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1  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: 2018 Awards Season (for 2017 movies) on: Yesterday at 09:00:43 AM
@Novecento: Baby Driver deserves way more nominations than it got but Ansel Elgort shouldn't be nominated. By the way, I may have Alzheimer but I don't remember reading your review of the movie.

Yes it does deserve way more nominations - but, like I always say, these whole award things aren't really to be taken in the slightest bit seriously anyway. Regarding a review, like I said on the relevant thread, these two sentences in the NY Times review pretty much nail it:

There’s much to enjoy in “Baby Driver,” including the satisfactions of genuine cinematic craft and technique, qualities that moviegoers can no longer take for granted...

... “Baby Driver” is so good that you want it to be better and go deeper, for it to put down its guns (or at least hold them differently) and transcend its clichés and cine-quotes so it can rocket out of the genre safe box into the cosmic beyond where craft and technique transform into art. That’s admittedly somewhat of a greedy complaint, particularly given how much Mr. Wright does right and that he clearly wants you levitating out of your seat.

Until I see it again, I'm happy to keep quoting that  Smiley
2  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Great Silence aka Il grande silenzio (1968) on: December 13, 2017, 12:16:16 PM
I don't know if it has already been mentioned in this thread, but Film Movement is gonna release the 2k restoration sometime next year. Its still hard to find this in the United States until then...

Here's the report:

How do you know they won't be using the recent 4k remastering for the Blu-ray? (I know a BD is not 4k but the resolution of the remastering itself can affect the end product as it appears on the BD)
3  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Lawrence of Arabia (1962) on: December 12, 2017, 07:39:47 AM
I'm carrying the LoA torch in his absence  Wink

I suppose LoA is the one British film in my book that could rival "The Third Man" for the top spot. However, since they are so different, it doesn't really make any sense comparing them.

link his blog to this

He's a good writer.
4  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: 2018 Awards Season (for 2017 movies) on: December 12, 2017, 07:32:36 AM
I've only seen Dunkirk and Baby Driver (which seems to have been largely ignored). I really enjoyed both.
5  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Orson Welles on: December 10, 2017, 05:17:43 AM
I remember reading a rumor somewhere that Orson Welles had played a hand in directing, but this was debunked. I personally think it is not just Carol Reed's best film (out of the ones I've seen) but also one of the best, if not the best, British film ever made
6  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In America / Re: Danny Aiello on: December 04, 2017, 01:09:48 PM
... of course the greatest Danny Aiello character in Do the right thing...

I am embarrassed to admit that apart from occasional snippets on TV, I had never seen "Do the Right Thing" until this weekend. I now see just why it is so famous - and deservedly so, I might add. A lot of people have quite rightly praised it for its powerful content, but technically this really stood-out as well in terms of style. The great camera angles and editing are all the more surprising given that Barry Brown, the editor, was so inexperienced at the time and Spike Lee was still relatively unknown.
7  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: John Ford on: December 04, 2017, 08:36:45 AM
I think you can appreciate the artistry in something and as a result respect it without actually enjoying it that much beyond the pleasure of seeing something masterful (however boring it might otherwise be to you)
8  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Nuovo Cinema Paradiso aka Cinema Paradiso (1988) on: December 04, 2017, 08:31:12 AM
I liked it, score reminded me of Once/America.

I think Tornatore has a very similar style of filming to Leone - both in terms of pure visuals and also how they integrate Morricone's music. Although their films are different in content, Tornatore really seems to me to have taken up Leone's mantle. I think this is most particularly the case with my favorite Tornatore film "The Legend of the Pianist on the Ocean" (starring Tim Roth as "Danny Boodman T.D. Lemon Novecento") where the back and forth between the dueling pianos evokes a protracted Leone style duel although now the protagonists are actually playing the music themselves.
9  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Best Offer - Giuseppe Tornatore (2013) on: November 28, 2017, 10:24:44 AM
Only because they haven't taken the time to see enough of his poorly distributed masterworks in their original non-butchered forms.

Here's looking at all of you on the SLWB  Tongue (I think  Huh)
10  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Best Offer - Giuseppe Tornatore (2013) on: November 27, 2017, 10:42:26 AM
Nice to see Tornatore getting some well-deserved respect over at Cinema Retro:

Did I ever mention that Giuesppe Tornatore is hands-down the best living director....
11  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: The best movie ever made... on: November 21, 2017, 10:49:10 AM
I agree with exactly 50% of your statement  Wink

What's your beef with Leone?  Smiley
12  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Nuovo Cinema Paradiso aka Cinema Paradiso (1988) on: November 17, 2017, 08:24:17 PM
I've never seen the 155min version but apparently it was structurally similar to the "Director's Cut" - i.e. in 3 parts rather than 2. Here's a brief Variety review of it:

I guess Leone was still alive at the time - I like to think he would have appreciated it.
13  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Nuovo Cinema Paradiso aka Cinema Paradiso (1988) on: November 16, 2017, 08:48:39 PM
Yes you absolutely have to watch both - it's still all directed by Tornatore; ergo well-worth watching - but just in the correct order.
14  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Nuovo Cinema Paradiso aka Cinema Paradiso (1988) on: November 16, 2017, 02:20:55 PM
Can't confirm the differences, but also can't resist responding to any post about the greatest living director on the planet Cheesy

The one thing I can say for absolute unequivocal certainty is that if you have never seen the film before, you should definitely not watch the director's cut under any circumstances.
15  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Gli specialisti aka The Specialist/Specialists (1969) on: November 10, 2017, 11:18:11 AM
A behind-the-scenes short with interviews (you can even hear Corbucci speaking French):
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