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« #13860 : September 01, 2014, 03:35:32 AM »

I very much doubt it does. Certainly not in one piece.


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« #13861 : September 01, 2014, 06:17:55 AM »

I watched it twice and enjoyed it as much the second time.



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« #13862 : September 01, 2014, 06:19:28 AM »

Rewatched Spellbound last night. I liked it better than my first viewing, focusing on the stars and style rather than the story.



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« #13863 : September 01, 2014, 11:39:33 AM »


Secret Window (2004) - 6 to 6.5/10


Strange I never saw this before... Anyhow, cliched all around yet thoroughly enjoyable due to Depp's performance.


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« #13864 : September 01, 2014, 12:03:26 PM »

Hammett (1982) Director: Wim Wenders based on Joe Gores (novel), with quite the cast, Frederic Forrest, Peter Boyle, Marilu Henner, Roy Kinnear, Elisha Cook Jr., Lydia Lei, Jack Nance,  Royal Dano, Samuel Fuller and Hank Warden. Sort of an alcoholic stupor/dream of a PI flick, enforced by the storybook quality of the Zoetrope Studio sets. The story revolves around Dashiell "Sam" Hammett post Pinkerton during his Black Mask Pulp Fiction writer days, and one last case or is it just another hard boiled tale? Entertaining, streaming on Netflix 7/10

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« #13865 : September 01, 2014, 12:45:11 PM »

Secret Window (2004) - 6 to 6.5/10


Strange I never saw this before... Anyhow, cliched all around yet thoroughly enjoyable due to Depp's performance.

It's worst than the book, which is itself a mediocre King. The book gets 6 at most, the film doesn't get better than 4. I don't remember Depp being good in it but I may be wrong.


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« #13866 : September 01, 2014, 01:55:05 PM »

Chef - 6.5/10
A fun, lighthearted and generally entertaining movie. A lot of the beginning has to do with the titular chef's desire to break through the formulaic menu and come up with personal, creative foods - the film itself, in contrast, is as formula-driven as possible. Also written by Favreau, most of the more serious dialogue between his character and his son is awfully unconvincing. Twitter plays a big role, that while at first an important and culturally driven aspect, turns into an overdone plot device that begins to feel like an advertisement. Finally, the film is almost completely void of internal or external conflict. It's a fun, easy, safe, happy movie, with characters likable enough where a lot of the really serious flaws can be overlooked through an enjoyable food-porn experience.

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« #13867 : September 02, 2014, 12:45:39 PM »

K-PAX (2001) - 5/10

I'm on a roll of that-feeling-I've-seen-this-before-somewhere flicks.


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« #13868 : September 02, 2014, 05:50:07 PM »

1. Scene of the Crime (1949) 6/10

Van Johnson's voice/diction still irritate me to no end, Arlene Dahl is still pretty, I still wonder if they didn't have mole-removal technology in those days. But Arlene is still with us, at 86, so it;'s never too late. And Gloria Dehaven, another cute girl in this movie, is still with us, as well, at 89   :)

2. Walk Softly, Stranger (1950) 6.5/10

Joseph Cotten (another actor whose appearance in a movie usually knocks it down a notch or three for me) plays a small-time crook/gambler who tries to flee his past in a small town with a new idenity, after "one last big score" knocking over a gambling joint. But he obviously wasn't a movie fan, or he'd know that the "one last big score" thing never works.
In his new town/identity, he accidentally falls in love with a crippled woman, played by Alida Valli aka Valli; he seems to be happy to settle down with her, but he finds that it isn't easy to outrun your past, not when you have a former partner (Paul Stewart) who blew his share and comes looking for you, as is the gambler whose joint you knocked over ...


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« #13869 : September 02, 2014, 07:08:23 PM »

Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) 9/10 (Netflix streaming)

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« #13870 : September 03, 2014, 02:01:49 AM »

Hester Street (1975) 7/10


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« #13871 : September 03, 2014, 04:52:36 AM »

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) - 5.5/10

Bits of wits but that's the most I got from it. Not particularly intriguing nor charming story either...


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« #13872 : September 03, 2014, 11:47:11 AM »

47 Ronin (2013) - 5/10

What a disturbing flop... and the saddest thing is... it didn't have to be like that at all. I was not bothered whatsoever by the major changes in the plot they made (half-breed introduction + fantasy elements). Not only was I not bothered - I liked them right away and welcomed them. So why TH didn't they stick to that?  Why... Why couldn't have this been a great fantasy adventure I was weeping for, with elements of the rich Japanese folklore and tiny strings of men-and-honor leitmotif playing in the background? Instead, they made it a triumph of never realized ideas/characters and a mockery of Japanese culture. Wow.

Still, what bothers me the most, besides the all-around drifting-to-nowhere feeling in the second half (the first half is decently entertaining), is the ending. I would have given it a 6.5 or even a 7 if it wasn't for the last 15-20 minutes, but no, instead of great action-fantasy-fireworks finale they made it a pure travesty. Bah.


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« #13873 : September 03, 2014, 02:44:31 PM »

47 Ronin (2013) - 5/10

What a disturbing flop...
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« #13874 : September 04, 2014, 09:52:40 AM »

Letter Never Sent - 7.5/10
Big Trouble in Little China - 7.5/10
The Earrings of Madame de... - 7.5/10

All really good films, all very different films, but all generally (unfortunately) forgettable. The dreaded forgetfulness of a 7.5 ...tsk tsk.

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