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« Reply #15870 on: March 27, 2016, 09:01:24 PM »

Le Corbeau ("The Raven")  (1943) 4/10

Another WWII movie that maybe had an interesting theme for its time (can surely be hotly debated; you can read it as being against informing to the Nazis, even though Cluozot himself was nearly banned from French cinema for life over accusations of collaboration since he was a top guy in Continental Films, the film company Goebbels established in France; though Bertrand Tavernier says that other than working for Continental, Cluozot never did or said anything pro-Fascist - Tavernier defends Cluozot and points out that the movie angered the Nazis, who saw it as criticizing the sending of anonymous letters about one's neighbors. i learned this all from an interesting interview with Tavernier, a bonus feature on the Criterion DVD. But anyway ..... ) I did not enjoy the movie; whatever themes it may or may not have had relevant for Occupation-era France, this movie was not enjoyable for me in 2016.

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« Reply #15871 on: March 28, 2016, 05:37:54 AM »

Le Corbeau ("The Raven")  (1943) 4/10

Another WWII movie that maybe had an interesting theme for its time (can surely be hotly debated; you can read it as being against informing to the Nazis, even though Cluozot himself was nearly banned from French cinema for life over accusations of collaboration since he was a top guy in Continental Films, the film company Goebbels established in France; though Bertrand Tavernier says that other than working for Continental, Cluozot never did or said anything pro-Fascist - Tavernier defends Cluozot and points out that the movie angered the Nazis, who saw it as criticizing the sending of anonymous letters about one's neighbors. i learned this all from an interesting interview with Tavernier, a bonus feature on the Criterion DVD. But anyway ..... ) I did not enjoy the movie; whatever themes it may or may not have had relevant for Occupation-era France, this movie was not enjoyable for me in 2016.
Weird, I like the film a lot, although it suffers from being a whodunit--once you know the solution, re-watches are much less enjoyable. The historical context is interesting, but I try to ignore stuff like that when I'm watching a film. I like the atmosphere, the photography, the performances, the sense of dread. Could be considered a noir.

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« Reply #15872 on: March 28, 2016, 09:28:13 AM »

The Nazis characters are more fun to watch than the Canadians.
Anything's more fun than watching the Canadians. Even CNN--except when the Canadians are on CNN, which is worse than seeing the Canadians for real. But programming doesn't make that mistake too often.

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« Reply #15873 on: March 28, 2016, 09:45:58 AM »

Canadians are fun to watch when they are playing hockey. The villains are always most fun, remember?  Wink

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« Reply #15874 on: March 28, 2016, 11:37:03 AM »

You could be like n_l: maybe there aren't more than twenty movies with an 8-9/10 rating  Evil

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« Reply #15875 on: March 28, 2016, 03:13:56 PM »

As long as I'm not compared with Dust Devil or Mr Tit, I'm ok.

Nobody is like Dust Devil. He rates everything to the tenth of a point. That's 101 possible ratings. Which means he can watch loke 2 movies a week for a year and never give the same rating twice!

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« Reply #15876 on: March 29, 2016, 01:41:15 AM »

Hard Eight 7/10

It feels both like PTA and a first feature. I wonder if the longer cut actually exists somewhere...?
I liked it. Great atmosphere and character.

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« Reply #15877 on: March 29, 2016, 08:56:55 AM »

Le Corbeau ("The Raven")  (1943) 4/10

I did not enjoy the movie; whatever themes it may or may not have had relevant for Occupation-era France, this movie was not enjoyable for me in 2016.
I have the Criterion disc, so I spun it again last night to see if the movie is as bad as reported, or if Drink is just full of shit. Guess what I decided?  Cheesy

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« Reply #15878 on: March 29, 2016, 10:52:07 AM »

Hardcore - 8/10 - George C. Scott descends into the California underworld to rescue his daughter. The Searchers updated to modern LA, with the porn industry subbing for the Comanches. Paul Schrader's direction and irony weigh heavily at times, but considering the material's tawdriness it's surprisingly powerful. Credit Scott for much of it: he plays Jake as imprisoned by his fundamentalism, struggling to comprehend anything outside his narrow worldview. Schrader can't make the reconciliation ending convincing but hey, neither could John Ford.

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« Reply #15879 on: March 29, 2016, 08:02:11 PM »

Night Moves - 6/10 - Gene Hackman is a PI investigating a runaway who winds up dead. Bares a passing resemblance to The Conversation, with the artistry and complexity drained out. Competent but uninspired.

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« Reply #15880 on: March 30, 2016, 06:45:42 AM »

Night Moves - 6/10 - Gene Hackman is a PI investigating a runaway who winds up dead. Bares a passing resemblance to The Conversation, with the artistry and complexity drained out. Competent but uninspired.
TV-like, one might say?

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« Reply #15881 on: March 30, 2016, 09:02:27 AM »

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« Reply #15882 on: March 30, 2016, 12:31:58 PM »

It seems uninspired is the new originality.

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« Reply #15883 on: March 30, 2016, 01:51:26 PM »

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« Reply #15884 on: March 30, 2016, 07:12:43 PM »

Hardcore - 8/10 - George C. Scott descends into the California underworld to rescue his daughter. The Searchers updated to modern LA, with the porn industry subbing for the Comanches. Paul Schrader's direction and irony weigh heavily at times, but considering the material's tawdriness it's surprisingly powerful. Credit Scott for much of it: he plays Jake as imprisoned by his fundamentalism, struggling to comprehend anything outside his narrow worldview. Schrader can't make the reconciliation ending convincing but hey, neither could John Ford.

I've been meaning to see this for a while now but I'm holding out for some Blu-ray release of it, as well as Blue Collar, but I have doubt as to whether that will happen. Apparently when Warren Beatty was supposed to play the lead, Schrader had to change the ending and when he got Scott involved he still kept the ending instead of the original. There's also a funny story of Scott being hold up in his trailer refusing to appear on set and when Schrader showed up, Scott had made Schrader promise that he would never direct another movie again  Grin

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