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« #8535 : October 19, 2010, 09:51:43 AM »

The Ex-Mrs. Bradford (1936) - 7/10. Basically a Thin Man picture, with Jean Arthur pinch hitting for Myrna Loy. The murder-mystery plot is ho-hum, but the gags aren't bad. The title refers to the fact that at the start of the film Arthur is divorced from William Powell, and the "case" is the occasion that brings the pair--hold onto you hat--back together.



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« #8536 : October 19, 2010, 01:26:30 PM »


The Rainmaker (1997)
- somewhere between 5 and 6 out of 10

I was watching this the whole evening and didn't even realize it. Nuff said.




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« #8537 : October 19, 2010, 02:43:47 PM »

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) - 8/10
Could someone explain me how the switch to the duplicates happens? I smell a huge plot hole here...

Man of Aran (1934) - 8.5/10
Beats Nanook. Until the last 20 minutes it's near perfect but then real struggle turns into fake narration.


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« #8538 : October 19, 2010, 08:16:31 PM »

first timers...

Living in Oblivion - 3/5
Heartbreak Ridge - 2/5
The Secret in Their Eyes - 4/5 (FUCKIN GOOD SHIT!)
American Movie - 4/5 (FUCKIN GOOD SHIT!)

aaaaand sumuvthe ones ive seen multiple times before...

Casablanca - 2/5
Pulp Fiction - 4/5
The Big Lebowski - 4/5

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« #8539 : October 20, 2010, 07:11:58 PM »

Ride Lonesome - 8/10 - 2nd viewing.



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« #8540 : October 21, 2010, 10:36:30 AM »


Made in Britain (1982) - 7.2/10

It would appear at certain points in his career, Tim Roth seemed to be a promising, talented actor.




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« #8541 : October 21, 2010, 06:33:52 PM »

Paths of Glory - 8/10 - 2nd viewing. I liked it a bit more than the first time around, but still have problems with it: I think the air really goes out of the movie after the trial scene aside from the firing squad. Plus I'm not the sort to be wowed by emphatic speech-making, cartoonish caricatures and dramatic deck-stacking. What the movie does well, it does well: Kubrick's direction is astonishing, from the endless tracking shots, the gritty battle scenes and the wonderfully cavernous Army HQ. Kirk Douglas is great but the rest of the cast is so-so. It's a good enough movie for a solid rating but definitely a flawed one. This rating may be generous.



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« #8542 : October 22, 2010, 04:44:01 PM »

Paths of Glory - 8/10 - 2nd viewing. I liked it a bit more than the first time around, but still have problems with it: I think the air really goes out of the movie after the trial scene aside from the firing squad. Plus I'm not the sort to be wowed by emphatic speech-making, cartoonish caricatures and dramatic deck-stacking. What the movie does well, it does well: Kubrick's direction is astonishing, from the endless tracking shots, the gritty battle scenes and the wonderfully cavernous Army HQ. Kirk Douglas is great but the rest of the cast is so-so. It's a good enough movie for a solid rating but definitely a flawed one. This rating may be generous.
Ya think?

The Kubrick Test can be applied to this film with unflattering results. Famously, Kubrick criticized a film (probably "The Ox-Bow Incident") for being not sufficiently rigorous in the examination of its issue. Anyone, he said, can show the injustice in hanging innocent men, but depict the unjust hanging of guilty men--then you have something. That's the Kubrick Test. Let's keep it in mind as we re-contemplate PoG.

So, dose wascally ol' generals are planning to shoot some innocent soldiers, eh? And Boyscout Colonel Dax is gonna defend them and rail against the injustice of it all, because it's injust! But the fix is in, and the soldiers are gonna get shot all the same! And that's unjust! And then the soldiers (who are innocent) actually get unjustly shot! And then Dax's dimple flexes indignantly at the injustice! And then audience creams itself while thinking, Oh, the humanity! Oh, the injustice! And then the director's wife comes on screen to lead everyone in a rousing chorus of Kum-ba-ya.

Give. Me. A. Break.

I understand, though, that this director went on to make other films.




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« #8543 : October 22, 2010, 05:00:35 PM »

Well, personally I'd take Breaker Morant any day.



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« #8544 : October 22, 2010, 05:14:40 PM »

Hereafter (2010) - 4/10. Uh, whaaaaa?



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« #8545 : October 22, 2010, 06:46:03 PM »

Them! - 8/10 - 5th or 6th viewing.



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« #8546 : October 22, 2010, 08:10:06 PM »

ORGY OF THE DEAD w/ criswell, and a BEVY of GORGOUS GIRLS !    
the film that satisfied my every overt sexagesimal adultness
in gorgeous AND shocking
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« #8547 : October 22, 2010, 11:24:25 PM »

King Rat - 6-7/10 - A very odd POW flick: elliptical, virtually plotless, full of surreal visual touches and artsy pretentiousness. It has a really nasty, oppressive feel that works very much in its favor: this isn't a Stalag 17/Great Escape/Bridge on the River Kwai-style Hollywood concentration camp but a believably foul and unpleasant place to be. But the film isn't as clever or profound as it seems to think it is, and the film doesn't amount to much beyond a series of nasty vignettes. George Segal has never been better: I haven't much liked him in anything else but he's really top-notch here. Tom Courtenay is superb but James Fox is jerked around by the verities of the oddball story. Good supporting cast though it's sad to see James Donald playing yet another army doctor. I'll have to chew this one over before coming to a definite conclusion.

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« #8548 : October 23, 2010, 06:23:20 AM »

roger corman's ST. VANENTINE'S DAY MASSACRE
much better seagel
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3KplEGXwnE

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« #8549 : October 23, 2010, 10:20:31 AM »

roger corman's ST. VANENTINE'S DAY MASSACRE
much better seagel
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3KplEGXwnE

i have to tell you GROGGY, you're not going to make it. you want me to get a preacher ?

I have the vaguest memories of that flick and Segal isn't one of them.



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