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    Quote Quoting transmogrifier (view post)
    My Top 15 Directors strictly according to average scores of all the films of theirs I have seen. Four film minimum. Bolded are those names I never would think about if asked to name my favorite directors, though I certainly don't dislike them.


    1. Peter Greenaway
    2. David Fincher
    3. Sergio Leone
    4. Fred Zinneman
    5. John Sayles
    6. Nicholas Roeg
    7. Pedro Almodovar
    8. Dennis Hopper
    9. Jacques Becker
    10. Paul Thomas Anderson
    11. David Lean
    12. Bernado Bertolucci
    13. Michael Powell
    14. Michael Mann
    15. Michel Gondry
    16. Jean-Pierre Melville


    I would have said that my favorite director is Robert Altman, but his long career means a number of bombs drag his average down a bit. But goddamn I miss him.
    I have never seen a Almodovar or Becker film. I don't recall if I have ever viewed a Gondry. Interesting list, as several of those are among my favorites.

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    Quote Quoting Peng (view post)
    Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro (1979)

    Remarkably sustains the exhilarating, whatever-go spirit of Saturday morning cartoon the whole way through, with about four or five times the length and at much higher craft. This being his first feature, someone else’s property (even if the characters are reshaped as milder to suit the director more), and made in barely half a year, the film still feels very much of Miyazaki’s sensibility, if not as deep in his later films' serenely articulated, thematic concern: rollicking adventure (this almost feels like a warm-up to Castle in the Sky), fluidly animated action especially around architecture, and a healthy dose of authority distrust. Fun and charming debut. 7.5/10
    I saw that movie on the big screen two years ago. Pretty rad flick, and most likely an influence on Cowboy Bebop. I loved Castle In The Sky.

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    One of the best movies I've seen recently. What's crazier than Possession is this script:

    https://www.springfieldspringfield.c...vie=possession

    which I'm going to have to go through because the audio (and Adjani's accent) has always made me miss something. One of the key new lines I understood on tonight's rewatch is:

    Because it's here with you?
    -Yes!
    Possession is one ot those batshit crazy movies I am glad I have seen. I watched it late one night on TCM and I wasn't really able to sleep afterwards.

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    I love John Carpenter. To each their own, I guess.

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    Quote Quoting transmogrifier (view post)
    My Top 15 Directors strictly according to average scores of all the films of theirs I have seen. Four film minimum. Bolded are those names I never would think about if asked to name my favorite directors, though I certainly don't dislike them.


    1. Peter Greenaway
    2. David Fincher
    3. Sergio Leone
    4. Fred Zinneman
    5. John Sayles
    6. Nicholas Roeg
    7. Pedro Almodovar
    8. Dennis Hopper
    9. Jacques Becker
    10. Paul Thomas Anderson
    11. David Lean
    12. Bernado Bertolucci
    13. Michael Powell
    14. Michael Mann
    15. Michel Gondry
    16. Jean-Pierre Melville


    I would have said that my favorite director is Robert Altman, but his long career means a number of bombs drag his average down a bit. But goddamn I miss him.
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    Uwe Boll movies > all Marvel U movies

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    Quote Quoting Dukefrukem (view post)
    Was this compiled through letterboxd?
    No, I have an Excel spreadsheet of all the movies I have watched. I would never be able to remember things I've seen or not otherwise, let alone individual scores.
    Last 10 Movies Seen
    (90+ = canonical, 80-89 = brilliant, 70-79 = strongly recommended, 60-69 = good, 50-59 = mixed, 40-49 = below average with some good points, 30-39 = poor, 20-29 = bad, 10-19 = terrible, 0-9 = soul-crushingly inept in every way)

    Like Someone in Love
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    Timbuktu
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    The Changeling (1980) 65
    The Standoff at Sparrow Creek (2019) 59
    Ida
    (2013) 65
    Nocturama (2016) 68

    Along With the Gods: The Last 49 Days
    (2018) 45

    The Guns of Navarone
    (1961) 71
    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) 65
    A Simple Favor (2018) 47

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    Quote Quoting transmogrifier (view post)
    No, I have an Excel spreadsheet of all the movies I have watched. I would never be able to remember things I've seen or not otherwise, let alone individual scores.
    I have a huge excel file too, but 2018 was the first year I didn't add movies to it. I was hoping I could rely on Letterboxd for stuff like this. That director rating would be a really nice feature to have.

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    Uwe Boll movies > all Marvel U movies

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    Quote Quoting transmogrifier (view post)
    No, I have an Excel spreadsheet of all the movies I have watched. I would never be able to remember things I've seen or not otherwise, let alone individual scores.
    Nice. I keep a word file for each, plus compile a file by month and year. I'm only about 9 months behind thanks to work.

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    Made it about halfway through The Nutty Professor, the Jerry Lewis original, before I finally had to tap out. There was exactly one sequence where I chuckled, when the stentorian dean chews him out, and Lewis keeps sinking further and further into his chair. The rest was just nothing. I liked Jim Carrey back in the day, and I still have affection for Jim Varney's Ernest P. Worrell, but this character was just insufferable. Eddie Murphy's 1996 remake did a fantastic job of making Sherman Klump clutzy and nervous instead of obnoxious and abrasive.

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    Dunno where else to put this, but twitch is streaming a ton of Shaw brothers movies in the next week or so, with some other "movie nights" coming up in the next weeks: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/he...hedule-1179098

    Lots of cycling schedules in case you miss anything.

    One-Armed Swordsman
    The Five Deadly Venoms
    The 14 Amazons
    The Kid With the Golden Arm
    The Lady Is a Boss
    The Savage Five
    The 36th Chamber of Shaolin
    Return to the 36th Chamber
    Disciples of the 36th Chamber
    New One-Armed Swordsman
    Executioners From Shaolin

    and more.

    MOVIE NIGHTS

    Feb. 15

    5:03 p.m.: King Boxer
    6:43 p.m.: Five Element Ninja

    Feb. 16

    5:03 p.m.: Come Drink With Me
    6:36 p.m. Super Inframan

    Feb. 22

    5:03 p.m.: Chinatown Kid
    6:32 p.m.: All Men Are Brothers

    Feb. 23

    5:03 p.m.: My Young Auntie
    7:00 p.m.: Dirty Ho

    March 1

    5:03 p.m.: Crippled Avengers
    6:46 p.m.: Masked Avengers

    March 2

    5:03 p.m.: Challenge of the Masters
    7 p.m.: Vengeance

    March 7

    5:03 p.m.: The Web of Death
    6:32 p.m.: Death Duel

    March 8

    5:03 p.m.: Mad Monkey Kung Fu
    6:39 p.m.: Eight Diagram Pole Fighter

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    I think I'll make a new thread with this post too just so more people can see it since Twitch streaming is sort of not thought of much when it comes to movies (it didn't really have rights to stream movies for a good while, so little things like this are trickling in now more and more).
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    Can't remember if anyone here lives in or around NYC, but Brian DePalma's "Hi, Mom!" (1970) is playing at the Film Forum on February 6: https://www.artforum.com/film/philip...mom-1970-78567
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    I've just learned that Sergio Leone was apparently first choice for directing The Godfather, but he turned that because he wanted to do Once Upon a Time in America. I wonder how differently it would have turned out; could it possibly have been even greater?

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    Quote Quoting StanleyK (view post)
    I've just learned that Sergio Leone was apparently first choice for directing The Godfather, but he turned that because he wanted to do Once Upon a Time in America. I wonder how differently it would have turned out; could it possibly have been even greater?
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    It would be nothing like the cultural milestone that comes to your head when you hear the words The Godfather, so you wouldn't be able to gauge if it's better or worse.

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    Rocky IV is the first Rocky sequel in between the original and Rocky Balboa I have seen. Amidst the 80s extreme cheese and excess, these characters retain their personalities and life-sized emotions/interactions from the original more than I expected, which helps inject a little investment into the rushed storytelling. Also, apart from a uselessly random flashback-filled one, some damn good montages here.
    Midnight Run (1988) - 9
    The Smiling Lieutenant (1931) - 8.5
    The Adventures of Robinhood (1938) - 8
    Sisters (1973) - 6.5
    Shin Godzilla (2016) - 7.5

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    Heads up! The Academy Award nominated documentary Hale County This Morning, This Evening is streaming free on PBS until February 25 (the day after the Oscars):

    ------> https://www.pbs.org/video/hale-count...vening-sayve8/

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    I went to a concert (in Belgium) of Ennio Morricone yesterday, as part of his farewell tour, scheduled to end in Rome, his place of Birth.

    It was amazing and very emotional of course with some rarer pieces of music such as the amazing "love theme" for The Red Tent. Casualties of War was a high point, my God is that haunting and powerful.

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    • Roma (Cuarón, 2018/MX) ♦♦♦♦
    • A Fish Called Wanda (Crichton, 1988/UK) ♦♦♦♦ -- rewatch
    • Bohemian Rhapsody (Singer, 2018/US) ♦♦♦ [-]
    • Stone Cold (Baxley, 1991/US) [+]
    • Cliffhanger (Harlin, 1993/US) ♦♦♦♦ -- rewatch
    • Creed II (Caple Jr., 2018/US) ♦♦♦♦
    • Mary Poppins Returns (Marshall, 2018/US) ♦♦ [+]
    • Bumblebee (Knight, 2018/US) ♦♦½ [+]
    • How to Train Your Dragon 2 [3D] (DeBlois, 2014/US) ♦♦♦ [+]
    • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Persichetti/Ramsey/Rothman, 2018/US) ♦♦½ [+]
    • Hunter Killer (Marsh, 2018/US) ♦♦½ [-]
    • Beverly Hills Cop 2 (Scott, 1987/US) ♦½ -- rewatch [-]

    TV

    • A Very English Scandal (S1/UK) ♦♦♦♦
    • Luther (S5/UK) ♦♦½
    • The Haunting of Hill House (S1/US) ♦♦♦♦
    • Better Call Saul (S4/US) ♦♦♦
    • Jack Ryan (S1/US) ♦♦♦½
    • Bodyguard (S1/UK) ♦♦♦♦

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    Does someone know of an analysis of the opening sequence of Tati's Playtime? The first five minutes seems to be the most dense and I feel like I'm missing a lot.
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    Does someone know of an analysis of the opening sequence of Tati's Playtime? The first five minutes seems to be the most dense and I feel like I'm missing a lot.
    I can't think of any analysis of just the opening sequence but Kristin Thompson analyses the film as a whole pretty thoroughly in Breaking the Glass Armor. In any case, I wouldn't worry about not catching everything since there's too much on the screen to take it all in on one viewing.
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