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« Reply #12525 on: October 06, 2013, 06:41:11 AM »

Django Kill - Huh/10 - Of everything strange in this movie, I choose to remember the villain's champagne-drinking parrot.


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« Reply #12526 on: October 06, 2013, 01:38:35 PM »

Blackthorn - Mateo Gil, 2011

A western shot in Bolivia by a Spanish director, who earned some fame by co-writing several screenplays with and for Alejandro Amenabar (Tesis ; Obre los ojos and its remake Vanilla Sky; Mar adentro and others). Blackthorn is the name under which Butch Cassidy, who apparently here wasn't shot back in 1908, lives in Bolivia since then. The film is set in 1927 when Cassidy wants to return to the states. But a Spanish mine engineer and his robbed money involves him in another adventure which also brings some memories back on his days with Sundance Kid and Etta Place.

It is one of those more realistic feeling modern westerns like Appaloosa, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford or The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, which don't point the western in a new direction, but which walk on a viable path to visit the genre without relying on the past.
Blackthorn is a fine film, and Sam Shepard gives the old Cassidy the earthed enough presence to contrast the him surrounding myth. The long chase and fight in the salt desert is one of the best western scenes since the 70s. 8/10

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« Reply #12527 on: October 06, 2013, 01:55:48 PM »

Blackthorn - Mateo Gil, 2011

A western shot in Bolivia by a Spanish director, who earned some fame by co-writing several screenplays with and for Alejandro Amenabar (Tesis ; Obre los ojos and its remake Vanilla Sky; Mar adentro and others). Blackthorn is the name under which Butch Cassidy, who apparently here wasn't shot back in 1908, lives in Bolivia since then. The film is set in 1927 when Cassidy wants to return to the states. But a Spanish mine engineer and his robbed money involves him in another adventure which also brings some memories back on his days with Sundance Kid and Etta Place.

It is one of those more realistic feeling modern westerns like Appaloosa, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford or The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, which don't point the western in a new direction, but which walk on a viable path to visit the genre without relying on the past.
Blackthorn is a fine film, and Sam Shepard gives the old Cassidy the earthed enough presence to contrast the him surrounding myth. The long chase and fight in the salt desert is one of the best western scenes since the 70s. 8/10
This is what I said about the film 2 years ago:
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OK, saw it, it's not so great, I give it 6/10. Mostly set in 1927, it follows the further adventures of Butch Cassidy who, we learn, wasn't killed by Bolivian soldiers in 1908. What's he been doing for 20 years? Going to bed early, apparently. He's been hiding out in Bolivia, raising horses. He's getting ready to cash out and head back to the States when his path crosses that of a larcenous Spaniard with whom he forms a sudden and uneasy partnership. The two men are then pursued (by Indian gunmen and--as it turns out--Indian gunwomen) with extreme prejudice. The chase structure plays to the film's one advantage, the Bolivian locations. It looks like every frame was shot there, and Bolivia, which I don't remember ever seeing on film before, is in turns austere and beautiful. There's one particularly memorable sequence where the men have to cross some very impressive salt flats. Little attempt is made to make the characters sound period--they talk just like characters in films set in 2011. Sam Shepherd isn't bad, he does the grizzled old man bit well, but we have to endure his singing in several scenes (the reason he agreed to appear in this low-budget film, probably). There's also several flashbacks to Butch and Sundance's South American Adventure (1900-1908) which, if I recall, was adequately covered in another film. The plot turns out to be rather stupid, but the photography is very nice.
I pretty much stand by what I wrote, but I'm thinking I scored it rather low. We don't get that many competently handled Westerns, and the crossing of the salt flats is, as you say, pretty well done. OK, I'll raise it to a "7". If it weren't for Shepard's singing, I might have even gone higher.

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« Reply #12528 on: October 07, 2013, 05:48:06 AM »

Nobody Else But You - "Poupoupidou"  (2011)  Director: Gérald Hustache-Mathieu, stars: Jean-Paul Rouve, Sophie Quinton, Guillaume Gouix.  9/10  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1736636/?ref_=rvi_tt

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"Rousseau" is a Parisian bestselling crime novelist, working on a new novel but desperately looking for a good story. "Candice Lecoeur" is a young, attractive, and vibrant woman who thinks she is the reincarnation of Marilyn Monroe. But Candice is living far away from the city. Born in a remote area of France, she manages to become a model for the small cheese factory based in the area. She becomes a star; but only a local one. The two will meet but only after Candice has been found dead. Cause of death: suicide by sleeping pills. Rousseau is the only one who doesn't buy it and who wants to know the true cause of her death. In his search for the truth, he will be confronted with many difficulties: becoming a detective-novelist and getting respect from the locals, and going beyond what some people want to keep secret forever.

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« Reply #12529 on: October 07, 2013, 09:34:09 AM »

Gravity - 7/10
Visually groundbreaking, otherwise shallow. Well-acted although I usually hate Bullock.

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« Reply #12530 on: October 07, 2013, 09:42:16 AM »

She usually sucks, but when directed by good filmmakers in interesting projects, she really delivers.

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« Reply #12531 on: October 07, 2013, 08:56:20 PM »

If You Meet Sartana Pray for Your Death - 6/10 - Plays like recycled bits of the Dollars films with some Django-inspired Gatling gun fun. The main appeal for me was seeing so many Spaghetti favorites - Gianni Garko, William Berger, Fernando Sancho and Klaus Kinski - in one place.

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« Reply #12532 on: October 07, 2013, 09:53:08 PM »

Breaking Bad: The Series - 10/10
About as perfect as storytelling gets.

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« Reply #12533 on: October 08, 2013, 12:00:44 AM »

The Turin Horse (2011) - 8/10
So much more haunting depiction of the end of the world than Melancholia which was released the same year.

Blue Jasmine (2013) - 8/10
Cate Blanchett's role has Oscar bait written all over it, though she's good.

2 or 3 Things I Know About Her (2 ou 3 choses que je sais d'elle (1967))
The 35mm print I saw was all beaten up, and the subtitles seemed to be incomplete, so that could have effected my viewing experience (I experienced a good deal of camp). If Godard tries to develop a new cinematic language, how come all he has to offer comes in the form of spoken or written language? Yet still, his essay films are generally more interesting than his fiction.

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« Reply #12534 on: October 08, 2013, 11:13:16 AM »


Trouble With the Curve - 4/10 - Part of this movie is a grouchy geezer rant against Moneyball, starring Clint Eastwood. The rest is an anodyne romance with Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake acting all cutesy. The leads are charming but there's no there, there. Just cliches and treacle.

Trouble with the Curve 9/10

Yes, part of this is a rant against Moneyball (and I certainly believe the Moneyball revolution is a good thing), and there is a cutesy romance between Timberlake and Adams, but how can you not mention the most important element of the story, which is the father-daughter relationship, and emotional distance? All the other elements of the story are just there to bring out that theme, which is really what this story is about.


--- There won't be many surprises here, some stuff may seem formulaic, and things ultimately wrap up a little too Hollywood-perfectly, (in the way a cute family movie may as opposed to some serious life drama), but I've always believed that even when something is predictable and formulaic, if done right, it can be enjoyable just the same.

--- Another thing about this movie, is how this is, in a way, what the heart and soul of baseball is all about. No way could you have a story like this about any other sport. There's something about baseball, how it's always the first game a father teaches a son (or in this case, a daughter), there's something about the game, just hearing the sound of the ball popping the mitt, two kids playing catch in the yard, or pulling over on the side of the road in some godforsaken town watching kids playing ball, the life of a scout, in the trenches (at least till Moneyball came around), this movie captures what people like me love about baseball.

The cast is all very good, top to bottom.

--- When Gran Torino was gonna be the last movie Eastwood acted in, I thought it was perfect, the way it ends, like John Wayne and farewell in The Shootist. But then, when I heard he was gonna act in Trouble with the Curve, my initial reaction was that it ruins the farewell in Gran Torino. Well, after seeing this movie, I am glad Eastwood did it - maybe it's kinda like his character, saying "I ain't goin nowhere yet!"


p.s. the movie definitely gets some of the legal and baseball dialogue wrong (eg. Adams cites a statute "precedent"; and she says a fastball "hung," – precedent is in a case, not a statute; and a breaking ball can hang, a fastball doesn't hang! But hey, I guess that itty bitty stuff is only for lawyers and baseball enthusiasts


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if there is one real criticism I have with the movie, it's how perfectly the script has everything wind up at the end: The draft pick is blown away by the pitcher Adams finds, swinging and missing on every pitch he sees from him; the young scout is fired immediately; Eastwood basically gets to write his won contract with the team; Adams not only winds up with Timberlake and gets back into baseball, but the other associate at her law firm blows his opportunity and then she gets the partnership offer from the firm again. If this movie supposed to be at the "trouble with the curve" we sometimes experience in life, well, things don't always wrap up that nicely. Eg. wouldn't it have been more than enough if Adams gets back into baseball and never works for that law firm again? Wouldn't it have been enough if the draft pick had trouble with the curve, did he have to swing and miss on every fastball too? (And now that the draft pick is a bust, Timberlake will probably be in good standing with the Red Sox again  Wink ) So yeah, the script gets too Hollywood at the end.... Also, the part about the old widower who still visits his wife's grave constantly and talks to her, is certainly something we've seen before, at least as far back as John Wayne in She Wore a Yellow Ribbon .... So, the movie ain't perfect, but how many are? This is damn good  Smiley

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« Reply #12535 on: October 08, 2013, 10:12:38 PM »

" bluebeard "  1972  richard gets his balls kicked, what more could you want ?
great scene w/ Raquel Welsh as a nun ? music by ennio marricone.
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« Reply #12536 on: October 09, 2013, 07:53:36 AM »

The father-daughter stuff didn't interest me anymore than the rest of it. But you're right, I should have noted it. My bad.

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« Reply #12537 on: October 09, 2013, 09:41:46 PM »

Les Maudits aka The Damned (1947) 10/10

WOW! I HAVE JUST SEEN A GREAT MOVIE!

This won Best Adventure and Crime film at Cannes.


This film, directed by Rene Clement, just had its TCM premier; the Cohen Film Collection recently released it on dvd/blu ray for the first time.


Here is the original review from the NY Times

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Les Maudits (1947)
' The Damned,' an Adventure Film, Arrives
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Published: April 26, 1948


Having had more than a casual acquaintance with the heel of the oppressor during the war years, the French have been able to observe his mind with clarity if not with philosophical detachment. And in "The Damned" (Les Maudits), a melodrama with pronounced psychological overtones, which began a stand at the Rialto on Saturday, director René Clement and an excellent cast microscopically dissect the oppressor and collaborator under the harrowing duress of fear of impending retribution after the end of the conflict. The view is realistic—not pretty—but the end result is a film, which except for a somewhat flamboyant finish, is a taut, wholly believable and absorbing adventure.

The producers, apparently taking literally the old saw having to do with rats on a sinking ship, have set the tale moving in April of 1945 when a Nazi general, a hig-hranking gauleiter and his aide board a U-boat in a pen at Oslo. Already aboard are an Italian Fascist industrialist, his wife, who also happens to be the general's mistress, a renegade French newspaper man and a timorous Scandinavian scientist and his 'teen-aged daughter. The voyage toward South America is halted at the outset by a depth-bomb attack which wounds the industrialist's wife and necessitates surreptitiously landing in France and kidnapping a doctor. The latter, cognizant that he is not long for this world, uses the only weapon at his command, his medical knowledge, to spread a false "psychosis of contagion" among the tense members of what he terms a "veritable Noah's Ark."

The scenarists and Director Clement, realizing that "communal life" within the tight confines of a submarine would be "a Chinese torture," focused their cameras on each fleeing bigwig in turn. And the dissolution of resistance is methodical and inevitable almost from the moment the group learns of the death of Hitler and the end of the war. It would be unjust to single any of the cast out for special mention since each performance is a tile, meaningless alone, but feying neatly into a complete mosaic.

Fosco Giachetti gives a completely satisfying performance as the industrialist defeated by the turn of his fortunes and who, while knowing of his wife's infidelity, is consumed by love. Count as equally sound the portrayals turned in by Paul Bernard, as the traitorous, fawning journalist; Jo Dest, as the vengeful gauleiter; Henri Vidal, as the trapped medico; Hurt Kronefeld, as the tight-lipped and coldly forceful general; Florence Marly, as his mistress; Michel Auclair, as the gauleiter's subservient aide, and Dalio, as a reluctant South American agent.

Director Clement, whose work, if memory serves, has not been seen here until now (his "La Bataille du Rail" is slated to be released in the near future), has kept the dialogue as brisk as the action, which has been photographed in a terse, almost documentary fashion. And though the languages used include German, some Italian and English as well as French, the language the ill-fated damned speak is eloquent enough even without the many English subtitles employed. Its small flaws notwithstanding, mark down "The Damned" as a graphic and generally exciting entertainment, which also is a sober comment on the wages of political sin.


THE DAMNED (LES MAUDITS), screen play by Rene Clement and Jacques Remy; dialogue by Henri Jeanson; scenario by Jacques Companeez and Victor Alexandrou in collaboration with Victor Pahlen; directed by Rene Clement; a French film produced by Andre Paulve and Michel Safra and presented by Discina International.
The Physician . . . . . Henri Vidal
Hilde Garosi . . . . . Florence Marly
General Von Hauser . . . . . Kurt Kronefeld
Ingrid . . . . . Anne Campion
Forster . . . . . Jo Dest
Willy Morus . . . . . Michel Auclair
Garosi . . . . . Fosco Giachetti
Coutourier . . . . . Paul Bernard
The Captain . . . . . Jean Didier
Larga . . . . . Dalio


On TCM, Ben Mankiewicz discussed how Clement recreated the interior of a German U-Boat in painstaking detail and with actual dimensions, and how he filmed under those conditions. It all feels incredibly real and claustrophobic. The term "documentary realism" may be one of those tired and overused cliches, but if ever that term was appropriate, it is here.

WATCH THIS MOVIE!


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A little movie trivia: The character of Larga, the South American importer and corrupt Nazi agent, was played by Marcel Dalio (billed as "Dalio"), a Jew who had escaped the Nazis and eventually made his way to America. Dalio had been a popular pre-war actor – he had big roles in The Rules of the Game and Grand Illusion – and he later got some work in Hollywood. He had an uncredited role as Emil, the croupier, in Casablanca; after Claude Rains closes down Rick's, "I'm shocked, shocked...." it's Dalio that gives him "your winnings, sir." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjbPi00k_ME
Dalio's wife was Madeleine LeBeau, who had a credited role in the same movie, as Bogie's jilted girlfriend. LeBeau, at 90 years old, is the last surviving credited cast member of Casablanca  Smiley

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« Reply #12538 on: October 10, 2013, 07:50:03 AM »

On Dangerous Ground (1952) 8/10
While The City Sleeps (1956) 7/10
Pickup (1951) 6/10
Repeat Performance (1947) 7/10
The Bribe (1949) 8/10

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« Reply #12539 on: October 10, 2013, 10:57:49 AM »

On Dangerous Ground (1952) 8/10
While The City Sleeps (1956) 7/10
Pickup (1951) 6/10
Repeat Performance (1947) 7/10
The Bribe (1949) 8/10
I don't like ODG quite as well as you (I can only go a "7"--the stuff with the blind girl is cloying), but otherwise we are in agreement.

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