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« Reply #11535 on: February 08, 2013, 01:26:59 AM »

ON DANGEROUS GROUND (1952) 4/10
The minute this movie left the city and went to the country, it went from being a good movie to a piece of total crap.

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« Reply #11536 on: February 08, 2013, 02:37:23 AM »

It's more a decent movie from an okay director.

Penn's career was uneven and should have brought me some more masterpieces, but he was very important in his days (form 58 to 76, especially from 67 to 71), but is now imo a highly underrated director.

His films were and are much more interesting than films from Lumet, Pakula, Schaffner and many other well known directors of the 60s and 70s.

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« Reply #11537 on: February 08, 2013, 04:30:59 AM »

I can't think of a Penn film I'd consider great. I can think of at least one I consider terrible (The Chase). Important is a nebulous distinction. Certainly Bonnie and Clyde was highly influential. So was The Jazz Singer. That doesn't in and of itself make a good movie.

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« Reply #11538 on: February 08, 2013, 06:38:14 AM »

I WAKE UP SCREAMING (1941) 7/10
one of the earliest films noir, there is a very good commentary by Eddie Muller detailing how this is one of the earliest noirs, THE MALTESE FALCON was released a short time earlier
Both films were in production at roughly the same time, therefore, developed their "noir aesthetics" (if you will) independently of each other.

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« Reply #11539 on: February 08, 2013, 06:59:14 AM »

Side Effects (2013) - 8/10. This starts out being one film--about a woman on medication for depression--and then transitions into something resembling a Law And Order episode (a very, very good L&O episode, mind). The outstanding cast is led by Hey-Jude Law and Looney Mara, with Tanning Chatum and a very reptilian Catherine Zeta-Jones. The performances in this film are astounding. Even the guys who show up for a bit in a single scene are phenomenal. The writing is very good, the characters are credible, they do and say things you can actually believe. That is, until the end, when things get a bit fantastic. Also, the denouement is rather too pat. Nonetheless, I found the film from start to last engrossing. I guess this is Soderbergh's cinematic swan song--he's graduated to TV.

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« Reply #11540 on: February 09, 2013, 08:49:46 AM »

A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe - 6/10 - Sequel in-name-only to My Name is Nobody. The first half-hour is excellent: the Leone-shot opening, Hill's trick duel with Klaus Kinski, both scenes funny and well-shot. Unfortunately the movie loses its way, playing like a silly riff on The Sting. Beautifully shot but things grow too goofy and convoluted, with silly gags repeated once too often. Attempts by Damiani to add political commentary ("We're not ordinary people - we're Americans!") feel forced. Terence Hill is likeable as always; Robert Charlebois and Miou Miou irritating; Patrick McGoohan's presence is inexplicable. Nice Morricone score.

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« Reply #11541 on: February 09, 2013, 03:16:00 PM »

Experiment in Terror (1962) 7/10. First Blu-ray viewing. Lee Remick plays a San Francisco bank teller who lives with her 16-year-old sister (Stefanie Powers). Coming home one evening she is assaulted from behind in her garage. She never sees the man, but he tells her in a wheezing voice he has chosen her to help him steal from her bank. If she refuses to cooperate he'll kill her, or her sister, or both of them. He seems to know a good deal about her life. Naturally, he tells her, no cops. He leaves and Remick goes into her house and immediately phones the FBI [yeah!]. She's routed to Agent Glenn Ford who gets little more than her name before they're cut off. The bad guy has anticipated Remick's move and has come back [yeah!]. He tells her he's allowed her this one mistake--she'd better follow instructions from now on or else! He leaves again and now Remick isn't so hot to try calling a second time. Still, she's thinking about it, and she's sitting in front of the phone when it rings. It's Ford, he's figured out where she lives and he's on the case. Remick is worried she's being overheard/observed and pretends the call is from a co-worker about a trivial matter. Ford teases out what info he can and arranges to meet Remick the next day. He also has her house put under surveillance. And that's the first 10 minutes of the movie.

Essentially a police procedural, the film moves at a quick clip that never lets up. Remick and Ford are good, but the real star of the film is the city of San Francisco, an SF that pretty much no longer exists. The beautiful widescreen black-and-white photography is well served on this new disc from Twilight Time. The excellent score by Henry Mancini is available as an isolated track.

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« Reply #11542 on: February 09, 2013, 03:58:54 PM »

Caught the very end of it on TCM once it looked good  Afro

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« Reply #11543 on: February 10, 2013, 02:51:06 PM »

Run, Man, Run! - 8/10 - See appropriate thread.

Le Circle Rouge - 8/10 - Count Tancredi teams up with El Indio and er, the guy from Z to rob a jewelry store. More of the same from Melville: sparse plot and dialogue, elliptical characters, intricate scheming, oodles of style. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

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« Reply #11544 on: February 10, 2013, 07:13:51 PM »


Le Circle Rouge - 8/10 - Count Tancredi teams up with El Indio and er, the guy from Z to rob a jewelry store. More of the same from Melville: sparse plot and dialogue, elliptical characters, intricate scheming, oodles of style. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

doesn't Le Cercle Rouge feel like a ripoff of Rififi? (I agree with the 9/10 rating; and I liked this one better than Rififi; maybe cuz I saw it first so Rififi didn't feel like anything new!)

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« Reply #11545 on: February 10, 2013, 08:46:22 PM »

Breezy (1973) 8.5/10

I've long believed that when a film is done right and acted well, it can be great fun even when a film's plot is formulaic, familiar, cliched, etc. This is just another example. The acting here is terrific, in this the third feature directed by Clint Eastwood. (My only complaint on the movie is the ridiculous hospital scene).

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« Reply #11546 on: February 11, 2013, 04:38:06 AM »

Romanzo criminale (2005) Director: Michele Placido, with Kim Rossi Stuart, Anna Mouglalis,  Pierfrancesco Favino, Claudio Santamaria, Stefano Accorsi, Riccardo Scamarcio,  Jasmine Trinca, Toni Bertorelli, Luigi Angelillo,  Antonello Fassari, and Elio Germano. A sweeping 70's era chroical of the rise of a gang of boys into Romes underworld.

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Italy, the 1970s, in the grip of molded politics, corruption and the mafia. A small circle of friends grows up in Rome and decides to use their skills and connections with organized crime and specialists to carve out their own share. Thus Il Freddo, Libano and Il Dandi builds up a rogue crime empire. Commissario Scialoja however gives chase, successfully once he can play on the breakdown of their loyalty, especially from Patrizia 'Cinzia'. Written by KGF Vissers

A Tale We Know, 18 May 2006

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Author: FcPoliFan from Timisoara, Romania

It's not that "Romanzo criminale" is a bad movie. It's only a movie we've seen so many times (from the Godfather to Once Upon a Time in America) done so much better.

Storywise, although it is of Italian origin, "Romanzo" is as bland as any new mafia movie, dealing with revenge, honor and family. The script is rather tedious too, with very few moments of sparkle, and even though the movie looks good, it only starts to feel like a watchable movie in its last quarter. And as if it weren't enough that the film is mediocre, it also bears resemblance to an odyssey if we are to consider its playing time and the way I, as a viewer, interpreted it.

The one interesting aspect is related to the political facet of the mafia, and especially to the situation before the fall of the communist regimes. But this definitely doesn't make up for the weak plot. All there is...is a series of events, linked to one another, sprinkled with love but far too hollow to transcend. Sadly.



Interesting, but covered a lot of already familiar territory (OUTIA) 6.5/10 in Italian with English subtitles.


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« Reply #11547 on: February 11, 2013, 06:13:25 PM »

Farewell, My Lovely (1975) 7.5/10

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« Reply #11548 on: February 12, 2013, 12:42:24 AM »

Seven Thieves (1960) 8/10

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« Reply #11549 on: February 12, 2013, 08:32:37 PM »

A Bullet for the General - 7/10 - 2nd viewing. I saw this movie years ago and hated it. Watching it again I found a lot to like, especially the Volonte-Castel buddy dynamic, the score and especially the action scenes. The obnoxious Marxist posturing (and the slow second act) still sticks in my craw but I'm able to (mostly) look past it.

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