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Re: ribbon's rhapsody: take one

Post by Trip » Tue Mar 05, 2013 1:34 am

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Re: ribbon's rhapsody: take one

Post by ribbon » Tue Mar 05, 2013 1:38 am

gets me every time!
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Re: ribbon's rhapsody: take one

Post by Shieldmaiden » Tue Mar 05, 2013 1:59 am

The Shout sounds terrific. I'll try to find it...
ribbon wrote:Also, first post updated with links. I'll do my best to keep up with that as I press on.
Nice! :heart:
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Post by ribbon » Tue Mar 05, 2013 2:00 am

Please share thoughts once you do! I'd love to know what you think of it.
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Re: ribbon's rhapsody: take one

Post by Shieldmaiden » Tue Mar 05, 2013 2:02 am

ribbon wrote:Please share thoughts once you do! I'd love to know what you think of it.
Your thread will be the first place I come. :)
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Post by ribbon » Tue Mar 05, 2013 2:15 am

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What a disappointment. Seeing the screenshots from this & knowing of the delightfully fantastical premise (plus James Mason <3) seemed to be the perfect combination of things to reel me right in. Unfortunately, this introduces itself as a love story of epic proportion yet is void of any & all emotion. Poor chemistry, poor handling of the material, poor everything. The reason I feel compelled to mention this at all is because christ, it's fucking beautiful. Those dark blues, light greens, faded neutrals, & that lighting make it almost worth the two hours. Otherwise, SLEPT THRU.

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Post by Trip » Tue Mar 05, 2013 2:16 am

Yeah, it's weird. He's not much of a director.
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Re: ribbon's rhapsody: take one

Post by ribbon » Tue Mar 05, 2013 2:18 am

Not at all. Shame, too, because I had a great deal of interest in The Picture of Dorian Gray until now.
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Post by Mean Old Bastard Ed » Tue Mar 05, 2013 3:02 am

ribbon wrote:Not at all. Shame, too, because I had a great deal of interest in The Picture of Dorian Gray until now.
I haven't seen that other thing, but don't deny yourself the excellent fun of Dorian Gray, you silly bird.
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Post by ribbon » Tue Mar 05, 2013 3:03 am

You'll be sorry if it's awful!
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Post by Mean Old Bastard Ed » Tue Mar 05, 2013 3:10 am

:shifty:

No seriously, the dialog is razor sharp and it's impossible to not love George Sanders' performance.
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Re: ribbon's rhapsody: take one

Post by dreiser » Tue Mar 05, 2013 3:23 am

Ed is quite correct about that version of Dorian Gray.
"I hate the dark, the sharks liars. And the stems of cherry..."

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Post by ribbon » Tue Mar 05, 2013 4:18 am

We'll see about that.
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Re: ribbon's rhapsody: take one

Post by B-Side » Tue Mar 05, 2013 5:06 am

I've had The Shout on my computer for ages. Should watch it at some point, but then you would get partial credit for my expedited viewing now, so I should probably put it off for a few years.
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Re: ribbon's rhapsody: take one

Post by ribbon » Tue Mar 05, 2013 5:18 am

You'd love it probs. Watch soon! I already give myself credit for everything you do so it changes nothing from my end.
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Re: ribbon's rhapsody: a cinematic reckoning

Post by wigwam » Tue Mar 05, 2013 6:02 am

cinematic reckoning :bow down:
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Post by ribbon » Tue Mar 05, 2013 6:13 am

:P
don't know what to call this thing, but not the previous title.
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Re: ribbon's rhapsody: a cinematic reckoning

Post by ribbon » Tue Mar 05, 2013 6:36 am

I've watched too much to say anything in depth about all, so some categorical rankings on my past two days:

the great
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sergeant york |hawks, 1941|
hawks manages to suppress most of the sentimental rubbish that could've easily accompanied this film given the heroic storyline & instead releases an earnest & engaging perception of alvin york. very exciting film.

the good
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people will talk |mankiewicz, 1951|
a hymn to human propriety.
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landscape suicide |benning, 1987|
a fascinating documentary of a seemingly docile landscape where heinous tragedies took place, as well as a survey of the narrative assets of cinema.
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what have you done to solange? |dallamano, 1972|
coincidentally, a neat pairing with landscape suicide. a contrast of a rural backdrop & the violent tragedies lying over its soil.

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the errand boy |lewis, 1961|
it's a jerry lewis movie.
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the criminal code |hawks, 1931|
lesser hawks, but still worth the watch. interesting to see how he handles the material.

the hope davis
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shotgun stories |nichols, 2007|
i just can't.
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Post by B-Side » Tue Mar 05, 2013 6:50 am

the hope davis

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Re: ribbon's rhapsody: a cinematic reckoning

Post by dreiser » Tue Mar 05, 2013 7:47 am

ribbon wrote::P
don't know what to call this thing, but not the previous title.
You'll still have to explain it to Smalley.
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Re: ribbon's rhapsody: a cinematic reckoning

Post by snapper » Tue Mar 05, 2013 7:49 am

what does hope davis mean
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Post by snapper » Tue Mar 05, 2013 7:49 am

i'm surprised she's paid attention to enough to inspire an in-joke
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Post by Trip » Tue Mar 05, 2013 8:31 am

it started with "hope [he/she/it] dies" and then somehow veered off into hope davis because fuck language
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Post by Fist » Tue Mar 05, 2013 4:48 pm

Yay. Sergeant York surprised me too. Could have very easily veered towards straight propaganda (and I'm actually still not entirely convinced it isn't at times), but it's earnest in exploring the ideological arc of this particularly character, and he remains a strong emotional center, so it never entirely loses its perspective. It's also just so damn well made. Fuck.
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Post by Das » Tue Mar 05, 2013 4:58 pm

Fist wrote:Yay. Sergeant York surprised me too. Could have very easily veered towards straight propaganda (and I'm actually still not entirely convinced it isn't at times), but it's earnest in exploring the ideological arc of this particularly character, and he remains a strong emotional center, so it never entirely loses its perspective. It's also just so damn well made. Fuck.
I've found this true of most of the WW2 era Hawks films to be honest - Air Force also really rises above its roots to great things as well.
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Post by ribbon » Tue Mar 05, 2013 5:26 pm

Yes, love Air Force. Looking forward to watching it again so Fist can see it.

Does Ceiling Zero fit that category as well, by chance? It's playing at the AFI theater around here in the upcoming weeks so I'm debating whether we should spend money on it or just grab it from KG.
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Post by roujin » Tue Mar 05, 2013 6:13 pm

Ceiling Zero is a dry run for Only Angels Have Wings (aka the greatest movie ever made).

That means it's amazing.
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Like the sound of that :D.
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Post by Fist » Tue Mar 05, 2013 6:16 pm

roujin wrote:Ceiling Zero is a dry run for Only Angels Have Wings (aka the greatest movie ever made).

That means it's amazing.
We're seeing the latter on 35mm next month tooooooo
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Post by wigwam » Tue Mar 05, 2013 6:35 pm

ooh i love the quick mini-reviews!
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Post by ribbon » Tue Mar 05, 2013 10:31 pm

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A surprisingly expressionistic work from the later Master of Suspense, The Ring is a film to be admired for its modest details, such as the assortment of emblematic notions of it's title name - most obviously the boxing arena in which the film takes place, the fairground shots in the opening & later sequences with rides in spinning motion much like the jealousy of the two males involved, the familiar image of tickets reeling from a spool, the matrimonial binding of two of the leads, & a suggestive snake bracelet placed upon the bicep of the woman, the top point of the love triangle. The story is layered by extreme close-ups depicting moods without words, effective montage & metaphor, & especially the promising observant effects such as a scene played out in a reflection of water, & in another, a character's inebriation is indicated through a warped POV shot where he sees things that may or may not be a reality, thus enhancing his fear & rage. This efficiently exercises what Hitchcock would later be known for, setting a scene, evoking a tone, & elevating the tension at key moments - in this case, building strain on the big fight scene. In this stimulating sequence, more POV is utilized as well as expert lighting to emphasize that the boxing ring is both distant & not so distant from the respective worlds of the two fighters. This may not coincide with Hitchcock's more trademark masterpieces, but it is enchanting to watch a film which I believe may have been his first sign at becoming confident in his craft.
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Post by Derninan » Tue Mar 05, 2013 11:20 pm

That's a great paragraph, so descriptive. I need to see most of Hitch's earlier works.

Shame that the two Hitch-as-subject films last year were such utter garbage. Irrelevant, I know!
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Post by ribbon » Tue Mar 05, 2013 11:25 pm

Right though? I'd love to see a great film based on his life &/or work. So much potential! Won't bother seeing the ones from last year though, ick.
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Post by Derninan » Tue Mar 05, 2013 11:29 pm

I wouldn't say I had high hopes for Hitchcock, but it was soooo much worse than I ever thought it'd be. Laughably bad, one of the worst films I saw last year. The Girl is fucking poop.
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You keep making me want to watch things.
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Post by Colonel Kurz » Tue Mar 05, 2013 11:50 pm

charulata wrote:You keep making me want to watch things.
So awful when people do that. ;)
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Post by pwiedenheft » Wed Mar 06, 2013 12:12 am

ribbon wrote: shotgun stories |nichols, 2007|
i just can't.
Our streak of agreeing on next to nothing continues. Boo.
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Post by ribbon » Wed Mar 06, 2013 12:13 am

Well, I adore Punch-Drunk Love. So, like, y'know.
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Post by pwiedenheft » Wed Mar 06, 2013 12:21 am

:) I said "next to" for a reason

We also agree on Singin' In The Rain and Moulin Rouge. BUT THAT'S IT! AFTER THAT YOU ARE ENEMY!
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Post by ribbon » Wed Mar 06, 2013 12:27 am

that's how i like it :twisted:
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Post by wigwam » Wed Mar 06, 2013 12:58 am

did you take more screengrabs of What a Way to Go? i can't wait to see what caught your eye
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Post by ribbon » Wed Mar 06, 2013 1:01 am

I did, just by force of habit. Not sure if I'll write much in depth since soo sleepy, but I may have a small entry for it a bit later on :).
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Post by Trip » Wed Mar 06, 2013 1:11 am

The Ring is swell.
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Post by ribbon » Wed Mar 06, 2013 1:12 am

Trip wrote:The Ring is swell.
Feel this way about any of his other silents? Only other I've seen is The Lodger, which I find phenomenal.
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Post by Trip » Wed Mar 06, 2013 1:16 am

ribbon wrote: Feel this way about any of his other silents? Only other I've seen is The Lodger, which I find phenomenal.
Only two I've seen lol. I hear The Farmer's Wife is good!
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Post by ribbon » Wed Mar 06, 2013 1:21 am

Will have to grab that then. I already have Downhill & The Manxman, but.
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