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« #14220 : October 31, 2014, 08:34:28 AM »

Nightcrawler (2014) - 10/10. If Travis Bickle and Network's Diana Christensen conceived a child, that rough beast, slouching toward Hollywood to be born, would be Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal), the amoral hero of Nightcrawler. Lou, when we first meet him, makes his living selling copper wire, pieces of chain-link fence, and manhole covers. One night on the highway, however, he comes on the scene of a terrible accident and witnesses first-hand two stringers for local news videoing the carnage. Suddenly Lou has a new industry to crash. The barriers to entry, though, are high; but Lou, for his part, is indomitable: he has the talent, the drive, the ruthlessness to succeed. With some mentoring by a TV station producer (Rene Russo), he is soon beating out his chief competitor (Bill Paxton). And when a crime/accident scene doesn't have all the cinematic values it should, Lou does not scruple to re-stage it. Things escalate nicely from there. This is one of those rare films that begins strong, then just keeps getting better and better. Darkly funny, this is a contender for American film of the year.

Good news! I'm expecting a lot from this one.


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« #14221 : October 31, 2014, 08:52:42 AM »

You're gonna love it: the lead character is a psycho who loves composing nothing but money shots. Nothing deters him. He is a lion on a savannah populated by jackals.



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« #14222 : October 31, 2014, 09:59:17 AM »

You forgot one of the flaws: the kid only ever has teenage models for girlfriends. Yeah, just like in real life.
But, on the positive side, us as viewers get to appreciate teenage model girlfriends. (if they're not 18 I take that back...but I imagine they're all at least around 25)

A Scanner Darkly - 7/10
Could be higher on a repeat viewing, really fascinating sci-fi noir drug drama adaptation but it's easy to get lost in the plot. I personally really don't like the rotoscope animation, and think that it's more distracting to the storytelling than stylistic but it's a huuuge fucking step up from Waking Life (at least in narrative). Linklater is one of the most talented and interesting filmmakers around, it's a shame he doesn't get more recognized.

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« #14223 : October 31, 2014, 10:01:07 AM »


A Scanner Darkly - 7/10
Could be higher on a repeat viewing, really fascinating sci-fi noir drug drama adaptation but it's easy to get lost in the plot.
Only if you're a cretin.



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« #14224 : November 01, 2014, 07:05:20 AM »

La grande bellezza (The Great Beauty) (2013) great quasi nostalgic film reminds one of the great Italian films of the 50s 9/10


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« #14225 : November 01, 2014, 09:10:17 AM »

La grande bellezza (The Great Beauty) (2013) great quasi nostalgic film reminds one of the great Italian films of the 50s 9/10
I liked it too. Apparently, though, it's not Roman enough to suit titoli.



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« #14226 : November 01, 2014, 08:10:55 PM »

Bridge to the Sun (1961) 7/10 (TCM)

with Carroll Baker and James Shigeta


Baker plays Gwen Teraski (a real-life woman; the movie was based on her autobiography of the same title) an American girl, Shigeta a diplomat in the Japanese Embassy in Washington; they meet in Washington and get married shortly before World War II. When war breaks out and all Japanese diplomats have to leave, she decides to go to Japan with him. Obviously, they run into problems in Japan, with him being married to an American woman at the time of war. Also, he is of a pro-peace faction, secretly working to try to broker peace between the two countries, so he is hounded by the intelligence apparatus that is suspicious of anyone who advocates for peace.

I enjoyed this movie, particularly Shigeta, who delivers a very good performance. (Years later, he had a brief role in Die Hard - he plays Mr. Takagi, the boss of Bruce Willis's wife who gets killed early in the movie by the terrorists). Caroll Baker is not so good. Baker is kind of hit and miss for me. I thought she was fabulous in some movies (particularly Cheyenne Autumn) and just not that good in others. Toward the end, the movie just isn't as enjoyable as it was in the beginning, but overall this was a decent watch.

Catch it the next time it is on TCM.


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« #14227 : November 02, 2014, 01:49:17 AM »

Le Femme Infidele/The Unfaithful Wife (1969) 7.5/10

Just saw this on a really bad DVD (rented from Netflix), the DVD company is called Pathfinder Home Entertainment," the image is kinda fuzzy.
Stephane Audran is gorgeous.
I'm not very familiar with Claude Chabrol's films; this is only the second one I've seen (the other is Le Beau Serge, which I did not like very much). I know Chabrol was quite a prolific director – with about 50 features to his credit, according to IMDB – but if anyone wants to recommend some of his movies, I'll give them a try. Merci beaucop  :)

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« #14228 : November 02, 2014, 03:21:54 AM »

Le Femme Infidele/The Unfaithful Wife (1969) 7.5/10

Just saw this on a really bad DVD (rented from Netflix), the DVD company is called Pathfinder Home Entertainment," the image is kinda fuzzy.
Stephane Audran is gorgeous.
I'm not very familiar with Claude Chabrol's films; this is only the second one I've seen (the other is Le Beau Serge, which I did not like very much). I know Chabrol was quite a prolific director – with about 50 features to his credit, according to IMDB – but if anyone wants to recommend some of his movies, I'll give them a try. Merci beaucop  :)

This one was shot in the little town where my parents live. When I go see them I often have a walk and see the house.
I haven't seen many of Chabrol's films, he's one of those filmmakers who are more famous for the body of their work rather than for particular films. Still, I highly recommend:

Que la Bête meurt
Le Boucher

Less good but still the kind of cinema we don't see much these days: La Cérémonie

Also, you should avoid most of his recent work. His 2000's films have their moments but they're mostly not watchable.


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« #14229 : November 02, 2014, 04:22:37 AM »

Wait Until Dark (1967) 7.5/10


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« #14230 : November 02, 2014, 04:31:37 AM »



Also, you should avoid most of his recent work. His 2000's films have their moments but they're mostly not watchable.

I strongly disagree. They were all fine films, some of them belong to his best. Especially La fleur du mal and La Fille coupée en deux are very good.

But Le boucher is probably indeed his best film. But when Drink thinks that La femme infidele is only a 7,5 (nearly crap), he better stays away from Chabrol.

Chabrol has made many weaker films, he even had some periods in which he made more or less forgettable films. But he always came back, and he created a strong body of classic films over a time span of 50 years.


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« #14231 : November 02, 2014, 05:02:18 AM »

I strongly disagree. They were all fine films, some of them belong to his best. Especially La fleur du mal and La Fille coupée en deux are very good.

I have only seen extracts from La Fleur Du Mal and really didn't like what I saw. But let me rephrase: his latest films sometimes achieve the same quality as before but they're technically terrible (cinematography, dialogues, most of the acting, editing, lighting...). That makes them not watchable for me, but many people aren't as bothered as I am by this stuff as long as the ideas/plot/characters work for them. I think Chabrol was just old and tired, focusing on the main ideas and moving forward.
I agree about his strong and weak periods. He worked very fast and as a filmmaker he cannot be judged film by film but rather for his whole body of work. In France he's considered as the go-to guy when you're looking for films about the non-parisian bourgeoisie. Although his latest films weren't as highly anticipated as some of his previous ones, his death was a national event.


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« #14232 : November 02, 2014, 05:15:50 AM »

I have only seen extracts from La Fleur Du Mal and really didn't like what I saw. But let me rephrase: his latest films sometimes achieve the same quality as before but they're technically terrible (cinematography, dialogues, most of the acting, editing, lighting...). That makes them not watchable for me, but many people aren't as bothered as I am by this stuff as long as the ideas/plot/characters work for them.

Then I'm glad I don't see all these things you see. Well, the acting is very good in all of his later films, dialogues also, and I did not find anything wrong with the editing or the camera stuff. They were all well received here in Germany, and me and my friends enjoyed them all in the theatre.

For a director in the retiree age who had already said everything he had to say the all look staggeringly fresh. I'm generally not to eager to watch films of directors past their prime. And haven't seen much of the later films of Godard, Resnais or Rivette. Even if their films were not all dead.


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« #14233 : November 02, 2014, 07:49:06 AM »

Well, the acting is very good in all of his later films,

Some of the main actors are great (Isabelle Huppert...), but most of the supporting cast (and some of the main cast too) are made-for-TV garbage level

dialogues also,

I don't like flat dialogue that has been written in 5 minutes:
The screenwriter: "Now she has to say she's unhappy."
In the script: "I am unhappy."
The fact that the character is unhappy may be great and meaningful, this way of expressing it is the opposite of what I like about cinema. Of course I'm caricaturing here but not that much (I haven't seen all of them though).


 and I did not find anything wrong with the editing or the camera stuff.


There is no mise en scene, nothing is thought. It's just 70's made-for-TV techniques. Master, close-up. Nothing wrong with it, no huge "mistake" or anything (although some shots should have been re-shot), it's just not real filmmaking to me.

Once again, those films are far from pointless and I'm glad they exist. It's just not watchable for me. I physically cannot stand it for 90 minutes (which is ridiculous, I'll give you that).


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« #14234 : November 02, 2014, 09:17:47 AM »

Yes, it is somehow ridiculous.


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