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« #5325 : February 03, 2009, 09:25:57 PM »

Schickel's commentary is nothing to write home about. Use your own discretion.



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« #5326 : February 03, 2009, 09:39:27 PM »

Schickel's commentary is nothing to write home about. Use your own discretion.

Thanks... i'll go with the Deer Hunter, then.



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« #5327 : February 03, 2009, 09:48:42 PM »

back on renoir:

The Crime of Monsieur Lange is pretty good, but I haven't seen it in two-three years.



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« #5328 : February 04, 2009, 04:05:51 AM »

For me, the very amusing Les bas-fond, the nicely twisted La bete humaine (which includes some authentic railroading). I haven't seen La Chienne, but since I like the Lang remake so much, I'm sure the original must be worth something.

I haven't seen, if I remember well, Les bas-fonds. The other two  are the kind of melo i've never been quite fond of. 


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« #5329 : February 04, 2009, 02:01:06 PM »

Burn After Reading (2008) - 8/10
This is the shit! ;D

The Wrestler (2008) - 9/10


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« #5330 : February 06, 2009, 10:04:09 PM »

Under Capricorn - 6/10 - See the Hitchcock thread.



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« #5331 : February 06, 2009, 10:48:54 PM »

The Deer Hunter - 9.5/10

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Could have been a 10/10 if it wasn't for the amateurism of a few major scenes (such as the first vietnam scene, which is wonderfully writen, but almost shot like a bad tv movie appart from the very first shot). The greatest strength of the movie is, IMO, the actors, and of course the way Cimino uses them. I always thought the big scene between Streep and De Niro (when the later comes back from nam) was one of the greatest of all time. So well acted, greatly shot and edited, dialogues that tell nothing, everything is in the acting. And the way you never completly see them (for instance: streep kissing him and then turning back, you can only see her expression for half a second since she goes out of the frame). Incredible. I'm still amazed the producers left that scene in the script: i have the feeling that it must seem like a terrible scene when you only read it.
I think this is the only movie that finishes with its character singing God Bless America AND where it is actually moving (and not funny).

Slumdog Millionaire - 6/10

Better than an average movie (isn't it, DJ?) but still not great. The camerawork was less classic than i thought, still not that original. Pretty inventive, but it is still very late 2000's. We've seen such things a lot during the past few years. I think the movie didn't fully worked for me in major part because i wasn't caught by the concept (unplausible for me, even if this kind of things usually don't bother me). I thought the movie was quite entertaining, mainly because they were not afraid of beeing very dark by moments. Some very good scenes/ideas, some pretty bad ones, and many average/regular ones. I felt bored here and there, but overall it was a nice experience. I really wouldn't like it to be best movie of the year thought.
(I can think of The Changelling, The Wrestler, Burn After Reading and certainly other ones that are far better, even if most of them have their own flaws)

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« #5332 : February 07, 2009, 01:32:58 AM »

Crimson Tide - 9/10 - 2nd viewing although it's been years since I've seen it. Probably about as good as this type of film can get: nice script, crisp pacing and direction (which gets through exposition/character establishment very quickly), wonderfully claustrophobic and gripping atmosphere. What really makes the film work are Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman; neither has a particularly deep character to play but both are perfectly cast and play off each other marvelously. Nice supporting cast includes James Gandolfini, Viggo Mortensen, Ryan Phillipe, Steve Zahn and Jason Robards among many others. The musical score is worthy of note if for no other reason than Hans Zimmer would recycle it for pretty much all of his subsequent works, and the Schubert Piano Trio turns up again (now I'm wondering if there's a film that doesn't feature it?).



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« #5333 : February 07, 2009, 09:45:34 AM »

What Dreams May Come - Matheson's name sucked me into this tearjerker.  Very unimaginative (in spite of the special effects) and boring. I give it 4\10 because it saved me from the temptation to read the novel.


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« #5334 : February 07, 2009, 11:34:52 AM »

Some Like It Hot (1959) - 7/10
Now, if Jenkins comes here and tells me that half of the humor is lost in translation I'm gonna smack his virtual face. I got like all the jokes, just didn't find them overly funny. I guess they would work better pacing wise if seen with an audience. Besides, most comedies are funnier when watched with other people. It's no fun to laugh alone.

Does anybody else think that the speakeasy scene might have influenced the ones in OUATIA? There's the funeral thing that is also in OUATIA a couple of scenes.



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« #5335 : February 07, 2009, 12:28:11 PM »

The only problems I had with Some Like It Hot were the way the bootlegging subplot was handled (it completely disappears after the first twenty minutes only to crop up again at the very end) and Tony Curtis's Cary Grant impersonation is rather annoying. Otherwise, I was pleasantly surprised.



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« #5336 : February 07, 2009, 02:46:59 PM »

"Nobody's perfect!" is one of the greatest lines ever......
I agree about the structural problem with the useless 20 first minutes. Unemployment would be sufficient to convince the two main charcaters, we don't need to jeopardize the whole script just to have a "spectacular" action scene at the begining...



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« #5337 : February 07, 2009, 06:35:11 PM »

From Here to Eternity - 8/10
Great film with a rewarding story - and some of the best actors of their generation. Clift, Lancaster, Sinatra and Borgoine are all at the top of their game

Wall-E - 8/10
Pretty good animated film. Often funny and touching.


1. The Wrestler (9/10)
2. The Dark Knight (9/10)
3. Revolutionary Road (9/10)
4. Doubt (8.5/10)
5. Frost/Nixon (8/10)
6. Gran Torino (8/10)
7. Slumdog Millionaire (8/10)
8. Milk (8/10)
9. Wall-E (8/10)
10. Appaloosa (8/10)
11. Man on Wire (8/10)
12. Shine a Light (8/10)
13. Burn After Reading (7.5/10)
14. Iron Man (7/10)
15. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (6.5/10)
16. Tropic Thunder (6.5/10)
17. The Reader (5/10)
18. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (5/10)
19. Hancock (5/10)
20. Rambo (4/10)
21. Jumper (2.5/10)

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« #5338 : February 07, 2009, 09:06:55 PM »

Appaloosa 6/10


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« #5339 : February 08, 2009, 11:48:01 AM »

The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967) - 6.5/10
A silly little movie.


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