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« #1020 : September 19, 2022, 05:22:17 PM »

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) Better than the first one (not a great feat) is a good action film which has got little to do with the original. I don-t know why they did cast Downey as S.H., the major flaw of the series. But here everything else works, even the score  (the banjo theme made me think of the Cheyenne-s one) so, if you-re not expecting a S.H. movie, is good.  7/10 .

 


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« #1021 : September 20, 2022, 03:29:03 PM »

Transformers (2007) By the trailer hadn-t realized it was kiddie stuff. The main problem is that they wee uncertain whether to make a comedic movie or a dramatic one, so for at least the first hour you don-t know what to make of it. The final battle doesn-t make you realize most of the time which are the good robots and the bad ones, or at least I couldn-t. So I can-t but give it a 5/10


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« #1022 : September 21, 2022, 12:44:58 AM »

Luci del variet? (1950) Lattuada said he directed the whole movie, but you can tell how much there is of Fellini (who wrote the story) without pain. The parts involving the show business are the best ones, though not on a level of what Fellini will achieve with an episode of Roma. The relationship between Peppino and Del Poggio (how pretty!) is not very original and the great De Filippo shows what the giant he was only in his very last dialogue on the train.  7/10


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« #1023 : September 22, 2022, 08:51:28 AM »

Lo sceicco bianco  (1952) I liked it better than 40 years ago. Actually I wonder if this is the real first commedia all-italiana and not I soliti ignoyi. And this from a story by Antonioni!  7/10

   


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« #1024 : September 22, 2022, 03:07:57 PM »

Transformers (2007) By the trailer hadn-t realized it was kiddie stuff. The main problem is that they wee uncertain whether to make a comedic movie or a dramatic one, so for at least the first hour you don-t know what to make of it. The final battle doesn-t make you realize most of the time which are the good robots and the bad ones, or at least I couldn-t. So I can-t but give it a 5/10

I forgot to add there-s a very good joke told by a pc expert who steals top secret material:"If FBI catches me I am going to jail for life".

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« #1025 : September 24, 2022, 04:06:12 PM »

Munich (2005) I remembered only the explosion in the Paris appartment. And the scenes supposedly shot in Rome look like they were shot somewhere else (the plates of the cars were not those in use over here at the time or any other time). There are  two good scenes: Bana crying on the phone and the killing of the murderess. But the alternate editing of Bana f... his wife with the massacre at the airport accompanied by the usual dirge made me almost puke. Still it is a good thriller, with 007 and 2 of his archvillain foes. 7/10


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« #1026 : September 25, 2022, 12:29:05 AM »

My Fair Lady (1964) A slew of good songs but not as good as those of Mary Poppins. Some dialogues are just too long. 7/10


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« #1027 : September 26, 2022, 12:38:34 AM »

Blood Work (2002) Apparently this Eastwood thriller was never mentioned here. A pity because, though it is thrashed (or about) at IMDB I think is one of his best ones. Based on a Michael Connolly novel, it doesn't waste time in subplots or the girl or the kid (though they're both here: but the love scene is dealt with in a couple of minutes). Sure, the premise is that Eastwood never realizes how the killer may follow him so easily, but apart from that it is all detection and action. 7-8/10


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« #1028 : September 26, 2022, 06:24:28 AM »

Ludwig (1973) Visconti's biopic is one of the few works of his I can put up with, though I still think it's too long in the restored version. It is something I could rewatch 40 years from now, like I did for this second time. 7-8/10


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« #1029 : September 26, 2022, 11:00:35 PM »

Justice League (2017)  Follow-up to the above, is entertaining with good visual and enough change of sets to make it not boring. It clocks at 120' and that helps. 7/10

I re-watched it and I lower the rating to 6-7/10 as the final battle is not very much inventive like the first one and Steppenwolf is not as a terrible opponent as he is in the first part.


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« #1030 : September 27, 2022, 08:45:43 AM »

Vita da cani (1950) Another movie on the variet? world and another marred by the melodrama of the little credible private  vicissitudes of the female performers. But at least the main three are real beauties: Lollobrigida, Lees and Scala (best italian all-around showgirl ever). 7/10


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« #1031 : September 27, 2022, 04:13:53 PM »

Pinocchio (1940) I saw it at 5, 6 can't remember, and can't say whether I liked it or not. Now, I bought some Disney dvd's mainly to listen to the songs  and I must say that those included here are all worth listening to (of course, I'm talking about the ones not very super-popular like When You Wish Upon a Star or Give a Little Whistle). I don't know where this version ranks among those made out of the novel, the best being almost surely the mini-series made by Comencini in 1972. But is good for the cricket and the music. So it's 8/10.


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« #1032 : September 30, 2022, 12:01:03 PM »

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) A kinda of Star Wars 1976 remake, with no pseudo filosophical bs and romantic asides, while concentrating on action from start to finish. Which means 7/10. A pity that the actors are quite anonymous and the only character with a personality (I mean: action movie personality) is the raccoon.


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« #1033 : October 03, 2022, 05:12:04 PM »

Captain America: Civil War (2016) This one has got an original plot premise, showing how disasters created by the urban fights engaged by the superheroes cannot come clean but cause inevitably deaths among civilians.  As usual, most of the dialogue is disposable as is some of the non-action scenes which, though, are good or even very good. So it's 7-8/10.


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« #1034 : October 04, 2022, 06:01:35 PM »

The Cotton Club (1984) I saw it when released and then on tv. Now, undubbed with the dvd, I liked it more. The Dutch Schultz story-line is passable, but I could have done without the love story between Hines and McKee, an excuse to underline the race unfairness of the time. That slows down the pace so it's 7-8/10, mostly for the musical numbers. P.S. I couldn't spot Woody Strode.


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