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« Reply #16245 on: August 23, 2016, 05:08:15 AM »

Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015) - 8/10. The famous interview book gets an audio-visual accompaniment, plus commentary on Hitchcock from the following talking heads: Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Arnaud Desplechin, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Wes Anderson, James Gray, Olivier Assayas, Richard Linklater, Peter Bogdanovich and Paul Schrader. We hear excerpts from the tapes that provided the basis for the book while watching stills and clips. The film is much too short for all the material it needs to cover (I'm hoping a home video version will include additional material), so it leap-frogs over most of the films to concentrate on The Wrong Man, Vertigo, and Psycho. There's a nice coda that provides insight into the photography session that produced the photographs that went with the book (which were "directed" by Hitch).

Btw, is there anything else about that MacGuffin thing in the book, apart from the one chapter about Foreign Correspondent, where it is defined.

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« Reply #16246 on: August 23, 2016, 06:31:02 AM »

Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) - 7.5/10
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Requested.

I saw an interview with Herzog the other day promoting this. Sounds interesting.

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« Reply #16247 on: August 23, 2016, 02:18:02 PM »

Btw, is there anything else about that MacGuffin thing in the book, apart from the one chapter about Foreign Correspondent, where it is defined.
I don't really remember. But I doubt it.

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« Reply #16248 on: August 23, 2016, 08:38:33 PM »

The Missing Person (2009) Low budget Neo Noir about an alcoholic detective hired to track a missing person. Moody and extremely entertaining 9/10

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« Reply #16249 on: August 24, 2016, 05:02:03 PM »

Requested.

I saw an interview with Herzog the other day promoting this. Sounds interesting.
It's really good - what I like the most is Herzog keeping his same themes and style in a wildly different change of setting in topic - moving from nature to the digital world. It's very funny at times, which can be expected, but I'd say this is one of the funnier ones. It's a little messy in its direction and purpose, but I kind of liked it that way. Lots of different topics reached, but its not overly ambitious - its just a look at certain people and their relationship with the internet.

i'd go watch it. it's on demand.

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« Reply #16250 on: August 27, 2016, 11:27:16 AM »

Thanks - I'll try to find the time to watch it. It sounds like Herzog has returned to being Herzog after "Queen of the Desert" which I caught on a plane recently


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« Reply #16251 on: August 28, 2016, 04:25:17 PM »

Forest Gump - 7/10
Amazingly, first watch. Really good and some camerawork that I previously thought to be above Zemeckis' level... although something like an hour too long.

Breakfast at Tiffany's - 8.5/10
Once you get past the classic Blake Edwards racist slapstick scenes (i had forgotten how much of those you had to get through), it's still great.

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« Reply #16252 on: August 29, 2016, 04:47:03 PM »

Thanks - I'll try to find the time to watch it. It sounds like Herzog has returned to being Herzog after "Queen of the Desert" which I caught on a plane recently


was so, so awful

The Night Of - 7.5/10

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« Reply #16253 on: September 01, 2016, 02:33:34 AM »

The English Patient 7/10

Far too long and weirdly structured. Adapting a novel is often tricky, and it shows here. Also, the film could have been much better with a great director. Still, some very powerful scenes and great acting all over the place. Binoche is at the top of her game, Ralph Fiennes in his best role, Colin Firth and Willem Dafoe show sides of their acting skills that we rarely get to see, and even Kristin Scott Thomas manages to be bearable. Only Naveen Andrews looks like he was teleported here from the set of LOST, but he gets a cool scene toward the end so that's ok. More importantly, the emotion works, so I guess it's a win, for a love story.

I had been wanting to see the film for a long time but finally got the courage to do so by reading "THE CONVERSATIONS" (https://www.amazon.com/Conversations-Walter-Murch-Editing-Film/dp/0375709827), which is an absolute MUST READ for anyone interested in filmmaking. Walter Murch is the man.


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« Reply #16254 on: September 01, 2016, 06:11:44 AM »

The English Patient 7/10

Far too long and weirdly structured. Adapting a novel is often tricky, and it shows here. Also, the film could have been much better with a great director. Still, some very powerful scenes and great acting all over the place. Binoche is at the top of her game, Ralph Fiennes in his best role, Colin Firth and Willem Dafoe show sides of their acting skills that we rarely get to see, and even Kristin Scott Thomas manages to be bearable. Only Naveen Andrews looks like he was teleported here from the set of LOST, but he gets a cool scene toward the end so that's ok. More importantly, the emotion works, so I guess it's a win, for a love story.
No mention of the score? Try watching it again with the sound on. No mention of the lighting? Hey, who's using noodles_leone's account? Intruder Alert! Intruder Alert!

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« Reply #16255 on: September 01, 2016, 06:12:49 AM »

The English Patient 7/10

Far too long and weirdly structured. Adapting a novel is often tricky, and it shows here. Also, the film could have been much better with a great director. Still, some very powerful scenes and great acting all over the place. Binoche is at the top of her game, Ralph Fiennes in his best role, Colin Firth and Willem Dafoe show sides of their acting skills that we rarely get to see, and even Kristin Scott Thomas manages to be bearable. Only Naveen Andrews looks like he was teleported here from the set of LOST, but he gets a cool scene toward the end so that's ok. More importantly, the emotion works, so I guess it's a win, for a love story.


I think the adaptation, which changes the novel very much, works here very well, and Minghella was for this one film a great director. It's a wonderful film.

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« Reply #16256 on: September 01, 2016, 08:15:30 AM »

I think the adaptation, which changes the novel very much, works here very well, and Minghella was for this one film a great director. It's a wonderful film.

I'd be interested in knowing how it changes the novel. The book "The Conversations" goes in depth about some details, of course, because the guy interviewing Murch is the autor of the novel. They especially note how a little paragraph in the novel only hint at how horrible the torture had been, while the script of the movie detailed a 4 page torture scene and the film has a 5 minutes long scene with added dialogues. Murch used 2 different takes of Willem Dafoe saying "don't cut me" so that now he says it twice, the second time sounding more hesitating (Dafoe was actually trying to remember his line). This weakness is what makes the nazi stop and actually cut the finger. Which is a great example of inventive editing changing the script very much. Anyway, if you really like the movie, read The Conversations. It's fascinating.

My problem with the adaptation was the way all the storylines are (un)ballanced. Binoche is great and her characters brings quite a lot of charm and innocence to a world where everybody is a dick, but I don't really get why so much of the scenes are seen through her eyes, given how secondary and passive she is the whole film. She never even tries to protect the patient from Dafoe. If I had written the screenplay, I'd have at least tried to make Dafoe's questionning far more essential to the way the story moves forward. Kind of what they did in The Usual Suspects: the cop actually has his own theory and is trying to get somewhere. That would have helped me understanding where the whole thing was going.

I'm sure these things I see as flaws won't bother me as much on a second vision, since I now know all the characters and what's up with them, but I would have liked to enjoy the thing a lot more.

Also I'm attacking Minghella because a lot of the mise en scene is based on great ideas but the execution often fails for me. It's a bit amateurish here and there. Handled camera where it shouldn't be handled, some weirdly framed things, bad color grading... I'm overstating for the sake of clarity, of course.

More importantly: the scenes with the guy from Lost are really corny. Lots of shot that look stolen from some softcore porn film and edited in The English Patient to add some cheap sexiness to the whole thing.
Of course the church scene is great, don't jump on me.

Seriously, read The Conversations, you'll love it.

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« Reply #16257 on: September 01, 2016, 12:55:49 PM »

I'd be interested in knowing how it changes the novel.

I don't rememeber what was different, but it was a lot. Minghella re-created the stuff, and Ondaatje gave his blessings, accepting that a film could be very different from its novel source. It is definitely not the film to the book as so many films adaptations of best-sellers or classics are.

Naveen Andrews' role is surely the most conventional aspect of the film, and probably the most different to the novel.

Otherwise your points of criticism do not correspondent with my view of the film. Amateurish? Hrrmp ...

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« Reply #16258 on: September 01, 2016, 01:00:58 PM »

Yes he gave more than his blessing. From The Conversations, he was actually even admirative of the adaptation work.

Will you read it?

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« Reply #16259 on: September 01, 2016, 08:47:06 PM »

Even Dwarfs Started Small (1970) - 7.5/10
One of Herzog's most genuinely fun fictional films.

Wiener-Dog (2016) - 8/10
One of the better and most original movies I've seen from this year. Lots of hate surrounding it - I can see why - but I love Solondz's style & black humor.

I had been wanting to see the film for a long time but finally got the courage to do so by reading "THE CONVERSATIONS" (https://www.amazon.com/Conversations-Walter-Murch-Editing-Film/dp/0375709827), which is an absolute MUST READ for anyone interested in filmmaking. Walter Murch is the man.

Just ordered this based on your comments. I still haven't read In The Blink of An Eye.

Would you recommend watching English Patient first? Also, I haven't seen Apocalypse Now or The Godfathers in ages... does the book go in specific enough detail for me to rewatch? I remember all the core scenes.

Murch didn't actually edit the first 2 godfathers though, right? just sound editing?

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