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« Reply #15285 on: September 02, 2015, 06:34:16 AM »

I still can't take anything out of your views on French films than interesting oddity.

Jacques Audiard makes films that look like independant american films so you can pretend I am reviewing Mud.

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« Reply #15286 on: September 02, 2015, 09:43:06 AM »

I know there are admirers of his father's work on the board but have you guys ever seen Jacques Audiard films or am I just talking to myself here?
Just talking to yourself. But keep it up, at least you're always entertaining.

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« Reply #15287 on: September 02, 2015, 10:46:10 AM »

at least you're always entertaining.

I'm trying so hard.

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« Reply #15288 on: September 07, 2015, 11:08:08 AM »

Hombre (1967) 1080p - 7/10. HD transfer: 10/10 (and that's an LoA level "10"). Martin Ritt: too preachy. James Wong Howe: now that's what I call cinematography. Paul Newman: somewhere between Hud and Cool Hand Luke. The ending: to die for.
I'm upping my score to an "8". Ritt's real problem is he's a muddled thinker, and when he has characters talk they reflect his confusion. There's a bit in the climactic scene where two characters essentially compose a faux Hemingway exchange (No God? No God. No heaven? No heaven. Hell? Oh, hell, hell yeah!)--what's that got to do with the central message about helping others in need? And why does the helping-others-in-need theme keep getting in the way of the story? Holy sheet, man, if you help someone and it causes them to be worse off (because your aid actually helps the bad guys kill everyone) then what good was your help? Intentions trump all? (But remember, there's no God watching what we're doing, Ritt established that). Typical liberal B.S. The amazing thing about all this is that in spite of the pretentions to wisdom this film shovels out, it's still a really enjoyable watch. Performances? Yeah, they're great. Cinematography? Fantastic. Plot? Pretty good, with a terrific ending. For all its failings, this is so much better than the crap they make nowadays.

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« Reply #15289 on: September 07, 2015, 11:44:45 AM »

Niagara (1953). Does Technicolor look great on BD, or what? 10/10.

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« Reply #15290 on: September 07, 2015, 12:01:10 PM »

Niagara (1953). Does Technicolor look great on BD, or what? 10/10.

beautiful to look at (both the movie and Marilyn), great sense of location ... as a movie, in a sort of 'objective' sense, it is nowhere near a 10/10 ... yet somehow it affects me, maybe cuz it makes me remember my visits to Niagara (the falls and the city) ... I can't argue with those who give this movie a crappy rating and I can't argue with those who give it a great rating. Of course, I am a big fan.
Not only Marilyn, but Jean Peters and especially Max Showalter (aka Casey Adams) are really good. Joseph Cotten ruins every movie he was ever in (yes, even Citizen Kane would have been better without him)

as the famous line goes: Marilyn had her whole future behind her  Wink

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« Reply #15291 on: September 07, 2015, 12:04:22 PM »

just saw Port of Shadows again. Got tired of waiting around for a Region 1 BRD that may never come, so i just bought the DVD used on eBay for 30 bucks (that's all that is available; the DVD is out of print, nothing on Amazon, just some used copied on eBay). Film and audio quality are not perfect, hopefully the BRD (whenever it comes) will improve it.
Still one of my favorite movies.
The music, the acting ...
Michele Morgan in this movie affected me like perhaps no other girl. Those eyes, that Coco Chanel coat ...

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« Reply #15292 on: September 08, 2015, 01:31:38 PM »

Blow-Up: The Steven Soderbergh Cut (1966/2015) - 9/10. Unhappily, this is no longer accessible (it was on Soderbergh's website), but with some judicious cutting, Steve was able to get the film down to a solid 90 minutes and change. He saved the picture! Gone are those annoying mimes and their pretentious art-film ending. Now we have just the meat: the brilliant photo shoot with Verushka, the photographic enlargement segment that proves there's been a murder, the Yardbird's concert and the broken guitar trophy David Hemmings pointlessly fights for. Great, great filmmaking. Less is more, baby!

Blow Out (1981) - 4/10. I'm still trying to figure out why this is Tarantino's favorite film. Okay, yeah, there are some stunning visual tricks: the split screen and diopter effects, the traveling shots, the fireworks at the end (not digitally rendered!) and the amazing 360 degree pan that circles 4 complete times (would that make it 1440 degrees?). But Nancy Allen is a hopeless actress, and the plot is sooooo stoooooopid. If I never see this film again it will be too soon.

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« Reply #15293 on: September 09, 2015, 05:35:17 AM »

The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)  Directed by Bob Rafelson,  with Jack Nicholson, Jessica Lange, Joe Colicos, wow, I remember seeing this in the theaters back when it came out, and I don't believe I've seen it since. There was a period in my life, roughly from 1972 through the early 90s where I didn't watch much TV, and after I did get cable it was just the standard package so I didn't get any premium channels, so I don't know how prevalent this particular version of Postman was in syndication, so I'm only speaking for myself.

 I forgot how good a remake it is. It's closer in tone to Visconti's Ossessione than the 1946 Garfield - Turner version. It's also devoid of the Hayes Code constrictions and hit you over the head moralizing. It's a great recreation of the mid thirties and a bit more believable a production in that  Joe Colicos is a better Nick Papadakis, and Jessica Lange sizzles as Cora. Jack Nicholson is equal to John Garfield, its a wash there, the only two characters that don't equal or surpass those of the 46 version are Angelica Huston, as Madge (Aurdrey Totter was great and more effective in a much shorter sequence) and Hume Cronyn was slimier than Michael Lerner as the lawyer.

The backstory of Papadakis is more filled in with his Greek heritage, the outdoor locations detailing the various surrounding accouterments of a typical gas station/beanery are more defined, and the interior sets are believable. Gone are the white turban, halter, and shorts of Turner, 81's Cora is less obvious and more down to earth.

It's a very enjoyable remake, if you trim out the Angelica Huston's lion tamer excess it would be a 10/10 as is 9/10

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« Reply #15294 on: September 09, 2015, 06:17:52 AM »

The Comfort of Strangers (1990) - 6/10. In Venice, a tourist couple (Rupert Everett and Natasha Richardson) come under the sway of a pair of creepy residents (Christopher Walken and Helen Mirren). It ends badly. The film's profound takeaway: Crazy people do irrational things. Well, Venice looks nice, anyway. From a novel by Ian McEwan, and a script by Harold Pinter. Paul Schrader directed.

The Face of an Angel (2015) - 5/10. Michael Winterbottom does the Amanda Knox case. From the journalists' point of view. Er, from a film director's take on the journalists' point of view. It turns out the case is complicated, so . . . we can't really know anything about it. Since we can't know anything about the case, it's better to just throw up our hands and find someone to love. Or something. The film's search for something to say inspires nothing but tedium. Oh well, Siena, Italy, looks very nice.

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« Reply #15295 on: September 10, 2015, 05:26:52 AM »

Two suggested Policier Neo Noir Films
 
Dirty Harry (1971) Dir. Don Siegel stars Clint Eastwood, Andrew Robinson, watching it through Noir tinted glasses, it's listed on some lists of Neo Noir films, it is dark in tone, and Harry and Scorpio are obsessed and alienated individuals. The night time sequences are just night time sequences you could say some shots are slightly Noir-ish, the sequence where Harry is getting a bead on Scorpio with the Jesus Saves sign looming in the b.g., the sequence of the money drop with it's climax at the concrete cross, but that shot where a dazed Harry looks up at the cross would have been a no brainer to shoot it at a Dutch angle, but no it's squared to the frame. There are some nice noir-ish shots of San Francisco's porno tenderloin district, and the Kezar Stadium sequence culminating with the finding of the nude girls body with the Golden Gate in the b.g.  It's Noir -Lite, as a Neo Noir it's visually a 6/10 as a film it's  9/10
 
Hustle (1975) Directed by Robert Aldrich stars Bert Reynolds, Catherine Deneuve, Ben Johnson, and Paul Winfield. This is also on Neo Noir lists and deservedly so it does look like a Noir lots of shots with out a fill light and with copious amounts of other Noir-ish segments. Its problem is that it's too character driven and the only believe-able characters are Johnson and Winfield. I don't buy the Deneuve-Reynolds relationship for a minute. Reynolds past baggage i.e., his Southern goof off persona overpowers, he can't overcome it for me. Reynolds best film for me (that I've seen) is still Deliverance he didn't talk a whole lot in that. As Neo Noir its visually an 8/10 as a stand alone film it misses, 6/10.

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« Reply #15296 on: September 10, 2015, 07:53:47 AM »

Reynolds best film for me (that I've seen) is still Deliverance he didn't talk a whole lot in that.
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« Reply #15297 on: September 10, 2015, 10:55:51 AM »


Night Has a Thousand Eyes
(1948) - 9/10. This is more like it, an adaptation of a Cornell Woolrich thriller starring Edward G. Robinson. Robinson plays a guy with a fortune-telling act who suddenly finds he really can foresee the future. Problem is, he keeps seeing awful things happening to people, but is unable to do anything about it. When those he loves most (including Gail Russell) seem marked for death, will he be able to convince others of the truth before it's too late? This would make a great triple-bill with Nightmare Alley and The Amazing Mr. X (aka The Spiritualist), and, along with Illegal, Woman in the Window, and Scarlett Street, represents another triumph for Robinson. Man, that guy was good.
Just viewed the German DVD and it looks very good. My feelings on the film haven't changed. Great fun.

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« Reply #15298 on: September 10, 2015, 09:47:03 PM »

Watched DVD of PORT OF SHADOWS again. Second time in less than a week. Still a great movie Smiley

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« Reply #15299 on: September 11, 2015, 05:49:00 AM »

The Man Who Wasn't There (2001) - Story: 6/10. Billy Bob: 10/10. Deakins: 10/10. Blu-ray: 10/10.

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