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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Bruno Ganz R.I.P.
« on: February 17, 2019, 04:07:18 AM »
Good in Der Amerikanische Freund and Wings Of Desire R.I.P

I remember starting watching Wings of Desire and getting asleep after 15'. So I may have missed him.

Off-Topic Discussion / Bruno Ganz R.I.P.
« on: February 16, 2019, 03:23:34 PM »
He will probably be remembered for his extraordinary Hitler, whom youtubers have made a legend by using it with fake captions. Good in Der Amerikanische Freund but I didn't like him in Die Marquise von O. Can't remember if I ever saw him in some other movie.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: February 16, 2019, 11:41:20 AM »
Executive Suite (1954) This is good for the first half, which would earn even an 8, then it goes down the drain when it starts making move the characters with little or no credibility, ending with the final Holden sermon on the good red, blue and white values (namely good capitalism vs. financial speculation). So what's left are the great acting performances of Holden (who, possibly, steps even higher in my consideration: most undervalued Hollywood actor ever?) and Calhern. Stanwyck, alas, is the best looking female of the lot in spite of her age, but her character is no credible, though she acts perfectly as usual. Winters has got little screen time but is just as formidable, especially in her final scene with Jagger: unfortunately she's ugly, so I'd rather not see her. Foch is good and passable. And I can't find anything wrong with Allyson's s: only with her usual insipid character. 6/10

Off-Topic Discussion / The Captive City (1952)
« on: February 15, 2019, 04:03:26 PM »
Well made (Wise's direction is faultless and Forsythe a good lead) newspaperman hero fights the not-corrupt (ahah, the politicians and the police are paradoxically innocent) city gangsters movie. But the plot is quite unoriginal and  embarrassingly PC, with a senator Kefauver's final sermon nobody felt the need of. And though cj included it in the list, this is not a noir in my book.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Death Wish (1974)
« on: February 08, 2019, 12:55:39 AM »
I forgot to ask before any body know the significance of the four nuns?

You see them just before the attack at the apartment and then another four nuns at the sanitarium.

I seem to remember no mention of them being made in the novel. So it was just some kind of joke for the movie.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: February 07, 2019, 12:29:51 PM »
Justice League (2017)  Follow-up to the above, is entertaining with good visual and enough change of sets to make it not boring. It clocks at 120' and that helps. 7/10

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: February 06, 2019, 04:26:19 PM »
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) I said about MI6 that you shouldn't have to rack your brain about what the whole plot is about when watching a no-brainer, as the plot is delivered in words and not in scenes. But with this movie is different. You don't get at once what is going on and some plot lines and scenes should be rewatched but the plot proceeds by scenes, not only by dialogues. So that makes the story watchable and re-watchable. But there are some weak points. The Doomsday creature is something already seea a dozen times at least and there was no need for it and make the movie over 3 hours long. And the actress playing Lois Lane if not plain, as anonymous as can be and manages to make me regret Kidder. Affleck as Batman is even worse than Keaton: he looks old and not as classy as Bruce Wayne ought to be. Superman is passable, but it's a hard task for anybody to outclass Reeve. The Lutor character is neither funny like Hackman's nor awe-inspiring: and probably the actor is just too young for the part. And American English is the language spoken in Krypton. Anyway I give it 7/10 but could even be highere after rewatching it. 

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: February 06, 2019, 09:44:28 AM »
La bonne année (1973) I could watch Ventura's face for hours, still this movie needs to be watched only for the first 15 minutes and the last 30', the rest is the usual Lelouch's sentimentalism: good, maybe, only for the female audience. Some scenes are terrible (the dinner with the "intelos") but Ventura's release from prison, the heist and the finale are worth watching. (It remains unexplained why the cops are not waiting for Ventura's comeback to Fabian's home and catch him with his part of the grisbi. But, of course, this is Lelouch). 7/10   

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: February 04, 2019, 06:21:25 PM »
Legend (2015) London gangster movie which dallies too much on the sentimental side of the story.  Quite original, though, as it strays away from the usual italo-american mafia clichés, though I wonder whether american speaking audiences manage to follow some of the mumbled dialogues. 7/10

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Night Editor (1946)
« on: February 03, 2019, 10:57:53 PM »
Yeah, I was amazed there was a female lead who looked the part, a mystery why she didn't have a career as a major noir lady instead of the arrays of uglies we have to put up with. But the male lead is embarrassing, he wears the same expression htroughout the movie, only difference with his hat on or off. The production values are what they are and the pre-finale (the stabbing) makes little sense, even less than the finale itself. 6/10

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Michel Legrand R.I.P.
« on: January 29, 2019, 08:07:49 AM »

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: January 29, 2019, 06:38:41 AM »
Les Visiteurs du Soir (1942) A masterpiece? Can't see why. It drags and drags, there is little narrative substance and Prévert's dialogues tend to repeat themselves. So it can't hold a candle to Les enfants. Only good thing I find is, predictably,  MILF Arletty, who in those years was having fun  with the Boche >:D. A strictly female movie? Yes. So it gets 6/10

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: January 28, 2019, 11:23:59 AM »
La vérité (1960) (french with english subs)

A veritable piece of heavy melodrama, can't understand all the positive reviews I've read that induced me to view it. The only good thing about it is BB, of course. The rest, in the hands of a better director could have been an effective study of  a modern (at the time) city girl personality, who can be in love with a guy though at the same time having fun with others. But the relationship is drawn in sketchy vignettes, the courtroom drama unnecessary, causing Vanel and Meurisse to just  go through the motions of their art trying to give substance to characters who just don't have it. 2/10

Off-Topic Discussion / Michel Legrand R.I.P.
« on: January 26, 2019, 04:28:49 PM »
 :-X For once nomen omen.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Goodfellas (1990)
« on: January 17, 2019, 12:59:22 AM »

Of course that means that the 25 years edition is a dirty scam. And that Scorsese is an accomplice.

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