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« #12300 : July 24, 2013, 09:15:22 PM »

The Deep Blue Sea (2011) - 8/10 - Terence Davies' dreamy adaptation of the Rattigan play, featuring Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston and the guy from Spamalot. All moody photography, fragmented flashbacks and elliptical dialogue, it does an admirable job of making Rattigan's work cinematic. I'd critique a few of Davies' adaptational choices, namely emasculating his male leads to make Hester look good. But it's so well-acted and presented I feel churlish for commenting.



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« #12301 : July 24, 2013, 10:11:28 PM »

The Deep Blue Sea (2011) - 8/10 - Terence Davies' dreamy adaptation of the Rattigan play, featuring Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston and the guy from Spamalot. All moody photography, fragmented flashbacks and elliptical dialogue, it does an admirable job of making Rattigan's work cinematic. I'd critique a few of Davies' adaptational choices, namely emasculating his male leads to make Hester look good. But it's so well-acted and presented I feel churlish for commenting.

I saw this piece of crap in the theater. Or actually, I saw the first part (I don't remember exactly how long I stayed - was it 45 minutes? An hour? A little longer?) before getting the hell out of what felt like a torture chamber.


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« #12302 : July 25, 2013, 12:39:40 AM »

Alexander (2004) - 2/10

Caught it on TV yesterday afer a hard day of work so I felt like giving it a try; I think I only missed the first 15 minutes or so. I expected it to be bad. It was really really bad. Almost nothing to save. Terrible directing with lots of ultra cheap post production effects. It sometimes looks like a child who just discovered photoshop filters: wow, let's make it all pink and yellow! Cheap CGI and make up, but to be fair, it was quite ambitious. Bad script, weird ellipses, no characterization, bad dialogues. Colin Farell worst performance: one of the most ridiculous acting in a big budget movie ever.
1 point for the historical interest, assuming they got a couple things right.
1 point for way they tried to portray the quest for glory, which, here and there, works the time of a quote.

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« #12303 : July 25, 2013, 06:40:36 AM »

I remember being more indifferent to Alexander than anything. Occasionally good ideas came to the surface (I loved the elephant battle towards the end), but there's too much nonsense to make it worthwhile.



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« #12304 : July 25, 2013, 06:43:18 AM »

I saw this piece of crap in the theater. Or actually, I saw the first part (I don't remember exactly how long I stayed - was it 45 minutes? An hour? A little longer?) before getting the hell out of what felt like a torture chamber.

Given your past comments I'm not surprised.



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« #12305 : July 25, 2013, 06:58:31 AM »

I remember being more indifferent to Alexander than anything. Occasionally good ideas came to the surface (I loved the elephant battle towards the end), but there's too much nonsense to make it worthwhile.

The elephant battle had its moments, but the ending of the scene ruins it (cheap slomo, funny looking faces of Alexander, pink-yellow colors once he's hurt).

Oliver Stone loves to experiment. This is good. Unfortunately, he has a very bad taste, which means that most of his experiments, which could lead to something really good, fail. Also, he can have good topics, but his scripts don't work.


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« #12306 : July 25, 2013, 07:01:50 AM »

Well, he hasn't made a decent movie since Nixon.



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« #12307 : July 25, 2013, 12:19:48 PM »

I liked Alexander somehow when I first watched it, and it was way better than expected. The kind of it-has-its-moments film. Had some expectations for the DC, bur surprisingly this DC bored me. Too much talk, too much meaning explored via dialogues. Don't remember if the theatrical version suffered also from it. I hope not.

I had my fun with Stoney's latest effort, the tarantinonesque Savages, and actually I liked W. But still his best years ended indeed with nixon. But, hey wait ... what's with U-Turn?


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« #12308 : July 25, 2013, 12:50:45 PM »

MIAMI EXPOSE (1956) 6/10... Thank God the narrated-police-procedural of the 50's wasn't kept around for long. Are there any really good movies from that sub-sub-genre?
"Good," perhaps. Great, no.



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« #12309 : July 25, 2013, 11:39:22 PM »

I had my fun with Stoney's latest effort, the tarantinonesque Savages, and actually I liked W.

Only caught a few minutes of W here and there, looked way too simplistic to me, considering the topic. I mean you may love or hate Bush, but there is no way he and his team could be half as dumb and amateur as they are in this movie.

I'll definitely give Savages a try.


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« #12310 : July 26, 2013, 06:21:22 AM »

Savages was painfully awful.



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« #12311 : July 26, 2013, 08:43:35 AM »

The Wolverine (2013) - 5/10. I liked the idea for this film--Logan goes to Japan (from an 80s comic cycle). But, of course, they couldn't really pull it off. There are a couple of fun gags, one having to do with a love hotel, the other about a fight on the top of a moving bullet train--at 300 km/hr Wolverine can only stay on by using his claws; the yakuza he's fighting has to keep digging into the roof with his knives--AND both men have to constantly leap upwards to avoid low-lying obstacles. Ha! But once the silliness starts, it just takes over--a fight that begins near Tokyo Tower continues through Akihabara before ending at Ueno Station. No police appear, and everyone crosses the finish line of this intense marathon without even having to breath hard. An even more egregious breach of reality occurs when Logan goes to Nagasaki. A character in Tokyo then decides to go get him, so she jumps in her car, heads over, picks him up, returns the Japanese capital, a round trip that seems to take about 20 minutes. Well, a one-way trip from Tokyo to Nagasaki by Nozomi Shinkansen takes seven-and-a-half hours--and remember, that train does 300 km/hr. OK, so this film does for the Marvel cycle what You Only Live Twice did for the Bond films--provides us with an ersatz Japan. That's not the worst of it. The plot is stupid and predictable. The beautiful heroine--who has a collarbone to die for--is little more than a McGuffin. And at the end, we get yet another tiresome fight with a guy in an armored suit--we went all the way to Japan just for Iron Man 3.5? I hear that the teaser after the credits was pretty exciting, but I couldn't be bothered to stay for it.



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« #12312 : July 27, 2013, 07:56:53 PM »

The Lone Ranger - 7/10 - I'll be the dissenting voice here. Sure it's Pirates of the Caribbean reenvisioned as a Western, but with less ludicrous plotting and supernatural crap than those movies. Still overlong thanks to a useless framing device and Helena Bonham Carter wasting space, but nowhere near as bad as the last few Pirates flicks. Armie Hammer proves perfect casting as the title character; more of him and less Johnny Depp would have made this even better. Verbinski provides some cool action scenes and the myriad Leone/Ford/Peckinpah homages were fun. This review reads as a backhanded complement, but since I was expecting to despise it that still makes it a present surprise.



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« #12313 : July 27, 2013, 11:32:24 PM »

The L-Shaped Room (1962) 9.5/10

The performances in this film, directed by Bryan Forbes (who just died 2-and-a-half months ago), are all spectacular. Lead actress Leslie Carron was amazing, garnering an Oscar nomination, though she lost to Patricia Neal (Hud).


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« #12314 : July 28, 2013, 02:18:54 PM »

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.

You're forgetting the myriad GBU references, including Tonto looting the dead posse, later sporting an umbrella while riding through the desert, and the whole bridge explosion scene.

Your comments re: the white man's world being depicted as a font of all evil... I'd say it's more anti-corporate than anything, which is one of Verbinski's bugaboos. The second and third Pirates of the Caribbean feature the East India Company as the primary villains, with the Royal Navy and squid face as unwitting accomplices. Lone Ranger replays the same scenario out west, substituting the Union Pacific, US Cavalry and Butch Cavendish. For that matter, Rango plays out roughly the same scenario.

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