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« #16470 : November 21, 2016, 08:25:41 AM »

The Spiral Staircase (1945) - 6.7/10

Succumbs to its naiveness in the end, otherwise an entertaining enough company-of-characters ridden little piece from its time.

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« #16471 : November 21, 2016, 08:33:41 AM »

I love Kurosawa as a movie director. However, I completely agree with you on "Dreams". I always felt that Kurosawa himself represented a unique combination of a great eye for visual composition (collaborating with his cinematographers) and an ability to edit everything himself (often incorporating multiple shots/angles). Without the innovative shots/editing here, he can't sustain my interest. Plus, the plot is hardly gripping.
AK completed this film when he was 80. He was well past his prime, perhaps even in his dotage. The films of his youth had verve and brio, accomplished in part with a dynamic camera and the editing you describe. They also had powerful stories. There's nothing like that here, just a series of well-lacquered farts. I almost wish he had stopped making films after Ran.



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« #16472 : November 21, 2016, 09:20:42 AM »

AK completed this film when he was 80. He was well past his prime, perhaps even in his dotage. The films of his youth had verve and brio, accomplished in part with a dynamic camera and the editing you describe. They also had powerful stories. There's nothing like that here, just a series of well-lacquered farts. I almost wish he had stopped making films after Ran.

There is such a gap between "I wish he had stopped making films after Ran" and "I'm still buying the BD anyway" that I'm not sure the word "almost" covers it.


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« #16473 : November 21, 2016, 11:32:11 AM »

Well, Dreams is not a very good film, but it was something I remember seeing in Japan in 1990, so there are some extra-cinematic considerations that have attached themselves (nostalgia, etc.). Then there are the many bonus features one gets on a Criterion disc. And it was on sale.



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« #16474 : November 21, 2016, 01:34:26 PM »

Moonlight (2016) - 8.5/10
The first two acts are perfect. My mind started to wander on act 3, which has a huge shift in tone (turns from a coming of age tale to a long conversation, much like Linklater's Before Trilogy. It's handled very well, the blame is on me for having my mind on other stuff). I will definitely watch it again, and probably like it even more. Any cliches that might be in this movie are done with subtly and effectiveness. Finally a release this year that lives up to its praise. Of the all the 'awards' movies, I'd currently like this one to take the prizes. If the Academy is smart they will, so that black people don't start whining like last year.

i'd say it's a flawless movie in that there's nothing bad I can actually say about it, but is missing whatever transparent touch/charm needed for me to really love a movie.
It gets 5/10 from me. If you pitched the story to any given person and asked them to write a script based on your pitch, there's a 90% chance they would write exactly the scenes seen in the film. My point: there's nothing original in this film nor anything that would feel true or real. It's very general and unoriginal. And the cinematography tries to be all the hip things of 2016 at once.

45 Years, on the other hand, is a fabulous film. I found the final party as a whole breathtaking. It's been over a year since I saw the film and it still stays with me.


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« #16475 : November 21, 2016, 01:37:24 PM »

Also saw:

Arrival (2016) - 8.5/10
As good as Prisoners but still not the masterpiece I'm waiting for from Villeneuve.

Swiss Army Man (2016) - 8/10
Awesome hangover movie.


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« #16476 : November 21, 2016, 08:49:36 PM »



45 Years, on the other hand, is a fabulous film. I found the final party as a whole breathtaking. It's been over a year since I saw the film and it still stays with me.

The last dance is nice. Otherwise I found the film excruciating. But if you enjoyed it, I wouldn't want to ruin your enjoyment  ;)


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« #16477 : November 22, 2016, 02:13:44 PM »

Cyd Charisse Day on Turner!

It's Always Fair Weather (1955) - 6/10. Three army buddies reunite after 10 years and find they are now very different people. This is a musical without any memorable songs. It does have one very impressive routine, though, with Gene Kelley doing a tap dance in roller skates. Watching the climax, I realized that My Favorite Year stole the thing whole cloth for its ending.
Blu-ray in da house! Looking forward to re-watching the roller skates routine. I hope that traveling salesman joke is as funny as I remember it!



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« #16478 : November 23, 2016, 07:11:08 AM »

Blu-ray in da house! Looking forward to re-watching the roller skates routine. I hope that traveling salesman joke is as funny as I remember it!
Yikes, the blu is a bust! Dated master of elements in need of restoration: fuzzy, indistinct, faded colors, appalling skin tones. I guess my hope now is that the UK blu of Cover Girl (due Feb.) is gonna look gorgeous.



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« #16479 : November 23, 2016, 10:37:04 AM »

The Flim-Flam Man (1967) - (pushing for a) 7/10

This is a fairly good late 60s comedy with good performances from the main actors and professional contributions from the well-known supporting ones. The schemes are largely simple and rely on situational improvisation (ain't no Sting) but the pace is steady enough for 2/3 of the movie (until Sarrazin's character starts falling in love and trying to quit - though the ending is satisfyingly twisty, I'll give 'em that) and the overall feel is sincere. This sort of stuff beats most of today's 'comedies' by a large margin.

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« #16480 : November 23, 2016, 10:49:34 AM »

The Flim-Flam Man (1967) - (pushing for a) 7/10

This is a fairly good late 60s comedy with good performances from the main actors and professional contributions from the well-known supporting ones. The schemes are largely simple and rely on situational improvisation (ain't no Sting) but the pace is steady enough for 2/3 of the movie (until Sarrazin's character starts falling in love and trying to quit - though the ending is satisfyingly twisty, I'll give 'em that) and the overall feel is sincere. This sort of stuff beats most of today's 'comedies' by a large margin.

This was a movie which I saw 2 or 3 times but the last one was in 1973 or about. Your summation fits with my memories of it.


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« #16481 : November 23, 2016, 01:57:46 PM »

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« #16482 : November 24, 2016, 08:21:11 AM »

One-Eyed Jacks (1961) - 5/10. Stupid plot, and it goes on and on. There's not enough material here for a 90-minute episode of The High Chaparral, but this gets stretched to two-hours-twenty. I guess there was a better ending that wasn't used, but even that wouldn't have saved this. Image-wise, though, this is (mostly) impressive work. Well, you know, Vista-vision. The lighting isn't bad, but kind of the same thing all the time: Brando doesn't have any patience with shadows, apparently, so it's always high noon (or maybe high two p.m.). Night scenes are a bust. Criterion PQ: 10/10.



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« #16483 : November 24, 2016, 08:41:22 AM »

The Seven-Ups (1973) - 6.75/10

I see @CJ and @DJ gave this a 10/10 - sorry, I can't buy that. Overall it's too bland (unpolished story and unmemorable characters) and I found the plot to be hard to decipher quite a few times, as well as to follow all the characters. The car chase is either as good as the one in Bullitt or even better - it's really electrifying - but I haven't watched the McQueen flick in a long time. Great sets and locations add up to a vibrant NY late 60s/early 70s atmosphere, almost for the manuals. Watchable and entertaining; pushing for that upper middle class of those already mentioned late 60s/early 70s big city crime flicks, but not likely to make it

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« #16484 : November 24, 2016, 09:52:43 AM »

The Seven-Ups (1973) - 6.75/10

I see @CJ and @DJ gave this a 10/10 - sorry, I can't buy that. Overall it's too bland (unpolished story and unmemorable characters) and I found the plot to be hard to decipher quite a few times, as well as to follow all the characters. The car chase is either as good as the one in Bullitt or even better - it's really electrifying - but I haven't watched the McQueen flick in a long time. Great sets and locations add up to a vibrant NY late 60s/early 70s atmosphere, almost for the manuals. Watchable and entertaining; pushing for that upper middle class of those already mentioned late 60s/early 70s big city crime flicks, but not likely to make it

The car chase is what separates it from the run of the mill late 60s early 70s big city crime flicks, without the chase it would be at best a 6/10. This, Bullitt (1968) and The French Connection (1971) are it, the big three. I wouldn't really rate any of them higher than a 6 without their chases.  O0


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