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New film by Daniels, Michelle Yeoh starring, etc. Just saw an advance screening and you know what?

Film of the year. I will not be taking questions at this time. There's still nine months to go and if something else matches it in terms of what it did and what it pulled off, well then, fucking great because that means something else is THAT good.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 18 March 2022 04:09 (ten months ago) link


imago, Friday, 18 March 2022 05:47 (ten months ago) link

Still missing a UK release date AFAIK

Andrew Farrell, Friday, 18 March 2022 07:43 (ten months ago) link

Okay surely at least some of the other US crew has seen it by now.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 27 March 2022 23:02 (ten months ago) link

gonna see it this week i think

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Sunday, 27 March 2022 23:03 (ten months ago) link

...and did you?

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 3 April 2022 00:43 (ten months ago) link

Only heard of it through this thread. Wonder where I would be able to see it.

the two Nitehawk Cinemas in Brooklyn are showing it

Josefa, Sunday, 3 April 2022 16:04 (ten months ago) link

This thread from Mr. Jenkins is correct.

EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE is an absolute BLAST — a loud, craven, Evel Knievel thrill-ride of a movie with a BIG ASS HEART. The @Daniels have taken a generation’s love of ALL KINDS of cinema and folded it into the multiverse family saga we’ve all sorely needed. A THREAD👇🏿

— Barry Jenkins (@BarryJenkins) April 4, 2022

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 5 April 2022 00:17 (ten months ago) link

I’m keeping my fingers crossed for it to open here this weekend.

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Tuesday, 5 April 2022 01:04 (ten months ago) link


budo jeru, Tuesday, 5 April 2022 05:56 (ten months ago) link

okay i see that was addressed elsewhere -- meant to type brazen.

budo jeru, Tuesday, 5 April 2022 05:58 (ten months ago) link

Great interview with Ke Huy Quan


Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 5 April 2022 18:22 (ten months ago) link

the two Nitehawk Cinemas in Brooklyn are showing it

I don’t go to Brooklyn.

Came Here to Roll the Microscope (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 5 April 2022 18:26 (ten months ago) link

J/k, I was there yesterday, although not to see one film. I will definitely go see something in that borough if my new bestie MUBI GO sends me there.

Came Here to Roll the Microscope (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 5 April 2022 18:27 (ten months ago) link

I'll check it out but I was already tired of multiverse movies right after that animated Spiderman

Thought I can see why it's a tempting device for writers

Andy the Grasshopper, Tuesday, 5 April 2022 18:34 (ten months ago) link

Still need to read that multiverse book mookieproof recommended.

Came Here to Roll the Microscope (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 5 April 2022 18:38 (ten months ago) link

Good thread from one of the Daniels here:

This film and all of us who worked on it are a product of our time. We learned VFX from Video Copilot. We learned shot design from Every Frame A Painting. The Martial Club (fight choreo) are youtubers with no formal training, and learned everything from watching HK movies. https://t.co/rjLCdGKedK

— Daniel Kwan (@dunkwun) April 7, 2022

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 7 April 2022 18:58 (nine months ago) link

All I will say about Everything Everywhere etc is: the fingers dimension stuff really, really unsettled me. (Once you see the movie you’ll understand.) And yet I’m glad I saw this.

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Saturday, 9 April 2022 02:03 (nine months ago) link

really delightful. not really my thing totally but i can’t be mad at it

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Saturday, 9 April 2022 02:39 (nine months ago) link

Film of the year.

I dunno, it seems like RRR is giving it a run for its money. (Haven't seen either yet.)

Max Hamburgers (Eric H.), Saturday, 9 April 2022 16:34 (nine months ago) link

i saw it last night. the fingers dimension was especially powerful for me because in my pre-ILX days i used to have the most posts on radiohead/msgboard, and one of my many pseudonyms was "penisfingers". you have to forgive me for this, i was like 17 years old i think, but one of the qualities of the penisfingers character was that each of the penisfingers was 17 inches long. so, spoilers, when i saw the hot dog dimension, especially right after (i think) the scene where the guy with the pixelated genitalia, it immediately made me think that in this dimension, all of them had really, really long penisfingers, with some perhaps nearing 17 inches in length. it was like a really immature vision come to perfect life, and the part with the feet on the piano made me realize there was so much more to be found there

Karl Malone, Saturday, 9 April 2022 16:42 (nine months ago) link

fingers dimension definitely my favorite part of the movie

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Saturday, 9 April 2022 16:50 (nine months ago) link

they're not remotely similar movies trying to do the same thing but seeing memoria the night previous was prob a bad decision. reminded me i prefer movies that have a single iota of patience; this film has none. still, so fun, so who cares

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Saturday, 9 April 2022 16:51 (nine months ago) link

i really thought the movie they were going to meta reference in-film would be The Matrix - my lips were saying it as the other words came out

Karl Malone, Saturday, 9 April 2022 17:39 (nine months ago) link

i enjoyed the repeated references to “absolutely (story of a girl)”. my kind of silly a la the jennifer paige “crush” scene in the recent resident evil movie

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Saturday, 9 April 2022 17:47 (nine months ago) link

I also think there's a lot of interesting stuff to be said about the different kinds of forces and themes and how they're reconciled, but hard to talk about without spoilers so waiting is probably in order

Karl Malone, Saturday, 9 April 2022 17:54 (nine months ago) link

I saw this movie on the strength of the trailer and the amazing "Turn Down For What" music video (same directors). But I always have a problem with movies where the conflict is on a grand (multi-) universal scale. The more cosmic the stakes, the more the personal elements of the story feel trivial.

The movie deals with that tension in clever way, and gives the directors a perfect excuse to include every gag and visual idea they could ever want. But it also requires them to stuff the first half of the movie with exposition, and the second half with tedious emotional speeches. And it's all in vain, because ultimately the tension is irresolvable (for me, anyway). Either it's all too big for this one mother-daughter relationship to matter that much, or the conflict isn't as all-consuming as it's made out to be. I can't keep it all in focus.

JRN, Saturday, 9 April 2022 23:57 (nine months ago) link

I took that as a symbol that the personal relationships we have come to feel like the entire universe weighing heavy; sometimes a breakthrough in an individual relationship seems to affect everything else you know

Karl Malone, Sunday, 10 April 2022 01:06 (nine months ago) link

I was waiting for one friend in particular's reaction to the movie -- among other things said friend's an author who also works as a translator between English and Mandarin -- and these threads say a lot worth considering:

I have never sit so still through a movie or laughed so fucking hard while watching anything alone as I did with #EverythingEverywhere, and oh my god it was a delight to understand the vast majority of the movie, I only didn’t understand the cantonese

— S. Qiouyi Lu 🧧 陸秋逸 (@sqiouyilu) April 9, 2022

I think we often try so hard to be hypermasculine because we know how much we’ve been emasculated by white supremacy, when really it’s like, the truest chinese masculinity is the one that completely exists outside white supremacist notions of masculinity and femininity https://t.co/NYWSYFsF6b

— S. Qiouyi Lu 🧧 陸秋逸 (@sqiouyilu) April 10, 2022

I still can’t believe they did this lmao like you don’t understand, traditional chinese homes typically have a courtyard where you enter through a round opening in the wall, and typically there’s a wall immediately behind the moon gate, and spaces to either side https://t.co/pWHZ9JDCRL

— S. Qiouyi Lu 🧧 陸秋逸 (@sqiouyilu) April 10, 2022

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 10 April 2022 21:50 (nine months ago) link

This was fucking great

Glower, Disruption & Pies (kingfish), Tuesday, 12 April 2022 16:10 (nine months ago) link

was amazed by the cast list when I first heard about this, and that's before I knew Santa Claus would be in it!

sloop johnnin' skater (geoffreyess), Thursday, 14 April 2022 03:56 (nine months ago) link


Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 15 April 2022 23:17 (nine months ago) link

loved this, and would love to see more of Ke Huy Quan now that he's back in the movies.

Deez NFTs (Neanderthal), Saturday, 16 April 2022 00:13 (nine months ago) link

Yeah enjoyed this very much. Clever and not afraid to be silly. Interesting to see it shortly after I saw Encanto — both use fantasy-film trappings to interrogate intergenerational family trauma.


Bongo Jongus, Saturday, 16 April 2022 17:12 (nine months ago) link

saw this today, what a blast. deserves to become the major movie phenomenon of the year IMHO.

Doctor Casino, Sunday, 17 April 2022 01:50 (nine months ago) link

saw this today & holy shit
fucking brilliant
felt so good to watch w an audience, like a feelings purge but w ecstatic joyful what the fuck is happening laughter

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 17 April 2022 21:46 (nine months ago) link

For darn sure. That advance showing I caught was rollicking

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 17 April 2022 22:22 (nine months ago) link

It was a blast even in a half-full theater. I can’t imagine seeing this for the first time on a laptop or something- wouldn’t be the same.

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Sunday, 17 April 2022 22:32 (nine months ago) link

there were a group of teens in the back row & one of the girls was scream-laughing hysterically at almost every line & it was v funny

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 17 April 2022 23:04 (nine months ago) link

great movie. usually i'm turned off by the level of heavy-handed emotional manipulation that was going on in this movie but it worked for me this time. it made me cry a little and i almost never cry at movies.

na (NA), Monday, 18 April 2022 14:05 (nine months ago) link

saw the adult Ke Huy Quan in Finding 'Ohana a few months ago and while he basically had about sixty seconds of screen time in that I was like "damn he is super charismatic as an adult" so I'm glad he got a chance to really get a role he could sink his teeth into.

Jaime Pressly and America (f. hazel), Monday, 18 April 2022 16:22 (nine months ago) link

The climactic fight scene is one of the greatest things I've ever watched.

castanuts (DJP), Monday, 18 April 2022 16:24 (nine months ago) link

Last two posts otm

Deez NFTs (Neanderthal), Monday, 18 April 2022 16:26 (nine months ago) link

I've spent the last week looking at random things and saying "even this _________ could be kung-fu!"

Deez NFTs (Neanderthal), Monday, 18 April 2022 16:27 (nine months ago) link

everyone otm. I fucking hate papercuts though, that scene was worse for me than any horror/gore/squickfest

Roz, Monday, 18 April 2022 16:33 (nine months ago) link

same. i have never squirmed so hard in my life

Karl Malone, Monday, 18 April 2022 16:43 (nine months ago) link

for a minute i thought the challenges were only going to escalate from there and the movie would turn into a mindblowing version of jackass

Karl Malone, Monday, 18 April 2022 16:44 (nine months ago) link

xp Watch it again someday; even the original Waymond is far from weak. His strength is one of the great things about the film! Especially when you realize so much of his persona, while genuinely sensative and caring, is still deliberate

Nhex, Wednesday, 10 August 2022 18:16 (five months ago) link

Saw it sometime ago but have to agree with that. It is a bit of a cliche to describe it this way but his character has that “I’m secure in who I am so I don’t need to seem tough“ kind of persona

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Wednesday, 10 August 2022 20:16 (five months ago) link

Cosigning the bewilderment at reading Waymond as weak

castanuts (DJP), Wednesday, 10 August 2022 20:40 (five months ago) link

tbh I can't believe how little Stephanie Hsu has been talked about here and elsewhere. Like, every moment Joy or Jobu was on the screen I was completely captivated.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Wednesday, 10 August 2022 20:48 (five months ago) link

I think it’s a given that all three leads in this were stellar

castanuts (DJP), Wednesday, 10 August 2022 22:33 (five months ago) link

I liked this, although not quite as much as everyone else, maybe because I only saw it last week so am a little late to the party. Saw it in the same theater I saw the Elvis movie in, wonder what the next movie could possibly be to complete my American Trilogy.

My Little Red Buchla (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 11 August 2022 00:33 (five months ago) link

Prey obv

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 11 August 2022 09:44 (five months ago) link

Prey was initially jarring watching 18th century Comanche speaking modernly structured, 21st century styled English, but I mean this IS a Predator movie

We were clothed, except for Caan, who was naked. Don't know why. (Neanderthal), Thursday, 11 August 2022 13:54 (five months ago) link

if you want to get hardcore you can watch the Comanche dub with English subtitles

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Thursday, 11 August 2022 15:24 (five months ago) link

that's probably what i'm going to do honestly.

We were clothed, except for Caan, who was naked. Don't know why. (Neanderthal), Thursday, 11 August 2022 15:35 (five months ago) link

i used to be the guy that avoided the hilarious cheesy English dubs in kung fu cinema because I preferred hearing Mandarin dubs with English subtitles

We were clothed, except for Caan, who was naked. Don't know why. (Neanderthal), Thursday, 11 August 2022 15:37 (five months ago) link

Subs over dubs, always

Glower, Disruption & Pies (kingfish), Thursday, 11 August 2022 20:02 (five months ago) link

About the rerelease, when they say “outtakes” do they mean deleted scenes edited back into the film or like… an 8-minute gag reel? Have to think the former cause how can the latter really be a draw but it’s unclear in the stuff I’ve seen about it

Wiggum Dorma (wins), Tuesday, 16 August 2022 17:46 (five months ago) link

The latter.

My Little Red Buchla (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 16 August 2022 17:56 (five months ago) link

Oh I can’t believe I haven’t chimed in yet to say that the score for this is a monumental achievement and Son Lux deserves every kudo that exists

flamboyant goon tie included, Tuesday, 16 August 2022 19:51 (five months ago) link

Oh yeah! I was surprised and happy to see that credit.

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 16 August 2022 19:58 (five months ago) link

Yes, totally agreed

Nhex, Tuesday, 16 August 2022 21:05 (five months ago) link

I didn't mind watching the 8 minutes of bloopers after a first viewing but can't imagine that really being a draw for a second viewing.

My Little Red Buchla (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 16 August 2022 21:11 (five months ago) link

Loved this the first time I saw it, but felt it didn't hold up as well on second viewing.

bookmarkflaglink (Darin), Tuesday, 16 August 2022 21:14 (five months ago) link

xp lol yeah I’ll wait for the dvd never

Wiggum Dorma (wins), Tuesday, 16 August 2022 21:19 (five months ago) link

Feel like a second viewing might be a bit of a slog

My Little Red Buchla (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 16 August 2022 23:58 (five months ago) link

it's hard for me to wrap my head around the idea that people would want to watch this a second time. but then again i was having a hard time accepting that ppl found a lot of the humor in this movie funny. you guys were really going up for that raccoon bit like 2 hours and 20 minutes into this? the butt plug thing... like......

i do think there was a good movie in here somewhere... i actually thought it might end after chapter 1, which made me think fondly of "kill bill." that would've been a great movie cut off at that point imo, but the further it developed the more it lost me & by the final 30ish minutes i was one of the ppl who was just praying for it to end.

when the credits rolled and it showed that the Russo brothers produced this, it really clicked for me as to why i was increasingly finding the movie to be grating and childish and then ultimately a non-tenable experience for me. so at least that helped

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 17 August 2022 01:05 (five months ago) link

So what you're saying is

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 17 August 2022 02:03 (five months ago) link

Honestly can't remember the last time a single thread made me dislike so many ilxors.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Wednesday, 17 August 2022 04:48 (five months ago) link


come on, man

mookieproof, Wednesday, 17 August 2022 04:56 (five months ago) link

the humor in this movie seems like a logical heir to zucker/abrahams/zucker filtered through a couple generations, i loved it

call all destroyer, Monday, 22 August 2022 02:13 (five months ago) link

one month passes...

it is overloaded with a deeply convoluted plot and too many action sequences, clever editing and special effects - all of which already look dated as I’m watching it - but I really like that it ultimately is about a mother and daughter struggling to stay connected to each other. I like what sic said, that it was about choosing responsibility/obligation over full indulgence of capabilities or of stardom

Dan S, Monday, 3 October 2022 23:54 (four months ago) link

Just saw it, not in the best setting. But it hit me the same way when I saw “Eternal Sunshine”way back when that was released, only now I’m that married person with a family. Yeah was obviously amazing, but as the movie sped toward the end I thought Stephanie Hsu and Ke Huy Quan brought out some beautiful moments of their own. Quan giving the leading man speech in the back alley of the theater was touching.

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Saturday, 15 October 2022 11:28 (three months ago) link

So mote it be


Ned Raggett, Friday, 21 October 2022 17:24 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

An hour of this was enough for me. Ke Huy Quan is very good, but this is just the wrong kind of exhausting.

Les hommes de bonbons (cryptosicko), Friday, 2 December 2022 17:50 (two months ago) link

three weeks pass...

i liked this well enough, not really my thing. all the onscreen gags / music video style cutting reminded me of scott pilgrim.

story ultimately being about family set in a sci-fi multiverse made it feel like a children's/young adult novel, maybe something bruce coville would have written?

not sure why they needed to speak mandarin at all in this, both yeoh's and quan's are so bad.

, Saturday, 24 December 2022 13:19 (one month ago) link

We tried watching this yesterday and stopped after 45 minutes, don't really need a second Matrix even though the dramatic build-up had me intrigued. I'd probably have watched a bit more if alone.

Nabozo, Monday, 26 December 2022 08:35 (one month ago) link

Having a multiverse and a prophecy doesn't make a movie a Matrix knockoff. Not as if the Wachowskis invented that

Fash Gordon (Neanderthal), Monday, 26 December 2022 16:14 (one month ago) link

Getting the sense that this movie has more DNF ratings than any other movie in ILX history

عباس کیارستمی (Eric H.), Monday, 26 December 2022 16:23 (one month ago) link

I gave it a Walked Out rating

Ward Fowler, Monday, 26 December 2022 16:42 (one month ago) link

An hour of this was enough for me.

Me too. At a certain point the fun wears off and it starts to feel a little bland.

jmm, Monday, 26 December 2022 16:43 (one month ago) link

the range of responses has really surprised me, we were super dialed in, devouring every scene etc. different strokes i guess.

Doctor Casino, Monday, 26 December 2022 17:39 (one month ago) link

I've watched it no fewer than 10 times this year, probably more, and I'd happily watch it again if someone who hadn't seen it came over. Easily my favorite film of the 21st century.

ⓓⓡ (Johnny Fever), Monday, 26 December 2022 18:59 (one month ago) link

For context, I fucking HATE The Matrix.

ⓓⓡ (Johnny Fever), Monday, 26 December 2022 19:00 (one month ago) link

The 3rd-best film of the 21st Century for me, that's how much I loved it.

Camaraderie at Arms Length, Monday, 26 December 2022 19:09 (one month ago) link

The multiverse aspect of it is <1% of the interest for me. Favourite part is the relationship between the husband & wife which is almost exactly the relationship between me & my wife.

Camaraderie at Arms Length, Monday, 26 December 2022 19:14 (one month ago) link

sorry bro!

Nhex, Monday, 26 December 2022 21:18 (one month ago) link

for folks who just couldn't with this, how much was the hype? i cannot wrap my head around going into this cold and finding it bland!

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Monday, 26 December 2022 22:32 (one month ago) link

I fucking HATE The Matrix.

I don't think I've ever known anyone who feels this strongly about it.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Monday, 26 December 2022 22:33 (one month ago) link

the Matrix is Woah-Dude-Camp, I for one am very fond of Woah-Dude-Camp, but it really rubs some people up the wrong way.

Camaraderie at Arms Length, Monday, 26 December 2022 22:37 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

What finally prompted me to watch this was seeing some of The Daniels' pretty good choices for their upcoming film series at Lincoln Center; particularly Mister Lonely, which I saw for the first time recently and thought got a raw deal when it came out.

The great actors carry this intermittently until the pacing and the flying spaghetti monster-level writing just exhausts any goodwill with which I approached it. The sheer number of Bjork album cover versions of the cast that flash by are impressive but otherwise this doesn't even rise to the level of a Tom Robbins novel, philosophically or creatively. The part with the telepathic rocks in particular made me feel like I was browsing cards at a boutique stationary store. I had no idea before watching that the Russo Brothers, kings of paying fraudulent lip service to great auteurs, were executive producers until the end credits, but that makes sense.

Chris L, Monday, 16 January 2023 02:06 (two weeks ago) link

I thought this was really interesting for the first twenty minutes or so and then was exhausting. I can't recommend it to anyone who would not be on board after that.

It was redemptive in the end though, which kind of made up for the chaos and incoherence of the story in between

Dan S, Monday, 16 January 2023 02:24 (two weeks ago) link

Okay getting some Oscar noms was always going to be kinda neat if it happened...LEADING them? In double digits? Cool.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 24 January 2023 14:45 (one week ago) link

probably bcz they entered the speed force

more crankable (sic), Tuesday, 24 January 2023 15:05 (one week ago) link

Very happy for this film and its creators

Nhex, Tuesday, 24 January 2023 15:09 (one week ago) link

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