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Film Locations / Re: Checco er Carettiere
« on: September 21, 2018, 02:02:51 PM »
But what did you eat and drink?

No. We had just dined in another restaurant and they didn't want to serve only drinks. I will next time around.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: September 21, 2018, 06:59:55 AM »
Please elaborate.

What part? Have you seen it?

Other Films / Re: The Sisters Brothers (Jacques Audiard, 2018)
« on: September 21, 2018, 06:59:36 AM »
I'm pretty sure you mean "Unforgiven." "The Unforgiven" is an Audrey Hepburn movie.


Pretty sure too. But who knows?

Film Locations / Checco er Carettiere
« on: September 21, 2018, 03:10:26 AM »
This isn't literally about a movie location but I feel like this is the most appropriate thread.

I was in Toscana and Rome for 15 days a few weeks ago, where I got to see countless masterpieces from Bernini and Caravaggio (the most Leonian painter if you ask me). One evening, while we were dining in a nice restaurant in Trastevere, Rome, I sent a stupid "Hey, I'm in Rome!" text message to our beloved Drinkanddestroy. He quickly advised (commanded?) that I go to "that restaurant with the school picture of Ennio and Sergio". I have to say I had totally forgotten about that place. A quick Google search taught me that said restaurant was called "Checco er Carettiere" and was exactly 7 minutes away from me. Needless to say, we went there.

I got to have a nice chat with the restaurant's crew who were all warm, friendly and helpful. They seemed surprised and delighted to see foreign tourists asking about Leone and Morricone. We also shook hands with the current owner (granddaughter of the founder of the restaurant, who's also on the school pic).

You'll find my photos here:

More pics of famous people who went to that restaurant on the official website:
The pic you can see at the top of this page with Leone, Garcia Marquez, M. Ali and DeNiro was shot in 1982 inside the restaurant (the wall behind them is quite recognizable).

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: September 21, 2018, 02:50:56 AM »
The Sisters Brothers - 8/10 - Yay! The first good western movie I get to see first in theater. See the movie's own thread.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly - 8.5/10 - Beautiful, haunting, unique. A couple of flaws stop it from being a classic.

Other Films / Re: The Sisters Brothers (Jacques Audiard, 2018)
« on: September 21, 2018, 02:47:39 AM »
So, I saw it yesterday and it is very good. Once again, Audiard digs into flawed masculinity. The only "true" western since The Unforgiven. Exactly like its score, the film features just the right amount of good old western stuff showed in a "uniquely modern and stylized yet not in your face" way as well as very nice ideas you wonder why they were never showed in a western movie (John C. Reilly face to face with the first toothbrush he's ever seen, for instance). Although they obviously didn't get the biggest budget ever, the film feels incredibly grounded, gritty, dirty, realistic and has lots of interesting locations (most of it still takes place in smoky saloons and woods). The few minutes they spend in the muddy, crowded, Gangs Of New York-like version of San Francisco make me wish to see a western movie set only there.

One of my first thought when leaving the theater was that I wasn't sure of the rewatch value yet since the story, while fun and touching, is a tad too anecdotal for my taste... but I'd happily go see again it today.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: September 10, 2018, 02:10:28 PM »
Isle of Dogs looks gorgeous. Way more gorgeous than anything Wes has ever done. With some top of the class mise en scene many more “usual” directors would envy. And the voice acting of the dogs is also above what he usually gets. Also, the film is weirdly way more dynamic than your typical Wes Anderson movie.
Apart from that (which is already pretty good), meh.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: September 10, 2018, 02:34:32 AM »
The Tree of Life: Extended Cut (2011/2018) - 1000000/10
The Criterion shipped a few days early!

The Tree of Life has been one of my favorite films, an easy Top 10 movie, ever since it came out. If I had one criticism of it, it was that I wish it was a little warmer, a little more personal, and that just a bit too much time was spent on the more abstract things (universe creation, the ending, etc.) compared to the life of the O'Brien family.

I can safely say the extended cut completely changes this. The original film is left un-tampered, but the added sequences vastly improve it. We get a much deeper look into Jack's depression as both a kid and an adult. We get a better sense of Mr. O'Brien's frustrations with life, making it easier to empathize with him even during his darkest moments. We get a stronger look at Mrs. O'Brien's disappointment at how things were starting to turn out with her marriage and her children, making her a much more developed character than when she was previously a bit one-dimensional. The movie feels much, much more about Jack than ever before, and I think the balance of reality vs. abstract scenes is absolutely perfect. It feels slightly more linear and developed, but that's a compliment in every sense possible... it still puzzling, vague, mysterious. It just feels so much more full and complete.

I'm not too sure about these articles saying that Malick made a brand new movie. It really is an extension of the original, and in my opinion vastly superior. I'm in shock that Malick's preferred cut is the shorter one, because this one is leagues better - somehow - because ToL was already nearly perfect in my opinion (and not in the opinion of, well, anyone on SLWB - and to be honest I doubt the new cut would change much of your opinions). This is pretty close to the best movie I've ever seen. I'm sure just one viewing of OUATIA would change that, but this was one of the most amazing movies I've seen in years.

Great news.
I love the theatrical cut, but it haven’t watched it in years (I think saw it twice in theater, once on home cinema when it was released and that’s about it). Cannot wait to see the new cut.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: August 20, 2018, 12:01:14 PM »
I wouldn't even know if the film is supposed to be funny. It's weird and fascinating. I laughed many times but I could have screamed, instead. I usually say Les Valseuses is my favorite Blier film, but that one took me by surprise. They're definitely in the same league. Menage is darker than Les Valseuses and way less realistic. It's also less focused on being anti-bourgeois, which makes the rage that one can feel in it less grounded, more vague and probably deeper.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: August 20, 2018, 12:09:46 AM »
Tenue de Soirée / Menage - 9/10
Second viewing, and I’m starting to think this is the best film by Bertrand Blier. The (very unfortunate) fact that Patrick Dewaere died and they had to replace him instead of going full Les Valseuses happened to be a great thing for the movie: Michel Blanc’s character and his lack of obvious alchemy with Depardieu makes Tenue de Soirée much more interesting.
Some of the best dialogues ever in à French film.
On the negative side of the ledger, the ending drags a tad and Gainsbourg’s OST could have been better.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: August 15, 2018, 10:46:08 AM »
Munich (2005) - 7/10
Disappointingly not as good as I remembered. The more tense, action/thriller driven scenes are excellent. All the in-between stuff is far too dry.

I'm on the opposite side on this one: it grew on me with repeated viewings. I'm becoming more and more blind to its (big) flaws and getting more and more into the dry stuff. And thriller scenes are still equally impressive, 13 years later.

That Man from Rio (1964) - 8.5/10
Still aging, still great, still the best Tintin adaptation ever. Steven Spielberg and Luc Besson admitted they stole a lot from it for Indiana Jones and the 5th Element, respectively. Oh and yeah, it features one of the most unbelievable and incoherent plot ever (to the point it's comical), but didn't you read my previous sentences?

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: August 15, 2018, 01:08:48 AM »
Haven't posted much lately cuz I've been wasting way too much time with Miss Korea.

Nobody here is gonna criticize your patriotism.
Next time try to catch a Miss North Korean, though.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: August 13, 2018, 11:59:55 AM »
New York, New York (1977) - 6.5/10
Flawed but not in any way horrible. Waaaaaaaayy too long though.

Exactly how I remember it.

Love (2015) - 6/10
I really, really wish I could have seen it in 3D. And not only for the cumshot directly on the camera lens.
Anyway, it's your classic post 2002 Gaspar Noé flick: fascinating (and I mean it) mise-en-scène and narration (this guy is the closest we have from Kubrick nowadays, in a way less precise but way more inventive way), stupid screenplay and characters. The worst thing is that Noé himself seems to be as stupid/empty as his characters. But he's a cinematic genius.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: August 12, 2018, 01:52:11 PM »
Afterwards, she asks, "Where was this filmed?" "I dunno. Rural France, I guess." "France has places that look like that?" "Well, they did in 1991."

For the record, we sill have places like that. A lot of them. Some of which are less than an hour away from Paris, but you have to move further away to get to the best ones.

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