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31  Films of Sergio Leone / Duck, You Sucker / Re: Final flashback on: March 07, 2018, 10:27:54 AM
Posters over at are reporting that this contains the audio errors of the MGM disc  Sad
As far as I can make out, besides the addition of supplementary materials (e.g. an Alex Cox commentary sitting beside the Frayling one), this disc is identical to the MGM. (PQ and audio is exactly the same).
32  Films of Sergio Leone / Duck, You Sucker / Re: Final flashback on: March 07, 2018, 10:24:48 AM
Btw Savant also gives Nolan the Sean forename. I just don't remember what "our board theory" about that is, but is there the slightest proof that he is really called Sean?
The movie doesn't name him at all. The only warrant for calling him "Nolan" comes from the screenplay (reportedly--I have never seen it). That's all the screenplay calls him. The idea that Nolan is "Sean" is a complete fabrication.
33  Films of Sergio Leone / Duck, You Sucker / Re: Final flashback on: March 06, 2018, 04:17:13 PM
Savant covers the new BD from Kino:

Unhappily, he takes the opportunity to share his "understanding" of the film. Savant has bought into the silly notion that Mallory betrayed Nolan because of the girl. This is idiotic for a number of reasons: it isn't necessary that Nolan was betrayed by anyone--he was seen by everyone handing out seditious materials in pubs, for fuck sake! Also, the idea does violence to the simple symmetry of the plot: Mallory doesn't take revenge on Doc V because he isn't going to repeat the mistake he made with Nolan. In both cases, the betrayer did what he did as a result of torture, and Mallory now knows that such a person should be pitied rather than punished. Mallory feels guilty over Nolan's death, because he took vengeance when he shouldn't have--not because he betrayed Nolan for stealing his girl. The final flashback reveals an Edenic time when Mallory, Nolan, and the Girl existed in a perfect ménage à trois. Not only did Mallory and Nolan share the Girl, they were queer for each other. Politics fucked it all up. The message of the film: politics fucks everything up; don't let it interfere with friendships, which are more essential.
34  General Information / Sergio Leone News / Re: Leone season April BFI London on: March 06, 2018, 03:57:11 PM
Yeah, you can even pose as a journalist and try to interview Sir Chris!
35  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Le deuxième souffle (1966) on: March 06, 2018, 11:54:21 AM
Why isn't this posted in the Criss Cross thread?
36  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: March 05, 2018, 03:43:47 PM
Annihilation - 2/5

It looks good but other than that, it doesn't really do much. The characters are just tropes of what you have seen before & the situation they get into is nothing new and they make sure to do nothing special with it. My only real thought when watching it was seeing the bear creature and wondering how the alien meteor has affected how/what it poops. People seem to be making a big deal by believing that the film has a question worth pondering about but the only answer I got when the credits came up was that Science Fiction in film has reached an all time low if this is the film that people are earnestly attaching themselves to.
Yeah, from everything I've heard about this, it sounds like a tepid re-launching of Roadside Picnic (adapted on film as Stalker), with monsters added. Uh, I think I'll pass.

Red Sparrow
(2018) - 8/10. I enjoyed this a lot, a spy flick whose plot makes sense and ends on a very up note. I knew I was in good hands when the opening sequence rolled out two separate intercut narratives detailing a fateful night in the lives of the film's two principal characters (who hadn't yet met). Intercutting is nothing new, it goes back to Griffith, but it's nice to see it handled so competently. Also, Jennifer Lawrence is playing a ballerina, and the CGI that renders her face on a dancer's body is superb (You Will Believe that JL Can Pirouette). Perhaps having the mostly Russian roles filled by English speakers doing accents wasn't the best idea--stalwarts Jeremy Irons and Charlotte Rampling lose a bit of credibility here. But the crackerjack plot keeps things humming along so well it is hard to pause over quibbles. This is not a short film by any means--but events fly by so well it seems like one.
37  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: March 02, 2018, 09:51:27 AM
All That Heaven Allows (1955) - 9/10.  Greatest Woman's Picture ever made, partly because of Technicolor, but also for the humor. That gag with the TV pays off really well. Hey, here's one almost no one ever gets: the high-minded soiree hosted by Virginia Grey and her husband? It's really cover for a wife-swapping party! ("I make the flirty eye at you!").
38  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Phantom Thread (2017) on: March 01, 2018, 02:35:49 PM
They're perfect for each other.
Then let's leave them alone together and not mix in.
39  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: March 01, 2018, 08:36:13 AM
BFI in the UK is releasing an 8-film boxset of Woodfall films, incl Tom Jones. I assume it will use the same master/restoration that Criterion used, but who knows, it might look a bit better...
I'm guessing it will look identical. However, there is a conspicuous horse fall in the picture, a no-no under current British film policy, and there is speculation that it will be edited out (they have done that kind of thing with other pictures). And you really want that horse fall (one of the great unintentional gags in the film). If it has been taken out of the BFI edition, the CC release will be the one to get.
40  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: March 01, 2018, 05:19:03 AM
Tom Jones (1963) – 7/10. Tony Richardson adapts Fielding, and it’s pretty funny. Criterion offers two cuts of the film, the theatrical release, and the director’s cut, which is 7 minutes shorter (Richardson trimmed scenes he felt went on too long). Neither version looks all that great, either due to production circumstances (it was a Woodfall film) or the lack of proper element preservation (it was a Woodfall film) or both.
41  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: March 01, 2018, 05:16:55 AM
I'd go up a couple of notches for each 6-7/10 for Harper, really like Strother Martin as the quack mystic. 7-8/10 for The Drowning Pool.
Interesting, though, that you agree The Drowning Pool is the better picture. Not everyone feels that way, apparently.
42  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: February 28, 2018, 05:35:26 AM
Two with Newman, both from Ross MacDonald books, both released yesterday on blu. The transfers are terrific.

(1966) – 5/10. Paul Newman is Harper. Harper looks for trouble. See Harper. See Harper look. Look. Harper has a  gun. It shoots straight. See Harper shoot straight. See Harper fight. Harper has many fights. Fight, Harper, fight. See a girl. Girls go for Harper. See girls go. See people. See tricky people. See Harper and the tricky people: Lauren Bacall, Julie Harris, Arthur Hill, Roy Jensen, Janet Leigh, Strother Martin, Pamela Tiffin, Robert Wagner, Robert Webber, Shelley Winters. See also bad 60s lighting, cheap sets, a boring kidnap plot. See the sequel.

The Drowning Pool (1975) – 6/10. An improvement over the first film. The story is a bit better, and the change of venue (New Orleans in for LA) perks things up (although Tony Franciosa’s attempt at a Cajun accent is regrettable). The biggest plus, though, is the substitution of Gordon Willis for Conrad Hall. Hall was a good b&w DP, but he has never been able to do much of interest in color. Willis, coming off Godfather 2 was, at this point, on his way to becoming a legend. And it’s the 70s! Melanie Griffith, fresh off of Night Moves where she played jail bait, is here playing jail bait. What range that girl had!
43  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: THE OLYMPICS THREAD! on: February 27, 2018, 11:32:01 AM
Just 2 1/2 years to the Summer Games in Tokyo 2020!  Smiley Smiley Smiley
If you want to go I might be able to rent you a room for the summer.  Wink
44  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: February 27, 2018, 05:47:33 AM
Saint Jack (1978) - 6/10. Ben Gazzara IS Jackie TreehornJack Flowers, a brothel owner in Singapore during the Vietnam War. The local Chinese gangsters, however, make things tough for him. He befriends an ex-pat Brit (Denholm Elliot) who has a dream of going back home to England, but the man dies--there's no going home, for him or for Jack. This is Bogdanovich at his most Cassavetes-like. The lack of plot is compensated for by Gazzara's charisma and the Singapore locations. Happily, the current home video release has a then-and-now locations comparison piece. A few places remain--the Shangri-La Hotel, and the Botanic Gardens--but the Singapore of 1978 is almost completely gone. It lives on in this film, though.
45  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: February 26, 2018, 08:22:02 AM
The Silence (1963) - 1/10. Pretentious and dull is not a formula for success. I think the inept use of rear projection in this is what Trier was sending up in Europa/Zentropa.

The Magician (1958) - 8/10. Pretentious and inspired, on the other hand, can pay dividends. As with Sawdust and Tinsel, the director underlines the connection between traveling performers and the theater. He then goes one step beyond to suggest that theater has replaced the empty rituals of organized religion. Not much of an idea, but at least it gives us insight into the way Bergman thinks.
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