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2017 In Film / Re: Lady Bird
« Last post by ©brad on February 15, 2018, 12:41:12 PM »
This one sneaks up on you. There's not much in this movie we haven't seen before, and yet it all feels new somehow. It's insanely relatable to a seemingly broad cross-section of people (at least from reviews and various anecdotes I've gathered). I'm not sure if it's one of the best movies of the year but I gobbled it right up.

Oh and Laurie Metcalf slays. She needs to be in more stuff.
Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Phantom Thread - Interviews
« Last post by wilberfan on February 15, 2018, 12:30:16 PM »

DVD Talk / Re: Random DVD and Blu-ray announcements
« Last post by jenkins on February 15, 2018, 11:15:48 AM »
well yeah cool report back please
Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Phantom Thread - Awards ticker
« Last post by jenkins on February 15, 2018, 11:15:14 AM »
the way PT shrugs while walking away is a highly accurate review of that speech. he doesn't appear super cool there he appears super human.

Chalamet brings up PDL and dovetails into The Master, if that's not well-known. their speeches go about the same, just Chalamet is younger.

DVD Talk / Re: Random DVD and Blu-ray announcements
« Last post by wilder on February 15, 2018, 07:03:03 AM »
Just released

Bryan Forbesí Deadfall (1968) on blu-ray from Signal One Entertainment (UK). Blu-ray screencaps here.


"Elegant, a bit subversive, and unceremoniously refusing to play by the rules that other similarly themed films from the '60s followed. Years ago a lot of critics argued that it was a dud, but I think that it is amongst the best of its kind.

Professional burglar Henry Clarke (Michael Caine) is in an upscale sanatorium where he is trying to repair the damage that years of alcohol abuse has caused to his body. Here he is approached by the elegant Fe (Giovanna Ralli) who invites him to meet her husband, Moreau (Eric Portman), because he has a business proposition that may be of interest to him. Henry is immediately intrigued because he has been getting treatment in the sanatorium under a false name. Soon after, Henry meets Moreau in his chic home and he reveals to him that he is planning to steal a very expensive jewelry collection that belongs to a prominent statesman named Salinas (David Buck) and that he wants him to break into his lavish mansion so that he can crack his safe. The loot, Moreau explains, will allow them to leave the business for good and start enjoying their lives."

Deadfall (1968) - Amazon UK

Most reviews Iíve read are downright negative, but Iím seeing great things in this trailer. It looks gorgeous & strange

This one other review is on board:

Quote from: HEFILM
Bryan Forbes is an underrated director, almost forgotten today for a string of well reviewed films that ended with this one. The good reviews did that is. Perhaps at the time the direction seemed "overboard" but by today's standards of course it is merely stylish. It features lots of interesting camera angles, almost like a Joseph Losey film at times visually, and a lot of well written dialog.

Caine is very good. He played a series of almost expressionless villains and near-villains in the late 1960's. This role is one of those, crook who falls for the wrong woman, deals but he totally sells it. Even the tone of his voice is different than you'd expect. He also gets to display both surprise and rage towards the end which gives the character more of a place to go than in the more highly regarded say Harry Palmer films and the soon to be made and good but over rated GET CARTER. He really makes the film work.

The odd character relationships also help a great deal as does John Barry's music. Fans of his probably know the main robbery scene is inter cut with a specially composed piece of pseudo classical music he wrote and which the scene was edited to later. It's a fascinating sequence and not like anything else Barry ever composed and worth watching for any fan of film music, meaning music in a film connected and interacting with it, not just as a CD to buy and enjoy. The whole score has a touch of the Spanish setting the film lushly invokes. You do have to ignore the lyrics and slightly heard it before nature of the Title song.

This is not an action crime film, more of a corrupted souls and the crimes they commit type of approach with an interesting Spanish setting. It's disguised film noir with realistic occasionally funny dialog and cool oddball sinister angles and editing choices that maybe play better today than at the time. Well worth watching, but good luck finding it.

As obscure as it seems to be (nary 600 votes on IMDB) Iím betting my luck it hasnít found the right audience. Ordered it blind.
Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Phantom Thread - Awards ticker
« Last post by d on February 15, 2018, 02:21:22 AM »

The Chalamet speech also there. The way he reads it from a piece of paper pretending the jokes are spontaneous makes it look even more weird than the quotes but also cool somehow. I mean Chalamet obviously, not PTA who is super-cool.
This Year In Film / Re: paddington 2
« Last post by samsong on February 15, 2018, 12:05:27 AM »
In Front of the Camera / Re: Vicky Krieps
« Last post by wilder on February 14, 2018, 08:58:39 PM »
Real-Life Soundtracks / Re: Now Playing
« Last post by wilder on February 14, 2018, 08:17:36 PM »

Quote from: Amen Dunes
"Miki Dora was arguably the most gifted and innovative surfer of his generation and the foremost opponent of surfingís commercialization. He was also a lifelong criminal and retrograde: a true embodiment of the distorted male psyche. He was a living contradiction; both a symbol of free-living and inspiration, and of the false heroics American culture has always celebrated. With lyrics of regret and redemption at the end of oneís youth, the song is about Dora, and myself, but ultimately it is a reflection on all manifestations of mythical heroic maleness and its illusions."
The Director's Chair / Re: Kieslowski
« Last post by jenkins on February 14, 2018, 03:09:54 PM »
i've been stuck on episode 5 on Dekalog for two weeks now, because of its opening--

"The law should not imitate nature, the law should improve nature. People invented the law to govern their relationships. The law determined who we are and how we live. We either observe it, or break it. People are free; their freedom is limited only by the freedom of others. Punishment means revenge, in particular when it aims to harm, but it does not prevent crime. For whom does the law avenge? The innocent? Do the innocent make the rules?"

instead of finishing the episode i keep returning to the beginning and listening to this.
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