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« #16065 : May 24, 2016, 12:41:01 PM »

The Chase (1946) Film: 5/10; Entertainment Value: 8/10; Restoration (2012) and Transfer: 10/10. Watching this again on the new Kino BD I suddenly realized: this is the Mulholland Dr. of the 1940s. The disc comes with two radio broadcasts, one from 1944, the other from 1946 of "The Black Path of Fear," adaptations of Cornell Woolrich's putative basis for the film. Interestingly, the radio dramas are made up entirely of the Havana sequence that appears in the film. I guess all the Miami stuff at the beginning was an addition made by the filmmakers, but I'd like to hear from someone who has read the original story.



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« #16066 : May 24, 2016, 07:17:25 PM »

Coming Home - 6.5/10 - Jane Fonda finds crippled Vietnam vet Jon Voight more appealing than impotent Marine Bruce Dern. Wouldn't you? High-toned melodrama wants to say something about Vietnam and our treatment of veterans, but falls back on romantic clichés and muddled messaging. That said, it's way better than The Deer Hunter.

Father (1966) - 8/10 - Early Istvan Szabo film about an Hungarian boy who imagines his deceased father as a war hero, to the point where this delusion swallows his whole identity. Nothing like Szabo's later works: a blend of Italian neorealism and New Wave fourth wall-breaking with a touch of Richard Lester. Besides the playful direction, Szabo finds allegorical resonance between his hero's fantasies and Hungary's whipsawing between fascism, Communism and abortive revolution. Credit Szabo, too, for avoiding the obvious ending.

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« #16067 : May 25, 2016, 03:45:34 AM »

Charlotte Gray (2001) 5.5/10

A shitty movie with beautiful scenery


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« #16068 : May 25, 2016, 10:12:20 AM »

Dr. Thorne (2016) - 7/10. Julian Fellowes, the mind behind Downton Abbey (which I don't care for), does Anthony Trollope. And he has made a credible adaptation, although the novel is one of Trollope's weaker efforts (it's the worst of the Barsetshire series). Still, no one is likely to ever adapt this again, and it's not without some charm, so I guess I'm happy we have it. The title character is played by Tom Hollander, who is too short to play leading men. The filmmakers go to elaborate lengths to avoid revealing just how short he is, unsuccessfully. But the girl playing his niece is gorgeous. This is available in the U.S. on amazon, streaming free for Prime members, but in the UK it's out on disc.



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« #16069 : May 25, 2016, 04:04:21 PM »

Woooooooooooooooo!
I just watched the first episode of Horace and Pete so that RR doesn't do suicide bombing or anything because nobody watches his favorite TV show. Damn that's one of the saddest comedy piece I've ever watched. You think you've reached the bottom with some of the Coen's latest works and Louis CK punches you right in the face.

I wish he would stop directing these shows and hire a professional instead because he's a terrible director and editor. He destroys most of his clever writing as well as most of the great acting (what a casting!). But the show is still both funny and sad as hell! That's just how great it is. Despite the director.
Phew! That was a close one. Now watch the rest.

Say what you will about the FX Louie, but CK's direction and his editor's edition in Horace and Pete is excellent. First off, it's supposed to look and feel like a play - it's nothing special visually. But it's subtle - you wait and see. There are scenes with the perfect amount of restraint in direction, and scenes where the decision not to cut make the show endlessly more powerful (think Paris, Texas in its final meeting between the two former lovers).

I thought I was jumping the gun calling this one of the greatest pieces of storytelling I've ever seen, yet I still haven't stopped thinking about it.

Also... I wouldn't call it a comedy at all. I'd call it a very heavy drama with some amusing moments.

The Nice Guys (2016) - 8.5/10
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« #16070 : May 26, 2016, 01:16:08 AM »

Phew! That was a close one. Now watch the rest.

Say what you will about the FX Louie, but CK's direction and his editor's edition in Horace and Pete is excellent. First off, it's supposed to look and feel like a play - it's nothing special visually. But it's subtle - you wait and see. There are scenes with the perfect amount of restraint in direction, and scenes where the decision not to cut make the show endlessly more powerful (think Paris, Texas in its final meeting between the two former lovers).

I thought I was jumping the gun calling this one of the greatest pieces of storytelling I've ever seen, yet I still haven't stopped thinking about it.

Nah, I don't care if you cut or don't cut, you've got a camera on your hand, show what is supposed to be shown. The job is called "director" because there are things to direct.
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« #16071 : May 26, 2016, 06:26:01 AM »

Also... I wouldn't call it a comedy at all. I'd call it a very heavy drama with some amusing moments.

I just watched episode 3, I understand your point now. FUCK YOU MAN DON'T MAKE ME WATCH THIS I don't want to kill myself.


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« #16072 : May 26, 2016, 10:12:31 AM »

Figures in a Landscape (1970) - 1/10. Robert Shaw and Malcolm McDowell, together again for the first time! They're the figures! And they're on the run! And they're . . . (wait for it) . . . in a landscape! And there's an evil helicopter menacing them! Man, that's one evil helicopter! But sometimes the helicopter has to leave, probably to return to base to refuel. But it will be back! Because, without the helicopter, there'd be no helicopter shots! Also, no Deeper Symbolism. Because the copter is Shaw's . . . bête noir! Still, while the bird is away, Bob and Malc can talk about topical things, like . . . the Pill! And whether or not Malc can date Bob's daughters.

I've been on a bit of a Joseph Losey kick lately, but this is one of the worst P.O.S. I've ever seen. Losey's output was, it appears, wildly uneven. Oh well, back to another viewing of The Romantic Englishwoman.



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« #16073 : May 26, 2016, 10:40:05 AM »

I've been on a bit of a Joseph Losey kick lately, but this is one of the worst P.O.S. I've ever seen. Losey's output was, it appears, wildly uneven. Oh well, back to another viewing of The Romantic Englishwoman.

Man, you ain't kidding.



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« #16074 : May 26, 2016, 09:50:37 PM »

I just watched episode 3, I understand your point now. FUCK YOU MAN DON'T MAKE ME WATCH THIS I don't want to kill myself.
some episodes, including 3, will literally drain you and both ruin your day / make it endlessly better.

I just now got back from Louis' stand up tour and my throat hurts from laughing (not cock)

I watched that Spielberg oner video the other day and it's excellent, a perfect way to reveal spielbergs overlooked subtlety and technical craft. However, I still think CKs directing perfectly suits his style of writing. Of course he could never direct a Sorkin script, but I bet someone like Fincher could never direct a CK script as well as CK could himself.

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« #16075 : May 27, 2016, 02:28:31 AM »

Louis will be in France for a couple nights this summer, unfortunately I couldn't get a ticket, it was sold out within 5 minutes.

However, I still think CKs directing perfectly suits his style of writing. Of course he could never direct a Sorkin script, but I bet someone like Fincher could never direct a CK script as well as CK could himself.

I'm not attacking his style of directing. I'm attacking his (obvious lack of) craft. Anyway, like I said earlier, who cares, the show good enough to overcome all of this.

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« #16076 : May 27, 2016, 05:24:42 AM »

Beware, My Lovely (1952) - 8/10. Psycho handyman Robert Ryan menaces isolated widow Ida Lupino, and it's all over too quickly! Man, does Ryan give a performance. Lupino is good too, never less than convincing. And although all the action takes place in a single location, I never felt I was watching a filmed stage play. Best of all, character actions are always plausible. No one does stupid things merely to oblige the plot.



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« #16077 : May 27, 2016, 05:51:34 AM »

The Private Affairs of Bel Ami (1947) - 8/10. After he adapted Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945), Albert Lewin turned to this project, based on a story by Guy de Maupassant. The two films are a natural pair. Both are literary adaptations; both have period settings; both feature protagonists who begin as relative innocents before gradually transforming into monsters. The productions also have cast members in common (George Sanders and Angela Lansbury). Interestingly, they both employ the same optical trick: in the midst of all the black-and-white goings on, there is a sudden insert of a painting in Technicolor. I guess there are more bons mots in Dorian Gray, but Sanders does get a few into Bel Ami as well. Bel Ami ends with a duel, and it is one of most interesting presentations of such an event I have ever seen.



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« #16078 : May 27, 2016, 11:34:32 AM »

Wonder Boys - 7/10 - Michael Douglas is a Pitt professor/has-been novelist mentoring weirdo prodigy Toby Maguire. Various shenanigans ensue. I enjoyed Michael Chabon's novel and the movie's... okay. It's the kind of rambling, episodic story that works better on page than screen, though the cast (also including Frances McDormand, Rip Torn and Robert Downey Jr.) makes it worthwhile.



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« #16079 : May 27, 2016, 02:37:36 PM »

Louis will be in France for a couple nights this summer, unfortunately I couldn't get a ticket, it was sold out within 5 minutes.
That stinks. He released ticket sales for 5 or 6 shows before he released the whole tour - I saw the e-mail within the first minute, selected 2 tickets for Connecticut (about an hour from me), and got two center seats in the front row. literally the two best seats in the entire theater. it was amazing.

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