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Other Films / Re: The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
« on: April 21, 2010, 10:14:38 AM »
A terriffic film, IMO.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: A Fun Message Forum
« on: April 01, 2010, 12:17:02 PM »
Forum still up and running!  :D

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Scarface (1983)
« on: February 05, 2010, 11:26:29 AM »
It's a lot of fun.  Maybe a tad too long, but all in all, a good cinema experience.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Orson Welles
« on: January 29, 2010, 04:10:44 PM »
I like Kane, the first 30 minutes of Ambersons, parts of Othello, and all of Chimes at Midnight. The rest of Welles' work as a director is very easily ignored.

'Touch of Evi'l is a fantastic movie.  Visually, it's stunning.  The characters are terriffic as well, especially Welles and Marlene Dietrich (probably the best thing in it, brilliant!). Heston stands his ground, looking somewhat hilarious as a Mexican (great 'tash!).

'Lady From Shanghai' is a slightly confusing, but highly enjoyable noir.  Sure, Welles' leprecon accent is annoying, but the film get's better by each viewing... And then of course there is that iconic final scene.

'The Trial' is border line brilliant. Admittedly, it's not a novel that I think really works as a film.  Still, it's a noble effort at recapturing the Camus novel.  The film impressed me more than I actually enjoyed it I think.  Worth a watch or two though.

'F For Fake' is quite interesting, often described as Welles' second most influencial film, after 'Citizen Kane'.   It amuses, informs, and tricks. An enjoyable way to fill a hour and a bit.

Sure, these films are varying in quality, but all very good films in their own way. Interesting and worthy viewing.

PS: 'The Stranger' is a another good one too.  :D

Once Upon A Time In America / Re: Scott Tiler
« on: November 26, 2009, 11:26:08 AM »
Cheers!  O0

Once Upon A Time In America / Re: Noodles never knew
« on: November 26, 2009, 11:14:01 AM »
And furthermore why hasn't he been working and why hasn't he returned any of the questions.

...............I was in Buffalo..........


Once Upon A Time In America / Re: Was it a dream?
« on: November 25, 2009, 09:28:33 AM »
The problems with supporting exclusively the dream theory:

Objects and depicted events in the 1968 scenes - television sets, outside broadcasts, cars, car rentals, speakers in the mausoleum, frisbees, Jimi Hendrix, CCTV and surveillance system in Bailey's mansion etc

A viewer who watches a movie for almost 4 hours to discover that it was all just a dream may feel disappointed

Leones' statement that the film offers a double reading

Leones' statement that it is maybe the first time a film has actually finished on a flashback

Leone's written note to Stuart Kaminsky and other members of the writing and production staff in August 1981:

"Time and the years are one other essential element in the film. In the source of them, the characters have changed, some of them rejecting their past identities and even their names - and yet in spite of themselves, they have remained bound to the past and to the people they knew and were. They have gone separate ways; some have realized their dreams, for better or worse; others have failed. But growing from the same embryo, as it were, after the careless self-confidence of youth, they are united again by the force that had made them enemies and driven them apart - Time."

The problems with all the movie being reality:

The practicalities of gangsters leaving millions of dollars in a railway station locker

The complex plan of Max faking his own death

Max hitching up with Deborah, moving back to New York and rising to a prominent governmental position without Fat Moe, Noodles or Carol knowing anything about it or the authorities discovering his past.

Deborah not being withered by age

Leones' statement that the film offers a double reading

Leone's written note to Stuart Kaminsky and other members of the writing and production staff in August 1981:
"And it is this unrealistic vein that interests me most, the vein of the fable, though a fable for our own times and told in our own terms. And, above all, the aspects of hallucination, or a dream journey, induced by the opium with which the film begins and ends, like a haven and a refuge."

A director has limited input into a film's final meaning and interpretation. It's ultimately down to viewers to decide for themselves what they are are seeing on screen and how to interpret it.

In addition to Leone, there was Harry Grey, five other credited writers, one uncredited writer and the late Stuart Kaminsky. In the chapter on OUATIA in the revised edition of Kaminsky's book "American Film Genres" he summarises:

"A final point worth noting again is that the film never comes to the audience's present or an approximation of it. There is no historical present for the audience. The closest we come to the assumed "now" of the viewer is 1968. The entire film, therefore, is set in the past. There is no assumed present.

Noodles begins and ends alone, friendless, womanless, with no family - only memories and time, which, ultimately, may be all that any of us have. Once Upon A Time in America, for all of its allusion to fantasy and fairy tale, suggests that the power of the fairy tale, the myth, the fantasy, is to bring the viewer and Noodles to an ultimate reality, that the fairy-tale beginning of "Once Upon A Time" really means that what we have is a truth about all tales and conclusions and the vanity of believing that we have anything beyond our imagination and mythology."

Ennio Morricone / Inglourious Basterds
« on: November 22, 2009, 12:18:25 PM »
From wiki:

"Quentin Tarantino originally wanted Morricone to compose the soundtrack for his most recent film, Inglourious Basterds. However, Morricone refused because of the sped-up production schedule of the film."

What exactly does this mean...?  Sorry for my igorance!

Once Upon A Time In America / Scott Tiler
« on: November 22, 2009, 11:51:49 AM »
I read (on the Jewles thread) that he posted here, but can't seem to find where.  Can anyone please point me in the right direction? 

Once Upon A Time In America / Re: Pesci on the cutting room floor!
« on: November 22, 2009, 11:16:35 AM »
I totally agree with you TB. I always thought that there must be some "reason" why Pesci was in the hospital in the same time when Noodles and Max was (and he was hideing from them) and why he was going into the lift (probably he was going in Treat Williams room to meet with sindycate leaders...).

I figured Leone showed Pesci's character in the hospital to show that he was there to visit the Treat Williams character.  Illustrating that from now on Williams is going to have do work with criminals from now on if he wants "progress".

Not sure why he was hiding from Max and Noodles... Was he even hiding?  I can't remember.  I thought him and Max (and the gang) were now somewhat affiliated after they killed his "brother" for him.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: BrĂ¼no (2009)
« on: August 24, 2009, 09:15:25 AM »
If you liked Borat, you would like Bruno.  If you didn't, you certainly shouldn't bother with it.

I liked Borat, so I certainly liked Bruno.  But as its pretty much the same movie, it's not as good due to the fact that you feel like you've seen it all before!

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: 2 Films I Just Purchased
« on: August 17, 2009, 03:27:40 PM »
Night of the Hunter - I didn't have a problem with the kids.  You don't know what an annoying kid is until you see 'The Fallen Idol'!  ;D

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Bertolucci's 1900 (Novecento)
« on: August 17, 2009, 02:51:33 PM »
I liked this film, certainly worth a re-watch.  It has it's faults, even Bertolucci's version has a disjointed feel about it. The cinematography is real nice.  You have to have a strong stomach too, as it's pretty horrific.

I think people are being a bit harsh on Sutherland.  Sure the part/performance was over the top, but I reckon he's great in it. Very menacing, scary stuff!  His wife in it possibly went a bit over the top though.

I like De Niro and I think it's cool that he gets to name working with Leone and Berolucci on his CV (or filmography!).

Good film, helped with an exceptional Morricone soundtrack.

Off-Topic Discussion / 2 Films I Just Purchased
« on: August 11, 2009, 07:50:08 AM »
THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER - Charles Laughton
THE KILLING - Stanley Kubrick

Who likes?  Who doesn't?


Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Alfred Hitchcock Discussion Thread
« on: August 11, 2009, 07:49:18 AM »
SPELLBOUND was pretty crap IMO, just a silly movie.

I believe Hitch rated 'Shadow of Doubt' as his greatest film.

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