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Ennio Morricone / Re: The Playboy Germany "Interview"
« on: November 13, 2018, 08:11:02 AM »
The real news is that Morricone, after decades of repeating that he's not and never was a film buff, delegating to his wife the appreciation of films, now  he's posing as a judge of directors. This is quite odd.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Stan Lee R.I.P.
« on: November 12, 2018, 10:07:41 PM »
Not many people know that Fellini was a fan of Marvel comics.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
« on: November 12, 2018, 10:06:24 PM »
I've finally found the guts to watch it after some relative of mine told me it was very bad. I like very bad movies as long as they are VERY bad and this one gets near to it, which is good for me. To be a very good bad movie it should have disposed completely of dialogues and let the action run, but probably that is not good policy especially with the female audience. And the citadel with the usual enslaved pleb has been seen a thousand times.   For once, though, we have a bunch of very good looking girls (I can't remember the last time a big budget movies showed as many); the CGI are very well made (but the pregnant belly is so evidently a fake, one can't help wonder how much the CGI have contributed to the loss of old crafts) and the action scenes are  all inventive and original (as far as I can judge). I usually give this brainless crap when it is well-made and not boring 8/10 , but it's 9/10 for the pretty girls.

Off-Topic Discussion / Stan Lee R.I.P.
« on: November 12, 2018, 12:04:55 PM »
One of the great ones, of course.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rififi 1955
« on: October 28, 2018, 10:33:50 AM »
The italian spoof is generally considered the first accomplished example of "commedia all'italiana":

 I Can’t Go On (Rosalie) - Dion & the Belmonts

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: October 23, 2018, 05:56:13 PM »
Gotti (2018) The review "Hot Garbage" at IMDB tells it all about it. I'll add that Travolta plays his character the way these characters are played in movies since Coppola. 2/10

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: October 21, 2018, 02:41:02 PM »
Un prophčte (2009) Clear the Goodfellas inspiration (there's also the deer incident to quote it) but then a supeficial comparison between the two shows why this is a minor flick. The director is clearly unable to provide depth to the story and characters. You have Corsicans vs Arabs, but it could be Eskimos vs Zulus and little, apart from languages, would change. True, I saw a dubbed version (they still dub movies over here, alas) but I don't think that would provide much more characterization. So the story is the simple, usual story of murders, betrayals and counter-betrayals, prison violence: nothing you haven't seen before and better made (there's not a single action scene worth remembering). The movie is overlong, the actors (with the exception of Arestrup: but I should watch the movie undubbed) passable. I was about to give it 7/10 but as I don't plan to watch it ever again I think 6/10 it is the right rating.

Interesting interview with Hill:

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: October 06, 2018, 12:51:15 AM »
Misssion:Impossible (1996) I had missed this so far, at the time because I couldn't put up with Cruise. No great loss. It is funny how the gadgets (state of the art, or about) look more outdated than, say. the Connery-Bond's of 30 years before. Still a good time-waster with some good action scenes, like the one in the CIA vault (an updating of the one in Topkapi) and the final one.  7/10

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: October 05, 2018, 11:50:00 AM »
Mission: Impossible. Fallout  (2018) Overlong, as is usual nowadays. And "impossible" to follow the plot, unless you want to pay attention: which is not why you watch timewasters like this. But the Paris scene and the choppers chase and the final fight make this one a must for the fans of the series and of action movies. 7/10 

Off-Topic Discussion / Marty Balin R.I.P.
« on: October 02, 2018, 10:08:21 PM »
Jefferson Airplane was not my favourite group, or even only my american favourite group, but he was the one who tried to keep the band with the feet on the ground. I think that the best album they made was their second and the best song there was his: 

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Odds Against Tomorrow (1959)
« on: October 01, 2018, 11:58:22 PM »
who is Gigli?

What point are you trying to make?, I'm not following. I know from hearing it used long before I ever saw the film it was derogatory. Ryan wasn't being nice he was being a dick.

Pickaninny (also picaninny, piccaninny or pickinniny) is, in North American usage, a racial slur which refers to a depiction of a dark-skinned child of African descent. It is a pidgin word form, which may be derived from the Portuguese pequenino

Which reminds me of Shine:

Gigli was the most famous opera singer of the '30's, when Robeson recorded the song.
The point I'm making is that you cannot say right away (like you said) that Ryan is a racist just by his using the word because its usage is controversial, if you read the whole wikipedia article. But, even more decisive is that the word, as I remarked, has a different impact depending on the era and the circumstance when it was used. You could even assume that Ryan is using an old, controversial and little known (and I'd bet not known by the little girl: which is the point of the scene. If he wants to be offensive toward the girl he should use a word he's sure she will understand or that there's an adult around to explain it to her) derogatory term to make fun of it.     
About the Bert Williams (a black singer) song you linked (from my favourite Cooder album) proves what I am saying: who would have used, in the late '50's, the word "shine", or "darky"? 

Other Films / Re: One More to Hell (Uno di pił all'inferno) (1968)
« on: October 01, 2018, 09:13:57 AM »
Never heard of it.
I'd be amazed if you had. I don't think this made it more than in a couple of theatres in Italy or in Spain.

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