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« #13875 : September 04, 2014, 11:08:03 AM »

THE EARRINGS OF MADAME DE ... is not a forgettable film.


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« #13876 : September 04, 2014, 11:25:53 AM »

THE EARRINGS OF MADAME DE ... is not a forgettable film.
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« #13877 : September 04, 2014, 04:01:24 PM »

I don't personally see myself returning to it. The screenplay, plot-wise, is excellent - but I didn't feel the characters were fleshed out quite enough. Obviously Ophul's camerawork is excellent for it's time and still much more precise and meaningful than many overdone tracking shots of today. The initial dancing sequences between De Sica's character and Louise are especially great in terms of camerawork and use of music. As the plot thickened I found myself caring less and less about the characters. By the end of the film I didn't much care what happened to anyone. It's strong technically and also through storytelling technique, but overall it felt empty.

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« #13878 : September 04, 2014, 04:38:54 PM »

I don't care much about the characters either. Is that what makes a film forgettable or not? It is a beautiful film to watch, and the camerawork is one of the most important reasons, and the acting is terrific as well.

You seem to equate "forgettableness" with "re-watchableness" - to me, the two are not the same thing. (I generally don't re-watch movies much - once in 2 years max even for the best movies, but) that doesn't mean they are forgettable. There are movies that I have seen only once and never re-watched, nor do I intend to re-watch anytime soon, and are not forgettable.

I gave The Earrings of Madame de ... an 8.5/10


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« #13879 : September 04, 2014, 04:53:01 PM »

Avalon (1990) 9.5/10

Every Tuesday night in September, TCM is doing movies on the portrayal of Jews in cinema. The guest who chose the movies is a Jewish film historian named Dr. Eric Goldman, he really is interesting, seems to me that his conversations with Robert Osborne go on for longer than some of the other guests, Osborne even mentioned how much interesting stuff he has to say, not just one of the dumbass guests offering bullshit cliches, his conversations with Osborne are really fun to listen to.

Avalon is an amazing movie. This movie doesn't have that much about immigrants adapting to the new land; it's more about the stories of the immigrant families years after their parents have come to America. As some people have argued, this movie may not even really be all that Jewish. And IMO you can argue it may not be so much about the immigrant experience in general. To me, what is most interesting here are the themes of passage of time and memory. This movie does that better than almost any other movie you'll ever see, and therefore it is a wonderful watch even for those who wouldn't have any interest in immigrant stories.

This is one of those movies that anyone who hasn't seen should put in their queue.

The cast is mostly very good; I'll particularly note Kevin Pollak in a supporting role; and the role of the child played by Elijah Wood; and Armin Mueller-Stahl. Muller-Stahl's performance is IMO Oscar-worthy.

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« #13880 : September 04, 2014, 07:08:44 PM »

You seem to equate "forgettableness" with "re-watchableness" - to me, the two are not the same thing.
That's a good point. I guess I won't know if it's actually forgettable for quite a while eh? Anyways, characters and visuals I feel are two huge selling points for me in a film. The characters didn't interest me too much, and the visuals overall weren't exactly amazing - the camerawork is (make sense, sorta?). I can think of several films pre-1953 with more stunning visuals, though I agree the camerawork is ahead of its time.

I've really wanted to see Avalon for a while. I'll check it out soon.

The Ballad of Narayama - 8.5/10
Now this is a visual masterpiece for sure. Maybe the best use of color I've ever seen in a film. It's shot completely on set with painted backgrounds, yet feels as cinematic and beautiful as can be. Excellent story & characters as well. However, the music - both vocal and instrumental - can become infuriatingly distracting in an otherwise excellent film. It's shot in 1958, but looks like something out of the mid 70's. Criterion Blu-Ray highly suggested.

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« #13881 : September 04, 2014, 11:17:02 PM »

I have to say that most of Ophuls work that I've seen is forgettable because nothing has stayed with me outside of maybe a couple moments in 'Letter'. Generally speaking, I don't care for the characters in his movies whatsoever, they're mostly unlikable and Ophuls films has that British period piece drama vibe (minus the usual stationary camera) that so doesn't jibe with my taste. I have no urge to check out any more of his work or revisit anything I've seen.

I don't see how Big Trouble in Little China can be viewed as forgettable, regardless of whether or not you actually enjoyed it. I couldn't let that comment go, I love that movie way too much.

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« #13882 : September 05, 2014, 06:03:07 AM »

The Seven-Ups (1973) another Wow, 10/10 forgot how great the car chase was in this one actually rivaling the chase in Bullitt (1968) Set in and around my old hoods, Astoria, Long Island City, Sunnyside, also with Manhattan & Harlem River.
Took your recommendation and ordered this on Blu (from Germany), which, by the way, looks fabulous. I can't quite go a "10" on this--seems a bit slow at times--but I did enjoy it. The car chase is, as you say, impressive (and it should rival the one in Bullitt, because the same people were involved). There's a nice archival Making Of on the disc that shows the director working closely with Bill Hickman to achieve the requisite mayhem. Here's something I wondered, though--the chase crosses the GW bridge, Jersey-bound, and then seconds later they're passing an exit for Briarcliff Manor! Say what?



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« #13883 : September 05, 2014, 09:26:28 AM »

Took your recommendation and ordered this on Blu (from Germany), which, by the way, looks fabulous. I can't quite go a "10" on this--seems a bit slow at times--but I did enjoy it. The car chase is, as you say, impressive (and it should rival the one in Bullitt, because the same people were involved). There's a nice archival Making Of on the disc that shows the director working closely with Bill Hickman to achieve the requisite mayhem. Here's something I wondered, though--the chase crosses the GW bridge, Jersey-bound, and then seconds later they're passing an exit for Briarcliff Manor! Say what?

Well it's a car chase The Unsuspected is similar, starts off on I think the Sawmill River Parkway and ends up under the Triboro Bridge, I've heard similar comments about the chase across San Francisco in The Lineup:D


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« #13884 : September 05, 2014, 12:19:30 PM »

Oh, yeah, we can play this game all night: In McQ John Wayne leaves Seattle heading south on I-5; minutes later he's out on the Pacific Coast, 150 miles away.

I just expected a greater commitment to realism in The Seven Ups for some reason. Silly me.



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« #13885 : September 05, 2014, 02:08:46 PM »

I just expected a greater commitment to realism in The Seven Ups for some reason. Silly me.

I think the only possible road once they cross the GW that resembles the road in the film should have been the Palisades Parkway, but doesn't allow buses or trucks, the other option would Route 4 but it's through quasi industrial Ft. Lee.


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« #13886 : September 05, 2014, 05:10:43 PM »

I think the only possible road once they cross the GW that resembles the road in the film should have been the Palisades Parkway, but doesn't allow buses or trucks, the other option would Route 4 but it's through quasi industrial Ft. Lee.
The actual road they used was, of course, the Taconic, so it would have to be playing another Parkway, so I guess the PP is elected.



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« #13887 : September 06, 2014, 10:08:41 AM »

Los Muertos (2004) - 6.5/10
Kinda shitty, kinda great.

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« #13888 : September 06, 2014, 10:27:40 AM »


Kinda shitty, kinda great.

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« #13889 : September 06, 2014, 10:35:32 AM »

Saint Laurent (2014, Bonello) - 6.5/10
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