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« #11475 : January 25, 2013, 05:33:06 AM »

Some Came Running (1958) 9/10

Performances here all top-notch: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Shirley MacLaine, Arthur Kennedy, Martha Hyer (the latter 3 were Oscar-nominated).
Shirley MacLaine's character is particularly wonderful: a dumb tramp, who knows she is dumb, but as sweet a person as you can find. It was played to absolute perfection.

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I did not like the ending, I didn't think it was appropriate for the story at all. I am sure that the marriage between Sinatra and MacLaine had no chance of ever working out; he woulda dumped her on her ass within a week, so I guess that in a crude way, her getting killed sort of took care of that for him. But it just didn't feel right, the tone of the film never felt like it was headed for murder, it canme out of nowhere, the movie suddenly does a complete 180 in the last three minutes, and leaves you feeling totally different than you felt for teh first 98% of it, I just didn't like that ending. No, I wasn't hoping for Sinatra and MacLaine to live happily ever after either, I don't think Sinatra was the sorta dude who would find peace that easily; maybe it could have ended with him leaving town alone on a Greyhound bus or something.

Also, something just didn't feel right about Sinatra's scenes with Hyer. Considering the kind of character he is, it just doesn't make sense that after meeting Hyer once, he really loves her, and runs after her in the way that he does, somehow, the scenes between Sinatra and Hyer don't seem to have been written that well.

Those are two criticisms I have of a movie that is otherwise a terrific watch. All the scenes filmed on location, there were just a few process shots during driving (which unfortunately is almost always the case).

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« #11476 : January 25, 2013, 03:06:20 PM »

Parker (2013) 6/10. Statham: same-o, same-o. J-Lo: even at her advanced age, oddly appealing. The Bald Guy from The Shield: Meh, not so much. With Patti Lupone as J-Lo's mom, and Bobby Cannavale (the reigning Prince of Broadway) as chopped liver. Oh yeah, there's an undead Nick Nolte wandering around somewhere in this too. OMG, I just watched a Taylor Hackford film!



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« #11477 : January 26, 2013, 11:03:19 PM »

A Soldier's Story (1984) 9/10

Just about every performance here was terrific  (including one by a very young, bespectacled, 9th-billed Denzel Washington)

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« #11478 : January 27, 2013, 03:53:17 PM »

The Naked City (1948) 3/10

An atrocious piece of crap, with the most annoying narration of any movie ever. This movie gets points only for its terrific use of NYC locations


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« #11479 : January 28, 2013, 04:08:03 AM »

The Naked City (1948) 3/10

An atrocious piece of crap, with the most annoying narration of any movie ever. This movie gets points only for its terrific use of NYC locations

You need to go review other Genre's  ::)


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« #11480 : January 28, 2013, 07:47:33 AM »

You need to go review other Genre's  ::)

I thought noir is not a genre but a style of crime drama  :P


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« #11481 : January 28, 2013, 08:39:05 AM »

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« #11482 : January 28, 2013, 08:49:30 PM »

The Bridges of Madison County (1995) 10/10


One of the greatest love stories ever told. Rick & Ilsa, Robert & Francesca......
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(I should point out that IMO the idea of someone's entire life being haunted or consumed by a love from 10, 20, 30 years in the past is purely cinematic (though well within the normal range of cinematic suspension of disbelief)
I haven't yet lived to that age that I can comment on it from personal experience, but I'd really be interested to know if there is someone that can say that he/she is still thoroughly consumed with love from a very brief encounter that took place several decades past.
I often do think about the ideas of life, passage of time, of regret, of dreams achieved or shattered, etc. And I've often wondered if people live with the sorts of regretful feelings depicted in Francesca's husband's deathbed apology that he couldn't fulfill all her dreams -- that is something I often wonder about, whether people look back on life in their senior years, with those sorts of serious regrets. And for me, the movie is as much about that very real fear as it is about the purely cinematic notion of a 4-day love affair consuming someone 30 years later).

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« #11483 : January 29, 2013, 01:49:02 AM »

The Bridges of Madison County (1995) 10/10


One of the greatest love stories ever told. Rick & Ilsa, Robert & Francesca......
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(I should point out that IMO the idea of someone's entire life being haunted or consumed by a love from 10, 20, 30 years in the past is purely cinematic (though well within the normal range of cinematic suspension of disbelief)
I haven't yet lived to that age that I can comment on it from personal experience, but I'd really be interested to know if there is someone that can say that he/she is still thoroughly consumed with love from a very brief encounter that took place several decades past.
I often do think about the ideas of life, passage of time, of regret, of dreams achieved or shattered, etc. And I've often wondered if people live with the sorts of regretful feelings depicted in Francesca's husband's deathbed apology that he couldn't fulfill all her dreams -- that is something I often wonder about, whether people look back on life in their senior years, with those sorts of serious regrets. And for me, the movie is as much about that very real fear as it is about the purely cinematic notion of a 4-day love affair consuming someone 30 years later).


10/10!  O0 O0 O0
Good job, now I want to watch it again.

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As you say, the film is as much about what you really do with your life as it is about a love affair. This is why the love story between Robert and Francesca can last so long: at least from her part, the love is also the symbol of the more fulfilling life she could have lived.
This thing about regrets is something that drives my life a lot. The short and the feature I'm working on right now are exactly about it: its about characters who want to "shine or die". To me, Fracnesca's husband apology at the end ranks wit hthe Tanhauser monologue from Blade Runner. They tell you and make you feel everything you need to know about life.

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« #11484 : January 29, 2013, 05:38:02 AM »

when her kids find the letters from Robert, one says "this is the last time I'll ever write you," we assume it means that he has been harassing her with letters and she has told him to fuck off. But later on, we hear Francesca's narration tell us that she never had any contact with Robert until she received that box with his letters after he died. Does that mean that he wrote all those letters to her but never mailed them, just instructed his lawyer to send them to Francesca after his death, and the "this is the last time I'll ever write you" is because he knew he was about to die?

or am I missing something there completely?


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« #11485 : January 29, 2013, 05:54:55 AM »

The Bridges of Madison County is probably the only film in the whole world that both me and my mom like equally.  :D


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« #11486 : January 29, 2013, 07:29:18 AM »

The Bridges of Madison County is probably the only film in the whole world that both me and my mom like equally.  :D

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funny you say that, I was thinking as I watched it, that if I have to watch a movie with a girl who likes chick flicks, this is one that I could watch that she and i would both love! (though usually, I can be very convincing, I don't have a problem getting the babes to watch my Leone movies with me  ;))


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« #11487 : January 29, 2013, 11:53:37 AM »

Life of Pi - Ang Lee 8/10

Rust and Bones - Jaques Audiard  8/10


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« #11488 : January 29, 2013, 12:04:45 PM »

Outcast of the Islands (1952) 6/10. Joseph Conrad as envisioned by Orson Welles (only its really Carol Reed). Starring Trevor Howard in a way I've never seen him before (i.e. in a perpetual rage). With odd support from Ralph Richardson, Wendy Hiller, and Robert Morley. Playing with Morely is his real-life five-year-old daughter; the family resemblence is really disturbing!

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« #11489 : January 29, 2013, 01:23:40 PM »

How on Earth did you see it?



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