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« #13485 : April 27, 2014, 12:27:37 PM »

@ stanton: that's the point, that it is totally inappropriate for this film.


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« #13486 : April 28, 2014, 10:10:10 AM »

Masques (1987) - 6/10. One of Chabrol's potboilers. Philippe Noiret is a successful game show host on French TV (a horrible show where old people sing and dance--noodles_leone knows the type). During a brief hiatus, Noiret invites the young journalist writing his biography to his country house where they can work on the book together. The writer has some other agenda, however, or else why would he be carrying a gun? At the house there are a number of people already--Noiret's masseuse and her husband, Noiret's driver, a mysterious "god daughter" who keeps to her room (a pre-Cyrano Anne Brouchet), and a woman attendant (whose incessant smile really starts getting on your nerves after a while). All here is not as it seems, and soon a game of cat-and-mouse begins between Noiret and the young man. This is well done, and the movie is enjoyable for as long as things remain opaque. But once everybody puts their cards on the table the whole thing becomes rather pedestrian. Throughout, however, Noiret plays his part as the affable swine to perfection, and his performance is the reason to watch the film.
A poster on IMDb has made the case (in 2009) that this film is essentially a remake of Curtiz's The Unsuspected (1947). I find his arguments persuasive: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093505/board/nest/153100688?ref_=tt_bd_1



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« #13487 : April 28, 2014, 10:05:32 PM »

The Room.

Hilarious all the way through, and I usually get bored with 'funny bad movies' within the first 10 minutes.

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« #13488 : April 29, 2014, 12:43:34 AM »

This one is really fascinating.


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« #13489 : April 30, 2014, 06:03:56 AM »

The Wind and the Lion (1975) - 8/10. Blu-ray: 10/10. Wow, the blu sports an almost-LoA quality transfer, the better with which to enjoy Billy Williams sensational photography (he and Milius really like a camera that moves, what?). To say nothing of Terry Leonard's stunts. Or Candy Icebergen's horsewomanship. Or Sean Connery's charm or Brian Keith's convincing bluster. Or Jerry Goldsmith's fantastic score. The blu ports over the extras from the DVD, the vintage behind-the-scenes piece, and Milius's commentary (circa 2003, I guess?). Milius gives really good commentary. Apparently he was the first film director to come to Almeria prepared to surf. From a distance of many years he could still recall with fondness the "five-foot swells" he found on the beach there.



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« #13490 : April 30, 2014, 02:42:26 PM »

Apparently he was the first film director to come to Almeria prepared to surf.

Was there ever a second one?


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« #13491 : April 30, 2014, 03:35:02 PM »

Wicked Woman (1953) directed by Russell Rouse. A blonde floozy (Beverly Michaels) drifts into town and gets a job as a waitress at a local bar. She sets her sights on the bar's handsome owner (Richard Egan), who is married to an alcoholic (Evelyn Scott). Runty flophouse neighbor (Percy Helton) complicates the scam to impersonate Scott, sell the bar and run to Mexico. Entertaining enough 7/10.


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« #13492 : April 30, 2014, 06:58:35 PM »

Little Fugitive (1953) first American Independent film a real gem Directed by Ray Ashley, Morris Engel, and Ruth Orkin. Starring Richie Andrusco as Joey, & 1953 Coney Island. 10/10


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« #13493 : May 01, 2014, 06:55:30 PM »

Scarlet Street - 8/10



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« #13494 : May 02, 2014, 12:32:28 AM »

Captain Amerique: The Winter Soldier - Marvel

Cap 2 was less good than expected, even slightly boring despite a reasonable story. Even Scarlett Johansson was less cool than in Avengers and Iron Man, which is telling. 5/10

Her - Spike Jonze

A subtle and intelligent love story between an introverted guy (you feel sorry for him when you see his moustache) and a computer voice. Scarlett Johansson was great as the voice. 8,5/10


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« #13495 : May 03, 2014, 05:26:38 AM »

The Andromeda Strain (1971) - 9/10. A team of scientists (led by Arthur Hill and David Wayne) race to prevent a micro-organism of extra-terrestrial origin from putting us all in a world of hurt. Robert Wise does Michael Crichton's novel proud, with the help of some outstanding industry specialists: Boris Leven on set design, Albert Whitlock on mattes, Douglas Trumbull on special photographic effects. They even found someone to deliver a pretty fantastic electronic score. The script suffers a bit from too much exposition put into characters' mouths, and the big statement at the end is pretty ridiculous (are we all REALLY supposed to be worried about future micro-biological threats from space?), but for the most part this is a very effective thriller, one that works even without much action (although James Olson does his best to inject a little at the end). The film still looks good, and now, thanks to a new German Blu-ray release (in a way cool steelbook!), it probably looks the best it ever has. Thank you, Kraut Nation!



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« #13496 : May 04, 2014, 03:14:52 AM »

Scarlet Street - 8/10

yeah, I saw the movie a while ago and gave it the same rating. I saw it on the Alpha DVD, which is awful quality; but happily, I see that according to Beaver, there are some good DVD/BRD of the film, too http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film3/blu-ray_reviews56/scarlet_street_blu-ray.htm

I see that TCM is playing it on Tuesday at 2:15 PM EST, so I'll record it and watch it some time; I hope the quality is good, it'll be nice to finally watch the movie in good quality; eventually, maybe I'll get the Kino BRD or one of the other good-quality discs of this movie.

There is further discussion of the movie and the various versions of it in the Film Noir Discussion/DVD Review Thread, starting here http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=1822.msg146641#msg146641

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« #13497 : May 04, 2014, 08:33:47 AM »

The Year of Living Dangerously - 8/10 - Peter Weir's last Aussie film has journalist Mel Gibson caught up in Indonesia's tumultuous '60s, befriending Chinese journalist Linda Hunt and wooing Brit diplomat Sigourney Weaver. Part historical thriller, part romance, it's an entertaining movie that does a good job depicting a controversial event without speechmaking.



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« #13498 : May 04, 2014, 12:43:26 PM »

A Pig Across Paris (aka Four Bags Full) / La traversée de Paris (1956) - 6/10. During the Occupation, two men (Jean Gabin et Bourvil) attempt to cross Paris at night with four suitcases of Black Market pork. Hilarity ensues . . . until it doesn't. A promising premise, with several comic episodes, goes terribly wrong when things turn serious in the second half of the film. I guess the filmmakers didn't want anyone to get the idea that the Occupation was all jokes and laughter. Too bad. The tacked on ending, to remind everyone they've been watching a comedy, doesn't work at all.



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« #13499 : May 05, 2014, 05:33:25 AM »

The Man With the Golden Arm (1955) - 3/10. So terrible, it's actually very funny at times. In fact, if I didn't know better, I'd swear this was an SCTV parody of a mid-50s message picture. Frank Sinatra plays a guy who is not only a junkie but a card sharper AND a talented musician. And his name is--get this--Frankie Machine! If that weren't enough, the wonderful Eleanor Parker throws herself into the worst part ever written for an actress. She really IS Mrs. Machine. Then there are all the clichéd secondary characters, the hoods and corrupt cops, all played by decent actors working hard to be 100% cardboard. Kim Novak is there, too, but mostly for decoration (she affects a voice somewhere between Madeleine's and Judy's). The jazz score, not a bad piece of music in itself, is used terribly--we get The Big Crescendo every time Frankie is on his way to his fix, and even once, when his connection is laying out the paraphernalia, Preminger has each item Mickey-Moused as it gets set down! (I'm not sure about the characters, but I'm pretty sure the director was on drugs when he made this). There are two deaths in the film, and each one is staged in such a manner that when I saw them I had to fall to the floor and roll about in fits of laughter. The humor is, of course, all unintentional, but it's real, so the film is due a couple points for its entertainment value. Sure glad, though, that Preminger went on to better things.



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