actually kind of slows down slightly after that.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Tuesday, 28 July 2020 04:22 (one month ago) link

The moment when he first shows the gem to KG really moved me this time.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Tuesday, 28 July 2020 04:27 (one month ago) link

I could happily watch this a couple times a year for....a while

the quar on drugs (Simon H.), Tuesday, 28 July 2020 04:40 (one month ago) link

yeah same

k3vin k., Tuesday, 28 July 2020 04:41 (one month ago) link

It def occurs to me that I want to watch this again, less so with Good Time

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Tuesday, 28 July 2020 04:44 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

Kind of hard to say, given that I've never seen the 90s remake of Night in the City (but I am aware of its reputation), this movie feels like the proper way to update that film. I almost didn't watch this--haven't seen their previous film (but will now), and the Sandler-in-a-real-movie hook doesn't interest me--so I'm surprised and delighted at how much I enjoyed this.

A White, White Gay (cryptosicko), Monday, 17 August 2020 18:23 (one month ago) link

That first sentence is missing a conjunction somewhere, but hopefully you know what I mean.

A White, White Gay (cryptosicko), Monday, 17 August 2020 18:24 (one month ago) link

definitely see GOOD TIME

k3vin k., Monday, 17 August 2020 18:33 (one month ago) link


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