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 : November 26, 2018, 03:43:53 AM 
titoli - cigar joe

 : November 26, 2018, 02:39:50 AM 
titoli - titoli
Not among my favourites. Prima della rivoluzione is probably his best one. and then, of course, his work with Leone.

 : November 26, 2018, 02:31:28 AM 
dave jenkins - Novecento
I watched this simply because of how much I enjoyed "Baby Driver" otherwise I would probably never have gone near it. Perhaps snobbishly, it just didn't seem to be the kind of thing I would enjoy. So what can I say....

... Wow - it was like watching the work of a seriously talented director as he did his very best to make sure you did not take him seriously. High art with absolutely zero pretension. Edgar Wright is a talented man indeed and as a result I am now forced to give up even more of my precious time to seek out some of his other offerings.

It's a shame it did not do so well at the box-office. I wonder how much poor marketing came into play there? It certainly bypassed me.

 : November 25, 2018, 07:58:49 PM 
drinkanddestroy - moorman
I got to get that 4k restoration of Le Doulos...

 : November 25, 2018, 07:44:38 PM 
drinkanddestroy - moorman
Ehhh.  The film started good then started going downhill after Prebble took her home.  The plot was weak up until the end.  Just too much contrived unbelievable stuff with the plot.  I rank this one a 5.5 out of 10...

 : November 25, 2018, 07:29:01 AM 
Cusser - Cusser
Mrs. Cusser and I watched this last night.  Enjoyed some parts more than others.  Several plot turns surprised me.  The actors did look the part, not like in whitewashed old American westerns.

Bottom line is: Coen brothers are not afraid to explore and test the waters.  Even directors like Leone wanted to do more than just westerns.

 : November 25, 2018, 05:52:56 AM 
Cusser - noodles_leone
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) – 10/10. This is the best looking American film of recent years (thank you, Bruno Delbonnel). It’s also incredibly well edited, and its use of music is inventive—the Coens as thoroughgoing auteurs are not sufficiently appreciated (as the preceding comments in this thread attest).

Glad you enjoyed the film and married Mrs Jenkins.

So you thought the film looked good? I only enjoyed the cinematography (more precisely, the lights and colors) in 2 segments (3 and 5... maybe I just like prime numbers) and found it distracting and cheap looking the rest of the time.

When it comes to the editing, it's mostly true, although they were severe pacing issues in some scenes, the most obvious one being the indians attack in the Franco short: the action is brutal and terrific but the way it's edited the fight seems to drag on forever and feels static (which isn't at all what it was on the page, I guess, and sure isn't what they filmed).

 : November 25, 2018, 03:55:23 AM 
titoli - cigar joe
The Postman (1997) A solid piece of crap. A good start, when it is only action, but then it gets into propaganda of the Hollywood values and it gets boring as hell for almost 3 hours. 4/10

Agree! Also pretty boring visually.

 : November 25, 2018, 03:53:24 AM 
dave jenkins - cigar joe
I liked Walkabout too

 : November 24, 2018, 03:37:54 PM 
Cusser - titoli
Where's the western?
episode 1: a  spoof of the singing cowboy genre, probably the best episode of the lot (it is the shortest, though you have to put up with a terrible version of "Cool Water" sung in the Hank Williams style by a non-singer).
episode 2: "Hey, Ethan (or Joel)" how do we update Bierce's story?" "We double it" (clever, uh?) "Ok, but let also make it a hommage to Leone, film buffs fall for that kind of stuff".
episode 3: A 60's italian comedy, not western. With a difference: the italian masters were able to intersperse a whole episode with original twists and laughs. Here's there's only the final one. So, after you have passed the first moment of curiosity, you don't care for what happens until the end. But thank God the episode is quite short as well.
episode 4 I read the London story a few months ago. No surprise, they simply put it on the screen. And, thank God, Waits is not allowed to sing.
episode 5 Here you have the final twist and a long, unoriginal, boring story stuck to it. People are supposed to like the story because of the twist, especially if they never saw  a trail western before
episode 6: not a western and no story.
So it's a "western" with no story and no characters (at least, original ones). You have the landscapes, the editing and little more (the music sucks). I give it 7/10 because I might watch it again 10 or 15 years from now if I'm still alive and I have forgotten everything about it.

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