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46  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: July 28, 2017, 10:04:47 AM
Dunkirk (IMAX) 6.5/10 very tense at times

IMAX regular or IMAX 70mm?
47  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Baby Driver (Edgar Wright, 2017) on: July 28, 2017, 10:02:54 AM
Thanks, I probably don't have to see it now if it's just another car chase film.  Wink

 Based on the trailers and the first few minutes, I was of the same opinion. However, it gets a lot more distinctive after the first car chase and is well worth checking out.
48  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: "Something to do with death" on: July 26, 2017, 07:01:11 AM
Also, the english version is "Keep you lovin' brother happy"...

... which is actually a great line in English
49  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Dunkirk (2017) - Christopher Nolan on: July 24, 2017, 09:30:56 AM
All very real and very well crafted.
50  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: "Something to do with death" on: July 24, 2017, 07:51:48 AM
Bronson was of Polish Tatar descent:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lipka_Tatars
51  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Dunkirk (2017) - Christopher Nolan on: July 24, 2017, 07:46:52 AM
I saw it on Friday in 70mm (not IMAX 70mm).

I'm not sure I've ever seen a film directed by Christopher Nolan before so my comments have little comparative context in that regard:

- the 70mm experience was great (the IMAX 70mm one must be even better - personally I wouldn't watch any version but those two)
- the photography is absolutely stunning
- it has a very lean script and as such is reliant on the visual experience (as all good films should be)
- it is very restrained for a war film with a certain elegance at points (in spite of also being very harrowing at points)

Contrary to the first WSJ review posted, I liked the fact that the film did not choose to comment directly on the actual military/political context and bring Churchill in beyond a couple of mentions of his name. However, the only thing I did find jarring even in the trailer was another voice of a young person (not pretending to be an old man like Churchill - there is valid context for this provided in the film) saying those famous "We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the..... We shall never surrender" lines. Nolan should have had the actual recording of Churchill's voice chime in at the very end of the film for a far more poignant finish than the one we were given. That would have been enough without making any statement beyond one about the universal resilience of the human spirit when its back is truly up against the wall.

While Dunkirk never really gave me what I'd call a "Sergio Leone experience", which I reserve for exceptional films or exceptional moments in films that make me really feel like I have just experienced a true piece of art in front of my eyes, Dunkirk was nonetheless a very well crafted spectacle that certainly merits watching (I'm even tempting to seek out a 70mm IMAX showing now).
52  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Kino Lorber 2 - Disc 4K Blu-ray 2017 on: July 20, 2017, 01:32:50 PM
Another creative use of very wide-angle lenses is to make things seem further apart than they are. The into to "My Name is Nobody" is a good example of this since the gunslingers appear to be very far away but then appear in front of the camera very quickly as if they have covered a huge amount of ground.
53  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Kino Lorber 2 - Disc 4K Blu-ray 2017 on: July 20, 2017, 01:07:27 PM
Add to this the fact that you didn't get the distortion (the so called "mumps") of Cinemascope, and you could even say Techniscope was the superior process.

You can use anamorphic distortion very creatively. Most recently, Scorcese did this great shot of the steps in Silence at the 0:42 mark here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuTjBL28l0U#t=0m42s
54  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Arrow DVD/Blu-Ray Sale. on: July 20, 2017, 07:24:26 AM
Thanks for the heads-up!
55  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Kino Lorber 2 - Disc 4K Blu-ray 2017 on: July 20, 2017, 07:23:07 AM
NOBODY: Your article in RETRO sums it all up very well.

Thanks Mike  Afro

By the way, has anyone read Sidney Lumet's book "Making Movies"? I came across a copy at the local library the other day. I haven't finished it yet, but have read a nice chapter in it where he talks about specific lens choices for certain scenes in his films.
56  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Kino Lorber 2 - Disc 4K Blu-ray 2017 on: July 18, 2017, 02:58:34 PM
Sure, but we're talking about the development of Leone's style in general. Plus with "Nobody" we have the curious situation of one person being the director and another being the auteur.
57  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Kino Lorber 2 - Disc 4K Blu-ray 2017 on: July 18, 2017, 10:21:48 AM
You guys need to read my article on "My Name is Nobody" in Cinema Retro. I'm going to shamelessly quote myself here:

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Two peculiarities of the Italian film industry, post-synchronisation of sound and the Techniscope film format, also contributed to the emergence of Leone’s style. The former allowed a mobile camera during shooting and the playing of music on set to keep actors in rhythm, while in post-production sounds could be manipulated and exaggerated as a commentary on, or integral part of, the action. The latter allowed for large widescreen compositions without the distortion of close-ups associated with American CinemaScope.

By the way, the most recent issue of Cinema Retro apparently (I haven't seen a copy myself yet) corrects a few errors the editors made when writing their own captions to the accompanying photos in the article.
58  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: T-Men (1947) on: July 11, 2017, 09:50:06 AM

That's great news - there's some beautiful cinematography in this that deserves the blu-ray treatment.
59  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Baby Driver (Edgar Wright, 2017) on: July 06, 2017, 10:46:45 AM
I think these two sentences in the NY Times review pretty much nail it:

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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.

Thanks to N_L for drawing my attention to it  Afro
60  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: One-Eyed Jacks (1961) on: July 05, 2017, 04:52:12 AM
Tarantino's top ten list now numbers about 232!...

 Grin

I need to pick up either the Criterion or MOC versions of this. I remember some nice cinematography in this one.
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