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« #19680 : April 17, 2021, 08:54:35 PM »

Crossfire (1947) - 5/10. Beats me why some people like this film. It's just a lot of talk, and not very interesting talk at that. Robert Ryan gives a great performance, of course, but he isn't playing a very interesting character. There are no interesting characters in the film at all; even Mitchum here is just a collection of surly lines. Some say this is a film noir, but it's really just a civics lesson told by typically anodyne Robert Young. The new blu-ray, though, sure looks nice.


The civics speech by Young may be the one bad part of the movie. This is an 8/10


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« #19681 : April 19, 2021, 04:54:41 AM »

"All Good Now" 2010, rate 6/10.  Based on the Durst murder/disappearance.  Kirsten Dunst was good, so was Ryan Gosling.

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« #19682 : April 22, 2021, 02:48:33 PM »

My Cousin Rachel (1952) - 10/10. Wow, an early 50s film filled with both kink and ambiguity (though there is no ambiguity about the kink). Richard Burton (quite young here) does his usual ham routine, but it really works, contrasting well with Olivia de Havilland's underplaying. I've never read the novel, but I'm guessing Daphne du Maurier was going for gothic meets Henry James. What fun. And nice to see California playing once again the rocky coast of Cornwall.



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« #19683 : April 23, 2021, 07:01:39 AM »

La main du diable / Carnival of Sinners (1943) - 7/10. Pierre Fresnay sells his soul to the devil (a small man in black with a bowler hat) to become a successful artist. In the transaction he acquires a talisman: the amputated hand of a 15th Century monk. If he dies in possession he's going to hell; to save himself he can sell the hand but must do so at a loss, and he only paid a centime for it . . . Thus Tourneur pere crafts a tale of dread at almost the same time Tourneur fils was making Cat People.
Watched this again and the story has some real problems. The terms of the bargain keep changing: first, there's the bit about selling the hand at a loss; then things change--Fresnay can sell the hand back to the devil. Every day he delays, though, the price doubles, and because the hand delivers what he needs, Fresnay holds on to it too long and so has trouble meeting the devil's price. Finally, it's revealed that the hand was never the devil's to sell. It was stolen from the body of that 15th Century monk, and must be returned to its rightful resting place. WTF? It's like the filmmakers were making the story up as they were in the middle of production. There are still some good things about the film, but I'm lowering the score to a "6."



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« #19684 : April 25, 2021, 02:12:23 AM »

The Clockmaker (1974) 7.5/10

Another famous Tavernier I hadn't seen and definitely one of his best. It also happens to be his very first, which can be spotted in the way he's sometimes too attached to show his hometown (Lyon) rather than taking care of the story. Apart from that, it's a fresh take on a classic story: a young working class man kills a bourgeois, but the story is told from the point of view of the father of the killer. Yes, it's a Marxist friendly movie, I don't think it's for Drink.

It's also pretty interesting to see that even in his first very movie, Tavernier already liked to introduce his main character in a scene with many other characters, so that the guy is met in a social context. So the character inhabits a living, breathing and (especially) social world.

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« #19685 : April 26, 2021, 05:52:16 AM »

Danryu / Warm Current (1957) - 8/10. A melodrama unlike any other--the pace is dizzying. Yasuzo Masumura was an amazing director. https://ok.ru/video/2400972966510



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« #19686 : April 27, 2021, 02:01:08 AM »

Cross of iron (1977) - 8/10
4th viewing? Or something.
Each time, the movie strikes me as messier and more flawed than the previous time. It really is a rough draft of something that would have been a true masterpiece, had Peckinpah done it a few years earlier. I'm still very annoyed by the actors speaking English/American (some of them try to speak with a German accent - sometimes - and some of them don't bother, which adds to the ragtag feel). The events, the chronology and the geography of the movie are never clear. Lots of terribly used "fade to..." But that ending maybe my favorite Peckinpah ending (ahead of Cable Hogue) and makes me forgive/forget a lot of the flaws up to that point.

Also, question for all of you: had war even been shown as this savage in a movie at that point?


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« #19687 : April 27, 2021, 04:26:55 AM »

There was a cruel trilogy by Masaki Kobayashi in the 60s, and well, and some older classics like All Quiet on the Western Front and Deutsche Westfront 1918 (Pabst 1932) showed also the war already as hell.

There are more like Uomini contro ... (Rosi 1968) and (but in a totally different way) For King and Country (Losey 1965), which are also rather bleak.

Hmm, not to forget Kubrick's Paths of Glory ...

I think there are more, war was always the stuff with which directors could trespass boundaries.

Cross of Iron is a sometimes odd mix of cliches, especially typical German war film cliches, and the undercutting of such cliches. Some dialogues are quite pretentious, instead of "realistic", but then the film has also real intelligent stuff in it, and like all Peckinpah films enough brilliant scenes.


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« #19688 : April 27, 2021, 06:42:43 PM »

Cross of iron (1977) - 8/10
But that ending maybe my favorite Peckinpah ending (ahead of Cable Hogue) and makes me forgive/forget a lot of the flaws up to that point.
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« #19689 : April 27, 2021, 06:50:48 PM »

Cross of Iron is a sometimes odd mix of cliches, especially typical German war film cliches, and the undercutting of such cliches. Some dialogues are quite pretentious, instead of "realistic", but then the film has also real intelligent stuff in it, and like all Peckinpah films enough brilliant scenes.
Yes.

Just received the Studio Canal 3-disc special edition from Japan. Great 88-page booklet included, all in Japanese (Mrs. Jenks will love it!). The transfer looks pretty good, although all the grain has been scrubbed. I sure enjoy this film.



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« #19690 : April 27, 2021, 06:56:50 PM »

There was a cruel trilogy by Masaki Kobayashi in the 60s, and well, and some older classics like All Quiet on the Western Front and Deutsche Westfront 1918 (Pabst 1932) showed also the war already as hell.
There's no reason to exclude Yasuzo Masumura's Red Angel (1966) which gives the woman's perspective, in particular, that of a battlefield nurse: https://ok.ru/video/2400984369774

Harrowing.



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« #19691 : April 29, 2021, 02:37:40 AM »

Thanks, I'll try to watch those. I quickly skimmed through some scenes of Red Angel on DJ's link, it does look grim.
Now let's see if TH is still alive:

Prince of Darkness (1987) 4/10
I still don't understand campy Carpenter. It isn't even good! Here, we get 20min of "kinda good atmosphere but could be better", then 40min of boring and repetitive discussions that lead to nothing, then 40min of "pretty fun but not realllly fun". What's to love?

Cliffhanger (1993) 5/10
I've seen the opening scene 20 times and I believe it was the first time I saw the movie until the end. So 10/10 for the opening, 4/10 for most of the movie with some 1/10 lows. Mrs Noodles_Leone was watching the whole thing for the first time, it was really fun to see her go from "Cool, climbing!" to deadful horror in a few minutes. She was pretty upset for a full day, talking about that climbing gear that failed in a way that cannot happen... can it? So i guess that first scene deserves all the praise it's still getting nowadays.

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« #19692 : April 29, 2021, 04:21:33 AM »

Another Round (2020) - 3/10. Absolutely idiotic. Act One: getting shit-faced drunk is good. Act Two: getting shit-faced drunk is bad. Act Three: getting shit-faced drunk is good. I guess the Academy voted for this because they got to see Mads Mikkelsen dancing at the end.



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« #19693 : April 29, 2021, 08:52:25 AM »

Prison / Fangelse (1949) - 4/10. Bergman at his most pretentious. Some good photography, though.



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« #19694 : April 29, 2021, 08:19:58 PM »

Mon Pere avait Raison / My Father Was Right (1936) - 8/10. Sacha Guitry was quite the wag. I guess you could criticize this for being non-cinematic; it's like a filmed play. OTOH, it had me laughing every 30 seconds or so, so there's that.



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