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« Reply #11040 on: October 24, 2012, 06:56:08 AM »

Gone in 60 Seconds (1974) 8/10. First Blu-ray viewing of the ultimate car chase movie. There's a vague attempt at a plot--car thieves have to boost a whole bunch of pricey rides for export in a limited amouint of time--but that is little more than an excuse on which to hang the 40 minutes of hot pursuit that ends the film. Viewers are also afforded extensive looks at the roads around Long Beach, Carson, and Torrance, CA. It's a shame this film no longer has its original music, but the effects track seems authentic.

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« Reply #11041 on: October 24, 2012, 08:46:16 PM »

Argo - 7-8/10 - Very enjoyable thriller. Ben Affleck proves again he's a far better director than actor. Very funny first half, suitably intense second hour. Pitch perfect supporting cast with props to Bryan Cranston and Alan Arkin. Worth a look.

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« Reply #11042 on: October 24, 2012, 10:40:43 PM »

Argo - 7-8/10 - Very enjoyable thriller. Ben Affleck proves again he's a far better director than actor. Very funny first half, suitably intense second hour. Pitch perfect supporting cast with props to Bryan Cranston and Alan Arkin. Worth a look.

Just saw the movie tonight, at my favorite AMC on 34th street. It gets a 9/10 in my book.

I disagree with your belief in Affleck as an actor; I think he was wonderful here, as was the rest of the cast. But I am certainly in agreement that this movie was directed spectacularly. I love the documentary-style cinematography, and I cannot possibly say enough good things about the editing. With so many tense moments happening simultaneously in Washington, California, and Tehran, the cutting of these scenes was absolutely brilliant.



I guess you could make the argument that the minor scene at the end with Affleck and his ex-wife and son, was pointless. So many movies throw in a useless family sub-plot, and often it's just to make it seem like there's some sexiness to the movie/and or and maybe get some famous chick's name on the credits (eg. Robin Wright in Moneyball). That certainly wasn't the case here; that scene was rather useless. But anyway, no big deal, it certainly wasn't terrible. When all you can say negatively about a movie is that one small scene was needless, that's a damn good movie  Smiley

I see that the movie currently holds an incredibly high 8.4/10 rating on IMDB.

This will definitely create some Oscar buzz. (Of course, with the Academy's recent decision to nominate 10 films for Best Picture, that nomination has now been rendered meaningless; all it's useful for is to show that any movie that is NOT nominated for that award must be really awful). But I think this movie will make some noise come awards season

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« Reply #11043 on: October 25, 2012, 04:26:44 AM »

I guess you could make the argument that the minor scene at the end with Affleck and his ex-wife and son, was pointless. So many movies throw in a useless family sub-plot, and often it's just to make it seem like there's some sexiness to the movie/and or and maybe get some famous chick's name on the credits (eg. Robin Wright in Moneyball). That certainly wasn't the case here; that scene was rather useless.

After The Town we can assume mawkishness is Affleck's auteur touch.

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« Reply #11044 on: October 25, 2012, 07:58:33 AM »

After The Town we can assume mawkishness is Affleck's auteur touch.
But which version of The Town are you referring to? The one where Affleck's character lives, or the one where he dies?

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« Reply #11045 on: October 25, 2012, 08:55:28 AM »

But which version of The Town are you referring to? The one where Affleck's character lives, or the one where he dies?

Whichever was in theaters. I really don't think Affleck's death would improve things though, it would just point up the already overbearing Heat similarities.

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« Reply #11046 on: October 26, 2012, 01:05:29 PM »

Cloud Atlas: The IMAX Experience (2012) 6/10. A bunch of different stories (but really all the same story, wink, wink) are intercut together. The stories all have characters played by actors who appear in each of the other stories (because no one ever really dies, wink, wink). None of the stories is very interesting by itself, but proceeding as they do, in fits and starts, a certain amount of interest is generated from their overlap. And of course, all the climaxes are arrived at concurrently, so when we get to that part of the film we move from cliffhanger to cliffhanger to cliffhanger. For the record, the stories are: a) a Seafaring Tale b) The Matrix: Re-Asianed c) a lame Star Trek episode d) One Flew Over the Cockney's Nest e) Silkwood meets a Grisham thriller f) a faux E.M. Forster story. The film's attempt at profundity ("We do not belong to ourselves . . . ") is rather embarassing, but you can almost ignore it (except during the distended conclusion). There's a bit of fun during the end credits when each of the central cast members are shown in all their various roles, and you can score yourself to see if you recognized all the actors each time (I missed several). Of course, there's no reason to see this film exept in IMAX; otherwise, the experience won't be suitably . . . immersive.

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« Reply #11047 on: October 28, 2012, 07:23:37 AM »

Deep Red - 9/10 - 2nd viewing. Hitchcock meets Antonioni in Argento's best slasher movie. Lots of stylish gore, bizarre sexual politics and more humor than I remembered. It's a shame the restored 20 minutes aren't in English; it's jarring when occasional scenes slip into Italian.

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« Reply #11048 on: October 28, 2012, 01:10:08 PM »


On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) 7/10. First Blu-ray viewing. Ernst Stavro . . . Savalas? That bit of miscasting aside, there's plenty to like in this film--Diana Rigg, George Lazy-Bee, alpine skiing, Diana Rigg, the best score of the series, Diana Rigg. Perhaps it goes on a little too long. Well, character development (Bond's) was on the cards this time, and that always requires extra time.
Savant has a very thorough piece on the film and the blu-ray, here: http://www.dvdtalk.com/dvdsavant/s4017serv.html

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« Reply #11049 on: October 28, 2012, 04:14:07 PM »

Tomorrow Is Another Day (1951) nice entertaining noir - Director: Felix E. Feist with Ruth Roman and Steve Cochran 7/10

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« Reply #11050 on: October 28, 2012, 07:24:35 PM »

Tomorrow Is Another Day (1951) nice entertaining noir - Director: Felix E. Feist with Ruth Roman and Steve Cochran 7/10

Ruth Roman is a sweetie  Smiley

p.s. it must have been real good if it deserved a capitalized thread title  Wink

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« Reply #11051 on: October 28, 2012, 07:50:30 PM »

Ruth Roman is a sweetie  Smiley

p.s. it must have been real good if it deserved a capitalized thread title  Wink
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« Reply #11052 on: October 28, 2012, 07:59:52 PM »

fixed  Afro

hey, I wasn't correcting you! Just commenting. You are the boss; (especially when it comes to noir  Wink)

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« Reply #11053 on: October 30, 2012, 02:10:22 PM »

clips of Monterey pop audience interspersed which came out the same year, '68.      
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« Reply #11054 on: October 31, 2012, 08:10:26 AM »

Looper (2012) 5/10. In the end, little more than a re-run of Witness, but with a time-travel gimmick. Apparently, though, the time travelling paradoxes weren't sufficiently interesting, so the filmmakers felt the need to add some gratuitous PK (psycho-kenesis). There's also some creepy violence directed at children that isn't handled well. And what's with casting Willis and then not giving him any funny lines to toss out?

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