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« Reply #13575 on: May 24, 2014, 08:04:12 AM »

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) - 8/10.

I don't believe you for a second. The only watchable part of X-men is the first 20 minutes of the first film.
By the way, and I'm 100% serious here, your gay subtext theory made me look smart (and actually helped me when I needed it) during a production meeting a month ago  Afro



Reservoir Dogs 10/10
Maybe QT's best.

Zodiac (only the first hour) 9/10
I heard Donovan's Hurdy Gurdy Man on the radio the other day, urged me to watch Zodiac again. Found the time to watch the first hour during lunch. Still near perfect.
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« Reply #13576 on: May 24, 2014, 08:57:40 AM »

By the way, and I'm 100% serious here, your gay subtext theory made me look smart (and actually helped me when I needed it) during a production meeting a month ago  Afro
Grin Afro Afro Good on ya.

I can now head out to the Mizoguchi retrospective with a song in my heart.

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« Reply #13577 on: May 24, 2014, 05:47:09 PM »

I had to go to darkest Queens to see these, but here's two from the Mizoguchi Retro at The Museum of the Moving Image.

Meitô bijomaru (1945) 6/10. A slight piece (65 min.) about a sword that fails and one that doesn't. Lots of scenes of sword smiths hammering their tools to perfection. In the end Isuzu Yamada uses her well made weapon (in a fabulous travelling shot) to revenge her murdered father. I knew Yamada could play the shamisen--how could I suspect she could hold her own in a sword fight? What a gal!

Portrait of Madame Yuki (1950) - 9/10. An aristocratic woman (Michiyo Kogure) who despises her husband can't find the will to leave him--because he's so good in bed! Lots of hand wringing in this, but also beautiful shots of Atami and nearby environs, sometimes enhanced with special fog effects. And of course there's Mizo's moving camera for extra fun. Uemura Ken shows up, but not playing a bastard for once, he's actually the heroine's (chaste) best buddy. We even get to see Ken perform on the piano, and (very briefly) the koto (his character supposedly makes his living as a koto instructor). Great film, it would make a fabulous double bill with The Lady of Musashino, but at 88 min. it goes on just a little too long.

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« Reply #13578 on: May 24, 2014, 09:56:07 PM »

Ride the High Country 4/5

Very enjoyable and that shootout at the end where they walk towards each other caught me off guard. I have never seen that before.

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« Reply #13579 on: May 25, 2014, 11:04:00 AM »

The Liquidator (1965) - 3/10. Rod Taylor is a "double O" type--licensed to kill and all that--who's squeamish (yes, this is supposed to be a comedy). He can't quit, though, because his status gives him the car, the pad, and the birds he can no longer live without. What to do? Sub-contract! He finds a mob enforcer to do his hits for him--man, he must be making some salary. This great premise, which takes forever to get established, is rife with possibilities, and then the filmmakers throw them all away. There's an obvious moment when things go wrong: Taylor's boss (Trevor Howard) delivers an assignment, and it's nothing; what it should have been is an order to kill the one person he absolutely doesn't want to. That would have created a delicious situation where he can't use his regular guy, can't do the job himself, and can't explain to his highers what's going on. Then maybe the mob guy could be turned against him. So many good things (from a narrative viewpoint) could have happened. Instead, everybody goes to Nice and meets Akim Tamiroff. Talk about wasting an opportunity! After that, nothing can save the picture, not Jill St. John, not a cameo by Suzy Kendall, not even Shirley Bassey belting out the theme song one more time.

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« Reply #13580 on: May 26, 2014, 08:52:55 AM »

Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970) First time viewing,  Gian Maria Volonte kills his mistress in her apartment, while having sex, he leaves prints and clues that would lead to him being the murderer, interesting film, Volonte is great, though should have had even more of Florinda Bolkan, the ending is sort of what I was expecting given the political overtones, I don't care for political or message movies, still a 9/10 on Netflix.

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« Reply #13581 on: May 26, 2014, 01:33:11 PM »

Naked Lunch (1991)
WTF did I just see? I kind of liked it. And kind of not.

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« Reply #13582 on: May 26, 2014, 03:41:23 PM »

Naked Lunch (1991)
WTF did I just see? I kind of liked it. And kind of not.
Hilarious film.

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« Reply #13583 on: May 26, 2014, 11:44:14 PM »

Naked Lunch (1991)
WTF did I just see? I kind of liked it. And kind of not.

Read the book. It probably won't make much more sense but it'll probably make you say WTF while reading.

Godzilla (2014) 5/5

Fantastic. I love what I saw and the presentation of how Godzilla sounded and look was GREAT. People seem to have a problem that the monsters fighting was lacking but to be honest, I rather liked the way they held it back until the end.

Revenge (1990) 4/5

In no way is it Tony Scott's best but its enjoyable. I have the 2007 edit Scott did. I might give the 1990 version a watch sometime soon.

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« Reply #13584 on: May 27, 2014, 07:57:43 PM »

Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973) 4/5

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« Reply #13585 on: May 28, 2014, 04:54:36 PM »

84 Charing Cross Road (1987) 9/10
This is a wonderful, wonderful movie. Almost perfect, amazingly edited, Anne Bancroft delivers an incredible performance.
Just two problems: Firstly, I didn't like the scene where she and Anthony Hopkins break the 4th wall and have a conversation talking to the camera, I found that annoying.
And most importantly, SPOILER ALERT, I thought the framing device was dumb. She goes to the store, says FRANK, I MADE IT, or whatever, and that's it? It ends so abruptly. Almost feels as if they had this great story and didn't know how to end it, so they quickly threw together this dumb framing device. I'd have preferred they either got rid of the framing device altogether (just show the movie in sequence, no need for her to visit England at all) or else keep the visit, but somehow make it better. I just didn't like how she comes there, says I made it and then THE END.

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« Reply #13586 on: May 28, 2014, 05:49:57 PM »

84 CHARING CROSS ROAD
This is a wonderful, wonderful movie. Almost perfect, amazingly edited, Anne Bancroft delivers an incredible performance.
Just two problems: Firstly, I didn't like the scene where she and Anthony Hopkins break the 4th wall and have a conversation, I found that annoying.
And most importantly, SPOILER ALERT, I thought the framing device was dumb. She goes to the store, says FRANK, I MADE IT, or whatever, and that's it? It ends so abruptly. Almost feels as if they had this great story and didn't know how to end it, so they quickly threw together this dumb framing device. I'd have preferred they either got rid of the framing device altogether (just show the movie in sequence, no need for her to visit England at all) or else keep the visit, but somehow make it better. I just didn't like how she comes there, says I made it and then THE END.

I couldn't get into it, I saw in on TCM just recently too.

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« Reply #13587 on: May 29, 2014, 04:06:45 AM »

Dark Waters (1944) Leslie, (Merle Oberon), the sole survivor of a U-boat sinking, goes to her Aunt & Uncle in the bayou country in order to recover emotionally from the trauma. Unfortunately, there she encounters various scam artists led by a Mr. Sydney (Thomas Mitchell) who intend to kill her and steal the family assets. Dr. George Grover (Franchot Tone) helps Leslie to defeat Sydney. With Elisa Cook Jr., cheapie back lot noir directed by André De Toth on Youtube 6.5/10

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« Reply #13588 on: May 29, 2014, 06:14:38 AM »

A Master Builder (2014) - 10/10. Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory adapt Ibsen. Shawn, who re-imagined the play in 21st Century English, also found a "dream theory" to exploit (everything involving the Hilde character--the last 2/3rds of the drama--becomes part of a death-bed vision). Hence "A" Master Builder, rather than "The." Jonathan Demme, who directed, decided the best way to translate drama to cinema was to shoot 2:35:1 and pile on the close-ups.  The succession of scenes is like a series of tiny movies: My Dinner with Halvard, My Dinner with Mrs. Solness, My Dinner with Dr.Herdal. It all works because all the performances are so good, especially Lisa Joyce as Hilde. It's all talking and no doing, but the conversations are riveting.

I saw this last night up in Pleasantville at The Jacob Burns. Afterwards there was a Q&A with Shawn and Demme, but my bladder was killing me and I couldn't stay. The two seemed like a couple of nice fellas, though.

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« Reply #13589 on: May 31, 2014, 09:16:34 PM »

X-Men: Days of Future Past - 7.5/10
Godzilla - 5/10

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