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« Reply #12855 on: December 26, 2013, 07:40:35 PM »

what did you think of Margot Robbie?

she says she almost turned down the role cuz of the nudity... she never wanted to do nudity but agreed cuz she absolutely wanted this role http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1719590/wolf-of-wall-street-margot-robbie-nudity.jhtml


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« Reply #12856 on: December 27, 2013, 01:07:54 AM »

I saw Chinatown again (2nd viewing; on TCM).

I give it an 8.5/10. Very good film, but not great.

RE: Faye Dunaway: I don't think she gave a bad performance, but I don't think it was the correct decision to cast her. They took a young and pretty woman, and made her look 20 years older and a helluva lot uglier. Why? Why not have an actress that is the age of the character play that role? It's a meaty role and a actress of appropriate age who could have also looked pretty doing it, so that we actually believe that Nicholson would wanna bang her would have been better with it. As it is, when I think of Dunaway and I think of Bonnie & Clyde or The Thomas Crown Affair or Doc, this role in Chinatown just doesn't compare.

Nicholson and Huston are great. The music is really good. And the best part of the movie is the look. The production design, the clothing, the cars, it's just beautiful to look at (and looked absolutely gorgeous on TCM).

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« Reply #12857 on: December 27, 2013, 10:46:12 AM »

Three Kings - 7.5/10
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The Wolf of Wall Street - 10/10
Perfect. Can't think of a single flaw. A consistently hilarious, amazing film for every one of it's 180 minutes. Although the narration and structure makes it feel like Goodfellas 3 at times (Casino being Goodfellas 2), Scorsese still manages to create something which feels new and inventive as well. It's certainly better than Casino and possibly even better than Goodfellas. Why the reviews aren't condsistent A+'s is beyond me - this is up with Marty's all-time greatest works.

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« Reply #12858 on: December 27, 2013, 11:09:09 AM »


The Wolf of Wall Street - 10/10
Perfect. Can't think of a single flaw. A consistently hilarious, amazing film for every one of it's 180 minutes. Although the narration and structure makes it feel like Goodfellas 3 at times (Casino being Goodfellas 2), Scorsese still manages to create something which feels new and inventive as well. It's certainly better than Casino and possibly even better than Goodfellas. Why the reviews aren't condsistent A+'s is beyond me - this is up with Marty's all-time greatest works.
10/10 on your review. It's very much Goodfellas 3 in tone and execution. The one big difference is that nobody gets whacked in this--it's all white collar crime. So the material doesn't have the "gravitas" of its two predecessors, and maybe that's why it isn't getting the respect it deserves. But it's Scorsese's most entertaining film ever. [Note to Drink: stay away! This is a film where you are forced to laugh every 30 seconds or so. It's not a comedy, it's funnier than a comedy, so stay far, far away!!]

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« Reply #12859 on: December 27, 2013, 12:39:13 PM »

[Note to Drink: stay away! This is a film where you are forced to laugh every 30 seconds or so. It's not a comedy, it's funnier than a comedy, so stay far, far away!!]

Thanks. I figured as much...I may end up seeing it, cuz eventually I'll run out of dramas in theaters Wink

 I wonder why Marty decided to do a real-life crime story as a comedy.
Maybe it's cuz he didn't wanna just make another crime drama, a "Goodfellas 3." Maybe it's cuz there already is a drama based on Jordan Belfort's story (Boiler Room). Maybe it's just cuz this isn't the way you'd imagine he would do it - how many real crime stories are made into comedies?

anyway, when all is said and done, when people think of famous director-actor teams, maybe Scorcese-DiCaprio will come to mind before Scorsese-De Niro  Wink

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« Reply #12860 on: December 27, 2013, 12:45:39 PM »

But it's Scorsese's most entertaining film ever. [Note to Drink: stay away! This is a film where you are forced to laugh every 30 seconds or so. It's not a comedy, it's funnier than a comedy, so stay far, far away!!]
You're probably right with it being his most entertaining film - it's definitely the funniest of his three comedies. I still think that After Hours is my undisputed favorite Scorsese movie. Right behind it is either Goodfellas or Wolf of Wall Street. I even like it more than the obligatory Taxi Driver/Raging Bull combo, which rightfully tops the list of most Scorsese-viewers.

But fuck all the comparisons, they don't mean much of anything anyways. The Wolf of Wall Street is a required viewing. And Drink if you can ignore the comedy(weirdo) you may even end up liking this. It should be a great film regardless of your sense of (or lack of) humor.

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« Reply #12861 on: December 27, 2013, 01:48:14 PM »

The Bride Wore Black 7.5/10

Some of the score is copied from Vertigo, right?

[This is supposed to be Truffaut's "Hitchcock film." I'm not nearly as obsessed with Hitchcock as Truffaut was. I think Hitch made some great movies that I enjoyed very much, but I'm not into the specific Hitch "themes" or "situations" that he's famous for; I don't care about those themes and devices that Hitch cared about and was famous for and that some of his fans love to focus on. Like the macabre for the sake of macabre, etc. I wouldn't say I love some of Hitch's movies despite these devices; rather, I'd say I love them regardless of these devices. Do they make his film better, even for me without my realizing it? Well, that I can't say, cuz then I'd have realized it  Wink ]

Anyway, forget all the Hitch stuff. Other than recognizing the Vertigo score, I (thankfully) didn't realize this was supposed to be a Hitch homage till I read about it afterward. I just judged the film on its own terms. It was good, and Jeanne Moreau was terrific. The ending was spoiled for me a little bit (cuz in the dvd chapter menu, I mistakenly looked at the name of the final chapter [I HATE how they use names for chapters that give away what happens]) so I didn't enjoy the last half-hour or so as much as I would have. Maybe I'd have rated it a half-point higher if the ending hadn't been somewhat spoiled for me.

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« Reply #12862 on: December 27, 2013, 02:26:06 PM »

I wouldn't say I love some of Hitch's movies despite these devices; rather, I'd say I love them regardless of these devices.
Mind explaining the difference here? See, as an English teacher, I'm supposed to be up on all the nuances of our language, all the fine distinctions. And I'm pulling a complete blank here. Help me out, huh?

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« Reply #12863 on: December 27, 2013, 10:21:11 PM »

I believe Drink's job is to obfuscate language not explain it.

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« Reply #12864 on: December 28, 2013, 01:38:07 AM »


Adieu l'ami - (somewhere around a) 7/10

Some parts are definitely not self-explanatory, and others silly, apart from that it's worth a watch or two, though there's nothing great in it.

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« Reply #12865 on: December 28, 2013, 03:54:02 AM »

Mind explaining the difference here? See, as an English teacher, I'm supposed to be up on all the nuances of our language, all the fine distinctions. And I'm pulling a complete blank here. Help me out, huh?

Ok I'll explain since English is totally my native language and stuff. He's saying that these devices don't spoil the movie for him, he just don't care about them.


THE WOLF OF WALL STREET - 8/10

Now that was fun. Really fun. And it made a script I'm working on look very very flat by comparison. I won't descrive what is good in the movie because just watch the trailer and it does a great job explaining what's great. Just know that the movie is far more explicit than the trailer.
Now, what disappointed me a little:
- there is a little loss of rhythm toward the end, although most Marty's films give me that impression on the first watch, but become absolutely perfect with repeated viewings
- the scenes with Jean Dujardin (the swiss banker) are much more amateurish than the rest of the movie. Dujardin is not half as good as he could have been with this character.
- we're following a criminal the whole movie, but the speech of Matthew McConaughey at the begining gives you the feeling that it's how all the finance world is working. While it's a fucking lie. It's not that important since it's really not where the focus is, and by the end of the movie you've seen like 1.000.000.000.000 things that are way worst than what McConaughey explains. Still, on such a hot topic, Marty should have been a bit more careful to state that the movie is NOT a documentary (Goodfellas's style) about bankers and traders, it's about where the general atmosphere of wall street can lead... when you're a criminal.

In the end, it's a 8/10 for me but I'll probably rate it 9 after I'll have bought the blu-ray.

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« Reply #12866 on: December 28, 2013, 12:07:27 PM »

it's about where the general atmosphere of wall street can lead... when you're a criminal.
It's a point worth making.

The Blu-ray is gonna be fan-fucking-tastic!
http://www.amazon.com/Wolf-Wall-Street-Blu-ray-Digital/dp/B00H9KKKAY/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1388257571&sr=1-1&keywords=the+wolf+of+wall+street

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« Reply #12867 on: December 28, 2013, 12:26:29 PM »

The Lost Moment (1947) - 7/10. Ostensibly an adaptation of Henry James's "The Aspern Papers," this film by Martin Gabel actually uses James's premise as a jumping-off point. In 19th Century Vienna, an American publisher (Robert Cummings) attempts to get some letters of literary value by romancing the niece (Susan Hayward) of their ancient owner. Only (and here is where the story departs from James's) it turns out the niece has an unhealthy relationship with the letters: she has memorized them and at night in a kind of trance channels the events and sentiments recorded therein. She needs a man in the present to thrust some reality into her. Is Bob Cummings up to the task? The film has a nice gothic atmosphere and plenty of noir lighting. Agnes Moorehead plays the lady who owns the letters and she's supposed to be 105. She's under so much makeup that I did not even recognize her.

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« Reply #12868 on: December 28, 2013, 12:44:28 PM »

A few days behind...

It's a Wonderful Life - 9/10 - 3rd or 4th viewing.

Outcast of the Islands - 8/10

The Hill - 9/10

The Offence - 7/10

Windwalker - 7/10

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« Reply #12869 on: December 28, 2013, 04:31:13 PM »

Inside Llewyn Davis - 8/10
Really liked it. The Coens killed it with their most linear-feeling, low-key movie yet, and then flipped the switch with another mind-fuddling ending which brings the film to a whole new level (as long as I'm not over analyzing things). Llewyn feels like the biggest asshole ever written by the Coens, yet is actually their most real and genuine character to date. The fact that I consider this their lower tier of work is why the Coens are two of the greatest filmmakers alive - yet I still don't consider anything they've done to be a masterpiece. This will only get better with more viewings. This reminds me most of a mix of Barton Fink and A Serious Man which are two of my favorites by them.

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