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« #11640 : March 04, 2013, 11:00:28 AM »

Awakenings (1990)

When I was watching the movie, I thought it was way too fantastic. No fucking way this shit could happen. (I know, it says "Based on a True Story") but it just didn't seem possible. That took away some of my enjoyment of the movie, I almost felt like I was watching a cow jumping over the moon, I was rolling my eyes sometimes, like I was watching science-fiction; but then I read about it afterward online and was surprised to see that the story is actually true!! That's fucking incredible. I guess this story is so amazing you couldn't dare make it up if it weren't true. Kind of like Babe Ruth  ;)
This gets an 8.5/10

Robert De Niro and Robin Williams were both incredible


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« #11641 : March 04, 2013, 01:16:13 PM »

Riff-Raff (1991) - 8/10


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« #11642 : March 05, 2013, 05:06:00 PM »

The Red Badge of Courage (1951) 7/10

there are some nice scenes here, and I really liked the cinematography on some.

I didn't like that they omitted  the scene where the main character comes upon the dead body whose face is eaten out by the birds.

I did not like the opening narration at all: informing the audience that this was a famous book by Stephen Crane (NO SHIT) and that the narration will be taken from the book etc. and some other shit. the narration is not very good here, and uses some guy without a particularly good voice. Apparently, director John Huston did not put the narration in there, that was done by the studio afterward against his wishes. Seems like there were lots of problems with this production, disagreements between Huston and the studio, subject of the book "Picture" by Lillian Ross

IMO Bill Mauldin, who has the most important supporting role, overshadows lead actor Audie Murphy. Murphy was never a good actor. Just a great soldier with a baby face. I wish they'd given the lead role to Mauldin instead!

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« #11643 : March 05, 2013, 09:21:49 PM »

been watching on old vhs of GBU for about 10 minutes before i fall asleep every night for the past week. boner-enducing movie.

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« #11644 : March 06, 2013, 02:33:38 AM »

The Red Badge of Courage (1951) 7/10

there are some nice scenes here, and I really liked the cinematography on some.

I didn't like that they omitted  the scene where the main character comes upon the dead body whose face is eaten out by the birds.

I did not like the opening narration at all: informing the audience that this was a famous book by Stephen Crane (NO SHIT) and that the narration will be taken from the book etc. and some other shit. the narration is not very good here, and uses some guy without a particularly good voice. Apparently, director John Huston did not put the narration in there, that was done by the studio afterward against his wishes. Seems like there were lots of problems with this production, disagreements between Huston and the studio, subject of the book "Picture" by Lillian Ross

IMO Bill Mauldin, who has the most important supporting role, overshadows leas actor Audie Murphy. Murphy was never a good actor. Just a great soldier with a baby face. I wish they'd given the lead role to Mauldin instead!

The released film is only a fragment, but an impressive one.


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« #11645 : March 06, 2013, 03:49:29 AM »

A Genius, Two Partners, And An Idiot (1975) - 2.5/5 stars, great opening [directed by SL himself] but very quickly goes downhill after that.


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« #11646 : March 06, 2013, 04:37:38 AM »

I like the "duel" between Hill and Klaus Kinski too. Otherwise I'd agree.



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« #11647 : March 06, 2013, 04:19:21 PM »

Had a snow day today so...

Wreck-It Ralph - 8/10 - Basically Toy Story with video game characters, which isn't a bad thing. Fun story, cool animation, funny cameos by Sonic the Hedgehog, Pac Man, Q Bert and other gaming icons. The non-star voice cast is refreshing: when John C. Reilly and Jane Lynch are your big names you're far removed from Dreamworks' "cram in every star needing some cash" approach. The last act is pure formula, taking it down a peg.

The Dresser - 8/10 - Albert Finney plays Donald Wolfit... er, Sir, an egomaniacal ham actor touring England during the Second World War. Tom Courtenay is his long-suffering assistant. Both funny and sincere, mocking and affectionate towards its characters. Finney has Wolfit down pat, in voice, mannerisms, even appearance, but transcends mere impersonation. Courtenay plays against type, flouncy and irritable here. Eileen Atkins has a meaty supporting role and Edward Fox gets some choice jabs at Sir.



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« #11648 : March 07, 2013, 03:26:25 PM »

The Brothers Rico (1957) 6/10

Richard Conte, whom I loved so much in House of Strangers just seems to be going through the motions here. This is a good story that could have been made into a good movie but just wasn't done very well. The actresses are all good, but none of the male actors in any of the main roles deliver any noteworthy performances


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« #11649 : March 08, 2013, 05:25:17 AM »

The Taking Of Pelham 123 (2009) - 2.5/5 stars. An ok remake.


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« #11650 : March 09, 2013, 05:36:43 AM »

Birdman Of Alcatraz (1962) - 4/5 stars, even though it strays away from the true story it is based on, it is awesome!


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« #11651 : March 09, 2013, 04:36:27 PM »

The Assassination of Trotsky - 5/10 - Docudrama account of Leon Trotsky's last days in Mexico, stalked by Alain Delon's mysterious assassin. The movie isn't terrible so much as dramatically inert. It's meticulously researched with a few memorable set pieces, but does little to flesh out its characters or political conflicts. Joseph Losey's direction seems the primary culprit, mixing static verite with obnoxious artsy touches (a bloody bull fight, Diego Rivera murals). Richard Burton is a good Trotsky but Alain Delon plays a self-parody: characters even ask why he's always so silent!



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« #11652 : March 09, 2013, 10:30:32 PM »

Taken 2 (2012) - 3/5 stars. A good sequel, and even though there were moments which were better than the first one, I prefer the first Taken just a little more. Liam Neeson is a bad ass as always.


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« #11653 : March 09, 2013, 11:11:05 PM »

Suddenly (1954) 7/10


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« #11654 : March 10, 2013, 01:24:40 AM »

Suddenly (1954) 7/10

I saw it also agreed.


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