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« Reply #9300 on: June 22, 2011, 01:43:02 PM »

I will admit I enjoyed it more than 100 Rifles.

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« Reply #9301 on: June 22, 2011, 04:46:04 PM »

Maigret et l'affaire Saint-Fiacre (1959) It is very good for the portrait of small town characters, with Gabin being great as Maigret. But the final solution is disappointing, it could have been different and just as badly thought up. 7\10

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« Reply #9302 on: June 23, 2011, 10:20:40 AM »

The Laughing Policeman (1973) An excellent police procedural until the last 20 minutes, when the plot device of solving the case by putting pressure on the culprit it's quite childish (I can't remember if the novel had a better solution). Also, the choice of SF as the locale is not very lucky, I think, as the seedy side of the city which is shown to great effect it would have suited NYC better. Still you have great performances (when I read the Martin Beck cycles, before watching this movie, I actually pictured MB in my mind to be something like Matthau) but it's Dern as the a...e policeman who gets high kudos. Zerbe shows why he can't play boss, and Matt Clark and Clifton James play welcome short appearances. 7\10   

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« Reply #9303 on: June 23, 2011, 01:04:56 PM »

Harpoon: Whale Watching Massacre - 1/10 - Icelandic slasher film that has little or nothing to do with the title. Imagine a routine slasher flick with every cliche imaginable, shot by a second-year film student who's seen too many Bergman films. Throw in a really bizarre and hateable cast and you've got something notably bad.

Young Bess - 8/10 - Jean Simmons as Elizabeth I was all the reason I needed to see this. Pretty good period melodrama; few surprises but very pretty and well-made.

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« Reply #9304 on: June 23, 2011, 05:33:44 PM »

Young Bess - 8/10 - Jean Simmons as Elizabeth I was all the reason I needed to see this. Pretty good period melodrama; few surprises but very pretty and well-made.
I thought the story was trite, the acting mannered, but the Technicolor amazed me. If they ever offer this on BD, I'm buying a copy.

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« Reply #9305 on: June 24, 2011, 01:06:14 PM »

The Kremlin Letter - 8/10 - Solid spy drama, with a deliciously complex plot and an excellent ensemble cast.

The St. Valentine's Day - 6/10 - 2nd viewing. Run-of-the-mill gangster flick. Manages to be dry and only sporadically interesting, despite near-constant violence and historical accuracy. Jason Robards is completely wrong for Capone, but the supporting cast is interesting.

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« Reply #9306 on: June 24, 2011, 01:32:08 PM »


The St. Valentine's Day - 6/10 - 2nd viewing. Run-of-the-mill gangster flick. Manages to be dry and only sporadically interesting, despite near-constant violence and historical accuracy. Jason Robards is completely wrong for Capone, but the supporting cast is interesting.

I agree that Robards was miscast. What did you think of the film using a the narration format?

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« Reply #9307 on: June 24, 2011, 02:54:31 PM »

I think the narration contributed greatly to the dry atmosphere.

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« Reply #9308 on: June 24, 2011, 07:19:35 PM »

The Kremlin Letter - 8/10 - Solid spy drama, with a deliciously complex plot and an excellent ensemble cast.
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« Reply #9309 on: June 25, 2011, 03:52:57 PM »

Gallipoli - 8/10 - One of the better World War I movies I've seen. Mel Gibson has a lot of raw charisma in this early role, but Mark Lee might be the better actor. Definitely worth the $2 I spent on it.

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« Reply #9310 on: June 26, 2011, 01:44:34 PM »

High and Low (1963) I read at IMDB that the original version is 2h 20' long, i.e. 40' longer than the one I saw. I doubt it could have added much to the movie, which is a good police procedural in the central part, but that wants to be "deep" in the beginning and in the finale. 7\10

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« Reply #9311 on: June 27, 2011, 02:47:01 PM »

Nixon - 9/10 - 4th viewing.

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« Reply #9312 on: June 28, 2011, 01:23:38 AM »

The Idiot (1951) Not having read the novel it is impossible to make guesses about the whole operaton. It is also to be considered that the movie as it was was cut by the producers of 100' before releasing. It holds a strange fascination in parts but the main    problem lies with me with the protagonist:  I just can't see why the two women fall for him. His innocence and goodness are all told and little, if any, seen. To me he looks like an idiot. Anyway I'd be willing to torture myself with the complete version should it ever resurface before my departure. 7\10

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« Reply #9313 on: June 29, 2011, 12:55:19 PM »

Grand Illusion - 7/10 - 2nd viewing. For all its earnestness I think the film rather fudges the message: the lecturing about class differences doesn't work when the officers are such likeable characters, and the proles such inconsequential goofballs. I find it most interesting as the blueprint for every POW film ever made.

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« Reply #9314 on: June 29, 2011, 06:27:33 PM »

Matchstick Men (2003) Until the last 20 minutes is quite likeable; and for once I even like Cage. But the contrived finale spoils the whole effect and makes the whole story useless. But  a great choice of songs earns it a 6\10.

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