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« #14355 : November 27, 2014, 08:54:24 AM »

20,000 Days on Earth (2014) - 8/10. 1080p. A fictional 20,001st day in the life of singer-songwriter-graphomaniac Nick Cave. Eschewing the typical approach to rock documentaries, we travel up close and personal as Cave goes about his business in and around Brighton, where, I was shocked to discover, the transplanted Australian lives. Interspersed with a few rehearsals and performances, the film is mostly made up of conversations he has with people: his shrink (or is that someone pretending to be his shrink?), Warren Ellis (his chief collaborator these days) the curators at the Nick Cave Archives (I kid you not). Cave spends a lot of time in his car, so the filmmakers add an interesting device of having people suddenly appearing in the vehicle to chat with Nick. He doesn't stop and pick them up, they're just suddenly there. First there's actor Ray Winstone (in the passenger's seat), then former band member Blixa Bargeld (in the passenger's seat) and finally Kylie Minogue (in the back seat). Does one have to be a Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds fan to enjoy the film? Well, I'm not all that interested in the guy and I found it interesting. It helps, I suppose, to like the recent album (Push the Sky Away), because the soundtrack features a lot of material from it (especially "Jubilee Street").
http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/20000-Days-on-Earth-Blu-ray/116003/#Review This comment on the video quality is worth noting:
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According to IMDb, 20,000 Days on Earth was shot with the Arri Alexa, which is consistent with the film's appearance on Drafthouse Films' 1080p AVC-encoded Blu-ray. The credited cinematographer is Erik Wilson (Submarine, The Double). Perhaps as a counterpoint to the rough features and haunted eyes of the film's subject, the directors and cinematographer have opted for rich colors and a beautiful, smooth surface wherever possible. The image on Drafthouse's disc is as good as they come, sharp and clear without any digital edginess, free of noise or artifacts, and moving easily between the deep blacks of the nighttime closing shot on the beach at Brighton and the pastoral daytime scenes in the English countryside, along with everything in between. Fine detail is evident in Cave's distinctive wardrobe, in the stacks of books and photos on his desk, in the tiny handwriting that is legible in his archive, and in dozens of other small touches. 20,000 days is a tribute to the possibilities of digital photography. (For obvious reasons, footage taken from archival sources looks only as good as the original material will allow.)

Although the film is only 98 minutes long, Drafthouse has placed it on a BD-50, allowing for an average bitrate of 30.98 Mbps. Most studios would have tried for much tighter compression, especially with digitally originated material. There is no way to be sure without access to the original uncompressed master, but perhaps the extra bandwidth is one of the reasons the Blu-ray looks so good.



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« #14356 : November 27, 2014, 10:11:27 AM »

The Babadook (2014) - 7.5/10
Takes the conventions and cliches of the generic throwaway horror movie that every teen girl loves, but instead lessens the amount of jump scares and adds a more interesting curve toward mental illness. Add some impressive editing techniques, great direction, and - get this - well developed characters, and you get a pretty damn good horror film.

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« #14357 : November 27, 2014, 11:50:08 AM »

Play Dirty (1969) - 8/10

I think, in all seriousness, this must be a better movie than TDD (and I love that one). If for anything, then for the fact it doesn't detour to be funny when everybody around expects it. Plus it's wonderfully cynical... and solidly directed with the scenes set in exotic places a tad slower in order to be played with and finally enjoyed... and with memorable if not excellent performances... and yeah - it's very good for ya. O0


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« #14358 : November 28, 2014, 12:33:37 AM »

I just saw Gone Baby Gone. THIS POST IS ALL SPOILERS
and btw I haven't read any of these books so I am focusing entirely on the movie. Forget the book-movie comparisons.
 And I am incredibly disgusted.
I was really loving the movie until the final twist of Freeman doing the kidnapping. (Not that I think cops are any better people than any average person, but for a movie to have a top cop something like this, as if he'd really get away with it, wtf do they take the audience for? Chalk this up to "suspension of disbelief"?  Roll Eyes Now here is something a million times worse than even that: the fact that Casey Affleck's girlfriend decides to take Freemna's side. yes, let the girl stay with Freeman. No friggin way. That is ludicrous. It's a screenwriter telling teh audience, "I can write whatever I want and say, haha I fooled you, you are an idiot." When the girlfriend, Michelle Monaghan, tries convincing Casey Affleck to let Freeman keep the kid and leaves him over that, forget it. SHE SPENDS THE WHOLEMOVIE LOOKING FOR THE KID THEN LEAVES AFFLECK WHEN HE FINDS THE KID AND DECIDES TO RETURN HER TO HER MOM?? talk about movie contrivance/lunacy/bullshit. Stick whatever word you want in there. I prefer BULLSHIT.
In this movie that twist leaves a real bad taste in my mouth for everything. UGh. I was all set to give this movie at least an 8/10, maybe an 8.5/10, depending on the ending, but after these last ten minutes, I don't know how low I can possibly go to register my disgust.

The acting was really wonderful all around (with the exception of perhaps a couple of scenes, a few lines by Affleck and Harris), overall I thought the cast up and down the line was terrific, Casey Affleck, Harris, the women. Really good. Casey Affleck was really good also in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. That guy should get more lead roles.
We've debated the acting merits of Ben Affleck before – I've said he is a good actor, i know n_l doesn't like him; and I thought he was real good acting in Argo – but IMO Casey Affleck is really good, deserving of lead roles. Amy Ryan and Miclelle Monaghan were really good here. Especially Ryan - she got the movie's one Oscar nomination. Well deserved.

Btw, even without that final twist, this movie ain't in the same conversation as Mystic River. Few are. MR is one of my all-time faves. But this had a chance to be really good before the writer tells the audience he is gonna laugh at them in the last ten minutes.

p.s. some people were comparing this movie in the conversation with Gone Girl. Once we are maikng that comparison: I enjoyed Gone Baby Gone a lot more than Gone Girl. Sure, the last ten minutes ruined Gone Baby Gone for me, but Gone Girl wasn;t good in the first place to be ruined


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« #14359 : November 28, 2014, 04:50:11 AM »

Django Unchained re-watch on Netflix 8/10.


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« #14360 : November 28, 2014, 01:11:29 PM »

L'avventura (1960) - 10/10. 1080p. Great performances from all concerned: Lisca Bianca, Sicily, Monica Vitti, Gabriele Ferzetti, Gabriele Ferzetti's toupee. Dispensing with the conventional story-making of the first hour, Antonioni presents us with Two Characters in Search of a Plot, a move that allows the director to indulge his predilections: photographing both architecture and the architecture of the human face. A shame he felt the need to reintroduce a bit of shopworn melodrama at the end, but then, he hadn't quite found his way to the brilliant post-Humanism of his later work. What beautiful images, though. The new Criterion deserves an 11/10.



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« #14361 : November 28, 2014, 08:52:18 PM »

They Live 1988

5 out of 5. Carpenter probably at his best.

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« #14362 : November 29, 2014, 09:07:53 AM »

Carnal Knowledge (1971) - 6/10. Upscaled DVD. The Jules Feiffer script isn't bad. Too bad about the direction. Nichols thinks it's clever to depopulate scenes so that only the principals remain, as if the characters are so solipsistic they can't take note of anyone else around them. Erm. Worse, he has his actors frequently playing directly to camera, where it's obvious that the characters they're supposed to be talking to aren't even present. Forget about two-shots. Forget about real drama. You do get some scenery chewing from Nicholson, if you like that sort of thing. Oh well, the photography by the great Giuseppe Rotunno is very nice.

All That Jazz (1979) - 7/10. 1080p. Death, The Musical. Yeah, Mr. Fosse, we get it--but Bob just keeps hammering away, extending the runtime needlessly. It all could have been so much more succinct, so much more pointed, especially if they'd Deep Sixed stuff like "Everything Old is New Again," where Ann Reinking and the girl playing Roy Scheider's daughter do their routine. How, um, Disney. Oh well, the photography by the great Giuseppe Rotunno is very nice. [Just listened to Scheider's commentary on the Criterion disc: although most of the film was shot in Astoria, Queens, the final number was done here in Purchase, NY--my home for the last 6 years! Must have been down the road at the PepsiCo Performing Arts Center . . .  cool!]



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« #14363 : November 29, 2014, 09:11:49 AM »

Queen Margot - 8/10 - The St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre reimagined in the style of Coppola or Visconti. Lots of sex, violence and scheming, complete with gruesome effects, pompous music and portentous photography. Isabelle Adjani is quite the looker.



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« #14364 : November 29, 2014, 09:13:31 AM »

Play Dirty (1969) - 8/10

I think, in all seriousness, this must be a better movie than TDD (and I love that one). If for anything, then for the fact it doesn't detour to be funny when everybody around expects it. Plus it's wonderfully cynical... and solidly directed with the scenes set in exotic places a tad slower in order to be played with and finally enjoyed... and with memorable if not excellent performances... and yeah - it's very good for ya. O0
Thanks. I note there's a new Blu for this title. I may have to check it out . . .



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« #14365 : November 29, 2014, 01:51:44 PM »

Victim (1961) - (maybe somewhat above) 7.5/10

This movie's not my cup of tea, but it has strenghts which are difficult to overlook. One of them is Dirk Bogarde. The second is the elegant English unobtrusiveness, despite the boiling premise. (I think at some point they say the boy had only half a dollar in his pocket when he died... Though I'm not sure. - And even if I was I couldn't label it as a mistake.) It glides very well for 3/4, but due to the lack of heavier action stumbles in the final act (for me). That's maybe its royal British charm... who knows. The psychology of the characters is constructed very well, very thoughtful, very considerate towards the structure of the story. What's more surprising, it seems much moire realistic and objective than in most present era sexual flicks.

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« #14366 : November 30, 2014, 04:04:33 AM »

Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid 7/10

La belle et la bête (Beauty and the Beast) (1946) great film 10/10


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« #14367 : November 30, 2014, 06:31:00 AM »

Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 - 7.5/10
First installment is awful; two follow-ups have been quality work. cheers

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« #14368 : November 30, 2014, 07:59:53 PM »

Crack-up (1946) 5/10. A war veteran thinks he's been in a train wreck that never occurred--is he cracking up, or being manipulated by a ring of art forgers? I'll bet you'll never guess. Claire Trevor is the girlfriend, Herbert Marshall the man from Scotland Yard, and Ray Collins is the Prince of Darkness. This could have been a pretty decent film except for one thing: the lead was filled by Pat O'Brien. This blow-hard is pretty hard to take, and it wasn't long before I was rooting for the bad guys. I never thought anyone could make George Raft look good by comparison, but O'Brien did it.

I just saw this movie on TCM, I'll give it a 6/10
I disagree with you on Pat O'Brien; I thought he was good. One thing funny about that guy - his suit jackets are way too tight. It's hilarious, I was laughing half the time, it looks like he is wearing suit jackets that he bought 10 years earlier
Claire Trevor was (especially in her early scenes) really bad here, it feels like she is acting, she is forcing herself to say her lines and show emotions, nothing seems real about it.
I actually thought the movie was decent until the end, the last long scene or two killed it for me, I was set to give it a decent rating until the last few minutes.
That girl who played Mary, she's pretty, I looked her up on IMDB, her name is Mary Ware; she never had much of a career, looks like she was only credited in 4 movies, plus 1 uncredited appearance http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0912135/


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« #14369 : November 30, 2014, 08:13:05 PM »

I just saw this movie on TCM, I'll give it a 6/10
I disagree with you on Pat O'Brien; I thought he was good. One thing funny about that guy - his suit jackets are way too tight. It's hilarious, I was laughing half the time, it looks like he is wearing suit jackets that he bought 10 years earlier
Claire Trevor was (especially in her early scenes) really bad here, it feels like she is acting, she is forcing herself to say her lines and show emotions, nothing seems real about it.
I actually thought the movie was decent until the end, the last long scene or two killed it for me, I was set to give it a decent rating until the last few minutes.
That girl who played Mary, she's pretty, I looked her up on IMDB, her name is Mary Ware; she never had much of a career, looks like she was only credited in 4 movies, plus 1 uncredited appearance http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0912135/


Agree with you. The film's finale seems to take place on Park Ave along the tracks to Grand Central. Its funny  because you hear the sounds of steam locomotives passing by, but once the new Grand Central Terminal was built the tracks went underground below 97th street and the lines were electrified to Croton, so there shouldn't be steam locomotives running about. The electrics were almost silent comparatively unless they sounded their horns.


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