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« Reply #4875 on: November 27, 2008, 01:17:54 AM »

Sherlock Jr. - 8/10
I would have really liked it to be longer (it only runs 40 minutes), but it's much stronger than The General in my opinion in terms of Keaton's works.
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« Reply #4876 on: November 27, 2008, 08:07:36 AM »

A Passage to India (1984) - 8/10

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« Reply #4877 on: November 27, 2008, 08:45:38 AM »

Wild at Heart (1990) - 8/10

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« Reply #4878 on: November 27, 2008, 03:40:41 PM »

Planes, Trains and Automobiles - 9/10 - Second viewing. Great movie, one of my favorite comedies. The two footballs this afternoon have been absolute shit though.

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« Reply #4879 on: November 27, 2008, 06:37:58 PM »

Sherlock Jr. - 8/10
 but it's much stronger than The General in my opinion in terms of Keaton's works.

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« Reply #4880 on: November 27, 2008, 08:51:54 PM »

Casino Royale - 9/10
Quantum of Solace - 7-8/10

All in all, a good day for Bond. I think watching these two movies back to back helps quite a bit or maybe you guys just expected a lot more than me when it comes to Quantum. Plus, I saw it for FREE!  Grin

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« Reply #4881 on: November 27, 2008, 10:16:22 PM »

Ran (1985): 10/10

probably the most anti-thanksgiving film you can watch  Cheesy

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« Reply #4882 on: November 28, 2008, 06:18:15 PM »

Casino Royale - 9/10
Quantum of Solace - 7-8/10

All in all, a good day for Bond. I think watching these two movies back to back helps quite a bit . . .
This possibility occurred to me as well.

I went to Australia today at the local multi-plex, and although I enjoyed the first half of the film (which I would give a 7), the second half turned mawkish (earning Part II a 2). To scrape some of the crud off the bottom of my cerebellum, I wandered into the room next door and refreshed myself with selected scenes of QoS: the boat chase, the opera scene, the recruitment of Mathis, the arrival in Bolivia. Every one had something to offer.

It occurred to me that the boat chase owes more than a little to John Woo. In fact, maybe they even lifted this scene right out of The Killer?(I was struck by how music was used here).

The opera set piece is so wonderful that I need to see it over and over again to get it all. I wish I knew the opera they were attending, as there is some wonderful cutting between what is happening on stage and what Bond is up to. Great line from Mr. White (as the Quantum people begin hurriedly leaving): "Well, Tosca's not for everyone."

Loved the reunion between GG and Craig. That great cut, when the mistress is asking GG to put his hands on her to: the two men on board the plane together, because it is better to go off and die with your friend than to stay home and dally with a woman. This is the very kernel of machismo. As I've said before, we just don't see this kind of thing in films often enough.

In Bolivia: I think it's hilarious that there is a British field agent named Agent Fields, and I appreciate the fact that the movie didn't feel the need to underline the joke for fear someone wouldn't get it. The bit where they change hotels is great too: "We are teachers on sabbatical, and we've just won the lottery." Somehow, that joke plays even better in Spanish with the English subtitles under it.

I could have gone on watching, but there were other calls on my time. The DVD (and Blu-ray) cannot arrive too soon.


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« Reply #4883 on: November 28, 2008, 06:36:42 PM »

Your drooling over QoS as a masterpiece is getting silly, if not outright ridiculous.

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« Reply #4884 on: November 29, 2008, 12:20:16 AM »

Your drooling over QoS as a masterpiece is getting silly, if not outright ridiculous.

QoS can only get better with repeated viewings. Of that, I am sure.

Australia sucked! Tongue

Just kidding, I haven't seen it yet. I might wait until DVD... unless I can get a cute girl to go with me (Firecracker, I'm looking at you)

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« Reply #4885 on: November 29, 2008, 08:05:17 AM »

Bolt - 7/10 - This is a VERY generous rating because I'm a dog owner and am susceptible to cute dogs (even animated ones voiced by John Travolta) doing cute things. The requisite sentimentality is done reasonably well, and the obnoxious cat sidekick was hysterical (the hamster was really annoying though). Everything else is pretty routine and mundane.

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« Reply #4886 on: November 29, 2008, 10:13:04 AM »

Summer Hours (2008) - 9/10. Olivier Assayas does it again, this time with a story about a woman who dies leaving a house filled with paintings and objet d'art to her three heirs. The disposing of the estate is the story: not only are we concerned with the family members and their relationships as ties with the past are dissolved, but even the fates of each of the disposed objects come to capture our interest (I particularly enjoyed what happened to the flower vase). Casting by the Musée d'Orsay itself! The human actors are led by the very charismatic Charles Berling. Juliet Binoche as a blonde, though? I'm deducting a point for that.

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« Reply #4887 on: November 29, 2008, 11:49:24 AM »

It occurred to me that the boat chase owes more than a little to John Woo. In fact, maybe they even lifted this scene right out of The Killer?(I was struck by how music was used here).

The opera set piece is so wonderful that I need to see it over and over again to get it all. I wish I knew the opera they were attending, as there is some wonderful cutting between what is happening on stage and what Bond is up to. Great line from Mr. White (as the Quantum people begin hurriedly leaving): "Well, Tosca's not for everyone."

Loved the reunion between GG and Craig. That great cut, when the mistress is asking GG to put his hands on her to: the two men on board the plane together, because it is better to go off and die with your friend than to stay home and dally with a woman. This is the very kernel of machismo. As I've said before, we just don't see this kind of thing in films often enough.

In Bolivia: I think it's hilarious that there is a British field agent named Agent Fields, and I appreciate the fact that the movie didn't feel the need to underline the joke for fear someone wouldn't get it. The bit where they change hotels is great too: "We are teachers on sabbatical, and we've just won the lottery." Somehow, that joke plays even better in Spanish with the English subtitles under it.

I could have gone on watching, but there were other calls on my time. The DVD (and Blu-ray) cannot arrive too soon

To be less snarky, you did highlight some of the better aspects of QoS. The intercutting with the opera seemed a bit much to me, but the build-up was excellent, and Bond's interrupting of the ear-phone conversation was brilliant. The joke about the teachers on sabbatical was also hilarious, I thought. (Although you didn't mention the scene where Bond and M confront each other in the hotel room over Field's body - THAT was the scene which has really stuck with me since watching the film). Gianini does an excellent job with what he has, but I don't think he has enough screentime in either film to really make an impression. Still, while there are great individual scenes, the whole didn't impress me.

Summer Hours sounds interesting, but really, Juliette Binoche as a blonde? Shocked Horrible, horrible idea.

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« Reply #4888 on: November 29, 2008, 12:40:17 PM »

(Although you didn't mention the scene where Bond and M confront each other in the hotel room over Field's body - THAT was the scene which has really stuck with me since watching the film).
Well, I wasn't going over the whole film, I was just commenting on the bits I happened to see for the second time. My point is that there is something interesting in every part of the film, you can dip in at random and find something to enjoy. If the whole seems to you less than the sum of its many interesting parts, well, there's perhaps nothing more to be said.

And yet. And yet. I can't help feeling that the film gains by its juxtaposition with the other Craig pictures. As we don't yet have ALL the other Craig pictures, I guess I'm advocating a wait-and-see approach. Unlike previous moments in the franchise, where each picture would stand on its own, the current series strikes me as really, truly, finally a series. Bond changes over the course of these films, his relationship with other characters develops. That's why we need to see if there is a pay-off with, for example, Felix Leiter. I can't believe they'd cast the character with a powerhouse talent like Jeffrey Wright's if something spectacular wasn't coming. And I'm really looking forward to the day when Mr. White finally gets his comeuppance. Yeah, that will provide me my true quantum of solace.

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« Reply #4889 on: November 29, 2008, 03:58:50 PM »

In re your point about Leiter, that's not much of an argument. You can hope he has something going down, but that's no assurance of anything. We have to wait and see, but he'd better do something of significance soon or else be written out of the story.

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