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« Reply #14865 on: March 02, 2015, 03:57:39 AM »

The Nickel Ride (1974) Wow, another great Neo Noir set in LA, this stars Jason Miller as Cooper one time carny now crime fence, who is practically a double for Charles McGraw without the gravelly voice, there are some great believable performances here from Victor French (who you wont recognize), Linda Haynes, John Hillerman, and Bo Hopkins. This film builds  slowly in tension much like Night And The City does. Nice on location 70s LA.   

NYT summary review: The events leading up to the death of a small-time Los Angeles hood provides the basis of this gripping crime drama. The doomed gangster is known as the "key man" because he manages several warehouses containing oodles of pilfered loot. They mobsters have stolen so much that they are running out of space and so desperately need more storage units. They send the fellow out to negotiate for more space, but this takes time. His boss gets nervous and believing the big-hearted "key man" to be more of a risk than an asset orders him carefully watched and ultimately destroyed. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

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Excellent and underrated 70's crime noir sleeper

Author: Woodyanders (Woodyanders@aol.com) from The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left
6 January 2012
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Small-time criminal Cooper (a terrifically intense, restrained, and riveting performance by Jason Miller) manages several warehouses in Los Angeles that the mob uses to store their stolen goods. Known as "the key man" for the key chain he always has on him that can unlock all the warehouses, Cooper is assigned by the local syndicate to negotiate a deal for a new warehouse because the mob has run out of storage space. However, Cooper's superior Carl (a splendidly smooth and dapper turn by John Hillerman) gets nervous and decides to have cocky cowboy button man Turner (marvelously played with swaggering bravado and rip-snorting vitality by Bo Hopkins) keep an eye on Cooper. Director Robert Mulligan, working from a vivid and involving script by Eric Roth, astutely nails the nerve-wracking pressure of eking out a living through illegal means, makes fine use of the gritty urban locations, presents a neat array of colorful, interesting, and totally believable characters, effectively creates and sustains a grim tone throughout, and depicts a harsh and realistic criminal underworld in an admirably stark and unsentimental manner. Miller completely pegs the pain and anguish of a weary and aging bottom man on the totem pole who's in over his head and saddled with more responsibility than he can easily handle; he receives bang-up support from Linda Haynes as Cooper's loyal and concerned ex-dancer girlfriend Sarah, Victor French as hearty and gregarious bar owner Paddie, Richard Evans as obnoxious flunky Bobby, Bart Burns as slippery middle man Elias, and Lou Frizzel as amiable lug Paulie. Jordan Cronenworth's crisp and lively widescreen cinematography offers a wealth of stunning visuals and gives the picture an extra kinetic buzz. Dave Grusin's spare moody score likewise does the brooding trick. The downbeat ending packs a devastating punch. A real sleeper.


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« Reply #14866 on: March 02, 2015, 04:35:18 AM »

HEEEY NOW, it was GOOOOD, lets not get ahead of ourselves ...Boyhood, Inherent Vice, Gone Girl, probably American Sniper ...all better IMO.

I haven't seen Boyhood but I highly suspect it won't have half the impact Whiplash had on me. Inherent Vice is coming soon here...
I'd put Gone Girl above Whiplash but I'm as much a Fincher sucker than you're a PTA one so it doesn't count.
American Sniper has a Max Payne 1 effect.

The real question is: is Birdman above Whiplash? I'll tell you before the end of the week.

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« Reply #14867 on: March 02, 2015, 04:41:07 AM »

but I'm as much a Fincher sucker than you're a PTA one so it doesn't count.
Is that a challenge?!

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« Reply #14868 on: March 02, 2015, 04:44:24 AM »

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« Reply #14869 on: March 02, 2015, 11:34:31 AM »

WHIPLASH, the short movie they did because they couldn't get the funding for the feature (abd which is asically a scene from the feature, only with terrible lighting and a bad lead but the same precise camerawork/editing/dialogues):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIl-TagNRiE

Just watch it.

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« Reply #14870 on: March 03, 2015, 03:42:05 AM »

Gloria (1980) Rowlands is good film is good but uneven with an ambiguous ending 8/10

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« Reply #14871 on: March 03, 2015, 05:44:11 AM »

The American Friend (1977) DCP - 8/10. Wenders does Highsmith, while Robby Müller does Edward Hopper. With Bruno Ganz, Dennis Hopper, Sam Fuller, Lisa Kreuzer, Gérard Blain, and Nicholas Ray. And Hamburg, Paris, and New York in the 70s. The colors are fab: can't wait for the Blu-ray.

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« Reply #14872 on: March 03, 2015, 04:45:57 PM »

99 & 44/100% Dead (1974) horrible 1/10  Tongue

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« Reply #14873 on: March 05, 2015, 02:19:14 AM »

Hard Times - 5/5

Not much to say except what a fantastic film.

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« Reply #14874 on: March 05, 2015, 02:23:12 AM »

Collateral 7/10

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« Reply #14875 on: March 05, 2015, 05:11:31 AM »

True Romance (1993) 9/10 fun flick  Afro

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« Reply #14876 on: March 05, 2015, 06:09:40 AM »

True Romance (1993) 9/10 fun flick  Afro

Not sure it's a good movie but it's made of a succession of good to great scenes. Like everyone, I love the Walken/Hopper scene. It became all the more powerful since Hopper's real death.

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« Reply #14877 on: March 05, 2015, 07:04:44 AM »

The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick (1971) DCP - 10/10. A goalie misses a save, then wanders around for two hours of screen time. There is also a murder.  It's basically The Stranger set in Vienna, but retold so that the Meursault-like character never pays for his crime. Wenders packs in shots of trains, jukeboxes, bottles of beer. Robby Muller's colors are delirious; the score is both whimsical and menacing. It's hard to believe I've had to wait 43 years to see this masterpiece.

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« Reply #14878 on: March 05, 2015, 11:18:57 PM »

The Killer Elite - 4/5

Enjoyed what I saw but those ninja's at the end really take me out of it. Also enjoyed the Passion & Poetry excerpt of The Killer Elite. The behind the scenes footage was great to see.

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« Reply #14879 on: March 07, 2015, 01:52:42 AM »

Chappie - 3/5

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