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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Claudia Cardinale Appreciation Thread
« on: January 28, 2023, 06:29:42 PM »
Here's a good one, but I don't think this will work for Drink:

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: January 27, 2023, 04:30:39 PM »
The Fabelmans (2022) -7/10. The fable man's very own coming-of-age story, as told by Spielberg himself. I wasn't planning on seeing this, but the wife wanted to go to Women Talking. Now, there's no way in hell I'm going to watch something called Women Talking, so I had to find something else at the cineplex to occupy my time while Mrs. J did her thing. The film with the most compatible showtime was The Fabelmans. Hey, I actually enjoyed it a lot. I'm not much of a Spielberg fan--there are maybe 3 of his films I like--but I'll certainly be getting this on blu. Not the best film of last year, by any means (and a bit too close to Wildlife in places), but I found it very entertaining. And it sure smells like an Oscar winner.

When I asked the wife about her film she told me she no longer identifies as a pacifist. WTF?

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: January 25, 2023, 08:33:03 PM »
Everything Everywhere All At Once (2022) - 1/10. Eleven Oscar nominations . . . and it's a complete POS. Hard to believe that Hollywood could produce something worse than Babylon in the same year in which Babylon' was released. But they did it.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Wop Film Watch Alert!
« on: January 25, 2023, 05:52:16 PM »

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: January 25, 2023, 09:01:48 AM »
Kaili Blues (2015) - 9/10. Does Bi Gan love his endless tracking shots, or what? You will believe that there is a place called China, and that it is stranger than any place imagined in science fiction.

I can't say because, of course, I haven't watched the others, or at least the great part of them. This is the 5th movie based on the Parker character created by Donald Westlake and although the first 2 had Marvin and Duvall playing the lead  (the third one had Jim Brown!; the fourth I have yet to watch) this is the first one which renders justice to the spirit of the series. And Statham, though he may lack the screen presence of the first two, it fits perfectly in the no-frills approach the director and the the script writers have adopted toward the story. The movie is good from the very first shot to the last one; I had feared that JLo might be a minus and instead she adds to the final result (I have read all the series of 27 novels 3-4 years ago, but I can't seem to remember her character: if it was created from the screenplayer kudos to him). The criticisms I could levy toward the movie are very few but they are minor ones and all of them are anyway debatable. So this is 10/10. Visually I don't think this can be considered a neonoir or whatever you may want to call it, but as the story is, of course, noir as can be, I'll be waiting for Judge Cigar to settle the matter.   
titoli has called it. This is the best crime film of the last 20 years, anyway.

I too have frequented that cinema since my move to NY in 2008. This is very sad news.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: January 22, 2023, 11:16:38 AM »
I dunno, I never score him above a "6."

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Claudia Cardinale Appreciation Thread
« on: January 22, 2023, 11:14:35 AM »
Would 4pm on a Monday work?

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: 2022 Best Films
« on: January 22, 2023, 11:10:32 AM »
Yeah, the first hour is probably the best part; part 2 spends too much time on the come-back TV special, and things start to drag. But the ending really rocks. A lot of bio films these days do a trick where they leave the actor and show images of the actual subject at the end of the film. This one does that, but in a way that packs an emotional wallop. Elvis has died and we see Austin whats-his-name doing an encore of "Unchained Melody;" suddenly, it's file footage of the real Elvis. And it's just him at the piano. And we're told this is the last performance he ever gave. And it's a very impassioned renditioned.

Cue DJ's lump in the throat.

Other Films / Re: The Magnificent Seven (1960)
« on: January 21, 2023, 06:42:34 PM »

2-disc set. Both the 4K and the Blu carry this announcement:
NEW RESTORATION AND COLOR GRADE, using an existing 4K scan of the original camera negative

I'm looking forward to reading the reviews at least.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: January 21, 2023, 06:21:20 PM »
Diabolically Yours (1967) - 3/10. Alain and Senta look great . . . but the story is so stoooooooooopid. Oh yeah, let's try a new take on amnesia . . ..

Twilight (1998) - 4/10. Re-heated Chandler, which, given its age at the end of the 90s, lacks a lot of flavor. The filmmaker, Robert Benton, cast an older actor famous for his smart mouth and good-guy roles. Guess who turns out to be the villain? It was so obvious I wanted to end my viewing experience immediately, but then I'd have had to move on to something probably worse. So I watched to the bitter end. Never again.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: 2022 Best Films
« on: January 21, 2023, 04:56:13 PM »
BAFFLED that you gave Elvis a 10
It was the only 2022 film I saw that had me tearing up at the end. In my book, that makes it a "10."

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Claudia Cardinale Appreciation Thread
« on: January 20, 2023, 04:08:45 PM »
Which night?

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: 2022 Best Films
« on: January 20, 2023, 07:06:41 AM »
But wait, didn't you 10 TG:M and Elvis and only 8 Banshees? Is Banshees now a 10 or did those two get lower?
You actually went back and checked my scores? Dude, get a life.

So, yeah, I guess Banshees is now a "10." (Blu in da haus!)

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