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DVDPhreak

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  1. Didn't Inglourious Basterds also win SAG's top honor ten years ago? That film was primarily non-English, but maybe it was considered more of a Hollywood film. SAG is a huge union and has actors from all over the world, so it is not a surprise to see foreign films honored. The Academy, on the other hand, is a much smaller body, and non-English films have next to no chance to win Best Picture. Same thing will happen this year. The last time a foreign film had a good shot at best picture was Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon many years ago, when it took the DGA award, which usually seals the deal for Best Picture Oscar. Parasite is a cautionary tale of capitalism, and the US is the heart of capitalism, so it's no surprise it has resonated with a lot of Americans (and award voters), especially right now when the economy is forefront in many people's minds. The last time I was excited by a film that used comedy successfully and profoundly to depict painful topics such as class struggles was Do the Right Thing.
  2. As soon as you people start giving me a list of what TANGIBLE EFFECTS a local college naming practice have on your livelihood for you to make a 4-page complaint about, then I'll give you my list.
  3. A couple of posters have already told me they could get upset at whatever they wanted. That meant they DID get outraged. So there. When you say "Do we need your approval now?", there is a tinge of outrage right there. We are all grownups here, and we can tell whether someone is upset or not without them telling you so, both online and in real life.
  4. What possible meaningfulness could you gain from this? I tell you: you gain just as little as the students in that college. You people and those students are suffering from the SAME THING. To them, the "Gish" name would cause some imaginary "hostile" environment. To you, a protest in some local school you have nothing to do with would cause imaginary harm to you that you should write 4 pages to get upset about, when in fact both sides will likely suffer no harm at all!
  5. As I mentioned, we need film restoration done on existing film prints and negatives. Having bootleg copies online made from decades-old VHS and laserdiscs is not the answer. Who knows what shape the film is in right now, and who knows if Disney has done any restoration at all. Trust me, you people need to calm down, ABOUT EVERYTHING. I'm just pointing out what I'm seeing: getting upset over inconsequential things, getting upset over people telling you not to get upset, LOL. That's the very definition of getting upset over everything, don't you think? You may disagree, but I'm right. Calling these students "outrage machine" when THIS VERY THREAD is the very demonstration of an "outrage machine" is just laughable. Let's BE BETTER, PEOPLE. If you think less of others, then BE BETTER YOURSELVES.
  6. Getting upset is not the answer the same way getting upset over a name in a local college isn't the answer, which I'm sure you agree. It is the inconsequentiality of it all, as I mentioned. It serves little purpose for the students in that college and surely it does you as well.
  7. You guys have GOT to calm down about something this inconsequential. Wait till something TRULY consequential before getting so worked up. I'm a big silent film fan, big Gish fan, and I own about 30 of her shorts and features. If anyone is upset, it should be me, but I'm not. Will all Gish films, DVDs, and Blu-rays vanish from the face of the Earth? Will people stop making discs and writing books about her and silent films? Will TCM stop broadcasting her films? This little kerfuffle has next to NO TANGIBLE effects towards us film fans here. If we protest, it should be about something tangible and consequential -- such as the apparent impossibility of hoping Disney would release "Song of the South" on home video. Yes, it has outdated and insensitive views, but we still need to see it for film history. We can assume Disney has done next to no restoration for the film. So this film is actually in some REAL danger of being erased from the face of the Earth, and film history. Now, this is something that we could lodge a LEGITIMATE protest against -- not some inconsequential naming practice in some local college.
  8. In this kind of kerfuffle, the paying customers usually have the advantage. In this case, the paying party were students who pay tuition to the school and demanded the change. This kind of thing goes waaay back. The filmmakers of "Gone with the Wind" changed the word "n-gg-rs" to "darkies" to avoid offending some viewers. The makers of "A Night at the Opera" (1935) had to delete scenes of Italian locations to avoid offending American viewers because the US had fought Italy in WWI. And on and on. These were PC incidents by today's definition too. These things occurred and will continue to occur when someone didn't or doesn't want to lose money. You gotta put yourself into those people's positions. If you run a business with a lot money at stake, would you lose sleep over changing a word, a statue, a banner, a song, etc.?? You wouldn't. It's a no-brainer, really. Yes, it upsets some of you. But you are not the patrons of that school, are you? Your indignation is worth nothing in this instance, unlike those students' indignation. So, everybody, do what I do, just ignore it when it doesn't really concern you. If you want to do something, go to the kind of kerfuffles that DO concern you and DO require your patronage, and vote accordingly.
  9. Here is a more detailed report from a local paper about the incident. It is an interesting read whether or not you agree with the decision.
  10. I'm sure there are many UNanticipated movies that will end up being treasured afterwards. I can safely say that for a majority of movies, their real worth are not determined before release, during release, or in the year of their release, but YEARS after their release. I can also safely say that a majority of the movies mentioned here will be eventually forgotten. Just dig up this thread N years from now and see what I mean.
  11. Actually, his previous film The Girl Who Knew Too Much was credited to be the first giallo film. It is a much tamer film that suits those with a more delicate constitution like the OP better. I commented on another thread that some of the giallo films would give TCM viewers heart attacks!
  12. Any self-respecting film fan wouldn't dislike a film because of its age, new or old. You can dislike anything privately. But as soon as you make it known, you will be asked why, and you had better have good reasons. Saying you dislike something because of its age (or any other flimsy reasons) would EMBARRASS you in front of others.
  13. The review reviews 3 DVD editions, and you need to look at the one with the Kryulov score, which is the DVD made by Tartan. Let me point out the part of the review for this particular DVD: "... Rather than trying to sync up the Nikolai Kryukov and Edmund Meisel scores to the feature, Palisades Tartan has included both versions as separate encodes from different prints. Although their quality is nowhere near that of the feature version, it is interesting to see these alternate versions. The Nikolai Kryukov score version is a battered Contemporary Films release print of the Mosfilm's sound version with Russian narration, some sound effects, and English subtitles on the print (for the narration and the Russian intertitles, the opening credits are in English). The Kryukov version also lacks chapter title cards and one possibly contentious dialogue intertitle. ..."
  14. It indeed occurs at the castle scene, when the townspeople are attacked by the servants in the castle. A split-second shot shows a baby carriage rolling down the stairs.
  15. This clip is from a DVD made in the UK by a company called Tartan. Never trust Youtube as a source. How do you know if the person who uploaded this clip was the one who screwed up the audio sync? I've seen uploaders who flipped the picture left and right, cropped the picture, blurred the picture on purpose, altered the audio, and did all sorts of tempering to the video so that the it won't be removed for copyright violation. If you want to verify this yourself, the only way is to get the DVD. Here is a review of the DVD, with a link to where you can order it.
  16. You mentioned the VHS was made by Video Yesteryear, and that is what I found. If it was actually put on VHS (under whatever label) you should be able to find it. Some collectors never throw them away, and they can still be bought thanks to Ebay.
  17. Trivia question to all: What do Battleship Potemkin (1925), The Untouchables (1987), and Beauty and the Beast (1991) have in common?
  18. The VHS version has an organ score by Rosa Rio. You can order this cheaply on Ebay.
  19. A good source of info are the testimonials of stalking victims posted on social media, such as the one from this journalist, to name just one. A total stranger who saw you online could do things that make you fear for your life. Many of these accounts are from well-known and/or attractive and/or young people, but in fact ANYONE is susceptible to this kind of thing if you make yourself vulnerable to it.
  20. I just want to amend my views above a little bit by saying sometimes movies and pop culture in general DO affect the way real-life people talk, as we all well know. A memorable thing or line of a dialog in a movie may have been invented by the filmmakers, but it may enter into our language (go viral, so to speak) and become a real thing. For instance, there wouldn't be the English expression "bunny-boiler" if it weren't for Fatal Attraction (1987).
  21. Filmstruck had a lot of technical difficulties in its early going that might have led to fewer subscribers and ultimately its demise. This new service will need to be a better starter than Filmstruck was.
  22. I'm afraid you're over-analyzing this, my friend. My original post was clearly a complaint about movie cliches (hence, screenwriting skills), but I guess I wasn't too clear. I believe the term is "talking killer:" a villain who, at the most decisive moment, suddenly becomes a vociferous talker, an act that ultimately leads to his or her doom. Another example is that when a killer has the prey cornered and all he needs to do is pull the trigger; but then he starts talking ("Hahaha, are you afraid? Do you regret ____ my ____ ? Oh, I'm going to make this nice and slow, hahaha", etc.), just giving his prey enough time to find a way to escape. How many times have we seen this, and the example in After the Thin Man? Thousands.
  23. There is a pricey Blu-ray set called "Complete Jacques Tati" that includes all the feature films he directed, all 7 of his shorts, including his incomplete 1978 short "Forza Bastia" (completed by his daughter in 2002), and his made-for-television film "Parade." This set can be had for $63 plus tax when Barnes & Noble has its annual 50% Criterion sale.
  24. LOL, excellent comeback!! Uh, Targo? Taco? Da..r..g, something...
  25. It's not really about logic, but screenwriting skills. The first Thin Man movie is done much better: the killer is revealed and is knocked out cold right away, end of movie. We don't have to endure any over-the-top histrionic confession. I was being facetious when I suggested the killer should call the lawyer, but ANYTHING other than a histrionic confession would be fine with me.
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