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Directors / Re: Bird, Brad
« Last post by DarkeningHumour on Yesterday at 03:58:16 PM »
I might be overrating The Incredibles.

That's not possible.
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Movie Talk / Re: The Criterion Collection
« Last post by MartinTeller on Yesterday at 03:33:14 PM »
October:

Shampoo - Haven't seen it, don't care.

Eight Hours Don't Make a Day - Haven't seen it, don't care.

Sisters - Seen it, no interest in seeing it again.

The Naked Prey - Seen it, no interest in seeing it again.

The Princess Bride - Seen it a few times, wouldn't mind seeing it again but I can also live without it.


Just as well there's nothing I want, I can save my pennies for the Bergman box. This is an awfully US-heavy month.
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Marathons / Re: The John Grisham Project
« Last post by Corndog on Yesterday at 03:07:56 PM »
Brimley didn't do much for me.

As for the score I would have to agree. I have said I only notice a score if its bad, but that's not true. I notice them, just usually subconsciously so I never really turn to them when talking about a movie, I typically have other things I like to talk about instead. The jazzy, piano-y score is a standout here and I think fits right in with the tone of the film and certainly the era. It seems custom made for an early 90s thriller like this.
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Movie Clubs / Re: Top 100 Club: 1SO
« Last post by 1SO on Yesterday at 03:07:26 PM »
I'll direct you to my lengthy review, but I can point to 3 small reasons that make this the best of the series.
1. The opening scene between Cruise and Philip Seymour Hoffman is my favorite scene of the entire franchise.
2. The backstory between supporting character interrupted when Hunt comes crashing in.
3. That bridge scene in particular and Abrams directing in general.
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Marathons / Re: The John Grisham Project
« Last post by 1SO on Yesterday at 02:59:40 PM »
When mentioning the supporting cast, I'm surprised you didn't include Wilford Brimley, who has some of the best lines and is playing against type.

That missing element for me is the score by Dave Grusin, my favorite from him by far. I think you've said before you don't notice the score unless the film isn't working, but he ties this package all together for me with a mixture of piano jazz and staccato beats. I noticed it right away as the film opens with a montage setting up Mitchell McDeere. The theme is the connective tissue. The other standout moment is Mud Island Chase. The images are fairly standard, but Grusin's tick-tock score gives the scene a feel similar to what Brad Fiedel did with James Cameron's Terminator films, minus the metallic sounds.
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Directors / Re: Bird, Brad
« Last post by Teproc on Yesterday at 02:54:23 PM »
The Incredibles
The Iron Giant
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
Ratatouille


I might be overrating The Incredibles. Should be getting to the sequel next week.
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Polls / Re: And The Legend is...
« Last post by Teproc on Yesterday at 02:35:25 PM »
Well, it depends what the question is. The most legendary of them all, the most iconic is clearly John Wayne. Before I turned cinephile, I wouldn't have been able to tell Cary Grant, Jimmmy Stewart and James Cagney apart. That is, I could identify that there were all old movie stars, but which one ? Well, maybe Grant, and certainly Fonda because of Once Upon a Time in the West... and probably BOgart... but none of them would have been as familiar to me as John Wayne, even having not seen a single one of his films.

Now that I think of it, maybe La classe américaine (which is a parodic film made out of the Warner Bros catalogue with humorous French dubbing) featuring Wayne very heavily plays a role there. But whatever the case, he seems the most iconic of the bunch to me by a (western) country mile.

My favorite now, however ? James Stewart, easily. I do love Grant and Fonda as well, and possibly Hepburn and Davis too though I need to see more from them to really know.
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Movie Clubs / Re: Top 100 Club: 1SO
« Last post by Teproc on Yesterday at 02:28:32 PM »
Mission: Impossible III (J.J. Abrams, 2006)

Appropriately, out of the whole franchise, this is the only M:I film that feels like a TV show. That's not a bad thing necessarily, but the supporting characters are not strong enough to make the feeling of thez team working together satisfying enough: Ving Rhames 's shtick is not my favorite thing about these films, and of the new team only Pegg makes a real impression, though he's given much better material (by himself ?) in the McQuarrie movies. As befitting of a film in this franchise though, there is a great action sequence at the one-hour mark, which is enough to make it a decent film, though one I'm puzzled to see you single out as your favorite of the bunch 1SO. Maybe it's the Michelle Monaghan stuff that works for you ? I guess Cruise is at his most emotionally involved here, but I just don't think that's his best take on that character, as it makes him into a rather banal hero rather than the insane thrill-delivery-machine that he truly longs to be.

6/10
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Top 5 Lists / Re: Top 5 Mission: Impossible films
« Last post by Teproc on Yesterday at 02:23:25 PM »
Necro-ing this because I went to the premiere of the new Mission: Impossible a few days ago (well, the premiere was in Paris, but I got to see the film in IMAX anyway - it's good by the way, though not the second coming of Fury Road as some might have you believe), so I decided to catch up on the series. I'd seen Rogue Nation in theaters and was pretty certain I had seen one or two of the previous ones before (though definitely not Ghost Protocol), but couldn't be sure which. Now that I've watched them all, I don't think I had seen any in full before Rogue Nation. Anyway, my ranking:

1. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
2. Mission: Impossible - Fallout
3. Mission: Impossible
4. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
5. Mission: Impossible III
6. Mission: Impossible II


Obviously I quite like the direction the franchise has taken under McQuarrie, and generally I would say the less a MI film asks us to invest in Tom Cruise as a character, the better it works for me. The original film is similarly dry and setpiece-focused and only kinda loses me when helicopters start flying in tunnels, III and Ghost Protocol want us to be much more invested in Michelle Monahan than Cruise's performance can convince us to be, and II is horribly written but truly great at times (like the opening sequence in Monument Valley).
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Television & Sports / Re: TV Thoughts and Questions
« Last post by DarkeningHumour on Yesterday at 01:45:18 PM »
Seasons 1 through 3 are a masterpiece. You coastal elites are just so out of touch with real America you don't realise it.
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