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« #11085 : November 09, 2012, 02:29:41 PM »

Hm, the QoS action editing was pretty distracting for me. Oh well.

I've only seen four bond movies. I think I'd group Goldeneye, Goldfinger, and Quantom of Solace in the "eh, pretty good" category, with Casino Royale being above all of them. There's quite a few more I want to check out.

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« #11086 : November 09, 2012, 04:33:23 PM »

Hm, the QoS action editing was pretty distracting for me. Oh well.

I agree, though I'd substitute nauseating for distracting.



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« #11087 : November 10, 2012, 02:50:40 AM »

The funny thing with QoS is that that what people criticise on it is exactly what makes it for others so fascinating.


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« #11088 : November 10, 2012, 12:32:51 PM »

The funny thing with QoS is that that what people criticise on it is exactly what makes it for others so fascinating.
I agree, although I'd substitute philistines for "people," and sophisticates for "others."



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« #11089 : November 10, 2012, 12:59:40 PM »


And Jenkins for twits, surely.



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« #11090 : November 10, 2012, 01:16:36 PM »

Are fast cuts per se bad?  Or only in some films?


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« #11091 : November 10, 2012, 07:04:04 PM »

Stray Dog 10/10


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« #11092 : November 11, 2012, 11:15:11 AM »

The Proposition - 7/10 - Strange, heavily stylized Aussie Western. Full of oddball characters, beautiful scenery and grisly violence, topped off by a creepy Nick Cave score. Perhaps not the sum of its parts but interesting nonetheless.



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« #11093 : November 11, 2012, 08:51:42 PM »

Skyfall - 7/10
Liked everything about it besides these three major problems:

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1. Lack of a solid Bond girl
2. The whole middle of the movie is basically The Dark Knight in Bond world (near identical structure, villain, and plan)
3. I didn't like how the finale was set up for Bond to be on defense as opposed to offense. Felt like a cheap survival movie.

Also, too many not-so-subtle jokes at Bond being old. Felt like I was watching The Expendables or something.

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« #11094 : November 12, 2012, 03:41:14 AM »

Skyfall - 7/10
Liked everything about it besides these three major problems:

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1. Lack of a solid Bond girl
2. The whole middle of the movie is basically The Dark Knight in Bond world (near identical structure, villain, and plan)
3. I didn't like how the finale was set up for Bond to be on defense as opposed to offense. Felt like a cheap survival movie.

Also, too many not-so-subtle jokes at Bond being old. Felt like I was watching The Expendables or something.

Yea I noticed 1 also - I've never watched  The Dark Knight all the way through


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« #11095 : November 12, 2012, 06:17:46 AM »

The Proposition - 7/10 - Strange, heavily stylized Aussie Western. Full of oddball characters, beautiful scenery and grisly violence, topped off by a creepy Nick Cave score. Perhaps not the sum of its parts but interesting nonetheless.
For "heavily styylized" read not-the-usual-studio-crap.

Inspired by Groggy's review, I hunted around on my livingroom floor and found my unopened copy of the blu-ray ($7.99 at Best Buy!). I popped it in and started enjoying the film immediately. Guy Pearce? John Hillcoat? Where had I heard those names before?

Aha! Now I know where Lawless came from. And I also suddenly understand the casting of Tom Hardy--he's the American Ray Winstone.

Hillcoat takes genre pictures and does interesting things with them. Not in terms of story--the plots are conventional. But in terms of visuals, sound design, and music he puts his own inimicable stamp on the material he treats. In The Propostition he had the very beautiful area around Winton, Australia to photograph, of course, but he didn't settle for just setting up a camera and opening the shutter. Man, does Hillcoat love his filters, or what? Well, you can't argue with the results: every frame in this picture is spectacular (served well by the blu-ray). Lawless, as I remember, was almost as visually interesting--I await the blu-ray for that impatiently.

Hillcoat is very good at adding details and touches that set his films apart. Some examples from The Proposition: the opening scene (an interior showing men in a room under seige, shooting out and being shot at) had the most marvelous sound design--the sound of incessant ricochets. (At last, a director who understands that bullets ricochet). Another interesting touch: after a lashing, the guy who had done the job is shown squeezing the blood of his victim out of his instrument. Finally, no one since Leone has done fly-wrangling like Hillcoat--and I'm pretty sure those weren't CGI flies, either.

I give The Proposition a 9/10. I look forward to seeing what Hillcoat does next.



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« #11096 : November 12, 2012, 03:02:14 PM »

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988) - 8/10
Maybe 8.5/10.

Dr. No (1962) - 7/10
Watched it almost by accident while chatting with my roommate.


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« #11097 : November 12, 2012, 05:02:08 PM »

For "heavily styylized" read not-the-usual-studio-crap.

Where do you infer heavily stylized is a bad thing? And why the extra y?



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« #11098 : November 13, 2012, 05:57:52 AM »

Where do you infer heavily stylized is a bad thing?
I don't. I was merely adding precision. And what have you got against gratuitous "Y"s?



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« #11099 : November 13, 2012, 06:19:46 AM »

@ Lincoln Center, 2 from the Keisuke Kinoshita retro:

The River Fuefuki (1960) 6/10. During Japan's Century of Civil Wars, a peasant family ties its fortunes to their feudal lord. They come to grief. The film's message is obvious and becomes tiresome through repetition. The visual approach of the movie is, I think, unique. Shot in black and white, most of the sequences are color tinted. Also, color accents are added to many shots (for example the sky is "painted" blue, fire is made red, etc.). The attempt, I believe, is to make the widescreen image resemble a Japanese scroll painting. The added color also becomes tiresome, and anyway, obscures details. It's obvious why this experiment wasn't repeated.

Engagement Ring (1950) 7/10. A Japanese Brief Encounter, with Toshiro Mifune and Kinuyo Tanaka (together again for the first time!) as the almost-adulterous couple. No film-going for the pair, but there is quite a lot of swimming. Man, was Mifune a hunk!



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