I wasn't primed for this

I wasn't primed for this

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >Look Aaron! I discovered the time machine. I'm Abe from the future, I'm future Abe! Trust me Aaron, the payoff is huge.

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    This movie sucked.
    Insisted upon itself way too much, especially at the end.
    A movie for fedora tippers who think they're smarter than they actually are.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      every movie with JGL

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >invent MOTHERFRICKING TIME TRAVEL YEAH b***h WOOO
    >only uses it to play the stock market
    do white people actually think like this, or is it just a white collar thing, can one of you anons explain

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      At the end of the day if you can choose between making a bit of cash for yourself or risking your life fighting dinosaurs (to which you'll likely lose), what would YOU choose?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        obviously I'd throw a monkey in the box with a typewriter, then leave it for years, to truly answer the ultimate thinking man's question

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          How much paper? People always leave that out of the equation. I guess throw in ink ribbons, too.

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The best part about the time travel aspect is that it works exactly like a plausible time machine would. You turn it on, which creates a moment in time and space. You enter the machine some time later, you emerge when the machine is turned off. There are consequences to your body unforseen (inability to write) and the paranoia of not knowing if someone else is going to use the machine to disrupt your path is ever present.

    Name a better time travel movie.
    Hard mode: name a better time travel with a le lower budget.

    Shame Upstream Color sucked so goddamn much

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I still don't understand how they are moving backwards, doesn't the machine only move forward or let them come out hours ahead of when they went in, how do they control whether they go backwards or forwards

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        When the machine is turned on the space inside the machine oscillates between the time when the machine was turned on and when it was turned off.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          You turn in on at 8am. You go about your day. You climb in at 8pm. You exit the machine at 8am.

          Of course it becomes convoluted when there are "multiple failsafes" that are turned on at different times between multiple machines. I welcome that aspect of the kino as part of the untold and explained mystery.

          oh ok I get it now, better at least, cheers

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        You turn in on at 8am. You go about your day. You climb in at 8pm. You exit the machine at 8am.

        Of course it becomes convoluted when there are "multiple failsafes" that are turned on at different times between multiple machines. I welcome that aspect of the kino as part of the untold and explained mystery.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Upstream Color was amazing and you are a fricking nerd pleb. Holy shit way to miss the point of both films you embarrassing stem homosexual.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        You must be a troony. Only group deluded enough to think a STEM degree is a bad thing.

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Stupid movie that stupid people pretend is good in an effort to appear as smart.

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I've watched this movie 100 times and I'm still figuring it out. So far my best guess as to what is happening is that the boxes might be some kind of time travel device, but for now that's just a theory to base things on as I explore the plot more deeply

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      There's a timeline chart you can easily just google

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Wait so time is involved somehow? I need you to walk me through this

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    you can’t deny it’s cool the first time you watch if you went in cold.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      This movie along with coherence were my favourite reality warp movies to watch blind, I wish the shakey cam close camera work time/reality shit was more common in movies

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Primer kinda bored me halfway, coherence kept me interested to the end and has become one of my favorite movies maybe. Both had a really cool vibe to it though

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Primer kinda bored me halfway, coherence kept me interested to the end and has become one of my favorite movies maybe. Both had a really cool vibe to it though

        Being John Malkovich also feels comparable

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    GET PRIME'D, SON!

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I didn't get the joke

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The realistic take on Primer is that it's an incredibly original concept, an impressive film on such a small budget, with a cohesive and pleasant visual design, but it does suffer from key visual storytelling flaws that prevent it from genuinely being an enjoyable film beyond a learning exercise for budding filmmakers.

    The case in point I always go to to make this argument is the cut early on when Abe and Aaron are lifting up the box and it cuts to a few seconds of black and then cuts to Abe lying on the floor in what turns out to be his home and he stumbles around all groggy before going out. So many people seem wrongfooted when they watch this movie into thinking it's meant to be part of the movie's spoooky disorienting nature and we're not meant to know exactly what has happened there for Abe to have blacked out, but when you listen to the director's commentary, Shane says "There was some confusion at Sundance because the print was missing those few seconds of black inbetween, so people thought the machine had caused something to happen. It isn't that, that's just the movie cutting to the next day and Abe is waking up drunk at home." Even with the few seconds of black, this isn't how that cut reads at all and it fumbles peoples' understanding of the cut-up chronology of the movie and where it is that things start going wacky almost straight from the off. Abe being drunk is never mentioned, I think this scene might be the one and only time where we hear him talk to the loser guy who's apparently staying on his sofa who is mentioned like 1 time in the dialogue, and he just chats to him and waltzes on out and we have no clue how this connects to what's just gone before. It simply isn't very good visual storytelling at a basic level.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Another example is the shot of Abe anaesthetizing his OG self in bed. The number of people who think that Abe is killing his OG self & then get baffled when his OG self is alive at the end goes to show this shot doesn't make it clear enough what is happening. Abe magicking up this gas mask and tank out of nowhere is awkward enough but to not have an insert or a clear label showing what this tank is to understand what he's doing totally fricks with comprehension of this scene. Because new-Abe's face isn't shown clearly in this scene a number of people aren't 100% on the fact it's Abe putting himself to sleep and not Aaron putting Abe to sleep, even. All this stuff has the effect of making the audience get hung up on trying to figure out details Shane intends for the audience to have grasped when they're watching it instead of getting hung up on the things he *wants* the audience to be getting hung up on.

      Another thing wrong with the basic filmmaking decisions of Primer would be the pure obscurantism of not showing the investor dad dude's face clearly at all, neither at the party nor when he's being chased, when he plays an important role in the plot. The party thing being told all through voiceover when they clearly had enough budget to fill a room full of people and a prop gun since they have a couple of blurry shots of it in the background anyway is bad enough but having this major character who's alluded to constantly and always just out of sight off camera is beyond what is explicable by low budget or wanting to keep things spoooky and elusive.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Not showing even one shot of them hiding the comatose man or them bothering to try and keep him hydrated or anything creates this entire plot thread that is a precipitating factor for the entire third act yet isn't shown on screen even once. The party's bad enough but this is ridiculous. I understand Shane wants to keep a lot of things swimmy and ambiguous because we're hearing Aaron's phone-narrated version of events but it's beyond what's explicable purely by that conceit. It just isn't very good filmmaking, time shenanigans and strange eerie atmosphere or not.

        Same as Inception, Shane spends so much time making sure he has his movie's 'facts' straight in all the exposition and editing etc. that he fails to take appropriate care of the human element that he intends upon to make his movie compelling. From interviews etc. it's clear the intended theme of the movie is how success changes what you value as a person, what drives you, but outside of the last couple of minutes that thematic thread is very fumbled and confused in the few snatches of dialogue in which it's present at all. Ironically, if he wasn't such a control freak and had a co-writer to handle the aspects he was too autistic to land in this regard, I think the same idea, characters, and plot, could have been made the same movie but better just by fleshing out and redrafting the dialogue of (at least 90%) the exact same scenes without sacrificing the intended disorientation.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          The idea of a hard sci-fi time travel story about white-collar upstarts going from craving the innovation buzz and ordinary corporate aspirationalism to examining their wants and desires in their personal lives and ultimately desiring control over meta aspects of destiny and to erase their own knowledge after losing their humanity to an accidental form of omniscience is a compelling one but it simply is not there in the movie as-is, as much as I'd love it to be. It still has plenty going for it and is a good film for anyone with an interest in low-budget filmmaking to get a lot out of watching.

          A control freak can make for an exciting art but Shane ultimately is too far over the red line in that regard and it tore him apart in his personal life as much as in his career. You need to be capable of being a people-person as a director even if it's only superficial charisma to get what you want. Shane didn't have that, just some very good ideas he needed help he didn't want to lead them to fruition.

  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Too bad the director went crazy and removed himself from filmmaking

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