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« Reply #6090 on: May 17, 2009, 05:56:12 PM »

Man, what happened to you this weekend, Groggy? You keep saying things that are undeniably true!

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« Reply #6091 on: May 17, 2009, 07:09:19 PM »

I guess eating two straight meals at Eat 'N' Park helped. Cheesy

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« Reply #6092 on: May 18, 2009, 04:25:27 PM »

Night and the City (1992) 6\10

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« Reply #6093 on: May 19, 2009, 05:08:45 AM »

Bande part (1964)
Geez, I dunno. Somewhere between 5/10 and 6/10, perhaps.

I had  A Woman Is a Woman on my DVR but the subtitles were so messed up that it was impossible to watch.

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« Reply #6094 on: May 19, 2009, 05:53:19 AM »

Bande part (1964)
Geez, I dunno. Somewhere between 5/10 and 6/10, perhaps.
That seems about right. The better Godard films are Vivre sa vie, Le Mepris, Masculin/Feminin, Alphaville. A Woman Is a Woman is not quite as good as these, but better than Bande part.

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« Reply #6095 on: May 19, 2009, 12:18:00 PM »

Billy Budd (1962, directed by Peter Ustinov) 9.8/10

So, first I read the book, then I watched the opera, then I just had to get the movie... I'm addicted now.

First of all, the movie is a must-see for all who love good ol' Robert Ryan! He's playing one of cinema history's greatest villains here. A silent, smiling sadist. Terrific. This is not the tormented Deke Thornton, this is the very DEVIL.  Evil Master-at-Arms John Claggart, respectively, aka the lovechild of Iago and Frank.

This dudes hates the naive, pretty, angelic Billy (very young and very adorable Terence Stamp - just perfect) so wildly that it's suspicious. He doesn't really have a reason, for the boy good-hearted and understands him and dares to see a human being in our bad guy. However, the tragedy is unstoppable, for Melville was a pessimist. (And subtext is there.)

Captain Vere, the noble-hearted man trapped between law and justice is Peter Ustinov himself. He is a big surprise for one who used to think of him as Lentulus Batiatus. Here he's a stern, serious philosopher, and has a very big authority and dignity. Well, that's what a I call a great actor.

The supporting characters are are well-casted, so, the film is perfect in its genre, and a faithful, artifical adaptation. Absolutely worth watching. At least for show-stealer Ryan.
I took your advice, Jill, and watched this. Wow, great picture. In some ways it improves on Melville's original as the Billy Budd character is hard to believe in on the written page, but easier to buy when incarnated by Terrence Stamp. Ship's life was well represented. I particularly enjoyed seeing the Royal Marines on board, and the chance (almost) off seeing them put down a mutiny.

BTW, I disagree with Melville being a pessimist, at least as far as BB goes. Billy of course is a Christ figure (made explicit by the notion that Billy may have given up the ghost prior to the moment of reckoning), and the fact that he lives on (we are told) in sailor's ballads means that men take encouragement from his story and example. Also, in the film (don't remember if this is in the story or not) pessimism is associated with Claggart ("Do you live without hope?" Captain Vere asks him. "I live," Claggart replies). Claggart, and all he stands for,  is utterly repudiated by all that transpires.

Anyway, great film. Joins the Brando "Mutiny on the Bounty" and "Lord Jim" as another great 60s sea tale.

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« Reply #6096 on: May 19, 2009, 01:27:48 PM »

The Misfits (1961) - 8.5/10

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« Reply #6097 on: May 19, 2009, 04:03:59 PM »

O LUCKY MAN

yet another WB catalog title that I have been eager to see for years...*
yet another crashing disappointment
what a slog!
granted the last part with Ralph Richardson (who I always thought was a better actor than John Gielgud) was
excellent but the rest............ Cry

* the other films that sucked:
PETULIA
REFLECTIONS IN A GOLDEN EYE (omg is this bad)
DEADFALL (omg is this bad, great score though)

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« Reply #6098 on: May 19, 2009, 04:17:05 PM »

The New World - 6-7/10 - Pretty sure this is the theatrical cut, but based on my experiences I doubt I would like a longer cut any better. The first 80 minutes or so are very good, but once Farrel leaves the scene and Bale takes over the movie stars to drag; the England scenes in particular seem to go on forever. The biggest problems otherwise are the ponderous, obnoxious voice overs and the film's predictable embrace of the usual Noble Savage pap a la Dances With Wolves. Great direction, gorgeous cinematography (but it's a Malick film so you knew that), and nice performances by Farrel, Plummer and Q'orianka Kilcher (though Bale is rather bland and the Indian actors Schellenberg and Studi are rather underused). Worth a look but not a film I'd go out of my way to see again.

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« Reply #6099 on: May 19, 2009, 04:55:04 PM »

The New World - 6-7/10 - ..... once Farrel leaves the scene and Bale takes over; the England scenes in particular seem to go on forever.

well, that's  ONE good point  Grog!   Grin

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« Reply #6100 on: May 19, 2009, 06:04:43 PM »

Typo fixed. Any other nits you wish to pick O Lord High Uncknown? Cheesy

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« Reply #6101 on: May 19, 2009, 07:01:05 PM »

The Misfits (1961) - 8.5/10

I agree. Did you feel like the movie had some eerie tone to it?

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7/10

It was alright.

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« Reply #6102 on: May 20, 2009, 02:08:57 AM »

I agree. Did you feel like the movie had some eerie tone to it?
I'm not 100% sure what you mean, but yeah it isn't really a feel-good movie. Many of the crew members seem to claim that the tension on the set is visible in the final product.

Joki (2001) "The River" - 8/10
Like a Finnish version of Short Cuts or Mystery Train although not as humorous as the latter.

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« Reply #6103 on: May 20, 2009, 05:52:11 AM »

The Mad Miss Manton (1938) - 7/10. A screwball murder mystery, Bringing Up Baby meets The Thin Man. And it's got Fonda and Stanwyck, together again for the first time! An early clue is so deftly placed that I almost applauded when it was reintroduced at the end. Lots of gags of course.

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« Reply #6104 on: May 20, 2009, 08:15:49 AM »

Sullivan's Travels  (1941) - 8\10

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