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« #7605 : February 23, 2010, 09:27:42 PM »

We're in complete agreement on that one.



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« #7606 : February 23, 2010, 11:42:17 PM »

I Know Where I'm Going! - 7/10 - Netflix randomly recommended this to me, not bad on their part. O0 On paper it's a pretty bland, boring romance. In the hands of Powell and Pressburger, however, it's a sweet, entertaining and wonderfully creative film, overcoming most (but not all) of its plot shortcomings. Possibly a bit of magic realism with the prayers and storms and eagles and whatnot, it romanticizes Scotland in a way that would make John Ford blanch, but it's more convincingly (and muich less obnoxiously) pulled off by P&P than in The Quiet Man. The film is full of wonderful editing and montage, particularly the creative opening credits and the excellent dream sequence. Wendy Hiller is wonderful, as usual; she's rapidly climbing up my list of actresses. (I need to see if I can track down Major Barbara.) Not a masterpiece, but a pleasant enough watch the end of a busy day.



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« #7607 : February 24, 2010, 04:17:41 AM »

I Know Where I'm Going! - 7/10 - Netflix randomly recommended this to me, not bad on their part. O0 On paper it's a pretty bland, boring romance. In the hands of Powell and Pressburger, however, it's a sweet, entertaining and wonderfully creative film, overcoming most (but not all) of its plot shortcomings. Possibly a bit of magic realism with the prayers and storms and eagles and whatnot, it romanticizes Scotland in a way that would make John Ford blanch, but it's more convincingly (and muich less obnoxiously) pulled off by P&P than in The Quiet Man. The film is full of wonderful editing and montage, particularly the creative opening credits and the excellent dream sequence. Wendy Hiller is wonderful, as usual; she's rapidly climbing up my list of actresses. (I need to see if I can track down Major Barbara.) Not a masterpiece, but a pleasant enough watch the end of a busy day.

Agreed, I like this one a lot too.  I especially liked Pamela Brown little cameo as Catriona. O0


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« #7608 : February 24, 2010, 08:36:25 AM »

I found it disappointing, myself. Maybe it's been overhyped by the Powell cult, but I found it much less interesting than, say, A Canterbury Tale, or the Technicolor films. Some of the photography is notable, and there are some good effects (the whirlpool is impressive). For some reason, though, I don't like the love story: I don't buy it, don't really see the sparks between Hiller and Livesey. Obviously, others disagree. To each his own.



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« #7609 : February 24, 2010, 12:58:54 PM »

Lou Reed's Berlin (2007) - 7/10
Enjoyed it more than the original album.


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« #7610 : February 24, 2010, 08:55:24 PM »

Breathless - 9/10



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« #7611 : February 25, 2010, 12:07:25 AM »


Blue in the Face (1995) - 3 or 4 out of 10

Couple of interesting situations.




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« #7612 : February 25, 2010, 01:26:11 AM »

The Roaring Twenties (1939) - 6/10
A promising rise and fall story ruined largely by the stupid narrator.


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« #7613 : February 25, 2010, 11:11:29 AM »

Breathless - 9/10
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Not my favorite Godard, by any means.



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« #7614 : February 25, 2010, 11:23:32 AM »

It's my favorite by dint of having seen no others. :D



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« #7615 : February 25, 2010, 03:08:40 PM »

I'd say it's my favorite, though I haven't seen some big titles either. Of his "classic" films Contempt is my second favorite, very good but I didn't like/understand the last 20 minutes or so, Band of Outsiders is dull and Alphaville I couldn't connect with. Other's I've seen are Sympathy for the Devil (boring), First Name: Carmen (boring beyond belief) and Our Music which I very much enjoyed. *

Adam's Rib (1949) - 9/10
Line "Licorice, mmmm. If there's anything I'm a sucker for, it's licorice" sounds funny when you say it mouth full of licorice...

*IMDb seems to have changed all "foreign" titles to English ones.  :o Wanky, in a way...

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« #7616 : February 25, 2010, 03:39:55 PM »

Dumber than that is the way they changed them. Cf.:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0072962/

It looks like they just stuck the original titles in Freetranslation.com.



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« #7617 : February 26, 2010, 10:24:41 AM »

Frost/Nixon Interviews - I watched an edited version of the Watergate-related interview. Contrary to what I've heard from others, I think Frost comes off reasonably well - could be a bit harsher but he isn't overly deferential to Nixon either. Nixon, on the other hand, really shows himself to be a self-serving scumbag, even during his faux-apology. Better drama than the film? Questionable.

The Dirty Dozen - 7-8/10 - 2nd or 3rd viewing. I think what Jenkins said on the pertinent thread is right - the build-up is great, the payoff pretty disappointing. The final action scene is surprisingly poor - rather than a big shootout we get random sentries popping up left and right to be picked off one-by-one. Plus, if this film is to be believed, the Wehrmacht badly needed an exercise program. Still, there's a lot of good: possibly Marvin's best performance, a mostly great supporting cast, and lots of funny moments (I really liked Sutherland's big scene). The film's so-called anti-war message is botched, I think, by dint of making everything fun and exciting. Still, it's a pretty good entertainment, so I guess I ought not complain too much.

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« #7618 : February 26, 2010, 12:38:09 PM »


Cronos (1993) - around 4/10

Was disappointed. Doesn't posses much of a horror atmosphere and the story is thin.




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« #7619 : February 26, 2010, 07:39:48 PM »

Last Holiday (1950) - 8/10 - Nice little Alec Guinness comedy though the ending gets unnecessarily mawkish. Needless to say, better than that thing with Queen Latifah.



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