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« #7515 : February 06, 2010, 10:48:44 AM »

Finding Forrester (2000) - 2/10

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« #7516 : February 06, 2010, 01:09:01 PM »

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« #7517 : February 06, 2010, 08:15:19 PM »

The Hunter (1980) - McQueen's last movie is a good one with two minuses: The pregnancy subplot and the mediocre, amateurish score by (guess that!) Michel Legrand. So I give it just a 7\10 for the action scenes: the two chase scenes (one in the open fields and the final one on a subway train and ina multilevel garage) are remarkable. And, yes, I never particularly liked Bullitt myself.   


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« #7518 : February 06, 2010, 11:59:54 PM »

Bonnie and Clyde - 7/10 - 2nd viewing. Technically though I just watched the shoot-outs and ignored anything plot or character-related.



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« #7519 : February 07, 2010, 01:52:12 PM »

Rebecca - 7-8/10 - 2nd viewing. Liked it slightly less this time.



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« #7520 : February 07, 2010, 02:51:30 PM »

Rebecca - 7-8/10 - 2nd viewing. Liked it slightly less this time.
It's a little long for what it is. That's fine going through it the first time, the slow pace gives you time to ponder what it's all about. But on re-watches everything takes just too damn long.



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« #7521 : February 07, 2010, 03:38:50 PM »

Two from Rohmer's Tales of the Four Seasons.

A Tale of Springtime
(1989) - 8/10. "A newly formed friendship between two girls is put to the test when one suspects the other of some mischievous matchmaking." Specifically, one of the friends seems to be trying to set her girlfriend up with her dad. Oh, those crazy French! Plenty of entertaining chat, though, and some nice scenes of the French countryside. Where the hell is Fontainbleu?

A Winter's Tale (1992) - 9/10. A young woman (Charlotte Very) on holiday has an affair with the man of her dreams, but through a mishap, loses touch with him immediately afterwards. Five years later, she is still carrying the torch, while caring for the product of their union, a daughter. It's kind of an updating of White Nights, but this being a French film, the woman has acquired, in the intervening years, not one but two new suitors. She keeps telling them she's waiting for her first love, but they, separately,  keep trying to argue her out of that position. Again, more interesting chat, and this time there's even a reprise of the Pascal material from My Night With Maude. Part of the fun is seeing how Rohmer can delay the inevitable. At one point, the woman and one of her beaus takes in a performance of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, another story that ends in reunion. Not only does this provide some nice foreshadowing, it also gives Rohmer the chance to show what he can do with the Bard. Rohmer has time only to give us the climax, but man, does he nail it. And Shakespeare in French sounds wonderful. Makes me wish Rohmer had spent his final years doing nothing but Shakespeare adaptations.



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« #7522 : February 07, 2010, 09:11:48 PM »

It's a little long for what it is. That's fine going through it the first time, the slow pace gives you time to ponder what it's all about. But on re-watches everything takes just too damn long.

That sounds about right. A lot of the exposition seemed to drag on and on.



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« #7523 : February 08, 2010, 01:45:46 PM »

Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) - 8/10
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« #7524 : February 08, 2010, 06:12:36 PM »

Seven Days in May - 7-8/10 - A pretty good thriller from John Frankenheimer, a lot more serious and subdued than The Manchurian Candidate (not good or bad, just saying). Great performances, interesting story, tight pacing and a perfect expression of liberal fears in the post-JFK, pre-Vietnam era. Two big problems: the obnoxious civics lesson at the end, and the superfluous Ava Gardner subplot.



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« #7525 : February 08, 2010, 08:58:38 PM »

the post-JFK, pre-Vietnam era.
Huh? JFK got us into Vietnam. There was no "post-JFK, pre-Vietnam" era.



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« #7526 : February 08, 2010, 09:19:35 PM »

Pre-Gulf of Tonkin then.



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« #7527 : February 09, 2010, 09:52:45 AM »


Kurosawa: The Last Emperor (1999) - 6.5/10

Interesting, but could have been better.




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« #7528 : February 09, 2010, 12:09:43 PM »

What Price Glory (1952) - 5/10 - John Ford at his worst. An awkward mixture of war film and bawdy comedy, it doesn't succeed at either. The battle scenes are okay but marred by obvious set work, the jokes are goofy beyond belief, too many draggy saloon scenes, and the almost moment-by-moment shift in tones is poorly done. The "climactic" drinking contest/poker game is nigh-unbearable. Cagney is good but the rest of the cast is pretty lame. Skip it for one of the many Ford films that are actually worthwhile.



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« #7529 : February 09, 2010, 01:16:11 PM »

The other two from Rohmer's Tales of the Four Seasons

A Summer's Tale (1996) - 4/10. A young Frenchman goes to the Atlantic coast for his summer vacation and becomes entangled with three different women. Unable to choose among them, he leaves. The characters are all annoying, making the viewing experience something of a chore. Some nice scenery and some very impressive traveling shots saves the film from being a total washout.

An Autumn Tale (1998) - 3/10. A complicated matchmaking story. At one point, the woman who is pretending to be her friend to pre-screen a prospect that she has met through a personal ad comes clean and admits what she's been up to. And the guy doesn't freak! He just rolls with it and goes along with the master plan. This is a Rohmer film? So much for holding a viewfinder up to life!



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