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Postby Reza » Sat Jan 03, 2009 8:04 am

Big Magilla wrote:Happy-Go-Lucky (Mike Leigh) 6/10

I found the heroine an annoying pain in the ass for much of the film, but she won me over in the end.

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Postby Cinemanolis » Sat Jan 03, 2009 7:57 am

Defiance 6,5/10

Frozen River 6/10

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Postby Heksagon » Sat Jan 03, 2009 5:11 am

Sansho the Bailiff (Kenji Mizoguchi) 10/10
--Brilliant

We Own the Night (James Gray) 3.5/10

Bienvenue chez les ch'tis (Dany Boon) 5.5/10
--Some funny individual scenes, overall, not so good

Glengarry Glen Ross (James Foley) 9.5/10
--Really should have seen this before...

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Postby Precious Doll » Sat Jan 03, 2009 2:50 am

Ballet (1995) Frederick Wiseman 7/10

The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) Scott Derrickson 2/10

He Who Must Die (1957) Jules Dassin 5/10

Too Much, Too Soon (1958) Art Napoleon 2/10

Fantomas (1913-14) Louis Feuillade 6/10

The Wet Parade (1932) Victor Fleming 5/10

District 13 (2004) Pierre Morel 4/10




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Postby Big Magilla » Fri Jan 02, 2009 10:52 pm

Ghost (David Zucker) 7/10

Still fun after all these years.

Holiday (George Cukor) 9/10

Still lovely after all these years.

Notorious (Alfred Hitchcock) 10/10

My favorite 40s Hitchcock still thrilling after these years.

Happy-Go-Lucky (Mike Leigh) 6/10

I found the heroine an annoying pain in the ass for much of the film, but she won me over in the end. Still, Leigh's meditation on happiness is merely okay at best. Cukor's seventy-plus year-old version of Philip Barry's eighty-plus year-old Holiday mined the same territory much more effectively.
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Postby Reza » Fri Jan 02, 2009 9:30 pm

Body of Lies (Ridley Scott, 2008) 3/10

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Postby Bog » Fri Jan 02, 2009 2:54 pm

Damien wrote:Tropic Thunder (Ben Stiller 2008) 3/10

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Forgetting Sarah Marshall (Nicholas Stoller 2008) 2/10

Turning over a new leaf for 2009 Damien? Widening your horizons? I'm thinking you had to have lost a horrible horrible bet for that to have been your 2 most recent films...if Wall-E is your next film in this thread, someone has to be blackmailing you.

Envision a film written by Ben Stiller and directed by Judd Apatow

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Postby Sabin » Fri Jan 02, 2009 1:56 pm

Gran Torino - 4/10

I'm still mulling over whether there is anything endearing about the entire film's shakiness, but right now I'd say that this is the downside to Eastwood's much-lauded efficiency: a crotchety movie with little-to-no attention for its own crotchety humor or even less for half the movie which Eastwood barely seems interested in. It seems like a movie made to get done.
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Postby Damien » Fri Jan 02, 2009 3:00 am

Tropic Thunder (Ben Stiller 2008) 3/10

Not funny, not clever, not cohesive and certainly not necessary. Only saving grace are some droll moments from Robert Downey, Jr. But Tom Cruise has the worst comic timing of anyone since Al Pacino in Dick Tracey. My God, Cruise is abysmal -- really painful to watch.

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Forgetting Sarah Marshall (Nicholas Stoller 2008) 2/10

I can't imagine more mundane and uninteresting characters populating a movie. This thing comes across as a 12-year-old boy's idea of a sophisticated comedy. It's the first work I've seen from the Apatow crowd, and it confirms that my instincts of staying away from the likes of Knocked Up and 40 Year Old Virgin were certainly right. A pathetic movie.




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Postby Okri » Thu Jan 01, 2009 11:32 pm

Burn After Reading: 7-ish/10

It's inspired but inconsistent.

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Postby abcinyvr » Thu Jan 01, 2009 11:03 pm

rain Bard wrote:Glad I'm not alone. Are you a fan of To in general? I agree that the cinematography was tremendous- or was it the loving digital intermediate? I can't tell anymore. All I know is, I hope I can make time to see this again before it departs from my neighborhood theatre.

Also, it's way better than Slumdog Millionaire (4/10).

I have only seen Sparrow and the excellent Mad Detective, which I have mentioned on this board once before. That makes two film festival years in a row where a Johhny To film resided close to the top of the pile.

Sorry though, our opinions on S.M. do not also match.

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Postby danfrank » Thu Jan 01, 2009 3:53 pm

Good, I was hoping you'd say you liked it for its humanness. I liked it for that, too, as well as its sense of intimacy and its humor. And you're right, I think that Jimmy Stewart has rarely been better, and that's saying a lot.

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Postby Sabin » Thu Jan 01, 2009 3:12 pm

The Shop Around the Corner is just such a perfect romance and its virtues are held steadfast throughout. It's never too sappy and always subverts its romance moments with very human moments like Margaret Sullivan checking to see if Jimmy Stewart is bow-legged before kissing him. I don't know how Ernst Lubitsch coaxes such a priggish-yet-sweet performance from Stewart but I think it might be his greatest work outside of It's a Wonderful Life and Vertigo. It's full of all the Lubitsch regulars like Josef Schindlkraut but they're given the sweetest roles of his oeuvre. It's basically the best of the filmmaker's career in one movie.

Trouble in Paradise and To Be Or Not To Be are great and Ninotchka is fun but I don't really care for Melvyn Douglas (if only Cary Grant took that role and Bogart's in Sabrina!), but to me The Shop Around the Corner is just such a beautiful movie that is so tender and wise and human and funny that it almost seems to exist on a tightrope. It believes in love conquering all but in a timid fashion and a lot of films with the same preoccupations are prone to naval-gazing and schmaltziness. It's not a movie that astonishes but rather beguiles.
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Postby danfrank » Thu Jan 01, 2009 12:43 pm

Sabin wrote:
The Shop Around the Corner (Ernst Lubitsch, 1940) 8/10

Very charming; why can't they make romantic comedies this well anymore? Nicely directed, good cast, made me laugh.

This is one of the greats. One of the absolute best films I've ever seen.

I don't know a lot about Lubitsch other than he was obviously a fine craftsman. I think the only other film of his I've seen is Ninotchka, which he made just before this. I admire that one, but something about The Shop Around the Corner makes you feel at home in it, as if you're one of the clerks in the shop observing the action take place.

I'm curious, Sabin, what about this makes it one of the very best for you?

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Postby Sabin » Thu Jan 01, 2009 12:44 am

The Shop Around the Corner (Ernst Lubitsch, 1940) 8/10

Very charming; why can't they make romantic comedies this well anymore? Nicely directed, good cast, made me laugh.

This is one of the greats. One of the absolute best films I've ever seen.
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