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« #20070 : November 18, 2021, 10:50:25 AM »

Lady Snowblood (1973) - The first 50 minutes or so are even better than I remembered -- and outside of some dated (but good) funky 70's music in a couple spots, that 50 minute stretch is almost perfection. It's the perfect exploitation movie, but then the plot gets a little goofy, and the climax didn't quite deliver the way I thought it did. I (wrongly) remembered something much better. But still, this is close to a Fistful of Dollars level of movie. Had the plot and climax been handled better, this would undoubtedly be a much more coherent and cohesive Kill Bill. It still sort of is in a way, but that restaurant scene in Kill Bill Vol 1 is so good. A


I definitely recommend the Criterion Snowblood set, but I don't know when I'll get around to watching the sequel again. It was solid but sort of forgettable from what I remember. It's too bad the cover art is so generic.



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« #20071 : November 19, 2021, 02:26:16 PM »

Lady Snowblood (1973) - Had the plot and climax been handled better, this would undoubtedly be a much more coherent and cohesive Kill Bill. It still sort of is in a way, but that restaurant scene in Kill Bill Vol 1 is so good. A
You have piqued my interest. And there is a Criterion sale on now. Hmmmm . . . .



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« #20072 : November 26, 2021, 06:50:26 PM »

Shinsengumi (1969) - 7/10. Gang of assassins tries to maintain political correctness in Kyoto prior to the Meiji Restoration. Their leader, played by Toshiro Mifune, learns that principled killing leads to endless violence. Then he dies. Great chambara action, great arterial spurts (this is a color film), great body count. Another essential entry in the Death Cult: Japan canon.



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« #20073 : November 28, 2021, 11:32:11 AM »

The Man Who Watched Trains Go By (1953) - 6/10. A milquetoast (Claude Rains) throws away his well-ordered life to live as a desperate man. Simenon! Technicolor! Dutch locations, and then Paris. Marta Toren! Anouk Aimee (born Francoise Sorya Dreyfuss) as Aimee Anouk! At 76 minutes, a feature with real pace, but, at 76 minutes, a feature crying for more development. Also, the ending is less clear than it should be. Technicolor!

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« #20074 : November 30, 2021, 09:54:15 AM »

Lost Highway (1997) - Maybe it should have been a 90 minute movie with an expanded first half, but it's also genius -- and so much more entertaining and coherent than Inland Empire, which falls apart after 45 minutes or so. But maybe coherent isn't the best word to describe Lost Highway, but there's more than enough holding this together, and it thankfully it doesn't feel episodic at all. And the audience can confidently fill in all the blanks. A



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« #20075 : November 30, 2021, 10:14:08 AM »

I always thought Inland Empire only works if you've seen at least Lost Highway and Mulholland Drive not too long ago. It also works better if you've seen everything else by Lynch. Just like Twin Peaks season 3 kind of takes for granted you've seen everything Lynch.

Trois Couleurs : Bleu - 10/10
Still a 10 and still the best ending in movie history.

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« #20076 : November 30, 2021, 11:39:14 PM »

Lost Highway (1997) - Maybe it should have been a 90 minute movie with an expanded first half, but it's also genius -- and so much more entertaining and coherent than Inland Empire, which falls apart after 45 minutes or so. But maybe coherent isn't the best word to describe Lost Highway, but there's more than enough holding this together, and it thankfully it doesn't feel episodic at all. And the audience can confidently fill in all the blanks. A
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« #20077 : November 30, 2021, 11:40:59 PM »


Trois Couleurs : Bleu - 10/10
Still a 10 and still the best ending in movie history.
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« #20078 : December 01, 2021, 11:20:01 AM »

Southern Comfort (1981) - Upon another watch, this is a masterpiece with a beautiful score by Ry Cooder. The ensemble cast is phenomenal, the plotting excellent, the visuals are nitty and gritty. This is a very special movie that is unfairly compared to Deliverance, which doesn't have the best third act -- whereas Southern Comfort starts off hot and perfectly builds to a fantastic conclusion in the Cajun shanty town. There aren't many movies where you can see Peckinpah, Ford and even some Altman (the ridiculously authentic feeling scenes in the Cajun town). Walter Hill bias aside... A+

It's a shame the Shout bluray's transfer is disappointing. But this is one of those movies that I would have no problem buying again.



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« #20079 : December 02, 2021, 10:50:59 AM »

The Long Riders (1980) - Improves on another view, and very good, but there's something keeping it from being great. Cooder's score was good, but something more along the lines of the Southern Comfort score would have worked better -- and the movie probably would have been better if the script didn't focus on so many events in the James-Younger gang's history. It should have focused on the good old days or the bitter end. But still, this would have to be the best Jesse James movie (and the best western of the 80's) since I find the 2007 James movie to be so up its ass, though it has some undeniably strong moments. B+

I highly recommend the Kino bluray for fans of the movie. The transfer was a lot better than Southern Comfort's, especially the outdoor scenes.



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« #20080 : December 02, 2021, 11:07:13 AM »

The Long Riders (1980) - Improves on another view, and very good, but there's something keeping it from being great.
Yes.

I also like Northfield. I think 2007 is great if you can see it properly projected. Back in 2007 it was playing at a Seattle rep house for cheap and I went back and saw it several times. Current home video versions can't do it justice.



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« #20081 : December 02, 2021, 11:30:37 AM »

Yes.

I also like Northfield. I think 2007 is great if you can see it properly projected. Back in 2007 it was playing at a Seattle rep house for cheap and I went back and saw it several times. Current home video versions can't do it justice.

I like Northfield as well, but it's like The Late Show where it's an Altman influenced movie that would have been so much better if it was directed by Altman. The baseball scene is great, and I wish The Long Riders had a little more of that loosey-goosey-ness to it, for a lack of a better word. Also, I feel the movie would have been improved if peak Walter Hill contributed more to the script -- he's not listed as a credited writer.

As for 2007 Jesse James, I admittedly have an aversion to that modern Malick aesthetic. But I would see it on the big screen if given the opportunity.

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« #20082 : December 02, 2021, 03:55:02 PM »

I like Northfield as well, but it's like The Late Show where it's an Altman influenced movie that would have been so much better if it was directed by Altman. The baseball scene is great, and I wish The Long Riders had a little more of that loosey-goosey-ness to it, for a lack of a better word.
Good comments. I think you've put your finger on what holds TLR back from greatness.



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« #20083 : December 02, 2021, 05:12:48 PM »

Good comments. I think you've put your finger on what holds TLR back from greatness.
It also lacked little touches like the Texas scene all taking place in a bar that resembled the Missouri setting. It needed a little more scope, but I do think highly of the movie overall.



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« #20084 : December 04, 2021, 12:47:42 PM »

Extreme Prejudice (1987) - 6/10. A really great premise gets squandered. We start with the childhood-friends-on-opposite-sides-of-the-law routine (Powers Booth as a drug dealer; Nick Nolte as a straight arrow Texas Ranger), and then throw in a government black-ops unit into the mix (Michael Ironside, Clancy Brown, William Forsythe, a big black guy, a small black guy, some non-descript white guy). It's not clear for a long time what the mercenaries are up to, but they interact in interesting ways with both the criminals and the police. Then the plot goes south, literally and figuratively, because, apparently, all Walter Hill wanted to do here is re-stage the ending to The Wild Bunch. Uh, okay, I think I'd rather just watch the original. This film probably could have been saved if they'd just kept Rip Torn in the movie a bit longer. (Thanks, T.H., for giving me a link to this film, I should have seen it decades ago).



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