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« #14190 : October 24, 2014, 10:23:03 AM »

Presumed Innocent 5/10

Grey, uncinematic and not very interesting. Watchable though.


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« #14191 : October 25, 2014, 04:16:25 AM »

   
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Mr. Arkadin (1955) As it happens with other Welles movies (Lady from Shanghai, for example) this is better watched without sound and no inkling about what the characters say. I don't know if the two version I saw (this one  and the other dubbed in italian I saw on tv in the '80's, which could be the same one as the french dvd) approach Welles idea of what the movie should have been like, but I doubt could have been much better of the final product(s). And I can't stand those fake hair and beard and moustaches Welles sport. Still the movie has some famous scenes (Welles apologues) and angles and photography (especially the Naples dock scene) which can't but earn it a 8\10.

Agree pretty much with this, its great to watch, saw the Criterion DVD 8/10


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« #14192 : October 25, 2014, 04:54:50 AM »

100 rifles 4.5/6 , better than I expected........


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« #14193 : October 25, 2014, 01:53:33 PM »

20,000 Days on Earth (2014) - 8/10. 1080p. A fictional 20,001st day in the life of singer-songwriter-graphomaniac Nick Cave. Eschewing the typical approach to rock documentaries, we travel up close and personal as Cave goes about his business in and around Brighton, where, I was shocked to discover, the transplanted Australian lives. Interspersed with a few rehearsals and performances, the film is mostly made up of conversations he has with people: his shrink (or is that someone pretending to be his shrink?), Warren Ellis (his chief collaborator these days) the curators at the Nick Cave Archives (I kid you not). Cave spends a lot of time in his car, so the filmmakers add an interesting device of having people suddenly appearing in the vehicle to chat with Nick. He doesn't stop and pick them up, they're just suddenly there. First there's actor Ray Winstone (in the passenger's seat), then former band member Blixa Bargeld (in the passenger's seat) and finally Kylie Minogue (in the back seat). Does one have to be a Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds fan to enjoy the film? Well, I'm not all that interested in the guy and I found it interesting. It helps, I suppose, to like the recent album (Push the Sky Away), because the soundtrack features a lot of material from it (especially "Jubilee Street").

The Two Faces of January (2014) - 6/10. 1080p. 1962, Athens. Viggo and Kirsten are a seemingly nice tourist couple who come across Oscar Isaac, an ex-pat American who provides dodgy tour-guide services to visiting suckers. Suddenly the couple are in trouble, and Oscar, smelling the opportunity to lay his hands on a lot of Viggo's money, and maybe even his wife, decides to help. Before long they are three fugitives with a lot of interpersonal issues to work through. The action heads to Crete, then back to Greece, before finally landing in Istanbul (all played by the actual locations, and looking wonderful in the daytime. Nighttime, not so much). This is adapted from a Patricia Highsmith novel, not one of her better ones apparently. I had to roll my eyes when, at one point, a character asks another if he's wearing a wire. In 1962? In Istanbul? I'm guessing Highsmith's book was changed a bit.

La Dolce Vita (1960) - 5/10. 1080p. I've never liked this film--a near 3-hour demonstration that its title is ironic--but decided to give it another try now that it's available from Criterion. The new image is amazing, better probably than anything ever seen in cinemas (now when Anita Ekberg goes to the top of St. Peters, just before her hat "blows off," you can see the string attached that will perform the trick). It's certainly a pleasure to see beautiful people (Marcello Mastroianni, Ekberg, Anouk Aimée, Yvonne Furneaux) elegantly attired, riding in stylish cars, and the gliding camerawork is justly famous. But what about the story? Apart from the sub-plot with Steiner (Alain Cuny), the characters aren't very interesting, and I always give up caring about any of them early on. The ending, with the sudden re-introduction of Paola (Valeria Ciangottini), affords viewers a chance to play guess-the-meaning (one that seems pretty clear and simple to me). It's not enough of a reward, however, for having to sit through all 172 minutes.



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« #14194 : October 25, 2014, 02:18:49 PM »

John Wick (2014) - 4/5

The story isn't the greatest but they make an interesting world that revolves around hired killers. Also, the action is pretty pretty good.
Huh. And Blu-ray.com gave it a 9/10 and praised its 90-minute, fat-free run time. Also:
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Holy Mayhem, Batman, I can even see this in IMAX! What am I doing here still nattering on?



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« #14195 : October 26, 2014, 08:46:56 AM »

John Wick (2014) - 7/10. IMAX. A simple revenge flick: the title character (Keanu Reeves), once a hitman for the Russian mafia, gets pulled back into the life by his old associates. When payback starts, the bodies of gangsters begin stacking up like cords of wood. There's a lot of humor, though. Apparently hitmen (and hitwomen) are part of a fraternity that operates a secret hotel ("The Continental"--actually a re-purposed Flatiron Building) in the heart of Manhattan where killers can relax between hits. The hotel is overseen by Ian McShane, who enforces the house rules with extreme prejudice--no business on the premises! I enjoyed the film a lot but I have one complaint. It's shot like TV--why am I paying for IMAX when all I'm getting is midshots and closeups?

For reasons I could not discover, there's a lot of drinking in the movie. The head mobster guzzles alcohol all day long, and in one scene, where Willem Dafoe offers him freshly made juice, he rather pointedly turns up his nose at it. But the good guys drink too. When Reeves comes back to The Continental after night of killing, the concierge helpfully suggests some bourbon. We then cut to the hotel room and the distinctive bottle of America's premier whisky, Blanton's, pouring into a glass. A doctor is stitching Reeves up, and wants to know if he needs any painkillers. Reeves says no and raises his glass. "Already taken care of." Yeah, baby!



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« #14196 : October 26, 2014, 11:57:14 PM »

Dangerous (1935) 5/10

This movie is shit.

Bette Davis is shit.

Franchot Tone is shit.

I just wasted an hour-and-a-half of my life that I'll never get back.


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« #14197 : October 27, 2014, 12:54:44 AM »

Dangerous (1935) 5/10

This movie is shit.

Bette Davis is shit.

Franchot Tone is shit.

I just wasted an hour-and-a-half of my life that I'll never get back.

5/10 doesn't sound so shitty though.

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« #14198 : October 27, 2014, 01:57:13 AM »

5/10 doesn't sound so shitty though.

D&D has his own personal ranking system:

1-4/10 don't exist
5/10: shit
6/10: shit+
7/10: watchable
8/10: great!
9/10: masterpiece
10/10: the patriot


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« #14199 : October 27, 2014, 02:36:22 AM »

yes, 5/10 is a shitty movie, a failing rating.

And btw, the reason I virtually never rate anything lower than 5/10 is that if a movie is that bad, I usually won't finish watching it, I'll shut it off; and I never give a rating to a movie that I haven't watched completely. So, anytime I rate a movie, it's almost always gonna be a minimum of 5/10 or 6/10. which are both failing ratings IMO. less than 6/10 is shit. 6-6.5/10 is mediocre,  7-7.5/10 is good, 8/10 and up is very good.

Btw, I sort of have adopted n_l's system of giving most great movies a 9.5/10 and reserving 10/10 for the absolute best of the best, so I've been giving more 9.5/10's lately and less 10/10's. But yeah, I figure I've wasted my time if a movie is anything less than a 7/10. Then again, some people's time is more valuable than others'  :P


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« #14200 : October 27, 2014, 03:04:47 AM »

That means I was pretty right with the scale I just posted.


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« #14201 : October 27, 2014, 05:31:59 AM »

That means I was pretty right with the scale I just posted.

No.

I already told you The Patriot has its own, unique 11/10 rating  ;)

if you must know, no, I wouldn't say 8/10 is "great" or 9/10 is a "masterpiece."



anything less than 6/10 is shit
6-6.5/10 is mediocre
7/10 is decent
7.5/10 is good
8-9/10 is very good
9.5/10 is great and 10/10 is masterpiece


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« #14202 : October 28, 2014, 05:45:36 AM »

God's Pocket (2014) - 8/10. Hey, a POS Indy production that isn't a total POS! According to the director (some guy named John Slattery), inspiration for the look and feel of this adaptation of a Pete Dexter novel came from The Friends of Eddie Coyle. And although set in a Philly neighborhood, some of the shooting (I just discovered) took place down the road from me, in Port Chester, NY. There's a plot, about small time crooks and their problems, but mostly this is a film to turn to in order to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the performances. And what performances! John Turturro is a crook and degenerate gambler who runs a flower shop (with Joyce Van Patten!). Eddie Marsan is a crook who runs a funeral home and demands cash on the barrelhead. Richard Jenkins is a alcoholic columnist who has no interest in anything besides booze until he catches sight of Christina Hendricks, who is married to lead crook Philip Seymour Hoffman. Hoffman plays the world's most pathetic grifter--it's an inspired performance in a tailor-made role. I chuckled hard watching him flail about, a bug on his back in a world he never made (I can't wait to see this talented actor in his next 10 film roles). The film is a comedy, but a dark one.

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« #14203 : October 28, 2014, 07:40:32 AM »

... According to the director (some guy named John Slattery)...


I take it you are not a fan of Mad Men then. He plays the often show-stealing Roger Sterling.

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« #14204 : October 28, 2014, 07:43:51 AM »

I take it you are not a fan of Mad Men then. He plays the often show-stealing Roger Sterling.
I don't watch much TV, but I did come across his credits when researching the film. Is Roger Sterling the gray-haired gent?



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