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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Aguirre: Zorn des Gottes (Wrath of God)
« on: January 17, 2019, 04:55:35 PM »
This film was different.  Herzog has made two films that are weird but hold your attention.  Both of those films, this one and Fitzcarraldo feature Klaus Kinski in full maniac self.  The opening sequence and the ending sequences are of course the stand outs here.  I rank this a 8.5 out of 10...

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: A Clockwork Orange
« on: January 17, 2019, 04:52:21 PM »
This was a crazy film.   I didn't have high expectations for it but it was better than I expected... Mcdowell was excellent here.  The plot was different.  I rate this a 8.5 out of 10...

Off-Topic Discussion / Sapphire (1959)
« on: January 17, 2019, 04:49:08 PM »
Sapphire is a 1959 crime drama directed by Basil Dearden.  Again, Dearden tackles controversial subject matter and delivers a excellent film.  The plot from wikipedia:

The body of a pregnant young woman is found stabbed on Hampstead Heath. Although she appears to be white, when her brother (Earl Cameron) arrives at the police station to give evidence, the investigating police officers see that he is black. He confirms that he and Sapphire were both the children of a white father and a black mother, but Sapphire has recently been passing for white. Sapphire's white boyfriend, a student, immediately becomes the chief suspect, but, as the investigation proceeds, other aspects of Sapphire's life in London bring to light other possible suspects.

The standout work here is by Nigel Patrick ( The League of Gentlemen) as Superintendant Robert Hazard.  His very clever but NOT annoyingly clever portrayal of the Superintendant charged with solving the crime is excellent here.  The on location in London production of this film is first rate. Bearden is one of my favorite on location directors.  The cinematography here is done by Harry Waxman.  The plot itself takes you by surprise at the end.  A excellent work here and I rate it a solid 9 out of 10...

Off-Topic Discussion / All Night Long (1962)
« on: January 17, 2019, 04:38:36 PM »
Basil Dearden has quickly become one of my favorite directors.   From his subject matter to his wonderful cinematography ( in this case Edward Scaife), Bearden never fails to deliver a fabulous, if not perfect film.   All Night Long is his version of Othello.  Set in London it features Johnny Cousin ( Patrick McGoohen ) as the jealous drummer of bandleader Aurelius Rex ( Paul Harris).  Rex is married to Delia Lane ( Marti Stevens).  Keith Mitchell stars as " Cass ",  Rex's  best friend and band manager.  Richard Attenborough plays Rod Hamilton, a wealthy music promotor who with the help of Rex's friends and wife, throw him a surprise wedding anniversary party.   

The plot features Johnny Cousin plotting to not only breakup the marriage of Rex and Delia, but to also come between Rex and Cass and take Delia on the rode with him while he fronts his own band.  McGoohen does a excellent job as the villian here.  Paul Harris is superb as the stable, charming and charismatic Rex.  Cass is excellent here as the loyal friend.  As the film goes along you see a transformation with both characters that is just astounding from how they were at the beginning of the film.  Attenborough is superb as the laid back music promotor who tries and referees the whole dispute that goes down.

The just EXCELLENT cinematography here is done by Edward Scaife.  The exterior street scenes were filmed at Shad Thames, Southwark, London, England, UK.   The EXCELLENT score is another MAJOR standout of the film.  Dearden uses REAL jazzmen here.  I dare CigarJoe to find a better Jazz Noir, lol...  There have been numerous versions of Othello done for the screen and I say this modern reworking set to a London backdrop is just fabulous.  I rate this a perfect 10 out of 10...

Off-Topic Discussion / Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1973)
« on: January 17, 2019, 03:48:37 PM »
This is a wonderfully moving film by German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder starring Bridgette Mira and El Hedi ben Salem as a older German widow and a younger Morrocan immigrant respectfully.   The plot is simple.  Emmil Kurowski drops in a small bar one day to get out of the rain and sits at a table by herself.  Across the bar a group of young immigrants are playing cards.  A woman in the bar tauntingly suggests to Ali to go ask her for a dance.  He does and the group is surprised that he not only dances with her but also offers to escort her home since it was getting late and raining.  She accepts.

From there a most unexpected relationship develops and the remainder of the plot surrounds the response from friends, neighbors, family and coworkers of both parties to their interracial and age difference relationship.  There are so many scenes that leave you in awe with this film that you have to just see it to appreciate it.  Fassbender did excellent work here.  When i went and researched the film I found out that it was a film that he did in a hurry to fill in time between other projects ( I found he was notorious about putting out product very fast).  This work pace actually is part of what made this a great film.  Its straight to the point and doesn't beat you up over the head with ANY wasted material.  Everything has a point and is very well done.  The actors were just perfect here.  The gorgeous cinematography was done by Jürgen Jürges.   Its a must see film and I rate this one a solid 10 out of 10...

Off-Topic Discussion / The Earrings of Madame De... (1956)
« on: January 17, 2019, 03:31:21 PM »
Max Ophüls directs this masterful story about a noble housewife (Danielle Darrieux ) and a pair of earrings given to her by her husband General Andre De... ( Charles Boyer).  The story follows the convoluted tale of how the earrings changed ownership several times.  One of the owners is a suitor of Ms. De... a Baron played wonderfully by Vittorio De Sica.  Charles Boyer did a excellent job of the husband who gave his wife and suitor plenty of rope before he reeled them in.  The film is very gorgeous with cinematography by Christian Matras.  Another solid French film that i rate a solid 9 out of 10...

Off-Topic Discussion / A Man Escaped (1956)
« on: January 17, 2019, 03:22:10 PM »
This is a very good Robert Bresson prison escape film.  It stars Charles Le Clainche as François Jost, a member of the French Resistance who is being held at a German Prison.  The plot is simple but very engaging and suspenseful.  Bresson did a wonderful job here making something soo simple yet soo hard being very suspenseful.  Featuring cinematography by    Léonce-Henri Burel.   I rate this one a solid 9 out of 10...

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Le Trou (1960)
« on: January 17, 2019, 02:45:24 PM »
Excellent film.  Based on a true story with input from three of the actual inmates and starring one of them in the actual film.  Simple but great plot.  The ending was fantastic and left  a open ended question as to how the result came about as it did.   A solid 9 out of 10...

Off-Topic Discussion / Quai des Orfevres (1947)
« on: January 17, 2019, 02:34:29 PM »
This is another fabulous film by Henri Clouzot. The plot from wikipedia:

Jenny Lamour ( Suzy Delair) wants to succeed in the theatre. Her husband and accompanist is Maurice Martineau (Blier), a mild-mannered but jealous man. When he finds out that Jenny has been making eyes at Brignon, a lecherous old businessman, in order to further her career, he loses his temper and threatens Brignon with death. Despite this, Jenny goes to a secret rendezvous at Brignon's apartment. He is murdered the same evening. The criminal investigations are led by Inspector Antoine (Louis Jouvet).

Jouvet really stood out here along with Delair.  Again, Clouzot delivers a beautiful atmospheric picture with cinematographer Armand Thirard filming on location in Paris.  The plot itself is very pretty good with a plot twist that interests you even if you knew it was coming.  I really love the French directors and the grittiness they bring to their noirs.  This one is no exception... A solid 9 out of 10...

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Les Diaboliques (1955)
« on: January 17, 2019, 02:24:23 PM »
For me he didn't. For me it was pretty clear what would happen at the end, and I knew it would kill the film. The ending was even worse than expected.

I think this kind of cheap and foreseeable surprises are exactly that what Hitchcock mostly steered clear of. I'm sure if he had bought the rights he would have presented the solution much, much earlier, and then relocated the suspense. As he did in most of his great films. And when he worked with a surprise, then it was an unusual one, one that was very difficult to foresee. Like in Psycho.

But apart from the thriller aspects ( ;) ) Les diaboliques was indeed a well made and atmospheric film, with, yes, fine acting and photography.

I can see the plot not fooling some people.   What threw me off is the very good acting job by the mistress.  I agree with you point about it the photography also...

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: January 17, 2019, 12:09:08 PM »
Stalker (1979)  Up there with The Searchers as highly overrated...   3 out of 10...

Off-Topic Discussion / Les Diaboliques (1955)
« on: January 17, 2019, 11:24:05 AM »
My journey into foreign films has taken me to Henri Clouzot.  I was pleasantly surprised and even more surprised to find out that Hitchcock tried to get rights to the film first.  The plot is simple:  A wife and mistress in love with the same man conspire to knock him off.  SPOILER ALERT.  When the husband was not found at the bottom of that pool that really threw me for a loop.  Most directors couldn't have pulled this off and kept the suspense but Clouzot did a fantastic job here.  The acting and cinematography was first rate.  The plot exceptional.  I rate this a solid 8 out of 10...

I recently viewed this.   While I was watching it I was saying to myself that this is a CigarJoe film... :D   What a film it is though. Its fantastic.   It has its faults but for the most part its a great film. 

The good:  The on location filming is fabulous.  Very seedy and pure New York.  The film switches between a dary seedy look and then goes into a bright suburban feel whenever the club owner visits his girlfriend.  The plot was just fantastic.  The double cross took me by surprise.  The acting was superb.  Ben Gazzaro came across to me as a Tony Montana before scarface WITHOUT the hystronics.   Azizu Johari as the beautiful girlfriend and Virginia Carrington as her mother were also superb.

The bad. The plot.  I know I called the plot fantastic above.  It was good until the end.  SPOILER ALERTS.   The setup of the plot was pretty good.  As explained by CigarJoe you got to see Cosmo paying off his gambling debt and then getting set up to get back into debt.  Everything was going well until Cosmo was being set up to be knocked off inside the warehouse.  After he knocks off the one dude in the car and is chased by the second gangster,  did I fall asleep and miss him knocking him off also or did the plot jump to Cosmo going into his girlfriend's front door because thats what I saw next.   Then, the ending itself left too many open holes.  Did the Chinese ever get wind of who knocked the bookie off?  What about the other gangsters. Are they still after Cosmos?  Did he ever go to the hospital?  Then the long drawn out ending scenes at the club didn't thrill me either.  Closing those other holes mentioned would have been better.

As the film stands ( I saw the 1978 shortened version) I give it a 8 out of 10.   Its definitely worth owning...

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: December 21, 2018, 10:15:11 AM »
The Predator (2018)  I had HIGH hopes for this one.  I'm a big fan of the original Predator film released in 1987.  I feel that film is one of the greatest science fiction films ever.  This is the fifth film featuring the Predator characters.   Shane Black, who starred in the original with Arnold Shwarenegger,  Carl Weathers, Bill Duke, etc.  co-wrote and directed the 2018 version.  Due to Black's involvement with the original film,  expectations that the franchise would return to its original themes were greatly expected by hardcore fans of the franchise.   Alas, Black may have turned in the WORST movie in the series.

This movie is a prime example of what happens when the Hollywood establishment controls a movie.  Whether Black and his co-writer, producers, etc. were on board with this junk is irrelevent.   What was bad?  EVERYTHING.  The plot took almost every Hollywood blockbuster cliche and half butt recylced it and had the gall to try and be CLEVER with it at the same time.  The plot was stupid and contrived.  The movie was soo bad that the last THIRD of the movie had to be redone after a screening.  The new version is bad so the original had to be off the charts bad.  The plot didn't make sense.  It had holes gallore and FEATURED a female scientist who's only job was to find out what the Predator was up to. Suddenly she had more combat moves than Army Rangers, lol.  The rest of the plot featured dumb characters taking their turns trying to out wit each other with stupid one liners WHILE fighting Predators.

One of the things that made the original so good was the more straight forward technology used to create the Predator character and the special effects.  The original Predator featured a man in a suit and he moved and acted like something that threw a chill in you.  The new movie features obvious CGI gallore and the Predators move across the screen like they are not even a part of the film.  Its like they were copied and pastied into the film and they move like robots.  The ONLY reason I've given this trope this much attention is because its a PRIME example of why I don't too much fool with " modern" Hollywood movies.  The sad part about it is this junk actually made a profit and THATS why they keep running it out there.  Sadly the attraction is the Predator itself which is such a profound and unique character in itself that they can continue to get fans hopes up with each new film.  This movie also gives me the opportunity to clarify something.  I use the word movie and film interchangeably here.  A movie to me is anything under a 7 rating.  A FILM is a 7 and above. I give this junk movie a 2 out of 10...

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw
« on: December 18, 2018, 08:33:48 AM »
Netflix. It's a Netflix original, although you can easily see it was designed for the big screen. You should watch it on the biggest screen available. I think it's got a limited theatrical release in the US. In France they cannot put it in a theater because the law would require Netflix to wait months (more than 12 if I remember correctly) before puting it online.

Thanx.  I don't do netflix but I might see if they got a free trial or something...

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