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« Reply #7425 on: January 20, 2010, 05:13:20 PM »


Frailty (2001) - 7/10

There seems to be a point in the second half when they failed to transcend all the talking and explaining by using good ole fashion pure dark atmosphere. Pity.

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« Reply #7426 on: January 20, 2010, 08:23:26 PM »

Red Nightmare - 10/10 - Excellent Warner Brothers-produced anti-Commie short narrated by Jack Webb. Has a few chilling moments (it seems like an early Twilight Zone episode) but on the whole is silly (but fun) propaganda. Fun to see a lot of up-and-coming TV actors - Jack Kelly, Peter Brown, Robert Conrad, to name just the few that I remember - in the cast.

The Great Train Robbery (1903) - Third viewing.

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari - 7/10 - The discussion after the class was far more interesting than the film itself.

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« Reply #7427 on: January 20, 2010, 10:00:28 PM »

Mission to Moscow - ?/10 - I don't know what to make of this film. It's never less than watchable, due to an excellent production by Michael Curtiz and a generally good cast, but it's a truly bizarre and offensive movie by much any standards. According to this film, the USSR under Stalin was a wonderful, free, incredibly productive and happy place that's really just like America. In the most offensive sequence, we learn "the truth" about Stalin's show trials: the confessions were genuine and that Trotsky, Hitler, Tojo, Bukharan and half the Russian military were all conspiring to bring down the Soviets! And why would they lie under oath, especially when they weren't coerced? Gimme a fucking break. Walter Huston's justifications for Russia's action (Finland was secretly siding with the Nazis in 1939; Russia has a powerful army, but it simultaneously wasn't ready to fight Hitler) are idiotic double-talk. The propaganda is beyond blatant, not even trying to hide the idiotic and obvious hypocrisy (German military parade = evil, Soviet military parade = heroic), and the endless "Stalin is our friend" preaching is obnoxious beyond belief. The Hitler-Stalin Pact is barely even referred to. Stalin himself is portrayed as a nice, reasonable, friendly guy who just wants peace. The portrayal of FDR (off-screen with a goofy impersonator voice) reminded me too much of Seinfeld's portrayal of George Steinbrenner to take remotely seriously. It was truly bizarre to watch this film the same day as the Red Nightmare film, as both are propaganda flicks made about twenty years apart by Warner Bros.

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« Reply #7428 on: January 21, 2010, 07:50:05 AM »

Our Music (2004) - 7/10

A History of Violence (2005) - 7.5/10

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« Reply #7429 on: January 21, 2010, 04:33:45 PM »


Storm of the Century (1999) - 7.5/10

Drags, reloads already seen/similar parts of the plot quite often and looses steam if you watch it in one piece, but it is, IMVHO, the best adventure Stephen King had on the big/small screen.

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« Reply #7430 on: January 22, 2010, 04:48:35 AM »

The ending stinks.
Yes, it does. It's the lamest kind of open ending you can have. The biggest question in the whole movie is "can Edie forgive Tom?" and it's not answered.

Lost Horizon (1937) - 7/10
132 min version.

Get Carter (1971) - 7.5/10

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« Reply #7431 on: January 22, 2010, 10:58:58 AM »

I was more referring to Viggo's confrontation with William Hurt, which was rather lamely handled in my opinion. But fair enough.
That could have been handled better, yes, but at least that problem is solved - he killed his brother and thus made sure his past won't come and haunt him again.

L'atalante (1934) - 7.5/10

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« Reply #7432 on: January 22, 2010, 12:44:41 PM »

Who's Edie?
She's a milf.

Bad Day at Black Rock (1955) - 8.5/10

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« Reply #7433 on: January 22, 2010, 06:24:48 PM »


Hardcore (1979) - 6.7/10

Sorrowful trip to the bottom of the 70s society, seems to wonder around too much and lacks the needed intensity. I guess the shock value just isn't there anymore.

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« Reply #7434 on: January 22, 2010, 08:16:18 PM »

Topaz - 7/10 - 2nd viewing. Liked it a little less than the first time but it's still pretty good.

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« Reply #7435 on: January 23, 2010, 03:11:33 AM »

She's a milf.

Haha:)
seriously, that's his wife? If yes, to me, the last scene (in the kitchen) answers pretty mich everything...


SERIOUS MAN - 5 to 10 /10
Beautiful work of art. I'll have to think a bit about it and then see it another Time to understand everything and then rate it properly.

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« Reply #7436 on: January 23, 2010, 03:55:07 AM »

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« Reply #7437 on: January 23, 2010, 03:56:55 PM »

Moby Dick (1956) - 3/10. The weird tale of the Ahab Death Cult weirdly told. The miniatures aren't up to snuff and the uglified Technicolor--which was intentional--was a mistake. Orson Welles makes a cameo in yet another false nose. At least we North Americans can see it for free: http://www.hulu.com/watch/30780/moby-dick

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« Reply #7438 on: January 23, 2010, 04:36:38 PM »

How was Peck? His performance seems to be the most commonly critiqued part of the film.

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« Reply #7439 on: January 23, 2010, 04:38:14 PM »

Moby Dick (1956) - 3/10. The weird tale of the Ahab Death Cult weirdly told. The miniatures aren't up to snuff and the uglified Technicolor--which was intentional--was a mistake. Orson Welles makes a cameo in yet another false nose. At least we North Americans can see it for free: http://www.hulu.com/watch/30780/moby-dick


The climax with the fake whale is really good though.
Nice to see creature feature craftmanship that wasn't touched by a nerd at a computer.

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