Track the Films You Watch (2008)

Discussion in 'Movies' started by Michael Elliott, Dec 16, 2007.

  1. Joe Karlosi

    Joe Karlosi Producer

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    The only way I even get to see any PM's over there is if I choose to click onto "Private Messages", and then see if anyone's written anything. Sometimes they're there for weeks inside my "box" before I check in and notice them. I'm never 'alerted' to any of them with "pop-ups" or anything -- are you? Maybe that function is turned off.
     
  2. PatW

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    Mistaken (2007) [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Pretty dull French-Canadian movie about a young woman who has her identity stolen. She traces the culprit to Montreal where she becomes friends with the young woman and becomes involved in her life.

    Pretty standard fare here, with mostly unmemorable acting by people I've never heard of before. Totally predicable, watchable and forgettable.


    Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    A superb but strange movie about a medium who devises a kidnapping plot
    with her husband in order to gain fame.

    More a psychological study than a thriller, Kim Stanley as Myra Savage the medium is outstanding. Her performance and eventual mental breakdown is one of the reasons to watch this film. Richard Attenborough as Billy her brow-beaten husband is another reason to watch this. Both mesh well together, one strong the other weak. The tables are turned at the end and Billy ends up having more strength than he knows. Directed by Bryan Forbes, the film is very atmospheric, the old house makes a superb location and the black & white cinematography is outstanding. Though there is nothing remotely scary about this film, it still gave me a chill watching it. Great piece of work.


    Johnny Belinda (1948) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Taking place on the Isle of Cape Breton, young Belinda McDonald is the deaf-mute daughter of a poor farmer. Dr. Richardson becomes interested in Belinda's plight and starts to teach her sign language. When the young girl is raped and becomes pregnant the townsfolk assume the child is the Doctors and both he and Belinda's family are shunned.

    This role won an Academy Award for Jane Wyman as Belinda and it was well-deserved. I've never thought too much of Jane Wyman in the past but this film has certainly changed my mind. Agnes Moorehead who was excellent plays Belinda's aunt, a woman hardened by life but with a streak of sentimentality. Both Lew Ayers and Charles Bickford were also great as the doctor and Belinda's gruff father. At times depressing but ultimately uplifting, this is a wonderful film.
     
  3. Michael Elliott

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    Mario, if you felt DEMONS, a highlight of the late 80's Italian horror was a BOMB, then you should probably stay away from Bava's later work. I don't recall reading your review but if you couldn't have fun with DEMONS then I doubt the director's other films would hit you too well. I guess this could go for any of the Italian horror director's later day works.

    I personally don't care for the PM's at IMDb but I think some people get too worked up about whether someone likes a certain movie or not. I gave [​IMG][​IMG] to a Harry Langdon film, got an unuseful vote and then the guy sent me an e-mail saying that I clearly didn't enjoy silent movies. [​IMG] A HALLOWEEN fan told me the film was "violent and rocked" so he followed up by calling me a "religious freak pussy". [​IMG]
     
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    The French Guy (2005) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    A woman is newly out of the hospital having ungone brain surgery for cancer. She meets a young man who she brings home with the desire of helping him. During a passionate kiss, her jaw locks and she ends up biting off part of his tongue. ( Yep, I'm not kidding) She then embarks on a murderous spree by killing her good friend, chopping him up and proceeding to cook him.

    To call this movie bizarre would be an understatement. What one would call a dark comedy is very compelling at times with good acting and enough of an odd storyline to keep your attention. I haven't seen a film this strange in a long time.
     
  5. PatW

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    February Recap


    62 movies seen

    36 movies seen for the 1st. time

    Favourite movie seen in February: Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    Notable new movies seen in February: The Best Years of our Lives, Gone Baby Gone, Seance on a Wet Afternoon


    February - 62 seen

    2/1 The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    2/1 Ed Wood (1994) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    2/2 Astronaut Farmer (2006) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    2/3 Facing the Giants [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    2/3 Tarzan Finds a Son (1939) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    2/4 Absence of Malice (1981) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    2/4 The Talk of the Town (1942) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    2/5 The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    2/6 Fairytale: A True Story (1997) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    2/6 Tarzan's Secret Treasure (1941) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    2/6 Tarzan's New York Adventure (1942) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    2/7 About a Boy (2002) [​IMG][​IMG]
    2/7 Bubba Ho-tep (2002) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    2/8 Jezebel (1938) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    2/8 The Brave One (2007) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    2/9 Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    2/9 The Invasion (2007) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    2/9 The Jane Austin Bookclub (2007) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    2/10 Holiday (1938) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    2/10 True Crime (1999) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    2/11 The Station Agent (2003) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    2/13 Accidental Witness (2006) [​IMG][​IMG]
    2/13 The Rookie (2002) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    2/14 Eye of the Beast (2007) [​IMG]
    2/15 House of Sand and Fog (2003) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    2/15 American Venus (2007) zero stars
    2/15 The Philadelphia Story (1940) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    2/16 Katharine Hepburn: All About Me [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    2/17 The Red Shoes (1948) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    2/17 Premonition (2007) [​IMG]
    2/18 What Ever Happened to Baby Jane (1962) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    2/18 All About Bette (1994) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    2/18 Quo Vadis (1951) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    2/19 Speed (1994) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    2/19 My Cousin Vinny (1992) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    2/19 Vacancy (2007) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    2/20 Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    2/21 Of Human Bondage (1934) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    2/21 American Gangster (2007) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    2/21 Michael Clayton (2007) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    2/21 Starter for 10 (2006) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    2/22 Spy Game (2001) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    2/22 The Making of Close Encounters of the Third Kind (2001) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    2/22 The Faculty (1998) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    2/23 Only Angels Have Wings (1939) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    2/23 Rendition (2007) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    2/23 No Reservations (2007) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    2/24 Perfect Stranger (2007) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    2/24 In the Valley of Elah (2007) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    2/25 The Naked City (1948) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    2/26 Martian Child (2007) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    2/26 Gone Baby Gone (2007) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    2/27 Deepstar Six (2007) [​IMG]
    2/27 The African Queen (1951) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    2/27 Imaginary Playmate (2006) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    2/27 Mrs. Miniver (1942) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    2/28 2001 A Space Odyssey (1968) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    2/28 Lord of War (2005) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    2/29 Mistaken (2007) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    2/29 Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    2/29 Johnny Belinda (1948) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    2/29 The French Guy (2005) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  6. SteveGon

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    American Gangster (2007)

    Viewed 2/25/2008 (first viewing)

    Ridley Scott's crime drama has honest cop Russell Crowen being recruited by the FBI to help take down crime czar Denzel Washington. Solid, but overrated. And why does the whole thing look like it was shot through a pair of sunglasses?

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    Rendition (2007)

    Viewed 2/25/2008 (first viewing)

    A novice CIA agent investigates the case of an Egyptian-American who's been "detained" by the U.S. government. Engrossing film explores the ethical dilemma of morally questionable detentions and interrogations.

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    Lust/Caution (2007)

    Viewed 2/25/2008 (first viewing)

    Ang Lee's fine drama, set in WWII Japanese-occupied China, chronicles the sordid relationship between a young actress turned resistance fighter and the traitorous government official she's been assigned to help assassinate.

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    30 Days of Night (2007)

    Viewed 2/26/2008 (first viewing)

    Vampires invade a remote Alaskan town that's just hunkered down for a month of darkness. With no sun to keep them at bay, these vicious bloodsuckers run riot; can the town's sheriff find a way to destroy them? So-so horror outing features sketchy characterizations and the now-typical sped-up action scenes. Picks up a bit at the climax.

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    Hotel Chevalier (2005)

    Viewed 2/26/2008 (first viewing)

    Prelude to The Darjeeling Limited finds an ex-couple reuniting at a Parisian hotel. Not bad, but not much to it.

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    The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

    Viewed 2/26/2008 (first viewing)

    Three brothers attempt a reconcilliation while on a train trip through India. Typically quirky Wes Anderson affair buoyed by a wonderfully evocative soundtrack featuring music from many classics of Indian cinema.

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    Death at a Funeral (2007)

    Viewed 2/28/2008 (first viewing)

    Amiable but not especially memorable black comedy about the chaotic funeral of an English patriarch. Drug trips and a blackmailing dwarf figure into the plot.

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    Zombie Hunter (2007)

    Viewed 2/28/2008 (first viewing)

    A lone gardner fights a never-ending war against zombies in this well-done short, made to promote the director's finished, feature-length screenplay. Works well enough on its own, though.

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    The Revolting Dead (2003)

    Viewed 2/28/2008 (first viewing)

    A small town garage mechanic and the world's hottest druid priestess take on a maniacal family, owners of a funeral home who rob the dead and "reuse" coffins in order to save their flagging buisness. Will anyone be safe when the priestess raises the avenging dead? Not bad little low budgeter seasoned with a little t & a.

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    Zombie Night II aka Awakening (2007)

    Viewed 2/28/2008 (first viewing)

    Follow-up to Zombie Night follows two groups of undead apocalypse survivors as they battle not only the living dead, but one another. Hardly a Kubrickian example of filmmaking, but a big step up from its predecessor, with a real air of grimness about it. One scene gives new meaning to the term "bra burning."

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    Creature With the Atom Brain (1955)

    Viewed 2/28/2008 (first viewing)

    An exiled gangster forces a scientist to create zombie slaves for him, all part of a plot to avenge himself on the men responsible for his downfall. Nostalgic fun from the fifties.

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    War of the Living Dead aka Zombie Wars (2006)

    Viewed 2/28/2008 (first viewing)

    Solid little B flick set in a future where zombies have overrun the world. A band of human survivors discover that some of the living dead are sentient enough to have begun breeding humans for food and slaves. But what ugly secret lies behind the undead "farm?" Good, cheesy fun.

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    Zombiewestern: It Came from the West (2007)

    Viewed 2/28/2008 (first viewing)

    The first hand-puppet animated zombie western to come out of Denmark! A runt of a cowboy battles the living dead with a steam-powered chainsaw! You need more than that? Funny shit!

    DVD info here

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    Distant Lights (1987)

    Viewed 2/28/2008 (first viewing)

    Eerie obscurity from Italy finds disembodied aliens taking over the bodies of dead earthlings. How will the living react to seeing their loved ones "alive" again? Actually quite good, with a fine, haunting atmosphere to it. Worth tracking down.

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    Curse of the Blue Lights (1988)

    Viewed 2/28/2008 (first viewing)

    A group of teens battles a trio of ghouls who are attempting to resurrect the Muldoon Man, a hulking monster from ages past (shades of Lovecraft) who will take over the world for the sake of evil, yadda yadda. Will anyone survive when they unleash their zombie minions?

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    The Giant Claw (1957)

    Viewed 2/28/2008 (first viewing)

    A giant bird menaces the Earth in this silly sci-fi'er from the fifties. Will scientists figure out a way to penetrate its anti-matter shield (!!!) before it devours the world's aircraft? At least the actors took it seriously.

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    Silk (2007)

    Viewed 2/29/2008 (first viewing)

    A European silk merchant travels to Japan where he falls for a beautiful concubine, putting his marriage at risk. Fine historical drama from the director of The Red Violin.

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    Redacted (2007)

    Viewed 2/29/2008 (first viewing)

    Brian DePalma's riveting (and disturbing) account of a rape/murder committed by U.S. troops in Iraq. Fictional, but based on real events.

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  7. SteveGon

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    February Recap

    Ratings range from BOMB to ****

    Bolded titles are first viewings.

    Across the Universe ***
    American Gangster ***
    A Real Young Girl ***
    Becoming Jane ***
    Better Off Undead **[​IMG]
    Black Moon ***
    Blue State ***
    Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee ***
    The Chilling **
    Creature With the Atom Brain **[​IMG]
    Cube Zombies **[​IMG]
    Curse of the Blue Lights **
    The Darjeeling Limited ***
    Day X ***
    The Dead Don't Die ***
    Death at a Funeral **[​IMG]
    Dirty Naked City *[​IMG]
    Distant Lights ***[​IMG]
    Elizabeth: The Golden Age ***
    The Face of Marble **
    The Giant Claw **
    Gran Casino **[​IMG]
    A Great Wall ***
    Hotel Chevalier ***
    I Am Guilty ***
    The Independent ***
    Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom ***
    Innocent Voices ***[​IMG]
    The Invasion of the Dead **
    The Jane Austen Book Club ***
    The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters ***
    La Collectionneuse ***
    Lust/Caution ***
    Merci Pour Le Chocolat ***
    Messiah of Evil ***
    Need to Feed **[​IMG]
    Office Outbreak **
    One Dark Night ***
    Orchestra Rehearsal ***
    Reconstruction ***
    Redacted ***[​IMG]
    Regeneration ***
    Rendition ***
    The Revolting Dead **[​IMG]
    Rocket Science ***
    Rushmore ***[​IMG]
    Sabbath *[​IMG]
    Scenes from a Marriage ***
    Silk ***
    Sisters of Death ***
    Snuffin' Zombies *
    Superman: Doomsday ***
    30 Days of Night **[​IMG]
    Tobacco Road **[​IMG]
    2 Days in Paris ***
    Up and Down ***
    The Veil *[​IMG]
    A Very Long Engagement ***[​IMG]
    Voodoo Man **[​IMG]
    War of the Living Dead ***
    What to Do In A Zombie Attack **[​IMG]
    A Woman Without Love ***
    Young Love ***
    Zombie Cop *[​IMG]
    Zombie Hunter ***
    The Zombie Hunters **[​IMG]
    Zombie Night II ***
    Zombiewestern: It Came from the West ***[​IMG]


    Total films viewed: 64

    First viewings: 61
     
  8. PatW

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    The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    An interesting movie that looks at the beginning of the end of a once great empire. This is a very slow paced movie at times but does take its time to build its characters. James Mason, Alec Guiness and especially Christopher Plummer are all excellent here. I thought Plummer was alot better in this role than Phoenix in Gladiator. He reminded me alot of Peter Ustinov's performance as Nero, being just slightly less deliciously evil. Stephen Boyd was fine in Ben Hur but here he is bland and boring. Russell Crowe in a similar role in Gladiator made that movie. Thankfully Boyd was surrounded by much better actors. Omar Sharif's role was nothing more than a cameo and this fine actor's talents were wasted here. This movie bears alot of similarity to Gladiator which I'm sure borrowed heavily here.
    The sets were gorgeous and the battle scenes outstanding. It's amazing what can be accomplished without CGI. The music was cloying at times and in a couple of instances didn't seem to fit the scene. Overall, it was a satisfying movie if overlong at times.
     
  9. Michael Elliott

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    02/27/08

    Whip and the Body, The (1963) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] Mario Bava

    Christopher Lee plays a sadistic nobleman who returns home to terrorize his family after leaving home years earlier after forcing his girlfriend to commit suicide. Soon he is found dead with his throat slit and soon after he ghost begins to appear as more bodies start to pile up. All the praise thrown on director Bava is certainly needed because it's obvious he could take some mud and make it look wonderful but that doesn't mean all his films turn out great. I think the biggest flaw with this film is the rather weak story, which doesn't really contain any shocks and it's fairly simple to figure out what's going on so in the end, when the climax happens, there's no real shocks. Christopher Lee turns in a terrific performance, even though, for some reason, his voice is dubbed in the English language version. That fantastic look that Lee brings says all we need to know about his character. The supporting cast isn't as impressive but they fit their roles just fine. The cinematography is top notch and the use of lighting is also what makes this film stand apart from others in this era.

    Giant Claw, The (1957) [​IMG][​IMG]

    A pilot (Jeff Morrow) and his woman (Mara Corday) discover a giant bird from outer space and must find a way to destroy it before it eats everyone. This film has the reputation of being one of the worst sci-fi films of the decade but I think that's being way too harsh on the film. The actual story of a huge bird attacking the city is a neat one and there's some nice direction here so on that level the film works pretty well. The problem is the actual bird, which causes laughter everytime it appears on screen. I'm convinced that this film would be looked at as a classic had the producer's actually spent the extra money on a big that look realistic. What we have here is one ugly, cross eyes freak of a bird that's just too funny to be taken seriously. Even a little movement when the big was flying would have helped things and the wires holding it are all too obvious. There are plenty of laughs to be had with the film but it really could have been much better.

    Tenebre (1982) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] Dario Argento

    Peter Neal (Anthony Franciosa), an American writer, travels to Rome to promote his latest book and then a string a murders begin to target Peter as well as those around him. It seems the killer is using the book to commit copycat murders and it's up to Peter and the police to find out who's doing it. FOr my money this is Dario Argento's greatest film and it's also one of the greatest and most shocking mysteries in the history of cinema. I've seen the movie countless times now but the ending never loses its punch and the final fifteen minutes are downright thrilling, shocking and extremely violent. The violence level here is a lot higher than any of the previous Argento's films combined and I think it works very well with the film. The giallo genre was full of violent murders but none of them hit home as hard as the ones here do. The sound effects add a lot of drama to the murders but Argento also does the murders in such a poetic style that they come off even more violent. I think the screenplay is very strong offering up plenty of suspects but it keeps the mystery all the way to end the. I know very few people who predicted who the killer was and even when you do know the ending still comes as a shock. The performances by Franciosa, John Saxon and Daria Nicolodi are very good as well. There's some terrific camera work as well as one of the greatest scores for any Argento film.

    Female Trouble (1974) [​IMG][​IMG] John Waters

    Divine plays a schoolgirl who runs away from home, gets pregnant and then hits the hard life. Soon she meets a strange couple who talks her into a life a crime so they can capture her true beauty. It's really hard to judge this early Waters' films because they are technically horrid with awful performances yet that's their charm. The charm also comes from Waters trying to be as disgusting as possible and he does that here up to a point. If you are easily offended then you'd be best to skip this film as we see rape, shit stained underwear, a father trying to rape his daughter, child abuse, Edith Massey naked and a lot worse. I'm not sure I'll ever get the image of Massey naked out of my head and frankly, that scares me. I laughed a lot during the film but it eventually ran out of steam towards the end and I grew very tired. Some of the dialogue is very funny especially the stuff with Massey trying to talk her nephew into becoming gay because she feels gay people are better.

    02/28/08

    Death Proof (2007) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] Quintin Tarantino

    This is my first time watching this outside of the double feature Grindhouse and I personally think the film works better on its own. Outside the lap dance sequence I really couldn't pick out any of the new footage, which is a good thing as it meant the film played very well throughout. The dialogue, which has been a rod of controversy, is very well written and I think in the first half it's a lot of fun. Yes, we've heard this stuff from Tarantino before but I think it still works quite well due to the performances, especially that of Kurt Russell. Russell gives his greatest performance in years as Stuntman Mike and it's a shame the Academy overlooked him (as with Grindhouse in general). The charm Russell brings to the character makes it very easy to see why the girls would give the lap dance or trust him enough to leave with him. Vanessa Ferlito is the real standout among the woman as she brings some heart to her character and also makes for one of the funnest scenes. In the second half of the film is where the real action starts and that includes one of the greatest car chases in film history. Tarantino might be paying homage to several movies but he also makes sure that his chase is one of the greatest ever. The suspense is the scene is top notch and the action couldn't have been any better. Russell's character goes through a switch, which is just downright funny and really changes the mood of the film for the final few minutes.

    02/29/08

    Meet John Doe (1941) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] Frank Capra

    Gary Cooper plays a tramp who agrees to be "John Doe", a man who claims he'll kill himself on Christmas Eve to protest politics. A reporter (Barbara Stanwyck) begins writing all his speeches as Doe quickly becomes an icon in America but a dirty politician (Edward Arnold) has his own plans. I think overall this film was rather hit and miss but when the film hits it marks it is pretty powerful stuff. There are several connections to earlier Capra films but this one here gets is message across very loudly and I'm sure this must have struck a core when originally released due to what the country was facing at the time. I think the message of the film still holds very strong in today's world even though we're now facing a different set of issues. Cooper gives another very strong performance as the tramp who gets in over his head. His speech to the politicians at the end is very powerful and you can just look in Cooper's eyes and see his passion. Stanwyck is also good in her role but Arnold is terrific as the dirty politician. I think the film runs a tad bit too long and some of the long dialogue sequences didn't need to be as long but the film has its heart in the right place.
     
  10. Bill McA

    Bill McA Producer

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    Theatrical Viewing in RED

    Best 1st Time Viewing: There Will Be Blood, The Kite Runner, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

    Also Notables: Saw IV, Year of the Dog, Bandits of Orgosolo, Lola, Once, Tracks, Viva la Muerte

    2008 Films

    Cloverfield
    (Matt Reeves) (Cinema) 3/5
    Meet the Spartans (Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer) (Cinema) 2/5
    The Spiderwick Chronicles (IMAX) (Mark Waters) (Cinema) 3/5
    U2 3D (IMAX 3D) (Catherine Owens, Mark Pellington) (Cinema) 3/5


    2007 Films Viewed in '08


    The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Andrew Dominik) (DVD, Own) 5/5
    Breach (Billy Ray) (DVD, Library loan) 4/5
    Casting a Glance
    (James Benning) (Cinema) 1/5
    La France (Serge Bozon) (Cinema) 2/5
    Juno (Jason Reitman) (Cinema) 2/5
    The Kite Runner (Marc Forster) (Cinema) 5/5
    A Promise to the Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman (Peter Raymont) (Cinema) 3/5
    The Savages (Tamara Jenkins) (Cinema) 3/5
    Saw IV (Darren Lynn Bousman) (DVD, Own) 4/5
    Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Tim Burton) (Cinema) 5/5
    There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson) (Cinema) 5/5
    TMNT (Kevin Munroe) (DVD, Library loan) 2/5
    Year of the Dog (Mike White) (DVD, Library loan) 4/5



    Pre-2007 Films Seen for the 1st Time


    Arthur and the Invisibles (Arthur et les Minimoys) (2006|Luc Besson) (DVD, Library loan) 2/5
    Baby Face (1933|Alfred E. Green) (DVD, Library loan) 3/5
    Bandits of Orgosolo
    (Banditi a Orgosolo) (1960|Vittorio De Seta) (Cinema) 4/5
    Bay of Angels (La Baie des Anges) (1963|Jacques Demy) (Cinema) 3/5
    The Bear and the Hare (1948|Preston Blair, Michael Lah) (DVD, Library loan) 2/5
    Black Night (Nuit Noire) (2005|Olivier Smolders) (DVD, Own) 3/5
    A Day in Barbagia (Un Giorno in Barbagia) (1958|Vittorio De Seta) (Cinema) 3/5
    Easter in Sicily (Pasqua in Sicilia) (1956|Vittorio De Seta) (Cinema) 3/5
    Farmers of the Sea (Contadini del Mare) (1956|Vittorio De Seta) (Cinema) 3/5
    Fire Islands (Isole di Fuoco) (1954|Vittorio De Seta) (Cinema) 3/5
    The Fishing Boats (Pescherecci) (1958|Vittorio De Seta) (Cinema) 3/5
    The Forgotten (I Dimenticati) (1959|Vittorio De Seta) (Cinema) 3/5
    Golden Parable (Parabola d'oro) (1955|Vittorio De Seta) (Cinema) 3/5
    The Hard Guy (1930|Arthur Hurley) (DVD Rent) 3/5
    The 'High Sign' (1921|Buster Keaton, Eddie Cline) (DVD Rent) 2/5
    Infamous (2006|Douglas McGrath) (DVD, Library loan) 3/5
    Lady in the Water (2006|M. Night Shyamalan) (DVD, Library loan) 2/5
    Lady, Play Your Mandolin! (1931|Rudolf Ising) (DVD Rent) 3/5
    Lady Windermere's Fan (1925|Ernst Lubitsch) (Cinema) 3/5
    Lola (1961|Jacques Demy) (Cinema) 4/5
    The Model Shop (1969|Jacques Demy) (Cinema) 3/5
    Neptune's Daughter (1949|Edward Buzzell) (DVD, Library loan) 2/5
    On an Island with You (1948|Richard Thorpe) (DVD, Library loan) 2/5
    Once (2006|John Carney) (DVD, Own) 4/5
    One Week (1920|uncredited) (DVD Rent) 3/5
    Personalities (1942|uncredited) (DVD, Library loan) 2/5
    The Pied Piper (1972|Jacques Demy) (Cinema) 2/5
    Red-Headed Woman (1932|Jack Conway) (DVD, Library loan) 3/5
    Les Sept Péchés Capitaux (1962|Jacques Demy) (segment "Lust") (Cinema) 3/5
    Shepherds of Orgosolo (Pastori a Orgosolo) (1958|Vittorio De Seta) (Cinema) 3/5
    A Slightly Pregnant Man (L'Événement le Plus Important Depuis que l'homme a Marché Sur la Lune) (1973|Jacques Demy) (DVD Rent) 2/5
    Story of a Love Affair (Cronaca di un Amore) (1950|Michelangelo Antonioni) (DVD Rent) 3/5
    Sulphur Mines (Sulfatera) (1955|Vittorio De Seta) (Cinema) 3/5
    Sure Cures (1946|David Barclay) (DVD, Library loan) 3/5
    Time of the Swordfish (Lu Tempu di li Pisci Spata) (1954|Vittorio De Seta) (Cinema) 3/5
    Tracks (1976|Henry Jaglom) (DVD Rent) 4/5
    The Trials of Darryl Hunt (2006|Ricki Stern, Anne Sundberg) (DVD, Library loan) 4/5
    The Unwelcome Guest (1945|uncredited) (DVD, Library loan) 2/5
    Viva la Muerte (1971|Fernando Arrabal) (DVD, Own) 4/5
    War and Peace (1956|King Vidor) (DVD, Library loan) 2/5
    Waterloo Bridge (1931|James Whale) (DVD, Library loan) 3/5
    The White Hell of Piz Palu (Die Weiße Hölle vom Piz Palü) (1929|Dr. Arnold Fanck, G.W. Pabst) (DVD Rent) 3/5



    Re-Visits


    Angels with Dirty Faces (1938|Michael Curtiz) (DVD Rent) 3/5
    The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari) (1920|Robert Wiene) (DVD, Library loan) 3/5
    Carry on Loving (1970|Gerald Thomas) (DVD Rent) 3/5
    China Gate
    (1957|Samuel Fuller) (Cinema) 3/5
    Dracula (restored version) (1958|Terence Fisher) (Cinema) 5/5
    Grizzly (1976|William Girdler) (DVD Rent) 2/5
    Little Caesar (1931|Mervyn LeRoy) (DVD Rent) 3/5
    The Saphead (1920|Herbert Blaché) (DVD Rent) 3/5
    Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (Tini Zabutykh Predkiv) (1964|Sergei Parajanov) (Cinema) 4/5
    'Sheba, Baby' (1975|William Girdler) (DVD Rent) 3/5
    There Will Be Blood (2007|Paul Thomas Anderson) (Cinema) 5/5
    The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les Parapluies de Cherbourg) (1964|Jaques Demy) (Cinema) 3/5
     
  11. 42nd Street Freak

    42nd Street Freak Supporting Actor

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    "Cruising"

    Hmmm.....
    Given the level of homophobia at the time you can see why this caused trouble.
    But it never stated it was a representation of the ENTIRE Gay scene (no more than wife swapping and 'dogging' is of the Hetro scene!) and today the wildly over the top protests seem like the same kind of thin-skinned hot air that (ironically) would come from Bible thumping homophobes for the film covering anything Gay in the first place.

    As for the film itself it's sadly hard to fully judge given the amount of footage excised that has not been restored.
    Certainly the first hour is damn good, with some great scenes of 70's sexual decadence, a nasty murder, Pacino in fine form and some great songs.
    The new transfer looks absolutely stunning and Friedkin's criticised tinkering (blue tinting the night-club scenes, adding a 'smeared juddering' effect to the Amyl Nitrate dance scene) are actually very effective and the sudden, brief, lurch from blue-tint into bright colour, as Pacino sniffs the drug, is a superb enhancement.

    But an hour in the film leaves much of the nighcrawling and S/M club hopping behind and turns into a mainly daylight set Police procedure film with some obvious chunks of character/plot footage missing.
    The film now drags a lot sadly and loses it's groove and exploitation edge and the rumoured censored sexual images in the S/M clubs would be most welcome during this period.

    The generally confused, utterly incomprehensible as far as the identity (or not) of the killer (or killers) and who was killed by whom, ending sort of works on a 'crime is random and ever present' level that Friedkin said he was going for...but this is in the end a movie and the utter lack of any real conclusion to anything is a bit of a con.
    The final image is a good one though and is edited perfectly into the driving end credits.

    Certainly a film with some great moments, certainly a film that is not what too many people think it is, certainly NOT a homophobic film and certainly a well acted and crafted film.
    But also a film with some major flaws in pacing and lack of grit later on and with a perhaps too oblique a conclusion to truly be the mini-classic it could have been.
    Perhaps if a restored print does appear this ultimate conclusion could be reversed though.
     
  12. Sandro

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    February Recap

    33 films seen, 22 for the first time

    Best films seen for the first time (out of [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG])

    If... [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] 1/2
    The Lives of Others [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] 1/2
    Who Framed Roger Rabbit? [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] ½
    Best of Youth [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] 1/2
    The Apartment [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] 1/2
     
  13. Joe Karlosi

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    I pretty much enjoyed this when it was part of the original GRINDHOUSE package and bought the extended DVD version sight unseen, because of that. I had the opposite reaction though; I thought it dragged badly and really would have worked best as a 70 minute grindhouse type film, not the overblown thing on this DVD. There is way too much unnecessary padding throughout, and while I usually love Tarantino's dialogue I despised a lot of it in this film and didn't think it was among his strongest stuff, especially as spoken by the females in the movie who strike me as way too young to truly know or care about such topics; most of their talk just never rang true for me. You mention that the chase is one of the greatest ever, but I didn't think much of it. I do agree that Russell is good, but an Academy award!??! I wouldn't go that far personally.
     
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    Well, having actually seen many of the talked about films, Russell's performance ranks with any of them.
     
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    Mountains of the Moon (1990) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Interesting adventure about two explorers, Richard Burton and John Speke's search for the source of the nile. Along the way, they are met with famine, disease and hostile natives and after the journey, betrayal.

    The acting was superb here, both from Patrick Bergin as Burton and Iain Glen as Speke but the real heart of this movie was the African scenery and protrait of the various people that inhabit that continent. The photography was excellent and along with the story makes for an engrossing movie. I understand this didn't do well when it came out years ago and that's too bad because they are missing a fascinating story.
     
  16. Martin Teller

    Martin Teller Cinematographer

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    FEBRUARY RECAP:

    22 new viewings
    29 revisits

    Best new discovery:
    Daisies
    Worst new discovery: 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her

    New viewings:
    Family Nest - 8
    Casino Royale (the new one) - 7
    Conspiracy - 7
    No Country for Old Men - 7
    Equinox Flower - 7
    Susana - 8
    Fourteen Hours - 8
    Let's Scare Jessica to Death - 6
    Koko, A Talking Gorilla - 7
    2 or 3 Things I Know About Her - 3
    Spider-Man 3 - 4
    Superbad - 7
    Blind Mountain - 8
    Nanook of the North - 7
    Daisies - 8
    Mississippi Mermaid - 7
    The Man Who Loved Women - 6
    Atonement - 6
    The Good German - 6
    Salesman - 8
    Juno - 8
    Calamari Union - 8

    Revisits:
    Dial M for Murder - 9
    Amelie - 10
    Madadayo - 8
    Die Hard - 7
    Die Hard 2 - 7
    Rushmore - 9
    Viridiana - 9
    Life of Brian - 8
    Reservoir Dogs - 7
    What Time Is It There? - 10
    The Skywalk Is Gone - 8
    Goodbye, Dragon Inn - 8
    Save the Green Planet - 8
    All That Jazz - 9
    Do You Remember Dolly Bell? - 7
    When Father Was Away on Business - 8
    Spider-Man - 7
    Spider-Man 2 - 8
    Paths of Glory - 10
    Pink Floyd Live at Pompeii - 7
    Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone - 6
    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - 8
    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - 10
    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - 8
    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - 8
    The Story of Qiu Ju - 10
    Rebels of the Neon God - 8
    Unforgiven - 9
    Pink Floyd: The Wall - 9
     
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    george kaplan Executive Producer

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    Lone Star

    Actually better the second time around when you know what's going on.

    The Jungle Book

    I'm still humming the songs from this one.
     
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    And I don't remember a post of discussing the film, so I'm curious why you like it. Um this gets my vote for the worst film of all time. I think it's made just to pander orientalist bullshit to western audiences eager to gobble down orientalism. That and it's the most boring film I've ever seen. Watching people watch a movie for three hours is not my idea of a good film--really can you get more false and pretentious?
     
  19. Brook K

    Brook K Lead Actor

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    February Update

    Movies Seen: 29

    Best 1st Time Viewing: The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums

    Honorable Mentions: The Tin Star, Footlight Parade, There Will Be Blood, Lust Caution, Give Us This Day aka Christ in Concrete

    2008 Films (Based on NY/LA Release)
    Be Kind Rewind (2008, Michel Gondry) (Theater) - B+


    2007 Films Viewed in '08 (Based on NY/LA Release)
    3:10 to Yuma (2007, James Mangold) (DVD Rent) - B
    American Gangster (2007, Ridley Scott) (DVD Rent) - C
    Death at a Funeral (2007, Frank Oz) (DVD Rent) - C+
    Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007, Shekhar Kapur) (DVD Rent) - C+
    Gone Baby Gone (2007, Ben Affleck) (DVD Rent) - B-
    Lust, Caution (2007, Ang Lee) (DVD Rent) - B+
    Paris Je T'aime (2007, various) (DVD Rent) - B
    Redacted (2007, Brian DePalma) (DVD Rent) - B-
    Shoot 'Em Up (2007, Michael Davis) (DVD Rent) - B
    Terror's Advocate (2007, Barbet Schroder) (DVD Rent) - B
    There Will Be Blood (2007, Paul Thomas Anderson) (Theater) - B+
    We Own The Night - C (2007, James Gray) (DVD Rent) - C


    Pre-2007 Films Seen for the 1st Time
    Another Woman (1988, Woody Allen) (DVD Rent) - B
    Being There (1979, Hal Ashby) (DVD Rent) - B
    Bend of the River (1952, Anthony Mann) (DVD Rent) - B
    Blow-Up (1966, Michelangelo Antonioni) (DVD Rent) - B
    The Damned (1969, Luchino Visconti) (DVD Rent) - C
    Footlight Parade (1933, Lloyd Bacon) (DVR TCM) - A-
    Give Us This Day aka Christ in Concrete (1949, Edward Dmytryk) (DVD Rent) - B+
    The Killer of Sheep (1977, Charles Burnett) (DVR TCM) - B+
    New York Stories (1988, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Woody Allen) (DVD Rent) - B-
    Rodan (1956, Inashiro Honda) (DVD Borrowed) - B-
    Shampoo (1975, Hal Ashby) (DVD Rent) - C+
    The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums (1939, Kenji Mizoguchi) (VHS Library) - A
    The Tin Star (1957, Anthony Mann) (DVR TCM) - A-
    Walker (1987, Alex Cox) (DVD Rent) - B


    Revisits (All DVDs owned unless noted)
    Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003, Peter Weir) - B+
    The Phantom of the Opera (2004, Joel Schumacher) - A-
     
  20. Joe Karlosi

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    I don't get this. Just because you've seen the films talked about, what does that have to do with whether or not Kurt Russell's performance in DEATH PROOF is worthy of the Oscar?
     

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