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« #8460 : October 03, 2010, 12:09:13 PM »

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) - 6.8/10

This probably isn't a bad movie, and Gregory Peck is a blast (although they leave him alone on screen too much, especially in the courtroom scenes), it can only dream of shining the shoes of 12 Angry Men. The ending's just wtf.

P.S. Mary Badham's great too.
What's wrong with the ending?

The Hidden Fortress (1958) - 7/10
Possibly 6.5/10. The beginning just drags on and on, as do some other parts, too. The pesant duo is quite irritating. But there's also a bunch of good scenes, best of which is the fight with spears.


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« #8461 : October 03, 2010, 01:50:01 PM »

Munich (2006)  This was very good until Brooklyn, when the flash back of the airport massacre during the coitus made me almost puke. Add to that the going-nowhere let's-try-a-deep-sounding-dialogue  at the end and makes it a generous 7\10. A pity. Why Spielberg wants to give lessons while in his first (and best) features (Duel and Sugarland Express) didn't is beyond me. probably because he thought this was about Israeli and Jewry, while the material was just that of a good thriller.


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« #8462 : October 03, 2010, 02:11:47 PM »

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The Hidden Fortress (1958) - 7/10
Possibly 6.5/10. The beginning just drags on and on, as do some other parts, too. The peasant duo is quite irritating. But there's also a bunch of good scenes, best of which is the fight with spears.

You've nailed it. Way, way too much time is given to R2D2 and C3PO, as you say, but at least at one point they contemplate raping Princess Leia (why didn't Lucas pick up on this for his remake?). And you're right about the spear duel, which is all the more impressive when you realize how difficult it is to make such a thing exciting (can you even name another example of such a thing in all of cinema?). This could have been one of AK's best films if he'd just kept the running time down. But you just couldn't tell the Little Emperor anything . . .

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« #8463 : October 03, 2010, 02:41:01 PM »

The Good, the Bad, the Weird (2008) (Joheunnom nabbeunnom isanghannom) 7/10

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQu_QH2yYsI

The basic plot revolves around a map to an undisclosed treasure somewhere along the Mongolia- Manchurian Frontier with Russia. The existence of the map is supposed to be a secret but its not and various parties converge upon its whereabouts. 

The opening scene is vast tract of desert with a hairline railroad running through it and upon the tracks a steam locomotive pulling a line of passenger coaches (could be referencing "Bad Day At Black Rock's" opening sequence.

The standout performance in this is Kang-ho Song's, as Yoon Tae-goo / The Weird. He's funny, tricky, resourceful, and well weird, and we first see him wearing a goofy "mad bomber" trapper style hat posing as a vendor walking through the coaches filled with various ethnic Asians, selling his wares. We follow him as he makes his way to a private car at the end of the train and his goal, with two automatic pistols in each hand he shoots his way into the car. While all this is taking place  Park Chang-yi / "The Bad" (Byung-hun Lee) is standing down line in the middle of the tracks waiting to stop the train expressly to obtain the treasure map.

In the private car "the Weird" is  confronted by two hookers two Japanese officers and a diplomat. Having the drop on everyone "The Weird" instructs one of the hookers to retrieve and open suitcases and display their contents to him. She open one that contains jewels and cash, and he instructs her to open the next one that is located near one of the officers, when she does, we see that it contains a gun, and the officer is poised to grab it.  At that moment "The Bad" has lit a pile of railroad ties on fire and the panicked engineer of the train spots it and applies the air brakes, the sudden lurch of the braking, the officer grabbing the revolver and inertia taking taking effect causes pandemonium in the private car resulting in a shootout. The hooker laying next to "The Weird", both officers and the diplomat are dead. The Weird with his head near the dead hookers crotch sees up her skirt, reaches nonchalantly with his free hand, a retrieves a roll of bills from either the top pf her stockings or panties. He then scoops up the jewels and cash, checks out the suitcase that contained the revolver and finds the leather case that holds the treasure map which he grabs also but has no idea what it is, all this is going on while "The Bad' is shooting up the train and systematically searching the passenger cars for the map. Observing all this is Park Do-won / "The Good" (Woo-sung Jung) who is a bounty hunter after "The Weird" and a local tribe of what could be Mongols who also know about the map. "The Weird" hearing the gunshots of "The Bad's" gang exits the train and gets picked up by his partner in crime a relative on a motorcycle with a side car and leaves the scene pursued by "The Good' .

This is a surprisingly entertaining film that doesn't take itself too seriously, rent it on Netflix.  O0



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« #8464 : October 03, 2010, 03:52:41 PM »

Appaloosa - 6/10 - Hmm. It has all the elements of a great Western but somehow doesn't work. One can easily imagine Anthony Mann or Budd Boetticher making this film, but director Ed Harris is competent at best. The biggest problem is the story, which jumps all over the place and has no real drive or focus - stuff just happens. While there are a few strong set-pieces (Viggo's encounter with the Apaches, the showdown at the jail) it doesn't quite come together. The movie looks nice but is directorally undistinguished, if that makes sense. The script is pretty blah dialogue-wise, the music's bland (with an odd sax-line that sounds cribbed from a noir) and the characters remain resolutely one-note. The cast is a high point: Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen are great Western characters, Renee Zellwegger is okay though her romance with Harris seems too much a plot device, and there are nice character roles for Lance Henriksen, Tom Bower and Timothy Spall (channelling Gene Lockhart). Jeremy Irons is well-cast but one-dimensional. Despite this and some nice scenes it's generally disappointing.



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« #8465 : October 03, 2010, 04:25:28 PM »



Mephisto (1981) - 7.5/10

When you take the sermonizing component from this histories-of-human-tragedy big message films they turn sloppy and unenthusiastic. The story/plot is devoid of great thrills, the sets and costumes unbelievably lifeless (to me), the music unmemorable, and as a collateral result of this the director seems barely a statist...

... but hey, that's why there's Klaus Maria Brandauer! O0




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« #8466 : October 03, 2010, 04:30:48 PM »

What's wrong with the ending?

Felt like a cheap wrap around. :-[




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« #8467 : October 03, 2010, 09:28:46 PM »

To Kill a Mockingbird - 8/10 - Good adaptation of a great book: keeps the spirit of the novel intact while working as a fine drama in its own right. Inevitably perhaps, the focus is largely moved to Atticus, and the attempts to make a big racial statement are belied by the fact that the black characters are marginalized, but it's certainly not as obnoxious in its message as certain other films. Gregory Peck was born to play Atticus Finch, his stiff acting style perfectly suited for the role.



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« #8468 : October 04, 2010, 04:54:06 AM »

I always liked the fact that Flannery O'Connor pegged the novel as a children's book. The movie's for kids too.



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« #8469 : October 04, 2010, 09:09:42 AM »

The movie's for kids too.

You nailed it. O0




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« #8470 : October 04, 2010, 09:18:07 AM »

I always liked the fact that Flannery O'Connor pegged the novel as a children's book. The movie's for kids too.

I can buy that being the case with the book, which after all is primarily focused on Scout and not Atticus, but the movie definitely seems geared towards a more mature audience.



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« #8471 : October 04, 2010, 09:36:04 AM »

The point is that the story, in either book or film form, doesn't require much from its audience. Atticus: good; racists: bad. Not really much there to mull over.



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« #8472 : October 04, 2010, 11:32:29 AM »

Conte d'hiver (1992) "A Winter's Tale/A Tale of Winter" - 9/10
Is that a bit high? Well, it deserves at least 8.5/10...

And off-topic: WTF? IMDb changed their system so that for me they display the Finnish titles. I can't see why they couldn't just stick to the old system and display the original titles.


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« #8473 : October 04, 2010, 01:37:16 PM »

IMDB sucks, get over it.



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« #8474 : October 04, 2010, 01:37:53 PM »

The point is that the story, in either book or film form, doesn't require much from its audience. Atticus: good; racists: bad. Not really much there to mull over.

If you'd added the corrollary, black people: insignificant, I might sign off on that. :D



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