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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Crank 2-High Voltage
« on: May 06, 2009, 06:22:12 PM »
"Crank: High Voltage is surely the most visually inventive picture of the year. It is not just candy for your eyes, it is amphetamines. It is among the best times I’ve had at the movies in the past few years."

Wow... just wow. I mean, I understand where he's comin from. The film is undoubtedly original and perhaps in that sense the review makes good points. But as FC said, it's not for everyone. And I was one of those that it's "not for".

"Start with the look of the picture. When you first see it, you can’t quite put your finger on why it looks different, but pay close attention: the motion has a stutter. When people and objects move quickly in a typical film, they smear. In this picture, fast motion looks more like a series of stop-action photos flipped past very quickly. "

Yup.. that's what gave me the headache  :)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Crank 2-High Voltage
« on: May 06, 2009, 06:13:56 PM »

You laughed all the way through. :D

I waas laughing at how ridiculous it was. It was a mixture of weeping and laughter, you just couldn't tell because the sound in the theatre was so loud  :P

And no... I didn't laugh all the way through. In fact, I even recall walking out of the theatre for a few minutes because it was giving me a headache.

General Discussion / Re: Western Books
« on: May 06, 2009, 06:09:43 PM »
Thank you for your reply, Novecento. I realize it's difficult to pinpoint the esac t features that might distinguish certain directors from others. And you're right, as the movie industry "progressed" there were less and less noticeable feature one could attribute to directors. Such distinctions became more relative to genre differentiation.

I'm still interested in the topic itself. I'd like to read about your opinion of the distinctions when you get the chance.  :)

General Discussion / Re: Western Books
« on: May 05, 2009, 05:27:40 PM »
Just posted some more evidence here:

Thanks for the info you posted.  :)

The question does remain, however, about Valerii's style compared with Leone's. I don't doubt that Valerii directed certain scenes of My Name is Nobody (or most of them). I wasn't doubting your sources in determining the barber shop scene direction, etc. I only want to know about the style resonance you were talking about in your earlier post on this thread, when you said that the barber shop scene was "clearly Valierii style". That's what I was talking about.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: May 05, 2009, 05:16:41 PM »
House on Haunted Hill (original) with Vincent Price - 9/10

I loved the atmosphere throughout the whole film, it's that good old-fashioned classy horror. I get the feeling the horror genre became guts and gore due to the directors' interpretation of the word "horror" and the trend became to disgust rather than to instill the good old fear of the dark, etc. I personally prefer the classy horror flicks (that tend to have creepier scenes) over the gushing gore of slasher flicks.

Trivia Games / Re: Random Lee Van Cleef facts
« on: May 02, 2009, 03:20:56 PM »
Maybe it's the same whiskey Orson Welles advertises and gets drunk with... no wait, I think that was wine.

Trivia Games / Re: Monument Valley
« on: April 30, 2009, 11:40:30 PM »
Yes, by all means, post some pics. We'd love nothing more than to envy your fortune.  :P

They better be quality pics....

Trivia Games / Re: Random Lee Van Cleef facts
« on: April 30, 2009, 11:37:34 PM »
Another random fact about Lee Van Cleef... he had a lot of friends  ;)

ahh I'm sure this has been posted on this board before, I just can't get over it.

Trivia Games / Re: Random Lee Van Cleef facts
« on: April 30, 2009, 11:31:00 PM »
Oh I got one... although this one perhaps only women might appreciate...

His one and only role in which he looks "hot"... High Noon, small role, but the best looking I've ever seen him.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Songs That Make You Turn Off The Radio
« on: April 30, 2009, 11:24:24 PM »
I believe in Pandora... check it out if you haven't

conventional radio just falls short in comparisson, I gave up on it years ago (except maybe some classic rock station, which can also get annoying playing Van Halen at 3 am, trying to pass it off as "classic rock".. tsk tsk)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Songs That Make You Turn Off The Radio
« on: April 30, 2009, 11:20:20 PM »
You mean Sceleton (''movie-sceleton'') ? What fuckin' ''Celeton''? WTF does ''movies-celeton'' mean anyway?

I have no idea what "moviesceleton" means... although if I could take a wild guess... I think he meant to spell movie-SKELETON.. which makes a bit more sense, although I'm sure even that deserves some explanation  :)

Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple   O0

I mean... who doesn't get this song stuck in their head every once in a while??

General Discussion / Re: Western Books
« on: April 29, 2009, 09:54:14 AM »
Hi all, thought I'd make my first posting although I've been lurking around the boards for a while now.

It's basically Leone in his own words so, as Noodles_Leone puts it, it is pretty one-sided but nonetheless very interesting.

Personally I loved his comments concerning Kurosawa and Japanese cinema and also his lengthy description of the introductory scene to "Leningrad" (soon to be directed by Giuseppe Tornatore!). For some nice Leone exaggerations, check out his claims regarding My Name is Nobody where, in particular, he claims to have personally directed the introductory "barber's shop" scene which is clearly Valerii's work.

 ;D so, in other words, you're saying Leone was lying? lol I find your post interesting, mainly because you seem to have a firm grip on what appears to be a distinct difference between Valerii's work and Leone's in My Nmae is Nobody. I mean, I understand why it's not always considered a "Leone film" but I never understood the distinct differences everyone else seems to notice between Leone's style and Valerii's. I mean, when I saw My Name is Nobody (after having only seen GBU and FAFDM) I thought of it as a light-hearted version of Leone's other films. And I knew nothing about Valerii's style and didn't bother to compare it to Leone's in My Name is Nobody. To me, Leone is those sudden extreme close-ups, the Morricone scores, and the very intense scenes that take their time to reach an action point.
So I just want to know more about Valerii's style and how it's so distinct in My Name is Nobody.. in other words, how can you be sure that he directed the baber shop scene?

Welcome to the board!  8)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Tenebre (1982)
« on: April 28, 2009, 08:01:25 PM »
Ahh I see Tenebre also features a wonderful selection of heavy metal rock for its soundtrack. It's interesting, though, to think about why Argento would think heavy metal had some sort of fearful quality... (does he use the Goblins for Tenebre too?) You'd think that by the beginning of the 80s he'd realize that heavy metal was more of a pop culture symbol of subversiveness...

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