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« #19905 : August 20, 2021, 06:24:24 PM »

Larceny (1948) - 7/10. John Payne and Dan Duryea, together again for the first time! They are bunco artists, attempting to scam war widow Joan Caulfield out of funds for a phony memorial. Of course, Payne falls for Joan and begins to go soft on the whole deal. Duryea senses Payne's weakening resolve (and if there's one thing Duryea can't stand, it's a partner with weakening resolve). Complicating things even further is the fact that Shelley Winters, Duryea's moll, has her eyes set on Payne (she gets lots of screen time and all the best lines). I like this film all the way up to its cop-out ending. The wrong character dies! The cast is filled out with such stalwarts as Richard Rober, Dan O'Herlihy, Percy Helton, and, in 3 very welcome scenes, Dorothy Hart. I can see giving up Shelley for Joan, but Dorothy for Joan? No way, no how!



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« #19906 : August 22, 2021, 03:02:11 AM »

Out of Africa (1985) 8/10
Not sure about the rewatch value, but it looks great, sounds great, has an orgasmical sets and costumes design and developps beautiful relationships between characters. Unfortunately, the length of the story (decades) pushes Pollack to keep a lot of scenes way too short and focus on the few lines that will push the "plot" forward. Hence, some of the emotion as well as some greatly cinematic feelings (tension, adventure...) are cut short here and there... when there was potential for much more. A 2 parts movie could have been a perfect solution.
Needless to say, if you're intolerent to melodrama and/or Meryl Streep, avoid at all costs.

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« #19907 : August 23, 2021, 02:01:23 PM »

Nikkatsu Diamond Guys Vol 2


Tokyo Mighty Guy (1960) - A silly plot, and very light material with some musical elements. C-

Danger Pays (1962) - The best of the bunch, and a somewhat fun rat race for the money movie. But hardly recommended viewing and if you're looking for a colorful and crazy 60's Japanese movie, Tokyo Drifter (1966) and Black Tight Killers (1966) are the way to go. C+

Murder Unincorporated (1965) - This is a much lesser Killers On Parade (1961). If you're intrigued by goofy, colorful 60's Japanese hitmen comedy movies, then Killers on Parade is the best one. C-

Overall, the set is disappointing. For having three movies on one disc, the transfers are better than you'd think possible, but the movie selections weren't the best. It's a shame (assuming) that Criterion owns the rights to a lot of NIkkatsu genre movies due to their now defunct Eclipse series -- when Arrow would be the perfect label to release those crime flicks and stuff like Goke, Body Snatcher From Hell. This set can't be recommended unless you love 50s-70s Japanese genre movies and want to own most, or all of the Arrow releases. Worth the 14 bucks I spent. but I don't know when I would revisit Danger Pays, and I doubt I'd ever watch the other two movies. C-



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« #19908 : August 23, 2021, 06:37:02 PM »

Out of Africa (1985) 8/10
Not sure about the rewatch value, but it looks great, sounds great, has an orgasmical sets and costumes design and developps beautiful relationships between characters. Unfortunately, the length of the story (decades) pushes Pollack to keep a lot of scenes way too short and focus on the few lines that will push the "plot" forward. Hence, some of the emotion as well as some greatly cinematic feelings (tension, adventure...) are cut short here and there... when there was potential for much more. A 2 parts movie could have been a perfect solution.
Needless to say, if you're intolerent to melodrama and/or Meryl Streep, avoid at all costs.

I don?t see how anyone can dislike Streep.

I saw this a while ago. I can?t be certain what I thought of it then, but I probably thought it was a decent if overwrought melodrama.


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« #19909 : August 24, 2021, 08:56:22 AM »

O-kajira-sama: Two Tales of Whales (2018) - 8/10. This is a documentary that is a kind of response to an earlier one, the Academy-Award-winning The Cove (2009). Although I have not seen the earlier film, I understand it has a very definite point of view. This film has a point of view too, namely, that everybody has their reasons. The issue is Japanese "whaling" (it turns out the Japanese don't really make a distinction between whales and dolphins), and at the center of the controversy is a small town in Wakayama Prefecture called Taiji. The people of this town have a long tradition of hunting dolphins for food and capturing them to sell to aquariums around the world. Western activists want them to stop doing this and regularly (pre-Covid) show up in Taiji to protest. The film documents the frictions between the two groups and gives everybody a chance to be interviewed. Ultimately, there is no middle ground to discover, and it seems there is no way to satisfactorily resolve the issue. However, what the director, Megumi Sasaki, does discover is a variety of eccentric characters who are a lot of fun to watch: a bearded dad with his teenage daughter representing Sea Shepherd; Rick O'Barry, a former dolphin-trainer for the 60s TV show Flipper, now turned eco-activist; the mayor of Taiji; the people of Taiji; an American journalist named Jay Alabaster who decided to immerse himself in the controversy by moving to Taiji to live; and a mysterious anti-protester activist who is almost certainly yakuza (although the film doesn't identify him as such). These people are hilarious. I didn't think I was going to enjoy the film very much, but this turned out to be one of the best documentaries I've ever seen (it helps that Taiji is very photogenic and that the movie has some absolutely fantastic photography). It seems you can only watch it streaming for now, although there is a DVD available from Japan.



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« #19910 : August 24, 2021, 09:01:52 AM »

I don?t see how anyone can dislike Streep.
It comes effortlessly to me.



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« #19911 : August 25, 2021, 06:02:43 AM »

Out of Africa (1985) 8/10
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That's enough info right there to keep the cinematically astute far, far away. I hated this film in 1985. I'm pretty sure a re-watch would not change my mind.



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« #19912 : August 26, 2021, 01:10:02 AM »

I hated this film in 1985. I'm pretty sure a re-watch would not change my mind.

I don't know how I knew it but I knew it.

Twin Peaks seasons 1&2, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, Twin Peaks: The Return (David Lynch, 1990-2017) 10/10
So I spent the summer rewatching the whole thing in order and it's a masterpiece. An infamously flawed one, of course, but still a masterpiece. Who gave The Return/season 3 a shot on this board? I have the feeling CJ could LOVE some of it. Not the whole thing. But there is something from Alfredo Garcia in this.

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« #19913 : August 26, 2021, 05:28:15 AM »

I don't know how I knew it but I knew it.

Twin Peaks seasons 1&2, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, Twin Peaks: The Return (David Lynch, 1990-2017) 10/10
So I spent the summer rewatching the whole thing in order and it's a masterpiece. An infamously flawed one, of course, but still a masterpiece. Who gave The Return/season 3 a shot on this board? I have the feeling CJ could LOVE some of it. Not the whole thing. But there is something from Alfredo Garcia in this.

Yea I watched it and even watched a podcast on each episode. I liked it too.




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« #19914 : August 26, 2021, 05:39:15 AM »

Stage Fright (1950) - directed by Hitchcock starring Marlene Dietrich, Jane Wyman, Richard Todd, Michael Wilding, Alastair Sim, and Sybil Thorndike. Worth a watch once nothing special.

West II (1963) - Michael Winner directed film noir about a seedy Notting Hill, London. A down on his luck Joe Beckett (Alfred Lynch) is recruited into crime by Richard Dyce (Eric Portman) with Diana Dors. Worth a watch has a nice jazzy score.



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« #19915 : August 26, 2021, 11:30:53 AM »

Stage Fright (1950) - directed by Hitchcock starring Marlene Dietrich, Jane Wyman, Richard Todd, Michael Wilding, Alastair Sim, and Sybil Thorndike. Worth a watch once nothing special.

West II (1963) - Michael Winner directed film noir about a seedy Notting Hill, London. A down on his luck Joe Beckett (Alfred Lynch) is recruited into crime by Richard Dyce (Eric Portman) with Diana Dors. Worth a watch has a nice jazzy score.
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« #19916 : August 27, 2021, 03:10:56 AM »

Ratings?

6-7/10 for both


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« #19917 : August 28, 2021, 08:05:02 AM »

"Robin Hood: Men in Tights"

Rate 7/10, some of the jokes are dated, but still a Mel Brooks film.  Many references to RH Prince of Thieves (which I thought sucked) and to Adventures of Robin Hood (which is absolutely great) and Michael Curtiz/Errol Flynn.

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« #19918 : August 28, 2021, 06:20:00 PM »

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Shot Caller (2017) 7/10

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is released from prison. There?s no BS here about wanting to go straight. He immediately goes back to crime. He looks like your typical perp, long hair, big mustache, lots of tattoos. Through flashbacks we learn that he was businessman and family man, who was imprisoned for a manslaughter and DWI, and forced to become a hardened tough guy to survive in prison.

This film is very brutal and bloody. Miss Baltimore did not have an easy time watching this  >:D


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« #19919 : August 28, 2021, 07:51:59 PM »

Magnet of Doom / L'aine des Ferchaux (1963) - 1/10. Someday someone will have to explain to me how the man who made Le Doulos, Second Wind, Army of Shadows, The Red Circle, etc. also made this (and that other P.o.S., Two Men in Manhattan).

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