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« Reply #9405 on: August 16, 2011, 02:57:13 AM »

Three Supermen in the Jungle (1970) Considering that the 3 supermen were the best cast if the series and the scantily clad girls galore this should have been much better. On the contrary, it was the weakest of the series so far and it deserves a 2\10 only because of a catfight.

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« Reply #9406 on: August 16, 2011, 10:19:40 AM »

I liked the score.
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The Killing (1956) - 8/10. First Blu-ray viewing. The quintessential heist-gone-wrong flick with the quintessential film noir cast: Sterling Hayden, Elisha Cook Jr., Marie Windsor, Coleen Gray, Jay C. Flippen, Vince Edwards, Jay Adler, Timothy Carey, Joe Turkel, Dorthy Adams . . . In a new interview on the disc, producer James Harris confirms that Kubrick was responsible for the casting (with the exception of Edwards, who was Harris's friend). Kubrick went to movies and he knew who to go after. He also knew enough to get Lucien Ballard for the photography and Jim Thompson for adapting the source novel (in another interview extra, Thompson's biographer explains how Kubrick screwed Thompson out of his proper screen credit). The thing that attracted Kubrick and Harris to the material was the way the story was told, so the shuffled chronology was retained even against later objections by the studio (there was a last-minute attempt, quickly adandoned, to re-order the story in linear form). Somebody get Tarantino on the horn--In 1956, Harris-Kubrick were able to organize their time-displaced scenes without the use of chapter headings!

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« Reply #9407 on: August 16, 2011, 10:40:25 AM »

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« Reply #9408 on: August 16, 2011, 11:17:10 AM »

Two Cents Worth of Hope (1952) One of the first italian style comedies. At the time it was criticized for the downgrading of neorealistic techniques but 60 years later it still holds well as the pure escapist movie which intended to be. 7\10

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« Reply #9409 on: August 16, 2011, 11:23:53 AM »

Supermen Against the Orient (1973) Lamest of the series (but I have still 2 to peruse...) by reading a review at IMDB it seems that kung fu movies fans have something to chew on. As I am not I give it 1\10.

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« Reply #9410 on: August 16, 2011, 12:06:19 PM »

Lonely Are the Brave (1962) 5/10

The plot was ridiculous. A cowboy in the present-day who can't adjust to society? puhleez. it's 19friggin62!

The acting was pretty solid all around (except Michael Kane, who I couldn't stand as Paul Bondi) -- Kirk Douglas is always great; Walter Matthau as the sherriff; and Gena Rowlands as Jerry Bondi were good. But the story was absolutely ridiculous and not believable one bit.

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« Reply #9411 on: August 16, 2011, 01:27:25 PM »

Lonely Are the Brave (1962) 5/10

The plot was ridiculous. A cowboy in the present-day who can't adjust to society? puhleez. it's 19friggin62!

The acting was pretty solid all around (except Michael Kane, who I couldn't stand as Paul Bondi) -- Kirk Douglas is always great; Walter Matthau as the sherriff; and Gena Rowlands as Jerry Bondi were good. But the story was absolutely ridiculous and not believable one bit.
That's pretty much how I see it. Kirk Douglas gets himself thrown into jail on purpose and then has to escape? Huh?

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« Reply #9412 on: August 16, 2011, 01:55:19 PM »

That's pretty much how I see it. Kirk Douglas gets himself thrown into jail on purpose and then has to escape? Huh?

yup. and a sheriff can't just "decide" to sentence a man to a year in jail. There has to be a formal arraignment, followed by plea negotiations and possibly a trial. It's utter nonsense that Douglas gets arrested, "sentenced" -- by the sheriff! -- to a year in prison, and then escapes and is gone before one night is out  Grin

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« Reply #9413 on: August 17, 2011, 04:35:41 PM »

3 Supermen Against Godfather (1979) This has surprisingly the return of Nick Jordan, talking and not jumping, with the action moving to Turkey. But the result sucks as the preceding ones. I give it 3\10 because of a couple of gags unfortunately badly developed and a couple of pretty girls in bikini.

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« Reply #9414 on: August 17, 2011, 06:19:23 PM »

They Drive By Night (1940) dir Raoul Walsh, with George Raft, Humphrey Bogart, Ida Lupino, Ann Sheridan, and Alan Hale. Two wildcat truckers, brothers Joe and Paul Fabrini (Raft & Bogart) struggling to make it in the hauling business. First half of the film is mostly about their trials and tribulations, triumphs and failures. Joe meets redhead waitress Cassi (Ann Sheridan) and they eventually hit it off. After Bogart looses his arm in a wreck Raft goes to work for his old friend Joe Carlson (Hale) as a traffic manager. Complications ensue when Carlson's wife Lana (Ida Lupino) an old flame of Joe's starts to come on to him.  Ida looks pretty good in this one, Raft & Bogart and Sheridan are entertaining. 7/10

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« Reply #9415 on: August 18, 2011, 10:13:41 AM »

A pretty good flick, a shame about George Raft. If only he'd turned down every part he was offered.

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« Reply #9416 on: August 18, 2011, 05:10:31 PM »

Maria Chapdelaine (1934) French Canadian melodrama. Director: Julien Duvivier, with Jean Gabin and Madeleine Renaud, an interesting flick to me because it  takes place on the Canadian Frontier and looks as if was actually shot there. Story is Maria Chapdelaine must choose between three suitors Gabin is one of them. 6/10 

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« Reply #9417 on: August 18, 2011, 07:38:26 PM »

SOMETIMES A GREAT NOTION 8/10....any time you get Paul Newman and Henry Fonda on the same screen, it's awesome. the supporting cast is good as well. I'd definitely recommend that anyone who hasn't seen it should put it on their Netflix queue :-)

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« Reply #9418 on: August 18, 2011, 07:44:25 PM »

99 RIVER STREET (1953) 6.8/10

This noir starts out promising, but doesn't finish as strongly. Still, a decent watch. Very good performances all around

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« Reply #9419 on: August 20, 2011, 10:45:35 AM »

Mysteries of Lisbon (2010) - 10/10. Raul Ruiz's four-and-a-half hour HD adaptation of a famous 19th Century Portugese novel. The decision to go digital must have been economically motivated (Ruiz shot it very quickly for Portugese television), and the results, while generally appealing, reveal the shortcomings of the technology (especially on quick tracks and pans, where backgrounds tend not to read correctly). Nonetheless, there are a number of still lifes in the "film" that are the equal of anything in The Leopard or Barry Lyndon (but with much paler hues). The plot consists of not one but several interlocking tales about ill-fated love and abandoned children, and each is told in flashback. Structurally the movie resembles The Saragossa Manuscript, though with less whimsy and without recourse to supernatural explanations. Memory is the story's great theme. Of course, Ruiz has done an adaptation of Proust, but there were times during my viewing that I was reminded of that other masterwork on the subject, Once Upon a Time in America (especially when the camera lingers on clocks or the numerous doors). Even so, I was thunderstruck at the end when Ruiz, reaching for some kind of meta-literary statement to cap his work, virtually lifted the entire ending from Leone's film. Well, you should always steal from the best, so I can't really fault him for that. Ruiz has just died; however, I hear another of his films is on the way. The guy just can't stop!

The Devil's Double (2011) - 8/10. The story of Latif Yahia, the man who was forced to work as Uday Hussein's body double. The film does a good job of walking a fine line: Latif is used as the viewer's surrogate to witness--and recoil at--Uday's monstrous acts, without implicating Latif himself in those acts (the reason that Latif was able to observe so much is explained by Latif himself here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gX33JHoLTZk). Audience sympathies remain with Latif throughout, and things get particularly exciting when he finally makes his bid for freedom. The film was shot mostly in Malta (although LoA fans will note some footage from Jordan) and looks great. My only caveat is that director Lee Tamahori has--no doubt for dramatic reasons--re-ordered history and conflated some very-well-known events. SPOILER: WasLatifreallytheprincipaltriggermanonthe1996assassinationattemptonUday?Ohwell,itmakesforagreatfinalscene.SPOILER END

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