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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: June 16, 2019, 02:31:29 AM »
McCabe & Mrs Miller 6.5/10
I finally got around to see this weird one. Fresh take on the genre, I really like where they went with it. I'm among the ones who think the Cohen songs add a lot to the film's whimsical mood (in a good way). The best thing it has going for it, and that will inspire filmmakers at some point, is the way the environment is a character of its own, evolving with the story. And of course the great "physicality" of such a set (I'm sure these things will come back, one way or another, at some point in the near future).The fake snow during the shootout really took me outside of the film. Anyway, the film is a bit rough for a first viewing (I understand why CJ was initially so caution when writing about it in the film's thread), so I could see its charm but not feel it that much. I'll probably rethink my rating after a second viewing some day: it's the kind of film that either grows on you or becomes annoying as hell.
Of course, like many here have noted, its influence on OUATIA is striking.

Seems about right. (Can't remember the influences since I do not really remember any movie (structure).)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: June 09, 2019, 10:51:41 AM »
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017) - 7/10

It could have been much better. The directing (some striking great scale action scenes), photography and acting are above average, yet the plot and the vast majority of the smaller scenes suffer from Ritchie trying to imprint his style onto a medieval (?) flick with fantasy elements. I always have the feeling (with these newer movies) the sets and costumes need more patina.

They must be very, hmm, you know, fond of him.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Little French Pyromane
« on: April 26, 2019, 04:06:41 AM »
For what it's worth, you got some original paintings destroyed. Your Kiboas did a good job.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Little French Pyromane
« on: April 24, 2019, 01:30:01 PM »
Hopefully you won't have to re-shoot it. :P

You've done a man's job, sir. :)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: April 20, 2019, 09:02:30 AM »
What part? If you know any good horror flick iím buying.

Well, I mean, that's essentially the problem with every genre. The problem is that H was perceived the cheapest and most gratifying for exploitation from the very start. Probably along with W.

Do you know of any such subdivision in, say, romantic comedies?

No, I do not watch many movies lately, especially not new H. As I said, this was a recommendation.:)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: April 19, 2019, 10:32:13 AM »
Christ Stopped at Eboli (1979) - 9/10. Saw this almost exactly 40 years ago at the 1979 Chicago International Film Festival. I couldn't remember much about it and decided to try it again now that a restored version is touring. It was showing at Film Forum and I took the wife. She loved it. I also was impressed. Gian Maria Volonte plays Carlo Levi, an intellectual placed in internal exile by Mussolini during the war with Ethiopia (ca. 1935). This was made for Italian TV and it's a quality production in 4 parts. Part one is mostly Levi's journey to his place of exile, Lucania, the end of the world. In part 2 Levi's sister (Lea Masari) visits him, and he secures the services of a housekeeper (Irene Pappas). In part 3 he reluctantly begins providing the peasants with medical treatment (he trained as a doctor but heretofore never practiced). In part 4 he gets the better of his masters just before the war ends and his amnesty comes through. Based on, I gather, real events. It's an impressive bit of filmmaking at 220 minutes. I guess some feel this is Rossi's masterpiece and it certainly must be Volonte's.

Hah, it's on YT! I will finally watch it, if they don't delete it in the meantime! This made my day!

Note: looks like the quality is solid given it was recorded from TV (RAI), also no English subtitles (in case someone wants to watch it).

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: April 19, 2019, 07:38:23 AM »
I mean there aren't a lot of them that are even watchable. The huge majority of horror flicks are watch-and-forget shit with, when you're extremely lucky, a couple of good ideas and almost never a single "real" character. They just start with a premise they think nobody has ever executed (a child who's a killer! Someone did it already? Then a child who's a monk who's also a killer! Someone did it already? Then a child who's a monk who's also a killer but it's a found footage film. With zombies.) and then all copy the same formula.

It's a shame as the genre is in theory as open as scifi: it can effortlessly go from pure entertainment to ambitious philosophical study and everything in between. It is subdivided in tens of different subgenres that are built on as many different cultures. It's based on a great history of horror literature. It can easily be mixed with any other genre. It seems to be designed to work with image and sound better than any other genre. And yet, since the Italians have stopped making them, we've been stuck for decades with "truth or dare" clones.

OK, I see you have a point there. (Though I wouldn't thoroughly agree with it.) :)

Ahhh... Too bad...

''Il Forte'' comes to mind:

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: April 18, 2019, 11:38:11 AM »
Of course you were. Definitely one of the best horror films ever. Not that I like many of them so it may not be that of a big success.

Iím not even able to make a top 10 horror films without being so open I can take movies like Alien.

Anyway, Hereditary is great, as is The Witch.
I understand how some people can be disappointed by the ending in both cases, although I clearly wasnít.

What do you mean? (I don't care for top 1/16/25/67/120 lists anyway.) I don't understand this.

As I have said, it's hard to finish a horror flick.

I watched H because someone gave it a great review/analysis:

Off-Topic Discussion / Little French Pyromane
« on: April 17, 2019, 12:57:18 AM »

What have you done?

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: April 17, 2019, 12:50:57 AM »
Hereditary (2018) - 7/10
Pretty good to really good horror flick, deserving of it's recent praise, but likely won't be talked about beyond this year.

I was slightly disappointed by the last 1/3 - ending, but then again, horrors are specifically hard to finish. More often than not the ending marks the difference between good and great ones. Still, there was a lot more thought they put in this one compared to the other horror cr*p that's coming crawling out of HW's as*hole these days. Good acting.


Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Stan Lee R.I.P.
« on: December 26, 2018, 02:10:43 AM »
I knew about the never meant to be Mandrake movie .

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Bernardo Bertolucci R.I.P.
« on: December 26, 2018, 02:07:55 AM »
A little bit of black humor to finish off his epitaph.

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