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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: J-L G R I P
« on: September 13, 2022, 07:13:22 AM »
? bout de souffleSympathy for the Devil, Alphaville, Le m?pris, Pierrot le fou. I saw other ones, but most of them simply suck.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: September 11, 2022, 03:22:55 PM »
Any Given Sunday (1999) I remembered only the inches speech of this one. Can't see I was wrong. I saw North Dallas Forty two-three times in the 80's  and I remember it as much better than this one. The Stone's flick is as usual too melodramatic in depicting the characters who end up inevitably looking phony. The editing, visual and audio, is as often with Stone, remarkable. 6/10   

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
« on: September 11, 2022, 05:21:45 AM »
Easily the best one of the trilogy. Good daylight battle scenes in the beginning, though unfortunately they still haven't come up with tricks to make the nighttime star battles new compared to the ones of 40 years before. But you can see that Ford playing a major role vivifies the story just with his presence (though Fisher could have been disposed at the beginning of the movie: she's really decrepit). And the confrontation with his son it is undoubtedly the only dramatic moment of the trilogy or, if I remember well, of the whole series. 7/10   

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: September 10, 2022, 07:19:00 AM »
Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker (2019) This episode af All in the Family is much better than the last one I had reviewed here and can't find with the search function. Still is too long and I cannot follow the dialogues as I can't remember what all of the characters and gizmos are about. But the canyon chase is good so it earns a 6/10

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: September 10, 2022, 01:59:05 AM »
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) This is set in WWII and so it is a bit different from the rest of superheroes diet. The CGE are consequentially less obtrusive but that that is an advantage is debatable. 6/10

Off-Topic Discussion / 300: Rise of an Empire (2014)
« on: September 08, 2022, 05:19:16 PM »
I open a thread for this one as the previous 300 movie had a 10 pages discussion. While this one, if the search here works, was never mentioned in 8 years. So I didn't know it existed until last sunday, when I bought the dvd for 1 euro. This is about the naval battle of Salamis, fought while the Spartans fought at the Thermopylae. It is well made like the other one, to which I gave a 6/10. Same for this, then. But maybe both are worth more if you like the use of CGI. Oh, and Eva Green (Marl?ne Jobert's daughter!) had good surgery on her boobs.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: September 06, 2022, 06:40:43 AM »
Spider-Man (2002) I save the first scenes when Parker discovers his powers and the fight with the Goblin in the daylight. Jameson's comedic potential is given short shrift and the other action scenes are not worth remembering: especially the wrestling scene it was worth more invention: too short and too banal. Of course, the scenes with Parker and the girl are too many and too boring. And I missed the Ray Ellis theme from the '60's TV series. 4-5/10

The movie is here, french with english subs.

I read the novel a few years ago but can't remember the finale was so full of holes which makes in the end fall the whole shebang into the ridiculous. Gabin looks older than his mother, again. His escape from the police station is the least credible  in the history of crime movies. The fact that Gabin and Ventura didn't assume right away that Fredo (it seems that whoever bears this name in a crime movie is an idiot) might have been caught by the cops; that they didn't dispose of the money boxes recovered by the police; that Gabin keeps his share at home: this all defies credibility. But the first hour is decent and Girardot is more attractive than Moreau (not a great feat, yeah). And the fight in the end is both absurd and original. 6-7/10

Off-Topic Discussion / Un t?moin dans la ville (1959) Paris by night noir
« on: September 05, 2022, 03:12:01 PM »
At IMDB somebody says this is Decae's film. Sure. But also Molinaro's. And Ventura's. Odd to see Fabrizi in a role so different from those he played generally in italian movies as a immature or slimy person. But he's good anyway. The score, of course, was a consequence of the one by Davis the year before for Malle and it's good. The movie is very good for the first hour, when you don't have a clue of how Ventura is going to dispose of Fabrizi. But the final  chase it's too long, though Decae make it tolerable. 7/10

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: September 05, 2022, 01:02:30 PM »
Col cuore in gola (1968) This is good if you're longing for a headache: split screen, super-fast editing and nonsense dialogues. Based (loosely) on a novel I've read not so many years ago and which has little to do on what you see on the screen, the plot is as predictable as can be, if you care to follow it. I didn't. Boring and nonsensical, stay away from it as leper. 4/10

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: September 02, 2022, 11:59:02 PM »
Se7en (1995) Without the Paltrow-Freeman (whose only reason to exist  is to give more drama to the finale) and the one between Spacey and Pitt dialogues  I could have given it a 9/10. So it's 8/10.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Patriot (2000)
« on: September 02, 2022, 12:01:06 AM »
I wonder whether this was first thought up as a civil war plot, as Isaac is blatantly playing Sheridan and the slaves sidelines shown here would make sense only a hundred years later. But of course it was hard to make a hero of a Reb so they antedated the plot and adjusted the plot and the characters. The action (especially the first one) and battle scenes are very good. The photography is top notch, especially in the first part in the open air scenes. Williams score sucks, as hackneyed as can be (though he quotes a couple of times a couple of bars from Morricone's main theme for OUTIA). Of course I could have done without the love scenes, the ones with the mute daughter, the ones with the blacks (awful dialogues). 7-8/10

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: August 24, 2022, 05:20:07 AM »
Taken 3  (2014) This really sucks, not a single element of originality, the plot can be seen through after 15 minutes, only stunt never seen before (at least by me) is the crashing car against the plane's wheels: that alone earns it, maybe, a 5/10 instead of a full 4/10.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: August 21, 2022, 11:52:55 PM »
Taken 2 (2012) I was sure I had rated this on the board, but anyway, since I gave 9/1o to n. 1, I give 8/10 to0 this one, only because I'm partial to Paris compared to Istanbul (where, admittedly, I've never been). All action, except for the introductory first 20 minutes. And it is about 90', as it ought to be.

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