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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Amores Perros
« on: October 09, 2021, 03:57:20 AM »
Wow. I just watched the Criterion release of this. I knew I??rritu was talented from some of his more recent work. But this was his first feature!

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Once Upon A Time In America / Re: QT disses OUATIA
« on: October 09, 2021, 03:46:07 AM »
3. The movie was one note (the set design was sometimes inspired by Caro & Jeunet. They should have taken a few hints on the tone too)
4. The CGI aged terribly


By the way, Novecento, have you ever noticed the guy who plays the main character has a small part in Mississipi Burning? His eyes are put to great use. I'm sure Leone would have casted him as a dispensable baddie just to do a close up.

How do you mean it was inspired by Caro and Jeunet? Can give specific examples?

Re. Closeups, yes, Tornatore is Leone?s successor. No wonder Morricone enjoyed working with him so much. Most of his best scores are divided between the two of them.

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Once Upon A Time In America / Re: QT disses OUATIA
« on: October 05, 2021, 04:45:44 AM »
I haven't seen the one with the pianist

Well if it hadn?t been for two things, we?d all still be talking about it:

1. Another movie about a big ship that crosses the Atlantic hadn?t been released at the same time and broken all box office records
2. The English language release hadn?t been butchered as egregiously as OUATIA

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Once Upon A Time In America / Re: QT disses OUATIA
« on: October 02, 2021, 07:09:19 PM »
I cannot believe I?m wasting my time defending Mank in another thread while some philistine is attacking the holy grail of cinema here.

I couldn?t get through Mank. On an entirely separate note, your man Edgar Wright apparently has a new movie coming out!

As for Once Upon a Time in America, it?s no ?? West? but boy is it up there in the realm of untouchable masterpieces. And it?s certainly above ?? Hollywood?. Having said that, ?? Hollywood? was still damn good apart from the ending (and def my fave Tarantino).

But then again, ?the legend of the pianist on the ocean? and ?cross of iron? are also masterpieces in my book. I don?t expect many people in these parts to back me up in that regard. Each to their own I guess?

By the way, has anyone seen Dick Tracy recently. How did I miss that before in Vittorio Storraro?s oeuvre. Those colors just took it to another level.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Val (2021)
« on: September 19, 2021, 08:42:48 AM »
Surprisingly frank and touching while being enthralling and well put together. Kilmer had amassed so much video of himself since a child that the creators were able to edit it together really nicely with some true artistry.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqNnhgEyQCU

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Senna (2010)
« on: September 19, 2021, 08:35:27 AM »
Just watched ?Schumacher? on Netflix. Inevitably the comparison will be with ?Senna? as the benchmark for all F1 documentaries, nay all documentaries on anything. Unsurprisingly, this is no Senna (although Senna himself is featured of course). It?s more standard fare, but well put together and shows an interesting insight into Schumacher?s affable personality and family life away from racing.

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Other Films / Re: Django & Django (2021)
« on: September 16, 2021, 05:10:18 PM »
Hmm, not a promising review. And Why?s it called Django & Django if there?s no real focus on Tarantino?s Django? I was half expecting something on Django Reinhardt!

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Other Films / Re: Django & Django (2021)
« on: September 13, 2021, 06:31:05 PM »
Thanks for sharing. Sounds like a great doc. I was on a mission a while back to collect interviews with Corbucci. I amassed quite a collection. It would have been great to see Tarantino?s book.

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Ennio Morricone / Re: Ennio (2021)
« on: September 12, 2021, 06:48:10 PM »
Can?t wait. No better director for the topic. It?s a shame the man himself won?t get to see it.

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Other Films / Re: Major Dundee (1965)
« on: July 15, 2021, 09:48:39 AM »
Clearly just an oversight. I doubt there will ever be a more definitive release than this. That is unless some cans of hidden footage are discovered somewhere.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: July 14, 2021, 04:04:12 AM »
The Sunchaser shares a lot of post Year Of The Dragon flaws:
- tendency to replace actual camerwork with typical late 80's/90's fast paced editing
- terrible music that's used in a typical hollywoodian way
- the film rarely takes the time to let a real scene play out

All these things are radicaly different from Cimino's first 4 movies, and it changes everything. That being said, The Sunchaser works. It's pretty fun and features moment of pure Cimino brilliance. More importantly, it may very well be his most personnal film, and you can feel it. Just like you can feel Cimino is much more at ease once the film leaves the city to enter the great American outdoors. It fits him way more than any Desperate Hour/The Sicilian bullshit. And Woody Harrelson is great in a character very unlike what he usually does.

So yes, definitely heavily flawed but worth a watch, or more: I've actually seen it twice in a couple of months and it got even better the second time around.

Desperate Hours shows that Cimino had lost non of his visual flair. There are very few directors with an appreciation of visuals like that. He remains extraordinarily underrated.

The Sunchaser has some nice moments too:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tFeYHOaCpk&feature=youtu.be&t=114

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood (2019)
« on: July 12, 2021, 05:34:10 PM »
So, here's the big gag. The 400-page novel ends before it gets to the climax.

Must have realized that the ending ruined an otherwise great movie.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Silence (2016)
« on: May 27, 2021, 05:12:57 PM »
I caught up with the original Japanese version by Masahiro Shinoda recently. Scorsese?s version is better IMO. I wasn?t blown away by Miyagawa?s cinematography either, although the quality of the print probably didn?t help. There was one stunning shot in the water toward the end though.

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