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1  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: 2018 Awards Season (for 2017 movies) on: December 13, 2017, 03:55:16 AM
Where is Blade Runner? Where is Mindhunter? Where is Rick and Morty? Seems like the Golden Globes didn't get what happened this year.

I really hope Fargo gets the award for best series. That 3rd season was better and deeper than anything else on TV combined - needless to say, except for Rick and Morty.

@RR: yeah, BTS's Michael McKean was the man this year.
@Novecento: Baby Driver deserves way more nominations than it got but Ansel Elgort shouldn't be nominated. By the way, I may have Alzheimer but I don't remember reading your review of the movie.
2  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Blade Runner 2049 (2017) on: December 12, 2017, 03:59:24 AM
Ha, I'll check them out next time I watch it.

That being said, motivated lighting has quickly become the norm in the past 5 years or so. I'm pretty sure the next trend is totally unnatural lighting.
3  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Blade Runner 2049 (2017) on: December 12, 2017, 12:48:38 AM
Aren’t the Bradbury Building lights supposed to be regular lights of the city filtered by pals and windows? Moving cars, billboards...
I always took them this way.
4  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Lawrence of Arabia (1962) on: December 11, 2017, 04:09:14 PM
He's still active on Facebook and still writing movie reviews on his blog.
5  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Blade Runner 2049 (2017) on: December 11, 2017, 04:08:20 PM
That complaint is valid. But not so much the light but more the moving lights, The floating billboard ones are great, there are some where there are no reasons for them to be there. But very miniscule in the scheme of things. 

The moving lights in BR are awesome and groundbreaking. It took the rest of the american cinema 30 years to catch up with these ones.
6  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Blade Runner 2049 (2017) on: December 11, 2017, 12:28:14 PM
Daniel Day-Lewis Called His Likely Final Film ‘Phantom Thread’ A ‘Nightmare’ To Shoot
7  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Blade Runner 2049 (2017) on: December 11, 2017, 08:55:29 AM
The slow motion shots, as well as the "let's shoot everything with the 200 mm lens" didn't age very well and the frame freeze is the worst. Still, the whole thing works well for me.

Trivia : I've been where they shot that last summer, the place is great (it isn't the Great Canyon at all, it's in Dead Horse Point State Park, next to the Canyonlands National Park entrance in Utah).
8  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Blade Runner 2049 (2017) on: December 11, 2017, 05:22:13 AM
Scott is an empty director, but for an empty director he made some good films.


But never a really great one.


His best is Alien, which does not feel like a Scott film for a single second. His only one which gets a 9 from me.

Alien is great and doesn't feel like a Scott film. His direction really transcended a weak script filled with a few good ideas.

Kingdom of Heaven is one of his best, but only in the DC,

Lol no it's one of the worst films I've ever seen. Literally. It's laughable from start to finish and is shot like a 2 hours TV news report.
I haven't seen the DC, which may or may not improve the film, but at best it might turn a total turd into an almost watchable turd.

and Blade Runner is also a good one, but it hasn't much substance, and the visuals are too superficial,

No. It has more substance than all the other films on earth combined.
More seriously, I get how the film may connect with some people and not with other ones, but "no substance" isn't a valid criticism on this one. It says everything there is to say about mortality, which means it says everything there is to say about human condition, which means it says everything there is to say.

which is the usual problem in most of his films, already in The Duellists. He wants to make stunning looking films,


but like in BR he too often overdoes it with all that light coming from everywhere.

Highly subjective point.

For Thelma and Louise he was the wrong choice.

No he was great. The direction of the actors is terrific and the visuals were amazing at the time. Yes, it aged.
His brother would have been better though.

The ending is terrible.

Ok I had doubts earlier but I'm now 100% convinced Drinkanddestroy stole your password.
9  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Blade Runner 2049 (2017) on: December 11, 2017, 04:33:52 AM
Thelma and Louise is great (just switch the 80's Zimmer soundtrack off).
The Duelists has its flaws but all in all it's a terrific film.
Black Hawk Down is perfect for what it is.


Black Rain, American Gangster and even Body of Lies aren't very interesting but they're good pieces of craft.
Legend is a complet failure but we definitely need WAY more ambitious failures nowadays.
Prometheus is a terrible movie because of its script but the craft is impressive.

All in all, about half of his films deserve to be around.

I'd still sleep better if Kingdom of Heaven and Robin Hood had never existed.
10  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Blade Runner 2049 (2017) on: December 11, 2017, 03:12:57 AM
Just watched the original again last night, way way better, a masterpiece.

Of course it is! Best non Leone film ever.
11  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: John Ford on: December 04, 2017, 03:38:50 PM
You are all wrong:

@Mike: some masters ARE overrated. Even more, in a way, all masters are overrated to a certain point since they are treated as infallible superhumans. You can say "I see why Ford is great BUT I don't think he deserves as much praise as he gets, which happens to be the exact definition of overrated" and still be somebody who understands a thing or two about cinema.
@Stanton: there is a part of art that is an objective truth and not an opinion.
@Moorman: The Searcher's cinematography is astonishing.
@Drink: The Patriot is a turd.

Jessica and Novecento, you pass.
12  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: John Ford on: December 03, 2017, 01:18:01 PM
I'm a big Fordian, yet my two favorites are not Westerns...

So I'm guessing you're strongly disagreeing with Leone's hate for Grapes of Wrath?
13  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: John Ford on: December 03, 2017, 01:15:30 PM
Ford is surely overrated.

His films are good of course (well not all), and he was a talented director, he had his themes, and his way to turn them into compelling movies, but all of his films have also terrible flaws, which people seem to ignore with courage. Because of these flaws none of his films is a 10 for me.

My theory is that people like films for certain qualities they find in them. Once they find enough qualities, they don't care for the movie's flaws. I don't know if it's a good or a bad thing, it just is the way it works, I guess.

For example, our Friend Mr Siegel here doesn't care about the flaws you're talking about. He doesn't even want to read about them since he loves Ford films way more than anything you can find against him.
14  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: John Ford on: December 03, 2017, 12:23:21 PM
By the time the 60s and 70s came around, there were quite a lot of people who considered Ford old-fashioned, offering up slices of Americana that were overly nostalgic and sentimental about a West that very likely never was. I don't have a problem with Ford whatsoever, but I read quite a few reviews who considered Ford and his movies simple, probably also because none of his movies are in any way avangarde.

From what I've read, Ford was considered as way too popular ad not edgy enough by everybody until the 60's, when he was suddenly acclaimed by the intelligencia (starting from the Cahiers du Cinema crowd). Since then, he's always been highly honored in almost every publication on the topic. That being said, fewer and fewer regular film-goers watch his work.
15  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Alfred Hitchcock Discussion Thread on: November 28, 2017, 02:10:23 AM
Definitely not the best Hitch, but the ending is really nice.
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