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31  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?
32  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).
33  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.
34  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.
35  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.
36  Films of Sergio Leone / Duck, You Sucker / Re: Final flashback on: February 12, 2018, 03:15:33 AM
According to Google translate:

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 Giù La Testa was cut by Sergio for that rise of my brother-in-law ".
37  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.
38  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: February 06, 2018, 07:03:04 AM
The Lost City of Z (2017) - 4/10. It's Aguirre The Wrath of God done as an afterschool TV special, with English-speakers in for the krauts. You will believe that Sienna Miller can do an Emma Thompson impression. The film indulges bad faith from start to finish. The downer ending even gets sold as a moment of uplift. National Geographic porn!

The review for this film are all over the place: it goes from film of the year to total turd. I was quite upset I couldn't catch it in theater but I feel like I'm gonna be bored. James Gray isn't the kind of guy I would hire to make an adventure movie, but the idea is still intriguing to me. Even though he has made only one good film yet, I like the guy.
39  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: February 06, 2018, 12:53:31 AM
7 psychopaths (Martin McDonagh, 2012) - 6.5/10
Second watch. Still very flawed and please stop thinking Colin Farrell can play comedy, but the film has many great qualities.

Loulou (Maurice Pialat, 1980) - 6/10
Pretty boring after a while, but still too fascinating (mainly due to the actors) to stop.

Reservoir Dogs (Quentin Tarantino, 1992) - 9/10
I'm still in love.

The Handmaid Tale (season 1, 2017) - 6.5/10
Interesting, especially in the flashback sequences. Some incredibly powerful scenes (most notably an execution), mostly very good acting although the main actress bothers me (I get it, I get it, they took a good actress instead of a beauty in order to make a feminist statment, which is cool, but then you have to stop treating her like a beauty in the script). The color grade almost made me stop watching it several times.
40  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Noodles_Leone to NYC on: February 01, 2018, 11:04:38 AM
Astoria Park and Hell Gate is pretty cool. Long Island City with The Queensboro Bridge, Museum of the Moving Image

Hell Gate looks very cool, as well as the view of Manhattan from there. The Long Island big sign looks nice too, I cannot believe I cannot picture a single movie it was used in. Can you?

It's called DUMBO (Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass).

It sounded like you were making fun of me so I had to double check that, but yeah, DUMBO is the real name (at least if you didn't create the Wikipedia page in multiple langages just to mess with me).

need any help with the short? got a team of DPs, editors, gfx artists...just a few hours away in RI. if schedules are open im sure me and others would love to be involved.

We will sure take all the help we can use from a serious shooting crew (and gear, like the tripod I won't be able to bring with me). I'm only starting to work on the screenplay so I cannot be very specific right now, but I really appreciate the offer. That's be great!
41  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Noodles_Leone to NYC on: January 31, 2018, 10:42:58 AM
I'm sure I'll film something where Dominic slipped. I remember there are some cool art galleries in this part of Brooklyn.
42  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Noodles_Leone to NYC on: January 31, 2018, 08:35:12 AM
Hey guys,
So I'm going to New York in march. Here is my schedule:

10th-15th : filming a short movie with a friend of mine you don't know and a former board member (Lewis Hawk)
16th-17th : writing alone or with former board member Lewis Hawk in the city
18th-24th : sightseeing with the girlfriend

I'd be glad to meet up with some of you.

Also, we're looking for interesting looking parts of the city that we don't see that often in films and commercials. Any idea?
43  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: January 31, 2018, 08:31:48 AM
McDonagh is of course a playwright as well as a film guy. He's got something on Broadway even now. I'd expect him to be able to pump out good film scripts from time to time. Check out some of his plays.

I didn't know that! I'll check them out, thanks.
44  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: 2018 Awards Season (for 2017 movies) on: January 31, 2018, 04:16:15 AM
My personal Oscar pics (and not predictions):

Best Picture:

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Lead Actor:

Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread” (I haven't seen the movie but I have faith in DDL)

Lead Actress:

Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Supporting Actor:

Woody Harrelson, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”


“Phantom Thread,” Paul Thomas Anderson (still not seen it, but he probably deserves it too, although I'd live with a Nolan win on this one)

Animated Feature:

“Coco,” Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson

Adapted Screenplay:

“Logan,” Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green

Original Screenplay:

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Martin McDonagh


“Blade Runner 2049,” Roger Deakins

Film Editing:

“Baby Driver,” Jonathan Amos, Paul Machliss

Sound Editing:

“Baby Driver,” Julian Slater
“Blade Runner 2049,” Mark Mangini, Theo Green

Sound Mixing:

“Blade Runner 2049,” Mac Ruth, Ron Bartlett, Doug Hephill
“Dunkirk,” Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo

Production Design:

“Blade Runner 2049,” Dennis Gassner, Alessandra Querzola

Original Score:

“Phantom Thread,” Jonny Greenwood

Costume Design:

“Phantom Thread,” Mark Bridges

Visual Effects:

“Blade Runner 2049,” John Nelson, Paul Lambert, Richard R. Hoover, Gerd Nefzer
45  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: January 31, 2018, 04:09:37 AM
3 Billboards 8.5/10
Awesome!!! McDonagh really is the most exciting screenwriter working these days. He's now becoming a very good director too, although he clearly doesn't master the craft the way he masters screenwriting. The acting is perfect (best overall performance of the year). I don't know what happened to Woody Harrelson when he worked with the Coen on No Country, but he's been getting better and better with each project ever since. A couple of small regrets here and there, but I sure hope this is getting every single Oscar it can.
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