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1  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: THE OLYMPICS THREAD! on: Today at 12:30:16 AM
Itís been a somewhat disappointing Olympics for the USA ...

Donít act like you cared:I now know what youíre really interested at the Olympic, and it isnít the medals...
2  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: February 21, 2018, 03:24:17 AM
I watch permanently good French films on Arte. 7/10 does not sound that spectacular.

There are only a couple of 7/10 french films a year for me. But it isn't a spectacular film: it's (alleged?) domestic abuse as a realistic and very effective thriller. But it isn't anything more than that. Think Suspicion in real life.
3  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: February 21, 2018, 01:10:49 AM
Jusqu'ŗ la Garde / Custody (2018) 7/10
Here is a good French film, Stanton. A family thriller about a divorce gone wrong. You shouldn't read anything about it before seeing it, since most of its appeal comes from the tension and the doubt you have on the characters. It won the Silver Lion in Venice.
4  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: February 20, 2018, 06:30:18 AM
From what I've seen, Swimming Pool is my favorite of his post-8 Women work but there is too much laziness in it for me. Like that extended wide shot when she enters the house for the first time that doesn't mean anything (an extended close up of her face would have been the easiest meaningful choice). I saw it twice on TV with a terrible sound, next time will be either VOD or DVD but I want a listenable sound.
5  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: February 20, 2018, 01:30:26 AM
You watched his latest films?

The latest one I saw was Jeune et Jolie, which felt way too much like a promising first short movie. I have seen a big chunk of the one before too (Dans la Maison). I haven't seen more than the trailers for his 3 last ones (probably several clips from Franz at the time because it intrigued me a bit but I cannot remember then). Have you seen everything?
6  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: February 18, 2018, 07:09:52 AM
You underrate Ozon of course, because he is a Frenchy. But he's a good one. Always a challenge, mostly a pleasure.

Young Ozon  was interesting, sharp and ambitious. Nowadays he has a way more relaxed approach to filmmaking, he became a bourgeois, making a living of the aura his early work earned him. He still has creativity but he doesn't have the willingness to go all the way and actually try hard. I have seen him at a screening of Angel a decade ago (and very quickly talked with him): the encounter confirmed what I thought. His interviews also tend to show there isn't much else going on in his films that what can be seen at first glance. He's far from being a moron though.

Btw watch films by Robert Hossein, a criminally under-appreciated director. His Spagie Une corde, une colt is fantastic, better than some from the Sergio, or at least equally stylish.

He's been on my to watch list for some time, thanks for the reminder Wink
7  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: February 18, 2018, 05:00:47 AM
3 Whatevers Outside of Whereever - Martin Whoever
8/10

L'amant double - Francois Ozon
8/10

Your rating system doesn't mean anything anymore.
8  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: SLWB Films on: February 16, 2018, 09:37:55 AM
I have:

QUENTIN TARANTINO ORIGINS
a film by Roy Thomas Anderson
9  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: SLWB Films on: February 16, 2018, 04:42:51 AM
I like it. How long is the finished product?
10  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: February 14, 2018, 07:15:35 AM
Carlos (2010) - 10/10. I had forgotten how good this is. "Someone has taken you/ Someone is taking me."

I have to try again. I haven't seen it since the theatrical relase (and I only saw part 1).
11  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: February 14, 2018, 02:23:08 AM
The Wonder Wheel 7.5/10

Wow that was good. The film is your usual Woody Allen intricate love story filled with infidelity but with a darker twist. For once, we're among the poor instead of witnessing rich people from the upper west side who have way too much free time on their hand get lost in superficial love affairs. The idea here is the feeling of failing at life and dreaming of a better one, even though most characters brought their own demise upon themselves. True or fantasied love is the only thing keeping these people barely afloat (the lifeguard metaphor isn't the most subtle one) while their own weaknesses pull them down.

Kate Winslet is one of the finest actresses around, and she is here at the top of her game. One particular scene, featuring an extended shot, is probably her best work to date (truly supported but some terrific cinematography by Vittorio Storaro).

Of course, the fact that it all takes place in Coney Island and Little Odessa in the 50's is a major plus.

Now, everything isn't perfect: as usual, you can see how fast Woody Allen wrote and directed it, although the fact that the film required a lot of historical reconstitution means many people got involved... which results in the best directed Woody Allen picture since... Manhattan, maybe?

The cinematography is hit and miss, but when it hits, it punches you hard in the guts.

Go watch it.
12  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: 2018 Awards Season (for 2017 movies) on: February 12, 2018, 03:57:44 AM
The article isn't very informed.

1 - Netflix strategy in every country was to start with a small price and once it became a habit, slowly increase them. It worked like a charm. It looks like MoviePass is now doing the same thing after their stupid try of a high price from the start.
2 - In France, we've had unlimited cinema for decades, somewhere between 10 and 20 bucks per month, and these cards work very well. Each card works with different theater brands but they're good enough if you live in a city. The reason why the business model works is because people don't use them at full capacity. If people really went to see a couple of movies a month, these cards would go out of business. But most people don't, so it's all cool for the frequent moviegoers of us.
13  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Sad Hill In Winter on: February 12, 2018, 03:43:48 AM
The Great, the Silence and the Ugly.
14  Films of Sergio Leone / Duck, You Sucker / Re: Final flashback on: February 12, 2018, 03:15:33 AM
According to Google translate:

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During a private screening of Duck You Sucker "When he saw my brother-in-law who had stood up, it was five minutes, he decided to cut the ending. The Italian edition of Giý La Testa was cut by Sergio for that rise of my brother-in-law ".
15  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: February 06, 2018, 03:11:28 PM
Would that be We Own the Night?

Yep, that's the only one I really like. His others have good stuff, but it's the only one I rewatch from time to time.
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