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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: Today at 06:03:28 AM »
Where's your review of Il traditore?

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Is there something going on today? No, I'm too busy to go to Manhattan until Saturday.

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Happy Veterans Day, 2019.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: November 10, 2019, 12:34:16 PM »
Doctor Sleep (2019) - 6/10. Kind of a sequel to The Shining, with Danny all grown up as Ewan McGregor. He can't handle the power of the shining, the responsibility, what-have-you, so he's a drunk and a drifter. Meanwhile the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants is running around killing children and stealing their essences as they expire, the secret formula for eternal life. Magneto is now Rebecca Ferguson (from the recent Mission Impossible movies), and she's onto a new child mutant, Alba, who is more powerful than anything ever seen before. Alba reaches out (psychically, natch) to Logan Danny just before she starts getting grief from the bad guys. He sort of comes to her rescue, and takes out most of the baddies but doesn't quite have the stuff to kill the ringleader. He conceives of a cunning stunt: lead Ms. Evil back to the Overlook Hotel where the sleeping evil he hopes to wake there will find her a tempting morsel and devour her. Great, but once roused, how do you put The Overlook back to sleep? I didn't really like the idea of turning the King franchise into another X-Men movie, but I got a kick out of the re-creation of the Overlook's interiors and seeing the maze again,  re-purposed. Hey, and remember how Kubrick changed the ending of King's novel? The filmmakers have found a way to bring King's original ending back for this film, even though this film is based on another King novel that has, presumably, a completely different finish. I enjoyed all the (visual and aural) nods to Kubrick's film, but I probably won't be watching this again. I was really hoping to see Ford v. Ferrari, but when I got to the multi-plex I found it won't be out for another week. Bummer.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: November 07, 2019, 09:03:29 AM »
DJ where the hell are your thoughts on The Irishman?
It's impossible to say anything that's not a spoiler. I want to respect everyone's first-viewing experience.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: November 06, 2019, 06:05:47 AM »
Naked Alibi (1954) - 5/10. This starts out really well: nice guy Gene Barry is being harassed by hardass Sterling Hayden over some police murders. Barry has a wife and kid and runs a bakery, a real stand-up guy. There's no evidence that he's the culprit: it's clear that Hayden is just playing his patented role of psycho cop. Things get so bad for Barry that he has to take it on the lam to "Border City." Hayden gets fired for police brutality, which gives him all the time he needs to run Barry to earth. The twist, of course, is that Barry is not what he seems, which is revealed as soon as he goes on location. It's a reveal that should really energize the plot, but instead it makes everything grindingly predictable. Even the introduction of Gloria Grahame, as welcome as that is, can't save the second half of the film. It's nicely photographed, though, by Russell Metty, and the new Kino blu looks fab. I've waited a long time to see this one; a shame it isn't better.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Irishman (2019)
« on: November 03, 2019, 06:33:43 AM »
Sorry, Drink, Mrs. Jenkins just wouldn't wait. I told her I'd promised to go with you. She told me I had a difficult decision to make, and I'd better make the right choice, or there would be many cold nights in my future. I hope you'll understand.

I walked up to the Balasco box-office at 3pm to buy tickets for the 7pm show and had no trouble scoring Orchestra center seats 9 rows from the screen. I thought, huh, there must not be much demand. When I returned at 6:30 there was a line stretching down the block and a woman circulating telling everyone the show was a sell-out. One guy in line asked the woman if she could give a quick review. She said, "You kiddin'? It's Maaa-tee!" "That's the review?" "Yeah. Two words."

Inside there were people moving about with some kind of newspaper parody with the headline: "Where Is Hoffa?" Apparently these were available downstairs next to the concessions and toilets. I went down and the place was all promo'd up: there were 4 phony phone booths and two phony newspaper dispensers. You opened the dispensers and pulled out a copy of The Irishman Daily, an 8-page edition claiming to be from August 1, 1975. In addition to "articles" and "ads" that tied in to the events of the movie, but there were also what appears to be actual pieces from back in the day: a story that Billy Martin was coming to manage the Yankees, a notice that the MTA would be raising fares to 50 cents, an announcement that Springsteen's new album Born To Run would be released Aug. 25.  Good fun.

The phony phone booths were set up with a video screen. When you stepped into the booth and lifted the receiver you heard dialog from the film while images of the movie played. People were posing in the booths while their friends snapped pictures--losers, every one. On a table there were 5 different 2-sided lobby cards available to cadge. Hey, all this extra promo material and the tickets were the standard NYC $15!

I tapped my radiator (before a 3 and half hour movie, natch) and headed back to my seat. A good thing as there was no intermission. There were two trailers and then they got right into it. Three-and-a-half hours later we finally got to the opening credits. The lights came up and I turned to a red-eyed Mrs. Jenkins and said, "That was a loooooong film, eh?" She did not reply. We staggered out of the theater and found ourselves back on 44th and 6th Ave. It was only 4 blocks to Grand Central Terminal. There was an express waiting when we arrived. We were home before midnight, and we were exhausted.

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General Discussion / Re: SALES! (B&N Criterion, etc.)
« on: November 02, 2019, 11:26:19 AM »
Yes for a few days but heading to Oahu even further west or would that be east ;-)
Hey, there's probably a B&N on Oahu. I know where there's one on Maui.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Irishman (2019)
« on: November 02, 2019, 11:23:29 AM »
I might see it today. The wife is keen.

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General Discussion / Re: SALES! (B&N Criterion, etc.)
« on: November 02, 2019, 06:54:15 AM »
Going south, Lynnwood. Going north, Bellingham. Your best bet is on-line shopping.

Are you out west this month?

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General Discussion / Re: SALES! (B&N Criterion, etc.)
« on: November 01, 2019, 06:41:03 AM »
The B&N November Sale on Criterion has begun (and lasts until Dec. 1). Shop responsibly.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: November 01, 2019, 05:31:58 AM »
I knew you'd pick up on this.

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