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« Reply #14685 on: February 01, 2015, 02:02:32 PM »

Easy: Where's the sax?
Uh, with the asshole who got kicked out of the band?

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« Reply #14686 on: February 01, 2015, 04:34:44 PM »

I saw Payback (1999) at the theater as a kid and there was just something I didn't like about it, like I subconsciously knew there was something that came before it that was a million times better (though I should give the DC a chance, maybe I was too harsh). When I saw Point Blank (1967) several years later, it all made sense, sort of. This talk about the movie made me realize I still haven't watched my copy of the bluray yet. it's been a few years since I've last seen it.


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Point Blank (1967)

While no movie is perfect this comes incredibly close: the only things I can halfway criticize is the music during Walker's confrontation of his estranged wife scene, which is  a little dated, and maybe there should have been a couple minutes chopped off the scene where Marvin and Angie are hanging out at that amazing house waiting for Carroll O'Connor's character to arrive.

It's a great revenge flick from two angles: Walker and Fairfax's, which saves the final scene from feeling anti-climatic. While this is a time capsule of 1967 LA and SF, this does not feel dated at all. Any tricks used here feel just as impactful and aren't the typical hokey 'new wave' posturing of late 60s Hollywood. This was your older brothers Bonnie and Clyde, which came out the same month. People saw the wrong movie, with all due respect.

Also out of the quiet brooding hitman flicks (Pale Flower, Le Samourai, The Driver, etc.), this one has the best story, though I probably enjoy Pale Flower just as much. The first hour of this movie is otherworldly great, every scene is a winner.

There was so much thought put into all aspects of filmmaking: lighting, editing, writing, casting, set design - everything clicks like few movies have.

14/10 easily one of my favorite 10-15 movies ever.

Angie has probably never looked better. That haircut she's sporting in this really suits her well. I might take her over Claudia.

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« Reply #14687 on: February 01, 2015, 05:08:32 PM »

Foxcatcher - 6/10
The first hour is 9/10: fascinating and perfectly done. The next one is 4/10: far less interesting stuff takes place, the characters are all wasted... and the direction becomes average: when you're going for ultra minimalist storytelling and camerawork, you'd better have smart things to say for you to express them in a smart way. That's what the first hour is about. When the story and the characters become weaker, the slightlest shot ends up heavily underlining some basic stuff, destroying the whole purpose of the movie and its storytelling.

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« Reply #14688 on: February 03, 2015, 04:16:51 PM »

Selma - 7/10 - Typically Oscar-baity biopic.

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« Reply #14689 on: February 04, 2015, 06:25:40 AM »

Sauve qui peut (la vie)/Every Man For Himself (1980) 1080p - 3/10. This was the first Godard film I ever watched, in a cinema, when it first toured the U.S. I hadn't remembered much about it--only that it had these gratuitous slow-motion effects, and that there was a female character who liked to cycle. After watching this film, more than 30 years ago, I never bothered with any other Godard films for 2 decades. Re-watching the film yesterday on Criterion Blu-ray (10/10) reminded me why.

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« Reply #14690 on: February 04, 2015, 09:16:49 AM »

Scenic Route - 4/10

I had never heard of it before I watched it on Netflix. Interesting, rather well done but with terrible ending. Dialogues and performance are good, but with this kind of films they need to be great.

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« Reply #14691 on: February 04, 2015, 10:27:55 AM »

The Verdict (1982) - 5 or 6/10

Couldn't really get into it. Blank.

I must correct myself: this is a good movie. It features more subtle and elegant ways to portray certain problems, that in most similar movies the poor viewer gets constantly hammered on the nose with. Paul Newman offers a great award-deserving performance, the other cast members also contribute.


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« Reply #14692 on: February 06, 2015, 09:49:53 AM »

Serpico (1973) - (just below the) 8/10

Certainly not a beautiful film, but very effective. I liked Pacino and the rest. The problem is it is rather thin story/energy-wise in a couple of places to be a masterpiece.

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« Reply #14693 on: February 06, 2015, 09:57:14 AM »

Serpico (1973) - (just below the) 8/10

Certainly not a beautiful film, but very effective. I liked Pacino and the rest. The problem is it is rather thin story/energy-wise in a couple of places to be a masterpiece.
Hope you watched the Blu-ray (or a restored print).

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« Reply #14694 on: February 06, 2015, 10:06:46 AM »

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One doesn't have to listen too closely to hear the strains of Ben-Hur, which would come four years later, in Miklos Rozsa's beautiful score for Vincente Minnelli's 1956 Lust for Life.

 

Produced in what were still the early days of tri-pack color negative, a decision was made, possibly by Mr. Minnelli, as he notes it in his autobiography, to shoot in AnscoColor.

 

Apparently using every last roll and short end extant at the time.  Ansco (Agfa) wasn't a bad stock.  It just wasn't the norm, and threw a large wrench into what was becoming a standardization of processing, duplicating, and printing the early Eastman Color 5248.

 

What one can see, as differentiating one stock from the other, is an ability to handle blacks and some colors differently, and possibly better.  That was the intent of the filmmaker, against the wishes of his cinematographer Freddie Young, who would have preferred to massage Eastman a bit to get closer to the filmmaker's wishes.

 

Lust for Life was a huge production for M-G-M in 1956.  It was one of the studio's halo films for the year, and as such it had a very special attribute.  A featurette.  Something that would not become the norm for marketing for another decade.  Van Gogh: Darkness into Light is new to the Blu-ray.

 

it's very special featurette, hosted by Dore Schary, then head of production for the studio.

 

Lust for Life was a big deal.  Produced by John Houseman, and starring Kirk Douglas (as Vincent Van Gogh), Anthony Quinn, James Donald, Pamela Brown and Everett Sloane, it stands the test of time as a magnificent production for the era.

 

How does the Blu-ray look and sound?

 

In a word, magnificent.  Throw in perfect as a second word.

 

Defined by a new 4k scan from the original negative, the data has been beautifully colored, with grain remaining.  Great blacks, shadow detail.  Dark sequences stand out as well as those in sunlight.  The audio is stereo, befitting its CinemaScope imagery.

 

Lust for Life is a great film biography, brought to us with perfection by Warner Bros.  Currently, it's a bargain at under $14 on Amazon.

 

Image - 5

 

Audio - 5

 

Pass / Fail - Pass

 

Very Highly Recommended

 

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« Reply #14695 on: February 06, 2015, 10:55:42 AM »

Hope you watched the Blu-ray (or a restored print).

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« Reply #14696 on: February 06, 2015, 01:52:10 PM »

Serpico (1973) - (just below the) 8/10

Certainly not a beautiful film, but very effective. I liked Pacino and the rest. The problem is it is rather thin story/energy-wise in a couple of places to be a masterpiece.

It's been a looooong time since I've seen it. Should rewatch it.

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I'll give a point to the choreography and another for having the choreography in frame without shaking. I don't understand the hype or love for it.

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« Reply #14697 on: February 06, 2015, 08:42:52 PM »

The Night Porter - 3/10 - 2nd viewing, hated it like the first time. DVD Savant recently gave the Criterion release a rave, which makes me suspect Drink's been right about him all along.

Chinatown - 8/10 - 2nd (?) viewing. Really loved the subtle plotting and visual storytelling this time around, more than its more obvious aesthetic and acting qualities.

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« Reply #14698 on: February 07, 2015, 02:59:05 AM »

Night Moves, Arthur Penn, 1975 - 4/10

Gene Hackman and the final are good. The rest is a boring melodrama coupled with lazy filmmaking. I almost quited several times but stayed because the TV program said the last 15 minutes are good. They are.

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« Reply #14699 on: February 07, 2015, 03:24:08 AM »

Leadbelly (1976) Dir Gordon Parks, The life of Blues and folk singer Huddie Leadbetter, nicknamed Leadbelly. 7/10

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