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« Reply #15135 on: May 17, 2015, 03:55:53 PM »

Dude, when you are sober, would you shoot Burton? He was a cool guy. Nazis are still human beings. I mean, say what you want about the tenets of National Socialism, Dude, at least it's an ethos.
Also, don't forget it was established early in the movie that most of the german soldiers spend their time drinking beer at the restaurant outside of the castle.

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Funny, Richard Schickel almost said the same thing in his book on Eastwood.(In fact, now I remember, I am pretty sure that that book is also where I read that story about the drunk Burton refusing to set the "explosives.")  And he was serious about it. When writing about how these few Americans manage to kill about a zillion Germans without getting a scratch themselves, Schickel says something like, well, don't these German soldiers have mothers, too, Weren't they drafted into their army, too, Are we supposed to want so many of them to die, aren't they human beings ...  Roll Eyes

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« Reply #15136 on: May 17, 2015, 04:29:38 PM »

The Cat's Meow - 6/10 - Dramatization of rumors about Thomas Ince's death and William Randolph Hearst's alleged involvement, complete with portraits of Hollywood decadence and Citizen Kane homages. Well-acted (Kirsten Dunst has never been better, and Edward Herrman makes an excellent Hearst) but dramatically inert.

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« Reply #15137 on: May 17, 2015, 09:26:14 PM »

Confessions of a Nazi Spy (1939) 7/10

I watched this movie cuz I'd watch anything with Edward G. Robinson in it, but Eddie doesn't appear until 40 minutes in – after we've established the German spy ring, the connections between the German American Bund and the Third Reich, the propaganda people and the spy ring, etc. Eddie appears as the FBI agent taking over the case. Whoever did the makeup for this movie did a bad job on Robinson, he looks way too pale. Anyway, this movie is actually pretty decent.
Lots of speechifying at the end, but this movie was actually one of the first films to warn of the Nazi threat; Hollywood at the time rarely could make explicit movies about the Nazi threat, one of the many Production Code laws prohibited criticizing any foreign gov't.

In Warner Bros.'s 85-year retrospective called "You Must Remember This," written by Richard Schickel and George Perry, they describe how Harry Warner strongly wanted to make anti-Nazi movies; Joseph Breen's response to this movie was basically, How can you depict Hitler as nothing but a raving lunatic and ignore all the good he has done for his people?! But WB went ahead with this movie anyway.

The Warner Bros. were determined to make anti-Nazi films; some of that is detailed in these pages of "Celluloid Soldiers: Warner Bros.'s Campaign Against Nazism," By Michael E. Birdwell https://goo.gl/tHwR6I

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« Reply #15138 on: May 17, 2015, 09:34:08 PM »

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In Warner Bros.'s 85-year retrospective called "You Must Remember This," written by Richard Schickel and George Perry, they describe how Harry Warner strongly wanted to make anti-Nazi movies; Joseph Breen's response to this movie was basically, How can you depict Hitler as nothing but a raving lunatic and ignore all the good he has done for his people?! But WB went ahead with this movie anyway.

I didn't know about that, but it doesn't surprise me. Fritz Lang encountered similar difficulties with Man Hunt, which was considered subversive enough that the Hays Office tried to suppress it and the FBI started a file on Lang as a "commu-Nazi."

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« Reply #15139 on: May 17, 2015, 09:38:51 PM »

I didn't know about that, but it doesn't surprise me. Fritz Lang encountered similar difficulties with Man Hunt, which was considered subversive enough that the Hays Office tried to suppress it and the FBI started a file on Lang as a "commu-Nazi."

that summary of Breen's opinion mentioned in "You Must Remember This" was from USC historian Steven J. Ross.

But that book I linked to from Google Books, "Celluloid Wars ..." notes Breen's reaction very differently; see here, on the bottom of page 71 and top of page 72 https://goo.gl/JJDaXH which I will quote here:

(In the paragraph below, words in yellow are quoted directly from "Celluloid Wars ... " and words in red are quoted directly from Breen's letter mentioned therein) :

it says that when the WB sent Breen a preliminary screenplay – after the real-life trial of the spies the movies was based on had ended – Breen sent Jack Warner his analysis of the screenplay. Although Breen "considered the film questionable, and although the initial script violated a section of the Production Code concerning "National Feelings," Breen did not wholeheartedly condemn the project. Rather, he decided that since the screenplay was based on fact and sworn testimony presented in the New York trial, it did not as such represent Germany, its institutions, or prominent individuals unfairly."

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« Reply #15140 on: May 18, 2015, 09:38:01 AM »

The Last Valley (1971) - (around a) 6/10

Mediocrity with undertaste of a missed opportunity. Caine didn't convince me, Sharif gets a pass and Davenport outshines them, though all in all the characters seem too muddled within the indecisive story to enjoy them, and somewhat cliched. Sets and locations seem worthy.

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« Reply #15141 on: May 18, 2015, 11:52:57 AM »

Wife, Be Like a Rose/ Tsuma yo bara no yô ni (1935) 35mm - 8/10. Mikio Naruse's most famous pre-war film (but I'm just catching up with it now). Sachiko Chiba plays a modern Tokyo girl who supports herself and her mom with an office job because her father is absent. She knows her father is living with his mistress out in the boonies, so one day she takes off work to ask him to come back. She goes out there (Nagano, as it happens, and it doesn't get more inaka than that), and he's panning for gold! Yes, he's also living with his mistress, who has a daughter and a son. The guy's got a whole second family--Sachiko Chiba is surprised but, this being Japan, she isn't exactly what I'd call shocked. The second family is very nice, and it turns out the mistress (who runs a lucrative hair salon) has been supporting the gold panning idiot all these years, and has even been sending anonymous money orders to the Tokyo family. Ms. Chiba is then conflicted, whether to try to get her dad to come home or to just leave him where he is. Finally she decides she wants him back (for both herself and her mother) and gets him to come home for a few days to do his fatherly duties toward arranging her marriage (there's a slight romantic sub-plot attached). The father does what he's told (he's a total milquetoast, making you wonder why anyone at all wants him around), but he's unhappy in Tokyo and just wants to get back to panning. When he decides to leave again (after accomplishing his mission), everyone (except his brother) understands. Nobody did anything wrong, they were just being themselves. Oh, those wacky Japs! Sachiko Chiba, who I don't remember ever seeing before, is the very essence of kawaii, and the director must have agreed because he married her.

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« Reply #15142 on: May 18, 2015, 08:11:11 PM »

Confessions of a Nazi Spy (1939) 7/10

I watched this movie cuz I'd watch anything with Edward G. Robinson in it, but Eddie doesn't appear until 40 minutes in – after we've established the German spy ring, the connections between the German American Bund and the Third Reich, the propaganda people and the spy ring, etc. Eddie appears as the FBI agent taking over the case. Whoever did the makeup for this movie did a bad job on Robinson, he looks way too pale. Anyway, this movie is actually pretty decent.
Lots of speechifying at the end, but this movie was actually one of the first films to warn of the Nazi threat; Hollywood at the time rarely could make explicit movies about the Nazi threat, one of the many Production Code laws prohibited criticizing any foreign gov't.

I should also note very good performances by Paul Lukas as leader of the German American Bund and George Sanders as a Nazi. Also Francis Lederer as a Bund member.

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« Reply #15143 on: May 21, 2015, 09:24:29 AM »

High Spirits (1988) - 2.5 (?) / 10

I never saw this as a kid, hence I found it extremely hard to watch, hence I couldn't finish it... O'Toole aside, it features some interesting faces of the period though.

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« Reply #15144 on: May 23, 2015, 08:11:05 AM »

The Titanus retrospective now on at Lincoln Center has yielded these:
I dolce inganni / Sweet Deceptions (1960) 35mm - 8/10. Ninety-five minutes of a 15-year-old Catherine Spaak (playing 17), in b&w and widescreen. Yum.

La prima note di quiete / The Professor (1972) 35mm - 1/10. A complete POS.

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« Reply #15145 on: May 23, 2015, 01:44:09 PM »

Used Cars (1980) - 7/10

The plot relies on nonsense quite often but the satirically defected characters are a pure joy to watch, and the tricks are good. Kurt Russell, one of the actors that marked my childhood, does a wonderful job, as well as the others (hey, even the dog). Kudos.

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« Reply #15146 on: May 23, 2015, 02:44:16 PM »

L'homme qu'on aimait trop / In the Name of My Daughter (2014) - 8/10. Gallic true crime--against the backdrop of Nice casinos in the 70s. André Téchiné shoots and edits much like Assayas did for Carlos, which means details are covered at breakneck speed and nobody has the chance to get bored. Also the film is exceptionally well cast. To say more would spoil things.

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« Reply #15147 on: May 24, 2015, 10:01:50 AM »

The Outfit (1973) Director: John Flynn based on novel by Donald E. Westlake stars Robert Duvall, Karen Black, Joe Don Baker, Sheree North, Bill McKinney, and a plethora of Cassic Noir stars, Robert Ryan, Timothy Carey, Richard Jaeckel, Marie Windsor, Jane Greer, and Elisha Cook Jr. A by the book Crime film that could have been great if had any thing extra. As is, no style at all an the noir stars save Ryan are small cameos. Supposedly was going to be a retro noir, it's not even a neo. Still watchable, about a 7/10.

The Salton Sea (2002) Director: D.J. Caruso, with Val Kilmer, Vincent D'Onofrio, Adam Goldberg, lots of noir style here with great cinematography by Amir Mokri is worth catching.
But the plot....  from Author: the_hamburger_man from west coast at IMDb

1) Clean, average-Joe, main character takes his wife to a meth lab for no reason indicated, where she is killed in a police raid/robbery shoot-out.

2) Main character comes up with a revenge plan which requires himself to become a hardcore drug addict so that he can pose as an informant to the police who conducted the raid.

3) The FBI works with our hardcore drug addict hero to assist him in his revenge on the police -- because making such wise decisions as becoming a drug addict wouldn't lessen your credibility with the FBI one bit.

The meth cook is a nose-less redneck freak who lives out in the desert and spends his free time recreating the Kennedy assassination with pigeons and toy cars, when he isn't feeding people's genitals to his pet badger.

Other reviewers say that this film accurately portrays the lives of meth addicts and meth cooks. I think they are on meth if they believe that. 1/10 Just plain bad!



Suture (1993) Directors: Scott McGehee, David Siegel with Dennis Haysbert, Mel Harris. A beautifully made film that should have been absolutely interesting but is instead highly aggravating. In their drive to make a filmmaker’s film, the two directors ended up making an annoying mishmash of great and terrible ideas that seldom work; a visual and stylish mistake that could support the thesis that it takes more than talent to make a good film. A Wasted Life Blog. Some interesting shots the premise of twin brothers one white one black isn't clever it just pissed me off 5/10

The Cooler (2003) Director: Wayne Kramer with Stars: William H. Macy, Maria Bello, Alec Baldwin. A looser working as a "cooler" at a casino finds love, stylistic entertaining enough 7/10

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« Reply #15148 on: May 24, 2015, 12:13:58 PM »

Ex Machina - Alex Garland

Garland's directorial debut tells in cool elegance about the men-machine relation ship. The robot is sexy and I was never sure if the 3 main characters are what they seemed to be. 8/10

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« Reply #15149 on: May 24, 2015, 01:11:12 PM »

The Salton Sea (2002) Director: D.J. Caruso, with Val Kilmer, Vincent D'Onofrio, Adam Goldberg, lots of noir style here with great cinematography by Amir Mokri is worth catching.
But the plot....  from Author: the_hamburger_man from west coast at IMDb

1) Clean, average-Joe, main character takes his wife to a meth lab for no reason indicated, where she is killed in a police raid/robbery shoot-out.

2) Main character comes up with a revenge plan which requires himself to become a hardcore drug addict so that he can pose as an informant to the police who conducted the raid.

3) The FBI works with our hardcore drug addict hero to assist him in his revenge on the police -- because making such wise decisions as becoming a drug addict wouldn't lessen your credibility with the FBI one bit.

The meth cook is a nose-less redneck freak who lives out in the desert and spends his free time recreating the Kennedy assassination with pigeons and toy cars, when he isn't feeding people's genitals to his pet badger.

Other reviewers say that this film accurately portrays the lives of meth addicts and meth cooks. I think they are on meth if they believe that. 1/10 Just plain bad!

Hahahah! Grin

But hey, I don't remember this being as bad, but can't find my short review right now... Undecided

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