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« #12195 : June 30, 2013, 11:32:26 PM »

DJANGO UNCHAINED - 7/10

Second viewing, BD. As a movie, it doesn't work. But it's full of good ideas and good moments. After DP's box office flop, I'm afraid QT will take years to go out of his comfort zone to do real cinema again: he will carry on with his Kill Bill derivatives.


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« #12196 : July 01, 2013, 08:32:07 AM »

The Burglar (1957) - 8/10. Second DVD viewing. Acid noir! What is it about the crime films of the late 50s made for Columbia? There's this, but also in the same year Nightfall. Then, in '58, The Line-up, and Murder By Contract. And then in '59 City of Fear. Was there a Columbia exec at the time researching altered states?



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« #12197 : July 01, 2013, 01:44:13 PM »

Drunken Angel - 8/10
Simply put, great characters and an excellently told story. I love Kurosawa.

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« #12198 : July 01, 2013, 04:59:04 PM »

Colorado Territory - 6/10 - High Sierra recast as a Western, with Joel McCrea in the Humphrey Bogart role. Raoul Walsh fits the story comfortably enough into the genre, but I found it rather uninspired.



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« #12199 : July 02, 2013, 04:18:50 AM »

Cariboo Trail (1950) Cattle, Gold Rush, Indians, shootouts and cattle stampedes, Randolph Scott with Gabby Hayes doing his usual shtick, BORING, for die-hard Scott fans only. 5/10


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« #12200 : July 02, 2013, 06:23:12 AM »

Cariboo Trail (1950) Cattle, Gold Rush, Indians, shootouts and cattle stampedes, Randolph Scott with Gabby Hayes doing his usual shtick, BORING, for die-hard Scott fans only. 5/10

Randolph Scott had some nice roles, but does anyone actually call himself "a die-hard Scott fan"?  ;D


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« #12201 : July 02, 2013, 10:41:32 AM »

Lines of Wellington (2012) - 5/10. When I heard about this film--an historical epic set during Napoleon's 1810 invasion of Portugal--I got excited about seeing panoramic shots of battles and terrain I knew nothing about. It turns out there isn't all that much here about the fighting: the film begins just after a Wellington victory, then most of the action is concerned with Wellington's withdrawal to prepared positions around Lisbon. The climax of the film is SPOILER the French, finally arriving and seeing just how insurmountable Wellington's fortifications are, deciding to turn around and go home!END SPOILER. Whoop-dee-do! So, of what does this 151 minute film mostly consist? Seemingly random stories of several unimportant people whose lives are affected by the campaign. And a lot of this descends into Who's Sleeping With Who (I believe this has been cut together from a Portuguese TV series). Lot's of cameos are added to add excitement--Michele Piccoli, Catherine Deneuve, and Isabelle Huppert share a single scene together. The worst insult, though, is the depiction of the great man himself: John Malkovich plays Wellington as if he were little more than a vainglorious--and exceedingly ugly--fop. Well, the photography in this film is very nice.



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« #12202 : July 02, 2013, 12:09:48 PM »

Sounds like a real snoozer, eh?



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« #12203 : July 02, 2013, 12:44:07 PM »

No, there are enough of these incidental stories--to say nothing of the French threat--to keep interest up. It's just that the payoffs at the end are all so small.



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« #12204 : July 03, 2013, 05:08:52 AM »

The Lone Ranger (2013) - 2/10. The film starts off with an exciting runaway train sequence, followed by a manhunt through the desert. Early on it seems this could be taken for a serious Western, but as things move along it gets progressively sillier, ending up as little more than a cartoon. This is not the worst of its faults.

Unhappily, this  film, pitched at school kids on summer break, is filled with a pernicious message. When we are introduced to the man who will become the Lone Ranger (Armie Hammer) he is reading John Locke. He is a law school grad, concerned with the justice and due process, who has returned to his Texas town to be its DA (huh?). The purpose of everything that then happens is to disabuse him of his notions of right and wrong and provide him with an unsentimental education. Because, as it turns out, everything having to do with the white man’s civilization is evil. The Indians are noble victims; the Chinese coolies who work the white man’s mines are also victims. The railroads, the army, all the institutions of white civilization, however, are corrupt. What then is a good-hearted man to do? He must operate as an outlaw. Hence the mask. In the original radio and TV versions of the Lone Ranger, IIRC, the mask was intended to hide the Ranger’s identity, it was a superhero’s mask. In this movie, the character’s identity is never in doubt. The mask is solely to establish the fact that the wearer lives outside the white man’s law. Tonto (Johnny Depp) keeps telling the hero “Never take off the mask.” Not only the Ranger, but a little kid Tonto is teaching—the audience’s surrogate—learns this “truth” by the end of the film.

The references in this movie to OUATITW include but are not limited to: majestic shots of Monument Valley; evil railroaders; men in dusters waiting for a train; the shadow of a man revealing his presence on the roof of a car; startled birds taking flight as a harbinger of a homestead attack; an Indian boy who suffered a terrible loss returning as a man to exact revenge on those responsible. This last is made even more explicit by having the villain ask, “Who are you?” and receiving in reply a symbol-fraught object that jogs his memory at the point of dying. So keen are the filmmakers to reference Leone’s film that during one scene where men are riding through a canyon one of the walls has a Navajo cliff CGI’d in—it has no function other than to be spotted.  And from time to time faint echoes of Morricone’s score appear on the soundtrack. What is the purpose of all these allusions? Apparently, just to let the audience know how cool the filmmakers are. This is another truth I think I’ll ignore.

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« #12205 : July 03, 2013, 05:35:01 AM »

Your review matches exactly the ones I was reading on RT. Thanks Jenkins, I'll save my money.



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« #12206 : July 03, 2013, 10:08:28 PM »

The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond (1960) 9/10. Ray Danton is the flinty-hearted bastard who rises to the top of the rackets and Karen Steele is the bimbo he suckers on more than one occasion. Then the flinty-hearted bastard dies. Wonderfully paced gangster pic in b & w and widescreen. Possibly Budd Boetticher's best film.

Just saw The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond on TCM. I give it a 7/10
The movie was shown in a 4:3 aspect ratio. Being a 1960 movie, I know this is supposed to be widescreen (IMDB lists it as 1.85:1; Amazon says the dvd is 16:9). Anyway, since this is in flat widescreen, I assume that the 4:3 version on TCM is actually showing the full frame that was filmed, so you see more on the top and bottom, as opposed to less on the sides as in pan-and-scan, right? It still sucks that they didn't show it as it was intended to be seen, in widescreen, but I guess it is a tiny bit less annoying knowing you are seeing more than you were supposed to see, than pan-and-scan, where you are seeing less than you were supposed to see.

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« #12207 : July 04, 2013, 04:23:00 AM »

Just saw The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond on TCM. I give it a 7/10
The movie was shown in a 4:3 aspect ratio. Being a 1960 movie, I know this is supposed to be widescreen (IMDB lists it as 1.85:1; Amazon says the dvd is 16:9). Anyway, since this is in flat widescreen, I assume that the 4:3 version on TCM is actually showing the full frame that was filmed, so you see more on the top and bottom, as opposed to less on the sides as in pan-and-scan, right? It still sucks that they didn't show it as it was intended to be seen, in widescreen, but I guess it is a tiny bit less annoying knowing you are seeing more than you were supposed to see, than pan-and-scan, where you are seeing less than you were supposed to see.

See it before but I did I did catch most of it yesterday on TCM I'm probably leaning ore towards a 7 than a 9.


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« #12208 : July 05, 2013, 07:03:21 PM »

The 400 Blows 9/10


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« #12209 : July 05, 2013, 07:40:53 PM »

Zodiac - 9/10 - What's this, 4th viewing now? Maybe I'm obsessed, but then I can think of worse movies to watch over and over again.



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