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« #18315 : May 17, 2019, 04:28:04 AM »

John Wick, Chapter 3: Parabellum (2019) – 7/10. This is fun, but it can’t touch the original (there’s no substitute for a good revenge plot). Along with the usual “Gun-fu” there is a plethora of all your favorite martial arts: Book-fu, Knife-fu, horse-fu, German Shepherd-fu, bike-fu, belt-fu, underwater-fu. We also get to see NYC in newly imagined ways. The first fight takes place in an empty New York Public Library (!); later, after having spent time in “Casablanca”,  John Wick returns to NYC via Metro North (!!). The liberties with geography that usually tell against a film enhance things here. Halle Berry and Angelica Huston are in this for no discernible reason.  There is a very nice homage to Tuco’s scene in the gun shop at the beginning. At the end the next Wick film is indicated. I’m guessing the title will be: John Wick: Chapter 4: The High Table.

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« #18316 : May 17, 2019, 06:51:07 AM »

John Wick, Chapter 3: Parabellum (2019) – 7/10. This is fun, but it can’t touch the original (there’s no substitute for a good revenge plot). Along with the usual “Gun-fu” there is a plethora of all your favorite martial arts: Book-fu, Knife-fu, horse-fu, German Shepherd-fu, bike-fu, belt-fu, underwater-fu. We also get to see NYC in newly imagined ways. The first fight takes place in an empty New York Public Library (!); later, after having spent time in “Casablanca”,  John Wick returns to NYC via Metro North (!!). The liberties with geography that usually tell against a film enhance things here. Halle Berry and Angelica Huston are in this for no discernible reason.  There is a very nice homage to Tuco’s scene in the gun shop at the beginning. At the end the next Wick film is indicated. I’m guessing the title will be: John Wick: Chapter 4: The High Table.
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Agree with your rating. My problem with the movie is it played all of its cards in the first 30 minutes: library, museum, and horse fights were fucking amazing. There was nothing like seeing John Wick ride a horse through NYC. The pace was incredible.

Then Casablanca comes and it comes to a screeching halt, lots of messy plot that goes on a bit too long.

When it kicks back up again toward the end, there's definitely excellent moments scattered throughout (Metro, the fight with The Raid guys, etc), but it never lives up to the first 20-30 minutes, which is better than anything in the series so far.

I really liked the Tuco homage. I also thought a lot about GBU when Halle Berry leaves him in the desert.

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« #18317 : May 17, 2019, 01:40:58 PM »

One In The Gun (2010)- A David Lynch film wannabe, some interesting stuff but mostly self indulgent crap. 4/10

Detour (1945) Bluray Restoration, beautiful.


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« #18318 : May 20, 2019, 02:08:53 AM »

Never Take Sweets From A Stranger (1960): A small town tries to bury a case of pedophilia when it involves a member of a powerful family. In essence it's a good movie with a powerful message, but I found it very slow and dull at times. 6+/10


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« #18319 : May 20, 2019, 03:52:04 AM »

The Greenwich Village Story (1963) Surprisingly well made independent feature that explores the "Beat" culture just before the "Age of Aquarius" hippy era, bookended by more modern footage. An interesting time capsule and even relevant concerning politics today. 6-7/10

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« #18320 : May 21, 2019, 04:24:49 AM »

The Greenwich Village Story (1963) Surprisingly well made independent feature that explores the "Beat" culture just before the "Age of Aquarius" hippy era, bookended by more modern footage. An interesting time capsule and even relevant concerning politics today. 6-7/10

Catch it fast currently on Youtube.
Thanks, I watched the first half on your tip.  Obviously the Coens had this in mind when they were making their own Greenwich Village story. One thing, though, I have to wonder about ILD now: where are the cops? Clearly, they were a very noticeable presence in the Village at that time. The Coens are guilty of giving us a very sanitized version of the times.



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« #18321 : May 21, 2019, 10:26:44 AM »

Thanks, I watched the first half on your tip.  Obviously the Coens had this in mind when they were making their own Greenwich Village story. One thing, though, I have to wonder about ILD now: where are the cops? Clearly, they were a very noticeable presence in the Village at that time. The Coens are guilty of giving us a very sanitized version of the times.

I noticed Mel Stewart from Odds Against Tomorrow and Trick Baby was part of the cast. Also Tani Guthrie one of the Bellamy Sisters from I, the Jury (1953).


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« #18322 : May 22, 2019, 03:38:52 AM »

Cat People (1942) 6.5/10
Nice one. Some of the "horror" scenes still hold on today. Especially the swimming pool one (although the scene where she's walking in the street at night is more often quoted/referenced/discussed).
I like how they didn't know what shrinks were at the time. The one in this film is even more ridiculous than a Hitchcock shrink: he looks and act way more like a magician than like an actual analyst. He even carries around a sword stick. Also, it seems like he doesn't know shit about psychology... yet again, he has a sword stick so that's cool.


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« #18323 : May 22, 2019, 04:23:14 AM »

Also Tani Guthrie one of the Bellamy Sisters from I, the Jury (1953).
Thanks! I knew I'd seen her somewhere before.



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« #18324 : May 22, 2019, 04:35:02 AM »

Doubles vies (Double Lives)/Non-fiction (2018) - 9/10. I liked this a lot. Unhappily, the wife, whom I'd dragged along to the showing, was less pleased. "It's just about food, endless chatter, and fucking," she said. "And your point is . . . ?" "Where's the human warmth?" "Human warmth? Honey, the French aren't human--more like very advanced insects." "We could have gone for a second viewing of John Wick 3!" Well, she had me there. Now she'll probably want to pick the next film we see, and I'll end up having to watch that crappy Rudolf Nureyev film. Damn you, Olivier Assayas!

P.S. What's with the use of Super 16 in this? Assayas wants the colors to look washed out?



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« #18325 : May 22, 2019, 05:57:10 AM »

Doubles vies (Double Lives)/Non-fiction (2018) - 9/10. I liked this a lot. Unhappily, the wife, whom I'd dragged along to the showing, was less pleased. "It's just about food, endless chatter, and fucking," she said. "And your point is . . . ?" "Where's the human warmth?" "Human warmth? Honey, the French aren't human--more like very advanced insects." "We could have gone for a second viewing of John Wick 3!" Well, she had me there. Now she'll probably want to pick the next film we see, and I'll end up having to watch that crappy Rudolf Nureyev film. Damn you, Olivier Assayas!

P.S. What's with the use of Super 16 in this? Assayas wants the colors to look washed out?

There was human warmth in it! She has to understand that for us it's part of the concept of "food" and doesn't exist outside of it.


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« #18326 : May 24, 2019, 04:42:46 AM »

Shin Gojira/Shin Godzilla (2016) - 7/10. This is a Toho reboot, premised on the idea that Godzilla has never been seen before AND has never even appeared anywhere previously in popular culture (the bit where they come up with a name for the creature is fun). Further, it becomes clear that this is basically the Fukushima crisis of 2011 replayed as a monster movie. Well, why not? Godzilla is, after all, a walking nuclear reactor. Anticlimactically, though, the solution to the problem is exactly what was done at Fukushima--pour in the coolant. At the end there's a notion that Godzilla is a sleeping threat requiring eternal vigilance, and everybody--the international community included--will have to live with it (crazy metaphor, what?). The first part of the film is the best, with the Japanese bureaucracy ineffectively trying to make sense and then deal with an unprecedented crisis. With the world going to hell, the inter-departmental squabbling is pretty funny. And, of course, there is plenty of fun to be had watching your favorite landmarks in Tokyo getting smashed or flamed (poor Tokyo station!).

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« #18327 : May 24, 2019, 07:59:06 AM »

Personal Shopper 6/10
Heavily flawed but I enjoyed the ride. Assayas and K.Stewart work well together. A couple of scenes stand out and the film is pretty smart.
DJ, have you seen it? The search engine doesn't find anything about the film on this board.

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« #18328 : May 24, 2019, 12:16:44 PM »

Personal Shopper 6/10
Heavily flawed but I enjoyed the ride. Assayas and K.Stewart work well together. A couple of scenes stand out and the film is pretty smart.
DJ, have you seen it? The search engine doesn't find anything about the film on this board.
Haven't seen it, but if you recommend it I'll give it a shot.



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« #18329 : May 26, 2019, 05:01:39 AM »

Haven't seen it, but if you recommend it I'll give it a shot.

Your wife may like this one. It's more clearly a genre film (although in a subverted way).


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