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Title: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on September 15, 2011, 06:59:28 AM
I decided to open up a topic instead of posting in the rrpower's thread because this renders the search easier. (And I know that this will also make rrpower happy too).

Tyson (2008)  A good documentary on Tyson. I give it 8\10 in spite of having only Tyson speaking  about himself. I was never a fan of him (boxing starting and ending for me basically with Alì) but I could appreciate some short scenes of him trainng before being the champ where it is clear what was his principal athletic virtues: fastness of trunk, arms and head. The psychological aspects are not new to any Alì fan like myself still hearing them being extolled by Tyson is not so obvious; as it is discovering he's just as logorrhoic as Alì was.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: Groggy on September 15, 2011, 08:12:38 AM
People around here think I have a huge ego. Thanks Titoli, for putting the matter into perspective. O0


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on September 15, 2011, 09:47:32 AM
And I thank you for reading me.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: Groggy on September 15, 2011, 10:09:27 AM
And I thank you for reading me.

I never said you were a bad writer.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: dave jenkins on September 15, 2011, 11:18:06 AM
People around here think I have a huge ego. Thanks Titoli, for putting the matter into perspective. O0
Seconded. Maybe we can get the administrators to rename the board Shortsful-Of-Titoli.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on September 15, 2011, 12:48:00 PM
Seconded. Maybe we can get the administrators to rename the board Shortsful-Of-Titoli.

That's why you'll keep the thread high.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on September 18, 2011, 10:14:15 AM
Young Man With a Horn (1949) Good music (though DD sings too sugary), but the plot sucks. The Bacall-Douglas story doesn't work, badly built and develop, and so Douglas subsequent behaviour. 5\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on September 24, 2011, 12:37:34 PM
Merrill's Marauders (1962) Chandler dies on the screen and few months later will die on a surgery table at 43. This movie is very good, probably not Fuller's best because still has some hollywoodish crap vignette one could rather do without, but worth a full 7\10, maybe more.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on September 24, 2011, 02:28:24 PM
The Perfect Storm (2000) Not so perfect special effects, though. And as this is based heavily on those, that means a lot. I don't like Clooney to boot. You learn something about fishing though, so I give it 5\10.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on September 25, 2011, 05:26:46 PM
Speed (1994) At the moment a more over the top movie than this doesn't come to mind. Sly must have felt ashamed when he saw it: all action, like he was never able to do. I don't like Keanu Reeves but Sandra Bullock makes up for it. 8\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: PowerRR on September 25, 2011, 09:58:43 PM
(And I know that this will also make rrpower happy too)
Haha you think I care that you're not posting in my thread? The only kind of person who that would bother is someone who is enough of a giant wiener to think their opinions on certain movies is important enough to warrant its own discussion.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: Groggy on September 26, 2011, 07:45:46 AM
RR is always an astute observer of the human condition, and this post is no different. Rather than engage others in discussion, Titoli would rather be in a corner by himself. Fair enough I suppose.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on September 26, 2011, 09:00:06 AM
RR is always an astute observer of the human condition, and this post is no different. Rather than engage others in discussion, Titoli would rather be in a corner by himself. Fair enough I suppose.

"titoli", not "Titoli"


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: dave jenkins on September 26, 2011, 10:27:06 AM
There's no need to humor titoli by extending this thread any more than necessary. This will be my last post in the thread. If I want to respond to something he says here I'll cut and paste it into the appropriate thread and deal with it there.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on September 26, 2011, 11:51:50 AM
There's no need to humor titoli by extending this thread any more than necessary. This will be my last post in the thread. If I want to respond to something he says here I'll cut and paste it into the appropriate thread and deal with it there.

Good. That will spare me an answer.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on September 26, 2011, 11:59:46 AM
After the Fox (1966) A good comedy, probably more for strangers than italian audiences. Sellers isn't able to impersonate convincingly an italian (even less roman) character: the most he can do is inadvertedly fall into his famous indi character. Still, when he first meets Mature he gives a great scene, impersonating not so much an italian director but rather a movie producer. Strangely Buzzanca is the only italian main actor to speak english (the italian version is rather different as to soundtrack). The title song of the movie is delicious. 7\10

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=viJipACkwBw&NR=1 


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: cigar joe on September 26, 2011, 01:19:18 PM
After the Fox (1966) A good comedy, probably more for strangers than italian audiences. Sellers isn't able to impersonate convincingly an italian (even less roman) character: the most he can do is inadvertedly fall into his famous indi character. Still, when he first meets Mature he gives a great scene, impersonating not so much an italian director but rather a movie producer. Strangely Buzzanca is the only italian main actor to speak english (the italian version is rather different as to soundtrack). The title song of the movie is delicious. 7\10

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=viJipACkwBw&NR=1 

Its hilarious in spots,  O0 O0 O0, "more sand, I need more sand in the desert"


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on September 28, 2011, 10:59:46 AM
What's New Pussycat? (1965) Rather unfunny, with the exception of a couple of jokes. Great women (my favourite being uncredited Françoise Hardy) and great songs won't earn it more than 5\10.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on September 28, 2011, 03:29:06 PM
M:I-2 (2000) It never ends: 2 h when 80' would have been more than enough. I can't say I don't like Cruise as much as Di Caprio or Penn, but he's not an actor. And the girl is not that pretty, just young (How did she get the part?). Some good stunts and some nice views of Sydney earns it a dubious 6\10.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on September 29, 2011, 05:37:59 AM
M:I-3 (2006) Hailed as a "masterpiece" by an italian critic (Fellini's biographer, btw) in the blurb on the cover of the italian dvd, this is a great action movie, which made me want to watch it again. The action never relents and, just as important, it has continuous changes of scene. 8\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on September 29, 2011, 02:31:00 PM
Spiderman 2 (2006) I don't understand why people making Marvel comics movies must think that they are making films. I think that what induces people to read the comics and watch the movies is the over the top action. Yes, Peter Parker may have problems, but in the comic books they occupy a couple of pages, in the movies they steal more than 2\3 of the time. So, of course, you need a smaller budget, but it's hard to repress yawns at Parker talking with aunt, uncle, would-be girlfriend and himself. One would like more of Jameson (at least me) who was more heavily featured in the old animated cartoons. 5\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on September 30, 2011, 05:12:08 AM
Crimson Tide (1995) Absurd in every facet, it has though some brilliant dialogues, so it's worth a 6\10.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on October 03, 2011, 07:35:07 PM
The Roaring Twenties (1939) A romanticized version of the gangster movie, with some good songs, a great (as usual) Cagney and a good Gladys George. Bogart is impeccable in a secondary part. But there are 3 elements which (I haven't checked elsewhere to see if they were) maybe should be noticed:
1) Cagney pays singing lessons to a reluctant would-be fiancée
2) He dubs Bogart as "rosebud" in a dialogue
3) A kid is given a sleigh for a present
Uh? Anyway, 7\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on October 03, 2011, 07:41:06 PM
Outland (1981) It is funny to see how state of the art computer technology was applied to a vision of a distant future. Still the movie is good, especially in the last scenes, though one wonders how moronic the second hired killer can be. 7\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on October 04, 2011, 09:33:16 AM
Man on Fire (2004) 140' for an action movie are too many, at least 60' are disposable. The plot is quite simplistic but the mexican locales helps vivifying it. I can't see  Washington as convinving in the role, he comes out better as a victim than as a killing machine, Walken is as good as always, same for Giannini. Dakota Fanning is prettier and can act better than Jodie Foster but I can't stand children in this kind of movies anyway. The OST sucks. 6\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on October 04, 2011, 12:00:10 PM
The Lavender Hill Mob (1951) This is very good in the first half but rather drops down when action moves to "Paris". 6\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on October 05, 2011, 08:01:44 AM
Li'l Abner (1940) Perfect rendition of the cartoon. If you like that you like this. 


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on October 08, 2011, 03:20:27 PM
Spiderman 3 (2006) Only edge it has on the other two is that there's no n.4 in view. 5\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: Groggy on October 08, 2011, 04:12:04 PM
Spiderman 3 (2006) Only edge it has on the other two is that there's no n.4 in view. 5\10

They're rebooting the series.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on October 08, 2011, 05:21:36 PM
They're rebooting the series.

 : :'(


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on October 12, 2011, 03:13:09 PM
Les diaboliques (1955) Excellenr thriller, with no pauses that keeps you intrigued till the very end. I don't like Signoret (how she was able to trap poor Montand still baffles me) but I suppose she was playing (jenkins would agree, I think) a butch dyke and so she was spot on. Meurisse does little but is wonderful as usual. And the others too. Vera Clouzot maybe was not such a good casting, but she was the director's wife and she was good looking (especially paired to SS). 8\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on October 12, 2011, 03:22:07 PM
Le pacha (1968) Another good police story from France. It could have earned more than 7\10 if more room had been given to the parisian locales more space. Instead the look of the movie is a bit claustrophobic. Dany Carrel is quite palatable.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on October 15, 2011, 03:16:04 PM
Devil in a Blue Dress (1995) I read the novel and didn't like it so much. Then I saw the movie and wasn't enthused either. But this time, on a big screen and not dubbed, the movie is enjoyable, the 40's are well recreated and the story flows quite well. 7\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on October 16, 2011, 03:08:18 PM
Belles of the NIneties (1934)  Great in the first part with lots of one-liners and great songs (well executed by MW and the Ellington orchestra); but the second part relies heavily on the weak plot and it's no fun. 6\10   


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on October 19, 2011, 06:16:39 AM
The Heat's On (1943) The weakest and last (before the cameo in Myra Breckindridge) effort  of Mae West is notable only for some musical number, especially those courtesy of Hazel Scott. 6\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on October 19, 2011, 06:18:15 AM
La chute de la maison Usher (1927) This is considered a classic, but I think it is sometime a bit too draggy. It has some great images and it must be viewed anyway by cinema fans. 7\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on October 24, 2011, 03:45:03 PM
Little Miss Marker (1980) One of the best Matthau's comedies. 8\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on October 24, 2011, 03:48:51 PM
Klondike Annie (1936) I expected more from Walsh and West. I give it 6\10 only for the songs (West is a fine singer with a voice full of bluesy shades) and some West lines. McLaglen is good but his performance is marred by the fact that I expect him any moment starting playing the buffon as in Ford's westerns.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on October 25, 2011, 03:42:42 PM
I'm No Angel (1933) West's masterpiece, good from start to end. A pity she doesn't look pretty (or prettier) though she makes up for it by panache. 9\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on October 25, 2011, 03:44:44 PM
She Done Him Wrong (1933) Twin movie of the former and not half as good. Some famous line and little more. 6\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on October 31, 2011, 02:04:47 PM
Point Break (1967) I had seen rhis before in a cinema in the early '70's and then on tv and never understood why it was so highly reputed. I can see it has some editing tricks, Marvin's presence and some spectacular scene like Vernon's dive, but the plot is not too imaginative and the single turns not quite elaborated (it's a mystery why Marvin needs Dickinson to go to bed with Vernon and how easily he gets inside the building where Vernon is). So I give it 7\10.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on October 31, 2011, 02:08:15 PM
The Time Bandits (1982) A good kids movie, which could have been very good if more room had been given to humor- or maybe they tried to but didn't succeed. The Connery episode is clearly a steal from Fellini's Satyricon and Pasolini's Flower of 1001 nights . 7\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: cigar joe on October 31, 2011, 04:10:07 PM
Point Break (1967) I had seen rhis before in a cinema in the early '70's and then on tv and never understood why it was so highly reputed. I can see it has some editing tricks, Marvin's presence and some spectacular scene like Vernon's dive, but the plot is not too imaginative and the single turns not quite elaborated (it's a mystery why Marvin needs Dickinson to go to bed with Vernon and how easily he gets inside the building where Vernon is). So I give it 7\10.

Should be Point Blank, no?


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on October 31, 2011, 06:21:04 PM
Should be Point Blank, no?

Yeah, of course. :-[


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on October 31, 2011, 06:25:36 PM
The Killer (1989) Overlong, overblown, over...you name it. I like the killer to be unromantic, I don't like him to make friends with policemen, though he may have a honour code. You have 3 mexican standoffs, 2000 dead men and yawning al the time. I give it 6\10 just out of generosity and because it may be interesting how these movies are or were made in China. 


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on October 31, 2011, 06:29:53 PM
The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973) A well-made flick, with good narrative rhythm and very good special effects by Harryhausen. 7\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on November 01, 2011, 06:31:14 PM
The Avengers (1998) Yawny at the beginning, when based more on humor, it gets better with special effects taking the helm. I wasn't a fan of the series but I have the impression that it was much better than this, especially as Fiennes is anonymous. Thurman anticipates her Kill Bill role.  6\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on November 07, 2011, 11:35:02 PM
King Rat (1965) A more "serious" approach to a Stalag 17 kinda story which ends up being not half as good, quite boring in the first half, actually.  Segal is obviously miscast in a sob role, Courtenay plays his usual role of obtuse officer; Fox might be an excuse to argue the existence of a gay subtext. 5\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: Groggy on November 08, 2011, 05:10:10 AM
King Rat (1965) A more "serious" approach to a Stalag 17 kinda story which ends up being not half as good, quite boring in the first half, actually.  Segal is obviously miscast in a sob role, Courtenay plays his usual role of obtuse officer; Fox might be an excuse to argue the existence of a gay subtext. 5\10

I didn't like this one much either.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on November 09, 2011, 04:24:53 PM
Baron Prásil (The Fabulous Baron Munchausen)(1961) I gave to the wartime german movie a 8\10 waiting to see again this one after 40 years. I can say that this is great entertainment and humor. Still, in view of the different production values, I raise to 9\10 the vote given to the Albers flick and give the 8\10 to this one.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on November 09, 2011, 04:28:02 PM
Ukradená vzducholod (1966) Not the best Zeman, though it has its merits. But there are some parts (like those of the children dealing with the pirates) which are quite boring and long. 6\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on November 09, 2011, 04:32:38 PM
Na komete (On the Comet) (1970) One of Zeman's masterpieces. I'm not totally convinced by the chromatic decisions. More colour would have benefited the images. 8\10



Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on November 09, 2011, 04:43:40 PM
(http://www.dvd-store.it/Copertine/Grande/karelzemancollextion-sin.jpeg)


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on November 15, 2011, 01:53:30 AM
S*P*Y*S (1974)This comedy made me laugh more than 99% of american comedies are able to do. Nostalgia? Maybe. I like so much the underdog duo Gould-Sutherland and Paris as locale. It took me back in time. I see that at IMDB reviewers are divided, as for Wild Bunch.  :D 8\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on November 16, 2011, 12:44:15 AM
The Living Daylights (1987) A good contender for worst Bond ever. 007 offers this time an entertainment for kids only, there's little (if any) violence and sex. The plot is boring, the action scenes uninventive, the villains unimpressive and the girl (D'Abo) is just a pretty face (that's the only naked part, with the hands, she shows of her body)0. The new Miss Moneypenny isn't pretty and can't act: how did she get the part? 4\10 only because is a Bond.   


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on November 16, 2011, 12:50:25 AM
Licence to Kill (1989) Aware that the emasculated Bond of the previous movie had no future they went for the opposite route this time and, for almost half movie, the succeeded. The torture scene of Leiter and the shark comes unexpected in a 007 movie. The intrudoctury scene and the following one of Bond attacking Zerbe's ship are among the best ever of the series. Unfortunately from then on the movie loses momentum and makes it hard to get to the end. 6\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on November 22, 2011, 03:51:24 AM
Casque d'or (1952) I'd give  9\10 were it not for two elements: the absence of colour (any movie set in late 1900 Paris  must be in colour: one associates it too readily with the painters of the age) and the protagonists. Signoret is said unanimously to be at the height of her beauty in this movie: which makes me wonder all the more what poor Montand found in her heavy-jowled, puffy face. Reggianoi, I don't know: he always looked to me like a walking zombie, who found his real dimension after he turned 50: he surely doesn't look like somebody experienced like casque d'or might fall for.  But otherwise the movie is perfect. 8\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on November 22, 2011, 03:59:05 AM
I compagni (The Organizer) (The Strikers) (1963) I remembered it as good, but it's better than that. It wasn't a hit in Italy (and probably elsewhere) because I presume it was supposed to be a comedy while it's not. I think that more comedy in the dialogues would have been profitable.   8\10 


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on November 23, 2011, 12:09:22 AM
Hellzapoppin' (1941) This is the very first movie I saw in english, early '70's. I had gone to the cineclub to see another movie (can't remember which one) but they had changed program as the reels hadn't arrived. I couldn't understand a line of dialogue except that of Mischa Auer "What a woman" which I anticipated yesterday, 40 years later (talk about memory...). I liked most of the musical numbers (notably the famous boogie ballet) and for me it is still the best "demential" comedy ever made. And Martha Raye got swell legs. 9\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on November 23, 2011, 06:11:17 AM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51reFRvHGTL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

An excellent collection of Scorsese's first 3 shorts (I had seen before only The Big Shave, but the other two are, not surprisingly, much better) and 2 documentaries. 8\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on November 24, 2011, 03:53:10 PM
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995) This is a good introduction to movies for beginners. For other more experienced viewers may be a source for some unknown title (I personally caught a couple) to check. But I would like to check on Scorsese's  other movie travel (on italian cinema) before assessing this one. Anyway well worth 8\10.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on November 26, 2011, 04:36:18 PM
Casualties of War (1989) Good war melodrama, marred by Penn's performance (probably one of his worst, though I still have to know if he ever did a best one) and a not very inspired score by the Maestro (his usual arpeggios and pedali, with pan flute OUTA-like numbers). Still the story is gripping and in spite of the flag waving at the end I give it 8\10.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: Groggy on November 26, 2011, 08:01:45 PM
I liked Penn in The Assassination of Richard Nixon but not much else.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on November 28, 2011, 01:05:57 AM
The Party (1968) One of the two best collaboration between Sellers and Edwards. Doesn't make you ROTFL but it's funny throughout. 8\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on November 28, 2011, 01:13:47 AM
La bete humaine (1938) This has a great performance by Simon: probably bought her the profitable (artistically) trip to Hollywood. One of the best performances by a female actress I remember, she plays very well on the nuances of her role in the same take. Gabin is excellent as usual and so the rest of the company with the exception of the director himself who can't play at all. The plot is a promising thriller which unfortunately turns to melodrama (and with little credibility at that: never heard of Gabin's hereditary illness before) which almost spoils it all. Atrocious OST. 8\10 only because of Simon.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: cigar joe on November 28, 2011, 05:06:24 AM
The Party (1968) One of the two best collaboration between Sellers and Edwards. Doesn't make you ROTFL but it's funny throughout. 8\10

I agree, I do like this one too, especially accidental the blowing up of the set by Sellers stepping on the plunger, I've always wondered if it was a sly reference to the premature blowing up of the bridge in GBU.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on November 28, 2011, 06:24:21 AM
I agree, I do like this one too, especially accidental the blowing up of the set by Sellers stepping on the plunger, I've always wondered if it was a sly reference to the premature blowing up of the bridge in GBU.

It's a gag taken from a Laurel and Hardy movie.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on November 28, 2011, 02:31:44 PM
The World of Henry Orient (1964) I don't know what they wanted to do with this: a comedy, a melodrama? they ended up doing both and failed at the mixture. I also suspect that Sellers was an added ingredient to a project in which he played a secondary part and producers exploited his presence. But the film doesn't work. An added minus is Lansbury's already bloated face. 5\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: Richard--W on November 28, 2011, 06:34:23 PM
I agree, I do like this one too, especially accidental the blowing up of the set by Sellers stepping on the plunger, I've always wondered if it was a sly reference to the premature blowing up of the bridge in GBU.

The Party is the funniest movie I've ever seen. I relate.  The spirit of the thing is captured by Jack Davis in the poster art, whose name some of you may recognize from Mad Magazine:

(http://i1035.photobucket.com/albums/a432/Richard--W/Party2-EnlargedPicture.jpg)

The full poster:

(http://i1035.photobucket.com/albums/a432/Richard--W/TheParty1968.jpg)


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: cigar joe on November 29, 2011, 04:10:36 AM
Nice posters  O0

My favorite Sellers films are of course The Pink Panther, A Shot in the Dark, After The Fox, The Bobo, and this one, then the rest.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on November 29, 2011, 07:30:57 AM
Nice posters  O0

My favorite Sellers films are of course The Pink Panther, A Shot in the Dark, After The Fox, The Bobo, and this one, then the rest.

Being There?


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: cigar joe on November 29, 2011, 10:02:53 AM
Being There?

I don't like it as much as those mentioned to tell you the truth.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on November 29, 2011, 01:29:05 PM
Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956) The movie is great until Graziano meets his future wife. Then it veers toward melodrama and loses steam. Still it has good reenactements of Graziano's fights thanx to Newman who looks better on the ring than Ryan, Stallone or De Niro. He must have practiced before being an actor, I presume; or he was fast learning before the movie. Also, I laughed at 2-3 jokes. Everett Sloane is great as usual. I am not convinced throughout by his performance though. What does CJ thinks of his brooklyneese? 7\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: cigar joe on November 29, 2011, 02:43:44 PM
Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956) The movie is great until Graziano meets his future wife. Then it veers toward melodrama and loses steam. Still it has good reenactements of Graziano's fights thanx to Newman who looks better on the ring than Ryan, Stallone or De Niro. He must have practiced before being an actor, I presume; or he was fast learning before the movie. Also, I laughed at 2-3 jokes. Everett Sloane is great as usual. I am not convinced throughout by his performance though. What does CJ thinks of his brooklyneese? 7\10

I haven't seen it in a while, so I couldn't say  :-\


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on November 30, 2011, 02:33:16 AM
(The performance I'm referring to is Newman's not Sloane's).


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on November 30, 2011, 04:37:37 AM
Adieu, poulet (1976) A good police thriller loosely based on a novel I reviewed in Groggy's thread. Not as good as his source but very good thanx to Ventura's perfomance. 7\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: cigar joe on November 30, 2011, 05:19:12 AM
(The performance I'm referring to is Newman's not Sloane's).

I don't remember it well enough to comment on it.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on December 01, 2011, 01:25:47 PM
Decision Before Dawn (1951) This is one of the few wa.r movies that gave me the impression I was watching a documentary. The travel of Oskar Werner really materializes what it was like at the time during the winter of 1944. The only reproach towards the movie is that germans are made to talk in english, which downgrades the rating to 8\10. Awed, anyway.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: Groggy on December 01, 2011, 05:12:21 PM
Decision Before Dawn (1951) This is one of the few wa.r movies that gave me the impression I was watching a documentary. The travel of Oskar Werner really materializes what it was like at the time during the winter of 1944. The only reproach towards the movie is that germans are made to talk in english, which downgrades the rating to 8\10. Awed, anyway.

That's a good one. O0


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on December 05, 2011, 09:53:46 AM
Le cave se rebiffe (1961) I saw this dubbed, so I can't be fair towards it, I presume. As this has Audiard's dialogues it should be seen in french, but I couldn't find subtitles anywhere. It hasn't got the brilliance of Tontons, and much of the plot (very different from  the novel on which the movie is based) is quite uneventful). 6\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: Groggy on December 05, 2011, 09:59:03 AM
btw did you notice Kinski's bit in Decision Before Dawn? I was surprised to see him in something so early.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on December 06, 2011, 01:25:59 AM
btw did you notice Kinski's bit in Decision Before Dawn? I was surprised to see him in something so early.

No, I wasn't surprised, I knew he was in movies at that time.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on December 07, 2011, 04:09:09 PM
Moulin Rouge (2001) It manages to be even worse than Across the Universe (of course, it has not the Beatles and Joe Cocker) and it has to carry Nicole Kidman in a sexy and singing role. I was about to turn off after 10 minutes and the first measures of  Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend, but having payed 2 euros for the special edition I forced me to arrive at minute 60. Then I ff to the end. 1\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on December 08, 2011, 12:38:12 AM
So I guess you and I haven't seen any of the same movies over the past decade  :P

You bet.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on December 12, 2011, 02:20:54 AM
The Public Enemy (1931) This has been one of my favourite movies ever since I watched it as preteen. Some of the scenes have stuck in my mind, especially the incredible (pre-code, I assume) final one, but also the killing of the horse or the grapefruit. In spite of the preachy scenes with the Cagney's brother this earns a 9\10.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: drinkanddestroy on December 12, 2011, 06:15:20 AM
The Public Enemy (1931) This has been one of my favourite movies ever since I watched it as preteen. Some of the scenes have stuck in my mind, especially the incredible (pre-code, I assume) final one, but also the killing of the horse or the grapefruit. In spite of the preachy scenes with the Cagney's brother this earns a 9\10.

hey, so you and I have indeed seen some of the same movies!  ;)

I really liked this one; IMO it is better than Little Caesar (1931) Scarface (1932), Dillinger (1945)

btw, Frayling has discussed (eg. in STDWD's chapter on OUATIA) how Leone believed that much of  the stuff in  The Hoods , other than the childhood stuff, was lifted from gangster films.

Well, there is an incident in The Hoods, from the bottom of p. 247 - p. 251, where  "Noodles" goes back to his mother's apartment to visit her, (and he brings her money as well), but he gets into an argument with his brother, cuz his brother was giving him crap about his being a gangster, etc.

 If Leone is correct that much of The Hoods was lifted from gangster films, I wonder if that part was lifted from similar parts of The Public Enemy.

(by the way, I a while ago I started a thread to list all the stuff we can find in The Hoods that is lifted from gangster films http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=10253.0 If you can think of anything, please chime in!  )


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So while reading p. 247 of The Hoods, I just noticed this passage:

" We stood outside undecided how to kill the hour.

There was a small movie house next door, showing two thrilling cowboy pictures, "Destry Rides Again," and "A Bloody Trail."
"

I never heard of ABT (and couldn't find it on imdb either), but DRA is a western from 1939 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0031225/ (I haven't seen the movie, but) i have seen it discussed here.

I find this interesting because -- while I haven't read the book in a while,if I recall correctly, that is one of the only things that date the book, other than the fact that it begins in 1916:

There is no specific mention of dates in the book, but on page 10 (in the opening scene in the boys' classroom), they discuss their "election fire" they have in the neighborhood, "... We don't care who's elected, Wilson or Hughes, we have a big fire just the same..."

We know that's 1916, cuz the 1916 Presidential election featured Woodrow Wilson vs. Charles Evans Hughes. So other than the book beginning in 1916, I don't recall there being any way to tell dates; but Destry Rides Again dates it as happening in (or at least not before) 1939. Furthermore, that's just a bit more than halfway through the book, so if the chapters are written in chronological order, perhaps it ends much later than that (assuming  the stuff about Destry Rides Again is even true, rather than part of Grey's imagination). Remember also, the book does not have the part about Old Noodles coming back; that's all added for the movie. The book only has the equivalent of the movie's first 2 sections, and ends with the part that is  the movie equivalent of gangster Noodles leaving New York  -- which in the movie is 1933. But based on this Destry Rides Again reference, the book would actually end much later than 1939 (again, if that stuff was even true in the first place  ;D)



Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: dave jenkins on December 12, 2011, 09:06:13 AM
The Public Enemy (1931) (pre-code, I assume)
Indeed. From wikipedia:
Quote
An amendment to the Code, adopted on June 13, 1934, established the Production Code Administration (PCA) and required all films released on or after July 1, 1934, to obtain a certificate of approval before being released.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: dave jenkins on December 12, 2011, 09:10:59 AM
But based on this Destry Rides Again reference, the book would actually end much later than 1939 (again, if that stuff was even true in the first place  ;D)
Or if Grey's memory were reliable.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: drinkanddestroy on December 12, 2011, 12:32:49 PM
Or if Grey's memory were reliable.

yeah, I find the chapter on OUATIA in STDWD particularly amazing; perhaps cuz that is the one movie that was made after Frayling already knew Leone, and Frayling may have been there for the production/planning (just a guess); and/or cuz more of those involved in the film were alive and well with fresh memories when STDWD was written (or perhaps this is all in my mind, cuz OUATIA may be my fave movie of all-time). Anyway, one of the awesome things Frayling explains in that chapter is how the storyline, particularly the 1960's part, and the dreamy-fantasy stuff grew out of Leone's meetings with Grey, a man who could be said to be living in a sort of fantasy world himself. So Leone based the movie character on his interpretation of Grey's life.

Therefore, IMO we can say that the Noodles character in the movie is based more on the real Harry Grey (rather than on the Noodles character of the book).


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on December 12, 2011, 12:36:46 PM
La grande illusion (1937) First time I saw this on tv didn't like it at all. Now, on a big screen and in the original mish-mash of languages (and probably uncut) I liked it better, but still can't see no masterpiece. The idyll final part is boring and didascalic. Fresnay is excellent, Stroheim's english accent french is risible. 7\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: Groggy on December 12, 2011, 05:34:16 PM
La grande illusion (1937) First time I saw this on tv didn't like it at all. Now, on a big screen and in the original mish-mash of languages (and probably uncut) I liked it better, but still can't see no masterpiece. The idyll final part is boring and didascalic. Fresnay is excellent, Stroheim's english accent french is risible. 7\10

I like the plot with Fresnay and Stroheim. The stuff with the goofy subalterns I can do without.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on December 18, 2011, 04:16:37 PM
Varieté (1925) I don't know why this movie is so critically esteemed. The plot is as hackneyed as can be, the actors nothing special (Jannings playing as usual the murderous cuckold). What makes it remarkable - and in line with the movies produced in Germany between 1919 and 1933 is the photography, the angles and the editing. In my opinion those two elements are not enough to grant it more than 7\10 but the movie is fascinating in parts, especially those of music hall scenes. 


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on December 29, 2011, 04:44:42 AM
The Navigators (2001) A run of the mill Loach flick, good but not memorable. You wonder what it makes it worth watching instead of reading an article on the same subject. 7\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on December 29, 2011, 03:59:58 PM
Carla's Song (1996)  Zero degree of inventiveness, I am embarassed as to picking the worst feature in it. Maybe it's the song itself heard toward the end. 1\10.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on December 29, 2011, 10:42:09 PM
I'd never rate a movie 1/10; cuz if I was watching a movie that was that bad, I'd have shut it off after a few minutes (and I only rate movies I have watched fully) ;)

Well, I think I gave even a 0\10 in the past. The fact is that having bought a 5 dvd box-set by Loach and having watched the other 4 movies which were not so bad, I thought that I had to be fair and tortured myself to the end. Wrong procedure? Well, debatable. In the beginning the movie's action played in Glasgow and I was interested to see what's the city like, as I plan to get there.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on December 30, 2011, 10:25:15 AM
Lone Star (1996) The detection part is just an excuse for a study of characters which could have been profitably shortened. But the stories are interesting and some dialogues (the one between the colonel and the girl soldier) are brilliant. 7\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on December 30, 2011, 03:46:29 PM
The Twelve Chairs (1970) This is a comedy which didn't make me laugh once. Still it is viewable once because of the rhythm and Moody's performance. The ending is among the saddest I ever saw in a comedy. Odd that it was produced a year after 12+1. Having seen the Tate's movie before I was inclined to think this was the same movie.  6\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on December 31, 2011, 03:20:58 PM
High Anxiety (1977) An hommage to Hitchcock which just doesn't click except, maybe, for the shower scene. The Zucker bros. were more disinhibited than Brooks and I prefer their style of spoof. 5\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on December 31, 2011, 03:22:34 PM
Silent Movie (1976) This is one of the best Brooks, with a good rhythm and a good OST. Fans of old slapstick might appreciate it though better than newbies. And it doesn't make you rofl anyway. 7\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on December 31, 2011, 03:27:07 PM
Mel Brooks' History of the World: Part I (1981) Same as High Anxiety: not funny enough to justify the vision, if you're looking for comedy. Had it been all on the level of the Inquisition musical part it might have worked, but the prehistoric, Roman times and French Revolution parts didn't make me laugh and are quite uninventive. 5\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on January 04, 2012, 12:44:12 AM
War and Peace (1964) This is the Kolossal to beat all kolossals and it's worth watching even if you don't want to sit the almost 7 hours of the complete edition. Unfortunately the restoration of the original negatives wasn't enough to grant the spectacular colours the movie must have had originally and the night and indoors scenes suffer from this. But the battles (with thousands and thousands of Red Army soldiers engaged for the task) , the parties and the fire of Moscow sequence cannot but grant it a 8\10.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on January 04, 2012, 12:46:40 AM
Goldeneye (1995) The first Brosnan Bond is worth watching only for the title song and the tank chase in St. Petersburg, the rest you've seen it all (and better) before. 6\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on January 04, 2012, 12:52:21 AM
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) This is one of the best Bond ever in the central part, with great action scenes. The car chase in the german garage is one of the best sequences ever in the series. Unfortunately it is marred by you've-seen-it-all-before beginning and too stretched out ending, with the title song one of the worst ever. 7\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on January 04, 2012, 03:25:53 PM
To Be Or Not To Be (1983) I saw the original Lubitsch movie too long ago (and dubbed and on the small screen) to be able to make comparisons but the story works here too, the mechanism being perfect. Brooks for once is convincing as an actor, Bancroft is past Mrs Robinson's prime but adequate, Durning miscast, the other ones good. 7\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on January 04, 2012, 03:29:25 PM
Life Stinks (1991) And this flick too. No well, it isn't that bad, the first scenes with Brooks bumming being quite interesting and funny. But with Lesley Ann Warren entering the scene it falls into you've-seen-it-all-before and it's not quite funny to grant a vision. 5\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on January 05, 2012, 03:21:03 PM
Young Frankenstein (1974) I saw it when it first came out and wasn't so enthusiastic then. But I saw it dubbed and that is a great disadvantage. Now, almost 40 years later, I see that it is a sort of classic, though it isn't the kind of no-holds-barred comedy I prefer. And Gene Wilder does nothing for me: he's not a good comedian. This thrives on Feldman-Leachman-Mars performances which should have earned them a triple nomination like it had happened for The Godfather. And I think that, for once, Brooks (who delivers his best - only?- directorial performance, Blazing Saddles not being as professional as this one) should have played the Hackman (I'm still not convinced it's him playing! ;D) blindman role. 8\10



Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: Groggy on January 06, 2012, 04:39:31 AM
Young Frankenstein (1974) I saw it when it first came out and wasn't so enthusiastic then. But I saw it dubbed and that is a great disadvantage. Now, almost 40 years later, I see that it is a sort of classic, though it isn't the kind of no-holds-barred comedy I prefer. And Gene Wilder does nothing for me: he's not a good comedian. This thrives on Feldman-Leachman-Mars performances which should have earned them a triple nomination like it had happened for The Godfather. And I think that, for once, Brooks (who delivers his best - only?- directorial performance, Blazing Saddles not being as professional as this one) should have played the Hackman (I'm still not convinced it's him playing! ;D) blindman role. 8\10



 O0


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on January 09, 2012, 11:11:49 AM
Le mystére Picasso (1956) Fascinating movie on Picasso at work. Watching each painting developing from start to finish is engrossing because Picasso never starts with a definite idea of what the final result will be. The last painting is actually a failure as he is not satisfied with the result and cancels it in spite of endless reworkings. 10\10  


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: dave jenkins on January 09, 2012, 01:19:11 PM
Le mystére Picasso (1956) Fascinating movie on Picasso at work. Watching each painting developing from start to finish is engrossing because Picasso never starts with a definite idea of what the final result will be. The last painting is actually a failure as he is not satisfied with the result and cancels it in spite of endless reworkings. 10\10  
The Hakone Open-Air Museum in Japan ( http://www.hakone-oam.or.jp/english/ ) has a pavillion in which the film plays continuously (which is where I first saw it).


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on January 09, 2012, 03:41:27 PM
The Hakone Open-Air Museum in Japan  has a pavillion in which the film plays continuously (which is where I first saw it).

Where did you second see it?


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: dave jenkins on January 09, 2012, 04:22:48 PM
At the museum (been there more than once). But I have the DVD now.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on January 09, 2012, 05:59:41 PM
My Forbidden Past (1950) This is more a movie of actors with some good dialogues but all of them miscast because of their ages. Yes, Gardner is at the height of her beauty and Janis Carter is not far behind, but Mitchum and Douglas (who delivers a great performance) look old for their part. It's impossible to think that Carter would leave Mitchum for Douglas who looks on the verge of death any second. 7\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on January 10, 2012, 01:55:51 PM
She Couldn't Say No (1954 )This is where you find "a child actor of the period who doesn't get on one's nerves." I wonder why so much is made of the Katharine Hepburn - Cary Grant comedies and not much about a classic like this, where you have a prettier girl who can play and a better script. 8\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on January 11, 2012, 03:07:21 PM
The Producers (2005) A musical should be judged successful first on the songs. Then on coreographies and the script.  This has no noteworthy song (all written by Mel Brooks, which does explain why they are not that good), no great jokes and no great leads. Still the idea of the nazi musical still has some bite, Uma Thurman at last looks sexy and the coreographies are very good. 7\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on January 11, 2012, 03:13:11 PM
In Which We Serve (1942) I expected less from this which on the contrary it has a good script and some memorable scenes (like the blitz heard in the apartment and some scenes near the raft). I don't like Coward's performance: he shoots his lines too fast. 8\10

Here the complete movie: 

http://www.archive.org/details/In_Which_We_Serve


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on January 12, 2012, 03:29:12 PM
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) Cagney was awarded for this. Inevitably. The biopic is rather unoriginal, the musical numbers are good but not memorable like some Astaire's or Kelly's, the music is not up to what later served by the great american Broadway composers, but Cagney makes it a must watch it anyway. 9\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on January 14, 2012, 03:01:43 PM
The Sound Barrier (1952) Couldn't have done worse in Hollywood. 4\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on January 14, 2012, 03:07:18 PM
This Happy Breed (1944) The story is nothing worth remembering, just a series of vignettes inserted in the two WWs in-between years. Good performances by Johnson, Newton and Walsh (Mills looks too old for the part for a good 2\3 of the movie). I wonder why they shot this in colour. 7\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: Groggy on January 15, 2012, 07:14:31 AM
Spot on for both of those. O0


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on January 16, 2012, 04:40:12 PM
The World Is Not Enough (1999) Probably the worst of all Brosnan's Bond. All action is mostly imbued in darkness or grey, the plot is mostly imenetrable and the villains are small stuff. Sophie Marceau could have been a plus but she was here past her prime already. 5\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on January 16, 2012, 04:43:13 PM
Die Another Day (2002) It has too many ups and downs (one being Berry: how somebody could have the nerve to include her in a most beautiful women crap list is beyond me: probably a relative of hers) and the idea of the invisible car (though apparently not far from reality) is not well exploited. Cleese is a wonderful substitute for Llewellyn, but why one has to put up with an ugly Moneypenny?6\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on January 16, 2012, 04:46:00 PM
Dive Bomber (1941) This is worth a watching both for the unusual Flynn character, too tame for his standards, and for some spectacular scene. Along the same lines will be followed, ten years later by The Sound Barrier, not brilliant  and lively like this though. 7\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on January 17, 2012, 01:15:58 PM
The Life and Times of Colonel Blimp (1943) A great movie. Can't understand all the fuss about being pro-german, while it should have been remarked that it is ferociously (though elegantly) anti-nazi. I didn't know what to expect from it and was surprised at each turn of the story, though it is far from being an experimental movie. 8\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on January 17, 2012, 01:19:47 PM
A Matter of Life and Death (1946)  A great beginning (the dialogue between Niven and Hunter) but then it turns into a Heaven Can Wait weak comedy. Some of the sets of the "heaven" part are, sure, remarkable, but that doesn't help saving one from boredom. 6\10   


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: Groggy on January 17, 2012, 05:25:57 PM
The Life and Times of Colonel Blimp (1943) A great movie. Can't understand all the fuss about being pro-german, while it should have been remarked that it is ferociously (though elegantly) anti-nazi. I didn't know what to expect from it and was surprised at each turn of the story, though it is far from being an experimental movie. 8\10

Titoli, who replaced you with a sensible person. O0


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on January 18, 2012, 05:49:51 AM
Khartoum (1966) I usually give this kind of biopics 7\10, but I give this 6\10 because from a movie in cinerama I expect more from a spectacular pov and this doesn't deliver like Zulu does. About the leads, I don't know if the choices were right.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: Groggy on January 18, 2012, 03:00:02 PM
That movie wins some sort of prize for the most nonsensical narration ever recorded.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on January 18, 2012, 03:29:46 PM
49th Parallel (1941) Uh? Funny in the premise (Nazis in Canada) it is a chance for some of the worst performances by some english actors I do not usually put up with when they' are at their best, Olivier winning a raspberry for his french canadian trapper role. Massey: somebody here was wondering who he was when I reviewed his Lincoln flick, seems he was very active with Powell in those years, the problem being he continues playing Lincoln anyway. Still a kind of curiosity, worth watching at least once for its weirdness. 6\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on January 18, 2012, 03:36:58 PM
The Battle of the River Plate (1956) I have always had a natural anthipathy for Quayle and here all the more as I think he shows all his inabilities as an actor, making some mistakes in his portrayal of a high officer. More tolerable as a NCO. Finch is superb, and we finally discover what M was doing before becoming 007's chief. Still the battle, though not a bore, is far from exciting as you never know what manoeuvres are being made. So the choice of depicting it only from the british side is can be original but in the end not interesting enough to give this more than 6\10.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on January 18, 2012, 03:42:56 PM
Ill Met By Moonlight (1957) I realized I had watched this movie eons ago thanks to the goat scene: I had wondered for decades what movie that could be...It fails because Powell is unable to decide between action and comedy, being very good in the first and mediocre in the second. Theodorakis's score is good. 7\10

The problem with all these war movies made by Powell is that the germans are fluent in english, speaking it even between themselves. That takes from them much credibility.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on January 19, 2012, 04:12:11 PM
I Know Where I'm Going! (1945) And also the viewer knows where the movie is going. A pity because though the love story is badly managed (one can't see what Hiller can find in Lovesey, or at least so much to make her abandon her wedding plans) the visuals are intersting, especially the storm at sea sequence. The highly original opening credits had made me hope for something better. 6\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: cigar joe on January 19, 2012, 08:17:40 PM
I though that chick with the dogs Pamela Brown looked pretty good  O0


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on January 19, 2012, 10:07:53 PM
I though that chick with the dogs Pamela Brown looked pretty good  O0

Yeah, a bit on the Ella Raines line, uh? And Petula Clark is so much different from her adult self: she got better, luckily for her.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on January 20, 2012, 03:16:28 PM
The Glenn Miller Story (1954) Mann couldn't do anything about the script which simply sucks. Stewart gives one of his worst performances ever: I'm beginning to think that his dubbed voice did great things for his consideration this side of the Atlantic. And he and Allyson are embarrassingly old for the part in the first half. But the second half on  the movie, all based on Miller's hits, makes this a must for every jazz fan. I was actually amazed by the fact that it was in colour, cinemascope and stereo. Especially the clarity of sound is awesome when compared to other movies of the era (in facts that earned the movie an Oscar ). 4\10 for the story part, 10\10 for the music.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on January 20, 2012, 03:21:21 PM
The Benny Goodman Story (1956) This was written and directed by the writer of the Glenn MIller flick above but strangely the quality of sound isn't the same though very good. The story is less trivial than the former though it won't earn kudos for originality. But the fact that Donna Reed is spectacular to watch and Allen doesn't ham it like Stewart did as Miller make it a much better movie. The music is good throughout and better distributed than in Miller's movie. 8\10. 


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on January 23, 2012, 04:22:25 AM
Une affaire de goût (2000) I bought the dvd thinking it was some kind of thriller and the first half of the movie confirmed the impression. Unfortunately the story veers toward the Servant  kind of ambiguous relationship master-servant (though here is reversed) without the original's  subtleties. Not my kind of movie. 6\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on January 23, 2012, 10:40:13 PM
Ghosts On The Loose (1942) Lame attempt at comedy by the East End (no more-) Kids, with a Gardner pretty but little visible and a Lugosi as chief of a  Nazi spy gang of bums. 4\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on January 23, 2012, 10:44:47 PM
The Devil Bat (1940) I wonder if people were thrilled by this stuff 70 years ago. I presume they were. I love this crap because it really it is never ashamed of going over the top, though once you've seen what the plot is about after 10 minutes you start to yawn. But Lugosi at work creating monster bats and the perfume trick will elicit at least a smirk from most. 6\10   


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on January 23, 2012, 10:53:04 PM
Man Hunt (1941) The story is heavily based on moronic assumptiog hasns which are so hard to digest in a movie so much connected to reality. That somebody might get near to Hitler in Obersalzberg and have it in the lens of his telescopic gun is ridiculous, but well. let's concede it for storytelling's sake. But  the finale goes beyond whatever might have been created at Republic or Monogram in the same years. Still the movie thrives on the London recreated scenes and though, as usual, Bennett is impersonating for Lang with little credibility a prostitute (Lang must have had some kind of kink about this actress) her farewell scene with Pidgeon is worth alone watching the movie. 7\10   


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on January 30, 2012, 06:30:04 AM
The Rock (1996) Great action courtesy of Connery and Harris. Cage sucks as usual but is second banana in this and doesn't hurt much the result. 7\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on January 30, 2012, 06:35:51 AM
Under Siege (1992) The last good Seagal. Memorable boobs  offered by Eleniak whose female presence doesn't intrude at all in the plot development. Busey is good but TLJ is too over the top and his physical presence  looks diminutive near to Seagal's. 7\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on January 31, 2012, 10:39:07 AM
Ransom (1996) Good thriller. 7\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on February 01, 2012, 11:08:04 AM
Becket (1964) Another Pamela Brown flick, CJ. She maintains herself well. Unfortunately she shows just her face. This movie is good for the script based on a Anouilh's pièce I haven't read (but will) and for O'Toole's performance: his finest hour? Burton's is his usual wooden self, he gives nothing to the character. Funny hearing Cervi reciting in english (Stoppa is dubbed: judging by his lips movement he recited in english, though) . I first saw this on tv in b&w. 8\10   


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: Groggy on February 01, 2012, 06:04:44 PM
I read a very bad translation of the play which included Henry II spouting off such gems as "Show me the money!" I'm sure a better version exists, but based on that I'd say the film was an improvement.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on February 01, 2012, 10:30:57 PM
O'Toole got the Golden Globe but the Osca went to Rex Harrison for My Fair Lady (a movie I haven't found the courage to watch yet). I presume the real competion should have been with Sellers for Strangelove: that would have been a tough decision to make: maybe the award to Harrison was an escape route, if I didn't know better about hollywood workings.   


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: Groggy on February 02, 2012, 03:30:00 PM
Harrison was easily the best thing about My Fair Lady, but better than Sellers, O'Toole AND Burton? Definitely not. O'Toole apparently did something to piss off the Academy (his drinking perhaps?) as he never won despite getting repeatedly nominated for (mostly) deserving performances. I probably would have given Burton the Oscar for this one though.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on February 04, 2012, 03:17:58 PM
The Reivers (1969) I saw this one when first released and didn't make much of it, probably because I thought it was a McQueen movie. The star is actually Mitch Vogel and McQueen I'm not even sure comes second in order of importance. And anyway his performance is not well-suited to the half-comedic style of the movie. But the movie is well-paced, with lots of good scenes and manages to shy away from the risk of falling into the cheap melodrama  most of this kind of hollywood products does. I'm curious to know if it was thanks to the Faulkner's source or to the screenplayers. 8\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on February 05, 2012, 03:51:25 AM
The Hill (1965)This is one of the best movies ever as to actors performances. Hard to pick one as the best, none excepted. The direction is great. What doesn't work is the story: you end up having all the answers. Which doesn't happen in the first part, of, say, FMJ or, even more, in the play (and movie) that might have been an inspiration for this, i.e. The Brig. Still almost every scene (probably only the finale is trivial) is powerful, dominated by all the characters which happen to find themselves in the image. 8\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on February 05, 2012, 04:23:25 PM
Spoils of War (2010) Fidani clone in the new Millennium. Worst war movie produced in the last 50 years? Reviews at IMDB concur on this evaluation. I spent 1 euro to buy the dvd in Paris and I deeply regret it. They ought to pay you to watch it. 1\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on February 15, 2012, 03:27:42 PM
My Sister Eileen (1955) This kind of musicals are good as long as there is a good score. Here there's none. In the Jule Styne's collection of sheet music I own, including almost a hundred songs, there's not a single one culled from MSE, which is just too right. The casting is mediocre: Betty Garrett is too old for the part, Lemmon doesn't belong there, Janet Leigh is just pretty and does her routine but is not memorable. So the only thing to save is Robert (not yet Bob) Fosse's dancing numbers. His duet with Tommy Rall is worth watching and reminded me, guess what, of FFDM  ;D.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uFFGN5iZQY&feature=related

Fosse also plays perfectly his part. 5\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on February 21, 2012, 09:56:37 AM
Män som hatar kvinnor (2009) One of the best serial killer movies I ever saw. Apart from the fundamental incredibility of the girl managing to have to do with sexual maniacs throughout her life, it has the great advantage of having swedish actors and landscapes and not the usual american ones. The multiple endings are effective. 8\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on February 21, 2012, 09:59:24 AM
Under Siege 2 (2005 ) I was wrong when I said that number 1 was the last good Seagal: this is just as good thoough it takes it 3\4 of an hour to get going. 7\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on February 28, 2012, 02:18:24 AM
Play it Again Sam (1972) The only Woody Allen movie I like, though I stopped watching them after Annie Hall. This is funny, which is all a Allen movie is meant to be. 8\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on February 28, 2012, 02:21:07 AM
Tango and Cash (1989) lightweigh effort by the all involved, actors and director. Russell is playing a part meant for Mel Gibson and is quite goofy. Stallone is not brilliant as the part requires himtoo to be (but that is no news). 6\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on March 28, 2012, 03:36:51 PM
Drôle de drame ou L'étrange aventure du Docteur Molyneux (1937)

Sadoul says that the screenplay by Prevert is much better than the movie, as Carné was still fresh at directing. What this comedy lacks is rhythm and maybe some of the actors aren't so good at comedy (Jouvet for one). This should have been re-made at Ealing in the following decade with Guinness, Morley and the other ones and it would have been a masterpiece. Still it's worth a 7\10 for his strangeness. The french dvd below has english subs.

(http://ia.media-imdb.com/images/M/MV5BMjE0MTk2NjM0MV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwODUzMzA5._V1._SY317_CR3,0,214,317_.jpg)


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on March 28, 2012, 03:43:35 PM
Mon petit doigt m'a dit... (2005) This is based on a Agatha Christie novel but, thank God, the action is moved to France. I haven't read the novel yet (I will in  the next days) and can't make comparison. But for a good 4\5 the movie is highly enjoyable. The finale and the solution though are  too incredible, especially the fact that the female amateurish investigator does her best to get killed without succeding. Still she is one of the main interests of the flick. 7\10

(http://img397.imageshack.us/img397/949/17867229nj1.jpg)


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on March 29, 2012, 12:38:17 PM
Død snø (2009) The Nazizombies, yeah. Very entertaining with a good rhythm and original solutions to well-known  plot twists and situations. A pity the songs in the soundtrack had no subtitles. 8\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on April 02, 2012, 08:30:14 AM
Age of Consent (1968) Bah,  rather weak melodrama. Embarrassing. I save partly the Mirren's buttocks. 5\10 


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: cigar joe on April 02, 2012, 03:55:54 PM
Age of Consent (1968) Bah,  rather weak melodrama. Embarrassing. I save partly the Mirren's buttocks. 5\10 

 O0


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on April 03, 2012, 06:33:26 AM
THe House Russia (1990) Rather plodding spy thriller, saved only from Connery's performance. Pfeiffer is ridiculous as a russian.  5\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on April 03, 2012, 06:36:16 AM
Rising Sun (1993) Good thriller enhanced by Connery's presence. 7\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on April 04, 2012, 09:30:50 AM
Otets Sergiy (1917-1918)  Considered the best movie of pre-revolutionary Russia, it is still a pleasant watching thanx to the Tolstoj source and the Mozzhukhin's performance. 8\10

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Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on April 04, 2012, 09:33:42 AM
Pikovaya dama (1916) A good rendition of Pushkin's source, though I can't say once youknow the plot you want to see it again. 7\10


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Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on April 04, 2012, 09:38:12 AM
Chiny i lyudi (1929) Delicious transposition of 3 Cechov's stories: makes you want to read the literary sources (i tried once but found them boring after a couple of pages). 8\10


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Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on April 04, 2012, 09:43:23 AM
Privideniye, kotoroye ne vozvrashchayetsya (1929) Piece of crap worth only for the design of the jail, reminiscent of german expressionism. 4\10

(http://media.potemkine.fr/img/produit/1929/3760054369702_privideniye_kotoroye_ne_vozvrashchayetsya.jpg)


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on April 04, 2012, 04:02:39 PM
Le mystère de la chambre jaune (2003) Not very imaginative version of Leroux's classic. To be seen if you don't want to read the novel and are curious about one of the locked room classics. The french dvd has english subs. 6\10

(http://img574.imageshack.us/img574/2613/themysteryoftheyellowro.jpg)


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on April 05, 2012, 03:55:27 PM
Arsenal (1929) I didn't follow the storyline for a good 80% of the movie lenght. But the images and the superfast editing were sometime  breath-taking. Some Leonish (guess that!) traits: a half-man (half-soldier?) crossing a street; and the faces with scrapped dentures were as impressive as any. 8\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on April 05, 2012, 04:00:35 PM
Yagodka lyubvi (1926) This brilliant comedy burlesque short is as good as any average-plus american counterpart by the great ones like Chaplin or Keaton. And much more cinical: no love lost towards infants! 8\10. It is included as a bonus in the Arsenal dvd by Bach Films:

(http://silent-dvd.net/images/jaquettes/zone2/arsenal_bachfilms.jpg)


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on April 06, 2012, 03:12:43 PM
Der Amerikanische Freund (1977) In the dvd are included some 30' of cut scenes that can be seen in sequence. And, that's the point, could be easily added to the movie without any consequence. The fact is that Wender' movies could last 30' or 30h, the result would be the same. This movie has, though, some features that makes worthwhile the vision compared to other works by the same director: Ganz's performance and the Highsmith's plot. 7\10 


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on April 06, 2012, 03:16:06 PM
Twenty-Six Commissars (1933) Heavy propaganda movie which takes some air towards the end with the sequences of workers in the oil fields and with the execution in the desert of the people of the title. 5\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: Groggy on April 06, 2012, 05:44:36 PM
Twenty-Six Commissars (1933) Heavy propaganda movie which takes some air towards the end with the sequences of workers in the oil fields and with the execution in the desert of the people of the title. 5\10

I assume this is based on the British occupation of Baku?


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on April 06, 2012, 06:18:11 PM
I assume this is based on the British occupation of Baku?

Yep. Actually it is the more interesting part of the movie (historically speaking) as I hadn't any former knowledge of those events.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51o7S80uHAL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on April 06, 2012, 06:28:55 PM
It was remade in 1966:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKb4Bk7kkjU



Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: Groggy on April 06, 2012, 08:47:46 PM
Thanks titoli, I wasn't aware of either film. O0 Peter Hopkirk talks about this incident in one of his books.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on April 07, 2012, 03:47:44 PM
The Young Lady and the Holligan (Baryshnya i khuligan) (1918) Unredeemable piece of crap courtesy of Vladimir Mayakovsky, from an half-unknown italian story. Here the poet performs as an actor too and enough to say that his playing performance is infinitely better than his work as a screenplayer. This story should have lasted no more than 12' but they made it last 45'. But even at 12' it wouldn't have been worth salvaging anyway. 3\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on April 07, 2012, 03:51:31 PM
Chess Fever (Shakhmatnaya goryachka) (1925) Delicious burlesque comedy short by Pudovkin, as good as Yagodka lyubvi. That makes me want to check on other russian comedies of the time, like those by Barnet. 8\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on April 07, 2012, 03:58:31 PM
The Sailors of Kronstadt (My iz Kronshtadta)  (1936) Good war movie about the civil conflict in 1919, when the white guards led by general Jagoda tried to capture the then called Pietrograd. To be noted the absence of musical background (though there is some music plotwise). A famous sequence: that of the sailors executed by drowning. 7\10 


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on April 08, 2012, 12:43:54 PM
Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)  To be saved for some scenes with Cagney's performance, of course. 6\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on April 08, 2012, 02:50:53 PM
The Mother (1926) It still displays some of the features which induced many to consider it one of the best movies ever made: the strenght of some images (the escape on the floes, e.g.) and the masterful editing. But the story it is too propagandistic to be convincing. 7\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on April 08, 2012, 02:56:57 PM
Happiness (Schastye) (1935) A kind of  comedy with realistic and surreal traits, it reminded me of some work by De Sica. Not completely succesful but a must see anyway. 8\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on April 09, 2012, 12:23:50 PM
I Walked with a Zombie (1943) Probably the weakest of the trio produced by Lewton at RKO (the finale makes you wonder why the younger brother hadn't thought of it before) but still with many factors to recommend it, as the use of the sound. BTW, there's already a hit of the '60's (Shame and Scandal in the Family)  put to use, though with different lyrics. 7\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on April 09, 2012, 12:28:18 PM
The Leopard Man (1943) This is the one of the three Tourneur I hadn't seen before and it is excellent except for the finale, which is resolved too simplistically, without leaving anything to doubt. That's why Cat People is probably superior (though more than twenty years have passed since I saw it). Another masterful use of sound. Probably will be recycled as a noir. 8\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on April 09, 2012, 12:39:12 PM
Kinoglaz (1924) Probably one is not strcken by Vertov's method after years of videoclips and commercials. But the techniques are all there, especially in  Chelovek s kino-apparatom , which I saw more than 20 years ago in a cinema. Here there is less adventurous (for the time) editing but some of the subjects in front of the camera are still amazing, as the "awakening of a cocainomane" or the shooting in a madhouse. That's what earns this a 7\10 anyway.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on April 09, 2012, 05:06:50 PM
Scandal (1950) This Kurosawa  starts as a good drama but then, after the lawyer makes his appearance, verges into melodrama, with some embarrassing scenes like the Xmas in the home of the lawyer. And it is too long, marred by the actor plaqying the lawyer who exaggerates his being a "worm" trying to imitate the animal. 6\10 


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on April 10, 2012, 12:27:42 AM
The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail (1945) Men on a mission short movie by  Kurosawa who manages to have results shooting in a studio, basing effects on dialogues and suspense. 7\10 


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on April 10, 2012, 08:47:59 PM
The Bad Sleep Well (1960) Reading a book on Kurosawa, Hamlet it is quoted as an inspiration for this movie. But from the first it is clear that the real starting point was the revenge part of Count of Montecristo, so much so that even an episode is culled directly from that source. This is an overlong melodrama, interesting at the start (the wedding party it is said to have been an inspiration for Coppola's Godfather's scene); also, the funeral scene is worth watching: but that, just as in Dumas's novel, it is going nowhere after a half hour, once you know what the case is all about. 150' are just too many. And all the preaching about the gangster politics of big concerns just are boring.6\10   


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on April 11, 2012, 10:44:33 AM
Red Beard (1965) A series of extended Dr Kildare-like episodes woven into an overblown (3 hours) melodrama about a japanese hospital in early 1800 Tokio (which hadn't that name yet). Yes, there are some good scenes, but you don't want to see them a second time. 6\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on April 12, 2012, 02:03:57 AM
No Regrets for Our Youth (1946) Amazing. I don't remember having seen anything like this before the '60's. And all the more so as it is coming from a non-political director like K. But the most amazing side of the movie is the portrait of the  female protagonist and her personal mal de vivre. 9\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on April 13, 2012, 02:06:43 PM
One Wonderful Sunday (1947) A good, De Sica-inspired, movie for the first part, until the scalpers episode. But after the  at home part and the veering into the  open-eyed fantasy, it becomes boring. Add to that the ugliness of the girl and you have a generous 5\10.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on April 14, 2012, 06:16:52 PM
Dodes'ka-den (1970) A series of stories set ina japanese bidonville. Some better come off than the others, but on the whole it is entertaining if you like minimalistic narratives. 7\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on April 14, 2012, 06:19:20 PM
The Most Beautiful (1944)  Awful propaganda movie which can be watched though to try to understand how the japanese mind works (or used to)). 4\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on April 16, 2012, 08:18:49 PM
Camicia nera (1933) Propaganda half-fiction, half-documentary flick which depicts italian vicissitudes before and after the IWW which led to Fascism and to how malary-infested lands were rescued and put to use for agricolture. Mussolini, in a final speech held in the newly built town, proves definitely who was the best comedian in Italy at the time:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rn81ysnsBzU&feature=related

5\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on April 16, 2012, 08:25:31 PM
Three Songs About Lenin (1934) Not the best Vertov, as the movie is interesting under a documentary point, more than the aesthetic one. But still is worth watching by people who are interested in Revolutionary Russia. 6\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on April 16, 2012, 08:30:26 PM
Why We Fight (1942) I saw the first 2 episodes of the series and I much admired them. The rhythm is fast, the reconstruction of military events (the Poland invasion) clear, the few reconstructed scenes with actors not obtrusive (italo-americans dressed up as fascist speaking with a heavy american accent). I always hesitated about watching this, but I think I'll watch the other episodes too. 8\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on April 23, 2012, 01:40:01 AM
Sanshiro Sugata 2 (1945) Kurosawa invented even the martial arts genre, apparently. This has all the ingredients of the movies to be in the 70's, even something of the Rocky series.  And greatly anticipates the farce of the Inoki-Ali crap. Of course the spectacularity and the fast editing are not there: but the basics are all included. 7\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on April 23, 2012, 01:48:38 AM
The Tales of Hoffman (1951) I'm not enthusiastic about thie Offenbach's work and I can't say that the Powell's visuals are exceptional, Talking about opera, the Ponnelle's work for Rossini and Monteverdi are rather more exciting. Anyway 6\10 for I like Tcherina.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on April 24, 2012, 12:11:35 AM
Chair de poule (1963) Good noir set in the south of France based on a James Hadley Chase's novel. Vaguely based on Cain's Postman it follows the genre's main rule that anything that can go wrong it does. But the twists of the plot sometime come unexpected so in the end it is entertaining. 7\10 


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on April 24, 2012, 09:08:59 AM
Le soleil des voyous (1967) I was amazed watching Robert Stack saying his lines in french, though being dubbed. then I learned that his mother tongues were french and italian: he learned english later: guess that. 
Anyway this is a good caper movie, didn't expect so much. If you add the added attraction of one of my favourite actress (Margaret Lee) this makes it a solid 7\10.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on April 24, 2012, 09:11:31 AM
Du Rififi chez les Hommes (1955) First caper-movie and still a great title in the canon. The last 3 minutes with the race toward Paris make me give it a point more. 9\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: Groggy on April 24, 2012, 10:02:33 AM
The Tales of Hoffman (1951) I'm not enthusiastic about thie Offenbach's work and I can't say that the Powell's visuals are exceptional, Talking about opera, the Ponnelle's work for Rossini and Monteverdi are rather more exciting. Anyway 6\10 for I like Tcherina.

Pity, I was keen on seeing that one.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on April 25, 2012, 12:56:14 AM
Pity, I was keen on seeing that one.

If you don't like the Offenbach's opera I doubt you can make it  beyond the first 20'.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on April 25, 2012, 12:59:39 AM
Les Barbouzes (1964) A distant relative to its predecessor Les Tontons Flinguers. It lacks the pace, the jokes, the gags of that one, though it was produced to bank in the success of the previous movie. Mireille Darc shows little of her graces and can't save the day but makes me give a mark more of what I would normally give. 6\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on April 28, 2012, 03:09:08 PM
Black Narcissus (1947) This is a movie which could have been made only in colour, certainly one where the use of colour is the more important part of the story. The story? Bah, I do not care so much for it, probably my fault. The movies it reminded me during the vision where I Walked With a Zombie and The Exorcist.  So I think that this work better without dialogues. And, sure great sets and pretty actresses: but could you believe that Deborah Kerr and KAthleen Byron could have chosen a nun's life? 7\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on April 30, 2012, 05:07:29 PM
Code Name: Tiger (1964) Weak spy action movie, worth watching only for Daniela Bianchi's presence. I suspect though that the car pressing scene in Goldfinger was inspired by an analogous scene here. 4\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on May 02, 2012, 03:33:36 PM
Rashomon (1950) Except for the "humanistic" finale and the staging of the second duel (it seems that none of the duelist can stand up) it's a perfect movie, though small in scope. I didn't remember there was a bolero in the soundtrack, but I saw this movie as a kid and no more since. 8\10 


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on May 05, 2012, 06:13:32 PM
Dersu Uzala (1975) Good adventure movie, kinda western set in the taiga.It has at least a memorable scene (the storm) and some good images, the actor playing Dersu being great. 7\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on May 06, 2012, 01:41:01 PM
A Canterbury Tale (1945) As this dvd hasn't got captions I could understand about 50% of the dialogues. So I can't be fair toward it. bnut the little I understood doesn't make me give it more than a generous 6\10, as I couldn't find a single motive of nterest except for some shots of belligerant England. The movie is anyway famous for the "match cut" bird\plane, thought to have inspired the more famous one in Kubrick's 2001. Even in this forum opinions are at variance on the subject:

1) "but it seems to me that SK, whilst appropriating the device from Powell, actually improved upon it. In ACT, the transition occurs by linking two objects that have only the quality of flight in common. In 2001, however, the two objects are both tools employed by Man to kill (the "spaceship" is, according to things I've read, a nuclear weapon or weapons platform). The leap from Man's "first" weapon/tool to his most recent shows not merely that time has passed, but that Man, for all his technology, remains unchanged. Hence, "The Dawn of Man" title, which remains in force until the Jupiter Mission."

2) "Now that Michael Powell's A Canterbury Tale is widely available on video, we all can see where Kubrick got the idea (in that earlier film, a bird flying overhead in 15th Century England is matched with a shot of a WWII Spitfire, thus eliding the 5 intervening centuries). Kubrick's application is bolder, but it loses something when compared with Powell's original. "


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on May 08, 2012, 01:57:20 PM
The Lower Depths (1957) Not my favourite Kurosawa. The limited action area and the characters are not helped by so imaginative dialogues and situations to keep the viewer interested. I had to fight sleep most of the time. 6\10 


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on May 10, 2012, 03:22:34 PM
Stray Dog (1949) A great police-procedural, noir however you may want to classify it. And of course Kurosawa doesn't limit himself to dish out a genre movie but goes beyond in delineating the character of the main figures. The scene of the chaser and chased finally laying down on the grass is memorable. But maybe some cut would have been in order. 8\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on May 11, 2012, 03:40:49 PM
The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967) Only gripe I have about it is Robards as Capone: he doesn't look the part, he doesn't have the mimcry I presume Capone must have had (call it flamboyance, if you wish) and it's funny listening speak some italian words. Great charleston composed by Lionel Newman. Didn't realize Nicholson was there too. 8\10 


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on May 11, 2012, 03:46:48 PM
Zombie Beach Party (2003) Only thing this has going for it it's some gratuitous nudes and the final lez kiss, though not spectacular as it has no tongue playing. The rest is liable to put you to sleep. 3\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on May 13, 2012, 10:21:02 PM
They're a Weird Mob (1966) I saw this dubbed about 30 years ago, but of course it loses much as it is based on linguistic differences. The comedy holds well, but what impressed me most even the first time was the representation of men at work: more impressive than anything by Loach. I could have done without much of the romance in the last part (but the confrontation between Chiari and his father-in-law to be is funny) and so it's a solid 8\10.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on May 16, 2012, 01:11:42 AM
The Glimmer Man (1996) It has a good pace but there's no memorable villain and the fight scenes, except for one or two, are all imbued in darkness. Still a watchable one for Seagal fans. 6\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on May 16, 2012, 01:17:38 AM
Seeking Asylum (1979) Ferreri was, arguably, the best italian director between the end of the 60's and the early 70's. But after his "western" I couldn't name a single movie worth watching. The review I copied from IMDB tells it all:

Awful! Absolutely awful! No plot, no point, no end. It looks like the director turned the camera on and then the whole crew went to lunch. Every day. I'm trying to GIVE this video away but no one will take it. I'm giving it a 2 instead of a 1 because I like Benigni. Roger, I'm going to have to say thumbs down on this one.

As I detest Benigni I give it 0\10.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on May 19, 2012, 04:00:47 PM
Tales of Ordinary Madness(1981) I never read Bukowski and this movie didn't help me wanting to: but it saved me the effort. The protagonist is apparently able to find underage girls wanting to have sex with him: a drunkard, old, not good-looking man. He finds himself alone with Ornella Muti who ask him for sex (ahah) and he answers: "We'll do it first thing tomorrow morning". Still, having a previous literary source, the movie has a solidity other later works by Ferreri don't have. 6\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on May 19, 2012, 06:17:42 PM
Ghosts - Italian Style (1967) A humurous take on the famous (in Italy) De Filippo's quite dreary comedy (drama?). They kept little of the original, but the end result is consistent if you like this kind of italian comedy. 7\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on May 23, 2012, 09:25:16 PM
OSS 117: Le Caire, nid d'espions (2006)  Funny spoof of sixties spy movies but set in the '50's wen the Bruce's novels started being written. I'll try to check the twin title. 7\10. 


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on May 23, 2012, 09:27:58 PM
Analyze This (1999) Very good in first half, it loses its bearing once the comedy is superseded by the action. 7\10. 


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on May 23, 2012, 09:30:07 PM
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009) No stop action: that it is main feature. I'd give it 5\10 but the excellent Paris chase sequence earns it 6\10.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on May 23, 2012, 09:36:16 PM
Procès de Jeanne d'Arc (1962) Bresson's take on the famous heroine has the advantage of being short and of having a good-looking actress for the main part. Actually, with the exception of Dreyer's masterpiece, all of the other movies on JdA seem having had a pretty protagonist.  And still only Dreyer insisted on close-ups. 7\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on May 23, 2012, 09:38:15 PM
The Seed of Man (1969) Ferreri probably meant something deep but I didn't get what it was. 4\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on May 23, 2012, 09:42:10 PM
The Little Coach (1959) One of the best and cruel Ferreri, with lots of humor. 8\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: PowerRR on May 23, 2012, 10:27:48 PM
Does anyone actually read these?

EDIT: You're a fucking loser


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on May 25, 2012, 03:22:29 PM
Les Compères (1983) A comedy in the buddy vein of L'Emmerdeur. Of course, Depardieu is no Ventura but Richard is surely better than Brel as a comedian. 7\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on May 25, 2012, 03:24:45 PM
Does anyone actually read these?

EDIT: You're a fucking loser

 ;D


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on May 26, 2012, 03:13:19 PM
Cyrano de Bergerac (1990) I don't know how close this is to the Rostand's original but I presume it is very close. Anyway, it made me want to check the source so it's worth at least 8\10. Depardieu is perfect and the movie would be worth watching just for his performance.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on May 30, 2012, 03:10:50 PM
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988) Not as good as the Zeman's and the Von Backy's, it has the only notable moment in the representation in theatre at the start of the movie: a rather fellinesque moment. The rest is quite predictable and I can't stand Robin Williams. But I like John Neville. 7\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on May 30, 2012, 03:38:15 PM
The Red Shoes (1948) I remembered it as much worse (probably because of the dubbing) instead it is almost perfect except for the finale, which is misleading  and uselessly melodramatic: the composer is not giving up his art for love as he pretends from the ballerina: who should follow instead the impresario's advice. 8\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on June 06, 2012, 06:16:41 AM
Fantômas (1964) This first episode of a trilogy is the only one I missed watching in the cinema. This good series had the great merit of giving the Juve's role to a comedian like De Funés, like Sellers was given that of Clouseau. This is outstanding for the long chase sequence, showing good stunts some performed by Marais himself. Add to that the highly palatable Demongeot and you have a solid 7\10.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on June 06, 2012, 03:18:38 PM
La Vie Est Un Roman (1983) And a boring one. Assuming you understand what's the point of the three episodes alternating themselves in the narration. I can't help thinking that I was right in not following Resnais after Mon Oncle. 2\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on June 07, 2012, 11:18:14 AM
Two-Lane Blacktop (1971) Hellmann and Taylor, in their respective fields, are surefire purveyors of sedatives. Here they combine to give the usual going nowhere Hellman flick, with no dramatic interest (though you expect it to manifest itself any moment: which is the only point of interest of the movie) and uninteresting dialogues. Road movies bettern than this were made in those times: Easy Rider, Duel and even Vanishing Point (a movie I'll try to rewatch). 6\10 because the era's artifacts may interest someone, as the songs  (not by Taylor, thank God!) and watching Dennis Wilson play (he sucks but shows he's alive: you doubt Taylor is).


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on June 13, 2012, 03:46:56 PM
The Girl Who Played With Fire (2009) Not up to the first episode of the trilogy, plot is muddled, stretched and with little suspense. No need to watch unless you want to complete the vision of the trilogy. 5\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on June 13, 2012, 03:49:25 PM
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (2009) Possibly even worse than the second episode, with a long trial sequence completely devoid of suspense and legal tricks. 4\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on June 13, 2012, 03:51:32 PM
Medicine Man (1992) Passable half-comedy (Many won't agree about that definition but I think it is basically that) with a good as usual Connery, the only reason I bought the dvd. 6\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on June 13, 2012, 03:57:48 PM
The Snorkel (1958) A Hammer thriller with a good beginning and a good ending marred by the subending (you watch the movie and know what I'm talking about). The main body of the plot is full of cheap effects and logical absurdities (Van Eyck kills a man, a woman and a dog and tries to kill the niece apparently without nobody suspecting him of anything). Added fun, for me, listening to a whole lot of british actors speaking fonetic italian and heavily "italian" accented english. 6\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on June 13, 2012, 04:03:02 PM
Muriel (1963) I saw this movie some decades ago and couldn't remember a single thing about it. I'm sure than some years from now, if I'm still alive, I won't rememeber a thing either. But the movie is worth watching, though I do not consider it the masterpiece some believe it is. The plot is almost trivial, the tale about the algerian french torture and the killing of the torturer forced in the plot. But some narrative devices are still interesting and little seen in the hollywood type storytelling. 7\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on June 15, 2012, 12:36:16 PM
La Guerre est Finie (1966) One of the best Resnais. I don't like the bombers part, too didactic and not rhyming with the rest of the plot centered on Montand existentialist and political crisis. I ought to check again some plot turns which did escape me, though it's the second time I watch the movie. 8\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on June 16, 2012, 03:39:31 PM
Eyes Without a Face (1959) This is considered the first splatter movie and the scene of the removal of the skin from the face still is likely to give goosebumps to the mopre unexperienced viewer. Still the movie is boring in places, uninventive as to plot turns and it is worthy only for the figure of the masked girl, the b\w photography and the Jarre's score (which is included  as extra in the italian dvd) : very good but suited to another kind of movie. 7\10

In the dvd is included the Franju's early documentary Le sang de betes (1949):  not for the sensitive persons, Franju illustrates the activities of a couple of slaughterhouses in Paris.   8\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on June 20, 2012, 05:05:59 PM
Le Charme Discret de la Bourgeoisie (1972) nth viewing. Funny as ever.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on June 20, 2012, 05:09:01 PM
Les Anges du Péché (1943) Bresson's first feature still holds well after so many years basically because you never guess where the plot is leading to for most of the time. The redemptive finale spois it partially but it is still 7\10.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on June 20, 2012, 05:17:34 PM
La fièvre monte à El Pao (1959) This could have been much better if the finale had respected the developing of the story of an idealist and at the same time opportunist man. I don't know if Bunuel wanted the too redeeming end (i presume the finale was taken from the novel) but it doesn't rhyme with the rest of the movie, too simplistic. 7\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on June 21, 2012, 03:56:22 PM
Le mépris (1963) A movie which concentrate so much on BB nude backside can't be bad. But apart from the too long sequence in the apartment I really liked this movie, even more than the first time (of course: the italian version was cut). Godard isn't good as Fellini at portraying the circus-like activity in the making of a movie, but helped by the marvelous photography and Lang's presence gets very near to that unsarpassable model. Palance is a bit too stiff for the part of the producer, a slicker actor would have been better. 8\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on June 28, 2012, 06:59:08 PM
The Man Who Would Be King (1975) I saw it when released and considered it one of the best adventure movies ever. Don't understand why the dvd is cut, though. 9\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on July 11, 2012, 03:31:02 PM
Mysterious Island (1961) Another good movie from Harryhausen. The plot is rather unoriginal but the special effects are top notch: the beehive sequence is among the best ever in the genre. 7\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on July 11, 2012, 03:36:57 PM
Kriminal (1966) I saw this when released and though I liked it I was rather put down by the unfaithfulness to the cartoon source as to the character evilry. Now, I don't even like the story which is rather boring, unoriginal and full of amateurish plot turns. But it has the originality of having cartoons substituting film images well before Creepshow did the same. 4\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on July 11, 2012, 03:45:31 PM
The Mark of Kriminal (1967) I liked this better than the first. Which is not saying much. The plot, absolutely unoriginal, moves faster than the first one, the protagonist is shown a little more amoral than in the first episode and the finale is unexpected. 6\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on July 11, 2012, 03:52:22 PM
Satanik (1968) The great disappointment comes from Konopka, whose bovine face doesn't look like the cartoon model and is not particularly attractive. The plot moves slowly and uninterestingly, the only point of interest was watching Gepy sing. But that was for me only. 4\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on July 11, 2012, 03:58:34 PM
Il boom (1963) This is maybe the bitterest italian comedy ever, a genre which already is renown for putting harsh ingredients in a supposedly light genre. I had not seen the movie in its entirety till now, having caught snippets of it now and then on the small screen. This is probably De Sica's best movie after his masterpieces of a decade before. I give it 9\10 only because I think the could have put more comedy into it.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on July 11, 2012, 04:03:36 PM
A Difficult Life (1961)  This is a movie which has been much praised but I think that is not up to its fame. It has memorable scenes but it is not entirely convincing if not in the measure that Sordi persuades you. The historical parts are too emphatic, much more interesting those dealing with Sordi's  private life, especially the famous scene outside the night club. The finale has been reneged by the director himself. 7\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on July 21, 2012, 04:21:23 PM
Dog Day Afternoon (1975) As a movie I prefer Serpico, this is rather a series of great single bravura scenes, though I think this is not Pacino's finest hour. He's predictable. Effective, but predictable. Maybe when released his performance was more effective, you weren't used to it. Rewatching this kind of movie I wondered though why they were made only in the '70's. 8\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: drinkanddestroy on July 21, 2012, 11:19:19 PM
Dog Day Afternoon (1975) As a movie I prefer Serpico, this is rather a series of great single bravura scenes, though I think this is not Pacino's finest hour. He's predictable. Effective, but predictable. Maybe when released his performance was more effective, you weren't used to it. Rewatching this kind of movie I wondered though why they were made only in the '70's. 8\10

I far prefer DDA to Serpico. Pacino is always great; I found the supporting cast in Serpico to be awful.

I LOVE Sidney Lumet. But I think he made a terrible mistake with the casting of both Serpico and Prince of the City (with the exception of casting Pacino in the lead role of Serpico). I saw separate interviews with Lumet, describing Serpico and POTC, and in each interview he mentioned that he specifically wanted all newcomers (I guess so the viewer would be able to believe anything about the characters or whatever. Even though Pacino had recently made it big with The Godfather, that was still a supporting role, and it was the first movie he got big reviews for,  and he wasn't the huge star yet, so Lumet considered Pacino as a newcomer). And the rest of the cast are nobodies. And with POTC, everyone was a nobody including Treat Williams in the lead. Well, IMO, with the notable exceptions of Pacino in lead as Serpico; and Tony Roberts and Jerry Orbach in supporting roles in Serpico and POTC respectively, the cast for those 2 movies was absolutely atrocious. Looked like the Gypsys Leone would use for the gang members in his dollars films. I mean, not that I give a damn about a guy looking good, but these were guys who couldn't talk straight, who were painful to listen to, and sometimes painful to look at. Just atrocious casting all around. Treat Williams delivered one of the worst leading performances in movie history -- and he was given a damn good role. It's a shame because both scripts were good and had the potential to be terrific movies. And Sidney Lumet was such a good director, made so many wonderful films. if he could do it over again, same movie but with a different cast, I think those movies would have been amazing. As it is, with the exception of Pacino, Roberts, and Orbach, these movies may have had the worst casts of all-time.

After seeing this, if I was a director I would think twice before ever deciding to make a movie with all newcomers. (Please don't respond "well what about Citizen Kane?" The answer is obvious: Welles had worked with all those guys before; they may have been newcomers to Hollywod, but they weren't newcomers to him. But for a director to just go specifically for a bunch of nobodies across the board, who he's unfamiliar with, is just a very, very dangerous proposition.
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btw, one of my law professors -- he works in a big law firm in private practice; but teaches one class in Law School, it's a required Law and Ethics class -- told us a whole long story that he'd been involved in when he was an Assistant US Attorney, and mentioned as a side comment, "oh, btw they made a movie about that case, it was called Prince of the City. That's when I decided to see the movie. I am not sure which characters in the movie (if any) are playing him; but I'd always been tempted to email him and find out. That movie involved so many different cases which resulted from Treat Williams's informing, so who knows whether my professor really was depicted in the movie, or if perhaps his case just touched this movie peripherally. He did mention, "this was the only case I ever lost as a prosecutor."


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on July 23, 2012, 01:57:41 AM
Save the Tiger (1972) Terrific script, practically perfect except for some minor complaint (too sweety scene with the girl, the memories about war). I think it is even more actual nowadays than 40 years ago. 9\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on July 23, 2012, 04:15:58 PM
Razzia sur la Chnouf (1955) Police thriller set in drug scene of Paris. Which I don't believe was anything like that:  too many drugged people to be credible. And then all those mthods of dealing: too elaborate, probably it was more simple. There's an opium den like one could believe existed 20 years before, not in 1955. But there's also a gang bang of Lila Kedrova with a horde of black people (nothing graphic, of course)! The plot is not memorable but the movie is worth at least watching considering that Magali Noel is attractive (I presume she had nose surgery in the following years) and Bozzuffi sports some hair. 7\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on July 24, 2012, 02:26:23 PM
Grand Slam (1967) Too long (almost 2 h) especially in the first part, but once the caper part starts is excellent, one of the best I saw. Music by the Maestro (only the main theme is worth mentioning). 7\10 


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: drinkanddestroy on July 24, 2012, 04:38:22 PM
Grand Slam (1967) Too long (almost 2 h) especially in the first part, but once the caper part starts is excellent, one of the best I saw. Music by the Maestro (only the main theme is worth mentioning). 7\10 

one of the best caper movies ever


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on August 03, 2012, 09:35:36 PM
Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris (1974) Translating songs in different languages is very hard, still Mort Shuman and Eric Blau did a tolerable job with Brel's. What doesn't work here is the singers: Shuman is simply terrible (his Amsterdam makes you puke) while Elly Stone (who didn't pay a visit to a dentist before shooting began) is Broadway singing at its worst.  Much better Masiell. But if you like Brel (like I do) then you can't but like the movie, thinking of the songs in the original while you listen to their translation. So it's 8\10. And I'm no anti-translation of songs: actually I think that MacKuen's rendition of Ne Me Quitte Pas (in the movie the song is sung by Brel himself in french) is better than the too melodramatic original.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on August 15, 2012, 04:10:42 PM
Scream of Fear aka Taste of Fear (1961) I didn't like this: little suspense, little logic (does Stasberg imagine things or what?), Ronald Lewis acting is wooden, Lee is little seen, you name it... 4\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on August 20, 2012, 07:33:39 AM
Max et les ferrailleurs (1971) Stretched out plot which makes no sense with a moronic finale: no wonder it didn't find an italian distributor. Romy Schneider, not as gorgeous as in the Sissi movie an age earlier, gives a great performance. 4\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on August 20, 2012, 02:41:15 PM
We Were Soldiers (2002) Among the best war movies ever and good candidate for best Vietnam movie ever. I could have done without the final speech of the viet leader or the images of the dead vietcong's wife or girlfriend. But this is the first movie which gave me the feeling of what is like going to war: the sequence when the soldiers leave home at night not knowing if they will return  I don't think it was to be seen elsewhere, but it is most saddening than all the images of war horrors one can imagine. 9\10

P. S. The movie is set in 1965, still the people are able to sing at the farewell party "Hold On, I'm Coming" to be released a year later.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: drinkanddestroy on August 20, 2012, 05:31:06 PM
We Were Soldiers (2002) Among the best war movies ever and good candidate for best Vietnam movie ever. I could have done without the final speech of the viet leader or the images of the dead vietcong's wife or girlfriend. But this is the first movie which gave me the feeling of what is like going to war: the sequence when the soldiers leave home at night not knowing if they will return  I don't think it was to be seen elsewhere, but it is most saddening than all the images of war horrors one can imagine. 9\10

P. S. The movie is set in 1965, still the people are able to sing at the farewell party "Hold On, I'm Coming" to be released a year later.

I saw this one decade ago. As I recall it, the first half moved way too slowly for me, but the second half, in Vietnam, was insane. I can recall few movies depicting the horrors of war better than the second half of We Were Soldiers did.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on September 05, 2012, 02:18:43 PM
Mr. Arkadin (1955) As it happens with other Welles movies (Lady from Shanghai, for example) this is better watched without sound and no inkling about what the characters say. I don't know if the two version I saw (this one (http://www.aventifilms.com/visuels/dossier_secret.jpg) and the other dubbed in italian I saw on tv in the '80's, which could be the same one as the french dvd) approach Welles idea of what the movie should have been like, but I doubt could have been much better of the final product(s). And I can't stand those fake hair and beard and moustaches Welles sport. Still the movie has some famous scenes (Welles apologues) and angles and photography (especially the Naples dock scene) which can't but earn it a 8\10.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on September 05, 2012, 02:25:47 PM
Before the Revolution (1964) I don't like Bertolucci and I remembered this as the best movie by him. Which probably still is though only for the two sequences shot with the background songs by Gino Paoli (masterfully arranged by the Maestro). 7\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on September 06, 2012, 02:55:26 PM
Falstaff (1966) Perfect except for the little imaginative battle and Gielgud's performance: sometime a little bit over the top. 9\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: Groggy on September 06, 2012, 04:31:44 PM
We Were Soldiers (2002) Among the best war movies ever and good candidate for best Vietnam movie ever. I could have done without the final speech of the viet leader or the images of the dead vietcong's wife or girlfriend. But this is the first movie which gave me the feeling of what is like going to war: the sequence when the soldiers leave home at night not knowing if they will return  I don't think it was to be seen elsewhere, but it is most saddening than all the images of war horrors one can imagine. 9\10

Glad I'm not the only one who likes this.



Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: drinkanddestroy on September 06, 2012, 11:56:29 PM
We Were Soldiers (2002) Among the best war movies ever and good candidate for best Vietnam movie ever.

I've seen less Vietnam movies than I can count on one hand, but IMO at least one was clearly better: The Deer Hunter.

p.s. Does Forrest Gump count?  ;)


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on September 07, 2012, 10:54:52 AM
The Stranger (1946) Rubbish.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: drinkanddestroy on September 07, 2012, 01:07:16 PM
The Stranger (1946) Rubbish.

yeah, it's a shitty movie.



Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: cigar joe on September 07, 2012, 06:17:02 PM
The Stranger (1946) Rubbish.

Agreed


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: drinkanddestroy on September 08, 2012, 09:30:06 PM
I also think it was a mistake to use Orson Welles as a Nazi. Of course, many great and beloved actors have played really bad characters in movies, but a Nazi is a whole different level of evil, it's someone that the viewer really has to just HATE with every fiber of his being; even though acting is all about transforming oneself into another character, when it's someone so well known and loved as Orson Welles, it's really difficult to summon the amount of hatred appropriate for a Nazi, and that automatically causes the story not to be taken all that seriously. The second Orson Welles comes on the screen, there is just a different feel than if someone else had, whom the audience has no prior feelings for.

Not that it's a good movie anyway, but I do think that having Welles play the Nazi was not a good choice.



Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: cigar joe on September 09, 2012, 04:50:01 AM
I also think it was a mistake to use Orson Welles as a Nazi. Of course, many great and beloved actors have played really bad characters in movies, but a Nazi is a whole different level of evil, it's someone that the viewer really has to just HATE with every fiber of his being; even though acting is all about transforming oneself into another character, when it's someone so well known and loved as Orson Welles, it's really difficult to summon the amount of hatred appropriate for a Nazi, and that automatically causes the story not to be taken all that seriously. The second Orson Welles comes on the screen, there is just a different feel than if someone else had, whom the audience has no prior feelings for.

Not that it's a good movie anyway, but I do think that having Welles play the Nazi was not a good choice.



Very valid point agreed. Welles, for me anyway, has always been hit or miss in his acting efforts.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on September 10, 2012, 03:16:44 AM
Very valid point agreed. Welles, for me anyway, has always been hit or miss in his acting efforts.

More misses than hits. i don't think, though, that the problem with The Stranger is Welles playing a Nazi. The real problem is that the plot is built on a spit and each plot turns adds to the inverosimilitude of the whole set up. I could name a dozen little credible plot factors off the cuff and they are very visible even to a casual viewer.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on September 10, 2012, 03:22:27 AM
At the Circus (1939)  This should have been better of what it is: the premises were there all, but there are not classic scenes like in Races or Opera. And the jokes are quite lame. 6\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on September 10, 2012, 03:24:59 AM
A Day at the Races (1937) Classic, but cuts in the romance and musical numbers would have been beneficial. 8\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on September 13, 2012, 12:09:46 PM
A Night at the Opera (1937) Some prefer this to Duck Soup. I don't. 8\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on September 13, 2012, 12:10:47 PM
Killing Zoe (1994) I forced myself to watch the first 20 minutes but couldn't make it beyond.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on September 14, 2012, 08:36:13 AM
Death Race 2000 (1975) The frame is the usual crappy dystopy you (or at least me) think the less movie space  the better. The fun is all in the race, or at least a good part of it. Stallone is already well under steroids. 7\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on September 19, 2012, 01:32:30 AM
The Big Store (1941)  I didn't remember it was so good, probably because of the dubbing. On a par with any Marx movie except the masterpieces, though Groucho is not the up to his best. 7\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on September 19, 2012, 01:34:26 AM
A Night in Casablanca (1946) Another good one, though the airplane scene is too long. 7\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on September 19, 2012, 01:39:24 AM
A Night to Remember (1958) First outing of Bond and Q together (though I didn't spot them). A good thriller with no concession to melodrama. 8\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: drinkanddestroy on September 19, 2012, 02:16:33 AM
I could name a dozen little credible plot factors off the cuff and they are very visible even to a casual viewer.

How about the fact that this Nazi had managed to stay completely anonymous, they didn't know how he looked or even a single detail about his life, except this one detail that he loved to build clocks?! That idea is too laughable to even try to say with a straight face...


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: dave jenkins on September 19, 2012, 06:36:15 AM
inverosimilitude
You impressed me with this, but I find on consulting a dictionary that the correct English spelling is "inverisimilitude."


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on September 19, 2012, 02:28:57 PM
You impressed me with this, but I find on consulting a dictionary that the correct English spelling is "inverisimilitude."

You impressed me more with the revelation that not only you consult dictionaries but even lend them some authority. What made you adopt this line?



Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on September 24, 2012, 04:24:04 AM
The Murderer Lives at #21 (1942) I read the novel last year and I thought it was an essential landmark in the history of mystery, of the same kind as Christie's The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.  Read the novel (or watch the movie) and you'll see why. The movie, and rightly so, leaves more room to humor and is absolyely enjoyable, though it is all shot in studio. 8\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on September 24, 2012, 06:23:42 AM
Fantomas Strikes Back (1965) I saw it in a theatre, but it must have been 1967 or 1968. I thought it was funny at the time and it still holds well, expecially De Funès routines with the gadgets. 7\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on September 27, 2012, 02:37:44 PM
Oh, Grandmother's Dead (1969) A very minor Monicelli. Which happens regularly when he tries to leave his natural turf of comedy. Here he strives for some black humor but you never laugh. Or even smile as the dialogues and the characters are so predictable. 5\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on October 02, 2012, 01:02:45 PM
It's Alive (1974) A good b-horror, with the great assets of never showing the munster. Nothing you've never seen, but the suspense is created. 6\10 because Hermann's score is run-of the-mill.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on October 02, 2012, 01:06:52 PM
The Concert for Bangla Desh (1972) It takes me back in time, when I listened and listened to the triple LP, wondering what Leon Russell was mumbling in his rendition of JJF-Youngblood. There are some good renditions of known songs. But some are well under the originals: Something, for example. Bob Dylan put me, as usual, to sleep. 7\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on October 06, 2012, 07:10:48 PM
La ricotta (1962) Thanx to youtube now this is easily accessible even to foreigners as it has 3 languages subs. I consider it the best Pasolini's movie (though it lasts only 30') with Accattone.  Would have liked to know what Welles thought of his character: I don't seem to remember Bogdanovich asking him about that.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-FxFN0VTAE


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on October 06, 2012, 07:13:19 PM
This Island Earth (1955) It offers little originality except for the coloured scenes during the trip to the planet and the bombing of the planet itself. Of course the special effects are funny now, but they still make for a good visual quality. 6\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on October 06, 2012, 07:15:01 PM
Feu Mathias Pascal (1926) This could have been tolerable with a half hour cut, especially in the first part. Pirandello himself is said to have appreciated the movie, though. 6\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: Groggy on October 06, 2012, 08:07:11 PM
This Island Earth (1955) It offers little originality except for the coloured scenes during the trip to the planet and the bombing of the planet itself. Of course the special effects are funny now, but they still make for a good visual quality. 6\10

I disagree. The special effects are the best part of the movie. It's very thin story-wise though and the spectacle's not good enough to compensate.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on October 06, 2012, 09:34:38 PM
I disagree. The special effects are the best part of the movie. It's very thin story-wise though and the spectacle's not good enough to compensate.

That's exactly what I meant: apparently I didn't make myself clear. sorry.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on October 11, 2012, 04:19:47 PM
The Driver's Seat (1974) Most of reviewers at IMDB give this one positive assessments. I agree and more. Critics, probably american ones, thrashed it at the time, probably because they didn't watch it or because it was italian; on the contrary I came to this movie by reading a contemporary review by an italian critic. The movie is at times fascinating, much of the effect based on the sexual undercurrent of the plot. I am not a Taylor's fan, even taking into account that she doesn't look here at her best. But watching the scene when she mangles her droopy breast (already appreciated in an earlier scene under a little covering bra), while she falls prey to some sort of sexual arousal, well, it makes me feel young again.  >:D 8\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on October 19, 2012, 05:01:53 PM
Taken 2 (2012) As good as n. 1. 8\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on October 26, 2012, 02:14:54 AM
Don Giovanni (1978) I saw this 3 times and each time it gets better thanx mainly to Raimondi's performance: his acting is on a par with any great actor you could name. I read (not being an expert) that his vocal performance is not just as good. It doesn't matter for me: this is a movie, not the recording of a theatre performance. 9\10 because I can't understand how Losey could pick up (if it was him who did) the singer playing Don Ottavio: he is a pain to watch, and, always from what I read, doesn't sing well.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on October 26, 2012, 02:18:19 AM
Hellraiser (1987) Not very impressive horror, mainly because I couldn't understand the point of it all. Why should people strive to enter the hell or whatever it is? 6\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on October 26, 2012, 02:20:14 AM
Hellbound - Hellraiser II (1988) More of the same. 5\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on October 26, 2012, 02:22:58 AM
Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992) The one I liked best, because, at least for the first part, is more based on thrilling and less on gore. 7\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on October 26, 2012, 08:40:00 PM
The Lawyer (1970) A so-so courtroom drama, enlivened by Barry Newman's performance. Harold Gould looks fake from a mile. Lots of good-looking females. The OST sucks. 7\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on October 31, 2012, 12:34:53 PM
Vanishing Point (1971) A movie which could have been on a par with Duel if it hadn't striven for meaning and concentrate instead on the action. The flashbacks are a nuisance, I would have preferred to know as little as possible about Kowalski. And the finale I always thought it was moronic. Still a 7\10.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on October 31, 2012, 12:41:54 PM
The Brig (1964) I first read the play about 30 years ago. Never had the chance to see the movie though, so only now is clear that Kubrick got inspired by this for the first part of FMJ. Still this is maybe better, dispensing with steadycam and funny sergeant. It leaves no room for breathing from start to end. Funny thing, it won first prize at the Venice festival in the "documentary" section: so it could maybe also make the "near-noir" list of CJ :D . 10\10



Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on November 08, 2012, 04:13:22 PM
Gone in 60 Seconds (1974) At first I thought jenkins (on whose recommendation I watched the movie) had taken advantage of the Colorado's new laws before they were promulgated. But then the car chase begins and let's render honour to whom gave me the heads up. 9\10

Unfortunately in 1974 there was no web, so they couldn't know about this song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PT6U57QkUe8



Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on November 27, 2012, 03:18:11 PM
Vampires (1998) Excellent movie, with lots of suspence, new angles on the legend, a good cast. Even the usual Carpenter's OST does fit. The final result depends probably on having a good novel as a starting point. 8\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on November 27, 2012, 03:22:22 PM
Ghosts of Mars (2001) Rehashing of everything you have already seen at least a dozen times plotwise. The set looks like the one you could use for a musical clip. Infacts the main villain is made to look like a memeber of the Kiss. I give it 6\10 only because Natasha Henstridge is a real looker and it's a pleasure watching her on the screen anyway.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on November 27, 2012, 03:31:35 PM
Creeepshow (1982) A little uneven but some excellent episodes, like the Leslie Nielsen's and E.G. Marshall's. 8\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on November 27, 2012, 03:33:40 PM
Creepshow 2 (1987) This gets 8\10 just for "The Raft" episode, a real masterpiece. The other 2 episodes are good ones.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on November 27, 2012, 03:37:14 PM
Halloween (1978) I saw this when released and didn't remember a thing. I like the way Carpeneter dispose of blood maimings and other effects leaving much to imagination (though maybe I'm saying this 30 years after having seen everything as to gory effects on screen). Then there's the added attraction of young JLC's presence: ugly and sexy as usual. 8\10 


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on November 27, 2012, 03:39:49 PM
Halloween II (1981) For me it is as good as the first one, of which completes the story. 8\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on November 27, 2012, 03:41:53 PM
Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) Dull episode of the saga, with nothing to do with the first two. Kind of alien invasion story, with just one good terrific episode: the test room. 4\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on December 04, 2012, 10:39:46 AM
From Hell (2001) First-rate thriller, marred by Johnny Depp's performance: he's more inept than Di Caprio at playing. Better as a football player for my team:

(http://www.sonoromanista.it/media/galeria/168/9/5/3/9/n_roma_pablo_daniel_osvaldo-3529359.jpg)


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on December 22, 2012, 10:12:51 PM
Yunost Maksima (1935) A piece of heavy-handed communist propaganda which has little to recommend itself. I don't like the actor playing the main role, always eyes wide opened. The girl, on the contrary, is easy to the eye. 5\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on December 22, 2012, 10:13:35 PM
Vozvrashcheniye Maksima (1937) More of same.


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on December 26, 2012, 04:17:54 PM
Vyborgskaya storona (1939) The final part of Maxim Trilogy is slightly more interesting than the other two because of some depiction of historical events, though in a ridiculously mendacious form. Stalin is depicted as possessing some sense of humor, though of course he wasn't there in the first place. And the movie is overlong anyway. 6\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on December 26, 2012, 04:19:31 PM
My Bloody Valentine (2009) Passable slasher flick, though a half hour too long. First movie in 3D I saw at home. 6\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on December 26, 2012, 04:23:40 PM
Les brigades du Tigre (2006) Promising in the first part, then it dilutes what is left to tell and loses momentum. But Diane Kruger is worth watching anyway. Clovis Cornillac is miscast: too small for the part. 6\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on December 26, 2012, 04:35:10 PM
Fiorina the Cow (1972) I had the dvd laying dormant on a shelf for years and I can't remember why I bought it in the first place as I am not  a fan of the "decamerotic" genre. Still I suddenly realize I had to watch it when I realized this was based on the work of Ruzante, a '500 comedy writer who people like Nobel Prize Dario Fo consider better than Shakespeare. Now, I presume people who watched this, did it because of the main reason they watched the other decamerotic flicks: boobs and buns, i.e. And sure they abound here. But, as I have never read Ruzante's original writings (they are hard to come by and are written in a dialect which is uncomprehensible nowadays) I can't tell what the screenplayer did with it. 6\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on December 29, 2012, 03:25:48 PM
Gamlet (1964) Kozintsev's version of Hamlet is probably the best cinematographic version around, though I haven't seen Olivier's since at least 30 years and I don't have any intention to see Branagh's or Gibson's. I can't say what liberties the director took with the original text and I do not particularly like the main interpreter, too old for the part. Still, though almost 2 and half hour long, this was a pleasure to see from start to end, never boring me. Thanx, for the main part, to the director and to Shostakovich musical comment (nothing you would listen to, though, without the images to go with). 8\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on December 29, 2012, 03:38:06 PM
Hamlet (1969) This looks like it was shot not in the "disused train shed" (imdb) it was realy staged in but, except for a couple of scenes, in a closet, as it is all concentrated on the actors faces. A great minus is the fact that the actor playing Hamlet looks older than his mother and his uncle. And, especially in the first scenes, his acting is too hectic: at IMDB I'm glad to note that even mother-tongue english speaking people had some difficulty to follow his speeches. Marianne Faithful looks at her best but her delivery is amateurish. Hopkins is great, though, as said, doesn't look the part, probably because of his looking younger than Hamlet. Judy Parfitt is a parfitt, good-looking queen. 6\10


Title: Re: Li'l' Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on January 03, 2013, 09:14:00 AM
Im Staub der Sterne (1976) They put a lot of money into this: sets, costumes, good looking girls (some nudes: but not many tits and buns to make this a sexploitation classi, alas) and great colours. Unfortunately the story, at 94', is at least an hour too long. 5\10


Title: Re: Li'l' Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: noodles_leone on January 03, 2013, 09:16:39 AM
lol


Title: Re: Li'l' Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on January 03, 2013, 09:19:44 AM
I promessi sposi (1941) A good version which has the great disadvantage of being overcome by the definitive version made for tv in 1967 in 8 parts. It is not so much that they had to cut a lot for presentation in theatres, but that the cast can't compare with the one set up 25 years later. Especially the Don Abbondio's part is miserable as portrayed by Falconi: even worse than Sordi's. And Cervi, great actor that he was, doesn't look the part. Only the Innominato played by Ninchi is superior to those of later versions. 7\10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: cigar joe on January 03, 2013, 03:40:48 PM
nice title change  ;D


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on January 03, 2013, 04:51:08 PM
Tarantula (1955) This movie has got two attractions: Mara Corday (a beauty of the Ava Gardner brand) and the munster. Each time the creatures gets into action the movie becomes interesting because the special effects are almost perfect. The scene of the attack to the horses is frightnening. The rest of the story is boring. 7\10 


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on January 03, 2013, 04:53:51 PM
nice title change  ;D

I capitalized on friends' suggestions.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on January 03, 2013, 04:58:30 PM
The Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954) The main interest of this lies in the fact that the monster isn't totally evil and the humans aren't totally good. Actually the "monster" (so it was dubbed in the italian title) is defending its own environment, so I presume most people roots for it. In facts they made two other movies in which it progressively becomes almost human. To not great avail, apparently. 8\10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on January 03, 2013, 05:02:53 PM
The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) I'd give this not a great rate for the first part: Matheson didn't invent anything an average pulp writer could have devised. But starting from the catfight the movie is an absolute masterpiece. The final thoughts of the hero, both when I read the novel and saw the movie, always made little sense to me. 8\10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: Groggy on January 03, 2013, 05:10:11 PM
Tarantula (1955) This movie has got two attractions: Mara Corday (a beauty of the Ava Gardner brand) and the munster. Each time the creatures gets into action the movie becomes interesting because the special effects are almost perfect. The scene of the attack to the horses is frightnening. The rest of the story is boring. 7\10 

Not to mention Clint Eastwood's award-worthy role.


Title: Re: Li'l' Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: dave jenkins on January 05, 2013, 11:33:33 AM
the definitive version made for tv in 1967 in 6 parts.
Would love to see it. But what's a poor boy in R1 supposed to do?


Title: Re: Li'l' Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on January 05, 2013, 05:27:55 PM
But what's a poor boy in R1 supposed to do?

Try to sing in a rock'n'roll band.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on January 05, 2013, 10:17:15 PM
Eolomea (1972) Passable sf movie thanx to dialogues and editing, though the story is rather poor. 6\10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on January 09, 2013, 03:57:48 PM
Hot Shots (1991) Not as good as other Abrahams' efforts (but this is without the Zuckers), it has too many dull moments to be really enjoyable, but some gags are good. 6\10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on January 14, 2013, 03:45:07 PM
The Buddy Holly Story (1978) As a biopic, it stinks: usual mild anectodes and most of the controversy left out. But it is worth seeing because as a musical performer Busey is arguably even more exciting than the Holly left to us by the few clips of him. 7\10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on January 14, 2013, 03:53:02 PM
That'll Be The Day (1973) I didn't expect it to be what it is. It is interesting in the part that describes the protagonist adventures out of home. Very good performance by Ringo and Moon (should have tried more at movies). I read at IMDB that the sequel is even better. 7\10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on January 24, 2013, 02:47:17 AM
Manolesta (1981) Probably the weakest entry in the Milian-Amendola series. Giovanna Ralli is still very attractive at a not very young age: bu she shows ponly her face and neck. obnoxious kid. 3\10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on April 01, 2013, 04:57:26 PM
Jackie Brown (1997) After PF my favourite Tarantino, though not in his style thanks, I presume, to a solid basis in a novel I haven't read yet. 8\10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on April 23, 2013, 12:28:58 PM
The Terrorists (a.k.a. Ransom) (1974) One of the rare action Connerys I had completely missed. Good thriller with lame first half but then it gains momentum and the finale comes totally unexpected. Actually I still can't understand why


SPOILER

Connery subs for the British diplomat and causes the death of the undercover agent. Anyway 7\10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on April 23, 2013, 12:35:57 PM
Checked at IMDB and they have the same doubts. even about the

SPOILER

supposedly planted bombs.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on May 28, 2013, 09:15:51 PM
La nuit du carrefour (1932) The only things I found of some interest were the use of rumours alternated to the musical score in the opening credits and the selling of newspapers marking the time. The rest is boring, badly acted (Pierre Renoir is most probably the most insignificant Maigret in history) and the plot is both uninteresting and hard to believe. 4\10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on June 10, 2013, 01:33:49 PM
L'espoir (1939) In spite of Bazin's enthusiastic review I wasn't so excited. Interesting, but some scenes are stretched for no reason I could detect. And the rhythm suffers from that. 6\10

It can be seen at youtube but with no english subtitles, available in the french dvd I watched:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACNA33I-jdk


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on June 19, 2013, 01:42:09 AM
Zardoz (1974) This is my third vision of this movie and I still think it sucks, like I thought when I saw ii in a cinema 40 years ago. Actually most of the time it is falling unashamedly into the ridiculous (though the scene where Connery dons a wedding gown had passed from my mind) when it is not simply boring, the plot being a rehashing of trivial themes of SF. The special effects are what might be worth seeing though: they are more effective of what I remembered and all the more so after 30 years of CGE's. 5\10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on June 26, 2013, 12:02:01 PM
La Fin du Monde (1931) First french talkie and a piece of crap. It seems that the original version (so I read at IMDB) ran at 180', while I saw the version running at about 100' (there's the american distributor cut which is less than a hour long: probably the best one). I doubt that the result could be much better at any of these different running lenghts. This movie is for the first part incomprehensible, kind of mystical melodrama. Then it veers toward kind of mabusesque intrigue (though the Mabuse in this case is a benign one) and then toward the catastrophic. In all these parts the result is ridiculous and boring. But I give 2\10 because the females are good-looking, especially for the times.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on June 26, 2013, 12:09:41 PM
La Jetée (1962) The best thing about this movie is the way it is narrated: by still photographs connected by a narrating voice and with a good OST. That makes the movie short and, as the story was concocted in presumably not more than a couple of hours, it saves you an hour or more of life to spend more profitably. 5\10.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on June 26, 2013, 12:12:06 PM
Forces occultes (1943)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2X4IwkJdrCE

This anti freemasons and jews propaganda movie is interesting only for the cerimony of initiation. 4\10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on June 26, 2013, 12:19:04 PM
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (1974) I read the book a couple of times, solid candidate to best spy novel ever. The miniseries is just as good, as probably everybody here knows. Anyway, though Guinness was praised by everybody as huge for his performance, I admit that Richardson impressed me even more. Though he has little screen time compared to other characters he is remarkabke both in his mimicry and his delivery. But the cast is impressive all over. 10\10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on July 01, 2013, 04:08:33 PM
All Quiet On Western Front (1930) Producers showed it to Serghei Mikhailovic imagining he would be impressed...He wasn't, as we know. And really, he couldn't be. The only scene worth mentioning is the first battle scene, the rest is usual holliwoodish fare, with the anti-militaristic stance provided by the novel (i read it long time ago). The actors are all mediocre with the exception of Louis Wohleim (a Victor Mac Laglen stand-in), not helped by the dialogues (courtesy of Sherwood Anderson). I couldn't repress a laugh when I saw Beryl Mercer playing the ill mother (a year before Public Enemy). 6\10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on July 02, 2013, 05:16:32 PM
Perfect Prey (1998) I started watching this because I saw Bruce Dern playing a cop. But his role is modest. The plot is hackneyed as can be, not an element of originality rescuing from the usual serial killer trivialities. Kelly McGillis is a JL Curtis look-alike but not as sexy. A couple of scenes though are good: the first face to face with the killer and the interview in the prison. 4\10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on July 04, 2013, 10:42:32 AM
Le Professionel (1981) Audiard-Belmondo-Morricone: you'd think they could cook something good together but, as we know, only the Maestro delivered. Actually "Chi mai"  works better without the images, on its own, because the movie sucks. Yet they had all the chances to make a good job, bu they were uncertain whether to make a comedic or a serious action movie so you never know where it's at. A pity because the women look very good (the lezzie inquisitor though it's moronic) , the car chase is fine and the finale, at last, hits the right mood. I'll try to read the novel. 5\10 


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on July 17, 2013, 12:09:14 PM
Fantomas (1932) At IMDb there are 4 generally good reviews of this one. Can't see why. It is without suspense, ridiculous when it attempts to it and constantly boring. 3\10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on July 27, 2013, 03:46:35 PM
Becky Sharp (1935) First "three tone technicolor" feature, judging from the french dvd release I watched I'd have guessed it was a colourized version of a b&w movie. Still it's a good movie for other reasons. The fast moving plot, based on a theatrical piece derived from Thackeray's novel (I read it long time ago and remebered nothing of it, though T. is probably my favourite victorian novelist) and the quite unusual (for Hollywood) basic amorality of the main character, overplayed by Miriam Hopkins  in most scenes (but she's good-looking so I forgive her). 7\10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on July 27, 2013, 03:56:32 PM
http://archive.org/details/BeckySharp1935


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on August 13, 2013, 10:12:22 AM
Hannibal Rising (2007) A run-of-the-mill sequel which adds little to what former episodes delivered better. 6\10


Title: Re: Titoli's Mini-Reviews
Post by: titoli on August 19, 2013, 11:50:41 AM
Razzia sur la Chnouf (1955) Police thriller set in drug scene of Paris. Which I don't believe was anything like that:  too many drugged people to be credible. And then all those mthods of dealing: too elaborate, probably it was more simple. There's an opium den like one could believe existed 20 years before, not in 1955. But there's also a gang bang of Lila Kedrova with a horde of black people (nothing graphic, of course)! The plot is not memorable but the movie is worth at least watching considering that Magali Noel is attractive (I presume she had nose surgery in the following years) and Bozzuffi sports some hair. 7\10

I've just read the novel (I'm on a kind of argot binge) and confirm that the movie follows closely the novel. Le Breton didn't want to risk what could have happened with his first novel (as explained by Dassin's interview on youtube I linked talking about it). 


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: drinkanddestroy on August 19, 2013, 04:49:51 PM
Hannibal Rising (2007) A run-of-the-mill sequel which adds little to what former episodes delivered better. 6\10

I didn't like this.



Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on August 21, 2013, 11:27:15 AM
The Boston Strangler (1968) Excellent thriller, making excellent use of multipanel screen. What doesn't persuade me completely is the cast. Yeah. Fonda is wasted: the role is too small for him. Curtis has been praised for it, still, I'm not 100% sure he's here as good as in Sweet Smell of Success.  His closing his eyes when murdering is too banal. Still the movie grips you from start to end. 9\10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: drinkanddestroy on August 21, 2013, 12:37:07 PM
The Boston Strangler (1968) Excellent thriller, making excellent use of multipanel screen. What doesn't persuade me completely is the cast. Yeah. Fonda is wasted: the role is too small for him. Curtis has been praised for it, still, I'm not 100% sure he's here as good as in Sweet Smell of Success.  His closing his eyes when murdering is too banal. Still the movie grips you from start to end. 9\10

I couldn't make it all the way through this.

The multipanel screen annoyed the hell out of me. Was there just for the sake of being there. Like in The Thomas Crown Affair with Steve McQueen.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on August 21, 2013, 01:13:41 PM
I couldn't make it all the way through this.

The multipanel screen annoyed the hell out of me. Was there just for the sake of being there. Like in The Thomas Crown Affair with Steve McQueen.

If I remember well, in TCA the use was more for the hell of it. Here is more creative. As explained in the dvd featurette, the director wanted to create the impression of the entire city in turmoil. Or see also the scene where a victim is ironing while in the other panel Curtis is little by little getting to her: when they finally get into contact the screen becomes one again.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on August 22, 2013, 11:38:02 AM
Sweet Smell of Success (1957) I agree with former reviewers on other boards that the finale doesn't work. They weren't able to come up with a final twist like the brilliant one they devised for the cigarette girl hustle. A pity. So it is just 9\10. Strange that cigar hasn't reviewed this one as it has nighttime NYC at the center. This should have been the template on which modelling the Mike Hammer movies.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: cigar joe on August 24, 2013, 01:43:33 PM
Sweet Smell of Success (1957) I agree with former reviewers on other boards that the finale doesn't work. They weren't able to come up with a final twist like the brilliant one they devised for the cigarette girl hustle. A pity. So it is just 9\10. Strange that cigar hasn't reviewed this one as it has nighttime NYC at the center. This should have been the template on which modelling the Mike Hammer movies.


There are quite a few that we were leaving open for other reviewers, so as not to dominate the thread.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on September 03, 2013, 11:11:06 AM
The Age of Cosimo de Medici (1972) This is Rossellini's didacticism at work. You may be interested in some of the informations he gives on that era and the great characters who peopled it but it is still doubtful whether a book on the subject couldn't do a better work than this as, cinematically, there is little another good director couldn't have done. 7\10 Unfortunately the italian double dvd doesn't include the third part of the miniseries (probably released separately).


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on September 15, 2013, 06:24:33 PM
The Conspirator (2010) A small but good courtroom drama about Mary Surratt, accused of being an accomplice of Lincoln's murderer. I could have done without the flashbacks and made it shorter, but it is worth a 7\10.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on September 15, 2013, 06:31:22 PM
Get Smart (2008) Run of the mill Hollywood reworking of the tv series without the ingredients that made it one of the best ever. So much so that the best scene is the chase. Carell is just impassible but not as charming as Don Adams, while Heywood can't hold a candle to Barbara Feldon, one of my first yens. It seems they're planning a sequel. 6\10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: Groggy on September 15, 2013, 08:32:16 PM
The Conspirator (2010) A small but good courtroom drama about Mary Surratt, accused of being an accomplice of Lincoln's murderer. I could have done without the flashbacks and made it shorter, but it is worth a 7\10.

Sounds about right.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on September 21, 2013, 03:51:38 PM
Gallipoli (1981) Another boring effort from specialist Weir (thugh Picninc in Hanging Rock probably still remains unequalled as to being an alternative to sleeping pills). 90' wasted on nothing before at last explaining what the title promised. 3\10 because the main musical electronic theme was famous, though the use of Giazotto's adagio makes you skin cringe. 


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on September 21, 2013, 03:59:08 PM
Coluche, l'histoire d'un mec (2008)  This is interesting more for italians, I presume, than the french themselves, for the analogies and the differences between the candidature to the Presidency of France in the elections of 1981 of this comedian and what is happening in Italy with the Grillo's movement. The difference lies in the web: Coluche was boycotted by the media and had no alternative. Just an informative movie. 6\10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: Groggy on September 21, 2013, 04:20:47 PM
Gallipoli (1981) Another boring effort from specialist Weir (thugh Picninc in Hanging Rock probably still remains unequalled as to being an alternative to sleeping pills). 90' wasted on nothing before at last explaining what the title promised. 3\10 because the main musical electronic theme was famous, though the use of Giazotto's adagio makes you skin cringe. 

Sounds about wrong.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on September 27, 2013, 03:32:39 PM
No Way Out (1987) I caught this on tv by chance. Actually I think I had seen it but didn't remember anything because it sucks. I can't remember either if I saw the original noir and read the novel, but I'm sure they are better than this one. Funny how this looks so older than even older movies, as it is shot with still current techniques as to photography but the  technology is still that of the previous 30 ears: no cell phones, polaroid, an explanation of what a pixel is. 2\10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on October 07, 2013, 02:54:37 PM
The Spy Who Came In From The Cold (1965) A perfect rendition of the book. Only gripe I have is that no german talk is heard, apparently all the german judges and lawyers can speak a perfect english. But Burton is equal to Guinness and earns the movie a 8\10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on October 15, 2013, 05:03:34 PM
The Sleeping Car Murders (1965) The movie's finale works better than in the novel I reviewed a couple of days ago, probably because you don't follow the plot with much attention as on the page (still one wonders how one can suicide by shooting himself in the belly with a machine gun and not a spot of blood appear on the back of his mackintosh). Even the gay slant (not brought to the fore in the novel) makes sense and adds to the logic of the story. Probably the car chase at night into the streets of Paris is the only one in the history of cinema accompanied by the rhythm of a twist. 8\10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on November 07, 2013, 07:22:43 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xajyl2BMAAA


This 2000 documentary about Janis Joplin is very interesting for some of the interviews, especially those with her sister and friends. The interviews made in her hometown comeback are impressive. 8\10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on November 14, 2013, 03:23:22 PM
House of Games (1987) I was steered toward it by finding it mentioned in one of Carofiglio's books I rewieved these days. Well-made thriller about con artists. I presume that, like me, the not so naive viewer will get hip before the main character herself (a not pretty but attractive Lindsay Crouse) realizes it, to what game is being played, but still I think the pre-finale (with good dialogue between Mantegna and Crouse) and the finale are quite original. 8\10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on November 21, 2013, 04:57:20 AM
La grande bellezza - The Great Beauty (2013) The dvd (subbed in english in case somebody here hates himself) was forced down my throat today by a colleague who, probably, aspires to discuss it with me. Which I won't. This is the kind of italian movie which makes me stay home and read or watch some old movie, an italian one possibly. It has nothing: no story, no characters (they're all bogus: the one played by Sabrina Ferilli makes me puke with her forced roman dialect which no person would adopt with that insistence), moronic dialogues. Rome and his vistas can be impressive for foreign audiences, but for people who live in it there's no reason to be  awed. This is the kind of movie which the late Luigi Magni would overtly deride as artsy-fartsy: no wonder people in Italy run in mass to watch the last Checco Zalone's lame comedy. 1\10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: dave jenkins on November 21, 2013, 06:08:41 AM
Rome and his vistas can be impressive for foreign audiences, but for people who live in it there's no reason to be  awed.
Naturally. But as someone who has never been to Rome (and is never likely to go) I was impressed.

And are you saying Toni Servillo wasn't playing you? I'm very disappointed.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on November 21, 2013, 11:39:21 AM
And are you saying Toni Servillo wasn't playing you? I'm very disappointed.

What do you mean by "playing me"?
Anyway, Servillo plays a character which Vittorio Caprioli has been playing throughout his career, 50 years before him. With the difference that the characters Caprioli played were less inconsistent and more funny than this one.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: dave jenkins on November 21, 2013, 01:56:15 PM
What do you mean by "playing me"?
Oops, I forgot about your Humor Deficit Syndrome. Never mind.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on November 21, 2013, 03:44:07 PM
Oops, I forgot about your Humor Deficit Syndrome. Never mind.

As usual, kicking the ball in the grandstand.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on December 25, 2013, 05:25:16 AM
Oberst Redl (1985) A fictive interpretation of the Archtraitor Redl's case based on a Osborne's play which, in the end, makes little sense (the Archduke was planning his own death in Sarajewo?). Still the movie is very good, especially if one doesn't know about Redl's case. It's true that, apparently, it is still dubious how facts really stood, but to make Redl simply a victim of conspiracy looks to me quite hazardous.  Visually excellent (not in the Visconti's approach, thank goodness) and with excellent players. 9\10 


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: Groggy on December 28, 2013, 11:40:45 AM
Well, the film claims to be based on Osborne's A Patriot for Me, but aside from the early duel scene there aren't any similarities. Osborne showed Redl as a conscious traitor (albeit blackmailed by the Russians), with a heavier emphasis on his homosexuality. This must be one of the loosest adaptations on record.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on December 28, 2013, 12:12:32 PM
This must be one of the loosest adaptations on record.

Agreed. And explicitly said in the introductory written note (aside from the Osborne's quite inexplicable link). Still, having read some more on the matter in the german reviews of newer studies, it seems that the homosexual side of the matter and, still more important, the decisiveness of Redl's informations to the Russians about the plans for attack on Serbia were quite doubtful. I don't know whether this is another case of wanting to refute the simpler truths for more complicated plots's sake, but the story as it was traditionally relayed (and as I read it in Dulles anthology, with the footballer hired as a burglar into the Redl's home) is unsatisfactory and with too many loopholes left.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: Groggy on December 28, 2013, 12:22:49 PM
You raise an interesting point, Titoli. The main source for Osborne's play (I don't know about the film) is Robert Asprey's The Panther's Feast. Don't know if you've read that one, but it's an "interpretive biography" - basically a novel masquerading as fact. Half of it is conversations that must be invented, unless Redl or his spymasters had stenographers transcribing their briefings (or Redl's lovers had photographic memories). Would be interesting to read the newer accounts you mention.

As for the movie, yeah, it's borderline absurd making Redl a martyr to the Austrian system. Artistically an interesting approach, but even the most sympathetic reading of Redl's actions don't go that far.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on December 28, 2013, 03:53:03 PM
In one of the reviews to this new (last year published) book

http://www.amazon.de/Oberst-Redl-Spionagefall-Skandal-Fakten/dp/3701731691/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1388269900&sr=1-1&keywords=alfred+redl

on the case it is said that new documents prove the Russians didn't know about Redl's supposed homosexuality, but that he was him who offered his services to them merely to substain his expensive lifestyle.

The fact that he offered his services makes me think about Cicero, actually a doppelagent for the British. In facts:

http://www.amazon.de/Doppelagent-h%C3%B6chsten-Befehl-Guido-Schmitz/dp/3938098988/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1388270553&sr=1-2&keywords=alfred+redl

seems by the title to confirm the view that he was "a double agent by higher command". A pity there's no review of this one, all the more amazing as it was published only last summer.
 

 


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on January 02, 2014, 07:44:21 AM
Anatomy of a Murder (1959) I don't like Stewart's performance: he constantly overacts and voice is the usual mess (better dubbed in italian). Still, reading the book, one can't help thinking his youger self was designed to impersonate the character. The movie takes inevitable liberties with the book for dramatic effectiveness's sake (for example, the Lee Remick charcter isn't that exaggerated in the book, she doesn't make a pass at Stewart, though her enhanced whorishness is effective to induce doubts about her story). 7\10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: drinkanddestroy on January 02, 2014, 09:55:08 AM
Anatomy of a Murder (1959) I don't like Stewart's performance: he constantly overacts and voice is the usual mess (better dubbed in italian). Still, reading the book, one can't help thinking his youger self was designed to impersonate the character. The movie takes inevitable liberties with the book for dramatic effectiveness's sake (for example, the Lee Remick charcter isn't that exaggerated in the book, she doesn't make a pass at Stewart, though his enhanced whorishness is effective to induce doubts about her story). 7\10

did you read the book before or after you saw the movie?

when you read a book and then compare it to a movie, you'll often be disappointed (or so do the people who read books tell me). I never read the book but IMO Anatomy of a Murder is at least a 9/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on January 02, 2014, 04:08:47 PM
did you read the book before or after you saw the movie?

I read first a hundred pages, then watched the movie, and then finished the book.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on January 09, 2014, 06:28:31 PM
Goal! (1967) The movie on WC 1966 will give you the headache as the shooting is from the worst possible angles. the filmakers had trouble procuring passes for the pitches and had to opt for a catch-as-catch-can politics. The audio was in large part concocted in the editing room. Still the movie sucks as they should have more of what was happening outside the stadiums, of which there is next to nothing. A pity, as this was the last of the old WC or the first one of the modern ones and should have earned a better treatment. Thank God it was the first one to be televised with rather modern devices and in Europe it was possible to watch the matches live. 5\10

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ro_dp4s1gAE


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on January 11, 2014, 08:34:49 PM
It Happened Here! (1965) Excellent in the"documentary" part, it fails a little in the more melodramatic ones, especially that involving the doctor and the wounded partisan (we can do without the political discussion, let the images and the actions do the explaining). 8\10.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on January 27, 2014, 12:04:06 PM
Cybèle ou Les Dimanches de Ville D'Avray (1962)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BuG29zStZBA (french audio with castellano subs)

Hailed by many as a masterpiece I have to admit that, though not my cup of tea it kept me glued to the pc screen.  Still it's not a movie I would see again.  The actors (the little girl it's incredible) are perfect, the images and the music same (Decae and Jarre). So what doesn't work? It is the fact that the Kruger character is not credible. He lost his memory in Vietnam. OK. But as he was repatriated he must have been given his generalities by somebody (and he was one of the few jet pilots, not just a grunt. BTW, that makes me wonder if the French alreadt operated with jets in Vietnam. Bah). And he must have been granted a pension (the fact that he's pennyless makes him dependent on his fiancèe, which fact is important storywise but makes it little credible psychologically). And the death is also unsatisfactory (in fact is not shown): the cops are able, in the dark and from a distance, to see him getting near the girlie with a knife while the girl sleeps. Bah. 8\10   


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on March 07, 2014, 11:47:59 AM
Richard Pryor Live on Sunset Strip (1982) and Richard Pryor Here and Now (1983).

I like Pryor, though he rarely makes me laugh during the almost three hour run time of this double dvd which, for unfathomable reasons found a local release. Interesting only to compare with local stand-up comedians: they're just as good. Or bad. 7\10   


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on March 07, 2014, 03:04:18 PM
Deux Hommes Dans La Ville (1973) A series of incredibly melodramatic scene that makes you want to turn off the vision at every plot turn. I had to force myself to get to the end hoping for some good action scene (totally absent). Delon totally miscast, while Ilaria Occhini is  prettier than I remembered her. Gabin, as usual, is class. But it is not enough. 3\10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on March 10, 2014, 04:13:08 PM
Count Yorga Vampire (1970)   Good movie with a shoestring budget, with excellent lead and good-looking gals though not bare skin is to be seen: a great minus. 6\10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on April 26, 2014, 04:43:14 PM
Maigret voit rouge (1963 )

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rFCNcnic9E&feature=kp  (english captioned)

Mediocre story interesting for actors (Gabin is playing Gabin, as usual; but good Sanipoli, Costantin, Bozzuffi). 5\10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on July 27, 2014, 04:51:06 AM
The Professional (1983) Excellent for Morricone's slapped bass score and the car chase. The rest you saw it before and better. 5\10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on July 27, 2014, 07:42:05 AM
The Burglars (1971) I saw this in the theatres and some of the scenes remained impressed in my memory, especially when Belmondo and Dyan Cannon play the sex book game. I didn't remember though the best parts of the movie which are the action ones with Belmondo performing stunning stunts on his own. Add Sharif's performance and Morricone's  good score and a 8\10 is well earned.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on July 27, 2014, 02:01:42 PM
Le Corps de Mon Ennemi (1976) At imdb two reviewers dub it as "ambitious". I agree: the plot is as uninventive as can be, the shooting tricks are wasted and  the whole is unredeemed by Belmondo's presence. Some good strip tease earn it a 5\10.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on August 29, 2014, 07:54:59 AM
Fantômas contre Scotland Yard (1967) Last entry of the threesome and weakest. That termnated the series. 3\10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on August 29, 2014, 08:00:01 AM
The Cruel Sea (1954) Very good sea warfare flick. Great performance by Hawkins, the story is gripping though in a subdued vein. 8\10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: drinkanddestroy on August 29, 2014, 08:02:26 AM
The Burglars (1971) I saw this in the theatres and some of the scenes remained impressed in my memory, especially when Belmondo and Dyan Cannon play the sex book game. I didn't remember though the best parts of the movie which are the action ones with Belmondo performing stunning stunts on his own. Add Sharif's performance and Morricone's  good score and a 8\10 is well earned.

yes this was good, partly cuz it was unintentionally funny/ridiculous. Belmonodo playing the American - specifically ordering the steak and french fries as a contrast to Sharif's European food. Belmondo with the heavy French accent, not just happens to be an American, but supposed to be a  specific contrast to the European. And some of the other shit was unintentionally funny in a ridiculous way. I do agree with the 8/10 rating.

And this obviously had  a TOTALLY different feel But the original, The Burglar, with Dan Duryea (the original was better). Also, the Duryea movie explained his relationship with Mansfield (albeit awkwardly, in a dream) it was really unclear in the Belmondo movie.

I thought it was hilarious when the girl pulls the porn mag out of Belmondo's pocket. I LEAVE YOU FOR ONE MINUTE AND YOU BECOME A CRAZED SEX .....

I don't know of many movies that can pull off being so funny (in what I think was) accidentally


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on August 29, 2014, 01:42:49 PM
Espion, lève-toi (1982) Gripping, though murky, story.  But I could watch the lead Ventura and Piccoli  no end. 7\10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on August 29, 2014, 01:49:41 PM
Any Number Can Win (Melodie en sous-sol) (1963). The finale is A+, the caper well-done, though I wondered if there wasn't an easier way to open up the door by which Gabin enters in the vault), the rest has a sumnambolic Gabin and a good Delon. 7\10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on August 29, 2014, 02:14:18 PM
The Steel Helmet (1951) It has its moments but the sequence inside the temple searching for the ambusher is hard to digest: where does he hide? And so is the boy. And some of the dialogues (especially between the north-korean prisoner and the black and the korean-american) are too programmatic. 7\10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on August 29, 2014, 02:20:18 PM
Army of Shadows (L'armée des ombres)(1969) One of the best Melville. The only gripe I have is the moronic choice by Cassel to denounce himself to help his ex airforce pal to escape or even die.  A mystery how he can be sure he will be put in the same cell. 8\10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on August 29, 2014, 02:25:09 PM
Bob le flambeur (1956) Didn't like it as much when I saw it on tv dubbed many eons ago. A great noir, with a great performance by Corey, for once depicting a empty-headed girl as such. 9\10 


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on August 29, 2014, 02:27:50 PM
Léon Morin, prétre (1961) Recommended to insomniacs.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on November 26, 2014, 01:15:20 AM
Witness for the Prosecution (1957) I first saw it in a theatre in the mid sixties. Again on tv in the '80's. This third time of course in english and if I remember well probably the dubbing enhamces Laughton's performance. which I don't find so impressive as many do: I don't especially like his delivery, sometime he mumbles his lines. I like Power much better, if you ask me. Dietrich is too old I think, and little attractive. Or maybe is the role that is too moronic, as the whole plot: one wonders what a nurse is doing near a heart disease suffering patient, allowing him to smoke cigars and drink brandy.. But Dietrich's german scene with Power is remarkable. The forte of the movie are the dialogues, which make the whole movie appealing.  8/10 


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on November 29, 2014, 04:06:34 AM
All About Eve (1950) What I didn't like about it? I could be crucified for it bu it was the main duo Davis- Baxter. Especially Baxter: she's not attractive, she only has a register when playing the innocent girl (plainly showing her hand, especially to people who ought to be able to tell a good actress) or playing the bitch or just simply being interviewed (see the extra on the second disk): same way of telling the lines and pauses, same way to hang her head to acquire rhythm, bah. There should have been a role switching with Barbara Bates. And then, is it credible that the REAL Bette Davis wouldn't have got ridden of her in a second? Why should she be suffering her presence? About Davis, well, she's impeccable but there are few moments which go beynd the already seen (the scene with Merrill in the theatre especially). And I have to suffer her wrinkled face for the whole movie. So when Monroe and Bates enter the screen, well, I felt a sense of relief. I don't think that Colbert would have made a worse job out of it. And Swanson deserved that Oscar more than her (though they stole votes reciprocically favouring Holliday, my god). And Sunset Boulevard is the better movie 8/10       


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on December 06, 2014, 07:53:18 AM
Good Morning, Night (2003) I always thought tha Bellocchio's career might well have ended after his first 2 and 1\2 movies. This one confirms my pov. His approach to the Moro case is dubious: on one hand he centres his attention on the female character, on the other he can't help coming to grip with History. so it all ends up not being clear on both counts: We may know a little background of the girl, but nothing about what pushed her towards terrorism: having had a father in the Resistance is too weak a reason. On the other hand, I personally apprehended nothing new about the case (and there was  and still is very much to know).  So, though Bellocchio knows where to put a camera, it helps little for making his film a good one. Only the imaginary scenes with Moro (a great Herlitzka: cannot compare him to Volontè's performance in the same role, yet) walking free the streets of southern part of Rome really made an impression. 6\10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on January 10, 2015, 06:18:12 PM
Le trou (1960) Best prison movie ever. What did stick into my mind since the first time I saw it in the early '70's are Roland's precise gestures or the examination of the packet sent to the prisoners, and the final two words. Of course there is more to it, f.e. the perfect acting by all the interpreters, the one playing Roland being one of the real convicts who tried the escape.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on February 16, 2015, 04:03:51 PM
Unknown (2011) A mixture of Frantic and Regarding Henry, which keeps you involved for 2/3 of the story but then, as it usually happens, makes you push ff. And one's left with lots of unanswered questions. which shouldn't be the case with a thriller. 7\!0


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: drinkanddestroy on February 16, 2015, 06:25:25 PM
Le trou (1960) Best prison movie ever. What did stick into my mind since the first time I saw it in the early '70's are Roland's precise gestures or the examination of the packet sent to the prisoners, and the final two words. Of course there is more to it, f.e. the perfect acting by all the interpreters, the one playing Roland being one of the real convicts who tried the escape.

at the end

SPOILER ALERT

you're upset that the plot fails ... and then it hits you – wait a minute, that's a good thing, these guys are criminals!


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on February 17, 2015, 01:20:09 AM
No, it hits you they're betrayed after they trusted so much the newcomer.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on February 17, 2015, 02:03:00 AM
Get Smart (the 1995 series). 7 episodes about 20' each. the first 3 are on a level with those of the '60's, the rest are fillers. Elaine Hendrix is very pretty, but young Barbara Feldon is unapproachable (she's now 85, can't believe it).   


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on February 24, 2015, 02:12:00 PM
New York, New York (1978) Watching it again after 3 decades couldn't help but thinking that Tarantino took much of his style from De Niro's dialogue scenes. Some of these are masterful (the first dialogues between him and Minnelli) and make me give the movie a 8/10 , though maybe the film is too uneven. Watching the cut scenes in the extras I wonder if the 3 and1\2 hour version was much better.  Minnelli, I have to admit it, is perfect here except when she sings, with her melodramatic style modeled on her mum's.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on March 13, 2015, 11:25:54 PM
Parola di ladro (1957) Rather flimsy Arséne Lupin-like story which strangely found somebody to finance it. Yes, the Becker movie on the famous thief was produced about the same years and then there was Big Deal on Madonna Street. But these were another class of movies. Why Marotta (my all-time favourite cinema critic) found it good is beyond me, though I checked it out because of his favourable opinion.  Anyway the reason I mention it it is because I was amazed by a scene which I presume today couldn't pass a censorship board. Or maybe just couldn't be shot. The intended victim, a jeweller, is friendly with a gang of children, all aged between 8-10 years and to maintain their friendship (they actually will help him to neutralize the thief's intended robbery) he gives them cigarettes for presents, which they of course are shown smoking.   


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Post by: titoli on April 04, 2015, 04:18:50 PM
The Sea Beast (1926)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uv2Fji7njow

Call me Barrymore.


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Post by: titoli on April 21, 2015, 04:19:49 PM
Cleopatra (1963) For years this movie lingered on my mind for a single shot: the one where Taylor lies on a massage table, showing a naked half buttock. And that I had to walk along the aisle of the theatre because my backside was aching after two hours (same happened with Lord Jim).  After more than 50 years, alas, can't say that I was so enthusiastic about the actress whose alcoholic sprees were taking the better of her who is not here as ravishing as 10 years before. And then her gander voice: awful. Still I must admit that her silent scene where she takes a fake revenge against Antony is well played. But of course it's the  male actors who are the forte of the movie. Harrison, McDowall and Landau are great and Burton, after having sleepwalked through the picture for half of his allotted time, after the masterful Actium battle is up to the other three.
The sets are incredible: each one of them is a feast for the eye (the entrance of Cleopatra in Rome, of course, is masterful) so one wonders what doesn't work with the movie and why it was a flop. Of course, the answer lies mainly in the 2 hour cut ordered by Zanuck which went against the director's plan to distribute the movie in two parts of 3 hours each instead of the one we have of 4 hours. But I think that another, more important reason lies in the fact that most of the dialogues require a degree of attention higher than the one the kolossal viewer is willing to concede, leaning more, as they do, on the side of Shakespeare than the one of Margaret Mitchell. Still the movie earns a good 8\10 which, in the case that the missing two hours will come up, could be raised higher.        


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Post by: titoli on May 02, 2015, 12:55:13 PM
California Split (1974) With Mash, Nashville and McCabe my favourite Altman. A pity I saw it again, for the third time, dubbed, but at least this tv recording doesn't have the re-editing of the u.s. dvd. 8/10 only because of the dub.


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Post by: titoli on May 04, 2015, 03:19:43 PM
Gosford Park (2001) Good representation of the high class of british society in the '30s. I could have done without the mystery part, though. 7\10


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Post by: Groggy on May 04, 2015, 08:54:15 PM
I remember being bored stiff despite liking all the actors.


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Post by: titoli on May 05, 2015, 01:33:25 AM
I remember being bored stiff despite liking all the actors.
I've read your review: you were. But what I liked was the picture of the higher social echelon, especially in their relationship with their servants, starting from the treatment of Maggie Smith's servant under the rain. Of course, this is not a great Altman. But it is a good movie, which probably I could have appreciate even more had I watched it undubbed. 


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Post by: titoli on May 16, 2015, 02:35:46 AM
Dracula (1931) I saw it in the early '80's and couldn't understand the enthusiasm about it: still can't, after having been nurtured on the Hammer versions.  I'm not sure it makes a top ten Dracula movies. Most people say the spanish twin version is superior. 6/10

Dràcula  (1931) One of the worst acted movies I ever saw, all actors ranging from mediocre to incompetent. But, yes, some scenes are better set than the twin english speaking version, but then, it makes little difference. 6/10


Dracula's Daughter (1936) This could have been a good one had not the code been in use. The bony faced female vampire was the perfect lez vampire but little could be made of it. A pity. 7/10

Son of Dracula (1943) I couldn't help laughing when Dracula and his wife to be go to a justice of peace to celebrate a marriage. The starting  idea, though, was interesting: to be vampirized to acquire eternal life and then gettting rid of bridegroom Dracula anf getting back to former fiancé. 5/10

House of Dracula (1945) Main Universal monsters unite for this one, though I can't understand what the Creature is doing there. I liked Carradine's transformations from bat and his top hat. 6/10   


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Post by: titoli on May 20, 2015, 03:49:27 PM
The Vampire (1957) Mexican variation on the horror theme. For the first time longer canines (the trick was copied from Hammer a year later). The story proceeds quite fast, the locales are different from usual. It's 7\10.

El ataúd del Vampiro (1958) Follow-up to the former, but with no originality. 5\10


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Post by: titoli on May 20, 2015, 03:54:13 PM
The Vampire and the Ballerina (1960) Polselli is the italian answer to Ed Wood. One really wonders if there's anybody who can take him seriously. Well, apparently there is. I give it 3\10 because some of the "actresses" convince me that the foreign versions might be worth finding.


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Post by: Dust Devil on May 21, 2015, 09:25:24 AM
Titoli's ''garlic week''. O0


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on May 22, 2015, 02:47:15 AM
La momia azteca (Attack of the Aztec Mummy) (1957)

La maldición de la momia azteca (The Curse of the Aztec Mummy) (1957)

La momia azteca contra el robot humano (The Robot and the Aztec Mummy) (1958)

Probably the worst trilogy ever made. People who dubbed Ed Wood as the worst director ever didn't surely watch this stuff. 0/10


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Post by: titoli on May 22, 2015, 05:14:33 PM
Frankenstein (1931) 7/10

The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) 8/10 (but can't help laughing thinking about Brooks rendering of the hermit's scene)

Son of Frankenstein (1939) 7/10 Lugosi's Ygor and Atwill's incredible policeman are the real stars.

The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942) Lugosi again omly reason to watch it. 6/10

House of Frankenstein (1944) Carradine as Dracula is the best thing here (6/10)


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Post by: titoli on May 25, 2015, 04:54:22 AM
King Kong (1933) It takes a long while to start, i.e. with the ape's entrance. Didn't remember the ape was so mean,  with trampling people under its foot or throwing (or rather discarding) a woman away from the skyscraper after having seen is not its prey. 8/10 


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Post by: titoli on May 28, 2015, 03:58:16 PM
The Amazing Howard Hughes (1977) Much better than The Aviator, a good biopic made for tv, available in a longer version than the one I watched on dvd, at youtube (but it seems that the movie was actually even longer in his initial version. In fact some of the episodes, like the story with Hepburn, seem to be cut). A great TLJ, no comparison with mediocre LDC. 8/10     


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Post by: titoli on May 29, 2015, 04:58:37 PM
Bonnie and Clyde (1967) I liked it better this time, probably because of the original audio and the big screen. But Beatty just can't play, there's not a single scene where he adopts the right expression. And even Hackman is not brilliant (though he picked up a nomination for this). Pollard is surely better. Why Dunaway didn't get an Oscar, though, is a mystery. And that was awarded to Hepburn makes me puke 8/10 


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Post by: titoli on June 10, 2015, 08:39:21 PM
Family Plot (1976) I know I'm alone here, but to me this one and Frenzy are major Hitchcock. Not as good as his 4-5 masterpieces but in his Top Ten. I saw this one for the first time undubbed after having watched it at the time of release and maybe again in theatre and tv. It gets better and better. The car chase (not a chase, actually) is masterful. Only problem I have is with the final escape of Harris: a bit too easy. I'll check the novel. 8\10   


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Post by: titoli on June 10, 2015, 09:55:12 PM
Flash Gordon: the Buster Crabbe's serials. The epitome of camp, the first two, in spite of some excedingly naive episode and fattening (especially in the interminable second part) are fine. The third is weak and unredeemed and can be usefully substituted by the soft-core (alas, once hard-core) 70's parody Flesh Gordon. 8\10


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Post by: titoli on June 10, 2015, 10:05:32 PM
Flash Gordon: the Steve Holland tv series. Over here, strangely, a dvd was released with 3 out of 31 tv episodes co-produced  by USA and Germany in the early 50's. They are unreedemable: worst series ever made or a good candidate for first place. 1\10


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Post by: titoli on June 15, 2015, 04:58:33 AM
Predator 2 (1990) A very good sequel, not as good as the original of course. 8/10


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Post by: titoli on June 19, 2015, 03:27:48 PM
The Anderson Tapes (1971) This was the first non-Bond Connery movie I saw. Saw it again on tv and missed completely "introducing Christopher Walken": so it must have been before The Deerhunter.  What I don't like about these caper-burglary-heist-gone-wrong movies is the fact that so meticulous criminal planners let themselves be fucked up by so stupid decisions or circumstances, as Connery does when he lets a particularly smart boy remain alone in his room: he should have known better. Anyway, 7\10.


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Post by: titoli on June 19, 2015, 05:08:42 PM
I like the Wolfman even less than Frankenstein's creature except in the Abbott and Costello's spoof. But anyway I bought the Universal box set and here it is:

Werewolf of London (1935) Little known but deserving entry as it is very different from the Chaney's formula. 6\10

The Wolf Man (1941) A good one.7\10

Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943) A good start (that's always when Chaney has still to transform), but the rest is you've seen it all. 5\10

She-Wolf of London (1946) A thriller, not a horror movie. 6\10


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Post by: titoli on June 24, 2015, 06:30:48 AM
My Favorite Brunette (1947) A good spoof of PI movies. Hope is in top form and some of his lines are very funny. 7/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on June 24, 2015, 06:37:05 AM
The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (1947) Not a great Preston Sturges or Harold Lloyd product, it earns a 6/10 only because of the lion scenes.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on July 01, 2015, 09:11:02 AM
Red Ball Express (1952) A collection of all the platitudes in a Hollywood war movie one has seen  before. Why some people consider it a classic is beyond me. 2/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on July 03, 2015, 04:10:33 PM
The Da Vinci Code (2008) Strangely, it doesn't have a fast pace as the novel, though it is almost a visual transcription of it. And I don't like both Hanks and Tattoo. 7\10


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Post by: titoli on July 04, 2015, 03:16:35 PM
Angels and Demons (2009) I liked it better than the first one, maybe because of the roman landscape. And in spite of some poetic licenses, like having foreign actors speaking ungrammatical italian with dire accents; carabinieri portrayed like they can speak english and have thoughts of their own; cars sprinting in downtown Rome like there were no traffic (and in the early evening at that). But the fire church scene is strong and well paced. Hanks looks better than in the first episode, Zimmer's OST mediocre as usual. 8\10 


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Post by: titoli on July 11, 2015, 12:57:48 PM
The Bride Came C.O.D. (1941) One of the best american comedies ever, though Davis and Cagney are too old for their part. 8/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on July 14, 2015, 12:12:15 AM
California Suite (1978) The Matthau-May episode is funny, the Cosby- Pryor could have been better, the other two are forgettable melodramas.6/10


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Post by: titoli on July 14, 2015, 03:26:08 PM
The Outfit (1973) I read the novel a couple of times, but I'm not sure I had seen the movie. I probably did. A good one, though not exceptional because The Outfit itself doesn't look so powerful. That the last of the independents can win so easily make the organization look like a bunch of nincompoops. Anita O'Day's only feature?  7/10


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Post by: titoli on July 20, 2015, 01:55:50 PM
Is Paris Burning? (1966) Stilted dialogues, hollywooden vignettes, and too long anyway. Couldn't spot Gabin, Ventura and Bardot: the other ones were all there. I give it 4/10 only because of the guerrilla fight scenes and the final sequence of the bells and the parade.


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Post by: titoli on August 04, 2015, 03:29:05 PM
Queen Christina (1933) Garbo can't play (she always does the wrong thing with her arms and her delivery is risible, with the wrong accents and a husky voice) but her face, with that strange assembly of curves and angles owns the screen, no matter how the story or the character may give the impression of being false. And the scene in the inn is really memorable. 


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Post by: titoli on August 05, 2015, 04:33:32 PM
Ninotchka (1939) A minor Lubitsch. Good until Garbo laughs, then it goes downhill, very hard to concile comedy with politics. But Garbo is a pleasure to see, especially in uniform. 6\10


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Post by: titoli on August 06, 2015, 03:49:29 PM
Mata Hari (1931) A medioicre melodrama. Only scene worth scene is the one where Garbo makes Novarro "lose his religion". A pity though that the currently available dvd version is not the pre-code one a later cut one. Garbo is unfortunately overdressed.

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8EkNwoheI8U/VATQE_Fh-VI/AAAAAAAAIjE/6hqTKoDJf00/s1600/mh1.jpg)


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Post by: titoli on August 07, 2015, 11:52:23 AM
Dishonored (1931) Dietrichìs answer to the above. Of course Sternberg makes this rather silly plot interesting with many devices (music first). MacLaglen, though always wearing a silly grin, is tolerable. A pity the dvd quality is scarce. 8\10


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Post by: titoli on August 08, 2015, 12:51:00 PM
Blonde Venus (1932) The only reason to save this cheap melodrama is the cabaret performances of Dietrich. Stunning is the first one, where she strips from a Gorilla suit. 6\10


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Post by: titoli on August 25, 2015, 02:12:42 PM
The Devil Is a Woman (1935) Dietrich rules this, she's absolutely perfect in her role, how she wasn't awarded an Oscar is incredible. The finale is quite to be expected, but like many Sternberg's movies you just watch every scene (at least I did) open-mouthed. 8/10


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Post by: titoli on August 25, 2015, 02:26:33 PM
The Scarlet Empress (1934) Probably Sternberg's masterpiece and one of the Hollywood's great ones. It is perfect until the very last scenes, when Catherine escapes from the palace. From then on the production decided to do things cheaply, I guess, and brought the movie to a too fast conclusion. Still it gets 9\10. Dietrich delivers another Oscar-worth performance, totally ignored by the buffoons who awarded the prize and did ignore completely the movie.  But Jaffe and Dresser are maybe even more impressive in quite difficult roles. I wonder what Stroheim thought about this movie.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: drinkanddestroy on August 25, 2015, 03:42:08 PM
Have you been watching TCM? I know they recently had a Dietrich day on Summer Under the Stars, though I didn't have a chance to watch any of the movies.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on August 26, 2015, 04:54:41 AM
No. I have bought this:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/713mo8V0dGL._SY679_.jpg)


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on August 26, 2015, 08:22:14 AM
A Foreign Affair (1948) Not as good as it would have been some years later, when Wilder perfected his kind of cynical comedy. Here the Hollywood clichés are given undue space, especially in the finale. Still watchable for the Dietrich songs and a handful of good lines. 7/10


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Post by: titoli on September 01, 2015, 03:32:51 AM
The Bone Collector (1999) Run-of-the Mill thriller, not as good as the novel. Washington is at his usual good, Jolie can't play and doesn't show skin. 7/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on September 01, 2015, 01:59:11 PM
Morocco (1930) High-Class melodrama, with three perfect leads. The last shot is unforgettable (in fact it was the only thing I remembered of the movie I saw decades ago). 8/10


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Post by: titoli on September 02, 2015, 05:55:04 PM
Anna Christie (1930) A veritable piece of crap. But Garbo makes it watchable (once) not for her playing (extremely ridiculous in the confession scene) but her looks, of course. 6/10


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Post by: titoli on September 04, 2015, 09:15:52 AM
Twilight Zone: Rod Serling's Lost Classics (1994)

It includes 3 episodes: the pilot:

The Time Element

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9tnEo-v7kU

Good, well played.

The Theatre

Run-of-the-mill.

 Where the Dead Are
Too long and quite unoriginal.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on September 06, 2015, 04:01:14 PM
Camille (1936) I don't like Garbo's hair-do, with all those curls, they detract from her beauty and makes them look older. Cukor's direction is as usual impeccable, with some touch of creative art like in the the scene where Daniels plays the piano while listening to Garbo's lies. But the story is still for the romantic female audience. Not for me, though Verdi managed to create a masterpiece out of it. 7/10

In the dvd it is also included the 1921 version featuring Rodolfo Valentino. A festival of overplaying especially by the star Nazimova which constantly spills into the ridiculous. And sets are really poor compared to those of the later version.


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Post by: titoli on September 06, 2015, 04:04:37 PM
Anna Karenina (1935) The Selznick touch it is evident in some of the lavish scenes, but I think that March is miscast: he can't be that glamorous as Taylor will be in Camille, though he's extraordinary as Rathbone and Garbo (I don't like her hair-do though it is better  than in Camille). 7/10


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Post by: titoli on September 08, 2015, 01:34:11 PM
The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939) A great love story movie and a formidable performance by Davis. And Flynn. The battle scenes though are poor: you take a theatrical text and put it on the screen to what end if not to spectacularize it? 8/10


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Post by: titoli on September 08, 2015, 01:36:24 PM
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) One of the great Tecnicolor movies, a feast for the eye. Unfortunately the dialogues are brilliant only in the first scene between Flynn and Rains. 7/10


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Post by: titoli on September 09, 2015, 10:17:02 AM
The Sea Wolf (1940) Only the initial sea battle is worth watching. The rest you have already seen it before. 5/10


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Post by: titoli on September 09, 2015, 05:51:16 PM
Man Bites Dog (1992) The idea was good but was developed the wrong direction. Instead of concentrating on the "reasonings" of the killer, they should have shown more killings and the various murdering techniques, while keeping the interesting turn of the increasing involvement of the crew in the homicidal feats. 6/10


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Post by: titoli on September 10, 2015, 01:30:02 AM
Tales of Terror (1962) The Black Cat is the best of the three episodes, thanks to Lorre: the wine tasting competition is a classic with  Price hamming it shamefacedly. 8/10


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Post by: titoli on September 11, 2015, 07:18:57 PM
The Last Voyage (1960) Not just a good disaster movie but a great thriller: it grips from the very first minute and doesn't let you go. 10\10


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Post by: titoli on September 11, 2015, 07:22:49 PM
Where the Truth Lies (2005) Usual mystery with usual plot twist (the last one is easily predictable) and usual OST, but this one has a lot of flesh of beautiful girls on display so it does earn a 7/10.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on September 12, 2015, 12:01:54 PM
Lady for a Night (1942) Lukewarm melodrama-comedy where the only good things are a couple of musical numbers. 5/10


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Post by: titoli on September 13, 2015, 09:58:40 AM
Lady from Louisiana (1941) The only interesting feature of this crime-melodrama is the story about the lottery racket and the flooding of N.O. decades before Kathrina. And the performance by Henry stephenson. But it gets no more than 5/10


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Post by: titoli on September 13, 2015, 01:49:12 PM
Pittsburgh (1942) Though he comes third in the credits, Wayne is the protagonist and it is strange watching him playing for once a heel type, though at last redeemed. Dietrich looks still beautiful, but does little more. Scott wins probably the only fist fight Wayne ever lost on the screen. 6/10


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Post by: titoli on September 15, 2015, 01:58:39 AM
Three Faces West (1940) Cheap propaganda stuff. 3/10


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Post by: titoli on September 15, 2015, 03:29:37 AM
The Shepherd of the Hills (1940) Had it been for the title alone I'd never watched it: what would you expect from it? But then Hathaway cannot be disregarded and so I gave it a try. I think for the first hour is a very good film, well managed plot-wise, but the last half hour, with all those miracles intended to make you weep makes the valuation go down a tack. Still the performances of Carey (the real protagonist of the movie, though Wayne is credited first), Betty Field (not ugly only because still young) and Wayne (this character reminded me of Nathan) and the rest of the cast; the landscapes exceptionally photographed in Technicolor; and some of the dialogues in that stream of consciousness style dave jenkins appreciates so much make me give it a 7\10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on September 15, 2015, 11:10:14 AM
Jet Pilot (1957) Von Sternberg (!) and Howard Hughes combined their forces to give us a veritable piece of crap. 3/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on September 16, 2015, 02:06:56 AM
Hellfighters (1968) Better than the Green Berets, though Hutton never convinced me he could play. The action scenes are well made and enliven a too long movie. 6/10


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Post by: titoli on September 16, 2015, 09:09:46 AM
Wake of the Red Witch (1948) Uneven flick, which has a great start, a good middle part and then the usual melodrama stuff and an unexpected pre-finale which doesn't fit with what precedes but it is inevitable for the finale. The male leads are all good, Adele Mara looks much better than Gail Russel. 7/10


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Post by: dave jenkins on September 16, 2015, 01:16:25 PM
The Shepherd of the Hills (1940) . . . the landscapes exceptionally photographed in Technicolor; and some of the dialogues in that stream of consciousness style dave jenkins appreciates so much make me give it a 7\10
Fair enough.


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Post by: titoli on September 17, 2015, 02:00:47 AM
Reap the Wild Wind (1942) Good CBDM adventure movie, with some miscasting (Goddard, older than the part and continuously overacting; and at least for the first part, even Milland) but good narrative pace. 7/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on September 20, 2015, 12:19:21 PM
The Inner Circle (1991) Everybody  at IMDB praises Hulce's performance while for me it's the main mistake of the movie: he plays the part of the projectionist like it was Amadeus. I also don't like the melodramatic parts of the plot, much more interesting the reconstruction of the "inner circle" and the dialogues between Stalin and the others. The finale partly redeems the melodrama. 7/10   


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on September 21, 2015, 07:42:03 AM
The Conqueror (1956) I resisted more than 30 years, but today found the guts to watch it. Any comment is useless. Maybe soon I'll find the right mood to watch Sound of Music.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on September 22, 2015, 09:37:28 AM
Seven Sinners (1940) I gave it another try after 30 years but I still can't find anything worth salvaging except Dietrich giving a great rendition of "I Can't Give You Anything But Love". 4/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on September 27, 2015, 12:42:12 PM
The Snake Pit (1948) I thought this was a noir or suspense movie instead is a ridiculous melodrama which starts well (you suspect there's some kind of conspiration going on) but gets worse and worse with two-cents psychiatrich explanantions. The only good thing is Betsy Blair (i didn't remember her as pretty in her other movies). 5/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on October 05, 2015, 10:14:57 AM
The Fighting Seabees (1944) Piece of crappy war propaganda cum melodrama. Lots of stage shooting and back projectiions. Worth seeing for Wayne's dancing. 4/10


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Post by: titoli on October 05, 2015, 06:03:05 PM
Flying Tigers (1942) This is amazing in some respect. First of all, I can't remember a b&w movie or even a color movie until well into the 60's where so much use of fake blood is made.  The special effects are remarkable (the airplane flying into the canyon comes first). Unfortunately there's also the usual dose (not much, thank God) of melodrama you could have done without, but it's a good propaganda movie. 7/10

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDXnUMjmnHY


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on October 06, 2015, 01:59:28 PM
Tycoon (1947) Not bad romance-adventure flick in gorgeous technicolor with a  great Hardwicke. Watchable once. 6/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on October 07, 2015, 08:28:04 AM
The Phantom of the Opera (1943) I never liked the story, probably because the first version I saw was the boring De Palma one. Then I saw Chaney's: better but not impressed (but now that I saw some bits of the technicolor sequences I might change my assessment) and now this one, absolutely the best one, though it could have been much better and more horror-centered (even the disfigurement is ridiculous: I saw worse than what Rains displays). Anyway the Oscars it took are well earned, for once. 7/10 


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on October 07, 2015, 08:30:28 AM
The Invisible Man (1932) Were it not for some awkward scenes this would take 9/10. But thanx to narrative rhythm and special effects and the fact that Rains is seen omly at the end it gets 8/10.


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Post by: titoli on October 11, 2015, 08:07:23 AM
The Adventures of Busty Brown (1967) I thought it was another Aroused-style sexploitation, but unfortunately it was not. The current available version doesn't help, sure, as it is filled with cuts, so I can give it only 4/10 for the tits, what's left of them. :-X


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on October 11, 2015, 07:44:32 PM
Double Agent 73 (1974) The problem with the two Chesty Morgan-Doris Wishman flicks is that they veer more on nudies (Wishman made some) than onsexploitation. So, as the stories are worth a spit, they result extremely boring. 4/10

Deadly Weapons (1974) Casting of Harry Reems makes one assume that hc scenes (or at least one) were shot and then cut. Not that they would have saved the enterprise, as boring as the other. Curiously, the guitar solo theme from OUTW was more or less plagiarized. 4/10


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Post by: titoli on October 13, 2015, 05:39:18 PM
Rhythm on the Range (1936) It starts well but then it bores. One good song (the first one) anf Frances Farmer beautiful. Martha Rye tries her best but it still bores. 5/10


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Post by: titoli on October 14, 2015, 12:17:20 AM
Rhythm on the River (1940) An early Wilder screenplay, with some typical touches (the cucumber cream joke). Levant and Rathbone spicy up the not completely usual story about ghostwriting. A scene with the best musical number has a band doing a jam in a hock shop to redeem their instruments: does it ring a bell?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_9xNnJzmws


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on October 29, 2015, 07:46:10 PM
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1949) I remembered well: little comedy, no remarkable song, Bendix miscast and unfunny as can be. Hope the original novel is better. 5/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on October 29, 2015, 07:51:26 PM
The Emperor Waltz (1948) I had always missed this early Wilder, with reason. Little irony on old Hapsburg monarchy, though early scenes might have been promising. The story is moronic but unredeemed by comedy. It seems that fault lies with production not with Wilder. The songs are forgotten while heard. The scene between Crosby and the King though is good. 6/10


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Post by: titoli on October 29, 2015, 07:56:19 PM
Holiday Inn (1942) Thank God you have here lots of musical  numbers and those featuring Astaire are all good. It can't be an excellent musical, on the level of Astaire's best, because the females leads are not pretty (Rogers and Hayworth were too expensive for the production) and Abel can't compare to Horton. 7/10


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Post by: titoli on October 31, 2015, 04:17:19 PM
Going My Way (1944) The movie sucks but allowed me to understand the song "Swinging on a Star", though I still can't understand why many famous singers dirtied themselves with it. Crosby got an Oscar for his performance: and the movie won too, and Fitzgerald and the song as well. That year Double Indemnity  got nothing. Usual shame on the Academy. 4/10


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Post by: titoli on November 01, 2015, 05:30:03 AM
The Bells of St. Mary (1945) This manages easily to be worst than the former, heaping icessantly all the worst ingredients of cheap melodrama, not saved by the few vocals of Crosby, good as they are in spite of poor material. And Bergman is no Fitzgerald. But I was stricken by a scene where you can see an earlier use, preceding that of Best Years of Our Life of the so called "depth of field": evidently Bazin missed this schlocky movie and can't blame him for it. 3/10 


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on November 03, 2015, 06:17:12 AM
Birth of the Blues (1941) Great music, though Mary Martin (here more appetizing than in Rhythm on the River ) doesn't fit and story doesn't keep the pace of the first part. 7/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on November 03, 2015, 06:20:44 AM
Blue Skies (1946) The four Astaire numbers vary from good to memorable and so this earns the movie 8/10, even if you can do wityhout the rest of the movie.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on November 10, 2015, 09:06:25 AM
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) Musically sucks. As a horror story it has some points but in the end it sucks too. 4/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on November 11, 2015, 09:13:59 PM
After the Thin Man (1936) This could have been tolerable at 60' but at 100' is boring as hell. 5/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on November 13, 2015, 12:09:33 PM
Second Chorus (1940) Not the best Astaire movie, with Burgess Meredith plainly miscast, but then you have also Artie Shaw and the music numbers are still good. 7/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: drinkanddestroy on November 13, 2015, 12:52:36 PM
After the Thin Man (1936) This could have been tolerable at 60' but at 100' is boring as hell. 5/10

If hell turns out to be a 5/10,  my afterlife won't be near as bad as I thought

I've envisioned hell as a constant loop of Patrick Wayne and Earl Holliman clips. And a sex scene with Jane Darwell.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on November 13, 2015, 06:18:40 PM
If hell turns out to be a 5/10,  my afterlife won't be near as bad as I thought

I've envisioned hell as a constant loop of Patrick Wayne and Earl Holliman clips. And a sex scene with Jane Darwell.

The problem is you believe in afterlife.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on November 15, 2015, 03:19:10 PM
Another Thin Man (1939) Much better than the previous one, with a very good scene in the night club. 7/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on November 16, 2015, 12:46:14 PM
Shadow of the Thin Man (1941) Not as good as number 3 but better than number 2. 6/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on November 17, 2015, 01:15:44 AM
The Thin Man Goes Home (1944) As good as the previous one. 6/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on November 17, 2015, 03:37:03 AM
Song of the Thin Man (1947) Another 6/10. This one has some interesting features: a young Keenan Wynn (he looks  like a young Eli Wallach) ; a Gloria Grahame in blonde (though to me it makes little difference, as I don't particularly like her as CJ does); and a lot of jive.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on November 18, 2015, 10:41:48 AM
What Price Hollywood? (1932)  Good pre-code melodrama worth a watching. The scenes featuring Lowell Sherman are first grade and the movie looks quite modern for the time, actually more than some current hollywood stuff. 7/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on November 19, 2015, 11:53:19 AM
Sylvia Scarlett (1935) A festival of gay overtext by a gay director which, though totally incredible and uneven it is well played, as usual by Grant and Dennie Moore  ( Hepburn is not surprisingly more feminine in male drag).   Edmund Gwenn is incredibly a Harvey Keitel clone. 7/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on November 24, 2015, 06:11:20 AM
Don't Look Now (1974) Clelia Matania as a Scotch woman?  Ahah, I had missed that the first time. Still this movie fared better than the first time, but it is still too long, the short story is more well balanced. 7/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on November 27, 2015, 04:56:45 PM
The Karloff "Mr. Wong" Series. The fact that it was discontinued after just 6 episodes (but only 5 with K.) tells it all. The problem is that the main character has none of those peculiar traits or habits that endear a  character to the viewer. Wong is just Karloff disguised as a Chinese, that's all. The production values are scarce, the stories overlong. Most memorable line:"My name is Wong. James Lee Wong": 6/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on November 29, 2015, 03:39:07 PM
The Caddy (1953) Watching this movie one realizes why many critics thought Lewis the heart and mind of the duo and Martin just a singing, good-looking straight man. But watching the best number of the film (which is not That's amore but What Wouldcha Do Without Me?) one understands  why this couple was the best comic duo of the 50's. The problem is that the movies (with the possible exception of Artists and Models), were geared on Lewis, relegating Martin to a secondary part. But that it is not what happened in the  live and TV shows, where the couple was such. As in many other movies the plot leaves little to Martin (mainly mediocre songs with the ecptions noted above) and Lewis does all the rest, which is not much and not so funny. 6/10 


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on November 29, 2015, 03:53:56 PM
Finian's Rainbow (1968) The only things to be saved are Astaire (great in everything he does, as usual) and some of the songs but not as they are performed: just compare Old Devil Moon as sung by Sinatra and how it is performed here by Petula Clark (who strains oddly to ape the melodramatic Broadway singing instead to stick to her dryer habitual style) and Don Francks. Or just some other song as sung by Maxine Sullivan and how is performed here. Tommy Steele was much better elsewhere, here is overacting. And anyway the movie is overlong. 6/10 


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on November 30, 2015, 02:48:37 PM
I rewatched it today with the director's comment and he agrees with me about the movie's running time being too long. Coppola makes many critical observations on the movie explaining how differently he would do things today and what he would cut. I'd give his comment 10/10 were it not that he can't be critical toward the too old-fashioned arrangements of songs (though it seems that Old Devil Moon might have been arranged by his father).


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on December 01, 2015, 11:21:03 AM
The Errand Boy (1961) Lewis is not able to make a movie with a sure pace from beginning to end. Some gags are good (the swimming pool, the mimng on the syncopated tune

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kS21T_p0pNA


) but some are lame. He admits, in the comment, that parts of the movie do not click. 6/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on December 02, 2015, 02:45:10 AM
The Patsy (1964) As above.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on December 02, 2015, 09:18:18 AM
The Bellboy (1960) Better than the previous two as it  has no plot but it is just a series of gag inside the hotel Fontainbleau (seen in Goldfinger?). Unfortunately not all the gags go beyond the lame or elementary, but i raise the previous rating to 7/10.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on December 07, 2015, 03:36:34 PM
The Nutty Professor (1963) Best Lewis movie without Martin. I could have done without the usual sermon at the end, salvaged though by the very last gag. 8/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on December 08, 2015, 01:55:21 PM
Amblin' (1968)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6490M2uzzeg

Early Spielberg effort which landed him a job on television. I think it is mediocre, though Jerry Lewis thought differently.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on December 14, 2015, 09:44:24 PM
House of Usher (1960) The first Poe-Corman-Price is a bit longish, especially at the start. The scenes with Damon have little interest, but when Price is on the screen the movie is great. 7/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on December 15, 2015, 05:30:40 PM
Mein Fuehrer (2007) Not bad as some reviewers make it to be at IMDB, it has some (3-4) funny moments. A pity the movie just doesn't know where to go,pushing on the usual politically correct pro-jewish propaganda, which in a comedy works badly; or concentrating on satirizing the Nazi characters, without trying to have a coherent (and weak )plot. The actors, especially the one playing Hitler (even worse than the Russian-Hitler in The Fall of Berlin )  do not look or sound as convincing avatars. Still I saw it to the end, which I couldn't do with Life is Beautiful. 6/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on December 16, 2015, 03:32:24 PM
42nd Street (1933) A pre-code musical said to be the first great one or about. Now, it is very different from later ones because actually only the last 15 minutes are with complete musical numbers and the great choreographies of Berkeley. But the story is more credible than most of the stuff done in classic Hollywood and so you have a gay director, a wild party of the crew, a backer who goes for the leading lady and then turns to a bloated Ginger Rogers (the ugliest girl around: hard to believe). A pity though, that the songs are basically only 3. 7/10       


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on December 17, 2015, 03:33:26 PM
Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949) As idiotic as the game it's about, this is irritating for the reason that Kelly and Sinatra are cast as two naive teenagers when they are well above 30. Betty Garrett is probably the best of the lot but she is even more embarrassing as her age shows even more. The musical numbers are far from original (unfortunately they were concocted by Donen and Kelly, Berkeley only directed) and the songs forgettable, with the exception of the title song, of course,  and the reprise of Strictly USA. The Technicolor though makes me give it a 6/10.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on December 19, 2015, 04:17:10 AM
Point of Order (1964) Kauffmann broght me to this movie,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJHsur3HqcI&index=19&list=WL

 though I had already saved other movies by de Antonio to watch.
I must pick up some more infos on the background of the facts behind some of the dialogues which, at least to me, are not very clear. Anyway, though I had read much on the senator from Wisconsin about his activity in the late '40's-early 50's, I had completely missed this later episode which is quite revealing on multiple levels: about him, about early Tv and about the legal proceedings of political issues. I can't but recommend it. 


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on December 21, 2015, 10:42:08 PM
Desire (1936) This could have been a masterpiece if kept throughout in a comedy vein, unfortunately the romance mars about a third of the movie. 7/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on December 23, 2015, 06:43:26 PM
Heaven Can Wait (1943) Impeccable movie, but the Lubitsch touch is palpable only in few scenes (memorable the dinner with the black butler) and the only comic relief to this romantic melodrama is served by Coburn, Pallette and Cregar. 7/10 


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on December 24, 2015, 11:22:23 AM
Salome (1953) This is odd as a biblical movie as the treatment of the main religious figure, The Baptist, is quite ironical. In fact John looks and talks like the madman he probably was and the dialogue with Hayworth when they first meet shows how removed from reality he was. Unfortunately the 7 veils dance is one of the weakest dance numbers by Hayworth, little flesh is showed and the music doesn't help. make it sexier. Laughton is not convincing in a Ustinov role. 6/10 


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on December 25, 2015, 04:56:19 AM
Circus World (1964) Why this bombed is unclear. Maybe the melodrama was too clichéd but then other movies before and after this one were full of it and were hits. was it maybe because Wayne didn't fit the part? Or Hayworth was too old? Or Cardinale too inept or miscast (why does she speak with a foreign accent when her character grew up in USA. BTW, if she was dubbed, then her voice was similar to her real one. But I don't think she was)? Still this movie has two great special effects scenes at the beginning and end and the circus numbers are brilliant: a pity the british dvd I watched was fullscreen and the colours faded: restored to original version it would have earned a solid 7/10. 


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on December 25, 2015, 10:15:15 AM
Miss Sadie Thompson (1953) What a wasted chance. Very good movie for about 3/4 but then the Ferrer and Ray characters are twisted unexpectedly (Ferrer a little less) and the linearity of the story goes right down the drain. A pity. I presume this is Hayworth's best ever performance though even her character is subjected to a double turnaround. 6/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on December 28, 2015, 01:07:25 AM
The Verdict (1982) Wasn't much impressed the first time I saw it, dubbed. But now must admit is a serious contender for best legal thriller ever. Minor gripes about O'Shea, too clownish in his appearance for the role and some of the Newman facial routines (closed eyes, half-open mouth). Rampling has never been so persuading, looks like an actress, even though she displays  only her usual, single expression. Warden and Mason are huge, I suspect that the first was never so brilliant, especially in some little but significant gesture: they should have shared the Oscar as non protagonists. I like also some political incorrectedness (by today's miserable standards) all the more so if compared to that wretched ultra political correct (and boring) movie which stole the awards this movie should have earned. 9/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: drinkanddestroy on December 28, 2015, 05:34:01 PM
The Verdict (1982) Wasn't much impressed the first time I saw it, dubbed. But now must admit is a serious contender for best legal thriller ever. Minor gripes about O'Shea, too clownish in his appearance for the role and some of the Newman facial routines (closed eyes, half-open mouth). Rampling has never been so persuading, looks like an actress, even though she displays  only her usual, single expression. Warden and Mason are huge, I suspect that the first was never so brilliant, especially in some little but significant gesture: they should have shared the Oscar as non protagonists. I like also some political incorrectedness (by today's miserable standards) all the more so if compared to that wretched ultra political correct (and boring) movie which stole the awards this movie should have earned. 9/10

Terrific movie, I agree with the rating. But is not better than ANATOMY OF A MURDER.

I had a professor in law school who taught a whole course pretty much based on the premise that we should do whatever is moral and not worry so much about being strictly legal. This movie was like Exhibit A of his class.

Of course, this verdict in this movie will easily be overturned on appeal 😉


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on December 28, 2015, 07:43:25 PM
Of course, this verdict in this movie will easily be overturned on appeal 😉

You're sure? On what basis?

(Of course, the defendant, whose interest was from the start to close the case asap, wouldn't appeal even more so once the truth has been revealed).
  


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on December 28, 2015, 07:50:40 PM
All These Women (1964) I was fascinated by this movie ever since I saw it first on the little screen in b&w and little I knew what it was all about (I doubt I was in my teens). All the more so now that I watched it in colour on my cinema screen. Critics have lambasted it for reasons that elude me: I think that the colours are fascinating, the pace is fast, some dialogue pungent. As somebody at IMDB wrote, the main fault is that is not as funny as it would like to be. You don't laugh: but you smile. 7/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on December 28, 2015, 08:17:11 PM
Thinking about The Verdict, it remains unclear why the admittance nurse, after having  signed the false form not to be fired, left the hospital and Boston, especially as she wants to be a nurse, which she's not in NY. I must read the book.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: drinkanddestroy on December 28, 2015, 10:23:46 PM
You're sure? On what basis?

(Of course, the defendant, whose interest was from the start to close the case asap, wouldn't appeal even more so once the truth has been revealed).
  

Because there is not a shred of decent admissible evidence

Newman's "expert witness" was crap. His one potential decent witness (the doctor who appears early on) the defendant paid off and he disappears. The document that is offered as evidence " I kept a copy" is ruled inadmissible by the judge cuz it is a copy.
This was simply a situation in which the jury said, we know what is right and we are going to do what is right, and we are going to disregard our legal duty. This case would be thrown out on appeal faster than you can say boo. And that is really the point of the movie here, about people doing what they feel is right rather than following legal technicalities: actual justice as opposed to procedural justice.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: drinkanddestroy on December 28, 2015, 10:29:28 PM
Thinking about The Verdict, it remains unclear why the admittance nurse, after having  signed the false form not to be fired, left the hospital and Boston, especially as she wants to be a nurse, which she's not in NY. I must read the book.

 As I recall – and it's probably been five years since I last saw the movie – she quit being a nurse because of what happened that night at the hospital

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Yeah Newman is great, Warden is great, and James Friggin Mason, I worship the ground that guy walks on. One of his greatest performances ever


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Post by: dave jenkins on December 28, 2015, 11:23:40 PM
Because there is not a shred of decent admissible evidence

Newman's "expert witness" was crap. His one potential decent witness (the doctor who appears early in) the defendant paid off and he disappears. The document that is offered as evidence " I kept a copy" is ruled inadmissible by the judge cuz it is a copy.
This was simply a situation in which the jury said, we know what is right and we are going to do what is right, and we are going to disregard our legal duty. This case would be thrown out on appeal faster than you can say boo. And that is really the point of the movie here, about people doing what they feel is right rather than following legal technicalities: actual justice as opposed to procedural justice.

In fact, walking out of the theater in 1982, a friend of mine even turned to me and said, "I can't wait for the sequel: The Appeal.

The film is a piece of shit. Just because it has great acting and moments of dramatic interest, that counts for nothing when the plot is completely worthless. As Drink points out, the verdict would undoubtedly be overturned on appeal. The filmmakers don't want to acknowledge that, so they misdirect the attention of the audience onto a putative feel-good story of good overcoming evil. But such circumstances bear no relation to the world as we know it. The whole film is an exercise in bad faith.

It's completely unlike a good trial film, such as Anatomy of a Murder, which, based on a actual court case, is legally plausible.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on December 29, 2015, 12:45:42 AM
Because there is not a shred of decent admissible evidence

The document that is offered as evidence " I kept a copy" is ruled inadmissible by the judge cuz it is a copy.

I'm quoting from Reel Justice, written by two law professionals. "Judge Hoyle (O'Shea) was wrong, because a genuine dispute existed about whether Concannon's (Mason) or Galvin's (Newman) version of the form was accurate. Hoyle should have admitted both versions into evidence and left it to the jury to decide which version is accurate." I don't know about a real jury, but the fictional one would have ruled against the defendant. So, apparently, the judge ruling against the admissibility of the nurse's form is more of a fictional ruse than a reality bound  decision. And so, more important, the document is not a matter of discussion: it would have been evaluated both fictionally and not fictionally.

But there are other considerations (and you can give me an answer).

1)  Newman has got the chance to ask a mistrial when Rampling's spy role is discovered. He refuses (he has just met the admittance nurse). Can that circumstance be brought to bear in an eventual appeal?
2) Always quoting from Reel Jusrtice: "...Concannon should have asked Hoyle to dismiss the case and enter a directed verdict for the defense." Would the plaintiff then be able to appeal and introduce the testimony of the admittance nurse?  
3) Could the defense prevent the admitting-room nurse testimony at all as she was simply a rebuttal witness? Because this is where, I think, all the plot hinges on: once she is on the witness stand the defense is fucked up.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on December 29, 2015, 05:29:08 PM
The Rainmaker (1997) I expected more from this one, but it is mostly a tearjerker and the only brilliant moments are courtesy of De Vito, Scheider and the preliminary duels between Voight (never saw him hamming it like this) and Damon. Directed by FFC but it could have been anybody else. 6/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on December 31, 2015, 09:37:02 PM
Chicago (2002) I forced myself to watch the first 15 minutes because I thought this was a courtroom drama. But couldn't make it beyond the amateurish acting, staging and music.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: drinkanddestroy on December 31, 2015, 09:49:32 PM
I'm quoting from Reel Justice, written by two law professionals. "Judge Hoyle (O'Shea) was wrong, because a genuine dispute existed about whether Concannon's (Mason) or Galvin's (Newman) version of the form was accurate. Hoyle should have admitted both versions into evidence and left it to the jury to decide which version is accurate." I don't know about a real jury, but the fictional one would have ruled against the defendant. So, apparently, the judge ruling against the admissibility of the nurse's form is more of a fictional ruse than a reality bound  decision. And so, more important, the document is not a matter of discussion: it would have been evaluated both fictionally and not fictionally.

But there are other considerations (and you can give me an answer).

1)  Newman has got the chance to ask a mistrial when Rampling's spy role is discovered. He refuses (he has just met the admittance nurse). Can that circumstance be brought to bear in an eventual appeal?
2) Always quoting from Reel Jusrtice: "...Concannon should have asked Hoyle to dismiss the case and enter a directed verdict for the defense." Would the plaintiff then be able to appeal and introduce the testimony of the admittance nurse?  
3) Could the defense prevent the admitting-room nurse testimony at all as she was simply a rebuttal witness? Because this is where, I think, all the plot hinges on: once she is on the witness stand the defense is fucked up.

It has been a while since I saw THE VERDICT. I don't remember all the details of the trial. I should watch it again.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on January 01, 2016, 03:42:29 AM
Primal Fear (1996) Good courtroom thriller, which you won't see a second time once you know the end. I detest Gere, Norton plays well his usual his half.moron routine, very good Laura Linney: not pretty, but she knows how to work with a cigarette (something Meryl Steeps never learned).


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on January 01, 2016, 06:39:32 PM
The Verona Trial (1963)  Lizzani just did his homework for this representation of one of the most troubled period of recent italian history. Woolf and Mangano are good but I don't like the dubbers. The OST (but is it really an original one? I'm sure I've heard it somewhere else) is absolutely incongruous. 6/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on January 04, 2016, 05:52:07 PM
The Young Lions (1958) I remember this as one of the first movies, if not the very first one, I watched as a film, not as some kind of alternative reality. Must have seen it again another couple of times. At imdb I read that the book is much better: not a great feat. This is heavy melodrama badly acted by Brando (I must have developed an irritation toward him lately) not helped by the inconsistency of his character (it seems that the book is much better in this respect). Martin and Clift are good but their characters are just as inconsistent. 6/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on January 05, 2016, 11:16:15 AM
Another Time, Another Place (1958) I had bought the dvd long time ago just because Connery was there and I was curious to see him in the first important part (though no lead, or maybe yes as he sure is in the first third of the movie) of his career (though in the credits his name is wrongly preceded by the word "introducing"). Well, I presume the female audience may still find something interesting in this heavy melodrama and I must admit I wasn't bored by it, as the story proceeds fast and lets you hanging all the time about what it is really about. Of course I won't watch it again. 6/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: drinkanddestroy on January 05, 2016, 05:58:47 PM
The Young Lions (1958) I remember this as one of the first movies, if not the very first one, I watched as a film, not as some kind of alternative reality. Must have seen it again another couple of times. At imdb I read that the book is much better: not a great feat. This is heavy melodrama badly acted by Brando (I must have developed an irritation toward him lately) not helped by the inconsistency of his character (it seems that the book is much better in this respect). Martin and Clift are good but their characters are just as inconsistent. 6/10

pretty crappy movie

And I get that having a "gray hat" generally makes for a more interesting movie than having a blatantly evil bad guy, but here it is bullshit. Brando'a character is a proud German soldier who supports Hitler and then after the war is over he's shocked, shocked to learn that there's extermination going on here  ::)


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Post by: titoli on January 05, 2016, 11:02:37 PM
I forgot to add that Schell's performance is the best of the movie as he is the most credible character. I like his voice and his germanized english and I gave the movie that rating because of the hospital scene.


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Post by: titoli on January 07, 2016, 04:54:19 PM
A Hard Day's Night (1964) I must have reviewed it here already. First saw it on tv in 1971 or 1972. One of the movies I'll take with me in the tomb.


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Post by: titoli on January 07, 2016, 04:58:36 PM
Back to the Future Trilogy.  Had I noticed before the OUATITW quotation of the pan shoot  from above the railway station? Anyway, the pace is always fast and some of the lines are still funny (the one about Reagan and Lewis and Wyman still the best). I give 8 to the first and 7 to the other ones.


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Post by: titoli on January 12, 2016, 05:31:20 AM
The Seventh Seal (1957) It gets better and better, with original audio and big screen. Probably the best movie on the Middle Ages.


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Post by: titoli on January 12, 2016, 05:34:50 AM
And Now for Something Completely Different (1971)

I'm not a Monty Python fan and this didn't make me change my mind. Their comedy is based on magnification and opposition, not a great imagination effort. 5/10


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Post by: titoli on January 12, 2016, 08:54:40 AM
The Image Makers (2000) A late Bergman, though based on a play and shot on video. But one has to be thankful for that as, though there is a little teatrality there is less melodrama than in his late horrors like Fanny and Alexander or Scenes from a Wedding. 7/10


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Post by: Groggy on January 12, 2016, 08:52:50 PM
And Now for Something Completely Different (1971)

I'm not a Monty Python fan and this didn't make me change my mind. Their comedy is based on magnification and opposition, not a great imagination effort. 5/10

I like the Pythons at sketch length. Their films are interminable.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on January 13, 2016, 03:58:35 PM
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) Had seen it before dubbed. But the original audio does little to make it better. Boring even more than the above. 4/10


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Post by: titoli on January 14, 2016, 11:20:14 AM
The Meaning of Life (1983) Lots of SE and money put into it to disguise the fact that the movie is aseries of bad jokes stitched together. Depressing. 3/10


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Post by: titoli on January 15, 2016, 10:03:12 AM
Wild Strawberries (1957) One shouldn't watch Bergman's movies in his teenage: What do you expect to understand? Still I liked the movie, though I couldn't remember a thing except for the masterful dream sequence (best ever with the one in 8&1/2, a long way from those disneylike Hitchcock did). It has defects (as Kauffman pointed out, some narrative strains have no development)  but of course they are compensated by some moments of masterful creativity.


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Post by: titoli on January 15, 2016, 12:12:10 PM
The Devil's Eye (1960) The Hell scenes (with a Satan who might have been a Liberace double, though I doubt Bergman ever knew who the piano player was) are very good, unfortunately two or three protracted scenes are only based on quite going nowhere dialogues and make the movie dull in parts.


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Post by: titoli on January 16, 2016, 10:00:00 AM
The Wild One (1953) I remember this as the first movie I ever saw on TV, though I'm probably wrong. I read lately the short story on which it was based on, a much better work than the melodramatic story concocted around it by Hollywood. Brando doesn't persuade me: he's not so good, looks goofy, even though the inconsistency of his character doesn't help him.  Marvin is miles above him. Though I saw it again (but eons ago) didn't remember good Flippen and Carey were in it. The only merit the movie has is that generated a year later the italian spoof which launched Sordi's career and is still a comedy classic.


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Post by: titoli on January 17, 2016, 01:03:29 PM
The Enemy Below (1957) First time I saw it, in the '80's, was on a small screen and, I'm sure, in B&W. I thought it was good, a 7/10. Now, on a big screen and in colour, it gets 8/10. It would get more were it not for the hollywoodish inserts of moronic nazi reading Mein Kampf in a sub (nobody in Germany read Mein Kamp, figure it out in a sub under attack) and similar idiocies. Still it doesn't portray the Germans as Idiots and Americans as geniuses, actually I didn't even remember the finale, which is quite acceptable. So it gets 8/10. BTW there's a musical moment which can profitably be compared to the one in Casablanca we discussed a few days ago.   


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Post by: cigar joe on January 17, 2016, 03:19:12 PM
The Enemy Below (1957) First time I saw it, in the '80's, was on a small screen and, I'm sure, in B&W. I thought it was good, a 7/10. Now, on a big screen and in colour, it gets 8/10. It would get more were it not for the hollywoodish inserts of moronic nazi reading Mein Kampf in a sub (nobody in Germany read Mein Kamp, figure it out in a sub under attack) and similar idiocies. Still it doesn't portray the Germans as Idiots and Americans as geniuses, actually I didn't even remember the finale, which is quite acceptable. So it gets 8/10. BTW there's a musical moment which can profitably be compared to the one in Casablanca we discussed a few days ago.   

Agree I liked this one too. 8/10


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Post by: titoli on January 18, 2016, 02:03:26 PM
Superman III (1983) Not the best in the series, but not that bad either. Still the plot is interesting only at the start, but after the kryptonite makes its appearance it is too childish. BTW, during the class reunion, we can hear the Beatles singing Chuck Berry and Earth Angel. BTTF was made two years after this one: do I have to assume that these songs are mandatory for such occasions?


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Post by: titoli on January 18, 2016, 04:48:34 PM
Mafioso (1962) Though I had watched it only once and eons ago I remembered much of this one. Impossible to forget. I see that at the time of the re-release in USA it grossed more than $300.000,00. At IMDB the lower rating is 7/10. So I wonder why in Italy it wasn't a bigger hit and doesn't come to mind of most when talking about Sordi's achievements. Probably because it is so disturbing. Sordi is his usual huge, though toward the end he is forced to play some false note because of plot reasons (impossible he doesn't get hip sooner to what the game is about). I wanted  to give it 8/10 because of it, but when I saw him left by the truck on the road  carrying a rabbit and something else (a pheasant?) in his hands I raised it again to 9/10.     


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Post by: titoli on January 19, 2016, 01:55:59 PM
Alice's Restaurant (1969) The first thing that hit me about this movie was the poster, which I saw many years before I saw the movie itself. It remains the only thing worth keeping about the whole enterprise (including listening to the self-calling song which inspired it) because I can't find a single reason to watch this movie. Which amazes me because I remembered it as a good one. As a '60's archeological artifact gets a 5/10.


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Post by: titoli on January 20, 2016, 12:52:39 AM
 The Spiral Staircase (1945) Probably the movie that terrified me most, considering the age I was when first saw it. it is still a good thriller, perfect as to direction and pace, though there are some plot holes (the murderer would let himself be caught if he killed the housekeeper, and some). 7/10


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Post by: titoli on January 20, 2016, 05:22:06 AM
Miller's Crossing (1990) Boring as hell, it could last the double or half lenght and it wouldn't make a difference. the characters are just the same from start to finish and they just have to adjust to the uselessy intricated plot to make ends meet. 4/10


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Post by: titoli on January 21, 2016, 01:02:58 PM
Point Break (1991) Why I bought it I can't remember. Anyway, it has good action scenes and the joke of the ex-presidents. Too long and repetitive, though, and too filled up with bum reflections on surfing. 6/10


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Post by: titoli on January 22, 2016, 03:30:22 PM
Vivre sa vie (1962) This has got to do with prostitution as much as Inside Llewyn Davis with music. A pity because at the start it seemed that Godard wanted to make a movie. The story it's interesting until the girl gets herself a pimp: from the on it's all a waste of time. Michel Legrand signed probably his worst OST. I give it 6/10 because of the exteriors of Paris.  


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Post by: titoli on January 23, 2016, 11:50:49 AM
La sua giornata di gloria (1969)  See the review at IMDB. But the rating there is too generous. 1/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on January 25, 2016, 05:38:06 PM
Centochiodi (2007) Olmi is a director, his images are always well concived. But the story is thin and weak, almost embarrassing. 3/10


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Post by: titoli on January 27, 2016, 07:08:00 PM
The Man of La Mancha (1972) Much better than I thought, in spite of the poor musical score with the exception of the famous song I knew as sung by Elvis and Le Grand Jacques. But it's a song as mimed by O'Toole that really moves me. O'Toole delivers a memorable performance, it might even be his best one (according to some at IMDB). Loren is perfect and the rest of the cast same. I might even re-watch it. As a movie it gets 8/10 but considering the mediocrity of the score gets 7/10.


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Post by: titoli on February 01, 2016, 12:35:16 PM
Desire (1943) Crappy melodrama. 0/10


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Post by: titoli on February 01, 2016, 06:59:12 PM
Telefon (1977) Run-of-the-mill thriller which I remembered as better. Probably is the technology that looks terribly inadequate, but even more striking is the moronic premise. The finale though is tense, so I give it 7/10.


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Post by: titoli on February 02, 2016, 10:53:00 PM
Whiplash (2014) Yes, a whiplash on your intelligence.  I watched it through only because a musician told me to do it . A collection of all (not one left off) formulaic tropes of Hollywood plots. The only originality is, as usual, in the choice of the talent of the protagonist. What irritated me most though was that Simmons got the Oscar that should have gone to Anton Walbrook or whoever else  for the same role. 4/10


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Post by: titoli on February 07, 2016, 04:15:32 AM
One Minute to Zero (1952) Quite uneven Korea war flick, too larded up with love story between Mitchum and pretty Ann Blyth, completely disposable. Some battle scenes reminded me of western shot in the roman country. Still a couple of scenes (the exodus and Hamilton Burger's finale) make a vision viable. 6/10


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Post by: dave jenkins on February 07, 2016, 09:42:19 AM
What irritated me most though was that Simmons got the Oscar that should have gone to Anton Walbrook or whoever else  for the same role.
wow, titoli finally said something in this thread that's true!


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on February 16, 2016, 11:27:34 PM
Mill of the Stone Women (1960) Boring italian horror. I hoped the french version had some nudity of Scilla Gabel, but apparently no foreign version was prepared. So no reason to watch it. 4/10


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Post by: titoli on February 17, 2016, 05:23:20 AM
The Sunshine Kid (1975) They gave the Oscar to Burns, but the performance is by Matthau: Burns does little, Matthau's is one of his masterpieces. The movie gets 8/10 just for Matthau.


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Post by: drinkanddestroy on February 17, 2016, 01:31:04 PM
The Sunshine Kid (1975) They gave the Oscar to Burns, but the performance is by Matthau: Burns does little, Matthau's is one of his masterpieces. The movie gets 8/10 just for Matthau.

"You might have eaten. You didn't have lunch."


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Post by: titoli on February 23, 2016, 02:12:01 PM
Time Without Pity (1957)  The plot cannot be taken seriously: I presume it took very little time to put it on paper. For the first half hour it is interesting, as Losey makes something  out of some scenes helped by a good Redgrave (see the fellinian visit to the vaudeville theatre with a ridiculous Plowright). But then the plot becomes boring untl the incredible, moronic finale and the very bad performance of McKern does require a great force of will to make it to the end. Miss Moneypenny does not enchant me as she will some years later. 5/10


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Post by: titoli on March 06, 2016, 03:44:58 PM
Angel (1937) Visually perfect, with a couple, maybe three Lubitsch touches (most memorable: the veal steaks). Actors perfect, Dietrich still looking gorgeous. Still the stuff is really thin, making a mountain out of a molehill. 7/10


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Post by: titoli on March 08, 2016, 02:33:15 AM
Dennis the Menace (1993) Only people happy with this crap were surely the bookies who gobbled up all Matthau's earnings. 2/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on March 14, 2016, 04:31:49 PM
Gotti (1996) Good HBO production with excellent performances. 8/10


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Post by: titoli on March 15, 2016, 05:47:43 AM
Boss of Bosses (2001) Same story as above but from the other POV. These movies make you wanna to know better the real facts and characters. It is strange though that it seems the story of Castellano reminds one of Godfather I and II: reality following fiction. 6/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on March 15, 2016, 07:57:11 PM
Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) Funny no-brainer with no characters, good action scenes but as usual too long. 8/10


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Post by: titoli on March 22, 2016, 07:12:35 PM
Crime Inc (1984) The only fault I find in this 6 hours British documentary is that 30 years have passed. Still some interview, some videos, mand old newsreel make this required reading for everyone interested in the matter. 8/10


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Post by: titoli on April 08, 2016, 01:25:07 PM
Le beau mariage (1982) A movie built on little which delivers even less. The to main characters have little, if any, solidity: if they behaved like they were adults instead of early teenagers (assuming there are still goofy teenagers like these two) there wouldn't be any movie. Main point of attraction is Arielle Dombasle. 5/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on April 09, 2016, 10:22:49 AM
La femme de l'aviateur (1981) Talk, talk, talk. I give it 6 only because of the Paris landscape.


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Post by: titoli on April 11, 2016, 12:43:15 AM
Jason and the Argonauts (1963) Not the best Harryhausen I think: I prefer the Sinbad. But the Talos scene is probably his best ever and it compares easily with any of King Kong. 7/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on April 12, 2016, 05:26:39 PM
Pauline à la plage (1983) Arielle Dombasle shows her naked tits and in bathing suit her ass can be appreciated. But the movie is terrible melodrama, with plot turns which at best can be considered boring. 4/10 only for Dombasle (her hair-do though detracts from her appearance).


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Post by: titoli on April 18, 2016, 06:50:19 PM
Perceval (1978) The movie at first is amazing for the effort to recreate the pictorial images of some art practices of pre-renaissance times. But then the choice of having the narrative parts sung or recited by the actors after a while it bores: shortly, the movie is too long. But the problem I have with it is probably that I first saw it almost at the same time with Ronconi's Furioso which is head and shoulder above it, though it would be not correct to compare the two works, both literary and filmic. Still to me the 5 hours of Ronconi's serial seem shorter than the  2h13' of Rohmer. 8/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on April 23, 2016, 03:42:17 PM
Les nuits de la pleine lune (1984) I should rewatch the earlier Rohmer : I liked them because of their irony toward characters who were not honest toward themselves, doing something which contrasted with their spoken comments, but in an almost jamesian way, hard to pick up. These characters of the late '70's early 80's have little linearity: it is easier to make a movie about them because you don't know what moves them. Like here: but at least the finale confirms what she is in spite of her repeating to herself that she's in love wither companion: a strumpet. 7/10


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Post by: titoli on April 23, 2016, 03:46:47 PM
The Puppet Masters (1994)  Heinlein's novel came out before Finney's Invasion of Body Snatchers, patently "inspired" (copied) from the earlier one. Though Finney's book is good, Heinlein's is probably the best horror-Sf novel, or at least a good contender for top slot. The movie isn't as good as Siegel's, though it has Sutherland: It has good scenes, but the sequence of the beehive is boring. 7/10 


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Post by: titoli on April 26, 2016, 03:46:26 AM
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) The Diamond number alone would make this worth watching and it's one of the best musical numbers ever committed to film. Monroe is above perfection here but throughout the movie is never below unique. A uniqueness which is due also, apart from her beauty, line delivery and glamour, to her ability as a singer: she's the best singer among great actresses, with the possible exception of Dietrich. Oddly her name was in the opening credits below Russel's, who does a great job but just cannot compete: that is clear from the first scene. The movie falters a bit in the middle part so it gets only 8/10. A musical number partly visible in the trailer was cut: I'd like to know what it was and if it's available. 


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on April 26, 2016, 03:51:01 AM
Le rayon vert (1986) This is to movies, to stick to current events, what Purple Rain is to songs: zero degree of inventiveness, the kind of stuff everybody with a bit of imagination and basic technical ability should be able to deliver. I had seen it before and couldn't remember a thing: now I know why. 0/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on April 26, 2016, 11:08:22 PM
The Insider (1999) Boredom. I was about to cut vision after 20 minutes. Got to the end to know the facts but 2 & 1/2 h. to get to the point is too much. Pacino goes through the motions while Crowe is miscast and adds bad playing to the character. The rest is pure hollywood triviality. 4/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on April 26, 2016, 11:12:59 PM
Donnie Brasco (1997) They adjusted facts to story (probably to make Pacino have a greater role) but  if it would have been better to cut off the familiar vicissitudes of the cop which slow down the narration terribly and tell more about the illegal activities. 7/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: drinkanddestroy on April 27, 2016, 08:08:23 AM
Donnie Brasco (1997) They adjusted facts to story (probably to make Pacino have a greater role) but  if it would have been better to cut off the familiar vicissitudes of the cop which slow down the narration terribly and tell more about the illegal activities. 7/10

You gotta learn to use commas.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on April 27, 2016, 10:40:25 AM
You gotta learn to use commas.

You gotta learn to read.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on April 27, 2016, 03:36:33 PM
Rounders (1998) Dahl remakes Cincinnati Kid or The Hustler or you tell it. Not bad, but not memorable. 7/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on April 29, 2016, 12:44:40 PM
Hell in the Pacific (1968) One of the movies of my life. And not only because it is a great one. I watched it in 1969 and remember still that afternoon with my father. Today I saw the dvd with the stupid bombing finale, which in Italy was never seen before. But today was impressed with the use of sound and the Schifrin's OST. 


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on April 30, 2016, 11:19:53 AM
L'onorevole Angelina (1947) Terrible. I don't think it has some kind of interest except for italian cinema historians as it has some elements better developed in later works. The story is poor but the romantic subplot makes it embarrassing. It was shot a stone's throw from where I live. 5/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on May 01, 2016, 01:25:09 PM
L'ami de mon amie (1987) This has got some interesting elements, but in the end it turns out to be the usual romantic comedy Hollywood has ladled to us over a century. One or two good dialogues make it worthwhile for a single vision. 7/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on May 03, 2016, 01:28:58 PM
Die Marquise von O...(1976) Still good after all these years. But I don't like Ganz: ugly looking and with a screeching voice. 7/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on May 03, 2016, 01:34:30 PM
L'amour l'après-midi (1972) I realized this one was the only "conte moral" I had missed. No great thing: certainly the weakest of the six. It starts by playing on the ambiguity of the first 5 but the problem is that the character doesn't know himself what he wants to do: betray the wife or not? 6/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on May 06, 2016, 03:28:58 PM
Impostor (2001) For a cheap production it has very good sets: I think that is the best feature of the flick. I can't remember if I ever read the 6 pages of the original story, but it is apparent that the screenplayers put too much of their own into the story, especially the middle part. That was because after the movie was planned as a short episode they decided to fatten it up to a feature. 6/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on May 10, 2016, 03:44:12 AM
Cube (1997) Good thriller with few frills (the idiot genius, the artificial confrontations. BTW, why the leader kills the doctor? Just because she had hinted to his personal problems? Weak reason). 7/10 or maybe 8/10.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on May 11, 2016, 05:59:31 PM
Mars Attacks! (1996) The problem I have with this movie is that I can't decide if the director wanted to make a comic movie or not. If he did, then it is not funny enough and it is overlong. I think the Abrahams bros. would have made a better job. Moderately entertaining. 6/10


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Post by: titoli on May 11, 2016, 06:07:45 PM
Stargate (1994) I had seen it before but remembered only the incredible Jaye Davidson, really upsetting, as he looks from a shot to another attractive and disgusting, handsome and ugly, male and female. Spader is one of the worst amateurs I ever saw: with Michael J. Cox this could have been a much better movie. The story could have done without the usual plot devices (the community in thrall, the romantic involvement etc) but it can be seen a couple of thimes for the special effects. 7/10


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Post by: Groggy on May 11, 2016, 06:08:54 PM
Who is Michael J. Cox?


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: cigar joe on May 11, 2016, 07:35:32 PM
Who is Michael J. Cox?

A Porn star  >:D


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on May 12, 2016, 01:04:20 AM
A Porn star  >:D

 ;D ;D ;D


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on May 12, 2016, 11:05:35 AM
Gattaca (1997) Dull as hell. 1/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: cigar joe on May 12, 2016, 07:10:22 PM
Gattaca (1997) Dull as hell. 1/10

Yea just watched it also, first time, it was pretty dull.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on May 13, 2016, 10:17:28 AM
eXistenZ (1999) Cronenberg, as usual, starts projecting hi movie by devising the most repellent device for the viewer (in this case a semiorganic schtumpf which can be implanted in a kind of auxiliary asshole to allow for a realistic community  rolegame) and then builds on it a not original playing of reality vs imagination. Less boring than other movies he did, it doesn't get beyond a generous 6/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on May 17, 2016, 04:26:27 PM
There's No Business Like Show Business (1954) Lame plot built around Berlin's songs, some classics and some not. The highlight is Monroe's After You Get What you Want.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlooRreqEt4

Amazing how she masters the phrasing better than most professional singers. She's Hollywood actress number one in my book, mastering both comedy and drama. Audiences, as usual, were ahead of critics who didn't give her credit for her acting ability. Johnny Ray is embarrassing and given a weak number to boot. The rest is okay for the musical numbers. 710


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on May 17, 2016, 04:29:35 PM
How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) First Cinemascope movie. So-so comedy with a couple of good jokes. The best scenes are the duets of Bacall with Powell (huge, as usual) and Monroe with Wayne. 7/10  


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on May 19, 2016, 11:07:37 AM
The Abyss (1989) An Abyss of boredom, except for the 20 minutes of still good SE. I saw the 170 minutes version. It could have been good at 80'. The idea that aliens could give a f... about what happens to us, since Klaatu gave us the first warning, is ridiculous. In movies the only good alien is a bad alien. 3/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: Kurug3n on May 19, 2016, 12:06:36 PM
In movies the only good alien is a bad alien.

I could safely assume that you are not a fan of E.T. either.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on May 19, 2016, 09:29:51 PM
I could safely assume that you are not a fan of E.T. either.

Never saw it and I don't like it.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: Groggy on May 20, 2016, 05:52:00 AM
Good man. O0


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: dave jenkins on May 20, 2016, 10:42:18 AM
Never saw it and I don't like it.
This is exactly right.  O0 O0 O0



Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on May 21, 2016, 04:22:44 AM
Strange Days (1995) At 90' it could have been good. At 80' VG. But at 140' one could be tempted to turn the vision off. A pity because there are some good ideas and scenes to make this a palatable thriller (maybe cj could even tell us is a neo-noir and give it 10/10 as usual). I give it 6/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on May 22, 2016, 02:52:58 AM
The Cell (2000) An original thriller, whose best parts are of course the ones played in the mind of the protagonists, in the realm of surreal. 6/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on May 22, 2016, 12:07:33 PM
The Sixth Sense (1999) 100' of boredom just to deliver a "surprise ending". Anybody cares? apparently many do. I don't. 2/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: drinkanddestroy on May 22, 2016, 04:11:30 PM
The Sixth Sense (1999) 100' of boredom just to deliver a "surprise ending". Anybody cares? apparently many do. I don't. 2/10

I assume you already knew the ending by the time you watched this movie now. In that case, the rating is almost meaningless.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on May 22, 2016, 08:04:59 PM
No, I hadn't seen the movie before and didn't know about the ending. But my point is that whatever the ending the movie is boring. 


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on May 24, 2016, 03:15:26 AM
Cul-De-Sac (1966) I presume some would sell this as a pre-neo-noir or whatever involuted label they would devise to attach to this black comedy which pilfers elements from many genres, noir too. It is not boring, but it aims higher of what it accomplishes, the Pleasance character being too easily disposed of by his increasing madness. 7/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: noodles_leone on May 24, 2016, 03:56:21 AM
I assume you already knew the ending by the time you watched this movie now. In that case, the rating is almost meaningless.

No, the 6th Sense is famous because of its ending but is actually a great film because of all the rest. Character development, acting, cinematography... It's really great. Once you know the ending, you're watching a much better movie than your regular horror thriller. It's one of these films where you can definitely answer "You don't get it" to people who say it's boring. It's not. Anyway, if the 6th sense is boring and Cube is a "good thriller", my best guess it that Titoli is not half as good at understanding English than he thinks he is.

There are worst people in this thread though. People who dislike E.T. Those people not only "don't get it": they have no soul.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: dave jenkins on May 24, 2016, 05:38:40 AM
The Sixth Sense (1999) 100' of boredom just to deliver a "surprise ending". Anybody cares? apparently many do. I don't. 2/10
At the time of release I heard that this was film with a surprise ending. I hate surprise endings, so I wanted people to spoil it for me, but everyone I asked who had seen the film refused to divulge the twist. So I gave up. But later a friend who hadn't seen it either rented the video and I couldn't get out of watching it. So about five minutes in I realized what the twist is going to be--actually, anyone who has seen a season of Twilight Zone should guess it at once. So I'm watching the film having understood the ending and I'm looking to see if the filmmakers cheat or play fair. And of course they cheat--they constantly edit scenes in such a way as to not give away the twist. This is almost as bad as the lying flashback--cuts have, by convention, a fixed set of meanings, and the filmmakers took advantage of those conventional associations to mislead the audience at several turns. The longer the film went on, the more incensed I became. When we got to the surprise, I let rip with a loud fart.

titoli's valuation is, if anything, too high. Noodles_Leone reveals himself to be, not for the first time, a sucker.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: noodles_leone on May 24, 2016, 05:43:17 AM
If you think I'm gonna actually argue and not just troll inside of Mr Tits' Palace, you've just discredited your views.

Still, like I said, I don't care about the twist ending. The movie works. The real story works and is told in a compelling way. I'm seeing actual human beings struggling with life (and death). It's good.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on May 24, 2016, 06:08:27 AM


titoli's valuation is, if anything, too high.

You don't say that to me. >:(


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on May 24, 2016, 06:14:01 AM
Repulsion (1965) Though I think that a 20' cut would have been beneficial, I can't deny that the movie has got some fascination. I thought I had seen it before at the cinema, like I did with Cul-de-sac, but I probably didn't. Worth a watch. 6/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: Groggy on May 24, 2016, 06:31:24 AM
The Sixth Sense was inspired by an episode of Are You Afraid of the Dark? By definition then, it's as clever and well-constructed as a mediocre kid's show.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: noodles_leone on May 24, 2016, 07:01:00 AM
Do you mean that OUATIA is exactly as good as The Hoods?


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: dave jenkins on May 24, 2016, 08:53:27 AM


Still, like I said, I don't care about the twist ending. The movie works. The real story works and is told in a compelling way. I'm seeing actual human beings struggling with life (and death). It's good.
You mean "actual ghosts." Which, whether they exist or not, can't be "actual" human beings.

It's a BS story told in a BS way. The fact that you like this AND E.T. indicates that you should never be listened to on anything.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: noodles_leone on May 24, 2016, 09:33:44 AM
You mean "actual ghosts." Which, whether they exist or not, can't be "actual" human beings.

It's a BS story told in a BS way. The fact that you like this AND E.T. indicates that you should never be listened to on anything.

He said, while arguing in Titoli's thread.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on May 24, 2016, 11:08:30 AM
Delicatessen (1991) A piece of shit.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: noodles_leone on May 24, 2016, 11:38:46 AM
See?


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: Kurug3n on May 24, 2016, 11:51:23 AM
I haven't the chance to go through all 42 pages in this thread but whats your rating on John Carpenter's The Thing?


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on May 24, 2016, 12:42:23 PM
I haven't the chance to go through all 42 pages in this thread but whats your rating on John Carpenter's The Thing?

I liked it, though I haven't seen it in decades.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: dave jenkins on May 24, 2016, 01:29:07 PM
I liked it, though I haven't seen it in decades.
This is so scary. We're like psychic twins now!


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on May 25, 2016, 12:08:26 PM
Knife in the Water (1962) I saw it first in the early '70's, in a cinema, of course. Then again on TV, but this third time undubbed. I remembered little of the plot development, actually I thought there was a mounting tension between the 2 males which is not the case, as the fight comes almost by chance. I think that all the speech of the wife to the boy is too didactical ("You will become like him") and it doesn't rhyme with the character who doesn0t seem to have a gripe with the husband. But still it is the best Polansky with Chinatown (though I haven't seen The Pianist).


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: dave jenkins on May 25, 2016, 12:21:23 PM
But still it is the best Polansky with Chinatown (though I haven't seen The Pianist).
No love for Tess?


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on May 25, 2016, 12:54:24 PM
No love for Tess?

I think I couldn't make it beyond the first 15'.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on May 26, 2016, 11:30:30 AM
The Thing (1982) As a thriller is well paced, right from the start. The special effects are still effective, maybe even too much. What doesn't work is the fact that you can see it is all shot in a studio, with a few exceptions. Still it earns 8/10.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on May 27, 2016, 02:39:22 AM
Nella città l'inferno (1959) The only, superficial,  thing in common with forerunner (?) Caged is the "progress" of the naive inmate to prostitute. But there all connections end. First of all Masina is as miscast as can be: not only she's very old for the part, as noted by jinxy, but she's made to talk with a roughly venetian accent which is clearly not hers (she's from Bologna's vicinity), so she's twice a bogus. The Magnani character is just as bogus, as all the other ones of the inmates in the movie, about whom we know little, if anything.  The jail looks like a summer camp with bars, run by benevolent nuns and no Hope Emerson in sight.
Magnani is full of advices to her companions, which doesn't explain her violent reaction to Masina's tribute to her mentor. A good bad lady, melodramatic as can be. Masina's acting is embarrassing, her gestures and mimicry can be anticipated 2 seconds before. Same for most of Magnani's, who has the advantage, though, to speak her native tongue, though she sometimes (too many times) slides into an italian which doesn't rhyme with her character's linguistic faculties. Same goes for the direction, that betrays too many times itself in too clearly staged shots. The only moment where the movie overcomes itself is with the uncredited appearance of Sordi: as monumental as he was in the late '50's. 6/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: dave jenkins on May 27, 2016, 06:29:10 AM
The only moment where the movie overcomes itself is with the uncredited appearance of Sordi: as monumental as he was in the late '50's. 6/10
I forgot to mention him! Yeah, that was a surprise when he cameo-ed, a very pleasant one. Who was the old man?


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on May 27, 2016, 08:25:44 AM
I forgot to mention him! Yeah, that was a surprise when he cameo-ed, a very pleasant one. Who was the old man?

No idea. Never seen before.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on May 29, 2016, 06:26:03 PM
Madigan's Millions (1968) Actually shot in 1967, I think. So it should be Hoffman's screen debut, though the movie found a distributor only after The Graduate was a hit. The only good thing is Elsa Martinelli, though Hoffman is impeccable in comedic routines quite lame. Lots of roman exteriors and well known faces of italian b movies make this crap get a 4/10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eleqXRSnUmY


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on May 30, 2016, 04:03:10 PM
The Seven Year Itch (1955) The screentest of Matthau shows how this could have been a better movie, though the censorship mangled the original theatre text. But of course you watch the movie for Monroe, as adorable as usual. Unfortunately, for a comedy, it's not very funny.  6/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on June 03, 2016, 03:51:19 PM
Lady of Burlesque (1943) Actually, there is little of burlesque risqué, for censorship reasons. The names of Wellman and Stanwyck (here as a mediocre singer but as amazing, for a non professional, dancer) rescue this from being a simple serial episode of the crime genre. But the only memorable scenes are those with Stanwyck: if you're a fan of hers don't miss it, otherwise go elsewhere.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCa1qNPINgE

 6/10

As I have also the novel, I'll check it asap.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on June 05, 2016, 05:51:15 PM
The Misfits (1961) You could see the last half hour and get the gist of it. The first 90' are pretty boring, though Gable is huge and Marilyn is her usual good too except that their characters are inconsistent. But the last part, with the horse chase, thanx to Huston is interesting, though based on usual hollywooden melodrama. 6/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on June 06, 2016, 08:19:22 AM
Killing Them Softly (2012) So you're a delinquent planning to hit a local mobsters cardgame hive with the certainty that the mobsters won't come after you because the blame will be put on the hive's mob representative who did the trick before himself and is still there not only to tell it but with his role untouched (this is for d&d). So who the half delinquent picks up for the job? A half-moron just out of prison who picks as pard a junkie who is half stoned all the time, of course (and what is the music YOU would pick up when he does his smack? Of course not VU's Heroin). They do the trick and, of course, the junkie spills the beans at once to one of the mob's connections. OK. So what would you do if you were not a half-moron? Leave town, of course: you have the money to do it. But of course nobody does so they just patiently wait for mob's hitmen to get to them. They're lucky one of the hitmen is even more moron than they are, so they have some respite.   As the plot is so simple it has to be filled up with dialogues on, mostly, sex. And that makes it even more boring. Pitt is as credible, as a hitman, as Gandolfini is. I give it 6/10 only because of the spectacular  Liotta's killing.   


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on June 06, 2016, 11:30:20 PM
Girls in Prison (1956) Promising title for 90' of boredom. 2-3 girls are pretty, but all they show is their faces. 2/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on June 08, 2016, 11:24:09 AM
Monkey Business (1952) A comedy which doesn't make you laugh. Some scenes are ermbarrassing (Grant as Indian, honeymoon revival). Rogers was 41 and looks like 60, Monroe towers over the whole cast in her small role. 5/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on June 10, 2016, 04:56:42 AM
Something's Gotta Give (1962) What was shot of the Monroe's last movie shows that this was a comedy with a very good potential thanx to MM and Dino. The famous swimming pool scenes take your breath away as MM once inserted in the story, though I doubt they could have made it on the screen (MM shows her naked buttocks). A pity at least another third of the movie could not be shot because of the star's tantrums.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVfKpx-aSRk


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: cigar joe on June 11, 2016, 04:51:17 AM
Something's Gotta Give (1962) What was shot of the Monroe's last movie shows that this was a comedy with a very good potential thanx to MM and Dino. The famous swimming pool scenes take your breath away as MM once inserted in the story, though I doubt they could have made it on the screen (MM shows her naked buttocks). A pity at least another third of the movie could not be shot because of the star's tantrums.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVfKpx-aSRk

 O0 O0 O0


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on June 11, 2016, 12:20:58 PM
Let's Make Love (1960) Lame romantic comedy, too long and, even worse, too centered on Montand instead of MM. But some musical numbers, though not executed at the best both on stage and by Cukor, make it watchable. 6/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on June 21, 2016, 04:21:08 PM
Le ultime ore del Che (2004) Very interesting documentary on the last hours of the juvenile icon. I kept wondering all through the vision what would have happened to him had Washington not ordered to kill him in cold blood. Maybe it was his luck. 8/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: Kurug3n on June 22, 2016, 07:45:56 PM
Killing Them Softly (2012)

I give it 6/10 only because of the spectacular  Liotta's killing.   

What I seem to understand, criminals from Boston are a different breed. The novel has even more dialogue to hide the simple plot so if you want to enjoy more of the language, read it. Some of it hits more than misses for me, especially the dialogue concerning the suicidal women with Russell.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on June 26, 2016, 06:25:20 PM
Chapaiev (1935) Routine war propaganda movie, which was considered a masterpiece for too long a time. Propaganda, steretypes and everything you have learned from war movies made in the '30's and '40's. I give it 6/10 onl because the battle senes are well made (even the demonstration on the kitchen table) and there's no MacLaglen. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTt2yNo0FBk&list=WL&index=64


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: drinkanddestroy on July 13, 2016, 11:12:34 PM
The Insider (1999) Boredom. I was about to cut vision after 20 minutes. Got to the end to know the facts but 2 & 1/2 h. to get to the point is too much. Pacino goes through the motions while Crowe is miscast and adds bad playing to the character. The rest is pure hollywood triviality. 4/10

I just saw this movie, and also considered keeping it on only to find out what happens, but shut it off halfway through. It's awful. (Besides, I could get the facts in 5 minutes from Wikipedia. Not that the movie is accurate anyway.) Russell Crowe is atrocious, the accents are awful, as is the camerawork. Pacino and Plummer are great actors, but they are not on screen nearly enough - at least not in the first half, the only half I saw. Crowe and his wife are awful awful awful.

By the way, Dickie Scruggs, the lawyer, was later sent to prison - for trying to bribe a judge who was ruling on a dispute over legal fees he was having with other lawyers in a different lawsuit. Scruggs is a millionaire many times over from his various lawsuits. Anyway, a few years ago, he was among a team of lawyers that won a big lawsuit (or perhaps a settlement?) from insurance companies related to Hurricane Katrina.  The legal team got $26 million to split among themselves, but then they started squabbling over how to split it. So a judge has to decide how the $26 million legal fee will be split. So Scruggs has one of his lawyer buddies go to the judge in the case and offer him a $40,000 bribe to rule favorably for Scruggs in the case. The judge immediately reports the bribe attempt, and Scruggs is arrested and gets a stiff prison sentence. This multimillionaire, all his millions were not enough for him. He was sentences to 7 years in prison. Read about it on wikipedia.

This guy is a crook. The Wall Street Journal editorial board has been bashing him for years - as I recall, some state attorneys general whom he is buddies with gave him cases to sue companies ... and he gets paid with contingency fees. So he has the full powers of a state attorney general, in cases he is taking not for the public good but for contingency fees. Then, of course, who do you think is among the biggest political donors to the attorneys general? Is there something corrupt about that or what????

If you want to read more about it, just Google "Dickie Scruggs Wall Street Journal." A whole bunch of articles will come up. A crook that guy is, and his cronies, the state attorneys general

As I was saying .... THE INSIDER is a crappy movie  ;)


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on July 18, 2016, 11:17:24 AM
The Arrangement (1969) I saw it in the '80's but having read the novel lately, I gave it another try. The first curiosity was the naked scenes featuring Dunaway (!) and Kerr (!!!): they're all bogus. They're wearing panties in the bed scenes with Douglas and the buttocks are courtesy of understudies. :-\
Then there is the question of Boone being younger than Douglas but playing his father: ridiculous. The novel is a 500 pages brick based on a main character with little credibility, hanging between vague aspirations and drab reality (or so he thinks), surrounded by characters just as inconsistent. The movie follows the text quite closely but strangely, though the novel sold a million, it bombed. Probably the main problem was Douglas, who in spite of his efforts, CANNOT play credibly a tormented soul (see his Van Gogh). I don't think it's worth more than 5/10 


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on July 20, 2016, 01:19:09 AM
The Gospel According to Philip K. Dick (2001) A series of interview to friends and fans. It concentrates on the mystic phase of the writer. Only for fans and completists. 6/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on July 23, 2016, 07:37:22 AM
Rabid (1977) Regular zombie/vampire flick by Cronenberg who, although keeps grinding some of his themes, this time keeps the plot going though the movie's small budget. But the movie is worth watching anyway if you like Marilyn Chambers. I do. 7/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on July 28, 2016, 03:18:06 PM
Noi donne siamo fatte così (1971) A lesser Risi. Saw in a theatre, saw it again yesterday and won't see it again. 5/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on July 28, 2016, 03:21:26 PM
Noi donne siamo fatte così (1971) A lesser Risi. Saw in a theatre, saw it again yesterday and won't see it again. 5/10

Here is the only funny episode: "A Working Day".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Herx00gqaqo



Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on July 29, 2016, 10:14:27 AM
The Merchant of Venice (2004) Edwige Fenech was executive producer for this adaptation which starred Giancarlo Giannini in the title  role, dubbed visually by Pacino. Irons is his usual catatonic self. The play is uneven, it is worth watching only when Giannini 's got the word (how annoying is the squeaky voice speaking in english emitted by Pacino). I'll watch asap the bbc rendition and evaluate better. Giannini takes anyway 10/10, the rest (including Shakespeare) a generous 6/10. 


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: dave jenkins on July 29, 2016, 05:30:03 PM
Here is the only funny episode: "A Working Day".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Herx00gqaqo
A variation on a joke Hitchcock used to tell, one he originally read as a cartoon, I believe. The new stuff is everything after the lady leaves the concert performance. The final simulation of the cymbals being played against the non-diegetic soundtrack is a nice touch (pun intended). The visual style, of course, owes everything to Jacques Tati, but it's very well done. It gave me several chuckles.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on July 29, 2016, 05:57:50 PM
I'm sure the turnaround on herself as the train passengers step beside her was taken somewhere but for me it was the funniest moment.

I remembered two other episodes from the movie. One of these (title: L'allumeuse, i.e. The seductress) might even be appreciated by non italian speakers:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zb-gfvAX90



Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: dave jenkins on July 29, 2016, 06:35:24 PM
I'm sure the turnaround on herself as the train passengers step beside her was taken somewhere but for me it was the funniest moment.
It is very funny.

Quote
I remembered two other episodes from the movie. One of these (title: L'allumeuse, i.e. The seductress) might even be appreciated by non italian speakers:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zb-gfvAX90
This is OK. I get the gist and the twist, but obviously I'm missing something.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on July 29, 2016, 06:51:32 PM
It is very funny.
This is OK. I get the gist and the twist, but obviously I'm missing something.

If you get the gist and the twist can't see what else you can be missing. The gist is that while she's dining with her husband to be, the old man is aware she's looking at him, which makes infuriate his wife; then she stares at the moustached sicilian who thinks she wants to seduce him with her pervert husband's complicity ; and then it's the turn of the dyke. And finally the twist.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: dave jenkins on July 29, 2016, 07:20:57 PM
If you get the gist and the twist can't see what else you can be missing. The gist is that while she's dining with her husband to be, the old man is aware she's looking at him, which makes infuriate his wife; then she stares at the moustached sicilian who thinks she wants to seduce him with her pervert husband's complicity ; and then it's the turn of the dyke. And finally the twist.
Well, I didn't get that it was her husband-to-be, and I didn't get that the second guy thought the flirting was all with the husband's complicity and finally I wasn't sure the woman who came in was a dyke. But otherwise . . . .


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on August 09, 2016, 02:45:52 AM
Abbasso la ricchezza! (1946) Lame comedy with a couple of good moments. Magnani and De Sica rehearse for characters fully developed in the years to come. Magnani singing a famous roman song is the highlight of the movie. For inscrutable reasons the dvd is english captioned. 6/10 


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on August 09, 2016, 09:14:52 AM
Ma non è una cosa seria (1936) Based on a Pirandello's play, as the director says, is as non-pirandellian as can be, with no reason to watch it except for the usual impeccable Camerini's  direction and the De Sica's performance. 5/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on August 09, 2016, 02:14:33 PM
Gli uomini che mascalzoni (1932) Now the only reason to watch it is De Sica singing the famous song by Bixio Cherubini. This romantic comedy has got the advantage of lasting barely a hour. 6/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on August 11, 2016, 05:55:39 PM
You'll Never Get Rich (1941) Very promising at the start as a comedy, it gets boggled in the mire of the army stuff, not the best landscape for Astaire's antics, though they're a joy to see anyway. Only a great song and dance number, this one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qn7YcPQgPDo

But even the dancing duet at the beginning is great. 6/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on August 21, 2016, 11:49:14 AM
The Third Reich, in Color (Das Dritte Reich - In Farbe) (1998)

A random collection of material which manages to be very interesting as it redefines your visual idea of those years. A must see for all the people interested in the era. 8/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on August 22, 2016, 02:37:24 PM
Frantic (1987) Liked it more this second time. A great thriller maybe just a 10 minutes too long and the finale could have done without Seigner's death. The Maestro ladles the usual music already heard at least a dozen times before. 8/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on August 24, 2016, 08:11:00 AM
Hitler eine Bilanz Teil 05 Der Kriegsherr (1995)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_pLBjLQbWg

Interesting documentary about Hitler as warlord, mainly for interviews with veterans. 7/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on August 25, 2016, 11:22:36 AM
Capone (1975) Uhm, Browne's screenplay is well..., takes liberties with facts, if I remember well what Allsop and Kobler wrote down. I don't think Browne had better sources at the time. So one may wonder at how Capone got the clap, which led him first to madness and then to death, as he is shown living like a monk and got himself just a love story with a wealthy girl who was killed in an failed attempt at killing her lover. Or the  fact that what got him into prison were not the untouchables (nowhere to be seen) but Nitti's betrayal. And how Torrio came to the decision to retire is all a work of fantasy. Gazzara is even more unconvincing than Robards in the role: he lacks the vulgarity, the flamboyance of Capone. But he reaches greatness when playing Capone before dying, gone mad: De Niro has nothing on him. This must have been Stallone's first major role: he is inexpressive as usual, but refrains from the goofy mimicry he'll adopt for his future famous characters. So this is probably his best role before F.I.S.T.   A city car chase it is probably the best one set in 20's Chicago. The OST apes Rota. 7/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on August 25, 2016, 04:52:55 PM
L'allenatore nel pallone (1984) THE b-movie about football. It can't be understood outside of Italy, maybe not a great loss. But even funnier than Banfi (here at his best) is The Baron Liedholm because he's unchanged here commenting the result of a fake match as when he was commenting real matches.  7/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on August 27, 2016, 11:57:32 AM
Le stagioni dell'aquila (1997) A collection of sequences from fascist newsreel. Some I had never seen before. The italian dvd has got english subtitles. 7/10

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnpQF4HNvr0


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on August 30, 2016, 12:39:03 AM
Le notti bianche (1957) I caught snippets of it on tv and thought it was boring. So I postponed the integral vision. Then I bought a box set where it is included and finally gave it a try. It is still boring but there are some interesting features. The scenography of an entirelly studio reconstructed Leghorn. Some shots like the almost final one of Schell going from Mastroianni to Marais. But the movie is too long for a very thin story. The casting of Schell is all wrong: I never liked this "actress" who can only laugh or cry (Calamai, though showing her age, is still much sexier).  And then, it is hard to think that Mastroianni would be wasting much time with her and that she would take Marais over him for no apparent reason. Some of the dialogues are stilted. Mastroianni improvising that "dance" adds another minus. Still he is above his material and shows why he was among the best actors ever. So it's 5/10.   


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on August 30, 2016, 09:13:11 AM
Franco Cristaldi e il suo cinema Paradiso (2009) An interesting documentary on one of Italy's most important producers. Lots of interesting interviews and never seen screen tests of famous actors, the most impressive being for me the one in english of Frank Wolff for Salvatore Giuliano. The italian dvd is english captioned. 8/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on August 31, 2016, 04:23:16 PM
Blind Date aka Chance Meeting (1959) CJ would probably dub it noir, or semi-noir or whatever label turns up handy to him but really it is a good small-budgeted detective movie, with a great Stanley Baker (very well dubbed by Gazzolo) and the other 2 good leads. I saw it in the '80's but liked it best this time. I'll try to re-watch The Criminal which is even better. 7/10

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9x8rsiOdTQ


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on September 02, 2016, 11:51:17 AM
Adolf Hitler – Eine Bilanz: Der Erpresser (1995)  Lots of clips I had never seen before. 8/10 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkZDctl0ukE


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: drinkanddestroy on September 07, 2016, 12:02:34 PM
A Foreign Affair (1948) Not as good as it would have been some years later, when Wilder perfected his kind of cynical comedy. Here the Hollywood clichés are given undue space, especially in the finale. Still watchable for the Dietrich songs and a handful of good lines. 7/10


I just saw this movie, on TCM.

I'm not really qualified to comment, since I am not really into comedy, but I guess this is decent as far as that goes. Yes, very cynical.
I can never understand how Jean Arthur was such a star in her day. She has maybe the most annoying voice of any actress in Hollywood history.

I did not like Dietrich's songs, although she is always interesting to watch, she performs them well. The songs themselves are stupid. And in the "Ruins of Berlin" song, her voice sounds awful. The "Black Market" song is not really a song; she is just talking with music playing in the background.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on September 21, 2016, 05:22:31 AM
George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011) A good documentary as it concentrates on H.'s personality, especially his involvement with spirituality, finally persuading me to remain atheist. Featured is the worst version of "What Is Life" one can ever dream of; and though his split personality is spoken of often, not much is made out of it as this was produced by family. But in 3h and 1/2 of material is hard not to find some new item even for diehard fans. 8/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on September 22, 2016, 02:14:35 PM
Lo chiamavano Jeeg Robot (2016) This has been praised over here  like the spaghetti answer to Marvel or DC stuff (or words to that effect). Actually it is something in the Gomorra or Romanzo criminale style plus the  superhero, but effectively so. the problem is the love story which takes too much screen time: a cut of 30' would have made this a 8/10 stuff. I give it 7/10 in spite of the amateurishness of most of the cast (though the girl seems to have great jugs) as it is very original and funny watching to superheroes fighting  while pronouncing lines with roman accent.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on September 26, 2016, 11:21:49 AM
Perfect Friday (1970) Normally this would get 7/10 like CJ gave it, but Andress is still in her prime here (not, alas, like will happen in an italian sexy comedy a few years later) so, although when I saw it in the cinema it was 10/10, I still give it 8/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on September 28, 2016, 02:42:07 PM
Italian Noir: The Story of Italian Crime Fiction (2010)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6vkPr-YE_g

Not much of a History, but rather a collection of interviews wih some important figures of italian crime fiction. Some of the writers are very hard to classify as noir: I would like to see the face of Gadda (but also of Sciascia) if they dubbed him as a crime writer, let alone noir writer. But it is a good introduction to the genre. 8/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on September 29, 2016, 05:28:22 PM
Nordic Noir: The Story of Scandinavian Crime Fiction (2010) As above.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on October 18, 2016, 03:55:38 PM
Le Fanfaron (1962) I was curious to watch it with Trintignant dubbing himself, but no big affair. His italian voice (Paolo Ferrari, a very good actor always relegated to character acting) is much better. The roman accent of Gassman is part of his character (and of most of the italian comedy characters) and can't be translated into any other language. Still I am always fascinated by this great movie.   


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on October 25, 2016, 05:53:34 PM
Snatch (2000) A Tarantino rip-off, with some  interesting editing trick but cartoon characters, even more artificial than their models. 6/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: noodles_leone on October 26, 2016, 03:37:09 AM
Snatch (2000) A Tarantino rip-off, with some  interesting editing trick but cartoon characters, even more artificial than their models. 6/10

You're describing a 8/10.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: Kurug3n on October 26, 2016, 01:58:57 PM
Snatch (2000) A Tarantino rip-off, with some  interesting editing trick but cartoon characters, even more artificial than their models. 6/10

In the commentary Guy Ritchie states that the editor, Jon Harris, saved the picture since Ritchie didn't think there was much to what he shot.

You're describing a 8/10.

What would you give it?


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on October 26, 2016, 04:19:23 PM
In the commentary Guy Ritchie states that the editor, Jon Harris, saved the picture since Ritchie didn't think there was much to what he shot.



Of course, I didn't hear any commentary. Actually I saw a dubbed copy.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: Kurug3n on October 26, 2016, 06:10:20 PM
Of course, I didn't hear any commentary. Actually I saw a dubbed copy.

Nothing of major interest except for the editing information and the scene where Brad Pitt is being introduced is him taking a shit behind the car. Also, I have no idea on a dubbed version would sound when it came to Brad Pitt's character's accent.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on October 26, 2016, 09:29:47 PM
Nothing of major interest except for the editing information and the scene where Brad Pitt is being introduced is him taking a shit behind the car. Also, I have no idea on a dubbed version would sound when it came to Brad Pitt's character's accent.
Neither have I.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on October 31, 2016, 06:13:04 PM
La Nuit Des Espions (a.k.a. Double Agents; Night Encounter) (1959)

The idea was not bad for a movie made on a budget where the only cost was the film. But the story doesn't hold the interest for 80' and you end up not caring who is who. 3/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on November 01, 2016, 06:20:53 PM
Er ist wieder da (2015) The idea was far from original, but it had to be put in images sooner or later. The problem is that the movie hangs between comedy and drama, between politically correct and uncorrect. I think a politically uncorrect comedy would have suited the subject better, but Teutschland and comedy do not go together well. 8/10 though.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on November 02, 2016, 06:54:14 AM
Collateral (2004) As it plays at night somebody dubbed it noir, but it is the usual action movie with absurd premises (the killer buffoon who tries his best to get caught, like going around with the same taxi driver, the same identifiable taxi with a corpse in the trunk and doing interminable pseudo-deep reflections and dialogues which allow the movie to run 2h instead of 90'). Still it has good scenes and gets 7/10.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: Kurug3n on November 02, 2016, 01:31:07 PM
Collateral (2004) As it plays at night somebody dubbed it noir, but it is the usual action movie with absurd premises (the killer buffoon who tries his best to get caught, like going around with the same taxi driver, the same identifiable taxi with a corpse in the trunk and doing interminable pseudo-deep reflections and dialogues which allow the movie to run 2h instead of 90'). Still it has good scenes and gets 7/10.

From the way it read, I thought it was gonna be a 5/10 score. Ripping this directly off the wikipedia page for Neo-Noir:
Quote
Robert Arnett states that "Neo-noir has become so amorphous as a genre/movement, any film featuring a detective or crime qualifies."

Seems like the term 'neo-noir' is just a catch all.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: cigar joe on November 02, 2016, 02:08:48 PM
From the way it read, I thought it was gonna be a 5/10 score. Ripping this directly off the wikipedia page for Neo-Noir:
Seems like the term 'neo-noir' is just a catch all.

Not only a catch all but a marketing tool. It's cool to be noir.

For me the real Neo Noirs are the ones that strongly embrace the visual stylistics of Noir, the shadows, the Dutch angles, depth of field, high and low angles, etc., etc. along with a good noir-ish plot. So far from 1960 to the present I have about 100 films that I've seen that I consider Neo Noir, the rest are just Crime films. I thought Collateral had sufficient enough style to be included, I think I gave it a 7/10 also.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on November 18, 2016, 11:15:03 AM
Inferno (2016) It simplifies the novel and makes it more logical. Usual timewaster. 6/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on November 26, 2016, 05:48:03 PM
The Shuttered Room (1967) Straw Dogs plus a horror-like moronic tag which helps making it be considered in the wrong genre. But without the horror part this is much better than Peckinpah's minor movie: the use of landscape and direction are first-rate and so the pace of the narrative. Oliver Reed is a convinging thug and the jazzy OST pleasing. 7/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on December 13, 2016, 04:03:46 AM
American Ultra (2015) Crappy b action movie. If you jump the dialogues you have 20 minutes of good action scenes with a couple of original, I presume, turns. 5/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on December 20, 2016, 04:03:21 PM
Cincinnati Kid (1965) Interesting that Peckinpah had worked on the movie 2 weeks before Jewison took the helm. P. was, strangely, shooting in B&W but, as J. observed, as many shoots include black and red cards, it was odd to opt for no colour. Anyway the movie gets 8/10. For the first time I really liked Ann-Margret. 


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on January 10, 2017, 02:28:34 PM
The Sound of Music (1965) I've finally forced myself, after 50 years, to watch it. Hadn't realized before that JA was playing again Mary Poppins, even taking the bag from that character. Unfortunately the movie can't hold a candle to the Disney masterpiece.The story is the zero degree of inventiveness, the dialogues stink so it remains the music. I've discovered a couple of songs, apart from My Favourite Things, one could even be very good. 4/10 to the movie, 7/10 to the score.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on January 11, 2017, 06:20:35 AM
Sans mobile apparent (1971) Routine cop movie based on a Lombino's 87th Pr. novel. I think it was very badly directed and Trintignant miscast. Laura Antonelli beautiful as usual, best thing in the movie. Morricone's score has the arrangement of the '60's stuff (whistle, Flugelhorn solos) but the tunes are not as catchy. 5/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on January 11, 2017, 12:47:49 PM
Suicide Squad (2016). Suicide movie for kids, boring as hell. 2/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: Kurug3n on January 12, 2017, 12:08:22 PM
Suicide Squad (2016). Suicide movie for kids, boring as hell. 2/10

Is this your first comic book movie?


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on January 12, 2017, 03:29:48 PM
Is this your first comic book movie?

No, it isn't. I reviewed many before here. But this was boring and absolutely unoriginal. Actually I like the D.C. and Marvel comic heroes, but here just all that crap with Smith's daughter makes me puke. The Special effects are 15 years old, maybe more. The first fight with the Mussel (or whatever they were)) Men embarrassing. Shall I have to continue?


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: Kurug3n on January 12, 2017, 04:48:15 PM
No, it isn't. I reviewed many before here. But this was boring and absolutely unoriginal. Actually I like the D.C. and Marvel comic heroes, but here just all that crap with Smith's daughter makes me puke. The Special effects are 15 years old, maybe more. The first fight with the Mussel (or whatever they were)) Men embarrassing. Shall I have to continue?

I hope I didn't infer the feeling as though I judging your original score. I haven't seen Suicide Squad and never really cared much for it from the trailers. I was just wondering because I haven't noticed any other comic book reviews, I guess I wasn't paying much attention. But I do enjoy reading your write ups so please continue if you have more to say.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on January 14, 2017, 10:27:04 AM
Mechanic Resurrection (2016) At IMDB nobody saves it. but I think it's just a run-of-the-mill action movie with some good action scenes and a tolerable pace. 6/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on January 14, 2017, 02:27:20 PM
The Infiltrator (2016) Another John Leguizamo movie. It seems this guy's everywhere, like Nicole Kidman was a few years ago. Usually these undercover cop movies are talky, slow-paced and, with a few exceptions, boring. This is no exception, especially as there's not the Mafia's subcultural codes and mafiosi odd characters to enliven it. Also, the protagonist is anonymous as his character, and that doesn't help: my first meeting with Brian Cranston and can't say I had missed him. 5/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on January 14, 2017, 03:35:25 PM
Never Back Down: No Surrender (2016) Kickboxing flick. I presume it's the regular slop served. 6/10?


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on January 16, 2017, 01:04:18 AM
My Voyage to Italy (2001) A very personal journey which risks to be misleading to those who think the movies picked up for examination by Scorsese are the most influential in Italian cinema. Maybe abroad they were, but I think that the main genre of italian cinema was the comedy. It is the comedy that kept, and still keeps, the italian cinema alive or about. Scorsese's opinions are just about right (especially his appreciation of I vitelloni) except in his evaluation of Visconti, especially when he liquidates his masterpiece Bellissima as a minor effort. But that it is not surprising, as that movie is both a comedy, where you have to appreciate the shades of the languages spoken by the characters, and it makes fun of neorealism to boot. 8/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on January 28, 2017, 12:29:10 AM
Edge of Darkness (2010) Mediocre Mel Gibson thriller with not an ounce of originality and with an improbable and slow-moving, almost actionless plot. 4/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on February 15, 2017, 09:40:21 AM
Starship Troopers (1997) Read the novel too long time ago, will have to return to it. I don't remember there were two beautiful girls like the ones here, but that was for the best as the action in the movie gets slowed down, as it is only to be expected, especially in the first part.  Still it's a good time-waster, with lots of winks to Kubrick's FMJ, Vietnam's TV coverage and USA jingoistic rhetoric.  7/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: XhcnoirX on February 15, 2017, 10:50:34 AM
Edge of Darkness (2010) Mediocre Mel Gibson thriller with not an ounce of originality and with an improbable and slow-moving, almost actionless plot. 4/10

The mid 80s British mini series it's based on, also called 'Edge Of Darkness', is way better.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: stanton on February 15, 2017, 01:58:28 PM
The mid 80s British mini series it's based on, also called 'Edge Of Darkness', is way better.

Yes, that one was pretty good. Great roles for Bob Peck and Joe Don Baker. Directed by Martin Campbell, later director of 2 of the best Bond movies. 9/10

The Mel Gibson film is ok, not more. 5/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on February 15, 2017, 04:28:26 PM
Eight days a week (2016) Some recording one may have missed, good colorization of old b&w  very well known material and good  editing of pics. Usual very well known facts in the new interviews. But of course is strictly fans material.  8/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on March 07, 2017, 10:08:09 PM
Bronson (2008) I thought it was a crime movie but it is only the portrait of a psycho (and so the story has little to say: a good hour is made up of repetitions of the first prison experience). I kept wondering why the british authorities (but most of all the prison guards) put up with such a scum for so many years and always gave him a chance to start all over again. In a USA jailhouse he would have lasted, maybe, a month. Over here, without any question,  a couple of days. I watched it through just to see if anything different happened, but it doesn't: so one can see the first 20 minutes and turn off. 4/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on March 25, 2017, 06:09:38 PM
All Women Are Bad (1969) At IMDB somebody hinted at noir elements, but this is just a piece of sexploitation, boring as hell, not redeemed by a good dose of boobs and buns by not beautiful females. Only point of interest might be the supposedly first appearance on film of Gerard Damiano. 3/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on April 05, 2017, 05:38:33 AM
Geißel des Fleisches  (1965) Austria's contribute to sexploitation, it has a good beginning, with quality display of boobs and buns, but after the scene with the hitchhiker the plot goes stretched, boring, with interminable going nowhere trial and cop scenes. A pity. Herbert Fux is good as usual, though the premise of his character is moronic: he kills women because they find his looks repulsive (!). 6/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on June 06, 2017, 03:55:01 AM
Winter Kills (1979) Another '70's conspiracy thriller, a self-proclaiming re-reading of the Kennedy's murder, which manages somehow to keep you interested in spite of unexplained plot twists (the multiple attempts on Bridges life). Not as good as Parallax View or Condor, but well worth a watching, especially for the final scene with Bridges and Huston, which alone could raise the rating to 8/10..


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on June 26, 2017, 11:36:42 AM
Okasareta hakui (Violated Angels) (1967) Hadn't realized how much furnished were jap girls backwise. This is a T&A sexploitation flick I had wanted to watch, but didn't manage to, since the early '70's when it was shown in a small cinema over here. But I had no idea that it was about a serial killer and quite disturbing at that. Still at not even an hour of lenght it is 15' too long, trying to give some reason for the psycho's behaviour. 7/10


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: titoli on June 28, 2017, 12:36:44 AM
Pasazerka (Passenger) (1963)

Considered by many the best movie on concentration camps, it is certainly a remarkable movie but it suffers, maybe, from its not having been completed by the prematurely dead author.  What it doesn't work, for me, is its not making clear the game the protagonist plays with her victim (is she a lesbian?): but maybe the subtitles translator didn't make her/his work fine. On the other hand, the recreation of daily life in the camp it has all the force of a documentary. And the absence of whatever trace of melodrama gives it a 7-8/10.


Title: Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
Post by: cigar joe on September 19, 2017, 12:45:10 PM
Vivre sa vie (1962) This has got to do with prostitution as much as Inside Llewyn Davis with music. A pity because at the start it seemed that Godard wanted to make a movie. The story it's interesting until the girl gets herself a pimp: from the on it's all a waste of time. Michel Legrand signed probably his worst OST. I give it 6/10 because of the exteriors of Paris.  

Saw this last night agree a 6/10