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 : August 15, 2018, 01:08:48 AM 
PowerRR - noodles_leone
Haven't posted much lately cuz I've been wasting way too much time with Miss Korea.

Nobody here is gonna criticize your patriotism.
Next time try to catch a Miss North Korean, though.

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 : August 14, 2018, 10:34:30 PM 
cigar joe - drinkanddestroy
Good review, CJ.

Looks– and personality-wise Arlene DeHaven seems like more of a good girl, and Arlene Dahl seems like more of a femme fatale. I could never stand Van Johnson; he has perhaps the most annoying voice/cadence in Hollywood history. This could have been a better film with Charles McGraw, Sterling Hayden, or Humphrey Bogart in the role that went to Johnson.

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 : August 14, 2018, 09:33:25 PM 
greenbudgie - kjrwe
Thanks for the thread. I'll be on the lookout for recommendations. Cheers.

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 : August 14, 2018, 09:31:34 PM 
moorman - kjrwe
I agree with you about the policeman at the warehouse K. I was thinking at the time this is where the plan is going to go wrong. But Jack Hawkins seem to have taken the attitude that all policeman are stupid. I wouldn't have wanted a patrol policeman telling me that he was going to keep an eye on my premises in that position.

And why on earth did he show up there with his own car and his own legal license plate? Couldn't he have parked a few blocks away? Yet he had the nerve to yell at that other fellow for stealing a car during the day....not smart.

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 : August 14, 2018, 06:26:02 PM 
PowerRR - drinkanddestroy
Haven't posted much lately cuz I've been wasting way too much time with Miss Korea. Now that that shit is on the back burner (where it shoulda been all along), I can rate some of the movies I've seen recently (not too many).
Actually, since she didn't know jack about classic movies, I introduced a bunch of classics, and personal faves, to her: "The Godfather" (probably seen 8-10 times), "Casablanca" (ditto), "A River Runs Through It" (7 or 8), and "Legends of the Fall" (2nd viewing; first was 9 years ago). All these are 10/10.

Also, thanks to TCM's Summer Under the Stars programming, I recently saw "Charley Varrick" (1973), for the 4th time. Really good movie; I give it an 8.5/10. Walter Matthau and Joe Don Baker give IMO Oscar-worthy performances; some other very solid performances as well.

I also saw "Coogan's Bluff" (1968) for the first time in full. (About ten years ago, I saw parts of it on AMC). This one gets a 7.5/10. Eastwood is Eastwood, of course. Lee J. Cobb is very good here. The scenes with Susan Clark are the one big negative; I'm not sure if the problem is with the script or with Clark. Tisha Sterling is beautiful.

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 : August 14, 2018, 03:24:10 AM 
greenbudgie - greenbudgie
                                                                  MILLER'S CROSSING (1990). Rated 9/10.

This is about 1920s Prohibition-era mob warfare between the Italian and Irish communities. It was filmed in New Orleans which helps to give it a Jazz-era feel I think. After seeing him in 'Defence of the Realm' recently I am fast becoming a Gabriel Byrne fan. He is terrific in this and is on screen for the greatest party of the film. He gets chucked out of the Irish mob, led by Albert Finney, and then finds himself awkwardly caught in the crossfire, so to speak, between the rival gangs. Also great in this is John Turturro as the Jewish upstart. The snappy dialogue is good and I'm sure this will have appeal to the fans of gangster films, noir and neo-noir genres.

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 : August 14, 2018, 12:12:47 AM 
dave jenkins - dave jenkins
Who goes to Michael Mann for verisimilitude?

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 : August 13, 2018, 11:59:55 AM 
PowerRR - noodles_leone
New York, New York (1977) - 6.5/10
Flawed but not in any way horrible. Waaaaaaaayy too long though.

Exactly how I remember it.

Love (2015) - 6/10
I really, really wish I could have seen it in 3D. And not only for the cumshot directly on the camera lens.
Anyway, it's your classic post 2002 Gaspar Noé flick: fascinating (and I mean it) mise-en-scène and narration (this guy is the closest we have from Kubrick nowadays, in a way less precise but way more inventive way), stupid screenplay and characters. The worst thing is that Noé himself seems to be as stupid/empty as his characters. But he's a cinematic genius.

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 : August 13, 2018, 06:53:56 AM 
PowerRR - moviesceleton
Trial on the Road (Proverka na dorogakh, 1971/1986) - 9/10
One of the best war films ever.

Landscape in the Mist (1988) - 7.5/10
This georgeous looking and in every way brilliantly crafted movie takes your breath away, but the next day you kinda start to question if it actually has anything more to it. The score is great.

Roswell (1994 - 9/10
A great "experimental" short film. Can be found on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/76877472 Also a great score.

New York, New York (1977) - 6.5/10
Flawed but not in any way horrible. Waaaaaaaayy too long though.

Colossal Youth (2006) - 7/10
I'm a fan of Pedro Costa's Ossos and In Vanda's Room, but this one is a challenge even for my attention span. Still an interesting development of his style.

Candy Mountain (1987) - 7/10
Indie road movie directed by Robert Frank and Rudy Wurlitzer. Certainly lacks the visual bravery of Frank's photography works but the road movie setting keeps situations changing at a constant pace, and I liked the northern US / Canada locations.

Salaam Cinema (1995) - 9/10
This provocative Iranian "documentary" about a casting audition for non-actors questions (among a lot of things) the "authenticity" of non-actors that is often praised in films like the ones of Kiarostami or Bresson.

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 : August 13, 2018, 03:44:18 AM 
greenbudgie - greenbudgie
                                                                        MAROC 7 (1967). Rated 4/10.

This is about jewel theft and intrigue in Morocco. There is a heavy Hitchcockian influence in this especially 'To Catch A Thief,' 'The Man Who Knew Too Much' and 'North By Northwest' reminisces amongst the action. Gene Barry seemed a bit too old to be amongst the 1960s beautiful babes that he's surrounded by, whereas Cary Grant had still been able to get away with it at the aged 50 mark. The women were all clad in this so he didn't get the James Bond attention popular in the 1960s. The print that I saw of this was poor which may have contributed to me devaluing this. But even so, none of the cast seem to be giving anything much of themselves. Cyd Charisse playing a non-musical role is the best thing about this movie and she was still looking good at 45.

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