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« #16590 : January 10, 2017, 03:26:28 PM »

The Barefoot Contessa (1954) - 5/10. One of Mank's weaker efforts--glaringly so, as the much better The Bad and the Beautiful--a similar subject similarly treated (characters relate the bio of a Hollywood personality in flashbacks)--was released two years before. OK, B&B was in B&W, and TBC is in Technicolor, so there is some compensation. And Ava Gardner looks fab in Technicolor (as she did in Pandora and the Flying Dutchman, also lensed by the DP for this, Jack Cardiff). And then there's Bogart's genial presence, jollying everything along. But the star power in this can't make up for the lack of passion coming from the director's chair. Too much of the story is told in voice-over: this gets us through scenes quickly at times, but it also dampens the drama to the point of non-existence. At the end we really don't care about the central character or any of the others, and this film really should be a tear-jerker with a tragic finish. Instead, it's just a splashy film with a lot of phony rain.



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« #16591 : January 12, 2017, 12:22:17 PM »

Pecker (1998) - 3/5

A light John Waters but enjoyable.

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« #16592 : January 12, 2017, 01:19:06 PM »

Fences (2016) Directed by Denzel Washington starring Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson, Jim Bono, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson, and Saniyya Sidney. Another SAG Screener. This one is good sort of a The Honeymooners meet A Streetcar Named Desire. 9/10


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« #16593 : January 12, 2017, 01:24:10 PM »

Fences (2016) Directed by Denzel Washington starring Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson, Jim Bono, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson, and Saniyya Sidney. Another SAG Screener. This one is good sort of a The Honeymooners meet A Streetcar Named Desire. 9/10

Was this movie exclusively shot in close up or is it just a terrible trailer?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jj-ZYPVRQbc
Well they found 2 wide shots to put in trailer 2:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKHwqON7qiI


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« #16594 : January 12, 2017, 05:18:38 PM »

Was this movie exclusively shot in close up or is it just a terrible trailer?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jj-ZYPVRQbc
Well they found 2 wide shots to put in trailer 2:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKHwqON7qiI

It's a filmed stage play and it's mostly close up and dialogue driven, not many wide shots almost claustrophobic, it's depicting a ghetto neighborhood in the late 50s.


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« #16595 : January 13, 2017, 02:44:07 AM »






... but thanks for letting me know about this one, I had absolutely not heard of it. I'll see it.

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« #16596 : January 13, 2017, 04:01:14 AM »

Winter's Bone (2010) It's sort of The Beverly Hillbillies Break Bad. Mountain folk, their standoffishness distrust of strangers and problems with the law. It captures the hillfolk and their world pretty well. 7/10

The Nice Guys (2016) Comedy 1970s Los Angeles, a mismatched pair one private eye one strong arm thug investigate a missing girl and the mysterious death of a porn star. 6/10


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« #16597 : January 13, 2017, 12:08:51 PM »

Winter's Bone (2010) It's sort of The Beverly Hillbillies Break Bad. Mountain folk, their standoffishness distrust of strangers and problems with the law. It captures the hillfolk and their world pretty well. 7/10


I liked this one very very much. i think I gave it an 8.5/10


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« #16598 : January 13, 2017, 02:47:46 PM »

Winter's Bone (2010) It's sort of The Beverly Hillbillies Break Bad. Mountain folk, their standoffishness distrust of strangers and problems with the law. It captures the hillfolk and their world pretty well. 7/10

The Nice Guys (2016) Comedy 1970s Los Angeles, a mismatched pair one private eye one strong arm thug investigate a missing girl and the mysterious death of a porn star. 6/10

I always wanted to like these two more than I actually do.

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« #16599 : January 13, 2017, 03:14:11 PM »

I liked this one very very much. i think I gave it an 8.5/10

Winter's Bone almost captures the hillfolk and their world pretty well, I say almost because I've had contact with these suckers on a regular basis, in the real hill country there's a lot of missing and rotting teeth in even the twenty year olds.   :o


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« #16600 : January 13, 2017, 04:50:09 PM »

in the real hill country there's a lot of missing and rotting teeth in even the twenty year olds.   :o
You make that sound as if it's a BAD thing!



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« #16601 : January 13, 2017, 06:16:59 PM »

You make that sound as if it's a BAD thing!

You can have at 'em  ;)


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« #16602 : January 13, 2017, 08:13:53 PM »

Silence (2016) - 6/10
Here are some thoughts. No spoilers:

- It is nothing like the trailer
- As the revenue agrees with, this is stylistically Scorsese's least commercial, least accessible movie. By a long shot.
- It's an interesting turn in direction for Marty. There are glimpses of framing, cutting, and camerawork that agree with the rest of his filmography. But it feels much more mature and reliant on atmosphere than any other of his movies. I didn't notice any music, there is only a handful of full-on conversations, there were barely many sound effects at all. Purely visual, one of the quietest movies I can think of ever seeing.
- As for the visuals, it's often gorgeous. Probably his best-looking movie cinematically, and maybe the first time one of his pre-1950's movies actually looks authentic (despite n_l's original thoughts on the trailer)
- Garfield is not nearly as bad as his googly-eyed bobble-heading in the trailer suggests (and his first scene in the film) . He's not perfect, but convincing enough. Driver and Neeson are barely in it, but both pull their weight. The asians are good.
- It's not the "terrible, terrible" film that Drink says, but he never liked Marty much anyways. However .....

As far as the 6/10 goes? This. movie. is. soooooo. fucking. boring (DJ, you'll love it). It's far too long. And as drink did state correctly, very repetitive. The pace is interesting at first but then becomes maddening. By the final act it gets painful. On top of that, it's a film that's purely and heavily about religion. That's fine for who it works for, but as a pretty dead-set Atheist... it's hard to connect or give a shit.

For a majority of the movie I liked it a hell of a lot more than Last Temptation and Kundun. But by the time it was over, I may have second thoughts on that.... Silence is worth seeing once, especially for anyone who is a fan of Scorsese. Hell, I wouldn't be surprised if a small group of people would consider it his greatest work - it really is unlike anything he's ever done. But I don't need to see it a second time.

it's the definition of a passion project. It seems Scorsese took no consideration toward wide appeal. It's admirable, but not rewarding for a majority of the audience

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« #16603 : January 14, 2017, 10:57:13 AM »

Hm. I'd be ok with that.


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« #16604 : January 14, 2017, 02:05:56 PM »

How does it compare with the original Japanese film?



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