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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: 2022 awards season (for 2021 movies)
« on: February 09, 2022, 06:52:39 PM »
Noodles giving The Master a 9/10 is proof enough we are not the same person. As hard as I could try underneath a different persona, I couldn't give that film less than a 10 (besides for my first viewing 10 years ago).

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: 2022 awards season (for 2021 movies)
« on: February 09, 2022, 08:41:57 AM »
Don't really care. Go Drive My Car!
have you seen Licorice Pizza and do you hate it?

I'm going to watch Drive My Car on Saturday. I'm very excited. I've never seen a movie by this director - should I squeeze in a "warmup" beforehand? DJ, have you seen Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy?

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: January 07, 2022, 10:13:09 AM »
Geena P. (1992) - 0/10
Worst. Ever.
as long as she's rated lower than paul

Paper Moon (1973) - 8/10
Never saw this, so figured I'd make use of Peter's death to do so. Really really good. Now maybe I should also take the moment to finally watch In the Heat of the Night?

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: January 07, 2022, 09:13:40 AM »
Paul Thomas Anderson (2021) - 8/10
HE IS A 10

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: January 06, 2022, 09:07:11 AM »
noodles_leone is on his way to see licorice pizza. reminder to n_l to keep things civil here and don't rate it less than an 8.

by the way,

The Witch - 7/10
Blade Runner 2049 - 5/10

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: January 03, 2022, 01:28:30 PM »
Ok I've watched and rewatched some movies thru December

Eyes Wide Shut (1999) - 9/10. 4th viewing?
No Time to Die (2021) - 6.5/10. 1st viewing.
The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974) - 7/10. 1st viewing.
West Side Story (2021) - 8.5/10. 1st viewing.
All That Heaven Allows (1955) - 8/10. 1st viewing.
Koyaanisqatsi (1982) - 10/10. 5th viewing?
Prancer (1989) - 3/10. 1st viewing.
The Matrix (1999) - 7/10. 2nd viewing.
Gremlins (1984) - 10/10. 10th viewing?
Licorice Pizza (2021) - 9/10. 2nd viewing, many more to come.
The Tragedy of Macbeth (2021) - 4/10. 1st viewing.
Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (1990) - 8/10. 2nd viewing.
The Big Lebowski (1998) - 8.5/10. 10th viewing?
Barry Lyndon (1975) - 9/10. 3rd viewing?
The Red Shoes (1948) - 7/10. 2nd viewing.
Blade Runner (1982) - 7.5/10. 5th viewing?
A Bug's Life (1998) - 6/10. 1st viewing.
Don't Look Up (2021) - 4/10. 1st and only viewing.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Long Goodbye (1973)
« on: December 20, 2021, 09:06:27 AM »
Yeah I'll pass on that one. Why are they trying to make Altman not look like Altman?

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: December 13, 2021, 09:16:23 AM »
Here's a question: which is the better movie, In the Heights or WSS 2021? There's only one correct answer.
DJ, you're a madman. I'm seeing West Side Story tonight and I already like it better than In the Heights. You don't strike me as someone who's into 2-hour Target commercials.

Licorice Pizza - 9/10
Seeing it again in two weeks.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: November 06, 2021, 07:26:33 AM »
OUATIA - The childhood scenes aren't dreams, they're romanticized nostalgic memories.
That's what I'm getting at, though admittedly too wordy and over-exaggerative. I would argue they are highly romanticized memories. This is taking the book into account and Harry Grey's "experiences", which when reading, are so obviously fantasies.

Off-Topic Discussion / The Power of the Dog (2021)
« on: November 05, 2021, 10:27:40 AM »

I saw this at NYFF. My favorite movie of the year so far. It's either a DJ 10/10 or a DJ 2/10, I'm not too sure.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: November 05, 2021, 06:43:31 AM »
So what did you discover this time? Saying you discovered new things doesn?t inspire conversation; why not actually discuss what you discovered?  :)
I hadn't seen the movie in several years, probably my longest break from having watched it countlessly through high school and college. I think the last time I watched it was the release of the extended cut in 2014, right when I graduated. I'd always considered the 60s dream theory but mostly dismissed it. But now I'm pretty much decided that it's a fantasy. It feels so much like a sad old man imagining what could have been. And although n_l was joking, it's also much clearer to me how much of the childhood and early adulthood scenes are made up of Noodles looking back on his gangster fantasy. Unlike the 1960s scenes, these events feel real. But they also feel highly elevated and romanticized by a man who likes to think he's James Cagney (i.e. Harry Grey). The tough-guy teenager, the rosy hazy nostalgic 1920s memories, women fawning left and right over this group of awful misfits, an overly extravagant dinner date that feels ripped out of The Great Gatsby. Only seldom does Leone's gaze break free of its fairy-tail fantasy - culminating with the rape of Deborah - but to Noodles, he's still remembering his life as if it were a gangster movie. He's the ultimate unreliable narrator - it makes me wonder what these events were really like.

But despite all the implied fantasies and embellishments, it's still an overwhelmingly personal movie. Friendship, perceived love, perceived memories, the barreling pace of time passing by. It's impossible not to strongly relate to these characters, despite them being some of the most vial people ever put to screen. Not in a "fun" way like Goodfellas or The Godfather either (not that these movies glorify the gangster life, but the characters are still decidedly better, more likable people than those in OUATIA). I think this movie deals better with the passage of time and memory better than those that address it more directly, like The Tree of Life or Boyhood.

I guess I'd always viewed OUATIA much more literally than it really is. It's a haunting fairytale as remembered (and sometimes imagined) by a sad, pathetic man. Reading The Hoods somewhere along the way makes this all the much clearer - it's probably the worst book I've ever read, but its existence contextualizes the movie in a whole different way. One of the most interesting book-to-screen adaptations ever.

The best part is, I may entirely disagree with all these sentiments when I watch it again in a couple more years. That's really what makes it the best movie ever made.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: November 04, 2021, 07:43:26 PM »
Once Upon a Time in America - 10/10
This has been my favorite movie for many years - probably since I?ve been posting on this board, a month short of 15 years ago. Still is. And even more incredibly so, I discover drastically new things about it every single time. There?s
plenty of dents and flaws in there, it?s not the most ?perfect? Leone movie, but it is his best. And the best movie ever made, and probably the best movie that will EVER be made.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: November 03, 2021, 07:29:53 PM »
All correct DJ.

And yeah, wtf, I hadn?t even read N_Ls review here - eerily similar.

The French Dispatch - 5/10
Wes Anderson?s Inherent Vice, Mank, Tenet. Wildly confusing, overly dense, and alienating even to the fan base. But also not as good as those three movies. Beautiful visually though, some of his best work in that sense.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: November 02, 2021, 09:33:20 AM »
Last Night in Soho (2021) - 6.5/10


The first half was like magical smooth butter flowing goodness, like a restrained and way more interesting Baby Driver. Then the murder mystery stuff starts and uhh? it makes you think, what was the point of the first hour introducing all that interesting stuff? Although it turns out the murder mystery was a misdirect, the actual final act takes a turn even more for the worse with an awful "twist" monologue and a generic studio horror ending. A lot of the themes the movies wants to talk about - men sucking, nostalgia being overhyped, identity... were all kinda washed away and forgotten, or if not forgotten than diminished into one-note nothingness. Everything just became so linear whereas the first half was the epitome of art/entertainment that our friend Sergio talks about so much

Off-Topic Discussion / The Tragedy of Macbeth (2021)
« on: September 28, 2021, 08:03:31 AM »
Since my Licorice Pizza spotlight was stolen by a French cuck, here is the new (solo) Coen movie that has some rave reviews out of NYFF. Hoping to see it sooner than later. Another very unique and unexpected entry in the post-NCFOM career.

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