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« Reply #11955 on: May 10, 2013, 05:36:51 AM »

I'm curious how you'll be seeing it. Every DVD I'm aware of has lousy picture quality.
I used the Kino DVD. There is a lot of damage at the beginnings and ends of reels, but overall I didn't think it was too bad. I can live with speckling.

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« Reply #11956 on: May 11, 2013, 08:48:31 AM »

The Great Gatsby (1974) - 5/10 - Jack Clayton's stiff adaptation of Fitzgerald's novel is faithful to a fault. It's so literal in its presentation of the book that it never achieves life of its own; there's nothing to make it cinematic, besides the lavish costumes and art direction. The cast is adequate but the screenplay is stiff, and Fitzgerald's images like the green light seem cheesy when presented so literally. This material needs someone like Visconti or Billy Wilder, not a hackish journeyman. I'm seeing the new Gatsby today, and while my expectations aren't high it at least has a low bar to meet.

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« Reply #11957 on: May 11, 2013, 08:46:18 PM »

The Great Gatsby (2013) - 0/10 - Imagine the worst music video you've ever seen, all swooping camera angles, cheesy CGI, gaudy, overwrought imagery, pulsing hip hop music and gauche set design. Add Leonardo DiCaprio and 3-D. Then pretend you're adapting one of the all-time great American novels. Finally, stretch the movie out to two-and-a-half hours so it can be used for intensive interrogations at Gitmo. It's more faithful to the book than I expected, but given how obnoxiously it's presented who gives a fuck? Faithful excrement is still excrement, especially when you graft Beyonce onto F. Scott Fitzgerald. Aside from a brief shoutout to Sunset Blvd. there wasn't a frame I didn't detest.

Before you ask why I saw this, my friends dragged me along. I would have been content with Iron Man, even if it were as bad/mediocre as Jenkins said.

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« Reply #11958 on: May 12, 2013, 04:09:13 AM »

EYES WIDE SHUT 8/10
Having just bought a venitian mask from the guys who made the ones from the movie (they have 2 shops in Venice) made me want to (rerere)watch this again. It's obviously a movie made by an aging man who didn't have the same perfectionism and love for details he used to. It's also a movie about sex and desire made by a man who made only "cold" movies and who never knew how to show sensuality. And of course, it's slow paced, it has an ultra thin plot and less than 10 characters. And still, it rocks.
Yes, it's flawed, it's not half as deep as it's trying to make you believe, and yes, old Kubrick often goes the easy way. The opening is a perfect sample of the whole movie: The Blue Danube on the credits, then suddenly, a naked Nicole Kidman. It should be enough to rank this movie into the "Michael Bay tries to make a Stanley Kubrick movie" category, but what can I say? It just works.
Still my favorite Kubrick. Of course not the most influential one, and not the one people will still be talking about in 50 years. But the only one that doesn't bore me at all  Roll Eyes

SHAUN OF THE DEAD 7/10
Great and inventive first half. Dragging once they get to the Winchester. They then got as far/fun/smart as they could get with Hot Fuzz, which is, to me, Shaun Of The Dead but to the perfection. And then, they made Scott Pilgrim, the huge masterpiece.

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« Reply #11959 on: May 12, 2013, 08:18:17 AM »

Finally, stretch the movie out to two-and-a-half hours so it can be used for intensive interrogations at Gitmo.
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Yeah, a "5" is better than a zero "0."

I have no intention of seeing the new Gatsby, but I'm guessing if I were to  I might score it a little higher--say a "1", maybe even a "2". I heard about one gag that I thought was pretty clever. Baz the Spaz of course uses his old trick of peppering the soundtrack with anachronistic music. But as it happens, independently, Bryan Ferry has just released an album of old Roxy Music tunes re-arranged as 20s period jazz standards (complete with tinny recording sound). Luhrmann licensed "Love Is The Drug" and added an appropriate vocal, and voila: an old-new standard that is ideal for the picture. I'm not sure where it's used in the film, but that seems like a nice touch.

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« Reply #11960 on: May 12, 2013, 08:56:50 AM »

Full Frontal (2002) - 8/10. Artry Soderbergh pic about the interrelated lives of several LA couples over a 24-hours period, contrasted with scenes of a rom-com movie couple (Julia Roberts and Blair Underwood). The movie-within-the-movie is shot on film and has added foley and scoring; the "real" world (the majority of the film) is shot on cheap DV and looks intentionally crappy and has no added audio. Several fun cameos are used, including a couple with Brad Pitt, David Fincher; there are even two with Terence Stamp, who is playing his role from The Limey (it's as if the events in The Limey were occurring concurrently with what is happening here) . We also see scenes from a play about Hitler's personal life--as if Hitler were a contemporary schlub--that are very funny. Mostly this film is a collection of scenes about pairs of people talking, but the very talented cast does a good job of putting over the amusing dialog. There is even character development and some legitimate pathos. I liked it a lot.

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« Reply #11961 on: May 12, 2013, 10:15:43 AM »

Given everything else wrong with Gatsby it seems silly to single this out. But there's a moment where one character, repeating a rumor about Gatsby, stops to explain to the audience who Kaiser Wilhelm was. Shows how little respect Luhrmann has for his viewers.

Can't remember Love is the Drug being used. The whole soundtrack was pretty much an obnoxious blur to me.

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« Reply #11962 on: May 12, 2013, 01:50:05 PM »

speaking of Gitmo interrogations http://www.metallica.com/news/20130218-600491.asp

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« Reply #11963 on: May 12, 2013, 06:25:21 PM »

Straw Dogs (2011) - 4/10 - Inoffensive, bland, forgettable. Three words that can't possibly be applied to Peckinpah's original, whatever your feelings about it.

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« Reply #11964 on: May 13, 2013, 01:52:07 PM »

Inoffensive, bland, forgettable. Three words that can't possibly be applied to Peckinpah's original, whatever your feelings about it.
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« Reply #11965 on: May 13, 2013, 02:31:03 PM »

PURPLE NOON (1960) 8/10 should I now see The Talented Mr. Ripley?

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« Reply #11966 on: May 13, 2013, 03:43:19 PM »

Atonement - 8/10 - 2nd viewing. I liked this a lot more the second time around. Granted, the war sections still seem perfunctory and rushed, with Joe Wright trying his damndest to turn a character study into a David Lean flick. But the novel's story translates pretty well to film, Wright's irritating style quirks aside. The acting, save Keira Knightley (coming on like Celia Johnson with lockjaw), is excellent.

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« Reply #11967 on: May 14, 2013, 03:49:02 AM »

The Great Gatsby (2013) - 0/10 - Imagine the worst music video you've ever seen, all swooping camera angles, cheesy CGI, gaudy, overwrought imagery, pulsing hip hop music and gauche set design. Add Leonardo DiCaprio and 3-D. Then pretend you're adapting one of the all-time great American novels. Finally, stretch the movie out to two-and-a-half hours so it can be used for intensive interrogations at Gitmo. It's more faithful to the book than I expected, but given how obnoxiously it's presented who gives a fuck? Faithful excrement is still excrement, especially when you graft Beyonce onto F. Scott Fitzgerald. Aside from a brief shoutout to Sunset Blvd. there wasn't a frame I didn't detest.

Before you ask why I saw this, my friends dragged me along. I would have been content with Iron Man, even if it were as bad/mediocre as Jenkins said.

What did you think of Moulin Rouge?

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« Reply #11968 on: May 14, 2013, 11:38:57 AM »

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=C2N1f0z5zwA

I quite liked the '74 Gastsby despite generally negative opinion of it. I'm terrified of the new one, looks and sounds awful. But I'm still interested.

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« Reply #11969 on: May 14, 2013, 01:16:23 PM »

Ha!

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