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1  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: Yesterday at 03:48:49 PM
Nocturnal Animals - Tom (not John) Ford

Visually and thematically rich film. 8,5/10

I just saw it. Quite interesting.
2  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: September 19, 2017, 03:04:05 AM
Raw (2016) - 6/10
French cannibal film turns out to be more funny than scary.

I'd say more smart (apart from the ridiculous ending scene) than scary.
3  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: September 19, 2017, 03:03:08 AM

I have to say I really don't understand the whole polemic. After decades of Polanski, Lynch, Kieslowski and even Aronofski himself, haven't we had openly metaphorical movies advertised as mainstream thrillers almost every year since the 60's?
4  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: "Five Fingers for Marseilles" - Michael Matthews (2017) on: September 18, 2017, 01:02:55 PM
An African western! Looks great!
5  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Agora (2009) on: September 18, 2017, 12:49:54 PM
I just checked, no it isn't Sad
6  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Agora (2009) on: September 18, 2017, 04:28:38 AM
It was hard to miss when it hit theaters in France, Amenabar was the next big thing at the time so we had billboards all over the place. It critically and commercially bombed though. The trailer made the film look cheap and cheesy so I didn't bother at the time. You're the first guy I know of who liked it! You're also one of the rare ones who saw it.

Also, I didn't know that at the time but Oscar Isaac is a God.
7  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: September 18, 2017, 04:20:36 AM
Mother! (Darren Aronofsky, 2017) 7/10

It looks like a mashup of previous films by Aronofsky, most notably Black Swan, Noah and The Fountain. It's also the most Lynchean film of Darren. Mother! starts like the modern take on Rosemary's Baby that the trailer wants you to believe it is, but the audience quickly learns to not take anything at face value as the film becomes increasingly metaphorical rather than rational, before descending into total madness for the last 30 minutes. The whole thing is filled with very dark humor, and you go from laughs to screams seamlessly.
There isn't much I can tell without spoiling things, so just be aware you're gonna see a lot of scenes directly adapted from the Bible. It's not for everyone, it has many great moments as well as (some) cheesy ones. I much preferred the first half over the second one (Aronofsky seems more at ease filming intimity and tortured loners than more agitated settings) but that may change on a second watch.

Last but not least, I cannot believe RR hasn't been advertising the film for months on here.
8  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: In Memoriam on: September 16, 2017, 04:24:02 AM

9  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: September 15, 2017, 04:10:06 AM
The Postman 4/10
Looks like nobody was directing this movie. It also makes you wonder how many times Costner was ready to ruin his career on post apocalypse movies in the span of 2 years. Anyway, the film has its moments and could have been great. Its influence on later post apocalyptic works, most notably the video game/interactive film and masterpiece The Last Of Us, is hard to deny.

Rick & Morty Season 3 Episodes 1-7
Greatest TV show on air by far. In season 3, one every two episodes is close from being a masterpiece. Episode 7 is a true masterpiece: 6 full movies in 22 minutes that tell a whole societal and philosophical story, all of it on top of fart jokes. Absolutely brilliant.
10  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Lost scene - script and pictures on: August 27, 2017, 10:22:03 AM
The only interesting thing in the scene is the very end, that Blondie has noticed that Angel Eyes's men have been following them - leads into the next scene, in the extended cut, in which they try to surprise him but he's not surprised.

More importantly: Before you criticize this seemingly unnecessary scene of dialogue, bear this in mind: In his BRD commentary,  by the scene where AE is discussing the cashbox with the half-soldier, Frayling mentions  that when filmed initially, that half-soldier scene had different dialogue than the one we hear about the cashbox. Frayling says that a different scene elsewhere in the movie explained the business with the cashbox. Later on, after filming, Leone & Co. decided to cut the latter scene,  but since that scene had necessary dialogue about the cashbox, during the dubbing they changed the dialogue in the half-soldier scene to be that  important dialogue about the cashbox

Now that we know the dialogue in this "lost" scene, we know that that was the scene Frayling was referring to. I do not know what the dialogue in the half-solider scene was initially -  perhaps a shooting script is available that could tell it to us but as initially filmed, the dialogue in the "lost scene" was indeed very important. Only after they moved the dialogue to the half-soldier scene did it become "redundant" in the lost scene.

What's the difference between having the dialogue in the half-soldier scene at the beginning of the movie versus having it in this "lost" scene toward the middle or end of the movie? As it is in the finished film, it is in the early half-soldier scene, so we know about the details about the cashbox early on; in the way the movie was made initially,  the viewer doesn't really fully understand the background of the cashbox and the ambush until much later in the movie.

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11  General Information / General Discussion / Re: shooter and shootee in same frame.....? on: August 24, 2017, 07:36:01 AM
I don't know where that came from either, it may have been more a 1950's  television convention at the time, it sure is a topic that needs a bit more investigation.

I'm listening to an Interview Eastwood gave to a French radio station about 20 years ago, where he talks about it. He says they weren't allowed to do it on Rawhide.

The list of things they couldn't do on Rawhide that Leone could do (because he was "an unkown Italian") is shortly after the 1 hour 38 minutes mark in the podcast:
12  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Lost scene - script and pictures on: August 24, 2017, 12:04:54 AM
"The Stanton Scene"
13  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Logan (2017) on: August 23, 2017, 03:54:47 PM
Guess what. I've just watched the black and white version of the movie, which is much, much better.
6.5/10. It would be an 8/10 if they had not been so in your nose with characters explaining their vision of the meaning of life all over the place, and if they had better managed the relationship between Logan and the little girl.
14  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: SLWB Films on: August 23, 2017, 11:49:43 AM
Nice. I like the look.
15  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Lost scene - script and pictures on: August 23, 2017, 11:48:11 AM
So you're saying Leone would go with the Stanton Cut, aka the one the Pope watches every night? Do you mean Leone was a bigot?
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