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« #7710 : March 24, 2010, 08:58:47 AM »

Les dames du Bois de Boulogne (1945) - 7/10
It has a similar quality as The Rules of the Game: There's nothing I don't like that I could put my finger on and I kind of appreciate and respect it but I can't really say I enjoyed it.

La haine (1995) - 8/10


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« #7711 : March 24, 2010, 02:16:04 PM »

But better than Ryan's Daughter, what?

Well, it's definitely better than Barry Lyndon.



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« #7712 : March 24, 2010, 03:04:13 PM »

Les dames du Bois de Boulogne (1945) - 7/10
It has a similar quality as The Rules of the Game: There's nothing I don't like that I could put my finger on and I kind of appreciate and respect it but I can't really say I enjoyed it.
The ending is amazing.

Unlike The Rules of the Game, where the ending is annoyingly pat.



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« #7713 : March 24, 2010, 03:15:43 PM »

The ending is amazing.
That's the only scene with real emotion.


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« #7714 : March 24, 2010, 08:02:48 PM »

Blow-Up - 6/10 - Great mise-en-scene, nice direction and clever editing, but the story is boring, the pace painfully slow and the whole thing seems rather pointless. Plus the mimes.



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« #7715 : March 25, 2010, 03:15:19 PM »


Uno sceriffo extraterrestre - poco extra e molto terrestre (1979) - 6.75 out of 10

Bud Spencer solo flick. Great for kids. I never quite understood why they ceased making movies like this.




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« #7716 : March 25, 2010, 10:42:50 PM »

That's the only scene with real emotion.
Well, yeah. And dramatically effective as a result. The pressure, which has been building slowly throughout the film, is suddenly released. And you finally realize that there has been pressure (stemming from the unspoken assumption that we have been  watching a tragedy unfold), and also that this is not the story you thought it was (Orpheus) but another (the Harrowing of Hell). It's one of the best twist endings I know.



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« #7717 : March 25, 2010, 11:26:15 PM »

Seven Pounds - 5/10 - Loser guy, depressed and with nothing to live for, decides to solve everyone's problems. And he does so, romancing a drop-dead gorgeous, terminally ill girl in the process, before offing himself in a truly bizarre manner. Oh, and texting kills. Besides the cliched, maudlin story, the movie is 123 minutes long and, perhaps needless to say, ridiculously padded and drawn out, with a plethora of useless subplots. And the ending is not only insultingly convenient and sappy, but can be seen coming from a billion miles away. The only reason to see this is if you like the leads: Will Smith is pretty good, and Rosario Dawson is her usual incredibly lovely self. That's enough for me to give it a decent rating; others may disagree.



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« #7718 : March 25, 2010, 11:41:40 PM »

Blow-Up - 6/10 - Great mise-en-scene, nice direction and clever editing, but the story is boring, the pace painfully slow and the whole thing seems rather pointless. Plus the mimes.
But, unhappily, the mimes ARE the point. We'd be better off with pointlessness.



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« #7719 : March 26, 2010, 09:50:48 AM »

But, unhappily, the mimes ARE the point. We'd be better off with pointlessness.

I figured as much, but I'll be damned if it didn't elude me.



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« #7720 : March 26, 2010, 11:47:22 AM »

You have been blessed, then.



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« #7721 : March 26, 2010, 02:23:55 PM »

Does it have something to do with Antonioni being a pretentious oaf?



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« #7722 : March 26, 2010, 10:37:35 PM »

49th Parallel - 9/10 - Solidly constructed war time thriller. Lots of propagandistic speechifying about the righteousness of democracy over Nazism et al, but a perfect three-act structure, good acting and nice use of star cameos (I exempt Laurence Olivier's bizarre attempt at Quebecois) and lots of great cinematography by our buddy Freddie Young. David Lean is the editor.



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« #7723 : March 27, 2010, 01:58:16 AM »

Miesten vuoro (2010) "Steam of Life" - 9/10
Men in sauna talk openly about their life. I had some reservations; is this gonna be 81 minutes of men dwelling in self-pity? Well, I went to see it anyway after all the praising reviews and because one of the directors was present at the premier (the house was packed, he's from the town). And I was pleasantly surprised: the structure worked, they managed to build many short yet complete and touching stories. Who says men don't talk?


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« #7724 : March 27, 2010, 05:19:49 AM »

Does it have something to do with Antonioni being a pretentious oaf?
Indubitably.



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