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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Jeemo » 04 Jul 2018, 19:26

Its been so long since I saw the original one, I remember it being brilliant but I must be around 20 or so at the time. Friedkin is adamant he didnt remake the film but adapted the book. I'm going to try and track down the first version.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Matt Wilson » 04 Jul 2018, 19:27

I recommend the Criterion blu.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Jeemo » 04 Jul 2018, 19:29

downloading a rip as I type.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby the masked man » 04 Jul 2018, 21:59

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Beautiful film, that I saw as a new release and have now seen, thirty years later, as a period piece. Almost seems too whimsical, but it has a lot of charm, largely devoid of plot for heavy spells as Wenders languorously uses his camera to examine the thoughts of numerous Berliners who feel estranged in their city. Finally, Bruno Ganz emerges as an angel who desires to taste the pleasures of a mortal man. Can the US actor Peter Falk, in the city to shoot a wartime drama, help him out? The results are very surprising.

The great French cinematographer Henri Alekan provides gleaming black and white images, and this truly feels lie one from the heart. Also features odd concert footage with an Australian bent with Crime & the City Solution and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds.

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby pcqgod » 04 Jul 2018, 23:28

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Beautiful film, that I saw as a new release and have now seen, thirty years later, as a period piece. Almost seems too whimsical, but it has a lot of charm, largely devoid of plot for heavy spells as Wenders languorously uses his camera to examine the thoughts of numerous Berliners who feel estranged in their city. Finally, Bruno Ganz emerges as an angel who desires to taste the pleasures of a mortal man. Can the US actor Peter Falk, in the city to shoot a wartime drama, help him out? The results are very surprising.

The great French cinematographer Henri Alekan provides gleaming black and white images, and this truly feels lie one from the heart. Also features odd concert footage with an Australian bent with Crime & the City Solution and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds.


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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

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Manhattan Murder Mystery

The last time Allen and Keaton worked together, and it's a good one. An amalgamation of Double Indemnity, Rear Window and even Lady from Shanghai at the end. I don't know why Woody didn't make Diane his leading lady again after Farrow's fall out.
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Postby Snarfyguy » 06 Jul 2018, 15:57

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Not nearly as sleazy as the poster would have you believe, this is a reasonably well done B-movie melodrama. Ida Lupino is great as the sadistic warden and her real-life husband Howard Duff shines as the crusading doctor. All the usual prison movie stuff happens, along with a few novel devices.

Not as good as Brute Force or I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang, but decent enough.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

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The Virgin Spring

Bergman's unbelievably poignant film of a virgin's rape and murder and her father's eventual destruction of her tormenters has always devastated me. You don't see it on the usual list of greatest world cinema classics but it definitely deserves to be there. A welcome upgrade of my old Criterion DVD.
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Postby Jeemo » 07 Jul 2018, 08:12

I watched The French Connection, fabulous stuff. Is there a better screen actor than Gene Hackman on this form?
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Matt Wilson » 07 Jul 2018, 16:54

It is a great picture, and probably better than Bullitt in terms of great counter culture-era detective films. It certainly has a coherent plot, which the McQueen flick really doesn't. I just reviewed The Seven Ups, which is kind of similar, but not as good, of course. It's too bad Friedkin couldn't have continued with the same quality he had in The French Connection and The Exorcist, though I imagine Sorcerer and even To Live and Die in LA are worthy.
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Postby Earl E. Eel » 07 Jul 2018, 17:28

Bullitt is cack
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

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Sweet Smell of Success

OMG is this a great movie. I hadn't seen it in a few years. The dialogue is pitch-perfect, the photography is stellar. A noir? Maybe, but a great drama for sure. Tony Curtis was never better - hard to believe he wasn't nominated for best actor. Lancaster shines as well and the whole thing is bathed in a wonderful New York '50s glow. One of the great films.
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Postby Jeemo » 08 Jul 2018, 11:14

Matt Wilson wrote:It is a great picture, and probably better than Bullitt in terms of great counter culture-era detective films. It certainly has a coherent plot, which the McQueen flick really doesn't. I just reviewed The Seven Ups, which is kind of similar, but not as good, of course. It's too bad Friedkin couldn't have continued with the same quality he had in The French Connection and The Exorcist, though I imagine Sorcerer and even To Live and Die in LA are worthy.


Sorcerer is great as I posted earlier. Live and Die in LA isn't great, Mtv cinema, all pastel shades and Wang Chung.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Jeemo » 08 Jul 2018, 11:23

I watched The Killing Fields, it succeeds in showing some of the madness of the Khmer Rouge. It however nearly blows it at the end with the cliched use of Imagine.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

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Jeemo wrote:I watched The Killing Fields, it succeeds in showing some of the madness of the Khmer Rouge. It however nearly blows it at the end with the cliched use of Imagine.

I think everything about that film's music is bad. Mike Oldfield's score is so cheesy that it grates against the sombre tone and imagery.

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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Matt Wilson » 08 Jul 2018, 17:08

Jeemo wrote: Live and Die in LA isn't great, Mtv cinema, all pastel shades and Wang Chung.


I've got it, and don't mind it at all.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Jeemo » 08 Jul 2018, 17:26

driftin wrote:
Jeemo wrote:I watched The Killing Fields, it succeeds in showing some of the madness of the Khmer Rouge. It however nearly blows it at the end with the cliched use of Imagine.

I think everything about that film's music is bad. Mike Oldfield's score is so cheesy that it grates against the sombre tone and imagery.


The only thing I noticed about the score was that it didn't really sound like Mike Oldfield.The use of Imagine was cheese overload. I wonder who was responsible for, Robinson, Joffe or Putnum
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Postby Darkness_Fish » 08 Jul 2018, 22:07

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Shitstorm.

Has to be one of the worst films I've ever watched, it just takes the most clichéd parts of other really shit blockbusters, and crams them into the most pointless, vacuous sci-fi catastrophe film ever. The CGI is pretty much PS2 game cut-scene standard at best, the plot atrocious and nonsensical, the acting beyond belief. How did they convince Ed Harris and Andy Garcia to appear in this shit?
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Matt Wilson » 09 Jul 2018, 00:32

You know when you guys post reviews of films like that, and then proclaim them to be shit, I gotta wonder - what did you think they were gonna be like?

I mean didn't the poster clue you in?
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Postby Geezee » 09 Jul 2018, 00:32

Jeemo wrote:I watched The Killing Fields, it succeeds in showing some of the madness of the Khmer Rouge. It however nearly blows it at the end with the cliched use of Imagine.


I think it’s context here is maybe being misunderstood - I’ve always interpreted the use of Imagine as a commentary on effectually what would happen if you took Lennon’s lyrics to their natural conclusion: mass murder. The lyrics may as well be the Khmer Rouge manifesto. I think it’s one of the most effective, conflicted use of music in a movie.
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