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« #11055 : November 04, 2012, 07:58:58 AM »

2 Gaumont films, via Olive blu-rays, both with Lino Ventura, both set in Africa, both with clever dialogue by Michel Audiard:

Cent mille dollars au soleil / Greed in the Sun (1964) 6/10. Belmondo and Ventura, together again for the first time! When truck driver Belmondo absconds with the "grisbi", it's up to his old buddy Ventura to chase him down over miles of twisty desert roads.  Shades of The Wages of Fear. Comparisons with that venerable film, however, do not favor Sun. Wages was all about edge-of-your-seat suspense; Sun is about friends scoring off each other and cracking wise. Suspense is sacrificed for the sake of comraderie. The plot is so unimportant that a major character just disappears at the end of the story. And whether or not the two buddies end up with the money is equally unimportant--the friendship is all that matters. But that is the one thing that is never in doubt.

Taxi for Tobruk (1960) 7/10. Lifeboat on land! This time Ventura is at the helm of a captured German vehicle, Hardy Kruger is the captured German officer who navigates the French crew across an ocean of sand. The jokey patter works much better here--the men, after all, share a number of dangers together, and bond through those experiences. Everything builds to a tense and well-played minefield scene. But then the film is ruined with an out-of-left-field ending. What, did the producers run out of money, or something? A shame: this could have been one of the greatest WW2 films ever made.



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« #11056 : November 04, 2012, 09:40:17 AM »

Belmondo and Ventura, together again for the first time!


Could be from me ... ;)

(but did they make another film together?)


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« #11057 : November 04, 2012, 10:13:08 AM »

They were both in The Big Risk.



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« #11058 : November 04, 2012, 12:13:16 PM »

The Cruel Sea - 8/10 - Grim, sober WWII drama with Jack Hawkins in a career-defining role. The sort of the movie that speaks for itself, really.



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« #11059 : November 04, 2012, 02:30:21 PM »

Donnie Brasco wouldn't entertain the thought of adding
what's already been said about this picture, on this, or any other
board. finally got the chance to see it. life is good, forget about it
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« #11060 : November 04, 2012, 04:30:40 PM »

Three Colors: Blue
Yes davejenkins, I watched the whole thing this time. And it's still dull and uninteresting shit. White is good, Red is great, and The Decalogue is one of the best pieces of work I've ever seen. Fuck Blue.

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« #11061 : November 05, 2012, 02:01:45 AM »

Three Colors: Blue
Yes davejenkins, I watched the whole thing this time. And it's still dull and uninteresting shit. White is good, Red is great, and The Decalogue is one of the best pieces of work I've ever seen. Fuck Blue.

Pretty strange. I like them all, and every other Kieslowski film.


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« #11062 : November 05, 2012, 06:12:56 AM »

Yeah, me too. Go figure.

Les visiteurs du soir / The Devil's Envoys (1942) 7/10. In 15th Century France, agents of the devil arrive at a castle determined to sow discord among the nobility. Since the agents are hunky Alain Cuny and the lovely Arletty, the method of attack turns out to be seduction--seduction of the castle's lord, the lord's daughter, the daughter's fiance. But when Alain Cuny seems to be taking his role as wooer too seriously, Le Diable himself (Jules Berry) arrives to get matters back on course. This is the film that dares to ask, Can you beat the devil with love? Of course, since it's a French film, the answer is plain from the start. And since also it's a film dealing with supernatural beings, whose powers aren't clearly defined, anything can happen (which is not a good thing). Still, there are pleasures: Jules Berry's performance (which one instinctively compares with Walter Huston's in The Devil and Daniel Webster) and Arletty's face, especially when she smiles.



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« #11063 : November 06, 2012, 04:56:54 PM »

Monsieur Ibrahim (2003) (Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran) Storyline IMDb
In a street called Blue in a very poor neighborhood in Paris, Monsieur Ibrahim is an old Muslim Turkish owner of a small market. He becomes friend of the teenager Jewish Moises, tenderly nicknamed Momo, who lives with his father in a small apartment on the other side of the street. Monsieur Ibrahim gives paternal love and teaches the knowledge of the Qur'an to the boy, receiving in return love and respect. 8/10


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« #11064 : November 06, 2012, 05:11:40 PM »

Rashomon (1950) 7/10. First Blu-ray viewing of the 2008 restoration. This film is more fun to talk about than to watch; nonetheless, as conversation pieces go, this one looks fabulous.



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« #11065 : November 07, 2012, 02:01:24 AM »

The Racket (1951) 5/10


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« #11066 : November 08, 2012, 06:30:38 AM »

2 new Fox blu-rays, both war films, both with Jerry Goldsmith scores:

Von Ryan's Express (1965). The transfer of this entertaining film is a big disappointment: colors are muddy, fleshtones are wrong, details are smudged, the image lacks sharpness. The extras, carried over from the DVD are worth having, especially the doc on Goldsmith. Film: 7/10. Blu-ray: 5/10.

Patton (1970). In 2008, Fox first released this on blu-ray, in an edition that has become notorious for its use of digital noise reduction (DNR). Now, four and a half years later, they've finally done right by the title (maybe this means in 2017 we'll get an improved Von Ryan's Express). For home theater this is probably as good as it can get. Film: 10/10. Blu-ray: LoA-worthy.



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« #11067 : November 08, 2012, 06:35:58 AM »

Once Upon a Time in the West

My first viewing of the blu ray. (I watched the Scorsese Restored version). It looks spectacular.

One thing I noticed: I turned on the commentary track very briefly toward the end, and there is something very wrong with the audio on Frayling's voice; it sounds almost like how a voice would sound on an old cassette tape that was damaged, almost like the voice on a computer or something. I only listened for a minute, so I couldn't tell you whether or not that problem exists on the entire disc. I did listen also for a minute of John Carpenter's commentary, but the audio sounds fine there (actually, can Carpenter's piece even be called a "commentary"?)

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« #11068 : November 08, 2012, 09:59:40 AM »

A Short Film About Killing
A borderline masterpiece. I had seen it as part of The Decalogue before, but this is my first viewing of the full version. Simple yet thought-provoking, with pitch-perfect music, cinematography, acting, editing, yadda yadda and so on. The last twenty minutes or so is one of the most suspenseful and harrowing sequences in film ever. Why can't Blue be this good?

Kieslowski fans, where do I go next after The Decalogue and Three Colors Trilogy? The guy is a master. Besides Blue.

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« #11069 : November 08, 2012, 10:06:39 AM »

The 2 films he made before the Decalogue are excellent. Don't know the English titles.


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