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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Matt Wilson » 25 Jun 2017, 16:52

Yeah, I've got that one too. Criterion still hasn't upgraded their DVD to blu yet. Maltese Falcon is a stone-cold classic and better than both of the films you and I just watched.
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Postby teenageriot-1 » 25 Jun 2017, 22:07

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Beast Stable, to be exact. The best one, I feel. The exploitation is toned down a bit and it's more slow-paced but it's so bloody good.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Darkness_Fish » 26 Jun 2017, 15:29

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I keep hearing how good the Bourne thrillers are as modern-day Bond films, but I found this quite dull. Most of the negative reviews online seem concerned with shakycam overload, perhaps I've been desensitized to that now, it didn't bother me. What did bother me was the lack of reasonable plot, it made no sense whatsoever, and even if you give it the usual action film allowances, it's a particularly dull and convoluted rationale for a sequel. It's basically a fighting/chasing tour of Europe, in the hope of eventually punching a purpose on the nose.
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Postby The Great Defector » 27 Jun 2017, 18:42

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Has aged well, and still you still can't take your eyes off the screen for the whole film. I think in today political and social climate it would cause serious protests. The use of racism and the black humor is not over indulgent but it's there and can be brutal. The first 20 minutes of Hartman is still some of the funniest shit I've seen on film.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Matt Wilson » 29 Jun 2017, 06:43

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Straw Dogs

One can say so much about this highly controversial film, and we did once, years ago right here. Criterion's new blu sports the best transfer I've ever seen of the picture. The rape scene is still disturbing and the acquiescence of the Susan George character still rubs me the wrong way. Leone did the same thing in Once Upon a Time in America and I didn't like it there either. The other female character, Janice, is also sexually provocative and that's one of the main reasons feminists have such a hard time with Peckinpah. I can't say it's a masterpiece, but I've been watching it now for decades, so it must not bother me that much.
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Postby Darkness_Fish » 02 Jul 2017, 20:59

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An interesting if fairly short horror, pretty much the worst morning after the night before that you can imagine. Bloke is having sex with his girlfriend when she gives him an early Christmas present: a gun, which she asks him to put in his mouth and pull the trigger, as an example of his trust. He blacks out, next thing he knows is he's still in bed, and his girlfriend is dead, with much blood spattered across the ceiling. And then his day gets worse. It's pretty tense, with genuinely black humour, and a rare kind of opposite of anti-hero (not an anti-villain) of a main character.
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Postby neville from norwich » 02 Jul 2017, 22:46

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If anything the reviews have undersold this no-dialogue animation on the theme of Man and Nature. The images are exquisitely naive, yet have depth and texture. It'll crush you.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Matt Wilson » 04 Jul 2017, 06:31

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Black Widow

Interesting, but no more than that, eighties noir whose main selling point is that both the serial killer and the FBI agent on her tail are women. It's also a Bob Rafelson film starring Debra Winger with a Dennis Hopper cameo. In other words, it should have been better.
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Postby The Great Defector » 06 Jul 2017, 14:19

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The wolfpack.
Ridiculously interest topic, that could have went in a few directions. All the brothers are interesting in their own way but (and I know this sounds patronizing) they appeared more normal than you'd suspect after what they are/were going through. I thought the doc lost steam near the end, like the director covered everything she wanted too fast. The real interesting person in the doc was the ma. She seemed so passive yet loyal to her cunt of a husband. The joyous moment came when she called her ma after 30 years. The symbolism near the end when it shown her and the husband gives you hope that she got out, but I'm not holding my breath. The sons seemed genuinely excited yet clam on camera, the shifts in mood when they were happily remaking films to talking about their da was sinister but understandable considering what he put them through. A good doc but was just missing something.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Matt Wilson » 07 Jul 2017, 04:56

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Hell in the Pacific

Pretty good Lee Marvin/Tishuro Mifune survival film about two WWII soldiers (one American, one Japanese) stranded on an island in the Pacific. Minimal dialogue, interesting plot. They become friends, of course. Average transfer as usual, from Kino Lorber. I should do a thread on Marvin. That guy made a lot of good movies and even some great ones.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Matt Wilson » 09 Jul 2017, 05:08

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The Only Game in Town

George Stevens' rather unfortunate last film, with Liz on the downward slope of her career as a movie star and Warren on the rise. She's five years older than him but looks more like ten. It's neither funny nor overly witty, but that's not to say it blows. Lots of talk, good transfer, and it's almost out of print on blu, which is why I bought it of course. Can't say I really recommend it either.
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Postby Matt Wilson » 09 Jul 2017, 07:03

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Odd Man Out

Stellar transfer of Carol Reed's second best film after The Third Man. Exquisite film noir of the highest order with superb Irish locations and probably James Mason's most memorable film performance. How come you guys don't mention this when discussing the best British films of all-time?
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Postby fire and fueryIre » 09 Jul 2017, 10:04

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Just watched a pretty nifty doc about movie posters (24 x 36). Strangely, they seem to have overlooked this masterpiece during their trawl through cinematic history
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Postby pcqgod » 09 Jul 2017, 23:00

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Triangle (2009)

A young mother of an autistic child joins a pleasure cruise with some friends and acquaintances. Somewhere in the fabled Devil's Triangle, the yacht is beset by a terrible storm and capsized. The survivors are seemingly rescued by an ocean liner, but it soon becomes clear that the horror is just beginning, as she is attacked by one of her group for no apparent reason. She eventually realizes that she is in a time-loop which leads to the repeated horrible murders of members of the group, and can find no way to break the repeating chain of events. A fairly clever sci-fi/horror movie, even though parts of it don't stand up to logical scrutiny.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Matt Wilson » 10 Jul 2017, 04:57

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Grand Prix

Pretty good John Frankenheimer picture about European racing which was a big hit in '66/'67. At almost three hours it's a tad long but the blu ray transfer is excellent and if you can get past the soap opera aspect of the screenplay, the racing footage is superb for the time. It's more entertaining than McQueen's Le Mans five years later, and if you've got a big screen monitor it makes it all the better.
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Postby Darkness_Fish » 10 Jul 2017, 09:39

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Competent, if slightly ropy thriller from Wes Carpenter. The scenes on the plane are actually quite well done, the tension between the two leads is handled well, and the situation almost feels sensible. However, the plot is absolutely inane nonsense, revolving around the need to build up a profile of a hotel manager, stalk her and her family, so she can change the room allocation of a politician. So they can fire an RPG at him. Hmm....
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Competent, if slightly ropy thriller from Wes Carpenter. The scenes on the plane are actually quite well done, the tension between the two leads is handled well, and the situation almost feels sensible. However, the plot is absolutely inane nonsense, revolving around the need to build up a profile of a hotel manager, stalk her and her family, so she can change the room allocation of a politician. So they can fire an RPG at him. Hmm....


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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Matt Wilson » 11 Jul 2017, 06:32

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Emperor of the North Pole
Another Lee Marvin picture from his late '60s early '70s prime. This involves hoboes in the depression era riding trains when conductors would force them off, even to the point of death. Not bad - marginally better than Hell in the Pacific, which I reviewed the other day. Excellent transfer of an above average (but no better) film.
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Postby The Great Defector » 11 Jul 2017, 13:03

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Whiplash.
It was an enjoyable movie if somewhat forced. The music, especially the drumming, was AMAZING. (Well to me it was, some proper jazz fans will probably say it was amateurish, I bow to your knowledge). Simmions was good fun and is a better actor than I thought. I'm imaging that it is as ruthless as the film makes out to make it in the uni, and the film left that in no doubt. The end was a bit of cop out in my opinion, and lastly, if Teller is one of the rising stars in Hollywood, Hollywood is in trouble. He's shit.
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