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« #18060 : December 10, 2018, 02:35:26 AM »

Completely agree.

If things wrapped up better/quicker and was shot on film this is a masterpiece. I still love the movie though.

Yeah, I like it a lot, but the way they tie up everything to the opening chick (and let it drag for too long) makes the film feel way more average Hollywood than it actually is.

White Fang (1991) 7/10
This was the first live action film I saw in theater. Pretty sure I've always wanted a dog because of that film. I hadn't seen it in decades though, and I have to say the first hour or so is quite amazing. The animals scenes are impressive, and the human ones come with a genuine adventure feel that I have extremely rarely witnessed on screen. The attention to detail in sets and costumes is breathtaking. Some images stayed with me since my first viewing (the golden staircase, the lake and coffin scene...). It's a shame the 3 bad guys are so cartoonish and the final shootout is not as well handled at all as other action sequences.


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« #18061 : December 11, 2018, 02:52:59 PM »

Makala (2018)  This film won the Critics Award at last year's Cannes Festival.  Its a French film by Emmanuel Gras and starring nonprofessional actors Kabwita Kasongo and Lydie Kasongo. Its a semi documentary based on the real life of the Congolese people.  The plot is simple.  Kabwita wants to build a better house for his family.  To acquire funds to do so he travels out into the forest and chops down a HUGE tree.  He then proceeds to turn the tree into charcoal in which he intends to sell 30 miles away at the nearest market.  Thats it. The film chronicles this process.

The dialogue of the film is in Swahili and I couldn't find any subtitles for the film even though its stated that its available in English.  Didn't matter.  The plot is soo simple and the story soo simple and compelling that I was able to view the film without knowing what was being said.  The cinematography is also gorgeous in this film.   I rank it a solid 8.5 out of 10....


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« #18062 : December 11, 2018, 03:35:21 PM »

Makala (2018)  This film won the Critics Award at last year's Cannes Festival.  Its a French film by Emmanuel Gras and starring nonprofessional actors Kabwita Kasongo and Lydie Kasongo. Its a semi documentary based on the real life of the Congolese people.  The plot is simple.  Kabwita wants to build a better house for his family.  To acquire funds to do so he travels out into the forest and chops down a HUGE tree.  He then proceeds to turn the tree into charcoal in which he intends to sell 30 miles away at the nearest market.  Thats it. The film chronicles this process.

The dialogue of the film is in Swahili and I couldn't find any subtitles for the film even though its stated that its available in English.  Didn't matter.  The plot is soo simple and the story soo simple and compelling that I was able to view the film without knowing what was being said.  The cinematography is also gorgeous in this film.   I rank it a solid 8.5 out of 10....



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« #18063 : December 12, 2018, 07:52:52 AM »

Kalifornia

Interesting. Disturbing.  But Brad Pitt and Juliette Lewis were real good as low lifes.

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« #18064 : December 12, 2018, 08:53:02 AM »

But Brad Pitt and Juliette Lewis were real good as low lifes.
Also, not much of an acting stretch for either.



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« #18065 : December 12, 2018, 06:05:47 PM »

Also, not much of an acting stretch for either.

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« #18066 : December 14, 2018, 02:54:27 PM »

The Equalizer 2 ( 2018).  The follow up to The Equalizer and Denzel Washington's first sequel.   I liked the original and would give the original a 8.5 out of 10.  This one slips back because of a weaker plot but the action still makes up for it.  I rate this one a 8 out of 10.  My interest in this series also has to do with the director, Antione Fuqua.  He has been tabbed to make the Scarface remake by Universal Studios in a project that has been in hold for years.  The current hold up is Fuqua wants Denzel Washington to play the lead but Denzel has balked at that.  The Equalizer series reminds me of the John Wick series.  Ive seen the original John Wick and need to see the second one.

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« #18067 : December 15, 2018, 11:32:55 AM »

Holiday Affair (1949) Director Don Hartman, with noirish cast of Robert Mitchum, Janet Leigh, Wendell Corey, Harry Morgan, and Gordon Gebert.

Before Christmas, department store clerk Steve Mason (Mitchum) meets big spending customer Connie Ennis (Leigh), really a commercial spy. He unmasks her but lets her go, which gets him fired. They end up on a date, which doesn't sit well with Connie's steady suitor, Carl (Corey), but delights her son Timmy (Gebert), who doesn't want Carl for a step-dad. Entertaining enough for what it is 7/10

I saw the last part of this today on TCM. Looks worthy to go back and watch the whole film...

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« #18068 : December 15, 2018, 03:33:56 PM »

I saw the last part of this today on TCM. Looks worthy to go back and watch the whole film...

It's a good movie


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« #18069 : December 16, 2018, 12:35:21 PM »

Moontide (1942) - 4/10
Road House (1948) - 5/10

An Ida Lupino double feature, courtesy of the Fox Noir line. A shame that neither of these pictures is very good, and it's not really Ida's fault: they just aren't that well written. The first is about hard living west coast beach denizens, with Jean Gabin in the lead. On the DVD supplements much speculation is given as to why Gabin never became a star in Hollywood, but a quick glance at any scene here makes the reason plain: he couldn't speak English. A picture can be pretty hard going when you can't understand what the leading man is saying half the time. The project was begun by Fritz Lang, but after two weeks he left the production--whether for personal or professional reasons, or a combination of the two, still remains unclear. Anyway, Archie Mayo came on to finish, and he preserved some of the Lang look (lots of night and fog). It's all done on sets. Claude Rains and Thomas Mitchell get to do some good work, but mostly the film is predictable and a snooze.

Road House is a better set-bound production, and with better casting. This time Ida is joined by Cornell Wilde and Richard Widmark in a tense love triangle, except it takes more than half the film to set the triangle up. Once in place, matters take their natural course: Widmark turns out to be a psychopath, intent on destroying his rival and enslaving the object of his desire. Sounds good on paper, but it doesn't really come off in execution. Widmark isn't sufficiently built up (he's frequently out of the picture), and it's forever before the sparks start flying between Wilde and Lupino. The climax, on a set meant to represent a forest retreat, is in fact anti-climatic. Maybe it's because Celeste Holm is along: her character is a drag on every scene she's in, and here her presence dissolves what little tension the director (Jean Negulesco) could manage. Ida is good, and Widmark falls back on his Tommy Udo performance, but neither is enough to save the picture. Road House is located in the very heart of Dullsville.

How I wish we'd get some better noirs on DVD, like for example, The Prowler . . .

I saw Road House on Youtube.  I agree that the film took a while to build up and that Widmark's character was neglected pretty much until about the middle of the movie.  I didn't mind the slow build up because I felt that the plot was building up to be pretty good.  That went away as soon as the plot went into the stealing of the Road House money.  From that point on the script was unbelievable and pretty much trash.  ONLY because of Widmark do I give this a 5 out of 10.  Its a 3 without him...

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« #18070 : December 17, 2018, 01:45:31 AM »

Roma (2018) - 8.5/10

Can you imagine Tarkowski at the top of his game doing a (almost) mainstream movie, grounded in the extremely detailed reality of Mexico in the 70's? This is what you get here and this is objectively a masterpiece that is both intimate and epic, comic and tragic, social and metaphysical. It's been released 3 days ago and saying it's pure cinema is already a cliché. In a non absurd world it would be nominated at the academy awards in most categories, and win all the major ones. Now I'm only giving it 8.5 because it's a subjective rating and I have problems with this kind of main characters.

Objectively:

Cinematography: 15/10
Performances: 9/10
Screenplay: 10/10
World creation: 12/10
Ambition: 10/10


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« #18071 : December 17, 2018, 09:40:41 AM »

Roma (2018) - 8.5/10

Can you imagine Tarkowski at the top of his game doing a (almost) mainstream movie, grounded in the extremely detailed reality of Mexico in the 70's? This is what you get here and this is objectively a masterpiece that is both intimate and epic, comic and tragic, social and metaphysical. It's been released 3 days ago and saying it's pure cinema is already a cliché. In a non absurd world it would be nominated at the academy awards in most categories, and win all the major ones. Now I'm only giving it 8.5 because it's a subjective rating and I have problems with this kind of main characters.

Objectively:

Cinematography: 15/10
Performances: 9/10
Screenplay: 10/10
World creation: 12/10
Ambition: 10/10
   Gonna check this out.  Where did you see it? Thanx...

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« #18072 : December 17, 2018, 02:24:59 PM »

   Gonna check this out.  Where did you see it? Thanx...

Netflix. It's a Netflix original, although you can easily see it was designed for the big screen. You should watch it on the biggest screen available. I think it's got a limited theatrical release in the US. In France they cannot put it in a theater because the law would require Netflix to wait months (more than 12 if I remember correctly) before puting it online.


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« #18073 : December 18, 2018, 08:33:48 AM »

Netflix. It's a Netflix original, although you can easily see it was designed for the big screen. You should watch it on the biggest screen available. I think it's got a limited theatrical release in the US. In France they cannot put it in a theater because the law would require Netflix to wait months (more than 12 if I remember correctly) before puting it online.

Thanx.  I don't do netflix but I might see if they got a free trial or something...

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« #18074 : December 21, 2018, 10:15:11 AM »

The Predator (2018)  I had HIGH hopes for this one.  I'm a big fan of the original Predator film released in 1987.  I feel that film is one of the greatest science fiction films ever.  This is the fifth film featuring the Predator characters.   Shane Black, who starred in the original with Arnold Shwarenegger,  Carl Weathers, Bill Duke, etc.  co-wrote and directed the 2018 version.  Due to Black's involvement with the original film,  expectations that the franchise would return to its original themes were greatly expected by hardcore fans of the franchise.   Alas, Black may have turned in the WORST movie in the series.

This movie is a prime example of what happens when the Hollywood establishment controls a movie.  Whether Black and his co-writer, producers, etc. were on board with this junk is irrelevent.   What was bad?  EVERYTHING.  The plot took almost every Hollywood blockbuster cliche and half butt recylced it and had the gall to try and be CLEVER with it at the same time.  The plot was stupid and contrived.  The movie was soo bad that the last THIRD of the movie had to be redone after a screening.  The new version is bad so the original had to be off the charts bad.  The plot didn't make sense.  It had holes gallore and FEATURED a female scientist who's only job was to find out what the Predator was up to. Suddenly she had more combat moves than Army Rangers, lol.  The rest of the plot featured dumb characters taking their turns trying to out wit each other with stupid one liners WHILE fighting Predators.

One of the things that made the original so good was the more straight forward technology used to create the Predator character and the special effects.  The original Predator featured a man in a suit and he moved and acted like something that threw a chill in you.  The new movie features obvious CGI gallore and the Predators move across the screen like they are not even a part of the film.  Its like they were copied and pastied into the film and they move like robots.  The ONLY reason I've given this trope this much attention is because its a PRIME example of why I don't too much fool with " modern" Hollywood movies.  The sad part about it is this junk actually made a profit and THATS why they keep running it out there.  Sadly the attraction is the Predator itself which is such a profound and unique character in itself that they can continue to get fans hopes up with each new film.  This movie also gives me the opportunity to clarify something.  I use the word movie and film interchangeably here.  A movie to me is anything under a 7 rating.  A FILM is a 7 and above. I give this junk movie a 2 out of 10...


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