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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: Yesterday at 05:40:28 AM »
The Oscar (1966) - So bad it's good. With Stephen Boyd, Elke Sommer, Tony Bennett (!), Jill St. John, Joseph Cotton, Eleanor Parker, Ernie B. The turgid script is by Harlan Ellison. Film: 2/10. Entertainment value: 10/10. Restoration and transfer to Blu-ray: 10/10.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: February 20, 2020, 08:26:24 AM »
Klute (1971) - The Parallax View is more entertaining but this is probably the better movie - though it's too meandering and you can nitpick the reason why Sutherland's Klute character was even hired in the first place. Jane Fonda is unusually tolerable, but I would have liked to see someone like Karen Black, Susan George, Suzy Kendall or Candice Bergen in the role. I'd say Raquel Welch but I don't know if she had the chops. C+

Noodles L says it's all about atmosphere, but it's phony atmosphere. The 70s were never really like that. Hollywood falsifies everything, but that's okay if you have an interesting story to tell. This doesn't cut it in the story department, so it's really just a colossal waste of time.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: February 20, 2020, 08:15:05 AM »
Do the filmmakers deserve the credit for the Russell casting in the non-Carpenter inspired movie, or should you receive the credit for pointing that out (which is good stuff)? I'd probably argue the latter.
You are treading dangerously close to academic territory. Beware!

Other Films / Re: The Last Sunset (1961)
« on: February 19, 2020, 11:29:20 AM »

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: February 19, 2020, 07:59:56 AM »

I'm not saying Death Proof is without entertainment value, it's a Tarantino movie, and he's by nature almost incapable of making something without value....but the formula of Death Proof does reflect most of the bad criticism of his work. I think it bombed because of the double feature aspect, which was a noble idea, but that wasn't the type of movie that was going to initially connect with audiences. And it felt like a B-side project from the get go. We'll have to agree to disagree about Death Proof because I thought it was a waste of QT's time and talent - and looking at it through that lens of a huge Carpenter fan, that QT Russell collaboration was an enormous waste of potential. That's the movie you want Kurt Russell to star in?

You have some valid points but I think the idea of treating Death Proof separately from the other Grindhouse film is wrong-headed. Yes, it's a B-side project, because it's on the bottom of the bill with the Rodriquez film . . . the gag is that the first film is the Carpenter clone,  but Russell is in the other film. And that film plays as a Tarantino rip-off with a few  non-Tarantino elements mixed  in--yet another gag. Sure, most people don't have patience for this kind of thing,  but it tickles me every time.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: February 18, 2020, 10:40:03 AM »
A Robert Taylor Weekend!

High Wall (1947) - 7/10. Kind of a low-rent Spellbound: Bob has blackouts and a dead wife; Audrey Totter is the shrink who loves him. With guest culprit Herbert Marshall!

Waterloo Bridge (1940) - 4/10. Vivien Leigh is beautiful; Bob is too, but a bit annoying with his 24/7 "can-do" routine. The plot depends repeatedly on characters not sharing important info with other characters, impossible to imagine in real life. Such contrivance works against the pathos the film so desperately wants to portray.

Bob cannot act but he had those classic screen idol looks that made his career possible. I have to concede, moreover,  that he had a pretty good voice. With talent he could have been bigger than Gable or Power (NOT RR).

A Fistful of Dollars / Re: Deleted FISTFUL OF DOLLARS scene
« on: February 18, 2020, 10:17:45 AM »
I have some stills indicating a deleted FOD scene. In one still, the Clint Eastwood character (JOE) is standing behind a wall with a stick of dynamite in his hand. In another still, Sergio Leone can be seen walking past a group of Mexican bandits (wearing sombreros) sitting around a table outside - the location is clearly Los Albaricoques, where Manco and Colonel Mortimer shot apples from a tree in FAFDM. In a third still, there is a large explosion at exactly the spot where the Mexican bandits had been sitting. I presumed that this apparent deleted scene was described in the original Italian FOD script, but I have been unsuccessful in trying to obtain copies from a couple of sources, including Cineteca di Bologna, who have a copy belonging to the Leone family. I failed to contact members of the Leone family, despite numerous enquiries, emails and letters. Finally, I managed to track down a FOD script - second draft by Sergio Leone & Duccio Tessari (dated October, 1963) at the Margaret Herrick Library, Beverly Hills. Reproductions are not allowed, but someone kindly checked the script for me and she replied: "In the last pages of our FOD script the character PIRIPERO hands a stick of dynamite to JOE.  JOE takes the stick and throws it at a group of ROJO’S MEN who are gathered drinking. Then an explosion is heard off-camera during a later scene involving RAMON, ESTEBAN, and SILVANITO." This deleted scene explains the explosion and dust in the background just before the Eastwood character confronts Ramon and his men. Thus, JOE used the dynamite more effectively than the final edited film suggested. I was surprised that there was a script in English describing this deleted scene.
2020 and we're finding things out about Leone's films. This is amazing.  Someone has earned an entry in the SL Encyclopedia.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Steve McQueen
« on: February 16, 2020, 01:45:15 PM »

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: February 14, 2020, 09:24:34 AM »
Johnny O'clock (1947) - 8/10. See relevant thread.

Fear in the Night (1947) - 6/10. “Bones” McCoy beams down to an Earth-like world where all the colors of the visible spectrum have been suppressed. He has a strange dream which he soon realizes wasn’t a dream about killing a man (albeit in self-defense). On this planet there are beings who practice mind control, and he realizes he’s been elected Patsy #1. Happily, local law enforcement steps in and saves him before he beams back to the Enterprise. Tag line: “Next year I’m taking my vacation on Rigel 7!”

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Johnny O'Clock (1947)
« on: February 14, 2020, 08:24:12 AM »
Watched this again--man, what a film. Evelyn Keyes is quite fetching, and has a lot of fun with the verbal fencing. Dick Powell does his usual world-weary snark routine and to perfection. I liked the bit where, after learning a friend has betrayed him, he rips the guy's shirt off (earlier he'd given the guy the shirt as a gift). True, there's not a lot to the plot, but it's more than nothing. Ellen Drew makes a good lush and conniver. Thomas Gomez is good as the heavy heavy. There are a lot of non-essential bits that really make the film. There's a great routine where a nosy neighbor in an apartment building comes to see what police inspector Lee J. Cobb is up to and he sends her packing. Their exchange is a scream. The ending is rather lame and there isn't enough gun play, but on balance this rates an 8/10.

Once Upon A Time In America / Re: TCM Premiere OUATIA
« on: February 12, 2020, 12:05:20 PM »
Eddie Muller's intro

Eddie Muller's outro
Too bad, he doesn't have much to say. Well, this is a bit out of his area of expertise . . . I hope he made a bit of coin out of this, anyway.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Try And Get Me (aka - The Sound Of Fury) (1950)
« on: February 12, 2020, 07:43:22 AM »
I saw this on Noir Alley, for the first time. Restored by the Film Noir Foundation.

The first half, the crime scenes, is very good.

The second half gets into a lot of moralizing – the speeches by the Italian guy, the preaching about the media's sensationalism – and that is annoying. Then toward the end, the lynching scene is very good.

Lloyd Bridges is terrific as the bad guy.
A judicious analysis.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: February 12, 2020, 07:40:24 AM »
I also recently saw it for the first time. Not interesting. I’d probably also give it a 6/10 (a lower rating for me than you  ;))

I also saw for the first time La Belle Noisseuse. That was absolutely excruciating.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: February 10, 2020, 08:33:46 AM »
I saw this on Netflix. Miss Korea has nuthin but Netlix in her apartment - no BRD player, no TCM - so i am forced to watch crappy movies when I am by her.

It's about a couple getting divorced. Subject matter totally does not interest me. I imagine that a person interested in the subject matter would like the movie - the acting is very good all around. Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, Laura Dern, and Alan Alda. But bthe subject matter doesn't interest me at all and I did not enjoy the movie.

Not long after I saw this, I saw, also on Netflix The Squid and the Whale (2005) - I had no idea it was by the same writer/director (Noah Baumbach), and very similar subject matter: A married couple (Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney) separate, and of course it affects their sons (Jesse Eisenberg and Owen Kline). Again, the performances were all good, but the subject matter didn't interest me much. This one focused more on the kids than on the parents, and was better than Marriage Story, but again, I had no interest in it, and it also seemed to have a thing for  awkward moments that I am soooo uninterested in seeing (like awkward sexual scenes, ugh)
I'm getting the idea that there's something about these films you don't like. Could it be the subject matter?

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: February 10, 2020, 08:30:10 AM »
A Lady Without Passport (1950) - 6/10. Pluses: Location shooting of pre-revolutionary Cuba; studio shooting of Hedy Lamarr's beautiful face; George Macready's oily presence as the villain. Minuses: John Hodiak, John Hodiak, John Hodiak. Well, at least in this one he isn't wearing that stupid mustache. This is the film in which Hodiak plays an immigration officer who learns that when an illegal alien looks like Hedy it's okay just to wave her in.

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