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Off-Topic Discussion / The Kid (1921)
« on: January 25, 2019, 09:49:40 PM »
A MASTERPIECE.  This is my first Charlie Chaplin film.  My recent viewing of Metropolis ( my first silent film) has lead me to start exploring the silent films.  What a film this is.  Charlie Chaplin's Tramp character finds a baby boy in a alleyway that has been abandoned by his mother.  His mother had abandoned him in the backseat of her car parked in front of her huge home.  The car was stolen and left in that alleyway by the thieves.  The plot is simple so I'm not gonna go any further than that.
I did not know what to expect when I started watching this film.  I was blown away by the genius of Chaplin.  The plot and the subject matter is profound.  The acting by Chaplin and Jackie Coogan ( The Kid) are just perfect.  The score, also by Chaplin, was fantastic also.  There is nothing wrong here.  I saw a copy on Youtube and will take a look at the Criterion version.   Up next will be City Lights,  The Gold Rush and Modern Times.  I rate this a perfect 10 out of 10...

Other Films / Re: Shane (1953)
« on: January 25, 2019, 04:40:11 AM »
Finally got around to watching this.  Great film.  The acting, scoring and cinematography was fantastic.  I only have one qualm.  The fight between Shane and Starrett.  It felt too silly and Hollywood to me.  I know it fit the plot but it should have been shorter.  Regardless its a Great Western.  I rank it 9 out of 10...

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Mr. Majestyk (1974)
« on: January 22, 2019, 09:15:50 PM »
It had a couple moments.  The very beginning and the very end.  The rest was a tv episode of Duke of Hazzards mixed with something else...   5 out of 10...

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: January 22, 2019, 12:19:59 PM »
Such a wrong comment. The score is excellent, Lalo Schifrin, I believe. The fact that TV later copied that style and ran it into the ground with endless cheap imitations is not the fault of the original.

Of course, you completely overlook the film's strongest element, the original novel. It's almost impossible to adapt a George Higgins novel and produce something that isn't stellar. Higgins, a lawyer, knew how crooks talked.

I was not aware that television copied that scoring style from the film.  They wore it

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: White Heat (1949)
« on: January 22, 2019, 08:11:47 AM »
I thought I gave a review of this.  Its a solid 8 film.  Its been a while since I've reviewed it but I think thats what I would give it.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: January 22, 2019, 07:58:56 AM »
The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973)  This was surprisingly better than I thought it would be.  It had elements of Heist films mixed in with other gangster stuff so that was unexpected.  Mitchum did his thing.  The plot was strong.  The cinematography OK.  Its a strong film with the ONLY thing holding it back is the television episode music score.  A strong score would've elevated this to a 9 in my opinion... As is i will give it a solid 8...

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: January 21, 2019, 12:09:08 PM »
The Intouchables (2012)  Ran across this on Amazon Prime.  This is a French film about a paralyzed French Aristocrat who is in the process of replacing a assistant.  He chooses a younger candidate who really didn't want the gig and has no sympathy for him.  This coldness is exactly what the Aristocrat ( Phillipe) is seeking  so he hires him.  The film is like watching a Fresh Prince of Bel Air movie.  Thats good or bad depending on how you would view that.  It won a lot of French film awards.  I rank it a 7 out of 10...

The Conformist ( 1970)  I have been trying to find a good Jean Louis Trintignant film after his excellent performance in The Great Silence.  A  Bernardo Bertolucci film its revered by his fans and is known for its visual style. It didn't disappoint there.  The disappointment for me was the plot itself.  Told in current time and flashbacks it seemed to muddle together and I couldn't keep up with whether the action was happening in current time or flashback.   The plot was a jumbled mess... Only visuals alone and a great performance by Trintignant I give this a 6 out of 10.  Otherwise it would be below a 5...

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: January 21, 2019, 11:58:51 AM »
Le Circle Rouge is a 9...  I like the second half better than the first half...

Other Films / Re: Day of the Outlaw (1959)
« on: January 19, 2019, 05:35:03 PM »
Finally got around to seeing this.  I agree for the most part with what has been said so far.   It was OK.  Too much Hollywood cliche held it back from being a truly great Western.  It holds up pretty well though.  One more thing.  How did Robert Ryan's character survive the snow and the gang didn't?  I saw a bad copy on Youtube.  Would love to see a better print of this... I rate it a 7 out of 10...

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Aguirre: Zorn des Gottes (Wrath of God)
« on: January 18, 2019, 07:07:53 AM »
The best part of Fitzcaraldo is the documentary made about it. Check it out. The native crews working on the film offered to kill Klaus Knisky for Herzog.

Gonna do that... Both these films and the documentary are on Amazon Prime...

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Sapphire (1959)
« on: January 18, 2019, 07:05:54 AM »
thanks have to check it out

Anazon Prime.  Critetion has a nice boxset featuing this and All Night Long, Victim and The League of Gentlemen...

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: All Night Long (1962)
« on: January 18, 2019, 04:39:45 AM »
Thanks will have to check it out, it would help if you added a source to your reviews.

As for jazz noirs check out Sweet Love, Bitter (1967) if you haven't yet. 8)

My bad.  I saw this film on Amazon prime... Excellent film... Thanks for the recommendation...

Pretty much the entire original movie. I can't ****ing wait to see this someday. One of my favorite silent movies.

The Complete Metropolis ( released 2010)

I went into this with low expectations.  First, I've found that a lot of the so called " best ever " films can be overrated.  Knowing that and seeing a few clips of Metropolis on Youtube lead me to have low expectations.  I went ahead and gave it a look because of Fritz Lang and its reputation.  I was VERY pleasantly surprised at how good this film is.  The film is dreamy, atmospheric and just plain damn good.  The score is OFF THE CHARTS good.  The complete version I saw here has missing scenes inserted and intertitles that explain the couple of scenes that could not be restored from the footage found in Argentina and New Zealand.  The film is still complete even without those very minor flaws.  The restored footage from Argentina is very scratched and blemished BUT adds a layer of beautiful authenticity to the film.  It actually ENHANCES the dream like quality and value of this film.  You are reminded of the treasure that this film is when those scenes pop into view.  I can't say enough about how great this film is.  A SOLID 10 out of 10 and a must have for your film library...

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: January 17, 2019, 05:07:15 PM »
The Wages of Fear (1953)  This was pretty good.  The opening sequences were too long though.  Once it got going though it was pretty good.  Clouzot did excellent work here also. I rank this a 8 out of 10...

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Fitzcarraldo (1982)
« on: January 17, 2019, 04:58:37 PM »
Fitzcarraldo which was directed by the great Werner Herzog starring Klaus Kinski is supposedly a great film. I loved his work with Aguirre: The Wrath of God but have not had the chance to see Fitzcarraldo yet. I also noticed Claudia Cardinale also stars in this film and was wondering how much she's in it, and of course, how good is the movie in your opinion?

I saw this back to back with Aguirre.  Its a OK film.  I didn't like the whole opera backdrop of the film.  The interesting points were the trip down the river with the boat and the pulling the boat up over the mountain.  This was well done.  The opening sequences and the ending sequences featuring the opera singing was just blah...  I rank this one 7 out of 10... 

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