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« #17925 : August 11, 2018, 04:42:13 AM »

Thief (1981) - 9/10. Just re-watched my Criterion disc of this after noting moorman's comments in the dedicated thread. My admiration for this movie has taken a long time to arrive. I missed seeing it upon release in cinemas--probably because I was very anti-Mann at the time. In the mid-90s a friend urged me to watch it on LD; other than noticing how stylish it was, it made little impression. When the Criterion blu came out I decided it was worth buying and watched it a couple times then. I was again gratified by the film visually, but didn't consider the story worth much. This time, however, I was blown away by the acting--there's not a dull performance in it, and every scene is riveting. The writing isn't bad either; the dialog is often arresting, and the plot is well structured. There's probably only one bad point: the climax is underscored, not with the great Tangerine Dream music that's in the rest of the picture, but with some worthless imitation Pink Floyd. Maybe the best thing about the film, though, is its theme: the hero against the system, unbowed to the end. Charlie Varrick wasn't The Last of the Independents--James Caan's Frank was.

Undoubtedly, the greatest gangster film is OUATIA. Second place goes to The Godfather (if you wish, you can lump in II with I). Third place? I'm starting to think it's this . . .

I'll try this one, but I've always had trouble with Mann's early works (his late work is flawed too but tends to be way more watchable). While searching for it on iTunes I found an interesting looking western movie with Bronson: Breakheart Pass (both films have "solitaire" in their French title). I'll watch it too.



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« #17926 : August 11, 2018, 05:49:09 PM »

Undoubtedly, the greatest gangster film is OUATIA. Second place goes to The Godfather (if you wish, you can lump in II with I). Third place? I'm starting to think it's this . . .
This is hyperbole, of course, brought on by a fit of sudden enthusiasm for a film I had not suitably appreciated until now. In fact, Scorsese's two great mobster films (Casino and Goodfellas) must (respectively) occupy positions #3 and #4. And if we're allowing Yakuza films, Pale Flower must go in at #5. Maybe Classe tous risques should be #6, which would require Melville's Second Wind to follow at a close #7. THEN perhaps Thief would be right for #8. Anyway, definitely in my Top 10 of gangster films.

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« #17927 : August 12, 2018, 07:43:59 AM »

This is hyperbole, of course, brought on by a fit of sudden enthusiasm for a film I had not suitably appreciated until now. In fact, Scorsese's two great mobster films (Casino and Goodfellas) must (respectively) occupy positions #3 and #4. And if we're allowing Yakuza films, Pale Flower must go in at #5. Maybe Classe tous risques should be #6, which would require Melville's Second Wind to follow at a close #7. THEN perhaps Thief would be right for #8. Anyway, definitely in my Top 10 of gangster films.

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« #17928 : August 12, 2018, 09:26:52 AM »

A Matter of Life and Death/ Stairway to Heaven (1946) - I hate P&P's stories but I always shell out for a new Archers' title whenever Criterion releases one. Jack Cardiff's Techincolor photography is a thing of beauty and I can never get enough. Story: 4/10. Photography: 10/10. Transfer 11/10.
just watched this new release too. Agree with all thoughts and scores

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« #17929 : August 12, 2018, 12:10:27 PM »

Tous les matins du monde (1991) - 10/10. I'm looking through next season's Carnegie Hall schedule and suddenly grow very excited. "Baby, Jordi Savall is coming!" Madame Jenks expresses no enthusiasm. "Jordi Savall. You know, Tous les matins du monde?" A completely blank expression. That's when I realized what our evening viewing was going to be. A first for her, probably the 20th for me.  I love, love, love this film, and the blu does it proud. Afterwards, she asks, "Where was this filmed?" "I dunno. Rural France, I guess." "France has places that look like that?" "Well, they did in 1991. So, how about it, Jordi Savall on February 21st? Shall I get tickets?"

I'll keep you in suspense on this one.

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« #17930 : August 12, 2018, 01:52:11 PM »

Afterwards, she asks, "Where was this filmed?" "I dunno. Rural France, I guess." "France has places that look like that?" "Well, they did in 1991."

For the record, we sill have places like that. A lot of them. Some of which are less than an hour away from Paris, but you have to move further away to get to the best ones.



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« #17931 : August 12, 2018, 10:30:23 PM »

Wow, that was great. I wanted to see it at the time but missed it, and I didn't go out of my way because of the so so critical reception. It's pretty hard to find now (while its cult status steadily grows) so I only had a copy without subtitles. I cannot wait to see it again, with subtitles.
I've been meaning to rewatch this. My impression of it is still strong. If there was any fairness in the Hollywood system, this film should have skyrocketed Kaufman's career, not pretty much destroyed it.



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« #17932 : August 13, 2018, 06:53:56 AM »

Trial on the Road (Proverka na dorogakh, 1971/1986) - 9/10
One of the best war films ever.

Landscape in the Mist (1988) - 7.5/10
This georgeous looking and in every way brilliantly crafted movie takes your breath away, but the next day you kinda start to question if it actually has anything more to it. The score is great.

Roswell (1994 - 9/10
A great "experimental" short film. Can be found on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/76877472 Also a great score.

New York, New York (1977) - 6.5/10
Flawed but not in any way horrible. Waaaaaaaayy too long though.

Colossal Youth (2006) - 7/10
I'm a fan of Pedro Costa's Ossos and In Vanda's Room, but this one is a challenge even for my attention span. Still an interesting development of his style.

Candy Mountain (1987) - 7/10
Indie road movie directed by Robert Frank and Rudy Wurlitzer. Certainly lacks the visual bravery of Frank's photography works but the road movie setting keeps situations changing at a constant pace, and I liked the northern US / Canada locations.

Salaam Cinema (1995) - 9/10
This provocative Iranian "documentary" about a casting audition for non-actors questions (among a lot of things) the "authenticity" of non-actors that is often praised in films like the ones of Kiarostami or Bresson.


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« #17933 : August 13, 2018, 11:59:55 AM »

New York, New York (1977) - 6.5/10
Flawed but not in any way horrible. Waaaaaaaayy too long though.

Exactly how I remember it.

Love (2015) - 6/10
I really, really wish I could have seen it in 3D. And not only for the cumshot directly on the camera lens.
Anyway, it's your classic post 2002 Gaspar Noé flick: fascinating (and I mean it) mise-en-scène and narration (this guy is the closest we have from Kubrick nowadays, in a way less precise but way more inventive way), stupid screenplay and characters. The worst thing is that Noé himself seems to be as stupid/empty as his characters. But he's a cinematic genius.

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« #17934 : August 14, 2018, 06:26:02 PM »

Haven't posted much lately cuz I've been wasting way too much time with Miss Korea. Now that that shit is on the back burner (where it shoulda been all along), I can rate some of the movies I've seen recently (not too many).
Actually, since she didn't know jack about classic movies, I introduced a bunch of classics, and personal faves, to her: "The Godfather" (probably seen 8-10 times), "Casablanca" (ditto), "A River Runs Through It" (7 or 8), and "Legends of the Fall" (2nd viewing; first was 9 years ago). All these are 10/10.

Also, thanks to TCM's Summer Under the Stars programming, I recently saw "Charley Varrick" (1973), for the 4th time. Really good movie; I give it an 8.5/10. Walter Matthau and Joe Don Baker give IMO Oscar-worthy performances; some other very solid performances as well.

I also saw "Coogan's Bluff" (1968) for the first time in full. (About ten years ago, I saw parts of it on AMC). This one gets a 7.5/10. Eastwood is Eastwood, of course. Lee J. Cobb is very good here. The scenes with Susan Clark are the one big negative; I'm not sure if the problem is with the script or with Clark. Tisha Sterling is beautiful.

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« #17935 : August 15, 2018, 01:08:48 AM »

Haven't posted much lately cuz I've been wasting way too much time with Miss Korea.

Nobody here is gonna criticize your patriotism.
Next time try to catch a Miss North Korean, though.



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« #17936 : August 15, 2018, 07:22:05 AM »

Nobody here is gonna criticize your patriotism.
Next time try to catch a Miss North Korean, though.

It’s on my bucket list ;)


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« #17937 : August 15, 2018, 08:43:59 AM »

I watched a lot of movies this rainy weekend. Let's see...

Solaris (1971) - 7.5/10
Fascinating and has stuck with me all week, but the pace was real tough to get through. It ended with me liking it but not wanting to watch again... but after the week of ruminating on it I feel like I could go round 2.

Tape (2001) - 8.5/10
One of Linklater's best movies, one of my favorites plays-as-a-film there is. Ninety minutes just flies by. Interesting themes and concepts, excellent writing and performances.

BlacKkKlansman (2018) - 8/10
Hey! Really good Spike Lee movie, surprisingly. Fun, great characters.

A Matter of Life and Death (1946) - 4/10
Beautiful Criterion release, but the story, genre and characters are really not my cup of tea.

Munich (2005) - 7/10
Disappointingly not as good as I remembered. The more tense, action/thriller driven scenes are excellent. All the in-between stuff is far too dry.

School of Rock (2003) - 8.5/10
Linklater goes commercial and it works great. This is a gold standard of family-friendly classics.

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« #17938 : August 15, 2018, 10:46:08 AM »

Munich (2005) - 7/10
Disappointingly not as good as I remembered. The more tense, action/thriller driven scenes are excellent. All the in-between stuff is far too dry.

I'm on the opposite side on this one: it grew on me with repeated viewings. I'm becoming more and more blind to its (big) flaws and getting more and more into the dry stuff. And thriller scenes are still equally impressive, 13 years later.


That Man from Rio (1964) - 8.5/10
Still aging, still great, still the best Tintin adaptation ever. Steven Spielberg and Luc Besson admitted they stole a lot from it for Indiana Jones and the 5th Element, respectively. Oh and yeah, it features one of the most unbelievable and incoherent plot ever (to the point it's comical), but didn't you read my previous sentences?

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« #17939 : Yesterday at 12:09:46 AM »

Tenue de Soirée / Menage - 9/10
Second viewing, and I’m starting to think this is the best film by Bertrand Blier. The (very unfortunate) fact that Patrick Dewaere died and they had to replace him instead of going full Les Valseuses happened to be a great thing for the movie: Michel Blanc’s character and his lack of obvious alchemy with Depardieu makes Tenue de Soirée much more interesting.
Some of the best dialogues ever in à French film.
On the negative side of the ledger, the ending drags a tad and Gainsbourg’s OST could have been better.



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