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« Reply #11445 on: January 18, 2013, 05:19:20 PM »

All That Jazz - 5/5
Masterful.

Life of Pi - 2.5/5
An interesting middle act but overall not my kind of film personally. Impressive work, though.

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« Reply #11446 on: January 18, 2013, 08:32:42 PM »

Death in Venice - 7/10 - Composer Dirk Bogarde vacations in 1900s Venice, falls for a teenaged boy, and frets about cholera. Luchino Visconti drapes this Thomas Mann adaptation in gorgeous scenery, period detail, languorous pacing and Mahler music, delivering a sumptuous sensory experience. It's certainly not boring. But all the portentous artistry serves a simple plot: a closeted gay tortures himself before "coming out." The half-baked musings about art and mortality don't add up to much, forcing Bogarde to carry the movie. A beautiful film, if only it were about something.

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« Reply #11447 on: January 19, 2013, 11:12:29 AM »

Les Miserables - 3/5
I surprisingly enjoyed the movie more than I expected, despite dragging final 25 minutes and some really poor vocal work (wtf Russel Crowe?). The true sore thumb of Les Mis however is Tom Hooper's direction. It seemed to me that everyone involved in the film truly wanted to make a great film, but Hooper just held them back. He is a director void of style, who so clearly wants to be an auteur that he forces horribly distracting camera gimmicks throughout the entire 2 1/2 hours. Les Mis would've been far better off with no style rather than Hooper tarnishing it by 'wanting to be a true director'.

But anyways, much better than Kings Speech and overall entertaining enough to somewhat ignore the Oscar-baity shit.

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« Reply #11448 on: January 19, 2013, 11:25:17 AM »

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« Reply #11449 on: January 19, 2013, 12:35:13 PM »

Witness for the Prosecution (1957) - 5 to 6 out of 10

I still remember how impressed I was when I first saw this. I must have been 12 or something. Now I just wish I never watched it again.

It's draggy, unimaginative and annoyingly silly, most of the time, while the ending is just embarrassing. Is there anyone that actually bought it? I hope not.

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« Reply #11450 on: January 19, 2013, 12:49:59 PM »

Titoli liked that one right?

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« Reply #11451 on: January 19, 2013, 05:00:30 PM »

Witness for the Prosecution (1957) - 5 to 6 out of 10

I still remember how impressed I was when I first saw this. I must have been 12 or something. Now I just wish I never watched it again.

It's draggy, unimaginative and annoyingly silly, most of the time, while the ending is just embarrassing. Is there anyone that actually bought it? I hope not.

I only saw it once and enjoyed it, but it's the kind of movie I assume can only be really enjoyed once; the movie rests on a plot that surprises, once you know who dun it and there are no surprises anymore, there's probably no fun in watching

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« Reply #11452 on: January 19, 2013, 07:56:10 PM »

Zero Dark Thirty - 8/10 - An impressively detailed thriller about the manhunt for Osama Bin Laden. I believe this project was in production before Abbotabad; that film might have been a spy version of Zodiac, with Jessica Chastain's CIA analyst obsessed with an uncatchable target. Indeed, the final SEAL raid plays almost like a standalone set piece tacked onto the existing script. (But what a set piece!) Even so it's a compelling mix of spy film and character study, absorbing from the very first frame. Most commendably, Bigelow avoids editorializing on hot button issues (torture etc.), allowing events to speak for themselves. Chastain is incredible: smart, single-minded, self-confident but worn down by her obsession. Good character roles for Jason Clarke, Mark Strong and James Gandolfini among others. Highly recommended.

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« Reply #11453 on: January 19, 2013, 08:31:52 PM »

Moonrise Kingdom - 7/10
Was a truly great film on my first viewing, but on repeat viewings I've come to realize how annoying and distracting Wes Anderson's overly quirky style is. If he could tone down is absurdity to the way it was for Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, or even Royal Tenenbaums - this could be brilliant.

A Prairie Home Companion - 8/10
A perfect 'farewell letter' from the world's greatest dead filmmaker, Robert Altman. It has it's faults here and there but it's thematically brilliant for a legend like Altman to go out with.

Combination of wisdom teeth extraction and college still being out for winter break has lead to me watching a sickeningly high number of movies.

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« Reply #11454 on: January 20, 2013, 01:10:23 AM »

Bob le Flambeur 8/10

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IMO the narration is completely unnecessary here; and unnecessary narration reduces some of the tension and drama. Just like any other element in a movie, narration is something that should have a real purpose, when done right it can be great, but when used poorly it can suck, if not ruin a movie. It certainly does not ruin this movie, but at the very least is adds nothing at all; there is almost no information that the narrator tells us that couldn't have been "told" to us by watching the movie.

so, eg. when, on the morning of the heist, Bob starts gambling and winning, it's certainly a great moment: (the viewer is thinking "he's winning big, maybe he'll just ditch the heist, etc.?") and when the narrator cuts in with some completely needless statements, it just ruins a lot of the tension. As a viewer, I feel tension from watching a tense situation; I do not feel any tension from hearing some voice-over tell me something.

This is a very good movie, but the narration is my one criticism.

btw, for those of you who like pointing out movie "mistakes": on the night that Paolo goes to kill Marc (I don't remember if it's just before or just after he's shot him), there's one shot of Paolo walking through the streets, and you clearly see on the side of the image that there is a huge crowd of people standing around and just watching him; there's nothing in the movie to justify it; it's obvious that they just show this movie on some big street, and a crowd gathered to watch

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« Reply #11455 on: January 20, 2013, 12:15:52 PM »

Sapphire - 8/10 - A mixed race girl is murdered in London. Police find a plethora of suspects and unhelpful witnesses obfuscating their investigation. Basil Dearden's first foray into socially relevant film making holds up surprisingly well. Dearden does provide irritating position speeches: Nigel Patrick's detective explaining to his partner why racism is bad comes off about as well as Crossfire's lecture on anti-Semitism. But the central mystery is interesting enough that the film holds up as a whodunnit, its characters mostly free of stereotyping or easy strawmen.

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« Reply #11456 on: January 20, 2013, 05:36:59 PM »

Killing Them Softly - 1/5
Dull characterization, awful dialogue, overly blatant political message (at least it's aware of its blatancy. It's not at all trying to be subtle, but still annoying). A piss poor followup to Dominick's masterpiece Assassination of Jesse James. Also, happy songs as antithesis to violent scenes isn't stylistic anymore - it just screams "i'm a film school fucking faggot". I can't count how many times this was pulled in KTS.

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« Reply #11457 on: January 21, 2013, 04:07:21 PM »

Just saw I Died A Thousand Times (1955) Fourteen years after having major success with High Sierra, the movie that made Bogie a star, Warner Brothers does a remake, in CinemaScope and Warner Color, with Jack Palance and Shelley Winters, with Earl Holliman and Lee Marvin playing the two younger criminals. (The Marvin character is supposed to be scared of Holliman; are you fucking kidding me? Lee Marvin scared of Earl Holliman? Please) Holliman is awful as usual.

This movie made me laugh from just how ridiculous the concept is. The second half gets better than the first, after the casino robbery I actually began really enjoying the movie  (maybe cuz by then I was over the shock of realizing they were remaking the Bogie movie, or maybe just cuz Holliman and Marvin are out of the way). Shelly Winters, I don't know how she ever had a job in Hollywood, let alone major starring role after major starring role; she is painful to watch.

This one gets no more than a 6/10; it only gets that high on the strength of the later scenes.

The only think I enjoyed in the first half of the movie: Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez, who also plays the Mexican in Rio Bravo

I noticed several times when the camera pans, the image takes on a certain "circular" look; I guess that is an effect of the anamorphic lens?

From this era, you don't see many crime movies in color, I think most of the heist/gangster movies in 1955 were still in black and white. So it's interesting to see the color footage from the era. eg. the gas station, with the red and yellow pumps, I don't think I have ever seen that before. The town, from where Roy Earle makes his escape to the mountains, is a beautiful town right in the shadow of those mountains (what range is that? -- it's NOT the Sierras)

And there is a great car chase at the end

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« Reply #11458 on: January 21, 2013, 06:28:49 PM »

Beasts of the Southern Wild - 7.5/10
I liked it

Heaven's Gate - 8/10
A flawed epic. Incredibly huge in scale but lacking in depth due to some pretty dull characters and a mundane romance. I'm a sucker for amazing visuals, and this film has some of the best - so my rating's probably a bit higher than it should be. Regardless, it's a highly underrated epic tarnished by it's financial history. It's a pretty good movie about a generally dull guy who never really finds love and then dies at some point in history.

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« Reply #11459 on: January 22, 2013, 11:53:36 AM »

The Big Knife (1955) 9/10

this movie has the greatest Jack Palance performance I've seen yet. Ida Lupino is incredible as well. Rod Steiger is hilariously awesome as a bleach-blonde nutjob of a Hollywood studio chief

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