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 on: December 08, 2017, 06:17:33 AM 
Started by Groggy - Last post by Cusser
I'm also not a big fan of Citizen Kane.  We saw this in film class, and agree that much is really good technically, as an entertaining film it just falls real flat for me.

And if Kane was alone when he died, who heard him say "Rosebud" Huh

 on: December 08, 2017, 03:36:52 AM 
Started by Groggy - Last post by cigar joe
Also give a look to Welles bizarre Journey Into Fear also.

 on: December 08, 2017, 03:34:09 AM 
Started by Jessica Rabbit - Last post by greenbudgie
Good Review Jess. One thing that I have noticed about this noir is the lack of background music which I miss. The menacing score of noirs is one of the essential things about them for me. This missing element does mar the movie a little I think.

 on: December 08, 2017, 01:43:01 AM 
Started by Whalestoe - Last post by drinkanddestroy
I finally saw this movie. Itís decent, nothing great. 7/10

The constsnt shaky cam was insanely annoying. Had a huge effect on my enjoyment of the movie. Rennerís speech to his baby at the end was dumb.

Very good performance by Renner. Very awful camerawork.

 on: December 07, 2017, 08:02:04 PM 
Started by PowerRR - Last post by cigar joe
Brutti, sporchi e cattivi (Ugly, Dirty and Bad) (1976) Director, Ettore Scola, shanty town shenanigans in Via Domizia Lucilla, Rome, Lazio, Italy, 6/10

 on: December 07, 2017, 07:21:08 PM 
Started by Groggy - Last post by drinkanddestroy

 I am gonna rewatch this and try and pick up on some things that i know i missed on my initial viewing of the film.  

Watch it with Roger Ebertís commentary

 on: December 07, 2017, 06:17:12 PM 
Started by Groggy - Last post by Moorman
Well, here goes. I've heard of this film for years.  Being a avid reader, i would always come across references to this film, ( when reading anything related to this art form).  I never was interested in seeing the film, because i never was interested in classic Hollywood movies until earlier this year. My love of classic westerns steered me in that direction.  I say all this to say that i didn't know what to expect from this movie.  When i got into classic Hollywood, film noirs, etc. i naturally got curious as to what Orson Wells is all about.

This is my 4th Welles pictures i have seen. I started with The Lady from Shanghai, followed by The Third Man, and then The Stranger.  Here is my take on it.  The film was only a shade under 2 hrs, but felt like it was 3 hours. I say this to say that the film, to me,  seemed to be constantly going nowhere as far as making a POINT about what it was all about.  Not until the final few scenes, did the movie, to me, come together.  The film ITSELF, came across as narcissistic, like the main character himself.  It seemed to be constantly patting itself on the back, but not making any point.  This is a film that definitely, if there is nuance to be found during the majority of the film, will take repeated viewings for the viewer to pick up on.  The final few scenes made up for a lot of what i felt was the movie not really doing anything.  Only then, do we see that the film is quick snapshots of a narcissist who ends up in a big huge house, with nothing else.

The cinematography was fantastic. I have no problems there.  The acting was superb all around. Orson Welles himself was fantastic thru out the whole movie. I have no problems there.  The direction was great.  Everything about the movie was superb to me, except the plot, the screenplay itself.  I think that for during its time, when the movie came out, that the screenplay came across as great for that time.  I came into this viewing thinking that the movie was gonna be overrated.  I STILL think its overrated, but it IS a great film.  I don't think its worthy of the greatest movie of all time moniker though. I don't even have it in my own top 20 or so films.  I am gonna rewatch this and try and pick up on some things that i know i missed on my initial viewing of the film.  

Cinematography - 2 points

Musical Score- 1.5 points

Acting- 2 points

Directing- 2 points

Plot- .5 points

Total- 8 out of 10

 on: December 07, 2017, 11:11:04 AM 
Started by drinkanddestroy - Last post by XhcnoirX
I saw this over at Criterion.  How good is it?

Both the movie and the Criterion release of it are really good IMHO... The Criterion release (as well as the UK release) also has an earlier Kubrick noir with it, 'Killer's Kiss'. It's a bit clunky, but something about it I love. I upgraded my Criterion DVD's to the UK blu-ray, but kept the Criterion because of the different extra's.

And FWIW, in regards to the discussion about the ending... The entire suitcase business is pretty dumb and careless planning, but the ending itself is telegraphed in an earlier scene involving the suitcase.

 on: December 07, 2017, 08:49:43 AM 
Started by Tucumcari Bound - Last post by drinkanddestroy
I finally saw this movie, as it played on TCM recently as part of James Stewart month. Thank God I did not spend any money buying a disc. This movie is an absolute piece of shit. 3/10

 on: December 07, 2017, 08:41:06 AM 
Started by drinkanddestroy - Last post by Moorman
I saw this over at Criterion.  How good is it?

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