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« Reply #6930 on: October 01, 2009, 08:43:10 PM »

Mr. 880 (1950) - 7/10. Edmund Gwenn is a lovable old coot who survives on counterfeit one dollar bills. The Secret Service can never catch him because he only passes a few at a time, and nobody in Manhattan or Brooklyn can be bothered to screen every single they take in. Then Agent Burt Lancaster is assigned to the case . . . . and the real fun begins. Based (sorta) on a true story, the tale is quite a tonic until it goes all maudlin at the end. View it for free here: http://www.hulu.com/watch/99517/mister-880

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« Reply #6931 on: October 02, 2009, 03:15:47 PM »

Sweet Smell of Success - 9/10 - I didn't like the ending, but can't find much other fault with it.

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« Reply #6932 on: October 02, 2009, 03:23:02 PM »

Sweet Smell of Success - 9/10 - I didn't like the ending, but can't find much other fault with it.
Love this movie. One of the best films of its era.

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« Reply #6933 on: October 02, 2009, 03:49:59 PM »

No, Groggy is right, the ending betrays the film. There are other movies of the era that are better, that don't flinch at the end.

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« Reply #6934 on: October 02, 2009, 09:54:07 PM »

No, Groggy is right, the ending betrays the film. There are other movies of the era that are better, that don't flinch at the end.

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A Face in the Crowd and Ace in the Hole truly wimp out (the latter is a personal favorite); SSoS sidesteps the process to a degree. I don't hold it against the movie, since there is no conceivable way it would have been green-lit with Curtis' character making a deal with the devil in the final moments.

I would say, without a doubt, that SSoS is one of the elite 50s movies.

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« Reply #6935 on: October 03, 2009, 10:35:16 AM »

I more took issue with Lancaster's sister walking off to an apparently happy future, which was presented as a happy ending. I don't think the movie earned that much "happiness" through what we'd seen.

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« Reply #6936 on: October 03, 2009, 11:32:08 AM »

Once - 7/10

Very touching movie, great acting, some very good music, good dialogues, terrible camerawork. I heard Spielberg loves the movie.

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« Reply #6937 on: October 03, 2009, 11:59:31 AM »

I more took issue with Lancaster's sister walking off to an apparently happy future, which was presented as a happy ending. I don't think the movie earned that much "happiness" through what we'd seen.
That's more or less what I was talking about too. The stuff with Curtis is handled well, but the sister's story is phony as hell. There's a great moment when Lancaster comes in after Curtis has saved the girl from killing herself, and Lancaster mis-interprets what has been going on. When Curtis appeals to the girl to explain she clams up, knowing that Curtis will thereby get a beating. That's the perfect moment, showing she has just crossed over to the dark side. But then she gets cold feet and tries to break things up, which is just wrong, wrong, wrong. Finally, the last shot of the film actually has her walking into the light as the dawn of a new day breaks! Gaaaaaaaaaggg!

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« Reply #6938 on: October 03, 2009, 12:03:15 PM »

Once - 7/10

Very touching movie, great acting, some very good music, good dialogues, terrible camerawork. I heard Spielberg loves the movie.

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« Reply #6939 on: October 03, 2009, 12:50:18 PM »

That's more or less what I was talking about too. The stuff with Curtis is handled well, but the sister's story is phony as hell. There's a great moment when Lancaster comes in after Curtis has saved the girl from killing herself, and Lancaster mis-interprets what has been going on. When Curtis appeals to the girl to explain she clams up, knowing that Curtis will thereby get a beating. That's the perfect moment, showing she has just crossed over to the dark side. But then she gets cold feet and tries to break things up, which is just wrong, wrong, wrong. Finally, the last shot of the film actually has her walking into the light as the dawn of a new day breaks! Gaaaaaaaaaggg!

I overlooked the sister's role in the final moments, but you guys are right. However, everything leading up to that point is perfect, so in no way would I say the film is tarnished because of the mishandling of a supporting character in a crucial moment. I'm sure it was altered by the studio.

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« Reply #6940 on: October 03, 2009, 01:34:06 PM »

I never said it was significantly tarnished. That's Jinkster.

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« Reply #6941 on: October 03, 2009, 02:24:17 PM »

Yeah, I know, the post was basically taking issue with DJ's assessment, not yours.

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« Reply #6942 on: October 03, 2009, 02:37:11 PM »

Kenju zankoku monogatari/Cruel Gun Story (1964) - 7/10. A mobster (Joe "the chipmunk" Shishido) gets out of prison and is recruited by his bosses to pull an armored car robbery, but things don't quite go as expected. Lots of double crosses and plenty of gun battles. Except for one girl in a wheelchair, every character we're introduced to gets shot to death, and there's a blazing inferno at the end. Fun!

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« Reply #6943 on: October 03, 2009, 09:22:51 PM »

The Informant! - 8/10 - Starts out a bit unfocused and obnoxiously chirpy (particularly the silly muzak score), but as the film moves along, one discovers there's a reason for that. I didn't find it ha ha funny so much as amusing, though I loved Damon's WTF "narration" which should have given me a heads-up where it was all going. Interesting story which makes its points without being overly obnoxious like Tony Gilroy's recent "corporations are bad" screeds. Damon was great and the supporting cast was pretty good (particularly Scott Bakula's befuddled G-Man). A good film that probably doesn't need a rewatch.

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« Reply #6944 on: October 04, 2009, 01:10:00 AM »

Oyu-sama/Miss Oyu (1951) - 10/10. At a traditional omiyai, a Meiji-period businessman is introduced to his intended, but prefers her widowed--yet nonetheless forbidden--sister. An orgy of abnegation follows.  This is a Mizoguchi adaptation of a Tanizaki novel, with the great Kinuyo Tanaka in the central role. Proof, once again, that careful exploration of Japanese culture provides better ground for exotica than the most fantastic science fiction.

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