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« Reply #6900 on: September 27, 2009, 12:10:55 PM »

The Harder They Come, 6.5/10.  Mediocre but entertained me.  It would be a five but I give plus one for the soundtrack, which is some real good stuff, and another .5 for the scene in the middle where they are all sitting in a theatre watching the machine gun scene in Django!  That took me by surprise, and then they flashed back to it at the finale.
Yeah, the rastas really like those spaghettis. There was even one group or artist going by the name Clint Eastwood some time back, IMS.

The one problem with The Harder They Come is having to listen to the title track again and again. That's why, when a reggae movie is indicated, I always reach for Rockers. Lots of artists in that, so there's no time to repeat anything. The story's not too bad either. Hmmm, seems I remember hearing about a Rockers Blu-ray. I better go check on that . . . .

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« Reply #6901 on: September 27, 2009, 02:01:44 PM »

Yeah, the rastas really like those spaghettis. There was even one group or artist going by the name Clint Eastwood some time back, IMS.

The one problem with The Harder They Come is having to listen to the title track again and again. That's why, when a reggae movie is indicated, I always reach for Rockers. Lots of artists in that, so there's no time to repeat anything. The story's not too bad either. Hmmm, seems I remember hearing about a Rockers Blu-ray. I better go check on that . . . .

Yeah they kind of overdo the main theme.

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« Reply #6902 on: September 27, 2009, 02:05:17 PM »

481 pages, god damn.  I've been off this board too long.


The Harder They Come, 6.5/10.  Mediocre but entertained me.  It would be a five but I give plus one for the soundtrack, which is some real good stuff, and another .5 for the scene in the middle where they are all sitting in a theatre watching the machine gun scene in Django!  That took me by surprise, and then they flashed back to it at the finale.

I'm with you.
Soundtrack is great and the Django cameo is fun but the movie is pretty boring in spots.

6/10

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« Reply #6903 on: September 27, 2009, 06:09:03 PM »

sex drive - poopy
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« Reply #6904 on: September 27, 2009, 09:22:04 PM »

sex drive - poopy
dirty work - really funny
Thanks for sharing, but have you seen any films lately? Cheesy

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« Reply #6905 on: September 28, 2009, 07:47:49 AM »

The Music Room (1958) - 9/10. Satyajit Ray's fourth feature (i.e. the first film he made after finishing The Apu Trilogy) about a landowner who wiles away his days in the pursuit of fine music and dance, neglecting the new economic realities of the times. When tragedy strikes, he is unable to cope, and so the Music Room is closed up. But one day he decides to reopen it for one last fling . . . . In many ways, it is a Bengali version of The Leopard, showing the passing away of an ancien regime and the rise of a grasping middle class. There's even a climactic dance (that the protagonist in this case merely watches), and many intimations of the character's mortality. Every frame of the film is beautifully composed, and the classical Indian music works wonderfully on the soundtrack.

I saw this last week up at the Jacob Burns as part of their Rarely Seen series, curated by Jonathan "Silence of the Lambs" Demme. During the Q & A afterwards, Mr. Demme kicked things off by saying he didn't know much about the film, but he knew enough to know that if he turned comments over to the audience interesting things would emerge. How right he was.


Fat City (1972) - 10/10. Stockton, CA: A worn-out on-his-way-down boxer (Stacy Keach) meets an up-and-coming hopeful (Jeff Bridges). Their opposite trajectories mean their meeting is necessarily brief. John Huston's tranche de vie is extremely well observed, depicting a specific time, place, industries (I now know more about both semi-pro boxing and onion picking than I've ever wanted to) and characters. Performances are incredible, including one by Susan Tyrrell where she plays a credible drunk in every scene she's in. One of Huston's best, maybe the best, which, you know, is really saying something. The music was supervised by Marvin Hamlisch.

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« Reply #6906 on: September 28, 2009, 08:44:04 AM »

Fat City (1972) - 10/10. Stockton, CA: A worn-out on-his-way-down boxer (Stacy Keach) meets an up-and-coming hopeful (Jeff Bridges). Their opposite trajectories mean their meeting is necessarily brief. John Huston's tranche de vie is extremely well observed, depicting a specific time, place, industries (I now know more about both semi-pro boxing and onion picking than I've ever wanted to) and characters. Performances are incredible, including one by Susan Tyrrell where she plays a credible drunk in every scene she's in. One of Huston's best, maybe the best, which, you know, is really saying something. The music was supervised by Marvin Hamlisch.


Saw it when first released, at the time I think I gave it 5\10 or 6\10: not boring but insipid.

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« Reply #6907 on: September 28, 2009, 10:58:12 AM »


Saw it when first released, at the time I think I gave it 5\10 or 6\10: not boring but insipid.
But human beings are insipid. The trick is to make them interesting anyway, which is what this film does. Btw, if you saw it dubbed, you didn't see it.

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« Reply #6908 on: September 28, 2009, 12:59:10 PM »

But human beings are insipid. The trick is to make them interesting anyway, which is what this film does. Btw, if you saw it dubbed, you didn't see it.

The trick is to make an interesting movie, which I thought  Fat City was not.  But yeah I saw it dubbed. So I'll give it another try (which should be a third because I think I saw it again on Tv in the '80's. As there was much hype at the time about this, I decided maybe I was too harsh the first time, which I wasn't).


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« Reply #6909 on: September 28, 2009, 01:14:03 PM »

Is Fat City available to watch anyewhere?

and does anyone else agree that The Harder They Fall would be a much better movie had it ended with Jimmy Cliff driving around in circles (maybe with about 15 mins. left)?

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« Reply #6910 on: September 28, 2009, 03:43:16 PM »

The Big Heat (1953) dir. Fritz lang, with Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Jocelyn Brando, Alexander Scourby, Lee Marvin, Jeanette Nolan, excellent  Afro 5/5   

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« Reply #6911 on: September 28, 2009, 04:20:49 PM »

Scandal Sheet (1952) keep catching the last 2/3rd's of this on TCM  its great from there to the end with Broderick Crawford, Donna Reed, John Derek, Steve McCleary
Rosemary DeCamp,  and Harry Morgan, 5/5   

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« Reply #6912 on: September 28, 2009, 08:44:09 PM »

Scandal Sheet (1952) keep catching the last 2/3rd's of this on TCM  its great from there to the end with Broderick Crawford, Donna Reed, John Derek, Steve McCleary
Rosemary DeCamp,  and Harry Morgan, 5/5   
Coming soon as part of the Sam Fuller Collection boxset!

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« Reply #6913 on: September 29, 2009, 01:42:38 PM »

Coming soon as part of the Sam Fuller Collection boxset!

It's a good one, just seen it.

And Shockproof is the only other one I've seen that will be included in the set, which is basically an inferior NAKED KISS with a terrible ending. I doubt you'll care for it.

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« Reply #6914 on: September 29, 2009, 02:56:53 PM »

It's been eight days since I've seen a movie. I feel ashamed. Embarrassed

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