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« #13455 : April 24, 2014, 04:48:51 AM »

The War Lord (1965) - 1/10. This film has one of the most beautiful transfers to Blu-ray I've ever seen. Unhappily, the movie is one of the worst I've ever had to sit through. Charlton Heston, Richard Boone, Maurice Evans and a cast of nobodies couldn't save this turkey. No one could: worst plot and dialogue I've endured for as long as I can remember. Thank you Franklin J Schaffner!



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« #13456 : April 24, 2014, 05:08:36 AM »

The War Lord (1965) - 1/10. This film has one of the most beautiful transfers to Blu-ray I've ever seen. Unhappily, the movie is one of the worst I've ever had to sit through. Charlton Heston, Richard Boone, Maurice Evans and a cast of nobodies couldn't save this turkey. No one could: worst plot and dialogue I've endured for as long as I can remember. Thank you Franklin J Schaffner!

You actually sat through a 1/10 movie from beginning to end?


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« #13457 : April 24, 2014, 05:12:47 AM »

Europa (1991) Director: Lars von Trier, Storyline: Max von Sydow's voice-over narration hypnotizes the protagonist (and audience) back to 1945 where our protagonist the young American ideologist Leopold Kessler (Jean-Marc Barr) has just arrived in post-WWII 1945 Germany to help rebuilding the damaged country. Uncle Kessler (Ernst-Hugo Järegård) supplies Leopold with a job in the big Zentropa train corporation, but soon Leopold falls in love with Katharina Hartmann (Barbara Sukowa); daughter of Zentropa owner Max Hartmann (Jørgen Reenberg). Leopold soon finds himself caught in a web of corruption, being taken advantage of, and losing his ideology. 7/10
Your review is accurate as far as it goes--where's your comment on how funny the film is? What about the fact that Trier uses obvious rear projection for some spectacular artsy-fartsy effects, some incredibly hilarious ones? Why no mention that the whole film takes the piss out of certain genres and even cinema in general? I laugh my ass off every time I watch it. On the count of three you will return to your review and amend it. One: you are getting sleepy. Two (I say two!): you are passing back into the "review" state. Three: you awaken, typing. You are in rural New York state at the beginning of the 21st Century. You have come to guide men to fish. You are floating downstream. Soon you will be floating out to sea . . .



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« #13458 : April 24, 2014, 05:14:51 AM »

You actually sat through a 1/10 movie from beginning to end?
I really surprised myself! But I just couldn't get over how good that Blu-ray transfer looked.



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« #13459 : April 24, 2014, 05:18:17 AM »

since when has George Raft ever been entertaining? And how about the idea that his character here is supposed to be some big ladies man!  ;D ;D ;D
The movie is horseshit, and it has plenty of other problems: Ida Lupino is usually great, but I hate her here; that guy who plays her husband is ridiculous; and how about  the story (reminds me of the bullshit stories the taxi drivers tell Travis Bickle about the hot model jumping in the backseat, giving him a blow job, a $200 tip, and the phone number to her vacation home in the Bahamas  ;D ) : I gotta sit through some horny guy's fantasy where a truck driver picks up the stranded beauty on the side of the road, gets her a hotel room, marries her, but wait... problems problems.... there's another girl, a married girl, the wife of his rich friend, who is sooooooo nuts about him, she can't live without him - after all, he is the irresistible George Raft - and the poor guy can't just live a peaceful rich life fucking Ann Sheridan, cuz Ida Lupino simply won't stand for it.

The first half, focusing on the life of the truck drivers, is decent; the Lupino jealousy story comes into the picture, it gets excruciating.

5/10
I can't disagree with most of what you're saying. But would the picture actually be better without the Ida Lupino angle? The film seems to really pick up when she starts planning the murder . . .



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« #13460 : April 24, 2014, 05:23:17 AM »

I really surprised myself! But I just couldn't get over how good that Blu-ray transfer looked.

if it looked so good that you wanted to sit through the whole movie, maybe it should be rated higher; isn't the look of a movie part of its rating? Shouldn't anything that makes a movie enjoyable or not enjoyable should be part of the rating? or are you saying it would have gotten a 0/10 without the nice-looking BRD?  ;)


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« #13461 : April 24, 2014, 05:36:34 AM »

I can't disagree with most of what you're saying. But would the picture actually be better without the Ida Lupino angle? The film seems to really pick up when she starts planning the murder . . .

Firstly, I don't think she planned it; it was spontaneous, when he was passed out drunk she saw an opportunity. Anyway, IMO, the moment the Lupino story entered the picture the movie went even further south. It wasn't bad at all during the part that focused on the truckers; in fact, if not for Raft, I'd say that early part was actually enjoyable, definitely not a bad story, one of WB's socially conscious films of that era - until the Lupino angle starts, which IMO is so silly it's like George Raft writing for himself, "I'm a ladies man, the babes love me... but we need some conflict, so... yes, that's it - my wife's boss simply can't LIVE without me, poor me that I can't go off and marry Ann Sheridan in peace..."  ;D ::)

I agree with what you once said: If only George Raft rejected every role he was offered  :)

And btw, speaking of the lovely Ann Sheridan (who was my girlfriend in a previous life)... If she can't make a movie enjoyable, it must really suck  ;)



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« #13462 : April 24, 2014, 07:07:36 AM »

And btw, speaking of the lovely Ann Sheridan (who was my girlfriend in a previous life)... If she can't make a movie enjoyable, it must really suck  ;)
I love her in The Man Who Came to Dinner, which, btw, is based on the play by Hart and Kaufman.



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« #13463 : April 24, 2014, 07:09:47 AM »

if it looked so good that you wanted to sit through the whole movie, maybe it should be rated higher; isn't the look of a movie part of its rating? Shouldn't anything that makes a movie enjoyable or not enjoyable should be part of the rating? or are you saying it would have gotten a 0/10 without the nice-looking BRD?  ;)
No. This is a situation where the movie starts out at "1" and continues for a time at that, but you keep saying to yourself, it's just gotta get better. But it never does. And you don't know that until you go all the way through.

Needless to say, transfer notwithstanding, I don't ever want to watch this film again.



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« #13464 : April 24, 2014, 09:21:53 AM »

Your review is accurate as far as it goes--where's your comment on how funny the film is? What about the fact that Trier uses obvious rear projection for some spectacular artsy-fartsy effects, some incredibly hilarious ones? Why no mention that the whole film takes the piss out of certain genres and even cinema in general? I laugh my ass off every time I watch it. On the count of three you will return to your review and amend it. One: you are getting sleepy. Two (I say two!): you are passing back into the "review" state. Three: you awaken, typing. You are in rural New York state at the beginning of the 21st Century. You have come to guide men to fish. You are floating downstream. Soon you will be floating out to sea . . .

My "review" was copied verbatim from it's IMDb page, I didn't feel like writing anything original.  :-\


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« #13465 : April 24, 2014, 12:06:02 PM »

The War Lord (1965) - 1/10. This film has one of the most beautiful transfers to Blu-ray I've ever seen. Unhappily, the movie is one of the worst I've ever had to sit through. Charlton Heston, Richard Boone, Maurice Evans and a cast of nobodies couldn't save this turkey. No one could: worst plot and dialogue I've endured for as long as I can remember. Thank you Franklin J Schaffner!

That's pretty strange. I saw it once, and that was many, many years ago. I can't remember anything bad in it. At least nothing really bad compared to typical Hollywood films. It was entertaining and not as simple as most films with knights.
Not a great film, but Schaffner was not a director for great films. This one was probably better than most of his others, at least better than his more famous stuff Patton, Papillon and that apish thing.


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« #13466 : April 24, 2014, 12:19:48 PM »

This one was probably better than most of his others, at least better than his more famous stuff Patton, Papillon and that apish thing.
Absolutely untrue.



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« #13467 : April 24, 2014, 12:28:34 PM »

Maybe, but these 3 are all less good than they should be.


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« #13468 : April 24, 2014, 12:33:08 PM »

Maybe, but The War Lord couldn't be any worse than it is.



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« #13469 : April 24, 2014, 12:42:42 PM »

Hmm, but I still can't believe that you rate it that low. Schaffner was a generally reliable director then, even his Tsar Trek film isn't that bad. It wasn't before the 80s that Schaffenr made some real stinkers.


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