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« Reply #7680 on: March 13, 2010, 07:53:18 PM »

Well, do you have all that many cinema choices in Shokan anyway?

Well closest theater is the Tinker Street Cinema in Woodstock about 10 miles from Shokan, Kingston has a Regal multiplex about 15 miles from here.

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« Reply #7681 on: March 14, 2010, 04:57:05 AM »

Well closest theater is the Tinker Street Cinema in Woodstock about 10 miles from Shokan, Kingston has a Regal multiplex about 15 miles from here.
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Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002) - 7.5/10
Liked it better than Oldboy.

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« Reply #7682 on: March 14, 2010, 02:51:15 PM »

The Great American West of John Ford (1971) - Don't know how to rate it, but it certainly is fun to watch: http://www.hulu.com/watch/133474/the-great-american-west-of-john-ford

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« Reply #7683 on: March 14, 2010, 05:17:00 PM »

I fail to see your logic.

1) Great dialogues although not the regular humour dialogues.
Some examples:
Mr.MG: "Ben."
Ben: "Mr.MG."
Mr.MG: "Ben."
Ben: "... Mr.MG."
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Mr MG: "Plastics."
Ben: "... Yes, Mr MG?"
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Ben: "I understand you're pissed of, Mr Robinson, but you missed the point. The point is I love your daughter."


2) perfect characters (Mrs Robinson rocks)

3) top notch acting (not by everybody, but the most important parts)

4) best soundtrack in an american movie of the decade (if not the century)

5) super design cinematography (ok, some editing tricks are aged now, but not so many, and they were still innovative at the time), amazing and still very modern editing (think of the transitions like Ben jupping out of the swimming pool/Ben jumping on Mrs Robinson...), and instead of achieving cool-looking but cold visuals, Nike Nichols gets some of the most beautiful shots ever.
Example: the extended shot in the bus at the end. Only 2 ending (or "almost" ending) shots reach that level IMO: OUATIA and Who's afraid of Virginia Wolf.

6) Best use of symbolism in cinematography/scriptwriting of the decade (only Peckinpah comes close).
Examples:
- opening shot (after the credits) with the aquarium
- the subjective view of Ben in the wet suit at his birthday

7) Ironic view on the American way of life... that, if not greatly original, is probably one of the only adult ones in movie history.

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« Reply #7684 on: March 15, 2010, 02:39:09 AM »

Yeah but those concern almost exclusively the first hour of the movie. The only good points the movie has after Ben goes after Elaine are the music and the final shot. The latter part of the movie is not bad but it's not up to par with the first hour and certainly doesn't belong in the same movie with it.

The Long Goodbye (1973) - 8.5/10
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« Reply #7685 on: March 15, 2010, 03:02:09 AM »

No.

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« Reply #7686 on: March 15, 2010, 03:39:08 AM »

Hogfather (2006) - 7.5/10

Follows the book pretty well, characters are good, but the humour is somehow missing. Death is adorable though.  Kiss

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« Reply #7687 on: March 15, 2010, 09:03:37 AM »

The Long Goodbye (1973) - 8.5/10
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Maybe even a "9". I would like to see a Blu-ray release of this.

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« Reply #7688 on: March 16, 2010, 12:27:21 AM »


The Entity (1981) - 7 x out of 10

They go beating around the bush too much for a movie that's supposed to navigate mostly on scares. The scares are there all right, some scenes make you feel bloody uncomfortable, but the story drifts too much and the production values are, I'd say, rather poor. Poltergeist's older and darker brother. You might wanna check it, you probably missed the scare-train if you're over 15 but it's still interesting enough to keep your attention.

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« Reply #7689 on: March 16, 2010, 12:36:48 AM »

The Insider - 9/10 - An excellent, perfectly-plotted, character-rich, moody thriller - easily Michael Mann's best work. One of the best casts in recent memory; Crowe gives his best performance, Pacino is good Pacino, and Christopher Plummer shines. No real complaints.

I rate it a little lower (8.5/10 Tongue) but I agree with what you said.

I felt unbelievably comfortable watching Al Pacino, there was no sign of that infamous overacting of his. Great supporting show by the other actors also.

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« Reply #7690 on: March 16, 2010, 12:08:26 PM »

Don't Look Back (1967) - 6.5/10
Camera follows Bob Dylan on his 1965 UK tour. Probably more interesting for a die hard Dylan fan.

In Cold Blood (1967) - 9/10

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« Reply #7691 on: March 17, 2010, 02:00:28 PM »

Waterloo Bridge (1940) - 8/10
EDIT: OK, 8.5/10.

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« Reply #7692 on: March 17, 2010, 08:10:17 PM »

The Wagoner - 7/10

Black Girl - 9/10

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« Reply #7693 on: March 18, 2010, 06:16:14 AM »

Fallen Angels (1995) - 6/10. Wong Kar Wai's less-interesting follow-up to Chungking Express, about . . . well, what is it about exactly? Wong doesn't worry too much about minor details like plot, he's content to showcase Christopher Doyle's impressive photography of very photogenic Hong Kong. And then there are the characters, lots of quirky characters.  Rather than developing characters with depth, it's so much easier to make everyone neurotic: so we get the ambivalent contract killer (Leon Lai), his ambivalent agent/partner (Michelle Reis),  the mute small-time crook who breaks into shops after hours and tries to run the businesses (the ever-annoying Takeshi Kaneshiro), a woman obsessed with a boyfriend who ditched her for her best friend (Charlie Yeung), and a woman with a bad blonde dye-job who does nothing but act out her preternatural need for a human connection. These people are so annoying, I don't merely not care about them, I actively root for their destruction. The only thing that makes it all somewhat palatable is, as I say, the images, the editing, and the soundtrack (Wong knows how to pick music: the film ends with the Flying Pickett's rendition of Yaz's "Only You" under shots of a highspeed motorcycle ride--one of many inspired moments). Of course, the film could just be a really long commercial . . . for WKW. Not a director so much as a brand . . .

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« Reply #7694 on: March 18, 2010, 09:40:23 PM »

What do you think of Chungking, Jenkins?

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