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16  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: June 16, 2017, 08:23:09 AM
Rewatched The Wild Bunch last night to start my rewatch marathon of old favourites - damn, this movie is still so good. Very 10/10.

I still tear up at the end.


I liked the bounty hunters a lot more this time, though. After having played countless video game where I loot everything that isn't nailed down (no matter how Paragon I am), I can relate.

It would be fun to have a D&D style parody of this movie where Peckinpah is a DM who famously likes to kill the whole party.

"Angel, roll to bluff"
"Nat 1"
"Mapache suddenly knows you are the thief and has you captured"
"FML"
17  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Winnetou Thread on: June 15, 2017, 07:48:15 AM
Oh, so they so have a thread!

Winnetou was such a big part of my childhood. It's pretty inaccurate (sometimes very funny because the author clearly just made shit up), but for a 10-12 year old, it's adventure at its finest - kind of like Treasure Island or The Princess Bride, it has everything a kid wants.

The movies had some hilarious moments that showed the budget problems, but the pretty scenery (mostly Yugoslavia) makes up for it. Also, rereading the books or even rewatching the movies as an adult, Winnetou and his Gary Stu friend Old Shatterhand makes Kirk/Spock look tame.  Grin

It has a serious cult following in Germany, with annual festivals that host open-air stage performances. The star of the old movies played Winnetou for decades.

There's a fairly recent new adaptation but I have only seen the first part so far. It actually has Karl May himself living the story (since Old S. is a self insert anyway). I hoped they'd finally get actual Native American actors, but nah. Although they'd probably die laughing if they read these stories.
18  Films of Sergio Leone / Duck, You Sucker / Re: Thoughts on this film on: June 15, 2017, 07:38:00 AM
I really need to rewatch this again - I've seen it twice but it was long ago. Any advice on which version to get, since I know there are quite a few? Which one is the fullest?

Also - is it just me, or does Mallory's first appearance have Tim the Enchanter vibes?
19  Films of Sergio Leone / Duck, You Sucker / Re: WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY - real story of the IRA on: June 14, 2017, 08:41:39 PM
I remember seeing this in cinema... it was pretty good apart from that one firing squad scene consisting zero blood. I mean, they didn't shy away from shoving torture earlier? Why the sudden ridiculous lack of blood?
20  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: June 14, 2017, 11:39:45 AM
So I watched the Miike version of Harakiri, and HOLY FUCK. This is easily a 10/10.  It's definitely worthy of the original (which is on my list of best movies ever). I expected maybe a 8, but this movie is pure beauty (and probably even bleaker than the old one). The actors are also excellent.

The main difference is that it's longer and the middle (the story of Tsugomo's family) is more detailed. The three duels are, however, not separate and shorter than the original, but the final battle is absolutely spectacular. Even more so because Tsugomo brought his son-in-law's bamboo katana (only the shortsword was broken). And he KICKS. ARSE.

Damn, this movie is great.
21  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Cowboy Bebop on: June 14, 2017, 09:08:48 AM
I couldn't find a thread, and I think it fits with the general theme - space noir with some western elements. Quite a gem with a unique athmosphere and good characterization. It has both nostalgic and sad episodes and the occasional crazy fun.

I think this is probably the only anime where I prefer the dub. Excellent voice actors.
22  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: June 14, 2017, 09:03:12 AM
I wish I remembered... I vaguely recall a thread but it's been like 5 years since I was here.


Also: about to watch the Miike remake of Harakiri. Wish me luck. I hope it's not bad.
23  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Great Silence aka Il grande silenzio (1968) on: June 14, 2017, 08:33:20 AM
Sometimes I wonder whether GRRM knows this movie.
24  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Post your rating system here on: June 14, 2017, 07:21:16 AM
1/10 - M. Night Shwhatshisname level
2/10 - Matrix Revolutions level
3/10 - why was this even made?
4/10 - I should have bought a pizza instead of a movie ticket
5/10 - had a few moments but it was either overall mediocre or a rushed, bad adaptation
6/10 - mostly mediocre. Might be ok with enough popcorn. It was probably 3D and didn't need to be.
7/10 - pretty good, or would have been meh but one actor saved it
8/10 - a good, solid movie, maybe not a masterpiece but definitely reatch-worthy
9/10 - almost perfect - usually only pulled down by a not-that-strong ending or one out-of-place actor.
10/10 - hell fucking yeah GO WATCH IT NOW
11/10 - god tier, the kind of masterpiece even the greatest directors only make once or twice in a lifetime


Examples:

1/10 - The live-action Last Airbender movie that doesn't exist
2/10 - well, as I said, Matrix Revolutions
3/10 - Blow-up. I will never forgive my film professor for making us watch this overrated crap.
4/10 - The Mockingjay (both parts). I almost fell asleep. The Hobbit trilogy falls around here too. Stop pulling out books into multiple, unnecessary movies!
5/10 - Lynch's Dune. It certainly had promise (great costumes, pretty good cast), but it was butchered by cutting out the entire middle part. Kind of a guilty pleasure. It's so hammy.
6/10 - average Marvel movie. I go in, probably enjoy it, but it doesn't leave much of an impression.
7/10 - Spellbound for the "pretty good", 1998 Les Mis for the "would have been meh if Geoffrey Rush didn't single-handedly drag it into a higher rating"
8/10 - Spartacus (the original one) - certainly not without flaws but overall very good and it aged well unlike most peplums
9/10 - The Lion King (if only the funny sidekicks didn't take over the middle), Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (the known problems with there not being a definitive cut that would include everything)
10/10 - The Deer Hunter, the first 2 Dollars movies, The Life of Brian, The Empire Strikes Back, The Great Silence, The Prince of Egypt, Pulp Fiction
11/10 - The Seven Samurai, OUATITW, GBU, The Godfather I-II, Seppuku, La passion de Jeanne d'Arc
25  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Jean-Pierre Melville on: June 14, 2017, 06:43:39 AM
Is it possible I haven't posted in this yet?

I like both The Samurai and The Red Circle. Melville has a way of invoking the noir feel in colour and his movies are beautiful to look at (a young Alain Delon is always a bonus Wink), and I love a well-done downer ending. His style also certainly had roots in the French poetic realism (which I like to sum up as "Jean Gabin, who does not yet look like a grandpa, plays a Doomed Working Class Hero and dies. It's probably raining. There is a 90% chance for mist").
26  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: June 14, 2017, 06:25:02 AM
I forgot what my login was, so it's been a few years.   Grin Luckily, I still use the same email.

I was recently struck with the western fever again, after some detours to Avatar (the good one, not the one with the blue thingies - and it even has a "western" episode) and Dragon Age (I made some mods).

I started working on an old story idea. Do we have a thread for those? I think there was one.
27  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: June 13, 2017, 04:34:20 PM
13 Assassins (Miike) - 8/10

A nice, old-fashioned samurai movie that approached the genre with respect. Pretty damn epic final showdown.



Also, how long has it been since I was here? Finally found my old login. I missed this place.
28  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Greatest Film Titles on: April 27, 2014, 04:44:55 AM
Bring Me The Head Of Alfrdeo Garcia definitely, also The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada (the latter invoked the former, also, that title simply wants you to know whjo this Melquiades is and why was he buried so many times).

Other titles that grab me attention:

The Grapes of Wrath (haven't seen, but I love how is sounds)
Through A Mirror Darkly (I really need to be less lazy and finally work my way through more Bergman)

Not quite movie but tv show episode titles I realy like:

The Stolen Earth (yes, they literally steal Earth, as well as other planets, but it's not as silly as it sounds)
Silence in the Library (sounds a bit creepy... it's MORE than a bit creepy)
Hammer of the Gods (sadly, less metal, more facepalm because mythology handled in a lazy way, and a character death that rips your heart out even after years)
The Rains of Castamere (well, for people who didn't know, probably not, but for book readers it was *diabolic laughter*)
29  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: April 27, 2014, 03:57:05 AM
Captain America: The Winter Soldier - I'd say about 7/10. It could have focused more on the Winter Soldier and less on the whole SHIELD mess and the CGI explosions. Nick Fury is a total badass, tho. Can't wait for Avengers 2.

I also saw CA: The First Avenger shortly before and it was way better than TWS. Mostly because it's closer to a dark war drama and Red Skull is a very charismatic villain (bring him back!).

I want a HYDRA pin.
30  Other/Miscellaneous / Ennio Morricone / Re: If someone tells you that John Williams owns Ennio Morricone...... on: May 09, 2013, 12:11:03 AM
Well, using a countertenor in "Vale Decem" alone would put him there for me. Countertenors really have a renaissance lately.
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