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Re: Guess the film by reading a Filmspotter's review!
« Reply #280 on: June 16, 2019, 08:44:16 AM »
I just watched Alps last night so disturbing and playful makes me think Killing of a Sacred Deer.
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Re: Guess the film by reading a Filmspotter's review!
« Reply #281 on: June 16, 2019, 09:31:10 AM »
I just watched Alps last night so disturbing and playful makes me think Killing of a Sacred Deer.

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Re: Guess the film by reading a Filmspotter's review!
« Reply #282 on: June 18, 2019, 10:44:19 AM »
From the same review, as an opener.

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Re: Guess the film by reading a Filmspotter's review!
« Reply #283 on: February 24, 2021, 02:07:37 PM »
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Well, you know what they say... comedy is subjective.  Your sense of humor may be different from mine (and judging by the number of glowing reviews out there about this film, it likely is) but I really did not care for the comedy going on here.  From the first gag (in the 17th century, vendors sold "popped maize" at witch trials, yuk yuk) to the last, not a single laugh escaped my lips... but a lot of groans did.  It's hard to explain why something is funny and perhaps it's just as hard to explain why something isn't.  I just thought the jokes were dumb, obvious, annoying.  A lot of irritating stuff about bad marriages, Kellaway's hammy drunk acting, and my lord, if I never hear "I Love You Truly" again it'll be too goddamn soon.  The terrific Susan Hayward is wasted in the role of the shrewish fiancée.  This is not the charming comedy of Rene Clair's early sound features Under the Roofs of Paris or A nous la liberté... it's more along the lines of the tedious comedy of The Italian Straw Hat.

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Re: Guess the film by reading a Filmspotter's review!
« Reply #284 on: February 24, 2021, 02:54:16 PM »
I knew I wrote this review, but for the life of me I couldn't think of what movie it was. I cheated and looked it up so I'll let someone else try to guess.

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Re: Guess the film by reading a Filmspotter's review!
« Reply #285 on: February 25, 2021, 12:54:39 PM »
Here's a little more

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Still, it would be disingenuous of me to write the movie off completely.  Whatever other complaints I can lodge against it, predictability isn't one of them.  Some of the jokes are telegraphed, but the whimsical story is not, and it's hard to pin down just where it's going.  The special effects are delightful for the era, and Clair's inventiveness is evident.  Furthermore, I've never liked Veronica Lake more.  Having been more focused on noir in recent years (where she isn't at her best), I'd forgotten the talent on display in Sullivan's Travels.  She's easily the shining star of this cast, and behind her striking features is a gifted comedienne.  The unpredictability of the script is matched by her deft adapting to the twists and turns.  Throughout it all, Lake feels utterly in control of events... even when her character isn't.

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Re: Guess the film by reading a Filmspotter's review!
« Reply #286 on: February 25, 2021, 05:24:52 PM »
From my own abandoned attempt to watch I Married a Witch in the hopes that it would reflect the sensibilities of Clair’s early features, I’d guess that that’s the one (though I can’t remember for sure if Lake is in the cast).

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Re: Guess the film by reading a Filmspotter's review!
« Reply #287 on: February 25, 2021, 09:21:16 PM »
That's it :)

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Re: Guess the film by reading a Filmspotter's review!
« Reply #288 on: February 26, 2021, 02:59:56 PM »
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First off, let me say, that I enjoyed this. It's been a long time since I watched a modern film, that kept my attention, wondering what was going to happen next. But now that a bit of time has passed since I finished it (30 minutes), the plot holes, which I noticed while I was watching, now appear glaring. A few times, I said to myself, "OK, she gets arrested now", but it doesn't happen. And she should have been arrested for the main crime she commits. But, if that happens, the plot comes to a halt, so it is discarded for the sake of the story. Another character, commits a crime, while wearing his badge, but nothing ever comes of it. Why? Because it doesn't move the plot along. Am I disappointed in the fact that this should have left me cold, to the story overall? No. Maybe I've set the bar a bit lower now, for modern films, and I'm just happy to have a film engage my mind for a while. It was refreshing not having my eyes bombarded with intricate camera shots and angles, which is prevalent amongst today's directors. There isn't even the slightest bit of CGI anywhere on the periphery. That makes me smile!
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Re: Guess the film by reading a Filmspotter's review!
« Reply #289 on: February 26, 2021, 06:22:18 PM »
I knew I wrote this review, but for the life of me I couldn't think of what movie it was. I cheated and looked it up so I'll let someone else try to guess.

Ditto on Pixote's new one. Except for me, I was reading it and thinking, "I've read this before", but didn't connect it to one of mine.  :-[

It's kind of scary when you reach my age and shit like this starts to happen with an uncomfortable regularity.  ;)
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