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« #16725 : February 03, 2017, 02:17:25 AM »

The Killers (1964) - 6.5/10

Don Siegel's charmingly unpolished piece features a lot of known faces doing their cheese-best and very HC third-grade acting (it could pass for a falsetto, almost) and a plot so full of nonsense and holes it almost makes you think it was done on purpose. But it all is kinda entertaining, if for anything then for the fact that it confirms that old saying: the worst actors make the best presidents.




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« #16726 : February 03, 2017, 03:42:08 AM »

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

8/10

Great, Oscar-winning performance by Ellen Burstyn.

Diane Ladd (Oscar nomination) and Kris Kristofersson are really good in supporting roles.

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« #16727 : February 03, 2017, 07:22:50 AM »

From Caligari to Hitler (2014) - 7/10. A 2-hr documentary on Weimar cinema, included with the Caligari MOC steelbook. The observations and conclusions of the filmmaker seem specious to me (e.g. social critique where none is demanded), but the large number of clips (from films both famous and obscure) makes the whole enterprise worthwhile.



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« #16728 : February 03, 2017, 09:39:57 AM »

The observations and conclusions of the filmmaker seem specious to me (e.g. social critique where none is demanded),
Based on Kracauer's book?


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« #16729 : February 03, 2017, 10:42:10 AM »

Based on Kracauer's book?
Right. How did you know?



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« #16730 : February 03, 2017, 12:01:45 PM »

The Killers (1964) - 6.5/10

Don Siegel's charmingly unpolished piece features a lot of known faces doing their cheese-best and very HC third-grade acting (it could pass for a falsetto, almost) and a plot so full of nonsense and holes it almost makes you think it was done on purpose. But it all is kinda entertaining, if for anything then for the fact that it confirms that old saying: the worst actors make the best presidents.

Always enjoyed that last shot of a real drunken Lee Marvin stumbling and falling on the grass.

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« #16731 : February 03, 2017, 12:05:56 PM »

Always enjoyed that last shot of a real drunken Lee Marvin stumbling and falling on the grass.

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« #16732 : February 03, 2017, 01:37:10 PM »

Always enjoyed that last shot of a real drunken Lee Marvin stumbling and falling on the grass.
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« #16733 : February 03, 2017, 09:22:34 PM »

Right. How did you know?

Right what? The observations were the filmaker's own or Kracauer's quotations?


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« #16734 : February 04, 2017, 10:38:56 AM »

El sur (1983) 8/10. Spain in the 50s. This is huge improvement over Spirit of the Beehive, in part because it is a true Bildungsroman. The adult world begins, for the heroine, as a mystery, but one whose secrets are gradually revealed. Further, a voice-over indicates that events are being remembered, so childhood impressions are less inchoate than they may have been otherwise. Aurore Clément appears briefly in a film-within-the-film.
The new UK blu looks pretty good, the better to enjoy the Rembrandt-inspired lighting scheme for interiors. I'm now thinking this is a "9/10" film.



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« #16735 : February 04, 2017, 10:43:18 AM »

the worst actors make the best presidents.

It occured to me later: this wasn't a compliment, in case anyone was wondering.




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« #16736 : February 06, 2017, 03:18:46 PM »

The Warriors - 4/5

I own the Ultimate Directors Cut which is possibly the worst version of the film. Got myself a copy of the original released DVD of the film and what a revelation that this exists in a digital format.

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« #16737 : February 07, 2017, 08:20:42 AM »

Robocop (2014) 5/10
Average remake/action flick saved from the  soulless syndrome by its powerful cast (namely Kinnaman, Oldman, Keaton and even SL Jackson)


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« #16738 : February 08, 2017, 12:34:06 AM »

Bombardier (1943) 7/10

Glory Alley (1952) 5/10


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« #16739 : February 08, 2017, 06:50:21 AM »

Fontane Effi Briest (1974) - 10/10. Just as Fontane seems to have wanted to do a German Madame Bovary, Fassbinder seems to have wanted to do an Ophuls film using Fontane's novel as base. It's got everything: b&w photography; a moving camera; academy aspect ratio; a long-suffering heroine. It's also got a great Walter Scott joke. My favorite bit comes when Effi's husband, Baron Instetten, discovers letters revealing Effi had assignations with a Major Crampas 6 years earlier. There's nothing for it but to challenge the man to a duel. Instetten discusses the issue with his prospective second; the second tries to talk him out of it. While they discuss things we see in montage the journey they will take to the site of the duel, one consisting of train rides and finally a trip by coach. The discussion is amazing and turns on the question of honor. Had Instetten never mentioned the affair to anyone he could have ignored it. But now that he is discussing the matter with his second he is compelled to go through with the action. The fact that someone else now knows about it--the second--places the baron's honor in jeopardy. Failure to act will necessarily diminish Instetten in the eyes of the second. The second reluctantly agrees that he is right. The discussion and journey are intercut so that each concludes concurrently and ends with a close-up on Instetten's pistol as it fires, fatally wounding Crampus. This bit of bravura filmmaking is then capped with a wonderful final moment. The dying Crampas, by way of one of those officiating the duel, asks to say one last thing to Instetten. The baron approaches the man. Crampas begins, "Would you . . . ?" And dies. The baron walks away, probably to see about breakfast.
I loved this film when I saw it theatrically in the 70s. I have loved watching it on DVD. Now the UK Blu-ray is here and it looks as good as it possibly could (minus some black crush). Fantastic film, great transfer.

Indochine (1992) - 8/10. I loved this film when I saw it theatrically in the 90s. I loved it on LD, then on DVD. Now the Studio Canal Blu-ray is here and--WTH? What happened to the colors? Yellow piss grading strikes again!



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