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I saw the Lang's movie in the '70's and didn't like it at all. Reminded me of The Informer, too theatrical, too verbose (but thank God, Lorre isn't McLaglen). This one is better, though far from great like some believe it is. It is pure noir in the night and crime scenes, all shot with light contrasts and twisted angles; while the procedural and intimate scenes are as flat as can be. The miain actress is far from a beauty (unless you are a Lana Turner fan: I'm not) while the Lorre impersonator exaggerates his condition of outcast (as he explains in the end, everybody makes fun of him) by curving the shoulders and watching downwards like he was acting for Bresson. The soundtrack is awful. But the noir scenes (which, to me, remind me more of the original style of german silent movies rather than its noir progeny) earn it a 7/10.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: Yesterday at 12:37:55 PM »
The Last Samurai (2003) It lasts too long. Actually you watch the first battle and the last one and the rest is just a rehashing of A Man Called Horse or whatever came after of the westerner beating the Indians (here Japs) at their own game. Here the premise is even more complicated as the values the westerners adopt are the wrong ones, as history would prove. Or at least, not completely right. But the fact remains that 2 hours of this are boring as hell, Cruise can't act (no news there) and there's nothing you haven't seen before. 4/10

Other Films / Dos mil dolares por Coyote (1966)
« on: August 13, 2022, 06:40:30 AM »
At IMDB somebody gave it a 3/10. I raise it to 4/10 because Philbrook (a kind of poor man's James Garner) is decent and Torray pretty (but even older Perla Cristal is not bad looking). But one could even give it a 5/10 should he be interested in the fate of the sheriff of White Rock after Eastwood took away his star.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: August 13, 2022, 02:38:40 AM »
And according to Titoli's scores, Daredevil (2003) is better than Heat, which might be the single greatest movie of the last 30 years.

I explained the why and wherefore: Heat, with an hour cut, would have earned more than Daredevil.  It's just too long. About being the best movie of the last 30 years, I don't want to even start discussing.   

Other Films / Re: Something big (1971)
« on: August 12, 2022, 06:35:09 AM »
"The movie is neither great nor terrible; much of the comedy falls flat but much of it is entertaining." (Garfield) It took me a week to go through it, full of the fordisms I hate of the McLaglen (father) humor I hate. For once, Dino looks old and tired (though not as much as Keith). I save the dog. The soundtrack is the worst I heard by Hamlisch, totally at odds with the style of the movie. The Bacharach-David song, one of their last, is not much better. 4/10

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: August 10, 2022, 09:14:30 AM »
Daredevil (2003)  I quote from a IMDB review: Daredevil is the movie that Burton's 1989 Batman should have been. I know Special Effects have moved on since then, but Daredevil has the pacing, storytelling, character development, direction and overall style that Batman lacked.  Exactly what I was thinking watching it. Of course, the movie is far from perfect. but it has a cutting edge other Marvel and DC superheroes lack (see the Subway scene). And maybe that's why it wasn't a hit like other movies of the genre. 7/10

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: August 02, 2022, 05:32:12 PM »
Kelly's Heroes (1970) Hadn't seen it before, except for the finale. It's good, no doubt. A mixture of genres well-acted except for Sutherland: his voice and delivery are intolerable. The Schifrin main theme sounds like it was made for another movie set in the 70's, but I absolve him because of the homage to Morricone.  7/10

Other Films / Re: The Great Sioux Uprising (1953)
« on: August 02, 2022, 01:28:52 PM »
"Routine and mediocre." (Garfield) Yeah, but with some point of originality like the half-Cherokee confederate General (!), mistreating publicly a black servant. What to make of  it? I agree with the above review anyway. 6/10

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: August 02, 2022, 03:35:25 AM »
Cinderfella (1960) Another lame effort by Tashlin-Lewis. The only clips worth watching are those with the Basie Orchestra playing and Lewis doing doing his clowneries. Even the dinner scene, which might have provided good chances for gags, is resolved uninventedly, apart from the basic idea. This looks rather as a general rehearsal for Nutty  Professor  . 5/10

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: July 27, 2022, 01:59:28 AM »
Bix (1991) This could have been a great jazz movie but, for unfathomable reasons, they made a mess with the chronology and the episodes of Beiderbecke's life are thrown away casually and you can't make head or tails of the evolution of the character unless you are an expert of the great jazzman's life. A pity because the reconstructions of the musical scenes are visually and musically top notch, though the actor playing Bix looks not like the original. 6-7/10

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: July 26, 2022, 03:20:05 PM »
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) Especially in the first part, where is more of a superhero thriller than a superhero special effects. The action scenes are really something, especially the car chase and there are no love or techno-sociological fillers. In the second part the CGE's take the upper hand but still they are interesting. 7-8/10

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: July 26, 2022, 05:30:00 AM »
Cabin in the Sky (1943)  Good comedy, though only the finale in the night club featuring Ellington and other great numbers is over the top. The Armstrong number was incredibly cut and only the audio has survived. 7-8/10

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: July 25, 2022, 03:55:21 PM »
Heat (1995) Too long, it gets boring and boring as it proceeds. Had it been cut an hour it could have earned a 7-8/10. As it is it's 6-7/10. Pacino is often at his hammiest worst, while De Niro delivers probably his tamest performance in an action movie: no grimaces, no noddings, no shouts.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: July 21, 2022, 08:10:44 AM »
Brancaleone alle Crociate (1970) Non as good as the original, but still worth checking. Here you have Sandrelli for Spaak: nothing lost, obviously. 6-7/10 

Ennio Morricone / Re: Ennio (2021)
« on: July 18, 2022, 09:17:23 AM »
Strangely no effort is made, if not implicitly, to uncover the "spark" which led Morricone to develop his style. In 1958 he made some arrangements for Mario Lanza and nothing is said about them, probably because they are quite traditional. It is  true that the first relevant arrangement he made completely unusual was for Gianni Meccia's  IL barattolo (the can) where he used the effect of a can kicked around (I'm not sure a real can was used or some kind of south-american percussion instead) and from there he got the idea of using strange objects and effects with odd applications of regular instruments or voices he had experimented in classical advanced music which came to define his style. And Il barattolo was not the single which saved Italian RCA, as said in the movie. The one who did was Nico Fidenco's Legata ad un granello di sabbia, arranged by the other arranger of the label, Luis Enriquez Bacalov.

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