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« #19560 : February 01, 2021, 03:57:53 AM »

The Killers (1964) still a 7/10 the print they showed on Noir Alley looked great (but the rear screen projections were more noticeable).


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« #19561 : February 01, 2021, 07:17:51 AM »

The one thing that counts against Goodfellas is the final summation by Henry Hill spoken at the end directly into the camera. Yeah, right, give the degenerate drug pusher the last word. Hill was scum, and the film should have acknowledged that (if even indirectly). That's one of the reasons (but not the only reason) I prefer Casino, which, to my mind, has a more honest ending.

I agree that Taxi Driver is a great looking film (photography and lighting and editing, et. al.). I cannot emphasize enough, though, how important the Herrmann score is to the entire presentation. This may be the only Scorsese with a truly great score. Once Marty got sucked into the whole American Graffiti approach to soundtrack arranging (and I say this acknowledging how well the tunes are curated on Goodfellas) a really important avenue of cinematic expression was lost to us. One of the reasons I really like the Cape Fear remake is that Scorsese had Bernstein go back to Herrmann's original composition and actually improve it. Other than it and Taxi Driver, what other Scorsese OST is worth owning?
All the main characters in Goodfellas were treated too favorably, but I don't mind that for the sake of entertainment. I don't know if Goodfellas is a better movie if Hill was portrayed as a lost soul perpetual fuck up. Casino is certainly a more responsible movie in that regard, but I definitely prefer the former. But Casino is an A+ movie for me and I view it as the unheralded B side ballad to Goodfellas smash hit A side.

You're 100% right about Herrmann's brilliant score. He was the best Hollywood composer by 90 country miles and his score for Taxi Driver was the OUATIA for composers, in terms of ultimate swan songs that shouldn't have been swan songs.

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« #19562 : February 01, 2021, 10:22:08 AM »

L'Immorale (1967) 8/10. Ugo Tognazzi has a wife and two mistresses, plus 5 children to support. He dies trying to keep them all happy. This did a good job of taking an absurd premise and keeping it as real as possible. Pretty funny, too.
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« #19563 : February 02, 2021, 03:14:59 AM »

All this The Departed talk led me to...


The Departed (2006) 8.5/10
First watch in a long time. This is really good. Really good. And what a terrific editing.
Also, yes, the ligthing/color grading isn't good. Which is true for most of the Martin Scorsese films done in the 2000's (the curse ended with 2013's Wolf of Wall Street).

Police (Pialat, 1985) 7/10
A Pialat film that's easy to watch, now that's a surprise. Pialat should have done more genre films, his love for naturalism and his desperate attempts to "catch reality" on film really breing something vibrant to these films that can easily be plaggued with too much artificiality. On the other hand, you can clearly see he doesn't care as much as when he's doing more personal projects. I'll see it again.

La Belle Epoque (2019) 6/10

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The film stars Daniel Auteuil as Victor, a man in his 60s whose long marriage to Marianne (Fanny Ardant) is on the rocks. When Victor meets Antoine (Guillaume Canet), the owner of a company which allows people to perform a version of "time travel" by visiting a stage where the company acts out a staged historical reenactment, he takes the opportunity to revisit the moment when he first met Marianne, in hopes of rekindling his love for her. - Wikipedia
A french film that is deeply influenced by american movies. Which ends up making it look like an Italian movie. Very generous film, filled up with witty lines and ideas. It's very dense. It's a lot of hit and miss. Some ideas and lines work, some REALLY don't, but the film moves of fast enough so the hits seem smarter than they are and the misses are quickly forgotten. In the end, eventhough I don't think Nicolas Bedos (the filmmaker) has the means of his ambitions YET, the poetry still kind of works.


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« #19564 : February 02, 2021, 05:15:37 AM »

The Departed (2006) 8.5/10
Also, yes, the ligthing/color grading isn't good. Which is true for most of the Martin Scorsese films done in the 2000's (the curse ended with 2013's Wolf of Wall Street).
If you can admit the camerawork was lackluster compared to 20th Century Scorsese, we might actually be able to peacefully agree to disagree and move on to the Carpenter vs Cuaron elephant in the room jk.



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« #19565 : February 02, 2021, 05:51:05 AM »

If you can admit the camerawork was lackluster compared to 20th Century Scorsese, we might actually be able to peacefully agree to disagree and move on to the Carpenter vs Cuaron elephant in the room jk.

Haha I agree the camerawork isn?t as good as Goodfellas/Casino (but better than Bringing out the dead). The movie was more created in the editing room than it was designing the shots.

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« #19566 : February 02, 2021, 06:30:29 AM »

"Stranger on the Third Floor", 1940.  Film noir mystery, 65 minute film.  I give it 5/5.

I found lead actress Margaret Tallichet quite fetching.  Apparently she even tested for Scarlett in "Gone with the Wind" (got the role of a sister, but was bumped for Ann Rutherford).  https://www.eastman.org/margaret-tallichet-screen-tests

She did few films, and married William Wyler.



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« #19567 : February 02, 2021, 09:45:12 AM »

All this The Departed talk led me to...


The Departed (2006) 8.5/10
First watch in a long time. This is really good. Really good. And what a terrific editing.
Also, yes, the ligthing/color grading isn't good. Which is true for most of the Martin Scorsese films done in the 2000's (the curse ended with 2013's Wolf of Wall Street).


you speak about this movie like it's one of the greatest ever, then only give it an 8.5/10????


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« #19568 : February 02, 2021, 10:34:38 AM »

8.5 is very good on my rating scale. But I haven't said it's one of the best films ever, it isn't. I said it was incredibly well crafted. It's one of the best crafted films ever.
The editing is groundbreaking, the acting is top notch, the dialogues are (most of the time) terrific, it's very rewatchable.

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« #19569 : February 02, 2021, 11:45:33 AM »

8.5 is very good on my rating scale. But I haven't said it's one of the best films ever, it isn't. I said it was incredibly well crafted. It's one of the best crafted films ever.
The editing is groundbreaking, the acting is top notch, the dialogues are (most of the time) terrific, it's very rewatchable.

8.5 is very good on my scale too. But you speak of this as one of the very greatest Scorsese films ever (except of course, The Irishman, which is your favorite movie of all time after The Patriot.)

Personally, I think an 8.5/10 rating is appropriate for The Departed (I believe I gave it an 8/10 myself).

can you list which Scorsese movies you think are better than The Departed, along with their ratings?

p.s. I think we should rename this thread "Rate The Last Scorsese Movie You Saw"


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« #19570 : February 02, 2021, 12:33:12 PM »

p.s. I think we should rename this thread "Rate The Last Scorsese Movie You Saw"
We have dedicated Scorsese threads, why can't you chuckleheads go play there?



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« #19571 : February 02, 2021, 02:07:48 PM »

We have dedicated Scorsese threads, why can't you chuckleheads go play there?

With all of my ratings!

http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=11888.0
It seems that in 2014 I wrote that The Departed was a 9/10. Maybe I should stop reading TH's posts.

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« #19572 : February 03, 2021, 05:59:41 AM »

Isle of the Dead (1945) - 4/10. With the new Warner Blu announced, I decided to spin the old DVD to see if this was worth an upgrade, but no, it still sucks. It's ersatz Poe: there's a plague, premature burial, a homicidal madwoman. That's not the problem, though. What's bad is the fact the characters have to continually do stupid things in order to make the plot work. And it's a shame--the other two Lewton films with Karloff are my favorites of the cycle.  This one, though, I hate. Sorry, WAC, I won't be buying the upgrade.



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« #19573 : February 04, 2021, 01:46:44 PM »

Cat People (1942) - 7/10. The most visually interesting of the Lewton films, but a bit thin on plot. And who was the genius who signed Kent Smith to a studio contract?



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« #19574 : February 04, 2021, 09:59:18 PM »

Kolya (1996) - 8/10. Everything in this Czech feature works well, including the integration of the personal story with the political one. And the production was really, really lucky with the Russian five-year-old they got to play the title character. Usually I just want to take a tire iron to these midgets, but I didn't mind this kid at all. And it never hurts to have plenty of Dvorak on the soundtrack.
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