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« Reply #12930 on: January 02, 2014, 04:45:59 AM »

For me The Long Goodbye is also Altman's best.

And Solitary Man is a beautiful little film.

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« Reply #12931 on: January 02, 2014, 07:47:56 AM »

Clifton is the last person in the world that Bale (or his character in AMERICAN HUSTLE) looks like. And if not rating noirs "10/10 on locations alone" means I have a visual deficiency, then that is one deficiency (out of many) that I am proud of  Tongue

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« Reply #12932 on: January 02, 2014, 07:49:23 AM »

The Hoppla: An Expected Bore - CGI, 2012

The year ended not that good as I did what I shouldn't have done. Watched a Peter Jackson film which was not Braindead.
Ok, it wasn't as bad as expected, I only sometimes had to use the fast forward button. It even had some good stuff in it, so Peter Jackson is not the worst director alive, but still one who doesn't really know how to tell a story properly.
Still a ritzy film which tells an overlong story filled with mostly uninteresting characters (all those dwarfs are not that sexy) full of swank images in a too often visually yawning style. It's all too much to let anything breath.
The Gollum part was good and I enjoyed the dwarfs juggling the dishes.
At least it was more entertaining than LotR 1 and King Kong, but far from giving me any excitement. 5/10 (yeah, a bit generous)

The Gollum part is really good (although not the astonishing scenes the Jackson/Serkis fanboys described), and I kind of liked the very cartoonish fight inside the grotto. I guess I'll never have the courage to watch it again. I heard the 2nd installment was better (not that big of a challenge), but I suspect it's only marginally better, and only because there is a dragon (who doesn't like dragons?).

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« Reply #12933 on: January 02, 2014, 07:51:03 AM »

Just saw MEAN STREETS again. I am in love with this movie. At the moment, I am more in love with this movie than perhaps even RAGING BULL, GOODFELLAS, or any other Scorsese aside from THE AVIATOR. Although, it must be noted that I have probably seen GOODFELLAS 25 times so maybe it's not as exciting for me now as MEAN STREETS, which I have only seen thrice.

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« Reply #12934 on: January 02, 2014, 07:53:54 AM »

At the moment, I am more in love with [MEAN STREETS] than perhaps even RAGING BULL, GOODFELLAS, any other Scorsese aside from THE AVIATOR.

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« Reply #12935 on: January 02, 2014, 07:55:15 AM »

THE HOUSE ON TELEGRAPH HILL 6/10... I did not love any of the actors; all adequate, nothing more, except maybe the kid. (it's hilarious how they take this Italian babe and expect us to believe she has a Polish accent, but I'll let that go.)

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« Reply #12936 on: January 02, 2014, 10:17:26 AM »

Grin Grin Grin

No doubt, your forum account has NOT be pirated. There is only one guy on earth that could have written this sentence.

is your problem with my love for The Aviator, Mean Streets, or both?

Anyway, I am not necessarily saying this is my order for greatest Scorsese films. I am just saying that right now, I am insane about Mean Streets. I saw it once a few years ago (on a laptop) and wasn't all that insane about it; I've recently been reading some books about Scorsese, and that reminded me that I need to see Mean Streets properly, on my tv screen. So, I rented the dvd from Netflix and watched it... and loved it so much I watched it again the next day. So right now, I am pretty crazy about it; I'm not necessarily saying this is my long-term view  Wink

anyway, IMO Goodfellas, The Aviator, Raging Bull, and Mean Streets are all 10/10. But not all 10/10's are created equal  Wink

p.s. I use CAPS instead of italics when I am typing on my phone, cuz I don't have italics on my (non-smart)phone

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« Reply #12937 on: January 02, 2014, 10:36:17 AM »

It's unusual to love rate both Mean Street and The Aviator over the other Scorsese films. It's the last two I would put together. But I have absolutely no problem with D&D being D&D.
That being said, don't go into a lengthy explanation of your standpoint: I got it. Your sentence is still fun as hell.

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« Reply #12938 on: January 02, 2014, 10:49:54 AM »

Here's my (approximate) ratings of the Scorsese films I have seen:


Mean Streets, The Aviator, Goodfellas, Raging Bull: 10/10

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, Who's That Knocking at My Door: 9/10

Taxi Driver, The Color of Money: 8.5/10

Casino, The Departed: 8/10

Gangs of New York: 6.5/10

Boxcar Bertha: 4/10


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BY THE WAY, in Mean Streets, I think it was brilliant that Scorsese shows us Amy Robinson's hot naked body before we ever see her face. Cuz there's some great shots of her naked and then you kinda love her.... and it isn't until a few scenes later that you actually get a look (or care to look) at her face and realize she is an ugly girl. If they showed her face right away, you'd hate her, no matter how much of the rest of her body you see later.... But as it is, by the time you see her face, you like her before you even know what she looks like.... I'm sure it's not intended, but I thought this was pretty funny   Grin

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« Reply #12939 on: January 02, 2014, 10:55:04 AM »


That being said, don't go into a lengthy explanation of your standpoint: I got it. Your sentence is still fun as hell.

not an explanation, just a clarification  Wink I've seen Goodfellas so many times (when I was a teenager), Mean Streets is now fresh for me.  Now, I rarely watch (even the best) movies more than once every 18 months or so. It was actually very rare for me (other than a Leone film) to watch Mean Streets twice in 2 days.

More importantly, wtf is with all the hating on The Aviator? I feel like we've discussed this before, but that is a damn great movie. My second-favorite of the millennium (after Mystic River)

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« Reply #12940 on: January 02, 2014, 11:03:02 AM »

More importantly, wtf is with all the hating on The Aviator? I feel like we've discussed this before, but that is a damn great movie. My second-favorite of the millennium (after Mystic River)

I don't know. I guess people consider it to be a commercial work for Marty. I don't know why, because the themes and characters are as Scorsesian as you can get.

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« Reply #12941 on: January 02, 2014, 11:09:19 AM »

I don't know. I guess people consider it to be a commercial work for Marty. I don't know why, because the themes and characters are as Scorsesian as you can get.

are you saying Scorsese sold out? He did it intentionally to be a commercial work?

I believe this project was actually close to his heart... he was planning this for a very long time.

what's your opinion of The Aviator? Forget (if you can) the CGI poster. Forget (if you can) that certain flight footage such as Hughes's famous Beverly Hills crash had to be CGI'd... waddaya think of the movie? what's your rating?

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« Reply #12942 on: January 02, 2014, 11:35:51 AM »

I believe this project was actually close to his heart... he was planning this for a very long time.
Though I'm too lazy to find any quotes to back this up, I'm pretty sure you're wrong here. My understanding is that the script was long in development before it was offered to Scorsese. For instance, he knew very little about Hughes' life before reading the script, or at least he didn't know more than the regular Joe. So I wouldn't call it a personal project in the same sense as Mean Streets, Raging Bull, Last Temptation of the Christ, Goodfellas, Gangs of New York or Silence. It was a typical Hollywood situation where the producer finds the director for the job.

Did Scorsese make it because he found the script interesting or because of the money? That I don't know, and it doesn't make any difference. But he's been known to make commercial films in order to get green light for his more personal projects (The Color of Money for The Last Temptation, Cape Fear for Goodfellas).

On a side note, The Wolf of Wall Street seems to be a "not-so-personal" project for Scorsese, too (yet definitely right up his alley).

Shame (2011) - 8.5/10
Two years ago I left the theater trembling. This time my reaction wasn't as strong, but it's still a damn fine film.

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« Reply #12943 on: January 02, 2014, 11:58:37 AM »

are you saying Scorsese sold out? He did it intentionally to be a commercial work?

I believe this project was actually close to his heart... he was planning this for a very long time.

what's your opinion of The Aviator? Forget (if you can) the CGI poster. Forget (if you can) that certain flight footage such as Hughes's famous Beverly Hills crash had to be CGI'd... waddaya think of the movie? what's your rating?

I like the film. Technically it's a wonderful piece of art, once again showing us the way of the future. I just don't like the way fades are used, it's very annoying during the first 20 minutes. Also the opening scene is terrible. Apart from that it's plain genius, technically speaking. Thematically, it's very Scorsesian, I like it although his characters are always just a bit too self destructive for me to completely "get it". Still, Hughes is the only Scorsese character who has noble passions: he wants to help humanity do better, go faster, higher, stronger, Daft Punk and stuff. I like that. I rate it something like 7.5 because it's his only fast-cut-narrated-epic (apart from Gang, that is too flawed) that still bore me in the middle after multiple viewings. I don't know what doesn't work for me in this one.

So I like it, and my previous comments were more about other people's opinions that mine. And yes, we discussed this film before, you and me Wink

Though I'm too lazy to find any quotes to back this up, I'm pretty sure you're wrong here. My understanding is that the script was long in development before it was offered to Scorsese. For instance, he knew very little about Hughes' life before reading the script, or at least he didn't know more than the regular Joe. So I wouldn't call it a personal project in the same sense as Mean Streets, Raging Bull, Last Temptation of the Christ, Goodfellas, Gangs of New York or Silence. It was a typical Hollywood situation where the producer finds the director for the job.

Did Scorsese make it because he found the script interesting or because of the money? That I don't know, and it doesn't make any difference. But he's been known to make commercial films in order to get green light for his more personal projects (The Color of Money for The Last Temptation, Cape Fear for Goodfellas).

On a side note, The Wolf of Wall Street seems to be a "not-so-personal" project for Scorsese, too (yet definitely right up his alley).

On the other hand, it's a good thing when Marty doesn't get too personal. Taxi Driver, Goodfellas and Raging Bull are masterpieces, but he's also been failing with his most personal projects over the last 20 years (Gangs, Kundun, The Last Temptation). I like it when he takes something that is not his baby and makes it his own (The Departed, The Wolf, The Aviator).

Shame (2011) - 8.5/10
Two years ago I left the theater trembling. This time my reaction wasn't as strong, but it's still a damn fine film.

I need to watch it again. My initial reaction was far less powerful as yours, but some scenes of Hunger prove that I could react like you one of these days.

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« Reply #12944 on: January 02, 2014, 01:05:46 PM »


Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007) - 7/10

In the end I didn't care for it at all, although the start was promising. It's still a good movie, don't get me wrong, not bad by any means, it just doesn't live up to its hype. I think it must be all the drama they injected in it, that I thought it didn't need. Especially the part about the parents and their unequal love for the two brothers, I thought that came right out of the blue, I didn't think it was Sidney Lumet's way of working (a priori to this movie)... Now, something else bothers me: usually I like PSH's performances, but here he annoyed me almost as much as EH, and on the top of that the sexy-yet-mostly-figured out MT pulls out her usual antics. AF okay, he too didn't convince me, but that might be cause of its co-stars. MS the best of them all IMVHO.

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