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« #18390 : June 18, 2019, 09:58:04 AM »

Too Late Blues is a film Cassavates himself detests. It was a failed flirt with the Hollywood studio system, and is as result an odd bastard. But he made another troubled and failed Hollywood film (for Stanley Kramer) with A Child Is Waiting before he learned that his kind of cinema could only be done outside the system.

So if you like the other 2 you can try some more of his later films.

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« #18391 : June 18, 2019, 11:25:06 AM »

RE: Cassavetes:

Shadows is excruciating.

Husbands is good. A few scenes are silly and go on too long, but mostly it is good.


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« #18392 : June 19, 2019, 08:20:35 AM »

The Browning Version (1951) - 10/10. This is one of those very rare things, an adaptation that is far superior to its source. Terrence "Ratty" Rattigan wrote a very good play, but it was a one-act piece. Anthony Asquith needed more material to make a feature film, so he enlisted Rattigan to expand things. Everything added was inspired. The climactic speech at the end--amazingly--wasn't even in the original. Michael Redgrave is of course excellent as the old schoolmaster being put out to pasture (this is a kind of anti-Goodbye Mr. Chips--no one likes the guy), but all the acting is equally good. I suppose now I'll have to see the Albert Finney version and compare . . . .



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« #18393 : June 20, 2019, 09:47:56 AM »

The Silent Partner (1978) – 8/10. Eliott Gould is a bank teller who one Christmas season gets tipped to the fact that Santa Claus (Christopher Plummer) is going to stick the place up. Gould arranges matters so that the cash is diverted; Plummer gets away with little, the lion-share stays with Gould. The perfect crime, except Plummer immediately understands what has happened and begins terrorizing Gould for the money. Gould, unable to go to the police, emerges from milquetoast mode and terrorizes back. The partnership is forged and cannot be dissolved until one of the men is dead. This is such a wonderfully plotted film that when the story goes wrong near the end the flaw is glaringly obvious. Gould agrees to give up the money, but Plummer has to come back to the bank to get it. No way would Plummer expose himself to such a risk—without further enticement. Gould should have come up with some kind of B.S. to sweeten the pot:  by coming in a second time, he could have said, Plummer would double his money (maybe there was going to be a big deposit on that day or something). Without some such inducement, Plummer needn’t run any risks, just insist Gould deliver the already stolen money or else. Nonetheless, the film is a lot of fun, the very best example of a neo-noir I can think of. 



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« #18394 : June 20, 2019, 12:25:39 PM »

The Silent Partner (1978) – 8/10. Eliott Gould is a bank teller who one Christmas season gets tipped to the fact that Santa Claus (Christopher Plummer) is going to stick the place up. Gould arranges matters so that the cash is diverted; Plummer gets away with little, the lion-share stays with Gould. The perfect crime, except Plummer immediately understands what has happened and begins terrorizing Gould for the money. Gould, unable to go to the police, emerges from milquetoast mode and terrorizes back. The partnership is forged and cannot be dissolved until one of the men is dead. This is such a wonderfully plotted film that when the story goes wrong near the end the flaw is glaringly obvious. Gould agrees to give up the money, but Plummer has to come back to the bank to get it. No way would Plummer expose himself to such a risk—without further enticement. Gould should have come up with some kind of B.S. to sweeten the pot:  by coming in a second time, he could have said, Plummer would double his money (maybe there was going to be a big deposit on that day or something). Without some such inducement, Plummer needn’t run any risks, just insist Gould deliver the already stolen money or else. Nonetheless, the film is a lot of fun, the very best example of a neo-noir I can think of.
How's the transfer, assuming you watched the new bluray?



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« #18395 : June 20, 2019, 05:10:32 PM »

Yes, the new blu is the occasion for my review. The transfer is adequate. It didn't blow me away, but then the movie's image may have been pretty soft to begin with.



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« #18396 : June 21, 2019, 02:40:21 AM »

The Silent Partner (1978) – 8/10. Eliott Gould is a bank teller who one Christmas season gets tipped to the fact that Santa Claus (Christopher Plummer) is going to stick the place up. Gould arranges matters so that the cash is diverted; Plummer gets away with little, the lion-share stays with Gould. The perfect crime, except Plummer immediately understands what has happened and begins terrorizing Gould for the money. Gould, unable to go to the police, emerges from milquetoast mode and terrorizes back. The partnership is forged and cannot be dissolved until one of the men is dead. This is such a wonderfully plotted film that when the story goes wrong near the end the flaw is glaringly obvious. Gould agrees to give up the money, but Plummer has to come back to the bank to get it. No way would Plummer expose himself to such a risk—without further enticement. Gould should have come up with some kind of B.S. to sweeten the pot:  by coming in a second time, he could have said, Plummer would double his money (maybe there was going to be a big deposit on that day or something). Without some such inducement, Plummer needn’t run any risks, just insist Gould deliver the already stolen money or else. Nonetheless, the film is a lot of fun, the very best example of a neo-noir I can think of.

I saw this perhaps a year ago and there was something about it that seemed a bit off, it didn't click with me, it's probably the flaw you mention.


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« #18397 : June 22, 2019, 08:16:27 AM »

Hearbreakers, 2001.  Mrs. Cusser chose this for us to watch the other night.  S. Weaver and hottie Jennifer Love Hewitt play mother-daughter scammers, but Gene Hackman as a super-chainsmoking rich guy is gross but hilarious. Something of a chick flick.

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« #18398 : June 23, 2019, 11:50:11 AM »

Donnie Brasco (1997) Theatrical Cut. SPOILERS ABOUND.

If this isn't a classic, it's close. The flaws are very easy to spot. The family scenes with Anne Heche are just plain bad, but made way worse due to their abundance and length. Also, the traditional score just doesn't work at all in a mob movie set in the wild late 70s NYC. Get the fuck outta here with that orchestral crap. It ruins a lot of great moments like the (beautifully lit) violent gunfight in the basement, which is arguably the single most exciting point in the movie and the traditional sounding score chimes in and takes much of the life out of what should be an unforgettable scene in film. And then the sequence ends prematurely, when the chopping up and transporting of the bodies should take over the movie for some time.

There are too many anarchisms once they get to Miami. While I understand period movies are unbelievably expensive to produce, the movie felt a little cheap at times. Also, Michael Madsen was miscast as a mob boss and the movie should have ended on Lefty knowing he was getting hit and walking out of his apartment.

Unfortunately, some of the mafia stuff like all the characters working on their schemes together in their lounge hangout can look a little goofy in a post Sopranos world.

On to the good. The cinematography was better than I remembered with some great color usage, especially at night. This is one of Depp and Pacino's better performances and all the mob scenes flow beautifully well. It's a nice humble B-side to the smash hit masterworks Goodfellas and Casino. I feel like this review was a little to nitpicky for how much I enjoyed the movie, but it could have been so much better with some minor tweaks.

8.5/10

There is an extended cut of this which I honestly forgot existed. If anyone has seen that version and recommends it, let me know. This is streaming free on Vudu (until July 1st) and Crackle as I type this for US posters.


Thanks for letting me know about the Silent Partner bluray DJ. There aren't a lot of reviews out there. I'll definitely be picking that one up.

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« #18399 : June 23, 2019, 03:59:24 PM »

Thanks for your words on D.B. I don't think I've ever seen the whole thing and should give it a shot. Anyway, your comments got me interested.



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« #18400 : June 23, 2019, 07:16:25 PM »

Is this the movie that made “fughedaboutit” a famous term?

Definitely did for “fugazi”


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« #18401 : June 23, 2019, 07:17:43 PM »

Yeah, this is the fugazi and fuhgetaboutit movie.

Thanks for your words on D.B. I don't think I've ever seen the whole thing and should give it a shot. Anyway, your comments got me interested.

I think it's more than fair to say that it's worth a watch, at the very least. I also forgot to mention that it's probably one of the better male bonding friendship movies of the last 20 or so years. Pacino and Depp have that special type of chemistry that Depp and Landau had in Ed Wood (1994) and Depp and Peter DeLuise in 21 Jump Street s/

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« #18402 : June 25, 2019, 08:52:19 PM »

TCM is showing 75 WWII movies, on Thursdays in May and June, in honor of the 75th anniversary of D-Day. I DVR'd some and working my way through them

The Longest Day (second viewing) (1962) 7/10 further discussion here http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=11704.msg198331#msg198331

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A Bridge Too Far (1977) 7.5/10

Ryan O'Neal is one of the worst generals I've seen in my life; his dialogue sounds awful - it may be dubbed in.


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« #18403 : June 27, 2019, 08:38:44 AM »

Lost Highway  (1997) – 7/10. I had never seen this and there was a new blu-ray released so I got a copy and took it for a spin. As Lynch films go, it isn’t bad. It’s utterly incoherent, but it carries a lot of visual interest. That interest lies primarily with Patricia Arquette’s tits, but there’s another actress in this who also takes her top off, and there’s even a scene with Arquette where you get to see her naked ass (albeit from a distance). So it gets at least five points just for nudity. Weirdness accounts for the other points. Speaking of which, if this film wasn’t weird enough, it’s gotten stranger since the time of its release. In particular, Robert Blake hadn’t actually killed anyone in real life when he assayed the role of a killer here. Now that he’s a murderer in fact it’s necessary to look at his role and performance in LH in a whole new light. I guess it adds to the sense of dread and the nightmare quality of the piece.

The new blu looks very good. There were some anticipatory scare comments on the web that almost put me off getting it, but I took a chance. The reviewer at blu-ray.com was similarly daunted, similarly reckless, and similarly pleased.
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If Lost Highway happens to be one of your favorite films, I would recommend that you completely ignore all the drama that social media has fueled in recent days, and only then make an intelligent decision that determines whether you should acquire Kino Lorber's new release. I have only one other release of this lovely film in my library, which a French label produced almost a decade ago (and the master that was used to source it is actually even older). I think that this new release represents a huge upgrade in quality, and for the time being offers the most convincing technical presentation of the film on the home video market. (For what it's worth, our site did not get a screener to offer a review. I purchased this disc on my own because I hoped that it will turn out to be a solid upgrade. It absolutely did). HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
https://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Lost-Highway-Blu-ray/79184/#Review



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« #18404 : June 27, 2019, 02:21:53 PM »

Lost Highway  (1997) – 7/10. I had never seen this and there was a new blu-ray released so I got a copy and took it for a spin. As Lynch films go, it isn’t bad. It’s utterly incoherent, but it carries a lot of visual interest. That interest lies primarily with Patricia Arquette’s tits, but there’s another actress in this who also takes her top off, and there’s even a scene with Arquette where you get to see her naked ass (albeit from a distance). So it gets at least five points just for nudity. Weirdness accounts for the other points. Speaking of which, if this film wasn’t weird enough, it’s gotten stranger since the time of its release. In particular, Robert Blake hadn’t actually killed anyone in real life when he assayed the role of a killer here. Now that he’s a murderer in fact it’s necessary to look at his role and performance in LH in a whole new light. I guess it adds to the sense of dread and the nightmare quality of the piece.

The new blu looks very good. There were some anticipatory scare comments on the web that almost put me off getting it, but I took a chance. The reviewer at blu-ray.com was similarly daunted, similarly reckless, and similarly pleased.https://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Lost-Highway-Blu-ray/79184/#Review

Is this the R2 blu?


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