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« #13245 : March 12, 2014, 06:17:19 AM »

Out of the Furnace (2013) - 2/10. Every cliché; every stupidity in your standard Hollywood script; every uninspired pan, track, zoom, crane, and helicopter shot ever used; the squandering of a talented cast (Bale, Harrelson, Shepard, Casey Affleck); a Pearl Jam song: this is a complete piece of shit.



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« #13246 : March 12, 2014, 06:52:04 AM »

Grand Hotel Budapest 7.5/10

If you like Wes Anderson, you'll like this one. If you don't, you'll hate it a little less than the others.

It's 100% Wes Anderson, but with a real story, for once. This makes GHB the best place to start if you've never seen any of his films. I like the place (the hotel), I like the Maupassant-like narration. The pseudo WW1-WW2 with nazis and stuff is a great idea, it's a shame it doesn't go half as far as it should go. Just a little bit of substance would have helped a lot.
It's the first time I don't get bored at all during the first viewing of a Wes Anderson film, but I also doubt that this one will grow on me with pultiple viewings. I don't see a lot of room for real emotion, whereas his more hardcore ones (Steve Zissou, for instance) can create something very powerful ("Do you think he remembers me?").

Of course, the cast is great. Everytime a new character is introduced, even for a single scene, he's either someone you WANT to see there (Harvey Keitel, Mathieu Amalric...) or a regular Anderson actor (the Indian guy). My only disapointment is Jeff Goldblum, who could have been a great idea but he doesn't do much. Joel Mchale could have made a much better Goldblum here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lv6mA0qyOo4

Which is the perfect transition to introduce Abed's Nicolas Cage:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYlzObGIMa4


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« #13247 : March 12, 2014, 03:53:16 PM »

Out of the Furnace (2013) - 2/10. Every cliché; every stupidity in your standard Hollywood script; every uninspired pan, track, zoom, crane, and helicopter shot ever used; the squandering of a talented cast (Bale, Harrelson, Shepard, Casey Affleck); a Pearl Jam song: this is a complete piece of shit.

glad you saw it so I didn't have to  ;)


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« #13248 : March 12, 2014, 09:26:38 PM »

Out of the Furnace (2013) - 2/10. Every cliché; every stupidity in your standard Hollywood script; every uninspired pan, track, zoom, crane, and helicopter shot ever used; the squandering of a talented cast (Bale, Harrelson, Shepard, Casey Affleck); a Pearl Jam song: this is a complete piece of shit.
Could not agree more. It's shit!

The Intouchables - 9/10
True Detective Season 1 - 7.5 or 8ish/10

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« #13249 : March 13, 2014, 01:08:40 AM »

Yeah, the last two episodes were kind of a let down to me. Plenty of great stuff in it though. Let's hope season 2 will be the masterpiece season 1 could have been.


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« #13250 : March 13, 2014, 05:18:29 AM »

Les miserables (1934) - 10/10. 2012 Restoration 10/10. Pathe Blu-ray 10/10. At 281 minutes, this is one heck of a long film. Happily, it comes in 3 parts, which can be watched on successive nights (my practice in this instance). Arguably the greatest French film ever made (if one discounts The Pasion of Joan of Arc--and I do--or Children of Paradise--which I don't), it is impressively mounted. Some of the acting has dated, but not that of Charles Vanel as Javert or Harry Baur as Jean Valjean. Harry Baur apparently was Jean Gabin before Gabin was, and it's a great routine.



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« #13251 : March 13, 2014, 08:06:57 AM »

1. Desperate (1947) 6/10 (DVD)

Mediocre noir, more here http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=11104.msg170930#msg170930



2. Invitation (1952) 3/10 (TCM)

first 2/3 is decent, last 1/3 is excruciating

Ruth Roman (n a supporting performance) is always lovely; I prefer her as a good girl, she doesn't have all that many roles as a bad girl as she does here, but I'll take her any way I can get her  ;) she's the only thing I like about this movie


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« #13252 : March 15, 2014, 04:06:40 AM »

Inside Llewyn Davis 9/10

Second viewing. This is one haunting movie. The "I'm tired" line gets me.

The Last Of Us: Left Behind 9/10

That's the 3 hours extension of the video game The Last Of Us. I rate it here because this game is as much a (great) film as it is a (great) game. I don't know what you guys have been doing while I was playing it, but you were wrong.


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« #13253 : March 15, 2014, 12:06:11 PM »

2 by Yves Allégret, both starring Gérard Philipe, both recently restored, both on stunning Blu-rays from Pathe:

Une si jolie petite plage/A Charming Little Beach/Riptide (1949) - 5/10. Gérard Philipe shows up in a shitty Atlantic seaside town (one that they forgot to bomb) where it's always raining (you will understand that a certain irony attaches to the French title). Philipe mopes around for a while, then shoots himself. Apparently, he grew up in this wretched place, and, after moving to Paris and committing a crime that we in the audience never come to care anything about, has decided to return home to top himself. Huh? If it were me, I'd rather commit suicide someplace warm, maybe in Cannes or Nice. The story in nowhere, but the b&w cinematography is really nice and made me think of French Poetic Realism. Why is it that misery photographs so well?

Les orgueilleux/The Proud and the Beautiful (1953) 6/10. I can't surpass the summary at IMDb, so here it is: "The first to die in an epidemic of meningitis in Vera Cruz is a French tourist. His wife Nellie [Michèle Morgan], detached and indifferent, feels little grief and realizes that her coldness is her own doom. Over the next two days, she is attracted to George [Gérard Philipe], a local drunk who does odd jobs for brothels and dances grotesquely for tourists in exchange for drinks. George has his own dark secret, a tragedy he caused that leaves him with a death wish. In assisting the local doctor to cope with the epidemic, these two emotional cripples enable each other to rediscover reasons to live and to love." Mind you, that's not a summary of the first act, that's the summary of the whole film. Just when the two lovers have declared themselves and are preparing to face their first wave of epidemic victims, we get a big "FIN" on the screen. So, fantastic set-up: where's the rest of the movie, Yves? This could have been a great film (Act 2: their love is tested; Act 3: tragic death for one or both) but the filmmakers either ran out of time, money, or author Jean-Paul Sartre never supplied an ending to begin with. Anyway, Michèle Morgan is beautiful and we get to see lots of shots of her in her underwear (she has to get inoculated, right? and it's the tropics, right?); also, the filmmakers never miss an opportunity to have her show off her legs (it's a film, right? and it was made by the French, right?).



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« #13254 : March 15, 2014, 03:20:05 PM »


 If it were me, I'd rather commit suicide someplace warm, maybe in Cannes or Nice.

In case, don't forget to let us know when the BR will be released.


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« #13255 : March 15, 2014, 03:30:32 PM »

That's right, keep trying, titoli. After all, you did make a successful joke about Groggy's erstwhile girlfriend once. Maybe lightning can strike twice.



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« #13256 : March 15, 2014, 06:57:27 PM »

I think lightning just DID strike twice. Sorry DJ, but some jokes about you are indeed funny :p


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« #13257 : March 15, 2014, 07:21:10 PM »

I think lightning just DID strike twice. Sorry DJ, but some jokes about you are indeed funny :p

Oh, he knows it very well. Otherwise he couldn't have been bothered to answer.


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« #13258 : March 15, 2014, 07:49:17 PM »

If u need a comeback, DJ, how about, "Before I get a chance to post BRD info, you'll probably post Roger Ebert's review." Or, "Wtf do you know about funny; the last time you saw a comedy was before BRD was even invented."


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« #13259 : March 16, 2014, 08:42:51 AM »

Out of the Furnace (2013) - 2/10. Every cliché; every stupidity in your standard Hollywood script; every uninspired pan, track, zoom, crane, and helicopter shot ever used; the squandering of a talented cast (Bale, Harrelson, Shepard, Casey Affleck); a Pearl Jam song: this is a complete piece of shit.
Waaaait a minute davejenkins did you just cite a "Pearl Jam song" as something negative? That was the only redeeming quality of this movie. Fuck you!

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