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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: 70th Anniversary of Attack on Pearl Harbor
« on: December 08, 2018, 05:35:57 PM »
I'm observing it with my favorite Japanese friend today.

My son is observing it at Pearl Harbor, he stationed there now.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
« on: December 06, 2018, 02:01:30 PM »
At MoMA, an Ugo Tognazzi retro: https://www.moma.org/calendar/film/5023?locale=en

Anything worth seeing here?

I've seen La Grande Bouffe and La Cage aux folles, La Cage aux folles is funny, don't remember the first one very well

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Death Wish (1974)
« on: December 02, 2018, 04:16:13 PM »
I've just read the novel and was curious about what Garfield might have possibly found wrong about the movie.  Well, I can't say it. The movie follows the novel quite closely for more than a half, apart from some minor changes (like the clockwork orange attack which in the novel is barely hinted at). Then the subway scene ends up in the novel without Paul killing the hoodlums because it is too risky: but that it's my favourite scene of the movie. The police doesn't have so much room in the novel and they don't quite manage to get a line on Benjamin (the character's surname). But the finale in the novel is very different: Paul, after having killed three boys throwing rocks at a passing train for fun, while leaving the place is spotted by a cop who sees him with the gun still in his hand. The cop lets him pass. Is that a better finale? I don't know. And then: is Bronson the right lead? I mean, if a hoodlum looks at his face late at night it is probable it will be him getting scared. Anyway the novel gets a 9/10 and the movie a 8/10. I don't feel yet like watching the Willis. Or maybe I will(is).

I haven't either

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Detour (1945)
« on: December 02, 2018, 04:14:18 PM »
Good restoration. Now we can really notice just how cheap the original production was!

So much done with so little impressive.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Detour (1945)
« on: December 01, 2018, 05:49:37 PM »

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Other Films / Re: Ballad of Buster Scruggs
« on: November 27, 2018, 03:13:48 PM »
I couldn't resist buying a Kindle download of the screenplay, and now I can accurately share my favorite moments. Today I will focus on 2 of my favorite gags, both in the second episode with James Franco, one a sight-gag, the other, verbal.

After Franco is saved from hanging by the Comanches, this bit gave me a chortle:

Then, after the drover rescues him and Franco joins him on the trail, we hear the drover telling this joke (although I actually missed it in the theater):Haw haw haw, indeed.

Yes funny.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: November 27, 2018, 03:35:00 AM »
Ice (1970)  Are they still making film like this these days? I hope not. But in the '60's stuff like this found easily a promoter and a small audience.  Today one can watch these flicks only for nostalgic reasons, fighting boredom all the time. 4/10

Never saw it looks like I didn't miss much.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)
« on: November 26, 2018, 03:50:16 AM »
Never seen it.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Bernardo Bertolucci R.I.P.
« on: November 26, 2018, 03:43:53 AM »
R.I.P.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: November 25, 2018, 03:55:23 AM »
The Postman (1997) A solid piece of crap. A good start, when it is only action, but then it gets into propaganda of the Hollywood values and it gets boring as hell for almost 3 hours. 4/10

Agree! Also pretty boring visually.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Nick Roeg Gone at 90
« on: November 25, 2018, 03:53:24 AM »
I liked Walkabout too

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Other Films / Re: Lust for Gold (1949)
« on: November 22, 2018, 08:04:16 AM »
thanks interesting.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: November 20, 2018, 04:05:47 AM »
House of Bamboo (1955) Gangsters make Tokio. Ryan is competing for most moronic gang boss in the history of the genre; he couldn't tell an infiltrated government spy in his outfit not even if that wearing a uniform. The way he thinks of disposing of Stack beats everything a retarded goon might devise. The love story subplot with the racial subtext stinks as much as the one in Kimono. The action scenes are few and irrelevant. Only memorable clip is the Tuco in the bathtub  alike scene: only this time Cameron Mitchell is not entitled to say to Ryan:"When you have to shooot...". Still it rates 5/10 for some spectacular shots  of Tokio.

I'd give it a 6/10 for the visuals.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Violent Saturday (1955)
« on: November 20, 2018, 04:03:31 AM »
Heist meets melo. This is worth watching for the heist and barn sequence, masterfully done (if you can pass over Borgnine in hamisch attire: was it necessary to put him there? And you must not take into account the awkward way Mature is tied up in the barn and the way his guard is disposed of). But the melo parts? The hero-to-be initial  problems with his son? Seen a million times. The adulteress who doesn't know herself why she betrays her alcoholic husband? Is he maybe an impotent? No, on the contrary: he wants to have children and she doesn't. So she goes with other men: can anything be more absurd? (Of course we know that her adultery is only an excuse to occupy the  middle part of the flick and not show her as too whorish so that they can safely reconcile  and she die in peace. In facts we are not even certain she's having an affair with Dexter). And the moronic Noonan side-plot abetted by the same moronic Sidney subplot. But Marvin and Mature are great, the 2 females palatable, so it's 7/10.

Agree, was never that impressed with it.

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Other Films / Re: Ballad of Buster Scruggs
« on: November 19, 2018, 04:12:38 AM »
Agree Noodles it did look gorgeous, I haven't read the DP interview, yet, will do today.

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