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« #150 : March 09, 2007, 12:31:10 AM »

Silenzio, I'm glad you saw all those good films.

Drunken Angel is a landmark film for both Kurosawa and Mifune. Kurosawa established his style with this, and for Mifune, this is the first collaboration with Kurosawa and the rest is a history. I'm so happy you could finally see with good subtitles O0

Bob Le Flambours is a low-kye drama comparing to Melville's much later ones, but still you can enjoy Melville's unique esprit.

Scandal is one of less-talked-about Kurosawa films. Like Drunken Angel, the focus of drama shifts from the main character to the secondary and it's worse in this case. Nevertheless, it's fun to see Mifune's young artist and Shimura's corrupt lawyer. Somehow shimura's character overlaps with his another role in Ikiru.

Under the Flag of Rising Sun - An extremely powerful film. Benefitted from an excellent screeplay by Kaneto Shindo, Fukasaku fully expressed his life-long thoughts on WW II with great imagery. He extends his thoughts to Yakuza Papers. Yakuza Papers really represents Japanese cinema in 70s. Without an exaggeration, this was epoch making in those days. Director Fukasaku, screenplay writer Kazuo Kasahara (lots of unforgettable lines!) and actor Bunta Sugawara became the stars of this series. There are five films all together. To grasp the whole picture, you gotta see all of them.       


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« #151 : March 10, 2007, 06:00:44 PM »

the good shepherd
a man gets a chance to be part of the early days of the cia. how much is he willing to sacrifice for it?

not a whole lot of action, but a solid spy-story. but matt damond and angelina jolie didnt seem to age a whole lot in the 20year span of the movie.




the omega man
charlton heston is the last man on earth after a manmade pleague has wiped out most of the population. he must now battle a small army of halfhumans by himself.

mediocre horror movie. soundtrack wasnt that bad tho.




little miss sunshine
a little girl and her dysfunctional family travels to california to enter a beauty pageant.

not as funny as I hoped, but it was ok. can someone tell me where I've heard the main theme before?


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« #152 : March 10, 2007, 06:10:02 PM »

Day of the Dead-5/5

This is probably the best zombie movie out of Romero's Orignal Dead triology.

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« #153 : March 10, 2007, 06:13:11 PM »



Under the Flag of Rising Sun - An extremely powerful film. Benefitted from an excellent screeplay by Kaneto Shindo, Fukasaku fully expressed his life-long thoughts on WW II with great imagery. He extends his thoughts to Yakuza Papers. Yakuza Papers really represents Japanese cinema in 70s. Without an exaggeration, this was epoch making in those days. Director Fukasaku, screenplay writer Kazuo Kasahara (lots of unforgettable lines!) and actor Bunta Sugawara became the stars of this series. There are five films all together. To grasp the whole picture, you gotta see all of them.       

Yes. A few days ago, i watched Battles Without Honor and Humanity.  It was quite amazing, I'm psyched for the other four.  I liked how it has showed, so far, that his lifestyle has been quite futile.  All he's really accomplished is eliminating other families and spending time and jail.  Not to say this film is redundant or boring, it is extremely exhilirating and well-made.  The style reminded me of Under The Flag of the Rising Sun a lot.  Great use of title cards and still imagery.  GO FUKASAKU!

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« #154 : March 10, 2007, 06:56:38 PM »

I'm glad you've started watching this series. I hope your parents don't stop you from watching this becaue it gets really violent. Even the documentary style hand-held camera is violent. But that helped establish Fukasaku style. He's responsible for destroying esthetic heroic yakuza movie style that was popular before this series. Amazing thing is the whole story is based on a true story and the screenplay writer Kasahara interviewed numerous real-life yakuza in Hiroshima to write the screenplay. 

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« #155 : March 10, 2007, 09:01:15 PM »

Got to catch up myself:

"I Know Where I'm Going" (1945) chick flic from the 40's but was entertaining, some great Scottish landscapes and good overall feel to it, Katrina Pott's was hot though in a small part. 3/5

"I Bury The Living" (1959) Richard Boone as a cemetery director with a strange power, not a bad little horror flic, plays like a long Twilight Zone episode. 3/5

"Last Train From Gun Hill" (1959) entertaining 3.5/5


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« #156 : March 11, 2007, 07:36:17 PM »

Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle- 4 out 5 O0

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« #157 : March 12, 2007, 08:18:17 AM »

I Compagni [The Organizer] 1963. Mario Monicelli. Workers in a 19th Century Turin textile factory have trouble organizing to demand better conditions until the arrival of a professional agitator (Marcello Mastroianni). Despite the subject matter, this is a highly entertaining film, an ensemble piece handled with a very light touch. Achieving this level of entertainment, however, required several concessions. First, the characters are all stereotypes: the idealized idealistic intellectual, the young firebrand in need of grounding, the hooker with a heart of gold, the big dumb ox, the cunning-as-rats managers. Also, the terrible factory conditions are so lovingly photographed (in b &w by Giuseppe Rotunno) that one can actually become nostalgic for them. Still, this is a better film than either Germinal (1993) or Matewan (1987); in fact, John Sayles can only wish he could make such a good picture. 4/5

Mafioso (1962). Alberto Lattuada. An efficient Milanese manager returns to Sicily with his family and is recruited by the local mafia don to take care of some family business. At turns funny and chilling, not only is it amazing this was made 10 years before The Godfather, its amazing it came 23 years before Prizzi's Honor. The central character, however, has such little backbone that he just goes with the flow rather than taking any initiative. This causes an eventual slackening of the plot (in fact, the film is missing a third act). Beautifully shot in black and white. 3.5/5



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« #158 : March 12, 2007, 06:57:51 PM »

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« #159 : March 12, 2007, 08:52:57 PM »

Jesus Camp -- Quite disturbing, like the first part where the kids are dancing in the camoflauge with their faces painted.  And that song... "IN THE NAME OF THE LORD! IN THE NAME OF THE LORD!"  When that lady started talking about how she thought children here should be ready to die for their religion like the children are in the middle east... disturbing stuff.  Religion taken too far, to a radical level.  However, I did find it kind of lame how they kept on showing that radio host who talks about the church.  They kind of glorified him a bit... much.  I was practically throwing milk glasses at the screen and screaming, "Shut up Mr. Director Asshole, this is a documentary about THESE people, not a way to glorify some-one who shares the same opinion as you!" Well made, interesting stuff, but not particularly awesome.   

3.5/5



Elevator to the Gallows -- An awesome French suspense-noir produced in the late fifties.  The premise of the film alone is quite innovative and interesting to watch: it's about an ex-military man who now works in an office and is having an affair with his employer's wife.  He murders his employer which leads to an extremely unpredictable set of occurrences.  This one is not to be missed.  It may have been made in 1957, but this one hasn't aged at all.  Even today the film-making seems very fresh.  Couple all this with a great score by the king of cool himself, Miles Davis, and what you wind up with is a stupendous noir not to be missed. Everybody watch this one!

5/5

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« #160 : March 12, 2007, 09:42:38 PM »

"Have a Good Funeral, my friend, Sartana will pay" was the last film i saw a couple of days ago. 
I honestly believe (even though my viewing of westerns has not yet been extensive) that it deserves 4.5 (within the spag western genre) because it's a film that keeps the viewer in tune with the story, it's got interesting camera angles that add to the action.  The plot is not difficult to follow, it's merely Sartana's attempt at finding the hidden gold before his rivals (a banker and a chinese businessman).  With the help of the heiress to the land left by the deceased owner of the gold, Sartana's clever tactics allow him to prevail over his rivals (surprise, surprise).  The card gadgets add the "flare" that seems to be Carnimeo's tendency throughout the series.
Overall, the film deserves more praise than i can give it credit for, i may change my mind later and bump it up to a 5, but for now, with my yet to be experienced taste, a 4.5 seems fair.




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« #161 : March 12, 2007, 09:52:36 PM »

"Have a Good Funeral, my friend, Sartana will pay" was the last film i saw a couple of days ago. 
I honestly believe (even though my viewing of westerns has not yet been extensive) that it deserves 4.5 (within the spag western genre) because it's a film that keeps the viewer in tune with the story, it's got interesting camera angles that add to the action.  The plot is not difficult to follow, it's merely Sartana's attempt at finding the hidden gold before his rivals (a banker and a chinese businessman).  With the help of the heiress to the land left by the deceased owner of the gold, Sartana's clever tactics allow him to prevail over his rivals (surprise, surprise).  The card gadgets add the "flare" that seems to be Carnimeo's tendency throughout the series.
Overall, the film deserves more praise than i can give it credit for, i may change my mind later and bump it up to a 5, but for now, with my yet to be experienced taste, a 4.5 seems fair.

Although the plot is a bit more complicated than what you stated...
nice synopsis Sonny!

It also should be noted that "Have a good funeral..." argueably has the best soundtrack in the whole series!

It may be the least "actiony" of the five official Sartana films but it certainly has the most elaborate action scenes the series has to offer. The lumberjack attack and the coffin wagon chase come to mind.

Sartana is a lot more humorous in this one as well.


I have a sneaky suspicion this was the cheapest of all the Sartana productions judging by the lack of locations.

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« #162 : March 12, 2007, 10:03:37 PM »

"Light the Fuse, Sartana is Coming" was the first film i saw of the Sartana series.  I must say i enjoyed it very much and therefore don't hesistate in giving it a solid 5.
The film has all the elements necessary to make it "worth the while" whether within the spag western genre or within any other.  Already knowing that it existed, i anticipated the organ scene and was thrilled at seeing it even though it didn't last very long (or maybe it just seemed that way), but i found every gunfight scene quite interesting.  It seems to me Sartana was a bit more intriguing in this one than in "Have a Good Funeral..", but then again this might have to do with the fact the Garko's voice actor sucked (i beleieve) in "Have a Good Funeral..".  I loved Alfie, and the fact that Sartana grew so attached to it that he basically went all the way with the sentimental value of an inatimate object and had one made of gold (this made it clear that he got away with the gold).  Throughout this movie, Sartana appears to be more humanistic, and this was one of the main qualities i found in the movie.





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« #163 : March 12, 2007, 10:21:36 PM »

"Light the Fuse, Sartana is Coming" was the first film i saw of the Sartana series.  I must say i enjoyed it very much and therefore don't hesistate in giving it a solid 5.
The film has all the elements necessary to make it "worth the while" whether within the spag western genre or within any other.  Already knowing that it existed, i anticipated the organ scene and was thrilled at seeing it even though it didn't last very long (or maybe it just seemed that way), but i found every gunfight scene quite interesting.  It seems to me Sartana was a bit more intriguing in this one than in "Have a Good Funeral..", but then again this might have to do with the fact the Garko's voice actor sucked (i beleieve) in "Have a Good Funeral..".  I loved Alfie, and the fact that Sartana grew so attached to it that he basically went all the way with the sentimental value of an inatimate object and had one made of gold (this made it clear that he got away with the gold).  Throughout this movie, Sartana appears to be more humanistic, and this was one of the main qualities i found in the movie.




Agreed! My favorite Sartana picture. Easily the most re-watchable of the series. Some snooty film experts may not be open minded enough for it's over the top scenarios and cartoonish antics but they can lick a chode.

It's the most sadistic of what is a pretty light hearted franchise (excluding the dark original) with all of it's strange torture scenes that frequent the first 20 minutes.


The  movie is a total gas, not one boring moment throughout the whole film.

You had a problem with Garko's voice dub for "Have a good funeral..." and I agree, much too whiny that one, but the voice actor they got for this one isn't much different (it wouldn't surprise me if it's the same guy).

In fact Garko is usually plagued by dubbers who always sound like they inhaled large amounts of helium before entering the studio to dub their voices.

This is especially evident in some of his earlier and more serious spags like "Vengeance is Mine" and "Cowards don't pray".


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Agreed! My favorite Sartana picture. Easily the most re-watchable of the series. Some snooty film experts may not be open minded enough for it's over the top scenarios and cartoonish antics but they can lick a chode.

It's the most sadistic of what is a pretty light hearted franchise (excluding the dark original) with all of it's strange torture scenes that frequent the first 20 minutes.


The  movie is a total gas, not one boring moment throughout the whole film.

You had a problem with Garko's voice dub for "Have a good funeral..." and I agree, much too whiny that one, but the voice actor they got for this one isn't much different (it wouldn't surprise me if it's the same guy).

In fact Garko is usually plagued by dubbers who always sound like they inhaled large amounts of helium before entering the studio to dub their voices.

This is especially evident in some of his earlier and more serious spags like "Vengeance is Mine" and "Cowards don't pray".




Yes, some may call it "over-the-top" mainly because of the "cartooonish" aspect it brings to sme scenes like the organ and "pole-hopping", but (as i told you over the phone), it's probably safe to say that it was MEANT to be unrealistic and therefore cartoonish..
As for the voice dub, i couldn't have put it better. And no, i don't believe it's the same guy, but just to make sure, let's find out (or rather, YOU find out and tell me about it)





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