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1  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Noodles_Leone to NYC on: February 05, 2018, 10:48:36 AM
First I read you wrote "May" and got excited 'cause I'll possibly be around there 22nd to 26th May. But better luck next time!

I'll get back to you guys closer to May again when my schedule is clearer. It would be cool to grab a beer at McSorley's. Though I'm not sure how many of the board members even remember the poor old moviesceleton.

BTW, we're planning to start our trip from L.A. and drive to New Orleans or there about (and fly to NYC). Is it a total suicide mission to drive through Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and/or New Mexico in April/May because of the tornados?
2  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Phantom Thread (2017) on: October 23, 2017, 11:14:37 PM
I'm excited.

And looks like PTA is also the new hot cinematographer in town. Could be the "debut" of the year.
3  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: September 20, 2017, 05:21:59 AM
This one sounds interesting. I'm guessing location work as opposed to sets?
I'm not sure, it's been like two weeks since I watched the film, but I'd guess mostly location work.

There's a dvd of it (I saw it on 35mm), but I'm not sure if there's one with English subs.
4  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: September 19, 2017, 12:42:06 AM
Elokuu (1956) - 9/10
One of the best Finnish films. An ensemble piece set during one summer day/night and revolving around a failed author working as a bridge watchman, his wife, mistress, children and maids. Based on the Nobel laureate F.E. Sillanpää's novel of the same name which usually isn't considered a major work.

Homo sapiens (2016) - 9/10
90 minutes of wide shots of abandoned places (mostly East Asia, Russia and East Europe).

Ossessione (1943) - 8/10
Visconti's debut. Operatic movement in the guise of neorealism.

La terra trema (1948) - 8/10
What seemed like documentary realism in 1948, appears significantly less so today.

In the Realm of Senses (Ai no korîda, 1976) - 8/10

Stromboli (1950) - 7/10
106 min version. I have a huge problem with Rossellini's miracle endings, so that's a big issue here. The other issue is the score: it's very good music but it's horrendously overused. Those things set aside, it would be a very modern and good film.

The Human Surge (El auge del humano, 2016) 6.5/10
Very strange, interesting and ultimately too long avant garde film.

Un flic (1972) - 7/10

Hard Candy (2005) - 4/10

Description of a Struggle (Description d'un combat, 1960) - 9/10
Chris Marker is an entertaining fella.

A Ciambra (2017) - 8/10
"Modern neorealism", meaning pretty much what the Dardennes have been doing the last twenty years. But with some dream elements that work surprisingly well. A bit overlong.

Raw (2016) - 6/10
French cannibal film turns out to be more funny than scary.

Closeness (Tesnota, 2017) - 7.5/10
1998 in Russia. The brother of a Jewish teenage girl is kidnapped and the family is struggling to pay the ransom. I think I didn't fully understand the historical/political context but it didn't seem so important. What does seem important is that there's a real video playing in middle of the film showing real executions and torture performed by Chechen guerrillas – a shocking trick which ultimately tells more about the director's narcissism than anything else. Otherwise it's without a doubt a very promising first film.
5  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: SLWB Films on: August 23, 2017, 11:45:35 AM
You had already showed me the short some time ago. I like the music video. What gear did you use on that one? Have you done the grading?
Thanks. I used a Canon C300 and Zeiss Compact Primes if I remember correctly and a macro lens of some sort. I was new to the camera and had no time to test it but it turned out ok. We set the look together with the director and he then did the actual grading work, sending me versions online. I think he used Davinci Resolve.
6  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: SLWB Films on: August 23, 2017, 11:30:04 AM
OK, any more Raid come out in Finland BTW?
Nope. There was a Raid movie made in 2003, it's okay, nothing spectacular but maybe worth watching if you come by it. And the series is now available on Netflix but I suspect it's only in Finland.
7  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: SLWB Films on: August 23, 2017, 05:51:58 AM
Alma Sipilä, nice Afro
It's Ray, buddy, yea but just with Adobe Premier and Ulead nothing fancy.

Yea, a bit too long
I was actually referring to RRPower's videos in his first post. But I enjoyed your film noir too, expecially the use of narration and still pictures.  Afro I think I've seen it once before some years ago.
8  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: August 23, 2017, 04:47:31 AM
Hello guys!

Yeah, my time spent on SLWB has decreased significantly, and especially the number of posts I make. I drop in here every now and then to read stuff, though.
9  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: August 23, 2017, 01:27:47 AM
Some random films I've watched lately:

The Greasy Strangler (2016) - 7/10
Sick. Not for everyone, but mostly worked for me. They have a problem ending the movie, though.

Sunday in Peking (Dimanche à Pekin, 1956) - 8/10
Chris Marker short. English voice over made it the most pleasurable Marker experience for me since La jetée – usually his overwhelming narrations are too much to handle in subtitled for (which is a pity).

Scarlet Street (1945) - 7.5/10
I had some trouble believing the plot and a significant number of the scenes are pretty mediocre, but a good bunch of great ideas and scenes make this an enjoyable film. I couldn't help thinking about the rumour of Lang having murdered his wife...

La vie de Jésus (1997) - 5/10
Bruno Dumont's rather tedious attempt at making a Bresson.

Throne of Blood (Kumonosu-jô, 1957) - 9/10
One of the good Kurosawas for me (others being Rashomon, High and Low, Seven Samurai and Stray Dog – I'm not a fan of Yojimbo or Hidden Fortress). I haven't read Macbeth.

A Kelly Reichardt marathon, best to least:
Certain Women (2016) - 8/10
Night Moves (2013) - 8/10
Meek's Cutoff - 8/10 Actually I can't decide between Meek's and Night Moves...
Wendy and Lucy (2008) - 7/10

Well, it would appear that she's gotten better all the time. Can't wait for her next film.

10  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: SLWB Films on: August 23, 2017, 12:59:44 AM
Roy, I liked your work on the music videos. Especially the first one. Did you do the effects also? The second song is a bit too long if you ask me, but hey, that's not your fault Cool
11  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: SLWB Films on: August 23, 2017, 12:56:29 AM
My first short film is available for purchase on Amazon and iTunes:

But for SLWB friends I can PM a free link if you want (it's not really out of my pocket)  Azn

I also work as a cinematographer. Again, I can PM you links to some of the short films I've shot, but here's the latest music video:

I study film, and I've worked on couple of scripts on grants but none of them have been produced yet. Meanwhile I try to make a living working as DP and miscellaneous camera / lighting jobs.
12  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Silence (2016) on: March 28, 2017, 12:44:15 AM
I can maybe elaborate later, but I ended up enjoying Silence. It's not the sort of film that I can rate though. I understand why many people don't like it and I share some of their complaints but nevertheless the film spoke to me like few films do. And I'm not a religious person - I don't believe in any supernatural god. But the questions the film ponders on felt alive to me. And I don't think it's a message film. There are a number of themes, not just one.

I kept thinking about Bresson a lot, also Tarkovsky and Bergman. "Poor man's Bresson/Tarkovsky/Bergman" might some say, and they'd be kind of right, but it worked for me.

Funny thing is that although Scorsese and many critics have talked about the landscapes and the period sets and whatnot as something that immerses you to the 17th century Japan, I mostly watched the movie as almost a stage play. Something like Dogville or some Fassbinder films. It didn't feel "real" to me - but that only helped me to connect with with immaterial, abstract questions.

And just shortly to n_l: I don't think it's "you do it the streets, you do it at home". I think it's more like "you do it in your heart".
13  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: November 21, 2016, 01:37:24 PM
Also saw:

Arrival (2016) - 8.5/10
As good as Prisoners but still not the masterpiece I'm waiting for from Villeneuve.

Swiss Army Man (2016) - 8/10
Awesome hangover movie.
14  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: November 21, 2016, 01:34:26 PM
Moonlight (2016) - 8.5/10
The first two acts are perfect. My mind started to wander on act 3, which has a huge shift in tone (turns from a coming of age tale to a long conversation, much like Linklater's Before Trilogy. It's handled very well, the blame is on me for having my mind on other stuff). I will definitely watch it again, and probably like it even more. Any cliches that might be in this movie are done with subtly and effectiveness. Finally a release this year that lives up to its praise. Of the all the 'awards' movies, I'd currently like this one to take the prizes. If the Academy is smart they will, so that black people don't start whining like last year.

i'd say it's a flawless movie in that there's nothing bad I can actually say about it, but is missing whatever transparent touch/charm needed for me to really love a movie.
It gets 5/10 from me. If you pitched the story to any given person and asked them to write a script based on your pitch, there's a 90% chance they would write exactly the scenes seen in the film. My point: there's nothing original in this film nor anything that would feel true or real. It's very general and unoriginal. And the cinematography tries to be all the hip things of 2016 at once.

45 Years, on the other hand, is a fabulous film. I found the final party as a whole breathtaking. It's been over a year since I saw the film and it still stays with me.
15  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: 2017 Awards Season (for 2016 movies) on: November 10, 2016, 10:08:26 AM
Wiseman is one of my favorite directors, I hope he can make a couple more films still (he's 86).  Afro

And I'm excited that at least The Hollywood Reporter has included the Finnish The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki as one of their top predictions for the Foreing Language Film Oscar.
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