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« #17580 : February 05, 2018, 08:03:45 PM »

The Silent Partner (1978) A bank teller Eliot Gould is held up at gun point by a Santa Claus (Christopher Plummer), during the holidays in Toronto. The robbery takes place after a large deposit is made. But he's anticipating the heist because of two things, a discarded withdrawal slip he found earlier with identical capitol "G's" that match a hand drawn sign he spots held by the same Santa Claus, and the fact that the Santa was going to rob the bank right after a large deposit was made by a local business man, but he was foiled in the earlier attempt by a small boy who attracted a lot of attention because wanted to tell Santa his Christmas list.

Because the observant teller knows whats coming he devises a way to steal most of the money for himself while letting Santa get away with a portion.

Its a nice little cat and mouse game once the real thief figures out what happened and wants a cut of the loot. The rest of the cast  Susannah York, Céline Lomez and John Candy. 8/10



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« #17581 : February 06, 2018, 12:53:31 AM »

7 psychopaths (Martin McDonagh, 2012) - 6.5/10
Second watch. Still very flawed and please stop thinking Colin Farrell can play comedy, but the film has many great qualities.

Loulou (Maurice Pialat, 1980) - 6/10
Pretty boring after a while, but still too fascinating (mainly due to the actors) to stop.

Reservoir Dogs (Quentin Tarantino, 1992) - 9/10
I'm still in love.

The Handmaid Tale (season 1, 2017) - 6.5/10
Interesting, especially in the flashback sequences. Some incredibly powerful scenes (most notably an execution), mostly very good acting although the main actress bothers me (I get it, I get it, they took a good actress instead of a beauty in order to make a feminist statment, which is cool, but then you have to stop treating her like a beauty in the script). The color grade almost made me stop watching it several times.

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« #17582 : February 06, 2018, 06:45:23 AM »

The Lost City of Z (2017) - 4/10. It's Aguirre The Wrath of God done as an afterschool TV special, with English-speakers in for the krauts. You will believe that Sienna Miller can do an Emma Thompson impression. The film indulges bad faith from start to finish. The downer ending even gets sold as a moment of uplift. National Geographic porn!



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« #17583 : February 06, 2018, 07:03:04 AM »

The Lost City of Z (2017) - 4/10. It's Aguirre The Wrath of God done as an afterschool TV special, with English-speakers in for the krauts. You will believe that Sienna Miller can do an Emma Thompson impression. The film indulges bad faith from start to finish. The downer ending even gets sold as a moment of uplift. National Geographic porn!

The review for this film are all over the place: it goes from film of the year to total turd. I was quite upset I couldn't catch it in theater but I feel like I'm gonna be bored. James Gray isn't the kind of guy I would hire to make an adventure movie, but the idea is still intriguing to me. Even though he has made only one good film yet, I like the guy.


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« #17584 : February 06, 2018, 10:38:12 AM »

Murder, Inc. (1960), starring Stuart Whitman, May Britt, Henry Morgan, Peter Falk, Simon Oakland, and Vincent Gardenia was close to a Noir, it had the Dutch angles and some stylistics in enough shots to get that noir tuning fork vibrating.  8) O0

I saw this on TCM. It's decent. The Stuart Whitman/May Britt storyline is annoying as hell. The actual gangster-activity scenes are good.

Stuart Whitman plays a decent guy who is hard up, borrows money from the mob, is broke and can't repay. Now, the mob forces him and his wife (May Britt) to help them with their murderous plots. So this manipulation of the "decent couple" takes up lots of the focus of the movie – Whitman and Britt are the first two billed cast members; end of credits say "Introducing Peter Falk," though, as Ben Manckiewicz points out, this was not Falk's first movie. Falk was very good in this, Oscar-nominated for Best Supporting Actor.

If they had ditched or minimized the Whitman-Britt storyline, this could have been better. As it is, it's 7/10.


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« #17585 : February 06, 2018, 11:55:58 AM »

Even though he has made only one good film yet, I like the guy.
Would that be We Own the Night?



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« #17586 : February 06, 2018, 03:11:28 PM »

Would that be We Own the Night?

Yep, that's the only one I really like. His others have good stuff, but it's the only one I rewatch from time to time.


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« #17587 : February 06, 2018, 09:30:49 PM »

The Silent Partner (1978) A bank teller Eliot Gould is held up at gun point by a Santa Claus (Christopher Plummer), during the holidays in Toronto. The robbery takes place after a large deposit is made. But he's anticipating the heist because of two things, a discarded withdrawal slip he found earlier with identical capitol "G's" that match a hand drawn sign he spots held by the same Santa Claus, and the fact that the Santa was going to rob the bank right after a large deposit was made by a local business man, but he was foiled in the earlier attempt by a small boy who attracted a lot of attention because wanted to tell Santa his Christmas list.

Because the observant teller knows whats coming he devises a way to steal most of the money for himself while letting Santa get away with a portion.

Its a nice little cat and mouse game once the real thief figures out what happened and wants a cut of the loot. The rest of the cast  Susannah York, Céline Lomez and John Candy. 8/10
I've been waiting for a bluray release of this for years now. I can't really recommend this enough, it's a gem of a thriller.



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« #17588 : February 07, 2018, 01:34:02 AM »

Counter-Attack (1945) 7/10


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« #17589 : February 07, 2018, 08:08:56 AM »

The Hanging Tree (1959) - 2/10. All your favorites are here: Gary Cooper as Doc Frail; Maria Schell as Weepy the Wonder Wench; George C. Scott (woefully underused) as Grubb the Faith Healer; Ben Piazza as--who the hell is Ben Piazza?--Rune; Karl Malden as "Frenchy" (WTF?). Coop is one heck of a boomtown doctor. Upon examining a malnourished young girl he prescribes cow's milk. For a woman suffering exposure, sunstroke and (temporary) blindness he suggests recovering quietly in a darkened room. What an amazing physician! Of course, there's the also the Healer, Heal Thyself angle--what an amazing screenplay! Coop does his usual quiet sufferer routine. Meanwhile, back at the boomtown, sluices are being built. Panning for gold--such an exciting topic! Oh yeah, that hanging tree that gets called to our attention in the very first scene? It makes an incredibly unanticipated re-appearance at the end of the film. Who could have seen that coming? Or that Doc would be chastened and thereby learn to re-connect with his feelings? Is this the worst Western ever made? Well, it's in contention. The Montana setting was (according to IMDb) played by Washington state.



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« #17590 : February 12, 2018, 01:06:00 PM »

Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie (1972) - 4/10. The weird thing about Bunuel--I either love his films or hate them. I find something like That Obscure Object of Desire marvelously fun to chuckle through. This one, though, just lays there. Maybe the difference is between the films that are adapted from novels, and those which are from "original" ideas. Here he's just riffing on the idea of dinner guests who can never successfully complete a meal. Not at all like The Exterminating Angel, which was about dinner guests who are unable or unwilling to leave the room they're in. Bunuel really needed collaborators to supply him with good ideas, something that didn't always happen.



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« #17591 : February 12, 2018, 02:48:17 PM »

Platoon (1986) 5/10


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« #17592 : February 12, 2018, 03:39:44 PM »

Go Tell the Spartans (1978) a pretty good, early "adviser phase" Vietnam War film, that I'd never saw before, stars Burt Lancaster, 8/10.


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« #17593 : February 13, 2018, 06:32:45 AM »

Ashes of Time Redux (1994) - 10/10. Rewatching this last night it suddenly occurred to me: this is my favorite WKW. You don't have to worry about the plot, all you have to do is allow the images to wash over you. Those colors!



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« #17594 : February 13, 2018, 08:50:06 AM »

Go Tell the Spartans (1978) a pretty good, early "adviser phase" Vietnam War film, that I'd never saw before, stars Burt Lancaster, 8/10.

But it’s not a noir :o

Actually, noirs get at least a 9/10  ;)


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