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« #585 : April 12, 2016, 04:26:39 PM »

Pauline à la plage (1983) Arielle Dombasle shows her naked tits and in bathing suit her ass can be appreciated. But the movie is terrible melodrama, with plot turns which at best can be considered boring. 4/10 only for Dombasle (her hair-do though detracts from her appearance).


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« #586 : April 18, 2016, 05:50:19 PM »

Perceval (1978) The movie at first is amazing for the effort to recreate the pictorial images of some art practices of pre-renaissance times. But then the choice of having the narrative parts sung or recited by the actors after a while it bores: shortly, the movie is too long. But the problem I have with it is probably that I first saw it almost at the same time with Ronconi's Furioso which is head and shoulder above it, though it would be not correct to compare the two works, both literary and filmic. Still to me the 5 hours of Ronconi's serial seem shorter than the  2h13' of Rohmer. 8/10


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« #587 : April 23, 2016, 02:42:17 PM »

Les nuits de la pleine lune (1984) I should rewatch the earlier Rohmer : I liked them because of their irony toward characters who were not honest toward themselves, doing something which contrasted with their spoken comments, but in an almost jamesian way, hard to pick up. These characters of the late '70's early 80's have little linearity: it is easier to make a movie about them because you don't know what moves them. Like here: but at least the finale confirms what she is in spite of her repeating to herself that she's in love wither companion: a strumpet. 7/10


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« #588 : April 23, 2016, 02:46:47 PM »

The Puppet Masters (1994)  Heinlein's novel came out before Finney's Invasion of Body Snatchers, patently "inspired" (copied) from the earlier one. Though Finney's book is good, Heinlein's is probably the best horror-Sf novel, or at least a good contender for top slot. The movie isn't as good as Siegel's, though it has Sutherland: It has good scenes, but the sequence of the beehive is boring. 7/10 


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« #589 : April 26, 2016, 02:46:26 AM »

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) The Diamond number alone would make this worth watching and it's one of the best musical numbers ever committed to film. Monroe is above perfection here but throughout the movie is never below unique. A uniqueness which is due also, apart from her beauty, line delivery and glamour, to her ability as a singer: she's the best singer among great actresses, with the possible exception of Dietrich. Oddly her name was in the opening credits below Russel's, who does a great job but just cannot compete: that is clear from the first scene. The movie falters a bit in the middle part so it gets only 8/10. A musical number partly visible in the trailer was cut: I'd like to know what it was and if it's available. 


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« #590 : April 26, 2016, 02:51:01 AM »

Le rayon vert (1986) This is to movies, to stick to current events, what Purple Rain is to songs: zero degree of inventiveness, the kind of stuff everybody with a bit of imagination and basic technical ability should be able to deliver. I had seen it before and couldn't remember a thing: now I know why. 0/10


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« #591 : April 26, 2016, 10:08:22 PM »

The Insider (1999) Boredom. I was about to cut vision after 20 minutes. Got to the end to know the facts but 2 & 1/2 h. to get to the point is too much. Pacino goes through the motions while Crowe is miscast and adds bad playing to the character. The rest is pure hollywood triviality. 4/10


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« #592 : April 26, 2016, 10:12:59 PM »

Donnie Brasco (1997) They adjusted facts to story (probably to make Pacino have a greater role) but  if it would have been better to cut off the familiar vicissitudes of the cop which slow down the narration terribly and tell more about the illegal activities. 7/10


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« #593 : April 27, 2016, 07:08:23 AM »

Donnie Brasco (1997) They adjusted facts to story (probably to make Pacino have a greater role) but  if it would have been better to cut off the familiar vicissitudes of the cop which slow down the narration terribly and tell more about the illegal activities. 7/10

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« #594 : April 27, 2016, 09:40:25 AM »

You gotta learn to use commas.

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« #595 : April 27, 2016, 02:36:33 PM »

Rounders (1998) Dahl remakes Cincinnati Kid or The Hustler or you tell it. Not bad, but not memorable. 7/10


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« #596 : April 29, 2016, 11:44:40 AM »

Hell in the Pacific (1968) One of the movies of my life. And not only because it is a great one. I watched it in 1969 and remember still that afternoon with my father. Today I saw the dvd with the stupid bombing finale, which in Italy was never seen before. But today was impressed with the use of sound and the Schifrin's OST. 


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« #597 : April 30, 2016, 10:19:53 AM »

L'onorevole Angelina (1947) Terrible. I don't think it has some kind of interest except for italian cinema historians as it has some elements better developed in later works. The story is poor but the romantic subplot makes it embarrassing. It was shot a stone's throw from where I live. 5/10


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« #598 : May 01, 2016, 12:25:09 PM »

L'ami de mon amie (1987) This has got some interesting elements, but in the end it turns out to be the usual romantic comedy Hollywood has ladled to us over a century. One or two good dialogues make it worthwhile for a single vision. 7/10


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« #599 : May 03, 2016, 12:28:58 PM »

Die Marquise von O...(1976) Still good after all these years. But I don't like Ganz: ugly looking and with a screeching voice. 7/10


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