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Off-Topic Discussion / "American Animals" (2018) - Bart Layton
« on: June 05, 2018, 06:27:59 PM »
Heard this spot on the radio the other day talking about this. It sounds great:

https://www.npr.org/2018/06/01/616257733/american-animals-uses-documentary-techniques-to-tell-story-of-kentucky-book-heis

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This just secured a theatrical release. It looks fascinating and supposedly includes a fabulous montage at the end:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZLtsPclITM

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Surprised no-one has mentioned this yet:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46tUAfrzgGw


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Off-Topic Discussion / 70mm
« on: August 10, 2017, 08:55:28 AM »
With Nolan's release of "Dunkirk", I’ve recently been hearing/reading lots of thoroughly unconvincing comments about why 70mm (and, more broadly, film) matters. So I thought I’d post here why it matters to me.

Firstly there are two distinct things going on which are mutually exclusive since you can have the former without the latter:

-   shooting in 70mm
-   screening in 70mm

Shooting in 70mm is arguably the one that makes the most difference. Since film is a tangible object (unlike a digital file), it produces a texture or “grain” that gives it a certain appearance; digital simply captures the light (and the artificial addition of grain by no means does it justice). 70mm film gives a more detailed picture than 35mm film which in turns gives more detail than 16mm etc. Each serves a purpose, so while 70mm is viewed as the "gold standard" so to speak, it is not always better than 16mm which can serve its own aesthetic purpose and is not always used instead of 70mm for budgetary reasons. Regardless, all are preferable to digital when money and time are not part of the equation.

Since a film shot on 70mm can be distributed digitally as 4k and above with little, if any, perceptible loss of quality, financially there is a good argument for promoting this. However, if you have a digital projector in your house (not an HDTV since these cannot handle motion – the now moribund plasma technology was the best at this but still inadequate), there is little reason to leave the house unless you want the giant screen or the change in ambiance. The argument about watching something shot on film in a very high quality digital format is similar to the vinyl-record versus CD argument. However, while the degradation of vinyl with use can impair the listening experience, the slight scratches, flickers and audio pops that develop on film give it its own distinctive identity much like the grain mentioned above when shooting. As weird as it sounds, while I don’t necessarily want to watch a beaten-up piece of 70mm film as opposed to a newer one, I don’t necessarily either want to watch some 70mm film until it has been broken in a little first (kind of like a pair of shoes).

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Off-Topic Discussion / Dunkirk (2017) - Christopher Nolan
« on: May 06, 2017, 06:12:23 AM »
Really looking forward to this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7O7BtBnsG4

I'm going to try to find somewhere showing the 70mm release.

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Off-Topic Discussion / "I Am Not Your Negro" (2016) - Raoul Peck
« on: April 10, 2017, 06:32:22 AM »
I am really hoping to get a chance to see this.

It looks to be incredibly powerful and expertly crafted. It seems Raoul Peck has also taken a leaf out of Asif Kapadia's book because there are apparently no talking heads in this - just the voiceover of Samuel L. Jackson reading Baldwin's own words as necessary.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNUYdgIyaPM

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Duck, You Sucker / Archival footage of Leone directing the French dub
« on: March 31, 2017, 06:06:30 PM »
As part of a French interview:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgramxuvfVo

The dubbing is by Jean-Pierre Duclos for Coburn's role.

One interesting point is at the 0:54 mark where Leone confirms that DYS is the second part of a trilogy of which the 3rd part will be OUATIA. Evidently the notion of a trilogy was not something he just came up with at a later date.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Jackie (2016) - Pablo Larraín
« on: December 15, 2016, 04:57:48 PM »
This looks good:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9pW3B8Ycc4

The only thing I have seen by Larraín is "No" which I really enjoyed.

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Off-Topic Discussion / War Machine (2017) - David Michôd
« on: September 04, 2016, 08:35:04 AM »
Given how much I enjoyed "The Rover", I'm looking forward to this:

https://michodskingdom.com/films/war-machine/

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Off-Topic Discussion / Rush (2013) - Ron Howard
« on: June 20, 2016, 07:48:10 AM »
Rush (2013) 4K - 6/10. The rivalry between Formula 1 drivers James Hunt (Thor) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl), particularly during the 1976 season. Ron Howard has a very annoying approach to showing the races: everything is so cut up, you can't tell what the hell's going on. This being the case, Howard relies almost exclusively on on-scene media commentators to tell us what's happening ("Lauda's off to a bad start." "Lauda's been at the back of the pack, but now he's making his moooove"). So much for show don't tell. Also, there are very few driver's POV shots and those only of short duration. Is it so passé to show things from the driver's perspective, to give audience members the vicarious thrill of high-speed racing? Apparently. And to make the off-track goings on more palatable, Howard has loaded his lead characters with easily digested traits. Hunt is ALWAYS Mr. Party Hearty, Lauda is ALWAYS Mr. All Work, No Play. Do I need to mention that the story arc has the pair moving from mutual loathing to mutual admiration? Please be sure to properly dispose of your vomit as you exit the screening room.


Rush - Ron Howard

Well, a story which is based on facts, but is the opposite of the truth (according to St. Wiki), and Ron Howard, the master of mediocrity. 3/10

Wow - I have to disagree with both of you here. There were indeed some grating "Hollywood" moments, but the film itself was quite visceral. However, what really stood out to me was the incredible cinematography. I was impressed enough to look up a review with Anthony Dod Mantle which gives some great insight into the process:

https://www.theasc.com/ac_magazine/October2013/Rush/page1.php

Niki Lauda himself seems to have enjoyed it, noting that apart from exaggerating any animosity between him and Hunt, it was a pretty accurate account:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/film/rush/niki-lauda-interview/




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This was posted over at the SW forum:

http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/sergio-leones-sons-set-to-produce-spaghetti-western-tv-series-titled-colt-exclusive-1201782724/

I'm also very interested in the Giuseppe Tornatore project mentioned there too. Some more info in Italian here on the Leone Film Group page:

http://leonefilmgroup.com/2016/02/12/tornatore-girera-la-serie-i-beati-paoli/

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Once Upon A Time In America / Homeland
« on: March 08, 2016, 07:24:57 PM »
Did anyone see the episode in the second season when "Sergio Leone" and "Once Upon a Time in America" were name-dropped?

(Please - no spollers in any responses. I'm only on the second season and don't have time to binge watch so am slowly working through them)

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Off-Topic Discussion / Suburra (2015) - Stefano Sollima
« on: January 23, 2016, 12:54:43 PM »
Has anyone seen this neo-noir by the son of the late Sergio Sollima? It's his second feature film after ACAB (2012):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bn6A5eivvu8


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Duck, You Sucker / George Lazenby
« on: June 24, 2015, 12:10:22 PM »
This has probably been mentioned before somewhere and I'm just being forgetful, but apparently George Lazenby was offered Coburn's role in DYS and turned it down.

http://crawleyscastingcalls.com/index.php?option=com_actors&Itemid=56&id=1756&lettre=L

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