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« Reply #10710 on: July 09, 2012, 08:02:58 PM »

The Hollow Crown: Henry IV Part 1

7/10

Well, Richard II was much better. This play is a typical middle part, with a great big "to be continued" stamp. And it's half comedy. There were some foreshadowing moments but generally, it's falling apart. Hope the second part has a better plot.
Also, King Henry himself barely had screentime. Falstaff stole the show and I don't like him much. Prince Hal is of course Hiddles, which means beautiful and his voice is made for reciting Shakespeare. Can't wait to get more of him.

The battle looked great, dirty and gritty, no gallant stuff here.

I don't really get Hotspur's problem. So he's a rebellious lad who randomly wants to pwn the King because why not? Someone should really slap him.

Also, where did the last play's lords go? Even the younger ones vanished. Did the King get rid of them all?

Which version was this?

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« Reply #10711 on: July 09, 2012, 10:00:04 PM »

A Face in the Crowd (1957)

For some reason I am having a big internal debate on how to rate this; I'm gonna go with an 8/10, though I couldn't argue if you went higher. (It takes guts to rate films, unlike certain  people cough-cough who start a rating system and then run away from it!)

Somehow, I felt there was something missing in Andy Griffith's performance. Patricia Neal was perfect in her role, although I'm not sure how convincing it is that her character would fall that hard for Griffith's; but maybe that's just because we see Griffith from a more objective perspective than does Neal (which is always the case when someone is in love). This movie was definitely an inspiration for Network (1976), and both movies perhaps seek to do too much at once. (And IMO, AFITC was probably influenced somewhat by the previous year's Giant, specifically for the scene where Griffith is speaking to an empty audience....Matthau is terrific as always. and I simply must re-emphasize how spectacular Neal was...

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Yeah, the the rags-to-riches-to-arrogance-to-insanity plotline is probably one of the most familiar in Hollywood. But doing something doesn't always equal doing it well, and this one was done well. Despite some possible contrived-ness, this is a very enjoyable watch.

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« Reply #10712 on: July 10, 2012, 02:25:36 AM »

A Face in the Crowd (1957)

For some reason I am having a big internal debate on how to rate this; I'm gonna go with an 8/10, though I couldn't argue if you went higher. (It takes guts to rate films, unlike certain  people cough-cough who start a rating system and then run away from it!)

Somehow, I felt there was something missing in Andy Griffith's performance. Patricia Neal was perfect in her role, although I'm not sure how convincing it is that her character would fall that hard for Griffith's; but maybe that's just because we see Griffith from a more objective perspective than does Neal (which is always the case when someone is in love). This movie was definitely an inspiration for Network (1976), and both movies perhaps seek to do too much at once. (And IMO, AFITC was probably influenced somewhat by the previous year's Giant, specifically for the scene where Griffith is speaking to an empty audience....Matthau is terrific as always. and I simply must re-emphasize how spectacular Neal was...

SPOILER ALERT

Yeah, the the rags-to-riches-to-arrogance-to-insanity plotline is probably one of the most familiar in Hollywood. But doing something doesn't always equal doing it well, and this one was done well. Despite some possible contrived-ness, this is a very enjoyable watch.

Its one I consider a Near Noir, I believe its based somewhat on early radio/TV personality Aurthur Godfrey : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Godfrey

Any way you forgot to mention it was Lee Remick's debut film, but the rating is spot on.

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« Reply #10713 on: July 10, 2012, 06:11:59 AM »

Its one I consider a Near Noir, I believe its based somewhat on early radio/TV personality Aurthur Godfrey : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Godfrey

Any way you forgot to mention it was Lee Remick's debut film, but the rating is spot on.

I guess you can consider Griffith similar to a noir character (a basically good guy who gets caught up in something and becomes bad), but there is no noir stylistics, and this is not a crime drama!

I was not aware that it was Remick's first film. I've always loved her, the most distinct eyes in Hollywood history! She'll always be remembered as THE PANTIES GIRL from Anatomy of a Murder -- wtf was that word considered so funny, with the whole courtroom laughing like little children? (and btw those panties from the 50's were bigger than the basketball shorts of the time!)

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« Reply #10714 on: July 10, 2012, 07:28:31 AM »

Groggy: the most recent, it's on BBC right now. They made a tetralogy with Richard II, Henry IV 1-2. and Henry V. Every Saturday. Good stuff. The best British actors are almost all in, which, naturally, means half the adult cast of HP/Game of Thrones. Cheesy


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« Reply #10715 on: July 10, 2012, 10:07:09 AM »

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« Reply #10716 on: July 10, 2012, 03:20:46 PM »

Kings of the Road
Unlike The American Friend (ZZzzzzz), a much closer step toward the greatness of Wenders' Wings of Desire and Paris, Texas. Although I think it could benefit from a slightly more conventional structure (don't ask me how, because I have no idea), it's a criminally under-seen film.
This came out before The American Friend, so if Kings of the Road is a step toward the films you mention, then the path goes through TAF also. It also goes through The State of Things (1982), which you should see if you haven't already.

I don't understand why you don't like TAF. The train killings alone are worth the price of admission.

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« Reply #10717 on: July 10, 2012, 08:41:54 PM »

This came out before The American Friend, so if Kings of the Road is a step toward the films you mention, then the path goes through TAF also. It also goes through The State of Things (1982), which you should see if you haven't already.

I don't understand why you don't like TAF. The train killings alone are worth the price of admission.
I mean quality-wise (IMO), not chronologically. The State of Things and Alice in the Cities will be my next two I want to check out. I'm also interested in Pina considering its his most recent work and I've heard so many great things.

The American Friend just bored the shit out of me after a while. Granted, a second viewing is definitely necessary now that I have an understanding of what to expect out of it. The same goes for Kings of the Road, which I'm sure I missed a lot of its meaning on my first viewing.

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« Reply #10718 on: July 11, 2012, 09:48:10 AM »

Flowers of War (2011) - 6/10. During the Rape of Nanjing, Chinese convent girls are menaced by Imperial Japanese soldiers. Christian Bale, as a phony priest, and a stable of hookers--the "flowers"--help the girls out. Such a simple tale should have been quickly told, but Zhang Yimou takes a cinematic eternity (146 minutes). No doubt he wanted to give all the new talent on display a chance to spread their, er, petals and be recognized. (Zhang is a great one for female star-making). I liked the way he handled the three languages in the picture: the Chinese speak Chinese amongst themselves, the Japanese Japanese; both groups use English when talking to Bale and sometimes when the Chinese speak to the Japanese. Everybody's English knowledge is a little too good for 1937--and Bale sounds like he arrived in Nanjing from 2012--but it was a refreshing way to stay true to the polyglot realities of the situation and still get the story across.

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« Reply #10719 on: July 11, 2012, 08:13:53 PM »

All Night Long (1962) - 7/10 - Othello, Jazz style: drummer Patrick McGoohan wants to start his own band, and tries to break up leader Paul Harris and singer Marti Stevens for his own purposes. Compact, claustrophobic little drama that doesn't take its Shakespeare plot the whole way. Jazz fans will get a kick out of the score, not to mention cameos by David Brubeck, Keith Christie, Tubby Hayes and others.

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« Reply #10720 on: July 13, 2012, 03:57:57 PM »

All Night Long (1962) - 7/10 - Othello, Jazz style: drummer Patrick McGoohan wants to start his own band, and tries to break up leader Paul Harris and singer Marti Stevens for his own purposes. Compact, claustrophobic little drama that doesn't take its Shakespeare plot the whole way. Jazz fans will get a kick out of the score, not to mention cameos by David Brubeck, Keith Christie, Tubby Hayes and others.

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« Reply #10721 on: July 13, 2012, 06:44:05 PM »

Screaming Mimi (1958) 5/10 a watered down version of the book regardless of having Anita Ekberg and Gypsy Rose Lee in the cast.

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« Reply #10722 on: July 13, 2012, 09:15:46 PM »

Safe House - 6/10 - A poor man's Three Days of the Condor, a spy flick where nobody/nothing is at it seems etc. Not bad, just predictable.

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« Reply #10723 on: July 14, 2012, 07:55:13 PM »

Safe House - 6/10 - A poor man's Three Days of the Condor, a spy flick where nobody/nothing is at it seems etc. Not bad, just predictable.

I saw this in the theater. I give it about the same rating. Starts out interesting, seems like great potential, but I liked it less as time went on. Gets a bit ludicrous at times, like the idea that the young CIA guy would actually be expected to go to a soccer stadium with Denzel. Also, while I loved the editing of the opening shootout in the big square, I hated the editing of all the action sequences after that; gave me a headache.

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« Reply #10724 on: July 15, 2012, 08:28:42 AM »

You're right. Every twist was bleeding obvious (anyone not guess one of the three bigwigs was a traitor?) and that Ryan and Denzel would bond as the story went along? All the crap with Reynolds' girlfriend was a bit much, too, especially the "happy" ending.

The style didn't bother me if only because I've become innured to it. But yeah, shaky cam *and* lens flairs was a bit much.

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