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Movie Talk / Re: Film Food
« Last post by DarkeningHumour on January 19, 2018, 04:20:54 AM »
Pretty sure I am never going to be able to eat spaghetti again.
Movie Talk / Re: Respond to the last movie you watched
« Last post by oldkid on January 19, 2018, 02:07:20 AM »
Above Suspicion sounds great.  Right up my alley.  I'm going to look it up.
Movie Talk / Re: Respond to the last movie you watched
« Last post by 1SO on January 18, 2018, 09:57:53 PM »

Above Suspicion (1943)

Getting back into my treasure hunting from classic Hollywood, I've found a sweet little spy thriller starring Joan Crawford and Fred MacMurray as a recently married couple talked into helping out with a harmless spy hunt in pre-war Nazi Germany. The mission leads to encounters with the always untrustworthy Conrad Veidt and the equally suspicious Basil Rathbone.
The first half of this film is a real gem with the couple figuring out and following the trail of bread crumbs. MacMurray believes the mission couldn't possibly be too dangerous while Crawford finds a nice balance between enjoying playing spy and keeping her guard up for the increasing risk. (Crawford isn't known for roles that call for charisma more than acting, but she brings the same professionalism and has never been more fun.)

The middle contains a handful of suspense sequences, executed with a smooth visual flair that would be more closely associated with Hitchcock, including a wordless assassination at a concert hall that could/should be studied as often as the similar scene in 1956's The Man Who Knew Too Much. There are a number of clever shots, shocking from a director (Richard Thorpe) often thought of as a hack. Things become more routine in the final third, but not to the point of having much negative to say because the cast keeps it fun and lively. The dialogue is polished throughout, but the final line is just the best. Another early Discovery!
RATING: * * * - Good
Movie Talk / Re: Respond to the last movie you watched
« Last post by Bondo on January 18, 2018, 09:28:25 PM »
Beach Rats (2017)

This has the same harshly realistic style of Eliza Hittman's It Felt Like Love, but this time focuses on a closeted young man in Brooklyn. I don't have near enough tolerance for midatlantic bro culture to handle this film in full. It makes an interesting companion piece to Moonlight, another film that contrasts gay identity against a culture of deep machismo. The central performance here doesn't compel like the three-pronged attack in Moonlight, nor does it surround him with anyone particularly redemptive. Somehow that film maintained a joy in true identity amid the turmoil that this one, full of hollow relationships, cannot, which makes it rather unforgiving.

It is also interesting to think about in contrast to Call Me By Your Name. Some critiqued that film for looking away from the sex. Here we get a much more graphic approach to gay sexuality, but it isn't loving sexuality, while CMBYN was a true romance. I tend to be a supporter of more frankness in depiction of sexuality, but I think I'd rather it be positive sexuality unless it has a good reason.
Movie Talk / Re: Respond to the last movie you watched
« Last post by aewade90 on January 18, 2018, 08:45:07 PM »
Well, I finally got around to watching Bright. It's just as bad as everyone says, and had the unintended side effect of making me think that buying a copy of mother! on blu-ray was a good idea.
Movie Talk / Re: Movie Buzz
« Last post by philip918 on January 18, 2018, 08:32:42 PM »

Sátántangó to Receive a 4K Restoration and Re-Release From Arbelos Films

I've owned the DVD for years without watching it. Might as well wait for this now.
Movie Talk / Re: Film Food
« Last post by don s. on January 18, 2018, 08:16:54 PM »
It probably doesn't count as a film, but you missed a great scene from Magical Mystery Tour.

Movie Talk / Re: Random Movie Thoughts and Questions
« Last post by The Deer Hunter on January 18, 2018, 07:34:38 PM »
Is there a sacred cow review of Psycho?
Movie Talk / Re: Film Food
« Last post by jdc on January 18, 2018, 06:21:47 PM »

Show Discussion / Re: #662: (Pt. 2) Top 10 Films of 2017
« Last post by Adam on January 18, 2018, 05:55:51 PM »
Alice, Josh and I responded to you re: Thread on #664.
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