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« Reply #10 on: November 22, 2006, 02:12:33 PM »
Written On The Wind - Classic Douglas Sirk melodrama starring Rock Hudson, Lauren Bacall, Robert Stack and Dorothy Malone.  Stack (looking weirdly like Sean Penn) plays an alcoholic heir to an oil tycoon, Malone's his sister who's in love with Hudson, his annoyingly perfect best friend.  Stack and Hudson meet Bacall and both fall in love with her.  She marries Stack, but his drinking and jealousy of his friend soon cause everything to fall apart.  There's some fights, some crying, a mysterious pregnancy and amazing audio-only flashback (terrifically acted by Malone) all told in Sirk's hyperbolic, sweeping style.  I'm new to Sirk, this was my first time watching one of his films start to finish with no distractions and it certainly lived up to the hype.  The #4 film of 1956.
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« Reply #11 on: November 22, 2006, 02:37:38 PM »
The Rutles-All You Need is Cash

Very funny spoof on the Beatles with Eric Idle playing a documentary reporter and a Paul McCartney-like figure.  It features Michael Palin, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray, John Belushi, and Dan Aykroyd plus cameos from Mick Jagger, his then-wife Bianca, Paul Simon, and in a cameo, George Harrison.
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« Reply #12 on: November 22, 2006, 02:40:10 PM »
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The Rutles-All You Need is Cash

Very funny spoof on the Beatles with Eric Idle playing a documentary reporter and a Paul McCartney-like figure.  It features Michael Palin, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray, John Belushi, and Dan Aykroyd plus cameos from Mick Jagger, his then-wife Bianca, Paul Simon, and in a cameo, George Harrison.


I just caught this on VH1 Classic. It was pretty funny.
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« Reply #13 on: November 22, 2006, 05:50:34 PM »
The Lost Patrol - Another in the John Ford marathon, this 1934 film stars Victor McLaglen (The Quiet Man, She Wore A Yellow Ribbon) as the leader of a troop of British soldiers in Mesopotamia, surrounded at an oasis by unseen Arabs who snipe them off one by one.  The unseen nature of the enemy eventually drives the men nuts.  The music, by Max Steiner, is more than a little reminiscent of  the score he'd write 8 years later for Casablanca.  There's some nice imagery, a shirtless McLaglan mowing down a line of Arabs with a machine gun seems right out of Rambo III, and some good supporting performances (including a histrionic Boris Karloff).  An entertaining enough little film, barely over an hour long, but it doesn't really compare to Ford's greatest films.
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« Reply #14 on: November 22, 2006, 08:22:29 PM »
Just watched Unknown. It was alright. I liked the characters, and the acting was pretty good. It had a few twists, some of which I saw coming, others I didn't. And it had a great cast including Greg Kinear, Jim Caviezel, Joe Pantoliano, and Filmspotting Friend Barry Pepper. Overall, I give it a B-.
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« Reply #15 on: November 23, 2006, 09:14:44 AM »
Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?
In 2015 the world is plagued by the lemming virus that makes people kill themselves. The musician of the Noise-Group "Stepin Fetchit" (among them my favorite japanese actor Tadanobu Asano) roam the empty lands for material to create their noise-music, for it seems to be the only temporary cure against the virus.
Very nicely done movie with some flaws, but also allot of "never seen that in a movie before" scenes... but if you think Noisemusic (and we're talking here bands like Borbetomagus or Merzbow) is pretentious junk this movie is probably not for you. (B)

Gymkata Killer AKA Challenge of the Tiger
Watched this in my movie for my year 1980 project. Written, directed and stars Bruce Le (with one "e", no relations, who is supposedly a better Bruce Lee ripoff than Bruce Li), also stars Richard Harrison, the US export of a lot of Italian Gladiator flicks, as a James Bond imitation. This is a classic "so bad it's good" choice and knows it. The first 5 minutes would have filled up 40 minutes in any james bond movie. It also has a Kung-Fu-Bull-Fighting scene. Fun! (C)

La Mort en direct
Also from 1980, stars Romy Schneider (in her last role), Harvey Keitel, Harry Dean Stanton and Max von Sydow. The story is not far in the future, people are bored with reality and television, so that nTV (headed by Stanton) brings you reality shows on dying people. Romy Schneider is diagnosed with a terminal disease and ntv wants to film her last days. Harvey Keitel has a Camera implanted in his Head, which has as side-effect that he can't sleep anymore, because the darkness would blind him. Once Romy has fled, so she can die in peace, she meets Keitel who films her last days for ntv... Nicely done, interesting concept, good actors and locations filmed in and around Glasgow. (B+)

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« Reply #16 on: November 23, 2006, 04:21:31 PM »
Casino Royale

Kicked major ass.  Craig rules as Bond.  It's got enough action, drama, and everything that is Bond.  Plus, Eva Green is great as Vesper Lynd.  I loved her in The Dreamers and I thought she was good in Kingdom of Heaven.  She can definitely act and she's not one of the usual Bond Girls.  She's better than that and is now, my personal favorite Bond girl.
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« Reply #17 on: November 23, 2006, 09:48:35 PM »
"The Royal Tenenbaums" - What better way to spend a day off than enjoying this classic Wes Anderson movie? Personally my favorite of his, it's by far his most ambitious film, and succeeds in nearly everything it takes on. Plus, it has my favorite random statement in history, by Owen Wilson as Eli Cash.

"We all know Custer died at the battle of Little Big Horn, but what this book pre-supposes is, maybe he didn't?"

Truly hilarious movie, and it has some fantastic set design and cinematography. It really makes me feel like I've gone back in time 20-30 years. Of course, it's a 10 out of 10.

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« Reply #18 on: November 24, 2006, 12:42:27 AM »
Bonnie and Clyde  

I think this is the one of the worst films that I had seen in a really long time.  Maybe I had expectations that were too high, but it failed to meet all of them.   Gene Wilder and Estelle Parsons are great, but everything else is terrible.  I understand its importance in showing bad characters in a sympathetic light, but I found Bonnie and Clyde to be so totally unlikeable.  I have absolutely no desire to sympathize with them.  I have never felt so much sympathy for banks.  What did they do besides loan people the money to buy their houses and keep their savings safe?

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« Reply #19 on: November 24, 2006, 01:13:05 AM »
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Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?
In 2015 the world is plagued by the lemming virus that makes people kill themselves. The musician of the Noise-Group "Stepin Fetchit" (among them my favorite japanese actor Tadanobu Asano) roam the empty lands for material to create their noise-music, for it seems to be the only temporary cure against the virus.


Have you seen Asano in Last Life In The Universe, by Pen-Ek Ratanaruang?  A great movie, with some of Christopher Doyle's best cinematography.  Asano's really good in it.

I just got Ratanaruang's previous film, 6ixtynin9 from Netflix, gonna watch it in the next couple of days.
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