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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: True Confessions (1981)
« on: Today at 08:57:45 AM »
I had no idea I had re-watched this one not so long ago after my first time in the '80's on tv. Anyway the rating stays. But I'll add this is better than The Black Dahlia (based both on the L.A. famous case). Here is an ORGY OF FEDORAS, cops wearing them even sitting at a desk in the offices (in L.A. Confidential they had the sense of wearing them only outdoors). Actually this movie anticipates the effort of Confidential in not aping the noir movies of the '40s (with the exception of the hats: but maybe the exaggeration is intentional) as the photography is not based on contrasted lighting but it is quite sunny lit, as it should naturally be.

Other Films / Re: Breakheart Pass (1975)
« on: Today at 01:33:18 AM »
I am more generous about this one: 7-8/10. The main theme written by Goldsmith shows the influence of late comedy SW: doesn't mix well with the movie, but fortunately is heard (if I'm not wrong) only with the opening and closing titles.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: Yesterday at 01:34:48 AM »
The Sword in the Stone (1963) I saw it as a kid and didn't like it. For the same reason I don't much like it all these years after. It's not the story of Arthur but  of his transformations into animals. So the only good scene is the fight between Merlin and Mim. No great songs (actually, apart from Higitus Figitus, no songs at all). 6/10

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: September 28, 2023, 04:19:57 PM »
Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995) This one is not as good as the first one, though it is more well-balanced than the second one. But Jackson it may be good for the first scene, but after that adds little and it is basically an encumbrance. The riddles in the first part reminded me of those by Gorshin in the tv Batman (and put the movie in a comedy strain at odds with the action). Irons is not as good as his "brother" in number one: too stiff. 7-8/10

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: September 28, 2023, 03:19:31 AM »
Die Hard 2 (1990) The problem with it is that it gets momentum only in the last half hour. They should have cut and re-edited the preceding part and come up with something more vivacious, like Willis taunting the chief criminal as in number one. Still the last part rescues this one from being negligible. 7/10

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: September 26, 2023, 08:09:13 AM »
The Negotiator (1998) It is simply incredible, knowing how a case like this would be solved in USA: namely with a massacre. The starting point was interesting: how a cop specialized in confronting people about to commit a violent act would behave in that role. The problem is that one knows that Jackson won't overcome some limits and that the cops (especially those who were not his colleagues) won't waste much time killing him. Dialogues so are inane and boring. 5/10

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: September 22, 2023, 03:45:30 PM »
Funny Girl (1968) This stops the clock at 148'. About 100' are useless. It has a decent start, nothing very memorable, but at least it gives what a musical is supposed to deliver. After Don't Rain on My Parade it's just melodrama, boring as hell.  In a musical there should be a lot of supporting characters sprinkling humour to the main plot line: here threre's only Streisand and Sharif. The songs quality is not high and the arrangements do not help. Streisand delivers them in the usual Judy Garland-like style and they do not impress me. But she sure can act the little to act there is. 6/10

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: September 22, 2023, 12:57:26 AM »
Cobb (1994) I first knew about this character (not to be confused with the Ty Cobb former WH lawyer) reading a portrait which exposed all his warts like it is done in this movie. This biopic is worth watching even if one, like me, considers baseball the dullest game around, second maybe only to cricket. 8/10

It seems that the whole story was baloney:

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: September 20, 2023, 10:40:33 PM »
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) Should this make the neo-noir list? Only CJ knows. What is not working is the rabbit's voice: not very distinctive. The plot is what it is. So it's mildlly funny. 7/10

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: September 20, 2023, 02:05:56 PM »
The Aristocats (1970) A couple of good songs but nothing memorable. 7/10

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: September 19, 2023, 03:32:13 PM »
Iron Man 2 (2010) The car race scene in Montecarlo and Rorke as the villain grant it a solid 7/10.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: September 16, 2023, 02:11:57 PM »
Die Hard (1988) 8/10

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: L.A. Confidential (1997)
« on: September 15, 2023, 03:46:27 PM »
So I read the novel and right after watched the movie. Though the movie operates inevitably many changes, let alone the cuts, on the convoluted and interminable plot of the novel, the problem remains the solution, with the cop being the mastermind behind the whole shenanigan. Too complicated (but in the novel is much worse) and not in the least credible. Ellroy wanted Hayden for Crowe? Sure, like I wanted Dureya for Spacey. So what? About the fedora: cigar, watch the movie again: is filled with fedoras and straw fedoras. The first scene in Basinger's home explains it all: she's entertaining a client in underwear, tanktop and fedora while she's screening a movie featuring Veronica Lake and Alan Ladd in bed: him wearing a fedora. Watching pics and home movies of outdoor L.A. in the 50's not so many people wear a hat: actually you see many more hats in the movie than in those documentary items. I give it same rating as cj.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace
« on: September 15, 2023, 11:03:13 AM »
The Equalizer 3 (2023) What's this shit? 4/10

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