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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Wild Strawberries (1957)
« on: February 15, 2019, 08:44:21 PM »
Had this on my watch list for a while and finally got around to screening it.  This is my first Ingmar Bergman film so I had no preconceived notions about it.  First off.  The cinematography is breathtaking.  That alone gives the film a good score.  Next, I loved the characters that were in the film.  Especially the  three young people they picked up that needed a ride.  Now for the bad part.  The plot was good and bad.  Every real time scene was very good.  It was those flashbacks.  I didn't care for them one bit.  The philosophy didn't make sense either.   Another thing that I can see that would grind on people is the seriousness of most of the characters.  I could deal with it because it was balanced out by the younger three passengers in the car.  Lastly,  a lot of energy was put into making the professor be this hard cold individual,  but this character was built up thru testimony and not thru current actions on his part.  I felt a better film would have ditched most of the flashbacks and instead built his character up before the trip in real time.

Overall its not that bad of a film.  I rate it a 7.5 out of 10...

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Blast Of Silence (1961) New York Tail Fin Noir
« on: February 15, 2019, 04:43:03 PM »
I'm waiting on this from Criterion.  I missed out on their last run and said I wasn't going to do it again, lol.   I haven't seen it yet but I trust the reviews I have seen on it...

Other Films / Re: Clint Eastwood: The Mule
« on: February 15, 2019, 03:56:59 PM »
I recently saw Robert Redford's " The Old Man and the Gun " and it was probably worst than " The Mule".   It had more material to work with too but it wasn't well done.   I rate it a 5 out of 10...

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Post the movies you'd rate 10/10
« on: February 06, 2019, 02:09:16 PM »
some people give 10/10 to all "great" movies; some give 9.5/10 to "great" and 10/10 to "greatest of the great," and I think Groggy gives a max of 9/10 to every great movie with the exception of maybe the five greatest.

So, as long as we don't have a uniform rating system, threads like these are sometimes comparing apples to oranges and have endless debates about what ratings mean.

Anyway, IMO, the whole point of a rating is for the recommendation; if I am gonna follow someone's recommendation, I don't think I am any less likely to see the movie if it's 9/10 or 10/10 ... but 7/10 or 8/10 is a big difference (an 8/10 I'll make sure to see; a 7/10, maybe I'll catch if it happens to be on TCM). I've said in the past I am all for establishing a uniform rating system – possibly a uniform word system ("Great, Good Mediocre, etc.") rather than numbers – but I don't think anyone else is interested in that.

When I first got into these classic films I had a biased system toward not giving ANY film a 10 out of 10 because I didn't know enough about films to have a solid ground in which to base my ratings on.  Now that I have a good two years under my belt with classic film I feel confident in giving MORE films a 10 than I would have otherwise done two years ago.   

In my system, anything below a 6 isn't worth bothering. 6 to 7 is OK.  8 and above is MUST watch.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Night of the Hunter (1955)
« on: February 04, 2019, 05:14:54 PM »
CAHIERS DU CINÉMA currently has this film ranked number 2 in its list of 100 greatest films ever...  I have it ranked number 1 on my personal list...

Godard is the FIRST French director I do not like and feel is waaaaaaaaaaaaay overrated. 

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: January 27, 2019, 12:30:32 PM »
City Lights (1931)  Another masterpiece from Charlie Chaplin.  10 out of 10...

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: January 25, 2019, 09:57:30 PM »
Black KKKlansman (2018)   It was OK.  The problem I had with the movie was the premise itself.  One cop is on the phone undercover and another cop plays his part in person.  Based on a true story so thats how the plot had to go.   I rank it a 7 out of 10...

Off-Topic Discussion / The Kid (1921)
« on: January 25, 2019, 09:49:40 PM »
A MASTERPIECE.  This is my first Charlie Chaplin film.  My recent viewing of Metropolis ( my first silent film) has lead me to start exploring the silent films.  What a film this is.  Charlie Chaplin's Tramp character finds a baby boy in a alleyway that has been abandoned by his mother.  His mother had abandoned him in the backseat of her car parked in front of her huge home.  The car was stolen and left in that alleyway by the thieves.  The plot is simple so I'm not gonna go any further than that.
I did not know what to expect when I started watching this film.  I was blown away by the genius of Chaplin.  The plot and the subject matter is profound.  The acting by Chaplin and Jackie Coogan ( The Kid) are just perfect.  The score, also by Chaplin, was fantastic also.  There is nothing wrong here.  I saw a copy on Youtube and will take a look at the Criterion version.   Up next will be City Lights,  The Gold Rush and Modern Times.  I rate this a perfect 10 out of 10...

Other Films / Re: Shane (1953)
« on: January 25, 2019, 04:40:11 AM »
Finally got around to watching this.  Great film.  The acting, scoring and cinematography was fantastic.  I only have one qualm.  The fight between Shane and Starrett.  It felt too silly and Hollywood to me.  I know it fit the plot but it should have been shorter.  Regardless its a Great Western.  I rank it 9 out of 10...

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Mr. Majestyk (1974)
« on: January 22, 2019, 09:15:50 PM »
It had a couple moments.  The very beginning and the very end.  The rest was a tv episode of Duke of Hazzards mixed with something else...   5 out of 10...

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: January 22, 2019, 12:19:59 PM »
Such a wrong comment. The score is excellent, Lalo Schifrin, I believe. The fact that TV later copied that style and ran it into the ground with endless cheap imitations is not the fault of the original.

Of course, you completely overlook the film's strongest element, the original novel. It's almost impossible to adapt a George Higgins novel and produce something that isn't stellar. Higgins, a lawyer, knew how crooks talked.

I was not aware that television copied that scoring style from the film.  They wore it

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: White Heat (1949)
« on: January 22, 2019, 08:11:47 AM »
I thought I gave a review of this.  Its a solid 8 film.  Its been a while since I've reviewed it but I think thats what I would give it.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: January 22, 2019, 07:58:56 AM »
The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973)  This was surprisingly better than I thought it would be.  It had elements of Heist films mixed in with other gangster stuff so that was unexpected.  Mitchum did his thing.  The plot was strong.  The cinematography OK.  Its a strong film with the ONLY thing holding it back is the television episode music score.  A strong score would've elevated this to a 9 in my opinion... As is i will give it a solid 8...

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: January 21, 2019, 12:09:08 PM »
The Intouchables (2012)  Ran across this on Amazon Prime.  This is a French film about a paralyzed French Aristocrat who is in the process of replacing a assistant.  He chooses a younger candidate who really didn't want the gig and has no sympathy for him.  This coldness is exactly what the Aristocrat ( Phillipe) is seeking  so he hires him.  The film is like watching a Fresh Prince of Bel Air movie.  Thats good or bad depending on how you would view that.  It won a lot of French film awards.  I rank it a 7 out of 10...

The Conformist ( 1970)  I have been trying to find a good Jean Louis Trintignant film after his excellent performance in The Great Silence.  A  Bernardo Bertolucci film its revered by his fans and is known for its visual style. It didn't disappoint there.  The disappointment for me was the plot itself.  Told in current time and flashbacks it seemed to muddle together and I couldn't keep up with whether the action was happening in current time or flashback.   The plot was a jumbled mess... Only visuals alone and a great performance by Trintignant I give this a 6 out of 10.  Otherwise it would be below a 5...

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