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« #12540 : October 14, 2013, 09:24:27 AM »


Sorcerer (1977) - 3.5/10

I thought it was terrible.

Overlong, with poor performances from the cast, without charm and disconnected, also often times not self explanatory.

It's on YT.

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« #12541 : October 14, 2013, 11:14:03 AM »

Sorcerer (1977) - 3.5/10

I thought it was terrible.

Overlong, with poor performances from the cast, without charm and disconnected, also often times not self explanatory.

It's on YT.
Why does it have to be "self explanatory" if it's a remake?



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« #12542 : October 14, 2013, 12:22:04 PM »

Cause not everybody watched the original.

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« #12543 : October 14, 2013, 12:54:56 PM »

As I Lay Dying (2013) 6/10. James Franco, for his sins, adapts William Faulkner. It may be remembered that the novel fragments its story, devoting separate chapters to different characters' points-of-view, until the narrative emerges from, if you will, a mosaic of monologues. Finding a cinematic equivalent for such a literary conceit is difficult, but Franco has given it a good try. First, he's reassembled the plot in strict chronological order (but allowing for some flashbacks). Then he's used several techniques as a way of taking us into the characters' heads: voice-over, to be sure, but also direct addresses to the camera. One particularly experimental approach makes use of split screen: on the left side of the screen, say, we see a character in close-up, while on the right we see what it is the character is seeing, hear on the soundtrack what he's hearing. This takes some getting used to, but ultimately is not confusing. The different techniques are mixed and varied, so that no one approach becomes wearing. Props must go to Franco for filming an "unfilmable" novel, but the end result is little more than Terrence Malick meets O Brother Where Art Thou (in fact, Tim Blake Nelson is in the cast). But without the humor. The biggest problem is that Faulkner's characters aren't very interesting, so their stories are less than compelling. The novelist could disguise the fact beneath his layered prose, but laid bare on the screen the shortcomings of plot and subject are all too apparent.



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« #12544 : October 14, 2013, 12:58:25 PM »

Cause not everybody watched the original.
Everybody who counts has.



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« #12545 : October 15, 2013, 03:54:07 AM »

The original is a flawed film either.


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« #12546 : October 15, 2013, 06:04:06 AM »

Fell behind on a few days of movie watching.

Breaker Morant - 9/10 - 3rd viewing.

Sabata - 7/10 - 2nd viewing. This was my first non-Leone Spaghetti Western and I remembered not liking it. It held up better on a rewatch. It's definitely on the sillier side of the Spaghetti spectrum, but entertaining enough: lots of action and Lee Van Cleef and William Berger make a nice pairing.

Adios Sabata - 5/10 - The faux-Sabata with Yul Brynner in gaudy Village People outfit aiding the Juaristas. Plays like bits and pieces of other, better Westerns mashed together. It also makes the bizarre mistake of having Austrian troops running around 1860s Mexico (no budget for French costumes?). Some decent action scenes make it tolerable.

Return of Sabata - 4/10 - The opening scene is clever and Van Cleef is as badass as ever. Everything else is terrible: goofy music, lame villains, increasingly ludicrous gadgets and stunts.

Captain Phillips - 8/10 - A solid thriller with a great Tom Hanks performance.



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« #12547 : October 16, 2013, 06:18:48 AM »

Une femme mariee (1964) - 7/10. Godard's approach to a cinema that combines narrative and documentary techniques. An interesting experiment, but it doesn't say anything here that isn't covered better elsewhere, as in, say, Vivre sa vie, Le Mepris, or Masculin/Feminin. Still, it is a pleasure to see the beautiful limbs of the young Macha Meril (Godard is such a tease, we never get to see all parts of her at once).
Another viewing, and I'll stand by what I said, but perhaps I appreciated more of the humor this time. The bit where MM is leafing through the woman's mag and it's all bra ads--well, I had to chuckle. Also, the joke told by the man who has just returned from a trip to Auschwitz: "I asked, 'What if they arrested all the Jews and all the hairdressers?' and I got the reply, 'Why the hairdressers?'" [Ha! geddit?] Of course, the naked limbs of MM--and only her limbs--is another joke. Jean-Luc is at his best when trying to be funny.



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« #12548 : October 16, 2013, 07:08:39 AM »

The Great Silence - 8/10 - 2nd viewing.



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« #12549 : October 16, 2013, 10:01:20 AM »

BRIEF ENCOUNTER 8/10.  I think the lead actor and actress were decent, nothing special (though the supporting cast, none of whom had a very large role, was very solid). Still, this was a well-made movie.... SPOILERS... do you think the husband knew what was going on, when he says that cryptic last line, You've been so far away but thanks for coming back to me?


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« #12550 : October 16, 2013, 01:29:16 PM »

BRIEF ENCOUNTER 8/10.  I think the lead actor and actress were decent, nothing special (though the supporting cast, none of whom had a very large role, was very solid). Still, this was a well-made movie.... SPOILERS... do you think the husband knew what was going on, when he says that cryptic last line, You've been so far away but thanks for coming back to me?
I think he just means that she's been emotionally distant. He doesn't know why she's been that way, but now that she seems to be her old self again it's good to have her back.



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« #12551 : October 16, 2013, 01:43:53 PM »

I think he just means that she's been emotionally distant. He doesn't know why she's been that way, but now that she seems to be her old self again it's good to have her back.

actually, I don't think there was ever any indication from him that he realized his wife has been distant over the past few weeks (and if he did, how would he know – from the mere fact that her daydream just ended that she has now emotionally returned to him?)

IMO it's just supposed to be a double meaning that the husband doesn't realize. Ie., he sees that she has been lost in a daydream for the past few hours – a very deep daydream – and not paying any attention to him; now, he is simply glad that her daydream is over and that she has come back to him. So he says that statement on a very basic, simple level; and doesn't realize that his words actually have a much deeper meaning.

Now, here's an ethical question: Although the wife and the doctor never had sex, do you consider it that she cheated on her husband? And specifically, would you say that the proper and honest thing to do would be for her to come clean and tell her husband what happened? Or would you say that as long as they never had sex, she has no obligation to tell her husband, or perhaps it's even better that she doesn't tell her husband, because after hearing this story he definitely wouldn't leave her, so all that coming clean would accomplish is to make him sad and bring tension into the marriage?

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« #12552 : October 17, 2013, 12:32:50 AM »

actually, I don't think there was ever any indication from him that he realized his wife has been distant over the past few weeks (and if he did, how would he know – from the mere fact that her daydream just ended that she has now emotionally returned to him?)

IMO it's just supposed to be a double meaning that the husband doesn't realize. Ie., he sees that she has been lost in a daydream for the past few hours – a very deep daydream – and not paying any attention to him; now, he is simply glad that her daydream is over and that she has come back to him. So he says that statement on a very basic, simple level; and doesn't realize that his words actually have a much deeper meaning.

Now, here's an ethical question: Although the wife and the doctor never had sex, do you consider it that she cheated on her husband? An specifically, would you say that the proper and honest thing to do would be for her to come clean and tell her husband what happened? Or would you say that as long as they never had sex, she has no obligation to tell her husband, or perhaps it's even better that she doesn't tell her husband, because after hearing this story he definitely wouldn't leave her, so all that coming clean would accomplish is to make him sad and bring tension into the marriage?
Which is worse: falling in love with another man or woman or having sex with them? Are we responsible for our emotions or only for our actions? I think the questions are more interesting than the answers - because there are no definite answers. I think it's a great, great film partly because it doesn't try to give you the answer.

"Concrete Night" - Betoniyö (2013) - 7.5/10
"A fourteen-year-old boy in a stifling Helsinki slum takes some unwise life lessons from his soon-to-be-incarcerated older brother." A story of how hopeless the future can seem to a teenager. Shot in beautiful anamorphic, high contrast B&W. It's refreshing to see a Finnish film this bold in its form and content. Although the form is rather epic, the running time is wisely kept at 96 minutes. Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjivYyQ1MnM


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« #12553 : October 17, 2013, 05:35:45 AM »

Which is worse: falling in love with another man or woman or having sex with them? Are we responsible for our emotions or only for our actions? I think the questions are more interesting than the answers - because there are no definite answers. I think it's a great, great film partly because it doesn't try to give you the answer.


IMO the whole idea of "well you can't help your emotions," or "you can't help falling in love with someone," like it's some power beyond your control, is BS. Nobody falls in love with anyone overnight. Sure, you can be instantly attracted to someone, or instantly drawn to them; you can see a hot babe and wanna bang her, but falling in love takes time. You have to spend time with the person and over time you can fall in love with them. But – despite the cliche' "love at first sight" – nobody ever falls in love instantly. Falling in love can only happen with repeated encounters, and that's what happened with the couple here. Yeah, maybe the first few encounters were accidental (getting the dirt out of her eye, only having one empty table at the restaurant), but it took more than that. You can debate whether a married man and married woman who really don't know each other should be going to a movie together, but beyond that, they should have said "Nice to know you," and that's it. And as fun as the day can be, as much as she may have liked him, you don't fall in love from that. BUT, she agreed to meet him the next week. And that's where she went wrong. And that's where she is totally at fault. And they also did plenty of kissing. IMO that is absolutely cheating. Passionately kissing someone else is as much cheating as sex.


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« #12554 : October 17, 2013, 05:59:13 AM »

Dick - 4/10 - Clueless meets Forrest Gump: teenagers Kirsten Dunst and Michelle Williams end up working for Richard Nixon, turning on him when they catch the President abusing his dog. Given the cast and my love of all things Nixon I had modest expectations for this movie. Sadly the humor is thoroughly sophomoric, with repetitive jokes about pot cookies and plays on the President's title nickname. Dunst and Williams are cute, at least.



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