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Sergio Leone News / Re: New LEONE documentary 2018
« on: Yesterday at 02:26:46 PM »
Exactly my review.

It was nice to be reminded about some parts of Leone's biography and their link with the themes of his films.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: Yesterday at 02:24:59 PM »
   Gonna check this out.  Where did you see it? Thanx...

Netflix. It's a Netflix original, although you can easily see it was designed for the big screen. You should watch it on the biggest screen available. I think it's got a limited theatrical release in the US. In France they cannot put it in a theater because the law would require Netflix to wait months (more than 12 if I remember correctly) before puting it online.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: Yesterday at 01:45:31 AM »
Roma (2018) - 8.5/10

Can you imagine Tarkowski at the top of his game doing a (almost) mainstream movie, grounded in the extremely detailed reality of Mexico in the 70's? This is what you get here and this is objectively a masterpiece that is both intimate and epic, comic and tragic, social and metaphysical. It's been released 3 days ago and saying it's pure cinema is already a cliché. In a non absurd world it would be nominated at the academy awards in most categories, and win all the major ones. Now I'm only giving it 8.5 because it's a subjective rating and I have problems with this kind of main characters.


Cinematography: 15/10
Performances: 9/10
Screenplay: 10/10
World creation: 12/10
Ambition: 10/10

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Sondra Locke R.I.P.
« on: December 16, 2018, 06:17:49 AM »
Eastwood's unforgiven sin.

I've heard several times that he actually never forgave her: some say he destroyed her career by breaking her contract with Warner (I think) behind her back.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: December 10, 2018, 02:35:26 AM »
Completely agree.

If things wrapped up better/quicker and was shot on film this is a masterpiece. I still love the movie though.

Yeah, I like it a lot, but the way they tie up everything to the opening chick (and let it drag for too long) makes the film feel way more average Hollywood than it actually is.

White Fang (1991) 7/10
This was the first live action film I saw in theater. Pretty sure I've always wanted a dog because of that film. I hadn't seen it in decades though, and I have to say the first hour or so is quite amazing. The animals scenes are impressive, and the human ones come with a genuine adventure feel that I have extremely rarely witnessed on screen. The attention to detail in sets and costumes is breathtaking. Some images stayed with me since my first viewing (the golden staircase, the lake and coffin scene...). It's a shame the 3 bad guys are so cartoonish and the final shootout is not as well handled at all as other action sequences.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: December 08, 2018, 12:42:31 PM »
Collateral (2004): Cabbie Jamie Foxx and contract killer Tom cruise around LA at night going over a list of targets. Decent-to-good thriller and some nice shots of LA by night by director Michael Mann... But too straight-forward and predictable, and lacking grittiness and 'noir-ness'. 7/10

Remove the final 30min and the film is suddenly much better.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: 2019 Awards Season (for 2018 movies)
« on: December 08, 2018, 12:41:31 PM »
Yeah, pretty embarrassing.

Other Films / Re: Ballad of Buster Scruggs
« on: December 05, 2018, 09:28:37 AM »
Talking with friends and colleagues about this film (this is the hot "watercooler topic" at my place of business), I was reminded of the many things about "The Gal Who Got Rattled" that I like. I've mentioned already how effective a piece of narrative it is because you never know what to expect as you go along--so rare in a film these days. But equally noteworthy are the many touches or details in the segment that contribute to a sense of 19th Century reality. One that I particularly like is the bit with the unnamed young boy who says he has decided to walk backwards all the way to Oregon. The mother tells him not to do it--she doesn't give him a reason, just an order. The boy is slow to comply--the father walks over, gives him a wack, and says, "Do what your mother tells you." This has nothing to do with the story, but nicely evokes wagon-train life (also, the fact that the people generally walk alongside their animals instead of riding them seems true-to-life).

I loved that as well. It's even more obvious in the Tom Waits short: most of the screen time is devoted to show us what's gold digging, in a very concrete way. For most of the film, the Coens teaching us how that job works is the closest we have from a "plot".

I also appreciated a few things that did have bearing on the plot. When Mr. Arthur gets ready to take his stand against the marauding (very non-PC) Sioux, he first hobbles his horse. That is, he binds the forelegs together, so the horse won't run off when the shooting starts. How often have you seen this in a Western? I have seen a couple of instances where a horse runs off because the animal wasn't hobbled--incompetent cowboys being everywhere, apparently, in the American West--but I can't remember an example of a guy who has the foresight and competence to prevent such a thing from happening. Even better was the fact that when the Indians charge, their horses routinely trip on the uneven ground (as was nicely prepared for by the introduction of the prairie dogs). Typical of crappy Westerns is the idea that all ground is level and horses can sail across it and never put a foot wrong. I liked the idea that things are not so smooth in real life, and that a clever Indian-fighter might take advantage of his terrain to even a contest where he is outnumbered. Of course, it helps to have a repeating rifle as well.

This kind of ideas is what the Coens have been working on for their action sequences for years, if not decades. Their masterpiece, in that respect, is No Country For Old Men. It seems to me they learned a lot about how to achieve it on No Country, and they now almost always flawlessly deliver on action sequences, even in less action focused films.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Jackson/Carson
« on: December 05, 2018, 09:07:58 AM »
Yep, case closed.

Other Films / Re: Ballad of Buster Scruggs
« on: December 05, 2018, 08:58:15 AM »
I grant you this one, although, given the meta-narrative conceit of the piece, I wonder if seeing the light sources isn't an appropriate element of the package. Still, I don't think I'll win you over on this. It would be like arguing with a guy about how funny a movie is only to hear his rejoinder, "I don't like comedies."


You're not gonna win me on this, but we only disagree about half the shorts (and probably less than half the total length).
Delbonnel was an interesting choice and I guess the dividing and unequal result go with that choice. I cannot help but wonder how the film would have looked with Deakins (although I suspect the reason why he wasn't on board was a matter of budget).

Other Films / Re: Ballad of Buster Scruggs
« on: December 05, 2018, 08:34:51 AM »
I'm still not sure what you're saying. You like the look of #3 and #5 (they are both, as I understand it, technically well executed and accord with your taste); you don't like the look of #4 (technical excellence but not to your taste). #1,#2, and #6 you don't like, but I don't know if its because of technical issues or issues of taste or both. You are a very complicated fellow.

#1 looks terrible. In the end, there are bigger flaws in that segment so I'm not sure how much the cinematography actually matters, but it almost looks like a student film. I was pretty afraid the whole film was gonna look like shit after I saw the opening sequence. That being said, the DoP's task on such a short is very hard. It has to look somewhat cool while somewhat cheesy, but in a good way.
#2 Several good shots but all in all it looks cheap. The lighting is too flat. James Franco's mostly painful to watch acting doesn't help since he gets a lot of close up.
#6 Looks cheap too. Way too artificial. I cannot help but "see" the actual source of light in many shots. This is the most frustrating one from a cinematography standpoint: a great potential, a lot of which is wasted. The driver's shot look terrific though.

I'm not that complicated, but reviewing an anthology film is by essence a complicated task.

Other Films / Re: Ballad of Buster Scruggs
« on: December 03, 2018, 10:28:20 AM »
So, we're merely talking about differences in taste. You misled me.

About the Tom Waits segment, yes we are so I'm not attacking this one. About the other ones I rest my case.

Ah interesting. No wonder I didn't like it much then - it just looked so artificial to me. I've never seen "Inside Llewyn Davis" but am curious to see whether I would appreciate its look or not.

You haven't seen the Coen brothers' very best masterpiece? You may very well like the look of it. But you have to watch the whole movie (I hated the way the color grading looked in the trailers, but in the film, the very same color grading and the cinematography attract you with a playful and inviting take on noirish codes and then sucks you into the deep sadness of life and never let you go).

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: December 03, 2018, 04:20:00 AM »
Deer Hunter 9/10
Just like two other famous Vietnam War films, this one could have been hurt by the incredible quality of the first hour, that the movie never quite gets close to afterwards. The emotional intensity of every other scene in the final hour saves it.

Other Films / Re: Ballad of Buster Scruggs
« on: December 03, 2018, 01:13:17 AM »
I still don't understand how you can say "All Gold Canyon" doesn't look good.

While I think the first two shorts look bad, the third one more of a matter of taste. The fairy tale look is something hard for me to like, and this one is no different.

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