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« Reply #15165 on: May 27, 2015, 06:00:54 AM »

Hombre (1967) 1080p - 7/10. HD transfer: 10/10 (and that's an LoA level "10"). Martin Ritt: too preachy. James Wong Howe: now that's what I call cinematography. Paul Newman: somewhere between Hud and Cool Hand Luke. The ending: to die for.

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« Reply #15166 on: May 27, 2015, 06:48:34 AM »

Generous.

You're right, but the story had potential while the movie had Demi Moore.

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« Reply #15167 on: May 28, 2015, 06:36:50 AM »

Another from Lincoln Center's Titanus retrospective:

Cronaca nera (1947) 35mm - 5/10. Pretty standard gangster-meets-girl-and-decides-to-go-straight picture, but in Rome. Nothing exceptional. Supposedly this film has been restored, but the print I watched looked completely beat up. I guess it might have looked even worse before? Whatever, this isn't really home theater market material anyway.

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« Reply #15168 on: May 29, 2015, 05:52:25 AM »

Titanus retro:

The Sign of Venus/ Il segno di Venere (1955) 35mm - 7/10. This is an Italian comedy, and thus, by definition, unfunny, but it's got a great cast and a plot that keeps hopping along. Sophia Loren (in her prime) and Franca Valeri play cousins with men on their minds; Loren gets male attention every time she turns around (or bends over--yes, it's that kind of picture), but Valeri can't seem to get a date. Prospective suitors appear in the persons of Alberto Sordi, Vittorio de Sica, Raf Valone--watching the film is like having old home week. Dino Risi naturally gives Loren lots of screen time, but the movie belongs to Valeri, who, I take it, was a famous comedienne back in the day (I don't think I've ever seen or heard of her before). She gets a writing credit, for both story and screenplay. The print I saw looked very good, and I was surprised and delighted to discover this mid-50s flick was composed in 1.66:1. B&W widescreen: yeah, baby!

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Paper Moon (1973) 1080p - 6/10. László Kovács' b&w photography is a thing of beauty. Not so much the plot, which is dull, dull, dull. Yeah, Tatum O'Neal does a good job (when I can understand her) but her dad is bland (as ever) and Madeline Kahn and John Hillerman don't add much of interest. But it sure is fun to look at all those beautifully shot locations and think of Walker Evans.

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« Reply #15169 on: May 29, 2015, 04:53:14 PM »



Valeri, who, I take it, was a famous comedienne back in the day (I don't think I've ever seen or heard of her before). She gets a writing credit, for both story and screenplay.

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« Reply #15170 on: May 31, 2015, 07:01:09 AM »

Lola Montčs (Criterion BRD)

Andrew Sarris (in)famously said, "Lola Montčs is, in my unhumble opinion, the greatest film of all time.”

My very humble opinion disagrees with Sarris on this, but the movie is damn good. I give it a 9/10

Martine Carol was famously forced on Ophuls because she was a big star at the time, and her performance has been much-criticized, but I really don't think she was bad. Maybe that's because Ophuls took care to use her according to her talents (or lack thereof?) I'm not sure, cuz I don't think that I've seen any other of Carol's movies. But it didn't feel like a bad performance to me.

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« Reply #15171 on: May 31, 2015, 10:11:30 AM »

Lola Montčs (Criterion BRD)

Andrew Sarris (in)famously said, "Lola Montčs is, in my unhumble opinion, the greatest film of all time.”

My very humble opinion disagrees with Sarris on this, but the movie is damn good. I give it a 9/10

Martine Carol was famously forced on Ophuls because she was a big star at the time, and her performance has been much-criticized, but I really don't think she was bad. Maybe that's because Ophuls took care to use her according to her talents (or lack thereof?) I'm not sure, cuz I don't think that I've seen any other of Carol's movies. But it didn't feel like a bad performance to me.

never seen it.

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« Reply #15172 on: May 31, 2015, 11:16:41 AM »

Delusion (1991) spaghetti western-ish Death Valley Neo "B" Noir with lots of twists

Director,  Belgium born Carl Colpaert, Writers: Carl Colpaert, Kurt Voss. Its Christmas time and Jim Metzler is George O'Brien, yuppie computer exec/embezzler on his way from smog shrouded LA  to Reno with a gift to himself of a couple hundred thou in the spare tire well of his Volvo. Jennifer Rubin is showgirl/escort/femme fatale Patti traveling with a dumbass cornball Vegas hit man Chevy (Kyle Secor), on his way to deliver a holiday whack to his old mentor Larry (Jerry Orbach) at his mob provided silver Airstream desert pothole hideaway.

George crosses paths with Patti and Chevy and into de facto Noirsville, when on the way to Reno the Volvo is overtaken. It's hinted at that Patti was administering some "road head" to Chevy as their wildly careening red 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass passes George's Volvo veering from one loose gravel shoulder to other. The Cutlass goes over a rise and rolls over in a dust cloud. Good Samaritan George offers Patti and Chevy his car phone and a ride into the Twilight Zone.

Character actor Tracey Walter is in a nice cameo as the desert rat owner of a Death Valley Junction fly speck-dump. An interesting soundtrack, too.  For a low budget "B" a 10/10, needs a widescreen DVD release.

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« Reply #15173 on: May 31, 2015, 05:49:30 PM »

THE TANKS ARE COMING (1951) 6/10 (TCM)

dumb WW2 movie about, yeah, tank units and tank battles. Not a single good performance here. Steve Cochran and a bunch of nobodies - I generally love Cochran as a gangster but here he is playing a tough Staff Sergeant and he decided to use some phony redneck accent that he imagines tough army guys use, and it's pretty laughable - and the nobodies are nobodies for a reason.
This is watchable shit; the time passes easily, you can laugh at how dumb this is.

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« Reply #15174 on: May 31, 2015, 05:55:29 PM »

THE WHITE CLIFFS OF DOVER (1944) 5.5/10 (TCM)
The schmaltz is laid on thick, with an extra topping for good measure. WW2 movie showing how wonderful England is (trying to capitalize on the earlier success of MRS. MINIVER).


STILL OF THE NIGHT (1982) 6/10 (TCM)

This starts out decent and then ends nowhere. Seems to exist purely as a Hitchcock homage; someone wanted to make a movie with lots of Hitchcock references for its own sake. Waste of Roy Scheider and Meryl Streep.

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« Reply #15175 on: May 31, 2015, 09:25:53 PM »

Grave of the Fireflies - I did not cry
Mud - Still a good movie, still a shit ending
Entourage S1-8 - 7.5/10
Louie Season 5 - Louis CK is one of the best writers of dialogue working today, maybe ever. I can't think of a screenwriter that can hold a one-on-one conversation on screen for so long and have it be completely engrossing and at the same time incredibly subtle (maybe PTA? Winter Sleep?).

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« Reply #15176 on: June 02, 2015, 02:46:31 AM »

Chariots of Fire (1981) (BRD)

This movie won lots of awards but I didn't love it all that much. I give it a 6.5/10, maybe a half-point higher, it's really nothing special. I really do not enjoy watching Ben Cross.

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« Reply #15177 on: June 02, 2015, 03:00:29 AM »

The Killing (US) - Season 1 - 7/10
The Killing (US) - Season 2 - 7.5/10
The Killing (US) - Season 3 - 8/10
The Killing (US) - Season 4 - 4/10

Very good show: nothing you've not already seen 2,000 times but it works. Even the twists usually take you by surprise. The main strength of the show is that before the ending of season 3, everything is kept very believable: characters, dialogues and situations. Also, most of the characters (guilty or not) are likable. Except for the mother in season 1. She deserves to be ranked along with Dexter and Walter White's wives as the most annoying characters of the history of TV while being extremely dangerous for society.

The visuals are kept very low-key, far too low-key for me but that's part of the believable stuff. In its way, it's greatly done. An interesting directing/editing trick to notice is that they end almost every scene on a character close up, even if they just throw at you some huge revelation or cliffhanger: they keep everything very character focused.

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« Reply #15178 on: June 03, 2015, 03:56:24 AM »

The Carey Treatment (1972) (TCM)

This is another of the "renegade goes against the system and when some crime occurs, decides to discover the truth despite the higher-ups telling him to lay off it."

In this movie, James Coburn plays a doctor, does things his way, when a young girl dies from an apparently botched illegal abortion, and one of Coburn's colleagues gets arrested, Coburn sets out to prove that his friend is innocent, to find out why his friend is being railroaded, even though the big doctors at the hospital and the cops want him off the case. You've seen this sort of thing a million times before.
So, a bunch of characters make an appearance, some of them for just one scene never to return, just to throw in as many suspects as possible. You know the routine. And there is the obligatory romance that has nothing to do with the story. Yet somehow this is watchable.
Yeah, there is nothing special here, but whatever, I was reasonably entertained and never thought of shutting it off. So, I give it a 7/10, which is my lowest "good" rating. It's not made well but somehow moves along and keeps me busy for a couple of hours or whatever the running time is.

In other words, don't make any special attempt to see this, but if it happens to be on TCM and you're bored, it can keep you somewhat entertained  Wink

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« Reply #15179 on: June 05, 2015, 09:10:31 AM »

Jacky Brown 8/10
I liked it a lot better than the first 4-5 times or so. I always thought it was the deepest QT movie. Now I see that it could easily have been a 9/10 had it been directed by a more professional filmmaker - say, the Tony Scott of True Romance.

Get Low 3/10
Bill Murray obviously has fun with a character that's a bit different from what he's been playing for decades. That being said, who the hell green-lighted that movie without adding "but keep it under 15 minutes" to the contract? That's a short movie plot extended to 90 painful minutes of The Young and the Restless with no more than 10 jokes. Even Robert Duvall (who's carrying a winchester most of the time) has trouble keeping you awake. It could have been an incredible short movie though.

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