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Off-Topic Discussion / RIP Gordon Willis
« on: May 18, 2014, 11:39:23 PM »
The cinematographer of the Godfather trilogy, Annie Hall, Manhattan, Zelig, Stardust Memories and many more, has died at the age of 82.

A truly sad day :'( He was one of my personal heroes. His work was always dramatic, daring and precise, but never flashy, over-the-top or self-serving. He was a true master of light, camera placement and composition.

Other Films / The Salvation (2014)
« on: May 01, 2014, 01:25:56 PM »
"In 1870s America, a peaceful American settler kills his family's murderer which unleashes the fury of a notorious gang leader. His cowardly fellow townspeople then betray him, forcing him to hunt down the outlaws alone."

A new Danish (!) western starring Mads Mikkelsen and directed by Kristian Levring.


For some time now I've had a principle: If there's a new western running at the movie theater, I'll go see it. But I guess I'll break that principle this time. This just looks bad.

Off-Topic Discussion / The Best Films of 2013
« on: January 02, 2014, 12:02:59 PM »
Since many of the best film of 2013 weren't that fun, I feel that a traditional "Best of..." thread would serve a purpose. I'm listing films whose original commercial release date was in 2013. Under each category, the titles are in random order.

The Act of Killing

Near masterpieces:
Stories We Tell
12 Years a Slave
Inside Llewyn Davis
Frances Ha

Very good:
The Past
Blue Jasmine

I haven't seen The Wolf of Wall Street or Blue Is the Warmest Color.

Off-Topic Discussion / Best Films of 2012
« on: July 09, 2013, 05:40:24 AM »
Now that I've seen a fair bunch of films premiered in 2012, I can pick my favorites:

The very top:
The Master - 9/10

Very good films:
Leviathan (documentary) - 9/10
"The Child of Silent Winter" (short documentary) - 9/10
Holy Motors - 9/10
"Gates of Life" (experimental short) - 9/10
Broken - 8.5/10
To the Wonder - 8/10
Amour - 8/10
"The Punk Syndrome" (documentary) - 8/10
"The Hunt" - 8/10

Skyfall - 8/10
Ted - 7.5
Room 237 (documentary) - 8/10

Off-Topic Discussion / RIP James Gandolfini
« on: June 19, 2013, 11:11:13 PM »
"The Sopranos" star James Gandolfini has died at the age of 51.   According to sources close to HitFix and confirmed by, the three-time Emmy winner had a heart attack while on vacation in Italy.
- IMDb


Off-Topic Discussion / RIP Roger Ebert
« on: April 04, 2013, 01:02:50 PM »

Off-Topic Discussion / RIP Chris Marker
« on: July 30, 2012, 04:55:26 AM »

Off-Topic Discussion / The death of film (?)
« on: January 05, 2012, 06:08:48 AM »
It's been long time coming, some might say, but I was still shocked to read this morning that, according to Wall Street Journal, Eastman Kodak might file bankruptcy in coming weeks. Here's Washington Post's piece about it:

So if Kodak really goes bankrupt what's gonna happen? We still have Fujifilm, sure. And they assure that they are committed to film, now and in the future. But how much research are they going to make in a field that makes only 3% of their sales? And if Kodak dies, Fuji will practically have a monopoly over photography and motion picture film in the whole fuckin world. So in the worst case scenario, they can raise the cost of film stock to where ever they want.

And one very important thing still: I think Kodak is the only manufacturer of 8mm film in the world. So if Kodak dies, 8mm dies with it.

Off-Topic Discussion / Desperate (1947)
« on: January 05, 2012, 05:43:18 AM »
Desperate (1947) - 8/10
Dir. Anthony Mann. An honest truck driver Steve Randall (Steve Brodie) is tricked into a heist by gangsters. When he finds out about the scam, he alarms the police, which leads to the arrest and subsequent death penalty of the brother of the gang's boss. The boss tries to pressure Steve into taking all the blame by threatening to hurt his wife. Steve gets out of the gangsters' hands and takes his wife across the country. The gangsters are chasing them (and the police is too), trying to get him before the convicted gangster is executed.

I was surprised when I found out that this has only an average rating of 6.9/10 on IMDb. It has some implausibilities, sure (why he can't go to the police right away is a bit murky, for example) but it is directed with such style and confidence that you kinda just don't care about such details (which are covered any way later on). Every scene is well crafted, a small story in it self. The script has some great noir lines, but even run-of-the-mill scenes are interesting to watch because of the way they are balanced, blocked and shot.   

And there's a very possible OUATITW connection here: There's a swinging a light which causes the shadow of a hat to cover and and expose the eyes of a gangster.

Off-Topic Discussion / Michael Chapman
« on: October 25, 2011, 01:48:49 PM »
Sorry, I tried to find a suitable Scorsese thread where to post this but I couldn't find it so I created a new one just to share with you this interview I had with Michael Chapman, the cinematographer of Taxi Driver and Raging Bull: It's a straight transcription with all the grammar errors and what have you.

Sergio Leone News / Leone screenings in Helsinki, Aug 23rd - Sept 14th
« on: August 04, 2011, 06:08:04 AM »
The Finnish National Audiovisual Archive is going to show all seven of Sergio Leone's films (Aug 23rd - Sept 14th) plus a bunch of Corbucci and Sollima (all the way 'till January). There will also be a Q&A with Sergio Donati on August 27th.

Here's the whole program:

23.8. & pe 9.9.
Sergio Leone: Il colosso di Rodi, 1961
Rory Calhoun, Lea Massari. Restored copy

26.8. & ti 6.9.
Sergio Leone: Fistful of Dollars/Per un pugno di dollari, 1964
Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volonté, Maria Koch. Musiikki: Ennio Morricone Restored copy

26.8. & ke 7.9.
Sergio Leone: For A Few Dollars More/Per qualche dollaro in piu, 1966
Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Gian Maria Volonté, Klaus Kinski. Musiikki: Ennio Morricone

26.8. & to 8.9.
Sergio Leone: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly/Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo, 1966
Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef, Luigi Pistilli. Musiikki: Ennio Morricone

27.8. & la 10.9.
Sergio Leone: Once Upon A Time in the West / C'era una volta il West, 1968.
Käsikirjoitus: Sergio Donati. Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland, Henry Fonda, Jason Robards. Musiikki: Ennio Morricone Restored copy

30.8. & ti 13.9.
Sergio Leone: Duck You Sucker/A Fistful of Dynamite/Giu la testa, 1971.
Käsikirjoitus: Sergio Donati. James Coburn, Rod Steiger, Romolo Valli. Musiikki: Ennio Morricone Restored copy

3.9. & ke 14.9
Robert De Niro, James Woods, Jennifer Connelly, Joe Pesci. Musiikki: Ennio Morricone

Sergio Corbucci: Il figlio di Spartaco, 1962
Steve Reeves, Gianna Maria Canale

Sergio Corbucci: DJANGO (1966)
Franco Nero, Loredana Nusciak, José Bodalo, Eduardo Fajardo. Musiikki: Luis Enriquez Bacalov

12.10. & la 15.10.
Sergio Sollima: The Big Gundown / La resa dei conti, 1966.
Käsikirjoitus: Sergio Donati. Lee Van Cleef, Tomas Milian, Walter Barnes. Musiikki: Ennio Morricone

19.10 & la 22.10
Sergio Sollima: Face to Face/Faccia a faccia, 1967
Gian Maria Volonté, Tomas Milian, William Berger. Käsikirjoitus: Sergio Donati & Sergio Sollima. Musiikki: Ennio Morricone

3.11. & la 5.11.
Sergio Corbucci: Professional Gun/Il mercenario, 1968
Franco Nero, Tony Musante, Jack Palance. Musiikki: Ennio Morricone & Bruno Nicolai

9.11. & la 12.11.
Sergio Corbucci: Il grande silenzio, 1968
Jean-Louis Trintignant, Klaus Kinski, Vonetta McGee, Frank Wolff. Musiikki: Ennio Morricone

30.11. & la 3.12.
Sergio Corbucci: Gli specialisti, 1969
Johnny Hallyday, Gastone Moschin, Mario Adorf. Musiikki: Angelo Lavagnino

Sergio Corbucci: COMPANEROS (Vamos a matar, companeros! 1970)
Franco Nero, Tomas Milian, Iris Bergen, Jack Palance, Fernando Rey. Musiikki: Ennio Morricone

Sergio Corbucci: Sonny & Jed / La banda J & S, 1972
Tomas Milian, Susan George, Telly Savalas. Musiikki: Ennio Morricone

21.12 & pe 23.12
Sergio Sollima: Violent City / Citta violenta, 1970
Charles Bronson, Telly Savalas, Jill Ireland. Musiikki: Ennio Morricone

26.12 & pe 30.12.
Sergio Sollima: Revolver, 1973
Oliver Reed, Fabio Testi, Agostina Belli. Musiikki: Ennio Morricone

Sergio Corbucci: The 8-Wheel Beast / Il bestione, 1974
Giancarlo Giannini. Käsikirjoitus: Sergio Donati. Musiikki: Guido & Maurizio de Angelis

I'm probably going to watch OUATITW (RESTORED, 175 min, Italian sound with English subs) and Colossus of Rhodes (also marked as restored but I'm not sure about that). I also try to make it to the Donati Q&A. Unfortunately it seems that I can't attend either of the OUATIA screenings which is a huge pity.

I've already seen FAFDM, GBU and DYS on the big screen. This would leave me with only OUATIA and AFOD as "unseen" - and I'll try to do everything I possibly can in order to see them also. As for the other SWs, I would be very interested to see them should I live in Helsinki - but I don't. 

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