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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2017 11:54 pm 
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domino harvey wrote:
The opening lines of the Blu-ray.com review of Certain Fury. Surely there's a better way to phrase this
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During a shooting in court young prostitute Scarlet manages to flee. In a state of confusion, the black Tracy, who was arrested for a minor delict, follows her.
It would appear they plagiarized it word for word from an IMDb user, even retaining the inconsistent spelling of the name Scarlet.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 8:49 am 
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Those two sentences no long appear in the review.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:57 am 
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It's still there, select Overview


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:39 pm 
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After watching the first segment of Out 1 last weekend and admittedly not quite understanding the appeal, I took some comfort in learning that someone enjoyed the film. I love the opening line if it was intended to be sarcastic.

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Almost made me want to start smoking again! It hit me as funny or at least jovial or ironic. The editing was off the charts with long held shots of Paris traffic and people on the street mixed with urchins and funky rooms.I loved the Frederique character and all the characters for that matter. Being a long time student of improvisation I thought those portions fit seamlessly with the goings on which were a little "Out there"to say the least! This 12 hour classic was never boring to me and in fact I hated to see it end!


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PostPosted: Thu May 11, 2017 1:07 am 
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A few insights on Michael Curtiz gleaned from Wikipedia before I quit reading:
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Types of stories
Before coming to Hollywood, Curtiz always considered the story before he began working on a film. The human interest side of a story was key, along with having the plot develop as the film progressed.
And his films in this era tended to feature actors moving about and speaking lines of dialogue in order to portray characters who figured into the story in one way or another.

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Curtiz was always extremely active: he worked very long days, took part in several sports in his spare time, and was often found to sleep under a cold shower.[17]:188
Pretty sure he slept and then took a cold shower, but I really like the image of Curtiz dozing away with a stream of cold water blasting onto him.


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PostPosted: Thu May 11, 2017 4:04 am 
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I would guess that should be: he often slept after taking cold showers. But it's hard to be certain what they were getting at. Cold showers are/were suggestive of trying to tamp down sexual urges. If the guy just preferred his shower water cold, it wouldn't seem worth mentioning on wiki.

I'm often surprised how poor the writing on wikipedia is.
A lot of people have trouble making coherent sentences.
Others display awkward styles.
I realize that some of the authors aren't native English speakers, but wiki-writing tends to be in a category of its own.

Science related articles can be frustratingly jargon-filled, to the point of incoherence.


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PostPosted: Thu May 11, 2017 5:50 am 
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They don’t even have to be science-related. I’ve seen simple movie plots being absolute gibberish. Even simple sentences lack the proper syntax and punctuation.


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PostPosted: Thu May 11, 2017 10:34 am 
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And poor writing is only part of the problem. I've seen numerous times where the basic details of a film are wrong concerning the plot, character relationships, etc. You'd think that if someone was summarizing a film for all the world to see, that they'd be pretty familiar with the film and try to make sure basic information is correct.


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PostPosted: Thu May 11, 2017 10:55 am 
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If I recall, I know some members of criterionforum had their hands in editing Wikipedia. A lot of it is pretty bad, especiall when it comes to pop culture, but there are some that are fairly cohesive: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Good_articles/Media_and_drama#Film

The majority of Branded to Kill article was written by old forum member Doctor Sunshine, who seems to have vanished from the face of the earth.

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PostPosted: Thu May 11, 2017 11:21 am 
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That list of good articles on 1910s movies is impressively long. :shock:


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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 12:51 pm 
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The world's first 4.5 star review for Robocop 2


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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 1:30 pm 
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Another Dr.! The combined qualifications of the reviewers to do everything other than review movies continue to snowball.


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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 1:47 pm 
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Paul Verhoeven's eponymous film went on to become one of the biggest hits of 1987
Ah yes, I loved Paul Verhoeven


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PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 4:24 pm 
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Apparently Paul Verhoeven 2 is even better!


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:05 pm 
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Searchers is one of those films I've watched expressly for scholar purposes. I knew this critic who'd tell you it was a masterpiece and, of course, I couldn't argue because I hadn't seen it.

I was expecting yet another overrated western (my least fave genre) but I wasn't prepared for such a terrible film. Carboard acting all around, bad writing and, generally, not even impressive visually speaking. There were a lot of movies I'd like as a child that now I don't have the stomach to revisit but I don't go around insisting they're masterpieces.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 20, 2017 11:36 pm 
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And that was posted by a "Senior Member". ;-)


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 9:42 pm 
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i proudly from now on lost respect and will treat critis like the ancestral scum they are, scum even if they love or hate great films, and this goes to legends like Pauline Kael, who i think it`s a hamburger halfmade of shit and half made of raw meat. I mean, imbecils like this moron here are dangerous in galactic proportions, guys like this are the stuff of spoiled kids who grown up with dilemmas and traumas and can`t accept or resolve his inner worlds, remember why he didn`t like Clockwork Orange? he had a trauma with a kid who looked and behaved like Alex Delarge, but hey i gonna say: "i can`t stand the morals of the films and bla bla bla insert your methodical academic bullshit pseudo-analysis text" Roger Ebert, im glad you are dead i really do, even if heroes of mine like Herzog admire you, i despise your kind, and i hope every film critic will be thrown in a hole and buried by 20 pints of Mother Earth`s dirt since you can`t and will never experience the Taste of Cherry...


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 10:01 pm 
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Sheesh!


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 10:24 pm 
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I see the Kubrick bots are out in full force. Sadly for him Pauline Kael also hated A Clockwork Orange.

No really!


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 11:06 pm 
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I think this dude also hates Kael? The hamburger remark appears to be addressing her, and her line about Kubrick as a 'clean-minded pornographer' is one of her more classic slams.

I'm fascinated trying to parse his thesis here- that critics carry emotional baggage, which they bring with them to their critiques, which is... bad? Ebert was always happy to get into his own experience when reviewing things, which I've always admired about him- even when I think he's way off, there's usually a fairly clear sense of personality behind his reviews, which is often all I really ask for.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 11:16 pm 
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My mistake then. Amidst the shitpost I mistook it for praise.

I confess Kubrick was entry point for me and I was quite a big fan of his early on. And then you see more films and it becomes apparent he wasn't the greatest thing since indoor plumbing. That being said I'm more than willing to say I think A Clockwork Orange is his worst film. I dislike it even more than Fear and Desire.

I'm going to beg domino for the source now. I want to read his other opinions.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 11:18 pm 
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I like Kubrick very much, but if it weren't for the Wendy Carlos score I don't know that I'd ever bother watching Clockwork again


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 11:33 pm 
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When Clockwork was new, I went to see it twice. Not because I liked it, but because I couldn't believe it was as horrible as it seemed on first viewing. I liked Kubrick so much I felt it deserved a second chance. The second viewing just made me dislike it even more.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 11:41 pm 
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Big Ben wrote:
I'm going to beg domino for the source now. I want to read his other opinions.

It's from the comments section for Ebert's review of A Taste of Cherry. You're in luck, because someone replied to the above with a sarcastic "Tell us how you really feel" and the dude proceeded to write a novella in response


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 1:45 am 
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A gem of a post he made!

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Many artist suffered and died unknowingly to the public because these pieces of shit, remember The Impressionists? Kubrick Movies? Blue Velvet? First Led Zeppelin album? I can go on. I want to slaughter this holy cows.

On bad films made by great directors:

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IM FUCKING SORRY, but i THINK "DEATH PROOF" is A LEGEND OF A MOVIE, AND THAT IF YOU THINK IT´S BAD Michael James Edwards I DARE YOU I FUCKING DARE YOU to MAKE A SIMILAR AWESOME FILM!

On David Lean:

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oh come on what is this wall of crap, i mean intellectual people have gone down the toilet? have you seen Lawrence of Arabia? The Bridge of River Kuwai? this man was revered by Kubrick, i guess ignorance is bliss these days.


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