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« #270 : September 10, 2012, 02:16:44 AM »

Very valid point agreed. Welles, for me anyway, has always been hit or miss in his acting efforts.

More misses than hits. i don't think, though, that the problem with The Stranger is Welles playing a Nazi. The real problem is that the plot is built on a spit and each plot turns adds to the inverosimilitude of the whole set up. I could name a dozen little credible plot factors off the cuff and they are very visible even to a casual viewer.


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« #271 : September 10, 2012, 02:22:27 AM »

At the Circus (1939)  This should have been better of what it is: the premises were there all, but there are not classic scenes like in Races or Opera. And the jokes are quite lame. 6\10


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« #272 : September 10, 2012, 02:24:59 AM »

A Day at the Races (1937) Classic, but cuts in the romance and musical numbers would have been beneficial. 8\10


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« #273 : September 13, 2012, 11:09:46 AM »

A Night at the Opera (1937) Some prefer this to Duck Soup. I don't. 8\10


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« #274 : September 13, 2012, 11:10:47 AM »

Killing Zoe (1994) I forced myself to watch the first 20 minutes but couldn't make it beyond.


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« #275 : September 14, 2012, 07:36:13 AM »

Death Race 2000 (1975) The frame is the usual crappy dystopy you (or at least me) think the less movie space  the better. The fun is all in the race, or at least a good part of it. Stallone is already well under steroids. 7\10


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« #276 : September 19, 2012, 12:32:30 AM »

The Big Store (1941)  I didn't remember it was so good, probably because of the dubbing. On a par with any Marx movie except the masterpieces, though Groucho is not the up to his best. 7\10


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« #277 : September 19, 2012, 12:34:26 AM »

A Night in Casablanca (1946) Another good one, though the airplane scene is too long. 7\10


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« #278 : September 19, 2012, 12:39:24 AM »

A Night to Remember (1958) First outing of Bond and Q together (though I didn't spot them). A good thriller with no concession to melodrama. 8\10


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« #279 : September 19, 2012, 01:16:33 AM »

I could name a dozen little credible plot factors off the cuff and they are very visible even to a casual viewer.

How about the fact that this Nazi had managed to stay completely anonymous, they didn't know how he looked or even a single detail about his life, except this one detail that he loved to build clocks?! That idea is too laughable to even try to say with a straight face...

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« #280 : September 19, 2012, 05:36:15 AM »

inverosimilitude
You impressed me with this, but I find on consulting a dictionary that the correct English spelling is "inverisimilitude."



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« #281 : September 19, 2012, 01:28:57 PM »

You impressed me with this, but I find on consulting a dictionary that the correct English spelling is "inverisimilitude."

You impressed me more with the revelation that not only you consult dictionaries but even lend them some authority. What made you adopt this line?



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« #282 : September 24, 2012, 03:24:04 AM »

The Murderer Lives at #21 (1942) I read the novel last year and I thought it was an essential landmark in the history of mystery, of the same kind as Christie's The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.  Read the novel (or watch the movie) and you'll see why. The movie, and rightly so, leaves more room to humor and is absolyely enjoyable, though it is all shot in studio. 8\10


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« #283 : September 24, 2012, 05:23:42 AM »

Fantomas Strikes Back (1965) I saw it in a theatre, but it must have been 1967 or 1968. I thought it was funny at the time and it still holds well, expecially De Fun├Ęs routines with the gadgets. 7\10


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« #284 : September 27, 2012, 01:37:44 PM »

Oh, Grandmother's Dead (1969) A very minor Monicelli. Which happens regularly when he tries to leave his natural turf of comedy. Here he strives for some black humor but you never laugh. Or even smile as the dialogues and the characters are so predictable. 5\10


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