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« #14265 : November 10, 2014, 08:25:50 PM »

Safe (1995) - 8/10
An 8 with the potential to be a 9. Definitely requires a second viewing... got a bit lost on the last half hour, but a very intriguing and unique movie unlike any other. It legitimately feels like Kubrick directed it - not even like a ripoff.

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« #14266 : November 11, 2014, 05:07:32 AM »

Twilight (1998) Director: Robert Benton, stars Paul Newman, Susan Sarandon, Gene Hackman, Reese Witherspoon, Stockard Channing, James Garner, M. Emmet Walsh, Newman reprises a private eye character (Harper, The Drowning Pool) it's overall missing the atmosphere of the PI flick it dose have some good sparks, should have been better 6.5/10 mostly for its cast.

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« #14267 : November 13, 2014, 08:11:08 AM »

The Man Between (1953) caught only part of this on TCM very noir-ish Thriller directed by Carol Reed. Post-World War II Berlin, border intrigue, blackmail, kidnapping, heavy atmo with James Mason & Clair Bloom, 8/10 of what I caught, will definitely purchase this one.

The Kill-Off (1989) re-watched on DVD from Oldies.com great improvement over the VHS tape again film 10/10 DVD 8/10


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« #14268 : November 14, 2014, 03:33:36 AM »

saw Salvatore Giuliano (1962), really didn't like it much. I don't know why, I really should have, I mean, it had all the ingredients for a really good movie, but I didn't enjoy it – with the exception of the majestic, sweeping, panning/zoom shots of the Sicilian hills; I really loved those. (And who does zooms better than the Italians?)
I think I was pretty confused by the various time jumps. I wasn't always certain where the movie was chronologically. I also don't like when there is sooo much narration which isn't doesn't seem to have much dramatic value and isn't done in a dramatic movie tone, but spoken in a simple monotone merely to tell the viewer information, like a very long news report. This may have to do with the language difference, or the difference in how I am used to hearing people speak. But when I hear endless narration that just seems to be informing me of information and noting dramatic, not told in a dramatic way, it can get to feel like watching a very long tv news show or something.
It was nice seeing the real locations and people, but maybe this realism feels like realism for its own sake and we lost some dramatic value, i.e. the filmmaker was happy to do realism for realism's sake and didn't make a film that was interesting to watch (not that realism can't be interesting, but maybe he lost sight of making an interesting movie out of a focus on realism and forgetting to make an enjoyable movie). Again, felt like he recreated a crime scene for a tv news report - he may have done a marvelous job re-creating, but I don't enjoy watching 2-hour recreations/news programs. Also, when watching a subtitled movie, the less dialogue the better, cuz when I am looking at the subtitles I am not looking at (what often are very beautiful) images. While there are some scenes that play for a long time without dialogue, there are also some scenes with lots of very quick dialogue for long periods, and I felt lotsa time was spent reading that and missing on the images (which perhaps can't be blamed on the filmmaker).
Somehow I felt like he did a real good job recreating something, making something feel real, but I just wasn't enjoying myself. Especially once the trial got underway; I wish the trial could have been cut significantly.
Absolute maximum I can give this is a 6/10
I'm a big fan of Italian movies, but this is not one of them


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« #14269 : November 14, 2014, 01:40:41 PM »

I watched it again recently, and I also am somewhat underwhelmed by the whole thing. It's not really about the title character, it's about the people around him. That could be an interesting conceit, but in application the film comes off as lacking narrative focus. Who cares about the assassination at the end? (I almost didn't remember the character). Who cares about Frank Wolf getting killed in prison? Maybe if you're Sicilian these things are interesting, but for me it's all profoundly uninteresting.



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« #14270 : November 14, 2014, 06:28:42 PM »

Broadcast News (1987) - 7/10
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« #14271 : November 14, 2014, 06:45:53 PM »

The Lighthorsemen - 7/10 - The battle scenes are some of the best ever. The rest of the movie's... meh.



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« #14272 : November 15, 2014, 10:41:10 AM »

Crumb (1994) - 8/10


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« #14273 : November 15, 2014, 06:08:47 PM »

Across 110th Street (1972) directed by  Barry Shear with Stars: Anthony Quinn, Yaphet Kotto, Anthony Franciosa.  $300,000 is taken from a mob drop house. Several mafiosi are killed and two policemen. Three small-time criminals are on the run with the loot. Lt. Pope (Kotto) and Mattelli (Quinn) are two New York City cops trying to break the case.  A forgotten gritty NYC crime/semi-blaxploitation flick 8/10. From Netflix


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« #14274 : November 15, 2014, 06:50:27 PM »

Interstellar - 4/10 - Like 2001 if the giant space baby explained everything at the end. Long and angry review sure to come.



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« #14275 : November 15, 2014, 11:45:44 PM »

Interstellar - 8/10
At one point during watching it I thought it was a masterpiece. Overall, it gets far too convoluted and uneven. It's about 30 minutes too long of "last minute intense save-the-day astronaut space" situations that I've seen 1000 times before. It is fucking incredible visually, both effects and cinematography. Solid performances all around, and critics complaints about over sentimentality are bull shit - it's fairly tame, and the sentimental aspects work. I thought Hans Zimmer's score was both unique and incredible. Admittedly I'm a bit slow with sci-fi plots and the last half hour kind of lost me but I caught up with it more or less toward the end. Groggy's point of "it's like 2001 except explains everything at the end" is sort of pretentious bullshit - what's so wrong with explaining things at the end? Does it make a movie better to go unexplained? Although they're both ambitious, clearly Interstellar has different intentions than 2001. It's like comparing Boyhood and The Tree of Life, another horrid comparison I keep hearing. Not to mention I considered 2001 to be far and away one of Kubrick's most overrated works - Interstellar destroys it (yeah, I said it, fuck off). Matt Damon's uncredited inclusion was laughable and distracting (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUa5oHgYV2k)

The first hour and a half or so is incredible film making - so good to the point that if noodles_leone really tries to say that fucking Gravity is actually better, then he's dead wrong. It's the kind of stuff Spielberg wishes he could be a good enough director to make. I'd like to see a movie other than Days of Heaven where corn is more beautifully photographed (Field of Dreams, The Informant and Signs have no chance). It's loss of focus and constant tonal shifts toward the end really hurt it. Regardless, this is one of Nolan's best movies. Probably only TDK and maybe The Prestige top it.

Lots of Nolan's scripts are flawed but I generally see self-proclaimed critics pretending to hate him as mental masturbation for themselves.

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« #14276 : November 16, 2014, 04:14:50 AM »

The Wings of Eagles (1957) 7/10 (TCM)

I was dead tired when I started watching this; dozed on and off through the first 50 minutes (until Wayne gets injured), finally shut it off. Then, after I'd had plenty of sleep, I watched the last hour.

This movie is pretty lighthearted for this subject matter, but it's decent enough. The Metrocolor is very pretty, Maureen O'Hara is, of course, thrilling to look at (it's hilariously pathetic how, to show how a few years have passed, the hair/makeup dep't puts one very prominent strip of gray in her flaming red hair, and otherwise leaves her exactly the same as earlier in the movie – not a wrinkle, makeup the same, the rest of her hair the same besides that one gray strip, I got a great kick out of that ) I was waiting to see "John Dodge" chew on his handkerchief, but I guess that musta been one thing that Ford was too sensitive about to allow to be shown   ;)

The TCM print is gorgeous. Some of the war footage is obviously real, of course that footage is noticeably different from the rest of the movie.

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« #14277 : November 16, 2014, 05:31:35 AM »

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Groggy's point of "it's like 2001 except explains everything at the end" is sort of pretentious bullshit - what's so wrong with explaining things at the end?

Explanation is fine. Beating the audience over the head with never-ending, pedantic monologues removing any nuance or chance for alternate interpretation is not.



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« #14278 : November 16, 2014, 05:39:10 AM »

The Wings of Eagles (1957) 7/10 (TCM)

I was dead tired when I started watching this; dozed on and off through the first 50 minutes (until Wayne gets injured), finally shut it off. Then, after I'd had plenty of sleep, I watched the last hour.

This movie is pretty lighthearted for this subject matter, but it's decent enough. The Metrocolor is very pretty, Maureen O'Hara is, of course, thrilling to look at (it's hilariously pathetic how, to show how a few years have passed, the hair/makeup dep't puts one very prominent strip of gray in her flaming red hair, and otherwise leaves her exactly the same as earlier in the movie – not a wrinkle, makeup the same, the rest of her hair the same besides that one gray strip, I got a great kick out of that Grin) I was waiting to see "John Dofge" chew on his handkerchief, but I guess that musta been one thing that Ford was too sensitive about to allow to be shown  Wink

The TCM print is gorgeous. Some of the war footage is obviously real, of course that footage is noticeably different from the rest of the movie.

It's definitely a schizophrenic movie, starting as a broad comedy then going into straight drama later on. I still enjoy it; Wayne and O'Hara have great chemistry (and excellent characters to play), while Wayne's rehabilitation is a real tearjerker. Ward Bond's cameo is a hoot.



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« #14279 : November 16, 2014, 06:34:56 AM »

It's the only Wayne/Ford movie I never managed to watch.

Watched yesterday another Wayne film for the first time. Flying Leathernecks (1951) is a pretty boring flagwaver with all the usual war-film cliches. The only surprise was in retrospect the end of the credit sequence: directed by Nicholas Ray. Doesn't look so for a second. 2/10


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