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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: September 12, 2018, 09:43:21 AM »
American Moon (2017) Italian documentary on the Moon Hoax, it persuades me that there is something fishy about the whole business. The most important issue, in my opinion, apart from the pictures supposedly shot there which are evidently fakes, are  the reactions, at the end of the movie, of the three astronauts of Apollo 11 , at the news conference after their comeback (they look like they have lost a parent) and when they are asked by an movie director to swear they really have been up there and they run away. What keeps me from falling for the whole plot theory is the fact that too many people (and surely not as dependable as the 3 austronauts would have been: I'm referring to those who shot the "movies" who should have been Hollywood pros, surely not inclined to secrecy) would have had to be involved in the  shenanigan and nobody has yet come to the fore. Same for the other plot theories. Anyway it is interesting even if more that 3 h long. 8/10

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: September 11, 2018, 03:16:39 PM »
John Carter (2012) Good timewaster though with nothing you haven't seen before. Overlong, as usual, but with a good finale. 7/10

As usual, the only good thing is the italian title (First I forgive you...then I kill you ). A stagecoach is assaulted by some bandits (led by Sancho) who want to prevent one of the passengers to testify the day after against three of their accomplices held prisoners in town for homicide. They take the whole gang in a way station and try to discover who the witness is because he also appropriated some money and laid the blame on the accomplices. Boring, not a single original element, Sancho below his par. Only for completists. 3/10 

Off-Topic Discussion / Burt Reynolds R.I.P.
« on: September 06, 2018, 02:14:57 PM »
First time I saw him was in Navajo Joe. Of course I didn't know him from Adam then. I focused on him in the tv show Hawk.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: September 05, 2018, 09:56:37 AM »
La Notte (1961)  Nothing I'd ever watch again though, 7/10

What I did.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: September 03, 2018, 01:00:53 PM »
The Mack (1973) Ambitious but not delivering blaxploitation flick. The main problem is that you don't what the story is aiming at: to show the rise and fall of a pimp? Yeah, the story might be aiming at just that but there's no show. Crime story, yes a little of it but in 2h of film there is very little of it. I'd say the movie best asset is documentary: to show how black people dressed and talk in the '70's. But probably something better is out there to be found. 5/10

Saw it again after 30 years. Good thriller but I agree with Groggy: no movie if Tracy just declared at once what he's there for. The final fight is ludicrous, just as much as the fate of both of the jap father and son in the movie. Marvin id rehearsing his LV role and is as good as he will be 7 years later.  6-7/10.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: August 22, 2018, 03:04:20 PM »
Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017) I don't think this is so much worse than the chronologically - storywise - first three episodes. But it's hard to fill up 150'. And then the casino locale was a good idea but it wasn't exploited at all. But the worst thing is the casting. Do people at Disney thing that by choosing ugly actors (the chinese girl makes my skin cring eben more than the artificial monsters) audiences can sympathize or identify themselves more easily? 5/10

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: August 21, 2018, 04:19:21 AM »
Ustinov's Six Poirots

For a Ustinov fan of course they're all mandatory viewing. Ustinov is not playing Poirot but Ustinov, which is an advantage: the character comes up as sympathetic and sometimes funny, the opposite of what the original Christie's concept. But of course the problem is the screen time devoted to the non Ustinov scenes. In the first two movies the locales and some of the actors manage to save you from boredom, but the following three tv movies, in spite of actors like Dunaway or Curtis, just can't make it. Oddly (or maybe not, as it is a Golan-Globus production), in the last movie (Appointment with Death) though the cast and locales are comparable to those of the first two movies, the screenplay is weak and even Ustinov is a bit dull.   

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Queen of Soul R.I.P.
« on: August 17, 2018, 05:28:11 PM »
I have just now learned that her "husband" in The Blues Brothers, the great guitar player Matt Murphy, died exactly 2 months ago. RIP

Off-Topic Discussion / Queen of Soul R.I.P.
« on: August 16, 2018, 11:09:09 AM »

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Thief (1981)
« on: August 12, 2018, 09:32:45 PM »
As far as the perceived dullness of the heists themselves, I have no problem with that.

I wouldn't have either were it not that the mechanics of the heist are goofy. You are dealing with professionals: but who needs them? You have all that scene on the top of the building without any explanation as to how they have reached it with gas tank, and the rest of the equipment: apparently there's no vigilance whatever: worse than Watergate building. Secondly, they go into the safe room and apart from vigilance, no camera, just a password easily (and incredibly) stolen and all that jazz with the wires in the top floor. I mean: in Rififi at least you had a use for an umbrella, they had to be silent and careful. Here you wonder where the catch may be and when it will come up: it never does. You can do without the suspense? OK. But the problem is verisimilitude.   

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Thief (1981)
« on: August 11, 2018, 09:04:31 PM »
Also, it is left unexplained how the three safecrackers can reach the top floor of the buiding so easily, bringing with them all that equipment (notably, the gas tank). Belushi apparently can leave a tape recorder near the intercom and acquire the password to the alarm station and recover it later with no effort whatever. I mean, the safecracking itself it is brilliant visually but there's no thrill whatever attached to the execution of the feat, treated like a run-of-the-mill job.   

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Thief (1981)
« on: August 11, 2018, 11:48:26 AM »
I had seen this in the '80's probably. Yes, the nighttime city scenes are beautiful and so the final heist. But the problem is that it aims higher than it should, as the movie doesn't need Weld and Nelson (oh, the adoption stuff: he's preparing the greatest heist of his life and setting up a family at the same time, sure). Also, the finale is unsatisfactory, as Caan and Belushi should expect the counteroffence and Leo shouldn't give Caan a chance for revenge. Also, the over-corrupted cops are too many to play it safe. BTW I don't understand the first scene where a sniper is aiming at whom? Is he a policeman or a Leo's accomplice? And what is he there for? 7/10

Off-Topic Discussion / Wonderful Documentary on Bud Spencer's Early Life
« on: August 06, 2018, 05:59:26 AM »
In 12 short episodes with english (and german) subtitles:

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