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 : Yesterday at 11:36:04 PM 
CarmeloLabadie - CarmeloLabadie
The PQ detail is astounding. However I hear the french 5.1 mix is still not in the right pitch (apparently they fixed the german pitch problem by going back to the original mono and ditching the 5.1), and I'm awaiting to get some feedback confirmation on the mono english mix being the right mix and not the fold down of the 5.1 as per the previous disc.

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 : Yesterday at 07:52:52 PM 
PowerRR - dave jenkins
Although I didn't like Death in a French Garden (5/10), I thought it was interesting enough to seek out other films by Deville. I realized that I had actually seen Le mouton enrage earlier when I was on a Romy Schneider kick, and revisited it (7/10). Then I tried La lectrice, but couldn't finish it (unconvincing characters, cheap looking sets, a "clever" plot--yawn). Today I tried The Woman in Blue--success at last: 10/10. This one has the director's stamp, and everything works. Deville favors the classical repertory for his scores: here it is justified because the lead character (played by Michel Piccoli) is a music critic. The story is about a man who glimpses a woman one day (the title character) and then spends the film trying to find her (one of the film's gags is that the obscure object of his desire and his long-time girlfriend are both played by Lea Massari). There are the usual stories-within-stories approach, but not overdone, and intelligently deployed. A lot of the plot is conveyed visually, without a lot of exposition. Finally there is a great gag with a "Finlande" travel poster at the end. Real characters, real humor, real angst. I think I'm going to stop writing this and watch it again.
It's even funnier the second time.

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 : Yesterday at 05:52:51 PM 
PowerRR - dave jenkins

Other notable films by Deville are Le mouton enrage (1974), La lectrice (1988), Toutes peines confondues (1992) or Benjamin ou Les memoires d'un puceau (1966).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michel_Deville
Although I didn't like Death in a French Garden (5/10), I thought it was interesting enough to seek out other films by Deville. I realized that I had actually seen Le mouton enrage earlier when I was on a Romy Schneider kick, and revisited it (7/10). Then I tried La lectrice, but couldn't finish it (unconvincing characters, cheap looking sets, a "clever" plot--yawn). Today I tried The Woman in Blue--success at last: 10/10. This one has the director's stamp, and everything works. Deville favors the classical repertory for his scores: here it is justified because the lead character (played by Michel Piccoli) is a music critic. The story is about a man who glimpses a woman one day (the title character) and then spends the film trying to find her (one of the film's gags is that the obscure object of his desire and his long-time girlfriend are both played by Lea Massari). There are the usual stories-within-stories approach, but not overdone, and intelligently deployed. A lot of the plot is conveyed visually, without a lot of exposition. Finally there is a great gag with a "Finlande" travel poster at the end. Real characters, real humor, real angst. I think I'm going to stop writing this and watch it again.

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 : Yesterday at 01:47:50 PM 
PowerRR - dave jenkins
Ha! There's a trailer up for the book (which includes new scenes from the film): https://ew.com/movies/once-upon-a-time-in-hollywood-novelization-quentin-tarantino/

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 : Yesterday at 11:51:29 AM 
dave jenkins - dave jenkins
It appears that Criterion has done this right: http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film5/blu-ray_reviews_72/mirror_blu-ray.htm

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 : June 19, 2021, 11:57:59 PM 
PowerRR - noodles_leone
And I wasn't anti-Frog until . . . no, wait, well yeah, I was always anti-Frog.

I wasn?t even a frog until I met you.

I?m glad you liked Edgar?s doc! It?s gonna be released in July here.  With a little luck masks won?t be mandatory inside theaters at that point. Thanks for the links. I? lost in the mountains these day I?ll check them out later this week.

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 : June 19, 2021, 02:35:39 PM 
PowerRR - dave jenkins
The Sparks Brothers (2021) - 9/10. Turns out Edgar Wright is a big Sparks fan. So much of a fan, in fact, that he just made a documentary about the Mael Bros. And get this: when the standard runtimes for documentaries hover around the 90 minute mark (and even Orson Welles rated a mere 94 minutes in that fucking Chuck Workman film), Wright gives Sparks exposure for a whopping 140 minutes. Do you have to be a Sparks fan to enjoy the film? Well, I don't consider myself a fan--I've never bought any of their music--but I was mightily entertained. OTOH, I brought Mrs. J along to this and she slept through most of it, so, different stroke for different folks. Here's a couple of tasters to help you gauge your interest: a piece with Wright curating his favorite Sparks tunes (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtGBcvBqOJs) and a short documentary of the documentary (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOMIZbBAqak). Check 'em out, noodles.

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 : June 19, 2021, 06:14:09 AM 
PowerRR - dave jenkins
In the Heights (2021) - 7/10.  The songs are okay, the dancing better, but modern mise-en-scene isn't really suited to the musical (shots have to move and cut so fast the dancers can't keep up).
The exception (and the highlight of the film): https://www.indiewire.com/2021/06/in-the-heights-behind-the-scenes-dance-up-side-of-building-1234645393/

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 : June 18, 2021, 12:22:55 PM 
PowerRR - dave jenkins
In the Heights (2021) - 7/10. Washington Heights, that is, up in the NW tip of Manhattan (near the GW Bridge). People there, apparently, have problems and aspirations, and they express themselves through song and dance. The songs are okay, the dancing better, but modern mise-en-scene isn't really suited to the musical (shots have to move and cut so fast the dancers can't keep up). There's a fair amount of humor in this, some very inventive visuals, and, of course, a couple of love stories. Lin-Manuel Miranda does his best Stan Lee impersonation, showing up in a small role throughout the picture but most notably in a very funny post-end-titles tag. Yeah, yeah, this is one Mrs. J dragged me to, but we both enjoyed ourselves.

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 : June 17, 2021, 04:33:15 PM 
PowerRR - dave jenkins
here is a clip of that Cosima Wagner scene https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jjFsciRauU
Good old Ken Russell. All the production values of a Monty Python sketch, none of the humor. Who was HIS Cosima Wagner?

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