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« #14295 : November 18, 2014, 06:29:18 AM »

I Vitelloni(1953) - 6/10. The film has two insuperable flaws: a ridiculous ending, and characters we cannot care about (young Italian males are, it appears, insufferable). Fellini, however, shows his chops as writer-director: he does well evoking a specific time and place (Rimini in the 50s--without actually filming in Rimini); the various anecdotes, clearly culled from life, are deftly limned. And the bit with the angel is interesting enough to contemplate at length, post screening.



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« #14296 : November 18, 2014, 07:00:21 AM »

Somewhere in the Night (1946)  re-watch 8/10


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« #14297 : November 18, 2014, 07:40:33 AM »

I Vitelloni(1953) - 6/10. The film has two insuperable flaws: a ridiculous ending, and characters we cannot care about (young Italian males are, it appears, insufferable). Fellini, however, shows his chops as writer-director: he does well evoking a specific time and place (Rimini in the 50s--without actually filming in Rimini); the various anecdotes, clearly culled from life, are deftly limned. And the bit with the angel is interesting enough to contemplate at length, post screening.

so you're saying Leone should have made Viale Glorioso, after all?  ;)


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« #14298 : November 18, 2014, 09:21:47 AM »

The Dogs of War (1980) - 7/10

Walken after TDH and Berenger before P, and a couple of 'em more to fill the rest of the spots. The only major fault I can find is the direction of the action scenes, which seem bland and somewhat motionless, especially taken in consideration they happen in what seems to be the climax of the movie. The rest is by no means extraordinary but menages to get the point across, and as you can guess from the very beginning bigger-than-life ideas and messages don't quite fit here. Still, I watch it every few years, it's a good male-audience oriented period war-action-drama, with the ending that works very well the first time you watch it.


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« #14299 : November 18, 2014, 12:17:49 PM »

so you're saying Leone should have made Viale Glorioso, after all?  ;)
Only if he was willing to kill off his protagonists. Man, after 20 minutes with these characters, I wanted them all to die agonizing deaths.



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« #14300 : November 18, 2014, 04:24:12 PM »

The Dogs of War (1980) - 7/10

Walken after TDH and Berenger before P, and a couple of 'em more to fill the rest of the spots. The only major fault I can find is the direction of the action scenes, which seem bland and somewhat motionless, especially taken in consideration they happen in what seems to be the climax of the movie. The rest is by no means extraordinary but menages to get the point across, and as you can guess from the very beginning bigger-than-life ideas and messages don't quite fit here. Still, I watch it every few years, it's a good male-audience oriented period war-action-drama, with the ending that works very well the first time you watch it.

I like the novel better. The movie goes out of its way to make Walken's character sympathetic while Forsyth admits from the word go he's a bastard.



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« #14301 : November 18, 2014, 09:13:33 PM »

The Fugitive (1947) - 6/10 - Pompous religious allegory of the sort where characters are named The Priest, The Woman and the Lieutenant. Henry Fonda gives one of his worst performances; Pedro Armendariz, in contrast, does excellent work. Beautifully shot but the story doesn't hang together; a collection of tableaux, an art gallery rather than a movie. Leone fans, note the scene where Ward Bond adds value to his own wanted poster.

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« #14302 : November 19, 2014, 07:42:14 AM »

I like the novel better. The movie goes out of its way to make Walken's character sympathetic while Forsyth admits from the word go he's a bastard.

I sensed something like that was going on.

I take it the poor black kid Shannon befriends isn't in the novel?


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« #14303 : November 19, 2014, 12:17:38 PM »

Wild Things (1998) - 6.5/10

Really, like isn't this the crème de la crème of this sort of schlocky MTV-esque crap? I don't believe any comes even close to being this entertaining.


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« #14304 : November 19, 2014, 02:46:17 PM »

The aerial scenes had some potential, but they did not really work. They were done as a mish-mash of real war footage combined with some typical second unit material and the close-ups of the actors shot in a studio against rear projections. The shaky cam style looked modern, but there was always something missing, even some connecting shots missing to make the scenes work. And I never could figure out who was in which plane (except for Wayne, whose face a blind can recognize, they all looked the same) and who was shooting at whom (which is no problem in the fast edited films nowadays).  
But also I was never interested in the any of the film's characters, so I never cared who will survive and who not.

Wayne and Ryan acted for me like they did not live in the same universe. Wayne was Wayne but Ryan was far less good than usual, and their conflicts left me cold.

Do you think there was anything Ray specific in Flying Leathernecks?

Not really, only the pretty technicolor look reminds me of any of Ray's traits. There's really nothing thematically or in tone that's his, but it's a decent war movie with two great leads and I love those aviation scenes. I thought they blend in pretty well.

If there's a doc or book about war films or aviation in films, this deserves a mention, that's about it.

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« #14305 : November 19, 2014, 07:16:14 PM »

I take it the poor black kid Shannon befriends isn't in the novel?

Unless memory's playing tricks on me, that whole section's pretty terse in the novel. I certainly don't remember Shannon getting captured and tortured at any point.



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« #14306 : November 19, 2014, 08:27:11 PM »

Unless memory's playing tricks on me, that whole section's pretty terse in the novel. I certainly don't remember Shannon getting captured and tortured at any point.

funny, I was just discussing this with a friend a couple of hours ago: how do you define "terse"?

My friend used "terse" to mean "brief," whereas I was under the impression that it doesn't merely mean "brief," but it means being brief with a rude connotation. Like, giving a terse answer means giving a brief answer with an implication of rude manner.
Well, I checked it up on Google's definitions (which I do not like very much) http://goo.gl/Ko8195 and they consider it synonymous with "brief." But the Merriam-Webster online, owned by Encycopaedia Brittanaca (which IMO is better) http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terse uses my definition, that it has a rude connotation.

I think you're using the Google definition, eh?  ;)


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« #14307 : November 19, 2014, 09:05:02 PM »

It was the first word that came to mind. I didn't put much thought into it.



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« #14308 : November 19, 2014, 10:58:09 PM »

It was the first word that came to mind. I didn't put much thought into it.

and therein lies the problem  :P


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« #14309 : November 20, 2014, 06:06:03 AM »

funny, I was just discussing this with a friend a couple of hours ago: how do you define "terse"?

My friend used "terse" to mean "brief," whereas I was under the impression that it doesn't merely mean "brief," but it means being brief with a rude connotation. Like, giving a terse answer means giving a brief answer with an implication of rude manner.
Well, I checked it up on Google's definitions (which I do not like very much) http://goo.gl/Ko8195 and they consider it synonymous with "brief." But the Merriam-Webster online, owned by Encycopaedia Brittanaca (which IMO is better) http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terse uses my definition, that it has a rude connotation.

"The President offered a terse statement on his new policy." [The statement was brief only, not rude]

"When asked for clarification, the President was terse with the reporter." [The reply was brief, and possibly also rude]

Context makes the difference.



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