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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: Today at 03:10:13 PM »
I tortured myself and watched a scene from Lady Bird. Yuck. 
OK, now try TWO scenes from Ladybird Ladybird.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: Today at 03:06:32 PM »
I'm firmly on the right side of the coming-of-age debate. I tortured myself and watched a scene from Lady Bird. Yuck. 
WTH?

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: Yesterday at 07:14:09 PM »
Right. Thanks.

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Other Films / Re: Apache (1954)
« on: Yesterday at 07:02:44 PM »

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: Yesterday at 03:33:29 PM »
2 Days In The Valley (1996) Written and Directed by John Herzfeld. Cinematography by Oliver Wood and Music by Anthony Marinelli. Film Editing was by Jim Miller and Wayne Wahrman.   

The film stars Danny Aiello (Once Upon A Time In America, Do the Right Thing, L?on: The Professional ) as Dosmo Pizzo, Greg Cruttwell as Allan Hopper, Jeff Daniels (The Lookout) as Alvin Strayer, Teri Hatcher as Becky Foxx, Glenne Headly (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Dick Tracy) as Susan Parish, Peter Horton as Roy Foxx, Marsha Mason as Audrey Hopper, Paul Mazursky (Blackboard Jungle) as Teddy Peppers, James Spader (Sex, Lies, and Videotape, Storyville) as Lee Woods, Eric Stoltz as Wes Taylor, Charlize Theron as Helga Svelgen, Keith Carradine (McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Emperor of the North, Pretty Baby) as Detective Creighton, Louise Fletcher (One Flew Over The ) Cuckoo's Nest, Mulholland Falls ) as Evelyn and Classic Noir vet Lawrence Tierney as Older Man.

Somehow I missed it first go round - entertaining 8/10
Anything else you can tell us? Does it have a story?

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: September 18, 2020, 05:00:17 AM »
Weathering With You (2019) - 6/10. Absolutely gorgeous animation that makes Tokyo the true star of the film. The story, however, about a girl who can make the rain stop, is completely naff. Having really loved Shinkai's earlier film, Your Name (2016), I had high hopes for this, although those hopes were tempered with the understanding that scaling such heights a second time was unlikely. Unhappily, I was right.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: September 17, 2020, 06:10:40 PM »
I liked The Black Book mainly for its photography, but I can see that improving on additional views.
Especially if the additional views include upgrading to Blu.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: September 17, 2020, 09:58:12 AM »
Johnny Allegro (1949) - 6/10. Kind of Gilda meets The Most Dangerous Game. Instead of Gilda (Rita Hayworth) we get Glenda (Nina Foch) and instead of Johnny Farrell (Glen Ford) we get Johnny Allegro (George Raft). George Macready is in both pictures, playing totally different characters: in Gilda he's Ballin, in JA he's Vallin! [Note to PowerRR: that last sentence contains sarcasm]. Well, for a George Raft film this is somewhat watchable. It's now part of the Noir Archive Collection (Volume 1, 1944-1954) and it looks really, really good in 1080p.

The Black Book (1949) - 9/10. Every time I watch this (I must be on my 10th viewing by now) it gets better and better. Did Anthony Mann/ John Alton watch Citizen Kane a few times or what? This contains the best work Basehart ever did ("Don't call me Max!"--ha!) And man, is Arnold Moss good! Now in stunning 1080p (also part of the Noir Archive Collection) it has the best day-for-night photography you'll ever see.

Roman Holliday (1953) - 10/10. Not part of the Noir Archive Collection but in 1080p nonetheless. Maybe this is the first time I realized the film was shot by two DPs, Franz Planer and Henri Alekan. Maybe one for locations, one for the studio? In any event, I am unable to detect an differences, scene for scene, in the "look" of the picture. Most of the gags still work really well, and the bittersweet ending is effective. Oh yeah, Audrey is very photogenic.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: September 15, 2020, 06:47:54 PM »
Dames Don't Care. Available to stream on Amazon Prime.
Very thank you.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Yasuzo Masumura appreciation thread
« on: September 14, 2020, 09:46:28 PM »
Well, I've now seen 3 films of his: Black Test Car, The Black Report, and Black Super-express. All three are good, but The Black Report is a cut above, a perfect film. I think all are adapted from novels. All are in b&w and 2.35:1. And man, does Masumura know how to fill a 'scope frame. In The Black Report he'll sometimes put the principal action in the background and then show a character in the foreground commenting on what's happening with a look or laugh or a nod. He likes low angle shots, tight framing, quick-but-not-too-quick cuts. He also likes to show how people do things with (or to) their equipment--in that respect, he's the William Friedkin of Japan. I'm looking forward to watching more of his stuff.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: September 12, 2020, 10:11:50 AM »
Black Statement Book (Kuro no h?kokusho)/The Black Report (1963) - 10/10. Like a very, very, very good episode of Law and Order, but in Japan (where there are no jury trials, all cases are argued before three judges). A clever lawyer games the system to spring his guilty client. Yasuz? Masumura made this riveting crime procedural.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: September 11, 2020, 06:15:10 PM »


Cet homme est dangereux (This Man Is Dangerous) (1953) Eddie Constantine's second outing as Lemmy Caution. Lemmy Caution escapes a Kansas Penitentiary and heads to France to thwart a planned kidnapping of a young American Heiress who is hanging out on the riviera gambling on a private yacht. The owner of the yacht is working with local mobster Siegella Gr?goire Aslan whose M.O. is to always wears gloves so that he never leaves a trace.

Again, I wasn't expecting much so was again pleasantly surprised. Poison Ivy the first Caution flick was directed by Bernard Borderie he showed a flair for on location shooting and the first film had a lot of atmosphere.

This second Caution flick was directed by Jean Sacha who also shows some style but this one is lighter in atmosphere and in this film the back and forth dialogue between Eddie the various women and the gangsters is a bit snappier and more humorous. The Siegella gang hangs out (like El Indios gang) in a deserted monastery. Eddie fakes being drunk like Eastwood in Fistfull, There is a good copy available on DVD from Video Dimensions with English Subs, 7/10
Finally caught up with this and it was a lot of fun. Thanks, CJ, for putting me on to Video Dimensions--hey, they even offer choice of English subs, white or yellow! Cubby Broccoli must have seen the film, there's lots of James Bond in it. Huh, maybe even Fleming himself was a fan.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Dune (20??)
« on: September 11, 2020, 06:06:17 PM »
IMDb give 18th December 2020 release date in the USA and the UK. Australia have to wait until 26th December.
Yeah, but things are already being pushed back. I hear Wonder Woman 84 is now slotted for 18 December.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: September 11, 2020, 06:03:30 PM »
It can't just be ALL influences. There's got to be something extra that makes the exercise worth viewing. Otherwise, just watch the influences (which are usually better).

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It's mostly the struggling artist in me who was hit in the face with Davis' psychological exhaustion.
Is it really possible to be both a struggling artist and a complete sell-out at the same time? I'm asking for a friend.

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