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« Reply #15735 on: March 06, 2016, 09:30:06 AM »

A Most Wanted Man - 6/10 - Bland John Le Carre adaptation with a good Philip Seymour Hoffman performance.

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« Reply #15736 on: March 06, 2016, 03:06:57 PM »

Macbeth (2015) 10/10. Visually sumptuous, this very cinematic adaptation features Michael Fassbender as the future King of Scotland and beautiful Marion Cotillard as his ruthless spouse. Great support is provided by David Thewlis as Duncan, and Sean Harris (so good in Mission Impossible: Rouge Nation) as Malcolm. I've had reservations about previous film versions--Welles' movie is a joke, and although Kurosawa's approach is effective, it loses all of Shakespeare's original language. And I've never been able to make it all the way through Polanski's version. But here is a real winner: every shot is a delight. The language is retained, but pared to the bone. Further, a good deal of it is done in voice-over. When characters do speak together, it is usually in whispers. There is no declaiming, no speechifying. The result is something that bears almost no relation to a stage presentation. Add to this the amazing Scottish locations filmed in 'scope ratio and the excellent sonic design and score (essentially a Dirge and Variations). Also some fun color grading and a generous use of slo-mo (especially for the battle scenes). Shakespeare's plot is followed mostly, but when they do take liberties the choices are always good ones (the Birnham-wood-come-to-Dunsinane routine is cleverly done). The murder of Duncan put me in mind of the killing of Col. Kurtz, and later when Fassbender cleansed himself and emerged from a mountain pool I had the thought, They could have called this film Apocalypse Then.
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« Reply #15737 on: March 07, 2016, 03:40:40 PM »

Last Tango in Paris - 5/10 - In which Marlon Brando gets the butter. Not terrible, but I had a hard time connecting to anything: not the performances (Brando was good I guess, though he mostly makes monkey noises and mumbles in French), not the sex scenes, not the butter, not the photography or self-indulgent direction. Bertolucci's appeal continues to escape me.

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« Reply #15738 on: March 07, 2016, 07:38:36 PM »

What other Bertolucci films have you seen?

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« Reply #15739 on: March 07, 2016, 08:27:33 PM »

Before the Revolution, The Conformist, The Last Emperor.

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« Reply #15740 on: March 08, 2016, 02:36:20 AM »

Bertolucci's appeal continues to escape me.

Same for me. He's often pretentious instead of challenging.

But at least the photography in The Last Tango looks gorgeous, otherwise a dated film for me. Still 6/10

The Conformist is the one I like the most. 8/10

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« Reply #15741 on: March 08, 2016, 07:11:45 AM »

Truth - 5/10 - Wrongheaded dramatization of the CBS "Rathergate" scandal, where 60 Minutes released a shabby story about George W. Bush's National Guard service. Handled well, this could be the anti-Spotlight, showing the consequences when the media gets an important story wrong. Instead, the filmmakers absurdly use the occasion to grandstand against the Bush Administration and political pressure on journalists. You can't defend journalistic integrity when you've completely botched a story; "fake but accurate" doesn't cut it.

The Martian - 7/10 - Like most Ridley Scott films, mildly entertaining but unremarkable. If the movie had focused solely on Matt Damon (who is excellent) and his efforts to survive, it might have been better. The mission control/rescue mission cutaways are a waste of time, diffusing any tension or sense of urgency. Lawrence of Arabia's hangout, the picturesque Wadi Rum, beautifully portrays Mars.

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« Reply #15742 on: March 08, 2016, 09:57:17 AM »

Bertolucci's appeal continues to escape me.
And me. Even The Conformist does nothing for me.

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« Reply #15743 on: March 08, 2016, 10:28:45 AM »

Before the Revolution, The Conformist, The Last Emperor.

Haven't seen any of those or Last Tango in Paris. I've seen 1900 and remember enjoying it but it's been a long time since that watch.

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« Reply #15744 on: March 08, 2016, 10:52:51 AM »

Same for me. He's often pretentious instead of challenging.

But at least the photography in The Last Tango looks gorgeous, otherwise a dated film for me. Still 6/10

The Conformist is the one I like the most. 8/10

I like Bertolucci's work, but it also goes without saying that having Storaro on board certainly helps.

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« Reply #15745 on: March 08, 2016, 11:03:39 AM »

Haven't seen any of those or Last Tango in Paris. I've seen 1900 and remember enjoying it but it's been a long time since that watch.

Same here.
I'm not sure it actually was a good movie but it definitely had lots of string moments I still often think about.

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« Reply #15746 on: March 08, 2016, 12:58:19 PM »

Same here.
I'm not sure it actually was a good movie but it definitely had lots of string moments I still often think about.
I remember Sutherland acting the part of a cartoon villain, and the gag about not getting milk out of a bull. Once Lancaster leaves the picture, it's over.

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« Reply #15747 on: March 08, 2016, 01:17:06 PM »

Sutherland is totally wasted in 1900. A weak film compared with its possibilities.

Phew, good that Bertolucci did not direct OUTW.

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« Reply #15748 on: March 08, 2016, 02:23:21 PM »

I remember Sutherland acting the part of a cartoon villain, and the gag about not getting milk out of a bull. Once Lancaster leaves the picture, it's over.

You watch weird cartoons. I don't recall Tom crushing a child's head and painting the walls with his blood while Jerry's laughing.

Sutherland is totally wasted in 1900.

In my memories he was cool in it. His death was ok too.

A weak film compared with its possibilities.

Probably. I should see it again though.

Phew, good that Bertolucci did not direct OUTW.

Of course, but this isn't very fair. We all know that:

"Good that [insert any name that isn't "Sergio Leone"] did not direct OUTW" is always right.

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« Reply #15749 on: March 08, 2016, 02:27:59 PM »



Of course, but this isn't very fair. We all know that:

"Good that [insert any name that isn't "Sergio Leone"] did not direct OUTW" is always right.


Since when is someone fair here?

Wait, maybe Corbucci would have been a great alternative choice for OUTW. I always wished that Fonda wins the final duel.

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