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by ITALIANO
Sun Dec 09, 2018 4:37 am
Forum: 2018
Topic: Roma reviews
Replies: 30
Views: 1812

Re: Roma reviews

I don’t disagree with much of what Italiano says here, but I hold the film in higher esteem than he -- I’m more a masterpiece-half-full than masterpiece-half-empty guy.. Or maybe, simply, not a masterpiece at all, Mister Tee? :) For the record, I mainly used that phrase for the glib sound of it. I'...
by ITALIANO
Sat Dec 08, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: 91st Academy Awards
Topic: The Host of the 91st Academy Awards Is....
Replies: 72
Views: 1699

Re: The Host of the 91st Academy Awards Is....

Sabin wrote:
Which means he was probably never a good fit for this awards show.


From what you write, he definitely wasn't.
by ITALIANO
Sat Dec 08, 2018 4:43 am
Forum: 91st Academy Awards
Topic: The Host of the 91st Academy Awards Is....
Replies: 72
Views: 1699

Re: The Host of the 91st Academy Awards Is....

Some of us on this site had never heard of him I certainly have no idea of who this person is or what he did or said. In theory, of course I agree that anyone who expressed racist, sexist or homophobic ideas - even in the distant past - should be prevented from hosting an event which is even vaguel...
by ITALIANO
Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: 91st Academy Awards
Topic: The Host of the 91st Academy Awards Is....
Replies: 72
Views: 1699

Re: The Host of the 91st Academy Awards Is....

"Faggot" is a terrible word. Always - but I'd say even more if it is used by the "gay community". It doesn't change its meaning - or its derogatory aspect - depending on who uses it.
by ITALIANO
Thu Dec 06, 2018 4:01 am
Forum: 2018
Topic: Roma reviews
Replies: 30
Views: 1812

Re: Roma reviews

I don’t disagree with much of what Italiano says here, but I hold the film in higher esteem than he -- I’m more a masterpiece-half-full than masterpiece-half-empty guy.. Or maybe, simply, not a masterpiece at all, Mister Tee? :) As always, I read your reviews - ONLY after I have seen the movie - wi...
by ITALIANO
Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: 91st Academy Awards
Topic: AFI Top Ten
Replies: 10
Views: 403

Re: AFI Top Ten

Either it's been a terrible year for American cinema, or these people of the AFI don't understand anything about movies. (A Star is Born? A Quiet Place? And I haven't seen Green Book or Mary Poppins yet, but, I mean, come on...). And yes, the Roma mention is a sign of such a cultural and intellectu...
by ITALIANO
Tue Dec 04, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: 91st Academy Awards
Topic: AFI Top Ten
Replies: 10
Views: 403

Re: AFI Top Ten

Either it's been a terrible year for American cinema, or these people of the AFI don't understand anything about movies. (A Star is Born? A Quiet Place? And I haven't seen Green Book or Mary Poppins yet, but, I mean, come on...). And yes, the Roma mention is a sign of such a cultural and intellectua...
by ITALIANO
Tue Dec 04, 2018 3:49 am
Forum: 2018
Topic: Roma reviews
Replies: 30
Views: 1812

Re: Roma reviews

For a movie which could be the first foreign language film (The Artist doesn't really count) to win the Best Picture Oscar, I expected much, much more, honestly. Technically flawless, obviously made with great care, but sadly ultimately lacking a real "raison d'etre". Well, Bergman, Felli...
by ITALIANO
Mon Dec 03, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: 2018
Topic: Roma reviews
Replies: 30
Views: 1812

Re: Roma reviews

At the end of the day I'll take Fellini over Cuaron any day. Actually I really should not even mention them in the same sentence. Yeah, it made me cringe. Gravitt's directon AND Fellini?! And I was right. To cringe, I mean. Yes, there is a scene which can be seen as a hommage to Fellini (you'll eas...
by ITALIANO
Sun Dec 02, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: 91st Academy Awards
Topic: List of submissions to the 91st Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film
Replies: 50
Views: 5370

Re: List of submissions to the 91st Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film

The Cakemaker (Israel) 7/10 This has been one of those films that kept alluding me. I missed it at the Jewish Film Festival last year, then missed it at the Gay & Lesbian Film Festival earlier this year and then missed it on its general release because its virtually impossible to find any websi...
by ITALIANO
Sat Dec 01, 2018 6:31 am
Forum: 91st Academy Awards
Topic: National Board of Review
Replies: 19
Views: 814

Re: National Board of Review

According to Schrader on the DVD and Blu-ray, Diary of a Country Priest was his main influence. I thought there was more of his Hardcore than Taxi Driver in it. Schrader himself is a bit scornful of being known primarily for Taxi Driver. He often says that no matter what he does, his obituary will ...
by ITALIANO
Mon Nov 26, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: The People
Topic: R.I.P. Bernardo Bertolucci
Replies: 4
Views: 276

Re: R.I.P. Bernardo Bertolucci

I had the privilege of meeting him, many years ago. A true gentleman, ready to give advice to the young, and with an obvious love for that art called cinema which he had contributed to make great. Also, an Italian intellectual of a kind which doesn't exist anymore. Today with a colleague we tried to...
by ITALIANO
Mon Nov 26, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: 2018
Topic: Widows reviews
Replies: 19
Views: 1066

Re: Widows reviews

Italiano wrote And as for the comparisons with The Departed - well, that wasn't Scorsese's most multi-layered movie maybe, but it was still Scorsese, and Scorsese's movies have an urgency, a "vibe", often a rawness, which Widows lacks. This doesn't mean that Steve McQueen doesn't have his...
by ITALIANO
Sun Nov 25, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: 2018
Topic: Roma reviews
Replies: 30
Views: 1812

Re: Roma reviews

Precious Doll wrote:At the end of the day I'll take Fellini over Cuaron any day. Actually I really should not even mention them in the same sentence.


Yeah, it made me cringe. Gravitt's directon AND Fellini?!
by ITALIANO
Thu Nov 22, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: 2018
Topic: Widows reviews
Replies: 19
Views: 1066

Re: Widows reviews

It's not a bad movie, it's certainly not a boring movie - but it's too lightweight to be really considered "important" in any way. And as for the comparisons with The Departed - well, that wasn't Scorsese's most multi-layered movie maybe, but it was still Scorsese, and Scorsese's movies ha...

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