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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / 15 Best Quotes from GBU
« on: February 24, 2021, 06:49:47 PM »
Are these really the 15 best lines?

If you need a refresher, IMDb has these and many more. I'm thinking I can make a better list than this . . . .

Off-Topic Discussion / Nobody (2021)
« on: February 24, 2021, 07:11:19 AM »
Looks like John Wick meets A History of Violence. Should be fun:

Off-Topic Discussion / Giuseppe Rotunno (1923 - 2021)
« on: February 14, 2021, 10:58:10 AM »
97! We have a winner!

And look what he did with his life: White Nights, Rocco, The Leopard, Amarcord, All That Jazz, Wolf (and the list goes on and on).

Here's a nice appreciation:

Off-Topic Discussion / Seven Films (List Game)
« on: January 04, 2021, 06:03:06 PM »
Today, as we were taking our daily constitutional, Mrs. Jenkins suddenly turned to me with a challenge: "Say you're programming films for a week of screenings. One film per night, so seven films. On any theme you choose. List those films."

My immediate thought was to make the films as different as possible. Maybe representative films of different genres. But which genres?

It was amazing how quickly the genres came to me: a western, sci-fi, crime, a musical, a comedy, a love story, an Ozu, a Hitchcock.

The titles came almost as quickly:

The Young Girls of Rochefort
In the Mood for Love
Early Summer
Rear Window

And I would show them in that order. It didn't matter who the audience would be: these are films I would want anyone and everyone to see.

I checked my list again and re-counted. Oops, there were eight. Oh well, maybe Mrs. J wouldn't notice.

It occurred to me that others could play this game, get the right number of films, but come up with very different results.

Yeah, absolutely.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / SL Directing FX in post
« on: December 26, 2020, 04:14:25 PM »
Erickson today has a link to a brief video of SL directing GBU sound effects while he chows down:

Off-Topic Discussion / The Valachi Papers (1972)
« on: October 23, 2020, 10:46:43 AM »
I like this film but hate its current state on home video release (I have a Japanese blu that looks terrible). Hopefully, this will be an upgrade:

Off-Topic Discussion / A Hidden Life (2019)
« on: February 07, 2020, 11:42:14 AM »

Sergio Leone News / Il Mandaloriano (trailer)
« on: January 07, 2020, 12:27:08 PM »
I could not stop laughing:

Sergio Leone now, tomorrow, long ago in a galaxy far, far away, and always.

Off-Topic Discussion / No Time to Die (2020)
« on: December 04, 2019, 12:15:02 PM »
I hated the last two, but I'll give this one a try:

Off-Topic Discussion / Charlie Varrick (1973)
« on: November 15, 2019, 10:29:50 AM »
Tops in PQ:

The release is sourced from an exclusive new 4K remaster that offers a much needed upgrade in quality over the old master that Indicator/Powerhouse Films used to prepare this Region-B release in 2018. The difference in quality is substantial and the improvements can be observed in all major areas that we typically scrutinize in our reviews. For example, the new remaster eliminates all of the distracting sharpening and smearing that the the old master struggles with. As a result, close-ups and panoramic shots now convey all sorts of different organic nuances. Background detail is also improved, and the daylight footage in particular boasts excellent depth. Grain exposure is vastly superior as well. The improvement has an impact on depth, delineation, and fluidity. In fact, if you wish to understand just how important organic fluidity is for the overall strength on a proper remaster, compare how smoothly the visuals flow on the new remaster with the movement of the blocky and smeary visuals on the old master -- it is almost as if most of the time the old master produces images that are stuttering, which makes viewing it on a larger screen quite the annoying experience. The color grading is very good. The primaries are healthy and very nicely saturated, and as you can see from the screencaptures that we have provided with our review the entire film now has much better ranges of organic nuances. Image stability is excellent, though I should mention that there are a few areas with obvious density fluctuations and a couple look slightly dated. However, these are not newly introduced 'issues'; they are part of the original cinematography
I've been happy with my German import, but after reading that I may just have to get this new one.

Off-Topic Discussion / The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)
« on: October 18, 2019, 09:43:52 AM »
Coming in December:
The Bad and the Beautiful

Synopsis: Appearances are everything in Hollywood. So, when conniving moviemaker Jonathan Shields realizes few mourners will show up for the funeral of his equally conniving father, he knows what to do: hire extras. Kirk Douglas gives a magnetic, Oscar®-nominated performance as Shields, who turns talent, charisma and ruthlessness into film success, stomping on careers and creating enemies along the way. Vincente Minnelli directs this winner of five Academy Awards® that's more than a compelling insider's look at Tinseltown: It's an opportunity for buffs to guess which real-life stars and moguls inspired the roles played by Douglas, Lana Turner, Walter Pidgeon, Dick Powell, Best Supporting Actress Gloria Grahame and more.

Special Features and Technical Specs:
Feature Length Documentary "Lana Turner...A Daughter's Memoir"
Scoring Session Music Cues
Theatrical Trailer (HD)
Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature

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