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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: Today at 08:09:13 AM »
The Negotiator (1998) It is simply incredible, knowing how a case like this would be solved in USA: namely with a massacre. The starting point was interesting: how a cop specialized in confronting people about to commit a violent act would behave in that role. The problem is that one knows that Jackson won't overcome some limits and that the cops (especially those who were not his colleagues) won't waste much time killing him. Dialogues so are inane and boring. 5/10

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: September 22, 2023, 03:45:30 PM »
Funny Girl (1968) This stops the clock at 148'. About 100' are useless. It has a decent start, nothing very memorable, but at least it gives what a musical is supposed to deliver. After Don't Rain on My Parade it's just melodrama, boring as hell.  In a musical there should be a lot of supporting characters sprinkling humour to the main plot line: here threre's only Streisand and Sharif. The songs quality is not high and the arrangements do not help. Streisand delivers them in the usual Judy Garland-like style and they do not impress me. But she sure can act the little to act there is. 6/10

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: September 22, 2023, 12:57:26 AM »
Cobb (1994) I first knew about this character (not to be confused with the Ty Cobb former WH lawyer) reading a portrait which exposed all his warts like it is done in this movie. This biopic is worth watching even if one, like me, considers baseball the dullest game around, second maybe only to cricket. 8/10

It seems that the whole story was baloney:

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: September 20, 2023, 10:40:33 PM »
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) Should this make the neo-noir list? Only CJ knows. What is not working is the rabbit's voice: not very distinctive. The plot is what it is. So it's mildlly funny. 7/10

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: September 20, 2023, 02:05:56 PM »
The Aristocats (1970) A couple of good songs but nothing memorable. 7/10

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: September 19, 2023, 03:32:13 PM »
Iron Man 2 (2010) The car race scene in Montecarlo and Rorke as the villain grant it a solid 7/10.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: September 16, 2023, 02:11:57 PM »
Die Hard (1988) 8/10

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: L.A. Confidential (1997)
« on: September 15, 2023, 03:46:27 PM »
So I read the novel and right after watched the movie. Though the movie operates inevitably many changes, let alone the cuts, on the convoluted and interminable plot of the novel, the problem remains the solution, with the cop being the mastermind behind the whole shenanigan. Too complicated (but in the novel is much worse) and not in the least credible. Ellroy wanted Hayden for Crowe? Sure, like I wanted Dureya for Spacey. So what? About the fedora: cigar, watch the movie again: is filled with fedoras and straw fedoras. The first scene in Basinger's home explains it all: she's entertaining a client in underwear, tanktop and fedora while she's screening a movie featuring Veronica Lake and Alan Ladd in bed: him wearing a fedora. Watching pics and home movies of outdoor L.A. in the 50's not so many people wear a hat: actually you see many more hats in the movie than in those documentary items. I give it same rating as cj.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: September 15, 2023, 11:03:13 AM »
The Equalizer 3 (2023) What's this shit? 4/10

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Black Dahlia (2006)
« on: September 13, 2023, 03:10:07 PM »
So I read the novel and right after watched the movie. The novel is, as usual since the '80s, a bloated version of what, until then, the crime novels packed in 200 or even less pages. The cop obsessed with the victim was banal already 40 years ago, thank God that is disposed of in the movie. Which cuts also a lot of  useless plot devices like the corrupt couple father and son cops or the travel to Tijuana in search for the partner and  the convoluted affairs of Madeleine's family; and sticks to the search for who killed the Dahlia. The killing of Lee is changed and made too simple and little believable, though the fall in the fountain of him and Tilden is spectacular. And so is the final confrontation with Madeleine's family with the mother's suicide. About the cast, I only criticize the choice of the protagonist: such a baby face and not a hard one. The rest is OK, although after having seen so many Marvel movies I can't figure out Johansson in a role like this one. No complaints about the photography and the sets built in Bulgaria. 7-8/10

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: September 11, 2023, 01:11:57 PM »
U.S. Marshals (1998)  I didn't know there was a sequel to The Fugitive, with Snipes being the one who runs. But the main figure is TLJ, who really dominates the movie which unfortunately is not even distantly  comparable to the predecessor. The plot is not particularly original and the actors, apart from Jones, are really inadequate. Snipes is good only in the action scenes, particularly the chase which ends up with the jump on the train. Downing is really unnoticeable, still learning the trade. 7/10

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: September 09, 2023, 05:22:34 PM »
Charade (1963) This half comedy, half thriller must have been written in a couple of days. The plot hasn't got a spark of originality, while the comedy (the embarrassing banter scenes between the two leads) never manage to make you smile, let alone laugh. Grant plays under sedatives, Coburn delivers his worst performance ever, miscast as can be; Geotge Kennedy anticipating the black amputee of Live and Let Die;  and Matthau, well, I can't help but laughing at him even if he plays a non comedic role: and the more he is serious the more ridiculous the effect. Of course, at the time, he wasn't perceived as a comedian and so i's not his fault: that's just the effect on me. But his last scene, in the theatre, is the only one worth saving of the movie.  Strangely, I like the no more child-like Hepburn, in spite of the bland lines she must deliver to Grant. And the Paris of the time, with Les Halles and the hirondelles really looks like another planet: a planet where you could enter the American Embassy directly, even occupy an office temporarily vacated  for lunch breack. 6/10

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: September 07, 2023, 11:06:42 AM »
Breakdown (1997) Action thriller in thje mould later taken by, well, Taken. No metropolis, this time, but the desert in Arizona.  10/10

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: September 04, 2023, 10:44:43 PM »
Pygmalion (1938) The late forum contributor Groggy preferred this one to MFL. Wendy Hiller better than Hepburn? Sure, but that is a given. But Howard? I always detested this guy since they wanted me to believe that any woman would put him above Gable. Anyway, Harrison is more credible as is less hectic than him. And in MFL you have some good songs, some great scenes (the horse race) and great color. I give it 6/10

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