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 : Today at 11:18:40 AM 
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Merrill's Marauders (1962) I had never seen it before, it's a good one though it concentrates more on  the suffering of the exploited  marauders than on the battle scenes (but the night ones are good). Chandler's last movie. 7-8/10

 : Today at 02:45:14 AM 
drinkanddestroy - cigar joe

 : Yesterday at 11:07:56 AM 
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Le Comte de Monte Cristo (1998) In order to have Depardieu playing the Count they almost did away with the first part (with Edmond Dantes played by a Depardieu's son): no great loss, even in the novel. Unfortunately they also cut the prison part, with the Abbe' Faria's part cut to a minimum: and that was a pity because that is my favorite part of the story, even though Moustaki (why did they pick up a non actor like the Meteque for the part is beyond me) really destroys the part in the few minutes given to him. So this 6h mini-series is based on the revenge and, as far as I can remember, follows it closely. And so I remembered how stupid it was, with Depardieu playing the false priest being the low point of it all. Fortunately they picked up two great actors to play the villains: Arditi  and Rochefort. This last has got only one main scene , in the Upper House but it is unforgettable. Imagine a corrupt politician defending himself from supposedly false accuses saying:"They come after me this time, next time it could be you": something that could happen only in early XIX century France. Ornella Muti is not the ravishing beauty she was in the terrible Ferreri's movie she had made twenty years before with Depardieu, but it is probably the greatest mature Mercedes ever. Depardieu, next to Lino Ventura, is my all time favorite frog actor (well, Ventura was only half-french, actually) and he has hi and lows here. But you cannot be at your best all the time with a sometime stupid story. 7-8/10

 : Yesterday at 10:47:37 AM 
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The Count of Monte Cristo (2002) This one is interesting for the different twists given to the original story: some are hits, some are duds. I liked how the son of Mercedes turns up to be the Count's progeny: it does also explain why Mercedes was in a hurry to marry MC's false friend. I didn't like the elaborate final confrontation, though. I didn't like Caviezel, especially  in the first part: instead of giving a naive Dantes he gives an idiot. The rest is ok. 6-7/10

 : May 28, 2024, 08:19:38 PM 
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Just binged the first season of X-Men 97 in one night. It felt like coming home, and it's so damn good. 10/10. Can't wait for the next season.

 : May 28, 2024, 02:14:51 PM 
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Lame effort by the comedic duo 4/10

 : May 28, 2024, 09:05:09 AM 
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The Custer Album - Lawrence A. Frost

 It has got a ton of pictures, I had never guessed the General was so far from being camera shy. 10/10

 : May 28, 2024, 01:50:46 AM 
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Namely A fistful in the eye. This spoof was shot in the same set of the original with a spanish cast except the sicilian comic duo. And this fares better than other western farces of Franchi and Ingrassia, with 3-4 sketches that are really effective, especially the final showdown where the 2, under the poncho, wear...well, tomato cans. O0 Some of the jokes will get lost on people who didn't see the tv ads of the 60's, but anyway this gets a solid 6/10 

 : May 28, 2024, 01:04:27 AM 
Cusser - mortimerforever
I wasn't a fan to be honest, a lot of the new dialogue felt somewhat forced, it seemed almost like the author didn't want to leave any "dead air" when he could have explained some of it in the non-spoken text. I am curious as to where the names of a lot of the supporting characters (for example "Captain Clinton" for the Union Captain) come from, as I've heard them used before but never in the film itself or interviews about it.

 : May 27, 2024, 08:31:05 PM 
drinkanddestroy - titoli
Richard M Sherman at 95. RIP and Thanx to you and your brother.

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