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« Reply #12150 on: June 14, 2013, 05:46:12 PM »

Nora Prentiss womans noir 6/10


I agree, just saw Nora Prentiss, it's shitty movie, that's about the rating I'd give it.


Also just saw The Harder They Fall (1956), Bogie's last movie. also with Rod Steiger and Jan Sterling, and with real-life heavyweight champions jersey Joe Walcott and Max Baer. A very good movie 8.5/10.

The movie is loosely based on the life of Primo Carnera, whom some Italian mafia guys plucked out of a circus and built him up as a boxing sensation, rumored to have largely been accomplished by fixing fights in his favor.

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But when he finally reached the heavyweight championship, that couldn't be fixed, and he got beaten. The man who beat him was.... Max Baer, who plays the same role in the movie. Then, when it came time for Baer to defend his belt, he lost it... to James J. Braddock, subject of the movie Cinderella Man.

btw, Baer in real life killed a man in the ring. Baer was a good man, and this incident haunted him terribly for the rest of his life. I am really surprised he agreed to make a movie which involves a man dying in the ring - not only that, but Baer's character actually boasts about it and tries to make sure he gets the "credit" for it. Anyway, it was cool to see Baer and Walcott.
Walcott in real life had lost a championship bout to Joe Louis, in one of the most controversial decisions in boxing history - watch this video at 8:30 as the crowd boos the decision http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gB09VEEZvM


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« Reply #12151 on: June 14, 2013, 06:31:21 PM »

Man of Steel (2013) 4/10. CGI crap, CGI crap, Zack Snyder, CGI crap, Hans Zimmer, really crappy CGI crap. Oh well, at least I got to see it in IMAX 2D.

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« Reply #12152 on: June 14, 2013, 06:55:34 PM »

Speaking for Superman:

http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/61198/man-of-steel-3d/

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« Reply #12153 on: June 15, 2013, 02:35:36 AM »

Well, just like FoD wasn't the first italian western, it was still the big trend setter.

It wasn't the first, but it felt like the first. And it was the real starting point.

But Chabrol's first two films are New Wave classics, even if now less important than 400 Blows and Breathless. Rohmer made also his feature debut in 1995. And there were a lot of short films by the Cahiers gang. Malle's films and Resnais' Hiroshima mon amour (1959) were also very influential.

The New Wave was an explosion of talents.

The SW was an explosion of copycats.

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« Reply #12154 on: June 15, 2013, 02:39:03 AM »

It wasn't the first, but it felt like the first. And it was the real starting point.

But Chabrol's first two films are New Wave classics, even if now less important than 400 Blows and Breathless. Rohmer made also his feature debut in 1995. And there were a lot of short films by the Cahiers gang. Malle's films and Resnais' Hiroshima mon amour (1959) were also very influential.
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« Reply #12155 on: June 15, 2013, 02:51:22 AM »

Man of Steel 3D

Saw it yesterday.  It sounds a bit trivial but the first thing I noticed was how prominent Amy Adams's nose looked.  Porn must be great in 3D.  I'm not sure how well the 3D in the movie is implemented.  Some of the sequences looked blurred to me - reminded me of shaky cam but shaky cam in 3D which looks even worse.  I thought the movie was pretty average but the woman I was with thought Henry Cavill was hot.  Tipped for the next James Bond.  Good supporting cast Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire), Russell Crowe and Kevin Costner.  7/10

  

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« Reply #12156 on: June 15, 2013, 01:47:01 PM »

Man of Steel 3D

Saw it yesterday.  It sounds a bit trivial but the first thing I noticed was how prominent Amy Adams's nose looked.   
Yeah, that occurred to me too. What a beak! And I saw it in 2D.

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« Reply #12157 on: June 15, 2013, 02:31:21 PM »

Indochine - 6/10 - French plantation owner Catherine Deneuve falls for a Froggy sailor who then falls for her adoptive Vietnamese daughter. Shenanigans ensue. Handsomely shot, well-acted epic that gradually wears out its welcome.

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« Reply #12158 on: June 16, 2013, 09:16:20 AM »

Night Passage - 8/10

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« Reply #12159 on: June 16, 2013, 02:09:00 PM »

I Walk Alone (1948) 8/10. Noir gold: Lancaster, Douglas, Lizabeth Scott, Wendell Corey, Mike Mazurki. The dialogue might not seem like much on paper, but when delivered with enough attitude--as it is here--it really sings. The love story is cloying and stretches things out, but the dick-measuring scenes are frequent and first-rate. I can see why Scorsese included this in his documentary. And now Amazon Prime members can stream it for free: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008GB25XU/ Yeah, baby!

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« Reply #12160 on: June 17, 2013, 12:34:20 PM »

Free streaming of excellent print of Carol Reed's Outcast Of the Islands for Amazon Prime members:
http://www.amazon.com/Outcast-Of-The-Islands/dp/B00950XSP0/

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« Reply #12161 on: June 18, 2013, 01:53:34 AM »

Texasville (1990) 5.5/10

A very disappointing sequel to the great The Last Picture Picture Show

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« Reply #12162 on: June 18, 2013, 11:45:12 AM »

Burden of Life (1935) 7/10. Japanese domestic drama about marital problems and bratty kids. The usual thing, but nicely done, and short (67 minutes in fact). It's great to see the always impressive Tanaka Kinuyo, here so young and skinny that, were it not for her voice, I wouldn't have recognized her. Two more days of free streaming at Hulu: http://www.hulu.com/watch/485307?playlist_id=1750&asset_scope=movies

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« Reply #12163 on: June 18, 2013, 02:16:05 PM »

Saw fifteen movies last week, here's a short summary of the most interesting titles.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988) - 9/10
Haven't read the book. Probably among the top 10 films concerning romantic relationships. The greatness of it lies in individual scenes - as a whole it's a bit too incoherent to earn full 10/10. Amazing cinematography by Sven Nykvist. I had the pleasure of witnessing it in 35mm.

Wadjda (2012) - 8/10
"A story set in Saudi Arabia and focused on the experiences of a young girl who challenges her country's traditions." A bit too much of a social problem film for my taste, but you gotta admire the execution. Is there anything more rewarding than rooting for the underdog? Good script, good actors.
 
3x3D (2013)
A 70 min 3D film consisting of three independent short films, directed by Peter Greenaway, Jean-Luc Godard and Edgar PÍra (who?).
- Greenaway's film is basically one (digitally) extended shot which floats through a castle turned museum for several rounds. Each round displays a different set of historical people and events tied to the castle. Stuffed with floating text graphics, superimposed 3D images and al sorts of fancy stuff. Visually the most interesting one of the three - perhaps also the most successful as a stand alone piece.   
- Godard continues on the road he paved with Histoire(s) du cinťma - and makes very little use of the 3D. His senility is starting to show (it's a fine line between poetry and mumbling but I think this time he crossed it by a mile) but there are still a couple of interesting bits. He updates his means of distorting the image as the representation technology is updated - so the old man is well aware of how DVD players malfunction, but that doesn't make the piece any less of a mess.
- PÍra's "CineSapiens" is the most articulate and topical of the bunch (that means: relatively). It's a kind of a reflection on different kind of audiences and people in general; how we view and contribute to cinema and life in general. Funniest of the bunch (what's funnier than people acting like apes and vice versa, right?).

The Right Stuff (1983) - 8/10
What could potentially be the most embarrassing masturbation on the uber-macho Air Force culture and American patriotism, turns out to be a genuinely involving portrait of eight men (make that with a capital M). I think this is what Tarantino calls a hang out movie. A bit too long at 193 min. The great production design by Geoffrey Kirkland and Caleb Deschanel's beautiful muted cinematography evoked authentic 60s feeling.

Hamsun (1996) - 9.5/10
One of the top 10 biographies ever filmed tells the story of Norway's most famous writer who sympathized Hitler but did not approve his anti-semitism nor was aware of the holocaust. But really at the heart of the film is the more-than-troubled marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Hamsun - one that would make Bergman seem like a third rate amateur (and the simple beauty of the cinematography would make Nykvist envy). Max von Sydow's performance as the half-deaf, half- dead, half-senile yet sharp-as-a-razor Knut Hamsun is nothing short of a marvel.   

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« Reply #12164 on: June 18, 2013, 03:07:01 PM »

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- Greenaway's film is basically one (digitally) extended shot which floats through a castle turned museum for several rounds. Each round displays a different set of historical people and events tied to the castle.
Sounds an awful lot like Russian Ark, don't it?

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