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 : June 26, 2024, 03:21:32 PM 
Jill - Jill
I don't think we have one for general gaming?

 : June 26, 2024, 04:14:40 AM 
Dust Devil - stanton
It's a good and very entertaining film with a great story but also much too pretentious dialogues. 
It was edited by producer Sam Spiegel against the wishes of Arthur Penn, a director for whom the editing was very important.
It was the stuff for a very good film, but the result is not that great.
I like the film, and I always hope that I like it more by another re-watch, but Penn's following films are the ones where he found the balance between style and ambition.

 : June 26, 2024, 02:57:28 AM 
Dust Devil - Dust Devil
Brando has so many good relatively unknown films, and his performances are always great even in the not so good films.  This was one of the better films and his performance is excellent.

Yeah, here he looses some charm as he drops the ''cool cat'' act in the second half.

 : June 24, 2024, 11:37:37 PM 
Dust Devil - johnnss

Strangely enough here director Arthur Penn - who is I think mostly regarded as one of the trailblazers of the late 60s/70s indie/counterculture films - directs an ansamble cast in a rather upclass (not to say lavish) production.

At nearly 2 hours and 15 minutes it's a waste of time, unless you have a lot of time or you're a movie buff.

I suspect the original story is as shallow and cliched as they come: the whole ''trad town'' (save a few folks) turns out to be corrupt in one way or another, then of course - racist, full of unspoken uncomfortable truths and cheating among themselves, to make the time go by.

That being said, the cast is rather good all around. Though Redford seems out of place: he delivers his standard charms that (sadly) don't fit the story. Brando starts strong, but gets sacrificed for the sake of the story in the second half, ends up being the messenger of the not-so-much-anticipated message of the movie/play. Duvall perhaps the most memorable and at times even nuanced tragi-comic role.
house of hazards
E. G. Marshall as the town's shallow big banker, but ahey - with character. Jane Fonda beautiful but what also what seems her standard role. Angie Dickinson as Brando's good wife. Fox, Rule, some others: all OK.

The last 30 minutes almost unwatchable.

(just beneath a) 6/10
Brando has so many good relatively unknown films, and his performances are always great even in the not so good films.  This was one of the better films and his performance is excellent.

 : June 24, 2024, 09:55:53 PM 
cigar joe - moorman
I rewatched this for about the 5th time or so.  The ending still hits hard.  I have yet to see the alternate endings because I don't want to spoil the experience of the original ending.  I'll get around to it eventually.

 : June 24, 2024, 05:31:49 AM 
drinkanddestroy - Dust Devil
Donald Sutherland:


Anouk Aimee at 92.


 : June 21, 2024, 05:08:23 PM 
PowerRR - dave jenkins
Mud (2013) - 9/10. Jeff Nichols' follow up to Take Shelter (which I haven't seen). This is how Nichols described the film as they were about to shoot it in the fall of 2011:
It is a contemporary [story], about two fourteen-year-old boys who find this man hiding out on an island in the middle of the Mississippi River. They help him out. He says he killed a man in Texas and he is on the run, but he's kind of likable so they start to help him get things. Matthew McConaughey is playing the title character Mud, Reese Witherspoon is playing Juniper, his girlfriend. Tye Sheridan [the young lead] from ?Tree of Life," and another, a boy named Jacob Lofland that we just found in Arkansas [also star]. It is going to be a tricky film to make because all of the stunts and effects are practical. Shotgun shootouts, dirt bike scenes, snakes and water and all this craziness.
The film is so well made it astounded me. There's nothing new in the plot--a standard coming-of-age story, what you could find in any current YA novel. But the film is so well-acted, the dialog so well-written, I kept wanting to salute. It also has something you don't get that much of anymore--specificity of location. As the film unspooled, I really believed I was watching life in eastern Arkansas (where people address their elders by either sir or ma'am). Nichols, a native of the region, shot the film from his original story. He seems to be a very talented fellow.
Re-watched this in anticipation of seeing The Bikeriders and found it rather dull. Maybe, because it was so well made, I remembered it too well?

 : June 21, 2024, 03:14:57 PM 
titoli - titoli
The Amazing Spider-Man 2(2014) A good sequel with only the final double fight deterring from a complete satisfactory result.  The love story, for once, is not an encumbrance. 7/10

 : June 21, 2024, 03:09:18 PM 
drinkanddestroy - titoli
Anouk Aimee at 92.

 : June 21, 2024, 03:04:57 PM 
cigar joe - dave jenkins
I viewed the 50th Anniversary Release Version and spent time with the Theatrical Release Version in native 4K and 1080p. In native 4K, I viewed both with Dolby Vision.

On my system, both versions looked quite incredible, and I liked everything that I saw. For example, even though the original cinematography introduces some visuals with fluctuating sharpness and delineation, the entire film boasts an outstanding organic appearance. Some of the wider panoramic footage, in particular, looked stunning, but there are many close-ups that are equally impressive. Darker material is handled beautifully as well, so indoor and nighttime visuals boasts wonderful nuances and shadow definition. I tend to prefer how these visuals look in 1080p, not native 4K, but the discrepancy is very, very small. Color balance is fantastic. All primaries are lush, wonderfully balanced, and very healthy. All supporting nuances reveal identical strength as well. Unsurprisingly, the entire film has a stunning, very impressive period appearance, so revisiting it in native 4K or 1080p is quite the treat. For what it's worth, I did not think that the native 4K presentation was significantly better. Some of the daylight panoramic footage looked marginally richer, but color reproduction is equally satisfying in native 4K and 1080p. Image stability is excellent. The entire film looks spotless as well.

Peckinpah's Final Preview Cut has a stable, attractive organic appearance too. However, it is a somewhat dated, slightly rough appearance. The other two versions look noticeably better.

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