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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Sight & Sound Polls 2022
« on: December 03, 2022, 10:34:11 AM »
Wokeamania is runnin' wild brother!!!!

I always hated these stuffy academic lists, but they at least had credibility. Now, that is gone. Schrader and Jenkins are right that there's no feasible way that movie could have been number one without collusion.

While part of me is sad that mainstream film culture is all but dead, the one good thing to come out of that is traditional film criticism has never had less relevance. And that's a great thing because no longer do we (generally) have insightful film lovers as critics, we have weirdos with agendas.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Babylon (2022)
« on: November 29, 2022, 12:40:52 PM »
If you think it has the potential to be anything remotely close to Goodfellas or Casino I got some really bad news for you. I really dislike the look of it, it's very digital looking and doesn't feel or look like the roaring 20's at all.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: November 22, 2022, 10:38:29 AM »
According to Glenn Erickson*, the Paul Newman film Twilight works as an unofficial final Harper film, with Paul Newman playing a PI with a different name. I've never seen it, but it is coming to blu-ray soon from KL. Reviews of the disc are starting to come in:

*Maybe Eddie Muller
Sold. Gene Hackman is also in it. Plus Susan Sarandon and Reese Witherspoon, who was low key great back then. Even if I agree with CJ, it's still worth a shot.

It's great though. And it's a neo-noir (in case somebody else is reading).

Not sold. You're too pro contemporary cinema while I'm too anti. Can't see me liking this.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: November 01, 2022, 07:57:52 PM »
Friday (1995) - A bit messy tonally, but it certainly works as a hangout movie with likable characters and a great soundtrack. Chris Tucker and the late John Witherspoon steal the movie. It holds up rather well even if the script and pace are a little off, at least from what I remembered. Tucker should have had a much better film career, but he hit it big right after the Hollywood blockbuster started its decline where the Brett Ratners replaced the John McTiernans. B

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: October 12, 2022, 10:18:52 AM »
Zero Focus (1961) - 2/10. Zero interest, although it promises some. A Tokyo woman searches for her new husband when he goes missing. The trail leads her to stormy Noto and three murders, plus the eventual suicide of the perp, but the tedious explanation of everything at the conclusion is worse than having to listen to Simon Oakland at the end of Psycho. I guess there was a 2009 remake; maybe they did a better job adapting the original novel.
Perplexingly low score. Too bad I can't come to the movie's defense since it's been a good dozen years since I've seen it. I remember finding the plot structure to be very well executed, especially for a movie that came out in 1961. I need to give it another view to find out who's right on this one.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: RIP Henry Silva
« on: September 19, 2022, 02:26:11 PM »
Don't forget his best performance, as the title character in Johnny Cool (1963).

His work in 70s Italian crime films in also worth noting.

I especially enjoy his late-career cameos, in The End of Violence, for example, and in Ghost Dog.

I like (but don't love) Johnny Cool, but I agree that it's one of his best performances. I also second the 70's Italian stuff.


Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: September 19, 2022, 02:20:03 PM »
You're welcome to 'em. I've about exhausted my patience.
Godard is a lot like Elia Kazan, they were undeniably influential (Kazan --> Scorsese...Godard --> Tarantino) but their work only has academic value in my not so humble opinion. And as for Godard's influence, he sort reworked The Chase (1946) and especially His Kind of Woman (1951) a bunch of times, just in a meta/ironic manner. Yuck.

To add more spice, the FNW isn't even the best new wave of the late 50's/60's. That would go to Japan. I feel like that opinion is becoming less unpopular with each passing year, which is a great thing.

As for Alphaville, it's really hard to make a B&W movie that looks so beautiful but is also so relentlessly tedious and dull.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: August 25, 2022, 09:57:28 AM »
Yeah. Awesome tune.

Speaking of Slade though, as fun as Quiet Riot's cover is, '78 Cheap Trick would have killed that live.

It's interesting to note the Leone film that gathers the most admiration among his hardcore fans is also his most popular work among regular moviesgoers in 2022.
Those dipshits have to be right every now and again. Broken clock.

Though it's tied with OUATITW for me.

I take it Stanton is asking for another round of undisputable truths, DJ is trying to lure me into going deeper into my own addiction and TH and CJ don't give a damn. I'll make the first two of these guys happy:

1. Anybody posting on this board is a cringy fanboy. One could say we're toxic to each other. Praise be to Groggy, who broke his chains and managed to leave us to our codependant state.
2. MNIN would sit right above FFDM but it's only a Leone film for about 50%. I'll leave you guys to your dispute about it being 51% or 49% Leone.
3. At some point, CJ had The Lord of the Rings in his favorite movies list.
Wrong. I slightly care that you incorrectly have DYS on GBU's level, which is undoubtedly one of the greatest movies ever made. Whatever short list there is, GBU is on it.

A+++ Tier: GBU & OUATITW - These are two of the very best movies ever made. Perfection.

A+ Tier: OUTIA - It's too flawed to be considered one of the greatest movies ever, but it's a great achievement. It's a better Irishman.

A Tier: FAFDM - The plot sort of doesn't make sense after a while, but it's arguably the first modern buddy action movie. I didn't love it as much on my last watch though. Still a great western.

A- Tier: DYS & AFOD - DYS is a great flawed movie, but you can see the troubled production in the final product. AFOD is a great exploitation movie, and its score was so inventive and it basically created a subgenre. Or at the very least, made the subgenre relevant. It could also be seen as the first modern action movie of sorts. The day-for-night sucks, but its limitations and grit add to the movie.

B+ Tier: MNIN - I do not care for slapstick, but this movie has its moments. It's been too long since I've last seen it.

C- Tier: COR - I would probably like this movie a lot more if it were 90 mins instead of 130+.

Other Films / Re: The Wild Bunch (1969)
« on: August 16, 2022, 11:28:20 AM »
Please don't compare Heat to The Town, which is cheap imitation from what I've seen.

This scene is shown by the US military and law enforcement during training for new recruits, calling the scene unrealistic is a really silly take. The movie unfortunately influenced the North Hollywood shootout two years later, which was basically a real life version of Heat's shoot-out.

As for realism, in Heat's specific case the blend of cinema/entertainment and realism is unparalleled. Entertainment is never sacrificed for realism either.

The fact that I may be the only person here that thinks Heat is a full blown masterpiece is insanity.

Other Films / Re: The Wild Bunch (1969)
« on: August 16, 2022, 09:04:46 AM »
I need to understand why people like that Heat gunfight so much. I have nothing against it, but I really don't see it. I just watch that scene and think "yeah, pretty good", without much excitment. What am I missing?

The opening of the Wild Bunch, on the other hand, is an undisputable masterpiece.
Heat's shootout is far and away the best example of cinematic technique and realism perfectly merging together. Throughout all that chaos, the spatial layout (or something) is perfection, you know where everyone is located at all times. The editing is phenomenal and adds to that sense, and any quick cuts never feel tedious and help build tension. The framing, lighting, editing and sound are beautifully cohesive. It's about as undisputed as undisputed gets.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: August 12, 2022, 09:28:36 AM »
Man, is that awful 2003 Daredevil movie really being critically re-evaluated? I guess I can give it a little credit by saying that it's an actual movie compared to the violently anti-creative MCU stuff of the last decade.

And according to Titoli's scores, Daredevil (2003) is better than Heat, which might be the single greatest movie of the last 30 years.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Black Dahlia (2006)
« on: July 27, 2022, 09:02:42 AM »
I don't even know where to begin critiquing this movie, it's to the point where I can't even write a mini review since it's such a mess. Flawed period noirs like Mulholland Falls and The Two Jakes aren't far away from being good movies -- the former needed to be better filmed and needed some red herrings, strip some weak attempts at comedy and add a twist, while The Two Jakes needed less narration, a better reveal(s) and better filmed action scenes....but this movie, all I can say positively is that it has a brisk pace.

Noodles is right about the photography (+ sets and art direction) looking cheap (and too digital). The look of this movie was so disappointing. It felt like a mid 00s photo shoot where people dress in 1940's clothes. And the cast was just terrible. That could be partially De Palma's fault, but I am blaming the casting more since Hartnett was a terrible choice on paper.

The script sucks. This is a terrible adaptation. Supposedly, there is a 3 hour version but it's the filmmakers duty to understand that the studio will ultimately want a ~120 minute cut, and the script tries to jam way too much information, to the point where nothing matters.

The music is bad as well. It's too standard fare and dominates nearly every scene. There is no room for this movie to breathe.

This movies doesn't have 1% of the grace, the care and authenticity of LA Confidential. D

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