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« Reply #2070 on: January 09, 2018, 11:03:02 PM »

RE: Christopher Nolan; watched Dunkirk a few nights ago and wasn't blown away but I did really like the practical effects, sound design, and weather (apparently worse than the actual battle according to veterans).

Memento is easily one of my all-time-faves, never gets old, Joe Pantoliano in particular is great. Anyone who's a big fan should check out Nolan's college budget noir piece, Following. Black and white with mostly no-name actors and a tight, claustrophobic vibe, nice intrigue, plot twists etc. Tried to re-watch Insomnia recently but found it too oddly-paced with unnecessary action/gunfight/chase scenes that add nothing to the plot. It's got Al Pacino and Robin Williams in some of their better/more desperate and sad roles, but the original European version is probably a lot better.

The original Insomnia is one my all-time favorites. It literally has everything one could want from an artsy thriller. And such a weird vibe to it.

The American remake of Insomnia is a waste of time as expected. The Norwegian original however directed by Erik Skjoldbjærg and starring Stellan Skarsgård is stellar. As we are talking of the director I would also recommend his 20-10 film NOKAS - a stripped dwn heist film based on an actual event that took place on April 2004. I should maybe mention that this was all over the headlines at this burg as it was - and still is the biggest robbery that have taken place in Norway. Robbers got away w approx $10 million and that the film HEAT served as an inspiration.

HEIST:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NOKAS_robbery

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« Reply #2071 on: January 10, 2018, 12:31:19 AM »

Anyone who's a big fan should check out Nolan's college budget noir piece, Following. Black and white with mostly no-name actors and a tight, claustrophobic vibe, nice intrigue, plot twists etc.
I haven't watched this in a long time, will have to see it soon, really great and insanely good for a no budget first film.
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« Reply #2072 on: January 10, 2018, 04:13:57 PM »

RE: Christopher Nolan; watched Dunkirk a few nights ago and wasn't blown away but I did really like the practical effects, sound design, and weather (apparently worse than the actual battle according to veterans).

Memento is easily one of my all-time-faves, never gets old, Joe Pantoliano in particular is great. Anyone who's a big fan should check out Nolan's college budget noir piece, Following. Black and white with mostly no-name actors and a tight, claustrophobic vibe, nice intrigue, plot twists etc. Tried to re-watch Insomnia recently but found it too oddly-paced with unnecessary action/gunfight/chase scenes that add nothing to the plot. It's got Al Pacino and Robin Williams in some of their better/more desperate and sad roles, but the original European version is probably a lot better.

The original Insomnia is one my all-time favorites. It literally has everything one could want from an artsy thriller. And such a weird vibe to it.

The American remake of Insomnia is a waste of time as expected. The Norwegian original however directed by Erik Skjoldbjærg and starring Stellan Skarsgård is stellar. As we are talking of the director I would also recommend his 20-10 film NOKAS - a stripped dwn heist film based on an actual event that took place on April 2004. I should maybe mention that this was all over the headlines at this burg as it was - and still is the biggest robbery that have taken place in Norway. Robbers got away w approx $10 million and that the film HEAT served as an inspiration.

HEIST:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NOKAS_robbery

TRAILER:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toWARMFeMn0

Sounds great, I'll have to check that one out!
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« Reply #2073 on: January 10, 2018, 04:26:55 PM »

just bought 'dogs' , tagline, 'don't pet them, fear them'.
staring david mc callum of most recent csi fame and, originally, the man from uncle.
features, apparently, 'canine carnage in a small california town'.
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« Reply #2074 on: January 10, 2018, 08:01:34 PM »

just bought 'dogs' , tagline, 'don't pet them, fear them'.
staring david mc callum of most recent csi fame and, originally, the man from uncle.
features, apparently, 'canine carnage in a small california town'.

DOGS is one of my favorites. I've watched the Scream Factory blu a few times since buying it.

I ordered A WOMAN'S TORMENT directed by Roberta Findlay last night. Vinegar Syndrome's release has a hardcore porn version & theatrical vers.; it sounds like a Repulsion-type film...
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« Reply #2075 on: January 13, 2018, 02:35:43 PM »

just bought 'dogs' , tagline, 'don't pet them, fear them'.
staring david mc callum of most recent csi fame and, originally, the man from uncle.
features, apparently, 'canine carnage in a small california town'.

DOGS is one of my favorites. I've watched the Scream Factory blu a few times since buying it.

I ordered A WOMAN'S TORMENT directed by Roberta Findlay last night. Vinegar Syndrome's release has a hardcore porn version & theatrical vers.; it sounds like a Repulsion-type film...

didn't get on with'dogs' too much of a made for tv style for me.
seeing david mc callum in scruffy style mildly entertaining.
the extra relating to the probuction company should have been played to an accountancy seminar, so much was it to do with business models.
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« Reply #2076 on: January 13, 2018, 10:55:19 PM »

Yeah, DOGS is like a violent made-for-tv movie. I like that! I'm a sucker for nature-gone-wild movies. GRIZZLY is another fave.

Scorpion Releasing has Argento's OPERA coming soon. Looks really nice & I remember liking the film (and soundtrack) quite a bit. I haven't watched it in years. I think I need to pick up INFERNO & give it another try. The only thing I recall about it is the underwater scene.
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« Reply #2077 on: January 14, 2018, 12:09:59 AM »

Scorpion Releasing has Argento's OPERA coming soon.

big fan of this one. some of argentos most twisted story line and grizzly sequences.
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« Reply #2078 on: January 14, 2018, 04:30:54 PM »

i'd pick inferno over opera.
inferno is more delirious, like suspiria.
a good second entry into the three mothers trilogy, of which the third, years later entry, mother or tears, is a poor end to initial promise.
argento had passedhis peak by then, not to say his films were poor.
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« Reply #2079 on: January 14, 2018, 10:36:11 PM »

Opera might actually be my favourite Argento. The taped pins underneath the eyelids, so sick.
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« Reply #2080 on: January 15, 2018, 07:01:20 PM »

Deodato's THE WASHING MACHINE

Gave this a go last night. It's pretty solid. Claudio Simonetti soundtrack was a nice surprise.
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« Reply #2081 on: January 16, 2018, 02:02:52 AM »

Argento tastes as you get 'older' are interesting.
I remember distinctly when I was in my early 20s not understanding why my older collector connections all hated Argento.
As you dig into the Giallo genre, etc. you definitely begin to dissect the films and see the patterns, etc. eventually, for me anyways, appreciating the most bare bones examples of the genre that acted out most of the genre's stereotypes.  As I eventually watched the Argento films again, I began to understand my older collector peers - seeing the self-indulgent over-stylizations, the complete loss of being in touch using Goblin and Iron Maiden for the soundtracks, etc.  Makes me think now... fuck it, my favourite Argento movie if I had to pick one is SLEEPLESS [2001] - like Argento realized it was time to strip all the bullshit away again, thus making something so straight forward and vicious.  Makes me wonder if he watched FATAL FRAMES and thought he created a monster he had to kill.
I always say, if you want to show someone a GIALLO in every sense of the word - play them SO SWEET, SO DEAD [1972].
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« Reply #2082 on: January 16, 2018, 03:26:07 AM »

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If I had to pick it's Profondo Rosso  for me.

Fav giallo is probably House w Laughing Windows

Watched Wuthering Heights w the woman last night. Pretty amazing stuff and I'm ashamed it took me this long to see it.  Tonight is Brighton Rock.
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« Reply #2083 on: January 16, 2018, 03:50:52 AM »

Argento tastes as you get 'older' are interesting.
I remember distinctly when I was in my early 20s not understanding why my older collector connections all hated Argento.
As you dig into the Giallo genre, etc. you definitely begin to dissect the films and see the patterns, etc. eventually, for me anyways, appreciating the most bare bones examples of the genre that acted out most of the genre's stereotypes.  As I eventually watched the Argento films again, I began to understand my older collector peers - seeing the self-indulgent over-stylizations, the complete loss of being in touch using Goblin and Iron Maiden for the soundtracks, etc.  Makes me think now... fuck it, my favourite Argento movie if I had to pick one is SLEEPLESS [2001] - like Argento realized it was time to strip all the bullshit away again, thus making something so straight forward and vicious.  Makes me wonder if he watched FATAL FRAMES and thought he created a monster he had to kill.

I find Opera to be just pure fun and it thrives on its self-awareness. Tenebre might be my true favourite. Regardless, these are the two I revisit the most.

I need to rewatch most of them but have seen everything from 70-86 and the only downers for me really were Phenomena (Maiden soundtrack) and maybe Four Flies on Grey Velvet's ending. I enjoy the over-stylized nature of the films for the most part and I feel like the aesthetic enhances the experience.

As for later-entry stuff: The Stendhal Syndrome left a bit to be desired. I've got Sleepless queued up for later and I'm holding out with wary anticipation for The Sandman (starring Iggy Pop and being filmed in Toronto at the present time or in immediate future).
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« Reply #2084 on: January 16, 2018, 03:56:25 AM »

Amazingly enough, the more I think about it, the movie he was involved in that I revisit the most often is CEMETERY WITHOUT CROSSES [1969].
Doesn't hurt that Scott Walker sings the opening song as well.
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