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« Reply #4635 on: October 29, 2008, 04:27:36 PM »

You gave Topaz a 7/10 and you call it unsatisfactory? I've seen you give 5 and 6's in at least partially complementary reviews. Roll Eyes

I give it a low 8, and there are several brilliant scenes - I think you also have to mention the great opening sequence in Copenhagen, and Roscoe Lee Browne's big scene. It's one of the more intelligent and interesting spy flicks I've seen, even though it's undoubtedly unfocused and cluttered (I didn't like any of the three endings, to be honest). It's certainly miles better than drek like Torn Curtain and The Trouble With Harry.

I give it 7\10 compared to Frenzy's 10/10 and Family Plot's 8-9\10. I revalued it compared to my previous assessment, based on distant memories, 50 pages ago. But still  I say this has only 2 or 3 Hitchcock's touches and the rest is routine. Tinker Tailor is the real mccoy. The initial sequence, I can't find anything great in it, sorry, though much is made of it in Maltin's interview in the bonus features. Ludicrous his observation that the statuette is left falling down after a prolonged silence: what else did he expect? It is like observing in a horror movie that a monster appears unexpectedly or at the end of a musical crescendo. And I never saw a more ridiculous (and unrealistic) way of escaping : Hitchcock's direction can do little about it: I found the whole sequence boring. BTW, I also found ludicrous Maltin's observation that the difference between Hitchcock and today's directors lies in the use of the storyboard as opposed to much editing in the cutting room: I wonder if he saw the featurette about the use of storyboard in Topaz in the dvd.

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« Reply #4636 on: October 30, 2008, 06:06:13 AM »

Cover Girl (1944) - 6.5/10
Only two dancing scenes (of what? ten?) were interesting. John Coudair -character could have been developed even further. Eve Arden's character had the best lines.

EDIT: OK, lets not split hairs, make it 7/10.

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« Reply #4637 on: October 30, 2008, 11:11:04 AM »

I give it 7\10 compared to Frenzy's 10/10 and Family Plot's 8-9\10. I revalued it compared to my previous assessment, based on distant memories, 50 pages ago. But still  I say this has only 2 or 3 Hitchcock's touches and the rest is routine. Tinker Tailor is the real mccoy. The initial sequence, I can't find anything great in it, sorry, though much is made of it in Maltin's interview in the bonus features. Ludicrous his observation that the statuette is left falling down after a prolonged silence: what else did he expect?
I don't remember the comment, but is he perhaps talking about dramatic underlining, so that the image fully registers, so that it will continue to resonate in our minds as we watch all that comes after? Because, of course, the shattering of a statuette of lovers embracing is symbolically apposite to the many fractured love stories in Topaz.

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« Reply #4638 on: October 30, 2008, 02:31:33 PM »

Help! (1965) - 6/10
A Hard Day's Night is so much better.

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« Reply #4639 on: October 30, 2008, 03:28:01 PM »

I don't remember the comment, but is he perhaps talking about dramatic underlining, so that the image fully registers, so that it will continue to resonate in our minds as we watch all that comes after? Because, of course, the shattering of a statuette of lovers embracing is symbolically apposite to the many fractured love stories in Topaz.

No, he's not resonating that far.

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« Reply #4640 on: October 30, 2008, 08:43:32 PM »

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul - 9/10 - A bit heavy-handed at times, but the whole is very impressive.

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« Reply #4641 on: October 30, 2008, 08:58:09 PM »

As usually Fassbinder is. I saw it a quarter of century ago and I think is among his best ones.

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« Reply #4642 on: October 30, 2008, 11:35:34 PM »

Help! (1965) - 6/10
A Hard Day's Night is so much better.


Agreed.
Hard Day's Night is a perfect comedy.
Help! bombards you with lame pun after lame pun with such a ferocious speed you can't even keep up!
Even the main attractions (The Beatles of course) are nowhere to be seen, they're lost in a sea of british character actors and set pieces.
Lennon was spot on when he said "I'm an extra in my own movie!".

The only reason to watch the film is for the song numbers which are just brilliant.
... and the Technicolor, as always, looks great.

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« Reply #4643 on: October 31, 2008, 02:25:46 AM »


Agreed.
Hard Day's Night is a perfect comedy.
Help! bombards you with lame pun after lame pun with such a ferocious speed you can't even keep up!
Even the main attractions (The Beatles of course) are nowhere to be seen, they're lost in a sea of british character actors and set pieces.
Lennon was spot on when he said "I'm an extra in my own movie!".

The only reason to watch the film is for the song numbers which are just brilliant.
... and the Technicolor, as always, looks great.
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« Reply #4644 on: October 31, 2008, 02:30:04 AM »

Were it not for a pair of fillers (You're Going to Lose that Girl and Tell Me What You See) Help! would be my all-time favourite Beatles album. 


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« Reply #4645 on: October 31, 2008, 05:10:49 AM »

Crossfire (1947) - 8/10
It's very solid 'till Robert Young's character gives his speech (which slows the movie down) and actually draws a picture even though only minutes earlier he promised not to.  Roll Eyes Besides, what happened to Mitch? IMO, he's too important character to be left floating in the air like that.

PS. This has one of the most stupid "translated" titles in Finnish ever: Oikeutettu kosto = Righteous Revenge Shocked Though, I don't know what Crossfire has to do with the story either...

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« Reply #4646 on: October 31, 2008, 01:18:03 PM »

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007) - 9/10
This is cinema!

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« Reply #4647 on: October 31, 2008, 11:43:43 PM »

Run, Run Joe  

http://www.bloopers.it/index.php?id_film=5573

I bet Banjo will like it. But it's not my cup of tea. 5\10

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« Reply #4648 on: November 01, 2008, 10:15:15 AM »

Rise of The Footsoldier 1/6
terrible british gangster film. lots of over the top violence and bad storytelling. lots of bad actors. it was bad

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« Reply #4649 on: November 01, 2008, 10:20:34 AM »

No Country for Old Men (2007) - 8/10
After second time in a theater I still stick to my original rating.

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