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« #18750 : January 20, 2020, 02:23:07 AM »

Some movies I watched recently... The Whisters in a cinema, the rest on blu-ray or DVD.

The Whistlers (2019): A police officer gets drawn into a gang by a femme fatale, to free her boyfriend from the police as well as find 2 mattresses full of cash. The gang operates out of a Spanish island and communicate by way of whistling (Silbo Gomero), which he first has to learn. Romanian neo-noir that works well and contains tons of references to classic movies. 7+/10

Murder Is My Business (1946): The first PRC Michael Shayne movie starring Hugh Beaumont. Shayne is asked by a wealthy old lady to investigative threatening letters she's been receiving. Soon after she's murdered and aside from the woman's family who despised her, Shayne also becomes a suspect. Not as entertaining as the Lloyd Nolan Shayne movies but pretty decent for a PRC movie. 6/10

The Third Secret (1964): A psychiatrist commits suicide but daughter Pamela Franklin believes its murder and together with one of his patients, Stephen Boyd, starts to investigate. Before too long Boyd isn't sure anymore it wasn't him who killed the man. Slow-burn thriller that picks up pace in the last act leading to a tragic (but not too surprising) conclusion. Franklin is fantastic, Boyd is miscast. 7/10

The Black Book aka Reign Of Terror (1949): Richard Basehart intends to grab absolute power during the French Revolution, while Robert Cummings and Arlene Dahl attempt to stop him. Not the strongest Anthony Mann/John Alton collaboration but it's still gorgeous to look at and highly entertaining. 7/10


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« #18751 : January 20, 2020, 08:30:26 AM »

Four more obscure Altmans:

Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson (1976) - 7.5/10 (overlooked quasi-comedy)
Fool for Love (1985) - 8.5/10 (one of Altman's best movie-plays, especially as written by Sam Shepard)
The Laundromat (1985) - 8/10 (might be higher but the VHS rip I watched was piss poor quality)
Beyond Therapy (1987) - 4/10 (rightfully his worst movie, though more entertaining than the massively boring Gosford Park)

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1917 (2019) - 7/10. Pretty but shallow.

New York Stories (1987) - 5/10
Life Lessons - 8/10
Life Without Zoe - 2/10
Oedipus Wrecks - 6.5/10

Coppola's segment is soooo, so so bad.

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« #18752 : January 24, 2020, 02:25:02 PM »

Any Number Can Win / Mélodie en sous-sol (1963) - 7/10. Gabin and Delon together again for the first time--and it's a caper film! It takes a while to get going, but once in gear the movie really hums along. Dinner jackets and a Cannes casino, nicely filmed. Great ironic ending, too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYjt-yX7jlc
I like this more and more. I'm thinking now it gets a "9." The Youtube link is now busted, but you can check it out here: http://rarefilmm.com/2018/10/melodie-en-sous-sol-1963/

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« #18753 : January 24, 2020, 03:11:19 PM »

Rewatched Scarface (1932) and The Roaring Twenties (1939).

The former (approximately 4th viewing) suffers from the staticity (is that a word?)of the early talking pictures. The latter (I have probably seen it around 6-8 times) is a terrific movie.


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« #18754 : January 25, 2020, 04:32:26 AM »

Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid 9/10
First viewing in years. Among all the great movies I've seen, it's probably the most flawed. The best scene is still Knocking on Heaven's Door.

Hateful 8 8/10
It's growing on me.

L'Empereur de Paris 6/10
Terrible dialogues and a certain kind of made for TV feel to the whole thing... but as long as it feels made for the US TV and not the french TV it's still ok. Some good action, and a very nice attention to the reconstition of Vidocq's paris. I like the way they deal with France's complex history of that time and show that the monarchy, the Empire and different kinds of revolutions are all part of today's France (instead of judging everything by today's moral compass). It isn't the kind of vision of history you usually get in mainstream movies.


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« #18755 : January 26, 2020, 03:31:23 PM »

The Irishman 10/10
Second full viewing. It was 2019’s masterpiece, and undoubtedly one of the greatest films of the decade.


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« #18756 : January 26, 2020, 06:41:03 PM »

The Irishman 10/10
Second full viewing. It was 2019’s masterpiece, and undoubtedly one of the greatest films of the decade.

Flawed masterpiece or masterpiece masterpiece? (IMO it is neither)



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« #18757 : January 26, 2020, 11:34:14 PM »

Of course it’s flawed (for a start: the deaging), but not half as flawed as a first viewing could make you think. On a second watch, almost everything that happens during the first 2 hours (which are really an introduction: the movie actually starts around the 1h50-2h mark) makes total sense, including the weird pacing. Almost all the editing choices made sense to me.


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« #18758 : January 27, 2020, 03:43:04 AM »

Czlowiek na torze ( aka Man on the Tracks)  (1957) Commie Railroad Noir - directed Andrzej Munk (Eroica (1958)). The film was written by Andrzej Munk and Jerzy Stefan Stawinski and based on Jerzy Stefan Stawinski's story.

The film functions as a mystery as the railroad official try to figure out the facts of the incident. The film also is a fascinating study of life and social changes behind the iron curtain, along with being a nice eye opener into the lives of railway workers and their important and very specific functions. The films flashback structure will remind you of Rashomon, its American remake The Outrage, Citizen Kane, and many, many Classic Film Noir.

A Masterpiece 10/10

Watch (in Polish with English subtitles) a good print here - https://rarefilmm.com/2019/11/czlowiek-na-torze-1957/


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« #18759 : January 27, 2020, 06:14:07 AM »


A Masterpiece 10/10

Watch (in Polish with English subtitles) a good print here - https://rarefilmm.com/2019/11/czlowiek-na-torze-1957/
Wow, thanks, CJ. I'll check it out.

UPDATE: Just watched it and Holy Shit, what a great film. Not like that crap they make these days. Thank you, CJ.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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« #18760 : January 27, 2020, 05:45:28 PM »

Wow, thanks, CJ. I'll check it out.

UPDATE: Just watched it and Holy Shit, what a great film. Not like that crap they make these days. Thank you, CJ.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!


Well if you liked that you should definitely check out another that I liked a lot.

The Red Lanterns with Tzenni Karezi (below)



https://rarefilmm.com/2019/12/ta-kokkina-fanaria-1963/

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« #18761 : January 28, 2020, 01:06:32 PM »

OK, thanks. I probably won't get to that right away, but I'll give it a shot eventually.



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« #18762 : January 28, 2020, 08:15:06 PM »

You mean the standard 1,37:1 aspect ratio, not the 35 mm film format itself?


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The negative of.35mm is 1:33 but 1/4 of the frame is cropped to produce the 1:85 ' widescreen' ratio.
Digital has a 1.78 negative which produces a true widescreen image.
In other words, digital photography .has 25 percent more horizontal and vertical image

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« #18763 : January 29, 2020, 01:43:28 AM »


Re: JOKER film format
The negative of.35mm is 1:33 but 1/4 of the frame is cropped to produce the 1:85 ' widescreen' ratio.


Actually really 1,37:1 since the 30s, not that it makes a big difference. 1,33:1 was the silent film format, using the whole space of the negative, but that changed for the including of an optical soundtrack.


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« #18764 : January 29, 2020, 02:54:25 AM »

A Rainy Day in New York 6.5/10
Charming little Woody Allen film. Elle Fanning finally proves some great acting chops (so far she was only (but mostly well) used for her look and charm). Woody’s mise en scene is annoying to me, I prefer when his style is more cinematic than old school theater play looking, but there are some glimpses of brilliance by Master Storaro.


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