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« Reply #11580 on: February 23, 2013, 03:17:06 AM »

The opening of ToE is justly lauded; even better is the ending, with Welles drawing upon his experience in radio to create an audio-visual fusion of amazing power. Everything in between those two set pieces I find unbearable.

I love everything in between. Probably one of my 10 favourite movies.

Touch of Evil is a visual feast. I directly enjoy every shot in it. When I saw the longer version for the first time I recognized immediately the one or two scenes not shot by Welles cause of their ordinary look

Apart from the opening scene there are other mesmerizing long scenes done in one shot, and are done so much better than what Hitch did in Rope.

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« Reply #11581 on: February 23, 2013, 04:25:17 AM »

I love everything in between. Probably one of my 10 favourite movies.

Touch of Evil is a visual feast. I directly enjoy every shot in it.


Agreed pretty much.

Road House(1947) Ida Lupino as sort of a female Bogart in a bizarre road house 7/10 DVD has an entertaining commentary will review in depth later.

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« Reply #11582 on: February 23, 2013, 06:43:56 AM »

Is that the one where Lupino beats up Patrick Swayze?

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« Reply #11583 on: February 23, 2013, 03:58:36 PM »

Is that the one where Lupino beats up Patrick Swayze?

No Lupino comes between Richard Widmark and Cornel Wilde,  Wink

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« Reply #11584 on: February 23, 2013, 04:26:13 PM »

It's her way or the highway! Afro

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« Reply #11585 on: February 23, 2013, 05:42:25 PM »

- Taras Bulba (1962) - 2.5/5

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« Reply #11586 on: February 23, 2013, 10:49:08 PM »

LA Confidential

I enjoyed it.

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« Reply #11587 on: February 23, 2013, 10:58:16 PM »

LA Confidential

I enjoyed it.

that's very informative. I suppose that could mean the movie could rate anywhere from, say, a 7/10 - 10/10?   Wink

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« Reply #11588 on: February 24, 2013, 01:08:25 AM »

that's very informative. I suppose that could mean the movie could rate anywhere from, say, a 7/10 - 10/10?   Wink

Maybe a 6 or 7. I shouldn't have read the novel before watching the film.

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« Reply #11589 on: February 24, 2013, 04:01:43 AM »

The Champ (1979) 9/10

Have you ever seen a performance by a child actor that you can say was better than Ricky Schroder's here? Maybe there are a few that are as good, but none are better, IMO. Forget about child actor, this performance is one of the greatest you'll ever see in any movie, period.

If I have one criticism of this movie, it's the music during the closing moments. There's this big, sweeping score, which is appropriate for an epic, maybe a Western like The Big Country, as the camera is pulling back over a sweeping vista... As nice as the music may be, it's just not appropriate for the closing moments of this movie.

The boxing scenes here are really, really good.

I noticed this movie has a very low rating on imdb (currently 6.3/10), and then I saw that this is actually a remake of a 1931 movie with the same name, starring Wallace Beery (that one has a solid 7.1/10 rating). Generally, audiences are hostile to remakes of popular movies, and I wonder if that's why this movie has such a low rating. This is a damn good movie  Afro Afro

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« Reply #11590 on: February 24, 2013, 04:05:15 AM »

The Battle Of Algiers (1966) - 4/5 stars.

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« Reply #11591 on: February 24, 2013, 04:22:42 AM »

Just saw Double Indemnity for the second time, on TCM.

I liked it much better this time (though I still feel it could have been better if the narrator didn't tell you everything that would happen before you saw it. And that moment where Stanwyck says (paraphrasing), 'i didn't think so either.... until right now," is still bullshit. No fucking way. (The equivalent moment in Body Heat[/i -- where the girl says no matter what you think, I do love you -- works much better).
I still prefer Body Heat and The Postman Always Rings Twice, but I do believe Double Indemnity is a damn fine movie.

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« Reply #11592 on: February 24, 2013, 02:12:01 PM »

Reversal of Fortune - 8/10 - Solid legal drama focusing on Alan Dershowitz's attempts to exonerate Claus Von Bulow. Nothing terribly flashy but does a good job depicting a complicated case. Ace acting from Jeremy Irons, Glenn Close and Ron Silver.

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« Reply #11593 on: February 24, 2013, 04:24:47 PM »

Reversal of Fortune - 8/10 - Solid legal drama focusing on Alan Dershowitz's attempts to exonerate Claus Von Bulow. Nothing terribly flashy but does a good job depicting a complicated case. Ace acting from Jeremy Irons, Glenn Close and Ron Silver.

yes, very good movie. If there had never been an OJ Simpson, the von Bulos case would have been considered the trial of the century. A landmark case for law school classes, legal ethics classes, tv shows about murder cases, etc.
Sunny von Bulow just died in 2008, she was sadly in a vegetative state for all those years.


if you liked the movie, you may enjoy watching this 1986 interview Dershowitz did with Bryant Gumbel after the book was released (before the movie was made) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GA1vZSvDA0
 
Dershowitz is a very honest person; he is a brilliant lawyer without all the lawyerly bullshit; this is about as honest an interview as you will ever find a criminal defense attorney give about his client

Whether you agree with him as a lawyer, or his political opinions, etc. one things is certain about Dershowitz: he is one of the most brilliant human beings on planet Earth.

p.s. I saw him speak once at Fordham Law School, criticizing the Goldstone Report  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43sXmRlGSnk (I'm one of the guys in the corner, handing the microphone to people asking Dershowitz questions after his speech

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« Reply #11594 on: February 24, 2013, 05:17:56 PM »

Thanks for the videos drink. I watched the Dershowitz interview - really cool. Afro

As for the movie, I was pleasantly surprised how it handled the case. Granted it was from Dershowitz's POV, but it easily could have gone the "Claus was a rich bastard who got away with it" route. Certainly what reading I've done on the case slants that way. Well, Claus was/is a rich bastard but so was Sunny. And there's a perfectly plausible alternative theory which the movie shows (though doesn't explicitly endorse). It's a very difficult case but a fascinating one. I may try and track down Dershowitz's book between TEL readings.

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