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« #12405 : August 20, 2013, 11:03:37 AM »

Trail Street (1947) nothing special, farmers & Bat Masterson against free rangers 6/10

haha I was wondering why the post first wound up in titoli's thread  ;D


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« #12406 : August 20, 2013, 09:30:03 PM »

Comanche Station, The Tall T, Ride Lonesome

all get between 7.5-8/10

further discussion here http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=5927.msg166952#msg166952


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« #12407 : August 21, 2013, 02:47:29 PM »

Blue Jasmine - 8/10
Classic Woody Allen. A lot like Another Woman, but with some humor and maybe even less sympathetic for the protagonist.

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« #12408 : August 23, 2013, 11:07:12 AM »

The Proposal - 5/10
Standard Rom-com chick flick that manages not to be awful.

The Grandmaster - 7.5/10
The original cut. A unique biopic that meshes melodrama and martial arts together with rapid editing. Lots of OUATIA moments and homages in the last act (OUATIA music along with an original [or so I think?] Morricone-esque score. Also very similarly shot opium sequence, dream-liked transitions, and an image reminiscent of an aging Noodles in the mirror). It can be overly stylized and difficult to follow, but definitely warrants a viewing. I'll be watching this again because it has potential to be a truly great film on repeat viewings. Not WKW's worst though not his best either.

Ain't Them Bodies Saints - 7/10
Nothin' special.

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« #12409 : August 23, 2013, 10:30:29 PM »

8 1/2 - 9/10 - Funny, heartfelt and incisive. I doubt I could add much to the mountain of praise.

The Witches (1967) - 6/10 - In this anthology, Dino De Laurentiis gathers five top-notch directors to celebrate his wife Silvana Mangano. Not surprisingly, the chapters vary greatly in quality. The best is Pasolini's The Earth as Seen from the Moon, an inspired slapstick piece starring Toto. De Sica's chapter gets the most attention for featuring Clint Eastwood as a boring businessman; this bizarre sequence (think Brief Encounter meets Fellini) works up to a point, but drags on too long. Visconti's segment is boring and tedious; the two shorter sketches just sit there. Mangano acquits herself well in a quintuple role. There's some neat Terry Gilliam-esque animation and a jazzy Morricone score.

Teoroma - 6/10 - Pier Paolo Pasolini's inscrutable epic embodies every conceivable stereotype of art cinema. It really has no message beyond sex equaling spiritual awakening, whatever the bizarre editing, strained symbolism and Mozart music. It's interesting in its way, but after characters randomly fuck, levitate and teleport to the desert, you grow numb.



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« #12410 : August 26, 2013, 08:36:06 PM »

Slander (1957) 5.5/10 [TCM]


Preachy movie about the evils of the celebrity gossip magazines.

With Van Johnson, Ann Blyth (under what looks like ten pounds of makeup), Steve Cochran, Richard Eyer, Harold J. Stone, and Marjorie Rambeau.
Eyer a child actor, playing a little boy of about ten, is really good.

The movie issues a direct challenge to the viewer: These magazines will only stop ruining people's lives, when you stop buying them. The way I figure it, maybe MGM had some problems with its stars' lives being uncovered by these mags, so they decided to make a movie to beg the viewer to stop buying 'em  ;D

IMDB says the movie's proper aspect ratio is 1.66:1, but TCM showed it in 4:3. But I figure that means I probably saw more on top and bottom, rather than less on the sides? (The movie is not currently available on dvd).

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« #12411 : August 27, 2013, 07:40:28 PM »

The Wire: Season 5 - 8.5/10
Often considered the worst season of the show, I see it as one of the best (about just as good as 3 & 4). I can see where the criticism comes in, as the plot itself compromises the standards of realism the show has set for itself - but not much worse than the 'Hamsterdam' scenario of Season 3. It's also more character-based than previous seasons which I like (particularly for the characters of McNulty and Bubbles). The feature-length finale is a TV masterpiece - almost as good as peak episodes of Breaking Bad.

But when it comes to the ongoing internet/TV nerd battle of two VERY unrelated shows (Breaking Bad vs. The Wire), BB still comes on top by a laaarge margin. Unless the ending sucks and ruins the whole show for me. We'll find out in 1 month.

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« #12412 : August 27, 2013, 11:02:39 PM »

TCM honored the lovely and talented Jeanne Crain on Summer Under the Stars:


1. Pinky (1949) 7/10

Jeanne Crain as a black girl - even a light-skinned one? Come on. It's no more believable than Susan Kohner as a black girl in Imitation of Life. It could have been believable if she was playing a mulatto, but I guess that in the 40's and 50's, miscegenation was too unthinkable; so instead they took a girl who looks as white as white can be, and try to have us believe she can be a light-skinned black. Nobody that's 100% black can be that light-skinned.
(On a completely unrelated note, I just saw that Kohner's mother, the Mexican actress Lupita Tovar, is still alive, at 103 years old).

The story didn't interest me all that much – maybe because I am living in New York in 2013 rather than Alabama in 1949 (and Thank God for that), but the acting is terrific all around. All three females – lead actress Jenna Craine, and supporting actresses Ethel Barrymore and Ethel Waters – were Oscar-nominated.


2. Twenty Plus Two (1961) 7.5/10

The story is kinda ridiculous, far-fetched, full of lucky coincidences, etc. but I enjoyed myself. If you forget about the plausibility of it all, it's actually a fun movie. I had a good time watching it.
The acting is all very good, lead actor is David Janssen, and supporting actors are Brad dexter, Robert Strauss, and Jacques Aubuchon. On the female side, there is of course the lovely Jeanne Crain, the beautiful Dina Merrill (still with us at 90 years old), and Agnes Moorehead, who is absolutely amazing in her one scene.

A few interesting things I read about Dina Merrill (on wikipedia, imdb, and others ites): She is daughter of banker E.F. Hutton and Marjorie Merriweather Post, heiress to the Post cereal fortune, and worth $5 billion. Her father was strongly opposed to her pursuing an acting career, so in order to spite him, she took the last name Merrill, because the man whom her father hated most in the world was Charlie Merrill, founder of Wall Street competitor Merrill Lynch.


3. The Fastest Gun Alive (1956) 8/10

Further discussion in that film's thread here http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=4362.msg167035#msg167035
(but don't read it if you haven't seen the movie; my post contains spoilers).

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« #12413 : August 28, 2013, 02:08:26 PM »

Back from vacation, I'm going through the pile of Blu-rays that accumulated in my absence:

Runaway Train (1985) - Eric Roberts and Jon Voight both received Acadamy Award noms for their roles in this--and both deserved to win. Neither did (Voight did, however, win a Golden Globe that year). Voight's performance is probably the best of his career. What really impresses today, though, is the technical excellence with which the film was made. I guess it helps to have had the DP who shot several of the Roger Moore Bond films. Anyway, this is a masterpiece of practical effects married seamlessly to rear projection (I defy anyone--including D&D--to watch the movie and spot the tricks). The lighting, which is incredibly natural, is well served on the Blu-ray disc from Arrow (Region B). Film: 8/10. Image: 10/10.

Shane (1953) - A man who has something to do with death stumbles into the middle of a range war (in Jackson Hole, WY). He takes a side. Despite the annoying little kid, this film is a classic, and the new Blu makes it look astounding. Film: 9/10. Image: 10/10.

Charulata (1964) - a neglected wife almost gets into trouble. It's a Bengali Brief Encounter, played in chambers. Well done, but it all goes on a little too long. The new Criterion Blu is hard to believe--most early Satyajit Rays look beat to hell, but the image here makes it seem the film was made yesterday. Film: 9/10. Image: 10/10.

Death Hunt (1981) - Charlie and Lee, together again for the first time. The film's simple premise--an illustration of the inevitable tensions between liberty and justice--is adequately supported by the performances of the two leads. And there is plenty of nice scenery to admire. Unhappily, all the nighttime scenes use unmotivated sources of illumination--a real peeve of mine. And the Blu-ray transfer, when compared to the standards now being set, is somewhat lacking--some scenes are soft, and quite frequently skin tones are way, way too red. Film: 8/10. Image: 8/10.

Les soeurs Brontë / The Brontë Sisters (1979). A French-language account of the famous sisters (and their not-so-famous brother). For the record, the sisters are Emily (Isabelle Adjani), Charlotte (Marie-France Pisier), and Anne (Isabelle Huppert)--brother Branwell was played by then-newcomer Pascal Greggory. The strength of this adaptation--besides the location work on real British heaths--is that it almost completely ignores the writing in favor of depictions of the Bronte's daily life (which, as it happens, was largely about dying). Also, relatively little dramatic license was taken with the facts as we know them. Photography and costumes are exquisite. Andre Techine's attention to detail is impressive: torches rather than lanterns outside an opera house; a corpse with a mouth that won't stay closed. And almost no unmotivated lighting issues (yay!). Film: 10/10. Image: 10/10.



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« #12414 : August 28, 2013, 08:04:53 PM »

Inferno (1953) a lot of fun Robert Ryan is great 10/10 in 2D


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« #12415 : August 30, 2013, 02:17:46 PM »

Closed Circuit (2013) 6/10. A kind of British Three Days of the Condor. Very TV-like.



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« #12416 : August 30, 2013, 06:57:46 PM »

Persona (1966) 4/10. Pretentious nonsense, artfully photographed by Mr. Sven Nykvist.



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« #12417 : August 31, 2013, 05:56:19 AM »

I made it through about ten minutes of Persona then shut it off.



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« #12418 : August 31, 2013, 06:41:01 AM »

There are some good Bergman films in the 50s (Smiles of a Summer Night, The Magician), but he lost his way in the 60s.



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« #12419 : August 31, 2013, 08:04:58 AM »

Persona (1966) 4/10. Pretentious nonsense, artfully photographed by Mr. Sven Nykvist.
Thank you. I've yet to see a Bergman movie I liked. Seventh Seal is the only tolerable one.

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