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Monty Python & The Holy Grail
A classic. Life of Brian may be the most revered now, but when I was a kid people memorized practically every line of dialogue from Holy Grail. We'd never seen anything like it. Endlessly clever.

Scarecrow
Pretty good but little known film from Pacino and Hackman in the early '70s. A downbeat ending, but the acting doesn't disappoint.

Sabrina
One of Billy Wilder's biggest successes. It still works, though I can't help but think it would be better if Cary Grant and not Bogart, would have accepted the role.
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Postby Jeemo » 04 Nov 2017, 15:28

Scarecrow has Gene Pacino at tbe top of their game.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Matt Wilson » 05 Nov 2017, 14:39

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Wonderful, little known Peckinpah film which never made any money but is admired now. A bit slow, but it's a character study and very well made. Major upgrade onto blu as the DVD was awful - it wasn't even anamorphic.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby sloopjohnc » 05 Nov 2017, 17:41

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Barry Lyndon

OMG, this has never looked so good. I'm pleased as punch.


Fantastic film , every moment of the movie is magical , what's not to love?



I hate it. I've never tried so hard with anything so tedious.


I'm glad someone wrote it. I've tried to watch it several times without success.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Charlie O. » 08 Nov 2017, 05:47

I spent the day at the cinema, watching Goodbye Christopher Robin, Loving Vincent, and a Hitchcock I'd never seen before, Suspicion.

To my surprise I enjoyed both new movies more than the Hitchcock, which while not exactly a waste of my time was ultimately unsatisfying on a number of levels.








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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

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Belle De Jour

I remember watching this as a teenager, mostly for Catherine Deneuve I have to say. I was very naughty that night but enough about my perversions. Strangely for a film with its reputation there is nothing actually sexually explicit about it at all. The eroticism is one of the imagination and of anticipation.

The psychology of Belle is hinted at so we get a couple of flashback scenes that strongly suggest sexual abuse as a child but that’s it. Her fantasies involve her being debased and humiliated. Is this rooted in the sexual abuse? Perhaps but we don’t know for sure. Belle is largely unknowable, her sexual fantasies her own and her reasons for going into prostitution seem rooted in her desire to be debased and defiled. Maybe her class and social standing plays a part too. She wears gorgeous Haute couture dresses that make the other prostitutes swoon. Her husband is a doctor and she lives in a huge apartment in the centre of Paris. On the surface everything seems perfect but she cannot sleep with her husband who despite a year of marriage is dutifully patient and respectful which is maybe part of the problem of course. There are some obvious dream sequences and some not so obvious as fantasy and reality begin to gently blur.

Things go wrong as her second life catches up with her leading to a cryptic ending which could well be another dream or maybe symbolic of something else. By removing her virtuousness is her husbands awakening from the coma symbolic of a new physical relationship between the two? Or is just another fantasy?
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby driftin » 08 Nov 2017, 18:59

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This is a very good, pulpy, tactile thriller. Good Time is a good time. If you want a good time watching a film, watch Good Time.

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby space. invadere » 08 Nov 2017, 19:35

sloopjohnc wrote:
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Fantastic film , every moment of the movie is magical , what's not to love?



I hate it. I've never tried so hard with anything so tedious.


I'm glad someone wrote it. I've tried to watch it several times without success.


Yeah, I paid to see the restored version this summer and was hugely disappointed. It's all about surface, and I didn't find much of interest there anyway, really.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Sneelock » 08 Nov 2017, 19:51

I guess that depends on what you're interested in.
it's my favorite Kubrick film and I love me a lot of Kubrick films.
Barry Lyndon learns not to be a schmuck. yeah, it takes him a few hours to do this but rarely have I found a few hours of movie-watching so textured. detailed and involving.

I think it's a masterpiece. a masterpiece like Belle De Jour? sure, why not!
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Postby PENK » 08 Nov 2017, 20:17

You go to the cinema to see pretty pictures. There are few prettier than Barry Lyndon.

Several years after seeing it I couldn't begin to tell you what the fuck happened, who any of the characters were (there was a duel early on and he got into playing cards). But I remember so many gorgeous visual details. Wonderful stuff.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Sneelock » 08 Nov 2017, 21:14

man, I think that whole "learning to help the old guy cheat at cards" section is fantastic!
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Snarfyguy » 08 Nov 2017, 21:48

PENK wrote:You go to the cinema to see pretty pictures. There are few prettier than Barry Lyndon.

Several years after seeing it I couldn't begin to tell you what the fuck happened, who any of the characters were (there was a duel early on and he got into playing cards). But I remember so many gorgeous visual details. Wonderful stuff.

Yeah, if you want to talk about what the movie is "about," it's not really about the story of the guy (who's something of a pissant anyway). It's more about the mode or perception you're in looking at a roomful of gruesome fops lit only by dozens of candles and filmed with some kind of bitching, far-out lens. It's just about the feeling you get from the visuals and sound.

Fuck the plot. Plot, schmot. Every other movie has one of those (except the really good ones).
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Goat Boy » 08 Nov 2017, 22:51

A bunch of egos preen and ponce about trying to accumulate wealth and status. Barry is a cypher, a cheap conman who manages to work his way up through society by being a twat and then he loses it all and ends up with one leg.

I like the ending. It almost made me laugh out loud.

What a pantomime. What a performance. What silly creatures we are.

The end.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Matt Wilson » 08 Nov 2017, 23:43

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The Mel Brooks Collection
Nine of the maestro's works (strangely, no Producers though) which vary in quality - as you would expect. Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein continue to tower above the rest, but Silent Movie, High Anxiety, and even Spaceballs have their moments.

Topper
Cute, but no more than that, late '30s comedy which has just been restored and looks pristine. I love old movies and thoroughly enjoyed this one.

Paths of Glory
Now this is a classic. Kubrick wouldn't make a better film until Strangelove. Maybe not even then.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Snarfyguy » 09 Nov 2017, 14:48

Saw that Thor: Ragnarok thing. I didn't expect to like it, but it was a lot of fun. Our six year-old was enthralled.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Matt Wilson » 10 Nov 2017, 04:22

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21 Grams

Outstanding acting from Penn, Del Toro and Watts highlight this minor gem from '03. Hollywood doesn't seem to make dramas like this anymore. There's not enough room in the Marvel universe, I guess.
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Postby Goat Boy » 10 Nov 2017, 08:53

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Ahhhh, the 60s.

Watching this I was thinking about the influence of the public schools on the behaviour and attitude of our politicians, mostly Tory ones. You can still see that public school boy cruelty, love of hierarchy, tradition and all that tough love bollocks in the current lot. That made me angry.

It’s a funny movie because it manages to be both very much of its time (Year of the barricades) but also strangely out of time so the actual set up of the school is like something from the 1920s. When did this sorta thing die out? It wasn’t still going in 1968, was it?

It’s odd too how it manages to start off with a documentary style realism but then it increasingly becomes more fantastical until it ends us as a revolutionary allegory. Not all of it works. I was a bit puzzled by the girls character. She says about three lines, joins their gang and ends up killing the headmaster. It just seemed very underwritten. Travis is pretty superficial too. His revolutionary ardour is suitably adolescent but I would have liked him to be a bit more, I dunno, aware, politically conscious, that sorta thing.

It doesn't present any solutions either but then how can it and why should it? That's not the point. It's a howl, a clenched fist, a "FUCK YOU" and on that level it works.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby The Modernist » 10 Nov 2017, 10:24

I think it was very much going on in 1968. Public schools haven't changed all that much.
Nice review. You make a good point about Christine Noonan who I felt had a real screen presence, but, as you say, is a strangely marginal figure in the film. Reflective of the patriarchy of the time I think.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Goat Boy » 10 Nov 2017, 12:33

The lasses step dad went to public school back then so I'll ask him.

It's such a perverted environment.

McDowell should have been a huge star.
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Postby Dr Markus » 10 Nov 2017, 12:36

Goat Boy wrote:McDowell should have been a huge star.



That's what I always think, why happened or did he actually want to be (going by his earlier film choices)? Might be worth a thread on it's own.
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