Last Seen Movie - The Latest Movie You Have Seen; ratings

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Postby Reza » Sat May 05, 2018 7:50 am

The Commuter (Jaume Collet-Serra, 2018) 7/10

Schlock can be fun and sometimes provide the required adrenalin rush. This is the fourth teaming between this Spanish director and Liam Neeson - a once upon a time A-list actor ("Schindler's List") whose life (and career) suddenly took a "turn" after the tragic death of his wife, Natasha Richardson. The result has been a series of action packed films where he plays the average "joe" whose life (and family) is suddenly put in jeopardy and he invariably finds the strength to rise above the situation and come through battered and bruised but not before kicking some serious ass. Here his ex-cop gets conned into finding and killing a witness on a commuter train or else his wife (Elizabeth McGovern) and son get whacked. There's a conspiracy, cops (Patrick Wilson & Sam Neill) may or may not be involved, passengers die mysteriously, there is a spectacular train crash (with an overdose of CGI), a hostage situation takes place before the suspenseful denouement. Neeson has now perfected this part and has the audience rooting for him from the word go. Just sit back and enjoy the roller coaster ride along with the star. It's old fashioned fun and excitement at the movies. Grab the popcorn and enjoy this guilty pleasure.

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Postby Reza » Sat May 05, 2018 7:50 am

Slander (Roy Rowland, 1957) 7/10

The film was a plea against the rag trade - "Confidential" magazine of yore / "National Inquirer" of today - which exposed "messy" incidents in the past or present lives of celebrities. A budding television star (Van Johnson), on a kid's show, is threatened by the owner (Steve Cochran) of a rag magazine to divulge dirt on an actress or his prison record will be exposed. He tries to get at the tv star through the man's wife (Ann Blyth) which eventually leads to tragedy. Solid little film with the two leads very good although Cochran steals the film as the suave but sleazy publisher with zero scruples who in the end has to contend with his shocked and disappointed mother (the superb Marjorie Rambeau).

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Belle Starr (Irving Cummings, 1941) 5/10

An outlaw Western which has elements of "Gone With the Wind". Lovely and feisty Gene Tierney loses her southern plantation at the end of the Civil War when her former beau, a Union Major (Dana Andrews), burns it down as punishment for harboring Sam Starr (Randolph Scott) a Confederate guerrilla. She vows vengeance and joins the gang of guerrillas after getting married to Starr. The screenplay is riddled with African-American stereotypes although Louise Beavers is very good playing "Mammy" to Tierney. One of the rare early colour Westerns with the Fox studio trying to cash in the resemblance of star Tierney with Vivien Leigh in a part reminiscent of Scarlet O'Hara.

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Postby Reza » Sat May 05, 2018 7:49 am

Went the Day Well? (Alberto Cavalcanti, 1942) 8/10

Simplistic but rousing and very effective wartime propaganda film which imagines German paratroopers taking over a quaint little English village as an advance post for the invasion of England. The small close-nit community rallies together and fights back. An interesting cast of British character actors perform as well as expected. An extremely hardhitting and rare film.

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Charle Countryman (Fredrik Bond, 2013) 6/10

Weird and very wonky road film finds hangdog Charlie (Shia LaBeouf) taking advice from his dead mom (Melissa Leo) and flying to Bucharest. Enroute he gets saddled with another dead body on the plane who advises him to deliver a hat to his daughter (Evan Rachel Wood) whose ex-husband (Mads Mikklesen) happens to be a psychotic killer. Harry Potter's buddy "Ron Weasley" (Rupert Grint) is around popping ecstacy pills, a mouthful of viagra leading to an erection that explodes at the wrong moment resulting in another psychotic hood (Til Schweiger) chasing them all. It's like a bad acid trip with the mean streets of Bucharest adding colour. Charlie falls hard for the kohl-eyed Romanian beauty but will her vicious ex allow them to procreate? Loud and very whacky violent thriller has some interesting moments.

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Trouble With the Curve (Robert Lorenz, 2012) 5/10

An about to retire baseball scout (Clint Eastwood) goes on one last recruitment trip along with his estranged daughter (Amy Adams). Father and daughter bond and find peace on the road trip. Rather obvious drama which Eastwood easily aces with his irascible wit while Adams manages to stay two steps ahead as both battle it out and create sparks. But it's all pretty stale deja vu.

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The Score (Frank Oz, 2001) 7/10

Slick heist film has nothing new to say. However, it's the only film around which has both Brando and De Niro interacting - even Godfather Part II cannot claim that. Add to the mix a wily Edward Norton who basically got on board so he could see his name next to Brando's on the film's poster. The plot is in line with better films like "Riffifi" and "Topkapi" but the casting here rocks - Brando looks grotesque but has fun with the part which has shades of Sydney Greenstreet written all over it courtesy of "The Maltese Falcon".

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Home Before Dark (Mervyn LeRoy, 1958) 8/10

Perceptive drama charting the return home of a wealthy young woman (Jean Simmons) after spending a year in a mental institution. She gradually comes out of her fragile state after realising that it was the conditions at home that resulted in her acute nervous breakdown. Shattering account of a failed marriage - her priggish professor husband (Dan O'Herlihy) never loved her and has instead always been in love with her step-sister (Rhonda Fleming). Gradually she manages to overcome her fragile state with the help of her husband's colleague (Efrem Zimbalist Jr) and starts to take charge of her life. Since it's the 1950s it takes over two hours for the word "divorce" to crop up and when it finally does everything falls into place for her. This plot could have worked even better with Douglas Sirk at the helm. The stark chilly Massachusetts locations compliment Jean Simmon's magnificent performance wavering on the brink of insanity.

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The Echo of Thunder (Simon Wincer, 1998) 5/10

A family in the Australian outback has to contend with the arrival of a young girl - the farmer's (Jamey Sheridan) daughter from a previous marriage. She faces resentment from her dad's second wife (Judy Davis), older daughter and a bully at school. Typical Hallmark tv film about the importance of family and how challenges and hardships are overcome leading to happiness and forgiveness. Davis is very good as the uncompromisingly tough woman who has a hard time accepting her husband's daughter from a previous marriage. Filmed on stunning New South Wales locations.

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One Against the Wind (Larry Elikann, 1991) 7/10

True story of Countess Mary Lindell (Judy Davis) who worked for the French Red Cross during WWII in Paris and helped many Allied soldiers escape from the Nazis. Episodic film deals with her heroics which involve her help of a downed British pilot (Sam Neill), her daughter's (Kate Beckinsale) involvement with a German soldier, her pursuit by an SS officer (Anthony Higgins) and help by a priest (Denholm Elliott). Davis gives a strong performance bringing to life the woman who was later proved to have actually been a double agent for the Germans. Good old fashioned war film.

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Georgia (Ben Lewin, 1988) 7/10

Rare film has a typically tough performance by the great Judy Davis. A hotshot lawyer is manipulated into attending a photo exhibition where she discovers that her real mother was the photographer who died under mysterious circumstances at a party. Was her drowning an accident, a suicide or murder? Davis also plays the free spirited mother in flashback sequences and tries to get at the truth by talking to various people at that party - her adopted mother, a business tycoon and a cop - all of whom have a different version (shades of "Rashomon") of the events that fateful night. Meanwhile there is a masked intruder wielding a razor and who wants to kill to stop the truth from coming out. Australian production that never got a release abroad thus depriving fans from witnessing an energetic and intelligent performance by Davis in one of her best roles.

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A Cooler Climate (Susan Seidelman, 1999) 6/10

Old fashioned "women's picture" with two great stars facing off each other. A down-and-out divorcée (Sally Field) gets employment as a housekeeper at the house of an affluent but neurotic matron (Judy Davis). Their tense relationship eventually thaws after various hysterical events involving their angry daughters, the matron's philandering husband and life's assorted disappointments. Both Field and Davis were deservedly nominated for the Emmy. Beautifully shot film in scenic Vancouver which subs for New Haven.

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Red Light (Roy Del Ruth, 1949) 6/10

George Raft is typically intense seeking his brother's killer by looking for a missing bible that holds a clue to the murder. Virginia Mayo provides attractive decoration as the lady friend who helps while Raymond Burr and Harry Morgan provide the sinister sleaze. Interesting little B-noir with Raft pretty much a Cagney clone.

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The Caller (Matthew Parkhill, 2011) 1/10

Boring horror film has a woman receiving ominous crank calls after she moves into an apartment. Is it her stalker ex-husband? Is it a voice from her past? Is the apartment full of ghosts? Is it all in her imagination? Why doesn't she just disconnect the phone and save herself the bother of later being attacked by a weird woman wielding a huge kitchen knife. Trashy horror film that just goes on and on and on.

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Our Very Own (David Miller, 1950) 5/10

The film is a time capsule catching America at mid-20th century in a story dealing with the daily life of teenagers, the introduction of television in households - the film was shot in 1948 - and handles the subject of adoption in a rather archaic manner treating it as a stigma. A young girl's (Ann Blyth) life gets a jolt when in an angry exchange with her younger sister (Joan Evans) discovers she was adopted by her loving parents (Martin Milner & Jane Wyatt). Her family, boy friend (Farley Granger) and best friend (Phyllis Kirk) are all very supportive but she insists on meeting her birth mother (Ann Dvorak in a flashy bit) causing a crisis in the household. It all works out in typical 1950s fashion with Blyth discovering the worth of the parents who actually brought her up. There are interesting bits throughout - the young teens interacting at a birthday party, the family getting a television installed with the annoying kid sister - little Natalie Wood - who gets the entire opening 20 minutes of the film as she makes a nuisance of herself with the visiting mechanic. Wood carries off the part with ease and was still seven years away from adult stardom.


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