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Off-Topic Discussion / Best French B&W Crime Films
« on: August 11, 2021, 12:31:00 PM »
Here's the rules. The films must be French. They must be in B&W. They must include a crime or crimes. They must be the ones you like best.

If you wish, you can list them in order of preference, as I have done.

1. Classe tous risques
2. Second Wind
3. Grisbi
4. Le Doulos
5. Razzia sur la chnouf
6. Le Corbeau
7. Quai des Orfevres
8. The 7th Juror
9. The Sleeping Car Murders
10. Melodie en sous-sol

Once Upon A Time In America / QT disses OUATIA
« on: June 26, 2021, 04:25:56 PM »
In a recent podcast, Quentin Tarantino took issue with Leone's final film:
I talked myself into thinking it was a masterpiece when it came out and walked around for twenty years talking about it like a masterpiece. Now I don't feel that it is that.
He cited "weird casting choices that don't quite work, and some dramatic stuff that doesn't work" as the principal reasons for his reassessment of the film. However, he was careful to state he thought Robert De Niro was "fantastic" in it.

Tarantino also said he saw the film multiple times when it was first released, both in the truncated studio version, and in Leone's preferred cut. He claims to be able to defend both versions of the film.
There are things about the studio cut that I actually like more than the Leone cut, and things in the Leone cut I like more than in the studio cut.

QT's remarks came at the tail end of a podcast he did for the New Beverly Cinema, the Hollywood cinema he owns and programs for. The theme of the podcast was favorite final films by directors with substantial careers. The hosts, knowing QTs tastes, were surprised when Once Upon a Time in America, the final film of the great Italian director Sergio Leone, wasn't one of the titles chosen. When asked about it, QT made the responses given above.

The podcast was posted on June 1, 2021. To hear the podcast in full go to The Leone comments begin at about the three-hour-and-six-minute mark.

Off-Topic Discussion / Mirror (1975)
« on: June 21, 2021, 11:51:29 AM »
It appears that Criterion has done this right:

Other Films / Stranger on the Run (1967)
« on: April 08, 2021, 05:34:34 AM »
Don Siegel! Michael Parks! And, oh yeah, Henry Fonda!

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:

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