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« #18660 : November 17, 2019, 08:46:43 PM »

Darker than Amber (1970) - Unfortunately, any synopsis you read spoils the movie, but this is a laid-back PI thriller type of movie that is very of its time, in a good way. I saw a shitty VHS quality version on youtube (taped off the tube decades ago) so it's hard to tell how visually impressive this movie truly is, but it's legit with some great set design like a 1970 cruise ship that is the most late 60s/early 70s thing ever. This has a great fight scene and this contains the best Rod Taylor performance. The pace isn't perfect (though I probably watched an edited for TV version, so who really knows) but it's very much worthy of seeing, at the worst. B-

I highly recommend the Pure Cinema Podcast for any retro movie fans - I think DJ linked it here first. They go insanely deep with 60s/70s titles, some of which I've never even heard of. Hands down, it's the best movie podcast I've listened to, especially if you're looking for new things to discover.

I got a decent DVDr of a TCM screening and it reviewed here http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=11793.0 But looks like Photobucket fucked up the images
Anyway same review here with un-fucked up screencaps https://noirsville.blogspot.com/2015/12/darker-than-amber-1971-florida-beach.html



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« #18661 : November 18, 2019, 07:34:06 AM »

JoJo Rabbit, 2019.  Very good, and thought provoking.  Basically the final months of WW2 through the eyes of a dedicated 10 year old Hitler Youth.

Compare to "Tomorrow the World" from 1944, made during wartime, also about a dedicated Hitler Youth.

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« #18662 : November 18, 2019, 12:52:09 PM »

I got a decent DVDr of a TCM screening and it reviewed here http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=11793.0 But looks like Photobucket fucked up the images
Anyway same review here with un-fucked up screencaps https://noirsville.blogspot.com/2015/12/darker-than-amber-1971-florida-beach.html
Thanks, I agree with your thoughts and will post my mini review in that thread. I should have did a search before posting.



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« #18663 : November 19, 2019, 09:39:45 AM »

The Anderson Tapes (1971) - A heist movie + surveillance thriller of sorts with a unique score by Quincy Jones that's of its time but uses interesting sound design - it's hard to describe. The visuals are on point from Lumet, but this is a classic good movie with bad logic. The surveillance aspect doesn't have any real payoff and the authorities should have busted the heist before it was even pulled off with all the intel they gained earlier in the movie - but it gets ignored. This is Christopher Walken's film debut. C+



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« #18664 : November 19, 2019, 04:13:13 PM »

Many of the stunts are done in camera, by the way. There is a video with BTS clips on social media right now. Next time I stumble upon it I'll give you the link.

https://www.facebook.com/griprigs/videos/2394426080873453?vh=e&d=n&sfns=mo


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« #18665 : November 23, 2019, 07:29:38 AM »

It's a Nuri Bilge Ceylan marathon weekend!

Uzak/ Distant (2002) - 7/10. A  bumpkin from the countryside goes to Istanbul to live with his divorced cousin, a successful photographer. Ostensibly in town to find work, the bumpkin is little more than a moocher, and it isn't long before both men are getting on each other's tits. Great photography of the city that is the navel of the world (with all its lint). This is the film that proves there is something even more boring than watching a Tarkovsky movie: watching watchers watch a Tarkovsky movie.

Climates (2006) - 8/10. Nuri Bilge Ceylan and Mrs. Ceylan together again for the first time! Here they're a couple whose relationship is on the skids. In separate interviews the actors insist the film is not autobiographical, but then, they'd have to say that, wouldn't they? HD photography to die for.



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« #18666 : November 25, 2019, 01:45:54 AM »

Punch Drunk Love - dangerously close to a 9/10
Third viewing and this thing keeps getting better. Not only is it funny as hell, but also very moving almost all along AND expertly crafted. Exciting stuff.


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« #18667 : November 25, 2019, 07:33:18 AM »

Punch Drunk Love - 10/10

Stalker (1979) - 8/10
Massively better on a second viewing. Weed helps.

Macbeth (1948) - 7/10
One of the weaker Macbeth adaptations (compared to Kurosawa and the 2016 one - haven't seen Polanski's) but still excellent work from Orson.

Forty Guns (1957) - 8/10
Pulpy Sam Fuller western with an unexpected Leone-esque close-up that he definitely stole from Fuller.

Parasite (2019) - 6.5/10
Pretty good

Jojo Rabbit (2019) - 8.5/10
Unique, fun, heartfelt.

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« #18668 : November 25, 2019, 11:05:01 AM »

Punch Drunk Love is a movie that I think less of as time goes on. It's too much of an "indie love story" for my taste.


Matinee (1993) - A great idea for a movie, but the script doesn't quite deliver and things get way too silly in the third act. But still, this is an incredibly interesting premise: a William Castle type figure (Goodman) visits the Florida Keys during the Cuban Missile Crisis to promote his new movie. It's one of those movies that starts off very strong but sort of unravels in the third act - but if you're a fan of 50s sci-fi and horror movies, you'll probably enjoy the movie. The photography is solid. C+


Electra Glide in Blue (1973) - This is absolutely gorgeously filmed (Conrad Hall) and is probably more relevant than ever due to the current divided climate of the country and possibly world. 'Blue' rightly and smartly places value in the individual. Though some plot points should have been handled with more grace - things just get randomly solved - this is a something of a classic. A-

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« #18669 : November 25, 2019, 01:30:33 PM »

Punch Drunk Love is a movie that I think less of as time goes on. It's too much of an "indie love story" for my taste.
Yeah, it's just like Garden State  ::)

No film will ever be better than OUATIA, but as far as a comfort movie that I can watch over and over again? It's definitely Punch-Drunk Love. I've seen it maybe close to twenty times and it keeps getting better.

Also... Matinee is too damn fun to be just a C+

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« #18670 : November 25, 2019, 06:37:53 PM »

Mini Series

Not a film but a pretty well done Amazon Prime series called Man in the High Castle about a parallel word where Nazi Germany and Japan won WWII. It's quite noir-sh. Stars Rufus Sewell from Dark City. Just finished the first season.


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« #18671 : November 26, 2019, 12:58:22 AM »

Mini Series

Not a film but a pretty well done Amazon Prime series called Man in the High Castle about a parallel word where Nazi Germany and Japan won WWII. It's quite noir-sh. Stars Rufus Sewell from Dark City. Just finished the first season.

I cannot get passed the washed out colors. But I love the premise.


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« #18672 : November 26, 2019, 10:32:59 AM »

Matinee (1993) - A great idea for a movie, but the script doesn't quite deliver and things get way too silly in the third act. But still, this is an incredibly interesting premise: a William Castle type figure (Goodman) visits the Florida Keys during the Cuban Missile Crisis to promote his new movie. It's one of those movies that starts off very strong but sort of unravels in the third act - but if you're a fan of 50s sci-fi and horror movies, you'll probably enjoy the movie. The photography is solid. C+
This pretty much covers it. Mant! is fun; the "outside" film, not  so  much.



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« #18673 : November 26, 2019, 11:30:40 AM »

Yeah, it's just like Garden State  ::)

No film will ever be better than OUATIA, but as far as a comfort movie that I can watch over and over again? It's definitely Punch-Drunk Love. I've seen it maybe close to twenty times and it keeps getting better.

Also... Matinee is too damn fun to be just a C+
Garden State is an egregious example though. PDL is my least favorite Anderson movie minus the seamstress movie which I haven't seen. To me, it's definitely one of the 2000s quirky indie type of romance movies, which I don't have the stomach for at all.

This pretty much covers it. Mant! is fun; the "outside" film, not  so  much.
I definitely should have mentioned that I'd prefer a full version of Mant! over what we saw. I still enjoy the movie in spite of its flaws, but it should have been built around Goodman's character traveling towns -- or just make Mant!.


Straight Time (1978) - Half man, half ant...er half crime movie, half character study. And a pretty good one with an excellent supporting cast: Harry Dean Stanton, Gary Busey, M. Emmet Walsh, Kathy Bates and Theresa Russell. B



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« #18674 : November 26, 2019, 03:49:42 PM »

Mini Series

Not a film but a pretty well done Amazon Prime series called Man in the High Castle about a parallel word where Nazi Germany and Japan won WWII. It's quite noir-sh. Stars Rufus Sewell from Dark City. Just finished the first season.

We've watched the first three seasons and about to watch the 4th/final season.  This can be very chilling at times.

Stuff like Hogan's Heroes has convinced many that the Germans were bunglars, and they did botch stuff like Dunkirk, Battle of Britain, and the Soviet invasion.  But even with America entering the war, the Allies winning was not a slam dunk.  If D-Day invasion had failed, or without Churchill taking over in UK, or without FDR realizing early that USA had to gear up and help out (like Lend-Lease), Allies could have lost.
 

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