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« Reply #5940 on: May 01, 2009, 12:36:58 PM »

Rough Riders - 9/10 - 2nd viewing

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« Reply #5941 on: May 01, 2009, 04:24:19 PM »

Trail Street (1947) - 5/10. Randolph Scott and Robert Ryan together again for the first time! Too bad it's on account of the evil cattlemen afflicting the virtuous farmers. When was Hollywood ever going to get around to making a film about saintly cattlemen and satanic farmers? This flick also has a couple of love interests, the goody-goody girl and the saloon tart who turns out to be the more principled of the two. Yeah, that formula got worked a bit. And did I mention the main situation has to do with a couple of locked-up hooligans and the gang that's determined to break them out? Featuring the obnoxious "Gabby" Hayes in the Walter Brennan/Arthur Hunnicutt role. There's also a sub-plot about Robert Ryan discovering that Winter wheat is the miracle crop that's going to save Kansas and make it the bread-basket of the nation. The only truly inventive bit of visual narration has him coming upon the discovery suddenly and unexpectedly. Otherwise, the film is pedestrian in the extreme.

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« Reply #5942 on: May 02, 2009, 06:22:37 AM »

Trixie (2000) - 2.5/10

Bah, I don't know what this is, honestly.

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« Reply #5943 on: May 02, 2009, 12:22:30 PM »

Bug-9/10

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« Reply #5944 on: May 02, 2009, 02:20:51 PM »

U.S. Marshals (1998) - 5/10

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« Reply #5945 on: May 02, 2009, 07:06:19 PM »

Coffee and Cigarettes

Dont really know what to rate it.

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« Reply #5946 on: May 02, 2009, 07:31:44 PM »

What's New Pussycat (1965) - 2/10

A comedy that is all but funny.

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« Reply #5947 on: May 03, 2009, 09:39:42 AM »

My Darling Clementine - 8/10 - 2nd viewing many years in between. I liked it a lot more than the first time; although elements of it are dated and hokey (and it's one of the most historically inaccurate films ever), it's quite possibly the best example of the archetypical Western myth out there. Plus the cast, Ford's stylish, noir-esque direction, and the plethoa of iconic Western moments, it's definitely a much better film than I gave it credit for in my first viewing.

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« Reply #5948 on: May 03, 2009, 02:53:19 PM »

Baisers volÚs (1968) "Stolen Kisses" - 6.5/10

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« Reply #5949 on: May 03, 2009, 05:06:43 PM »

Several good points. Yes, every director works differently, and sometimes directors even change their working methods over the course of their careers, so each project has to be assessed separately. The auteurist idea is useful, though, because particular directors do seem to be responsible for bodies of work that cohere in terms of ideas and themes.

I'll take a shot at your list, although I'd appreciate it if you didn't hold me to what I say. I'm more or less thinking out loud.

I distinguish between Anthony Mann pictures and Anthony-Mann-with-John-Alton pictures. Alton has to be considered a co-auteur, at least. The Mann/Alton pictures represent a coherent body of work with a unified worldview and consistent aesthetic values. I don't know any other way to put it.

Robert Wise is a very good craftsman on the order of Wyler and Zinnemann. He tends to be an adapter of other people's work, and therefore, no consistent worldview emerges from his oeuvre.

Teshigahara, it seems to me, successfully adapts the work of novelist Kobo Abe without significantly altering it.

John Ford made so many films that pegging him is no simple task. I suspect we can find examples of hard, soft, and non-auterism over the course of his career.

Jarmusch strikes me as an auteur: regardless of whether he uses Robby Muller or Christopher Doyle as his cameraman, the things that make a Jarmusch film distinctively Jarmusch-like invariably emerge. Collaboration within a group is just one of the techniques a director may use to achieve his distinctive vision.

Bunuel seems to have made two different kinds of film: those adapted from sources in other media, and wholly original works generated with the help of screenwriters. I much prefer the former to the latter. Anyway, you can really tell the difference.

This is more or less a thought exercise; I won't be working up any of this for publication.

I pretty much agree with you, well, not on the Bunuel preference. thanks for giving your input and I'll compromise and say that I accept the AT to a certain degree.

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« Reply #5950 on: May 03, 2009, 06:16:53 PM »

What say we use the AT when it's useful, and not when it's not?

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« Reply #5951 on: May 03, 2009, 09:44:11 PM »

What say we use the AT when it's useful, and not when it's not?

I'm down with that.

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« Reply #5952 on: May 04, 2009, 09:45:02 AM »

Star Wars : The Prequel Trilogy

I  7\10
II 6\10
III 6\10

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« Reply #5953 on: May 04, 2009, 10:24:38 AM »

Star Wars : The Prequel Trilogy

I  7\10
II 6\10
III 6\10
The insanity. How is the first episode better than the third (other than it has the best sword fight in the history of cinema)?

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« Reply #5954 on: May 04, 2009, 11:37:33 AM »

Enchanted - 7/10 - Silly but fun. And Amy Adams is absolutely irresistibly adorable.

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