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« Reply #7365 on: January 11, 2010, 10:31:25 PM »

You mean it's like The Yellow Rolls Royce, but each story is in the thriller/suspense genre? Hmmm, could be good.

No, I do not mean that. The story set in Russia is not a thrilling one, though there is some suspense about the final outcome. But the other ones are rather of a melodramatic kind. My comparison to Detour was  inspired by the simplicity and economy of that single episode.

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« Reply #7366 on: January 12, 2010, 07:55:28 AM »

zora no samurai (Zero Pilot)  (1976)  For the first hour this has no dramatic tension whatever, the episodes surrounding the history of the ace fighter pilot and his squadron verging on the insignificant or the trivial. Toward the end the movie soar about the platitudes and becomes interesting. Still I can't give it more than 6\10, the fights scenes being quite badly made, the american counterpart almost inexistent (and that little is ridiculous). The actors always give me the impression of being amateurs (except the one who played tiger tanaka in YOLT). 



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« Reply #7367 on: January 12, 2010, 03:32:28 PM »


Clownhouse (1989) - 4 or 5/10

I remember this being better. It has a couple of thrills but the acting is horrible, and the music is disgusting.

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« Reply #7368 on: January 13, 2010, 08:29:16 PM »

The Great Train Robbery, A Trip to the Moon, various other Edison/Lumiere films I'd seen before.

Within Our Gates - 7/10 - An interesting film, supposedly the earliest preserved film with a black director (Oscar Micheaux), which is a deliberate rebuttal to The Birth of a Nation. An odd mixture of genres, a melodrama with elements of gangster movies and social problem, with an odd narrative that jumps all over the place. The final sequence is excellent though, particularly the intercutting between a lynching and a rape scene.

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« Reply #7369 on: January 13, 2010, 10:42:35 PM »

Nihonkai daikaisen (1969) (Battle of the Japan Sea)

I saw this between snores. It has little dramatic construction, a reconstruction of battles of the Russo Japanese war of 1905. The audio comment between a scene and another is awful. The only interest which could prompt somebody to watch it is the visualization of the battles. 4\10



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« Reply #7370 on: January 13, 2010, 10:48:15 PM »

Interesting to know that such a film exists Titoli. Too bad it sucks.

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« Reply #7371 on: January 14, 2010, 07:10:30 AM »

Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980) - 8.5/10

Monsieur Verdoux (1947) - 7/10
It's not laugh-your-head-off funny and the rhythm has problems but it's still entertaining and good pastime. Needless to say that it doesn't hold a candle to Modern Times or City Lights.

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« Reply #7372 on: January 14, 2010, 11:19:00 AM »

Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980) - 8.5/10
I've seen this a couple times now, once in the 80s and once a couple of years ago. There's a lot I like about it, but it goes on too long. Last time I watched it, I really, really wanted it to end about 3 episodes early.

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« Reply #7373 on: January 14, 2010, 12:15:16 PM »

I've seen this a couple times now, once in the 80s and once a couple of years ago. There's a lot I like about it, but it goes on too long. Last time I watched it, I really, really wanted it to end about 3 episodes early.
I hear ya, bro. I can't understand how anyone could watch this in a row (that has happened). I watched roughly the first half of the series during the last six months or so, and the last half during the last week, which was almost a crushing experience.

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« Reply #7374 on: January 14, 2010, 03:12:20 PM »

Tky monogatari (1953) "Tokyo Story" - 10/10
DJ, recommended films by Ozu? You're an expert, right?

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« Reply #7375 on: January 14, 2010, 03:51:31 PM »

I hear ya, bro. I can't understand how anyone could watch this in a row (that has happened). I watched roughly the first half of the series during the last six months or so, and the last half during the last week, which was almost a crushing experience.

I couldn't go beyond the first 15 min.
But I watched Heimat's first series almost at a sitting.

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« Reply #7376 on: January 14, 2010, 04:01:57 PM »

Tky monogatari (1953) "Tokyo Story" - 10/10
DJ, recommended films by Ozu? You're an expert, right?

I don't want to intrude in Jenkins field. I saw most of Ozu's post-war movies and they're generally on good standards, were it not that they seem to tell the same story of the movie you saw. But a movie which I would recommend is this:







Made in 1932 and very different from what Ozu made after.

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« Reply #7377 on: January 14, 2010, 10:20:52 PM »

Hobson's Choice - 5-6/10 - I liked it even less than the first time, though maybe my being dead tired after a long day of class/work effected my viewing experience.

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« Reply #7378 on: January 15, 2010, 08:45:52 PM »

Bridge on the River Kwai - 9/10 - Who the hell knows? viewing.

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« Reply #7379 on: January 16, 2010, 03:01:02 PM »


The Salton Sea (2002) - 6/10

I was entertained enough by this cliche-pastiche, probably because my expectations were so low.

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