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« Reply #5370 on: February 15, 2009, 12:56:01 PM »

Bullitt (1968) - 7.5/10
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« Reply #5371 on: February 15, 2009, 03:01:32 PM »

China 9 Liberty 37 - 2/10. Huh, Monte Hellman directed a Spaghetti that's even more ineptly made than the real thing! That's quite a feat. (Anyway, CJ, thanks for the opportunity for me to see this).

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« Reply #5372 on: February 16, 2009, 08:14:00 AM »

Death Hunt - 5/10

Charles Bronson, Lee Marvin and the beautiful snowy landscapes of Canada. Sadly, this isn't enough for the movie to flow like it should. CB and LM HC fans only.


Lackawanna Blues - 7/10

Nice little neighbourhood movie with interesting characters. You've probably seen it all before, but it's still worth a watch.


Rambo - 2/10

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« Reply #5373 on: February 16, 2009, 10:43:06 PM »

Our Man in Havana - 7/10 - A spy spoof (directed by Carol Reed) with Alec Guinness as a vacuum cleaner salesman who gets unwittingly caught up in a Cold War-era power struggle in pre-Revolutionary Cuba. The movie starts out as a light-hearted though edgy satire/spoof with a shade of Ealing, but turns into a more conventional thriller towards the end, and not entirely convincingly. Alec does what he can but he seems rather adrift at times and he lacks the proper chemistry with Maureen O'Hara (who's pretty much wasted); this is far from his best work although he has his share of fine moments. Supporting cast is excellent though, including Burl Ives, Ernie Kovacs, Ralph Richardson and Noel Coward (who has a great and surprisingly risque scene where he "propositions" Sir Alec in a pub Grin). Also like the game of alcoholic checkers between Guinness and Kovacs towards the end. Worth watching but pretty disposable in my opinion.

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« Reply #5374 on: February 17, 2009, 02:12:06 AM »

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) - 6/10
It begins as a very good and cool Tarantino/Guy Richie copy but towards the end the plot turns into what might have taken from a straight-to-video-movie. Robert Downey Jr. is entertaining and Michelle Monaghan nice to look at, but there were actually quite few points where I really laughed.

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« Reply #5375 on: February 17, 2009, 09:33:05 AM »

Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) - 9/10
A bunch of worldclass actors and some of the best dialogue ever written, what more could you possibly ask for?


I'd take it a step further and say 10/10.

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« Reply #5376 on: February 17, 2009, 11:21:48 AM »

It's a great play, no disputing that. But is the film adaptation . . . cinematic?

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« Reply #5377 on: February 17, 2009, 01:19:13 PM »

It's a great play, no disputing that. But is the film adaptation . . . cinematic?

I never really understood this criticism, Jenkins. I'm under the impression that movies should be judged for what they are, or what they're trying to accomplish. Using this criteria, GGR is nothing less than an overwhelming success in my mind.

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« Reply #5378 on: February 17, 2009, 02:27:34 PM »

But is the film adaptation . . . cinematic?

No it isn't but neither is Pulp Fiction, so who cares?

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« Reply #5379 on: February 17, 2009, 02:31:45 PM »

No it isn't but neither is Pulp Fiction, so who cares?
Pulp Fiction uncinematic? Huuuhhhh?Huh

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« Reply #5380 on: February 17, 2009, 02:34:29 PM »

Pulp Fiction uncinematic? Huuuhhhh?Huh


It's a talking heads movie.
Aren't most of those not very cinematic?

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« Reply #5381 on: February 17, 2009, 06:52:47 PM »

But it's not a talking heads movie. There's a lot of conversation, but we get that in two shots, long shots, traveling shots, etc. Close-ups never dominate.

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« Reply #5382 on: February 18, 2009, 02:09:24 AM »

It's a great play, no disputing that. But is the film adaptation . . . cinematic?
That's why I couldn't give it a full ten. I think the fact that the last half of the movie is set in the same room makes it rather uncinematic, but the staginess doesn't bother me that much because we get all that great dialogue delivered by all those great actors. It's just a pleasure to watch but I couldn't help thinking at some point that "this is a bit stagy". So it's no biggie but the movie isn't perfect enough to gain 10/10.

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« Reply #5383 on: February 18, 2009, 02:32:01 AM »

Tuntematon sotilas (2009) - 9/10
Back to staginess. Grin So, this is a stage adaptation (of the book) which was then shot for TV. And I know that sounds like a bagfull of shit but it's shot like a rock concert. It's not one those filmed plays where the camera is set in the back seat and takes five-minute shots. The camera is on the stage with the actors and we get a lot of closeups, longshots and fast editing. A lot of attention is payed to the audience' reactions. So the whole point is to make you feel as if you actually were there (I hope I had been) by cinematic means. And to my surprise, I noticed that the stage acting didn't bother me all that much.
         The play itself is very a free adaptation which uses the source material to its own purposes, which I think brought it to the headlines last year when the stageversion was running. I'd say it's half a adaptation of the novel and half an angle on modern Finnish society and these two of course go seamlessly together.

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« Reply #5384 on: February 18, 2009, 10:29:27 AM »

The Great Gatsby - 7.5/10
Gran Torino - 8/10
Chinatown - 10/10
Akira Kurosawa's Dreams - 8.5/10

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