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« #12585 : October 26, 2013, 06:13:36 AM »

Phenomena - 4/10 - Jennifer Connelly is an outcast teenager who can psychically control insects. There's also a deformed serial killer, a razor-wielding chimp, Motorhead music and Donald Pleasance. Why then does it suck so much? None of Argento's movies are strong on plot but most make some sense. This one just feels like a million ideas randomly thrown at the screen. It's too disjointed to draw the viewer in and too disgusting (or ridiculous) to be scary.



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« #12586 : October 26, 2013, 09:55:51 AM »

La nuit américaine (1973) - 8/10
Probably the best film I've seen about filmmaking.


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« #12587 : October 26, 2013, 10:19:42 AM »

My main beef with V is that really wanted to convince us it's somehow  profound, when it's pitched at the sophistication level of a high school sophomore. Muttering about revolution doesn't lend depth to a movie. Presumably the graphic novel is better in this regard.

Indeed, the comic book (from the early/mid 80's, btw) does not traduce well into the movie. Which is, also, reasonably outdated (if that's the right word), as well as self-indulgent in forced philosophy in more that one occasion (courtesy of Alan Moore). But the comic book (with all its faults) still has a fluid and captivating atmosphere - story bond, greatly due to the Lloyd's art, which this movie, sadly, doesn't even try to emulate. But more than anything else - it looks like a cheap-looking, unenthusiastic movie, although you can clearly see they put a lot of money in it. Some call it irony.

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« #12588 : October 26, 2013, 10:25:17 AM »

La nuit américaine (1973) - 8/10
Probably the best film I've seen about filmmaking.

Same here. Which means there is room for the definitive one.


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« #12589 : October 26, 2013, 11:17:09 AM »

Pina (2011) - 9/10
It happened to be on the telly. I first saw it in 3D at the cinema, and must say the small 2D screen can't do justice to the visuals. But still it's one hell of a film.


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« #12590 : October 26, 2013, 11:20:38 AM »

V for Vendetta is an excellent comic with the for Moore usual fantastic storytelling. The film, which is not bad, fails cause the film simply hasn't enough time to tell the story in all its complexity. And by condensing it the film loses the things which made the comic so fascinating. The best scene was then one which was not directly inspired by the comic.

Make a faithful TV mini series out of the book, and you have a good chance for a masterpiece.

On the other hand Watchmen follows the comic often very closely, still it does not find its spirit.


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« #12591 : October 26, 2013, 12:43:42 PM »

Watchmen though has the insurmountable disadvantage of being directed by Zack Snyder.



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« #12592 : October 26, 2013, 01:37:08 PM »

Pfff, Snyder's Dawn of the Dead remake is a pretty good film, and his Sucker Punch is another film I enjoyed very much. And I haven't seen the superior DC so far. But 300 was a bore.


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« #12593 : October 26, 2013, 01:54:57 PM »

L.A. Confidential (1997) - 7/10


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« #12594 : October 27, 2013, 12:35:03 AM »

You can't make every vignette from the comic book into a shot in the movie, it doesn't work that way.


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« #12595 : October 27, 2013, 01:14:55 AM »

the cincinatti kid ~ luck of the draw: final hand well played. i give the movie a ten....copped this over @ IMDB message board. excel99's post follows  8)


Many people who claim to be experienced poker players criticize the play of the final hand as unrealistic. First they criticize the hand on the grounds that the odds of a straight flush vs full house are preposterous, but when they are shown that hands like this happen regularly they resort to "well, professionals like Lancey and the Kid would never play this hand as shown; they would never get to the showdown with such speculative holdings." Ok, let's analyze it card by card.

Hole cards:
The Kid: AH
Lancey: JD

First card:
The Kid: 10C
Lancey: 8D

The Kid is on the button with A-10 off-suit. Not a monster, but definitely playable. With position, heads up, holding an ace, a raise is definitely in order. $500 is a bit much considering the Kid's stack, but aces are quite powerful heads up. $500 is nothing to the man, and with suited cards, a call seems justified.

Second card:
The Kid: 10S
Lancey: QD

The Kid now has a pair of 10s with an ace kicker. Yes, he sees that Lancey has a queen, which paired would beat him. Lancey also could be on a flush draw with two diamonds. But the Kid also has the ace which, if it hits, would seemingly give him the nuts. Furthermore, pros will bet with underpairs just to get information, to see where they stand. He bets $1000 which Lancey raises another $1000. Lancey has 3 diamonds to a flush and two overcards to the Kids 10s, so a raise here isn't beyond the pale; I've seen pros, even WSOP champions, make worse plays. Lancey can surmise the Kid doesn't have three of a kind based on the smallish $500 original bet. So it's a pair of 10s. That is a beatable hand, from Lancey's perspective. If the re-raise doesn't make the kid fold, Lancey can certainly draw out on him and win.

Third card:
The Kid: AC
Lancey:10D

Here is the point where most poker 'experts' criticize the play. The kid has aces over tens, two pair, and he bets $3000. Lancey surely should know he is behind at this point. He should definitely be leery of that ace. I couldn't agree more! But Lancey is a pro and he smells blood. The critics say that holding out for the 9D to make the straight flush is ungodly stupid, all the while forgetting that ANY 9 will give him a straight (which beats two pair) and ANY diamond will give him a flush (which also beats two pair). Lancey isn't necessarily banking on the 9D here! He has a TON of outs (13 outs, to be precise, which is quite a lot)! Sure the Kid might spike the full house BUT HE DOESN'T HAVE IT YET! Lancey knows that! He calls.

Final card:
The Kid: AS
Lancey:9D

From here on out it's pretty standard. The Kid makes his full house and Lancey makes the straight flush. The kid checks. Why bet and allow Lancey to just call, assuming he has a straight or a flush? If Lancey does have one of those hands he will surely bet; if he doesn't, he wasn't going to call a bet anyway. As expected, Lancey bets $1000, the Kid raises $3500 and goes all in. Perfectly reasonable move.

Sure, there is a straight flush possibility, but sometimes you just have to put the statistically improbable hand out of your mind and go all-in; if you can't do that, I doubt you can really play effective poker. When I make a full house with a big overpair and three of a kind on the board, I go all-in. I don't sweat the the possibility of quads, I go all-in! 9 times out of 10 I will win that hand. Same thing here; odds are that Lancey has either a straight or a flush and is putting the Kid on two pair. Time to make the move!

It works out badly for the Kid, but he played the hand well. Likewise, looked at card by card, Lancey didn't do anything so far outside of acceptable poker play. I have seen hands just as improbable and similarly played in actual games on TV played by pros. So why is this so unbelievable in a movie?


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« #12596 : October 27, 2013, 02:11:37 AM »

You can't make every vignette from the comic book into a shot in the movie, it doesn't work that way.

That's true. Still different media.

But it should be much easier to translate a comic into a movie than a novel.


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« #12597 : October 27, 2013, 08:57:30 AM »

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« #12598 : October 27, 2013, 12:17:47 PM »

the cincinatti kid ~ luck of the draw: final hand well played. i give the movie a ten....copped this over @ IMDB message board. excel99's post follows  
Wow, thanks! IMDb finally has something worth reading. I learned a lot from that.

Btw, I can only give the film a "9." Too many obvious sets; I wished they'd done more location shooting.



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« #12599 : October 27, 2013, 12:50:17 PM »

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) - 8/10


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