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« Reply #13890 on: September 05, 2014, 12:17:02 AM »

I have to say that most of Ophuls work that I've seen is forgettable because nothing has stayed with me outside of maybe a couple moments in 'Letter'. Generally speaking, I don't care for the characters in his movies whatsoever, they're mostly unlikable and Ophuls films has that British period piece drama vibe (minus the usual stationary camera) that so doesn't jibe with my taste. I have no urge to check out any more of his work or revisit anything I've seen.

I don't see how Big Trouble in Little China can be viewed as forgettable, regardless of whether or not you actually enjoyed it. I couldn't let that comment go, I love that movie way too much.

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« Reply #13891 on: September 05, 2014, 07:03:07 AM »

The Seven-Ups (1973) another Wow, 10/10 forgot how great the car chase was in this one actually rivaling the chase in Bullitt (1968) Set in and around my old hoods, Astoria, Long Island City, Sunnyside, also with Manhattan & Harlem River.
Took your recommendation and ordered this on Blu (from Germany), which, by the way, looks fabulous. I can't quite go a "10" on this--seems a bit slow at times--but I did enjoy it. The car chase is, as you say, impressive (and it should rival the one in Bullitt, because the same people were involved). There's a nice archival Making Of on the disc that shows the director working closely with Bill Hickman to achieve the requisite mayhem. Here's something I wondered, though--the chase crosses the GW bridge, Jersey-bound, and then seconds later they're passing an exit for Briarcliff Manor! Say what?

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« Reply #13892 on: September 05, 2014, 10:26:28 AM »

Took your recommendation and ordered this on Blu (from Germany), which, by the way, looks fabulous. I can't quite go a "10" on this--seems a bit slow at times--but I did enjoy it. The car chase is, as you say, impressive (and it should rival the one in Bullitt, because the same people were involved). There's a nice archival Making Of on the disc that shows the director working closely with Bill Hickman to achieve the requisite mayhem. Here's something I wondered, though--the chase crosses the GW bridge, Jersey-bound, and then seconds later they're passing an exit for Briarcliff Manor! Say what?

Well it's a car chase The Unsuspected is similar, starts off on I think the Sawmill River Parkway and ends up under the Triboro Bridge, I've heard similar comments about the chase across San Francisco in The LineupCheesy

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« Reply #13893 on: September 05, 2014, 01:19:30 PM »

Oh, yeah, we can play this game all night: In McQ John Wayne leaves Seattle heading south on I-5; minutes later he's out on the Pacific Coast, 150 miles away.

I just expected a greater commitment to realism in The Seven Ups for some reason. Silly me.

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« Reply #13894 on: September 05, 2014, 03:08:46 PM »

I just expected a greater commitment to realism in The Seven Ups for some reason. Silly me.

I think the only possible road once they cross the GW that resembles the road in the film should have been the Palisades Parkway, but doesn't allow buses or trucks, the other option would Route 4 but it's through quasi industrial Ft. Lee.

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« Reply #13895 on: September 05, 2014, 06:10:43 PM »

I think the only possible road once they cross the GW that resembles the road in the film should have been the Palisades Parkway, but doesn't allow buses or trucks, the other option would Route 4 but it's through quasi industrial Ft. Lee.
The actual road they used was, of course, the Taconic, so it would have to be playing another Parkway, so I guess the PP is elected.

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« Reply #13896 on: September 06, 2014, 11:08:41 AM »

Los Muertos (2004) - 6.5/10
Kinda shitty, kinda great.

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« Reply #13897 on: September 06, 2014, 11:27:40 AM »


Kinda shitty, kinda great.

Some call it shreat.

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« Reply #13898 on: September 06, 2014, 11:35:32 AM »

Saint Laurent (2014, Bonello) - 6.5/10
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« Reply #13899 on: September 06, 2014, 01:49:43 PM »

The Trip to Italy (2014) - 7/10. I enjoyed the immensely funny The Trip from 2010, Steve Coogan's and Rob Brydon's gastronomic tour--with jokes- of the English North, so I was happy to sign on for this excursion to sunnier climes and cuisine. The duo are a bit less funny this time--they trot out a lot of the old routines, the Pacino impersonations, the Michael Caine ones, the Sean Connery, the Brando, the DeNiro. Worse, things tend to get a bit soapy as we go along (Steve is worried that he isn't spending enough time with his son, Rob is torn over whether to pursue an affair or stay true to his wife--aaauuuggghhhh!). Still, the food looks fabulous, as do the sights. It's actually a very good tourist promotion video, although I note that what makes the places look particularly appealing is the lack of contact with real Italians (only waiters and hotel staff have any lines). On balance, though, the film has enough scenery and humorous moments to keep things entertaining.

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« Reply #13900 on: September 06, 2014, 08:38:54 PM »

Good Morning Vietnam - 8/10 - Some questionable plot twists in the second half, but manages to be funny and heartfelt in equal measure. Robin Williams gets a role playing to his dual strengths as actor and comedian; I don't think I've enjoyed him more anywhere else. Nice supporting cast, especially Bruno Kirby Jr. appealing to his Silent Majority of polka fans.

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« Reply #13901 on: September 07, 2014, 09:43:25 AM »

Room at the Top - 7/10 - Working class lad Laurence Harvey comes to the big city dreaming of girls and success. He hooks up with Simone Signoret but marries soppy Heather Sears, daughter of Donald Wolfit's business maven, to advance his career. Typical morality play but Jack Clayton's direction is a striking mix of dinginess and expressionist close-ups. Good cast, though Harvey's roughly as convincing a Yorkshireman as he is a Texan.

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« Reply #13902 on: September 07, 2014, 06:30:08 PM »

Heart of Glass  [Herz aus Glas] (1976) In a late-18th-century Bavarian town there is a single industry, a glassblowing factory that produces a brilliant red ruby glass. The master glass blower has died, taking the secret of the red glass with him. The local Baron/factory owner becomes obsessed with the ruby glass and its secret ingredient. He soon descends into madness along with, apparently, the rest of the townspeople. Can the secret ingredient be . . . blood?

The main character is actually Hias, a seer and shepherd from the hills, who predicts the destruction of the factory in a fire. (According to Wikipedia: "Hias" is based on the legendary Bavarian prophet Mühlhiasl, a Nostrodamus-like figure.) In fact, the plot-- written by director Herzog, based partly on a story by Herbert Achternbusch--is almost secondary to the film, an armature upon which Herzog can hang his images and the music of Popul Vuh and the gnomic utterances of the seer.
 
The images in this film astound: the interior shots are lit like Rembrandts, but all the outdoor work is reminiscent of the German Romantic landscape paintings of Caspar David Friedrich. Herzog’s DP, the brilliant Jörg Schmidt-Reitwein--himself the son of a painter-- really knew what he was doing. The Bfi, transferring this in 1080p, have kept faith with him. Film: 10/10. Transfer: 10/10.

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« Reply #13903 on: September 08, 2014, 04:14:48 PM »

The Third Man (1949), English, German, Russian spoken no subs, a great international noir if there ever was one. 10/10

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« Reply #13904 on: September 08, 2014, 07:07:41 PM »

I'm Still Here (2010) - 3/10
Pretty terrible hoax film. A tone confused movie and an equally ton confused performance from Joaquin Phoenix. There's some interesting bits and observations on the expectation of celebrity by fans and media, but generally it's a mess. There's the feeling that it wants to be a satirical comedy, yet nothing in it is really that funny. On top of that, too many scenes are so dramatic and serious that it just doesn't work with the hoax aspect, especially when the whole film has a feel of a really unfunny comedy. Phoenix's performance isn't necessarily bad, in fact it's pretty amazing - back when he pulled the initial stunt on Letterman, he had me and several other convinced that he might have actually went a little loony. Unfortunately, the confusion of tones in the movie directly translates to his performance (he is essentially the movie). Phoenix doesn't seem to even know who his own character is, but perhaps that's the point he and Casey Affleck wanted to make. By the end, the comedy-drama-mockumentary confusion ends in a very failed attempt at being poetic. All in all, these thoughts alone are spending too much time thinking about the movie - it's not funny, it's not a good drama, it's just junk. An interesting, failed experiment.

The multitude of flaccid wieners, overuse of "fuck", and the pooping on Joaquin while he's sleeping scenes seem to cause the most controversy, but those are far from the worst aspects.

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