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« #13875 : September 01, 2014, 01:55:05 PM »

Chef - 6.5/10
A fun, lighthearted and generally entertaining movie. A lot of the beginning has to do with the titular chef's desire to break through the formulaic menu and come up with personal, creative foods - the film itself, in contrast, is as formula-driven as possible. Also written by Favreau, most of the more serious dialogue between his character and his son is awfully unconvincing. Twitter plays a big role, that while at first an important and culturally driven aspect, turns into an overdone plot device that begins to feel like an advertisement. Finally, the film is almost completely void of internal or external conflict. It's a fun, easy, safe, happy movie, with characters likable enough where a lot of the really serious flaws can be overlooked through an enjoyable food-porn experience.

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« #13876 : September 02, 2014, 12:45:39 PM »

K-PAX (2001) - 5/10

I'm on a roll of that-feeling-I've-seen-this-before-somewhere flicks.




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« #13877 : September 02, 2014, 05:50:07 PM »

1. Scene of the Crime (1949) 6/10

Van Johnson's voice/diction still irritate me to no end, Arlene Dahl is still pretty, I still wonder if they didn't have mole-removal technology in those days. But Arlene is still with us, at 86, so it;'s never too late. And Gloria Dehaven, another cute girl in this movie, is still with us, as well, at 89   :)

2. Walk Softly, Stranger (1950) 6.5/10

Joseph Cotten (another actor whose appearance in a movie usually knocks it down a notch or three for me) plays a small-time crook/gambler who tries to flee his past in a small town with a new idenity, after "one last big score" knocking over a gambling joint. But he obviously wasn't a movie fan, or he'd know that the "one last big score" thing never works.
In his new town/identity, he accidentally falls in love with a crippled woman, played by Alida Valli aka Valli; he seems to be happy to settle down with her, but he finds that it isn't easy to outrun your past, not when you have a former partner (Paul Stewart) who blew his share and comes looking for you, as is the gambler whose joint you knocked over ...


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« #13878 : September 02, 2014, 07:08:23 PM »

Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) 9/10 (Netflix streaming)

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« #13879 : September 03, 2014, 02:01:49 AM »

Hester Street (1975) 7/10


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« #13880 : September 03, 2014, 04:52:36 AM »

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) - 5.5/10

Bits of wits but that's the most I got from it. Not particularly intriguing nor charming story either...




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« #13881 : September 03, 2014, 11:47:11 AM »

47 Ronin (2013) - 5/10

What a disturbing flop... and the saddest thing is... it didn't have to be like that at all. I was not bothered whatsoever by the major changes in the plot they made (half-breed introduction + fantasy elements). Not only was I not bothered - I liked them right away and welcomed them. So why TH didn't they stick to that?  Why... Why couldn't have this been a great fantasy adventure I was weeping for, with elements of the rich Japanese folklore and tiny strings of men-and-honor leitmotif playing in the background? Instead, they made it a triumph of never realized ideas/characters and a mockery of Japanese culture. Wow.

Still, what bothers me the most, besides the all-around drifting-to-nowhere feeling in the second half (the first half is decently entertaining), is the ending. I would have given it a 6.5 or even a 7 if it wasn't for the last 15-20 minutes, but no, instead of great action-fantasy-fireworks finale they made it a pure travesty. Bah.




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« #13882 : September 03, 2014, 02:44:31 PM »

47 Ronin (2013) - 5/10

What a disturbing flop...
Thanks. I will stay far, far away.



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« #13883 : September 04, 2014, 09:52:40 AM »

Letter Never Sent - 7.5/10
Big Trouble in Little China - 7.5/10
The Earrings of Madame de... - 7.5/10

All really good films, all very different films, but all generally (unfortunately) forgettable. The dreaded forgetfulness of a 7.5 ...tsk tsk.

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« #13884 : September 04, 2014, 11:08:03 AM »

THE EARRINGS OF MADAME DE ... is not a forgettable film.


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« #13885 : September 04, 2014, 11:25:53 AM »

THE EARRINGS OF MADAME DE ... is not a forgettable film.
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« #13886 : September 04, 2014, 04:01:24 PM »

I don't personally see myself returning to it. The screenplay, plot-wise, is excellent - but I didn't feel the characters were fleshed out quite enough. Obviously Ophul's camerawork is excellent for it's time and still much more precise and meaningful than many overdone tracking shots of today. The initial dancing sequences between De Sica's character and Louise are especially great in terms of camerawork and use of music. As the plot thickened I found myself caring less and less about the characters. By the end of the film I didn't much care what happened to anyone. It's strong technically and also through storytelling technique, but overall it felt empty.

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« #13887 : September 04, 2014, 04:38:54 PM »

I don't care much about the characters either. Is that what makes a film forgettable or not? It is a beautiful film to watch, and the camerawork is one of the most important reasons, and the acting is terrific as well.

You seem to equate "forgettableness" with "re-watchableness" - to me, the two are not the same thing. (I generally don't re-watch movies much - once in 2 years max even for the best movies, but) that doesn't mean they are forgettable. There are movies that I have seen only once and never re-watched, nor do I intend to re-watch anytime soon, and are not forgettable.

I gave The Earrings of Madame de ... an 8.5/10


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« #13888 : September 04, 2014, 04:53:01 PM »

Avalon (1990) 9.5/10

Every Tuesday night in September, TCM is doing movies on the portrayal of Jews in cinema. The guest who chose the movies is a Jewish film historian named Dr. Eric Goldman, he really is interesting, seems to me that his conversations with Robert Osborne go on for longer than some of the other guests, Osborne even mentioned how much interesting stuff he has to say, not just one of the dumbass guests offering bullshit cliches, his conversations with Osborne are really fun to listen to.

Avalon is an amazing movie. This movie doesn't have that much about immigrants adapting to the new land; it's more about the stories of the immigrant families years after their parents have come to America. As some people have argued, this movie may not even really be all that Jewish. And IMO you can argue it may not be so much about the immigrant experience in general. To me, what is most interesting here are the themes of passage of time and memory. This movie does that better than almost any other movie you'll ever see, and therefore it is a wonderful watch even for those who wouldn't have any interest in immigrant stories.

This is one of those movies that anyone who hasn't seen should put in their queue.

The cast is mostly very good; I'll particularly note Kevin Pollak in a supporting role; and the role of the child played by Elijah Wood; and Armin Mueller-Stahl. Muller-Stahl's performance is IMO Oscar-worthy.

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« #13889 : September 04, 2014, 07:08:44 PM »

You seem to equate "forgettableness" with "re-watchableness" - to me, the two are not the same thing.
That's a good point. I guess I won't know if it's actually forgettable for quite a while eh? Anyways, characters and visuals I feel are two huge selling points for me in a film. The characters didn't interest me too much, and the visuals overall weren't exactly amazing - the camerawork is (make sense, sorta?). I can think of several films pre-1953 with more stunning visuals, though I agree the camerawork is ahead of its time.

I've really wanted to see Avalon for a while. I'll check it out soon.

The Ballad of Narayama - 8.5/10
Now this is a visual masterpiece for sure. Maybe the best use of color I've ever seen in a film. It's shot completely on set with painted backgrounds, yet feels as cinematic and beautiful as can be. Excellent story & characters as well. However, the music - both vocal and instrumental - can become infuriatingly distracting in an otherwise excellent film. It's shot in 1958, but looks like something out of the mid 70's. Criterion Blu-Ray highly suggested.

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