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ritter

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I Basilischi ("The Lizards") was director Lina Wertmüller's first feature film, form 1963. Previously, she had assisted Fellini in La dolce vita and 8 1/2, and after this she'd make some commercial cinema (e.g. the musical vehicles for Rita Pavone) before finding her definite style that gave her fame (with films such as Swept Away and Seven Beauties).

This I Basilischi is a nostalgic view on life of youngsters (and the lack of opportunities for them) in the southern Basilicata region of Italy. Some beautiful cinematography, but the sarcastic, acid approach for which the director would be famous later on is already present here. AFAIK, this is the first release on DVD (2022), for the local Italian market, so subtitles only in that language (which are essential, as most of the dialogue is in Lucanian dialect.

The music for this film is one of the first composed by Ennio Morricone.
ritter
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« ...tout cela qui prend forme et solidité, est sorti, ville et jardins, de ma tasse de thé. »

k a rl h e nn i ng

Karl Henning, Ph.D.
Composer & Clarinetist
Boston MA
http://www.karlhenning.com/
[Matisse] was interested neither in fending off opposition,
nor in competing for the favor of wayward friends.
His only competition was with himself. — Françoise Gilot

SonicMan46

The Count of Monte Carlo (1934) starring Robert Donat and Elissa Landi. After three silent films, this is the first one w/ sound - a DVD-R > HD upgrade (Amazon streamer) which could have had a better restoration - own the 2002 movie w/ Jim Caviezel & Guy Pearce - as expected the story in each has been changed - read the Dumas novel as a teen so cannot remember how the book went?

Shakespeare in Love (1998) w/ the stars below - despite some controversies (see link below), we still enjoy this film - up for 13 Oscars and winner of 7, including Best Picture.  Dave :)

QuoteShakespeare in Love is a romantic period comedy-drama film directed by John Madden, written by Marc Norman and playwright Tom Stoppard, and produced by Harvey Weinstein. It stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush, Colin Firth, Ben Affleck and Judi Dench. (Source)

 

LKB

Quote from: SonicMan46 on January 24, 2023, 12:58:55 PMThe Count of Monte Carlo (1934) starring Robert Donat and Elissa Landi. After three silent films, this is the first one w/ sound - a DVD-R > HD upgrade (Amazon streamer) which could have had a better restoration - own the 2002 movie w/ Jim Caviezel & Guy Pearce - as expected the story in each has been changed - read the Dumas novel as a teen so cannot remember how the book went?

Shakespeare in Love (1998) w/ the stars below - despite some controversies (see link below), we still enjoy this film - up for 13 Oscars and winner of 7, including Best Picture.

Every time l see Gwyneth Paltrow, l think, " Dayum, that's the sexiest giraffe I've ever seen... "  ;D
Mit Flügeln, die ich mir errungen...

absolutelybaching

Quote from: SonicMan46 on January 24, 2023, 12:58:55 PMShakespeare in Love (1998) w/ the stars below - despite some controversies (see link below), we still enjoy this film - up for 13 Oscars and winner of 7, including Best Picture.  Dave :)

Possibly my favourite film!
"We have no time; speak prose!" is possibly my favourite one-liner, too. I'm afraid I use it frequently.
It is cruel, you know, that music should be so beautiful. (Benjamin Britten)

Fëanor

Quote from: SonicMan46 on January 22, 2023, 01:14:46 PMAmazingly, Howard the Duck has been released on 4K!  ???

The film debuted in 1986 (Wiki Source of 2nd pic below) and on VHS tape in 1987 - son and I rented from Blockbuster that year but cannot recall much (although I was fond of Lea Thompson) - have never seen again and no plans to purchase after all of these years.  Ratings were poor, as expected (checkout the link if interested) - 14% on Rotten Tomatoes and up for a lot of 'Golden Raspberry Awards' (see pic) - BUT for one of the worst movies made, is a one-time viewing warranted?  ::)    Dave  ;D 

 

Actually my family & I kind of liked Howard the Duck.  Like any flick, enjoyment significantly depends on what you are expecting.

Fëanor

#34226
Couple flicks I've watch in the last couple of days are ...

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once
  • Bullet Train

Everything Everywhere All at Once is up for 11 Academy Awards.  What the heck?!?  Hearing about the Award nomination I felt I had to watch it;  it was a struggle to finish.  What am I missing??

Bullet Train, OTOH was amusing, fast paced, action comedy that I like a lot -- not an intellectual high, but enjoyable.



71 dB

Quote from: SonicMan46 on January 22, 2023, 01:14:46 PMAmazingly, Howard the Duck has been released on 4K!  ???

The film debuted in 1986 (Wiki Source of 2nd pic below) and on VHS tape in 1987 - son and I rented from Blockbuster that year but cannot recall much (although I was fond of Lea Thompson) - have never seen again and no plans to purchase after all of these years.  Ratings were poor, as expected (checkout the link if interested) - 14% on Rotten Tomatoes and up for a lot of 'Golden Raspberry Awards' (see pic) - BUT for one of the worst movies made, is a one-time viewing warranted?  ::)    Dave  ;D 

 

Howard the Duck is those movies that can be entertaining to some people because they are so bad in a bold way. I have seen it once long ago (on TV) and I have zero interest in seeing it again. It simply isn't my kind of cult classic. Tom Green's Freddy Got Fingered is another Raspberry awarded "very bad movie" that has become a cult classic, but it is to my liking because I am a fan of Tom Green's insane but genious comedy. Unfortunately it is not available even on Blu-ray so I have to be content with the DVD.  ::)
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71 dB

Quote from: LKB on January 22, 2023, 01:15:11 PMA word regarding James Horner.

I wish l could respect him more. He did solid work on some highly regarded films, Apollo 13 and Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan among them. But he had definite plagerist tendencies, and l keep running into reminders of that unfortunate fact.

A couple nights ago l happened upon a reference to the 1988 animated feature The Land Before Time, which l remembered seeing bits and pieces of over thirty years ago. I remembered liking some of the music, and Googled the soundtrack. The inevitable YouTube choices appeared, as did Horner's name.

I wanted to be fair, and thought, " This is a film for children, fairly well thought of before The Lion King came along and devoured its target audience. Maybe l won't hear anything suspicious, maybe it's really all Horner. "

I picked a track at random called, " The Migration. "

I heard Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliette.

Movie composers are not supposed to come up with the most original music unless asked to do so. They are supposed to come up with music that evokes the feelings the director wants. The director probably asked James Horner to write music that is very similar to Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliette and he delivered.
Spatial distortion is a serious problem deteriorating headphone listening.
Crossfeeders reduce spatial distortion and make the sound more natural
and less tiresome in headphone listening.

My Sound Cloud page <-- NEW track "Jazzz"

George

#34229


Corrently watching this very funny special.
"I can't live without music, because music is life." - Yvonne Lefébure

k a rl h e nn i ng

I guess I'm gearing up to re-watch A Clockwork Orange.
Karl Henning, Ph.D.
Composer & Clarinetist
Boston MA
http://www.karlhenning.com/
[Matisse] was interested neither in fending off opposition,
nor in competing for the favor of wayward friends.
His only competition was with himself. — Françoise Gilot

k a rl h e nn i ng

So, yes, I've put A Clockwork Orange in the tray. Scheherazade was certainly an interesting musical choice for the scourging of the Christ.
Oh! I had forgotten that there's some Elgar, too, whose use is much more apposite than the Rimsky-Korsakov (at first)
Karl Henning, Ph.D.
Composer & Clarinetist
Boston MA
http://www.karlhenning.com/
[Matisse] was interested neither in fending off opposition,
nor in competing for the favor of wayward friends.
His only competition was with himself. — Françoise Gilot

LKB

Quote from: k a rl h e nn i ng on January 25, 2023, 04:33:01 PMSo, yes, I've put A Clockwork Orange in the tray. Scheherazade was certainly an interesting musical choice for the scourging of the Christ.
Oh! I had forgotten that there's some Elgar, too, whose use is much more apposite than the Rimsky-Korsakov (at first)

Along with Rossini, Singing in the Rain and, of course, Ludwig Van, both synthesized and traditional.

It's a Helluva film, still hard to watch in a few scenes. I should find a good reaction to post in that thread...
Mit Flügeln, die ich mir errungen...

k a rl h e nn i ng

Quote from: LKB on January 25, 2023, 06:19:55 PMAlong with Rossini, Singing in the Rain and, of course, Ludwig Van, both synthesized and traditional.

It's a Helluva film, still hard to watch in a few scenes. I should find a good reaction to post in that thread...
Aye. I cringe a bit during the scene where Malcom McDowell's head is restrained, knowing the torture (and injury) it caused him. Similarly, Knowing how Kubrick tormented Shelley Duvall makes The Shining something of an uncomfortable watch, too ....
Karl Henning, Ph.D.
Composer & Clarinetist
Boston MA
http://www.karlhenning.com/
[Matisse] was interested neither in fending off opposition,
nor in competing for the favor of wayward friends.
His only competition was with himself. — Françoise Gilot

George

"I can't live without music, because music is life." - Yvonne Lefébure

SimonNZ

Quote from: George on January 25, 2023, 06:29:54 PM

Great flick!

Yes! Deserves to be much better known.

Probably my favorite Spike Lee. Certainly my most watched at perhaps six times now.

SonicMan46

Oscar Nominations for Best Film - any interest?  :)

We've not gone out to a theater since 2019, but have streamed a few on the 2023 Oscar list below - boy, 10 films listed (Source) along w/ their producers.

The ones watched so far are The Banshees... (turned off); The Fabelmans (last night on Apple TV - enjoyed but not up to 'Best Movie' standards); All Quiet Western Front (also enjoyed - but the Ayres 1930 film still a favorite); and Tár (Cate Blanchett as a female conductor - we got bored and turned off - others in the forum may like?).

We plan to stream a few more of the remaining available ones - Top Gun & Avatar are on my list (but wife won't watch) - maybe Elvis?  Thoughts - Dave

QuoteTop Gun: Maverick - Tom Cruise, Jerry Bruckheimer, Christopher McQuarrie, ...
Women Talking - Frances McDormand, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner
Everything Everywhere All at Once - Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert, Jonathan Wang
The Banshees of Inisherin - Martin McDonagh, Graham Broadbent, Peter Czernin
Triangle of Sadness - Erik Hemmendorff, Philippe Bober
The Fabelmans - Steven Spielberg, Tony Kushner, Kristie Macosko Krieger
All Quiet on the Western Front - Malte Grunert
Avatar: The Way of Water - James Cameron, Jon Landau
Elvis - Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin, Gail Berman, ...
Tár - Todd Field, Alexandra Milchan, Scott Lambert

relm1

#34237
I am not Jewish but I loved The Chosen (1981) which was on tv yesterday.  Such a moving film with beautiful performances.  Young kids Danny (Robby Benson) and Reuven (Barry Miller) become good friends, even though they are from different branches of Judaism. Danny, a Hasidic Jew, meets Reuven, a Zionist, while playing softball. Although they have differences, their friendship grows strong. When they reach college, outspoken support by Reuven's professor father (Maximilian Schell) for a national Jewish state causes conflicts with Danny's conservative father (Rod Steiger), leading to tension for the friends.  The cast is so amazing and it's just a beautiful story, well told with excellent acting.  This film isn't just a coming of age film which was popular at the time "Breaking Away", "Saturday Night Fever", etc., but is much more than that.  It's about changing times too and reaching out to those you don't understand to fine they aren't that different than you.  This is way more than a film about two friends from different sects.  It's about times are changing and adapting to those changes as best you can.  A beautiful and universal film and I highly recommend it.   I loved it!

71 dB

#34238
Quote from: SonicMan46 on January 27, 2023, 08:14:10 AMOscar Nominations for Best Film - any interest?  :)

I have come to the conclusion that awarding art is pointless. What is the point of awarding something that is very subjective? My favourite movies include big Oscar winners and movies that didn't get a single Oscar nomination. Most movies that have won many Oscars don't interest me at all or have been mediocre movies for me. I have my taste and it dictates what movies I like the best. Oscar winners are chosen by people with vastly different taste from my taste. I stopped caring about Oscars in the 90's. For me it only matters what I think about a movie myself.

Stop awarding things! It doesn't make sense! Instead give people chance to find their OWN favourites and admit any movie has value to people who enjoy them. I am sick and tired of the need to divide everything into winners and losers.

The only Oscars that make any sense are those in technical categories like special effects/sound/etc. Those things are somewhat objective, but what is the point awarding best special effects? Didn't everyone see with their own eyes Jurassic Park had the best effects in 1993?

Of the list of best movie nominees I am VERY interested of The Fabelmans because I am a Spielberg fan and I expect to enjoy the movie a lot (premier in Finland Feb. 17).  I have heard tons of praise for Everything Everywhere All at Once. I may check it out at some point. The other movies on the list do not interest me. I am interested of Insidious 5 that comes out in the summer, a movie that could never get Oscar nominations, but something I enjoy a liot.

I wouldn't object  The Fabelmans winning the Oscar, but I think  Everything Everywhere All at Once will win. It is clearly the "chosen one" this time around.
Spatial distortion is a serious problem deteriorating headphone listening.
Crossfeeders reduce spatial distortion and make the sound more natural
and less tiresome in headphone listening.

My Sound Cloud page <-- NEW track "Jazzz"

absolutelybaching

Lord, it's a bleak film, but beautifully shot and a thoughtful storyline that rang some personal bells. For my money, Barry Keoghan stole the show, but Colin Farrell was a good watch, too.
It is cruel, you know, that music should be so beautiful. (Benjamin Britten)