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Other Films / Sisu (2022) - Jalmari Helander
« on: June 30, 2024, 02:02:11 AM »
Apparently very loosely inspired by WWII sniper Simo H?yh?.

This is the very lean, insanely violent story of one Finnish lone wolf single handedly taking out Nazis in ingenious ways as he transports his gold across Lapland.

It was brilliantly put together. Cinematography, editing and score were absolutely top notch; dialogue was kept to the bare minimum. The only negative was that the violence was absolutely staggering. But the whole thing was so comic book in style and required such a complete suspension of disbelief that it somehow got away with it without making me want to turn it off in revulsion.

There are reports of a sequel. It seems more of a standalone piece to me, but we will see what Helander does with it.

Once Upon A Time In The West / Hans Zimmer
« on: May 10, 2024, 04:54:44 PM »
I was listening to an interview with him on the Deakins podcast. Apparently it was OUATITW that made him want to become a filmscore composer.

Off-Topic Discussion / Val (2021)
« on: September 19, 2021, 08:42:48 AM »
Surprisingly frank and touching while being enthralling and well put together. Kilmer had amassed so much video of himself since a child that the creators were able to edit it together really nicely with some true artistry.

Was apparently going to be helmed by Michael Mann at one point. He is apparently now working on a biopic of Enzo Ferrari with Hugh Jackman instead.

Off-Topic Discussion / Roma (2018) - Alfonso Cuarón
« on: March 20, 2019, 11:20:02 AM »
Roma (2018) - 8.5/10

Can you imagine Tarkowski at the top of his game doing a (almost) mainstream movie, grounded in the extremely detailed reality of Mexico in the 70's? This is what you get here and this is objectively a masterpiece that is both intimate and epic, comic and tragic, social and metaphysical. It's been released 3 days ago and saying it's pure cinema is already a cliché. In a non absurd world it would be nominated at the academy awards in most categories, and win all the major ones. Now I'm only giving it 8.5 because it's a subjective rating and I have problems with this kind of main characters.


Cinematography: 15/10
Performances: 9/10
Screenplay: 10/10
World creation: 12/10
Ambition: 10/10


I was tearing my hair out halfway through waiting for this shit to end.

I agree that the performances, cinematography and world creation are great. But I find nothing interesting about this story. This movie gets a 5.5/10

I've noticed that lately, you're throwing words "objectively" into your comments, to try to throw extra weight behind supporting shit, like this movie and Orson Welles  :P

Oh, that dramatic beach scene is done (as I recall) in one take, and that is indeed great.


I knew you would never like it.

And I know i’ve been using “objectively”, because film reviewing has to (try to) be from time to time. When a movie is an influential masterpiece, nobody (and I mean it) cares if you liked it or not , if it’s your thing or not. And very few care if it’s flawed (they usually are because ambition and radicality tend to lead to bypassing stuff you aren’t supposed to). It changes history and opens a new path for filmmakers so why the hell am I going to waste my time listening to people - like me - who didn’t like the main character?

Now, it’s easier to call Citizen Kane an influential masterpiece than a movie like Roma, because for the later I don’t have decades of clearly influenced (for the better) films to show. But if there was mone at stake, that’s where I would place my bet, pretty confidently.

I may totally be wrong, though. For instance I sometimes wonder wether I have somehow overstated There Will Be Blood’s influence. Maybe it was already part of a starting trend and not the only big milestone.

So please don’t read my use of “objectively” as “i’m right and you’re wrong” but more as “you’re totally off topic”  >:D

Off-Topic Discussion / "American Animals" (2018) - Bart Layton
« on: June 05, 2018, 06:27:59 PM »
Heard this spot on the radio the other day talking about this. It sounds great:

This just secured a theatrical release. It looks fascinating and supposedly includes a fabulous montage at the end:

Surprised no-one has mentioned this yet:

Off-Topic Discussion / 70mm
« on: August 10, 2017, 08:55:28 AM »
With Nolan's release of "Dunkirk", I’ve recently been hearing/reading lots of thoroughly unconvincing comments about why 70mm (and, more broadly, film) matters. So I thought I’d post here why it matters to me.

Firstly there are two distinct things going on which are mutually exclusive since you can have the former without the latter:

-   shooting in 70mm
-   screening in 70mm

Shooting in 70mm is arguably the one that makes the most difference. Since film is a tangible object (unlike a digital file), it produces a texture or “grain” that gives it a certain appearance; digital simply captures the light (and the artificial addition of grain by no means does it justice). 70mm film gives a more detailed picture than 35mm film which in turns gives more detail than 16mm etc. Each serves a purpose, so while 70mm is viewed as the "gold standard" so to speak, it is not always better than 16mm which can serve its own aesthetic purpose and is not always used instead of 70mm for budgetary reasons. Regardless, all are preferable to digital when money and time are not part of the equation.

Since a film shot on 70mm can be distributed digitally as 4k and above with little, if any, perceptible loss of quality, financially there is a good argument for promoting this. However, if you have a digital projector in your house (not an HDTV since these cannot handle motion – the now moribund plasma technology was the best at this but still inadequate), there is little reason to leave the house unless you want the giant screen or the change in ambiance. The argument about watching something shot on film in a very high quality digital format is similar to the vinyl-record versus CD argument. However, while the degradation of vinyl with use can impair the listening experience, the slight scratches, flickers and audio pops that develop on film give it its own distinctive identity much like the grain mentioned above when shooting. As weird as it sounds, while I don’t necessarily want to watch a beaten-up piece of 70mm film as opposed to a newer one, I don’t necessarily either want to watch some 70mm film until it has been broken in a little first (kind of like a pair of shoes).

Off-Topic Discussion / Dunkirk (2017) - Christopher Nolan
« on: May 06, 2017, 06:12:23 AM »
Really looking forward to this:

I'm going to try to find somewhere showing the 70mm release.

Off-Topic Discussion / "I Am Not Your Negro" (2016) - Raoul Peck
« on: April 10, 2017, 06:32:22 AM »
I am really hoping to get a chance to see this.

It looks to be incredibly powerful and expertly crafted. It seems Raoul Peck has also taken a leaf out of Asif Kapadia's book because there are apparently no talking heads in this - just the voiceover of Samuel L. Jackson reading Baldwin's own words as necessary.

Duck, You Sucker / Archival footage of Leone directing the French dub
« on: March 31, 2017, 06:06:30 PM »
As part of a French interview:

The dubbing is by Jean-Pierre Duclos for Coburn's role.

One interesting point is at the 0:54 mark where Leone confirms that DYS is the second part of a trilogy of which the 3rd part will be OUATIA. Evidently the notion of a trilogy was not something he just came up with at a later date.

Off-Topic Discussion / Jackie (2016) - Pablo Larraín
« on: December 15, 2016, 04:57:48 PM »
This looks good:

The only thing I have seen by Larraín is "No" which I really enjoyed.

Off-Topic Discussion / War Machine (2017) - David Michôd
« on: September 04, 2016, 08:35:04 AM »
Given how much I enjoyed "The Rover", I'm looking forward to this:

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