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« #14220 : October 29, 2014, 05:47:11 AM »

Fedora (1978) - 4/10. 1080p. This bad Billy Wilder film is now available in a very good Blu-ray transfer. The reason the film is so bad is that it has an incredible flaw: the first half of the film presents matters one way, then in the second half reveals that our understanding about the first half was wrong. Not once, but twenty times. The explanation goes on and on and on. Still, there are pleasures: Bill Holden, Marthe Keller, Jose Ferrer (with an earring!). Bit parts are done by old friends: Mario Adorf (!) as a Greek hotel manager; Gottried John (!!) as a chauffeur with a punch; Stephen Collins (!!!) as the young Holden (!!!!); Henry Fonda as the President of the Academy; and Michael York "as himself." There are two fag jokes (three if you count Michael York).

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« #14221 : October 29, 2014, 03:59:04 PM »

Man, I'm falling behind.

Carrie - 8/10 - Entertaining.

Carrie (2013) - 3/10 - Wretched.

The Birds - 8/10 - Rewatch.

Ministry of Fear - 8/10 - Stylish.



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« #14222 : October 29, 2014, 10:19:33 PM »

The Strangers - 3/10
Some shitty jump-scare movie that for some reason college girls think is scary and 'deep' lol.

Boyhood - 10/10
Second viewing. It's probably a bit short of a true 10, but I'll round up just for kicks. The flaws are still there (two alcoholic step dads, the photographer cliche) but the rest of the movie is just so fucking perfect.

A History of Violence - 8/10
Really really good movie. Liked it a lot.

The King of Comedy - 9/10
Gets better with age. One of Scorsese's best and most unique movies.

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« #14223 : October 30, 2014, 02:04:11 AM »


A History of Violence - 8/10
Really really good movie. Liked it a lot.


I saw this once (like 5 years ago, on a laptop) and didn't like it all that much. I LOVED Eastern Promises.


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« #14224 : October 30, 2014, 05:49:14 AM »


Boyhood - 10/10
Second viewing. It's probably a bit short of a true 10, but I'll round up just for kicks. The flaws are still there (two alcoholic step dads, the photographer cliche) but the rest of the movie is just so fucking perfect.
You forgot one of the flaws: the kid only ever has teenage models for girlfriends. Yeah, just like in real life.



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« #14225 : October 30, 2014, 09:56:10 AM »


L'ours (1988) - 6.5 to 7/10

I'm usually a complete sucker for this type of movies yet this movie didn't suck me in. It must have been very hard to film some of the scenes with the animals. Still, something seems missing.


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« #14226 : October 30, 2014, 12:11:33 PM »

I think it aged. Or I aged. Probably both.


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« #14227 : October 31, 2014, 05:43:42 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.



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« #14228 : 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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« #14229 : 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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« #14230 : 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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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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« #14232 : 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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« #14233 : 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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« #14234 : 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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