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16  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: February 13, 2018, 06:32:45 AM
Ashes of Time Redux (1994) - 10/10. Rewatching this last night it suddenly occurred to me: this is my favorite WKW. You don't have to worry about the plot, all you have to do is allow the images to wash over you. Those colors!
17  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Ride Lonesome (1959) on: February 12, 2018, 02:15:31 PM
Rumor has it that the UK label Indicator will put out a Boeticher box set of blu-rays later this year. The titles, again, according to rumor, will be the same as those included in the 2008 Sony DVD set. Hope it's true.
18  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: February 12, 2018, 01:06:00 PM
Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie (1972) - 4/10. The weird thing about Bunuel--I either love his films or hate them. I find something like That Obscure Object of Desire marvelously fun to chuckle through. This one, though, just lays there. Maybe the difference is between the films that are adapted from novels, and those which are from "original" ideas. Here he's just riffing on the idea of dinner guests who can never successfully complete a meal. Not at all like The Exterminating Angel, which was about dinner guests who are unable or unwilling to leave the room they're in. Bunuel really needed collaborators to supply him with good ideas, something that didn't always happen.
19  Films of Sergio Leone / Duck, You Sucker / Re: Final flashback on: February 12, 2018, 12:49:04 PM
Sounds like chat show BS to me.
20  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Third Man (1949) on: February 12, 2018, 12:45:09 PM
This film has a great closing scene. It is so bleak with that great long avenue of leafless trees where any chance of a human relationship is given a cold snub.
It has several good scenes. But those scene do not cohere as a satisfactory film. For the reasons stated above, the movie is dramatically inert.
21  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Alfred Hitchcock Discussion Thread on: February 08, 2018, 04:24:06 PM
Under Capricorn coming on Blu:
http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=22842
22  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Bergman dead at 89 on: February 07, 2018, 01:23:46 PM
So glad you can keep up with a conversation from 7 years ago.
23  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Bergman dead at 89 on: February 07, 2018, 01:00:37 PM
https://filmforum.org/series/ingmar-bergman-centennial-retrospective-series#now-playing

Some of the rarer titles might be worth making the trip for.
24  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: February 07, 2018, 08:08:56 AM
The Hanging Tree (1959) - 2/10. All your favorites are here: Gary Cooper as Doc Frail; Maria Schell as Weepy the Wonder Wench; George C. Scott (woefully underused) as Grubb the Faith Healer; Ben Piazza as--who the hell is Ben Piazza?--Rune; Karl Malden as "Frenchy" (WTF?). Coop is one heck of a boomtown doctor. Upon examining a malnourished young girl he prescribes cow's milk. For a woman suffering exposure, sunstroke and (temporary) blindness he suggests recovering quietly in a darkened room. What an amazing physician! Of course, there's the also the Healer, Heal Thyself angle--what an amazing screenplay! Coop does his usual quiet sufferer routine. Meanwhile, back at the boomtown, sluices are being built. Panning for gold--such an exciting topic! Oh yeah, that hanging tree that gets called to our attention in the very first scene? It makes an incredibly unanticipated re-appearance at the end of the film. Who could have seen that coming? Or that Doc would be chastened and thereby learn to re-connect with his feelings? Is this the worst Western ever made? Well, it's in contention. The Montana setting was (according to IMDb) played by Washington state.
25  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: February 06, 2018, 11:55:58 AM
Even though he has made only one good film yet, I like the guy.
Would that be We Own the Night?
26  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: February 06, 2018, 06:45:23 AM
The Lost City of Z (2017) - 4/10. It's Aguirre The Wrath of God done as an afterschool TV special, with English-speakers in for the krauts. You will believe that Sienna Miller can do an Emma Thompson impression. The film indulges bad faith from start to finish. The downer ending even gets sold as a moment of uplift. National Geographic porn!
27  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Noodles_Leone to NYC on: February 05, 2018, 02:16:19 PM
It would be cool to grab a beer at McSorley's.
It's always cool to grab a beer at McSorley's, but it's even better to grab two: one light and one dark.
28  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Jean-Pierre Melville on: February 05, 2018, 05:44:43 AM
The Jacob Burns is doing a Melville Retro March 1-8. All the usual suspects, but two (at least) will be in 35mm: Second Wind and Le Samouri. Might be worth making the trip.
29  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: February 02, 2018, 02:29:59 PM
Lettres d'amour (1942) - 6/10. French farce, which can be trying, here executed with a light touch. You will believe actors can dance a quadrille. Also, I think I'm now in love with Odette Joyeux.
30  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Fat City (1972) on: February 02, 2018, 02:16:14 PM
Not the cars.
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