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« #13245 : March 15, 2014, 04:06:40 AM »

Inside Llewyn Davis 9/10

Second viewing. This is one haunting movie. The "I'm tired" line gets me.

The Last Of Us: Left Behind 9/10

That's the 3 hours extension of the video game The Last Of Us. I rate it here because this game is as much a (great) film as it is a (great) game. I don't know what you guys have been doing while I was playing it, but you were wrong.


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« #13246 : March 15, 2014, 12:06:11 PM »

2 by Yves Allégret, both starring Gérard Philipe, both recently restored, both on stunning Blu-rays from Pathe:

Une si jolie petite plage/A Charming Little Beach/Riptide (1949) - 5/10. Gérard Philipe shows up in a shitty Atlantic seaside town (one that they forgot to bomb) where it's always raining (you will understand that a certain irony attaches to the French title). Philipe mopes around for a while, then shoots himself. Apparently, he grew up in this wretched place, and, after moving to Paris and committing a crime that we in the audience never come to care anything about, has decided to return home to top himself. Huh? If it were me, I'd rather commit suicide someplace warm, maybe in Cannes or Nice. The story in nowhere, but the b&w cinematography is really nice and made me think of French Poetic Realism. Why is it that misery photographs so well?

Les orgueilleux/The Proud and the Beautiful (1953) 6/10. I can't surpass the summary at IMDb, so here it is: "The first to die in an epidemic of meningitis in Vera Cruz is a French tourist. His wife Nellie [Michèle Morgan], detached and indifferent, feels little grief and realizes that her coldness is her own doom. Over the next two days, she is attracted to George [Gérard Philipe], a local drunk who does odd jobs for brothels and dances grotesquely for tourists in exchange for drinks. George has his own dark secret, a tragedy he caused that leaves him with a death wish. In assisting the local doctor to cope with the epidemic, these two emotional cripples enable each other to rediscover reasons to live and to love." Mind you, that's not a summary of the first act, that's the summary of the whole film. Just when the two lovers have declared themselves and are preparing to face their first wave of epidemic victims, we get a big "FIN" on the screen. So, fantastic set-up: where's the rest of the movie, Yves? This could have been a great film (Act 2: their love is tested; Act 3: tragic death for one or both) but the filmmakers either ran out of time, money, or author Jean-Paul Sartre never supplied an ending to begin with. Anyway, Michèle Morgan is beautiful and we get to see lots of shots of her in her underwear (she has to get inoculated, right? and it's the tropics, right?); also, the filmmakers never miss an opportunity to have her show off her legs (it's a film, right? and it was made by the French, right?).



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« #13247 : March 15, 2014, 03:20:05 PM »


 If it were me, I'd rather commit suicide someplace warm, maybe in Cannes or Nice.

In case, don't forget to let us know when the BR will be released.


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« #13248 : March 15, 2014, 03:30:32 PM »

That's right, keep trying, titoli. After all, you did make a successful joke about Groggy's erstwhile girlfriend once. Maybe lightning can strike twice.



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« #13249 : March 15, 2014, 06:57:27 PM »

I think lightning just DID strike twice. Sorry DJ, but some jokes about you are indeed funny :p


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« #13250 : March 15, 2014, 07:21:10 PM »

I think lightning just DID strike twice. Sorry DJ, but some jokes about you are indeed funny :p

Oh, he knows it very well. Otherwise he couldn't have been bothered to answer.


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« #13251 : March 15, 2014, 07:49:17 PM »

If u need a comeback, DJ, how about, "Before I get a chance to post BRD info, you'll probably post Roger Ebert's review." Or, "Wtf do you know about funny; the last time you saw a comedy was before BRD was even invented."


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« #13252 : March 16, 2014, 08:42:51 AM »

Out of the Furnace (2013) - 2/10. Every cliché; every stupidity in your standard Hollywood script; every uninspired pan, track, zoom, crane, and helicopter shot ever used; the squandering of a talented cast (Bale, Harrelson, Shepard, Casey Affleck); a Pearl Jam song: this is a complete piece of shit.
Waaaait a minute davejenkins did you just cite a "Pearl Jam song" as something negative? That was the only redeeming quality of this movie. Fuck you!

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« #13253 : March 16, 2014, 09:07:20 PM »

Agnes of God - 6/10
Intriguing but also pretty silly. Can't tell if Meg Tillly did a good job or horribly overacted.

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« #13254 : March 17, 2014, 12:47:11 AM »

KILLING THEM SOFTLY - 7/10

Great atmosphere, good characters, very good acting (the worst actor being Brad Pitt, whose only crime is to do a regular job), good dialogues and very tiny script (they obviously focused on dialogues and drew a few parallels with the economic crisis).
Not much to criticise here, except that it's one of the few 7/10 movies that will not bring anything more to the table with rewatches.

Rewatched it yersterday. It's a 7.5/10 (see? it brings a little something with rewatches). I was saddened when watching the (sad) scene of the regretted Gandolfini (best scene of the movie).

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« #13255 : March 17, 2014, 12:43:03 PM »

Nora: A Short Film Responding to Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House (2012) - 7/10. This is an updating of Ibsen's play, presenting some of the themes of the earlier work, but done cinematically, and set in the 21st century. It uses the same actress, Hattie Morahan, appearing in the current Young Vic production of the play. I just saw that production, which, after 3 very successful runs in the UK, has transferred to BAM. It's a pretty impressive event on stage, but it goes two hours and 40 minutes (with intermission). This film gets it all down in nine minutes and 4 seconds.

I did want to see the play, though, so as I said, I went along to BAM. A couple weeks back I mentioned the play to D&D but he expressed no interest, so yesterday I went solo. Apart from all the great acting, the production is distinguished by an amazing set that rotates while we watch, so that while characters leave one room to go to another (the whole play takes place in the connecting rooms of an apartment), we not only see their progress, but by the time they've arrived the new room is positioned front-and-center for our viewing convenience. A really amazing bit of set design, to say nothing of the choreographing of all the actors.

At half-time I got up to stretch my legs. Looking behind me I noticed, three rows back, an attractive Asian woman sitting and talking to a white-haired gent beside her. Naturally all my attention was on the woman, so it was some time before I looked over to see who her partner was. Good heavens: I was witnessing Soon Yi and Woody in animated discussion! Man, they were really excited about the play, too.  I turned back around to keep from staring. But a sense of elation soared within me: I'd landed a better seat than Woody Allen!

A minute later, though, it occurred to me: Hmmm, Crimes & Misdemeanors IS pretty Ibsen-esque (or, perhaps, Ibsenian). Yeah, yeah, old news to most, I know, but I haven't spent any time thinking about Allen's films since 1992. But what now? Should I go up to him and say hello? No, I hate doing that to celebs, especially when they're out trying to enjoy themselves at the theater. Besides, I really had nothing of interest to say to the guy. Well, I could go punch him on the arm and say, "Mr. Allen, I believe you, and I support you in your fight against the International Victims Industry." But I realized it was impossible to say that without sounding ironic. If only D&D had come. He'd have talked to Woody [Drink, you blew it buddy; you missed your chance to both meet Woody and embarrass the hell out of DJ all at the same time]. In the event I waited, silent, for the second half of the play to commence, and of course, during the ovation at the end, he and the Mrs. slipped out before they could be buttonholed.

Is there a lesson in all this? Yeah, I think it's . . . BAM, what a happenin' place. This is the second time I've been this season (the first was for Frank Langella in King Lear). Usually the thought of venturing into darkest Crooklyn fills me with dread, but I'm starting to warm to the place. Too bad my event at Barclay's got rescheduled . . .



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« #13256 : March 17, 2014, 01:07:55 PM »

Nora: A Short Film Responding to Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House (2012) - 7/10.
Oops, I wandered off topic and forgot to post the link for those who might want it. It's worth 9 minutes of your time: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CY8s2MqPyM



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« #13257 : March 17, 2014, 03:06:02 PM »

Inside Llewyn Davis - 9/10

2nd viewing since friday. This is the most haunting and depressing movie ever.


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« #13258 : March 17, 2014, 08:48:07 PM »

DJ - nice story  ;)

But I can't think of anything I'd wanna say to Woody Allen.

I haven't seen his movies, so I'd have nothing to say about his creative life; his relationship with Soon-Yi is old news, so it's not like I'd scream "CREEP!" - I'd have nothing to say about his personal life. All I'd do is try not to vomit. (and I don't think Soon-Yi is attractive, but that's beside the point. and I would't call Woody a gent, but that's beside the point.)

on a somewhat related note: I once arranged an economic debate for the Federalist Society's chapter at my law school; to argue the liberal side, by buddy arranged for a professor from Columbia University to be on the panel.... guy was a jackass (naturally), and a few months later, I saw in the news that this professor - who was 46 years old - was arrested for having engaged in a 3-year-long consensual relationship with his 24-year old daughter. No, this is not an April Fools Day joke. A guy whom I had met, whose hand I had shaken, who name was on the flyer I had created, had been fucking his daughter.....


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« #13259 : March 18, 2014, 05:29:12 AM »

DJ - nice story  ;)
Oh, I forgot the best part! At the end of intermission, I suddenly realized I'd been standing up in the well-lit hall for 20 minutes with my fly open. So it's a good thing I didn't walk up to Allen and try to talk to him. Can you imagine, I walk up to him, he's sitting down, which would put his eyeline at about my crotch level, and I still don't realize I'm unzipped? What would he have thought if suddenly I started babbling something about subtext????



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