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Screening Log 2006 - What did you watch this week?
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PostPosted: 10.10.2006 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

10/2 ? 10/8/06



Time for only one film last week, late Sunday night: The Departed felt a little bit like a Scorsese Greatest Hits collection, but it was still a terrific entertainment. And I think it improves upon the source material.



Tooky Cat wrote:
It's criticism seemed to stem primarily from its heavy-handedness, but I fail to see why that's necessarily a bad thing. I think, with a theme like this, in times like these, it seems only proper to give the audience a good slap in the face.


What I liked best about Vendetta was its willingness to challenge the preconceptions of its target audience. But I'm not convinced, at the end of the day, that it is a good slap in the face. It strikes me finally as a superficial, reactionary piece of agitprop with few big ideas. It's bold only on the surface.
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PostPosted: 10.10.2006 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I liked V...but I am not going to even argue that. On another note I went to see Employee of the Month this past friday and while I liked the movie there were probably 20 boom mic slips. Seriously, how do they miss that?
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PostPosted: 10.10.2006 8:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

xAndyx wrote:
I liked V...but I am not going to even argue that. On another note I went to see Employee of the Month this past friday and while I liked the movie there were probably 20 boom mic slips. Seriously, how do they miss that?




If you see a boom mic at the movies, it's 99.9% likely that it's the projectionist's fault.
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PostPosted: 10.10.2006 10:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Michael Scrutchin wrote:
xAndyx wrote:
I liked V...but I am not going to even argue that. On another note I went to see Employee of the Month this past friday and while I liked the movie there were probably 20 boom mic slips. Seriously, how do they miss that?




If you see a boom mic at the movies, it's 99.9% likely that it's the projectionist's fault.


Yeah, that's my Number One Pet Peeve about our projectionists. When you thread the film through the projector, you do frame it, but 99.9% of projectionists never re-adjust their framing after that if it looks right, even if there are big notes included that say "FRAME HIGH!" with the print.
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PostPosted: 10.11.2006 3:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Andy, prints routinely arrive at theaters with ?fringe? material never meant to be seen by the audience. Proper projection will always ?mask? that portion of the image. The habitual presence of microphones on screen is always an indication of misframing.



And yet multiplex projectionists are routinely ignorant of this fundamental principle of film projection. (Seriously, how do they miss that?)



When I saw The Terminal, for example, the film was misframed far too low--so low that in nearly half the scenes we could clearly see the set microphones on the screen. Although we twice notified ushers of the problem, it remained misframed throughout the film?s duration. Afterwards I asked to speak to a manager, who told me the presence of microphones was the result of faulty filmmaking--as if DreamWorks, Mr. Spielberg, and Mr. Hanks somehow failed to notice the mics while shooting and editing a big-budget picture--and the projectionist himself claimed ?there was nothing? he could do.
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PostPosted: 10.11.2006 4:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Given I'm probably the least-knowledgeable projectionist in the world and can properly frame a movie, it isn't rocket-science.
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PostPosted: 10.11.2006 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now that you mention it there was a point where text was shown below the screen...so it would have been framed wrong. That is actually quite interesting, I never knew they left some of that in for the projectionists to cut out.
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PostPosted: 10.11.2006 11:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Post SDFF screenings through today:



The Science of Sleep (Gondry, 2006) B

The Departed (Scorsese, 2006) B-

The Last King of Scotland (Macdonald, 2006) C+



While I found the latest Gondry to be bitingly humorous, it's basically the artsy lesser of Eternal Sunshine.



The latter two, though, were both big disappointments. Scorsese's latest is a technical marvel, to be sure, but where's the passion? Even if I wasn't blown away by the lopsided vigor of The Gangs of New York or The Aviator, they struck far stronger a chord with me. People seem to like The Departed because it's a return to the territory that made Scorsese the renowned filmmaker that he is, but I can't really gather up much enthusiasm for what Goodfellas did better.



Forrest Whitaker gives a bombastically passionate performance as Ugandan leader Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland, but the movie is nowhere near as original as his daring interpretation of the big-headed figure he plays. I love director MacDonald's Touching the Void, but his method of building an intimate narrative here is hindered both by lack of flavor and by underdevelopment of historical context.
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PostPosted: 10.12.2006 3:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw The Departed this past weekend, and I feel I have an unbiased opinion as I've never seen Goodfellas or the like.



I thought Departed was fantastic, and got increasingly better as it went along. I gave it 9/10. I am, however, incredibly annoyed by the number of articles I've read in the school newspapers here saying it's "the best American movie" in years or whatever. I mean, I don't even bother to read "criticisms" that start out like that.
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PostPosted: 10.12.2006 3:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Speaking of Scorsese, I also saw Raging Bull, by which I was generally unimpressed and very disappointed. Explain this to me. Even if it's a "technical marvel" as my Comm Arts professor seems to believe, it's still not very engaging, entertaining, or engrossing.



Perhaps this is because I generally dislike boxing movies. Or any sports movie.
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PostPosted: 10.12.2006 4:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Raging Bull is not a sports movie. It's a psychological drama about a self-destructing character who happens to be a boxer.



In fact, the boxing scenes are intentionally inauthentic, designed to play into the movie's themes regarding one man's sentimental (and savage) codes of masculinity. The scenes in the ring have about as much to do with sports as the domestic scenes set in LaMotta's kitchen do.
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PostPosted: 10.12.2006 4:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tooky Cat wrote:
I mean, I don't even bother to read "criticisms" that start out like that.


I know what you mean. What is it with the desire for armchair critics to anoint everything as either the "greatest" or the "worst" of all-time? Such unhinged hyperbole, divorced from sound critical perspective, makes it easy to dismiss most of what passes as film criticism on the web.
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PostPosted: 10.12.2006 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i most recently checked out hard candy on dvd. this is 3/4 great. the miike inspired tourture sequences and the lead up to them are very well done but it goes a little haywire at the end. found it very anti-climactic.
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PostPosted: 10.12.2006 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jack D Ripper wrote:
i most recently checked out hard candy on dvd. this is 3/4 great. the miike inspired tourture sequences and the lead up to them are very well done but it goes a little haywire at the end. found it very anti-climactic.


I had precisely the same reaction. (Very brief elaboration is on the previous page of this thread.)
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PostPosted: 10.15.2006 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I will hyperbolize this one for The Departed - it was the greatest performance anyone has gotten out of Marky Mark.



I find that as more time goes by, I get MORE out of Scorcese's latest. I consider it that rare improvement on the original. Of course, one could probably make an argument for me being a Scorcese fanboy.
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