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Messages - David Aaronson

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A Fistful of Dollars / Re: I have a small query...
« on: February 25, 2005, 05:27:31 AM »
Oh yeah... Didn't the plank of wood win an Oscar for one of it's films?
No, it got snubbed... twice!

Once Upon A Time In America / Re: Bobby D as Noodles
« on: February 24, 2005, 04:58:59 PM »
There is great beauty in the way Travis blows the baddies away, the way Jake beats on his opponents. Actions that are morally objectionable in life can be made aesthetically appealing on film. This allows the viewer to *identify* with the star, as per Hollywood SOP.

I'm not saying that this never happens in Leone, just that, somewhat uniquely, it doesn't happen with Noodles at the end of OUATIA. In fact, we feel something like pity for the character, an emotion worthy of Sophocles.
So, you pity Noodles, but not Jake or Travis?

General Discussion / Re: THE BEST LEONE FILM?
« on: February 23, 2005, 01:16:55 PM »
Stop moaning. It's a predictibale poll, But maybe predictable posts like this show the increasing boredom of people on this site. Or maybe it's just a way for new members to stretch their legs and get accostomed to the site. Or maybe, it's simply a matter of interest.
Whatever it is, it's not harming you in any way so I don't see why you should be so opposed to it.
Your point, as all points, is valid of consideration, but has no bounds or support. All I see is one person trying to turn this into a buiseness meeting, while it should be a site of speculation and conversation!   
Yes, but when the exact same thread already does exist, why create a new one, when you can simply add your opinion to the existing thread? There's no need for another one, really...

Once Upon A Time In America / Re: Bobby D as Noodles
« on: February 23, 2005, 01:13:37 PM »
This is a tough call. I really like De Niro as Rupert Pupkin in The King of Comedy, but maybe his Noodles performance is best. I particularly like the way he plays the *older* Noodles. Noodles was never all that bright, but the younger man had a certain drive. The older version doesn't even have that. He's actually quite pathetic, a character who has wasted his life and has nothing to look forward to. He has his memories, but even those are centered around a misunderstanding. Noodles is a loser, but the impressive thing is that De Niro actually *plays* him as one (this is unlike the way he plays characters for Scorcese, where all the losers are also "beautiful" at the same time). It was a star turn never since matched.
I can't see the 'beauty' in Travis Bickle or Jake La Motta... his best performances in my opinion.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Best Opening Sequence ever?
« on: February 23, 2005, 01:11:02 PM »
The Opening sequence of 'Severn Sanurai' - Ten billion times better than the dull opening of Magnificent Severn.
Refresh my memory please... How exactly does Shichinin no samurai open again?

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Million Dollar Baby (2004)
« on: February 23, 2005, 04:45:28 AM »
It's great! But is it really necessary to have two topics about it here?

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Your current local cinema ticket prices?
« on: February 18, 2005, 09:04:56 AM »
But the best bang for the buck is the Planetarium Show at the Museum of Natural History.  That is $20 or so I think.
Broadway shows are crazy prices and off broadway are nearly as bad.
That's cinema? :o

General Discussion / Re: Leone's League
« on: February 18, 2005, 09:03:14 AM »
But Kurosawa's best weren't made in cinemascope at all... in fact, they were made in what some nowadays would refer to as 'Full Screen'.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Your current local cinema ticket prices?
« on: February 06, 2005, 09:46:50 AM »
Just two questions David:
1. In which country do you live? 9 Euros is pretty much for a movie, almost twice as much as in Italy!
2. What about "The  Aviator": any good? Is worth the ticket?
I was under the impression that I'd already answered this... apparently not.

1. I live in The Netherlands, also known als Holland.
2. The Aviator is good, but for a Scorsese it's a bit lacking, and the awards and nominations it's getting now makes it a bit overrated.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Favorite Crime Films
« on: February 06, 2005, 09:44:23 AM »
No love for Bogey? :-[

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Million Dollar Baby (2004)
« on: January 22, 2005, 05:20:14 AM »
I loved Million Dollar Baby, Clint's best directorial feature in my honest opinion. Great, subtle, moving and harsh drama.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Your current local cinema ticket prices?
« on: January 22, 2005, 05:17:28 AM »
Yesterday, I paid 9 euros to see The Aviator. Which amounts to $11,6968. And, yes, on top of that, a woman two rows behind me answered her cellphone and there was quite some talking going on behind me, as well as inapropriate giggling.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re:Ten Favorite Acting Performances
« on: November 25, 2004, 10:26:02 AM »
In no particular order:

Marlon Brando as Terry Malloy in On The Waterfront
Marlon Brando as Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire
Robert De Niro as Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver
Robert De Niro as Jake La Motta in Raging Bull
Robert De Niro as Rupert Pupkin in The King Of Comedy
Al Pacino as Michael Corleone in The Godfather
Al Pacino as Sonny (forgot his last name) in Dog Day Afternoon
Robert Duvall as Col. Killgore in Apocalypse Now
Takashi Shimamura as Watanabe in Ikiru

Once Upon A Time In The West / Re:DVD Wooden Box Set w/ Harmonica
« on: November 23, 2004, 06:33:25 AM »
Spiel mir das lied vom tod? Sorry, can't enjoy this box whatsoever due to crappy tranlation...

Once Upon A Time In America / Re:The Godfather vs. OUATIA
« on: November 23, 2004, 06:31:23 AM »
Maybe the problem is that gangsters are not admirable and that movies that try to make them attractive can only do so by being dishonest about the kind of people they are. You can only enjoy a film like Godfather if you like Michael, but sons of real Godfathers are never likeable.

The strength of OUATIA is that you don't have to like the gangsters in it to enjoy the film.
Interesting point, but I can't totally agree with you there.
You don't have to like Michael to enjoy The Godfather. I don't like him, but he does fascinate me. As does, for instance Tony Soprano, a character which I like and severely dislike at the same time. This ambiguity is part of what draws me...

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