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1  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: November 07, 2017, 12:28:07 AM
Thor: Ragnarok - 8/10

A lot of fun (funnier than I expected, given the theme) and finally some character development for Thor. Loki is brilliant as always. Valkyrie is a welcome addition, and the lack of Natalie Portman and the rest of the boring humans is a huge plus. Hela makes for a pretty fine villain, and I only realized after the movie that her henchman is played by Karl Urban, making for a rather funny LotR reunion. Also, Heimdall is awesome. I wish he got his own solo movie, because I love Idris Elba a lot.
2  Films of Sergio Leone / The Colossus of Rhodes / Re: Italian Peplum & Fusto Movies: The Good, the Bad & the Epic on: November 07, 2017, 12:18:16 AM
A little help: where can these be found (preferably with English subs, as my Italian knowledge is pretty limited, just what I picked up from opera)? I'm especially looking for MASSACRE IN THE BLACK FOREST, because it seems to be the only non-documentary adaptation about the Teutoburg Forest. (Why the makers confused it with the Black Forest is a mystery, though.)
3  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: October 07, 2017, 05:53:29 PM
Finally watched Age of Ultron... 5/10

This was hopelessly mediocre. Also, fuck Joss Whedon, he overstayed his welcome long ago.
4  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: August 09, 2017, 01:07:05 PM
Coriolanus (2011) - 8/10

Overall a very good adaptation. Compared to the Donmar Warehouse version I have seen earlier: I liked this ending better. The setting update is well thought out and works. Ralph Fiennes looks distractingly like Voldemort and has the same soulless glare. This Coriolanus really doesn't have sympathetic qualities - he's a cold, heartless jerk. Vanessa Redgrave effortlessly steals the show whenever she's on screen (where is her Oscar). Gerard Butler is as Aufidius should be - hella gay for Coriolanus, even though some of his lines were cut. (The Donmar version didn't fuck around, Hadley Fraser even kissed Tom Hiddleston.) Brian Cox as Menenius is less of a sassmaster than Mark Gatiss and more a warm, fatherly type, which makes his (unscripted) tragic end even more heartbreaking.
5  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: August 04, 2017, 02:04:28 AM

I found a site that gives a detailed write-up on what is missing and where:
6  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: August 03, 2017, 08:37:25 PM
Cleopatra (1963) - on a rewatch, 8/10. I did see it on TV years ago, dubbed, and it didn't leave much of an impression. Watching the remastered Blu-ray in English was so much better.

The good:

- it looks gorgeous. The costumes, the sets, the scale of the whole thing. They flaunt that budget - and no CGI back then!
- Mark Antony's extremely short miniskirt armours.  Evil
- Prof. Higgins pretty much just being Prof. Higgins dressed as Caesar. He's adorable.
- Richard Burton definitely nailed Antony. Too many Antonys suffer from being Extremely British and not really believeable as a party animal with a heart of gold and drama queen tendencies. Burton has it all down.
- Octavian is a little shit but also has his moments of "fuck I'm just gonna Shakespeare this".
- Rufio. Just... everything about Rufio. He made me cry. I have a weakness for loyal, tragic characters.
- some of the character banter is comedy gold.
- it gets pretty damn sad towards the end (as it should)

The bad:

- some of Cleo's headdresses are... questionable. Like those shower cap thingies.
- reading up on just how much stuff was cut even in the 4+ hour version. They really should release a full version, no matter how long.
- Liz is beautiful and certainly a good actress, but she's a movie star, not a queen. And some of that "infinite variety" is lacking.
- Cleo using her magic fires to see events she's not present at. This is some Melisandre level shit.
- conspirators, conspiring in broad daylight, in uniformly dark outfits so we can tell they are Suspicious™
- Cleo's entourage for her Big Entrance more like "Rio Carnival Rejects"
7  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Le Jour Se Leve (1939), remade as The Long Night (1947) on: July 28, 2017, 04:04:54 PM
I have only seen the original, and, reading that they chickened out on the downer ending in the remake, no thanks. The whole point of the story was that the protagonist is doomed (being played by Jean Gabin, this is only natural, that man was Sean Bean before Sean Bean was Sean Bean).
8  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: July 21, 2017, 10:27:02 AM
Gambit (1966). Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine. Great fun. There was actually a time when MacLaine was fun to watch and not outright annoying. Caine can do no wrong.

Couldn't help but picture Michael Caine as Gambit from X-Men and just about died.

Also, to not double-post:

I watched the Donmar Warehouse version of Coriolanus. It's really intense and surprisingly relevant. Tom Hiddleston is excellent (as he has already proven as Prince Hal/Henry V) and Mark Gatiss is a delight. A minimalist but very bloody production, and it works really well. This play needs more love and Coriolanus/Aufidius more fanfic. I mean, Aufidius canonically has sexy dreams about him. Will was on a roll.  Evil 9/10
9  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: July 11, 2017, 12:38:14 AM
Since there is no such thing as enough Julius Caesar (I've been obsessed with this play since I was twelve), I watched two more: 2012 RSC (which was a TV movie but apparently based on their stage porduction) and 2017 RSC. The two couldn't be more different: the 2012 version has an all-black cast and set in a modern African Republic, while the 2017 version is all traditional with togas and gallons of stage blood.

Both are pretty damn excellent.

2012 version's strength lies in the casual, relaxed approach - no pathos, no posturing, the characters just feel like people. This is paired with beautiful delivery, however. There are moments of fun (Cicero's cute umbrella deserves a mention) and some rather grim scenes (the mob vs. Cinna the poet, partically filmed on someone's phone, feels very real). They don't attempt to show actual battle scenes and the scenes between fighting take place in darker and darker spaces, eventually bringing us to a dimly-lit staircase that may as well lead into Hades. The ending gets surprisingly emotional from some small touches - Brutus keeps a flower from the wreath he sent for Cassius, and Strato is replaced by boyservant Lucius - the kid, more like a young man in this cast, gets an actual character arc. The ensemble is strong overall. Definitely worth watching. 8/10

2017 version, first of all, looks beautiful. The sets are elegant (but not cluttered), and the scenes make painting-like tableaus, especially the assassination. I forgive the inaccuracy that puts every senator in a toga praetexta because it looks to damn great to resist. But a traditional setting doesn't mean dated - the characters are very much alive, very flawed, modern people. Cassius in particular stands out to me. I never realized before but he clearly comes off as bipolar, and just thinking about how many times he wants to die even early in the play just drives it home. And the conspirators all have their demons. Antony, on the other hand, is on the rise (or so he thinks, not quite noticing how dangerous that little twat Octavius will be). The battle is done relatively well (stage actors will never learn what to do with shields, though) and poor kid Lucius (here a child who was clearly hired for his beautiful singing voice) meets an unexpected end that had the audience gasp in horror. Also, the Brutus/Cassius ship tease is strong with this one. 8/10

So, yeah - if you want some Bard with a lot of stabbing and intrigue, both these productions are a lot of fun ("fun" meaning "everybody falls on their swords and everything is terrible").
10  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: July 08, 2017, 12:20:33 PM
More Bard. Macbeth 2015 movie. 5/10.

The good: it looks very beautiful (when you can actually see what the fuck is on screen) and Fassbender is a pretty good Macbeth. Also, the amount of blood is as it should be.

The bad:

- they cut a shit ton of iconic lines, mostly the witches' incantations. Also we don't get the "Macbeth doth murder sleep" line.
- for some reason there is a fourth witch? but she's not Hecate.
- the porter scene is cut (instant -3)
- Macduff's family is burned at the stake? what
- also burned: the wood of Birnam but the wind brings the ashes over to the castle? (cinemasins voice: "Macbeth is a dick to trees")
- overly fake-artictic and pretentious
- Lady M just? randomly dies? no reason shown? like come on it was obviously a suicide
- too much mumbling and whispering
- too many closeups, not enough expressive faces to justify them
- Banquo, Macduff, and Malcolm are all very bland and have no personality whatsoever
- oh yeah and the Banquo ghost scene is incredibly meh. I have seen a Globe version a few months ago and it was really scary.


- Fassbender does not metalbend -1 Evil
11  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: July 07, 2017, 11:01:07 AM
Since I'm on a Bard marathon, I also watched Antony of Cleopatra from the Globe - same year, same Elizabethan style, although this time only for the Roman characters.


- I never realized just how funny this play is for a tragedy. The audience laughed a lot. Also, there is a lot of innuendo, but it's only to be expected.
- Cleo (Eve Best) is some serious magic. She has all the capriciousness and fire this role needs, and makes that "infinite variety" believeable.
- Antony nailed his performance, but his look is just too English to be Roman. I know the Antony from Julius Caesar would have been way too young, but I can't even see them as the same character.
- Octavian is a stiff, humorless little twat (as he should be). Still moved me when he pulls the Antagonist In Mourning trope.
- Enobarbus is... Cockney? For some reason? He's also pretty much there to deliver sarcasm and obliterate the fourth wall. If this were a movie he'd look directly into the camera whenever Antony does something spectacularly foolish, which is often. And then... his accent thankfully fades a bit as he goes into a downward spiral. I love his character but this whole "dies of no physical reasons" never really works on stage. Ok, it does for Isolde, I guess.
12  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: July 06, 2017, 07:27:37 PM
Not technically a movie but a filmed stage performance: Julius Caesar at the Globe 2014. I'd say about 8.5/10.

It's performed in Elizabethan costumes with some togas thrown in here and there, and it uses the closeness of the audience and the whole build of the Globe really well. The players mingle with te crowd and it works wonderfully with the funeral speeches.

Antony is very young, and absolutely steals the show. I'd say he's even more intense than Brando, and I loved the old movie. His monologues were on some next level.

Most actors double on several minor roles, but the cleverest thing is (sorry, minor spoiler) Caesar's actor playing Strato at the end. Complete with a Dramatic Reveal that made me go "FUCK THAT'S BRILLIANT" and probably made Brutus go "well I guess I'm fucked".

My only problem is that Cassius is a little underwhelming - he's alright but I'm used to Cassius being overdramatic and passionate, especially in the tent scene.
13  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: June 21, 2017, 02:00:17 PM
Do we have a topic for rating tv shows? Or can they just put in here?
14  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Great Silence aka Il grande silenzio (1968) on: June 19, 2017, 02:52:19 PM
Who is GRRM?

George R. R. Martin, famously murderous writer  Evil

15  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Faccia a faccia aka Face to Face (1967) on: June 16, 2017, 08:15:54 PM
I just realized something. If you look at the premise (terminally ill teacher gets into crime, realizes he's really good at it, all sort of shit hits fan) it's awfully familiar... did they rip off this movie?
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