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« #12435 : September 07, 2013, 07:34:08 PM »

Le dernier metro (1980) - 9/10. Truffaut's smart film about French theater during the Occupation. Too bad about the tacky sets, but Catherine Deneuve, the most beautiful woman in the world (at the time of filming), is a real pleasure to watch.

(I don't think Deneuve was that hot, but that's in the eyes of the beholder.) IMO the best thing about the look/color of this movie is Deneuve's bright red lipstick. You have these mostly dark colors, everything is indoors in this dark theater or cellar, and then that bright red lipstick, such a great use of color.


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« #12436 : September 07, 2013, 11:02:25 PM »

Inchon - 2/10 - Hard to say what's worse about this movie. The incoherent battle scenes? Laurence Olivier playing Douglas MacArthur as a mixture of W.C. Fields and Boris Karloff's Mummy? Jacqueline Bissett complaining about traffic while North Korean planes strafe her car? Anticommunist agitprop that makes Red Dawn look subtle? Being produced by the Moonies? Yeah, this one's exactly as bad as they say.



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« #12437 : September 08, 2013, 04:00:40 PM »

Inchon - 2/10 -  Laurence Olivier playing Douglas MacArthur as a mixture of W.C. Fields and Boris Karloff's Mummy?
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« #12438 : September 08, 2013, 06:34:04 PM »

Three films today, all good ones.

Pork Chop Hill - 8/10 - 2nd viewing. A gritty, unsparing portrayal of the Korean conflict. The movie works flawlessly focusing on the travails of Gregory Peck's platoon slugging their way through Chinese entrenchments. Its digressions into politics and speechmaking are annoying, but relatively brief.

Western Union - 8/10 - Fritz Lang's second Western replaces the stock building-the-railroad plot with telegraph lines. Chock full of cliches but you don't really care: beautiful photography and stylish action scenes give it a kick. Randolph Scott comes into his own as Western lead, (figuratively) blowing nominal star Robert Young off the screen.

The Beguiled - 8/10 - Clint Eastwood plays a Yankee deserter taken in by a Southern girl's school. Mind games and sexual tension ensue. Plays like Tennessee Williams meets Pasolini's Teorema, an oddly artsy film for Don Siegel. Despite some overripe passages it works as lurid melodrama, with Clint showing more acting range than anything else he's done (save perhaps Unforgiven) and Geraldine Page a frightening antagonist.

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« #12439 : September 08, 2013, 10:28:51 PM »



The Beguiled - 8/10 - Clint Eastwood plays a Yankee deserter taken in by a Southern girl's school. Mind games and sexual tension ensue. Plays like Tennessee Williams meets Pasolini's Teorema, an oddly artsy film for Don Siegel. Despite some overripe passages it works as lurid melodrama, with Clint showing more acting range than anything else he's done (save perhaps Unforgiven) and Geraldine James a frightening antagonist.

speaking of Eastwood, here is the latest tabloid gossip
 http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/clint-eastwood-dating-ex-wife-dina-eastwood-new-beau-report-article-1.1445473


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« #12440 : September 10, 2013, 06:45:02 AM »

1. Middle of the Night (1959) 7/10

The story of Breezy (1973), the third movie Clint Eastwood directed, is a ripoff of Middle of the Night.


2. The Naked Kiss (1964) 8/10

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« #12441 : September 11, 2013, 06:18:40 AM »

Dangerous Crossing (1953) 5/10

I love Jeanne Crain. She is the only good thing about this dumb movie with a laughably ridiculous Rube Goldberg scheme.


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« #12442 : September 11, 2013, 03:05:26 PM »

and Geraldine James a frightening antagonist.

Who is Geraldine James?


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« #12443 : September 11, 2013, 06:12:35 PM »

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« #12444 : September 12, 2013, 12:40:35 PM »

The Tarnished Angels (1957) - The story is from hunger (Faulkner's), nobody seems able to act, and the film never convincingly puts over its 1931 setting, but damn--every frame of this black & white Cinemascope production is a work of art. Sirk knew how to get value for his budget, and the new Region B Blu-ray really shows that. Now we need every re-mastered still bound together in a flip-book. Film: 8/10. Transfer: 10/10.



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« #12445 : September 12, 2013, 01:04:46 PM »

Madame de . . . (1953) Max Ophuls. A woman pawns a pair of earrings, a wedding gift from her husband, and they keep coming back to her. Each time the earrings gain significance, until by the end of the film they are literally religious icons. This is a film in which the tragic lovers end up dying for Love—but not necessarily for love of each other. Ophuls, famous for his moving camera, actually gets it to waltz with his characters here. Plot, performances, mise-en-scene: all first-rate. Surely, this is Ophul’s masterpiece. 5/5

I just saw The Earrings of Madame de.... Ophuls is just a joy to watch. This is the second of his movies I have seen – the first was Letter from an Unknown Woman – and what a pleasure it is to watch Ophuls's camera. I know that, as DJ believes, TEOMD is considered Ophuls's masterpiece, but I actually prefer LFAUW. Maybe it's because I just love Joan Fontaine. The story of TEOMD didn't interest me as much, but hey, who cares about story when watching Ophuls's camera move is like watching Picasso's paintbrush move across a canvas! I've always loved a camera that moves.
 The acting was also terrific, by Boyer, Darrieux, and De Sica.I'd give TEOMD a 9/10


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« #12446 : September 13, 2013, 08:51:37 PM »

Chicken With Plums - 6/10 - The creators of Persepolis try to translate their visual style to live action, in this story of an Iranian musician driven to suicide after losing his prized violin. There's no complaints on an aesthetic level: it's a ravishing movie to watch, with a pleasant cast and whimsical musical score. But between the unfocused, facile narrative and forced whimsy, it mainly feels like a poor man's Amelie.



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« #12447 : September 14, 2013, 02:40:06 PM »

Manhandled (1949). An ensemble noir that can't decide if its serious or a comedy. Its got Hayden running around in the first half always in a disheveled state, shirt un-tucked, no tie, etc., its got a running gag about the Detective Lt., Art Smith's car having bad brakes, and another sequence where Art having taken sleeping pills appears to look drunk. Duryea is his slimy best but its not enough to save this 6/10.


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« #12448 : September 14, 2013, 06:05:47 PM »

Lee Daniels' The Butler - 6/10 - About you'd expect from the trailers/previews: sanctimonious, saccharine Oscar bait. Forest Whittaker's struggles with his family are predictable but well-done; Oprah Winfrey's quite good. The few scenes that directly confront the Civil Rights Era (especially the Klan attack on the Freedom Riders) work reasonably well. But too much of the movie reverts to familiar historical cliches, playing like a poor man's Forrest Gump. Of course we meet LBJ sitting on a toilet while yanking on his beagle's ears! Who'll be shocked when one of Whittaker's sons becomes a Black Panther and the other serves in Vietnam? The all-star stunt casting is the worst; Robin Williams as Dwight Eisenhower and Alan Rickman and Jane Fonda as the Reagans are especially egregious. All topped off with a clunky message that, with Barack Obama in the White House, America's finally achieved its promise.



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« #12449 : September 14, 2013, 06:18:22 PM »

Lee Daniels' The Butler - 6/10 - About you'd expect from the trailers/previews: sanctimonious, saccharine Oscar bait. Forest Whittaker's struggles with his family are predictable but well-done; Oprah Winfrey's quite good. The few scenes that directly confront the Civil Rights Era (especially the Klan attack on the Freedom Riders) work reasonably well. But too much of the movie reverts to familiar historical cliches, playing like a poor man's Forrest Gump. Of course we meet LBJ sitting on a toilet while yanking on his beagle's ears! Who'll be shocked when one of Whittaker's sons becomes a Black Panther and the other serves in Vietnam? The all-star stunt casting is the worst; Robin Williams as Dwight Eisenhower and Alan Rickman and Jane Fonda as the Reagans are especially egregious. All topped off with a clunky message that, with Barack Obama in the White House, America's finally achieved its promise.

Four Reagan historians co-authored an op-ed in The Washington Post trashing The Butler's portrayal of Reagan on race http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/what-the-butler-gets-wrong-about-ronald-reagan-and-race/2013/08/29/5f6aa21e-0e87-11e3-8cdd-bcdc09410972_story.html


speaking of Oprah and racism, how about her bullshit whining with the Swiss handbag shop? what an idiot

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2391880/Oprahs-racist-handbag-Swiss-store-owner-brands-star-sensitive.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2389798/Oprah-Winfrey-branded-liar-Swiss-sales-assistant-racist-handbag-row.html

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