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« #12210 : July 06, 2013, 06:53:13 AM »

Sawdust and Tinsel / Gycklarnas afton (1953) - 8/10. In turn-of-the-century Sweden—19th to 20th, natch—the circus comes to town. Trouble is, it’s not a very good circus, as its destitute ringleader (Ake Gronberg) knows. His mistress, the bareback rider (Harriet Andersson) also knows. Both want out of their relationship and their lives as circus people, and are hoping the provincial town they’ve come to will provide them with the means of escape. But, as they will separately learn, bourgeois life is for them illusory, and anyway, the show must go on. Bergman makes the connection between the circus and the theater explicit, so this film could be considered the first of a theater trilogy that continues with Smiles Of a Summer Night (1955) and concludes with The Magician (1958). According to Peter Cowie, who provides commentary of the Criterion disc, the film owes a lot to one with Emil Jannings—I think it’s called Jealousy (1925)--but with lines from Strindberg thrown in. Cowie is a knowledgeable man, and I don’t doubt what he says, but Professor Jenkins was struck by how similar the movie is to a couple made by Ozu, A Story of Floating Weeds (1934), and its remake, Floating Weeds (1959). It’s unlikely, however, that Ozu and Bergman knew each other’s work. N.B. This is the first time Bergman worked with Sven Nykvist, one of 3 cinematographers on the picture.



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« #12211 : July 06, 2013, 08:33:25 AM »

I Shot Jesse James (1949) 6/10. A film by Samuel Fuller. Available today for free viewing on Hulu: http://www.hulu.com/watch/482857



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« #12212 : July 06, 2013, 12:02:17 PM »

KILLING THEM SOFTLY - 7/10

Great atmosphere, good characters, very good acting (the worst actor being Brad Pitt, whose only crime is to do a regular job), good dialogues and very tiny script (they obviously focused on dialogues and drew a few parallels with the economic crisis).
Not much to criticise here, except that it's one of the few 7/10 movies that will not bring anything more to the table with rewatches.


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« #12213 : July 06, 2013, 05:21:23 PM »

THE LAST OF US - 8/10

As a video game, it deserves 9.5/10, but I'm rating it as a movie here. As a whole, it's really not far from being called an "interactive movie" rather than a video game. The last two titles from its developper (Naughty Dog) make me wonder about the future of movies and video games: so far we have 2 terms for 2 different form of entertainment, I'm not sure it will stay this way.

Great adult zombie flick. Mix the backgrounds from The Walking Dead and Children Of Men and then add real caracters like in The Road and you've got the best zombie movie I know of (or let's say it share the title with Zombieland). The acting is top notch, the plot is really good and the twists work quite well and are not treated as twists. Very adult, like I said. I was very sad to leave the characters at the end; the atmosphere stays with you long after you turn off the Playstation.
Also, it has a perfect ending.


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« #12214 : July 07, 2013, 12:27:31 AM »

Zodiac - 9/10 - What's this, 4th viewing now? Maybe I'm obsessed, but then I can think of worse movies to watch over and over again.

what did you think of Mark Ruffalo as the detective? I think he was alright, but not GREAT. Det. David Toschi was some huge hotshot, the guy who inspired Frank Bullitt and Dirty Harry Callahan, and I thought Ruffalo is just kinda ordinary. I wouldn't say Ruffalo is a bad actor, but I don't think he's anything particularly special. That's the sorta thing that can make the difference between a good movie and a great movie. My rating would be an 8/10.

So, since I am SURE that after seeing the movie, you must have read every book there is to read on the Zodiac killings - especially the one by Robert Graysmith - who do you think was the killer? was it the guy Graysmith wrote about? or was it someone else whom they never suspected?

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« #12215 : July 07, 2013, 02:59:31 AM »

Ruffalo is the kind of actor whose best asset is his personal charisma. He's not a bad actor at all since he can play most emotions quite good, bu he's just not the kind of guy I would ask to enter a character. Hence, he's always good and as a viewer I'm always pleased to see him, in Zodiac like in pretty much anything else, but like you say, he's never great.

It would have done the difference between a good and great movie, but he's not the main character at all. I'd give it a 9 too (and I watch it every year, after a real obsession whenI got the DVD).


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« #12216 : July 07, 2013, 07:15:03 AM »

Le amiche - Michelangelo Antonioni, 1955

Not his first film, but his first typical film. 8,5/10

Red Desert - Antonioni, 1964

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« #12217 : July 07, 2013, 07:45:38 AM »

what did you think of Mark Ruffalo as the detective? I think he as alright, but not GREAT. Det. David Toschi was some huge hotshot, the guy who inspired Frank Bullitt and Dirty Harry Callahan, and I thought Ruffalo is just kinda ordinary. I wouldn't say Ruffalo is a bad actor, but I don't think he's anything particularly special.

Ruffalo's actually my favorite performance in the movie. His low-key approach to the character works very well, I think; he's a hardworking cop being driven crazy by the case. Toschi, or at least the movie's Toschi, is more eccentric than flamboyant, I guess would be the point. Perhaps one could even see a deconstruction of his persona as the "real" Dirty Harry and Bullitt.

I'll agree with Noodles that he's not a great actor. To be honest, I haven't been impressed with him anywhere outside of Zodiac. Here though I think Ruffalo's low-key style serves the movie/character well.

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So, since I am SURE that after seeing the movie, you must have read every book there is to read on the Zodiac killings - especially the one by Robert Graysmith - who do you think was the killer? was it the guy Graysmith wrote about? or was it someone else whom they never suspected?

I actually haven't read anything more than a few articles, so I don't feel qualified to call register an opinion. It does seem a lot of Zodiac buffs dislike the movie for promoting Graysmith's pet theory of Leigh Allen as the killer, when hard evidence against him is scanty.

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« #12218 : July 07, 2013, 12:34:29 PM »

well supposedly David Toschi was the big real famous detective (and the movie itself mentions that Bullitt copied him), in order to portray that personality, you just need someone who screams STAR, like Brad Pitt. Pitt is the sort of actor that he just walks into a scene and there's no doubt who's the star. Also a guy like Denzel (although that couldn't have worked since Toschi is white). McQueen and Eastwood, whose Bullit and Harry Callahan were inspired by Toschi, definitely had that IT factor. Ruffalo – even if you think he is a very good actor, (personally, I think he is average, but it doesn't matter; the point is that) he just doesn't have that IT factor, he's not the kinda big personality that Toschi supposedly was. Toschi was born in 1931, which means he would have been in his late 30's when the Zodiac killings began. Maybe Matthew McConaughey could have pulled it off, I don't know. But Ruffalo IMO was not an asset.

I definitely believe Ruffalo's character was, if not the main one, at least co-equal to Gyllenhaal's. Gyllenhaal is the bigger name and got first billing, but IMO Ruffalo's character was at least as big as his. Either way, even if you wanna say Ruffalo is not the main character, bottom line is that he is a very big part, and for me, he was just average. Not gonna win any Razzies, but not the sort of performance that 50 other actors couldn't have delivered. I don't know if this would have been an all-time great either way - and Ruffalo's performance might have been fine for another movie - but Ruffalo's performance was not as good as this movie was.  And that was the problem for me. You have a movie that's really good but this important character is just not.

I see that the one time I saw it, back in December, I rated it an 8/10 http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=7645.msg161326#msg161326
Definitely a solid movie  O0

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« #12219 : July 07, 2013, 03:48:16 PM »

The Lone Ranger (2013) - 2/10. The film starts off with an exciting runaway train sequence, followed by a manhunt through the desert. Early on it seems this could be taken for a serious Western, but as things move along it gets progressively sillier, ending up as little more than a cartoon. This is not the worst of its faults.

Unhappily, this  film, pitched at school kids on summer break, is filled with a pernicious message. When we are introduced to the man who will become the Lone Ranger (Armie Hammer) he is reading John Locke. He is a law school grad, concerned with the justice and due process, who has returned to his Texas town to be its DA (huh?). The purpose of everything that then happens is to disabuse him of his notions of right and wrong and provide him with an unsentimental education. Because, as it turns out, everything having to do with the white man’s civilization is evil. The Indians are noble victims; the Chinese coolies who work the white man’s mines are also victims. The railroads, the army, all the institutions of white civilization, however, are corrupt. What then is a good-hearted man to do? He must operate as an outlaw. Hence the mask. In the original radio and TV versions of the Lone Ranger, IIRC, the mask was intended to hide the Ranger’s identity, it was a superhero’s mask. In this movie, the character’s identity is never in doubt. The mask is solely to establish the fact that the wearer lives outside the white man’s law. Tonto (Johnny Depp) keeps telling the hero “Never take off the mask.” Not only the Ranger, but a little kid Tonto is teaching—the audience’s surrogate—learns this “truth” by the end of the film.

The references in this movie to OUATITW include but are not limited to: majestic shots of Monument Valley; evil railroaders; men in dusters waiting for a train; the shadow of a man revealing his presence on the roof of a car; startled birds taking flight as a harbinger of a homestead attack; an Indian boy who suffered a terrible loss returning as a man to exact revenge on those responsible. This last is made even more explicit by having the villain ask, “Who are you?” and receiving in reply a symbol-fraught object that jogs his memory at the point of dying. So keen are the filmmakers to reference Leone’s film that during one scene where men are riding through a canyon one of the walls has a Navajo cliff CGI’d in—it has no function other than to be spotted.  And from time to time faint echoes of Morricone’s score appear on the soundtrack. What is the purpose of all these allusions? Apparently, just to let the audience know how cool the filmmakers are. This is another truth I think I’ll ignore.


What he said... It's silly and all been seen before. It has some nice images scattered throughout, but far and few between that remind you of the Westerns we aint getting. How many pseudo roller coaster images do we need. 


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« #12220 : July 08, 2013, 07:33:29 AM »

Museum Hours (2013) - 10/10. A revolution in cinema. What Wenders was always getting at, but never quite achieving. Jem Cohen has finally done it.



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« #12221 : July 08, 2013, 07:53:53 AM »

The Marriage of Maria Braun - 7/10
An impressive work but not something I was really able to connect with or become engrossed in. I prefer Ali: Fear Eats the Soul.

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« #12222 : July 08, 2013, 08:52:38 AM »

Dick Tracy (1990) picked up a copy for less than $5. Saw it i theater years ago fun flick with some nice unique visuals, cinematography by Vittorio Storaro.
Directed by Warren Beatty. Starring  Beatty, Madona, Charlie Korsmo, Al Pacino, and Glenne Headly with cameos from a huge supporting   cast. 8/10  

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« #12223 : July 09, 2013, 07:43:53 AM »

Fontane Effi Briest (1974) - 10/10. My fave Fassbinder, streaming free today and tomorrow: http://www.hulu.com/watch/449581?



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« #12224 : July 10, 2013, 11:38:02 AM »

Tokyo Story / Tokyo monogatari (1953) 9/10. Shochiku Blu-ray, transferred from a new digital restoration. This looks amazing. But don't let anyone tell you this is Ozu's best film; there are 10 others that are at least its equal.

The Life of Oharu (1952) 10/10. Criterion Blu-ray, transferred from a new digital restoration. Don't let anyone tell you that Ugetsu monogatari is Mizoguchi's best film. There are at least 10 others that are its superior; this is one of those.



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