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« #5670 : April 02, 2009, 05:42:35 AM »

Planet Terror---uncut 6/10

Too long. The theatrical version is the perfect length for it.
Theatrical version gets a 8/10 from me.
We're only talking about a difference of what--10 minutes ? C'mon.



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« #5671 : April 02, 2009, 09:44:58 AM »

We're only talking about a difference of what--10 minutes ? C'mon.

Aye, but what's IN the ten minutes?



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« #5672 : April 02, 2009, 07:10:11 PM »

Lean's Oliver Twist. Highly unimaginitive rendition of a not so great novel to start with. I get more feel of Victorian England in any SherlocK Holmes TV production. I also don't like some of the actors (Newton, to start with). Score just as bad.  4\10.



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« #5673 : April 02, 2009, 07:28:35 PM »

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« #5674 : April 03, 2009, 08:56:05 AM »

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) - 8/10
Well, it started off as 9/10 but then it got lamer. I blame the courtroom scene which is very successful as such but it's still a courtroom scene. Besides, I think the solution to the Jane Arthur business came too easily. God, I could watch her all day long...


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« #5675 : April 03, 2009, 10:12:30 AM »

The Duchess (2008) - 6/10. You will believe a bodice can rip.

You'll also believe that on his wedding night, a groom will require scissors to cut his bride out of her wedding dress. This happens early, as you might expect, in The Duchess, the recent costume drama starring Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes. Ralph is the Duke of Devonshire, Keira is the naïve lass who marries him and thereby gains a title and a lot of sorrow. Ah, the humanity!

The scissor scene continues with the Duke meticulously removing layer after layer of feminine attire, a process that seems more exhausting than erotic. As difficult as this is, the viewer easily imagines how much harder it was to get it all on in the first place. Why do you women go through all this, his Grace wants to know. It's then that his new Duchess pipes up with a comment about elaborate dress being a form of self expression.

The Duke looks at his new wife uncomprehendingly, as would any man—any woman, for that matter—in 18th Century England. This very 20th Century idea is completely foreign to the film's setting.

And this is the harbinger of all that is to come: Duchess Keira will experience the 18th century, not as one born into it, but as a visitor from the next millennium. She has a mother (Charlotte Rampling), but apparently no siblings, certainly no chums or old play fellows hanging about. It is as if Ms. Knightley had emerged from a time machine and started playing dress-up with wigs and gowns (some truly amazing ones, to be sure).

And the things she discovers in this brave old world: women don't have the same rights as men! Even women of rank and privilege are expected to be little more than prodigious breeders! Who knew?

It's all based on a true story, we're told, an almost worthless formulation (they're ALL based on true stories, even Star Wars (okay, someone's going to ask so here goes: the basis for Star Wars is The Adventures of Robin Hood (okay, The Adventures of Robin Hood is total hokum, but beneath that there is the historical doings of Robin of Locksley))).

The Duchess is really a kind of tonier remake of a Gainsborough picture, and the best-known one at that: The Man in Grey. Only this time instead of an aristocratic James Mason we have an aristocratic Ralph. Not quite so dashing, however, our Ralph: what's with that pained expression in every scene? Are those authentic period shoes authentically painful?

Watching the film certainly is.



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« #5676 : April 03, 2009, 10:23:27 AM »

I decided to avoid that film the moment I saw Keira Knightley slowly emerging from sillohuette in the trailer. Nothing else is necessary.



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« #5677 : April 03, 2009, 12:27:21 PM »

The Duchess (2008) - 6/10.

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Are those authentic period shoes authentically painful?

Watching the film certainly is.

Still 6 out of 10?



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« #5678 : April 03, 2009, 01:16:34 PM »

In the Company of Men - 7/10 - Extremely dark and disturbing on some levels, it didn't quite work as a film - it might have been more effective as a stage play but Neil Labute's direction is workmanlike at best. Still, the cast is excellent, particularly Aaron Eckhardt (playing one of the most disgusting characters I've ever seen in a film) and the material is really thought-provoking and disturbing. I hope to see the film of The Shape of Things in the near-future (having read and acted in it for a Drama class).



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« #5679 : April 03, 2009, 02:29:13 PM »

From the Terrace (1960) - Should have thrown themselves down those who conceived and made the movie. But Ina Balin makes it 2\10.


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« #5680 : April 03, 2009, 03:34:46 PM »

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« #5681 : April 03, 2009, 06:35:54 PM »

From the Terrace (1960) - Should have thrown themselves down those who conceived and made the movie. But Ina Balin makes it 2\10.
Not sure what he means, but a 2/10 is about right.



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« #5682 : April 03, 2009, 09:44:04 PM »

I intended the comment to be read in the same breath with the title.


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« #5683 : April 04, 2009, 01:53:53 AM »

Ah. Well, I agree that it's a rotten picture.



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« #5684 : April 04, 2009, 01:04:29 PM »

The Wind and the Lion - 9/10 - Damn you, TCM! I have to get some important work done for school and you ruined it by showing one of your favorite movies! :D



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