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Sergio Leone News / Re: New Christopher Frayling book
« on: July 08, 2024, 10:25:12 AM »
Looks fantastic.

Other Films / Re: Sisu (2022) - Jalmari Helander
« on: July 04, 2024, 01:43:18 PM »
I also just watched the Norwegian film "Let the river flow" about the racial discrimination against the Sami people in Norway during the late 1979s early 1980s. Coincidentally, it turns out that Jalmari Helander (director of Sisu) is Sami himself (albeit Finnish Sami rather than Norwegian Sami).

Other Films / Re: Sisu (2022) - Jalmari Helander
« on: July 04, 2024, 06:17:41 AM »
Using a landmine like a grenade with perfect accuracy is not absurd enough for you?

But yes, it does grow increasingly absurd. Again, that seems to be the point. Just when you think it couldn't get more crazy, it one ups itself.

Other Films / Re: Sisu (2022) - Jalmari Helander
« on: July 03, 2024, 06:42:31 AM »
I mean, the fact he can stay underwater indefinitely; surviving the hanging and the airplane crashing without no possible, even flimsy. explanation.

Actually they all had flimsy explanations:

1. He was taking in the Nazis' oxygen escaping from their throats.
2. Strong neck with no sudden drop.
3. Boggy Lapland geography.

The absurdity is the whole point. It is one very lean cut of pure comic-book absurdity.

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.

Ennio Morricone / Re: The Mission
« on: June 19, 2024, 09:59:57 AM »
The cinematography by Chris Menges is also outstanding. Of course, it helps to be shooting in such a stunning location.

Iguacu Falls is the most beautiful place I've ever visited.

Ennio Morricone / Re: The Mission
« on: June 19, 2024, 09:55:28 AM »
2. Are the last 90sec or so part of the official soundtrack or is it an exclusive part created for live performances?

Part of the original.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: June 18, 2024, 05:35:23 PM »
Bacurau (2019)  - 7.5/10
Very good brazilian contemporary spaghetti western. it's messy but very enjoyable and keeps reinventing the genre the whole time.

Nice to see this get a mention. I found the first half fascinating. I then had to turn it off and haven't gotten around to watching the rest yet. Your post has reminded me to do just that. I hope the second half is a good as the first half.

Ennio Morricone / Re: The Mission
« on: June 18, 2024, 05:30:33 PM »
BTW, is this movie the best example of a not-good movie with a great soundtrack -- the sort of soundtrack you'll listen to over and over again even as you'll probably never again see the movie?

It's a very good movie with a truly outstanding score.

Yes. Isn't that the only one?

A truly remarkable piece of moviemaking. Can't believe I had never seen it until now.


Note the Review starts at 4.33 after their review of Streets Of Fire.

I just watched Streets of Fire for the first time. Wow! Just ... wow!

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.

Other Films / Re: Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973)
« on: April 27, 2024, 06:14:44 AM »
 ;D well, keep pushing on it please.

Other Films / Re: Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973)
« on: April 20, 2024, 10:45:51 AM »
First I finish work on the upcoming LEONE 4K ....

Come on, Mike. Is Convoy going to happen?

What's the point of a nice Cinema Retro article telling us about what we're missing, only for no-one to be able to watch it aside from the few who bought the Japanese disc.

You hinted that it might a while back...

Other Films / Re: Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973)
« on: April 17, 2024, 06:18:03 PM »
It's done...

Yes, I know.

So, any news on the Japanese cut of Convoy. Imprint perhaps?

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