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« #18300 : May 07, 2019, 01:17:26 AM »

Underworld U.S.A. (1961): Cliff Robertson witnesses 4 men beating his dad to death as a teenager, and vows revenge. Years later he finds out those men have become major crime syndicate bosses but that doesn't stop him. Nor does the affection of surrogate mother Beatrice Kay or gun moll Dolores Dorn. Stripped down, nasty and tough-as-nails revenge (early neo-)noir by Samuel Fuller. 8/10

Watched the UK blu-ray, part of a Samuel Fuller boxset. Great-looking print, and for Fuller aficionados, the set comes with hours upon hours of footage of Fuller doing an interview with Tim Robbins.


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« #18301 : May 08, 2019, 03:19:05 AM »

See You in Hell, Darling aka American Dream (1966) a very dark drama, a dysfunctional marriage, Stuart Whitman a decorated war vet now TV talk show host, is married to Eleanor Parker an alcoholic millionairess slut who lives in a penthouse atop the Kelly Building. She's just returned from sleeping around Europe. She calls Stuart while he's railing about the local Mob Boss.  She calls him up live on the show to tell him she's back in town. He heads over after the show to tell her he wants a divorce. She's drunk and goes all Virginia Woolf over him. They have a knock down drag out. She cracks a bottle and tries to cut him with it. He's choking her by the neck. Eventually she's getting rocks from along a planter at the edge of the terrace to throw at him and loses her footing, toppling backwards teetering on the terrace wall. He jumps reflexively to save her but oh well he hesitates and she goes over. 300 feet to the pavement and is immediately run over by a car causing a pileup. Pretty violent and in your face unexpected for 1966.

Its an impressive sequence similar in shock value to Meet Joe Black and another scene from a film where a woman runs out of a building into a two lane  highway and is immediately run over by a semi.

After that police detective Barry Sullivan hounds Whitman about the facts in the case they think he killed her, he tell them she committed suicide. It goes of on a tangent when Lloyd Nolan shows up to burry Parker but since she committed suicide cant have a funeral or be buried in "sacred ground."

Meanwhile Whitman meets old flame Janet Leigh, they hit it off, but she is seeing Mob Boss Gaucci's son. So the police and mob are after Whitman. Leigh rats him out when Warren Stevens threatens to crush her nose, and the mob hitman  Stevens is waiting with his boys at Leigh's place to whack Whitman.

If it had stayed at the level of the confrontation with Parker and Whitman it would have been pretty impressive, but it loses steam. Based on a Norman Mailer novel. 6-7/10

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« #18302 : May 08, 2019, 04:18:17 AM »

The Caretaker (1963) - 8/10. Alan Bates, Robert Shaw, and Donald Pleasance enact Harold Pinter's cryptic three-hander. There are many pauses. Clive Donner directed this cinematic adaptation of a very claustrophobic play. The beautiful black and white photography is by Nicholas Roeg.



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« #18303 : May 09, 2019, 04:28:22 AM »

Zorba the Greek (1964) - 7/10. In Crete with Anthony Quinn and Alan Bates. There are some amazing scenes here: the bit where the dying woman is stripped of all her possessions by the "mourners" is one for the books. Also, the idea that Irene Pappas was pretty hot once is some revelation. The b&w photography--by Walter Lassally--is beautiful.



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« #18304 : May 09, 2019, 02:18:46 PM »

Zorba the Greek (1964) - 7/10. In Crete with Anthony Quinn and Alan Bates. There are some amazing scenes here: the bit where the dying woman is stripped of all her possessions by the "mourners" is one for the books. Also, the idea that Irene Pappas was pretty hot once is some revelation. The b&w photography--by Walter Lassally--is beautiful.

I like it also.


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« #18305 : May 10, 2019, 04:27:53 AM »

Butley (1974) - 8/10. Alan Bates week continues at the Jenkins Home Entertainment Center with this filmed adaptation of a play. Bates plays an academic rotter with nothing but talk--amusing talk, though. The piece last over two hours and Bates is in every minute. Harold Pinter directed.

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« #18306 : May 12, 2019, 07:32:49 AM »

Spider-Man: into the Spider-verse 8/10
Awesome. Now that's how you're supposed to do a mainstream superhero movie: exciting and fun. WITH GOOD ACTION PIECES. What's so difficult to get, MCU? The much talked animation and aesthetics are, indeed, very impressive. Now, just like with the Lego movie, the Z generation ultra high pace without a break for 2 hours hurts the movie: fast is good, but we need to savor things once in a while.

Barry - Season 1 7/10
Lots of very good things. The whole premise and some ideas feel to be written by movie students, but all in all, really good show. The closest thing we have to Fargo while waiting for a new season. Its best scenes give high hopes for the following seasons. Also, the Fonz is in it.

Unsane 7.5/10
Much better than expected. Apart from a couple of stuff, it works perfectly: a cool new paranoia film. The fact is what shot on iPhone more or less worked for the movie. The truth is that when he's in shape Soderberg is good enough with directing performances and blocking that he can make it feel like it works.

Que la Fête commence 6.5/10
Second viewing... I have to say I didn't remember anything more than a few images. Very uneven yet quite rich film. It's full of ideas. Of course the main point is the cast (the deeply regretted Noiret, Rochefort and more recently Marielle).

Klute 7.5/10
Great performances, absolutely gorgeous and powerful cinematography by Gordon Willis. The plot lost me several times (kind of bore me out, actually), but it just looks so cool all the time I feel like I will watch it quite often in the next few years.

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« #18307 : May 13, 2019, 04:22:04 AM »

The Snake Pit (1948) - 7/10. Olivia de Havilland plays a housewife confined to a NY state psychiatric hospital because of repressed memories and--it is finally revealed--a misplaced sense of guilt. Leo Genn is the stalwart Freudian helping her toward recovery in the face of institutional incompetence and staff members indifferent to her plight. After a series of relapses, the Talking Cure is validated. As awful as life in the institution is portrayed, the film ends up endorsing the system, even the judicious use of shock therapy (!). Toward the end a sentimental song is performed at the the big dance (!!). I recognized the melody as the one broadcast during closing time at the park next door to the place I lived when I was in Tokyo. A check on IMDb indicates that it is "Goin' Home"(1922), Music by Antonín Dvorák from the Second Movement (Largo) in Symphony No. 9 in E Minor "From the New World", Op. 95, B. 178 (1893), Lyrics by William Arms Fisher (1922). The melody was used again in the very last scene as the woman leaves the hospital for good.
Saw the new blu, which looks good. I think I'll drop my rating, though, to a "6." Olivia's performance is good, but the pre-Cuckoo's Nest endorsement of the system is a bit hard to take. Watching this again has whet my appetite for Unsane, however.



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« #18308 : May 13, 2019, 06:55:53 AM »

Spider-Man: into the Spider-verse 8/10
Awesome. Now that's how you're supposed to do a mainstream superhero movie: exciting and fun. WITH GOOD ACTION PIECES. What's so difficult to get, MCU? The much talked animation and aesthetics are, indeed, very impressive. Now, just like with the Lego movie, the Z generation ultra high pace without a break for 2 hours hurts the movie: fast is good, but we need to savor things once in a while.

Barry - Season 1 7/10
Lots of very good things. The whole premise and some ideas feel to be written by movie students, but all in all, really good show. The closest thing we have to Fargo while waiting for a new season. Its best scenes give high hopes for the following seasons. Also, the Fonz is in it.

Unsane 7.5/10
Much better than expected. Apart from a couple of stuff, it works perfectly: a cool new paranoia film. The fact is what shot on iPhone more or less worked for the movie. The truth is that when he's in shape Soderberg is good enough with directing performances and blocking that he can make it feel like it works.
Completely agree on all of these.

Barry Season 2 is a huge improvement on the first, you'll enjoy. Though there is one phenomenal scene in the second to last episode of Season 1, where he is talking to his friend in the car ("WHY DID YOU SAY THAT?!"). That was one of my favorite scenes in general I've watched in a while.

I really, really enjoyed Unsane. It's like a modern take on Sam Fuller's Shock Corridor. Which I just recently rewatched and is a 9/10.

After Hours (1000th viewing) - 10/10
Inside Llewyn Davis (many viewings) - 9/10
2001: A Space Odyssey (many viewings) - 8/10

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« #18309 : May 14, 2019, 12:20:22 AM »

Yes, that and the on stage “I love you” scene were the highlights of the season.


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« #18310 : May 15, 2019, 11:56:11 AM »

Enjo / Conflagration (1958) 9/10. Ichikawa adapts Mishima. A novice monk discovers that the temple where he serves is constantly being defiled, by loose women, American occupiers . . . even the head monk himself! His solution? Conflagration! Mishima was working the redemption-through-annihilation angle long before Pynchon got wind of it.  Mrs. Jenkins comments: “The actor playing the novice monk was perfect casting!”
Blu-ray disc from 4K resto in da house! This Japanese release comes with what appears to be a facsimile of Kon Ichikawa's shooting script, heavily annotated by the director himself! Unhappily, none of this is English friendly. Happily, I have an in-house translator who will put me wise. Yeah, baby!

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« #18311 : May 15, 2019, 02:06:36 PM »

Blu-ray disc from 4K resto in da house! This Japanese release comes with what appears to be a facsimile of Kon Ichikawa's shooting script, heavily annotated by the director himself! Unhappily, none of this is English friendly. Happily, I have an in-house translator who will put me wise. Yeah, baby!

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« #18312 : May 16, 2019, 04:32:29 AM »

Unsane 7.5/10
Much better than expected. Apart from a couple of stuff, it works perfectly: a cool new paranoia film. The fact is what shot on iPhone more or less worked for the movie. The truth is that when he's in shape Soderberg is good enough with directing performances and blocking that he can make it feel like it works.
Unsane (2018) - 3/10. Unimpressive. Unintelligent. Unsightly.

I'll admit that some of the photography was "interesting", but I found the final sequence, under a blue filter that was supposed to give us day-for-night, deeply, deeply offensive.

Many things I would have overlooked if the story had been any good, but the plot was the worst I've seen this side of the 80s. What a missed opportunity! I was expecting a storyline that delivered ambiguity, but everything was pretty much a by-the-numbers woman in peril story with a serial killer. I was bored.



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« #18313 : May 17, 2019, 02:43:17 AM »

Unsane (2018) - 3/10. Unimpressive. Unintelligent. Unsightly.

I'll admit that some of the photography was "interesting", but I found the final sequence, under a blue filter that was supposed to give us day-for-night, deeply, deeply offensive.

Many things I would have overlooked if the story had been any good, but the plot was the worst I've seen this side of the 80s. What a missed opportunity! I was expecting a storyline that delivered ambiguity, but everything was pretty much a by-the-numbers woman in peril story with a serial killer. I was bored.

There was a lot of great ambiguity in the first half. Once the "is she totally crazy or...?" question is clearly answered, the film becomes way weaker and your review starts to make sense. I'm with you on the day-for-night. I think that was an unsolvable issue though: iPhones never were beasts in low light, and obviously, day for night wasn't the right option for a film that base its cinematography on the keywords "true to life".

Also, the Matt Damon cameo is cool as hell (and I'm far from being a Damon fan).

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« #18314 : May 17, 2019, 04:26:06 AM »

Also, the Matt Damon cameo is cool as hell (and I'm far from being a Damon fan).
My favorite moment in the film.

Maybe there was supposed to be ambiguity in the first part of the film (and I expected there to be) but I figured out immediately that the stalker was real. I guess I've seen too many films.



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