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226  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: February 21, 2017, 02:00:43 AM
John Wick Chapter 2 (2017) - And . . . it's not very good (yeah, yeah, I should have gone to Lego Batman). Bad photography, badly directed, badly plotted. The Keanu Kurse continues to operate: no good sequels may be made with him aboard. All the best moments are in the trailer. There will be a John Wick 3, apparently. I still like the first one, but Chapter 2 gets a 5/10.

Saw it in the cinema last night... It's not as good as the 1st movie, and as the trailer suggested, the movie favors gun-fu action over any sort of story (BUT, spoiler alert, his current dog is still alive at the end of this one!). What I liked about this one was that it showed a bit more of how things work in Wick's universe. It's not what I had hoped for, but it is what I expected, and in that respect it delivered.  Also liked the set-up for an even more ridiculous John Wick: Chapter 3. 7/10
227  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: February 19, 2017, 12:29:56 PM
Great film. Although I'd take "Thief" over it.

Thief is all sorts of awesome.
228  Films of Sergio Leone / A Fistful of Dollars / Re: Blu-ray re-release of Sergio Leone's The Man With No Name Trilogy on: February 19, 2017, 11:58:57 AM
Now that I've moved from IMDb to here I feel it's only fair I increase my Leone intake... So this blu-ray set is on its way to me now... The fact it was only 10 euros (with free shipping) did help, I admit. Anyways, I'm looking forward to it.
229  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: February 18, 2017, 03:51:37 PM
Heat (1995): Al Pacino and Robert De Niro go head to head in a classic cops & robbers movie that really didn't need to take this long. Good, not great. 7/10
230  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: February 18, 2017, 09:16:31 AM
Hollywoodland (2006): A fictional account of a private eye (Adrien Brody) who looks into the suicide of TV's first Superman George Reeves (Ben Affleck). Intriguing and pretty well made. 7/10
231  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What Film Noir did you see: February/March Edition. on: February 17, 2017, 01:45:54 AM
I enjoyed the weirdness of it all.  Wink

Hah, that is true... That Weird-Noir DVD set does live up to its name.
232  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What Film Noir did you see: February/March Edition. on: February 16, 2017, 04:20:12 AM
Stark Fear (1962) Hokie Okie Oil Patch Noir

Here's a review I wrote of it some time ago:
Beverly Garland is mentally abused by her husband Skip Homeier. She has taken on a job under Kenneth Tobey to make ends meet, but Homeier sees it as another excuse to have a go at her. Garland doesn't know what to do to please Homeier, but her upbringing tells her she must stick with him, despite her best friend Hannah Stone telling her otherwise. When Homeier disappears, and his boss tells her he is about to lose his job because of it, she goes in search of him. She goes to the small rural town he grew up in where she is confronted with his past and even has to deal with rape.

This was the final movie I watched from the 6-movie 'Weird-Noir' DVD set. It is not all that weird and really not all that noir, but more of a psychological horror/exploitation movie. What sets it apart from the rest of the movies is that it seems to have had a (relatively speaking) bigger budget, as well as more talented actors. Homeier is a truly despicable sadist, Garland portrays her naive character well, and Tobey is a solid character actor (I didn't recognize his name, but I've seen his face dozens of times). It also has a longer runtime at 85 minutes, which is too long, the movie has some rather slow sequences and could've used some tightening and more rigorous editing. 65-70 minutes seems like a more appropriate length.

The movie is pretty direct in showing Homeier's mental abuse, and gets downright ugly when it comes to Garland's rape, and especially Homeier's reaction to it (which is filmed really effectively, in probably the best shot of the entire movie). There is also a nice chase sequence between the two which ends in a jukebox repair shop, which does feel kinda weird because it feels like it's filmed in seedy big city alleyways, while it takes place in a small town with less than 1000 inhabitants. But suffice it to say, there is no ambiguity in Homeier's character, and one wonders what Garland saw in him originally that made her want to marry him.

It's a bit of a frustrating watch. The movie has some good things, and the principal actors know their craft well. But it's way too slow, the plot makes no sense in too many places, and it looks flat aside from a few nice shots. According to Garland the movie was frustrating to make as well, with original (one-time) director, Ned Hockman, walking away from the set angrily, leaving Skip Homeier to finish directing the movie. It was her least favorite movie to do. I can't recommend this one. 5/10
233  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace on: February 15, 2017, 10:50:34 AM
Edge of Darkness (2010) Mediocre Mel Gibson thriller with not an ounce of originality and with an improbable and slow-moving, almost actionless plot. 4/10

The mid 80s British mini series it's based on, also called 'Edge Of Darkness', is way better.
234  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: February 15, 2017, 01:31:14 AM
The Ox-Bow Incident (1943): A mob mentality story set in Western times. Enjoyed it a fair bit, its short length really helps the movie (altho maybe I blinked too much, but I can't say I saw Mary Beth Hughes?!)... Cringy final moments however (I did like the way it was shot, with Morgan's hat obscuring Fonda's eyes). 7/10
235  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Live By Night (2016/2017) on: February 14, 2017, 01:53:05 AM
With my last sighting of her being in the first Star Trek re-boot ,I was wondering what  Zoe Saldana is like in the movie?
Her character has a lot more impact on the story than her Uhura does in the reboots (where she's primarily eye candy really), but she's not given a lot of screen time unfortunately. Good performance tho.
236  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: February 13, 2017, 02:59:34 AM
Big House, U.S.A. (1955): Combining a prison break movie with a documentary-style procedural about the kidnapping of a kid, it's a solid and noir-ish movie that might not stand out too much, but ticks enough of the boxes to warrant a viewing. 7/10
237  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Live By Night (2016/2017) on: February 13, 2017, 01:48:08 AM
Prohibition era Boston. Small-time Irish crook Ben Affleck doesn't want to get caught up in the territorial war between Irish gangster Robert Glenister and Italian gangster Remo Girone. But when he falls for Sienna Miller, an inside woman for one of his jobs, it's too late as she's also Glenister's mistress. When a robbery goes wrong and some cops end up dead, and Glenister gets the word about Miller and Affleck, it's only because of Affleck's dad, a police captain who knows everything about everyone in Boston, that Affleck ends up doing some hard time in prison rather than go to the chair or get killed by Glenister. But Miller's dead and when Affleck gets out again, he wants revenge and turns to Girone. Girone sets Affleck up in Florida where Glenister's been moving in on his liquor business. Affleck does well there and manages to take over most of Glenister's business. But Florida isn't just run by gangsters, it's also run by the KKK...

Bloody awesome! If you enjoy the 30s and 40s gangster movies starring James Cagney and Lawrence Tierney (Affleck looks so much like him at times, I am convinced he based his physical demeanor in this movie on him), this movie will bring a smile to your face. While Affleck's character is never quite as ruthless or cold as Cagney's and Tierney's trademark roles, he definitely embodies that same kinda spirit. The movie also touches upon the more political/racial/religious aspects of the era, such as where police captain Chris Cooper tells Affleck he will turn a blind eye as long as he keeps his business to the bad (read: non-white) part of town (and of course there's the KKK as already mentioned above).

While Affleck is far from the greatest actor ever, he seems very aware of his limitations and makes them work to his advantage here. It also helps that he's supported by an excellent cast. And the movie looks absolutely stunning with some great sets and set pieces, and tons of beautiful 20s/30s cars (including a great car chase in and around Boston). Affleck, who also directed this movie, and DoP Richard Richardson, as well as the set & art directors, give this movie a great and authentic look, which by itself is worth the price of admission.

If there's a negative to this movie, it's that Affleck (also the screenplay writer!) wants to bring too much of Dennis Lehane's source novel to the table. Because of the sheer amount of plot lines some get a bit lost in the shuffle and not given too much attention (I also left out some rather important ones in this review, hah). I assume that similar to his 2010 movie 'The Town' his original cut is way longer than the current 2h9m runtime tho, so hopefully at some point a 'director's cut' of 'Live By Night' sees the light of day. For me however, the 2 hours flew by, and I was on the edge of my seat from the first second to the last. I can't recommend this movie enough, and I am even considering seeing it again in the cinema. Let me say it again: Blood awesome!
238  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: IMDb discontinuing it's message boards on: February 12, 2017, 06:56:58 AM
Hopefully not a neo-noir head? Angry

Classic noir first and foremost, but I also love me some neo-noir Smiley Why the hate?
239  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: February 12, 2017, 06:54:16 AM
Brimstone (2016/2017): Set in Western times, the movie's about a mute woman, Dakota Fanning, who is chased by a reverend, Guy Pearce, because of their shared past. Told in 4 parts, that go back in the past to reveal more details about their twisted, grim, perverted and horrific past, this is a beautifully shot but intense, bleak, brutal and violent western/thriller. 8+/10

240  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: February 10, 2017, 03:10:34 AM
Hard Boiled Sweets (2012): A London mobster needs to collect money from his local men for a pay off. His final stop is the sleazy seaside town of Southend, where several parties are looking to grab the money collected so far. The movie's title refers to using types of candy to describe each character when they first appear, this is one of many, many low-budget UK crime movies that are entertaining yet instantly forgettable at the same time. 6/10
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