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16  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Antonioni on: January 12, 2018, 12:49:36 PM
Here's hoping the remaster is worth something.

Does this movie have a normal story? Or is it one of those movies like LíAvventure, LíEclisse, and Blow Up?
17  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Jean-Pierre Melville on: January 10, 2018, 10:37:14 PM
No, that's not until the 14th. Thanks for arranging the tix, btw.

Pleasure. Enjoy the show, and send regards to Maestro Fischer and all our friends in the BFO  Wink
18  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: A list of Film Noirs that i want for my collection. on: January 09, 2018, 05:44:24 PM
There are some very good movies on your list, butI donít suggest that you purchase ANY movie before seeing it once, assuming it is available in some way other than purchasing (rental or streaming). Once you know that you like it and want to own it, then purchase it.

This question of ďwhat to buy before I see itĒ  should only be for films that are unavailable except by purchasing the disc  Smiley
19  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Jean-Pierre Melville on: January 09, 2018, 05:40:59 PM
WYRTL, of course, is one of the greatest films ever made--I see your attempt to wind me up, and I'm ignoring it.

No, I REALLY dislike WYRTL  Tongue
20  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Jean-Pierre Melville on: January 09, 2018, 01:21:39 PM

A Cop (whenever): This is probably the best the film has ever looked on home video. Unhappily, the movie is a total turkey. The good things in it were done better in earlier films, the bad things . . . well, the less said, the better. This is the only Melville film I wish he'd never made.

It's not a total turkey. It's the worst of his crime films, but it's not pure trash. Certainly not his worst movie. That distinction goes to Les Enfants Terribles or When You Read This Letter  Tongue
21  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: January 08, 2018, 05:46:49 PM
I won't be able to write you a full length review  Embarrassed

Is that supposed to be a pun?  Azn
22  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Jean-Pierre Melville on: January 08, 2018, 05:43:29 PM
And your report, never. Thanks for nothing, chump.

Good thing ol DJ's back in town and can talk about his copy.

Bob: A definite upgrade from the Criterion DVD. Nice details EXCEPT when the black levels are turned up too high and they get crushed. On balance, though, a great image. I've never enjoyed watching this film more.

Leon: This has, as expected, the longer cut with the extra scenes put back in. I didn't do an A-B comparison with the Criterion blu regarding PQ.

Stoolie: This is all over the place as far as PQ is concerned. Some shots are exquisite. In others, black levels crush details, or there are weird things going on with the grain. It will take a few watches to decide if I prefer this over the Criterion DVD or not.

Army: I believe this is the same transfer Studio Canal has already released, which I have already commented on elsewhere, so I didn't bother to view it anew.

I'll check the other two films tonight, along with the bonus disc.

I believe you went to the symphony a few days ago and I am still awaiting your report here Tongue

I actually don't own any discs of these 6 movies (I've seen them, via iTunes or TCM or disc renatl in the past, but I don't own the discs) so I can't make a comparison. My only firm memory of a previous disc is of Le Doulos, I assume it was the Criterion DVD, having extremely harsh blacks, and I hated it. When I watched it  at Film Forum recently, I didn't notice that or it didn't seem to bother me. If you have the Criterion, I'd appreciate if you can compare the black levels on the two discs.
23  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Breaking Point (The) (1950) on: January 07, 2018, 10:36:44 AM
I have been wanting to get this film for a while. I want the Criterion version, but the price is pretty steep.  It looks like a great film...

IMO it is a good film; I disagree with Eddie Muller that it is ďa damn-near-perfect film.Ē

In general, I donít suggest buying discs before you have seen a movie. You may not like the movie and buying a disc may turn out to be a waste of money for you. Iíd suggest getting Netflix DVD rental or a streaming service (note: Netflix streaming doesnít have a huge library of classic films) or digital rental through iTunes or Amazon. ITunes and Amazon rental charge like $2.99 or so per movie. Watch a movie and see if you like it before shelling out big bucks for a disc  Smiley
24  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Breaking Point (The) (1950) on: January 06, 2018, 11:58:04 PM
Eddie Muller's intro

Eddie Muller's afterword
25  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: January 06, 2018, 04:06:57 PM
The Big Sick (2017) Pakistani stand up comic falls in love with American woman, with complications, with Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, and Ray Romano, funny 8/10

I heard that n_lís upcoming commercial is called The Big Stick
26  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Chinatown (1974) on: January 03, 2018, 07:13:52 AM
YOUíre 6 our of 10.

Which, according to your rating system, is pretty damn good  Tongue
27  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Happy New Year! on: December 31, 2017, 03:25:03 PM
The Northeastern and Midwestern United States has been experiencing a historic cold snap lately. Tonight will be one of the coldest New Years Eves.

On a related note, I have a respiratory infection, and I am spending New Years Eve at home surrounded by bottles of antiobiotics, cough syrup and Vicks VapoRub. There will be no alcohol for me (doc says it lessens the effect of antibiotics) and no midnight kiss. For a change, I'll have to live vicariously through y'all  Wink

Here's wishing a great 2018 to all our friends at SLWB!!!!!

May this year bring some great Leone BRD's (DYS with proper audio? OUATIA with ALL the missing scenes in good quality? Finally a definitive version of GBU? Hey, a man can dream ... ) health, prosperity and happiness :-)

p.d. did you catch our beloved president's new year tweet? This guy is good for at least three laughs a day

28  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Phantom Thread (2017) on: December 30, 2017, 03:54:06 PM
Those are all pretty fair points, it is often difficult to see why Alma even has an attraction to Woodcock. I think he has a lot of charm and a lot of love to give but just doesnít know is to do it. But I never see him as a truly malicious character, instead a childish one. Maybe Alma isnít the most stable person? We donít know as much about her past as we do about Woodcockís. Itís a movie about a relationship between two very imperfect people, and maybe sometimes they hate each other, but I think thereís a love in there too, one thatís hard to define.

I donít think he is an evil man. Just an extremely selfish man who gets irritated at just about anything.

She is probably attracted to his fame, or his art, whatever.

These are two people I so donít care about. When the ending happens, which I wonít discuss, I just so donít give a shit because I donít give a damn about these people. I was just happy this movie was over.
29  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Phantom Thread (2017) on: December 30, 2017, 03:51:02 PM
drinkanddestroy doesn't like comedy, that's what he's talking about?

No CJ, RRPower was making a joke. Thereís no comedy in this movie.
30  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Phantom Thread (2017) on: December 29, 2017, 11:31:10 AM
In what way excruciating? explain to a non fanboy?  Azn

OK I will discuss the plot; needless to say, if spoilers bother you, don't read this thread.

This movie is basically the same shit for 2 hours. Day-Lewis is the designer. His whole life is based on designing dresses for women. Then he meets this woman and brings her into his life; she loves him and and he spends the whole movie being irritated by everything she does. That's all. He's working on designs while she's buttering the toast, so he complains that she is too loud. She walks into his room while he's working to bring him the tea, and he complains that she interrupts. He is more respectful to his ever-present assistant than to this supposed girlfriend. Occasionally there are moments of warmth, but mostly just coldness. It doesn't take too long for me to start tearing my hair out and saying WHY THE FUCK DON'T YOU JUST WALK OUT OF THE HOUSE ALREADY? Bear in mind that we never even see them touch each other. They sleep in separate rooms, we never see them touch each other. WHAT THE FUCK IS SHE DOING STAYING IN THAT HOUSE. I start to wonder whether he is even straight.

Eventually - and now I am REALLY spoiling the plot, so stop reading if you care - she gets so desperate that she poisons him with mushrooms, just so that he'd be sick and needy. And it works. He falls ill, he needs her, he then for the first time falls in love, they get married, we see some affection and mild physical contact for the first time. Doesn't take long for him to start getting irritated again ... and I won't mention here what happens the last few minutes. The ending is somewhat clever. Gave me one chuckle at the end of two excruciating hours. If you enjoy basically two hours of seeing a man acting coldly and bitching at a woman, while she suffers, go ahead and watch this movie. Make love to it.

I give this a 2/10, only because it is the holiday season and I am feeling generous.

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