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« #19290 : September 03, 2020, 07:04:10 AM »

Escape from New York - I'm not rating it because I'm afraid of TH/10
First viewing in decades. Like, literally 20 years. I cannot believe I get to write things like that now.
Well, for what it is, it is good. But I'm not a fan of the campy Carpenter (or campy anything, for that matter) so I spent most of the movie seeing the great action flick that could have been made on this premise. It totally deserves the influence it had on pop culture though, and I'm gonna steal a lot from that film (and learn even more from its failures).


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« #19291 : September 03, 2020, 02:25:14 PM »

Lord Love a Duck (1966) - 2/10. An attempt at trenchant satire. It fails dismally. With Roddy and Tuesday, plus Lola, Harvey, and Max/Casey.



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« #19292 : September 04, 2020, 12:36:52 PM »

Escape from New York - I'm not rating it because I'm afraid of TH/10
First viewing in decades. Like, literally 20 years. I cannot believe I get to write things like that now.
Well, for what it is, it is good. But I'm not a fan of the campy Carpenter (or campy anything, for that matter) so I spent most of the movie seeing the great action flick that could have been made on this premise. It totally deserves the influence it had on pop culture though, and I'm gonna steal a lot from that film (and learn even more from its failures).
After reading this very snobby and very off base review, I should watch some Alfonso Cuaron films and tear them to pieces, but I couldn't inflict that kind of pain on myself -- well besides a hangover.

Rogue Cop (1954) - 4/10. Robert Taylor is a dirty cop who "goes rogue" when his bosses kill his kid brother (Steve Forrest). Anne Francis and Janet Leigh are on hand to pretty things up, but the plotting is pretty stupid. The mob boss is played by George Raft. There isn't much to enjoy in this picture, but watching Raft getting cowboyed at the end is diverting.

If you haven't seen Shield for Murder (1954), I'd recommend that. It has the feel of an early Don Siegel movie but wasn't directed by him. It's basically the Bad Lieutenant of the 50s. Lean, mean and to the point with a great performance from Edmond O'Brien.

Edit: after a quick search you have seen it.

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« #19293 : September 04, 2020, 02:22:46 PM »

After reading this very snobby and very off base review, I should watch some Alfonso Cuaron films and tear them to pieces, but I couldn't inflict that kind of pain on myself -- well besides a hangover.

See? I knew you'd be MEAN. Leave Alfonso alone!


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« #19294 : September 04, 2020, 08:12:36 PM »

If you haven't seen Shield for Murder (1954), I'd recommend that. It has the feel of an early Don Siegel movie but wasn't directed by him. It's basically the Bad Lieutenant of the 50s. Lean, mean and to the point with a great performance from Edmond O'Brien.

Edit: after a quick search you have seen it.
Yeah, Shield for Murder is a much better film than Rogue Cop. We agree again!



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« #19295 : September 04, 2020, 09:16:52 PM »

See? I knew you'd be MEAN.
Noodles is right.

Yeah, Shield for Murder is a much better film than Rogue Cop. We agree again!
Jenkins is right.



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« #19296 : September 06, 2020, 11:53:37 AM »

Blue Jay (2016) 7.5/10 (Netflix streaming)

Mark Duplass and Sarah Paulson bump into each other 20 years after they were high school sweethearts, and start reminiscing. This is a movie that takes place over the course of  a single day/night, and just about the entire thing is the two of them talking, hardly any other people are seen in the movie. This story does not sound original at all, but it is still done well. The movie is in black and white - an odd choice for a film taking place in the present day. Dupass and Paulson are really good. Dupass wrote the screenplay as well.


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« #19297 : September 06, 2020, 12:04:11 PM »

Atlantic City (1980) Director: Louis Malle, Writer: John Guare, Stars: Burt Lancaster, Susan Sarandon, Kate Reid, and Atlantic City.

Lancaster as a ex small time gangster, now numbers runner, who thinks he used to be something big becomes mesmerized by Saradon, who is learning to be a croupier. Her ex husband turns up with cocaine he has stolen from the Mafia. Sarandon's performance is one of her best, and iconic Lancaster brings a lot of cinematic memory. Haven't see this since 1980 - 8/10

I just saw this. I agree with the rating. Really good movie. (I also vaguely remember reading many years ago (probably in the NY Post's Page Six or something about Sarandon having the best bust in  the business or something. By the time I started watching her she was probably way past that; this movie is the youngest I've ever seen her, and based on a few fleeting moments, that description may well be accurate.)

Somehow Lancaster's character here reminds me somewhat of an aging Noodles-If we could see Noodles's life "in the asshole of the world" it would probably look something like that. And there's the crumbling Atlantic City, hoping for a revitalization. And the woman who came to AC decades earlier for a Betty Grable look-alike contest and never left. Good movie all aroud.

I really liked Roger Ebert's review (though I don't agree with him that it is a "Great Movie") https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/great-movie-atlantic-city-1980


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« #19298 : September 06, 2020, 12:32:16 PM »

Bang the Drum Slowly (1973) 7/10

De Niro made this before Mean Streets or Godfather II so this is the earliest of his movies that are even somewhat well-known. Not that BTDS is considered anything notable, but I'd certainly heard of it, unlike earlier films I see on his IMDB filmography https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000134/#actor

Michael Moriarty is good as the star pitcher of the fictional New York Mammoths baseball team, and close friend of his teammate De Niro, a dimwitted catcher from Georgia playing with a terminal illness. But De Niro's Southern accent is awful. (I also thought that Moriarty's narration really doesn't do much). The movie mostly uses the original Yankee Stadium and Shea Stadium. Most shots are closeups of the field (probably done purposely because they didn't want to show too much of a real stadium, to keep it generic) but there are a couple of terrific shots of Yankee Stadium in the rain-delay sequence (and a brief shot of the warning track in the credits sequence. There aren't many good shots of the original Yankee Stadium in color, so this was great for me to see. List of ballpark shots available here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bang_the_Drum_Slowly_(film)#Production

Vincent Gardenia plays the manager, and his scenes are hilarious. In the scene where Gardenia is trying to speak to the team while the Hispanic ballplayer's interpreter is interpreting loudly and distractingly, I was laughing so hard my chest was hurting. Gardenia as Oscar-nominated for best Supporting Actor, and deservedly so.


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« #19299 : September 06, 2020, 02:18:07 PM »

this movie is the youngest I've ever seen her
WHAT????????? You've never seen The Rocky Horror Picture Show???????? How many years you've been posting here, and you've yet to achieve full film literacy????? Quit your day job, and get to work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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« #19300 : September 06, 2020, 02:24:49 PM »

Uh, does anyone else find an incongruity between these two quotes?
Bang the Drum Slowly (1973) 7/10

Not that BTDS is considered anything notable

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Vincent Gardenia plays the manager, and his scenes are hilarious. In the scene where Gardenia is trying to speak to the team while the Hispanic ballplayer's interpreter is interpreting loudly and distractingly, I was laughing so hard my chest was hurting. Gardenia as Oscar-nominated for best Supporting Actor, and deservedly so.



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« #19301 : September 06, 2020, 03:06:51 PM »

Uh, does anyone else find an incongruity between these two quotes?

This movie is not particularly notable compared to other De Niro films.

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« #19302 : September 06, 2020, 07:11:24 PM »

This movie is not particularly notable compared to other De Niro films.
How about, "This movie is not particularly notable compared to other notable De Niro films"?



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« #19303 : September 06, 2020, 11:10:36 PM »

I just saw this. I agree with the rating. Really good movie. (I also vaguely remember reading many years ago (probably in the NY Post's Page Six or something about Sarandon having the best bust in  the business or something. By the time I started watching her she was probably way past that; this movie is the youngest I've ever seen her, and based on a few fleeting moments, that description may well be accurate.)

Somehow Lancaster's character here reminds me somewhat of an aging Noodles-If we could see Noodles's life "in the asshole of the world" it would probably look something like that. And there's the crumbling Atlantic City, hoping for a revitalization. And the woman who came to AC decades earlier for a Betty Grable look-alike contest and never left. Good movie all aroud.

I really liked Roger Ebert's review (though I don't agree with him that it is a "Great Movie") https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/great-movie-atlantic-city-1980

Good point about Noodles.

I have seen this one once, something like 15 years ago. I didn't love it at the time, but there is something about the atmosphere and about Lancaster that stayed with me to this day.



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I'm Thinking Of Ending Things (2020) - Weird/10
The great and  weird Charlie Kaufman is back. Well, he's still great and weird. A bit too weird for my own tastes during the second part of the movie, but it took me 3 viewings to appreciate Being John Malkovitch so who knows. The first half is more on the "great" side of things.

The Irishman (2019) - 10/10
I cannot stop myself from watching this movie. This time, I saw it by "little" clips of 30 to 60 minutes each time over the course of 2 weeks. No other movie has had such an impact and a fascination power on me since The Social Network. Unfortunately, I'm afraid I'm the only one on this board to have noticed Marty just gave a a huge masterpiece for the ages, but just in case someone is interested here are absolutely incredible podcasts about The Irishman, with key crew members being interviewed in depth for an hour or so:

https://the-call-sheet.simplecast.com/episodes/thelma-schoonmaker-tom-fleischman-eugene-gearty
https://the-call-sheet.simplecast.com/episodes/rodrigo-prieto
https://the-call-sheet.simplecast.com/episodes/sandy-powell-christopher-peterson

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« #19304 : September 07, 2020, 04:09:17 PM »

The Sleeping Car Murders (1965) 

CigarJoe turned me on to this:

Finally got around to watching this.  FABULOUS!  For some reason I knew this was gonna be good and it didn't let me down.   First off, the cast was fantastic.  It starts with my favorite French Actress ( who is gorgeous)  Simone Signoret.  Jean Louis Trintignant and Yves Montand headline a fabulous cast.  Next, the crazy good plot was made even better by fantastic cinematography and musical scoring.  Everything was very good here.  The fast paced and VERY nuanced plot was the obvious centerpiece.   It was VERY well done and directed.  It lost me in a LOT of places, but you were still able to figure out what was happening.  Its gonna take a rewatch to really hone in on the plot as it unfolds.  Its a must watch.  Thanks CigarJoe...   8 out of 10...

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