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« #15660 : February 14, 2016, 07:41:10 AM »

Deadpool (2016) - 8/10. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. I like these Marvel superhero films that don't take themselves too seriously. Ant-Man was the film for kids; this is the one for kids over 30.



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« #15661 : February 14, 2016, 11:36:34 AM »


The Whisperers (1967) - 7/10

Old 'n' tough to swallow British social drama from the late 60s; character driven, without too much plot maneuvering, but with solid acting and directing. Worth a look.

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« #15662 : February 14, 2016, 01:39:23 PM »

Two for Valentine's Day, courtesy of a Hulu trial period:
Cousin Cousine (1975) - I've been avoiding this movie for 40 years, and now I know why. It's a silly film filled with silly characters. Marie-Christine Barrault, however, is attractive (note to Drink: Ms. Barrault's underarm hair is so blonde as to be practically invisible!).

Scattered Clouds (1967) - A Japanese Brief Encounter. And man is it Japanese! Nothing quite takes the edge off romance as do constant intimations of mortality, you know?



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« #15663 : February 14, 2016, 08:45:30 PM »

MAKE WAY FOR TOMORROW (1937) 5/10

http://m.imdb.com/title/tt0029192/

supposed to be some sort of forgotten masterpiece. It's shit.


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« #15664 : February 15, 2016, 11:38:00 AM »

El sur (1983) 8/10. Spain in the 50s. This is huge improvement over Spirit of the Beehive, in part because it is a true Bildungsroman. The adult world begins, for the heroine, as a mystery, but one whose secrets are gradually revealed. Further, a voice-over indicates that events are being remembered, so childhood impressions are less inchoate than they may have been otherwise. Aurore Clément appears briefly in a film-within-the-film.



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« #15665 : February 15, 2016, 07:41:16 PM »

But will you ever feel like watching it again? I'm thinking . . . No.
Don't plan on it. maybe i'll catch it again on cinemax or something someday.

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« #15666 : February 16, 2016, 11:39:37 PM »

Being There (1979) 8/10

Watching the jackasses wearing suits in Washington these days, it's hard to find any of them with more brains than Chance the Gardener


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« #15667 : February 21, 2016, 06:24:42 AM »

The Majestic (2001) - 6/10

Not much beside a noble idea.

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« #15668 : February 21, 2016, 07:44:24 PM »

Deadpool (2016) - 7.5/10
Fun flick. Marvel knows what they're doing with these comedic superhero movies... with stuff like The Avengers, not so much.

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« #15669 : February 24, 2016, 06:28:48 AM »

3 stellar Blu-rays from Warner:

The Big Sleep (1946) Famously, the plot is difficult to parse, but it does cohere. It's just complicated. The snappy dialog is a joy. And the new 1080p transfer looks splendid--immaculate, with nice contrast. Maybe the later reels aren't quite as good as the earlier ones. Anyway. Film: 8/10. Transfer: 9/10.

I Confess (1953) I'm not sure the story makes sense. OK, I guess Monty Clift is bound be his vows and the seal of the confessional, but why is he so utterly passive throughout the film? Why doesn't he network within the hierarchy of his Church? Why can't he be both a devout Catholic and a good citizen? Also, the character of the bad guy doesn't quite hold up. Yeah, he appears to be penitent early on and then later has a change of heart--but wouldn't his lack of follow-through put the lie to his confession? Maybe Fra Logan still couldn't reveal the contents of the confession at that point, but couldn't he then start actively assisting the police in their investigations? Do a Father Brown number while still maintaining the secrets of the confessional? Anyway, the story would have been more interesting if the baddie had been playing Monty from the beginning (and why was he wearing a cassock in that first scene, anyway?) Why not have the murderer "confess" as a way of setting up the priest to take the fall for the crime? As it is, it's just too convenient that the murderer kills the one man who just happens to be the one guy the priest might have had a motive for killing. Why not have that as part of the murderer's calculation all along? All the coincidences make the story less compelling than it could have been. And why have the whole thing with the married woman if her husband isn't going to be the official prosecuting the priest? Just so many opportunities here that were squandered by Hitchcock (and apparently, this is his film with the longest gestation).

Anyway. It's a shame the movie isn't better because this is one of the best-looking b&w transfers ever made. According to DVDsavant, the image is sourced from nitrate elements, which is easy to believe. The blacks are very black and the whites are incandescent. The Quebec locations work really well, too, and Robert Burks did some excellent work photographing them. Film: 6/10. Transfer: 11/10.

The Wrong Man (1957) A really well made film, and with nice widescreen b&w photography (much grainier than I Confess). Film: 7/10. Transfer: 10/10.



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« #15670 : February 24, 2016, 03:35:01 PM »

Hail Caesar! 6/10

A few good scenes, mostly great acting, bad CGI. Unfortunately, it seems to have been written in under 2 days and storyboarded within the next hour. I'll watch it again. Just not yet.


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« #15671 : February 25, 2016, 01:57:27 PM »

Rage (1972) - 5.5 - 6/10

Directed by George C. Scott, which also does a good job as the leading man. Unfortunately, besides that and an intriguing opening, the movie doesn't offer much in terms of substance.

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« #15672 : February 25, 2016, 02:26:01 PM »

Cowboy (1958) - 7/10. Widescreen! Color! TT's Blu of a Sony encode! The second-best cattle-drive movie ever!  Yeah, baby!



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« #15673 : February 25, 2016, 06:28:23 PM »

Pather Panchali - 6.5/10
Liked it. Didn't really affect me. An Indian take on Italian neo-realism, but I'll take it's clear inspiration Bike Thief over it any day. Big points for the B+W photography - many moments feel like literally filmed versions of photographs that you'd see in a museum.

Starting a Leone-thon to correlate with my first read through Something to Do With Death.

The Last Day of Pompeii - 4/10
Colossus of Rhodes - 6.5/10

I had seen both before but must not have paid attention at all, because I didn't recall a single thing form either. Both so silly that they're surprisingly fun - Colossus of Rhodes way too long for its quality, but well photographed at times with a ridiculous though entertaining story. Last Days of Pompeii just plain laughably bad, though I thought quite a few scenes were more reminiscent of "good" Leone's style than even CoR.

I liked CoR as much as Pather Panchali.

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« #15674 : February 25, 2016, 06:42:05 PM »

CoR disc has Frayling commentary. Those are always a joy to listen to  :)


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