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« Reply #9180 on: May 22, 2011, 08:34:36 AM »

Fari nella nebbia (1942) It is commonly accepted by cinema historians to consider Ossessione as a forerunner of neorealism. Well, this must have been the forerunner of Ossessione.
I take it this is another wife-and-boyfriend-do-in-the-husband story?

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« Reply #9181 on: May 23, 2011, 02:40:42 AM »

The Tree Of Life 8/10

Over ambitious project, which is both its strength (we only got 4 "huge movies" since year 2000, and probably only a couple more since 1990. We need more of them.) and its weakness. Especially since Malick continues to think he's a philosopher although he's nothing more (and nothing less) than a poet. No time for a real review but let's say the movie is what it looks like: it has its masterpiece moments when you stay mouth wide open for 20minutes, its emotion moments that sometimes do great and sometimes miss the spot and its boooooooooooooring moments. Pretty happy it god the Palme d'Or yesterday.

The Goodfellas 9/10

52th watch. I still prefer Casino over this one. The Goodfellas is the finished product while Casino is the flawed one with a bigger topic.

Death Proof 8.5/10

I always liked this movie, but I tend to like it more everytime. Sorry folks, I know I'm alone on this.

Planet Terror 7/10

5th time I watch it? This Rodrigues will never grow up.

A Serious Man 9/10

With a better climax I would have given 10/10.


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« Reply #9182 on: May 23, 2011, 04:47:37 AM »

1. The Tree Of Life 8/10

Over ambitious project, which is both its strength (we only got 4 "huge movies" since year 2000, and probably only a couple more since 1990. We need more of them.) and its weakness. Especially since Malick continues to think he's a philosopher although he's nothing more (and nothing less) than a poet. No time for a real review but let's say the movie is what it looks like: it has its masterpiece moments when you stay mouth wide open for 20minutes, its emotion moments that sometimes do great and sometimes miss the spot and its boooooooooooooring moments. Pretty happy it god the Palme d'Or yesterday.

2. The Goodfellas 9/10

52th watch. I still prefer Casino over this one. The Goodfellas is the finished product while Casino is the flawed one with a bigger topic.

3. Death Proof 8.5/10

I always liked this movie, but I tend to like it more everytime. Sorry folks, I know I'm alone on this.

4. Planet Terror 7/10

5th time I watch it? This Rodrigues will never grow up.

5. A Serious Man 9/10

With a better climax I would have given 10/10.


1. Well, yes, it looks extremely stunning, but maybe always on the brink to become kitschy (have only seen some small clips). But it worked in The Thin red Line, and I hope it works here again.

2. Well, yes ...

3. You are not alone. It's growing, and I really love it meanwhile. And even more than you. Maybe 9, maybe even a 10/10

4. Well, yes, probably never.
I was a bit bored by this one, but then was very entertained by Machete.

5. I though the last shot was incredible. 9/10

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« Reply #9183 on: May 23, 2011, 06:07:01 AM »

The Tree Of Life 8/10
No time for a real review but let's say the movie is what it looks like: it has its masterpiece moments when you stay mouth wide open for 20minutes, its emotion moments that sometimes do great and sometimes miss the spot and its boooooooooooooring moments.
Which leads me to believe that it's all spectacle and no plot.

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« Reply #9184 on: May 23, 2011, 06:28:04 AM »

Which leads me to believe that it's all spectacle and no plot.

There is not plot. The film is about two things:
1) relationships in a family (tough dumb loving father + sweet and weak loving mother + kids in the middle of them inheriting from their parents in different proportions)
2) The thesis that you have to chose life and grace (mother side) over toughness (father). God is on the good side of course.

It's still more than spectacle since (1) gets really emotional at some points.

1. Well, yes, it looks extremely stunning, but maybe always on the brink to become kitschy (have only seen some small clips). But it worked in The Thin red Line, and I hope it works here again.

2. Well, yes ...

3. You are not alone. It's growing, and I really love it meanwhile. And even more than you. Maybe 9, maybe even a 10/10

4. Well, yes, probably never.
I was a bit bored by this one, but then was very entertained by Machete.

5. I though the last shot was incredible. 9/10

1. It's always on the brink (sometimes REALLY on the brink) and most of the time it works (although not during the Sean Penn parts at the begining). It's far more pushed than in the Thin Red Line since here you've got barely 1 "real" dialogue scene. The rest looks like this: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xipd82_the-tree-of-life-terrence-malick-clip-n-2-hd_shortfilms

3. Glad to hear that!

4. I was a bit bored too. But some really cool parts. I have not seen Machete. However, in another genre, I'd advise ZombieLand.

5. Yes, stunning last shot. The whole movie is an amazing work of art.

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« Reply #9185 on: May 23, 2011, 06:35:54 AM »


5. Yes, stunning last shot. The whole movie is an amazing work of art.

Ahh, ok, but you think it needed something more substantial for the ending.

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« Reply #9186 on: May 23, 2011, 06:40:34 AM »

Oh I'm not talking about that last shot. I'm talking about the Bar Mitzvah. It's a bit boring and "off topic" considering that we've been focused on the father's quest for answer and not that much on the boy. I heard the first versions of the script were more equally balanced, there really was their two stories. But with the film we have, we needed something like the Bar Mitzvah, but from the father's point of view. Don't you agree?

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« Reply #9187 on: May 23, 2011, 10:20:54 AM »

A review: http://www.blu-ray.com/The-Tree-of-Life/32284/?show=review

This guy makes it sound like a less-interesting 2001, which isn't good, considering I don't have much patience anymore for Kubrick's picture.

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« Reply #9188 on: May 23, 2011, 10:38:47 AM »

It's something between 2001 and Enter The Void.
It's less "interesting" than 2001 but also WAY more engaging.

You can also say that, like 2001, it's not a regular film. It's not something you can really review as a film. 2001 is a huge bore, but, eh, it will still be discussed 200 years from now. No one really cares whether it is a good or a bad movie: it's a (boring) milestone that brought cinema to another level. May be not as itself, but it showed millions of (wannabe) filmmakers that you can tell "other" stories with a camera.
To a certain extend, this can apply to The Tree Of Life. Like I said, we've had very few ambitious movies over the last 20 years. We need more of them.

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« Reply #9189 on: May 23, 2011, 12:09:27 PM »

2001 (and maybe also Tree of Life) may be a bore to some or even to many, but others (like me) are totally fascinated by it.

I was too young when I saw it first, but I was overwhelmed a few years later. Same happened to me with OuTW.


Noodles what do you think about Enter the Void?

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« Reply #9190 on: May 23, 2011, 12:24:49 PM »

I take it this is another wife-and-boyfriend-do-in-the-husband story?

If it were meant to be taken like that then James Cain should be considered as the father of italian neo-realism.

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« Reply #9191 on: May 23, 2011, 12:28:09 PM »

Mister Max (1937) Better than most of Hollywood's sophisticated comedies of the era, with the added ingredient of De Sica's performance. 8\10

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« Reply #9192 on: May 23, 2011, 12:53:30 PM »

The Day They Robbed the Bank of England - 7/10 - Aldo Ray is an American criminal who helps a gang of Irish rebels rob the titular bank in turn-of-the-century London. A fairly routine heist flick for most of its length, though the last twenty minutes become deliciously complicated, with an unexpected ending. There's also a neat trick in that both Ray's Irish-American idealist and Peter O'Toole's affable English antagonist are likeable, so you can cheer for whomever you want.

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« Reply #9193 on: May 23, 2011, 02:22:48 PM »

Enemy at the Gates (2001) I wonder why a war thriller like this must be more than 2h long when 80 min. would be more than sufficient. Yes, you have to put in the love story, slowing down the narrative, and some other forgettable scenes. So you fail having a taut plot with suspense. I give it 6\10 when it could easily have been 8\10.  

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« Reply #9194 on: May 23, 2011, 02:28:44 PM »

Bengasi (1942) A story about the vicissitudes of italians under the temporary british rule in the Cyrenaica town. Some melodrama but also some good plot lines well played by Giachetti and Nazzari. Strange as it was shot just after the facts. 7\10

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