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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Blast Of Silence (1961) New York Tail Fin Noir
« on: February 21, 2019, 08:41:45 PM »
Received my Criterion copy today and wasted no time screening it.  I purchased this without even looking at a trailer because I knew it was gonna be good. It was.  I loved the on location filming in this.  I loved the plot. I loved the Jazz score.  I loved everything about it except the run time.  I felt it could have been longer.  Thats not a knock against the film.  Its a compliment.  I rate it a solid 9 out of 10...

Off-Topic Discussion / La Haine (1995)
« on: February 17, 2019, 08:52:12 AM »
Vincent Cassell ( Vinz), Hubert Kounde', and Said Taghmaoui ( Said) are three youths in their early 20s living in a French banlieue ( housing project) in the suburbs of Paris.  Based on real life events,  the film follows 24 hours in the lives of the three youths.  The film is about class struggles in modern France and Paris in particular. The film opens with real footage of French riots from the early 90s time period.  Abdel (Abdel Ahmed Ghili) a friend of the three youths has been beaten by the police and is hospitalized in critical condition.  Vinz wants to seek revenge but Hubert tries to talk sense into him through out the film.  Said is more concerned with chasing women but goes along with his friends.  During the riots, one of the police officers loses his weapon.  Vinz finds it and threatens throughout the film to use it but is thwarted by Hubert.  I'm not gonna go further with the plot because of spoilers.

One of the main draws to the film is the on location filming in a actual banlieue in Paris.  Due to the controversial subject matter only the suburb of Chanteloupe-les-Vignes allowed the director (Matthieu Kassovitz) to film on location.  The soundtrack features contemporary and classic hip hop, soul and funk music which is another standout of the film.  The performances of the three lead characters was also exceptional in this film.  The choice by the director to film in black and white adds a beautiful classic look and feel to the film and enhances the timeless philosophy that is being expounded upon in the film.  I would be remiss to not mention the fabulous camera techniques used in the film by the director.  Pierre Aim was the cinematographer here.

This is a great production.  I felt the plot dragged in some areas, but if you stick with it the film will draw you back in when it wanders.  I give the film a solid 9.5 out of 10...

( I saw this on Amazon Prime)

good lists...

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: February 16, 2019, 09:44:49 AM »
>:(  Speak with me after class.

Anyways, the last movies I watched (I'm using the same thing as rrpower's scale):

The Leopard: 4 out of 5. I was expecting something magnificent after reading Peacemaker's opinion on it. This was very good, but it didn't blow me away. I thought it was magnificicent up until the scene where Claudia Cardinale* and the nephew are exploring their new "palace." Then I thought the film started to drag, and I had a sudden urge to go fly a kite. When we were rolling into the second hour I was quite exhausted. I would only give this a 3.5 out of 5 but I'm giving it some leeway because Peacemaker said that the last fifty minutes or so saved the film, and made him think  it was great, but my brother was sitting on the couch playing the guitar for most of that scene... singing the same John Lennon song over and over... "Heeeeeey, you got to hiiide your love awaaaaaay!!!"


I agree with the premise that The Conformist is great to look at but the plot is horrible...

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...

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